Navigation Links
Combination therapy boosts effectiveness of telomere-directed cancer cell death

Sometimes a potential target for a drug seems very promising on paper; things are often very different in reality. Its the case of telomerase inhibitors to treat cancer; they are supposed to strip the "immortal" (able to divide indefinitely) aspect of cancer cells. Yet, something in the cell seems to block their function, preventing them to inhibit completely the telomerase. What to do then? Scrap the project? Look for something else? Hell no! Look out for whats stopping the drug! Perseverance is sometimes worth it, as we can see. A new research study published in the January issue of Cancer Cell provides exciting new information about how to boost the effectiveness of a promising cancer treatment that targets telomeres in an attempt to interfere with the ability of a cancer cell to continuously divide.

Telomeres are DNA sequences found at the ends of chromosomes that play a key role in controlling the life span of cells. With every cell division, telomeres get a bit shorter until eventually they become so short that the enzymes that copy DNA for cell division no longer work properly and the cell stops dividing. In a sense, telomeres function as a kind of counting mechanism that regulates how many times a cell can divide. In contrast to normal cells, cancer cells divide continuously and uncontrollably. Scientists know that cancer cells produce an enzyme, called telomerase, which prevents telomeres from getting too short so cells can keep dividing. Telomerase is not used by healthy cells, and has been identified as a logical target for anticancer therapeutics. However, recent studies indicate that for this therapy to be effective, telomeres must be in a critically short state, requiring an extended treatment duration that can lead to drug resistance and other problems. Dr. Hiroyuki Seimiya from the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research in Tokyo and colleagues examined what happens to cancer cells when telomerase inhib ition is combined with inhibition of an enzyme called tankyrase 1 that is involved in making telomeres accessible to telomerase. The researchers found that both tankyrase 1 activity and telomere shortening decrease the effects of telomerase inhibitors. Importantly, tankyrase inhibition enhanced telomere shortening upon treatment with a telomerase inhibitor and accelerated cancer cell death. "This study provides insight into strategies for telomere-based molecular cancer therapeutics. We expect that inhibition of tankyrase 1 will compensate for incomplete inhibition of telomerase. Consequently, this strategy would shorten the time period of drug treatment that is required for the onset of telomere crisis and reduce the potential risk of acquired drug resistance, " writes Dr. Seimiya. Hiroyuki Seimiya, Yukiko Muramatsu, Tomokazu Ohishi, and Takashi Tsuruo: "Tankyrase 1 as a target for telomere-directed molecular cancer therapeutics".
'"/>

Source:Eurekalert


Related biology news :

1. Combination therapy leads to partial recovery from spinal cord injury in rats
2. Combination therapy improves AIDS-related lymphoma outcome
3. Combination therapy with a monocloncal antibody and a vaccine leads to tumor rejection
4. Combination therapy shows promising results in patients with advanced lung cancer
5. Adding Radiation Therapy To Chemotherapy Improves Survival In Patients With High-risk Breast Cancer
6. Columbia research lifts major hurdle to gene therapy for cancer
7. Gene therapy converts dead bone graft to new, living tissue
8. Study identifies predictors of HIV drug resistance in patients beginning triple therapy
9. New imaging method gives early indication if brain cancer therapy is effective, U-M study shows
10. Muscle-targeted gene therapy reverses rare muscular dystrophy in mice
11. New therapy for HIV/AIDS eliminates needles and excessive toxicity

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/13/2016)... April 13, 2016  IMPOWER physicians supporting Medicaid patients ... a new clinical standard in telehealth thanks to a ... the higi platform, IMPOWER patients can routinely track key ... body mass index, and, when they opt in, share ... visit to a local retail location at no cost. ...
(Date:3/23/2016)... Massachusetts , March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... im Interesse erhöhter Sicherheit Gesichts- und Stimmerkennung ... Xura, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG ), ... bekannt, dass das Unternehmen mit SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, ... aus der Finanzdienstleistungsbranche, wird die Möglichkeit angeboten, ...
(Date:3/18/2016)... --> --> ... & Unmanned Vehicles, Physical infrastructure and Perimeter Surveillance & Detection ... border security market and the continuing migration crisis in the ... has led visiongain to publish this unique report, ... defence & security companies in the border security ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/27/2016)... City, Missouri (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... Development Manager, Turf and Ornamental Products. , In his 15-year career with PBI-Gordon, Dave ... Herbicide Product Manager, where he was integral in the development and launch of many ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... LAKE LINDEN, Mich. , May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... of Des Moines, Iowa is ... blooms in Lake Erie and ... nutrients is key to preventing this widespread issue. ... Michigan,s Upper Peninsula, developed a new, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... After several promising ... at the City of Knowledge in Panama, a 6 year-old Duchenne’s muscular ... US earlier this year following FDA approval of a second application for a ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 ... ... the participation of a Thai delegation at BIO 2016 in San Francisco. Located ... private sector will be available to answer questions and discuss the Thai biotechnology ...
Breaking Biology Technology: