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Yini Wang, Zhao Wang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a condition of uncontrolled immune activation with a high mortality rate. The recommended therapeutic guideline for HLH was published by the Histiocyte Society in 1994 and revised in 2004, which greatly improved the survival in patients with HLH. However, HLH is still a refractory disease for which the search for novel treatments continues. This article overviewed recent advances in treatment of HLH. RECENT FINDINGS: Current practices in treatment extend from chemo-immunotherapy to some new cytokine-targeting biologicals, which are more effective to eliminate pathologically activated T cells and resist exaggerated cytokine storm...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Hematology
Harrison Liu, Steven Chen, Kevin Huang, Jeffrey Kim, Han Mo, Raffael Iovine, Julie Gendre, Pauline Pascal, Qiang Li, Yaping Sun, Zhiqiang Dong, Michelle Arkin, Su Guo, Bo Huang
Drug discovery in whole-organisms such as zebrafish is a promising approach for identifying biologically-relevant lead compounds. However, high content imaging of zebrafish at cellular resolution is challenging due to the difficulty in orienting larvae en masse such that the cell type of interest is in clear view. We report the development of the multi-pose imaging method, which uses 96-well round bottom plates combined with a standard liquid handler to repose the larvae within each well multiple times, such that an image in a specific orientation can be acquired...
2016: PloS One
Shubhendu Palei, Henning D Mootz
Cyclic peptides are highly desired molecules not only for basic research but also for many biomedical and pharmacological applications. Due to their potentially superior physicochemical properties as compared to their linear counterparts, they are considered as ideal candidates for studying protein-protein interactions, among others. Most of the methods developed in recent years to prepare cyclic peptides focus either on a synthetic or a recombinant route. While the former provides access to diversified, noncanonical peptides, including unnatural and D-amino acid, for example, the latter can harness the power of genetic randomization to generate and select from large peptide libraries...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Hou-Qun Ying, Hong-Xin Peng, Bang-Shun He, Yu-Qin Pan, Feng Wang, Hui-Ling Sun, Xian Liu, Jie Chen, Kang Lin, Shu-Kui Wang
Genetic variation within microRNA (miRNA) may result in its abnormal folding or aberrant expression, contributing to colorectal turmorigenesis and metastasis. However, the association of six polymorphisms (miR-608 rs4919510, miR-499a rs3746444, miR-146a rs2910164, pre-miR-143 rs41291957, pre-miR-124-1 rs531564 and pre-miR-26a-1 rs7372209) with colorectal cancer (CRC) risk, therapeutic response and survival remains unclear. A retrospective study was carried out to investigate the association in 1358 0-III stage resected CRC patients and 1079 healthy controls using Sequenom's MassARRAY platform...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Delphine Albrecht, Johanna Ceschin, Jim Dompierre, Florian Gueniot, Benoît Pinson, Bertrand Daignan-Fornier
Identifying synthetic lethal interactions has emerged as a promising new therapeutic approach aimed at targeting cancer cells directly. Here, we used the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a simple eukaryotic model to screen for mutations resulting in a synthetic lethality with 5-Amino-4-Imidazole CarboxAmide Ribonucleoside (AICAR) treatment. Indeed, AICAR has been reported to inhibit the proliferation of multiple cancer cell lines. Here, we found that loss of several histone-modifying enzymes, including Bre1 (histone H2B ubiquitination) and Set1 (histone H3 lysine 4 methylation), greatly enhanced AICAR inhibition on growth via combined-effects of both the drug and the mutations on G1 cyclins...
October 5, 2016: Genetics
Katharina Koch, Rudolf Hartmann, Friederike Schröter, Abigail Kora Suwala, Donata Maciaczyk, Andrea Caroline Krüger, Dieter Willbold, Ulf Dietrich Kahlert, Jaroslaw Maciaczyk
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most malignant brain tumor with very limited therapeutic options. Standard multimodal treatments, including surgical resection and combined radio-chemotherapy do not target the most aggressive subtype of glioma cells, brain tumor stem cells (BTSCs). BTSCs are thought to be responsible for tumor initiation, progression, and relapse. Furthermore, they have been associated with the expression of mesenchymal features as a result of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) thereby inducing tumor dissemination and chemo resistance...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
T Han, H Hu, M Zhuo, L Wang, J-J Cui, F Jiao, L-W Wang
Pancreatic cancer remains a worldwide issue and burden that is hard to resolve given its low resection rate and chemo-resistance. Early diagnosis and early treatment are critical for conquering pancreatic cancer. Therefore, new biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis are urgently needed. Previously, researchers mainly focused on protein-coding genetic and epigenetic changes in many types of cancers, and regarded the non-coding part as waste. Recently, however, long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) has emerged as a major participant in carcinogenesis, as it regulates cell proliferation, migration, invasion, metastasis, chemo-resistance, etc...
September 26, 2016: Current Molecular Medicine
N V Lobanova, L V Shishkina, M V Ryzhova, G L Kobyakov, R V Sycheva, S A Burov, A V Luk'yanov, Zh R Omarova
UNLABELLED: Glioblastoma is the most common primary malignant glial tumor of the brain in adult patients. AIM: to define the prognostic value of isocitrate dehydrogenase-1 (IDH-1) mutation and methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) methylation status in patients with glioblastoma (GB) and to analyze the impact of clinical data (gender, age, and tumor site), histological variants of the tumor structure, and time to development of recurrences on the course of the disease...
July 2016: Arkhiv Patologii
Gero Knittel, Paul Liedgens, Darya Korovkina, Christian P Pallasch, H Christian Reinhardt
Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of aggressive lymphoma in the Western world and remains a clinical challenge. Two types of DLBCL are distinguishable, namely a germinal center B cell-like phenotype (GCB) and an activated B cell-like phenotype (ABC). Particularly ABC-DLBCL is difficult to treat, as this sub-entity typically displays resistance against frontline chemo-immune therapy. Through the availability of novel experimental technologies, such as next generation sequencing and cutting edge mouse models, we recently caught an unprecedentedly detailed glimpse at the genomic and biological features of ABC-DLBCL...
August 16, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
Vishal Chandra, Yun-Mi Lee, Usha Gupta, Balraj Mittal, Jong Joo Kim, Rajani Rai
CD44 is a well-established cancer stem cell marker playing a crucial role in tumor metastasis, recurrence and chemo-resistance. Genetic variants of CD44 have been shown to be associated with susceptibility to various cancers; however, the results are confounding. Hence, we performed a meta-analysis to clarify these associations more accurately. Overall, rs13347 (T vs. C: OR=1.30, p=<0.004, pcorr=0.032; CT vs. CC: OR=1.29, p=0.015, pcorr=0.047; TT vs. CC: OR=1.77, p=<0.000, pcorr=0.018; CT+TT vs. CC: OR=1...
July 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Adi Sharbi-Yunger, Mareike Grees, Esther Tzehoval, Jochen Utikal, Viktor Umansky, Lea Eisenbach
Malignant melanoma is characterized by a rapid progression, metastasis to distant organs and resistance to chemo and radiotherapy. Although melanoma is capable of eliciting an immune response, the disease progresses and the overall results of immunotherapeutic clinical studies are not satisfactory. Recently, we have developed a novel genetic platform for improving an induction of peptide-specific CD8(+) T cells by dendritic cell (DC) based on membrane-anchored β2-microglobulin (β2m) linked to a selected antigenic peptide at the N-terminus and to the cytosolic domain of TLR4 at the C-terminus...
June 2016: Oncoimmunology
Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Yavuz Oktay, Konstantinos Vougas, Maria Louka, Constantinos E Vorgias, Alexandros G Georgakilas
Breast cancer cells are suggested to be organized in a hierarchical manner with a subpopulation of stem cells, termed as breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs), which contribute significantly to tumorigenesis, cancer recurrence and metastasis. BCSCs have been demonstrated to exhibit significant resistance to conventional chemo- and radiotherapy. Recent evidence suggests that treatment of breast cancers with radiation or chemotherapy agents induces stem cell-like properties in non-stem cells. Herein, we provide an overview of the key determinants of resistance to chemotherapy and radiation in BCSCs...
October 1, 2016: Cancer Letters
Akhil Srivastava, Anish Babu, Justyna Filant, Katherine M Moxley, Rachel Ruskin, Danny Dhanasekaran, Anil K Sood, Scott McMeekin, Rajagopal Ramesh
The bottleneck in current vector-based cancer therapy is the targeted and controlled release of therapeutics in tumors. Exosomes are submicron-sized vesicles that are secreted by all cell types and are involved in communication and transportation of materials between cells. Analogous in size and function to synthetic nanoparticles, exosomes offer many advantages, rendering them the most promising candidates for targeted drug or gene delivery vehicles. Patient-specific customized therapeutic strategies can be engineered using exosomes derived from the patient's own healthy cells...
June 2016: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
Abdulhadi A Alamodi, Abdulaziz M Eshaq, Sofie-Yasmin Hassan, Youssef Al Hmada, Siraj M El Jamal, Ahmed M Fothan, Omair M Arain, Sarah-Lilly Hassan, Youssef Haikel, Mosaad Megahed, Mohamed Hassan
Human malignant melanoma is a highly aggressive skin tumor that is characterized by its extraordinary heterogeneity, propensity for dissemination to distant organs and resistance to cytotoxic agents. Although chemo- and immune-based therapies have been evaluated in clinical trials, most of these therapeutics do not show significant benefit for patients with advanced disease. Treatment failure in melanoma patients is attributed mainly to the development of tumor heterogeneity resulting from the formation of genetically divergent subpopulations...
December 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Catherine J Fricano-Kugler, Michael R Williams, Julia R Salinaro, Meijie Li, Bryan Luikart
Replication defective lentiviruses or retroviruses are capable of stably integrating transgenes into the genome of an infected host cell. This technique has been widely used to encode fluorescent proteins, opto- or chemo-genetic controllers of cell activity, or heterologous expression of human genes in model organisms. These viruses have also successfully been used to deliver recombinases to relevant target sites in transgenic animals, or even deliver small hairpin or micro RNAs in order to manipulate gene expression...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Ling Li, Tao Zhu, Yuan-Feng Gao, Wei Zheng, Chen-Jing Wang, Ling Xiao, Ma-Sha Huang, Ji-Ye Yin, Hong-Hao Zhou, Zhao-Qian Liu
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide due to its high incidence and mortality. As the most common lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a terrible threat to human health. Despite improvements in diagnosis and combined treatments including surgical resection, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the overall survival for NSCLC patients still remains poor. DNA damage is considered to be the primary cause of lung cancer development and is normally recognized and repaired by the intrinsic DNA damage response machinery...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mohammad Mehdi Ranjbar, Vahideh Assadolahi, Mohsen Yazdani, Donya Nikaein, Behnam Rashidieh
Hydro-alcoholic fruit extract of Cordia myxa was considerably effective on curing acute inflammation in mouse model. Previous studies suggested significant anti-inflammatory activities as well as potential anticancer agent of α-amyrins in seeds. Inhibition of Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and 5-Lipooxygenase (5-LOX) is significant in cancer prevention and therapeutics although this inhibition with chemo-drugs has its own side-effects. It is shown that these enzymes pathways are related to several cancers including colon, breast and lung cancer...
2016: EXCLI journal
János Szolcsányi
Capsaicin, a selective activator of the chemo- and heat-sensitive transient receptor potential (TRP) V1 cation channel, has characteristic feature of causing long-term functional and structural impairment of neural elements supplied by TRPV1/capsaicin receptor. In mammals, systemic application of capsaicin induces complex heat-loss response characteristic for each species and avoidance of warm environment. Capsaicin activates cutaneous warm receptors and polymodal nociceptors but has no effect on cold receptors or mechanoreceptors...
April 2015: Temperature: Multidisciplinary Biomedical Journal
Carmen Diana Herling, Marion Klaumünzer, Cristiano Krings Rocha, Janine Altmüller, Holger Thiele, Jasmin Bahlo, Sandra Kluth, Giuliano Crispatzu, Marco Herling, Joanna Schiller, Anja Engelke, Eugen Tausch, Hartmut Döhner, Kirsten Fischer, Valentin Goede, Peter Nürnberg, Hans Christian Reinhardt, Stephan Stilgenbauer, Michael Hallek, Karl-Anton Kreuzer
Genetic instability is a feature of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with adverse prognosis. We hypothesized that chromosomal translocations or complex karyotypes and distinct somatic mutations may impact outcome after first-line chemoimmunotherapy of CLL patients. We performed metaphase karyotyping and next-generation sequencing (NGS) of 85 genes in pretreatment blood samples obtained from 161 patients registered for CLL11, a 3-arm phase 3 trial comparing frontline chlorambucil (Clb) vs Clb plus rituximab (Clb-R) or Clb plus obinutuzumab in CLL patients with significant comorbidity...
July 21, 2016: Blood
Rajneesh Pathania, Sabarish Ramachandran, Gurusamy Mariappan, Priyanka Thakur, Huidong Shi, Jeong-Hyeon Choi, Santhakumar Manicassamy, Ravindra Kolhe, Puttur D Prasad, Suash Sharma, Bal L Lokeshwar, Vadivel Ganapathy, Muthusamy Thangaraju
Recently, impressive technical advancements have been made in the isolation and validation of mammary stem cells and cancer stem cells (CSC), but the signaling pathways that regulate stem cell self-renewal are largely unknown. Furthermore, CSCs are believed to contribute to chemo- and radioresistance. In this study, we used the MMTV-Neu-Tg mouse mammary tumor model to identify potential new strategies for eliminating CSCs. We found that both luminal progenitor and basal stem cells are susceptible to genetic and epigenetic modifications, which facilitate oncogenic transformation and tumorigenic potential...
June 1, 2016: Cancer Research
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