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Molecular therapy

Fausto Castagnetti, Francesco Di Raimondo, Antonio De Vivo, Antonio Spitaleri, Gabriele Gugliotta, Francesco Fabbiano, Isabella Capodanno, Donato Mannina, Marzia Salvucci, Agostino Antolino, Roberto Marasca, Maurizio Musso, Monica Crugnola, Stefana Impera, Elena Trabacchi, Caterina Musolino, Francesco Cavazzini, Giuseppe Mineo, Patrizia Tosi, Carmela Tomaselli, Michele Rizzo, Sergio Siragusa, Miriam Fogli, Riccardo Ragionieri, Alessandro Zironi, Simona Soverini, Giovanni Martinelli, Michele Cavo, Paolo Vigneri, Fabio Stagno, Gianantonio Rosti, Michele Baccarani
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) treatment is based on company-sponsored and academic trials testing different tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) as first-line therapy. These studies included patients selected according to many inclusion-exclusion criteria, particularly age and comorbidities, with specific treatment obligations. In daily clinical practice (real-life), inclusion-exclusion criteria do not exist and the treatment outcome does not only depend on the choice of first-line TKI, but also on second- and third-line TKIs...
October 22, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Simone A A Romariz, Daisyléa S Paiva, Layla T Galindo, Gabriela F Barnabé, Vivian A Guedes, Cesario V Borlongan, Beatriz M Longo
AIMS: Medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) progenitors give rise to inhibitory interneurons and may serve as an alternative cell source for large-scale cell transplantation for epilepsy after in vitro expansion. We investigated whether modifications in the culture medium of MGE neurospheres affect neuronal differentiation and expression of MGE-specific genes. In vivo, we compared anticonvulsant effects and cell differentiation pattern among neurospheres grown in different culture media and compared them with freshly harvested MGE cells...
October 21, 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Pat Whitworth, Peter Beitsch, Angela Mislowsky, James V Pellicane, Charles Nash, Mary Murray, Laura A Lee, Carrie L Dul, Michael Rotkis, Paul Baron, Lisette Stork-Sloots, Femke A de Snoo, Jennifer Beatty
PURPOSE: Hormone receptor-positive (HR+) tumors have heterogeneous biology and present a challenge for determining optimal treatment. In the Neoadjuvant Breast Registry Symphony Trial (NBRST) patients were classified according to MammaPrint/BluePrint subtyping to provide insight into the response to neoadjuvant endocrine therapy (NET) or neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this predefined substudy was to compare MammaPrint/BluePrint with conventional 'clinical' immunohistochemistry/fluorescence in situ hybridization (IHC/FISH) subtyping in 'clinical luminal' [HR+/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-)] breast cancer patients to predict treatment sensitivity...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Ting Hu, Qilin Huang, Kahing Wong, Hong Yang
Four polysaccharide fractions, LRP-1, LRP-2, LRP-3 and LRP-4 were extracted stepwise from Lignosus rhinocerotis sclerotia with distilled water at 25, 95, 120°C and 1.0M NaOH solution at 4°C. Their structure, molecular size and chain conformation were clarified using SEC-MALLS-RI, GC, FT-IR and UV-VIS. Furthermore, their immunomodulatory activities were evaluated by the model of cyclophosphamide (Cy)-induced immunosuppression. The LRP-1 and LRP-2 were polysaccharide-protein complexes (46-68% β-D-glucan and 27-48% protein), while LRP-3 and LRP-4 were absolutely composed of β-D-glucose...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Franziska Richter, Julia Gerstenberger, Anne Bauer, Chun-Chi Liang, Angelika Richter
Hereditary generalized dystonia is often caused by a GAG deletion in TOR1A (DYT1) that encodes for the protein torsinA. Although mutation carriers show alterations in neuronal connectivity and sensorimotor deficits, only 30% develop dystonia. Uncovering the factors triggering the dystonic symptoms and underlying pathophysiology would greatly benefit the development of more effective therapies. In DYT1 knock-in (KI) mice, the expression of torsinA mutant alters the connectivity of neurons and the function of striatal cholinergic interneurons...
October 18, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Xi Chen, Heng Qiu, Chao Wang, Yu Yuan, Jennifer Tickner, Jiake Xu, Jun Zou
Choline, a hydrophilic cation, has versatile physiological roles throughout the body, including cholinergic neurotransmission, memory consolidation and membrane biosynthesis and metabolism. Choline kinases possess enzyme activity that catalyses the conversion of choline to phosphocholine, which is further converted to cytidine diphosphate-coline (CDP-choline) in the biosynthesis of phosphatidylcholine (PC). PC is a major constituent of the phospholipid bilayer which constitutes the eukaryotic cell membrane, and regulates cell signal transduction...
October 8, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
Greg Hodge, Eugene Roscioli, Hubertus Jersmann, Hai B Tran, Mark Holmes, Paul N Reynolds, Sandra Hodge
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroid resistance is a major barrier to effective treatment of COPD. We have shown that the resistance is associated with decreased expression of glucocorticoid receptor (GCR) by senescent CD28nullCD8+ pro-inflammatory lymphocytes in peripheral blood of COPD patients. GCR must be bound to molecular chaperones heat shock proteins (Hsp) 70 and Hsp90 to acquire a high-affinity steroid binding conformation, and traffic to the nucleus. We hypothesized a loss of Hsp70/90 from these lymphocytes may further contribute to steroid resistance in COPD...
October 21, 2016: Respiratory Research
Cheng-Fu Chang, Yi-Chao Lee, Kuen-Haur Lee, Hui-Ching Lin, Chia-Ling Chen, Che-Kun James Shen, Chi-Chen Huang
BACKGROUND: In the central nervous system regions of the sporadic and familial FTLD and ALS patients, TDP-43 has been identified as the major component of UBIs inclusions which is abnormally hyperphosphorylated, ubiquitinated, and cleaved into C-terminal fragments to form detergent-insoluble aggregates. So far, the effective drugs for FTLD and ALS neurodegenerative diseases are yet to be developed. Autophagy has been demonstrated as the major metabolism route of the pathological TDP-43 inclusions, hence activation of autophagy is a potential therapeutic strategy for TDP-43 pathogenesis in FTLD and ALS...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Science
Yong-Xia Wang, Yan-Ru Chen, Shan-Shan Liu, Ya-Ping Ye, Hong-Li Jiao, Shu-Yang Wang, Zhi-Yuan Xiao, Wen-Ting Wei, Jun-Feng Qiu, Li Liang, Wen-Ting Liao, Yan-Qing Ding
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide. Metastatic progression is a primary factor contributing to lethality of CRC patients. However, the molecular mechanisms forming early local invasion and distant metastatic colonies are still unclear and the present therapeutic approaches for CRC are unsatisfactory. Therefore, novel therapies targeting metastatic invasion that could prevent tumor spreading and recurrence are urgently needed. Our study showed that the decrease of miR-384 was found in 83...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Chong Chen, Kun Liu, Yupeng Xu, Pengwei Zhang, Yan Suo, Yi Lu, Wenyuan Zhang, Li Su, Qing Gu, Huamao Wang, Jianren Gu, Zonghai Li, Xun Xu
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapies are widely used for the treatment of neovascular fundus diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. However, these agents need to be injected intravitreally, because their strong hydrophilicity and high molecular weight prevent them from penetrating cell membranes and complex tissue barriers. Moreover, the repeated injections that are required can cause infection and tissue injury. In this study, we used in vivo-directed evolution phage display technology to identify a novel dodecapeptide, named CC12, with the ability to penetrate the ocular barrier in a noninvasive (via conjunctival sac instillation) or minimally invasive (via retrobulbar injection) manner...
September 30, 2016: Biomaterials
Sarah Fernandes Teixeira, Ricardo Alexandre de Azevedo, Arthur Carvalho Silva, Rodolpho Campos Braga, Salomão Dória Jorge, José Alexandre Marzagão Barbuto, Carolina Horta Andrade, Adilson Kleber Ferreira
Even with all improvements in both diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, lung cancer remains as the most lethal and prevalent cancer in the world. Therefore, new therapeutic drugs and new strategies of drug combination are necessary to provide treatments that are more efficient. Currently, standard therapy regimen for lung cancer includes platinum drugs, such as cisplatin, oxaliplatin, and carboplatin. Besides of the better toxicity profile of oxaliplatin when compared with cisplatin, peripheral neuropathy remains as a limitation of oxaliplatin dose...
October 18, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Meital Charni, Ronit Aloni-Grinstein, Alina Molchadsky, Varda Rotter
Regeneration and tumorigenesis share common molecular pathways, nevertheless the outcome of regeneration is life, whereas tumorigenesis leads to death. Although the process of regeneration is strictly controlled, malignant transformation is unrestrained. In this review, we discuss the involvement of TP53, the major tumor-suppressor gene, in the regeneration process. We point to the role of p53 as coordinator assuring that regeneration will not shift to carcinogenesis. The fluctuation in p53 activity during the regeneration process permits a tight control...
October 21, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Robbert D A Weren, Arjen R Mensenkamp, Michiel Simons, Astrid Eijkelenboom, Aisha S Sie, Hicham Ouchene, Monique van Asseldonk, Encarna B Gomez-Garcia, Marinus J Blok, Joanne A de Hullu, Marcel R Nelen, Alexander Hoischen, Johan Bulten, Bastiaan B J Tops, Nicoline Hoogerbrugge, En Marjolijn J L Ligtenberg
With the recent introduction of Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, a promising novel therapy has become available for ovarian carcinoma patients with inactivating BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations in their tumour. To select patients who may benefit from these treatments, assessment of the mutation status of BRCA1 and BRCA2 in the tumour is required. For reliable evaluation of germline and somatic mutations in these genes in DNA derived from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue, we have developed a single molecule molecular inversion probe (smMIP)-based targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) approach...
October 21, 2016: Human Mutation
S Sengupta, G Mao, Z S Gokaslan, P Sampath
Glioblastoma (GBM) is by far the most common and the most aggressive of all the primary brain malignancies. No curative therapy exists, and median life expectancy hovers at around 1 year after diagnosis, with a minute fraction surviving beyond 5 years. The difficulty in treating GBM lies in the cancer's protected niche within the blood-brain barrier and the heterogeneity of the cancer cells, which possess varying degrees of susceptibility to various common modalities of treatment. Over time, it is the tumor heterogeneity of GBM and the ability of the cancer stem cells to evolve in response treatment that renders the cancer refractory to conventional treatment...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
K K Dey, R Bharti, G Dey, I Pal, Y Rajesh, S Chavan, S Das, C K Das, B C Jena, P Halder, J G Ray, I Kulavi, M Mandal
Oral cancer consists of squamous cell carcinoma within the oral cavity or on the lip. The clinical prognosis of this cancer is mostly poor owing to delayed diagnosis and a lack of appropriate early detection biomarkers to identify the disease. In the current study, we investigated the role of the S100A7 calcium-binding protein in oral squamous cell carcinoma as an activator of the p38/MAPK and RAB2A signaling pathway. The aim of the present study was to determine whether S100A7 and RAB2A have a role in tumor progression and to assess their potential as early detection biomarkers for oral cancer...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Sarah Elizabeth Skerratt, Mark D Andrews, Sharan K Bagal, James Bilsland, David Brown, Peter J Bungay, Susan Cole, Karl R Gibson, Russell Jones, Inaki Morao, Angus Nedderman, Kiyoyuki Omoto, Colin Robinson, Thomas Ryckmans, Kimberly Skinner, Paul Anthony Stupple, Gareth Waldron
The neurotrophin family of growth factors, comprised of nerve growth factor (NGF), brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin 3 (NT3) and neurotrophin 4 (NT4), is implicated in the physiology of chronic pain. Given the clinical efficacy of anti-NGF monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies, there is significant interest in the development of small molecule modulators of neurotrophin activity. Neurotrophins signal through the tropomyosin related kinase (Trk) family of tyrosine kinase receptors, hence Trk kinase inhibition represents a potentially "druggable" point of intervention...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
I Nakachi, B A Helfrich, M A Spillman, E A Mickler, C J Olson, J L Rice, C D Coldren, L E Heasley, M W Geraci, R S Stearman
Src kinase is recognized as a key target for molecular cancer therapy. However, methods to efficiently select patients responsive to Src inhibitors are lacking. We explored the sensitivity of ovarian cancer cell lines to the Src kinase inhibitor saracatinib to identify predictive markers of drug sensitivity using gene microarrays. Pituitary tumor transforming gene 1 (PTTG1) was selected as a potential biomarker as mRNA levels were correlated with saracatinib resistance, as well as higher PTTG1 protein expression...
October 20, 2016: Clinical and Translational Science
Sundhar Ramalingam, Adva Eisenberg, Wen Chi Foo, Jennifer Freedman, Andrew J Armstrong, Larry G Moss, Michael R Harrison
Here we present, to the best of our knowledge, the first case of a paraneoplastic Cushing's syndrome (hypercortisolism) resulting from treatment-related neuroendocrine prostate cancer - a highly aggressive and difficult disease to treat. A 51-year-old man was started on androgen deprivation therapy after presenting with metastatic prostate cancer, characterized by diffuse osseous metastasis. Shortly thereafter, he developed progressive disease with biopsy proven neuroendocrine prostate cancer as well as symptoms of increased skin pigmentation, hypokalemia, hypertension, hyperglycemia and profound weakness, consistent with ectopic Cushing's syndrome...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
Fiona C Brown, Paolo Cifani, Esther Drill, Jie He, Eric Still, Shan Zhong, Sohail Balasubramanian, Dean Pavlick, Bahar Yilmazel, Kristina M Knapp, Todd A Alonzo, Soheil Meshinchi, Richard M Stone, Steven M Kornblau, Guido Marcucci, Alan S Gamis, John C Byrd, Mithat Gonen, Ross L Levine, Alex Kentsis
Cure rates of children and adults with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) remain unsatisfactory partly due to chemotherapy resistance. We investigated the genetic basis of AML in 107 primary cases by sequencing 670 genes mutated in haematological malignancies. SETBP1, ASXL1 and RELN mutations were significantly associated with primary chemoresistance. We identified genomic alterations not previously described in AML, together with distinct genes that were significantly overexpressed in therapy-resistant AML. Defined gene mutations were sufficient to explain primary induction failure in only a minority of cases...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Marta Polkowska, Edyta Czepielewska, Małgorzata Kozłowska-Wojciechowska
Advanced melanoma is related to a very grim prognosis and fast progression. Until recently, there has been no indicated treatment that would affect the disease's outcome. However, the progress in immunotherapy and molecular therapy has significantly changed the unfavourable prognosis of melanoma progression and its short survival rate. Both approaches have improved patients' outcomes and provided renewed hope for successful treatment. Moreover, in order to further enhance patients' outcomes and to avoid mechanisms of tumour resistance, investigators attempted a combined approach...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
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