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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407685/extra-pancreatic-invasion-induces-lipolytic-and-fibrotic-changes-in-the-adipose-microenvironment-with-released-fatty-acids-enhancing-the-invasiveness-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Takashi Okumura, Kenoki Ohuchida, Masafumi Sada, Toshiya Abe, Sho Endo, Kazuhiro Koikawa, Chika Iwamoto, Daisuke Miura, Yusuke Mizuuchi, Taiki Moriyama, Kohei Nakata, Yoshihiro Miyasaka, Tatsuya Manabe, Takao Ohtsuka, Eishi Nagai, Kazuhiro Mizumoto, Yoshinao Oda, Makoto Hashizume, Masafumi Nakamura
Pancreatic cancer progression involves components of the tumor microenvironment, including stellate cells, immune cells, endothelial cells, and the extracellular matrix. Although peripancreatic fat is the main stromal component involved in extra-pancreatic invasion, its roles in local invasion and metastasis of pancreatic cancer remain unclear. This study investigated the role of adipose tissue in pancreatic cancer progression using genetically engineered mice (Pdx1-Cre; LSL-KrasG12D; Trp53R172H/+) and an in vitro model of organotypic fat invasion...
March 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407327/oncolytic-viral-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Ahmad Rahal, Benjamin Musher
Outcomes of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDA) remain dismal despite extensive clinical investigation. Combination chemotherapy provides modest improvements in survival above best supportive care, and immunotherapy has thus far not proven effective. Nevertheless, growing insight into antitumor immunity and the tumor microenvironment has inspired the discovery of novel agents targeting PDA. Oncolytic viruses represent an emerging class of immunotherapeutic agents that have undergone extensive preclinical investigation and warrant further investigation in well-designed clinical trials...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405527/jak-stat-mediated-chronic-inflammation-impairs-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-activation-to-decrease-anti-pd-1-immunotherapy-efficacy-in-pancreatic-cancer
#3
Chunwan Lu, Asif Talukder, Natasha M Savage, Nagendra Singh, Kebin Liu
Human pancreatic cancer does not respond to immune check point blockade immunotherapy. One key feature of pancreatic cancer is the association between its progression and chronic inflammation. Emerging evidence supports a key role for the JAK-STAT pathway in pancreatic cancer inflammation. We aimed at testing the hypothesis that sustained JAK-STAT signaling suppresses cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activation to counteract anti-PD-1 immunotherapy-induced CTL activity in pancreatic cancer. We show that human pancreatic carcinomas express high level of PD-L1 and exhibit low level of CTL infiltration...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400334/asporin-promotes-pancreatic-cancer-cell-invasion-and-migration-by-regulating-the-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-emt-through-both-autocrine-and-paracrine-mechanisms
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Lili Wang, Huanwen Wu, Li Wang, Hui Zhang, Junliang Lu, Zhiyong Liang, Tonghua Liu
Pancreatic cancer is histopathologically characterized by excessive desmoplasia induced by pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs). Asporin, an extracellular matrix (ECM) protein, is highly expressed in cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). Asporin expression in PSCs and its roles in PSC-pancreatic cancer cell (PCC) interaction remain unclear. The present study firstly showed that Asporin is highly expressed in activated PSCs and is involved in PSC-mediated invasion and migration of PCCs. Exogenous Asporin interacted with the transmembrane receptor CD44 on PCCs to activate NF-κB/p65 and promoted the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in PCCs...
April 9, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396716/tumor-reactive-stroma-in-cholangiocarcinoma-the-fuel-behind-cancer-aggressiveness
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EDITORIAL
Simone Brivio, Massimiliano Cadamuro, Mario Strazzabosco, Luca Fabris
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a highly aggressive epithelial malignancy still carrying a dismal prognosis, owing to early lymph node metastatic dissemination and striking resistance to conventional chemotherapy. Although mechanisms underpinning CCA progression are still a conundrum, it is now increasingly recognized that the desmoplastic microenvironment developing in conjunction with biliary carcinogenesis, recently renamed tumor reactive stroma (TRS), behaves as a paramount tumor-promoting driver. Indeed, once being recruited, activated and dangerously co-opted by neoplastic cells, the cellular components of the TRS (myofibroblasts, macrophages, endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells) continuously rekindle malignancy by secreting a huge variety of soluble factors (cyto/chemokines, growth factors, morphogens and proteinases)...
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386018/panin-neuroendocrine-cells-promote-tumorigenesis-via-neuronal-cross-talk
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Smrita Sinha, Ya-Yuan Fu, Adrien Grimont, Maren Ketcham, Kelly Lafaro, Joseph A Saglimbeni, Gokce Askan, Jennifer M Bailey, Jerry P Melchor, Yi Zhong, Min Geol Joo, Olivera Grbovic-Huezo, In-Hong Yang, Olca Basturk, Lindsey Baker, Young Park, Robert C Kurtz, David Tuveson, Steven D Leach, Pankaj J Pasricha
Nerves are a notable feature of the tumor microenvironment in some epithelial tumors, but their role in the malignant progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is uncertain. Here, we identify dense innervation in the microenvironment of precancerous pancreatic lesions, known as pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasms (PanIN), and describe a unique subpopulation of neuroendocrine PanIN cells that express the neuropeptide substance P (SP) receptor neurokinin 1-R (NK1-R). Using organoid culture, we demonstrated that sensory neurons promoted the proliferation of PanIN organoids via SP-NK1-R signaling and STAT3 activation...
April 6, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383487/molecular-drivers-of-pancreatic-cancer-pathogenesis-looking-inward-to-move-forward
#7
REVIEW
Mohammad Aslam Aslam Khan, Shafquat Azim, Haseeb Zubair, Arun Bhardwaj, Girijesh Kumar Patel, Moh'd Khushman, Seema Singh, Ajay Pratap Singh
Pancreatic cancer (PC) continues to rank among the most lethal cancers. The consistent increase in incidence and mortality has made it the seventh leading cause of cancer-associated deaths globally and the third in the United States. The biggest challenge in combating PC is our insufficient understanding of the molecular mechanism(s) underlying its complex biology. Studies during the last several years have helped identify several putative factors and events, both genetic and epigenetic, as well as some deregulated signaling pathways, with implications in PC onset and progression...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382422/the-role-of-exosomes-in-pancreatic-cancer-microenvironment
#8
Avner Friedman, Wenrui Hao
Exosomes are nanovesicles shed by cells as a means of communication with other cells. Exosomes contain mRNAs, microRNAs (miRs) and functional proteins. In the present paper, we develop a mathematical model of tumor-immune interaction by means of exosomes shed by pancreatic cancer cells and dendritic cells. Cancer cells' exosomes contain miRs that promote their proliferation and that inhibit immune response by dendritic cells, and by CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. Dendritic cells release exosomes with proteins that induce apoptosis of cancer cells and that block regulatory T cells...
April 5, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381547/eif5a-peak1-signaling-regulates-yap1-taz-protein-expression-and-pancreatic-cancer-cell-growth
#9
Jan Strnadel, Sunkyu Choi, Ken Fujimura, Huawei Wang, Wei Zhang, Meghan Wyse, Tracy Wright, Emilie Gross, Carlos Peinado, Hyun Woo Park, Jack Bui, Jonathan Kelber, Michael Bouvet, Kun-Liang Guan, Richard L Klemke
In pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), mutant KRAS stimulates the translation initiation factor eIF5A and upregulates the focal adhesion kinase PEAK1, which transmits integrin and growth factor signals mediated by the tumor microenvironment. Although eIF5A-PEAK1 signaling contributes to multiple aggressive cancer cell phenotypes, the downstream signaling processes that mediate these responses are uncharacterized. Through proteomics and informatic analyses of PEAK1-depleted PDAC cells, we defined protein translation, cytoskeleton organization, and cell-cycle regulatory pathways as major pathways controlled by PEAK1...
April 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379317/circulating-pancreatic-stellate-stromal-cells-in-pancreatic-cancer-a-fertile-area-for-novel-research
#10
Tony Cy Pang, Zhihong Xu, Srinivasa Pothula, Therese Becker, David Goldstein, Romano C Pirola, Jeremy S Wilson, Minoti V Apte
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) is known to play an important role in facilitating pancreatic cancer progression - both in terms of local tumour growth as well as the establishment of metastases. We have previously demonstrated that PSCs from the primary cancer seed to distant metastatic sites. We therefore hypothesise that PSCs circulate along with pancreatic cancer cells (circulating tumour cells - CTCs) to help create a growth permissive microenvironment at distant metastatic sites. This review aims to explore the concept of circulating PSCs in pancreatic cancer and suggests future directions for research in this area...
April 1, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373404/precancer-atlas-to-drive-precision-prevention-trials
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Avrum Spira, Matthew B Yurgelun, Ludmil Alexandrov, Anjana Rao, Rafael Bejar, Kornelia Polyak, Marios Giannakis, Ali Shilatifard, Olivera J Finn, Madhav Dhodapkar, Neil E Kay, Esteban Braggio, Eduardo Vilar, Sarah A Mazzilli, Timothy R Rebbeck, Judy E Garber, Victor E Velculescu, Mary L Disis, Douglas C Wallace, Scott M Lippman
Cancer development is a complex process driven by inherited and acquired molecular and cellular alterations. Prevention is the holy grail of cancer elimination, but making this a reality will take a fundamental rethinking and deep understanding of premalignant biology. In this Perspective, we propose a national concerted effort to create a Precancer Atlas (PCA), integrating multi-omics and immunity - basic tenets of the neoplastic process. The biology of neoplasia caused by germline mutations has led to paradigm-changing precision prevention efforts, including: tumor testing for mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency in Lynch syndrome establishing a new paradigm, combinatorial chemoprevention efficacy in familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), signal of benefit from imaging-based early detection research in high-germline risk for pancreatic neoplasia, elucidating early ontogeny in BRCA1-mutation carriers leading to an international breast cancer prevention trial, and insights into the intricate germline-somatic-immunity interaction landscape...
April 1, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373365/current-and-emerging-therapies-in-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer
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EDITORIAL
Gulam Abbas Manji, Kenneth P Olive, Yvonne M Saenger, Paul Oberstein
Targeted therapies and immunotherapy have changed the face of multiple solid malignancies, including metastatic melanoma and lung cancer, but no such therapies exist for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) despite the knowledge of key mutations and an increasing understanding of the tumor microenvironment. Until now, most clinical studies have not been biomarker driven in this highly immunosuppressive and heterogeneous cancer. Ongoing basic and translational studies are better classifying the disease in hopes of identifying critical pathways that distinguish the unique PDAC subtypes, which will lead to personalized therapies...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373364/strategies-for-increasing-pancreatic-tumor-immunogenicity
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EDITORIAL
Burles A Johnson, Mark Yarchoan, Valerie Lee, Daniel A Laheru, Elizabeth M Jaffee
Immunotherapy has changed the standard of care for multiple deadly cancers, including lung, head and neck, gastric, and some colorectal cancers. However, single-agent immunotherapy has had little effect in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Increasing evidence suggests that the PDAC microenvironment is comprised of an intricate network of signals between immune cells, PDAC cells, and stroma, resulting in an immunosuppressive environment resistant to single-agent immunotherapies. In this review, we discuss differences between immunotherapy-sensitive cancers and PDAC, the complex interactions between PDAC stroma and suppressive tumor-infiltrating cells that facilitate PDAC development and progression, the immunologic targets within these complex networks that are druggable, and data supporting combination drug approaches that modulate multiple PDAC signals, which should lead to improved clinical outcomes...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373363/re-engineering-the-pancreas-tumor-microenvironment-a-regenerative-program-hacked
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EDITORIAL
Gerard I Evan, Nasun Hah, Trevor D Littlewood, Nicole M Sodir, Tania Campos, Michael Downes, Ronald M Evans
The "hallmarks" of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) include proliferative, invasive, and metastatic tumor cells and an associated dense desmoplasia comprised of fibroblasts, pancreatic stellate cells, extracellular matrix, and immune cells. The oncogenically activated pancreatic epithelium and its associated stroma are obligatorily interdependent, with the resulting inflammatory and immunosuppressive microenvironment contributing greatly to the evolution and maintenance of PDAC. The peculiar pancreas-specific tumor phenotype is a consequence of oncogenes hacking the resident pancreas regenerative program, a tissue-specific repair mechanism regulated by discrete super enhancer networks...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351381/the-role-of-stromal-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-in-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Dagny von Ahrens, Tushar D Bhagat, Deepak Nagrath, Anirban Maitra, Amit Verma
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a lethal cancer generally refractory to conventional treatments. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are cellular components of the desmoplastic stroma characteristic to the tumor that contributes to this treatment resistance. Various markers for CAFs have been explored including palladin and CD146 that have prognostic and functional roles in the pathobiology of PDAC. Mechanisms of CAF-tumor cell interaction have been described including exosomal transfer and paracrine signaling mediated by cytokines such as GM-CSF and IL-6...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347252/the-critical-role-and-potential-target-of-the-autotaxin-lysophosphatidate-axis-in-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Ming Quan, Jiu-Jie Cui, Xiao Feng, Qian Huang
Autotaxin, an ecto-lysophospholipase D encoded by the human ENNP2 gene, is expressed in multiple tissues, and participates in numerous critical physiologic and pathologic processes including inflammation, pain, obesity, embryo development, and cancer via the generation of the bioactive lipid lysophosphatidate. Overwhelming evidences indicate that the autotaxin/lysophosphatidate signaling axis serves key roles in the numerous processes central to tumorigenesis and progression, including proliferation, survival, migration, invasion, metastasis, cancer stem cell, tumor microenvironment, and treatment resistance by interacting with a series of at least six G-protein-coupled receptors (LPAR1-6)...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346697/car-t-cell-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
#17
REVIEW
Carl J DeSelm, Zachary E Tano, Anna M Varghese, Prasad S Adusumilli
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy utilizes genetic engineering to redirect a patient's own T cells to target cancer cells. The remarkable results in hematological malignancies prompted investigating this approach in solid tumors such as pancreatic cancer. The complex tumor microenvironment, stromal hindrance in limiting immune response, and expression of checkpoint blockade on T cells pose hurdles. Herein, we summarize the opportunities, challenges, and state of knowledge in targeting pancreatic cancer with CAR T-cell therapy...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344866/cd13-hi-neutrophil-like-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-exert-immune-suppression-through-arginase-1-expression-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Jing Zhang, Xiongfei Xu, Min Shi, Ying Chen, Danghui Yu, Chenyan Zhao, Yan Gu, Biao Yang, Shiwei Guo, Guiling Ding, Gang Jin, Chin-Lee Wu, Minghua Zhu
Perineural invasion and immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment are the distinct features of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Heterogeneous myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are potent suppressors of antitumor immunity, posing obstacles for cancer immunotherapy. Increasing evidences have demonstrated the accumulation of MDSCs in PDAC patients. However, the role of MDSCs in perineural invasion of PDAC and the existence of novel MDSC subsets during PDAC remain unclear. This study found that lymphocytic perineural cuffs were frequently present in chronic pancreatitis (CP) tissues and adjacent non-neoplastic pancreatic tissues (ANPTs), but not in PDAC with perineural invasion...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339085/integrated-analysis-of-mrna-and-mirna-expression-profiles-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#19
Hongwei Sun, Liang Zhao, Kehua Pan, Zhao Zhang, Mengtao Zhou, Guoquan Cao
In the present study, to investigate the potential molecular mechanism of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), mRNA and miRNA expression profiles were integrated for systematic analysis. Results showed that a total of 76 common differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified from 2 mRNA expression profiles that contained 39 tumor and 15 normal samples. Notably, the tumor and normal samples were able to be clearly classified into 4 groups based on the DEGs. mRNA‑miRNA regulation network analysis indicated that 22 out of the 76 DEGs including MUC4, RRM2 and CCL2 are regulated by 5 reported miRNAs...
March 24, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333143/molecular-insights-of-gas6-tam-in-cancer-development-and-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Guiling Wu, Zhiqiang Ma, Wei Hu, Dongjin Wang, Bing Gong, Chongxi Fan, Shuai Jiang, Tian Li, Jianyuan Gao, Yang Yang
Since growth arrest-specific gene 6 (Gas6) was discovered in 1988, numerous studies have highlighted the role of the Gas6 protein and its receptors Tyro3, Axl and Mer (collectively referred to as TAM), in proliferation, apoptosis, efferocytosis, leukocyte migration, sequestration and platelet aggregation. Gas6 has a critical role in the development of multiple types of cancers, including pancreatic, prostate, oral, ovarian and renal cancers. Acute myelocytic leukaemia (AML) is a Gas6-dependent cancer, and Gas6 expression predicts poor prognosis in AML...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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