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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550753/catalase-loaded-cisplatin-prodrug-constructed-liposomes-to-overcome-tumor-hypoxia-for-enhanced-chemo-radiotherapy-of-cancer
#1
Rui Zhang, Xuejiao Song, Chao Liang, Xuan Yi, Guosheng Song, Yu Chao, Yu Yang, Kai Yang, Liangzhu Feng, Zhuang Liu
Aiming at improved therapeutic efficacies, the combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemo-radiotherapy) has been widely studied and applied in clinic. However, the hostile characteristics of tumor microenvironment such as hypoxia often limit the efficacies in both types of cancer therapies. Herein, catalase (CAT), an antioxidant enzyme, is encapsulated inside liposomes constituted by cisplatin (IV)-prodrug-conjugated phospholipid, forming CAT@Pt (IV)-liposome for enhanced chemo-radiotherapy of cancer...
May 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550447/trends-in-surgical-research-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Genrich Tolstonog, Christian Simon
The task of surgical research is to improve the efficacy of available surgical therapeutic modalities, develop new ones, and balance this well with favorable functional outcome. Therefore, surgical research is composed of a translational and a clinical component. In translational surgical research, animal models are used to better understand the biology of head and neck cancers, but even more importantly, the biology of changes to the disease and the microenvironment created by surgical interventions. Animal models additionally allow for the development of image-guided surgery systems, novel strategies of intraoperative adjuvant treatment, and patient "avatars" to test innovative anticancer drug combinations...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550203/socs1-is-a-key-molecule-that-prevents-regulatory-t-cell-plasticity-under-inflammatory-conditions
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Reiko Takahashi, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Shunichi Shiozawa, Akihiko Yoshimura
We previously showed that regulatory T cells (Tregs) from T cell-specific Socs1-deficient mice (Socs1(fl/fl)Lck-Cre(+) mice) easily convert into Th1- or Th17-like cells (ex-Tregs), which lose Foxp3 expression and suppressive functions in vivo. Because Tregs in Socs1(fl/fl)Lck-Cre(+) mice are constantly exposed to a large amount of inflammatory cytokines produced by non-Tregs in vivo, in this study we analyzed Treg-specific Socs1-deficient mice (Socs1(fl/fl)Foxp3(YFP-Cre) mice). These mice developed dermatitis, splenomegaly, and lymphadenopathy that were much milder than those in Socs1(fl/fl)Lck-Cre(+) mice...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549917/dendritic-cell-derived-exosomes-elicit-tumor-regression-in-autochthonous-hepatocellular-carcinoma-mouse-models
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Zhen Lu, Bingfeng Zuo, Renwei Jing, Xianjun Gao, Quan Rao, Zhili Liu, Han Qi, Hongxing Guo, HaiFang Yin
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Dendritic cell (DC)-derived exosomes (DEXs) form a new class of vaccines for cancer immunotherapy. However their potency in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a life-threatening malignancy with limited treatment options in the clinic and responds poorly to immunotherapy, remains to be investigated. METHODS: Exosomes derived from α-fetoprotein (AFP) - expressing DCs (DEXAFP) were investigated in three different HCC mouse models systemically and tumor growth and microenvironment were monitored...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549791/micrornas-in-gynecological-cancers-small-molecules-with-big-implications
#5
Sanjeev K Srivastava, Aamir Ahmad, Haseeb Zubair, Orlandric Miree, Seema Singh, Rodney P Rocconi, Jennifer Scalici, Ajay P Singh
Gynecological cancers (GCs) are often diagnosed at advanced stages, limiting the efficacy of available therapeutic options. Thus, there remains an urgent and unmet need for innovative research for the efficient clinical management of GC patients. Research over past several years has revealed the enormous promise of miRNAs. These small non-coding RNAs can aid in the diagnosis, prognosis and therapy of all major GCs, viz., ovarian cancers, cervical cancers and endometrial cancers. Mechanistic details of the miRNAs-mediated regulation of multiple biological functions are under constant investigation, and a number of miRNAs are now believed to influence growth, proliferation, invasion, metastasis, chemoresistance and the relapse of different GCs...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549790/the-inhibitor-of-differentiation-1-id-1-enables-lung-cancer-liver-colonization-through-activation-of-an-emt-program-in-tumor-cells-and-establishment-of-the-pre-metastatic-niche
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Eduardo Castañón, Alex Soltermann, Inés López, Marta Román, Margarita Ecay, María Collantes, Miriam Redrado, Iosune Baraibar, José María López-Picazo, Christian Rolfo, Fernando Vidal-Vanaclocha, Luis Raez, Walter Weder, Alfonso Calvo, Ignacio Gil-Bazo
Id1 promotes carcinogenesis and metastasis, and predicts prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)-adenocarcionoma patients. We hypothesized that Id1 may play a critical role in lung cancer colonization of the liver by affecting both tumor cells and the microenvironment. Depleted levels of Id1 in LLC (Lewis lung carcinoma cells, LLC shId1) significantly reduced cell proliferation and migration in vitro. Genetic loss of Id1 in the host tissue (Id1(-/-) mice) impaired liver colonization and increased survival of Id1(-/-) animals...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549596/emerging-roles-of-the-cxcl12-cxcr4-axis-in-pancreatic-cancer-progression-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Richard L Sleightholm, Beth K Neilsen, Jing Li, Maria M Steele, Rakesh K Singh, Michael A Hollingsworth, David Oupicky
Chemokine networks regulate a variety of cellular, physiological, and immune processes. These normal functions can become appropriated by cancer cells to facilitate a more hospitable niche for aberrant cells by enhancing growth, proliferation, and metastasis. This is especially true in pancreatic cancer, where chemokine signaling is a vital component in the development of the supportive tumor microenvironment and the signaling between the cancer cells and surrounding stromal cells. Although expression patterns vary among cancer types, the chemokine receptor CXCR4 has been implicated in nearly every major malignancy and plays a prominent role in pancreatic cancer development and progression...
May 23, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549420/prognostic-significance-of-tumor-infiltrating-immune-cells-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#8
Juan Fang, Xiaoxu Li, Da Ma, Xiangqi Liu, Yichen Chen, Yun Wang, Vivian Wai Yan Lui, Juan Xia, Bin Cheng, Zhi Wang
BACKGROUND: Prognostic factors aid in the stratification and treatment of cancer. This study evaluated prognostic importance of tumor infiltrating immune cell in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma. METHODS: Profiles of infiltrating immune cells and clinicopathological data were available for 78 OSCC patients with a median follow-up of 48 months. The infiltrating intensity of CD8, CD4, T-bet, CD68 and CD57 positive cells were assessed by immunohistochemistry...
May 26, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549419/fluorescent-cxcr4-targeting-peptide-as-alternative-for-antibody-staining-in-ewing-sarcoma
#9
Laurens G L Sand, Tessa Buckle, Fijs W B van Leeuwen, Willem E Corver, Alwine B Kruisselbrink, Aart G Jochemsen, Pancras C W Hogendoorn, Károly Szuhai
BACKGROUND: Ewing sarcoma is an aggressive, highly metastatic primary bone and soft tissue tumor most frequently occurring in the bone of young adolescents. Patients, especially those diagnosed with a metastatic disease, have a poor overall survival. Chemokine receptor CXCR4 has a key pro-tumorigenic role in the tumor microenvironment of Ewing sarcoma and has been suggested to be involved in the increased metastatic propensity. Earlier studies on CXCR4 protein expression in Ewing sarcoma yielded contradictory results when compared to CXCR4 RNA expression studies...
May 26, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548962/prognostic-implication-of-leucocyte-subpopulations-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Xiao Han, Jing Ruan, Wei Zhang, Daobin Zhou, Dongsheng Xu, Qiang Pei, Mingqi Ouyang, Mengxuan Zuo
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that variables related to host adaptive immunity and the tumor microenvironment may predict the outcome in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This study was undertaken to determine the prognostic value of peripheral blood leucocyte subpopulations in diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma patients. METHODS: We prospectively analyzed the 16 leukocyte subpopulations using Cytodiff flow cytometric technique in a cohort of 45 diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma patients at a single institution between February and December 2014...
May 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548931/succinate-an-initiator-in-tumorigenesis-and-progression
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REVIEW
Ting Zhao, Xianmin Mu, Qiang You
As an intermediate metabolite of the tricarboxylic acid cycle in mitochondria, succinate is widely investigated for its role in metabolism. In recent years, an increasing number of studies have concentrated on the unanticipated role of succinate outside metabolism, acting as, for instance, an inflammatory signal or a carcinogenic initiator. Actually, succinate dehydrogenase gene mutations and abnormal succinate accumulation have been observed in a battery of hereditary and sporadic malignancies. In this review, we discuss the unexpected role of succinate and possible mechanisms that may contribute to its accumulation...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548903/microenvironment-of-a-tumor-organoid-system-enhances-hepatocellular-carcinoma-malignancy-related-hallmarks
#12
Yang Wang, Kazuki Takeishi, Zhao Li, Eduardo Cervantes-Alvarez, Alexandra Collin de l'Hortet, Jorge Guzman-Lepe, Xiao Cui, Jiye Zhu
Organ-like microenviroment and 3-dimensional (3D) cell culture conformations have been suggested as promising approaches to mimic in a micro-scale a whole organ cellular functions and interactions present in vivo. We have used this approach to examine biologic features of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. In this study, we demonstrate that hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells and extracellular matrix can generate organoid-like spheroids that enhanced numerous features of human HCC observed in vivo...
May 26, 2017: Organogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548126/microrna-dysregulation-in-the-tumor-microenvironment-influences-the-phenotype-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Eva Karamitopoulou, Stefan Haemmig, Ulrich Baumgartner, Cornelia Schlup, Martin Wartenberg, Erik Vassella
Cellular interactions in the tumor microenvironment influence neoplastic progression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. One underlying mechanism is the induction of the prognostically unfavorable epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-like tumor budding. Our aim is to explore the expression of microRNAs implicated in the regulation of tumor budding focusing on the microenvironment of the invasive front. To this end, RNA from laser-capture-microdissected material of the main tumor, tumor buds, juxta-tumoral stroma, tumor-remote stroma, and non-neoplastic pancreatic parenchyma from pancreatic cancer cases with (n=7) and without (n=6) tumor budding was analyzed by qRT-PCR for the expression of a panel of miRNAs that are known to be implicated in the regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition, including miR-21, miR-183, miR-200b, miR-200c, miR-203, miR-205, miR-210, and miR-217...
May 26, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547979/association-of-infiltrating-cells-with-microvessel-density-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#14
Olga Stasikowska-Kanicka, Małgorzata Wągrowska-Danilewicz, Marian Danilewicz
Several lines of evidence indicate that immune cells in the tumor microenvironment play an important role in regulating tumor progression. An immunohistochemical method was used to examine the abundance of natural killer (NK) cells, mucosal dendritic cells (DCs), macrophages, mast cells, and microvessel density in 78 cases of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC): with better prognosis - OSCCBP (n = 37), and with poorer prognosis - OSCCPP (n = 41), and 18 controls. The mean numbers of macrophages and microvessels were significantly higher in the OSCCPP group in comparison to both OSCCBP and control groups...
2017: Polish Journal of Pathology: Official Journal of the Polish Society of Pathologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546287/immune-atlases-created-for-kidney-lung-cancers
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Two groups of researchers have generated the first comprehensive "immune atlases" of clear cell renal cell carcinoma and early lung adenocarcinoma. Their work better illuminates the tumor immune microenvironment and may lead to more effective immunotherapy strategies.
May 25, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546082/targeting-gpnmb-with-glembatumumab-vedotin-current-developments-and-future-opportunities-for-the-treatment-of-cancer
#16
REVIEW
April A N Rose, Marco Biondini, Rafael Curiel, Peter M Siegel
GPNMB has emerged as an immunomodulator and an important positive mediator of tumor progression and metastasis in numerous solid cancers. Tumor intrinsic GPNMB-mediated effects on cellular signaling, coupled with the ability of GPNMB to influence the primary tumor and metastatic microenvironments in a non-cell autonomous fashion, combine to augment malignant cancer phenotypes. In addition, GPNMB is often overexpressed in a variety of cancers, making it an attractive therapeutic target. In this regard, glembatumumab vedotin, an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) that targets GPNMB, is currently in clinical trials as a single agent in multiple cancers...
May 22, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545567/cancer-immunotherapy-by-targeting-immune-checkpoints-mechanism-of-t-cell-dysfunction-in-cancer-immunity-and-new-therapeutic-targets
#17
REVIEW
Hwei-Fang Tsai, Ping-Ning Hsu
Immune checkpoints or coinhibitory receptors, such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen (CTLA)-4 and programmed death (PD)-1, play important roles in regulating T cell responses, and they were proven to be effective targets in treating cancer. In chronic viral infections and cancer, T cells are chronically exposed to persistent antigen stimulation. This is often associated with deterioration of T cell function with constitutive activation of immune checkpoints, a state called 'exhaustion', which is commonly associated with inefficient control of tumors and persistent viral infections...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545187/enterolactone-suppresses-proliferation-migration-and-metastasis-of-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-through-inhibition-of-upa-induced-plasmin-activation-and-mmps-mediated-ecm-remodeling
#18
Aniket V Mali, Asavari A Joshi, Mahabaleshwar V Hegde, Shivajirao S Kadam
Background: To enhance their own survival, tumor cells can manipulate their microenvironment through remodeling of the extra cellular matrix (ECM). The urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) system catalyzes plasmin production which further mediates activation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and plays an important role in breast cancer invasion and metastasis through ECM remodeling. This provides a potential target for therapeutic intervention of breast cancer treatment. Enterolactone (EL) is derived from dietary flax lignans in the human body and is known to have anti-breast cancer activity...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544932/vascular-homing-peptides-for-cancer-therapy
#19
REVIEW
Lan Lu, Huan Qi, Jie Zhu, Wen Xia Sun, Bin Zhang, Chun Yan Tang, Qiang Cheng
In the past 30 years, a variety of phage libraries have been extensively utilized to identify and develop tumor homing peptides (THPs). THPs specifically bind to tumor cells or elements of the tumor microenvironment while no or low affinity to normal cells. In this regard, the efficacy of therapeutic agents in cancer therapy can be enhanced by targeting strategies based on coupling with THPs that recognize receptors expressed by tumor cells or tumor vasculature. Especially, vascular-homing peptides, targeting tumor vasculature, have their receptors expressed on or around the blood vessel including pro-angiogenic factors, metalloproteinase, integrins, fibrin-fibronectin complexes, etc...
May 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544647/dual-cross-linked-biofunctional-and-self-healing-networks-to-generate-user-defined-modular-gradient-hydrogel-constructs
#20
Zhao Wei, Daniel M Lewis, Yu Xu, Sharon Gerecht
Gradient hydrogels have been developed to mimic the spatiotemporal differences of multiple gradient cues in tissues. Current approaches used to generate such hydrogels are restricted to a single gradient shape and distribution. Here, a hydrogel is designed that includes two chemical cross-linking networks, biofunctional, and self-healing networks, enabling the customizable formation of modular gradient hydrogel construct with various gradient distributions and flexible shapes. The biofunctional networks are formed via Michael addition between the acrylates of oxidized acrylated hyaluronic acid (OAHA) and the dithiol of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-sensitive cross-linker and RGD peptides...
May 23, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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