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David R Martin, Elisa LaBauve, Joseph M Pomo, Vi K Chiu, Joshua A Hanson, Rama R Gullapalli
The major categories of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PanNET) are well-differentiated NET and poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinoma. Sequencing of these tumors has identified multiple important genes in the pathogenesis of PanNETs, such as DAXX/ATRX, MEN1, TP53, RB, and mTOR pathway genes. We identified a case of well-differentiated PanNET with high-grade progression with simultaneous low- and high-grade histologic regions containing variable genomic profiles. We performed tumor microdissection and analyzed both regions using a 409-gene comprehensive cancer panel using next-generation sequencing in addition to immunohistochemical and morphologic studies...
April 2018: Pancreas
Philipp E Merkl, Megan Orzalli, David M Knipe
The initial events after DNA virus infection involve a race between epigenetic silencing of the incoming viral DNA by host cell factors and expression of viral genes. Several host gene products, including the nuclear domain 10 (ND10) components PML (promyelocytic leukemia) and Daxx (death domain-associated protein 6), as well as IFI16 (interferon-inducible protein 16), have been shown to restrict herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) replication. Whether IFI16 and ND10 components work together or separately to restrict HSV-1 replication is not known...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Virology
Somak Roy, William A LaFramboise, Ta-Chiang Liu, Dengfeng Cao, Alyssa Luvison, Caitlyn Miller, Maureen A Lyons, Roderick J O'Sullivan, Amer H Zureikat, Melissa E Hogg, Allan Tsung, Kenneth K Lee, Nathan Bahary, Randall E Brand, Jennifer S Chennat, Kenneth E Fasanella, Kevin McGrath, Marina N Nikiforova, Georgios I Papachristou, Adam Slivka, Herbert J Zeh, Aatur D Singhi
Despite prognostic grading and staging systems, it is a challenge to predict outcomes for patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs). Sequencing studies of PanNETs have identified alterations in death domain-associated protein (DAXX) and ATRX chromatin remodeler (ATRX). In tumors, mutations in DAXX or ATRX and corresponding loss of protein expression correlate with shorter times of disease-free survival and disease-specific survival of patients. However, DAXX or ATRX proteins were lost in only 50% of distant metastases analyzed...
February 24, 2018: Gastroenterology
Jonathan Nye, Daniël P Melters, Yamini Dalal
Histone chaperones are indispensable regulators of chromatin structure and function. Recent work has shown that they are frequently mis-regulated in cancer, which can have profound consequences on tumor growth and survival. Here, we focus on chaperones for the essential H3 histone variants H3.3 and CENP-A, specifically HIRA, DAXX/ATRX, DEK, and HJURP. This review summarizes recent studies elucidating their roles in regulating chromatin and discusses how cancer-specific chromatin interactions can be exploited to target cancer cells...
2018: F1000Research
Adel Aloraini, Karim M ElSawy
Understanding gene-gene interaction and its causal relationship to protein-protein interaction is a viable route for understanding drug action at the genetic level, which is largely hindered by inability to robustly map gene regulatory networks. Here, we use biological prior knowledge of family-to-family gene interactions available in the KEGG database to reveal individual gene-to-gene interaction networks that underlie the gene expression profiles of 2 cell line data sets, sensitive and resistive to neoadjuvant docetaxel breast anticancer drug...
2018: Cancer Informatics
Suhani Thakker, Roxanne C Strahan, Alexandra N Scurry, Timsy Uppal, Subhash C Verma
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a highly-vascularized tumor characterized by inflammation and extensive neo-angiogenesis. The KS tumor microenvironment is rich in inflammatory and pro-angiogenic cytokines. Here, we report that the expression of Epidermal growth factor-like domain 7 (EGFL7) is upregulated in Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV) infected cells. EGFL7 is a secreted pro-angiogenic cytokine that has been implicated in angiogenesis and the proliferation of endothelial cells during many pathological conditions...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Niloofar Bazazzadegan, Marzieh Dehghan Shasaltaneh, Kioomars Saliminejad, Koorosh Kamali, Mehdi Banan, Reza Nazari, Gholam Hossein Riazi, Hamid Reza Khorram Khorshid
Purpose: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is pathologically defined by the presence of amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain, therefore, any drug or compound with potential effect on lowering amyloid plaques, could be noticed for AD management especially in the primary phases of the disease. Ectoine constitutes a group of small molecule chaperones (SMCs). SMCs inhibit proteins and other changeable macromolecular structures misfolding from environmental stresses. Ectoine has been reported successfully prohibit insulin amyloid formation in vitro...
December 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Ismini Lasithiotaki, Eliza Tsitoura, Anastasios Koutsopoulos, Eleni Lagoudaki, Chara Koutoulaki, George Pitsidianakis, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikolaos M Siafakas, George Sourvinos, Katerina M Antoniou
Merkel Cell Polyoma Virus (MCPyV) infection has been associated with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Viruses can manipulate cellular miRNAs or have a profound impact on cellular miRNA expression to control host regulatory pathways. In this study, we evaluated the expression profiles of cancer-associated and virally affected host microRNAs miR-21, miR-145, miR-146a, miR-155, miR-302c, miR-367 and miR-376c in a series of NSCLC tissue samples as well as in samples from "healthy" sites, distant from the tumour region that were either positive or negative for MCPyV DNA...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (H2 O2 )-treated HT22 hippocampal cells...
February 26, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
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...
December 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
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
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
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