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Anna M Dahlin, Carl Wibom, Soma Ghasimi, Thomas Brännström, Ulrika Andersson, Beatrice Melin
Genome-wide association studies and candidate gene studies have identified several genetic variants that increase glioma risk. The majority of these variants are non-coding and the mechanisms behind the increased risk in carriers are not known. In this study, we hypothesize that some of the established glioma risk variants induce aberrant DNA methylation in the developing tumor, either locally (gene-specific) or globally (genome-wide). In a pilot data set including 77 glioma patients, we used Illumina beadchip technology to analyze genetic variants in blood and DNA methylation in matched tumor samples...
2016: PloS One
Meijun Song, Hongcheng Wu, Shibo Wu, Ting Ge, Guoan Wang, Yingyan Zhou, Shimo Sheng, Jingbo Jiang
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide and its clinical management remains challenge. Here, we repurposed antibiotic levofloxacin for lung cancer treatment. We show that levofloxacin is effectively against a panel of lung cancer cell lines via inhibiting proliferation and inducing apoptosis, regardless of cellular origin and genetic pattern, in in vitro cell culture system and in vivo xenograft lung tumor model. Mechanistically, levofloxacin inhibits activities of mitochondrial electron transport chain complex I and III, leading to inhibition of mitochondrial respiration and reduction of ATP production...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Li Chen, Liang Luo, Wei Chen, Hong-Xu Xu, Fan Chen, Lian-Zhou Chen, Wen-Tao Zeng, Jing-Song Chen, Xiao-Hui Huang
MicroRNA-24 (miR-24), a member of the miRNA family, functions as an oncogene in various types of human cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms of miR-24 involvement in the development and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remain poorly understood. The present study revealed that miRNA-24 down-regulates p53 through binding to the 3'-UTR of p53 mRNA based on a luciferase reporter assay, and that the expression level of miR-24 could affect the invasion of HCC lines via p53. Down-regulation of p53 significantly attenuated the inhibitory effects of miR-24 knockdown on the invasion of HCC cells, suggesting that miR-24 could be a potential target for HCC treatment...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Saranya Satitmanwiwat, Chinarat Changsangfa, Anuson Khanuengthong, Kornkanok Promthep, Sittiruk Roytrakul, Teerakul Arpornsuwan, Kulnasan Saikhun, Hathaitip Sritanaudomchai
AIM: This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of the induction of apoptosis of human oral cancer cells by the scorpion venom peptide BmKn2. METHODS: Human oral squamous carcinoma cells (HSC4), mouth epidermoid carcinoma cells (KB), human normal gingival cells (HGC) and dental pulp cells (DPC) were treated with BmKn-2 peptide for 24h. Cell viability was determined by the MTT assay. Apoptosis was assessed using phase contrast microscopy, by propidium iodide (PI) staining to assess nuclear morphology and by Annexin V staining...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Seema Patel
Cardiac glycosides, the cardiotonic steroids such as digitalis have been in use as heart ailment remedy since ages. They manipulate the renin-angiotensin axis to improve cardiac output. However; their safety and efficacy have come under scrutiny in recent times, as poisoning and accidental mortalities have been observed. In order to better understand and exploit them as cardiac ionotropes, studies are being pursued using different cardiac glycosides such as digitoxin, digoxin, ouabain, oleandrin etc. Several cardiac glycosides as peruvoside have shown promise in cancer control, especially ovary cancer and leukemia...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Kazuki Shigyou, Ken H Nagai, Tsutomu Hamada
In the past decades, nanoparticles and nanomaterials have been actively used for applications such as visualizing nano/submicron cell structure, killing cancer cells and drug delivery systems. It is important to understand the physicochemical mechanisms that govern the motion of nanoparticles on a plasma membrane surface. However, the motion of small particles of < 1000 nm on lipid membranes is poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the diffusion of particles with a diameter of 200~800nm on a lipid membrane using cell-sized liposomes...
October 25, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Xiao-Feng Tian, Guo-Min Huang, Hong-Liang Zang, Hong Cao
Previous studies have demonstrated the overexpression of paired basic amino acid cleaving enzyme 4 (PACE4) mRNA in prostate cancer tissues. This overexpression is correlated with higher circulating protein levels in certain patients, however, the role of PACE4 in apoptosis and the potential molecular mechanisms of pancreatic cancer remain to be elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect and potential molecular mechanisms of PACE4 on apoptosis in the Panc‑1 pancreatic cancer cell line...
October 25, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Wei Zhao, Xiaohui Zhang, Jia Liu, Bei Sun, Hua Tang, Hong Zhang
Metformin was demonstrated to have effects on breast cancer, and microRNA-27a (miR-27a) is a prognostic marker for breast cancer progression and patient survival. AMPKα2 was found to be a suppressor in breast cancer MCF-7 cells. Therefore, the present study aimed to explain this phenomenon in regards to the relationship between microRNAs (miRNAs) and their target genes and to predict how AMPKα2 may be a downstream target gene of miR-27a, thus exploring the new mechanism of metformin in the treatment of breast cancer regarding miRNAs...
October 24, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xinmin Zhao, Xianghua Wu, Wen Yu, Xuwei Cai, Qi Liu, Xiaolong Fu, Zhebin Liu, Dali Hu, Shiyun Pan, Qiling Huang
The present study examined the potential of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-mannose sensitive hemagglutinin (PA-MSHA) to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in non‑small‑cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines. It also investigated its mechanisms of action in different genotypes of human NSCLC. A total of three NSCLC cell lines, PC‑9, A549, and NCI‑H1975, were treated with PA‑MSHA at different concentrations. The anti‑proliferative effect of PA‑MSHA was evaluated using a 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hong-Xia Cui, Honglan Wang, Yuchun Wang, Juan Song, Hua Tian, Chunhui Xia, Yetong Shen
Changes in the carbohydrate structure on the surface of tumor cells is an important feature of cancer metastasis. The specific role of sialic acids in the glycoconjugate terminal has not yet been clearly elucidated in these processes. Previously, we reported that α2,3-sialic acid residues in breast cancer are associated with metastatic potential. The α2,3-sialyltransferase ST3Gal III, which adds α2,3-sialic acids to glycoproteins, is overexpressed in various tumors, and enzyme activity is correlated with tumor metastasis, yet its mechanistic role has not been fully evaluated...
October 18, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xi Chen, Qi Li, Xiao-Xi Kan, Ya-Jie Wang, Yu-Jie Li, Qing Yang, Hong-Bin Xiao, Ying Chen, Xiao-Gang Weng, Wei-Yan Cai, Xiao-Xin Zhu
Metastasis of breast cancer is the vital step for malignant progression. During such a process, hematogenous metastasis is an indispensable approach for the dissemination of cancer cells. A platelet, contributes to hypercoagulable state, and is also identified the crucial factor in the coagulation system for supporting metastasis. Therefore, the relationship of a platelet and a tumor cell plays a critical role in tumor cell metastasis. Consequently, inhibiting tumor cell‑induced platelet aggregation (TCIPA) is recongnized as a crucial target on suppression of tumor metastasis such as aspirin (ASA)...
October 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xiaodong Lai, Yanchun Guo, Zhitao Guo, Ruibao Liu, Xunguo Wang, Fang Wang
miR‑574‑5p has been reported involved in the pathogenesis of numerous human malignancies such as colorectal and lung cancer. In this study, we aimed to explore the roles of REL and miR‑574 in the recurrence of prostate cancer (PCa) and to identify the underlying molecular mechanisms. Our literature search found that miR‑574 is regulated in cancer stem cells (CSCs), and next we used the microRNA (miRNA) database ( to find REL as a target of miR‑574. Luciferase assay was performed to verify the miRNA/target relationship...
October 24, 2016: Oncology Reports
Jiaqi Yao, Chi Ma, Wei Gao, Jinxiao Liang, Chang Liu, Hongfang Yang, Qiu Yan, Qingping Wen
Cancer pain is the most common complication of lung carcinoma. Opioid agonist fentanyl is widely used for relieving pain in cancer patients, and cisplatin (DDP)‑based chemotherapy is commonly used for the treatment of advanced lung cancer; these two drugs are always used together in lung carcinoma patients. However, the mechanisms and related biological pathways by which fentanyl influences cisplatin sensitivity are relatively poorly reported. Here, we found that fentanyl reduces the sensitivity of cisplatin in human lung cancer cells and induces autophagy...
October 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Hua-Qiang Zhu, Jin-Ben Ma, Xie Song, Heng-Jun Gao, Chao-Qun Ma, Hong Chang, Hong-Guang Li, Fang-Feng Liu, Jun Lu, Xu Zhou
Metformin, an oral biguanide drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, has displayed anticancer activities in several types of cancer cells. The combination of gemcitabine and cisplatin is the standard chemotherapy regimen for cholangiocarcinoma, but its benefit is limited. The present study aimed to investigate whether metformin could enhance the activities of gemcitabine and cisplatin against cholangiocarcinoma, and the underlying mechanisms. Metformin inhibited the proliferation of human cholangiocarcinoma RBE and HCCC-9810 cells and induced cell cycle arrest at the G0/G1 phase by increasing the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathways...
October 20, 2016: Oncology Reports
Dingwei Zhang, Zhangjun Li, Yanfei Zhang, Chen Tu, Jia Huo, Yan Liu
Alterations in the levels and functions of microRNAs (miRs) have been associated with carcinogenesis. In this study, we investigated the role and underlying mechanism of miR-4262 in the proliferation of human cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) cells. The expression levels of miR-4262 were significantly upregulated in cancerous tissues compared with those in matched adjacent normal tissues from 110 CMM patients. miR-4262 was also regulated in five types of CMM cell lines, displaying an opposite expression pattern to that of Kruppel-like 6 (KLF6), a proven tumor suppressor in several cancers other than CMM...
October 21, 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
Ting Qu, Yan-Ping Li, Xiao-Hong Li, Yan Chen
The present study aimed to systematically examine the molecular mechanisms of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), and identify potential biomarkers and drugs for the treatment of PTC. Two microarray data sets (GSE3467 and GSE3678), containing 16 PTC samples and 16 paired normal samples, were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified using the Linear Models for Microarray Analysis package. Subsequently, the common DEGs were screened for functional and pathway enrichment analysis using the Database for Annotation Visualization and Integrated Discovery...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jiumao Lin, Jianyu Feng, Yiyi Jin, Zhaokun Yan, Zijun Lai, Jun Peng
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide. The majority of patients are not suitable for surgery due to the presence of metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis, which has led to a high mortality rate for patients with CRC. Lymphangiogenesis, formation of new lymphatic vessels, plays an critical role in cancer progression particularly in cancer metastasis. Vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) has been previously demonstrated to play a pivotal role in cancer metastasis and therefore has become an attractive target for anticancer treatments...
October 20, 2016: Oncology Reports
Shuxiang Yang, Yingchao Zhang, Xin Zhao, Jingzheng Wang, Jianjing Shang
The expression and functions of microRNA-361 (miR-361) have been studied in various human cancers. However, its expression and role in non‑small‑cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains unclear. In the present study, the expression levels of miR‑361 in NSCLC tissues and cell lines were determined using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR). In addition, the effect of miR‑361 on the proliferation, migration and invasion of NSCLC cells was assessed. Furthermore, a dual‑Luciferase reporter assay, RT‑qPCR and western blotting were performed to investigate whether miR‑361 directly targeted the 3' untranslated region of Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1)...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Minju Im, Aeyung Kim, Jin Yeul Ma
Gardeniae Fructus (GF, Zhi Zi in China), a fruit of Gardenia jasminoides Ellis, has been used in traditional medicine to reduce inflammation and headache and to treat hepatic disorders, hypertension, and icterus. In recent studies, extract of raw or stir-baked GF was shown to have pharmacological activities for viral infection, thrombosis, hyperlipidemia, convulsion, inflammation, oxidative stress, and others. In addition, baked GF extract suppressed the proteolytic activities and altered the cellular morphology of tumor cells...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
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