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Lezi Chen, Quan Chen, Guosan Deng, Wenbin Xie, Jihong Lian, Mian Wang, Huilan Zhu
Recent studies suggest that forced activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) could inhibit melanoma cell proliferation. In this report, we evaluated the anti-melanoma cell activity by a novel small-molecular AMPK activator, GSK621. Treatment of GSK621 decreased survival and proliferation of human melanoma cells (A375, WM-115 and SK-Mel-2 lines), which was accompanied by activation of caspase-3/-9 and apoptosis. Reversely, caspase inhibitors attenuated GSK621-induced cytotoxicity against melanoma cells...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Masato Chiba, Yosuke Togashi, Shuta Tomida, Hiroshi Mizuuchi, Yu Nakamura, Eri Banno, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Masato Terashima, Marco A De Velasco, Kazuko Sakai, Yoshihiko Fujita, Tetsuya Mitsudomi, Kazuto Nishio
Several receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) including EGFR, ALK, and MET have been identified as therapeutic targets in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Among the downstream pathways of RTKs, the MAPK pathway is particularly important for cancer cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival. In this study, the effects of MEK inhibitors (trametinib and PD0325901) in several NSCLC cell lines with driver gene alterations, especially RTK genes, were tested in vitro using an MTT assay, and a wide range of sensitivities was found...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
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
Birgitte Georg, Birgitte Falktoft, Jan Fahrenkrug
The neuropeptide PACAP is expressed throughout the central and peripheral nervous system where it modulates diverse physiological functions including neuropeptide gene expression. We here report that in human neuroblastoma NB-1 cells PACAP transiently induces its own expression. Maximal PACAP mRNA expression was found after stimulation with PACAP for 3h. PACAP auto-regulation was found to be mediated by activation of PACAP specific PAC1Rs as PACAP had >100-fold higher efficacy than VIP, and the PAC1R selective agonist Maxadilan potently induced PACAP gene expression...
September 30, 2016: Neuropeptides
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
Naoko Fujii, Yukinobu Matsuo, Toshiyuki Matsunaga, Satoshi Endo, Hideki Sakai, Masahiko Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Junko Sugatani, Akira Ikari
Hypotonic stress decreased claudin-1 and -2 expression levels in renal tubular epithelial HK-2 and Madin-Darby canine kidney cells. Here, we examined the regulatory mechanism involved in this decrease. The hypotonic-induced decrease in claudin expression was inhibited by SB202190, a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitor, but not by U0126, a MEK inhibitor, Go6983, a protein kinase C inhibitor, or SP600125, a Jun N-terminal protein kinase inhibitor. Hypotonic stress increased transepithelial electrical resistance, which was inhibited by SB202190...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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
Lori S Hart, JulieAnn Rader, Pichai Raman, Vandana Batra, Michael R Russell, Matthew Tsang, Maria Gagliardi, Lucy Chen, Daniel Martinez, Yimei Li, Andrew Wood, Sunkyu Kim, Sudha Parasuraman, Scott Delach, Kristina A Cole, Shiva Krupa, Markus Boehm, Malte Peters, Giordano Caponigro, John M Maris
PURPOSE: Neuroblastoma is treated with aggressive multi-modal therapy, yet more than 50% of patients experience relapse. We recently showed that relapsed neuroblastomas frequently harbor mutations leading to hyperactivated ERK signaling and sensitivity to MEK inhibition therapy. Here we sought to define a synergistic therapeutic partner to potentiate MEK inhibition. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We first surveyed 22 genetically annotated human neuroblastoma-derived cell lines (from 20 unique patients) for sensitivity to the MEK inhibitor binimetinib...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Rikhia Chakraborty, Thomas M Burke, Oliver A Hampton, Daniel J Zinn, Karen Phaik Har Lim, Harshal Abhyankar, Brooks Scull, Vijetha Kumar, Nipun Kakkar, David A Wheeler, Angshumoy Roy, Poulikos I Poulikakos, Miriam Merad, Kenneth L McClain, D Williams Parsons, Carl E Allen
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is characterized by inflammatory lesions containing pathologic CD207+ dendritic cells with constitutively activated ERK. Mutually exclusive somatic mutations in MAPK pathway genes have been identified in approximately 75% of LCH cases, including recurrent BRAF-V600E and MAP2K1 mutations. In order to elucidate mechanisms of ERK activation in the remaining 25% of patients, we performed whole exome sequencing (WES, n=6), targeted BRAF sequencing (n=19) and/or whole transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq, n=6) on 24 LCH patient samples lacking BRAF-V600E or MAP2K1 mutations...
October 11, 2016: Blood
Mei-Chi Chang, Hsiao-Hua Chang, Po-Shuan Lin, Yu-An Huang, Chiu-Po Chan, Yi-Ling Tsai, Shen-Yang Lee, Po-Yuan Jeng, Han-Yueh Kuo, Sin-Yuet Yeung, Jiiang-Huei Jeng
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) plays an important role in the pulpal repair and dentinogenesis. Plasminogen activation (PA) system regulates extracellular matrix turnover. In this study, we investigated the effects of TGF-β1 on PA system of dental pulp cells and its signaling pathways. Dental pulp cells were treated with different concentrations of TGF-β1. MTT assay, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), western blotting and enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) were used to detect the effect of TGF-β1 on cell viability, mRNA and protein expression of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), uPA receptor (uPAR), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) as well as their secretion...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Po-Shuen Lin, Hsiao-Hua Chang, Chien-Yang Yeh, Mei-Chi Chang, Chiu-Po Chan, Han-Yueh Kuo, Hsin-Cheng Liu, Wan-Chuen Liao, Po-Yuan Jeng, Sin-Yuet Yeung, Jiiang-Huei Jeng
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: In order to clarify the role of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) in pulp repair/regeneration responses, we investigated the differential signaling pathways responsible for the effects of TGF-β1 on collagen turnover, matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) production in human dental pulp cells. METHODS: Pulp cells were exposed to TGF-β1 with/without pretreatment and coincubation by 1,4-diamino-2,3-dicyano-1,4-bis(o-aminophenyl mercapto)butadiene (U0126; a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase [MEK]/extracellular signal-regulated kinase [ERK] inhibitor) and 4-(5-benzol[1,3]dioxol-5-yl-4-pyrldin-2-yl-1H- imidazol-2-yl)-benzamide hydrate (SB431542; an activin receptor-like kinase-5/Smad signaling inhibitor)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Ming-Jenn Chen, De-Wei Wu, Yao-Chen Wang, Chi-Yi Chen, Huei Lee
PAK1 confers resistance to the estrogen antagonist tamoxifen in breast cancer. However, a role for PAK1 remains to be elucidated for chemoresistance and prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We provide evidence that PAK1 confers cisplatin resistance by increasing β-catenin expression through ERK/GSK3β signaling. The increased β-catenin expression promotes sphere cell formation and expression of stemness markers and this β-catenin-induced stemness is responsible for PAK1-mediated cisplatin resistance...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Stefan Grossauer, Katharina Koeck, Nicole E Murphy, Ian D Meyers, Mathieu Daynac, Nathalene Truffaux, Albert Y Truong, Theodore P Nicolaides, Martin McMahon, Mitchel S Berger, Joanna J Phillips, C David James, Claudia K Petritsch
Inhibitors of BRAFV600E kinase are currently under investigations in preclinical and clinical studies involving BRAFV600E glioma. Studies demonstrated clinical response to such individualized therapy in the majority of patients whereas in some patients tumors continue to grow despite treatment. To study resistance mechanisms, which include feedback activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling in melanoma, we developed a luciferase-modified cell line (2341luc) from a BrafV600E mutant and Cdkn2a- deficient murine high-grade glioma, and analyzed its molecular responses to BRAFV600E- and MAPK kinase (MEK)-targeted inhibition...
October 3, 2016: Oncotarget
Matteo S Carlino, Vito Vanella, Christina Girgis, Diana Giannarelli, Alex Guminski, Lucia Festino, Richard F Kefford, Alexander M Menzies, Georgina V Long, Paolo A Ascierto
BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether melanoma patients achieving complete response (CR) with targeted therapy can safely discontinue treatment. METHODS: All patients treated with BRAF/MEK inhibitors achieving CR and ceasing treatment before progression were identified. Clinical data at treatment initiation, cessation and progression were examined. RESULTS: A total of 12 eligible patients were identified, with median follow-up of 16 months, of whom 6 (50%) recurred at a median of 6...
October 6, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Markus V Heppt, Cecilia Dietrich, Saskia A Graf, Thomas Ruzicka, Julia K Tietze, Carola Berking
Melanoma is a common type of skin cancer with a high propensity to metastasize. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway and immune checkpoint blockade have recently revolutionized the management of unresectable and metastatic disease. However, acquired resistance and primary non-response to therapy require novel treatment strategies and combinations. The purpose of this review is to provide a brief and up-to-date overview on the clinical management and current trial landscape in melanoma...
2016: Oncology Research and Treatment
Yueliang Zhao, Daming Fan, Beibei Ru, Ka-Wing Cheng, Shuting Hu, Jiangwen Zhang, Edmund T S Li, Mingfu Wang
6-C-(E-phenylethenyl)naringenin (6-CEPN) is a small molecule found in naringenin fortified fried beef. It has been shown to suppress colon cancer cell proliferation, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Here we demonstrate that 6-CEPN suppresses tumour cell proliferation through cell cycle arrest in G1 phase, induces necrotic cell death and autophagy in colon cancer cells. Blockade of autophagy by knockdown of the essential autophagy proteins, Atg7 or beclin-1, resulted in aggravated cell death in response to 6-CEPN treatment...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
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
Jessie Signorelli, Arpita Shah Gandhi
OBJECTIVE: To review and summarize data on cobimetinib, which was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2015 for use in combination with vemurafenib for unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAFV600E or V600K mutation. DATA SOURCES: A literature search using PubMed was conducted using the terms cobimetinib, MEK inhibitor, and melanoma from January 2000 to June 2016. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: The literature search was confined to human studies published in English...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Yuka Hirashita, Yoshiyuki Tsukamoto, Kazuyoshi Yanagihara, Shoichi Fumoto, Naoki Hijiya, Chisato Nakada, Tomohisa Uchida, Keiko Matsuura, Masaaki Kodama, Tadayoshi Okimoto, Tsutomu Daa, Masataka Seike, Hidekatsu Iha, Kuniaki Shirao, Kazunari Murakami, Masatsugu Moriyama
Since gastric cancer (GC) is characterized by amplifications of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) and KRAS, targeting of the RTK/KRAS-downstream pathways could help to broaden the applicability of molecular targeted therapy for GC. Here, we assembled a panel of 48 GC cell lines and screened predictors of responsiveness to inhibition of the RAF/MEK/ERK pathway, one of the RTK/KRAS-downstream pathways. We found that GC cells with MET amplification or KRAS mutation, but not amplification, tended to be sensitive to MEK inhibition...
October 3, 2016: Cancer Science
Hidekazu Itamura, Takero Shindo, Isao Tawara, Yasushi Kubota, Ryusho Kariya, Seiji Okada, Krishna V Komanduri, Shinya Kimura
The efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies is limited by the difficulty in suppressing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) without compromising graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effects. We previously showed that RAS/MEK/ERK signaling depends on memory differentiation in human T cells, which confers susceptibility to selective inhibition of naive T cells. Actually, antineoplastic MEK inhibitors selectively suppress alloreactive T cells, sparing virus-specific T cells in vitro...
July 7, 2016: JCI Insight
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