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MYCN Directly Targets NeuroD1 to Promote Cellular Proliferation in Neuroblastoma – 1
Fangjin Lu,* Bin Mu,† Ge Jin,* Lin Zhu,‡ and Ping Mu§
*Department of Pharmacology, Shenyang Medical College, Shenyang, P.R. China
†Shanghai Zhaohui Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Shanghai, P.R. China
‡Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Shenyang Medical College, Shenyang, P.R. China
§Department of Physiology, Shenyang Medical College, Shenyang, P.R. China
NeuroD1 is a neuronal differentiation factor that contains a basic helix–loop–helix (bHLH) motif. Recently, NeuroD1 was found to be associated with tumorigenesis in neuroblastoma (NB) and is known to promote cell proliferation and migration in these cells. Here we found that MYCN regulates the expression of NeuroD1 in NB cells and that the downregulation of MYCN using short hairpin RNAs (shRNA) results in the inhibition of cellular proliferation in NB cells. Moreover, the phenotype induced by MYCN shRNA was rescued by the exogenous expression of NeuroD1. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay showed that MYCN directly binds to the E-box element in the NeuroD1 promoter region. In addition, our evaluation of two clinical databases showed that there was a positive correlation between the expression of MYCN and NeuroD1 in NB patients, which supports our in vitro data. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that MYCN-regulated NeuroD1 expression is one of the important mechanisms underlying enhanced cellular proliferation induced by the increase in MYCN expression in NB, and our results provide an important therapeutic target for NB in the future.
Key words: Neuroblastoma; Cellular proliferation; NeuroD1; MYCN
STAT3 Polymorphism Associates With mTOR Inhibitor-Induced Interstitial Lung Disease in Patients With Renal Cell Carcinoma – 11
Kazuhiro Yamamoto,* Takeshi Ioroi,* Kazuaki Shinomiya,† Ayaka Yoshida,* Kenichi Harada,‡ Masato Fujisawa,‡ Tomohiro Omura,* Yasuaki Ikemi,§ Shunsaku Nakagawa,§ Atsushi Yonezawa,§ Osamu Ogawa,¶ Kazuo Matsubara,§ Takuya Iwamoto,# Kohei Nishikawa,** Sayaka Hayashi,†† Daichi Tohara,†† Yoji Murakami,‡‡ Takanobu Motoshima,‡‡ Hirofumi Jono,†† and Ikuko Yano*§
*Department of Pharmacy, Kobe University Hospital, Kobe, Japan
†Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tokushima Bunri University, Tokushima, Japan
‡Division of Urology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan
§Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan
¶Department of Urology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
#Department of Pharmacy, Mie University Hospital, Mie, Japan
**Department of Nephro-Urologic Surgery and Andrology, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Mie, Japan
††Department of Pharmacy, Kumamoto University Hospital, Kumamoto, Japan
‡‡Department of Urology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan
We evaluated the association of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) polymorphisms with the incidence of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor-induced interstitial lung disease (ILD) in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We also used lung-derived cell lines to investigate the mechanisms of this association. Japanese patients with metastatic RCC who were treated with mTOR inhibitors were genotyped for the STAT3 polymorphism, rs4796793 (−1697C/G). We evaluated the association of the STAT3 genotype with the incidence of ILD and therapeutic outcome. In the 57 patients included in the primary analysis, the ILD rate within 140 days was significantly higher in patients with the GG genotype compared with those with other genotypes (77.8% vs. 23.1%, odds ratio = 11.67, 95% confidential interval = 3.06–44.46). There were no significant differences in progression-free survival or time-to-treatment failure between the patients with the GG genotype and those with other genotypes. An in vitro study demonstrated that some lung-derived cell lines carrying the GG genotype exhibited an increase in the expression of mesenchymal markers, such as fibronectin, N-cadherin, and vimentin, and decreases in E-cadherin, which is an epithelial marker associated with exposure to everolimus, although STAT3 expression and activity were not related to the genotype. In conclusion, the GG genotype of the STAT3 rs4796793 polymorphism increases the risk of mTOR inhibitor-induced ILD, supporting its use as a predictive marker for RCC.
Key words: mTOR inhibitor; Interstitial lung disease; STAT3; Polymorphism; Epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT)
Real-World Data: Fruquintinib in Treating Metastatic Colorectal Cancer – 25
Shuai Liu,*† Lu Lu,*† Feng Pan,‡ Chunsheng Yang,*† Jing Liang,§ Jinfeng Liu,¶ Jian Wang,# Rong Shen,** Fu-Ze Xin,†† and Nan Zhang*†
*Department of Breast Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Center, Central Hospital Affiliated to Shandong First Medical University, Jinan, P.R. China
†Department of Breast Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Center, Jinan Central Hospital, Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan, P.R. China
‡Ethics Committee Office, Jinan Central Hospital, Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan, P.R. China
§Department of Oncology, Shandong Provincial Qianfoshan Hospital, Jinan, P.R. China
¶Department of Oncology, Rizhao Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Rizhao, P.R. China
#Department of Medical Oncology, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, P.R. China
**Department of Chemotherapy, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong First Medical University, Jinan, P.R. China
††Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liao Cheng People’s Hospital, Liaocheng, P.R. China
Fruquintinib, also called HMPL-013, was first discovered by Hutchison Whampoa Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China, and it is an oral vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) inhibitor. In clinical trials, fruquintinib has demonstrated a survival benefit in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of fruquintinib in real-world patients. We collected data from patients with mCRCtreated with oral fruquintinib from 2018 to 2020 in six different institutions. Patients with mCRC initially received 5 mg of oral fruquintinib daily for 3 weeks. Progression-free survival (PFS) was evaluated using the Kaplan–Meier method. The efficacy and safety of fruquintinib were also assessed. Seventy-five patients were involved in our study, and 29.3% of patients achieved stable disease (SD). Median PFS was 5.4 months (95% CI: 4.841–5.959). The treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) with fruquintinib were acceptable with grade 3 TEAEs of 6%. The grade 3 TEAEs were hand–foot skin reaction (HFSR), fatigue, and stomatitis. The ECOG performance status was associated with PFS. In this real-world study, the clinical activity of fruquintinib was consistent with what has been reported in previous clinical trials. The level of safety was acceptable, and the side effects were manageable.
Key words: Metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC); Fruquintinib; Efficacy; Safety
Lactate Maintains BCR/Abl Expression and Signaling in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Cells Under Nutrient Restriction – 33
Angela Silvano,*† Giulio Menegazzi,* Silvia Peppicelli,* Caterina Mancini,* Alessio Biagioni,* Alessandro Tubita,* Ignazia Tusa,* Jessica Ruzzolini,* Matteo Lulli,* Elisabetta Rovida,* and Persio Dello Sbarba*
*Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences “Mario Serio,” Careggi Hospital, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
†Department of Health Sciences, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Careggi Hospital, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
This study was directed to deepen the effects of nutrient shortage on BCR/Ablprotein expression and signaling in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cells. The backbone of the study was cell culture in medium lacking glucose, the consumption of which we had previously shown to drive BCR/Ablprotein suppression, and glutamine, the other main nutrient besides glucose. In this context, we focused on the role of lactate, the main by-product of glucose metabolism under conditions of rapid cell growth, in particular as a modulator of the maintenance of CML stem/progenitor cell potential, a crucial determinant of disease course and relapse of disease. The results obtained indicated that lactate is a powerful surrogate of glucose to prevent the suppression of BCR/Abl signaling and is therefore capable to maintain BCR/Abl-dependent CML stem/progenitor cell potential. A number of metabolism-related functional and phenotypical features of CML cells were also determined. Among these, we focused on the effect of lactate on oxygen consumption rate, the dependence of this effect on the cell surface lactate carrier MCT-1, and the relationship of the lactate effect to pyruvate and to the activity of mitochondrial pyruvate carrier.
Key words: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML); Nutrient shortage; Lactate; Stem cell potential; Acidosis; MCT-1
Comparison of UGT1A1 Polymorphism as Guidance of Irinotecan Dose Escalation in RAS Wild-Type Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients Treated With Cetuximab or Bevacizumab Plus FOLFIRI as the First-Line Therapy – 47
Hsiang-Lin Tsai,*† Yen-Cheng Chen,*‡ Tzu-Chieh Yin,*§¶ Wei-Chih Su,*‡ Po-Jung Chen,* Tsung-Kun Chang,*† Ching-Chun Li,* Ching-Wen Huang,*† and Jaw-Yuan Wang*†‡#**††‡‡
*Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
†Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
‡Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
§Division of General and Digestive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
¶Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Municipal Tatung Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
#Graduate Institute of Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
**Center for Cancer Research, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
††Center for Liquid Biopsy and Cohort Research, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
‡‡Pingtung Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Pingtung, Taiwan
Uridine diphosphate glucuronosyltransferase 1A1 (UGT1A1) polymorphism plays a crucial role in the increased susceptibility and toxicity of patients to irinotecan. This retrospective, observational study compared the clinical outcomes and adverse events (AEs) in RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients treated with cetuximab or bevacizumab plus FOLFIRI with UGT1A1 genotyping and irinotecan dose escalation as the first-line therapy. In total, 173 patients with mCRCwith RAS wild-type were enrolled. Among them, 98 patients were treated with cetuximab, whereas 75 patients were treated with bevacizumab. All patients received irinotecan dose escalation based on UGT1A1 genotyping. We compared the progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), objective response rates (ORRs), disease control rates (DCRs), metastatectomy, and severe adverse events (SAEs) between the two groups. The clinical effects of primary tumor sidedness and target therapy crossover were further analyzed. Over a median follow-up of 23.0 months [interquartile range (IQR), 15.0–32.5 months], no significant differences were observed between the cetuximab and bevacizumab groups in PFS [18.0 months vs. 14.0 months; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.517–1.027; hazard ratio (HR), 0.729; p = 0.071], OS (40.0 months vs. 30.0 months; 95% CI, 0.410–1.008; HR, 0.643; p = 0.054), ORR (65.3% vs. 62.7%; p = 0.720), DCR (92.8% vs. 86.7%; p = 0.175), metastatectomy (36.7% vs. 29.3%; p = 0.307), and SAEs (p = 0.685). Regardless of primary tumor sidedness and target therapy crossover, no significant differences were noted in efficacy and safety between the two groups (all p > 0.05). Our results revealed that patients with wild-type RAS mCRC, regardless of biologics, with UGT1A1 genotyping can tolerate escalated doses of irinotecan and potentially achieve a more favorable clinical outcome without significantly increased toxicity.
Key words: UGT1A1 polymorphism; Metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC); Irinotecan dose escalation; Biologics; Efficacy; Safety
Research Progress in Immunotherapy of NSCLC With EGFR-Sensitive Mutations – 63
Yudie Yang,* Xia Zhang,† Yajie Gao,* Yan Dong,* Di Wang,* Yanping Huang,* Tianhao Qu,* Buqun Fan,* Qizheng Li,* Chunxia Zhang,* Xiaonan Cui,* and Bin Zhang*
*Department of Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University, Dalian, P.R. China
†Department of Oncology, Dalian Fifth People’s Hospital, Dalian, P.R. China
Lung cancer is a malignant tumor with high incidence and mortality across the world. The use of immune checkpoint inhibitors for lung cancer has improved the prognosis of some lung cancer patients to a greater extent and provided a new direction for the clinical treatment of lung cancer. Immunotherapy still has limitations in terms of its appropriate population and adverse reactions. Particularly for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation, there has been no major breakthrough in current immunotherapy. Whether immunotherapy can bring new benefits after drug resistance is induced by tyrosine kinase inhibitor-targeted therapy and whether the combination of immunotherapy with other treatments can improve the prognosis remain to be studied in depth. In this article, we provide a detailed review of the relevant characteristics of the tumor microenvironment of NSCLC with EGFR mutation and the current research on immunotherapy for NSCLC with EGFR mutation.
Key words: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); Immunotherapy; Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-sensitive mutations
Retraction notice to “Long Noncoding RNA LINC01133 Functions as an miR-422a Sponge to Aggravate the Tumorigenesis of Human Osteosarcoma” [Oncology Research 26(3) (2018) 335–343] – 75
Hai-Feng Zeng,* Hai-Yan Qiu,† and Fa-Bo Feng‡
*Department of Plastic Surgery, Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital, People’s Hospital of Hangzhou Medical College, Hangzhou, P.R. China
†Department of Endocrinology, Hangzhou First People’s Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, P.R. China
‡Department of Orthopedics, Zhejiang Provincial People’s Hospital, People’s Hospital of Hangzhou Medical College, Hangzhou, P.R. China
Retraction notice to “Targeted Silencing of Kim-1 Inhibits the Growth of Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma Cell Line 786-0 In Vitro and In Vivo” [Oncology Research 26(7) (2018) 997–1003] – 77
Jianping Xu, Liguo Sun, Wei Sun, Jianhai Tian, and Huaiyuan Guo
Department of Urology, Tumor Hospital of Linyi City, Lanshan, Linyi, Shandong, P.R. China
Retraction notice to “Downregulation of MicroRNA-147 Inhibits Cell Proliferation and Increases the Chemosensitivity of Gastric Cancer Cells to 5-Fluorouracil by Directly Targeting PTEN” [Oncology Research 26(6) (2018) 901–911] – 79
Jianjun Shen,* Weina Niu,† Hongbo Zhang,* Ma Jun,* and Hongyan Zhang*
*Department of Radiation Oncology, Anhui Provincial Hospital, Hefei, Anhui, P.R. China
†Department of Oncology, Anhui Cancer Hospital, Hefei, Anhui, P.R. China
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