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Omene C.,NYU Cancer Institute | Kalac M.,NYU Cancer Institute | Wu J.,Columbia University | Marchi E.,Columbia University | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy | Year: 2013

Alternative remedies for cancer treatment is a multi-billion dollar industry. In particular, breast cancer (BC) patients use alternative and natural remedies more frequently than patients with other malignancies. Propolis is an example of a honeybee-produced naturopathic formulation, contents of which differ by geographic location. It is readily available, affordable, and in use safely since ancient times globally. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is a major active component in propolis and is thought to be responsible for its varied properties, including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer. CAPE is effective in many models of human cancer, including BC as we have previously shown. CAPE affects genes associated with tumor cell growth and survival, angiogenesis and chemoresistance. We demonstrate that these are related in part to CAPE's role as a histone deacetylase inhibitor, a class of drugs designated as epigenetic agents that modulate the activities of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. CAPE and propolis, cause an accumulation of acetylated histone proteins in MCF-7 (ER+) and MDA-MB-231 (ER-/PR-/Her2-) cells with associated decreases in ER and PR in MCF-7 cells, and upregulation of ER and decrease in EGFR in MDA-231 cells. In addition, these products reduced activated phosphorylated Her2 protein in SKBR3 (Her2 +) cells. Interestingly, propolis, when normalized for CAPE content, appears to be more potent than CAPE alone similarly to the greater effects of complete foods than isolated components. These data provide a potential mechanistic basis for one of the oldest naturopathic agents used in medicine and cancer treatment. © 2013 Omene C, et al.


Wang J.,NYU Cancer Institute | Zhang W.,NYU Cancer Institute | Nardi M.A.,New York University | Li Z.,NYU Cancer Institute
Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis | Year: 2011

Background:Enhanced platelet activation in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1-infected patients has been reported and shown to strongly correlate with plasma viral load. Activated platelets are known to express and to release a variety of proteins that can modulate the immune system. Specifically, platelet-derived CD154 has been shown to be directly involved in the development of autoimmune thrombocytopenia (ITP). The mechanism by which HIV-1 infection leads to platelet activation and the effect of this activation on the development of HIV-1 ITP, however, is not fully understood. Objective:We have investigated the effect of HIV-1 Trans activating factor (Tat) on platelet activation. Results:We report that HIV-1 Tat directly interacts with platelets and induces platelet activation resulting in platelet micro-particle release. This activation by Tat requires the chemokine receptor CCR3 and β3-integrin expression on platelets, as well as calcium flux. Tat-induced activation of platelets releases platelet CD154, an immune modulator. Enhanced B-cell activity is found in mouse spleen B cells co-cultured with platelets treated with Tat in vitro. An early antibody response against adenovirus is found in Tat-injected mouse immunized with adenovirus, suggesting an enhanced immune response invivo. Conclusions:We have described a role of Tat-induced platelet activation in the modulation of the immune system, with implications for the development of HIV-1-associated thrombocytopenia. © 2011 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.


Walsh R.,NYU Cancer Institute | Blumenberg M.,NYU Cancer Institute
Journal of Cellular Physiology | Year: 2012

In the bi-directional signaling system comprising ephrins (EFNs) and ephrin receptors (Ephs), both EFNs and Ephs simultaneously function both as ligands and as receptors. Importantly, the EFN/Eph system is deregulated in human cancers and has been implicated in the metastatic processes because of its effects on the adhesion and migration of epithelial cells. The idiosyncratic function of Ephs, membrane-bound receptor kinases, as extracellular signaling ligands, has not been extensively studied. This prompted us to explore the transcriptional targets regulated by Ephs acting solely as ligands. To define the ligand function of EphB2 in human epidermal keratinocytes, we treated these cells with EphB2 as Fc-conjugate dimmers, which thus act exclusively as extracellular ligands. We compared the EphB2 and EFNA4 effects during a 48h time course, using transcriptional profiling. We found that EphB2, acting as a ligand, promotes epidermal differentiation. For example, EphB2 induces expression of markers of epidermal differentiation, including keratins KRT1 and KRT10, SPRRs, desmosomal proteins and cell cycle inhibitors, while suppressing basal layer markers, integrins and cell cycle proteins. The effects of EphB2 are delayed relative to those of EFNA4. Unlike EFNA4, EphB2 did not induce lipid metabolism proteins, this particular aspect of epidermal differentiation seems not to be regulated by EphB2. Our results define the transcriptional targets of the reverse signaling by EphB2 acting exclusively as a ligand and begin to characterize this intriguing function of Ephs. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Chen T.,German Cancer Research Center | Lundin E.,Umeå University | Grankvist K.,Umeå University | Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A.,New York University | And 14 more authors.
Cancer Causes and Control | Year: 2010

Background Little is known about correlates of first-trimester pregnancy hormones as in most studies maternal hormones have been measured later in gestation. We examined the associations of maternal characteristics and child sex with first-trimester maternal concentrations of four hormones implicated in breast cancer: human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), α-fetoprotein (AFP), insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, and IGF-II. Methods About 338 serum samples donated to the Northern Sweden Maternity Cohort (NSMC), 1975-2001, during the first trimester of uncomplicated pregnancies, were analyzed for the hormones of interest as a part of a case-control study. The associations of maternal characteristics and child sex with hormone concentrations were investigated by correlation, general linear regression, and multivariate regression models. Results In the first trimester, greater maternal age was inversely correlated with IGF-I and IGF-II. In comparison with women carrying their first child, already parous women had higher IGF-I but lower hCG. Greater maternal weight and smoking were inversely correlated with hCG. No differences in hormone levels by child sex were observed. Conclusions Our analyses indicated that potentially modifiable maternal characteristics (maternal weight and smoking) influence first-trimester pregnancy maternal hormone concentrations. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010.


Chaumeil J.,New York University | Micsinai M.,New York University | Micsinai M.,NYU Cancer Institute | Micsinai M.,Yale University | Skok J.A.,New York University
Journal of Visualized Experiments | Year: 2013

Fluorescent in situ hybridization using DNA probes on 3-dimensionally preserved nuclei followed by 3D confocal microscopy (3D DNA FISH) represents the most direct way to visualize the location of gene loci, chromosomal sub-regions or entire territories in individual cells. This type of analysis provides insight into the global architecture of the nucleus as well as the behavior of specific genomic loci and regions within the nuclear space. Immunofluorescence, on the other hand, permits the detection of nuclear proteins (modified histones, histone variants and modifiers, transcription machinery and factors, nuclear sub-compartments, etc). The major challenge in combining immunofluorescence and 3D DNA FISH is, on the one hand to preserve the epitope detected by the antibody as well as the 3D architecture of the nucleus, and on the other hand, to allow the penetration of the DNA probe to detect gene loci or chromosome territories 1-5. Here we provide a protocol that combines visualization of chromatin modifications with genomic loci in 3D preserved nuclei.


PubMed | NYU Cancer Institute and New York University
Type: | Journal: Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research | Year: 2016

CDK4/6 inhibition was synergistic with dexmethasome and everolimus but antagonistic with conventional chemotherapy in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) pre-clinical models. Cyclin dependent kinase inhibition in combination with glucocorticoids and mTOR inhibition offers a unique therapeutic opportunity in T-ALL.

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