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Georgios Pampalakis, Eleni Zingkou, Georgia Sotiropoulou
Vaginal cancer is rare and largely unexplored. We found here that KLK5 is coordinately expressed along with other KLKs in all stratified epithelia including vagina, pointing to potential role(s) in differentiation. Further, we propose that KLK5 could be implicated in vaginal cancer development based on the fact that Klk5-/- mice are prone to develop vaginal tumors when exposed to 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene. Nf-κb activation is markedly enhanced in Klk5-/- leading to increased resistance to apoptosis of mutated vaginal cells...
December 20, 2017: Biological Chemistry
Ting-Ting Liu, Xi-Sheng Liu, Meng Zhang, Xue-Ni Liu, Fu-Xiang Zhu, Fang-Ming Zhu, Si-Wen Ouyang, Shan-Bao Li, Chen-Long Song, Hui-Min Sun, Su Lu, Yu Zhang, Jun Lin, Hua-Mei Tang, Zhi-Hai Peng
PURPOSE: Recent studies have determined that cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) plays a vital role in carcinogenesis. We sought to clarify the role of COMP in colon cancer. METHODS: We investigated gene expression data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) dataset. Tissue microarrays (TMA) containing paired samples from 253 patients with colon cancer were subjected to immunostaining. COMP levels in serum of colon cancer patients and healthy donors were measured with ELISA...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Kohei Nakamura, Kentaro Nakayama, Noriyoshi Ishikawa, Masako Ishikawa, Razia Sultana, Tohru Kiyono, Satoru Kyo
Fallopian tube secretory epithelial cells (FTSECs) have been suggested to be the source of high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma (HGSOC). Although several genetic alterations are known to be involved in HGSOC development, the minimal requirements remain unclear. We aimed to identify oncogenic mutations indispensable for HGSOC development in a stepwise model, using immortalized FTSECs. FTSECs were isolated from clinical samples and immortalized by overexpression of cyclin D1, CDK4R24C , and hTERT . Oncogenic mutations in the p53, c-Myc, and RAS/PI3K pathways were mimicked by lentiviral transduction...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Marzia Dolcino, Andrea Pelosi, Piera Filomena Fiore, Giuseppe Patuzzo, Elisa Tinazzi, Claudio Lunardi, Antonio Puccetti
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare connective tissue disease characterized by three pathogenetic hallmarks: vasculopathy, dysregulation of the immune system, and fibrosis. A particular feature of SSc is the increased frequency of some types of malignancies, namely breast, lung, and hematological malignancies. Moreover, SSc may also be a paraneoplastic disease, again indicating a strong link between cancer and scleroderma. The reason of this association is still unknown; therefore, we aimed at investigating whether particular genetic or epigenetic factors may play a role in promoting cancer development in patients with SSc and whether some features are shared by the two conditions...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Michael F Sweeney, Carlos Sonnenschein, Ana M Soto
Background: Three-dimensional cultures of mammary epithelial cells allow for biologically-relevant studies of the development of the mammary gland in rodents and humans under normal and pathological conditions, like carcinogenesis. Under these conditions, mammotropic hormones play significant roles in tissue morphogenesis. Therefore, a system that recreates the normal, hormonally responsive epithelium would be a valuable tool to study the normal state and its transition to carcinogenesis...
2018: Cancer Cell International
Kazushige Nirei, Tatsuo Kanda, Hitomi Nakamura, Shunichi Matsuoka, Tadatoshi Takayama, Masahiko Sugitani, Mitsuhiko Moriyama
Objective: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has long been treated with interferon therapy (IFN). Currently, more than 90% of IFN-treated patients show a sustained virological response (SVR) when also treated with ribavirin and/or a protease inhibitor. Histological inflammation and fibrosis improve in IFN-treated patients, which indicates HCV clearance. IFN also reduces the incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, a small proportion of patients with SVR develop HCC. To investigate the causes of hepatic carcinogenesis after SVR, we compared the liver histological findings before IFN to those after the development of HCC...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Po-Chen Chu, Peng-Chan Lin, Hsing-Yu Wu, Kuen-Tyng Lin, Christina Wu, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Yih-Jyh Lin, Chung-Ta Lee, Jeng-Chang Lee, Ching-Shih Chen
Although the role of insulin-like growth factor-I receptor (IGF-IR) in promoting colorectal liver metastasis is known, the mechanism by which IGF-IR is upregulated in colorectal cancer (CRC) is not defined. In this study, we obtained evidence that mutant KRAS transcriptionally activates IGF-IR gene expression through Y-box-binding protein (YB)-1 upregulation via a novel MEK-Sp1-DNMT1-miR-137 pathway in CRC cells. The mechanistic link between the tumor suppressive miR-137 and the translational regulation of YB-1 is intriguing because epigenetic silencing of miR-137 represents an early event in colorectal carcinogenesis due to promoter hypermethylation...
March 21, 2018: Oncogene
Kerryn M Taylor, Roxanne Wheeler, Nimisha Singh, Dalene Vosloo, David W Ray, Paula Sommer
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a highly aggressive, predominantly cigarette smoke-induced tumour with poor prognosis. The glucocorticoid receptor (GR), a SCLC tumour suppressor gene, is typically reduced in SCLC. We now show that SCLC cells express high levels of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) which accumulates at the GR promoter. DNMT1 expression is further increased by exposure to the tobacco carcinogen NNK. In the untransformed human lung fibroblast cell line, MRC-5, short term NNK treatment decreases GRα mRNA and protein expression due to accumulation of DNMT1 at the GR promoter...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Nadège Bossuet-Greif, Julien Vignard, Frédéric Taieb, Gladys Mirey, Damien Dubois, Claude Petit, Eric Oswald, Jean-Philippe Nougayrède
Colibactins are hybrid polyketide-nonribosomal peptides produced by Escherichia coli , Klebsiella pneumoniae , and other Enterobacteriaceae harboring the pks genomic island. These genotoxic metabolites are produced by pks -encoded peptide-polyketide synthases as inactive prodrugs called precolibactins, which are then converted to colibactins by deacylation for DNA-damaging effects. Colibactins are bona fide virulence factors and are suspected of promoting colorectal carcinogenesis when produced by intestinal E...
March 20, 2018: MBio
Wei Zhang, Sheng Qian, Guowei Yang, Liang Zhu, Bo Zhou, Jianhua Wang, Rong Liu, Zhiping Yan, Xudong Qu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common primary tumor of the liver, has a poor prognosis and shows rapid progression. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in carcinogenesis and tumor progression. Regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) are critical for defining G-protein-dependent signal fidelity. RGS17 plays an important role in the regulation of cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion. Here, we showed that miR-199 was downregulated in a hepatocarcinoma cell line. Overexpression of miR-199 significantly suppressed HCC cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in vitro...
March 17, 2018: Gene
Dawei Cai, Zongjian Liu, Guangqi Kong
BACKGROUND Circular RNAs (circRNAs) have emerged as important regulators in carcinogenesis and metastasis. However, the knowledge of circRNAs in bladder cancer remains limited. This study aimed to investigate the role and mechanism of circRNAs in the development and progression of bladder cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS Three pairs of bladder carcinomas (including high- and low-grade tumors) and adjacent normal tissues were collected from patients. The total RNAs were extracted from these samples and subjected to Clariom D microarray assays to detect the differentially expressed circRNAs and mRNAs...
March 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Céline Hernandez, Peter Huebener, Jean-Philippe Pradere, Daniel J Antoine, Richard A Friedman, Robert F Schwabe
Cell death is a key driver of disease progression and carcinogenesis in chronic liver disease (CLD), highlighted by the well-established clinical correlation between hepatocellular death and risk for the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Moreover, hepatocellular death is sufficient to trigger fibrosis and HCC in mice. However, the pathways through which cell death drives CLD progression remain elusive. Here, we tested the hypothesis that high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) with key roles in acute liver injury, may link cell death to injury responses and hepatocarcinogenesis in CLD...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Nuray Erin, Nur Ogan, Azmi Yerlikaya
PURPOSE: Metastatic breast cancer is resistant to many conventional treatments and novel therapeutic targets are needed. We previously isolated subsets of 4T1 murine breast cancer cells which metastasized to liver (4TLM), brain (4TBM), and heart (4THM). Among these cells, 4TLM is the most aggressive one, demonstrating mesenchymal phenotype. Here we compared secreted proteins from 4TLM, 4TBM, and 4THM cells and compared with that of hardly metastatic 67NR cells to detect differentially secreted factors involved in organ-specific metastasis...
March 20, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Muriel W Lambert
Nonerythroid αII-spectrin is a structural protein whose roles in the nucleus have just begun to be explored. αII-spectrin is an important component of the nucleoskelelton and has both structural and non-structural functions. Its best known role is in repair of DNA ICLs both in genomic and telomeric DNA. αII-spectrin aids in the recruitment of repair proteins to sites of damage and a proposed mechanism of action is presented. It interacts with a number of different groups of proteins in the nucleus, indicating it has roles in additional cellular functions...
March 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
S M Plummer, J Wright, R A Currie
An increased incidence of liver tumours in the long term rodent bioassay is not an uncommon finding, invariably as a result of a non-genotoxic mode of action. Non-genotoxic liver carcinogenesis has been found to involve activation of certain nuclear hormone receptors (NHR) including the constitutive androstane receptor (CAR), peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha) and arylhydrocarbon receptor (AHR) and more recently the induction of specific microRNAs (miRs), has also been demonstrated following CAR activation in studies up to 90 days (Koufaris et al...
2018: Toxicology Reports
Lei Wu, Churong Li, Li Pan
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a rare malignancy worldwide, but it is endemic in a few areas including Southern China, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Arctic. The underlying mechanisms behind this remarkable geographic distribution remain unclear. Although Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection has been suggested as a necessary cause of undifferentiated NPC, EBV itself is not sufficient to cause this malignancy. Other co-factors, such as environmental risk factors, and/or genetic susceptibility, may interact with EBV to play a role in the carcinogenesis of NPC...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Suzanne C Dixon-Suen, Christina M Nagle, Aaron P Thrift, Paul D P Pharoah, Ailith Ewing, Celeste Leigh Pearce, Wei Zheng, Georgia Chenevix-Trench, Peter A Fasching, Matthias W Beckmann, Diether Lambrechts, Ignace Vergote, Sandrina Lambrechts, Els Van Nieuwenhuysen, Mary Anne Rossing, Jennifer A Doherty, Kristine G Wicklund, Jenny Chang-Claude, Audrey Y Jung, Kirsten B Moysich, Kunle Odunsi, Marc T Goodman, Lynne R Wilkens, Pamela J Thompson, Yurii B Shvetsov, Thilo Dörk, Tjoung-Won Park-Simon, Peter Hillemanns, Natalia Bogdanova, Ralf Butzow, Heli Nevanlinna, Liisa M Pelttari, Arto Leminen, Francesmary Modugno, Roberta B Ness, Robert P Edwards, Joseph L Kelley, Florian Heitz, Andreas du Bois, Philipp Harter, Ira Schwaab, Beth Y Karlan, Jenny Lester, Sandra Orsulic, Bobbie J Rimel, Susanne K Kjær, Estrid Høgdall, Allan Jensen, Ellen L Goode, Brooke L Fridley, Julie M Cunningham, Stacey J Winham, Graham G Giles, Fiona Bruinsma, Roger L Milne, Melissa C Southey, Michelle A T Hildebrandt, Xifeng Wu, Karen H Lu, Dong Liang, Douglas A Levine, Maria Bisogna, Joellen M Schildkraut, Andrew Berchuck, Daniel W Cramer, Kathryn L Terry, Elisa V Bandera, Sara H Olson, Helga B Salvesen, Liv Cecilie Vestrheim Thomsen, Reidun K Kopperud, Line Bjorge, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Leon F A G Massuger, Tanja Pejovic, Amanda Bruegl, Linda S Cook, Nhu D Le, Kenneth D Swenerton, Angela Brooks-Wilson, Linda E Kelemen, Jan Lubiński, Tomasz Huzarski, Jacek Gronwald, Janusz Menkiszak, Nicolas Wentzensen, Louise Brinton, Hannah Yang, Jolanta Lissowska, Claus K Høgdall, Lene Lundvall, Honglin Song, Jonathan P Tyrer, Ian Campbell, Diana Eccles, James Paul, Rosalind Glasspool, Nadeem Siddiqui, Alice S Whittemore, Weiva Sieh, Valerie McGuire, Joseph H Rothstein, Steven A Narod, Catherine Phelan, Harvey A Risch, John R McLaughlin, Hoda Anton-Culver, Argyrios Ziogas, Usha Menon, Simon A Gayther, Susan J Ramus, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Anna H Wu, Malcolm C Pike, Chiu-Chen Tseng, Jolanta Kupryjanczyk, Agnieszka Dansonka-Mieszkowska, Agnieszka Budzilowska, Iwona K Rzepecka, Penelope M Webb
BACKGROUND: Observational studies suggest greater height is associated with increased ovarian cancer risk, but cannot exclude bias and/or confounding as explanations for this. Mendelian randomisation (MR) can provide evidence which may be less prone to bias. METHODS: We pooled data from 39 Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium studies (16,395 cases; 23,003 controls). We applied two-stage predictor-substitution MR, using a weighted genetic risk score combining 609 single-nucleotide polymorphisms...
March 20, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Lin Jia, Dinglan Wu, Yuliang Wang, Wenxing You, Zhu Wang, Lijia Xiao, Ganhui Cai, Zhenyu Xu, Chang Zou, Fei Wang, Jeremy Yuen-Chun Teoh, Chi-Fai Ng, Shan Yu, Franky L Chan
The metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is a lethal form of prostate cancer, in which the expression of androgen receptor (AR) is highly heterogeneous. Indeed, lower AR expression and attenuated AR signature activity is shown in CRPC tissues, especially in the subset of neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC) and prostate cancer stem-like cells (PCSCs). However, the significance of AR downregulation in androgen insensitivity and de-differentiation of tumor cells in CRPC is poorly understood and much neglected...
March 20, 2018: Oncogene
Peng Xu, Junhua Wang, Bo Sun, Zhongdang Xiao
Investigating the potential biological function of differential changed genes through integrating multiple omics data including miRNA and mRNA expression profiles, is always hot topic. However, how to evaluate the repression effect on target genes integrating miRNA and mRNA expression profiles are not fully solved. In this study, we provide an analyzing method by integrating both miRNAs and mRNAs expression data simultaneously. Difference analysis was adopted based on the repression score, then significantly repressed mRNAs were screened out by DEGseq...
March 16, 2018: Gene
J M Cozar, I Robles-Fernandez, L J Martinez-Gonzalez, M Pascual-Geler, Alba Rodriguez-Martinez, M J Serrano, J A Lorente, M J Alvarez-Cubero
Prostate cancer (PC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide. The observed variability in progression and responses to the same treatment between patients underlie the genetic heterogeneity of the disease. Nowadays, screening and follow-up biomarkers in PC are still having a deep lack of information, which makes difficult the cancer diagnosis, prognosis and the selection of the most suitable therapies. This is making that currently unnecessary biopsies, over-treatments and hormonoresistances have high rates of prevalence among patients...
January 2018: Mutation Research
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