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Raul Vizcardo, Nicholas D Klemen, S M Rafiqul Islam, Devikala Gurusamy, Naritaka Tamaoki, Daisuke Yamada, Haruhiko Koseki, Benjamin L Kidder, Zhiya Yu, Li Jia, Amanda N Henning, Meghan L Good, Marta Bosch-Marce, Takuya Maeda, Chengyu Liu, Zied Abdullaev, Svetlana Pack, Douglas C Palmer, David F Stroncek, Fumito Ito, Francis A Flomerfelt, Michael J Kruhlak, Nicholas P Restifo
Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived T cells may provide future therapies for cancer patients, but those generated by current methods, such as the OP9/DLL1 system, have shown abnormalities that pose major barriers for clinical translation. Our data indicate that these iPSC-derived CD8 single-positive T cells are more like CD4+ CD8+ double-positive T cells than mature naive T cells because they display phenotypic markers of developmental arrest and an innate-like phenotype after stimulation. We developed a 3D thymic culture system to avoid these aberrant developmental fates, generating a homogeneous subset of CD8αβ+ antigen-specific T cells, designated iPSC-derived thymic emigrants (iTEs)...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Beatrice Xuan Ho, Nicole Min Qian Pek, Boon-Seng Soh
The rising interest in human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived organoid culture has stemmed from the manipulation of various combinations of directed multi-lineage differentiation and morphogenetic processes that mimic organogenesis. Organoids are three-dimensional (3D) structures that are comprised of multiple cell types, self-organized to recapitulate embryonic and tissue development in vitro. This model has been shown to be superior to conventional two-dimensional (2D) cell culture methods in mirroring functionality, architecture, and geometric features of tissues seen in vivo...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Xiao-Ming Wang, Yang Liu, Yu-Xia Fan, Zheng Liu, Qing-Ling Yuan, Meng Jia, Geng Zu-Shi, Ling Gu, Xiu-Bo Lu
Background LncRNA PTCSC3 is a tumor suppressor in thyroid cancer, and its role in drug resistance of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) to chemotherapy drug doxorubicin was investigated in this study. Methods Expression of RNA and protein was analyzed by qRT-PCR and western blot, respectively. Flow cytometry was used to analyze the expression rate of CD133+ cells. The endogenous expression of related genes was modulated by recombinant plasmids and cell transfection. Combination condition and interaction between PTCSC3 and STAT3 were determined by RIP and RNA pull-down assay, respectively...
March 21, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Steven A Signs, Robert C Fisher, Uyen Tran, Susmita Chakrabarti, Samaneh K Sarvestani, Shao Xiang, David Liska, Veronique Roche, Wei Lai, Haley R Gittleman, Oliver Wessely, Emina H Huang
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects one million people in the US. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a subtype of IBD that can lead to colitis-associated cancer (CAC). In UC, the rate of CAC is 3-5-fold greater than the rate of sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC). The pathogenesis of UC and CAC are due to aberrant interactions between host immune system and microenvironment, but precise mechanisms are still unknown. In colitis and CAC, microenvironmental fibroblasts exhibit an activated, inflammatory phenotype that contributes to tumorigenesis accompanied by excessive secretion of the chemokine CXCL8...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Ran Xu, Xuan Zhu, Fangzhi Chen, Changkun Huang, Kai Ai, Hongtao Wu, Lei Zhang, Xiaokun Zhao
Background: The abnormal expression of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), such as microRNAs and long ncRNAs, often contribute to the development of cancers. miR-200c functions as a tumour suppressor that impacts the growth of bladder cancer cells and the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). LncRNA X inactive specific transcript (XIST) is highly expressed in tumour tissues, promotes cancer progression and might act as an miRNA molecular sponge. This study aimed to examine the relationship between lncRNA XIST and miR-200c and to assess their functions in the regulation of the stemness properties and tumourigenicity of human bladder cancer stem cell (BCSC)-like cells...
2018: Cancer Cell International
Guanman Li, Qiao Su, Haibo Liu, Dong Wang, Wenhui Zhang, Zhenhai Lu, Yu Chen, Xiaohui Huang, Wen Li, Changhua Zhang, Yulong He, Li Fu, Jiong Bi
Aberrant activation of Wnt signaling is a crucial event in tumor development and metastasis. Wnt signaling is commonly divided into canonical and non-canonical signaling pathways based on whether β-catenin is activated (canonical). The two signaling pathways are initiated by Wnt ligand binding to the surface Frizzled (FZD) receptors, and regulate cancer stem cell self-renewal and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Frizzled 7 (FZD7), a member of Frizzled family, promotes cell proliferation and invasiveness in many cancers, suggesting that FZD7 transmitting Wnt signaling is important for driving cancer growth...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Inge C Van Gool, Emily Rayner, Elisabeth M Osse, Remi A Nout, Carien L Creutzberg, Ian Tomlinson, David N Church, Vincent T H B M Smit, Niels de Wind, Tjalling Bosse, Mark Drost
PURPOSE: Pathogenic POLE proofreading domain mutations are found in many malignancies where they are associated with ultramutation and favorable prognosis. The extent to which this prognosis depends on their sensitivity to adjuvant treatment is unknown, as is the optimal therapy for advanced-staged or recurrent POLE-mutant cancers. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We examined the recurrence-free survival of women with POLE-mutant and POLE-wild-type endometrial cancers (ECs) in the observation arm of the randomized PORTEC-1 EC trial (N=245 patients with stage I EC for analysis)...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
M Sreepadmanabh, Bhushan J Toley
The concept of Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) and the CSC Niche/Tumor Microenvironment (TME) as the central driving force behind tumor progression and maintenance has garnered much attention in recent years. Concomitantly, the widespread adoption of 3D tissue models, organotypic co-cultures, and the revolutionary microfluidic technology has resulted in a plethora of ground-breaking fundamental discoveries and has enabled investigations which were previously unfeasible. A large number of existing review papers concern themselves with either a broad look at the TME and CSC Niche, or on the studies undertaken on a particular niche component alone...
March 17, 2018: Biotechnology Advances
Li Gao, Li-Jie Zhang, Sheng-Hua Li, Li-Li Wei, Bin Luo, Rong-Quan He, Shuang Xia
BACKGROUND: MiR-452-5p has been reported to be down-regulated in prostate cancer, affecting the development of this type of cancer. However, the molecular mechanism of miR-452-5p in prostate cancer remains unclear. Therefore, we investigated the network of target genes of miR-452-5p in prostate cancer using bioinformatics analyses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We first analyzed the expression profiles and prognostic value of miR-452-5p in prostate cancer tissues from a public database...
March 6, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
Yuhan Zhao, Lihua Wu, Xuetian Yue, Cen Zhang, Jianming Wang, Jun Li, Xiaohui Sun, Yiming Zhu, Zhaohui Feng, Wenwei Hu
Tumor suppressor p53 prevents early death due to cancer development. However, the role of p53 in aging process and longevity has not been well-established. In humans, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) with either arginine (R72) or proline (P72) at codon 72 influences p53 activity; the P72 allele has a weaker p53 activity and function in tumor suppression. Here, employing a mouse model with knock-in of human TP53 gene carrying codon 72 SNP, we found that despite increased cancer risk, P72 mice that escape tumor development display a longer lifespan than R72 mice...
March 20, 2018: ELife
D P N Gonçalves, D M Park, T L Schmidt, C Werner
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) contains a population of tumor initiating stem-like cells, termed cancer stem cells (CSCs). These CSCs, which are resistant to chemo- and radiotherapy, are thought to persist after treatment and drive tumor recurrence. Thus, it is believed that the elimination of CSCs can lead to GBM remission. GBM CSCs express Nestin on their surface, and can be therefore targeted via this protein. Gold nanorods (AuNRs) functionalized with an engineered, modular peptide that recognizes Nestin (NesPEG-AuNRs) were used to target the models of solid tumors originated from human GBM CSC multicellular tumor spheroids (MCTS)...
March 20, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Stefan Bröer
Amino acids perform a variety of functions in cells and organisms, particularly in the synthesis of proteins, as energy metabolites, neurotransmitters, and precursors for many other molecules. Amino acid transport plays a key role in all these functions. Inhibition of amino acid transport is pursued as a therapeutic strategy in several areas, such as diabetes and related metabolic disorders, neurological disorders, cancer, and stem cell biology. The role of amino acid transporters in these disorders and processes is well established, but the implementation of amino acid transporters as drug targets is still in its infancy...
April 2018: SLAS Discovery
Dhanya Lakshmi Narayanan, Shubha R Phadke
Stem cell transplantation and cord blood banking have received much popularity among general public and medical professionals in the recent past. But information about the scientific aspects, its utility and limitations is incomplete amongst laypersons as well as many medical practitioners. Stem cells differ from all other types of cells in the human body because of their ability to multiply in order to self perpetuate and differentiate into specialized cells. Stems cells could be totipotent, multipotent, pluripotent, oligopotent or unipotent depending on the type of cells that can arise or differentiate from them...
March 20, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Gurpreet Kaur, Praveen Sharma, Nilambra Dogra, Sandeep Singh
The cells of malignant cancers result in the evolution of cells with stem-like characteristics, commonly known as cancer stem cells (CSCs). Progress of anticancer therapies is severely hampered because of disease relapse mostly in a more aggressive form due to CSCs. These CSCs are more or less like embryonic or tissue stem cells, known for their capacity of self-renewal, exactly recapitulate of the original tumor. Deregulation of key stem cell pathways like Wnt, Hedgehog (Hh), and Notch is attributed towards the rise of CSCs...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Md Saiful Islam Roney, Song-Kyu Park
Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Despite extensive studies, treating metastatic cancers remains challenging. Years of research have linked a rare set of cells known as cancer stem cells (CSCs) to drug resistance, leading to the suggestion that eradication of CSCs might be an effective therapeutic strategy. However, few drug candidates are active against CSCs. New drug discovery is often a lengthy process. Drug screening has been advantageous in identifying drug candidates. Current understanding of cancer biology has revealed various clues to target cancer from different points of view...
March 19, 2018: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Catherine A Lozupone
In recent years, there has been a deluge of papers linking altered microbiome compositions to a myriad of diseases. Mechanistic insight into microbial drivers of disease phenotypes is essential for translation to novel therapies. A key mechanism by which microbes influence health is immune modulation by components of their capsule and cell envelope and their metabolites. A major research focus of my laboratory is to gain mechanistic insight into which microbes modulate host immunity generally and in the context of disease...
March 2018: MSystems
Qi-Bing Wu, Xin Sheng, Ning Zhang, Ming-Wei Yang, Fan Wang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is among the main tumor-related causes of death worldwide. The fact that the majority of the patients develop resistance to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is a major obstacle for the treatment of CRC. In order to develop more effective treatment strategies, it is crucial to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the development of resistance to CRT. Several studies have recently indicated the regulatory effects of microRNAs (miRNAs) in response to antitumor agents. For example, miR-34a attenuates the chemoresistance of colon cancer to 5-FU by inhibiting E2F3 and SIRT1...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Jiao Ji, Yan Yu, Zhi-Ling Li, Ming-Yuan Chen, Rong Deng, Xiang Huang, Guang-Feng Wang, Meng-Xia Zhang, Qi Yang, Senthilkumar Ravichandran, Gong-Kan Feng, Xue-Lian Xu, Chen-Lu Yang, Miao-Zhen Qiu, Lin Jiao, Dajun Yang, Xiao-Feng Zhu
Rationale: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the most frequent head and neck tumor in South China. The presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in NPC contributes to tumor maintenance and therapeutic resistance, while the ability of CSCs to escape from the apoptosis pathway may render them the resistant property to the therapies. Inhibitor of apoptosis proteins family proteins (IAPs), which are overexpressed in nasopharyngeal carcinoma stem cells, may play an important role in maintaining nasopharyngeal cancer stem cell properties...
2018: Theranostics
Mitsuaki Nishioka, Yutaka Suehiro, Kouhei Sakai, Toshihiko Matsumoto, Naoko Okayama, Hidekazu Mizuno, Koji Ueno, Nobuaki Suzuki, Shinichi Hashimoto, Taro Takami, Shoichi Hazama, Hiroaki Nagano, Isao Sakaida, Takahiro Yamasaki
Tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily member 19 ( TROY ) is involved in the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway and interacts with leucine-rich repeat containing G-protein-coupled receptor 5 (LGR5), which is a well-known biomarker of cancer stem cells and a prognostic marker of colorectal cancer (CRC). Because there have been no studies to evaluate the prognostic significance of TROY , we performed the present study to determine whether TROY can be a prognostic biomarker in CRC patients. We evaluated TROY expression levels in 100 CRC tissues by quantitative real-time PCR and investigated the association of TROY expression levels with clinicopathologic features...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Shingo Kishi, Rina Fujiwara-Tani, Yi Luo, Isao Kawahara, Kei Goto, Kiyomu Fujii, Hitoshi Ohmori, Chie Nakashima, Takamitsu Sasaki, Hiroki Kuniyasu
Trans fatty acids (TFAs) are risk factors for cardiovascular disorders, and the cancer-promoting effects of TFAs have been previously reported. The present study examined the effects and signaling of elaidic acid (EA), a TFA, in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. Oral intake of EA was found to increase metastasis of HT29 human CRC cells. Results indicated that, in the plasma membrane, EA was integrated into cholesterol rafts, which contain epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR). EA increased nanog and c-myc, and decreased PGC-1A through lipid raft-associated EGFR signaling in HT29 cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
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