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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423671/genome-wide-dna-methylation-analysis-reveals-molecular-subtypes-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Nitish Kumar Mishra, Chittibabu Guda
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States with a five-year patient survival rate of only 6%. Early detection and treatment of this disease is hampered due to lack of reliable diagnostic and prognostic markers. Recent studies have shown that dynamic changes in the global DNA methylation and gene expression patterns play key roles in the PC development; hence, provide valuable insights for better understanding the initiation and progression of PC. In the current study, we used DNA methylation, gene expression, copy number, mutational and clinical data from pancreatic patients...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418892/roles-of-long-noncoding-rnas-in-colorectal-cancer-metastasis
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REVIEW
He Li, Si-Qing Ma, Jin Huang, Xiao-Ping Chen, Hong-Hao Zhou
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 3rd most common malignancies worldwide. Metastasis is responsible for more than 90% CRC patients' death. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are an important class of transcribed RNA molecules greater than 200 nucleotides in length. With the development of whole genome sequencing technologies, they have been gained more attention. Accumulating evidences suggest that abnormal expression of lncRNAs in diverse diseases are involved in various biological functions such as proliferation, apoptosis, metastasis and differentiation by acting as epigenetic, splicing, transcriptional or post-transcriptional regulators...
March 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410138/clinical-functional-behavioural-and-epigenomic-biomarkers-of-obesity
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Claudio L Lafortuna, Armando R Tovar, Fabio Rastelli, Sarah A Tabozzi, Martina Caramenti, Ximena Orozco-Ruiz, Miriam Aguilar-Lopez, Martha Guevara-Cruz, Azalia Avila-Nava, Nimbe Torres, Gloria Bertoli
Overweight and obesity are highly prevalent conditions worldwide, linked to an increased risk for death, disability and disease due to metabolic and biochemical abnormalities affecting the biological human system throughout different domains. Biomarkers, defined as indicators of biological processes in health and disease, relevant for body mass excess management have been identified according to different criteria, including anthropometric and molecular indexes, as well as physiological and behavioural aspects...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408391/lmna-associated-partial-lipodystrophy-anticipation-of-metabolic-complications
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Isabelle Jeru, Camille Vatier, Marie-Christine Vantyghem, Olivier Lascols, Corinne Vigouroux
BACKGROUND: Type-2 familial partial lipodystrophy (FPLD2) is a rare autosomal dominant lipodystrophic disorder due to mutations in LMNA encoding lamin A/C, a key epigenetic regulator. FPLD2 severity is determined by the occurrence of metabolic complications, especially diabetes and hypertriglyceridaemia. We evaluated the disease history and severity over generations. METHODS: This retrospective study of the largest cohort of patients with FPLD2 reported to date investigates 85 patients from 24 families comprising three generations (G1: n=39; G2: n=41; G3: n=5)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401680/dna-methylation-and-its-role-in-the-pathogenesis-of-diabetes
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REVIEW
Amita Bansal, Sara E Pinney
Although the factors responsible for the recent increase in the prevalence of diabetes worldwide are not entirely known, the morbidity associated with this disease results in substantial health and economic burden on society. Epigenetic modifications, including DNA methylation have been identified as one mechanism by which the environment interacts with the genome and there is evidence that alterations in DNA methylation may contribute to the increased prevalence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This review provides a summary of DNA methylation and its role in gene regulation, and includes descriptions of various techniques to measure site-specific and genome-wide DNA methylation changes...
May 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400272/epigenetic-processes-in-sporadic-parathyroid-neoplasms
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REVIEW
Angelica M Silva-Figueroa, Nancy D Perrier
Parathyroid tumors (PTs) are highly variable in their genetic background. Increasing evidence demonstrates that endocrine diseases can be caused by epigenetic alterations. The present review is focused on epigenetic aberrations related to PTs. DNA methylation, posttranslational histone modification, and noncoding RNAs are epigenetic mechanisms involved in parathyroid tumorigenesis. The information in this review has the potential to define epigenetic signatures associated with PTs for future use as diagnostic markers and lead to the development of new epigenetic drugs with therapeutic applications for these tumors...
April 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398025/hepatocarcinoma-genetic-and-epigenetic-features
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Angela Lombardi, Anna Grimaldi, Silvia Zappavigna, Gabriella Misso, Michele Caraglia
HCC is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, accounting for about 1 million deaths annually. The incidence of HCC is highest in Asia and Africa, where the endemic high prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C strongly predisposes to the development of chronic liver disease and subsequent development of HCC. Patients with HCC generally present at an advanced stage due to compensated cirrhosis defined by the absence of pathognomonic symptoms, resulting in death within 6 to 20 months, suggesting an urgent need in treatment modalities that will dramatically decrease the mortality rate of HCC...
April 11, 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396701/aberrant-dna-methylation-in-melanoma-biomarker-and-therapeutic-opportunities
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REVIEW
Goran Micevic, Nicholas Theodosakis, Marcus Bosenberg
Aberrant DNA methylation is an epigenetic hallmark of melanoma, known to play important roles in melanoma formation and progression. Recent advances in genome-wide methylation methods have provided the means to identify differentially methylated genes, methylation signatures, and potential biomarkers. However, despite considerable effort and advances in cataloging methylation changes in melanoma, many questions remain unanswered. The aim of this review is to summarize recent developments, emerging trends, and important unresolved questions in the field of aberrant DNA methylation in melanoma...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394633/cruciferous-vegetables-and-colorectal-cancer-prevention-through-microrna-regulation-a-review
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Jeong Hoon Pan, Breann Abernathy, Young Jun Kim, Jin Hyup Lee, Jun Ho Kim, Eui Cheol Shin, Jae Kyeom Kim
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may lower colorectal cancer risk. In particular, a number of in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated that cruciferous vegetables and their active compounds elicit chemopreventive potency through multiple mechanisms. However, it is relatively unexplored whether these vegetables modulate the risk of cancer development through epigenetic mechanisms including noncoding RNAs. Therefore, the objective of the present review is to report and discuss existing evidence with regards to modulation of microRNAs (miRNAs), one variety of noncoding RNAs, by cruciferous vegetables and their chemo-preventive effects against colorectal cancers...
April 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390874/application-of-single-cell-technology-in-cancer-research
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REVIEW
Shao-Bo Liang, Li-Wu Fu
In this review, we have outlined the application of single-cell technology in cancer research. Single-cell technology has made encouraging progress in recent years and now provides the means to detect rare cancer cells such as circulating tumor cells and cancer stem cells. We reveal how this technology has advanced the analysis of intratumor heterogeneity and tumor epigenetics, and guided individualized treatment strategies. The future prospects now are to bring single-cell technology into the clinical arena...
April 5, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383487/molecular-drivers-of-pancreatic-cancer-pathogenesis-looking-inward-to-move-forward
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REVIEW
Mohammad Aslam Aslam Khan, Shafquat Azim, Haseeb Zubair, Arun Bhardwaj, Girijesh Kumar Patel, Moh'd Khushman, Seema Singh, Ajay Pratap Singh
Pancreatic cancer (PC) continues to rank among the most lethal cancers. The consistent increase in incidence and mortality has made it the seventh leading cause of cancer-associated deaths globally and the third in the United States. The biggest challenge in combating PC is our insufficient understanding of the molecular mechanism(s) underlying its complex biology. Studies during the last several years have helped identify several putative factors and events, both genetic and epigenetic, as well as some deregulated signaling pathways, with implications in PC onset and progression...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382090/detection-of-methylated-circulating-dna-as-noninvasive-biomarkers-for-breast-cancer-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Isabella Wai Yin Cheuk, Vivian Yvonne Shin, Ava Kwong
Internationally, breast cancer is the most common female cancer, and is induced by a combination of environmental, genetic, and epigenetic risk factors. Despite the advancement of imaging techniques, invasive sampling of breast epithelial cells is the only definitive diagnostic procedure for patients with breast cancer. To date, molecular biomarkers with high sensitivity and specificity for the screening and early detection of breast cancer are lacking. Recent evidence suggests that the detection of methylated circulating cell-free DNA in the peripheral blood of patients with cancer may be a promising quantitative and noninvasive method for cancer diagnosis...
March 2017: Journal of Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381242/the-150-most-important-questions-in-cancer-research-and-clinical-oncology-series-questions-15-24-edited-by-chinese-journal-of-cancer
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To accelerate our endeavors to overcome cancer, Chinese Journal of Cancer has launched a program of publishing 150 most important questions in cancer research and clinical oncology. In this article, 10 more questions are presented as follows. Question 15: Can tumor-induced erythrogenesis provide qualified red blood cells for carrying oxygen to distant organs? Question 16: Can we overcome tumor resistance to platinum-containing antineoplastic drugs by activating the sensitivity factors in the tumor? Question 17: How can a cancer cell stay dormant for years? Question 18: Why do cancer cells use distinct transcriptomic and proteomic programs to reach the same metastatic phenotype? Question 19: Why do some cancers regress spontaneously? Question 20: What are the regulatory mechanisms occurring in donor cells that determine selective sorting of biological content into vesicles and their biological consequences in recipient cells? Are the genetic transfer and exchange of biological messages between cells transient? Is the phenotypic manipulation of recipient cells temporary or prolonged and persistent? If extracellular vesicles possess immune-modulatory potential, how could they be exploited for immune interventions and cancer immunotherapy? Presumably the cargo of extracellular vesicles reflects the cells of their origin and can be used for cancer diagnosis, how could the uniform/stringent capture criteria be met universally for applying EVs in point-of-care diagnostics for cancer patients? Question 21: Can we use self-sampling technologies to monitor the tumor genetic alterations for more precise targeted therapy? Can we cure a heterogeneous tumor by sequentially targeting the driver molecules? Question 22: Can we postpone the onset of non-infection-related cancers? Question 23: How many types of cells can jointly form the tumor vasculature to provide blood supply for tumor progression? Question 24: How tumor cells transmit their epigenetic features to daughter cells and maintain the malignant phenotype?...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364271/alk-rearrangement-in-specific-subtypes-of-lung-adenocarcinoma-immunophenotypic-and-morphological-features
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Luciana Possidente, Matteo Landriscina, Giuseppe Patitucci, Ludovica Borgia, Vittoria Lalinga, Giulia Vita
Lung adenocarcinomas are characterized by a variety of genetic and epigenetic changes that lead to activation of specific signaling pathways. This allowed the classification of lung adenocarcinomas according to genetic alterations and the clinical development of novel anticancer agents that affect the activity of specific oncoproteins. In such a context, chromosomal rearrangements that cause constitutive activation of ALK gene define a category of lung adenocarcinomas that is amenable to targeted therapy with ALK inhibitors...
May 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347162/biomarkers-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-an-overview
#15
Eva Juárez-Hernández, Daniel Motola-Kuba, Norberto Carlos Chávez-Tapia, Misael Uribe, Varenka Julieta Barbero-Becerra
Current methods for HCC diagnosis have not an optimal diagnostic accuracy. The detection of more than one biomarker seems to improve their individual performance and provide an accurate HCC diagnosis approach. Individual gene expression seems to influence whether or not the treatment is successful, since several molecules have interfere with cancer associated pathways and have been related to poor prognosis which condition the lack of effective treatment options. Areas covered: Novel biomarkers have been proposed as a useful tool in each patient prognosis...
March 27, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335509/novel-diagnostic-and-predictive-biomarkers-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
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REVIEW
John C Chang, Madappa Kundranda
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly lethal disease for a multitude of reasons including very late diagnosis. This in part is due to the lack of understanding of the biological behavior of PDAC and the ineffective screening for this disease. Significant efforts have been dedicated to finding the appropriate serum and imaging biomarkers to help early detection and predict response to treatment of PDAC. Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) has been the most validated serum marker and has the highest positive predictive value as a stand-alone marker...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326191/global-histone-modification-fingerprinting-in-human-cells-using-epigenetic-reverse-phase-protein-array
#17
Marina Partolina, Hazel C Thoms, Kenneth G MacLeod, Giovanny Rodriguez-Blanco, Matthew N Clarke, Anuroop V Venkatasubramani, Rima Beesoo, Vladimir Larionov, Vidushi S Neergheen-Bhujun, Bryan Serrels, Hiroshi Kimura, Neil O Carragher, Alexander Kagansky
The balance between acetylation and deacetylation of histone proteins plays a critical role in the regulation of genomic functions. Aberrations in global levels of histone modifications are linked to carcinogenesis and are currently the focus of intense scrutiny and translational research investments to develop new therapies, which can modify complex disease pathophysiology through epigenetic control. However, despite significant progress in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of epigenetic machinery in various genomic contexts and cell types, the links between epigenetic modifications and cellular phenotypes are far from being clear...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322581/epigenetics-and-allergy-from-basic-mechanisms-to-clinical-applications
#18
Daniel P Potaczek, Hani Harb, Sven Michel, Bilal Alashkar Alhamwe, Harald Renz, Jörg Tost
Allergic diseases are on the rise in the Western world and well-known allergy-protecting and -driving factors such as microbial and dietary exposure, pollution and smoking mediate their influence through alterations of the epigenetic landscape. Here, we review key facts on the involvement of epigenetic modifications in allergic diseases and summarize and critically evaluate the lessons learned from epigenome-wide association studies. We show the potential of epigenetic changes for various clinical applications: as diagnostic tools, to assess tolerance following immunotherapy or possibly predict the success of therapy at an early time point...
March 21, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314271/identification-of-methylation-profiles-of-cancer-related-genes-in-circulating-tumor-cells-population
#19
Anna Lyberopoulou, Michail Galanopoulos, Gerasimos Aravantinos, George E Theodoropoulos, Evangelos Marinos, Efstathios P Efstathopoulos, Maria Gazouli
BACKGROUND: We performed an epigenetic analysis of the first exon of the hVIM gene and the SFRP2 in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and correlation with the corresponding primary colorectal cancer (CRC) tissue. PATIENTS AND METHODS: CTCs detection in 52 colorectal cancer patients was managed by a multi-marker immunomagnetic method with the use of quantum dots (QDs). To determine methylation levels we used high-resolution melting (HRM) technology. RESULTS: In the case of VIM we found 76...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301256/sperm-epigenetics-in-the-study-of-male-fertility-offspring-health-and-potential-clinical-applications
#20
Timothy G Jenkins, Kenneth I Aston, Emma R James, Douglas T Carrell
The mammalian sperm contains a highly unique and specialized epigenetic landscape that offers a great degree of interesting research opportunities. One key discriminating feature of the mature sperm epigenome is that it, in theory, represents both remnant marks used throughout spermatogenesis to generate sperm cells competent to perform their function, but also marks that appear to be useful beyond fertilization. Key questions must be asked about the utility of these marks and the multiple purposes that may be served...
April 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
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