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Autophagy and chemotherapy resistance

Yu Liu, Jing Tang, Duanyang Liu, Lei Zhang, Yan He, Jing Li, Lei Gao, Dai Tang, Xiaoming Jin, Dan Kong
As the major and preferred treatment for ovarian cancer ascites, chemotherapy can reduce or inhibit recurrent ascites (hereafter re-ascites); however, some patients still experience re-ascites. Therefore, this study investigated cases in which epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients experienced re-ascites. In re-ascites cases, CA125, MDR1, LC-3, and Beclin-1 were highly expressed. In addition, CASP-9 and c-CASP-3 expression levels were decreased, and serum CA125 levels (highest 4348 U/ml) were increased compared to chemosensitive cases...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
H Xia, X-L Qu, L-Y Liu, D-H Qian, H-Y Jing
OBJECTIVE: Lung cancer is one of the most common malignancies worldwide, the morbidity and mortality of which have been on rising in recent years. Moreover, lncRNAs have been implicated in the development of various cancers, as well as cancer treatment and prognosis. In this study, long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) MEG3, an identified tumor suppressor, was explored for its role in the chemotherapy of lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All cases were divided into (I+II) group and (III+IV) group according to different stages of tumor node metastasis (TNM), and were divided into sensitive group and insensitive group according to chemotherapy sensitivity...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Dong-Qing Xu, Hidemi Toyoda, Xiao-Jun Yuan, Lei Qi, Vipin Shankar Chelakkot, Mari Morimoto, Ryo Hanaki, Kentarou Kihira, Hiroki Hori, Yoshihiro Komada, Masahiro Hirayama
Neuroblastoma (NB) is one of the most common solid tumors in children. High-risk NB remains lethal in about 50% of patients despite comprehensive and intensive treatments. Activation of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway correlates with oncogenesis, poor prognosis and chemotherapy resistance in NB. Due to its central role in growth and metabolism, mTOR seems to be an important factor in NB, making it a possible target for NB. In this study, we investigated the effect of AZD8055, a potent dual mTORC1-mTORC2 inhibitor, in NB cell lines...
February 27, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Jorge Vallecillo-Hernández, Maria Dolores Barrachina, Dolores Ortiz-Masiá, Sandra Coll, Juan Vicente Esplugues, Sara Calatayud, Carlos Hernández
NSAIDs inhibit tumorigenesis in gastrointestinal tissues and have been proposed as coadjuvant agents to chemotherapy. The ability of cancer epithelial cells to adapt to the tumour environment and to resist cytotoxic agents seems to depend on rescue mechanisms such as autophagy. In the present study we aimed to determine whether an NSAID with sensitizing properties such as indomethacin modulates autophagy in gastric cancer epithelial cells. We observed that indomethacin causes lysosomal dysfunction in AGS cells and promotes the accumulation of autophagy substrates without altering mTOR activity...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sai Kiran S S Pindiprolu, Praveen T Krishnamurthy, Pavan Kumar Chintamaneni
Breast cancers contain small population of tumor-initiating cells called breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs), which are spared even after chemotherapy. Recently, BCSCs are implicated to be a cause of metastasis, tumor relapse, and therapy resistance in breast cancer. BCSCs have unique molecular mechanisms, which can be targeted to eliminate them. These include surface biomarkers, proteins involved in self-renewal pathways, drug efflux transporters, apoptotic/antiapoptotic proteins, autophagy, metabolism, and microenvironment regulation...
February 23, 2018: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Wanchun Wang, Ding Chen, Kewei Zhu
BACKGROUND: Doxorubicin is the preferred chemotherapeuticdrug for osteosarcoma treatment of which clinical efficacy is limited because of its chemo-resistance and cardiac toxicity. It is necessary to develop the combination regimen with complementary molecular mechanisms to reduce the side effects and enhance sensitivity of Doxorubicin. EGCG is a polyphenol in green tea with antitumor bioactivity,which has been found that its combination with certain chemotherapeutic drugs could improve the antitumor efficiency...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Chandan Kanta Das, Benedikt Linder, Florian Bonn, Florian Rothweiler, Ivan Dikic, Martin Michaelis, Jindrich Cinatl, Mahitosh Mandal, Donat Kögel
Target-specific treatment modalities are currently not available for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), and acquired chemotherapy resistance is a primary obstacle for the treatment of these tumors. Here we employed derivatives of BT-549 and MDA-MB-468 TNBC cell lines that were adapted to grow in the presence of either 5-Fluorouracil, Doxorubicin or Docetaxel in an aim to identify molecular pathways involved in the adaptation to drug-induced cell killing. All six drug-adapted BT-549 and MDA-MB-468 cell lines displayed cross resistance to chemotherapy and decreased apoptosis sensitivity...
February 17, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Martin Dom, Fritz Offner, Wim Vanden Berghe, Xaveer Van Ostade
Withaferin A (WA), a natural steroid lactone from the plant Withania somnifera, is often studied because of its antitumor properties. Although many in vitro and in vivo studies have been performed, the identification of Withaferin A protein targets and its mechanism of antitumor action remain incomplete. We used quantitative chemoproteomics and differential protein expression analysis to characterize the WA antitumor effects on a multiple myeloma cell model. Identified relevant targets were further validated by Ingenuity Pathway Analysis and Western blot and indicate that WA targets protein networks that are specific for monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and other closely related disorders, such as multiple myeloma (MM) and Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
Lei Tian, Zhifeng Zhao, Ling Xie, JinPeng Zhu
Gastric cancer is a prevalent cancer and chemotherapy is a main treatment for patients. Docetaxel is commonly used as a chemotherapeutic drug for gastric cancer patients. With the increasing emergence of docetaxel resistance, exploring the mechanism of chemoresistance may improve prognosis of patients. In this study, we found that overexpressed miR-361-5p suppressed chemoresistance to docetaxel of gastric cancer cells (SGC-7901, MKN-28) by decreasing IC 50 values of docetaxel while increasing cell apoptosis rate, especially in docetaxel resistant SGC-7901 cells...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Ewelina Zielinska, Agata Zauszkiewicz-Pawlak, Michal Wojcik, Iwona Inkielewicz-Stepniak
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, with the high resistance to chemotherapeutic agents, remains the fourth leading cause of cancer-death in the world. Due to the wide range of biological activity and unique properties, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are indicated as agents with potential to overcome barriers involved in chemotherapy failure. Therefore, in our study we decided to assess the ability of AgNPs to kill pancreatic cancer cells, and then to identify the molecular mechanism underlying this effect. Moreover, we evaluated the cytotoxicity of AgNPs against non-tumor cell of the same tissue (hTERT-HPNE cells) for comparison...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
He Huang, Jian Song, Zheng Liu, Li Pan, Guozheng Xu
Glioblastomas are the most common primary and malignant brain tumors. The standard therapy includes surgery and radiotherapy plus chemotherapy, with additional bevacizumab to block the angiogenesis in tumors. However, the ever-growing tolerance of glioblastomas to chemotherapeutic drugs impairs the clinical outputs of tumor treatment. The present study investigated the tolerance of glioblastomas to bevacizumab. Although bevacizumab resulted in direct anti-proliferation and pro-apoptosis effects on glioblastoma cells via downregulating the anti-apoptotic proteins and upregulating the pro-apoptotic proteins, tolerance was also encountered that was mainly caused by autophagy induction in tumor cells...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Lian Wang, Zhouchun Shang, Yang Zhou, Xinyu Hu, Yihong Chen, Yantao Fan, Xiaoyu Wei, Liang Wu, Qiujuan Liang, Jun Zhang, Zhengliang Gao
Metabolic reprogramming is pivotal to sustain cancer growth and progression. As such dietary restriction therapy represents a promising approach to starve and treat cancers. Nonetheless, tumors are dynamic and heterogeneous populations of cells with metabolic activities modulated by spatial and temporal contexts. Autophagy is a major pathway controlling cell metabolism. It can downregulate cell metabolism, leading to cancer cell quiescence, survival, and chemoresistance. To understand treatment dynamics and provide rationales for better future therapeutic strategies, we investigated whether and how autophagy is involved in the chemo-cytotoxicity and -resistance using two commonly used human glioblastoma (GBM) cell lines U87 and U251 together with primary cancer cells from the GBM patients...
February 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
H Cui, S Yang, Y Jiang, C Li, Y Zhao, Y Shi, Y Hao, F Qian, B Tang, P Yu
PURPOSE: Presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) contributes to tumor outgrowth, chemo-resistance and relapse in some cancers including colorectal carcinoma (CRC). The current characterization methods of CSCs in CRC only allows enrichment of CSCs but not their purification. Recent reports showed that ST6 beta-galactoside alpha-2,6-sialyltransferase 1 (ST6Gal-I) plays an essential role in protecting tumor cells against harsh environment like oxidative stress and nutrient deprivation. Therefore, whether ST6Gal-I may be highly expressed in CSCs or whether it may enhance resistance of tumor cells to chemotherapy deserves exploration...
February 8, 2018: Clinical & Translational Oncology
Monika Bhardwaj, Hee Jun Cho, Souren Paul, Rekha Jakhar, Imran Khan, Seon-Jin Lee, Bo-Yeon Kim, Manigandan Krishnan, Tejinder Pal Khaket, Hee Gu Lee, Sun Chul Kang
Cancer treatment is limited due to the diverse multidrug resistance acquired by cancer cells and the collateral damage caused to adjacent normal cells by chemotherapy. The flavonoid compound vitexin exhibits anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activity. This study elucidated the antitumor effects of vitexin and its underlying mechanisms in a multi-drug resistant human colon cancer cell line (HCT-116 DR ), which exhibits higher levels of multidrug-resistant protein 1 (MDR1) expression as compared with its parental cell line (HCT-116)...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Yan Cai, Jiajing Cai, Qiang Ma, Yuan Xu, Jiang Zou, Lei Xu, Dongsheng Wang, Xiaolan Guo
Esophageal carcinoma is a malignancy that severely threatens human health, with a high incidence rate and a low 5-year survival rate. Resistance to chemotherapy frequently emerges during its treatment, partly due to the induction of autophagy. Therefore, targeting autophagy may be a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of esophageal carcinoma. In the present study, it was investigated how chloroquine (CQ) can influence the growth ability and biological behaviors of EC109 esophageal squamous carcinoma cells in vitro, as well as the potential molecular mechanisms behind its activity...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Sajal K Ghosh, Abhishek Ganta, Remco A Spanjaard
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy and targeted therapies have made important strides in cancer treatment yet they often fail and new therapies are still needed. Here, we employed a phenotypic screen to identify and analyze the mechanism of action of novel small molecules that interfere with critical pathways involved in tumor cell growth, using chemoresistant A375 melanoma cells as a model. METHODS: Cell culture studies were performed in ATCC-recommended media. Compounds, and compound libraries were obtained from Boston University or purchased commercially...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
Santanu Maji, Sanjay Panda, Sabindra K Samal, Omprakash Shriwas, Rachna Rath, Maurizio Pellecchia, Luni Emdad, Swadesh K Das, Paul B Fisher, Rupesh Dash
Cancer is a daunting global problem confronting the world's population. The most frequent therapeutic approaches include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and more recently immunotherapy. In the case of chemotherapy, patients ultimately develop resistance to both single and multiple chemotherapeutic agents, which can culminate in metastatic disease which is a major cause of patient death from solid tumors. Chemoresistance, a primary cause of treatment failure, is attributed to multiple factors including decreased drug accumulation, reduced drug-target interactions, increased populations of cancer stem cells, enhanced autophagy activity, and reduced apoptosis in cancer cells...
2018: Advances in Cancer Research
Chutima Kaewpiboon, Nawong Boonnak, Sirichat Kaowinn, Young-Hwa Chung
Multidrug resistance (MDR) cancer toward cancer chemotherapy is one of the obstacles in cancer therapy. Therefore, it is of interested to use formoxanthone C (1,3,5,6-tetraoxygenated xanthone; XanX), a natural compound, which showed cytotoxicity against MDR human A549 lung cancer (A549RT-eto). The treatment with XanX induced not only apoptosis- in A549RT-eto cells, but also autophagy-cell death. Inhibition of apoptosis did not block XanX-induced autophagy in A549RT-eto cells. Furthermore, suppression of autophagy by beclin-1 small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) did not interrupt XanX-induced apoptosis, indicating that XanX can separately induce apoptosis and autophagy...
July 26, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
O Maiques, C Barceló, A Panosa, J Pijuan, J L Orgaz, I Rodriguez-Hernandez, C Matas-Nadal, G Tell, R Vilella, A Fabra, Puig S, V Sanz-Moreno, X Matias-Guiu, C Canti, J Herreros, R M Marti, A Macià
Melanoma is a malignant tumor derived from melanocytes. Once disseminated, it is usually highly resistant to chemotherapy and is associated with poor prognosis. We have recently reported that T-type calcium channels (TTCCs) are overexpressed in melanoma cells and play an important role in melanoma progression. Importantly, TTCC pharmacological blockers reduce proliferation and deregulate autophagy leading to apoptosis. Here, we analyze the role of autophagy during migration/invasion of melanoma cells. TTCC Cav3...
January 31, 2018: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
Meiying Li, Fei Ma, Jiayu Wang, Qing Li, Pin Zhang, Peng Yuan, Yang Luo, Ruigang Cai, Ying Fan, Shanshan Chen, Qiao Li, Binghe Xu
BACKGROUND: Autophagy plays a crucial role in chemotherapy resistance of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Hence, autophagy-related gene 5 (ATG5), an essential molecule involved in autophagy regulation, is presumably associated with recurrence of TNBC. This study was aimed to investigate the potential influence of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in ATG5 on the disease-free survival (DFS) of early-stage TNBC patients treated with anthracycline- and/or taxane-based chemotherapy. METHODS: We genotyped ATG5 SNP rs473543 in a cohort of 316 TNBC patients treated with anthracycline- and/or taxane-based chemotherapy using the sequenom's MassARRAY system...
January 31, 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer
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