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alpha fetoprotein tumor marker

Hitomi Takada, Kaoru Tsuchiya, Yutaka Yasui, Natsuko Nakakuki, Nobuharu Tamaki, Shoko Suzuki, Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Jun Itakura, Yuka Takahashi, Masayuki Kurosaki, Yasuhiro Asahina, Nobuyuki Enomoto, Namiki Izumi
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is considered the most effective treatment for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients unsuitable for resection. However, poor outcome after RFA has occasionally been reported worldwide. To predict such an outcome, we investigated imaging findings using contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) with Sonazoid and serum tumor markers before RFA. This study included 176 early-stage HCC patients who had initially achieved successful RFA. Patients were examined using CEUS; their levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Lens culinaris agglutinin-reactive fraction of AFP (AFP-L3), and des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin before RFA were measured...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Pedro Zubizarreta, Ana Rossa, Marcela Bailez, Silvia Gil, Adriana Rose, Walter Cacciavillano
Between September 1995 and December 2010, 99 new consecutive assessable patients with extra-cranial MGCT were treated according to SFOP/SFCE TGM95 Protocol. A "watch and wait" strategy for completely resected stage I-II was observed in cases with preoperative high tumor markers levels. Metastatic disease or alpha fetoprotein levels > 15 000 ng/ml cases were treated by VIP chemotherapy (etoposide, ifosfamide and CDDP) 4-6-courses. All other cases were treated by VBP (vinblastine, bleomycin, and CDDP) 3-5 courses...
2016: Medicina
Xiao-Ping Wang, Qiao-Xia Wang, Huan-Ping Lin, Bing Xu, Qian Zhao, Kun Chen
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a marker of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and serves as a target for immunotherapy. However, current treatments targeting AFP are not reproducible and do not provide complete protection against cancer. This issue may be solved by developing novel therapeutic vaccines with enhanced immunogenicity that could effectively target AFP-expressing tumors. In this study, we report construction of a therapeutic peptide vaccine by linking heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) functional peptide to the AFP epitope to obtain HSP70-P/AFP-P...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Francesco Catanzariti, Lucilla Servi, Andrea Fabiani, Alessandra Filosa, Gabriele Mammana
INTRODUCTION: Testicular cancer is one of the most frequent in young men and its incidence is increasing in recent years because of incidental finding during routine ultrasound exams. Adenomatous hyperplasia of the rete testis is one of the benign and rare pathological types incidentally detected and very few cases are described in the literature. CASE REPORT: A 40 years old man come to our attention for a balanoposthitis without testicular pain. During andrological examination we performed palpation of the testes and we noticed a palpable nodule of hard consistency in the left testicle...
October 5, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
Kohei Matsumoto, Hiroya Ueyama, Kenshi Matsumoto, Yoichi Akazawa, Hiroyuki Komori, Tsutomu Takeda, Takashi Murakami, Daisuke Asaoka, Mariko Hojo, Natsumi Tomita, Akihito Nagahara, Yoshiaki Kajiyama, Takashi Yao, Sumio Watanabe
AIM: To investigate clinicopathological features of early stage gastric cancer with enteroblastic differentiation (GCED). METHODS: We retrospectively investigated data on 6 cases of early stage GCED and 186 cases of early stage conventional gastric cancer (CGC: well or moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma) who underwent endoscopic submucosal dissection or endoscopic mucosal resection from September 2011 to February 2015 in our hospital. GCED was defined as a tumor having a primitive intestine-like structure composed of cuboidal or columnar cells with clear cytoplasm and immunohistochemical positivity for either alpha-fetoprotein, Glypican 3 or SALL4...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Huan Wang, Yong Zhang, Yulan Wang, Hongmin Ma, Bin Du, Qin Wei
In this work, the assembly between one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials and two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials was achieved by a simple method. Cuprous oxide nanowires decorated graphene oxide nanosheets (Cu2O@GO) nanocomposites were synthesized for the first time by a simple electrostatic self-assembly process. The nanostructure was well confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images. Taking advantages of good electrocatalytic activity and high specific surface area of Cu2O@GO nanocomposites, a label-free electrochemical immunosensor was developed by employing Cu2O@GO as signal amplification platform for the quantitative detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP)...
September 5, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Shalin Shah, James E Ward, Riyue Bao, Curtis R Hall, Bruce E Brockstein, Jason J Luke
Anti-Programed Death 1 (PD-1) is standard immunotherapy for multiple cancers and the expression of one of its ligands, PD-L1, has been described in germ cell tumors (GCTs). Neither the clinical activity of anti-PD-1 nor the incidence of an immunoresponsive tumor microenvironment has been described for GCTs. A patient initially diagnosed with melanoma via fine needle aspiration was treated with one dose of antibody to PD-1. A core needle biopsy was subsequently performed to acquire sufficient tissue for molecular analysis, which led to a change in diagnosis to metastatic embryonal carcinoma...
September 16, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Xue-Ru Zhu, Mei-Ling Zhu, Qing Wang, Wen-Ji Xue, Yi-Wei Wang, Rui-Fen Wang, Si-Yu Chen, Lei-Zhen Zheng
BACKGROUND: Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is an important marker for hepatocellular carcinoma, and the detection of serum AFP is currently the principle method for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma. The prevalence of gastric cancer (GC) with high level of serum AFP is extremely rare, but has unique clinical features. CASE SUMMARY: We herein present a rare case with GC and high level of serum AFP. A 64-year-old Chinese female underwent gastrectomy was diagnosed as gastric adenocarcinoma and the pathological stage was T1bN0M0, IA...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Karim J Halazun, Marc Najjar, Rita M Abdelmessih, Benjamin Samstein, Adam D Griesemer, James V Guarrera, Tomoaki Kato, Elizabeth C Verna, Jean C Emond, Robert S Brown
OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a "Model Of Recurrence After Liver transplant" (MORAL) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). BACKGROUND: The Milan criteria are used to allocate livers to patients with HCC requiring liver transplantation (LT) but do not include objective measures of tumor biology. Biological markers including the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) have been associated with recurrence risk. METHODS: Prospective cohort study of adults undergoing LT for HCC between January 2001 and December 2012...
September 16, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Mohamed Magdi El-Sadek Ali Atta, Hazem Mahmoud Atta, Magdy Abdel-Mawgoud Gad, Laila Ahmad Rashed, Ebada M Said, Sharaf El-Sayed Ali Hassanien, Ahmed O Kaseb
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several angiogenic factors are involved in the development and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a hypervascular tumor. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a primary driving force for angiogenesis, and its overexpression has been reported in HCC. However, the significance of plasma and tissue VEGF levels in HCC in Egyptian patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection is understudied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of VEGF (measured in plasma and liver tissue) in patients with hepatitis C virus-related HCC and to assess its significance in the diagnosis and prognosis of HCC...
2016: J Hepatocell Carcinoma
Haoyu Sun, Jing Xu, Mei Huang, Qiang Huang, Rui Sun, Weihua Xiao, Cheng Sun
The inhibitory CD200:CD200 receptor axis is essential in preventing inflammatory responses during early microbial infection. It was reported in several tumor models that CD200 expression is closely associated to tumor progression and the blockade of this pathway may restore anti-tumor responses. Our study for the first time investigates the role of CD200:CD200R axis in relation to tumor progression and prognosis of human hepatocellular carcinoma. CD200 and CD200R protein expressions were evaluated by immunostaining on liver tissue specimens and we found higher expressions of CD200 and CD200R in HCC patients comparing to healthy controls...
October 2016: Immunology Letters
Hong Liu, Yiyang Xu, Jingyi Xiang, Li Long, Shon Green, Zhiyuan Yang, Bryan Zimdahl, Jingwei Lu, Neal Cheng, Lucas H Horan, Bin Liu, Sun Yan, Pei Wang, Juan Diaz, Lu Jin, Yoko Nakano, Javier F Morales, Pengbo Zhang, Lian-Xing Liu, Binnaz K Staley, Saul J Priceman, Christine E Brown, Stephen J Forman, Vivien W Chan, Cheng Liu
PURPOSE: The majority of tumor-specific antigens are intracellular and/or secreted and therefore previously inaccessible by conventional chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy. Given that all intracellular/secreted proteins are processed into peptides and presented by class I major histocompatibility complexes (MHC) on the surface of tumor cells, we used alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a specific liver cancer marker, as an example to determine whether peptide-MHC complexes can be targets for CAR T cell therapy against solid tumors...
August 17, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Fan Feng, Li Sun, Zhen Liu, Shushang Liu, Gaozan Zheng, Guanghui Xu, Man Guo, Xiao Lian, Daiming Fan, Hongwei Zhang
We examined the prognostic value of normal levels of four serum cancer markers, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate associated antigen (CA19-9), alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and cancer antigen 125 (CA125), in gastric cancer patients. Among 1927 gastric cancer patients enrolled in this study, 1477 were male (76.6%) and 450 were female (23.4%). The median age was 57 years (range 20-86). Clinicopathological features and survival times were recorded, and the association between CEA, CA19-9, AFP, and CA125 levels and patient prognosis was analyzed...
August 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Feng Gao, Heng-Kai Zhu, Yang-Bo Zhu, Qiao-Nan Shan, Qi Ling, Xu-Yong Wei, Hai-Yang Xie, Lin Zhou, Xiao Xu, Shu-Sen Zheng
BACKGROUND: Four tumor markers for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), glypican-3 (GPC3), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP), are closely associated with tumor invasion and patient's survival. This study estimated the predictability of preoperative tumor marker levels along with pathological parameters on HCC recurrence after hepatectomy. METHODS: A total of 140 patients with HCC who underwent hepatectomy between January 2012 and August 2012 were enrolled...
August 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Jinyu Yu, Junqing Han, Jian Zhang, Guanzhen Li, Hui Liu, Xianping Cui, Yantian Xu, Tao Li, Juan Liu, Chuanxi Wang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary malignancy of the liver in adults worldwide. Several studies have demonstrated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are involved in the development of various types of cancer, including HCC. These findings prompted us to examine the detectability of lncRNAs in blood samples from patients with HCC. In this study, we explored the expression levels of 31 cancer-related lncRNAs in sera from 71 HCC patients and 64 healthy individuals by reverse transcription and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR)...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Bérénice Charrière, Charlotte Maulat, Bertrand Suc, Fabrice Muscari
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is the main tumor biomarker available for the management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although it is neither a good screening test nor an accurate diagnostic tool for HCC, it seems to be a possible prognostic marker. However, its contribution in liver transplantation for HCC has not been fully determined, although its use to predict recurrence after liver transplantation has been underlined by international societies. In an era of organ shortages, it could also have a key role in the selection of patients eligible for liver transplantation...
July 28, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Tomohiko Sakabe, Junya Azumi, Yoshihisa Umekita, Kan Toriguchi, Etsuro Hatano, Yasuaki Hirooka, Goshi Shiota
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play a pivotal role in progression, metastasis and recurrence of cancer. Therefore, it is clinically useful to identify the relevant CSC marker that is associated with prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and clarify its genetic and biological characteristics. METHODS: Expression of four CSC markers, CD13, EpCAM, CD44 and CD44v9, was examined in 99 HCC patients. Biological and cDNA/miRNA microarray data were compared among CD44-positive/-negative HCC cells and normal hepatic cells...
July 30, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Mohamed M Abdel-Aziz, Mohamed F Elshal, Aymn T Abass, Sherif El-Kafrawy, Sameera Ezzat, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has the worst prognosis among all major cancers, largely due to the lack of sensitive diagnostic markers. We aimed to compare three HCC tumor markers, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), p53, and AFP-L3%, to evaluate whether measuring serum p53 levels and AFP-L3% has an additive diagnostic value for detection of HCC. METHODS: A total of 86 patients with chronic liver diseases were included. HCC was detected in 68 (79.1%) patients...
2016: Clinical Laboratory
Wenbo Meng, Bing Bai, Zhongtian Bai, Yan Li, Ping Yue, Xun Li, Liang Qiao
Human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third most common cause of cancer-related death. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is perhaps the best-defined tumor marker for HCC, and as such, it is widely used in clinical settings as an adjuvant diagnostic and prognostic tool. Up to 70% of HCC cases exhibit elevated serum level of AFP, but its pathophysiological functions in HCC are poorly defined. It is now known that AFP is not just a fetal form of carrier protein and a tumor marker, it is also critically involved in the regulation of several important cellular functions, such as cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and immune regulation...
June 2016: Discovery Medicine
Hadi Shojaei, Hong Hong, Raymond W Redline
Yolk sac tumors occur at both gonadal and extra-gonadal sites. A recent case of ovarian endometrioid-pattern yolk sac tumor with strong diffuse expression of TTF-1 illustrated the potential for misdiagnosis due to divergent expression of endodermal lineage markers. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of four divergent endodermal lineage markers, TTF-1, CDX2, Hep Par 1, and Napsin A, in gonadal and extra-gonadal yolk sac tumors of differing age, sex, and location (excluding foci of overt hepatoid differentiation)...
October 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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