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Donglu Zhang, Shang-Fan Yu, S Cyrus Khojasteh, Yong Ma, Thomas H Pillow, Jack D Sadowsky, Dian Su, Katherine R Kozak, Keyang Xu, Andrew G Polson, Peter Dragovich, Cornelis Eca Hop
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) have become important scaffolds for targeted cancer therapies. However, ADC exposure - response correlation is not well characterized. We demonstrated that intratumor payload exposures correlated well with the corresponding efficacies of several disulfide-linked ADCs bearing an DNA alkylating agent, pyrrolo[2,1-c][1,4]benzodiazepine-dimer (PBD), in HER2-expressing xenograft models. The correlation suggests that a threshold concentration of intratumor payload is required to support sustained efficacy and an ADC can deliver an excessive level of payload to tumors that does not enhance efficacy ('Plateau' effect)...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Wareed Ahmed, Joachim Lingner
Telomere integrity is essential for genome stability and it regulates cell proliferation and tissue renewal. Several lines of evidence indicate that telomeres are particularly sensitive to oxidative damage. Moreover, recent studies demonstrate striking inhibitory effects of oxidative damage on telomerase activity. On the other hand, several mechanisms have been uncovered that either counteract oxidative damage at telomeres or remove the modified lesions. Here, we review the current understanding of oxidative damage and protection of telomeric DNA...
December 14, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
Vertika Rai, Rashmi Mukherjee, Ananta K Ghosh, Aurobinda Routray, Chandan Chakraborty
OBJECTIVES: In this review paper, we explored the application of "omics" approaches in the study of oral cancer (OC). It will provide a better understanding of how "omics" approaches may lead to novel biomarker molecules or molecular signatures with potential value in clinical practice. A future direction of "omics"-driven research in OC is also discussed. METHODS: Studies on "omics"-based approaches [genomics/proteomics/transcriptomics/metabolomics] were investigated for differentiating oral squamous cell carcinoma,oral sub-mucous fibrosis, oral leukoplakia, oral lichen planus, oral erythroplakia from normal cases...
December 8, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
Maria P Alcolea
Oesophageal cancer remains one of the least explored malignancies. However, in recent years its increasing incidence and poor prognosis have stimulated interest from the cancer community to understand the pathways to the initiation and progression of the disease.Critical understanding of the molecular processes controlling changes in stem cell fate and the cross-talk with their adjacent stromal neighbours will provide essential knowledge on the mechanisms that go awry in oesophageal carcinogenesis. Advances in lineage tracing techniques have represented a powerful tool to start understanding changes in oesophageal cell behaviour in response to mutations and mutagens that favour tumour development...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Wanil Kim, Jerry W Shay
The human cellular reverse transcriptase, telomerase, is very tightly regulated in large long-lived species. Telomerase is expressed during early human fetal development, is turned off in most adult tissues, and then becomes reactivated in almost all human cancers. However, the exact mechanism regulating these switches in expression are not known. We recently described a phenomenon where genes are regulated by telomere length dependent loops (telomere position effects over long distances; TPE-OLD). The hTERT gene is ~ 1...
January 2018: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
Martino Marco Gabra, Leonardo Salmena
Up until the early 2000s, a functional role for microRNAs (miRNAs) was yet to be elucidated. With the advent of increasingly high-throughput and precise RNA-sequencing techniques within the last two decades, it has become well established that miRNAs can regulate almost all cellular processes through their ability to post-transcriptionally regulate a majority of protein-coding genes and countless other non-coding genes. In cancer, miRNAs have been demonstrated to play critical roles by modifying or controlling all major hallmarks including cell division, self-renewal, invasion, and DNA damage among others...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
Paul N Schofield, Monika Kondratowicz
PURPOSE: In the late 1990s, it had become clear that the long-standing paradigm for the action of radiation on living cells and organisms did not have sufficient power to explain the observed effects of low dose ionizing radiation. The purpose of this commentary is to examine the experiments that lead up to the modification of the classic paradigm consequent on these observations, their historical precedents, and the development of our understanding of the role of epigenetics in low dose radiation effects...
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Alessandra Zingoni, Cinzia Fionda, Cristiana Borrelli, Marco Cippitelli, Angela Santoni, Alessandra Soriani
Natural killer (NK) cells are innate cytotoxic lymphoid cells that actively prevent neoplastic development, growth, and metastatic dissemination in a process called cancer immunosurveillance. An equilibrium between immune control and tumor growth is maintained as long as cancer cells evade immunosurveillance. Therapies designed to kill cancer cells and to simultaneously sustain host antitumor immunity are an appealing strategy to control tumor growth. Several chemotherapeutic agents, depending on which drugs and doses are used, give rise to DNA damage and cancer cell death by means of apoptosis, immunogenic cell death, or other forms of non-apoptotic death (i...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Alexander P Sobinoff, Hilda A Pickett
Telomeres shorten during each cellular division, with cumulative attrition resulting in telomeric damage and replicative senescence. Bypass of replicative senescence precipitates catastrophic telomere shortening or crisis, and is characterized by widespread genomic instability. Activation of a telomere maintenance mechanism (TMM) is necessary to stabilise the genome and establish cellular immortality through the reconstitution of telomere capping function. The alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway is a TMM frequently activated in tumors of mesenchymal or neuroepithelial origin...
September 29, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
Budhaditya Banerjee, Richard I Sherwood
Due to plummeting costs, whole genome sequencing of patients and cancers will soon become routine medical practice; however, we cannot currently predict how non-coding genotype affects cellular gene expression. Gene regulation research has recently been dominated by observational approaches that correlate chromatin state with regulatory function. These approaches are limited to the available genotypes and cannot scratch the surface of possible sequence combinations, and thus there is a need for perturbation-based approaches to better understand how DNA encodes gene regulatory functions...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Systems Biology
Mariano Provencio, María Torrente, Virgina Calvo, Lourdes Gutiérrez, David Pérez-Callejo, Clara Pérez-Barrios, Miguel Barquín, Ana Royuela, Begoña Rodriguez-Alfonso, Miguel Sotelo, Juan Luis Cruz-Bermúdez, Miriam Mendez, Alberto Cruz-Bermúdez, Atocha Romero
BACKGROUND: Liquid biopsy has evolved from being a promising line to becoming a validated approach for biomarker testing. However, its utility for individualization of therapy has been scarcely reported. In this study, we show how monitoring levels of EGFR mutation in plasma can be useful for the individualization of treatment. RESULTS: Longitudinal EGFR mutation levels in plasma always correlated with tumor response ascertained by RECIST criteria. Moreover, decreasing EGFR mutation levels were detected in all patients benefiting from locoregional radiotherapy, whereas the opposite occurred when a patient progressed soon after radiotherapy treatment...
September 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Dekang Liu, Guido Keijzers, Lene Juel Rasmussen
DNA mismatch repair (MMR) is an important DNA repair pathway that plays critical roles in DNA replication fidelity, mutation avoidance and genome stability, all of which contribute significantly to the viability of cells and organisms. MMR is widely-used as a diagnostic biomarker for human cancers in the clinic, and as a biomarker of cancer susceptibility in animal model systems. Prokaryotic MMR is well-characterized at the molecular and mechanistic level; however, MMR is considerably more complex in eukaryotic cells than in prokaryotic cells, and in recent years, it has become evident that MMR plays novel roles in eukaryotic cells, several of which are not yet well-defined or understood...
July 2017: Mutation Research
Christos Vaklavas, Scott W Blume, William E Grizzle
Although transcript levels have been traditionally used as a surrogate measure of gene expression, it is increasingly recognized that the latter is extensively and dynamically modulated at the level of translation (messenger RNA to protein). Over the recent years, significant progress has been made in dissecting the complex posttranscriptional mechanisms that regulate gene expression. This advancement in knowledge came hand in hand with the progress made in the methodologies to study translation both at gene-specific as well as global genomic level...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
Jin-Ying Lu, Wern-Cherng Cheng, Kuen-Yuan Chen, Chia-Chi Lin, Ching-Chung Chang, Kuan-Ting Kuo, Pei-Lung Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Surgery followed by radioiodine is a mainstay of treatment for thyroid cancers of follicular origins. However, about 5% of the thyroid cancers are non-operable and/or radioiodine-refractory diseases, which are either locally advanced or metastatic and result in a survival of less than 5 years. How to treat this population of thyroid cancer patients becomes a critical issue requiring further understanding of the tumor's genetic information. METHODS: We used formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded specimens of 22 fatal thyroid cancers and their corresponding non-tumor parts, if available, to yield genomic DNA, and applied the Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine (IT-PGM) System (Life Technologies), a next generation sequencing technology, to interrogate 740 mutational hotspots in 46 oncogenes...
July 27, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Kunnathur Murugesan Sakthivel, Sreedharan Hariharan
DNA damaging agents are most common in chemotherapeutic molecules that act against cancer. However, cancer cells possess inherent biological features to overcome DNA damages by activating various distinct repair mechanisms and pathways. Importantly, various oncogenes, cancer stem cells (CSCs), hypoxic environment, transcription factors and bystander signaling that are activated in the cancer cells influence DNA repair, thereby effectively repairing the DNA damage. Repaired cancer cells often become more resistance to further therapy and results in disease recurrence...
September 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Karen J Mackenzie, Paula Carroll, Carol-Anne Martin, Olga Murina, Adeline Fluteau, Daniel J Simpson, Nelly Olova, Hannah Sutcliffe, Jacqueline K Rainger, Andrea Leitch, Ruby T Osborn, Ann P Wheeler, Marcin Nowotny, Nick Gilbert, Tamir Chandra, Martin A M Reijns, Andrew P Jackson
DNA is strictly compartmentalized within the nucleus to prevent autoimmunity; despite this, cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS), a cytosolic sensor of double-stranded DNA, is activated in autoinflammatory disorders and by DNA damage. Precisely how cellular DNA gains access to the cytoplasm remains to be determined. Here, we report that cGAS localizes to micronuclei arising from genome instability in a mouse model of monogenic autoinflammation, after exogenous DNA damage and spontaneously in human cancer cells. Such micronuclei occur after mis-segregation of DNA during cell division and consist of chromatin surrounded by its own nuclear membrane...
August 24, 2017: Nature
Yvonne Ceder, Anders Bjartell, Zoran Culig, Mark A Rubin, Scott Tomlins, Tapio Visakorpi
CONTEXT: Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is the backbone of treatment for advanced prostate cancer. However, castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) nearly invariably develops through a range of different molecular mechanisms accompanied by progression to a more aggressive phenotype. OBJECTIVE: To understand the key molecular mechanisms leading to CRPC and the functional implications of this progression. Understanding molecular evolutionary mechanisms in CRPC is essential for the development of novel curative therapeutic approaches...
December 2016: European Urology Focus
Jac A Nickoloff, Dennie Jones, Suk-Hee Lee, Elizabeth A Williamson, Robert Hromas
Defects in DNA repair can result in oncogenic genomic instability. Cancers occurring from DNA repair defects were once thought to be limited to rare inherited mutations (such as BRCA1 or 2). It now appears that a clinically significant fraction of cancers have acquired DNA repair defects. DNA repair pathways operate in related networks, and cancers arising from loss of one DNA repair component typically become addicted to other repair pathways to survive and proliferate. Drug inhibition of the rescue repair pathway prevents the repair-deficient cancer cell from replicating, causing apoptosis (termed synthetic lethality)...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Laura Garcia-Exposito, Roderick J O'Sullivan
The phenomenon of gradual telomere shortening has become a paradigm for how we understand the biology of aging and cancer. Cell proliferation is accompanied by cumulative telomere loss, and the aged cell either senesces, dies or transforms toward cancer. This transformation requires the activation of telomere elongation mechanisms in order to restore telomere length such that cell death or senescence programs are not induced. Most of the time, this occurs through telomerase reactivation. In other rare cases, the Alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway hijacks DNA recombination-associated mechanisms to hyperextend telomeres, often to more than 50 kb...
June 2017: EMBO Reports
Rachel Lieberman, Jing Pan, Qi Zhang, Ming You
RAD52 is involved in homologous recombination and DNA repair. This study focuses on lung cancer progression and how the DNA repair gene, Rad52, enables tumor cells to have sufficient genome integrity, i.e., the ability to repair lethal DNA damage, to avoid cell death. In this report, we analyze the phenotypic differences between wild type and Rad52-/- in inhibition of tumor phenotypes including cell growth, viability, cytolysis, and immune profiling. We demonstrated that loss of Rad52 not only increases the death of cells undergoing carcinogen-induced transformation in vivo, but that Rad52 loss also augments in vivo antitumor activity through an enhanced capacity for direct killing of LLC tumor cells by stimulated Rad52-/- NK and CD8+ T cells...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
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