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Cancer mitochondria

Xuejiao Song, Tiantao Gao, Qian Lei, Lidan Zhang, Yuqin Yao, Jingyuan Xiong
Malignant melanoma is a devastating skin cancer due to its severe drug resistance and prompt metastasis. Piperlongumine is an anti-inflammation and tumor-suppressing natural product with defined structure. While numerous studies revealed exceptional inhibitory effects of piperlongumine on several carcinomas, few investigations were performed on melanoma. Therefore, the present study investigated the anti-tumor effects of piperlongumine on human melanoma cells in vitro, and explored the mechanisms of action...
March 15, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
Ursula J Lemberger, Claudia D Fuchs, Christian Schöfer, Andrea Bileck, Christopher Gerner, Tatjana Stojakovic, Makoto M Taketo, Michael Trauner, Gerda Egger, Christoph H Österreicher
Background: Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays a crucial role in embryogenesis, tissue homeostasis, metabolism and malignant transformation of different organs including the liver. Continuous β-catenin signaling due to somatic mutations in exon 3 of the Ctnnb1 gene is associated with different liver diseases including cancer and cholestasis. Results: Expression of a degradation resistant form of β-catenin in hepatocytes resulted in 100% mortality within 31 days after birth...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Hyoung Kyu Kim, Michael Huy Cuong Pham, Kyung Soo Ko, Byoung Doo Rhee, Jin Han
Alternative splicing (AS) of protein-coding messenger RNAs is an essential regulatory mechanism in eukaryotic gene expression that controls the proper function of proteins. It is also implicated in the physiological regulation of mitochondria and various ion channels. Considering that mis-splicing can result in various human diseases by modifying or abrogating important physiological protein functions, a fine-tuned balance of AS is essential for human health. Accumulated data highlight the importance of alternatively spliced isoforms in various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, immune and infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic conditions...
March 13, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Dongya Jia, Jun Hyoung Park, Kwang Hwa Jung, Herbert Levine, Benny Abraham Kaipparettu
Aerobic glycolysis, also referred to as the Warburg effect, has been regarded as the dominant metabolic phenotype in cancer cells for a long time. More recently, it has been shown that mitochondria in most tumors are not defective in their ability to carry out oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS). Instead, in highly aggressive cancer cells, mitochondrial energy pathways are reprogrammed to meet the challenges of high energy demand, better utilization of available fuels and macromolecular synthesis for rapid cell division and migration...
March 13, 2018: Cells
Xiaohua Wang, Cheng Chen, Guoren Zhou, Jinjun Ye, Rong Yin, Dongjie Feng, Shuai Zhang, Xiaojun Wang, Xin Zhao, Zhi Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Our previous study suggested the anti-tumor activity of sepia ink oligopeptide (SIO). Here we sought to investigate the underlying molecular mechanism. METHODS: Cell proliferation was evaluated by cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay. Cell apoptosis was determined by Annexin V/Propidium Iodide (PI) staining. The mitochondria pathway was characterized by quantification of Bcl-2, Bax, Caspase-9 and Cyto-C. The death receptor pathway was analyzed by determinement of Fas, Caspase-8 and NIK...
March 7, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Lata Singh, Neeru Saini, Neelam Pushker, Sameer Bakhshi, Seema Sen, Tapas C Nag, Seema Kashyap
Alteration in mitochondrial DNA plays an important role in the development and progression of cancer. The Displacement Loop (D-loop) region of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the regulatory region for its replication and transcription. Therefore, we aimed to characterize mutations in the D-loop region of mitochondrial DNA along with the morphological changes and analyzed their impact on survival in retinoblastoma patients. mtDNA D-loop region was amplified by Nested-Polymerase Chain Reaction (Nested-PCR) and mutations were analyzed in 60 tumor samples from retinoblastoma patients by DNA sequencing...
March 12, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Wen-Tai Chiu, Heng-Ai Chang, Yi-Hsin Lin, Yu-Shan Lin, Hsiao-Tzu Chang, Hsi-Hui Lin, Soon-Cen Huang, Ming-Jer Tang, Meng-Ru Shen
Ca2+ plays a significant role in linking the induction of apoptosis. The key anti-apoptotic protein, Bcl-2, has been reported to regulate the movement of Ca2+ across the ER membrane, but the exact effect of Bcl-2 on Ca2+ levels remains controversial. Store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE), a major mode of Ca2+ uptake in non-excitable cells, is activated by depletion of Ca2+ in the ER. Depletion of Ca2+ in the ER causes translocation of the SOC channel activator, STIM1, to the plasma membrane. Thereafter, STIM1 binds to Orai1 or/and TRPC1 channels, forcing them to open and thereby allow Ca2+ entry...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Sei Kuriyama, Tadahiro Tsuji, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Masamistu Tanaka
The anti-apoptotic nature of cancer cells often impedes the effects of anti-cancer therapeutic agents. Multiple death signals influence mitochondria during apoptosis, and though many studies have attempted to elucidate these complicated pathways, Bax oligomerization, an important step in the process, remains controversial. Here we demonstrate that pleckstrin-homology N1 (PLEKHN1), also known as cardiolipin phosphatidic acid binding protein, plays pro-apoptotic roles during reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced apoptosis...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Jong-Woon Shin, Sae-Bom Kwon, Yesol Bak, Sang-Ku Lee, Do-Young Yoon
The compound (E)-2-benzylidene-3-(cyclohexylamino)-2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-one (BCI) is known as an inhibitor of dual specific phosphatase 1/6 and mitogen-activated protein kinase. However, its precise anti-lung cancer mechanism remains unknown. In this study, the effects of BCI on the viability of non-small cell lung cancer cell lines NCI-H1299, A549, and NCI-H460 were evaluated. We confirmed that BCI significantly inhibited the viability of p53(-) NCI-H1299 cells as compared to NCI-H460 and A549 cells, which express wild-type p53...
March 28, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Xiaohui Shen, Xia Gao, Hui Li, Yajun Gu, Junguo Wang
Laryngeal carcinoma is a kind of head and neck carcinoma with high incidence and mortality. Chemotherapy treatments ofhuman laryngeal carcinoma may fail due to the development of chemo-resistance. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 3 (TIMP3) has been shown to be implicated in a number of pathological processes typical for cancer. The present study aims to investigate the involvement of TIMP-3 in chemo-resistance of laryngeal carcinoma. We showed that TIMP3 expression was significantly decreased in chemo-resistant laryngeal carcinoma tissues compared with chemo-sensitivity tissues...
March 9, 2018: Oncology Research
I De, N Dogra, S Singh
Mitochondria are the sole semiautonomous organelle of human cell and plays very important role in not only energy production but also in apoptosis, metabolism and cell signaling. It is also known to be major producer of ROS and RNS free radicals during ATP production. These free radicals in excessive amounts may damage the mitochondrial DNA as well as proteome resulting in accumulation of misfolded proteins which may prove deleterious to its functioning and is known to be involved in disease pathology. To maintain healthy proteome, mitochondria has developed as quality control machinery in semiautonomous manner, where cellular proteins such as proteases and heat shock proteins are used for quality control...
March 7, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Andrea Erxleben
Since the serendipitous discovery of the antitumor activity of cisplatin, there has been a continuous surge in studies aimed at the development of new cytotoxic metal complexes. While the majority of these complexes have been designed to interact with nuclear DNA, other targets for anticancer metallodrugs attract increasing interest. In cancer cells the mitochondrial metabolism is deregulated. Impaired apoptosis, insensitivity to anti-growth signals and unlimited proliferation have been linked to mitochondrial dysfunction...
March 6, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Ri-Zhen Huang, Xiao-Chao Huang, Bin Zhang, Hai-Yang Jia, Zhi-Xin Liao, Heng-Shan Wang
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the leading cause of cancer death, and novel chemotherapeutic drugs for treating HCC are urgently needed. 16-O-caffeoyl-16-hydroxylhexadecanoic acid (CHHA) is a new phenylpropanoid isolated by our group from Euphorbia nematocypha which is commonly used to treat solid tumors. However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the CHHA-induced apoptosis in cancer cells, particularly in HCC, remain unknown. PURPOSE: In the present work, we evaluated the growth inhibitory effect of CHHA on HCC cells and explored the underlying molecular mechanisms...
March 1, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Guolin Hu, Jialu Zhang, Feifei Xu, Huan Deng, Weiwei Zhang, Shijun Kang, Weijiang Liang
Stomatin-like protein 2 (STOML2 or SLP-2) is an oncogenic anti-apoptotic protein that is up-regulated in several types of cancer, including cervical cancer. However, the mechanisms responsible for the SLP-2 anti-apoptotic function remain poorly understood. Here, we show that siRNA-mediated SLP-2 suppression decreases growth of human cervical cancer HELA and SIHA cells, and increases cisplatin-induced apoptosis through activation of MEK/ERK signaling and suppression of the mitochondrial pathway. The inhibition of the mitochondrial pathway is mediated by increasing the mitochondrial Ca2+ concentration and mitochondrial membrane potential, thereby downregulating p-MEK and p-ERK levels, upregulating the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio, increasing cytochrome C release from mitochondria into the cytosol, and upregulating levels of cleaved-caspase 9, cleaved-caspase 3 and cleaved-PARP...
March 8, 2018: Cancer Science
Miriam Buttacavoli, Nadia Ninfa Albanese, Gianluca Di Cara, Rosa Alduina, Claudia Faleri, Michele Gallo, Giuseppe Pizzolanti, Giuseppe Gallo, Salvatore Feo, Franco Baldi, Patrizia Cancemi
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), embedded into a specific polysaccharide (EPS), were biogenerated by Klebsiella oxytoca DSM 29614 under aerobic (AgNPs-EPSaer ) and anaerobic conditions (AgNPs-EPSanaer ). Both AgNPs-EPS matrices were tested by MTT assay for cytotoxic activity against human breast (SKBR3 and 8701-BC) and colon (HT-29, HCT 116 and Caco-2) cancer cell lines, revealing AgNPs-EPSaer as the most active, in terms of IC50, with a more pronounced efficacy against breast cancer cell lines. Therefore, colony forming capability, morphological changes, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), induction of apoptosis and autophagy, inhibition of migratory and invasive capabilities and proteomic changes were investigated using SKBR3 breast cancer cells with the aim to elucidate AgNPs-EPSaer mode of action...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Sonia Emanuele, Antonella D'Anneo, Giuseppe Calvaruso, Cesare Cernigliaro, Michela Giuliano, Marianna Lauricella
The intracellular redox state in the cell depends on the balance between the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the activity of defensive systems including antioxidant enzymes. This balance is a dynamic process that can change in relation to many factors and/or stimuli induced within the cell. ROS production is derived from physiological metabolic events. For instance, mitochondria represent the major ROS sources during oxidative phosphorylation, but other systems, such as NADPH oxidase or specific enzymes in certain metabolisms, may account for ROS production as well...
March 7, 2018: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Jiulong Zhang, Chunrong Yang, Shuang Pan, Menghao Shi, Jie Li, Haiyang Hu, Mingxi Qiao, Dawei Chen, Xiuli Zhao
Mitochondrial-targeting therapy was considered to be a promising approach for the efficient treatment of cancer while positive charge induced nonspecific cytotoxicity severely limits its application. To overcome this drawback, a novel mitochondria targeted conjugate triphenylphosphine-docetaxel (TD) has been synthesized successfully and incorporated it into liposomes (EPSLP/TD), which possessed excellent pH-sensitive characteristic, EphA 10 mediated active targetability as well as mitochondria-targeting capability...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Duojiao Wu, Xiangdong Wang, Hongzhi Sun
Mitochondrial malfunction is related to aging and to the onset of many diseases, such as obesity/diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The molecular principles of biological and toxicological processes the mitochondria can regulate should be disease-specific, cell type-specific, and drug targetable. Mitochondrial biology and toxicology is evolving and undergoing a revolution through fast-developing biotechnologies garnering increasing attention due to the importance of targeted therapies...
March 6, 2018: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Qi Liu, Liliana Gheorghiu, Michael Drumm, Rebecca Clayman, Alec Eidelman, Matthew F Wszolek, Aria Olumi, Adam Feldman, Meng Wang, Lynnette Marcar, Deborah E Citrin, Chin-Lee Wu, Cyril H Benes, Jason A Efstathiou, Henning Willers
Biomarkers and mechanisms of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor-mediated cytotoxicity in tumor cells lacking a BRCA-mutant or BRCA-like phenotype are poorly defined. We sought to explore the utility of PARP-1 inhibitor (PARPi) treatment with/without ionizing radiation in muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), which has poor therapeutic outcomes. We assessed the DNA damaging and cytotoxic effects of the PARPi olaparib in nine bladder cancer cell lines. Olaparib radiosensitized all cell lines with dose enhancement factors from 1...
March 7, 2018: Oncogene
Chien-Yu Huang, Chia-Hwa Lee, Chao-Chiang Tu, Chih-Hsiung Wu, Ming-Te Huang, Po-Li Wei, Yu-Jia Chang
Esophageal cancer is a worldwide health problem with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, new diagnostic biomarkers or therapeutic strategies for identifying and managing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are urgently needed. Glucose-regulated protein 94 (GRP94) is one of major endoplasmic reticulum-stress response proteins that plays a key role in cancer progression and therapeutic responses. However, the role of GRP94 in ESCC progression and metastasis remains unclear. The tissue array results indicated that higher GRP94 expression levels were associated with lower overall survival and higher lympho-node metastasis...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
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