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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431263/epigenetic-therapy-and-chemosensitization-in-solid-malignancy
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Sean M Ronnekleiv-Kelly, Anup Sharma, Nita Ahuja
Epigenetic modifications result in dynamic shifts between transcriptionally active and suppressed states. The potentially reversible nature of epigenetic changes underlies the concept of epigenetic therapy, which serves to reprogram cancer cells as opposed to inducing cytotoxicity that occurs with standard chemotherapeutics. There are numerous enzymes involved in epigenetic changes and each can be potentially targetable. Although many investigations have evaluated the clinical potential of the various epigenetic therapies, currently only histone deacetylase inhibitors and DNA methyltransferase inhibitors are approved for use in specific hematologic malignancies...
April 8, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431168/identifying-new-susceptibility-genes-on-dopaminergic-and-serotonergic-pathways-for-the-framing-effect-in-decision-making
#2
Xiaoxue Gao, Jinting Liu, Pingyuan Gong, Junhui Wang, Wan Fang, Hongming Yan, Lusha Zhu, Xiaolin Zhou
The framing effect refers the tendency to be risk-averse when options are presented positively but be risk-seeking when the same options are presented negatively during decision-making. This effect has been found to be modulated by the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) and the catechol-o-methyltransferase gene (COMT) polymorphisms, which are on the dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways and which are associated with affective processing. The current study aimed to identify new genetic variations of genes on dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways that may contribute to individual differences in the susceptibility to framing...
April 19, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431135/reconstitution-of-a-functional-7sk-snrnp
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John E Brogie, David H Price
The 7SK small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) plays a central role in RNA polymerase II elongation control by regulating the availability of active P-TEFb. We optimized conditions for analyzing 7SK RNA by SHAPE and demonstrated a hysteretic effect of magnesium on 7SK folding dynamics including a 7SK GAUC motif switch. We also found evidence that the 5΄ end pairs alternatively with two different regions of 7SK giving rise to open and closed forms that dictate the state of the 7SK motif. We then used recombinant P-TEFb, HEXIM1, LARP7 and MEPCE to reconstruct a functional 7SK snRNP in vitro...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430656/thyroid-cancer-1-c8orf4-shows-high-expression-no-mutation-and-reduced-methylation-level-in-lung-cancers-and-its-expression-correlates-with-%C3%AE-catenin-and-dnmt1-expression-and-poor-prognosis
#4
Yi-Wen Zheng, Li Zhang, Yuan Wang, Song-Yan Chen, Lei Lei, Na Tang, Da-Lei Yang, Lin-Lin Bai, Xiu-Peng Zhang, Gui-Yang Jiang, Lian-He Yang, Hong-Tao Xu, Qing-Chang Li, Xue-Shan Qiu, En-Hua Wang
Thyroid cancer 1 (TC1, C8orf4) plays important roles in tumors. The aim of this study was to examine the protein expression levels, methylation status, and mutational status of TC1 (C8orf4) in lung cancers, and investigate the correlation between TC1, other members of the Wnt signaling pathway, and lung cancer. TC1 expression levels were assessed via immunohistochemical staining in 179 cases of lung cancer. β-catenin, TCF4, Axin, Disabled-2, Chibby, and DNA methyltransferase-1 (DNMT1) expressions were also examined...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430424/elucidation-of-the-stereospecificity-of-c-methyltransferases-from-trans-at-polyketide-synthases
#5
Xinqiang Xie, Chaitan Khosla, David E Cane
S-Adenosyl methionine (SAM)-dependent C-methyltransferases are responsible for the C2-methylation of 3-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) intermediates to give the corresponding 2-methy-3-ketoacyl-ACP products during bacterial polyketide biosynthesis mediated by trans-AT polyketide synthases that lack integrated acyl transferase (AT) domains. A coupled ketoreductase (KR) assay was used to assign the stereochemistry of the C-methyltransferase-catalyzed reaction. Samples of chemoenzymatically-generated 3-ketopentanoyl-ACP (9) were incubated with SAM and BonMT2 from module 2 of the bongkrekic acid polyke-tide synthase...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430172/ezh2-alterations-in-follicular-lymphoma-biological-and-clinical-correlations
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S Huet, L Xerri, B Tesson, S Mareschal, S Taix, L Mescam-Mancini, E Sohier, M Carrère, J Lazarovici, O Casasnovas, L Tonon, S Boyault, S Hayette, C Haioun, B Fabiani, A Viari, F Jardin, G Salles
The histone methyltransferase EZH2 has an essential role in the development of follicular lymphoma (FL). Recurrent gain-of-function mutations in EZH2 have been described in 25% of FL patients and induce aberrant methylation of histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27). We evaluated the role of EZH2 genomic gains in FL biology. Using RNA sequencing, Sanger sequencing and SNP-arrays, the mutation status, copy-number and gene-expression profiles of EZH2 were assessed in a cohort of 159 FL patients from the PRIMA trial. Immunohistochemical (IHC) EZH2 expression (n=55) and H3K27 methylation (n=63) profiles were also evaluated...
April 21, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430038/prognostic-implications-of-the-subcellular-localization-of-survivin-in-glioblastomas-treated-with-radiotherapy-plus-concomitant-and-adjuvant-temozolomide
#7
Taiichi Saito, Kazuhiko Sugiyama, Yukio Takeshima, Vishwa Jeet Amatya, Fumiyuki Yamasaki, Takeshi Takayasu, Ryo Nosaka, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Takakazu Kawamata, Kaoru Kurisu
OBJECTIVE Currently, the standard treatment protocol for patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GBM) includes surgery, radiotherapy, and concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ). Various prognostic biomarkers for GBM have been described, including survivin expression. The aim of this study was to determine whether the subcellular localization of survivin correlates with GBM prognosis in patients who received the standard treatment protocol. METHODS The authors retrospectively examined the subcellular localization of survivin (nuclear, cytoplasmic, or both) using immunohistochemistry in 50 patients with GBM who had received the standard treatment...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429944/biotechnological-production-of-dimethoxyflavonoids-using-a-fusion-flavonoid-o-methyltransferase-possessing-both-3-and-7-o-methyltransferase-activities
#8
Danbi Lee, Hye Lin Park, Sang-Won Lee, Seong Hee Bhoo, Man-Ho Cho
Although they are less abundant in nature, methoxyflavonoids have distinct physicochemical and pharmacological properties compared to common nonmethylated flavonoids. Thus, enzymatic conversion and biotransformation using genetically engineered microorganisms of flavonoids have been attempted for the efficient production of methoxyflavonoids. Because of their regiospecificity, more than two flavonoid O-methyltransferases (FOMTs) and enzyme reactions are required to biosynthesize di(or poly)-methoxyflavonoids...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429794/bone-in-culture-array-as-a-platform-to-model-early-stage-bone-metastases-and-discover-anti-metastasis-therapies
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Hai Wang, Lin Tian, Amit Goldstein, Jun Liu, Hin-Ching Lo, Kuanwei Sheng, Thomas Welte, Stephen T C Wong, Zbigniew Gugala, Fabio Stossi, Chenghang Zong, Zonghai Li, Michael A Mancini, Xiang H-F Zhang
The majority of breast cancer models for drug discovery are based on orthotopic or subcutaneous tumours. Therapeutic responses of metastases, especially microscopic metastases, are likely to differ from these tumours due to distinct cancer-microenvironment crosstalk in distant organs. Here, to recapitulate such differences, we established an ex vivo bone metastasis model, termed bone-in-culture array or BICA, by fragmenting mouse bones preloaded with breast cancer cells via intra-iliac artery injection. Cancer cells in BICA maintain features of in vivo bone micrometastases regarding the microenvironmental niche, gene expression profile, metastatic growth kinetics and therapeutic responses...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429715/mapping-clinicopathological-entities-within-colorectal-mucinous-adenocarcinomas-a-hierarchical-clustering-approach
#10
Charly Liddell, Laure Droy-Dupré, Sylvie Métairie, Fabrice Airaud, Christelle Volteau, Stéphane Bezieau, Christian L Laboisse, Jean-François Mosnier
The aim of this study was to interrogate the heterogeneity of colorectal mucinous adenocarcinomas. This study is based on hierarchical clustering approach combining clinicopathological and molecular patterns known to be relevant to oncogenesis and therapeutic management of patients with colorectal carcinoma, ie, microsatellite instability, O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) status, KRAS, and BRAF mutations and wnt signaling pathway activation. Comparison of the study group of 60 mucinous adenocarcinomas defined according to World Health Organization classification with control group of 136 colorectal adenocarcinomas successively removed shows higher frequency of BRAF and KRAS mutations and microsatellite instability-high status and lower frequency of wnt signaling pathway activation in mucinous adenocarcinomas...
April 21, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429453/tolcapone-induces-oxidative-stress-leading-to-apoptosis-and-inhibition-of-tumor-growth-in-neuroblastoma
#11
Tyler Maser, Maria Rich, David Hayes, Ping Zhao, Abhinav B Nagulapally, Jeffrey Bond, Giselle Saulnier Sholler
Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an enzyme that inactivates dopamine and other catecholamines by O-methylation. Tolcapone, a drug commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, is a potent inhibitor of COMT and previous studies indicate that Tolcapone increases the bioavailability of dopamine in cells. In this study, we demonstrate that Tolcapone kills neuroblastoma (NB) cells in preclinical models by inhibition of COMT. Treating four established NB cells lines (SMS-KCNR, SH-SY5Y, BE(2)-C, CHLA-90) and two primary NB cell lines with Tolcapone for 48 h decreased cell viability in a dose-dependent manner, with IncuCyte imaging and Western blotting indicating that cell death was due to caspase-3-mediated apoptosis...
April 21, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429405/child-body-mass-index-genotype-and-parenting-in-the-prediction-of-restrictive-feeding
#12
K K Bost, M Teran-Garcia, S M Donovan, B H Fiese
BACKGROUND: Restrictive feeding is implicated in pediatric obesity, and caregivers increase controlling feeding practices on the basis of higher child weight status. However, few studies have examined how child genetic and parenting characteristics together impact restrictive feeding. OBJECTIVES: We examined whether child body mass index (BMI) status predicts caregiver use of restrictive feeding and if this association is moderated by (i) caregiver strategies to manage their children's distress and (ii) child variations in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val(158) Met, rs4680)...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429280/synergistic-anti-cancer-effects-of-epigenetic-drugs-on-medulloblastoma-cells
#13
Juan Yuan, Núria Llamas Luceño, Bjoern Sander, Monika M Golas
PURPOSE: Medulloblastomas are aggressive brain malignancies. While considerable progress has been made in the treatment of medulloblastoma patients with respect to overall survival, these patients are still at risk of developing neurologic and cognitive deficits as a result of anti-cancer therapies. It is hypothesized that targeted molecular therapies represent a better treatment option for medulloblastoma patients. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to test a panel of epigenetic drugs for their effect on medulloblastoma cells under mild hypoxic conditions that reflect the physiological concentrations of oxygen in the brain...
April 20, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428565/small-methyltransferase-rlmh-assembles-a-composite-active-site-to-methylate-a-ribosomal-pseudouridine
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Cha San Koh, Rohini Madireddy, Timothy J Beane, Phillip D Zamore, Andrei A Korostelev
Eubacterial ribosomal large-subunit methyltransferase H (RlmH) methylates 23S ribosomal RNA pseudouridine 1915 (Ψ1915), which lies near the ribosomal decoding center. The smallest member of the SPOUT superfamily of methyltransferases, RlmH lacks the RNA recognition domain found in larger methyltransferases. The catalytic mechanism of RlmH enzyme is unknown. Here, we describe the structures of RlmH bound to S-adenosyl-methionine (SAM) and the methyltransferase inhibitor sinefungin. Our structural and biochemical studies reveal catalytically essential residues in the dimer-mediated asymmetrical active site...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428443/mechanisms-of-pinometostat-epz-5676-treatment-emergent-resistance-in-mll-rearranged-leukemia
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Carly T Campbell, Jessica N Haladyna, David A Drubin, Ty M Thomson, Michael J Maria, Taylor Yamauchi, Nigel J Waters, Edward J Olhava, Roy M Pollock, Jesse J Smith, Robert A Copeland, Stephen J Blakemore, Kathrin M Bernt, Scott R Daigle
DOT1L is a protein methyltransferase involved in the development and maintenance of MLL-rearranged (MLL-r) leukemia through its ectopic methylation of histones associated with well characterized leukemic genes.  Pinometostat (EPZ-5676), a selective inhibitor of DOT1L, is in clinical development in relapsed/refractory acute leukemia patients harboring rearrangements of the MLL gene. The observation of responses and subsequent relapses in the adult trial treating MLL-r patients motivated preclinical investigations into potential mechanisms of pinometostat treatment emergent resistance (TER) in cell lines confirmed to have MLL-r...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427986/prognostic-implications-of-extent-of-resection-in-glioblastoma-analysis-from-a-large-database
#16
Daniel M Trifiletti, Clayton Alonso, Surbhi Grover, Camilo E Fadul, Jason P Sheehan, Timothy N Showalter
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the predictors for and clinical impact of gross total resection (GTR) in patients with glioblastoma (GBM). METHODS AND MATERIALS: The National Cancer Database was queried for patients with GBM diagnosed from 2004-2013 with known survival and extent of resection. Patients were grouped based on extent of resection into biopsy alone, subtotal resection (STR), and GTR. Univariable and multivariable (MVA) analyses were performed to investigate factors associated with the likelihood of GTR and overall survival (OS) following diagnosis...
April 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427182/identification-of-dbccr1-as-a-suppressor-in-the-development-of-lung-cancer-that-is-associated-with-increased-dna-methyltransferase-1
#17
Guoren Zhou, Jinjun Ye, Ying Fang, Zhi Zhang, Jingyuan Zhang, Lei Sun, Jifeng Feng
Accumulating evidence has pointed to a role of the CpG island hypermethylation in the regulation of cancer-related genes in tumor progression. However, the biological impacts in cancer pathogenesis associated with down-regulation of such gene targets remains elusive. Here we focused on a potential target of hypermethylation, DBCCR1 (deleted in bladder cancer chromosome region 1), a gene encoding a candidate tumor suppressor. We found that the expression of DBCCR1 is significantly lower in the lung cancer tissues compared with adjacent non-tumor tissues of patients...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427088/a-phase-2-study-of-temozolomide-in-pretreated-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-with-mgmt-promoter-methylation
#18
M A Calegari, A Inno, S Monterisi, A Orlandi, D Santini, M Basso, A Cassano, M Martini, T Cenci, I de Pascalis, F Camarda, B Barbaro, L M Larocca, S Gori, G Tonini, C Barone
BACKGROUND: Presently, few options are available for refractory colorectal cancer (CRC). O6-methyl-guanine-DNA-methyltransferase (MGMT) promoter methylation is a frequent and early event in CRC tumourigenesis. This epigenetic silencing is a predictor of response to the alkylating drug temozolomide in glioblastoma. Preclinical evidences and some case reports showed temozolomide activity in CRC with MGMT silencing, but the available data from clinical trials are inconsistent. METHODS: This was a multicentre, phase 2 trial, planned according to a two-stage Simon's optimal design to investigate activity and safety of temozolomide in refractory CRC harbouring MGMT promoter methylation...
April 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426741/as3mt-mediated-tolerance-to-arsenic-evolved-by-multiple-independent-horizontal-gene-transfers-from-bacteria-to-eukaryotes
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Michael Palmgren, Karin Engström, Björn M Hallström, Karin Wahlberg, Dan Ariel Søndergaard, Torbjörn Säll, Marie Vahter, Karin Broberg
Organisms have evolved the ability to tolerate toxic substances in their environments, often by producing metabolic enzymes that efficiently detoxify the toxicant. Inorganic arsenic is one of the most toxic and carcinogenic substances in the environment, but many organisms, including humans, metabolise inorganic arsenic to less toxic metabolites. This multistep process produces mono-, di-, and trimethylated arsenic metabolites, which the organism excretes. In humans, arsenite methyltransferase (AS3MT) appears to be the main metabolic enzyme that methylates arsenic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425987/biological-activity-of-tumor-treating-fields-in-preclinical-glioma-models
#20
Manuela Silginer, Michael Weller, Roger Stupp, Patrick Roth
Glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive form of intrinsic brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Thus, novel therapeutic approaches are urgently needed. Tumor-treating fields (TTFields) may represent such a novel treatment option. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of TTFields on glioma cells, as well as the functional characterization of the underlying mechanisms. Here, we assessed the anti-glioma activity of TTFields in several preclinical models. Applying TTFields resulted in the induction of cell death in a frequency- and intensity-dependent manner in long-term glioma cell lines, as well as glioma-initiating cells...
April 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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