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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812434/-pemetrexed-sildenafil-via-autophagy-dependent-hdac-down-regulation-enhances-the-immunotherapy-response-of-nsclc-cells
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Laurence Booth, Jane L Roberts, Andrew Poklepovic, Paul Dent
Pemetrexed is an approved therapeutic in NSCLC and ovarian cancer. Our studies focused on the ability of [pemetrexed + sildenafil] exposure to alter the immunogenicity of lung and ovarian cancer cells. Treatment of lung and ovarian cancer cells with [pemetrexed + sildenafil] in vitro rapidly reduced the expression of PD-L1, PD-L2 and ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), and increased the expression of Class I MHCA. In a cell-specific fashion, some cells also released the immunogenic nuclear protein HMGB1 into the extracellular environment...
August 16, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812173/melatonin-attenuates-pain-hypersensitivity-and-decreases-astrocyte-mediated-spinal-neuroinflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-oxaliplatin-induced-pain
#2
Ye-Song Wang, Yuan-Yuan Li, Wei Cui, Li-Bin Li, Zhao-Cai Zhang, Bao-Ping Tian, Gen-Sheng Zhang
Neuroinflammatory response in spinal dorsal horn has been demonstrated to be a critical factor in oxaliplatin-induced pain. Melatonin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allodynia effects in both preclinical and clinical studies. In the present study, we investigated the role of systemic administration of melatonin on oxaliplatin-induced pain. Intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection with oxaliplatin induced significantly mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia. Melatonin (i.p.) significantly alleviated mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia in the oxaliplatin but not sham-treated rats...
August 15, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812060/reolysin-and-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#3
Alena C Jaime-Ramirez, Jun-Ge Yu, Enrico Caserta, Ji Young Yoo, Jianying Zhang, Tae Jin Lee, Craig Hofmeister, John H Lee, Bhavna Kumar, Quintin Pan, Pawan Kumar, Robert Baiocchi, Theodoros Teknos, Flavia Pichiorri, Balveen Kaur, Matthew Old
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are emerging as powerful anti-cancer agents and are currently being tested for their safety and efficacy in patients. Reovirus (Reolysin), a naturally occurring non-pathogenic, double-stranded RNA virus, has natural oncolytic activity and is being tested in phase I-III clinical trials in a variety of tumor types. With its recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) orphan drug designation for several tumor types, Reolysin is a potential therapeutic agent for various cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), which have a 5-year survival of ∼55%...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811974/ex-vivo-assessment-of-drug-response-on-breast-cancer-primary-tissue-with-preserved-microenvironments
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Manuele G Muraro, Simone Muenst, Valentina Mele, Luca Quagliata, Giandomenica Iezzi, Alexandar Tzankov, Walter P Weber, Giulio C Spagnoli, Savas D Soysal
Interaction between cancerous, non-transformed cells, and non-cellular components within the tumor microenvironment plays a key role in response to treatment. However, short-term culture or xenotransplantation of cancer specimens in immunodeficient animals results in dramatic modifications of the tumor microenvironment, thus preventing reliable assessment of compounds or biologicals of potential therapeutic relevance. We used a perfusion-based bioreactor developed for tissue engineering purposes to successfully maintain the tumor microenvironment of freshly excised breast cancer tissue obtained from 27 breast cancer patients and used this platform to test the therapeutic effect of antiestrogens as well as checkpoint-inhibitors on the cancer cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811971/preclinical-immunopet-ct-imaging-using-zr-89-labeled-anti-pd-l1-monoclonal-antibody-for-assessing-radiation-induced-pd-l1-upregulation-in-head-and-neck-cancer-and-melanoma
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Masahiro Kikuchi, David A Clump, Raghvendra M Srivastava, Lingyi Sun, Dexing Zeng, Julio A Diaz-Perez, Carolyn J Anderson, W Barry Edwards, Robert L Ferris
Radiation therapy (RT) can induce upregulation of programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) on tumor cells or myeloid cells, which may affect response to PD-1-based immunotherapy. PD-L1 upregulation during RT is a dynamic process that has been difficult to monitor during treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the RT-induced PD-L1 upregulation in the tumor and its microenvironment using immunoPET/CT imaging of two syngeneic murine tumor models (HPV+ head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) or B16F10 melanoma)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810553/evaluation-of-the-c-domain-of-heparanase-during-age-induced-macrophage-inflammatory-response
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Qiaojing Qin, Guang Xu, Weiwei Qi, Mei Guo, Zhaoxia Wang, Wangjie Xu, Zhongdong Qiao, Yong Gu, Jianying Niu
Diabetic vasculopathy is intensified by macrophage inflammation caused by advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Heparanase (HPA) is a unique endoglycosidase, which cleaves heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) including syndecan-1 (Syn-1) to further stimulate macrophage cell migration and inflammation. The present study was planned to evaluated the role of C-domain (if any) of HPA in AGE inflammatory response in macrophages. Cell viability was assessed using MTT assay, migration assay, ELISA for tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β) levels, mRNA expression by RT-PCR and heparan degrading enzyme assay for HPA activity...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810545/electroacupuncture-attenuates-learning-and-memory-impairment-via-activation-of-%C3%AE-7nachr-mediated-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-focal-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injured-rats
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Jiao Liu, Chunyan Li, Hongwei Peng, Kunqiang Yu, Jing Tao, Ruhui Lin, Lidian Chen
Studies have reported that electroacupuncture (EA) may reduce learning and memory impairment following cerebral ischemic injury. However, the precise mechanism of action remains unclear. In the present study, the attenuation of focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury by EA in rats was investigated. EA at the Baihui (DU 20) and Shenting (DU 24) acupoints was demonstrated to significantly improve performance in the Morris water maze task, with shortened latency time and increased frequency of passing the platform...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810515/physcion-blocks-cell-cycle-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cells-by-downregulating-hoxa5
#8
Fei Gao, Wenjun Liu, Qulian Guo, Yongqi Bai, Hong Yang, Hongying Chen
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) presents the most common type of malignancy in children and ranks the third most common cancer in adults. This study is aimed to investigate the anti-leukemia activity of physcion in ALL. Our results have showed that physcion could significantly suppress cell growth, induce apoptosis and blocked cell cycle progression in vitro. Mechanistically, we found that physcion downregulated the expression of HOXA5, which is responsible for the anti-leukemia activity of physcion. To verify this finding, siRNA targeting HOXA5 and overexpressing plasmid were used to repress HOXA5 expression and introduce ectopic overexpression of HOXA5 in ALL cell lines, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810264/mesenchymal-stem-cells-promote-diabetic-corneal-epithelial-wound-healing-through-tsg-6-dependent-stem-cell-activation-and-macrophage-switch
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Guohu Di, Xianli Du, Xia Qi, Xiaowen Zhao, Haoyun Duan, Suxia Li, Lixin Xie, Qingjun Zhou
Purpose: To explore the role and mechanism of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) in corneal epithelial wound healing in type 1 diabetic mice. Methods: Diabetic mice were treated with subconjunctival injections of BM-MSCs or recombinant tumor necrosis factor-α-stimulated gene/protein-6 (TSG-6). The corneal epithelial wound healing rate was examined by fluorescein staining. The mRNA and protein expression levels of TSG-6 were measured by quantitative RT-PCR and Western blot...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808777/phase-ii-study-of-bi-weekly-temozolomide-plus-bevacizumab-for-adult-patients-with-recurrent-glioblastoma
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Michael A Badruddoja, Marjorie Pazzi, Abhay Sanan, Kurt Schroeder, Kevin Kuzma, Thomas Norton, Thomas Scully, Daruka Mahadevan, Michael Malek Ahmadi
PURPOSE: Bevacizumab is an active anti-angiogenic agent in the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma. Temozolomide can prolong survival in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. At recurrence, alternate dosing of temozolomide has shown to further deplete methyl-guanine-methyltransferase (MGMT) conferring added activity for patients who have progressed on the standard dosing regimen. In this study, bevacizumab plus biweekly temozolomide was evaluated for efficacy in adult patients with recurrent glioblastoma...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808406/peimine-inhibits-the-production-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-through-regulation-of-the-phosphorylation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapks-in-hmc-1-cells
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Ji Hye Park, Bina Lee, Hyun Kab Kim, Eun-Young Kim, Jae-Hyun Kim, Ju-Hee Min, Sunkook Kim, Youngjoo Sohn, Hyuk-Sang Jung
BACKGROUND: Peimine is a major biologically active component of Fritillaria ussuriensis. Peimine was investigated in chronic inflammation response, but it has not been studied in mast cell-related immediate allergic reaction. The present study aimed to evaluate anti-allergic effect of peimine in human mast cell (HMC-1). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effect of peimine on cell viability was measured by MTS assay in HMC-1. Histamine release was investigated in rat peritoneal mast cells (RPMCs)...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808213/the-interaction-between-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-cascade-and-pkg-activation-in-cancer
#12
Kevin Lee, Gary A Piazza
The activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling cascade has been well studied and documented in colorectal cancer (CRC). The long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has been shown to reduce the incidence and risk of death from CRC in numerous epidemiological studies. The NSAID sulindac has also been reported to cause regression of precancerous adenomas in individuals with familial adenomatous polyposis who are at high risk of developing CRC. The mechanism responsible for cancer chemopreventive activity of NSAIDs is not well understood but may be unrelated to their cyclooxygenase inhibitory activity...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808038/the-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-pathway-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-bladder-cancer
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Shuxiong Zeng, Yanjun Zhu, Ai-Hong Ma, Weimin Yu, Hongyong Zhang, Tzu-Yin Lin, Wei Shi, Clifford G Tepper, Paul T Henderson, Susan Airhart, Jianming Guo, Chuanliang Xu, Ralph de Vere White, Chong-Xian Pan
PURPOSE: Activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway occurs in over 40% of bladder urothelial cancers. The aim of this study is to determine the therapeutic potential, the underlying action and resistant mechanisms of drugs targeting the PI3K pathway. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Urothelial cancer cell lines and patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) were analyzed for alterations of the PI3K pathway and for their sensitivity to the small molecule inhibitor pictilisib alone and in combination with cisplatin and/or gemcitabine...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807941/the-rac-gtpase-in-cancer-from-old-concepts-to-new-paradigms
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Marcelo G Kazanietz, María-José Caloca
Rho family GTPases are critical regulators of cellular functions that play important roles in cancer progression. Aberrant activity of Rho small G-proteins, particularly Rac1 and their regulators, is a hallmark of cancer, and contributes to the tumorigenic and metastatic phenotypes of cancer cells. This review examines the multiple mechanisms leading to Rac1 hyperactivation, particularly focusing on emerging paradigms that involve gain-of-function mutations in Rac and guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs), defects in Rac1 degradation, and mislocalization of Rac signaling components...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807569/il-10-engineered-human-cd4-tr1-cells-eliminate-myeloid-leukemia-in-an-hla-class-i-dependent-mechanism
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Grazia Locafaro, Grazia Andolfi, Fabio Russo, Luca Cesana, Antonello Spinelli, Barbara Camisa, Fabio Ciceri, Angelo Lombardo, Attilio Bondanza, Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Silvia Gregori
T regulatory cells (Tregs) play a key role in modulating T cell responses. Clinical trials showed that Tregs modulate graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). However, their ability to mediate anti-leukemic activity (graft-versus-leukemia [GvL]) is largely unknown. Enforced interleukin-10 (IL-10) expression converts human CD4(+) T cells into T regulatory type 1 (Tr1)-like (CD4(IL-10)) cells that suppress effector T cells in vitro and xenoGvHD in humanized mouse models...
July 5, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807562/targeting-signal-transducers-and-activators-of-transcription-stat-in-human-cancer-by-dietary-polyphenolic-antioxidants
#16
REVIEW
Hamed Amani, Marjan Ajami, Solmaz Nasseri Maleki, Hamidreza Pazoki-Toroudi, Maria Daglia, Arold Jorel Tsetegho Sokeng, Arianna Di Lorenzo, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Kasi Pandima Devi, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi
Over the course of the last three decades, a large body of evidence has shown that polyphenols, the secondary metabolites occurring in plant foods and beverages, exert protective effects due to their antioxidant activity mediated through different mechanisms ranging from direct radical scavenging and metal chelating activities, to the capacity to inhibit pro-oxidant enzymes and to target specific cell-signalling pathways. In the last decade, dietary components, and polyphenols in particular have gained considerable attention as chemopreventive agents against different types of cancer...
August 11, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807232/ovarian-cancer-novel-molecular-aspects-for-clinical-assessment
#17
REVIEW
Raffaele Palmirotta, Erica Silvestris, Stella D'Oronzo, Angela Cardascia, Franco Silvestris
Ovarian cancer is a very heterogeneous tumor which has been traditionally characterized according to the different histological subtypes and differentiation degree. In recent years, innovative molecular screening biotechnologies have allowed to identify further subtypes of this cancer based on gene expression profiles, mutational features, and epigenetic factors. These novel classification systems emphasizing the molecular signatures within the broad spectrum of ovarian cancer have not only allowed a more precise prognostic prediction, but also proper therapeutic strategies for specific subgroups of patients...
September 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807056/agonist-anti-gitr-antibody-significantly-enhances-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-listeria-monocytogenes-based-immunotherapy
#18
Rajeev Shrimali, Shamim Ahmad, Zuzana Berrong, Grigori Okoev, Adelaida Matevosyan, Ghazaleh Shoja E Razavi, Robert Petit, Seema Gupta, Mikayel Mkrtichyan, Samir N Khleif
BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated that in addition to generating an antigen-specific immune response, Listeria monocytogenes (Lm)-based immunotherapy significantly reduces the ratio of regulatory T cells (Tregs)/CD4(+) and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) in the tumor microenvironment. Since Lm-based immunotherapy is able to inhibit the immune suppressive environment, we hypothesized that combining this treatment with agonist antibody to a co-stimulatory receptor that would further boost the effector arm of immunity will result in significant improvement of anti-tumor efficacy of treatment...
August 15, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807001/the-mek-inhibitor-selumetinib-complements-ctla-4-blockade-by-reprogramming-the-tumor-immune-microenvironment
#19
Edmund Poon, Stefanie Mullins, Amanda Watkins, Geoffrey S Williams, Jens-Oliver Koopmann, Gianfranco Di Genova, Marie Cumberbatch, Margaret Veldman-Jones, Shaun E Grosskurth, Vasu Sah, Alwin Schuller, Corrine Reimer, Simon J Dovedi, Paul D Smith, Ross Stewart, Robert W Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: T-cell checkpoint blockade and MEK inhibitor combinations are under clinical investigation. Despite progress elucidating the immuno-modulatory effects of MEK inhibitors as standalone therapies, the impact of MEK inhibition on the activity of T-cell checkpoint inhibitors remains incompletely understood. Here we sought to characterize the combined effects of MEK inhibition and anti-CTLA-4 mAb (anti-CTLA-4) therapy, examining effects on both T-cells and tumor microenvironment (TME)...
August 15, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806504/designing-liposomes-to-suppress-extracellular-matrix-expression-to-enhance-drug-penetration-and-pancreatic-tumor-therapy
#20
Tianjiao Ji, Jiayan Lang, Jing Wang, Rong Cai, Yinlong Zhang, Feifei Qi, Lijing Zhang, Xiao Zhao, Wenjing Wu, Jihui Hao, Zhihai Qin, Ying Zhao, Guangjun Nie
During pancreatic tumor development, pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) proliferate exuberantly to secrete extracellular matrix (ECM) in the tumor stroma, which presents major barriers for drug delivery and penetration in tumor tissue. Thus, down-regulating ECM levels via regulation of the PSCs may allow enhanced penetration of therapeutic drugs and thereby enhancing their therapeutic efficacy. To regulate the PSCs, a matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) responsive peptide-hybrid liposome (MRPL) was constructed via co-assembly of a tailor-designed MMP-2 responsive amphiphilic peptide and phospholipids...
August 14, 2017: ACS Nano
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