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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726775/oroxylin-a-activates-pkm1-hnf4-alpha-to-induce-hepatoma-differentiation-and-block-cancer-progression
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Libin Wei, Yuanyuan Dai, Yuxin Zhou, Zihao He, Jingyue Yao, Li Zhao, Qinglong Guo, Lin Yang
Liver cancer is the second cause of death from cancer worldwide, without effective treatment. Traditional chemotherapy for liver cancer has big side effects for patients, whereas targeted drugs, such as sorafenib, commonly have drug resistance. Oroxylin A (OA) is the main bioactive flavonoids of Scutellariae radix, which has strong anti-hepatoma effect but low toxicity to normal tissue. To date, no differentiation-inducing agents have been reported to exert a curative effect on solid tumors. Here our results demonstrated that OA restrained the proliferation and induced differentiation of hepatoma both in vitro and in vivo, via inducing a high PKM1 (pyruvate kinase M1)/PKM2 (pyruvate kinase M2) ratio...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725482/systems-biology-driving-drug-development-from-design-to-the-clinical-testing-of-the-anti-erbb3-antibody-seribantumab-mm-121
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Birgit Schoeberl, Art Kudla, Kristina Masson, Ashish Kalra, Michael Curley, Gregory Finn, Emily Pace, Brian Harms, Jaeyeon Kim, Jeff Kearns, Aaron Fulgham, Olga Burenkova, Viara Grantcharova, Defne Yarar, Violette Paragas, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Marisa Wainszelbaum, Kip West, Sara Mathews, Rachel Nering, Bambang Adiwijaya, Gabriela Garcia, Bill Kubasek, Victor Moyo, Akos Czibere, Ulrik B Nielsen, Gavin MacBeath
The ErbB family of receptor tyrosine kinases comprises four members: epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/ErbB1), human EGFR 2 (HER2/ErbB2), ErbB3/HER3, and ErbB4/HER4. The first two members of this family, EGFR and HER2, have been implicated in tumorigenesis and cancer progression for several decades, and numerous drugs have now been approved that target these two proteins. Less attention, however, has been paid to the role of this family in mediating cancer cell survival and drug tolerance. To better understand the complex signal transduction network triggered by the ErbB receptor family, we built a computational model that quantitatively captures the dynamics of ErbB signaling...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725044/cord-blood-nk-cells-engineered-to-express-il-15-and-a-cd19-targeted-car-show-long-term-persistence-and-potent-anti-tumor-activity
#3
E Liu, Y Tong, G Dotti, H Shaim, B Savoldo, M Mukherjee, J Orange, X Wan, X Lu, A Reynolds, M Gagea, P Banerjee, R Cai, M H Bdaiwi, R Basar, M Muftuoglu, L Li, D Marin, W Wierda, M Keating, R Champlin, E Shpall, K Rezvani
Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) have been used to redirect the specificity of autologous T-cells against leukemia and lymphoma with promising clinical results.(1-3) Extending this approach to allogeneic T-cells is problematic as they carry a significant risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Natural killer (NK) cells are highly cytotoxic effectors, killing their targets in a non-antigen specific manner without causing GVHD. Cord blood (CB) offers an attractive, allogeneic, off-the-self source of NK cells for immunotherapy...
July 20, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723652/a-patient-derived-orthotopic-xenograft-pdox-mouse-model-of-a-cisplatinum-resistant-osteosarcoma-lung-metastasis-that-was-sensitive-to-temozolomide-and-trabectedin-implications-for-precision-oncology
#4
Kentaro Igarashi, Takashi Murakami, Kei Kawaguchi, Tasuku Kiyuna, Kentaro Miyake, Yong Zhang, Scott D Nelson, Sarah M Dry, Yunfeng Li, Jane Yanagawa, Tara A Russell, Arun S Singh, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya, Irmina Elliott, Fritz C Eilber, Robert M Hoffman
In the present study, we evaluated the efficacy of trabectedin (TRAB) and temozolomide (TEM) compared to cisplatinum (CDDP) on a patient-derived orthotopic xenogrraft (PDOX) of a lung-metastasis from an osteosarcoma of a patient who failed CDDP therapy. Osteosarcoma resected from the patient was implanted orthotopically in the distal femur of mice to establish PDOX models which were randomized into the following groups when tumor volume reached approximately 100 mm3: G1, control without treatment; G2, CDDP (6 mg/kg, intraperitoneal injection, weekly, for 2 weeks); G3, TRAB (0...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722675/using-droplet-digital-pcr-to-analyze-mycn-and-alk-copy-number-in-plasma-from-patients-with-neuroblastoma
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Marco Lodrini, Annika Sprüssel, Kathy Astrahantseff, Daniela Tiburtius, Robert Konschak, Holger N Lode, Matthias Fischer, Ulrich Keilholz, Angelika Eggert, Hedwig E Deubzer
The invasive nature of surgical biopsies deters sequential application, and single biopsies often fail to reflect tumor dynamics, intratumor heterogeneity and drug sensitivities likely to change during tumor evolution and treatment. Implementing molecular characterization of cell-free neuroblastoma-derived DNA isolated from blood plasma could improve disease assessment for treatment selection and monitoring of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. We established droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) protocols for MYCN and ALK copy number status in plasma from neuroblastoma patients...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716897/mcpip1-downregulation-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-promotes-vascularization-and-metastatic-progression
#6
Paulina Marona, Judyta Górka, Zofia Mazurek, Waclaw Wilk, Janusz Rys, Marcin Majka, Jolanta Jura, Katarzyna Miekus
<p>Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common type of kidney cancer and it forms highly vascularized tumors. The monocyte endoribonuclease MCPIP1 negatively regulates inflammation by degrading mRNA encoding proinflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6, IL-1 and IL-12. MCPIP1 is also a negative regulator of NFκB and AP1 activity and it influences a broad range of miRNA activities. Here we report that MCPIP1 protein levels are decreased during renal cancer progression. In patient-derived tumors, and xenografts established in NOD-SCID or nude mice, low MCPIP1 levels correlated strongly with increased proliferation, tumor outgrowth and vascularity...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716825/efficiency-and-safety-of-crac-inhibitors-in-human-rheumatoid-arthritis-xenograft-models
#7
Shuang Liu, Hitoshi Hasegawa, Erika Takemasa, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Keizou Oka, Takeshi Kiyoi, Hiroyuki Takeda, Tomio Ogasawara, Tatsuya Sawasaki, Masaki Yasukawa, Kazutaka Maeyama
Store-operated Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channels are involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and have been studied as therapeutic targets in the management of RA. We investigated the efficacy and safety of CRAC inhibitors, including a neutralizing Ab (hCRACM1-IgG) and YM-58483, in the treatment of RA. Patient-derived T cell and B cell activity was suppressed by hCRACM1-IgG as well as YM-58483. Systemically constant, s.c. infused CRAC inhibitors showed anti-inflammatory activity in a human-NOD/SCID xenograft RA model as well as protective effects against the destruction of cartilage and bone...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716599/maintaining-viability-and-characteristics-of-cholangiocarcinoma-tissue-by-vitrification-based-cryopreservation
#8
Min Zeng, Qiu-Rui Yang, Gong-Bo Fu, Yuan Zhang, Xu Zhou, Wei-Jian Huang, Hong-Dan Zhang, Wei-Jian Li, Zhen-Yu Wang, He-Xin Yan, Bo Zhai
Tumor tissue has great clinical and scientific value which relies highly on the proper preservation of primary materials. Conventional tumor tissue cryopreservation using slow-freezing method has yielded limited success, leading to significant cell loss and morphological damage. Here we report a standardized vitrification-based cryopreservation method, by which we have successfully vitrified and warmed 35 intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) tissues with up to 80% viability of the fresh tumor tissues. Cryopreserved ICC tissue could generate patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) with take rates of 68...
July 14, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714990/an-approach-to-suppress-the-evolution-of-resistance-in-braf-v600e-mutant-cancer
#9
Yaohua Xue, Luciano Martelotto, Timour Baslan, Alberto Vides, Martha Solomon, Trang Thi Mai, Neelam Chaudhary, Greg J Riely, Bob T Li, Kerry Scott, Fabiola Cechhi, Ulrika Stierner, Kalyani Chadalavada, Elisa de Stanchina, Sarit Schwartz, Todd Hembrough, Gouri Nanjangud, Michael F Berger, Jonas Nilsson, Scott W Lowe, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Neal Rosen, Piro Lito
The principles that govern the evolution of tumors exposed to targeted therapy are poorly understood. Here we modeled the selection and propagation of an amplification in the BRAF oncogene (BRAF(amp)) in patient-derived tumor xenografts (PDXs) that were treated with a direct inhibitor of the kinase ERK, either alone or in combination with other ERK signaling inhibitors. Single-cell sequencing and multiplex fluorescence in situ hybridization analyses mapped the emergence of extra-chromosomal amplification in parallel evolutionary trajectories that arose in the same tumor shortly after treatment...
July 17, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708595/angptl4-promotes-the-progression-of-cutaneous-melanoma-to-brain-metastasis
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Sivan Izraely, Shlomit Ben-Menachem, Orit Sagi-Assif, Tsipi Meshel, Diego M Marzese, Shuichi Ohe, Inna Zubrilov, Metsada Pasmanik-Chor, Dave S B Hoon, Isaac P Witz
In an ongoing effort to identify molecular determinants regulating melanoma brain metastasis, we previously identified Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) as a component of the molecular signature of such metastases.The aim of this study was to determine the functional significance of ANGPTL4 in the shaping of melanoma malignancy phenotype, especially in the establishment of brain metastasis.We confirmed that ANGPTL4 expression is significantly higher in cells metastasizing to the brain than in cells from the cutaneous (local) tumor from the same melanoma in a nude mouse xenograft model, and also in paired clinical specimens of melanoma metastases than in primary melanomas from the same patients...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708138/blocking-endothelin-1-receptor-%C3%AE-catenin-circuit-sensitizes-to-chemotherapy-in-colorectal-cancer
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Roberta Cianfrocca, Laura Rosanò, Piera Tocci, Rosanna Sestito, Valentina Caprara, Valeriana Di Castro, Ruggero De Maria, Anna Bagnato
The limited clinical response to conventional chemotherapeutics observed in colorectal cancer (CRC) may be related to the connections between the hyperactivated β-catenin signaling and other pathways in CRC stem-like cells (CRC-SC). Here, we show the mechanistic link between the endothelin-1 (ET-1)/ET-1 receptor (ET-1R) signaling and β-catenin pathway through the specific interaction with the signal transducer β-arrestin1 (β-arr1), which initiates signaling cascades as part of the signaling complex. Using a panel of patient-derived CRC-SC, we show that these cells secrete ET-1 and express ETAR and β-arr1, and that the activation of ETAR/β-arr1 axis promotes the cross-talk with β-catenin signaling to sustain stemness, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype and response to chemotherapy...
July 14, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705002/preclinical-models-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#12
Benjamin D Krempley, Kenneth H Yu
Unlike many other cancers, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has seen only incremental improvement in mortality despite significant advances in our understanding of the underlying biology. A primary obstacle to progress has been our inability to properly model PDAC in a preclinical setting. PDAC is difficult to study because of its genetic heterogeneity, intricate stromal microenvironment, and complex interplay with our immune system. Finding a model that properly accounts for all these criteria remains difficult...
June 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702823/etoposide-and-doxorubicin-enhance-the-sensitivity-of-triple-negative-breast-cancers-through-modulation-of-trail-dr5-axis
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Sarita Das, Neha Tripathi, Sumit Siddharth, Anmada Nayak, Deepika Nayak, Chinmayee Sethy, Prasad V Bharatam, Chanakya Nath Kundu
Death receptor 5 (DR5) is an important target for development of anticancer agents against triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Recently, we reported the molecular level details for the modulation of TRAIL-DR5 axis by quinacrine (QC) in breast cancer cells. In this work, the DR5 mediated anticancer potential of topoisomerase inhibitor etoposide (ET) and doxorubicin (DOX) against TNBC has been evaluated. ET and DOX enhanced the DR5 expression in TNBC cells, whereas non-topoisomerase inhibitors pifithrin-α (PIF) and dexamethasone (DEX) failed to do so...
July 12, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700356/a-novel-anionic-phosphate-platinum-complex-effectively-targets-an-undifferentiated-pleomorphic-sarcoma-better-than-cisplatinum-and-doxorubicin-in-a-patient-derived-orthotopic-xenograft-pdox
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Kentaro Igarashi, Kei Kawaguchi, Takashi Murakami, Tasuku Kiyuna, Kentaro Miyake, Norio Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Hiroaki Kimura, Scott D Nelson, Sarah M Dry, Yunfeng Li, Arun S Singh, Shinji Miwa, Akira Odani, Fritz C Eilber, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya, Robert M Hoffman
A patient high-grade undifferentiated pleomorphic soft-tissue sarcoma (UPS) from a striated muscle was previously orthotopically implanted in the right biceps femoris muscle of nude mice to establish a patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) nude-mouse model. In the present study, two weeks after orthotopic transplantation of the UPS, mice were treated intraperitoneally with cisplatinum (CDDP), doxorubicin (DOX) or a novel anionic-phosphate-platinum compound 3Pt. Treatments were repeated weekly for a total of 3 times...
June 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698205/an-fc-engineered-cd19-antibody-eradicates-mrd-in-patient-derived-mll-rearranged-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-xenografts
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Denis M Schewe, Ameera Alsadeq, Cornelia Sattler, Lennart Lenk, Fotini Vogiatzi, Gunnar Cario, Simon Vieth, Thomas Valerius, Sophia Rosskopf, Fabian Meyersieck, Julia Alten, Martin Schrappe, Martin Gramatzki, Matthias Peipp, Christian Kellner
Antibody therapy constitutes a major advance in the treatment of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL). To evaluate the efficacy and the mechanisms of action of CD19 monoclonal antibody therapy in pediatric BCP-ALL, an Fc engineered CD19 antibody carrying the S239D/I332E mutation for improved effector cell recruitment (CD19-DE) was tested. Patient derived xenografts (PDX) of pediatric MLL-rearranged ALL were established in NOD.Cg-Prkdc(scid) Il2rg(tm1Wjl)/SzJ (NSG) mice. Antibody CD19-DE was efficient in prolonging the survival of NSG mice in a minimal residual disease (MRD) model...
July 11, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696296/multiplexed-rnai-therapy-against-brain-tumor-initiating-cells-via-lipopolymeric-nanoparticle-infusion-delays-glioblastoma-progression
#16
Dou Yu, Omar F Khan, Mario L Suvà, Biqin Dong, Wojciech K Panek, Ting Xiao, Meijing Wu, Yu Han, Atique U Ahmed, Irina V Balyasnikova, Hao F Zhang, Cheng Sun, Robert Langer, Daniel G Anderson, Maciej S Lesniak
Brain tumor-initiating cells (BTICs) have been identified as key contributors to therapy resistance, recurrence, and progression of diffuse gliomas, particularly glioblastoma (GBM). BTICs are elusive therapeutic targets that reside across the blood-brain barrier, underscoring the urgent need to develop novel therapeutic strategies. Additionally, intratumoral heterogeneity and adaptations to therapeutic pressure by BTICs impede the discovery of effective anti-BTIC therapies and limit the efficacy of individual gene targeting...
July 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694526/intrapatient-functional-clonality-deconvoluted-by-coupling-intracellular-flow-cytometry-and-next-generation-sequencing-in-human-leukemia
#17
Q Zhang, M C Ball, Y Zhao, M Balasis, C Letson, A Vedder, A F List, P K Epling-Burnette, R S Komrokji, E Padron
The interplay between tumor heterogeneity and microenvironmental factors is a critical mechanism for clonal selection in leukemia. Evidence of unique clonal capacities to engraft within patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models suggests that intrapatient genetic architecture may be defined by functional differences at the clonal level. However, methods to detect functional differences assigned to genetically defined clones remain limited. Here, we describe a scalable method to directly measure the functional properties of clones within the same leukemia patient by coupling intracellular flow cytometry and next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
June 21, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693230/apogossypolone-induces-apoptosis-and-autophagy-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-cells-in-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
#18
Ruinian Zheng, Kexu Chen, Yu Zhang, Jie Huang, Fengrong Shi, Gang Wu, Senming Wang
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) has a high incidence and mortality rate, particularly in Southern China. Apogossypolone (ApoG2) is a novel derivative of gossypol with antitumor activity and less toxicity. The human NPC CNE-2 cell line was studied in the in vitro model; whilst 4 week-old male nude mice (BALB/c-nu) were inoculated subcutaneously with CNE-2 cells, and xenograft tumors were studied in the in vivo model. Graded concentrations of ApoG2 were used in treatment studies. In ApoG2-treated and control in vitro and in vivo tumor cells, cell apoptosis, and autophagy were evaluated and quantified using fluorescent and transmission electron microscopy and flow cytometry...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692661/the-extracellular-matrix-and-focal-adhesion-kinase-signaling-regulate-cancer-stem-cell-function-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Asma Begum, Theodore Ewachiw, Clinton Jung, Ally Huang, K Jessica Norberg, Luigi Marchionni, Ross McMillan, Vesselin Penchev, N V Rajeshkumar, Anirban Maitra, Laura Wood, Chenguang Wang, Christopher Wolfgang, Ana DeJesus-Acosta, Daniel Laheru, Irina M Shapiro, Mahesh Padval, Jonathan A Pachter, David T Weaver, Zeshaan A Rasheed, William Matsui
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play an important role in the clonogenic growth and metastasis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). A hallmark of PDAC is the desmoplastic reaction, but the impact of the tumor microenvironment (TME) on CSCs is unknown. In order to better understand the mechanisms, we examined the impact of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins on PDAC CSCs. We quantified the effect of ECM proteins, β1-integrin, and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) on clonogenic PDAC growth and migration in vitro and tumor initiation, growth, and metastasis in vivo in nude mice using shRNA and overexpression constructs as well as small molecule FAK inhibitors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691093/wnt-antagonists-exhibit-unique-combinatorial-antitumor-activity-with-taxanes-by-potentiating-mitotic-cell-death
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Marcus M Fischer, Belinda Cancilla, V Pete Yeung, Fiore Cattaruzza, Cecile Chartier, Christopher L Murriel, Jennifer Cain, Raymond Tam, Chieh-Yang Cheng, James W Evans, Gilbert O'Young, Xiaomei Song, John Lewicki, Ann M Kapoun, Austin Gurney, Wan-Ching Yen, Timothy Hoey
The WNT pathway mediates intercellular signaling that regulates cell fate in both normal development and cancer. It is widely appreciated that the WNT pathway is frequently dysregulated in human cancers through a variety of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. Targets in the WNT pathway are being extensively pursued for the development of new anticancer therapies, and we have advanced two WNT antagonists for clinical development: vantictumab (anti-FZD) and ipafricept (FZD8-Fc). We examined the antitumor efficacy of these WNT antagonists in combination with various chemotherapies in a large set of patient-derived xenograft models...
June 2017: Science Advances
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