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Ewing sarcoma chromosome translocation

Raul Torres-Ruiz, Marta Martinez-Lage, Maria C Martin, Aida Garcia, Clara Bueno, Julio Castaño, Juan C Ramirez, Pablo Menendez, Juan C Cigudosa, Sandra Rodriguez-Perales
Efficient methodologies for recreating cancer-associated chromosome translocations are in high demand as tools for investigating how such events initiate cancer. The CRISPR/Cas9 system has been used to reconstruct the genetics of these complex rearrangements at native loci while maintaining the architecture and regulatory elements. However, the CRISPR system remains inefficient in human stem cells. Here, we compared three strategies aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the CRISPR-mediated t(11;22) translocation in human stem cells, including mesenchymal and induced pluripotent stem cells: (1) using end-joining DNA processing factors involved in repair mechanisms, or (2) ssODNs to guide the ligation of the double-strand break ends generated by CRISPR/Cas9; and (3) all-in-one plasmid or ribonucleoprotein complex-based approaches...
May 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
Kristina von Heyking, Julia Calzada-Wack, Stefanie Göllner, Frauke Neff, Oxana Schmidt, Tim Hensel, David Schirmer, Annette Fasan, Irene Esposito, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Poul H Sorensen, Stefan Burdach, Günther H S Richter
Ewing sarcomas (ES) are highly malignant, osteolytic bone or soft tissue tumors, which are characterized by EWS-ETS translocations and early metastasis to lung and bone. In this study, we investigated the role of the BRICHOS chaperone domain-containing endochondral bone protein chondromodulin I (CHM1) in ES pathogenesis. CHM1 is significantly over-expressed in ES, and chromosome immunoprecipitation (ChIP) data demonstrate CHM1 to be directly bound by an EWS-ETS translocation, EWS-FLI1. Using RNA interference we observed that CHM1 promoted chondrogenic differentiation capacity of ES cells but decreased the expression of osteolytic genes such as HIF1A, IL6, JAG1 and VEGF...
March 20, 2017: Molecular Oncology
Cameron J Lam, Bobby Shayegan
Primitive neuroectodermal tumours (PNET) that arise in the urinary bladder are an extremely rare occurrence. Very few cases have been reported so far in the literature1-13 and we report another case here in a 31-year-old-female. The patient presented with polyuria, gross hematuria, followed by development of anuria, and was discovered to have a 9.4 cm mass arising in the posterolateral aspect of the bladder. Histologically, the tumour showed small, round, blue cells. Further analysis using break-apart fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) revealed non-random chromosomal translocations of the ews gene suggestive of Ewing sarcoma (ES)/PNET...
July 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Tomoharu Suzuki, Ryuji Yasumatsu, Torahiko Nakashima, Shuji Arita, Hidetaka Yamamoto, Takashi Nakagawa
A 23-year-old male presented with a 3-month history of left purulent rhinorrhea, progressive nasal obstruction, and intermittent epistaxis. A fiberoptic examination revealed a large vascular polypoid mass completely filling the left nasal cavity. CT and MRI scans showed a large hypervascular mass involving the left nasal airway, maxillary antrum, and the anterior ethmoid cells. There was no bony erosion or contiguous spread, and the remaining sinuses, orbit, and cranial fossa were uninvolved. The patient underwent complete removal of the mass via an external lateral rhinotomy approach...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
Lee Spraggon, Luciano G Martelotto, Julija Hmeljak, Tyler D Hitchman, Jiang Wang, Lu Wang, Emily K Slotkin, Pang-Dian Fan, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Marc Ladanyi
Chromosomal rearrangements encoding oncogenic fusion proteins are found in a wide variety of malignancies. The use of programmable nucleases to generate specific double-strand breaks in endogenous loci, followed by non-homologous end joining DNA repair, has allowed several of these translocations to be generated as constitutively expressed fusion genes within a cell population. Here, we describe a novel approach that combines CRISPR-Cas9 technology with homology-directed repair to engineer, capture, and modulate the expression of chromosomal translocation products in a human cell line...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology
Cornelia N Mutz, Raphaela Schwentner, Dave N T Aryee, Eric D J Bouchard, Edgard M Mejia, Grant M Hatch, Maximilian O Kauer, Anna M Katschnig, Jozef Ban, Antje Garten, Javier Alonso, Versha Banerji, Heinrich Kovar
Ewing sarcoma (EwS) is the second most common bone cancer in children and adolescents with a high metastatic potential. EwS development is driven by a specific chromosomal translocation resulting in the generation of a chimeric EWS-ETS transcription factor, most frequently EWS-FLI1.Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a key metabolite of energy metabolism involved in cellular redox reactions, DNA repair, and in the maintenance of genomic stability. This study describes targeting nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), the rate-limiting enzyme of NAD synthesis, by FK866 in EwS cells...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
Jihan Wang, Wenyan Jiang, Yuzhu Yan, Chu Chen, Yan Yu, Biao Wang, Heping Zhao
Ewing sarcoma breakpoint region 1 (EWSR1) fusion with Friend leukemia integration 1 transcription factor (FLI1) induced by a translocation of chromosome 11 with 22 contributes to Ewing sarcoma development. To date, the precise molecular mechanisms about EWSR1/FLI1 involving in Ewing sarcoma development remains to be defined. This study explored the potential critical gene targets of EWSR1/FLI1 knockdown in Ewing sarcoma cells on the gene expression profile based on online dataset, performed Limma algorithm for differentially expressed genes identification, constructed the transcriptional factor (TF)-gene regulatory network based on integrate transcriptional regulatory element database (TRED)...
November 2016: Journal of Bone Oncology
Vivekananda Kedage, Nagarathinam Selvaraj, Taylor R Nicholas, Justin A Budka, Joshua P Plotnik, Travis J Jerde, Peter C Hollenhorst
More than 50% of prostate tumors have a chromosomal rearrangement resulting in aberrant expression of an oncogenic ETS family transcription factor. However, mechanisms that differentiate the function of oncogenic ETS factors expressed in prostate tumors from non-oncogenic ETS factors expressed in normal prostate are unknown. Here, we find that four oncogenic ETS (ERG, ETV1, ETV4, and ETV5), and no other ETS, interact with the Ewing's sarcoma breakpoint protein, EWS. This EWS interaction was necessary and sufficient for oncogenic ETS functions including gene activation, cell migration, clonogenic survival, and transformation...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Masako Ishiguro, Mutsumi Yuki, Tomoko Fukushige, Mikio Mizoguchi, Yasuhiko Kaneko, Takeshita Morishige, Hiroshi Iwasaki
Ewing's sarcoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor/Askin's tumor (Ewing`s sarcoma family of tumors: ESFT) is the most common type of malignant tumor of bone and soft tissue in children and young adults, and morphologically is a member of a group of small round cell tumors. We report, here, on the establishment of two human ESFT cell lines, FU-PNET-3 and FU-PNET-4, from the iliac and the chest wall, respectively, the cells of both cell lines were tumorigenic in immunodeficient mice. Histologically, both original and xenograft tumors and cultured cells were composed of small round cells with positive immunoreactivity for CD99 and Nkx2...
January 2017: Human Cell
Hyewon Park, Richard Galbraith, Thaddeus Turner, Justin Mehojah, Mizuki Azuma
The Ewing sarcoma family of tumors expresses aberrant EWSR1- (EWS) fusion genes that are derived from chromosomal translocation. Although these fusion genes are well characterized as transcription factors, their formation leaves a single EWS allele in the sarcoma cells, and the contribution that the loss of EWS makes towards disease pathogenesis is unknown. To address this question, we utilized zebrafish mutants for ewsa and tp53. The zebrafish tp53(M214K)(w/m) line and the ewsa(w/m), zygotic ewsa(m/m), and Maternal-Zygotic (MZ) ewsa(m/m) lines all displayed zero to low incidence of tumorigenesis...
August 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
F Cidre-Aranaz, T G P Grünewald, D Surdez, L García-García, J Carlos Lázaro, T Kirchner, L González-González, A Sastre, P García-Miguel, S E López-Pérez, S Monzón, O Delattre, J Alonso
Ewing sarcoma is characterized by chromosomal translocations fusing the EWS gene with various members of the ETS family of transcription factors, most commonly FLI1. EWS-FLI1 is an aberrant transcription factor driving Ewing sarcoma tumorigenesis by either transcriptionally inducing or repressing specific target genes. Herein, we showed that Sprouty 1 (SPRY1), which is a physiological negative feedback inhibitor downstream of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptors (FGFRs) and other RAS-activating receptors, is an EWS-FLI1 repressed gene...
February 9, 2017: Oncogene
Melissa D Mathias, Alexander J Chou, Paul Meyers, Neerav Shukla, Meera Hameed, Narasimhan Agaram, Lu Wang, Michael F Berger, Michael Walsh, Alex Kentsis
Poorly differentiated round cell sarcomas present diagnostic challenges because of their variable morphology and lack of specific immunophenotypic markers. We present a case of a 15-year-old female with a tibial tumor that exhibited features of Ewing-like sarcoma, including apparent rearrangement of the EWSR1 gene. Hybridization capture-based next-generation DNA sequencing showed evidence of complex genomic rearrangements, absence of known pathogenic Ewing-like chromosome translocations, and deletions RB1, PTCH1, and ATRX, supporting the diagnosis of osteosarcoma...
July 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Sudan N Loganathan, Nan Tang, Jonathan T Fleming, Yufang Ma, Yan Guo, Scott C Borinstein, Chin Chiang, Jialiang Wang
Ewing sarcoma is driven by characteristic chromosomal translocations between the EWSR1 gene with genes encoding ETS family transcription factors (EWS-ETS), most commonly FLI1. However, direct pharmacological inhibition of transcription factors like EWS-FLI1 remains largely unsuccessful. Active gene transcription requires orchestrated actions of many epigenetic regulators, such as the bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) family proteins. Emerging BET bromodomain inhibitors have exhibited promising antineoplastic activities via suppression of oncogenic transcription factors in various cancers...
July 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Sang Kyum Kim, Yong-Koo Park
Sarcomas have traditionally been classified according to their chromosomal alterations regardless of whether they accompany simple or complex genetic changes. Ewing sarcoma, a classic small round cell bone tumor, is a well-known mesenchymal malignancy that results from simple sarcoma-specific genetic alterations. The genetic alterations are translocations between genes of the TET/FET family (TLS/FUS, EWSR1, and TAF15) and genes of the E26 transformation-specific (ETS) family. In this review, we intend to summarize a chronicle of molecular findings of Ewing sarcoma including recent advances and explain resultant molecular pathogenesis...
September 2016: Human Pathology
Tsion Zewdu Minas, Didier Surdez, Tahereh Javaheri, Miwa Tanaka, Michelle Howarth, Hong-Jun Kang, Jenny Han, Zhi-Yan Han, Barbara Sax, Barbara E Kream, Sung-Hyeok Hong, Haydar Çelik, Franck Tirode, Jan Tuckermann, Jeffrey A Toretsky, Lukas Kenner, Heinrich Kovar, Sean Lee, E Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, Takuro Nakamura, Richard Moriggl, Olivier Delattre, Aykut Üren
Ewing sarcoma (ES) involves a tumor-specific chromosomal translocation that produces the EWS-FLI1 protein, which is required for the growth of ES cells both in vitro and in vivo. However, an EWS-FLI1-driven transgenic mouse model is not currently available. Here, we present data from six independent laboratories seeking an alternative approach to express EWS-FLI1 in different murine tissues. We used the Runx2, Col1a2.3, Col1a3.6, Prx1, CAG, Nse, NEFL, Dermo1, P0, Sox9 and Osterix promoters to target EWS-FLI1 or Cre expression...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
Dan Lv, Jinye Liu, Lianying Guo, Dawei Wu, Ken Matsumoto, Lin Huang
EWS expression in Ewing sarcoma family tumors (ESFTs) is decreased due to the haploinsufficiency elicited by chromosomal translocation. The abnormal expression levels of EWS and its downstream factors contribute to the manifestation of ESFTs. Previously, we reported that increased Proline-rich Akt substrate of 40 kDa (PRAS40), which is encoded by an EWS mRNA target, promotes the development of ESFTs. However, the mechanism remains elusive. To clarify the role of PRAS40 in ESFTs, we silenced PRAS40 expression in ESFT cells using siRNAs and found increased levels of terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL)-positive cells...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Camille Jacques, François Lamoureux, Marc Baud'huin, Lidia Rodriguez Calleja, Thibaut Quillard, Jérôme Amiaud, Franck Tirode, Françoise Rédini, James E Bradner, Dominique Heymann, Benjamin Ory
Ewing Sarcoma is a rare bone and soft tissue malignancy affecting children and young adults. Chromosomal translocations in this cancer produce fusion oncogenes as characteristic molecular signatures of the disease. The most common case is the translocation t (11; 22) (q24;q12) which yields the EWS-Fli1 chimeric transcription factor. Finding a way to directly target EWS-Fli1 remains a central therapeutic approach to eradicate this aggressive cancer. Here we demonstrate that treating Ewing Sarcoma cells with JQ1(+), a BET bromodomain inhibitor, represses directly EWS-Fli1 transcription as well as its transcriptional program...
April 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Carola Andersson, Henrik Fagman, Magnus Hansson, Fredrik Enlund
Comprehensive genetic profiling by massively parallel sequencing, commonly known as next generation sequencing (NGS), is becoming the foundation of personalized oncology. For sarcomas very few targeted treatments are currently in routine use. In clinical practice the preoperative diagnostic workup of soft tissue tumours largely relies on core needle biopsies. Although mostly sufficient for histopathological diagnosis, only very limited amounts of formalin fixated paraffin embedded tissue are often available for predictive mutation analysis...
April 2016: Cancer Genetics
Emily R Theisen, Kathleen I Pishas, Ranajeet S Saund, Stephen L Lessnick
Ewing sarcoma is an aggressive primary pediatric bone tumor, often diagnosed in adolescents and young adults. A pathognomonic reciprocal chromosomal translocation results in a fusion gene coding for a protein which derives its N-terminus from a FUS/EWS/TAF15 (FET) protein family member, commonly EWS, and C-terminus containing the DNA-binding domain of an ETS transcription factor, commonly FLI1. Nearly 85% of cases express the EWS-FLI protein which functions as a transcription factor and drives oncogenesis. As the primary genomic lesion and a protein which is not expressed in normal cells, disrupting EWS-FLI function is an attractive therapeutic strategy for Ewing sarcoma...
April 5, 2016: Oncotarget
Huijuan Xiao, Fengchang Bao, Hongna Tan, Bo Wang, Wei Liu, Jianbo Gao, Xianzheng Gao
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical, CT and pathological findings of paediatric peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumours (pPNETs) to enhance the recognition of these rare tumours. METHODS: The clinical, CT and pathological findings of 18 paediatric patients with pPNETs confirmed by biopsy or surgical pathology were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: The age of these 18 paediatric patients with pPNETs ranged from 4 months to 15 years, with a mean age of 7...
2016: British Journal of Radiology
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