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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Translational andrology and urology, December 2017, Vol.6(6), pp.1067-1080
    Description: Radical cystectomy (RC) is the standard of care treatment of localized muscle-invasive bladder cancer (BC). However, about 50% of patients develop metastases within 2 years after cystectomy. Neoadjuvant cisplatin-based chemotherapy before cystectomy improves the overall survival (OS) in patients with muscle-invasive BC. Pathological response to neoadjuvant treatment is a strong predictor of better disease-specific survival. Nevertheless, some patients do not benefit from chemotherapy. The identification of reliable biomarkers enabling clinicians to identify patients who might benefit from chemotherapy is a very important clinical task. An identification tool could lead to individualized therapy, optimizing response rates. In addition, unnecessary treatment with chemotherapy which potentially leads to a loss of quality of life and which might also might cause a delay of cystectomy in a neoadjuvant setting could be avoided. The present review aims to summarize and discuss the current literature on biomarkers for the prediction of response to systemic therapy in muscle-invasive BC. Tremendous efforts in genetic and molecular characterization have led to the identification of predictive candidate biomarkers in urothelial carcinoma (UC), although prospective validation is pending. Ongoing clinical trials examining the benefit of individual therapies in UC of the bladder (UCB) by molecular patient selection hold promise to shed light on this question.
    Keywords: Bladder Cancer (Bc) ; Biomarker ; Chemotherapy ; Immunotherapy ; Urothelial Carcinoma (Uc)
    ISSN: 2223-4691
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: BMC cancer, 07 April 2015, Vol.15, pp.224
    Description: Acquired resistance to standard chemotherapy causes treatment failure in patients with metastatic bladder cancer. Overexpression of pro-survival Bcl-2 family proteins has been associated with a poor chemotherapeutic response, suggesting that Bcl-2-targeted therapy may be a feasible strategy in patients with these tumors. The small-molecule pan-Bcl-2 inhibitor (-)-gossypol (AT-101) is known to induce apoptotic cell death, but can also induce autophagy through release of the pro-autophagic BH3 only protein Beclin-1 from Bcl-2. The potential therapeutic effects of (-)-gossypol in chemoresistant bladder cancer and the role of autophagy in this context are hitherto unknown. Cisplatin (5637(r)CDDP(1000), RT4(r)CDDP(1000)) and gemcitabine (5637(r)GEMCI(20), RT4(r)GEMCI(20)) chemoresistant sub-lines of the chemo-sensitive bladder cancer cell lines 5637 and RT4 were established for the investigation of acquired resistance mechanisms. Cell lines carrying a stable lentiviral knockdown of the core autophagy regulator ATG5 were created from chemosensitive 5637 and chemoresistant 5637(r)GEMCI(20) and 5637(r)CDDP(1000) cell lines. Cell death and autophagy were quantified by FACS analysis of propidium iodide, Annexin and Lysotracker staining, as well as LC3 translocation. Here we demonstrate that (-)-gossypol induces an apoptotic type of cell death in 5637 and RT4 cells which is partially inhibited by the pan-caspase inhibitor z-VAD. Cisplatin- and gemcitabine-resistant bladder cancer cells exhibit enhanced basal and drug-induced autophagosome formation and lysosomal activity which is accompanied by an attenuated apoptotic cell death after treatment with both (-)-gossypol and ABT-737, a Bcl-2 inhibitor which spares Mcl-1, in comparison to parental cells. Knockdown of ATG5 and inhibition of autophagy by 3-MA had no discernible effect on apoptotic cell death induced by (-)-gossypol and ABT-737 in parental 5637 cells, but evoked a significant increase in early apoptosis and overall cell death in BH3 mimetic-treated 5637(r)GEMCI(20) and 5637(r)CDDP(1000) cells. Our findings show for the first time that (-)-gossypol concomitantly triggers apoptosis and a cytoprotective type of autophagy in bladder cancer and support the notion that enhanced autophagy may underlie the chemoresistant phenotype of these tumors. Simultaneous targeting of Bcl-2 proteins and the autophagy pathway may be an efficient new strategy to overcome their "autophagy addiction" and acquired resistance to current therapy.
    Keywords: Gossypol -- Analogs & Derivatives ; Proto-Oncogene Proteins C-Bcl-2 -- Genetics ; Urinary Bladder Neoplasms -- Drug Therapy
    E-ISSN: 1471-2407
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  • 3
    In: BJU International, February 2016, Vol.117(2), pp.272-279
    Description: Byline: Atiqullah Aziz, Shahrokh F. Shariat, Florian Roghmann, Sabine Brookman-May, Christian G. Stief, Michael Rink, Felix K. Chun, Margit Fisch, Vladimir Novotny, Michael Froehner, Manfred P. Wirth, Marco J. Schnabel, Hans-Martin Fritsche, Maximilian Burger, Armin Pycha, Antonin Brisuda, Marko Babjuk, Stefan Vallo, Axel Haferkamp, Jan Roigas, Joachim Noldus, Regina Stredele, Bjorn Volkmer, Patrick J. Bastian, Evanguelos Xylinas, Matthias May Keywords: bladder cancer; radical cystectomy; mortality; nomograms; outcome Objective To externally validate the pT4a-specific risk model for cancer-specific survival (CSS) proposed by May etal. (Urol Oncol 2013; 31: 1141-1147) and to develop a new pT4a-specific nomogram predicting CSS in an international multicentre cohort of patients undergoing radical cystectomy (RC) for urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB) Patients and Methods Data from 856 patients with pT4a UCB treated with RC at 21 centres in Europe and North-America were assessed. The risk model proposed by May etal., which includes female gender, presence of positive lymphovascular invasion (LVI) and lack of adjuvant chemotherapy administration as adverse predictors for CSS, was applied to our cohort. For the purpose of external validation, model discrimination was measured using the receiver-operating characteristic-derived area under the curve. A nomogram for predicting CSS in pT4a UCB after RC was developed after internal validation based on multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression analysis evaluating the impact of clinicopathological variables on CSS. Decision-curve analyses were applied to determine the net benefit derived from the two models. Results The estimated 5-year-CSS after RC was 34% in our cohort. The risk model devised by May etal. predicted individual 5-year-CSS with an accuracy of 60.1%. In multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression analysis, female gender (hazard ratio [HR] 1.45), LVI (HR 1.37), lymph node metastases (HR 2.54), positive soft tissue surgical margins (HR 1.39), neoadjuvant (HR 2.24) and lack of adjuvant chemotherapy (HR 1.67, all P 〈 0.05) were independent predictors of an adverse CSS rate and formed the features of our nomogram with a predictive accuracy of 67.1%. Decision-curve analyses showed higher net benefits for the use of the newly developed nomogram in our cohort over all thresholds. Conclusions The risk model devised by May etal. was validated with moderate discrimination and was outperformed by our newly developed pT4a-specific nomogram in the present study population. Our nomogram might be particularly suitable for postoperative patient counselling in the heterogeneous cohort of patients with pT4a UCB. Article Note: A.A. and S.F.S. contributed equally to the study.
    Keywords: Bladder Cancer ; Radical Cystectomy ; Mortality ; Nomograms ; Outcome
    ISSN: 1464-4096
    E-ISSN: 1464-410X
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Oncology Letters, 11/2017, Vol.14(5), pp.5513-5518
    Description: Treatment failure in metastatic bladder cancer is commonly caused by acquisition of resistance to chemotherapy in association with tumor progression. Since alterations of integrins can influence the adhesive and invasive behaviors of urothelial bladder cancer cell lines, the present study aimed to evaluate the role of integrins in bladder cancer cells with acquired resistance to standard first-line chemotherapy with gemcitabine, and cisplatin. Therefore, four gemcitabine- and four cisplatin-resistant sublines out of a panel of four parental urothelial bladder cancer cell lines (TCC-SUP, HT1376, T24, and 5637) were used. Expression of integrin subunits α3, α5, α6, β1, β3, and β4 was detected using flow cytometry. Adhesion and chemotaxis were analyzed. For functional assays, integrin β1 was attenuated with a blocking antibody. In untreated cells, chemotaxis was upregulated in 3/4 gemcitabine-resistant sublines. In cisplatin-resistant cells, chemotaxis was enhanced in 2/4 cell lines. Acquired chemoresistance induced the upregulation of integrin β1 in all four tested gemcitabine-resistant sublines, as well as an upregulation in 3/4 cisplatin-resistant sublines compared with parental cell lines. Following the inhibition of integrin β1, adhesion to extracellular matrix components was downregulated in 3/4 gemcitabine-resistant sublines and in all four tested cisplatin-resistant sublines. Since integrin β1 is frequently upregulated in chemoresistant urothelial cancer cell lines and inhibition of integrin β1 may influence adhesion, further studies are warranted to evaluate integrin β1 as a potential therapeutic target for bladder cancer in vivo .
    Keywords: Adhesion ; Acquired Resistance ; Cancer Cell Line Collection ; Chemotaxis ; Cisplatin ; Gemcitabine ; Integrin Β1 ; Urothelial Cancer
    ISSN: 1792-1074
    E-ISSN: 1792-1082
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Oncology Letters, 06/2017, Vol.13(6), pp.4085-4092
    Description: Nanoparticle albumin-bound (nab)-paclitaxel appears to exhibit better response rates in patients with metastatic urothelial cancer of the bladder whom are pretreated with nab-paclitaxel compared with conventional paclitaxel. Paclitaxel may induce multidrug resistance in patients with cancer, while the mechanisms of resistance against paclitaxel are manifold. These include reduced function of pro-apoptotic proteins, mutations of tubulin and overexpression of the drug transporter adenosine 5′-triphosphate-binding cassette transporter subfamily B, member 1 (ABCB1). To evaluate the role of ABCB1 in nab-paclitaxel resistance in urothelial cancer cells, the bladder cancer cell lines T24 and TCC-SUP, as well as sub-lines with acquired resistance against gemcitabine (T24 r GEMCI 20 and TCC-SUP r GEMCI 20 ) and vinblastine (T24 r VBL 20 and TCC-SUP r VBL 20 ) were examined. For the functional inhibition of ABCB1, multi-tyrosine kinase inhibitors with ABCB1-inhibiting properties, including cabozantinib and crizotinib, were used. Additional functional assessment was performed with cell lines stably transduced with a lentiviral vector encoding for ABCB1, and protein expression was determined by western blotting. It was indicated that cell lines overexpressing ABCB1 exhibited similar resistance profiles to nab-paclitaxel and paclitaxel. Cabozantinib and crizotinib sensitized tumor cells to nab-paclitaxel and paclitaxel in the same dose-dependent manner in cell lines overexpressing ABCB1, without altering the downstream signaling of tyrosine kinases. These results suggest that the overexpression of ABCB1 confers resistance to nab-paclitaxel in urothelial cancer cells. Additionally, small molecules may overcome resistance to anticancer drugs that are substrates of ABCB1.
    Keywords: Abcb1 ; Acquired Resistance ; Bladder Cancer ; Cabozantinib ; Cancer Cell Line Collection ; Crizotinib ; Nanoparticle Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
    ISSN: 1792-1074
    E-ISSN: 1792-1082
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