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Linda Ziani, Salem Chouaib, Jerome Thiery
Among cells present in the tumor microenvironment, activated fibroblasts termed cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), play a critical role in the complex process of tumor-stroma interaction. CAFs, one of the prominent stromal cell populations in most types of human carcinomas, have been involved in tumor growth, angiogenesis, cancer stemness, extracellular matrix remodeling, tissue invasion, metastasis, and even chemoresistance. During the past decade, these activated tumor-associated fibroblasts have also been involved in the modulation of the anti-tumor immune response on various levels...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Julien Daubriac, Shiwei Han, Jelena Grahovac, Eve Smith, Abdel Hosein, Marguerite Buchanan, Mark Basik, Yves Boucher
Carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) can remodel the extracellular matrix to promote cancer cell invasion, but the paracrine signaling between CAFs and cancer cells that regulates tumor cell migration remains to be identified. To determine how the interaction between CAFs and cancer cells modulates the invasiveness of cancer cells, we developed a 3-dimensional co-culture model composed of breast cancer (BC) MDA-MB-231 cell spheroids embedded in a collagen gel with and without CAFs. We found that the crosstalk between CAFs and cancer cells promotes invasion by stimulating the scattering of MDA-MB-231 cells, which was dependent on RhoA/ROCK/phospho MLC signaling in cancer cells but independent of RhoA in CAFs...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Anne-Marie Givel, Yann Kieffer, Alix Scholer-Dahirel, Philemon Sirven, Melissa Cardon, Floriane Pelon, Ilaria Magagna, Géraldine Gentric, Ana Costa, Claire Bonneau, Virginie Mieulet, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Fatima Mechta-Grigoriou
High-grade serous ovarian cancers (HGSOC) have been subdivided into molecular subtypes. The mesenchymal HGSOC subgroup, defined by stromal-related gene signatures, is invariably associated with poor patient survival. We demonstrate that stroma exerts a key function in mesenchymal HGSOC. We highlight stromal heterogeneity in HGSOC by identifying four subsets of carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAF-S1-4). Mesenchymal HGSOC show high content in CAF-S1 fibroblasts, which exhibit immunosuppressive functions by increasing attraction, survival, and differentiation of CD25+ FOXP3+ T lymphocytes...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Amy E Campbell, Sean C Shadle, Sujatha Jagannathan, Jong-Won Lim, Rebecca Resnick, Rabi Tawil, Silvère M van der Maarel, Stephen J Tapscott
The DUX4 transcription factor is encoded by a retrogene embedded in each unit of the D4Z4 macrosatellite repeat. DUX4 is normally expressed in the cleavage-stage embryo, whereas chromatin repression prevents DUX4 expression in most somatic tissues. Failure of this repression causes facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) due to mis-expression of DUX4 in skeletal muscle. In this study, we used CRISPR/Cas9 engineered chromatin immunoprecipitation (enChIP) locus-specific proteomics to characterize D4Z4-associated proteins...
March 13, 2018: ELife
Rahman Rahimi
AIM: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of CYP1A2 -163C>A polymorphism on the ergogenic effects of caffeine supplementation during a resistance exercise (RE) session. METHODS: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo (PL)-controlled, crossover study, 30 resistance-trained men took part in two RE sessions (three sets to failure at 85% of one repetition maximum, 2-min rest between sets), including bench press (BP), leg press (LP), seated cable row, and shoulder press (SP) following caffeine (CAF) (6 mg kg-1 ) or PL (6 mg kg-1 of maltodextrin) ingestion 1 h prior to the trial...
March 12, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
David Boulos, Deniz Fikretoglu
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective was to explore differences in mental health problems (MHP) between serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) components (Regular Force (RegF); Reserve Force (ResF)) with an Afghanistan deployment and to assess the contribution of both component and deployment experiences to MHP using covariate-adjusted prevalence difference estimates. Additionally, mental health services use (MHSU) was descriptively assessed among those with a mental disorder. DESIGN: Data came from the 2013 CAF Mental Health Survey, a cross-sectional survey of serving personnel (n=72 629)...
March 12, 2018: BMJ Open
Pernilla Roswall, Matteo Bocci, Michael Bartoschek, Hong Li, Glen Kristiansen, Sara Jansson, Sophie Lehn, Jonas Sjölund, Steven Reid, Christer Larsson, Pontus Eriksson, Charlotte Anderberg, Eliane Cortez, Lao H Saal, Christina Orsmark-Pietras, Eugenia Cordero, Bengt Kristian Haller, Jari Häkkinen, Ingrid J G Burvenich, Elgene Lim, Akira Orimo, Mattias Höglund, Lisa Rydén, Holger Moch, Andrew M Scott, Ulf Eriksson, Kristian Pietras
Breast tumors of the basal-like, hormone receptor-negative subtype remain an unmet clinical challenge, as there is high rate of recurrence and poor survival in patients following treatment. Coevolution of the malignant mammary epithelium and its underlying stroma instigates cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) to support most, if not all, hallmarks of cancer progression. Here we delineate a previously unappreciated role for CAFs as determinants of the molecular subtype of breast cancer. We identified paracrine crosstalk between cancer cells expressing platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-CC and CAFs expressing the cognate receptors in human basal-like mammary carcinomas...
March 12, 2018: Nature Medicine
Giovan Paolo Pini Prato, Cristina Magnani, Leandro Chambrone
BACKGROUND: Coronally advanced flap (CAF) has been considered as one of the most predictable and versatile root coverage procedures. Thus, the aims of this study are two-fold: 1) to evaluate the long-term outcomes following CAF in the treatment of gingival recession (GR); and 2) to explore the influence of several tooth/patient-related factors on the stability of gingival margin at 5, 10, and 20 years after surgery. METHODS: Ninety-four patients with 97 GR (73 Miller`s Class I and 24 Miller's Class III) were treated with CAF in a private practice between 1984 and 1996...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Geetha S Hewawasam, Karthik Dhatchinamoorthy, Mark Mattingly, Chris Seidel, Jennifer L Gerton
Correct localization of the centromeric histone variant CenH3/CENP-A/Cse4 is an important part of faithful chromosome segregation. Mislocalization of CenH3 could affect chromosome segregation, DNA replication and transcription. CENP-A is often overexpressed and mislocalized in cancer genomes, but the underlying mechanisms are not understood. One major regulator of Cse4 deposition is Psh1, an E3 ubiquitin ligase that controls levels of Cse4 to prevent deposition into non-centromeric regions. We present evidence that Chromatin assembly factor-1 (CAF-1), an evolutionarily conserved histone H3/H4 chaperone with subunits shown previously to interact with CenH3 in flies and human cells, regulates Cse4 deposition in budding yeast...
March 7, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Devinder Arora, Jayesh Mudgal, Madhavan Nampoothiri, Sanchari Basu Mallik, Manas Kinra, Susan Hall, Shailendra Anoopkumar-Dukie, Gary D Grant, Chamallamudi Mallikarjuna Rao
Antipsychotic drugs are the mainstay of psychotic disorders. The 'typical' antipsychotic agents are commonly employed for the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, though at an expense of extrapyramidal side effects (EPS). In the present study, we employed haloperidol (HP)-induced catalepsy model in mice to evaluate the role of adenosine receptor antagonist and cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme inhibitor in the amelioration of EPS. HP produced a full blown catalepsy, akinesia and a significant impairment in locomotion and antioxidant status...
March 7, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Shoko Nakasone, Sachiyo Mimaki, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Keiju Aokage, Tomohiro Miyoshi, Masato Sugano, Motohiro Kojima, Satoshi Fujii, Takeshi Kuwata, Atsushi Ochiai, Masahiro Tsuboi, Koichi Goto, Katsuya Tsuchihara, Genichiro Ishii
PURPOSE: Podoplanin-positive cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play an essential role in tumor progression. However, it is still unclear whether specific genomic alterations of cancer cells are required to recruit podoplanin-positive CAFs. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the mutation status of lung adenocarcinoma cells and the presence of podoplanin-positive CAFs. METHODS: Ninety-seven lung adenocarcinomas for which whole exome sequencing data were available were enrolled...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Si Xiong, Ronghua Wang, Qian Chen, Jing Luo, Jinlin Wang, Zhenxiong Zhao, Yawen Li, Yun Wang, Xiju Wang, Bin Cheng
In this study, we investigated the role of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression. We showed that CAFs secrete high levels of IL-6, which promoted stem cell-like properties in HCC cells by activating Notch signaling through STAT3 Tyr705 phosphorylation. These effects were abolished by Notch1 shRNA knockdown in HCC cells or treatment with an IL-6 neutralizing antibody or the p-STAT3 (Tyr705) inhibitor cryptotanshinone. Xenografted liver tumors were larger in nude mice injected with HCC cells and CAFs than in those receiving HCC cells alone...
2018: American Journal of Cancer Research
Chengfang Shangguan, Guifang Gan, Jieying Zhang, Jinliang Wu, Ying Miao, Miao Zhang, Biao Li, Jun Mi
Purpose: Elevated glucose uptake is a hallmark of cancer. Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake was believed to indicate the aggressiveness of tumors and the standardized uptake value (SUV) is a well-known measurement for FDG uptake in positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT). However, the SUV is variable due to the heterogeneity of tumors. Methods: 126 patients with colorectal cancer underwent18 F-FDG PET/CT scanning before surgery between Jan 2011 and April 2016. Cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF) densities were calculated with the inForm Advanced image analysis software and were comparatively analyzed between patients with high and low maximum SUV (SUVmax-high and SUVmax-low)...
2018: Theranostics
Matthew A Lakins, Ehsan Ghorani, Hafsa Munir, Carla P Martins, Jacqueline D Shields
Tumours have developed strategies to interfere with most steps required for anti-tumour immune responses. Although many populations contribute to anti-tumour responses, tumour-infiltrating cytotoxic T cells dominate, hence, many suppressive strategies act to inhibit these. Tumour-associated T cells are frequently restricted to stromal zones rather than tumour islands, raising the possibility that the tumour microenvironment, where crosstalk between malignant and "normal" stromal cells exists, may be critical for T cell suppression...
March 5, 2018: Nature Communications
G E Melling, S E Flannery, S A Abidin, H Clemmens, P Prajapati, E E Hinsley, S Hunt, J W F Catto, R D Coletta, M Mellone, G J Thomas, E K Parkinson, S S Prime, I C Paterson, D J Buttle, D W Lambert
The dissemination of cancer cells to local and distant sites depends on a complex and poorly understood interplay between malignant cells and the cellular and non-cellular components surrounding them, collectively termed the tumour microenvironment. One of the most abundant cell types of the tumour microenvironment is the fibroblast, which becomes corrupted by locally derived cues such as TGF-β1 and acquires an altered, heterogeneous phenotype (cancer-associated fibroblast, CAF) supportive of tumour cell invasion and metastasis...
February 28, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Dario Buccheri, Paola Rosa Chirco, Salvatore Geraci, Giuseppe Caramanno, Bernardo Cortese
Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is a relatively rare anatomic abnormality of the coronary arteries that afflicts 0.002% of the general population and represents 14% of all the anomalies of coronary arteries. Its clinical relevance focusses mainly on the mechanism of "coronary steal phenomenon", causing myocardial functional ischaemia even in the absence of stenosis, hence common symptoms are angina or effort dyspnoea. The suggested diagnostic approach is guided by the patient's symptoms and consists of a number of instrumental examinations like ECG, treadmill test, echocardiography, computed tomography scan, cardiac magnetic resonance and coronary angiography...
February 9, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Carmen Belli, Dario Trapani, Giulia Viale, Paolo D'Amico, Bruno Achutti Duso, Paolo Della Vigna, Franco Orsi, Giuseppe Curigliano
Tumorigenesis is a complex and dynamic process involving different cellular and non-cellular elements composed of tumor microenvironment (TME). The interaction of TME with cancer cells is responsible for tumor development, progression and drug resistance. TME consists of non malignant cells of the tumor such as cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs), endothelial cells and pericytes composing tumor vasculature, immune and inflammatory cells, bone marrow derived cells, and the extracellular matrix (ECM) establishing a complex cross-talk with tumor...
February 22, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Ruizeng Dong, Jianmin Guo, Zewei Zhang, Yimin Zhou, Yonghong Hua
The aim of this study was to identify the anti-cancer mechanism of Polyphyllin I (PPI) on gastric cancer cells via its activity on cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). We cultured purified gastric CAFs obtained from fresh human gastric cancer tissue and examined the effect of Polyphyllin I on CAF proliferation using a colorimetric viability assay. In addition, we established a nude mouse xenograft model to examine the effect of Polyphyllin I administration on tumorigenesis. Using Western analysis, we quantified protein expression of the CAF-derived cytokines fibroblast activation protein alpha (FAP), secreted protein acidic and cysteine rich (SPARC), stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1), hepatocyte growth factor tenascin-C (TNC), and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in both in vitro and in vivo models...
February 27, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Christine M Kondratick, Jacob M Litman, Kurt V Shaffer, M Todd Washington, Lynne M Dieckman
Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a homotrimeric protein, is the eukaryotic sliding clamp that functions as a processivity factor for polymerases during DNA replication. Chromatin association factor 1 (CAF-1) is a heterotrimeric histone chaperone protein that is required for coupling chromatin assembly with DNA replication in eukaryotes. CAF-1 association with replicating DNA, and the targeting of newly synthesized histones to sites of DNA replication and repair requires its interaction with PCNA. Genetic studies have identified three mutant forms of PCNA in yeast that cause defects in gene silencing and exhibit altered association of CAF-1 to chromatin in vivo, as well as inhibit binding to CAF-1 in vitro...
2018: PloS One
Noemi Eiro, Lucía González, Anxo Martínez-Ordoñez, Belen Fernandez-Garcia, Luis O González, Sandra Cid, Francisco Dominguez, Román Perez-Fernandez, Francisco J Vizoso
PURPOSE: It has been reported that stromal cell features may affect the clinical outcome of breast cancer patients. Cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) represent one of the most abundant cell types within the breast cancer stroma. Here, we aimed to explore the influence of CAFs on breast cancer gene expression, as well as on invasion and angiogenesis. METHODS: qRT-PCR was used to evaluate the expression of several cancer progression related genes (S100A4, TGFβ, FGF2, FGF7, PDGFA, PDGFB, VEGFA, IL-6, IL-8, uPA, MMP2, MMP9, MMP11 and TIMP1) in the human breast cancer-derived cell lines MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231, before and after co-culture with CAFs...
March 1, 2018: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
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