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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
Kapo Saukkonen, Jaana Hagström, Harri Mustonen, Laura Lehtinen, Olli Carpen, Leif C Andersson, Hanna Seppänen, Caj Haglund
Expression of regenerating islet-derived protein 4 (REG4), a secretory protein involved in cell differentiation and proliferation, is upregulated in inflammatory bowel diseases and in many gastrointestinal malignancies. The prognostic significance of its expression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is unknown. Our aim was to investigate tumor tissue and serum REG4 expression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients. We also evaluated as a control the diagnostic value of serum REG4 level in patients with chronic pancreatitis...
March 2018: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Thierry Almont, Corinne Couteau, Hélène Etienne, Pierre Bondil, Rosine Guimbaud, Leslie Schover, Éric Huyghe
PURPOSE: To assess sexual health and needs for sexology care of cancer patients during chemotherapy. METHODS: We performed a 4-month cross-sectional study in cancer patients treated by chemotherapy in the digestive cancer department of a regional university hospital. Patients were asked to fill out a self-administered questionnaire about their sexual health, Sexual Quality of Life Questionnaire for Male (SQoL-M) or Female (SQoL-F), and their needs for sexology care...
March 14, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Hiroto Matsuda, Satoshi Tamada, Minoru Kato, Akira Yamamoto, Taro Iguchi, Tatsuya Nakatani
A 73-year-old woman with chief complaint of macroscopic hematuria was diagnosed as having left renal tumor with pancreatic invasion. Nephrectomy was performed. Pathological diagnosis was clear cell carcinoma, pT3a. Three months after the operation, liver metastasis appeared and sunitinib was started. Most of the liver metastases disappeared; however, a new lesion appeared, and sunitinib was switched to axitinib, which was effective on the residual lesion, but the new lesion had poor response. Transarterial chemoembolization was performed to treat the liver metastases, and all metastatic lesions disappeared...
March 2018: Urology Case Reports
Kei Kawaguchi, Qinghong Han, Shukuan Li, Yuying Tan, Kentaro Igarashi, Kentaro Miyake, Tasuku Kiyuna, Masuyo Miyake, Bartosz Chemielwski, Scott D Nelson, Tara A Russell, Sarah M Dry, Yunfeng Li, Arun S Singh, Mark A Eckardt, Michiaki Unno, Fritz C Eilber, Robert M Hoffman
An excessive requirement for methionine (MET) for growth, termed MET dependence, appears to be a general metabolic defect in cancer. We have previously shown that cancer-cell growth can be selectively arrested by MET restriction such as with recombinant methioninase (rMETase). In the present study, we utilized patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) nude mouse models with pancreatic cancer or melanoma to determine the relationship between intra-tumor MET level and tumor size. After the tumors grew to 100 mm3 , the PDOX nude mice were divided into two groups: untreated control and treated with rMETase (100 units, i...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Chaobin He, Yize Mao, Xiangming Lao, Shengping Li, Xiaojun Lin
The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been regarded as a prognostic factor in various types of cancer. The present study aimed to identify the association between NLR and combined hepatocellular cholangiocarcinoma (cHCC-CC) in patients who underwent surgical resection. The present study retrospectively reviewed 59 patients who were diagnosed with cHCC-CC and treated with surgical resection between January 2000 and October 2014 at the Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center (Guangzhou, China)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Zai Wang, Liang Peng, Yu-Li Song, Shiqing Xu, Zhan Hua, Ni Fang, Min Zhai, Honglin Liu, Qing Fang, Tingting Deng, Wenjian Zhang, Yuan-Jia Chen, Jinning Lou
Aberrant blood vessel formation and hemorrhage may contribute to tumor progression and are potential targets in the treatment of several types of cancer. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) are highly vascularized, particularly when they are well-differentiated. However, the process of vascularization and endothelial cell detachment in PNETs is poorly understood. In the present study, 132 PNET clinical samples were examined and a special type of hemorrhagic region was observed in ~30% of the samples regardless of tumor subtype...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Indika A Bandara, Minas Baltatzis, Sudip Sanyal, Ajith K Siriwardena
BACKGROUND: Expression of the dimeric M2 isoenzyme of pyruvate kinase, termed Tumor M2-PK, is increased in some human cancers. This study evaluates the potential role of pre-operative Tumor M2-PK as a marker of prognosis in patients with pancreatic malignancy. METHODS: Seventy-three consecutive patients with a clinical diagnosis of pancreatic or peri-ampullary cancer were enrolled. Their median (range) age was 66 (23-83) years. Pre-operative samples of venous blood were taken for analysis of Tumor M2-PK...
March 14, 2018: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Margareta Heby, Sebastian Lundgren, Björn Nodin, Jacob Elebro, Jakob Eberhard, Karin Jirström
BACKGROUND: Periampullary adenocarcinomas, including pancreatic cancer, are a heterogeneous group of tumors with poor prognosis, where classification into intestinal type (I-type) or pancreatobiliary type (PB-type) is a relevant prognostic factor. The clinical significance of deficient mismatch repair (dMMR) in periampullary adenocarcinoma is comparatively unexplored. Herein, we examined the associations of MMR immunophenotype with long-term survival in patients with resected periampullary adenocarcinoma, with particular reference to morphology and adjuvant treatment response...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Sun-Young Jun, Seung-Mo Hong, Young Kyung Bae, Hee Kyung Kim, Kyu Yun Jang, Dae Woon Eom
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a stress-response protein, is highly induced in various carcinomas. It is implicated in carcinogenesis and tumor progression. High HO-1 expression is associated with better prognosis of patients with colorectal and gastric cancers. Induction or inhibition of HO-1 can mediate chemo-sensitivity, therefore it might be a therapeutic target to develop anticancer agents. To define the clinicopathological and prognostic significance of HO-1 expression in small-intestinal adenocarcinomas (SIACs), immunohistochemical microarray analysis of HO-1 expression was performed for 191 surgically resected SIAC cases and results were compared with various clinicopathologic variables, including survival...
March 14, 2018: Pathology International
Uayporn Kaosombatwattana, Yoshiki Hirooka, Hiroki Kawashima, Eizaburo Ohno, Takuya Ishikawa, Hiroki Suhara, Hidemi Goto
Endoscopic ultrasound is increasingly being used for evaluation of pancreatic diseases and pancreatic tumors. Among various pancreatic cystic lesions, cystic degeneration of pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm is of the challenge in making diagnosis. Although unique characteristic of each type of pancreatic cystic lesions has been proposed abundantly, typical morphology of cystic degeneration of pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm is still unclear. We, herein, reported a case of 66-year-old woman who was incidentally found to have a cystic lesion in the tail of pancreas upon screening transabdominal ultrasonography...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Jiyoung Bu, Sangmin Youn, Wooil Kwon, Kee Taek Jang, Sanghyup Han, Sunjong Han, Younghun You, Jin Seok Heo, Seong Ho Choi, Dong Wook Choi
Backgrounds/Aims: Various factors have been reported as prognostic factors of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NF-pNETs). There remains some controversy as to the factors which might actually serve to successfully prognosticate future manifestation and diagnosis of NF-pNETs. As well, consensus regarding management strategy has never been achieved. The aim of this study is to further investigate potential prognostic factors using a large single-center cohort to help determine the management strategy of NF-pNETs...
February 2018: Annals of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
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
Jiyan Mohammad, Harsharan Dhillon, Shireen Chikara, Sujan Mamidi, Avinash Sreedasyam, Kishore Chittem, Megan Orr, John C Wilkinson, Katie M Reindl
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the deadliest cancers due to a late diagnosis and poor response to available treatments. There is a need to identify complementary treatment strategies that will enhance the efficacy and reduce the toxicity of currently used therapeutic approaches. We investigated the ability of a known ROS inducer, piperlongumine (PL), to complement the modest anti-cancer effects of the approved chemotherapeutic agent gemcitabine (GEM) in PDAC cells in vitro and in vivo . PDAC cells treated with PL + GEM showed reduced cell viability, clonogenic survival, and growth on Matrigel compared to control and individually-treated cells...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Chrysovalantou Mihailidou, Pavlos Papakotoulas, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Michalis V Karamouzis
Ciclopirox olamine (CPX) is an antifungal agent that has recently demonstrated promising anti-neoplastic activity against hematologic and solid tumors. Here, we evaluated CPX compared with gemcitabine alone as well as their combination in human pancreatic cancer cell lines; BxPC-3, Panc-1, and MIA PaCa-2 and in humanized xenograft mouse models. We also examined the preclinical pharmacodynamic activity of CPX. CPX caused a pronounced decrease in cell proliferation and clonogenic growth potential. These inhibitory effects were accompanied by induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which were strongly associated with reduced Bcl-xL and survivin levels and activation of a panel of caspases, especially caspase-3, and finally resulted in apoptotic death...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Muneaki Motomura, Hideaki Ichihara, Yoko Matsumoto
Negatively charged phosphatidylserine (PS) and sialic acid-containing glycosphingolipids (GM1) were observed to be over represented on the cell membranes of pancreatic cancer cells (BxPC-3) as opposed to normal pancreatic cells. Cationic liposomes (CL) were also found to selectively accumulate into the negatively charged cell membranes of BxPC-3 cells and inhibited their growth but have no effect on the viability of normal pancreatic cells. CL induced apoptosis in BxPC-3 cells via activation of caspase-3, -8, and -9 and mitochondrial events and inhibited tumor enlargement in xenograft mouse models of pancreatic cancer...
March 5, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Yan Qiao, Tingting Yang, Yong Gan, Wenzhen Li, Chao Wang, Yanhong Gong, Zuxun Lu
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have clarified the potential associations between regular aspirin use and cancers. However, it remains controversial on whether aspirin use decreases the risk of cancers risks. Therefore, we conducted an updated meta-analysis to assess the associations between aspirin use and cancers. METHODS: The PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science databases were systematically searched up to March 2017 to identify relevant studies. Relative risks (RRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to assess the strength of associations...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cancer
X W Xu, R C Zhang, Y P Mou, Z Y Qian, C J Huang, Q C Zhu, W W Jin, Y C Zhou
Objective: To evaluate the safety and feasibility of laparoscopic radical antegrade modular pancreatosplenectomy(Lap-RAMPS) for left-sided pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Methods: Clinical data of total 12 patients underwent Lap-RAMPS for left-sided pancreatic adenocarcinoma at Department of Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Surgery, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital from March 2016 to August 2017 were reviewed retrospectively.There were 7 male patients and 5 female patients, with median age of 60.5 years old(47-68 years old)...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
L P Fang, X Y Xu, Y Ji, P W Huang
Objective: To investigate the clinical outcomes and prognostic factors in patients with pancreatic cancer after surgical resection with curative intent and analyze factors affecting 2-year and 5-year survival of patients. Methods: A total of 469 patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma undergoing curative resection were included in the study, and the clinical data of these patients were analyzed retrospectively. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to examine factors affecting prognosis of these patients...
February 27, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Jaclyn Andricovich, Stephanie Perkail, Yan Kai, Nicole Casasanta, Weiqun Peng, Alexandros Tzatsos
KDM6A, an X chromosome-encoded histone demethylase and member of the COMPASS-like complex, is frequently mutated in a broad spectrum of malignancies and contributes to oncogenesis with poorly characterized mechanisms. We found that KDM6A loss induced squamous-like, metastatic pancreatic cancer selectively in females through deregulation of the COMPASS-like complex and aberrant activation of super-enhancers regulating ΔNp63, MYC, and RUNX3 oncogenes. This subtype of tumor developed in males had concomitant loss of UTY and KDM6A, suggesting overlapping roles, and points to largely demethylase independent tumor suppressor functions...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
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