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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098907/synergistic-combination-of-ys-1-and-adriamycin-inhibits-human-renal-cancer-through-erk1-2-signaling-pathway-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Xiaowen Yu, Qingqing Yang, Sensen Lin, Shengtao Yuan, Li Sun
Adriamycin (ADM) is a principal drug for the treatment of renal cell cancer (RCC). Due to its limited response and high renal and cardiac toxicity, synergistic effects of ADM in combination with other drugs have been widely researched. In this study, we found the combination between YS-1 and ADM, performed higher anticancer activity on 786-O human RCC cells in vitro and in vivo, than that reported on its anti-angiogenesis effect compared with monotherapy of ADM. Our data showed that when combined with ADM, YS-1 promoted the sensitivity of 786-O cells to ADM...
January 16, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098866/in-vitro-long-term-treatment-with-mapk-inhibitors-induces-melanoma-cells-with-resistance-plasticity-to-inhibitors-while-retaining-sensitivity-to-cd8-t-cells
#2
Florencia Paula Madorsky Rowdo, Antonela Barón, Erika María von Euw, José Mordoh
The development of BRAF V600 and MEK inhibitors constitutes a breakthrough in the treatment of patients with BRAF-mutated metastatic melanoma. However, although there is an increase in overall survival, these patients generally confront recurrence, and several resistance mechanisms have already been described. In the present study we describe a different resistance mechanism. After several weeks of long‑term in vitro treatment of two different V600E BRAF‑mutated melanoma cell lines with MARK inhibitors, PLX4032 and/or GDC-0973, the majority of the cells died whereas some remained viable and quiescent (SUR)...
January 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098310/a-computational-model-predicts-genetic-nodes-that-allow-switching-between-species-specific-responses-in-a-conserved-signaling-network
#3
Adriana T Dawes, David Wu, Karley K Mahalak, Edward M Zitnik, Natalia Kravtsova, Haiwei Su, Helen M Chamberlin
Cell signaling networks regulate a variety of developmental and physiological processes, and changes in their response to external stimuli are often implicated in disease initiation and progression. To elucidate how different responses can arise from conserved signaling networks, we have developed a mathematical model of the well-characterized Caenorhabditis vulval development network involving EGF, Wnt and Notch signaling that recapitulates biologically observed behaviors. We experimentally block a specific element of the EGF pathway (MEK), and find different behaviors in vulval development in two Caenorhabditis species, C...
January 18, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098292/an-andrographolide-derivative-agp-26b-exhibiting-anti-angiogenic-activity-in-huvecs-and-zebrafish-via-blocking-the-vegfa-vegfr2-signaling-pathway
#4
Bin Huang, Yuran Peng, Jingjing Li, Shang Li, Yicheng Sun, Decai Wang, Binrui Yang, Judy Yuet-Wa Chan, Huidong Yu, George Pak-Heng Leung, Maggie Pui-Man Hoi, Guo-Chun Zhou, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee
The aim of this study is to investigate the anti-angiogenic properties of andrographolide derivatives AGP-26a (12β-isomer), AGP-26b (12α-isomer) and AGP-26 (4 : 1 mixture of AGP-26a and AGP-26b) in vitro and in vivo. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and the Tg(fli-1a:EGFP)y1 zebrafish model were used to identify the anti-angiogenic activities of AGP-26, AGP-26a, and AGP-26b. The results showed that AGP-26b exhibits the strongest inhibitory effect on VEGF-induced proliferation, migration, invasion and formation of capillary-like structures in HUVECs...
January 18, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097777/activin-a-in-combination-with-erk1-2-mapk-pathway-inhibition-sustains-propagation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#5
Yuhei Ashida, May Nakajima-Koyama, Akira Hirota, Takuya Yamamoto, Eisuke Nishida
The Activin/Nodal/TGF-β signaling pathway plays a major role in maintaining mouse epiblast stem cells (EpiSCs). The EpiSC-maintaining medium, which contains Activin A and bFGF, induces differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to EpiSCs. Here, we show that Activin A also has an ability to efficiently propagate ESCs without differentiation to EpiSCs when combined with a MEK inhibitor PD0325901. ESCs cultured in Activin+PD retained high-level expression of naive pluripotency-related transcription factors...
January 18, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096095/functional-role-and-therapeutic-targeting-of-p21-associated-kinase-4-pak4-in-multiple-myeloma
#6
Mariateresa Fulciniti, Joaquin Martinez-Lopez, William Senapedis, Stefania Oliva, Rajya Lakshmi Bandi, Nicola Amodio, Yan Xu, Raphael L Szalat, Annamaria Gulla, Mehmet K Samur, Aldo Roccaro, Maria Linares, Michele Cea, Erkan Baloglu, Christian Argueta, Yosef Landesman, Sharon Shacham, Siyuan Liu, Monica Schenone, Shiaw-Lin Wu, Barry Karger, Rao Prabhala, Kenneth C Anderson, Nikhil C Munshi
Dysregulated oncogenic serine/threonine kinases play a pathological role in diverse forms of malignancies, including multiple myeloma (MM), and thus represent potential therapeutic targets. Here, we evaluated the biological and functional role of p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4), and its potential as a new target in MM for clinical applications. PAK4 promoted MM cell growth and survival via activation of MM survival signaling pathways, including the MEK-ERK pathway. Furthermore, treatment with orally bioavailable PAK4 allosteric modulator (KPT-9274) significantly impacted MM cell growth and survival in a large panel of MM cell lines and primary MM cells alone and in the presence of bone marrow microenvironment...
January 17, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092672/bpgap1-spatially-integrates-jnk-erk-signaling-crosstalk-in-oncogenesis
#7
T Jiang, C Q Pan, B C Low
Simultaneous hyperactivation of stress-activated protein kinase/c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (SAPK/JNK) and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (MEK/ERK) signaling cascades has been reported in carcinogenesis. However, how they are integrated to promote oncogenesis remains unknown. By analyzing breast invasive carcinoma database (The Cancer Genome Altas), we found that the mRNA expression levels of both JNK1 and ERK2 are positively correlated with the mRNA level of EEA1, an endosome associated protein, indicating the potential JNK/ERK crosstalk at endosome...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092667/oncogenic-braf-fusions-in-mucosal-melanomas-activate-the-mapk-pathway-and-are-sensitive-to-mek-pi3k-inhibition-or-mek-cdk4-6-inhibition
#8
H S Kim, M Jung, H N Kang, H Kim, C-W Park, S-M Kim, S J Shin, S H Kim, S G Kim, E K Kim, M R Yun, Z Zheng, K Y Chung, J Greenbowe, S M Ali, T-M Kim, B C Cho
Despite remarkable progress in cutaneous melanoma genomic profiling, the mutational landscape of primary mucosal melanomas (PMM) remains unclear. Forty-six PMMs underwent targeted exome sequencing of 111 cancer-associated genes. Seventy-six somatic nonsynonymous mutations in 42 genes were observed, and recurrent mutations were noted on eight genes, including TP53 (13%), NRAS (13%), SNX31 (9%), NF1 (9%), KIT (7%) and APC (7%). Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK; 37%), cell cycle (20%) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-mTOR (15%) pathways were frequently mutated...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090569/mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-kinase-activity-maintains-acinar-to-ductal-metaplasia-and-is-required-for-organ-regeneration-in-pancreatitis
#9
Christopher J Halbrook, Hui-Ju Wen, Jeanine M Ruggeri, Kenneth K Takeuchi, Yaqing Zhang, Marina Pasca di Magliano, Howard C Crawford
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling in the exocrine pancreas has been extensively studied in the context of pancreatic cancer, where its potential as a therapeutic target is limited by acquired drug resistance. However, its role in pancreatitis is less understood. We investigated the role of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)-initiated MAPK signaling in pancreatitis to determine the potential for MEK inhibition in treating pancreatitis patients...
January 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078671/melanoma-in-congenital-melanocytic-naevi
#10
REVIEW
V A Kinsler, P O'Hare, N Bulstrode, J E Calonje, W K Chong, D Hargrave, T Jacques, D Lomas, N J Sebire, O Slater
Congenital melanocytic naevi (CMN) are a known risk factor for melanoma, with the greatest risk currently thought to be in childhood. There has been controversy over the years about the incidence, and therefore over clinical management of CMN, due partly to the difficulties of histological diagnosis and partly to publishing bias towards cases of malignancy. Large cohort studies have demonstrated that risk in childhood is related to the severity of the congenital phenotype, not only cutaneous but neuroradiological...
January 12, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078189/dabrafenib-and-trametinib-activity-in-a-patient-with-braf-v600e-mutated-and-microsatellite-instability-high-msi-h-metastatic-endometrial-cancer
#11
Michele Moschetta, Gabriel Mak, Joana Hauser, Catriona Davies, Mario Uccello, Hendrik-Tobias Arkenau
BACKGROUND: Targeting BRAF V600E mutation has been proven effective in the treatment of several types of cancer. In endometrial adenocarcinoma, the BRAF V600E mutation has been rarely reported. Whether targeting BRAF oncogene may represent a plausible therapeutic strategy for the rare patients with BRAF-mutated endometrial cancer remains to be ascertained in prospective studies. CASE PRESENTATION: We report herein the case of a heavily pre-treated patient with recurrent microsatellite instability high (MSI-H) BRAF V600E mutated endometrial adenocarcinoma, which was successfully treated with the V600E targeting agent dabrafenib...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078132/impressive-response-to-dual-braf-and-mek-inhibition-in-patients-with-braf-mutant-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-2-case-reports-and-a-brief-review
#12
Viraj Lavingia, Marwan Fakih
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) typically presents at an advanced stage and is associated with a poor oncological outcome. The median survival for metastatic ICC is less than 1 year with standard chemotherapy. ICC is associated with distinct oncogenic drivers including IDH (isocitrate dehydrogenase), HER-2 (human epidermal growth factor 2), and BRAF (v-Raf murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B), which may benefit from matching targeted therapies. Hereby we report 2 cases of BRAF V600E refractory ICC treated with dual BRAF and MEK inhibitors (dabrafenib and trametinib) with excellent clinical and radiological response to therapy and with protracted duration of disease control...
December 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077787/androgen-suppresses-protein-kinase-d1-expression-through-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-substrate-2-in-prostate-cancer-cells
#13
Liyong Zhang, Zhenlong Zhao, Shuping Xu, Manuj Tandon, Courtney R LaValle, Fan Deng, Q Jane Wang
In prostate cancer, androgen/androgen receptor (AR) and their downstream targets play key roles in all stages of disease progression. The protein kinase D (PKD) family, particularly PKD1, has been implicated in prostate cancer biology. Here, we examined the cross-regulation of PKD1 by androgen signaling in prostate cancer cells. Our data showed that the transcription of PKD1 was repressed by androgen in androgen-sensitive prostate cancer cells. Steroid depletion caused up regulation of PKD1 transcript and protein, an effect that was reversed by the AR agonist R1881 in a time- and concentration-dependent manner, thus identifying PKD1 as a novel androgen-repressed gene...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077299/anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-alk-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-alk-driven-lung-cancers
#14
REVIEW
Robert Roskoski
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase is expressed in two-thirds of the anaplastic large-cell lymphomas as an NPM-ALK fusion protein. Physiological ALK is a receptor protein-tyrosine kinase within the insulin receptor superfamily of proteins that participates in nervous system development. The EML4-ALK fusion protein and four other ALK-fusion proteins play a fundamental role in the development in about 5% of non-small cell lung cancers. The amino-terminal portions of the ALK fusion proteins result in dimerization and subsequent activation of the ALK protein kinase domain that plays a key role in the pathogenesis of various tumors...
January 8, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076932/aortic-dissection-is-associated-with-reduced-polycystin-1-expression-an-abnormality-that-leads-to-increased-erk-phosphorylation-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#15
J Feng, S Ge, L Zhang, H Che, C Liang
The vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) phenotypic switch is a key pathophysiological change in various cardiovascular diseases, such as aortic dissection (AD), with a high morbidity. Polycystin-1 (PC1) is significantly downregulated in the VSMCs of AD patients. PC1 is an integral membrane glycoprotein and kinase that regulates different biological processes, including cell proliferation, apoptosis, and cell polarity. However, the role of PC1 in intracellular signaling pathways remains poorly understood. In this study, PC1 downregulation in VSMCs promoted the expression of SM22α, ACTA2 and calponin 1 (CNN1) proteins...
December 16, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073159/polymeric-immunoglobulin-receptor-promotes-tumor-growth-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
Xihua Yue, Jing Ai, Yang Xu, Yi Chen, Min Huang, Xinying Yang, Bo Hu, Haotian Zhang, Changxi He, Xinrong Yang, Weiguo Tang, Xia Peng, Liwei Dong, Hongyang Wang, Jia Fan, Jian Ding, Meiyu Geng
: Deregulation of the immune system is believed to contribute to cancer malignancy, which has led to recent therapeutic breakthroughs facilitating antitumor immunity. In a malignant setting, immunoglobulin receptors, which are fundamental components of the human immune system, fulfill paradoxical roles in cancer pathogenesis. This study describes a previously unrecognized pro-oncogenic function of polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR) in the promotion of cell transformation and proliferation...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073102/cancer-resistance-to-therapies-against-the-egfr-ras-raf-pathway-the-role-of-mek
#17
REVIEW
Erika Martinelli, Floriana Morgillo, Teresa Troiani, Fortunato Ciardiello
The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) mediate intracellular signals activated by a wide variety of extracellular stimuli. The activation of the RAS-RAF-MEK-MAPK cascade culminates in the regulation of gene transcription promoting cancer cell proliferation, survival, migration and angiogenesis. MEK (mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-MAPKK) 1/2 is a transducer of the growth factor receptor-RAS-RAF-MAPK signalling cascade and plays a relevant role in development and progression of human cancers, such as colorectal cancer (CRC), non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
December 30, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072480/free-fatty-acids-induce-autophagy-and-lox-1-upregulation-in-cultured-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#18
Cheng-I Cheng, Yueh-Hong Lee, Po-Han Chen, Yu-Chun Lin, Ming-Huei Chou, Ying-Hsien Kao
Elevation of free fatty acids (FFAs) is known to affect microvascular function and contribute to obesity-associated insulin resistance, hypertension, and microangiopathy. Proliferative and synthetic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) increase intimal thickness and destabilize atheromatous plaques. This study aimed to investigate whether saturated palmitic acid (PA) and monounsaturated oleic acid (OA) modulate autophagy activity, cell proliferation, and vascular tissue remodeling in an aortic VSMC cell line...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072036/differential-effects-of-the-mek-inhibitor-sl327-on-the-acquisition-and-expression-of-ethanol-elicited-conditioned-place-preference-and-aversion-in-mice
#19
Michela Rosas, Simona Porru, Rosanna Longoni, Liliana Spina, Alessandra T Peana, Maria Collu, Elio Acquas
The involvement of mitogen-activating extracellular kinase (MEK) in place conditioning may vary depending on the motivational sign (positive or negative) and nature (pharmacological or nociceptive) of the unconditioned stimulus (US) and on the phase (acquisition or expression) of the learning process. This study investigated the role of MEK on the acquisition and expression of ethanol-elicited (given 2 g/kg) backward (preference, CPP) and forward (aversion, CPA) place conditioning. The MEK inhibitor SL327 (50 mg/kg for CPP, and 50 and 100 mg/kg for CPA) was administered to CD-1 mice 60 minutes before an ethanol dose (acquisition) or 60 minutes before the post-conditioning tests (expression)...
January 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070119/ocd-like-behavior-is-caused-by-dysfunction-of-thalamo-amygdala-circuits-and-upregulated-trkb-erk-mapk-signaling-as-a-result-of-spred2-deficiency
#20
M Ullrich, M Weber, A M Post, S Popp, J Grein, M Zechner, H Guerrero González, A Kreis, A G Schmitt, N Üçeyler, K-P Lesch, K Schuh
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common neuropsychiatric disease affecting about 2% of the general population. It is characterized by persistent intrusive thoughts and repetitive ritualized behaviors. While gene variations, malfunction of cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical (CSTC) circuits, and dysregulated synaptic transmission have been implicated in the pathogenesis of OCD, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here we show that OCD-like behavior in mice is caused by deficiency of SPRED2, a protein expressed in various brain regions and a potent inhibitor of Ras/ERK-MAPK signaling...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
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