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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922731/shikonin-suppresses-pulmonary-fibroblasts-proliferation-and-activation-by-regulating-akt-and-p38-mapk-signaling-pathways
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Yunjuan Nie, Yaoyao Yang, Jian Zhang, Guowei Cai, Yanhua Chang, Gaoshang Chai, Chongyong Guo
Fibroblast is believed to be the primary effector in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive lung disorder characterized by aberrant tissue remodeling and the formation of fibroblastic foci. Due to the complicated etiology and mechanism, there are few effective drugs for this fatal disease. Shikonin (SHI), which is the major ingredient isolated from the plant Lithospermum Erythrorhizon, has long been used as traditional medicine for many diseases including inflammation and cancer. The roles of SHI in attenuating skin scar and renal fibrosis by reducing TGFβ1-stimulated fibroblast activation are also reported...
September 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922285/what-where-and-why-exploring-fluorodeoxyglucose-pet-s-ability-to-localise-and-differentiate-infection-from-cancer
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Abby Douglas, Eddie Lau, Karin Thursky, Monica Slavin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the utility of FDG-PET imaging in detecting the cause of fever and infection in patients with cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: FDG-PET has been shown to have high sensitivity and accuracy for causes of neutropenic fever, leading to higher diagnostic certainty in this group. Recent advances in pathogen-specific labelling in PET to identify Aspergillus spp. and Yersinia spp. infections in mice, as well as differentiating between Gram-positive, Gram-negative and mycobacterial infections are promising...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921811/a-role-for-the-non-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-ack1-in-tnf-alpha-mediated-apoptosis-and-proliferation-in-human-intestinal-epithelial-caco-2-cells
#3
Xinmei Zhao, Chaolan Lv, Shenbo Chen, Fachao Zhi
The roles of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and its mediators in cellular processes related to intestinal diseases remain elusive. In this study, we aimed to determine the biological role of activated Cdc42-associated kinase 1 (ACK1) in TNF-alpha-mediated apoptosis and proliferation in Caco-2 cells. ACK1 expression was knocked down using ACK1-specific siRNAs, and ACK1 activity was disrupted using a small molecule ACK1 inhibitor. The Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase biotin-dUTP Nick End Labeling (TUNEL) and the BrdU incorporation assays were used to measure apoptosis and cell proliferation, respectively...
September 16, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921585/allergooncology-opposite-outcomes-of-immune-tolerance-in-allergy-and-cancer
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E Jensen-Jarolim, H J Bax, R Bianchini, S Crescioli, T R Daniels-Wells, D Dombrowicz, E Fiebiger, H J Gould, S Irshad, J Janda, D H Josephs, F Levi-Schaffer, L O Mahony, G Pellizzari, M L Penichet, F Redegeld, F Roth-Walter, J Singer, E Untersmayr, L Vangelista, S N Karagiannis
While desired for the cure of allergy, regulatory immune cell subsets and non-classical Th2-biased inflammatory mediators in the tumour microenvironment can contribute to immune suppression and escape of tumours from immunological detection and clearance. A key aim in the cancer field is therefore to design interventions that can break immunological tolerance and halt cancer progression, whereas on the contrary allergen immunotherapy exactly aims to induce tolerance. In this position paper, we review insights on immune tolerance derived from allergy and from cancer inflammation, focusing on what is known about the roles of key immune cells and mediators...
September 16, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921471/tlr-agonists-as-adjuvants-for-cancer-vaccines
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Ji-Kun Li, Jesse J Balic, Liang Yu, Brendan Jenkins
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are one of the best characterised families of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and play a critical role in the host defence to infection. Accumulating evidence indicates that TLRs also participate in maintaining tissue homeostasis by controlling inflammation and tissue repair, as well as promoting antitumour effects via activation and modulation of adaptive immune responses. TLR agonists have successfully been exploited to ameliorate the efficacy of various cancer therapies. In this chapter, we will discuss the rationales of using TLR agonists as adjuvants to cancer treatments and summarise the recent findings of preclinical and clinical studies of TLR agonist-based cancer therapies...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920628/fluoroquinolones-as-imaging-agents-for-bacterial-infection
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Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Karl Drlica
Diagnosis of deep-seated bacterial infection is difficult, as neither standard anatomical imaging nor radiolabeled, autologous leukocytes distinguish sterile inflammation from infection. Two recent imaging efforts are receiving attention: (1) radioactive derivatives of sorbitol show good specificity with Gram-negative bacterial infections, and (2) success in combining anatomical and functional imaging for cancer diagnosis has rekindled interest in (99m)Tc-fluoroquinolone-based imaging. With the latter, computed tomography (CT) would be combined with single-photon-emission-computed tomography (SPECT) to detect (99m)Tc-fluoroquinolone-bacterial interactions...
September 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920587/complement-in-cancer-untangling-an-intricate-relationship
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REVIEW
Edimara S Reis, Dimitrios C Mastellos, Daniel Ricklin, Alberto Mantovani, John D Lambris
In tumour immunology, complement has traditionally been considered as an adjunctive component that enhances the cytolytic effects of antibody-based immunotherapies, such as rituximab. Remarkably, research in the past decade has uncovered novel molecular mechanisms linking imbalanced complement activation in the tumour microenvironment with inflammation and suppression of antitumour immune responses. These findings have prompted new interest in manipulating the complement system for cancer therapy. This Review summarizes our current understanding of complement-mediated effector functions in the tumour microenvironment, focusing on how complement activation can act as a negative or positive regulator of tumorigenesis...
September 18, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920002/ep4-antagonism-by-e7046-diminishes-myeloid-immunosuppression-and-synergizes-with-treg-reducing-il-2-diphtheria-toxin-fusion-protein-in-restoring-anti-tumor-immunity
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Diana I Albu, Zichun Wang, Kuan-Chun Huang, Jiayi Wu, Natalie Twine, Sarah Leacu, Christy Ingersoll, Lana Parent, Winnie Lee, Diana Liu, Renee Wright-Michaud, Namita Kumar, Galina Kuznetsov, Qian Chen, Wanjun Zheng, Kenichi Nomoto, Mary Woodall-Jappe, Xingfeng Bao
Reprogramming of immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment (TME) by targeting alternatively activated tumor associated macrophages (M2TAM), myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), and regulatory T cells (Tregs), represents a promising strategy for developing novel cancer immunotherapy. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), an arachidonic acid pathway metabolite and mediator of chronic inflammation, has emerged as a powerful immunosuppressor in the TME through engagement with one or more of its 4 receptors (EP1-EP4). We have developed E7046, an orally bioavailable EP4-specific antagonist and show here that E7046 has specific and potent inhibitory activity on PGE2-mediated pro-tumor myeloid cell differentiation and activation...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919995/mammary-tumor-derived-ccl2-enhances-pro-metastatic-systemic-inflammation-through-upregulation-of-il1%C3%AE-in-tumor-associated-macrophages
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Kelly Kersten, Seth B Coffelt, Marlous Hoogstraat, Niels J M Verstegen, Kim Vrijland, Metamia Ciampricotti, Chris W Doornebal, Cheei-Sing Hau, Max D Wellenstein, Camilla Salvagno, Parul Doshi, Esther H Lips, Lodewyk F A Wessels, Karin E de Visser
Patients with primary solid malignancies frequently exhibit signs of systemic inflammation. Notably, elevated levels of neutrophils and their associated soluble mediators are regularly observed in cancer patients, and correlate with reduced survival and increased metastasis formation. Recently, we demonstrated a mechanistic link between mammary tumor-induced IL17-producing γδ T cells, systemic expansion of immunosuppressive neutrophils and metastasis formation in a genetically engineered mouse model for invasive breast cancer...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919990/pharmacological-targeting-of-peptidylarginine-deiminase-4-prevents-cancer-associated-kidney-injury-in-mice
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Jessica Cedervall, Anca Dragomir, Falk Saupe, Yanyu Zhang, Johan Ärnlöv, Erik Larsson, Anna Dimberg, Anders Larsson, Anna-Karin Olsson
Renal insufficiency is a frequent cancer-associated problem affecting more than half of all cancer patients at the time of diagnosis. To minimize nephrotoxic effects the dosage of anticancer drugs are reduced in these patients, leading to sub-optimal treatment efficacy. Despite the severity of this cancer-associated pathology, the molecular mechanisms, as well as therapeutic options, are still largely lacking. We here show that formation of intravascular tumor-induced neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) is a cause of kidney injury in tumor-bearing mice...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919861/lactobacillus-rhamnosus-gg-an-overview-to-explore-the-rationale-of-its-use-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Giuseppe L Banna, Francesco Torino, Francesco Marletta, Maria Santagati, Rossella Salemi, Elisa Cannarozzo, Luca Falzone, Francesco Ferraù, Massimo Libra
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the western world. In the era of precision medicine, a significant number of cancer patients can be cured with several anti-cancer therapeutic regimens. However, therapy failure may be caused by treatment side effects, such as diarrhea, especially occurring in patients with gastrointestinal or pelvic malignancies. In particular, diarrhea is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal toxicity during cancer treatment and it can result from nearly bot chemo- and radio-therapeutic strategies currently used...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919302/obesity-and-breast-cancer-role-of-estrogens-and-the-molecular-underpinnings-of-aromatase-regulation-in-breast-adipose-tissue
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REVIEW
Céline Gérard, Kristy A Brown
One in eight women will develop breast cancer over their lifetime making it the most common female cancer. The cause of breast cancer is multifactorial and includes hormonal, genetic and environmental cues. Obesity is now an accepted risk factor for breast cancer in postmenopausal women, particularly for the hormone-dependent subtype of breast cancer. Obesity, which is characterized by an excess accumulation of body fat, is at the origin of chronic inflammation of white adipose tissue and is associated with dramatic changes in the biology of adipocytes leading to their dysfunction...
September 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918914/analysis-of-genomes-and-transcriptomes-of-hepatocellular-carcinomas-identifies-mutations-and-gene-expression-changes-in-the-transforming-growth-factor-beta-pathway-short-title-prognostic-significance-of-tgf-%C3%AE-signature-in-liver-cancer
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Jian Chen, Sobia Zaidi, Shuyun Rao, Jiun-Sheng Chen, Liem Phan, Patrizia Farci, Xiaoping Su, Kirti Shetty, Jon White, Fausto Zamboni, Xifeng Wu, Asif Rashid, Nagarajan Pattabiraman, Raja Mazumder, Anelia Horvath, Ray-Chang Wu, Shulin Li, Cuiying Xiao, Chu-Xia Deng, David A Wheeler, Bibhuti Mishra, Rehan Akbani, Lopa Mishra
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is associated with alterations in the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) signaling pathway, which regulates liver inflammation and can have tumor suppressor or promoter activities. Little is known about the roles of specific members of this pathway at specific of HCC development. We took an integrated approach to identify and validate the effects of changes in this pathway in HCC and identify therapeutic targets. METHODS: We performed transcriptome analyses for a total of 488 HCCs that include data from The Cancer Genome Atlas...
September 14, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918561/marine-polysaccharides-therapeutic-efficacy-and-biomedical-applications
#14
REVIEW
Young-Eun Lee, Hyeongmin Kim, Changwon Seo, Taejun Park, Kyung Bin Lee, Seung-Yup Yoo, Seong-Chul Hong, Jeong Tae Kim, Jaehwi Lee
The ocean contains numerous marine organisms, including algae, animals, and plants, from which diverse marine polysaccharides with useful physicochemical and biological properties can be extracted. In particular, fucoidan, carrageenan, alginate, and chitosan have been extensively investigated in pharmaceutical and biomedical fields owing to their desirable characteristics, such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioactivity. Various therapeutic efficacies of marine polysaccharides have been elucidated, including the inhibition of cancer, inflammation, and viral infection...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918544/tumor-regression-grading-of-gastrointestinal-cancers-after-neoadjuvant-therapy
#15
REVIEW
Rupert Langer, Karen Becker
Neoadjuvant therapy has been successfully introduced in the treatment of locally advanced gastrointestinal malignancies, particularly esophageal, gastric, and rectal cancers. The effects of preoperative chemo- or radiochemotherapy can be determined by histopathological investigation of the resection specimen following this treatment. Frequent histological findings after neoadjuvant therapy include various amounts of residual tumor, inflammation, resorptive changes with infiltrates of foamy histiocytes, foreign body reactions, and scarry fibrosis...
September 16, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918424/systemic-inflammatory-response-is-a-prognostic-marker-in-hiv-infected-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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David J Pinato, Marco Merli, Alessia Dalla Pria, Shiraz Jamshaid, Kizzy Parker, Nicole Pagani, Hamid Hasson, Caterina Uberti Foppa, Emanuela Messina, Rohini Sharma, Mark Nelson, Mark Bower
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is increasingly prevalent in people living with HIV. Systemic inflammation is a prognostic factor requiring validation in HIV-associated HCC. AIMS: Using a multi-centre database of consecutive HCC cases, we investigated the prognostic role of a panel of inflammatory markers, including neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), using univariate and multivariate survival analyses. RESULTS: Fifty-nine patients with HIV-associated HCC secondary to hepatitis C (69%) or B virus infection (32%) were identified...
September 16, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917668/gut-microbe-mediated-suppression-of-inflammation-associated-colon-carcinogenesis-by-luminal-histamine-production
#17
Chunxu Gao, Bhanu Priya Ganesh, Zhongcheng Shi, Rajesh Rasik Shah, Robert Fultz, Angela Major, Susan Venable, Monica Lugo, Kathleen Hoch, Xiaowei Chen, Anthony Haag, Timothy C Wang, James Versalovic
Microbiome-mediated suppression of carcinogenesis may open new avenues for identification of therapeutic targets and prevention strategies in oncology. Histidine decarboxylase (HDC) deficiency has been shown to promote inflammation-associated colorectal cancer by accumulation of CD11b(+)Gr-1(+) immature myeloid cells, indicating a potential antitumorigenic effect of histamine. Here, we demonstrate that administration of hdc(+)Lactobacillus reuteri in the gut resulted in luminal hdc gene expression and histamine production in the intestines of Hdc(-/-) mice...
September 6, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916723/fibroblast-growth-factor-2-fgf2-regulates-cytoglobin-expression-and-activation-of-human-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-jnk-signaling
#18
Misako Sato-Matsubara, Tsutomu Matsubara, Atsuko Daikoku, Yoshinori Okina, Lisa Longato, Krista Rombouts, Le Thi Thanh Thuy, Jun Adachi, Takeshi Tomonaga, Kazuo Ikeda, Katsutoshi Yoshizato, Massimo Pinzani, Norifumi Kawada
Cytoglobin (CYGB) belongs to the mammalian globin family and is exclusively expressed in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in the liver. In addition to its gas-binding ability, CYGB is relevant to hepatic inflammation, fibrosis, and cancer because of its antioxidative properties; however, the regulation of CYGB gene expression remains unknown. Here, we sought to identify factors that induce CYGB expression in HSCs and to clarify the molecular mechanism involved. We used the human HSC cell line HHSteC and primary human HSCs isolated from intact human liver tissues...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915899/association-between-polymorphisms-of-tas2r16-and-susceptibility-to-colorectal-cancer
#19
Jonathan Barontini, Marco Antinucci, Sergio Tofanelli, Maurizio Cammalleri, Massimo Dal Monte, Federica Gemignani, Pavel Vodicka, Roberto Marangoni, Ludmila Vodickova, Juozas Kupcinskas, Veronika Vymetalkova, Asta Forsti, Federico Canzian, Angelika Stein, Victor Moreno, Nicola Mastrodonato, Francesca Tavano, Anna Panza, Roberto Barale, Stefano Landi, Daniele Campa
BACKGROUND: Genetics plays an important role in the susceptibility to sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC). In the last 10 years genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 40 independent low penetrance polymorphic variants. However, these loci only explain around 1‑4% of CRC heritability, highlighting the dire need of identifying novel risk loci. In this study, we focused our attention on the genetic variability of the TAS2R16 gene, encoding for one of the bitter taste receptors that selectively binds to salicin, a natural antipyretic that resembles aspirin...
September 15, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915699/biological-effects-and-epidemiological-consequences-of-arsenic-exposure-and-reagents-that-can-ameliorate-arsenic-damage-in-vivo
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REVIEW
Chinthalapally V Rao, Sanya Pal, Altaf Mohammed, Mudassir Farooqui, Mark P Doescher, Adam S Asch, Hiroshi Y Yamada
Through contaminated diet, water, and other forms of environmental exposure, arsenic affects human health. There are many U.S. and worldwide "hot spots" where the arsenic level in public water exceeds the maximum exposure limit. The biological effects of chronic arsenic exposure include generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), leading to oxidative stress and DNA damage, epigenetic DNA modification, induction of genomic instability, and inflammation and immunomodulation, all of which can initiate carcinogenesis...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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