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epigenetics in oncology

Shetal A Patel, Andy J Minn
The success of immune checkpoint blockade in patients with a wide variety of malignancies has changed the treatment paradigm in oncology. However, combination therapies with immune checkpoint blockade will be needed to overcome resistance and broaden the clinical utility of immunotherapy. Here we discuss a framework for rationally designing combination therapy strategies based on enhancing major discriminatory functions of the immune system that are corrupted by cancer-namely, antigenicity, adjuvanticity, and homeostatic feedback inhibition...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Mariarosaria Conte, Raffaele De Palma, Lucia Altucci
In recent years, anti-tumor immunotherapy has shown promising results, and immune-oncology is now emerging as the fourth major wave in the treatment of tumors after radiotherapy, chemotherapy and molecular targeted therapy. Understanding the impact of the immune system on neoplastic cells is crucial to improve its effectiveness against cancer. The stratification of patients who might benefit from immunotherapy as well as the personalization of medicine have contributed to the discovery of new immunotherapeutic targets and molecules...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Ricardo Leão, Joana Dias Apolónio, Donghyun Lee, Arnaldo Figueiredo, Uri Tabori, Pedro Castelo-Branco
BACKGROUND: Limitless self-renewal is one of the hallmarks of cancer and is attained by telomere maintenance, essentially through telomerase (hTERT) activation. Transcriptional regulation of hTERT is believed to play a major role in telomerase activation in human cancers. MAIN BODY: The dominant interest in telomerase results from its role in cancer. The role of telomeres and telomere maintenance mechanisms is well established as a major driving force in generating chromosomal and genomic instability...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
Patrick S Western
The testis and ovary provide specialised environments that nurture germ cells and facilitate their maturation, culminating in the production of mature gametes that can found the following generation. The sperm and egg not only transmit genetic information, but also epigenetic modifications that affect the development and physiology of offspring. Importantly, the epigenetic information contained in mature sperm and oocytes can be influenced by a range of environmental factors, such as diet, chemicals and drugs...
February 19, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Thomas Sanford, Maxwell V Meng, Reema Railkar, Piyush K Agarwal, Sima P Porten
Background: Elucidation of epigenetic alterations in bladder cancer will lead to further understanding of the biology of the disease and hopefully improved therapies. Our aim was to perform an integrative epigenetic analysis of invasive urothelial carcinoma of the bladder to identify the epigenetic abnormalities involved in the development and progression of this cancer. Methods: Pre-processed methylation data and RNA-seq data were downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and processed using the R package TCGA-Assembler...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Matthew J Pianko, Aaron D Goldberg, Alexander M Lesokhin
Clinical development of immune checkpoint inhibitors targeting the PD-1 pathway has led to clinical benefits for patients with multiple solid tumor and hematologic malignancies and has revolutionized modern oncology. High response rates to PD-1 blockade in patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma and certain subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma highlight an intrinsic biologic sensitivity to this strategy of treatment. Despite early success of checkpoint inhibitor and immunomodulatory drug combinations in phase 2 studies in multiple myeloma, safety concerns in patients treated with the combination of immunomodulatory drugs and checkpoint inhibitors in myeloma have stalled drug development in this space...
January 2018: Cancer Journal
Daniela Pollutri, Clarissa Patrizi, Sara Marinelli, Catia Giovannini, Elena Trombetta, Ferdinando A Giannone, Maurizio Baldassarre, Santina Quarta, Y P Vandewynckel, A Vandierendonck, H Van Vlierberghe, Laura Porretti, Massimo Negrini, Luigi Bolondi, Laura Gramantieri, Francesca Fornari
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents the second cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide and is associated with poor prognosis, especially in patients not amenable for curative treatments. The multi-kinase inhibitor sorafenib represents the first-line treatment option for advanced HCC; nevertheless, its effectiveness is limited due to tumor heterogeneity as well as innate or acquired drug resistance, raising the need for new therapeutic strategies. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) involvement in treatment response as well as their safety and efficacy in preclinical models and clinical trials have been widely documented in the oncologic field, including HCC...
January 5, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Olesya A Kharenko, Henrik C Hansen
Inhibition of bromo and extra-terminal (BET) bromodomains, including BRD4, has emerged as a new exciting epigenetic target for oncology, in particular. Recently, novel alternatives to the traditional use of reversible small molecules have emerged, including proteolytic targeting BET agents and irreversible binding inhibitors. These alternatives to reversible inhibitors may offer some advantage and can be used as tools to further decipher the underlying biology. Supportive pre-clinical data have these novel approaches bound for clinical development in the near future...
June 2017: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
Y C Nie, L J Yu, H Guan, Y Zhao, H B Rong, B W Jiang, T Zhang
As an important part of epigenetic marker, DNA methylation involves in the gene regulation and attracts a wide spread attention in biological auxology, geratology and oncology fields. In forensic science, because of the relative stable, heritable, abundant, and age-related characteristics, DNA methylation is considered to be a useful complement to the classic genetic markers for age-prediction, tissue-identification, and monozygotic twins' discrimination. Various methods for DNA methylation detection have been validated based on methylation sensitive restriction endonuclease, bisulfite modification and methylation-CpG binding protein...
June 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
Anusha Chidambaram, Kavya Sundararaju, Ramesh K Chidambaram, Rajasekaran Subbiah, John M Jayaraj, Karthikeyan Muthusamy, Ravikumar Vilwanathan
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) are a small molecule chemotherapeutics that target the chromatin remodeling through the regulation of histone and non-histone proteins. These inhibitors directed against histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes have become an important therapeutic tool in oncology; consequently, scientific efforts have fortified the quest for newer and novel HDACi, which forces the design of structurally innovative HDACi. Various urea containing compounds exhibited admirable anticancer activity...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Rajmohan Murali, Rachel N Grisham, Robert A Soslow
The role of the pathologist in the multidisciplinary management of women with gynecologic cancer has evolved substantially over the past decade. Pathologists' evaluation of parameters such as pathologic stage, histologic subtype, grade and microsatellite instability, and their identification of patients at risk for Lynch syndrome have become essential components of diagnosis, prognostic assessment and determination of optimal treatment of affected women. Despite the use of multimodality treatment and combination cytotoxic chemotherapy, the prognosis of women with advanced-stage gynecologic cancer is often poor...
January 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Ajay Goel
Ajay Goel speaks to Rachel Jenkins, Commissioning Editor. Ajay Goel, PhD, is a Professor and Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Research, and Director, Center for Translational Genomics and Oncology, at the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr Goel has spent more than 20 years researching cancer and has been the lead author or contributor to over 240 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed international journals and several book chapters...
December 2017: Future Oncology
David Malkin, Kim E Nichols, Joshua D Schiffman, Sharon E Plon, Garrett M Brodeur
At least 10% of children with cancer harbor a disease-associated pathogenic variant in a known cancer predisposition gene. It is widely accepted that pathogenic variants affecting other genes, epigenetic factors, or abnormalities in additional gene products may contribute to the etiology of many more childhood cancers. Effective preventive measures exist for only a few cancer types associated with predisposing conditions, but the development and implementation of surveillance protocols aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality in at-risk children through the early detection of cancer has emerged as an important clinical tool...
November 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Emilia Modolo Pinto, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Stanley B Pounds, Lei Wang, Michael R Clay, Geoffrey Neale, Elizabeth A R Garfinkle, Catherine G Lam, Carolyn Fein Levy, Alberto S Pappo, Gerard P Zambetti, Raul C Ribeiro
Purpose The clinical features, pathogenesis, and outcomes in children with adrenocortical tumors (ACTs) without germline TP53 mutations have not been systematically studied. Herein, we describe these correlates and analyze their association with outcome. Patients and Methods Genomic DNA was analyzed for TP53, CTNNB1, CDKN1C, ATRX, and chromosome 11p15 abnormalities. β-catenin expression and Ki-67 labeling index (LI) were evaluated by immunostaining. Primary end points were progression-free (PFS) and overall survival...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Kah Weng Lau, Claudia Seng, Tony K H Lim, Daniel S W Tan
The advent of targeted therapies has established new standards of care for defined molecular subsets of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Not only has this led to significant changes in the routine clinical management of lung cancer e.g., multiplexed genomic testing, but it has provided important principles and benchmarks for determining "actionability". At present, the clinical paradigms are most evolved for EGFR mutations and ALK rearrangements, where multiple randomized phase III trials have determined optimal treatment strategies in both treatment naïve and resistant settings...
September 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
Volker M Lauschke, Isabel Barragan, Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg
Pharmacological treatment and exposure to xenobiotics can cause substantial changes in epigenetic signatures. The majority of these epigenetic changes, caused by the compounds in question, occur downstream of transcriptional activation mechanisms, whereby the epigenetic alterations can create a transcriptional memory and stably modulate cell function. The increasing understanding of epigenetic mechanisms and their importance in disease has prompted the development of therapeutic interventions that target epigenetic modulatory mechanisms, particularly in oncology where inhibitors of epigenetic-modifying proteins (epidrugs) have been successfully used in treatment, mostly in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapy, provoking either direct cytotoxicity or inhibiting resistance to anticancer drugs...
October 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Jie Yang, Xiaodan Meng, Jinchang Pan, Nan Jiang, Chengwei Zhou, Zhenhua Wu, Zhaohui Gong
Cancer is characterized by multiple genetic and epigenetic alterations, including a higher prevalence of mutations of oncogenes and/or tumor suppressors. Mounting evidences have shown that noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) are involved in the epigenetic regulation of cancer genes and their associated pathways. The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated nuclease 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) system, a revolutionary genome-editing technology, has shed light on ncRNA-based cancer therapy. Here, we briefly introduce the classifications and mechanisms of CRISPR/Cas9 system...
October 13, 2017: RNA Biology
Esther Barreiro, Joaquim Gea
Skeletal muscle dysfunction and mass loss is a characteristic feature in patients with chronic diseases including cancer and acute conditions such as critical illness. Maintenance of an adequate muscle mass is crucial for the patients' prognosis irrespective of the underlying condition. Moreover, aging-related sarcopenia may further aggravate the muscle wasting process associated with chronic diseases and cancer. Poly(adenosine diphosphate-ribose) polymerase (PARP) activation has been demonstrated to contribute to the pathophysiology of muscle mass loss and dysfunction in animal models of cancer-induced cachexia...
October 26, 2017: Biological Chemistry
Lucie Laplane, Éric Solary
What is a stem cell? Is stemness an intrinsic or extrinsic property? What role does the microenvironment play in the stemness identity? We distinguish four identities for normal and cancerous stem cells and explore their consequences for therapeutic strategy choice in the oncology setting. Acquisition of genetic and epigenetic alterations during cell transformation and disease progression questions the stability of the stemness property's identity in cancers.
October 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Maria Gabriella Matera, Barbara Rinaldi, Luigino Calzetta, Mario Cazzola
Pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomic approaches are already utilized in some areas, such as oncology and cardiovascular disease, for selecting appropriate patients and/or establishing treatment and dosing guidelines. This is not true in asthma although many patients have different responses to drug treatment due to genetic factors. Areas covered: Several genetic factors that affect the pharmacotherapeutic responses to asthma medications, such as β2-AR agonists, corticosteroids, and leukotriene modifiers and could contribute to significant between-person variability in response are described...
November 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
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