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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813011/insights-into-the-effect-of-the-g245s-single-point-mutation-on-the-structure-of-p53-and-the-binding-of-the-protein-to-dna
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Marco Gaetano Lepre, Sara Ibrahim Omar, Gianvito Grasso, Umberto Morbiducci, Marco Agostino Deriu, Jack A Tuszynski
The transcription factor p53 is a potent tumor suppressor dubbed as the "guardian of the genome" because of its ability to orchestrate protective biological outputs in response to a variety of oncogenic stresses. Mutation and thus inactivation of p53 can be found in 50% of human tumors. The majority are missense mutations located in the DNA binding region. Among them, G245S is known to be a structural hotspot mutation. To understand the behaviors and differences between the wild-type and mutant, both a dimer of the wild type p53 (wt-p53) and its G245S mutant (G245S-mp53), complexed with DNA, were simulated using molecular dynamics for more than 1 μs...
August 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812991/the-retinoblastoma-rb-tumor-suppressor-pushing-back-against-genome-instability-on-multiple-fronts
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REVIEW
Renier Vélez-Cruz, David G Johnson
The retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor is known as a master regulator of the cell cycle. RB is mutated or functionally inactivated in the majority of human cancers. This transcriptional regulator exerts its function in cell cycle control through its interaction with the E2F family of transcription factors and with chromatin remodelers and modifiers that contribute to the repression of genes important for cell cycle progression. Over the years, studies have shown that RB participates in multiple processes in addition to cell cycle control...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812721/predicting-evolution
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Michael Lässig, Ville Mustonen, Aleksandra M Walczak
The face of evolutionary biology is changing: from reconstructing and analysing the past to predicting future evolutionary processes. Recent developments include prediction of reproducible patterns in parallel evolution experiments, forecasting the future of individual populations using data from their past, and controlled manipulation of evolutionary dynamics. Here we undertake a synthesis of central concepts for evolutionary predictions, based on examples of microbial and viral systems, cancer cell populations, and immune receptor repertoires...
February 21, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812395/current-research-on-circular-rnas-associated-with-colorectal-cancer
#4
Penghui Wang, Xiaodong He
Representing a novel type of endogenous noncoding RNAs, circular RNAs (circRNAs) have recently gained much attention for their involvement in multiple biological processes. CircRNAs are ubiquitously expressed in eukaryotic cells and modulate gene expression by acting as sponges of microRNAs (miRNAs) or other proteins, such as RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). Due to their unique structure, circRNAs are more stable than linear RNAs. Expression profiles of circRNAs are associated with clinicopathological characteristics of colorectal cancer patients, such as differentiation, TNM classification and distant metastasis...
August 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812361/ultrasensitive-and-accurate-assay-of-human-methyltransferase-activity-at-the-single-cell-level-based-on-a-single-integrated-magnetic-microprobe
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Haiyan Zhao, Lei Wang, Weiqi Li, Shumei Zhai, Wei Jiang
Human DNA methyltransferase (MTase) activity expression patterns and inhibition response are linked to related cancer initiation, progression and therapeutic responses. Sensitive and accurate human MTase activity assay in cancer cells, especially at the single-cell level, is essential for biological study, clinical diagnosis and therapy. Here, we developed an ultrasensitive and accurate DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase 1 (Dnmt1) activity assay at the single-cell level based on a single integrated magnetic microprobe of functionalized double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) anchored to a single magnetic microbead surface...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812347/rational-design-of-polymeric-nanoparticles-with-tailorable-biomedical-functions-for-cancer-therapy
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Wenhai Lin, Wei Zhang, Tingting Sun, Shi Liu, Yu Zhu, Zhigang Xie
Polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) play a key role in nanoscale formulations for bioimaging, cancer treatment and theranostics. In this work, we designed and synthesized a series of hydrophobic polymers (P1-6) with different pendent groups via one-step multicomponent Passerini reaction. These polymers possessed similar molecular structures and various biomedical functions. Interestingly, they could self-assemble into stable NPs in aqueous media. All formed NPs were redox-sensitive because of the existence of disulfide bonds in the backbone...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812214/the-role-of-human-papillomavirus-on-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-oropharyngeal-carcinoma
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Nicholas Fung, Farhoud Faraji, Hyunseok Kang, Carole Fakhry
Human papillomavirus positive oropharyngeal cancer (HPV-positive OPC) is a distinct subtype of head and neck carcinoma (HNC) distinguished from HPV-negative HNC by its risk factor profile, clinical behavior, and molecular biology. Compared to HPV-negative HNC, HPV-positive OPC exhibits significantly better prognosis and an enhanced response to treatment. Recognition of the survival benefit of HPV-positive tumors has led to therapeutic de-intensification strategies aiming to mitigate treatment-related toxicities while maintaining high response rates...
August 15, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811974/ex-vivo-assessment-of-drug-response-on-breast-cancer-primary-tissue-with-preserved-microenvironments
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Manuele G Muraro, Simone Muenst, Valentina Mele, Luca Quagliata, Giandomenica Iezzi, Alexandar Tzankov, Walter P Weber, Giulio C Spagnoli, Savas D Soysal
Interaction between cancerous, non-transformed cells, and non-cellular components within the tumor microenvironment plays a key role in response to treatment. However, short-term culture or xenotransplantation of cancer specimens in immunodeficient animals results in dramatic modifications of the tumor microenvironment, thus preventing reliable assessment of compounds or biologicals of potential therapeutic relevance. We used a perfusion-based bioreactor developed for tissue engineering purposes to successfully maintain the tumor microenvironment of freshly excised breast cancer tissue obtained from 27 breast cancer patients and used this platform to test the therapeutic effect of antiestrogens as well as checkpoint-inhibitors on the cancer cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811898/lentinula-edodes-mycelia-extract-plus-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer-patients-results-of-a-randomized-study-on-host-quality-of-life-and-immune-function-improvement
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Yukiko Nagashima, Shigehumi Yoshino, Shigeru Yamamoto, Noriko Maeda, Tatsuya Azumi, Yoshifumi Komoike, Kiyotaka Okuno, Tsutomu Iwasa, Junji Tsurutani, Kazuhiko Nakagawa, Oka Masaaki, Nagano Hiroaki
Anthracycline-based chemotherapies for breast cancer are known to adversely affect patients' quality of life (QOL) and immune function. For that reason, adjuvants that improve those impairments are required. A randomized double-blind study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Lentinula edodes mycelia extract (LEM), which is an oral biological response modifier (BRM) medicine for cancer patients as such an adjuvant. A total of 47 breast cancer patients who were scheduled to receive postoperative adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy, i...
September 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811834/high-risk-human-papilloma-viruses-hpvs-are-present-in-benign-prostate-tissues-before-development-of-hpv-associated-prostate-cancer
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Wendy K Glenn, Christopher C Ngan, Timothy G Amos, Richard J Edwards, Joshua Swift, Louise Lutze-Mann, Fei Shang, Noel J Whitaker, James S Lawson
BACKGROUND: Although high risk HPVs are associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer it is not known if they have a causal role. The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential role of human papilloma viruses (HPVs) in prostate cancer. The aims are (i) to investigate the presence and confirm the identity of high risk HPVs in benign prostate tissues prior to the development of HPV positive prostate cancer in the same patients, and (ii) to determine if HPVs are biologically active...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811701/colorectal-cancer-in-young-adults-a-difficult-challenge
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EDITORIAL
Fábio Guilherme Campos
Sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC) is traditionally diagnosed after the sixth decade of life, and current recommendations for surveillance include only patients older than 50 years of age. However, an increasing incidence of CRC in patients less than 40 years of age has been reported. This occurrence has been attributed to different molecular features and low suspicion of CRC in young symptomatic individuals. When confronting young-onset CRC with older patients, issues such as biological aggressiveness, stage at diagnosis and clinical outcomes seem to differ in many aspects...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811668/cancer-biology-the-skin-s-power-of-elimination
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Paulina Strzyz
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August 16, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811661/myst2-kat7-histone-acetyltransferase-interaction-proteomics-reveals-tumour-suppressor-niam-as-a-novel-binding-partner-in-embryonic-stem-cells
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Mercedes Pardo, Lu Yu, Shihpei Shen, Peri Tate, Daniel Bode, Blake L Letney, Dawn E Quelle, William Skarnes, Jyoti S Choudhary
MYST histone acetyltransferases have crucial functions in transcription, replication and DNA repair and are hence implicated in development and cancer. Here we characterise Myst2/Kat7/Hbo1 protein interactions in mouse embryonic stem cells by affinity purification coupled to mass spectrometry. This study confirms that in embryonic stem cells Myst2 is part of H3 and H4 histone acetylation complexes similar to those described in somatic cells. We identify a novel Myst2-associated protein, the tumour suppressor protein Niam (Nuclear Interactor of ARF and Mdm2)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811509/determining-causal-mirnas-and-their-signaling-cascade-in-diseases-using-an-influence-diffusion-model
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Joseph J Nalluri, Pratip Rana, Debmalya Barh, Vasco Azevedo, Thang N Dinh, Vladimir Vladimirov, Preetam Ghosh
In recent studies, miRNAs have been found to be extremely influential in many of the essential biological processes. They exhibit a self-regulatory mechanism through which they act as positive/negative regulators of expression of genes and other miRNAs. This has direct implications in the regulation of various pathophysiological conditions, signaling pathways and different types of cancers. Studying miRNA-disease associations has been an extensive area of research; however deciphering miRNA-miRNA network regulatory patterns in several diseases remains a challenge...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811071/biological-evaluation-of-2-pyrazolinyl-1-carbothioamide-derivatives-against-hct116-human-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines-and-elucidation-on-qsar-and-molecular-binding-modes
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Beom Soo Kim, Soon Young Shin, Seunghyun Ahn, Dongsoo Koh, Young Han Lee, Yoongho Lim
In the search of compounds exhibiting anticancer activity, 37 derivatives of 2-pyrazolinyl-1-carbothioamide were designed and synthesized. Clonogenic cell survival assays were adapted to measure the cytotoxicities of the synthetic derivatives against HCT116 human colon cancer cell lines. Half-maximal cell growth inhibitory concentrations (GI50) ranged from 0.49 to 41.22µM. The compound with the lowest GI50 value, 3-(2-hydroxy-4,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-5-(naphthalen-1-yl)-N-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)-pyrazolinyl-1-carbothioamide, was subjected to further biological studies, including cell viability and apoptosis assays to examine levels of annexin-V in the outer plasma membrane layer and poly ADP-ribose polymerase cleavage...
August 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810936/lncrna-c2dat1-promotes-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-by-targeting-mir-34a-5p-in-osteosarcoma-cells
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Daofu Jia, Yanping Niu, Dongling Li, Zhaorui Liu
Osteosarcoma is a highly aggressive malignant bone tumor with poor prognosis in cases. Evidence suggested that lncRNAsare deregulated in multiple cancers. In this study, we investigated the role of the lncRNA C2dat1 on the biological functions of osteosarcoma cells. The expressions of C2dat1, miR-34a-5p and Sirt1 in human osteosarcoma cells were altered by transfection with their specific vectors/shRNA, or mimic/inhibitor. Then, cell viability, migration, invasion and apoptosis were respectively assessed post-transfection...
August 15, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810883/treatment-of-localized-gastric-and-gastroesophageal-adenocarcinoma-the-role-of-accurate-staging-and-preoperative-therapy
#17
REVIEW
Brian Badgwell, Prajnan Das, Jaffer Ajani
Gastric cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death worldwide, although it is not in the top 10 causes of cancer death in Northern America. Due to clear differences in incidence, screening, risk factors, tumor biology, and treatment between gastric cancers from Eastern and Western countries, our treatment is primarily guided by trials from Western countries. Patients undergo an extensive staging evaluation including high-quality CT imaging, endoscopic ultrasound, and diagnostic laparoscopy with peritoneal washings for cytology...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810879/quantification-of-mutant-spop-proteins-in-prostate-cancer-using-mass-spectrometry-based-targeted-proteomics
#18
Hui Wang, Christopher E Barbieri, Jintang He, Yuqian Gao, Tujin Shi, Chaochao Wu, Athena A Schepmoes, Thomas L Fillmore, Sung-Suk Chae, Dennis Huang, Juan Miguel Mosquera, Wei-Jun Qian, Richard D Smith, Sudhir Srivastava, Jacob Kagan, David G Camp, Karin D Rodland, Mark A Rubin, Tao Liu
BACKGROUND: Speckle-type POZ protein (SPOP) is an E3 ubiquitin ligase adaptor protein that functions as a potential tumor suppressor, and SPOP mutations have been identified in ~10% of human prostate cancers. However, it remains unclear if mutant SPOP proteins can be utilized as biomarkers for early detection, diagnosis, prognosis or targeted therapy of prostate cancer. Moreover, the SPOP mutation sites are distributed in a relatively short region with multiple lysine residues, posing significant challenges for bottom-up proteomics analysis of the SPOP mutations...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810875/role-of-iqgap3-in-metastasis-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Yongjie Shi, Nan Qin, Qiang Zhou, Yanqiu Chen, Sicong Huang, Bo Chen, Gang Shen, Hongyun Jia
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most lethal cancers worldwide owing to its high rates of metastasis and recurrence. The oncogene IQ motif-containing GTPase activating protein 3 (IQGAP3) is ubiquitously overexpressed in several human cancers, including liver, ovary, lung, large intestine, gastric, bone marrow, and breast malignancies and is involved in the invasion and metastasis of cancer cells. Therefore, we aimed to determine the biological role and molecular mechanism of IQGAP3 in HCC...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810803/driving-cars-on-the-highway-to-solid-cancer-some-considerations-on-the-adoptive-therapy-with-car-t-cells
#20
Hinrich Abken
Adoptive therapy with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) redirected T cells achieved lasting remissions in hematologic malignancies even in terminal stages of the disease; exploring CAR T cell therapy in the treatment of solid tumors has just begun, balancing efficacy versus toxicity in early phase trials. In contrast to leukemia/lymphoma, solid tumors display a tremendously variable biology demanding different strategies to make a T cell attack successful in the long-term. We summarize current developments, discuss the hurdles and consider some modifications to improve the CAR T cell therapy in the treatment of solid tumors...
August 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
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