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Pei Y Liu, Nicholas Sokolowski, Su T Guo, Faraz Siddiqi, Bernard Atmadibrata, Thomas J Telfer, Yuting Sun, Lihong Zhang, Denise Yu, Joshua Mccarroll, Bing Liu, Rui H Yang, Xiang Y Guo, Andrew E Tee, Ken Itoh, Jenny Wang, Maria Kavallaris, Michelle Haber, Murray D Norris, Belamy B Cheung, Jennifer A Byrne, David S Ziegler, Glenn M Marshall, Marcel E Dinger, Rachel Codd, Xu D Zhang, Tao Liu
BET bromodomain inhibitors are very promising novel anticancer agents, however, single therapy does not cause tumor regression in mice, suggesting the need for combination therapy. After screening a library of 2697 small molecule compounds, we found that two classes of compounds, the quinone-containing compounds such as nanaomycin and anti-microtubule drugs such as vincristine, exerted the best synergistic anticancer effects with the BET bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 in neuroblastoma cells. Mechanistically, the quinone-containing compound nanaomycin induced neuroblastoma cell death but also activated the Nrf2-antioxidant signaling pathway, and the BET bromodomain proteins BRD3 and BRD4 formed a protein complex with Nrf2...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Shinji Yasuhira, Masahiko Shibazaki, Masao Nishiya, Chihaya Maesawa
Spindle poisons elicit various cellular responses following metaphase arrest, but how they relate to long-term clonogenicity has remained unclear. We prepared several HeLa lines in which the canonical apoptosis pathway was attenuated, and compared their acute responses to paclitaxel, as well as long-term fate, with the parental line. Three-nanomolar paclitaxel induced brief metaphase arrest (<5 h) often followed by aberrant mitosis, and about 90% of the cells of each line had lost their clonogenicity after 48 h of the treatment...
October 20, 2016: Cell Cycle
Claire Levrier, Martin C Sadowski, Anja Rockstroh, Brian Gabrielli, Maria Kavallaris, Melanie Lehman, Rohan A Davis, Colleen C Nelson
The lack of a cure for metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) highlights the urgent need for more efficient drugs to fight this disease. Here, we report the mechanism of action of the natural product 6α-acetoxyanopterine (6-AA) in prostate cancer cells. At low nanomolar doses, this potent cytotoxic alkaloid from the Australian endemic tree Anopterus macleayanus induced a strong accumulation of LNCaP and PC-3 (prostate cancer) cells as well as HeLa (cervical cancer) cells in mitosis, severe mitotic spindle defects and asymmetric cell divisions, ultimately leading to mitotic catastrophe accompanied by cell death through apoptosis...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
D Cartelli, G Cappelletti
Microtubules are dynamic structures normally associated to the cell division, during which they form the mitotic spindle, as well as to the initial phases of specification and polarization of various cell types, including neurons. Although microtubules could have a role in the death of many cells and tissues, the microtubule-based degenerative mechanisms have been poorly investigated; nevertheless, during the last two decades, many clues have been accumulated suggesting the importance of the microtubule system during neurodegeneration...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Melania Ester Mercado-Pimentel, Craig Miller, Daniela N Rolph, Edrick F Villalobos, Allison M Dunn, Prithvi M Mohan, Suzu Igarashi, Xiangdang Liu, Macken Yrun-Duffy, Neal K Patel, Cecilia M Read, Ross H Francis, Adelina Isabella Lane, Swaroop Murugesh, Abraham Jacob
HYPOTHESIS: p21-activated kinase (PAK) regulates signaling pathways that promote cell survival and proliferation; therefore, pharmacological inhibition of PAK will induce cell death in vestibular schwannomas (VS) and meningiomas. BACKGROUND: All VS and many meningiomas result from loss of the neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) gene product merlin, with ensuing PAK hyperactivation and increased cell proliferation/survival. METHODS: The novel small molecule PAK inhibitors PI-8 and PI-15-tested in schwannoma and meningioma cells-perturb molecular signaling and induce cell death...
October 12, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Pradyut K Paul, Mary E Rabaglia, Chen-Yu Wang, Donald S Stapleton, Ning Leng, Christina Kendziorski, Peter W Lewis, Mark P Keller, Alan D Attie
Anti-silencing function 1 (ASF1) is a histone H3-H4 chaperone involved in DNA replication and repair, and transcriptional regulation. Here, we identify ASF1B, the mammalian paralog to ASF1, as a proliferation-inducing histone chaperone in human β-cells. Overexpression of ASF1B led to distinct transcriptional signatures consistent with increased cellular proliferation and reduced cellular death. Using multiple methods of monitoring proliferation and mitotic progression, we show that overexpression of ASF1B is sufficient to induce human β-cell proliferation...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Elizabeth Thomas, Vidya Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh Hegde, Sujeet Kumar, Subhas S Karki, Sathees C Raghavan, Bibha Choudhary
Resveratrol is one of the most widely studied bioactive plant polyphenols which possesses anticancer properties. Previously we have reported synthesis, characterization and identification of a novel resveratrol analog, SS28. In the present study, we show that SS28 induced cytotoxicity in several cancer cell lines ex vivo with an IC50 value of 3-5 μM. Mechanistic evaluation of effect of SS28 in non-small cell lung cancer cell line (A549) and T-cell leukemic cell line (CEM) showed that it inhibited Tubulin polymerization during cell division to cause cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase of the cell cycle at 12-18 h time period...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gianandrea Traversi, Mario Fiore, Zulema Percario, Francesca Degrassi, Renata Cozzi
Natural compounds are extensively studied for their potential use in traditional and non-traditional medicine. Several natural and synthetic Resveratrol analogues have shown interesting biological activities in the field of cancer chemoprevention. In the present study, we have focused on the ability of Resveratrol and two methoxylated derivatives (Trimethoxystilbene and Pterostilbene) to inhibit human cancer cell growth particularly analyzing their ability to interfere with tubulin dynamics at mitosis. We show that Trimethoxystilbene, differently from Resveratrol and Pterostilbene, alters microtubule polymerization dynamics in HeLa cells specifically inducing multipolar spindles and mitotic arrest coupled to a reduction of cell growth and an increase in apoptotic death by mitotic catastrophe...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Rong Chu, Sarah E Alford, Katherine Hart, Anisha Kothari, Samuel G Mackintosh, Matthew R Kovak, Timothy C Chambers
Microtubule targeting agents (MTAs) characteristically promote phosphorylation and degradation of Mcl-1, and this represents a critical pro-apoptotic signal in mitotic death. While several phosphorylation sites and kinases have been implicated in mitotic arrest-induced Mcl-1 phosphorylation, a comprehensive biochemical analysis has been lacking. Contrary to previous reports suggesting that T92 phosphorylation by Cdk1 regulates Mcl-1 degradation, a T92A Mcl-1 mutant expressed in HeLa cells was phosphorylated and degraded with the same kinetics as wild-type Mcl-1 following vinblastine treatment...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Wakana Ohashi, Shunsuke Kimura, Toshihiko Iwanaga, Yukihiro Furusawa, Tarou Irié, Hironori Izumi, Takashi Watanabe, Atsushi Hijikata, Takafumi Hara, Osamu Ohara, Haruhiko Koseki, Toshiro Sato, Sylvie Robine, Hisashi Mori, Yuichi Hattori, Hiroshi Watarai, Kenji Mishima, Hiroshi Ohno, Koji Hase, Toshiyuki Fukada
Zinc transporters play a critical role in spatiotemporal regulation of zinc homeostasis. Although disruption of zinc homeostasis has been implicated in disorders such as intestinal inflammation and aberrant epithelial morphology, it is largely unknown which zinc transporters are responsible for the intestinal epithelial homeostasis. Here, we show that Zrt-Irt-like protein (ZIP) transporter ZIP7, which is highly expressed in the intestinal crypt, is essential for intestinal epithelial proliferation. Mice lacking Zip7 in intestinal epithelium triggered endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in proliferative progenitor cells, leading to significant cell death of progenitor cells...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Shuai Hou, Na Li, Qian Zhang, Hui Li, Xinyue Wei, Tian Hao, Yue Li, Sikandar Azam, Caigang Liu, Wei Cheng, Bilian Jin, Quentin Liu, Man Li, Haixin Lei
Xeroderma pigmentosum group A (XPA)-binding protein 2 (XAB2) is a multi-functional protein that plays critical role in processes including transcription, transcription-coupled DNA repair, pre-mRNA splicing, homologous recombination and mRNA export. Microarray analysis on gene expression in XAB2 knockdown cells reveals that many genes with significant change in expression function in mitotic cell cycle regulation. Fluorescence-activated cell scanner analysis confirmed XAB2 depletion led to cell arrest in G2/M phase, mostly at prophase or prometaphase...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Wu Ren, Jian Zhang, Wei Li, Zongcheng Li, Shuofeng Hu, Jian Suo, Xiaomin Ying
BACKGROUND Aberrant expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) is associated with prognosis of gastric cancer, some of which could be further evaluated as potential biomarkers. In this study, we attempted to identify a specific lncRNA signature to predict the prognosis of gastric cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS The genome-wide lncRNA expression in the high-throughput RNA-sequencing data was retrieved from the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Differential expression of lncRNAs was identified using the Limma package...
October 11, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Christian Faul
Fibroblast growth factors (FGF) are mitogenic signal mediators that induce cell proliferation and survival. Although cardiac myocytes are post-mitotic, they have been shown to be able to respond to local and circulating FGFs. While precise molecular mechanisms are not well characterized, some FGF family members have been shown to induce cardiac remodeling under physiologic conditions by mediating hypertrophic growth in cardiac myocytes and by promoting angiogenesis, both events leading to increased cardiac function and output...
October 7, 2016: Bone
Debmalya Bhunia, Saswat Mohapatra, Prashant Kurkute, Subhajit Ghosh, Batakrishna Jana, Prasenjit Mondal, Abhijit Saha, Gaurav Das, Surajit Ghosh
An antimitotic cell penetrating octapeptide containing single Arg amino acid is discovered, which strongly binds with the exchangeable GTP/GDP binding site of tubulin, inhibits tubulin polymerization, reduces kinesin driven microtubule motility, activates apoptotic and mitotic check point proteins, induces apoptotic death and significantly inhibits the multicellular tumor spheroid growth of HeLa cells.
October 18, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Vanessa Pierroz, Riccardo Rubbiani, Christian Gentili, Malay Patra, Cristina Mari, Gilles Gasser, Stefano Ferrari
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an attractive, complementary medical technique to chemotherapy. Among the different photosensitizers (PSs) employed, Ru(ii) polypyridyl complexes were found to be valid substitutes to porphyrin-based or phthalocyanine-based PSs. Here, we confirm that one such complex, namely [Ru(bipy)2-dppz-7-methoxy][PF6]2 (Ru65), which localizes in the nucleus of various cancer and normal cells, displays cytotoxicity only upon UV-A irradiation. Importantly, we disclose the molecular mechanism of the UV-A mediated cytotoxic action of Ru65...
August 16, 2016: Chemical Science
Ana Vanessa Nascimento, Amit Singh, Hassan Bousbaa, Domingos Ferreira, Bruno Sarmento, Mansoor M Amiji
: Efficiency of chemotherapy is often limited by low therapeutic index of the drug as well as emergence of inherent and acquired drug resistance in cancer cells. As a common strategy to overcome drug resistance, higher doses of chemo-agents are administered. However, adverse side effects are usually increased as a consequence. A potentially effective approach is to combine chemotherapy with other therapeutic strategies such as small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) that allow the use of lower yet efficient doses of the anticancer drugs...
September 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Antoine Heni Chaanine, Erik Kohlbrenner, Scott I Gamb, Adam J Guenzel, Katherine A Klaus, Ahmed U Fayyaz, K Sreekumaran Nair, Roger J Hajjar, Margaret M Redfield
The Forkhead box O3a (FOXO3a) transcription factor has been shown to regulate glucose metabolism, muscle atrophy and cell death in post-mitotic cells. Its role in regulating mitochondrial and myocardial function is not well studied. Based on previous work, we hypothesized that FOXO3a, through BNIP3, modulates mitochondrial morphology and function in HF. We modulated the FOXO3a-BNIP3 pathway in normal and phenylephrine (PE) stressed adult cardiac myocytes (ACM) in vitro and developed a cardiotropic adeno-associated virus serotype 9 encoding dominant-negative FOXO3a (AAV9...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Karol Jaroch, Maciej Karolak, Przemysław Górski, Alina Jaroch, Adrian Krajewski, Aleksandra Ilnicka, Anna Sloderbach, Tomasz Stefański, Stanisław Sobiak
For the first time combretastatins were isolated from African willow tree Combretum Caffrum. Subsequent studies have shown the impact of combretastatin A4 phosphate, a water-soluble prodrug, on endothelial cells in tumor vascular system. The same effect was not observed in the vascular system. This selectivity is associated with combretastatins mechanism of action: binding to colchicine domain of microtubules, which affects the cytoskeleton functionality of immature endothelial cells. At the same time, combretastatins directly induce cell death via apoptosis and/or mitotic catastrophe pathways...
August 24, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Xiaoxian Li, Ceyda Sonmez Wetherilt, Uma Krishnamurti, Jing Yang, Yamin Ma, Toncred M Styblo, Jane L Meisel, Limin Peng, Momin T Siddiqui, Cynthia Cohen, Ritu Aneja
OBJECTIVES: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive subtype of breast cancer, and there is no approved targeted therapy. We studied the expression of programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1) in TNBC. METHODS: Full-face sections from 136 TNBC cases without neoadjuvant therapy between 2004 and 2013 were stained and evaluated for immune cell PD-1 staining and stromal or tumoral PD-L1 staining using the H-score (staining percentage × intensity)...
October 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Jinhua Zhou, Albandri Alfraidi, Shu Zhang, Janice Santiago-O'Farrill, Venkata Yerramreddy, Abdulkhaliq Alsaadid, Ahmed Ashour Ahmed, Hailing Yang, Jinsong Liu, Weiqun Mao, Hiroshi Takemori, Yan Wang, Hariprasad Vankayalapati, Zhen Lu, Robert C Bast
PURPOSE: SIK2 is a centrosome kinase required for mitotic spindle formation and a potential target for ovarian cancer therapy. Here we examine the effects of a novel small molecule SIK2 inhibitor, ARN-3236, on sensitivity to paclitaxel in ovarian cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: SIK2 expression was determined in ovarian cancer tissue samples and cell lines. ARN-3236 was tested for its efficiency to inhibit growth and enhance paclitaxel sensitivity in cultures and xenografts of ovarian cancer cell lines...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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