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Pingping Fang, Jill A Madden, Lisa Neums, K Ryan Moulder, M Laird Forrest, Jeremy Chien
FOXM1 transcription factor network is activated in over 84% of cases in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC), and FOXM1 upregulates the expression of genes involved in the homologous recombination (HR) DNA damage and repair (DDR) pathway. However, the role of FOXM1 in poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor response has not yet been studied. The present study demonstrates that PARP inhibitor (PARPi), olaparib, induces the expression and nuclear localization of FOXM1. Based on ChIP-qPCR, olaparib enhances the binding of FOXM1 to genes involved in HR repair...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Ivana Maleva Kostovska, Milena Jakimovska, Katerina Popovska-Jankovic, Katerina Kubelka-Sabit, Mitko Karagjozov, Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska
Tumours presenting BRCAness profile behave more aggressively and are more invasive as a consequence of their complex genetic and epigenetic alterations, caused by impaired fidelity of the DNA repair processes. Methylation of promoter CpG islands represents an alternative mechanism to inactivate DNA repair and tumour suppressor genes. In our study, we analyzed the frequency of methylation changes of 24 tumour suppressor genes and explored their association with BRCAness profile. BRCA1ness profile and aberrant methylation were studied in 233 fresh frozen breast tumour tissues by Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) and Methylation Specific (MS)-MLPA methods, respectively...
March 9, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Laura Cortesi, Angela Toss, Iole Cucinotto
The standard of treatment for advanced ovarian cancer is represented by optimal surgical debulking preceded or followed by chemotherapeutic regimens including taxanes and platinum agents, possibly associated with bevacizumab and/or intraperitoneal therapy. Despite this comprehensive treatment strategy, almost 75% of patients relapse or progress and are therefore candidates for a second-line treatment, showing, at this point, less chemo-sensitivity and worse prognosis. An interesting approach to improve outcomes of these patients has been developed in the last decade, in BRCA-related ovarian cancer...
March 7, 2018: Current Cancer Drug Targets
Gertrud E Feiersinger, Kristina Trattnig, Peter D Leitner, Fabian Guggenberger, Alexander Oberhuber, Sarah Peer, Martin Hermann, Ira Skvortsova, Jana Vrbkova, Jan Bouchal, Zoran Culig, Frédéric R Santer
A number of prostate cancer (PCa)-specific genomic aberrations (denominated BRCAness genes) have been discovered implicating sensitivity to PARP inhibition within the concept of synthetic lethality. Recent clinical studies show favorable results for the PARP inhibitor Olaparib used as single agent for treatment of metastatic castration-resistant PCa. Using 2D and 3D cell culture models mimicking the different treatment and progression stages of PCa we evaluated a potential use for Olaparib in combination with first-line endocrine treatments, androgen deprivation and complete androgen blockade, and as a maintenance therapy following on from endocrine therapy...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Oncology
Yasuyuki Kanke, Akihiko Shimomura, Motonobu Saito, Takayuki Honda, Kouya Shiraishi, Yoko Shimada, Reiko Watanabe, Hiroshi Yoshida, Masayuki Yoshida, Chikako Shimizu, Kazuaki Takahashi, Hirohiko Totsuka, Hideaki Ogiwara, Sou Hirose, Koji Kono, Kenji Tamura, Aikou Okamoto, Takayuki Kinoshita, Tomoyasu Kato, Takashi Kohno
There has been little improvement in the prognosis for adolescent and young adult (AYA) tumor patients. Hence, there is an urgent need to understand the etiology of tumor development and identify actionable gene aberrations to improve prevention and therapy. Here, 76 sporadic tumors (48 breast, 22 ovarian, and six uterine) from 76 AYA females (age range, 25-39 years) were subjected to whole exome and RNA sequencing to determine their mutational signatures and actionable gene profiles. Two individuals with breast cancer (4...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
J Ventriglia, I Paciolla, S C Cecere, C Pisano, M Di Napoli, L Arenare, S V Setola, N S Losito, D Califano, M Orditura, S Pignata
In patients with recurrent ovarian cancer, the choice of second-line therapy is complex. Several factors have to be considered, such as platinum-free interval (PFI), residual toxicity from the previous treatments, BRCA1/2 gene mutation status. Trebectedin is a minor groove DNA binder derived from a marine organism that has shown efficacy in different settings in ovarian cancer therapy. It has been approved in the treatment of partially platinum sensitive (PPS) (PFI between 6 and 12 months) relapsed ovarian cancer according to the statistically significant progression-free survival (7...
February 8, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Jung-Lye Kim, Geun-Hyoung Ha, Loredana Campo, Eun-Kyoung Breuer
In spite of the push to identify modifiers of BRCAness, it still remains unclear how tumor suppressor BRCA1 is lost in breast cancers in the absence of genetic or epigenetic aberrations. Mounting evidence indicates that the transforming acidic coiled-coil 3 (TACC3) plays an important role in the centrosome-microtubule network during mitosis and gene expression, and that deregulation of TACC3 is associated with breast cancer. However, the molecular mechanisms by which TACC3 contributes to breast cancer development have yet to be elucidated...
January 17, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Priya Chudasama, Sadaf S Mughal, Mathijs A Sanders, Daniel Hübschmann, Inn Chung, Katharina I Deeg, Siao-Han Wong, Sophie Rabe, Mario Hlevnjak, Marc Zapatka, Aurélie Ernst, Kortine Kleinheinz, Matthias Schlesner, Lina Sieverling, Barbara Klink, Evelin Schröck, Remco M Hoogenboezem, Bernd Kasper, Christoph E Heilig, Gerlinde Egerer, Stephan Wolf, Christof von Kalle, Roland Eils, Albrecht Stenzinger, Wilko Weichert, Hanno Glimm, Stefan Gröschel, Hans-Georg Kopp, Georg Omlor, Burkhard Lehner, Sebastian Bauer, Simon Schimmack, Alexis Ulrich, Gunhild Mechtersheimer, Karsten Rippe, Benedikt Brors, Barbara Hutter, Marcus Renner, Peter Hohenberger, Claudia Scholl, Stefan Fröhling
Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is an aggressive mesenchymal malignancy with few therapeutic options. The mechanisms underlying LMS development, including clinically actionable genetic vulnerabilities, are largely unknown. Here we show, using whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing, that LMS tumors are characterized by substantial mutational heterogeneity, near-universal inactivation of TP53 and RB1, widespread DNA copy number alterations including chromothripsis, and frequent whole-genome duplication. Furthermore, we detect alternative telomere lengthening in 78% of cases and identify recurrent alterations in telomere maintenance genes such as ATRX, RBL2, and SP100, providing insight into the genetic basis of this mechanism...
January 10, 2018: Nature Communications
Andrew Tutt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 28, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Carla Bartosch, Blaise Clarke, Tjalling Bosse
Recognising hereditary predisposition in a cancer patient has implications both for the patient and the patient's kindred. For the latter, cascade germline testing can reassure those not-at-risk family members while carriers can be enrolled in cancer screening and prevention programs that are medically effective and economically sustainable for health care systems. Furthermore, in many of these syndromes, ramifications of molecular phenotypes are increasing, and it is now emerging that, in addition, they convey prognostic and predictive information...
December 26, 2017: Pathology
Roberto Ferrara, Francesca Simionato, Chiara Ciccarese, Elisabetta Grego, Sara Cingarlini, Roberto Iacovelli, Emilio Bria, Giampaolo Tortora, Davide Melisi
PARP1 and BRCA genes are essential genome caretakers and their interaction has been the first example of synthetic lethality, a genetic concept proposed in the early 20th century, but deeply explored in cancer patients only in the last decade. Areas covered: This review describes PARP1 and BRCA main functions and different roles in genome protection. Furthermore, an overview of the principle mechanisms of action and resistance to PARP inhibitors (PARPi) is presented. This review illustrates the concept of BRCAness, and how this discovery has broadened the routes of PARPi to several different malignancies such as ovarian, breast and prostate cancer...
December 20, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Bàrbara Roig, Marta Rodríguez-Balada, Sara Samino, Eric W-F Lam, Sandra Guaita-Esteruelas, Ana R Gomes, Xavier Correig, Joan Borràs, Oscar Yanes, Josep Gumà
Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC) is partly due to the presence of mutations in the BRCA genes. Triple-negative (TN) breast cancer (BC) shares histological characteristics with germline BRCA1 mutation-associated tumours. We have investigated the metabolic profiles of human breast cancer (BC) cell lines carrying BRCA1 pathogenic mutations by non-targeted liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry technology. Based on our in vitro results, we performed a targeted metabolomic analysis of plasma samples from TN HBOC patients taking into account their BRCA1 genotype...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Timothy C Thompson, Likun Li, Bradley M Broom
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
Enas R Abu-Zhayia, Samah W Awwad, Bella Ben-Oz, Hanan Khoury-Haddad, Nabieh Ayoub
Cells have evolved DNA damage response (DDR) to repair DNA lesions and thus preserving genomic stability and impeding carcinogenesis. DNA damage induction is accompanied by transient transcription repression. Here, we describe a previously unrecognized role of chromodomain Y-like (CDYL1) protein in fortifying double-strand break (DSB)-induced transcription repression and repair. We showed that CDYL1 is rapidly recruited to damaged euchromatic regions in a poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase 1 (PARP1)-dependent, but ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM)-independent, manner...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Yue Wang, Matthew H Ung, Sharon Cantor, Chao Cheng
BRCAness has important implications in the management and treatment of patients with breast and ovarian cancer. In this study, we propose a computational framework to measure the BRCAness of breast and ovarian tumor samples based on their gene expression profiles. We define a characteristic profile for BRCAness by comparing gene expression differences between BRCA1/2 mutant familial tumors and sporadic breast cancer tumors while adjusting for relevant clinical factors. With this BRCAness profile, our framework calculates sample-specific BRCA scores, which indicates homologous recombination (HR)-mediated DNA repair pathway activity of samples...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jeff Hirst, Andrew K Godwin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 11, 2017: Aging
Chrysovalantou Mihailidou, Michalis V Karamouzis, Dimitrios Schizas, Athanasios G Papavassiliou
Gastric cancer (GC) is a threatening malignancy characterized by heterogeneity. Current therapies use DNA damaging agents, for example, chemotherapeutic agents and ionizing radiation (IR). However, a significant portion of GC patients develops therapeutic resistance to DNA damage response (DDR) - inducing agents. An important mechanism is the stimulation of the c-MET RTK, which is a tyrosine kinase receptor and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), which facilitates cell survival by boosting DNA damage repair pathways and via escaping cell cycle arrest...
November 2017: Biochimie
Katia Danza, Simona De Summa, Rosamaria Pinto, Brunella Pilato, Orazio Palumbo, Massimo Carella, Ondina Popescu, Maria Digennaro, Rosanna Lacalamita, Stefania Tommasi
The term 'BRCAness' was introduced to identify sporadic malignant tumors sharing characteristics similar to those germline BRCA-related. Among all mechanisms attributable to BRCA1 expression silencing, a major role has been assigned to microRNAs. MicroRNAs role in familial and sporadic breast cancer has been explored but few data are available about microRNAs involvement in homologous recombination repair control in these breast cancer subgroups. Our aim was to seek microRNAs associated to pathways underlying DNA repair dysfunction in breast cancer according to a family history of the disease...
August 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Xi Zhang, Simone Hofmann, Nadia Harbeck, Udo Jeschke, Sophie Sixou
Breast cancer 1 (BRCA1), as a tumor suppressor, exerts an effective influence on protecting DNA integrity to suppress the development of breast cancer (BC). BRCA1 expression is induced in response to DNA-damaging agents such as etoposide. Germline BRCA1 gene mutations are associated with development of hereditary BC. However, besides BRCA-mutated BCs, some sporadic cancers may also exhibit a BRCA-like phenotype, displaying so-called 'BRCAness'. This common phenotype may respond to similar therapeutic approaches as BRCA-mutated tumors and may thus have important implications for the clinical management of these cancers...
December 2017: Drugs in R&D
Stefan Meyer, Adam Stevens, Roberto Paredes, Marion Schneider, Michael J Walker, Andrew J K Williamson, Maria-Belen Gonzalez-Sanchez, Stephanie Smetsers, Vineet Dalal, Hsiang Ying Teng, Daniel J White, Sam Taylor, Joanne Muter, Andrew Pierce, Chiara de Leonibus, Davy A P Rockx, Martin A Rooimans, Elaine Spooncer, Stacey Stauffer, Kajal Biswas, Barbara Godthelp, Josephine Dorsman, Peter E Clayton, Shyam K Sharan, Anthony D Whetton
BRCA2 encodes a protein with a fundamental role in homologous recombination that is essential for normal development. Carrier status of mutations in BRCA2 is associated with familial breast and ovarian cancer, while bi-allelic BRCA2 mutations can cause Fanconi anemia (FA), a cancer predisposition syndrome with cellular cross-linker hypersensitivity. Cancers associated with BRCA2 mutations can acquire chemo-resistance on relapse. We modeled acquired cross-linker resistance with an FA-derived BRCA2-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML) platform...
June 15, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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