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Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Anil Prasad, Nagina Khudaynazar, Ramana V Tantravahi, Amanda M Gillum, Benjamin S Hoffman
Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNSCC) is characterized by high morbidity and mortality. Treatment failure, drug resistance and chemoradiation toxicity have necessitated the development of alternative treatment strategies. Styryl benzyl sulfones, a family of novel small molecule inhibitors, are being evaluated as anti-neoplastic agents in multiple clinical trials. The activity of these compounds has been well characterized in several preclinical tumor studies, but their activity has yet to be fully examined in HNSCC...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Jutta Ernst, Kristian Ikenberg, Barbara Apel, Desiree M Schumann, Gerhard Huber, Gabriela Studer, Tamara Rordorf, Oliver Riesterer, Matthias Rössle, Dimitri Korol, Marius G Bredell
OBJECTIVES: To explore the prognostic role of CK19 expression in squamous cell carcinomas within a well-defined cohort of oral tongue cancer patients. METHODS: In our retrospective study, we investigated 129 patients with tongue cancer that had suitable material for inclusion in a tissue microarray (TMA). Where possible, samples were taken from central and peripheral regions of the tumor to generate a representative sample of the tumor. The expression level of CK19 was assessed by immunohistochemical staining...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Huei-Tzu Chien, Sou-De Cheng, Wen-Yu Chuang, Chun-Ta Liao, Hung-Ming Wang, Shiang-Fu Huang
Amplification of 11q13.3 is a frequent event in human cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. This chromosome region contains several genes that are potentially cancer drivers, including FADD (Fas associated via death domain), an apoptotic effector that was previously identified as a novel oncogene in laryngeal/pharyngeal cancer. This study was designed to explore the role of FADD in oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs) samples from Taiwanese patients, by assessing copy number variations (CNVs) and protein expression and the clinical implications of these factors in 339 male OSCCs...
2016: PloS One
Bobby A Tajudeen, Zachary D Taylor, James Garritano, Harrison Cheng, Aidan Pearigen, Adria J Sherman, Fernando Palma-Diaz, Pratik Mishra, Siddharth Bhargava, Julianna Pesce, Irene Kim, Christine Sebastian, Ali Razfar, Asael Papour, Oscar Stafsudd, Warren Grundfest, Maie St John
BACKGROUND: Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) are debilitating diseases for which a patient's prognosis depends heavily on complete tumor resection. Currently, the surgeon's fingers determine the location of tissue margins. This study evaluated the diagnostic utility of a novel imaging modality, dynamic optical contrast imaging (DOCI), in the detection of HNSCC. This system generates contrast by illuminating the tissue with pulsed light and detecting variations in endogenous fluorophore lifetimes...
October 20, 2016: Cancer
Vineet Gupta, Pratibha Ramani
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The concept of field cancerization has frequently been quoted to explain the occurrence of multiple primary cancers in the head and neck region and recurrence following complete excision of the original tumor. The main objective is to study the occurrence of field changes in mirror image biopsy in relation to histopathological changes in the oral mucosa among oral cancer patients using hematoxylin and eosin and to study the expression pattern of cytokeratin, Ki-67 and p53 in oral squamous cell carcinoma and mirror image biopsy...
September 2016: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
Wei-Min Chang, Yuan-Feng Lin, Chia-Yi Su, Hsuan-Yu Peng, Yu-Chan Chang, Tsung-Ching Lai, Guan-Hsun Wu, Yuan-Ming Hsu, Li-Hsing Chi, Jenn-Ren Hsiao, Chi-Long Chen, Jang-Yang Chang, Yi-Shing Shieh, Michael Hsiao, Shine-Gwo Shiah
Epigenetic correlates of head and neck cancer may illuminate its pathogenic roots. Through a gene set enrichment analysis, we found that the oncogenic transcription factor RUNX2 is widely upregulated in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) with lymph node metastasis, where it also predicts poor prognosis in HNSCC patients. Enforced expression of ectopic RUNX2 promoted the metastatic capabilities of HNSCC, whereas RUNX2 silencing inhibited these features. Mechanistic investigations showed that manipulating levels of activin A (INHBA) could rescue or compromise the RUNX2-mediated metastatic capabilities of HNSCC cells...
October 19, 2016: Cancer Research
Takahiro Wakasaki, Hirofumi Omori, Shintaro Sueyoshi, Fumihide Rikimaru, Satoshi Toh, Kenichi Taguchi, Yuichiro Higaki, Masaru Morita, Muneyuki Masuda
BACKGROUND: Advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinomas frequently develop distant metastases to limited organs, including the lungs, bone, mediastinal lymph nodes, brain, and liver. Peritoneal carcinomatosis as an initial distant metastasis from hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is quite rare. CASE PRESENTATION: A 75-year-old man diagnosed with hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and his clinical stage was determined as T2N2cM0. Notably, the right retropharyngeal lymph node surrounded more than half of the right internal carotid artery...
October 18, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Alastair Henry, James A McCaul
INTRODUCTION: Complex hard and soft tissue defects produced as a result of ablative resection of head and neck malignancy can represent a reconstructive challenge, especially when patients are medically compromised. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present the case of 72-year-old women presenting with an oral squamous cell carcinoma of the right floor of mouth invading the right mandible. Surgical management of the disease required ablative surgery with complex free tissue transfer reconstruction to provide restoration of form and function...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Jacqueline R Kelly, Zain A Husain, Barbara Burtness
Increasingly, squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx (OPSCC) is attributable to transformation resulting from high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Such cancers are significantly more responsive to treatment than traditional tobacco- and alcohol-associated squamous cell cancers of the head and neck. Conventional management with definitive chemoradiation, surgery and adjuvant radiation, or radiation given with altered fractionation schemes, while effective, incurs long-term morbidity that escalates with treatment intensity and significantly impairs quality of life...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Paul Zolkind, Gavin P Dunn, Tianxiang Lin, Malachi Griffith, Obi L Griffith, Ravindra Uppaluri
The recent success of immunotherapies has demonstrated the potency of tumor-specific immune cells in mediating tumor rejection and generating durable tumor immunity. Our understanding of the scientific basis of these responses results from the confluence of a better comprehension of the cancer immunoediting process and the revolution in next generation sequencing of cancer genomes. Recent evidence suggests that T cell specificity for cancer cell expressed mutant proteins - termed neoantigens - is an important component of immune mediated tumor rejection...
October 14, 2016: Oral Oncology
Yoann Pointreau, Nicolas Azzopardi, David Ternant, Gilles Calais, Gilles Paintaud
BACKGROUND: A retrospective study was conducted to analyze interindividual variability of cetuximab pharmacokinetics and its influence on survival (Progression Free Survival - PFS and overall survival - OS) in a cohort of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHODS: Thirty-four patients received cetuximab as an infusion loading dose of 400 mg/m followed by weekly infusions of 250 mg/m. Twenty-one patients had locally advanced HNSCC (LAHNSCC) and thirteen had metastatic/recurrent HNSCC (MHNSCC)...
July 4, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Austin Nguyen, Sheila Bhavsar, Erinn Riley, Gabriel Caponetti, Devendra Agrawal
Introduction High mobility group box 1 is a versatile protein involved in gene transcription, extracellular signaling, and response to inflammation. Extracellularly, high mobility group box 1 binds to several receptors, notably the receptor for advanced glycation end-products. Expression of high mobility group box 1 and the receptor for advanced glycation end-products has been described in many cancers. Objectives To systematically review the available literature using PubMed and Web of Science to evaluate the clinical value of high mobility group box 1 and the receptor for advanced glycation end-products in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas...
October 2016: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
Li Wang, Haihua Jiang, Wencai Li, Chuanliang Jia, Hua Zhang, Yan Sun, Xiumei Chen, Xicheng Song
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the functional mechanism of microRNA-182 (miR-182) in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). DESIGN: HNSCC and normal samples were used to check both p53 and miR-182 expression. Two cancer cell lines with overexpression of miR-182 were used to check cell proliferation and migration. In vivo role of miR-182 was assessed using mouse xenograft tumor model. β-TrCP2 was found to be direct target of miR-182 by luciferase reporter assay...
September 30, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
Kathrin Günther, Ronja Foraita, Juliane Friemel, Frauke Günther, Jörn Bullerdiek, Rolf Nimzyk, Dominique Nadine Markowski, Thomas Behrens, Wolfgang Ahrens
BACKGROUND: The transcription factor high-mobility AT-hook 2 (HMGA2) is involved in stem cell renewal and is expressed in many tumor tissues. Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) comprise tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract and are characterized by high recurrence rates that represent a challenge to patient management. The study addresses the potential of HMGA2 as a molecular biomarker for HNSCC patient survival. METHODS: Patients with HNSCC of the larynx, pharynx, tonsils, or oral cavity were recruited in a hospital-based case-control study (n=202)...
October 14, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Simona Marzi, Francesca Piludu, Chiara Forina, Giuseppe Sanguineti, Renato Covello, Giuseppe Spriano, Antonello Vidiri
OBJECTIVE: To correlate intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHODS: Forty untreated patients with HNSCC were included retrospectively in the study. Perfusion fraction f, diffusion coefficient D and perfusion-related diffusion coefficient D* were extracted by bi-exponential fitting of IVIM data. Semi-quantitative DCE-MRI parameters, including positive enhancement integral (PEI) and maximum slope of increase (MSI), were calculated...
October 11, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Ajay Gupta, Siddhartha Baxi, Christopher Hoyne
INTRODUCTION: Comprehensive oncology services have recently been introduced in the Northern Territory (NT) enabling delivery of concurrent chemo-radiotherapy (CCRT) in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (LAHNSC). The purpose of this study is to assess feasibility, compliance and toxicity of CCRT in remote Australia. METHODS: Chart review was conducted for all patients >18 years, with biopsy-proven LAHNSC, receiving curative intent CCRT between January 2010 and September 2012...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Lorenz Kadletz, Elisabeth Enzenhofer, Ulana Kotowski, Gabriela Altorjai, Gregor Heiduschka
CONCLUSION: On the one hand, AZD5582, an inhibitor of inhibitor of apoptosis family proteins (IAP), leads to cellular growth arrest and induction of apoptosis in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines. On the other hand, it is a viable candidate for combination therapy with irradiation. OBJECTIVES: The aim and purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of AZD5582 on HNSCC cell lines. METHODS: HNSCC cell lines SCC25, Cal27, and FaDu were used for all cell culture experiments...
October 14, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Aditya Stanam, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Laurie Love-Homan, Nnamdi Ihejirika, Andrean L Simons
Erlotinib has demonstrated poor clinical response rates for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) to date and the majority of respondents acquire resistance to erlotinib relatively quickly. To elucidate novel pathways involved in erlotinib resistance, we compared the gene expression profiles of erlotinib-resistant (ER) vs. erlotinib-sensitive (ES) HNSCC cell lines. Enrichment analysis of microarray data revealed a deregulation of the IL-1 signaling pathway in ER versus ES-HNSCC cells. Gene expression of interleukin-1 alpha (IL1A) and interleukin-1 beta (IL1B) were significantly upregulated by > 2 fold in ER-SQ20B and ER-CAL 27 cells compared to their respective ES-cells...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Ameer L Elaimy, Aarif Ahsan, Katherine Marsh, William B Pratt, Dipankar Ray, Theodore S Lawrence, Mukesh K Nyati
Heat shock protein 90 is a chaperone that plays an essential role in the stabilization of a large number of signal transduction molecules, many of which are associated with oncogenesis. An Hsp90 isoform (Hsp90α) has been shown to be selectively phosphorylated on two N-terminal threonine residues (threonine 5 and 7) and is involved in the DNA damage response and apoptosis. However, the kinase that phosphorylates Hsp90α after ionizing radiation (IR) and its role in post-radiation DNA repair remains unclear...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
P Morbini, M Benazzo
Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx is a well-defined entity mostly affecting young to middle-aged male non-smokers. It is generally associated with a favourable outcome, and for this reason a less intensive therapeutic approach has been proposed for this subset of patients. The incidence of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers is rapidly increasing in most Western countries, but detailed epidemiological data are not available for the Italian population. Furthermore, among other head and neck regions, a smaller proportion of oral high-grade dysplasia and cancers seems to depend on HPV infection, whereas its role in laryngeal cancer is recognised as less relevant...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
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