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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334554/the-systemic-immune-inflammation-index-independently-predicts-survival-and-recurrence-in-resectable-pancreatic-cancer-and-its-prognostic-value-depends-on-bilirubin-levels-a-retrospective-multicenter-cohort-study
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Mohammad Hosein Aziz, Kostandinos Sideras, Nasir Ahmad Aziz, Katya Mauff, Roel Haen, Daphne Roos, Lawlaw Saida, Mustafa Suker, Erwin van der Harst, Jan Sven Mieog, Bert A Bonsing, Yarne Klaver, Bas Groot Koerkamp, Casper H van Eijck
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine the prognostic significance of the systemic-immune-inflammation index (SIII) in patients with resectable pancreatic cancer, using cancer-specific survival as the primary outcome. BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer is associated with a dysfunctional immune system and poor prognosis. We examined the prognostic significance of the SIII in patients with resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and the effects of bilirubin on this index...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334372/pharmacological-blockade-of-asct2-dependent-glutamine-transport-leads-to-antitumor-efficacy-in-preclinical-models
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Michael L Schulte, Allie Fu, Ping Zhao, Jun Li, Ling Geng, Shannon T Smith, Jumpei Kondo, Robert J Coffey, Marc O Johnson, Jeffrey C Rathmell, Joe T Sharick, Melissa C Skala, Jarrod A Smith, Jordan Berlin, M Kay Washington, Michael L Nickels, H Charles Manning
The unique metabolic demands of cancer cells underscore potentially fruitful opportunities for drug discovery in the era of precision medicine. However, therapeutic targeting of cancer metabolism has led to surprisingly few new drugs to date. The neutral amino acid glutamine serves as a key intermediate in numerous metabolic processes leveraged by cancer cells, including biosynthesis, cell signaling, and oxidative protection. Herein we report the preclinical development of V-9302, a competitive small molecule antagonist of transmembrane glutamine flux that selectively and potently targets the amino acid transporter ASCT2...
January 15, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334243/facile-synthesis-of-simple-2-oxindole-based-compounds-with-promising-antiproliferative-activity
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Riham F George
AIM: Discovery of novel potent anticancer agents with lower side effects is a challenge to overcome cancer, the second leading cause of death. METHODOLOGY: 2-oxindole-based hydrazides (6a-g) and benzenesulfonyl hydrazides (9a-d) were synthesized by simple condensation reactions of the appropriate hydrazides (2a-g) or (8a-d) with 1-ethyl-2,3-oxindolinedione (4). They were screened for their cytotoxicity against HepG2 (liver), MCF-7 (breast), HCT116 (colon) and A549 (lung) cancer cell lines...
January 15, 2018: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333729/immunoengineering-with-biomaterials-for-enhanced-cancer-immunotherapy
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Yu-Qing Xie, Lixia Wei, Li Tang
Cancer immunotherapy has recently shown dramatic clinical success inducing durable response in patients of a wide variety of malignancies. Further improvement of the clinical outcome with immune related cancer treatment requests more exquisite manipulation of a patient's immune system with increased immunity against diseases while mitigating the toxicities. To meet this challenge, biomaterials applied to immunoengineering are being developed to achieve tissue- and/or cell-specific immunomodulation and thus could potentially enhance both the efficacy and safety of current cancer immunotherapies...
January 14, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332583/eating-green-shining-light-on-the-use-of-dietary-phytochemicals-as-a-modern-approach-in-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-head-and-neck-cancers
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Linda L Eastham, Candace M Howard, Premalatha Balachandran, David S Pasco, Pier Paolo Claudio
Enthusiasm for the use of dietary bioactive compounds as chemopreventive agents and adjuvants for current therapies has increased laboratory research conducted on several types of cancers including Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). The green chemoprevention movement is a modern approach to highlight healthy lifestyle changes that aim to decrease the incidence of HNSCC. A healthy diet can be an effective way to prevent the development of oral cancers. Discovery of the naturally occurring plant based compounds called phytochemicals has facilitated the development of new treatment strategies for patients that are at risk for, or have developed HNSCC...
January 12, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332577/the-potential-use-of-peptides-for-cancer-treatment
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Bahram Yavari, Reza Mahjub, Masoud Saidijam, Mojgan Raigani, Meysam Soleimani
Conventional chemotherapeutic drugs have significant limitations: For example, tumors may develop resistance to them, cancers may relapse after treatment, and the drugs may induce secondary malignancies in the treatment of metastatic cancer. There is still a great need for drugs that are able to destroy cancer cells selectively, that is, to effectively treat slow-growing and dormant cells without being affected by chemoresistance mechanisms. A growing number of studies indicate that peptides may be beneficial for drug discovery and development...
January 11, 2018: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332344/in-vitro-antitumor-activity-of-guttiferone-a-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-is-mediated-via-apoptosis-mitochondrial-mediated-oxidative-stress-and-reactive-oxygen-species-production
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Hai-Ming Wu, Yu-Mei Li
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer and is considered as the main cause of cancer related death in females. It is estimated that about one-third of women with breast cancer develop metastases and eventually die of this disease. The main treatment options for breast cancer include surgical interventions followed by chemotherapy, hormonotherapy or radiation. However, the side effects associated with the treatment of breast cancer negatively affects the quality of patient's life...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331736/dysfunctional-telomeres-and-hematological-disorders
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Elena Fiorini, Andrea Santoni, Simona Colla
Telomere biology disorders, which are characterized by telomerase activity haploinsufficiency and accelerated telomere shortening, most commonly manifest as degenerative diseases. Tissues with high rates of cell turnover, such as those in the hematopoietic system, are particularly vulnerable to defects in telomere maintenance genes that eventually culminate in bone marrow (BM) failure syndromes, in which the BM cannot produce sufficient new blood cells. Here, we review how telomere defects induce degenerative phenotypes across multiple organs, with particular focus on how they impact the hematopoietic stem and progenitor compartment and affect hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal and differentiation...
January 4, 2018: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331418/non-coding-rnas-in-cancer-stem-cells
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Huiwen Yan, Pengcheng Bu
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been shown to play a key role in tumor initiation, progression, metastasis, and therapy resistance. Despite their potential clinical importance, the mechanism of CSC regulation is not well understood. Recent evidence suggests that different types of non-coding RNAs (ncRNA), such as microRNA (miRNA) and long non-coding RNA (LncRNA), play a role in regulating CSC growth and replication by modulating transcription factors and downstream signaling pathways activated in CSCs. Here, we review the recent major findings about how they affect stem cell quality acquisition and maintenance in CSCs, as well as metastasis and therapy resistance...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331417/down-regulation-of-rip3-potentiates-cisplatin-chemoresistance-by-triggering-hsp90-erk-pathway-mediated-dna-repair-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Yulin Sun, Linhui Zhai, Shouzhi Ma, Chengpu Zhang, Lina Zhao, Ning Li, Yang Xu, Tao Zhang, Zhimin Guo, Heng Zhang, Ping Xu, Xiaohang Zhao
Receptor interacting protein kinase 3 (RIP3) is a critical regulator of programmed necrotic cell death. Here, we observed that RIP3 was significantly down-regulated in esophageal cancer. And its remaining expression was associated with better response to chemotherapy and prolonged survival. Notably, re-expression of kinase-dead RIP3 also restored cisplatin sensitivity, suggesting that some roles of RIP3 beyond necroptosis may be involved in cisplatin-based chemosensitivity. To investigate the mechanisms, a large-scale quantitative proteomics study was performed after cisplatin treatment in RIP3-knockdown cells...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330435/beta-catenin-cleavage-enhances-transcriptional-activation
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Tatiana Goretsky, Emily M Bradford, Qing Ye, Olivia F Lamping, Tomas Vanagunas, Mary Pat Moyer, Patrick C Keller, Preetika Sinh, Josep M Llovet, Tianyan Gao, Qing-Bai She, Linheng Li, Terrence A Barrett
Nuclear activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling is required for cell proliferation in inflammation and cancer. Studies from our group indicate that β-catenin activation in colitis and colorectal cancer (CRC) correlates with increased nuclear levels of β-catenin phosphorylated at serine 552 (pβ-Cat552). Biochemical analysis of nuclear extracts from cancer biopsies revealed the existence of low molecular weight (LMW) pβ-Cat552, increased to the exclusion of full size (FS) forms of β-catenin. LMW β-catenin lacks both termini, leaving residues in the armadillo repeat intact...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330379/identification-of-shared-genetic-variants-between-schizophrenia-and-lung-cancer
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Verena Zuber, Erik G Jönsson, Oleksandr Frei, Aree Witoelar, Wesley K Thompson, Andrew J Schork, Francesco Bettella, Yunpeng Wang, Srdjan Djurovic, Olav B Smeland, Ingrid Dieset, Ayman H Fanous, Rahul S Desikan, Sébastien Küry, Stéphane Bézieau, Anders M Dale, Ian G Mills, Ole A Andreassen
Epidemiology studies suggest associations between schizophrenia and cancer. However, the underlying genetic mechanisms are not well understood, and difficult to identify from epidemiological data. We investigated if there is a shared genetic architecture between schizophrenia and cancer, with the aim to identify specific overlapping genetic loci. First, we performed genome-wide enrichment analysis and second, we analyzed specific loci jointly associated with schizophrenia and cancer by the conjunction false discovery rate...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330205/clinical-utility-of-a-stat3-regulated-microrna-200-family-signature-with-prognostic-potential-in-early-gastric-cancer
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Liang Yu, Di Wu, Hugh Gao, Jesse Balic, Anna Tsykin, Tae-Su Han, You Dong Liu, Catherine Lydia Kennedy, Ji-Kun Li, Jie-Qi Mao, Patrick Tan, Masanobu Oshima, Gregory J Goodall, Brendan J Jenkins
PURPOSE: The majority of gastric cancer (GC) patients are diagnosed with late stage disease, for which distinct molecular subtypes have been identified that are potentially amenable to targeted therapies. However, there exists no molecular classification system with prognostic power for early stage GC (EGC) because the molecular events promoting GC initiation remain ill-defined. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: miRNA microarrays were performed on gastric tissue from the gp130F/F preclinical EGC mouse model, prior to tumor initiation...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329720/discoveries-of-extrachromosomal-circles-of-dna-in-normal-and-tumor-cells
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REVIEW
Teressa Paulsen, Pankaj Kumar, M Murat Koseoglu, Anindya Dutta
While the vast majority of cellular DNA in eukaryotes is contained in long linear strands in chromosomes, we have long recognized some exceptions like mitochondrial DNA, plasmids in yeasts, and double minutes (DMs) in cancer cells where the DNA is present in extrachromosomal circles. In addition, specialized extrachromosomal circles of DNA (eccDNA) have been noted to arise from repetitive genomic sequences like telomeric DNA or rDNA. Recently eccDNA arising from unique (nonrepetitive) DNA have been discovered in normal and malignant cells, raising interesting questions about their biogenesis, function and clinical utility...
January 9, 2018: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329644/anticancer-carbazole-alkaloids-and-coumarins-from-clausena-plants-a-review
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REVIEW
Li Huang, Zhe-Ling Feng, Yi-Tao Wang, Li-Gen Lin
Pharmaceutical research has focused on the discovery and development of anticancer drugs. Clinical application of chemotherapy drugs is limited due to their severe side effects. In this regard, new naturally occurring anticancer drugs have gained increasing attention because of their potential effectiveness and safety. Fruits and vegetables are promising sources of anticancer remedy. Clausena (family Rutaceae) is a genus of flowering plants and includes several kinds of edible fruits and vegetables. Phytochemical and pharmacological studies show that carbazole alkaloids and coumarins from Clausena plants exhibit anticancer activity...
December 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329368/discovering-personalized-driver-mutation-profiles-of-single-samples-in-cancer-by-network-control-strategy
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Wei-Feng Guo, Shao-Wu Zhang, Li-Li Liu, Fei Liu, Qian-Qian Shi, Lei Zhang, Ying Tang, Tao Zeng, Luonan Chen
Motivation: It is a challenging task to discover personalized driver genes that provide crucial information on disease risk and drug sensitivity for individual patients. However, few methods have been proposed to identify the personalized-sample driver genes from the cancer omics data due to the lack of samples for each individual. To circumvent this problem, here we present a novel single-sample controller strategy (SCS) to identify personalized driver mutation profiles from network controllability perspective...
January 10, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329079/the-interactome-of-ebv-lmp1-evaluated-by-proximity-based-bioid-approach
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Mark A Rider, Mujeeb R Cheerathodi, Stephanie N Hurwitz, Dingani Nkosi, Lauren A Howell, Deanna C Tremblay, Xia Liu, Fanxiu Zhu, David G Meckes
Epstein-Barr virus LMP1 is an oncoprotein required for immortalizing B lymphocytes and also plays important roles in transforming non-lymphoid tissue. The discovery of LMP1 protein interactions will likely generate targets to treat EBV-associated cancers. Here, we define the broader LMP1 interactome using the recently developed BioID method. Combined with mass spectrometry, we identified over 1000 proteins across seven independent experiments with direct or indirect relationships to LMP1. Pathway analysis suggests that a significant number of the proteins identified are involved in signal transduction and protein or vesicle trafficking...
January 9, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329002/integration-of-multi-scale-molecular-modeling-approaches-with-experiments-for-the-in-silico-guided-design-and-discovery-of-novel-herg-neutral-antihypertensive-oxazalone-and-imidazolone-derivatives-and-analysis-of-their-potential-restrictive-effects-on-cell
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Serdar Durdagi, Busecan Aksoydan, Ismail Erol, Isik Kantarcioglu, Yavuz Ergun, Gulay Bulut, Melih Acar, Timucin Avsar, George Liapakis, Vlasios Karageorgos, Ramin E Salmas, Barış Sergi, Sara Alkhatib, Gizem Turan, Berfu Nur Yigit, Kutay Cantasir, Bahar Kurt, Turker Kilic
AT1 antagonists is the most recent drug class of molecules against hypertension and they mediate their actions through blocking detrimental effects of angiotensin II (A-II) when acts on type I (AT1) A-II receptor. The effects of AT1 antagonists are not limited to cardiovascular diseases. AT1 receptor blockers may be used as potential anti-cancer agents - due to the inhibition of cell proliferation stimulated by A-II. Therefore, AT1 receptors and the A-II biosynthesis mechanisms are targets for the development of new synthetic drugs and therapeutic treatment of various cardiovascular and other diseases...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328463/construction-and-investigation-of-lncrna-associated-cerna-regulatory-network-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer
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Yangjing Zhao, Hui Wang, Chengjiang Wu, Meina Yan, Haojie Wu, Jingzhe Wang, Xinxin Yang, Qixiang Shao
Increasing evidence has experimentally proved the competitive endogenous RNA (ceRNA) hypothesis that long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) can affect the expression of RNA targets by competitively combining microRNA (miRNA) via miRNA response elements. However, an extensive ceRNA network of thyroid carcinoma in a large cohort has not been evaluated. We analyzed the RNAseq and miRNAseq data of 348 cases of primary papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) patients with clinical information downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project to search for potential biomarkers or therapeutic targets...
January 10, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328361/logistic-regression-analysis-for-the-identification-of-the-metastasis-associated-signaling-pathways-of-osteosarcoma
#20
Yang Liu, Wei Sun, Xiaojun Ma, Yuedong Hao, Gang Liu, Xiaohui Hu, Houlai Shang, Pengfei Wu, Zexue Zhao, Weidong Liu
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common histological type of primary bone cancer. The present study was designed to identify the key genes and signaling pathways involved in the metastasis of OS. Microarray data of GSE39055 were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, which included 19 OS biopsy specimens before metastasis (control group) and 18 OS biopsy specimens after metastasis (case group). After the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified using the Linear Models for Microarray Analysis package, hierarchical clustering analysis and unsupervised clustering analysis were performed separately, using orange software and the self-organization map method...
January 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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