bims-myxlip Biomed News
on Myxoid liposarcoma
Issue of 2021‒10‒17
two papers selected by
Laura Mannarino
Humanitas Research

  1. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Oct 15. 40(1): 322
      BACKGROUND: Histone acetylation and deacetylation seem processes involved in the pathogenesis of Ewing sarcoma (EwS). Here histone deacetylases (HDAC) class I were investigated.METHODS: Their role was determined using different inhibitors including TSA, Romidepsin, Entinostat and PCI-34051 as well as CRISPR/Cas9 class I HDAC knockouts and HDAC RNAi. To analyze resulting changes microarray analysis, qRT-PCR, western blotting, Co-IP, proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, invasion assays and xenograft-mouse models were used.
    RESULTS: Class I HDACs are constitutively expressed in EwS. Patients with high levels of individual class I HDAC expression show decreased overall survival. CRISPR/Cas9 class I HDAC knockout of individual HDACs such as HDAC1 and HDAC2 inhibited invasiveness, and blocked local tumor growth in xenograft mice. Microarray analysis demonstrated that treatment with individual HDAC inhibitors (HDACi) blocked an EWS-FLI1 specific expression profile, while Entinostat in addition suppressed metastasis relevant genes. EwS cells demonstrated increased susceptibility to treatment with chemotherapeutics including Doxorubicin in the presence of HDACi. Furthermore, HDACi treatment mimicked RNAi of EZH2 in EwS. Treated cells showed diminished growth capacity, but an increased endothelial as well as neuronal differentiation ability. HDACi synergizes with EED inhibitor (EEDi) in vitro and together inhibited tumor growth in xenograft mice. Co-IP experiments identified HDAC class I family members as part of a regulatory complex together with PRC2.
    CONCLUSIONS: Class I HDAC proteins seem to be important mediators of the pathognomonic EWS-ETS-mediated transcription program in EwS and in combination therapy, co-treatment with HDACi is an interesting new treatment opportunity for this malignant disease.
    Keywords:  Class I HDACs; Ewing sarcoma; Expression profiles; Pathogenesis; Targeted therapy
  2. Cancer. 2021 Oct 13.
      LAY SUMMARY: Sarculator is better at predicting patients with sarcoma at the highest risk of death than current staging systems and should be used to determine appropriate patients for future studies.
    Keywords:  Sarculator; anthracycline; clinical trial; ifosfamide; sarcoma