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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792659/molecular-alterations-in-pediatric-brainstem-gliomas
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Mikaela Porkholm, Anna Raunio, Reetta Vainionpää, Tarja Salonen, Juha Hernesniemi, Leena Valanne, Jarno Satopää, Atte Karppinen, Minna Oinas, Olli Tynninen, Virve Pentikäinen, Sanna-Maria Kivivuori
BACKGROUND: Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPGs) have a dismal prognosis. Previously, diagnosis was based on a typical clinical presentation and magnetic resonance imaging findings. After the start of the era of biopsies, DIPGs bearing H3 K27 mutations have been reclassified into a novel entity, diffuse midline glioma, based on the presence of this molecular alteration. However, it is not well established how clinically diagnosed DIPG overlap with H3 K27-mutated diffuse midline gliomas, and whether rare long-term survivors also belong to this group...
August 9, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780584/platelet-derived-growth-factor-alpha-pdgfr%C3%AE-induces-the-activation-of-cardiac-fibroblasts-by-activating-c-kit
#2
Lexun Wang, Yuan Yue, Xiao Yang, Tian Fan, Bo Mei, Jian Hou, Mengya Liang, Guangxian Chen, Zhongkai Wu
BACKGROUND Enhanced platelet-derived growth factor receptor a (PDGFRα) signaling pathway activity leads to cardiac fibrosis. However, because of the pleiotropic effects of PDGFR signaling, its role in mediating the cardiac fibrotic response remains poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate the regulatory effect of c-Kit in cardiac fibroblasts activated by PDGFRa signaling. MATERIAL AND METHODS A cardiac fibrosis mice model was induced using isoproterenol, and the heart tissues of mice were tested through western blotting and real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR)...
August 6, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768491/succinate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-in-a-pdgfra-mutated-gist
#3
Martin G Belinsky, Kathy Q Cai, Yan Zhou, Biao Luo, Jianming Pei, Lori Rink, Margaret von Mehren
BACKGROUND: Most gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) harbor mutually exclusive gain of function mutations in the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) KIT (70-80%) or in the related receptor PDGFRA (~10%). These GISTs generally respond well to therapy with the RTK inhibitor imatinib mesylate (IM), although initial response is genotype-dependent. An alternate mechanism leading to GIST oncogenesis is deficiency in the succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) enzyme complex resulting from genetic or epigenetic inactivation of one of the four SDH subunit genes (SDHA, SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, collectively referred to as SDHX)...
August 2, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760855/dual%C3%A2-targeting%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-insulin%C3%A2-receptor%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-kit%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-imatinib-resistant%C3%A2-gastrointestinal%C3%A2-stromal%C3%A2-tumors
#4
Weicai Chen, Ye Kuang, Hai-Bo Qiu, Zhifa Cao, Yuqing Tu, Qing Sheng, Grant Eilers, Quan He, Hai-Long Li, Meijun Zhu, Yuexiang Wang, Rongqing Zhang, Yeqing Wu, Fanguo Meng, Jonathan A Fletcher, Wen-Bin Ou
Oncogenic KIT or PDGFRA receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) mutations are compelling therapeutic targets in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), and treatment with the KIT/PDGFRA inhibitor imatinib is the standard of care for patients with metastatic GIST. Most GIST eventually acquire imatinib resistance due to secondary mutations in the KIT kinase domain, but it is unclear whether these genomic resistance mechanisms require other cellular adaptations to create a clinically meaningful imatinib-resistant state...
July 31, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757367/hypereosinophilic-syndrome-subtype-predicts-responsiveness-to-glucocorticoids
#5
Paneez Khoury, Annalise O Abiodun, Nicole Holland-Thomas, Michael P Fay, Amy D Klion
BACKGROUND: Glucocorticoids (GCs) are considered first-line treatment for platelet-derived growth factor α (PDGFRA)-negative hypereosinophilic syndromes (HESs). Despite this, little is known about clinical predictors of GC responsiveness in HES. OBJECTIVE: Knowledge of clinical and laboratory predictors of GC response before initiation of GC could lead to more rational selection of subjects with HES for whom earlier institution of second-line and alternative therapies would be appropriate...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757314/using-ion-torrent-sequencing-to-study-genetic-mutation-profiles-of-fatal-thyroid-cancers
#6
Jin-Ying Lu, Wern-Cherng Cheng, Kuen-Yuan Chen, Chia-Chi Lin, Ching-Chung Chang, Kuan-Ting Kuo, Pei-Lung Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Surgery followed by radioiodine is a mainstay of treatment for thyroid cancers of follicular origins. However, about 5% of the thyroid cancers are non-operable and/or radioiodine-refractory diseases, which are either locally advanced or metastatic and result in a survival of less than 5 years. How to treat this population of thyroid cancer patients becomes a critical issue requiring further understanding of the tumor's genetic information. METHODS: We used formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded specimens of 22 fatal thyroid cancers and their corresponding non-tumor parts, if available, to yield genomic DNA, and applied the Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine (IT-PGM) System (Life Technologies), a next generation sequencing technology, to interrogate 740 mutational hotspots in 46 oncogenes...
July 27, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744850/the-expression-of-hematopoietic-progenitor-cell-antigen-cd34-is-regulated-by-dna-methylation-in-a-site-dependent-manner-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumours-gists
#7
Irina Bure, Alexander Braun, Claudia Kayser, Helene Geddert, Inga-Marie Schaefer, Silke Cameron, Michael B Ghadimi, Phillip Ströbel, Martin Werner, Arndt Hartmann, Stefan Wiemann, Abbas Agaimy, Florian Haller, Evgeny A Moskalev
The anatomic site-dependent expression of hematopoietic progenitor cell antigen CD34 is a feature of gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs). The basis for the differential CD34 expression is only incompletely understood. This study aimed at understanding the regulation of CD34 in GISTs and clarification of its site-dependent expression. Two sample sets of primary GISTs were interrogated including 52 fresh-frozen and 134 paraffin-embedded and formalin-fixed specimens. DNA methylation analysis was performed by HumanMethylation450 BeadChip array in three cell lines derived from gastric and intestinal GISTs, and differentially methylated CpG sites were established upstream of CD34...
July 26, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720667/mapk-pathway-and-tert-promoter-gene-mutation-pattern-and-its-prognostic-value-in-melanoma-patients%C3%AF-a-retrospective-study-of-2793-cases
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Xue Bai, Yan Kong, Zhihong Chi, Xinan Sheng, Chuanliang Cui, Xuan Wang, Lili Mao, Bixia Tang, Siming Li, Bin Lian, Xieqiao Yan, Li Zhou, Jie Dai, Jun Guo, Lu Si
Ethnic differences are conspicuous in melanoma. This study is to obtain a comprehensive view of a genomic landscape and a better understanding of the correlations of gene mutation status with clinicopathological characteristics and disease prognosis in Asian population.<br /><br />Experimental Design: 2793 melanoma patient samples were retrospectively collected and analyzed for mutations in C-KIT, BRAF, NRAS, and PDGFRA coding regions and TERT promoter region by Sanger sequencing. Mutations were correlated to clinicopathological features and overall survival...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714851/pdgfr%C3%AE-functions-in-endothelial-derived-cells-to-regulate-neural-crest-cells-and-development-of-the-great-arteries
#9
Haig Aghajanian, Young Kuk Cho, Nicholas W Rizer, Qiaohong Wang, Li Li, Karl Degenhardt, Rajan Jain
Originating as a single vessel emerging from the embryonic heart, the truncus arteriosus must septate and remodel into the aorta and pulmonary artery to support postnatal life. Defective remodeling or septation leads to abnormalities collectively known as conotruncal defects, which are associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Multiple populations of cells must interact to coordinate outflow tract remodeling, and cardiac neural crest has emerged as particularly important during this process. Abnormalities in cardiac neural crest have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple conotruncal defects, including persistent truncus arteriosus, double outlet right ventricle, and tetralogy of Fallot...
July 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710566/remarkable-effects-of-imatinib-in-a-family-with-young-onset-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-and-cutaneous-hyperpigmentation-associated-with-a-germline-kit-trp557arg-mutation-case-report-and-literature-overview
#10
S Farag, L E van der Kolk, H H van Boven, A C J van Akkooi, G L Beets, J W Wilmink, N Steeghs
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) occur mostly sporadically. GISTs associated with a familial syndrome are very rare and are mostly wild type for KIT and platelet-derived growth factor alpha (PDGFRA). To date 35 kindreds and 8 individuals have been described with GISTs associated with germline KIT mutations. This is the third family described with a germline p.Trp557Arg mutation in exon 11 of the KIT gene. The effect of imatinib in patients harboring a germline KIT mutation has been rarely described. Moreover, in some studies imatinib treatment was withheld considering the lack of evidence for efficacy of this treatment in GIST patients harboring a germline KIT mutation...
July 14, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698100/adenosquamous-gallbladder-carcinoma-multigene-hotspot-mutational-profiling-reveals-a-monoclonal-origin-of-the-two-components
#11
Francesca Galuppini, Roberta Salmaso, Elisa Valentini, Cristiano Lanza, Isacco Maretto, Donato Nitti, Massimo Rugge, Matteo Fassan
Adenosquamous carcinoma (ASC) of the gallbladder is a rare malignant tumor that is characterized by a coexisting of glandular and squamous components. In a case of ASC, we performed hotspot multigene mutational profiling of 164 hotspot regions of eleven cancer-associated genes (AKT1, APC, BRAF, CTNNB1, KIT, KRAS, NRAS, PDGFRA, PIK3CA, PTEN and TP53) in the two microdissected components. Both tumor phenotypes resulted characterized by a p.E542K point mutation in the PIK3CA gene, whereas adenocarcinoma component revealed also a TP53 Q331* homozygous stop mutation...
August 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675510/the-co-regulatory-networks-of-tumor-suppressor-genes-oncogenes-and-mirnas-in-colorectal-cancer
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Martha L Slattery, Jennifer S Herrick, Lila E Mullany, Wade S Samowitz, John R Sevens, Lori Sakoda, Roger K Wolff
Tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) and oncogenes (OG) are involved in carcinogenesis. MiRNAs also contribute to cellular pathways leading to cancer. We use data from 217 colorectal cancer (CRC) cases to evaluate differences in TSGs and OGs expression between paired CRC and normal mucosa and evaluate how TSGs and OGs are associated with miRNAs. Gene expression data from RNA-Seq and miRNA expression data from Agilent Human miRNA Microarray V19.0 were used. We focus on genes most strongly associated with CRC (fold change (FC) of ≥1...
July 4, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657476/comparison-of-peptide-and-lipid-based-delivery-of-mir-34a-5p-mimic-into-ppc-1-cells
#13
Egon Urgard, Aleksei Brjalin, Ülo Langel, Margus Pooga, Ana Rebane, Tarmo Annilo
The microRNA (miRNA) microRNA-34a (miR-34a) regulates a number of genes involved in cell cycle control and is therefore considered to have a high therapeutic potential. MiR-34a expression is often downregulated in cancer cells and its restoration has been shown to exert a tumor-suppressive effect. However, effective and safe delivery of synthetic miRNA analogs into cancer cells remains a challenge. The aim of this study was to evaluate cell-penetrating peptide PepFect (PF)14 as a carrier for delivery of miR-34a-5p into human primary prostate carcinoma-1 (PPC-1) cells...
June 28, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651427/loeffler-endocarditis-in-chronic-eosinophilic-leukemia-with-fip1l1-pdgfra-rearrangement-full-recovery-with-low-dose-imatinib
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Dae Sik Kim, Sunki Lee, Chul Won Choi
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June 28, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644569/gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-of-the-esophagus-a-clinicopathologic-and-molecular-analysis-of-27-cases
#15
Guhyun Kang, Yuna Kang, Kyung-Hee Kim, Sang Yun Ha, Jung Yeon Kim, Young Mog Shim, Michael C Heinrich, Kyoung-Mee Kim, Christopher L Corless
AIMS: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) may arise anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, but are rare in the esophagus. We describe the clinical, pathologic, and molecular characteristics of 27 primary esophageal GISTs, the largest series to date. METHODS AND RESULTS: DNA was extracted and exons 9, 11, 13 and 17 of KIT, exons 12, 14 and 18 of PDGFRA and exon 15 of BRAF were amplified and sequenced. Esophageal GISTs occurred in 14 men and 13 women between 22 and 80 years of age (mean, 56 years)...
June 23, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632504/what-is-new-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor
#16
Inga-Marie Schaefer, Adrián Mariño-Enríquez, Jonathan A Fletcher
The classification "gastrointestinal stromal tumor" (GIST) became commonplace in the 1990s and since that time various advances have characterized the GIST lineage of origin, tyrosine kinase mutations, and mechanisms of response and resistance to targeted therapies. In addition to tyrosine kinase mutations and their constitutive activation of downstream signaling pathways, GISTs acquire a sequence of chromosomal aberrations. These include deletions of chromosomes 14q, 22q, 1p, and 15q, which harbor putative tumor suppressor genes required for stepwise progression from microscopic, preclinical forms of GIST (microGIST) to clinically relevant tumors with malignant potential...
September 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627468/a-novel-chalcone-derivative-lqfm064-induces-breast-cancer-cells-death-via-p53-p21-kit-and-pdgfra
#17
Bruna Lannuce Silva Cabral, Artur Christian Garcia da Silva, Renato Ivan de Ávila, Alane Pereira Cortez, Rangel Magalhães Luzin, Luciano Morais Lião, Eric de Souza Gil, Gérman Sanz, Boniek G Vaz, José R Sabino, Ricardo Menegatti, Marize Campos Valadares
This study shows the design, synthesis and antitumoral potential evaluation of a novel chalcone-like compound, (E)-3- (3, 5-di-ter-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)-1- (4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl) prop-2-en-1-one [LQFM064) (4)], against human breast adenocarcinoma MCF7 cells. Some toxicological parameters were also investigated. LQFM064) (4) exhibited cytotoxic activity against MCF7 cells (IC50=21μM), in a concentration dependent-manner, and triggered significant changes in cell morphology and biochemical/molecular parameters, which are suggestive of an apoptosis inductor...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619758/co-targeting-of-mek-and-pdgfr-stat3-pathways-to-treat-pancreaticductal-adenocarcinoma
#18
Nisebita Sahu, Emily Chan, Felix Chu, Thinh Pham, Hartmut Koeppen, William Forrest, Mark Merchant, Jeff Settleman
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is among the most lethal human diseases and remains largely refractory to available drug treatments.  Insufficient targeting of the known oncogenic drivers and activation of compensatory feedback loops and inability to prevent metastatic spread contribute to poor prognosis for this disease. The KRAS-driven MEK pathway is mutationally activated in most pancreatic cancers and is an important target for therapeutics. Using a 2-dimensional monolayer culture system as well as 3-dimensional spheroid culture system, we conducted a screen of a large panel of anti-cancer agents, and found that MEK inhibitors were most effective in targeting PDAC spheroids in comparison to monolayer cultures...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611108/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-contributes-to-tumor-malignancy-and-is-targetable-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor
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Shan Zeng, Adrian M Seifert, Jennifer Q Zhang, Michael J Cavnar, Teresa S Kim, Vinod P Balachandran, Juan A Santamaria-Barria, Noah A Cohen, Michael J Beckman, Benjamin Medina, Ferdinand Rossi, Megan H Crawley, Jennifer K Loo, Joanna H Maltbaek, Peter Besmer, Cristina R Antonescu, Ronald P DeMatteo
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is the most common type of sarcoma and usually harbors either a KIT or PDGFRA mutation. However, the molecular basis for tumor malignancy is not well defined. While the Wnt/b-catenin signaling pathway is important in a variety of cancers, its role in GIST is uncertain. Through analysis of nearly 150 human GIST specimens, we found that some human GISTs expressed b-catenin and contained active, dephosphorylated nuclear b-catenin. Furthermore, advanced human GISTs expressed reduced levels of the Wnt antagonist DKK4...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609680/characterization-and-targeting-of-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-alpha-pdgfra-in-inflammatory-breast-cancer-ibc
#20
Madhura Joglekar-Javadekar, Steven Van Laere, Michael Bourne, Manal Moalwi, Pascal Finetti, Peter B Vermeulen, Daniel Birnbaum, Luc Y Dirix, Naoto Ueno, Monique Carter, Justin Rains, Abhijit Ramachandran, Francois Bertucci, Kenneth L van Golen
PURPOSE: Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is arguably the deadliest form of breast cancer due to its rapid onset and highly invasive nature. IBC carries 5- and 10-year disease-free survival rates of ~45% and <20%, respectively. Multiple studies demonstrate that in comparison with conventional breast cancer, IBC has a unique molecular identity. Here, we have identified platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) as being uniquely expressed and active in IBC patient tumor cells...
July 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
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