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Cancer-associated fibroblasts

Linlin Wang, Fang Zhang, Jian-Ying Cui, Liang Chen, Yue-Ting Chen, Bo-Wen Liu
Carcinoma‑associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are the major components of mesenchymal cells in the inflammatory tumor microenvironment. They are involved in epithelial‑mesenchymal transition (EMT) and chemotherapy resistance by directly contacting with cancer cells or secretory cytokines. In the present study, we examined the role of CAFs in the induction of EMT in ovarian cancer. Primary ovarian cancer cells, CAFs and normal fibroblasts (NFs) were isolated from fresh cancer tissue and cultured for immunohistochemistry studies...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Xiaoyun Wang, Weijiang Zhang, Xiwen Sun, Yan Lin, Wei Chen
Endometrial cancer (EC) is the most common malignant gynecological disease. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) serve an important role in the development and progression of EC through epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). The aim of the present study was to examine the association between CAFs and EMT, and the possible mechanisms of action. Firstly, the CAFs and normal fibroblasts (NFs) were isolated and cultured, then an immunofluorescence assay was performed to analyze the purity and level of activation of CAFs and NFs, and then the conditional medium (CM) of CAFs and NFs was prepared...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Steven A Signs, Robert C Fisher, Uyen Tran, Susmita Chakrabarti, Samaneh K Sarvestani, Shao Xiang, David Liska, Veronique Roche, Wei Lai, Haley R Gittleman, Oliver Wessely, Emina H Huang
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects one million people in the US. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a subtype of IBD that can lead to colitis-associated cancer (CAC). In UC, the rate of CAC is 3-5-fold greater than the rate of sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC). The pathogenesis of UC and CAC are due to aberrant interactions between host immune system and microenvironment, but precise mechanisms are still unknown. In colitis and CAC, microenvironmental fibroblasts exhibit an activated, inflammatory phenotype that contributes to tumorigenesis accompanied by excessive secretion of the chemokine CXCL8...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Michael F Sweeney, Carlos Sonnenschein, Ana M Soto
Background: Three-dimensional cultures of mammary epithelial cells allow for biologically-relevant studies of the development of the mammary gland in rodents and humans under normal and pathological conditions, like carcinogenesis. Under these conditions, mammotropic hormones play significant roles in tissue morphogenesis. Therefore, a system that recreates the normal, hormonally responsive epithelium would be a valuable tool to study the normal state and its transition to carcinogenesis...
2018: Cancer Cell International
Ling Chen, Meihui Chen, Zenglei Han, Fengxing Jiang, Chunyuan Xu, Yue Qin, Ning Ding, Yang Liu, Tenglong Zhang, Zhijie An, Chengye Guo
AIMS: We aimed to determine whether cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are associated with microvessel density (MVD) and lymphatic vessel density (LVD) in lung squamous cell carcinoma, as well as their clinical significance in predicting survival. METHODS: 122 patients were enrolled in the study. Samples were obtained on resection at the Department of Thoracic Surgery of the Qingdao Municipal Hospital between January 2011 and December 2014. Immunohistochemistry was used to determine vessel and lymphatic vessel density, and CAF abundance (fibroblast activation protein α (FAP-α) positivity)...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Jamie Mong, Min-Han Tan
Enumeration of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the bloodstream can predict prognosis and survival in cancer patients. However, CTC rarity and heterogeneity pose challenges in using them as biomarkers. Recent publications have reported new classes of circulating, non-cancerous tumor-derived cells present in cancer patients but not in healthy controls; these include cancer-associated macrophages, tumor-endothelial clusters (TECs), and cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). Well-established marker-dependent CTC enrichment technologies will miss this group of circulating cells...
March 17, 2018: Trends in Biotechnology
Yusheng Cheng, Hui Li, Yinan Deng, Yan Tai, Kaining Zeng, Yingcai Zhang, Wei Liu, Qi Zhang, Yang Yang
Emerging evidence indicate that cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) affect tumor progression by reshaping the tumor microenvironment. Neutrophils are prominent components of solid tumors and important in cancer progression. Whether the phenotype and function of neutrophils in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are influenced by CAFs is not well understood. Herein, we investigated the effect of HCC-derived CAFs (HCC-CAFs) on the neutrophils and explored the biological role of this effect. We found that HCC-CAFs induced chemotaxis of neutrophils and protected them from spontaneous apoptosis...
March 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Kousuke Sasaki, Tamotsu Sugai, Kazuyuki Ishida, Mitsumasa Osakabe, Hiroo Amano, Hiroaki Kimura, Minoru Sakuraba, Katsuhiko Kashiwa, Seiichiro Kobayashi
Activated cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and fibroblasts that have undergone the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cancer stroma contribute to tumor progression and metastasis. However, no reports have investigated the CAF phenotype and its clinicopathological relevance in cutaneous malignant tumors, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and malignant melanoma (MM). Here, we investigated the CAF phenotype in cutaneous malignant tumors based on their histology and immunohistochemical expression of CAF-related markers, including adipocyte enhancer-binding protein 1 (AEBP1), podoplanin, platelet derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα), PDGFRβ, fibroblast activating protein (FAP), CD10, S100A4, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and EMT-related markers (Zeb1, Slug and Twist)...
March 16, 2018: Human Pathology
Nuno Couto, Sergio Caja Galán, Joana Maia, Maria Carolina Strano Moraes, Bruno Costa-Silva
Oncologic diseases do not behave as isolated entities. Instead, they are based on complex systemic networks involving cell-cell communication between cancerous and healthy cells of the host, which may either facilitate or prevent cancer progression. In addition to cell-cell contacts, cells communicate through secreted factors in a process modulated by ligand concentration, receptor availability and synergy amongst several signaling circuits. Of these secreted factors, exosomes, 30 to 150 nm membrane vesicles of endocytic origin released by virtually all cells, have emerged as important cell-cell communication players both in physiological and pathological scenarios by being carriers of all the main biomolecules, including lipids, proteins, DNAs, messenger RNAs and microRNA, and performing intercellular transfer of components, locally and systemically...
March 16, 2018: Biochimie
Chao Zeng, Ming Wen, Xiaomei Liu
Although it is established as a marker of cancer-associated fibroblasts, the expression of fibroblast activation protein (FAP) is not restricted to stromal cells; its expression in multiple types of tumor cell and its pro-tumor functions have been reported. However, the role of FAP in angiogenesis in osteosarcoma remains uncharacterized. In the present study, it was identified that the mRNA and protein expression levels of FAP and vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) corresponded to each other in MG63, U2-OS and HOS osteosarcoma cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Rong-Quan He, Xia Yang, Liang Liang, Gang Chen, Jie Ma
The present study aimed to explore the potential clinical significance of microRNA (miR)-124-3p expression in the hepatocarcinogenesis and development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), as well as the potential target genes of functional HCC pathways. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction was performed to evaluate the expression of miR-124-3p in 101 HCC and adjacent non-cancerous tissue samples. Additionally, the association between miR-124-3p expression and clinical parameters was also analyzed...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Marieke Hogervorst, Marion Rietveld, Frank de Gruijl, Abdoelwaheb El Ghalbzouri
BACKGROUND: Tumour stroma consists of a heterogeneous population of fibroblasts and related mesenchymal cells, collectively dubbed cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). These CAFs are key players in cancer invasion of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). As we have shown earlier, papillary and reticular fibroblasts (Pfs and Rfs, respectively) have distinct effects on epidermal and dermal homeostasis, but their role in cancer invasion and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) remains to be determined...
March 19, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Mitchell E Menezes, Praveen Bhoopathi, Anjan K Pradhan, Luni Emdad, Swadesh K Das, Chunqing Guo, Xiang-Yang Wang, Devanand Sarkar, Paul B Fisher
Subtraction hybridization identified genes displaying differential expression as metastatic human melanoma cells terminally differentiated and lost tumorigenic properties by treatment with recombinant fibroblast interferon and mezerein. This approach permitted cloning of multiple genes displaying enhanced expression when melanoma cells terminally differentiated, called melanoma differentiation associated (mda) genes. One mda gene, mda-7, has risen to the top of the list based on its relevance to cancer and now inflammation and other pathological states, which based on presence of a secretory sequence, chromosomal location, and an IL-10 signature motif has been named interleukin-24 (MDA-7/IL-24)...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
Marie Toutfaire, Elise Dumortier, Antoine Fattaccioli, Martine Van Steenbrugge, Charlotte M Proby, Florence Debacq-Chainiaux
Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC) is the second most common type of non-melanoma skin cancer in white-skinned populations. cSCC is associated with sun exposure and aging, which is concomitant with an accumulation of senescent cells in the skin. The involvement of senescent cells in carcinogenesis has been highlighted in several cancer types and an interaction between cSCC cells and senescent cells is proposed, but still little explored. Tumor-associated effects are mostly attributed to the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP)...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Mark Owyong, Gizem Efe, Michael Owyong, Aamna J Abbasi, Vaishnavi Sitarama, Vicki Plaks
There is a growing list of cancer immunotherapeutics approved for use in a population with an increasing number of aged individuals. Cancer immunotherapy (CIT) mediates tumor destruction by activating anti-tumor immune responses that have been silenced through the oncogenic process. However, in an aging individual, immune deregulation is positively correlated with age. In this context, it is vital to examine the age-related changes in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and specifically, those directly affecting critical players to ensure CIT efficacy...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Linda Ziani, Salem Chouaib, Jerome Thiery
Among cells present in the tumor microenvironment, activated fibroblasts termed cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), play a critical role in the complex process of tumor-stroma interaction. CAFs, one of the prominent stromal cell populations in most types of human carcinomas, have been involved in tumor growth, angiogenesis, cancer stemness, extracellular matrix remodeling, tissue invasion, metastasis, and even chemoresistance. During the past decade, these activated tumor-associated fibroblasts have also been involved in the modulation of the anti-tumor immune response on various levels...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Roshanak Derakhshandeh, Sonia Sanadhya, Kyu Lee Han, Haiyan Chen, Olga Goloubeva, Tonya J Webb, Rania H Younis
The search for stromal biomarkers in carcinoma patients is a challenge in the field. Semaphorin 4D (Sema4D), known for its various developmental, physiological and pathological effects, plays a role in pro and anti-inflammatory responses. It is expressed in many epithelial tumors including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Recently, we found that HNSCC-associated Sema4D modulates an immune-suppressive, tumor-permissible environment by inducing the expansion of myeloid derived suppressor cells. The purpose of this study was to determine the value of Sema4D as a biomarker for the peri-tumoral stromal phenotype in human HNSCC...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Joao Incio, Jennifer A Ligibel, Daniel T McManus, Priya Suboj, Keehoon Jung, Kosuke Kawaguchi, Matthias Pinter, Suboj Babykutty, Shan M Chin, Trupti D Vardam, Yuhui Huang, Nuh N Rahbari, Sylvie Roberge, Dannie Wang, Igor L Gomes-Santos, Stefan B Puchner, Christopher L Schlett, Udo Hoffmman, Marek Ancukiewicz, Sara M Tolaney, Ian E Krop, Dan G Duda, Yves Boucher, Dai Fukumura, Rakesh K Jain
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy has failed to improve survival in patients with breast cancer (BC). Potential mechanisms of resistance to anti-VEGF therapy include the up-regulation of alternative angiogenic and proinflammatory factors. Obesity is associated with hypoxic adipose tissues, including those in the breast, resulting in increased production of some of the aforementioned factors. Hence, we hypothesized that obesity could contribute to anti-VEGF therapy's lack of efficacy. We found that BC patients with obesity harbored increased systemic concentrations of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and/or fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2), and their tumor vasculature was less sensitive to anti-VEGF treatment...
March 14, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Tomohiro Katagiri, Minoru Kobayashi, Michio Yoshimura, Akiyo Morinibu, Satoshi Itasaka, Masahiro Hiraoka, Hiroshi Harada
Hypoxic and stroma-rich microenvironments, characteristic features of pancreatic cancers, are strongly associated with a poor prognosis. However, whether and how hypoxia increases stromal compartments remain largely unknown. Here, we investigated the potential importance of a master regulator of the cellular adaptive response to hypoxia, hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), in the formation of stroma-rich microenvironments of pancreatic tumors. We found that pancreatic cancer cells secreted more Sonic hedgehog protein (SHH) under hypoxia by upregulating its expression and efficiency of secretion in a HIF-1-dependent manner...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Julien Daubriac, Shiwei Han, Jelena Grahovac, Eve Smith, Abdel Hosein, Marguerite Buchanan, Mark Basik, Yves Boucher
Carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) can remodel the extracellular matrix to promote cancer cell invasion, but the paracrine signaling between CAFs and cancer cells that regulates tumor cell migration remains to be identified. To determine how the interaction between CAFs and cancer cells modulates the invasiveness of cancer cells, we developed a 3-dimensional co-culture model composed of breast cancer (BC) MDA-MB-231 cell spheroids embedded in a collagen gel with and without CAFs. We found that the crosstalk between CAFs and cancer cells promotes invasion by stimulating the scattering of MDA-MB-231 cells, which was dependent on RhoA/ROCK/phospho MLC signaling in cancer cells but independent of RhoA in CAFs...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
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