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Yemarshet K Gebreyohannes, Patrick Schöffski, Thomas Van Looy, Jasmien Wellens, Lise Vreys, Jasmien Cornillie, Ulla Vanleeuw, Dana T Aftab, Maria Debiec-Rychter, Raf Sciot, Agnieszka Wozniak
In the majority of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) oncogenic signaling is driven by KIT mutations. Advanced GIST is treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) such as imatinib. Acquired resistance to TKI is mainly caused by secondary KIT mutations, but can also be attributed to a switch of KIT dependency to another receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK). We tested the efficacy of cabozantinib, a novel TKI targeting KIT, MET, AXL, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFR), in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of GIST, carrying different KIT mutations...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
M Vouri, D R Croucher, S P Kennedy, Q An, G J Pilkington, S Hafizi
Acquired resistance to conventional and targeted therapies is becoming a major hindrance in cancer management. It is increasingly clear that cancer cells are able to evolve and rewire canonical signalling pathways to their advantage, thus evading cell death and promoting cell invasion. The Axl receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) has been shown to modulate acquired resistance to EGFR-targeted therapies in both breast and lung cancers. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly infiltrative and invasive form of brain tumour with little response to therapy...
October 24, 2016: Oncogenesis
Magdalena Paolino, Josef M Penninger
The TAM receptor protein tyrosine kinases-Tyro3, Axl, and Mer-are essential regulators of immune homeostasis. Guided by their cognate ligands Growth arrest-specific gene 6 (Gas6) and Protein S (Pros1), these receptors ensure the resolution of inflammation by dampening the activation of innate cells as well as by restoring tissue function through promotion of tissue repair and clearance of apoptotic cells. Their central role as negative immune regulators is highlighted by the fact that deregulation of TAM signaling has been linked to the pathogenesis of autoimmune, inflammatory, and infectious diseases...
October 21, 2016: Cancers
Kwong-Fai Wong, Angela M Liu, Wanjin Hong, Zhi Xu, John M Luk
The Hippo pathway regulates the down-stream target Yes-associated protein (YAP) to maintain organ homeostasis, which is commonly inactivated in many types of cancers. However, how cell adhesion dysregulates the Hippo pathway activating YAP oncogene in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. Our findings demonstrate that α2β1 integrin (but not other β1 integrins) expressed in HCC cells, after binding to collagen extracellular matrix, could inhibit MST1 kinase phosphorylation and activate YAP pro-oncogenic activities...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Laura M Divine, Mai R Nguyen, Eric Meller, Riva A Desai, Batool Arif, Erinn B Rankin, Katherine H Bligard, Cherise Meyerson, Ian S Hagemann, Maria Massad, Premal H Thaker, Andrea R Hagemann, Carolyn K McCourt, Matt A Powell, David G Mutch, Katherine C Fuh
The receptor tyrosine kinase AXL promotes migration, invasion, and metastasis. Here, we evaluated the role of AXL in endometrial cancer. High immunohistochemical expression of AXL was found in 76% (63/83) of advanced-stage, and 77% (82/107) of high-grade specimens and correlated with worse survival in uterine serous cancer patients. In vitro, genetic silencing of AXL inhibited migration and invasion but had no effect on proliferation of ARK1 endometrial cancer cells. AXL-deficient cells showed significantly decreased expression of phospho-AKT as well as uPA, MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3, and MMP-9...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Han-Xiao Wang, Shu-Zhen Hu, Qiang Shi, Chuan-Feng Chen
With an expanded electron-rich cavity and a fixed conformation, macrocycle H was found to encapsulate π-extended viologens G1-G4 to form the first case of pseudo[3]rotaxanes based on oxacalixarenes. The complexation was investigated in detail both in solution and in the solid state using NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. Due to the three-dimensional nonsymmetric structure of H, three orientational isomers of the pseudorotaxanes could be expected theoretically. However, as the crystal structure analysis revealed, only one of the three isomers was obtained with either G1 or G3...
October 20, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Chunju Li, Suxiang Ma, Huanqing Chen, Jian Li, Xueshun Jia
Biphen[n]arenes (n = 3, 4) are a new family of macrocyclic hosts. Here we describe molecular recognition behaviour of hydroxylated biphen[4]arene (OHBP4) for the first time. A series of cationic guests with different size and shape, including quaternary ammonium salts (1*PF6 and 2*PF6), pyridinium-based guests (3*2PF6-6*2PF6) and cobaltocenium hexafluorophosphate (7*PF6), were chosen as the model guest molecules. OHBP4 exhibits good selectivity towards 2,7-dibutyldiazapyrenium bis(hexafluorophosphate) (4*2PF6) axle to form a [2]pseudorotaxane-type complex...
October 19, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Mohammad Massumi, Farzaneh Pourasgari, Amarnadh Nalla, Battsetseg Batchuluun, Kristina Nagy, Eric Neely, Rida Gull, Andras Nagy, Michael B Wheeler
The ability to yield glucose-responsive pancreatic beta-cells from human pluripotent stem cells in vitro will facilitate the development of the cell replacement therapies for the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes. Here, through the sequential in vitro targeting of selected signaling pathways, we have developed an abbreviated five-stage protocol (25-30 days) to generate human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Beta-like Cells (ES-DBCs). We showed that Geltrex, as an extracellular matrix, could support the generation of ES-DBCs more efficiently than that of the previously described culture systems...
2016: PloS One
Frank Cackowski, Matthew R Eber, James Rhee, Ann Decker, Kenji Yumoto, Janice E Berry, Eunsohl Lee, Yusuke Shiozawa, Younghun Jung, Julio A Aguirre-Ghiso, Russell S Taichman
Many prostate cancer (PCa) recurrences are thought to be due to reactivation of disseminated tumor cells (DTCs). We previously found a role of the TAM family of receptor tyrosine kinases TYRO3, AXL and MERTK in PCa dormancy regulation. However, the mechanism and contributions of the individual TAM receptors is largely unknown. Knockdown of MERTK, but not AXL or TYRO3 by shRNA in PCa cells induced a decreased ratio of P-Erk1/2 to P-p38, increased expression of p27, NR2F1, SOX2, and NANOG, induced higher levels of histone H3K9me3 and H3K27me3, and induced a G1/G0 arrest, all of which are associated with dormancy...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Hendrik Sielaff, James Martin, Dhirendra Singh, Goran Biukovic, Gerhard Grueber, Wayne D Frasch
The angular velocities of ATPase-dependent power strokes as a function of the rotational position for the A-type molecular motor A3B3DF from the Methanosarcina mazei Goe1 A-ATP synthase, and the thermophilic motor α3β3γ from Geobacillus stearothermophilus (formerly known as Bacillus PS3) F-ATP synthase are resolved at 5 μsec resolution for the first time. Unexpectedly, the angular velocity profile of the A-type was closely similar in the angular positions of accelerations and decelerations to the profiles of the evolutionarily distant F-type motors of thermophilic and mesophilic origins, and differ only in the magnitude of their velocities...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Alexander E Hess, Paul D Beer
Four halogen and hydrogen bonding rotaxane host systems featuring pyridinium bis-amide-iodotriazole/prototriazole and pyridinium bis-amide-iodotriazolium/prototriazolium axle components have been synthesized by CuAAC-mediated mono-stoppering chloride anion templation and post-rotaxanation methylation reactions. In competitive 45 : 45 : 10 CDCl3-CD3OD-D2O aqueous solvent media, the dicationic halogen bonding rotaxane displayed a notable enhanced binding affinity and marked selectivity for Br(-) over other halides and nitrate and dihydrogen phosphate oxoanions in contrast to an all hydrogen bonding counterpart which is attributed to chelated charge assisted halogen bonding interactions...
October 11, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
M Batlle, B Campos, M Farrero, M Cardona, B González, M A Castel, J Ortiz, E Roig, M J Pulgarín, J Ramírez, J L Bedini, M Sabaté, P García de Frutos, F Pérez-Villa
BACKGROUND: Prognostic biomarkers are needed to improve the management of the heart failure (HF) epidemic, being the brain natriuretic peptides the most valuable. Here we evaluate 3 biomarkers, high sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT), galectin-3 (Gal-3) and C-terminal propeptide of type I procollagen (CICP), compare them with a recently described new candidate (sAXL), and analyze their relationship with BNP. METHODS: HF patients with reduced ejection fraction (n=192) were included in this prospective observational study, with measurements of candidate biomarkers, functional, clinical and echocardiographic variables...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Paola Ciceri, Francesca Elli, Paola Braidotti, Monica Falleni, Delfina Tosi, Gaetano Bulfamante, Geoffrey A Block, Mario Cozzolino
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: High phosphate-induced vascular calcification (VC) and iron deficiency-induced anemia are two major contributors of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Since phosphate (Pi) control and iron replacement are common therapies in CKD, the aim of our study was to investigate the effect of iron on high Pi-induced VC in rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). METHODS: We treated VSMCs with 5 mM Pi and iron citrate (Fe(3+)) to evaluate Ca deposition by Alizarin Red destaining, DNA fragmentation by ELISA, gene expression by RT-PCR and protein expression by Western blot...
September 30, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Sara M Tolaney, Hovav Nechushtan, Ilan-Gil Ron, Patrick Schöffski, Ahmad Awada, Chris A Yasenchak, A Douglas Laird, Bridget O'Keeffe, Geoffrey I Shapiro, Eric P Winer
PURPOSE: Cabozantinib (XL184), a multi-targeted oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor with activity against MET, VEGFR2, AXL, and other tyrosine kinases, was assessed in a cohort of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients in a phase II randomized discontinuation trial (RDT). METHODS: Patients received 100 mg cabozantinib daily during a 12-week lead-in stage. Those with stable disease per modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors version 1.0 at 12 weeks were randomized to either continue cabozantinib or receive placebo...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Yaqiong Tian, Zengli Zhang, Liyun Miao, Zhimin Yang, Jie Yang, Yinhua Wang, Danwen Qian, Hourong Cai, Yongsheng Wang
Recently, epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) have revolutionized non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment. However, resistance remains a major obstacle. Anexelekto (AXL) is a member of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) and shares the same downstream signaling pathways with EGFR, such as PI3K/AKT and MAPK/ERK. AXL overexpression in resistant tumors has been implicated in many previous studies in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we further examined whether expression of AXL and its downstream targets increased in gefitinib-resistant PC9 cells (PC9GR)...
2016: Oncology Research
Jane Antony, Tuan Zea Tan, Zoe Kelly, Jeffrey Low, Mahesh Choolani, Chiara Recchi, Hani Gabra, Jean Paul Thiery, Ruby Yun-Ju Huang
Ovarian cancer is a complex disease with heterogeneity among the gene expression molecular subtypes (GEMS) between patients. Patients with tumors of a mesenchymal ("Mes") subtype have a poorer prognosis than patients with tumors of an epithelial ("Epi") subtype. We evaluated GEMS of ovarian cancer patients for molecular signaling profiles and assessed how the differences in these profiles could be leveraged to improve patient clinical outcome. Kinome enrichment analysis identified AXL as a particularly abundant kinase in Mes-subtype tumor tissue and cell lines...
October 4, 2016: Science Signaling
Balazs Halmos, Eric B Haura
Patients with a mesenchymal subtype of ovarian cancer face a poor prognosis with limited treatment options to halt metastatic progression. In this issue of Science Signaling, Antony et al found that the kinase AXL drives the mesenchymal gene signature and motility of ovarian tumor cells. AXL inhibitors may thus slow tumor progression in this subset of patients.
October 4, 2016: Science Signaling
Anna Malawista, Xiaomei Wang, Mark Trentalange, Heather G Allore, Ruth R Montgomery
The TAM receptors (Tyro3, Axl, and Mer) are a family of homologous receptor-tyrosine kinases that inhibit Toll-like receptor signaling to regulate downstream pathways and restore homeostasis. TAM triple mutant mice (Tyro3(-/-), Axl(-/-), Mer(-/-)) have elevated levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and are prone to developing lymphoproliferative disorders and autoimmunity. Understanding differential expression of TAM receptors among human subjects is critical to harnessing this pathway for therapeutic interventions...
2016: Macrophage
Wenwen He, Xiangjia Zhu, Don Wolff, Zhennan Zhao, Xinghuai Sun, Yi Lu
Purpose. To evaluate the anterior chamber volume in cataract patients with Swept-Source Optical Coherence Tomography (SS-OCT) and its influencing factors. Methods. Anterior chamber volume of 92 cataract patients was evaluated with SS-OCT in this cross-sectional study. Univariate analyses and multiple linear regression were used to investigate gender, age, operated eye, posterior vitreous detachment, lens opacity grading, and axial length (AXL) related variables capable of influencing the ACV. Results. The average ACV was 139...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Ming Xing Hu, Tianlv Xu, Roya Momen, Guo Huan, Steven R Kirk, Samantha Jenkins, Michael Filatov
The utility of the QTAIM/stress tensor analysis method for characterizing the photoisomerization of light driven molecular rotary machines is investigated on the example of the torsion path in fluorene molecular motor. The scalar and vector descriptors of QTAIM/stress tensor reveal additional information on the bonding interactions between the rotating units of the motor, which cannot be obtained from the analysis of the ground and excited state potential energy surfaces. The topological features of the fluorene motor molecular graph display that, upon the photoexcitation a certain increase in the torsional stiffness of the rotating bond can be attributed to the increasing topological stability of the rotor carbon atom attached to the rotation axle...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
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