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Deeksha Pal, Venkatesh Kolluru, Balaji Chanderashekar, Becca V Baby, Mazzy Aman, Suman Suman, Suman Sirimulla, Mary Ann Sanders, Praveen Seshabhatter, Houda Alatassi, Murali K Ankem, Chendil Damodaran
We have previously reported that high aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme activity in breast cancer cells results in breast cancer stem cell (BCSC) properties by upregualting Notch-1 and epithelial mesenchymal markers. This results in chemoresistance in breast cancer. Here, we examined the functional and clinical significance of ALDH expression by measuring the ALDH levels in breast cancer tissues by immunohistochemistry. There was a significantly higher ALDH expression in higher grade breast cancer tumor tissues (Grade- II and III) versus normal breast tissues...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Mozhgan Abasi, Zahra Bazi, Samira Mohammadi-Yeganeh, Masoud Soleimani, Vahid Haghpanah, Nosratollah Zargami, Hossein Ghanbarian
The small nuclear noncoding RNA (snRNA) 7SK is a highly conserved noncoding RNA of 331 nucleotides in animals, which is present in a nuclear ribonucleoprotein complex with proteins such as methylphosphate capping enzyme (MePCE), hexamethylene bisacetamide-inducible proteins 1 and 2 (HEXIM1 and HEXIM2) and La-related protein 7 (Larp7). Regulating the activity of the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) is the key function of 7SK noncoding RNA. Recently, we have shown that 7SK snRNA over-expression reduces human embryonic kidney 293T cell line viability...
November 2016: Medical Oncology
Matteo Ciocci, Egidio Iorio, Felicia Carotenuto, Haneen A Khashoggi, Francesca Nanni, Sonia Melino
The improvement of solubility and/or dissolution rate of poorly soluble natural compounds is an ideal strategy to make them optimal candidates as new potential drugs. Accordingly, the allyl sulfur compounds and omega-3 fatty acids are natural hydrophobic compounds that exhibit two important combined properties: cardiovascular protection and antitumor activity. Here, we have synthesized and characterized a novel formulation of diallyl disulfide (DADS) and α-linolenic acid (ALA) as protein-nanoemulsions (BAD-NEs), using ultrasounds...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Björn Borgström, Xiaoli Huang, Cecilia Hegardt, Stina Oredsson, Daniel Strand
The ionophore salinomycin has attracted attention for its exceptional ability to selectively reduce the proportion of cells with stem-like properties in cancer cell populations of varying origin. Targeting the tumorigenicity of such cells is of interest as they are implicated in recurrence, metastasis, and drug resistance. Structural derivatives of salinomycin are thus sought after, both as tools for probing the molecular mechanism(s) underlying the observed phenotype effects, and for improving selectivity and activity against cancer stem cells...
October 14, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Flora Clément, Xinyi Xu, Caterina F Donini, Alice Clément, Soleilmane Omarjee, Emmanuel Delay, Isabelle Treilleux, Béatrice Fervers, Muriel Le Romancer, Pascale A Cohen, Véronique Maguer-Satta
Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2) and BMP4 are key regulators of the fate and differentiation of human mammary epithelial stem cells (SCs), as well as of their niches, and are involved in breast cancer development. We established that MCF10A immature mammary epithelial cells reliably reproduce the BMP response that we previously identified in human primary epithelial SCs. In this model, we observed that BMP2 promotes luminal progenitor commitment and expansion, whereas BMP4 prevents lineage differentiation...
October 14, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Deniz Arik, Cavit Can, Emine Dündar, Sare Kabukçuoğlu, Özgül Paşaoğlu
The role of cancer stem cells in the initiation and progression of cancer has become a well-studied area of emerging research, and stem cells with different surface markers have been identified in various types of cancer. CD24 is a membrane protein that acts as the ligand for P-selectin and has been defined as a stem cell marker of colonic cancer. The immunohistochemical expression of CD24 is associated with worse patient outcomes in small cell lung cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer, and colon cancer...
October 13, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Darlene A Monlish, Sima T Bhatt, Laura G Schuettpelz
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a family of pattern recognition receptors that shape the innate immune system by identifying pathogen-associated molecular patterns and host-derived damage-associated molecular patterns. TLRs are widely expressed on both immune cells and non-immune cells, including hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, effector immune cell populations, and endothelial cells. In addition to their well-known role in the innate immune response to acute infection or injury, accumulating evidence supports a role for TLRs in the development of hematopoietic and other malignancies...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Huiping Shi, Weili Zhang, Qiaoming Zhi, Min Jiang
In the era of new and mostly effective molecular targeted therapies, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive (HER2+) cancers are still intractable diseases. Lapatinib, a dual epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and HER2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has greatly improved breast cancer prognosis in recent years after the initial introduction of trastuzumab (Herceptin). However, clinical evidence indicates the existence of both primary unresponsiveness and secondary lapatinib resistance, which leads to the failure of this agent in HER2+ cancer patients...
October 10, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Marta Nekulova, Jitka Holcakova, Xiaolian Gu, Vaclav Hrabal, Sotiris Galtsidis, Paulina Orzol, Yajing Liu, Stella Logotheti, Vassilis Zoumpourlis, Karin Nylander, Philip J Coates, Borivoj Vojtesek
BACKGROUND: p63, a member of the p53 protein family, plays key roles in epithelial development and carcinogenesis. In breast cancer, p63 expression has been found predominantly in basal-A (epithelial-type) triple-negative breast carcinomas (TNBC). To investigate the functional role of p63 in basal-A TNBC, we created MDA-MB-468 cell lines with inducible expression of the two major N-terminal p63 isoforms, TAp63α and ∆Np63α. RESULTS: TAp63α did not have significant effect on gene expression profile and cell phenotype, whilst the main effect of ΔNp63α was reduction of cell adhesion...
October 10, 2016: BMC Cancer
Yoon Seok Kim, Min Jung Jung, Dong Won Ryu, Chung Han Lee
[This corrects the article on p. 121 in vol. 17, PMID: 25013432.].
September 2016: Journal of Breast Cancer
R Mimoto, Y Imawari, S Hirooka, H Takeyama, K Yoshida
Whereas accumulating studies have supported the cancer stem cell theory, a specific therapy targeting a cancer stem cell subpopulation has not been established. Here, we show that dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation-kinase 2 (DYRK2) is a novel negative regulator for formation of breast cancer stem cells. Downregulation of DYRK2 promotes cancer stem-like traits in vitro, tumourigenesis in vivo and the proportion of the cancer stem cell population in human breast cancer tissues. We found that Krupple-like factor 4 (KLF4) serves as a key mediator of DYRK2's control over the cancer stem phenotype...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
Buse Cevatemre, Bruno Botta, Mattia Mori, Simone Berardozzi, Cinzia Ingallina, Engin Ulukaya
Despite the rapid advances in chemotherapy regimens, the outcome of patients with breast cancer is not satisfactory. One of the reasons of this dissatisfaction is that subsets of cells in tumors which referred as cancer stem cells (CSCs) show and/or gain resistance to therapies. Thus, compounds that target CSCs are urgently needed. Since some are already used in the clinic, natural products have great potential for further development as anti cancer drugs. The aim of this study is to investigate the cytotoxic activity of tingenin b (or 22β-hydroxytingenone) which is a quinone-methide triterpenoid structurally related to tingenone, against breast CSCs (stem-cell enriched population from MCF-7 cell line, MCF-7s)...
October 5, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Bruna Corominas-Faja, Luciano Vellon, Elisabet Cuyàs, Maria Buxó, Begoña Martin-Castillo, Dolors Serra, Jordi García, Javier A Menendez, Ruth Lupu
Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is a key lipogenic enzyme for de novo fatty acid biosynthesis and a druggable metabolic oncoprotein that is activated in most human cancers. We evaluated whether the HER2-driven lipogenic phenotype might represent a biomarker for sensitivity to pharmacological FASN blockade. A majority of clinically HER2-positive tumors were scored as FASN overexpressors in a series of almost 200 patients with invasive breast carcinoma. Re-classification of HER2-positive breast tumors based on FASN gene expression predicted a significantly inferior relapse-free and distant metastasis-free survival in HER2+/FASN+ patients...
October 7, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Ming-Jenn Chen, De-Wei Wu, Yao-Chen Wang, Chi-Yi Chen, Huei Lee
PAK1 confers resistance to the estrogen antagonist tamoxifen in breast cancer. However, a role for PAK1 remains to be elucidated for chemoresistance and prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We provide evidence that PAK1 confers cisplatin resistance by increasing β-catenin expression through ERK/GSK3β signaling. The increased β-catenin expression promotes sphere cell formation and expression of stemness markers and this β-catenin-induced stemness is responsible for PAK1-mediated cisplatin resistance...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Masaru Takabatake, Benjamin J Blyth, Kazuhiro Daino, Tatsuhiko Imaoka, Mayumi Nishimura, Masahiro Fukushi, Yoshiya Shimada
Several lines of evidence indicate one's age at exposure to radiation strongly modifies the risk of radiation-induced breast cancer. We previously reported that rat mammary carcinomas induced by pre- and post-pubertal irradiation have distinct gene expression patterns, but the changes underlying these differences have not yet been characterized. The aim of this investigation was to see if differences in CpG DNA methylation were responsible for the differences in gene expression between age at exposure groups observed in our previous study...
2016: PloS One
Nirmita J Patel, Chetna Sharon, Somesh Baranwal, Rio S Boothello, Umesh R Desai, Bhaumik B Patel
Heparan sulfate (HS) plays a role in the majority of essential hallmarks of cancer, yet its ability to modulate self-renewal, especially of cancer stem cells (CSCs), remains unknown. We have discovered that a non-anticoagulant HS hexasaccharide (HS06) sequence, but not other shorter or longer sequences, selectively inhibited CSC self-renewal and induced apoptosis in colorectal, pancreatic, and breast CSCs suggesting a very general phenomenon. HS06 inhibition of CSCs relied upon early and sustained activation of p38α/β mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) but not other MAPKs family members i...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Min Hye Jang, Hyun Jong Kang, Ki Seok Jang, Seung Sam Paik, Wan Seop Kim
A subpopulation of breast cancer cells with cluster of differentiation (CD)44-positive and CD24-negative expression has been reported to have stem cell properties and to have a higher tumorigenic capacity than other cells. However, the clinicopathological characteristics of this subpopulation are not fully understood. In this study, we aimed to identify the correlations between the expression of CD44 and CD24 and clinicopathological parameters and overall survival. We studied specimens from 262 patients with invasive breast cancer...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Thomas J Bartosh, Mujib Ullah, Suzanne Zeitouni, Joshua Beaver, Darwin J Prockop
Patients with breast cancer often develop malignant regrowth of residual drug-resistant dormant tumor cells years after primary treatment, a process defined as cancer relapse. Deciphering the causal basis of tumor dormancy therefore has obvious therapeutic significance. Because cancer cell behavior is strongly influenced by stromal cells, particularly the mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) that are actively recruited into tumor-associated stroma, we assessed the impact of MSCs on breast cancer cell (BCC) dormancy...
October 3, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Evangeline E Fernandes, Anubha V Pulwale, Gauri A Patil, Alpana S Moghe
BACKGROUND: Molecules stimulating regeneration and proliferation of cells are of significance in combating ailments caused due to tissue injury, inflammation, and degenerative disorders. Moringa oleifera is one of the most valued food plants having the profile of important nutrients and impressive range of medicinal uses. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential of M. oleifera aqueous leaf and flower extracts to promote the proliferation of cells and explore their effect on cancer cell lines for assessment of safety...
October 2016: Pharmacognosy Research
A E Witt, C-W Lee, T I Lee, D J Azzam, B Wang, C Caslini, F Petrocca, J Grosso, M Jones, E B Cohick, A B Gropper, C Wahlestedt, A L Richardson, R Shiekhattar, R A Young, T A Ince
Tumours are comprised of a highly heterogeneous population of cells, of which only a small subset of stem-like cells possess the ability to regenerate tumours in vivo. These cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a significant clinical challenge as they are resistant to conventional cancer therapies and play essential roles in metastasis and tumour relapse. Despite this realization and great interest in CSCs, it has been difficult to develop CSC-targeted treatments due to our limited understanding of CSC biology...
October 3, 2016: Oncogene
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