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Archana Sehrawat, Lina Gao, Yuliang Wang, Armand Bankhead, Shannon K McWeeney, Carly J King, Jacob Schwartzman, Joshua Urrutia, William H Bisson, Daniel J Coleman, Sunil K Joshi, Dae-Hwan Kim, David A Sampson, Sheila Weinmann, Bhaskar V S Kallakury, Deborah L Berry, Reina Haque, Stephen K Van Den Eeden, Sunil Sharma, Jared Bearss, Tomasz M Beer, George V Thomas, Laura M Heiser, Joshi J Alumkal
Medical castration that interferes with androgen receptor (AR) function is the principal treatment for advanced prostate cancer. However, clinical progression is universal, and tumors with AR-independent resistance mechanisms appear to be increasing in frequency. Consequently, there is an urgent need to develop new treatments targeting molecular pathways enriched in lethal prostate cancer. Lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) is a histone demethylase and an important regulator of gene expression. Here, we show that LSD1 promotes the survival of prostate cancer cells, including those that are castration-resistant, independently of its demethylase function and of the AR...
May 1, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Henrik Hornshøj, Morten Muhlig Nielsen, Nicholas A Sinnott-Armstrong, Michał P Świtnicki, Malene Juul, Tobias Madsen, Richard Sallari, Manolis Kellis, Torben Ørntoft, Asger Hobolth, Jakob Skou Pedersen
Cancer develops by accumulation of somatic driver mutations, which impact cellular function. Mutations in non-coding regulatory regions can now be studied genome-wide and further characterized by correlation with gene expression and clinical outcome to identify driver candidates. Using a new two-stage procedure, called ncDriver, we first screened 507 ICGC whole-genomes from 10 cancer types for non-coding elements, in which mutations are both recurrent and have elevated conservation or cancer specificity. This identified 160 significant non-coding elements, including the TERT promoter, a well-known non-coding driver element, as well as elements associated with known cancer genes and regulatory genes (e...
2018: NPJ Genomic Medicine
Christopher D Suarez, Junmin Wu, Sunil S Badve, Joseph A Sparano, William Kaliney, Laurie E Littlepage
We previously identified the transcription factor ZNF217 (human) / Zfp217 (mouse) as an oncogene and prognostic indicator of reduced survival, increased metastasis, and reduced response to therapy in breast cancer patients. Here we investigated the role of Zfp217 in chemotherapy resistance. Preclinical animal models of Zfp217 overexpression were treated with a combination therapy of the microtubule inhibitor epothilone B, doxorubicin (Adriamycin), and cyclophosphamide (EAC). Tumors overexpressing Zfp217 increased their tumor burden compared to control tumors after treatment and accumulated a mammary gland progenitor cell population (K8+ K14+ )...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
Junyu Zhai, Jiansheng Liu, Xiaoyue Cheng, Shang Li, Yan Hong, Kang Sun, Zi-Jiang Chen, Yanzhi Du, Weiping Li
Zinc finger gene 217 (ZNF217) is a candidate gene of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which is vulnerable to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). However, the relationship between ZNF217 and OHSS is largely unknown. Our study demonstrated that ZNF217 was mainly distributed in the granulosa cells of rat ovary. Significantly higher expression of ovarian ZNF217 was detected in OHSS rats, being consistent with serum 17β-estradiol concentration and ovarian aromatase. Moreover, OHSS rats also showed decreased ovarian TSP-1 mRNA, an acknowledged VEGF signaling suppressor...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
John M Poneros, Adam S Faye, Emily G Barr Fritcher, Ananda Sen, Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Robert S Bresalier, Norman Marcon, D Kim Turgeon, Henry Appelman, Daniel Normolle, Larry E Morrison, Dean E Brenner, Kevin C Halling
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Preliminary single-institution data suggest that fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) may be useful for detecting high-grade dysplasia (HGD) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) in patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE). This multicenter study aims to validate the measurement of polysomy (gain of at least two loci) by FISH as a way to discriminate degrees of dysplasia in BE specimens. METHODS: Tissue specimens were collected from four different hospitals and read by both the local pathology department ("Site diagnosis") and a single central pathologist ("Review diagnosis") at a separate institution...
May 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Nicholas Barasch, Xue Gong, Kevin A Kwei, Sushama Varma, Jewison Biscocho, Kunbin Qu, Nan Xiao, Joseph S Lipsick, Robert J Pelham, Robert B West, Jonathan R Pollack
Pathogenic gene fusions have been identified in several histologic types of salivary gland neoplasia, but not previously in acinic cell carcinoma (AcCC). To discover novel gene fusions, we performed whole-transcriptome sequencing surveys of three AcCC archival cases. In one specimen we identified a novel HTN3-MSANTD3 gene fusion, and in another a novel PRB3-ZNF217 gene fusion. The structure of both fusions was consistent with the promoter of the 5' partner (HTN3 or PRB3), both highly expressed salivary gland genes, driving overexpression of full-length MSANTD3 or ZNF217...
2017: PloS One
Aurélie Bellanger, Caterina F Donini, Julie A Vendrell, Jonathan Lavaud, Irma Machuca-Gayet, Maëva Ruel, Julien Vollaire, Evelyne Grisard, Balázs Győrffy, Ivan Bièche, Olivier Peyruchaud, Jean-Luc Coll, Isabelle Treilleux, Véronique Maguer-Satta, Véronique Josserand, Pascale A Cohen
Bone metastasis affects >70% of patients with advanced breast cancer. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this process remain unclear. On the basis of analysis of clinical datasets, and in vitro and in vivo experiments, we report that the ZNF217 oncogene is a crucial mediator and indicator of bone metastasis. Patients with high ZNF217 mRNA expression levels in primary breast tumours had a higher risk of developing bone metastases. MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells stably transfected with ZNF217 (MDA-MB-231-ZNF217) showed the dysregulated expression of a set of genes with bone-homing and metastasis characteristics, which overlapped with two previously described 'osteolytic bone metastasis' gene signatures, while also highlighting the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) pathway...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology
Indranil Chattopadhyay, Jianmin Wang, Maochun Qin, Lingqiu Gao, Renae Holtz, Robert L Vessella, Robert W Leach, Irwin H Gelman
Progression of prostate cancer (PC) to castration-recurrent growth (CRPC) remains dependent on sustained expression and transcriptional activity of the androgen receptor (AR). A major mechanism contributing to CRPC progression is through the direct phosphorylation and activation of AR by Src-family (SFK) and ACK1 tyrosine kinases. However, the AR-dependent transcriptional networks activated by Src during CRPC progression have not been elucidated. Here, we show that activated Src (Src527F) induces androgen-independent growth in human LNCaP cells, concomitant with its ability to induce proliferation/survival genes normally induced by dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in androgen-dependent LNCaP and VCaP cells...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
Eileen Shi, Juliann Chmielecki, Chih-Min Tang, Kai Wang, Michael C Heinrich, Guhyun Kang, Christopher L Corless, David Hong, Katherine E Fero, James D Murphy, Paul T Fanta, Siraj M Ali, Martina De Siena, Adam M Burgoyne, Sujana Movva, Lisa Madlensky, Gregory M Heestand, Jonathan C Trent, Razelle Kurzrock, Deborah Morosini, Jeffrey S Ross, Olivier Harismendy, Jason K Sicklick
BACKGROUND: About 10-15% of adult, and most pediatric, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) lack mutations in KIT, PDGFRA, SDHx, or RAS pathway components (KRAS, BRAF, NF1). The identification of additional mutated genes in this rare subset of tumors can have important clinical benefit to identify altered biological pathways and select targeted therapies. METHODS: We performed comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) for coding regions in more than 300 cancer-related genes of 186 GISTs to assess for their somatic alterations...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Aglaia Mantsou, Evangelia Koutsogiannouli, Costas Haitoglou, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Nikolaos A Papanikolaou
Using mouse double minute 2 (MDM2) protein-specific affinity chromatography and mass spectrometry, we have isolated the protein product of the oncogene znf217, which is a transcription factor and a component of a Hela-S-derived HDAC1 complex, as a novel MDM2-interacting protein. When co-expressed in cultured cancer cells, ZNF217 forms a complex with MDM2 and its ectopic over-expression reduces the steady-state levels of acetylated p53 in cell lines, suppressing its ability to activate the expression of a p21 promoter construct...
December 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
Xingkang Jiang, Changwen Zhang, Shiyong Qi, Shanqi Guo, Yue Chen, E Du, Hongtuan Zhang, Xiaoming Wang, Ranlu Liu, Baomin Qiao, Kuo Yang, Zhihong Zhang, Yong Xu
Although we and other studies indicated ZNF217 expression was increased in prostate cancer (PCa), the factors mediating its misregulated expression and their oncogenic activity remain largely unexplored. Recent evidence demonstrated that ferroportin (FPN) reduction lead to decreased iron export and increased intercellular iron that consequently aggravates the oncogenic effects of iron. In the present study, ZNF217 was identified as a transcriptional repressor that inhibits FPN expression. Increased of ZNF217 expression led to decreased FPN concentration, coupled with resultant intracellular iron retention, increased iron-related cellular activities and enhanced tumor cell growth...
December 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Ayse Ayhan, Elisabetta Kuhn, Ren-Chin Wu, Hiroshi Ogawa, Asli Bahadirli-Talbott, Tsui-Lien Mao, Haruhiko Sugimura, Ie-Ming Shih, Tian-Li Wang
Ovarian clear cell carcinoma is a unique type of ovarian cancer, often derived from endometriosis, and advanced-stage disease has a dismal prognosis primarily due to the resistance to conventional chemotherapy. Previous studies have shown frequent somatic mutations in ARID1A, PIK3CA, hTERT promoter, and amplification of ZNF217; however, the molecular alterations that are associated with its aggressiveness remain largely unknown. This study examined and compared cyclin E1 expression in endometriosis-related ovarian tumors, with the aim of determining the relationship between hTERT mutations and ARID1A expression and evaluating the effects of these molecular alterations on patient survival...
February 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Chuanzhao Zhang, Wanqing Iris Zhi, Haiquan Lu, Debangshu Samanta, Ivan Chen, Edward Gabrielson, Gregg L Semenza
Exposure of breast cancer cells to hypoxia increases the percentage of breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs), which are required for tumor initiation and metastasis, and this response is dependent on the activity of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs). We previously reported that exposure of breast cancer cells to hypoxia induces the ALKBH5-mediated demethylation of N6-methyladenosine (m6A) in NANOG mRNA leading to increased expression of NANOG, which is a pluripotency factor that promotes BCSC specification. Here we report that exposure of breast cancer cells to hypoxia also induces ZNF217-dependent inhibition of m6A methylation of mRNAs encoding NANOG and KLF4, which is another pluripotency factor that mediates BCSC specification...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Jeanette Baran-Gale, Jeremy E Purvis, Praveen Sethupathy
Estrogen receptor α (ERα) is an important biomarker of breast cancer severity and a common therapeutic target. In response to estrogen, ERα stimulates a dynamic transcriptional program including both coding and noncoding RNAs. We generate a fine-scale map of expression dynamics by performing a temporal profiling of both messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) in MCF-7 cells (an ER+ model cell line for breast cancer) in response to estrogen stimulation. We identified three primary expression trends-transient, induced, and repressed-that were each enriched for genes with distinct cellular functions...
October 2016: RNA
Dung-Fang Lee, Martin J Walsh, Francesca Aguiló
The Kruppel-like transcription factor zinc finger protein (ZNF)217 (mouse homolog ZFP217) contributes to tumorigenesis by dysregulating gene expression programs. The newly discovered molecular function of ZFP217 in controlling N6-methyladenosine (m6 A) deposition in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) sheds new light on the role of this transcription factor in tumor development.
December 2016: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Jianmei Zhao, Xuecang Li, Qianlan Yao, Meng Li, Jian Zhang, Bo Ai, Wei Liu, Qiuyu Wang, Chenchen Feng, Yuejuan Liu, Xuefeng Bai, Chao Song, Shang Li, Enmin Li, Liyan Xu, Chunquan Li
While gene fusions have been increasingly detected by next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies based methods in human cancers, these methods have limitations in identifying driver fusions. In addition, the existing methods to identify driver gene fusions ignored the specificity among different cancers or only considered their local rather than global topology features in networks. Here, we proposed a novel network-based method, called RWCFusion, to identify phenotype-specific cancer driver gene fusions...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Hisham Abou-Taleb, Ken Yamaguchi, Noriomi Matsumura, Ryusuke Murakami, Hidekatsu Nakai, Koichiro Higasa, Yasuaki Amano, Kaoru Abiko, Yumiko Yoshioka, Junzo Hamanishi, Masafumi Koshiyama, Tsukasa Baba, Ryo Yamada, Fumihiko Matsuda, Ikuo Konishi, Masaki Mandai
Somatic mutations in the ARID1A tumor-suppressor gene have been frequently identified in ovarian clear cell carcinoma (CCC) cases. BAF250a encoded by ARID1A is a member of the SWI/SNF complex, but the expression and mutation status of other SWI/SNF subunits have not been explored. The current study aimed to elucidate the biological and clinical significance of the SWI/SNF complex subunits, by assessing the expression and mutation status of SWI/SNF subunits, and distinct genomic aberrations associated with their expression...
August 23, 2016: Oncotarget
Xingkang Jiang, Yue Chen, E Du, Kuo Yang, Zhihong Zhang, Shiyong Qi, Yong Xu
Although increasing evidence demonstrated that deregulation of mircoRNA-503 (miRNA-503) contributes to tumorigenesis, little is known about the biological role and intrinsic regulatory mechanisms of miR-503 in prostate cancer (PCa). In present study, we found that miR-503 was significantly downregulated in advanced PCa tissues and cell lines. Downregulation of miR-503 was strongly associated with aggressive clinical-pathological features and poor prognosis in PCa patients. Ectopic expression of miR-503 significantly inhibited tumor cells growth, cell migration and invasion in vitro and in vivo...
September 2016: Cellular Signalling
Song Xu, Xiao-Ming Yi, Chao-Peng Tang, Jing-Ping Ge, Zheng-Yu Zhang, Wen-Quan Zhou
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been identified to be critical mediators in various tumors associated with cancer progression. Long non-coding RNA activated by TGF-β (lncRNA-ATB) is a stimulator of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and serves as a novel prognostic biomarker for hepatocellular carcinoma. However, the biological role and clinical significance of lncRNA-ATB in human prostate cancer have yet to be fully elucidated. The present study was designed to explore the expression of lncRNA-ATB in human prostate cancer patients and the role of lncRNA-ATB in prostate cancer cells...
July 2016: Oncology Reports
Hua-Yu Zhu, Wen-Dong Bai, Chao Li, Zhao Zheng, Hao Guan, Jia-Qi Liu, Xue-Kang Yang, Shi-Chao Han, Jian-Xin Gao, Hong-Tao Wang, Da-Hai Hu
Abnormally high activation of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling has been demonstrated to be involved in the initiation and progression of keloids. However, the functional role of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA)-activated by TGF-β (lncRNA-ATB) in keloids has not been documented. Here we investigated the role of lncRNA-ATB in the autocrine secretion of TGF-β in keloid fibroblasts (KFs) and explored the underlying molecular mechanism. Using immunohistochemistry and quantitative RT-PCR analysis, we showed that lncRNA-ATB and ZNF217, a transcriptional activator of TGF-β, were overexpressed and miR-200c, which targets ZNF217, was under-expressed in keloid tissue and keloid fibroblasts...
April 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
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