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Marc A Becker, Xiaonan Hou, Piyawan Tienchaianada, Brian B Haines, Sean C Harrington, S John Weroha, Sriram Sathyanarayanan, Paul Haluska
BACKGROUND: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) represents a key downstream intermediate for a myriad of oncogenic receptor tyrosine kinases. In the case of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway, the mTOR complex (mTORC1) mediates IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R)-induced estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) phosphorylation/activation and leads to increased proliferation and growth in breast cancer cells. As a result, the prevalence of mTOR inhibitors combined with hormonal therapy has increased in recent years...
October 20, 2016: BMC Cancer
X-Q Zhao, T-J Liang, J-W Fu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the target gene of miR-494 and its roles in tumor growth of gastric cancer (GC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Expression of miR-494 was evaluated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. Then, luciferase reporter assay was used to elucidate whether insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) is a target gene of miR-494. Finally, the roles and mechanism of miR-494 in the regulation of tumor invasion were further investigated...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Annalisa Bonifacio, Gerda M Sanvee, Karin Brecht, Denise V Kratschmar, Alex Odermatt, Jamal Bouitbir, Stephan Krähenbühl
Statins are generally well tolerated, but treatment with these drugs may be associated with myopathy. The mechanisms of statin-associated myopathy are not completely understood. Statins inhibit AKT phosphorylation by an unclear mechanism, whereas insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) activates the IGF-1/AKT signaling pathway and promotes muscle growth. The aims of the study were to investigate mechanisms of impaired AKT phosphorylation by simvastatin and to assess effects of IGF-1 on simvastatin-induced myotoxicity in C2C12 myotubes...
October 12, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Gopal Iyer, James Price, Shay Bourgeois, Eric Armstrong, Shyhmin Huang, Paul M Harari
BACKGROUND: The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is frequently overexpressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and several other human cancers. Monoclonal antibodies, such as cetuximab that block EGFR signaling, have emerged as valuable molecular targeting agents in clinical cancer therapy. Prolonged exposure to cetuximab can result in cells acquiring resistance by a process that remains incompletely understood. METHODS: In this study, we analyzed the immediate early molecular response of cetuximab on physical interactions between EGFR and Insulin growth factor 1 like receptor (IGF-1R) in head and neck cancer cells that are resistant to cetuximab...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cancer
Hye-Young Min, Hye-Jin Boo, Ho Jin Lee, Hyun-Ji Jang, Hye Jeong Yun, Su Jung Hwang, John Kendal Smith, Hyo-Jong Lee, Ho-Young Lee
Activation of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) is associated with carcinogenesis, but its contribution to smoking-associated lung carcinogenesis is poorly understood. Here we show that a tobacco-specific carcinogen 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK)-induced insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) activation via β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) is crucial for smoking-associated lung carcinogenesis. Treatment with NNK stimulated the IGF-1R signaling pathway in a time- and dose-dependent manner, which was suppressed by pharmacological or genomic blockade of β-AR and the downstream signaling including a Gβγ subunit of β-AR and phospholipase C (PLC)...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Mariana Oksdath, Alvaro F Nieto Guil, Diego Grassi, Lucas J Sosa, Santiago Quiroga
Three early signals of asymmetry have been described to occur in a single neurite of neurons at stage 2 of differentiation (before polarization) and shown to be essential for neuronal polarization: (i) accumulation of stable microtubules, (ii) enrichment of the plasma membrane with activatable IGF-1r, and (iii) polarized transport of the microtubular motor KIF5C. Here, we studied the possible relationship between these three phenomena. Our results show that the activatable (membrane-inserted) IGF-1r and stable microtubules accumulate in the same neurite of cells at stage 2...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Rana Ahmed Youness, Hend Mohamed El-Tayebi, Reem Amr Assal, Karim Hosny, Gamal Esmat, Ahmed Ihab Abdelaziz
The insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-axis has been paradigmatically involved in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tumor initiation, progression and drug resistance. Consequently, members of the IGF-axis and most importantly, IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R) have been considered as intriguing targets for HCC therapy. Few miRNAs have been recently reported to be associated with IGF-1R regulation. The present study aimed to investigate the role of microRNA (miRNA/miR)-486-5p in the regulation of IGF-1R and its downstream signaling cascades...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Alberto A Chiappori, Gregory A Otterson, Afshin Dowlati, Anne M Traynor, Leora Horn, Taofeek K Owonikoko, Helen J Ross, Christine L Hann, Taher Abu Hejleh, Jorge Nieva, Xiuhua Zhao, Michael Schell, Daniel M Sullivan
LESSONS LEARNED: Targeted therapy options for SCLC patients are limited; no agent, thus far, has resulted in a strategy promising enough to progress to phase III trials.Linsitinib, a potent insulin growth factor-1-receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, may be one agent with activity against SCLC.Despite lack of a reliable predictive biomarker in this disease, which may have partly contributed to the negative outcome reported here, linsitinib, although safe, showed no clinical activity in unselected, relapsed SCLC patients...
October 2016: Oncologist
Shingo Ito, Michel Ménard, Trevor Atkinson, Leslie Brown, James Whitfield, Balu Chakravarthy
We have previously shown in SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells that the expressions of basal (75 kDa) and high molecular weight (HMW; 85 kDa) isoforms of the p75 neurotrophic receptor (p75NTR) are stimulated by amyloid-β peptide1-42 oligomers (AβOs) via the insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R). On the other hand, it is known that AβOs inhibit insulin receptor (IR) signaling. The purpose of the present study was to determine the involvement of IR signaling in the regulation of p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) protein isoform expression in cultured SH-SY5Y cells and in hippocampi from late-stage human Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains...
September 29, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Natasha B Leighl, Naiyer A Rizvi, Lopes Gilberto de Lima, Wichit Arpornwirat, Charles M Rudin, Alberto A Chiappori, Myung-Ju Ahn, Laura Q M Chow, Lyudmila Bazhenova, Arunee Dechaphunkul, Patrapim Sunpaweravong, Keith Eaton, Jihong Chen, Sonja Medley, Srinivasu Poondru, Margaret Singh, Joyce Steinberg, Rosalyn A Juergens, Shirish M Gadgeel
INTRODUCTION: First-line epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with EGFR-activating mutations improves outcomes compared with chemotherapy, but resistance develops in most patients. Compensatory signaling through type 1 insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) may contribute to resistance; dual blockade of IGF-1R and EGFR may improve outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II study of linsitinib, a dual IGF-1R and insulin receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, plus erlotinib versus placebo plus erlotinib in chemotherapy-naive patients with EGFR-mutation positive, advanced non-small-cell lung cancer...
August 8, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
Francesco Sclafani, Tae Y Kim, David Cunningham, Tae W Kim, Josep Tabernero, Hans J Schmoll, Jae K Roh, Sun Y Kim, Young S Park, Tormod K Guren, Eliza Hawkes, Stephen J Clarke, David Ferry, Jan-Erik Frodin, Mark Ayers, Michael Nebozhyn, Clare Peckitt, Andrey Loboda, David J Watkins
Limited data are available on the efficacy of anti-IGF-1R agents in KRAS mutant colorectal cancer (CRC). We analysed the outcome of 69 chemorefractory, KRAS exon 2 mutant CRC patients who were enrolled in a double-blind, randomised, phase II/III study of irinotecan and cetuximab plus dalotuzumab 10 mg/kg once weekly (arm A), dalotuzumab 7.5 mg/kg every second week (arm B) or placebo (arm C). Objective response rate (5.6% vs. 3.1% vs. 4.8%), median progression-free survival (2.7 vs. 2.6 vs. 1.4 months) and overall survival (7...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Hye-Jin Boo, Hye-Young Min, Hyun-Ji Jang, Hye Jeong Yun, John Kendal Smith, Quanri Jin, Hyo-Jong Lee, Diane Liu, Hee-Seok Kweon, Carmen Behrens, J Jack Lee, Ignacio I Wistuba, Euni Lee, Waun Ki Hong, Ho-Young Lee
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) binding to the tobacco-specific carcinogen 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK) induces Ca(2+) signalling, a mechanism that is implicated in various human cancers. In this study, we investigated the role of NNK-mediated Ca(2+) signalling in lung cancer formation. We show significant overexpression of insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) in association with IGF-1R activation in human preneoplastic lung lesions in smokers. NNK induces voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC)-intervened calcium influx in airway epithelial cells, resulting in a rapid IGF2 secretion via the regulated pathway and thus IGF-1R activation...
2016: Nature Communications
Hyun-Ji Jang, Hye-Jin Boo, Ho Jin Lee, Hye-Young Min, Ho-Young Lee
Molecular insights into how chronic stress affects lung tumorigenesis may offer new routes to chemoprevention. In this study, we show that chronic stress in mice chemically or genetically initiated for lung cancer leads to the release of norepinephrine (NE) and other catecholamines, thereby promoting lung tumorigenesis. Mechanistically, NE induced phosphorylation of L-type voltage-dependent calcium channels (VDCC) through the β-adrenergic receptor (βAR)-PKA pathway. VDCC triggered calcium mobilization, thereby inducing activation of IGF-1R via exocytosis of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2)...
September 20, 2016: Cancer Research
Ting Chen, Mei-Ying Xie, Jia-Jie Sun, Rui-Song Ye, Xiao Cheng, Rui-Ping Sun, Li-Min Wei, Meng Li, De-Lin Lin, Qing-Yan Jiang, Qian-Yun Xi, Yong-Liang Zhang
Milk-derived exosomes were identified as a novel mechanism of mother-to-child transmission of regulatory molecules, but their functions in intestinal tissues of neonates are not well-studied. Here, we characterized potential roles of porcine milk-derived exosomes in the intestinal tract. In vitro, treatment with milk-derived exosomes (27 ± 3 ng and 55 ± 5 ng total RNA) significantly promoted IPEC-J2 cell proliferation by MTT, CCK8, EdU fluorescence and EdU flow cytometry assays. The qRT-PCR and Western blot analyses indicated milk-derived exosomes (0...
2016: Scientific Reports
Sarah J Morgan, Susanne Neumann, Bernice Marcus-Samuels, Marvin C Gershengorn
BACKGROUND: Major regulation of thyroid gland function is mediated by thyrotropin (TSH) activating the TSH receptor (TSHR) and inducing upregulation of genes involved in thyroid hormone synthesis. Evidence suggests that the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) receptor (IGF-1R) may play a role in regulating TSHR functional effects. This study examined the potential role of TSHR/IGF-1R crosstalk in primary cultures of human thyrocytes. RESULTS: TSH/IGF-1 co-treatment elicited additive effects on thyroglobulin (TG), thyroperoxidase (TPO), and deiodinase type 2 (DIO2) mRNA levels but synergistic effects on sodium-iodide symporter (NIS) mRNA...
October 18, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Dominika Majchrzak-Baczmańska, Andrzej Malinowski
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is a mitogen which plays a key role in regulating cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. It belongs to the family of proteins also composed of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2), two types of membrane receptors (IGF-1R and IGF-2R), 6 binding proteins (IGFBP 1-6), hydrolyzing proteases, and reactive molecules binding proteins, which regulate the activity of growth factors. Disturbances in the functioning of IGFBP/IGF/1GF1R can lead to induction of carcinogenesis, which has been demonstrated in breast, prostate or colon cancers...
2016: Ginekologia Polska
Olalekan M Ogundele, Charles C Lee, Joseph Francis
Modifications to neural circuits of the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) have been implicated in sympathoexcitation and systemic cardiovascular dysfunction. However, to date, the role of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) expression on PVN pathophysiology is unknown. Using confocal immunofluorescence quantification and electrophysiological recordings from acute PVN slices, we investigated the mechanism through which age-dependent IGF-1R depletion contributes to the progression of inflammation and sympathoexcitation in the PVN of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Catalina Mosquera, Dino Maglic, Emmanuel E Zervos
Molecular targeted therapy is widely utilized and effective in a number of solid tumors. In pancreatic adenocarcinoma, targeted therapy has been extensively evaluated; however, survival improvement of this aggressive disease using a targeted strategy has been minimal. The purpose of this study is to review therapeutic molecular targets in completed and ongoing later phase (II and III) clinical trials to have a better understanding of the rationale and progress towards targeted molecular therapies for pancreatic cancer...
August 2, 2016: Cancer Genetics
Jun Hee Lee, Sang Hun Lee, Hyang Seon Lee, Seung Taek Ji, Seok Yun Jung, Jae Ho Kim, Sun Sik Bae, Sang-Mo Kwon
Adipogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is critical for metabolic homeostasis and nutrient signaling during development. However, limited information is available on the pivotal modulators of adipogenic differentiation of MSCs. Adaptor protein Lnk (Src homology 2B3 [SH2B3]), which belongs to a family of SH2-containing proteins, modulates the bioactivities of different stem cells, including hematopoietic stem cells and endothelial progenitor cells. In this study, we investigated whether an interaction between insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) and Lnk regulated IGF-1-induced adipogenic differentiation of MSCs...
September 2016: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Jiayue Yang, Richard T Waldron, Hsin-Yuan Su, Aune Moro, Hui-Hua Chang, Guido Eibl, Kevin Ferreri, Fouad R Kandeel, Aurelia Lugea, Ling Li, Stephen J Pandol
Epidemiological studies support strong links between obesity, diabetes, and pancreatic disorders including pancreatitis and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is associated with insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, and hyperinsulinemia, the latter due to increased insulin secretion by pancreatic beta-cells. We reported that high-fat diet-induced PDAC progression in mice is associated with hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and activation of pancreatic stellate cells (PaSC). We investigated here the effects of high concentrations of insulin and glucose on mouse and human PaSC growth and fibrosing responses...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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