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S Narasimman, S N Jasjit, S R Navarasi, N Premnath
This is a case of a posterior mediastinal mass in an asymptomatic gentleman, which was resected successfully and he has been disease free for more than a year of follow up. The histopathology findings happen to be a rare occurrence.
August 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Katharina Meier, Stefan K Drexler, Franziska C Eberle, Karine Lefort, Amir S Yazdi
Apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) is an important adaptor protein for inflammasome activation, mediating the secretion of protumorigenic innate cytokines. However, ASC is also known to trigger apoptosis in tumor cells, acting as a tumor-suppressor gene, which is lost in several human cancers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of ASC in human cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Initially, ASC expression was immunohistochemically evaluated in non-metastic and metastatic SCC...
2016: PloS One
Patrick Aghajanian, Shigeo Takashima, Manash Paul, Amelia Younossi-Hartenstein, Volker Hartenstein
The visceral musculature of the Drosophila intestine plays important roles in digestion as well as development. Detailed studies investigating the embryonic development of the visceral muscle exist; comparatively little is known about postembryonic development and metamorphosis of this tissue. In this study we have combined the use of specific markers with electron microscopy to follow the formation of the adult visceral musculature and its involvement in gut development during metamorphosis. Unlike the adult somatic musculature, which is derived from a pool of undifferentiated myoblasts, the visceral musculature of the adult is a direct descendant of the larval fibers, as shown by activating a lineage tracing construct in the larval muscle and obtaining labeled visceral fibers in the adult...
October 17, 2016: Developmental Biology
Malgorzata Furmanik, Catherine M Shanahan
Cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death in industrialised societies. The idea that the arterial smooth muscle cell (ASMC) plays a key role in regulating many vascular pathologies has been gaining importance, as has the realisation that not enough is known about the pathological cellular mechanisms regulating ASMC function in vascular remodelling. In the past decade endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and the unfolded protein response (UPR) have been recognised as a stress response underlying many physiological and pathological processes in various vascular cell types...
October 13, 2016: Current Cardiology Reviews
N Taimori, D Kahrizi, V Abdossi, A H Papzan
The present study describes the effects of light conditions, different kinds and concentrations of auxins [Naphthylacetic acid (NAA) and dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)] with cytokinin (Kin) in MS medium on callus induction and embryogenesis in Crataegus pseudoheterophylla, C. aronia and C.meyeri. At first leave explants sections were cultured on different combinations of plant growth regulators in dark and light for callus initiation and light conditions to evaluation the percentage and duration of survival, callus diameter, callus fresh weight and dry...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Justin Parreno, Sneha Raju, Po-Han Wu, Rita A Kandel
Chondrocyte culture as a monolayer for cell number expansion results in dedifferentiation whereby expanded cells acquire contractile features and increased actin polymerization status. This study determined whether the actin polymerization based signaling pathway, myocardin-related transcription factor-a (MRTF-A) is involved in regulating this contractile phenotype. Serial passaging of chondrocytes in monolayer culture to passage 2 resulted in increased gene and protein expression of the contractile molecules alpha-smooth muscle actin, transgelin and vinculin compared to non-passaged, primary cells...
October 14, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Ana Kober Nogueira Leite, Marco Aurélio Vamondes Kulcsar, Beatriz de Godoi Cavalheiro, Evandro Sobroza de Mello, Venâncio Avancini F Alves, Claudio Roberto Cernea, Leandro Luongo Matos
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the predictive factors for worse disease-specific survival in patients with pulmonary disease secondary to differentiated thyroid cancer. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study conducted over a 5-year period that included 54 patients with pulmonary disease secondary to DTC during the follow-up. Among these patients, 13 (24.1%) died from the disease. Dedifferentiation characteristics were identified at pathological examination of the metastatic disease (lymph node or distant metastases), and was defined as the abrupt transformation of a well-differentiated tumor into high grade morphology that lacks the original distinct histologic characteristics...
October 17, 2016: Endocrine Practice
Imen Ben Salha, Shane Zaidi, Jonathan Noujaim, Aisha B Miah, Cyril Fisher, Robin L Jones, Khin Thway
Dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DDL) is a histologically pleomorphic sarcoma, traditionally defined as well-differentiated liposarcoma with abrupt transition to high grade, non-lipogenic sarcoma. It can occur as part of recurrent well-differentiated liposarcoma, or may arise de novo. DDL most frequently occurs within the retroperitoneum, and while it is prone to local recurrence, it usually has a lower rate of metastasis than other pleomorphic sarcomas. We describe a case of retroperitoneal dedifferentiated liposarcoma in a 63-year-old male, who showed MDM2 amplification with fluorescence in situ hybridization, which displayed unusually aggressive behavior, with brain, lung and subcutaneous soft tissue metastases...
September 5, 2016: Rare Tumors
Michiro Susa, Kazutaka Kikuta, Robert Nakayama, Kazumasa Nishimoto, Keisuke Horiuchi, Sota Oguro, Masanori Inoue, Hideki Yashiro, Seishi Nakatsuka, Masaya Nakamura, Morio Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Chiba, Hideo Morioka
BACKGROUND: Historically, local control of recurrent sarcomas has been limited to radiotherapy when surgical re-resection is not feasible. For metastatic carcinomas to the bone or soft tissue, radiotherapy and some interventional radiology treatment along with other systemic therapies have been widely advocated due to the possibility of disseminated disease. These techniques are effective in alleviating pain and achieving local control for some tumor types, but it has not been effective for prolonged local control of most tumors...
October 13, 2016: BMC Cancer
Joseph Frankl, Cassi Grotepas, Baldassare Stea, G Michael Lemole, Alexander Chiu, Rihan Khan
BACKGROUND: Chordoma is a rare invasive bone tumor that may occur anywhere along the neuraxis. A total of three primary histological varieties have been identified: conventional, chondroid, and dedifferentiated. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of an 8-year-old white girl who presented with conventional chordoma, was treated with surgical resection and mixed proton and photon beam therapy, and had a recurrence in the resection cavity 2.5 years later with dedifferentiated morphology...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Michelle H T Ta, Kristina G Schwensen, Sheryl Foster, Mayuresh Korgaonkar, Justyna E Ozimek-Kulik, Jacqueline K Phillips, Anthony Peduto, Gopala K Rangan
The disease-modifying effects of target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1) inhibitors during different stages of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) are not well defined. In this study, male Lewis Polycystic Kidney Disease (LPK) rats (a genetic ortholog of human NPHP9, phenotypically characterised by diffuse distal nephron cystic growth) and Lewis controls received either vehicle (V) or sirolimus (S, 0.2 mg/kg by intraperitoneal injection 5 days per week) during the early (postnatal weeks 3 to 10) or late stages of disease (weeks 10 to 20)...
2016: PloS One
Matthias Benndorf, Jakob Neubauer, Mathias Langer, Elmar Kotter
PURPOSE: In the diagnostic process of primary bone tumors, patient age, tumor localization and to a lesser extent sex affect the differential diagnosis. We therefore aim to develop a pretest probability calculator for primary malignant bone tumors based on population data taking these variables into account. METHODS: We access the SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program of the National Cancer Institute, 2015 release) database and analyze data of all primary malignant bone tumors diagnosed between 1973 and 2012...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Albert Busch, Elena Hartmann, Caroline Grimm, Süleyman Ergün, Ralph Kickuth, Christoph Otto, Richard Kellersmann, Udo Lorenz
OBJECTIVE: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a frequent, potentially life-threatening, disease that can only be treated by surgical means such as open surgery or endovascular repair. No alternative treatment is currently available, and despite expanding knowledge about the pathomechanism, clinical trials on medical aneurysm abrogation have led to inconclusive results. The heterogeneity of human AAA based on histologic examination is thereby generally neglected. In this study we aimed to further elucidate the role of these differences in aneurysm disease...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
J Aznar, J Tudela
On the 10-year anniversary of the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells, we review the main results from their various fields of application, the obstacles encountered during experimentation and the potential applications in clinical practice. The efficacy of induced pluripotent cells in clinical experimentation can be equated to that of human embryonic stem cells; however, unlike stem cells, induced pluripotent cells do not involve the severe ethical difficulties entailed by the need to destroy human embryos to obtain them...
October 4, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
Yaroslav O Kamenev, Igor Y Dolmatov
The regeneration of the anterior portion of the body after fission was studied in the holothurian Cladolabes schmeltzii using electron microscopy methods. Following fission, the posterior portion of the digestive tube, cloaca, and respiratory trees remain in the posterior fragment of the body. The regeneration comprises five stages. In the first stage, connective-tissue thickening (an anlage of the aquapharyngeal bulb) occurs on the anterior end between the torn-off ends of the ambulacra. Most of the lost anterior organs developed in the second and third stages...
October 7, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
Mariana Maier Gaelzer, Mariana Silva Dos Santos, Bárbara Paranhos Coelho, Alice Hoffman de Quadros, Fabrício Simão, Vanina Usach, Fátima Costa Rodrigues Guma, Patrícia Setton-Avruj, Guido Lenz, Christianne G Salbego
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive primary malignant brain tumor in adults. Hypoxia is a distinct feature in GBM and plays a significant role in tumor progression, resistance to treatment, and poor outcome. However, there is lack of studies relating type of cell death, status of Akt phosphorylation on Ser473, mitochondrial membrane potential, and morphological changes of tumor cells after hypoxia and reoxygenation. The rat glioma C6 cell line was exposed to oxygen deprivation (OD) in 5 % fetal bovine serum (FBS) or serum-free media followed by reoxygenation (RO)...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Justin E Bird, Lee Jae Morse, Lei Feng, Wei-Lien Wang, Patrick P Lin, Bryan S Moon, Alexander J Lazar, Robert L Satcher, John E Madewell, Valerae O Lewis
PURPOSE: To determine non-radiographic risk factors differentiating atypical lipomatous tumors (ALTs) from lipomas. METHODS: All patients with deep-seated lipomatous tumors of the extremities treated from January 2000 to October 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Factors reviewed included age, gender, tumor location, size, histology, local recurrence, dedifferentiation, and metastasis. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to evaluate the effects of patient characteristics on ALT status...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Tong Li, Ke Jin, Dan-Yan Zhu, Lu Li, Zheng Rong Mao, Bo Wen Wu, Yi Fan Wang, Zong Fu Pan, Lan Juan Li, Chun Sheng Xiang, Kun Kai Su, Yi Jia Lou
The in vitro predictive evaluation of chemical carcinogenicity based on hepatic premalignance has so far not been established. Here, we report a novel approach to investigate the premalignant events triggered by human carcinogen aristolochic acid I (AAI) in the liver-like tissue derived from mouse embryonic stem cells. By AAI exposure, the liver-like tissue exhibited the paracrine interleukin-6 phenotypic characteristics. Hepatocytes expressed STAT3/p-STAT3, c-Myc and Lin28B in parallel. Some of them displayed the dedifferentiation characteristics, such as full of α-fetoprotein granules, increase in size, and nucleocytoplasmic shuttle of Oct4...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Osamu Imataki, Makiko Uemura
BACKGROUND: The recent study described a better outcome in acute promyelocytic leukemia patients treated with all-trans retinoic acid and arsenic oxide compared to those treated with all-trans retinoic acid combined with conventional chemotherapy. The pivotal study indicated that favorable-risk acute promyelocytic leukemia patients can be cured without any cytotoxic chemotherapy. Even high-risk patients are treatable with cytotoxic agents. Acute promyelocytic leukemia does not develop only by the dedifferentiation caused by PML-RARA...
2016: BMC Clinical Pathology
O B Pattanashetty, Dayanand B B, Arravind Pillai, Preetish Endigeri
INTRODUCTION: Dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma (DDCS) is a rare and malignant form of primary bone tumor refractive to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It accounts for 1-2% of all primary bone tumors. Surgical resection, limb-salvage surgeries and amputation remain the mainstay of treatment. The prognosis of dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma is poor. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 51-year-old male having a swelling and an ulcer distal to the left knee later diagnosed with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma of proximal tibial and fibular metaphysis...
April 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
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