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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156834/oncolytic-reovirus-inhibits-angiogenesis-through-induction-of-cxcl10-ip-10-and-abrogation-of-hif-activity-in-soft-tissue-sarcomas
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Jennifer S Carew, Claudia M Espitia, Weiguo Zhao, Monica M Mita, Alain C Mita, Steffan T Nawrocki
The tumor-selective viral replication capacity and pro-apoptotic effects of oncolytic reovirus have been reported to be dependent on the presence of an activated RAS pathway in several solid tumor types. However, the mechanisms of selective anticancer efficacy of the reovirus-based formulation for cancer therapy (Reolysin, pelareorep) have not been rigorously studied in soft tissue sarcomas (STS). Here we report that Reolysin triggered a striking induction of the anti-angiogenic chemokine interferon-γ-inducible protein 10 (IP-10)/CXCL10 (CXC chemokine ligand 10) in both wild type and RAS mutant STS cells...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156798/arhi-is-a-novel-epigenetic-silenced-tumor-suppressor-in-sporadic-pheochromocytoma
#2
Dong Wang, Li Song, Liang Wang, Lianmei Zhao, Bai Xiang, Ying Li, Baoen Shan, Jing Liu
Pheochromocytoma (PCC) is related to germline mutations in 12 susceptibility genes. Although comparative genomic hybridization array has revealed some putative tumor suppressor genes on the short arm of chromosome 1 that are likely to be involved in PCC tumorigenesis, the molecules involved, except for those encoded by known susceptibility genes, have not been found in the generation of sporadic tumors. In the present work, we first identified that the unmethylated allele of Aplasia Ras homolog member I (ARHI) was deleted in most PCC tumors which retained a hypermethylated copy, while its mRNA level was significantly correlated with the unmethylated copy...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156729/a-rasgap-dab2ip-regulates-lipid-droplet-homeostasis-by-serving-as-gap-toward-rab40c
#3
Xiaomin Luo, Chunman Li, Ran Tan, Xiaohui Xu, William K K Wu, Ayano Satoh, Tuanlao Wang, Sidney Yu
Lipid droplet (LD) homeostasis involves activities of various RAB small GTPases. Recently, we found RAB40C was one of the RAB proteins regulating LD homeostasis. RAB40C contains a unique SOCS domain that is required for clustering of LDs. However, its precise functional role in LD homeostasis and mechanism of regulation remain largely unknown. In this study, we observed over-accumulation of LDs in cells with RAB40C deleted by Crispr-Cas9 editing. RAB40C appeared to reduce LD accumulation after long term incubation of cells with oleic acid (24 hours)...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155585/allosteric-inhibitors-of-shp2-with-therapeutic-potential-for-cancer-treatment
#4
Jingjing Xie, Xiaojia Si, Shoulai Gu, Mingliang Wang, Jian Shen, Haoyan Li, Jian Shen, Dan Li, Yanjia Fang, Cong Liu, Jidong Zhu
SHP2, a cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine phosphatase encoded by the PTPN11 gene, is involved in multiple cell signaling processes including Ras/MAPK and Hippo/YAP pathways. SHP2 has been shown to contribute to the progression of a number of cancer types including leukemia, gastric and breast cancer. It also regulates T-cell activation by interacting with inhibitory immune checkpoint receptors such as the programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and B- and T-lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA). Thus, SHP2 inhibitors have drawn great attention by both inhibiting tumor cell proliferation and activating T cell immune responses toward cancer cells...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155421/characterization-of-neural-stem-cells-modified-with-hypoxia-neuron-specific-vegf-expression-system-for-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Y Yun, J Oh, Y Kim, G Kim, M Lee, Y Ha
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an incurable disease causing an ischemic environment and functional defect, thus a new therapeutic approach is needed for SCI treatment. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent therapeutic gene to treat SCI via angiogenesis and neuroprotection, and both tissue-specific gene expression and high gene delivery efficiency are important for successful gene therapy. Here we design the hypoxia/neuron dual-specific gene expression system (pEpo-NSE) and efficient gene delivery platform can be achieved by the combination ex vivo gene therapy with erythropoietin (Epo) enhancer, neuron-specific enolase (NSE) promoter and neural stem cells (NSCs)...
November 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155103/rasgrp1-mutation-in-autoimmune-lymphoproliferative-syndrome-like-disease
#6
Huawei Mao, Wanling Yang, Sylvain Latour, Jing Yang, Sarah Winter, Jian Zheng, Ke Ni, Minmin Lv, Chenjing Liu, Hongmei Huang, Koon-Wing Chan, Pamela Pui-Wah Lee, Wenwei Tu, Alain Fischer, Yu-Lung Lau
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) is a genetic disorder of lymphocyte homeostasis due to impaired apoptosis. It was initially regarded as a very rare disease, but recent studies show it may be more common than previously thought. Defects in a couple of genes have been identified in a proportion of ALPS patients, but around one third of such patients remain undefined genetically. OBJECTIVE: We described two siblings presenting with ALPS-like disease...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153483/crosstalks-between-translation-and-metabolism-in-cancer
#7
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Stefano Biffo, Nicola Manfrini, Sara Ricciardi
Albeit cancer patients' heterogeneity, all tumor cells have alterations of both metabolism and translation. The simplest explanation for this common feature is that several oncogenes coordinate a translational and metabolic reprogramming that is necessary for tumor cells to thrive. Overall, at least three oncogenic pathways, namely c-Myc, RAS and PI3K-mTOR, are known to affect both translation and metabolism by stimulating glycolysis and protein synthesis. The crosstalk between metabolite production and the translational machinery is, instead, less understood...
November 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150437/mechanism-of-activation-of-sgk3-by-growth-factors-via-the-class-1-and-class-3-pi3ks
#8
Nazma Malik, Thomas Macartney, Annika Hornberger, Karen Anderson, Hannah Tovell, Alan R Prescott, Dario R Alessi
Derailment of the PI3K-AGC protein kinase signalling network contributes to many human diseases including cancer. Recent work has revealed that the poorly studied AGC kinase family member, SGK3 promotes resistance to cancer therapies that target the Class 1 PI3K pathway, by substituting for loss of Akt kinase activity. SGK3 is recruited and activated at endosomes, by virtue of its PX domain binding to PtdIns(3)P. Here we demonstrate that endogenous SGK3 is rapidly activated by growth factors such as IGF1, through pathways involving both Class 1 and Class 3 PI3Ks...
November 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150274/neuroprotective-potential-of-high-dose-biotin
#9
Mark F McCarty, James J DiNicolantonio
A recent controlled trial has established that high-dose biotin supplementation - 100 mg, three times daily - has a stabilizing effect on progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Although this effect has been attributed to an optimization of biotin's essential cofactor role in the brain, a case can be made that direct stimulation of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) by pharmacological concentrations of biotin plays a key role in this regard. The utility of high-dose biotin in MS might reflect an anti-inflammatory effect of cGMP on the cerebral microvasculature, as well on oligodendrocyte differentiation and on Schwann cell production of neurotrophic factors thought to have potential for managing MS...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147905/transcriptional-regulation-of-dj-1
#10
Kazuko Takahashi-Niki, Takeshi Niki, Sanae M M Iguchi-Ariga, Hiroyoshi Ariga
DJ-1 is an oncogene and also a causative gene for familial Parkinson's disease. DJ-1 has various functions, and the oxidative status of a cysteine residue at position 106 (C106) is crucial for determination of the activation level of DJ-1.DJ-1 binds to many proteins, including various transcription factors, and acts as a coactivator or corepressor for regulating their target genes without direct binding to DNA, thereby affecting various cell functions. DJ-1-regulating transcription factors and their modified proteins are the androgen receptor and its regulatory proteins, p53; polypyrimidine tract-binding protein-associated splicing factor (PSF); Keap1, an inhibitor for nuclear factor erythroid2-related factor 2 (Nrf2); sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP); Ras-responsive element-binding protein (RREB1); signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1); and Nurr1...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146913/autophagy-acts-through-traf3-and-relb-to-regulate-gene-expression-via-antagonism-of-smad-proteins
#11
Alice C Newman, Alain J Kemp, Yvette Drabsch, Christian Behrends, Simon Wilkinson
Macroautophagy can regulate cell signalling and tumorigenesis via elusive molecular mechanisms. We establish a RAS mutant cancer cell model where the autophagy gene ATG5 is dispensable in A549 cells in vitro, yet promotes tumorigenesis in mice. ATG5 represses transcriptional activation by the TGFβ-SMAD gene regulatory pathway. However, autophagy does not terminate cytosolic signal transduction by TGFβ. Instead, we use proteomics to identify selective degradation of the signalling scaffold TRAF3. TRAF3 autophagy is driven by RAS and results in activation of the NF-κB family member RELB...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146887/targeted-therapy-of-gastroenteropancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumours-preclinical-strategies-and-future-targets
#12
Elke Tatjana Aristizabal Prada, Christoph J Auernhammer
Molecular targeted therapy of advanced neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) of the gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) system currently encompasses approved therapy with the mTOR-inhibitor everolimus and the multi-tyrosinkinase inhibitor sunitinib. However clinical efficacy of these treatment strategies is limited by low objective response rates and limited progression free survival due to tumor resistance. Further novel strategies for molecular targeted therapy of NETs of the GEP-system are needed. This paper reviews preclinical research models and signaling pathways in NETs of the GEP-system...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146177/clostridium-difficile-and-clostridium-sordellii-toxins-proinflammatory-versus-anti-inflammatory-response
#13
Michel R Popoff
Clostridium difficile and Clostridium sordellii produce related potent toxins (C. difficile toxin A (TcdA) and toxin B (TcdB), C. sordellii lethal toxin (TcsL) and hemorrhagic toxin (TcsH)) which belong to the large clostridial glucosylating toxin (LCGT) family. TcsL is the main C. sordellii toxin as most of toxigenic C. sordellii strains only synthesize this toxin. Intestinal colonization by C. difficile subsequently to unbalanced microbiota is accompanied by release of toxins which induce local tissue destruction and severe inflammatory response...
November 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144985/a-phase-1-2-study-of-rigosertib-in-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes-mds-and-mds-progressed-to-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Shyamala C Navada, Steven M Fruchtman, Rosalie Odchimar-Reissig, Erin P Demakos, Michael E Petrone, Patrick S Zbyszewski, James F Holland, Lewis R Silverman
This Phase 1/2, dose-escalating study of rigosertib enrolled 22 patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) (n=9) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML; n=13) who had relapsed or were refractory to standard therapy and for whom no second-line therapies were approved. Patients received 3- to 7-day continuous intravenous infusions of rigosertib, an inhibitor of Ras-effector pathways that interacts with the Ras-binding domains, common to several signaling proteins including Raf and PI3 kinase. Rigosertib was administered at doses of 650-1700mg/m(2)/day in 14-day cycles...
November 11, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144820/pheochromocytoma-a-genetic-and-diagnostic-update
#15
Leilani B Mercado-Asis, Katherine I Wolf, Ivana Jochmanova, David Taïeb
OBJECTIVE: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGLs) are neuroendocrine tumors derived from adrenal or extra-adrenal locations, respectively. Upon suspicion of PPGL, specific metabolomic, molecular, biochemical, imaging, and histopathological studies are performed to prove, localize, treat, and monitor disease progression. Recently, improved diagnostic tools allow physicians to accurately diagnose PPGL, even in patients presenting with small (less than 1 cm) or biochemically silent tumors, which previously delayed proper detection and treatment...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144135/parameterization-of-palmitoylated-cysteine-farnesylated-cysteine-geranylgeranylated-cysteine-and-myristoylated-glycine-for-the-martini-force-field
#16
Yoav Atsmon-Raz, D Peter Tieleman
Peripheral membrane proteins go through various post-translational modifications that covalently bind fatty acid tails to specific amino acids. These post translational modifications significantly alter the lipophilicity of the modified proteins and allow them to anchor to biological membranes. Over 1000 different proteins have been identified to date that require such membrane-protein interactions in order to carry out their biological functions, including members of the Src and Ras superfamilies that play key roles in cell signaling and carcinogenesis...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140695/rna-g-quadruplexes-in-kirsten-ras-kras-oncogene-as-targets-for-small-molecules-inhibiting-translation
#17
Giulia Miglietta, Susanna Cogoi, Jessica Marinello, Giovanni Capranico, Alexander S Tikhomirov, Andrey E Shchekotikhin, Luigi E Xodo
The human KRAS transcript contains a G-rich 5'-UTR sequence (77 % GC) harbouring several G4 motifs capable to form stable RNA G-quadruplex (RG4) structures that can serve as targets for small molecules. A biotin-streptavidin pull-down assay showed that 4,11-bis(2-aminoethylamino)anthra[2,3-b]furan-5,10-dione (2a) binds to RG4s in the KRAS transcript under low-abundance cellular conditions. Dual-luciferase assays demonstrated that 2a and its analogue 4,11-bis(2-aminoethylamino)anthra[2,3-b]thiophene-5,10-dione 2b) repress translation in a dose-dependent manner...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137434/involment-of-ras-erk1-2-signaling-and-mef2c-in-mir-155-3p-inhibition-triggered-cardiomyocyte-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cell
#18
Xiang Ling, Dongbo Yao, Lumei Kang, Jing Zhou, Ying Zhou, Hui Dong, Keping Zhang, Lei Zhang, Hongping Chen
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, noncoding RNAs that regulate post-transcriptional gene expression by targeting messenger RNAs (mRNAs) for cleavage or translational repression. Growing evidence indicates that miR-155 expression changes with the development of heart and plays an important role in heart physiopathology. However, the role of miR-155 in cardiac cells differentiation is unclear. Using the well-established embryonic stem cell (ESC), we demonstrated that miR-155-3p expression was down-regulated during cardiogenesis from mouse ESC...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134654/pten-loss-and-activation-of-k-ras-and-%C3%AE-catenin-cooperate-to-accelerate-prostate-tumourigenesis
#19
Matthew T Jefferies, Adam C Cox, Boris Y Shorning, Valerie Meniel, David Griffiths, Howard G Kynaston, Matthew J Smalley, Alan R Clarke
Aberrant phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and WNT signalling are emerging as key events in the multistep nature of prostate tumourigenesis and progression. Here, we report a compound prostate cancer murine model in which these signalling pathways cooperate to produce a more aggressive prostate cancer phenotype. Using Cre-LoxP technology and the probasin promoter, we combined the loss of Pten (Pten(fl/fl) ), to activate the PI3K signalling pathway, with either dominant stabilized β-catenin [Catnb(+/lox(ex3)) ] or activated K-RAS (K-Ras(+/V12) ) to aberrantly activate WNT and MAPK signalling, respectively...
December 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133460/elevated-hur-in-pancreas-promotes-a-pancreatitis-like-inflammatory-microenvironment-that-facilitates-tumor-development
#20
Weidan Peng, Narumi Furuuchi, Ludmila Aslanukova, Yu-Hung Huang, Samantha Z Brown, Wei Jiang, Sankar Addya, Vikalp Vishwakarma, Erika Peters, Jonathan R Brody, Dan A Dixon, Janet A Sawicki
Human antigen R (ELAVL1, HuR) is perhaps the best-characterized RNA-binding protein. Through its overexpression in various tumor types, HuR promotes post-transcriptional regulation of target genes in multiple core signaling pathways associated with tumor progression. The role of HuR overexpression in pancreatic tumorigenesis is unknown and led us to explore the consequences of HuR overexpression using a novel transgenic mouse model that has a >2-fold elevation of pancreatic HuR expression. Histologically, HuR overexpressing pancreas displays a fibro-inflammatory response and other pathological features characteristic of chronic pancreatitis...
November 13, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
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