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Virus and cancer

Sophie Outh-Gauer, Marie Alt, Christophe Le Tourneau, Jérémy Augustin, Chloé Broudin, Cassandre Gasne, Thomas Denize, Haitham Mirghani, Elizabeth Fabre, Madeleine Ménard, Florian Scotte, Eric Tartour, Cécile Badoual
Cancer occurrence can be understood as the result of dysfunctions in immune tumoral microenvironment. Here we review the recent understandings of those microenvironment changes, regarding their causes and prognostic significance in head and neck (HN) carcinoma. We will focus on HN squamous cell cancer (SCC) and nasopharyngeal carcinomas (NPC). Their overall poor prognosis may be improved with immunotherapy in a subset of patients, as supported by current clinical trials. However, finding reliable markers of therapeutic response is crucial for patient selection, due to potential severe adverse reactions and high costs...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Gennaro Ilardi, Daniela Russo, Silvia Varricchio, Giovanni Salzano, Giovanni Dell'Aversana Orabona, Virginia Napolitano, Rosa Maria Di Crescenzo, Alessandra Borzillo, Francesco Martino, Francesco Merolla, Massimo Mascolo, Stefania Staibano
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can play a causative role in the development of sinonasal tract malignancies. In fact, HPV may be the most significant causative agent implicated in sinonasal tumorigenesis and is implicated in as many as 21% of sinonasal carcinomas. To date, there are no definitive, reliable and cost-effective, diagnostic tests approved by the FDA for the unequivocal determination of HPV status in head and neck cancers. We followed an exhaustive algorithm to correctly test HPV infection, including a sequential approach with p16INK4a IHC, viral DNA genotyping and in situ hybridization for E6/E7 mRNA...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
C Roger Goucke, Pongparadee Chaudakshetrin
Approximately 80% of the world's population lives in countries with little or no access to pain management. These countries also have 74% of the world's deaths from cancer and human immunodeficiency virus. Appropriate use of oral opioids can control 80%-90% of cancer pain. However, only 6.7% of the world's medical opioids are available in these low-resource countries. With the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery calling for a significant expansion of surgical services, postoperative pain management will need to be an increasing focus of our attention...
April 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Corneliu Petru Popescu, Simin Aysel Florescu, Ani Ioana Cotar, Daniela Badescu, Cornelia Svetlana Ceianu, Mihaela Zaharia, Gratiela Tardei, Daniel Codreanu, Emanoil Ceausu, Simona Maria Ruta
BACKGROUND: In Romania, after a major outbreak in 1996, West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) was reported only in a limited number of cases annually. During 2016-2017, a significant increase in the number of WNND cases was reported at the national level, associated with high mortality rates. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all cases confirmed with WNND, hospitalized during 2012-2017 in a single tertiary facility from Bucharest was performed in order to determine the annual prevalence and mortality rate and the risk factors associated with a severe outcome...
March 12, 2018: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Matthew J Atherton, Kyle B Stephenson, Jake K Nikota, Qian N Hu, Andrew Nguyen, Yonghong Wan, Brian D Lichty
Human papilloma virus (HPV)-associated cancer is a significant global health burden and despite the presence of viral transforming antigens within neoplastic cells, therapeutic vaccinations are ineffective for advanced disease. HPV positive TC1 cells are susceptible to viral oncolysis by MG1-E6E7, a custom designed oncolytic Maraba virus. Epitope mapping of mice vaccinated with MG1-E6E7 enabled the rational design of synthetic long peptide (SLP) vaccines against HPV16 and HPV18 antigens. SLPs were able to induce specific CD8+ immune responses and the magnitude of these responses significantly increased when boosted by MG1-E6E7...
March 12, 2018: Vaccine
Armando Andres Roca Suarez, Nicolaas Van Renne, Thomas F Baumert, Joachim Lupberger
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is a key regulator of numerous physiological functions, including the immune response. As pathogens elicit an acute phase response with concerted activation of STAT3, they are confronted with two evolutionary options: either curtail it or employ it. This has important consequences for the host, since abnormal STAT3 function is associated with cancer development and other diseases. This review provides a comprehensive outline of how human viruses cope with STAT3-mediated inflammation and how this affects the host...
March 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Jihyun An, Jong Woo Kim, Ju Hyun Shim, Seungbong Han, Chang Sik Yu, Jaewon Choe, Danbi Lee, Kang Mo Kim, Young-Suk Lim, Young-Hwa Chung, Yung Sang Lee, Dong Jin Suh, Jin Hyoung Kim, Han Chu Lee
BACKGROUND: Prior epidemiological evidences suggest that hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is linked to cancers other than hepatocellular carcinoma. This prospective hospital registry-based case-control study aimed to investigate the sero-epidemiological association between chronic HBV infection and various types of cancer. METHODS: 95,034 patients with first-diagnosed non-hepatocellular malignancy in a tertiary hospital between 2007 and 2014; and 118,891 non-cancer individuals as controls from a health promotion center were included...
2018: PloS One
Leslee Sprague, Joel M Lee, Brian J Hutzen, Pin-Yi Wang, Chun-Yu Chen, Joe Conner, Lynne Braidwood, Kevin A Cassady, Timothy P Cripe
High Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1) is a multifunctional protein that plays various roles in the processes of inflammation, cancer, and other diseases. Many reports document abundant HMGB1 release following infection with oncolytic viruses (OVs). Further, other groups including previous reports from our laboratory highlight the synergistic effects of OVs with chemotherapy drugs. Here, we show that virus-free supernatants have varying cytotoxic potential, and HMGB1 is actively secreted by two established fibroblast cell lines (NIH 3T3 and 3T6-Swiss albino) following HSV1716 infection in vitro...
March 15, 2018: Viruses
Chia-Yen Dai, Yi-Shan Tsai, Wen-Wen Chou, Tawei Liu, Chung-Feng Huang, Shu-Chi Wang, Pei-Chien Tsai, Ming-Lun Yeh, Ming-Yen Hsieh, Ching-I Huang, Shang-Yin Vanson Liu, Jee-Fu Huang, Wan-Long Chuang, Ming-Lung Yu
Background/Aims: MicroRNA-125b (miR-125b) has been found to regulate inflammation and acts as an oncogene in many cancers. The mechanisms of miR-125b expression during hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remain to be clarified. The present study aims to identify the factors that might regulate miR-125b expression in HCV infection. Results: High expression of miR-125b was found to correlate with HCV infection in replicon cells and in sera from HCV-infected patients, whereas the miR-125b inhibitor reduced HCV gene expression...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Arnolfo Petruzziello
Introduction: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most prevalent primary malignant tumors and accounts for about 90% of all primary liver cancers. Its distribution varies greatly according to geographic location and it is more common in middle and low- income countries than in developed ones especially in Eastern Asia and Sub Saharan Africa (70% of all new HCCs worldwide), with incidence rates of over 20 per 100,000 individuals. Explanation: The most important risk factors for HCC are Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection, excessive consumption of alcohol and exposition to aflatoxin B1...
2018: Open Virology Journal
Cun-Zhi Lin, Gui-Ling Xiang, Xin-Hong Zhu, Lu-Lu Xiu, Jia-Xing Sun, Xiao-Yuan Zhang
Cancer virotherapy mediated by oncolytic viruses (OV), has emerged as a novel and effective strategy in cancer therapeutics. Preclinical models have demonstrated anticancer activity against numerous types of cancer. Currently, a number of recombinant viruses are in late phase clinical trials, many of which have demonstrated promising results regarding the safety and reliability of the treatments, particularly when combined with standard antineoplastic therapies. In addition to molecular-targeted therapeutics, genetic engineering of the viruses allows functional complementation to chemotherapy or radiotherapy agents...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Steffi De Pelsmaeker, Nicolas Romero, Massimo Vitale, Herman W Favoreel
Natural killer (NK) cells play an important role in the host response against viral infections and cancer development. They are able to kill virus-infected and tumor cells, and produce different important cytokines that stimulate the antiviral and antitumor adaptive immune response, particularly interferon gamma. NK cells are of particular importance in herpesvirus infections, which is illustrated by systemic and life-threatening herpesvirus disease symptoms in patients with deficiencies in NK cell activity, and by the myriad of reports describing herpesvirus NK cell evasion strategies...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Dario Presutti, Manuela Ceccarelli, Laura Micheli, Giuliana Papoff, Simonetta Santini, Simone Samperna, Cristiana Lalli, Lorena Zentilin, Giovina Ruberti, Felice Tirone
Medulloblastoma (MB), the tumor of the cerebellum, is the most frequent brain cancer in childhood and a major cause of pediatric mortality. Based on gene profiling, four MB subgroups have been identified, i.e., Wnt or Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) types, and subgroup 3 or 4. The Shh-type MB has been shown to arise from the cerebellar precursors of granule neurons (GCPs), where a hyperactivation of the Shh pathway leads to their neoplastic transformation. We have previously shown that the gene Tis21 (PC3/Btg2) inhibits the proliferation and promotes the differentiation and migration of GCPs...
2018: PloS One
Hiroyuki Abe, Ruri Saito, Takashi Ichimura, Akiko Iwasaki, Sho Yamazawa, Aya Shinozaki-Ushiku, Teppei Morikawa, Tetsuo Ushiku, Hiroharu Yamashita, Yasuyuki Seto, Masashi Fukayama
Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma (EBVaGC) frequently harbors dense lymphocytic infiltration, suggesting a specific microenvironment allowing coexistence with tumor immunity. CD47, which mediates the "do not eat me" signal in innate immunity, is also important in adaptive anti-tumor immunity. We investigated the significance of CD47 in EBVaGC compared with EBV-negative gastric cancer and the correlation with various immune cells. By immunohistochemistry of CD47, high, low, and negative expression was observed in 24, 63, and 12% of EBVaGC (n = 41), while 11, 49, and 39% of EBV-negative gastric cancer (n = 262), respectively, indicating that high expression of CD47 in cancer cells was significantly frequent and increased in EBVaGC (P = 0...
March 13, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
A Beltz, D Gösswein, S Zimmer, R H Stauber, J Hagemann, S Strieth, C Matthias, J Künzel
BACKGROUND: The TNM (tumor, nodes, metastasis) classification is updated periodically according to the literature and international recommendations. With the 8th edition, notable changes have been developed especially with regard to oropharyngeal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The modifications as well as the practicability of the classification for staging of oropharyngeal cancers are demonstrated on the basis of cases from the tumor database. RESULTS: The latest edition of the TNM classification realizes requirements to differentiate between human papilloma virus (HPV) positive and HPV-negative tumors during staging...
March 13, 2018: HNO
Murali Aarthy, Deepak Kumar, Rajanish Giri, Sanjeev Kumar Singh
Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been the primary causative agent of cervical cancer, the most threatening cancer affecting millions of women worldwide. HPV, a small non enveloped DNA virus of high and low risk types contain intrinsically disordered region and it also plays significant role in the development of cervical cancer. HPV E7 contains an ordered Zinc finger motif that binds to pRB and alters its function. It utilizes both disordered N-terminal and structured C-terminal regions for cellular transformation...
March 10, 2018: Gene
Marina A Pereira, Marcus F K P Ramos, Sheila F Faraj, Andre R Dias, Osmar K Yagi, Bruno Zilberstein, Ivan Cecconello, Venancio A F Alves, Evandro S de Mello, Ulysses Ribeiro
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Gastric cancer (GC) has recently been categorized in molecular subtypes, which include Epstein-Barr (EBV)-positive and microsatellite instability (MSI) tumors. This distinction may provide prognostic information and identifies therapeutic targets. The aim of this study was to evaluate EBV, MSI, and PD-L1 immunoexpression in GC and its relationship with clinicopathological characteristics and patient's prognosis. METHODS: We evaluated 287 GC patients who underwent D2-gastrectomy through immunohistochemistry for DNA mismatch repair proteins and PD-L1, and in situ hybridization for EBV detection utilizing tissue microarray...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Markus Wirth, Daniel Jira, Armin Ott, Guido Piontek, Anja Pickhard
The clinical impact of the expression of NOTCH1 signaling components in squamous cell carcinoma of the pharynx and larynx has only been evaluated in subgroups. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate NOTCH1 expression in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) patient tissue and cell lines. We analyzed tissue from 195 HNSCCs and tissue from 30 normal patients for mRNA expression of NOTCH1, NOTCH3, HES1, HEY1, and JAG1 using quantitative real-time PCR. Association of expression results and clinical orpathological factors was examined with multivariate Cox regression...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Xiao-Zhen Kang, Xue-Ran Guo, Bin-Bing Chen, Tian-Ying Zhang, Quan Yuan, Pei-Jer Chen, Jun Zhang, Ning-Shao Xia
There are estimated 248 million individuals worldwide persistently infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), if without timely and effective treatment, about 25%-40% of whom would develop to liver cancer, cirrhosis or other HBV related end-stage liver diseases. Our previously study has reported a unique antibody named E6F6, that recognizes HBsAg-aa119-125 and is capable of prolonged suppression of HBsAg and HBV DNA levels in mice. In this study, data revealed that the consecutive E6F6 treatments can not only effectively inhibit HBV viremia, but also significantly reduce HBV-induced hepatocarcinogenesis in DEN-treated HBV-Tg mice...
March 13, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Juan Xu, Haiqing Wu, Songwen Chen, Baozhen Qi, Genqing Zhou, Lidong Cai, Liqun Zhao, Yong Wei, Shaowen Liu
Atrial fibrosis serves as an important contributor to atrial fibrillation (AF). Recent data have suggested that microRNA-30c (miR-30c) is involved in fibrotic remodelling and cancer development, but the specific role of miR-30c in atrial fibrosis remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of miR-30c in atrial fibrosis and its underlying mechanisms through in vivo and in vitro experiments. Our results indicate that miR-30c is significantly down-regulated in the rat abdominal aortic constriction (AAC) model and in the cellular model of fibrosis induced by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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