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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; GROWTH ; INHIBITOR ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; MODEL ; PATHWAY ; THERAPY ; DISEASE ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; DRUG ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TUMORS ; NEUROBLASTOMA-CELLS ; ACTIVATION ; MECHANISM ; FAMILY ; prognosis ; mechanisms ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; MEMBERS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; ANTITUMOR-ACTIVITY ; MOUSE ; TRIAL ; TRIALS ; CELL-DEATH ; CLINICAL-TRIALS ; chemotherapy ; MOUSE MODEL ; TARGETS ; CHILDREN ; HDAC inhibitors ; HISTONE DEACETYLASE ; INTERFERON-ALPHA ; REPRESSION ; TRAIL-INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; neuroblastoma ; HDAC ; INHIBITORS ; ADULT ; review ; FAMILIES ; THERAPIES ; tumor suppressor gene ; EPIGENETICS ; CANCERS ; valproic acid ; Phase I ; SODIUM VALPROATE ; MALIGNANT PHENOTYPE ; NUCLEAR EXPORT ; drug targets ; DRUG-TARGET ; HDAC inhibitor
    Abstract: Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are an emerging class of novel anti-cancer drug targets. Recently, studies in adult cancers and in neuroblastoma have shown that individual HDAC family members are aberrantly expressed in tumors and correlate with disease stage and prognosis. In neuroblastoma, knockdown of individual HDAC family members causes distinct phenotypes ranging from differentiation to apoptosis. HDACs are involved in controlling MYCN function and are upregulated in chemotherapy-resistant neuroblastoma cells. Treatment with unselective pan-HDAC inhibitors causes cell cycle arrest, differentiation, apoptosis, and inhibition of clonogenic growth of neuroblastoma cells, and restores susceptibility to chemotherapy treatment. The molecular mechanisms mediating the anti-cancer effects of HDAC inhibitors on neuroblastoma cells are incompletely understood and involve targeting of aberrant epigenetic repression of tumor suppressor genes, activation of developmental differentiation pathways, as well as changing the acetylation level and function of non-histone proteins. In neuroblastoma mouse models, unselective HDAC inhibitors demonstrate antitumoral effects. First phase I clinical trials in children with refractory cancers using HDAC inhibitors depsipeptide and the recently approved vorinostat are underway. This review summarizes our current knowledge about classical HDAC family members as novel drug targets for neuroblastoma therapy and discusses the potential role of next generation, selective HDAC inhibitors
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19199971
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    Keywords: CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; INHIBITOR ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; PHASE-I ; THERAPY ; LUNG-CANCER ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; GENE ; GENES ; DRUG ; TUMORS ; MICE ; MESSENGER-RNA EXPRESSION ; FAMILY ; MEMBERS ; BREAST-CANCER ; TRIAL ; TRIALS ; CLINICAL-TRIALS ; CANCER-CELLS ; TARGETS ; HDAC inhibitors ; HISTONE DEACETYLASE ; histone deacetylase inhibitor ; HDAC ; INHIBITORS ; SINGLE ; review ; FAMILIES ; IV ; CLASS-II ; development ; PHASE ; COMPOUND ; HYPOXIA-INDUCIBLE FACTOR-1-ALPHA ; REFRACTORY SOLID TUMORS ; VIVO ANTITUMOR-ACTIVITY ; drug targets ; DRUG-TARGET ; HDAC inhibitor ; CONTROLS CHONDROCYTE HYPERTROPHY
    Abstract: Histone deacetylases comprise a family of 18 genes, which are grouped into classes I-IV based on their homology to their respective yeast orthologues. Classes I, II, and IV consist of 11 family members, which are referred to as "classical" HDACs, whereas the 7 class III members are called sirtuins. Classical HDACs are a promising novel class of anti-cancer drug targets. First HDAC inhibitors have been evaluated in clinical trials and show activity against several cancer diseases. However, these compounds act unselectively against several or all 11 HDAC family members. As a consequence, clinical phase 1 trials document a wide range of side effects. Therefore, the current challenge in the field is to define the cancer relevant HDAC family member(s) in a given tumor type and to design selective inhibitors, which target cancer cells but leave out normal cells. Knockout of single HDAC family members in mice produces a variety of phenotypes ranging from early embryonic death to viable animals with only discrete alterations, indicating that potential side effects of HDAC inhibitors depend on the selectivity of the compounds. Recently, several studies have shown that certain HDAC family members are aberrantly expressed in several tumors and have non-redundant function in controlling hallmarks of cancer cells. The aim of this review is to discuss individual HDAC family members as drug targets in cancer taking into consideration their function under physiological conditions and their oncogenic potential in malignant disease. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18824292
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; TUMORS ; ABERRATIONS ; METHYLATION ; EMBRYONIC STEM-CELLS ; MULTIFORME ; HIGH-GRADE GLIOMAS ; TELOMERES ; INTEGRATED GENOMIC ANALYSIS ; ATRX
    Abstract: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a lethal brain tumour in adults and children. However, DNA copy number and gene expression signatures indicate differences between adult and paediatric cases(1-4). To explore the genetic events underlying this distinction, we sequenced the exomes of 48 paediatric GBM samples. Somatic mutations in the H3.3-ATRX-DAXX chromatin remodelling pathway were identified in 44% of tumours (21/48). Recurrent mutations in H3F3A, which encodes the replication-independent histone 3 variant H3.3, were observed in 31% of tumours, and led to amino acid substitutions at two critical positions within the histone tail (K27M, G34R/G34V) involved in key regulatory post-translational modifications. Mutations in ATRX (alpha-thalassaemia/mental retardation syndrome X-linked)(5) and DAXX (death-domain associated protein), encoding two subunits of a chromatin remodelling complex required for H3.3 incorporation at pericentric heterochromatin and telomeres(6,7), were identified in 31% of samples overall, and in 100% of tumours harbouring a G34R or G34V H3.3 mutation. Somatic TP53 mutations were identified in 54% of all cases, and in 86% of samples with H3F3A and/or ATRX mutations. Screening of a large cohort of gliomas of various grades and histologies (n = 784) showed H3F3A mutations to be specific to GBM and highly prevalent in children and young adults. Furthermore, the presence of H3F3A/ATRX-DAXX/TP53 mutations was strongly associated with alternative lengthening of telomeres and specific gene expression profiles. This is, to our knowledge, the first report to highlight recurrent mutations in a regulatory histone in humans, and our data suggest that defects of the chromatin architecture underlie paediatric and young adult GBM pathogenesis
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22286061
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    Keywords: proliferation ; TUMORS ; METHYLATION ; CELL-GROWTH ; medulloblastoma ; GLIOBLASTOMA ; MULTIPLE GENES ; DISTINCT SUBGROUPS ; INTRACRANIAL EPENDYMOMA ; DRIVER MUTATIONS
    Abstract: Ependymoma is the third most common pediatric brain tumor, yet because of the paucity of effective therapeutic interventions, 45% of patients remain incurable. Recent transcriptional and copy number profiling of the disease has identified few driver genes and in fact points to a balanced genomic profile. Candidate gene approaches looking at hypermethylated promoters and genome-wide epigenetic arrays suggest that DNA methylation may be critical to ependymoma pathogenesis. This review attempts to highlight existing and emerging evidence implicating the ependymoma epigenome as a key player and that epigenetic modifiers may offer new targeted therapeutic avenues for patients.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23432646
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    Keywords: CANCER ; GROWTH ; TUMORS ; NERVOUS-SYSTEM ; ADULT ; MOUSE MODELS ; PEDIATRIC MEDULLOBLASTOMA ; HEDGEHOG PATHWAY INHIBITOR ; TERT PROMOTER MUTATIONS ; ITRACONAZOLE
    Abstract: Smoothened (SMO) inhibitors recently entered clinical trials for sonic-hedgehog-driven medulloblastoma (SHH-MB). Clinical response is highly variable. To understand the mechanism(s) of primary resistance and identify pathways cooperating with aberrant SHH signaling, we sequenced and profiled a large cohort of SHH-MBs (n = 133). SHH pathway mutations involved PTCH1 (across all age groups), SUFU (infants, including germline), and SMO (adults). Children 〉3 years old harbored an excess of downstream MYCN and GLI2 amplifications and frequent TP53 mutations, often in the germline, all of which were rare in infants and adults. Functional assays in different SHH-MB xenograft models demonstrated that SHH-MBs harboring a PTCH1 mutation were responsive to SMO inhibition, whereas tumors harboring an SUFU mutation or MYCN amplification were primarily resistant.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24651015
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    Keywords: CELLS ; HYBRIDIZATION ; TUMORS ; MESSENGER-RNA ; IDENTIFICATION ; CENTRAL-NERVOUS-SYSTEM ; CHROMOSOMAL IMBALANCES ; CHILDHOOD ; NEURONAL DIFFERENTIATION ; INTRACRANIAL EPENDYMOMAS
    Abstract: Nonresectable ependymomas are associated with poor prognosis despite intensive radiochemotherapy and radiation. The molecular pathogenesis of ependymoma initiation and progression is largely unknown. We here present a case of therapy-refractory, progressive ependymoma with cerebrospinal as well as extraneural metastases, which allowed us for the first time to follow the stepwise accumulation of chromosome aberrations during disease progression. Genome-wide DNA copy-number analysis showed sequential deletions on chromosomes 1, 9, and 14 as well as a homozygous deletion of the CDKN2A locus, underscoring its role in tumor progression. Gradual loss at Ip36 was associated with loss of protein expression of the putative tumor suppressor gene AJAPI/SHREWI. In summary, this is the first report on acquired genomic aberrations in ependymoma over time pointing to novel candidate tumor suppressor genes. This analysis provides molecular insights into the chronology of genetic events in this case from initial localized tumor to widespread metastasized disease.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19025795
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; tumor ; INHIBITION ; PATHWAY ; TUMORS ; prognosis ; CLUSTER ; medulloblastoma ; SUBTYPES ; PROFILES ; hsa-miR-182 ; Metastatic dissemination ; POLYCISTRON ; SHH pathway
    Abstract: The contribution of microRNAs to the initiation, progression, and metastasis of medulloblastoma (MB) remains poorly understood. Metastatic dissemination at diagnosis is present in about 30% of MB patients, and is associated with a dismal prognosis. Using microRNA expression profiling, we demonstrate that the retinal miR-183-96-182 cluster on chromosome 7q32 is highly overexpressed in non-sonic hedgehog MBs (non-SHH-MBs). Expression of miR-182 and miR-183 is associated with cerebellar midline localization, and miR-182 is significantly overexpressed in metastatic MB as compared to non-metastatic tumors. Overexpression of miR-182 in non-SHH-MB increases and knockdown of miR-182 decreases cell migration in vitro. Xenografts overexpressing miR-182 invaded adjacent normal tissue and spread to the leptomeninges, phenotypically reminiscent of clinically highly aggressive large cell anaplastic MB. Hence, our study provides strong in vitro and in vivo evidence that miR-182 contributes to leptomeningeal metastatic dissemination in non-SHH-MB. We therefore reason that targeted inhibition of miR-182 may prevent leptomeningeal spread in patients with non-SHH-MB.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22134538
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