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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723516/the-molecular-evolution-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521333/drugging-the-cancers-addicted-to-dna-repair
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500256/tzap-ing-telomeres-down-to-size
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415565/rad52-deficiency-decreases-development-of-lung-squamous-cell-carcinomas-by-enhancing-immuno-surveillance
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378010/epigenetic-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-a-clinical-review
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REVIEW
Haller J Smith, J Michael Straughn, Donald J Buchsbaum, Rebecca C Arend
Despite a good initial response to chemotherapy, the majority of patients with epithelial ovarian cancer will eventually recur and die of their disease. The introduction of targeted therapies to traditional chemotherapy regimens has done little to improve overall survival in women with ovarian cancer. It has become increasingly apparent that the cancer epigenome contributes significantly to the pathogenesis of ovarian cancer and may play an important role in cell proliferation, metastasis, chemoresistance, and immune tolerance...
May 2017: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374555/understanding-cell-cycle-and-cell-death-regulation-provides-novel-weapons-against-human-diseases
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REVIEW
K G Wiman, B Zhivotovsky
Cell division, cell differentiation and cell death are the three principal physiological processes that regulate tissue homoeostasis in multicellular organisms. The growth and survival of cells as well as the integrity of the genome are regulated by a complex network of pathways, in which cell cycle checkpoints, DNA repair and programmed cell death have critical roles. Disruption of genomic integrity and impaired regulation of cell death may both lead to uncontrolled cell growth. Compromised cell death can also favour genomic instability...
May 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344745/can-molecular-biomarkers-replace-a-clinical-risk-score-for-resectable-colorectal-liver-metastasis
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EDITORIAL
Torhild Veen, Kjetil Søreide
In resectable colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) the role and use of molecular biomarkers is still controversial. Several biomarkers have been linked to clinical outcomes in CRLM, but none have so far become routine for clinical decision making. For several reasons, the clinical risk score appears to no longer hold the same predictive value. Some of the reasons include the ever expanding indications for liver resection, which now increasingly tend to involve extrahepatic disease, such as lung metastases (both resectable and non-resectable) and the shift in indication from "what is taken out" (e...
March 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323334/the-emerging-role-of-homologous-recombination-repair-and-parp-inhibitors-in-genitourinary-malignancies
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Kalen J Rimar, Phuoc T Tran, Richard S Matulewicz, Maha Hussain, Joshua J Meeks
As cells age and are exposed to genotoxic stress, preservation of the genomic code requires multiple DNA repair pathways to remove single-strand or double-strand breaks. Loss of function somatic genomic aberrations or germline deficiency in genes involved in DNA repair can result in acute cell death or, after a latency period, cellular transformation. Therapeutic exploitation of DNA repair by inhibition of poly (adenosine diphosphate [ADP]) ribose polymerases (PARP), a family of enzymes involved in the repair of single-strand and in some cases double-strand breaks, has become a novel cancer treatment...
June 1, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291774/brca2-secondary-mutation-mediated-resistance-to-platinum-and-parp-inhibitor-based-therapy-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Michael J Pishvaian, Andrew V Biankin, Peter Bailey, David K Chang, Daniel Laheru, Christopher L Wolfgang, Jonathan R Brody
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer has become the third leading cause of cancer death with minimal improvements in outcome for over 40 years. Recent trials of therapies that target-defective DNA maintenance using poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors are showing promising results, yet invariably patients recur and succumb to disease. Mechanisms of resistance to platinum-based and PARP inhibitor therapy in other cancer types include secondary mutations, which restore the integrity of DNA repair through an increasing number of different mechanisms...
April 11, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257429/early-mutation-bursts-in-colorectal-tumors
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Junsong Zhao, Matthew P Salomon, Darryl Shibata, Christina Curtis, Kimberly Siegmund, Paul Marjoram
Tumor growth is an evolutionary process involving accumulation of mutations, copy number alterations, and cancer stem cell (CSC) division and differentiation. As direct observation of this process is impossible, inference regarding when mutations occur and how stem cells divide is difficult. However, this ancestral information is encoded within the tumor itself, in the form of intratumoral heterogeneity of the tumor cell genomes. Here we present a framework that allows simulation of these processes and estimation of mutation rates at the various stages of tumor development and CSC division patterns for single-gland sequencing data from colorectal tumors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977688/regulation-of-the-human-telomerase-gene-tert-by-telomere-position-effect-over-long-distances-tpe-old-implications-for-aging-and-cancer
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Wanil Kim, Andrew T Ludlow, Jaewon Min, Jerome D Robin, Guido Stadler, Ilgen Mender, Tsung-Po Lai, Ning Zhang, Woodring E Wright, Jerry W Shay
Telomerase is expressed in early human development and then becomes silenced in most normal tissues. Because ~90% of primary human tumors express telomerase and generally maintain very short telomeres, telomerase is carefully regulated, particularly in large, long-lived mammals. In the current report, we provide substantial evidence for a new regulatory control mechanism of the rate limiting catalytic protein component of telomerase (hTERT) that is determined by the length of telomeres. We document that normal, young human cells with long telomeres have a repressed hTERT epigenetic status (chromatin and DNA methylation), but the epigenetic status is altered when telomeres become short...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874062/systemic-perioperative-management-of-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-and-future-horizons
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REVIEW
Samuel A Funt, Jonathan E Rosenberg
Many patients diagnosed with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) will develop distant metastatic disease. Over the past three decades, perioperative cisplatin-based chemotherapy has been investigated for its ability to reduce the number of deaths from bladder cancer. Insufficient evidence is available to fully support the use of such chemotherapy in the adjuvant setting; however, neoadjuvant cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy has become a standard of care for eligible patients based on the improved disease-specific and overall survival demonstrated in two randomized phase III trials, compared with surgery alone...
April 2017: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865458/the-interaction-between-human-papillomaviruses-and-the-stromal-microenvironment
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B Woodby, M Scott, J Bodily
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are small, double-stranded DNA viruses that replicate in stratified squamous epithelia and cause a variety of malignancies. Current efforts in HPV biology are focused on understanding the virus-host interactions that enable HPV to persist for years or decades in the tissue. The importance of interactions between tumor cells and the stromal microenvironment has become increasingly apparent in recent years, but how stromal interactions impact the normal, benign life cycle of HPVs, or progression of lesions to cancer is less understood...
2016: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853865/adequately-defining-tumor-cell-proportion-in-tissue-samples-for-molecular-testing-improves-interobserver-reproducibility-of-its-assessment
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Benoît Lhermitte, Caroline Egele, Noëlle Weingertner, Damien Ambrosetti, Bérengère Dadone, Valérie Kubiniek, Fanny Burel-Vandenbos, John Coyne, Jean-François Michiels, Marie-Pierre Chenard, Etienne Rouleau, Jean-Christophe Sabourin, Jean-Pierre Bellocq
Gene mutation status assessment of tumors has become standard practice in diagnostic pathology. This is done using samples comprising tumor cells but also non-tumor cells, which may dramatically dilute the proportion of tumor DNA and induce false negative results. Increasing sensitivity of molecular tests presently allows detection of a targeted mutation in a sample with a small percentage of tumor cells, but assessment of tumor cellularity remains essential to adequately interpret the results of molecular tests...
January 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826838/the-role-of-dna-methylation-in-cancer
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Ranjani Lakshminarasimhan, Gangning Liang
The malignant transformation of normal cells is driven by both genetic and epigenetic changes. With the advent of next-generation sequencing and large-scale multinational consortium studies, it has become possible to profile the genomes and epigenomes of thousands of primary tumors from nearly every cancer type. From these genome-wide studies, it became clear that the dynamic regulation of DNA methylation is a critical epigenetic mechanism of cancer initiation, maintenance, and progression. Proper control of DNA methylation is not only crucial for regulating gene transcription, but its broader consequences include maintaining the integrity of the genome and modulating immune response...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813113/promoter-cpg-site-methylation-of-the-kai1-metastasis-suppressor-gene-contributes-to-its-epigenetic-repression-in-prostate-cancer
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Jaeseob Lee, Moon-Sung Lee, Doo-Il Jeoung, Young-Myeong Kim, Hansoo Lee
BACKGROUND: Repression of the KAI1 metastasis suppressor gene is closely associated with malignancy and poor prognosis in many human cancer types including prostate cancer. Since gene repression in human cancers frequently results from epigenetic alterations by DNA methylation and histone modifications, we examined whether the KAI1 gene becomes silenced through these epigenetic mechanisms in prostate cancer. METHODS: KAI1 mRNA and protein levels were determined by RT-PCR and immunoblotting analyses, respectively...
November 3, 2016: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803929/advances-in-understanding-how-heavy-metal-pollution-triggers-gastric-cancer
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REVIEW
Wenzhen Yuan, Ning Yang, Xiangkai Li
With the development of industrialization and urbanization, heavy metals contamination has become a major environmental problem. Numerous investigations have revealed an association between heavy metal exposure and the incidence and mortality of gastric cancer. The mechanisms of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, chromium, and arsenic) contamination leading to gastric cancer are concluded in this review. There are four main potential mechanisms: (1) Heavy metals disrupt the gastric mucosal barrier by decreasing mucosal thickness, mucus content, and basal acid output, thereby affecting the function of E-cadherin and inducing reactive oxygen species (ROS) damage...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791148/rna-polymerase-ii-senses-obstruction-in-the-dna-minor-groove-via-a-conserved-sensor-motif
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Liang Xu, Wei Wang, Deanna Gotte, Fei Yang, Alissa A Hare, Timothy R Welch, Benjamin C Li, Ji Hyun Shin, Jenny Chong, Jeffrey N Strathern, Peter B Dervan, Dong Wang
RNA polymerase II (pol II) encounters numerous barriers during transcription elongation, including DNA strand breaks, DNA lesions, and nucleosomes. Pyrrole-imidazole (Py-Im) polyamides bind to the minor groove of DNA with programmable sequence specificity and high affinity. Previous studies suggest that Py-Im polyamides can prevent transcription factor binding, as well as interfere with pol II transcription elongation. However, the mechanism of pol II inhibition by Py-Im polyamides is unclear. Here we investigate the mechanism of how these minor-groove binders affect pol II transcription elongation...
November 1, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771483/senataxin-genome-guardian-at-the-interface-of-transcription-and-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Matthias Groh, Laura Oana Albulescu, Agnese Cristini, Natalia Gromak
R-loops comprise an RNA/DNA hybrid and displaced single-stranded DNA. They play crucial biological functions and are implicated in neurological diseases, including ataxias, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, nucleotide expansion disorders (Friedreich ataxia, Fragile X syndrome) and cancer. Currently it is unclear which mechanisms cause R-loops structures to become pathogenic. The RNA/DNA helicase Senataxin (SETX) is one of the best characterised R-loop-binding factors in vivo. Mutations in SETX are linked to two neurodegenerative disorders: ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 (AOA2) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis type 4 (ALS4)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730285/big-data-mining-powers-fungal-research-recent-advances-in-fission-yeast-systems-biology-approaches
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REVIEW
Zhe Wang
Biology research has entered into big data era. Systems biology approaches therefore become the powerful tools to obtain the whole landscape of how cell separate, grow, and resist the stresses. Fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is wonderful unicellular eukaryote model, especially studying its division and metabolism can facilitate to understanding the molecular mechanism of cancer and discovering anticancer agents. In this perspective, we discuss the recent advanced fission yeast systems biology tools, mainly focus on metabolomics profiling and metabolic modeling, protein-protein interactome and genetic interaction network, DNA sequencing and applications, and high-throughput phenotypic screening...
June 2017: Current Genetics
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