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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220447/current-management-of-refractory-germ-cell-tumors-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
J Clayton Allen, Austin Kirschner, Kristen R Scarpato, Alicia K Morgans
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review current management strategies for patients with relapsed and refractory germ cell tumors (GCTs), defined as relapsed or persistent disease following at least one line of cisplatin-based chemotherapy. Additionally, we discuss future directions in the management of these patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies involving targeted therapies have been disappointing. Nevertheless, studies of the management of refractory germ cell cancer are ongoing, with a focus on optimal utilization of high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplant, as well as the role of immune checkpoint inhibitors in refractory germ cell tumors...
February 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218725/treating-cancer-by-targeting-telomeres-and-telomerase
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REVIEW
Marko Ivancich, Zachary Schrank, Luke Wojdyla, Brandon Leviskas, Adijan Kuckovic, Ankita Sanjali, Neelu Puri
Telomerase is expressed in more than 85% of cancer cells. Tumor cells with metastatic potential may have a high telomerase activity, allowing cells to escape from the inhibition of cell proliferation due to shortened telomeres. Human telomerase primarily consists of two main components: hTERT, a catalytic subunit, and hTR, an RNA template whose sequence is complimentary to the telomeric 5'-dTTAGGG-3' repeat. In humans, telomerase activity is typically restricted to renewing tissues, such as germ cells and stem cells, and is generally absent in normal cells...
February 19, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218476/overexpression-of-tet-dioxygenases-in-seminomas-associates-with-low-levels-of-dna-methylation-and-hydroxymethylation
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Martina Benešová, Kateřina Trejbalová, Dana Kučerová, Zdenka Vernerová, Tomáš Hron, Arpád Szabó, Rachel Amouroux, Petr Klézl, Petra Hajkova, Jiří Hejnar
Germ cell tumors and particularly seminomas reflect the epigenomic features of their parental primordial germ cells, including genomic DNA hypomethylation and expression of pluripotent cell markers. Because the DNA hypomethylation might be a result of TET dioxygenase activity, we examined expression of TET1-3 enzymes and the level of their product, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, in a panel of histologically characterized seminomas and non-seminomatous germ cell tumors. Expression of TET dioxygenase mRNAs was quantified by real-time PCR...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216942/isolated-bone-marrow-metastasis-of-testicular-tumor-a-rare-cause-of-thrombocytopenia
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Uma Kumar, Prashant Ramteke, Prasenjit Das, Ajay Gogia, Pranay Tanwar
Isolated bone marrow metastasis of testicular tumor is very rare. Here, we report this case of a 21-year-old male who was admitted to our hospital with generalized body pain, which was severe and weakness for one month. He had a history of an operative intervention for the left testicular mass about 6 months ago which was diagnosed as mixed germ cell tumor on histopathological examination. The blood investigations showed anemia, low platelets, and elevated tumor markers. Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy examination showed metastatic deposits of mixed germ cell tumor...
January 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216936/seminoma-of-undescended-testis-with-urinary-bladder-metastasis-a-case-report-with-review-of-literature
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Syed Althaf, Kiran Shankar, Vishnu Kurpad, M N Suma
Cryptorchidism is the most common predisposing factor in the development of testicular germ cell tumors. Seminoma is the most common malignancy developing in a cryptorchid testis, usually has lymphatic but rarely hematogenous metastasis. The Urinary Bladder is an extremely rare site of metastasis of seminoma metastasis. A 29-year-old male patient presented to us with a history of infertility and an intra-abdominal mass. He was investigated and treated and was found to have an intra-abdominal seminoma with synchronous urinary bladder metastasis...
January 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215183/yolk-sac-tumor-in-the-abdominal-wall-of-an-18-month-old-girl-a-case-report
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Machiel van den Akker, Dirk Vervloessem, An Huybrechs, Sabine Declercq, Jutte van der Werff Ten Bosch
BACKGROUND: Pediatric germ cell tumors account for approximately 3.5 % of all childhood cancers for children under the age of 15 years. Up to one-third are extragonadal neoplasms. Germ cell tumors are a heterogeneous group of malignant tumors with a wide variety of histopathological features. Yolk sac tumor is the predominant variant in newborns and younger children. We report for the first time, the presentation of a primary yolk sac tumor in the abdominal wall of a small child. CASE PRESENTATION: An 18-month-old white girl underwent resection of a small, round subcutaneous lump (1...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207291/small-numbers-big-challenges-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-incidence-and-survival-in-new-zealand
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Kirsten R Ballantine, Heidi Watson, Scott Macfarlane, Mark Winstanley, Robin P Corbett, Ruth Spearing, Vladimir Stevanovic, Ma Yi, Michael J Sullivan
PURPOSE: This study was undertaken to determine cancer survival and describe the unique spectrum of cancers diagnosed among New Zealand's adolescents and young adult (AYA) population. METHODS: Registrations for 1606 15-24 year olds diagnosed with a new primary malignant tumor between 2000 and 2009 were obtained from the New Zealand Cancer Registry and classified according to AYA diagnostic group and subgroup, age, sex, and prioritized ethnicity. Age-standardized incidence rates (IRs) per million person years and 5-year relative survival ratios were calculated...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202195/long-term-ototoxicity-in-women-after-cisplatin-treatment-for-ovarian-germ-cell-cancer
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Jakob Skalleberg, Olesya Solheim, Sophie D Fosså, Milada Cvancarova Småstuen, Terje Osnes, Per Ole M Gundersen, Marie Bunne
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate long-term cisplatin-induced ototoxicity in women treated for malignant ovarian germ cell tumors (MOGCT). METHODS: Seventy-four women treated for MOGCT in Norway (1980-2009) were analyzed: 41 had received cisplatin-based chemotherapy (CBCT) ("Cases") and 33 had no CBCT ("Controls"). Median follow-up was 15years. Hearing was assessed by pure tone audiometry and by the SCIN questionnaire. Air conduction thresholds were reported as absolute hearing thresholds and age-adjusted thresholds...
February 12, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202048/chemotherapy-for-primary-mediastinal-yolk-sac-tumor-in-a-patient-undergoing-chronic-hemodialysis-a-case-report
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Haruki Hirakawa, Chiho Nakashima, Tomomi Nakamura, Masanori Masuda, Taro Funakoshi, Shunsaku Nakagawa, Takahiro Horimatsu, Kazuo Matsubara, Manabu Muto, Shinya Kimura, Naoko Sueoka-Aragane
BACKGROUND: The safety and efficacy of chemotherapy for patients undergoing concomitant hemodialysis have not been fully established and optimal doses of anti-cancer drugs and best timing of hemodialysis remains unclear. Although chemosensitive cancers, such as germ cell tumors, treated with chemotherapy should have sufficient dose intensity maintained to achieve the desired effect, many patients with cancer undergoing hemodialysis might be under-treated because the pharmacokinetics of anti-cancer drugs in such patients remains unknown...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199193/epigenetic-and-risk-factors-of-testicular-germ-cell-tumors-a-brief-review
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Daniel Adrian Landero-Huerta, Rosa Maria Vigueras-Villasenor, Emiy Yokoyama-Rebollar, Elena Arechaga-Ocampo, Julio Cesar Rojas-Castaneda, Francisco Jimenez-Trejo, Margarita Chavez-Saldana
Testicular germ cell cancer (TGCT) is the most common malignancy among young adult males, which has become important due to its increased incidence and mortality in the population worldwide. The etiology is multifactorial. Recent studies have shown some associations between the development of isolated TGCT and certain risk factors, such as exposure to endocrine disruptors, cryptorchidism, and family history of cancer, in order to identify the key pieces in carcinogenesis. Some of the most important findings in recent years is the association of different genes, such as c-KIT/KITLG, expression of the miR-371-373 cluster and protein expression as c-KIT and POU5F1 in the development of this neoplasia, and the identification of new molecular markers as TGFBR3 gene, identifying aberrant methylation patterns in promoter regions of several genes, expression of miR-1297 which regulates PTEN and protein expression as DMTR1...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195108/mucoepidermoid-carcinoma-in-a-mature-cystic-teratoma-a-rare-case-report-with-review-of-literature
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Yasmin Altaf Momin, Medha Pradip Kulkarni, Amitkumar Bapuso Pandav, Kalpana Ranjitsingh Sulhyan
Mature cystic teratoma, also known as dermoid cyst, is the most common germ cell tumor of the ovary with a relative incidence of 20%. Rarely, dermoid cysts undergo malignant transformation (0.94%-2%). We report a case of mucoepidermoid carcinoma within a mature cystic teratoma in a 35-year-old female.
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192608/testis-sparing-surgery-for-treatment-of-small-testicular-lesions-is-it-feasible-even-in-germ-cell-tumors
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Nebojsa Bojanic, Uros Bumbasirevic, Gordana Bojanic, Ivan Vukovic, Bogomir Milojevic, Tatjana Pekmezovic
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the results of testis-sparing surgery (TSS) in patients, with small testicular lesions and a normal contralateral testicle. METHODS: In all, 28 patients were treated with TSS for small testicular lesions and a normal contralateral testicle. TSS was considered in patients with testicular lesions smaller than 2 cm and no evidence of metastatic disease. RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 35.3 ± 7...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191469/rna-binding-protein-dnd1-promotes-breast-cancer-apoptosis-by-stabilizing-the-bim-mrna-in-a-mir-221-binding-site
#13
Feng Cheng, Ying Pan, Yi-Min Lu, Lei Zhu, Shuzheng Chen
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and miRNAs are capable of controlling processes in normal development and cancer. Both of them could determine RNA transcripts fate from synthesis to decay. One such RBP, Dead end (Dnd1), is essential for regulating germ-cell viability and suppresses the germ-cell tumors development, yet how it exerts its functions in breast cancer has remained unresolved. The level of Dnd1 was detected in 21 cancerous tissues paired with neighboring normal tissues by qRT-PCR. We further annotated TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) mRNA expression profiles and found that the expression of Dnd1 and Bim is positively correlated (p = 0...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170177/pluripotent-nontumorigenic-adipose-tissue-derived-muse-cells-have-immunomodulatory-capacity-mediated-by-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1
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María L Gimeno, Florencia Fuertes, Andres E Barcala Tabarrozzi, Alejandra I Attorressi, Rodolfo Cucchiani, Luis Corrales, Talita C Oliveira, Mari C Sogayar, Leticia Labriola, Ricardo A Dewey, Marcelo J Perone
Adult mesenchymal stromal cell-based interventions have shown promising results in a broad range of diseases. However, their use has faced limited effectiveness owing to the low survival rates and susceptibility to environmental stress on transplantation. We describe the cellular and molecular characteristics of multilineage-differentiating stress-enduring (Muse) cells derived from adipose tissue (AT), a subpopulation of pluripotent stem cells isolated from human lipoaspirates. Muse-AT cells were efficiently obtained using a simple, fast, and affordable procedure, avoiding cell sorting and genetic manipulation methods...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169231/palbociclib-a-new-hope-in-the-treatment-of-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
R Priyadharsini Palanisamy
Breast cancer being one of the common cancers has high morbidity and mortality. Despite the conventional treatment, the burden of the disease increases year after year. There is a need for newer drugs that target the different mechanisms in the pathogenesis. The interaction of cyclins with cyclin dependent kinases (CDKs) plays a major role in the abnormal cell cycle in cancer and it is considered to be an important target. Palbociclib is a CDK inhibitor currently approved for the treatment of breast cancer...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168071/two-case-reports-of-benign-testicular-mesothelioma-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Cristobal Ramirez Sevilla, Carme Admella Salvador, Josep Feliu Canaleta, Juan Llopis Manzanera, Miguel Angel Barranco Sanz, Juan Antoni Romero Martin, Sergi Bernal Salguero
Mesothelioma is usually diagnosed in people over the age of 50 with large history of asbestos-related exposure. It is frequently located in pleural cavity, peritoneum, and pericardium. At the testicles the mesothelioma had been reported first in 1957 like a malignant non-germ-cells tumor. The objective is to present two case reports of benign testicular mesothelioma and review of the literature.
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166073/ovarian-tumors-pattern-of-histomorphological-types-a-10-years-study-in-a-tertiary-referral-center-and-review-of-literature
#17
A Ghosh, D Ghartimagar, S Thapa, B Sathian, R Narasimhan, O P Talwar
Background Ovarian cancer accounts for 6% of all cancers in females. Among cancers of female genital tract, the incidence of ovarian cancers ranks below only carcinoma of the cervix and the endometrium. Objective To find the frequency of different types of histomorphological types and their association with age, side and size distribution. Method This study is a hospital based retrospective study carried out in the Department of Pathology, Manipal Teaching Hospital over a time period from Jan. 2006 to Sep. 2015...
April 2016: Kathmandu University Medical Journal (KUMJ)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161346/-hypertestosteronemia-and-infertility-from-a-mediastinal-extragonadal-germ-cell-tumor
#18
Georgios K Dimitriadis, Gregory Kaltsas, Tarek Ghobara, Bidisa Sinha, Eftychia E Drakou, Kishore Gopalakrishnan, Christos Kosmas, Stephen D Keay, Dimitris K Grammatopoulos, Harpal S Randeva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160575/safety-and-efficacy-of-bleomycin-pingyangmycin-containing-chemotherapy-regimens-for-malignant-germ-cell-tumor-patients-in-the-female-genital-system
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Qianying Zhao, Dongyan Cao, Mei Yu, Jiaxin Yang, Yongjian Liu, Yang Xiang, Ming Wu, Lingya Pan, Jinghe Lang, Kaifeng Xu, Jiangna Han, Keng Shen
OBJECTIVES: To comprehensively evaluate the safety and effectiveness of bleomycin/pingyangmycin-containing chemotherapy for female patients with malignant germ cell tumors in their genital system; to assess the diagnostic value of pulmonary function tests for bleomycin-induced pulmonary toxicity. METHODS: Data from a cohort of 120 patients, collected across 25 years, was reviewed. Chemotherapy-related adverse events were routinely monitored. Pulmonary toxicity was diagnosed and graded according to serial pulmonary function testing results, and potential impact factors were explored...
February 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159550/characterization-of-the-diversity-of-t-cell-receptor-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-complementary-determinant-region-3-in-human-peripheral-blood-by-immune-repertoire-sequencing
#20
Hui Chen, Mingjin Zou, Da Teng, Jianmin Zhang, Wei He
γδ T cells function as sentinels in early host response to infections and malignancies. Although γδ T cells are regarded as innate immune cells and recognize antigens in a non-MHC restricted manner, they possess a huge diversity of complementary determinant region 3 (CDR3) of T cell receptor (TCR) generated by the rearrangement of germ-line gene V- (D) -J-C fragments. However, the detailed characteristics of the TCRγδ CDR3 repertoire remain unclear. A comprehensive analysis would answer fundamental questions about the diversity of the TCRγδ CDR3 repertoire and elucidate the mechanism underlying γδ T cell recognition of pathogens and tumor antigens...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
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