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Hisato Kawakami, Shengbing Huang, Krishnendu Pal, Shamit K Dutta, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Frank A Sinicrope
Oncogenic BRAFV600E mutations activate MAP kinase signaling and are associated with treatment resistance and poor prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). In BRAFV600E mutant CRCs, treatment failure may be related to BRAFV600E -mediated apoptosis resistance that occurs by an as yet undefined mechanism. We found that BRAFV600E can upregulate anti-apoptotic MCL-1 in a gene dose-dependent manner using CRC cell lines isogenic for BRAF. BRAFV600E -induced MCL-1 upregulation was confirmed by ectopic BRAFV600E expression that activated MEK/ERK signaling to phosphorylate (MCL-1Thr163) and stabilize MCL-1...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Kento Kurata, Naoyoshi Onoda, Satoru Noda, Shinichiro Kashiwagi, Yuka Asano, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is a rare malignancy that progresses extremely aggressively and often results in dismal prognosis. We investigated the efficacy of inhibiting the activated RAS/RAF/MEK pathway in ATC cells aiming to clarify the mechanism of effect and resistance. Four human ATC cell lines (ACT-1, OCUT-2, OCUT-4 and OCUT-6) were used. OCUT-4 had a BRAF mutation. OCUT-2 had both BRAF and PI3KCA mutations. ACT-1 and OCUT-6 had wild-type BRAF and NRAS mutations. The effects of dabrafenib, a selective inhibitor of the BRAFV600E kinase, and trametinib, a reversible inhibitor of MEK activity, were investigated...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Esther Diana Rossi, Maurizio Martini, Tommaso Bizzarro, Fernando Schmitt, Adhemar Longatto-Filho, Luigi Maria Larocca
This review article deals with the analysis and the detection of the morphological features associated with somatic mutations, mostly BRAFV600E mutation, on both cytological and histological samples of carcinomas. Few authors demonstrated that some architectural and specific cellular findings (i.e. polygonal eosinophilic cells defined as "plump cells" and sickle-shaped nuclei) are able to predict BRAF V600E mutation in both cytological and histological samples of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) as well as in other carcinomas...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
David S Hong, Van K Morris, Badi El Osta, Alexey V Sorokin, Filip Janku, Siqing Fu, Michael J Overman, Sarina Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Bryan Kee, Apostolia Tsimberidou, David Fogelman, Jorge Bellido, Imad Shureiqi, Helen Huang, Johnique Atkins, Gabi Tarcic, Nicolas Sommer, Richard Lanman, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Scott Kopetz
In vitro, EGFR inhibition, combined with the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib, causes synergistic cytotoxicity for BRAFV600E metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), further augmented by irinotecan. The safety and efficacy of vemurafenib, irinotecan, and cetuximab in BRAF-mutated malignancies are not defined. In this 3+3 phase I study, patients with BRAFV600E advanced solid cancers received cetuximab and irinotecan with escalating doses of vemurafenib. Nineteen patients (18 with mCRC, 1 with appendiceal cancer) were enrolled...
October 11, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Stefan Grossauer, Katharina Koeck, Nicole E Murphy, Ian D Meyers, Mathieu Daynac, Nathalene Truffaux, Albert Y Truong, Theodore P Nicolaides, Martin McMahon, Mitchel S Berger, Joanna J Phillips, C David James, Claudia K Petritsch
Inhibitors of BRAFV600E kinase are currently under investigations in preclinical and clinical studies involving BRAFV600E glioma. Studies demonstrated clinical response to such individualized therapy in the majority of patients whereas in some patients tumors continue to grow despite treatment. To study resistance mechanisms, which include feedback activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling in melanoma, we developed a luciferase-modified cell line (2341luc) from a BrafV600E mutant and Cdkn2a- deficient murine high-grade glioma, and analyzed its molecular responses to BRAFV600E- and MAPK kinase (MEK)-targeted inhibition...
October 3, 2016: Oncotarget
Jessie Signorelli, Arpita Shah Gandhi
OBJECTIVE: To review and summarize data on cobimetinib, which was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2015 for use in combination with vemurafenib for unresectable or metastatic melanoma with a BRAFV600E or V600K mutation. DATA SOURCES: A literature search using PubMed was conducted using the terms cobimetinib, MEK inhibitor, and melanoma from January 2000 to June 2016. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: The literature search was confined to human studies published in English...
October 3, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Marina Gonçalves Diniz, Alessandra Pires Duarte, Rolando A Villacis, Bruna V A Guimarães, Luiz Cláudio Pires Duarte, Sílvia R Rogatto, Ricardo Santiago Gomez, Carolina Cavaliéri Gomes
BACKGROUND: Ameloblastoma (unicystic, UA, or multicystic, MA) is a rare tumor associated with bone destruction and facial deformity. Its malignant counterpart is the ameloblastic carcinoma (AC). The BRAFV600E mutation is highly prevalent in all these tumors subtypes and cannot account for their different clinical behaviors. METHODS: We assessed copy number alterations (CNAs) and copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity (cnLOH) in UA (n = 2), MA (n = 3), and AC (n = 1) using the CytoScan HD Array (Affymetrix) and the BRAFV600E status...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
James Nagarajah, Mina Le, Jeffrey A Knauf, Giuseppe Ferrandino, Cristina Montero-Conde, Nagavarakishore Pillarsetty, Alexander Bolaender, Christopher Irwin, Gnana Prakasam Krishnamoorthy, Mahesh Saqcena, Steven M Larson, Alan L Ho, Venkatraman Seshan, Nobuya Ishii, Nancy Carrasco, Neal Rosen, Wolfgang A Weber, James A Fagin
Radioiodide (RAI) therapy of thyroid cancer exploits the relatively selective ability of thyroid cells to transport and accumulate iodide. Iodide uptake requires expression of critical genes that are involved in various steps of thyroid hormone biosynthesis. ERK signaling, which is markedly increased in thyroid cancer cells driven by oncogenic BRAF, represses the genetic program that enables iodide transport. Here, we determined that a critical threshold for inhibition of MAPK signaling is required to optimally restore expression of thyroid differentiation genes in thyroid cells and in mice with BrafV600E-induced thyroid cancer...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Alvaro Lassaletta, Michal Zapotocky, Eric Bouffet, Cynthia Hawkins, Uri Tabori
Hemispheric low-grade gliomas account for the second most common location in pediatric low-grade gliomas (PLGGs) after the cerebellum. The pathological spectrum includes gangliogliomas, dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNETs), diffuse astrocytomas, pilocytic astrocytomas, and pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas (PXAs), among others. Clinically, hemispheric PLGGs represent a well-recognized cause of intractable epilepsy in children and adolescents. With an excellent long-term outcome, surgery remains the cornerstone and patients with gross total resection typically do not need any further therapies...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Martina Rossi, Sabrina Lupo, Roberta Rossi, Paola Franceschetti, Giorgio Trasforini, Stefania Bruni, Federico Tagliati, Mattia Buratto, Giovanni Lanza, Luca Damiani, Ettore Degli Uberti, Maria Chiara Zatelli
Indeterminate thyroid nodules include heterogeneous lesions that could benefit from a differential management. Our aim is to better define the management of the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology class III and IV nodules, by identifying cytological subcategories among Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology class III associated with different clinical risk, by means of ultrasound, repeated FNAB, and BRAFV600E molecular analysis. We also evaluated the outcome of nodules not operated, over a 5-year follow-up...
September 13, 2016: Endocrine
Tsun-Wen Yao, Jie Zhang, Michael Prados, William A Weiss, C David James, Theodore Nicolaides
Activating mutation of BRAF is a common finding in pediatric gliomas. As many as 14% of high grade and up to 66% of certain subtypes of low grade pediatric glioma have the BRAFV600E mutation. Small molecule inhibitors that selectively target BRAFV600E are FDA approved for melanoma and have shown significant efficacy in treating BRAFV600E glioma in pre-clinical trials. Despite showing initial anti-tumor activity, acquired drug resistance significantly limits the benefit from being treated with BRAFV600E inhibitors...
September 7, 2016: Oncotarget
Kaixuan Zeng, Koichi Ohshima, Yixiong Liu, Weichen Zhang, Lu Wang, Linni Fan, Mingyang Li, Xia Li, Zhe Wang, Shuangping Guo, Qingguo Yan, Ying Guo
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a proliferative disease of CD1a(+) /CD207(+) dendritic cells. Recurrent BRAFV600E and MAP2K1 mutations have been reported in LCH. To investigate the relationship among the mutation, clinical findings, and differentiation status of LCH, respectively, we studied 97 cases of LCH by using Sanger sequencing and immunohistochemistry. The mutually exclusive BRAFV600E and MAP2K1 mutation rates were 32% and 17.5%, respectively. All MAP2K1 mutations were missense mutations without any in-frame deletions; 2 new recurrent missense mutations (ie, p...
September 6, 2016: Hematological Oncology
Blanca Homet Moreno, Jesse M Zaretsky, Angel Garcia-Diaz, Jennifer Tsoi, Giulia Parisi, Lidia Robert, Katrina Meeth, Abibatou Ndoye, Marcus Bosenberg, Ashani T Weeraratna, Thomas G Graeber, Begoña Comin-Anduix, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Antoni Ribas
The programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) limits effector T-cell functions in peripheral tissues, and its inhibition leads to clinical benefit in different cancers. To better understand how PD-1 blockade therapy modulates the tumor-host interactions, we evaluated three syngeneic murine tumor models, the BRAF(V600E)-driven YUMM1.1 and YUMM2.1 melanomas, and the carcinogen-induced murine colon adenocarcinoma MC38. The YUMM cell lines were established from mice with melanocyte-specific BRAF(V600E) mutation and PTEN loss (BRAF(V600E)/PTEN(-/-))...
October 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Vincenzo Marotta, Concetta Sciammarella, Annamaria Al Colao, Antongiulio Faggiano
Although cancer outcome results from the interplay between genetics and environment, researchers are making a great effort for applying molecular biology in the prognostication of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). Nevertheless, role of molecular characterization in the prognostic setting of DTC is still nebulous. Among the most common and well-characterized genetic alterations related to DTC, including mutations of BRAF and RAS and RET rearrangements, BRAFV600E is the only showing unequivocal association with clinical outcome...
August 30, 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
Michael Grasso, Michelle A Estrada, Christian Ventocilla, Minu Samanta, Jasna Maksimoska, Jessie Villanueva, Jeffrey D Winkler, Ronen Marmorstein
The BRAF kinase, within the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway, harbors activating mutations in about half of melanomas and to a significant extent in many other cancers. A single valine to glutamic acid substitution at residue 600 (BRAF(V600E)) accounts for about 90% of these activating mutations. While BRAF(V600E)-selective small molecule inhibitors, such as debrafenib and vemurafenib, have shown therapeutic benefit, almost all patients develop resistance. Resistance often arises through reactivation of the MAPK pathway, typically through mutation of upstream RAS, downstream MEK, or splicing variants...
October 21, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Claudia Manzini, Roberta Venè, Irene Cossu, Marina Gualco, Simonetta Zupo, Mariella Dono, Francesco Spagnolo, Paola Queirolo, Lorenzo Moretta, Maria Cristina Mingari, Gabriella Pietra
Oncogene-targeted therapies based on mutated BRAF- and/or MEK-specific inhibitors have been developed for melanoma treatment. Although these drugs induce tumor regression in a high percentage of patients, clinical responses are frequently limited in time and tumors often recur. Recent studies suggested that the combination of BRAF/MEK inhibition with immunotherapy could represent a promising strategy for the cure of melanoma. NK cells are suitable effectors for tumor immunotherapy. Here we show that PLX4032 (a mutant BRAFV600 inhibitor) had no effect on the functional properties of NK cells cultured in the presence of IL-2 or IL-15...
August 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Sajid A Khan, Melinda Morris, Kamran Idrees, Mark I Gimbel, Shoshana Rosenberg, Zhaoshi Zeng, Fangyong Li, Geliang Gan, Jinru Shia, Michael P LaQuaglia, Philip B Paty
INTRODUCTION: Colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosed before age 30 years is a fatal disease whose biology remains poorly understood. To understand its pathogenesis, we compared molecular and clinical data in surgically treated early-age onset and adult onset patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinical data and tumor tissue were collected retrospectively for 94 patients with early-age onset CRC (age ≤30 years) and compared to 275 adult CRC patients (age ≥50 years). Tumor morphology, microsatellite instability (MSI) and stability (MSS), KRAS and BRAF mutations, and mismatch repair (MMR) expression (MSH2, MLH1, MSH6, PMS2) were assessed...
November 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Ryusuke Hatae, Nobuhiro Hata, Koji Yoshimoto, Daisuke Kuga, Yojiro Akagi, Hideki Murata, Satoshi O Suzuki, Masahiro Mizoguchi, Koji Iihara
High resolution melting (HRM) is a simple and rapid method for screening mutations. It offers various advantages for clinical diagnostic applications. Conventional HRM analysis often yields equivocal results, especially for surgically obtained tissues. We attempted to improve HRM analyses for more effective applications to clinical diagnostics. HRM analyses were performed for IDH1R132 and IDH2R172 mutations in 192 clinical glioma samples in duplicate and these results were compared with sequencing results. BRAFV600E mutations were analyzed in 52 additional brain tumor samples...
2016: PloS One
Philippos Perimenis, Apostolos Galaris, Alexandra Voulgari, Margarita Prassa, Alexander Pintzas
BACKGROUND: High expression levels of Inhibitors of Apoptosis Proteins (IAPs) have been correlated with poor cancer prognosis and block the cell death pathway by interfering with caspase activation. SMAC-mimetics are small-molecule inhibitors of IAPs that mimic the endogenous SMAC and promote the induction of cell death by neutralizing IAPs. METHODS: In this study, anti-tumour activity of new SMAC-mimetics Birinapant and AT-406 is evaluated against colorectal adenocarcinoma cells and IAP cross-talk with either oncogenic BRAF or BCL-2, or with the TRAIL are further exploited towards rational combined protocols...
2016: BMC Cancer
Christine Mateus, Cristina Libenciuc, Caroline Robert
ANTI-PD1 ROLE IN TREATMENT OF CUTANEOUS MELANOMA: The treatment of metastatic melanoma dramatically changed over the last years. Two therapeutic revolutions emerged in parallel, targeted anti-BRAF and anti-MEK therapies, for patients BRAFV600 mutated and immunotherapy with immune checkpoint blockers using anti-CTLA-4 then anti-PD1 monoclonal antibodies. Indeed, melanoma immunotherapy was a golden objective for many years but in spite of important efforts using cytokines (interferon, interleukin) and different vaccine approaches no objective improvement of patients 'prognosis was obtained...
June 2016: Bulletin du Cancer
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