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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522589/identification-of-cancer-targeted-tropomyosin-inhibitors-and-their-synergy-with-microtubule-drugs
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Mark A Currier, Justine R Stehn, Ashleigh Swain, Duo Chen, Jeff Hook, Eleanor Eiffe, Andrew Heaton, David Brown, Brooke Nartker, David W Eaves, Nina Kloss, Herbert Treutlein, Jun Zeng, Irina B Alieva, Vera B Dugina, Edna C Hardeman, Peter W Gunning, Timothy P Cripe
Actin filaments, with their associated tropomyosin polymers, and microtubules are dynamic cytoskeletal systems regulating numerous cell functions. While anti-microtubule drugs are well-established, anti-actin drugs have been more elusive. We previously targeted actin in cancer cells by inhibiting the function of a tropomyosin isoform enriched in cancer cells, Tpm3.1, using a first-in-class compound, TR100. Here, we screened over 200 other anti-tropomyosin analogues for anti-cancer and on-target activity using a series of in vitro cell-based and biochemical assays...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504655/transcription-factors-sohlh1-and-sohlh2-coordinate-oocyte-differentiation-without-affecting-meiosis-i
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Yong-Hyun Shin, Yu Ren, Hitomi Suzuki, Kayla J Golnoski, Hyo Won Ahn, Vasil Mico, Aleksandar Rajkovic
Following migration of primordial germ cells to the genital ridge, oogonia undergo several rounds of mitotic division and enter meiosis at approximately E13.5. Most oocytes arrest in the dictyate (diplotene) stage of meiosis circa E18.5. The genes necessary to drive oocyte differentiation in parallel with meiosis are unknown. Here, we have investigated whether expression of spermatogenesis and oogenesis bHLH transcription factor 1 (Sohlh1) and Sohlh2 coordinates oocyte differentiation within the embryonic ovary...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502672/dta0100-dual-topoisomerase-ii-and-microtubule-inhibitor-evades-paclitaxel-resistance-in-p-glycoprotein-overexpressing-cancer-cells
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Ana Podolski-Renić, Jasna Banković, Jelena Dinić, Carla Ríos-Luci, Miguel X Fernandes, Nuria Ortega, Nataša Kovačević-Grujičić, Víctor S Martín, José M Padrón, Milica Pešić
The efficacy of microtubule targeting agents in cancer treatment has been compromised by the development of drug resistance that may involve both, P-glycoprotein overexpression and the changes in β-tubulin isoforms' expression. The anti-Topoisomerase II activity of methyl 4-((E)-2-(methoxycarbonyl)vinyloxy)oct-2-ynoate (DTA0100) was recently reported. Herein, we further evaluated this propargylic enol ether derivative and found that it exerts inhibitory effect on tubulin polymerization by binding to colchicine binding site...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494349/trabectedin-and-campthotecin-synergistically-eliminate-cancer-stem-cells-in-cell-of-origin-sarcoma-models
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Lucia Martinez-Cruzado, Juan Tornin, Aida Rodriguez, Laura Santos, Eva Allonca, Maria Teresa Fernandez-Garcia, Aurora Astudillo, Juana Maria Garcia-Pedrero, Rene Rodriguez
Trabectedin has been approved for second-line treatment of soft tissue sarcomas. However, its efficacy to target sarcoma initiating cells has not been addressed yet. Here, we used pioneer models of myxoid/round cell liposarcoma (MRCLS) and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (UPS) developed from transformed human mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) to evaluate the effect of trabectedin in the cell type responsible for initiating sarcomagenesis and their derived cancer stem cells (CSC) subpopulations. We found that low nanomolar concentrations of trabectedin efficiently inhibited the growth of sarcoma-initiating cells, induced cell cycle arrest, DNA damage and apoptosis...
May 8, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491037/sodium-4-carboxymethoxyimino-4-hpr-a-novel-water-soluble-derivative-of-4-oxo-4-hpr-endowed-with-in-vivo-anticancer-activity-on-solid-tumors
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Paola Tiberio, Elena Cavadini, Loredana Cleris, Sabrina Dallavalle, Loana Musso, Maria G Daidone, Valentina Appierto
4-oxo-N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)retinamide (4-oxo-4-HPR), an active polar metabolite of the synthetic retinoid N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)retinamide (4-HPR), was shown to exert promising antitumor activity through at least two independent mechanisms of action. Specifically, differently from 4-HPR and other retinoids, 4-oxo-4-HPR targets microtubules and inhibits tubulin polymerization causing mitotic arrest and on the other hand, analogously to the parent drug, it induces apoptosis through the activation of a signaling cascade involving the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489567/eg5-inhibitor-yl001-induces-mitotic-arrest-and-inhibits-tumor-proliferation
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Yufei Wang, Xingyu Wu, Mufeng Du, Xi Chen, Xianling Ning, Hong Chen, Siyuan Wang, Jia Liu, Zhenming Liu, Ridong Li, Ge Fu, Chunguang Wang, Michael A McNutt, Demin Zhou, Yuxin Yin
Eg5 is a kinesin spindle protein that controls chromosomal segregation in mitosis and is thus a critical drug target for cancer therapy. We report the discovery of a potent, selective inhibitor of Eg5 designated YL001. YL001 was obtained through shape similarity based virtual screening, and it bears a 1,5-disubstituted tetrazole scaffold. YL001 exhibits favorable bioactivity in a variety of cancer cell lines, including taxol-resistant ovarian cancer and 6TG-resistant breast cancer cell lines. This compound inhibits tumor growth by 60% and significantly prolongs median survival time by more than 50% in a xenograft mouse model...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488934/the-zebrafish-curly-fry-is-required-for-proper-centrosome-and-mitotic-spindle-assembly
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Mi Hye Song, Jeffrey C Medley, John Y Kuwada
The zebrafish curly fry (cfy) mutation leads to a dramatic increase in mitotic index and cell death starting during neural tube formation. The mutant phenotype is cell autonomous and does not result from defects in apical/basal polarity within the neuroepithelium. The increase in mitotic index could be due to increased proliferation or cell cycle arrest in mitosis. cfy embryos were analyzed to examine these two possibilities. By labeling embryos with a pulse of BrdU and anti-phospho-histone 3 and examining the DNA content by fluorescence activated cell sorting, we show that cfy mutants exhibit no increase in proliferation, but a significant increase in the number of cells arrested in mitosis...
May 10, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486106/hippo-signaling-suppresses-cell-ploidy-and-tumorigenesis-through-skp2
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Shihao Zhang, Qinghua Chen, Qingxu Liu, Yuxi Li, Xiufeng Sun, Lixin Hong, Suyuan Ji, Chengyan Liu, Jing Geng, Weiji Zhang, Zhonglei Lu, Zhen-Yu Yin, Yuanyuan Zeng, Kwang-Huei Lin, Qiao Wu, Qiyuan Li, Keiko Nakayama, Keiich I Nakayama, Xianming Deng, Randy L Johnson, Liang Zhu, Daming Gao, Lanfen Chen, Dawang Zhou
Polyploidy can lead to aneuploidy and tumorigenesis. Here, we report that the Hippo pathway effector Yap promotes the diploid-polyploid conversion and polyploid cell growth through the Akt-Skp2 axis. Yap strongly induces the acetyltransferase p300-mediated acetylation of the E3 ligase Skp2 via Akt signaling. Acetylated Skp2 is exclusively localized to the cytosol, which causes hyper-accumulation of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27, leading to mitotic arrest and subsequently cell polyploidy. In addition, the pro-apoptotic factors FoxO1/3 are overly degraded by acetylated Skp2, resulting in polyploid cell division, genomic instability, and oncogenesis...
May 8, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477025/eribulin-alone-or-in-combination-with-the-plk1-inhibitor-bi-6727-triggers-intrinsic-apoptosis-in-ewing-sarcoma-cell-lines
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Lilly Magdalena Weiß, Manuela Hugle, Simone Fulda
In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of eribulin-induced cell death and its therapeutic potential in combination with the PLK1 inhibitor BI 6727 in Ewing sarcoma (ES). Here, we show that eribulin triggers cell death in a dose-dependent manner in a panel of ES cell lines. In addition, eribulin at subtoxic, low nanomolar concentrations acts in concert with BI 6727 to induce cell death and to suppress long-term clonogenic survival. Mechanistic studies reveal that eribulin monotherapy at cytotoxic concentrations and co-treatment with eribulin at subtoxic concentrations together with BI 6727 arrest cells in the M phase of the cell cycle prior to the onset of cell death...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475874/unprotected-replication-forks-are-converted-into-mitotic-sister-chromatid-bridges
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Anissia Ait Saada, Ana Teixeira-Silva, Ismail Iraqui, Audrey Costes, Julien Hardy, Giulia Paoletti, Karine Fréon, Sarah A E Lambert
Replication stress and mitotic abnormalities are key features of cancer cells. Temporarily paused forks are stabilized by the intra-S phase checkpoint and protected by the association of Rad51, which prevents Mre11-dependent resection. However, if a fork becomes dysfunctional and cannot resume, this terminally arrested fork is rescued by a converging fork to avoid unreplicated parental DNA during mitosis. Alternatively, dysfunctional forks are restarted by homologous recombination. Using fission yeast, we report that Rad52 and the DNA binding activity of Rad51, but not its strand-exchange activity, act to protect terminally arrested forks from unrestrained Exo1-nucleolytic activity...
May 4, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474479/quantification-of-epithelial-cell-proliferation-cell-dynamics-and-cell-kinetics-in-vivo
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Robert A Goodlad
The measurement of cell proliferation in vivo is usually carried out by the examination of static measures. These comprise the mitotic index or labeling indices using incorporation of DNA synthesis markers such as bromodeoxyuridine or tritiated thymidine, or intrinsic markers, such as Ki67 and proliferative cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). But static measures only provide a 'snapshot' of cell proliferation. Rate measures, including double labeling methods and the metaphase arrest method, can actually measure cell production rates but they are far less utilized at present...
May 5, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467755/cellular-senescence-neurological-function-and-redox-state
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Luis Ángel Maciel-Barón, Daniel Moreno-Blas, Sandra Lizbeth Morales-Rosales, Viridiana Yazmín González-Puertos, Norma Edith López-Diazguerrero, Claudio Torres, Susana Castro-Obregón, Mina Konigsberg
SIGNIFICANCE Cellular senescence, characterized by a permanent cell cycle arrest, has been extensively studied in mitotic cells such as fibroblasts. However, senescent cells have also been observed in the brain. Even though it is recognized that cellular energetic metabolism and redox homeostasis are perturbed in the aged brain and neurodegenerative diseases, it is still unknown which alterations in the overall physiology can stimulate cellular senescence induction and their relationship with the former events...
May 3, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463988/translocation-of-the-papillomavirus-l2-vdna-complex-across-the-limiting-membrane-requires-the-onset-of-mitosis
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Christine M Calton, Matthew P Bronnimann, Ariana R Manson, Shuaizhi Li, Janice A Chapman, Marcela Suarez-Berumen, Tatum R Williamson, Sudheer K Molugu, Ricardo A Bernal, Samuel K Campos
The human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) L2 protein acts as a chaperone to ensure that the viral genome (vDNA) traffics from endosomes to the trans-Golgi network (TGN) and eventually the nucleus, where HPV replication occurs. En route to the nucleus, the L2/vDNA complex must translocate across limiting intracellular membranes. The details of this critical process remain poorly characterized. We have developed a system based on subcellular compartmentalization of the enzyme BirA and its cognate substrate to detect membrane translocation of L2-BirA from incoming virions...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459539/berberine-induces-toxicity-in-hela-cells-through-perturbation-of-microtubule-polymerization-by-binding-to-tubulin-at-a-unique-site
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Darpan Raghav, Shabeeba M Ashraf, Lakshmi Mohan, Krishnan Rathinasamy
Berberine has been used traditionally for its diverse pharmacological actions. It exhibits remarkable anticancer activities and is currently under clinical trials. In this study, we report that the anticancer activity of berberine could be partly due to its inhibitory actions on tubulin and microtubule assembly. Berberine inhibited the proliferation of HeLa cells with an IC50 of 18 μM and induced significant depolymerization of interphase and mitotic microtubules. At its IC50, berberine exerted a moderate G2/M arrest and mitotic block as detected by fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis and fluorescence microscopy, respectively...
May 4, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457750/single-cell-rna-seq-analysis-maps-development-of-human-germline-cells-and-gonadal-niche-interactions
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Li Li, Ji Dong, Liying Yan, Jun Yong, Xixi Liu, Yuqiong Hu, Xiaoying Fan, Xinglong Wu, Hongshan Guo, Xiaoye Wang, Xiaohui Zhu, Rong Li, Jie Yan, Yuan Wei, Yangyu Zhao, Wei Wang, Yixin Ren, Peng Yuan, Zhiqiang Yan, Boqiang Hu, Fan Guo, Lu Wen, Fuchou Tang, Jie Qiao
Human fetal germ cells (FGCs) are precursors to sperm and eggs and are crucial for maintenance of the species. However, the developmental trajectories and heterogeneity of human FGCs remain largely unknown. Here we performed single-cell RNA-seq analysis of over 2,000 FGCs and their gonadal niche cells in female and male human embryos spanning several developmental stages. We found that female FGCs undergo four distinct sequential phases characterized by mitosis, retinoic acid signaling, meiotic prophase, and oogenesis...
April 13, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456516/identification-of-novel-1-indolyl-acetate-5-nitroimidazole-derivatives-of-combretastatin-a-4-as-potential-tubulin-polymerization-inhibitors
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Yong-Fang Yao, Zhong-Chang Wang, Song-Yu Wu, Qing-Fang Li, Chen-Yu, Xin-Yi Liang, Peng-Cheng Lv, Yong-Tao Duan, Hai-Liang Zhu
Microtubules are essential for the mitotic division of cells and have become an attractive target for anti-tumour drugs due to the increased incidence of cancer and significant mitosis rate of tumour cells. In this study, a total of six indole 1-position modified 1-indolyl acetate-5-nitroimidazole derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their ability to inhibit tubulin polymerization caused by binding to the colchicine-binding site of tubulin. Among them, compound 3 displayed the best ability to inhibit tubulin polymerization; it also exhibited better anti-proliferative activities than colchicine against a panel of human cancer cells (with IC50 values ranging from 15 to 40 nM), especially HeLa cells (with IC50 values of 15 nM), based on the cellular cytotoxicity assay results...
April 26, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455985/coal-tar-pitch-extract-could-induce-chromosomal-instability-of-human-bronchial-epithelial-cells-mediated-by-spindle-checkpoint-related-proteins
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Peng Zhang, Zhitao Li, Na Wang, Guangcai Duan, Wei Wang, Yanming Feng, Yong Zhao, Lixia Wang, Hansong Zhu, Qiao Zhang, Xiaozhuan Liu, Weidong Wu, Yongjun Wu, Wu Yao, Jing Wang, Yiming Wu, Feifei Feng
Coal tar pitch (CTP) is a byproduct of coal tar distillation. The workers working with coal tar or in aluminum smelters, potrooms and carbon plants have the opportunities of exposing to coal tar pitch volatiles. Coal tar pitches from which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) originate have been shown to exhibit lung carcinogenicity in humans. Chromosomal instability (CIN) is a mechanism in carcinogenesis, however, whether CIN is involved in coal tar pitch-induced lung cancer remains elusive. In this present study, human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B) were first exposed to coal tar pitch extracts (CTPE) to induce a malignant transformation model...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446681/minute-virus-of-mice-mvm-inhibits-transcription-of-the-cyclin-b1-gene-during-infection
#18
Matthew S Fuller, Kinjal Majumder, David J Pintel
Replication of minute virus of mice (MVM) induces a sustained cellular DNA damage response (DDR) which the virus then exploits to prepare the nuclear environment for effective parvovirus takeover. An essential aspect of the MVM-induced DDR is the establishment of a potent pre-mitotic block, which we previously found to be independent of activated p21 and ATR/Chk1 signaling. This arrest, unlike others previously reported, depends upon the significant, specific depletion of cyclin B1 and its encoding RNA, which precludes cyclin B1/CDK1 complex function thus preventing mitotic entry...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444994/induction-of-micronuclei-and-cell-cycle-arrest-by-some-tri-and-tetrachlorobiphenyls-in-mammalian-cells-deficient-in-xenobiotic-metabolizing-enzymes
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Haiyan Wang, Liwen Wei, Yifan Wu, Hansi Jia, Hao Jiang, Yungang Liu
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants with continued public health concerns. The lower chlorinated biphenyls are supposed to be mutagenic following metabolic activation. However, in a preliminary study, we recently observed induction of micronuclei by several PCBs in a subclone of Chinese hamster V79 cell line, V79-Mz, which is deficient in xenobiotic-metabolizing enzyme activities. In this study, metabolism-free genotoxicity of PCBs was investigated, using 10 tri- and tetrachlorobiphenyls, in V79, V79-Mz, and human hepatoma (HepG2) cell lines...
May 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442587/combined-aurka-and-h3k9-methyltransferase-targeting-inhibits-cell-growth-by-inducing-mitotic-catastrophe
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Angela Mathison, Ann Salmonson, Mckenna Missfeldt, Jennifer Bintz, Monique Williams, Sarah Kossak, Asha Nair, Thiago M de Assuncao, Trace A Christensen, Navtej S Buttar, Juan L Iovanna, Robert Huebert, Gwen Lomberk
The current integrative pathobiological hypothesis states that pancreatic cancer (PDAC) develops and progresses in response to an interaction between known oncogenes and downstream epigenomic regulators. Congruently, this study tests a new combinatorial therapy based on the inhibition of the Aurora kinase A (AURKA) oncogene and one of its targets, the H3K9 methylation-based epigenetic pathway. This therapeutic combination is effective at inhibiting the in vitro growth of PDAC cells both, in monolayer culture systems, and in 3D spheroids and organoids...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
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