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P-Rex1 Promotes Resistance To Vegf/Vegfr-Targeted Therapy In Prostate Cancer, Hira Lal Goel, Bryan M. Pursell, Leonard D. Shultz, Dale L. Greiner, Rolf A. Brekken, Craig W. Vander Kooi, Arthur M. Mercurio 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

P-Rex1 Promotes Resistance To Vegf/Vegfr-Targeted Therapy In Prostate Cancer, Hira Lal Goel, Bryan M. Pursell, Leonard D. Shultz, Dale L. Greiner, Rolf A. Brekken, Craig W. Vander Kooi, Arthur M. Mercurio

Arthur M. Mercurio

Autocrine VEGF signaling is critical for sustaining prostate and other cancer stem cells (CSCs), and it is a potential therapeutic target, but we observed that CSCs isolated from prostate tumors are resistant to anti-VEGF (bevacizumab) and anti-VEGFR (sunitinib) therapy. Intriguingly, resistance is mediated by VEGF/neuropilin signaling, which is not inhibited by bevacizumab and sunitinib, and it involves the induction of P-Rex1, a Rac GEF, and consequent Rac1-mediated ERK activation. This induction of P-Rex1 is dependent on Myc. CSCs isolated from the PTEN(pc-/-) transgenic model of prostate cancer exhibit Rac1-dependent resistance to bevacizumab. Rac1 inhibition or P-Rex1 downregulation increases ...


Alcoholic Hepatitis Accelerates Early Hepatobiliary Cancer By Increasing Stemness And Mir-122-Mediated Hif-1alpha Activation, Aditya Ambade, Abhishek Satishchandran, Gyongyi Szabo 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Alcoholic Hepatitis Accelerates Early Hepatobiliary Cancer By Increasing Stemness And Mir-122-Mediated Hif-1alpha Activation, Aditya Ambade, Abhishek Satishchandran, Gyongyi Szabo

Gyongyi Szabo

Alcohol-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) develops with advanced alcoholic liver disease and liver fibrosis. Using adult mice, we evaluate the effect of alcoholic steatohepatitis on early hepatobiliary carcinoma after initiation by diethyl-nitrosamine (DEN). Here we show that alcohol-fed DEN-injected mice have higher ALT and liver-to-body weight ratio compared to pair-fed DEN-injected mice. Alcohol feeding results in steatohepatitis indicated by increased pro-inflammatory cytokines and fibrotic genes. MRI and liver histology of alcohol+DEN mice shows hepatobiliary cysts, early hepatic neoplasia and increase in serum alpha-fetoprotein. Proliferation makers (BrdU, cyclin D1, p53) and cancer stem cell markers (CD133 and nanog) are significantly up-regulated ...


Investigating The Roles Of Δnp63 As A Suppressor Of Migration, Invasion, And Metastasis, Ramon E. Flores Gonzalez 2016 The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston

Investigating The Roles Of Δnp63 As A Suppressor Of Migration, Invasion, And Metastasis, Ramon E. Flores Gonzalez

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death and disease in the world. Considerable resources are spent to study and understand cancer, with the hope of developing new treatments and eventually cures that will help millions of people. Efforts to understand cancer are hindered by its inherent complexity and instability. Nonetheless, understanding the basics of tumor development and progression are the key to focused on studying the role of ΔNp63 in cancer, a p53 family member known to be involved in epithelial development, microRNA biogenesis, and stem cell maintenance. Using the strength of in vivo mouse models, we found ...


Inhibition Of Nuclear Factor-Kappa B Enhances The Tumor Growth Of Ovarian Cancer Cell Line Derived From A Low-Grade Papillary Serous Carcinoma In P53-Independent Pathway, Xue Xiao, Gong Yang, Peng Bai, Shunping Gui, Tri M. Bui Nguyen, +8 additional authors 2016 George Washington University

Inhibition Of Nuclear Factor-Kappa B Enhances The Tumor Growth Of Ovarian Cancer Cell Line Derived From A Low-Grade Papillary Serous Carcinoma In P53-Independent Pathway, Xue Xiao, Gong Yang, Peng Bai, Shunping Gui, Tri M. Bui Nguyen, +8 Additional Authors

Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine Faculty Publications

Background: NF-kB can function as an oncogene or tumor suppressor depending on cancer types. The role of NF-kB in low-grade serous ovarian cancer, however, has never been tested. We sought to elucidate the function of NF-kB in the low-grade serous ovarian cancer.

Methods: The ovarian cancer cell line, HOC-7, derived from a low-grade papillary serous carcinoma. Introduction of a dominant negative mutant, IkBαM, which resulted in decrease of NF-kB function in ovarian cancer cell lines. The transcription ability, tumorigenesis, cell proliferation and apoptosis were observed in derivative cell lines in comparison with parental cells.

Results: Western blot analysis indicated increased ...


The Histone H3k9 Demethylase Kdm3a Promotes Anoikis By Transcriptionally Activating Pro-Apoptotic Genes Bnip3 And Bnip3l, Victoria E. Pedanou, Stephane Gobeil, Sebastien Tabaries, Tessa M. Simone, Lihua Julie Zhu, Peter M. Siegel, Michael R. Green 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Histone H3k9 Demethylase Kdm3a Promotes Anoikis By Transcriptionally Activating Pro-Apoptotic Genes Bnip3 And Bnip3l, Victoria E. Pedanou, Stephane Gobeil, Sebastien Tabaries, Tessa M. Simone, Lihua Julie Zhu, Peter M. Siegel, Michael R. Green

Open Access Articles

Epithelial cells that lose attachment to the extracellular matrix undergo a specialized form of apoptosis called anoikis. Here, using large-scale RNA interference (RNAi) screening, we find that KDM3A, a histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) mono- and di-demethylase, plays a pivotal role in anoikis induction. In attached breast epithelial cells, KDM3A expression is maintained at low levels by integrin signaling. Following detachment, integrin signaling is decreased resulting in increased KDM3A expression. RNAi-mediated knockdown of KDM3A substantially reduces apoptosis following detachment and, conversely, ectopic expression of KDM3A induces cell death in attached cells. We find that KDM3A promotes anoikis through transcriptional activation ...


Beta1 Integrin- And Jnk-Dependent Tumor Growth Upon Hypofractionated Radiation, Aejaz Sayeed, Huimin Lu, Qin Liu, David Deming Ii, Alexander Duffy, Peter McCue, Adam P. Dicker, Roger J. Davis, Dmitry Gabrilovich, Ulrich Rodeck, Dario C. Altieri, Lucia R. Languino 2016 Thomas Jefferson University

Beta1 Integrin- And Jnk-Dependent Tumor Growth Upon Hypofractionated Radiation, Aejaz Sayeed, Huimin Lu, Qin Liu, David Deming Ii, Alexander Duffy, Peter Mccue, Adam P. Dicker, Roger J. Davis, Dmitry Gabrilovich, Ulrich Rodeck, Dario C. Altieri, Lucia R. Languino

Open Access Articles

Radiation therapy is an effective cancer treatment modality although tumors invariably become resistant. Using the transgenic adenocarcinoma of mouse prostate (TRAMP) model system, we report that a hypofractionated radiation schedule (10 Gy/day for 5 consecutive days) effectively blocks prostate tumor growth in wild type (beta1wt /TRAMP) mice as well as in mice carrying a conditional ablation of beta1 integrins in the prostatic epithelium (beta1pc-/- /TRAMP). Since JNK is known to be suppressed by beta1 integrins and mediates radiation-induced apoptosis, we tested the effect of SP600125, an inhibitor of c-Jun amino-terminal kinase (JNK) in the TRAMP model system. Our results ...


Taking A Cat Map: Genome Analysis By Supercomputer, Jose V. Lopez 2016 National Cancer Institute

Taking A Cat Map: Genome Analysis By Supercomputer, Jose V. Lopez

Jose Lopez

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Semaphorin3a Increases Focal Adhesion Formation To Shift The Relationship Between Cell Migration And Substratum Concentration Through A Rock-Dependent Mechanism, Frances V. Compere, Scott Gehler 2016 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Semaphorin3a Increases Focal Adhesion Formation To Shift The Relationship Between Cell Migration And Substratum Concentration Through A Rock-Dependent Mechanism, Frances V. Compere, Scott Gehler

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Cell migration is essential for many life processes, including wound healing, embryonic development and cancer metastasis. Cells move across a surface by interacting and forming adhesions with the molecules in their environment, specifically the extracellular matrix. Past studies have shown that there is an optimal level of cell-substratum adhesive strength that allows for the most cell migration and spreading (DiMilla et al., 1993; Gaudet et al., 2003). The mechanism by which this works is not well understood, however. Semaphorin 3A (Sema3A) has been shown to increase the expression of integrin receptors, which help mediate the formation of the adhesions between ...


Influencing Pathways That Cause Metastasis And Stemness In Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, Alyse Lynn Huisken-Hill 2016 California State University - San Bernardino

Influencing Pathways That Cause Metastasis And Stemness In Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, Alyse Lynn Huisken-Hill

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 35 and 74. With 22 thousand new cases and 15 thousand deaths annually ovarian cancer is among the most deadly cancers with a death to incidence ratio of 68%. With 70% of cases High Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma (HGSOC) is the most common type of ovarian cancer and causes 90% of ovarian cancer deaths. 80% of patients have reoccurrence within five years and only 15-30% of patients with recurrent metastatic ovarian cancer respond to current therapies, chemotherapy and surgery. One reason for the high ...


Oncogenic Pik3ca Mutations Reprogram Glutamine Metabolism In Colorectal Cancer, Yujun Hao, Yardena Samuels, Qingling Li, Dawid Krokowski, Bo-Jhih Guan, Chao Wang, Zhicheng Jin, Bohan Dong, Bo Cao, Xiujing Feng, Min Xiang, Claire Xu, Stephen Fink, Neal J. Meropol, Yan Xu 2016 Case Western Reserve University

Oncogenic Pik3ca Mutations Reprogram Glutamine Metabolism In Colorectal Cancer, Yujun Hao, Yardena Samuels, Qingling Li, Dawid Krokowski, Bo-Jhih Guan, Chao Wang, Zhicheng Jin, Bohan Dong, Bo Cao, Xiujing Feng, Min Xiang, Claire Xu, Stephen Fink, Neal J. Meropol, Yan Xu

Chemistry Faculty Publications

Cancer cells often require glutamine for growth, thereby distinguishing them from most normal cells. Here we show that PIK3CA mutations reprogram glutamine metabolism by upregulating glutamate pyruvate transaminase 2 (GPT2) in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells, making them more dependent on glutamine. Compared with isogenic wild-type (WT) cells, PIK3CA mutant CRCs convert substantially more glutamine to alpha-ketoglutarate to replenish the tricarboxylic acid cycle and generate ATP. Mutant p110 alpha upregulates GPT2 gene expression through an AKT-independent, PDK1-RSK2-ATF4 signalling axis. Moreover, aminooxyacetate, which inhibits the enzymatic activity of aminotransferases including GPT2, suppresses xenograft tumour growth of CRCs with PIK3CA mutations, but not ...


Explicitly Separating Growth And Motility In A Glioblastoma Tumor Model, Tracy Stepien, Erica Rutter, Meng Fan, Yang Kuang 2016 Arizona State University

Explicitly Separating Growth And Motility In A Glioblastoma Tumor Model, Tracy Stepien, Erica Rutter, Meng Fan, Yang Kuang

Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics Conference

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Analysis Of A Novel Nonsense Mutation Of Androgen Receptor Gene In Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, Dong Han, Kevin Valencia, Shuai Gao, Changmeng Cai 2016 University of Massachusetts Boston

Analysis Of A Novel Nonsense Mutation Of Androgen Receptor Gene In Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, Dong Han, Kevin Valencia, Shuai Gao, Changmeng Cai

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in American men. The standard treatment for PCa is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) that blocks transcriptional activity of androgen receptor, but ADT invariably leads to the development of castration-resistant form of PCa (CRPC) with restored activity of AR. CRPC can be further treated with more intensive ADTs, including CYP17-inhibitors to block intratumoral androgen synthesis and more potent AR antagonist (enzalutamide). Most CRPC patients still relapse after a year of treatment and AR activity appears to be restored again. By analyzing the tumor mRNA from a CRPC patient biopsy ...


Targeted Combination Treatment For Glioblastoma Multiforme (Gbm) Using Polymeric Nanoparticle, Praveena Velpurisiva, Michael Tilton, Brandon Piel, Prakash Rai 2016 University of Massachusetts Lowell

Targeted Combination Treatment For Glioblastoma Multiforme (Gbm) Using Polymeric Nanoparticle, Praveena Velpurisiva, Michael Tilton, Brandon Piel, Prakash Rai

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive cancer that originates from astrocytes and spreads to spinal cord and other parts of the brain. Increase in replication of glial cells leads to advantageous mutations in the tumor. In 2015 about 15,320 deaths were reported due to GBM. Five-year survival is less than 5% making GBM a dreadful cancer. Current treatment involves complex invasive surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. There is a desperate unmet need for a targeted treatment of GBM with minimum damage to the surrounding normal tissue. Combination treatments are increasingly being used to target multiple hallmarks of cancer ...


Implantable Microenvironments To Capture Stable-To- Aggressive Tumor Transition, Ryan Carpenter, Jungwoo Lee 2016 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Implantable Microenvironments To Capture Stable-To- Aggressive Tumor Transition, Ryan Carpenter, Jungwoo Lee

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Clinical stability occurs when cancers reach a state where the disease neither advances nor regresses. Tumors can remain in this state for multiple years before progressing to more aggressive phenotypes. The mechanisms for maintaining a stable state and the factors that contribute to tumor activation are poorly understood. We hypothesized that an implantable biomaterial scaffold would be able to isolate a population of stable tumor cells that could then be used to study the transition to an aggressive phenotype. In this work we developed a tunable and highly controlled, porous acrylamide scaffold and subcutaneously implanted them in immunodeficient (NSG) mice ...


Transferrin Conjugated Polymeric Nanomedicine For Targeting Pancreatic Cancer Using Paclitaxel And Gemcitabine, Aniket Gad, Michael Tilton, Brandon Piel, Prakash Rai 2016 University of Massachusetts Lowell

Transferrin Conjugated Polymeric Nanomedicine For Targeting Pancreatic Cancer Using Paclitaxel And Gemcitabine, Aniket Gad, Michael Tilton, Brandon Piel, Prakash Rai

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Pancreatic cancer (PanCa) has a dismal prognosis with five-year survival rates under 5%. PanCa is usally diagnosed at very late stages and even if diagnosed early, surgery is rarely an option. These factors contribute towards the bleak statistics for PanCa Chemo and radiation treatments having deleterious side-effects. There is therefore a clinical, unmet need for novel, targeted treatments with low morbidity in PanCa. Gemzar® (gemcitabine-HCl) is an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved chemotherapeutic drug that has been used to treat PanCa. However, intrinsic and acquired chemoresistance to gemcitabine contribute to the poor prognosis of PanCa. A combination of Abraxane ...


Structural Activity Relationship Study On Dual Plk1 /Brd4 Inhibitor, Bi- 2536, Hailemichael Yosief, Shuai Liu, Dennis L. Buckley, Justin M. Roberts, Alex M. Muthengi, Francesca M. Corsini, James E. Bradner, Wei Zhang 2016 University of Massachusetts Boston

Structural Activity Relationship Study On Dual Plk1 /Brd4 Inhibitor, Bi- 2536, Hailemichael Yosief, Shuai Liu, Dennis L. Buckley, Justin M. Roberts, Alex M. Muthengi, Francesca M. Corsini, James E. Bradner, Wei Zhang

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) and BRD4 are two different therapeutic targets in cancer drug discovery. Recently it has been reported that PLK1 inhibitor, BI-2536, is also a potent inhibitor of BRD4. The simultaneous inhibition of PLK1 and BRD4 by a single drug molecule is interesting because this could lead to the development of effective therapeutic strategy for different types of disease conditions in which PLK1 and BRD4 are implicated. Structural activity relationship studies has been carried out on BI-2536 to generate analogs with enhanced dual inhibitory activity against BRD4 and PLK1 as well as to render the molecule selective to ...


Identification Of Gdf-6 Blocking Antibodies As Anti-Melanoma Therapeutics, Ejemel Monir, Danielle Wisheart, Alec Gramann, Arvind Venkatesan, Mark S. Klempner, Craig J. Ceol, Yang Wang 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Identification Of Gdf-6 Blocking Antibodies As Anti-Melanoma Therapeutics, Ejemel Monir, Danielle Wisheart, Alec Gramann, Arvind Venkatesan, Mark S. Klempner, Craig J. Ceol, Yang Wang

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Through comparative oncogenomic studies and functional analyses, we have identified the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) factor GDF6 as a new melanoma oncogene. The secreted, carboxy-terminal portion of GDF6 is the active form that binds to cell-surface receptors to initiate BMP signaling. Targeted antibodies directed against secreted proteins are a proven therapeutic modality in several diseases.

To develop therapeutic antibodies against the active form of GDF6, we generated a panel of monoclonal antibodies. Due to the high similarity of human and mouse GDF6 proteins, the C-terminal GDF6 protein was expressed as bacterial recombinant protein with fusion tags to enhance immunogenicity. The ...


Erbb2 Signaling Increases Androgen Receptor Expression In Abiraterone-Resistant Prostate Cancer, Shuai Gao, Huihui Ye, Sean Gerrin, Hongyun Wang, Ankur Sharma, Sen Chen, Akash Patnaik, Adam Sowalsky, Olga Voznesensky, Wanting Han, Ziyang Yu, Elahe Mostaghel, Peter S. Nelson, Mary-Ellen Taplin, Steven P. Balk, Changmeng Cai 2016 University of Massachusetts Boston

Erbb2 Signaling Increases Androgen Receptor Expression In Abiraterone-Resistant Prostate Cancer, Shuai Gao, Huihui Ye, Sean Gerrin, Hongyun Wang, Ankur Sharma, Sen Chen, Akash Patnaik, Adam Sowalsky, Olga Voznesensky, Wanting Han, Ziyang Yu, Elahe Mostaghel, Peter S. Nelson, Mary-Ellen Taplin, Steven P. Balk, Changmeng Cai

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Purpose: ErbB2 signaling appears to be increased and may enhance AR activity in a subset of CRPC, but agents targeting ErbB2 have not been effective. This study was undertaken to assess ErbB2 activity in abiraterone-resistant prostate cancer (PCa), and determine whether it may contribute to androgen receptor (AR) signaling in these tumors.

Experimental Design: AR activity and ErbB2 signaling were examined in the radical prostatectomy specimens from a neoadjuvant clinical trial of leuprolide plus abiraterone, and in the specimens from abiraterone-resistant CRPC xenograft models. The effect of ErbB2 signaling on AR activity was determined in two CRPC cell lines. Moreover ...


Developing Anti-Gdf6 Therapeutics For Treatment Of Advanced Melanoma, Alec Gramann, Arvind Venkatesan, Ejemel Monir, Danielle Wisheart, Yan Wang, Craig J. Ceol 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Developing Anti-Gdf6 Therapeutics For Treatment Of Advanced Melanoma, Alec Gramann, Arvind Venkatesan, Ejemel Monir, Danielle Wisheart, Yan Wang, Craig J. Ceol

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Melanoma, the leading cause of skin cancer death in the U.S., is increasing in incidence. Targeted therapies have been approved for treatment of advanced melanoma, but few patients experience extended survival benefit. In order to combat poor outcomes, new therapeutic targets are needed. Using cross-species oncogenomic analyses, our lab has identified a novel melanoma driver, Growth differentiation factor 6 (GDF6), a secreted bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) ligand that is amplified and overexpressed in human melanomas. Functional analyses show GDF6 acts via the BMP-SMAD1 pathway as a pro-survival factor in melanomas. Inhibiting GDF6 or the BMP pathway using shRNAs or ...


The Therapeutic Effects Of Per Os Artemisinin Delivered As Dried Leaf Artemisia Annuavs. Artesunate In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Dina Rassias, Pamela Weathers 2016 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The Therapeutic Effects Of Per Os Artemisinin Delivered As Dried Leaf Artemisia Annuavs. Artesunate In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Dina Rassias, Pamela Weathers

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Artemisinin, the active component of Artemisia annua L. used to treat malaria, also has therapeutic efficacy against many types of cancer. Solubility issues led to development of more soluble semi-synthetic derivatives. Artesunate (ART), in particular, is a more soluble derivative of artemisinin and has profound cytotoxicity toward many types of tumor cells, but healthy cells are less sensitive. Artemisinin delivered per os as dried leaves, referred to as dried leaf artemisinin (DLA), was shown in rodent studies to improve bioavailability by more than 40-fold. ART has been widely studied for its anti-cancer properties, but it has yet to be shown ...


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