The Molecular Biology of Cancer: A Bridge from Bench to Bedside (2nd Edition)

The Molecular Biology of Cancer: A Bridge from Bench to Bedside (2nd Edition)

By: Stella Pelengaris (editor), Michael Khan (editor)Hardback

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The Molecular Biology of Cancer, Stella Pelengaris & Michael Khan This capturing, comprehensive text, extensively revised and updated for its second edition, provides a detailed overview of the molecular mechanisms underpinning the development of cancer and its treatment. Bench to Bedside : A key strength of this book that sets it apart from general cancer biology references is the interweaving of all aspects of cancer biology from the causes, development and diagnosis through to the treatment and care of cancer patients essential for providing a broader view of cancer and its impact. The highly readable presentation of a complex field, written by an international panel of researchers, specialists and practitioners, would provide an excellent text for graduate and undergraduate courses in the biology of cancer, medical students and qualified practitioners in the field preparing for higher exams, and for researchers and teachers in the field. For the teaching of cancer biology, special features have been included to facilitate this use: bullet points at the beginning of each chapter explaining key concepts and controversial areas; each chapter builds on concepts learned in previous chapters, with a list of key outstanding questions remaining in the field, suggestions for further reading, and questions for student review. All chapters contain text boxes that provide additional and relevant information. Key highlights are listed below: * An overview of the cancer cell and important new concepts. * Selected human cancers: lung, breast, colorectal, prostate, renal, skin, cervix, and hematological malignancies. * Key cellular processes in cancer biology including (a) traditionally important areas such as cell cycle control, growth regulation, oncogenes and tumour suppressors apoptosis, as well as (b) more highly topical areas of apoptosis, telomeres, DNA damage and repair, cell adhesion, angiogenesis, immunity, epigenetics, and the proteasome. * Clinical oncology: In-depth coverage of important concepts such as screening, risk of cancer and prevention, diagnoses, managing cancer patients from start to palliative care and end-of-life pathways. * Chapters highlighting the direct links between cancer research and clinical applications. * New coverage on how cancer drugs are actually used in specific cancer patients, and how therapies are developed and tested. * Systems Biology and cutting edge research areas covered such as RNA interference (RNAi). * Each chapter includes key points, chapter summaries, text boxes, and topical references for added comprehension and review. * Quotations have been used in each chapter to introduce basic concepts in an entertaining way. * Supported by a dedicated website at We should list the great reviews we got for first edition which are on the back of the 2nd edition: A capturing, comprehensive, clearly written and absolutely accurate introduction into cancer biology ..This book deserves great praise for the readable presentation of this complex field .the true synthesis of bench and bedside approaches is marvelously achieved. Christian Schmidt, Molecular Cell Chapters address the issues of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and patient care and set the book apart from general molecular biology references .This book is applicable to both graduate and undergraduate students, and in the context of a research laboratory, this book would be an excellent resource as a reference guide for scientists at all levels. V.Emuss, Institute of Cancer Research, London. Also, from the first edition: Pelengaris, Khan, and the contributing authors are to be applauded. The Molecular Biology of Cancer is a comprehensive and readable presentation of the many faces of cancer from molecular mechanisms to clinical therapies and diagnostics. This book will be welcomed by neophyte students, established scientists in other fields, and curious physicians. -Dean Felsher, Stanford University

About Author

Stella Pelengaris Ph.D is Director of Pharmalogos and previous Researcher at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and Warwick Medical School. Mike Khan Ph.D FRCP is Associate Professor of Medicine at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire and previous Head of Molecular Medicine at the University of Warwick.


Contributors vii Preface to the Second Edition ix Reviews of the First Edition x Acknowledgments and Dedication xi About the Companion Website xii Introduction 1 1 Overview of Cancer Biology 3 Michael Khan and Stella Pelengaris Introduction 5 Cancer incidence and epidemiology 8 Towards a definition of cancer 8 Causes of cancer 16 Cancer is a genetic disease 21 Cancers (and Darwin s finches) evolve by mutation and natural selection 21 Blame the parents inherited single gene defects and susceptibility to cancer 21 The cancer roadmap What kinds of genes are epimutated in cancer? 23 Viruses and the beginnings of cancer biology 25 Hens and teeth or bears and woods? The hens have it cancer is rare 25 The barriers to cancer 25 What is the secret of cancer developme ... timing 28 Location location location the cancer environment: nanny or spartan state 28 Cancer goes agricultural 29 Cancer superhighways blood vessels and lymphatics 31 On your bike and turn the lights off before you go 31 Catching cancer 31 Hammering the hallmarks 32 Painting a portrait of cancer 33 The drugs don t work 34 Mechanism of origin rather than cell of origin towards a new functional taxonomy of cancer 35 Is it worth it? 36 Conclusions and future directions 36 Bibliography 37 Appendix 1.1 History of cancer 40 2 The Burden of Cancer 43 William P. Steward and Anne L. Thomas Introduction 43 Lung cancer 45 Breast cancer 49 Colorectal cancer 53 Carcinoma of the prostate 56 Renal carcinoma 57 Skin cancer 58 Carcinoma of the cervix 60 Hematological malignancies 60 Conclusions and future directions 63 Outstanding questions 63 Bibliography 64 Questions for student review 66 3 Nature and Nurture in Oncogenesis 67 Michael Khan and Stella Pelengaris Introduction 69 Risk factors 73 Preventing cancers 76 Cancer genetics in depth 78 Cancer genomics 87 Gene environment interactions 89 Mutations and treatment 89 Chemoprevention of cancer 90 Risk factors act in combination 90 Environmental causes of cancer 93 The clinical staging and histological examination of cancer 101 Screening and biomarkers 102 Somatic gene mutations epigenetic alterations and multistage tumorigenesis 105 Conclusions and future directions 107 Outstanding questions 107 Bibliography 107 Questions for student review 109 4 DNA Replication and the Cell Cycle 111 Stella Pelengaris and Michael Khan Introduction 112 The cell cycle overview 114 Phases of the cell cycle 120 The cell-cycle engine: cyclins and kinases 123 Regulation by degradation 126 Regulation by transcription 129 MicroRNAs and the cell cycle 131 Chromatin 131 DNA replication and mitosis 131 Checkpoints putting breaks on the cell-cycle The DNA damage response (DDR) 136 The checkpoints 136 Cell-cycle entry and its control by extracellular signals 138 Changes in global gene expression during the cell cycle 139 Cell cycle and cancer 139 Drugging the cell cycle in cancer therapies 141 Conclusions and future directions 142 Outstanding questions 143 Bibliography 143 Questions for student review 144 5 Growth Signaling Pathways and the New Era of Targeted Treatment of Cancer 146 Stella Pelengaris and Michael Khan Introduction 147 Growth factor regulation of the cell cycle 150 Growth homeostasis and tissue repair and regeneration 151 Regulated and deregulated growth 155 Cellular differentiation 157 Tissue growth and the angiogenic switch 158 Cancers and nutrients 158 Growth factor signaling pathways 160 A detailed description of signal transduction pathways and their subversion in cancer 160 Translational control and growth 184 Conclusions and future directions 185 Outstanding questions 185 Bibliography 186 Questions for student review 187 6 Oncogenes 188 Stella Pelengaris and Michael Khan Introduction 189 The oncogenes 189 The discovery of oncogenes ushers in the new era of the molecular biology of cancer 191 Overview of oncogenes 191 Types of oncogenes 193 Oncogene collaboration from cell culture to animal models 199 The c-MYC oncogene 199 The RAS superfamily 213 SRC the oldest oncogene 228 BCR ABL and the Philadelphia chromosome 232 The BCL-2 family 235 Biologically targeted therapies in cancer and the concept of oncogene addiction 235 Conclusions and future directions 235 Outstanding questions 236 Bibliography 236 Questions for student review 238 7 Tumor Suppressors 239 Martine F. Roussel Introduction 239 The two-hits hypothesis: loss of heterozygosity (LOH) 240 Haploinsuffi ciency in cancer 240 Epigenetic events 242 Definition of a tumor suppressor 242 The retinoblastoma protein family 242 p53/TP53 250 INK4a/ARF 254 The p53 and RB pathways in cancer 257 Senescence and immortalization: Role of RB and p53 258 Tumor suppressors and the control of cell proliferation 258 Tumor suppressors and control of the DNA damage response and genomic stability 260 The microRNAs and tumor suppressors 260 Conclusions and future directions 263 Acknowledgments 263 Outstanding questions 264 Bibliography 264 Questions for student review 265 8 Cell Death 266 Stella Pelengaris and Michael Khan Introduction 267 An historical perspective 267 Apoptosis in context 267 Apoptosis as a barrier to cancer formation 271 Apoptosis versus necrosis 271 Cell death by necrosis not just infl ammatory 272 The pathways to apoptosis 272 The apoptosome wheel of death 274 Caspases the initiators and executioners of apoptosis 274 The IAP family inhibitors of apoptosis and much more 276 The central role of MOMP and its regulators in apoptosis the BCL-2 family 279 Mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP) 281 Endoplasmic reticulum stress 282 Stress-inducible heat shock proteins 282 Tumor suppressor p53 282 Oncogenic stress: MYC-induced apoptosis 283 Autophagy a different kind of cell death and survival 287 Cell death in response to cancer therapy 290 Exploiting cell death (and senescence) in cancer control 290 Conclusions and future directions 292 Outstanding questions 293 Bibliography 293 Questions for student review 294 9 Senescence Telomeres and Cancer Stem Cells 295 Maria A. Blasco and Michael Khan Introduction 296 Senescence 298 Conclusions and future directions 310 Outstanding questions 310 Bibliography 311 Questions for student review 312 10 Genetic Instability Chromosomes and Repair 314 Michael Khan Introduction 316 Telomere attrition and genomic instability 321 Sensing DNA damage 323 Repairing DNA damage 325 Checkpoints 336 Microsatellites and minisatellites 343 Chaperones and genomic instability 344 Cancer susceptibility syndromes involving genetic instability 345 Genomic instability and colon cancer 346 Conclusions and future directions 346 Outstanding questions 347 Bibliography 347 Questions for student review 349 11 There Is More to Cancer than Genetics: Regulation of Gene and Protein Expression by Epigenetic Factors Small Regulatory RNAs and Protein Stability 350 Stella Pelengaris and Michael Khan Introduction 351 The language of epigenetics 353 Epigenetics 353 Methylation of DNA 359 Acetylation of histones and other posttranslational modifications 360 Epigenetics and cancer 362 CIMP and MIN and the mutator phenotype 365 Imprinting and loss of imprinting 366 Clinical use of epigenetics 367 Regulation of translation 368 Noncoding RNA and RNA interference 369 Therapeutic and research potential of RNAi 371 Treatments based on miRNA 373 Regulating the proteins 373 Therapeutic inhibition of the proteasome 376 Receptor degradation 377 Wrestling with protein transit the role of SUMO and the promyelocytic leukemia (PML) body 377 Conclusions and future directions 380 Outstanding questions 380 Bibliography 381 Questions for student review 382 12 Cell Adhesion in Cancer 383 Charles H. Streuli Introduction 383 Adhesive interactions with the extracellular matrix 384 Cell cell interactions 393 Critical steps in the dissemination of metastases 395 E-cadherin downregulation in cancer leads to migration 399 Epithelial mesenchymal transitions 401 Integrins metalloproteinases and cell invasion 402 Survival in an inappropriate environment 404 Conclusions 406 Outstanding questions 406 Bibliography 407 Questions for student review 409 13 Tumor Immunity and Immunotherapy 410 Cassian Yee Introduction 410 Endogenous immune response 411 Effector cells in tumor immunity 413 Tumor antigens 417 Antigen-specific therapy of cancer 420 Clinical trials in vaccine therapy 422 Cytokine therapy of cancer 423 Tumor immune evasion 424 Clinical trials in immunomodulatory therapy 425 Conclusions 425 Bibliography 426 Questions for student review 427 14 Tumor Angiogenesis 429 Christiana Ruhrberg Introduction 429 General principles of new vessel growth 430 Pathological neovascularization: tumor vessels 430 Basic concepts in tumor angiogenesis: the angiogenic switch 432 Vascular growth and differentiation factors: stimulators of the angiogenic switch 432 Role of inhibitors in angiogenesis 436 Clinical outcomes and future directions 436 Acknowledgments 437 Bibliography 437 Questions for student review 437 15 Cancer Chemistry: Designing New Drugs for Cancer Treatment 438 Ana M. Pizarro and Peter J. Sadler Introduction 439 Historical perspective 439 The drug discovery process and preclinical development of a drug 442 Questions remaining 457 Conclusions and future directions 457 Bibliography 458 Questions for student review 459 16 Biologically Targeted Agents from Bench to Bedside 461 Michael Khan Peter Sadler Ana M. Pizarro and Stella Pelengaris Introduction 463 Targeted therapies 465 Cancer cell heterogeneity 466 Finding the molecular targets 468 Tumor regression in mice by inactivating single oncogenes 468 Targeted cancer therapies 473 Targeting oncogenes to treat cancer? 473 The concept of synthetic lethality and collateral vulnerability 475 Clinical progress in biological and molecular targeted therapies 476 Molecular targeted drugs an inventory 479 DNA damage responses 490 Transcription factors 491 Targeting epigenetic regulation of gene expression 492 Hitting the extrinsic support network and preventing spread 493 Gene therapy antisense and siRNA 495 Resistance to targeted therapies intrinsic resistance and emergence of secondary pathways and tumor escape 497 Negative feedback loops and failure of targeted therapies 500 Biomarkers to identify optimal treatments and tailored therapies 501 Pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics 505 Clinical trials in cancer 506 Conclusions and future directions 506 Bibliography 507 Questions for student review 508 17 The Diagnosis of Cancer 509 Anne L. Thomas Bruno Morgan and William P. Steward Introduction 509 Clinical manifestations 510 Investigations in oncological practice 511 Non-invasive imaging techniques 516 Future novel uses of imaging 521 Proteomics and microarrays 523 Circulating tumor cells 523 Disease staging 523 Conclusions and future directions 524 Bibliography 524 Questions for student review 525 18 Treatment of Cancer: Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy 526 Anne L. Thomas J.P. Sage and William P. Steward Introduction 526 Radiotherapy physics 526 Radiobiology 527 Treatment planning 528 Recent advances 529 Chemoradiation 530 Conclusion 540 Bibliography 542 Questions for student review 543 19 Caring for the Cancer Patient 544 Nicky Rudd and Esther Waterhouse Introduction 544 Key concepts 544 Communication with the cancer patient 544 When is palliative care appropriate for cancer patients? 545 Palliative care assessment 545 Symptom control 545 Respiratory symptoms 547 Nausea and vomiting 547 Bowel obstruction 548 Constipation 549 Fatigue 549 Cachexia and anorexia 549 Psychological problems 549 The dying patient 550 Supportive care 550 An example of the care of a cancer patient 551 Questions remaining 551 Conclusions and future directions 551 Underlying problems 551 Comment 551 Underlying problems 552 Bibliography 552 Questions for student review 553 20 Systems Biology of Cancer 554 Walter Schubert Norbert C.J. de Wit and Peter Walden Introduction 556 Information flow in cells 556 Model organisms and cancer models 557 Array-based technologies: genomics epigenomics and transcriptomics 559 SNPs the HapMap and the identification of cancer genes 559 Cancer mRNA expression analysis 562 CGH arrays CpG island microarrays and ChIP-on-Chip 564 Next-generation sequencing 564 Proteomics 566 Posttranslational modifi cations 567 Protein complexes and cellular networks 569 Clinical applications of proteomics 570 Toponomics: investigating the protein network code of cells and tissues 571 Processing the images from the cyclical imaging procedures 571 Structure code and semantics of the toponome: a high-dimensional combinatorial problem 573 Detecting a cell surface protein network code: lessons from a tumor cell 575 The molecular face of cells in diseases 576 Individualized medicine and tailored therapies 576 Discussion and conclusion 579 Bibliography 579 Internet resources 581 Questions for student review 582 Appendix 20.1 Techniques for the generation of genetically altered mouse models of cancer 582 Glossary 585 Answers to Questions 597 Index 603

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  • ISBN13: 9781118022870
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  • Number Of Pages: 632
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