Min-Jean Yin

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Deregulation of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway such as by PTEN loss or PIK3CA mutation occurs frequently in human cancer and contributes to resistance to antitumor therapies. Inhibition of key signaling proteins in the pathway therefore represents a valuable targeting strategy for diverse cancers. PF-04691502 is an ATP-competitive(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been implicated in the orchestration of diverse cellular processes including differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis and are believed to play pivotal roles as oncogenes and tumor suppressors. miR-122, a liver specific miRNA, is significantly down-regulated in most hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) but its role in tumorigenesis(More)
PURPOSE Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients have poor prognoses and survival outcomes such that the development of new targeted therapies is in strong demand. Mechanisms associated with high proliferation and aggressive tumor progression, such as PI3K/PTEN aberration, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) overexpression, and cell-cycle(More)
The Aspergillus nidulans protein NIMA (never in mitosis, gene A) is a protein kinase required for the initiation of mitosis, whereas its inactivation is necessary for mitotic exit. Here, we demonstrate that human NIMA-related kinase 6 (Nek6) is required for mitotic progression of human cells. Nek6 is phosphorylated and activated during M phase. Inhibition(More)
We investigated the role of Nek6, a member of the NIMA-related serine/threonine kinase family, in tumorigenesis. Transcript, protein, and kinase activity levels of Nek6 were highly elevated in the malignant tumors and human cancer cell lines compared with normal tissue and fibroblast cells. Expression of exogenous wild-type Nek6 increased(More)
First generation EGFR TKIs (gefitinib, erlotinib) provide significant clinical benefit for NSCLC cancer patients with oncogenic EGFR mutations. Ultimately, these patients' disease progresses, often driven by a second-site mutation in the EGFR kinase domain (T790M). Another liability of the first generation drugs is severe adverse events driven by inhibition(More)
Analogues substituted with various amines at the 6-position of the pyrazine ring on (4-amino-7-isopropyl-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidin-5-yl)pyrazin-2-ylmethanone were discovered as potent and selective inhibitors of PDK1 with potential as anticancer agents. An early lead with 2-pyridine-3-ylethylamine as the pyrazine substituent showed moderate potency and(More)
This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). This article has been retracted at the request of the Authors. Following an investigation by Pfizer, Figures 2, 5B and 5C appear to be duplications and hence the conclusions in the manuscript cannot be verified. The Authors(More)
Small-molecule inhibitors of Hsp90 show promise in the treatment of castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC); however, these inhibitors trigger a heat shock response that attenuates drug effectiveness. Attenuation is associated with increased expression of Hsp90, Hsp70, Hsp27, and clusterin (CLU) that mediate tumor cell survival and treatment resistance.(More)
Patients with triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) typically have a poor prognosis. TNBCs are characterized by their resistance to apoptosis, aggressive cellular proliferation, migration and invasion, and currently lack molecular markers and effective targeted therapy. Recently, miR-221/miR-222 have been shown to regulate ERα expression and ERα-mediated(More)