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Исследование показывает многообещающие возможности предотвращения сердечных заболеваний у выживших после рака

Новое исследование, проведенное учеными из Университета штата Вашингтон, предполагает, что белок под названием CDK2 играет решающую роль в повреждении сердца, вызванном доксорубицином., широко используемый химиотерапевтический препарат.

WSU assistant professor Zhaokang Cheng and postdoctoral fellow Peng Xia, л-р, examine bacterial cultures used to grow genes of interest to their research, such as the CDK2 gene. The genes are then isolated and introduced into cardiac muscle cells to study their function.

Using a rodent model, the researchers showed that doxorubicin increases CDK2 activity in cardiac muscle cells, resulting in cell death. Более того, they demonstrated that suppressing CDK2 levels alleviated damage to cardiac muscle cells following treatment with doxorubicin.

Published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, their finding could be used as the basis for future development of treatment strategies and drugs to reduce heart disease risk in cancer survivors, especially those treated in childhood.

Сердечно-сосудистые заболевания после лечения рака

Последние достижения в области диагностики и лечения рака увеличили шансы на выживание больных раком. В США., по оценкам 16 million people — or 5 percent of the population — are cancer survivors. После рецидива рака, болезнь сердца является причиной номер один смерти в этой группе. Токсичность сердца, связанная с использованием доксорубицина и связанные химиотерапевтические препараты, как полагают, несет ответственность за увеличение риска раковых заболеваний с потерей кормильца развития болезни сердца.

“Doxorubicin is very effective at controlling tumor growth, but when used in large cumulative doses it causes damage to cardiac muscle cells that may, через некоторое время, lead to heart disease,” said study author Zhaokang Cheng, assistant professor in the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

To better understand how this works at the molecular level, Cheng and his research team looked at cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2), a protein that is part of a family of more than 20 CDKs that have been implicated in cancer growth.

CDKs are essential proteins in the multiplication and division of different cell types, especially during development. As tumors grow, cancer cells show increased levels of CDK activity, whereas cardiac muscle cells — which do not regenerate in adults — show low levels of CDK.

CDK levels in cancer vs. heart muscle cells

As part of their study, the research team exposed a group of mice to doxorubicin and observed its effects on cardiac muscle cells and levels of CDK2 in those cells, as compared to control mice. Mice that received doxorubicin showed increased cardiac muscle cell death and elevated CDK2 activity in cardiac muscle cells, which came as a surprise.

“It has been known that chemotherapy decreases CDK activity in cancer cells and that this is involved in stopping tumor growth,” Cheng said. “Interestingly, хоть, when we looked at CDK levels in the heart, chemotherapy increased CDK activity, which was the opposite of what scientists were thinking.”

Другими словами, while doxorubicin causes cancer cells to останавливатьсяgrowing, it appears to make cardiac muscle cells start growing. Since doxorubicin kills cancer cells by causing DNA damage, Cheng suggests that damaged DNA in multiplying cardiac muscle cells eventually causes those cells to stop replicating and die, weakening the heart. He said that could also explain why children — whose hearts are still growing — are more sensitive to heart toxicity from chemotherapy treatment.

CDK inhibitor to reduce heart toxicity

следующий, исследователи посмотрел ли ингибирование CDK2 может остановить рост клетки сердца и защитить сердце от доксорубицина-индуцированного повреждения. They treated a group of mice with both doxorubicin and roscovitine — an immunosuppressive substance that selectively inhibits CDK2 — and found that heart function in those mice was preserved. Те же результаты были также подтверждены в клетках сердца крысы.

The study shows early promise that CDK inhibitor drugs could be used to stave off heart toxicity in patients being treated with doxorubicin.

CDK inhibitors are a newer class of anticancer drugs. Only three such drugs — palbociclib, ribociclib and abemaciclib — are currently FDA-approved for the treatment of different types of breast cancers, while another dozen or so are being tested in clinical trials.

“Our findings suggest that combining doxorubicin with a CDK inhibitor could be a viable strategy for protecting patients’ hearts while they are being treated for cancer,” Cheng said. “It could provide a much stronger anticancer effect with less toxicity to the heart.”

Continued research

The WSU research team plans to do further research to identify the molecular pathways involved in doxorubicin-induced activation of CDK2 and its subsequent harmful effect on cardiac muscle cells. Their ultimate goal is to determine whether a currently available CDK inhibitor could be used or whether they could develop a new, better CDK inhibitor designed specifically to be used as a heart-protective drug during chemotherapy.

Funding for their published study came from a five‑year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute — a component of the National Institutes of Health — along with internal funding provided by the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Источник: news.wsu.edu, by Judith Van Dongen

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