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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158813/vascularized-tissue-engineered-model-for-studying-drug-resistance-in-neuroblastoma
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A Villasante, K Sakaguchi, J Kim, N K Cheung, M Nakayama, H Parsa, T Okano, T Shimizu, G Vunjak-Novakovic
Neuroblastoma is a vascularized pediatric tumor derived from neural crest stem cells that displays vasculogenic mimicry and can express a number of stemness markers, such as SOX2 and NANOG. Tumor relapse is the major cause of succumbing to this disease, and properties attributed to cancer stem-like cells (CSLC), such as drug-resistance and cell plasticity, seem to be the key mechanisms. However, the lack of controllable models that recapitulate the features of human neuroblastoma limits our understanding of the process and impedes the development of new therapies...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158310/functional-role-of-extracellular-vesicles-and-lipoproteins-in-the-tumour-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Julien A Menard, Myriam Cerezo-Magaña, Mattias Belting
Cancer can be regarded as an invasive organ that exhibits unique plasticity provided by coordinated, cancer cell-stromal cell communication in the tumour microenvironment. Typical stress factors in the tumour niche, such as hypoxia and acidosis, are major drivers and modulators of these events. Recent findings reveal an important role of extracellular vesicles and lipoproteins in cancer cell adaption to exogenous stress. Adaptive mechanisms include stimulation of angiogenesis and increased metastasis. Here, we will discuss the similarities and distinct features of these endogenous nanoparticles and their roles as signalosomes and nutrient sources in cancer...
January 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156643/melanoma-genetic-abnormalities-tumor-progression-clonal-evolution-and-tumor-initiating-cells
#3
REVIEW
Ugo Testa, Germana Castelli, Elvira Pelosi
Melanoma is an aggressive neoplasia issued from the malignant transformation of melanocytes, the pigment-generating cells of the skin. It is responsible for about 75% of deaths due to skin cancers. Melanoma is a phenotypically and molecularly heterogeneous disease: cutaneous, uveal, acral, and mucosal melanomas have different clinical courses, are associated with different mutational profiles, and possess distinct risk factors. The discovery of the molecular abnormalities underlying melanomas has led to the promising improvement of therapy, and further progress is expected in the near future...
November 20, 2017: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155716/evaluation-of-injury-induced-senescence-and-in-vivo-reprogramming-in-the-skeletal-muscle
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Coralie Cazin, Aurelie Chiche, Han Li
Cellular senescence is a stress response that is characterized by a stable cellular growth arrest, which is important for many physiological and pathological processes, such as cancer and ageing. Recently, senescence has also been implicated in tissue repair and regeneration. Therefore, it has become increasingly critical to identify senescent cells in vivo. Senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SA-β-Gal) assay is the most widely used assay to detect senescent cells both in culture and in vivo. This assay is based on the increased lysosomal contents in the senescent cells, which allows the histochemical detection of lysosomal β-galactosidase activity at suboptimum pH (6 or 5...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152453/targeting-the-stem-cell-properties-of-adult-breast-cancer-cells-using-combinatorial-strategies-to-overcome-drug-resistance
#5
Naira V Margaryan, Elisabeth A Seftor, Richard E B Seftor, Mary J C Hendrix
Purpose of review: Cancer is a major public health problem worldwide. In aggressive cancers, which are heterogeneous in nature, there exists a paucity of targetable molecules that can be used to predict outcome and response to therapy in patients, especially those in the high risk category with a propensity to relapse following chemotherapy. This review addresses the challenges pertinent to treating aggressive cancer cells with inherent stem cell properties, with a special focus on triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC)...
September 2017: Current Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152106/disrupting-glucose-6-phosphate-isomerase-fully-suppresses-the-warburg-effect-and-activates-oxphos-with-minimal-impact-on-tumor-growth-except-in-hypoxia
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Monique Cunha de Padua, Giulia Delodi, Milica Vučetić, Jérôme Durivault, Valérie Vial, Pascale Bayer, Guilhermina Rodrigues Noleto, Nathalie M Mazure, Maša Ždralević, Jacques Pouysségur
As Otto Warburg first observed, cancer cells largely favor fermentative glycolysis for growth even under aerobic conditions. This energy paradox also extends to rapidly growing normal cells indicating that glycolysis is optimal for fast growth and biomass production. Here we further explored this concept by genetic ablation of fermentative glycolysis in two fast growing cancer cell lines: human colon adenocarcinoma LS174T and B16 mouse melanoma. We disrupted the upstream glycolytic enzyme, glucose-6-phosphate isomerase (GPI), to allow cells to re-route glucose-6-phosphate flux into the pentose-phosphate branch...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149419/changes-in-chromatin-state-reveal-arnt2-at-a-node-of-a-tumorigenic-transcription-factor-signature-driving-glioblastoma-cell-aggressiveness
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Alexandra Bogeas, Ghislaine Morvan-Dubois, Elias A El-Habr, François-Xavier Lejeune, Matthieu Defrance, Ashwin Narayanan, Klaudia Kuranda, Fanny Burel-Vandenbos, Salwa Sayd, Virgile Delaunay, Luiz G Dubois, Hugues Parrinello, Stéphanie Rialle, Sylvie Fabrega, Ahmed Idbaih, Jacques Haiech, Ivan Bièche, Thierry Virolle, Michele Goodhardt, Hervé Chneiweiss, Marie-Pierre Junier
Although a growing body of evidence indicates that phenotypic plasticity exhibited by glioblastoma cells plays a central role in tumor development and post-therapy recurrence, the master drivers of their aggressiveness remain elusive. Here we mapped the changes in active (H3K4me3) and repressive (H3K27me3) histone modifications accompanying the repression of glioblastoma stem-like cells tumorigenicity. Genes with changing histone marks delineated a network of transcription factors related to cancerous behavior, stem state, and neural development, highlighting a previously unsuspected association between repression of ARNT2 and loss of cell tumorigenicity...
November 17, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148109/notch-signaling-controls-transdifferentiation-of-pulmonary-neuroendocrine-cells-in-response-to-lung-injury
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Erica Yao, Chuwen Lin, Qingzhe Wu, Kuan Zhang, Hai Song, Pao-Tien Chuang
Production of an appropriate number of distinct cell types in precise locations during embryonic development is critical for proper tissue function. Homeostatic renewal or repair of damaged tissues in adults also requires cell expansion and transdifferentiation to replenish lost cells. However, the responses of diverse cell types to tissue injury are not fully elucidated. Moreover, the molecular mechanisms underlying transdifferentiation remain poorly understood. This knowledge is essential for harnessing the regenerative potential of individual cell types...
November 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131778/adventures-and-misadventures-in-plastic-surgery-and-soft-tissue-implants
#9
Dana J Lin, Tony T Wong, Gina A Ciavarra, Jonathan K Kazam
Soft-tissue augmentation and implants are increasingly seen by the radiologist as more techniques emerge for a variety of indications and locations. Some surgical and implant procedures are performed for purely cosmetic reasons in otherwise healthy patients seeking to improve their body image, and some are performed for reconstruction after cancer or other chronic illnesses. Abdominoplasty, liposuction, and autologous fat grafting can be performed for abdominal and gluteal contouring. Injection of liquid injectable silicone has historically been fraught with legal issues, although it continues to be used for augmentation in a variety of anatomic locations...
November 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129882/plasticity-in-glioma-stem-cell-phenotype-and-its-therapeutic-implication
#10
Yasuo Iwadate
The marked heterogeneity in glioblastoma (GBM) may be induced through dynamic differentiation and dedifferentiation process of glioma cells. The hypothesis that environmental stimuli induce these phenotypic changes, including dedifferentiation into the stem cell phenotype which contributes to the high invasiveness and resultant poor outcome in GBM patients, is recently being proven. In the process of cancer invasion and metastasis, the phenotypic change has also been described as epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)...
November 13, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124365/change-in-reimbursement-and-costs-in-german-oncological-head-and-neck-surgery-over-the-last-decade-ablative-tongue-cancer-surgery-and-reconstruction-with-split-thickness-skin-graft-vs-microvascular-radial-forearm-flap
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Sebastian Hoefert, Oliver Lotter
OBJECTIVES: Defects after ablative tongue cancer surgery can be reconstructed by split-thickness skin grafts or free microvascular flaps. The different surgical options may influence costs, reimbursement, and therefore possible profits. Our goal was to analyze the development of these parameters for different procedures in head and neck reconstruction in Germany over the last decade. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After tumor resection and neck dissection of tongue cancer, three different scenarios were chosen to calculate costs, reimbursement, length of stay (LoS), and profits...
November 9, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120754/new-opportunities-and-challenges-to-defeat-cancer-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Erika K Ramos, Andrew D Hoffmann, Stanton L Gerson, Huiping Liu
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are a subpopulation of cancer cells that are capable of self-renewal, proliferation, differentiation, plastic adaptation, and immune regulation, thereby mediating tumorigenesis, metastasis, and therapy resistance. CSCs are associated with cancer progression and clinical outcome in cancer patients. Successful targeting of CSCs will therefore be necessary to eradicate and cure cancer. Functional regulators of stem cell (stemness) signaling pathways in human cancers have brought new opportunities to target CSCs and reframe cancer-targeting strategies in clinical settings...
November 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120751/breast-cancer-multiple-subtypes-within-a-tumor
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REVIEW
Syn Kok Yeo, Jun-Lin Guan
Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease, and stratification of tumors is paramount to achieve better clinical outcomes. While it is common to stratify and treat breast tumors as a single entity, insights from studies on intratumoral heterogeneity and cancer stem cells raise the possibility that multiple breast cancer subtypes may coexist within a tumor. A role for plasticity in driving dynamic conversions between breast cancer subtypes is proposed, and the clinical implications include a need for combinatorial therapeutic strategies that account for the discrete disease entities and their plasticity...
November 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115987/cancer-cell-soluble-factors-reprogram-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-to-slow-cycling-chemoresistant-cells-with-a-more-stem-like-state
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Ahmed El-Badawy, Mohamed A Ghoneim, Mahmoud M Gabr, Radwa Ayman Salah, Ihab K Mohamed, Marwa Amer, Nagwa El-Badri
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play different roles in modulating tumor progression, growth, and metastasis. MSCs are recruited to the tumor site in large numbers and subsequently have an important microenvironmental role in modulating tumor progression and drug sensitivity. However, the effect of the tumor microenvironment on MSC plasticity remains poorly understood. Herein, we report a paracrine effect of cancer cells, in which they secrete soluble factors that promote a more stem-like state in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs)...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113324/unfolded-protein-response-signaling-impacts-macrophage-polarity-to-modulate-breast-cancer-cell-clearance-and-melanoma-immune-checkpoint-therapy-responsiveness
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David R Soto-Pantoja, Adam S Wilson, Kenysha Yj Clear, Brian Westwood, Pierre L Triozzi, Katherine L Cook
The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a stress pathway controlled by GRP78 to mediate IRE1, PERK, and ATF6 signaling. We show that targeting GRP78, IRE1, and PERK differentially regulates macrophage polarization. Specifically, PERK targeting enhanced macrophage proliferation and macrophage-mediated killing but not GRP78 or IRE1. Targeting UPR in cancer cells also differentially affected macrophage cytolytic capacity. Tumoral IRE1 or GRP78 inhibition enhanced macrophage-mediated cancer cell clearance. Conditioned media from GRP78-silenced cancer cells caused reciprocal regulation of CD80 and CD206, suggesting control of plasticity by secreted factors...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109480/detection-of-subclonal-l1-transductions-in-colorectal-cancer-by-long-distance-inverse-pcr-and-nanopore-sequencing
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Barun Pradhan, Tatiana Cajuso, Riku Katainen, Päivi Sulo, Tomas Tanskanen, Outi Kilpivaara, Esa Pitkänen, Lauri A Aaltonen, Liisa Kauppi, Kimmo Palin
Long interspersed nuclear elements-1 (L1s) are a large family of retrotransposons. Retrotransposons are repetitive sequences that are capable of autonomous mobility via a copy-and-paste mechanism. In most copy events, only the L1 sequence is inserted, however, they can also mobilize the flanking non-repetitive region by a process known as 3' transduction. L1 insertions can contribute to genome plasticity and cause potentially tumorigenic genomic instability. However, detecting the activity of a particular source L1 and identifying new insertions stemming from it is a challenging task with current methodological approaches...
November 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103529/influence-of-race-insurance-status-and-geographic-access-to-plastic-surgeons-on-immediate-breast-reconstruction-rates
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Paris D Butler, Olatomide Familusi, Joseph M Serletti, Justin P Fox
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the rates of immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) among racial and insurance status subgroups, in the setting of a changing plastic surgeon workforce. METHODS: Using state level inpatient and ambulatory surgery data, we identified discharges for adult women who underwent mastectomy for breast cancer. This information was supplemented with plastic surgeon workforce data and aggregated to the health service area-level (HSA). Hierarchical linear models were used to risk standardized IBR rates for 8 race-payer subgroups...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102967/missed-opportunity-to-diagnose-subungual-melanoma-potential-pitfalls
#18
Louise Dunphy, Rossell Morhij, Yash Verma, Andrew Pay
Subungual melanoma, an uncommon form of acral melanoma that arises within the nail matrix, accounts for 1%-3% of all cutaneous melanoma in Caucasians. As subungual melanoma presents in a more disguised manner than cutaneous lesions, increased vigilance is required. It most commonly presents as a discolouration of the nail, nail splitting or nail-bed bleeding. Black pigmentation of the adjacent nail fold, termed Hutchinson's sign, may be a diagnostic clue. Treatment of subungual melanoma remains surgical with wide local excision and amputation primary modalities...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100379/gambogic-acid-inhibits-thioredoxin-activity-and-induces-ros-mediated-cell-death-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#19
Hong Pan, Keith H Jansson, Michael L Beshiri, JuanJuan Yin, Lei Fang, Supreet Agarwal, Holly Nguyen, Eva Corey, Ying Zhang, Jie Liu, HuiTing Fan, HongSheng Lin, Kathleen Kelly
Advanced prostate cancer (PrCa) is treated with androgen deprivation therapy, and although there is usually a significant initial response, recurrence arises as castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). New approaches are needed to treat this genetically heterogeneous, phenotypically plastic disease. CRPC with combined homozygous alterations to PTEN and TP53 comprise about 30% of clinical samples. We screened eleven traditional Chinese medicines against a panel of androgen-independent Pten/Tp53 null PrCa-derived cell lines and identified gambogic acid (GA) as a highly potent growth inhibitor...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097916/a-method-for-manufacturing-oncological-phantoms-for-the-quantification-of-18f-fdg-pet-and-dw-mri-studies
#20
Francesca Gallivanone, Irene Carne, Matteo Interlenghi, Daniela D'Ambrosio, Maurizia Baldi, Daniele Fantinato, Isabella Castiglioni
The aim of this work was to develop a method to manufacture oncological phantoms for quantitation purposes in 18F-FDG PET and DW-MRI studies. Radioactive and diffusion materials were prepared using a mixture of agarose and sucrose radioactive gels. T2 relaxation and diffusion properties of gels at different sucrose concentrations were evaluated. Realistic oncological lesions were created using 3D-printed plastic molds filled with the gel mixture. Once solidified, gels were extracted from molds and immersed in a low-radioactivity gel simulating normal background tissue...
2017: Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging
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