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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Intervirology, 1996, Vol.39(4), pp.259-269
    Description: Although there is no definitive evidence of the association of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection with human cancers, the oncogenic potential of HCMV has been well established by in vitro studies demonstrating the ability of UV-irradiated or infectious virus to transform a variety of cells. After prolonged passaging the transformed cell type was maintained while HCMV DNA sequences were no more detectable. Three morphological transforming regions (mtr) of HCMV have been identified. The effects of HCMV on cellular functions which may be associated with the malignant phenotype include the expression of oncogenes and transcriptional activation of growth factors and interleukin synthesis. In infected cells, HCMV induces cytoskeletal alterations and changes in expression of cell surface receptors for extracellular matrix proteins which could result in increased motility and dissemination of cancer cells. Several human neuroblastoma cell lines undergo maturation in different neural crest derived cell types upon treatment with oncogenic potential agents, i. e. retinoic acid. The persistent HCMV infection of neuroblastoma cells (〉1 year) is accompanied by the increased expression of oncoproteins (i.e. N-myc) and decreased expression of tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine-β-hydroxylase. The activation of the cellular metabolism is due to HCMV binding to cellular receptors (prior to virus gene expression) and to the activity of HCMV immediate early (IE) gene products. IE proteins act directly as transcriptional activators or their activity is mediated by a variety of cellular transcription factors. HCMV infection may result in activation of promoters of cellular genes coding for cytokines, replication enzymes, protooncogenes and viral promoters. Recently it has been demonstrated that HCMV IE proteins block apoptosis probably by suppressing the ability of the antioncogene p53 to activate a reporter gene. The interactions of HCMV with tumor suppressor proteins such as p53 or retinoblastoma (pRb) susceptibility protein are reminiscent of those mediated by the oncoproteins of DNA tumor viruses. The acquisition of a fully malignant phenotype by normal cells is thought to require several mutations in a number of cellular genes. In this connection, HCMV may play the role of a nonobligate either direct or indirect cofactor for tumor genesis, e.g. by blocking apoptosis, which may be an essential requirement for tumor progression. Due to the stimulation of growth factors and/or inhibition of antioncogenes by its gene products, HCMV may modulate the malignant potential of tumor cells.
    Keywords: Original Paper ; Cytomegalovirus, Human ; Neuroblastoma ; Oncogenic Potential ; Differentiation ; Biology
    ISSN: 0300-5526
    E-ISSN: 1423-0100
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 16 July 1999, Vol.96(14), pp.7768-7773
    Description: Monomeric human pancreatic RNase, devoid of any biological activity other than its RNA degrading ability, was engineered into a dimeric protein with a cytotoxic action on mouse and human tumor cells, but lacking any appreciable toxicity on mouse and human normal cells. This dimeric variant of human pancreas RNase selectively sensitizes to apoptotic death cells derived from a human thyroid tumor. Because of its selectivity for tumor cells, and because of its human origin, this protein represents a potentially very attractive, novel tool for anticancer therapy.
    Keywords: Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Physical sciences -- Chemistry -- Chemical compounds ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Diseases ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Genetics ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Diseases ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Physical sciences -- Physics -- Microphysics ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology
    ISSN: 00278424
    E-ISSN: 10916490
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: The American Journal of Pathology, April 2012, Vol.180(4), pp.1370-1377
    Description: The influences of cytotoxic drugs on endothelial cells remain incompletely understood. Herein, we examined the effects of chemotherapeutic agents in experimental angiogenesis models and analyzed vessel densities in clinical neuroblastoma tumor samples. Cisplatin (20 to 500 ng/mL), doxorubicin (4 to 100 ng/mL), and vincristine (0.5 to 4 ng/mL), drugs commonly involved in neuroblastoma therapy protocols, induced pro-angiogenic effects in different angiogenesis models. They enhanced endothelial cell tube formation, endothelial cell sprouting from spheroids, formation of tip cells in the sprouting assay, expression of αvβ3 integrin, and vitronectin binding. All three drugs increased global cellular kinase phosphorylation levels, including the angiogenesis-relevant molecules protein kinase Cβ and Akt. Pharmacological inhibition of protein kinase Cβ or Akt upstream of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase reduced chemotherapy-induced endothelial cell tube formation. Moreover, the investigated chemotherapeutics dose dependently induced vessel formation in the chick chorioallantoic membrane assay. Tumor samples from seven high-risk patients with neuroblastoma were analyzed for vessel density by IHC. Results revealed that neuroblastoma samples taken after chemotherapy consistently showed an enhanced microvessel density compared with the corresponding samples taken before chemotherapy. In conclusion, our data show that chemotherapy can activate endothelial cells by inducing multiple pro-angiogenic signaling pathways and exert pro-angiogenic effects and . Moreover, we report a previously unrecognized clinical phenomenon that might, in part, be explained by our experimental observations: chemotherapy-associated enhanced vessel formation in tumors from patients with neuroblastoma.
    Keywords: Medicine
    ISSN: 0002-9440
    E-ISSN: 1525-2191
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Cancer research, 01 April 2003, Vol.63(7), pp.1508-14
    Description: Replication restricted oncolytic viruses such as multimutated herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) G207 represent a novel and attractive approach for cancer therapy, including pediatric solid tumors. Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft-tissue sarcoma of childhood and is often diagnosed already as an advanced disseminated disease. Despite aggressive therapeutic approaches, the prognosis for patients with metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma remains grim. Therefore, there is a need for novel effective drugs with superior safety and efficacy profile. In this study, we showed marked in vitro activity of HSV-1 G207 against embryonal and alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cells. All human embryonal (KF-RMS-1, RD, and CCA) and alveolar RMS (KFR, Rh28, Rh30, and Rh41) cell lines were highly sensitive to cytotoxic and replicative effects of G207 even at a multiplicity of infection of 0.01, except embryonal Rh1 rhabdomyosarcoma cells, which were efficiently killed only upon multiplicity of infection of 1.0. i.v. G207 treatment of xenotransplanted KFR and KF-RMS-1 tumors in mice led to significant tumor growth inhibition of both tumor entities, whereas intraneoplastic G207 treatment additionally resulted in complete tumor disappearance in 25% of animals. No difference has been found between alveolar and embryonal types of rhabdomyosarcoma. Combination treatment of both cell lines with G207 and vincristine led to strongly enhanced in vitro cytotoxicity without affecting infection efficiency and replication of G207 in KFR as well as in KF-RMS-1 cells. In vivo combination treatment using i.v. G207 and vincristine resulted in complete regression of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma in five of eight animals and significant growth inhibition of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. Taking into consideration the proven safety of G207 in humans, we suggest that G207 alone and in combination with vincristine should be additionally evaluated as a potential agent against human rhabdomyosarcoma.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic -- Pharmacology ; Rhabdomyosarcoma -- Therapy ; Simplexvirus -- Physiology ; Vincristine -- Pharmacology
    ISSN: 0008-5472
    E-ISSN: 15387445
    Source: MEDLINE/PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Cancer, 01/03/1996, Vol.65(1), pp.90-96
    Description: Human neuroblastoma cell line UKF-NB-4 persistently infected with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) strain AD169 was established to study the effects of long-term HCMV infection on virus production and phenotypic characteristics of tumour cells. The cells designated UKF-NB-4 super(AD169) were subcultured (80 subcultures) over a period of more than 2 years after initiation of infection. UKF-NB-4 super(AD169) cells continued to produce infectious virus in successive passages, with a titre ranging from 9 x 10 super(3) to 1 x 10 super(5) and from 2 x 10 super(1) to 2 x 10 super(2) plaque-forming units per 10 super(6) cells and 1 ml culture medium, respectively; 10-20% of the cells produced HCMV-specific antigens, while 6-13% produced infectious virus progeny. The number of HCMV-specific DNA copies ranged from 9 x 10 super(4) to 9 x 10 super(6) per 10 super(6) cells. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed the productive nature of HCMV infection. UKF-NB-4 super(AD169) cultures proliferated, with population doubling time ranging from 24.5 to 26.6 hr (19.5 to 20.3 hr for UKF-NB-4) and cell viability from 79% to 85% (91-96% for UKF-NB-4). Significantly lower amounts of tyrosine hydroxylase and decreased activity for dopamine- beta -hydroxylase than in uninfected cells were observed in UKF-NB-4 super(AD169) cells. However, the expression of N-myc oncoprotein was significantly increased in persistently infected cultures. Our results show that long-term productive HCMV infection of UKF-NB-4 cell line is associated with the modulation of phenotypic properties, which may be related to the biological behaviour of neuroblastoma cells.
    Keywords: Cytomegalovirus ; Cytomegalovirus ; Neuroblastoma Cells ; Man ; Tumor Cells ; Phenotyping ; Neuroblastoma Cells ; Man ; Tumor Cells ; Phenotyping ; Neurovirology ; Virus Behavior in Cell Culture ; Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase ; Dopamine Beta -Monooxygenase ; N-Myc Protein ; Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase ; Dopamine Beta -Monooxygenase ; N-Myc Protein ; N-Myc Protein ; Dopamine Beta -Monooxygenase ; Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase;
    ISSN: 00207136
    E-ISSN: 10970215
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Oncology Reports, January 2005, Vol.13(1), pp.157-160
    Description: Aphidicolin, a tetracyclic diterpene antibiotic produced by Cephalosporium aphidicola, is under investigation as anti-cancer drug. Because of its poor solubility in water, it cannot be administered directly in vivo. Systemic application of aphidicolin glycinate or aphidicolin γ-cyclodextrin complexes resulted in tumour growth inhibition but not in cures. To improve the pharmacokinetics, a liposomal preparation of aphidicolin was developed and tested in neuroblastoma-bearing (UKF-NB-3) mice. The loading capacity of these liposomes was limited. Therefore, 4.5 mg aphidicolin/kg body weight was the maximum aphidicolin dose that could be applied as liposomal preparation in this approach. Comparison of effects on tumour growth exhibited by aphidicolin liposomes (4.5 mg aphidicolin/kg) given for 15 consecutive days to those of γ-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes (15 mg aphidicolin/kg) revealed comparable tumour growth inhibition, although aphidicolin concentrations were approximately 3-fold lower. This shows that liposomal encapsulation is a promising strategy for the improvement of systemic anti-cancer activity of aphidicolin.
    Keywords: Antibiotics, Antineoplastic -- Administration & Dosage ; Aphidicolin -- Administration & Dosage ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy;
    ISSN: 1021-335X
    E-ISSN: 17912431
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, December 2004, Vol.25(6), pp.1795-1799
    Description: Valproic acid (VPA) as a differentiation inducing anti-neoplastic substance is currently tested in solid tumour and leukaemia patients. Previously, we were able to show that the anti-cancer activity of VPA was synergistically increased by interferon-α (IFN-α) in Be(2)-C neuroblastoma (NB) cells. Now, we studied the effects of VPA in combination with IFN-α on two other NB cell lines. UKF-NB-2 and UKF-NB-3 cell growth was synergistically inhibited by VPA and IFN-α. Cell cycle investigations revealed massive accumulation of cells in G0/G1-phase after a combined treatment with VPA and IFN-α. The VPA-induced accumulation of acetylated histones in NB cell nuclei that indicates inhibition of histone deacetylases was not further enhanced by the combination treatment with IFN-α. Most strikingly, VPA plus IFN-α synergistically inhibited growth of UKF-NB-3 xenograft tumours in nude mice and induced complete cures in two out of six animals, while single treatment merely inhibited tumour growth. The results of this study together with our previous report strongly encourage the clinical evaluation of VPA and IFN-α for NB patients.
    Keywords: Enzyme Inhibitors -- Pharmacology ; Interferon-Alpha -- Pharmacology ; Neuroblastoma -- Pathology ; Valproic Acid -- Pharmacology;
    ISSN: 1019-6439
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: International Journal of Oncology, January 2002, Vol.20(1), pp.97-106
    Description: Valproic acid (VPA) has been shown to induce growth-arrest and differentiation of human neuroectodermal tumors similarly to several other fatty acids. In the present study, we show that continuous VPA treatment together with Interferon-α (INF-α) synergistically inhibited cell growth of a well-established model of neuroblastoma (NB) differentiation using the human N-myc amplified cell line BE(2)-C. Suppression of tumor growth was accompanied by morphological features of neuronal differentiation and inhibition of histone deacetylase activity. Furthermore, induction of differentiation was concomitant with altered expression of genes related to malignant phenotype such as down-regulation of N-myc, induction of bcl-2 and neural cell adhesion molecule. Production of inhibitors of angiogenesis like thrombospondin-1 and activin A was up-regulated in differentiated NB cells. Treatment with VPA alone decreased the ability of BE(2)-C cells to adhere to and penetrate human endothelium. All these effects of VPA were significantly enhanced when combined with INF-α which on its own had little or no effect. These results suggest that combination of VPA and INF-α may provide a novel therapeutic strategy for NB due to enhanced inhibition of tumor cell growth, induction of tumor differentiation and suppression of malignant biology by reduced angiogenic and decreased metastatic potentials.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents -- Therapeutic Use ; Brain Neoplasms -- Drug Therapy ; Cell Differentiation -- Drug Effects ; Enzyme Inhibitors -- Therapeutic Use ; Interferon-Alpha -- Therapeutic Use ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy ; Valproic Acid -- Therapeutic Use;
    ISSN: 1019-6439
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  • 9
    In: Anti-Cancer Drugs, 2001, Vol.12(5), pp.467-473
    Description: Treatment failure in most neuroblastoma (NB) patients is related to primary and/or acquired resistance to conventional chemotherapeutic agents. Aphidicolin (APH), a tetracyclic diterpene, exhibits specific cytotoxic action against NB cells. The purpose of this study was to compare antitumoral efficacy of APH in parental NB cell lines and cell subclones that exhibit drug resistance to vincristine (VCR), doxorubicin (DOX) and cisplatin. Due to poor solubility of APH in water, γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) inclusion complexes of APH were used for systemic treatment of xenotransplanted parental and VCR-resistant UKF-NB-3 tumours. APH and its γ-CD inclusion complexes inhibited growth of parental and drug-resistant NB cells at equimolar doses in vitro. Growth of VCR-sensitive and -resistant NB tumors was inhibited at equal doses in a dose-dependent fashion in vivo. These results indicate that the specific cytotoxic activity of APH against NB cells in vitro and in vivo is independent of cellular mechanisms facilitating drug resistance to conventional chemotherapeutic drugs. Hence, taking into account our previous findings that APH acts synergistically with VCR and DOX, APH might be an additive tool for the therapy of NB and is suitable for evaluation in clinical studies of NB treatment protocols.
    Keywords: Aphidicolin -- Therapeutic Use ; Cell Survival -- Drug Effects ; Cyclodextrins -- Pharmacology ; Enzyme Inhibitors -- Therapeutic Use ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy ; Tumor Cells, Cultured -- Drug Effects;
    ISSN: 0959-4973
    E-ISSN: 14735741
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  • 10
    In: Anti-Cancer Drugs, 2002, Vol.13(2), pp.149-154
    Description: Bovine seminal ribonuclease (BS-RNase) is an antitumoral active enzyme exhibiting specific antitumoral action against a number of different cancer cell lines. However, its systemic use is limited by its pharmacokinetic properties and antigenicity. Therefore, it was conjugated to polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains to overcome these problems. Measurement of aspermatogenic effects of the preparation after s.c. injection and injection into the scrotum was chosen as a model for the distribution of the enzyme in the body mediated by the linkage to PEG chains. Additionally, the antigenicity of BS-RNase coupled to PEG chains (BS-RNase–PEG) was compared to that of free BS-RNase, as antigenicity is known to be one of the main obstacles in the use of protein-based drugs. BS-RNase–PEG caused aspermatogenic effects after systemic administration to mice in very low concentrations at which free BS-RNase is not effective. Moreover, BS-RNase possessed a very low antigenicity as long as it was coupled to the PEG chains. In order to investigate the antitumoral efficacy of BS-RNase–PEG in vivo, preliminary experiments on the effect of the conjugate on neuroblastoma growth in mice were performed in a UKF-NB-3 xeno-transplantate model, demonstrating a drastically increased anti-tumoral activity of the conjugate compared to the free enzyme.
    Keywords: Antineoplastic Agents -- Chemistry ; Endoribonucleases -- Chemistry ; Neuroblastoma -- Drug Therapy;
    ISSN: 0959-4973
    E-ISSN: 14735741
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