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See detailLe ciblage therapeutique: vers une guerre propre et efficace contre le cancer
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Waltregny, David ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

Scientific conference (2009, October)

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See detailLe ciblage thérapeutique : vers une guerre propre et efficace contre le cancer
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Waltregny, David ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64

One promising avenue towards the development of more selective, better anticancer drugs consists in the targeted delivery of bioactive compounds to the tumor environment by means of binding molecules ... [more ▼]

One promising avenue towards the development of more selective, better anticancer drugs consists in the targeted delivery of bioactive compounds to the tumor environment by means of binding molecules specific for tumor-associated biomarkers. Eligibility of such markers for therapeutic use implies ideally three criteria : (i) accessibility from the bloodstream, (ii) expression at sufficient level and (iii) no (or much lower) expression in normal tissues. Most current discovery strategies (such as biomarker searching into body fluids) provide no clue as to whether proteins of interest are accessible, in human tissues, to suitable high-affinity ligands, such as systemically delivered monoclonal antibodies. Innovative proteomic technologies are able to identify such accessible biomarkers and represent a key step in the clinical development of such target therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailFaciogenital dysplasia protein Fgd1 regulates invadopodia biogenesis and extracellular matrix degradation and is up-regulated in prostate and breast cancer.
Ayala, Inmaculada; Giacchetti, Giada; Caldieri, Giusi et al

in Cancer Research (2009), 69(3), 747-52

Invadopodia are proteolytically active membrane protrusions that extend from the ventral surface of invasive tumoral cells grown on an extracellular matrix (ECM). The core machinery controlling ... [more ▼]

Invadopodia are proteolytically active membrane protrusions that extend from the ventral surface of invasive tumoral cells grown on an extracellular matrix (ECM). The core machinery controlling invadopodia biogenesis is regulated by the Rho GTPase Cdc42. To understand the upstream events regulating invadopodia biogenesis, we investigated the role of Fgd1, a Cdc42-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor. Loss of Fgd1 causes the rare inherited human developmental disease faciogenital dysplasia. Here, we show that Fgd1 is required for invadopodia biogenesis and ECM degradation in an invasive cell model and functions by modulation of Cdc42 activation. We also find that Fgd1 is expressed in human prostate and breast cancer as opposed to normal tissue and that expression levels matched tumor aggressiveness. Our findings suggest a central role for Fgd1 in the focal degradation of the ECM in vitro and, for the first time, show a connection between Fgd1 and cancer progression, proposing that it might function during tumorigenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailHDAC4 represses p21(WAF1/Cip1) expression in human cancer cells through a Sp1-dependent, p53-independent mechanism.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Pirotte, Sophie ULg; Lamour, Virginie ULg et al

in Oncogene (2009), 28(2), 243-56

Cancer cells have complex, unique characteristics that distinguish them from normal cells, such as increased growth rates and evasion of anti-proliferative signals. Global inhibition of class I and II ... [more ▼]

Cancer cells have complex, unique characteristics that distinguish them from normal cells, such as increased growth rates and evasion of anti-proliferative signals. Global inhibition of class I and II histone deacetylases (HDACs) stops cancer cell proliferation in vitro and has proven effective against cancer in clinical trials, at least in part, through transcriptional reactivation of the p21(WAF1/Cip1)gene. The HDACs that regulate p21(WAF1/Cip1) are not fully identified. Using small interfering RNAs, we found that HDAC4 participates in the repression of p21(WAF1/Cip1) through Sp1/Sp3-, but not p53-binding sites. HDAC4 interacts with Sp1, binds and reduces histone H3 acetylation at the Sp1/Sp3 binding site-rich p21(WAF1/Cip1) proximal promoter, suggesting a key role for Sp1 in HDAC4-mediated repression of p21(WAF1/Cip1). Induction of p21(WAF1/Cip1) mediated by silencing of HDAC4 arrested cancer cell growth in vitro and inhibited tumor growth in an in vivo human glioblastoma model. Thus, HDAC4 could be a useful target for new anti-cancer therapies based on selective inhibition of specific HDACs. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall Integrin-Binding Ligand N-Linked Glycoproteins (Siblings): Multifunctional Proteins in Cancer
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Ogbureke, K. U. et al

in Nature Reviews. Cancer (2008), 8(3), 212-26

Numerous components and pathways are involved in the complex interplay between cancer cells and their environment. The family of glycophosphoproteins comprising osteopontin, bone sialoprotein, dentin ... [more ▼]

Numerous components and pathways are involved in the complex interplay between cancer cells and their environment. The family of glycophosphoproteins comprising osteopontin, bone sialoprotein, dentin matrix protein 1, dentin sialophosphoprotein and matrix extracellular phosphoglycoprotein - small integrin-binding ligand N-linked glycoproteins (SIBLINGs) - are emerging as important players in many stages of cancer progression. From their detection in various human cancers to the demonstration of their key functional roles during malignant transformation, invasion and metastasis, the SIBLINGs are proteins with potential as diagnostic and prognostic tools, as well as new therapeutic targets. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic Characterization of Osteoblasts from the Sclerotic Zones of Osteoarthritic Subchondral Bone
Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Deberg, Michelle ULg; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2008), 58(2), 442-55

OBJECTIVE: To determine the phenotype of osteoblasts from the sclerotic zones of human osteoarthritic (OA) subchondral bone. METHODS: Human osteoblasts were isolated from sclerotic or nonsclerotic areas ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the phenotype of osteoblasts from the sclerotic zones of human osteoarthritic (OA) subchondral bone. METHODS: Human osteoblasts were isolated from sclerotic or nonsclerotic areas of subchondral bone and cultured for 14 days in monolayer. The expression of 14 genes was investigated by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. The activities of alkaline phosphatase (AP) and transglutaminases (TGases) were quantified by enzymatic assays. C-terminal type I procollagen propeptide (CPI), interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), IL-6, IL-8, transforming growth factor beta1 (TGFbeta1), osteocalcin (OC), and osteopontin (OPN) were assayed in the culture medium by immunoassay. RESULTS: Gene expression levels of matrix metalloproteinase 13, COL1A1 and COL1A2, OPN, tissue-nonspecific AP, OC, vascular endothelial growth factor, ANKH, TGase 2, factor XIIIA, and dentin matrix protein 1 were significantly up-regulated in sclerotic osteoblasts compared with nonsclerotic osteoblasts. In contrast, parathyroid hormone receptor gene expression was depressed in sclerotic osteoblasts, but bone sialoprotein levels were unchanged. The activities of AP and TGases were increased in sclerotic osteoblasts, while matrix mineralization, revealed by alizarin red staining, was decreased. In parallel, protein synthesis of CPI, OC, OPN, IL-6, IL-8, and TGFbeta1 was significantly higher in sclerotic osteoblasts than in nonsclerotic osteoblasts, while IL-1beta production was similar in both groups. CONCLUSION: These findings contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in subchondral bone sclerosis and identify osteoblasts with an altered phenotype as a potential target for future OA therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailCreb-1 and Ap-1 Transcription Factors Jund and Fra-2 Regulate Bone Sialoprotein Gene Expression in Human Breast Cancer Cells
Detry, Cédric ULg; Lamour, Virginie ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

in BONE (2008), 42(2), 422-31

Bone sialoprotein (BSP) expression is detected in a variety of human osteotropic cancers. High expression of BSP in breast and prostate primary carcinomas is associated with progression and bone ... [more ▼]

Bone sialoprotein (BSP) expression is detected in a variety of human osteotropic cancers. High expression of BSP in breast and prostate primary carcinomas is associated with progression and bone metastases development. In this study, we examined the transcriptional regulation of BSP gene expression in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 human breast cancer cells compared with Saos-2 human osteoblast-like cells. BSP human promoter deletion analyses delineated a -56/-84 region, which comprises a cAMP response element (CRE) that was sufficient for maximal promoter activity in breast cancer cell lines. We found that the basic fibroblast growth factor response element (FRE) also located in the proximal promoter was a crucial regulator of human BSP promoter activity in Saos-2 but not in breast cancer cells. Promoter activity experiments in combination with DNA mobility shift assays demonstrated that BSP promoter activity is under the control of the CRE element, through CREB-1, JunD and Fra-2 binding, in MDA-MB-231, MCF-7 and in Saos-2 cells. Forskolin, a protein kinase A pathway activator, failed to enhance BSP transcriptional activity suggesting that CRE site behaves as a constitutive rather than an inducible element in these cell lines. Over-expression of JunD and Fra-2 increased BSP promoter activity and upregulated endogenous BSP protein expression in MCF-7 and Saos-2 cells while siRNA-mediated inhibition of both factors expression significantly reduced BSP protein level in MDA-MB-231. Collectively, these data provide with new transcriptional mechanisms, implicating CREB and AP-1 factors, that control BSP gene expression in breast cancer cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLes histones desacetylases : nouvelles cibles pour les therapies anti-cancereuses.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (2008), 24(8-9), 742-6

Circa twenty-five years ago, cancer research was dominated by the concept that the origin of cancer was genetic. Thousands of genetic alterations have indeed been identified involving more than hundred ... [more ▼]

Circa twenty-five years ago, cancer research was dominated by the concept that the origin of cancer was genetic. Thousands of genetic alterations have indeed been identified involving more than hundred different genes in cancer development. Today, the model has evolved: it has been demonstrated that malignancies can be initiated not only through genetic alterations but also through epigenetic deregulations. By altering the expression of gene involved in cell regulation, epigenetic alterations, such as histone acetylation, play a key role in the initiation and progression of neoplasm. It has been shown that an imbalance between the acelylated and deacetylated status of chromatin is significantly involved in the acquisition of a malignant phenotype. Thus, the modulation of the histone acetylation level by histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors could lead to a genetic re-programmation in cancer cells that would favor apoptosis and prevent proliferation. The potential therapeutic value of several HDAC inhibitors for cancer patients has been evaluated in clinical assays with very promising outcome. Indeed, the first inhibitors available for patients has been recently approved for cancer patients tracing the way for a new class of promising anti-cancer therapy modalities. [less ▲]

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See detailCell membrane proteomic analysis identifies proteins differentially expressed in osteotropic human breast cancer cells.
Kischel, Philippe ULg; Guillonneau, Francois; Dumont, Bruno ULg et al

in Neoplasia : An International Journal for Oncology Research (2008), 10(9), 1014-20

Metastatic breast cancer cells are characterized by their high propensity to colonize the skeleton and form bone metastases, causing major morbidity and mortality. Identifying key proteins involved in the ... [more ▼]

Metastatic breast cancer cells are characterized by their high propensity to colonize the skeleton and form bone metastases, causing major morbidity and mortality. Identifying key proteins involved in the osteotropic phenotype would represent a major step toward the development of both new prognostic markers and new effective therapies. Cell surface proteins differentially expressed in cancer cells are preferred potential targets for antibody-based targeted therapies. In this study, using cell surface biotinylation and a mass spectrometric approach, we have compared the profile of accessible cell surface proteins between the human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 and its highly osteotropic B02 subclone. This strategy allowed the identification of several proteins either up- or downregulated in the osteotropic cell line, and differential protein expressions were validated using antibody-based techniques. Class I HLAs were down-regulated in the bone metastatic variant, whereas alpha(v)beta(3) integrins, among others, were consistently up-regulated in this latter cell line. These results show that comprehensive profiling of the cell surface proteome of mother cancerous cell lines and derived organ-specific metastatic cell lines provides an effective approach for the identification of potential accessible marker proteins for both prognosis and antibody-based targeted therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailA six-gene signature predicting breast cancer lung metastasis.
Landemaine, Thomas; Jackson, Amanda; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg et al

in Cancer Research (2008), 68(15), 6092-9

The lungs are a frequent target of metastatic breast cancer cells, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are unclear. All existing data were obtained either using statistical association between gene ... [more ▼]

The lungs are a frequent target of metastatic breast cancer cells, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are unclear. All existing data were obtained either using statistical association between gene expression measurements found in primary tumors and clinical outcome, or using experimentally derived signatures from mouse tumor models. Here, we describe a distinct approach that consists of using tissue surgically resected from lung metastatic lesions and comparing their gene expression profiles with those from nonpulmonary sites, all coming from breast cancer patients. We show that the gene expression profiles of organ-specific metastatic lesions can be used to predict lung metastasis in breast cancer. We identified a set of 21 lung metastasis-associated genes. Using a cohort of 72 lymph node-negative breast cancer patients, we developed a 6-gene prognostic classifier that discriminated breast primary cancers with a significantly higher risk of lung metastasis. We then validated the predictive ability of the 6-gene signature in 3 independent cohorts of breast cancers consisting of a total of 721 patients. Finally, we show that the signature improves risk stratification independently of known standard clinical variables and a previously established lung metastasis signature based on an experimental breast cancer metastasis model. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of new accessible tumor antigens in human colon cancer by ex vivo protein biotinylation and comparative mass spectrometry analysis.
Conrotto, Paolo; Roesli, Cristof; Rybak, Jascha et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2008), 123(12), 2856-2864

One of the most promising new strategies for the development of efficacious cancer therapies relies on the targeted delivery of biopharmaceutical to the tumor environment by the use of selective and ... [more ▼]

One of the most promising new strategies for the development of efficacious cancer therapies relies on the targeted delivery of biopharmaceutical to the tumor environment by the use of selective and specific antibodies. The identification of accessible perivascular proteins selectively overexpressed in cancer tissue may facilitate the development of antibody-based biopharmaceutical administration. This approach is potentially highly selective and specific, combining the presence of tumor biomarkers readily accessible from the blood vessels and the high rate of angiogenesis characteristic of cancer tissues. We performed ex vivo perfusions of surgically resected human colon cancer using a reactive ester derivative of biotin, thus achieving a selective covalent modification of accessible proteins in vascular structures and stroma. After extraction and purification, biotinylated proteins were digested and the resulting peptides submitted to a comparative mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis, revealing quantitative differences between normal and cancer colon. Sixty-seven of the total 367 proteins identified were found to be preferentially expressed at the tumor site. We generated human monoclonal antibodies against 2 potential tumor targets, NGAL and GW112, and we proved their selective expression in cancer colon and not or barely in healthy tissues. This article presents the first proteomic analysis of human colorectal cancer structures readily accessible from the tumor vasculature, revealing the overexpression of novel tumor antigens which may serve as selective targets for antibody-based imaging and therapeutic biomolecular strategies. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental anti-angiogenesis causes upregulation of genes associated with poor survival in glioblastoma.
Saidi, Ahlame; Javerzat, Sophie; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2008), 122(10), 2187-98

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors are the most promising anti-angiogenic agents used increasingly in the clinic. However, to be efficient, anti-VEGF agents need to be associated with ... [more ▼]

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors are the most promising anti-angiogenic agents used increasingly in the clinic. However, to be efficient, anti-VEGF agents need to be associated with classic chemotherapy. Exploring gene regulation in tumor cells during anti-angiogenesis might help to comprehend the molecular basis of response to treatment. To generate a defined anti-angiogenic condition in vivo, we transfected human glioma cells with short-interfering RNAs against VEGF-A and implanted them on the chick chorio-allantoic membrane. Gene regulation in avascular tumors was studied using human Affymetrixtrade mark GeneChips. Potentially important genes were further studied in glioma patients. Despite strong VEGF inhibition, we observed recurrent formation of small, avascular tumors. CHI3L2, IL1B, PI3/elafin and CHI3L1, which encodes for YKL-40, a putative prognosticator for various diseases, including cancer, were strongly up-regulated in avascular glioma. In glioblastoma patients, these genes showed coregulation and their expression differed significantly from low-grade glioma. Importantly, high levels of CHI3L1 (p = 0.036) and PI3/elafin mRNA (p = 0.0004) were significantly correlated with poor survival. Cox regression analysis further confirmed that PI3 and CHI3L1 levels are survival markers independent from patient age and sex. Elafin-positive tumor cells were only found in glioblastoma, where they were clustered around necrotic areas. PI3/elafin is strongly induced by serum deprivation and hypoxia in U87 glioma cells in vitro. Our results indicate that anti-angiogenesis in experimental glioma drives expression of critical genes which relate to disease aggressiveness in glioblastoma patients. In particular, CHI3L1 and PI3/elafin may be useful as new prognostic markers and new therapeutic targets. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and characterization of new blood-accessible colorectal cancer biomarkers
Conrotto, Paolo; Roesli, Christoph; Rybak, J. et al

Conference (2008)

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See detailContribution of glycoproteomics in the search for accessible biomarkers in human lymphoma
Kischel, Philippe; Greffe, Yannick; Waltregny, David ULg et al

Scientific conference (2008)

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See detailRunx2-and histone deacetylase 3-mediated repression is relieved in differentiating human osteoblast cells to allow high bone sialoprotein expression
Lamour, Virginie ULg; Detry, Cédric ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2007), 282(50), 36240-36249

Bone sialoprotein (BSP) is a bone matrix glycoprotein whose expression coincides with terminal osteoblastic differentiation and the onset of mineralization. In this study we show that BSP expression is ... [more ▼]

Bone sialoprotein (BSP) is a bone matrix glycoprotein whose expression coincides with terminal osteoblastic differentiation and the onset of mineralization. In this study we show that BSP expression is considerably increased in confluent Saos-2 human osteosarcoma cells and in differentiating normal human osteoblasts, concomitantly with the decrease of Runx2, a key transcription factor controlling bone formation. Therefore, we investigated the role of Runx2 in the regulation of BSP expression in Saos-2 cells. Using a mobility shift assay, we demonstrated that Runx2 binds to the BSP promoter only in preconfluent cells. Histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) has been recently shown to act as a Runx2 co-repressor. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays demonstrated that both Runx2 and HDAC3 are detectable at the BSP promoter in preconfluent Saos-2 cells but not when they are confluent and overexpress BSP. Consistently, nuclear Runx2 protein level is down-regulated, whereas Saos-2 cells became increasingly confluent. Finally, the suppression of HDAC3, Runx2, or both by RNA interference induced the expression of BSP at both mRNA and protein levels in Saos-2 cells. Our data demonstrate that Runx2 and HDAC3 repress BSP gene expression and that this repression is suspended upon osteoblastic cell differentiation. Both the nuclear disappearance of Runx2 and the non-recruitment of HDAC3 represent new means to relieve Runx2-mediated suppression of BSP expression, thus allowing the acquisition of a fully differentiated and mineralization-competent phenotype by osteoblast cells. [less ▲]

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See detailHistone deacetylase 7 silencing alters endothelial cell migration, a key step in angiogenesis
Mottet, Denis ULg; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Pirotte, Sophie ULg et al

in Circulation Research (2007), 101(12), 1237-1246

Global inhibition of class I and II histone deacetylases (HDACs) impairs angiogenesis. Herein, we have undertaken the identification of the specific HDAC(s) with activity that is necessary for the ... [more ▼]

Global inhibition of class I and II histone deacetylases (HDACs) impairs angiogenesis. Herein, we have undertaken the identification of the specific HDAC(s) with activity that is necessary for the development of blood vessels. Using small interfering RNAs, we observed that HDAC7 silencing in endothelial cells altered their morphology, their migration, and their capacity to form capillary tube-like structures in vitro but did not affect cell adhesion, proliferation, or apoptosis. Among several factors known to be involved in angiogenesis, platelet-derived growth factor-B (PDGF-B) and its receptor (PDGFR-beta) were the most upregulated genes following HDAC7 silencing. We demonstrated that their increased expression induced by HDAC7 silencing was partially responsible for the inhibition of endothelial cell migration. In addition, we have also shown that treatment of endothelial cells with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate resulted in the exportation of HDAC7 out of the nucleus through a protein kinase C/protein kinase D activation pathway and induced, similarly to HDAC7 silencing, an increase in PDGF-B expression, as well as a partial inhibition of endothelial cell migration. Collectively, these data identified HDAC7 as a key modulator of endothelial cell migration and hence angiogenesis, at least in part, by regulating PDGF-B/PDGFR-beta gene expression. Because angiogenesis is required for tumor progression, HDAC7 may represent a rational target for therapeutic intervention against cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailHistone Deacetylases: Target Enzymes for Cancer Therapy
Mottet, Denis ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Clinical & Experimental Metastasis (2007)

Epigenic regulation of gene transcription has recently been the subject of a fast growing interest particularly in the field of cancer. Enzymatic acetylation and deacetylation of the epsilon-amino groups ... [more ▼]

Epigenic regulation of gene transcription has recently been the subject of a fast growing interest particularly in the field of cancer. Enzymatic acetylation and deacetylation of the epsilon-amino groups of lysine residues from nucleosomal histones, represents major molecular epigenic mechanisms controlling gene expression. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) and histone acetyl transferases (HAT) represent the two families of enzymes in charge of the control of the level of acetylation of the histone tails. By removing the acetyl groups that abrogate the positive charge of the lysine residues that maintain the histone tails attached to DNA, HDACs repress transcription. In mammals, these latter enzymes form three groups of related enzymes based on their sequence homology and are classified as HDACs I, II and III. Global inhibition of the HDACs I and II groups results in cell growth arrest and apoptosis of cancer cells and alters tumor growth in in vivo experimental models. Their surprisingly low general toxicity and their impressive efficiency in preclinical cancer models has led to consider HDAC inhibitors as very promising new anticancer pharmacological agents. In this review, we attempt to give a comprehensive overview of the role and the involvement of HDAC in carcinogenesis as well as the current progress on the development of HDAC general and specific inhibitors as new cancer therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of accessible human cancer biomarkers using ex vivo chemical proteomic strategies
Kischel, Philippe ULg; Waltregny, David ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Expert Review of Proteomics (2007), 4(6), 727-739

One promising avenue towards the development of more selective, better anticancer drugs lies in the targeted delivery of bioactive compounds to the tumor environment by means of binding molecules specific ... [more ▼]

One promising avenue towards the development of more selective, better anticancer drugs lies in the targeted delivery of bioactive compounds to the tumor environment by means of binding molecules specific for tumor-associated biomarkers. Eligibility of such markers for therapeutic ideally use three criteria: accessibility from the bloodstream; expression at sufficient level, and no (or much lower) expression in normal tissues. Most current discovery strategies (such as biomarker searching into body fluids) provide no clue as to whether proteins of interest are accessible, in human tissues, to suitable high-affinity ligands, such as systemically delivered monoclonal antibodies. To address this limitation, our group recently developed two methodologies based on chemical proteomic modifications, enabling the discovery of proteins accessible from the bloodstream and the extracellular space in human pathological tissues. In this review, we will discuss the potential benefits of these methodologies for the fast discovery of therapeutically valuable biomarkers. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of insulin secretion by SIRT4, a mitochondrial ADP-ribosyltransferase
Ahuja, Nidhi; Schwer, Bjoern; Carobbio, Stefania et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2007), 282(46),

Sirtuins are homologues of the yeast transcriptional repressor Sir2p and are conserved from bacteria to humans. We report that human SIRT4 is localized to the mitochondria. SIRT4 is a matrix protein and ... [more ▼]

Sirtuins are homologues of the yeast transcriptional repressor Sir2p and are conserved from bacteria to humans. We report that human SIRT4 is localized to the mitochondria. SIRT4 is a matrix protein and becomes cleaved at amino acid 28 after import into mitochondria. Mass spectrometry analysis of proteins that coimmunoprecipitate with SIRT4 identified insulin degrading enzyme and the ADP/ATP carrier proteins, ANT2 and ANT3. SIRT4 exhibits no histone deacetylase activity but functions as an efficient ADP-ribosyltransferase on histones and bovine serum albumin. SIRT4 is expressed in islets of Langerhans and colocalizes with insulin-expressing beta cells. Depletion of SIRT4 from insulin-producing INS-1E cells results in increased insulin secretion in response to glucose. These observations define a new role for mitochondrial SIRT4 in the regulation of insulin secretion. [less ▲]

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See detailA cathepsin K inhibitor reduces breast cancer-induced osteolysis and skeletal tumor burden
Le Gall, C.; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Bonnelye, E. et al

in Cancer Research (2007), 67(20), 9894-9902

Osteoclasts mediate bone destruction in breast cancer skeletal metastases. Cathepsin K is a proteinase that is secreted by osteoclasts and degrades bone. Here, immohistochemistry revealed that cathepsin K ... [more ▼]

Osteoclasts mediate bone destruction in breast cancer skeletal metastases. Cathepsin K is a proteinase that is secreted by osteoclasts and degrades bone. Here, immohistochemistry revealed that cathepsin K was expressed not only by osteoclasts but also by breast cancer cells that metastasize to bone. Following intratibial injection with cathepsin K-expressing human BT474 breast cancer cells, tumor-bearing mice treated with a clinical dosing regimen of cathepsin K inhibitor (CKI; 50 mg/kg, twice daily) had osteolytic lesions that were 79% smaller than those of tumor-bearing mice treated with the vehicle. The effect of CKI was also studied in a mouse model in which the i.v. inoculation of human B02 breast cancer cells expressing cathepsin K leads to bone metastasis formation. Drug administration was started before (preventive protocol) or after (treatment protocol) the occurrence of osteolytic lesions. In treatment protocols, CKI (50 mg/kg, twice daily) or a single clinical dose of 100 mu g/kg zoledronic acid (osteoclast inhibitor) reduced the progression of osteolytic lesions by 59% to 66%. CKI therapy also reduced skeletal tumor burden by 62% compared with vehicle, whereas zoledronic acid did not decrease the tumor burden. The efficacy of CKI at inhibiting skeletal tumor burden was similar in the treatment and preventive protocols. By contrast, CKI did not block the growth of s.c. B02 tumor xenografts in animals. Thus, CKI may render the bone a less favorable microenvironment for tumor growth by inhibiting bone resorption. These findings raise the possibility that cathepsin K could be a therapeutic target for the treatment of bone metastases. [less ▲]

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