Gene Summary

Gene:EGFR; epidermal growth factor receptor
Aliases: ERBB, HER1, mENA, ERBB1, PIG61, NISBD2
Summary:The protein encoded by this gene is a transmembrane glycoprotein that is a member of the protein kinase superfamily. This protein is a receptor for members of the epidermal growth factor family. EGFR is a cell surface protein that binds to epidermal growth factor. Binding of the protein to a ligand induces receptor dimerization and tyrosine autophosphorylation and leads to cell proliferation. Mutations in this gene are associated with lung cancer. [provided by RefSeq, Jun 2016]
Databases:VEGA, OMIM, HGNC, Ensembl, GeneCard, Gene
Protein:epidermal growth factor receptor
Source:NCBIAccessed: 15 March, 2017


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Cancer Overview

Overexpression of the EGFR protein occurs across a wide range of different cancers. This upregulation appears to be frequently associated with adverse prognosis. Mutations of the EGFR gene occur in a range of cancers, and these often cause the overexpression of the EGFR protein.

Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling pathway. Source Wikimedia Commons

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Latest Publications: EGFR (cancer-related)

Zhou S, Zhang S, Shen H, et al.
Curcumin inhibits cancer progression through regulating expression of microRNAs.
Tumour Biol. 2017; 39(2):1010428317691680 [PubMed] Related Publications
Curcumin, a major yellow pigment and spice in turmeric and curry, is a powerful anti-cancer agent. The anti-tumor activities of curcumin include inhibition of tumor proliferation, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis, induction of tumor apoptosis, increase of chemotherapy sensitivity, and regulation of cell cycle and cancer stem cell, indicating that curcumin maybe a strong therapeutic potential through modulating various cancer progression. It has been reported that microRNAs as small noncoding RNA molecules are related to cancer progression, which can be regulated by curcumin. Dysregulated microRNAs play vital roles in tumor biology via regulating expressions of target genes and then influencing multiple cancer-related signaling pathways. In this review, we focused on the inhibition effect of curcumin on various cancer progression by regulating expression of multiple microRNAs. Curcumin-induced dysregulation of microRNAs may activate or inactivate a set of signaling pathways, such as Akt, Bcl-2, PTEN, p53, Notch, and Erbb signaling pathways. A better understanding of the relation between curcumin and microRNAs may provide a potential therapeutic target for various cancers.

Tong D, Liang YN, Stepanova AA, et al.
Increased Eps15 homology domain 1 and RAB11FIP3 expression regulate breast cancer progression via promoting epithelial growth factor receptor recycling.
Tumour Biol. 2017; 39(2):1010428317691010 [PubMed] Related Publications
Recent research indicates that the C-terminal Eps15 homology domain 1 is associated with epithelial growth factor receptor-mediated endocytosis recycling in non-small-cell lung cancer. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical significance of Eps15 homology domain 1 gene expression in relation to phosphorylation of epithelial growth factor receptor expression in patients with breast cancer. Primary breast cancer samples from 306 patients were analyzed for Eps15 homology domain 1, RAB11FIP3, and phosphorylation of epithelial growth factor receptor expression via immunohistochemistry. The clinical significance was assessed via a multivariate Cox regression analysis, Kaplan-Meier curves, and the log-rank test. Eps15 homology domain 1 and phosphorylation of epithelial growth factor receptor were upregulated in 60.46% (185/306) and 53.92% (165/306) of tumor tissues, respectively, as assessed by immunohistochemistry. The statistical correlation analysis indicated that Eps15 homology domain 1 overexpression was positively correlated with the increases in phosphorylation of epithelial growth factor receptor ( r = 0.242, p < 0.001) and RAB11FIP3 ( r = 0.165, p = 0.005) expression. The multivariate Cox proportional hazard model analysis demonstrated that the expression of Eps15 homology domain 1 alone is a significant prognostic marker of breast cancer for the overall survival in the total, chemotherapy, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (-) groups. However, the use of combined expression of Eps15 homology domain 1 and phosphorylation of epithelial growth factor receptor markers is more effective for the disease-free survival in the overall population, chemotherapy, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (-) groups. Moreover, the combined markers are also significant prognostic markers of breast cancer in the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (+), estrogen receptor (+), and estrogen receptor (-) groups. Eps15 homology domain 1 has a tumor suppressor function, and the combined marker of Eps15 homology domain 1/phosphorylation of epithelial growth factor receptor expression was identified as a better prognostic marker in breast cancer diagnosis. Furthermore, RAB11FIP3 combines with Eps15 homology domain 1 to promote the endocytosis recycling of phosphorylation of epithelial growth factor receptor.

Takeda K, Yamasaki A, Igishi T, et al.
Frequency of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Mutation in Smokers with Lung Cancer Without Pulmonary Emphysema.
Anticancer Res. 2017; 37(2):765-771 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a smoking-related disease, and is categorized into the emphysema and airway dominant phenotypes. We examined the relationship between emphysematous changes and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status in patients with lung adenocarcinoma.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: The medical records for 250 patients with lung adenocarcinoma were retrospectively reviewed. All patients were categorized into the emphysema or non-emphysema group.
RESULTS: Wild-type EGFR was detected in 136 (54%) and mutant EGFR in 48 (19%). Emphysematous changes were observed in 87 (36%) patients. EGFR mutation was highly frequent in the non-emphysema group (p=0.0014). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that emphysema was an independent risk factor for reduced frequency of EGFR mutation (Odds Ratio=3.47, p=0.005).
CONCLUSION: Our data showed a relationship between emphysematous changes and EGFR mutation status. There might be mutually exclusive genetic risk factors for carcinogenesis and development of emphysematous changes.

Agosto-Arroyo E, Isayeva T, Wei S, et al.
Differential Gene Expression in Ductal Carcinoma In Situ of the Breast Based on ERBB2 Status.
Cancer Control. 2017; 24(1):102-110 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The molecular signature of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in the breast is not well understood. Erb-b2 receptor tyrosine kinase 2 (ERBB2 [formerly known as HER2/neu]) positivity in DCIS is predictive of coexistent early invasive breast carcinoma. The aim of this study is to identify the gene-expression signature profiles of estrogen receptor (ER)/progesterone receptor (PR)-positive, ERBB2, and triple-negative subtypes of DCIS.
METHODS: Based on ER, PR, and ERBB2 status, a total of 18 high nuclear grade DCIS cases with no evidence of invasive breast carcinoma were selected along with 6 non-neoplastic controls. The 3 study groups were defined as ER/PR-positive, ERBB2, and triple-negative subtypes.
RESULTS: A total of 49 genes were differentially expressed in the ERBB2 subtype compared with the ER/PR-positive and triple-negative groups. PROM1 was overexpressed in the ERBB2 subtype compared with ER/PR-positive and triple-negative subtypes. Other genes differentially expressed included TAOK1, AREG, AGR3, PEG10, and MMP9.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study identified unique gene signatures in ERBB2-positive DCIS, which may be associated with the development of invasive breast carcinoma. The results may enhance our understanding of the progression of breast cancer and become the basis for developing new predictive biomarkers and therapeutic targets for DCIS.

Sun JM, Lee SH, Ahn JS, et al.
Osimertinib for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.
Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2017; 18(2):225-231 [PubMed] Related Publications
INTRODUCTION: The T790 M mutation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene is the most common mechanism underlying resistance to first- or second-generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Osimertinib, a third-generation EGFR TKI, shows robust clinical efficacy in patients with T790 M-mutated lung cancer. Areas covered: We analyzed and reviewed clinical data for which patients who experienced acquired resistance to first- or second-generation EGFR TKIs. In addition, we briefly reviewed the potential role of osimertinib as a first-line therapy. Expert opinion: Osimertinib was recently licensed for use in NSCLC patients with acquired resistance to other EGFR TKIs due to a T790 M mutation. However, unresolved issues surrounding the optimal application of osimertinib remain, specifically the development of a plasma-based mutation test to overcome the difficulty of repeat biopsy, the efficacy of osimertinib for brain or leptomeningeal metastases, the development of resistance to osimertinib, and the use of osimertinib therapy as a first-line treatment. Many ongoing studies are currently exploring these issues.

Kim GJ, Lee JH, Lee DH
Clinical and prognostic significance of Merkel cell polyomavirus in nonsmall cell lung cancer.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2017; 96(3):e5413 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Recently, an association between Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was reported. However, the underlying carcinogenic effects and the prognosis related to MCPyV are still unclear. The aim of this study was to clarify the incidence and prognosis related to MCPyV infections in NSCLC.Tissue samples from 167 NSCLC patients (92 with squamous cell carcinomas [SCCs] and 75 with adenocarcinomas) were analyzed for the presence of MCPyV and EGFR mutations. Clinicopathological characteristics, disease-free survival rate, and overall survival rate were assessed with respect to MCPyV.MCPyV DNA was detected in 30 patients (18.0%) out of 167 patients, and EGFR mutations were found in 31 out of 127 patients (24.4%). EGFR mutations were more frequently detected in MCPyV-positive patients than in MCPyV-negative patients; however, this did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.075). There was no difference in overall survival between patients with and without MCPyV infections. The disease-free survival rate of patients with pN0 stage, SCC, or EGFR mutations was lower for patients with MCPyV than without MCPyV (P = 0.036, 0.042, and 0.050, respectively).Although the prevalence of MCPyV infection was relatively low, the presence of MCPyV DNA was significantly correlated with cancer prognosis in subgroups of NSCLC patients. These results suggest that MCPyV may be partly associated with pathogenesis and prognosis in some cases of NSCLC.

Chen JR, Chien HP, Chen KS, et al.
Amplification of HER2 and TOP2A and deletion of TOP2A genes in a series of Taiwanese breast cancer.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2017; 96(2):e5582 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The prognostic relevance of topoisomerase II alpha (TOP2A) copy number change remains not well established. This study is aimed to investigate the frequency and pattern of TOP2A aberrations; to correlate TOP2A alterations with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status and clinicopathological parameters, and further to explore prognostic value of TOP2A and HER2 status in breast cancer in Taiwan.
METHODS: We analyzed tissue samples from 311 invasive carcinomas in tissue microarrays for TOP2A and HER2 status by fluorescent in situ hybridization.
RESULTS: TOP2A copy number change is an infrequent genetic event (9.8% amplification and 2.7% deletion) and is present in both HER2-amplified and nonamplified tumors. TOP2A amplification is statistically associated with age >50 at diagnosis (P = 0.016) and HER2 amplification (P < 0.001). HER2 amplification, but not TOP2A amplification, is a predictor of unfavorable prognosis (P = 0.002). Univariate and multivariate analysis showed that higher histologic grading, positive nodal involvement, and HER2 positivity were associated with poorer overall survival. Cytogenetically, double minutes-type amplification is the predominant pattern for both genes (HER2: 64% and TOP2A: 93.1%). Homogeneous staining region-type signals of both genes are resistant to RNase digestion, supporting that these were not nuclear accumulation of mRNA transcripts.
CONCLUSION: Our results demonstrate the prognostic value of tumor grading, nodal involvement, and HER2 status in Taiwanese breast cancer. TOP2A aberrations are an infrequent event independent of HER2 status, and TOP2A amplification carries no prognostic value. The predictive value of TOP2A aberrations in patients of breast cancer taking athracycline-containing treatment in Taiwan remains to be determined in prospectively well-designed clinical trials.

Martinelli E, Morgillo F, Troiani T, Ciardiello F
Cancer resistance to therapies against the EGFR-RAS-RAF pathway: The role of MEK.
Cancer Treat Rev. 2017; 53:61-69 [PubMed] Related Publications
The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) mediate intracellular signals activated by a wide variety of extracellular stimuli. The activation of the RAS-RAF-MEK-MAPK cascade culminates in the regulation of gene transcription promoting cancer cell proliferation, survival, migration and angiogenesis. MEK (mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-MAPKK) 1/2 is a transducer of the growth factor receptor-RAS-RAF-MAPK signalling cascade and plays a relevant role in development and progression of human cancers, such as colorectal cancer (CRC), non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Direct inhibition of MEK is a promising strategy and several inhibitors are currently under evaluation in clinical trials showing initial clinical activity in different tumours. MEK activation, by different genetic mechanisms, has been described for both intrinsic and acquired resistance to drugs targeting the EGFR (Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor)-RAS-RAF pathway in CRC, NSCLC. Combination therapies with chemotherapy and/or with molecular targeted agents are warranted and biomarkers studies are needed to identify those tumours dependent on MEK signalling.

Ma P, Zhang M, Nie F, et al.
Transcriptome analysis of EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors resistance associated long noncoding RNA in non-small cell lung cancer.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2017; 87:20-26 [PubMed] Related Publications
The non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients harbor mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) can be therapeutically targeted by EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKI), such as gefitinib, and show improved progression-free survival. However, most of the patients who are initially responsive to EGFR TKIs with activating EGFR mutations eventually develop acquired resistance after long-term therapy, and are followed by disease progression. Recently, diverse mechanisms of acquired EGFR TKI resistance have been reported, but little is known about the role of long noncoding RNAs in EGFR TKIs resistance. To gain insight into the expression pattern and potential function of lncRNAs in NSCLC cells EGFR-TKI resistance, we analyzed expression patterns in EGFR-TKIs-resistant cell lines and compared it with their parental sensitive cell line by using gene profiling datasets from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO). Then, the expression levels of five chose lncRNAs were validated in PC9-gefitinib resistant cells (PC9G) and sensitive cells by using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). Among of these five lncRNAs, CASC9 expression was upregulated in PC9G and knockdown of its expression could increase the sensitivity of PC9G cells to gefitinib, while EWAST1 (LINC00227) is downregulated in PC9G cells and overexpressed EWAST1 also lead to increased sensitivity of PC9G cells to gefitinib. As indicated by GO analysis, the CASC9 and EWAST1 co-expressed genes are involved in several important pathways including regulation of cell growth, regulation of cell apoptosis and Chromatin assembly. Taken together, dysregulated lncRNAs play critical roles in EGFR-TKIs resistant NSCLC cells and might be used as novel potential targets to reverse EGFR-TKI resistance for NSCLC patients.

El Hadi H, Abdellaoui-Maane I, Kottwitz D, et al.
Development and evaluation of a novel RT-qPCR based test for the quantification of HER2 gene expression in breast cancer.
Gene. 2017; 605:114-122 [PubMed] Related Publications
Accurate measurement of Human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2) gene expression is central for breast or stomach cancer therapy orientation and prognosis. The current standards testing methods for HER2 expression are immunohistochemistry (IHC) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). In the current study, we explored the use of quantitative real time reverse transcription-PCR (RT-qPCR) as a potential method for the accurate relative quantification of the HER2 gene using formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) breast cancer biopsy samples. The main aim of the current study is to measure the level of concordance of RT-qPCR based quantification of HER2 overexpression with both IHC and FISH. Accordingly, an endogenous control gene (ECG) is required for this relative quantification and should ideally be expressed equivalently across tested samples. Stably expressed ECGs have been selected from a panel of seven genes using GenEx V6 software which is based on geNorm and NormFinder and statistical methods. Quantification of HER2 gene expression was performed by our RT-qPCR-based test and compared to the results obtained by both IHC and FISH methods. HER2 gene quantification using RT-qPCR test was normalized using the two ECGs (RPL30 and RPL37A) that were successfully identified and selected from a panel of seven genes as the most stable and reliable ECGs. We evaluated a total of 216 FFPE tissue samples from breast cancer patients. The results obtained with RT-qPCR in the current study were compared to both IHC and FISH data collected for the same patients. In addition to an internal evaluation, an external evaluation of this assay was also performed in a recognized pathology center in Europe (Clinic Barcelona Hospital Universitari, Spain) using 116 FFPE breast cancer tissue samples. The results demonstrated a high concordance between RT-qPCR and either IHC (98%) or FISH (72%) methods. Accordantly, the overall concordance was 85%. To our knowledge, this is the first study using the specific combination of RPL30 and RPL37 as reference genes for an accurate HER2 gene quantification in FFPE biopsy samples. Although further clinical validation regarding evolution and therapeutic response using RT-qPCR for the quantification of HER2 expression are still needed, the present study constitutes definitely a factual element that the RT-qPCR based assay may constitute a valid complementary test to accurately measure HER2 expression for a better treatment orientation.

Chen SW, Shen WC, Lin YC, et al.
Correlation of pretreatment (18)F-FDG PET tumor textural features with gene expression in pharyngeal cancer and implications for radiotherapy-based treatment outcomes.
Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2017; 44(4):567-580 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: This study investigated the correlation of the matrix heterogeneity of tumors on (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) with gene-expression profiling in patients with pharyngeal cancer and determined the prognostic factors for radiotherapy-based treatment outcomes.
METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 57 patients with stage III-IV oropharyngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer who had completed definitive therapy. Four groups of the textural features as well as 31 indices were studied in addition to maximum standard uptake value, metastatic tumor volume, and total lesion glycolysis. Immunohistochemical data from pretreatment biopsy specimens (Glut1, CAIX, VEGF, HIF-1α, EGFR, Ki-67, Bcl-2, CLAUDIN-4, YAP-1, c-Met, and p16) were analyzed. The relationships between the indices and genomic expression were studied, and the robustness of various textural features relative to cause-specific survival and primary relapse-free survival was analyzed.
RESULTS: The overexpression of VEGF was positively associated with the increased values of the matrix heterogeneity obtained using gray-level nonuniformity for zone (GLNUz) and run-length nonuniformity (RLNU). Advanced T stage (p = 0.01, hazard ratio [HR] = 3.38), a VEGF immunoreactive score of >2 (p = 0.03, HR = 2.79), and a higher GLNUz value (p = 0.04, HR = 2.51) were prognostic factors for low cause-specific survival, whereas advanced T stage, a HIF-1α staining percentage of ≥80%, and a higher GLNUz value were prognostic factors for low primary-relapse free survival.
CONCLUSIONS: The overexpression of VEGF was associated with the increased matrix index of GLNUz and RLNU. For patients with pharyngeal cancer requiring radiotherapy, the treatment outcome can be stratified according to the textural features, T stage, and biomarkers.

Li S, Zhang H, Ning T, et al.
MiR-520b/e Regulates Proliferation and Migration by Simultaneously Targeting EGFR in Gastric Cancer.
Cell Physiol Biochem. 2016; 40(6):1303-1315 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been demonstrated to play a crucial role in tumorigenesis. Previous studies have shown that miR-520b/e acts as a tumor suppressor in several tumors. Other studies indicated that epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is highly expressed in many tumors, and involved in the development of tumors, such as cell proliferation, migration, angiogenesis and apoptosis. However, the correlation of miRNAs and EGFR in gastric cancer (GC) has not been adequately investigated. Our aim was to explore the relationship.
METHODS: The expression levels of EGFR and miR-520b/e were examined by RT-PCR and Western blot. We also investigated the relationship between EGFR and miR-520b/e in GC cell lines by relevant experiments.
RESULTS: In this study, we found that miR-520b/e inhibits the protein expression of EGFR by directly binding with the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR). And it was shown that the down-regulation of miR-520b/e promotes cell proliferation and migration by negative regulation of the EGFR pathway, while over-expression of miR-520b/e inhibits these properties. In addition, the biological function of EGFR in GC cell lines was validated by silencing and over-expression assays respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, our results demonstrate that miR-520b/e acts as a tumor suppressor by regulating EGFR in GC, and provide a novel marker and insight for the potential therapeutic target of GC.

Li L, Wang S, Zheng F, et al.
Chinese herbal medicine Fuzheng Kang-Ai decoction sensitized the effect of gefitinib on inhibition of human lung cancer cells through inactivating PI3-K/Akt -mediated suppressing MUC1 expression.
J Ethnopharmacol. 2016; 194:918-929 [PubMed] Related Publications
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) Fuzheng Kang-Ai (FZKA for short) decoction has been used as adjuvant treatment strategies in lung cancer patients for decades. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the therapeutic potential especially in sensitizing the effect of EGFR-TKI gefitinib has not been well elucidated.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cell viability was detected by MTT assay. Cell cycle distribution was detected by flow cytometry. Western blot were used to examine phosphorylation and protein levels of Akt, p65, p50 and MUC1. The mRNA level of MUC1 was measured by qRT-PCR. Transient transfection experiments were used to overexpression of Akt, p65 and MUC1. Tumor xenograft and bioluminescent imaging experiments were carried out to confirm the in vitro findings.
RESULTS: Cell viability was inhibited by FZKA treatment and showed more significant when treated with FZKA and gefitinib in combine in lung cancer cells. FZKA induced the cell arrest at G0/G1 phase. Mechanistically, we showed that the phosphorylation of Akt, protein expressions of p65 and MUC1 were suppressed by FZKA and even more responses were observed in the FZKA and gefitinib combining. Overexpressed Akt overcame the effect of FZKA on p65 protein, and exogenously expressed p65 resisted the inhibitory effect of MUC1 protein expression by FZKA. On the contrary, while overexpressed MUC1 had no effect on p65 expression, it feedback increased phosphorylation of Akt, and more importantly, reversed the cell growth inhibition affected by FZKA. In line with the above, our results confirmed the synergistic effects of FZKA and gefitinib combination on tumor growth, the phosphorylation of Akt, and protein expression of p65 and MUC1 in vivo.
CONCLUSION: This study shows that FZKA decoction inhibits the growth of NSCLC cells through Akt-mediated inhibition of p65, followed by reducing the expression of MUC1. More importantly, there is a synergistic effect of FZKA decoction and gefitinib combination with greater suppression. The positive feedback regulatory loop of MUC1 to Akt signaling pathway further added the important role of MUC1 in mediating the overall responses of FZKA decoction in this process. The in vitro and in vivo study provides an additional and a novel mechanism by which the FZKA decoction enhances the growth inhibition of gefitinib in gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells.

Hui L, Geiersbach KB, Downs-Kelly E, Gulbahce HE
RAI1 Alternate Probe Identifies Additional Breast Cancer Cases as Amplified Following Equivocal HER2 Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization Testing: Experience From a National Reference Laboratory.
Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017; 141(2):274-278 [PubMed] Related Publications
CONTEXT: -In 2013 the American Society of Clinical Oncology and College of American Pathologists updated the HER2 guidelines and changed the equivocal category for HER2 in situ hybridization testing to an average HER2 copy number of 4.0 to 5.9 with a HER2:CEP17 ratio of less than 2.0 and proposed retesting, with an option of using another control probe to avoid false-negative results. RAI1, located at band position 17p11.2, is a popular alternate probe locus for retesting equivocal changes.
OBJECTIVE: -To review experience with the RAI1 alternate probe in HER2 fluorescence in situ hybridization equivocal breast cancers.
DESIGN: -Primary and metastatic breast cancers with equivocal HER2 fluorescence in situ hybridization, retested with an alternate (RAI1) probe, were identified. HER2, RAI1, and CEP17 copy numbers, HER2 to control probe ratios, and genetic heterogeneity were recorded. Hematoxylin-eosin-stained slides were reviewed for type and grade of cancer.
RESULTS: -Of 876 cases tested with CEP17 as the reference probe, 97 (11.1%) had equivocal HER2 fluorescence in situ hybridization results. Additional testing with the RAI1 probe classified 39.2% cases (38 of 97) as amplified with a HER2:RAI1 ratio ranging from 2.0 to 3.2 (mean, 2.37); 3.1% (3 of 97) were still unclassifiable because of a deletion of RAI1.
CONCLUSIONS: -RAI1 identified close to 40% of original HER2 fluorescence in situ hybridization equivocal cases as amplified, making these patients eligible for targeted therapies. It is not known whether guidelines for US Food and Drug Administration-approved probes can be extrapolated to alternate probes when an alternate control probe shows losses or gains. Because of the lack of guidelines for reporting HER2 status with alternate probes, laboratories face challenges in interpreting results.

Zhou G, Zhang F, Guo Y, et al.
miR-200c enhances sensitivity of drug-resistant non-small cell lung cancer to gefitinib by suppression of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway and inhibites cell migration via targeting ZEB1.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2017; 85:113-119 [PubMed] Related Publications
Acquired resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) is a major obstacle in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. We explored the role of miR-200c in modulating the sensitivity of gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells and examined the underlying mechanism. The gefitinib-resistant cell line PC-9-ZD and its parental PC-9 cells were used. Growth inhibition was detected by MTT assay. The cell apoptosis was detected by Annexin V/PI assay. Cell migration was assessed by wound-healing assay. RT-PCR was used to detected levels of miR-200c and ZEB1. The PI3k, Bcl-2, Bax, caspase-3 and ZEB1 protein expression were detected using Western blot analysis, and TUNEL, Immunohistochemistry for xenograft model. PC-9-ZD cells had low level of miR-200c expression compared to its parental PC-9 cells. PC-9-ZD cells with miR-200c transfection were more sensitive to gefitinib treatment. Apoptosis induced by gefitinib was observed in PC-9-ZD cells with miR-200c transfection significantly. The levels of phosphorylated-Akt and Bcl-2 expression decreased and levels of Bax and Caspase-3 expression increased in PC-9-ZD cells with miR-200c transfection. Cell migration was inhibited and ZEB1 mRNA level and protein expression were significantly decreased in PC-9-ZD cells with miR-200c transfection. Further in gefitinib resistant xenograft model, miR-200c enhanced sensitivity of gefitinib and induced apoptosis significantly through PI3K/Akt signaling pathway and targeting ZEB1. These results provided insights into the functions of miR-200c and offered an alternate approach in treating gefitinib-resistance NSCLC.

Ziemska J, Solecka J
Tyrosine kinase, aurora kinase and leucine aminopeptidase as attractive drug targets in anticancer therapy - characterisation of their inhibitors.
Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 2016; 67(4):329-342 [PubMed] Related Publications
Cancers are the leading cause of deaths all over the world. Available anticancer agents used in clinics exhibit low therapeutic index and usually high toxicity. Wide spreading drug resistance of cancer cells induce a demanding need to search for new drug targets. Currently, many on-going studies on novel compounds with potent anticancer activity, high selectivity as well as new modes of action are conducted. In this work, we describe in details three enzyme groups, which are at present of extensive interest to medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies. These include receptor tyrosine kinases (e.g. EGFR enzymes) and non-receptor tyrosine kinases (Src enzymes), type A, B and C Aurora kinases and aminopeptidases, especially leucine aminopeptidase. We discuss classification of these enzymes, biochemistry as well as their role in the cell cycle under normal conditions and during cancerogenesis. Further on, the work describes enzyme inhibitors that are under in vitro, preclinical, clinical studies as well as drugs available on the market. Both, chemical structures of discovered inhibitors and the role of chemical moieties in novel drug design are discussed. Described enzymes play essential role in cell cycle, especially in mitosis (Aurora kinases), cell differentiation, growth and apoptosis (tyrosine kinases) as well as G1/S transition (leucine aminopeptidase). In cancer cells, they are overexpressed and only their inhibition may stop tumor progression. This review presents the clinical outcomes of selected inhibitors and argues the safety of drug usage in human volunteers. Clinical studies of EGFR and Src kinase inhibitors in different tumors clearly show the need for molecular selection of patients (to those with mutations in genes coding EGFR and Src) to achieve positive clinical response. Current data indicates the great necessity for new anticancer treatment and actions to limit off-target activity.

Zhang H
Three generations of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors developed to revolutionize the therapy of lung cancer.
Drug Des Devel Ther. 2016; 10:3867-3872 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Lung cancer, ~80%-85% of which is non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Sensitizing mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene (EGFRm(+)), such as exon 19 deletions and exon 21 L858R point mutations, are the most important drivers in NSCLC patients. In this respect, small-molecule EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have been designed and developed, which launched the era of targeted, personalized and precise medicine for lung cancer. Patients with EGFRm(+) could achieve good responses to the treatment with the first-generation EGFR TKIs, such as erlotinib and gefitinib. However, most patients develop acquired drug resistance mostly driven by the T790M mutation occurring within exon 20. Although the second-generation EGFR TKIs, such as afatinib, dacomitinib and neratinib, demonstrated promising activity against T790M in preclinical models, they have failed to overcome resistance in patients due to dose-limiting toxicity. Recently, the third-generation EGFR TKIs have shown to be effective against cell lines and murine models harboring T790M mutations while sparing wild-type EGFR, which represents a promising breakthrough approach in overcoming T790M-mediated resistance in NSCLC patients. This article provides a comprehensive review of the therapy revolution for NSCLC with three generations of EGFR TKIs.

Sakaguchi K, Nakatsukasa K, Taguchi T
Phase I Study of Triweekly Nab-Paclitaxel Combined with S-1 in Patients with HER2-negative Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Anticancer Res. 2016; 36(12):6515-6519 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIM: We conducted a phase I study to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended dose (RD) of triweekly nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) and S-1 combination therapy in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative metastatic breast cancer (MBC).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study was carried out with a 3+3 dose escalation design; patients with HER2-negative MBC received nab-paclitaxel at 180-260 mg/m(2) on day 1 and S-1 at 65-80 mg/m(2) daily on days 1-14, repeated every 3 weeks.
RESULTS: The MTD was level 3 (260 mg/m(2) nab-paclitaxel with 80 mg/m(2) S-1) and the RD was level 2 (260 mg/m(2) nab-paclitaxel with 65 mg/m(2) S-1). Dose-limiting toxicity was observed in two patients at level 3, who had grade 4 neutropenia and grade 3 myalgia, respectively.
CONCLUSION: The response rate was 66.7%. The clinical benefit rate was 77.8%. Our study shows the efficacy and the feasibility of this combination therapy.

Pectasides D, Kotoula V, Papaxoinis G, et al.
Expression Patterns of Growth and Survival Genes with Prognostic Implications in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer.
Anticancer Res. 2016; 36(12):6347-6356 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the mRNA expression pattern of growth- and survival-related genes and assess their prognostic significance in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: In total, 98 patients were included in this retrospective translational research study and were evaluated for Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS) mutational status, and v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 1 (AKT1), AKT serine/threonine kinase 2 (AKT2), AKT serine/threonine kinase 3 (AKT3), cyclin D1 (CCND1), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 (MAPK1), hepatocellular growth factor receptor (MET), avian myelomatosis viral oncogene homolog (MYC), nuclear factor kappa B subunit 1 (NFKb1), phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and mechanistic target of rapamycin (FRAP1) genes mRNA expression. Among these patients, 73 received first-line gemcitabine combined with erlotinib (N=57) or gefitinib (N=16).
RESULTS: KRAS mutation did not correlate with mRNA gene expression. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering according to mRNA gene expression successfully distinguished four prognostically distinct groups of tumors. Overexpression of all genes was associated with best prognosis, while suppression or heterogeneous expression patterns of the examined genes were associated with expression patterns of growth- and survival-related genes, classifying pancreatic tumors into distinct groups with possibly different outcomes.

Unger U, Denkert C, Braicu I, et al.
Prognostic impact of HER3 based on protein and mRNA expression in high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma.
Virchows Arch. 2017; 470(2):143-151 [PubMed] Related Publications
HER3 is a member of the epidermal growth factor family and was predominantly described as a negative prognostic factor in various solid tumors as well as in ovarian cancer. In this study, we investigated HER3 on protein and mRNA expression in histologically defined subtypes of ovarian cancer looking for an influence on patient's survival. Altogether, we examined HER3 in ovarian high-grade serous (HGSC, n = 320), low-grade serous (LGSC, n = 55), endometrioid (EC, n = 33), and clear cell (CCC, n = 48) carcinomas using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to explore the association between HER3 and overall survival (OS) as well as progression-free survival (PFS). In HGSC, high HER3 mRNA expression was a favorable prognostic factor for PFS (P = 0.008) and OS (P = 0.052), while for high HER3 protein expression, a trend towards better survival was seen (OS P = 0.064; PFS P = 0.099). A subgroup of HGSC with negative HER3 staining and negative HER3 mRNA levels showed most unfavorable OS and PFS (P = 0.002 and P = 0.004, respectively). Using the multivariate Cox regression model, HER3 was predictive for prolonged PFS (HR, 0.48; 95% CI, 0.26-0.88; P = 0.018). All in all, we cannot confirm the reported negative prognostic impact of HER3 expression in high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma and moreover find a rather positive prognostic implication of HER3 in this major ovarian cancer histological subtype.

McCoach CE, Jimeno A
Osimertinib, a third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor targeting non-small cell lung cancer with EGFR T790M mutations.
Drugs Today (Barc). 2016; 52(10):561-568 [PubMed] Related Publications
Oncogenic driver mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene have provided a focus for effective targeted therapy. Unfortunately, all patients eventually develop resistance to frontline therapy with EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). The majority of patients develop a large subclonal population of tumor cells with a T790M mutation that renders these cells resistant to first-generation TKIs. Osimertinib is a third-generation EGFR TKI that was designed to overcome resistance from T790M mutations. This agent has demonstrated strong preclinical activity, and in the clinic it has demonstrated a high objective response rate and progression-free survival in patients with EGFR double mutations (L858R/T790M and exon 19 deletion/T790M). It is now approved by the FDA for patients who have a documented T790M mutation and who have progressed on a prior TKI. Osimertinib is also approved in the E.U. and Japan.

Robinson LC, Santagata S, Hankinson TC
Potential evolution of neurosurgical treatment paradigms for craniopharyngioma based on genomic and transcriptomic characteristics.
Neurosurg Focus. 2016; 41(6):E3 [PubMed] Related Publications
The recent genomic and transcriptomic characterization of human craniopharyngiomas has provided important insights into the pathogenesis of these tumors and supports that these tumor types are distinct entities. Critically, the insights provided by these data offer the potential for the introduction of novel therapies and surgical treatment paradigms for these tumors, which are associated with high morbidity rates and morbid conditions. Mutations in the CTNNB1 gene are primary drivers of adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (ACP) and lead to the accumulation of β-catenin protein in a subset of the nuclei within the neoplastic epithelium of these tumors. Dysregulation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and of sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling in ACP suggest that paracrine oncogenic mechanisms may underlie ACP growth and implicate these signaling pathways as potential targets for therapeutic intervention using directed therapies. Recent work shows that ACP cells have primary cilia, further supporting the potential importance of SHH signaling in the pathogenesis of these tumors. While further preclinical data are needed, directed therapies could defer, or replace, the need for radiation therapy and/or allow for less aggressive surgical interventions. Furthermore, the prospect for reliable control of cystic disease without the need for surgery now exists. Studies of papillary craniopharyngioma (PCP) are more clinically advanced than those for ACP. The vast majority of PCPs harbor the BRAF(v600e) mutation. There are now 2 reports of patients with PCP that had dramatic therapeutic responses to targeted agents. Ongoing clinical and research studies promise to not only advance our understanding of these challenging tumors but to offer new approaches for patient management.

Stache C, Bils C, Fahlbusch R, et al.
Drug priming enhances radiosensitivity of adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma via downregulation of survivin.
Neurosurg Focus. 2016; 41(6):E14 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE In this study, the authors investigated the underlying mechanisms responsible for high tumor recurrence rates of adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (ACP) after radiotherapy and developed new targeted treatment protocols to minimize recurrence. ACPs are characterized by the activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), known to mediate radioresistance in various tumor entities. The impact of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) gefitinib or CUDC-101 on radiation-induced cell death and associated regulation of survivin gene expression was evaluated. METHODS The hypothesis that activated EGFR promotes radioresistance in ACP was investigated in vitro using human primary cell cultures of ACP (n = 10). The effects of radiation (12 Gy) and combined radiochemotherapy on radiosensitivity were assessed via cell death analysis using flow cytometry. Changes in target gene expression were analyzed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Survivin, identified in qRT-PCR to be involved in radioresistance of ACP, was manipulated by small interfering RNA (siRNA), followed by proliferation and vitality assays to further clarify its role in ACP biology. Immunohistochemically, survivin expression was assessed in patient tumors used for primary cell cultures. RESULTS In primary human ACP cultures, activation of EGFR resulted in significantly reduced cell death levels after radiotherapy. Treatment with TKIs alone and in combination with radiotherapy increased cell death response remarkably, assessed by flow cytometry. CUDC-101 was significantly more effective than gefitinib. The authors identified regulation of survivin expression after therapeutic intervention as the underlying molecular mechanism of radioresistance in ACP. EGFR activation promoting ACP cell survival and proliferation in vitro is consistent with enhanced survivin gene expression shown by qRT-PCR. TKI treatment, as well as the combination with radiotherapy, reduced survivin levels in vitro. Accordingly, ACP showed reduced cell viability and proliferation after survivin downregulation by siRNA. CONCLUSIONS These results indicate an impact of EGFR signaling on radioresistance in ACP. Inhibition of EGFR activity by means of TKI treatment acts as a radiosensitizer on ACP tumor cells, leading to increased cell death. Additionally, the results emphasize the antiapoptotic and pro-proliferative role of survivin in ACP biology and its regulation by EGFR signaling. The suppression of survivin by treatment with TKI and combined radiotherapy represents a new promising treatment strategy that will be further assessed in in vivo models of ACP.

Azizi Tabesh G, Izadi P, Fereidooni F, et al.
The High Frequency of PIK3CA Mutations in Iranian Breast Cancer Patients.
Cancer Invest. 2017; 35(1):36-42 [PubMed] Related Publications
In breast cancer, somatic mutations of PIK3CA oncogene are common. We investigated the mutational status of exons 9 and 20 of the PIK3CA gene by polymerase chain reaction and direct sequencing in 80 breast tumors, and observed that 45% of these contained PIK3CA mutations in the mentioned exons. These mutations were found more in progesterone receptor positive and Her2- tumors, but this association did not reach a statistically significant level. Also, we observed a significant association between PIK3CA mutations and low-grade tumors. In our study, PIK3CA mutations were related to good and moderate prognosis in breast cancer patients.

Sufi SA, Adigopula LN, Syed SB, et al.
In-silico and in-vitro anti-cancer potential of a curcumin analogue (1E, 6E)-1, 7-di (1H-indol-3-yl) hepta-1, 6-diene-3, 5-dione.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2017; 85:389-398 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Previously we showed that BDMC, an analogue of curcumin suppresses growth of human breast and laryngeal cancer cell line by causing apoptosis. Here, we demonstrate the enhanced anti-cancer activity of a heterocyclic ring (indole) incorporated curcumin analogue ((1E, 6E)-1, 7-di (1H-indol-3-yl) hepta-1, 6-diene-3, 5-Dione), ICA in short, in comparison to curcumin.
METHOD: ICA was synthesized by a one pot condensation reaction. Anti-cancer potential of ICA was assessed in three human cancer cell lines of different origin (Lung adenocarcinoma (A549), leukemia (K562) and colon cancer (SW480)) by MTT assay. Mode of cell death was determined by acridine orange-ethidium bromide (Ao-Eb) staining. Putative cellular targets of ICA were investigated by molecular docking studies. Cell cycle analysis following curcumin or ICA treatment in SW480 cell line was carried out by flow cytometry. Expression levels of Cyclin D1 and apoptotic markers, such as Caspase 3, 8 and 9 were studied by western blot analysis in SW480 cell line treated with or without ICA and curcumin.
RESULTS: The yield of ICA synthesis was found to be 69% with a purity of 98%. ICA demonstrated promising anti-cancer activity compared to curcumin alone, as discerned by MTT assay. ICA was non-toxic to the cell line of normal origin. We further observed that ICA is ∼2 fold more potent than curcumin in inhibiting the growth of SW480 cells. Ao-Eb staining revealed that ICA could induce apoptosis in all the cell lines tested. Molecular docking studies suggest that ICA may possibly exhibit its anticancer effect by inhibiting EGFR in A549, Bcr-Abl in K562 and GSK-3β kinase in SW480 cell line. Moreover, ICA showed strong binding avidity for Bcl-2 protein in silico, which could result in induction of apoptosis. Cell cycle analysis revealed that both curcumin and ICA induced concomitant cell cycle arrest at G0/G1 and G2/M phase. Western blot shows that ICA could effectively down regulate the expression of cell cycle protein cyclin D1, while promoting the activation of Caspase 3, 8 and 9 when compared to curcumin in human colon cancer cell line SW480.
CONCLUSION: The result of this study indicates that ICA could hold promise to be a potential anti-cancer agent. Since ICA has shown encouraging results in terms of its anti-cancer activity compared to curcumin, further research is necessary to fully delineate the underlying molecular mechanism of its anticancer potential.

Li G, Zheng J, Xu B, et al.
Simvastatin inhibits tumor angiogenesis in HER2-overexpressing human colorectal cancer.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2017; 85:418-424 [PubMed] Related Publications
Overexpression of the HER2 oncogene contributes to tumor angiogenesis, which is an essential hallmark of cancer. Simvastatin has been reported to exhibit antitumor activities in several cancers; however, its roles and molecular mechanismsin the regulation of colorectal angiogenesis remain to be clarified. Here, we show that colon cancer cells express high levels of VEGF, total HER2 and phosphorylated HER2, and simvastatin apparently decreased their expression in HER2-overexpressing colon cancer cells. Simvastatin pretreatment reduced endothelial tube formation in vitro and microvessel density in vivo. Furthermore, simvastatin markedly inhibited tumor angiogenesis even in the presence of heregulin (HRG)-β1 (a HER2 co-activator) pretreatment in HER2+ tumor cells. Mechanistic investigation showed that simvastatin significantly abrogated HER2-induced tumor angiogenesis by inhibiting VEGF secretion. Together, these results provide a novel mechanism underlying the simvastatin-induced inhibition of tumor angiogenesis through regulating HER2/VEGF axis.

Sun J, Jiang J, Lu K, et al.
Therapeutic potential of ADAM17 modulation in gastric cancer through regulation of the EGFR and TNF-α signalling pathways.
Mol Cell Biochem. 2017; 426(1-2):17-26 [PubMed] Related Publications
A disintegrin and metalloproteinase 17 (ADAM17) is highly expressed in various tumours and affects tumour progression. In this study, ADAM17 expression in 60 gastric cancer and 20 normal gastric mucosal tissues was assessed using immunohistochemistry. ADAM17 expression was higher in gastric cancer tissues than in normal gastric mucosal tissues (P < 0.0005). A significant relationship was identified between ADAM17 expression and the depth of tumour invasion, metastasis, and carcinoma stage. Furthermore, the effects of ADAM17 knockdown on the proliferation, cell invasion, and apoptosis of human gastric carcinoma cells (SGC-7901) were determined. SGC-7901 cells were transfected with ADAM17-shRNA, and cell proliferation and migration were assessed using CCK-8 and transwell assays, respectively, to evaluate the role of ADAM17 in tumour proliferation and invasion. Furthermore, the EGFR signalling pathway, the cell membrane receptor-bound TNF-α level, and apoptosis were evaluated by western blotting and flow cytometry. The inhibition of cell proliferation and invasion was observed in the ADAM17 knockdown cells, which was associated with modulation of the EGFR signalling pathway. Apoptosis was increased, and TNF-α signalling was attenuated in the ADAM17 knockdown cells. Our study demonstrated that ADAM17 over-expression in gastric cancer tissues was closely associated with tumour proliferation, invasion, and apoptosis.

Shafi O
Inverse relationship between Alzheimer's disease and cancer, and other factors contributing to Alzheimer's disease: a systematic review.
BMC Neurol. 2016; 16(1):236 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The AD etiology is yet not properly known. Interactions among environmental factors, multiple susceptibility genes and aging, contribute to AD. This study investigates the factors that play role in causing AD and how changes in cellular pathways contribute to AD.
METHODS: PUBMED database, MEDLINE database and Google Scholar were searched with no date restrictions for published articles involving cellular pathways with roles in cancers, cell survival, growth, proliferation, development, aging, and also contributing to Alzheimer's disease. This research explores inverse relationship between AD and cancer, also investigates other factors behind AD using several already published research literature to find the etiology of AD.
RESULTS: Cancer and Alzheimer's disease have inverse relationship in many aspects such as P53, estrogen, neurotrophins and growth factors, growth and proliferation, cAMP, EGFR, Bcl-2, apoptosis pathways, IGF-1, HSV, TDP-43, APOE variants, notch signals and presenilins, NCAM, TNF alpha, PI3K/AKT/MTOR pathway, telomerase, ROS, ACE levels. AD occurs when brain neurons have weakened growth, cell survival responses, maintenance mechanisms, weakened anti-stress responses such as Vimentin, Carbonic anhydrases, HSPs, SAPK. In cancer, these responses are upregulated and maintained. Evolutionarily conserved responses and maintenance mechanisms such as FOXO are impaired in AD. Countermeasures or compensatory mechanisms by AD affected neurons such as Tau, Beta Amyloid, S100, are last attempts for survival which may be protective for certain time, or can speed up AD in Alzheimer's microenvironment via C-ABL activation, GSK3, neuro-inflammation.
CONCLUSIONS: Alzheimer's disease and Cancer have inverse relationship; many factors that are upregulated in any cancer to sustain growth and survival are downregulated in Alzheimer's disease contributing to neuro-degeneration. When aged neurons or genetically susceptible neurons have weakened growth, cell survival and anti-stress responses, age related gene expression changes, altered regulation of cell death and maintenance mechanisms, they contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Countermeasures by AD neurons such as Beta Amyloid Plaques, NFTs, S100, are last attempts for survival and this provides neuroprotection for certain time and ultimately may become pathological and speed up AD. This study may contribute in developing new potential diagnostic tests, interventions and treatments.

Chang H, Sung JH, Moon SU, et al.
EGF Induced RET Inhibitor Resistance in CCDC6-RET Lung Cancer Cells.
Yonsei Med J. 2017; 58(1):9-18 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
PURPOSE: Rearrangement of the proto-oncogene rearranged during transfection (RET) has been newly identified potential driver mutation in lung adenocarcinoma. Clinically available tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) target RET kinase activity, which suggests that patients with RET fusion genes may be treatable with a kinase inhibitor. Nevertheless, the mechanisms of resistance to these agents remain largely unknown. Thus, the present study aimed to determine whether epidermal growth factor (EGF) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) trigger RET inhibitor resistance in LC-2/ad cells with CCDC6-RET fusion genes.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of EGF and HGF on the susceptibility of a CCDC6-RET lung cancer cell line to RET inhibitors (sunitinib, E7080, vandetanib, and sorafenib) were examined.
RESULTS: CCDC6-RET lung cancer cells were highly sensitive to RET inhibitors. EGF activated epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and triggered resistance to sunitinib, E7080, vandetanib, and sorafenib by transducing bypass survival signaling through ERK and AKT. Reversible EGFR-TKI (gefitinib) resensitized cancer cells to RET inhibitors, even in the presence of EGF. Endothelial cells, which are known to produce EGF, decreased the sensitivity of CCDC6-RET lung cancer cells to RET inhibitors, an effect that was inhibited by EGFR small interfering RNA (siRNA), anti-EGFR antibody (cetuximab), and EGFR-TKI (Iressa). HGF had relatively little effect on the sensitivity to RET inhibitors.
CONCLUSION: EGF could trigger resistance to RET inhibition in CCDC6-RET lung cancer cells, and endothelial cells may confer resistance to RET inhibitors by EGF. E7080 and other RET inhibitors may provide therapeutic benefits in the treatment of RET-positive lung cancer patients.

Sartore-Bianchi A, Siena S, Tonini G, et al.
Overcoming dynamic molecular heterogeneity in metastatic colorectal cancer: Multikinase inhibition with regorafenib and the case of rechallenge with anti-EGFR.
Cancer Treat Rev. 2016; 51:54-62 [PubMed] Related Publications
In metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), fluorouracil-based combination therapy with oxaliplatin or irinotecan is the mainstay of first-line treatment. Patient survival has been significantly improved with the introduction of monoclonal antibodies against VEGF (bevacizumab), VEGFR2 (ramucirumab) or EGFR (cetuximab or panitumumab) in first- and second-line therapies. However, all patients treated with chemotherapy and targeted therapies will eventually relapse, and recently the emergence of alterations in EGFR, RAS, BRAF, ERB-B2, MET and possibly in other genes has been shown to jeopardize response to EGFR blockade. In chemorefractory patients, multikinase inhibition with regorafenib has proved to be effective and rechallenge with chemotherapy or anti-EGFR agents is empirically pursued. This review will critically discuss how the evolving knowledge of mechanisms of resistance driven by intratumoural dynamic molecular heterogeneity can impact on rational choice of treatments in this setting.

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