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  • ONCOLOGY  (6)
  • 1
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; tumor ; AGENTS ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; VIVO ; SAMPLES ; TUMORS ; TIME ; PATIENT ; INDUCTION ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; treatment ; PROGRESSION ; resistance ; INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; PLASMA ; prostate cancer ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; chemotherapy ; ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC-LEUKEMIA ; DERIVATIVES ; HEPATOMA-CELLS ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; CARCINOMAS ; PHARMACOKINETICS ; AGENT ; SINGLE ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; EX-VIVO ; SOLID TUMORS ; MEDIATED APOPTOSIS ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; LEVEL ; analysis ; methods ; PLASMA-LEVELS ; dexamethasone ; PROMOTION ; USA ; GLUCOCORTICOIDS ; prospective ; in vivo ; clinical study
    Abstract: Background: Glucocorticoids have been used widely in conjunction with cancer therapy due to their ability to induce apoptosis in hematological cells and to prevent nausea and emesis. However, recent data including ours, suggest induction of therapy resistance by glucocorticoids in solid tumors, although it is unclear whether this happens only in few carcinomas or is a more common cell type specific phenomenon. Material and Methods: We performed an overall statistical analysis of our new and recent data obtained with 157 tumor probes evaluated in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo. The effect of glucocorticoids on apoptosis, viability and cell cycle progression under diverse clinically important questions was examined. Results: New in vivo results demonstrate glucocorticoid - induced chemotherapy resistance in xenografted prostate cancer. In an overall statistical analysis we found glucocorticoid - induced resistance in 89% of 157 analysed tumor samples. Resistance is common for several cytotoxic treatments and for several glucocorticoid - derivatives and due to an inhibition of apoptosis, promotion of viability and cell cycle progression. Resistance occurred at clinically achievable peak plasma levels of patients under anti - emetic glucocorticoid therapy and below, lasted for a long time, after one single dose, but was reversible upon removal of glucocorticoids. Two nonsteroidal alternative anti - emetic agents did not counteract anticancer treatment and may be sufficient to replace gluco corticoids in cotreatment of carcinoma patients. Conclusion: These data demonstrate the need for prospective clinical studies as well as for detailed mechanistic studies of GC - induced cell - type specific pro - and anti - apoptotic signalling
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17224649
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  • 2
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; INHIBITOR ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; LUNG-CANCER ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; TISSUE ; kidney ; FAMILY ; tumour ; ALPHA ; TARGET ; ISOFORM ; immunohistochemistry ; DIFFERENCE ; resistance ; CANCER-CELLS ; BETA ; STRATEGIES ; IMMUNOTHERAPY ; NORMAL TISSUE ; sensitivity ; OVEREXPRESSION ; CANCER-THERAPY ; protein expression ; TRANSCRIPTS ; CELL CARCINOMA ; renal cell carcinoma ; ONCOLOGY ; ADULT ; RE ; THERAPIES ; INCREASE ; cancer therapy ; REAL-TIME ; SURVIVIN ; NUCLEAR ; ML-IAP ; inhibitor of apoptosis ; apoptotic ; quantitative ; livin/ML-IAP ; APOPTOSIS PROTEIN ; CYTOPLASM ; tumour therapy ; Livin/ML-IAP/KIAP ; MELANOMA INHIBITOR
    Abstract: The antiapoptotic Livin/ML-IAP gene has recently gained much attention as a potential new target for cancer therapy. Reports indicating that livin is expressed almost exclusively in tumours, but not in the corresponding normal tissue, suggested that the targeted inhibition of livin may present a novel tumour-specific therapeutic strategy. Here, we compared the expression of livin in renal cell carcinoma and in non-tumorous adult kidney tissue by quantitative real-time reverse transcription-PCR, immunoblotting, and immunohistochemistry. We found that livin expression was significantly increased in tumours (P=0.0077), but was also clearly detectable in non-tumorous adult kidney. Transcripts encoding Livin isoforms alpha and beta were found in both renal cell carcinoma and normal tissue, without obvious qualitative differences. Livin protein in renal cell carcinoma samples exhibited cytoplasmic and/or nuclear staining. In non-tumorous kidney tissue, Livin protein expression was only detectable in specific cell types and restricted to the cytoplasm. Thus, whereas the relative overexpression of livin in renal cell carcinoma indicates that it may still represent a therapeutic target to increase the apoptotic sensitivity of kidney cancer cells, this strategy is likely to be not tumour-specific
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17968430
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  • 3
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; SURVIVAL ; carcinoma ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; NF-KAPPA-B ; prognosis ; ASSOCIATION ; TUMOR PROGRESSION ; METASTASIS ; PROGNOSTIC FACTORS ; FAS LIGAND EXPRESSION ; APOPTOSIS-INDUCING LIGAND ; ONCOLOGY ; CD95-MEDIATED APOPTOSIS ; death receptor ; renal cell cancer ; (APO-1/FAS)-MEDIATED APOPTOSIS ; CD95 (Fas/APO1) ; DECOY RECEPTOR-3 ; FREQUENT LOSS
    Abstract: CD95 (Fas/APO1) is one of the best known members of the death receptor family which can either mediate apoptosis or activate tumor-promoting pathways. Using a tissue microarray we investigated the association between the expression of CD95 and prognosis in 617 patients with renal cell carcinomas (RCCs). CD95 was expressed in the vast majority of RCCs. High CD95 expression was associated with lymph node metastasis and correlated negatively with disease-specific survival. Multivariate Cox regression analysis confirmed CD95 expression as an independent prognostic factor. In conclusion, high CD95 expression is a negative independent prognostic factor in RCCs which could be used to identify high-risk patients with a poor clinical prognosis.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21196076
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  • 4
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; proliferation ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; CELL-PROLIFERATION ; Germany ; human ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; GENE ; RNA ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; TISSUE ; LINES ; kidney ; primary ; CELL-LINES ; TARGET ; virus ; MALIGNANCIES ; resistance ; CARCINOMA CELLS ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; CELL-LINE ; CARCINOMA-CELLS ; HOMOLOG ; STRATEGIES ; METHYLTRANSFERASE ACTIVITY ; CANCER-THERAPY ; CELL CARCINOMA ; renal cell carcinoma ; MALIGNANCY ; ONCOLOGY ; ENHANCER ; ADULT ; RE ; INTERFERENCE ; RNA INTERFERENCE ; THERAPIES ; cancer therapy ; cell proliferation ; TUMOR TISSUE ; LEVEL ; RNAi ; USA ; tumor therapy ; RENAL-CELL ; GROUP PROTEIN EZH2 ; POLYCOMB REPRESSION ; HISTONE H3 ; AGGRESSIVE BREAST-CANCER ; enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) ; ZESTE HOMOLOG-2
    Abstract: The enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) gene has been recently linked to human malignancies where it may serve as a new target for cancer therapy. Here, we analyzed EZH2 expression in primary renal cell carcinoma (RCC) specimens and in nontumorous tissue samples from adult kidney. EZH2 transcripts were detectable in all RCC specimens examined. Expression levels were significantly higher in tumor tissue (p 〈= 0.0001) than in samples from normal adult kidney. Moreover, inhibition of endogenous EZH2 expression in RCC cell lines by RNA interference (RNAi) led to reduced proliferation and increased apoptosis in RCC cells. These data show that EZH2 is overexpressed in RCC. Furthermore, they indicate that the EZH2 gene plays a role for both the proliferation and the apoptosis resistance of RCC cells. Targeted inhibition of EZH2 could therefore represent a novel strategy to improve the therapeutic response of RCC. (C) 2008 Wilely-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18623083
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  • 5
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; THERAPY ; INFORMATION ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; incidence ; MORTALITY ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; PATIENT ; LIGAND ; SERA ; prognosis ; T-CELL ; ASSOCIATION ; PERFORMANCE ; NEOPLASIA ; PROGRESSION ; immunohistochemistry ; METASTASIS ; SUPERFAMILY ; MULTIVARIATE ; CARCINOMAS ; NORMAL TISSUE ; gene amplification ; OVEREXPRESSION ; PROGNOSTIC FACTOR ; SERUM ; CELL CARCINOMA ; ELISA ; renal cell carcinoma ; ONCOLOGY ; REGRESSION ; THERAPIES ; MEDIATED APOPTOSIS ; PROGNOSTIC-FACTOR ; ADJUVANT THERAPY ; TUMOR TISSUE ; LEVEL ; analysis ; methods ; FAS LIGAND ; SERUM-LEVELS ; USA ; HIGH-GRADE ; PROGRESSION-FREE SURVIVAL ; PROBABILITY ; RENAL-CELL ; DCR3 ; lymph node metastasis ; PERFORMANCE STATUS
    Abstract: Background: Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3) is a soluble protein that binds to and inactivates the death ligand CD95L. Here, we studied a possible association between DcR3 expression and prognosis in patients with renal cell carcinomas (RCCs). Methods: A tissue microarray containing RCC tumor tissue samples and corresponding normal tissue samples was generated. Decoy receptor 3 expression in tumors of 560 patients was examined by immunohistochemistry. The effect of DcR3 expression on disease-specific survival and progression-free survival was assessed using univariate analysis and multivariate Cox regression analysis. Decoy receptor 3 serum levels were determined by ELISA. Findings: High DcR3 expression was associated with high-grade (P = .005) and high-stage (P = .048) RCCs. The incidence of distant metastasis (P = .03) and lymph node metastasis (P = .002) was significantly higher in the group with high DcR3 expression. Decoy receptor 3 expression correlated negatively with disease-specific survival (P 〈 .001) and progression-free survival (P 〈 .001) in univariate analyses. A multivariate Cox regression analysis retained DcR3 expression as an independent prognostic factor that outperformed the Karnofsky performance status. In patients with high-stage RCCs expressing DcR3, the 2-year survival probability was 25%, whereas in patients with DcR3-negative tumors, the survival probability was 65% (P 〈 .001). Moreover, DcR3 serum levels were significantly higher in patients with high-stage localized disease (P = .007) and metastatic disease ( P = .001). Interpretation: DcR3 expression is an independent prognostic factor of RCC progression and mortality. Therefore, the assessment of DcR3 expression levels offers valuable prognostic information that could be used to select patients for adjuvant therapy studies
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18813347
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  • 6
    Keywords: CANCER ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; MODEL ; PERFUSION ; imaging ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TUMORS ; SURGERY ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; CONTRAST ; MRI ; SEQUENCE ; MAGNETIC-RESONANCE ; magnetic resonance imaging ; NUMBER ; tomography ; CARCINOMAS ; CONTRAST-ENHANCED MRI ; CELL CARCINOMA ; renal cell carcinoma ; ONCOLOGY ; dynamic contrast enhanced MRI ; SUBTYPES ; dCE MRI ; PHARMACOKINETIC PARAMETERS ; NEPHRON-SPARING SURGERY ; FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT ; grading ; AREA ; CELL CARCINOMAS
    Abstract: In this study, we investigated whether assessment of the tumor perfusion by dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE MRI) enables to estimate the morphologic grading of renal cell carcinomas. A total of 21 patients with suspected renal cell cancer were examined using a Gadobutrol-enhanced, dynamic saturation-recovery, turbo-fast, low-angle shot sequence. Tumor perfusion and the tissue-blood ratio within the entire tumor and the most highly vascularized part of the tumor were calculated according to the model of Miles. Immediately after examination, patients underwent surgery, and the results from imaging were compared with the morphological analysis of the histologic grading. Fourteen patients had G2 tumors, and seven patients had G3 tumors. Significantly higher perfusion values (p 〈 0.05) were obtained in G3 tumors than in G2 tumors when the entire tumor area was considered (1.59 +/- 0.44 (ml/g/min) vs. 1.08 +/- 0.38 (ml/g/min)) or its most highly vascularized part (2.14 + 0.89 (ml/g/min) vs. 1.40 + 0.49 (ml/g/min)). By contrast, the tissue-blood ratios did not differ significantly between the two groups. In conclusion, unlike tissue-blood ratio, surrogate parameters of the tumor perfusion determined by DCE MRI seem to allow an estimation of the grading of renal cell carcinoma. However, further studies with high case numbers and including patients with G1 tumors are required to evaluate the full potential and clinical impact. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19540690
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