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Apoptosis in cancer cells

Xiangyun Li, Xiangxiang Zhu, Chong Xu, Jianhua Wu
2-Methyl-2-butanol (MBT) is a chemical compound from the group of alcohols more specifically pentanols, which has shown an excellent anti-cancer activity in our previous study. However, its mechanism of action remains unclear. The present study was designed to investigate the anti-cancer effect of MBT on human retinoblastoma cells. The results showed that the use of MBT leads to HXO-RB44 cell death but is cytotoxic to normal cells at higher concentrations. It showed a dose- as well as a time-dependent inhibition of HXO-RB44 cells...
March 15, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Kena Song, Zirui Wang, Ruchuan Liu, Guo Chen, Liyu Liu
Exploring the complicated development of tumors and metastases needs a deep understanding of the physical and biological interactions between cancer cells and their surrounding microenvironments. One of the major challenges is the ability to mimic the complex 3-D tissue microenvironment that particularly influences cell proliferation, migration, invasion, and apoptosis in relation to the extracellular matrix (ECM). Traditional cell culture is unable to create 3-D cell scaffolds resembling tissue complexity and functions, and, in the past, many efforts were made to realize the goal of obtaining cell clusters in hydrogels...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Maria Mrakovcic, Leopold F Fröhlich
Autophagy is an indispensable mechanism of the eukaryotic cell, facilitating the removal and renewal of cellular components and thereby balancing the cell's energy consumption and homeostasis. Deregulation of autophagy is now regarded as one of the characteristic key features contributing to the development of tumors. In recent years, the suppression of autophagy in combination with chemotherapeutic treatment has been approached as a novel therapy in cancer treatment. However, depending on the type of cancer and context, interference with the autophagic machinery can either promote or disrupt tumorigenesis...
March 21, 2018: Biomolecules
Georgios Pampalakis, Eleni Zingkou, Georgia Sotiropoulou
Vaginal cancer is rare and largely unexplored. We found here that KLK5 is coordinately expressed along with other KLKs in all stratified epithelia including vagina, pointing to potential role(s) in differentiation. Further, we propose that KLK5 could be implicated in vaginal cancer development based on the fact that Klk5-/- mice are prone to develop vaginal tumors when exposed to 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene. Nf-κb activation is markedly enhanced in Klk5-/- leading to increased resistance to apoptosis of mutated vaginal cells...
December 20, 2017: Biological Chemistry
Yuanqin Yin, Jingjing Cai, Fandong Meng, Chengguang Sui, Youhong Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism of miR-144 and CEP55 as well as the influence of their interaction on the cell proliferation, migration, invasion, cell cycle and cell apoptosis in breast cancer. METHODS: In this study, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA, ) database was used for microarray analysis. The expressions of miR-144 and CEP55 in 40 adjacent tissues and 36 tumor tissues were examined by western blot, qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry...
March 21, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Nicolette Kapp, Xiao X Stander, Barend A Stander
This project investigated the in-vitro effects of a glycolytic inhibitor, 3-bromopyruvate (3-BrP), in combination with and a new in silico-designed inhibitor of the bromodomain-4 (BRD-4) protein, ITH-47, on the U937 acute myeloid leukemia cell line. 3-BrP is an agent that targets the altered metabolism of cancer cells by interfering with glucose metabolism in the glycolytic pathway. ITH-47 is an acetyl-lysine inhibitor that displaces bromdomain 4 proteins from chromatin by competitively binding to the acetyl-lysine recognition pocket of this bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) BRD protein, thereby preventing transcription of cancer-associated genes and further cell growth...
March 20, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
Shenghao Wang, Muhammad Kalim, Keying Liang, Jinbiao Zhan
Glypican-3 (GPC3) is an integral membrane proteoglycan, which contains a core protein anchored to the cytoplasmic membrane through a glycosyl phosphatidylinositol linkage. The glypican-3 can regulate the signaling pathways, thereby enhances cell division, growth, and apoptosis in certain cell types. It is almost non-existent on the surface of the human normal cell membrane and highly expresses on the membrane of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. It has been well established that GPC3 provide a useful diagnostic marker...
March 21, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
María Agustina Castro, Boris Rodenak-Kladniew, Adriana Massone, Mónica Polo, Margarita García de Bravo, Rosana Crespo
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for most cases of lung cancer. The peel oil of mandarin Citrus reticulata Blanco cv. Dancy (MPO) is a natural source of essential oils and carotenoids. Volatile and non-volatile lipid compounds were characterized by chromatographic methods. We demonstrate that MPO causes a dose-dependent growth inhibition of NSCLC model cells (A549) in culture and tumour growth in vivo of the same cells implanted in nude mice fed with MPO-supplemented diets. MPO induced cell cycle arrest mainly at the G0/G1 phase and reduced the amount of membrane-bound Ras protein along with apoptosis induction...
March 21, 2018: Food & Function
Wagdy M Eldehna, Mahmoud F Abo-Ashour, Hany S Ibrahim, Ghada H Al-Ansary, Hazem A Ghabbour, Mahmoud M Elaasser, Hanaa Y A Ahmed, Nesreen A Safwat
On account of their significance as apoptosis inducing agents, merging indole and 3-hydrazinoindolin-2-one scaffolds is a logic tactic for designing pro-apoptotic agents. Consequently, 27 hybrids (6a-r, 9a-f and 11a-c) were synthesised and evaluated for their cytotoxicity against MCF-7, HepG-2 and HCT-116 cancer cell lines. SAR studies unravelled that N-propylindole derivatives were the most active compounds such as 6n (MCF-7; IC50 =1.04 µM), which displayed a significant decrease of cell population in the G2/M phase and significant increase in the early and late apoptosis by 19-folds in Annexin-V-FTIC assay...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Ting-Ting Liu, Xi-Sheng Liu, Meng Zhang, Xue-Ni Liu, Fu-Xiang Zhu, Fang-Ming Zhu, Si-Wen Ouyang, Shan-Bao Li, Chen-Long Song, Hui-Min Sun, Su Lu, Yu Zhang, Jun Lin, Hua-Mei Tang, Zhi-Hai Peng
PURPOSE: Recent studies have determined that cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) plays a vital role in carcinogenesis. We sought to clarify the role of COMP in colon cancer. METHODS: We investigated gene expression data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) dataset. Tissue microarrays (TMA) containing paired samples from 253 patients with colon cancer were subjected to immunostaining. COMP levels in serum of colon cancer patients and healthy donors were measured with ELISA...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Joao N A Ferreira, Changyu Zheng, Isabelle M A Lombaert, Corinne M Goldsmith, Ana P Cotrim, Jennifer M Symonds, Vaishali N Patel, Matthew P Hoffman
Head and neck cancer patients treated with irradiation often present irreversible salivary gland hypofunction for which no conventional treatment exists. We recently showed that recombinant neurturin, a neurotrophic factor, improves epithelial regeneration of mouse salivary glands in ex vivo culture after irradiation by reducing apoptosis of parasympathetic neurons. Parasympathetic innervation is essential to maintain progenitor cells during gland development and for regeneration of adult glands. Here, we investigated whether a neurturin-expressing adenovirus could be used for gene therapy in vivo to protect parasympathetic neurons and prevent gland hypofunction after irradiation...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Paulina Cerda-Opazo, Manuel Valenzuela-Valderrama, Ignacio Wichmann, Andrés Rodríguez, Daniel Contreras-Reyes, Elmer A Fernández, Gonzalo Carrasco-Aviño, Alejandro H Corvalán, Andrew F G Quest
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to determine the relationship between Survivin and Reprimo transcript/protein expression levels, and gastric cancer outcome. METHODS: In silico correlations between an agnostic set of twelve p53-dependent apoptosis and cell-cycle genes were explored in the gastric adenocarcinoma TCGA database, using cBioPortal. Findings were validated by regression analysis of RNAseq data. Separate regression analyses were performed to assess the impact of p53 status on Survivin and Reprimo...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Hadas Pahima, Simona Reina, Noa Tadmor, Daniella Dadon-Klein, Anna Shteinfer-Kuzmine, Nathalie M Mazure, Vito De Pinto, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
The voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1), an outer mitochondria membrane (OMM) protein, serves as a mitochondrial gatekeeper, mediating the transport of nucleotides, Ca2+ and other metabolites across the OMM. VDAC1 also plays a central role in mitochondria-mediated apoptosis by facilitating the release of apoptotic proteins and by association with both pro- and anti-apoptotic proteins. Tumor cells, which are constantly exposed to hypoxic conditions, affect the cell via the transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) that induces transcriptional activity...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Pengming Sun, Lifang Xue, Yiyi Song, Xiaodan Mao, Lili Chen, Binhua Dong, Elena Loana Braicu, Jalid Sehouli
The effects of specific and non-specific regulation of matriptase on endometrial cancer cells in vitro were investigated. Messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) and protein expression of matriptase and hepatocyte growth factor activator inhibitor-1 (HAI-1) in RL-952, HEC-1A, and HEC-1B endometrial cancer cells were detected by real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) and western blot. The cells were infected with lentivirus-mediated small-interfering RNA (siRNA) targeted on matriptase (MA-siRNA) or treated with different cisplatin (DDP) concentrations...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Bian Jang, Madhappan Santha Moorthy, Panchanathan Manivasagan, Li Xu, Kyeongeun Song, Kang Dae Lee, Minseok Kwak, Junghwan Oh, Jun-O Jin
In advanced cancer therapy, the combinational therapeutic effect of photothermal therapy (PTT) using near-infrared (NIR) light-responsive nanoparticles (NPs) and anti-cancer drug delivery-mediated chemotherapy has been widely applied. In the present study, using a facile, low-cost, and solution-based method, we developed and synthesized fucoidan, a natural polymer isolated from seaweed that has demonstrated anti-cancer effect, and coated NPs with it as an ideal candidate in chemo-photothermal therapy against cancer cells...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Marzia Dolcino, Andrea Pelosi, Piera Filomena Fiore, Giuseppe Patuzzo, Elisa Tinazzi, Claudio Lunardi, Antonio Puccetti
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare connective tissue disease characterized by three pathogenetic hallmarks: vasculopathy, dysregulation of the immune system, and fibrosis. A particular feature of SSc is the increased frequency of some types of malignancies, namely breast, lung, and hematological malignancies. Moreover, SSc may also be a paraneoplastic disease, again indicating a strong link between cancer and scleroderma. The reason of this association is still unknown; therefore, we aimed at investigating whether particular genetic or epigenetic factors may play a role in promoting cancer development in patients with SSc and whether some features are shared by the two conditions...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Yan Li, Wenwen Zhang, Pengying Liu, Yumei Xu, Lin Tang, Weiwei Chen, Xiaoxiang Guan
Introduction: FENDRR is a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) that mediates the modification of the epigenetic landscape of target promoters by binding to polycomb repressive complex 2. However, the role of FENDRR in breast cancer remains unknown. Materials and methods: We detected the expression of FENDRR in 52 breast cancer patients' tissues and five breast cancer cell lines. The association between FENDRR expression and clinicopathological features and prognosis of breast cancer patients was also analyzed...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Zheng Wei, Xiteng Yin, Yu Cai, Wenguang Xu, Chuanhui Song, Yufeng Wang, Jingwei Zhang, An Kang, Zhiyong Wang, Wei Han
Background: Tumor microenvironment plays an important role in the chemoresistance of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Hypoxia in the microenvironment is one of the important factors that contributes to OSCC chemoresistance; therefore overcoming hypoxia-mediated chemoresistance is one of the great challenges in clinical practice. Methods: In this study, we developed a drug delivery system based on Pt-loaded, polyethylene glycol-modified graphene quantum dots via chemical oxidation and covalent reaction...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Luis José Flores-Alvarez, Jaquelina Julia Guzmán-Rodríguez, Rodolfo López-Gómez, Rafael Salgado-Garciglia, Alejandra Ochoa-Zarzosa, Joel E López-Meza
Plant defensins, a group of antimicrobial peptides, show selective cytotoxicity toward cancer cells. However, their mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Here, we evaluated the cytotoxicity of PaDef defensin from avocado (Persea americana var. drymifolia) on K562 chronic myeloid leukemia cells and analyzed the pathway involved in the induction of cell death. The defensin PaDef was not cytotoxic against human PBMCs; however, it was cytotoxic for K562 cell line (IC50  = 97.3 μg/ml) activating apoptosis at 12 h...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Eun Ju Shin, Hyo-Kyoung Choi, Mi Jeong Sung, Jae Ho Park, Min-Yu Chung, Sangwon Chung, Jin-Taek Hwang
We investigated the anti-cancer effects of beta-sitosterol (BS), a plant-derived sterol in AGS human gastric adenocarcinoma cells and xenograft mouse models. BS significantly reduced cell viability by inducing apoptosis in AGS adenocarcinoma cells. This was accompanied by the formation of apoptotic bodies, as detected by Annexin V, caspase 3/7 activity, and MitoPotential assay. BS stimulated phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and phospho-AMP-activated protein kinase (p-AMPK) expression. Pharmacological inhibitors or siRNA were used to further analyse the relationship between the two proteins...
March 17, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
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