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Journal of Neuro-oncology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108836/smad-dependent-signaling-plays-a-detrimental-role-in-a-fly-model-of-smarcb1-deficiency-and-the-biology-of-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumors
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Astrid Jeibmann, Jacqueline Schulz, Kristin Eikmeier, Pascal D Johann, Katharina Thiel, Isabel Tegeder, Oliver Ambrée, Michael C Frühwald, Stefan M Pfister, Marcel Kool, Werner Paulus, Martin Hasselblatt
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (ATRT) are highly malignant brain tumors arising in young children. The majority of ATRT is characterized by inactivation of the chromatin remodeling complex member SMARCB1 (INI1/hSNF5). Little is known, however, on downstream pathways involved in the detrimental effects of SMARCB1 deficiency which might also represent targets for treatment. Using Drosophila melanogaster and the Gal4-UAS system, modifier screens were performed in order to identify the role of SMAD dependent signaling in the lethal phenotype associated with knockdown of snr1, the fly homolog of SMARCB1...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102487/assessment-of-vascularity-in-glioblastoma-and-its-implications-on-patient-outcomes
#2
Ben G McGahan, Beth K Neilsen, David L Kelly, Rodney D McComb, S A Jaffar Kazmi, Matt L White, Yan Zhang, Michele R Aizenberg
There is little data on why glioblastomas (GBM) hemorrhage and how it may affect patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanisms of hemorrhage in glioblastoma by examining molecular and genetic features by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and mRNA expression profiles in association with imaging and clinical outcomes. An observational retrospective cohort analysis was performed on 43 FFPE GBM tissue samples. MR images were assessed for the presence of hemorrhage and extent of resection. Specimens were examined for CD34 and CD105 expression using IHC...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102486/atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor-in-the-first-year-of-life-the-canadian-atrt-registry-experience-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
Mary Fossey, Haocheng Li, Samina Afzal, Anne-Sophie Carret, David D Eisenstat, Adam Fleming, Juliette Hukin, Cynthia Hawkins, Nada Jabado, Donna Johnston, Tania Brown, Valerie Larouche, Katrin Scheinemann, Douglas Strother, Beverly Wilson, Shayna Zelcer, Annie Huang, Eric Bouffet, Lucie Lafay-Cousin
While 2/3 of patients with ATRT are less than 3 years at diagnosis, the literature suggests younger children present with more aggressive disease and poorer outcome. However, little data exist on characteristics and outcome of patients diagnosed with ATRT in the first year of life. In particular, it is unclear whether they access similar treatments as do older children. We compared the cohort of patients ≤12 months from the Canadian ATRT registry to all cases extracted from the literature reported between 1996 and 2014 to describe their clinical and treatment characteristics, and potential prognostic factors...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102485/-18-f-fet-pet-prior-to-recurrent-high-grade-glioma-re-irradiation-additional-prognostic-value-of-dynamic-time-to-peak-analysis-and-early-static-summation-images
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Daniel F Fleischmann, Marcus Unterrainer, Peter Bartenstein, Claus Belka, Nathalie L Albert, Maximilian Niyazi
Most high-grade gliomas (HGG) recur after initial multimodal therapy and re-irradiation (Re-RT) has been shown to be a valuable re-treatment option in selected patients. We evaluated the prognostic value of dynamic time-to-peak analysis and early static summation images in O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-l-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) PET for patients treated with Re-RT ± concomitant bevacizumab. We retrospectively analyzed 72 patients suffering from recurrent HGG with (18)F-FET PET prior to Re-RT. PET analysis revealed the maximal tumor-to-background-ratio (TBRmax), the biological tumor volume, the number of PET-foci and pattern of time-activity-curves (TACs; increasing vs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101701/early-postoperative-tumor-progression-predicts-clinical-outcome-in-glioblastoma-implication-for-clinical-trials
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Andreas Merkel, Dorothea Soeldner, Christina Wendl, Dilek Urkan, Joji B Kuramatsu, Corinna Seliger, Martin Proescholdt, Ilker Y Eyupoglu, Peter Hau, Martin Uhl
Molecular markers define the diagnosis of glioblastoma in the new WHO classification of 2016, challenging neuro-oncology centers to provide timely treatment initiation. The aim of this study was to determine whether a time delay to treatment initiation was accompanied by signs of early tumor progression in an MRI before the start of radiotherapy, and, if so, whether this influences the survival of glioblastoma patients. Images from 61 patients with early post-surgery MRI and a second MRI just before the start of radiotherapy were examined retrospectively for signs of early tumor progression...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097442/laptm4b-35-is-a-novel-prognostic-factor-for-glioblastoma
#6
Xiaoshud Dong, Kaoru Tamura, Daisuke Kobayashi, Noboru Ando, Kazutaka Sumita, Taketoshi Maehara
Lysosome-associated protein transmembrane-4 beta (LAPTM4B)-35, a newly identified cancer-associated gene, is overexpressed in a wide variety of malignant tumors. However, studies of its expression and role in glioma have not yet been reported. This study aimed to investigate the expression and the role of LAPTM4B-35 in glioma and to assess its value as a prognostic factor. Seventy-seven glioma cases (Grade II in 18 patients, Grade III in 16 and Grade IV in 43) were immunohistochemically examined for LAPTM4B-35, pAkt, factor VIII and Ki-67 expressions...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093680/the-international-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma-registry-an-infrastructure-to-accelerate-collaborative-research-for-an-orphan-disease
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Joshua Baugh, Ute Bartels, James Leach, Blaise Jones, Brooklyn Chaney, Katherine E Warren, Jenavieve Kirkendall, Renee Doughman, Cynthia Hawkins, Lili Miles, Christine Fuller, Tim Hassall, Eric Bouffet, Adam Lane, Darren Hargrave, Jacques Grill, Lindsey M Hoffman, Chris Jones, Alex Towbin, Sharon A Savage, Michelle Monje, Xiao-Nan Li, David S Ziegler, Sophie Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Christof M Kramm, Dannis G van Vuurden, Maryam Fouladi
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare, often fatal childhood brain tumor, remains a major therapeutic challenge. In 2012, investigators, funded by the DIPG Collaborative (a philanthropic partnership among 29 private foundations), launched the International DIPG Registry (IDIPGR) to advance understanding of DIPG. Comprised of comprehensive deidentified but linked clinical, imaging, histopathological, and genomic repositories, the IDIPGR uses standardized case report forms for uniform data collection; serial imaging and histopathology are centrally reviewed by IDIPGR neuro-radiologists and neuro-pathologists, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091987/expression-and-prognostic-value-of-micrornas-in-lower-grade-glioma-depends-on-idh1-2-status
#8
Wen Cheng, Xiufang Ren, Chuanbao Zhang, Sheng Han, Anhua Wu
Histological and genomic characteristics are widely used in glioma management and research. This study investigated their relationship to the expression and prognostic value of microRNAs (miRNAs) in lower-grade glioma (LGG). A total of 447 LGG samples with available clinical and genomic information from The Cancer Genome Atlas database were reviewed. Samples with isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) 1/2 mutations (n = 366) were randomly divided into training and validation sets to establish and confirm a four-miRNA-based risk classifier...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091986/shift-of-microrna-profile-upon-glioma-cell-migration-using-patient-derived-spheroids-and-serum-free-conditions
#9
Sune Munthe, Bo Halle, Henning B Boldt, Helle Christiansen, Steffen Schmidt, Vivek Kaimal, Jessica Xu, Sonya Zabludoff, Jan Mollenhauer, Frantz R Poulsen, Bjarne W Kristensen
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most frequent malignant primary brain tumor. A major reason for the overall median survival being only 14.6 months is migrating tumor cells left behind after surgery. Another major reason is tumor cells having a so-called cancer stem cell phenotype being therefore resistant towards traditional chemo- and radiotherapy. A group of novel molecular targets are microRNAs (miRNAs). MiRNAs are small non-coding RNAs exerting post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. The aim of this study was to identify differentially expressed miRNAs in migrating GBM cells using serum-free stem cell conditions...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28083786/effects-of-the-functional-hotair-rs920778-and-rs12826786-genetic-variants-in-glioma-susceptibility-and-patient-prognosis
#10
Ana Xavier-Magalhães, Ana I Oliveira, Joana Vieira de Castro, Marta Pojo, Céline S Gonçalves, Tatiana Lourenço, Marta Viana-Pereira, Sandra Costa, Paulo Linhares, Rui Vaz, Rui Nabiço, Júlia Amorim, Afonso A Pinto, Rui M Reis, Bruno M Costa
Abnormal expression of the long non-coding RNA HOX transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is oncogenic in several human cancers, including gliomas. The HOTAIR single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs920778 (C > T) and rs12826786 (C > T) present in the intronic enhancer and promoter regions of HOTAIR, respectively, are associated with expression, cancer susceptibility, and patient prognosis in some tumor types. However, the relevance of these HOTAIR SNPs has not been studied in glioma. Here, we report a case-control study comprising 177 Portuguese glioma patients and 199 cancer-free controls...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078640/development-of-the-pediatric-quality-of-life-inventory-neurofibromatosis-type-1-module-items-for-children-adolescents-and-young-adults-qualitative-methods
#11
Kavitha Nutakki, James W Varni, Sheila Steinbrenner, Claire B Draucker, Nancy L Swigonski
Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is arguably one of the most important measures in evaluating effectiveness of clinical treatments. At present, there is no disease-specific outcome measure to assess the HRQOL of children, adolescents and young adults with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1). This study aimed to develop the items and support the content validity for the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ (PedsQL™) NF1 Module for children, adolescents and young adults. The iterative process included multiphase qualitative methods including a literature review, survey of expert opinions, semi-structured interviews, cognitive interviews and pilot testing...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078639/low-preoperative-prognostic-nutritional-index-predicts-poor-survival-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-high-grade-gliomas
#12
Zhen-Qiang He, Chao Ke, Fuad Al-Nahari, Hao Duan, Cheng-Cheng Guo, Yang Wang, Xiang-Heng Zhang, Yin-Sheng Chen, Zhi-Gang Liu, Jian Wang, Zhong-Ping Chen, Xiao-Bing Jiang, Yong-Gao Mou
Preoperative prognostic nutritional index (PNI) has been widely demonstrated to predict survival of patients with malignant tumors. Its utility in predicting outcomes in patients with high-grade gliomas (HGG) remains undefined. A retrospective study of 188 HGG patients was conducted. An optimal PNI cut-off value was applied to stratify patients into high PNI (≥52.55, n = 78) and low PNI (<52.55, n = 110) groups. Univariate and multivariate analysis was performed to identify prognostic factors associated with overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078638/-11-c-methionine-positron-emission-tomography-delineates-non-contrast-enhancing-tumor-regions-at-high-risk-for-recurrence-in-pediatric-high-grade-glioma
#13
John T Lucas, Nick Serrano, Hyun Kim, Xingyu Li, Scott E Snyder, Scott Hwang, Yimei Li, Chia-Ho Hua, Alberto Broniscer, Thomas E Merchant, Barry L Shulkin
We assessed the prognostic utility of (11)C-Methionine positron emission tomography (MET-PET) in pediatric high-grade glioma (HGG). Thirty-one children had 62 MET-PET studies. Segmented tumor volumes from co-registered magnetic resonance studies were assessed for concordance with MET-PET uptake using Boolean operations. The tumor volume at diagnosis and treatment failure was assessed relative to MET-PET avid volume. The prognostic impact of MET-PET-delineated non-contrast enhancing tumor (NCET) was assessed...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074324/how-to-deal-with-giant-pituitary-adenomas-transsphenoidal-or-transcranial-simultaneous-or-two-staged
#14
Sheng Han, Wei Gao, Zhitao Jing, Yunjie Wang, Anhua Wu
Giant pituitary adenomas (diameter >4 cm) are a challenge to treat, and there is no consensus on the optimal surgical strategy. We report here our experience in surgical management of these lesions. Adult patients with giant pituitary adenomas (n = 62; 54 non-functioning and eight hormone-secreting adenomas) who underwent surgical resection at our hospital from 2009 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Surgical and clinical outcomes were analyzed. Single transsphenoidal and transcranial approaches were used in 43 (69...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074323/changes-in-cerebral-metabolism-during-ketogenic-diet-in-patients-with-primary-brain-tumors-1-h-mrs-study
#15
Moran Artzi, Gilad Liberman, Nachum Vaisman, Felix Bokstein, Faina Vitinshtein, Orna Aizenstein, Dafna Ben Bashat
Normal brain cells depend on glucose metabolism, yet they have the flexibility to switch to the usage of ketone bodies during caloric restriction. In contrast, tumor cells lack genomic and metabolic flexibility and are largely dependent on glucose. Ketogenic-diet (KD) was suggested as a therapeutic option for malignant brain cancer. This study aimed to detect metabolic brain changes in patients with malignant brain gliomas on KD using proton magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS). Fifty MR scans were performed longitudinally in nine patients: four patients with recurrent glioblastoma (GB) treated with KD in addition to bevacizumab; one patient with gliomatosis-cerebri treated with KD only; and four patients with recurrent GB who did not receive KD...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074322/decreased-survival-in-glioblastomas-is-specific-to-contact-with-the-ventricular-subventricular-zone-not-subgranular-zone-or-corpus-callosum
#16
Akshitkumar M Mistry, Michael C Dewan, Gabrielle A White-Dzuro, Philip R Brinson, Kyle D Weaver, Reid C Thompson, Rebecca A Ihrie, Lola B Chambless
The clinical effect of radiographic contact of glioblastoma (GBM) with neurogenic zones (NZ)-the ventricular-subventricular (VSVZ) and subgranular (SGZ) zones-and the corpus callosum (CC) remains unclear and, in the case of the SGZ, unexplored. We investigated (1) if GBM contact with a NZ correlates with decreased survival; (2) if so, whether this effect is associated with a specific NZ; and (3) if radiographic contact with or invasion of the CC by GBM is associated with decreased survival. We retrospectively identified 207 adult patients who underwent cytoreductive surgery for GBM followed by chemotherapy and/or radiation...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074321/predictive-factors-of-early-distant-brain-failure-after-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-alone-in-patients-with-brain-metastases-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
Young Cheol Na, Hyun Ho Jung, Hye Ryun Kim, Byoung Chul Cho, Jin Woo Chang, Yong Gou Park, Won Seok Chang
The objective of this study was to elucidate the predictive factors for early distant brain failure in patients with brain metastases of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who were treated with gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) without previous whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) or surgery. We retrospectively reviewed clinical and imaging data of 459 patients with brain metastases of NSCLC who underwent GKRS from June 2008 to December 2013. The primary end-point was early distant brain failure, defined as the detection of newly developed metastatic lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 3 months after GKRS...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074320/algorithmic-three-dimensional-analysis-of-tumor-shape-in-mri-improves-prognosis-of-survival-in-glioblastoma-a-multi-institutional-study
#18
Nicholas Czarnek, Kal Clark, Katherine B Peters, Maciej A Mazurowski
In this retrospective, IRB-exempt study, we analyzed data from 68 patients diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM) in two institutions and investigated the relationship between tumor shape, quantified using algorithmic analysis of magnetic resonance images, and survival. Each patient's Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) abnormality and enhancing tumor were manually delineated, and tumor shape was analyzed by automatic computer algorithms. Five features were automatically extracted from the images to quantify the extent of irregularity in tumor shape in two and three dimensions...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070830/mesenchymal-subtype-of-glioblastomas-with-high-dna-pkcs-expression-is-associated-with-better-response-to-radiotherapy-and-temozolomide
#19
Baptiste Pinel, Mathilde Duchesne, Julie Godet, Serge Milin, Antoine Berger, Michel Wager, Lucie Karayan-Tapon
A better understanding of the relationship between glioblastomas molecular subtypes and radio-chemotherapy is needed for the development of individualized strategies. In this study, we aimed to assess whether non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) protein expression is associated and could predict responses to treatment of mesenchymal (MES) and proneural (PN) subtypes. Tumors from 122 patients with a glioblastoma treated at the University Hospital of Poitiers between 2002-2013 by an association of radiotherapy and temozolomide were collected...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070829/functional-analysis-of-kif20a-a-potential-immunotherapeutic-target-for-glioma
#20
Katsuya Saito, Shigeki Ohta, Yutaka Kawakami, Kazunari Yoshida, Masahiro Toda
Kinesin family member 20A (KIF20A), an ideal cancer-testis antigen, was reported to be a promising immunotherapeutic target for pancreatic cancers. Clinical trials of KIF20A peptide vaccine immunotherapy have been conducted against pancreatic cancers. To demonstrate the efficacy of KIF20A as a candidate molecular target for gliomas, we analyzed the expression and function of KIF20A in gliomas. Western blot and quantitative PCR analyses showed that KIF20A expression in glioma cell lines and glioma tissues was high compared with that found in a normal brain...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
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