Researchers find method that could resurrect an abandoned pancreatic cancer targeted drug

Pancreatic cancer is on track to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2020. These statistics are due, in part, to pancreatic cancer's resistance to most targeted cancer therapies. Working with pancreatic cancer cells, researchers have now found a mechanism that could be responsible for the cancer's resistance to at least one targeted approach. If the results hold true in animal models and eventually clinical trials, the approach could help researchers develop more effective combination therapies and breathe new life into forgotten and failed cancer drugs.
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Publication date: Available online 19 April 2019Source: Seminars in Cancer BiologyAuthor(s): Lingzhi Li, Zhuoyu Bi, Priya Wadgaonkar, Yongju Lu, Qian Zhang, Yao Fu, Chitra Thakur, Li Wang, Fei ChenAbstractAt present, the belief that genetic mutations control every aspect of tumorigenesis is still very popular. Even for the highly debated “bad luck” theory of cancers, it ascertained that random mutation of genes during the self-renewal of somatic stem cells is responsible for cancer initiation. Logically, most of the new therapeutic strategies so far, from molecular targeting to precision medicine or personalize...
Source: Seminars in Cancer Biology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
In conclusion, our study provides a protocol of producing a biologically active survivin-targeting macromolecule, T34A-C84A-dNSur-His, which can be used as a tool for studying the molecular and cellular roles of survivin in cells. T34A-C84A-dNSur-His is also a potential therapeutic agent for augmenting cancer therapy.
Source: Protein Expression and Purification - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
(Stand Up To Cancer) Pancreatic Cancer Collective-funded research (Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer) from Dr. Tony Hunter (Salk Institute) and the SU2C-CRUK-Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team has found the presence of a key protein (Leukemia Inhibitory Factor or LIF) in PDAC microenvironment may be an exploitable treatment target to slow tumor progression or metastasis and may lead to the development of new targeted strategies for pancreatic cancer therapy.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Conclusions and Perspectives In this review, we have discussed important milestones from the early description of “Serum-sickness” as being due to antibodies directed against Neu5Gc epitopes all the way to the present-day therapeutic implications of these antibodies in cancer therapy. Some of these milestones have been represented in a concise timeline (Figure 6). While the “Xenosialitis” hypothesis is well-supported in the human-like mouse models, it has yet to be conclusively proven in humans. It remains to be seen if “Xenosialitis” plays a role in other uniquely-human diseases. FI...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Ivana Bjelobaba1,2, Marija M. Janjic1,2, Rafael Maso Prévide1, Daniel Abebe1, Marek Kucka1 and Stanko S. Stojilkovic1* 1Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, United States 2Institute for Biological Research Sinisa Stankovic, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia Cell-matrix interactions play important roles in pituitary development, physiology, and pathogenesis. In other tissues, a family of non-collagenous proteins, termed SIBLINGs, are known to contribute to cell-matrix interactions. Anterior pituitary gland...
Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Targeting LIF-mediated paracrine interaction for pancreatic cancer therapy and monitoring, Published online: 17 April 2019; doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1130-6A systematic proteomic investigation of disease mediators secreted by pancreatic stellate cells identifies leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF) as a key factor that acts on cancer cells, promoting tumour progression and chemoresistance.
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This study highlights how the use of in vitro 3D model can allow rapid screening and selection of new and safer drugs. Introduction Angiogenesis is a complex and finely regulated process that consists of the growth of new capillary blood vessels from pre-existing vessels to create communication pathways among tissues. The coordination of different activities such as endothelial cell proliferation and migration, metalloproteinase function, integrin expression and pericyte stabilization is essential for angiogenesis (Folkman, 1984). The “angiogenic switch” is “on” when the balance between pro-...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Lei Liu1,2,3, Lin Zhang1,2, Shuo Zhao4, Xu-Yang Zhao1,2, Peng-Xiang Min4, Ya-Dong Ma4, Yue-Yuan Wang4, Yan Chen1,2, Si-Jie Tang4, Yu-Jie Zhang2,4, Jun Du2,4 and Luo Gu2,4* 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China 2Jiangsu Key Lab of Cancer Biomarkers, Prevention and Treatment, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Personalized Medicine, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China 3Department of Physiology, Xuzhou Medical University, Xuzhou, China 4Department of Physiology, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China Tumor cell migration is a critical step...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Chan Feng1, Donglei Zhu1, Lv Chen1, Yonglin Lu1, Jie Liu1, Na Yoon Kim2, Shujing Liang1, Xia Zhang1, Yun Lin1, Yabin Ma3* and Chunyan Dong1* 1Cancer Center, Shanghai East Hospital, Tongji University, Shanghai, China 2Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States 3Pharmacy Department, Shanghai East Hospital, Tongji University, Shanghai, China The off-target activation of photosensitizers is one of the most well-known obstacles to effective photodynamic therapy (PDT). The selected activation of photosensitizers in cancer cells is highly desired to overcome this problem. We...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
In this study, T cells deficient in TRAF6 display enhanced T cell activation, CD28-indpendent stimulation and resistance to Treg cell-mediated suppression (176). Although TLR signaling can promote T cell resistance to Treg cells, the precise molecular mechanism remains yet to be elucidated. It is worth noting that TLR stimulation of T cells increases cytokine production (173, 177), thus future studies should delineate the effect of TLR-MyD88 signaling vs. subsequently induced cytokines in generating resistance to Treg cells. Lastly, it is also crucial to evaluate the effect of TLR signaling on regulatory T cells which also...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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