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Articles by D Chen
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  D Chen , S. L Lee and R. A. Peterfreund
 

Multiple hormones and transmitter systems contribute to glucose homeostasis and the control of metabolism. Recently, the gastrointestinal peptide hormones glucagon-like peptide 1 and amylin have been shown to significantly contribute to this complex physiology. These advances provide the foundation for new treatments for diabetes mellitus. Therapies based on glucagon-like peptide 1 and amylin have now been introduced into clinical practice. Rimonabant, the selective endocannabinoid receptor antagonist, had been used in European countries for the treatment of obesity; it has recently been withdrawn for this indication. This drug exhibited therapeutic benefits for metabolic variables and for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Anesthesia providers caring for patients with diabetes mellitus will need to understand the implications of these new therapies in perioperative settings, particularly with respect to side effects and interactions.

  I Shureiqi , D Chen , R. S Day , X Zuo , F. L Hochman , W. A Ross , R. A Cole , O Moy , J. S Morris , L Xiao , R. A Newman , P Yang and S. M. Lippman
 

Lipoxygenases (LOX) are key enzymes for the oxidative metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids into biologically active products. Clinical data on comparative levels of various LOX products in tumorigenesis are lacking. Therefore, we examined the profiles of several LOX products (5-LOX, 12-LOX, 15-LOX-1, and 15-LOX-2) by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry in the major steps of colorectal tumorigenesis (normal, polyp, and cancer) in a clinical study of 125 subjects (49 with normal colon, 36 with colorectal polyps, and 40 with colorectal cancer) who underwent prospective colorectal biopsies to control for various potential confounding factors (e.g., diet, medications). Mean 13-hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid (13-HODE) levels were significantly higher in normal colon [mean, 36.11 ng/mg protein; 95% confidence interval (95% CI), 31.56-40.67] than in paired colorectal cancer mucosa (mean, 27.01 ng/mg protein; 95% CI, 22.00-32.02; P = 0.0002), and in normal colon (mean, 37.15 ng/mg protein; 95% CI, 31.95-42.34) than in paired colorectal polyp mucosa (mean, 28.07 ng/mg protein; 95% CI, 23.66-32.48; P < 0.001). Mean 13-HODE levels, however, were similar between the left (mean, 37.15 ng/mg protein; 95% CI, 31.95-42.35) and the right normal colon (mean, 32.46 ng/mg protein; 95% CI, 27.95-36.98; P = 0.09). No significant differences with regard to 12- or 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid or leukotriene B4 levels were detected between normal, polyp, and cancer mucosae. 15-LOX-1 inhibited interleukin-1β expression. This study establishes that reduced 13-HODE levels are a specific alteration in the LOX product profile associated with human colorectal tumorigenesis. Cancer Prev Res; 3(7); 829–38. ©2010 AACR.

  B Liu , D Chen , L Yang , Y Li , X Ling , L Liu , W Ji , Y Wei , J Wang , Q Wei , L Wang and J. Lu
 

Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 4 (MKK4) is a critical mediator of stress-activated protein kinase signals that regulate apoptosis, inflammations and tumorigenesis. Several polymorphisms have been identified in the MKK4 gene. We hypothesized that genetic variants in the MKK4 promoter may alter its expression and thus cancer risk. In a case–control study of 1056 lung cancer cases and 1056 sex and age frequency-matched cancer-free controls, we genotyped two common polymorphisms in the MKK4 promoter region (–1304T>G and –1044A>T) with the Taqman assay, and we found that compared with the most common –1304TT genotype, carriers of –1304G variant genotypes had a decreased risk of lung cancer [odds ratio (OR) = 0.74; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.61–0.90 for TG, and OR = 0.62; 95% CI = 0.41–0.94 for GG] in an allele dose–response manner (adjusted Ptrend = 0.0005). Further stratification analysis showed that the protective role of the –1304G variant allele was more evident in low or normal body mass index (BMI) but restrained in the overweighters and that the –1304G variant genotypes interacted with BMI in reducing cancer risk (adjusted Pinteraction = 0.003). Moreover, the luciferase assay showed that the G allele in the promoter significantly increased the transcription activity of the MKK4 gene in vitro and that the MKK4 protein expression levels of the G variant carriers was significantly higher in tumor tissues than those of the –1304TT genotype. However, no significant association was observed between the –1044A>T polymorphism and risk of lung cancer. Our data suggest that the functional –1304G variant in the MKK4 promoter contributes to a decreased risk of lung cancer by increasing the promoter activity and that the G variant may be a marker for susceptibility to lung cancer.

  W Wu , W Zhang , R Qiao , D Chen , H Wang , Y Wang , S Zhang , G Gao , A Gu , J Shen , J Qian , W Fan , L Jin , B Han and D. Lu
 

Purpose: Platinum agents cause DNA cross-linking and adducts. Xeroderma pigmentosum group D (XPD) plays a key role in the nucleotide excision repair pathway of DNA repair. Genetic polymorphisms of XPD may affect the capacity to remove the deleterious DNA lesions in normal tissues and lead to greater treatment-related toxicity. This study aimed to investigate the association of three polymorphisms of XPD at codons 156, 312, and 711, with the occurrence of grade 3 or 4 toxicity in advanced non–small cell lung cancer patients.

Experimental Design: We used matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry to genotype the three polymorphisms in 209 stage III and IV non–small cell lung cancer patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy.

Results: The variant homozygotes of XPD p.Arg156Arg (rs238406) polymorphism were associated with a significantly increased risk of grade 3 or 4 hematologic toxicity (adjusted odds ratios, 3.24; 95% confidence interval, 1.35-7.78; P for trend = 0.009), and, more specifically, severe leukopenia toxicity (P for trend = 0.005). No statistically significant association was found for the three polymorphisms and grade 3 or 4 gastrointestinal toxicity. Consistent with these results of single-locus analysis, both the haplotype and the diplotype analyses revealed a protective effect of the haplotype "CG" (in the order of p.Arg156Arg-p.Asp312Asn) on the risk of grade 3 or 4 hematologic toxicity.

Conclusions: This investigation, for the first time, provides suggestive evidence of an effect of XPD p.Arg156Arg polymorphism on severe toxicity variability among platinum-treated non–small cell lung cancer patients.

  P Hoskins , I Vergote , A Cervantes , D Tu , G Stuart , P Zola , A Poveda , D Provencher , D Katsaros , B Ojeda , P Ghatage , R Grimshaw , A Casado , L Elit , C Mendiola , A Sugimoto , V D'Hondt , A Oza , J. R Germa , M Roy , L Brotto , D Chen and E. A. Eisenhauer
  Background

Topotecan has single-agent activity in recurrent ovarian cancer. It was evaluated in a novel combination compared with standard frontline therapy.

Methods

Women aged 75 years or younger with newly diagnosed stage IIB or greater ovarian cancer, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status of 1 or less, were stratified by type of primary surgery and residual disease, treatment center, and age; then randomly assigned to one of the two 21-day intravenous regimens. Patients in arm 1 (n = 409) were administered four cycles of cisplatin 50 mg/m2 on day 1 and topotecan 0.75 mg/m2 on days 1–5, then four cycles of paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 over 3 hours on day 1 followed by carboplatin (area under the curve = 5) on day 1. Patients in arm 2 (n = 410) were given paclitaxel plus carboplatin as in arm 1 for eight cycles. We compared progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival, and cancer antigen-125 normalization rates in the two treatment arms. A stratified log-rank test was used to assess the primary endpoint, PFS. All statistical tests were two-sided.

Results

A total of 819 patients were randomly assigned. At baseline, the median age of the patients was 57 years (range = 28–78); 81% had received debulking surgery, and of these, 55% had less than 1 cm residual disease; 66% of patients were stage III and 388 (47.4%) patients had measurable disease. After a median follow-up of 43 months, 650 patients had disease progression or died without documented progression and 406 had died. Patients in arm 1 had more hematological toxicity and hospitalizations than patients in arm 2; PFS was 14.6 months in arm 1 vs 16.2 months in arm 2 (hazard ratio = 1.10, 95% confidence interval = 0.94 to 1.28, P = .25). Among patients with elevated baseline cancer antigen-125, fewer in arm 1 than in arm 2 had levels return to normal by 3 months after random assignment (51.6% vs 63.3%, P = .007)

Conclusions

Topotecan and cisplatin, followed by carboplatin and paclitaxel, were more toxic than carboplatin and paclitaxel alone, but without improved efficacy. Carboplatin plus paclitaxel remains the standard of care for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer.

  M Gerschenson , C Kim , B Berzins , B Taiwo , D. E Libutti , J Choi , D Chen , J Weinstein , J Shore , B da Silva , E Belsey , G. A McComsey and R. L. Murphy
  Objectives

HIV-associated lipoatrophy has been associated with mitochondrial dysfunction induced by nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor therapy. We hypothesize that lipid profiles and markers of mitochondrial function will improve in HIV-lipoatrophic patients switched to the nucleotide analogue tenofovir.

Methods

Ten patients receiving stavudine, lamivudine and lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra®) for over 6 years were switched from stavudine to tenofovir for 48 weeks. Subcutaneous fat tissue biopsies, fasting metabolic tests, HIV RNA, CD4 cell count and whole body dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans were obtained at study entry and week 48. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copies/cell and mitochondrial morphology were assessed in adipose tissue biopsies, mtDNA 8-oxo-deoxyguanine in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and glutathione (GSH) and F2-isoprostane in plasma.

Results

There was no change in limb fat mass by DEXA; however, trunk fat mass increased by 18.9% (P = 0.01). Fasting total cholesterol decreased by 33 mg/dL (P = 0.005) and serum glucose decreased by 4 mg/dL (P = 0.039). mtDNA copies/cell increased from 386 to 1537 (P < 0.001). Transmission electron microscopy showed that mitochondrial cristae were lacking or poorly defined at study entry, whereas mitochondrial inner structures were more well defined and outer membranes were intact at 48 weeks. Oxidative damage decreased in 8/10 patients, GSH increased and F2-isoprostane decreased.

Conclusions

The results from this study demonstrate that systemic and peripheral fat mitochondria improve in patients switched to tenofovir following long-term exposure to stavudine, while continuing protease inhibitor therapy.

 
 
 
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