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Wozney J.L.,Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center | Antonarakis E.S.,Prostate Cancer Research Program
Cancer and Metastasis Reviews | Year: 2014

Treatments that target the androgen axis represent an effective strategy for patients with advanced prostate cancer, but the disease remains incurable and new therapeutic approaches are necessary. Significant advances have recently occurred in our understanding of the growth factor and signaling pathways that are active in prostate cancer. In conjunction with this, many new targeted therapies with sound preclinical rationale have entered clinical development and are being tested in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer. Some of the most relevant pathways currently being exploited for therapeutic gain are HGF/c-Met signaling, the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway, Hedgehog signaling, the endothelin axis, Src kinase signaling, the IGF pathway, and angiogenesis. Here, we summarize the biological basis for the use of selected targeted agents and the results from available clinical trials of these drugs in men with prostate cancer. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media.


Wang L.,Beckman Research Institute | Yi T.,Beckman Research Institute | Zhang W.,Beckman Research Institute | Pardoll D.M.,Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center | Yu H.,Beckman Research Institute
Cancer Research | Year: 2010

Inflammatory conditions elicited by extrinsic environmental factors promote malignant cell transformation, tumor growth, and metastasis. Although most attention has been focused on innate immune mechanisms of inflammatory carcinogenesis, more recently the role of T cells in cancer promotion has been examined. Although IFN-dependent Th1 responses that promote Stat1 signaling inhibit tumor growth, the role of T helper type 17 responses, and interleukin-17 (IL-17) in particular, has been controversial. Indeed, IL-17 has been reported to either enhance or inhibit the growth of transplantable tumors, depending on the system. Little is known about the role of IL-17 in de novo carcinogenesis. Using IL-17 knockout mice, we examined the role of IL-17 in the classic DMBA/TPA-induced skin carcinogenesis model. Disruption of IL-17 dramatically reduced tumorigenesis in this model in a manner correlated with diminished Stat3 activation in the tumor microenvironment. IL-17 loss reduced Stat3-associated proliferative and antiapoptotic gene expression along with epidermal cell proliferation and hyperplasia. In addition, IL-17 loss was associated with reduced expression of Stat3-regulated chemokines that attract myeloid cells and a decreased infiltration of myeloid cells into the local tumor microenvironment. Together, our findings point to a critical role of the IL-17-Stat3 pathway in supporting cancer-associated inflammation in the tumor microenvironment. Therapeutic approaches that target this pathway may therefore be effective to inhibit carcinogenesis. ©2010 AACR.


Golshayan A.R.,Medical University of South Carolina | Antonarakis E.S.,Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Core Evidence | Year: 2013

Introduction: Enzalutamide is an oral androgen receptor (AR) signaling inhibitor that was specifically engineered to overcome castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) harboring AR amplification or overexpression. Enzalutamide has demonstrated significant activity in men with metastatic CRPC. Aims: To update the evidence and provide an overview of the available data on enzalutamide. Evidence review: Peer reviewed articles published and listed in Medline Search were reviewed. In addition, relevant ASCO and ESMO abstracts were searched. The activ ity of enzalutamide is mediated by potently antagonizing the full-length AR, impairing translocation of the AR from the cytoplasm into the nucleus, and inhibiting the transcrip tional activity of the AR by modulating the interaction of the AR with androgen-response elements in gene promoter regions. Enzalutamide has a favorable safety profile and the most common adverse events include fatigue, hot flashes and headache; 1% of patients experienced seizure. Place in Therapy: The AFFIRM phase III study evaluated the clinical utility of treatment with enzalutamide in men with docetaxel-refractory metastatic CRPC. Enzalutamide improved overall survival compared to placebo, with a median overall survival of 18.4 months versus 13.6 months respectively. Conclusion: Enzalutamide has demonstrated impressive efficacy in men with metastatic CRPC, moving swiftly from a phase I/II study to two pivotal phase III trials testing this agent in both chemotherapy-pretreated as well as chemotherapy-naïve CRPC patients. Ongoing studies are aiming to explore the utility of enzalutamide in earlier stages of the disease, and to investigate the optimal sequencing and combination of enzalutamide with other standard and novel therapies for prostate cancer. © 2013 Golshayan and Antonarakis, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd. This.


Amson R.,CNRS Laboratory of Biology and Applied Pharmacology | Karp J.E.,Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center | Telerman A.,CNRS Laboratory of Biology and Applied Pharmacology
Current Opinion in Oncology | Year: 2013

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tumor reversion is the biological process by which highly tumorigenic cells lose at great extent or entirely their malignant phenotype. The purpose of our research is to understand the molecular program of tumor reversion and its clinical application. We first established biological models of reversion, which was done by deriving revertant cells from different tumors. Secondly, the molecular program that could override the malignant phenotype was assessed. Differential gene-expression profiling showed that at least 300 genes are implicated in this reversion process such as SIAH-1, PS1, TSAP6, and, most importantly, translationally controlled tumor protein (TPT1/TCTP). Decreasing TPT1/TCTP is key in reprogramming malignant cells, including cancer stem cells. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings indicate that TPT1/TCTP regulates the P53-MDM2-Numb axis. Notably, TPT1/TCTP and p53 are implicated in a reciprocal negative-feedback loop. TPT1/TCTP is a highly significant prognostic factor in breast cancer. Sertraline and thioridazine interfere with this repressive feedback by targeting directly TPT1/TCTP and inhibiting its binding to MDM2, restoring wildtype p53 function. Combining sertraline with classical drugs such as Ara-C in acute myeloid leukemia may be also beneficial. SUMMARY: In this review, we discuss some of these reversion pathways and how this approach could open a new route to cancer treatment. © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Drake C.G.,Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center | Sharma P.,University of Houston | Gerritsen W.,Radboud University Nijmegen
Oncogene | Year: 2013

For the past decade, docetaxel has remained the global standard of care for frontline treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Until recently, there were limited options for patients with mCRPC following docetaxel failure or resistance, but now the approved treatment choices for these patients have expanded to include abiraterone acetate, cabazitaxel and enzalutamide. Additionally, the radioactive therapeutic agent radium-223 dichloride has been recently approved in patients with CRPC with bone metastases. Although each of these agents has been shown to convey significant survival benefit as a monotherapy, preclinical findings suggest that combining such innovative strategies with traditional treatments may achieve additive or synergistic effects, further augmenting patient benefit. This review will discuss the transformation of the post-docetaxel space in mCRPC, highlighting the spectrum of newly approved agents in this setting in the USA and the European Union, as well as summarizing treatments with non-chemotherapeutic mechanisms of action that have demonstrated promising results in recent phase 3 trials. Lastly, this review will address the potential of combinatorial regimens in mCRPC, including the pairing of novel immunotherapeutic approaches with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or androgen ablation.Oncogene advance online publication, 25 November 2013; doi:10.1038/onc.2013.497.

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