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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433712/common-phox2b-poly-alanine-contractions-impair-ret-gene-transcription-predisposing-to-hirschsprung-disease
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Eleonora Di Zanni, Annalisa Adamo, Elga Belligni, Margherita Lerone, Giuseppe Martucciello, Girolamo Mattioli, Alessio Pini Prato, Roberto Ravazzolo, Margherita Silengo, Tiziana Bachetti, Isabella Ceccherini
HSCR is a congenital disorder of the enteric nervous system, characterized by the absence of neurons along a variable length of the gut resulting from loss-of-function RET mutations. Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS) is a rare neurocristopathy characterized by impaired response to hypercapnia and hypoxemia caused by heterozygous mutations of the PHOX2B gene, mostly polyalanine (polyA) expansions but also missense, nonsense, and frameshift mutations, while polyA contractions are common in the population and believed neutral...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433076/identification-of-ntrk3-fusions-in-childhood-melanocytic-neoplasms
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Lu Wang, Klaus J Busam, Ryma Benayed, Robert Cimera, Jiajing Wang, Ryan Denley, Mamta Rao, Ruth Aryeequaye, Kerry Mullaney, Long Cao, Marc Ladanyi, Meera Hameed
Spitzoid neoplasms are a distinct group of melanocytic tumors. Genetically, they lack mutations in common melanoma-associated oncogenes. Recent studies have shown that spitzoid tumors may contain a variety of kinase fusions, including ROS1, NTRK1, ALK, BRAF, and RET fusions. We report herein the discovery of recurrent NTRK3 gene rearrangements in childhood melanocytic neoplasms with spitzoid and/or atypical features, based on genome-wide copy number analysis by single-nucleotide polymorphism array, which showed intragenic copy number changes in NTRK3...
May 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432847/genotype-phenotype-correlation-in-paediatric-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma-a-single-centre-experience-from-india
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Kranti Khadilkar, Vijaya Sarathi, Rajeev Kasaliwal, Reshma Pandit, Manjunath Goroshi, Vyankatesh Shivane, Anurag Lila, Tushar Bandgar, Nalini S Shah
BACKGROUND: Data on genotype-phenotype correlation in children is limited. Hence, we studied the prevalence of germline mutations and genotype-phenotype correlation in children with pheochromocytoma (PCC)/paraganglioma (PGL) and compared it with adult PCC/PGL cohort. METHODS: A total of 121 consecutive, unrelated, index PCC/PGL patients underwent genetic testing for five PCC/PGL susceptibility genes (RET, VHL, SDHB, SDHD and SDHC) and were evaluated for clinical diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type1 (NF1)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428969/targeted-lung-cancer-treatments-and-eye-metastasis
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Paul Zarogoulidis, Sofia Baka, Sofia Labaki, George Lazaridis, Georgia Trakada
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death due to cancer. We do not have effective tools for the early detection of lung cancer, so patients are usually diagnosed at an advanced stage. However, novel therapies based on molecular pathways (such as those involving the epidermal growth factor receptor, anaplastic lymphoma kinase, serine/threonine-protein kinase B-Raf, proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase ROS, c-Met proto-oncogene protein, and RET proto-oncogene protein) are now commonly used in the treatment of lung cancer...
2017: Medical Hypothesis, Discovery and Innovation in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428274/egfr-mediates-responses-to-small-molecule-drugs-targeting-oncogenic-fusion-kinases
#5
Aria Vaishnavi, Laura Schubert, Uwe Rix, Lindsay A Marek, Anh T Le, Stephen Keysar, Magdalena J Glogowska, Matthew A Smith, Severine L Kako, Natalia J Sumi, Kurtis D Davies, Kathryn E Ware, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Eric B Haura, Antonio Jimeno, Lynn E Heasley, Dara L Aisner, Robert C Doebele
Oncogenic kinase fusions of ALK, ROS1, RET and NTRK1 act as drivers in human lung and other cancers. Residual tumor burden following treatment of ALK or ROS1+ lung cancer patients with oncogene-targeted therapy ultimately enables the emergence of drug-resistant clones, limiting the long-term effectiveness of these therapies. To determine the signaling mechanisms underlying incomplete tumor cell killing in oncogene-addicted cancer cells, we investigated the role of EGFR signaling in drug-naive cancer cells harboring these oncogene fusions...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427247/molecular-testing-of-lung-cancers
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Hyo Sup Shim, Yoon-La Choi, Lucia Kim, Sunhee Chang, Wan-Seop Kim, Mee Sook Roh, Tae-Jung Kim, Seung Yeon Ha, Jin-Haeng Chung, Se Jin Jang, Geon Kook Lee
Targeted therapies guided by molecular diagnostics have become a standard treatment of lung cancer. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearrangements are currently used as the best predictive biomarkers for EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors and ALK inhibitors, respectively. Besides EGFR and ALK, the list of druggable genetic alterations has been growing, including ROS1 rearrangements, RET rearrangements, and MET alterations. In this situation, pathologists should carefully manage clinical samples for molecular testing and should do their best to quickly and accurately identify patients who will benefit from precision therapeutics...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423638/her-inhibitor-promotes-braf-mek-inhibitor-induced-redifferentiation-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer-harboring-brafv600e
#7
Lingxiao Cheng, Yuchen Jin, Min Liu, Maomei Ruan, Libo Chen
Redifferentiation therapy with BRAF/MEK inhibitors to facilitate treatment with radioiodine represents a good choice for radioiodine-refractory differentiated thyroid carcinoma, but recent initial clinical outcomes were modest. MAPK rebound caused by BRAF/MEK inhibitors-induced activation of HER2/HER3 is a resistance mechanism, and combination with HER inhibitor to prevent MAPK rebound may sensitize BRAFV600E-mutant thyroid cancer cells to redifferentiation therapy. To evaluate if inhibiting both BRAF/MEK and HER can produce stronger redifferetiation effect, we tested the effects of BRAF/MEK inhibitor dabrafenib/selumetinib alone or in combination with HER inhibitor lapatinib on the expression and function of iodine- and glucose-handling genes in BRAFV600E-positive BCPAP and K1 cells, using BHP 2-7 cells harboring RET/PTC1 rearrangement as control...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423517/next-generation-sequencing-of-extraskeletal-myxoid-chondrosarcoma
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Elizabeth J Davis, Yi-Mi Wu, Dan Robinson, Scott M Schuetze, Laurence H Baker, Jyoti Athanikar, Xuhong Cao, Lakshmi P Kunju, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Rashmi Chugh
Extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (EMC) is an indolent translocation-associated soft tissue sarcoma with a high propensity for metastases. Using a clinical sequencing approach, we genomically profiled patients with metastatic EMC to elucidate the molecular biology and identify potentially actionable mutations. We also evaluated potential predictive factors of benefit to sunitinib, a multi-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor with reported activity in a subset of EMC patients. Between January 31, 2012 and April 15, 2016, six patients with EMC participated in the clinical sequencing research study...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417935/diagnostic-limitation-of-fine-needle-aspiration-fna-on-indeterminate-thyroid-nodules-can-be-partially-overcome-by-preoperative-molecular-analysis-assessment-of-ret-ptc1-rearrangement-in-braf-and-ras-wild-type-routine-air-dried-fna-specimens
#9
Young Sin Ko, Tae Sook Hwang, Ja Yeon Kim, Yoon-La Choi, Seung Eun Lee, Hye Seung Han, Wan Seop Kim, Suk Kyeong Kim, Kyoung Sik Park
Molecular markers are helpful diagnostic tools, particularly for cytologically indeterminate thyroid nodules. Preoperative RET/PTC1 rearrangement analysis in BRAF and RAS wild-type indeterminate thyroid nodules would permit the formulation of an unambiguous surgical plan. Cycle threshold values according to the cell count for detection of the RET/PTC1 rearrangement by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using fresh and routine air-dried TPC1 cells were evaluated. The correlation of RET/PTC1 rearrangement between fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and paired formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens was analyzed...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415793/clinical-framework-for-next-generation-sequencing-based-analysis-of-treatment-predictive-mutations-and-multiplexed-gene-fusion-detection-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Kajsa Ericson Lindquist, Anna Karlsson, Per Levéen, Hans Brunnström, Christel Reuterswärd, Karolina Holm, Mats Jönsson, Karin Annersten, Frida Rosengren, Karin Jirström, Jaroslaw Kosieradzki, Lars Ek, Åke Borg, Maria Planck, Göran Jönsson, Johan Staaf
Precision medicine requires accurate multi-gene clinical diagnostics. We describe the implementation of an Illumina TruSight Tumor (TST) clinical NGS diagnostic framework and parallel validation of a NanoString RNA-based ALK, RET, and ROS1 gene fusion assay for combined analysis of treatment predictive alterations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in a regional healthcare region of Sweden (Scandinavia). The TST panel was clinically validated in 81 tumors (99% hotspot mutation concordance), after which 533 consecutive NSCLCs were collected during one-year of routine clinical analysis in the healthcare region (~90% advanced stage patients)...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405502/il4-induced-gene-1-promotes-tumor-growth-by-shaping-the-immune-microenvironment-in-melanoma
#11
Lloyd Bod, Renée Lengagne, Ludovic Wrobel, Jan Philipp Ramspott, Masashi Kato, Marie-Françoise Avril, Flavia Castellano, Valérie Molinier-Frenkel, Armelle Prévost-Blondel
Amino acid catabolizing enzymes emerged as a crucial mechanism used by tumors to dampen immune responses. The L-phenylalanine oxidase IL-4 induced gene 1 (IL4I1) is expressed by tumor-associated myeloid cells of most solid tumors, including melanoma. We previously provided the only evidence that IL4I1 accelerates tumor growth by limiting the CD8(+) T cell mediated immune response, in a mouse model of melanoma cell transplantation. Here, we explored the role of IL4I1 in Ret mice, a spontaneous model of melanoma...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404842/an-immortalized-human-dorsal-root-ganglia-cell-line-provides-a-novel-context-to-study-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-latency-and-reactivation
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Nikki M Thellman, Carolyn Botting, Zachary Madaj, Steven J Triezenberg
A defining characteristic of alphaherpesviruses is the establishment of lifelong latency in host sensory ganglia with occasional reactivation causing recurrent lytic infections. As an alternative to rodent models, we explored the use of an immortalized cell line derived from human dorsal root ganglia. HD10.6 cells proliferate by virtue of a transduced tetracycline-regulated v-myc oncogene. In the presence of doxycycline, HD10.6 cells mature to exhibit neuronal morphology and express sensory neuron-associated markers such as neurotrophin receptors TrkA, TrkB, TrkC, and RET and the sensory neurofilament peripherin...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404587/cic-dux4-induces-small-round-cell-sarcomas-distinct-from-ewing-sarcoma
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Toyoki Yoshimoto, Miwa Tanaka, Mizuki Homme, Yukari Yamazaki, Yutaka Takazawa, Cristina R Antonescu, Takuro Nakamura
CIC-DUX4 sarcoma (CDS) or CIC-rearranged sarcoma is a  subcategory of small round cell sarcoma resembling the morphological phenotypes of Ewing sarcoma (ES). Hoever, recent clinicopathologic and molecular genetic analyses indicate that CDS is an independent disease entity from ES. Few ancillary markers have been used in the differential diagnosis of CDS, and additional CDS-specific biomarkers are needed for more definitive classification. Here we report the generation of an ex vivo mouse model for CDS by transducing embryonic mesenchymal cells (eMC) with human CIC-DUX4 cDNA...
April 12, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404375/synthesis-and-structure-activity-relationship-study-of-pyrazolo-3-4-d-pyrimidines-as-tyrosine-kinase-ret-inhibitors
#14
Chengyan Wang, Hongchun Liu, Zilan Song, Yinchun Ji, Li Xing, Xia Peng, Xisheng Wang, Jing Ai, Meiyu Geng, Ao Zhang
Three series of pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine derivatives were synthesized and evaluated as RET kinase inhibitors. Compounds 23a and 23c were identified to show significant activity both in the biochemical and the BaF3/CCDC6-RET cell assays. Compound 23c was found to significantly inhibit RET phosphorylation and down-stream signaling in BaF3/CCDC6-RET cells, confirming its potent cellular RET-targeting profile. Different from other RET inhibitors with equal potency against KDR that associated with severe toxicity, 23c did not show significant KDR-inhibition even at the concentration of 1μM...
March 31, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390257/exploring-the-reactivity-of-retinol-radical-cation-toward-organic-and-biological-molecules-a-laser-flash-photolysis-study
#15
Ali El-Agamey, Thor B Melø, Hans-Richard Sliwka
Vitamin A (retinol) and various natural retinoids are essential for life. Under oxidative conditions, vitamin A radical cation (RET(+)) can be formed. Many deleterious effects were reported about the formation of carotenoid radical cations in biological environments, on the other hand, little is known about the consequences of the RET(+) formation in these environments. Therefore, it is important to explore the reactivity of RET(+) toward various biological substrates. Here, we employed nanosecond laser flash photolysis (LFP) to generate RET(+) (λmax=580nm in methanol) and examine its reactivity toward a wide range of biological molecules including amino acids, vitamins, carotenoids, naturally-occurring phenols, neurotransmitters such as catecholamines, wide range of phenol derivatives and some selected electron-donors...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386563/the-effect-of-phototherapy-on-cancer-predisposition-genes-of-diabetic-and-normal-human-skin-fibroblasts
#16
Pongsathorn Chotikasemsri, Boonsin Tangtrakulwanich, Surasak Sangkhathat
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether LED light at different wavelengths affects the expression profile of 143 cancer predisposition genes in both diabetic and normal human fibroblasts. In this study, both diabetic and normal fibroblast cell lines were cultured and irradiated with red (635 nm), green (520 nm), and blue (465 nm) LED light for 10 minutes at 0.67 J/cm(2) each. After that, mRNA from all cell lines was extracted for microarray analysis. We found that green light activates EPHB2, KIT, ANTXR2, ESCO2, MSR1, EXT1, TSC1, KIT, NF1, BUB1B, FANCD2, EPCAM, FANCD2, NF, DIS3L2, and RET in normal fibroblast cells, while blue and red light can upregulate RUNX1, PDGFRA, EHBP1, GPC3, AXIN2, KDR, GLMN, MSMB, EPHB2, MSR1, KIT, FANCD2, BMPR1A, BUB1B, PDE11A, and RET...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382399/ccr5-in-recruitment-and-activation-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-in-melanoma
#17
REVIEW
Viktor Umansky, Carolin Blattner, Christoffer Gebhardt, Jochen Utikal
Malignant melanoma is characterized by the development of chronic inflammation in the tumor microenvironment, leading to the accumulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). Using ret transgenic mouse melanoma model, we found a significant migration of MDSCs expressing C-C chemokine receptor (CCR)5 into primary tumors and metastatic lymph nodes, which was correlated with tumor progression. An increased CCR5 expression on MDSCs was associated with elevated concentrations of CCR5 ligands in melanoma microenvironment...
April 5, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378524/building-block-dependent-morphology-modulation-of-cage-nanoparticles-and-recognition-of-nitroaromatics
#18
Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, Koushik Acharyya, Aniket Chowdhury, Bijnaneswar Mondal, Shubhadip Chakraborty
Morphology of nanomaterials has high impact on their chemical/physical properties, while controlled synthesis of such materials with desirable morphology is a grand challenge. This article presents the role of a building block on the morphology of organic cage particles. In this context, three organic cages (A3X2, B3X2 and C3X2) have been devised from triphenylamine based dialdehydes and a flexible triamine (X) utilizing dynamic imine chemistry. All the synthesized cages have been characterized by various spectroscopic techniques, which suggested the formation of [3+2] assembled architectures...
April 5, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369925/cousins-not-twins-intra-and-inter-tumoral-heterogeneity-in-syndromic-neuroendocrine-tumours
#19
Aidan Flynn, Trisha Dwight, Diana Benn, Siddhartha Deb, Andrew J Colebatch, Stephen Fox, Jessica Harris, Emma L Duncan, Bruce Robinson, Annette Hogg, Jason Ellul, Henry To, Cuong Duong, Julie A Miller, Christopher Yates, Paul James, Alison Trainer, Anthony J Gill, Roderick Clifton-Bligh, Rodney J Hicks, Richard W Tothill
Hereditary endocrine neoplasias, including phaeochromocytoma/paraganglioma and medullary thyroid cancer, are caused by autosomal dominant mutations in several familial cancer genes. A common feature of these diseases is the presentation of multiple primary tumours, or multifocal disease representing independent tumour clones that have arisen from the same initiating genetic lesion, but have undergone independent clonal evolution. Such tumours provide an opportunity to discover common co-operative changes required for tumorigenesis, while controlling for the genetic background of the individual...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351340/molecular-pathology-of-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinomas-a-retrospective-study-of-144-cases
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Benjamin Bonhomme, Yann Godbert, Gaelle Perot, Abir Alghuzlan, Stéphane Bardet, Geneviève Belleannée, Lise Criniere, Christine Do Cao, Geneviève Fouilhoux, Serge Guyetant, Antony Kelly, Sophie Leboulleux, Camille Buffet, Emmanuelle Leteurtre, Jean-Jacques Michels, Frédérique Tissier, Marie-Elisabeth Toubert, Michel Wassef, Clémence Pinard, Isabelle Hostein, Isabelle Soubeyran
BACKGROUND: Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is a rare tumor with poorly defined oncogenic molecular mechanisms and limited therapeutic options contributing to its poor prognosis. The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the frequency of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) translocations and identify the mutational profile of ATC including TERT promoter mutation. METHODS AND MATERIALS: One hundred and forty-four ATC cases were collected from 10 centers that are a part of the national French network for management of refractory thyroid tumors (TUTHYREF)...
March 28, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
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