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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429280/synergistic-anti-cancer-effects-of-epigenetic-drugs-on-medulloblastoma-cells
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Juan Yuan, Núria Llamas Luceño, Bjoern Sander, Monika M Golas
PURPOSE: Medulloblastomas are aggressive brain malignancies. While considerable progress has been made in the treatment of medulloblastoma patients with respect to overall survival, these patients are still at risk of developing neurologic and cognitive deficits as a result of anti-cancer therapies. It is hypothesized that targeted molecular therapies represent a better treatment option for medulloblastoma patients. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to test a panel of epigenetic drugs for their effect on medulloblastoma cells under mild hypoxic conditions that reflect the physiological concentrations of oxygen in the brain...
April 20, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423353/silencing-prdm14-expression-by-an-innovative-rnai-therapy-inhibits-stemness-tumorigenicity-and-metastasis-of-breast-cancer
#2
Hiroaki Taniguchi, Daisuke Hoshino, Chiharu Moriya, Hitoshi Zembutsu, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Kazunori Kataoka, Kohzoh Imai
PR domain zinc finger protein 14 (PRDM14) maintains stemness in embryonic stem cells via epigenetic mechanisms. Although PRDM14 is elevated in several cancers, it is unclear if and how PRDM14 confers stem cell-like properties and epigenetic changes to cancer cells. Here, we examined the phenotypic characteristics and epigenetic and gene expression profiles of cancer cells that differentially express PRDM14, and assessed the potential of PRDM14-targeted cancer therapy. PRDM14 expression was markedly increased in many different cancer types and correlated with poor survival of breast cancer patients...
April 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414326/mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-obesity-insights-for-translational-applications
#3
Kenichi Matsushita, Victor J Dzau
Obesity is now a major public health problem worldwide. Lifestyle modification to reduce the characteristic excess body adiposity is important in the treatment of obesity, but effective therapeutic intervention is still needed to control what has become an obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, many anti-obesity drugs have been withdrawn from market due to adverse side effects. Bariatric surgery therefore remains the most effective therapy for severe cases, although such surgery is invasive and researchers continue to seek new control strategies for obesity...
April 17, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410601/the-diagnosis-and-management-of-nk-t-cell-lymphomas
#4
REVIEW
Eric Tse, Yok-Lam Kwong
Extranodal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma is an aggressive malignancy of putative NK-cell origin, with a minority deriving from the T-cell lineage. Pathologically, the malignancy occurs in two forms, extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type; and aggressive NK-cell leukaemia. Lymphoma occur most commonly (80%) in the nose and upper aerodigestive tract, less commonly (20%) in non-nasal areas (skin, gastrointestinal tract, testis, salivary gland), and rarely as disseminated disease with a leukemic phase...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401192/evasion-of-targeted-cancer-therapy-through-stem-cell-like-reprogramming
#5
Kristine M Wadosky, Leigh Ellis, David W Goodrich
Prostate cancer variants expressing alternative lineage markers appear at relapse from antiandrogen therapy. We show that loss of the retinoblastoma (RB1) and tumor protein 53 (TP53) genes drives expression of stem cell reprogramming factors, lineage plasticity, and antiandrogen resistance. Epigenetic manipulation restores antiandrogen sensitivity-suggesting an approach for treating lethal prostate cancers.
2017: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374184/brain-cancer-stem-cells-in-adults-and-children-cell-biology-and-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Tamara J Abou-Antoun, James S Hale, Justin D Lathia, Stephen M Dombrowski
Brain tumors represent some of the most malignant cancers in both children and adults. Current treatment options target the majority of tumor cells but do not adequately target self-renewing cancer stem cells (CSCs). CSCs have been reported to resist the most aggressive radiation and chemotherapies, and give rise to recurrent, treatment-resistant secondary malignancies. With advancing technologies, we now have a better understanding of the genetic, epigenetic and molecular signatures and microenvironmental influences which are useful in distinguishing between distinctly different tumor subtypes...
April 3, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367417/lovastatin-reduces-stemness-via-epigenetic-reprograming-of-bmp2-and-gata2-in-human-endometrium-and-endometriosis
#7
Mahdieh Taghizadeh, Mehrdad Noruzinia
OBJECTIVE: The stem cell theory in the endometriosis provides an advanced avenue of targeting these cells as a novel therapy to eliminate endometriosis. In this regard, studies showed that lovastatin alters the cells from a stem-like state to more differentiated condition and reduces stemness. The aim of this study was to investigate whether lovastatin treatment could influence expression and methylation patterns of genes regulating differentiation of endometrial mesenchymal stem cells (eMSCs) such as BMP2, GATA2 and RUNX2 as well as eMSCs markers...
April 2017: Cell Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355380/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-reprogramming-epigenetics-and-applications-in-the-regenerative-medicine
#8
Kátia Maria Sampaio Gomes, Ismael Cabral Costa, Jeniffer Farias Dos Santos, Paulo Magno Martins Dourado, Maria Fernanda Forni, Julio Cesar Batista Ferreira
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are somatic cells reprogrammed into an embryonic-like pluripotent state by the expression of specific transcription factors. iPSC technology is expected to revolutionize regenerative medicine in the near future. Despite the fact that these cells have the capacity to self-renew, they present low efficiency of reprogramming. Recent studies have demonstrated that the previous somatic epigenetic signature is a limiting factor in iPSC performance. Indeed, the process of effective reprogramming involves a complete remodeling of the existing somatic epigenetic memory, followed by the establishment of a "new epigenetic signature" that complies with the new type of cell to be differentiated...
February 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346544/epigenetic-silencing-of-v-d-j-recombination-is-a-major-determinant-for-selective-differentiation-of-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-cells-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Yutaka Saito, Chie Sugimoto, Toutai Mituyama, Hiroshi Wakao
Mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAITs) are innate-like T cells that play a pivotal role in the host defense against infectious diseases, and are also implicated in autoimmune diseases, metabolic diseases, and cancer. Recent studies have shown that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from MAITs selectively redifferentiate into MAITs without altering their antigen specificity. Such a selective differentiation is a prerequisite for the use of MAITs in cell therapy and/or regenerative medicine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346436/detailed-comparison-of-retroviral-vectors-and-promoter-configurations-for-stable-and-high-transgene-expression-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#10
D Hoffmann, J W Schott, F K Geis, L Lange, F-J Müller, D Lenz, D Zychlinski, D Steinemann, M Morgan, T Moritz, A Schambach
Correction of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) upon gene delivery through retroviral vectors offers new treatment perspectives for monogenetic diseases. Gene-modified iPSC clones can be screened for safe integration sites and differentiated into transplantable cells of interest. However, the current bottleneck is epigenetic vector silencing. In order to identify the most suitable retroviral expression system in iPSC, we systematically compared vectors from different retroviral genera, different promoters and their combination with ubiquitous chromatin opening elements (UCOE), and several envelope pseudotypes...
April 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345003/expansion-of-human-tregs-from-cryopreserved-umbilical-cord-blood-for-gmp-compliant-autologous-adoptive-cell-transfer-therapy
#11
Howard R Seay, Amy L Putnam, Judit Cserny, Amanda L Posgai, Emma H Rosenau, John R Wingard, Kate F Girard, Morey Kraus, Angela P Lares, Heather L Brown, Katherine S Brown, Kristi T Balavage, Leeana D Peters, Ashley N Bushdorf, Mark A Atkinson, Jeffrey A Bluestone, Michael J Haller, Todd M Brusko
Umbilical cord blood is a traditional and convenient source of cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Thymic regulatory T cells (Tregs) are also present in cord blood, and there is growing interest in the use of autologous Tregs to provide a low-risk, fully human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched cell product for treating autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes. Here, we describe a good manufacturing practice (GMP)-compatible Treg expansion protocol using fluorescence-activated cell sorting, resulting in a mean 2,092-fold expansion of Tregs over a 16-day culture for a median yield of 1...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339768/the-transcription-factor-olig2-is-important-for-the-biology-of-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-gliomas
#12
Jane L Anderson, Ranjithmenon Muraleedharan, Nicole Oatman, Amanda Klotter, Satarupa Sengupta, Ronald R Waclaw, Jianqiang Wu, Rachid Drissi, Lili Miles, Eric H Raabe, Matthew L Weirauch, Maryam Fouladi, Lionel M Chow, Lindsey Hoffman, Mariko DeWire, Biplab Dasgupta
Background.: Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a high-grade brainstem glioma of children with dismal prognosis. There is no single unifying model about the cell of origin of DIPGs. Proliferating cells in the developing human and mouse pons, the site of DIPGs, express neural stem/progenitor cell (NPC) markers, including Sox2, nestin, vimentin, Olig2, and glial fibrillary acidic protein, in an overlapping and non-overlapping manner, suggesting progenitor cell heterogeneity in the pons...
February 23, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334277/in-bone-metastasis-mir-34a-5p-absence-inversely-correlates-with-met-expression-while-met-oncogene-is-unaffected-by-mir-34a-5p-in-non-metastatic-and-metastatic-breast-carcinomas
#13
Paola Maroni, Rossella Puglisi, Gianfranco Mattia, Alessandra Carè, Emanuela Matteucci, Paola Bendinelli, Maria Alfonsina Desiderio
The highlight of the molecular basis and therapeutic targets of the bone-metastatic process requires the identification of biomarkers of metastasis colonization. Here, we studied miR-34a-5p expression, and Met-receptor expression and localization in bone metastases from ductal breast carcinomas, and in ductal carcinomas without history of metastasis (20 cases). miR-34a-5p was elevated in non-metastatic breast carcinoma, intermediate in the adjacent tissue and practically absent in bone metastases, opposite to pair-matched carcinoma...
March 16, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330383/progress-in-nonviral-gene-therapy-for-breast-cancer-and-what-comes-next
#14
Giulia Bottai, Marta Truffi, Fabio Corsi, Libero Santarpia
The possibility of correcting defective genes and modulating gene expression through gene therapy has emerged as a promising treatment strategy for breast cancer. Furthermore, the relevance of tumor immune microenvironment in supporting the oncogenic process has paved the way for novel immunomodulatory applications of gene therapy. Areas covered: In this review, the authors describe the most relevant delivery systems, focusing on nonviral vectors, along with the description of the major approaches used to modify target cells, including gene transfer, RNA interference (RNAi), and epigenetic regulation...
March 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278128/cancer-metastasis-tricks-of-the-trade
#15
REVIEW
Rabia Zeeshan, Zeeshan Mutahir
Decades of cancer research have unraveled genetic, epigenetic and molecular pathways leading to plausible therapeutic targets; many of which hold great promise in improving clinical outcomes. Metastatic tumors become evident early on and are one of the major causes of cancer-related fatalities worldwide. This review depicts the sequential events of cancer metastasis. Genetic and epigenetic heterogeneity influences local tumor cell invasion, intravasation, survival in circulation, extravasation and colonization to distant sites...
March 9, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273465/a-knockin-reporter-allows-purification-and-characterization-of-mda-neurons-from-heterogeneous-populations
#16
Ninuo Xia, Fang Fang, Pengbo Zhang, Jun Cui, Chhavy Tep-Cullison, Tim Hamerley, Hyun Joo Lee, Theo Palmer, Brian Bothner, Jin Hyung Lee, Renee Reijo Pera
Generation of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons from human pluripotent stem cells provides a platform for inquiry into basic and translational studies of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, heterogeneity in differentiation in vitro makes it difficult to identify mDA neurons in culture or in vivo following transplantation. Here, we report the generation of a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line with a tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-RFP (red fluorescent protein) reporter. We validated that RFP faithfully mimicked TH expression during differentiation...
March 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255276/melatonin-inhibits-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-through-suppression-of-ezh2-notch1-signaling-axis
#17
Xiangrong Zheng, Bo Pang, Guangyan Gu, Taihong Gao, Rui Zhang, Qi Pang, Qian Liu
Glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs) play essential roles in glioma growth, radio- and chemo-resistance, and recurrence. Elimination of GSCs has therefore become a key strategy and challenge in glioblastoma therapy. Here, we show that melatonin, an indolamine derived from I-tryptophan, significantly inhibited viability and self-renewal ability of GSCs accompanied by a decrease of stem cell markers. We have identified EZH2-NOTCH1 signaling as the key signal pathway that regulated the effects of melatonin in the GSCs...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249646/chromosomal-abnormalities-and-molecular-landscape-of-metastasizing-mucinous-salivary-adenocarcinoma
#18
Alex Panaccione, Yi Zhang, Yanfang Mi, Yoshitsugu Mitani, Guo Yan, Manju L Prasad, W Hayes McDonald, Adel K El-Naggar, Wendell G Yarbrough, Sergey V Ivanov
BACKGROUND: Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the salivary gland (MAC) is a lethal cancer with unknown molecular etiology and a high propensity to lymph node metastasis. Mostly due to its orphan status, MAC remains one of the least explored cancers that lacks cell lines and mouse models that could help translational and pre-clinical studies. Surgery with or without radiation remains the only treatment modality but poor overall survival (10-year, 44%) underscores the urgent need for mechanism-based therapies...
March 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246302/acquired-resistance-with-epigenetic-alterations-under-long-term-anti-angiogenic-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Yoshiteru Ohata, Shu Shimada, Yoshimitsu Akiyama, Kaoru Mogushi, Keisuke Nakao, Satoshi Matsumura, Arihiro Aihara, Yusuke Mitsunori, Daisuke Ban, Takanori Ochiai, Atsushi Kudo, Shigeki Arii, Minoru Tanabe, Shinji Tanaka
Anti-angiogenic therapy is initially effective for several solid tumors including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); however, they finally relapse and progress, resulting in poor prognosis. We here established in vivo drug-tolerant subclones of human HCC cells by long-term treatment with vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) inhibitor and serial transplantation in immunocompromised mice (total 12 months), and then compared them with the parental cells in molecular and biological features. Gene expression profiles elucidated a G-actin monomer binding protein thymosin β 4 (Tβ4) as one of the genes enriched in the resistant cancer cells relative to the initially sensitive ones...
February 28, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228863/medulloblastoma-and-ependymoma-cells-display-increased-levels-of-5-carboxylcytosine-and-elevated-tet1-expression
#20
Ashley Ramsawhook, Lara Lewis, Beth Coyle, Alexey Ruzov
BACKGROUND: Alteration of DNA methylation (5-methylcytosine, 5mC) patterns represents one of the causes of tumorigenesis and cancer progression. Tet proteins can oxidise 5mC to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), 5-formylcytosine and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC). Although the roles of these oxidised forms of 5mC (oxi-mCs) in cancer pathogenesis are still largely unknown, there are indications that they may be involved in the mechanisms of malignant transformation. Thus, reduction of 5hmC content represents an epigenetic hallmark of human tumours, and according to our recent report, 5caC is enriched in a proportion of breast cancers and gliomas...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
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