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Autophagy and cancer

Xianjuan Kou, Xingran Liu, Xianbing Chen, Jie Li, Xiaoqi Yang, Jingjing Fan, Yi Yang, Ning Chen
The underlying molecular mechanisms for aging-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) are not fully understood. Currently, growing evidences have revealed that microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in aging and aging-related diseases. The up-regulation of miR-34a has been reported to be associated with aging-related diseases, and thus it should be a promising therapeutic target. Ampelopsin, also called dihydromyricetin (DHM), a natural flavonoid from Chinese herb Ampelopsis grossedentata, has been reported to possess multiple pharmacological functions including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-cancer functions...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Haojie Sun, Mingzhi Zhang, Kai Cheng, Peng Li, Shuo Han, Ruizhi Li, Ming Su, Wotan Zeng, Jinwen Liu, Jinhai Guo, Yinan Liu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Qihua He, Li Shen
CD133 is a pentaspan transmembrane protein that can serve as a biomarker for cancer stem cells, although its biochemical mechanism remains unclear. Here we report that CD133 expression enhances glioma cell tolerance of a nutrient-deprived microenvironment. Under starvation conditions, CD133-positive cells exhibited higher survival and decreased levels of apoptosis. These changes were dependent on activation of autophagy-associated gene signaling and were impaired by the autophagic inhibitor chloroquine. Furthermore, rapamycin up-regulated the level of autophagy and inversely reduced CD133 expression...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Qiang Fu, Jing Cheng, Jindai Zhang, Yonglei Zhang, Xiaobing Chen, Jianguo Xie, Suxia Luo
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Deregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been reported to participate in CRC progression. In the present study, we observed downregulation of miR-218 and upregulation of YEATS domain containing 4 (YEATS4) in CRC tissues and in multidrug-resistant HCT-116/L-OHP cells compared with these levels in normal tissues and parental HCT-116 cells, respectively. The results indicated that miR-218 overexpression significantly decreased the IC50 value of oxaliplatin (L-OHP) in the HCT-116/L-OHP cells, and suppression of miR-218 significantly enhanced the IC50 of L-OHP in the HCT-116 cells...
October 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
Jiaqi Yao, Chi Ma, Wei Gao, Jinxiao Liang, Chang Liu, Hongfang Yang, Qiu Yan, Qingping Wen
Cancer pain is the most common complication of lung carcinoma. Opioid agonist fentanyl is widely used for relieving pain in cancer patients, and cisplatin (DDP)‑based chemotherapy is commonly used for the treatment of advanced lung cancer; these two drugs are always used together in lung carcinoma patients. However, the mechanisms and related biological pathways by which fentanyl influences cisplatin sensitivity are relatively poorly reported. Here, we found that fentanyl reduces the sensitivity of cisplatin in human lung cancer cells and induces autophagy...
October 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Wei-Lin Jin, Xiao-Yuan Mao, Guan-Zhong Qiu
Glioblastoma (GBM) is regarded as the most common primary intracranial neoplasm. Despite standard treatment with tumor resection and radiochemotherapy, the outcome remains gloomy. It is evident that a combination of oncogenic gain of function and tumor-suppressive loss of function has been attributed to glioma initiation and progression. The ubiquitin-proteasome system is a well-orchestrated system that controls the fate of most proteins by striking a dynamic balance between ubiquitination and deubiquitination of substrates, having a profound influence on the modulation of oncoproteins, tumor suppressors, and cellular signaling pathways...
October 24, 2016: Medicinal Research Reviews
Larisa Ryskalin, Fiona Limanaqi, Francesca Biagioni, Alessandro Frati, Vincenzo Esposito, Maria Teresa Calierno, Paola Lenzi, Francesco Fornai
The present manuscript is an overview of various effects of mTOR up-regulation in astrocytoma with an emphasis on its deleterious effects on the proliferation of Glioblastoma Multiforme. The manuscript reports consistent evidence indicating the occurrence of mTOR up-regulation both in experimental and human astrocytoma. The grading of human astrocytoma is discussed in relationship with mTOR up-regulation. In the second part of the manuscript, the biochemical pathways under the influence of mTOR are translated to cell phenotypes which are generated by mTOR up-regulation and reverted by its inhibition...
October 24, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Hanna Starobinets, Jordan Ye, Miranda Broz, Kevin Barry, Juliet Goldsmith, Timothy Marsh, Fanya Rostker, Matthew Krummel, Jayanta Debnath
The rising success of cancer immunotherapy has produced immense interest in defining the clinical contexts that may benefit from this therapeutic approach. To this end, there is a need to ascertain how the therapeutic modulation of intrinsic cancer cell programs influences the anticancer immune response. For example, the role of autophagy as a tumor cell survival and metabolic fitness pathway is being therapeutically targeted in ongoing clinical trials that combine cancer therapies with antimalarial drugs for the treatment of a broad spectrum of cancers, many of which will likely benefit from immunotherapy...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Xinxin Song, Yangchun Xie, Rui Kang, Wen Hou, Xiaofang Sun, Michael W Epperly, Joel S Greenberger, Daolin Tang
Bone marrow injury remains a serious concern in traditional cancer treatment. Ferroptosis is an iron- and oxidative-dependent form of regulated cell death that has become part of an emerging strategy for chemotherapy. However, the key regulator of ferroptosis in bone marrow injury remains unknown. Here, we show that Fanconi anemia complementation group D2 (FANCD2), a nuclear protein involved in DNA damage repair, protects against ferroptosis-mediated injury in bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). The classical ferroptosis inducer erastin remarkably increased the levels of monoubiquitinated FANCD2, which in turn limited DNA damage in BMSCs...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
S Zappavigna, M Scuotto, A M Cossu, D Ingrosso, M De Rosa, C Schiraldi, R Filosa, M Caraglia
BACKGROUND: Embelin is a potent dual inhibitor of 5-lipoxigenase (5-LOX) and microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase (mPGES)-1 that suppresses proliferation of human glioma cells and induces apoptosis by inhibiting XIAP and NF-κB signaling pathway. Synthetic structural modification yielded the derivative 3-((decahydronaphthalen-6-yl)methyl)-2,5-dihydroxycyclohexa-2,5-diene-1,4-dione (RF-Id), an embelin constrained analogue, with improved efficiency against 5-LOX in human neutrophils and anti-inflammatory activity in vivo...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Jorge Moscat, Michael Karin, Maria T Diaz-Meco
Adaptor proteins participate in selective autophagy, which is critical for cellular detoxification and stress relief. However, new evidence supports an autophagy-independent key role of the adaptor p62 (encoded by the gene Sqstm1) in signaling functions central to tumor initiation in the epithelium and suppression of tumor progression in the stroma.
October 20, 2016: Cell
Xin-Shuang Yu, Juan Du, Yu-Jun Fan, Feng-Jun Liu, Li-Li Cao, Ning Liang, De-Guo Xu, Jian-Dong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the effects of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) on autophagy, apoptosis and chemoresistance of human small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cells via the PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway. RESULTS: The expressions of ERS-related proteins (PEAK, eIF2α and CHOP) up-regulated, autophagy-related proteins (LC3, LC3-II and Beclin1) and apoptosis-related proteins (Bax and procaspase-3) down-regulated in NCI-H446 and H69 cells after tunicamycin treatment for 24 h...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Karen Peynshaert, Stefaan J Soenen, Bella B Manshian, Shareen H Doak, Kevin Braeckmans, Stefaan C De Smedt, Katrien Remaut
: In the last decade the interest in autophagy got an incredible boost and the phenomenon quickly turned into an extensive research field. Interestingly, dysfunction of this cytoplasmic clearance system has been proposed to lie at the root of multiple diseases including cancer. We therefore consider it crucial from a toxicological point of view to investigate if nanomaterials that are developed for biomedical applications interfere with this cellular process. Here, we study the highly promising 'gradient alloyed' quantum dots (QDs) that differ from conventional ones by their gradient core composition which allows for better fluorescent properties...
October 17, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Soojong Park, Ahmad Fudhaili, Sang-Seok Oh, Ki Won Lee, Hamadi Madhi, Dong-Hee Kim, Jiyun Yoo, Hyung Won Ryu, Ki-Hun Park, Kwang Dong Kim
BACKGROUND: Broussonetia papyrifera (B. papyrifera), also known as paper mulberry, has been used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of several diseases, including ophthalmic disorders and impotency. However, the biological activity of kazinol A (1) among flavonols isolated from B. papyrifera has not been identified. PURPOSE: We identified a candidate metabolite for anti-human bladder cancer treatment from B. papyrifera and investigated the possible molecular mechanisms underlying its cytotoxic effects in T24 and cisplatin-resistant T24R2 human bladder cancer cells...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Yuyin Li, Yuejun Sun, Lifang Jing, Jianjun Wang, Yali Yan, Yajuan Feng, Yueying Zhang, Zhenxing Liu, Long Ma, Aipo Diao
The lysosome inhibitors bafilomycin A1 and chloroquine have both lysosomotropic properties and autophagy inhibition ability, and are promising clinical agents to be used in combination with anticancer drugs. In order to investigate this combination effect, HepG2 cells were treated with bafilomycin A1, chloroquine, or/and doxorubicin, and their proliferative ability, induction of apoptosis, and the changes of lysosomal membrane permeabilization and mitochondrial membrane potential were studied. The results demonstrate that treatment with bafilomycin A1 or chloroquine alone at a relatively low concentration promotes the inhibitory effect of doxorubicin on cell growth and apoptosis...
October 21, 2016: Chemotherapy
Ya-Qin Tan, Jing Zhang, Gang Zhou
Macroautophagy/autophagy is a conserved lysosomal degradation process essential for cell physiology and human health. By regulating apoptosis, inflammation, pathogen clearance, immune response and other cellular processes, autophagy acts as a modulator of pathogenesis and is a potential therapeutic target in diverse diseases. With regard to oral disease, autophagy can be problematic either when it is activated or impaired, because this process is involved in diverse functions, depending on the specific disease and its level of progression...
October 20, 2016: Autophagy
Anja Göder, Nisintha Mahendrarajah, Oliver H Krämer
Autophagy is a lysosome-dependent, intracellular pathway for the recycling of cellular components. It plays a pivotal role in both cancer development and the response to chemotherapy. Here we describe how autophagy can be monitored in living cells by flow cytometry using the cationic amphiphilic tracer dye Cyto-ID(®) Green. The detection of autophagy induction in the human leukemia cell line K562 after the treatment with the HDAC class I inhibitor MS-275 serves as an example for this approach.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Tetsushi Kubota, Shinji Kuroda, Toshiaki Morihiro, Hiroshi Tazawa, Shunsuke Kagawa, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara
Trastuzumab(Tmab)is a humanized monoclonalantibody that binds to the human epidermalgrowth factor receptor 2 (HER2). It is clinically used for HER2-positive breast and gastric cancers; however, the use of Tmab is restricted to tumors expressing high levels of HER2(accounting for only 20%of tumors), and Tmab cannot be used for tumors resistant to Tmab. Although novel HER2-targeted agents have been developed to treat Tmab-resistant tumors, none of these have shown clinical efficacy in gastric cancer patients...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Ralph D Sanderson, Michael Elkin, Alan C Rapraeger, Neta Ilan, Israel Vlodavsky
Because of its impact on multiple biological pathways, heparanase has emerged as a major regulator of cancer, inflammation and other disease processes. Heparanase accomplishes this by degrading heparan sulfate which regulates the abundance and location of heparin-binding growth factors thereby influencing multiple signaling pathways that control gene expression, syndecan shedding and cell behavior. In addition, heparanase can act via non-enzymatic mechanisms that directly activate signaling at the cell surface...
October 18, 2016: FEBS Journal
Mariana Pavel, David C Rubinsztein
Autophagy (literally "self-eating") is an evolutionarily conserved degradation process where cytoplasmic components are engulfed by vesicles called autophagosomes, which are then delivered to lysosomes, where their contents are degraded. Under stress conditions, such as starvation or oxidative stress, autophagy is upregulated in order to degrade macromolecules and restore the nutrient balance. The source of membranes that participate in the initial formation of phagophores is still incompletely understood and many intracellular structures have been shown to act as lipid donors, including the endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi, nucleus, mitochondria and the plasma membrane...
October 18, 2016: FEBS Journal
Peidang Liu, Haizhen Jin, Zhirui Guo, Jun Ma, Jing Zhao, Dongdong Li, Hao Wu, Ning Gu
Radiotherapy performs an important function in the treatment of cancer, but resistance of tumor cells to radiation still remains a serious concern. More research on more effective radiosensitizers is urgently needed to overcome such resistance and thereby improve the treatment outcome. The goal of this study was to evaluate and compare the radiosensitizing efficacies of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on glioma at clinically relevant megavoltage energies. Both AuNPs and AgNPs potentiated the in vitro and in vivo antiglioma effects of radiation...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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