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Dallas, TX, United States

Toiyama Y.,Baylor Research Institute
Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Year: 2013

The oncogenic microRNAs (miRNAs) miR-21 and miR-31 negatively regulate tumor-suppressor genes. Their potential as serum biomarkers has not been determined in human colorectal cancer (CRC). To determine whether miR-21 and miR-31 are secretory miRNAs, we screened expression in medium from 2 CRC cell lines, which was followed by serum analysis from 12 CRC patients and 12 control subjects. We validated expression of candidate miRNAs in serum samples from an independent cohort of 186 CRC patients, 60 postoperative patients, 43 advanced adenoma patients, and 53 control subjects. We analyzed miR-21 expression in 166 matched primary CRC tissues to determine whether serum miRNAs reflect expression in CRC. Patient survival analyses were performed by Kaplan-Meier analyses and Cox regression models. All statistical tests were two-sided. Although miR-21 was secreted from CRC cell lines and upregulated in serum of CRC patients, no statistically significant differences were observed in serum miR-31 expression between CRC patients and control subjects. In the validation cohort, miR-21 levels were statistically significantly elevated in preoperative serum from patients with adenomas (P < .001) and CRCs (P < .001). Importantly, miR-21 expression dropped in postoperative serum from patients who underwent curative surgery (P < .001). Serum miR-21 levels robustly distinguished adenoma (area under the curve [AUC] = 0.813; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.691 to 0.910) and CRC (AUC = 0.919; 95% CI = 0.867 to 0.958) patients from control subjects. High miR-21 expression in serum and tissue was statistically significantly associated with tumor size, distant metastasis, and poor survival. Moreover, serum miR-21 was an independent prognostic marker for CRC (hazard ratio = 4.12; 95% CI = 1.10 to 15.4; P = .03). Serum miR-21 is a promising biomarker for the early detection and prognosis of CRC. Source

Baylor Research Institute | Date: 2015-05-22

Disclosed are compositions and methods for treatment of breast cancer. Disclosed methods and compositions include dendritic cells loaded with cyclin B1 and WT-1 peptide antigens for immunotherapy. These dendritic cell vaccines are administered alone or in combination with other cancer therapies to improve outcomes. Disclosed methods also involve the use of therapeutic agents, such as anakinra, that block the IL-1 inflammation pathway. These agents are used in combination with chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy in treating breast cancer.

Baylor Research Institute | Date: 2015-08-06

The present invention includes compositions and methods for the expression, secretion and use of novel compositions for use as, e.g., vaccines and antigen delivery vectors, to delivery antigens to antigen presenting cells. In one embodiment, the vector is an anti-CD40 antibody, or fragments thereof, and one or more antigenic peptides linked to the anti-CD40 antibody or fragments thereof, including humanized antibodies.

Baylor Research Institute | Date: 2015-06-03

The present invention describes a method for determination of urinary globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) levels in non-Fabry disease cardiac patients. Determination of Gb3 levels provides a screening method for determining cardiac risk and may offer an alternative therapeutic option for cardiac disease management or cardiac disease risk mitigation by lowering Gb3 levels by the use of pharmacological chaperones or other agents.

Baylor Research Institute | Date: 2015-11-16

The present invention includes compositions and methods for treating arthritic joints found in patients with autoinflammation, e.g., systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis, by administering at the site of inflammation a therapeutically effective amount of at least one agent that reduces or blocks the bioavailability of interleukin-1.

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