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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433890/il-37-induces-autophagy-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-by-inhibiting-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway
#1
Ting-Ting Li, Di Zhu, Tong Mou, Zhen Guo, Jun-Liang Pu, Qing-Song Chen, Xu-Fu Wei, Zhong-Jun Wu
Autophagy is an intracellular "self-eating" process that is closely related to inflammation and cellular immunity. New studies indicate that autophagy is also involved in tumor suppression. The anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-37 (IL-37) has been shown to have tumor-suppressive abilities in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Notably, autophagy appears to play a dual role in the development of HCC and may be involved in both tumorigenesis and tumor suppression. However, the potential role of IL-37 in autophagy is currently unknown...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402954/chaperone-mediated-autophagy-compensates-for-impaired-macroautophagy-in-the-cirrhotic-liver-to-promote-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Srinivas Chava, Christine Lee, Yucel Aydin, Partha K Chandra, Asha Dash, Milad Chedid, Swan N Thung, Krzysztof Moroz, Tong Wu, Nabeen C Nayak, Srikanta Dash
Macroautophagy and chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) represent two major lysosomal degradation processes and often compensate for one another to facilitate cell survival. The aim of this study was to determine whether these autophagy pathways could compensate for one another to promote HCC cell survival in the cirrhotic liver. Analysis of normal liver tissue showed no expression of glypican-3 or p62 proteins, suggesting that macroautophagy is the major contributor to autophagic flux under non-pathological conditions...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401012/nrsn2-promotes-osteosarcoma-cell-proliferation-and-growth-through-pi3k-akt-mtor-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Ajimu Keremu, Xiayimaierdan Maimaiti, Abudusaimi Aimaiti, Maimaiaili Yushan, Yamuhanmode Alike, Yilizati Yilihamu, Aihemaitijiang Yusufu
Osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer in children and adults. However, its pathogenesis, especially molecular mechanisms remain elusive. In current study, we screened GEO Database and found a poorly studied protein Neurensin-2 (NRSN2), which is highly expressed in osteosarcoma tissues. Neurensin-2 (NRSN2) is a small neuronal membrane protein and localized in small vesicles in neural cells, previous study found that it has been implicated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395710/-interleukin-37-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-of-smmc-7721-cells-by-inhibiting-phosphorylation-of-mtor
#4
Tingting Li, Di Zhu, Tong Mou, Zhen Guo, Junliang Pu, Zhongjun Wu
Objective To investigate the underlying mechanism by which interleukin-37 (IL-37) induces the apoptosis and autophagy in SMMC-7721 cells. Methods SMMC-7721 cells were incubated in vitro and divided into two groups, IL-37 treated group and control group. The cells were treated with (50, 100, 200) ng/mL of recombinant human interleukin-37 (rhIL-37). CCK-8 assay was used to detect the cell proliferation of SMMC-7721 cells. Cell apoptosis was measured by flow cytometry. Western blot analysis was performed to examine the expressions of apoptosis-related proteins, Bax, Bcl-2, and autophagy related proteins, microtubule-associated proteins 1 light chain 3 (LC3), beclin 1 and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)...
April 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387249/lanatoside-c-a-cardiac-glycoside-acts-through-protein-kinase-c%C3%AE-to-cause-apoptosis-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#5
Min-Wu Chao, Tzu-Hsuan Chen, Han-Li Huang, Yu-Wei Chang, Wei-Chun HuangFu, Yu-Ching Lee, Che-Ming Teng, Shiow-Lin Pan
Recent studies have revealed that cardiac glycosides, such as digitalis and digoxin, have anticancer activity and may serve as lead compounds for the development of cancer treatments. The poor prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients reflects the development of resistance to current chemotherapeutic agents, highlighting the need for discovering new small-molecule therapeutics. Here, we found that lanatoside C, an anti-arrhythmic agent extracted from Digitalis lanata, inhibited the growth of HCC cells and dramatically decreased tumor volume as well as delayed tumor growth without obvious body weight loss...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369747/bioengineered-three-dimensional-co-culture-of-cancer-cells-and-endothelial-cells-a-model-system-for-dual-analysis-of-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis
#6
Geraldine Giap Ying Chiew, Na Wei, Samiksha Sultania, Sierin Lim, Kathy Qian Luo
Angiogenesis marks the transformation of a benign local tumor into a life-threatening disease. Many in vitro assays are available on two-dimensional (2D) platforms, however, limited research has been conducted to investigate the behavior of tumors and endothelial cells (ECs) grown on three-dimensional (3D) platforms. This study provides a 3D co-culture spheroid of tumor cells with endothelial cells (ECs) to study the interplay between ECs and tumor cells. In a 3D co-culture with HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, ECs differentiate to form tubule networks when in co-culture...
March 28, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366631/the-anti-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-activity-by-a-novel-mtor-kinase-inhibitor-cz415
#7
Wei Zhang, Bingyu Chen, Yu Zhang, Kaiqiang Li, Ke Hao, Luxi Jiang, Xiaozhou Mou, Xiaodong Xu, Zhen Wang
Dysregulation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents a valuable treatment target. Recent studies have developed a highly-selective and potent mTOR kinase inhibitor, CZ415. Here, we showed that nM concentrations of CZ415 efficiently inhibited survival and induced apoptosis in HCC cell lines (HepG2 and Huh-7) and primary-cultured human HCC cells. Meanwhile, CZ415 inhibited proliferation of HCC cells, more potently than mTORC1 inhibitors (rapamycin and RAD001). CZ415 was yet non-cytotoxic to the L02 human hepatocytes...
March 30, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351032/baicalein-a-natural-anti-cancer-compound-alters-microrna-expression-profiles-in-bel-7402-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#8
Beibei Bie, Jin Sun, Jun Li, Ying Guo, Wei Jiang, Chen Huang, Jun Yang, Zongfang Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Baicalein has been shown to possess significant anti-hepatoma activity by inhibiting cell proliferation. Whether the anti-proliferative effect of baicalein is related to its modulation of miRNA expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unknown. METHODS: The anti-proliferative effects of baicalein on HCC cell line Bel-7402 was assessed by detecting the proliferation activity, cell cycle distribution, expression changes of p21/CDKN1A, P27/CDKN1B, total Akt and phosphoryted AKT...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346420/hepatic-cyclooxygenase-2-overexpression-induced-spontaneous-hepatocellular-carcinoma-formation-in-mice
#9
H Chen, W Cai, E S H Chu, J Tang, C-C Wong, S H Wong, W Sun, Q Liang, J Fang, Z Sun, J Yu
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the direct causative effect of COX-2 in spontaneous HCC formation remains unknown. We thus investigate the role and molecular pathogenesis of COX-2 in HCC by using liver-specific COX-2 transgenic (TG) mice. We found spontaneous HCC formation with elevated inflammatory infiltrates and neovessels in male TG mice (3/21, 14.3%), but not in any of male WT mice (0/19). Reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) and gene expression microarrays were performed in the HCC tumor and non-HCC liver tissues to investigate the molecular mechanisms of COX-2-driven HCC...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345271/immunosuppression-with-mtor-inhibitors-prevents-the-development-of-donor-specific-antibodies-after-liver-transplant
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Katharina Willuweit, Andreas Heinold, Jassin Rashidi-Alavijeh, Falko M Heinemann, Peter A Horn, Andreas Paul, Guido Gerken, Kerstin Herzer
BACKGROUND: Donor-specific antibodies (DSAs) are an important cause of complications after solid organ transplant. Risk factors and, thus, strategies for preventing DSA development are not well defined. METHODS: The DSA status of 400 patients who underwent liver transplant (LT) at the outpatient clinic of the University Hospital Essen was determined. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies were detected by single-antigen bead technology. The strength of DSAs was reported as mean fluorescence intensity...
March 26, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334043/cc-223-blocks-mtorc1-c2-activation-and-inhibits-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#11
Zichen Xie, Jiqin Wang, Mei Liu, Deshan Chen, Chao Qiu, Keyu Sun
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related human mortalities. Over-activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is important for HCC tumorigenesis and progression. The current study assessed the potential anti-HCC activity by a novel mTOR kinase inhibitor, CC-223. We demonstrate that CC-223, at nM concentrations, induced profound cytotoxic and anti-proliferative activities against established HCC cell lines (HepG2, KYN-2 and Huh-7) and primary human HCC cells. Meanwhile, CC-223 activated caspase-3/-9 and apoptosis in the above HCC cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333142/hydrogen-sulfide-promotes-autophagy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-through-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Shanshan S Wang, Yuhan H Chen, Ning Chen, Lijun J Wang, Dexi X Chen, Honglei L Weng, Steven Dooley, Huiguo G Ding
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), in its gaseous form, plays an important role in tumor carcinogenesis. This study investigated the effects of H2S on the cell biological functions of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HCC cell lines, HepG2 and HLE, were treated with NaHS, a donor of H2S, and rapamycin, a classic autophagy inducer, for different lengths of time. Western blotting, immunofluorescence, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scratch assay, CCK-8 and flow cytometric analysis were carried out to examine the effects of H2S on HCC autophagy, cell behavior and PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314268/clinical-significance-of-fancd2-gene-expression-and-its-association-with-tumor-progression-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hisateru Komatsu, Takaaki Masuda, Tomohiro Iguchi, Sho Nambara, Kuniaki Sato, Quingjang Hu, Hidenari Hirata, Shuhei Ito, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Keishi Sugimachi, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Koshi Mimori
BACKGROUND/AIM: Fanconi anemia complementation group D2 (FANCD2) gene is vitally involved in DNA damage responses. We investigated the clinical significance of FANCD2 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: FANCD2 mRNA expression of resected HCC tissues was assessed in two HCC cohorts; Our cases (n=111), and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA; n=371). Gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) was conducted using the TCGA dataset. Proliferation and invasion assays were performed using siRNAs, and the effect of inhibition of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway was evaluated...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284560/computational-discovery-of-niclosamide-ethanolamine-a-repurposed-drug-candidate-that-reduces-growth-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-in-vitro-and-in-mice-by-inhibiting-cdc37-signaling
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Bin Chen, Wei Wei, Li Ma, Bin Yang, Ryan M Gill, Mei-Sze Chua, Atul J Butte, Samuel So
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Drug repositioning offers a shorter approval process than new drug development. We therefore searched large public datasets of drug-induced gene expression signatures to identify agents that might be effective against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: We searched public databases of mRNA expression patterns reported from HCC specimens from patients, HCC cell lines, and cells exposed to various drugs. We identified drugs that might specifically increase expression of genes that are downregulated in HCCs and reduce expression of genes upregulated in HCCs using a non-parametric, rank-based pattern-matching strategy based on the Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic...
March 8, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276313/inhibition-of-mmp-2-expression-enhances-the-anti-tumor-effect-of-sorafenib-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-suppressing-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway
#15
Wenliang Tan, Sicong Zhu, Jun Cao, Lei Zhang, Wenda Li, Kairui Liu, Jinyi Zhong, Changzhen Shang, Yajin Chen
Sorafenib has been globally approved as the standard treatment for patients with advanced Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the response rate of HCC patients to sorafenib is limited due to tumor recurrence and metastasis. Therefore, seeking combined therapeutic strategies with sorafenib is necessary to improve the anti-tumor efficiency. Here we demonstrated that expression of MMP-2 positively correlated with the migration ability of HCC cells. Cells with higher MMP-2 expression (SK-HEP-1 cells) were less sensitive to sorafenib than those with lower MMP-2 expression (HepG2 cells)...
March 8, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266023/astragaloside-ii-sensitizes-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-to-5-fluorouracil-via-suppression-of-autophagy
#16
Meng Wang, Can Huang, Yong Su, Cui Yang, Quan Xia, Du-Juan Xu
OBJECTIVES: Inhibition of autophagy has been increasingly recognized as a potential therapeutic approach against cancer. Our previous reports showed that Astragaloside II improves hepatic cancer cells resistance by downregulating MDR1 and P-gp .The purpose of this study was to further investigated the effect of autophagy on AS-II reversing multidrug resistance and its molecular mechanism in hepatocellular carcinoma cells in vitro. METHODS: Bel-7402 and Bel-7402/FU cell lines were used in this study...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259820/bclb-methylated-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-is-a-starvation-stress%C3%A2-sensor-that-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-through-the%C3%A2-ampk-mtor-signaling-cascade
#17
Xiaolong Liu, Xiaotong Hu, Yeye Kuang, Peijian Yan, Lili Li, Chen Li, Qian Tao, Xiujun Cai
Epigenetic disruption of tumor suppressor genes (TSGs), particularly DNA methylation, plays a key role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) pathogenesis. Through methylome study, we identified BCLB as a methylated gene in HCC. BCLB was methylated in all tumor cell lines with silenced or reduced expression. BCLB was further found to be silenced in 55.2% (58/105) of HCC samples, while 91.4% (96/105) of paired non-tumor tissues showed high BCLB expression. BCLB protein expression was significantly correlated with HBV status (p = 0...
March 2, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199961/proteomic-analysis-of-laser-capture-microdissected-focal-lesions-in-a-rat-model-of-progenitor-marker-positive-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Adeola O Adebayo Michael, Nagib Ahsan, Valerie Zabala, Heather Francois-Vaughan, Stephanie Post, Kate E Brilliant, Arthur R Salomon, Jennifer A Sanders, Philip A Gruppuso
We have shown previously that rapamycin, the canonical inhibitor of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) complex 1, markedly inhibits the growth of focal lesions in the resistant hepatocyte (Solt-Farber) model of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the rat. In the present study, we characterized the proteome of persistent, pre-neoplastic focal lesions in this model. One group was administered rapamycin by subcutaneous pellet for 3 weeks following partial hepatectomy and euthanized 4 weeks after the cessation of rapamycin...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195035/pre-s2-mutant-induced-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-signal-pathways-as-potential-therapeutic-targets-for-hepatitis-b-virus-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Chiao-Fang Teng, Han-Chieh Wu, Woei-Cherng Shyu, Long-Bin Jeng, Ih-Jen Su
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Pre-S2 mutant represents an HBV oncoprotein that is accumulated in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and manifests as type II ground glass hepatocytes (GGHs). Pre-S2 mutant can induce ER stress and initiate multiple ER stress-dependent or -independent cellular signal pathways, leading to growth advantage of type II GGH. Importantly, the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signal pathways are consistently activated throughout the liver tumorigenesis in pre-S2 mutant transgenic mice and in human HCC tissues, leading to hepatocyte proliferation, metabolic disorders, and HCC tumorigenesis...
February 14, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128716/immunosuppression-strategies-in-liver-transplantation-patient-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Alexander E Giakoustidis, Dimitrios E Giakoustidis
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) consists the main primary malignant tumor of the liver. There is an underlining liver cirrhosis mainly attributed to chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus, alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and other pathologic conditions. Liver transplantation consists a radical management, treating both cancer and cirrhosis. By introducing the Milan Criteria for liver transplantation in HCC patients there was a 5-year survival escalation. Even though there is a careful selection of patients with HCC for transplantation, recurrent disease is still high...
January 2017: Immunotherapy
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