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Michael Yamakawa, Susan J Doh, Samuel M Santosa, Mario Montana, Ellen C Qin, Hyunjoon Kong, Kyu-Yeon Han, Charles Yu, Mark I Rosenblatt, Andrius Kazlauskas, Jin-Hong Chang, Dimitri T Azar
In recent years, lymphangiogenesis, the process of lymphatic vessel formation from existing lymph vessels, has been demonstrated to have a significant role in diverse pathologies, including cancer metastasis, organ graft rejection, and lymphedema. Our understanding of the mechanisms of lymphangiogenesis has advanced on the heels of studies demonstrating vascular endothelial growth factor C as a central pro-lymphangiogenic regulator and others identifying multiple lymphatic endothelial biomarkers. Despite these breakthroughs and a growing appreciation of the signaling events that govern the lymphangiogenic process, there are no FDA-approved drugs that target lymphangiogenesis...
March 12, 2018: Medicinal Research Reviews
Anke Schlüter, Patrick Weller, Oliver Kanaan, Ivonne Nel, Lukas Heusgen, Benedikt Höing, Pia Haßkamp, Sebastian Zander, Magis Mandapathil, Nina Dominas, Judith Arnolds, Boris A Stuck, Stephan Lang, Agnes Bankfalvi, Sven Brandau
BACKGROUND: Patients suffering from squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx (LSCC) with lymphatic metastasis have a relatively poor prognosis and often require radical therapeutic management. The mechanisms which drive metastasis to the lymph nodes are largely unknown but may be promoted by a pro-angiogenic tumor microenvironment. In this study, we examined whether the number of microvessels and the expression level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the primary tumor are correlated with the degree of lymph node metastasis (N-stage), tumor staging (T) and survival time in LSCC patients...
March 9, 2018: BMC Cancer
Athanasia Bletsa, Hisham Abdalla, Sigbjørn Løes, Ellen Berggreen
BACKGROUND: The lymphatic growth factors vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) -C and -D are important for maintenance and growth of lymphatic vessels (lymphangiogenesis), but their localization in human gingiva is unknown. This study investigated the expression of VEGF-C and -D in human gingiva and isolated human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs). In addition, the localization of their main receptor VEGFR-3 was explored. METHODS: Non-inflamed gingiva from 6 donors was used for immunohistochemistry or isolation of HGFs...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Aneta Cymbaluk-Płoska, Anita Chudecka-Głaz, Ewa Pius-Sadowska, Agnieszka Sompolska-Rzechuła, Bogusław Machaliński, Janusz Menkiszak
Obesity is a well-known factor that leads to many diseases including endometrial cancer. The adipose tissue is a heterogeneous organ of internal secretion. Visfatin is a newly discovered protein produced by fat tissues. The purpose of this work was to evaluate serum level concentrations of visfatin in patients with endometrial cancer based on clinical progression and histopathological tumor differentiation. The diagnostic capabilities of visfatin protein in high differentiation (FIGO III and IV) from a lower (FIGO I and II) clinical stage and prognostic degree of cell differentiation (G1 versus G2, G2 versus G3) on the basis of the analysis of the area under the ROC curve are as follows: 0...
2018: BioMed Research International
Ashish Joshi, Sushil Falodia, Naveen Kumar, R L Solanki
Strictures of the small intestine have been attributed many causes of Crohn's disease, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, neoplastic, post-surgical, and corrosive ingestion. Opium as a cause of small intestine strictures has not been described. Six cases of opium addicts diagnosed with small intestine strictures were selected after excluding the possible etiology of strictures. Investigations like upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy (in patients with small intestinal obstruction), barium meal follow-through, and histopathology of strictures were done in all patients...
March 7, 2018: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Yinzhi Lin, Tamami Ukaji, Naoki Koide, Kazuo Umezawa
We previously designed and synthesized dehydroxyepoxyquinomicin (DHMEQ) as an inhibitor of NF-κB based on the structure of microbial secondary metabolite epoxyquinomicin C. DHMEQ showed anti-inflammatory and anticancer activity in various in vivo disease models without toxicity. On the other hand, the process of cancer metastasis consists of cell detachment from the primary tumor, invasion, transportation by blood or lymphatic vessels, invasion, attachment, and formation of secondary tumor. Cell detachment from the primary tumor and subsequent invasion are considered to be early phases of metastasis, while tumor cell attachment to the tissue and secondary tumor formation the late phases...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Javier R Jaldin-Fincati, Rafaela V S Pereira, Philip J Bilan, Amira Klip
Whereas the blood microvasculature constitutes a biological barrier to the action of blood-borne insulin on target tissues, the lymphatic microvasculature might act as a barrier to subcutaneously administrated insulin reaching the circulation. Here, we evaluate the interaction of insulin with primary microvascular endothelial cells of lymphatic (HDLEC) and blood (HAMEC) origin, derived from human dermal and adipose tissues, respectively. HDLEC express higher levels of insulin receptor (IR) and signal in response to insulin as low as 2...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Karina Miura Costa, Amulya Kumar Saxena
BACKGROUND: Postoperative chylothorax occurs due to trauma to lymphatic vessels and can occur after any thoracic procedure. This study reviewed recent literature to evaluate the management and outcomes of surgical chylothorax in neonates. METHODS: PubMed database was searched for articles in English, Portuguese and Spanish from 2000 to 2016. Data were collected for surgery, chylothorax management, complications, mortality and length of hospital stay (LOS). RESULTS: Twenty studies offered 107 neonates: congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) (n = 76, 71%), cardiac malformations (n = 25, 23...
March 5, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Chieh-Lung Cheng, Yung-Cheng Su, Tsu-Yi Chao, Chung-Wu Lin, Sheng-Chieh Chou, Ming Yao, Sung-Hsin Kuo, Shan-Chi Yu
Intralymphatic spread is common in solid cancers, but has been rarely studied in lymphomas. Review of 635 extranodal specimens from 475 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients revealed intralymphatic spread in 10 surgical resection specimens from 10 patients including 9 de novo DLBCLs and 1 Richter transformation. The prevalence in de novo DLBCL with extranodal involvements was 1.65%. The most common involved site of intralymphatic spread was the gastrointestinal tract, followed by the female genital tract and breasts...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Mitchell S Cappell, Ahmed Edhi, Mitual Amin
RATIONALE: Primary intestinal lymphangiectasia (PIL) is a rare, presumably congenital lesion that is usually diagnosed in patients < 3 years old, is rarely first diagnosed in adulthood, and when first diagnosed in adulthood typically presents with symptoms for many years. Although PIL is often identified by endoscopic abnormalities, it must be emphasized that the jejunoileum/distal duodenum must be intubated for diagnosis because the lesions are present in these regions. This work demonstrates that 1)-PIL can occur in an octogenarian; 2)-shows that the characteristic endoscopic findings are not found at colonoscopy without terminal ileal intubation; and 3)-may be missed at standard EGD without distal duodenal intubation...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Antonella Obinu, Elisabetta Gavini, Giovanna Rassu, Marcello Maestri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Paolo Giunchedi
Lymphatic vessels are the preferential route of most solid tumors to spread their metastases in the body. The onset of metastatic nests in draining lymph nodes (LNs) are a significant indicator of cancer progression and a dismaying sign of worsen staging. Therefore, the individuation and elimination of cancer cells within the lymphatic system (LS) are an important goal. Nevertheless, the targeting of the LS with traditional contrast agents and/or chemotherapeutics is difficult, due to its anatomical structure...
March 5, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Jie Yang, Siya Zhang, Lingyun Zhang, Xiaoping Xie, Hui Wang, Zuliang Jie, Meidi Gu, Jin-Young Yang, Xuhong Cheng, Shao-Cong Sun
B cells home to the lymph nodes (LNs) via high endothelial venules (HEVs) under the guidance of chemokines, particularly CXCL13. However, as CXCL13 is not directly made in HEVs, the molecular mechanism mediating B-cell homing to LNs has remained unclear. We show here that nuclear factor (NF)-κB-inducing kinase (NIK), a kinase mediating activation of the noncanonical NF-κB pathway, functions in lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) to regulate B-cell homing to LNs. LEC-conditional deletion of NIK in mice did not affect the integrity or global function of lymphatic vessels but caused a severe reduction in the frequency of B cells in LNs...
March 5, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
J X Zhang, Z Yang, P Fan, J J Zhang, L Xin, L N Hou, X S Du, X T Yang
Objective: To evaluate the predictive value of MRI features and pathological parameters on local recurrence, metastasis and progression free survival (PFS) for locally advanced rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and subsequent total mesorectal excision surgery. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 95 patients with locally advanced rectal adenocarcinoma who underwent total mesorectal excision after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy was performed. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to evaluate the predictive value of MRI features before chemoradiation and postoperative pathological parameters on progression free survival...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
Manu Beerens, Xabier L Aranguren, Benoit Hendrickx, Wouter Dheedene, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Catherine Verfaillie, Aernout Luttun
Lymphatic capillary growth is an integral part of wound healing, yet, the combined effectiveness of stem/progenitor cells on lymphatic and blood vascular regeneration in wounds needs further exploration. Stem/progenitor cell transplantation also emerged as an approach to cure lymphedema, a condition caused by lymphatic system deficiency. While lymphedema treatment requires lymphatic system restoration from the capillary to the collector level, it remains undetermined whether stem/progenitor cells support a complex regenerative response across the entire anatomical spectrum of the system...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rebecca M Izen, Tomoko Yamazaki, Yoko Nishinaka-Arai, Young-Kwon Hong, Yoh-Suke Mukouyama
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, the central nervous system (CNS) has been viewed as an immune-privileged environment with no lymphatic vessels. This view was partially overturned by the discovery of lymphatic vessels in the dural membrane that surrounds the brain, in contact with the interior surface of the skull. We here examine the distribution and developmental timing of these lymphatic vessels. RESULTS: Using the Prox1-GFP BAC transgenic reporter and immunostaining with antibodies to lymphatic markers LYVE-1, Prox1, and Podoplanin, we have carried out whole-mount imaging of dural lymphatic vasculature at postnatal stages...
March 1, 2018: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
Axita Dedhia, Suchitra Gosavi, Balkrishna Sharma, Radhika Pagey
Statement of the Problem: Regional lymph nodes are the nodes draining lymph from region around the tumor and presence of metastatic tumor in regional lymph nodes is the most important prognostic factor for malignant tumors of epithelial origin. Lymphangiogenesis is associated with an increased incidence of regional lymph nodes metastasis and is possibly an essential step for metastasis. Tumor cells secrete lymphangiogenic cytokines, which results in formation of lymphatic vessels within and around the tumor and act as portals for tumor spread...
March 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Sumanta Kumar Kolay, Rajkumar Parwani, Sangeeta Wanjari, Pallav Singhal
Lymphangiomas are benign malformations that represent hamartoma of malformed lymphatics and are composed of cystically dilated lymphatic channels which do not communicate or drain into other lymphatic channels or veins leading to accumulation of lymph. They are congenital malformations with rare occurrence in oral cavity within which tongue dorsum is the most affected site. Venous malformations are often difficult to differentiate from lymphatic malformations leading to the development of several lymphatic markers like D2-40 which seems to be useful for distinguishing vascular from lymphatic vessels...
January 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Khushbu Rauniyar, Sawan Kumar Jha, Michael Jeltsch
Because virtually all tissues contain blood vessels, the importance of hemevascularization has been long recognized in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. However, the lymphatic vasculature has only recently become a subject of interest. Central to the task of growing a lymphatic network are lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs), which constitute the innermost layer of all lymphatic vessels. The central molecule that directs proliferation and migration of LECs during embryogenesis is vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C)...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Johnson Chia-Shen Yang, Shao-Chun Wu, Min-Hsien Chiang, Wei-Che Lin
Lymphaticovenous anastomosis is one of the main surgical treatments nowadays for alleviating lymphedema. A successful lymphaticovenous anastomosis relies on being able to identify "functional" lymphatic collecting vessels that are still capable of transporting lymph, and a nearby vein that is, ideally, reflux-free. This is a retrospective study. A total of 28 lymphedema patients were enrolled from October of 2016 to March of 2017 in Kaohsiung Chang Gung Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. A noninvasive vein visualizer was used to preselect reflux-free veins for lymphaticovenous anastomosis from five female patients...
March 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Yuji Kumakura, Takehiko Yokobori, Tomonori Yoshida, Keigo Hara, Makoto Sakai, Makoto Sohda, Tatsuya Miyazaki, Hideaki Yokoo, Tadashi Handa, Tetsunari Oyama, Hiroshi Yorifuji, Hiroyuki Kuwano
BACKGROUND: Lymph node metastasis (LNM) is a standard mechanism of cancer progression in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). We aimed to clarify the anatomical mechanism of skip nodal metastasis to mediastinal zones by analyzing the relationship between LNM to sentinel zones and lymphatic vessel counts in the muscle layer adjacent to the outer esophagus. METHODS: We examined the surgical records of 287 patients with ESCC who underwent potentially curative surgery (three-field lymphadenectomy) and whole esophagi, including pharynges and stomachs from 10 cadavers, to determine the number of lymphatic vessels in the intra-outer longitudinal muscle layer adjacent to the outer esophagus of the cervical (Ce), upper thoracic, middle thoracic (Mt), lower thoracic (Lt), and abdominal esophagi (Ae)...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
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