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Cancer AND apoptosis

Ting Zhang, Hao Zhang, Liang He, Zhihong Wang, Wenwu Dong, Wei Sun, Ping Zhang
BACKGROUND Low levels of 1-25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3] in serum may be a risk factor for several tumor types. Also, high cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) expression is regarded to be important against tumor progression. We evaluated the potential importance of 1,25(OH)2D3 in the diagnosis and treatment of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). MATERIAL AND METHODS The preoperative serum level of 1,25(OH)2D3 was measured using a double-antibody sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Vitamin D3 receptor (VDR) expression was detected by streptavidin-peroxidase immunohistochemical staining in PTC specimens...
March 19, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Xue Zhang, Dong Lan, Shuhua Ning, Liwen Ruan
PURPOSE: Skin cancer is one of the cancers responsible for significant morbidity and mortality across the globe. The treatment options for skin cancer are limited and associated with significant toxicity. Therefore, researches have been directed towards exploring molecules that could prove beneficial in the treatment of this disease. Lactucopicrin is an important sesquiterpene lactone with important pharmacological potential. METHODS: In the present study the anticancer effects of lactucopicrin against human skin SKMEL-5 cancer cell line were investigated...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Jia Yang, Peng Xiao, Jiaming Sun, Liang Guo
PURPOSE: Melanoma is an aggressive form of human cancer with limited treatment options currently available. The present study was aimed to evaluate the anticancer activity of kaempferol (KAM) against the human malignant melanoma A375 cell line along with evaluation of its effects on apoptosis, cell cycle, cell migration and m-TOR/PI3K/AKT pathway. METHODS: Effects on cell viability were assessed by MTT assay while clonogenic assay measured the effects of KAM on colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Chengfei Hao, Xibo Zhang, Hongtao Zhang, Haitao Shang, Jianheng Bao, Haibo Wang, Zhonglian Li
PURPOSE: Plants produce a diversity of molecular scaffolds with tremendous pharmacological potential. In the present study we evaluated the anticancer activity of the plant-derived natural product sugiol. We also evaluated its effects on apoptosis-related key proteins, cell cycle phase distribution, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP). METHODS: Cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay while clonogenic assay was done to determine the effects of sugiol on the cancer cell colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Rong Yu, Yan Zhang, Ziqiang Xu, Jinjun Wang, Bicheng Chen, Hao Jin
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in men and the second major reason of cancer death in males. Currently, there are no viable options available for the treatment of advanced-stage prostate cancer. Against this backdrop, the present study aimed to study the anticancer effect of panaxatriol against prostate DU-15 cancer cells. METHODS: MTT cell viability assay evaluated the effects of the drug on cell cytotoxicity, while clonogenic assay was used to assess the effects on colony formation in DU-15 cells...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Michail Mitsis, George A Alexiou, Evrysthenis Vartholomatos, Georgios Markopoulos, Diamanto Lazari, Entela Hodaj, Dimitrios Nastos, Panagiota Zagorianakou, Vasiliki Galani, Athanasios P Kyritsis
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy among women. Breast cancer cells may develop resistance to current chemotherapy, thus new chemotherapeutic agents are urgently needed. METHODS: A major number of drugs with anticancer activity have been isolated from plants. Herewith, we investigated for the first time the effect of N-(p-coumaroyl) serotonin (CS), isolated from Centaurea seed on a drug-resistant breast carcinoma (MCF-7) cells. Viability and proliferation of the cells were examined with trypan blue exclusion assay and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
JinYing Liu, Xiaokang Liu, Wei Ma, Wei Kou, CaiLi Li, Jin Zhao
PURPOSE: Ovarian cancer is one of the deadly causes of gynecological cancer related mortality worldwide. Despite initial responses to chemotherapy, the disease consistently relapses. Therefore there is an urgent need for identification of anticancer lead molecules for treatment and management of ovarian cancer. The present study evaluated the anticancer activity of cucurbitacin-A on ovarian SKVO3 cancer cells. METHODS: The cell viability of SKVO3 cells was evaluated by MTT assay, while clonogenic assay was used to evaluate the effects on cancer cell colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Lan Luo, Haibo Zhao, Qian Luo
PURPOSE: Ovarian cancer is one of the major causes of death in females around the world. There are several drug regimens available for this type of cancer, but despite initial response to chemotherapy, the disease consistently relapses, showing that there is a need to find more efficient and novel anticancer agents. Plant-derived natural products may prove beneficial in this case due to their lower cytotoxicity. In the present study we evaluated the anticancer activity of swerchirin against human SKOV3 ovarian cancer cell line...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Hussaina Banu, N Renuka, S M Faheem, Raees Ismail, Vinita Singh, Zahra Saadatmand, Saad Sultan Khan, Kavya Narayanan, Alma Raheem, Kumpati Premkumar, Geetha Vasanthakumar
Recently, several attempts have been made to use the phytopharmaceuticals from plant extracts as reducing, capping and stabilizing agents for the biomimetic synthesis of various metal nanoparticles conjugated to the phytopharmaceuticals. These biogenic metal nanoparticles are non-toxic and can be used as contrast agents, drug delivery vehicles and photothermal agents for cancer therapy. Herein, we report the synthesis of both silver and gold nanoparticles using the pollen extract of Phoenix dactylifera (Date Palm), characterization using UV-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, quantitation of phytochemicals capping the nanoparticles using Folin - Ciocalteu's method, cytotoxicity studies on MCF-7 breast cancer cells, cancer cell death analysis using fluorescent microscopy, and modulation of expression of the pro-apoptotic p53 and anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins...
March 18, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Jinhua Wang, Wan Li, Xiangjin Zheng, Xiaocong Pang, Guanhua Du
FOXC1 is a vital member of FOX families which play important roles in biological processes including proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, migration, invasion, metabolism, and longevity. Here we are focusing on roles of FOXC1 and their mechanisms in cancers. FOXC1 promoted progress of many cancers, such as breast cancer (especially basal-like breast cancer), hepatocellular carcinoma, gastric cancer and so on. FOXC1 was also found to be associated with drug resistance of cancers. FOXC1 promoted metastasis of cancers by increasing expression of MMP7, NEDD9 and Snail...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Hui Liu, Xin-Hua Cheng
Oxaliplatin is a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer. However, acquired drug resistance against oxaliplatin remains a major obstacle for efficient use of it, and mechanisms underlying oxaliplatin resistance are still required to be explored. In the present study, we exposed colorectal cancer cell line SW480 to oxaliplatin for a long time to obtain oxaliplatin-resistant colorectal cancer cell model (OR-SW480). We found that intracellular expression of miR-29b was decreased when the SW480 cells became oxaliplatin-resistant...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Ke-Wang Luo, Wing-Yin Lung, Chun-Xie, Xin-Le Luo, Wei-Ren Huang
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the bioactive polyphenol in green tea, has been demonstrated to have various biological activities. We previously found that EGCG inhibited SW780 tumor growth by down-regulation of NF-κB and MMP-9. This study demonstrated that EGCG inhibited bladder cancer T24 and 5637 cell proliferation and migration via PI3K/AKT pathway, without modulation of NF-κB. Our results showed that treatment of EGCG resulted in significant inhibition of cell proliferation by induction of apoptosis, without obvious toxicity to normal bladder SV-HUC-1 cells...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Qiang Wang, Yiwan Teng, Rong Wang, Danni Deng, Yijie You, Ya Peng, Naiyuan Shao, Feng Zhi
Malignant glioma is one of the most common types of primary brain tumours. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently emerged as a new class of therapeutic targets for many cancers. In this study, we aimed to explore the functional involvement of small nucleolar RNA host gene 14 (SNHG14) and its potential regulatory mechanism in glioma progression. SNHG14 was found to be downregulated in human glioma tissues and cell lines. SNHG14 significantly inhibited cell viability, reduced cell invasion, and induced apoptosis in glioma cell lines...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Weihua Li, Huimin Bai, Shiping Liu, Dongyan Cao, Hongying Wu, Keng Shen, Yanhong Tai, Jiaxin Yang
Stearoyl-CoA desaturase 1 (SCD1) is an established molecular target in many primary tumors including breast, lung, pancreatic, colon and hepatocellular carcinomas. However, its potential role in supporting endometrial cancer growth and progression has not yet been determined. In this study, we evaluated the value of SCD1 as a candidate therapeutic target in human endometrial cancer. Compared with secretory and post-menopausal endometrium, SCD1 was highly expressed in normal endometrium of proliferative phase, endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial carcinoma, while was absent or low expression in non-malignant control stromal cells and adjacent normal endometrium...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Mengfan Qi, Ye Tian, Wang Li, Dan Li, Tian Zhao, Yuxin Yang, Qiwen Li, Sujun Chen, Yan Yang, Zhixiong Zhang, Liang Tang, Zhonghua Liu, Bo Su, Fei Li, Yonghong Feng, Ke Fei, Peng Zhang, Fan Zhang, Lei Zhang
Gefitinib, an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with activating EGFR mutations. However, the resistance to gefitinib eventually emerges in most of the patients. To understand its mechanism, we generated two acquired gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cell lines. The resistant cells have slower growth rates, but are more resistant to apoptosis in the presence of gefitinib, compared with their sensitive counterparts. In addition, our genome-wide transcriptome analysis reveals unexpected pathways, particularly autophagy, are dysregulated in the gefitinib-resistant cells...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Li-Yun Fann, Ying Chen, Da-Chen Chu, Shao-Ju Weng, Heng-Cheng Chu, Alexander T H Wu, Jiann-Fong Lee, Ahmed Atef Ahmed Ali, Tsung-Chih Chen, Hsu-Shan Huang, Kuo-Hsing Ma
The small-molecule naphtha [2,3-f]quinoxaline-7,12-dione (NSC745887) can effectively inhibit the proliferation of various cancers by trapping DNA-topoisomerase cleavage. The aim of this study was to elucidate cellular responses of NSC745887 in human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, U118MG and U87MG cells) and investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. NSC745887 reduced the cell survival rate and increased the sub-G1 population in dose- and time-dependent manners in GBM cells. Moreover, NSC745887 increased expression of γH2AX and caused DNA fragmentation leading to DNA damage...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Ruxing Wang, Yanjie Lu, Hong Li, Lixin Sun, Ning Yang, Mingzhen Zhao, Manli Zhang, Qingwen Shi
Ailanthone is isolated from the bark of Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle (Simaroubaceae). The mechanism that underlies the activity of ailanthone on MCF-7 cells was investigated by MTT assay. Breast cancer MCF-7 cells were treated with 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0 and 8.0 µg/ml ailanthone for 24, 48 and 72 h. The inhibition of proliferation induced by treatment with ailanthone was assessed by MTT assay. Apoptosis and cell cycle distribution in MCF-7 cells with the same doses of ailanthone for 48 h were determined by flow cytometry...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Zhaodi Zheng, Wenzhen Zhu, Bingwu Yang, Rongfei Chai, Tingting Liu, Fenglin Li, Guanghui Ren, Shuhua Ji, Shan Liu, Guorong Li
Metformin, a widely used antidiabetic drug, exhibits anticancer effects which are mediated by the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/serine/threonine kinase (AKT) signaling pathway. However, its use in anticancer therapy combined with other natural products remains unclear. Flavone as the core structure of flavonoids has been demonstrated to induce cell apoptosis without causing serious side effect. Murine double minute X (MDMX) inhibits tumor suppressor gene p53 whose function is associated with the PI3K/AKT pathway...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yuyi Wang, Chi Du, Nan Zhang, Mei Li, Yanyang Liu, Maoyuan Zhao, Feng Wang, Feng Luo
Previous studies have demonstrated that aspirin serves an important role in chemoprevention and the suppression of colorectal cancer (CRC); however, the underlying mechanisms for this inhibition by aspirin remain unclear. Aspirin is capable of promoting apoptosis through prostaglandin-dependent orprostaglandin-independent signaling pathways. In the prostaglandin-dependent pathways, inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX), particularly COX-2, is the primary mechanism known to be involved in aspirin-induced CRC suppression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Xuan Wang, Xiangli Yao, Shiming Fan, Chenshuang Xiang, Runjiao Liu, Juan Feng, Jing Huang, Shouxin Liu
Melanoma is highly resistant to most traditional treatments; therefore, its incidence and mortality rates are rapidly increasing. The effect of a novel sansalvamide A analogue named LY-15 on the growth and induction of apoptosis in B16 cancer cells was investigated in vitro . The inhibitory effects of LY-15 on B16 cells occurred in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. The B16 cells were cultured in various concentrations of LY-15 (5, 15 and 25 µM), and the ameliorating effect of LY-15 was evaluated using apoptotic protein markers B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), caspase-3 and caspase-9...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
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