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pancreatic cancer fibrosis

Andreas Stylianou, Vasiliki Gkretsi, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
BACKGROUND: Tumor microenvironment consists of the extracellular matrix (ECM), stromal cells, such as fibroblasts-FBs and cancer associated fibroblasts-CAFs, and a myriad of soluble factors. In many tumor types, including pancreatic tumors, the interplay between stromal cells and the other tumor microenvironment components leads to desmoplasia, a cancer-specific type of fibrosis that hinders treatment. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) and CAFs are thought to play a crucial role in this tumor desmoplastic reaction, although the involved mechanisms are unknown...
February 22, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Mercedes Rubio-Manzanares Dorado, Luis Miguel Marín Gómez, Daniel Aparicio Sánchez, Sheila Pereira Arenas, Juan Manuel Praena-Fernández, Juan Jose Borrero Martín, Francisco Farfán López, Miguel Ángel Gómez Bravo, Jordi Muntané Relat, Javier Padillo Ruiz
AIM: To assess the viability of orthotopic and heterotopic patient-derived pancreatic cancer xenografts implanted into nude mice. METHODS: This study presents a prospective experimental analytical follow-up of the development of tumours in mice upon implantation of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma samples. Specimens were obtained surgically from patients with a pathological diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Tumour samples from pancreatic cancer patients were transplanted into nude mice in three different locations (intraperitoneal, subcutaneous and pancreatic)...
February 21, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Jianchun Xiao, Peiran Xu, Binglu Li, Tao Hong, Wei Liu, Xiaodong He, Chaoji Zheng, Yupei Zhao
Immunoglobulin (Ig)G4-associated cholangitis (IAC) is one of the common organ manifestations of IgG4-related systemic disease (ISD). IAC and autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) may mimic sclerosing cholangitis, cholangiocarcinoma, or pancreatic carcinoma. Diagnosis is based on a combination of clinical, biochemical, radiological, and histological findings.To study the clinical presentation of and treatment strategy for IAC, we reviewed clinical, serologic, and imaging characteristics, as well as treatment response, in 39 patients with IAC...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Rei Suzuki, Hiroyuki Asama, Yuichi Waragai, Tadayuki Takagi, Takuto Hikichi, Mitsuru Sugimoto, Naoki Konno, Ko Watanabe, Jun Nakamura, Hitomi Kikuchi, Yuki Sato, Shigeru Marubashi, Atsushi Masamune, Hiromasa Ohira
We investigated whether serum microRNAs (miRNAs) could be diagnostic or prognostic markers in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). We first identified miRNAs showing altered expression in human pancreatic stellate cells (hPSCs) co-cultured with PDAC cells (Panc-1 and BxPC-3) as compared to hPSCs cultured alone. Among the miRNAs with altered expression, let-7d exhibited reduced expression in an in silico analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas data. Inhibition of let-7d resulted in enhanced expression of fibrosis-related genes...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Jonas Schnittert, Marcel A Heinrich, Praneeth R Kuninty, Gert Storm, Jai Prakash
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are the precursors of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), which potentiate pancreatic tumor growth and progression. In this study, we investigated whether Lipoxin A4 (LXA4), an endogenous bioactive lipid, can inhibit the differentiation of human PSCs (hPSCs) into CAF-like myofibroblasts and thereby hPSC-induced pro-tumorigenic effects. LXA4 significantly inhibited TGF-β-mediated differentiation of hPSCs by inhibiting pSmad2/3 signalling. Furthermore, treatment with LXA4 abolished the paracrine effects (proliferation and migration of Panc-1 tumor cells) of hPSCs in vitro...
February 2, 2018: Cancer Letters
Mohamed O Othman, Diala Harb, Jodie A Barkin
AIMS: In exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), the quantity and/or activity of pancreatic digestive enzymes are below the levels required for normal digestion, leading to maldigestion and malabsorption. Diagnosis of EPI is often challenging because the characteristic signs and symptoms overlap with those of other gastrointestinal conditions. Additionally, there is no single convenient, or specific diagnostic test for EPI. The aim of this review is to provide a framework for differential diagnosis of EPI vs other malabsorptive conditions...
February 5, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Daoxiang Zhang, Lin Li, Hongmei Jiang, Qiong Li, Andrea Wang-Gillam, Jinsheng Yu, Richard Head, Jingxia Liu, Marianna B Ruzinova, Kian-Huat Lim
Targeting the desmoplastic stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) holds promise to augment the effect of chemotherapy, but success in the clinic has thus far been limited. Preclinical mouse models suggest that near-depletion of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) carries a risk of accelerating PDAC progression, underscoring the need to concurrently target key signaling mechanisms that drive the malignant attributes of both CAF and PDAC cells. We previously reported that inhibition of interleukin-1 receptor associated kinase 4 (IRAK4) suppresses NF-κB activity and promotes response to chemotherapy in PDAC cells...
January 23, 2018: Cancer Research
Kayla A Quirin, Jason J Kwon, Arafat Alioufi, Tricia Factora, Constance J Temm, Max Jacobsen, George E Sandusky, Kim Shontz, Louis G Chicoine, K Reed Clark, Joshua T Mendell, Murray Korc, Janaiah Kota
Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV)-mediated gene delivery shows promise to transduce the pancreas, but safety/efficacy in a neoplastic context is not well established. To identify an ideal AAV serotype, route, and vector dose and assess safety, we have investigated the use of three AAV serotypes (6, 8, and 9) expressing GFP in a self-complementary (sc) AAV vector under an EF1α promoter (scAAV.GFP) following systemic or retrograde pancreatic intraductal delivery. Systemic delivery of scAAV9.GFP transduced the pancreas with high efficiency, but gene expression did not exceed >45% with the highest dose, 5 × 1012 viral genomes (vg)...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
E Molina-Montes, P Gomez-Rubio, M Márquez, M Rava, M Löhr, C W Michalski, X Molero, A Farré, J Perea, W Greenhalf, L Ilzarbe, M O'Rorke, A Tardón, T Gress, V M Barberà, T Crnogorac-Jurcevic, E Domínguez-Muñoz, L Muñoz-Bellvís, J Balsells, E Costello, J Huang, M Iglesias, J Kleeff, Bo Kong, J Mora, L Murray, D O'Driscoll, I Poves, A Scarpa, W Ye, M Hidalgo, L Sharp, A Carrato, F X Real, N Malats
Background: Family history (FH) of pancreatic cancer (PC) has been associated with an increased risk of PC, but little is known regarding the role of inherited/environmental factors or that of FH of other comorbidities in PC risk. We aimed to address these issues using multiple methodological approaches. Methods: Case-control study including 1431 PC cases and 1090 controls and a reconstructed-cohort study (N = 16 747) made up of their first-degree relatives (FDR)...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Epidemiology
Dong Tang, Qi Wu, Jingqiu Zhang, Hongpeng Zhang, Zhongxu Yuan, Jiaming Xu, Yang Chong, Yuqin Huang, Qingquan Xiong, Sen Wang, Ying Tian, Yongdie Lu, Xiao Ge, Wenjing Shen, Daorong Wang
Chronic pancreatitis/pancreatic cancer (CP/PC) is characterized by fibrous connective tissue proliferation induced by activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs). Galectin-1 is upregulated in activated PSCs and is important for the continuing activation of PSCs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of galectin-1 derived from activated PSCs on the progression of fibrosis in CP/PC. To this end, the expression of desmin, α-SMA, galectin-1, fibronectin and collagen type I in normal pancreatic, CP and PC tissues, as well as quiescent/activated PSCs, was investigated...
January 9, 2018: Oncology Reports
Ji Young Bang, Shantel Hebert-Magee, Udayakumar Navaneethan, Muhammad K Hasan, Robert Hawes, Shyam Varadarajulu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recently, 3-plane symmetric needle with Franseen geometry and Fork-tip biopsy needle have been developed for histological tissue procurement. We compared 22-gauge Franseen and 22-gauge Fork-tip needles in patients undergoing EUS-guided sampling of pancreatic masses. METHODS: Fifty patients underwent sampling using both 22-gauge Franseen and 22-gauge Fork-tip needles, with randomization of needle order. Two dedicated passes were performed using both needles for cell block...
January 3, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Haiyan Song, Yuxiang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Activated pancreatic stellate cells (PaSCs) are the key cellular source of cancer-associated fibroblasts in the pancreatic stroma of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), however, the activation mechanism of PaSCs is not yet known. The Notch signaling pathway, components of which are expressed in stromal cells, is involved in the fibrosis of several organs, including the lung and liver. In the current study, we investigated whether Notch signal transduction is involved in PaSC activation in PDAC...
January 5, 2018: BMC Cancer
Ken Ichikawa, Kana Hattori, Tomoki Kusafuka, Takao Omori, Yasuo Ohkura, Takashi Hamada, Hiroki Taoka, Hiroki Tanaka, Shimpei Matsusaki, Youichirou Baba
A 65-year-old male was referred to our hospital 2 years ago for a multilocular cyst accompanied with a protein plug in the pancreas tail. He was diagnosed as having branch duct-type intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm and was followed-up. Two years later, endoscopic ultrasonography revealed a hypoechoic lesion, 10mm in diameter, near the cyst-like lesion. Finally, he was diagnosed with small pancreatic adenocarcinoma concomitant with intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm and underwent radical distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy...
2017: Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai Zasshi, the Japanese Journal of Gastro-enterology
Maya Saison-Ridinger, Kathleen E DelGiorno, Tejia Zhang, Annabelle Kraus, Randall French, Dawn Jaquish, Crystal Tsui, Galina Erikson, Benjamin T Spike, Maxim N Shokhirev, Christopher Liddle, Ruth T Yu, Michael Downes, Ronald M Evans, Alan Saghatelian, Andrew M Lowy, Geoffrey M Wahl
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by an extremely dense fibrotic stroma, which contributes to tumor growth, metastasis, and drug resistance. During tumorigenesis, quiescent pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are activated and become major contributors to fibrosis, by increasing growth factor signaling and extracellular matrix deposition. The p53 tumor suppressor is known to restrict tumor initiation and progression through cell autonomous mechanisms including apoptosis, cell cycle arrest, and senescence...
2017: PloS One
Sujit Suklabaidya, Pujarini Dash, Biswajit Das, Voddu Suresh, Prakash K Sasmal, Shantibhusan Senapati
Desmoplasia is a fibro-inflammatory process and a well-established feature of pancreatic cancer. A key contributor to pancreatic cancer desmoplasia is the pancreatic stellate cell. Various in vitro and in vivo methods have emerged for the isolation, characterization, and use of pancreatic stellate cells in models of cancer-associated fibrosis. In addition to cell culture models, genetically engineered animal models have been established that spontaneously develop pancreatic cancer with desmoplasia. These animal models are currently being used for the study of pancreatic cancer pathogenesis and for evaluating therapeutics against pancreatic cancer...
November 20, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Randy Yeh, Laurent Dercle, Ishan Garg, Zhen Jane Wang, David M Hough, Ajit H Goenka
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains a difficult disease to treat and continues to portend a poor prognosis, as most patients are unresectable at diagnosis. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) combined with CT (PET/CT) has been a cornerstone in oncological imaging of different cancers; however, the role of PET/CT in PDAC is continually evolving and currently not well established. Studies have shown the potential of PET/CT in guiding the management of patients with PDAC, with possible added benefit over anatomic imaging with CT or MRI in certain scenarios...
November 16, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
Shadi Ferdosi, Douglas S Rehder, Paul Maranian, Erik P Castle, Thai H Ho, Harvey I Pass, Daniel W Cramer, Karen S Anderson, Lei Fu, David E C Cole, Tao Le, Xifeng Wu, Chad R Borges
Glycans represent a promising but only marginally accessed source of cancer markers. We previously reported the development of a molecularly bottom-up approach to plasma and serum (P/S) glycomics based on glycan linkage analysis that captures features such as α2-6 sialylation, β1-6 branching, and core fucosylation as single analytical signals. Based on the behavior of P/S glycans established to date, we hypothesized that the alteration of P/S glycans observed in cancer would be independent of the tissue in which the tumor originated yet exhibit stage dependence that varied little between cancers classified on the basis of tumor origin...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
Atsushi Masamune, Naoki Yoshida, Shin Hamada, Tetsuya Takikawa, Tatsuhide Nabeshima, Tooru Shimosegawa
Pancreatic cancer cells (PCCs) interact with pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which play a pivotal role in pancreatic fibrogenesis, to develop the cancer-conditioned tumor microenvironment. Exosomes are membrane-enclosed nanovesicles, and have been increasingly recognized as important mediators of cell-to-cell communications. The aim of this study was to clarify the effects of PCC-derived exosomes on cell functions in PSCs. Exosomes were isolated from the conditioned medium of Panc-1 and SUIT-2 PCCs. Human primary PSCs were treated with PCC-derived exosomes...
October 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Vikesh K Singh, Mark E Haupt, David E Geller, Jerry A Hall, Pedro M Quintana Diez
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), an important cause of maldigestion and malabsorption, results from primary pancreatic diseases or secondarily impaired exocrine pancreatic function. Besides cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis, the most common etiologies of EPI, other causes of EPI include unresectable pancreatic cancer, metabolic diseases (diabetes); impaired hormonal stimulation of exocrine pancreatic secretion by cholecystokinin (CCK); celiac or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) due to loss of intestinal brush border proteins; and gastrointestinal surgery (asynchrony between motor and secretory functions, impaired enteropancreatic feedback, and inadequate mixing of pancreatic secretions with food)...
October 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Jill P Smith, Shangzi Wang, Sandeep Nadella, Sandra A Jablonski, Louis M Weiner
Advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has typically been resistant to chemotherapy and immunotherapy; therefore, novel strategies are needed to enhance therapeutic response. Cholecystokinin (CCK) has been shown to stimulate growth of pancreatic cancer. CCK receptors (CCKRs) are present on pancreatic cancer cells, fibroblasts, and lymphocytes. We hypothesized that CCKR blockade would improve response to immune checkpoint antibodies by promoting influx of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and reducing fibrosis...
October 17, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
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