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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740831/the-impact-of-the-tumor-microenvironment-on-the-properties-of-glioma-stem-like-cells
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Alessandra Audia, Siobhan Conroy, Rainer Glass, Krishna P L Bhat
Glioblastoma is the most common and highly malignant primary brain tumor, and patients affected with this disease exhibit a uniformly dismal prognosis. Glioma stem-like cells (GSCs) are a subset of cells within the bulk tumor that possess self-renewal and multi-lineage differentiation properties similar to somatic stem cells. These cells also are at the apex of the cellular hierarchy and cause tumor initiation and expansion after chemo-radiation. These traits make them an attractive target for therapeutic development...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740830/structure-activity-regulation-and-role-of-the-mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-in-health-and-disease
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Cristina Mammucari, Gaia Gherardi, Rosario Rizzuto
Mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake plays a pivotal role both in cell energy balance and in cell fate determination. Studies on the role of mitochondrial Ca(2+) signaling in pathophysiology have been favored by the identification of the genes encoding the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) and its regulatory subunits. Thus, research carried on in the last years on one hand has determined the structure of the MCU complex and its regulation, on the other has uncovered the consequences of dysregulated mitochondrial Ca(2+) signaling in cell and tissue homeostasis...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736725/intraoperative-radiation-therapy-a-promising-treatment-modality-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Lara Hilal, Karine A Al Feghali, Paul Ramia, Ibrahim Abu Gheida, Jean-Pierre Obeid, Wassim Jalbout, Bassem Youssef, Fady Geara, Youssef H Zeidan
Every year, almost 62,000 are diagnosed with a head and neck cancer (HNC) and 13,000 will succumb to their disease. In the primary setting, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) can be used as a boost in select patients in order to optimize local control. Addition of external beam radiation to limited volumes results in improved disease control over surgery and IORT alone. In the recurrent setting, IORT can improve outcomes from salvage surgery especially in patients previously treated with external beam radiation...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730141/extracellular-vesicles-as-modulators-of-tumor-microenvironment-and-disease-progression-in-glioma
#4
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Abir Mondal, Divya Kumari Singh, Suchismita Panda, Anjali Shiras
Diffuse gliomas are lethal tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) characterized by infiltrative growth, aggressive nature, and therapeutic resistance. The recent 2016 WHO classification for CNS tumors categorizes diffuse glioma into two major types that include IDH wild-type glioblastoma, which is the predominant type and IDH-mutant glioblastoma, which is less common and displays better prognosis. Recent studies suggest presence of a distinct cell population with stem cell features termed as glioma stem cells (GSCs) to be causal in driving tumor growth in glioblastoma...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730140/current-advances-in-checkpoint-inhibitors-lessons-from-non-central-nervous-system-cancers-and-potential-for-glioblastoma
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Natasha Lakin, Robert Rulach, Stefan Nowicki, Kathreena M Kurian
The adaptive immune system depends on the sequence of antigen presentation, activation, and then inhibition to mount a proportionate response to a threat. Tumors evade the immune response partly by suppressing T-cell activity using immune checkpoints. The use of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death 1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) antibodies counteract this suppression, thereby enhancing the antitumor activity of the immune system. This approach has proven efficacy in melanoma, renal cancer, and lung cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725636/epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-the-female-reproductive-tract-from-normal-functioning-to-disease-pathology
#6
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Olena Bilyk, Mackenzie Coatham, Michael Jewer, Lynne-Marie Postovit
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a physiological process that is vital throughout the human lifespan. In addition to contributing to the development of various tissues within the growing embryo, EMT is also responsible for wound healing and tissue regeneration later in adulthood. In this review, we highlight the importance of EMT in the development and normal functioning of the female reproductive organs (the ovaries and the uterus) and describe how dysregulation of EMT can lead to pathological conditions, such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, and carcinogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725635/implications-of-micrornas-in-oncolytic-virotherapy
#7
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Xavier Bofill-De Ros, Maria Rovira-Rigau, Cristina Fillat
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are an abundant class of small non-coding RNA molecules (~22 nt) that can repress gene expression. Deregulation of certain miRNAs is widely recognized as a robust biomarker for many neoplasms, as well as an important player in tumorigenesis and the establishment of tumoral microenvironments. The downregulation of specific miRNAs in tumors has been exploited as a mechanism to provide selectivity to oncolytic viruses or gene-based therapies. miRNA response elements recognizing miRNAs expressed in specific tissues, but downregulated in tumors, have been inserted into the 3'UTR of viral genes to promote the degradation of these viral mRNAs in healthy tissue, but not in tumor cells...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725634/ip3-receptor-mediated-calcium-signaling-and-its-role-in-autophagy-in-cancer
#8
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Elzbieta Kania, Gemma Roest, Tim Vervliet, Jan B Parys, Geert Bultynck
Calcium ions (Ca(2+)) play a complex role in orchestrating diverse cellular processes, including cell death and survival. To trigger signaling cascades, intracellular Ca(2+) is shuffled between the cytoplasm and the major Ca(2+) stores, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the mitochondria, and the lysosomes. A key role in the control of Ca(2+) signals is attributed to the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) receptors (IP3Rs), the main Ca(2+)-release channels in the ER. IP3Rs can transfer Ca(2+) to the mitochondria, thereby not only stimulating core metabolic pathways but also increasing apoptosis sensitivity and inhibiting basal autophagy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713771/integrating-hyperthermia-into-modern-radiation-oncology-what-evidence-is-necessary
#9
REVIEW
Jan C Peeken, Peter Vaupel, Stephanie E Combs
Hyperthermia (HT) is one of the hot topics that have been discussed over decades. However, it never made its way into primetime. The basic biological rationale of heat to enhance the effect of radiation, chemotherapeutic agents, and immunotherapy is evident. Preclinical work has confirmed this effect. HT may trigger changes in perfusion and oxygenation as well as inhibition of DNA repair mechanisms. Moreover, there is evidence for immune stimulation and the induction of systemic immune responses. Despite the increasing number of solid clinical studies, only few centers have included this adjuvant treatment into their repertoire...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713770/prognostic-impact-of-ajcc-uicc-8th-edition-new-staging-rules-in-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#10
Nora Würdemann, Steffen Wagner, Shachi Jenny Sharma, Elena-Sophie Prigge, Miriam Reuschenbach, Stefan Gattenlöhner, Jens Peter Klussmann, Claus Wittekindt
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to test whether the 8th edition of the AJCC/UICC TNM staging system (UICC) precisely differentiates between stages and reflects disease outcome in human papilloma virus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: OPSCC patients that were diagnosed between 2000 and 2016 were included in this analysis and HPV status was determined by combined DNA and p16 testing. Stratification was done according to 7th and 8th UICC staging rules...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706877/protein-lipidation-as-a-regulator-of-apoptotic-calcium-release-relevance-to-cancer
#11
REVIEW
Jessica J Chen, Darren Boehning
Calcium is a critical regulator of cell death pathways. One of the most proximal events leading to cell death is activation of plasma membrane and endoplasmic reticulum-resident calcium channels. A large body of evidence indicates that defects in this pathway contribute to cancer development. Although we have a thorough understanding of how downstream elevations in cytosolic and mitochondrial calcium contribute to cell death, it is much less clear how calcium channels are activated upstream of the apoptotic stimulus...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702374/topical-application-of-0-5-timolol-maleate-hydrogel-for-the-treatment-of-superficial-infantile-hemangioma
#12
Hai Wei Wu, Chao Liu, Xuan Wang, Ling Zhang, Weien Yuan, Jia Wei Zheng, Li Xin Su, Xin Dong Fan
The therapeutic options for infantile hemangiomas (IHs) have been greatly altered since the introduction of oral propranolol for successful treatments of IHs. Recently, there is an increase in the application of topical timolol maleate for treating superficial IHs. In the present study, we developed a new formulation of timolol maleate 0.5% hydrogel and treated 321 patients with superficial IHs to evaluate its efficacy and safety in the treatment of superficial IHs. This new timolol hydrogel was applied three times daily with a mean duration of 7...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702373/murine-pancreatic-acinar-cell-carcinoma-growth-kinetics-are-independent-of-dietary-vitamin-d-deficiency-or-supplementation
#13
James Dooley, Vasiliki Lagou, Nathalie Heirman, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Adrian Liston
Vitamin D has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy in pancreatic cancer, yet evidence for an effect of dietary vitamin D on pancreatic cancer is ambiguous, with conflicting data from human epidemiological and intervention studies. Here, we tested the role of dietary vitamin D in the in vivo context of the well-characterized Ela1-TAg transgenic mouse model of pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma. Through longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging of mice under conditions of either dietary vitamin D deficiency (<5 IU/kg vitamin D) or excess (76,500 IU/kg vitamin D), compared to control diet (1,500 IU/kg vitamin D), we measured the effect of variation of dietary vitamin D on tumor kinetics...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690979/presentation-treatment-and-prognosis-of-secondary-melanoma-within-the-orbit
#14
Anna M Rose, Sophie Cowen, Channa N Jayasena, David H Verity, Geoffrey E Rose
BACKGROUND: Ocular melanoma is a rare but often deadly malignancy that arises in the uvea, conjunctiva, or orbit. Uveal melanoma is the most common type, with conjunctival melanoma being the second most frequently observed. Melanoma accounts for 5-10% of metastatic or secondary orbital malignancies, but only a minute proportion of primary orbital neoplasia. The aim of this study was to characterize the clinical presentation, treatment, and prognosis in patients presenting with melanoma metastatic to, or secondary within, the orbit...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674679/the-metabolic-phenotype-of-prostate-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Eric Eidelman, Jeffrey Twum-Ampofo, Jamal Ansari, Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui
Prostate cancer is the most common non-cutaneous cancer in men in the United States. Cancer metabolism has emerged as a contemporary topic of great interest for improved mechanistic understanding of tumorigenesis. Prostate cancer is a disease model of great interest from a metabolic perspective. Prostatic tissue exhibits unique metabolic activity under baseline conditions. Benign prostate cells accumulate zinc, and this excess zinc inhibits citrate oxidation and metabolism within the citric acid cycle, effectively resulting in citrate production...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674678/tangential-field-radiotherapy-for-breast-cancer-the-dose-to-the-heart-and-heart-subvolumes-what-structures-must-be-contoured-in-future-clinical-trials
#16
Marciana Nona Duma, Anne-Claire Herr, Kai Joachim Borm, Klaus Rüdiger Trott, Michael Molls, Markus Oechsner, Stephanie Elisabeth Combs
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate if it is feasible for experienced radiation oncologists to visually sort out patients with a large dose to the heart. This would facilitate large retrospective data evaluations. And in case of an insufficient visual assessment, to define which structures should be contoured and which structures can be skipped as their dose can be derived from other easily contoured structures for future clinical trials. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Planning CTs of left-sided breast cancer patients treated with 3D-conformal radiotherapy by tangential fields were visually divided into two groups: with an estimated high dose (HiD) and with an estimated low dose (LoD) to the heart...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674677/autophagy-in-cancer-therapy
#17
REVIEW
Simone Fulda
Autophagy represents a catabolic program involved in the degradation of cellular components via lysosomes. It serves to mitigate cellular stress and to provide metabolic precursors especially upon starvation. Thereby, autophagy can support the survival of cancer cells. In addition, there is now convincing evidence showing that under certain conditions autophagy can also foster cell death. This dual function of autophagy is also relevant upon anticancer treatment, as many chemotherapeutic agents engage autophagy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674676/hypothesis-about-transdifferentiation-as-backbone-of-malignancy
#18
Jean Piechowski
BACKGROUND: Cancer is mainly watched through the prism of random mutations and related corruption of signaling pathways. However, it would seem puzzling to explain the tumor organization, pugnacity and steady evolution of the tumorous disease and, moreover, a systematic ascendancy over the healthy tissues, only through stochastic genomic alterations. MALIGNANCY SPECIFIC PROPERTIES: Considering the core characteristics of cancer cells, it appears that two major sets of properties are emerging, corresponding to well-identified physiological phenotypes, i...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674675/the-role-of-central-neck-lymph-node-dissection-in-the-management-of-papillary-thyroid-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Lawrence A Shirley, Natalie B Jones, John E Phay
Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is the most common thyroid malignancy, and cervical nodal metastases are frequent at presentation. The most common site for nodal metastases from PTC is the central compartment of the ipsilateral neck in the paratracheal and pretracheal regions. The decision to resect these lymph nodes at the time of thyroidectomy often depends on if nodes with suspected malignancy can be identified preoperatively. If nodal spread to the central neck nodes is known, then the consensus is to remove all nodes in this area...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670569/molecular-and-microenvironmental-determinants-of-glioma-stem-like-cell-survival-and-invasion
#20
REVIEW
Alison Roos, Zonghui Ding, Joseph C Loftus, Nhan L Tran
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most frequent primary brain tumor in adults with a 5-year survival rate of 5% despite intensive research efforts. The poor prognosis is due, in part, to aggressive invasion into the surrounding brain parenchyma. Invasion is a complex process mediated by cell-intrinsic pathways, extrinsic microenvironmental cues, and biophysical cues from the peritumoral stromal matrix. Recent data have attributed GBM invasion to the glioma stem-like cell (GSC) subpopulation. GSCs are slowly dividing, highly invasive, therapy resistant, and are considered to give rise to tumor recurrence...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
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