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Chemo Secrets From a Breast Cancer Survivor

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Tumour Stroma Interaction A Novel Target in Cancer

In the case of breast cancer, stroma macrophages play a unique role because they are recruited into mammary gland carcinomas. The macrophages probably enhance tumour progression through the paracrine pathway, involving the production of CSF-1 by tumour cells (Pollard 2004). Recent studies have demonstrated the contribution of the haematopoietic growth factors granulocytes colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and GM-CSF to tumour progression in a broad spectrum of human tumours, including gliomas (Mueller et al. 1999). These growth factors are more likely to contribute to in vivo tumour progression via the recruitment ofmonocytes, macrophages and neu-trophils into the tumour vicinity. Interestingly, targeting either the expression of CSF-1 or its receptor c-fms by siRNA suppressed growth of human mammary tumour xenografts in mice by inhibiting the recruitment of tumour-associated macrophages with concomitant reduction in local production of VEGF (Aharinejad et al. 2004). Thus, the...

The Structure Of Single Genes

The accompanying image is adapted from a database of the human genome created and maintained at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). The image represents BRCA2, a gene that has been linked to breast cancer. The normal function of this gene is to help repair chromosomes that have been damaged by radiation or other environmental factors. It is called a tumor suppressor gene because if it is missing or damaged, humans suffer a greater risk of developing cancer. This diagram of BRCA2 will be used as an example to show how complex genes are. This image, adapted from the University of California, Santa Cruz's Internet genome database, reveals the complex structure of the BRCA2 gene, which has been linked to breast cancer. The text contains a detailed explanation of how to read the chart.

Consequences of Alu insertions

A striking example of the consequences of Alu insertions was found on screening 100 Japanese primary breast cancer patients a 346 bp insertion was found in exon 22 of the BRCA2 gene which resulted in exon skipping and early termination of translation (Miki et al. 1996). The insertion showed very high homology (278 out of 282 bases) to a conserved Alu subfamily with 8 bp flanking duplications of target site sequences.

Steroid Receptor Activator RNA

These new isoforms yield protein products when translated in an in vitro system or expressed in transfected human breast cancer cells. SRA is therefore the first example of a gene that can produce the transcripts functioning both as an mRNA and npcRNA (Emberley et al. 2003).

The Ras Raf Signalling Pathway

The four G protein members of the ras family of oncogenes (H-ras, R-ras, K-ras 4a and K-ras 4b) are central players in the signal transduction pathways controlling cell growth. Ras proteins are posttranslationally modified by isoprenoid lipids (Rebollo and Martinez 1999). For this, farnesyltransferase and geranylgeranyltransferase catalyse the covalent attachment of the farnesyl and geranylgeranyl groups, respectively, to the carboxyl-terminal cysteine of prenylated proteins. Prenylation is essential not only for membrane association but also for biologic activity of Ras proteins. Mutations in the genes encoding the different Ras proteins result in constitutive activation of the proteins, leading to abnormal cell growth and malignant transformation, and have been identified in more than 30 ofhuman tumours (Pruit and Der 2001). Although a Ras mutation has been observed in only 5 of cases, overexpression of Ras proteins has been associated with a more aggressive type of breast cancer....

Box Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer OMIM and microsatellite instability

A pentanucleotide repeat in the promoter region of the tumour protein p53 inducible protein 3 (TP53I3) gene was shown to be important in determining transcriptional activity dependent on the number of repeats, and that this involved binding by p53 directly to the TGYCC repeat unit (where Y C or T) (Contente et al. 2002). Between ten and 17 repeats were observed in a human population with similar results in great apes in Old and New World monkeys the number was reduced with more imperfect repeats and this was associated with loss of response to p53 (Contente et al. 2003). The relationship with cancer risk remains unclear association was reported with invasive bladder cancer but not lung or breast cancer (Gorgoulis et al. 2004 Ito et al. 2006). In the inducible nitric oxide synthase 2A (NOS2A) gene a (CClll)n repeat in the promoter region was reported to also be associated with differences in transcriptional activity (Warpeha

Medical applications and pharmacogenomics

A major goal of current genetic research in the medical arena is to understand how medical care can be tailored to the patient based on their individual genetic makeup. The development of 'personalized medicine' promises significant potential benefits but remains some way from being fully realized. This may be most readily achieved in terms of specific therapeutics, aiming to maximize the benefit for the patient while minimizing the risk of adverse effects. Other applications relate to targeted use of screening and monitoring, for example if an individual is at high risk of colonic or breast cancer, or of hypercholesterolemia, as a result of possession of a particular underlying genetic variant. There are also less direct but potentially equally important applications of current research in terms of our knowledge of underlying disease pathogenesis and potential novel targets for therapeutic interventions. Recent genome-wide association studies in Crohn's disease for example have...

Pilot Trials of Transplantation with Ex Vivo Expanded cb Cells

To date, three groups of investigators have utilized ex vivo-amplified CB HSCs for transplantation (Table 1). Shpall et al. isolated CD34+ cells from CB. Then, forty percent of the isolated cells were expanded in medium containing SCF, G-CSF, and TPO for 10 days, and the remaining 60 were immediately transplanted or stored frozen until transplantation 137 . After high-dose chemotherapy, 37 patients (25 adults, 12 children) were transplanted with expanded CD34+ cells and non-expanded cells with a median dose of 0.99 x 107 nucleated cells per kilogram. The median time to engraftment of neutrophils (neutrophil count > 500 l) was 28 days (range 15-49 days) and that of platelets (platelet > 20,000 l) was 106 days (range 38-345 days). From this study, the authors concluded that, although the transplantation with ex vivo expanded CB cells was feasible and safe, expanded HSCs did not improve the time to engraftment in recipients. In a phase I trial, Jaroscak et al. transplanted CB HSCs...

Platelet Transfusion

Bone marrow aplasia, leukaemia, or chemotherapy of various malignancies 40 . ABO and HLA typing are carried out on donors and recipients 40 . Due to the high polymorphism of the HLA system, it is, however, difficult to find a compatible donor-recipient pair 40 . The indications of important platelet outcomes are discussed. While many advances have been made in platelet transfusion technology, problems remain 41 . These include the short storage life of liquid-stored platelets and the common development of alloantibodies (the refractory state) in patients getting a number of transfusions 41 .

Space Station Hardware Demonstrations

Other plants under study included a species of sage native to Southeast Asia, also used as an important anti-malarial medicinal drug, and Catharanthus roseus, which produces vinca alkaloids, used as part of the chemotherapy treatment of cancer. ''Things are going great,'' said lead scientist Louis Stodieck of the University of Colorado at Boulder. ''We've gotten data showing that the plants are very healthy. I'm very enthused and looking forward to the Shuttle landing and the opportunity to study the plants.''

Fast Pace On Board Blurrolab

The orbiter crew did have a number of scientific tasks to perform, however. One of Hire's responsibilities was a device in the middeck known as the Bioreactor Demonstration Experiment (BDE) which, on STS-90, grew cultures of renal tissue and bone marrow. Both of these were widely anticipated to yield substances that might be of use for kidney disease, AIDS and other immune-system ailments, as well as for the chemotherapy treatment of cancer sufferers.

Quality of Life after PDT

Berr noted that PDT costed less and enhances quality of life and survival time as compared with chemotherapy 10 . Ortner et al. found that quality of life after PDT in addition to stenting was significant higher than stenting alone 27 . Ortner et al. noted that qality of life indices improved dramatically and remained stable after PDT 28 . They concluded that there were clear evidences that PDT improved quality of life in the patients with cholangiocarcinoma 28 . Many similar studies 31-32 also showed similar results in quality of life improvement in cholangiocarcinoma patients after PDT. Orntner concluded that PDT in non-resectable cholangiocarcinoma had considerable benefit on survival with a good quality of life 32 . Berr suggested that PDT should be offered as part of the palliative treatment of CC in hepatobiliary referral centers 10 .

Testing of Cell Lines and Clinical Tumor Specimens

We used a series of MCF7 breast carcinoma-derived cell lines as a model of clinical breast cancer for standardization and comparison of different Pgp detection methods (Table 2). Three microbead calibrated cell lines, MCF7-P4 (low level of MDR1 resistance), MCF7-P10 (low-medium), and MCF7-P19 (high) were derived from parental MCF7-WT cells through in vitro selection for doxorubicin resistance. Results of the UIC2 Shift Assay with 25 M vin-blastine strongly correlated with the number of Pgp molecules per cell by flow (r 0.98), IHC scores on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples (r 0.98), image analysis on cytospins (r 0.97), and IC50 values derived in a 4-d cytotoxicity assay (r 0.78). UIC2 shift values were higher by a factor of four in low and low-medium Pgp expressing MCF7-P4 and MCF7-P10 cell lines (compared with the high expressor, MCF70-P19). This data, as well as other results generated on KB calibrator cell lines (Fig. 1), MDR1 retrovirus infected K562 cells, and...

The Ashkenazi Mutations

The best-known of the genetic diseases disproportionately affecting Ashkenazi Jews are Tay-Sachs disease, Gaucher's disease, and the breast-cancer mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2, but there are a number of others, such as Niemann-Pick disease, Canavan disease, and familial dysautonomia. Some of these cause neurological problems. And they're unusually common among Ashkenazi Jews so common that they constitute an enduring puzzle in human genetics.

A Classical Radiotherapy

This makes used of rays, which are mainly X-ray and gamma ray emitted from Cobalt 60, for treatment of disorders. This is broadly used in present medicine. Several cancers are subjected to be treated with radiotherapy. For example, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, an Ebstien-Barr virus related cancer, is subjected to treat by classical radiotherapy or irradiation. Radiotherapy can be used alone or as combination or adjuvant to other therapy such as chemotherapy. Some important aspects on classical radiotherapy for several important cancers will be herby presented in Table 2.

Arbovirus and Gene Therapy

Which did not pose LH CG receptors on their surface 47 . Swai and Meruelo proposed that the chimeric Sindbis virus vector may bring a novel approach for gene therapy of gestational trophoblast disease and placental dysfunction 47 . Bergman attempted to construct a virus that targeted specifically to breast cancer cells 48 . In their attempt, nonreplicating and replicating pseudotype Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) were constructed whose only surface glycoprotein (gp) was a Sindbis gp, called Sindbis-ZZ, modified to severely decrease its native binding function and to contain the Fc-binding domain of Staphylococcus aureus protein A 48 . Bergman et al. reported that vesicular stomatitis virus expressing a chimeric Sindbis glycoprotein containing an Fc antibody binding domain could attack to Her2 neu overexpressing breast cancer cells 48 . This work demonstrates the ability to easily create, directly from plasmid components, an oncolytic replicating VSV with a restricted host cell range...

Detection of the MDR PGlycoprotein Expression and Function

Acquired and intrinsic multidrug resistance is the major reason for the failure of anticancer chemotherapy. The most important component of clinical multidrug resistance is mediated by P-glycoprotein (Pgp), an ABC transporter encoded by the MDR1 gene and expressed on the membrane of tumor and normal cells. Sensitive and reproducible detection of Pgp expression and function are critical for the development of new MDR1 drugs and clinical protocols aimed at modulating Pgp-mediated multidrug resistance. The most commonly used methods for detecting Pgp distribution and functional activity have major flaws when used in routine clinical diagnostics. In this chapter, we describe and compare these techniques and introduce a new method for simultaneous detection of Pgp expression and function the UIC2 Shift assay. Lung Resistance Protein (LRP)-related drug sequestration in intracellular vesicles, DNA alterations caused by overexpression of topoisomerase II a, enhanced detoxification of...

Adenovirus and Gene Therapy

Deissler and Opalka said that therapeutic applications of E1A were covered by a series of patents which include the description of small variants that could be used for tumor suppression and E1A gene transfer in combination with conventional chemotherapy 52 . Liao et al. also reported on enhanced paclitaxel cytotoxicity and prolonged animal survival rate by a nonviral-mediated systemic delivery of E1A gene in orthotopic xenograft human breast cancer 53 . In addition, Zang et al. reported that adenovirus-type 5 E1a gene could efficaciously prevent HER-2 neu-overexpressing ovarian cancer, and this promising procedure could greatly benefit ovarian cancer patients with high expression of HER-2 neu 54 . Yu et al. also proposed that liposome-mediated in vivo E1A gene transfer suppressed dissemination of ovarian cancer cells that overexpress HER-2 neu 55 . However, Xing et al. reported on safety study and characterization of E1A-liposome complex gene-delivery protocol in an ovarian cancer...


Mobile DNA elements are seen as genomic parasites, surviving as they replicate faster than the host genome in which they are found (Brookfield 2005). Within this diverse group, Alu elements are themselves parasites of LINEs, relying as they do on active L1 elements for the proteins they require to replicate. Over 99.8 of the more than 500 000 copies of L1 elements in our genome are inactive polymorphism is recognized among human populations for the 80-100 competent L1s (Brouha et al. 2003). Similarly, only a small number of competent ' master' Alu elements are found among the more than 1 million Alu insertions in the human genome. A diverse range of human genetic diseases may result from either L1 or Alu element insertions -ranging from haemophilia (factor VIII gene) (Kazazian et al. 1988) to colon cancer (APC gene) (Miki et al. 1992) with L1s, and to breast cancer (BRCA2) (Miki et al. 1996), neurofibromatosis (NF1) (Wallace et al. 1991), and Apert syndrome (FGFR2) (Oldridge et al....

B Brachytherapy

Tsubokura et al. reported on radiotherapy hypofractionation in early breast cancer 11 . Hughes et al. published on the safety study of induction chemotherapy followed by synchronous radiotherapy and cetuximab in stage III non-small cell lung cancer 16 . Borone et al. reported on induction chemotherapy followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy in advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma 20 . Socinski et al. reported on randomized phase II trial of induction chemotherapy followed by concurrent chemotherapy and dose-escalated thoracic conformal radiotherapy in stage III non-small-cell lung cancer 24 .


Transposons are units of selection that can have multiple targets of selection. In addition to selection within cells on their ability to transpose and replicate within genomes, transposons often affect fitness at the individual level (Cooper 1999 Kidwell and Lisch 2000 Prak and Kazazian 2000). Just as we saw for the t complex in mice, the evolutionary dynamics of transposons must take into account multiple targets of selection, and phrasing the evolution of transposons only as selfish DNA that parasitizes the genome is inappropriate and misleading. For example, different types of transposons have inserted into the promoter of the hsp70Ba gene that codes for the stress-inducible molecular chaperone Hsp70 in Drosophila melanogaster (Lerman et al. 2003). These transposon insertions underlie the natural variation found in the expression of this gene, and this in turn directly alters two components of individual fitness, inducible thermotolerance and female reproductive success. Another...

Gene Transfer

Gene transfer is an important step in gene therapy. This is the transferring of genetic content to new site. Guo et al. said that natural and synthetic enhancer-promoters could be used to drive gene transcription in a temporal, spatial or environmental signal-inducible manner in response to heat shock, hypoxia, radiation, chemotherapy, epigenetic agents or viral infection 18 . Guo et al. also noted that a regulatable gene-expression system could also be implemented to allow tightly regulated expression 18 . The vector is used for transferring. Vilaboa and Voellmy noted that the most commonly considered gene switches that are reviewed herein are based on small molecule-responsive transactivators derived from bacterial tetracycline repressor, insect or mammalian steroid receptors, or mammalian FKBP12 FRAP 19 . A wide variety of viral expression systems have been used and assessed for their ability to transfer genes into somatic cells 20 . In particular, retroviral and adenoviral...

Cancer Therapy

Oblimersen combined with chemotherapy. G3139, when combined with pa-clitaxel in a cytotoxic dose range, has been well tolerated by patients with chemorefractory small-cell lung cancer (Rudin et al. 2002). Furthermore, it can be safely administrated with fludarabine (FL), cytarabine (ARA-C), and granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) salvage chemotherapy in patients with refractory or relapsed leukemia (Marcucci et al. 2003). In spite of the promising early results, Oblimersen has not achieved the desired outcome in several trials. The FDA's Oncology Drug Advisory Committee advised against approving it for metastatic melanoma due to the lack of effectiveness as measured by response rate and progression-free survival in relation to its toxicity (low-grade fever, usually resolving within 1-2 days, nausea but no vomiting, and thrombocytopenia). In phase III trials, Oblimersen failed to reach the primary endpoint in the treatment of multiple myeloma. However, it did meet the primary...

How to Treat

Prompt treatment is the rule of secondary prevention. Finally, the last case of ovarian tumor will be mentioned and hereby discussed. To get rid of the cause of disease or tumor, a surgical procedure namely oophorectomy can be selected. This is the removal of the problematic mass at ovary. For limitation and recovery, the symptomatic and supportive care, especially for post operative period must be given and planned. In addition, it there is later additional diagnosis from following up laboratory investigations such as cancerous finding from histopathology of surgical specimen, additional treatment as chemotherapy should be set. These examples might be helpful for the reader to generate the idea and better understand of the concept of treatment in medicine.

Finding Epitope

Disorders are widely trialed but despite their success in animal experiments they do not yet live up to their promise in humans 30 . Mapping for possible epitopes seems to be a difficult step. The evidence accumulating from several recent studies points to a broader range of targets recognized than previously imagined, in terms of both numbers and characteristics of the targeted antigens 31 . Also, multiple studies reveal a substantial variation in the targets recognized in different human individuals 31 . To solve the problem of heterogenicity, many new computational tools are developed for finding of probable candidate vaccine epitopes. Prediction of both T cell and B cell epitopes for further cancer vaccine development can be easily done. For example, Wiwanitkit used a computational technique to detect T-cell epitopes for a melanoma vaccine by an immunomics technique 32 . Wiwanitkit also performed another similar study to predicted B-cell epitopes of HER-2 oncoprotein by a...

Human origins

Sunshine helps to beat breast cancer declared the front-page headline in The Times of London on 4 August 2007. According to the authors of a study at Creighton University, a Jesuit University in Omaha, Nebraska, the risk of contracting skin cancer from sunbathing is drummed into women year after year, yet postmenopausal women who stay out of the sun increase their risk of developing breast cancer because the levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream may drop too low. Some of the deficit can be made up by taking vitamin D and calcium supplements but doing so reduces the risk at best by about a half. Calcium had been included in the tests because the study was initially aimed at osteoporosis, and calcium turned out to have some protective effect against cancer but it was not as strong as that from the vitamin.

Why Nanotherapy [

Treatment is an important medical activity. Although it is accepted that prevention is better than treatment therapy for already presented disorder is necessary. Therapy can be either specific or symptomatic treatment aiming at curative or minimize suffer of the illed subject. Modern construction of treatment has been continuous for years and nanotherapy is a modern advent is medical treatment and becomes a modern hope in medicine. At present, it reveals that there are still several limited sides of old-kindd treatment. The specificity of treatment in old-kindd therapy is a focus. It is accepted that old-kindd therapy is limited in site and size of treatment. Access to the right site is the key for the most powerful treatment. It cannot be repeated that the best connection is the connection at the real problematic issueatic site. This is the way of thought of medical treatment. Indeed Retail hers proposed for the way of thought of magic bullet since the nineteenth century 17-19 . This...

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