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Mir B Alikhan, Garrison Pease, William Watkin, Raymon Grogan, Thomas Krausz, Tatjana Antic
Epithelioid sarcoma (ES) is a malignant mesenchymal neoplasm with some morphologic or immunophenotypic evidence of epithelial differentiation. The "classical" subtype occurs in younger patients, often in distal extremities as compared to the "proximal" type. Tumors of the proximal type primarily arising in solid organs are rare with only few case reports in the literature. We report two cases of primary ES in the kidney of a 27-year-old female and the adrenal gland of a 73-year-old male. Clinical exam and imaging, including computer tomography and positron emission tomography did not reveal tumor elsewhere in both cases...
October 18, 2016: Human Pathology
Toshiaki Tanaka, Kaoru Goto, Mitsuyoshi Iino
Sec8 is one of the subunits of the exocyst, which is an evolutionarily conserved complex of eight proteins, comprising Sec3 (EXOC1), Sec5 (EXOC2), Sec6 (EXOC3), Sec8 (EXOC4), Sec10 (EXOC5), Sec15 (EXOC6), Exo70 (EXOC7), and Exo84 (EXOC8) subunits. Sec8 knockout mice embryos initiate gastrulation but are unable to progress beyond the primitive streak stage and die shortly. During embryonic development, the first epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) event occurs at gastrulation. Sec8 may be involved in the early embryonic development through EMT...
October 18, 2016: Cellular Signalling
Lan Wei, Kuangfa Li, Xueli Pang, Bianqin Guo, Min Su, Yunxiu Huang, Nian Wang, Feihu Ji, Changli Zhong, Junhong Yang, Zhiqian Zhang, Yulin Jiang, Yifeng Liu, Tingmei Chen
BACKGROUND: Accumulating researches have shown that epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) contributes to tumor metastasis. Leptin, a key adipokine secreted from adipocytes, shapes the tumor microenvironment, potentiates the migration of breast cancer cells and angiogenesis, and is also involved in EMT. However, the potential mechanism remains unknown. This study aims to explore the effect of leptin on EMT in breast cancer cells and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: With the assessment of EMT-associated marker expression in MCF-7, SK-BR-3, and MDA-MB-468 cells, the effect of leptin on breast cancer cells was analyzed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Lei Wu, Hua Feng, Jinhua Hu, Xiangguo Tian, Chunqing Zhang
Due to the low cost and favorable safety profile, valproic acid (VPA) has been considered as a potential candidate drug for therapy of various cancers. Our present study revealed that VPA, at the concentration (1mM) which has no effect on cell proliferation, can significantly increase the in vitro migration and invasion of hepatocarcinoma (HCC) HepG2 and Huh7 cells via induction of epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). VPA treatment can significantly increase the mRNA and protein expression of Snail, the key transcription factor of EMT...
October 18, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Siying Ren, Yongfeng Luo, Hui Chen, David Warburton, Hilaire C Lam, Larry Wang, Ping Chen, Elizabeth P Henske, Wei Shi
The tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) proteins are critical negative regulators of the mTORC1 pathway. Germline mutations of TSC1 or TSC2 cause TSC, affecting multiple organs, including the kidney and lung, and causing substantial morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms of organ-specific disease in TSC remain incompletely understood, and the impact of TSC inactivation on mesenchymal lineage cells has not been specifically studied. We deleted Tsc2 specifically in mesoderm-derived mesenchymal cells of multiple organs in mice using the Dermo1-Cre driver...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Peixin Dong, Ying Xiong, Hidemichi Watari, Sharon Jb Hanley, Yosuke Konno, Kei Ihira, Fumihiko Suzuki, Takahiro Yamada, Masataka Kudo, Junming Yue, Noriaki Sakuragi
Derepression of wild-type p53 by suppressing its negative inhibitor iASPP (Inhibitor of apoptosis-stimulating protein of p53) represents a potential therapeutic option for cervical cancer (CC). Here, we reported a novel functional significance of iASPP upregulation in cervical tumorigenesis: iASPP acts as a key promoter of CC cell proliferation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, invasion and cancer stemness, by interacting with p53 to suppress p53-mediated transcription of target genes and reducing p53-responsive microRNA-34a levels...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Eun Ho Kim, Mi-Sook Kim, Kyung-Hee Lee, Jae-Soo Koh, Won-Gyun Jung, Chang-Bae Kong
To overcome radioresistance in the treatment of osteosarcoma, a primary malignant tumor of the bone, radiotherapy is generally combined with radiosensitizers. The purpose of this study was to investigate a third-generation bisphosphonate, zoledronic acid (ZOL), as a radiosensitizer for osteosarcoma. We found that exposure of KHOS/NP osteosarcoma cells to 20 μM ZOL decreased the γ-radiation dose needed to kill 90% of cells. This radiosensitizing effect of ZOL was mediated through decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, increased levels of reactive oxygen species, increased DNA damage (as assessed by counting γ-H2AX foci), decreased abundance of proteins involved in DNA repair pathways (ATR, Rad52, and DNA-PKcs), and decreased phosphorylation of PI3K-Akt and MAPK pathway proteins (Raf1, MEK1/2, ERK1/2, and Akt), as compared to γ-irradiation alone...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Li Yang, Fuquan Zhang, Xin Wang, Ying Tsai, Kuang-Hsiang Chuang, Peter C Keng, Soo Ok Lee, Yuhchyau Chen
Cisplatin-resistant A549CisR and H157CisR cell lines were developed by treating parental A549 (A549P) and H157 (H157P) cells. These cisplatin-resistant cells showed slight growth retardation, but exhibited higher epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and increased metastatic potential compared to parental cells. We observed a highly up-regulated fatty acid synthase (FASN) level in A549CisR and H157CisR cells compared to parental cells and the up-regulation of FASN was also detected in A549P and H157P cells after short time treatment with cisplatin, suggesting that the high level of FASN in cisplatin-resistant cells may be from the accumulated cellular responses during cisplatin-resistance developmental process...
July 25, 2016: Oncotarget
Xiaoyun Dai, Kwang Seok Ahn, Ling Zhi Wang, Chulwon Kim, Amudha Deivasigamni, Frank Arfuso, Jae-Young Um, Alan Prem Kumar, Young-Chae Chang, Dhiraj Kumar, Gopal C Kundu, Junji Magae, Boon Cher Goh, Kam Man Hui, Gautam Sethi
Increasing evidence(s) have indicated that epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) at the advanced stage of liver cancer, not only has the ability to self-renew and progress cancer, but also enables greater resistance to conventional chemo- and radio-therapies. Here, we report that ascochlorin (ASC), an isoprenoid antibiotic could potentiate the cytotoxic effect of doxorubicin (DOX) on HCCLM3, SNU387, SNU49, and SK-Hep-1 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, which had a predominantly mesenchymal signature with low expression of E-cadherin but high expression of N-cadherin...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Lili Zhang, Marianne Gallup, Lorna Zlock, Yu Ting Feeling Chen, Walter E Finkbeiner, Nancy A McNamara
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death, and 87% of these deaths are directly attributable to smoking. Using three-dimensional cultures of primary human bronchial epithelial cells, we demonstrated that loss of adherens junction protein, epithelial cadherin, and the aberrant interaction of its adherens junction binding partner, p120-catenin (p120ctn), with the cytoplasmic tail of apical mucin-1 (MUC1-CT) represent initiating steps in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Smoke provoked the rapid nuclear entry of p120ctn in complex with MUC1-CT that was inhibited using the MUC1-CT inhibitory peptides, PMIP and GO-201...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Verena Stahn, Inga Nagel, Susan Fischer-Huchzermeyer, Florian Oyen, Reinhard Schneppenheim, Stefan Gesk, Axel Bohring, Levan Chikobava, Peter Young, Burkhard Gess, Mathias Werner, Volker Senner, Anja Harder
Neurofibromas and schwannomas are benign Schwann cell-derived peripheral nerve sheath tumors arising sporadically and within neurofibromatoses. Multiple tumors are a hallmark of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and type 2 (NF2) and schwannomatosis. Neurofibromas in NF1 and schwannomas in NF2 or schwannomatosis are defined by distinctive molecular hits. Among these, multiple hybrid neurofibromas/schwannomas may also appear, not yet being defined by a molecular background. We therefore performed molecular analysis of 22 hybrid neurofibromas/schwannomas using array comparative genomic hybridization, immunohistochemistry, quantitative RT-PCR, and functional analyses of cultured Schwann cells...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Hui-Mei Lee, Vyomesh Patel, Lie-Fen Shyur, Wai-Leng Lee
BACKGROUND: Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide and 90% of oral malignancies are caused by oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Curcumin, a phytocompound derived from turmeric (Curcuma longa) was observed to have anti-cancer activity which can be developed as an alternative treatment option for OSCC. However, OSCC cells with various clinical-pathological features respond differentially to curcumin treatment. HYPOTHESIS: Intracellular copper levels have been reported to correlate with tumor pathogenesis and affect the sensitivity of cancer cells to cytotoxic chemotherapy...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
W J Zhang, J J Sun
Objective: To construct tissue engineered-epithelial patches with human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hADSC) and extracellular matrix scaffold (ECM), and to observe their morphological characteristics and biological behaviors. Methods: The cultured and purified hADSC were co-cultured with the ECM. The adhesion of hADSC formed sheet on the ECM were observed by the scanning electron microscopy. The activity and apoptosis of hADSC cultured on the ECM were observed by laser scanning confocal microscope...
October 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
L Chen, D L Wang, Z R Wei, B Wang, J P Qi, G F Sun
Objective: To investigate the effects of local transplantation of autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) on the formation of hyperplastic scar on rabbit ears. Methods: ADSCs were isolated from inguinal fat of six New Zealand rabbits and then sub-cultured. ADSCs of the third passage of each rabbit were used in the following experiments. Six full-thickness skin defect wounds with diameter of 6 mm on the ventral surface of every rabbit ear were made. Wound healing and local-tissue proliferation were observed, and complete epithelization time of wounds and formation time of hyperplastic scar were recorded...
October 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
Min Hyun Cho, Sung Han Kim, Weon Seo Park, Jae Young Joung, Ho Kyung Seo, Jinsoo Chung, Kang Hyun Lee
BACKGROUND: Sarcomatoid urothelial carcinoma (SUC) is a rare malignant neoplasm of the urinary bladder comprising 0.2-0.6 % of all histological bladder tumor subtypes. It presents as a high-stage malignancy and exhibits aggressive biological behavior, regardless of the treatment employed. It is defined as histologically indistinguishable from sarcoma and as a high-grade biphasic neoplasm with malignant epithelial and mesenchymal components. The mean age of patients presenting with SUC is 66 years, and the male-to-female ratio is 3:1...
October 20, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Lori E Lowes, David Goodale, Ying Xia, Carl Postenka, Matthew M Piaseczny, Freeman Paczkowski, Alison L Allan
Metastasis is the cause of most prostate cancer (PCa) deaths and has been associated with circulating tumor cells (CTCs). The presence of ≥5 CTCs/7.5mL of blood is a poor prognosis indicator in metastatic PCa when assessed by the CellSearch® system, the "gold standard" clinical platform. However, ~35% of metastatic PCa patients assessed by CellSearch® have undetectable CTCs. We hypothesize that this is due to epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and subsequent loss of necessary CTC detection markers, with important implications for PCa metastasis...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Yan-Ping Liu, Hui-Fang Zhu, Ding-Li Liu, Zhi-Yan Hu, Sheng-Nan Li, He-Ping Kan, Xiao-Yan Wang, Zu-Guo Li
Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3), a novel member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) family, was recently reported to be associated with tumorigenesis and metastasis. However, the role of DcR3 in human colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we found that DcR3 expression was significantly higher in human colorectal cancer tissues than in paired normal tissues, and that DcR3 expression was strongly correlated with tumor invasion, lymph node metastases and poor prognoses. Moreover, DcR3 overexpression significantly enhanced CRC cell proliferation and migration in vitro and tumorigenesis in vivo...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Weijie Li, Shicai Dong, Wei Wei, Guangxiu Wang, Anling Zhang, Peiyu Pu, Zhifan Jia
The transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) is one of the important downstream effectors of Hippo pathway. In this study, the potential implication of TAZ in gliomagenesis was explored. TAZ expression was identified to be upregulated in glioma specimens and positively correlated with tumor grade. Meanwhile, its expression in nucleus was increased more significantly with the ascending order of tumor grade. Knocking down TAZ inhibited glioma cell proliferation, invasion and promoted apoptosis...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Vincent Le Coz, Chaobin Zhu, Aurore Devocelle, Aimé Vazquez, Claude Boucheix, Sandy Azzi, Cindy Gallerne, Pierre Eid, Séverine Lecourt, Julien Giron-Michel
Melanoma is a particularly virulent human cancer, due to its resistance to conventional treatments and high frequency of metastasis. Melanomas contain a fraction of cells, the melanoma-initiating cells (MICs), responsible for tumor propagation and relapse. Identification of the molecular pathways supporting MICs is, therefore, vital for the development of targeted treatments. One factor produced by melanoma cells and their microenvironment, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF- 1), is linked to epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stemness features in several cancers...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Kishore Polireddy, Ruochen Dong, Peter R McDonald, Tao Wang, Brendan Luke, Ping Chen, Melinda Broward, Anuradha Roy, Qi Chen
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer has an enrichment of stem-like cancer cells (CSCs) that contribute to chemoresistant tumors prone to metastasis and recurrence. Drug screening assays based on cytotoxicity cannot identify specific CSC inhibitors, because CSCs comprise only a small portion of cancer cell population, and it is difficult to propagate stable CSC populations in vitro for high-throughput screening (HTS) assays. Based on the important role of cancer cell epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in promoting CSCs, we hypothesized that inhibition of EMT can be a useful strategy for inhibiting CSCs, and therefore a feasible approach for HTS can be built for identification of CSC inhibitors, based on assays detecting EMT inhibition...
2016: PloS One
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