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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319085/synergistic-drug-combinations-for-cancer-identified-in-a-crispr-screen-for-pairwise-genetic-interactions
#1
Kyuho Han, Edwin E Jeng, Gaelen T Hess, David W Morgens, Amy Li, Michael C Bassik
Identification of effective combination therapies is critical to address the emergence of drug-resistant cancers, but direct screening of all possible drug combinations is infeasible. Here we introduce a CRISPR-based double knockout (CDKO) system that improves the efficiency of combinatorial genetic screening using an effective strategy for cloning and sequencing paired single guide RNA (sgRNA) libraries and a robust statistical scoring method for calculating genetic interactions (GIs) from CRISPR-deleted gene pairs...
March 20, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295185/dual-targeting-of-mcl1-and-noxa-as-effective-strategy-for-treatment-of-mantle-cell-lymphoma
#2
Elisabeth Höring, Arnau Montraveta, Simon Heine, Markus Kleih, Lea Schaaf, Matthias C Vöhringer, Anna Esteve-Arenys, Gael Roué, Dolors Colomer, Elias Campo, German Ott, Walter E Aulitzky, Heiko van der Kuip
Imbalances in the composition of BCL2 family proteins contribute to tumourigenesis and therapy resistance of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), making these proteins attractive therapy targets. We studied the efficiency of dual targeting the NOXA/MCL1 axis by combining fatty acid synthase inhibitors (NOXA stabilization) with the CDK inhibitor Dinaciclib (MCL1 reduction). This combination synergistically induced apoptosis in cell lines and primary MCL cells and led to almost complete inhibition of tumour progression in a mouse model...
March 14, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274596/aberrant-expression-of-deubiquitylating-enzyme-usp9x-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-gastric-cancer
#3
Xiang Fu, Wei Xie, Xiaoxue Song, Kun Wu, Linkang Xiao, Yongqiang Liu, Lei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Ubiquitin-specific peptidase 9, X-linked (USP9X), a member of deubiquitylating enzymes family, has recently been reported to be associated with a variety of cancer progression. While it functions as either oncogene or tumor suppressor in a context-dependent manner, the expression and role of USP9X in gastric cancer is largely unknown. METHODS: Sixty-eight cases of patients with gastric cancer were enrolled in this study. The expression of USP9X and MCL1 were detected by immunohistochemistry...
March 5, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215535/ambra1-a-novel-bh3-like-protein-new-insights-into-the-ambra1-bcl2-family-proteins-relationship
#4
A Di Rita, F Strappazzon
Cellular homeostasis swings like a pendulum backward and forward between life and death. Two of the main processes, which regulate this equilibrium, are autophagy and apoptosis. While autophagy is a highly conserved self-digestion mechanism that mediates degradation of damaged or surplus components, apoptosis is a programmed cell suicide in which typical death signals induce the elimination of undesired cells. Both these processes are highly regulated by complex molecular machineries, including some common proteins whose "dual role" favors one process or the other...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209992/from-basic-apoptosis-discoveries-to-advanced-selective-bcl-2-family-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Avi Ashkenazi, Wayne J Fairbrother, Joel D Leverson, Andrew J Souers
Members of the B cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2) gene family have a central role in regulating programmed cell death by controlling pro-apoptotic and anti-apoptotic intracellular signals. In cancer, apoptosis evasion through dysregulation of specific BCL-2 family genes is a recurring event; accordingly, selective inhibition of specific anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins represents an exciting therapeutic opportunity. A combination of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based screening and structure-based drug design has yielded the first bona fide BCL-2 homology 3 (BH3) mimetics, including the BCL-2 and BCL-XL dual antagonist navitoclax, which is the first BCL-2 family inhibitor to show efficacy in patients with cancer...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209615/targeted-degradation-of-bet-proteins-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#6
Longchuan Bai, Bing Zhou, Chao-Yie Yang, Jiao Ji, Donna McEachern, Sally Przybranowski, Hui Jiang, Jiantao Hu, Fuming Xu, Yujun Zhao, Liu Liu, Ester Fernandez-Salas, Jing Xu, Yali Dou, Bo Wen, Duxin Sun, Jennifer L Meagher, Jeanne Stuckey, Daniel F Hayes, Shunqiang Li, Matthew J Ellis, Shaomeng Wang
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) remain clinically challenging with a lack of options for targeted therapy. In this study, we report the development of a second-generation BET bromodomain (BRD) inhibitor, BETd-246, which exhibits superior selectivity, potency and antitumor activity. In human TNBC cells, BETd-246 induced degradation of BET transcription factors at low nanomolar concentrations within 1 hr of exposure, resulting in robust growth inhibition and apoptosis. BETd-246 was more potent and effective in TNBC cells than its parental BET inhibitor compound BETi-211...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187444/idelalisib-and-bendamustine-combination-is-synergistic-and-increases-dna-damage-response-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cells
#7
Prexy Modi, Kumudha Balakrishnan, Qingshan Yang, William G Wierda, Michael J Keating, Varsha Gandhi
Idelalisib is a targeted agent that potently inhibits PI3Kδ which is exclusively expressed in hematological cells. Bendamustine is a well-tolerated cytotoxic alkylating agent which has been extensively used for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Both these agents are FDA-approved for CLL. To increase the potency of idelalisib and bendamustine, we tested their combination in primary CLL lymphocytes. While each compound alone produced a moderate response, combination at several concentrations resulted in synergistic cytotoxicity...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179993/close-encounter-of-the-covalent-kind-inhibiting-mcl1-s-proapoptotic-activity-with-covalent-inhibitors
#8
EDITORIAL
Guillaune Lessene
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138860/preferential-pattern-of-mouse-neutrophil-cell-death-in-response-to-various-stimulants
#9
Nuttira Luehong, Juthamart Khaowmek, Kanruethai Wongsawan, Phongsakorn Chuammitri
Neutrophils undergo cell death processes once their physiological function has been fulfilled. Apoptosis, necrosis, pyroptosis, or NETosis, a unique form of cell death, could occur, depending on the type of stimulant or inhibitory intervention. We investigated whether phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) and Klebsiella pneumoniae (KP), serving as stimulants, or whether an inhibitor (cytochalasin B, CytB) could alter the morphology and gene expression pattern associated with mouse neutrophil cell death. Fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, and real-time PCR approaches were used to identify morphological changes, percentages of cell death, and gene expression patterns, respectively...
January 30, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134252/thz1-targeting-cdk7-suppresses-stat-transcriptional-activity-and-sensitizes-t-cell-lymphomas-to-bcl2-inhibitors
#10
Florencia Cayrol, Pannee Praditsuktavorn, Tharu M Fernando, Nicholas Kwiatkowski, Rosella Marullo, M Nieves Calvo-Vidal, Jude Phillip, Benet Pera, Shao Ning Yang, Kaipol Takpradit, Lidia Roman, Marcello Gaudiano, Ramona Crescenzo, Jia Ruan, Giorgio Inghirami, Tinghu Zhang, Graciela Cremaschi, Nathanael S Gray, Leandro Cerchietti
Peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL) are aggressive diseases with poor response to chemotherapy and dismal survival. Identification of effective strategies to target PTCL biology represents an urgent need. Here we report that PTCL are sensitive to transcription-targeting drugs, and, in particular, to THZ1, a covalent inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase 7 (CDK7). The STAT-signalling pathway is highly vulnerable to THZ1 even in PTCL cells that carry the activating STAT3 mutation Y640F. In mutant cells, CDK7 inhibition decreases STAT3 chromatin binding and expression of highly transcribed target genes like MYC, PIM1, MCL1, CD30, IL2RA, CDC25A and IL4R...
January 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104700/inhibition-of-4ebp-phosphorylation-mediates-the-cytotoxic-effect-of-mtor-kinase-inhibitors-in-aggressive-b-cell-lymphomas
#11
Chengfeng Bi, Xuan Zhang, Ting Lu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Xianhuo Wang, Bin Meng, Huilai Zhang, Ping Wang, Julie M Vose, Wing C Chan, Timothy W McKeithan, Kai Fu
Mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) is a central integrator of nutrient and growth factor inputs that controls cell growth in eukaryotes. The second generation of mTOR kinase inhibitors (TORKi), directly targeting the mTOR catalytic site, are more effective than rapamycin and its analogs in cancer treatment, particularly in inducing apoptosis. However, the mechanism underlying the cytotoxic effect of TORKi remains elusive. Herein, we demonstrated that TORKi-induced apoptosis is predominantly dependent on loss of mTORC1-mediated 4EBP activation...
January 19, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057804/cell-cycle-progression-dictates-the-requirement-for-bcl2-in-natural-killer-cell-survival
#12
Charlotte Viant, Sophie Guia, Robert J Hennessy, Jai Rautela, Kim Pham, Claire Bernat, Wilford Goh, Yuhao Jiao, Rebecca Delconte, Michael Roger, Vanina Simon, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Stephanie Grabow, Gabrielle T Belz, Benjamin T Kile, Andreas Strasser, Daniel Gray, Phillip D Hodgkin, Bruce Beutler, Eric Vivier, Sophie Ugolini, Nicholas D Huntington
Natural killer (NK) cells are innate lymphoid cells with antitumor functions. Using an N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-induced mutagenesis screen in mice, we identified a strain with an NK cell deficiency caused by a hypomorphic mutation in the Bcl2 (B cell lymphoma 2) gene. Analysis of these mice and the conditional deletion of Bcl2 in NK cells revealed a nonredundant intrinsic requirement for BCL2 in NK cell survival. In these mice, NK cells in cycle were protected against apoptosis, and NK cell counts were restored in inflammatory conditions, suggesting a redundant role for BCL2 in proliferating NK cells...
February 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053206/gsk3b-mediated-phosphorylation-of-mcl1-regulates-axonal-autophagy-to-promote-wallerian-degeneration
#13
Shuji Wakatsuki, Shinji Tokunaga, Megumi Shibata, Toshiyuki Araki
Macroautophagy is a catabolic process, in which portions of cytoplasm or organelles are delivered to lysosomes for degradation. Emerging evidence has indicated a pathological connection between axonal degeneration and autophagy. However, the physiological function and induction mechanism of autophagy in axons remain elusive. We herein show that, through activation of BECLIN1, glycogen synthase kinase 3B (GSK3B)-mediated phosphorylation of BCL2 family member MCL1 induces axonal autophagy and axonal degeneration...
February 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039357/key-survival-factor-mcl-1-correlates-with-sensitivity-to-combined-bcl-2-bcl-xl-blockade
#14
Michelle M Williams, Linus Lee, Donna J Hicks, Meghan M Joly, David Elion, Bushra Rahman, Courtney McKernan, Violeta Sanchez, Justin M Balko, Thomas Stricker, Monica Valeria Estrada, Rebecca S Cook
An estimated 40,000 deaths will be attributed to breast cancer in 2016, underscoring the need for improved therapies. Evading cell death is a major hallmark of cancer, driving tumor progression and therapeutic resistance. To evade apoptosis, cancers use antiapoptotic Bcl-2 proteins to bind to and neutralize apoptotic activators, such as Bim. Investigation of antiapoptotic Bcl-2 family members in clinical breast cancer datasets revealed greater expression and more frequent gene amplification of MCL1 as compared with BCL2 or BCL2L1 (Bcl-xL) across three major molecular breast cancer subtypes, Luminal (A and B), HER2-enriched, and Basal-like...
March 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011486/hyperforin-inhibits-cell-growth-by-inducing-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-apoptotic-pathways-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#15
I-Tsang Chiang, Wei-Ting Chen, Chih-Wei Tseng, Yen-Chung Chen, Yu-Cheng Kuo, Bi-Jhih Chen, Mao-Chi Weng, Hwai-Jeng Lin, Wei-Shu Wang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the antitumor effect and mechanism of action of hyperforin in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) SK-Hep1 cells in vitro. Cells were treated with different concentrations of hyperforin for different periods of time. Effects of hyperforin on cell viability, apoptosis signaling, and expression of anti-apoptotic and proliferative proteins [cellular FLICE-like inhibitory protein (c-FLIP), X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP), myeloid cell leukemia 1(MCL1), and cyclin-D1] were investigated by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, flow cytometry, and western blotting...
2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003334/huwe1-is-a-critical-colonic-tumour-suppressor-gene-that-prevents-myc-signalling-dna-damage-accumulation-and-tumour-initiation
#16
Kevin B Myant, Patrizia Cammareri, Michael C Hodder, Jimi Wills, Alex Von Kriegsheim, Balázs Győrffy, Mamun Rashid, Simona Polo, Elena Maspero, Lynsey Vaughan, Basanta Gurung, Evan Barry, Angeliki Malliri, Fernando Camargo, David J Adams, Antonio Iavarone, Anna Lasorella, Owen J Sansom
Cancer genome sequencing projects have identified hundreds of genetic alterations, often at low frequencies, raising questions as to their functional relevance. One exemplar gene is HUWE1, which has been found to be mutated in numerous studies. However, due to the large size of this gene and a lack of functional analysis of identified mutations, their significance to carcinogenesis is unclear. To determine the importance of HUWE1, we chose to examine its function in colorectal cancer, where it is mutated in up to 15 per cent of tumours...
February 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997540/il-7-receptor-mutations-and-steroid-resistance-in-pediatric-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-genome-sequencing-study
#17
Yunlei Li, Jessica G C A M Buijs-Gladdines, Kirsten Canté-Barrett, Andrew P Stubbs, Eric M Vroegindeweij, Willem K Smits, Ronald van Marion, Winand N M Dinjens, Martin Horstmann, Roland P Kuiper, Rogier C Buijsman, Guido J R Zaman, Peter J van der Spek, Rob Pieters, Jules P P Meijerink
BACKGROUND: Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in children. T cell ALL (T-ALL) represents about 15% of pediatric ALL cases and is considered a high-risk disease. T-ALL is often associated with resistance to treatment, including steroids, which are currently the cornerstone for treating ALL; moreover, initial steroid response strongly predicts survival and cure. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying steroid resistance in T-ALL patients are poorly understood...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956387/targeting-sphingosine-kinase-1-induces-mcl1-dependent-cell-death-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#18
Jason A Powell, Alexander C Lewis, Wenying Zhu, John Toubia, Melissa R Pitman, Craig T Wallington-Beddoe, Paul A B Moretti, Diana Iarossi, Saumya E Samaraweera, Nik Cummings, Hayley S Ramshaw, Daniel Thomas, Andrew H Wei, Angel F Lopez, Richard J D'Andrea, Ian D Lewis, Stuart M Pitson
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive malignancy where despite improvements in conventional chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation, overall survival remains poor. Sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1) generates the bioactive lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) and has established roles in tumor initiation, progression and chemotherapy resistance in a wide range of cancers. The role and targeting of SPHK1 in primary AML, however, has not been previously investigated. Here we show that SPHK1 is overexpressed and constitutively activated in primary AML patient blasts but not in normal mononuclear cells...
December 12, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939888/chaperone-mediated-autophagy-promotes-lung-cancer-cell-survival-through-selective-stabilization-of-the-pro-survival-protein-mcl1
#19
Junya Suzuki, Wataru Nakajima, Hidenori Suzuki, Yumi Asano, Nobuyuki Tanaka
Autophagy is a dynamic recycling system using lysosomal proteolysis that produces new proteins and energy for cellular renovation and homeostasis. Although macroautophagy is known to serve as a survival pathway in many cancer cells, the role of chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA), a selective protein degradation system, in cancer is not fully understood. Here, we demonstrated that lysosomal proteolysis, but not macroautophagy, attenuated apoptosis induced by the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, crizotinib, in the non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell line, EBC1...
January 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932492/novel-regulatory-roles-of-mff-and-drp1-in-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-march5-dependent-degradation-of-mid49-and-mcl1-and-control-of-mitochondrial-dynamics
#20
Edward Cherok, Shan Xu, Sunan Li, Shweta Das, W Alex Meltzer, Michal Zalzman, Chunxin Wang, Mariusz Karbowski
MARCH5, an OMM-associated E3 ubiquitin ligase, controls mitochondrial function. Despite its importance, the mechanism and factors controlling MARCH5 activity are largely unknown. Here we report that the MARCH5 C-terminal domain plays a critical role in degradation of MARCH5 substrates, likely by facilitating release of ubiquitinated proteins from the OMM. We also found that the mitochondrial fission proteins Drp1 and Mff negatively regulate MARCH5's activity toward MiD49 and Mcl1. Knockouts of either Drp1 or Mff led to reduced expression, shorter half-lives, and increased ubiquitination of MiD49 and Mcl1...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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