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Peiye Shen, Ying Jing, Ruiyun Zhang, Mei-Chun Cai, Pengfei Ma, Haige Chen, Guanglei Zhuang
Neuroendocrine bladder cancer is a relatively rare but often lethal malignancy, with cell of origin, oncogenomic architecture and standard treatment poorly defined. Here we performed comprehensive whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing on a unique cohort of genitourinary neuroendocrine neoplasms, mainly small cell carcinomas of the urinary bladder. The mutational landscape and signatures of neuroendocrine bladder cancer strikingly resembled those in conventional urothelial carcinoma, along with typically mixed histologies, supporting a common cellular origin...
March 14, 2018: Oncogene
Manish Kumar, Yashmin Choudhury, Sankar Kumar Ghosh, Rosy Mondal
The conventional method of measuring biomarkers in malignant tissue samples has already given subversive growth in cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy selection. However, the regression and heterogeneity associated with tumor tissue biopsy have urged for the development of an alternative approach. Considering the limitations, cell-free DNA has emerged as a surrogate alternative, facilitating preoperative chemoradiotherapy (p < 0.0001) treatment response in rectal cancer and detection of biomarker in lung cancer...
February 2018: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Vu T Dung Ha, Julie Frizzo-Barker, Peter Chow-White
BACKGROUND: This article investigates the genomic knowledge of oncology care physicians in the adoption of clinical genomics. We apply Rogers' knowledge framework from his diffusion of innovation theory to identify three types of knowledge in the process of translation and adoption: awareness, how-to, and principles knowledge. The objectives of this systematic review are to: (1) examine the level of knowledge among physicians in clinical cancer genomics, and (2) identify potential interventions or strategies for development of genomic education for oncology practice...
February 13, 2018: BMC Medical Genomics
Erica Silvestris, Paola Cafforio, Stella D'Oronzo, Claudia Felici, Franco Silvestris, Giuseppe Loverro
STUDY QUESTION: Are the large cells derived from cultured DEAD box polypeptide 4 (DDX4)-positive oogonial stem cells (OSCs), isolated from the ovarian cortex of non-menopausal and menopausal women, oocyte-like cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: Under appropriate culture conditions, DDX4-positive OSCs from non-menopausal and menopausal women differentiate into large haploid oocyte-like cells expressing the major oocyte markers growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF-9) and synaptonemal complex protein 3 (SYCP3) and then enter meiosis...
January 3, 2018: Human Reproduction
Mandar Dave, Abul B M M K Islam, Roderick V Jensen, Agueda Rostagno, Jorge Ghiso, Ashok R Amin
The differential expression of two closelyassociated cyclooxygenase isozymes, COX-1 and COX-2, exhibited functions beyond eicosanoid metabolism. We hypothesized that COX-1 or COX-2 knockout lung fibroblasts may display altered protein profiles which may allow us to further differentiate the functional roles of these isozymes at the molecular level. Proteomic analysis shows constitutive production of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in lung fibroblasts derived from COX-2-/- but not wild-type (WT) or COX-1-/- mice...
December 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
Arvind M Venkatesan, Rajesh Vyas, Alec K Gramann, Karen Dresser, Sharvari Gujja, Sanchita Bhatnagar, Sagar Chhangawala, Camilla Borges Ferreira Gomes, Hualin Simon Xi, Christine G Lian, Yariv Houvras, Yvonne J K Edwards, April Deng, Michael Green, Craig J Ceol
Oncogenomic studies indicate that copy number variation (CNV) alters genes involved in tumor progression; however, identification of specific driver genes affected by CNV has been difficult, as these rearrangements are often contained in large chromosomal intervals among several bystander genes. Here, we addressed this problem and identified a CNV-targeted oncogene by performing comparative oncogenomics of human and zebrafish melanomas. We determined that the gene encoding growth differentiation factor 6 (GDF6), which is the ligand for the BMP family, is recurrently amplified and transcriptionally upregulated in melanoma...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Justin Y Newberg, Karen M Mann, Michael B Mann, Nancy A Jenkins, Neal G Copeland
Large-scale oncogenomic studies have identified few frequently mutated cancer drivers and hundreds of infrequently mutated drivers. Defining the biological context for rare driving events is fundamentally important to increasing our understanding of the druggable pathways in cancer. Sleeping Beauty (SB) insertional mutagenesis is a powerful gene discovery tool used to model human cancers in mice. Our lab and others have published a number of studies that identify cancer drivers from these models using various statistical and computational approaches...
October 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Sung Hee Choi, Eric Severson, Warren S Pear, Xiaole S Liu, Jon C Aster, Stephen C Blacklow
Notch is a major oncogenic driver in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), in part because it binds to an enhancer that increases expression of MYC. Here, we exploit the capacity of activated NOTCH1 and NOTCH3 to induce T-ALL, despite substantial divergence in their intracellular regions, as a means to elucidate a broad, common Notch-dependent oncogenomic program through systematic comparison of the transcriptomes and Notch-bound genomic regulatory elements of NOTCH1- and NOTCH3-dependent T-ALL cells...
2017: PloS One
Helen H W Chen, Macus Tien Kuo
Effective radiotherapy for cancer has relied on the promise of maximally eradicating tumor cells while minimally killing normal cells. Technological advancement has provided state-of-the-art instrumentation that enables delivery of radiotherapy with great precision to tumor lesions with substantial reduced injury to normal tissues. Moreover, better understanding of radiobiology, particularly the mechanisms of radiation sensitivity and resistance in tumor lesions and toxicity in normal tissues, has improved the treatment efficacy of radiotherapy...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
Ezekiel Maloney, Tanya Khokhlova, Venu G Pillarisetty, George R Schade, Elizabeth A Repasky, Yak-Nam Wang, Lorenzo Giuliani, Matteo Primavera, Joo Ha Hwang
Current clinical treatment regimens, including many emergent immune strategies (e.g., checkpoint inhibitors) have done little to affect the devastating course of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). Clinical trials for PDA often employ multi-modal treatment, and have started to incorporate stromal-targeted therapies, which have shown promising results in early reports. Focused ultrasound (FUS) is one such therapy that is uniquely equipped to address local and systemic limitations of conventional cancer therapies as well as emergent immune therapies for PDA...
November 2, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
M R Jones, H Lim, Y Shen, E Pleasance, C Ch'ng, C Reisle, S Leelakumari, C Zhao, S Yip, J Ho, E Zhong, T Ng, D Ionescu, D F Schaeffer, A J Mungall, K L Mungall, Y Zhao, R A Moore, Y Ma, S Chia, C Ho, D J Renouf, K Gelmon, S J M Jones, M A Marra, J Laskin
Background: NRG1 fusion-positive lung cancers have emerged as potentially actionable events in lung cancer, but clinical support is currently limited and no evidence of efficacy of this approach in cancers beyond lung has been shown. Patients and methods: Here, we describe two patients with advanced cancers refractory to standard therapies. Patient 1 had lung adenocarcinoma and patient 2 cholangiocarcinoma. Whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing were carried out for these cases with select findings validated by fluorescence in situ hybridization...
December 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Jyotsna Choubey, Jyoti Kant Choudhari, Ashish Patel, Mukesh Kumar Verma
AIMS: Respiratory cancer database (RespCanDB) is a genomic and proteomic database of cancer of respiratory organ. It also includes the information of medicinal plants used for the treatment of various respiratory cancers with structure of its active constituents as well as pharmacological and chemical information of drug associated with various respiratory cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data in RespCanDB has been manually collected from published research article and from other databases...
July 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Hana Janouskova, Geniver El Tekle, Elisa Bellini, Namrata D Udeshi, Anna Rinaldi, Anna Ulbricht, Tiziano Bernasocchi, Gianluca Civenni, Marco Losa, Tanya Svinkina, Craig M Bielski, Gregory V Kryukov, Luciano Cascione, Sara Napoli, Radoslav I Enchev, David G Mutch, Michael E Carney, Andrew Berchuck, Boris J N Winterhoff, Russell R Broaddus, Peter Schraml, Holger Moch, Francesco Bertoni, Carlo V Catapano, Matthias Peter, Steven A Carr, Levi A Garraway, Peter J Wild, Jean-Philippe P Theurillat
It is generally assumed that recurrent mutations within a given cancer driver gene elicit similar drug responses. Cancer genome studies have identified recurrent but divergent missense mutations affecting the substrate-recognition domain of the ubiquitin ligase adaptor SPOP in endometrial and prostate cancers. The therapeutic implications of these mutations remain incompletely understood. Here we analyzed changes in the ubiquitin landscape induced by endometrial cancer-associated SPOP mutations and identified BRD2, BRD3 and BRD4 proteins (BETs) as SPOP-CUL3 substrates that are preferentially degraded by endometrial cancer-associated SPOP mutants...
September 2017: Nature Medicine
Shiekh Gazalla Ayub, Deepak Kaul, Taha Ayub
In recent years, microRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as promising biomarkers for PCa diagnosis and prognosis. miR-2909 is a novel miRNA that can regulate immunogenomics and oncogenomics. The present study investigated the role of miR-2909 in the pathogenesis of PCa and the potential signalling pathways through which it operates. We have identified miR-2909 as a novel mediator of androgen/androgen receptor (AR) signalling that enhances the proliferation potential of PCa cells and assists in cancer survival under reduced androgen levels...
October 5, 2017: Gene
Helen H W Chen, Macus Tien Kuo
Effective radiotherapy for cancer has relied on the promise of maximally eradicating tumor cells while minimally killing normal cells. Technological advancement has provided state-of-the-art instrumentation that enables delivery of radiotherapy with great precision to tumor lesions with substantial reduced injury to normal tissues. Moreover, better understanding of radiobiology, particularly the mechanisms of radiation sensitivity and resistance in tumor lesions and toxicity in normal tissues, has improved the treatment efficacy of radiotherapy...
June 8, 2017: Oncotarget
Deirdre Weymann, Janessa Laskin, Robyn Roscoe, Kasmintan A Schrader, Stephen Chia, Stephen Yip, Winson Y Cheung, Karen A Gelmon, Aly Karsan, Daniel J Renouf, Marco Marra, Dean A Regier
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on the real-world costs of applying whole-genome analysis (WGA) in a clinical setting. We estimated the costs of applying WGA to guide treatments for patients with advanced cancers and characterized how costs evolve over time. METHODS: The setting is the British Columbia Cancer Agency Personalized OncoGenomics (POG) program in British Columbia, Canada. Cost data were obtained for patients who enrolled in the program from 2012 to 2015...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Nathan Bucay, Divya Bhagirath, Kirandeep Sekhon, Thao Yang, Shinichiro Fukuhara, Shahana Majid, Varahram Shahryari, ZLaura Tabatabai, Kirsten L Greene, Yutaka Hashimoto, Marisa Shiina, Soichiro Yamamura, Yuichiro Tanaka, Guoren Deng, Rajvir Dahiya, Sharanjot Saini
The most frequent alteration in the prostate oncogenome is loss of chromosome (chr) 8p21 that has been associated with loss of NKX3.1 homeobox gene. Chr8p21 deletions increase significantly with tumor grade and are associated with poor prognosis in prostate cancer (PCa), suggesting critical involvement of this region in tumor progression. Recent studies suggest that apart from NKX3.1, this region harbors alternative tumor suppressors that are yet undefined. We proposed a novel, paradigm shifting hypothesis that this locus is associated with a miRNA gene cluster-miR-3622a/b- that plays a crucial suppressive role in PCa...
July 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
Michael Olvedy, Julie C Tisserand, Flavie Luciani, Bram Boeckx, Jasper Wouters, Sophie Lopez, Florian Rambow, Sara Aibar, Bernard Thienpont, Jasmine Barra, Corinna Köhler, Enrico Radaelli, Sophie Tartare-Deckert, Stein Aerts, Patrice Dubreuil, Joost J van den Oord, Diether Lambrechts, Paulo De Sepulveda, Jean-Christophe Marine
Identification and functional validation of oncogenic drivers are essential steps toward advancing cancer precision medicine. Here, we have presented a comprehensive analysis of the somatic genomic landscape of the widely used BRAFV600E- and NRASQ61K-driven mouse models of melanoma. By integrating the data with publically available genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic information from human clinical samples, we confirmed the importance of several genes and pathways previously implicated in human melanoma, including the tumor-suppressor genes phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (CDKN2A), LKB1, and others...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Adam P Sage, Brenda C Minatel, Kevin W Ng, Greg L Stewart, Trevor J B Dummer, Wan L Lam, Victor D Martinez
Chronic exposure to arsenic affects more than 200 million people worldwide, and has been associated with many adverse health effects, including cancer in several organs. There is accumulating evidence that arsenic biotransformation, a step in the elimination of arsenic from the human body, can induce changes at a genetic and epigenetic level, leading to carcinogenesis. At the genetic level, arsenic interferes with key cellular processes such as DNA damage-repair and chromosomal structure, leading to genomic instability...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
Emily R Kansler, Akanksha Verma, Erin M Langdon, Theresa Simon-Vermot, Alexandra Yin, William Lee, Marc Attiyeh, Olivier Elemento, Richard M White
BACKGROUND: Cancer genomes evolve in both space and time, which contributes to the genetic heterogeneity that underlies tumor progression and drug resistance. In human melanoma, identifying mechanistically important events in tumor evolution is hampered due to the high background mutation rate from ultraviolet (UV) light. Cross-species oncogenomics is a powerful tool for identifying these core events, in which transgenically well-defined animal models of cancer are compared to human cancers to identify key conserved alterations...
February 7, 2017: BMC Genomics
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