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Bueno M.J.,Breast Cancer Clinical Research Unit
British Journal of Cancer | Year: 2017

Pathological angiogenesis involves complex and dynamic interactions between tumour cells and other lineages existing in the microenvironment of the tumour. Preclinical and clinical data suggest that tumours can show dual, different adaptive responses against antiangiogenic agents: one successful adaptation is vascular normalisation, whereas the second adaptation is elicited through vascular trimming and increased hypoxia. These phenomena depend on the type of tumour and the type of agent. The classical approach for investigating acquired resistance against antiangiogenic agents is to identify compensatory signalling pathways emerging in response to VEGF blockade, which has led to the development of highly effective drugs; however, ultimately these drugs fail. Here we review how the dual stromal adaptive patterns determine the mechanisms of escape that go beyond the reprogramming of signal transduction pathways, which obliges us to investigate the tumour as an ecosystem and to develop uni- and multicompartmental models that explain drug resistance involving metabolic and immune reprogramming. We also propose a method for facilitating personalised therapeutic decisions, which uses 18F-fluoromisonidazole-positron emission tomography to monitor the dual stromal response in tumours of individual patients.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication 16 March 2017; doi:10.1038/bjc.2017.69 www.bjcancer.com. © 2017 The Author(s)


PubMed | Girona Biomedical Research Institute IDIBGI, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Dr Josep Trueta Hospital Of Girona and Breast Cancer Clinical Research Unit
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Oncotarget | Year: 2015

There is an urgent need to refine the prognostic taxonomy of HER2+ breast carcinomas and develop easy-to-use, clinic-based prediction algorithms to distinguish between good- and poor- responders to trastuzumab-based therapy. Building on earlier studies suggesting that HER2+ tumors enriched with molecular and morpho-immunohistochemical features classically ascribed to basal-like tumors are highly aggressive and refractory to trastuzumab, we investigated the prognostic and predictive value of the basal-HER2+ phenotype in HER2-overexpressing tumors. Our retrospective cohort study of a consecutive series of 152 HER2+ primary invasive ductal breast carcinomas first confirmed the existence of a distinct subgroup co-expressing HER2 protein and basal cytokeratin markers CK5/6, the so-called basal-HER2+ phenotype. Basal-HER2+ phenotype (10% of cells showing positive CK5/6 staining), but not estrogen receptor status, was significantly associated with inferior overall survival by univariate analysis and predicted worsened disease free survival after accounting for strong prognostic variables such as tumor size at diagnosis in stepwise multivariate analysis. In the sub-cohort of HER2+ patients treated with trastuzumab-based adjuvant/neoadjuvant therapy, basal-HER2+ phenotype was found to be the sole independent prognostic marker for a significantly inferior time to treatment failure in multivariate analysis. A CK5/6-based immunohistochemical fingerprint may provide a simple, rapid, and accurate method for re-classifying women diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer in a manner that can improve prognosis and therapeutic planning in patients with clinically aggressive basal-HER2+ tumors who are not likely to benefit from trastuzumab-based therapy.


PubMed | GEICAM, Hospital Clinico Universitario Virgen Of La Victoria, Hospital General Of Albacete, Hospital Universitario La Paz and 14 more.
Type: | Journal: Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research | Year: 2016

We previously detected promising efficacy of neoadjuvant nintedanib (a multityrosine kinase inhibitor, TKI) in early HER2-negative breast cancer. In a preclinical study, we monitored stromal hypoxia with Patients were randomized to a 14-day WoO of nintedanib preceded and followed by an 18F-FMISO-PET, followed by nintedanib plus weekly paclitaxel (Arm A) or an 18F-FMISO-PET followed by weekly paclitaxel (Arm B) before surgery. The endpoint was residual cancer burden (RCB). The objective was to detect the patients with no response (RCB-III) on the basis of the baseline or evolutive 18F-FMISO-PET values/changes.One-hundred and thirty HER2-negative patients were randomized. Seventeen (27.9%), 34 (55.7%), and 8 (13.1%) patients had an RCB of III, II, and I/0, respectively, in Arm A. In this arm, baseline hypoxic tumors had a 4.4-fold higher chance of experiencing RCB = 3 (P = 0.036) compared with baseline normoxic tumors. Nintedanib WoO induced tumor reoxygenation in 24.5% of the patients; those not reoxygenating showed a trend toward higher chance of experiencing RCB-III (6.4-fold; P = 0.09). In Arm B, 18F-FMISO-PET lacked predictive/prognostic value.Baseline hypoxic tumors (measured with 18F-FMISO-PET) do not benefit from neoadjuvant nintedanib. Clin Cancer Res; 1-10. 2016 AACR.


PubMed | Complutense University of Madrid, Hospital General Of Albacete, Hospital Sant Pau, Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus and 13 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of gynecologic oncology | Year: 2015

We aimed to evaluate the prognostic and predictive value of the nucleotide excision repair-related gene GTF2H5, which is localized at the 6q24.2-26 deletion previously reported by our group to predict longer survival of high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients.In order to test if protein levels of GTF2H5 are associated with patients outcome, we performed GTF2H5 immunohistochemical staining in 139 high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas included in tissue microarrays. Upon stratification of cases into high- and low-GTF2H5 staining categories (> and median staining, respectively) Kaplan-Meier and log-rank test were used to estimate patients survival and assess statistical differences. We also evaluated the association of GTF2H5 with survival at the transcriptional level by using the on-line Kaplan-Meier plotter tool, which includes gene expression and survival data of 855 high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients from 13 different datasets. Finally, we determined whether stable short hairpin RNA-mediated GTF2H5 downregulation modulates cisplatin sensitivity in the SKOV3 and COV504 cell lines by using cytotoxicity assays.Low expression of GTF2H5 was associated with longer 5-year survival of patients at the protein (hazard ratio [HR], 0.52; 95% CI, 0.29 to 0.93; p=0.024) and transcriptional level (HR, 0.80; 95% CI, 0.65 to 0.97; p=0.023) in high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients. We confirmed the association with 5-year overall survival (HR, 0.55; 95% CI, 0.38 to 0.78; p=0.0007) and also found an association with progression-free survival (HR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.54 to 0.96; p=0.026) in a homogenous group of 388 high-stage (stages III-IV using the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics staging system), optimally debulked high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients. GTF2H5-silencing induced a decrease of the half maximal inhibitory concentration upon cisplatin treatment in GTF2H5-silenced ovarian cancer cells.Low levels of GTF2H5 are associated with enhanced prognosis in high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients and may contribute to cisplatin sensitization.


PubMed | Complutense University of Madrid, Hospital General Of Albacete, Hospital Sant Pau, Structural Computational Biology Group and 14 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Molecular oncology | Year: 2015

Standard treatments for advanced high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (HGSOCs) show significant side-effects and provide only short-term survival benefits due to disease recurrence. Thus, identification of novel prognostic and predictive biomarkers is urgently needed. We have used 42 paraffin-embedded HGSOCs, to evaluate the utility of DNA copy number alterations, as potential predictors of clinical outcome. Copy number-based unsupervised clustering stratified HGSOCs into two clusters of different immunohistopathological features and survival outcome (HR = 0.15, 95%CI = 0.03-0.81; Padj = 0.03). We found that loss at 6q24.2-26 was significantly associated with the cluster of longer survival independently from other confounding factors (HR = 0.06, 95%CI = 0.01-0.43, Padj = 0.005). The prognostic value of this deletion was validated in two independent series, one consisting of 36 HGSOCs analyzed by fluorescent in situ hybridization (P = 0.04) and another comprised of 411 HGSOCs from the Cancer Genome Atlas study (TCGA) (HR = 0.67, 95%CI = 0.48-0.93, Padj = 0.019). In addition, we confirmed the association of low expression of the genes from the region with longer survival in 799 HGSOCs (HR = 0.74, 95%CI = 0.61-0.90, log-rank P = 0.002) and 675 high-FIGO stage HGSOCs (HR = 0.76, 95%CI = 0.61-0.96, log-rank P = 0.02) available from the online tool KM-plotter. Finally, by integrating copy number, RNAseq and survival data of 296 HGSOCs from TCGA we propose a few candidate genes that can potentially explain the association. Altogether our findings indicate that the 6q24.2-26 deletion is an independent marker of favorable outcome in HGSOCs with potential clinical value as it can be analyzed by FISH on tumor sections and guide the selection of patients towards more conservative therapeutic strategies in order to reduce side-effects and improve quality of life.


PubMed | New York University, Biodonostia Research Institute, Girona Biomedical Research Institute IDIBGI, Hospitalet Of Llobregat and 24 more.
Type: | Journal: Oncogene | Year: 2016

Inhibitors of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) are currently used to treat advanced metastatic breast cancer. However, whether an aggressive phenotype is sustained through adaptation or resistance to mTOR inhibition remains unknown. Here, complementary studies in human tumors, cancer models and cell lines reveal transcriptional reprogramming that supports metastasis in response to mTOR inhibition. This cancer feature is driven by EVI1 and SOX9. EVI1 functionally cooperates with and positively regulates SOX9, and promotes the transcriptional upregulation of key mTOR pathway components (REHB and RAPTOR) and of lung metastasis mediators (FSCN1 and SPARC). The expression of EVI1 and SOX9 is associated with stem cell-like and metastasis signatures, and their depletion impairs the metastatic potential of breast cancer cells. These results establish the mechanistic link between resistance to mTOR inhibition and cancer metastatic potential, thus enhancing our understanding of mTOR targeting failure.Oncogene advance online publication, 19 December 2016; doi:10.1038/onc.2016.427.


PubMed | Molecular Imaging Unit, Bioinformatics Unit, Northwestern University, Proteomics Unit and Breast Cancer Clinical Research Unit
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Cell reports | Year: 2016

Epithelial malignancies are effectively treated by antiangiogenics; however, acquired resistance is a major problem in cancer therapeutics. Epithelial tumors commonly have mutations in the MAPK/Pi3K-AKT pathways, which leads to high-rate aerobic glycolysis. Here, we show how multikinase inhibitor antiangiogenics (TKIs) induce hypoxia correction in spontaneous breast and lung tumor models. When this happens, the tumors downregulate glycolysis and switch to long-term reliance on mitochondrial respiration. A transcriptomic, metabolomic, and phosphoproteomic study revealed that this metabolic switch is mediated by downregulation of HIF1 and AKT and upregulation of AMPK, allowing uptake and degradation of fatty acids and ketone bodies. The switch renders mitochondrial respiration necessary for tumor survival. Agents like phenformin or ME344 induce synergistic tumor control when combined with TKIs, leading to metabolic synthetic lethality. Our study uncovers mechanistic insights in the process of tumor resistance to TKIs and may have clinical applicability.

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