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Constanze Hantel, Igor Shapiro, Giada Poli, Costanza Chiapponi, Martin Bidlingmaier, Martin Reincke, Michaela Luconi, Sara Jung, Felix Beuschlein
In recent years it has been recognized that clinical translation of novel therapeutic strategies for patients with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) often fails. These disappointing results indicate that the currently utilized tumor models only poorly reflect relevant pathophysiology and, thereby, do not predict clinical applicability of novel pharmacological approaches. However, also the development of new preclinical ACC models has remained a challenge with only one human cell line (NCI-H295R) and one recently established human pediatric xenograft model (SJ-ACC3) being available for this highly heterogeneous malignancy...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Wen-Jin Ding, Min Zhou, Mei-Mei Chen, Chun-Ying Qu
PURPOSE: The homeobox B8 (HOXB8) functions as a sequence-specific transcription factor that is involved in development. Increased expression of this gene is associated with a wide variety of tumor; however, its function in gastric cancer has not been clarified. In the present study, the expression of HOXB8 in gastric cancer tissues and influence of HOXB8 on gastric cancer cellular were evaluated. METHODS: The expression levels of HOXB8 mRNA in human gastric cancer tissues were analyzed through quantitative RT-PCR...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
András Füredi, Szilárd Tóth, Kornélia Szebényi, Veronika F S Pape, Dóra Türk, Nóra Kucsma, László Cervenák, József Tóvári, Gergely Szakács
Despite significant progress, resistance to chemotherapy is still the main reason why cancer remains a deadly disease. An attractive strategy is to target the collateral sensitivity of otherwise multidrug resistant (MDR) cancer. In this study our aim was to catalogue various compounds that were reported to elicit increased toxicity in P-glycoprotein (Pgp) overexpressing MDR cells. We show that the activity of most of the serendipitously identified compounds reported to target MDR cells is in fact cell-line specific, and is not influenced significantly by the function of Pgp...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Yang Luo, Junling Li, Yan Wang, Xuezhi Hao, Fenglian Qu
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is commonly overexpressed in lung squamous cell carcinoma and has been associated with impaired prognosis. The aim of this study was to observe the efficacy and safety of nimotuzumab, a anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody, combined with chemotherapy as second- or later-line in the treatment of advanced lung squamous cell carcinoma. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of clinical data was conducted in 13 patients with advanced lung squamous cell carcinoma, who were administered with nimotuzumab combined with chemotherapy as second-line or later-line treatment...
October 20, 2016: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Ramona Jühlen, Dana Landgraf, Angela Huebner, Katrin Koehler
It has been shown that the nucleoporin ALADIN plays a significant role in the redox homeostasis of the cell but its function in steroidogenesis contributing to adrenal atrophy in triple A syndrome remains largely unknown. In an attempt to identify new interaction partners of ALADIN, co-immunoprecipitation followed by proteome analysis was conducted in different expression models using the human adrenocortical tumour cell line NCI-H295R. Our results suggest an interaction of ALADIN with the microsomal protein PGRMC2...
October 17, 2016: Biology Open
Sanjay Kumar Dey, Pankaj Prabhakar, Manisha Saini, Toyanji Joseph, B K Thelma, Subir K Maulik, Suman Kundu
OBJECTIVE: To identify novel inhibitors of dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH) and evaluate their antihypertensive properties in L-NAME induced hypertensive rat model. DESIGN AND METHOD: An experimentally validated computational model for hDBH, built in our lab, was used for structure-based, rational drug-design. The three-dimensional model was used for virtual-screening against small molecule databases from NCI, USA and elsewhere. Identified top hits were then tested in vitro against DBH with known inhibitors nepicastat and disulfiram as controls...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Luis R Domingo, Mar Ríos-Gutiérrez, Patricia Pérez
The molecular mechanism of the carbenoid-type [3 + 2] cycloaddition (32CA) reactions of a nitrile ylide (NY) with a non-chiral and a chiral oxazolidinone has been studied within Molecular Electron Density Theory (MEDT) at the MPWB1K/6-31G(d) computational level. Topological analysis of the Electron Localisation Function (ELF) of the NY shows that it presents a carbenoid structure. The high nucleophilic character of the NY together with the electrophilic character of the non-chiral oxazolidinone favour a polar 32CA reaction with a very low activation energy, the reaction being completely meta/endo selective...
October 18, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Alberto Baggioli, Carlo A Cavallotti, Antonino Famulari
From proteins and peptides to semiconducting polymers, aliphatic chains on aromatic groups are recurring motifs in macromolecules from very diverse application fields. Fields in which molecular folding and packing determine the macroscopic physical properties that make such advanced materials appealing in the first place. Within each macromolecule, the intrinsic structure of each unit defines how it interacts with its neighbours, ultimately opening up or denying certain backbone conformations. This eventually also determines how macromolecules interact with each other...
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Emanuel Hupf, Ralf Kather, Matthias Vogt, Enno Lork, Stefan Mebs, Jens Beckmann
The previously reported bis(6-diphenylphosphinoacenaphth-5-yl)mercury (1) was used as ligand for the preparation of the copper(I) complexes, 1·CuCl and [1·Cu(NCMe)]BF4, which were characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. DFT calculations employing topological analysis of the electron and electron pair densities within the AIM and ELI-D space-partitioning schemes revealed significant metallophilic Hg···Cu interactions. Evaluation of noncovalent bonding aspects according to the noncovalent interaction (NCI) index was applied not only for the Cu complexes 1·CuCl and [1·Cu(NCMe)]BF4 but also for the previously reported Ag and Au complexes, namely, [1·MCl] (M = Ag, Au) and [1·M(NCMe)n](+) (M = Ag, n = 2; M = Au, n = 0), and facilitated the assignment of attractive dispersive Hg···M interactions with the Hg···Cu contacts being comparable to the Hg···Ag but weaker than the Hg···Au interactions...
October 17, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Young-Joo Jeon, Woong Bang, Jin Hyoung Cho, Ra Ham Lee, Seok-Ho Kim, Minseok S Kim, Seon-Min Park, Jae-Cheon Shin, Hak-Jae Chung, Keon Bong Oh, Jae-Min Seo, Sungho Ko, Jung-Hyun Shim, Jung-Il Chae
Kahweol, a diterpene molecule, has antiproliferative effects on several types of human cancer cells, but whether it has apoptotic effect in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is not known. To explore this possibility, we incubated cells from two NSCLC cell lines, NCI-H358 and NCI‑H1299, with different concentrations of kahweol and used the MTS assay, DAPI staining, propidium iodide staining, Annexin V staining, immunocytochemical test, and western blot analysis to characterize this molecule and the signaling pathway underlying its effects...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Prinka Singla, Vijay Luxami, Raja Singh, Vibha Tandon, Kamaldeep Paul
A series of new pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine possessing 4-(1H-benzimidazol-2-yl)-phenylamine moiety at C4 position and primary as well as secondary amines at C6 position has been designed and synthesized. Their antitumor activities were evaluated against a panel of 60 human cancer cell lines at National Cancer Institute (NCI). Six compounds displayed potent and broad spectrum anticancer activities at 10 μM. Compounds 8, 12, 14 and 17 proved to be the most active and efficacious candidate in this series, with mean GI50 values of 1...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Raquib Alam, Divya Wahi, Raja Singh, Devapriya Sinha, Vibha Tandon, Abhinav Grover, Rahisuddin
In an attempt to find potential anticancer agents, a series of novel ethyl 4-(3-(aryl)-1-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-2-oxo-6-(pyridin-3-yl)cyclohex-3-enecarboxylates 5a-i and 5-(3-(4-fluorophenyl)-1-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-3-(pyridin-3-yl)-4,5-dihydropyrazole-1-carbothioamides 6a-i were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their topoisomerase IIα inhibitory activity and in vitro cytotoxicity against a panel of cancerous cell lines (MCF-7, NCI-H460, HeLa) and a normal cell line (HEK-293T). Molecular docking studies of all the synthesized compounds into the binding site of topoisomerase IIα protein (PDB ID: 1ZXM) were performed to gain a comprehensive understanding into plausible binding modes...
October 5, 2016: Bioorganic Chemistry
Eden C Payabyab, Sanjeeve Balasubramaniam, Maureen Edgerly, Margarita Velarde, Maria J Merino, Aradhana M Venkatesan, Harshraj Leuva, Thomas Litman, Susan E Bates, Tito Fojo
The development of new therapies has lagged behind for rare cancers without defined therapeutic targets. Adrenocortical cancer is no exception. Mitotane, an older agent considered "adrenolytic," is used both to control symptoms in advanced disease and as adjuvant therapy after surgical resection. Molecular characterization of adrenocortical cancer has deepened our understanding of this genetically complex disease while identifying subgroups whose importance remains to be determined. Unfortunately, such studies have yet to demonstrate a therapeutic target for drug development, and to date, no targeted therapy has achieved meaningful outcomes...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Simona Panella, Maria Elena Marcocci, Ignacio Celestino, Sergio Valente, Clemens Zwergel, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Lucia Nencioni, Antonello Mai, Anna Teresa Palamara, Giovanna Simonetti
AIM: Histone deacetylases (HDACs) regulate the life-cycle of several viruses. We investigated the ability of different HDAC-inhibitors, to interfere with influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34/H1N1 (PR8 virus) replication in Madin-Darby canine kidney and NCI cells. RESULTS: 3-(5-(3-Fluorophenyl)-3-oxoprop-1-en-1-yl)-1-methyl-1H-pyrrol-2-yl)-N-hydroxyacrylamide (MC1568) inhibited HDAC6/8 activity and PR8 virus replication, with decreased expression of viral proteins and their mRNAs...
October 14, 2016: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Meng Chen, Nathaniel Rothman, Yuanqing Ye, Jian Gu, Paul A Scheet, Maosheng Huang, David W Chang, Colin P Dinney, Debra T Silverman, Jonine D Figueroa, Stephen J Chanock, Xifeng Wu
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are designed to identify individual regions associated with cancer risk, but only explain a small fraction of the inherited variability. Alternative approach analyzing genetic variants within biological pathways has been proposed to discover networks of susceptibility genes with additional effects. The gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) may complement and expand traditional GWAS analysis to identify novel genes and pathways associated with bladder cancer risk. We selected three GSEA methods: Gen-Gen, Aligator, and the SNP Ratio Test to evaluate cellular signaling pathways involved in bladder cancer susceptibility in a Texas GWAS population...
July 2016: Genes & Cancer
Siu W Lam, Charlotte N Frederiks, Tahar van der Straaten, Aafke H Honkoop, Henk-Jan Guchelaar, Epie Boven
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding key metabolising enzymes or involved in pharmacodynamics for possible associations with paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy. METHODS: The study population consists of 188 women from the multicenter, randomised, phase II ATX trial (BOOG2006-06; EudraCT number 2006-006058-83) that received paclitaxel and bevacizumab without or with capecitabine as first-line palliative therapy of HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer...
October 13, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Simple D Singh, S Jane Henley, A Blythe Ryerson
This report provides, in tabular and graphic form, official federal statistics on the occurrence of cancer for 2012 and trends for 1999-2012 as reported by CDC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) (1). Cancer incidence data are from population-based cancer registries that participate in CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and NCI's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program reported as of November 2014. Cancer mortality data are from death certificate information reported to state vital statistics offices through 2012 and compiled into a national file for the entire United States by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics' (NCHS) National Vital Statistics System (NVSS)...
October 14, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Soha R Abd El Hadi, Deena S Lasheen, Mahmoud A Hassan, Khaled A M Abouzid
Dual inhibition of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2) is an attractive cancer therapeutic approach. In this study, new series of 4-anilinothieno[2,3-d]pyrimidines were designed, synthesized, and tested as dual EGFR/HER-2 kinase inhibitors. Five compounds (8a, 8b, 8e-g) demonstrated low to submicromolar inhibition of both kinases with IC50 values of 1.2, 0.6, 0.3, 0.2, 0.4 μM and 8.2, 3.4, 1.3, 0.5, 2.7 μM for the EGFR and HER-2, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Archiv der Pharmazie
Winifred Broekman, Helene Roelofs, Maria C Zarcone, Christian Taube, Jan Stolk, Pieter S Hiemstra
Autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSCs) are evaluated for clinical use in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, but it is unclear whether COPD affects BM-MSCs. To investigate this, BM-MSCs from nine COPD patients and nine non-COPD age-matched controls were compared with regard to immunophenotype, growth and differentiation potential, and migration capacity. Other functional assays included the response to pro-inflammatory stimuli and inducers of the nuclear factor (erythroid derived 2)-like 2 antioxidant response element (Nrf2-ARE) pathway, and effects on NCI-H292 airway epithelial cells...
April 2016: ERJ Open Research
Stephen Flach, Marie Croft, Jie Ding, Ron Budhram, Todd Pankratz, Mike Pennick, Graeme Scarfe, Steven Troy, Jay Getsy
PURPOSE: Gastroesophageal reflux disease involves the reflux of gastric and/or duodenal content into the esophagus. Prokinetic therapies, such as the selective 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor 4 agonist revexepride, may aid gastric emptying. This Phase I study evaluated the pharmacokinetics and excretion pathways of [(14)C]revexepride in healthy individuals using a microtracer approach with accelerator mass spectrometry. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Six healthy men received a single oral dose of 2 mg [(14)C]revexepride containing ~200 nCi of radioactivity; blood, urine, and fecal samples were collected over a 10-day period...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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