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Cancer biology

Y Dong, Z-G Wang, T-S Chi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression characteristics of long noncoding ribonucleic acid (lncRNA) lnc01614 in gastric cancer, so as to further investigate its roles in the occurrence and development of gastric cancer and its potential regulatory mechanism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Quantitative Real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to detect the expression levels of lnc01614 in 79 pairs of gastric cancer tissues and normal adjacent tissues. The correlations of lnc01614 expression with pathological parameters of gastric cancer and prognoses of patients were also analyzed...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
B Song, H-X Lin, L-L Dong, J-J Ma, Z-G Jiang
OBJECTIVE: Emerging evidence suggests aberrant microRNAs (miRNAs) expression is involved in cancer development through multiple. Although miR338 has shown to have tumor suppression ability and anti-migration effects in some cancers, its regulatory role and molecular mechanism in the development of gastric cancer cells yet remains little known. This work aims to investigate miR-338 in regulating Wnt/β-catenin pathway in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in gastric cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human gastric cancer cells were transfected with either miR-338 mimic or erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular (Eph)A2-targeting siRNA...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
S-R Zhang, D-B Li, J-W Xue
OBJECTIVE: Given the important functions of TP53 pathway in various biological processes, this study aimed to investigate the expression of TP53 pathway-related proteins in ovarian carcinoma transplanted subcutaneously in nude mice with and without the presence of p53 inhibitor and to explore possible roles of p53 in the development of ovarian cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty BALB/c-nu female nude mice were randomly divided into model group, control group and p53 inhibitor group (Pftα group)...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Yunhu Pan, Hongmei Wang, Debin Ma, Zhiyu Ji, Limin Luo, Fangyu Cao, Fangfang Huang, Yangyang Liu, Yushu Dong, Yitan Chen
The incidence of lung cancer in China increases annually, and effective targets for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer are urgently needed. miRNAs are currently considered to be involved in the regulation of tumor development and growth. miR‑24 has been found to contribute to the development of several tumors. Menin is a key tumor suppressor gene, and its expression is generally low in lung cancer. The effects of miR‑24 on the biological behavior of lung cancer cells were detected by MTT and Transwell assays...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Lu Xu, Xiaofang Che, Ying Wu, Na Song, Sha Shi, Shuo Wang, Ce Li, Lingyun Zhang, Xinlian Zhang, Xiujuan Qu, Yuee Teng
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) is of great importance for patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and the achievement of pathological complete response (pCR) to NAC in TNBC patients indicates survival benefits. However, the identification of reliable predictive biomarkers of pCR to NAC in TNBC patients remains an urgent and largely unattended medical issue. In the present study, we evaluated the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between pCR and non-pCR patients after doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide therapy, followed by paclitaxel pre-operative treatment in 64 TNBC patients recorded in the GSE41998 dataset of Gene Expression Omnibus and identified 118 DEGs...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Song Xu, Fan Yang, Renwang Liu, Xiongfei Li, Haiyang Fan, Jinghao Liu, Sen Wei, Gang Chen, Jun Chen, Yurong Da
Bone remodeling can be interrupted by tumor cells which leads to an inappropriate balance of osteoblasts and osteoclasts. As the progenitors of osteoblasts, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been reported to exhibit an abnormal osteogenic differentiation potential in some cancer‑related bone lesions. However, the evidence is very limited in terms of the biological alterations of MSCs in the bone metastasis of non‑small cell lung cancers (NSCLC). We investigated the expression and function of miR‑139‑5p in MSC osteogenic differentiation in vitro in normal and NSCLC-exposed condition...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Alain Wuethrich, Abu Ali Ibn Sina, Mostak Ahmed, Ting-Yun Lin, Laura G Carrascosa, Matt Trau
Interfacial biosensing performs the detection of biomolecules at the bare-metal interface for disease diagnosis by comparing how biological species derived from patients and healthy individuals interact with bare metal surfaces. This technique retrieves clinicopathological information without complex surface functionalisation which is a major limitation of conventional techniques. However, it is still challenging to detect subtle molecular changes by interfacial biosensing, and the detection often requires prolonged sensing times due to the slow diffusion process of the biomolecules towards the sensor surface...
March 22, 2018: Nanoscale
Evgeniya V Kaigorodova, Olga E Savelieva, Liubov A Tashireva, Natalia A Tarabanovskaya, Elena I Simolina, Evgeny V Denisov, Elena M Slonimskaya, Evgeny L Choynzonov, Vladimir M Perelmuter
The biological properties of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), and their dynamics during neoadjuvant chemotherapy are important, both for disease progression prediction and therapeutic target determination, with the aim of preventing disease progression. The aim of our study was to estimate of different CTC subsets in breast cancer during the NACT (neoadjuvant chemotherapy). The prospective study includes 27 patients with invasive breast cancer, T2-4N0-3M0, aged 32 to 60 years. Venous heparinized blood samples, taken before and after biopsy, after each courses of chemotherapy (on days 3-7), and before surgical intervention, served as the material for this study...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Chau Yee Ng, Hsi Yen, Hui-Yi Hsiao, Shih-Chi Su
Skin is the largest human organ, our protection against various environmental assaults and noxious agents. Accumulation of these stress events may lead to the formation of skin cancers, including both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Although modern targeted therapies have ameliorated the management of cutaneous malignancies, a safer, more affordable, and more effective strategy for chemoprevention and treatment is clearly needed for the improvement of skin cancer care. Phytochemicals are biologically active compounds derived from plants and herbal products...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Elena Guerini-Rocco, Antonio Passaro, Chiara Casadio, Valeria Midolo De Luca, Juliana Guarize, Filippo de Marinis, Davide Vacirca, Massimo Barberis
CONTEXT: - Molecular testing is essential for the diagnostic workup of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancers. Cytology specimens from minimally invasive procedures, such as endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration, are often the only available samples for these patients. The implementation of molecular diagnostic testing, and in particular next-generation sequencing-based testing, on these cytologic specimens is currently an evolving field for lung cytopathology...
April 2018: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Ana Paula Trussardi Fayh, Agnes Denise de Lima Bezerra, Rogerio Friedman
INTRODUCTION: Malnutrition in children with cancer is a significant risk factor for negative outcomes, but in the clinical practice setting, it is difficult to pinpoint which factors operate to cause substantial weight loss and malnutrition in a given patient. Appetite-related hormones like ghrelin and leptin are among possible mediators. However, only few studies have examined the role of these hormones in pediatric patients with cancer to date. Thus, the purpose of this study was to systematically review possible changes in the levels of appetite hormones, specially leptin and ghrelin, in pediatric patients with cancer...
January 19, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Ingridi Souza Sene, Vladimir Costa Silva, Gisele Elias Nunes Pauli, Ivan Helmuth Bechtold, Livio Cesar Cunha Nunes, Carla Eiras, Carlos Henrique Nery Costa
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a multifunctional cytokine that plays a crucial role not only in the immune system, but also in numerous biological processes. Elevated IL-6 levels have been observed in many types of cancer and inflammatory diseases. Among the techniques that have been used to quantify IL-6, a Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) is one of the most promising. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to perform a technological and scientific exploration of the development of a LFA for IL-6...
March 20, 2018: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
Laura M Higgins, Vidya Ganapathy, Harini Kantamneni, Xinyu Zhao, Yang Sheng, Mei-Chee Tan, Charles M Roth, Richard E Riman, Prabhas V Moghe, Mark C Pierce
Rare-earth-doped nanocomposites have appealing optical properties for use as biomedical contrast agents, but few systems exist for imaging these materials. We describe the design and characterization of (i) a preclinical system for whole animal in vivo imaging and (ii) an integrated optical coherence tomography/confocal microscopy system for high-resolution imaging of ex vivo tissues. We demonstrate these systems by administering erbium-doped nanocomposites to a murine model of metastatic breast cancer. Short-wave infrared emissions were detected in vivo and in whole organ imaging ex vivo...
March 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Martin Poot
The highly complex structural genome variations chromothripsis, chromoanasynthesis, and chromoplexy are subsumed under the term chromoanagenesis, which means chromosome rebirth. Precipitated by numerous DNA double-strand breaks, they differ in number of and distances between breakpoints, associated copy number variations, order and orientation of segments, and flanking sequences at joining points. Results from patients with the autosomal dominant cancer susceptibility disorder Li-Fraumeni syndrome implicated somatic TP53 mutations in chromothripsis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Joana Rodrigues, David Lydall
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a commonly used model organism for understanding eukaryotic gene function. However, the close proximity between yeast genes can complicate the interpretation of yeast genetic data, particularly high-throughput data. In this study, we examined the interplay between genes encoding components of the PAF1 complex and VPS36, the gene located next to CDC73 on chromosome XII. The PAF1 complex (Cdc73, Paf1, Ctr9, Leo1, and Rtf1, in yeast) affects RNA levels by affecting transcription, histone modifications, and post-transcriptional RNA processing...
March 22, 2018: Current Genetics
Fathima Kamil, Julie H Rowe
The tumor microenvironment (TME) is defined as the structural and dynamic network of cellular and non-cellular interactions between malignant cells and the surrounding non-malignant matrix. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are two of the most challenging gastrointestinal malignancies. Despite clinical advancements in understanding tumor biology and growth of the chemotherapeutic industry, there have been no corresponding improvements in prognosis and overall survival of HCC and PDAC...
February 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Emmanuel Gabriel, Kristopher Attwood, Eisar Al-Sukhni, Deborah Erwin, Patrick Boland, Steven Nurkin
Background: The purpose of this study was to identify differences in both demographic and pathologic factors associated with the age-related rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) and overall survival (OS). Methods: The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), 2004-2013, was queried for patients with CRC. Patients were stratified by age (≤50 vs. ≥60 years). Multivariable analysis was performed to identify factors associated with OS. Results: A total of 670,030 patients were included; 488,121 with colon, and 181,909 with rectal or rectosigmoid cancer...
February 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Gilda Varricchi, Pietro Ameri, Christian Cadeddu, Alessandra Ghigo, Rosalinda Madonna, Giancarlo Marone, Valentina Mercurio, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Paolo Parrella, Flora Pirozzi, Antonio Pecoraro, Paolo Spallarossa, Concetta Zito, Giuseppe Mercuro, Pasquale Pagliaro, Carlo G Tocchetti
Antineoplastic drugs can be associated with several side effects, including cardiovascular toxicity (CTX). Biochemical studies have identified multiple mechanisms of CTX. Chemoterapeutic agents can alter redox homeostasis by increasing the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species RNS. Cellular sources of ROS/RNS are cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, stromal and inflammatory cells in the heart. Mitochondria, peroxisomes and other subcellular components are central hubs that control redox homeostasis...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Mingjun Gu
Aim: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common type of thyroid cancer. Infiltrative growth and metastasis are the two most intractable characteristics of PTC. Interleukin-13 receptor α2 (IL13Rα2) with high affinity for Th2-derived cytokine IL-13 has been reported to be overexpressed in several tumors. In this study, an analysis of IL13Rα2 expression in PTC and matched paracancerous tissues was undertaken, and its biologic functions in PTC were assessed. Methods: IL13Rα2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression were detected by using real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry analyses...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Hung-Wen Tsai, Chung-Liang Ho, Shu-Wen Cheng, Yih-Jyh Lin, Chou-Cheng Chen, Pin-Nan Cheng, Chia-Jui Yen, Ting-Tsung Chang, Po-Min Chiang, Shih-Huang Chan, Cheng-Hsun Ho, Shu-Hui Chen, Yi-Wen Wang, Nan-Haw Chow, Jou-Chun Lin
AIM: To investigate the clinicopathological significance of progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) and PGRMC2 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: We performed immunohistochemical staining to evaluate the estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), PGRMC1, and PGRMC2 in a clinical cohort consisting of 89 paired HCC and non-tumor liver samples. We also analyzed HCC data ( n = 373) from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). We correlated the expression status of PGRMC1 and PGRMC2 with clinicopathological indicators and the clinical outcomes of the HCC patients...
March 14, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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