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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169190/measurement-of-basal-serum-calcitonin-for-the-diagnosis-of-medullary-thyroid-cancer
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Stephanie Allelein, Margret Ehlers, Corinna Morneau, Katharina Schwartz, Peter E Goretzki, Thomas Seppel, Joachim Feldkamp, Andreas Krieg, Wolfram Trudo Knoefel, Anne Kuebart, Matthias Haase, Till Dringenberg, Christine Schmid, Matthias Schott
Calcitonin (CT), a tumor marker for medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), can be stimulated with pentagastrin or calcium. Because of the unavailability of pentagastrin, basal CT measurement is frequently used for the preoperative diagnosis of MTC. The aim of the study was to define basal serum calcitonin (bCT) cut-off thresholds for diagnosing MTC. Within a retrospective analysis, 114 patients (51 males) were included fulfilling the criteria of an increased preoperative bCT level (>10 pg/ml) and the criteria of an available postoperative histology analysis...
November 23, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169181/inflammatory-cytokine-il-8-cxcl8-promotes-tumour-escape-from-hepatocyte-induced-dormancy
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Ahmad S Khazali, Amanda M Clark, Alan Wells
BACKGROUND: Breast cancers can recur after a long latency period following 'successful' primary treatments. Chronic inflammation significantly correlates with reduced diseased-free survival in breast cancer patients and could be a point of intervention to prevent recurrence. Liver is among the main sites of breast cancer recurrence. Thus, we hypothesise that inflammatory signals from hepatic stellate cells, the major inflammatory regulators in the sinusoid, could stimulate dormant cancer cells to emerge...
November 23, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169176/ablation-of-atg4b-suppressed-autophagy-and-activated-ampk-for-cell-cycle-arrest-in-cancer-cells
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Pei-Feng Liu, Chien-Jen Hsu, Wei-Lun Tsai, Jin-Shiung Cheng, Jih-Jung Chen, I-Fei Huang, Ho-Hsing Tseng, Hsueh-Wei Chang, Chih-Wen Shu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: ATG4B is a cysteine protease required for autophagy, which is a cellular catabolic pathway involved in energy balance. ATG4B expression is elevated during tumor growth in certain types of cancer, suggesting that ATG4B is an attractive target for cancer therapy. However, little is known about the mechanisms through which ATG4B deprivation suppresses the growth of cancer cells. METHODS: Cancer cells were transfected with either siRNA against ATG4B or an expression vector encoding wild-type ATG4BWT or encoding catalytic mutant ATG4BC74A to determine cell cycle progression by propidium iodide staining or by BrdU incorporation assay using flow cytometry...
November 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169175/bufalin-inhibits-cellular-proliferation-and-cancer-stem-cell-like-phenotypes-via-upregulation-of-mir-203-in-glioma
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Tao Liu, Chanji Wu, Guohu Weng, Zhongyan Zhao, Xiangying He, Chuanyi Fu, Zhiyan Sui, Shi-Xiong Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Prior studies have shown that bufalin inhibits cellular proliferation and induces apoptosis in various human cancers. MicroRNA-203 (miR-203) has been shown to function as an important regulator of tumor progression at various stages. In this study, we investigated the effect of miR-203 expression and bufalin treatment on glioma cell proliferation and stem cell-like phenotypes. METHODS: We used cell viability assay, colony formation assay, cell apoptosis assay and neurosphere formation assay to dectect the treatment effect of bufalin on U251 and U87 cells...
November 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169174/melatonin-induced-changes-in-cytosolic-calcium-might-be-responsible-for-apoptosis-induction-in-tumour-cells
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Barbora Chovancova, Sona Hudecova, Lubomira Lencesova, Petr Babula, Ingeborg Rezuchova, Adela Penesova, Marian Grman, Roman Moravcik, Michal Zeman, Olga Krizanova
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Melatonin is a hormone transferring information about duration of darkness to the organism and is known to modulate several signaling pathways in the cells, e.g. generation of endoplasmic reticulum stress, oxidative status of the cells, etc. Melatonin has been shown to exert antiproliferative and cytotoxic effects on various human cancers. We proposed that this hormone can differently affect tumour cells and healthy cells. METHODS: We compared the effect of 24 h melatonin treatment on calcium transport (by fluorescent probes FLUO-3AM and Rhod-5N), ER stress (determined as changes in the expression of CHOP, XBP1 and fluorescently, using Thioflavin T), ROS formation (by CellROX® Green/Orange Reagent) and apoptosis induction (by Annexin-V-FLUOS/propidiumiodide) in two tumour cell lines - ovarian cancer cell line A2780 and stable cell line DLD1 derived from colorectal carcinoma, with non-tumour endothelial cell line EA...
November 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169171/mirnas-are-unlikely-to-be-involved-in-retinoid-receptor-gene-regulation-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Shuai Yin, Tim Bleul, Yifan Zhu, Orkhan Isayev, Jens Werner, Alexandr V Bazhin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Retinoid receptors and retinoic acid were reported to be down-regulated in pancreatic duct adenocarcinoma (PDAC) compared to normal pancreas. Yet the mechanism of the down-regulation of retinoid receptors is not well defined. The aim of this study was to find out whether selected dysregulated miRNAs in PDAC are responsible for the decreased level of retinoid receptors. METHODS: Bioinformatics, real-time PCR, western blot analysis as well as molecular manipulation with miRNA in cells of PDAC were carried out...
November 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169152/knockdown-of-caveolin-1-sensitizes-human-basal-like-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells-to-radiation
#7
Man Zou, Yanhui Li, Shu Xia, Qian Chu, Xiaoguang Xiao, Hong Qiu, Yu Chen, Zu'an Zheng, Fei Liu, Liang Zhuang, Shiying Yu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a high-risk breast cancer phenotype without specific targeted therapy options and is significantly associated with increased local recurrence in patients treated with radiotherapy. CAVEOLIN-1 (CAV-1)-mediated epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) nuclear translocation following irradiation promotes DNA repair and thus induces radiation resistance. In this study, we aimed to determine whether knockdown of CAV-1 enhances the radiosensitivity of basal-like TNBC cell lines and to explore the possible mechanisms...
November 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169150/multiple-roles-of-autophagy-in-the-sorafenib-resistance-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
Ting Sun, Hongchun Liu, Liang Ming
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and prognosis remains unsatisfactory since the disease is often diagnosed at the advanced stages. Currently, the multikinase inhibitor sorafenib is the only drug approved for the treatment of advanced HCC. However, primary or acquired resistance to sorafenib develops, generating a roadblock in HCC therapy. Autophagy is an intracellular lysosomal pathway involved in protein and organelle degradation, with an astonishing number of connections to human disease and physiology...
November 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169144/targeting-the-wnt-beta-catenin-pathway-in-cancer-update-on-effectors-and-inhibitors
#9
REVIEW
Nithya Krishnamurthy, Razelle Kurzrock
The Wnt/beta-catenin pathway is a family of proteins that is implicated in many vital cellular functions like stem cell regeneration and organogenesis. Several intra-cellular signal transduction pathways are induced by Wnt, notably the Wnt/beta-catenin dependent pathway or canonical pathway and the non-canonical or beta-catenin-independent pathway, the latter includes the Wnt/Ca2+ and Planar Cell Polarity pathway (PCP). Wnt activation occurs at the intestinal crypt floor, and is critical to optimal maintenance of stem cells...
November 13, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169143/energy-dissipation-mapping-of-cancer-cells
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Diganta Dutta, Xavier-Lewis Palmer, Jinhyun Kim, Shizhi Qian, Michael Stacey
The purpose of this study is to map the energy dissipation of Jurkat cells using a single 60 nanosecond pulse electric field (NsPEF), primarily through atomic force microscopy (AFM). The phase shift is generated by the sample elements that do not have a heterogeneous surface. Monitoring and manipulating the phase shift is a powerful way for determining the dissipated energy and plotting the topography. The dissipated energy is a relative value, so the silica wafer and cover slip are given a set reference while the transmission of energy between the tip of the cantilever and cell surfaces is measured...
November 14, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169115/prolonged-oxidative-stress-down-regulates-early-b-cell-factor-1-with-inhibition-of-its-tumor-suppressive-function-against-cholangiocarcinoma-genesis
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Napat Armartmuntree, Mariko Murata, Anchalee Techasen, Puangrat Yongvanit, Watcharin Loilome, Nisana Namwat, Chawalit Pairojkul, Chadamas Sakonsinsiri, Somchai Pinlaor, Raynoo Thanan
Early B cell factor 1 (EBF1) is a transcription factor involved in the differentiation of several stem cell lineages and it is a negative regulator of estrogen receptors. EBF1 is down-regulated in many tumors, and is believed to play suppressive roles in cancer promotion and progression. However, the functional roles of EBF1 in carcinogenesis are unclear. Liver fluke-infection-associated cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is an oxidative stress-driven cancer of bile duct epithelium. In this study, we investigated EBF1 expression in tissues from CCA patients, CCA cell lines (KKU-213, KKU-214 and KKU-156), cholangiocyte (MMNK1) and its oxidative stress-resistant (ox-MMNK1-L) cell lines...
November 13, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168933/role-of-chemotherapy-and-targeted-therapy-in-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Misako Nagasaka, Shirish M Gadgeel
Adjuvant platinum based chemotherapy is accepted as standard of care in stage II and III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients and is often considered in patients with stage IB disease who have tumors ≥ 4 cm. The survival advantage is modest with approximately 5% at 5 years. Areas covered: This review article presents relevant data regarding chemotherapy use in the perioperative setting for early stage NSCLC. A literature search was performed utilizing PubMed as well as clinical trial.gov. Randomized phase III studies in this setting including adjuvant and neoadjuvant use of chemotherapy as well as ongoing trials on targeted therapy and immunotherapy are also introduced...
November 23, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168898/association-of-p16-cdkn2a-polymorphisms-with-the-development-of-hpv16-related-precancerous-lesions-and-cervical-cancer-in-the-greek-population
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D Tsakogiannis, G D Moschonas, E Bella, Z Kyriakopoulou, G D Amoutzias, T G Dimitriou, C Kottaridi, P Markoulatos
The tumor suppressor protein p16 plays a fundamental role in cell cycle regulation and exerts a protective effect against tumor growth. Two different polymorphisms at positions 540 and 580 at the 3'UTR of exon 3 of p16 gene are implicated in several types of cancer, while their role in cervical cancer development remains rather vague. In the present study, we investigated for the impact of p16 genotypes/haplotypes on patients' vulnerability to cervical disease and examined whether these factors can be used as progression markers in the Greek population...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168865/syntheses-crystal-structures-dft-calculations-protein-interaction-and-anticancer-activities-of-water-soluble-dipicolinic-acid-imidazole-based-oxidovanadium-iv-complexes
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Debanjana Biswal, Nikhil Ranjan Pramanik, Syamal Chakrabarti, Michael G B Drew, Krishnendu Acharya, Swarnendu Chandra
Three novel water soluble neutral mononuclear oxidovanadium(iv) complexes 1-3, [VOLB2] (where H2L = dipicolinic acid (DPA) and B = imidazole (1)/1-methylimidazole (2)/1-allylimidazole (3)), were synthesized by the reaction of [VOL(H2O)2] with imidazole/1-methylimidazole/1-allylimidazole in ethanol. The complexes were thoroughly characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV-Vis and EPR spectroscopy, magnetic susceptibility, cyclic voltammetry and single crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. In all the complexes the vanadium(iv) centre assumes a distorted octahedral environment...
November 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168788/microtubule-depolymerization-by-kinase-inhibitors-unexpected-findings-of-dual-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Kenji Tanabe
Microtubule-targeting agents are widely used as clinical drugs in the treatment of cancer. However, some kinase inhibitors can also disrupt microtubule organization by directly binding to tubulin. These unexpected effects may result in a plethora of harmful events and/or a misinterpretation of the experimental results. Thus, further studies are needed to understand these dual inhibitors. In this review, I discuss the roles of dual inhibitors of kinase activity and microtubule function as well as describe the properties underlining their dual roles...
November 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168767/long-non-coding-rnas-in-hepatitis-b-virus-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-regulation-functions-and-underlying-mechanisms
#16
REVIEW
Lipeng Qiu, Tao Wang, Xiuquan Xu, Yihang Wu, Qi Tang, Keping Chen
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in the world. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and its X gene-encoded protein (HBx) play important roles in the progression of HCC. Although long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) cannot encode proteins, growing evidence indicates that they play essential roles in HCC progression, and contribute to cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis, autophagy, and apoptosis by targeting a large number of pivotal protein-coding genes, miRNAs, and signaling pathways...
November 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168762/dual-roles-of-fer-kinase-are-required-for-proper-hematopoiesis-and-vascular-endothelium-organization-during-zebrafish-development
#17
Emily M Dunn, Elizabeth J Billquist, Amy L VanderStoep, Phillip G Bax, Laura M Westrate, Lisa K McLellan, Shelby C Peterson, Jeffrey P MacKeigan, Aaron P Putzke
Fer kinase, a protein involved in the regulation of cell-cell adhesion and proliferation, has been shown to be required during invertebrate development and has been implicated in leukemia, gastric cancer, and liver cancer. However, in vivo roles for Fer during vertebrate development have remained elusive. In this study, we bridge the gap between the invertebrate and vertebrate realms by showing that Fer kinase is required during zebrafish embryogenesis for normal hematopoiesis and vascular organization with distinct kinase dependent and independent functions...
November 23, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168760/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-for-antineoplastic-drug-loading-and-delivery
#18
REVIEW
Francesco Petrella, Isabella Rimoldi, Stefania Rizzo, Lorenzo Spaggiari
Mesenchymal stromal cells are a population of undifferentiated multipotent adult cells possessing extensive self-renewal properties and the potential to differentiate into a variety of mesenchymal lineage cells. They express broad anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activity on the immune system and after transplantation can interact with the surrounding microenvironment, promoting tissue healing and regeneration. For this reason, mesenchymal stromal cells have been widely used in regenerative medicine, both in preclinical and clinical settings...
November 23, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168755/regulation-of-g2-m-transition-by-inhibition-of-wee1-and-pkmyt1-kinases
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REVIEW
Matthias Schmidt, Alexander Rohe, Charlott Platzer, Abdulkarim Najjar, Frank Erdmann, Wolfgang Sippl
In the cell cycle, there are two checkpoint arrests that allow cells to repair damaged DNA in order to maintain genomic integrity. Many cancer cells have defective G1 checkpoint mechanisms, thus depending on the G2 checkpoint far more than normal cells. G2 checkpoint abrogation is therefore a promising concept to preferably damage cancerous cells over normal cells. The main factor influencing the decision to enter mitosis is a complex composed of Cdk1 and cyclin B. Cdk1/CycB is regulated by various feedback mechanisms, in particular inhibitory phosphorylations at Thr14 and Tyr15 of Cdk1...
November 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168748/variety-and-dynamics-of-proteoforms-in-the-human-proteome-aspects-of-markers-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Stanislav Naryzhny, Victor Zgoda, Artur Kopylov, Elena Petrenko, Olga Kleist, Аlexander Archakov
We have previously developed an approach, where two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE) was used, followed by sectional analysis of the whole gel using high-resolution nano-liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (ESI LC-MS/MS). In this study, we applied this approach on the panoramic analysis of proteins and their proteoforms from normal (liver) and cancer (HepG2) cells. This allowed us to detect, in a single proteome, about 20,000 proteoforms coded by more than 4000 genes. A set of 3D-graphs showing distribution of these proteoforms in 2DE maps (profiles) was generated...
November 23, 2017: Proteomes
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