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Cancer-associated cachexia (CAC) is a wasting syndrome characterized by systemic inflammation, body weight loss, atrophy of white adipose tissue (WAT) and skeletal muscle. Limited therapeutic options are available and the underlying mechanisms are poorly defined. Here we show that a phenotypic switch from WAT to brown fat, a phenomenon termed WAT browning,(More)
Cachexia has a devastating impact on survival and quality of life for many cancer patients. A better understanding of the underlying mechanisms leading to the complex metabolic defects of cachexia, coupled with effective treatment options, will improve management of wasting in cancer patients. The growing appreciation that cancer cachexia results from the(More)
The Pregnane X Receptor (PXR) is pivotal for the body's response to toxic xenobiotics and endogenous metabolites. By acting as a ligand-activated transcription factor, PXR regulates all stages of xenobiotic metabolism and transport and is responsible for important inductive drug interactions. Screening assays to assess the PXR activation potential of new(More)
Cancer cachexia is a highly debilitating paraneoplastic disease observed in more than 50% of patients with advanced cancers and directly contributes to 20% of cancer deaths. Loss of skeletal muscle is a defining characteristic of patients with cancer cachexia and is associated with poor survival. The present study reveals the involvement of a myogenic(More)
Involuntary weight loss in patients with cancer is the hallmark of cancer cachexia. The etiology of cachexia is multifactorial involving loss of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue associated with high systemic levels of acute phase proteins and inflammatory cytokines. While muscle wasting overtly impacts on cancer patient quality of life, loss of lipid(More)
Cancer is well known to be associated with alterations in membrane protein glycosylation (Bird, N. C., Mangnall, D., and Majeed, A. W. (2006) Biology of colorectal liver metastases: A review. J. Surg. Oncol. 94, 68-80; Dimitroff, C. J., Pera, P., Dall'Olio, F., Matta, K. L., Chandrasekaran, E. V., Lau, J. T., and Bernacki, R. J. (1999) Cell surface(More)
Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood. Novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed to overcome cytotoxic resistance. We hypothesized that antiapoptotic signals contribute to resistance and that treatment with proapoptotic agents could increase the efficacy of conventional therapies. A PCR array was used to assess the(More)
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a highly aggressive pediatric brainstem tumor with a peak incidence in middle childhood and a median survival of less than 1 year. The dismal prognosis associated with DIPG has been exacerbated by the failure of over 250 clinical trials to meaningfully improve survival compared with radiotherapy, the current(More)