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Min Ji Bak, Van-Long Truong, Se-Yeon Ko, Xuan Ngan Giang Nguyen, Mira Jun, Soon-Gi Hong, Jong-Won Lee, Woo-Sik Jeong
BACKGROUND: The induction of cellular defensive genes such as phase II detoxifying and antioxidant enzymes is a highly effective strategy for protection against carcinogenesis as well as slowing cancer development. Transcription factor Nrf2 (nuclear factor E2-related factor 2) is responsible for activation of phase II enzymes induced by natural chemopreventive compounds. METHODS: Red ginseng oil (RGO) was extracted using a supercritical CO2 extraction system and chemical profile of RGO was investigated by GC/MS...
October 2016: Journal of Ginseng Research
Daniel Hanna, Ariane Emami Riedmaier, Kim S Sugamori, Denis M Grant
The incidence of liver cancer is higher in men than in women. This sex difference is also observed in murine tumor induction models that result in the appearance of liver tumors in adult mice following their exposure on postnatal days 8 and/or 15 to carcinogens such as 4-aminobiphenyl (ABP) or diethylnitrosamine (DEN). Previous studies performed in adult mice showed that acute hepatotoxic and inflammatory responses to high-dose DEN exposure were greater in males than in females, leading to the suggestion that these responses could account for the sex difference in tumor development...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology
Kaye Showler, Mayumi Nishimura, Kazuhiro Daino, Tatsuhiko Imaoka, Yukiko Nishimura, Takamitsu Morioka, Benjamin J Blyth, Toshiaki Kokubo, Masaru Takabatake, Maki Fukuda, Hitomi Moriyama, Shizuko Kakinuma, Masahiro Fukushi, Yoshiya Shimada
The PI3K/AKT pathway is one of the most important signaling networks in human breast cancer, and since it was potentially implicated in our preliminary investigations of radiation-induced rat mammary carcinomas, our aim here was to verify its role. We included mammary carcinomas induced by the chemical carcinogen 1-methyl-1-nitrosourea to determine whether any changes were radiation-specific. Most carcinomas from both groups showed activation of the PI3K/AKT pathway, but phosphorylation of AKT1 was often heterogeneous and only present in a minority of carcinoma cells...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Radiation Research
Jianqi Yang, Lance T Platt, Biswanath Maity, Katelin E Ahlers, Zili Luo, Zhibo Lin, Bandana Chakravarti, Stella-Rita Ibeawuchi, Ryan W Askeland, Jolanta Bondaruk, Bogdan A Czerniak, Rory A Fisher
Urinary bladder cancer (UBC) is largely caused by exposure to toxic chemicals including those in cigarette smoke (i.e. BBN). An activating SNP in RGS6 is associated with a pronounced reduction in UBC risk, especially among smokers. However, the mechanism underlying this reduction remains unknown. Here we demonstrate that RGS6 is robustly expressed in human urothelium, where urothelial cell carcinoma originates, and is downregulated in human UBC. Utilizing RGS6-/- mice we interrogated a possible role for RGS6 as a tumor suppressor using the BBN-induced bladder carcinogenesis model that closely recapitulates human disease...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Yannan Jiang, Yingyan Yu
Mouse models are useful tool for carcinogenic study. They will greatly enrich the understanding of pathogenesis and molecular mechanisms for gastric cancer. However, only few of mice could develop gastric cancer spontaneously. With the development and improvement of gene transfer technology, investigators created a variety of transgenic and knockout/knockin mouse models of gastric cancer, such as INS-GAS mice and gastrin knockout mice. Combined with helicobacter infection and carcinogens treatment, these transgenic/knockout/knockin mice developed precancerous or cancerous lesions, which are proper for gene function study or experimental therapy...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Evie H Carchman, Kristina A Matkowskyj, Louise Meske, Paul F Lambert
INTRODUCTION: Autophagy is an intracellular catabolic process that removes and recycles unnecessary/dysfunctional cellular components, contributing to cellular health and survival. Autophagy is a highly regulated cellular process that responds to several intracellular signals, many of which are deregulated by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection through the expression of HPV-encoded oncoproteins. This adaptive inhibitory response helps prevent viral clearance. A strong correlation remains between HPV infection and the development of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the anus, particularly in HIV positive and other immunosuppressed patients...
2016: PloS One
Zhiying Huang, Qiuju Huang, Liyan Ji, Ying Wang, Xiaoxiao Qi, Liang Liu, Zhongqiu Liu, Linlin Lu
Epigenetic modifications include DNA methylation, histone modification, and other patterns. These processes are associated with carcinogenesis and cancer progression. Thus, epigenetic modification-related enzymes, such as DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), histone methyltransferases (HMTs), histone demethylases (HDMTs), histone acetyltransferases (HATs), and histone deacetylases (HDACs), as well as some related proteins, including methyl-CpG binding proteins (MBPs) and DNMT1-associated protein (DMAP 1), are considered as potential targets for cancer prevention and therapy...
September 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Sergio Cantoreggi
Sergio Cantoreggi speaks to Henry Ireland, Commissioning Editor: Sergio Cantoreggi, PhD, is the Chief Scientific Officer and Global Head of Research and Development of the Helsinn Group, a mid-sized pharmaceutical company headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, and focused on providing cancer supportive care solutions to oncology patients worldwide. Dr Cantoreggi has overall responsibility for all R&D activities of the Helsinn Group and has contributed to six major regulatory approvals of cancer supportive care agents in the USA, Europe and Japan...
October 3, 2016: Future Oncology
Yufei Dai, Yong Niu, Huawei Duan, Bryan A Bassig, Meng Ye, Xiao Zhang, Tao Meng, Ping Bin, Xiaowei Jia, Meili Shen, Rong Zhang, Wei Hu, Xiaofa Yang, Roel Vermeulen, Debra Silverman, Nathaniel Rothman, Qing Lan, Shanfa Yu, Yuxin Zheng
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified carbon black (CB) as a possible (Group 2B) human carcinogen. Given that most CB manufacturing processes result in the emission of various types of chemicals, it is uncertain if the adverse health effects that have been observed in CB-exposed workers are related to CB specifically or are due to other exposures. To address this issue, we conducted a cross-sectional molecular epidemiology study in China of 106 male factory workers who were occupationally exposed to pure CB and 112 unexposed male workers frequency-matched by age and smoking status from the same geographic region...
October 2016: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
Jayson X Chen, Hong Wang, Anna Liu, Lanjing Zhang, Kenneth Reuhl, Chung S Yang
In the past decades, experimental rodent models developed to study the pathogenesis of human colorectal cancer (CRC) generally employed synthetic chemical carcinogens or genetic manipulation. Our lab, in order to establish a more physiologically relevant CRC model, recently developed a colon carcinogenesis model induced by the meat-derived dietary carcinogen, 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP), and promoted by dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis in the cytochrome P450 1A-humanized (hCYP1A) mice...
September 23, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Amita Verma, Prakash Chandra Bhatt, Gaurav Kaithwas, Nikunj Sethi, Mohd Rashid, Yashwant Singh, Mahfoozur Rahman, Fahad Al-Abbasi, Firoz Anwar, Vikas Kumar
Melastoma malabathricum Linn (MM) has high valued for its commercial significance. Indian market (northeast) has great demand for the plants, which extended, its use as a traditional home remedy due to its anti-inflammatory effects. In this study, we scrutinize the therapeutic and protective effect of MM against diethylnitrosamine (DEN) and ferric nitrilotriacetate (Fe-NTA)-induced renal carcinogenesis, renal hyperproliferation, and oxidative stress in rats. Liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy (LC-MS) was used for identification of phytoconstituents...
October 2016: Inflammopharmacology
George Papamokos, Ilona Silins
There is an increasing need for new reliable non-animal based methods to predict and test toxicity of chemicals. Quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR), a computer-based method linking chemical structures with biological activities, is used in predictive toxicology. In this study, we tested the approach to combine QSAR data with literature profiles of carcinogenic modes of action automatically generated by a text-mining tool. The aim was to generate data patterns to identify associations between chemical structures and biological mechanisms related to carcinogenesis...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Wolfgang A Schulz, Wolfgang Goering
DNA methylation alterations are common in urothelial carcinoma, a prevalent cancer worldwide caused predominantly by chemical carcinogens. Recent studies have proposed sets of hypermethylated genes as promising diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers from urine or tissue samples, which require validation. Other studies have revealed intriguing links between specific carcinogens and DNA methylation alterations in cancer tissues or blood that might clarify carcinogenesis mechanisms and aid prevention. Like DNA methylation alterations, mutations in chromatin regulators are frequent, underlining the importance of epigenetic changes...
October 2016: Epigenomics
Khurram Rehman, Mohd Hanif Zulfakar
PURPOSE: To characterize bigel system as a topical drug delivery vehicle and to establish the immunomodulatory role of imiquimod-fish oil combination against skin cancer and inflammation resulting from chemical carcinogenesis. METHODS: Imiquimod-loaded fish oil bigel colloidal system was prepared using a blend of carbopol hydrogel and fish oil oleogel. Bigels were first characterized for their mechanical properties and compared to conventional gel systems. Ex vivo permeation studies were performed on murine skin to analyze the ability of the bigels to transport drug across skin and to predict the release mechanism via mathematical modelling...
September 12, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
Yoshimitsu Oda
During the past 30 years there has been considerable progress in the development of bacterial test systems for use in genotoxicity testing by the stable introduction of expression vectors (cDNAs) coding for xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes into bacterial cells. The development not only provides insights into the mechanisms of bioactivation of xenobiotic compounds but also evaluates the roles of enzymes involved in metabolic activation or inactivation in chemical carcinogenesis. This review describes recent advances in bacterial genotoxicity assays and their future prospects, with a focus on the development and application of genetically engineering bacterial cells to incorporate some of the enzymatic activities involved in the bio-activation process of xenobiotics...
September 13, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
Jason P Stanko, Grace E Kissling, Vesna A Chappell, Suzanne E Fenton
The potential of chemicals to alter susceptibility to mammary tumor formation is often assessed using a carcinogen-induced study design in various rat strains. The rate of mammary gland (MG) development must be considered so that the timing of carcinogen administration is impactful. In this study, in situ MG development was assessed in females of the Harlan Sprague-Dawley (Hsd:SD), Charles River Sprague-Dawley (Crl:SD), and Charles River Long-Evans (Crl:LE) rat strains at postnatal days 25, 33, and 45. Development was evaluated by physical assessment of growth parameters, developmental scoring, and quantitative morphometric analysis...
October 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
Doerte Poburski, René Thierbach
The identification of cancer preventive or therapeutic substances as well as carcinogenic risk assessment of chemicals is nowadays mostly dependent on animal studies. In vitro cell transformation assays mimic different stages of the in vivo neoplastic process and represent an excellent alternative to study carcinogenesis and therapeutic options. In the BALB/c-3T3 two-stage transformation assay cells are chemically transformed by treatment with MCA and TPA, along with the final Giemsa staining of morphological aberrant foci...
2016: Scientific Reports
Kandy T Velazquez, Reilly T Enos, Meredith S Carson, Taryn L Cranford, Jackie Bader, Ioulia Chatzistamou, Udai Singh, Prakash S Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti, J Mark Davis, James A Carson, E Angela Murphy
Obesity presents a significant public health concern given its association with increased cancer incidence, unfavorable prognosis, and metastasis. However, there is very little literature on the effects of weight-loss, following obesity, on risk for colon cancer or liver cancer. Therefore, we sought to study whether intentional weight loss through diet manipulation was capable of mitigating colon and liver cancer in mice. We fed mice with a high-fat diet (HFD) comprised of 47% carbohydrates, 40% fat, and 13% protein for 20 weeks to mimic human obesity...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Wei-Ting Liao, Jian-He Lu, Chih-Hung Lee, Cheng-Che E Lan, Jan-Gowth Chang, Chee-Yin Chai, Hsin-Su Yu
Animal studies have shown that chemical carcinogenesis consists of a 3-stage process: initiation, promotion, and progression. However, due to the lack of a suitable tissue model, the molecular mechanisms of cell-cell interactions involved in those processes remain unclear. We have established a human intraepidermal carcinoma skin equivalent (SE) with organotypic culture - consisting of keratinocytes (KCs), fibroblasts, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) - induced by arsenic treatment. This SE demonstrates the pathognomonic characteristics of arsenic-induced Bowen's disease (As-BD), including acanthosis, dysplasia, and dyskeratosis...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Matthew H Ung, George L Wang, Frederick S Varn, Chao Cheng
The PI3K-Akt-mTOR signaling pathway has been identified as a key driver of carcinogenesis in several cancer types. As such, a major area of focus in cancer biology is the development of genomic biomarkers that can measure the activity level of the PI3K-Akt-mTOR pathway. In this study, we systematically estimate PI3K-Akt-mTOR pathway activity in breast primary tumor samples using transcriptomic profiles derived from drug treatment in MCF7 cell lines. We demonstrate that gene expression profiles derived from chemically-induced protein inhibition allows us to measure PI3K-Akt-mTOR pathway activity in patient tumor samples...
August 31, 2016: Oncotarget
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