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Raffaella Sordella, Nitin H Shirole, Debjani Pal, Edward R Kastenhuber, Serif Senturk, Joseph Boroda, Paola Pisterzi, Madison Miller, Gustavo Munoz, Marko Anderluh, Marc Ladanyi, Scott W Lowe
TP53 truncating mutations are common in human tumors and are thought to give rise to p53-null alleles. Here, we show that TP53 exon-6 truncating mutations occur at higher than expected frequencies and produce proteins that lack canonical p53 tumor suppressor activities but promote cancer cell proliferation, survival, and metastasis. Functionally and molecularly, these p53 mutants resemble the naturally occurring alternative p53 splice variant, p53-psi. Accordingly, these mutants can localize to mitochondria where they promote tumor phenotypes by binding and activating the mitochondria inner pore permeability regulator, Cyclophilin D (CypD)...
October 19, 2016: ELife
Yi-Te Lin, Yu-Chin Liu, Chuck C-K Chao
Cisplatin is a potent chemotherapeutic drug widely used for the treatment of human cancer. However, its efficacy against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is poor for reasons that remain unclear. We show here that prothymosin-alpha (PTMA) is overexpressed in HCC cell lines. Silencing PTMA using short-hairpin RNA sensitizes HCC cells to cisplatin, while ectopic expression of PTMA induces cell resistance to the drug. Cisplatin inhibits both the JNK pathway and PTMA in a dose-dependent manner. Treatment with a JNK inhibitor also reduces PTMA protein stability and sensitizes HCC cells to cisplatin...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
Patrícia Manuela Ribeiro Pereira, Sandrina Silva, Mafalda Bispo, Mónica da Rocha Zuzarte, Célia Gomes, Henrique Girão, José A S Cavaleiro, Carlos A Fontes Ribeiro, Joao P C Tome, Rosa Fernandes
Here we report the rational design of a new third-generation photosensitizer (PS), a chlorin conjugated with galactodendritic units, ChlGal8, to improve the effectiveness of bladder cancer treatment. ChlGal8 shows better photo-chemical and -physical properties than a recently reported homologous porphyrin, PorGal8. In addition to inheriting excellent photostability, ability to generate singlet oxygen and to interact with the proteins galectin-1 and human serum albumin (HSA), ChlGal8 exhibits high absorption in the red region of the electromagnetic spectrum...
October 17, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Lelin Hu, Hao Wang, Li Huang, Yong Zhao, Junjie Wang
Autophagy induced by radiation is critical to cell fate decision. Evidence now sheds light on the importance of autophagy induced by cancer radiotherapy. Traditional view considers radiation can directly or indirectly damage DNA which can activate DNA damage the repair signaling pathway, a large number of proteins participating in DNA damage repair signaling pathway such as p53, ATM, PARP1, FOXO3a, mTOR and SIRT1 involved in autophagy regulation. However, emerging recent evidence suggests radiation can also cause injury to extranuclear targets such as plasma membrane, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and induce accumulation of ceramide, ROS, and Ca2+ concentration which activate many signaling pathways to modulate autophagy...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Chun-Yen Liu, Chang-Hung Hsieh, Seung-Hun Kim, Jing-Ping Wang, Yu-Lin Ni, Chun-Li Su, Ching-Fa Yao, Kang Fang
Human liver cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers worldwide. The development of resistance to therapy limits the application against the disease. To improve treatment, new effective anticancer agents are constantly pursued. Previously, we reported that an indolylquinoline, 3-((7-ethyl-1H-indol-3-yl)-methyl)-2-methylquinoline (EMMQ), is effective in suppressing the growth of human lung cancer by impairing mitochondria functions. The present study revealed that EMMQ inhibited cell growth and induced apoptosis in liver cancer cells, but not in normal cells...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Tatjana Harting, Mandy Stubbendorff, Saskia Willenbrock, Siegfried Wagner, Patrik Schadzek, Anaclet Ngezahayo, Hugo Murua Escobar, Ingo Nolte
The Warburg effect describes the ability of cancer cells to produce energy via aerobic glycolysis instead of oxidative phosphorylation of pyruvate. This deviation in mitochondrial metabolism inhibits apoptosis, allowing increased proliferation under conditions of reduced oxygen levels. Dichloroacetate (DCA) was successfully used in several human cancer cell lines to reactivate oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria. The aim of this study was the characterization and response of canine cancer cell lines after DCA exposure...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Qi Xie, Jing Su, Bingxuan Jiao, Luyan Shen, Liwei Ma, Xianzhi Qu, Chunyan Yu, Xianrui Jiang, Ye Xu, Liankun Sun
Bcl-2, which belongs to the Bcl-2 family, is frequently overexpressed in various types of cancer cells and contributes to drug resistance. However, the function of Bcl-2 in cisplatin resistance in human ovarian cancer cells is not fully understood. In this study, we found that the pharmacological inhibitor ABT737 or genetic knockdown of Bcl-2 increased cisplatin cytotoxicity in cisplatin-resistant ovarian cancer cells. Additionally, treatment with ABT737 or Bcl-2 siRNA increased cisplatin-induced free Ca2+ levels in the cytosol and mitochondria, which increased endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated and mitochondria-mediated apoptosis...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
P-H Liao, H-H Hsu, T-S Chen, M-C Chen, C-H Day, C-C Tu, Y-M Lin, F-J Tsai, W-W Kuo, C-Y Huang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer. Despite the availability of several treatment strategies, resistance to chemotherapeutic agents, which limits the effectiveness of anticancer drugs, is a major problem in cancer therapy. In this study, we used a histone deacetylases inhibitor (HDACi) to establish drug-resistant HCC cells and further analyzed the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of resistance in HCC cells. Compared with the parental cells, HDACi-resistant cells showed high metastatic and pro-survival abilities...
October 17, 2016: Oncogene
Jyun-Wei Chen, Cheng-Chung Chang
Unlike traditional binary nanostructures that construct chemotherapy drugs and photodynamic therapy photosensitizers, we introduce a molecule possessing the chemo-photodynamic dual therapy function. A water-soluble aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE) fluorogen, NV-12P, was designed and synthesized based on asymmetric 1, 6-disubstituted naphthalene and can generate particular reactive oxygen species (ROS) to undergo type I photodynamic therapy (PDT) programme under irradiation. Furthermore, this compound can specifically localize in mitochondria and, after biologically evaluation, cause mitochondrial dysfunction and potent cytotoxicity to cancer cells but not normal cells...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Peng Zou, Longhua Liu, Louise D Zheng, Kyle K Payne, Masoud H Manjili, Michael O Idowu, Jinfeng Zhang, Eva M Schmelz, Zhiyong Cheng
Overactive mitochondrial fission was shown to promote cell transformation and tumor growth. It remains elusive how mitochondrial quality is regulated in such conditions. Here, we show that upregulation of mitochondrial fission protein, dynamin related protein-1 (Drp1), was accompanied with increased mitochondrial biogenesis markers (PGC1α, NRF1, and Tfam) in breast cancer cells. However, mitochondrial number was reduced, which was associated with lower mitochondrial oxidative capacity in breast cancer cells...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Yanan Gao, Xuejing Qi, Yiping Zheng, Hongyu Ji, LinhuaWu, Nannan Zheng, Jingling Tang
The vitamin E analogue, α-tocopherol succinate (α-TOS), has a broad anti-tumor effect. α-TOS can induce cancer cells apoptosis and suppress tumor growth by targeting mitochondria. Low bioavailability of α-TOS is the major problem encountered with formulation development. In our study, α-TOS nanoemulsion (α-TOS-NE) was demonstrated as a new drug delivery system of α-TOS to increase the bioavailability. MTT-based cytotoxicity assay and mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔY) were performed on human breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and human oral epithelial cancer cell lines KB to evaluate in vitro anticancer efficacy of α-TOS-NE...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Xiaojing Liu, Iris L Romero, Lacey M Litchfield, Ernst Lengyel, Jason W Locasale
Repurposing metformin for cancer therapy is attractive due to its safety profile, epidemiological evidence, and encouraging data from human clinical trials. Although it is known to systemically affect glucose metabolism in liver, muscle, gut, and other tissues, the molecular determinants that predict a patient response in cancer remain unknown. Here, we carry out an integrative metabolomics analysis of metformin action in ovarian cancer. Metformin accumulated in patient biopsies, and pathways involving nucleotide metabolism, redox, and energy status, all related to mitochondrial metabolism, were affected in treated tumors...
October 12, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Amelia Pollard, Freya Shephard, James Freed, Susan Liddell, Lisa Chakrabarti
Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors are used to treat glaucoma and cancers. Carbonic anhydrases perform a crucial role in the conversion of carbon dioxide and water into bicarbonate and protons. However, there is little information about carbonic anhydrase isoforms during the process of ageing. Mitochondrial dysfunction is implicit in ageing brain and muscle. We have interrogated isolated mitochondrial fractions from young adult and middle aged mouse brain and skeletal muscle. We find an increase of tissue specific carbonic anhydrases in mitochondria from middle-aged brain and skeletal muscle...
October 10, 2016: Aging
Claudia Canzonetta, Manuela Leo, Salvatore Rocco Guarino, Arianna Montanari, Silvia Francisci, Patrizia Filetici
In budding yeast, growth through fermentation and/or respiration is dependent on the type of carbon source present in the medium. SAGA complex is the main acetylation complex and is required, together with Rtg factors, for nucleus-mitochondria communication and transcriptional activation of specific nuclear genes. Even though acetylation is necessary for mitochondria activity and respiratory pathways the direct role of histone acetyltransferases and SAGA complex has never been investigated directly. In this study we demonstrate, for the first time, that Gcn5 and SAGA are needed for respiratory metabolism and oxygen consumption...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Luke McKenzie, Igor Sazanovich, Elizabeth Baggaley, Mickaële Bonneau, Véronique Guerchais, Gareth Williams, Julia Weinstein, Helen E Bryant
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses photosensitizers (PS) which only become cytotoxic upon light-irradiation. Transition metal complexes are highly promising PS due to long excited state lifetimes, and photostability. However, these complexes usually absorb higher-energy UV/Visible light, whilst the optimal tissue transparency is in the lower-energy NIR region. Two-photon excitation (TPE) can overcome this dichotomy, with simultaneous absorption of two lower-energy NIR-photons populating the same PS-active excited state as one higher-energy photon...
October 14, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Graziella Anselmo Joanitti, Rayane Ganassin, Mosar Rodrigues Corrêa, João Paulo Figueiró Longo, Cheng-Shi Jiang, Jinsong Gu, Sandra Milena Leal Pinto, Maria de Fátima Menezes Almeida Dos Santos, Ricardo Bentes de Azevedo, Luis Alexandre Muehlmann
Nanotechnology has provided powerful tools to improve the chemotherapy of cancer. Different nanostructures have been developed which deliver the anticancer drugs more selectively to tumor than to healthy tissues. The result has generally been the increase in efficacy and safety of classical anticancer drugs. In recent years, several studies have focused not only on the delivery of anticancer drugs to tumors, but also on delivering the drugs to specific organelles of cancer cells. Endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, lysosomes, mitochondria, and nucleus have been the targets of different nanostructured drug delivery systems developed with the goal of circumventing drug-resistance, increasing drug efficacy, and so on...
October 13, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Bhabatosh Banik, Brett W Askins, Shanta Dhar
The field of intracellular organelle targeting using nanoparticle (NP) is mushrooming rapidly. Thus, the area of nanotechnology-enabled targeting of mitochondrion, the cellular powerhouse, for diseases characterized by mitochondrial dysfunctions such as cancer, diseases of the central nervous system, and cardiovascular diseases is also growing at a rapid pace. Optimization of a NP's ability to target the mitochondria requires quantification of the particles in this subcellular organelle and isolation of mitochondria from the cells...
October 13, 2016: Nanoscale
Romain Jugé, Josselin Breugnot, Célia Da Silva, Sylvie Bordes, Brigitte Closs, Abdel Aouacheria
UV irradiation is a major environmental factor causing skin dryness, aging and cancer. UVB in particular triggers cumulative DNA damage, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. The objective of our study was to provide both qualitative and quantitative analysis of how mitochondria respond to UVB irradiation in normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEK) of healthy donors, with the rationale that monitoring mitochondrial shape will give an indication of cell population fitness and enable the screening of bioactive agents with UVB-protective properties...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Peter M Waziri, Rasedee Abdullah, Swee Keong Yeap, Abdul Rahman Omar, Ahmad Bustamam Abdul, Nur Kartinee Kassim, Ibrahim Malami, Thiruventhan Karunakaran, Mustapha Umar Imam
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Clausena excavata Burm.f. is used locally in folk medicine for the treatment of cancer in South East Asia. AIM OF THE STUDY: To determine the mechanism action of pure clausenidin crystals in the induction hepatocellular carcinoma (hepG2) cells apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pure clausenidin was isolated from Clausena excavata Burm.f. and characterized using (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra. Clausenidin-induced cytotoxicity was determined by MTT assay...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Chandran Murugan, Kathirvel Rayappan, Ramar Thangam, Ramasamy Bhanumathi, Krishnamurthy Shanthi, Raju Vivek, Ramasamy Thirumurugan, Atanu Bhattacharyya, Srinivasan Sivasubramanian, Palani Gunasekaran, Soundarapandian Kannan
Combination therapy of multiple drugs through a single system is exhibiting high therapeutic effects. We investigate nanocarrier mediated inhibitory effects of topotecan (TPT) and quercetin (QT) on triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) (MDA-MB-231) and multi drug resistant (MDR) type breast cancer cells (MCF-7) with respect to cellular uptake efficiency and therapeutic mechanisms as in vitro and in vivo. The synthesized mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) pores used for loading TPT; the outer of the nanoparticles was decorated with poly (acrylic acid) (PAA)-Chitosan (CS) as anionic inner-cationic outer layer respectively and conjugated with QT...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
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