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J Panek, E Koziolova, P Stepanek, T Etrych, O Janouskova
Nanocarriers bearing anticancer drugs are promising candidates to improve the efficacy of cancer therapy and minimize side effects. The most potent cytostatics used in the treatment of various cancers are anthracyclines, e.g. doxorubicin or pirarubicin. Recently, polymer therapeutics carrying anthracyclines have been intensively studied. The precise characterization of in vitro nanocarrier biological behavior brings a better understanding of the nanocarrier characteristics and enables prediction of the behavior of the nanocarrier during in vivo application...
October 20, 2016: Physiological Research
Yuki Kawarada, Yasumichi Inoue, Fumihiro Kawasaki, Keishi Fukuura, Koichi Sato, Takahito Tanaka, Yuka Itoh, Hidetoshi Hayashi
Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling facilitates tumor development during the advanced stages of tumorigenesis, but induces cell-cycle arrest for tumor suppression during the early stages. However, the mechanism of functional switching of TGF-β is still unknown, and it is unclear whether inhibition of TGF-β signaling results amelioration or exacerbation of cancers. Here we show that the tumor suppressor p53 cooperates with Smad proteins, which are TGF-β signal transducers, to selectively activate plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1) transcription...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mariana Governo, Mónica S F Santos, Arminda Alves, Luís M Madeira
Cytostatics are part of the forefront research topics due to their high prescription, high toxicity, and the lack of effective solutions to stop their entrance and spread in the environment. Among them, 5-Fluorouracil (5-Fu) has received particular attention because is one of the most prescribed active substances in chemotherapy worldwide. The degradation of 5-Fu by advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) is a poorly addressed topic, and this work brings valuable inputs concerning this matter. Herein, the efficacy of Fenton's process in the degradation of 5-Fu is explored for the first time; the study of the main variables and its successful application to the treatment of real wastewaters is demonstrated...
October 19, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Nicholas W Fischer, Aaron Prodeus, David Malkin, Jean Gariépy
Mutations in the oligomerization domain of p53 are genetically linked to cancer susceptibility in Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. These mutations typically alter the oligomeric state of p53 and impair its transcriptional activity. Activation of p53 through tetramerization is required for its tumor suppressive function by inducing transcriptional programs that lead to cell fate decisions such as cell cycle arrest or apoptosis. How p53 chooses between these cell fate outcomes remains unclear. Here, we use five oligomeric variants of p53, including two novel p53 constructs, that yield either monomeric, dimeric or tetrameric forms of p53 and demonstrate that they induce distinct cellular activities and gene expression profiles that lead to different cell fate outcomes...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Audrey Berthe, Stéphane Flament, Stéphanie Grandemange, Marie Zaffino, Michel Boisbrun, Sabine Mazerbourg
We have previously shown that Δ2-Troglitazone (Δ2-TGZ) displayed anticancer effects on breast cancer cell lines grown in low serum conditions (1% fetal calf serum (FCS)). The present study was performed in order to characterize the effects of Δ2-TGZ in high serum containing medium and to determine if starvation could influence the response of breast cancer cells to this compound, keeping in mind the potential interest for breast cancer therapy. We observed that in high serum conditions (10% FCS), a 48 h treatment with Δ2-TGZ induced a decrease in cell numbers in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Dorota G Piotrowska, Graciela Andrei, Dominique Schols, Robert Snoeck, Magdalena Łysakowska
Cycloadditions of N-substituted C-(diethoxyphosphoryl)nitrones to N-allylated quinazoline-2,4-diones functionalized at N3 with substituted benzoyl or benzyl groups proceeded with moderate to good diastereoselectivities (d.e. 28-68%). The synthesized isoxazolidine phosphonates were assessed for the antiviral activity against a broad range of DNA and RNA viruses. Compounds trans-13c, cis-13c/trans-13c (86:14), cis-15b/trans-15b (87:13) and trans-15d/cis-15d (95:5) exhibited the highest activity toward both TK(+) and TK(-) VZV strains (mean EC50 values in the range of 3...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Kento Kurata, Naoyoshi Onoda, Satoru Noda, Shinichiro Kashiwagi, Yuka Asano, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is a rare malignancy that progresses extremely aggressively and often results in dismal prognosis. We investigated the efficacy of inhibiting the activated RAS/RAF/MEK pathway in ATC cells aiming to clarify the mechanism of effect and resistance. Four human ATC cell lines (ACT-1, OCUT-2, OCUT-4 and OCUT-6) were used. OCUT-4 had a BRAF mutation. OCUT-2 had both BRAF and PI3KCA mutations. ACT-1 and OCUT-6 had wild-type BRAF and NRAS mutations. The effects of dabrafenib, a selective inhibitor of the BRAFV600E kinase, and trametinib, a reversible inhibitor of MEK activity, were investigated...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Paulina Koczurkiewicz, Ewa Kowolik, Irma Podolak, Dawid Wnuk, Kamil Piska, Anna Łabędź-Masłowska, Katarzyna Wójcik-Pszczoła, Elżbieta Pękala, Jarosław Czyż, Marta Michalik
Triterpene saponins are secondary metabolites typical for higher plants. They possess a wide range of pharmaceutical and biological activities. These include anti-inflammatory, vasoprotective, expectorant, and antitumor properties. In particular, the ability of saponins to enhance the cytotoxicity of chemotherapeutic drugs has opened new perspectives for their application in combined cancer chemotherapy. In this study, the biological activity of the saponin fraction isolated from Lysimachia ciliata (denoted as CIL-1/2) was evaluated to assess its chemosensitizing activity in prostate cancer cell lines (DU-145, PC-3)...
October 13, 2016: Planta Medica
Marie Daugan, Amélie Dufaÿ Wojcicki, Benoit d'Hayer, Vincent Boudy
Since epidemiologic data have highlighted the positive effects of metformin to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, many in vitro and in vivo studies as well as a large number of clinical trials have been conducted in order to study its potential. The many anticancer actions of metformin lead to a cytostatic effect. Two distinct but not exclusive mechanisms can be implicated in these actions. First, by decreasing insulinemia and glycaemia, metformin can block the PI3K/MAPK signalling pathway implicated in cell growth...
October 5, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Inés Sánchez-Sellero, Andrés Soto-Varela
OBJECTIVE: The therapeutic use of ototoxic drugs is relatively common, particularly in patients with severe diseases. It is likely that disturbances of balance in these patients are underestimated by clinicians. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The purpose of this study was to identify drugs involved in the vestibulotoxic origin of instability in a group of 18 patients. RESULTS: Six patients showed both cochlear and vestibular damage, while 12 were affected only by posterior labyrinthine damage...
August 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
Christian Schem, Robert J Tower, Philipp Kneissl, Anna-Christina Rambow, Graeme M Campbell, Christine Desel, Timo Damm, Thorsten Heilmann, Sabine Fuchs, Maaz Zuharya, Anna Trauzold, Claus C Glüer, Sarah Schott, Sanjay Tiwari
Bisphosphonates have effects which are anti-resorptive, anti-tumor and anti-apoptotic to osteoblasts and osteocytes, but an effective means of eliciting these multiple activities in the treatment of bone metastases has not been identified. Antimetabolite-bisphosphonate conjugates have potential for improved performance as a class of bone specific anti-neoplastic drugs. The primary objective of the study was to determine whether an antimetabolite-bisphosphonate conjugate will preserve bone formation concomitant with anti-resorptive and anti-tumor activity...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
P Sankara Rao, P Srihari
A linear, chiron approach for the synthesis of C13-C24 fragments of cytostatic maltepolides A, C and D consisting of a tetrahydrofuran subunit and a chiral alkenyl/alkyl substituent is achieved from (+)-diethyl l-tartrate. The other chiral stereocenters were generated by employing key reactions such as Crimmins aldol, alkynylation and CeCl3·7H2O mediated Luche reduction reactions.
October 12, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Mohsen Cheki, Alireza Shirazi, Aziz Mahmoudzadeh, Javad Tavakkoly Bazzaz, Seyed Jalal Hosseinimehr
Metformin is a widely prescribed drug used in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes. In this study, the radioprotective effect of metformin was investigated against cytotoxicity and genotoxicity induced by ionizing radiation (IR) in human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Human lymphocytes were treated with metformin at concentrations 10 and 50μM for 2h and irradiated with 6MV X-rays. The radiation antagonistic potential of metformin was assessed by MTT [3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiaozolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H tetrazolium bromide] assay, chromosomal aberration (CA) analysis, cytokinesis blocked micronucleus (CBMN) assay, and flow cytometry...
October 2016: Mutation Research
Gaia De Sanctis, Michela Spinelli, Marco Vanoni, Elena Sacco
BACKGROUND: Cancer cells have an increased demand for amino acids and require transport even of non-essential amino acids to support their increased proliferation rate. Besides their major role as protein synthesis precursors, the two proteinogenic sulfur-containing amino acids, methionine and cysteine, play specific biological functions. In humans, methionine is essential for cell growth and development and may act as a precursor for cysteine synthesis. Cysteine is a precursor for the biosynthesis of glutathione, the major scavenger for reactive oxygen species...
2016: PloS One
Lawrence J Thomas, Laura Vitale, Thomas O'Neill, Ree Y Dolnick, Paul K Wallace, Hans Minderman, Lauren E Gergel, Eric M Forsberg, James M Boyer, James R Storey, Catherine D Pilsmaker, Russell A Hammond, Jenifer Widger, Karuna Sundarapandiyan, Andrea Crocker, Henry C Marsh, Tibor Keler
T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain 1 (TIM-1) is a type I transmembrane protein that was originally described as kidney injury molecule 1 (KIM-1) due to its elevated expression in kidney and urine after renal injury. TIM-1 expression is also upregulated in several human cancers, most notably in renal and ovarian carcinomas, but has very restricted expression in healthy tissues thus representing a promising target for antibody-mediated therapy. To this end we have developed a fully human monoclonal IgG1 antibody specific for the extracellular domain of TIM-1...
September 26, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Andreza Conception Véras Of Aguiar, Ricardo Olímpio Of Moura, Jaime Francisco Bezerra Mendonça, Hugo Alexandre de Oliveira Rocha, Rafael Barros Gomes Câmara, Manuela Dos Santos Carvalho Schiavon
In spite of great progress in understanding cancer biology, current therapeutic procedures remain unsatisfactory. Chemotherapy is often followed by secondary effects with cellular toxicity negatively affecting the results. The discovery and development of new safe and efficient antitumor agents is necessary. Derivatives of 2-amino thiophene have been a topic of constant investigation due to their versatile synthetic applicability and broad spectrum of biological applications; among which are antifungal and antiproliferative activity shown in prior studies of our group...
September 23, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Karen A Boehme, Juliane Nitsch, Rosa Riester, Rupert Handgretinger, Sabine B Schleicher, Torsten Kluba, Frank Traub
Ewing sarcomas (ES) are rare mesenchymal tumours, most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents. Arsenic trioxide (ATO) has been shown to efficiently and selectively target leukaemic blasts as well as solid tumour cells. Since multidrug resistance often occurs in recurrent and metastatic ES, we tested potential additive effects of ATO in combination with the cytostatic drugs etoposide and doxorubicin. The Ewing sarcoma cell lines A673, RD-ES and SK-N-MC as well as mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) for control were treated with ATO, etoposide and doxorubicin in single and combined application...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Gizem Bor, Jennifer Mytych, Jacek Zebrowski, Maciej Wnuk, Gülşah Şanlı-Mohamed
Although chitosan nanoparticles (CNs) became a promising tool for several biological and medical applications owing to their inherent biocompatibility and biodegradability features, studies regarding their effects on cytotoxic and cytostatic properties still remain insufficient. Therefore, in the present study, we decided to perform comprehensive analysis of the interactions between CNs-pKindling-Red-Mito (pDNA) and different cell line models derived from blood system and human solid tissues cancers. The resulting CNs-pDNA was investigated in terms of their cellular uptake, transfection efficiency, and physico-chemical, cytotoxic and cytostatic properties...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Thomas Horn, Stephane Ferretti, Nicolas Ebel, Angela Tam, Samuel Ho, Fred Harbinski, Ali Farsidjani, Matthew Zubrowski, William R Sellers, Robert Schlegel, Dale Porter, Erick Morris, Jens Wuerthner, Sébastien Jeay, Joel Greshock, Ensar Halilovic, Levi A Garraway, Giordano Caponigro, Joseph Lehár
Like classical chemotherapy regimens used to treat cancer, targeted therapies will also rely upon polypharmacology, but tools are still lacking to predict which combinations of molecular-targeted drugs may be most efficacious. In this study, we used image-based proliferation and apoptosis assays in colorectal cancer cell lines to systematically investigate the efficacy of combinations of two to six drugs which target critical oncogenic pathways. Drug pairs targeting key signaling pathways resulted in synergies across a broad spectrum of genetic backgrounds, but often yielded only cytostatic responses...
September 22, 2016: Cancer Research
Tatjana Gazivoda Kraljević, Anja Harej, Mirela Sedić, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić, Višnja Stepanić, Domagoj Drenjančević, Jasminka Talapko, Silvana Raić-Malić
The 4-substituted 1,2,3-triazole core in designed coumarin hybrids (4-35) with diverse physicochemical properties was introduced by eco-friendly copper(I)-catalyzed Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition under microwave irradiation. Coumarin-1,2,3-triazole-benzofused heterocycle hybrids emerged as the class of compounds exhibiting the highest antiproliferative activity. The strong relationship between lipophilicity and antiproliferative activities was observed indicating that lipophilic 1,2,3-triazole-coumarin hybrids containing phenylethyl (13), 3,5-difluorophenyl (14), 5-iodoindole (30) and benzimidazole (33 and 35) subunits showed the most potent cytostatic effects...
August 31, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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