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Ivana Vrhovac Madunić, Josip Madunić, Maja Antunović, Mladen Paradžik, Vera Garaj-Vrhovac, Davorka Breljak, Inga Marijanović, Goran Gajski
Apigenin is found in several dietary plant foods such as vegetables and fruits. To investigate potential anticancer properties of apigenin on human breast cancer, ER-positive MCF-7 and triple-negative MDA MB-231 cells were used. Moreover, toxicological safety of apigenin towards normal cells was evaluated in human lymphocytes. Cytotoxicity of apigenin towards cancer cells was evaluated by MTT assay whereas further genotoxic and oxidative stress parameters were measured by comet and lipid peroxidation assays, respectively...
March 14, 2018: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Xiaofan Liu, Yanping Wang, Richard I Duclos, George A O'Doherty
Tetrahydrolipstatin (THL), its enantiomer, and an additional six diastereomers were evaluated as inhibitors of the hydrolysis of p -nitrophenyl butyrate by porcine pancreatic lipase. IC50 s were found for all eight stereoisomers ranging from a low of 4.0 nM for THL to a high of 930 nM for the diastereomer with the inverted stereocenters at the 2,3,2'-positions. While the enantiomer of THL was also significantly less active (77 nM) the remaining five stereoisomers retained significant inhibitory activities (IC50 s = 8...
March 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Jianliang Shen, Linwen Zeng, Liangming Pan, Shaofeng Yuan, Ming Wu, Xiongdong Kong
Tetramethylpyrazine (TMP), an effective component of the traditional Chinese medicine Chuanxiong Hort, has been proven to exhibit a beneficial effect in a number of types of malignant epithelial cancer. However, the mode of action of TMP on breast cancer cells remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the regulatory effect of TMP on breast cancer cells and its underlying molecular mechanism of action. Different concentrations of TMP were used to treat breast cancer cells, and subsequently, the effects on the viability, apoptosis, and migration and invasion abilities were determined...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Qian Li, Jiao Chen, Xiaoying Li, Bomiao Cui, Yaping Fan, Ning Geng, Qianming Chen, Ping Zhang, Yun Feng
High mobility group nucleosomal-binding domain 2 (HMGN2) is an abundant non-histone nuclear protein of vertebrates and invertebrates. The aim of the present study was to characterize the endogenous expression of HMGN2 in various types of tumor cell. Western blotting was performed to analyze HMGN2 expression in the following tumor cell lines: H1975, HSC-4, MDA-MB-468, MDA-MB-231, SCC-25 and THP-1. Periodontal ligament cells (PDLCs) were included as a noncancerous control. HMGN2 was detected in human oral squamous cell carcinoma tissues by immunohistochemical analysis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yaomin Chen, Haiyan Wei, Yu Liu, Shusen Zheng
Breast cancer is the most common type of malignant cancer in females. An increasing number of studies have revealed that microRNAs (miR), which belong to a class of small non-coding RNAs, serve an important role in a number of human cancer subtypes. In the present study, the role of miR-194 in breast cancer cells and its underlying mechanisms were investigated. The results demonstrated that the serum levels of miR-194 were significantly higher in patients of the poorly differentiated and well-differentiated groups, compared with in healthy adults...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
S Y N Jamaludin, I Azimi, F M Davis, A A Peters, T J Gonda, E W Thompson, S J Roberts-Thomson, G R Monteith
CXC ligand (L)12 is a chemokine implicated in the migration, invasion and metastasis of cancer cells via interaction with its receptors CXC chemokine receptor (CXCR)4 and CXCR7. In the present study, CXCL12-mediated Ca2+ signalling was compared with two basal-like breast cancer cell lines, MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-468, which demonstrate distinct metastatic potential. CXCL12 treatment induced Ca2+ responses in the more metastatic MDA-MB-231 cells but not in the less metastatic MDA-MB-468 cells. Assessment of mRNA levels of CXCL12 receptors and their potential modulators in both cell lines revealed that CXCR4 and CXCR7 levels were increased in MDA-MB-231 cells compared with MDA-MB-468 cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Gabriela Nestal de Moraes, Zongling Ji, Lavender Y-N Fan, Shang Yao, Stefania Zona, Andrew D Sharrocks, Eric W-F Lam
The forkhead transcription factor FOXK2 plays a critical role in suppressing tumorigenesis and mediating cytotoxic drug action in breast cancer. However, the mechanism by which the biological function of FOXK2 is regulated remains poorly understood. Here, we investigated the role of SUMOylation in modulating FOXK2-mediated drug sensitivity. We identified SUMOylation consensus motifs within the FOXK2 sequence and constructed two SUMOylation-defective double mutants by converting lysine 527 and 633 to arginines and glutamic acid 529 and 635 to alanines, respectively...
March 13, 2018: Oncogenesis
Julien Daubriac, Shiwei Han, Jelena Grahovac, Eve Smith, Abdel Hosein, Marguerite Buchanan, Mark Basik, Yves Boucher
Carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) can remodel the extracellular matrix to promote cancer cell invasion, but the paracrine signaling between CAFs and cancer cells that regulates tumor cell migration remains to be identified. To determine how the interaction between CAFs and cancer cells modulates the invasiveness of cancer cells, we developed a 3-dimensional co-culture model composed of breast cancer (BC) MDA-MB-231 cell spheroids embedded in a collagen gel with and without CAFs. We found that the crosstalk between CAFs and cancer cells promotes invasion by stimulating the scattering of MDA-MB-231 cells, which was dependent on RhoA/ROCK/phospho MLC signaling in cancer cells but independent of RhoA in CAFs...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Jue Hou, Joshua Williams, Elliot Botvinick, Eric Potma, Bruce J Tromberg
Label-free non-linear optical microscopy (NLOM) based on two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) from cofactors Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) and Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide (FAD+) is widely used for high-resolution cellular redox imaging. In this work, we combined three, label-free NLOM imaging methods to quantitatively characterize breast cancer cells and their relative invasive potential: 1) TPEF optical redox ratio (ORR = FAD+/NADH + FAD+), 2) coherent Raman scattering (CRS) of cellular lipids, and 3) second harmonic generation (SHG) of extracellular matrix (ECM) collagen...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Research
Qiong Song, Qiu Chen, Qimin Wang, Longqiu Yang, Dongdong Lv, Guangli Jin, Jiaying Liu, Baolin Li, Xuejie Fei
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women worldwide. Fast growth is the important character of breast cancer, which makes sure the subsequent metastasize and invasion breast cancer. Golgi related genes GOLPH3 has been reported to regulate many kinds of cancers proliferation. However, its upregulator remains largely unknown. miRNA modulate gene expression by post-transcriptional repression to participate in many signaling pathway of breast cancer cell proliferation...
March 9, 2018: BMC Cancer
Diana David, Arun Surendran, Jissa V Thulaseedharan, Asha S Nair
BACKGROUND: Smurf2 E3 ubiquitin ligase physically associates with and regulate the stability of distinct cellular protein substrates. The multi-functional scaffold protein Connector enhancer of kinase suppressor of ras 2 (CNKSR2) plays a key role in regulating cell proliferation, and differentiation through multiple receptor tyrosine kinase pathways. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the interaction between Smurf2 and CNKSR2 has any significant role in the post transcriptional regulation of CNKSR2 expression in breast cancer...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cancer
Katyayani Tatiparti, Samaresh Sau, Kaustubh A Gawde, Arun K Iyer
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a difficult to treat disease due to the absence of the three unique receptors estrogen, progesterone and herceptin-2 (HER-2). To improve the current therapy and overcome the resistance of TNBC, there is unmet need to develop an effective targeted therapy. In this regard, one of the logical and economical approaches is to develop a tumor hypoxia-targeting drug formulation platform for selective delivery of payload to the drug-resistant and invasive cell population of TNBC tumors...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Gamal Badr, Halise Inci Gul, Cem Yamali, Amal A M Mohamed, Badr M Badr, Mustafa Gul, Ahmad Abo Markeb, Nagwa Abo El-Maali
Recent developments in the literature have demonstrated that curcumin exhibit antioxidant properties supporting its anti-inflammatory, chemopreventive and antitumoral activities against aggressive and recurrent cancers. Despite the valuable findings of curcumin against different cancer cells, the clinical use of curcumin in cancer treatment is limited due to its extremely low aqueous solubility and instability, which lead to poor in vivo bioavailability and limited therapeutic effects. We therefore focused in the present study to evaluate the anti-tumor potential of curcumin analogues on the human breast carcinoma cell lines MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7, as well as their effects on non-tumorigenic normal breast epithelial cells (MCF-10)...
March 7, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Artur Beberok, Dorota Wrześniok, Jakub Rok, Zuzanna Rzepka, Michalina Respondek, Ewa Buszman
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics induce cytotoxicity in various cancer cell lines and may therefore represent a potentially important source of novel anticancer agents. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of ciprofloxacin on the viability, redox balance, apoptosis, expression of p53, Bax and Bcl-2, cell cycle distribution and DNA fragmentation of triple-negative MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells. The results of the present study demonstrated that ciprofloxacin decreases cell viability in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Muhammad Luqman Nordin, Arifah Abdul Kadir, Zainul Amiruddin Zakaria, Rasedee Abdullah, Muhammad Nazrul Hakim Abdullah
BACKGROUND: Ardisia crispa Thunb. D.C is used mostly in some parts of the Asian region by traditional practitioners to treat certain diseases associated with oxidative stress and inflammation including cancer and rheumatism. In Malaysia, it is popularly known as 'Mata Ayam' and local traditional practitioners believed that the root of the plant is therapeutically beneficial. METHODS: The cytotoxic effect of hydromethanolic extract of A. crispa and its solvents partitions (ethyl acetate and aqueous extracts) against breast cancer cells were evaluated by using MTT assay...
March 12, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Rui Huang, Jiawei Li, Dereje Kebebe, Yumei Wu, Bing Zhang, Zhidong Liu
Tumor-targeted delivery is considered a crucial component of current anticancer drug development and is the best approach to increase the efficacy and reduce the toxicity. Nanomedicine, particularly ligand-based nanoparticles have shown a great potential for active targeting of tumor. Cell penetrating peptide is one of the promising ligands in a targeted cancer therapy. In this study, the gambogic acid-loaded nanostructured lipid carrier (GA-NLC) was modified with two kinds of cell penetrating peptides (cRGD and RGERPPR)...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Chonggao Yin, Qingjie Mou, Xinting Pan, Guoxin Zhang, Hongli Li, Yunbo Sun
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs can act as both tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes and participate in cell proliferation, metastasis, and apoptosis. Low levels of miR-577 are found in several cancers, for example, thyroid carcinoma, glioblastoma, and hepatocellular carcinoma. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of miR-577 on breast cancer (BC). METHODS: The relative level of miR-577 in 120 BC tissues and cells was detected by real-time PCR. MDA-MB-231 cells with upregulated miR-577 and MCF-7 cells with downregulated miR-577 were established...
March 10, 2018: Thoracic Cancer
Ke Li, Huaying Yan, Wenhao Guo, Mei Tang, Xinyu Zhao, Aiping Tong, Yong Peng, Qintong Li, Zhu Yuan
PTEN deficiency often causes defects in DNA damage repair. Currently, effective therapies for breast cancer are lacking. ATM is an attractive target for cancer treatment. Previous studies suggested a synthetic lethality between PTEN and PARP. However, the synthetically lethal interaction between PTEN and ATM in breast cancer has not been reported. Moreover, the mechanism remains elusive. Here, using KU-60019, an ATM kinase inhibitor, we investigated ATM inhibition as a synthetically lethal strategy to target breast cancer cells with PTEN defects...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Fangxu Sun, Alexander A Choi, Ronghu Wu
Fatty acids (FAs) are essential components in cells and are involved in many cellular activities. Abnormal FA metabolism has been reported to be related to human diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Identification and quantification of FAs provide insights into their functions in biological systems, but it is very challenging to analyze them due to their structures and properties. In this work, we developed a novel method by integrating tagging FAs with stable isotope labeled aminoxy tandem mass tags (aminoxyTMTs) and mass spectrometric analysis with the positive mode...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Yat Hei Leung, Francois Belanger, Jennifer Lu, Jacques Turgeon, Veronique Michaud
BACKGROUND: Drug-induced myopathy is a serious side effect that often requires removal of a medication from a drug regimen. For most drugs, the underlying mechanism of drug-induced myopathy remains unclear. Monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs) mediate L-lactic acid transport, and inhibition of MCTs may potentially lead to perturbation of L-lactic acid accumulation and muscular disorders. Therefore, we hypothesized that L-lactic acid transport may be involved in the development of drug-induced myopathy...
March 7, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
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