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Daniel C Danila, Aliaksandra Samoila, Chintan Patel, Nicole Schreiber, Amrita Herkal, Aseem Anand, Diogo Bastos, Glenn Heller, Martin Fleisher, Howard I Scher
Circulating tumor cell (CTC) number measured with the CellSearch assay is prognostic for survival in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer before and after therapy. Using a standard operating protocol for sample collection, processing, and analysis, we compared detection rates of CellSearch performed using US Food and Drug Administration-cleared methodology with a second positive selection assay, AdnaTest, and a nonselection polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based (direct detection PCR [DDPCR]) assay in 55 blood samples from 47 men with progressive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Michèle Fournier, Gaëlle Bourriquen, Fabien C Lamaze, Maxime C Côté, Éric Fournier, Charles Joly-Beauparlant, Vicky Caron, Stéphane Gobeil, Arnaud Droit, Steve Bilodeau
Controlling the transcriptional program is essential to maintain the identity and the biological functions of a cell. The Mediator and Cohesin complexes have been established as central cofactors controlling the transcriptional program in normal cells. However, the distribution, recruitment and importance of these complexes in cancer cells have not been fully investigated. Here we show that FOXA and master transcription factors are part of the core transcriptional regulatory circuitry of cancer cells and are essential to recruit M ediator and Cohesin...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
N A Wijetunga, M Pascual, J Tozour, F Delahaye, M Alani, M Adeyeye, A W Wolkoff, A Verma, J M Greally
The predisposition of patients with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) involves components of viral infection, inflammation and time. The development of multifocal, genetically distinct tumours is suggestive of a field defect affecting the entire liver. The molecular susceptibility mediating such a field defect is not understood. One potential mediator of long-term cellular reprogramming is heritable (epigenetic) regulation of transcription, exemplified by DNA methylation. We studied epigenetic and transcriptional changes in HCV-infected livers in comparison with control, uninfected livers and HCC, allowing us to identify pre-neoplastic epigenetic and transcriptional events...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
D Fumagalli, T R Wilson, R Salgado, X Lu, J Yu, C O'Brien, K Walter, L Y Huw, C Criscitiello, I Laios, V Jose, D N Brown, F Rothé, M Maetens, D Zardavas, P Savas, D Larsimont, M J Piccart-Gebhart, S Michiels, M R Lackner, C Sotiriou, S Loi
BACKGROUND: Estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancers (BCs) constitute the most frequent BC subtype. The molecular landscape of ER+ relapsed disease is not well characterized. In this study, we aimed to describe the genomic evolution between primary (P) and matched metastatic (M) ER+ BCs after failure of adjuvant therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 182 ER+ metastatic BC patients with long-term follow-up were identified from a single institution. P tumor tissue was available for all patients, with 88 having matched M material...
October 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Marjo Malinen, Einari A Niskanen, Minna U Kaikkonen, Jorma J Palvimo
Inflammatory processes and androgen signaling are critical for the growth of prostate cancer (PC), the most common cancer among males in Western countries. To understand the importance of potential interplay between pro-inflammatory and androgen signaling for gene regulation, we have interrogated the crosstalk between androgen receptor (AR) and NF-κB, a key transcriptional mediator of inflammatory responses, by utilizing genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing and global run-on sequencing in PC cells...
September 26, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Damien A Leach, Vasilios Panagopoulos, Claire Nash, Charlotte Bevan, Axel A Thomson, Luke A Selth, Grant Buchanan
Androgen receptor (AR) signalling in fibroblasts is important in prostate development and carcinogenesis, and is inversely related to prostate cancer mortality. However, the molecular mechanisms of AR action in fibroblasts and other non-epithelial cell types are largely unknown. The genome-wide DNA binding profile of AR in human prostate fibroblasts was identified by chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq), and found to be common to other fibroblast lines but disparate from AR cistromes of prostate cancer cells and tissue...
September 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Erin E Swinstead, Ville Paakinaho, Diego M Presman, Gordon L Hager
Transcription factor (TF) signaling regulates gene transcription and requires a complex network of proteins. This network includes co-activators, co-repressors, multiple TFs, histone-modifying complexes, and the basal transcription machinery. It has been widely appreciated that pioneer factors, such as FoxA1 and GATA1, play an important role in opening closed chromatin regions, thereby allowing binding of a secondary factor. In this review we will focus on a newly proposed model wherein multiple TFs, such as steroid receptors (SRs), can function in a pioneering role...
September 16, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Michela Guaraldo, Paolo Santambrogio, Elisabetta Rovelli, Augusta Di Savino, Giuseppe Saglio, Davide Cittaro, Antonella Roetto, Sonia Levi
Mitochondrial ferritin (FtMt) is an iron storage protein belonging to the ferritin family but, unlike the cytosolic ferritin, it has an iron-unrelated restricted tissue expression. FtMt appears to be preferentially expressed in cell types characterized by high metabolic activity and oxygen consumption, suggesting a role in protecting mitochondria from iron-dependent oxidative damage. The human gene (FTMT) is intronless and its promoter region has not been described yet. To analyze the regulatory mechanisms controlling FTMT expression, we characterized the 5' flanking region upstream the transcriptional starting site of FTMT by in silico enquiry of sequences conservation, DNA deletion analysis, and ChIP assay...
2016: Scientific Reports
Santosh Gupta, Jing Li, Gabor Kemeny, Rhonda L Bitting, Joshua Beaver, Jason Somarelli, Kathryn E Ware, Simon Gregory, Andrew J Armstrong
PURPOSE: Beyond enumeration, circulating tumor cells (CTCs) can provide genetic information from metastatic cancer that may facilitate a greater understanding of tumor biology and enable a precision medicine approach. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: CTCs and paired leukocytes from men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) were isolated from blood through red cell lysis, CD45 depletion, and flow sorting based on EpCAM/CD45 expression. We next performed whole genomic copy number analysis of CTCs and matched patient leukocytes (germline) using array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) from 16 men with mCRPC, including longitudinal and sequential CTCs aCGH analyses in the context of enzalutamide therapy...
September 6, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Y Xu, L Qin, T Sun, H Wu, T He, Z Yang, Q Mo, L Liao, J Xu
The heterogeneous breast cancers can be classified into different subtypes according to their histopathological characteristics and molecular signatures. Foxa1 expression is linked with luminal breast cancer (LBC) with good prognosis, whereas Twist1 expression is associated with basal-like breast cancer (BLBC) with poor prognosis owing to its role in promoting epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), invasiveness and metastasis. However, the regulatory and functional relationships between Twist1 and Foxa1 in breast cancer progression are unknown...
August 15, 2016: Oncogene
Mohammad A Aleskandarany, Rezvan Abduljabbar, Ibraheem Ashankyty, Ahmed Elmouna, Dena Jerjees, Simak Ali, Laki Buluwela, Maria Diez-Rodriguez, Carlos Caldas, Andrew R Green, Ian O Ellis, Emad A Rakha
Differential prognostic roles of Androgen Receptor (AR) have been proposed in breast cancer (BC) depending on tumour oestrogen receptor (ER) status. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic and/or predictive significance of AR expression in invasive BC. In this study AR expression was studied on a large (n = 1141) consecutive series of early-stage (I-III) BC using tissue microarray and immunohistochemistry (IHC). AR mRNA expression was assessed in a subset of cases. The prognostic impact of AR mRNA expression was externally validated using the online BC gene expression data sets (n = 25 data sets, 4078 patients)...
September 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Oskar Schnappauf, Sven Beyes, Annika Dertmann, Vivien Freihen, Patrick Frey, Sabine Jägle, Katja Rose, Tom Michoel, Rudolf Grosschedl, Andreas Hecht
Transcriptional silencing is a major cause for the inactivation of tumor suppressor genes, however, the underlying mechanisms are only poorly understood. The EPHB2 gene encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase that controls epithelial cell migration and allocation in intestinal crypts. Through its ability to restrict cell spreading, EPHB2 functions as a tumor suppressor in colorectal cancer whose expression is frequently lost as tumors progress to the carcinoma stage. Previously we reported that EPHB2 expression depends on a transcriptional enhancer whose activity is diminished in EPHB2 non-expressing cells...
August 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yu Zhang, Di Zhang, Qian Li, Jing Liang, Luyang Sun, Xia Yi, Zhe Chen, Ruorong Yan, Guojia Xie, Wanjin Li, Shumeng Liu, Bosen Xu, Lei Li, Jianguo Yang, Lin He, Yongfeng Shang
FOXA1 functions in epigenetic reprogramming and is described as a 'pioneer factor'. However, exactly how FOXA1 achieves these remarkable biological functions is not fully understood. Here we report that FOXA1 associates with DNA repair complexes and is required for genomic targeting of DNA polymerase β (POLB) in human cells. Genome-wide DNA methylomes demonstrate that the FOXA1 DNA repair complex is functionally linked to DNA demethylation in a lineage-specific fashion. Depletion of FOXA1 results in localized reestablishment of methylation in a large portion of FOXA1-bound regions, and the regions with the most consistent hypermethylation exhibit the greatest loss of POLB and are represented by active promoters and enhancers...
September 2016: Nature Genetics
Hanxiao Xu, Kongju Wu, Yijun Tian, Qian Liu, Na Han, Xun Yuan, Lu Zhang, Gen Sheng Wu, Kongming Wu
Cluster of differentiation 44 (CD44), a well-known transmembrane glycoprotein, serves as a promoting factor in the carcinogenesis and progression of a variety of neoplasms. Previous studies have demonstrated that aberrant expression of CD44 was associated with the initiation, invasion, metastasis, and therapy-resistance of breast cancer, but whether there was any association between CD44 and pathological characteristics of breast cancer or epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has not been clearly elucidated...
October 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Erik Bovinder Ylitalo, Elin Thysell, Emma Jernberg, Marie Lundholm, Sead Crnalic, Lars Egevad, Pär Stattin, Anders Widmark, Anders Bergh, Pernilla Wikström
BACKGROUND: Novel therapies for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) are needed, particularly for cancers not driven by androgen receptor (AR) activation. OBJECTIVES: To identify molecular subgroups of PC bone metastases of relevance for therapy. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Fresh-frozen bone metastasis samples from men with CRPC (n=40), treatment-naïve PC (n=8), or other malignancies (n=12) were characterized using whole-genome expression profiling, multivariate principal component analysis (PCA), and functional enrichment analysis...
August 3, 2016: European Urology
Dong G Hu, Luke A Selth, Gerard A Tarulli, Robyn Meech, Dhilushi Wijayakumara, Apichaya Chanawong, Roslin Russell, Carlos Caldas, Jessica L L Robinson, Jason S Carroll, Wayne D Tilley, Peter I Mackenzie, Theresa E Hickey
Glucuronidation is an enzymatic process that terminally inactivates steroid hormones, including estrogens and androgens, thereby influencing carcinogenesis in hormone-dependent cancers. While estrogens drive breast carcinogenesis via the estrogen receptor alpha (ERα), androgens play a critical role as prohormones for estrogen biosynthesis and ligands for the androgen receptor (AR). In this study, the expression and regulation of two androgen-inactivating enzymes, the UDP-glucuronosyltransferases UGT2B15 and UGT2B17, was assessed in breast cancer...
October 1, 2016: Cancer Research
Wenqi Ma, Jue Jiang, Miao Li, Hua Wang, Hongli Zhang, Xin He, Lili Huang, Qi Zhou
Forkhead box protein A1 (FOXA1) is a transcription factor; recent studies have reported that FOXA1 has an oncogenic or tumor suppressive role in human malignancies, and its expression is associated with the prognosis of patients with cancer. However, further studies are required to determine the clinical significance of FOXA1 and its role in colorectal cancer (CRC). In the present study, FOXA1 expression was detected in 90 samples of CRC tissues and matched noncancerous tissues using immunohistochemistry. In these cases, FOXA1 expression was detected in 57...
September 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Kimihiro Tanaka, Eriko Tokunaga, Nami Yamashita, Yasuaki Sagara, Yasuyo Ohi, Kenichi Taguchi, Shinji Ohno, Shinji Okano, Yoshinao Oda, Yoshihiko Maehara
BACKGROUND: Estrogen receptor (ER)/GATA3/Forkhead box A1 (FOXA1) network is necessary for the ERα functional signature. High FOXA1 expression indicates a good prognosis in ER-positive breast cancer. However, little is known about the significance of FOXA1 and GATA3 expression in neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NAE). The aim of this study is to investigate their predictive potential for NAE and their expression changes after NAE. METHODS: FOXA1 and GATA3 expression was evaluated using immunohistochemistry in 66 patients with ER-positive/HER2-negative breast cancer who had been treated with NAE...
July 29, 2016: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
J Yao, L Zhang, L Hu, B Guo, X Hu, U Borjigin, Z Wei, Y Chen, M Lv, J T Y Lau, X Wang, G Li, Y-P Hu
Detailed understanding of the mechanistic steps underlying tumor initiation and malignant progression is critical for insights of potentially novel therapeutic modalities. Cellular reprogramming is an approach of particular interest because it can provide a means to reset the differentiation state of the cancer cells and to revert these cells to a state of non-malignancy. Here, we investigated the relationship between cellular differentiation and malignant progression by the fusion of four independent mouse cancer cell lines from different tissues, each with differing developmental potentials, to pluripotent mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Zhenqing Ye, Zhong Chen, Benjamin Sunkel, Seth Frietze, Tim H-M Huang, Qianben Wang, Victor X Jin
The compaction of nucleosomal structures creates a barrier for DNA-binding transcription factors (TFs) to access their cognate cis-regulatory elements. Pioneer factors (PFs) such as FOXA1 are able to directly access these cis-targets within compact chromatin. However, how these PFs interplay with nucleosomes remains to be elucidated, and is critical for us to understand the underlying mechanism of gene regulation. Here, we have conducted a computational analysis on a strand-specific paired-end ChIP-exo (termed as ChIP-ePENS) data of FOXA1 in LNCaP cells by our novel algorithm ePEST...
September 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
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