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mesenchymal stem cells cancer

Loredana Campo, Eun-Kyoung Breuer
Studies have shown that transforming acidic coiled-coil protein 3 (TACC3), a key component of centrosome-microtubule dynamic networks, is significantly associated with various types of human cancer. We have recently reported that high levels of TACC3 are found in breast cancer, lead to the accumulation of spontaneous DNA damage due to defective DNA damage response signaling, and confer cellular sensitivity to radiation and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. Although our study suggests a potential role of TACC3 as a biomarker in breast cancer detection and prediction of therapy outcome, its role as a therapeutic target in breast cancer is not well studied...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Alexandra K Eicher, H Matthew Berns, James M Wells
Gastric diseases, including peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer, are highly prevalent in human beings. Despite this, the cellular biology of the stomach remains poorly understood relative to other gastrointestinal organs such as the liver, intestine, and colon. In particular, little is known about the molecular basis of stomach development and the differentiation of gastric lineages. Although animal models are useful for studying gastric development, function, and disease, there are major structural and physiological differences in human stomachs that render these models insufficient...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Fangfang Tao, Xinxin Tian, Zhiqian Zhang
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been reported to be of great importance in the formation and progression of a wide range of human carcinomas including prostate cancer (PCa). Among them, PCAT3 and PCAT9 have been identified as two prostate tissue-specific lncRNAs and are up-regulated in PCa. However, their roles in the biological characteristics of PCa have not been fully elucidated. In the present study, our data revealed that knockdown of PCAT3 and PCAT9 suppressed cellular proliferation, invasion, migration, angiogenesis and stemness in androgen-dependent LNCaP and 22Rv1 cells...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Xuanzhi Wang, Xingliang Dai, Xinzhi Zhang, Xinda Li, Tao Xu, Qing Lan
Cancer stem cells (CSCs), being tumor-initiating with self-renewal capacity and heterogeneity, are most likely the cause of tumor resistance, reoccurrence and metastasis. To further investigate the role of CSCs in tumor biology, there is a need to develop an effective culture system to grow, maintain and enrich CSCs. Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture model has been widely used in tumor research and drug screening. Recently, researchers have begun to utilize 3D models to culture cancer cells for CSCs enrichment...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Michela Lupia, Francesca Angiolini, Giovanni Bertalot, Stefano Freddi, Kris F Sachsenmeier, Elisa Chisci, Barbara Kutryb-Zajac, Stefano Confalonieri, Ryszard T Smolenski, Roberto Giovannoni, Nicoletta Colombo, Fabrizio Bianchi, Ugo Cavallaro
Cancer-initiating cells (CICs) have been implicated in tumor development and aggressiveness. In ovarian carcinoma (OC), CICs drive tumor formation, dissemination, and recurrence, as well as drug resistance, thus accounting for the high death-to-incidence ratio of this neoplasm. However, the molecular mechanisms that underlie such a pathogenic role of ovarian CICs (OCICs) remain elusive. Here, we have capitalized on primary cells either from OC or from its tissues of origin to obtain the transcriptomic profile associated with OCICs...
March 10, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
C P Hawkes, S Mostoufi-Moab
The relationship between fat, bone and systemic metabolism is a growing area of scientific interest. Marrow adipose tissue is a well-recognized component of the bone marrow milieu and is metabolically distinct from current established subtypes of adipose tissue. Despite recent advances, the functional significance of marrow adipose tissue is still not clearly delineated. Bone and fat cells share a common mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) within the bone marrow, and hormones and transcription factors such as growth hormone, leptin, and peroxisomal proliferator-activated receptor γ influence MSC differentiation into osteoblasts or adipocytes...
March 14, 2018: Bone
Haiyan Zhu, Xiang Gu, Lu Xia, You Zhou, Hakim Bouamar, Junhua Yang, Xiaofei Ding, Christian Zwieb, Jianan Zhang, Andrew P Hinck, LuZhe Sun, Xueqiong Zhu
PURPOSE: We investigated the mechanisms of how TGF-β pathway is activated by chemotherapeutics and whether a novel TGF-β trap called RER can block chemotherapeutics-induced TGF-β pathway activation and enhance their anti-tumor activity in gynecological cancer. Experimental Design: An unbiased bioinformatic analyses of differentially expressed genes in thirty-one ovarian cases due to chemotherapy was used to identify altered master regulators. Phosphorylated Smad2 was determined in thirty paired cervical cancer using immunohistochemistry...
March 16, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Giorgio Ivan Russo, Simone Bier, Jörg Hennenlotter, Gunthild Beger, Lucretia Pavlenco, Jens van de Flierdt, Siegfried Hauch, Moritz Maas, Simon Walz, Steffen Rausch, Jens Bedke, Giuseppe Morgia, Arnulf Stenzl, Tilman Todenhöfer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the presence of circulating tumour cells (CTC) at different stages of prostate cancer (PC) using the ProstateCancerDetect kit. Moreover, we aimed to assess the expression of transcripts that are specific for cancer stem cells (AdnaTest StemCell) and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) in CTC (AdnaTest EMT) as well as additional genes that are known to promote PC progression. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective study, we included 81 patients who underwent treatment for PC between 07/2014 and 02/2015, including A) 18 patients (22...
March 15, 2018: BJU International
Nathália Kersting, Bárbara Kunzler Souza, Igor Araujo Vieira, Rafael Pereira Dos Santos, Danielly Brufatto Olguins, Lauro José Gregianin, André Tesainer Brunetto, Algemir Lunardi Brunetto, Rafael Roesler, Caroline Brunetto de Farias, Gilberto Schwartsmann
OBJECTIVE: Ewing sarcoma (ES) is a type of childhood cancer probably arising from stem mesenchymal or neural crest cells. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) acts as a driver oncogene in many types of solid tumors. However, its involvement in ES remains poorly understood. METHODS: Human SK-ES-1 and RD-ES ES cells were treated with EGF, the EGFR inhibitor tyrphostin (AG1478), or phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) or extracellular-regulated kinase (ERK)/mitogen-activated kinase (MAPK) inhibitors...
March 14, 2018: Oncology
Jan Raska, Lucie Ctverackova, Aneta Dydowiczova, Iva Sovadinova, Ludek Blaha, Pavel Babica
HL1-hT1 cell line represents adult human liver stem cells (LSCs) immortalized with human telomerase reverse transcriptase. In this study, HL1-hT1 cells were found to express mesenchymal markers (vimentin, CD73, CD90/THY-1 and CD105) and an early hepatic endoderm marker FOXA2, while not expressing hepatic progenitor (HNF4A, LGR5, α-fetoprotein) or differentiated hepatocyte markers (albumin, transthyretin, connexin 32). In response to microcystin-LR (MC-LR), a time- and concentration-dependent formation of MC-positive protein bands in HL1-hT1 cells was observed...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Hidejiro Torigoe, Kazuhiko Shien, Tatsuaki Takeda, Takahiro Yoshioka, Kei Namba, Hiroki Sato, Ken Suzawa, Hiromasa Yamamoto, Junichi Soh, Masakiyo Sakaguchi, Shuta Tomida, Kazunori Tsukuda, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Shinichi Toyooka
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various cancers. HER2 alterations have been suggested to be a therapeutic target in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), just as in breast and gastric cancers. We previously reported that the pan-HER inhibitor afatinib could be a useful therapeutic agent as HER2-targeted therapy for patients with NSCLC harboring HER2 alterations. However, acquired resistance to afatinib was observed in the clinical setting, similar to the case for other HER inhibitors...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Science
Jing Liu, Jia-Xin Shen, De He, Guo-Jun Zhang
PURPOSE: Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) are not only involved in the formation of malignant tumors but also in the processes of differentiation and aggressiveness. However, current methods for detecting miRNA expression have major disadvantages, such as being invasive and non-reproducible. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been implicated as a pivotal event in the metastasis, stemness, and chemoresistance of malignant tumors. PROCEDURES: In our study, we constructed a new reporter gene, Luc2/tdT_miR200c_3TS, to examine the in vitro and in vivo expression of miR-200c, an EMT-associated miRNA...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Jun Won Park, Min-Sik Kim, Dominic C Voon, Su-Jin Kim, Jingi Bae, Dong-Gi Mun, Seung-Ik Ko, Hark Kyun Kim, Sang-Won Lee, Dae-Yong Kim
The molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of diffuse-type gastric cancer (DGC) have not been adequately explored due to a scarcity of appropriate animal models. A recently developed tool well suited for this line of investigation is the Pdx-1-Cre;Cdh1F/+ ;Trp53F/F ;Smad4F/F (pChe PS) mouse model that spontaneously develops metastatic DGC showing nearly complete E-cadherin loss. Here, we performed a proteogenomic analysis to uncover the molecular changes induced by the concurrent targeting of E-cadherin, p53, and Smad4 loss...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Athanasios Blanas, Neha M Sahasrabudhe, Ernesto Rodríguez, Yvette van Kooyk, Sandra J van Vliet
Aberrant glycosylation of tumor cells is recognized as a universal hallmark of cancer pathogenesis. Overexpression of fucosylated epitopes, such as type I (H1, Lewisa , Lewisb , and sialyl Lewisa ) and type II (H2, Lewisx , Lewisy , and sialyl Lewisx ) Lewis antigens, frequently occurs on the cancer cell surface and is mainly attributed to upregulated expression of pertinent fucosyltransferases (FUTs). Nevertheless, the impact of fucose-containing moieties on tumor cell biology is not fully elucidated yet. Here, we review the relevance of tumor-overexpressed FUTs and their respective synthesized Lewis determinants in critical aspects associated with cancer progression, such as increased cell survival and proliferation, tissue invasion and metastasis, endothelial to mesenchymal transition, endothelial and immune cell interaction, angiogenesis, multidrug resistance, and cancer stemness...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Gunjan Mandal, Subir Biswas, Sougata Roy Chowdhury, Annesha Chatterjee, Suman Purohit, Poulomi Khamaru, Sayan Chakraborty, Palash Kumar Mandal, Arnab Gupta, Jo-Anne de la Mare, Adrienne Lesley Edkins, Arindam Bhattacharyya
The multifunctional cytokine TGF-β crucially participates in breast cancer (BCa) metastasis and works differently in the disease stages, thus contributing in BCa progression. We address connections between TGF-β and the stem cell-related transcription factor (TF) Oct4 in BCa. In 147 BCa patients with infiltrating duct carcinoma, we identified a significantly higher number of cases with both moderate/high Oct4 expression and high TGF-β in late stages compared to early stages of the disease. In vitro studies showed that TGF-β elevated Oct4 expression, which in turn, regulated Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal transition (EMT)-regulatory gene (Snail and Slug) expression, migratory ability, chemotactic invasiveness and extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation potential of BCa cells...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yuejun Wang, Yunsong Liu, Min Zhang, Longwei Lv, Xiao Zhang, Ping Zhang, Yongsheng Zhou
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a reliable resource for bone regeneration and tissue engineering, but the molecular mechanisms of differentiation remain unclear. The tumor antigen 15-leucine-rich repeat containing membrane protein (LRRC15) is a transmembrane protein demonstrated to play important roles in cancer. However, little is known about its role in osteogenesis. This study was to evaluate the functions of LRRC15 in osteogenic differentiation of MSCs. METHODS: Osteogenic-induction treatment and the ovariectomized (OVX) model were performed to investigate the potential relationship between LRRC15 and MSC osteogenesis...
March 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
F Louwen, A Ritter, N N Kreis, J Yuan
Obesity is associated with a variety of disorders including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and cancer. Obesity changes the composition and structure of adipose tissue, linked to pro-inflammatory environment, endocrine/metabolic dysfunction, insulin resistance and oxidative stress. Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) have multiple functions like cell renewal, spontaneous repair and homeostasis in adipose tissue. In this review article, we have summarized the recent data highlighting that ASCs in obesity are defective in various functionalities and properties including differentiation, angiogenesis, motility, multipotent state, metabolism and immunomodulation...
March 8, 2018: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Sergio Rivas, Carla Gómez-Oro, Inés M Antón, Francisco Wandosell
The cancer stem cell (CSC) hypothesis suggests that tumours are maintained by a subpopulation of cells with stem cell properties. Although the existence of CSCs was initially described in human leukaemia, less evidence exists for CSCs in solid tumours. Recently, a CD133+ cell subpopulation was isolated from human brain tumoursexhibiting stem cell properties in vitro as well as the capacity to initiate tumours in vivo. In the present work, we try to summarize the data showing that some elements of the Phosphoinositide 3-kinase Class I (PI3K)/ Thymoma viral oncogene protein kinase (Akt) pathway, such the activity of PI3K Class I or Akt2, are necessary to maintain the CSC-like phenotype as well as survival of CSCs (also denoted as tumour-initiating cells (TICs))...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicines
Laura Pietrovito, Angela Leo, Valentina Gori, Matteo Lulli, Matteo Parri, Valentina Becherucci, Luisa Piccini, Franco Bambi, Maria Letizia Taddei, Paola Chiarugi
There is growing evidence to suggest that bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are key players in tumor stroma. Here, we investigated the cross-talk between BM-MSCs and osteosarcoma (OS) cells. We revealed a strong tropism of BM-MSCs towards these tumor cells, and identified MCP-1, GRO-α and TGF-β1 as pivotal factors for BM-MSC chemotaxis. Once in contact with OS cells, BM-MSCs transdifferentiate into cancer-associated fibroblasts, further increasing MCP-1, GRO-α, IL-6 and IL-8 levels in the tumor microenvironment...
March 8, 2018: Molecular Oncology
Leila Farahmand, Rezvan Esmaeili, Leila Eini, Keivan Majidzadeh-A
Purpose: Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the potential ability to differentiate into bone, muscle, fat, and cartilage lineage cells. Furthermore, MSCs are known to migrate into tumor-associated stroma of cancer. This tumor microenvironment consists of a dynamic network of growth factors, immune cells, fibroblasts, extracellular matrix, and MSCs. MSCs as nonhematopoietic stem cells affect tumor, epithelial cells by alteration proliferative capacity, morphology, and aggregation pattern of tumor cells...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
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