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Gary K Scott, David Chu, Ravneet Kaur, Julia Malato, Daniel E Rothschild, Katya Frazier, Serenella Eppenberger-Castori, Byron Hann, Ben Ho Park, Christopher C Benz
ERα phosphorylation at hinge site S294 (pS294) was recently shown to be essential for ER-dependent gene transcription and mediated by an unknown cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK). This study was undertaken to identify the exact CDK pathway mediating pS294 formation, and to determine if this phosphorylation event occurs with, and can be targeted to treat, the ligand-independent growth of breast cancers expressing endocrine-refractory ESR1 mutations. Using a newly developed anti-pS294 monoclonal antibody, a combination of CDK specific siRNA knockdown studies and a broad panel of CDK selective inhibitors against ligand (E2)-stimulated MCF7 cells, we first identified CDK2 as the primary mediator of pS294 formation and showed that CDK2-selective inhibitors like Dinaciclib, but not CDK4/6 inhibitors like Palbociclib, can selectively prevent pS294 formation and repress ER-dependent gene expression...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Chun-Yen Liu, Chang-Hung Hsieh, Seung-Hun Kim, Jing-Ping Wang, Yu-Lin Ni, Chun-Li Su, Ching-Fa Yao, Kang Fang
Human liver cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers worldwide. The development of resistance to therapy limits the application against the disease. To improve treatment, new effective anticancer agents are constantly pursued. Previously, we reported that an indolylquinoline, 3-((7-ethyl-1H-indol-3-yl)-methyl)-2-methylquinoline (EMMQ), is effective in suppressing the growth of human lung cancer by impairing mitochondria functions. The present study revealed that EMMQ inhibited cell growth and induced apoptosis in liver cancer cells, but not in normal cells...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Giada Juli, Angelo Gismondi, Valentina Monteleone, Sara Caldarola, Valentina Iadevaia, Anna Aspesi, Irma Dianzani, Christopher G Proud, Fabrizio Loreni
Ribosome biogenesis plays key roles in cell growth by providing increased capacity for protein synthesis. It requires coordinated production of ribosomal proteins (RP) and ribosomal RNA (rRNA), including the processing of the latter. Here, we show that, the depletion of RPS19 causes a reduction of rRNA synthesis in cell lines of both erythroid and non-erythroid origin. A similar effect is observed upon depletion of RPS6 or RPL11. The deficiency of RPS19 does not alter the stability of rRNA, but instead leads to an inhibition of RNA Polymerase I (Pol I) activity...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Li-Min Xu, Lei Chen, Feng Li, Run Zhang, Zong-Yang Li, Fan-Fan Chen, Xiao-Dan Jiang
BACKGROUND: Gliomas are the most common type of primary brain tumour in the central nervous system of adults. The long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) HOXA transcript at the distal tip (HOTTIP) is transcribed from the 5' tip of the HOXA locus. HOTTIP has recently been shown to be dysregulated and play an important role in the progression of several cancers. However, little is known about whether and how HOTTIP regulates glioma development. METHODS: In this study, we assayed the expression of HOTTIP in glioma tissue samples and glioma cell lines using real-time polymerase chain reaction and defined the biological functions of HOTTIP using the CCK-8 assay, flow cytometry, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labelling (TUNEL assay) and tumour formation assay in a nude mouse model...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Bin Pan, Weifeng Zhong, Zhihai Deng, Caiyong Lai, Jing Chu, Genlong Jiao, Junfeng Liu, Qizhao Zhou
Solanine, a naturally steroidal glycoalkaloid in nightshade (Solanum nigrum Linn.), can inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis of tumor cells. However, the mechanism of solanine-suppressing prostate cancer cell growth remains to be elucidated. This study investigates the inhibition mechanism of solanine on cancer development in vivo and in cultured human prostate cancer cell DU145 in vitro. Results show that solanine injection significantly suppresses the tumor cell growth in xenograft athymic nude mice...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Lina Yu, Jun Ma, Jichun Han, Bo Wang, Xiaoyu Chen, Caixia Gao, Defang Li, Qiusheng Zheng
BACKGROUND: Recently patent of Licochalcone B (LCB) as Anti-inflammatory agent has been developed. Emerging evidence showed that Licochalcone B (LCB) could be a promising alternative compound with anti-cancer activities. However, the anti-cancer mechanism of LCB in MCF-7 cells has not been fully investigated. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to unearth the anti-cancer effects and mechanism of LCB in breast cancer cells. METHOD: Cell proliferation and cell cycle were determined by sulforhodamine B assay and flow cytometry, respectively...
September 5, 2016: Recent Patents on Anti-cancer Drug Discovery
Alexander Puck, Stefan Hopf, Madhura Modak, Otto Majdic, Petra Cejka, Stephan Blüml, Klaus Schmetterer, Catharina Arnold-Schrauf, Jens G Gerwien, Klaus S Frederiksen, Elisabeth Thell, Judith Leitner, Peter Steinberger, Regina Aigner, Maria Seyerl-Jiresch, Gerhard J Zlabinger, Johannes Stöckl
The cytoplasmic tail of CD45 (ct-CD45) is proteolytically cleaved and released upon activation of human phagocytes. It acts on T cells as an inhibitory, cytokine-like factor in vitro. Here we show, that ct-CD45 is abundant in human peripheral blood plasma from healthy adults compared with plasma derived from umbilical cord blood and plasma from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Plasma depleted of ct-CD45 enhanced T-cell proliferation, while addition of exogenous ct-CD45 protein inhibited proliferation and reduced cytokine production of human T lymphocytes in response to TCR signaling...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Lili Zhang, Shuli Man, Huanna Qiu, Zhen Liu, Mi Zhang, Long Ma, Wenyuan Gao
Curcumin (CUR), as a yellow pigment in the spice turmeric (Curcuma longa), possessed a pleiotropic application containing cancer therapy. Due to its poor oral bioavailability, the objective of this study was to investigate the use of curcumin-cyclodextrin complexes (CD15) as an approach to cancer chemoprevention. In this study, CUR encapsulation into the β-cyclodextrin (CD) cavity was achieved by the saturated aqueous solution method. CD15 was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and UV spectra analyses...
October 1, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Mohamed Salah I Abaza, Mohammad Afzal, Raja'a J Al-Attiyah, Radhika Guleri
BACKGROUND: Natural products are valuable sources for anticancer agents. In the present study, methylferulate (MF) was identified for the first time from Tamarix aucheriana. Spectral data were used for identification of MF. The potential of MF to control cell growth, cell cycle, apoptosis, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), cancer cell invasion, nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB) DNA-binding activity and proteasomal activities, as well as the enhancement of chemosensitivity in human colorectal cancer cells, were evaluated...
October 1, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Arun Kanakkanthara, Karthik B Jeganathan, Jazeel F Limzerwala, Darren J Baker, Masakazu Hamada, Hyun-Ja Nam, Willemijn H van Deursen, Naomi Hamada, Ryan M Naylor, Nicole A Becker, Brian A Davies, Janine H van Ree, Georges Mer, Virginia S Shapiro, L James Maher, David J Katzmann, Jan M van Deursen
Cyclin A2 activates the cyclin-dependent kinases Cdk1 and Cdk2 and is expressed at elevated levels from S phase until early mitosis. We found that mutant mice that cannot elevate cyclin A2 are chromosomally unstable and tumor-prone. Underlying the chromosomal instability is a failure to up-regulate the meiotic recombination 11 (Mre11) nuclease in S phase, which leads to impaired resolution of stalled replication forks, insufficient repair of double-stranded DNA breaks, and improper segregation of sister chromosomes...
September 30, 2016: Science
C Zhao, M J Fu, L H Qiu
Reduced reproductive performance of the black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) has caused economic losses and hampered the fishing industry. Detailed investigation of the molecular mechanism by which the cell cycle is regulated in this organism is needed to understand the development and maturation of ovaries and oocytes, with a view to improving reproductive capacity. Cell cycle progression is mainly determined by cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) and cyclin complexes, the cyclin E/CDK2 complex playing a key role in G1/S transition...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Bo Liu, Gloria Di
C-terminal binding protein (CtBP) is responsible for regulating the pathogenesis of a lot of cancer types. However, whether CtBP1/2 is involved in regulating the growth and development of human glioma is still obscure. In the present study presented here, our results firstly reveal that CtBP1/2 deficiency, induced by siRNA interference, disrupts the functional integrity of the MRN complex that is responsible for DNA repair in human glioma cells. The dysfunction of the MRN complex further contributes to the up-regulation of ATM and Rad3-related kinase (ATR) and Chk1 signaling pathway, which inhibits cell cycle progression mediated by CDK2, preparing for the initiation of DNA repair...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Jarmila Nahálková
The present review summarizes the knowledge about a protein-interaction network, which includes proteins with significant functions in the mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases. All the detected interacting proteins TPPII, p53, MYBBP1A, CDK2 and SIRT7, SIRT6, and CD147 are suitable for the development of antitumor therapeutics and treatments for diseases of aging. TPPII and SIRT6 directly affect glucose metabolism which drive malignant growth. In addition, SIRT6 activators are attractive candidates for Alzheimer's disease (AD) due to the protection effect of SIRT6 overexpression from DNA damage...
October 3, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
You-Li Xie, Wen-Hui Tao, Ti-Xiong Yang, Jian-Guo Qiao
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of cucurbitacin B on MKN-45 gastric carcinoma cells. Cell proliferation was determined using a cell counting kit-8 assay, and commercial cell cycle and apoptosis analysis kits were used to determine the cell cycle by flow cytometry. The mRNA expression of genes which mediate cell cycle checkpoints and apoptosis was detected using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and a terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling assay was used to determine apoptosis rate...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yujing Zhang, Yiyuan Zhang, Caigao Zhong, Fang Xiao
Hexavalent Chromium [Cr(VI)], which can be found of various uses in industries such as metallurgy and textile dying, can cause a number of human disease including inflammation and cancer. Unlike previous research that focused on Cr(VI)-induced oxidative damage and apoptosis, this study placed emphasis on premature senescence that can be induced by low-dose and long-term Cr(VI) exposure. We found Cr(VI) induced premature senescence in L-02 hepatocytes, as confirmed by increase in senescence associated-β-galactosidase (SA-β-Gal) activity...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Fei Chen, Hao Yao, Minjun Wang, Bing Yu, Qinggui Liu, Jianxiu Li, Zhiying He, Yi-Ping Hu
Induced hepatic stem cells (iHepSCs) have great potential as donors for liver cell therapy due to their abilities for self-renewal and bi-potential differentiation. However, the molecular mechanism regulating proliferation and differentiation of iHepSCs is poorly understood. In this study, we provide evidence that the homeodomain transcription factor, Pitx2, is essential to maintain iHepSCs stem cell characteristics. Suppressing Pitx2 expression in iHepSCs by lentivirus mediated specific shRNA markedly reduced the expression of the hepatic stem cell-associated genes (Lgr5, EpCAM, and Sox9) with concomitant inhibition of proliferation by blocking the G1/S phase transition, and these phenotypic changes were reversed upon re-expression of Pitx2...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
George Au-Yeung, Franziska Lang, Walid J Azar, Chris Mitchell, Kate E Jarman, Kurt Lackovic, Diar Aziz, Carleen Cullinane, Richard B Pearson, Linda Mileshkin, Danny Rischin, Alison M Karst, Ronny Drapkin, Dariush Etemadmoghadam, David D L Bowtell
PURPOSE: Cyclin E1 (CCNE1) amplification is associated with primary treatment resistance and poor outcome in high grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC). Here, we explore approaches to target CCNE1 amplified cancers and potential strategies to overcome resistance to targeted agents. EXPERIMENT DESIGN: To examine dependency on CDK2 in CCNE1 amplified HGSC, we utilised siRNA and conditional shRNA gene suppression, and chemical inhibition using dinaciclib, a small molecule CDK2 inhibitor...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Yungai Xiang, Yuxia Song, Yan Li, Dongmei Zhao, Liying Ma, Li Tan
BACKGROUND Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common metabolic disorder in premenopausal woman, characterized by hyperandrogenism, oligoanovulation, and insulin resistance. microRNAs play pivotal roles in regulating key factors of PCOS. However, relevant research remains limited. This study aimed to reveal the role and potential mechanism of miR-483 in PCOS. MATERIAL AND METHODS PCOS patients (n=20) were recruited for detecting miR-483 expression in lesion and normal ovary cortex. Human granulosa-like tumor cell line KGN was used to alter miR-483 expression by cell transfection...
September 23, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Yujing Tian, Mengwen Qi, Zhiwen Hong, Yingchun Li, Yibiao Yuan, Yimei Du, Lei Chen, Ling Chen
Neurogenesis plays an important role in adult hippocampal function, and this process can be modulated by intracellular calcium. The activation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) induces an increase in intracellular calcium concentration, but whether neurogenesis can be modulated by TRPV4 activation remains unclear. Here, we report that intracerebroventricular injection of the TRPV4 agonist GSK1016790A for 5 days enhanced the proliferation of stem cells in the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG) of adult mice without affecting neurite growth, differentiation, or survival of newborn cells...
September 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Kenneth Maiese
Circular ribonucleic acids (circRNAs) are non-coding RNAs of approximately 100 nucleotides in length with thousands of members in mammalian cells. The presence of circRNAs is believed to be even greater than that of messenger RNAs. Identification of circRNAs occurred approximately 37 years ago with the subsequent demonstration that covalent bonds are necessary for the unique circular structure of these ribonucleic acids. However, present understanding of the complex biological role of circRNAs remains limited and requires further elucidation...
2016: Journal of Translational Science
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