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Till J Meyer, Stefan Hartmann, Gisela Wohlleben, Muna Brisam, Axel Seher, Alexander C Kübler, Bülent Polat, Urs D A Müller-Richter
Radiotherapy alone, or as an addition to surgery is important for the treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In addition to their expression in germ cells, melanoma associated antigens-A (MAGE-A) are only expressed in malignant tissue. Notably, there is a known correlation between MAGE-A9 expression and poor prognosis in HNSCC patients. However, current knowledge regarding the function of MAGE-A9 expression, particularly in the context of irradiation, is limited. MAGE-A9 expression in 37 oral squamous cell carcinoma patents was immunohistochemically determined and analyzed for overall survival by the Kaplan-Meier log-rank test...
March 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Silvia Di Agostino, Fabio Valenti, Andrea Sacconi, Giulia Fontemaggi, Matteo Pallocca, Claudio Pulito, Federica Ganci, Paola Muti, Sabrina Strano, Giovanni Blandino
Over 70% of head & neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients carry TP53 oncogenic mutations. Here we studied the role of specific tumor-derived mutant p53 proteins in the aberrant transcription of long non-coding (lnc) MIR205HG gene in head and neck cancer cells. Methods: To understand the role of lncMIR205HG, that we showed to be transcriptionally regulated by mutant p53 in HNSCC, we have employed siRNA and shRNA in CAL27 and FaDu HNSCC cell lines to suppress p53 gene expression in ChIP assays and RT-qPCR...
2018: Theranostics
Aikaterini D Lianou, Vasileios Ragos, Panagiotis P Fotiades, Evangelos Tsiambas, Anna Batistatou, Ioannis Kastanioudakis
Human papillomavirus (HPV)-mediated cervical carcinogenesis represents a well analyzed model of viral implication in epithelial malignant transformation. Mechanisms of high risk (HR) HPV-related infection seem to demonstrate a similar action regarding its implication in head and neck (HN) carcinomas, predominantly in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) histological type. The prevalence of HR HPV subtypes - mainly HPV16 - is characterized by a broad geographic heterogeneity. Furthermore, HPV-associated HNSCCs demonstrate differences regarding sexual, molecular, epidemiological, and prognostic features compared to alcohol and tobacco dependent ones...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Xuzhi He, Jazmina L Cruz, Shannon Joseph, Nicola Pett, Hui Yi Chew, Zewen K Tuong, Satomi Okano, Gabrielle Kelly, Margaret Veitch, Fiona Simpson, James W Wells
The Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is selectively expressed on the surface of numerous tumours, such as non-small cell lung, ovarian, colorectal and head and neck carcinomas. EGFR has therefore become a target for cancer therapy. Cetuximab is a chimeric human/mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds to EGFR, where it both inhibits signaling and induces cell death by antibody-dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). Cetuximab has been approved for clinical use in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and colorectal cancer...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Yapin Su, Jiuwei Cui, Dongsheng Xu, Mengmeng Wang, Tiankai Xu, Huimn Tian, Fujun Han
BACKGROUND: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the impact of p16(INK4a) status on survival benefits in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) after anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) based treatments. METHODS: We identified studies assessing anti-EGFR based versus non-anti-EGFR based regimens in patients with unresectable locoregionally advanced, recurrent or metastatic HNSCC. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS)...
April 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Fanny Zulay Acero Brand, Nicolas Suter, Jean-Philippe Adam, Bernard Faulques, Antonio Maietta, Denis Soulières, Normand Blais
BACKGROUND: Pembrolizumab is an anti-programmed death 1 (PD-1) receptor monoclonal antibody that has shown activity as second line treatment for metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Immune-related adverse events are now well described complications of PD-1 inhibitors and most organ sites have been shown to be potentially affected. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 69-year old patient with a relapsed squamous cell carcinoma of the supraglottic larynx with lung metastasis after receiving adjuvant concurrent cisplatin and radiotherapy...
March 16, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Sophie Outh-Gauer, Marie Alt, Christophe Le Tourneau, Jérémy Augustin, Chloé Broudin, Cassandre Gasne, Thomas Denize, Haitham Mirghani, Elizabeth Fabre, Madeleine Ménard, Florian Scotte, Eric Tartour, Cécile Badoual
Cancer occurrence can be understood as the result of dysfunctions in immune tumoral microenvironment. Here we review the recent understandings of those microenvironment changes, regarding their causes and prognostic significance in head and neck (HN) carcinoma. We will focus on HN squamous cell cancer (SCC) and nasopharyngeal carcinomas (NPC). Their overall poor prognosis may be improved with immunotherapy in a subset of patients, as supported by current clinical trials. However, finding reliable markers of therapeutic response is crucial for patient selection, due to potential severe adverse reactions and high costs...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Chia-Sheng Yen, Cheuk-Sing Choy, Wei-Jan Huang, Shiu-Wen Huang, Pin-Ye Lai, Meng-Chieh Yu, Ching Shiue, Ya-Fen Hsu, Ming-Jen Hsu
Growing evidence shows that hydroxamate-based compounds exhibit broad-spectrum pharmacological properties including anti-tumor activity. However, the precise mechanisms underlying hydroxamate derivative-induced cancer cell death remain incomplete understood. In this study, we explored the anti-tumor mechanisms of a novel aliphatic hydroxamate-based compound, WMJ-J-09, in FaDu head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cells. WMJ-J-09 induced G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in FaDu cells. These actions were associated with liver kinase B1 (LKB1), AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) activation, transcription factor p63 phosphorylation, as well as modulation of p21 and survivin...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Karl Payne, Rachel Spruce, Andrew Beggs, Neil Sharma, Anthony Kong, Timothy Martin, Satyesh Parmar, Prav Praveen, Paul Nankivell, Hisham Mehanna
The use of circulating biochemical molecular markers in head and neck cancer holds the promise of improved diagnostics, treatment planning, and posttreatment surveillance. In this review, we provide an introduction for the head and neck surgeon of the basic science, current evidence, and future applications of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) as a biomarker and liquid biopsy to detect tumor genetic heterogeneity in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).
March 15, 2018: Head & Neck
Sagus Sampath, Haejung Won, Erminia Massarelli, Min Li, Paul Frankel, Nayana Vora, Lalit Vora, Ellie Maghami, Marcin Kortylewski
Immunomodulation contributes to the antitumor efficacy of the fractionated radiation therapy (RT). Here, we describe immune effects of RT with concurrent systemic cisplatin or cetuximab treatment of patients with stage III-IV head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Using longitudinally collected blood samples, we identified significant changes in cytokines/chemokines and immune cell populations compared to immune-related gene expression profiles in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The 7-week combinatorial RT resulted in gradual elevation of proinflammatory mediators (IFNγ, IL-6, TNFɑ, CCL2), while levels of IL-12, cytokine essential for antitumor immune responses, were decreased...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Roshanak Derakhshandeh, Sonia Sanadhya, Kyu Lee Han, Haiyan Chen, Olga Goloubeva, Tonya J Webb, Rania H Younis
The search for stromal biomarkers in carcinoma patients is a challenge in the field. Semaphorin 4D (Sema4D), known for its various developmental, physiological and pathological effects, plays a role in pro and anti-inflammatory responses. It is expressed in many epithelial tumors including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Recently, we found that HNSCC-associated Sema4D modulates an immune-suppressive, tumor-permissible environment by inducing the expansion of myeloid derived suppressor cells. The purpose of this study was to determine the value of Sema4D as a biomarker for the peri-tumoral stromal phenotype in human HNSCC...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Imelda Seminerio, Nadège Kindt, Géraldine Descamps, Justine Bellier, Jérôme R Lechien, Quentin Mat, Charles Pottier, Fabrice Journé, Sven Saussez
Incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) has increased over the last few decades. The reaction of the host immune system to these tumors remains biologically complex. Here, we investigated CD68+ macrophage numbers, reporting the prognostic value in comparison to other risk factors. We also examined CD68+ macrophage infiltration during disease progression regarding the impact of HPV infection, and we studied the role of HPV16-E6/E7 oncoproteins in CD68+ macrophage recruitment...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Seda Ekizoglu, Turgut Ulutin, Jalal Guliyev, Nur Buyru
Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) are a diverse group of tumor types, including neoplasia of the paranasal sinuses, oral cavity, trachea, pharynx and larynx. Laryngeal cancer is the most common type of HNSCC. The proline-rich 4 (PRR4) protein is synthesized in the acinar cells of human lacrimal glands. Previous studies have demonstrated that PRR4 may function as an antimicrobial protein protecting the ocular surface and the oral cavity. In order to determine differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in laryngeal tumors, a GeneFishing Assay was performed; 27 DEGs were identified...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jutaek Nam, Sejin Son, Lukasz J Ochyl, Rui Kuai, Anna Schwendeman, James J Moon
Photothermal therapy (PTT) is a promising cancer treatment modality, but PTT generally requires direct access to the source of light irradiation, thus precluding its utility against disseminated, metastatic tumors. Here, we demonstrate that PTT combined with chemotherapy can trigger potent anti-tumor immunity against disseminated tumors. Specifically, we have developed polydopamine-coated spiky gold nanoparticles as a new photothermal agent with extensive photothermal stability and efficiency. Strikingly, a single round of PTT combined with a sub-therapeutic dose of doxorubicin can elicit robust anti-tumor immune responses and eliminate local as well as untreated, distant tumors in >85% of animals bearing CT26 colon carcinoma...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Shanshan Sun, Yansheng Wu, Wenyu Guo, Feng Yu, Lingping Kong, Yu Ren, Yu Wang, Xiaofeng Yao, Chao Jing, Chao Zhang, Mingyang Liu, Yuqing Zhang, Minghui Zhao, Zhaoqing Li, Chuanqiang Wu, Yu Qiao, Jingxuan Yang, Xudong Wang, Lun Zhang, Min Li, Xuan Zhou
PURPOSE: Phosphotidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)and signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) are frequently activated in cancer progression. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms by which PI3K and STAT3 regulate HNSCC growth. The lncRNA HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) was found to modulate the progression of head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). In this study, we attempted to establish the correlation of PI3K-STAT3-HOTAIR signaling with the progression of HNSCC and its sensitivity towards platinum-based and targeted anti-EGFR combination therapy...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Marie C Matrka, Katherine A Cimperman, Sarah R Haas, Geraldine Guasch, Lisa A Ehrman, Ronald R Waclaw, Kakajan Komurov, Adam Lane, Kathryn A Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Susanne I Wells
Esophageal cancer occurs as either squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) or adenocarcinoma. ESCCs comprise almost 90% of cases worldwide, and recur with a less than 15% five-year survival rate despite available treatments. The identification of new ESCC drivers and therapeutic targets is critical for improving outcomes. Here we report that expression of the human DEK oncogene is strongly upregulated in esophageal SCC based on data in the cancer genome atlas (TCGA). DEK is a chromatin-associated protein with important roles in several nuclear processes including gene transcription, epigenetics, and DNA repair...
March 14, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Eduardo Méndez, Cristina P Rodriguez, Micheal Kao, Sharat C Raju, Ahmed Diab, Richard A Harbison, Eric Q Konnick, Ganesh Mugundu, Rafael Santana-Davila, Renato Martins, Neal D Futran, Laura Q M Chow
PURPOSE: The WEE1 tyrosine kinase regulates G2/M transition and maintains genomic stability, particularly in p53-deficient tumors which require DNA repair after genotoxic therapy. There is a need to exploit the role of WEE1 inhibition in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) mostly driven by tumor-suppressor loss. This completed phase I clinical trial represents the first published clinical experience using the WEE1 inhibitor, AZD1775, with cisplatin and docetaxel. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We implemented an open-label phase I clinical trial using a 3+3 dose-escalation design for patients with Stage III/IVB HNSCC with borderline-resectable or unresectable disease, who were candidates for definitive chemoradiation...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Markus Wirth, Daniel Jira, Armin Ott, Guido Piontek, Anja Pickhard
The clinical impact of the expression of NOTCH1 signaling components in squamous cell carcinoma of the pharynx and larynx has only been evaluated in subgroups. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate NOTCH1 expression in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) patient tissue and cell lines. We analyzed tissue from 195 HNSCCs and tissue from 30 normal patients for mRNA expression of NOTCH1, NOTCH3, HES1, HEY1, and JAG1 using quantitative real-time PCR. Association of expression results and clinical orpathological factors was examined with multivariate Cox regression...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Y S Tan, K Sansanaphongpricha, M E P Prince, D Sun, G T Wolf, Y L Lei
The recent Food and Drug Administration's approval of monoclonal antibodies targeting immune checkpoint receptors (ICRs) for recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) offers exciting promise to improve patient outcome and reduce morbidities. A favorable response to ICR blockade relies on an extensive collection of preexisting tumor-specific T cells in the tumor microenvironment (TME). ICR blockade reinvigorates exhausted CD8+ T cells and enhances immune killing. However, resistance to ICR blockade is observed in about 85% of patients with HNSCC, therefore highlighting the importance of characterizing the mechanisms underlying HNSCC immune escape and exploring combinatorial strategies to sensitize hypoimmunogenic cold HNSCC to ICR inhibition...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
Carole Fakhry, Martin Krapcho, David W Eisele, Gypsyamber D'Souza
BACKGROUND: The increasing incidence of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer (OPSCC) is well established. However, up-to-date incidence estimates and trends for head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCCs) overall, including major anatomic sites, and nonoropharyngeal (non-OP) HNSCCs by sex, race, and age in the United States are not well described. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of incident HNSCCs during 1992 through 2014 using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database was performed to evaluate the incidence of HNSCCs overall, OPSCC, and non-OP HNSCC (those of the larynx, oral cavity, hypopharynx, nasopharynx, and nasal cavity)...
March 13, 2018: Cancer
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