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leukemia MicroEnvironment

I C Haznedaroglu, U Y Malkan
The existence of a local renin-angiotensin system (RAS) specific to the hematopoietic bone marrow (BM) microenvironment had been proposed two decades ago. Most of the RAS molecules including ACE, ACE2, AGT, AGTR1, AGTR2, AKR1C4, AKR1D1, ANPEP, ATP6AP2, CMA1, CPA3, CTSA, CTSD, CTSG, CYP11A1, CYP11B1, CYP11B2, CYP17A1, CYP21A2, DPP3, EGFR, ENPEP, GPER, HSD11B1, HSD11B2, IGF2R, KLK1, LNPEP, MAS1, MME, NR3C1, NR3C2, PREP, REN, RNPEP, and THOP1 are locally present in the BM microenvironment. Local BM RAS peptides control the hematopoietic niche, myelopoiesis, erythropoiesis, thrombopoiesis and the development of other cellular lineages...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Tong Zhou, Luke Erber, Bing Liu, Yankun Gao, Hai-Bin Ruan, Yue Chen
Proline hydroxylation is a critical cellular mechanism regulating oxygen-response pathways in tumor initiation and progression. Yet, its substrate diversity and functions remain largely unknown. Here, we report a system-wide analysis to characterize proline hydroxylation substrates in cancer cells using an immunoaffinity-purification assisted proteomics strategy. We identified 562 sites from 272 proteins in HeLa cells. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that proline hydroxylation substrates are significantly enriched with mRNA processing and stress-response cellular pathways with canonical and diverse flanking sequence motifs...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Jamal El-Saghir, Farah Nassar, Nadim Tawil, Marwan El-Sabban
BACKGROUND: Exosomes are membrane nano-vesicles secreted by a multitude of cells that harbor biological constituents such as proteins, lipids, mRNA and microRNA. Exosomes can potentially transfer their cargo to other cells, implicating them in many patho-physiological processes. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), residents of the bone marrow and metastatic niches, potentially interact with cancer cells and/or their derived exosomes. In this study, we investigated whether exosomes derived from adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) cells act as intercellular messengers delivering leukemia-related genes that modulate the properties of human MSCs in favor of leukemia...
October 19, 2016: Retrovirology
Kyle Crassini, Yandong Shen, Stephen Mulligan, O Giles Best
Microenvironments within the lymph node and bone marrow promote proliferation and drug resistance in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Successful treatment of CLL must therefore target the leukemic cells within these compartments. A better understanding of the interaction between CLL cells and the tumor microenvironment has led to the development of in vitro models that mimic the mechanisms that support leukemic cell survival and proliferation in vivo. Employing these models as part of the pre-clinical evaluation of novel therapeutic agents enables a better approximation of their potential clinical efficacy...
October 18, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Michael Y Choi, Manoj Kumar Kashyap, Deepak Kumar
Malignant B cells accumulate in the peripheral blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid organs of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In the tissue compartments, CLL shape a protective microenvironment by coopting normal elements. The efficacy of drugs that target these interactions further underscores their importance in the pathogenesis of CLL. While the B cell receptor (BCR) pathway clearly plays a central role in the CLL microenvironment, there is also rationale to evaluate agents that inhibit other aspects or modulate the immune cells in the microenvironment...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Darlene A Monlish, Sima T Bhatt, Laura G Schuettpelz
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a family of pattern recognition receptors that shape the innate immune system by identifying pathogen-associated molecular patterns and host-derived damage-associated molecular patterns. TLRs are widely expressed on both immune cells and non-immune cells, including hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, effector immune cell populations, and endothelial cells. In addition to their well-known role in the innate immune response to acute infection or injury, accumulating evidence supports a role for TLRs in the development of hematopoietic and other malignancies...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Antonella Antonelli, Willy A Noort, Jenny Jaques, Bauke de Boer, Regina de Jong-Korlaar, Annet Z Brouwers-Vos, Linda Lubbers-Aalders, Jeroen F van Velzen, Andries C Bloem, Huipin Yuan, Joost D de Bruijn, Gert J Ossenkoppele, Anton C M Martens, Edo Vellenga, Richard W J Groen, Jan Jacob Schuringa
In order to begin to understand mechanisms that regulate self-renewal, differentiation and transformation of human hematopoietic stem cells, or to evaluate the efficacy of novel treatment modalities, stem cells need to be studied in their own species-specific microenvironment. By implanting ceramic scaffolds coated with human mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) into immune deficient mice we mimic the human bone marrow niche. Thus, we have established a human leukemia xenograft mouse model in which a large cohort of patient samples successfully engrafted covering all important genetic and risk subgroups...
October 12, 2016: Blood
Agata A Filip, Anna Grenda, Sylwia Popek, Dorota Koczkodaj, Małgorzata Michalak-Wojnowska, Michał Budzyński, Ewa Wąsik-Szczepanek, Szymon Zmorzyński, Agnieszka Karczmarczyk, Krzysztof Giannopoulos
Expression of microRNAs is altered in cancer. Circulating miRNA level assessed in body fluids commonly reflects their expression in tumor cells. In leukemias, however, both leukemic and nonleukemic cells compose circulating miRNA expression profile of peripheral blood. The latter contribution to extracellular miRNA pool may result in specific microenvironmental signaling, which promotes proliferation and survival. In our study, we used qT-PCR to assay peripheral blood serum of 22 chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients for the expression of 84 miRNAs associated with activation and differentiation of B and T lymphocytes...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Phuong-Hien Nguyen, Oleg Fedorchenko, Natascha Rosen, Maximilian Koch, Romy Barthel, Tomasz Winarski, Alexandra Florin, F Thomas Wunderlich, Nina Reinart, Michael Hallek
Survival of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells strictly depends on the support of an appropriate tumor microenvironment. Here, we demonstrate that LYN kinase is essential for CLL progression. Lyn deficiency results in a significantly reduced CLL burden in vivo. Loss of Lyn within leukemic cells reduces B cell receptor (BCR) signaling including BTK phosphorylation, but surprisingly does not affect leukemic cell expansion. Instead, syngeneic CLL transplantation of CLL cells into Lyn- or Btk-deficient recipients results in a strongly delayed leukemic progression and prolonged survival...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Shuai Dong, John C Byrd
The role of Lyn, both a positive and a negative regulator of B and myeloid cells, in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has not been well characterized. In this issue of Cancer Cell, Nguyen et al. demonstrated that Lyn in macrophages rather than in CLL cells is critical for the malignancy.
October 10, 2016: Cancer Cell
Kei Matsumoto, Sandhya Xavier, Jun Chen, Yujiro Kida, Mark Lipphardt, Reina Ikeda, Annie Gevertz, Mario Caviris, Antonis K Hatzopoulos, Ivo Kalajzic, James Dutton, Brian B Ratliff, Hong Zhao, Zbygniew Darzynkiewicz, Stefan Rose-John, Michael S Goligorsky
: : Accumulation of myofibroblasts is a hallmark of renal fibrosis. A significant proportion of myofibroblasts has been reported to originate via endothelial-mesenchymal transition. We initially hypothesized that exposing myofibroblasts to the extract of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) could reverse this transition. Indeed, in vitro treatment of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-activated fibroblasts with EPC extract prevented expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA); however, it did not enhance expression of endothelial markers...
October 5, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Carlo M Croce, John C Reed
Resistance to cell death represents one of the hallmarks of cancer. Various genetic and epigenetic changes in malignant cells afford cytoprotection in the face of genomic instability, oncogene activation, microenvironment stress, chemotherapy, targeted anticancer drugs, and even immunotherapy. Central among the regulators of cell life and death are Bcl-2 family proteins, with the founding member of the family (B-cell lymphoma/leukemia-2) discovered via its involvement in chromosomal translocations in lymphomas...
October 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Ming Hong, Yi Xia, Yu Zhu, Hui-Hui Zhao, Han Zhu, Yue Xie, Lei Fan, Li Wang, Kou-Rong Miao, Hui Yu, Yu-Qing Miao, Wei Wu, Hua-Yuan Zhu, Yao-Yu Chen, Wei Xu, Si-Xuan Qian, Jian-Yong Li
OBJECTIVES: Circulating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells appear not to be overly utilizing aerobic glycolysis. However, recurrent contact with CLL cells in a stromal microenvironment leads to increased aerobic glycolysis and the cells' overall glycolytic capacity, which promotes cell survival and proliferation. TP53-induced glycolysis and apoptosis regulator (TIGAR) has been directly implicated in cellular metabolism in the control of glycolysis. TIGAR inhibits glycolysis and protects cells from intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)-associated apoptosis...
September 15, 2016: Leukemia Research
Meerim Park, Chan-Jeoung Park, Young Wook Cho, Seongsoo Jang, Jung-Hee Lee, Je-Hwan Lee, Kyoo-Hyung Lee, Young Ho Lee
Hematopoiesis involves complex interactions between hematopoietic cells and the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment; the specific causes and mechanisms underlying dysregulated hematopoiesis are unknown. Here, BM biopsy specimens from patients with aplastic anemia (AA), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), and normal marrow were analyzed by semiquantitative immunohistochemistry to determine changes in the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment and BM microenvironment. HSC levels were lowest in AA and highest in CML...
September 27, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Lingling Xuan, Rentao Jiang, Zhiyuan Wu, Honggan Yi, Chunsuo Yao, Qi Hou, Chunfeng Qu
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammation is one of the important mediators of colitis-related colon cancer (CRC). Abundant mast cells (MCs) were observed in the tumor microenvironment and mediators released upon MC activation play an important role in the process of chronic inflammation. Previously, we found that activation of intestine mucosal MCs recruited and modulated the inflammatory CD11b(+)Gr1(+) cells to promote the CRC development. In the current study we investigated the effects of Vam3, a resveratrol dimer with potent anti-inflammatory effects, on CRC development...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Elie Traer, Jacqueline Martinez, Nathalie Javidi-Sharifi, Anupriya Agarwal, Jennifer Dunlap, Isabel English, Tibor Kovacsovics, Jeffrey W Tyner, Melissa Wong, Brian J Druker
Potent FLT3 inhibitors such as quizartinib (AC220) have shown promise in treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML) containing FLT3 internal tandem duplication (ITD) mutations. However, responses are not durable and resistance develops within months. In this study, we outline a two-step model of resistance whereby extrinsic microenvironmental proteins FLT3 ligand (FL) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) protect FLT3-ITD+ MOLM14 cells from AC220, providing time for subsequent accumulation of ligand-independent resistance mechanisms...
September 26, 2016: Cancer Research
C Petit, F Gouel, I Dubus, C Heuclin, K Roget, J P Vannier
BACKGROUND: Several studies show that bone marrow (BM) microenvironment and hypoxia condition can promote the survival of leukemic cells and induce resistance to anti-leukemic drugs. However, the molecular mechanism for chemoresistance by hypoxia is not fully understood. METHODS: In the present study, we investigated the effect of hypoxia on resistance to two therapies, methotrexate (MTX) and prednisolone (PRD), in two cell models for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)...
2016: BMC Cancer
Yuanmei Zhai, Jing Zhang, Hui Wang, Wei Lu, Sihong Liu, Yehua Yu, Wei Weng, Zhiyong Ding, Qi Zhu, Jun Shi
BACKGROUND: Chemo-resistance is still a major obstacle in efforts to overcome acute myeloid leukemia (AML). An emerging concept has proposed that interactions between the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment and leukemia cells reduce the sensitivity of the leukemia cells to chemotherapy. As an important element of the tumor microenvironment, the cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are considered to be activated modulators in the chemo-resistance of many solid tumors. But their contribution to AML has yet to be fully understood...
2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Alba Matas-Céspedes, Anna Vidal-Crespo, Vanina Rodriguez, Neus Villamor, Julio Delgado, Eva Giné, Heleia Roca-Ho, Pablo Menéndez, Elias Campo, Armando López-Guillermo, Dolors Colomer, Gaël Roué, Adrian Wiestner, Paul Whi Parren, Parul Doshi, Jeroen J Lammerts-van Bueren, Patricia Perez-Galan
PURPOSE: To establish a proof-of-concept for the efficacy of the anti-CD38 antibody daratumumab in the poor prognosis CD38+ CLL subtype. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The mechanism of action of daratumumab was assessed in CLL primary cells and cell lines using peripheral blood mononuclear cells to analyze antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC), murine and human macrophages to study antibody-dependent cell phagocytosis (ADCP) or human serum to analyze complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC)...
September 16, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Jesvin Samuel, Sandrine Jayne, Yixiang Chen, Aneela Majid, Alice Wignall, Timothy Wormull, Hishyar Najeeb, JinLi Luo, Geroge D D Jones, Salvador Macip, Martin J S Dyer
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells multiply and become more resistant to immunochemotherapy in 'proliferation centers' within tissues, whereas apoptosis occurs in the periphery. Various models recapitulate these microenvironments in vitro, such as stimulation with CD154 and IL-4. Using this system, we observed a 30-40 fold induction of wild-type p53 protein in 50 distinct human CLL specimens tested, without the induction of either cell cycle arrest or apoptosis. In contrast, the mRNA levels for p53 did not increase, indicating that its elevation occurred posttranscriptionally...
September 7, 2016: Cancer Research
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