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Stress-activated kinases signaling pathways in cancer development

Leticia Herrera-Melle, María Crespo, Magdalena Leiva & Guadalupe Sabio.

Cancer is a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal cell growth that can lead to metastasis. It is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and its incidence is expected to rise over the next decades. Stress-activated protein kinases (SAPK) are important players in its regulation. Several studies have tried to unravel their role; however, their pro-tumorigenic or anti-tumorigenic properties are sometimes controversial.

JNK control of tumor microenvironment
JNK control of tumor microenvironment.

In this review, we will discuss the main roles of the different SAPK in the control of tumor development through essential processes such as cell proliferation, apoptosis or invasiveness. We will also show the latest discoveries regarding the contribution of SAPK in shaping tumor microenvironment through the regulation of organ crosstalk and immune cell response during cancer progression.

All these studies are relevant examples of how SAPK offer new therapeutic avenues for cancer patients that may help increase their survival.

Cell identity and nucleo-mitochondrial genetic context modulate OXPHOS performance and determine somatic heteroplasmy dynamics

Ana Victoria Lechuga-Vieco, Ana Latorre-Pellicer, Iain G. Johnston, Gennaro Prota, Uzi Gileadi, Raquel Justo-Méndez, Rebeca Acín-Pérez, Raquel Martínez-de-Mena, Jose María Fernández-Toro, Daniel Jimenez-Blasco, Alfonso Mora, Jose A. Nicolás-Ávila, Demetrio J. Santiago, Silvia G. Priori, Juan Pedro Bolaños, Guadalupe Sabio, Luis Miguel Criado, Jesús Ruíz-Cabello, Vincenzo Cerundolo, Nick S. Jones, José Antonio Enríquez.

Heteroplasmy, multiple variants of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the same cytoplasm, may be naturally generated by mutations but is counteracted by a genetic mtDNA bottleneck during oocyte development.

Mitochondria (Image: Alfonso Mora).

Engineered heteroplasmic mice with nonpathological mtDNA variants reveal a nonrandom tissue-specific mtDNA segregation pattern, with few tissues that do not show segregation. The driving force for this dynamic complex pattern has remained unexplained for decades, challenging our understanding of this fundamental biological problem and hindering clinical planning for inherited diseases.

Here, we demonstrate that the nonrandom mtDNA segregation is an intracellular process based on organelle selection. This cell type–specific decision arises jointly from the impact of mtDNA haplotypes on the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system and the cell metabolic requirements and is strongly sensitive to the nuclear context and to environmental cues.

Descubierto un mecanismo que controla la aparición del cáncer de hígado

Es un tumor silencioso. No avisa ni advierte de su presencia. Cuando se detecta suele ser ya demasiado tarde, porque el diagnóstico coincide con la colonización de otros órganos. La temida metástasis. Es el colangiocarcinoma, el segundo cáncer de hígado más común y uno de los más agresivos y con peor pronóstico de toda la amplia familia de tumores. Y es, también, uno de los grandes olvidados, porque la ciencia apenas ha descubierto nuevos tratamientos y ni tan siquiera lo conoce demasiado. Ha sido poco estudiado a nivel molecular, un vacío que ahora empieza a llenarse en parte con un descubrimiento realizado por investigadores del Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC), que han descubierto un mecanismo molecular que controla su aparición. El trabajo acaba de publicarse en la revista PNAS.

De izquierda a derecha: Alfonso Mora, Elena Rodríguez, Guadalupe Sabio, Alejandro Rosell, Cintia Folgueira y Luis Leiva-Vega.
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