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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545238/epigenetic-strategies-to-boost-cancer-immunotherapies
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REVIEW
Maria J Barrero
Recently, immunotherapeutic approaches have shown impressive responses in a subset of cancer patients. However, the rate of success is low and a large percentage of treated patients do not experience clinical benefits. Therefore, additional strategies are needed to improve responses and select responsive patients. Emerging data suggest that epigenetic drugs can improve the responses to immunotherapy. Understanding the mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy and the epigenetic events that take place during immune evasion is critical to providing a rational combined use of immunotherapies and epigenetic drugs...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544151/the-emt-spectrum-and-therapeutic-opportunities
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REVIEW
Dominic Chih-Cheng Voon, Ruby Yun-Ju Huang, Rebecca A Jackson, Jean Paul Thiery
Carcinomas are phenotypically arrayed along an EMT spectrum, a developmental program currently exploited to understand the acquisition of drug resistance through a re-routing of growth factor signalling. This review collates the current approaches employed in developing therapeutics against cancer-associated EMT, and provides an assessment of their respective strengths and drawbacks. We reflect on the close relationship between EMT and chemoresistance against current targeted therapeutics, with a special focus on the epigenetic mechanisms that links these processes...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543390/the-effect-of-ebv-on-wif1-nlk-and-apc-gene-methylation-and-expression-in-gastric-carcinoma-and-nasopharyngeal-cancer
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Zhenzhen Zhao, Wen Liu, Jincheng Liu, Jiayi Wang, Bing Luo
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is an important DNA tumor virus that is associated with approximately 10% of gastric carcinomas and 99% of nasopharyngeal cancers. DNA methylation and microRNAs (miRNAs) are the most studied epigenetic mechanisms that can prompt disease susceptibility. This study aimed to detect the effect of EBV on Wnt inhibitory factor 1 (WIF1), Nemo-like kinase (NLK), and adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene methylation and expression in gastric carcinoma and nasopharyngeal cancer. METHODS: The WIF1, NLK, and APC gene mRNA expression levels were measured by real-time quantitative RT-PCR in four EBV-positive cell lines and four EBV-negative cell lines...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542476/functional-interaction-between-co-expressed-mage-a-proteins
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Julieta E Laiseca, María F Ladelfa, Javier Cotignola, Leticia Y Peche, Franco A Pascucci, Bryan A Castaño, Mario D Galigniana, Claudio Schneider, Martin Monte
MAGE-A (Melanoma Antigen Genes-A) are tumor-associated proteins with expression in a broad spectrum of human tumors and normal germ cells. MAGE-A gene expression and function are being increasingly investigated to better understand the mechanisms by which MAGE proteins collaborate in tumorigenesis and whether their detection could be useful for disease prognosis purposes. Alterations in epigenetic mechanisms involved in MAGE gene silencing cause their frequent co-expression in tumor cells. Here, we have analyzed the effect of MAGE-A gene co-expression and our results suggest that MageA6 can potentiate the androgen receptor (AR) co-activation function of MageA11...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541643/genotype-specific-methylation-of-hpv-in-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia
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Yaw Wen Hsu, Rui Lan Huang, Po Hsuan Su, Yu Chih Chen, Hui Chen Wang, Chi Chun Liao, Hung Cheng Lai
OBJECTIVE: Hypermethylation of human papillomavirus (HPV) and host genes has been reported in cervical cancer. However, the degree of methylation of different HPV types relative to the severity of the cervical lesions remains controversial. Studies of the degree of methylation associated with the host gene and the HPV genome to the severity of cervical lesions are rare. We examined the association of methylation status between host genes and late gene 1 (L1) regions of HPV16, 18, 52, and 58 in cervical brushings...
July 2017: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540987/lack-of-aberrant-methylation-in-an-adjacent-area-of-left-sided-colorectal-cancer
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Otgontuya Sambuudash, Hyun Soo Kim, Mee Yon Cho
PURPOSE: The molecular nature and the rate-limiting step of epigenetic field defects in the evolution of left-sided colorectal cancer (LCA) remain uncertain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methylation status of 27 candidate field defect markers, six classic CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) markers, and LINE-1 were determined in LCA and adjacent normal mucosas (ADJs) from 33 LCA patients and in left normal colorectal mucosa (LNM) from 33 age- and sex-matched controls...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538690/dysregulation-of-mirna-expression-in-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-cafs-and-its-consequences-on-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Maren Schoepp, Anda Jana Ströse, Jörg Haier
The tumor microenvironment, including cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF), has developed as an important target for understanding tumor progression, clinical prognosis and treatment responses of cancer. Cancer cells appear to transform normal fibroblasts (NF) into CAFs involving direct cell-cell communication and epigenetic regulations. This review summarizes the current understanding on miR involvement in cancer cell-tumor environment/stroma communication, transformation of NFs into CAFs, their involved targets and signaling pathways in these interactions; and clinical relevance of CAF-related miR expression profiles...
May 24, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537931/the-network-of-dab2ip-mir-138-in-regulating-drug-resistance-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-associated-with-stem-like-phenotypes
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Eun-Jin Yun, Jiancheng Zhou, Chun-Jung Lin, Shan Xu, John Santoyo, Elizabeth Hernandez, Chih-Ho Lai, Ho Lin, Dalin He, Jer-Tsong Hsieh
Targeted therapy is a standard of care for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) but the response rate is not overwhelmed, which only prolongs a short survival of patients due to the onset of therapeutic resistance. Although the mechanisms are not fully understood, the presence of cancer initiating cells (CIC) may underlie the drug resistance. Nevertheless, identifying CIC phenotypes with its biomarkers in RCC appear to be diverse and controversial from many reports. In this study, we took a different approach to focus on the regulatory mechanism in RCC-CIC and unveil DAB2IP-mediated miR-138 expression that plays a critical role in modulating stem-like phenotypes in RCC via targeting the ABC transporter (ABCA13) as well as oncogenic histone methyltransferase EZH2 while down regulation of miR-138 gene expression in RCC is due to epigenetic gene silencing by DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1)...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537914/epigenomic-study-identifies-a-novel-mesenchyme-homeobox2-gli1-transcription-axis-involved-in-cancer-drug-resistance-overall-survival-and-therapy-prognosis-in-lung-cancer-patients
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Leonel Armas-López, Patricia Piña-Sánchez, Oscar Arrieta, Enrique Guzman de Alba, Blanca Ortiz-Quintero, Patricio Santillán-Doherty, David C Christiani, Joaquín Zúñiga, Federico Ávila-Moreno
Several homeobox-related gene (HOX) transcription factors such as mesenchyme HOX-2 (MEOX2) have previously been associated with cancer drug resistance, malignant progression and/or clinical prognostic responses in lung cancer patients; however, the mechanisms involved in these responses have yet to be elucidated. Here, an epigenomic strategy was implemented to identify novel MEOX2 gene promoter transcription targets and propose a new molecular mechanism underlying lung cancer drug resistance and poor clinical prognosis...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537880/biological-effects-and-epidemiological-consequences-of-arsenic-exposure-and-reagents-that-can-ameliorate-arsenic-damage-in-vivo
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REVIEW
Chinthalapally V Rao, Sanya Pal, Altaf Mohammed, Mudassir Farooqui, Mark P Doescher, Adam S Asch, Hiroshi Y Yamada
Through contaminated diet, water, and other forms of environmental exposure, arsenic affects human health. There are many U.S. and worldwide "hot spots" where the arsenic level in public water exceeds the maximum exposure limit. The biological effects of chronic arsenic exposure include generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), leading to oxidative stress and DNA damage, epigenetic DNA modification, induction of genomic instability, and inflammation and immunomodulation, all of which can initiate carcinogenesis...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536537/-gestaltomics-systems-biology-schemes-for-the-study-of-neuropsychiatric-diseases
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REVIEW
Nora A Gutierrez Najera, Osbaldo Resendis-Antonio, Humberto Nicolini
The integration of different sources of biological information about what defines a behavioral phenotype is difficult to unify in an entity that reflects the arithmetic sum of its individual parts. In this sense, the challenge of Systems Biology for understanding the "psychiatric phenotype" is to provide an improved vision of the shape of the phenotype as it is visualized by "Gestalt" psychology, whose fundamental axiom is that the observed phenotype (behavior or mental disorder) will be the result of the integrative composition of every part...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536458/epigenetic-priming-restores-the-hla-class-i-antigen-processing-machinery-expression-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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Cathrin Ritter, Kaiji Fan, Annette Paschen, Sine Reker Hardrup, Soldano Ferrone, Paul Nghiem, Selma Ugurel, David Schrama, Jürgen C Becker
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and aggressive, yet highly immunogenic skin cancer. The latter is due to its viral or UV-associated carcinogenesis. For tumor progression MCC has to escape the host's immuno-surveillance, e.g. by loss of HLA class-I expression. Indeed, a reduced HLA class-I expression was observed in MCC tumor tissues and MCC cell lines. This reduced HLA class-I surface expression is caused by an impaired expression of key components of the antigen processing machinery (APM), including LMP2 and LMP7 as well as TAP1 and TAP2...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535045/bet-bromodomain-inhibitors-with-one-step-synthesis-discovered-from-virtual-screen
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Alex M Ayoub, Laura M L Hawk, Ryan J Herzig, Jiewei Jiang, Andrea J Wisniewski, Clifford T Gee, Peiliang Zhao, Jin-Yi Zhu, Norbert Berndt, Nana K Offei-Addo, Thomas G Scott, Jun Qi, James E Bradner, Timothy R Ward, Ernst Schönbrunn, Gunda I Georg, William C K Pomerantz
Chemical inhibition of epigenetic regulatory proteins BrdT and Brd4 is emerging as a promising therapeutic strategy in contraception, cancer, and heart disease. We report an easily synthesized dihydropyridopyrmidine pan-BET inhibitor scaffold, which was uncovered via a virtual screen followed by testing in a fluorescence anisotropy assay. Dihydropyridpyimidine 3 was subjected to further characterization and is highly selective for the BET family of bromodomains. Structure-activity relationship data and ligand deconstruction highlight the importance of the substitution of the uracil moiety for potency and selectivity...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534825/a-novel-combination-of-withaferin-a-and-sulforaphane-inhibits-epigenetic-machinery-cellular-viability-and-induces-apoptosis-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Kendra J Royston, Neha Udayakumar, Kayla Lewis, Trygve O Tollefsbol
With cancer often classified as a disease that has an important epigenetic component, natural compounds that have the ability to regulate the epigenome become ideal candidates for study. Humans have a complex diet, which illustrates the need to elucidate the mechanisms of interaction between these bioactive compounds in combination. The natural compounds withaferin A (WA), from the Indian winter cherry, and sulforaphane (SFN), from cruciferous vegetables, have numerous anti-cancer effects and some report their ability to regulate epigenetic processes...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534508/utx-promotes-hormonally-responsive-breast-carcinogenesis-through-feed-forward-transcription-regulation-with-estrogen-receptor
#15
G Xie, X Liu, Y Zhang, W Li, S Liu, Z Chen, B Xu, J Yang, L He, Z Zhang, T Jin, X Yi, L Sun, Y Shang, J Liang
UTX is implicated in embryonic development and lineage specification. However, how this X-linked histone demethylase contributes to the occurrence and progression of breast cancer remains to be clarified. Here we report that UTX is physically associated with estrogen receptor (ER) and functions in ER-regulated transcription. We showed that UTX coordinates with JHDM1D and CBP to direct H3K27 methylation-acetylation transition and to create a permissive chromatin state on ER targets. Genome-wide analysis of the transcriptional targets of UTX by ChIP-seq identified a set of genes such as chemokine receptor CXCR4 that are intimately involved in breast cancer tumorigenesis and metastasis...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533271/vhl-inactivation-in-precancerous-kidney-cells-induces-an-inflammatory-response-via-er-stress-activated-ire1%C3%AE-signaling
#16
Chan-Yen Kuo, Chih-Hung Lin, Tien Hsu
Mutations and epigenetic inactivation of the tumor suppressor gene von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) are major causes of clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) that may originate from chronic inflammation. However, the role of VHL loss-of-function in the development of ccRCC via inflammation remains poorly understood. VHL mutant cells exhibit metabolic abnormalities that can cause chronic endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and unfolded protein response (UPR). We hypothesize that unresolved ER stress induces the inflammatory responses observed in ccRCC...
May 22, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532996/histone-methyltransferase-g9a-promotes-liver-cancer-development-by-epigenetic-silencing-of-tumor-suppressor-gene-rarres3
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Lai Wei, David Kung-Chun Chiu, Felice Ho-Ching Tsang, Dicky Cheuk-Ting Law, Carol Lai-Hung Cheng, Sandy Leung-Kuen Au, Joyce Man-Fong Lee, Carmen Chak-Lui Wong, Irene Oi-Lin Ng, Chun-Ming Wong
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a major leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Epigenetic deregulation is a common trait of human HCC. G9s is an important epigenetics regulator. However, its roles in liver carcinogenesis remain to be investigated. METHODS: Gene expressions were determined by RNA-Seq and qRT-PCR. G9a knockdown and knockout cell lines were established by lentiviral-based shRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system. Tumor promoting functions of G9a was studied by both in HCC cell lines and nude mice model...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532423/the-various-aspects-of-genetic-and-epigenetic-toxicology-testing-methods-and-clinical-applications
#18
REVIEW
Ning Ren, Manar Atyah, Wan-Yong Chen, Chen-Hao Zhou
Genotoxicity refers to the ability of harmful substances to damage genetic information in cells. Being exposed to chemical and biological agents can result in genomic instabilities and/or epigenetic alterations, which translate into a variety of diseases, cancer included. This concise review discusses, from both a genetic and epigenetic point of view, the current detection methods of different agents' genotoxicity, along with their basic and clinical relation to human cancer, chemotherapy, germ cells and stem cells...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532420/going-beyond-genetics-to-discover-cancer-targets
#19
Gabriel J Sandoval, William C Hahn
Two recent studies demonstrate the power of integrating tumor genotype information with epigenetic and proteomic studies to discover potential therapeutic targets in breast cancer.
May 22, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532215/matrix-mechanosensing-from-scaling-concepts-in-omics-data-to-mechanisms-in-the-nucleus-regeneration-and-cancer
#20
Dennis E Discher, Lucas Smith, Sangkyun Cho, Mark Colasurdo, Andrés J García, Sam Safran
Many of the most important molecules of life are polymers. In animals, the most abundant of the proteinaceous polymers are the collagens, which constitute the fibrous matrix outside cells and which can also self-assemble into gels. The physically measurable stiffness of gels, as well as tissues, increases with the amount of collagen, and cells seem to sense this stiffness. An understanding of this mechanosensing process in complex tissues, including fibrotic disease states with high collagen, is now utilizing 'omics data sets and is revealing polymer physics-type, nonlinear scaling relationships between concentrations of seemingly unrelated biopolymers...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
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