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Articles by Tao Cheng
Based on 7 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, Tao Cheng wrote the following 7 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
 
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1 Article Ring1b-dependent epigenetic remodelling is an essential prerequisite for pancreatic carcinogenesis. 2019

Benitz, Simone / Straub, Tobias / Mahajan, Ujjwal Mukund / Mutter, Jurik / Czemmel, Stefan / Unruh, Tatjana / Wingerath, Britta / Deubler, Sabrina / Fahr, Lisa / Cheng, Tao / Nahnsen, Sven / Bruns, Philipp / Kong, Bo / Raulefs, Susanne / Ceyhan, Güralp O / Mayerle, Julia / Steiger, Katja / Esposito, Irene / Kleeff, Jörg / Michalski, Christoph W / Regel, Ivonne. ·Department of Medicine II, University Hospital, LMU Munich, Munich, Germany. · Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. · Bioinformatic Unit, Biomedical Center, Faculty of Medicine, LMU Munich, Munich, Germany. · Quantitative Biology Center, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, Heinrich-Heine University and University Hospital, Duesseldorf, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, Technical University Munich, Munich, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany. ·Gut · Pubmed #30954952.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Besides well-defined genetic alterations, the dedifferentiation of mature acinar cells is an important prerequisite for pancreatic carcinogenesis. Acinar-specific genes controlling cell homeostasis are extensively downregulated during cancer development; however, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Now, we devised a novel in vitro strategy to determine genome-wide dynamics in the epigenetic landscape in pancreatic carcinogenesis. DESIGN: With our in vitro carcinogenic sequence, we performed global gene expression analysis and ChIP sequencing for the histone modifications H3K4me3, H3K27me3 and H2AK119ub. Followed by a comprehensive bioinformatic approach, we captured gene clusters with extensive epigenetic and transcriptional remodelling. Relevance of Ring1b-catalysed H2AK119ub in acinar cell reprogramming was studied in an inducible Ring1b knockout mouse model. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Ring1b ablation as well as drug-induced Ring1b inhibition were functionally characterised in pancreatic cancer cells. RESULTS: The epigenome is vigorously modified during pancreatic carcinogenesis, defining cellular identity. Particularly, regulatory acinar cell transcription factors are epigenetically silenced by the Ring1b-catalysed histone modification H2AK119ub in acinar-to-ductal metaplasia and pancreatic cancer cells. Ring1b knockout mice showed greatly impaired acinar cell dedifferentiation and pancreatic tumour formation due to a retained expression of acinar differentiation genes. Depletion or drug-induced inhibition of Ring1b promoted tumour cell reprogramming towards a less aggressive phenotype. CONCLUSIONS: Our data provide substantial evidence that the epigenetic silencing of acinar cell fate genes is a mandatory event in the development and progression of pancreatic cancer. Targeting the epigenetic repressor Ring1b could offer new therapeutic options.

2 Article Ductal obstruction promotes formation of preneoplastic lesions from the pancreatic ductal compartment. 2019

Cheng, Tao / Zhang, Zhiheng / Jian, Ziying / Raulefs, Susanne / Schlitter, Anna Melissa / Steiger, Katja / Maeritz, Nadja / Zhao, Yamin / Shen, Shanshan / Zou, Xiaoping / Ceyhan, Güralp O / Friess, Helmut / Kleeff, Jörg / Michalski, Christoph W / Kong, Bo. ·Department of Surgery, Klinikum rechts der Isar, School of Medicine, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, TUM, Munich, Germany. · German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) at the partner site Munich, Munich, Germany. · Department of Gastroenterology, the Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University, Medical School, Nanjing, China. · Department of Visceral, Vascular and Endocrine Surgery, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany. ·Int J Cancer · Pubmed #30412288.

ABSTRACT: Pancreatitis is a significant risk factor for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Previous studies in mice have demonstrated that pancreatitis contributes to oncogenic Kras-driven carcinogenesis, probably initiated in acinar cells; however, oncogenic Kras alone or in combination with caerulein-induced pancreatitis is not sufficient in initiating PDAC from the ductal compartment. We thus introduced ductal obstruction - which induces a more severe form of pancreatitis - by pancreatic ductal ligation in mice harbouring oncogenic Kras. This induced a particular phenotype with highly proliferative nonmucinous cells with nuclear atypia. Around these lesions, there was a significant proliferation of activated fibroblasts and infiltration of immune cells, corroborating the pathological features of preneoplastic lesions. Lineage-tracing experiments revealed that these preneoplastic cells derived from two distinctive cellular sources: acinar and ductal cells. Phenotypic characterisation revealed that the duct-derived preneoplastic lesions show a high proliferative potential with persistent activation of tumour-promoting inflammatory pathways while the acinar-derived ones were less proliferative with persistent p53 activation. Furthermore, the duct-derived preneoplastic cells have a particularly high nuclear-to-cytoplasmic ratio. These data demonstrate that ductal obstruction promotes preneoplastic lesion formation from the pancreatic ductal compartment.

3 Article Glycemic Variability Promotes Both Local Invasion and Metastatic Colonization by Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. 2018

Jian, Ziying / Cheng, Tao / Zhang, Zhiheng / Raulefs, Susanne / Shi, Kuangyu / Steiger, Katja / Maeritz, Nadja / Kleigrewe, Karin / Hofmann, Thomas / Benitz, Simone / Bruns, Philipp / Lamp, Daniel / Jastroch, Martin / Akkan, Jan / Jäger, Carsten / Huang, Peilin / Nie, Shuang / Shen, Shanshan / Zou, Xiaoping / Ceyhan, Güralp O / Michalski, Christoph W / Friess, Helmut / Kleeff, Jörg / Kong, Bo. ·Department of Surgery, Klinikum rechts der Isar, School of Medicine, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany. · Department of Nuclear Medicine, TUM, Munich, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, TUM, Munich, Germany. · Bavarian Center for Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry, Freising, Germany. · Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik II, Klinikum der LMU, Munich, Germany. · Division of Applied Bioinformatics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany. · Helmholtz Diabetes Center, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany. · German Center for Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany. · Division of Metabolic Diseases, TUM, Munich, Germany. · Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Southeast University, Nanjing, China. · Department of Gastroenterology, Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University, Medical School, Nanjing, China. · Department of Visceral, Vascular and Endocrine Surgery, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany. · German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) at the partner site Munich, Munich, Germany. ·Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol · Pubmed #30258965.

ABSTRACT: Background & Aims: Although nearly half of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients have diabetes mellitus with episodes of hyperglycemia, its tumor microenvironment is hypoglycemic. Thus, it is crucial for PDAC cells to develop adaptive mechanisms dealing with oscillating glucose levels. So far, the biological impact of such glycemic variability on PDAC biology remains unknown. Methods: Murine PDAC cells were cultured in low- and high-glucose medium to investigate the molecular, biochemical, and metabolic influence of glycemic variability on tumor behavior. A set of in vivo functional assays including orthotopic implantation and portal and tail vein injection were used. Results were further confirmed on tissues from PDAC patients. Results: Glycemic variability has no significant effect on PDAC cell proliferation. Hypoglycemia is associated with local invasion and angiogenesis, whereas hyperglycemia promotes metastatic colonization. Increased metastatic colonization under hyperglycemia is due to increased expression of runt related transcription factor 3 (Runx3), which further activates expression of collagen, type VI, alpha 1 (Col6a1), forming a glycemic pro-metastatic pathway. Through epigenetic machinery, retinoic acid receptor beta (Rarb) expression fluctuates according to glycemic variability, acting as a critical sensor relaying the glycemic signal to Runx3/Col6a1. Moreover, the signal axis of Rarb/Runx3/Col6a1 is pharmaceutically accessible to a widely used antidiabetic substance, metformin, and Rar modulator. Finally, PDAC tissues from patients with diabetes show an increased expression of COL6A1. Conclusions: Glycemic variability promotes both local invasion and metastatic colonization of PDAC. A pro-metastatic signal axis Rarb/Runx3/Col6a1 whose activity is controlled by glycemic variability is identified. The therapeutic relevance of this pathway needs to be explored in PDAC patients, especially in those with diabetes.

4 Article A subset of metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas depends quantitatively on oncogenic Kras/Mek/Erk-induced hyperactive mTOR signalling. 2016

Kong, Bo / Wu, Weiwei / Cheng, Tao / Schlitter, Anna Melissa / Qian, Chengjia / Bruns, Philipp / Jian, Ziying / Jäger, Carsten / Regel, Ivonne / Raulefs, Susanne / Behler, Nora / Irmler, Martin / Beckers, Johannes / Friess, Helmut / Erkan, Mert / Siveke, Jens T / Tannapfel, Andrea / Hahn, Stephan A / Theis, Fabian J / Esposito, Irene / Kleeff, Jörg / Michalski, Christoph W. ·Department of Surgery, Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, TUM, Munich, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz-Zentrum München, Munich, Germany. · Institute of Experimental Genetics (IEG), Helmholtz-Zentrum München, Munich, Germany. · Institute of Experimental Genetics (IEG), Helmholtz-Zentrum München, Munich, Germany Technische Universität München, Chair of Experimental Genetics, Freising, Germany Deutsches Zentrum für Diabetesforschung (DZD), Neuherberg, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Koc University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey. · Department of Gastroenterology, TUM, Munich, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany. · Department of Molecular Gastrointestinal Oncology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany. · Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz-Zentrum München, Munich, Germany. · Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. ·Gut · Pubmed #25601637.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Oncogenic Kras-activated robust Mek/Erk signals phosphorylate to the tuberous sclerosis complex (Tsc) and deactivates mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) suppression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC); however, Mek and mTOR inhibitors alone have demonstrated minimal clinical antitumor activity. DESIGN: We generated transgenic mouse models in which mTOR was hyperactivated either through the Kras/Mek/Erk cascade, by loss of Pten or through Tsc1 haploinsufficiency. Primary cancer cells were isolated from mouse tumours. Oncogenic signalling was assessed in vitro and in vivo, with and without single or multiple targeted molecule inhibition. Transcriptional profiling was used to identify biomarkers predictive of the underlying pathway alterations and of therapeutic response. Results from the preclinical models were confirmed on human material. RESULTS: Reduction of Tsc1 function facilitated activation of Kras/Mek/Erk-mediated mTOR signalling, which promoted the development of metastatic PDACs. Single inhibition of mTOR or Mek elicited strong feedback activation of Erk or Akt, respectively. Only dual inhibition of Mek and PI3K reduced mTOR activity and effectively induced cancer cell apoptosis. Analysis of downstream targets demonstrated that oncogenic activity of the Mek/Erk/Tsc/mTOR axis relied on Aldh1a3 function. Moreover, in clinical PDAC samples, ALDH1A3 specifically labelled an aggressive subtype. CONCLUSIONS: These results advance our understanding of Mek/Erk-driven mTOR activation and its downstream targets in PDAC, and provide a mechanistic rationale for effective therapeutic matching for Aldh1a3-positive PDACs.

5 Article Pancreas-specific activation of mTOR and loss of p53 induce tumors reminiscent of acinar cell carcinoma. 2015

Kong, Bo / Cheng, Tao / Qian, Chengjia / Wu, Weiwei / Steiger, Katja / Cao, Jing / Schlitter, Anna Melissa / Regel, Ivonne / Raulefs, Susanne / Friess, Helmut / Erkan, Mert / Esposito, Irene / Kleeff, Jörg / Michalski, Christoph W. ·Department of Surgery, Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, TUM, Munich, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Koc School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey. · Institute of Pathology, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany. · Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, Liverpool, UK. · Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 110, 69120, Heidelberg, Germany. cwmichalski@gmail.com. ·Mol Cancer · Pubmed #26683340.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma (ACC) is a rare tumor entity with an unfavorable prognosis. Recent whole-exome sequencing identified p53 mutations in a subset of human ACC. Activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway is associated with various pancreatic neoplasms. We thus aimed at analyzing whether activation of mTOR with a concomitant loss of p53 may initiate ACC. METHODS: We generated transgenic mouse models in which mTOR was hyperactivated through pancreas-specific, homozygous tuberous sclerosis 1 (Tsc1) deficiency, with or without deletion of p53 (Tsc1 (-/-) and Tsc1 (-/-) ; p53 (-/-) ). Activity of mTOR signaling was investigated using mouse tissues and isolated murine cell lines. Human ACC specimens were used to corroborate the findings from the transgenic mouse models. RESULTS: Hyperactive mTOR signaling in Tsc1 (-/-) mice was not oncogenic but rather induced a near-complete loss of the pancreatic acinar compartment. Acinar cells were lost as a result of apoptosis which was associated with p53 activation. Concomitantly, ductal cells were enriched. Ablation of p53 in Tsc1-deficient mice prevented acinar cell death but promoted formation of acinar cells with severe nuclear abnormalities. One out of seven Tsc1 (-/-) ; p53 (-/-) animals developed pancreatic tumors showing a distinctive tumor morphology, reminiscent of human ACC. Hyperactive mTOR signaling was also detected in a subset of human ACC. CONCLUSION: Hyperactive mTOR signaling combined with loss of p53 in mice induces tumors similar to human ACC.

6 Article Hypoxia-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress characterizes a necrotic phenotype of pancreatic cancer. 2015

Kong, Bo / Cheng, Tao / Wu, Weiwei / Regel, Ivonne / Raulefs, Susanne / Friess, Helmut / Erkan, Mert / Esposito, Irene / Kleeff, Jörg / Michalski, Christoph W. ·Department of Surgery, Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Koc University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey. · Institute of Pathology, Medical University Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria. · Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. ·Oncotarget · Pubmed #26452217.

ABSTRACT: Stromal fibrosis and tissue necrosis are major histological sequelae of hypoxia. The hypoxia-to-fibrosis sequence is well-documented in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, hypoxic and necrotic PDAC phenotypes are insufficiently characterized. Recently, reduction of tuberous sclerosis expression in mice together with oncogenic Kras demonstrated a rapidly metastasizing phenotype with histologically eccentric necrosis, transitional hypoxia and devascularisation. We established cell lines from these tumors and transplanted them orthotopically into wild-type mice to test their abilities to recapitulate the histological features of the primary lesions. Notably, the necrotic phenotype was reproduced by only a subset of cell lines while others gave rise to dedifferentiated tumors with significantly reduced necrosis. In vitro analysis of the necrotic tumor-inducing cell lines revealed that these cells released a significant amount of vascular endothelial growth factor A (Vegfa). However, its release was not further increased under hypoxic conditions. Defective hypoxia-induced Vegfa secretion was not due to impaired Vegfa transcription or hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha activation, but rather a result of hypoxia-induced endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. We thus identified hypoxia-induced ER stress as an important pathway in PDACs with tissue necrosis and rapid metastasis.

7 Article Collagen type V promotes the malignant phenotype of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. 2015

Berchtold, Sonja / Grünwald, Barbara / Krüger, Achim / Reithmeier, Anja / Hähl, Teresa / Cheng, Tao / Feuchtinger, Annette / Born, Diana / Erkan, Mert / Kleeff, Jörg / Esposito, Irene. ·Institute of Pathology, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. · Institute for Experimental Oncology and Therapy Research, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. · Research Unit Analytical Pathology, Helmholtz Zentrum München-German Research Center for Environmental Health, Neuherberg, Germany. · Pathology, Kantonspital Münsterlingen, Münsterlingen, Switzerland. · Department of Surgery, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany; Department of Surgery, Koc University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey. · Institute of Pathology, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. Electronic address: esposito@lrz.tum.de. ·Cancer Lett · Pubmed #25449434.

ABSTRACT: Excessive matrix production by pancreatic stellate cells promotes local growth and metastasis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and provides a barrier for drug delivery. Collagen type V is a fibrillar, regulatory collagen up-regulated in the stroma of different malignant tumors. Here we show that collagen type V is expressed by pancreatic stellate cells in the stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and affects the malignant phenotype of various pancreatic cancer cell lines by promoting adhesion, migration and viability, also after treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs. Pharmacological and antibody-mediated inhibition of β1-integrin signaling abolishes collagen type V-induced effects on pancreatic cancer cells. Ablation of collagen type V secretion of pancreatic stellate cells by siRNA reduces invasion and proliferation of pancreatic cancer cells and tube formation of endothelial cells. Moreover, stable knock-down of collagen type V in pancreatic stellate cells reduces metastasis formation and angiogenesis in an orthotopic mouse model of ductal adenocarcinoma. In conclusion, paracrine loops involving cancer and stromal elements and mediated by collagen type V promote the malignant phenotype of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and underline the relevance of epithelial-stromal interactions in the progression of this aggressive neoplasm.