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Lisa Brenan, Aleksandr Andreev, Ofir Cohen, Sasha Pantel, Atanas Kamburov, Davide Cacchiarelli, Nicole S Persky, Cong Zhu, Mukta Bagul, Eva M Goetz, Alex B Burgin, Levi A Garraway, Gad Getz, Tarjei S Mikkelsen, Federica Piccioni, David E Root, Cory M Johannessen
Tumor-specific genomic information has the potential to guide therapeutic strategies and revolutionize patient treatment. Currently, this approach is limited by an abundance of disease-associated mutants whose biological functions and impacts on therapeutic response are uncharacterized. To begin to address this limitation, we functionally characterized nearly all (99.84%) missense mutants of MAPK1/ERK2, an essential effector of oncogenic RAS and RAF. Using this approach, we discovered rare gain- and loss-of-function ERK2 mutants found in human tumors, revealing that, in the context of this assay, mutational frequency alone cannot identify all functionally impactful mutants...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Kento Kurata, Naoyoshi Onoda, Satoru Noda, Shinichiro Kashiwagi, Yuka Asano, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is a rare malignancy that progresses extremely aggressively and often results in dismal prognosis. We investigated the efficacy of inhibiting the activated RAS/RAF/MEK pathway in ATC cells aiming to clarify the mechanism of effect and resistance. Four human ATC cell lines (ACT-1, OCUT-2, OCUT-4 and OCUT-6) were used. OCUT-4 had a BRAF mutation. OCUT-2 had both BRAF and PI3KCA mutations. ACT-1 and OCUT-6 had wild-type BRAF and NRAS mutations. The effects of dabrafenib, a selective inhibitor of the BRAFV600E kinase, and trametinib, a reversible inhibitor of MEK activity, were investigated...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Joanna D Nowacka, Christian Baumgartner, Cristiana Pelorosso, Mareike Roth, Johannes Zuber, Manuela Baccarini
The dual-specificity kinases MEK1 and MEK2 act downstream of RAS/RAF to induce ERK activation, which is generally considered protumorigenic. Activating MEK mutations have not been discovered in leukemia, in which pathway activation is caused by mutations in upstream components such as RAS or Flt3. The anti-leukemic potential of MEK inhibitors is being tested in clinical trials; however, downregulation of MEK1 promotes Eμ-Myc-driven lymphomagenesis and MEK1 ablation induces myeloproliferative disease in mice, raising the concern that MEK inhibitors may be inefficient or counterproductive in this context...
October 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Roz G Brant, Alan Sharpe, Tom Liptrot, Jonathan Dry, Elizabeth A Harrington, J Carl Barrett, Nicky Whalley, Chris Womack, Paul D Smith, Darren Hodgson
PURPOSE: To develop a clinically viable gene expression assay to measure RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK (RAS-ERK) pathway output suitable for hypothesis testing in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) clinical studies. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A published MEK-functional-activation signature (MEK signature) that measures RAS-ERK functional output was optimized for NSCLC in silico. NanoString assays were developed for the NSCLC optimized MEK signature and the 147-gene RAS signature. First, platform transfer from Affymetrix to NanoString, and signature modulation following treatment with KRAS siRNA and MEK inhibitor, were investigated in cell lines...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Alan J Simmons, Cherié R Scurrah, Eliot T McKinley, Charles A Herring, Jonathan M Irish, M Kay Washington, Robert J Coffey, Ken S Lau
Cellular heterogeneity poses a substantial challenge to understanding tissue-level phenotypes and confounds conventional bulk analyses. To analyze signaling at the single-cell level in human tissues, we applied mass cytometry using cytometry time of flight to formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) normal and diseased intestinal specimens. This technique, called FFPE-DISSECT (disaggregation for intracellular signaling in single epithelial cells from tissue), is a single-cell approach to characterizing signaling states in embedded tissue samples...
October 11, 2016: Science Signaling
Gregor Carpentero Burdeos, Junya Ito, Takahiro Eitsuka, Kiyotaka Nakagawa, Fumiko Kimura, Teruo Miyazawa
Tocotrienol (T3) has recently gained increasing interest due to its anti-cancer effect. Here, we investigated the modulating effect of δ and γ T3 on the Ras-Raf-MEK-ERK oncogenic upstream signaling pathway in human hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells. The results indicated that T3 regulated the upstream signaling cascades of this pathway.
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
Dongyun Zhang, Marvin Bergsneider, Marilene B Wang, Anthony P Heaney
We recently demonstrated that the orphan nuclear receptor testicular receptor 4 (TR4) is a potent regulator of corticotroph tumor growth and hormone secretion. The Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK pathway is commonly overactivated in human tumors and we have demonstrated that corticotroph tumor TR4 is activated by ERK1/2-mediated phosphorylation. We evaluated effects of MEK-162, a selective, non-ATP-competitive allosteric inhibitor of MEK1/2, on murine and human in vitro and in vivo corticotroph tumor proliferation and adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) secretion...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Julia Y Chu, Ian Dransfield, Adriano G Rossi, Sonja Vermeren
Neutrophils are peripheral blood leukocytes that represent the first line of immune cell defense against bacterial and fungal infections but are also crucial players in the generation of the inflammatory response. Many neutrophil cell surface receptors regulate important cellular processes via activation of agonist-activated PI3Ks. We show here that activation of human neutrophils with insoluble immune complexes drives a previously uncharacterized, PI3K-dependent, non-canonical, pro-apoptotic signaling pathway, FcγR-PI3Kβ/δ-Cdc42-Pak-Mek-Erk...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
Josef Mang, Konstanze Merkle, Martina Heller, Julia Schüler, Yanis Tolstov, Jielin Li, Markus Hohenfellner, Stefan Duensing
BACKGROUND: Taxanes are routinely used to treat men with advanced prostate cancer, yet their molecular mode of action is poorly characterized. Taxanes stabilize microtubules and may hence interfere with a plethora of cellular processes, most notably mitosis. However, prostate cancer is typically a slowly growing tumor suggesting that additional processes play a role in the response to taxanes. METHODS: Here, we analyzed the potential effect of taxanes on microtubuli-dependent intracellular transport and signaling processes, specifically, nuclear translocation of the androgen receptor and modulation of the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK signaling cascade...
September 28, 2016: Urologic Oncology
Vivek Asati, Debarshi Kar Mahapatra, Sanjay Kumar Bharti
The discovery of genetic, genomic and clinical biomarkers have revolutionized the treatment option in the form of personalized medicine which allows to accurately predict a person's susceptibility/progression of disease, the patient's response to therapy, and maximize the therapeutic outcome in terms of low/no toxicity for a particular patient. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has realized the contribution of pharmacogenomics in better healthcare and advocated the consideration of pharmacogenomic principles in making safer and more effective drug...
September 16, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Tomoko Tanaka, Mayumi Higashi, Koseki Kimura, Junko Wakao, Shigehisa Fumino, Tomoko Iehara, Hajime Hosoi, Toshiyuki Sakai, Tatsuro Tajiri
BACKGROUND: A recent study reported that relapsed neuroblastomas had frequent RAS-ERK pathway mutations. We herein investigated the effects and pathways of MEK inhibitors, which inhibit the RAS-ERK pathway, as a new molecular-targeted therapy for refractory neuroblastomas. METHOD: Five neuroblastoma cell lines were treated with trametinib (MEK inhibitor) or CH5126766 (RAF/MEK inhibitor). Growth inhibition was analyzed using a cell viability assay. ERK phosphorylation and the MYCN expression were analyzed by immunoblotting or immunohistochemistry...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Hongxi Sun, Yu Li, Bei Sun, Ningning Hou, Juhong Yang, Miaoyan Zheng, Jie Xu, Jingyu Wang, Yi Zhang, Xianwei Zeng, Chunyan Shan, Bai Chang, Liming Chen, Baocheng Chang
BACKROUND: Type 2 diabetes has become a global epidemic disease. Atorvastatin has become a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis. However, increasing evidence showed that statins can dose-dependently increase the risk of diabetes mellitus. The mechanism is not clear. OBJECTIVE: The Ras complex pathway (Ras/Raf/extracellular signal-regulated kinase [ERK]/cAMP response element-binding protein [CREB]) is the major pathway that regulates the gene transcription...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Robert Roskoski
The Bruton non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase (BTK), a deficiency of which leads to X-linked agammaglobulinemia, plays a central role in B cell antigen receptor signaling. Owing to the exclusivity of this enzyme in B cells, the acronym could represent B cell tyrosine kinase. BTK is activated by the Lyn and SYK protein kinases following activation of the B cell receptor. BTK in turn catalyzes the phosphorylation and activation of phospholipase Cγ2 leading to the downstream activation of the Ras/RAF/MEK/ERK pathway and the NF-κB pathways...
September 15, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Ulrich J M Mey, Christoph Renner, Roger von Moos
BRAF mutations are present in a variety of cancers and cause constitutive activation of the Ras-Raf-MEK-ERK signaling pathway. In cutaneous malignant melanoma, combined treatment with BRAF and MEK inhibitors is associated with high response rates and has been shown to improve progression free as well as overall survival compared to BRAF inhibition alone. In multiple myeloma, BRAF mutations are detectable only in a minority of patients. Only few data are available regarding the clinical activity of BRAF inhibitors in BRAF-positive multiple myeloma patients, including some anecdotal reports on remarkable responses in individuals being resistant to all other available anti-myeloma treatment approaches...
September 19, 2016: Hematological Oncology
James A McCubrey, Dariusz Rakus, Agnieszka Gizak, Linda S Steelman, Steve L Abrams, Kvin Lertpiriyapong, Timothy L Fitzgerald, Li V Yang, Giuseppe Montalto, Melchiorre Cervello, Massimo Libra, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Aurora Scalisi, Francesco Torino, Concettina Fenga, Luca M Neri, Sandra Marmiroli, Lucio Cocco, Alberto M Martelli
Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is a serine/threonine kinase that participates in an array of critical cellular processes. GSK-3 was first characterized as an enzyme that phosphorylated and inactivated glycogen synthase. However, subsequent studies have revealed that this moon-lighting protein is involved in numerous signaling pathways that regulate not only metabolism but also have roles in: apoptosis, cell cycle progression, cell renewal, differentiation, embryogenesis, migration, regulation of gene transcription, stem cell biology and survival...
September 6, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Shuang Cui, Peng-Yu Chang
In mammals, the intestinal epithelium is a tissue that contains two distinct pools of stem cells: active intestinal stem cells and reserve intestinal stem cells. The former are located in the crypt basement membrane and are responsible for maintaining epithelial homeostasis under intact conditions, whereas the latter exhibit the capacity to facilitate epithelial regeneration after injury. These two pools of cells can convert into each other, maintaining their quantitative balance. In terms of the active intestinal stem cells, their development into functional epithelium is precisely controlled by the following signaling pathways: Wnt/β-catenin, Ras/Raf/Mek/Erk/MAPK, Notch and BMP/Smad...
August 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Matthew Dean, Adam Lassak, Anna Wilk, Adriana Zapata, Luis Marrero, Patricia Molina, Krzysztof Reiss
Ethanol plays a detrimental role in the development of the brain. Multiple studies have shown that ethanol inhibits insulin-like growth factor I receptor (IGF-IR) function. Because the IGF-IR contributes to brain development by supporting neural growth, survival, and differentiation, we sought to determine the molecular mechanism(s) involved in ethanol's effects on this membrane-associated tyrosine kinase. Using multiple neuronal cell types, we performed Western blot, immunoprecipitation, and GST-pulldowns following acute (1 - 24 hours) or chronic (3 weeks) treatment with ethanol...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Kaixuan Zeng, Koichi Ohshima, Yixiong Liu, Weichen Zhang, Lu Wang, Linni Fan, Mingyang Li, Xia Li, Zhe Wang, Shuangping Guo, Qingguo Yan, Ying Guo
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a proliferative disease of CD1a(+) /CD207(+) dendritic cells. Recurrent BRAFV600E and MAP2K1 mutations have been reported in LCH. To investigate the relationship among the mutation, clinical findings, and differentiation status of LCH, respectively, we studied 97 cases of LCH by using Sanger sequencing and immunohistochemistry. The mutually exclusive BRAFV600E and MAP2K1 mutation rates were 32% and 17.5%, respectively. All MAP2K1 mutations were missense mutations without any in-frame deletions; 2 new recurrent missense mutations (ie, p...
September 6, 2016: Hematological Oncology
Ming-Chung Jiang
CSE1L (chromosome segregation 1-like protein), also named as CAS (cellular apoptosis susceptibility protein), is highly expressed in most cancer types. CSE1L/CAS is a multiple functional protein that plays roles in apoptosis, cell survival, chromosome assembly, nucleocytoplasmic transport, microvesicle formation, and cancer metastasis; some of the functions are explicitly correlated. CSE1L is also a cancer serum biomarker. The phosphorylation of CAS is regulated by the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)...
September 5, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Karen M Mann, Haoqiang Ying, Joseph Juan, Nancy A Jenkins, Neal G Copeland
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly metastatic disease with a high mortality rate. Genetic and biochemical studies have shown that RAS signaling mediated by KRAS plays a pivotal role in disease initiation, progression and drug resistance. RAS signaling affects several cellular processes in PDAC, including cellular proliferation, migration, cellular metabolism and autophagy. 90% of pancreatic cancer patients harbor somatic oncogenic point mutations in KRAS, which lead to constitutive activation of the molecule...
September 3, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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