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tumor stromal microenvironment

Shaolin Ma, Sunila Pradeep, Wei Hu, Dikai Zhang, Robert Coleman, Anil Sood
Anti-angiogenic therapy has been demonstrated to increase progression-free survival in patients with many different solid cancers. Unfortunately, the benefit in overall survival is modest and the rapid emergence of drug resistance is a significant clinical problem. Over the last decade, several mechanisms have been identified to decipher the emergence of resistance. There is a multitude of changes within the tumor microenvironment (TME) in response to anti-angiogenic therapy that offers new therapeutic opportunities...
2018: F1000Research
Steven A Signs, Robert C Fisher, Uyen Tran, Susmita Chakrabarti, Samaneh K Sarvestani, Shao Xiang, David Liska, Veronique Roche, Wei Lai, Haley R Gittleman, Oliver Wessely, Emina H Huang
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects one million people in the US. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a subtype of IBD that can lead to colitis-associated cancer (CAC). In UC, the rate of CAC is 3-5-fold greater than the rate of sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC). The pathogenesis of UC and CAC are due to aberrant interactions between host immune system and microenvironment, but precise mechanisms are still unknown. In colitis and CAC, microenvironmental fibroblasts exhibit an activated, inflammatory phenotype that contributes to tumorigenesis accompanied by excessive secretion of the chemokine CXCL8...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Yifan Wang, Weiye Deng, Nan Li, Shinya Neri, Amrish Sharma, Wen Jiang, Steven H Lin
Since the approval of anti-CTLA4 therapy (ipilimumab) for late-stage melanoma in 2011, the development of anticancer immunotherapy agents has thrived. The success of many immune-checkpoint inhibitors has drastically changed the landscape of cancer treatment. For some types of cancer, monotherapy for targeting immune checkpoint pathways has proven more effective than traditional therapies, and combining immunotherapy with current treatment strategies may yield even better outcomes. Numerous preclinical studies have suggested that combining immunotherapy with radiotherapy could be a promising strategy for synergistic enhancement of treatment efficacy...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Yann-Alexandre Vano, Florent Petitprez, Nicolas A Giraldo, Wolf H Fridman, Catherine Sautès-Fridman
Tumors are highly heterogeneous structures where malignant cells interact with a large variety of cell populations, including a clinically-relevant immune component. We review and compare the most recent methods designed to analyze and quantify the composition of immune and stromal microenvironment of tumors and discuss their use in identification of patients for high risk of progression. If the impact of the various immune components on patient's relapse share common rules in most malignancies, clear cell renal cell tumors behave differently with regards to immunity...
March 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
Min Fang, Jingping Yuan, Mengyuan Chen, Zongwen Sun, Lulu Liu, Guoping Cheng, Hangjie Ying, Shifeng Yang, Ming Chen
The present study was performed to quantify tumor neo-vessels, macrophages and fibroblasts in the tumor microenvironment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and explore the prognostic factors of HCC. The distribution of tumor neo-vessels, macrophages and fibroblasts was quantified by immunohistochemistry and inverted microscopy with the CRi Nuance multispectral imaging system, and the correlation of these parameters with the clinico-pathological characteristics and overall survival of the patients was analyzed...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Kimberly M Arnold, Nicole J Flynn, Adam Raben, Lindsay Romak, Yan Yu, Adam P Dicker, Firas Mourtada, Jennifer Sims-Mourtada
In addition to inducing lethal DNA damage in tumor and stromal cells, radiation can alter the interactions of tumor cells with their microenvironment. Recent technological advances in planning and delivery of external beam radiotherapy have allowed delivery of larger doses per fraction (hypofractionation) while minimizing dose to normal tissues with higher precision. The effects of radiation on the tumor microenvironment vary with dose and fractionation schedule. In this review, we summarize the effects of conventional and hypofractionated radiation regimens on the immune system and tumor stroma...
2018: Cancer Growth and Metastasis
Linda Ziani, Salem Chouaib, Jerome Thiery
Among cells present in the tumor microenvironment, activated fibroblasts termed cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), play a critical role in the complex process of tumor-stroma interaction. CAFs, one of the prominent stromal cell populations in most types of human carcinomas, have been involved in tumor growth, angiogenesis, cancer stemness, extracellular matrix remodeling, tissue invasion, metastasis, and even chemoresistance. During the past decade, these activated tumor-associated fibroblasts have also been involved in the modulation of the anti-tumor immune response on various levels...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Sen Xu, Zong-Yuan Yang, Ping Jin, Xin Yang, Xiaoting Li, Xiao Wei, Ya Wang, Sixiang Long, Taoran Zhang, Gang Chen, Chaoyang Sun, Ding Ma, Qinglei Gao
Ovarian cancer (OC) is a devastating disease due to its high incidence of relapse and chemoresistance. The tumor microenvironment, especially the tumor stroma compartment, was proven to contribute tremendously to the unsatisfactory chemotherapeutic efficacy in OC. Cytotoxic agents not only effect tumor cells, but also modulate the phenotype and characteristics of the vast stromal cell population, which can in turn alter the tumor cell response to chemointervention. In this study, we focused on the tumor stroma response to cytotoxic agents and the subsequent effect on the OC tumor cells...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Christopher J Halbrook, Marina Pasca di Magliano, Costas A Lyssiotis
In the event of an injury, normal tissues exit quiescent homeostasis and rapidly engage a complex stromal and immune program. These tissue repair responses are hijacked and become dysregulated in carcinogenesis to form a growth supportive tumor microenvironment. In pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), which remains one of the deadliest major cancers, the microenvironment is a key driver of tumor maintenance that impedes many avenues of therapy. In this review, we outline recent efforts made to uncover the microenvironmental crosstalk mechanisms which support pancreatic cancer cells, and detail the strategies which have been undertaken to help overcome these barriers...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Wei Liu, Hua Ye, Ying-Fu Liu, Chao-Qun Xu, Yue-Xian Zhong, Tian Tian, Shi-Wei Ma, Huan Tao, Ling Li, Li-Chun Xue, Hua-Qin He
The stromal and immune cells that form the tumor microenvironment serve a key role in the aggressiveness of tumors. Current tumor-centric interpretations of cancer transcriptome data ignore the roles of stromal and immune cells. The aim of the present study was to investigate the clinical utility of stromal and immune cells in tissue-based transcriptome data. The 'Estimation of STromal and Immune cells in MAlignant Tumor tissues using Expression data' (ESTIMATE) algorithm was used to probe diverse cancer datasets and the fraction of stromal and immune cells in tumor tissues was scored...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Tomohiro Katagiri, Minoru Kobayashi, Michio Yoshimura, Akiyo Morinibu, Satoshi Itasaka, Masahiro Hiraoka, Hiroshi Harada
Hypoxic and stroma-rich microenvironments, characteristic features of pancreatic cancers, are strongly associated with a poor prognosis. However, whether and how hypoxia increases stromal compartments remain largely unknown. Here, we investigated the potential importance of a master regulator of the cellular adaptive response to hypoxia, hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), in the formation of stroma-rich microenvironments of pancreatic tumors. We found that pancreatic cancer cells secreted more Sonic hedgehog protein (SHH) under hypoxia by upregulating its expression and efficiency of secretion in a HIF-1-dependent manner...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Peng Jin, Seung-Hyun Shin, Yang-Sook Chun, Hyun-Woo Shin, Yong Jae Shin, Yeri Lee, Donggeon Kim, Do-Hyun Nam, Jong-Wan Park
During tumor development, stromal cells are co-opted to the tumor milieu and provide favorable conditions for the tumor. Hypoxia stimulates cancer cells to acquire a more malignant phenotype via activation of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1). Given that cancer cells and astrocytes in glioblastomas coexist in a hypoxic microenvironment, we examined whether astrocytes affect the adaptation of glioblastoma cells to hypoxia. Immunoblotting, reporter assays, quantitative RT-PCR, and chromatin immunoprecipitation were performed to evaluate HIF-1 signaling in glioblastoma cells...
March 14, 2018: Oncogene
Shayna E Thomas-Jardin, Mohammed S Kanchwala, Joan Jacob, Sana Merchant, Rachel K Meade, Nagham M Gahnim, Afshan F Nawas, Chao Xing, Nikki A Delk
BACKGROUND: In immunosurveillance, bone-derived immune cells infiltrate the tumor and secrete inflammatory cytokines to destroy cancer cells. However, cancer cells have evolved mechanisms to usurp inflammatory cytokines to promote tumor progression. In particular, the inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-1 (IL-1), is elevated in prostate cancer (PCa) patient tissue and serum, and promotes PCa bone metastasis. IL-1 also represses androgen receptor (AR) accumulation and activity in PCa cells, yet the cells remain viable and tumorigenic; suggesting that IL-1 may also contribute to AR-targeted therapy resistance...
March 11, 2018: Prostate
Wadie D Mahauad-Fernandez, Chioma M Okeoma
Bone marrow stromal antigen 2 (BST-2) also known as Tetherin has been implicated in the growth and progression of many cancers. BST-2 employs its pro-tumor effects through the formation of BST-2:BST-2 dimers which ultimately promotes cell to cell and cell to matrix adhesion, cell motility, survival, and growth. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a novel BST-2-based peptide-B49 on adhesion and growth of breast cancer cells. Homotypic/heterotypic adhesion, three-dimensional spheroid formation, and anchorage-independent growth were used to assess the effect of B49 on cell adhesion and growth...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alessandro Poggi, Serena Varesano, Maria Raffaella Zocchi
Experimental evidence indicates that mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) may regulate tumor microenvironment (TME). It is conceivable that the interaction with MSC can influence neoplastic cell functional behavior, remodeling TME and generating a tumor cell niche that supports tissue neovascularization, tumor invasion and metastasization. In addition, MSC can release transforming growth factor-beta that is involved in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition of carcinoma cells; this transition is essential to give rise to aggressive tumor cells and favor cancer progression...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Ryu Kanzaki, Naoko Ose, Tomohiro Kawamura, Soichiro Funaki, Yasushi Shintani, Masato Minami, Nobuyuki Takakura, Meinoshin Okumura
BACKGROUND: PDGFR-β is used as a stromal biomarker and is functional in mesenchymal cells of the tumor microenvironment. The significance of stromal PDGFR-β expression in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in patients undergoing preoperative chemo- or chemoradiotherapy had not been determined. METHODS: Patients with NSCLC undergoing preoperative chemo- or chemoradiotherapy between 1996 and 2014 were assessed for expression of stromal PDGFR-β by immunohistochemistry using resected specimens...
March 6, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Jacey J Liu, Yanjie Li, Wendy S Chen, Yan Liang, Gaowei Wang, Min Zong, Kota Kaneko, Ruiyun Xu, Michael Karin, Gen-Sheng Feng
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Shp2 is an SH2-tyrosine phosphatase acting downstream of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). Most recent data demonstrated a liver tumor-suppressing role for Shp2, as ablating Shp2 in hepatocytes aggravated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) induced by chemical carcinogen or Pten loss. We further investigated the effect of Shp2 deficiency on liver tumorigenesis driven by classical oncoproteins c-Met (receptor for HGF), β-catenin and PIK3CA. METHODS: We performed hydrodynamic tail vein injection of two pairs of plasmids expressing c-Met and ΔN90-β-catenin (MET/CAT), or c-Met and PIK3CAH1047R (MET/PIK), into WT and Shp2hep-/- mice...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Antonio Garcia-Gomez, Javier Rodríguez-Ubreva, Esteban Ballestar
Compelling evidences highlight the critical role of the tumor microenvironment as mediator of tumor progression and immunosuppression in several types of cancer. The reciprocal interplay between neoplastic and non-tumoral host cells is mediated by direct cell-to-cell contact, soluble factors and exosomes that result in differential gene expression patterns that are driven by epigenetic mechanisms. In this regard, extensive literature has described the abnormalities in the DNA methylation status and histone modification profiles in tumor cells...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Guangyao Dai, Xiaoguang Yao, Yubin Zhang, Jianbin Gu, Yunfeng Geng, Fei Xue, Jingcheng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) contribute to the proliferation of colorectal cancer(CRC) cells. However, the mechanism by which CAFs develop in the tumor microenvironment remains unknown. Exosomes may be involved in activating CAFs. METHODS: Using a miRNA expression profiling array, we determined the miRNA expression profile of secretory exosomes in CRC cells and then identified potential miRNAs with significant differential expression compared to normal cells via enrichment analysis...
February 26, 2018: Bulletin du Cancer
Sergio Lamprecht, Ina Sigal-Batikoff, Shraga Shany, Naim Abu-Freha, Eduard Ling, George J Delinasios, Keren Moyal-Atias, John G Delinasios, Alexander Fich
It is well recognized that cancer cells subvert the phenotype of stromal naïve fibroblasts and instruct the neighboring cells to sustain their growth agenda. The mechanisms underpinning the switch of fibroblasts to cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are the focus of intense investigation. One of the most significant hallmarks of the biological identity of CAFs is that their tumor-promoting phenotype is stably maintained during in vitro and ex vivo propagation without the continual interaction with the adjacent cancer cells...
February 27, 2018: Cancers
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