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Zhihong Yang, Lixia Ji, Guohui Jiang, Ranran Liu, Zhantao Liu, Yuecheng Yang, Qingxia Ma, Hongqin Zhao
The aim of the current study was to investigate the effects of FL118, a novel camptothecin analogue, on migration and invasion of human breast cancer cells and the underlying mechanisms of those effects. A 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and a plate clone formation assay were used to examine inhibition of the proliferation of MDA-MB-231 cells by FL118. Cell cycle distribution was detected using flow cytometry. A wound healing assay and a transwell assay were performed to detect the effects of FL118 on migration and invasion of MDA-MB-231 cells, respectively...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Qiyu Liu, Chong Lu, Wanjun Dai, Ke Li, Jing Xu, Yunke Huang, Guiling Li, Yu Kang, Anil K Sood, Congjian Xu
In order to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the biobehavioral factors responsible for cervical cancer from the perspective of lncRNAs. Tumor samples were obtained from patients with stage Ib-IIb squamous cervical cancer, which were divided into high- and low-risk groups according to biobehavioral risk factors. A lncRNA + mRNA microarray was performed, and the results were validated using qRT-PCR. Gene ontology (GO), pathway, and lncRNA-mRNA co-expression analysis were performed to predict the potential functions of the differentially expressed transcripts...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Kashif Bashir, Romana Sarwar, Shazia Fatima, Soma Saeed, Ishrat Mahjabeen, Mahmood Akhtar Kayani
PURPOSE: Variants in DNA repair genes may alter the repair mechanisms that make the persons vulnerable to DNA damage. These polymorphic variants in the DNA repair pathway genes, such as XRCC1, have been associated with susceptibility of several types of cancer including thyroid cancer. This study was designed to explore the link between XRCC1 polymorphisms and modulation of thyroid cancer risk. METHODS: Our study consisted of 456 thyroid cancer patients and 400 controls...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Fushen Yang
PURPOSE: To investigate the expression of sirtuin type 1 (Sirt1) and adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and to explore the mechanism of their functions in NSCLC. METHODS: Cancer tissues (NSCLC group) and the adjacent normal healthy tissues (control group) of 50 patients with NSCLC were selected, and H&E staining was performed to identify the histopathological differences. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunofluorescence staining and Western blot were performed to detect the expression of Sirt1 and AMPK in tissues of NSCLC group and control group...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Guanghui Lian, Fujun Li, Yani Yin, Linlin Chen, Junwen Yang
PURPOSE: Artemisia vulgaris (A.vulgaris) belonging to family Compositae, commonly known as mugwort, has been used as a medicinal herb in Chinese traditional medicine for treatment of diseases. Studies have reported a diversity of activities for this plant which include antiseptic, antispasmodic, antigastric, anticancer and nervous system diseases. However, the anticancer activity of A.vulgaris in HCT-15 human colon cancer cells has not been scientifically validated. Therefore the present study aimed at evaluating the anticancer activity of methanolic extract of A...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Xiuguo Yu, Jianpei Zhao, Yaguang He
PURPOSE: Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have caught more attention for their role in tumor progression. Colon cancer is one of these ordinary malignant tumors. This study aimed to identify how lnc RNA PVT1 affects the progression of colon cancer. METHODS: PVT1 expression of both colon cancer cell tissue and 60 paired cancer and peri-tumoral tissue samples was detected by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). The associations between lnc RNA PVT1 expression level and clinicopathological characteristics and patients' disease-free survival rate were evaluated...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Puneet, Hasan Raza Kazmi, Soni Kumari, Satendra Tiwari, A Khanna, Gopeshwar Narayan
Gastric cancer is one of the most common malignancy worldwide. The various genetic and epigenetic events have been found to be associated with its carcinogenesis. The epigenetic is a heritable and transient/reversible change in the gene expression that is not accompanied by modification in the DNA sequence. This event is characterized by the alteration in the promoter CpG island of the gene or histone modification. These events are associated with silencing of critical tumor suppressor gene and activation of oncogenes leading to carcinogenesis...
March 19, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Xiao Yi
Biological functions - studied by molecular, systems and behavioral biology - are referred to as proximate mechanisms. Why and how they have emerged from the course of evolution are referred to as ultimate mechanisms. Despite the conceptual and technical schism between the disciplines that focus on each, studies from one side can benefit the other. Experimental evolution is an emerging field at the crossroads of functional and evolutionary biology. Herein microorganisms and mammalian cell lines evolve in well-controlled laboratory environments over multiple generations...
December 2017: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology
Periklis G Foukas, Sotirios Tsiodras, Panagiota Economopoulou, Aris Spathis, Maria Mademli, Konstantinos Leventakos, Amanda Psyrri, Petros Karakitsos, Ioannis G Panayiotides
The development of immune system modulating agents, such as immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs), has revolutionized cancer treatment. Nivolumab, a human monoclonal antibody against PD-1, has emerged as an efficient treatment for various malignancies, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, it is associated with important immune related side-effects, attributed to organ-specific inflammation, such as immune-mediated pneumonitis, a relatively uncommon, albeit potentially fatal adverse event. We herein present the unique case of severe interstitial pneumonitis with concomitant detection of Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6) in a nivolumab treated patient with NSCLC...
2018: IDCases
Roland Thuenauer, Simon Nicklaus, Marco Frensch, Kevin Troendle, Josef Madl, Winfried Römer
A key factor determining the fate of individual cells within an epithelium is the unique microenvironment that surrounds each cell. It regulates location-dependent differentiation into specific cellular sub-types, but, on the other hand, a disturbed microenvironment can promote malignant transformation of epithelial cells leading to cancer formation. Here, we present a tool based on a microfluidic biochip that enables novel research approaches by providing a means to control the basolateral microenvironment of a confined number of neighbouring cells within an epithelial monolayer...
February 19, 2018: RSC Advances
Jin-Peng Wang, Yan-Yan Tang, Chun-Mei Fan, Can Guo, Yan-Hong Zhou, Zheng Li, Xiao-Ling Li, Yong Li, Gui-Yuan Li, Wei Xiong, Zhao-Yang Zeng, Fang Xiong
An increasing number of studies has confirmed that many cells can secrete vesicles or exosomes in eukaryotes, which contain important nucleic acids, proteins and lipids and play important roles in cell communication and tumor metastasis. This paper summarizes the comprehensive function of exosomal non-coding RNAs. Although some studies have shown that exosomes mediate tumor signal transduction, the functional mechanism of the tumor metastasis remains to be elucidated. In this paper, we reviewed the role of exosomal non-coding RNAs in mediating cancer metastasis in the tumor microenvironment to provide new ideas for the study of tumor pathophysiology...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Jinhua Wang, Wan Li, Xiangjin Zheng, Xiaocong Pang, Guanhua Du
FOXC1 is a vital member of FOX families which play important roles in biological processes including proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, migration, invasion, metabolism, and longevity. Here we are focusing on roles of FOXC1 and their mechanisms in cancers. FOXC1 promoted progress of many cancers, such as breast cancer (especially basal-like breast cancer), hepatocellular carcinoma, gastric cancer and so on. FOXC1 was also found to be associated with drug resistance of cancers. FOXC1 promoted metastasis of cancers by increasing expression of MMP7, NEDD9 and Snail...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Hui Liu, Xin-Hua Cheng
Oxaliplatin is a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer. However, acquired drug resistance against oxaliplatin remains a major obstacle for efficient use of it, and mechanisms underlying oxaliplatin resistance are still required to be explored. In the present study, we exposed colorectal cancer cell line SW480 to oxaliplatin for a long time to obtain oxaliplatin-resistant colorectal cancer cell model (OR-SW480). We found that intracellular expression of miR-29b was decreased when the SW480 cells became oxaliplatin-resistant...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Xuzhi He, Jazmina L Cruz, Shannon Joseph, Nicola Pett, Hui Yi Chew, Zewen K Tuong, Satomi Okano, Gabrielle Kelly, Margaret Veitch, Fiona Simpson, James W Wells
The Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is selectively expressed on the surface of numerous tumours, such as non-small cell lung, ovarian, colorectal and head and neck carcinomas. EGFR has therefore become a target for cancer therapy. Cetuximab is a chimeric human/mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds to EGFR, where it both inhibits signaling and induces cell death by antibody-dependent cell mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). Cetuximab has been approved for clinical use in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and colorectal cancer...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Qiang Wang, Yiwan Teng, Rong Wang, Danni Deng, Yijie You, Ya Peng, Naiyuan Shao, Feng Zhi
Malignant glioma is one of the most common types of primary brain tumours. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently emerged as a new class of therapeutic targets for many cancers. In this study, we aimed to explore the functional involvement of small nucleolar RNA host gene 14 (SNHG14) and its potential regulatory mechanism in glioma progression. SNHG14 was found to be downregulated in human glioma tissues and cell lines. SNHG14 significantly inhibited cell viability, reduced cell invasion, and induced apoptosis in glioma cell lines...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Mengfan Qi, Ye Tian, Wang Li, Dan Li, Tian Zhao, Yuxin Yang, Qiwen Li, Sujun Chen, Yan Yang, Zhixiong Zhang, Liang Tang, Zhonghua Liu, Bo Su, Fei Li, Yonghong Feng, Ke Fei, Peng Zhang, Fan Zhang, Lei Zhang
Gefitinib, an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is used to treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with activating EGFR mutations. However, the resistance to gefitinib eventually emerges in most of the patients. To understand its mechanism, we generated two acquired gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cell lines. The resistant cells have slower growth rates, but are more resistant to apoptosis in the presence of gefitinib, compared with their sensitive counterparts. In addition, our genome-wide transcriptome analysis reveals unexpected pathways, particularly autophagy, are dysregulated in the gefitinib-resistant cells...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Li-Yun Fann, Ying Chen, Da-Chen Chu, Shao-Ju Weng, Heng-Cheng Chu, Alexander T H Wu, Jiann-Fong Lee, Ahmed Atef Ahmed Ali, Tsung-Chih Chen, Hsu-Shan Huang, Kuo-Hsing Ma
The small-molecule naphtha [2,3-f]quinoxaline-7,12-dione (NSC745887) can effectively inhibit the proliferation of various cancers by trapping DNA-topoisomerase cleavage. The aim of this study was to elucidate cellular responses of NSC745887 in human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, U118MG and U87MG cells) and investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. NSC745887 reduced the cell survival rate and increased the sub-G1 population in dose- and time-dependent manners in GBM cells. Moreover, NSC745887 increased expression of γH2AX and caused DNA fragmentation leading to DNA damage...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Ruxing Wang, Yanjie Lu, Hong Li, Lixin Sun, Ning Yang, Mingzhen Zhao, Manli Zhang, Qingwen Shi
Ailanthone is isolated from the bark of Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle (Simaroubaceae). The mechanism that underlies the activity of ailanthone on MCF-7 cells was investigated by MTT assay. Breast cancer MCF-7 cells were treated with 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0 and 8.0 µg/ml ailanthone for 24, 48 and 72 h. The inhibition of proliferation induced by treatment with ailanthone was assessed by MTT assay. Apoptosis and cell cycle distribution in MCF-7 cells with the same doses of ailanthone for 48 h were determined by flow cytometry...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Xuechun Yu, Chaojian Ma, Ling Fu, Jingwu Dong, Jie Ying
The expression, function and underlying mechanisms of microRNA-139 (miR-139) in gastric cancer were investigated in the present study. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) was performed to detect miR-139 expression in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. The effects of miR-139 overexpression on gastric cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion were evaluated. ρ-associated protein kinase 1 (ROCK1) was predicted as a downstream target of miR-139 and its role in gastric cancer was assessed by bioinformatics analysis, luciferase reporter assay, RT-qPCR and western blot analysis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yuyi Wang, Chi Du, Nan Zhang, Mei Li, Yanyang Liu, Maoyuan Zhao, Feng Wang, Feng Luo
Previous studies have demonstrated that aspirin serves an important role in chemoprevention and the suppression of colorectal cancer (CRC); however, the underlying mechanisms for this inhibition by aspirin remain unclear. Aspirin is capable of promoting apoptosis through prostaglandin-dependent orprostaglandin-independent signaling pathways. In the prostaglandin-dependent pathways, inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX), particularly COX-2, is the primary mechanism known to be involved in aspirin-induced CRC suppression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
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