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Daniel Nava Rodrigues, Gunther Boysen, Semini Sumanasuriya, George Seed, Angelo M De Marzo, Johann de Bono
Prostate cancer (PCa) is a clinically heterogeneous disease and current treatment strategies are based largely on anatomical and pathological parameters. In the recent past, several DNA sequencing studies of primary and advanced PCa have revealed recurrent patterns of genomic aberrations that expose mechanisms of resistance to available therapies and potential new drug targets. Suppression of androgen receptor (AR) signalling is the cornerstone of advanced prostate cancer treatment. Genomic aberrations of the androgen receptor or alternative splicing of its mRNA are increasingly recognized as biomarkers of resistance to AR-targeted therapy such as abiraterone or enzalutamide...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Alexander Reinthaller
Angiogenesis plays a pivotal role in normal ovarian physiology as well as in the formation and progression of ovarian cancer. Several well-designed phase II and III trials studied the efficacy of antiangiogenic agents in advanced ovarian cancer. The results of these trials demonstrated significantly prolonged progression-free survival when antiangiogenic agents were used as a maintenance therapy. To date, no effect on overall survival could be ascertained. The most widely studied antiangiogenic agent, bevacizumab - a monoclonal humanized antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor - was effective in all phases of the disease (first-line therapy, platinum-sensitive and platinum-resistant recurrence)...
2016: Memo
Elena Castro, Joaquin Mateo, David Olmos, Johann S de Bono
Several genomic studies have identified DNA repair gene defects in prostate cancer in the last 5 years. The mechanisms by which these DNA repair defects promote carcinogenesis and tumor progression in the prostate have not been fully elucidated, but their presence in at least 20-25% of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancers (CRPCs) provides an opportunity for a therapeutic strategy that turns a tumor strength into its weakness and may lead to arguably the first molecularly stratified treatment for this disease...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Yali Chen, Qianxiang Zhou, Lei Zhang, Ran Wang, Meihua Jin, Yuling Qiu, Dexin Kong
Increasing resistance of imatinib, a BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitor, hinders its use in the therapy of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The PI3K pathway is known to be closely involved in BCR-ABL transformation and the tumorigenesis of CML, suggesting that PI3K may be a potential target for CML therapy. Idelalisib, a specific inhibitor of PI3K p110δ, has been approved for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). However, the antileukemia effect of idelalisib on CML remains unknown. In the present study, the antileukemia activity of idelalisib alone or in combination with imatinib was investigated by use of K562 cells...
October 17, 2016: Oncology Reports
Eun Young Park, Joo-Il Kim, Dong-Gyu Leem, Ji-Sun Shin, Kyung-Tack Kim, Sang Yoon Choi, Myung-Hee Lee, Jung-Hye Choi, Yong Sup Lee, Kyung-Tae Lee
Previously, we reported that (E)-8-acetoxy-2-[2-(3,4-diacetoxyphenyl)ethenyl]-quinazoline (8-ADEQ), a synthetic analogue of resveratrol had anti-inflammatory and G2/M cell cycle arrest activities, but the underlying molecular mechanism of cytotoxic effects of this compound was not determined. In this study, 8-ADEQ displayed potent cytotoxicity and triggered apoptosis in HL-60 cells as evidenced by DNA fragmentation, DNA ladder formation, and the externalization of Annexin V-targeted phosphatidylserine residues in HL-60 cells...
October 13, 2016: Oncology Reports
Su Jung Hwang, Hyeung-Geun Park, Yohan Park, Hyo-Jong Lee
Previously, we reported that α-quaternary chiral lactam derivatives have broad spectrum anticancer activity. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms and its relevance are largely unknown. In the present study, we report progress on α-quaternary chiral lactam analogues that address this, focusing on the novel analogue YH-304 as a candidate to broadly target human cancer cells. The effect of YH-304 on cell transformation was assessed by clonogenic assay in non-small cell lung cancer cells (NSCLCs) A549 and 226B...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Zhiqiang Wang, Wenya Xu, Ziying Lin, Chunyan Li, Yahong Wang, Lawei Yang, Gang Liu
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide and is associated with a very poor outcome. Oxymatrine exerts antitumor effects by inducing apoptosis and inhibiting the proliferation of different cancer cells; however, the anticancer effects and mechanism of action of oxymatrine have not been evaluated sufficiently in human lung cancer cells. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate the anticancer effects of oxymatrine in human lung cancer cells and identify the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Elizabeth Thomas, Vidya Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh Hegde, Sujeet Kumar, Subhas S Karki, Sathees C Raghavan, Bibha Choudhary
Resveratrol is one of the most widely studied bioactive plant polyphenols which possesses anticancer properties. Previously we have reported synthesis, characterization and identification of a novel resveratrol analog, SS28. In the present study, we show that SS28 induced cytotoxicity in several cancer cell lines ex vivo with an IC50 value of 3-5 μM. Mechanistic evaluation of effect of SS28 in non-small cell lung cancer cell line (A549) and T-cell leukemic cell line (CEM) showed that it inhibited Tubulin polymerization during cell division to cause cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase of the cell cycle at 12-18 h time period...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Žakula Jelena, Korićanac Lela, Keta Otilija, Todorović Danijela, A P Cirrone Giuseppe, Romano Francesco, Cuttone Giacomo, Petrović Ivan, Ristić-Fira Aleksandra
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: The main goal when treating malignancies with radiation is to deprive tumour cells of their reproductive potential. One approach is to induce tumour cell apoptosis. This study was conducted to evaluate the ability of carbon ions ( [12] C) to induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in human HTB140 melanoma cells. METHODS: In this in vitro study, human melanoma HTB140 cells were irradiated with the 62 MeV/n carbon ( [12] C) ion beam, having two different linear energy transfer (LET) values: 197 and 382 keV/μm...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Min Yuen Teo, Eileen M O'Reilly
Pancreatic cancer is a highly lethal malignancy which tends to present with late stage disease. To date, identification of oncogenic drivers and aberrations has not led to effective targeted therapy. Approximately 5-15% of pancreatic cancer has an inheritable component. In fact, pancreatic adenocarcinoma is now recognized as a BRCA1/2-related cancer. Germline BRCA1/2 mutations can be found in up to 3.6-7% of unselected pancreatic cancer patients although the rates are significantly higher amongst patients with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Abdullah M Alhadheq, Jilani Purusottapatnam Shaik, Abdullah Alamri, Abdulrahman M Aljebreen, Othman Alharbi, Majid A Almadi, Faten Alhadeq, Nahla A Azzam, Abdelhabib Semlali, Mohammad Alanazi, Mohammad D Bazzi, Narasimha Reddy Parine
Background. DNA repair systems are essential for each cell to repair and maintain the genome integrity. Base excision repair pathway is one of the crucial pathways to maintain genome integrity and PARP-1 plays a key role in BER pathway. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association between polymorphisms in PARP-1 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) SNP rs8679 and its expression in colorectal cancer. Methods. Genotyping and gene expression were performed using TaqMan assays. The effects of age, gender, and tumor location were evaluated in cases and controls regarding the genotyping results...
2016: Disease Markers
Yanqing Zhang, Cheng Wang, Yunli Tian, Fengxiao Zhang, Wenjing Xu, Xiangrao Li, Zhiping Shu, Yan Wang, Kai Huang, Dan Huang
Activation of Kupffer cells (KCs) by gut-derived endotoxin plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver diseases (ALD). Limiting the activation of resident KCs attenuates chronic ethanol-induced liver steatosis and injury. Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-1 is suggested to play a role in a number of chronic inflammatory diseases. In this study, we found a significant increase of hepatic PARP activity in mice with short-term and long-term ethanol-induced ALD. Male mice on a long-term ethanol diet exhibited severe hepatic steatosis and apoptosis and enhanced KC activation and neutrophil infiltration...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Luc Dirix, Helen Swaisland, Henk M W Verheul, Sylvie Rottey, Karin Leunen, Guy Jerusalem, Christian Rolfo, Dorte Nielsen, L Rhoda Molife, Rebecca Kristeleit, Judith de Vos-Geelen, Morten Mau-Sørensen, Patricia Soetekouw, Carla van Herpen, Anitra Fielding, Karen So, Wendy Bannister, Ruth Plummer
PURPOSE: The metabolism of olaparib, a potent inhibitor of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) with demonstrated efficacy in patients with BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer, is mediated by cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes (predominantly CYP3A4/5). We assessed the potential of a CYP3A4 inhibitor (itraconazole) and inducer (rifampin) to alter the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of olaparib following single oral tablet doses. METHODS: Two Phase I, open-label, non-randomized trials were conducted in patients with advanced solid tumors...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Tereza Vaclová, Nicholas T Woods, Diego Megías, Sergio Gomez-Lopez, Fernando Setién, José María García Bueno, José Antonio Macías, Alicia Barroso, Miguel Urioste, Manel Esteller, Alvaro N A Monteiro, Javier Benítez, Ana Osorio
BRCA1-deficient cells show defects in DNA repair and rely on other members of the DNA repair machinery, which makes them sensitive to PARP inhibitors (PARPi). Although carrying a germline pathogenic variant in BRCA1/2 is the best determinant of response to PARPi, a significant percentage of the patients do not show sensitivity and/or display increased toxicity to the agent. Considering previously suggested mutation-specific BRCA1 haploinsufficiency, we aimed to investigate whether there are any differences in cellular response to PARPi Olaparib depending on the BRCA1 mutation type...
October 13, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Biji Chatterjee, Krishna Ghosh, Nitin Yadav, Santosh R Kanade
Lectins are omnipresent in almost all life forms, being the proteins which specifically bind to carbohydrate moieties on the cell surface; they have been explored for their anti-tumour activities. In this study, we purified a fucose specific-lectin (IFL) from Fenneropenaeus indicus hemolymph using fucose-affinity column and characterized for its hemagglutination activity, carbohydrate specificity, dependency on cations and cytotoxicity against cancer cells. The lectin showed non-specificity against human erythrocytes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biochemistry
Xixi Zhou, Karen L Cooper, Juliana Huestis, Huan Xu, Scott W Burchiel, Laurie G Hudson, Ke Jian Liu
Arsenic, a widely distributed carcinogen, is known to significantly amplify the impact of other carcinogens through inhibition of DNA repair. Our recent work suggests that reactive oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) induced by arsenite (AsIII) play an important role in the inhibition of the DNA repair protein Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1). AsIII-induced ROS lead to oxidation of cysteine residues within the PARP-1 zinc finger DNA binding domain. However, the mechanism underlying RNS-mediated PARP inhibition by arsenic remains unknown...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
P Mortier, K Demyttenaere, R P Auerbach, P Cuijpers, J G Green, G Kiekens, R C Kessler, M K Nock, A M Zaslavsky, R Bruffaerts
BACKGROUND: College students are a worldwide increasing group of young people at risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviours (STB). However, no previous studies have prospectively investigated the first onset of STB during the college period. METHODS: Using longitudinal data from the Leuven College Surveys, 2337 (response rate [RR]=66.6%) incoming freshmen provided baseline data on STB, parental psychopathology, childhood-adolescent traumatic experiences, 12-month risk for mental disorders, and 12-month stressful experiences...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Dimitrios Zardavas, Konstantinos Tryfonidis, Theodora Goulioti, Martine Piccart
INTRODUCTION: The potential of molecular targeted therapy to improve the clinical outcomes of patients with early-stage breast cancer (BC) as adjuvant therapy has been first demonstrated through endocrine treatment. The introduction of HER2 blockade, through the successful clinical development of trastuzumab, changed the natural history of HER2-positive BC subtype. AREAS COVERED: There are ongoing efforts to augment further the use of targeted agents as adjuvant treatment in BC, hoping that early introduction of targeted therapy blocking key oncogenic drivers of micro-residual disease, will significantly improve clinical outcomes...
October 14, 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Olga Villamar Cruz, Tatiana Y Prudnikova, Daniela Araiza-Olivera, Carlos Perez-Plasencia, Neil Johnson, Andrea J Bernhardy, Michael Slifker, Catherine Renner, Jonathan Chernoff, Luis E Arias-Romero
Cells that are deficient in homologous recombination, such as those that have mutations in any of the Fanconi Anemia (FA)/BRCA genes, are hypersensitive to inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). However, FA/BRCA-deficient tumors represent a small fraction of breast cancers, which might restrict the therapeutic utility of PARP inhibitor monotherapy. The gene encoding the serine-threonine protein kinase p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) is amplified and/or overexpressed in several human cancer types including 25-30% of breast tumors...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Hirofumi Sawai
It has been shown that necroptosis-caspase-independent programmed necrotic cell death-can be induced by treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) in the L929 murine fibrosarcoma cell line, even in the absence of a caspase inhibitor. Although it was reported that necrostatin-1-a specific inhibitor of necroptosis-inhibited TNF-induced necroptosis in L929 cells, it has not been elucidated whether the cells eventually die by apoptosis in the presence of necrostatin-1. In this paper, induction of apoptosis was demonstrated in TNF-treated L929 cells in the presence of necrostatin-1...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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