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Jacquelyn O Russell, Sungjin Ko, Harvinder S Saggi, Sucha Singh, Minakshi Poddar, Donghun Shin, Satdarshan P Monga
Bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) proteins recruit key components of basic transcriptional machinery to promote gene expression. Aberrant expression and mutations in BET genes have been identified in many malignancies. Small molecule inhibitors of BET proteins like JQ1 have shown efficacy in preclinical cancer models including affecting growth of hepatocellular carcinoma. BET proteins also regulate cell proliferation in nontumor settings. We recently showed that BET proteins regulate cholangiocyte-driven liver regeneration...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Shuai Ye, Matthew A Lawlor, Adrian Rivera-Reyes, Shaun Egolf, Susan Chor, Koreana Pak, Gabrielle E Ciotti, Avery C Lee, Gloria Marino, Jennifer Shah, David Niedzwicki, Kristy Weber, Paul M C Park, Md Zahidul Alam, Alison Grazioli, Malay Haldar, Mousheng Xu, Jennifer A Perry, Jun Qi, T S Karin Eisinger-Mathason
To date, no consistent oncogenic driver mutations have been identified in most adult soft tissue sarcomas; these tumors are thus generally insensitive to existing targeted therapies. Here we investigated alternate mechanisms underlying sarcomagenesis to identify potential therapeutic interventions. Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (UPS) is an aggressive tumor frequently found in skeletal muscle where deregulation of the Hippo pathway and aberrant stabilization of its transcriptional effector yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) increases proliferation and tumorigenesis...
February 28, 2018: Cancer Research
Grant R Campbell, Rachel S Bruckman, Shayna D Herns, Shweta Joshi, Donald Durden, Stephen A Spector
In this study, we investigated the effect of the dual phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/mechanistic target of rapamycin (PI3K/MTOR) inhibitor dactolisib (NVP-BEZ235), the PI3K/ MTOR/bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) inhibitor SF2523 and the BET inhibitor JQ1 on the productive infection of primary macrophages with human immunodeficiency type-1 (HIV). These inhibitors did not alter the initial susceptibility of macrophages to HIV infection. However, dactolisib, JQ1 and SF2523 all decreased HIV replication in macrophages in a dose dependent manner via degradation of intracellular HIV through autophagy...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Duurenjargal Tseeleesuren, Rajni Kant, Chia-Hung Yen, Hui-Hua Hsiao, Yi-Ming A Chen
Multiple myeloma (MM) still remains an incurable disease, therefore discovery of novel drugs boosts the therapeutics for MM. The natural compound 1,2,3,4,6-Penta- O -galloyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (PGG) has been shown to exhibit antitumor activities against various cancer cells. Here, we aim to evaluate antitumor effects of PGG on MM cell lines. PGG inhibited the growth of three different MM cell lines in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Cell cycle analysis revealed that PGG treatment caused cell cycle arrest in G1 phase...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Tingyu Wu, Guanghui Wang, Wei Chen, Zhehui Zhu, Yun Liu, Zhenyu Huang, Yuji Huang, Peng Du, Yili Yang, Chen-Ying Liu, Long Cui
The bromodomain and extra-terminal domain inhibitors (BETi) are promising epigenetic drugs for the treatment of various cancers through suppression of oncogenic transcription factors. However, only a subset of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells response to BETi. We investigate additional agents that could be combined with BETi to overcome this obstacle. JQ1-resistant CRC cells were used for screening of the effective combination therapies with JQ1. RNA-seq was performed to explore the mechanism of synergistic effect...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Fang Huang, Wei Shao, Koh Fujinaga, B Matija Peterlin
Autoimmune regulator (AIRE) and nu-clear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) are transcription factors (TFs) that direct the expression of individual genes and gene clusters. Bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) is an epigenetic regulator that recognizes and binds to acetylated histones. BRD4 also has been reported to promote interactions between the positive elongation factor b (P-TEFb) and AIRE or P-TEFb and NF-κB subunit p65. Here, we report that AIRE and p65 bind to P-TEFb independently of BRD4. JQ1, a compound that disrupts interactions between BRD4 and acetylated proteins, does not decrease transcriptional activities of AIRE or p65...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Mélanie Mahe, Florent Dufour, Hélène Neyret-Kahn, Aura Moreno-Vega, Claire Beraud, Mingjun Shi, Imene Hamaidi, Virginia Sanchez-Quiles, Clementine Krucker, Marion Dorland-Galliot, Elodie Chapeaublanc, Remy Nicolle, Hervé Lang, Celio Pouponnot, Thierry Massfelder, François Radvanyi, Isabelle Bernard-Pierrot
FGFR3 alterations (mutations or translocation) are among the most frequent genetic events in bladder carcinoma. They lead to an aberrant activation of FGFR3 signaling, conferring an oncogenic dependence, which we studied here. We discovered a positive feedback loop, in which the activation of p38 and AKT downstream from the altered FGFR3 upregulates MYC mRNA levels and stabilizes MYC protein, respectively, leading to the accumulation of MYC, which directly upregulates FGFR3 expression by binding to active enhancers upstream from FGFR3 Disruption of this FGFR3/MYC loop in bladder cancer cell lines by treatment with FGFR3, p38, AKT, or BET bromodomain inhibitors (JQ1) preventing MYC transcription decreased cell viability in vitro and tumor growth in vivo A relevance of this loop to human bladder tumors was supported by the positive correlation between FGFR3 and MYC levels in tumors bearing FGFR3 mutations, and the decrease in FGFR3 and MYC levels following anti-FGFR treatment in a PDX model bearing an FGFR3 mutation...
February 20, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Jonathan M Fahey, Jennifer S Stancill, Brian C Smith, Albert W Girotti
Endogenous nitric oxide (NO) generated by inducible NO synthase (iNOS) promotes glioblastoma cell proliferation and invasion, and also plays a key role in glioblastoma resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Non-ionizing photodynamic therapy (PDT) has anti-tumor advantages over conventional glioblastoma therapies. Our previous studies revealed that glioblastoma U87 cells upregulate iNOS after a photodynamic challenge and that resulting NO not only increased resistance to apoptosis, but rendered surviving cells more proliferative and invasive...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Guillaume P Andrieu, Gerald V Denis
Transcriptional programs in embryogenesis and cancer, such as the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), ensure cellular plasticity, an essential feature of carcinoma progression. As effectors of signal transduction, the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) proteins are well suited to support plasticity because they function as co-activators or co-repressors of mammalian transcriptomes. Here, using both hormone-sensitive and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) model systems, we systematically altered EMT transcriptional profiles by manipulating individual BET proteins and found that BRD2 positively regulates EMT, whereas BRD3 and BRD4 repress this program...
February 7, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Xingchen Dong, Xiangming Hu, Jinjing Chen, Dan Hu, Lin-Feng Chen
Small molecules targeting bromodomains of BET proteins possess strong anti-tumor activities and have emerged as potential therapeutics for cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms for the anti-proliferative activity of these inhibitors are still not fully characterized. In this study, we demonstrated that BET inhibitor JQ1 suppressed the proliferation and invasiveness of gastric cancer cells by inducing cellular senescence. Depletion of BRD4, which was overexpressed in gastric cancer tissues, but not other BET proteins recapitulated JQ1-induced cellular senescence with increased cellular SA-β-Gal activity and elevated p21 levels...
February 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Chiara Riganti, Marcello Francesco Lingua, Iris Chiara Salaroglio, Chiara Falcomatà, Luisella Righi, Deborah Morena, Francesca Picca, Daniele Oddo, Joanna Kopecka, Monica Pradotto, Roberta Libener, Sara Orecchia, Paolo Bironzo, Valentina Comunanza, Federico Bussolino, Silvia Novello, Giorgio Vittorio Scagliotti, Federica Di Nicolantonio, Riccardo Taulli
Systemic treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is moderately active for the intrinsic pharmacological resistance of MPM cell and its ability to induce an immune suppressive environment. Here we showed that the expression of bromodomain (BRD) proteins BRD2, BRD4 and BRD9 was significantly higher in human primary MPM cells compared to normal mesothelial cells (HMC). Nanomolar concentrations of bromodomain inhibitors (BBIs) JQ1 or OTX015 impaired patient-derived MPM cell proliferation and induced cell-cycle arrest without affecting apoptosis...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Jingyuan Wang, Zhentao Liu, Ziqi Wang, Shubin Wang, Zuhua Chen, Zhongwu Li, Mengqi Zhang, Jianling Zou, Bin Dong, Jing Gao, Lin Shen
c-Myc amplification-induced cell cycle dysregulation is a common cause for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), but no approved targeted drug is available so far. The bromodomain inhibitor JQ1, which targets c-Myc, exerts anti-tumor activity in multiple cancers. However, the role of JQ1 in ESCC remains unknown. In this study, we reported that JQ1 had potent anti-proliferative effects on ESCC cells in both time- and dose-dependent manners by inducing cell cycle arrest at G1 phase, cell apoptosis, and the mesenchymal-epithelial transition...
April 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
Zhen Xiao, Jing Shu, Feng Zhou, Yong Han
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the leading cause of morbidity and death worldwide. It is characterized by chronic pulmonary inflammation and obstructed airflow from the lungs. To date, there is no effective treatments for COPD. The activation of Agrin (AGRN) - YAP pathway can promote heart regeneration. Since Agrin can only induce mild cardiomyocyte (CM) proliferation compare to ERBB2 pathway activation, it might exert pleiotropic effects, such as mitigation of innate inflammation, immune response and fibrosis...
December 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Cecilia Bandini, Aldi Pupuleku, Elisa Spaccarotella, Elisa Pellegrino, Rui Wang, Nicoletta Vitale, Carlotta Duval, Daniela Cantarella, Andrea Rinaldi, Paolo Provero, Ferdinando Di Cunto, Enzo Medico, Francesco Bertoni, Giorgio Inghirami, Roberto Piva
Systemic anaplastic large cell lymphomas (ALCL) are a category of T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas which can be divided into anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) positive and ALK negative subgroups, based on ALK gene rearrangements. Among several pathways aberrantly activated in ALCL, the constitutive activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is shared by all ALK positive ALCL and has been detected in a subgroup of ALK negative ALCL. To discover essential mediators of STAT3 oncogenic activity that may represent feasible targets for ALCL therapies, we combined gene expression profiling analysis and RNA interference functional approaches...
January 18, 2018: Cancers
Jian Wang, Fangzheng Zhou, Zhenyu Li, Hong Mei, Ye Wang, Hong Ma, Liangliang Shi, Ai Huang, Tao Zhang, Zhenyu Lin, Gang Wu
Radiation-induced lung injury has restricted radiotherapy for thoracic cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the radioprotective effects of bromodomain and extra terminal (BET) inhibitor JQ1 in a murine model of pulmonary damage. Chest computed tomography (CT) was performed in a rat model after 20 Gy radiation of the right thorax. And histological evaluation and protein expressions of irradiated tissue were analyzed to confirm the potential anti-fibrosis effect of JQ1 and its underlying mechanisms...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Erik Abner, Mateusz Stoszko, Lei Zeng, Heng-Chang Chen, Andrea Izquierdo-Bouldstridge, Tsuyoshi Konuma, Eduard Zorita, Elisa Fanunza, Qiang Zhang, Tokameh Mahmoudi, Ming-Ming Zhou, Guillaume J Filion, Albert Jordan
Upon HIV-1 infection, a reservoir of latently infected resting T cells prevents the eradication of the virus from patients. To achieve complete depletion, the existing virus-suppressing antiretroviral therapy must be combined with drugs that reactivate the dormant viruses. We previously described a novel chemical scaffold compound, MMQO (8-methoxy-6-methylquinolin-4-ol) that is able to reactivate viral transcription in several models of HIV latency including J-Lat cells through an unknown mechanism. MMQO potentiates the activity of known latency-reversing agents (LRAs) or 'shock' drugs such as PKC agonists or HDAC inhibitors...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
Zhongyuan Gao, Ting Yuan, Xiao Zhou, Ping Ni, Geng Sun, Ping Li, Zhixiang Cheng, Xuerong Wang
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) proteins act as epigenome readers for gene transcriptional regulation. Among BET family members, BRD4 was well studied, but for its mechanism in non-small cell lung carcinoma has not been elucidated. eIF4E regulates gene translation and has been proved to play an important role in the progression of lung cancer. In this study, we first confirmed that BET inhibitors JQ1 and I-BET151 suppressed the growth of NSCLCs, in parallel with downregulated eIF4E expression...
January 15, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Alexander S Hölscher, Wolfgang A Schulz, Maria Pinkerneil, Günter Niegisch, Michèle J Hoffmann
Background: New efficient therapies for urothelial carcinoma (UC) are urgently required. Small-molecule drugs targeting chromatin regulators are reasonable candidates because these regulators are frequently mutated or deregulated in UC. Indeed, in previous work, Romidepsin, which targets class I histone deacetylases (HDAC), efficiently killed UC cells, but did not elicit canonical apoptosis and affected benign urothelial cells indiscriminately. Combinations of HDAC inhibitors with JQ1, an inhibitor of bromodomain-containing acetylation reader proteins like BRD4, which promote especially the transcription of pro-tumorigenic genes, have shown efficacy in several tumor types...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Hadassa Hirschfield, C Billie Bian, Takaaki Higashi, Shigeki Nakagawa, Tizita Z Zeleke, Venugopalan D Nair, Bryan C Fuchs, Yujin Hoshida
Tractable experimental model that accounts for inter-tumor molecular heterogeneity is a key element of anti-cancer drug development. Hepatocellular carcinoma is known to exhibit highly heterogeneous molecular aberrations across the tumors, including somatic genetic and epigenetic alterations. Previous studies showed that molecular tumor subtypes determined by transcriptome, as a comprehensive functional readout, are reproducibly observed across global patient populations irrespective of geographic and etiological variations...
January 5, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Shengwu Liu, Shuai Li, Josephine Hai, Xiaoen Wang, Ting Chen, Max M Quinn, Peng Gao, Yanxi Zhang, Hongbin Ji, Darren Cross, Kwok-Kin Wong
PURPOSE: HER2 (or ERBB2) aberrations, including both amplification and mutations, have been classified as oncogenic drivers that contribute to 2-6 percent of lung adenocarcinomas. HER2 amplification is also an important mechanism for acquired resistance to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). However, due to limited preclinical studies and clinical trials, currently there is still no available standard of care for lung cancer patients with HER2 aberrations. To fulfill the clinical need for targeting HER2 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, we performed a comprehensive pre-clinical study to evaluate the efficacy of a third-generation TKI, osimertinib (AZD9291)...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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