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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194436/real-time-genomic-profiling-of-histiocytoses-identifies-early-kinase-domain-braf-alterations-while-improving-treatment-outcomes
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Lynn H Lee, Anjelika Gasilina, Jayeeta Roychoudhury, Jason Clark, Francis X McCormack, Joseph Pressey, Michael S Grimley, Robert Lorsbach, Siraj Ali, Mark Bailey, Philip Stephens, Jeffrey S Ross, Vincent A Miller, Nicolas N Nassar, Ashish R Kumar
Many patients with histiocytic disorders such as Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) or Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) have treatment-refractory disease or suffer recurrences. Recent findings of gene mutations in histiocytoses have generated options for targeted therapies. We sought to determine the utility of prospective sequencing of select genes to further characterize mutations and identify targeted therapies for patients with histiocytoses. Biopsies of 72 patients with a variety of histiocytoses underwent comprehensive genomic profiling with targeted DNA and RNA sequencing...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188776/aurora-a-overexpression-aurka-is-driven-by-foxm1-and-mapk-erk-activation-in-melanoma-cells-harbouring-braf-or-nras-mutations-impact-on-melanoma-prognosis-and-therapy
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Joan Anton Puig-Butille, Antònia Vinyals, Josep R Ferreres, Paula Aguilera, Eduard Cabré, Gemma Tell-Martí, Joaquim Marcoval, Francesca Mateo, Luís Palomero, Celia Badenas, Josep M Piulats, Josep Malvehy, Miquel A Pujana, Susana Puig, Àngels Fabra
The cell cycle-related genes AURORA A and Forkhead box M1 (FOXM1) are overexpressed in melanoma. We show here that AURKA overexpression is associated with poor prognosis in three independent cohorts of melanoma patients and correlates with the presence of genomic amplification of AURKA locus and BRAF(V600E) mutation. AURKA overexpression may also be driven to increased promoter activation through elements such as ETS and FOXM1 found within the 5' proximal promoter region. Activated MAPK-ERK signalling pathway mediates robust AURKA promoter activation, thereby knockdown of BRAF(V600E) and ERK inhibition results in reduced AURKA transcription and expression...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174173/the-apc-c-e3-ligase-complex-activator-fzr1-restricts-braf-oncogenic-function
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Lixin Wan, Ming Chen, Juxiang Cao, Xiangpeng Dai, Qing Yin, Jinfang Zhang, Su-Jung Song, Ying Lu, Jing Liu, Hiroyuki Inuzuka, Jesse M Katon, Kelsey Berry, Jacqueline Fung, Christopher Ng, Pengda Liu, Min Sup Song, Lian Xue, Roderick T Bronson, Marc W Kirschner, Rutao Cui, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Wenyi Wei
BRAF drives tumorigenesis by coordinating the activation of RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK oncogenic signaling cascade. However, upstream pathway(s) governing BRAF kinase activity and protein stability remains undefined. Here, we report that in primary cells with active APCFZR1, APCFZR1 earmarks BRAF for ubiquitination-mediated proteolysis, while in cancer cells with APC-free FZR1, FZR1 suppresses BRAF through disrupting BRAF dimerization. Moreover, we identified FZR1 as a direct target of ERK and CYCLIN D1/CDK4 kinases. Phosphorylation of FZR1 inhibits APCFZR1, leading to elevation of a cohort of oncogenic APCFZR1 substrates to facilitate melanomagenesis...
February 7, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157711/the-repurposed-anthelmintic-mebendazole-in-combination-with-trametinib-suppresses-refractory-nrasq61k-melanoma
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Cynthia M Simbulan-Rosenthal, Sivanesan Dakshanamurthy, Anirudh Gaur, You-Shin Chen, Hong-Bin Fang, Maryam Abdussamad, Hengbo Zhou, John Zapas, Valerie Calvert, Emanuel F Petricoin, Michael B Atkins, Stephen W Byers, Dean S Rosenthal
Structure-based drug repositioning in addition to random chemical screening is now a viable route to rapid drug development. Proteochemometric computational methods coupled with kinase assays showed that mebendazole (MBZ) binds and inhibits kinases important in cancer, especially both BRAFWT and BRAFV600E. We find that MBZ synergizes with the MEK inhibitor trametinib to inhibit growth of BRAFWT-NRASQ61K melanoma cells in culture and in xenografts, and markedly decreased MEK and ERK phosphorylation. Reverse Phase Protein Array (RPPA) and immunoblot analyses show that both trametinib and MBZ inhibit the MAPK pathway, and cluster analysis revealed a protein cluster showing strong MBZ+trametinib - inhibited phosphorylation of MEK and ERK within 10 minutes, and its direct and indirect downstream targets related to stress response and translation, including ElK1 and RSKs within 30 minutes...
February 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108460/enhancer-remodeling-during-adaptive-bypass-to-mek-inhibition-is-attenuated-by-pharmacological-targeting-of-the-p-tefb-complex
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Jon S Zawistowski, Samantha M Bevill, Daniel R Goulet, Timothy J Stuhlmiller, Adriana S Beltran, Jose F Olivares-Quintero, Darshan Singh, Noah Sciaky, Joel S Parker, Naim U Rashid, Xin Chen, James S Duncan, Martin C Whittle, Steven P Angus, Sara Hanna Velarde, Brian T Golitz, Xiaping He, Charlene Santos, David B Darr, Kristalyn Gallagher, Lee M Graves, Charles M Perou, Lisa A Carey, H Shelton Earp, Gary L Johnson
Targeting the dysregulated BRaf-MEK-ERK pathway in cancer has increasingly emerged in clinical trial design. Despite clinical responses in specific cancers using inhibitors targeting BRaf and MEK, resistance develops often involving non-genomic adaptive bypass mechanisms. Inhibition of MEK1/2 by trametinib in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients induced dramatic transcriptional responses, including upregulation of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) comparing tumor samples before and after one week of treatment...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102344/predicting-drug-combination-index-and-simulating-the-network-regulation-dynamics-by-mathematical-modeling-of-drug-targeted-egfr-erk-signaling-pathway
#6
Lu Huang, Yuyang Jiang, Yuzong Chen
Synergistic drug combinations enable enhanced therapeutics. Their discovery typically involves the measurement and assessment of drug combination index (CI), which can be facilitated by the development and applications of in-silico CI predictive tools. In this work, we developed and tested the ability of a mathematical model of drug-targeted EGFR-ERK pathway in predicting CIs and in analyzing multiple synergistic drug combinations against observations. Our mathematical model was validated against the literature reported signaling, drug response dynamics, and EGFR-MEK drug combination effect...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069929/genomic-alterations-of-adamantinomatous-and-papillary-craniopharyngioma
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Tobias Goschzik, Marco Gessi, Verena Dreschmann, Ursel Gebhardt, Linghua Wang, Shigeru Yamaguchi, David A Wheeler, Libero Lauriola, Ching C Lau, Hermann L Müller, Torsten Pietsch
Craniopharyngiomas are rare histologically benign but clinically challenging neoplasms. To obtain further information on the molecular genetics and biology of craniopharyngiomas, we analyzed a cohort of 121 adamantinomatous and 16 papillary craniopharyngiomas (ACP, PCP). We extracted DNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue and determined mutational status of CTNNB1, BRAF, and DDX3X by Sanger sequencing, next generation panel sequencing, and pyrosequencing. Sixteen craniopharyngiomas were further analyzed by molecular inversion profiling (MIP); 76...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068326/klf4-is-regulated-by-ras-raf-mek-erk-signaling-through-e2f1-and-promotes-melanoma-cell-growth
#8
M Riverso, V Montagnani, B Stecca
Melanoma is the most lethal form of skin cancer and treatment of metastatic melanoma remains challenging. BRAF/MEK inhibitors show only temporary benefit due the occurrence of resistance and immunotherapy is effective only in a subset of patients. To improve patient survival, there is a need to better understand molecular mechanisms that drive melanoma growth and operate downstream of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling. The Krüppel-like factor 4 (KLF4) is a zinc-finger transcription factor that plays a critical role in embryonic development, stemness and cancer, where it can act either as oncogene or tumor suppressor...
January 9, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067893/vemurafenib-and-trametinib-reduce-expression-of-ctgf-and-il-8-in-v600e-braf-melanoma-cells
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Mariusz L Hartman, Michal Rozanski, Marta Osrodek, Izabela Zalesna, Malgorzata Czyz
Clinical evidence has revealed that while RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK pathway is a crucial component of melanomagenesis, other signaling pathways can also contribute to the malignant growth and development of resistance to targeted therapies. We explored the response of (V600E)BRAF melanoma cells derived from surgical specimens and grown in stem cell medium to vemurafenib and trametinib, drugs targeting the activity of (V600E)BRAF and MEK1/2, respectively. Cell growth and apoptosis were monitored by real-time imaging system, immunophenotype and cell cycle by flow cytometry, gene expression by quantitative real-time PCR, immunoblotting and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 9, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002807/concomitant-inhibition-of-receptor-tyrosine-kinases-and-downstream-akt-synergistically-inhibited-growth-of-kras-braf-mutant-colorectal-cancer-cells
#10
Qiaoling Song, Xiaoxiao Sun, Hui Guo, Qiang Yu
Receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling pathways are frequently activated in cancer cells due to mutations of RTKs and/or their downstream signaling proteins such as KRAS and BRAF. About 40% colorectal cancers (CRCs) contain KRAS or BRAF mutant genes and are resistant to treatments with individual inhibitors of RTKs, AKT, MEK, or BRAF. Therefore, an understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the drug resistance is necessary for developing effective strategies to treat the diseases. Here we report the discovery of an AKT/ERK reactivation mechanism that account for the cancer cell resistance to the AKT and MEK inhibitors treatments...
December 17, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956260/allosteric-mek1-2-inhibitors-including-cobimetanib-and-trametinib-in-the-treatment-of-cutaneous-melanomas
#11
REVIEW
Robert Roskoski
The Ras-Raf-MEK-ERK (Map kinase) cellular pathway is a highly conserved eukaryotic signaling module that transduces extracellular signals from growth factors and cytokines into intracellular regulatory events that are involved in cell growth and proliferation or the contrary pathway of cell differentiation. Dysregulation of this pathway occurs in more than one-third of all malignancies, a process that has fostered the development of targeted Map kinase pathway inhibitors. Cutaneous melanomas, which arise from skin melanocytes, are the most aggressive form of skin cancer...
December 9, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923714/acquired-braf-v600e-mutation-as-resistant-mechanism-after-treatment-with-osimertinib
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Chao-Chi Ho, Wei-Yu Liao, Chih-An Lin, Jin-Yuan Shih, Chong-Jen Yu, James Chih-Hsin Yang
INTRODUCTION: AZD9291 (osimertinib) is designed for acquired T790M mutation after first- and second-generation EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors have been used. Some of the resistance mechanisms that present after osimertinib treatment, including a newly acquired EGFR C797S mutation, have been identified. It is unclear, however, whether the bypass pathway is also a mechanism of resistance in patients after osimertinib treatment. METHODS: Cells from malignant pleural effusion were collected and cultured at the time of progression in a patient being treated with osimertinib...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922010/mek-inhibitors-block-growth-of-lung-tumours-with-mutations-in-ataxia-telangiectasia-mutated
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Michal Smida, Ferran Fece de la Cruz, Claudia Kerzendorfer, Iris Z Uras, Barbara Mair, Abdelghani Mazouzi, Tereza Suchankova, Tomasz Konopka, Amanda M Katz, Keren Paz, Katalin Nagy-Bojarszky, Markus K Muellner, Zsuzsanna Bago-Horvath, Eric B Haura, Joanna I Loizou, Sebastian M B Nijman
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, and effective treatments are urgently needed. Loss-of-function mutations in the DNA damage response kinase ATM are common in lung adenocarcinoma but directly targeting these with drugs remains challenging. Here we report that ATM loss-of-function is synthetic lethal with drugs inhibiting the central growth factor kinases MEK1/2, including the FDA-approved drug trametinib. Lung cancer cells resistant to MEK inhibition become highly sensitive upon loss of ATM both in vitro and in vivo...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848137/combined-braf-v600e-and-mek-blockade-for-braf-v600e-mutant-gliomas
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Jie Zhang, Tsun-Wen Yao, Rintaro Hashizume, Sujatmi Hariono, Krister J Barkovich, Qi-Wen Fan, Michael Prados, C David James, William A Weiss, Theodore Nicolaides
BRAF(V600E) is a common finding in glioma (about 10-60% depending on histopathologic subclassification). BRAF(V600E) monotherapy shows modest preclinical efficacy against BRAF(V600E) gliomas and also induces adverse secondary skin malignancies. Here, we examine the molecular mechanism of intrinsic resistance to BRAF(V600E) inhibition in glioma. Furthermore, we investigate BRAF(V600E)/MEK combination therapy that overcomes intrinsic resistance to BRAF(V600E) inhibitor and also prevents BRAF(V600E) inhibitor induced secondary malignancies...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846720/-molecular-mechanisms-of-carcinogenesis-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancers
#15
Z Müllerová, T Müller, K Křivánková, B Vojtěšek, P Müller
BACKGROUND: Epithelial ovarian carcinomas are one of the most common causes of death among gynecologic malignancies in the Czech population. This group of tumors is characterized by considerable heterogeneity in terms of its pathogenesis and response to therapy. It is questionable whether advances in the elucidation of molecular pathogenesis of various types of epithelial ovarian carcinomas can contribute to application of personalized targeted therapy. AIMS: This work aims to summarize current knowledge on carcinogenesis and molecular basis of epithelial ovarian cancers and point out their potential applications in clinical practice...
December 0: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816338/-adult-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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REVIEW
Mathilde de Menthon, Véronique Meignin, Alfred Mahr, Abdellatif Tazi
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disease affecting both genders and can occur at any age. It often evolves through successive flares, and its severity varies from benign forms that don't require treatment to life threatening disease. Some patients have important functional impairment with psychological and social consequences and prolonged disability. LCH may affect only one organ, with uni- or multifocal involvement or be multisystem disease involving multiple organs. The organs most frequently involved are bones, lung, skin and the endocrinal system...
January 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813079/the-plasma-membrane-ca-2-pump-pmca4b-inhibits-the-migratory-and-metastatic-activity-of-braf-mutant-melanoma-cells
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L Hegedus, T Garay, E Molnar, K Varga, A Bilecz, S Torok, R Padanyi, K Paszty, M Wolf, M Grusch, E Kallay, B Dome, W Berger, B Hegedus, A Enyedi
Oncogenic mutations of BRAF lead to constitutive ERK activity that supports melanoma cell growth and survival. While Ca(2+) signaling is a well-known regulator of tumor progression, the crosstalk between Ca(2+) signaling and the Ras-BRAF-MEK-ERK pathway is much less explored. Here we show that in BRAF mutant melanoma cells the abundance of the plasma membrane Ca(2+) ATPase isoform 4b (PMCA4b, ATP2B4) is low at baseline but markedly elevated by treatment with the mutant BRAF specific inhibitor vemurafenib. In line with these findings gene expression microarray data also shows decreased PMCA4b expression in cutaneous melanoma when compared to benign nevi...
November 4, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791198/co-existence-of-braf-and-nras-driver-mutations-in-the-same-melanoma-cells-results-in-heterogeneity-of-targeted-therapy-resistance
#18
Marieke I G Raaijmakers, Daniel S Widmer, Apurva Narechania, Ossia Eichhoff, Sandra N Freiberger, Judith Wenzina, Phil F Cheng, Daniela Mihic-Probst, Rob Desalle, Reinhard Dummer, Mitchell P Levesque
Acquired chemotherapeutic resistance of cancer cells can result from a Darwinistic evolution process in which heterogeneity plays an important role. In order to understand the impact of genetic heterogeneity on acquired resistance and second line therapy selection in metastatic melanoma, we sequenced the exomes of 27 lesions which were collected from 3 metastatic melanoma patients treated with targeted or non-targeted inhibitors. Furthermore, we tested the impact of a second NRAS mutation in 7 BRAF inhibitor resistant early passage cell cultures on the selection of second line therapies...
22, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765849/mutant-braf-upregulates-mcl-1-to-confer-apoptosis-resistance-that-is-reversed-by-mcl-1-antagonism-and-cobimetinib-in-colorectal-cancer
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Hisato Kawakami, Shengbing Huang, Krishnendu Pal, Shamit K Dutta, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Frank A Sinicrope
Oncogenic BRAF(V600E) mutations activate MAPK signaling and are associated with treatment resistance and poor prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer. In BRAF(V600E)-mutant colorectal cancers, treatment failure may be related to BRAF(V600E)-mediated apoptosis resistance that occurs by an as yet undefined mechanism. We found that BRAF(V600E) can upregulate anti-apoptotic MCL-1 in a gene dose-dependent manner using colorectal cancer cell lines isogenic for BRAF BRAF(V600E)-induced MCL-1 upregulation was confirmed by ectopic BRAF(V600E) expression that activated MEK/ERK signaling to phosphorylate (MCL-1(Thr163)) and stabilize MCL-1...
December 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748799/growth-arrest-by-activated-braf-and-mek-inhibition-in-human-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer-cells
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Kento Kurata, Naoyoshi Onoda, Satoru Noda, Shinichiro Kashiwagi, Yuka Asano, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is a rare malignancy that progresses extremely aggressively and often results in dismal prognosis. We investigated the efficacy of inhibiting the activated RAS/RAF/MEK pathway in ATC cells aiming to clarify the mechanism of effect and resistance. Four human ATC cell lines (ACT-1, OCUT-2, OCUT-4 and OCUT-6) were used. OCUT-4 had a BRAF mutation. OCUT-2 had both BRAF and PI3KCA mutations. ACT-1 and OCUT-6 had wild-type BRAF and NRAS mutations. The effects of dabrafenib, a selective inhibitor of the BRAFV600E kinase, and trametinib, a reversible inhibitor of MEK activity, were investigated...
December 2016: International Journal of Oncology
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