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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734166/naturally-occurring-immunomodulators-with-antitumor-activity-an-insight-on-their-mechanisms-of-action
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REVIEW
Shimaa Ibrahim Abdelmonym Mohamed, Ibrahim Jantan, Md Areeful Haque
Natural products with immunomodulatory activity are widely used in treatment of many diseases including autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders in addition to cancer. They gained a great interest in the last decades as therapeutic agents since they provide inexpensive and less toxic products than the synthetic chemotherapeutic agents. Immunomodulators are the agents that have the ability to boost or suppress the host defense response that can be used as a prophylaxis as well as in combination with other therapeutic modalities...
July 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732378/acetylation-and-deacetylation-in-cancer-stem-like-cells
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REVIEW
Na Liu, Shiqi Li, Nan Wu, Kin-Sang Cho
Cancer stem-like cell (CSC) model has been established to investigate the underlying mechanisms of tumor initiation and progression. The imbalance between acetylation and deacetylation of histone or non-histone proteins, one of the important epigenetic modification processes, is closely associated with a wide variety of diseases including cancer. Acetylation and deacetylation are involved in various stemness-related signal pathways and drive the regulation of self-renewal and differentiation in normal developmental processes...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732279/turbocharging-vaccines-emerging-adjuvants-for-dendritic-cell-based-therapeutic-cancer-vaccines
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REVIEW
Mansi Saxena, Nina Bhardwaj
Development of therapeutic cancer vaccines has been hindered by the many pro-tumorigenic mechanisms at play in cancer patients that serve to suppress both antigen presenting cells and T cells. In face of these obstacles, cancer vaccines are most likely to promote anti-tumorigenic immune responses only when formulated with strong adjuvants, and in combination with new immune interventions designed to reverse immune suppression and exhaustion of T cells in the tumor microenvironment. Dendritic cells (DCs) are often termed 'nature's adjuvant' due to their exceptional capacity for initiating both innate and adaptive immune responses...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732118/pd-1-checkpoint-blockade-in-combination-with-an-mtor-inhibitor-restrains-hepatocellular-carcinoma-growth-induced-by-hepatoma-cell-intrinsic-pd-1
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Hui Li, Xiaoqiang Li, Shuang Liu, Lei Guo, Bo Zhang, Jubo Zhang, Qinghai Ye
Inhibitors of PD-1 administered as single agents have resulted in durable tumor regression in advanced cancer patients. However, only a minority of cancer patients respond to anti PD-1 immunotherapy. Here, we show that PD-1 expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) promotes tumor growth independently of adaptive immunity. Knockdown of PD-1 suppress tumor growth, whereas PD-1 overexpression enhances tumorigenesis in immunodeficient xenografted mice. Mechanistically, PD-1 binds the downstream mTOR effectors eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) and ribosomal protein S6 (S6), thus promoting their phosphorylation...
July 21, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731808/clinical-practice-in-pet-ct-for-the-management-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-cancer
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Reema Goel, William Moore, Baran Sumer, Saad Khan, David Sher, Rathan M Subramaniam
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to summarize the evidence for the value of PET/CT for the management of patients with head and neck squamous cell cancer and suggest best clinical practices. CONCLUSION: FDG PET/CT is a valuable imaging tool for identifying unknown primary tumors in patients with known cervical node metastases leading to management change and is the standard of care for the initial staging of stage III and IV head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), for assessing therapy response when performed at least 12 weeks after chemoradiation therapy, and for avoiding unnecessary planned neck dissection...
August 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731124/bmp7-mediates-the-anticancer-effect-of-honokiol-by-upregulating-p53-in-hct116-cells
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Rong-Xing Liu, Wen-Yan Ren, Yan Ma, Yun-Peng Liao, Han Wang, Jia-Hui Zhu, Hai-Tao Jiang, Ke Wu, Bai-Cheng He, Wen-Juan Sun
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death. Hence, there is a great need to explore new efficacious drugs for the treatment of CRC. Honokiol (HNK), a natural product extracted from magnolia bark, processes various biological activities, including anticancer. In this study, we introduced cell viability assay, western blotting, real-time PCR and immunofluorescent staining to determine the anticancer effect of HNK, and the possible mechanism underlying this biological process. We found that HNK can inhibit the proliferation and induce apoptosis in HCT116 cells in a concentration- and time-dependent manner...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730771/biomarkers-for-the-early-detection-of-relapses-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancers
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Gabriela Chereches, Otilia Barbos, Rares Buiga, Ovidiu Balacescu, Dana Iancu, Nicolae Todor, Loredana Balacescu, Nicu Miron, Nona Bejinariu, Tudor-Eliade Ciuleanu
PURPOSE: To assess prognostic/predictive value of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), transthyretin (TRT), ╬▒enolase (NNE), ╬▓2-microglobulin (╬▓2-micro), B-cell activating factor (BAFF) and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients treated with chemotherapy with or without bevacizumab. METHODS: 72 histologically confirmed mCRC patients treated at Oncology Institute Cluj were included. Biomarker levels were measured through validated methods...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730545/platelet-first-responders-in-wound-response-cancer-and-metastasis
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REVIEW
David G Menter, Scott Kopetz, Ernest Hawk, Anil K Sood, Jonathan M Loree, Paolo Gresele, Kenneth V Honn
Platelets serve as "first responders" during normal wounding and homeostasis. Arising from bone marrow stem cell lineage megakaryocytes, anucleate platelets can influence inflammation and immune regulation. Biophysically, platelets are optimized due to size and discoid morphology to distribute near vessel walls, monitor vascular integrity, and initiate quick responses to vascular lesions. Adhesion receptors linked to a highly reactive filopodia-generating cytoskeleton maximizes their vascular surface contact allowing rapid response capabilities...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730477/utilizing-the-luminex-magnetic-bead-based-suspension-array-for-rapid-multiplexed-phosphoprotein-quantification
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Adam Stewart, Udai Banerji
The study of protein phosphorylation is critical for the advancement of our understanding of cellular responses to external and internal stimuli. Phosphorylation, the addition of phosphate groups, most often occurs on serine, threonine, or tyrosine residues due to the action of protein kinases. This structural change causes the protein to become activated (or deactivated) and enables it in turn to initiate the phosphorylation of other proteins in a cascade, eventually causing cell-wide changes such as apoptosis, cell differentiation, and growth (among others)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729837/optimization-and-in-vivo-profiling-of-a-refined-rat-model-of-walker-256-breast-cancer-cell-induced-bone-pain-using-behavioral-radiological-histological-immunohistochemical-and-pharmacological-methods
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Priyank Shenoy, Andy Kuo, Irina Vetter, Maree T Smith
In the majority of patients with advanced breast cancer, there is metastatic spread to bones resulting in pain. Clinically available drug treatments for alleviation of breast cancer-induced bone pain (BCIBP) often produce inadequate pain relief due to dose-limiting side-effects. A major impediment to the discovery of novel well-tolerated analgesic agents for the relief of pain due to bony metastases is the fact that most cancer-induced bone pain models in rodents relied on the systemic injection of cancer cells, causing widespread formation of cancer metastases and poor general animal health...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729777/is-there-an-optimal-time-to-initiate-adjuvant-chemotherapy-to-predict-benefit-of-survival-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Yutao Liu, Xiaoyu Zhai, Junling Li, Zhiwen Li, Di Ma, Ziping Wang
OBJECTIVE: Adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) after curative resection is known to improve the survival of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, few studies have reported the correlation between the time to initiation of AC (TTAC) and survival in NSCLC patients. METHODS: The clinical data of 925 NSCLC patients who received curative resection and post-operative AC at the Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences between 2003 and 2013 were retrospectively analyzed...
June 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729773/is-new-american-thyroid-association-risk-classification-for-hereditary-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-applicable-to-chinese-patients-a-single-center-study
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Xiwei Zhang, Dangui Yan, Junyi Wang, Hanfeng Wan, Yongxia Zhang, Yabing Zhang, Yuqin He, Wensheng Liu, Bin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The American Thyroid Association (ATA) proposed a new risk classification for hereditary medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in 2015. This study aimed to assess whether the new guidelines are suitable for the Chinese population, and reported our experience on prophylactic thyroidectomy. METHODS: A total of 73 patients from 22 families were screened as rearranged during transfection (RET) mutation carriers from 2010 to 2016 in Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Science; the medical history for each patient was collected...
June 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729483/epigenetic-plasticity-and-the-hallmarks-of-cancer
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REVIEW
William A Flavahan, Elizabeth Gaskell, Bradley E Bernstein
Chromatin and associated epigenetic mechanisms stabilize gene expression and cellular states while also facilitating appropriate responses to developmental or environmental cues. Genetic, environmental, or metabolic insults can induce overly restrictive or overly permissive epigenetic landscapes that contribute to pathogenesis of cancer and other diseases. Restrictive chromatin states may prevent appropriate induction of tumor suppressor programs or block differentiation. By contrast, permissive or "plastic" states may allow stochastic oncogene activation or nonphysiologic cell fate transitions...
July 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729467/stat3-activation-by-leptin-receptor-is-essential-for-tnbc-stem-cell-maintenance
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Praveena S Thiagarajan, Qiao Zheng, Manvir Bhagrath, Erin E Mulkearns-Hubert, Martin G Myers, Justin D Lathia, Ofer Reizes
Leptin (LEP) binds to the long form of the leptin receptor (LEPRb), leading to the activation of multiple signaling pathways that are potential targets for disrupting the obesity-breast cancer link. In triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), LEP is hypothesized to predominantly mediate its tumorigenic effects via a subpopulation of LEPRb-positive tumor cells termed cancer stem cells (CSCs) that can initiate tumors and induce tumor progression. Previously, we showed that LEP promotes CSC survival in vivo Moreover, silencing LEPRb in TNBC cells compromised the CSC state...
August 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729418/myc-regulated-mevalonate-metabolism-maintains-brain-tumor-initiating-cells
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Xiuxing Wang, Zhi Huang, Qiulian Wu, Briana C Prager, Stephen C Mack, Kailin Yang, Leo J Y Kim, Ryan C Gimple, Yu Shi, Sisi Lai, Qi Xie, Tyler E Miller, Christopher G Hubert, Anne Song, Zhen Dong, Wenchao Zhou, Xiaoguang Fang, Zhe Zhu, Vaidehi Mahadev, Shideng Bao, Jeremy N Rich
Metabolic dysregulation drives tumor initiation in a subset of glioblastomas harboring isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutations, but metabolic alterations in glioblastomas with wildtype IDH are poorly understood. MYC promotes metabolic reprogramming in cancer, but targeting MYC has proven notoriously challenging. Here, we link metabolic dysregulation in patient-derived brain tumor initiating cells (BTICs) to a nexus between MYC and mevalonate signaling, which can be inhibited by statin or 6-fluoromevalonate treatment...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729025/following-micrornas-through-the-cancer-metastatic-cascade
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Eleonora Grisard, Milena S Nicoloso
Approximately a decade ago the first MicroRNAs (MiRNAs) participating in cancer metastasis were identified and metastmiRs were initially only a handful. Since those first reports, MiRNA research has explosively thrived, mainly due to their revolutionary mechanism of action and the hope of having at hand a novel tool to control cancer aggressiveness. This has ultimately led to delineate an almost impenetrable regulatory network: hundreds of MiRNAs transversally dominating every aspect of normal and cancer biology, each MiRNA having hundreds of targets and context-dependent activity...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728844/long-non-coding-rna-pcat7-regulates-elf2-signaling-through-inhibition-of-mir-134-5p-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Yejun Liu, Zezhang Tao, Jining Qu, Xuhong Zhou, Chenghong Zhang
While some long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) might promote nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) initiation and progression, the involved molecular mechanisms remain largely unclear. Here, we discovered the novel LncRNA, prostate cancer associated transcript 7 (PCAT7), which was overexpressed and associated with worse prognosis in NPC. Decreased PCAT7 expression was found to significantly suppress tumor cell proliferation in vitro, and inhibited tumor growth and reduced the expression of proliferation antigen Ki-67 in vivo...
July 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728163/nuclear-expression-of-gli-1-is-predictive-of-pathologic-complete-response-to-chemoradiation-in-trimodality-treated-oesophageal-cancer-patients
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Roopma Wadhwa, Xuemei Wang, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, Bin Liu, Hironori Shiozaki, Yusuke Shimodaira, Quan Lin, Elena Elimova, Wayne L Hofstetter, Stephen G Swisher, David C Rice, Dipen M Maru, Neda Kalhor, Manoop S Bhutani, Brian Weston, Jeffrey H Lee, Heath D Skinner, Ailing W Scott, Dilsa Mizrak Kaya, Kazuto Harada, Donald Berry, Shumei Song, Jaffer A Ajani
BACKGROUND: Predictive biomarkers or signature(s) for oesophageal cancer (OC) patients undergoing preoperative therapy could help administration of effective therapy, avoidance of ineffective ones, and establishment new strategies. Since the hedgehog pathway is often upregulated in OC, we examined its transcriptional factor, Gli-1, which confers therapy resistance, we wanted to assess Gli-1 as a predictive biomarker for chemoradiation response and validate it. METHODS: Untreated OC tissues from patients who underwent chemoradiation and surgery were assessed for nuclear Gli-1 by immunohistochemistry and labelling indices (LIs) were correlated with pathologic complete response (pathCR) or <pathCR (resistance) and validated in a unique cohort...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727574/flexible-ligated-ruthenium-ii-self-assemblies-sensitizes-glioma-tumor-initiating-cells-in-vitro
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Palani Elumalai, Neha Kaushik, Dong Hwan Kim, Hyunuk Kim, Su Jae Lee, Eun Ha Choi, Ki-Whan Chi, Nagendra Kumar Kaushik
The tumorigenic potentials of residual cancer stem-like cells within tumors represent limitations of current cancer therapies. Here, the authors describe the effects of synthesized flexible, ligated, supramolecular self-assembled chair type tetranuclear ruthenium (II) metallacycles (2-5) on glioblastoma and glioma stem like cells. These self-assemblies were observed to be selectively toxic to glioma cells and CD133-positive glioma stem like cells population. Of the self-assembled compounds tested, metallacycle 4 more efficiently induced glioma stem like cells death within a brain cancer cell population and simultaneously inhibited the formation of free-floating gliospheres by reducing the sphere size...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727266/next-generation-sequencing-of-cytologic-preparations-an-analysis-of-quality-metrics
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David H Hwang, Elizabeth P Garcia, Matthew D Ducar, Edmund S Cibas, Lynette M Sholl
BACKGROUND: Next-generation sequencing (NGS) fails for many small biopsies (BXs) because of a low overall DNA concentration or tumor percentage. Cytology smears and liquid-based preparations (LBPs), or smears/LBPs, often contain abundant tumor cells and may provide adequate material for molecular testing when other materials are insufficient. This study examined the performance of smears/LBPs on a clinical NGS assay. METHODS: This study retrospectively reviewed quality metrics from consecutive smear/LBP, core BX, and cell block (CB) cases run on a hybrid-capture NGS assay interrogating 309 cancer-related genes...
July 20, 2017: Cancer
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