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Cancer AND JQ1

Jacquelyn O Russell, Sungjin Ko, Harvinder S Saggi, Sucha Singh, Minakshi Poddar, Donghun Shin, Satdarshan P Monga
Bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) proteins recruit key components of basic transcriptional machinery to promote gene expression. Aberrant expression and mutations in BET genes have been identified in many malignancies. Small molecule inhibitors of BET proteins like JQ1 have shown efficacy in preclinical cancer models including affecting growth of hepatocellular carcinoma. BET proteins also regulate cell proliferation in nontumor settings. We recently showed that BET proteins regulate cholangiocyte-driven liver regeneration...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Duurenjargal Tseeleesuren, Rajni Kant, Chia-Hung Yen, Hui-Hua Hsiao, Yi-Ming A Chen
Multiple myeloma (MM) still remains an incurable disease, therefore discovery of novel drugs boosts the therapeutics for MM. The natural compound 1,2,3,4,6-Penta- O -galloyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (PGG) has been shown to exhibit antitumor activities against various cancer cells. Here, we aim to evaluate antitumor effects of PGG on MM cell lines. PGG inhibited the growth of three different MM cell lines in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Cell cycle analysis revealed that PGG treatment caused cell cycle arrest in G1 phase...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Tingyu Wu, Guanghui Wang, Wei Chen, Zhehui Zhu, Yun Liu, Zhenyu Huang, Yuji Huang, Peng Du, Yili Yang, Chen-Ying Liu, Long Cui
The bromodomain and extra-terminal domain inhibitors (BETi) are promising epigenetic drugs for the treatment of various cancers through suppression of oncogenic transcription factors. However, only a subset of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells response to BETi. We investigate additional agents that could be combined with BETi to overcome this obstacle. JQ1-resistant CRC cells were used for screening of the effective combination therapies with JQ1. RNA-seq was performed to explore the mechanism of synergistic effect...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Mélanie Mahe, Florent Dufour, Hélène Neyret-Kahn, Aura Moreno-Vega, Claire Beraud, Mingjun Shi, Imene Hamaidi, Virginia Sanchez-Quiles, Clementine Krucker, Marion Dorland-Galliot, Elodie Chapeaublanc, Remy Nicolle, Hervé Lang, Celio Pouponnot, Thierry Massfelder, François Radvanyi, Isabelle Bernard-Pierrot
FGFR3 alterations (mutations or translocation) are among the most frequent genetic events in bladder carcinoma. They lead to an aberrant activation of FGFR3 signaling, conferring an oncogenic dependence, which we studied here. We discovered a positive feedback loop, in which the activation of p38 and AKT downstream from the altered FGFR3 upregulates MYC mRNA levels and stabilizes MYC protein, respectively, leading to the accumulation of MYC, which directly upregulates FGFR3 expression by binding to active enhancers upstream from FGFR3 Disruption of this FGFR3/MYC loop in bladder cancer cell lines by treatment with FGFR3, p38, AKT, or BET bromodomain inhibitors (JQ1) preventing MYC transcription decreased cell viability in vitro and tumor growth in vivo A relevance of this loop to human bladder tumors was supported by the positive correlation between FGFR3 and MYC levels in tumors bearing FGFR3 mutations, and the decrease in FGFR3 and MYC levels following anti-FGFR treatment in a PDX model bearing an FGFR3 mutation...
February 20, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Jonathan M Fahey, Jennifer S Stancill, Brian C Smith, Albert W Girotti
Endogenous nitric oxide (NO) generated by inducible NO synthase (iNOS) promotes glioblastoma cell proliferation and invasion, and also plays a key role in glioblastoma resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Non-ionizing photodynamic therapy (PDT) has anti-tumor advantages over conventional glioblastoma therapies. Our previous studies revealed that glioblastoma U87 cells upregulate iNOS after a photodynamic challenge and that resulting NO not only increased resistance to apoptosis, but rendered surviving cells more proliferative and invasive...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Guillaume P Andrieu, Gerald V Denis
Transcriptional programs in embryogenesis and cancer, such as the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), ensure cellular plasticity, an essential feature of carcinoma progression. As effectors of signal transduction, the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) proteins are well suited to support plasticity because they function as co-activators or co-repressors of mammalian transcriptomes. Here, using both hormone-sensitive and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) model systems, we systematically altered EMT transcriptional profiles by manipulating individual BET proteins and found that BRD2 positively regulates EMT, whereas BRD3 and BRD4 repress this program...
February 7, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Xingchen Dong, Xiangming Hu, Jinjing Chen, Dan Hu, Lin-Feng Chen
Small molecules targeting bromodomains of BET proteins possess strong anti-tumor activities and have emerged as potential therapeutics for cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms for the anti-proliferative activity of these inhibitors are still not fully characterized. In this study, we demonstrated that BET inhibitor JQ1 suppressed the proliferation and invasiveness of gastric cancer cells by inducing cellular senescence. Depletion of BRD4, which was overexpressed in gastric cancer tissues, but not other BET proteins recapitulated JQ1-induced cellular senescence with increased cellular SA-β-Gal activity and elevated p21 levels...
February 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Jingyuan Wang, Zhentao Liu, Ziqi Wang, Shubin Wang, Zuhua Chen, Zhongwu Li, Mengqi Zhang, Jianling Zou, Bin Dong, Jing Gao, Lin Shen
c-Myc amplification-induced cell cycle dysregulation is a common cause for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), but no approved targeted drug is available so far. The bromodomain inhibitor JQ1, which targets c-Myc, exerts anti-tumor activity in multiple cancers. However, the role of JQ1 in ESCC remains unknown. In this study, we reported that JQ1 had potent anti-proliferative effects on ESCC cells in both time- and dose-dependent manners by inducing cell cycle arrest at G1 phase, cell apoptosis, and the mesenchymal-epithelial transition...
April 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
Jian Wang, Fangzheng Zhou, Zhenyu Li, Hong Mei, Ye Wang, Hong Ma, Liangliang Shi, Ai Huang, Tao Zhang, Zhenyu Lin, Gang Wu
Radiation-induced lung injury has restricted radiotherapy for thoracic cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the radioprotective effects of bromodomain and extra terminal (BET) inhibitor JQ1 in a murine model of pulmonary damage. Chest computed tomography (CT) was performed in a rat model after 20 Gy radiation of the right thorax. And histological evaluation and protein expressions of irradiated tissue were analyzed to confirm the potential anti-fibrosis effect of JQ1 and its underlying mechanisms...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Zhongyuan Gao, Ting Yuan, Xiao Zhou, Ping Ni, Geng Sun, Ping Li, Zhixiang Cheng, Xuerong Wang
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) proteins act as epigenome readers for gene transcriptional regulation. Among BET family members, BRD4 was well studied, but for its mechanism in non-small cell lung carcinoma has not been elucidated. eIF4E regulates gene translation and has been proved to play an important role in the progression of lung cancer. In this study, we first confirmed that BET inhibitors JQ1 and I-BET151 suppressed the growth of NSCLCs, in parallel with downregulated eIF4E expression...
January 15, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Hadassa Hirschfield, C Billie Bian, Takaaki Higashi, Shigeki Nakagawa, Tizita Z Zeleke, Venugopalan D Nair, Bryan C Fuchs, Yujin Hoshida
Tractable experimental model that accounts for inter-tumor molecular heterogeneity is a key element of anti-cancer drug development. Hepatocellular carcinoma is known to exhibit highly heterogeneous molecular aberrations across the tumors, including somatic genetic and epigenetic alterations. Previous studies showed that molecular tumor subtypes determined by transcriptome, as a comprehensive functional readout, are reproducibly observed across global patient populations irrespective of geographic and etiological variations...
January 5, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Shengwu Liu, Shuai Li, Josephine Hai, Xiaoen Wang, Ting Chen, Max M Quinn, Peng Gao, Yanxi Zhang, Hongbin Ji, Darren Cross, Kwok-Kin Wong
PURPOSE: HER2 (or ERBB2) aberrations, including both amplification and mutations, have been classified as oncogenic drivers that contribute to 2-6 percent of lung adenocarcinomas. HER2 amplification is also an important mechanism for acquired resistance to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). However, due to limited preclinical studies and clinical trials, currently there is still no available standard of care for lung cancer patients with HER2 aberrations. To fulfill the clinical need for targeting HER2 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, we performed a comprehensive pre-clinical study to evaluate the efficacy of a third-generation TKI, osimertinib (AZD9291)...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Liping Han, Yongfei Zhang, Shuai Liu, Qingwei Zhao, Xianhong Liang, Zhiguo Ma, Prakash K Gupta, Miaoqing Zhao, Aihua Wang
This study aimed to investigate whether ubenimex could work as an anti-tumor drug alone in glioma cells and figure out the underlying potential mechanisms. Ubenimex is widely used as an adjunct therapy in multiple solid cancers. However, it is rarely used to treat glioblastoma. The function of ubenimex in enhancing JQ1 treatment sensitivity of glioma cells by blocking autophagic degradation of HEXIM1 was previously studied. However, the detailed mechanism of autophagy regulation by ubenimex remains unclear...
December 8, 2017: Oncotarget
Hua-Peng Zhang, Gong-Quan Li, Wen-Zhi Guo, Guang-Hui Chen, Hong-Wei Tang, Bing Yan, Jie Li, Jia-Kai Zhang, Pei-Hao Wen, Zhi-Hui Wang, Jian-Feng Lv, Shui-Jun Zhang
Bromodomain and Extra-Terminal Domain (BET) inhibitors, such as JQ1 have emerged as novel drug candidates and are being enthusiastically pursued in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer. However, many solid cancers are resistance to BET inhibitors. To explore methods for improving the therapeutic potential of BET inhibitors, we investigated the combinational activity of JQ1 with Oridonin, a bioactive molecules derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. Our results showed that Oridonin synergistically enhanced the abilities of JQ1 to inhibit cell viability in HCC cells and, significantly augmented JQ1-triggered apoptosis in HCC cells and in HCC cancer stem-like cells...
December 5, 2017: Oncotarget
Hua-Peng Zhang, Gong-Quan Li, Yi Zhang, Wen-Zhi Guo, Jia-Kai Zhang, Jie Li, Jian-Feng Lv, Shui-Jun Zhang
Bromodomains and extra-terminal (BET) proteins inhibitors are promising cancer therapeutic agents. However, tumor cells often develop resistance to BET inhibitors, greatly limiting their therapeutic potential. To study the mechanism underlying the resistance of BET inhibitors in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, we herein investigated the impact of BET inhibitor JQ1 on the gene expression of Bcl-2 family members by RNA sequencing analysis, and found that acute treatment with JQ1 triggered upregulation of Mcl-1 in HCCLM3 and BEL7402 cell lines...
December 26, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sergey Karakashev, Hengrui Zhu, Yuhki Yokoyama, Bo Zhao, Nail Fatkhutdinov, Andrew V Kossenkov, Andrew J Wilson, Fiona Simpkins, David Speicher, Dineo Khabele, Benjamin G Bitler, Rugang Zhang
PARP inhibition is known to be an effective clinical strategy in BRCA mutant cancers, but PARP inhibition has not been applied to BRCA-proficient tumors. Here, we show the synergy of BET bromodomain inhibition with PARP inhibition in BRCA-proficient ovarian cancers due to mitotic catastrophe. Treatment of BRCA-proficient ovarian cancer cells with the BET inhibitor JQ1 downregulated the G2-M cell-cycle checkpoint regulator WEE1 and the DNA-damage response factor TOPBP1. Combining PARP inhibitor Olaparib with the BET inhibitor, we observed a synergistic increase in DNA damage and checkpoint defects, which allowed cells to enter mitosis despite the accumulation of DNA damage, ultimately causing mitotic catastrophe...
December 19, 2017: Cell Reports
Catia Mio, Ketty Conzatti, Federica Baldan, Lorenzo Allegri, Marialuisa Sponziello, Francesca Rosignolo, Diego Russo, Sebastiano Filetti, Giuseppe Damante
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) represents the most lethal thyroid cancer sub-type, currently unresponsive to standard treatments. Recently, bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) proteins have emerged as attractive therapeutic targets in several diseases, including cancer. In different cancer models, the anti-neoplastic activity of BET inhibitors such as JQ1, I-BET762 and I-BET151 have already been established, due to both direct and indirect effects. miRNAs are 20-22 nucleotide transcriptional regulators which play important roles in proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis...
February 2018: Oncology Reports
Min Bum Lee, Jun-Ho Lee, Seong Hwi Hong, Jueng Soo You, Seung Taek Nam, Hyun Woo Kim, Young Hwan Park, Dajeong Lee, Keun Young Min, Yeong-Min Park, Young Mi Kim, Hyuk Soon Kim, Wahn Soo Choi
Regulatory B cells, also well-known as IL-10-producing B cells, play a role in the suppression of inflammatory responses. However, the epigenetic modulation of regulatory B cells is largely unknown. Recent studies showed that the bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) protein inhibitor JQ1 controls the expression of various genes involving cell proliferation and cell cycle. However, the role of BET proteins on development of regulatory B cells is not reported. In this study, JQ1 potently suppressed IL-10 expression and secretion in murine splenic and peritoneal B cells...
December 2017: BMB Reports
Sushmita Mustafi, Vladimir Camarena, Claude-Henry Volmar, Tyler C Huff, David W Sant, Shaun P Brothers, Zhao-Jun Liu, Claes Wahlestedt, Gaofeng Wang
Bromodomain and extraterminal inhibitors (BETi) are promising cancer therapies, yet prominent side effects of BETi at effective doses have been reported in phase I clinical trials. Here, we screened a panel of small molecules targeting epigenetic modulators against human metastatic melanoma cells. Cells were pretreated with or without ascorbate (vitamin C), which promotes DNA demethylation and subsequently changes the sensitivity to drugs. Top hits were structurally unrelated BETi, including JQ1, I-BET151, CPI-203, and BI-2536...
January 15, 2018: Cancer Research
Marco Segatto, Raffaella Fittipaldi, Fabrizio Pin, Roberta Sartori, Kyung Dae Ko, Hossein Zare, Claudio Fenizia, Gianpietro Zanchettin, Elisa Sefora Pierobon, Shinji Hatakeyama, Cosimo Sperti, Stefano Merigliano, Marco Sandri, Panagis Filippakopoulos, Paola Costelli, Vittorio Sartorelli, Giuseppina Caretti
Cancer cachexia is a devastating metabolic syndrome characterized by systemic inflammation and massive muscle and adipose tissue wasting. Although it is responsible for approximately one-third of cancer deaths, no effective therapies are available and the underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. We previously identified the bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) protein BRD4 as an epigenetic regulator of muscle mass. Here we show that the pan-BET inhibitor (+)-JQ1 protects tumor-bearing mice from body weight loss and muscle and adipose tissue wasting...
November 22, 2017: Nature Communications
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