Browsing by Subject "Cancer cachexia"

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  • Paajanen, Juuso; Ilonen, Ilkka; Lauri, Helena; Järvinen, Tommi; Sutinen, Eva; Ollila, Hely; Rouvinen, Eeva; Lemström, Karl; Räsänen, Jari; Ritvos, Olli; Koli, Katri; Myllärniemi, Marjukka (2020)
    Activin A has previously been associated with cancer cachexia and in vitro resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy. We studied circulating activin A concentrations as well as activin B and their antagonists' follistatin/follistatin-like 3 in presurgical patients with non-small-cell lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma. We found that circulating activing A levels were elevated in malignant pleural mesothelioma and associated with cancer cachexia and poor response to platinum-based chemotherapy. Circulating activing A separated non-small-cell lung cancer from benign lung lesion. Background: Previous preclinical studies have shown that activin A is overexpressed in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), associates with cancer cachexia, and is observed in in vitro resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy. We evaluated circulating activin levels and their endogenous antagonists' follistatin/follistatin-like 3 in intrathoracic tumors. Materials and Methods: Patients suspected of thoracic malignancy were recruited prior to surgery. Serum samples were collected from 21 patients with MPM, 59 patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and 22 patients with benign lung lesions. Circulating activin/follistatin levels were measured using enzymelinked immunosorbent assay and compared with clinicopathologic parameters. Results: Circulating activin A levels were elevated in patients with MPM when compared with patients with NSCLC or benign lung lesion samples (P <.0001). Also, follistatin and follistatin-like 3 levels were the highest in MPM, although with less difference compared with activin A. Receiver operating characteristic analysis for activin A for separating NSCLC from benign lung lesion showed an area under the curve of 0.856 (95% confidence interval, 0.77-0.94). Activin A levels were higher in patients with cachexia (P <.001). In patients with MPM, activin A levels correlated positively with computed tomographybased baseline tumor size (R = 0.549; P = .010) and the change in tumor size after chemotherapy (R = 0.743; P = .0006). Patients with partial response or stable disease had lower circulating activin A levels than the ones with progressive disease (P = .028). Conclusion: Activin A serum level could be used as a biomarker in differentiating malignant and benign lung tumors. Circulating activin A levels were elevated in MPM and associates with cancer cachexia and reduced chemotherapy response. (C) 2019 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc.
  • Hulmi, Juha J.; Penna, Fabio; Pöllänen, Noora; Nissinen, Tuuli A.; Hentila, Jaakko; Euro, Liliya; Lautaoja, Juulia H.; Ballarò, Riccardo; Soliymani, Rabah; Baumann, Marc; Ritvos, Olli; Pirinen, Eija; Lalowski, Maciej (2020)
    Objective Cancer cachexia and muscle loss are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. In preclinical animal models, blocking activin receptor (ACVR) ligands has improved survival and prevented muscle wasting in cancer cachexia without an effect on tumour growth. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. The present study aimed to identify cancer cachexia and soluble ACVR (sACVR) administration-evoked changes in muscle proteome. Methods Healthy and C26 tumour-bearing (TB) mice were treated with recombinant sACVR. The sACVR or PBS control were administered either prior to the tumour formation or by continued administration before and after tumour formation. Muscles were analysed by quantitative proteomics with further examination of mitochondria and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) metabolism. To complement the first prophylactic experiment, sACVR (or PBS) was injected as a treatment following tumour cell inoculation. Results Muscle proteomics in TB cachectic mice revealed downregulated signatures for mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) and increased acute phase response (APR). These were accompanied by muscle NAD+ deficiency, alterations in NAD+ biosynthesis including downregulation of nicotinamide riboside kinase 2 (Nrk2), and decreased muscle protein synthesis. The disturbances in NAD+ metabolism and protein synthesis were rescued upontreatment with sACVR. Across the whole proteome and APR in particular, Serpina3n represented the most upregulated protein and the strongest predictor of cachexia. However, the increase in Serpina3n expression associated with increased inflammation rather than decreased muscle mass and/or protein synthesis. Conclusions We present here an evidence implicating disturbed muscle mitochondrial OXPHOS proteome and NAD+ homeostasis in experimental cancer cachexia. Treatment of tumour-bearing mice with a blocker of activin receptor ligands restores depleted muscle NAD+ and Nrk2 as well as decreased muscle protein synthesis. These results point out putative new treatment therapies for cachexia. Our results also reveal that although acute phase protein Serpina3n may serve as a predictor of cachexia, it more likely reflects a condition of elevated inflammation.