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Cancer regulatory

W-B Kuang, Q -C Deng, C-T Deng, W-S Li, Y-G Zhang, S-W Shu, M-R Zhou
OBJECTIVE: Breast cancer cell infiltration, migration, and proliferation significantly affect its curative effect. Stemness gene octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (OCT4) upregulated in breast cancer tissue compared with normal control. MiRNA exhibits regulatory role in gene expression. This study adopted bioinformatics to predict the miRNA to regulate OCT4 gene and investigated its impact on breast cancer cell infiltration, migration, and proliferation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MirBase database was analyzed to explore the potential miRNA in regulating OCT4 based on human OCT4 gene sequence...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Y Dong, Z-G Wang, T-S Chi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression characteristics of long noncoding ribonucleic acid (lncRNA) lnc01614 in gastric cancer, so as to further investigate its roles in the occurrence and development of gastric cancer and its potential regulatory mechanism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Quantitative Real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to detect the expression levels of lnc01614 in 79 pairs of gastric cancer tissues and normal adjacent tissues. The correlations of lnc01614 expression with pathological parameters of gastric cancer and prognoses of patients were also analyzed...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
B Song, H-X Lin, L-L Dong, J-J Ma, Z-G Jiang
OBJECTIVE: Emerging evidence suggests aberrant microRNAs (miRNAs) expression is involved in cancer development through multiple. Although miR338 has shown to have tumor suppression ability and anti-migration effects in some cancers, its regulatory role and molecular mechanism in the development of gastric cancer cells yet remains little known. This work aims to investigate miR-338 in regulating Wnt/β-catenin pathway in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in gastric cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human gastric cancer cells were transfected with either miR-338 mimic or erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular (Eph)A2-targeting siRNA...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Yanwei Xing, Zhiwei Zhao, Yuekun Zhu, Liangliang Zhao, Anlong Zhu, Daxun Piao
The objective of this study was to identify potentially significant genes and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in colon cancer for a panel of lncRNA signatures that could be used as prognostic markers for colon adenocarcinoma (COAD) based on the data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). RNA-seq V2 exon data of COAD were downloaded from the TCGA data portal for 285 tumor samples and 41 normal tissue samples adjacent to tumors. Differentially expressed mRNAs and lncRNAs were identified. A functional enrichment analysis of differentially expressed mRNAs was performed, followed by protein-protein interaction (PPI) network construction and significant module selection...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Hannah M Knochelmann, Connor J Dwyer, Stefanie R Bailey, Sierra M Amaya, Dirk M Elston, Joni M Mazza-McCrann, Chrystal M Paulos
The balance between Th17 cells and regulatory T cells (Tregs) has emerged as a prominent factor in regulating autoimmunity and cancer. Th17 cells are vital for host defense against pathogens but have also been implicated in causing autoimmune disorders and cancer, though their role in carcinogenesis is less well understood. Tregs are required for self-tolerance and defense against autoimmunity and often correlate with cancer progression. This review addresses the importance of a functional homeostasis between these two subsets in health and the consequences of its disruption when these forces collide in disease...
March 21, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Laura Tiberio, Annalisa Del Prete, Tiziana Schioppa, Francesca Sozio, Daniela Bosisio, Silvano Sozzani
Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells responsible for the activation of specific T-cell responses and for the development of immune tolerance. Immature DCs reside in peripheral tissues and specialize in antigen capture, whereas mature DCs reside mostly in the secondary lymphoid organs where they act as antigen-presenting cells. The correct localization of DCs is strictly regulated by a large variety of chemotactic and nonchemotactic signals that include bacterial products, DAMPs (danger-associated molecular patterns), complement proteins, lipids, and chemokines...
March 21, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Sarun Sereewattanawoot, Ayako Suzuki, Masahide Seki, Yoshitaka Sakamoto, Takashi Kohno, Sumio Sugano, Katsuya Tsuchihara, Yutaka Suzuki
The functional relevancy of mutations occurring in the regulatory regions in cancers remains mostly elusive. Here, we identified and analyzed regulatory mutations having transcriptional consequences in lung adenocarcinoma-derived cell lines. We phased the mutations in the regulatory regions to the downstream heterozygous SNPs in the coding regions and examined whether the ChIP-Seq variant tags of the regulatory SNVs and the RNA-Seq variant tags of their target transcripts showed biased frequency between the mutant and reference alleles...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ji-Hye Ahn, Hyun-Sung Lee, Ju-Seog Lee, Yeon-Su Lee, Jong-Lyul Park, Seon-Young Kim, Jung-Ah Hwang, Nawapol Kunkeaw, Sung Yun Jung, Tae Jin Kim, Kwang-Soo Lee, Sung Ho Jeon, Inhan Lee, Betty H Johnson, Jung-Hye Choi, Yong Sun Lee
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling and microRNAs (miRNAs) are important gene regulatory components in cancer. Usually in advanced malignant stages, TGF-β signaling is elevated but global miRNA expression is suppressed. Such a gene expression signature is well illustrated in a fibrosis (or mesenchymal) subtype of ovarian cancer (OC) that is of poor prognosis. However, the interplay between the two pathways in the OC subtype has not yet been elucidated. nc886 is a recently identified non-coding RNA implicated in several malignancies...
March 21, 2018: Nature Communications
Claudia Cava, Gloria Bertoli, Antonio Colaprico, Gianluca Bontempi, Giancarlo Mauri, Isabella Castiglioni
Like other cancer diseases, prostate cancer (PC) is caused by the accumulation of genetic alterations in the cells that drives malignant growth. These alterations are revealed by gene profiling and copy number alteration (CNA) analysis. Moreover, recent evidence suggests that also microRNAs have an important role in PC development. Despite efforts to profile PC, the alterations (gene, CNA, and miRNA) and biological processes that correlate with disease development and progression remain partially elusive. Many gene signatures proposed as diagnostic or prognostic tools in cancer poorly overlap...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Tabea Riedlinger, Jana Haas, Julia Busch, Bart van de Sluis, Michael Kracht, M Lienhard Schmitz
NF-κB signaling pathways play an important role in the regulation of cellular immune and stress responses. Aberrant NF-κB activity has been implicated in almost all the steps of cancer development and many of the direct and indirect contributions of this transcription factor system for oncogenesis were revealed in the recent years. The indirect contributions affect almost all hallmarks and enabling characteristics of cancer, but NF-κB can either promote or antagonize these tumor-supportive functions, thus prohibiting global NF-κB inhibition...
March 19, 2018: Biomedicines
Jing Zhang, Qing Zhang
Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) is an important tumor suppressor that is lost in the majority of clear cell carcinoma of renal cancer (ccRCC). Its regulatory pathway involves the activity of E3 ligase, which targets hypoxia inducible factor α (including HIF1α and HIF2α) for proteasome degradation. In recent years, emerging literature suggests that VHL also possesses other HIF-independent functions. This review will focus on VHL-mediated signaling pathways involving the latest identified substrates/binding partners, including N-Myc downstream-regulated gene 3 (NDRG3), AKT, and G9a, etc...
March 19, 2018: Biomedicines
Xiangyun Li, Xiangxiang Zhu, Chong Xu, Jianhua Wu
2-Methyl-2-butanol (MBT) is a chemical compound from the group of alcohols more specifically pentanols, which has shown an excellent anti-cancer activity in our previous study. However, its mechanism of action remains unclear. The present study was designed to investigate the anti-cancer effect of MBT on human retinoblastoma cells. The results showed that the use of MBT leads to HXO-RB44 cell death but is cytotoxic to normal cells at higher concentrations. It showed a dose- as well as a time-dependent inhibition of HXO-RB44 cells...
March 15, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Yuanqin Yin, Jingjing Cai, Fandong Meng, Chengguang Sui, Youhong Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism of miR-144 and CEP55 as well as the influence of their interaction on the cell proliferation, migration, invasion, cell cycle and cell apoptosis in breast cancer. METHODS: In this study, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA, ) database was used for microarray analysis. The expressions of miR-144 and CEP55 in 40 adjacent tissues and 36 tumor tissues were examined by western blot, qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry...
March 21, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Andrew VonHandorf, Francisco Javier Sánchez-Martín, Jacek Biesiada, Hongxia Zhang, Xiang Zhang, Mario Medvedovic, Alvaro Puga
Hexavalent chromium compounds are well-established respiratory carcinogens used in industrial processes. While inhalation exposure constitutes an occupational risk affecting mostly chromium workers, environmental exposure from drinking water is a widespread gastrointestinal cancer risk, affecting millions of people throughout the world. Cr(VI) is genotoxic, forming protein-Cr-DNA adducts and silencing tumor suppressor genes, but its mechanism of action at the molecular level is poorly understood. Our prior work using FAIRE showed that Cr(VI) disrupted the binding of transcription factors CTCF and AP-1 to their cognate chromatin sites...
March 21, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Sailendra Singh, Pallavi Pandey, Sumit Ghosh, Suchitra Banerjee
Andrographolide (AD) is the time-honoured pharmacologically active constituent of the traditionally renowned medicinal plant-Andrographis paniculata. Advancements in the target-oriented drug discovery process have further unravelled the immense therapeutic credibility of another unique molecule-neoandrographolide (NAD). The escalated market demand of these anti-cancer diterpenes is increasingly facing unrelenting hurdles of demand and supply disparity, attributable to their limited yield. Callus and adventitious root cultures were generated to explore their biosynthetic potentials which first time revealed NAD production along with AD...
March 20, 2018: Protoplasma
Hongchuan Li, Stephen K Anderson
The TNFR2 receptor is expressed by highly active regulatory T cells, and thus constitutes an important therapeutic target for the treatment of autoimmune disease and cancer. Disease susceptibility as well as the potential response to therapies directed at TNFR2 could be significantly impacted by genetic variation in the promoter of the TNFRSF1B gene that codes for the TNFR2 protein. To date, only a few studies have examined the association of TNFRSF1B promoter variation with disease, and the potential impact on T-regulatory cell (Treg) number and function has not been examined...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Balázs Győrffy, Lőrinc Pongor, Giulia Bottai, Xiaotong Li, Jan Budczies, András Szabó, Christos Hatzis, Lajos Pusztai, Libero Santarpia
BACKGROUND: Sequence variations in coding and non-coding regions of the genome can affect gene expression and signalling pathways, which in turn may influence disease outcome. METHODS: In this study, we integrated somatic mutations, gene expression and clinical data from 930 breast cancer patients included in the TCGA database. Genes associated with single mutations in molecular breast cancer subtypes were identified by the Mann-Whitney U-test and their prognostic value was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses...
March 21, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Xiang Li, Erchang Shang, Qiang Dong, Yingfeng Li, Jing Zhang, Shaohua Xu, Zuodong Zhao, Wei Shao, Cong Lv, Yong Zheng, Hailin Wang, Xiaoguang Lei, Bing Zhu, Zhuqiang Zhang
Regulation of gene expression by epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation is crucial for developmental and disease processes, including cell differentiation and cancer development. Genes repressed by DNA methylation can be derepressed by various compounds that target DNA methyltransferases, histone deacetylases, and other regulatory factors. However, some additional, unknown mechanisms that promote DNA methylation-mediated gene silencing may exist. Chemical agents that can counteract the effects of epigenetic repression that is not regulated by DNA methyltransferases or histone deacetylases therefore may be of research interest...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sana Hibino, Shunsuke Chikuma, Taisuke Kondo, Minako Ito, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Setsuko Omata-Mise, Akihiko Yoshimura
Enhanced infiltration of regulatory T (Treg) cells into tumor tissue is detrimental to cancer patients and closely associated with poor prognosis as they create an immunosuppressive state that suppresses anti-tumor immune responses. Therefore, breaking Treg-mediated immune tolerance is important when considering cancer immunotherapy. Here we show that the Nr4a nuclear receptors, key transcription factors maintaining Treg cell genetic programs, contribute to Treg-mediated suppression of anti-tumor immunity in the tumor microenvironment...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Research
Benjamin Kalbe, Markus Osterloh, Viola M Schulz, Janine Altmüller, Christian Becker, Sabrina Osterloh, Hanns Hatt
Olfactory receptors (ORs) regulate various cellular processes in the human body. The receptors' participation in physiological and pathophysiological processes could be demonstrated in several studies. In addition to the regulation of sperm motility, respiratory physiology, and heart contraction, ORs play a crucial role in cancer cells. In murine myoblasts, mOR23 regulates the myogenesis and branching of skeletal muscle cells. To date, the expression and physiological role of ORs in human skeletal muscle cells have not been thoroughly elucidated...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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