Raquel Ciuvalschi Maia

Brazilian National Cancer Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    ABSTRACT: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by the BCR-ABL oncoprotein, presents its treatment based on tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), mainly imatinib. However, despite its clinical success, almost 30% of all CML patients demand alternative therapy. In this context, the development of drugs capable of overcoming TKIs resistance is imperative. The pterocarpanquinone-LQB-118 is a novel compound with anti-tumor effect in CML cells whose mechanism of action is being elucidated. Here, we demonstrate that in two CML cell lines exhibiting different biological characteristics, LQB-118 modulates NFΚB subcellular localization, apparently independently of the AKT and MAPK pathways, partially inhibits proteasome activity, and alters the expression of microRNAs -9 and -21.
    Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents) 03/2015; 15(3). DOI:10.2174/18715206113139990108 · 2.94 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Cancer Research 02/2015; 21(4 Supplement):A51-A51. DOI:10.1158/1557-3265.PMS14-A51 · 8.19 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Cancer Research 02/2015; 21(4 Supplement):A49-A49. DOI:10.1158/1557-3265.PMS14-A49 · 8.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD) is a nonmalignant histiocytic disorder of unknown origin that is extremely rare. By immunohistochemistry, the RDD cells are characteristically S-100 positive and CD1a negative. Emperipolesis is a common histopathological finding, although not specific for RDD. Lymph node and cutaneous manifestations are most frequent, but diverse organs can be affected. The clinical course is unpredictable regardless of treatment. Here, we present a series of 8 cases presenting lymph node and/or cutaneous lesions. Lymph node involvement was seen in diverse regions, including mediastinal and retroperitoneal. The treatment response to steroids was diversified, and the chemotherapy response was disappointing. Associated autoimmune diseases (Sjögren syndrome and antiphospholipid syndrome) were observed in 2 patients. Regardless of therapy modality, these patients exhibited a favorable prognosis in a follow-up duration that ranged from 15 to 80 months.
    Brazilian journal of medical and biological research = Revista brasileira de pesquisas medicas e biologicas / Sociedade Brasileira de Biofisica ... [et al.] 10/2014; DOI:10.1590/1414-431X20144110 · 1.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite advances in oncology research, cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Thus, there is a demand for the development of more selective and effective antitumor agents. This study showed that A398, a novel podophyllotoxin analogue, was cytotoxic to the HT-29, MCF-7, MOLT-4 and HL-60 tumor cell lines, being less active in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells and normal cell lines FGH and IEC-6. Tests using the HepG2 lineage indicated that its metabolites do not contribute to its cytotoxicity. In the HL-60 cells, A398 induced apoptosis in a time and concentration-dependent manner, promoting mitochondrial depolarization, inhibition of Bcl-2, phosphatidylserine exposure, activation of caspases -8, -9 and -3, and DNA fragmentation. The production of reactive oxygen species does not seem to be a crucial event for the apoptotic process. Pretreatment with specific inhibitors of kinases ERK1/2, JNK and p38 resulted in an increased percentage of death induced by A398. These results indicate that the compound induced apoptosis through activation of intrinsic and extrinsic death pathways with the mechanism involving the inhibition of the MAPKs and Bcl-2. Taken together, our findings suggest that A398 has an anticancer potential, proving itself to be a candidate for preclinical studies.
    PLoS ONE 09/2014; 9(9):e107404. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0107404 · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients' outcome is usually poor, mainly because of drug resistance phenotype. The identification of new drugs able to overcome mechanisms of chemoresistance is essential. The pterocarpanquinone LQB-118 compound has been shown to have a potent cytotoxic activity in myeloid leukemia cell lines and patient cells. Our aim was to investigate if LQB-118 is able to target FoxO3a and FoxM1 signaling pathways while sensitizing AML cell lines. LQB-118 induced apoptosis in both AML cell lines HL60 (M3 FAB subtype) and U937 (M4/M5 FAB subtype). Cell death occurred independently of alterations in cell cycle distribution. In vivo administration revealed that LQB-118 was not cytotoxic to normal bone marrow-derived cells isolated from mice. LQB-118 induced FoxO3a nuclear translocation and upregulation of its direct transcriptional target Bim, in HL60 cells. However, LQB-118 induced FoxO3a nuclear exclusion, followed by Bim downregulation, in U937 cells. Concomitantly, LQB-118 exposure reduced FoxM1 and Survivin expression in U937 cells, but this effect was more subtle in HL60 cells. Taken together, our data suggest that LQB-118 has a selective and potent antitumor activity against AML cells with distinct molecular subtypes, and it involves differential modulation of the signaling pathways associated with FoxO3a and FoxM1 transcription factors.
    International Journal of Oncology 08/2014; 45(5). DOI:10.3892/ijo.2014.2615 · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose This study determined the frequency of clinical features, reactivations, sequelae, mortality, and overall survival (OS) and compared paediatric with adult Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) patients. Materials and methods Ninety patients (60 paediatric and 30 adults) with LCH treated during 28 years were analysed retrospectively. Results Craniofacial lesion was the most frequent lesion at LCH presentation in children and adults. However, some differences were found. Orbital lesions were more frequent in paediatric than adult patients (P = 0.001). There was a tendency for mandible lesions to be more common in adults than the paediatric group (P = 0.0710). Mucocutaneous lesions were observed in a higher proportion in adults compared to paediatric patients (P = 0.0395). Reactivation episodes (36.8 versus 62.5%) and deaths (10.7 versus 24.0%) occurred in lower proportions in paediatric than adult patients, respectively. The probability of OS in 10 years for both groups was similar (P = 0.137). Conclusion The OS was similar in both groups despite clinical differences between paediatric and adult patients, and higher reactivation and death rates in adults.
    Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 05/2014; 20(2). DOI:10.1179/1607845414Y.0000000173 · 1.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: ABCB1/P-glycoprotein (Pgp) and ABCG2/BCRP overexpression have been described as related to imatinib resistance in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). We showed in CML cells from 55 patients that Pgp activity was more frequently detected than BCRP activity (p=0.0074). Imatinib-induced Crkl phosphorylated protein (pCrkl) reduction was more pronounced in K562 (Pgp-negative) than in K562-Lucena (Pgp-positive) CML cell line. Expressive pCrkl reduction levels after in vitro imatinib treatment was observed in samples from patients exhibiting lower Pgp activity levels compared with patients exhibiting higher Pgp activity levels (p=0.0045). Pgp activity in association with pCrkl reduction levels might help to distinguish between imatinib-resistant and imatinib-sensitive CML cells.
    Leukemia research 09/2013; 37(12). DOI:10.1016/j.leukres.2013.09.021 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The hallmark of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is the BCR-ABL fusion gene. CML evolves through three phases, based on both clinical and pathological features: a chronic phase, an accelerated phase and blast crisis. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are the treatment modality for patients with chronic phase CML. The therapeutic potential of imatinib is affected by BCR-ABL dependent an independent mechanisms. Development of multidrug resistance (MDR) contributes to the overall clinical resistance. MDR involves overexpression of ABC-transporters among other features. MDR studies include the analysis of cancer cell lines selected for resistance. CML blast crisis is accompanied by increased resistance to apoptosis. This work reviews the role played by the influx transporter OCT1, by efflux ABC transporters, molecules involved in the modulation of apoptosis (p53, Bcl-2 family, CD95, IAPs), Hh and Wnt/β-catenin pathways, cytoskeleton abnormalities and other features described in leukemic cells of clinical samples and CML cell lines. A MDR cell line, Lucena-1, generated from K562 by stepwise exposure to vincristine, was used as our model and some potential anticancer drugs effective against the MDR cell line and patients' samples are presented.
    Bioscience Reports 09/2013; 33(6). DOI:10.1042/BSR20130067 · 2.85 Impact Factor
  • Cancer Research 08/2013; 73(8 Supplement):879-879. DOI:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2013-879 · 9.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: P-glycoprotein (Pgp) and XIAP co-expression has been discussed in the process of the acquisition of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer. Here, we evaluated XIAP and Pgp expression in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) samples, showing a positive correlation between them. Furthermore, we evaluated the effects of imatinib in XIAP and Pgp expression using CML cell lines K562 (Pgp(-)) and K562-Lucena (Pgp(+)). Imatinib increased XIAP and Pgp expression in K562-Lucena cells, while in K562 cells a downregulation of these proteins was observed, suggesting that imatinib induces an increment of MDR phenotype of CML cells that previously exhibit high levels of Pgp/XIAP co-expression.
    Leukemia research 07/2013; 37(10). DOI:10.1016/j.leukres.2013.06.014 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Using MTT, Annexin V/flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry, subcellular fractionation, and Western blotting assays we analyzed the effect of imatinib in two blast phase of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cell lines: K562 P-glycoprotein (Pgp)-negative, and Lucena, Pgp-positive. In K562 cell line, the high apoptosis index induced by imatinib was associated with the survivin predominantly in the nucleus. In the Lucena cell line, the low apoptosis index induced by imatinib was associated with a cytoplasmatic survivin localization. Pgp and survivin might be subject to the same molecular regulation, and therefore represent a therapeutic target in the blast phase of CML.
    Leukemia research 09/2012; 36(12). DOI:10.1016/j.leukres.2012.08.014 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a challenging neoplasm that despite therapeutic advances requires efforts to overcome the multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype, the major cause of relapse. The pterocarpanquinone LQB-118 is a new compound that induces apoptosis in leukemia cells. The objective of this work was to analyze the role of LQB-118 in inhibiting the inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAPs), XIAP and survivin, as well as in modulating the subcellular localization of NFκB, in comparison with idarubicin. LQB-118 was more effective in inducing apoptosis than idarubicin in both AML Kasumi-1 cell line and cells from patients despite their MDR phenotype. LQB-118-induced apoptosis was accompanied by a marked inhibition of IAPs, and cytoplasmatic NFκB subcellular localization. On the other hand, idarubicin increased the IAPs expression and translocated NFκB to the nucleus. The inhibition profile of survivin induced by LQB-118 was comparable to the survivin inhibition profile when we investigated the efficiency of survivin-small interfering RNA (siRNA) treatment. LQB-118 as well as survivin-siRNA contributed similarly to the increase in apoptosis rate of Kasumi-1 cells. The data indicated that there is a functional interaction between the survivin, XIAP and NFκB, which appears to be involved in idarubicin resistance of Kasumi-1 cells. The efficacy of LQB-118 to induce cell death though inhibiting survivin suggests that this IAP may be involved in the chemoresistance phenotype in AML cells. Our findings suggest that LQB-118 might be a promising therapeutic approach for AML patients through survivin downregulation.
    Anti-cancer agents in medicinal chemistry 06/2012; DOI:10.2174/1871520611313020019 · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Centroblastic diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) samples were analyzed by immunohistochemistry to evaluate the expression of p53, Bcl-2, Survivin, XIAP, and Ki-67. Survivin was the only protein which expression exhibited a trend for impact in progression-free (p = .077) and overall survival (p = .054). In the Mann-Whitney test, Survivin expression correlated with a negative overall survival (p = .045). These results appeared to be intimately related to Survivin cytoplasmic localization. Moreover, the anti-apoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and Survivin were less frequent in centroblastic DLBCL. Our results indicate that centroblastic DLBCL may be a disease with characteristic biology and clinical course and, therefore, specific prognostic factors.
    Cancer Investigation 06/2012; 30(5):404-14. DOI:10.3109/07357907.2012.672844 · 2.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a clonal hematopoietic disorder characterized by the presence of the Philadelphia chromosome which resulted from the reciprocal translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22. The pathogenesis of CML involves the constitutive activation of the BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase, which governs malignant disease by activating multiple signal transduction pathways. The BCR-ABL kinase inhibitor, imatinib, is the front-line treatment for CML, but the emergence of imatinib resistance and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) has called attention for additional resistance mechanisms and has led to the search for alternative drug treatments. In this paper, we discuss our current understanding of mechanisms, related or unrelated to BCR-ABL, which have been shown to account for chemoresistance and treatment failure. We focus on the potential role of the influx and efflux transporters, the inhibitor of apoptosis proteins, and transcription factor-mediated signals as feasible molecular targets to overcome the development of TKIs resistance in CML.
    04/2012; 2012:671702. DOI:10.1155/2012/671702
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    ABSTRACT: Polymorphisms in the ABCB1 gene may influence P-glycoprotein (Pgp) expression and/or activity. Because the population in Brazil is markedly heterogeneous, we analyzed the relationship between ABCB1 polymorphisms and Pgp expression/activity in Brazilian acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. Acute myeloid leukemia samples from 109 patients were studied. ABCB1 gene variants rs1128503 (C1236T) and rs1045643 (C3435T) were analyzed by PCR-RFLP assay. Pgp expression and Pgp activity were analyzed by flow cytometry. There was a similar distribution of Pgp expression and activity on polymorphisms C1236T, C1236C, and T1236T for exon 12, and C3435T, C3435C, and T3435T for exon 26. An exception was observed in the lowest ratio of mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) median for Pgp expression in the TT genotype for both studied exons, and its correspondence to a low MFI median for Pgp activity. Pgp expression did not show impact on the response to remission induction therapy, but the MFI median of Pgp expression in the remission failure group was higher than that of the complete remission (CR) group of patients (p = 0.04). Overall survival (OS) was significantly influenced by CR (p = 0.0001). Better 5-year OS and 5-year event-free survival rates (p = 0.04 and p = 0.007, respectively) were achieved in patients presenting the genetic variant CC in exon 12 followed by those presenting the variant CT in exon 26 (p = 0.001). Polymorphisms in the ABCB1 gene and the levels of Pgp expression could be useful to identify prognostic in AML patients.
    Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology 02/2012; 138(6):959-69. DOI:10.1007/s00432-012-1170-x · 3.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Multidrug resistance (MDR) is considered a multifactorial phenotype which prevents a successful clinical cancer treatment. This phenomenon is mainly associated with mechanisms that include drug extrusion by P-glycoprotein (Pgp) overexpression and resistance to apoptosis derived by members of the inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAPs), such as XIAP. Studies have proposed the use of compounds that are able to inhibit or modulate Pgp function, with no changes in the physiological expression of this protein. Based on that, the present study aimed to evaluate the reversal of MDR phenotype through modulation of Pgp efflux pump activity in leukemia multidrug-resistant cells, using a low dose of cyclosporine A (CsA). We showed that modulation of Pgp activity by using CsA did not induce cytotoxic effects in leukemia cells, independently of Pgp expression. However, during the modulation condition, we could observe that vincristine-induced apoptosis was significant in resistant cells, which was also coupled with decreasing expression of the inhibitor of apoptosis protein XIAP. In summary, our data suggest that CsA is able to reversing MDR phenotype in vitro, inducing sensibility in multidrug-resistant cells with no alterations in Pgp expression. These findings contribute to our knowledge for the circumvention of MDR in cancer cells and could be helpful for new treatment approaches.
    Tumor Biology 01/2012; 33(4):943-56. DOI:10.1007/s13277-012-0323-5 · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Overexpression of P-glycoprotein (Pgp/ABCB1) in tumor cells is associated with a classic phenotype of multidrug resistance (MDR). Moreover, some members of the inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP) family, such as survivin, contribute to an apoptosis-resistant phenotype, by inhibiting chemotherapy-induced cell death and promoting MDR. By using Western blotting, qRT-PCR, Annexin V and immunofluorescence assays we have demonstrated a relationship between Pgp and survivin in a prior sensitive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cell line (K562). A high dose of vincristine induced a concomitant overexpression of Pgp and survivin, which was associated with a low apoptotic index in the K562 cell line. In addition, we observed a cytoplasmic co-localization of Pgp and survivin, suggesting a functional association between these two proteins in apoptosis control by a common mechanism. In summary, our data suggest that Pgp and survivin should be analyzed in aggregate because they may have significant impact on drug resistance in CML cells.
    International Journal of Oncology 06/2011; 39(4):925-33. DOI:10.3892/ijo.2011.1103 · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Medulloblastoma (MDB) is the most common malignant cerebellar tumor in children. Because of the significant rate of mortality and treatment-related morbidity, the identification of prognostic factors could lead to a more accurate selection of patients who can benefit from a less aggressive therapy and improve risk stratification. Survivin is an inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP), the expression of which has been associated with worse prognosis in MDB. However, both of its subcellular localizations may contribute to tumor progression, and ultimately, survivin subcellular localization prognostic value depends on tumor type biological features. The goal of this study was to analyze these survivin features in the pediatric MDB tumor samples and its impact on clinical outcome. Survivin expression and subcellular localization were accessed by immunohistochemistry in a series of 41 tumor samples. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were compared using the log-rank test. Survivin expression ranged from completely absent to fully present in a notably higher pattern of nuclear localization than cytoplasmic (19 of 41 versus 4 of 41, respectively). However, survivin expression and subcellular localization were not associated with five-year overall survival or metastasis status at diagnosis, which was the only statistically significant prognostic factor in our series (p = 0.008). Taken together, our results suggest that survivin expression should be further studied in large, multicenter series to determine its accurate impact on prognosis and pathobiology of pediatric MDB.
    Pathology & Oncology Research 06/2011; 17(4):899-908. DOI:10.1007/s12253-011-9401-z · 1.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The involvement of the multidrug resistance (MDR) mediated by ABC transporter proteins P-glycoprotein (Pgp) and multidrug resistance-associated protein-1 (MRP1) overexpressions in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) are not completely understood. Pgp and MRP1 expressions and activity were analyzed in samples from 158 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Using flow cytometry, Pgp expression was more frequently observed in early chronic (P = 0.00) and in advanced (P = 0.02) CML phases when it was compared to MRP1 expression. Variation of MDR expression and activity were observed during the CML evolution in patients previously treated with interferon and imatinib. In the K562-Lucena cell line, Pgp positive, imatinib caused an enhancing in Pgp expression at protein and mRNA levels, whereas in the Pgp negative cell line, this drug was capable of decreasing MDR1/Pgp mRNA levels. Our result emphasizes the importance of understanding the different aspects of MDR status in patients with CML when they are under investigation in determining imatinib resistance.
    Cytometry Part B Clinical Cytometry 05/2011; 80(3):158-66. DOI:10.1002/cyto.b.20580 · 2.28 Impact Factor