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Qiao H.-P.,Soochow University of China | Qiao H.-P.,The First Affiliated Hospital of Baotou Medical College | Gao W.-S.,Surgical Oncology | Huo J.-X.,The First Affiliated Hospital of Baotou Medical College | Yang Z.-S.,Soochow University of China
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention | Year: 2013

Background: Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a malignancy with a poor prognosis. We aimed to explore whether the expression of Long Non-Coding RNA (LncRNA) growth arrest-specific transcript 5 (GAS5) is associated with RCC genesis. Methods: We selected twelve clinical samples diagnosed for renal clear cell carcinoma and found that the LncRNA GAS5 transcript levels were significantly reduced relative to those in adjacent unaffected normal renal tissues. Results: In addition, expression of GAS5 was lower in the RCC cell line A498 than that in normal renal cell line HK-2. Furthermore, using functional expression cloning, we found that overexpression of GAS5 in A498 cells inhibited cell proliferation, induced cell apoptosis and arrested cell cycling. At the same time, the migration and invasion potential of A498 cells were inhibited compared to control groups. Conclusion: Our study provided the first evidence that a decrease in GAS5 expression is associated with RCC genesis and progression and overexpression of GAS5 can act as a tumor suppressor for RCC, providing a potential attractive therapeutic approach for this malignancy.


Damle A.A.,Bhabha Atomic Research Center | Narkar A.A.,Bhabha Atomic Research Center | Badwe R.A.,Surgical Oncology
Indian Journal of Experimental Biology | Year: 2011

Breast cancer is a common malignancy in women all over the world and novel therapeutic approaches are required for the treatment of patients who become refractory to conventional therapies. Thyroid cancer is being treated successfully with radioiodine since many years. The iodide is transported inside the thyroid epithelial cell via sodium iodide symporter (NIS) which is a trans-membrane protein. The present study was aimed to explore the uptake of radioiodide (RAI) and the expression of NIS in breast tissues of invasive ductal carcinoma patients. Breast tissues from tumor region (Tu-Br) as well as corresponding normal region (N-Br) were collected from patients of invasive ductal carcinoma. In vitro RAI uptake, its efflux and NIS expression were studied. The uptake of RAI (1.98±1.75 × 105 cpm/g) in Tu-Br was significantly higher as compared to that observed in N-Br (0.31±0.27 × 105 cpm/g) and fast efflux was observed in the tissue samples. NIS gene expression was positive in 41.66% (10/24) samples of Tu-Br. None of the N-Br samples expressed NIS gene. In 14 samples of Tu-Br, RAI uptake as well as NIS expression was studied. In 50% of these Tu-Br samples RAI uptake as well as of NIS gene expression was positive. The results indicate that RAI uptake is significantly higher in breast tumor tissues as compared to their normal counterpart and in future radioiodine may be an important agent for treatment of breast cancer.


Self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) are currently the most widely used modality for palliation of dysphagia from oesophageal malignancy. However, placement of SEMS is associated with a number of complications. We report a rare late complication of SEMS placed for relief of malignant dysphagia (Locally advanced Carcinoma mid-esophagus) in a 65-year-old man. SEMS was expelled out intact with vomiting following complete response to disease after three cycles of chemotherapy. Check on endoscopy done the day after, patient's growth had shown partial response to chemotherapy with scope easily negotiable upto Gastroesophageal junction with area of scarring and healed ulceration and stent imprint on the oesophageal wall. Partial response of the disease to chemotherapy and lack of expected fibrosis between stent and oesophageal wall resulted in loss of scaffolding for the stent and its subsequent expulsion in vomiting and relief in patient's dysphagia.


Deodhar K.K.,Tata Memorial Hospital | Shah M.,SRL Diagnostics | Chaturvedi P.,Surgical Oncology
Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology | Year: 2011

Warthin tumor is a well-recognized benign salivary gland neoplasm consisting of an epithelial as well as a lymphoid component. Malignant transformation in Warthin tumor is rare and its reported incidence is up to 1%. The more common types of carcinomas described in Warthin tumor are the squamous and mucoepidermoid types, with high-grade adenocarcinoma being extremely rare. A high-grade adenocarcinoma (ductal type) arising in the Warthin tumor in a 72-year-old man is presented for its rarity and diagnostic difficulties.


Meric-Bernstam F.,Khalifa University | Johnson A.,Khalifa University | Holla V.,Khalifa University | Bailey A.M.,Khalifa University | And 16 more authors.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Year: 2015

Rapidly improving understanding of molecular oncology, emerging novel therapeutics, and increasingly available and affordable next-generation sequencing have created an opportunity for delivering genomically informed personalized cancer therapy. However, to implement genomically informed therapy requires that a clinician interpret the patient's molecular profile, including molecular characterization of the tumor and the patient's germline DNA. In this Commentary, we review existing data and tools for precision oncology and present a framework for reviewing the available biomedical literature on therapeutic implications of genomic alterations. Genomic alterations, including mutations, insertions/deletions, fusions, and copy number changes, need to be curated in terms of the likelihood that they alter the function of a "cancer gene" at the level of a specific variant in order to discriminate so-called "drivers" from "passengers." Alterations that are targetable either directly or indirectly with approved or investigational therapies are potentially "actionable." At this time, evidence linking predictive biomarkers to therapies is strong for only a few genomic markers in the context of specific cancer types. For these genomic alterations in other diseases and for other genomic alterations, the clinical data are either absent or insufficient to support routine clinical implementation of biomarker-based therapy. However, there is great interest in optimally matching patients to early-phase clinical trials. Thus, we need accessible, comprehensive, and frequently updated knowledge bases that describe genomic changes and their clinical implications, as well as continued education of clinicians and patients. © 2015 The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

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