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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914300/structure-based-analysis-of-bacilli-and-plasmid-dihydrofolate-reductase-evolution
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Mona Alotaibi, Ben Delos Reyes, Tin Le, Phuong Luong, Faramarz Valafar, Robert P Metzger, Gary B Fogel, David Hecht
Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), a key enzyme in tetrahydrofolate-mediated biosynthetic pathways, has a structural motif known to be highly conserved over a wide range of organisms. Given its critical role in purine and amino acid synthesis, DHFR is a well established therapeutic target for treating a wide range of prokaryotic and eukaryotic infections as well as certain types of cancer. Here we present a structural-based computer analysis of bacterial (Bacilli) and plasmid DHFR evolution. We generated a structure-based sequence alignment using 7 wild-type DHFR x-ray crystal structures obtained from the RCSB Protein Data Bank and 350 chromosomal and plasmid homology models we generated from sequences obtained from the NCBI Protein Database...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911848/global-analysis-of-genomic-instability-caused-by-dna-replication-stress-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Dao-Qiong Zheng, Ke Zhang, Xue-Chang Wu, Piotr A Mieczkowski, Thomas D Petes
DNA replication stress (DRS)-induced genomic instability is an important factor driving cancer development. To understand the mechanisms of DRS-associated genomic instability, we measured the rates of genomic alterations throughout the genome in a yeast strain with lowered expression of the replicative DNA polymerase δ. By a genetic test, we showed that most recombinogenic DNA lesions were introduced during S or G2 phase, presumably as a consequence of broken replication forks. We observed a high rate of chromosome loss, likely reflecting a reduced capacity of the low-polymerase strains to repair double-stranded DNA breaks (DSBs)...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910009/cancer-cytogenetics-an-introduction
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Thomas S K Wan
The Philadelphia chromosome was the first chromosomal abnormality discovered in cancer using the cytogenetics technique in 1960, and was consistently associated with chronic myeloid leukemia. Over the past five decades, innovative technical advances in the field of cancer cytogenetics have greatly enhanced the detection ability of chromosomal alterations, and have facilitated the research and diagnostic potential of chromosomal studies in neoplasms. These developments notwithstanding, chromosome analysis of a single cell is still the easiest way to delineate and understand the relationship between clonal evolution and disease progression of cancer cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909934/current-achievements-and-future-perspectives-of-metronomic-chemotherapy
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REVIEW
Adriana Romiti, Rosa Falcone, Michela Roberto, Paolo Marchetti
In recent years, many anticancer drugs have been tested at metronomic dosages for a variety of tumours. Mechanisms of action attributed to metronomic chemotherapy (MCT) include antiangiogenesis, immunomodulation, direct inhibition of tumour growth, effect on tumour initiating cells and the modulation of clonal evolution. An active clinical research, aimed at testing MCT in several cancers, has been conducted over the past 15 years. However, because the majority of available results come from earlier phase II studies, mainly performed in the area of breast cancer (BC), it is clear that there are areas still to be investigated...
December 1, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908926/the-evolution-of-the-ribosomal-protein-mdm2-p53-pathway
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Chad Deisenroth, Derek A Franklin, Yanping Zhang
The progression of our understanding of ribosomal proteins as static building blocks of the ribosome to highly integrated sensors of p53 surveillance and function has achieved a tremendous rate of growth over the past several decades. As the workhorse of the cell, ribosomes are responsible for translating the genetic code into the functional units that drive cell growth and proliferation. The seminal identification of ribosomal protein binding to MDM2, the negative regulator of p53, has evolved into a paradigm for ribosomal protein-MDM2-p53 signaling that extends into processes as diverse as energy metabolism to proliferation...
December 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908264/hypoxia-and-inflammation-in-prostate-cancer-progression-cross-talk-with-androgen-and-estrogen-receptors-and-cancer-stem-cells
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Matteo A Russo, Linda Ravenna, Laura Pellegrini, Elisa Petrangeli, Luisa Salvatori, Thea Magrone, Massimo Fini, Marco Tafani
Tumors are complex tissues in which transformed cells communicate with the surrounding microenvironment and evolve traits promoting their own survival and malignancy. Hypoxia and inflammation are constant characteristics of prostate tumor microenvironment influencing both cancer stem cells and differentiated tumor cells. HIFs and NF-kB are the key regulators of the transcriptional response to hypoxic and inflammatory stresses, respectively, and a crosstalk between HIFs and NF-kB pathways has been widely documented...
November 30, 2016: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905446/genomic-evolution-and-chemoresistance-in-germ-cell-tumours
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Amaro Taylor-Weiner, Travis Zack, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Jennifer L Guerriero, Brandon Bernard, Anita Reddy, G Celine Han, Saud AlDubayan, Ali Amin-Mansour, Steven E Schumacher, Kevin Litchfield, Clare Turnbull, Stacey Gabriel, Rameen Beroukhim, Gad Getz, Scott L Carter, Michelle S Hirsch, Anthony Letai, Christopher Sweeney, Eliezer M Van Allen
Germ-cell tumours (GCTs) are derived from germ cells and occur most frequently in the testes. GCTs are histologically heterogeneous and distinctly curable with chemotherapy. Gains of chromosome arm 12p and aneuploidy are nearly universal in GCTs, but specific somatic genomic features driving tumour initiation, chemosensitivity and progression are incompletely characterized. Here, using clinical whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing of precursor, primary (testicular and mediastinal) and chemoresistant metastatic human GCTs, we show that the primary somatic feature of GCTs is highly recurrent chromosome arm level amplifications and reciprocal deletions (reciprocal loss of heterozygosity), variations that are significantly enriched in GCTs compared to 19 other cancer types...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904886/mel-greaves-cancer-through-the-lens-of-evolution
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October 2016: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904775/disease-evolution-and-heterogeneity-in-bilateral-breast-cancer
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Elena Fountzilas, Vassiliki Kotoula, Flora Zagouri, Eleni Giannoulatou, George Kouvatseas, George Pentheroudakis, Triantafyllia Koletsa, Mattheos Bobos, Kyriaki Papadopoulou, Epaminontas Samantas, Efterpi Demiri, Spyros Miliaras, Christos Christodoulou, Sofia Chrisafi, Evangelia Razis, Florentia Fostira, Dimitrios Pectasides, George Zografos, George Fountzilas
Bilateral breast cancers (BBC) are currently treated as independent tumors arising in the same patient. Herein, we investigated whether BBC indeed evolve independently at the genomic level. We examined paired targeted next generation sequencing genotypes from 155 paraffin tumors corresponding to 76 BBC patients (75 women and one man; 52 concurrent and 24 metachronous), for coding mutations (amino acid changing, minor allele frequency <0.1%) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) zygosity. Germline genotypes were available for 29 patients...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903712/the-myeloma-stem-cell-concept-revisited-from-phenomenology-to-operational-terms
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REVIEW
Hans Erik Johnsen, Martin Bøgsted, Alexander Schmitz, Julie Støve Bødker, Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, Preben Johansen, Peter Valent, Niklas Zojer, Els Van Valckenborgh, Karin Vanderkerken, Mark van Duin, Pieter Sonneveld, Martin Perez-Andres, Alberto Orfao, Karen Dybkær
The concept of the myeloma stem cell may have important therapeutic implications, yet its demonstration has been hampered by a lack of consistency in terms and definitions. Here, we summarize the current documentation and propose single-cell in vitro studies for future translational studies. By the classical approach, a CD19(-)/CD45(low/-)/CD38(high)/CD138(+) malignant plasma cell, but not the CD19(+)/CD38(low/-) memory B cell compartment, is enriched for tumorigenic cells that initiate myeloma in xenografted immunodeficient mice, supporting that myeloma stem cells are present in the malignant PC compartment...
December 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903276/accurate-prediction-of-response-to-endocrine-therapy-in-breast-cancer-patients-current-and-future-biomarkers
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REVIEW
Cigdem Selli, J Michael Dixon, Andrew H Sims
Approximately 70% of patients have breast cancers that are oestrogen receptor alpha positive (ER+) and are therefore candidates for endocrine treatment. Many of these patients relapse in the years during or following completion of adjuvant endocrine therapy. Thus, many ER+ cancers have primary resistance or develop resistance to endocrine therapy during treatment. Recent improvements in our understanding of how tumours evolve during treatment with endocrine agents have identified both changes in gene expression and mutational profiles, in the primary cancer as well as in circulating tumour cells...
December 1, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901487/hoxb7-overexpression-promotes-cell-proliferation-and-correlates-with-poor-prognosis-in-gastric-cancer-patients-by-inducing-expression-of-both-akt-and-marks
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Xujun He, Zhengchuang Liu, Yingjie Xia, Ji Xu, Guocai Lv, Lu Wang, Tonghui Ma, Liping Jiang, Yiping Mou, Xiaoting Jiang, Jie Ma, Zhongkuo Zhao, Haibin Ni, Wenjuan Xu, Guoqing Ru, Dongsheng Huang, Houquan Tao
Increased expression of HOXB7 has been reported to correlate with the progression in many cancers. However, the specific mechanism by which it promotes the evolution of gastric cancer (GC) is poorly understood.In this study, we sought to investigate the role of HOXB7 in GC by assessing HOXB7 expression in patient tissue and its correlation to clinical characteristics. We found that GC tissues showed increased expression of HOXB7 and that the HOXB7 expression was significantly associated with Lauren classification, invasion depth, lymphatic metastasis and poor prognosis, and could serve as an independent prognostic factor...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900463/a-model-for-lymphocyte-activation-in-open-versus-laparoscopic-surgery-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-in-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-eras-protocols
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Ana Belén Martínez, J Longás, J M Ramírez
PURPOSE: Given the high mortality and morbidity associated with colon cancer worldwide and the advantages inherent to the use of the laparoscopy technique with respect to open surgery in oncological colorectal surgery, a study was designed to observe and compare the lymphocyte activation model between open surgery (OS) and laparoscopic surgery (LS) for this type of patient as part of an ERAS protocol. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted with 38 patients who underwent surgery due to colorectal disease and were included in an ERAS protocol...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898034/emerging-non-canonical-functions-and-regulation-by-p53-p53-and-stemness
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REVIEW
David J Olivos, Lindsey D Mayo
Since its discovery nearly 40 years ago, p53 has ascended to the forefront of investigated genes and proteins across diverse research disciplines and is recognized most exclusively for its role in cancer as a tumor suppressor. Levine and Oren (2009) reviewed the evolution of p53 detailing the significant discoveries of each decade since its first report in 1979. In this review, we will highlight the emerging non-canonical functions and regulation of p53 in stem cells. We will focus on general themes shared among p53's functions in non-malignant stem cells and cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) and the influence of p53 on the microenvironment and CSC niche...
November 26, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897437/one-coin-no-need-to-flip-shared-pet-targets-in-cancer-and-coronary-artery-disease
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A N Paschali, S G Nekolla, K Evangelou, G J Cook, Constantinos D Anagnostopoulos
OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this article are to review the common biologic features of cancer and coronary artery disease assessed with PET tracers, focusing on those already used in the clinic and those with translational potential, and to discuss the current value and expected contribution of PET in diagnosis, risk stratification, and treatment monitoring. CONCLUSION: PET using a wide variety of radiotracers enhances understanding of pathophysiologic changes shared by cancer and coronary artery disease, helps establish an accurate diagnosis, and aids in prognostic assessment and management decisions...
November 29, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895661/the-genome-conformation-as-an-integrator-of-multi-omic-data-the-example-of-damage-spreading-in-cancer
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Fabio Tordini, Marco Aldinucci, Luciano Milanesi, Pietro Liò, Ivan Merelli
Publicly available multi-omic databases, in particular if associated with medical annotations, are rich resources with the potential to lead a rapid transition from high-throughput molecular biology experiments to better clinical outcomes for patients. In this work, we propose a model for multi-omic data integration (i.e., genetic variations, gene expression, genome conformation, and epigenetic patterns), which exploits a multi-layer network approach to analyse, visualize, and obtain insights from such biological information, in order to use achieved results at a macroscopic level...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894932/microbial-stress-from-molecules-to-systems-sitges-november-2015
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Francesca Martani, Nadia Maria Berterame, Paola Branduardi
The meeting "Microbial Stress: from Molecules to Systems" - the third in this series - was held in Sitges (Spain) in November 2015. The meeting offered the opportunity for international scientists to share their viewpoints and recent outcomes concerning microbial stress responses. Particular attention was given to the characterisation of mechanisms triggered by stress, from detailed molecular biology through whole organism systems biology up to the level of populations. A deeper understanding of microbial responses to stress is indeed attainable only considering the phenomenon as a whole...
November 25, 2016: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893374/differential-evolution-optimization-of-the-sar-distribution-for-head-and-neck-hyperthermia
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Grazia Cappiello, Brian Mc Ginley, Muhammad Adnan Elahi, Tomas Drizdal, Margarethus M Paulides, Martin Glavin, Martin O'Halloran, Edward Jones
Hyperthermia is an emerging cancer treatment modality which involves applying heat to the malignant tumor. The heating can be delivered using electromagnetic (EM) energy, mostly in the radiofrequency (RF) or microwave range. Accurate patient-specific hyperthermia treatment planning (HTP) is essential for effective and safe treatments, in particular for deep and loco-regional hyperthermia. An important aspect of HTP is the ability to focus microwave energy into the tumor and reduce the occurrence of hot spots in healthy tissue...
November 14, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891175/multidetector-computer-tomography-in-the-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-assessment-an-update
#19
REVIEW
Vincenza Granata, Roberta Fusco, Orlando Catalano, Sergio Venanzio Setola, Elisabetta de Lutio di Castelguidone, Mauro Piccirillo, Raffaele Palaia, Roberto Grassi, Francesco Granata, Francesco Izzo, Antonella Petrillo
Ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, with only a minority of cases being resectable at the moment of their diagnosis. The accurate detection and characterization of pancreatic carcinoma is very important for patient management. Multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) has become the cross-sectional modality of choice in the diagnosis, staging, treatment planning, and follow-up of patients with pancreatic tumors. However, approximately 11% of ductal adenocarcinomas still remain undetected at MDCT because of the lack of attenuation gradient between the lesion and the adjacent pancreatic parenchyma...
2016: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889943/a-clinicopathological-study-of-the-oral-lesions-of-cowden-disease
#20
Mariana Hammerschmidt, Silvia Vanessa Lourenço, Marcello Menta Simonsen Nico
BACKGROUND: Cowden disease is a multisystemic cancer predisposition disorder, inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. Cutaneous and visceral lesions are either malignant tumours or are believed to represent hamartomatous growths. Mucocutaneous lesions are present on almost 100% of affected individuals. Nonetheless, some authors consider that the mucocutaneous manifestations of Cowden disease are, in reality, viral warts at distinct steps of evolution. There are only a few studies regarding the oral manifestations of Cowden disease...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
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