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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525978/notch-ligand-delta-like-1-as-a-novel-molecular-target-in-childhood-neuroblastoma
#1
P Bettinsoli, G Ferrari-Toninelli, S A Bonini, C Prandelli, M Memo
BACKGROUND: Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid malignancy in childhood, responsible for 15% of all pediatric cancer deaths. It is an heterogeneous disease that does not always respond to classical therapy; so the identification of new and specific molecular targets to improve existing therapy is needed. We have previously demonstrated the involvement of the Notch pathway in the onset and progression of neuroblastoma. In this study we further investigated the role of Notch signaling and identified Delta-like 1 (DLL1) as a novel molecular target in neuroblastoma cells with a high degree of MYCN amplification, which is a major oncogenic driver in neuroblastoma...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521631/immunohistochemical-profile-of-myc-protein-in-pediatric-small-round-blue-cell-tumors
#2
Karen M Chisholm, Chandra Krishnan, Amy Heerema-McKenney, Yasodha Natkunam
Deregulation of MYC oncoprotein in cancers can result from multiple oncogenic mechanisms. Although MYC translocations define Burkitt lymphoma and MYC protein expression is a poor prognostic factor in undifferentiated neuroblastomas, the distribution of MYC protein (c-MYC) across other pediatric small round blue cell tumors (SRBCT) has not been well characterized. We undertook this study to assess MYC protein expression in a large cohort of pediatric lymphomas, sarcomas, and other SRBCT. Tissue microarrays containing 302 SRBCT were successfully evaluated by immunohistochemistry using anti-MYC clone Y69, with nuclear positivity scored as 0%, 1%-25%, 26%-50%, 51%-75%, or 76%-100%...
June 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521285/arid1b-alterations-identify-aggressive-tumors-in-neuroblastoma
#3
Soo Hyun Lee, Jung-Sun Kim, Siyuan Zheng, Jason T Huse, Joon Seol Bae, Ji Won Lee, Keon Hee Yoo, Hong Hoe Koo, Sungkyu Kyung, Woong-Yang Park, Ki Woong Sung
Targeted panel sequencing was performed to determine molecular targets and biomarkers in 72 children with neuroblastoma. Frequent genetic alterations were detected in ALK (16.7%), BRCA1 (13.9%), ATM (12.5%), and PTCH1 (11.1%) in an 83-gene panel. Molecular targets for targeted therapy were identified in 16 of 72 patients (22.2%). Two-thirds of ALK mutations were known to increase sensitivity to ALK inhibitors. Sequence alterations in ARID1B were identified in 5 of 72 patients (6.9%). Four of five ARID1B alterations were detected in tumors of high-risk patients...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506690/romidepsin-induces-caspase-dependent-cell-death-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells
#4
Shane V Hegarty, Katie L Togher, Eimear O'Leary, Franziska Solger, Aideen M Sullivan, Gerard W O'Keeffe
Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial pediatric solid tumor, arising from the embryonic sympathoadrenal lineage of the neural crest, and is responsible for 15% of childhood cancer deaths. Although survival rates are good for some patients, those children diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma have survival rates as low as 35%. Thus, neuroblastoma remains a significant clinical challenge and the development of novel therapeutic strategies is essential. Given that there is widespread epigenetic dysregulation in neuroblastoma, epigenetic pharmacotherapy holds promise as a therapeutic approach...
May 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467792/assessment-of-citalopram-and-escitalopram-on-neuroblastoma-cell-lines-cell-toxicity-and-gene-modulation
#5
Laurent Sakka, Nathalie Delétage, Maryse Chalus, Youssef Aissouni, Valérie Sylvain-Vidal, Stéphane Gobron, Guillaume Coll
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are common antidepressants which cytotoxicity has been assessed in cancers notably colorectal carcinomas and glioma cell lines. We assessed and compared the cytotoxicity of 2 SSRI, citalopram and escitalopram, on neuroblastoma cell lines. The study was performed on 2 non-MYCN amplified cell lines (rat B104 and human SH-SY5Y) and 2 human MYCN amplified cell lines (IMR32 and Kelly). Citalopram and escitalopram showed concentration-dependent cytotoxicity on all cell lines...
April 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465480/clinical-and-biological-features-of-neuroblastic-tumors-a-comparison-of-neuroblastoma-and-ganglioneuroblastoma
#6
Wen-Guang He, Yu Yan, Wen Tang, Rong Cai, Gang Ren
Neuroblastoma (NB), ganglioneuroblastoma intermixed (GNBi) and ganglioneuroblastoma nodular (GNBn) are neuroblastic tumors that present with a wide range of symptoms and variable prognoses. We retrospectively reviewed the pretreatment clinical (age, sex and tumor stage) and biological (MYCN amplification; and levels of lactate dehydrogenase, ferritin and neuron-specific enolase) characteristics of 279 patients who were diagnosed with pathologically confirmed NB and GNB from January 2005 to December 2015. The median age at diagnosis increased with grade of differentiation (NB: 28...
April 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465359/elevated-foxg1-and-sox2-in-glioblastoma-enforces-neural-stem-cell-identity-through-transcriptional-control-of-cell-cycle-and-epigenetic-regulators
#7
Harry Bulstrode, Ewan Johnstone, Maria Angeles Marques-Torrejon, Kirsty M Ferguson, Raul Bardini Bressan, Carla Blin, Vivien Grant, Sabine Gogolok, Ester Gangoso, Sladjana Gagrica, Christine Ender, Vassiliki Fotaki, Duncan Sproul, Paul Bertone, Steven M Pollard
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive brain tumor driven by cells with hallmarks of neural stem (NS) cells. GBM stem cells frequently express high levels of the transcription factors FOXG1 and SOX2. Here we show that increased expression of these factors restricts astrocyte differentiation and can trigger dedifferentiation to a proliferative NS cell state. Transcriptional targets include cell cycle and epigenetic regulators (e.g., Foxo3, Plk1, Mycn, Dnmt1, Dnmt3b, and Tet3). Foxo3 is a critical repressed downstream effector that is controlled via a conserved FOXG1/SOX2-bound cis-regulatory element...
May 2, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459463/mycn-induces-neuroblastoma-in-primary-neural-crest-cells
#8
R R Olsen, J H Otero, J García-López, K Wallace, D Finkelstein, J E Rehg, Z Yin, Y-D Wang, K W Freeman
Neuroblastoma (NBL) is an embryonal cancer of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which causes 15% of pediatric cancer deaths. High-risk NBL is characterized by N-Myc amplification and segmental chromosomal gains and losses. Owing to limited disease models, the etiology of NBL is largely unknown, including both the cell of origin and the majority of oncogenic drivers. We have established a novel system for studying NBL based on the transformation of neural crest cells (NCCs), the progenitor cells of the SNS, isolated from mouse embryonic day 9...
May 1, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456710/microrna-149-is-associated-with-clinical-outcome-in-human-neuroblastoma-and-modulates-cancer-cell-proliferation-through-rap1-independent-of-mycn-amplification
#9
Yali Xu, Xinghe Chen, Li Lin, Hong Chen, Shuping Yu, Dumiao Li
PURPOSE: We evaluated the clinical relevance of microRNA-149 (miR-149) in neuroblastoma (NB) and its functional roles in regulating NB proliferation in vitro. METHODS: QRT-PCR was used to evaluate miR-149 expression in NB cell lines and primary NB tumors. Association between endogenous miR-149 expression in primary NB tumors and their host patients' clinicopathological factors and overall survival (OS) were statistically evaluated. In SH-SY5Y, an MYCN-non-amplified, and LAN5, an MYCN-amplified NB cell lines, miR-149 was either upregulated or downregulated by lentiviral transduction, to evaluate its effect on NB proliferation in vitro...
April 26, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455243/the-second-generation-alk-inhibitor-alectinib-effectively-induces-apoptosis-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-a-th-mycn-transgenic-neuroblastoma-mouse-model
#10
Jiaxiong Lu, Shan Guan, Yanling Zhao, Yang Yu, Sarah E Woodfield, Huiyuan Zhang, Kristine L Yang, Shayahati Bieerkehazhi, Lin Qi, Xiaonan Li, Jerry Gu, Xin Xu, Jingling Jin, Jodi A Muscal, Tianshu Yang, Guo-Tong Xu, Jianhua Yang
Activating germline mutations of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) occur in most cases of hereditary neuroblastoma (NB) and the constitutively active kinase activity of ALK promotes cell proliferation and survival in NB. Therefore, ALK kinase is a potential therapeutic target for NB. In this study, we show that the novel ALK inhibitor alectinib effectively suppressed cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in NB cell lines with either wild-type ALK or mutated ALK (F1174L and D1091N) by blocking ALK-mediated PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling...
April 26, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453467/prognostic-significance-of-mycn-gene-amplification-and-protein-expression-in-primary-brain-tumors-astrocytoma-and-meningioma
#11
Mehrdad Asghari Estiar, Firouzeh Javan, Ali Zekri, Masoud Mehrazin, Parvin Mehdipour
BACKGROUND: Astrocytoma and meningioma are the most common primary brain tumors. MYCN as a member of MYC proto-oncogenes has recently appeared as an attractive therapeutic target. Functions of MYCN are critical for growth of nervous system and neural differentiation. OBJECTIVE: We examined MYCN amplification and protein expression in astrocytoma and meningioma cases. METHODS: In this study, we used real-time PCR, FISH assay and flowcytometry to analyze DNA amplification and protein expression of MYCN...
April 19, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452859/tert-mediated-and-atrx-mediated-telomere-maintenance-and-neuroblastoma
#12
Xiao-Feng Duan, Qiang Zhao
Neuroblastomas (NB) are one of the most common extracranial solid tumors in children, and they frequently display high heterogeneity in the disease course. With ongoing research, more information regarding the genetic etiology and molecular mechanisms underlying these contrasting phenotypes is being uncovered. The proto-oncogene MYCN is amplified in approximately 20% of NB cases and is considered a indicator of poor prognosis and an indicator of high-risk NB. The poor prognosis of high risk NB is incompletely explained by MYCN amplification...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446439/pax3-foxo1-establishes-myogenic-super-enhancers-and-confers-bet-bromodomain-vulnerability
#13
Berkley E Gryder, Marielle E Yohe, Hsien-Chao Chou, Xiaohu Zhang, Joana Marques, Marco Wachtel, Beat Schaefer, Nirmalya Sen, Young K Song, Alberto Gualtieri, Silvia Pomella, Rossella Rota, Abigail Cleveland, Xinyu Wen, Sivasish Sindiri, Jun S Wei, Frederic G Barr, Sudipto Das, Thorkell Andresson, Rajarshi Guha, Madhu Lal-Nag, Marc Ferrer, Jack F Shern, Keji Zhao, Craig J Thomas, Javed Khan
Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma is a life-threatening myogenic cancer of children and adolescent young adults, driven primarily by the chimeric transcription factor PAX3-FOXO1 (P3F). The mechanisms by which P3F dysregulates chromatin are unknown. We find P3F reprograms the cis-regulatory landscape by inducing (de novo) super enhancers (SEs). P3F uses SEs to setup auto-regulatory loops in collaboration with master transcription factors MYOG, MYOD and MYCN. This myogenic SE circuitry is consistent across cell lines and primary tumors...
April 26, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425916/combined-alk-and-mdm2-inhibition-increases-antitumor-activity-and-overcomes-resistance-in-human-alk-mutant-neuroblastoma-cell-lines-and-xenograft-models
#14
Hui Qin Wang, Ensar Halilovic, Xiaoyan Li, Jinsheng Liang, Yichen Cao, Daniel P Rakiec, David A Ruddy, Sebastien Jeay, Jens U Wuerthner, Noelito Timple, Shailaja Kasibhatla, Nanxin Li, Juliet A Williams, William R Sellers, Alan Huang, Fang Li
The efficacy of ALK inhibitors in patients with ALK-mutant neuroblastoma is limited, highlighting the need to improve their effectiveness in these patients. To this end, we sought to develop a combination strategy to enhance the antitumor activity of ALK inhibitor monotherapy in human neuroblastoma cell lines and xenograft models expressing activated ALK. Herein, we report that combined inhibition of ALK and MDM2 induced a complementary set of anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic proteins. Consequently, this combination treatment synergistically inhibited proliferation of TP53 wild-type neuroblastoma cells harboring ALK amplification or mutations in vitro, and resulted in complete and durable responses in neuroblastoma xenografts derived from these cells...
April 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423360/tiam1-variants-improve-clinical-outcome-in-neuroblastoma
#15
Elena Sanmartín, Yania Yáñez, Victoria Fornés-Ferrer, José L Zugaza, Adela Cañete, Victoria Castel, Jaime Font de Mora
Identification of tumor driver mutations is crucial for improving clinical outcome using a personalized approach to the treatment of cancer. Neuroblastoma is a tumor of the peripheral sympathetic nervous system for which only a few driver alterations have been described including MYCN amplification and ALK mutations. We assessed 106 primary neuroblastoma tumors by next generation sequencing using a customized amplicon-based gene panel. Our results reveal that genetic variants in TIAM1 gene associate with better clinical outcome, suggesting a role for these TIAM1 variants in preventing progression of this disease...
April 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423357/mir-29b-inhibits-the-growth-of-glioma-via-mycn-dependent-way
#16
Guan Sun, Jingmin Lu, Chuang Zhang, Ran You, Lei Shi, Nan Jiang, Dekang Nie, Jian Zhu, Min Li, Jun Guo
MiR-29b is widely involved in diverse cancers. We plan to study its role in glioma. The expression of miR-29b was detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and we found the expression of miR-29b was decreased in glioma. Cell proliferation was evaluated by cell counting kit (CCK8) and 5-Ethynyl-2'- deoxyuridine (EdU) and cell apoptosis was assayed with flow cytometry assay (FCA), which indicated miR-29b can inhibit the proliferation and promote the apoptosis of glioma cells. The target of miR-29b was predicted using miRanda, TargetScan and PicTar sofeware and we also found MYCN was a direct target of miR-29b in glioma cells and miR-29b inhibited the proliferation of glioma cells via MYCN dependent way...
April 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415684/the-long-noncoding-rna-linc-ned125-controls-the-expression-of-medulloblastoma-driver-genes-by-microrna-sponge-activity
#17
Pietro Laneve, Agnese Po, Annarita Favia, Ivano Legnini, Vincenzo Alfano, Jessica Rea, Valerio Di Carlo, Valeria Bevilacqua, Evelina Miele, Angela Mastronuzzi, Andrea Carai, Franco Locatelli, Irene Bozzoni, Elisabetta Ferretti, Elisa Caffarelli
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are major regulators of physiological and disease-related gene expression, particularly in the central nervous system. Dysregulated lncRNA expression has been documented in several human cancers, and their tissue-specificity makes them attractive candidates as diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers and/or therapeutic agents. Here we show that linc-NeD125, which we previously characterized as a neuronal-induced lncRNA, is significantly overexpressed in Group 4 medulloblastomas (G4 MBs), the largest and least well characterized molecular MB subgroup...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401334/h3-idh-wild-type-pediatric-glioblastoma-is-comprised-of-molecularly-and-prognostically-distinct-subtypes-with-associated-oncogenic-drivers
#18
Andrey Korshunov, Daniel Schrimpf, Marina Ryzhova, Dominik Sturm, Lukas Chavez, Volker Hovestadt, Tanvi Sharma, Antje Habel, Anna Burford, Chris Jones, Olga Zheludkova, Ella Kumirova, Christof M Kramm, Andrey Golanov, David Capper, Andreas von Deimling, Stefan M Pfister, David T W Jones
Pediatric glioblastoma (pedGBM) is an extremely aggressive pediatric brain tumor, accounting for ~6% of all central nervous system neoplasms in children. Approximately half of pedGBM harbor recurrent somatic mutations in histone 3 variants or, infrequently, IDH1/2. The remaining subset of pedGBM is highly heterogeneous, and displays a variety of genomic and epigenetic features. In the current study, we aimed to further stratify an H3-/IDH-wild type (wt) pedGBM cohort assessed through genome-wide molecular profiling...
April 11, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401018/otx2-expression-contributes-to-proliferation-and-progression-in-myc-amplified-medulloblastoma
#19
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Yining Lu, Collin M Labak, Neha Jain, Ian J Purvis, Maheedhara R Guda, Sarah E Bach, Andrew J Tsung, Swapna Asuthkar, Kiran K Velpula
Medulloblastoma is one of the most prevalent pediatric brain malignancies, accounting for approximately 20% of all primary CNS tumors in children under the age of 19. OTX2 is the member of a highly conserved family of bicoid-like homeodomain transcription factors responsible for the regulation of cerebellar development and of current investigational interest in the tumorigenesis of medulloblastoma. Recent studies have revealed that Group 3 and Group 4 medulloblastomas show marked overexpression of OTX2 with a concurrent amplification of the MYC and MYCN oncogenes, respectively, correlating with anaplasticity and unfavorable patient outcomes...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399338/genetics-and-molecular-diagnostics-in-retinoblastoma-an-update
#20
Sameh E Soliman, Hilary Racher, Chengyue Zhang, Heather MacDonald, Brenda L Gallie
Retinoblastoma is the prototype genetic cancer: in one or both eyes of young children, most retinoblastomas are initiated by biallelic mutation of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor gene, RB1, in a developing retinal cell. All those with bilateral retinoblastoma have heritable cancer, although 95% have not inherited the RB1 mutation. Non-heritable retinoblastoma is always unilateral, with 98% caused by loss of both RB1 alleles from the tumor, whereas 2% have normal RB1 in tumors initiated by amplification of the MYCN oncogene...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
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