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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321190/genomic-landscape-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumours-the-international-cancer-genome-consortium
#1
Andrea Mafficini, Aldo Scarpa
Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) may arise throughout the body and are a highly heterogeneous, relatively rare class of neoplasms difficult to study also for the lack of disease models. Despite this, knowledge on their molecular alterations has expanded in the latest years, also building from genetic syndromes causing their onset. Pancreatic NETs (PanNETs) have been among the most studied, and research so far has outlined a series of recurring features, as inactivation of MEN1, VHL, TSC1/2 genes, and hyperactivation of the PI3K/mTOR pathway...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312603/intratumoral-heterogeneity-and-tert-promoter-mutations-in-progressive-higher-grade-meningiomas
#2
Tareq A Juratli, Christian Thiede, Mara V A Koerner, Shilpa S Tummala, Dirk Daubner, Ganesh M Shankar, Erik A Williams, Maria Martinez-Lage, Silke Soucek, Katja Robel, Tristan Penson, Mechthild Krause, Steffen Appold, Matthias Meinhardt, Thomas Pinzer, Julie J Miller, Dietmar Krex, Heather A Ely, Ian M Silverman, Jason Christiansen, Gabriele Schackert, Hiroaki Wakimoto, Matthias Kirsch, Priscilla K Brastianos, Daniel P Cahill
Background: Recent studies have reported mutations in the telomerase reverse transcriptase promoter (TERTp) in meningiomas. We sought to determine the frequency, clonality and clinical significance of telomere gene alterations in a cohort of patients with progressive/higher-grade meningiomas. Methods: We characterized 64 temporally- and regionally-distinct specimens from 26 WHO grade III meningioma patients. On initial diagnoses, the meningiomas spanned all WHO grades (3 grade I, 13 grade II and 10 grade III)...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273061/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-alt-tumors-is-trabectedin-a-new-therapeutic-option
#3
REVIEW
Luca Pompili, Carlo Leonetti, Annamaria Biroccio, Erica Salvati
Telomeres are specialized nucleoprotein structures responsible for protecting chromosome ends in order to prevent the loss of genomic information. Telomere maintenance is required for achieving immortality by neoplastic cells. While most cancer cells rely on telomerase re-activation for linear chromosome maintenance and sustained proliferation, a significant population of cancers (10-15%) employs telomerase-independent strategies, collectively referred to as Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT). ALT mechanisms involve different types of homology-directed telomere recombination and synthesis...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273057/cenp-b-protects-centromere-chromatin-integrity-by-facilitating-histone-deposition-via-the-h3-3-specific-chaperone-daxx
#4
Viacheslav M Morozov, Serena Giovinazzi, Alexander M Ishov
BACKGROUND: The main chromatin unit, the nucleosome, can be modulated by the incorporation of histone variants that, in combination with posttranslational histones modifications, determine epigenetics properties of chromatin. Understanding the mechanism that creates a histone variants landscape at different genomic elements is expected to elevate our comprehension of chromatin assembly and function. The Daxx chaperone deposits transcription-associated histone H3.3 at centromeres, but mechanism of centromere-specific Daxx targeting remains unclear...
December 22, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212165/assessment-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumor-cytologic-genotype-diversity-to-guide-personalized-medicine-using-a-custom-gastroenteropancreatic-next-generation-sequencing-panel
#5
Ferga C Gleeson, Jesse S Voss, Benjamin R Kipp, Sarah E Kerr, John S Van Arnam, John R Mills, Cherisse A Marcou, Amber R Schneider, Zheng Jin Tu, Michael R Henry, Michael J Levy
Background: Recent genetic studies have highlighted that alterations in MEN1, chromatin remodeling genes, and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway genes are the most frequent molecular events identified in pancreas neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs). The prognostic or predictive impact of these biomarkers and other less frequently observed aberrations, i.e. PTEN, TSC2 and PIK3CA are relatively unknown. The aims of this targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) study were to assess tumor cytology genotype diversity, to survey for potential adverse prognostic biomarkers and the prevalence of mTOR pathway variants...
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208640/shaping-chromatin-in-the-nucleus-the-bricks-and-the-architects
#6
David Sitbon, Katrina Podsypanina, Tejas Yadav, Geneviève Almouzni
Chromatin organization in the nucleus provides a vast repertoire of information in addition to that encoded genetically. Understanding how this organization impacts genome stability and influences cell fate and tumorigenesis is an area of rapid progress. Considering the nucleosome, the fundamental unit of chromatin structure, the study of histone variants (the bricks) and their selective loading by histone chaperones (the architects) is particularly informative. Here, we report recent advances in understanding how relationships between histone variants and their chaperones contribute to tumorigenesis using cell lines and Xenopus development as model systems...
December 5, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167340/hadv-protein-v-core-protein-is-targeted-by-the-host-sumoylation-machinery-to-limit-essential-viral-functions
#7
Nora Freudenberger, Tina Meyer, Peter Groitl, Thomas Dobner, Sabrina Schreiner
Human Adenoviruses (HAdV) are non-enveloped containing a linear, double-stranded DNA genome surrounded by an icosahedral capsid. To allow proper viral replication, the genome is imported through the nuclear-pore-complex associated with viral core proteins. Until now, the role of these incoming virion proteins during the early phase of infection was poorly understood.The core protein V is speculated to bridge core and the surrounding capsid. It binds the genome in a sequence-independent manner and localizes in the nucleus of infected cells, accumulating at nucleoli...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130397/hipk3-modulates-autophagy-and-htt-protein-levels-in-neuronal-and-mouse-models-of-huntington-disease
#8
Yuhua Fu, Xiaoli Sun, Boxun Lu
Macroautophagy/autophagy is an important cellular protein quality control process that clears intracellular aggregate-prone proteins. These proteins may cause neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington disease (HD), which is mainly caused by the cytotoxicity of the mutant HTT/Hdh protein (mHTT). Thus, autophagy modulators may regulate mHTT levels and provide potential drug targets for HD and similar diseases. Meanwhile, autophagy function is also impaired in HD and other neurodegenerative disorders via unknown mechanisms...
November 13, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126931/phytochemical-allylguaiacol-exerts-a-neuroprotective-effect-on-hippocampal-cells-and-ameliorates-scopolamine-induced-memory-impairment-in-mice
#9
Hye-Sun Lim, Bu-Yeo Kim, Yu Jin Kim, Soo-Jin Jeong
Allylguaiacol is a phytochemical occurring in various plants such as cloves, cinnamon, basil, and nutmeg. Pharmacological effects of allylguaiacol include antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, and neuroprotective activity. Although allylguaiacol is considered to have neuroprotective effects, there is no report on its regulatory mechanisms at the molecular level. In the present study, we investigated the mechanisms of allylguaiacol as an antioxidant and neuroprotective agent using hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-treated HT22 hippocampal cells...
November 7, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106411/extrachromosomal-telomere-repeat-dna-is-linked-to-alt-development-via-cgas-sting-dna-sensing-pathway
#10
Yi-An Chen, Yi-Ling Shen, Hsuan-Yu Hsia, Yee-Peng Tiang, Tzu-Ling Sung, Liuh-Yow Chen
Extrachromosomal telomere repeat (ECTR) DNA is unique to cancer cells that maintain telomeres through the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway, but the role of ECTRs in ALT development remains elusive. We found that induction of ECTRs in normal human fibroblasts activated the cGAS-STING-TBK1-IRF3 signaling axis to trigger IFNβ production and a type I interferon response, resulting in cell-proliferation defects. In contrast, ALT cancer cells are commonly defective in sensing cytosolic DNA. We found that STING expression was inhibited in ALT cancer cell lines and transformed ALT cells...
November 6, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092957/molecular-characterisation-of-metastatic-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumours-pnets-using-whole-genome-and-transcriptome-sequencing
#11
Hui-Li Wong, Kevin C Yang, Yaoqing Shen, Eric Y Zhao, Jonathan M Loree, Hagen F Kennecke, Steve E Kalloger, Joanna M Karasinska, Howard J Lim, Andrew J Mungall, Xiaolan Feng, Janine M Davies, Kasmintan Schrader, Chen Zhou, Aly Karsan, Steven Jm Jones, Janessa Laskin, Marco A Marra, David F Schaeffer, Sharon M Gorski, Daniel J Renouf
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNETs) are a genomically and clinically heterogeneous group of pancreatic neoplasms often diagnosed with distant metastases. Recurrent somatic mutations, chromosomal aberrations and gene expression signatures in PNETs have been described, but the clinical significance of these molecular changes is still poorly understood, and the clinical outcomes of PNET patients remain highly variable. To help identify the molecular factors that contribute to PNET progression and metastasis, and as part of an ongoing clinical trial at the BC Cancer Agency (clinicaltrials...
November 1, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082245/extrinsic-apoptosis-pathway-altered-by-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3%C3%AE-inhibitor-influences-the-net-drug-effect-on-nsc-34-motor-neuron-like-cell-survival
#12
Jee-Eun Kim, Jung Hyun Lim, Gye Sun Jeon, Je-Young Shin, Suk-Won Ahn, Seung Hyun Kim, Kwang-Woo Lee, Yoon-Ho Hong, Jung-Joon Sung
Glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) inhibitors have been suggested as a core regulator of apoptosis and have been investigated as therapeutic agents for neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. However, GSK-3β has an interesting paradoxical effect of being proapoptotic during mitochondrial-mediated intrinsic apoptosis but antiapoptotic during death receptor-mediated extrinsic apoptosis. We assessed the effect of low to high doses of a GSK-3β inhibitor on survival and apoptosis of the NSC-34 motor neuron-like cell line after serum withdrawal...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071234/effects-of-herbal-compound-imod-on-behavior-and-expression-of-alzheimer-s-disease-related-genes-in-streptozotocin-rat-model-of-sporadic-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
Niloofar Bazazzadegan, Marzieh Dehghan Shasaltaneh, Kioomars Saliminejad, Koorosh Kamali, Mehdi Banan, Hamid Reza Khorram Khorshid
Purpose: Sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD) accounts for over 95% of cases. Possible mechanisms of AD such as inflammation and oxidative stresses in the brain motivate researchers to follow many therapies which would be effective, especially in the early stages of the disease. IMOD, the herbal extract of R. Canina, T. Vulgare and U. Dioica plant species enriched with selenium, has anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory and protective effects against oxidative stress. Methods: In this study three AD-related genes, DAXX, NFκβ and VEGF, were chosen as candidate to investigate the neuroprotective effect of the extract by comparing their expression levels in the hippocampus of rat model of sporadic AD, using qPCR in the herbal-treated and control groups...
September 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044913/assessment-of-cytologic-differentiation-in-high-grade-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-a-multi-institutional-study
#14
Carlie S Sigel, Vitor Werneck Krauss Silva, Michelle D Reid, David Chhieng, Olca Basturk, Keith M Sigel, Tanisha D Daniel, David S Klimstra, Laura H Tang
BACKGROUND: Well-differentiated (WD) and poorly differentiated (PD) pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms are biologically distinct entities with different therapies and prognoses. WD neoplasms with elevated proliferation (Ki-67 > 20%) have been shown to have an overlapping histology with PD neuroendocrine carcinomas. This study compared expert cytomorphologic assessments of differentiation in pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms in a multi-institutional study. METHODS: Fine-needle aspiration specimens from pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (grade 2 [G2] and grade 3 [G3] according to the 2017 World Health Organization classification; n = 72) were diagnosed independently by 3 cytopathologists as WD or PD (poorly differentiated large cell type [PD-L] or poorly differentiated small cell type [PD-S]) purely on the basis of cytomorphology...
October 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979716/epigenetics-of-gastroenteropancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-a-clinicopathologic-perspective
#15
REVIEW
Brendan M Finnerty, Katherine D Gray, Maureen D Moore, Rasa Zarnegar, Thomas J Fahey Iii
Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) are a heterogeneous group of rare tumors whose site-specific tumor incidence and clinical behavior vary widely. Genetic alterations associated with familial inherited syndromes have been well defined; however, the genetic profile of sporadic tumors is less clear as their tumorigenesis does not appear to be controlled by classic oncogenes such as P53, RB, or KRAS. Even within GEP-NETs, there are no common oncogenic drivers; for example, DAXX/ATRX mutations are strongly implicated in the tumorigenesis of pancreatic but not small bowel NETs...
September 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877067/diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarkers-of-adrenal-cortical-carcinoma
#16
Ozgur Mete, Hasan Gucer, Mehmet Kefeli, Sylvia L Asa
The diagnosis of low-grade adrenal cortical carcinoma (ACC) confined to the adrenal gland can be challenging. Although there are diagnostic and prognostic molecular tests for ACC, they remain largely unutilized. We examined the diagnostic and prognostic value of altered reticulin framework and the immunoprofile of biomarkers including IGF-2, proteins involved in cell proliferation and mitotic spindle regulation (Ki67, p53, BUB1B, HURP, NEK2), DNA damage repair (PBK, γ-H2AX), telomere regulation (DAX, ATRX), wnt-signaling pathway (beta-catenin) and PI3K signaling pathway (PTEN, phospho-mTOR) in a tissue microarray of 50 adenomas and 43 carcinomas that were characterized for angioinvasion as defined by strict criteria, Weiss score, and mitotic rate-based tumor grade...
February 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857256/autophagy-dependent-crosstalk-between-gilt-and-pax-3-influences-radiation-sensitivity-of-human-melanoma-cells
#17
Jessica D Hathaway-Schrader, Bently P Doonan, Azim Hossain, Faisal F Y Radwan, Lixia Zhang, Azizul Haque
Melanoma represents an ever-increasing problem in the western world as incidence rates continue to climb. Though manageable during early stages, late stage metastatic disease is highly resistant to current intervention. We have previously shown that gamma-interferon-inducible lysosomal thiol-reductase (GILT) enhances HLA class II antigen processing and immune detection of human melanoma cells. Here we report that GILT expression inhibits a potential target, paired box-3 (PAX-3) protein, in late stage human metastatic melanoma...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812328/prognostic-significance-of-daxx-ncr-nuclear-cytoplasmic-ratio-in-gastric-cancer
#18
Jian-Feng Xu, Zhi-Guang Zhao, Le-le Ye, Weishan Zhuge, Zheng Han, Te-Ming Zhang, Si-Si Ye, Wen-Jing Chen, Shanli Zhu, Li Shi, Jun Zhang, Ai-Zhen Guo, Xiang-Yang Xue, Xian Shen
In addition to regulating apoptosis via its interaction with the death domain of Fas receptor, death domain associated protein 6 (Daxx) is also known to be involved in transcriptional regulation, suggesting that the function of Daxx depends on its subcellular localization. In this study, we aimed to explore Daxx subcellular localization in gastric cancer (GC) cells and correlate the findings with clinical data in GC patients. Seventy pairs of tissue samples (GC and adjacent normal tissue) were analyzed immunohistochemically for Daxx expression and localization (nuclear and cytoplasmic)...
September 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796347/clinicopathological-analysis-of-atrx-daxx-and-notch-receptor-expression-in-angiosarcomas
#19
Gauri Panse, John Sa Chrisinger, Cheuk H Leung, Davis R Ingram, Samia Khan, Khalida Wani, Heather Lin, Alexander J Lazar, Wei-Lien Wang
AIMS: Multiple genetic alterations, including alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) and NOTCH mutations, have been described in angiosarcoma. Loss of α-thalassaemia/mental retardation syndrome X-linked (ATRX) and death domain-associated protein 6 (DAXX) expression is frequently associated with the ALT phenotype. Additionally, inhibition of NOTCH signalling induces the development of malignant vascular tumours in mice, indicating a tumour suppressive role of the NOTCH pathway in the pathogenesis of angiosarcoma...
August 10, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719461/serotonin-atrx-and-daxx-expression-in-pituitary-adenomas-markers-in-the-differential-diagnosis-of-neuroendocrine-tumors-of-the-sellar-region
#20
Olivera Casar-Borota, Johan Botling, Dan Granberg, Jerker Stigare, Johan Wikström, Henning Bünsow Boldt, Bjarne Winther Kristensen, Fredrik Pontén, Jacqueline Trouillas
Differential diagnosis based on morphology and immunohistochemistry between a clinically nonfunctioning pituitary neuroendocrine tumor (NET)/pituitary adenoma and a primary or secondary NET of nonpituitary origin in the sellar region may be difficult. Serotonin, a frequently expressed marker in the NETs, has not been systematically evaluated in pituitary NETs. Although mutations in ATRX or DAXX have been reported in a significant proportion of pancreatic NETs, the mutational status of ATRX and DAXX and their possible pathogenetic role in pituitary NETs are unknown...
September 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
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