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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101231/the-biological-significance-of-methylome-differences-in-human-papilloma-virus-associated-head-and-neck-cancer
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Maria J Worsham, Kang Mei Chen, Indrani Datta, Josena K Stephen, Dhananjay Chitale, Alexandra Gothard, George Divine
In recent years, studies have suggested that promoter methylation in human papilloma virus (HPV) positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has a mechanistic role and has the potential to improve patient survival. The present study aimed to replicate key molecular findings from previous analyses of the methylomes of HPV positive and HPV negative HNSCC in an independent cohort, to assess the reliability of differentially methylated markers in HPV-associated tumors. HPV was measured using real-time quantitative PCR and the biological significance of methylation differences was assessed by Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA)...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079973/a-regulatory-bmi1-let-7i-erk3-pathway-controls-the-motility-of-head-and-neck-cancer-cells
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Lobna Elkhadragy, Minyi Chen, Kennon Miller, Muh-Hwa Yang, Weiwen Long
Extracellular signal-regulated kinase 3 (ERK3) is an atypical mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), whose biological activity is tightly regulated by its cellular abundance. Recent studies have revealed that ERK3 is upregulated in multiple cancers and promotes cancer cell migration/invasion and drug resistance. Little is known, however, about how ERK3 expression level is upregulated in cancers. Here, we have identified the oncogenic polycomb group protein BMI1 as a positive regulator of ERK3 level in head and neck cancer cells...
November 9, 2016: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061634/personalized-medicine-approach-for-an-exceptional-response-to-multiple-recurrent-and-metastatic-her2-positive-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Nolan B Seim, Stephen Y Kang, Milan Bhandari, Riley G Jones, Theodoros N Teknos
INTRODUCTION: Advanced stage squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck carries an overall poor prognosis, and survivorship gains have remained relatively stagnant compared to other malignancies due to its complex tumor biology and lack of proven effective targeting agents. METHODS: We present a case of an exceptional responder to molecular-targeted therapy for metastatic oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma using a chemotherapeutic agent FDA approved for breast cancer and targeting the HER2/Neu receptor in order to discuss the larger clinical implications...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048906/su-f-t-666-molecular-targeted-gold-nanorods-enhances-the-rbe-of-proton-therapy
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A Khoo, N Sahoo, S Krishnan, P Diagaradjane
PURPOSE: In recent years, proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT) has gained significant attention in the treatment of tumors in anatomically complex locations. However, the therapeutic benefit of PBRT is limited by a relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of just 1.1. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether this limitation can be overcome by artificially enhancing the RBE using molecular-targeted gold nanorods (GNRs). METHODS: Molecular-targeting of GNRs was accomplished using Cetuximab (antibody specific to epidermal growth factor receptor that is over-expressed in tumors) conjugated GNRs (cGNRs) and their binding affinity to Head and Neck cancer cells was confirmed using dark field microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993569/a-genome-based-model-for-adjusting-radiotherapy-dose-gard-a-retrospective-cohort-based-study
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Jacob G Scott, Anders Berglund, Michael J Schell, Ivaylo Mihaylov, William J Fulp, Binglin Yue, Eric Welsh, Jimmy J Caudell, Kamran Ahmed, Tobin S Strom, Eric Mellon, Puja Venkat, Peter Johnstone, John Foekens, Jae Lee, Eduardo Moros, William S Dalton, Steven A Eschrich, Howard McLeod, Louis B Harrison, Javier F Torres-Roca
BACKGROUND: Despite its common use in cancer treatment, radiotherapy has not yet entered the era of precision medicine, and there have been no approaches to adjust dose based on biological differences between or within tumours. We aimed to assess whether a patient-specific molecular signature of radiation sensitivity could be used to identify the optimum radiotherapy dose. METHODS: We used the gene-expression-based radiation-sensitivity index and the linear quadratic model to derive the genomic-adjusted radiation dose (GARD)...
December 18, 2016: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966459/the-transcription-levels-and-prognostic-values-of-seven-proteasome-alpha-subunits-in-human-cancers
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Yunhai Li, Jing Huang, Jiazheng Sun, Shili Xiang, Dejuan Yang, Xuedong Ying, Mengqi Lu, Hongzhong Li, Guosheng Ren
Proteasome alpha subunits (PSMAs) have been shown to participate in the malignant progression of human cancers. However, the expression patterns and prognostic values of individual PSMAs remain elusive in most cancers. In the present study, we investigated the mRNA expression levels of seven PSMAs in different kinds of cancers using Oncomine and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) databases. The prognostic significance of PSMAs was also determined by Kaplan-Meier Plotter and PrognScan databases. Combined with Oncomine and TCGA, the mRNA expression levels of PSMA1-7 were significantly upregulated in breast, lung, gastric, bladder and head and neck cancer compared with normal tissues...
December 10, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959944/bemer-electromagnetic-field-therapy-reduces-cancer-cell-radioresistance-by-enhanced-ros-formation-and-induced-dna-damage
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Katja Storch, Ellen Dickreuter, Anna Artati, Jerzy Adamski, Nils Cordes
Each year more than 450,000 Germans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer subsequently receiving standard multimodal therapies including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. On top, molecular-targeted agents are increasingly administered. Owing to intrinsic and acquired resistance to these therapeutic approaches, both the better molecular understanding of tumor biology and the consideration of alternative and complementary therapeutic support are warranted and open up broader and novel possibilities for therapy personalization...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924064/toward-the-use-of-precision-medicine-for-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Wang Gong, Yandi Xiao, Zihao Wei, Yao Yuan, Min Qiu, Chongkui Sun, Xin Zeng, Xinhua Liang, Mingye Feng, Qianming Chen
Precision medicine is a new strategy that aims at preventing and treating human diseases by focusing on individual variations in people's genes, environment and lifestyle. Precision medicine has been used for cancer diagnosis and treatment and shows evident clinical efficacy. Rapid developments in molecular biology, genetics and sequencing technologies, as well as computational technology, has enabled the establishment of "big data", such as the Human Genome Project, which provides a basis for precision medicine...
December 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919336/tissue-reactions-to-ionizing-radiation-oral-mucosa
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Sylvia Gruber, Wolfgang Dörr
Radiotherapy is one of the most effective treatment strategies for solid malignancies, including head-and-neck tumors (HNT). Oral mucositis is the most frequent, often dose-limiting early adverse event of radio(chemo)therapy for HNT. The oral mucosal response is - like that of typical turnover tissues - based on radiation-induced impairment of epithelial proliferation and cell production, in face of ongoing physiological cell differentiation and cell loss, consequently resulting in hypoplasia and eventually mucosal ulceration...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895714/early-detection-and-personalized-treatment-in-oral-cancer-the-impact-of-omics-approaches
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REVIEW
Ilda Patrícia Ribeiro, Leonor Barroso, Francisco Marques, Joana Barbosa Melo, Isabel Marques Carreira
BACKGROUND: Oral cancer is one of the most common malignant lesions of the head and neck. This cancer is an aggressive and lethal disease with no significant improvements in the overall survival in the last decades. Moreover, the incidence of oral HPV-positive tumors is rising, especially in young people. This oral neoplasm develops through numerous molecular imbalances that affect key genes and signaling pathways; however, the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis and progression of oral tumors are still to be fully determined...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891452/clinical-utility-of-serum-homocysteine-and-folate-as-tumor-markers-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sridhar Reddy Erugula, Mahesh Kumar Kandukuri, Prasanna M Danappanavar, Kranti Kiran Reddy Ealla, Surekha Velidandla, Sangameshwar Manikya
INTRODUCTION: Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) is a common malignancy involving head and neck. Identifying the markers of molecular levels or biochemical markers involving the various metabolic reactions associated with the initiation and biological behavior of individual tumors are very important in diagnosis and prognosis. AIM: To measure and compare the levels of serum Homocysteine (Hcy) and serum folate in OSCC patients, smoking group and healthy subjects and also to assess the clinical utility of serum Hcy as a potential tumor marker in OSCC...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877135/metabolomics-of-head-and-neck-cancer-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Jae M Shin, Pachiyappan Kamarajan, J Christopher Fenno, Alexander H Rickard, Yvonne L Kapila
Metabolomics is used in systems biology to enhance the understanding of complex disease processes, such as cancer. Head and neck cancer (HNC) is an epithelial malignancy that arises in the upper aerodigestive tract and affects more than half a million people worldwide each year. Recently, significant effort has focused on integrating multiple "omics" technologies for oncological research. In particular, research has been focused on identifying tumor-specific metabolite profiles using different sample types (biological fluids, cells and tissues) and a variety of metabolomic platforms and technologies...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863568/molecular-imaging-and-precision-medicine-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Esther Mena, Shwetha Thippsandra, Anusha Yanamadala, Siddaling Redy, Puskar Pattanayak, Rathan M Subramaniam
The concept of using tumor genomic profiling information has revolutionized personalized cancer treatment. Head and neck (HN) cancer management is being influenced by recent discoveries of activating mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor and related targeted therapies with tyrosine kinase inhibitors, targeted therapies for Kristen Rat Sarcoma, and MET proto-oncogenes. Molecular imaging using PET plays an important role in assessing the biologic behavior of HN cancer with the goal of delivering individualized cancer treatment...
January 2017: PET Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837212/-preclinical-models-in-head-and-neck-tumors-evaluation-of-cellular-and-molecular-resistance-mechanisms-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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A Affolter, J Hess
Because head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) are characterized by a distinct intertumorigenic and intratumorigenic heterogeneity, they often show substantial differences in the response to established therapy strategies. At present, a multitude of biologics and new pharmacological compounds for targeted therapies are available that allow more efficient and less toxic treatment. There is increasing pressure to establish predictive assays not only for ex ante analysis of the individual patient response to combined chemoradiotherapy and targeted therapies but also for investigation of the efficacy of new drugs...
December 2016: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802187/long-noncoding-rnas-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Xiuhua Li, Yongbing Cao, Xiaojian Gong, Hongjiao Li
Head and neck cancers (HNCs) include a series of malignant tumors arising in epithelial tissues, typically oral cancer, laryngeal cancer, nasopharynx cancer and thyroid cancer. HNCs are important contributors to cancer incidence and mortality, leading to approximately 225,100 new patients and 77,500 deaths in China every year. Determination of the mechanisms of HNC carcinogenesis and progression is an urgent priority in HNC treatment. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are noncoding RNAs longer than 200 bps. lncRNAs have been reported to participate in a broad scope of biological processes, and lncRNA dysregulation leads to diverse human diseases, including cancer...
October 27, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779251/non-targeted-transcriptomic-effects-upon-thyroid-irradiation-similarity-between-in-field-and-out-of-field-responses-varies-with-tissue-type
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Britta Langen, Nils Rudqvist, Johan Spetz, John Swanpalmer, Khalil Helou, Eva Forssell-Aronsson
Non-targeted effects can induce responses in tissues that have not been exposed to ionizing radiation. Despite their relevance for risk assessment, few studies have investigated these effects in vivo. In particular, these effects have not been studied in context with thyroid exposure, which can occur e.g. during irradiation of head and neck tumors. To determine the similarity between in-field and out-of-field responses in normal tissue, we used a partial body irradiation setup with female mice where the thyroid region, the thorax and abdomen, or all three regions were irradiated...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754332/tetrandrine-induces-apoptosis-of-human-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-npc-tw-076-cells-through-reactive-oxygen-species-accompanied-by-an-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-signaling-pathway
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Ya-Jing Lin, Shu-Fen Peng, Meng-Liang Lin, Chao-Lin Kuo, Kung-Wen Lu, Ching-Lung Liao, Yi-Shih Ma, Fu-Shin Chueh, Kuo-Ching Liu, Fu-Shun Yu, Jing-Gung Chung
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is an epithelial malignancy of the head and neck and the incidence is higher in Southeast Asia. Tetrandrine (TET) is a bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid, a natural product, and exhibits biological activities including action against many human cancer cell lines. However, the molecular mechanism of TET-induced cell apoptosis in human NPC cells is still unclear. In the present study, we investigated TET-induced apoptotic cell death and associated possible signal pathways on human nasopharyngeal carcinoma NPC-TW 076 cells in vitro...
October 12, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748661/nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-understanding-its-molecular-biology-at-a-fine-scale
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Prosenjit Paul, Himangshu Deka, Arup K Malakar, Binata Halder, Supriyo Chakraborty
Among all cancers, the incidence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is quite high in the endemic regions. NPC is a head and neck cancer with poor survival rate, and is rare throughout most of the world but common in certain geographic areas, like southern Asia and some regions of North East India (Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram). A clear understanding of its etiology is still lacking, but NPC is widely suspected to be the result of both genetic susceptibility and exposure to environmental factors or Epstein-Barr virus infection...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699528/molecular-patterns-and-biology-of-hpv-associated-hnscc
#19
Ruud H Brakenhoff, Steffen Wagner, Jens P Klussmann
Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide. The large majority are squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) that develop in the mucosal linings of the upper aerodigestive tract. These tumors develop either by exogenous carcinogen exposure (smoking, alcohol drinking) or by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, particularly those in the oropharynx (OPSCC). HPV-positive (HPV+ve) and HPV-negative (HPV-ve) OPSCC are considered different disease entities. HPV+ve tumors are different at the molecular level and likely as a consequence have a much more favorable prognosis than HPV-ve tumors, despite their generally advanced stage at presentation...
2017: Recent Results in Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27636353/fusion-proteins-in-head-and-neck-neoplasms-clinical-implications-genetics-and-future-directions-for-targeting
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Derek A Escalante, He Wang, Christopher E Fundakowski
Fusion proteins resulting from chromosomal rearrangements are known to drive the pathogenesis of a variety of hematological and solid neoplasms such as chronic myeloid leukemia and non-small-cell lung cancer. Efforts to elucidate the role they play in these malignancies have led to important diagnostic and therapeutic triumphs, including the famous development of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor dasatinib targeting the BCR-ABL fusion. Until recently, there has been a paucity of research investigating fusion proteins harbored by head and neck neoplasms...
August 15, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
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