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Pancreatic Neoplasms: HELP
Articles by Kevin D. Vo
Based on 3 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, Kevin Vo wrote the following 3 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
 
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1 Article Stromal Microenvironment Shapes the Intratumoral Architecture of Pancreatic Cancer. 2019

Ligorio, Matteo / Sil, Srinjoy / Malagon-Lopez, Jose / Nieman, Linda T / Misale, Sandra / Di Pilato, Mauro / Ebright, Richard Y / Karabacak, Murat N / Kulkarni, Anupriya S / Liu, Ann / Vincent Jordan, Nicole / Franses, Joseph W / Philipp, Julia / Kreuzer, Johannes / Desai, Niyati / Arora, Kshitij S / Rajurkar, Mihir / Horwitz, Elad / Neyaz, Azfar / Tai, Eric / Magnus, Neelima K C / Vo, Kevin D / Yashaswini, Chittampalli N / Marangoni, Francesco / Boukhali, Myriam / Fatherree, Jackson P / Damon, Leah J / Xega, Kristina / Desai, Rushil / Choz, Melissa / Bersani, Francesca / Langenbucher, Adam / Thapar, Vishal / Morris, Robert / Wellner, Ulrich F / Schilling, Oliver / Lawrence, Michael S / Liss, Andrew S / Rivera, Miguel N / Deshpande, Vikram / Benes, Cyril H / Maheswaran, Shyamala / Haber, Daniel A / Fernandez-Del-Castillo, Carlos / Ferrone, Cristina R / Haas, Wilhelm / Aryee, Martin J / Ting, David T. ·Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. · Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Center for Engineering in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. · Clinic of Surgery, UKSH Campus L├╝beck, Germany. · Institute of Pathology, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany. · Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA. Electronic address: aryee.martin@mgh.harvard.edu. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA; Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. Electronic address: dting1@mgh.harvard.edu. ·Cell · Pubmed #31155233.

ABSTRACT: Single-cell technologies have described heterogeneity across tissues, but the spatial distribution and forces that drive single-cell phenotypes have not been well defined. Combining single-cell RNA and protein analytics in studying the role of stromal cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in modulating heterogeneity in pancreatic cancer (pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma [PDAC]) model systems, we have identified significant single-cell population shifts toward invasive epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and proliferative (PRO) phenotypes linked with mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) signaling. Using high-content digital imaging of RNA in situ hybridization in 195 PDAC tumors, we quantified these EMT and PRO subpopulations in 319,626 individual cancer cells that can be classified within the context of distinct tumor gland "units." Tumor gland typing provided an additional layer of intratumoral heterogeneity that was associated with differences in stromal abundance and clinical outcomes. This demonstrates the impact of the stroma in shaping tumor architecture by altering inherent patterns of tumor glands in human PDAC.

2 Article Improved Detection of Circulating Epithelial Cells in Patients with Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms. 2018

Franses, Joseph W / Basar, Omer / Kadayifci, Abdurrahman / Yuksel, Osman / Choz, Melissa / Kulkarni, Anupriya S / Tai, Eric / Vo, Kevin D / Arora, Kshitij S / Desai, Niyati / Licausi, Joseph A / Toner, Mehmet / Maheswaran, Shyamala / Haber, Daniel A / Ryan, David P / Brugge, William R / Ting, David T. ·Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. · Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. · Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. · Division of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. · Center for Engineering in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. · Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA. · Division of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA brugge.william@mgh.harvard.edu dting1@mgh.harvard.edu. · Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA brugge.william@mgh.harvard.edu dting1@mgh.harvard.edu. ·Oncologist · Pubmed #28860411.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Recent work has demonstrated early shedding of circulating epithelial cells (CECs) from premalignant intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs). However, the potential use of CECs as a "liquid biopsy" for patients with IPMNs has been limited by antigen dependence of CEC isolation devices and the lack of robust detection biomarkers across CEC phenotypes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We utilized a negative depletion microfluidic platform to purify CECs from contaminating leukocytes and coupled this platform with immunofluorescence, RNA in situ hybridization, and RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) detection and enumeration. RESULTS: Using established protein (EpCAM, cytokeratins) and novel noncoding RNA (HSATII, cytokeratins) biomarkers, we detected CECs in 88% of patients bearing IPMN lesions. RNA-seq analysis for MUC genes confirm the likely origin of these CECs from pancreatic lesions. CONCLUSION: Our findings increase the sensitivity of detection of these cells and therefore could have clinical implications for cancer risk stratification. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This work describes a high-sensitivity platform for detection of epithelial cells shed from preneoplastic lesions at high risk of malignant transformation. Further research efforts are underway to define the transcriptional programs that might allow discrimination between circulating cells released from tumors that will become malignant and cells released from tumors that will not. After further refinement, this combination of technologies could be deployed for monitoring and early detection of patients at high risk for developing new or recurrent pancreatic malignancies.

3 Article Targeting notch pathway enhances rapamycin antitumor activity in pancreas cancers through PTEN phosphorylation. 2011

Vo, Kevin / Amarasinghe, Barushi / Washington, Kay / Gonzalez, Adriana / Berlin, Jordan / Dang, Thao P. ·College of Pharmacy, The University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, USA. ·Mol Cancer · Pubmed #22074495.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Pancreas cancer is one of most aggressive human cancers with the survival rate for patients with metastatic pancreas cancer at 5-6 months. The poor survival demonstrates a clear need for better target identification, drug development and new therapeutic strategies. Recent discoveries have shown that the role for Notch pathway is important in both development and cancer. Its contribution to oncogenesis also involves crosstalks with other growth factor pathways, such as Akt and its modulator, PTEN. The mounting evidence supporting a role for Notch in cancer promotion and survival suggests that targeting this pathway alone or in combination with other therapeutics represents a promising therapeutic strategy. RESULTS: Using a pancreas cancer tissue microarray, we noted that Jagged1, Notch3 and Notch4 are overexpressed in pancreas tumors (26%, 84% and 31% respectively), whereas Notch1 is expressed in blood vessels. While there was no correlation between Notch receptor expression and survival, stage or tumor grade, Notch3 was associated with Jagged1 and EGFR expression, suggesting a unique relationship between Notch3 and Jagged1. Inhibition of the Notch pathway genetically and with gamma-secretase inhibitor (GSI) resulted in tumor suppression and enhanced cell death. The observed anti-tumor activity appeared to be through Akt and modulation of PTEN phosphorylation. We discovered that transcriptional regulation of RhoA by Notch is important for PTEN phosphorylation. Finally, the mTOR inhibitor Rapamycin enhanced the effect of GSI on RhoA expression, resulting in down regulation of phospho-Akt and increased in vitro tumor cytotoxity. CONCLUSIONS: Notch pathway plays an important role in maintaining pancreas tumor phenotype. Targeting this pathway represents a reasonable strategy for the treatment of pancreas cancers. Notch modulates the Akt pathway through regulation of PTEN phosphorylation, an observation that has not been made previously. Furthermore, we discovered that this regulation is dependent on RhoA/Rock1 activation. Enhanced phospho-Akt suppression when GSI is combined with rapamycin suggests that targeting both pathways will lead to a greater efficacy in the treatment of patients with pancreas cancer.