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Cancer genetics

Jingjing Yu, Yuling Huang, Lijuan Liu, Jing Wang, Jiye Yin, Lihua Huang, Shaojun Chen, Jingao Li, Hong Yuan, Guoping Yang, Wenyu Liu, Hai Wang, Qi Pei, Chengxian Guo
Radiotherapy (RT) is the normative therapeutic treatment for primary nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of genes in Wnt/β-catenin pathway are correlated to the development, prognosis, and treatment benefit of various cancers. However, it has not been established whether SNPs of Wnt/β-catenin pathway are associated with nasopharyngeal tumorigenesis and the efficacy of RT in NPC patients. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to investigate the nine potentially functional SNPs of four genes in the Wnt/β-catenin pathway and genotyped these in 188 NPC patients treated with RT...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Chunwen Tan, Wangxiong Hu, Yanqin Huang, Jiaojiao Zhou, Shu Zheng
BACKGROUND: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified eighteen single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to be significantly associated with the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). However, overall results of the following replications are inconsistent and little is known about whether these associations also exit in colorectal adenomas (CRA). METHODS: The SNP genotyping was performed using a Sequenom MassARRAY to investigate the association of these eighteen SNPs with colorectal neoplasm in a case-control study consisted of 1049 colorectal cancers, 283 adenomas, and 1030 controls...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Ranjan Basak, Naveen Kumar Nair, Indraneel Mittra
There is extensive literature to show that nucleic acids can be taken up by cells under experimental conditions and that foetal DNA can be detected in maternal tissues. The uptaken DNA can integrate into host cell genomes and can be transcribed and translated into proteins. They can also cause chromosomal damage and karyotype alterations. Cell-free nucleic acids (cfNAs)-based non-invasive DNA diagnostic techniques are being extensively researched in the field of cancer with the potential to advance new prognostic parameters and direct treatment decisions...
October 12, 2016: Mutation Research
Yong-Sik Bong, Shahin Assefnia, Therese Tuohy, Deborah W Neklason, Randall W Burt, Jaeil Ahn, Hao-Wen J Jiang, Stephen W Byers
Vitamin D is implicated in the etiology of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, usually characterized by alteration in the APC/β-catenin/TCF tumor suppressor pathway. The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is also implicated in cardiovascular and skin diseases as well as in immunity. Activated VDR can indirectly alter β-catenin nuclear localization and directly suppress β-catenin/TCF mediated transcriptional activity. We treated VDR null mice with the carcinogen azoxymethane (AOM) and generated mice bearing a mutated APC (hypomorph) on a VDR null background (Apc1638N/+Vdr-/-)...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Meng-Bo Hu, Hua Xu, Ji-Meng Hu, Wen-Hui Zhu, Tian Yang, Qiang Ding
Leptin and adiponectin signaling was associated with development and progression of various cancers. The present study aimed to clarify the role of genetic variants in leptin, adiponectin and their receptors in prostate cancer. After comprehensive search and manuscript scanning, a total of 49 genetic variants were enrolled and examined for their relations to cancer risk and aggressiveness. In the meta-analysis, LEP rs7799039 (allele contrast: OR 1.133, 95%CI 1.024-1.254), ADIPOQ rs2241766 (allele contrast: OR 1...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Nina Holland
Environmental research and public health in the 21st century face serious challenges such as increased air pollution and global warming, widespread use of potentially harmful chemicals including pesticides, plasticizers, and other endocrine disruptors, and radical changes in nutrition and lifestyle typical of modern societies. In particular, exposure to environmental and occupational toxicants may contribute to the occurrence of adverse birth outcomes, neurodevelopmental deficits, and increased risk of cancer and other multifactorial diseases such as diabetes and asthma...
October 21, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Jesús Ignacio Mendieta-Moreno, Daniel G Trabada, Jesus Mendieta, James P Lewis, Paulino Gómez-Puertas, Jose Ortega
The absorption of ultraviolet radiation by DNA may result in harmful genetic lesions that affect DNA replication and transcription, ultimately causing mutations, cancer and/or cell death. We analyze the most abundant photochemical reaction in DNA, the cyclobutane thymine dimer, using hybrid quantum mechanics / molecular mechanics (QM/MM) techniques and QM/MM nonadiabatic molecular dynamics. We find that, due to its double helix structure, DNA presents a free energy barrier between non-reactive and reactive conformations leading to the photolesion...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Loren E Clarke, Darl D Flake, Klaus Busam, Clay Cockerell, Klaus Helm, Jennifer McNiff, Jon Reed, Jaime Tschen, Jinah Kim, Raymond Barnhill, Rosalie Elenitsas, Victor G Prieto, Jonathan Nelson, Hillary Kimbrell, Kathryn A Kolquist, Krystal L Brown, M Bryan Warf, Benjamin B Roa, Richard J Wenstrup
BACKGROUND: Recently, a 23-gene signature was developed to produce a melanoma diagnostic score capable of differentiating malignant and benign melanocytic lesions. The primary objective of this study was to independently assess the ability of the gene signature to differentiate melanoma from benign nevi in clinically relevant lesions. METHODS: A set of 1400 melanocytic lesions was selected from samples prospectively submitted for gene expression testing at a clinical laboratory...
October 21, 2016: Cancer
Robbert D A Weren, Arjen R Mensenkamp, Michiel Simons, Astrid Eijkelenboom, Aisha S Sie, Hicham Ouchene, Monique van Asseldonk, Encarna B Gomez-Garcia, Marinus J Blok, Joanne A de Hullu, Marcel R Nelen, Alexander Hoischen, Johan Bulten, Bastiaan B J Tops, Nicoline Hoogerbrugge, En Marjolijn J L Ligtenberg
With the recent introduction of Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, a promising novel therapy has become available for ovarian carcinoma patients with inactivating BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations in their tumour. To select patients who may benefit from these treatments, assessment of the mutation status of BRCA1 and BRCA2 in the tumour is required. For reliable evaluation of germline and somatic mutations in these genes in DNA derived from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue, we have developed a single molecule molecular inversion probe (smMIP)-based targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) approach...
October 21, 2016: Human Mutation
Bruce Wen, Kirby R Campbell, Karissa Tilbury, Oleg Nadiarnykh, Molly A Brewer, Manish Patankar, Vikas Singh, Kevin W Eliceiri, Paul J Campagnola
Remodeling of the collagen architecture in the extracellular matrix (ECM) has been implicated in ovarian cancer. To quantify these alterations we implemented a form of 3D texture analysis to delineate the fibrillar morphology observed in 3D Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy image data of normal (1) and high risk (2) ovarian stroma, benign ovarian tumors (3), low grade (4) and high grade (5) serous tumors, and endometrioid tumors (6). We developed a tailored set of 3D filters which extract textural features in the 3D image sets to build (or learn) statistical models of each tissue class...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shin Yup Lee, Cheng Cheng Jin, Jin Eun Choi, Mi Jeong Hong, Deuk Kju Jung, Sook Kyung Do, Sun Ah Baek, Hyo Jung Kang, Hyo-Gyoung Kang, Sun Ha Choi, Won Kee Lee, Yangki Seok, Eung Bae Lee, Ji Yun Jeong, Kyung Min Shin, Sukki Cho, Seung Soo Yoo, Jaehee Lee, Seung Ick Cha, Chang Ho Kim, You Mie Lee, In-Kyu Lee, Sanghoon Jheon, Jae Yong Park
This study was conducted to investigate whether polymorphisms of genes involved in glycolysis are associated with the prognosis of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after surgical resection. Forty-four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 17 genes in glycolytic pathway were investigated in a total of 782 patients with NSCLC who underwent curative surgical resection. The association of the SNPs with overall survival (OS) and disease free survival (DFS) were analyzed. Among the 44 SNPs investigated, four SNPs (ENO1 rs2274971A > G, PFKM rs11168417C > T, PFKP rs1132173C > T, PDK2 rs3785921G > A) were significantly associated with survival outcomes in multivariate analyses...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
S Sengupta, G Mao, Z S Gokaslan, P Sampath
Glioblastoma (GBM) is by far the most common and the most aggressive of all the primary brain malignancies. No curative therapy exists, and median life expectancy hovers at around 1 year after diagnosis, with a minute fraction surviving beyond 5 years. The difficulty in treating GBM lies in the cancer's protected niche within the blood-brain barrier and the heterogeneity of the cancer cells, which possess varying degrees of susceptibility to various common modalities of treatment. Over time, it is the tumor heterogeneity of GBM and the ability of the cancer stem cells to evolve in response treatment that renders the cancer refractory to conventional treatment...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Yu Liu, Jianjun Zhang, Lin Li, Guangliang Yin, Jianhua Zhang, Shan Zheng, Hannah Cheung, Ning Wu, Ning Lu, Xizeng Mao, Longhai Yang, Jiexin Zhang, Li Zhang, Sahil Seth, Huang Chen, Xingzhi Song, Kan Liu, Yongqiang Xie, Lina Zhou, Chuanduo Zhao, Naijun Han, Wenting Chen, Susu Zhang, Longyun Chen, Wenjun Cai, Lin Li, Miaozhong Shen, Ningzhi Xu, Shujun Cheng, Huanming Yang, J Jack Lee, Arlene Correa, Junya Fujimoto, Carmen Behrens, Chi-Wan Chow, William N William, John V Heymach, Waun Ki Hong, Stephen Swisher, Ignacio I Wistuba, Jun Wang, Dongmei Lin, Xiangyang Liu, P Andrew Futreal, Yanning Gao
Multiple synchronous lung cancers (MSLCs) present a clinical dilemma as to whether individual tumours represent intrapulmonary metastases or independent tumours. In this study we analyse genomic profiles of 15 lung adenocarcinomas and one regional lymph node metastasis from 6 patients with MSLC. All 15 lung tumours demonstrate distinct genomic profiles, suggesting all are independent primary tumours, which are consistent with comprehensive histopathological assessment in 5 of the 6 patients. Lung tumours of the same individuals are no more similar to each other than are lung adenocarcinomas of different patients from TCGA cohort matched for tumour size and smoking status...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Ágnes Márk, Gergely Varga, Botond Timár, Csilla Kriston, Orsolya Szabó, Linda Deák, András Matolcsy, Gábor Barna
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a clonal B-cell malignancy characterized by the accumulation of monoclonal plasma cells (PCs) in the bone marrow and other tissues. Although there are several new therapies, MM remains fatal. The interaction between MM cells and the bone marrow microenvironment promotes drug resistance and cancer cells survival. In our present work, we compared the antigen expression pattern of normal and pathological PCs and investigated the possible connections between various surface receptors, adhesion molecules, and recurrent genetic aberrations...
October 21, 2016: Hematological Oncology
Andrew R Marley, Hongmei Nan
Colorectal cancer is currently the third deadliest cancer in the United States and will claim an estimated 49,190 U.S. lives in 2016. The purpose of this review is to summarize our current understanding of this disease, based on nationally published statistics and information presented in peer-reviewed journal articles. Specifically, this review will cover the following topics: descriptive epidemiology (including time and disease trends both in the United States and abroad), risk factors (environmental, genetic, and gene-environment interactions), screening, prevention and control, and treatment...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics
Shouchun Yan, Ridong Xia, Tianbo Jin, Hui Ren, Hua Yang, Jing Li, Mengdan Yan, Yuanyuan Zhu, Mingwei Chen
RTEL1 (regulator of telomere elongation helicase 1; OMIM 608833) gene polymorphisms were linked to lung cancer (LC) susceptibility in a cancer genome-wide association study (GWAS) Here, we assessed whether seven previously reported RTEL1 polymorphisms influenced LC risk in Han Chinese population. All study samples (554 LC cases and 696 cancer-free controls) were collected from the Affiliated Hospital of Xizang Minzu University in China. We assessed associations between SNPs and LC risk using various several genetic models (codominant, dominant, recessive, overdominant, and additive)...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Cheol Keun Park, Ji Soo Park, Hyo Song Kim, Sun Young Rha, Woo Jin Hyung, Jae-Ho Cheong, Sung Hoon Noh, Sang Kil Lee, Yong Chan Lee, Yong-Min Huh, Hyunki Kim
Although targeted therapy for receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) of advanced gastric cancers (AGCs) has been in the spotlight, guidelines for the identification of RTK-amplified gastric cancers (RA-GCs) have not been established. In this study, we investigate clinicopathologic characteristics of RA-GCs and propose a screening algorithm for their identification. We performed immunohistochemistry (IHC) for MLH1, MSH2, PMS2, MSH6, key RTKs (EGFR, HER2, MET), and p53, in situ hybridization for Epstein-Barr virus encoding RNA, and silver in situ hybridization (SISH) for EGFR, HER2, and MET using tissue microarrays of 993 AGCs...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Khaldoun Almhanna, Gopi K Prithviraj, Petter Veiby, Thea Kalebic
Antibody-directed cancer chemotherapy in the form of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) may improve the therapeutic index with the potential to enhance efficacy and decrease systemic toxicity. ADCs consist of three key components including an antibody that specifically binds to the target, a toxic agent and a linker which releases the toxic agent inside tumor cells. A novel ADC, MLN0264 (TAK-264) was recently investigated in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies. TAK-264 is an anti- guanylyl cyclase C (GCC) antibody conjugated via a protease-cleavable linker to the potent anti-microtubule agent monomethyl auristatin E (MMAE) (linker and toxin licensed from Seattle Genetics)...
October 17, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Marco A O Magalhaes, Gino R Somers, Paula Sikorski, Vito Forte, Moustafa Abouzgia, Edward Barrett, Grace Bradley
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is extremely rare in patients younger than 20 years of age. We present here a case of OSCC of the maxillary alveolar ridge in an otherwise healthy 8-year-old patient. The clinicohistologic presentation was not typical for mucosal SCC, and the possibility of an intrabony origin from the odontogenic epithelium was considered. The patient was treated with surgical resection, and treatment decisions were made with consideration of the need for eradication of tumor as well as tissue preservation to allow normal growth and development...
November 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Min Hyun Cho, Sung Han Kim, Weon Seo Park, Jae Young Joung, Ho Kyung Seo, Jinsoo Chung, Kang Hyun Lee
BACKGROUND: Sarcomatoid urothelial carcinoma (SUC) is a rare malignant neoplasm of the urinary bladder comprising 0.2-0.6 % of all histological bladder tumor subtypes. It presents as a high-stage malignancy and exhibits aggressive biological behavior, regardless of the treatment employed. It is defined as histologically indistinguishable from sarcoma and as a high-grade biphasic neoplasm with malignant epithelial and mesenchymal components. The mean age of patients presenting with SUC is 66 years, and the male-to-female ratio is 3:1...
October 20, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
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