1. Simulating hypoxia-induced acidic environment in cancer cells facilitates mobilization and redox-cycling of genomic copper by daidzein leading to pro-oxidant cell death: implications for the sensitization of resistant hypoxic cancer cells to therapeutic challenges.

    BioMetals 29(2):299 (2016) PMID 26872803

    This study was conducted to investigate the mechanism of action involved in the anti-cancer activity of daidzein and identification of cancer specific micro-environment as therapeutic target of this secondary metabolite derived from soy. Our data indicated that daidzein induces cellular DNA brea...
  2. MicroRNA Targeted Therapeutic Approach for Pancreatic Cancer.

    International Journal of Biological Sciences 12(3):326 (2016) PMID 26929739 PMCID PMC4753161

    Pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the US and is expected to be the second leading cause of cancer-related death by 2030. Therefore, it is important to better understand the molecular pathogenesis, phenotypes and features of pancreatic cancer in order t...
  3. Anti-androgenic activity of absorption-enhanced 3, 3'-diindolylmethane in prostatectomy patients.

    American journal of translational research 8(1):166 (2016) PMID 27069550 PMCID PMC4759426

    Consumption of cruciferous vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of developing prostate cancer. Antineoplastic effects of cruciferous vegetables are attributable to bioactive indoles, most prominently, 3, 3'-diindolylmethane (DIM). In addition to effects on proliferation and apoptosis, ...
  4. The Role of Cancer Stem Cells in Recurrent and Drug-Resistant Lung Cancer.

    Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 890:57 (2016) PMID 26703799

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide with a 5-year overall survival rate of less than 20 %. Considering the treatments currently available, this statistics is shocking. A possible explanation for the disconnect between sophisticated treatments and the survival rate...
  5. Hyaluronic acid-conjugated polyamidoamine dendrimers for targeted delivery of 3,4-difluorobenzylidene curcumin to CD44 overexpressing pancreatic cancer cells.

    Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 136:413 (2015) PMID 26440757

    The current study was aimed to develop a targeted dendrimer formulation of 3, 4-difluorobenzylidene curcumin (CDF) and evaluate its potential in CD44 targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer. Using amine terminated fourth generation poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer nanocarrier and hyaluronic aci...
  6. Role of JNK and NF-κB in mediating the effect of combretastatin A-4 and brimamin on endothelial and carcinoma cells.

    Cellular oncology (Dordrecht) 38(6):463 (2015) PMID 26358135

    The 4,5-diarylimidazole brimamin is an analog of the natural vascular-disrupting agent combretastatin A-4 (CA-4) with improved water solubility, tolerance by animals and efficacy in multidrug-resistant tumors. Here, we aimed at identifying the major mechanisms underlying the in vitro and in vivo...
  7. Hyaluronic Acid Engineered Nanomicelles Loaded with 3,4-Difluorobenzylidene Curcumin for Targeted Killing of CD44+ Stem-Like Pancreatic Cancer Cells.

    Biomacromolecules 16(9):3042 (2015) PMID 26302089

    Cancer stem-like cells (CSLCs) play a pivotal role in acquiring multidrug resistant (MDR) phenotypes. It has been established that pancreatic cancers overexpressing CD44 receptors (a target of hyaluronic acid; HA) is one of the major contributors for causing MDR. Therefore, targeted killing of C...
  8. Parenterally administrable nano-micelles of 3,4-difluorobenzylidene curcumin for treating pancreatic cancer.

    Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 132:138 (2015) PMID 26037703

    Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most devastating diseases in terms of patient mortality rates for which current treatment options are very limited. 3,4-Difluorobenzylidene curcumin (CDF) is a nontoxic analog of curcumin (CMN) developed in our laboratory, which exhibits extended circulation ...
  9. Liposome encapsulated curcumin-difluorinated (CDF) inhibits the growth of cisplatin resistant head and neck cancer stem cells.

    Oncotarget 6(21):18504 (2015) PMID 26098778 PMCID PMC4621906

    Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth most common cancer, with 600,000 new cases every year worldwide. Although chemotherapeutics exist, five-year survival is only 50%. New strategies to overcome drug resistance are required to improve HNSCC treatment. Curcumin-difluorinated...
  10. miR-20b is up-regulated in brain metastases from primary breast cancers.

    Oncotarget 6(14):12188 (2015) PMID 25893380 PMCID PMC4494931

    Brain metastases are frequent in patients with advanced breast cancer and are associated with poor prognosis. However, unique molecular biomarkers have not yet been established. We hypothesized that microRNA-20b (miR-20b) plays a role in breast cancer brain metastasis. Our study cohort comprised...
  11. Erratum to: Comparative in vivo evaluations of curcumin and its analog difluorinated curcumin against cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity.

    Biological Trace Element Research 164(1):162 (2015) PMID 25488703

  12. Androgen receptor splice variants contribute to prostate cancer aggressiveness through induction of EMT and expression of stem cell marker genes.

    Prostate 75(2):161 (2015) PMID 25307492 PMCID PMC4270852

    The mechanism(s) by which androgen receptor (AR) splice variants contribute to castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is still lacking. Expressions of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and stem cell markers were molecularly tested using prostate cancer (PCa) cells transfected with ...
  13. The biological complexity of RKIP signaling in human cancers.

    Experimental & molecular medicine 47:e185 (2015) PMID 26403261 PMCID PMC4650930

    The Raf kinase inhibitory protein (RKIP) has been demonstrated to modulate different intracellular signaling pathways in cancers. Studies have shown that RKIP is frequently downregulated in cancers; therefore, attempts have been made to upregulate the expression of RKIP using natural and synthet...
  14. Contribution of microRNAs in understanding the pancreatic tumor microenvironment involving cancer associated stellate and fibroblast cells.

    American journal of cancer research 5(3):1251 (2015) PMID 26046003 PMCID PMC4449452

    Understanding of molecular events associated with tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer (PC) is an active area of research especially because of the rich desmoplasia seen in human PC. Desmoplasia is contributed by several cell types including cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF) and stellate...
  15. Whole genome sequence analysis links chromothripsis to EGFR, MDM2, MDM4, and CDK4 amplification in glioblastoma.

    Oncoscience 2(7):618 (2015) PMID 26328271 PMCID PMC4549359

    Findings based on recent advances in next-generation sequence analysis suggest that, in some tumors, a single catastrophic event, termed chromothripsis, results in several simultaneous tumorigenic alterations. Previous studies have suggested that glioblastoma (GBM) may exhibit chromothripsis at ...
  16. Functional role of miR-10b in tamoxifen resistance of ER-positive breast cancer cells through down-regulation of HDAC4.

    BMC Cancer 15:540 (2015) PMID 26206152 PMCID PMC4512090

    For breast cancer patients diagnosed with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive tumors, treatment with tamoxifen is the gold standard. A significant number of patients, however, develop resistance to tamoxifen, and management of such tamoxifen-resistant patients is a major clinical challenge. With an ...
  17. The Role of Nutraceuticals in Pancreatic Cancer Prevention and Therapy: Targeting Cellular Signaling, MicroRNAs, and Epigenome.

    Pancreas 44(1):1 (2015) PMID 25493373 PMCID PMC4264839

    Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive malignancies in US adults. Experimental studies have found that antioxidant nutrients could reduce oxidative DNA damage, suggesting that these antioxidants may protect against pancreatic carcinogenesis. Several epidemiologic studies showed that die...
  18. Overview on the complexity of androgen receptor-targeted therapy for prostate cancer.

    Cancer Cell International 15:7 (2015) PMID 25705125 PMCID PMC4336517

    In the past decades, the field of prostate cancer (PCa) biology has developed exponentially and paralleled with that has been the growing interest in translation of laboratory findings into clinical practice. Based on overwhelming evidence of high impact research findings which support the under...
  19. Development of patient-derived xenograft models from a spontaneously immortal low-grade meningioma cell line, KCI-MENG1.

    Journal of Translational Medicine 13:227 (2015) PMID 26174772 PMCID PMC4501087

    There is a paucity of effective therapies for recurrent/aggressive meningiomas. Establishment of improved in vitro and in vivo meningioma models will facilitate development and testing of novel therapeutic approaches. A primary meningioma cell line was generated from a patient with an olfactory ...
  20. Molecular targets of naturopathy in cancer research: bridge to modern medicine.

    Nutrients 7(1):321 (2015) PMID 25569626 PMCID PMC4303842

    The relevance of naturopathy (defined as the practice of medicine for the treatment of human diseases with natural agents) in human cancer is beginning to be appreciated, as documented by renewed interest in nutraceutical research, the natural anticancer agents of dietary origin. Because of thei...