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Yuanqin Yin, Jingjing Cai, Fandong Meng, Chengguang Sui, Youhong Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism of miR-144 and CEP55 as well as the influence of their interaction on the cell proliferation, migration, invasion, cell cycle and cell apoptosis in breast cancer. METHODS: In this study, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA, ) database was used for microarray analysis. The expressions of miR-144 and CEP55 in 40 adjacent tissues and 36 tumor tissues were examined by western blot, qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry...
March 21, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Joel K Annor-Gyamfi, John M Jarrett, Joseph O Osazee, Dobrusia Bialonska, Crystal Whitted, Victoria E Palau, Abbas G Shilabin
Cancer remains the second major cause of death in the world. Thus, there is a pressing need to identify potential synthetic route for the development of novel anticancer agents which will serve as lead compounds to effectively combat this life-threatening epidemic. Pyrrolo[2,1-c][1,4]benzodiazepines (PBDs) have sparked a great interest as lead compounds because of their cancerostatic and anti-infective properties. The twisted molecular structure of PBD analogs provides both helical and chiral elements. In an effort to expand novel PBDs that interact with the key exocyclic amino group of the DNA-guanine base, we hypothesized that construction of a fused cyclic active system, would likely serve as an electrophilic site when compared to traditional electrophilic C11-N10 imine group...
February 2018: Heliyon
Paulina Cerda-Opazo, Manuel Valenzuela-Valderrama, Ignacio Wichmann, Andrés Rodríguez, Daniel Contreras-Reyes, Elmer A Fernández, Gonzalo Carrasco-Aviño, Alejandro H Corvalán, Andrew F G Quest
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to determine the relationship between Survivin and Reprimo transcript/protein expression levels, and gastric cancer outcome. METHODS: In silico correlations between an agnostic set of twelve p53-dependent apoptosis and cell-cycle genes were explored in the gastric adenocarcinoma TCGA database, using cBioPortal. Findings were validated by regression analysis of RNAseq data. Separate regression analyses were performed to assess the impact of p53 status on Survivin and Reprimo...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Zhizhen Dong, Jianrong Chen, Xuli Yang, Wenjie Zheng, Li Wang, Miao Fang, Mengna Wu, Min Yao, Dengfu Yao
Lung cancer is the most common malignant tumor with increasing angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and a high rate of metastasis. However, the mechanism of Ang-2 enhancing tumor proliferation and facilitating metastasis remains to be clarified. In this study, Ang-2 expression and its gene transcription on effects of biological behaviors and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) were investigated in lung cancers. Total incidence of Ang-2 expression in the cancerous tissues was up to 91.8 % (112 of 122) with significantly higher (χ2 =103...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Shearwood McClelland, Jennifer Leberknight, B Ashleigh Guadagnolo, C Norman Coleman, Daniel G Petereit
Introduction: American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) patients with cancer disproportionally present with more advanced stages of disease and have the worst cancer-specific survival rates of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. The presence of disparities in radiation therapy (RT) access for AI/AN patients has rarely been examined. Methods and materials: National Cancer Institute (NCI) initiatives toward addressing AI/AN disparities were examined. Additionally, an extensive PubMed literature search for studies investigating RT access disparities in AI/AN patients was performed...
January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Xin Xu, Cheuk Ni Kan, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng, M Kamran Ikram, Christopher Li-Hsian Chen, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian
OBJECTIVE: Sleep disturbances were found to be associated with more behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPS) in early patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, data on preclinical stages of dementia are lacking. Hence, the present study sought to investigate the association between sleep disturbances and BPS in dementia-free elderly with varying severity of cognitive impairment in an Asian sample. METHODS: Community-living elderly were recruited and administered a comprehensive cognitive battery (vascular dementia battery [VDB]) and the Neuropsychiatric Inventory to assess symptoms of sleep disturbances and BPS...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Yang Guo, Ying Hu, Mingming Hu, Jiabei He, Baolan Li
Lung cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-associated mortality worldwide, with a low 5-year survival rate of 16.1%. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms behind lung cancer tumorigenesis remain largely unknown. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to serve a function in the tumorigenesis of multiple types of cancer. The objective of the present study was to identify the function of a newly identified lncRNA zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 2 antisense RNA 1 (ZEB2-AS1) in human lung cancer...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ling Fu, Liang Guo, Yi Zheng, Zhenyu Zhu, Mingyue Zhang, Xiaohua Zhao, Hongxue Cui
Sorafenib is a multikinase inhibitor that is frequently used to treat various types of malignant tumors. However, it has been demonstrated that Sorafenib only has a moderate antitumor efficacy and is associated with numerous side effects in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which greatly limits its clinical application. The present study aimed to examine the effects of a combination of Sorafenib and low-dose PF-2341066, a selective c-Met tyrosine kinase inhibitor, on the proliferation, apoptosis and migration of the NSCLC cell line NCI-H1993...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Deepak Reddy Gade, Amareswararao Makkapati, Rajesh Babu Yarlagadda, Godefridus J Peters, B S Sastry, V V S Rajendra Prasad
Overexpression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) leads to the emergence of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer treatment. Acridones have the potential to reverse MDR and sensitize cells. In the present study, we aimed to elucidate the chemosensitization potential of acridones by employing various molecular modelling techniques. Pharmacophore modeling was performed for the dataset of chemosensitizing acridones earlier proved for cytotoxic activity against MCF7 breast cancer cell line. Gaussian-based QSAR studies also performed to predict the favored and disfavored region of the acridone molecules...
February 24, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Hidejiro Torigoe, Hiromasa Yamamoto, Masakiyo Sakaguchi, Chen Youyi, Kei Namba, Hiroki Sato, Kazuhiko Shien, Junichi Soh, Ken Suzawa, Shuta Tomida, Kazunori Tsukuda, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Shinichi Toyooka
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a member of the ErbB (HER) family that is known to play important roles in the pathogenesis of various human cancers. Mutations of the EGFR gene are commonly found as oncogenic driver mutations, and have been targeted for treatment in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Leucine-rich repeat and immunoglobulin-like domain protein-1 (LRIG1) is a cell-surface protein that is known as a negative regulator of the ErbB (HER) family. In this study, we first confirmed that the expression levels of LRIG1 were much lower in NSCLC than in non-malignant cells or tissues...
March 13, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Hua Ye, Xuyu Chai, Xiaoyu Wang, Qi Zheng, Dingcheng Zheng, Feng Wu, Cheng Zheng, Ping Chen
The autophagy involved in the occurrence, development and prognosis of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) gene-amplified cancer also controls the resistance of this type of cancer to the monoclonal antibody, trastuzumab (Tzb). In the present study, Tzb resistance was established in HER2-positive NCI-N87 cell lines (Tzb-refractory cells). The cell viability, clonogenic assay, ratios of light chain 3 II/I, sequestosome 1 expression, and the phosphorylation of protein kinase B (Akt) and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) were investigated in the parental and Tzb-refractory cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Carin K Ingemarsdotter, Jingwei Zeng, Ziqi Long, Andrew M L Lever, Julia C Kenyon
BACKGROUND: NSC260594, a quinolinium derivative from the NCI diversity set II compound library, was previously identified in a target-based assay as an inhibitor of the interaction between the HIV-1 (ψ) stem-loop 3 (SL3) RNA and Gag. This compound was shown to exhibit potent antiviral activity. Here, the effects of this compound on individual stages of the viral lifecycle were examined by qRT-PCR, ELISA and Western blot, to see if its actions were specific to the viral packaging stage...
March 14, 2018: Retrovirology
Mouadh Mihoub, André Pichette, Balla Sylla, Charles Gauthier, Jean Legault
Betulin has a wide range of biological and pharmacological properties with its anticancer activity attracting most of the attention as it offers a possible alternative treatment to chemotherapy. However, betulin's in vivo biological effectiveness is limited by its poor solubility. As such, we synthesized polar glycosylated derivatives to increase its hydrosolubility and enhance its pharmacological properties. Among these synthesized compounds, 28-O-α-l-rhamnopyranosylbetulin 3β-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside (Bi-L-RhamBet) was assessed for its cytotoxic effects against a suite of lung cancer cell lines...
2018: PloS One
Qianqian Shi, Wei Zhang, Yang Wang, Lingbo Qu, Donghui Wei
A density functional theory (DFT) study was performed to explore the possible reaction mechanisms and the origin of stereoselectivity for the isothiourea-catalyzed [4 + 2] annulation reaction of in situ activated phenylacetic acid with alkylidene pyrazolone. The computed results reveal that the reaction contains several steps, including complexation of isothiourea with substrate, dissociation of the t-BuCO2 - group, α-C-H deprotonation of the acyl ammonium intermediate, stepwise [4 + 2] cycloaddition processes, and the dissociation of isothiourea...
March 14, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Biki Gupta, Bijay Kumar Poudel, Shobha Regmi, Shiva Pathak, Hima Bindu Ruttala, Milan Gautam, Gyeong Jin An, Jee-Heon Jeong, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
PURPOSE: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The aim of this study was to design solid lipid core nanocapsules (SLCN) comprising a solid lipid core and a PEGylated polymeric corona for paclitaxel (PTX) and erlotinib (ERL) co-delivery to non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and evaluate their physicochemical characteristics and in vitro activity in NCI-H23 cells. METHODS: PTX/ERL-SLCN were prepared by nanoprecipitation and sonication and physicochemically characterized by dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy...
March 13, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Mona Dawood, Sami Hamdoun, Thomas Efferth
Arsenic trioxide is a traditional remedy in Chinese Medicine since ages. Nowadays, it is clinically used to treat acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) by targeting PML/RARA. However, the drug's activity is broader and the mechanisms of action in other tumor types remain unclear. In this study, we investigated molecular modes of action by classical and network pharmacological approaches. CEM/ADR5000 resistance leukemic cells were similar sensitive to As2 O3 as their wild-type counterpart CCRF-CEM (resistance ratio: 1...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Xuejiao Li, Zhongxiu Jiang, Xiangmin Li, Xiaoye Zhang
Osteopontin (OPN) is a promoter for tumor progression. It has been reported to promote non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) progression via the activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling. As the increased acetylation of NF-κB p65 is linked to NF-κB activation, the regulation of NF-κB p65 acetylation could be a potential treatment target for OPN-induced NSCLC progression. Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) is a deacetylase, and the role of SIRT1 in tumor progression is still controversial. The effect and mechanism of SIRT1 on OPN-induced tumor progression remains unknown...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Jiaolong Shi, Fengping Li, Xingxing Yao, Tingyu Mou, Zhijun Xu, Zheng Han, Siyu Chen, Wende Li, Jiang Yu, Xiaolong Qi, Hao Liu, Guoxin Li
Trastuzumab is the only target to be approved as the first-line treatment of HER2 positive metastatic gastric cancer, but ubiquitous resistance decreases its therapeutic benefit. In this study, we found HER4, phosphorylation HER4 (p-HER4) and the mesenchymal marker Vimentin increased in trastuzumab-resistant cells (MKN45TR and NCI-N87TR), while epithelial markers expressions in trastuzumab-resistant cell lines and animal models decreased. Additionally, silencing HER4 prevented the epithelial-mesenchymal transition and led to decreased proliferation and migration in vitro and in vivo...
March 14, 2018: Oncogene
Sheng Y Ang, Bronwyn A Evans, Daniel P Poole, Romke Bron, Jesse J DiCello, Ross A D Bathgate, Martina Kocan, Dana S Hutchinson, Roger J Summers
Insulin-like peptide 5 (INSL5) is a newly discovered gut hormone expressed in colonic enteroendocrine L-cells but little is known about its biological function. Here, we show using RT-qPCR and in situ hybridisation that Insl5 mRNA is highly expressed in the mouse colonic mucosa, colocalised with proglucagon immunoreactivity. In comparison, mRNA for RXFP4 (the cognate receptor for INSL5) is expressed in various mouse tissues, including the intestinal tract. We show that the human enteroendocrine L-cell model NCI-H716 cell line, and goblet-like colorectal cell lines SW1463 and LS513 endogenously express RXFP4...
April 2018: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Wen Hui, Shenghua Liu, Jie Zheng, Zujun Fang, Qiang Ding, Chenchen Feng
Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare malignancy, and CTNNB1 is frequently mutated in ACC. Our study aims to screen for effective agents with antineoplastic activity against ACC with CTNNB1 mutation. In-silico screening of the Genomics of Drug Sensitivity in Cancer (GDSC) database was conducted. Drug sensitivity in cells with CTNNB1 mutation was analyzed and further in vitro and in vivo studies were performed using the compound. Only one compound, Nutlin-3a, an MDM2 inhibitor, was significantly sensitive in 18 cancer cells with CTNNB1 mutation...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Medicine
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