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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922044/from-tumour-heterogeneity-to-advances-in-precision-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer
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REVIEW
Cornelis J A Punt, Miriam Koopman, Louis Vermeulen
In recent years, the high heterogeneity of colorectal cancer (CRC) has become evident. Hence, biomarkers need to be developed that enable the stratification of patients with CRC into different prognostic subgroups and in relation to response to therapies, according to the distinctive tumour biology. Currently, only RAS-mutation status is used routinely as a negative predictive marker to avoid treatment with anti-EGFR agents in patients with metastatic CRC, and mismatch-repair status can guide the use of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early stage colon cancer...
December 6, 2016: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910803/the-prognostic-and-predictive-value-of-tmprss2-erg-gene-fusion-and-erg-protein-expression-in-prostate-cancer-biopsies
#2
Kasper Drimer Berg
BACKGROUND: The clinical course of prostate carcinoma (PCa) is very heterogeneous. Consequently, a personalised approach for risk stratification and treatment planning is important. Recently, it has become evident that PCa, also at the genomic level, is heterogeneous. An early and common alteration is the gene fusion between the transmembrane protease serine 2 (TMPRSS2) gene and the v-ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog (ERG) gene resulting in expression of the oncoprotein ERG...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905446/genomic-evolution-and-chemoresistance-in-germ-cell-tumours
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Amaro Taylor-Weiner, Travis Zack, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Jennifer L Guerriero, Brandon Bernard, Anita Reddy, G Celine Han, Saud AlDubayan, Ali Amin-Mansour, Steven E Schumacher, Kevin Litchfield, Clare Turnbull, Stacey Gabriel, Rameen Beroukhim, Gad Getz, Scott L Carter, Michelle S Hirsch, Anthony Letai, Christopher Sweeney, Eliezer M Van Allen
Germ-cell tumours (GCTs) are derived from germ cells and occur most frequently in the testes. GCTs are histologically heterogeneous and distinctly curable with chemotherapy. Gains of chromosome arm 12p and aneuploidy are nearly universal in GCTs, but specific somatic genomic features driving tumour initiation, chemosensitivity and progression are incompletely characterized. Here, using clinical whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing of precursor, primary (testicular and mediastinal) and chemoresistant metastatic human GCTs, we show that the primary somatic feature of GCTs is highly recurrent chromosome arm level amplifications and reciprocal deletions (reciprocal loss of heterozygosity), variations that are significantly enriched in GCTs compared to 19 other cancer types...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905400/lncbrm-initiates-yap1-signalling-activation-to-drive-self-renewal-of-liver-cancer-stem-cells
#4
Pingping Zhu, Yanying Wang, Jiayi Wu, Guanling Huang, Benyu Liu, Buqing Ye, Ying Du, Guangxia Gao, Yong Tian, Lei He, Zusen Fan
Liver cancer stem cells (CSCs) may contribute to the high rate of recurrence and heterogeneity of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the biology of hepatic CSCs remains largely undefined. Through analysis of transcriptome microarray data, we identify a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) called lncBRM, which is highly expressed in liver CSCs and HCC tumours. LncBRM is required for the self-renewal maintenance of liver CSCs and tumour initiation. In liver CSCs, lncBRM associates with BRM to initiate the BRG1/BRM switch and the BRG1-embedded BAF complex triggers activation of YAP1 signalling...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903276/accurate-prediction-of-response-to-endocrine-therapy-in-breast-cancer-patients-current-and-future-biomarkers
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REVIEW
Cigdem Selli, J Michael Dixon, Andrew H Sims
Approximately 70% of patients have breast cancers that are oestrogen receptor alpha positive (ER+) and are therefore candidates for endocrine treatment. Many of these patients relapse in the years during or following completion of adjuvant endocrine therapy. Thus, many ER+ cancers have primary resistance or develop resistance to endocrine therapy during treatment. Recent improvements in our understanding of how tumours evolve during treatment with endocrine agents have identified both changes in gene expression and mutational profiles, in the primary cancer as well as in circulating tumour cells...
December 1, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901069/molecular-profiling-of-circulating-tumour-cells-identifies-notch1-as-a-principal-regulator-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Javier Mariscal, Marta Alonso-Nocelo, Laura Muinelo-Romay, Jorge Barbazan, Maria Vieito, Alicia Abalo, Antonio Gomez-Tato, Casares de Cal Maria de Los Angeles, Tomas Garcia-Caballero, Carmela Rodriguez, Elena Brozos, Francisco Baron, Rafael Lopez-Lopez, Miguel Abal
Knowledge on the molecular mechanisms underlying metastasis colonization in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) remains incomplete. A complete overview integrating driver mutations, primary tumour heterogeneity and overt metastasis lacks the dynamic contribution of disseminating metastatic cells due to the inaccessibility to the molecular profiling of Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs). By combining immunoisolation and whole genome amplification, we performed a global gene expression analysis of EpCAM positive CTCs from advanced NSCLC patients...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899963/recent-perspectives-of-epithelial-ovarian-carcinoma
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Xiao-Ying Zhang, Pei-Ying Zhang
Epithelial ovarian tumours have been reported to mainly arise from the simple cuboidal surface epithelium of the ovary, and account for 75% of all ovarian tumours, and 90-95% of ovarian malignancies. Epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC) is responsible for the highest number of deaths in women due to gynecologic malignancy, with a low 5-year relative survival of only 44%. The possible reasons for these low survival rates are the high incidence of chemoresistance found with EOC and a lack of consideration of the high degree of heterogeneity of EOC in the current standard of care...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899805/circulating-tumour-dna-analysis-demonstrates-spatial-mutational-heterogeneity-that-coincides-with-disease-relapse-in-myeloma
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S Mithraprabhu, T Khong, M Ramachandran, A Chow, D Klarica, L Mai, S Walsh, D Broemeling, A Marziali, M Wiggin, J Hocking, A Kalff, B Durie, A Spencer
Mutational characterisation in multiple myeloma (MM) currently relies on bone marrow (BM) biopsy, which fails to capture the putative spatial and genetic heterogeneity of this multi-focal disease. Analysis of plasma (PL)-derived circulating free tumour DNA (ctDNA) as an adjunct to BM biopsy, for mutational characterisation and tracking disease progression, was evaluated. Paired BM MM cell DNA and ctDNA from 33 relapsed [RR] and 15 newly diagnosed [ND] patients were analysed for KRAS, NRAS, BRAF and TP53 mutations using the OnTarget™ Mutation Detection (OMD) platform...
November 30, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898662/kinase-inhibition-leads-to-hormesis-in-a-dual-phosphorylation-dephosphorylation-cycle
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Peter Rashkov, Ian P Barrett, Robert E Beardmore, Claus Bendtsen, Ivana Gudelj
Many antimicrobial and anti-tumour drugs elicit hormetic responses characterised by low-dose stimulation and high-dose inhibition. While this can have profound consequences for human health, with low drug concentrations actually stimulating pathogen or tumour growth, the mechanistic understanding behind such responses is still lacking. We propose a novel, simple but general mechanism that could give rise to hormesis in systems where an inhibitor acts on an enzyme. At its core is one of the basic building blocks in intracellular signalling, the dual phosphorylation-dephosphorylation motif, found in diverse regulatory processes including control of cell proliferation and programmed cell death...
November 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897170/truncation-and-constitutive-activation-of-the-androgen-receptor-by-diverse-genomic-rearrangements-in-prostate-cancer
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Christine Henzler, Yingming Li, Rendong Yang, Terri McBride, Yeung Ho, Cynthia Sprenger, Gang Liu, Ilsa Coleman, Bryce Lakely, Rui Li, Shihong Ma, Sean R Landman, Vipin Kumar, Tae Hyun Hwang, Ganesh V Raj, Celestia S Higano, Colm Morrissey, Peter S Nelson, Stephen R Plymate, Scott M Dehm
Molecularly targeted therapies for advanced prostate cancer include castration modalities that suppress ligand-dependent transcriptional activity of the androgen receptor (AR). However, persistent AR signalling undermines therapeutic efficacy and promotes progression to lethal castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), even when patients are treated with potent second-generation AR-targeted therapies abiraterone and enzalutamide. Here we define diverse AR genomic structural rearrangements (AR-GSRs) as a class of molecular alterations occurring in one third of CRPC-stage tumours...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893715/tgf%C3%AE-promotes-mesenchymal-phenotype-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells-in-part-through-epigenetic-activation-of-vav1
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P-H Huang, P-J Lu, L-Y Ding, P-C Chu, W-Y Hsu, C-S Chen, C-C Tsao, B-H Chen, C-T Lee, Y-S Shan, C-S Chen
The highly homeostasis-resistant nature of cancer cells leads to their escape from treatment and to liver metastasis, which in turn makes pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) difficult to treat, especially the squamous/epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-like subtype. As the molecular mechanisms underlying tumour heterogeneity remain elusive, we investigated whether epigenetic regulation might explain inter-individual differences in the progression of specific subtypes. DNA methylation profiling performed on cancer tissues prior to chemo/radiotherapy identified one hypermethylated CpG site (CpG6882469) in the VAV1 gene body that was correlated with demethylation of two promoter CpGs (CpG6772370/CpG6772811) in both PDAC and peripheral blood...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891540/advancement-of-mass-spectrometry-based-proteomics-technologies-to-explore-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#12
REVIEW
Sayem Miah, Charles A S Banks, Mark K Adams, Laurence Florens, Kiven E Lukong, Michael P Washburn
Understanding the complexity of cancer biology requires extensive information about the cancer proteome over the course of the disease. The recent advances in mass spectrometry-based proteomics technologies have led to the accumulation of an incredible amount of such proteomic information. This information allows us to identify protein signatures or protein biomarkers, which can be used to improve cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. For example, mass spectrometry-based proteomics has been used in breast cancer research for over two decades to elucidate protein function...
November 28, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891213/uk-guidelines-for-the-management-of-soft-tissue-sarcomas
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REVIEW
Adam Dangoor, Beatrice Seddon, Craig Gerrand, Robert Grimer, Jeremy Whelan, Ian Judson
Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are rare tumours arising in mesenchymal tissues, and can occur almost anywhere in the body. Their rarity, and the heterogeneity of subtype and location means that developing evidence-based guidelines is complicated by the limitations of the data available. However, this makes it more important that STS are managed by teams, expert in such cases, to ensure consistent and optimal treatment, as well as recruitment to clinical trials, and the ongoing accumulation of further data and knowledge...
2016: Clinical Sarcoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886677/differences-in-global-dna-methylation-of-testicular-seminoma-are-not-associated-with-changes-in-histone-modifications-clinical-prognosis-braf-mutations-or-gene-expression
#14
Louise Holm Pedersen, John E Nielsen, Gedske Daugaard, Thomas V O Hansen, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Kristian Almstrup
Testicular germ cell tumours of young adults are comprised of a heterogeneous group of non-seminomas and a homogeneous group of seminomas. While the majority of seminomas retain a hypo-methylated genome, a small fraction displays a highly methylated genome, resembling hyper-methylated non-seminomas. It is well established from e.g. melanoma, colorectal and thyroid cancer that a methylated phenotype can be correlated to prognosis and can be related to BRAF mutations. In the present study we investigated the global methylation level in 67 seminomas and classified them as hypo-methylated, intermediate, patchy and hyper-methylated, respectively...
November 2016: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885836/texture-analysis-of-medical-images-for-radiotherapy-applications
#15
Elisa Scalco, Giovanna Rizzo
The high-throughput extraction of quantitative information from medical images, known as radiomics, has grown in interest due to the current necessity of quantitatively characterise tumour heterogeneity. In this context, texture analysis, consisting of a variety of mathematical techniques able to describe the grey-level patterns of an image, plays an important role in assessing the spatial organisation of different tissues and organs. For these reasons, the potentiality of texture analysis in the context of radiotherapy has been widely investigated in several studies, especially for the prediction of the treatment response of tumour and normal tissues...
November 25, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885555/meat-intake-cooking-methods-and-doneness-and-risk-of-colorectal-tumours-in-the-spanish-multicase-control-study-mcc-spain
#16
Jordi de Batlle, Esther Gracia-Lavedan, Dora Romaguera, Michelle Mendez, Gemma Castaño-Vinyals, Vicente Martín, Núria Aragonés, Inés Gómez-Acebo, Rocío Olmedo-Requena, José Juan Jimenez-Moleon, Marcela Guevara, Mikel Azpiri, Cristóbal Llorens-Ivorra, Guillermo Fernandez-Tardon, Jose Andrés Lorca, José María Huerta, Victor Moreno, Elena Boldo, Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, Jesús Castilla, Tania Fernández-Villa, Juan Pablo Barrio, Montserrat Andreu, Antoni Castells, Trinidad Dierssen, Jone M Altzibar, Manolis Kogevinas, Marina Pollán, Pilar Amiano
PURPOSE: Although there is convincing evidence that red and processed meat intake increases the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), the potential role of meat cooking practices has not been established yet and could partly explain the current heterogeneity of results among studies. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the association between meat consumption and cooking practices and the risk of CRC in a population-based case-control study. METHODS: A total of 1671 CRC cases and 3095 controls recruited in Spain between September 2008 and December 2013 completing a food frequency questionnaire with a meat-specific module were included in the analyses...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883365/educational-interventions-for-the-management-of-cancer-related-fatigue-in-adults
#17
REVIEW
Sally Bennett, Amanda Pigott, Elaine M Beller, Terry Haines, Pamela Meredith, Christie Delaney
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue is reported as the most common and distressing symptom experienced by patients with cancer. It can exacerbate the experience of other symptoms, negatively affect mood, interfere with the ability to carry out everyday activities, and negatively impact on quality of life. Educational interventions may help people to manage this fatigue or to cope with this symptom, and reduce its overall burden. Despite the importance of education for managing cancer-related fatigue there are currently no systematic reviews examining this approach...
November 24, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882268/long-term-culture-of-intestinal-cell-progenitors-an-overview-of-their-development-application-and-associated-technologies
#18
REVIEW
Andrew J Hollins, Lee Parry
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Long-term culture of adult progenitor cells in 3D is a recently emerging technology that inhabits the space between 2D cell lines and organ slice culture. RECENT FINDINGS: Adaptations to defined media components in the wake of advances in ES and iPS cell culture has led to the identification of conditions that maintained intestinal cell progenitors in culture. These conditions retain cellular heterogeneity of the normal or tumour tissue, and the cultures have been shown to be genetically stable, such that substantial biobanks are being created from patient derived material...
2016: Current Pathobiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875519/expression-of-somatostatin-receptors-2-and-5-in-circulating-tumour-cells-from-patients-with-neuroendocrine-tumours
#19
Alexa Childs, Clare Vesely, Leah Ensell, Helen Lowe, Tu Vinh Luong, Martyn E Caplin, Christos Toumpanakis, Christina Thirlwell, John A Hartley, Tim Meyer
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumours (NET) overexpress somatostatin receptors (SSTR) that can be targeted for therapy. Somatostatin receptor expression is routinely measured by molecular imaging but the resolution is insufficient to define heterogeneity. We hypothesised that SSTR expression could be measured on circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and used to investigate heterogeneity of expression and track changes during therapy. METHODS: MCF-7 cells were transfected with SSTR2 or 5 and spiked into donor blood for analysis by CellSearch...
November 22, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873308/adjuvant-platinum-based-chemotherapy-for-early-stage-cervical-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Frederico S Falcetta, Lídia Rf Medeiros, Maria I Edelweiss, Paula R Pohlmann, Airton T Stein, Daniela D Rosa
BACKGROUND: This is the second updated version of the original Cochrane review published in the Cochrane Library 2009, Issue 3. Most women with early cervical cancer (stages I to IIA) are cured with surgery or radiotherapy, or both. We performed this review originally because it was unclear whether cisplatin-based chemotherapy after surgery, radiotherapy or both, in women with early stage disease with risk factors for recurrence, was associated with additional survival benefits or risks...
November 22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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