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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913469/can-we-make-a-better-match-or-mismatch-with-kir-genotyping
#1
Rohtesh S Mehta, Katayoun Rezvani
Natural killer (NK) cell function is regulated by a fine balance between numerous activating and inhibitory receptors, of which killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) are among the most polymorphic and comprehensively studied. KIRs allow NK cells to recognize downregulation or the absence of HLA class I molecules on target cells (known as missing-self), a phenomenon that is commonly observed in virally infected cells or cancer cells. Because KIR and HLA genes are located on different chromosomes, in an allogeneic environment such as after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, donor NK cells that express an inhibitory KIR for an HLA class I molecule that is absent on recipient targets (KIR/KIR-ligand mismatch), can recognize and react to this missing self and mediate cytotoxicity...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911857/yap1-regulates-abcg2-and-cancer-cell-side-population-in-human-lung-cancer-cells
#2
Yuyuan Dai, Shu Liu, Wen-Qian Zhang, Yi-Lin Yang, Phillip Hang, Hui Wang, Li Cheng, Ping-Chih Hsu, Yu-Chen Wang, Zhidong Xu, David M Jablons, Liang You
A small population of cancer cells called cancer-initiating cells or cancer stem cells (CSCs) are involved in drug resistance, metastasis, and cancer relapse. Finding pathways that regulate CSC is very important for clinical therapy. ATP-binding cassette sub-family G member 2 (ABCG2) plays a role in side population (SP) cell formation and contributes to chemotherapy resistance in common forms of cancer. Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) is a major transcriptional effector of the Hippo pathway, which plays important roles in organ size control and tumorigenesis...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911279/microrna-101-inhibits-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-of-human-glioblastoma-by-targeting-sox9
#3
Nan Liu, Lei Zhang, Zhen Wang, Yingduan Cheng, Pengxing Zhang, Xin Wang, Weihong Wen, Hongwei Yang, Hui Liu, Weilin Jin, Yongsheng Zhang, Yanyang Tu
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common primary malignant tumors originating in the brain parenchyma. At present, GBM patients have a poor prognosis despite the continuous progress in therapeutic technologies including surgery, radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and chemotherapy. Recent studies revealed that miR-101 was remarkably down-regulated in kinds of human cancers and was associated with aggressive tumor cell proliferation and stem cell self-renewal. Data also showed that miR-101 was down-regulated in primary glioma samples and cell lines, but the underlying molecular mechanism of the deregulation of miR-101 in glioma remained largely unknown...
November 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909720/tetrandrine-inhibits-glioma-stem-like-cells-by-repressing-%C3%AE-catenin-expression
#4
Yong Zhang, Yu-Lin Wen, Ji-Wei Ma, Jie-Cheng Ye, Xiao Wang, Jian-Xian Huang, Chao-Yue Meng, Xiao-Ze Xu, Shao-Xiang Wang, Xue-Yun Zhong
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) in glioma are often responsible for relapse and resistance to therapy. The purpose of the present study was to confirm the self-renewal and migration inhibitory effects of tetrandrine (Tet), which is a compound extracted from the dried root of Stephania tetrandra S. Moore, toward glioma stem-like cells (GSLCs) and to examine the associated molecular mechanisms. Using a neurosphere culture technique, we enriched the GSLC population from the human glioblastoma cell lines U87 and U251...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905327/potential-therapeutic-effect-of-epigenetic-therapy-on-treatment-induced-neuroendocrine-prostate-cancer
#5
Xiang Xu, Yu-Hua Huang, Yan-Jing Li, Alexa Cohen, Zhen Li, Jill Squires, Wei Zhang, Xu-Feng Chen, Min Zhang, Jiao-Ti Huang
Although adenocarcinomas of the prostate are relatively indolent, some patients with advanced adenocarcinomas show recurrence of treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer, which is highly aggressive and lethal. Detailed biological features of treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer have not been characterized owing to limited biopsies/resections and the lack of a cellular model. In this study, we used a unique cellular model (LNCaP/NE1.8) to investigate the potential role of cancer stem cells in treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer with acquired resistance to hormonal therapy and chemotherapy...
November 29, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904738/recent-developments-in-the-management-of-invasive-fungal-infections-in-patients-with-oncohematological-diseases
#6
REVIEW
Markus Ruhnke, Stefan Schwartz
Patients with hematological cancer have a high risk of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs). These infections are mostly life threatening and an early diagnosis and initiation of appropriate antifungal therapy are essential for the clinical outcome. Most commonly, Aspergillus and Candida species are involved. However, other non-Aspergillus molds are increasingly be identified in cases of documented IFDs. Important risk factors are long lasting granulocytopenia with neutrophil counts below 500/μl for more than 10 days or graft-versus-host disease resulting from allogeneic stem-cell transplantation...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903969/targeting-tissue-factor-as-a-novel-therapeutic-oncotarget-for-eradication-of-cancer-stem-cells-isolated-from-tumor-cell-lines-tumor-xenografts-and-patients-of-breast-lung-and-ovarian-cancer
#7
Zhiwei Hu, Jie Xu, Jijun Cheng, Elizabeth McMichael, Lianbo Yu, William E Carson Iii
Targeting cancer stem cell (CSC) represents a promising therapeutic approach as it can potentially fight cancer at its root. The challenge is to identify a surface therapeutic oncotarget on CSC. Tissue factor (TF) is known as a common yet specific surface target for cancer cells and tumor neovasculature in several solid cancers. However, it is unknown if TF is expressed by CSCs. Here we demonstrate that TF is constitutively expressed on CD133 positive (CD133+) or CD24-CD44+ CSCs isolated from human cancer cell lines, tumor xenografts from mice and breast tumor tissues from patients...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901106/the-role-of-pim1-pim2-kinases-in-tumors-of-the-male-reproductive-system
#8
Manuel Pedro Jiménez-García, Antonio Lucena-Cacace, María José Robles-Frías, Maja Narlik-Grassow, Carmen Blanco-Aparicio, Amancio Carnero
The PIM family of serine/threonine kinases has three highly conserved isoforms (PIM1, PIM2 and PIM3). PIM proteins are regulated through transcription and stability by JAK/STAT pathways and are overexpressed in hematological malignancies and solid tumors. The PIM kinases possess weak oncogenic abilities, but enhance other genes or chemical carcinogens to induce tumors. We generated conditional transgenic mice that overexpress PIM1 or PIM2 in male reproductive organs and analyzed their contribution to tumorigenesis...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900341/subventricular-zone-associated-glioblastoma-a-call-for-translational-research-to-guide-clinical-decision-making
#9
Andrew W Smith, Bhupesh Parashar, A Gabriella Wernicke
Glioblastoma (GBM) is both the most common and the most devastating primary cancer of the central nervous system, with an expected overall survival in most patients of about 14 months. Despite extensive research, outcomes for GBM have been largely unchanged since the introduction of temozolomide in 2005. We believe that in order to achieve a breakthrough in therapeutic management, we must begin to identify subtypes of GBM, and tailor treatment to best target a particular tumor's vulnerabilities. Our group has recently produced an examination of the clinical outcomes of radiation therapy directed at tumors that contact the subventricular zone (SVZ), the 3-5 mm lateral border of the lateral ventricles that contains the largest collection of neural stem cells in the adult brain...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899820/inhibition-of-hedgehog-dependent-tumors-and-cancer-stem-cells-by-a-newly-identified-naturally-occurring-chemotype
#10
Paola Infante, Romina Alfonsi, Cinzia Ingallina, Deborah Quaglio, Francesca Ghirga, Ilaria D'Acquarica, Flavia Bernardi, Laura Di Magno, Gianluca Canettieri, Isabella Screpanti, Alberto Gulino, Bruno Botta, Mattia Mori, Lucia Di Marcotullio
Hedgehog (Hh) inhibitors have emerged as valid tools in the treatment of a wide range of cancers. Indeed, aberrant activation of the Hh pathway occurring either by ligand-dependent or -independent mechanisms is a key driver in tumorigenesis. The smoothened (Smo) receptor is one of the main upstream transducers of the Hh signaling and is a validated target for the development of anticancer compounds, as underlined by the FDA-approved Smo antagonist Vismodegib (GDC-0449/Erivedge) for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma...
September 22, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894960/cancer-stem-cells-in-osteosarcoma
#11
Hannah K Brown, Marta Tellez-Gabriel, Dominique Heymann
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumour in children and adolescents and advanced osteosarcoma patients with evidence of metastasis share a poor prognosis. Osteosarcoma frequently gains resistance to standard therapies highlighting the need for improved treatment regimens and identification of novel therapeutic targets. Cancer stem cells (CSC) represent a sub-type of tumour cells attributed to critical steps in cancer including tumour propagation, therapy resistance, recurrence and in some cases metastasis...
November 25, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894167/salinomycin-reduces-stemness-and-induces-apoptosis-on-human-ovarian-cancer-stem-cell
#12
Hyun Gyo Lee, So Jin Shin, Hye Won Chung, Sang Hoon Kwon, Soon Do Cha, Jin Eui Lee, Chi Heum Cho
OBJECTIVE: Cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a subpopulation of undifferentiated tumorigenic cells thought to be responsible for tumor initiation, maintenance, drug resistance, and metastasis. The role of CSCs in drug resistance and relapse of cancers could significantly affect outcomes of ovarian cancer patient. Therefore, therapies that target CSCs could be a promising approach for ovarian cancer treatment. The antibiotic salinomycin has recently been shown to deplete CSCs. In this study, we evaluated the effect of salinomycin on ovarian cancer stem cells (OCSCs), both alone and in combination with paclitaxel (PTX)...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894081/mbd3-inhibits-formation-of-liver-cancer-stem-cells
#13
Ruizhi Li, Qihua He, Shuo Han, Mingzhi Zhang, Jinwen Liu, Ming Su, Shiruo Wei, Xuan Wang, Li Shen
Liver cancer cells can be reprogrammed into induced cancer stem cells (iCSCs) by exogenous expression of the reprogramming transcription factors Oct4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc (OSKM). The nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex is essential for reprogramming somatic cells. In this study, we investigated the function of NuRD in the induction of liver CSCs. We showed that suppression of methyl-CpG binding domain protein 3 (MBD3), a core subunit of the NuRD repressor complex, together with OSKM transduction, induces conversion of liver cancer cells into stem-like cells...
November 22, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892545/erythrocyte-membrane-based-cationic-polymer-mcdna-complexes-as-an-efficient-gene-delivery-system
#14
Ping Huang, Jing Zhao, Chiju Wei, Xiaohu Hou, Pingzhang Chen, Yan Tan, Cheng-Yi He, Zhiyong Wang, Zhi-Ying Chen
Gene therapy has great promise for the treatment of obtained and inherited serious diseases. However, the lack of safe and efficient gene delivery systems remains a barrier for their clinical application. Here, we reported a potential gene delivery vehicle composed of the erythrocyte membrane and cationic polymers, for example the XtremeGENE from Roche and the ε-caprolactone modified polyethylenimine. In addition to high efficiency, this system showed negligible cytotoxicity compared to the two cationic polymers alone in various cell lines, including human embryonic kidney cells (293T), human liver cancer cells (Huh7 and HepG2), murine dendritic cells (DC2...
November 28, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891685/the-dna-aptamer-binds-stemness-enriched-cancer-cells-in-pancreatic-cancer
#15
Yoon-Jin Kim, Hee Seung Lee, Dawoon E Jung, Jeong Mi Kim, Si Young Song
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most common and lethal cancers. Most patients (80%) present with inoperable advanced pancreatic cancer at initial diagnosis, and their early diagnosis is a significant unmet challenge. Recent studies indicate that cancer, including pancreatic cancer, is initiated and propagated by cancer stem cells (CSCs). CSCs are responsible not only for the pathogenesis of cancer but also for the heterogeneity, malignant degree, anticancer therapy resistance, and recurrence of tumors...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891591/nor1-suppresses-cancer-stem-like-cells-properties-of-tumor-cells-via-the-inhibition-of-the-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-aldh1a1-signal-circuit
#16
Wei Wang, Mei Yi, Shengnan Chen, Junjun Li, Haijing Zhang, Wei Xiong, Guiyuan Li, Xiaoling Li, Bo Xiang
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play a key role in tumor radiotherapy and chemotherapy resistance, relapse, and metastasis, and are primarily maintained in a resting state in vivo. The failure of conventional therapies to target CSCs is the main cause of treatment failure. The discovery of CSCs in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) tumors is becoming more prevalent; however, the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the maintenance of tumor stemness is still limited. We previously cloned NOR1, a tumor suppressor gene downregulated in NPC cell lines and tissues...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891093/targeting-strategies-for-renal-cell-carcinoma-from-renal-cancer-cells-to-renal-cancer-stem-cells
#17
REVIEW
Zhi-Xiang Yuan, Jingxin Mo, Guixian Zhao, Gang Shu, Hua-Lin Fu, Wei Zhao
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a common form of urologic tumor that originates from the highly heterogeneous epithelium of renal tubules. Over the last decade, targeting therapies to renal cancer cells have transformed clinical care for RCC. Recently, it was proposed that renal cancer stem cells (CSCs) isolated from renal carcinomas were responsible for driving tumor growth and resistance to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy, according to the theory of CSCs; this has provided the rationale for therapies targeting this aggressive cell population...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890656/nanoparticle-delivery-of-sirna-against-twist-to-reduce-drug-resistance-and-tumor-growth-in-ovarian-cancer-models
#18
Cai M Roberts, Sophia Allaf Shahin, Wei Wen, James B Finlay, Juyao Dong, Ruining Wang, Thanh H Dellinger, Jeffrey I Zink, Fuyuhiko Tamanoi, Carlotta A Glackin
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most deadly gynecologic malignancy on account of its late stage at diagnosis and frequency of drug resistant recurrences. Novel therapies to overcome these barriers are urgently needed. TWIST is a developmental transcription factor reactivated in cancers and linked to angiogenesis, metastasis, cancer stem cell phenotype, and drug resistance, making it a promising therapeutic target. In this work, we demonstrate the efficacy of TWIST siRNA (siTWIST) and two nanoparticle delivery platforms to reverse chemoresistance in EOC models...
November 24, 2016: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889319/cell-type-specific-chromatin-states-differentially-prime-squamous-cell-carcinoma-tumor-initiating-cells-for-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
#19
Mathilde Latil, Dany Nassar, Benjamin Beck, Soufiane Boumahdi, Li Wang, Audrey Brisebarre, Christine Dubois, Erwin Nkusi, Sandrine Lenglez, Agnieszka Checinska, Alizée Vercauteren Drubbel, Michael Devos, Wim Declercq, Rui Yi, Cédric Blanpain
Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cancer cells has been associated with metastasis, stemness, and resistance to therapy. Some tumors undergo EMT while others do not, which may reflect intrinsic properties of their cell of origin. However, this possibility is largely unexplored. By targeting the same oncogenic mutations to discrete skin compartments, we show that cell-type-specific chromatin and transcriptional states differentially prime tumors to EMT. Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) derived from interfollicular epidermis (IFE) are generally well differentiated, while hair follicle (HF) stem cell-derived SCCs frequently exhibit EMT, efficiently form secondary tumors, and possess increased metastatic potential...
November 16, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888804/niclosamide-and-its-analogs-are-potent-inhibitors-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-mtor-and-stat3-signaling-in-ovarian-cancer
#20
Rebecca C Arend, Angelina I Londoño-Joshi, Abhishek Gangrade, Ashwini A Katre, Chandrika Kurpad, Yonghe Li, Rajeev S Samant, Pui-Kai Li, Charles N Landen, Eddy S Yang, Bertha Hidalgo, Ronald D Alvarez, J Michael Straughn, Andres Forero, Donald J Buchsbaum
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the leading cause of gynecologic cancer mortality worldwide. Platinum-based therapy is the standard first line treatment and while most patients initially respond, resistance to chemotherapy usually arises. Major signaling pathways frequently upregulated in chemoresistant cells and important in the maintenance of cancer stem cells (CSCs) include Wnt/β-catenin, mTOR, and STAT3. The major objective of our study was to investigate the treatment of ovarian cancer with targeted agents that inhibit these three pathways...
November 19, 2016: Oncotarget
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