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Xianhui Ruan, Xianle Shi, Qiman Dong, Yang Yu, Xiukun Hou, Xinhao Song, Xi Wei, Lingyi Chen and Ming Gao

There is no effective treatment for patients with poorly differentiated papillary thyroid cancer or anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC). Anlotinib, a multi-kinase inhibitor, has already shown antitumor effects in various types of carcinoma in a phase I clinical trial. In this study, we aimed to better understand the effect and efficacy of anlotinib against thyroid carcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo. We found that anlotinib inhibits the cell viability of papillary thyroid cancer and ATC cell lines, likely due to abnormal spindle assembly, G2/M arrest, and activation of TP53 upon anlotinib treatment. Moreover, anlotinib suppresses the migration of thyroid cancer cells in vitro and the growth of xenograft thyroid tumors in mice. Our data demonstrate that anlotinib has significant anticancer activity in thyroid cancer, and potentially offers an effective therapeutic strategy for patients of advanced thyroid cancer type.

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Bing Pan, Ming-Hui Zhao, Zhong Chen, Lu Lu, Yan Wang, Da-Wei Shi and Pei-Zhen Han

To investigate the potential effects of resistin-13-peptide on the growth, adhesion, and invasion in human breast carcinoma cells, MDA-MB-231. 3-(4,5-Dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide assay and colony-forming assay were used to assess the proliferation effects of resistin-13-peptide. The adhesive ability was investigated by cell adhesion assay, and the invasive potential was assessed using a transwell model. Activities of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 were measured by zymogrophy analysis and western blotting. Tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1 and TIMP-2 were determined by western blotting. In this study, we performed in vivo experiments and determined the effect of resistin-13-peptide on tumor growth and other organs, especially ovaries in a xenograft model using the cell line studied. Resistin-13-peptide inhibited MDA-MB-231 cell growth and colony formation in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Meanwhile, the invasive and adhesive abilities of MDA-MB-231 cells were yet cut down by resistin-13-peptide in a dose-dependent manner. Resistin-13-peptide decreased the gelatinolytic activities of both MMP-2 and MMP-9 and enhanced the protein expression of TIMP-1 and TIMP-2, which were secreted from the MDA-MB-231 cells. The animal experiments found that the growth of tumors was repressed by resistin-13-peptide, which affected other organs in the same time. Especially, ovaries did not have pathological changes yet. Treatment with resistin-13-peptide is effective in suppressing tumor proliferation, adhesion, and invasion. The possible mechanism is downregulation of MMPs and upregulation of TIMPs.

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Xinyue Wang, Xiwen Bi, Zhangzan Huang, Jiajia Huang, Wen Xia, Wei Shi and Zhongyu Yuan

The significance of androgen receptor (AR) in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) remains unclear, and it is still largely unknown how AR expression level influences HER2-positive tumors. This study aimed to investigate the prognostic and predictive value of AR in HER2-enriched MBC. Primary and/or paired metastatic tumors of 304 patients with pathologically confirmed HER2-enriched MBC were collected and immunohistochemically assessed for AR expression. The associations of AR and other clinicopathological characteristics were compared using the Chi-square test. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were calculated using the Kaplan–Meier method and log-rank test. Cox regression analysis was used to determine independent prognostic factors. AR-positivity with a cut-off value of 10% was observed in 237 (78.0%) cases and was associated with longer PFS, 13.2 months, as compared to that of 8.2 months (P = 0.004) in patients with AR-negativity. Moreover, a significant increase in the 5-year OS rate (65.3% vs 36.2%, P < 0.001) was also observed for patients with AR-positive tumors. Cox regression analysis identified AR-positivity as an independent prognostic factor of both PFS (hazard ratio = 0.71, P = 0.039) and OS (HR = 0.53, P = 0.013). Additionally, for those who received first-line Trastuzumab therapies, prolonged PFS (15.8 months vs 8.2 months, P = 0.005) and 5-year OS rate (66.2% vs 26.2%, P = 0.009) were observed in AR-positive tumors compared to AR-negative ones. In conclusion, AR was identified as an independent prognostic factor for favorable PFS and OS and could also predict the efficacy of first-line Trastuzumab treatment in patients with HER2-enriched MBC.