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Cancer AND JQ1

Fuyumi Kato, Francesco Paolo Fiorentino, Andreu Alibés, Manuel Perucho, Montse Sánchez-Céspedes, Takashi Kohno, Jun Yokota
We aimed to elucidate the effect of JQ1, a BET inhibitor, on small cell lung cancers (SCLCs) with MYCL amplification and/or expression. Fourteen SCLC cell lines, including four with MYCL amplification, were examined for the effects of JQ1 on protein and gene expression by Western blot and mRNA microarray analyses. The sensitivity of SCLC cells to JQ1 was assessed by cell growth and apoptosis assays. MYCL was expressed in all the 14 cell lines, whereas MYC/MYCN expression was restricted mostly to cell lines with gene amplification...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Qiong Duan, Yi Xiao, Lingyan Zhu, Zhenzhen Liu, Xiaoxiao Mao, Zhengxiang Zhou, Chaonan Liao, Jinxing Cai, Fulian Huang, Zehao Liu, Jian Zeng, Ke Xia, Cheng Chang, Jun Qi, Zihua Chen, He Huang, Tianlun Yang
Transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) is a key transcriptional mediator of Hippo signaling that has been recently reported to mediate Wnt-activated transcription and serve as a component to suppress canonical Wnt/β-catenin activity. The Bromodomain and Extra-terminal domain (BET) family of proteins can recognize the acetylated lysine chain on histones and plays a critical role in transcriptional regulation. However, the mechanisms underlying transcriptional repression by the BET bromodomain are poorly understood...
October 4, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yufang Ma, Lihong Wang, Leif R Neitzel, Sudan Loganathan, Nan Tang, Lili Qin, Crispi E Emily, Yan Guo, Stefan Knapp, Robert D Beauchamp, Ethan Lee, Jialiang Wang
PURPOSE: The bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) family proteins are epigenetic readers for acetylated histone marks. Emerging BET bromodomain inhibitors have exhibited antineoplastic activities in a wide range of human cancers through suppression of oncogenic transcription factors, including MYC. However, the preclinical activities of BET inhibitors in advanced solid cancers are moderate at best. To improve BET-targeted therapy, we interrogated mechanisms mediating resistance to BET inhibitors in colorectal cancer (CRC)...
September 27, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Guillaume Andrieu, Anna H Tran, Katherine J Strissel, Gerald V Denis
The Bromodomain and ExtraTerminal (BET) proteins are epigenetic 'readers' of acetylated histones in chromatin and have been identified as promising therapeutic targets in diverse cancers. However, it remains unclear how individual family members participate in cancer progression, and small molecule inhibitors such as JQ1 can target functionally independent BET proteins. Here we report a signaling pathway involving BRD4 and the ligand/receptor pair Jagged1/Notch1 that sustains triple-negative breast cancer migration and invasion...
September 20, 2016: Cancer Research
Hengrui Zhu, Fee Bengsch, Nikolaos Svoronos, Melanie R Rutkowski, Benjamin G Bitler, Michael J Allegrezza, Yuhki Yokoyama, Andrew V Kossenkov, James E Bradner, Jose R Conejo-Garcia, Rugang Zhang
Restoration of anti-tumor immunity by blocking PD-L1 signaling through the use of antibodies has proven to be beneficial in cancer therapy. Here, we show that BET bromodomain inhibition suppresses PD-L1 expression and limits tumor progression in ovarian cancer. CD274 (encoding PD-L1) is a direct target of BRD4-mediated gene transcription. In mouse models, treatment with the BET inhibitor JQ1 significantly reduced PD-L1 expression on tumor cells and tumor-associated dendritic cells and macrophages, which correlated with an increase in the activity of anti-tumor cytotoxic T cells...
September 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Olaf Klingbeil, Ralf Lesche, Kathy A Gelato, Bernard Haendler, Pascale Lejeune
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has the highest incidence of cancer-related death worldwide and a high medical need for more effective therapies. Small-molecule inhibitors of the bromodomain and extra terminal domain (BET) family such as JQ1, I-BET762 and OTX-015 are active in a wide range of different cancer types, including lung cancer. Although their activity on oncogene expression such as c-Myc has been addressed in many studies, the effects of BET inhibition on the apoptotic pathway remain largely unknown...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Seika Amemiya, Takao Yamaguchi, Taki Sakai, Yuichi Hashimoto, Tomomi Noguchi-Yachide
Bromodomains are epigenetic 'readers' of histone acetylation. The first potent bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) inhibitors, (+)-JQ1 and I-BET762 (also known as GSK525762), were reported in 2010. Some BET inhibitors are already under clinical trial for the treatment of cancers, but so far, only a few chemical scaffolds are available. We have reported potent N(6)-benzoyladenine-based inhibitors of BRD4, a BET family member that serves as a key mediator of transcriptional elongation. Here we present an analysis of the structure-activity relationships of these inhibitors...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Haifeng Qiu, Jing Li, Leslie H Clark, Amanda L Jackson, Lu Zhang, Hui Guo, Joshua E Kilgore, Paola A Gehrig, Chunxiao Zhou, Victoria L Bae-Jump
Overexpression of c-Myc is associated with worse outcomes in endometrial cancer, indicating that c-Myc may be a promising target for endometrial cancer therapy. A novel small molecule, JQ1, has been shown to block BRD4 resulting in inhibition of c-Myc expression and tumor growth. Thus, we investigated whether JQ1 can inhibit endometrial cancer growth in cell culture and xenograft models. In PTEN-positive endometrial cancer cells, JQ1 significantly suppressed cell proliferation via induction of G1 phase arrest and apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner, accompanied by a sharp decline in cyclin D1 and CDK4 protein expression...
August 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Balabhadrapatruni V S K Chakravarthi, Moloy T Goswami, Satya S Pathi, Matthew Dodson, Darshan S Chandrashekar, Sumit Agarwal, Saroj Nepal, Sai Akshaya Hodigere Balasubramanya, Javed Siddiqui, Robert J Lonigro, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Lakshmi P Kunju, Nallasivam Palanisamy, Sooryanarayana Varambally
BACKGROUND: Our goal was to investigate de novo purine biosynthetic gene PAICS expression and evaluate its role in prostate cancer progression. METHODS: Next-generation sequencing, qRTPCR and immunoblot analysis revealed an elevated expression of a de novo purine biosynthetic gene, Phosphoribosylaminoimidazole Carboxylase, Phosphoribosylaminoimidazole Succinocarboxamide Synthetase (PAICS) in a progressive manner in prostate cancer. Functional analyses were performed using prostate cancer cell lines- DU145, PC3, LnCaP, and VCaP...
August 22, 2016: Prostate
Yuki Kagoya, Munehide Nakatsugawa, Yuki Yamashita, Toshiki Ochi, Tingxi Guo, Mark Anczurowski, Kayoko Saso, Marcus O Butler, Cheryl H Arrowsmith, Naoto Hirano
Adoptive immunotherapy is a potentially curative therapeutic approach for patients with advanced cancer. However, the in vitro expansion of antitumor T cells prior to infusion inevitably incurs differentiation towards effector T cells and impairs persistence following adoptive transfer. Epigenetic profiles regulate gene expression of key transcription factors over the course of immune cell differentiation, proliferation, and function. Using comprehensive screening of chemical probes with defined epigenetic targets, we found that JQ1, an inhibitor of bromodomain and extra-terminal motif (BET) proteins, maintained CD8+ T cells with functional properties of stem cell-like and central memory T cells...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Keisuke Yamamoto, Keisuke Tateishi, Yotaro Kudo, Mayumi Hoshikawa, Mariko Tanaka, Takuma Nakatsuka, Hiroaki Fujiwara, Koji Miyabayashi, Ryota Takahashi, Yasuo Tanaka, Hideaki Ijichi, Yousuke Nakai, Hiroyuki Isayama, Yasuyuki Morishita, Taku Aoki, Yoshihiro Sakamoto, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Norihiro Kokudo, Masashi Fukayama, Kazuhiko Koike
Inhibitors of bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) proteins, a family of chromatin reader proteins, have therapeutic efficacy against various malignancies. However, the detailed mechanisms underlying the anti-tumor effects in distinct tumor types remain elusive. Here, we show a novel antitumor mechanism of BET inhibition in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). We found that JQ1, a BET inhibitor, decreased desmoplastic stroma, a hallmark of PDAC, and suppressed the growth of patient-derived tumor xenografts (PDX) of PDACs...
August 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Brendon Ladd, Anne Marie Mazzola, Teeru Bihani, Zhongwu Lai, James Bradford, Michael Collins, Evan Barry, Anne U Goeppert, Hazel M Weir, Kelly Hearne, Jonathan G Renshaw, Morvarid Mohseni, Elaine Hurt, Sanjoo Jalla, Haifeng Bao, Robert Hollingsworth, Corinne Reimer, Michael Zinda, Stephen Fawell, Celina M D'Cruz
Although endocrine therapy is successfully used to treat patients with estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, a substantial proportion of this population will relapse. Several mechanisms of acquired resistance have been described including activation of the mTOR pathway, increased activity of CDK4 and activating mutations in ER. Using a patient derived xenograft model harboring a common activating ER ligand binding domain mutation (D538G), we evaluated several combinatorial strategies using the selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) fulvestrant in combination with chromatin modifying agents, and CDK4/6 and mTOR inhibitors...
July 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Alison M Kurimchak, Claude Shelton, Kelly E Duncan, Katherine J Johnson, Jennifer Brown, Shane O'Brien, Rashid Gabbasov, Lauren S Fink, Yuesheng Li, Nicole Lounsbury, Magid Abou-Gharbia, Wayne E Childers, Denise C Connolly, Jonathan Chernoff, Jeffrey R Peterson, James S Duncan
Small-molecule BET bromodomain inhibitors (BETis) are actively being pursued in clinical trials for the treatment of a variety of cancers, but the mechanisms of resistance to BETis remain poorly understood. Using a mass spectrometry approach that globally measures kinase signaling at the proteomic level, we evaluated the response of the kinome to targeted BETi treatment in a panel of BRD4-dependent ovarian carcinoma (OC) cell lines. Despite initial inhibitory effects of BETi, OC cells acquired resistance following sustained treatment with the BETi JQ1...
August 2, 2016: Cell Reports
E Donato, O Croci, A Sabò, H Muller, M J Morelli, M Pelizzola, S Campaner
Inhibition of bromodomain and extraterminal motif (BET) proteins such as BRD4 bears great promise for cancer treatment and its efficacy has been frequently attributed to Myc downregulation. Here, we use B-cell tumors as a model to address the mechanism of action of JQ1, a widely used BET inhibitor. Although JQ1 led to widespread eviction of BRD4 from chromatin, its effect on gene transcription was limited to a restricted set of genes. This was unlinked to Myc downregulation or its chromatin association. Yet, JQ1-sensitive genes were enriched for Myc and E2F targets, were expressed at high levels, and showed high promoter occupancy by RNAPol2, BRD4, Myc and E2F...
July 22, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
XUguang Zhu, Keisuke Enomoto, Li Zhao, Yuelin J Zhu, Mark C Willingham, Paul S Meltzer, Jun Qi, Sheue-Yann Cheng
PURPOSE: New therapeutic approaches are needed for patients with thyroid cancer refractory to radioiodine treatment. An inhibitor of bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) proteins, JQ1, shows potent anti-tumor effects in hematological cancers and solid tumors. To evaluate whether JQ1 is effective against thyroid cancer, we examined anti-tumor efficacy of JQ1 using the ThrbPV/PVKrasG12D mouse, a model of anaplastic thyroid cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We treated ThrbPV/PVKrasG12D mice with vehicle or JQ1 at a dose of 50 mg/kg body weight/day starting at the age of 8 weeks for a 10-week period and monitored thyroid tumor progression...
July 20, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Simon J Hogg, Andrea Newbold, Stephin J Vervoort, Leonie A Cluse, Benjamin P Martin, Gareth P Gregory, Marcus Lefebure, Eva Vidacs, Richard W Tothill, James E Bradner, Jake Shortt, Ricky W Johnstone
Targeting BET bromodomain proteins using small molecules is an emerging anticancer strategy with clinical evaluation of at least six inhibitors now underway. Although MYC downregulation was initially proposed as a key mechanistic property of BET inhibitors, recent evidence suggests that additional antitumor activities are important. Using the Eμ-Myc model of B-cell lymphoma, we demonstrate that BET inhibition with JQ1 is a potent inducer of p53-independent apoptosis that occurs in the absence of effects on Myc gene expression...
September 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Caroline Berenguer-Daizé, Lucile Astorgues-Xerri, Elodie Odore, Mylène Cayol, Esteban Cvitkovic, Kay Noel, Mohamed Bekradda, Sarah MacKenzie, Keyvan Rezai, François Lokiec, Maria E Riveiro, L'Houcine Ouafik
Bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) bromodomain (BRD) proteins are epigenetic readers that bind to acetylated lysine residues on chromatin, acting as co-activators or co-repressors of gene expression. BRD2 and BRD4, members of the BET family, are significantly increased in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common primary adult brain cancer. OTX015 (MK-8628), a novel BRD2/3/4 inhibitor, is under evaluation in dose-finding studies in solid tumors, including GBM. We investigated the pharmacologic characteristics of OTX015 as a single agent and combined with targeted therapy or conventional chemotherapies in glioblastoma cell lines...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
L L da Motta, I Ledaki, K Purshouse, S Haider, M A De Bastiani, D Baban, M Morotti, G Steers, S Wigfield, E Bridges, J-L Li, S Knapp, D Ebner, F Klamt, A L Harris, A McIntyre
The availability of bromodomain and extra-terminal inhibitors (BETi) has enabled translational epigenetic studies in cancer. BET proteins regulate transcription by selectively recognizing acetylated lysine residues on chromatin. BETi compete with this process leading to both downregulation and upregulation of gene expression. Hypoxia enables progression of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), the most aggressive form of breast cancer, partly by driving metabolic adaptation, angiogenesis and metastasis through upregulation of hypoxia-regulated genes (for example, carbonic anhydrase 9 (CA9) and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A)...
June 13, 2016: Oncogene
Wenhai Huang, Xiaoliang Zheng, Yewei Yang, Xiaoju Wang, Zhengrong Shen
BRD4, an epigenetic regulator that recognizes and binds the acetylated lysine residues in histone, has been reported as a potential therapeutic target for cancers. Since the first BRD4 inhibitor JQ1 developed in 2010, numerous BRD4 inhibitors have been discovered in past five years. In this review, we have systematically summarized a series of BRD4 binding compounds, which are divided into five categories based on the similarity of their chemical structures and respectively referred as JQ1 derivatives, tetrahydroquinoline derivatives, 3,5-dimethylisoxazole derivatives, 2-thiazolidinone derivatives and others...
June 10, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Kazuhito Suzuki, Kouhei Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Arakawa, Hisashi Yamada, Keisuke Aiba, Masanobu Kitagawa
Bromodomain and extraterminal protein (BET) inhibitors suppress the expression of c-MYC. U266, a human myeloma cell line, expresses the MYCL gene, but not the c-MYC gene. Our aim was to analyse the antimyeloma activity of BET inhibitors on U266 cells. Two BET inhibitors, I-BET151 and JQ1, were tested. U266 cell proliferation decreased to 61.5 and 54.0% of the control after incubation with 500 nmol/l I-BET151 for 72 and 96 h and to 53.5 and 56.4% of control after incubation with 500 nmol/l JQ1 for 72 and 96 h by MTS tetrazolium, respectively...
September 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
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