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  • 1
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; COHORT ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; cell line ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; LINES ; PATIENT ; FAMILY ; CARCINOGENESIS ; TISSUES ; CELL-LINES ; LESIONS ; PROGRESSION ; immunohistochemistry ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; LOCALIZATION ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; adenocarcinoma ; ADENOCARCINOMAS ; pathology ; OVEREXPRESSION ; cell lines ; pancreatic cancer ; protein expression ; chemoresistance ; SUBCELLULAR-LOCALIZATION ; SUBSET ; pancreas ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; FAMILIES ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; polymerase chain reaction ; TUMOR TISSUE ; LEVEL ; analysis ; methods ; pancreatic ; RARE ; SURVIVAL-DATA ; Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
    Abstract: AIMS: To determine the role of two antiapoptotic proteins of the IAP family, cIAP1 and cIAP2, in human pancreatic carcinogenesis. METHODS: mRNA levels were measured in pancreatic tissues and pancreatic cancer cell lines by quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR). Protein expression was assessed in pancreatic cancer cell lines by immunoblotting and in pancreatic tissues by immunohistochemistry and correlated with pathological and survival data. RESULTS: cIAP1 expression was constantly high in non-neoplastic pancreatic tissues, in PanIN lesions, as well as in a subset of primary and metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDAC), and a preferential cytoplasmatic localization was observed in the tumor tissues. cIAP1 expression was rare in a cohort of cystic tumors. cIAP2 mRNA levels were significantly higher (2.4 fold) in PDAC than in the normal tissues. cIAP2 protein was overexpressed in PDAC and was detectable in low-grade and high-grade PanIN lesions. Moreover, cIAP2 was frequently expressed in pancreatic cystic tumors. cIAP1 and cIAP2 mRNA and protein were detected in all the examined cell lines. Survival analysis revealed a shorter survival in patients with cIAP1/cIAP2-positive tumors. CONCLUSIONS: cIAP1 might contribute to the regulation of the apoptotic process in the normal and in the neoplastic pancreas, depending on its subcellular localization. cIAP2 overexpression is a frequent and early event in pancreatic cancer progression and could therefore potentially influence important pathophysiological aspects of PDAC, such as anoikis or chemoresistance
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16775116
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  • 2
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; GROWTH-FACTOR ; CELL ; Germany ; TISSUE ; LINES ; TIME ; FAMILY ; INDUCTION ; TISSUES ; CONTRAST ; CELL-LINES ; DOWN-REGULATION ; MEMBER ; MEMBERS ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; BREAST-CANCER ; antibodies ; antibody ; immunohistochemistry ; ASSAY ; CARCINOMA CELLS ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; CANCER-CELLS ; BETA ; RT-PCR ; adenocarcinoma ; p21 ; CELL-SURFACE ; RECEPTORS ; DIFFERENTIAL EXPRESSION ; cell lines ; pancreatic cancer ; CELL-GROWTH ; signaling ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; FAMILIES ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; independent growth ; ENHANCED EXPRESSION ; TGF-beta 1 ; HEPARAN-SULFATE PROTEOGLYCANS ; LEVEL ; pancreatic ; ASSAYS ; SULFATE ; downregulation ; lymph node ; LYMPH-NODE ; correlation ; VIEW ; DECREASED SURVIVAL ; activin ; bone morphogenic protein ; CONTROLS CELLULAR-RESPONSES ; glypican ; heparan sulfate proteoglycans ; SMAD PROTEINS
    Abstract: Glypican 1 (GPC1) is a cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycan that acts as a co-receptor for heparin-binding growth factors as well as for members of the TGF-beta family. GPC1 plays a role in pancreatic cancer by regulating growth factor responsiveness. In view of the importance of members of the TGF-beta family in pancreatic cancer, in the present study, the role of GPC1 in TGF-beta, BMP and activin signaling was analyzed. Quantitative RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry were utilized to analyze GPC1 and TGF-beta, BMP and activin receptor expression levels. Panc-1 and T3M4 pancreatic cancer cells were transfected in a stable manner with a GPC1 antisense expression construct. Anchorage-dependent and -independent growth was determined by MTT and soft agar assays. TGF-beta 1, activin-A and BMP-2 responsiveness was determined by MTT assays and immunoblotting with p21, p-Smad1, and p-Smad2 antibodies. QRT-PCR demonstrated increased GPC1 mRNA levels in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) compared to normal pancreatic tissues (NPT), as described previously. There was a significant correlation between GPC1 mRNA levels and T beta RII, act-R1a, act-R1b, act-R2a, BMP-R1a, and BMP-R2 mRNA expression in NPT. In contrast, GPC1 mRNA expression correlated directly with act-R1a and BMP-R1a in NO PDAC cases and with act-R2a and BMP-R1a in lymph node positive cases. Down-regulation of GPC1 resulted in increased doubling time in Panc-1 but not in T3M4 cells, and decreased anchorage-independent growth in both cell lines. GPC1 down-regulation resulted in a slightly altered response towards TGF-beta 1, activin-A and BMP-2 in terms of growth, p21 induction and Smad2 phosphorylation. In conclusion, enhanced GPC1 expression correlates with BMP and activin receptors in pancreatic cancer. GPC1 down-regulation suppresses pancreatic cancer cell growth and slightly modifies signaling of members of the TGF-beta family of growth factors
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17016645
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  • 3
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CELLS ; carcinoma ; Germany ; LUNG ; THERAPY ; TOOL ; TIME ; resistance ; INITIATION ; pancreas ; RE ; pancreatic ; rectum ; viability ; MOLECULAR ANALYSIS ; tumour specimen ; surgical resection ; rectum carcinoma
    Abstract: Surgical resected tumours are often stored for hours in the clinic upon transfer to the bench leading to apoptosis of tumour cells making them no longer suitable for molecular analysis and diagnostic procedures. The way out of this problem may be a new oxygen-enriched solution (OES). We tested this agent using surgical resections of carcinomas of lung, rectum and pancreas. Immediately after resection, one part of each individual tumour was stored in PBS and the other part in OES, and the content of viable or dead cells was determined by trypan blue exclusion and MTT-assay. We found that OES keeps tumour cells up to 3 days and longer more viable than PBS and reduces the percentage of dead cells without inducing therapy resistance and affecting the outcome of experimental procedures. Thus, storing freshly resected tumours in OES may save time for tumour transfer and initiation of experiments
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16596178
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  • 4
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; carcinoma ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; GENE ; GENES ; LINES ; MICE ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; INDUCTION ; treatment ; 5-FLUOROURACIL ; prevention ; resistance ; AGE ; NUDE-MICE ; CELL-LINE ; chemotherapy ; LINE ; CARCINOMAS ; specificity ; CISPLATIN ; pancreatic cancer ; CANCER-THERAPY ; CYTOTOXICITY ; signaling ; GEMCITABINE ; RE ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; cancer therapy ; pancreatic ; GENDER ; dexamethasone ; GLUCOCORTICOID-INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; NAUSEA ; HISTOLOGY ; in vivo ; surgical resection
    Abstract: Background: Chemotherapy for pancreatic carcinoma often has severe side effects that limit its efficacy. The glucocorticoid (GC) dexamethasone (DEX) is frequently used as co-treatment to prevent side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, for palliative purposes and to treat allergic reactions. While the potent pro-apoptotic properties and the supportive effects of GCs to tumour therapy in lymphoid cells are well studied, the impact of GCs to cytotoxic treatment of pancreatic carcinoma is unknown. Methods: A prospective study of DEX-mediated resistance was performed using a pancreatic carcinoma xenografted to nude mice, 20 surgical resections and 10 established pancreatic carcinoma cell lines. Antiapoptotic signaling in response to DEX was examined by Western blot analysis. Results: In vitro, DEX inhibited drug-induced apoptosis and promoted the growth in all of 10 examined malignant cells. Ex vivo, DEX used in physiological concentrations significantly prevented the cytotoxic effect of gemcitabine and cisplatin in 18 of 20 freshly isolated cell lines from resected pancreatic tumours. No correlation with age, gender, histology, TNM and induction of therapy resistance by DEX co-treatment could be detected. In vivo, DEX totally prevented cytotoxicity of chemotherapy to pancreatic carcinoma cells xenografted to nude mice. Mechanistically, DEX upregulated pro-survival factors and anti-apoptotic genes in established pancreatic carcinoma cells. Conclusion: These data show that DEX induces therapy resistance in pancreatic carcinoma cells and raise the question whether GC-mediated protection of tumour cells from cancer therapy may be dangerous for patients
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16539710
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; neoplasms ; DIAGNOSIS ; NEW-YORK ; microarray ; transcription ; TISSUE ; DNA ; MICROARRAY DATA ; MUTATIONS ; Jun ; PHENOTYPE ; vimentin ; HEAD ; adenocarcinoma ; pathology ; BEHAVIOR ; MICROARRAY ANALYSIS ; expression profiling ; TUMOR CELLS ; DIFFERENTIAL-DIAGNOSIS ; CELL CARCINOMA ; OF-THE-LITERATURE ; pancreas ; review ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; AUTOPSY ; analysis ; pancreatic ; TUMOR-CELL ; GENOTYPE ; DNA-MICROARRAY ; USA ; pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma ; MYOEPITHELIAL CARCINOMA ; pancreatic neoplasm ; PSEUDOPAPILLARY TUMORS
    Abstract: Pancreatic neoplasms have been reliably classified on the basis of their histopathology and immunophenotype. In this study, we report on a pancreatic tumor whose phenotype and genotype could not be assigned to any known tumor entity. The tumor was observed in the pancreatic head of a 54-year-old woman. It was found to be a solid infiltrating carcinoma with abundant clear cells. Apart from cytokeratin, the tumor cells expressed vimentin, S100, and MUC-1. DNA microarray analysis revealed a transcription profile clearly differing from that of normal pancreatic tissue and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Despite metastatic behavior, the tumor displayed a more favorable course than conventional pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. We suggest that this tumor be called solid type clear cell carcinoma of the pancreas
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17453235
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  • 6
    Keywords: CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; DISTINCT ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; transcription ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; primary ; renal ; colon ; RATS ; TISSUES ; CONTRAST ; DOWN-REGULATION ; BREAST ; BREAST-CANCER ; IDENTIFICATION ; IN-SITU ; immunohistochemistry ; MALIGNANCIES ; UP-REGULATION ; BRCA1 ; metastases ; CANCER-CELLS ; COLON-CANCER ; LOCALIZATION ; RT-PCR ; TRACT ; RECEPTORS ; pancreatic cancer ; chronic pancreatitis ; protein expression ; HUMAN TISSUES ; F ; in situ hybridization ; colon cancer ; TGF-BETA ; gastric cancer ; MAC30 ; PRIMARY TUMORS
    Abstract: Meningioma-associated protein, MAC30, is a protein with unknown function and cellular localization that is differentially expressed in certain malignancies. In the present study, the expression of MAC30 in a variety of normal and cancerous human gastrointestinal tissues, with special emphasis on pancreatic tissues was analyzed. Quantitative RT-PCR was utilized to compare MAC30 expression levels. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry were carried out to localize MAC30 mRNA and protein expression in normal and cancerous tissue samples of the esophagus, stomach, colon and pancreas. Furthermore, the effects of TGF-beta on the transcription of MAC30 mRNA were examined in pancreatic cancer cells. MAC30 mRNA was expressed in a wide variety of normal human tissues, being most abundant in testicular and gastric tissue samples. MAC30 mRNA levels were significantly increased in breast and colon cancer, but significantly decreased in pancreatic and renal cancer. TGF-beta down-regulated MAC30 mRNA levels in certain pancreatic cancer cells. MAC30 protein was localized in normal pancreatic tissues, mainly in acinar and islet cells, and in normal colon, gastric and esophageal tissues especially in the mucosal cells. MAC30 was strongly present in tubular complexes in pancreatic cancer tissues but weak to absent in pancreatic cancer cells of primary tumors and metastases. In contrast, esophageal, gastric and colon tumors displayed strong MAC30 immunoreactivity in the cancer cells. In conclusion, MAC30 is expressed in various normal and diseased human tissues. MAC30 up-regulation in certain tumors and down-regulation in others suggests that this protein plays a distinct role in human malignancies
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15375745
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  • 7
    Keywords: CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; tumor ; carcinoma ; FACTOR RECEPTOR ; Germany ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; MICE ; TIME ; PATIENT ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; DONOR ; DOMAIN ; TISSUES ; 5-FLUOROURACIL ; TRANSPORT ; IN-SITU ; LESIONS ; immunohistochemistry ; MALIGNANCIES ; ASSAY ; UP-REGULATION ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; NUDE-MICE ; chemotherapy ; CANCER-CELLS ; LOCALIZATION ; adenocarcinoma ; sensitivity ; CISPLATIN ; MICROARRAY ANALYSIS ; OVEREXPRESSION ; expression profiling ; microdissection ; pancreatic cancer ; REGULATOR ; chronic pancreatitis ; CELL-GROWTH ; in situ hybridization ; MALIGNANCY ; GEMCITABINE ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; INCREASE ; independent growth ; TRANSFECTION ; ENHANCED EXPRESSION ; LEVEL ; ASSAYS ; downregulation ; PROLIFERATIVE ACTIVITY ; CHLORIDE ; chloride channel ; COLO-357 CELLS ; DECREASED SURVIVAL ; NA+/K+-ATPASE ; TGF-BETA RESPONSIVENESS ; TGFP
    Abstract: The expression and localization of FXYD domain containing ion transport regulator 3 (FXYD3), a transmembrane protein that acts as a chloride channel or chloride channel regulator, was analyzed in pancreatic tissues derived from donors and patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis (CP) or pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) as well as in pancreatic cancer cells using QRT-PCR, laser-capture microdissection and microarray analysis, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. FXYD3 antisense expressing T3M4 pancreatic cancer cells were generated and compared to control cells using anchorage-dependent and independent growth assays, and xenotransplantation into nude mice. FXYD3 mRNA levels were 3.4-fold increased in PDAC tissues compared to donor specimens (p = 0.006), and 3.9-fold increased in microdissected cancer cells compared to normal pancreatic ductal cells (p = 0.02). FXYD3 was localized in the tubular complexes and PanIN lesions of both CP and PDAC, as well as in pancreatic cancer cells. Downregulation of FXYD3 by stable antisense transfection increased significantly the doubling time of T3M4 pancreatic cancer cells from 44 +/- 2 hr to 55 +/- 12 hr (p = 0.02). Nude mice transplanted with antisense transfected cells displayed a significant increase in tumor doubling time from 3.3 days +/- 1.0 to 4.3 days +/- 0.43 (p = 0.058). Anchorage-independent growth and sensitivity to 5-fluorouracil, gemcitabine and cisplatin as well as to MgCl2 were not dependent on the level of FXYD3 expression. In conclusion, overexpression of FXYD3 in pancreatic cancer may contribute to the proliferative activity of this malignancy. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16003754
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  • 8
    Keywords: CELLS ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; neoplasms ; imaging ; TOOL ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; RESOLUTION ; SURGERY ; MECHANISM ; MARKER ; prognosis ; AUTOIMMUNE-DISEASE ; mechanisms ; T cell ; T cells ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; treatment ; MARKERS ; RESECTION ; LOCALIZATION ; HEAD ; ATROPHY ; FUTURE ; DIABETES-MELLITUS ; AUTOANTIBODIES ; autoimmune pancreatitis ; PRIMARY SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS ; SJOGRENS-SYNDROME ; INFLAMMATORY-BOWEL-DISEASE ; FEATURES ; fibrosis ; INFILTRATION ; inflammatory bowel disease ; AUTOIMMUNE-DISEASES ; STENOSIS ; LEVEL ; pancreatic ; MASS ; autoimmune disease ; TOOLS ; DUCT ; serological ; Diabetes Mellitus ; surgical resection ; BOWEL ; EFFECTIVE STEROID-THERAPY ; ENTITY ; IgG4 ; pancreatic neoplasms ; pancreatic tumor ; PSEUDOTUMOROUS PANCREATITIS ; SERUM IGG4 ; steroids ; URSODEOXYCHOLIC ACID
    Abstract: The term autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) describes a nonalcoholic, chronic lymphoplasmocytic pancreatitis. The lymphoplasmocytic infiltration is characterized by periductal localization of predominantly CD4-positive T cells, fibrosis, and acinar atrophy, frequently resulting in stenosis of the main pancreatic and distal common bile ducts. Imaging studies often reveal a diffuse narrowing of the pancreatic main duct and swelling of the pancreatic head wrongly suggesting the presence of a malignant tumor. Clinical signs include mild abdominal pain,jaundice, recurrent episodes of acute pancreatitis, and even new-onset diabetes mellitus. Additionally, AIP can be associated with other autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome, primary sclerosing cholangitis, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, and retroperitoneal fibrosis. Serological markers include autoantibodies and increased levels of gamma globulin and especially IgG4. Steroids seem to be effective in improving clinical symptoms as well as in the resolution of pancreatic and bile duct narrowing. This distinguishes AIP from other forms of pancreatitis and from pancreatic neoplasms. Further studies of the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms, prognosis, and new diagnostic tools are needed to provide adequate and effective treatment in the future. In this article, we summarize the current knowledge about AIP and present 17 cases that underwent surgical resection at our institution from 2003 to 2004
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17007063
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  • 9
    Keywords: INHIBITOR ; Germany ; DISEASE ; RISK ; SITE ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; ACTIVATION ; CLEAVAGE ; MUTATION ; genetics ; MUTATIONS ; Jun ; INDIVIDUALS ; heredity ; chronic pancreatitis ; RECOMBINANT ; pancreas ; VARIANT ; ENZYME ; pancreatic ; LOSSES ; odds ratio ; PROTECTS ; HEREDITARY PANCREATITIS ; HUMAN CATIONIC TRYPSINOGEN
    Abstract: Chronic pancreatitis is a common inflammatory disease of the pancreas. Mutations in the genes encoding cationic trypsinogen (PRSS1) 1 and the pancreatic secretory trypsin inhibitor (SPINK1) 2 are associated with chronic pancreatitis. Because increased proteolytic activity owing to mutated PRSS1 enhances the risk for chronic pancreatitis, mutations in the gene encoding anionic trypsinogen (PRSS2) may also predispose to disease. Here we analyzed PRSS2 in individuals with chronic pancreatitis and controls and found, to our surprise, that a variant of codon 191 (G191R) is overrepresented in control subjects: G191R was present in 220/6,459 (3.4%) controls but in only 32/2,466 (1.3%) affected individuals (odds ratio 0.37; P = 1.1 x 10(-8)). Upon activation by enterokinase or trypsin, purified recombinant G191R protein showed a complete loss of trypsin activity owing to the introduction of a new tryptic cleavage site that renders the enzyme hypersensitive to autocatalytic proteolysis. In conclusion, the G191R variant of PRSS2 mitigates intrapancreatic trypsin activity and thereby protects against chronic pancreatitis
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16699518
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  • 10
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; SPECTRA ; ANGIOGENESIS ; APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; GROWTH-FACTOR ; INHIBITOR ; tumor ; CELL ; FACTOR RECEPTOR ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; KINASE ; THERAPY ; TYROSINE KINASE ; VIVO ; QUANTIFICATION ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; cell line ; LINES ; PATIENT ; LIGAND ; FLOW ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CELL-LINES ; CYCLE ; protein kinase ; PROTEIN-KINASE ; TYROSINE KINASE INHIBITOR ; TARGET ; PROGRESSION ; immunohistochemistry ; ASSAY ; CELL-DEATH ; MUTATION ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; MUTATIONS ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; PROTEIN-KINASE-C ; CHAIN-REACTION ; RECEPTORS ; CANCER PATIENTS ; point mutation ; cell lines ; pancreatic cancer ; RANDOMIZED-TRIAL ; TUMOR ANGIOGENESIS ; MANAGEMENT ; CELL-CYCLE PROGRESSION ; INHIBITORS ; CELL-GROWTH ; CHAIN ; ONCOLOGY ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; TUMOR-GROWTH ; flow cytometry ; THERAPIES ; ACUTE MYELOID-LEUKEMIA ; polymerase chain reaction ; REAL-TIME ; POINT MUTATIONS ; MURINE MODEL ; TYROSINE KINASES ; analysis ; methods ; pancreatic ; ASSAYS ; cell death ; BIOLOGICAL-ACTIVITY ; USA ; POTENTIAL ROLE ; vascular endothelial growth factor ; COMPOUND ; in vivo ; SPECTRUM ; SPECIMENS ; KINASE INHIBITOR ; GROWTH-FACTOR-RECEPTOR ; receptor tyrosine kinase ; RECEPTOR TYROSINE KINASES ; - ; POINT ; modeling ; quantitative ; block ; ACTIVATING MUTATION ; ENDOTHELIAL GROWTH ; FLT3 ; FLT3 MUTATIONS ; INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS ; PKC412 ; SOLID HUMAN TUMORS ; VEGF-RII
    Abstract: BACKGROUND. PKC412 is a kinase inhibitor that blocks protein kinase C (PKC), vascular endothelial growth factor receptors, platelet-derived growth factor receptor FLT3, and other class III receptor tyrosine kinases. The enthusiasm for this compound is based on its inhibitory effect even in the case of FLT3 mutations. The aim of this study was to analyze the role of FLT3 in pancreatic cancer and to study the biological activity of combined inhibition of neovascularization and mitogenesis in this disease. METHODS. FLT3 expression was analyzed in 18 pancreatic cancer specimens by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RTQ-PCR) and immunohistochemistry. Sixteen pancreatic cancer cell lines were screened for ITD and D835 point mutations of the FLT3 gene. MTT assays and anchorage-independent growth assays were used to study cell growth. Flow cytometry was used for cell cycle analysis and apoptosis quantification. In vivo AsPC-1 and HIAF-II cells were used for orthotopic tumor modeling. Immunohistochemistry was used to quantity tumor angiogenesis. RESULTS. FLT3 expression is down-regulated in pancreatic cancer. Activating FLT3 mutations (ITD, D835) were not detectable in any of the pancreatic cancer cell lines. Cell growth was significantly inhibited as cell-cycle progression was reduced and programmed cell death increased. In vivo PKC412 therapy resulted in a significant inhibition of orthotopic tumor growth with abrogation of tumor angiogenesis. CONCLUSIONS. These data highlight that PKC412 may be a new compound in target therapy of inoperable pancreatic cancer patients and suggest a potential role for the combined use of broad spectrum kinase inhibitors in the management of these patients
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17676584
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