NCKIPSD

Gene Summary

Gene:NCKIPSD; NCK interacting protein with SH3 domain
Aliases: DIP, DIP1, ORF1, WISH, VIP54, AF3P21, SPIN90, WASLBP
Location:3p21
Summary:The protein encoded by this gene is localized exclusively in the cell nucleus. It plays a role in signal transduction, and may function in the maintenance of sarcomeres and in the assembly of myofibrils into sarcomeres. It also plays an important role in stress fiber formation. The gene is involved in therapy-related leukemia by a chromosomal translocation t(3;11)(p21;q23) that involves this gene and the myeloid/lymphoid leukemia gene. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants of this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2013]
Databases:OMIM, VEGA, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:NCK-interacting protein with SH3 domain
HPRD
Source:NCBIAccessed: 11 August, 2015

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Publications Per Year (1990-2015)
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Literature Analysis

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  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Movement
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Chromosome 11
  • Translocation
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Second Primary Cancer
  • Chromosome 3
  • MLL
  • Base Sequence
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Nitrosourea Compounds
  • TMIGD2 protein, human
  • Actins
  • Signal Transducing Adaptor Proteins
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Antigens, CD28
  • Transcription Factors
  • KMT2A
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • AF3p21
  • Oncogene Fusion Proteins
  • src Homology Domains
  • Daunorubicin
  • Adult T-Cell Leukemia-Lymphoma
  • Leukemia, Monocytic, Acute
  • Proto-Oncogenes
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Cultured Cells
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Etoposide
  • Muscle Proteins
  • FISH
  • Tissue Distribution
  • HeLa Cells
  • Protein Transport
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic
  • Cell Culture Techniques
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Latest Publications: NCKIPSD (cancer-related)

Gatzidou E, Mantzourani M, Giaginis C, et al.
Augmenter of liver regeneration gene expression in human colon cancer cell lines and clinical tissue samples.
J BUON. 2015 Jan-Feb; 20(1):84-91 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Augmenter of liver regeneration (ALR) is an hepatotrophic factor responsible for the increased regenerative capacity of mammalian liver and ALR gene expression has been well-documented in liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma tissue samples. The present study aimed to quantify and evaluate ALR gene expression in human colon cancer cell lines and tissue samples.
METHODS: Total RNA was isolated from 6 colorectal cancer cell lines and 23 primary colorectal tumors, cDNA was prepared and ALR mRNA expression analysis was performed using quantitative real-time PCR.
RESULTS: ALR mRNA expression was confirmed in all 6 colorectal cancer cell lines (SW480, SW620, DLD-1, RKO, COLO-205 and HTC-116) and an epithelial one (WISH). DLD-1 cell line showed the highest ALR mRNA levels, followed by RKO, COLO-205, HCT-116, SW480, SW620 and WISH cell lines. ALR gene expression levels were detected in all cancer tissue samples (N=23), being significantly increased in well/moderately compared to poorly differentiated tumors (p=0.0208). ALR gene expression levels were increased in Dukes' stage A/B compared to stage C tumors, at a non significant level (p=0.2842). ALR mRNA levels were slightly higher in colon cancer tissues compared to adjacent non-neoplastic ones (N=19), at a non significant level (p=0.2122).
CONCLUSION: The present study verified for the first time the ALR gene expression in both human colon cancer cell lines and clinical samples. Enhanced ALR gene expression was negatively correlated with advanced histopathological grade and stage in both colon cancer cell lines and human tissue samples, implicating ALR participation at the early stage of colon malignant progression.

Zhang D, Xiao YF, Zhang JW, et al.
miR-1182 attenuates gastric cancer proliferation and metastasis by targeting the open reading frame of hTERT.
Cancer Lett. 2015; 360(2):151-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
In humans, telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) determines the activity of telomerase. hTERT is an ideal anticancer target because it is universally expressed in cancer cells and plays a crucial role in carcinogenesis. In this study, we report the miR-1182-mediated post-transcriptional regulation of hTERT. Over-expression of miR-1182 in different gastric cancer cells decreased hTERT protein levels. Bioinformation and dual-luciferase assays revealed that miR-1182 modulated hTERT by binding to its open reading frame (ORF), and this miRNA recognizes elements in the nucleotide region between 2695 and 2719 of hTERT mRNA. Over-expression of hTERT by transfecting pIRES2-hTERT into U2OS cells was abolished by miR-1182, while pIRES2-hTERT-MT, in which miR-1182 target site was synonymously mutated, failed to respond to miR-1182. Further investigation revealed that miR-1182 inhibited gastric cancer proliferation and migration by targeting the ORF1 of hTERT. We also found that miR-1182 could attenuate the proliferative and metastatic potential of SGC-7901 cell in vivo. Moreover, we found a statistically significant inverse correlation between miR-1182 and hTERT protein levels in tissues from 42 gastric cancer patients. These data indicate that miR-1182 suppresses TERT, and thus it could be an effective target for the treatment of gastric cancer.

Dip N, Reis ST, Abe DK, et al.
Micro RNA expression and prognosis in low-grade non-invasive urothelial carcinoma.
Int Braz J Urol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 40(5):644-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: To analyze a possible correlation between a miRNA expression profile and important prognostic factors for pTa urothelial carcinomas (UC), including tumor size, multiplicity and episodes of recurrence.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty low-grade non-invasive pTa bladder UC from patients submitted to transurethral resection were studied, in a mean follow-up of 17.7 months. As controls, we used normal bladder tissue from five patients submitted to retropubic prostatectomy to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. Extraction, cDNA and amplification were performed for 14 miRNAs (miR-100, -10a, -21, -205, -let7c, -143, -145, -221, -223, -15a, -16, -199a and -452) using specific kits, and RNU-43 and -48 were used as endogenous controls. Statistical tests were used to compare tumor size, multiplicity and episodes of recurrence with miRNAs expression profiles.
RESULTS: There was a marginal correlation between multiplicity and miR-let7c over-expression. For all others miRNA no correlation between their expression and prognostic factors was found.
CONCLUSION: We did not find differences for miRNAs expression profiles associated with prognostic factors in tumor group studied. The majority of miRNAs are down-regulated, except mir-10a, over-expressed in most of cases, seeming to have increased levels as tumor with more unfavorable prognostic factors. More studies are needed in order to find a miRNA profile able to provide prognosis in pTa UC to be used in clinical practice.

Lin JR, Qin HH, Wu WY, et al.
Vitamin C protects against UV irradiation-induced apoptosis through reactivating silenced tumor suppressor genes p21 and p16 in a Tet-dependent DNA demethylation manner in human skin cancer cells.
Cancer Biother Radiopharm. 2014; 29(6):257-64 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIM: DNA methylation plays important roles in various kinds of carcinogenesis. Vitamin C could induce Tet-dependent DNA demethylation in embryonic stem cells. Therefore, the antagonizing activity of vitamin C on ultraviolet (UV)-induced apoptosis was investigated in this study.
METHODS: Apoptosis of human epidermoid carcinoma A431 cells and p16-knockout (KO) or p21-KO fibroblasts was assessed by a fluorescence-activated cell sorter. Real-time PCR and western blot were used to determine the relative expression levels of p12, p21, and Tet1/2/3 genes. The global DNA methylation levels were determined using MethylFlash Methylated DNA Quantification Kit in A431 cells with or without vitamin C treatment. To examine the DNA demethylation activity of vitamin C, DNA immunoprecipitation (DIP)-qPCR was performed to determine the relative levels of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) or 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in p16 and p21 promoter regions containing cytosine-phosphorothiolated guanine (CpG) islands.
RESULTS: The increasing apoptosis of A431 cells under prolonged UV irradiation was remarkably decreased by the combination of vitamin C treatment, suggesting that vitamin C protects against UV-induced apoptosis. Concurrently, vitamin C induced a significant reduction of global DNA methylation in a time- and dose-dependent manner in A431 cells. Vitamin C also reactivated the expression of p16 and p21 at mRNA and protein levels. Mechanistically, about 27% 5hmC-positive cells were observed in vitamin C-treated A431 cells, and the 5hmC enrichment at p16 and p21 promoter regions was also largely increased by vitamin C. Moreover, the expression of p16 and p21 was decreased in Tet1/2 double-knockdown cells, in which the inhibitory effect of vitamin C on UV-induced apoptosis was dismissed. Furthermore, the inhibition of UV-induced apoptosis on vitamin C treatment nearly disappeared in p16- or p21-knockout primary cultured fibroblasts.
CONCLUSION: These results demonstrate that vitamin C effectively antagonizes UV-induced apoptosis through regulation of Tet activity, DNA demethylation, and subsequent tumor suppressor gene activation in skin cancer cells.

Kong K, Kumar M, Taruishi M, Javier RT
The human adenovirus E4-ORF1 protein subverts discs large 1 to mediate membrane recruitment and dysregulation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase.
PLoS Pathog. 2014; 10(5):e1004102 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Adenoviruses infect epithelial cells lining mucous membranes to cause acute diseases in people. They are also utilized as vectors for vaccination and for gene and cancer therapy, as well as tools to discover mechanisms of cancer due to their tumorigenic potential in experimental animals. The adenovirus E4-ORF1 gene encodes an oncoprotein that promotes viral replication, cell survival, and transformation by activating phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K). While the mechanism of activation is not understood, this function depends on a complex formed between E4-ORF1 and the membrane-associated cellular PDZ protein Discs Large 1 (Dlg1), a common viral target having both tumor suppressor and oncogenic functions. Here, we report that in human epithelial cells, E4-ORF1 interacts with the regulatory and catalytic subunits of PI3K and elevates their levels. Like PI3K activation, PI3K protein elevation by E4-ORF1 requires Dlg1. We further show that Dlg1, E4-ORF1, and PI3K form a ternary complex at the plasma membrane. At this site, Dlg1 also co-localizes with the activated PI3K effector protein Akt, indicating that the ternary complex mediates PI3K signaling. Signifying the functional importance of the ternary complex, the capacity of E4-ORF1 to induce soft agar growth and focus formation in cells is ablated either by a mutation that prevents E4-ORF1 binding to Dlg1 or by a PI3K inhibitor drug. These results demonstrate that E4-ORF1 interacts with Dlg1 and PI3K to assemble a ternary complex where E4-ORF1 hijacks the Dlg1 oncogenic function to relocate cytoplasmic PI3K to the membrane for constitutive activation. This novel mechanism of Dlg1 subversion by adenovirus to dysregulate PI3K could be used by other pathogenic viruses, such as human papillomavirus, human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, and influenza A virus, which also target Dlg1 and activate PI3K in cells.

Drukker CA, Schmidt MK, Rutgers EJ, et al.
Mammographic screening detects low-risk tumor biology breast cancers.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014; 144(1):103-11 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Overdiagnosis of breast cancer, i.e. the detection of slow-growing tumors that would never have caused symptoms or death, became more prevalent with the implementation of population-based screening. Only rough estimates have been made of the proportion of patients that are overdiagnosed and identification of those patients is difficult. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate whether tumor biology can help identify patients with screen-detected tumors at such a low risk of recurrence that they are likely to be overdiagnosed. Furthermore, we wish to evaluate the impact of the transition from film-screen mammography (FSM) to the more sensitive full-field digital mammography (FFDM) on the biology of the tumors detected by each screening-modality. All Dutch breast cancer patients enrolled in the MINDACT trial (EORTC-10041) accrued 2007-2011, who participated in the national screening program (biennial screening ages 50-75) were included (n = 1,165). We calculated the proportions of high-, low- and among those the ultralow-risk tumors according to the 70-gene signature for patients with screen-detected (n = 775) and interval (n = 390) cancers for FSM and FFDM. Screen-detected cancers had significantly more often a low-risk tumor biology (68 %) of which 54 % even an ultralow-risk compared to interval cancers (53 % low-, of which 45 % ultralow-risk (p = 0.001) with an OR of 2.33 (p < 0.0001; 95 % CI 1.73-3.15). FFDM detected significantly more high-risk tumors (35 %) compared to FSM (27 %) (p = 0.011). Aside from favorable clinico-pathological factors, screen-detected cancers were also more likely to have a biologically low-risk or even ultralow-risk tumor. Especially for patients with screen-detected cancers the use of tools, such as the 70-gene signature, to differentiate breast cancers by risk of recurrence may minimize overtreatment. The recent transition in screening-modalities led to an increase in the detection of biologically high-risk cancers using FFDM.

Geraci J, Dharsee M, Nuin P, et al.
Exploring high dimensional data with Butterfly: a novel classification algorithm based on discrete dynamical systems.
Bioinformatics. 2014; 30(5):712-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
MOTIVATION: We introduce a novel method for visualizing high dimensional data via a discrete dynamical system. This method provides a 2D representation of the relationship between subjects according to a set of variables without geometric projections, transformed axes or principal components. The algorithm exploits a memory-type mechanism inherent in a certain class of discrete dynamical systems collectively referred to as the chaos game that are closely related to iterative function systems. The goal of the algorithm was to create a human readable representation of high dimensional patient data that was capable of detecting unrevealed subclusters of patients from within anticipated classifications. This provides a mechanism to further pursue a more personalized exploration of pathology when used with medical data. For clustering and classification protocols, the dynamical system portion of the algorithm is designed to come after some feature selection filter and before some model evaluation (e.g. clustering accuracy) protocol. In the version given here, a univariate features selection step is performed (in practice more complex feature selection methods are used), a discrete dynamical system is driven by this reduced set of variables (which results in a set of 2D cluster models), these models are evaluated for their accuracy (according to a user-defined binary classification) and finally a visual representation of the top classification models are returned. Thus, in addition to the visualization component, this methodology can be used for both supervised and unsupervised machine learning as the top performing models are returned in the protocol we describe here.
RESULTS: Butterfly, the algorithm we introduce and provide working code for, uses a discrete dynamical system to classify high dimensional data and provide a 2D representation of the relationship between subjects. We report results on three datasets (two in the article; one in the appendix) including a public lung cancer dataset that comes along with the included Butterfly R package. In the included R script, a univariate feature selection method is used for the dimension reduction step, but in the future we wish to use a more powerful multivariate feature reduction method based on neural networks (Kriesel, 2007).
AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: A script written in R (designed to run on R studio) accompanies this article that implements this algorithm and is available at http://butterflygeraci.codeplex.com/. For details on the R package or for help installing the software refer to the accompanying document, Supporting Material and Appendix.

Valentini A, Lubinski J, Byrski T, et al.
The impact of pregnancy on breast cancer survival in women who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013; 142(1):177-85 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Physicians are often approached by young women with a BRCA mutation and a recent history of breast cancer who wish to have a baby. They wish to know if pregnancy impacts upon their future risks of cancer recurrence and survival. To date, there is little information on the survival experience of women who carry a mutation in one of the BRCA genes and who become pregnant. From an international multi-center cohort study of 12,084 women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, we identified 128 case subjects who were diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant or who became pregnant after a diagnosis of breast cancer. These women were age-matched to 269 mutation carriers with breast cancer who did not become pregnant (controls). Subjects were followed from the date of breast cancer diagnosis until the date of last follow-up or death from breast cancer. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate 15-year survival rates. The hazard ratio for survival associated with pregnancy was calculated using a left-truncated Cox proportional hazard model, adjusting for other prognostic factors. Among women who were diagnosed with breast cancer when pregnant or who became pregnant thereafter, the 15-year survival rate was 91.5 %, compared to a survival of 88.6 % for women who did not become pregnant (adjusted hazard ratio = 0.76; 95 % CI 0.31-1.91; p = 0.56). Pregnancy concurrent with or after a diagnosis of breast cancer does not appear to adversely affect survival among BRCA1/2 mutation carriers.

Iliakis T, Papadopoulou V, Diamantopoulos PT, et al.
Cessation of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in patients with chronic-phase chronic myelogenous leukemia following durable complete molecular response: a single center facing the dilemma.
Anticancer Res. 2013; 33(8):3509-14 [PubMed] Related Publications
Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), namely imatinib mesylate (IM) and recently approved second-generation TKIs dasatinib and nilotinib, are currently considered the treatment of choice for newly-diagnosed chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia (CP-CML). Although treatment with TKIs has not yet been proven curative, it certainly accomplishes a sustained control of the disease in the vast majority of patients. More than a decade after the successful launching of IM in first-line treatment of CP-CML and the subsequent introduction of second-generation TKIs in this setting, the question of the possibility of TKI cessation in a specific subset of patients has emerged. Side-effects of TKIs, along with some patients' wish to abandon the drugs and the rising financial burden upon healthcare systems, have led to the dilemma whether IM can be safely withdrawn after achieving deep molecular remissions and which patients are suitable for this discontinuation. We examined the data of our patients with CML in search of potential canditates for cessation of TKI therapy and identified their characteristics. We also performed a thorough review of the relevant literature. Eight out of fifty patients were discriminated on grounds of sustained complete molecular response (CMR) exceeding 12 months, most of them with a low or intermediate Sokal score at diagnosis. The median interval from IM initiation to CMR was almost 2 years and the median duration of detected CMR reached 6.5 years. Based on the promising results of prospective clinical trials reporting successful cessation of treatment with TKIs on selected subgroups of patients, we decided to proceed to interruption of therapy in the specific subset of our patients and closely monitor their response.

Zhu Y, Feng F, Yu J, et al.
L1-ORF1p, a Smad4 interaction protein, promotes proliferation of HepG2 cells and tumorigenesis in mice.
DNA Cell Biol. 2013; 32(9):531-40 [PubMed] Related Publications
Long interspersed nucleotide element (LINE-1; L1) as an autonomous retrotransposon is localized usually in AT-rich, low-recombined, and gene-poor regions of genome. It is transiently activated in embryonic development and continuously activated in all tumor cells tested so far. Full-length L1 gene contains 5' untranslated region, two open reading frames (ORFs) encoded L1ORF1p and L1ORF2p, and a 3' terminal polyadenylation site. Compared with L1ORF2p, a protein encompassing reverse transcriptase and endonuclease activities, L1ORF1p remains to be elucidated. With liver cancer cells and tissues, the expression and sub-localization of L1ORF1p were investigated and shown that L1-ORF1p expresses just in liver cancer cells and tissues but not in normal liver cells and almost not in adjacent tissues. To characterize L1ORF1p, the strategies for over-expression and down-regulation of L1ORF1p in transfected cells were implemented. The phenomenon of promoting cell proliferation and colony formation was observed in transfected cells with L1ORF1p over-expression and vice versa. Down-regulation of L1ORF1p suppresses tumorigenesis in vitro and in vivo. Smad4 as an interaction protein of L1ORF1p is identified for the first time, while L1ORF1p is responsible for Smad4 sequestration in the cytoplasm. Thus, L1ORF1p contributed to tumorigenesis and may attribute to, at least partly, its participation in Smad4-signaling regulation.

Leite KR, Morais DR, Reis ST, et al.
MicroRNA 100: a context dependent miRNA in prostate cancer.
Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2013; 68(6):797-802 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs are noncoding RNA molecules involved in the development and progression of tumors. We have found that miRNA-100 is underexpressed in metastatic prostate cancer compared to localized disease. Conversely higher levels of miR-100 are related to biochemical recurrence after surgery. This suggests that miR-100 may be a context-dependent miRNA, acting as oncogene or tumor suppressor miRNA. Our aim is to demonstrate the role of miR-100 in the control of predicted target genes in prostate cancer cell lines.
METHODS: Cell lines DU145 and PC3 were transfected with miR-100, antimiR-100 and after 24 h and 48 h of exposure, qRT-PCR and western blot were performed for mTOR, FGFR3, THAP2, SMARCA5 and BAZ2A.
RESULTS: There was reduction in mTOR (p=0.025), THAP2 (p=0.038), SMARCA5 (p=0.001) and BAZ2A (p=0.006) mRNA expression in DU145 cells after exposure to miR-100. In PC3 cells, mTOR expression was decreased by miR-100 (p=0.01). There was a reduction in the expression levels of proteins encoded by studied genes, ranging from 34% to 69%.
CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate that miR-100 is a context-dependent miRNA controlling BAZ2, mTOR, FGFR3, SMARCA5 and THAP2 that might be involved in PC progression. The elucidation of the roles of miRNAs in tumors is important because they can be used as therapeutic targets in the future.

Reis ST, Timoszczuk LS, Pontes-Junior J, et al.
The role of micro RNAs let7c, 100 and 218 expression and their target RAS, C-MYC, BUB1, RB, SMARCA5, LAMB3 and Ki-67 in prostate cancer.
Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2013; 68(5):652-7 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to verify the expression of proteins that are controlled by miR-let7c, 100 and 218 using immunohistochemistry in tissue microarray representative of localized and metastasized the lymph nodes and bone prostate cancer.
METHODS: To verify the expression of proteins that are controlled by miR-let7c (C-MYC, BUB1, RAS) 100 (SMARCA5, RB) and 218 (LAMB3) and cell proliferation (Ki-67) we used immunohistochemistry and computerized image system ImageJ MacBiophotonics in three tissue microarrays representative of localized prostate cancer and lymph node and bone metastases. miRNA expression was evaluated by qRT-PCR using 60 paraffin blocks to construct the tissue microarray representative of localized disease.
RESULTS: RAS expression was increased in localized prostate cancer and bone metastases compared to the lymph nodes (p=0.017). RB showed an increase in expression from localized prostate cancer to lymph node and bone metastasis (p=0.036). LAMB3 was highly expressed in localized and lymph node metastases (p<0.001). Cell proliferation evaluated by Ki-67 showed an increase from localized prostate cancer to metastases (p<0.001). We did not found any relationship between C-MYC (p=0.253), BUB1 (p=0.649) and SMARCA5 (p=0.315) protein expression with prognosis or tumor behavior.
CONCLUSION: We found that the expression of RAS, RB, LAMB3 and Ki-67 changed in the different stages of prostate cancer. Furthermore, we confirmed the overexpression of the miRNAs let7c, 100 and 218 in localized prostate cancer but failed to show the control of protein expression by the putative controller miRNAs using immunohistochemistry.

Piantino CB, Reis ST, Viana NI, et al.
Prima-1 induces apoptosis in bladder cancer cell lines by activating p53.
Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2013; 68(3):297-303 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: Bladder cancer represents 3% of all carcinomas in the Brazilian population and ranks second in incidence among urological tumors, after prostate cancer. The loss of p53 function is the main genetic alteration related to the development of high-grade muscle-invasive disease. Prima-1 is a small molecule that restores tumor suppressor function to mutant p53 and induces cancer cell death in various cancer types. Our aim was to investigate the ability of Prima-1 to induce apoptosis after DNA damage in bladder cancer cell lines.
METHOD: The therapeutic effect of Prima-1 was studied in two bladder cancer cell lines: T24, which is characterized by a p53 mutation, and RT4, which is the wild-type for the p53 gene. Morphological features of apoptosis induced by p53, including mitochondrial membrane potential changes and the expression of thirteen genes involved in apoptosis, were assessed by microscopic observation and quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR).
RESULTS: Prima-1 was able to reactivate p53 function in the T24 (p53 mt) bladder cancer cell line and promote apoptosis via the induction of Bax and Puma expression, activation of the caspase cascade and disruption of the mitochondrial membrane in a BAK-independent manner.
CONCLUSION: Prima-1 is able to restore the transcriptional activity of p53. Experimental studies in vivo may be conducted to test this molecule as a new therapeutic agent for urothelial carcinomas of the bladder, which characteristically harbor p53 mutations.

Dip N, Reis ST, Srougi M, et al.
Expression profile of microrna-145 in urothelial bladder cancer.
Int Braz J Urol. 2013 Jan-Feb; 39(1):95-101; discussion 102 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Bladder cancer (BC) is the second most common malignancy of the urinary tract, with high mortality. The knowledge of the molecular pathways associated with BC carcinogenesis is crucial to identify new diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNA molecules that play important roles in the regulation of gene expression by acting directly on mRNAs. miR-145 has been considered as a tumor suppressor, which targets the c-MYC, MUC-1 and FSCN1 genes. Our aim was to evaluate the expression profile of miR-145 in low-grade non-invasive and high-grade invasive bladder urothelial carcinomas.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied 30 specimens of low-grade, non-invasive pTa and 30 of pT2/pT3 high-grade invasive UC obtained by transurethral resection or radical cystectomy, followed over a mean time of 16.1 months. Normal controls were represented by five samples of normal bladder biopsy from patients who underwent retropubic prostatectomy to treat BPH. miRNA extraction and cDNA generation were performed using commercial kits. Analysis was performed by qRT-PCR, and miR-145 expression was calculated using the 2-(▵▵ct) method; we used RNU-43 and RNU-48 as endogenous controls.
RESULTS: miR-145 was under-expressed in 73.3% and 86.7% of pTa and pT2/pT3, respectively, with expression means of 1.61 for the former and 0.66 for the last. There were no significant differences in miR-145 expression and histological grade, tumor stage, angiolymphatic neoplastic invasion and tumor recurrence.
CONCLUSION: miR-145 is under-expressed in low-grade, non-invasive and high-grade invasive urothelial bladder carcinoma and may play an important role in the carcinogenesis pathway, being an interesting candidate diagnostic marker.

Feng F, Lu YY, Zhang F, et al.
Long interspersed nuclear element ORF-1 protein promotes proliferation and resistance to chemotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma.
World J Gastroenterol. 2013; 19(7):1068-78 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
AIM: To clarify the specific roles and mechanisms of long interspersed nuclear element-1 ORF-1 protein [human long interspersed nuclear element-1 (LINE-1), ORF-1p] in chemotherapeutic drug resistance and cell proliferation regulation in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells.
METHODS: MTT assays were performed to identify the effect of the chemotherapeutic drug toxicity on HepG2 cells. Cell proliferation inhibition and the IC50 were calculated by the Origin 8.0 software. Western blotting assays were performed to investigate whether LINE-1 ORF-1p modulates the expression of some important genes, including p53, p27, p15, Bcl-2, mdr, and p-gp. To corroborate the proliferation and anchor-independent growth results, the HepG2 cells were analyzed by flow cytometry to investigate the effect of LINE-1 ORF-1p on the apoptosis regulation.
RESULTS: LINE-1 ORF-1p contributed to the resistance to several chemotherapeutic drugs (cisplatin and epirubicin) in HepG2 cells. The IC50 of the epirubicin and cisplatin increased from 36.04 nmol/L to 59.11 nmol/L or from 37.94 nmol/L to 119.32 nmol/L. Repression of LINE-1 ORF-1p expression by the siRNA could markedly enhance the response of HepG2 cells to the epirubicin and cisplatin. The IC50 correspondingly decreased from 28.06 nmol/L to 3.83 nmol/L or from 32.04 nmol/L to 2.89 nmol/L. Interestingly, down-regulation of LINE-1 ORF-1p level by siRNA could promote the response of HepG2 cells to the paclitaxel. The IC50 decreased from 35.90 nmol/L to 7.36 nmol/L. However, overexpression of LINE-1 ORF-1p did not modulate the paclitaxel toxicity in HepG2 cells. Further Western blotting revealed that LINE-1 ORF-1p enhanced mdr and p-gp gene expression. As a protein arrested in the nucleus, LINE-1 ORF-1p may function through modulating transcriptional activity of some important transcription factors. Indeed, LINE-1 ORF-1p promoted HepG2 cell proliferation, anchor-independent growth and protected the cells against apoptosis through modulating the expression of p15, p21, p53, and Bcl-2 genes.
CONCLUSION: LINE-1 ORF-1p promotes HepG2 cell proliferation and plays an important role in the resistance of chemotherapeutic drugs. By establishing novel roles and defining the mechanisms of LINE-1 ORF-1p in HCC chemotherapeutic drug resistance and cell proliferation regulation, this study indicates that LINE-1 ORF-1p is a potential target for overcoming HCC chemotherapeutic resistance.

Pradella LM, Lang M, Kurelac I, et al.
Where Birt-Hogg-Dubé meets Cowden syndrome: mirrored genetic defects in two cases of syndromic oncocytic tumours.
Eur J Hum Genet. 2013; 21(10):1169-72 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Birt-Hogg-Dubè (BHD) is an autosomal dominant syndrome characterised by skin fibrofolliculomas, lung cysts, spontaneous pneumothorax and renal cancer. The association of benign cutaneous lesions and increased cancer risk is also a feature of Cowden Syndrome (CS), an autosomal dominant disease caused by PTEN mutations. BHD and CS patients may develop oncocytomas, rare neoplasias that are phenotypically characterised by a prominent mitochondrial hyperplasia. We here describe the genetic analysis of a parotid and a thyroid oncocytoma, developed by a BHD and a CS patient, respectively. The BHD lesion was shown to maintain the wild-type allele of FLCN, while losing one PTEN allele. On the other hand, a double heterozygosity for the same two genes was found to be the only detectable tumorigenic hit in the CS oncocytoma. Both conditions occurred in a context of high chromosomal stability, as highlighted by comparative genomic hybridisation analysis. We conclude that, similarly to PTEN, FLCN may not always follow the classical Two Hits model of tumorigenesis and may hence belong to a class of non-canonical tumour suppressor genes. We hence introduce a role of PTEN/FLCN double heterozygosity in syndromic oncocytic tumorigenesis, suggesting this to be an alternative determinant to pathogenic mitochondrial DNA mutations, which are instead the genetic hallmark of sporadic oncocytic tumours.

McLachlan GJ, Flack LK, Ng SK, Wang K
Clustering of gene expression data via normal mixture models.
Methods Mol Biol. 2013; 972:103-19 [PubMed] Related Publications
There are two distinct but related clustering problems with microarray data. One problem concerns the clustering of the tissue samples (gene signatures) on the basis of the genes; the other concerns the clustering of the genes on the basis of the tissues (gene profiles). The clusters of tissues so obtained in the first problem can play a useful role in the discovery and understanding of new subclasses of diseases. The clusters of genes obtained in the second problem can be used to search for genetic pathways or groups of genes that might be regulated together. Also, in the first problem, we may wish first to summarize the information in the very large number of genes by clustering them into groups (of hyperspherical shape), which can be represented by some metagenes, such as the group sample means. We can then carry out the clustering of the tissues in terms of these metagenes. We focus here on mixtures of normals to provide a model-based clustering of tissue samples (gene signatures) and of gene profiles.

Warden G, Harnett D, Green J, et al.
A population-based study of hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer: evidence of pathologic and genetic heterogeneity.
Clin Genet. 2013; 84(6):522-30 [PubMed] Related Publications
Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) may be the result of Lynch syndrome (LS) caused by mutations in mismatch repair (MMR) genes, a syndrome of unknown etiology called familial colorectal cancer type-X (FCCTX), or familial serrated neoplasia associated with the colorectal cancer (CRC) somatic BRAF mutation. To determine the cause of HNPCC in the founder population of the island of Newfoundland, we studied 37 families with LS and 29 families without LS who fulfilled the Amsterdam I criteria. In non-LS, four index CRCs were BRAF mutation positive, one of which was microsatellite instable. Geographic clustering of LS families caused by three different founder mutations in MSH2 was observed. Nine unique MMR mutations in four MMR genes were identified in single families distributed in different geographic isolates. The geographic distribution of non-LS was similar to LS. The coefficient of relatedness using genotype data was significantly higher for non-LS than for all CRC. Extensive genealogic investigation failed to connect non-LS families and in some clusters pathologic CRC heterogeneity was observed. We conclude that non-LS HNPCC may be a heterogeneous disorder with different pathogenic pathways, and that the geographic distribution is consistent with multiple different mutations in unknown CRC susceptibility gene(s).

Chen L, Dahlstrom JE, Chandra A, et al.
Prognostic value of LINE-1 retrotransposon expression and its subcellular localization in breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012; 136(1):129-42 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Long interspersed nuclear element 1 (L1) belongs to a family of retrotransposons. Expression of the normally repressed L1 retrotransposons has been shown to induce genome instability by creating DNA double-stranded breaks and chromosomal rearrangements through the process of retrotransposition. At present, little is known about the expression of L1-encoded ORF1p and ORF2p which are indispensable for its retrotransposition activity. Given its potentially harmful effects on the genome, we investigated the implications of both ORF1p and ORF2p expression and their subcellular localization in a range of breast cancer cell lines and breast tumor tissues including 15 normal breast tissues, 25 fibroadenomas, 25 ductal carcinomas in situ (DCIS), and 95 invasive cancers. Clinicopathologic parameters and survival outcomes were investigated in association with the cytoplasmic and nuclear expression of ORF1p and ORF2p using univariate and multivariate analysis. High cytoplasmic expression of ORF1p and ORF2p was seen in DCIS tumors, but they were not related with survival outcome. The majority of invasive cancers were found to express both ORF1p and ORF2p in the cytoplasm, while nuclear expression was also seen in a subclass of those invasive cancers in the range of 28-31 %. Tumors with high nuclear expression of ORF1p and ORF2p were more significantly associated with lymph node metastasis (p = 0.001) and the worst patient survival (p < 0.0001) than those with cytoplasmic expression. This is the first study examining the effects of both ORF1p and ORF2p expression in breast cancer tissues. Our observation shows altered expression patterns of ORF1p and ORF2p within invasive cancers, which are related to differences in overall patient survival. The differing patterns of both cytoplasmic and nuclear ORF1p and ORF2p expression indicate that further studies of the biology and function of L1 retrotransposons are required in breast cancer.

Dip N, Reis ST, Timoszczuk LS, et al.
Stage, grade and behavior of bladder urothelial carcinoma defined by the microRNA expression profile.
J Urol. 2012; 188(5):1951-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: We identified miRNA expression profiles in urothelial carcinoma that are associated with grade, stage, and recurrence-free and disease specific survival.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The expression of 14 miRNAs was evaluated by quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction in surgical specimens from 30 patients with low grade, noninvasive (pTa) and 30 with high grade, invasive (pT2-3) urothelial carcinoma. Controls were normal bladder tissue from 5 patients who underwent surgical treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Endogenous controls were RNU-43 and RNU-48. miRNA profiles were compared and Kaplan-Meier curves were constructed to analyze disease-free and disease specific survival.
RESULTS: miR-100 was under expressed in 100% of low grade pTa specimens (p <0.001) and miR-10a was over expressed in 73.3% (p <0.001). miR-21 and miR-205 were over expressed in high grade pT2-3 disease (p = 0.02 and <0.001, respectively). The other miRNAs were present at levels similar to those of normal bladder tissue or under expressed in each tumor group. miR-21 over expression (greater than 1.08) was related to shorter disease-free survival in patients with low grade pTa urothelial carcinoma. Higher miR-10a levels (greater than 2.30) were associated with shorter disease-free and disease specific survival in patients with high grade pT2-3 urothelial carcinoma.
CONCLUSIONS: Four miRNAs were differentially expressed in the 2 urothelial carcinoma groups. miR-100 and miR-10a showed under expression and over expression, respectively, in low grade pTa tumors. miR-21 and miR-205 were over expressed in pT2-3 disease. In addition, miR-10a and miR-21 over expression was associated with shorter disease-free and disease specific survival. miRNAs could be incorporated into the urothelial carcinoma molecular pathway. These miRNAs could also serve as new diagnostic or prognostic markers and new target drugs.

Reis ST, Pontes-Junior J, Antunes AA, et al.
miR-21 may acts as an oncomir by targeting RECK, a matrix metalloproteinase regulator, in prostate cancer.
BMC Urol. 2012; 12:14 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Prognosis of prostate cancer (PCa) is based mainly in histological aspects together with PSA serum levels that not always reflect the real aggressive potential of the neoplasia. The micro RNA (miRNA) mir-21 has been shown to regulate invasiveness in cancer through translational repression of the Metaloproteinase (MMP) inhibitor RECK. Our aim is to investigate the levels of expression of RECK and miR-21 in PCa comparing with classical prognostic factors and disease outcome and also test if RECK is a target of miR-21 in in vitro study using PCa cell line.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: To determine if RECK is a target of miR-21 in prostate cancer we performed an in vitro assay with PCa cell line DU-145 transfected with pre-miR-21 and anti-miR-21. To determine miR-21 and RECK expression levels in PCa samples we performed quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR).
RESULTS: The in vitro assays showed a decrease in expression levels of RECK after transfection with pre-miR-21, and an increase of MMP9 that is regulated by RECK compared to PCa cells treated with anti-miR-21. We defined three profiles to compare the prognostic factors. The first was characterized by miR-21 and RECK underexpression (N = 25) the second was characterized by miR-21 overexpression and RECK underexpression (N = 12), and the third was characterized by miR-21 underexpression and RECK overexpression (N = 16). From men who presented the second profile (miR-21 overexpression and RECK underexpression) 91.7% were staged pT3. For the other two groups 48.0%, and 46.7% of patients were staged pT3 (p = 0.025).
CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate RECK as a target of miR-21. We believe that miR-21 may be important in PCa progression through its regulation of RECK, a known regulator of tumor cell invasion.

Rahimi N, Rezazadeh K, Mahoney JE, et al.
Identification of IGPR-1 as a novel adhesion molecule involved in angiogenesis.
Mol Biol Cell. 2012; 23(9):1646-56 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Angiogenesis-the growth of new blood vessels from preexisting vessels-is an important physiological process and is considered to play a key role in tumor growth and metastasis. We identified the immunoglobulin-containing and proline-rich receptor-1 (IGPR-1, also called TMIGD2) gene as a novel cell adhesion receptor that is expressed in various human organs and tissues, mainly in cells with epithelium and endothelium origins. IGPR-1 regulates cellular morphology, homophilic cell aggregation, and cell-cell interaction. IGPR-1 activity also modulates actin stress fiber formation and focal adhesion and reduces cell migration. Silencing of expression of IGPR-1 by small interfering RNA (siRNA) and by ectopic overexpression in endothelial cells showed that IGPR-1 regulates capillary tube formation in vitro, and B16F melanoma cells engineered to express IGPR-1 displayed extensive angiogenesis in the mouse Matrigel angiogenesis model. Moreover, IGPR-1, through its proline-rich cytoplasmic domain, associates with multiple Src homology 3 (SH3)-containing signaling proteins, including SH3 protein interacting with Nck (SPIN90/WISH), bullous pemphigoid antigen-1, and calcium channel β2. Silencing of expression of SPIN90/WISH by siRNA in endothelial cells showed that SPIN90/WISH is required for capillary tube formation. These features of IGPR-1 suggest that IGPR-1 is a novel receptor that plays an important role in cell-cell interaction, cell migration, and angiogenesis.

Shenjere P, Salman WD, Singh M, et al.
Intra-abdominal clear-cell sarcoma: a report of 3 cases, including 1 case with unusual morphological features, and review of the literature.
Int J Surg Pathol. 2012; 20(4):378-85 [PubMed] Related Publications
Clear-cell sarcoma (CCS) is a soft-tissue neoplasm that morphologically resembles cutaneous malignant melanoma but has a distinct molecular profile. Gastrointestinal and intra-abdominal CCSs are very rare. Here, the authors present 3 cases of intra-abdominal CCS and review the literature. Of these cases, 2 involved the small bowel, and 1 involved the peritoneum. Cases 1 and 3 had the characteristic CCS morphology, but case 2 was morphologically unusual and therefore difficult to diagnose. It had relatively small cells with less prominence of clear cells; many pseudoglandular structures were also present. It also showed aberrant expression of epithelial membrane antigen (EMA). The other 2 cases also involved some diagnostic uncertainty and were therefore referred to specialized centers. The authors wish to emphasize the importance of molecular studies in making a conclusive diagnosis of intra-abdominal CCS.

Mazar J, Khaitan D, DeBlasio D, et al.
Epigenetic regulation of microRNA genes and the role of miR-34b in cell invasion and motility in human melanoma.
PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e24922 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Invasive melanoma is the most lethal form of skin cancer. The treatment of melanoma-derived cell lines with 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza-dC) markedly increases the expression of several miRNAs, suggesting that the miRNA-encoding genes might be epigenetically regulated, either directly or indirectly, by DNA methylation. We have identified a group of epigenetically regulated miRNA genes in melanoma cells, and have confirmed that the upstream CpG island sequences of several such miRNA genes are hypermethylated in cell lines derived from different stages of melanoma, but not in melanocytes and keratinocytes. We used direct DNA bisulfite and immunoprecipitated DNA (Methyl-DIP) to identify changes in CpG island methylation in distinct melanoma patient samples classified as primary in situ, regional metastatic, and distant metastatic. Two melanoma cell lines (WM1552C and A375 derived from stage 3 and stage 4 human melanoma, respectively) were engineered to ectopically express one of the epigenetically modified miRNA: miR-34b. Expression of miR-34b reduced cell invasion and motility rates of both WM1552C and A375, suggesting that the enhanced cell invasiveness and motility observed in metastatic melanoma cells may be related to their reduced expression of miR-34b. Total RNA isolated from control or miR-34b-expressing WM1552C cells was subjected to deep sequencing to identify gene networks around miR-34b. We identified network modules that are potentially regulated by miR-34b, and which suggest a mechanism for the role of miR-34b in regulating normal cell motility and cytokinesis.

Fridley BL, Iversen E, Tsai YY, et al.
A latent model for prioritization of SNPs for functional studies.
PLoS One. 2011; 6(6):e20764 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
One difficult question facing researchers is how to prioritize SNPs detected from genetic association studies for functional studies. Often a list of the top M SNPs is determined based on solely the p-value from an association analysis, where M is determined by financial/time constraints. For many studies of complex diseases, multiple analyses have been completed and integrating these multiple sets of results may be difficult. One may also wish to incorporate biological knowledge, such as whether the SNP is in the exon of a gene or a regulatory region, into the selection of markers to follow-up. In this manuscript, we propose a Bayesian latent variable model (BLVM) for incorporating "features" about a SNP to estimate a latent "quality score", with SNPs prioritized based on the posterior probability distribution of the rankings of these quality scores. We illustrate the method using data from an ovarian cancer genome-wide association study (GWAS). In addition to the application of the BLVM to the ovarian GWAS, we applied the BLVM to simulated data which mimics the setting involving the prioritization of markers across multiple GWAS for related diseases/traits. The top ranked SNP by BLVM for the ovarian GWAS, ranked 2(nd) and 7(th) based on p-values from analyses of all invasive and invasive serous cases. The top SNP based on serous case analysis p-value (which ranked 197(th) for invasive case analysis), was ranked 8(th) based on the posterior probability of being in the top 5 markers (0.13). In summary, the application of the BLVM allows for the systematic integration of multiple SNP "features" for the prioritization of loci for fine-mapping or functional studies, taking into account the uncertainty in ranking.

Leblanc E, Narducci F, Farre I, et al.
Radical fimbriectomy: a reasonable temporary risk-reducing surgery for selected women with a germ line mutation of BRCA 1 or 2 genes? Rationale and preliminary development.
Gynecol Oncol. 2011; 121(3):472-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) is the gold standard prophylactic surgery for BRCA1 or 2 mutation carriers. However, due to the resulting early menopause and fertility desires, young women are reluctant to undergo this procedure. In view of the recent literature on ovarian carcinogenesis, we wish to report a novel conceptual surgical procedure we called "radical fimbriectomy." This procedure is aimed to protect this subset of high-risk women from high-grade serous pelvic carcinoma, while preserving their ovarian function.
METHODS: Women with BRCA mutation, who were scheduled for BSO, were informed of the procedure approved by our local review board. Radical fimbriectomy consists of removing all the tube and the fimbrio-ovarian junction, step immediately followed in this developmental phase by completion oophorectomy. Four methods of partial ovarian transsection were prospectively compared: sharp division, stapler, bipolar division and harmonic scalpel. Surgical safety and pathological alterations were assessed. All specimens underwent extensive pathological evaluation using both SEE-FIM protocol and serial sections.
RESULTS: Fourteen women were enrolled in the study. Sharp and EndoGIA® appeared to be the safest methods of ovarian resection providing the best specimen quality for pathological examination.
CONCLUSION: We believe this technique could be suggested to young mutation carriers reluctant to undergo BSO. This approach is preferable to no prophylactic surgery at all. However, until the safety and validity of this procedure is confirmed by a multi-institutional study, women who undergo radical fimbriectomy should continue to receive regular multimodal evaluation and be advised of the risks involved until they finally accept secondary castration.

Li-Wan-Po A, Farndon P
Barking up the wrong genome--we are not alone.
J Clin Pharm Ther. 2011; 36(2):125-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Pharmacogenetic studies, to help us understand variability in human drug response, have hitherto focussed largely on our own germline mutations, and in the context of anticancer and antimicrobial drugs, also on mutations of the tumour cell or invader microorganism. Here, we wish to draw attention to how our microbiome may contribute to variability in drug effects.
COMMENT: Irinotecan, a prodrug which is activated to the topoisomerase I inhibitory metabolite (SN-38), is commonly used for the treatment of a range of cancers. SN-38 is subsequently detoxified by uridine diphosphate-glycosyltransferase 1, encoded by the UGT1A1 gene. It is well known that the variant allele UGT1A*18 is associated with the more common adverse effects of irinotecan. A recent study shows that the potentially dose-limiting irinotecan-induced diarrhoea is due to enterohepatic circulation of SN-38, and its reactivation in the gut by bacterial β-glucuronidases. Importantly, the authors used specific inhibitors of the microbial enzymes to reduce the gastro-intestinal toxicity in mice.
WHAT IS NEW AND CONCLUSION: We draw attention to the increasing range of diseases, including diabetes and obesity, associated with our microbiome. This pharmacogenetic example reminds us that in personalized medicine, there is more than our own genome to take account of.

Carlini F, Ridolfi B, Molinari A, et al.
The reverse transcription inhibitor abacavir shows anticancer activity in prostate cancer cell lines.
PLoS One. 2010; 5(12):e14221 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Transposable Elements (TEs) comprise nearly 45% of the entire genome and are part of sophisticated regulatory network systems that control developmental processes in normal and pathological conditions. The retroviral/retrotransposon gene machinery consists mainly of Long Interspersed Nuclear Elements (LINEs-1) and Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs) that code for their own endogenous reverse transcriptase (RT). Interestingly, RT is typically expressed at high levels in cancer cells. Recent studies report that RT inhibition by non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) induces growth arrest and cell differentiation in vitro and antagonizes growth of human tumors in animal model. In the present study we analyze the anticancer activity of Abacavir (ABC), a nucleoside reverse transcription inhibitor (NRTI), on PC3 and LNCaP prostate cancer cell lines.
PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: ABC significantly reduces cell growth, migration and invasion processes, considerably slows S phase progression, induces senescence and cell death in prostate cancer cells. Consistent with these observations, microarray analysis on PC3 cells shows that ABC induces specific and dose-dependent changes in gene expression, involving multiple cellular pathways. Notably, by quantitative Real-Time PCR we found that LINE-1 ORF1 and ORF2 mRNA levels were significantly up-regulated by ABC treatment.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate the potential of ABC as anticancer agent able to induce antiproliferative activity and trigger senescence in prostate cancer cells. Noteworthy, we show that ABC elicits up-regulation of LINE-1 expression, suggesting the involvement of these elements in the observed cellular modifications.

Pal T, Rocchio E, Garcia A, et al.
Recruitment of black women for a study of inherited breast cancer using a cancer registry-based approach.
Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2011 Jan-Feb; 15(1-2):69-77 [PubMed] Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: We sought to understand the factors associated with recruitment activities while conducting a registry-based study of black women found to have breast cancer METHODS: State mandated recruitment methods included TWO mailings, followed by a telephone response card for patients who did not wish to be contacted by phone. If no response was received within 3 weeks of the second mailing, the study team contacted the patient by phone.
RESULTS: Of the 209 eligible patients identified by the cancer registry, contact was established in 87, of whom 82 were eligible for study participation. The overall rate of interest in study participation was 80% (including 93% for those with passive follow-up and 68% for those with active follow-up), with the primary factor cited being the desire to understand more about the risk of cancer for family members.
CONCLUSION: This is the first study conducted through a State Cancer Registry, in which the primary goal was to recruit participants for genetic counseling and testing for inherited breast cancer. In contrast to many prior studies, our results suggest that young black women with breast cancer are interested in participating in genetics studies.

Gasparre G, Romeo G, Rugolo M, Porcelli AM
Learning from oncocytic tumors: Why choose inefficient mitochondria?
Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011; 1807(6):633-42 [PubMed] Related Publications
A prominent role for mitochondrial genes and metabolism has been recently characterized in oncocytic transformation of cancer cells. From mitochondrial ultrastructure alterations to respiratory complexes disruption and mutations within mitochondrial genes, oncocytic tumors present with a plethora of features that have helped understand the role that these organelles and their fundamental metabolic functions may play in cancer development. The history of this under-diagnosed subset of tumors and the bioenergetic implications of their mitochondrial derangement are discussed in this review along with the opportunities that oncocytic tumors offer to draw general conclusions on the involvement of mitochondria in cancer.

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