Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute

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Hangzhou, China
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Li B.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute | Xu X.-L.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute | Mao W.-M.,Zhejiang Cancer Hospital
Medicine (United States) | Year: 2015

Optimal management of clinical stage IIIA (N2) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is controversial. This study is a systematic review and meta-analysis of published randomized control trials of multimodality management strategies for NSCLC. We conducted a comprehensive literature search of the Pubmed, Embase, Medline, and CENTRAL databases for relevant studies comparing patients with stage IIIA (N2) NSCLC undergoing surgery alone, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy alone, or surgical resection after neoadjuvant treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. We estimated hazard ratios, odds ratios (ORs), and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for survival data. Seven trials involving 1049 patients were included in this study. There was no significant difference in overall survival (OS) or progression-free survival (PFS) in stage IIIA (N2) NSCLC patients who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy prior to surgical resection compared to those who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy prior to radical radiotherapy. There was a significant increase in pathological complete remission in the mediastinal lymph nodes in stage IIIA (N2) NSCLC patients who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy prior to surgical resection compared to those who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy (OR 3.61; 95% CI 1.07-12.15; P=0.04), but no difference in tumor downstaging, OS, or PFS. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy prior to surgical resection do not appear to be clinically superior to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy prior to definitive radiotherapy in IIIA (N2) NSCLC patients. Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy does not improve survival compared to neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.


Deardorff M.A.,Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Deardorff M.A.,University of Pennsylvania | Wilde J.J.,Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Albrecht M.,University of Lübeck | And 31 more authors.
American Journal of Human Genetics | Year: 2012

The evolutionarily conserved cohesin complex was originally described for its role in regulating sister-chromatid cohesion during mitosis and meiosis. Cohesin and its regulatory proteins have been implicated in several human developmental disorders, including Cornelia de Lange (CdLS) and Roberts syndromes. Here we show that human mutations in the integral cohesin structural protein RAD21 result in a congenital phenotype consistent with a "cohesinopathy." Children with RAD21 mutations display growth retardation, minor skeletal anomalies, and facial features that overlap findings in individuals with CdLS. Notably, unlike children with mutations in NIPBL, SMC1A, or SMC3, these individuals have much milder cognitive impairment than those with classical CdLS. Mechanistically, these mutations act at the RAD21 interface with the other cohesin proteins STAG2 and SMC1A, impair cellular DNA damage response, and disrupt transcription in a zebrafish model. Our data suggest that, compared to loss-of-function mutations, dominant missense mutations result in more severe functional defects and cause worse structural and cognitive clinical findings. These results underscore the essential role of RAD21 in eukaryotes and emphasize the need for further understanding of the role of cohesin in human development. © 2012 by The American Society of Human Genetics. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Wenzhou University, Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute and Zhejiang Cancer Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Oncology letters | Year: 2015

Paired box 6 (PAX6) plays a significant role in the development of human neuroectodermal epithelial tissues. Previous studies have suggested that the PAX6 promoter is hypermethylated in breast cancer and that it is involved in breast cancer cell proliferation. The present study aimed to investigate the expression of PAX6 in invasive breast cancer tissues, and to evaluate its prognostic significance. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was used to detect PAX6 expression on a breast cancer tissue microarray containing tissues from 111 patients. Associations of PAX6 expression with staging and prognosis were analyzed. PAX6 was mainly expressed in the nucleus. The PAX6 staining intensity was not associated with age, histological grade, lymph node status, tumor size, or progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 expression (all P>0.05). A high level of PAX6 staining was more frequent in estrogen receptor (ER)-negative cases compared with ER-positive cases (43.9 vs. 25.7%; P=0.049). After a median follow-up time of 110 months, the patients with low PAX6 expression exhibited an improved survival rate compared with the patients with high PAX6 expression (P<0.001). Cox analysis showed a worse survival rate in the patients with high PAX6 staining (hazard ratio, 3.458; 95% confidence interval, 1.575-7.593; P=0.002). In conclusion, high tumor PAX6 staining intensity by IHC was associated with a poor prognosis in breast cancer patients.


Hauser B.,Howard University | Zhao Y.,Howard University | Pang X.,Howard University | Ling Z.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute | And 4 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Background: Incidence of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has continuously increased in past years while its survival rate has not been significantly improved. There is a critical need to better understand the genetic regulation of HNSCC tumorigenesis and progression. In this study, we comprehensively analyzed the function of miRNA-128 (miR-128) in the regulation of HNSCC growth and its putative targets in vitro and in vivo systems. Methods: The function and targets of miR-128 were investigated in human HNSCC cell lines (JHU-13 and JHU-22), which were stably transfected with the miR-128 gene using a lentiviral delivery system. The expression levels of miR-128 and its targeted proteins were analyzed with qRT-PCR, Western blotting and flow cytometry. The binding capacity of miRNA-128 to its putative targets was determined using a luciferase report assay. MTT, colony formation, and a tumor xenograft model further evaluated the effects of miR-128 on HNSCC growth. Results: We generated two miR-128 stably transfected human HNSCC cell lines (JHU-13miR-128 and JHU-22miR-128). Enforced expression of miR-128 was detected in both cultured JHU-13miR-128 and JHU-22miR-128 cell lines, approximately seventeen to twenty folds higher than in vector control cell lines. miRNA-128 was able to bind with the 3′-untranslated regions of BMI-1, BAG-2, BAX, H3f3b, and Paip2 mRNAs, resulting in significant reduction of the targeted protein levels. We found that upregulated miR-128 expression significantly inhibited both JHU-13miR-128 and JHU-22miR-128 cell viability approximately 20 to 40%, and the JHU-22miR-128 tumor xenograft growth compared to the vector control groups. Conclusions: miR-128 acted as a tumor suppressor inhibiting the HNSCC growth by directly mediating the expression of putative targets. Our results provide a better understanding of miRNA-128 function and its potential targets, which may be valuable for developing novel diagnostic markers and targeted therapy. © 2015 Hauser et al.


PubMed | Johns Hopkins University, Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute and Howard University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PloS one | Year: 2015

Incidence of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has continuously increased in past years while its survival rate has not been significantly improved. There is a critical need to better understand the genetic regulation of HNSCC tumorigenesis and progression. In this study, we comprehensively analyzed the function of miRNA-128 (miR-128) in the regulation of HNSCC growth and its putative targets in vitro and in vivo systems.The function and targets of miR-128 were investigated in human HNSCC cell lines (JHU-13 and JHU-22), which were stably transfected with the miR-128 gene using a lentiviral delivery system. The expression levels of miR-128 and its targeted proteins were analyzed with qRT-PCR, Western blotting and flow cytometry. The binding capacity of miRNA-128 to its putative targets was determined using a luciferase report assay. MTT, colony formation, and a tumor xenograft model further evaluated the effects of miR-128 on HNSCC growth.We generated two miR-128 stably transfected human HNSCC cell lines (JHU-13miR-128 and JHU-22miR-128). Enforced expression of miR-128 was detected in both cultured JHU-13miR-128 and JHU-22miR-128 cell lines, approximately seventeen to twenty folds higher than in vector control cell lines. miRNA-128 was able to bind with the 3-untranslated regions of BMI-1, BAG-2, BAX, H3f3b, and Paip2 mRNAs, resulting in significant reduction of the targeted protein levels. We found that upregulated miR-128 expression significantly inhibited both JHU-13miR-128 and JHU-22miR-128 cell viability approximately 20 to 40%, and the JHU-22miR-128 tumor xenograft growth compared to the vector control groups.miR-128 acted as a tumor suppressor inhibiting the HNSCC growth by directly mediating the expression of putative targets. Our results provide a better understanding of miRNA-128 function and its potential targets, which may be valuable for developing novel diagnostic markers and targeted therapy.


Ling Z.-Q.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute | Li P.,Zhengzhou University | Ge M.-H.,Zhejiang Province Cancer Hospital | Zhao X.,Zhengzhou University | And 5 more authors.
International Journal of Molecular Medicine | Year: 2011

CDH1, a cell adhesion molecule, which plays a key role in maintaining the epithelial phenotype, is regarded as an invasion-suppressor gene in light of accumulating evidence from in vitro experiments and clinical observations. In an attempt to clarify the mechanism responsible for inactivation of this gene in carcinomas, we investigated the methylation status of the CDH1 gene 5′-CpG islands and its regulatory mechanism in the progression of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Real-time methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (qMSP) and treatment with the demethylating agent 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine (5-Aza-CdR) were conducted to analyze the methylation status at the CDH1 promoter region in the human esophageal carcinoma cell lines, EC1 and EC9706. A total of 235 invasive esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCCCC) at stages I-IV and their corresponding normal tissue samples, were included in an immunohisto-chemistry study and methylation analysis of CDH1. The results demonstrate that in EC1 and EC9706 cells, the CDH1 promoter is methylated and treatment with 5-Aza-CdR restored CDH1 expression. Enhanced CDH1 expression decreased cell migration, invasion ability and increased adhesion ability. Decreased CDH1 expression was detected in 59.6% of ESCCCC tissues, compared with their adjacent non-neoplastic epithelia, which had a close correlation with the primary tumor status, lymph node status, distant metatasis and clinicopathologic stage. Hypermethylation at the CDH1 promoter was detected in 97.9% of 140 cases of ESCCCC with low CDH1 expression. The methylation of CDH1 promoters (P=0.929) was closely correlated with the lack of expression of their corresponding proteins. The Cox regression model for survival analysis showed that increases in CDH1 methylation had a greater impact on the prognosis than tumor clinical stage. These findings suggest that CDH1 gene silencing by promoter hypermethylation and the resultant reduction of CDH1 expression may play an important role in the progression of ESCCCC. CDH1 methylation was a significant predictor of survival in ESCC patients after surgery.


Liu Y.,Zhejiang Cancer Hospital Guangji | Qian J.,Zhejiang Cancer Hospital Guangji | Feng J.-G.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute | Ju H.-X.,Zhejiang Cancer Hospital Guangji | And 3 more authors.
Cellular Oncology | Year: 2013

Purpose: Recently, the detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in peripheral blood has become an important tool for the non-invasive assessment of micrometastases and to predict clinical outcome. The objective of this study was to investigate if the presence of CTCs in peripheral blood influences the prognosis in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients without distant organ metastases. Methods: The GCC mRNA and CK20 mRNA levels in peripheral blood and the serum levels of CEA of 92 CRC patients without distant organ metastasis were analyzed by quantitative RT-PCR and ELISA, respectively. Its associations with overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) rates were analyzed. Results: Univariate analyses showed that lower OS and DFS rates were significantly associated with GCC and CK20 mRNA levels, the presence of lymph node metastases, the presence of mesenteric root lymph node metastases, and the presence of tumor emboli in vessels (p < 0.05), but not with CEA levels. Multivariate analyses showed a significant association between 1) OS and GCC mRNA levels and differentiation types and 2) DFS and the presence of tumor emboli in the vessels. Kaplan-Meier curves showed that DFS was significantly associated with the presence of poorly differentiated cells, the presence of mesenteric root lymph node metastases having received prior chemotherapy, and the presence of tumor emboli in vessels. Conclusion: The detection of CTCs in peripheral blood may be useful for the prediction of clinical outcome in CRC patients without distant organ metastases. © 2012 International Society for Cellular Oncology.


Xu Z.-Y.,Zhejiang Cancer Hospital | Xu Z.-Y.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute | Yu Q.-M.,Zhejiang Cancer Hospital | Yu Q.-M.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute | And 12 more authors.
International Journal of Biological Sciences | Year: 2013

Background: Over-expression of long non-coding RNA HOTAIR has been reported in several types of cancer. Yet its involvement in gastric cancer (GC) has not been well understood. The aim of present study was to examine the expression pattern of HOTAIR in GC patients, then, explore its role in promoting cancer invasion and underlying molecular mechanism. Methods: The expression level of HOTAIR in the tumor specimens of GC patients was quantified by Realtime RT-PCR. The correlation between HOTAIR level and clinicopathological factors as well as prognosis was then examined. Down-regulation of HOTAIR by RNA interference was applied to investigate its roles in tumor invasiveness via the view of Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Results: The expression level of HOTAIR in cancer tissues was higher than that in adjacent noncancerous tissues. Expression level of HOTAIR was significantly correlated with lymph node metastasis and TNM stage. Furthermore, high expression level of HOTAIR was a predictor of poor over-all survival in GC patients. In vitro, inhibition of HOTAIR in GC cells could reduce invasiveness, as well as the expression of MMP1 and MMP3. In addition, suppression of HOTAIR could reverse EMT process. Conclusions: HOTAIR could act as a potential predictor for over-all survival in patients with GC. Inhibition of HOTAIR could reduce invasiveness and reverse EMT process in GC cells, indicating the potential role of HOTAIR in GC diagnostics and therapeutics. © Ivyspring International Publisher.


Luo J.,Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute
Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery | Year: 2012

To explore the association between the progression of gastric cancer and the aberrant methylation of CDH1 gene in preoperative abdominal lavage fluid. Real-time methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction(qMSP) was used to investigate the methylation status of the CDH1 gene promoter 5'-CpG islands from preoperative abdominal lavage fluid in 92 patients with gastric cancer. The associations between methylation of CDH1 genes and clinicopathologic features and prognosis were investigated. Among the 92 patients with gastric cancer, aberrant methylation of CDH1 gene was detected in 45(48.9%) patients, including total aberrant methylation in 12(13.0%) cases and partly aberrant methylation in 33(35.9%) cases. Significant associations were found between CDH1 methylation status and tumor size, growth pattern, differentiation, lymphovascular invasion, infiltration depth, lymph node metastasis, distant metastasis, and clinical staging(all P<0.05). However, there were no significant associations between CDH1 methylation status with gender, age, tumor location, or Helicobacter pylori infection(all P>0.05). The median progression-free survival was 20 months for CDH1 methylation group and 38 months for non-methylated group, and the difference was statistically significant(P<0.01). Cox model analysis revealed that CDH1 methylation status in preoperative peritoneal lavage fluid was an independent factor associated with postoperative survival in patients with gastric cancer(P=0.000, RR=332.88, 95%CI:21.71-5105.07). The aberrant methylation of 5'-CpG of CDH1 gene promoter is common in gastric cancer. The examination of CDH1 methylation status of abdominal lavage should be considered in the progression of gastric cancer.


PubMed | Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention : APJCP | Year: 2012

Circulating lymphocyte subsets reflect the immunological status and might therefore be a prognostic indicator in cancer patients. Our aim was to evaluate the clinical significance of circulating lymphocyte subset in gastric cancer (GC) cases.A retrospective study on a prevalent cohort of 846 GC patients hospitalized at Hospital from Aug 2006 to Jul 2010 was conducted. We calculated the patients disease free survival (DFS) after first hospital admission, and hazard ratios (HR) from the Cox proportional hazards model.Our findings indicated a significantly decreased percentage of CD3+, and CD8+ cells, a significantly increased proportion of CD4+, CD19+, CD44+, CD25+, NK cells, and an increased CD4+/CD8+ ratio in GC patients as compared with healthy controls (all P<0.05). Alteration of lymphocyte subsets was positively correlated with sex, age, smoking, tumor stage and distant metastasis of GC patients (all P<0.05). Follow-up analysis indicated significantly higher DFS for patients with high circulating CD19+ lymphocytes compared to those with low CD19+ lymphocytes (P=0.037), with CD19+ showing an important cutoff of 7.91 2.98%.Circulating lymphocyte subsets in GC patients are significantly changed, and elevated CD19+ cells may predict a favorable survival.

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