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Acinar to ductal metaplasia

Qiang Zhang, Yaqing Zhang, Joshua D Parsels, Ines Lohse, Theodore S Lawrence, Marina Pasca di Magliano, Yi Sun, Meredith A Morgan
Pancreatic cancers driven by KRAS mutations require additional mutations for tumor progression. The tumor suppressor FBXW7 is altered in pancreatic cancers, but its contribution to pancreatic tumorigenesis is unknown. To determine potential cooperation between Kras mutation and Fbxw7 inactivation in pancreatic tumorigenesis, we generated P48-Cre;LSL-Kras(G12D);Fbxw7(fl/fl) (KFC(fl/fl)) compound mice. We found that KFC(fl/fl) mice displayed accelerated tumorigenesis: all mice succumbed to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) by 40 days of age, with PDA onset occurring by 2 weeks of age...
October 17, 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Chinh Q Hoang, Michael A Hale, Ana Azevedo-Pouly, Hans P Elsässer, Tye G Deering, Spencer G Willet, Fong C Pan, Mark A Magnuson, Christopher V E Wright, Galvin H Swift, Raymond J MacDonald
Maintenance of cell-type identity is crucial for health, yet little is known of the regulation that sustains the long-term stability of differentiated phenotypes. To investigate the roles that key transcriptional regulators play in adult differentiated cells, we examined the effects of depletion of the developmental master regulator PTF1A on the specialized phenotype of the adult pancreatic acinar cell in vivo. RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq results showed that PTF1A maintains the expression of genes for all cellular processes dedicated to the production of the secretory digestive enzymes, a highly attuned surveillance of unfolded proteins, and a heightened unfolded protein response (UPR)...
October 3, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Jason R Pitarresi, Xin Liu, Sudarshana M Sharma, Maria C Cuitiño, Raleigh D Kladney, Thomas A Mace, Sydney Donohue, Sunayana G Nayak, Chunjing Qu, James Lee, Sarah A Woelke, Stefan Trela, Kyle LaPak, Lianbo Yu, Joseph McElroy, Thomas J Rosol, Reena Shakya, Thomas Ludwig, Gregory B Lesinski, Soledad A Fernandez, Stephen F Konieczny, Gustavo Leone, Jinghai Wu, Michael C Ostrowski
Preclinical studies have suggested that the pancreatic tumor microenvironment both inhibits and promotes tumor development and growth. Here we establish the role of stromal fibroblasts during acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM), an initiating event in pancreatic cancer formation. The transcription factor V-Ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog 2 (ETS2) was elevated in smooth muscle actin-positive fibroblasts in the stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patient tissue samples relative to normal pancreatic controls...
September 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Ana Hidalgo-Sastre, Roxanne L Brodylo, Clara Lubeseder-Martellato, Bence Sipos, Katja Steiger, Marcel Lee, Guido von Figura, Barbara Grünwald, Suyang Zhong, Marija Trajkovic-Arsic, Florian Neff, Roland M Schmid, Jens T Siveke
Perturbation of the pancreatic acinar cell state can lead to acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM), which is a precursor lesion to the development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). In the pancreas, Notch signaling is active both during development and in adult cellular differentiation processes. Hes1, a key downstream target of the Notch signaling pathway, is expressed in the centroacinar compartment of the adult pancreas as well as in both preneoplastic and malignant lesions. In this study, we used a murine genetic in vivo approach to ablate Hes1 in pancreatic progenitor cells (Ptf1a(+/Cre); Hes1(fl/fl))...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Xin Liu, Jason R Pitarresi, Maria C Cuitiño, Raleigh D Kladney, Sarah A Woelke, Gina M Sizemore, Sunayana G Nayak, Onur Egriboz, Patrick G Schweickert, Lianbo Yu, Stefan Trela, Daniel J Schilling, Shannon K Halloran, Maokun Li, Shourik Dutta, Soledad A Fernandez, Thomas J Rosol, Gregory B Lesinski, Reena Shakya, Thomas Ludwig, Stephen F Konieczny, Gustavo Leone, Jinghai Wu, Michael C Ostrowski
The contribution of the microenvironment to pancreatic acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM), a preneoplastic transition in oncogenic Kras-driven pancreatic cancer progression, is currently unclear. Here we show that disruption of paracrine Hedgehog signaling via genetic ablation of Smoothened (Smo) in stromal fibroblasts in a Kras(G12D) mouse model increased ADM. Smo-deleted fibroblasts had higher expression of transforming growth factor-α (Tgfa) mRNA and secreted higher levels of TGFα, leading to activation of EGFR signaling in acinar cells and increased ADM...
September 1, 2016: Genes & Development
Sunil Paramel Mohan, Ravi Teja Chitturi, Yoithapprabhunath Thukanayakanpalayam Ragunathan, Suman Jhansi Lakshmi, Jaisanghar Nallusamy, Isaac Joseph
INTRODUCTION: The most common etiology for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) is tobacco and tobacco related products which cause nuclear damage to the keratinocytes. The chemical carcinogens not only affect the lining of oral epithelium but also affect the lining epithelium of the excretory ducts of the salivary glands. Thus, there is a possibility of epithelial dysplasia of the salivary duct epithelium which may lead to potential malignant transformation. AIM: The study was performed to see the changes in the minor salivary glands and excretory ducts in cases of oral epithelial dysplasia and OSCC...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Chi-Hin Wong, You-Jia Li, Yang-Chao Chen
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a common pancreatic cancer and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Treating this life-threatening disease remains challenging due to the lack of effective prognosis, diagnosis and therapy. Apart from pancreatic duct cells, acinar cells may also be the origin of PDAC. During pancreatitis or combined with activating KRas(G12D) mutation, acinar cells lose their cellular identity and undergo a transdifferentiation process called acinar-to-ductal-metaplasia (ADM), forming duct cells which may then transform into pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN) and eventually PDAC...
August 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Dietmar Zechner, Tim Kroemer, Ann-Christin Albert, Maria Schönrogge, Tobias Radecke, Brigitte Vollmar
BACKGROUND: The involvement of Wnt in carcinogenesis and progression of pancreatic cancer is currently intensely discussed. We evaluated activation of the Wnt signaling pathway by using a Wnt reporter mouse strain expressing β-galactosidase under the control of the Axin2 promotor during pancreatitis induced formation of precancerous lesions. We also evaluated activation of Wnt signaling during interaction of pancreatic cancer with the tumor stroma. RESULTS: Activation of Wnt signaling was observed during acinar-to-ductal metaplasia after chronic as well as acute pancreatitis...
2016: Cell & Bioscience
Laura E Edgington-Mitchell, Thomas Wartmann, Alicia K Fleming, Vasilena Gocheva, Wouter A van der Linden, Nimali P Withana, Martijn Verdoes, Luigi Aurelio, Daniel Edgington-Mitchell, TinaMarie Lieu, Belinda S Parker, Bim Graham, Thomas Reinheckel, John B Furness, Johanna A Joyce, Peter Storz, Walter Halangk, Matthew Bogyo, Nigel W Bunnett
Pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease of the pancreas characterized by dysregulated activity of digestive enzymes, necrosis, immune infiltration, and pain. Repeated incidence of pancreatitis is an important risk factor for pancreatic cancer. Legumain, a lysosomal cysteine protease, has been linked to inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis, stroke, and cancer. Until now, legumain activation has not been studied during pancreatitis. We used a fluorescently quenched activity-based probe to assess legumain activation during caerulein-induced pancreatitis in mice...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Jun Liu, Naoki Akanuma, Chengyang Liu, Ali Naji, Glenn A Halff, William K Washburn, Luzhe Sun, Pei Wang
Animal studies suggest that pancreatitis-induced acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM) is a key event for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) initiation. However, there has not been an adequate system to explore the mechanisms of human ADM induction. We have developed a flow cytometry-based, high resolution lineage tracing method and 3D culture system to analyse ADM in human cells. In this system, well-known mouse ADM inducers did not promote ADM in human cells. In contrast, TGF-β1 efficiently converted human acinar cells to duct-like cells (AD) in a SMAD-dependent manner, highlighting fundamental differences between the species...
2016: Scientific Reports
Lap Kwan Chan, Melanie Gerstenlauer, Björn Konukiewitz, Katja Steiger, Wilko Weichert, Thomas Wirth, Harald Jakob Maier
OBJECTIVE: Inhibitory κB kinase (IKK)/nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) signalling has been implicated in the pathogenesis of pancreatitis, but its precise function has remained controversial. Here, we analyse the contribution of IKK/NF-κB signalling in epithelial cells to the pathogenesis of pancreatitis by targeting the IKK subunit NF-κB essential modulator (NEMO) (IKKγ), which is essential for canonical NF-κB activation. DESIGN: Mice with a targeted deletion of NEMO in the pancreas were subjected to caerulein pancreatitis...
July 27, 2016: Gut
Anna L Means, Craig D Logsdon
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September 2016: Gastroenterology
Murray Korc
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a deadly cancer in which NF-κB pathways promote biological aggressiveness. In this issue of the JCI, Lesina et al. investigated the role of RelA, the p65 partner of p50 that together form the most common NF-κB complex, in the early stages of pancreatic malignant transformation and in established PDAC. By deleting Rela in the context of an oncogenic Kras-driven autochthonous model of PDAC, the authors demonstrated that RelA is a mediator of oncogene-induced senescence (OIS) and the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) that attenuates acinar-to-ductal metaplasia, pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN) formation, and PanIN progression to PDAC...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Kazumi Ebine, Christina R Chow, Brian T DeCant, Holly Z Hattaway, Paul J Grippo, Krishan Kumar, Hidayatullah G Munshi
Cells in the pancreas that have undergone acinar-ductal metaplasia (ADM) can transform into premalignant cells that can eventually become cancerous. Although the epithelial-mesenchymal transition regulator Snail (Snai1) can cooperate with Kras in acinar cells to enhance ADM development, the contribution of Snail-related protein Slug (Snai2) to ADM development is not known. Thus, transgenic mice expressing Slug and Kras in acinar cells were generated. Surprisingly, Slug attenuated Kras-induced ADM development, ERK1/2 phosphorylation and proliferation...
2016: Scientific Reports
Geou-Yarh Liou, Peter Storz, Michael Leitges
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma originates from acinar cells that undergo acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM). ADM is initiated in response to growth factors, inflammation, and oncogene activation and leads to a de-differentiated, duct-like phenotype. Our recent publication demonstrated a transforming growth factor α-Kras(G12D)-protein kinase D1-Notch1 signaling axis driving the induction of ADM and further progression to pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia. This suggests that protein kinase D1 might be an early marker for tumor development and a potential target for drug development...
January 2016: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
Corentin Cras-Méneur, Megan Conlon, Yaqing Zhang, Marina Pasca Di Magliano, Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi
Notch signaling is known to control early pancreatic differentiation through Ngn3 repression. In later stages, downstream of Notch, the Presenilins are still required to maintain the endocrine fate allocation. Amongst their multiple targets, it remains unclear which one actually controls the maintenance of the fate of the early islets. Conditional deletions of the Notch effector RBP-Jκ with lineage tracing in Presenilin-deficient endocrine progenitors, demonstrated that this factor is central to the control of the fate through a non-canonical Notch mechanism...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ralph Gruber, Richard Panayiotou, Emma Nye, Bradley Spencer-Dene, Gordon Stamp, Axel Behrens
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Pancreatitis is the most important risk factor for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Pancreatitis predisposes to PDAC because it induces a process of acinar cell reprogramming known as acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM)-a precursor of pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia lesions that can progress to PDAC. Mutations in KRAS are found at the earliest stages of pancreatic tumorigenesis, and it appears to be a gatekeeper to cancer progression. We investigated how mutations in KRAS cooperate with pancreatitis to promote pancreatic cancer progression in mice...
September 2016: Gastroenterology
George Mattheolabakis, Ioannis Papayannis, Jennifer Yang, Brandon M Vaeth, Ruixue Wang, Jela Bandovic, Nengtai Ouyang, Basil Rigas, Gerardo G Mackenzie
Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease with a dismal 5-year survival rate of <6%. The currently limited treatment options for pancreatic cancer underscore the need for novel chemopreventive and therapeutic agents. Accumulating evidence indicates that aspirin use is associated with a decreased risk of pancreatic cancer. However, the anticancer properties of aspirin are restricted by its gastrointestinal toxicity and its limited efficacy. Therefore, we developed phospho-aspirin (MDC-22), a novel derivative of aspirin, and evaluated its chemopreventive efficacy in preclinical models of pancreatic cancer...
July 2016: Cancer Prevention Research
Yiannis Drosos, Geoffrey Neale, Jianming Ye, Leena Paul, Emin Kuliyev, Anirban Maitra, Anna L Means, M Kay Washington, Jerold Rehg, David B Finkelstein, Beatriz Sosa-Pineda
The current paradigm of pancreatic neoplastic transformation proposes an initial step whereby acinar cells convert into acinar-to-ductal metaplasias, followed by progression of these lesions into neoplasias under sustained oncogenic activity and inflammation. Understanding the molecular mechanisms driving these processes is crucial to the early diagnostic and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Emerging evidence indicates that transcription factors that control exocrine pancreatic development could have either, protective or facilitating roles in the formation of preneoplasias and neoplasias in the pancreas...
March 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Daoyan Wei, Liang Wang, Yongmin Yan, Zhiliang Jia, Mihai Gagea, Zhiwei Li, Xiangsheng Zuo, Xiangyu Kong, Suyun Huang, Keping Xie
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of tumor initiation has significant impact on early cancer detection and intervention. To define the role of KLF4 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) initiation, we used molecular biological analyses and mouse models of klf4 gain- and loss-of-function and mutant Kras. KLF4 is upregulated in and required for acinar-to-ductal metaplasia. Klf4 ablation drastically attenuates the formation of pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia induced by mutant Kras(G12D), whereas upregulation of KLF4 does the opposite...
March 14, 2016: Cancer Cell
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