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Metastatic pancreatic cancer

David Altree-Tacha, Jillian Tyrrell, Thomas Haas
CONTEXT: -CDH17, which is expressed in the intestinal epithelium, is a novel oncogene involved in tumor invasion and metastasis. A panel consisting of cytokeratin (CK) 7, CD20, and CDX2 antibodies is typically used to diagnose gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas. However, studies have shown that CDH17 is a highly specific marker for gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma and may be important in clinical diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: -To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of CDH17, CK20, and CDX2 antibodies in neoplastic tissues, with emphasis on colon, stomach, and esophageal gastrointestinal lineage...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Angelyn V Nguyen, Kendra D Nyberg, Michael B Scott, Alia M Welsh, Andrew H Nguyen, Nanping Wu, Sophia V Hohlbauch, Nicholas A Geisse, Ewan A Gibb, A Gordon Robertson, Timothy R Donahue, Amy C Rowat
Metastasis is a fundamentally physical process in which cells are required to deform through narrow gaps as they invade surrounding tissues and transit to distant sites. In many cancers, more invasive cells are more deformable than less invasive cells, but the extent to which mechanical phenotype, or mechanotype, can predict disease aggressiveness in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains unclear. Here we investigate the invasive potential and mechanical properties of immortalized PDAC cell lines derived from primary tumors and a secondary metastatic site, as well as noncancerous pancreatic ductal cells...
October 20, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Nobutoshi Horii, Daisuke Morioka, Kazuya Yamaguchi, Yoshiki Sato
A 64-year-old woman was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer with solitary liver metastasis. Although the HER2 status of the tumor was IHC2+, no further examination for HER2 status using FISH was performed. Four courses of S-1 and cisplatin chemotherapy were administered. The primary lesion and metastatic lesion were confirmed to have partially regressed. After 4 courses of chemotherapy, an open total gastrectomy, D2 dissection, pancreatosplenectomy, and posterior segmental hepatectomy were performed. Her postoperative course was uneventful...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Julie M Waldfogel, Suzanne Nesbit, Steven P Cohen, Sydney M Dy
Opioids remain the mainstay of treatment for severe cancer pain, but up to 20% of patients have persistent or refractory pain despite rapid and aggressive opioid titration, or develop refractory pain after long-term opioid use. In these scenarios, alternative agents and mechanisms for analgesia should be considered. This case report describes a 28-year-old man with metastatic pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer with severe, intractable pain despite high-dose opioids including methadone and a hydromorphone patient-controlled analgesia (PCA)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Yun Qian, Yiwen Sang, Frederick X C Wang, Bo Hong, Qi Wang, Xinhui Zhou, Tianhao Weng, Zhigang Wu, Min Zheng, Hong Zhang, Hangping Yao
Liver metastasis development in pancreatic cancer patients is common and confers a poor prognosis. Clinical relevance of biomarker analysis in metastatic tissue is necessary. B7-H4 has an inhibitory effect on T cell mediated response and may be involved in tumor development. Although B7-H4 expression has been detected in pancreatic cancer, its expression in liver metastases from pancreatic cancer is still unknown. In this study, overall 43 pancreatic cancer liver metastases (with matched primaries in 15/43 cases) and 57 pancreatic cancer cases without liver metastases or other distant metastases were analyzed for their expression of B7-H4 by immunohistochemistry...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Yuan Seng Wu, Ivy Chung, Won Fen Wong, Atsushi Masamune, Maw Shin Sim, Chung Yeng Looi
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) secreted interleukin (IL)-6 and promoted pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cell proliferation via nuclear factor erythroid 2 (Nrf2)-mediated metabolic reprogramming. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a key process for the metastatic cascade. To study the mechanism of PDAC progression to metastasis, we investigated the role of PSC-secreted IL-6 in activating EMT and the involvement of Nrf2 in this process...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Jessica E Maxwell, Scott K Sherman, James R Howe
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNET) are rare tumors, but have been increasing in incidence. Although typically thought of as indolent, more than half of patients present with metastatic disease. For many years, the only mutations commonly known in these tumors were those in the MEN1 gene. Recently, the genetics underlying PNETs have been further defined through exome sequencing. The most frequent alterations found in sporadic PNETs are in MEN1, DAXX/ATRX, and a variety of genes in the mTOR pathway. Confirmation of these mutations has prompted trials with a number of drugs active in these pathways, and two drugs were eventually approved in 2011-sunitinib and everolimus...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Nikolas M Eleftheriou, Jonas Sjölund, Matteo Bocci, Eliane Cortez, Se-Jin Lee, Sara I Cunha, Kristian Pietras
Angiogenesis occurs early in tumor development, sustains primary tumor growth and provides a route for metastatic escape. The TGF-β family receptors modulate angiogenesis via endothelial-cell specific pathways. Here we investigate the interaction of two such receptors, ALK1 and endoglin, in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNET). Independently, ALK1 and endoglin deficiencies exhibited genetically divergent phenotypes, while both highly correlate to an endothelial metagene in human and mouse PanNETs. A concurrent deficiency of both receptors synergistically decreased tumor burden to a greater extent than either individual knockdown...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Libin Song, Xiangyuan Chen, Song Gao, Chenyue Zhang, Chao Qu, Peng Wang, Luming Liu
Evidence from in vitro and in vivo studies shows that Ski may act as both a tumor proliferation-promoting factor and a metastatic suppressor in human pancreatic cancer and also may be a therapeutic target of integrative therapies. At present, pancreatic cancer stem cells (CSCs) are responsible for tumor recurrence accompanied by resistance to conventional therapies. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling pathway is found to be aberrantly activated in CSCs. The objectives of this study were to investigate the role of Ski in modulating pancreatic CSCs and to examine the molecular mechanisms involved in pancreatic cancer treatment both in vivo and in vitro...
October 12, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Su-Tang Lo, Pamela Pantazopouos, Zdravka Medarova, Anna Moore
Underglycosylated mucin 1 antigen (uMUC1) is a proven biomarker of cancer progression relevant to many malignancies including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, while ample evidence exists of the expression of total MUC1, little is known about the abundance of the underglycolsylated form of the antigen and its significance in disease progression. Such knowledge is important because the underglycosylated form of MUC1 is intimately linked to metastatic potential. Here, we investigated the expression uMUC1 at various stages of PDAC including pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN)...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
A Hann, W Bohle, J Egger, W G Zoller
Background: New chemotherapeutic strategies for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) have been shown to improve survival in randomized clinical trials. Little is known about the use of such chemotherapies and their benefit in community-based hospitals. This retrospective study analyzes the overall survival of these patients under "real life conditions" before and after the introduction of FOLFIRINOX in 2011. Methods: We retrospectively identified consecutive patients with PDAC who were treated at our hospital from 2011 to June 2014 (2011+ cohort) and 2004 to 2010 (historical cohort)...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Mingzhu Yin, Xia Li, Shu Tan, Huanjiao Jenny Zhou, Weidong Ji, Stefania Bellone, Xiaocao Xu, Haifeng Zhang, Alessandro D Santin, Ge Lou, Wang Min
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) can influence ovarian cancer growth, migration, and metastasis, but the detailed mechanisms underlying ovarian cancer metastasis remain unclear. Here, we have shown a strong correlation between TAM-associated spheroids and the clinical pathology of ovarian cancer. Further, we have determined that TAMs promote spheroid formation and tumor growth at early stages of transcoelomic metastasis in an established mouse model for epithelial ovarian cancer. M2 macrophage-like TAMs were localized in the center of spheroids and secreted EGF, which upregulated αMβ2 integrin on TAMs and ICAM-1 on tumor cells to promote association between tumor cells and TAM...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Chunxiang Ye, Xiuyun Tian, Guanjun Yue, Liang Yan, Xiaoya Guan, Shan Wang, Chunyi Hao
CD26/DPPIV is a glycosylated transmembrane type II protein and has a multitude of biological functions, while its impact on the malignant phenotypes of cancer cells has not been fully understood. This study aimed to investigate the effect of CD26 on growth and metastasis of pancreatic cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. We found in this study that CD26 expression was higher in cell lines that derived from the metastatic sites than those from the primary tumor sites. In specimens of pancreatic cancer patients, CD26 expression was higher in cancerous tissues than in paired normal tissues...
October 7, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Giuseppina Sannino, Nicole Armbruster, Mona Bodenhöfer, Ursula Haerle, Diana Behrens, Malte Buchholz, Ulrich Rothbauer, Bence Sipos, Christian Schmees
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has a low overall survival rate, which is approximately 20% during the first year and decreases to less than 6% within five years of the disease. This is due to premature dissemination accompanied by a lack of disease-specific symptoms during the initial stages. Additionally, to date there are no biomarkers for an early prognosis available.A growing number of studies indicate that epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), triggered by WNT-, TGF-β- and other signaling pathways is crucial for the initiation of the metastatic process in PDAC...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
George Fotopoulos, Konstantinos Syrigos, Muhammad Wasif Saif
Cancer of the exocrine pancreas is a malignancy with a high lethal rate. Surgical resection is the only possible curative mode of treatment. Metastatic pancreatic cancer is incurable with modest results from the current treatment options. New genomic information could prove treatment efficacy. An independent review of PubMed and ScienceDirect databases was performed up to March 2016, using combinations of terms such pancreatic exocrine cancer, chemotherapy, genomic profile, pancreatic cancer pharmacogenomics, genomics, molecular pancreatic pathogenesis, and targeted therapy...
October 2016: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Su Joa Ahn, Seung Joon Choi, Hyung Sik Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the natural history of untreated pancreatic cancer, with a particular emphasis on the growth rate of primary tumor and development of metastatic disease. METHODS: One hundred patients with histologically proven pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma examined with at least two CT scans with no intervening treatment were included. Tumor diameters and volumes were measured in CT scans and tumor growth rates and volume doubling times (VDTs) were calculated...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
S J Rombouts, T H Mungroop, M N Heilmann, H W van Laarhoven, O R Busch, I Q Molenaar, M G Besselink, J W Wilmink
Introduction: FOLFIRINOX is emerging as new standard of care for fit patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) and metastatic pancreatic cancer (MPC). However, some of the physicians are reluctant to use FOLFIRINOX due to high toxicity rates reported in earlier studies. We reviewed our experience with FOLFIRINOX in LAPC and MPC, focussing on dose adjustments, toxicity and efficacy. Methods: We reviewed all patients with LAPC or MPC treated with FOLFIRINOX in our institution between April 2011 and December 2015...
2016: Journal of Cancer
C Cassinotto, A Sa-Cunha, H Trillaud
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy has become common practice in the management of patients with non-metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. This strategy helps better select patients who would benefit from surgical resection and also increase the number of patients amenable to surgical resection whose tumor seemed too locally advanced on initial imaging. However, several studies have shown that the radiological evaluation of the response after neoadjuvant therapy is difficult for pancreatic carcinoma. This article reviews the scientific basis of neoadjuvant therapy for non-metastatic pancreatic cancer and provides an update on tumor response evaluation with imaging after neoadjuvant treatment...
September 27, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
Jonathan A Moreno, Antonio Sanchez, Robert M Hoffman, Saima Nur, Maria P Lambros
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the cancers for which survival has not improved substantially in the last few decades. Only 7% of diagnosed patients will survive longer than five years. In order to understand and mimic the microenvironment of pancreatic tumors, we utilized a murine orthotopic model of pancreatic cancer that allows non-invasive imaging of tumor progression in real time. Pancreatic cancer cells expressing green fluorescent protein (PANC-1 GFP) were suspended in basement membrane matrix, high concentration, (e...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Raphael Jorand, Sunetra Biswas, Devin L Wakefield, Steven J Tobin, Ottavia Golfetto, Kelsey Hilton, Michelle Ko, Joe W Ramos, Alexander R Small, Peiguo Chu, Gagandeep Singh, Tijana Jovanovic-Talisman
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), a particularly aggressive malignancy, has been linked to atypical levels, certain mutations, and aberrant signaling of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). GPCRs have been challenging to target in cancer because they organize into complex networks in tumor cells. To dissect such networks with nanometer-scale precision, traditional biochemical approaches were combined herein with super-resolution microscopy methods. A novel interaction specific to PDAC was identified between mu opioid receptor (MOR) and somatostatin receptor 2 (SSTR2)...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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