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Adnan A Kadi, Hany W Darwish, Mohamed W Attwa, Sawsan M Amer
In the current work, a rapid, specific, sensitive and validated liquid chromatography tandem mass-spectrometric method was developed for the quantification of ponatinib (PNT) in human plasma and rat liver microsomes (RLMs) with its application to metabolic stability. Chromatographic separation of PNT and vandetanib (IS) were accomplished on Agilent eclipse plus C18 analytical column (50 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.8 μm particle size) maintained at 21±2°C. Flow rate was 0.25 mLmin-1 with run time of 4 min. Mobile phase consisted of solvent A (10 mM ammonium formate, pH adjusted to 4...
2016: PloS One
Friedhelm Raue, Karin Frank-Raue
Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine malignancy. Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) with the two subtypes, papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and follicular thyroid cancer (FTC), is the most frequent subtype of thyroid cancer; more rare subtypes are medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) and anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC). The incidence of DTC has increased rapidly in recent years due to the more frequent use of imaging methods such as ultrasound of the neck and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid nodules...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Avinash Gupta, Corran Roberts, Finn Tysoe, Matthew Goff, Jenny Nobes, James Lester, Ernie Marshall, Carie Corner, Virginia Wolstenholme, Charles Kelly, Adelyn Wise, Linda Collins, Sharon Love, Martha Woodward, Amanda Salisbury, Mark R Middleton
BACKGROUND: Brain metastases occur in up to 75% of patients with advanced melanoma. Most are treated with whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT), with limited effectiveness. Vandetanib, an inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, epidermal growth factor receptor and rearranged during transfection tyrosine kinases, is a potent radiosensitiser in xenograft models. We compared WBRT with WBRT plus vandetanib in the treatment of patients with melanoma brain metastases. METHODS: In this double-blind, multi-centre, phase 2 trial patients with melanoma brain metastases were randomised to receive WBRT (30 Gy in 10 fractions) plus 3 weeks of concurrent vandetanib 100 mg once daily or placebo...
October 6, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Shumei Kato, Vivek Subbiah, Erica Marchlik, Sheryl K Elkin, Jennifer L Carter, Razelle Kurzrock
PURPOSE: Aberrations in genetic sequences encoding the tyrosine kinase receptor RET lead to oncogenic signaling that is targetable with anti-RET multi-kinase inhibitors. Understanding the comprehensive genomic landscape of RET aberrations across multiple cancers may facilitate clinical trial development targeting RET. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We interrogated the molecular portfolio of 4,871 patients with diverse malignancies for the presence of RET aberrations using Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) of 182 or 236 gene panels...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Vasileios S Skouras, Charis Maragkos, Dimitra Grapsa, Konstantinos N Syrigos
Chemotherapy has reached a plateau in the efforts for survival improvement in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The growing knowledge of NSCLC molecular pathobiology has led to the development of new treatments that target specific tumor functions. Angiogenesis is a tumor function leading to the formation of new tumor vessels that are crucial for its survival. Although vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a primary role in angiogenesis, the inhibition of the VEGF pathway with VEGF-receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) is associated with a modest survival benefit due to the development of resistance by the tumor that has been mainly attributed to the up-regulation of other stimulators of angiogenesis...
October 2016: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Vinicius Ernani, Mukesh Kumar, Amy Y Chen, Taofeek K Owonikoko
Although rare, medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) exemplifies the value that ever-expanding knowledge of molecular pathways and mechanisms brings to managing challenging cancers. Although surgery can be curative for MTC in many patients, a substantial proportion of patients present with locoregional or distant metastatic disease. Once distant disease occurs, treatment options are limited, and conventional cancer treatments such as cytotoxic chemotherapy are of minimal benefit. Biomarkers such as calcitonin and carcinoembryonic antigen are important correlates of disease burden as well as predictors of disease progress, including recurrence and survival...
September 10, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Poupak Fallahi, Silvia Martina Ferrari, Enke Baldini, Marco Biricotti, Salvatore Ulisse, Gabriele Materazzi, Paolo Miccoli, Alessandro Antonelli
Traditional therapies for advanced or metastatic progressive medullary thyroid cancer (pMTC) are poor effective. Several TKIs have been tested in clinical trials in pMTC patients. Areas covered: This paper reviews efficacy and safety of vandetanib in the treatment of pMTC. Expert commentary: Vandetanib (trade name CAPRELSA® [Vandetanib]) has been shown to improve progression-free survival (30.5 vs 19.3 months in controls) in pMTC patients. Vandetanib is approved by FDA and EMA for metastatic MTC in adults; in adolescents and children with metastatic or locally advanced MTC, vandetanib seems to be effective...
November 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Wenbo Zhou, Wenshu Tang, Zhenliang Sun, Yunqi Li, Yanmin Dong, Haixiang Pei, Yangrui Peng, Jinhua Wang, Ting Shao, Zhenran Jiang, Zhengfang Yi, Yihua Chen
Inhibition of angiogenesis is considered as one of the desirable pathways for the treatment of tumor growth and metastasis. Herein we demonstrated that a series of pyridinyl-thiazolyl carboxamide derivatives were designed, synthesized and examined against angiogenesis through a colony formation and migration assays of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro. A structure-activity relationship (SAR) study was carried out and optimization toward this series of compounds resulted in the discovery of N-(3-methoxyphenyl)-4-methyl-2-(2-propyl-4-pyridinyl)thiazole-5-carboxamide (3k)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Veronika Mancikova, Cristina Montero-Conde, Javier Perales-Paton, Agustin F Fernandez, Maria Santacana, Karolina Jodkowska, Lucía Inglada-Pérez, Esmeralda Castelblanco, Salud Borrego, Mario Encinas, Xavier Matias-Guiu, Mario F Fraga, Mercedes Robledo
PURPOSE: Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is a rare disease with few genetic drivers, and the etiology specific to each known susceptibility mutation remains unknown. Exploiting multilayer genomic data, we focused our interest on the role of aberrant DNA methylation in MTC development. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed genome-wide DNA methylation profiling assessing >27,000 CpGs in the largest MTC series reported to date, comprising 48 molecularly characterized tumors...
September 12, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Tatiana Kelil, Abhishek R Keraliya, Stephanie A Howard, Katherine M Krajewski, Marta Braschi-Amirfarzan, Jason L Hornick, Nikhil H Ramaiya, Sree Harsha Tirumani
Substantial improvement in the understanding of the oncogenic pathways in thyroid cancer has led to identification of specific molecular alterations, including mutations of BRAF and RET in papillary thyroid cancer, mutation of RAS and rearrangement of PPARG in follicular thyroid cancer, mutation of RET in medullary thyroid cancer, and mutations of TP53 and in the phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase (PI3K)/AKT1 pathway in anaplastic thyroid cancer. Ultrasonography (US) and US-guided biopsy remain cornerstones in the initial workup of thyroid cancer...
September 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Bo Hyun Kim, In Joo Kim
Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is a rare neuroendocrine tumor derived from the thyroid C cells producing calcitonin. MTC accounts for 0.6% of all thyroid cancers and incidence of MTC increased steadily between 1997 and 2011 in Korea. It occurs either sporadically or in a hereditary form based on germline rearranged during transfection (RET) mutations. MTC can be cured only by complete resection of the thyroid tumor and any loco-regional metastases. The most appropriate treatment is still less clear in patients with residual or recurrent disease after initial surgery or those with distant metastases because most patients even with metastatic disease have indolent courses with slow progression for several years and MTC is not responsive to either radioactive iodine therapy or thyroid-stimulating hormone suppression...
September 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism
Rachel E Sanborn, Jyoti D Patel, Gregory A Masters, Nagesh Jayaram, Anthony Stephens, Michael Guarino, Jamal Misleh, Jingwei Wu, Nasser Hanna
BACKGROUND: This randomized, double-blind, phase 2 trial evaluated whether the addition of vandetanib to platinum plus etoposide for previously untreated extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) prolonged the time to disease progression in comparison with chemotherapy alone. METHODS: Patients with previously untreated extensive-stage SCLC received platinum (cisplatin or carboplatin) with etoposide in combination with vandetanib (100 mg daily) or a placebo for up to 4 total cycles (no maintenance therapy)...
September 1, 2016: Cancer
Agua Sobrino, Duc T T Phan, Rupsa Datta, Xiaolin Wang, Stephanie J Hachey, Mónica Romero-López, Enrico Gratton, Abraham P Lee, Steven C George, Christopher C W Hughes
There is a growing interest in developing microphysiological systems that can be used to model both normal and pathological human organs in vitro. This "organs-on-chips" approach aims to capture key structural and physiological characteristics of the target tissue. Here we describe in vitro vascularized microtumors (VMTs). This "tumor-on-a-chip" platform incorporates human tumor and stromal cells that grow in a 3D extracellular matrix and that depend for survival on nutrient delivery through living, perfused microvessels...
2016: Scientific Reports
Masahiro Osawa, Kadoaki Ohashi, Toshio Kubo, Eiki Ichikawa, Saburo Takata, Nagio Takigawa, Minoru Takata, Mitsune Tanimoto, Katsuyuki Kiura
Vandetanib (ZactimaTM) is a novel, orally available inhibitor of both vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase. In the present study, a line of transgenic mice with a mouse Egfr gene mutation (delE748-A752) corresponding to a human EGFR mutation (delE746-A750) was established. The transgenic mice developed atypical adenomatous hyperplasia to adenocarcinoma of the lung at around 5 weeks of age and died of lung tumors at approximately 17 weeks of age...
August 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Ying-Hsia Chu, Ricardo V Lloyd
Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is an uncommon neuroendocrine tumor arising from the C cells in the thyroid and accounts for about 5 % of all thyroid cancers. MTC exhibits more aggressive behavior than follicular tumors, with the majority of cases presenting with lymph node metastasis. It is particularly common among patients carrying germline RET mutations with almost 100 % penetrance. Because activating RET mutations occur in over 90 % of hereditary and 40 % of sporadic MTC, clinical trials of several RET-targeting multikinase inhibitors (MKIs) have resulted in FDA approval of vandetanib and cabozantinib for the treatment of MTC...
August 18, 2016: Endocrine Pathology
Qingling Huang, Valentina E Schneeberger, Noreen Luetteke, Chengliu Jin, Roha Afzal, Mikalai M Budzevich, Rikesh J Makanji, Gary V Martinez, Tao Shen, Lichao Zhao, Kar-Ming Fung, Eric B Haura, Domenico Coppola, Jie Wu
RET fusions have been found in lung adenocarcinoma, of which KIF5B-RET is the most prevalent. We established inducible KIF5B-RET transgenic mice and KIF5B-RET-dependent cell lines for preclinical modeling of KIF5B-RET-associated lung adenocarcinoma. Doxycycline-induced CCSP-rtTA/tetO-KIF5B-RET transgenic mice developed invasive lung adenocarcinoma with desmoplastic reaction. Tumors regressed upon suppression of KIF5B-RET expression. By culturing KIF5B-RET-dependent BaF3 (B/KR) cells with increasing concentrations of cabozantinib or vandetanib, we identified cabozantinib-resistant RET(V804L) mutation and vandetanib-resistant-RET(G810A) mutation...
October 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
T Karrasch, W Doppl, F C Roller, A Schäffler, R Schäffer, S Gattenlöhner
BACKGROUND: Medullary thyroid carcinoma accounts for approximately 1 to 2 % of all thyroid carcinoma cases. The most common route of dissemination is to locoregional lymph nodes. Distant metastases commonly affect bones, lungs, and liver. We present a case of a white woman with a 25-year history of medullary thyroid carcinoma on multiple medications including tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy for the last 11 months, who exhibited unusual diffuse infiltration of advanced stage medullary thyroid carcinoma to her gastric mucosa...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Shaunna L Beedie, Chris Mahony, Heather M Walker, Cindy H Chau, William D Figg, Neil Vargesson
Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, is essential for tumor growth, stabilization and progression. Angiogenesis inhibitors are now widely used in the clinic; however, there are relatively few published studies on the mechanism of their presumed teratogenic effects. To address this issue, we screened a variety of angiogenesis inhibitors in developing zebrafish and chicken embryo models to assess for developmental defects and potential teratogenic effects. We confirmed previous reports that sunitinib, sorafenib and TNP-470 are teratogenic and demonstrate that axitinib, pazopanib, vandetanib, and everolimus are also teratogens in these models...
2016: Scientific Reports
Amanda J Watson, Gemma V Hopkins, Samantha Hitchin, Habiba Begum, Stuart Jones, Allan Jordan, Sarah Holt, H Nikki March, Rebecca Newton, Helen Small, Alex Stowell, Ian D Waddell, Bohdan Waszkowycz, Donald J Ogilvie
RET (REarranged during Transfection) is a receptor tyrosine kinase, which plays pivotal roles in regulating cell survival, differentiation, proliferation, migration and chemotaxis. Activation of RET is a mechanism of oncogenesis in medullary thyroid carcinomas where both germline and sporadic activating somatic mutations are prevalent. At present, there are no known specific RET inhibitors in clinical development, although many potent inhibitors of RET have been opportunistically identified through selectivity profiling of compounds initially designed to target other tyrosine kinases...
2016: F1000Research
Anne R Tinning, Boye L Jensen, Iben Johnsen, Daian Chen, Thomas M Coffman, Kirsten Madsen
Postnatal inhibition or deletion of angiotensin II (ANG II) AT1 receptors impairs renal medullary mircrovascular development through a mechanism that may include vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The present study was designed to test if VEGF/VEGF receptor signaling is necessary for the development of the renal medullary microcirculation. Endothelial cell-specific immunolabeling of kidney sections from rats showed immature vascular bundles at postnatal day (P) 10 with subsequent expansion of bundles until P21...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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