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Modeling Of Cisplatin-Induced Signaling Dynamics In Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells Reveals Mediators Of Sensitivity, Anne Margriet Heijink, Marieke Everts, Megan E. Honeywell, Ryan Richards, Yannick P. Kok, Elisabeth G. E. De Vries, Michael J. Lee, Marcel A T M Van Vugt Aug 2019

Modeling Of Cisplatin-Induced Signaling Dynamics In Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells Reveals Mediators Of Sensitivity, Anne Margriet Heijink, Marieke Everts, Megan E. Honeywell, Ryan Richards, Yannick P. Kok, Elisabeth G. E. De Vries, Michael J. Lee, Marcel A T M Van Vugt

Open Access Articles

Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) display great diversity in cisplatin sensitivity that cannot be explained solely by cancer-associated DNA repair defects. Differential activation of the DNA damage response (DDR) to cisplatin has been proposed to underlie the observed differential sensitivity, but it has not been investigated systematically. Systems-level analysis-using quantitative time-resolved signaling data and phenotypic responses, in combination with mathematical modeling-identifies that the activation status of cell-cycle checkpoints determines cisplatin sensitivity in TNBC cell lines. Specifically, inactivation of the cell-cycle checkpoint regulator MK2 or G3BP2 sensitizes cisplatin-resistant TNBC cell lines to cisplatin. Dynamic signaling data of five cell cycle-related signals predicts ...


Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Nuclear Translocator-Like (Arntl/Bmal1) Is Associated With Bevacizumab Resistance In Colorectal Cancer Via Regulation Of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A., Elke Burgermeister, Francesca Battaglin, Fagr Eladly, Wen Wu, Frank Herweck, Nadine Schulte, Johannes Betge, Nicolai Härtel, Jakob N. Kather, Cleo-Aron Weis, Timo Gaiser, Alexander Marx, Christel Weiss, Ralf Hofheinz, Ian S. Miller, Fotios Loupakis, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Annette T. Byrne, Matthias P. Ebert Jul 2019

Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Nuclear Translocator-Like (Arntl/Bmal1) Is Associated With Bevacizumab Resistance In Colorectal Cancer Via Regulation Of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A., Elke Burgermeister, Francesca Battaglin, Fagr Eladly, Wen Wu, Frank Herweck, Nadine Schulte, Johannes Betge, Nicolai Härtel, Jakob N. Kather, Cleo-Aron Weis, Timo Gaiser, Alexander Marx, Christel Weiss, Ralf Hofheinz, Ian S. Miller, Fotios Loupakis, Heinz-Josef Lenz, Annette T. Byrne, Matthias P. Ebert

Physiology and Medical Physics Articles

BACKGROUND: The identification of new biomarkers and the development of novel, targetable contexts of vulnerability are of urgent clinical need in drug-resistant metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Aryl-Hydrocarbon-Receptor-Nuclear-Translocator-Like (ARNTL/BMAL1) is a circadian clock-regulated transcription factor promoting expression of genes involved in angiogenesis and tumour progression. We hypothesised that BMAL1 increases expression of the vascular endothelial growth factor A VEGFA gene and, thereby, confers resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy with bevacizumab (Beva), a clinically used antibody for neutralization of VEGFA.

METHODS: PCR and immunohistochemistry were employed to assess BMAL1 expression in mice (C57BL/6 J

FINDINGS: In murine CRCs, high BMAL1 expression ...


F-Box Protein Fbxo16 Functions As A Tumor Suppressor By Attenuating Nuclear Beta-Catenin Function, Debasish Paul, Sehbanul Islam, Rajesh Kumar. Manne, U. S. Dinesh, Sunil K. Malonia, Biswanath Maity, Ramanamurthy Boppana, Srikanth Rapole, Praveen Kumar Shetty, Manas Kumar Santra Jul 2019

F-Box Protein Fbxo16 Functions As A Tumor Suppressor By Attenuating Nuclear Beta-Catenin Function, Debasish Paul, Sehbanul Islam, Rajesh Kumar. Manne, U. S. Dinesh, Sunil K. Malonia, Biswanath Maity, Ramanamurthy Boppana, Srikanth Rapole, Praveen Kumar Shetty, Manas Kumar Santra

Open Access Articles

Aberrant activation of beta-catenin has been implicated in a variety of human diseases, including cancer. In spite of significant progress, the regulation of active Wnt/beta-catenin-signaling pathways is still poorly understood. In this study, we show that F-box protein 16 (FBXO16) is a putative tumor suppressor. It is a component of the SCF (SKP1-Cullin1-F-box protein) complex, which targets the nuclear beta-catenin protein to facilitate proteasomal degradation through the 26S proteasome. FBXO16 interacts physically with the C-terminal domain of beta-catenin and promotes its lysine 48-linked polyubiquitination. In addition, it inhibits epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) by attenuating the level of beta-catenin. Therefore, depletion ...


Jnk(1/2) Represses Lkb(1)-Deficiency-Induced Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression, Jian Liu, Tianyuan Wang, Chad J. Creighton, San-Pin Wu, Madhumita Ray, Kyathanahalli S. Janardhan, Cynthia J. Willson, Sung-Nam Cho, Patricia D. Castro, Michael M. Ittmann, Jian-Liang Li, Roger J. Davis, Francesco J. Demayo May 2019

Jnk(1/2) Represses Lkb(1)-Deficiency-Induced Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression, Jian Liu, Tianyuan Wang, Chad J. Creighton, San-Pin Wu, Madhumita Ray, Kyathanahalli S. Janardhan, Cynthia J. Willson, Sung-Nam Cho, Patricia D. Castro, Michael M. Ittmann, Jian-Liang Li, Roger J. Davis, Francesco J. Demayo

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Mechanisms of lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) development are poorly understood. Here, we report that JNK1/2 activities attenuate Lkb1-deficiency-driven LSCC initiation and progression through repressing DeltaNp63 signaling. In vivo Lkb1 ablation alone is sufficient to induce LSCC development by reducing MKK7 levels and JNK1/2 activities, independent of the AMPKalpha and mTOR pathways. JNK1/2 activities is positively regulated by MKK7 during LSCC development. Pharmaceutically elevated JNK1/2 activities abates Lkb1 dependent LSCC formation while compound mutations of Jnk1/2 and Lkb1 further accelerate LSCC progression. JNK1/2 is inactivated in a substantial proportion of human LSCC and JNK1 ...


Comparative Plasma Proteomics In Muscle Atrophy Induced By Cancer Cachexia And Hindlimb Unloading, Kirsten Rene Dunlap May 2019

Comparative Plasma Proteomics In Muscle Atrophy Induced By Cancer Cachexia And Hindlimb Unloading, Kirsten Rene Dunlap

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Introduction: Muscle atrophy results from a dysfunction in protein turnover that leads to loss of mass and function and occurs concurrently with multiple pathologies such as cancer and extended bed rest. Atrophy reduces overall quality of life while increasing morbidity and mortality. Currently, efficacious therapeutic interventions to treat and prevent muscle wasting in all its forms are lacking, however if conserved mechanisms can be identified between wasting conditions, this would aid in the development of multipurpose therapeutics to ameliorate this pathology. Purpose: To examine circulating factors present across atrophic pathologies. Methods: 35 male C57BL/6J mice were assigned to hindlimb ...


Brg1 Is A Prognostic Indicator And A Potential Therapeutic Target For Prostate Cancer, Rohini Muthuswami, Leeann Bailey, Radhakrishnan Rakesh, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Joel W. Hockensmith Jan 2019

Brg1 Is A Prognostic Indicator And A Potential Therapeutic Target For Prostate Cancer, Rohini Muthuswami, Leeann Bailey, Radhakrishnan Rakesh, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Joel W. Hockensmith

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Brahma-related gene 1 (BRG1) is one of two mutually exclusive ATPases that function as the catalytic subunit of human SWItch/Sucrose NonFermentable (SWI/SNF) chromatin remodeling enzymes. BRG1 has been identified as a tumor suppressor in some cancer types but has been shown to be expressed at elevated levels, relative to normal tissue, in other cancers. Using TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) prostate cancer database, we determined that BRG1 mRNA and protein expression is elevated in prostate tumors relative to normal prostate tissue. Only 3 of 491 (0.6%) sequenced tumors showed amplification of the locus or mutation in the ...


Hdl In Endocrine Carcinomas: Biomarker, Drug Carrier, And Potential Therapeutic, Emily E. Morin, Xiang-An Li, Anna Schwendeman Nov 2018

Hdl In Endocrine Carcinomas: Biomarker, Drug Carrier, And Potential Therapeutic, Emily E. Morin, Xiang-An Li, Anna Schwendeman

Physiology Faculty Publications

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) have long been studied for their protective role against cardiovascular diseases, however recently relationship between HDL and cancer came into focus. Several epidemiological studies have shown an inverse correlation between HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) and cancer risk, and some have even implied that HDL-C can be used as a predictive measure for survival prognosis in for specific sub-population of certain types of cancer. HDL itself is an endogenous nanoparticle capable of removing excess cholesterol from the periphery and returning it to the liver for excretion. One of the main receptors for HDL, scavenger receptor type B-I (SR-BI), is highly ...


Modified Cantilever Arrays Improve Sensitivity And Reproducibility Of Nanomechanical Sensing In Living Cells, Samadhan B. Patil, Rajai M. Al-Jehani, Hashem Etayash, Valerian Turbe, Keren Jiang, Joe Bailey, Walid Al-Akkad, Rania Soudy, Kamaljit Kaur, Rachel A. Mckendry, Thomas Thundat, Joseph W. Ndieyira Oct 2018

Modified Cantilever Arrays Improve Sensitivity And Reproducibility Of Nanomechanical Sensing In Living Cells, Samadhan B. Patil, Rajai M. Al-Jehani, Hashem Etayash, Valerian Turbe, Keren Jiang, Joe Bailey, Walid Al-Akkad, Rania Soudy, Kamaljit Kaur, Rachel A. Mckendry, Thomas Thundat, Joseph W. Ndieyira

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

Mechanical signaling involved in molecular interactions lies at the heart of materials science and biological systems, but the mechanisms involved are poorly understood. Here we use nanomechanical sensors and intact human cells to provide unique insights into the signaling pathways of connectivity networks, which deliver the ability to probe cells to produce biologically relevant, quantifiable and reproducible signals. We quantify the mechanical signals from malignant cancer cells, with 10 cells per ml in 1000-fold excess of non-neoplastic human epithelial cells. Moreover, we demonstrate that a direct link between cells and molecules creates a continuous connectivity which acts like a percolating ...


Llc Tumor Cells-Derivated Factors Reduces Adipogenesis In Co-Culture System, Magno Alves Lopes, Felipe Oliveira Franco, Felipe Henriques, Sidney Barnabe Peres, Miguel Luiz Batista Jr. Jul 2018

Llc Tumor Cells-Derivated Factors Reduces Adipogenesis In Co-Culture System, Magno Alves Lopes, Felipe Oliveira Franco, Felipe Henriques, Sidney Barnabe Peres, Miguel Luiz Batista Jr.

Open Access Articles

Cancer cachexia (CC) is a multifactorial syndrome with an unknown etiology. The primary symptom is the progressive reduction of the body weight. Recently, down-regulation of adipogenic and lipogenic genes were demonstrated to be early affected during cachexia progression in adipose tissue (AT), resulting in AT remodeling. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate in a co-culture system the influence of the Lewis Lung Carcinoma (LLC) tumor cells (c/c-LLC) in an established pre-adipocyte cell line 3T3-L1 adipogenic capacity. c/c-LLC in the presence of 3T3-L1 caused a reduction in lipids accumulation, suggesting that secretory tumor cells products may affect adipogenesis. Interestingly ...


A Prospective Analysis Of Circulating Saturated And Monounsaturated Fatty Acids And Risk Of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Yu-Han Chiu, Kimberly A. Bertrand, Shumin Zhang, Francine Laden, Mara M. Epstein, Bernard A. Rosner, Stephanie Chiuve, Hannia Campos, Edward L. Giovannucci, Jorge E. Chavarro, Brenda M. Birmann May 2018

A Prospective Analysis Of Circulating Saturated And Monounsaturated Fatty Acids And Risk Of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Yu-Han Chiu, Kimberly A. Bertrand, Shumin Zhang, Francine Laden, Mara M. Epstein, Bernard A. Rosner, Stephanie Chiuve, Hannia Campos, Edward L. Giovannucci, Jorge E. Chavarro, Brenda M. Birmann

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Supported Publications

Circulating saturated (SFA) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which are predominantly derived from endogenous metabolism, may influence non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) risk by modulating inflammation or lymphocyte membrane stability. However, few biomarker studies have evaluated NHL risk associated with these fats. We conducted a prospective study of 583 incident NHL cases and 583 individually matched controls with archived pre-diagnosis red blood cell (RBC) specimens in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). RBC membrane fatty acid levels were measured using gas chromatography. Using multivariable logistic regression, we estimated odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for ...


Pyruvate Kinase Isoform M2 Influences Autophagy And Related Processes In Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells, Matthew Lin May 2018

Pyruvate Kinase Isoform M2 Influences Autophagy And Related Processes In Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells, Matthew Lin

University Scholar Projects

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer that affects ~14 million people in the world. Like all cancers, HCC is a disease that arises from unstinted cellular growth initiated by genetic alterations, metabolic changes, and dysregulation in key cellular pathways. Of interest is the relationship between metabolism and cell proliferation/degradation for therapeutic targeting. Pyruvate kinase M2 is a dimeric, glycolytically inactive isoform of the final enzyme involved in glycolysis, that is often upregulated in cancerous tissue. It is thought that the enzymatic function of PKM2 outside of glycolysis contributes to the biosynthesis of anabolic intermediates ...


Irs2 Mutations Linked To Invasion In Pleomorphic Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Sha Zhu, B. Marie Ward, Jun Yu, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Jenny Janusis, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Keith Tomaszewicz, Lloyd Hutchinson, Lihua Julie Zhu, Dina Kandil, Leslie M. Shaw Apr 2018

Irs2 Mutations Linked To Invasion In Pleomorphic Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Sha Zhu, B. Marie Ward, Jun Yu, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Jenny Janusis, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Keith Tomaszewicz, Lloyd Hutchinson, Lihua Julie Zhu, Dina Kandil, Leslie M. Shaw

Open Access Articles

Pleomorphic invasive lobular carcinoma (PILC) is an aggressive variant of invasive lobular breast cancer that is associated with poor clinical outcomes. Limited molecular data are available to explain the mechanistic basis for PILC behavior. To address this issue, targeted sequencing was performed to identify molecular alterations that define PILC. This sequencing analysis identified genes that distinguish PILC from classic ILC and invasive ductal carcinoma by the incidence of their genomic changes. In particular, insulin receptor substrate 2 (IRS2) is recurrently mutated in PILC, and pathway analysis reveals a role for the insulin receptor (IR)/insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF1R)/IRS2 ...


A Large-Scale Rna Interference Screen Identifies Genes That Regulate Autophagy At Different Stages, Sujuan Guo, Kevin J. Pridham, Ching-Man A. Virbasius, Bin He, Liqing Zhang, Hanne Varmark, Michael R. Green, Zhi Sheng Feb 2018

A Large-Scale Rna Interference Screen Identifies Genes That Regulate Autophagy At Different Stages, Sujuan Guo, Kevin J. Pridham, Ching-Man A. Virbasius, Bin He, Liqing Zhang, Hanne Varmark, Michael R. Green, Zhi Sheng

Open Access Articles

Dysregulated autophagy is central to the pathogenesis and therapeutic development of cancer. However, how autophagy is regulated in cancer is not well understood and genes that modulate cancer autophagy are not fully defined. To gain more insights into autophagy regulation in cancer, we performed a large-scale RNA interference screen in K562 human chronic myeloid leukemia cells using monodansylcadaverine staining, an autophagy-detecting approach equivalent to immunoblotting of the autophagy marker LC3B or fluorescence microscopy of GFP-LC3B. By coupling monodansylcadaverine staining with fluorescence-activated cell sorting, we successfully isolated autophagic K562 cells where we identified 336 short hairpin RNAs. After candidate validation using ...


Systems Modeling Accurately Predicts Responses To Genotoxic Agents And Their Synergism With Bcl-2 Inhibitors In Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells., Federico Lucantoni, Andreas U Lindner, Norma O'Donovan, Heiko Düssmann, Jochen Hm Prehn Jan 2018

Systems Modeling Accurately Predicts Responses To Genotoxic Agents And Their Synergism With Bcl-2 Inhibitors In Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells., Federico Lucantoni, Andreas U Lindner, Norma O'Donovan, Heiko Düssmann, Jochen Hm Prehn

Physiology and Medical Physics Articles

Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive form of breast cancer which accounts for 15-20% of this disease and is currently treated with genotoxic chemotherapy. The BCL2 (B-cell lymphoma 2) family of proteins controls the process of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP), which is required for the activation of the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway in response to genotoxic agents. We previously developed a deterministic systems model of BCL2 protein interactions, DR_MOMP that calculates the sensitivity of cells to undergo mitochondrial apoptosis. Here we determined whether DR_MOMP predicts responses of TNBC cells to genotoxic agents and the re-sensitization of resistant cells ...


Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres Dec 2017

Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Aneuploidy disrupts cellular homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the physiological responses and adaptation to aneuploidy are not well understood. Deciphering these mechanisms is important because aneuploidy is associated with diseases, including intellectual disability and cancer. Although tumors and mammalian aneuploid cells, including several cancer cell lines, show altered levels of sphingolipids, the role of sphingolipids in aneuploidy remains unknown. Here, we show that ceramides and long-chain bases, sphingolipid molecules that slow proliferation and promote survival, are increased by aneuploidy. Sphingolipid levels are tightly linked to serine synthesis, and inhibiting either serine or sphingolipid synthesis can specifically impair the fitness ...


The Alpha6beta4 Integrin Promotes Resistance To Ferroptosis, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Hira Lal Goel, Arthur M. Mercurio Dec 2017

The Alpha6beta4 Integrin Promotes Resistance To Ferroptosis, Caitlin W. Brown, John J. Amante, Hira Lal Goel, Arthur M. Mercurio

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Increases in lipid peroxidation can cause ferroptosis, a form of cell death triggered by inhibition of glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4), which catalyzes the reduction of lipid peroxides and is a target of ferroptosis inducers, such as erastin. The alpha6beta4 integrin protects adherent epithelial and carcinoma cells from ferroptosis induced by erastin. In addition, extracellular matrix (ECM) detachment is a physiologic trigger of ferroptosis, which is evaded by alpha6beta4. The mechanism that enables alpha6beta4 to evade ferroptosis involves its ability to protect changes in membrane lipids that are proferroptotic. Specifically, alpha6beta4-mediated activation of Src and STAT3 suppresses expression of ACSL4, an ...


Bivalent Epigenetic Control Of Oncofetal Gene Expression In Cancer, Sayyed K. Zaidi, Seth E. Frietze, Jonathan A. Gordon, Jessica L. Heath, Terri Messier, Deli Hong, Joseph R. Boyd, Mingu Kang, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Gary S. Stein Nov 2017

Bivalent Epigenetic Control Of Oncofetal Gene Expression In Cancer, Sayyed K. Zaidi, Seth E. Frietze, Jonathan A. Gordon, Jessica L. Heath, Terri Messier, Deli Hong, Joseph R. Boyd, Mingu Kang, Anthony N. Imbalzano, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Gary S. Stein

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Multiple mechanisms of epigenetic control that include DNA methylation, histone modification, noncoding RNAs, and mitotic gene bookmarking play pivotal roles in stringent gene regulation during lineage commitment and maintenance. Experimental evidence indicates that bivalent chromatin domains, i.e., genome regions that are marked by both H3K4me3 (activating) and H3K27me3 (repressive) histone modifications, are a key property of pluripotent stem cells. Bivalency of developmental genes during the G1 phase of the pluripotent stem cell cycle contributes to cell fate decisions. Recently, some cancer types have been shown to exhibit partial recapitulation of bivalent chromatin modifications that are lost along with pluripotency ...


A Dual Role Of Caspase-8 In Triggering And Sensing Proliferation-Associated Dna Damage, A Key Determinant Of Liver Cancer Development, Yannick Boege, Roger J. Davis, Achim Weber Sep 2017

A Dual Role Of Caspase-8 In Triggering And Sensing Proliferation-Associated Dna Damage, A Key Determinant Of Liver Cancer Development, Yannick Boege, Roger J. Davis, Achim Weber

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Concomitant hepatocyte apoptosis and regeneration is a hallmark of chronic liver diseases (CLDs) predisposing to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Here, we mechanistically link caspase-8-dependent apoptosis to HCC development via proliferation- and replication-associated DNA damage. Proliferation-associated replication stress, DNA damage, and genetic instability are detectable in CLDs before any neoplastic changes occur. Accumulated levels of hepatocyte apoptosis determine and predict subsequent hepatocarcinogenesis. Proliferation-associated DNA damage is sensed by a complex comprising caspase-8, FADD, c-FLIP, and a kinase-dependent function of RIPK1. This platform requires a non-apoptotic function of caspase-8, but no caspase-3 or caspase-8 cleavage. It may represent a DNA damage-sensing mechanism in ...


The Role Of T-Box Proteins In Vertebrate Germ Layer Formation And Patterning, Sushma Teegala Sep 2017

The Role Of T-Box Proteins In Vertebrate Germ Layer Formation And Patterning, Sushma Teegala

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All of the tissues in triploblastic organisms, with the exception of the germ cells, arise from the three germ layers, ectoderm, mesoderm and the endoderm. The identification of the genes that underlie the differentiation of these layers is crucial to our understanding of development. T-box family proteins are DNA-binding transcriptional regulators that play important roles during germ layer formation in the early vertebrate embryo. Well-characterized members of this family, including the transcriptional activators Brachyury and VegT, are essential for the proper formation of mesoderm and endoderm, respectively. To date, T-box proteins have not been shown to play a role in ...


Critical Role For Arginase 2 In Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Cancer, Tamara Zaytouni, Pei-Yun Tsai, Daniel S. Hitchcock, Cory D. Dubois, Elizaveta Freinkman, Lin Lin, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Patrick J. Lenehan, Brian M. Wolpin, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Eduardo M. Torres, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Clary B. Clish, Nada Y. Kalaany Aug 2017

Critical Role For Arginase 2 In Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Cancer, Tamara Zaytouni, Pei-Yun Tsai, Daniel S. Hitchcock, Cory D. Dubois, Elizaveta Freinkman, Lin Lin, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Patrick J. Lenehan, Brian M. Wolpin, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Eduardo M. Torres, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Clary B. Clish, Nada Y. Kalaany

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Obesity is an established risk factor for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). Despite recent identification of metabolic alterations in this lethal malignancy, the metabolic dependencies of obesity-associated PDA remain unknown. Here we show that obesity-driven PDA exhibits accelerated growth and a striking transcriptional enrichment for pathways regulating nitrogen metabolism. We find that the mitochondrial form of arginase (ARG2), which hydrolyzes arginine into ornithine and urea, is induced upon obesity, and silencing or loss of ARG2 markedly suppresses PDA. In vivo infusion of (15)N-glutamine in obese mouse models of PDA demonstrates enhanced nitrogen flux into the urea cycle and infusion of ...


Alcohol And Cancer: Mechanisms And Therapies, Anuradha Ratna, Pranoti Mandrekar Aug 2017

Alcohol And Cancer: Mechanisms And Therapies, Anuradha Ratna, Pranoti Mandrekar

Open Access Articles

Several scientific and clinical studies have shown an association between chronic alcohol consumption and the occurrence of cancer in humans. The mechanism for alcohol-induced carcinogenesis has not been fully understood, although plausible events include genotoxic effects of acetaldehyde, cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1)-mediated generation of reactive oxygen species, aberrant metabolism of folate and retinoids, increased estrogen, and genetic polymorphisms. Here, we summarize the impact of alcohol drinking on the risk of cancer development and potential underlying molecular mechanisms. The interactions between alcohol abuse, anti-tumor immune response, tumor growth, and metastasis are complex. However, multiple studies have linked the immunosuppressive effects ...


Preclinical Development Of Therapeutic Strategies Against Triple-Negative And Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Angie M. Torres-Adorno Aug 2017

Preclinical Development Of Therapeutic Strategies Against Triple-Negative And Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Angie M. Torres-Adorno

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Triple-negative (TNBC) and inflammatory (IBC) breast cancer are the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, accounting for 20% and 10% of cancer-related deaths, respectively. Among IBC cases, 30% are additionally classified with TNBC molecular pathology, a diagnosis that significantly worsens patient’s prognosis. The current lack of TNBC and IBC molecular understanding prevents the development of effective therapeutic strategies. To identify effective treatments, we explored aberrant apoptosis pathways and cell membrane fluidity as novel therapeutic targets.

We first identified an effective therapeutic strategy against TNBC and IBC by pro-apoptotic protein NOXA-mediated inhibition of the anti-apoptotic protein MCL1 following inhibition of ...


The Role Of P62/Sqstm1 In Tgfβ-Dependent Emt And Autophagy, Evelyn Ng Jun 2017

The Role Of P62/Sqstm1 In Tgfβ-Dependent Emt And Autophagy, Evelyn Ng

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) is a cytokine that regulates cellular adhesion, proliferation and apoptosis. In the context of cancer, TGFβ induces processes such as epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). More recently, TGFβ has been discovered to also induce autophagy, and the relationship between TGFβ-induced EMT and autophagy remains unknown. Due to its involvement in autophagy and its established interactions with key TGFβ signaling proteins, this thesis focuses on the sequestosome 1 (p62/SQSTM1) protein. Here, I have shown that p62/SQSTM1 co-localizes with TGFβ receptors at the same time point that the receptors localize to Rab7-positive late endosomes. siRNA-mediated silencing of ...


Jak/Stat Pathway Inhibition Overcomes Il7-Induced Glucocorticoid Resistance In A Subset Of Human T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemias, C. Delgado-Martin, L. K. Meyer, B. J. Huang, M. S. Zinter, J. V. Nguyen, G. A. Smith, J. Taunton, S. S. Winter, Justine R. Roderick, Michelle A. Kelliher, T. M. Horton, B. L. Wood, D. T. Teachey, M. L. Hermiston May 2017

Jak/Stat Pathway Inhibition Overcomes Il7-Induced Glucocorticoid Resistance In A Subset Of Human T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemias, C. Delgado-Martin, L. K. Meyer, B. J. Huang, M. S. Zinter, J. V. Nguyen, G. A. Smith, J. Taunton, S. S. Winter, Justine R. Roderick, Michelle A. Kelliher, T. M. Horton, B. L. Wood, D. T. Teachey, M. L. Hermiston

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

While outcomes for children with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) have improved dramatically, survival rates for patients with relapsed/refractory disease remain dismal. Prior studies indicate that glucocorticoid (GC) resistance is more common than resistance to other chemotherapies at relapse. In addition, failure to clear peripheral blasts during a prednisone prophase correlates with an elevated risk of relapse in newly diagnosed patients. Here we show that intrinsic GC resistance is present at diagnosis in early thymic precursor (ETP) T-ALLs as well as in a subset of non-ETP T-ALLs. GC-resistant non-ETP T-ALLs are characterized by strong induction of JAK/STAT signaling ...


Differential Involvement Of The Microtubule Cytoskeleton In Insulin Receptor Substrate 1 (Irs-1) And Irs-2 Signaling To Akt Determines The Response To Microtubule Disruption In Breast Carcinoma Cells, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jennifer L. Clark, Andrew J. Piper, Jenny Janusis, Leslie M. Shaw May 2017

Differential Involvement Of The Microtubule Cytoskeleton In Insulin Receptor Substrate 1 (Irs-1) And Irs-2 Signaling To Akt Determines The Response To Microtubule Disruption In Breast Carcinoma Cells, Jose Mercado-Matos, Jennifer L. Clark, Andrew J. Piper, Jenny Janusis, Leslie M. Shaw

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The insulin receptor substrate (IRS) proteins serve as essential signaling intermediates for the activation of PI3K by both the insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) and its close family member, the insulin receptor (IR). Although IRS-1 and IRS-2 share significant homology, they regulate distinct cellular responses downstream of these receptors and play divergent roles in breast cancer. To investigate the mechanism by which signaling through IRS-1 and IRS-2 results in differential outcomes, we assessed the involvement of the microtubule cytoskeleton in IRS-dependent signaling. Treatment with drugs that either stabilize or disrupt microtubules reveal that an intact microtubule cytoskeleton contributes to ...


Runx1 And Breast Cancer, Jose Mercado-Matos, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Leslie M. Shaw Apr 2017

Runx1 And Breast Cancer, Jose Mercado-Matos, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Leslie M. Shaw

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

News on: Runx1 stabilizes the mammary epithelial cell phenotype and prevents epithelial to mesenchymal transition, by Hong et al. Oncotarget. 2017; 8:17610-27. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.15381.


Mammalian Swi/Snf Enzymes And The Epigenetics Of Tumor Cell Metabolic Reprogramming, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Qiong Wu, Anthony N. Imbalzano Apr 2017

Mammalian Swi/Snf Enzymes And The Epigenetics Of Tumor Cell Metabolic Reprogramming, Jeffrey A. Nickerson, Qiong Wu, Anthony N. Imbalzano

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Tumor cells reprogram their metabolism to survive and grow in a challenging microenvironment. Some of this reprogramming is performed by epigenetic mechanisms. Epigenetics is in turn affected by metabolism; chromatin modifying enzymes are dependent on substrates that are also key metabolic intermediates. We have shown that the chromatin remodeling enzyme Brahma-related gene 1 (BRG1), an epigenetic regulator, is necessary for rapid breast cancer cell proliferation. The mechanism for this requirement is the BRG1-dependent transcription of key lipogenic enzymes and regulators. Reduction in lipid synthesis lowers proliferation rates, which can be restored by palmitate supplementation. This work has established BRG1 as ...


Ror2 Signaling Regulates Golgi Structure And Transport Through Ift20 For Tumor Invasiveness, Michiru Nishita, Seung-Yeol Park, Tadashi Nishio, Koki Kamizaki, Zhichao Wang, Kota Tamada, Toru Takumi, Ryuju Hashimoto, Hiroki Otani, Gregory J. Pazour, Victor W. Hsu, Yasuhiro Minami Jan 2017

Ror2 Signaling Regulates Golgi Structure And Transport Through Ift20 For Tumor Invasiveness, Michiru Nishita, Seung-Yeol Park, Tadashi Nishio, Koki Kamizaki, Zhichao Wang, Kota Tamada, Toru Takumi, Ryuju Hashimoto, Hiroki Otani, Gregory J. Pazour, Victor W. Hsu, Yasuhiro Minami

Open Access Articles

Signaling through the Ror2 receptor tyrosine kinase promotes invadopodia formation for tumor invasion. Here, we identify intraflagellar transport 20 (IFT20) as a new target of this signaling in tumors that lack primary cilia, and find that IFT20 mediates the ability of Ror2 signaling to induce the invasiveness of these tumors. We also find that IFT20 regulates the nucleation of Golgi-derived microtubules by affecting the GM130-AKAP450 complex, which promotes Golgi ribbon formation in achieving polarized secretion for cell migration and invasion. Furthermore, IFT20 promotes the efficiency of transport through the Golgi complex. These findings shed new insights into how Ror2 signaling ...


A Circulating Microrna Signature Predicts Age-Based Development Of Lymphoma, Afshin Beheshti, Charles Vanderburg, J. Tyson Mcdonald, Charusheila Ramkumar, Tatenda Kadungure, Hong Zhang, Ronald B. Gartenhaus, Andrew M. Evens Jan 2017

A Circulating Microrna Signature Predicts Age-Based Development Of Lymphoma, Afshin Beheshti, Charles Vanderburg, J. Tyson Mcdonald, Charusheila Ramkumar, Tatenda Kadungure, Hong Zhang, Ronald B. Gartenhaus, Andrew M. Evens

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Extensive epidemiological data have demonstrated an exponential rise in the incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that is associated with increasing age. The molecular etiology of this remains largely unknown, which impacts the effectiveness of treatment for patients. We proposed that age-dependent circulating microRNA (miRNA) signatures in the host influence diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) development. Our objective was to examine tumor development in an age-based DLBCL system using an inventive systems biology approach. We harnessed a novel murine model of spontaneous DLBCL initiation (Smurf2-deficient) at two age groups: 3 and 15 months old. All Smurf2-deficient mice develop visible DLBCL ...


Bcl2 Family Proteins Interactions As Prognostic Marker And Determinants Of Therapy Responses In Breast Cancer, Federico Lucantoni Jan 2017

Bcl2 Family Proteins Interactions As Prognostic Marker And Determinants Of Therapy Responses In Breast Cancer, Federico Lucantoni

PhD theses

Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive form of breast cancer, which accounts for 15-20% of this disease and is currently treated with genotoxic chemotherapy. The BCL2 (B-cell lymphoma 2) family of proteins controls the process of Mitochondrial Outer Membrane Permeabilization (MOMP), which is required for the activation of the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway in response to genotoxic agents. We previously developed a deterministic systems model of BCL2 protein interactions, DR_MOMP that calculates the sensitivity of cells to undergo mitochondrial apoptosis. Here, we determined whether DR_MOMP predicts responses of TNBC cells to genotoxic agents and the re-sensitization of resistant cells ...