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Susan M Farabaugh, Bonita T Chan, Xiaojiang Cui, Robert K Dearth, Adrian V Lee
BACKGROUND: ErbB2 Receptor Tyrosine Kinase 2 (ErbB2, HER2/Neu) is amplified in breast cancer and associated with poor prognosis. Growing evidence suggests interplay between ErbB2 and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) signaling. For example, ErbB2 inhibitors can block IGF-induced signaling while, conversely, IGF1R inhibitors can inhibit ErbB2 action. ErbB receptors can bind and phosphorylate insulin receptor substrates (IRS) and this may be critical for ErbB-mediated anti-estrogen resistance in breast cancer...
October 21, 2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Lucy Ireland, Almudena Santos, Muhammad S Ahmed, Carolyn Rainer, Sebastian R Nielsen, Valeria Quaranta, Ulrike Weyer-Czernilofsky, Danielle D Engle, Pedro Perez-Mancera, Sarah E Coupland, Azzam F Taktak, Thomas Bogenrieder, David A Tuveson, Fiona Campbell, Michael C Schmid, Ainhoa Mielgo
Tumor associated macrophages (TAM) and myofibroblasts are key drivers in cancer that are associated with drug resistance in many cancers, including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which TAM and fibroblasts contribute to chemoresistance is unclear. In this study, we found that TAM and myofibroblasts directly support chemoresistance of pancreatic cancer cells by secreting insulin-like growth factors 1 and 2 (IGF), which activate Insulin/IGF receptors on pancreatic cancer cells...
October 14, 2016: Cancer Research
Juan C Mayo, David Hevia, Isabel Quiros-Gonzalez, Aida Rodriguez-Garcia, Pedro Gonzalez-Menendez, Vanesa Cepas, Iván Gonzalez-Pola, Rosa M Sainz
Treatment of prostate cancer (PCa), a leading cause of cancer among males lacks successful strategies especially in advanced, hormone-refractory stages. Some clinical studies have shown an increase in neuroendocrine like cells parallel to the tumor progression but their exact role is a matter of debate. The prostate is a well-known target for melatonin, which reduces PCa cells proliferation and induces neuroendocrine differentiation. To evaluate the mechanisms underlying the indole effects on neuroendocrine differentiation and its impact on PCa progression, we used a cell culture model (LNCaP) and a murine model (TRAMP)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
X-Q Zhao, T-J Liang, J-W Fu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the target gene of miR-494 and its roles in tumor growth of gastric cancer (GC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Expression of miR-494 was evaluated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. Then, luciferase reporter assay was used to elucidate whether insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) is a target gene of miR-494. Finally, the roles and mechanism of miR-494 in the regulation of tumor invasion were further investigated...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Aleksandra M Ochnik, Robert C Baxter
Insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF1R) signaling as a therapeutic target has been widely studied and clinically tested. Despite the vast amount of literature supporting the biological role of IGF1R in breast cancer, effective clinical translation in targeting its activity as a cancer therapy has not been successful. The intrinsic complexity of cancer cell signaling mediated by many tyrosine kinase growth factor receptors that work together to modulate each other and intracellular downstream mediators in the cell highlights that studying IGF1R expression and activity as a prognostic factor and therapeutic target in isolation is certainly associated with problems...
November 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
Duncan Hieu M Dam, Xiao-Qi Wang, Sarah Sheu, Mahima Vijay, Desmond Shipp, Luke Miller, Amy S Paller
Activation of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) receptor (IGF1R) signaling induces keratinocyte migration, but little is known about its regulation, including in diabetic wounds. GM3, a lipid raft ganglioside synthesized by GM3 synthase (GM3S), regulates receptor signaling. In diabetic mice, knockout or topically-applied nanoconstruct-mediated knockdown of GM3S promotes wound edge IGF1R phosphorylation and re-epithelialization. Through modulating GM3 expression, we explored the role of GM3 in regulating human keratinocyte IGF1R signaling...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Ibanylla Kynjai Hynniewta Hadem, Ramesh Sharma
Time-dependent alterations in several biological processes of an organism may be characterized as aging. One of the effects of aging is the decline in cognitive functions. Dietary restriction (DR), an intervention where the consumption of food is lessened but without malnutrition, is a well-established mechanism that has a wide range of important outcomes including improved health span, delayed aging, and extension of lifespan of various species. It also plays a beneficial role in protecting against age-dependent deterioration of cognitive functions, and has neuroprotective properties against neurodegenerative diseases...
October 7, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Kol Jia Yong, Ailing Li, Wen-Bin Ou, Clarice Kit Yee Hong, Wenxiu Zhao, Fei Wang, Hiro Tatetsu, Benedict Yan, Lihua Qi, Jonathan A Fletcher, Henry Yang, Ross Soo, Daniel G Tenen, Li Chai
The overall survival of lung cancer patients remains dismal despite the availability of targeted therapies. Oncofetal protein SALL4 is a novel cancer target. We herein report that SALL4 was aberrantly expressed in a subset of lung cancer patients with poor survival. SALL4 silencing by RNA interference or SALL4 peptide inhibitor treatment led to impaired lung cancer cell growth. Expression profiling of SALL4-knockdown cells demonstrated that both the EGFR and IGF1R signaling pathways were affected. Connectivity Map analysis revealed the HDAC inhibitor entinostat as a potential drug in treating SALL4-expressing cancers, and this was confirmed in 17 lung cancer cell lines...
September 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Jianfeng Liang, Qinghua Meng, Wanni Zhao, Pan Tong, Ping Li, Yuanli Zhao, Xiaodong Zhao, Hua Li
Proper regulation of neuronal gene expression is crucial for the development and differentiation of the central nervous system. The transcriptional repressor REST (repressor element-1 silencing transcription factor) is a key regulator in differentiation of pluripotent stem cells to neuronal progenitors and mature neurons. Dysregulated REST activity has been implicated in various diseases, among which the most deadly is glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Here we have developed an expression-based REST signature (EXPREST), a device providing quantitative measurements of REST activity for GBM tumors...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Anjit Sandhu, Sushil K Mohapatra, Himanshu Agrawal, Manoj K Singh, Prabhat Palta, Suresh K Singla, Manmohan S Chauhan, Radhey S Manik
Buffalo embryos were produced by hand-made cloning using skin fibroblasts from male and female buffaloes (n = 4 each) as donor cells for examining the effect of sex. Although the rate of blastocyst formation (43.8% ± 1.31% vs. 42.2% ± 1.22%) was similar, the total cell number (333 ± 10.4 vs. 270 ± 10.9) was higher (p < 0.05) whereas the apoptotic index (6.39 ± 0.25 vs. 8.52 ± 0.38) was lower (p < 0.05) for male than for female blastocysts. In the blastocysts, the global level of H3K18ac was found to be in the following order: male>female>IVF (in vitro fertilization) blastocysts (p < 0...
October 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
Weina Zhang, Lechuang Chen, Kai Ma, Yahui Zhao, Xianghe Liu, Yu Wang, Mei Liu, Shufang Liang, Hongxia Zhu, Ningzhi Xu
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a target of colon cancer therapy, but the effects of this therapy on the tumor microenvironment remain poorly understood. Our in vivo studies showed that cetuximab, an anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody, effectively inhibited AOM/DSS-induced, colitis-associated tumorigenesis, downregulated M2-related markers, and decreased F4/80+/CD206+ macrophage populations. Treatment with conditioned medium of colon cancer cells increased macrophage expression of the M2-related markers arginase-1 (Arg1), CCL17, CCL22, IL-10 and IL-4...
September 23, 2016: Oncotarget
C Kalbe, D Lösel, J Block, L Lefaucheur, K-P Brüssow, O Bellmann, R Pfuhl, B Puppe, W Otten, C C Metges, C Rehfeldt
The aim of our study was to characterize the immediate phenotypic and adaptive regulatory responses of fetuses to different in utero conditions reflecting inadequate maternal protein supply during gestation. The gilts fed high- (250% above control) or low- (50% under control) protein diets isoenergetically adjusted at the expense of carbohydrates from the day of insemination until the fetuses were collected at day 64 or 94 of gestation. We analyzed body composition, histomorphology, biochemistry, and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of fetal skeletal muscle...
August 16, 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
José María Sayagués, Luís Antonio Corchete, María Laura Gutiérrez, Maria Eugenia Sarasquete, María Del Mar Abad, Oscar Bengoechea, Encarna Fermiñán, María Fernanda Anduaga, Sofia Del Carmen, Manuel Iglesias, Carmen Esteban, María Angoso, Jose Antonio Alcazar, Jacinto García, Alberto Orfao, Luís Muñoz-Bellvis
Metastatic dissemination is the most frequent cause of death of sporadic colorectal cancer (sCRC) patients. Genomic abnormalities which are potentially characteristic of such advanced stages of the disease are complex and so far, they have been poorly described and only partially understood. We evaluated the molecular heterogeneity of sCRC tumors based on simultaneous assessment of the overall GEP of both coding mRNA and non-coding RNA genes in primary sCRC tumor samples from 23 consecutive patients and their paired liver metastases...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Michael Dobosz, Ute Haupt, Werner Scheuer
Preclinical efficacy studies of antibodies targeting a tumor-associated antigen are only justified when the expression of the relevant antigen has been demonstrated. Conventionally, antigen expression level is examined by immunohistochemistry of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor tissue section. This method represents the diagnostic "gold standard" for tumor target evaluation, but is affected by a number of factors, such as epitope masking and insufficient antigen retrieval. As a consequence, variances and discrepancies in histological staining results can occur, which may influence decision-making and therapeutic outcome...
September 23, 2016: MAbs
Reiner Hoppe, Ping Fan, Florian Büttner, Stefan Winter, Amit K Tyagi, Heather Cunliffe, V Craig Jordan, Hiltrud Brauch
Aromatase inhibitor (AI) resistance during breast cancer treatment is mimicked by MCF-7:5C (5C) and MCF-7:2A (2A) cell lines that grow spontaneously. Survival signaling is reconfigured but cells are vulnerable to estradiol (E2)-inducible apoptosis. These model systems have alterations of stress related pathways including the accumulation of endoplasmic reticulum, oxidative, and inflammatory stress that occur prior to E2-induced apoptosis. We investigated miRNA expression profiles of 5C and 2A to characterize their AI resistance phenotypes...
September 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Mingwei Huang, Liucheng Wu, Yuzhou Qin, Zhao Li, Shanshan Luo, Haiquan Qin, Yang Yang, Jiansi Chen
Gastric cancer is a prevalent disease causing a high annual death rate worldwide. Recent studies suggest the pivotal regulatory role of microRNAs in gastric cancer and the aberrant expression of microRNA-141 (miR-141) in gastric cancer cells. This study aims to explore the role and possible mechanism of miR-141 in gastric cancer prognosis and cell proliferation. A total of 30 gastric cancer patients were recruited for miR-141 level detection and a follow up of 115 weeks. Human adenocarcinoma cell line AGS was transfected with miR-141 mimic or inhibitor for cell viability, colony formation and cell cycle assays...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Congwei Dai, Na Li, Guangyao Song, Yanyan Yang, Xiaoran Ning
Previous studies have shown that insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) may be responsible for the higher risk for developing endometrial carcinoma (EMC) in insulin-resistant type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. However, the underlying mechanisms are not understood. Here, we compared T2DM patients with or without EMC. We did not find difference in the serum levels of IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2), IGF-1 binding protein 3, as well as the activation of IGF-1 receptor (IGF1R) in endometrial cells between T2DM patients with or without EMC...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Ronald W Matheny, Christopher T Carrigan, Mary N Abdalla, Alyssa V Geddis, Luis A Leandry, Carlos A Aguilar, Stuart S Hobbs, Maria L Urso
OBJECTIVE: Skeletal muscle regeneration is a complex process involving the coordinated input from multiple stimuli. Of these processes, actions of the insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) pathways are vital; however, whether IGF-I or PI3K expression is modified during regeneration relative to initial damage intensity is unknown. The objective of this study was to determine whether mRNA expression of IGF-I/PI3K pathway components was differentially regulated during muscle regeneration in mice in response to traumatic injury induced by freezing of two different durations...
September 14, 2016: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
André Kleinridders
Insulin receptor (IR) and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) are highly conserved receptor tyrosine kinases, which share signalling proteins and are ubiquitously expressed in the brain. Central application of insulin or IGF1 exerts several similar physiological outcomes, varying in strength, whereas disruption of the corresponding receptors in the brain leads to remarkably different effects on brain size and physiology, thus pointing to unique effects of the corresponding hormone receptors. Central insulin/IGF1 resistance impacts various levels of the IR/IGF1R signalling pathways and is a feature of metabolic syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Maria Abbondanza Pantaleo, Gloria Ravegnini, Annalisa Astolfi, Vittorio Simeon, Margherita Nannini, Maristella Saponara, Milena Urbini, Lidia Gatto, Valentina Indio, Giulia Sammarini, Donatella Santini, Manuela Ferracin, Massimo Negrini, Patrizia Hrelia, Guido Biasco, Sabrina Angelini
AIM: Currently, little is known about differences in miRNA expression between KIT/PDGFRA mutant and KIT/PDGFRA wild-type (WT)-SDH deficient gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). This prompted us to perform an integrated multiple expression profile of miRNA and mRNA, constructing an original miRNA-mRNA regulatory network in KIT/PDGFRA WT-SDH deficient GIST patients. PATIENTS & METHODS: Analyses were carried out on KIT/PDGFRA mutant versus KIT/PDGFRA WT-SDH deficient GIST...
October 2016: Epigenomics
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