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Cancers across Phylogeny and Cancer Evolution

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Oncology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2021) | Viewed by 2711

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Pathobiology and Extracellular Vesicle Research Group, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London W1W 6UW, UK
Interests: peptidylarginine deiminases; tissue remodelling; extracellular vesicles; CNS regeneration; cancer; mucosal immunity; innate immunity; stem cells
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Department of Veterinary Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Interests: Comparative Oncology; cancer immunology; immune contexture, tumour microenvironment; comparative animal models, extracellular vesicles; drug resistance; immune evasion; metastasis; biomarkers; liquid biopsy; osteosarcoma

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Dear Colleagues,

The fields of comparative cancer research and cancer evolution touch on diverse topics in oncology and are of interest both in human as well as comparative oncology, including through the use of cancer resistant animal models to understand pro- and anti-oncogenic pathways of cancer evolution. Furthermore topics on cancer-host coevolution, transmissible cancers and roles for a range of pathogens including viruses in cancer-host interplay, are an area of increasing exploration.

This Special Issue aims to collect state-of-the-art primary research studies and review articles from international experts and diverse leading groups in the field of cancers in human and across animal species to update our current understanding of cancer diversity (complexity, heterogeneity and interspecies diversity) and cancer evolution. Topics on cancers from human and animal models, cancer evolution, biomarker discovery, as well as diverse roles for viruses and other pathogens, on immunity and infection, in relation to oncology, are welcome.

Dr. Sigrun Lange
Dr. Shay Bracha
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  • Cancer
  • Phylogeny
  • Cancer evolution
  • Cancer resistance
  • Cancer drug resistance
  • Immune evasion
  • Transmissible cancers
  • Coevolution
  • Virus
  • Bacteria
  • Pathology
  • Biomarkers
  • Human cancer
  • Cancer heterogeneity
  • Comparative cancer research
  • Animal models
  • Companion animals
  • Wild animals
  • Cancer metastasis
  • Tumour microenvironment
  • Extracellular vesicles

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A Pilot Study on Peptidylarginine Deiminases and Protein Deimination in Animal Cancers across Vertebrate Species
by Jameel M. Inal, Mariya Hristova and Sigrun Lange
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2022, 23(15), 8697; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms23158697 - 04 Aug 2022
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PADs are a group of calcium-dependent enzymes that play key roles in inflammatory pathologies and have diverse roles in cancers. PADs cause irreversible post-translational modification of arginine to citrulline, leading to changes in protein function in different cellular compartments. PAD isozyme diversity differs [...] Read more.
PADs are a group of calcium-dependent enzymes that play key roles in inflammatory pathologies and have diverse roles in cancers. PADs cause irreversible post-translational modification of arginine to citrulline, leading to changes in protein function in different cellular compartments. PAD isozyme diversity differs throughout phylogeny in chordates, with five PAD isozymes in mammals, three in birds, and one in fish. While the roles for PADs in various human cancers are mounting (both in regards to cancer progression and epigenetic regulation), investigations into animal cancers are scarce. The current pilot-study therefore aimed at assessing PAD isozymes in a range of animal cancers across the phylogeny tree. In addition, the tissue samples were assessed for total protein deimination and histone H3 deimination (CitH3), which is strongly associated with human cancers and also indicative of gene regulatory changes and neutrophil extracellular trap formation (NETosis). Cancers were selected from a range of vertebrate species: horse, cow, reindeer, sheep, pig, dog, cat, rabbit, mink, hamster, parrot, and duck. The cancers chosen included lymphoma, kidney, lung, testicular, neuroendocrine, anaplastic, papilloma, and granulosa cell tumour. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that CitH3 was strongly detected in all of the cancers assessed, while pan-deimination detection was overall low. Both PAD2 and PAD3 were the most predominantly expressed PADs across all of the cancers assessed, while PAD1, PAD4, and PAD6 were overall expressed at lower, albeit varying, levels. The findings from this pilot study provide novel insights into PAD-mediated roles in different cancers across a range of vertebrate species and may aid in the understanding of cancer heterogeneity and cancer evolution. Full article
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