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Allison B Norvil, Christopher J Petell, Lama Abdullah Alabdi, Lanchen Wu, Sandra Rossie, Humaira Gowher
The catalytic domains of the de novo DNA methyltransferases, Dnmt3a-C and Dnmt3b-C are highly homologous. However their unique biochemical properties could potentially contribute to differences in the substrate preferences or biological functions of these enzymes. Dnmt3a-C forms tetramers through interactions at the dimer interface, which also promote multimerization on DNA and cooperativity. Similar to processive enzymes, cooperativity allows Dnmt3a-C to methylate multiple sites on the same DNA molecule, however it is unclear whether Dnmt3b-C methylates DNA by cooperative or processive mechanism...
October 21, 2016: Biochemistry
Fiona C Brown, Paolo Cifani, Esther Drill, Jie He, Eric Still, Shan Zhong, Sohail Balasubramanian, Dean Pavlick, Bahar Yilmazel, Kristina M Knapp, Todd A Alonzo, Soheil Meshinchi, Richard M Stone, Steven M Kornblau, Guido Marcucci, Alan S Gamis, John C Byrd, Mithat Gonen, Ross L Levine, Alex Kentsis
Cure rates of children and adults with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) remain unsatisfactory partly due to chemotherapy resistance. We investigated the genetic basis of AML in 107 primary cases by sequencing 670 genes mutated in haematological malignancies. SETBP1, ASXL1 and RELN mutations were significantly associated with primary chemoresistance. We identified genomic alterations not previously described in AML, together with distinct genes that were significantly overexpressed in therapy-resistant AML. Defined gene mutations were sufficient to explain primary induction failure in only a minority of cases...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Zsuzsanna Gaál, Éva Oláh, László Rejtő, Ferenc Erdődi, László Csernoch
Histone deacetylase enzymes, confirmed to have important role in the pathogenesis of leukemia, are promising targets of epigenetic treatment. However, in acute myeloid leukemia, our knowledge on their expression levels is limited, and controversial data have been published about their potential oncogenic or tumorsuppressor properties in solid tumors. In our study, the expression levels of HDAC4 and SIRT6 were evaluated via Western blot analysis in 45 bone marrow samples (2 uninfiltrated and 43 concerned by different kinds of hematological malignancies), including 32 specimens obtained from patients with newly diagnosed AML...
October 20, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Sonia Carturan, Jessica Petiti, Valentina Rosso, Chiara Calabrese, Elisabetta Signorino, Giada Bot-Sartor, Paolo Nicoli, Daniela Gallo, Enrico Bracco, Alessandro Morotti, Cristina Panuzzo, Enrico Gottardi, Francesco Frassoni, Giuseppe Saglio, Daniela Cilloni
Meningioma 1 (MN1) gene overexpression has been reported in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients and identified as a negative prognostic factor. In order to characterize patients presenting gene overexpression and to verify if MN1 transcript could be a useful marker for minimal residual disease detection, MN1 was quantified in 136 AML patients with different cytogenetic risk and in 50 normal controls. In 20 patients bearing a fusion gene transcript suitable for minimal residual disease quantitative assessment and in 8 patients with NPM1 mutation, we performed a simultaneous analysis of MN1 and the fusion-gene transcript or NPM1 mutation during follow-up...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Rui Su, Jia-Nan Gong, Ming-Tai Chen, Li Song, Chao Shen, Xin-Hua Zhang, Xiao-Lin Yin, Hong-Mei Ning, Bing Liu, Fang Wang, Yan-Ni Ma, Hua-Lu Zhao, Jia Yu, Jun-Wu Zhang
Aberrant activation of c-Myc plays an important oncogenic role via regulating a series of coding and non-coding genes in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Histone deacetylases (HDACs) can remove acetyl group from histone and regulate gene expression via changing chromatin structure. Here, we found miR-451 is abnormally down-regulated in AML patient samples; c-Myc recruits HDAC3 to form a transcriptional suppressor complex, co-localizes on the miR-451 promoter, epigenetically inhibits its transcription and finally induces its downregulation in AML...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Tong Zhou, Luke Erber, Bing Liu, Yankun Gao, Hai-Bin Ruan, Yue Chen
Proline hydroxylation is a critical cellular mechanism regulating oxygen-response pathways in tumor initiation and progression. Yet, its substrate diversity and functions remain largely unknown. Here, we report a system-wide analysis to characterize proline hydroxylation substrates in cancer cells using an immunoaffinity-purification assisted proteomics strategy. We identified 562 sites from 272 proteins in HeLa cells. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that proline hydroxylation substrates are significantly enriched with mRNA processing and stress-response cellular pathways with canonical and diverse flanking sequence motifs...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Hannah K Choe, Usama Gergis, Sebastian A Mayer, Himanshu Nagar, Adrienne A Phillips, Tsiporah B Shore, Michael J Smith, Koen van Besien
BACKGROUND: Preliminary evidence indicates that the addition of low dose TBI (2-4 Gy) to reduced intensity conditioning may reduce the rate of relapse in allogeneic stem cell transplants. In very high risk patients receiving combination haploidentical-single unit cord blood transplants, we have added 4 Gy TBI to the widely used fludarabine, melphalan conditioning regimen, in hopes of reducing relapse and decreasing graft rejection. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the posttransplant outcomes of patients who underwent haplo-cord SCT between May 2013 and March 2015 and who received fludarabine 30mg/m2 D-7 to -3, melphalan 140mg/m2 D-2, and 2 Gy TBI D-4 and -3...
October 19, 2016: Transplantation
Lucia Pavlikova, Mario Seres, Denisa Imrichova, Milan Hano, Andrej Rusnak, Martina Zamorova, Jaroslav Katrlik, Albert Breier, Zdena Sulova
In P-gp-positive cell variants obtained from L1210 cells either by selection with vincristine (L1210/R) or by transfection with the human gene encoding P-gp (L1210/T), we have previously described cross-resistance to tunicamycin (TNM), a protein N-glycosylation inhibitor. Here we studied whether this cross-resistance also underlies P-gp-positive variants of human acute myeloid leukemia cells (AML) derived from SKM-1 and MOLM-13 cells (SKM-1/VCR, SKM-1/LEN, MOLM-13/VCR) by selection with vincristine (VCR) and lenalidomide (LEN)...
October 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
Feng Zhang, Bo Yang, Kailiang Zhang, Mei-Ling Hou, Xue-Chun Lu, Yu-Xin Li
Amifostine (AMF), 2-(3-Aminopropyl) aminoethyl phosphorothioate is a broad-spectrum cytoprotective agent used to treat nuclear radiation and chemical weapon injuries. Recently, amifostine has been shown to have a profound biological influence on tumor cells. In order to examine the effects and mechanisms underlying the effects of amifostine on human acute megakaryocytic leukemia, we evaluated the efficacy of amifostine against Dami cells and observed a cell cycle arrest in G2 /M phase. Amifostine treatment also induced cell apoptosis of Dami cells which corresponds to formal studies...
October 19, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Antonella Caivano, Francesco La Rocca, Vittorio Simeon, Marco Girasole, Simone Dinarelli, Ilaria Laurenzana, Angelo De Stradis, Luciana De Luca, Stefania Trino, Antonio Traficante, Giovanni D'Arena, Giovanna Mansueto, Oreste Villani, Giuseppe Pietrantuono, Luca Laurenti, Luigi Del Vecchio, Pellegrino Musto
PURPOSE: The use of extracellular vesicles (EVs) from body fluids as "liquid biopsies" is emerging as a promising approach for the diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic monitoring of cancer patients. MicroRNA-155 (miR155), a non-coding transcript of the B-cell integration cluster (BIC) gene, has been reported to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of several types of hematologic malignancies (HMs) in which high miR155 levels have been found. At yet, however, the EV miR155 level and its putative clinical relevance in sera of HM patients have not been reported...
October 19, 2016: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
Annette Romanski, Gesine Bug
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are promising drugs. These agents lead to growth inhibition, cell cycle arrest, premature senescence, and apoptosis of malignant cells. Aim of our studies was to determine the efficacy of HDAC inhibitors on the clinically most relevant population of human leukemic progenitor cells in vitro. We here present stroma-free long-term cultures (LTC) of primary acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells as a useful system for drug sensitivity testing in functional assays. AML-LTC are established by isolating mononuclear cells from peripheral blood samples of AML patients followed by selection of CD34(+) progenitor cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Fabian Treude, Tobias Gladbach, Jacqueline Plaster, Jörg Hartkamp
Aberrant histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity often correlates with neoplastic transformation and inhibition of HDACs by small molecules has emerged as a promising strategy to treat hematological malignancies in particular. Treatment with HDAC inhibitors (HDACis) often prompts tumor cells to undergo apoptosis, thereby causing a caspase-dependent cleavage of target proteins. An unexpectedly large number of proteins are in vivo caspase substrates and defining caspase-mediated substrate specificity is a major challenge...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Kate Stringaris, David Marin, A John Barrett, Robert Hills, Catherine Sobieski, Kai Cao, Jerome G Saltarrelli, May Daher, Hila Shaim, Nathaniel Smith, David Linch, Rosemary Gale, Christopher Allen, Takuya Sekine, Rohtesh Mehta, Richard Champlin, Elizabeth J Shpall, Hagop Kantarjian, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Katayoun Rezvani
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of hematopoietic disorders affecting the myeloid lineage, characterized by cytopenias and clonal evolution to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We hypothesized that natural killer (NK) cells and their activating killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (aKIRs) influence the immune surveillance and clinical outcome of patients with MDS. Here, we first examined the distribution of aKIR genes and haplotype in two independent cohorts of MDS and AML patients. The median number of aKIR genes was lower in MDS patients than healthy controls (2 vs...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Himalee S Sabnis, Heath L Bradley, Shweta Tripathi, Wen-Mei Yu, William Tse, Cheng-Kui Qu, Kevin D Bunting
Current therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) primarily includes high-dose cytotoxic chemotherapy with or without allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Targeting unique cellular metabolism of cancer cells is a potentially less toxic approach. Monotherapy with mitochondrial inhibitors like metformin have met with limited success since escape mechanisms such as increased glycolytic ATP production, especially in hyperglycemia, can overcome the metabolic blockade. As an alternative strategy for metformin therapy, we hypothesized that the combination of 6-benzylthioinosine (6-BT), a broad-spectrum metabolic inhibitor, and metformin could block this drug resistance mechanism...
October 5, 2016: Leukemia Research
Konstantinos Tzelepis, Hiroko Koike-Yusa, Etienne De Braekeleer, Yilong Li, Emmanouil Metzakopian, Oliver M Dovey, Annalisa Mupo, Vera Grinkevich, Meng Li, Milena Mazan, Malgorzata Gozdecka, Shuhei Ohnishi, Jonathan Cooper, Miten Patel, Thomas McKerrell, Bin Chen, Ana Filipa Domingues, Paolo Gallipoli, Sarah Teichmann, Hannes Ponstingl, Ultan McDermott, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Brian J P Huntly, Francesco Iorio, Cristina Pina, George S Vassiliou, Kosuke Yusa
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer with a poor prognosis, for which mainstream treatments have not changed for decades. To identify additional therapeutic targets in AML, we optimize a genome-wide clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) screening platform and use it to identify genetic vulnerabilities in AML cells. We identify 492 AML-specific cell-essential genes, including several established therapeutic targets such as DOT1L, BCL2, and MEN1, and many other genes including clinically actionable candidates...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Sergio Pina-Oviedo, Carlos A Torres-Cabala, Roberto N Miranda, Michael T Tetzlaff, Selina Singh, Ronald P Rapini, Victor G Prieto, Phyu P Aung
Leukemia cutis develops in <4% of all acute leukemias. Concurrent acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is rare, with most cases involving lymph nodes or spleen, and no cutaneous involvement. We report the case of a 59-year-old man who presented with fever, malaise, and fatigue. The CBC showed leukocytosis (30.4 × 10/L, 9% blasts), anemia, and thrombocytopenia. Bone marrow biopsy was diagnosed with AML, not otherwise specified, with mutations of FLT3 and IDH2 (R140Q). The patient developed skin rash on the right flank with the clinical differential diagnosis of herpes simplex virus or varicella-zoster virus infection/reactivation versus leukemia cutis...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Cheng Zhang, C James Chou
A novel synthetic approach to amidoquinones by the reaction of naphthoquinones with hydroxamic acids under basic conditions was developed. The reaction is mild and operationally simple, and it affords high yields of amidoquinones. With this new method, a novel, very strong HDAC6 inhibitor, which showed high toxicity to AML cells, was successfully synthesized.
October 19, 2016: Organic Letters
Delphine Ohayon, Alessia De Chiara, Nicolas Chapuis, Céline Candalh, Julie Mocek, Jean-Antoine Ribeil, Lamya Haddaoui, Norbert Ifrah, Olivier Hermine, Frédéric Bouillaud, Philippe Frachet, Didier Bouscary, Véronique Witko-Sarsat
Cytosolic proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a scaffolding protein involved in DNA replication, has been described as a key element in survival of mature neutrophil granulocytes, which are non-proliferating cells. Herein, we demonstrated an active export of PCNA involved in cell survival and chemotherapy resistance. Notably, daunorubicin-resistant HL-60 cells (HL-60R) have a prominent cytosolic PCNA localization due to increased nuclear export compared to daunorubicin-sensitive HL-60 cells (HL-60S)...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hubo Li, Brenton G Mar, Huadi Zhang, Rishi V Puram, Francisca Vazquez, Barbara A Weir, William C Hahn, Benjamin Ebert, David Pellman
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disease with complex molecular pathophysiology. To systematically characterize AML's genetic dependencies, we conducted genome-scale shRNA screens in 17 AML cell lines and analyzed dependencies relative to parallel screens in 199 cell lines of other cancer types. We identified 353 genes specifically required for AML cell proliferation. To validate the in vivo relevance of genetic dependencies observed in human cell lines, we performed a secondary screen in a syngeneic murine AML model driven by the MLL-AF9 oncogenic fusion protein...
October 18, 2016: Blood
G-Y Li, J-Z Liu, L Zhang, S-J Li, G-Z Liu, T-W Xiao, J-X Wang, L-X Wang, M Hou
Serine/threonine protein phosphatase 5 (PPP5C) participates in multiple signaling pathways including cell cycle control and cell growth. PPP5C is involved in the progression of human breast cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma. However, its function in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) remains unknown. In this study, we constructed a lentivirus system to knock down the expression level of PPP5C in leukemic cell line U937. Cell proliferation and cell cycles were assessed by MTT assay and flow cytometry respectively...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
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