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Kit Man Wong, Lindsey N Micel, Heather M Selby, Aik Choon Tan, Todd M Pitts, Stacey M Bagby, Anna Spreafico, Peter J Klauck, Stephen J Blakemore, Peter F Smith, Alice McDonald, Allison Berger, John J Tentler, S Gail Eckhardt
Background The neddylation pathway conjugates NEDD8 to cullin-RING ligases and controls the proteasomal degradation of specific proteins involved in essential cell processes. Pevonedistat (MLN4924) is a selective small molecule targeting the NEDD8-activating enzyme (NAE) and inhibits an early step in neddylation, resulting in DNA re-replication, cell cycle arrest and death. We investigated the anti-tumor potential of pevonedistat in preclinical models of melanoma. Methods Melanoma cell lines and patient-derived tumor xenografts (PDTX) treated with pevonedistat were assessed for viability/apoptosis and tumor growth, respectively, to identify sensitive/resistant models...
October 25, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
Guangcun Huang, Pawel A Osmulski, Hakim Bouamar, Devalingam Mahalingam, Chun-Lin Lin, Michael A Liss, Addanki Pratap Kumar, Chun-Liang Chen, Ian M Thompson, Lu-Zhe Sun, Maria E Gaczynska, Tim H-M Huang
Activation of TGF-β signaling is known to promote epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) for the development of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). To determine whether targeting TGF-β signaling alone is sufficient to mitigate mCRPC, we used the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing approach to generate a dominant-negative mutation of the cognate receptor TGFBRII that attenuated TGF-β signaling in mCRPC cells. As a result, the delicate balance of oncogenic homeostasis is perturbed, profoundly uncoupling proliferative and metastatic potential of TGFBRII-edited tumor xenografts...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
István Kenessey, Krisztina Kói, Orsolya Horváth, Mihály Cserepes, Dávid Molnár, Vera Izsák, Judit Dobos, Balázs HegedÅ S, József Tóvári, József Tímár
BACKGROUND: In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) KRAS-mutant status is a negative prognostic and predictive factor. Nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates inhibit prenylation of small G-proteins (e.g. Ras, Rac, Rho) and thus may affect proliferation and migration. In our preclinical work, we investigated the effect of an aminobisphosphonate compound (zoledronic acid) on mutant and wild type KRAS-expressing human NSCLC cell lines. RESULTS: We confirmed that zoledronic acid was unable to inhibit the prenylation of mutant K-Ras unlike in the case of wild type K-Ras...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Deqiang Wang, Ping Wu, Hui Wang, Lei Zhu, Wei Zhao, Yuqin Lu
Stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK) interacting protein 1 (SIN1) is an essential TORC2 component and a key regulator of Akt pathway which plays an important role in various pathological conditions including cancer. While its functional role in breast cancer has not been well characterized. In our study, SIN1 is associated with the progression and survival of breast cancer patients, as well as human breast cancer cell proliferation and migration. SIN1 mRNA level was significantly upregulated in human breast cancer samples compared with their corresponding para-cancerous histological normal tissues...
October 25, 2016: Bioscience Reports
Thomas Vercruysse, Jolien De Bie, Jasper Neggers, Maarten Jacquemyn, Els Vanstreels, Jonathan Leo Schmid-Burgk, Veit Hornung, Erkan Baloglu, Yosef Landesman, William Senapedis, Sharon Shacham, Antonis Dagklis, Jan Cools, Dirk Daelemans
PURPOSE: Human exportin-1 (XPO1) is the key nuclear-cytoplasmic transport protein that exports many cargo proteins out of the nucleus. Inducing nuclear accumulation of these proteins by inhibition of XPO1 causes cancer cell death. First clinical validation of pharmacological inhibition of XPO1 was obtained with the Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export (SINE) compound selinexor (KPT-330) demonstrating activity in Phase-II/IIb clinical trials when dosed 1 - 3 times weekly. The second-generation SINE compound KPT-8602 shows improved tolerability and can be dosed daily...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Samuel Kerk, Kelsey Finkel, Alexander T Pearson, Kristy Warner, Felipe Nor, Zhaocheng Zhang, Vivian P Wagner, Pablo A Vargas, Max S Wicha, Elaine Hurt, Robert E Hollingsworth, David A Tice, Jacques E Nor
PURPOSE: Loco-regional recurrence is a frequent treatment outcome for patients with advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Emerging evidence suggests that tumor recurrence is mediated by a small subpopulation of uniquely tumorigenic cells, i.e. cancer stem cells (CSC), that are resistant to conventional chemotherapy, endowed with self-renewal and multipotency. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Here, we evaluated the efficacy of MEDI0641, a novel antibody-drug conjugate targeted to 5T4 and carrying a DNA-damaging "payload" (pyrrolobenzodiazepine) in preclinical models of HNSCC...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
María Virtudes Céspedes, María José Guillén, Pedro Pablo López-Casas, Francesca Sarno, Alberto Gallardo, Patricia Álamo, Carmen Cuevas, Manuel Hidalgo, Carlos María Galmarini, Paola Allavena, Pablo Avilés, Ramón Mangues
We explored whether the combination of lurbinectedin (PM01183) with the antimetabolite gemcitabine may result in synergistic antitumor effect in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDA) models. We also studied the contribution of lurbinectedin to this synergism. This drug presents a dual pharmacological effect that contributes to its in vivo antitumor activity: (i) specific binding to DNA minor groove inhibiting active transcription and DNA repair; and (ii) specific depletion of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs).We evaluated the in vivo antitumor activity of lurbinectedin, gemcitabine (as single agents) and its combination in SW-1990 and MIA PaCa-2 cell-line xenografts and in patient-derived PDA models (AVATAR)...
October 20, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Weizhong Sheng, Yusheng Chen, Yuda Gong, Tiangeng Dong, Bo Zhang, Weidong Gao
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is aggressive and lethal with extrathyroidal invasion, distant metastasis, and resistance to conventional therapies. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are proposed to be responsible for high recurrence rate in ATC. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have recently been found as an important class of cellular regulators of ATC carcinogenesis. Identification of CSC-related miRNAs and targets is therefore a priority for the development of new therapeutic paradigms. Patient-derived ATC cells were cultured in conditional media on poly-hema-treated dish...
October 25, 2016: Oncology Reports
Wei Gao, Mei-Hong Wu, Ning Wang, Ming-Zheng Ying, Ying-Yi Zhang, Jing Hua, Liu Chuan, Ya-Jie Wang
Previous studies have reported that triple-negative breast cancer is more sensitive to cytotoxic treatment, compared with estrogen receptor (ER)‑positive cancer. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. In the present study, we employed reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction, western blot and in vivo assays to investigate the underlying mechanisms. The sensitivities of cells to cisplatin were examined in ER-positive and ER‑negative breast cancer cells, and it was found that the ER‑negative cells were more sensitive to cisplatin, compared with the ER‑positive cells...
October 25, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ahmad Salimi, Mehryar Habibi Roudkenar, Leila Sadeghi, Alireza Mohseni, Enayatollah Seydi, Nahal Pirahmadi, Jalal Pourahmad
The present study investigates the in vitro and in vivo effect of acacetin (4'-methoxy-5,7-dihydroxyflavone) on chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) B-lymphocytes and mitochondria. CLL B-lymphocytes and healthy B-lymphocytes were obtained from CLL patients and healthy donors, respectively. Mitochondria were isolated from B-lymphocytes of both groups. Xenografts in severe combined immune deficient mice were used to examine the toxicity and anti CLL activity of acacetin. We evaluated and compared the mechanism of action of acacetin on CLL and healthy B-lymphocytes and their mitochondria...
October 25, 2016: Nutrition and Cancer
Carolina D'Alesio, Simona Punzi, Angelo Cicalese, Lorenzo Fornasari, Laura Furia, Laura Riva, Alessandro Carugo, Giuseppe Curigliano, Carmen Criscitiello, Giancarlo Pruneri, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Mario Faretta, Daniela Bossi, Luisa Lanfrancone
Epigenetic regulation plays an essential role in tumor development and epigenetic modifiers are considered optimal potential druggable candidates. In order to identify new breast cancer vulnerabilities and improve therapeutic chances for patients, we performed in vivo and in vitro shRNA screens in a human breast cancer cell model ( cell line) using epigenetic libraries. Among the genes identified in our screening, we deeply investigated the role of Chromodomain Helicase DNA binding Protein 4 (CHD4) in breast cancer tumorigenesis...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Egor Bobrov, Natalia Skobeleva, Diana Restifo, Natalya Beglyarova, Kathy Q Cai, Elizabeth Handorf, Kerry Campbell, David A Proia, Vladimir Khazak, Erica A Golemis, Igor Astsaturov
The lack of effective treatment modalities is a major problem in pancreatic cancer (PCa), a devastating malignancy that is nearly universally driven by the "undruggable" KRAS and TP53 cancer genes. Poor tumor tissue penetration is the major source of resistance in pancreatic cancer where chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. In this study we exploited the selective tumor-targeting properties of the heat shock 90 protein inhibitors as the vehicle for drug delivery to pancreatic tumor tissues. STA-12-8666 is a novel esterase-cleavable conjugate of an HSP90i and a topoisomerase I inhibitor, SN-38...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Biao Xie, Ke Cao, Jinjin Li, Jia Chen, Jintian Tang, Xiang Chen, Kun Xia, Xiao Zhou, Yan Cheng, Jianda Zhou, Huiqing Xie
The molecular and cellular mechanisms behind the involvement of inflammation in melanoma have not been fully elucidated. In this study, knockdown of Hmgb1 expression increased apoptosis, reduced invasion and p-NF-κB expression, but increased Klotho protein level in melanoma tumor cells. The effect of Hmgb1 knockdown was overcome by LPS. Introduction of exogenous Hmgb1 significantly decreased apoptosis, increased invasion, elevated p-NF-κB, but lowered Klotho protein level in melanoma cells. The effect of exogenous Hmgb1 was agonized by NF-κB inhibitor CAPE...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Yemarshet K Gebreyohannes, Patrick Schöffski, Thomas Van Looy, Jasmien Wellens, Lise Vreys, Jasmien Cornillie, Ulla Vanleeuw, Dana T Aftab, Maria Debiec-Rychter, Raf Sciot, Agnieszka Wozniak
In the majority of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) oncogenic signaling is driven by KIT mutations. Advanced GIST is treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) such as imatinib. Acquired resistance to TKI is mainly caused by secondary KIT mutations, but can also be attributed to a switch of KIT dependency to another receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK). We tested the efficacy of cabozantinib, a novel TKI targeting KIT, MET, AXL, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFR), in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of GIST, carrying different KIT mutations...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Sarah K Tasian, David T Teachey, Yong Li, Feng Shen, Richard C Harvey, I-Ming Chen, Theresa Ryan, Tiffaney L Vincent, Cheryl L Willman, Alexander E Perl, Stephen P Hunger, Mignon L Loh, Martin Carroll, Stephan A Grupp
Philadelphia chromosome-like B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (BCR-ABL1-like or Ph-like ALL) is associated with activated JAK/STAT, SRC/ABL, and/or PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling and poor clinical outcomes. Inhibitors of PI3K pathway signaling (PI3Ki) have been minimally investigated in Ph-like ALL to date. We hypothesized that targeted inhibition of PI3Kα, PI3Kδ, PI3K/mTOR, or TORC1/TORC2 would decrease leukemia proliferation and abrogate aberrant kinase signaling. We further hypothesized that combined PI3K pathway and JAK inhibition or PI3K pathway and SRC/ABL inhibition would have superior efficacy compared to inhibitor monotherapy...
October 24, 2016: Blood
Dai Horiuchi, Roman Camarda, Alicia Y Zhou, Christina Yau, Olga Momcilovic, Sanjeev Balakrishnan, Alexandra N Corella, Henok Eyob, Kai Kessenbrock, Devon A Lawson, Lindsey A Marsh, Brittany N Anderton, Julia Rohrberg, Ratika Kunder, Alexey V Bazarov, Paul Yaswen, Michael T McManus, Hope S Rugo, Zena Werb, Andrei Goga
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), in which cells lack expression of the estrogen receptor (ER), the progesterone receptor (PR) and the ERBB2 (also known as HER2) receptor, is the breast cancer subtype with the poorest outcome. No targeted therapy is available against this subtype of cancer owing to a lack of validated molecular targets. We previously reported that signaling involving MYC-an essential, pleiotropic transcription factor that regulates the expression of hundreds of genes-is disproportionally higher in triple-negative (TN) tumors than in receptor-positive (RP) tumors...
October 24, 2016: Nature Medicine
Fara Brasó-Maristany, Simone Filosto, Steven Catchpole, Rebecca Marlow, Jelmar Quist, Erika Francesch-Domenech, Darren A Plumb, Leila Zakka, Patrycja Gazinska, Gianmaria Liccardi, Pascal Meier, Albert Gris-Oliver, Maggie Chon U Cheang, Anna Perdrix-Rosell, Manar Shafat, Elodie Noël, Nirmesh Patel, Kristen McEachern, Maurizio Scaltriti, Pau Castel, Farzana Noor, Richard Buus, Sumi Mathew, Johnathan Watkins, Violeta Serra, Pierfrancesco Marra, Anita Grigoriadis, Andrew N Tutt
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) have poor prognosis and lack targeted therapies. Here we identified increased copy number and expression of the PIM1 proto-oncogene in genomic data sets of patients with TNBC. TNBC cells, but not nonmalignant mammary epithelial cells, were dependent on PIM1 for proliferation and protection from apoptosis. PIM1 knockdown reduced expression of the anti-apoptotic factor BCL2, and dynamic BH3 profiling of apoptotic priming revealed that PIM1 prevents mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis in TNBC cell lines...
October 24, 2016: Nature Medicine
N S Bayin, J D Frenster, J R Kane, J Rubenstein, A S Modrek, R Baitalmal, I Dolgalev, K Rudzenski, L Scarabottolo, D Crespi, L Redaelli, M Snuderl, J G Golfinos, W Doyle, D Pacione, E C Parker, A S Chi, A Heguy, D J MacNeil, N Shohdy, D Zagzag, D G Placantonakis
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a deadly primary brain malignancy with extensive intratumoral hypoxia. Hypoxic regions of GBM contain stem-like cells and are associated with tumor growth and angiogenesis. The molecular mechanisms that regulate tumor growth in hypoxic conditions are incompletely understood. Here, we use primary human tumor biospecimens and cultures to identify GPR133 (ADGRD1), an orphan member of the adhesion family of G-protein-coupled receptors, as a critical regulator of the response to hypoxia and tumor growth in GBM...
October 24, 2016: Oncogenesis
K B Skowron, S P Pitroda, J P Namm, O Balogun, M A Beckett, M L Zenner, O Fayanju, X Huang, C Fernandez, W Zheng, G Qiao, R Chin, S J Kron, N N Khodarev, M C Posner, G D Steinberg, R R Weichselbaum
Strategies to identify tumors at highest risk for treatment failure are currently under investigation for patients with bladder cancer. We demonstrate that flow cytometric detection of poorly differentiated basal tumor cells (BTCs), as defined by the co-expression of CD90, CD44 and CD49f, directly from patients with early stage tumors (T1-T2 and N0) and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) engraftment in locally advanced tumors (T3-T4 or N+) predict poor prognosis in patients with bladder cancer. Comparative transcriptomic analysis of bladder tumor cells isolated from PDXs indicates unique patterns of gene expression during bladder tumor cell differentiation...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Chun Chen, Zenghong Lu, Jie Yang, Weichao Hao, Yujuan Qin, Huiyan Wang, Congying Xie, Raoying Xie
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) may act as either tumor suppressors or oncogenes in various types of cancers. Previous studies have indicated that miR-17-5p is involved in the initiation and development of human tumors. However, its mechanism and function in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) remain largely unclear. In this study, we evaluated the expression profiles of miR-17-5p and p21 in NPC cell lines and tissues by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR). For the analysis, we have established a stable overexpression or depletion of miR-17-5p NPC cell lines for analyzing the effects of cell proliferation by MTT, colony formation, and cell cycle assay...
October 24, 2016: Cancer Medicine
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