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gastrointestinal tract cancer

Carles Pericay, Fernando Rivera, Carlos Gomez-Martin, Inmaculada Nuñez, Alejo Cassinello, Esteban Rodrigo Imedio
Tumors of the upper gastrointestinal tract are increasing in incidence; yet, approaches to the treatment of advanced gastric and/or gastroesophageal junction cancer vary widely, with no internationally agreed first-line regimens. Recent clinical trials have shown that second-line treatment is now possible for selected patients with advanced disease, and current data suggest that the combination of ramucirumab plus paclitaxel may become a standard of care in the second-line setting for metastatic gastric cancer...
October 24, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Jinke Xu, Mifong Tam, Sepideh Samadei, Sophie Lerouge, Jake Barralet, Mary M Stevenson, Marta Cerruti
Mucoadhesive drug delivery systems stick to mucosal tissues and prolong the local retention time of drugs. Since the colon is covered by a mucosal layer, mucoadhesive rectal formulations may improve treatment of such diseases as hypertension or colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the colonic mucosa. It is commonly treated with sulfasalazine (SSZ), which is metabolized by the intestinal flora into the therapeutic 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) and a toxic by-product sulfapyridine (SP)...
October 18, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Yong-Sik Bong, Shahin Assefnia, Therese Tuohy, Deborah W Neklason, Randall W Burt, Jaeil Ahn, Hao-Wen J Jiang, Stephen W Byers
Vitamin D is implicated in the etiology of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, usually characterized by alteration in the APC/β-catenin/TCF tumor suppressor pathway. The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is also implicated in cardiovascular and skin diseases as well as in immunity. Activated VDR can indirectly alter β-catenin nuclear localization and directly suppress β-catenin/TCF mediated transcriptional activity. We treated VDR null mice with the carcinogen azoxymethane (AOM) and generated mice bearing a mutated APC (hypomorph) on a VDR null background (Apc1638N/+Vdr-/-)...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Ding Tang, Keli Chen, Luqi Huang, Juan Li
Apigenin, a natural flavone, is widely distributed in plants such as celery, parsley and chamomile. It is present principally as glycosylated in nature. Higher intake of apigenin could reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It has gained particular interest in recent years as a beneficial, health-promoting agent with low intrinsic toxicity. Areas covered: This review summarizes and the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) properties of apigenin, and drug-drug interaction of apigenin. Expert opinion: Since apigenin is a bioactive plant flavone and is widely distributed in common food, its consumption through the diet is recommended...
October 21, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
David Altree-Tacha, Jillian Tyrrell, Thomas Haas
CONTEXT: -CDH17, which is expressed in the intestinal epithelium, is a novel oncogene involved in tumor invasion and metastasis. A panel consisting of cytokeratin (CK) 7, CD20, and CDX2 antibodies is typically used to diagnose gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas. However, studies have shown that CDH17 is a highly specific marker for gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma and may be important in clinical diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: -To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of CDH17, CK20, and CDX2 antibodies in neoplastic tissues, with emphasis on colon, stomach, and esophageal gastrointestinal lineage...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mª Del Mar Blanquer-Rosselló, Reyniel Hernández-López, Pilar Roca, Jordi Oliver, Adamo Valle
BACKGROUND: The polyphenol resveratrol (RSV) is found in the skin of red grapes and has been reported to exhibit anticancer properties. The antitumor effects of RSV in the gastrointestinal tract have gained considerable interest due to the high exposure of this tissue to this dietary compound. One of the hallmarks of cancer cells is their particular metabolism mainly relying on glycolysis for ATP production rather than mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Although RSV has been described to act as a calorie-restriction mimetic, modulating energy metabolism in normal tissues, little efforts have been done to study the effects of this polyphenol in the metabolism of cancer cells...
October 17, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Linan Wang, Ning Ma, Sachiko Okamoto, Yasunori Amaishi, Eiichi Sato, Naohiro Seo, Junichi Mineno, Kazutoh Takesako, Takuma Kato, Hiroshi Shiku
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a cell surface antigen highly expressed in various cancer cell types and in healthy tissues. It has the potential to be a target for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T-cell therapy; however, the safety of this approach in terms of on-target/off-tumor effects needs to be determined. To address this issue in a clinically relevant model, we used a mouse model in which the T cells expressing CEA-specific CAR were transferred into tumor-bearing CEA-transgenic (Tg) mice that physiologically expressed CEA as a self-antigen...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Yuqin Huang, Sen Wang, Dong Tang, Youquan Shi, Wei Wang, Yang Chong, Huaicheng Zhou, Qingquan Xiong, Jie Wang, Daorong Wang
Uncut Roux-en-Y gastrojejunostomy is a modification of the Billroth II procedure with Braun anastomosis, in which a jejunal occlusion is fashioned to avoid the Roux Stasis Syndrome. This review aimed to summarize the current knowledge about the uncut Roux-en-Y anastomosis operation, so that surgeons may be able to make informed decisions about its clinical application. Additionally, we hope that our findings will guide future research on this topic. Areas covered: The original uncut technique was associated with dehiscence or recanalization of the jejunal occlusion, and was therefore not widely applied...
October 17, 2016: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Nancy Roxana Machaca Quea, Fabian Emura, Fernando Barreda Bolaños, Yuliana Salvador Arias, Fernando Antonio Arévalo Suárez, Alejandro Piscoya Rivera
Background and study aims: In the Western world, gastric cancer (GC) usually presents at an advanced stage, carrying a high mortality rate. Studies have reported that 14 % to 26 % of GCs are missed at endoscopy up to 3 years before diagnosis. Systematic Alphanumeric Coded Endoscopy (SACE) has been proposed to improve quality of esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) by facilitating a complete examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract. This prospective cross-sectional study was designed to determine the frequency of gastric intraepithelial neoplasia (GIN) by using the SACE approach in cohort of patients from low socioeconomic level...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Michail Alevizakos, Styliani Karanika, Marios Detsis, Eleftherios Mylonakis
Cancer patients are vulnerable to infections, including those with extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE), and most of these infections are associated with colonisation of the gastrointestinal tract. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of gastrointestinal colonisation with ESBL-PE cancer populations and to determine the risk for subsequent bloodstream infection (BSI) with these pathogens. PubMed and EMBASE databases were searched from 1 January 1991 to 1 March 2016 to identify studies regarding ESBL-PE colonisation among patients with malignancies...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Keiju Aokage, Morihito Okada, Kenji Suzuki, Shogo Nomura, Shigeki Suzuki, Norifumi Tsubokawa, Takahiro Mimae, Aritoshi Hattori, Tomoyuki Hishida, Junji Yoshida, Masahiro Tsuboi
OBJECTIVE: Exclusion of patients with a history of other cancer treatment except in situ situation has been considered to be inevitable for clinical trials investigating survival outcome. However, there have been few reports confirming these influences on surgical outcome of lung cancer patients ever. METHODS: Multi-institutional, individual data from patients with non-small cell lung cancer resected between 2000 and 2013 were collected. The patients were divided into two groups: those with a history of gastrointestinal tract cancer (GI group) and those without any history (non-GI group)...
October 15, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Eleftheria Chaini, Nikolaos D Chainis, Anastasios Ioannidis, Maria Magana, Chryssoula Nikolaou, Joseph Papaparaskevas, Melina-Vassiliki Liakata, Panagiotis Katopodis, Leonidas Papastavrou, George P Tegos, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou
Lactobacilli are human commensals found in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tract. Although generally conceived as non-pathogenic microorganisms, the existence of several reports implicating them in certain severe pathological entities renders this species as opportunistic pathogens. The case of a 58-year-old woman with mixed Lactobacillus infection is described. The patient was admitted in an outpatient clinic with community acquired pneumonia, and on the third day of hospitalization she presented rapid pneumonia deterioration...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
Daisuke Akutsu, Yuji Mizokami, Hideo Suzuki, Masahiko Terasaki, Toshiaki Narasaka, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Hirofumi Matsui, Tsuyoshi Enomoto, Taiki Sato, Ichinosuke Hyodo
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is known to be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. However, the occurrence of non-epithelial malignancies is uncommon. An elevated lesion in the descending colon was found in a 51-year-old woman with a 30-year history of UC. Despite tumor progression, repeated biopsies showed no cancerous findings. Because the lesion was highly suspected to be a malignant tumor, a partial colectomy was performed. The pathological diagnosis was leiomyosarcoma. Leiomyosarcoma of the gastrointestinal tract is rare, and this is only the third known case reported in patients with UC...
2016: Internal Medicine
Biagio Ricciuti, Giulia Costanza Leonardi, Noemi Ravaioli, Andrea De Giglio, Marta Brambilla, Enrico Prosperi, Franca Ribacchi, Marialuisa Meacci, Lucio Crinò, Daniele Maiettini, Rita Chiari, Giulio Metro
Breast cancer metastases to the gastrointestinal tract are very rare occurrences. Among the histological subtypes of breast cancer, invasive lobular carcinomas have a high capacity of metastasis to uncommon sites including the stomach. Conversely, there has not been sufficient evidence supporting the gastric metastasis of invasive ductal carcinoma. Herein, we report a unique case of metastatic ductal breast carcinoma mimicking primary linitis plastica in a male patient, particularly focusing on the clinical and pathological features of presentation...
September 2016: Journal of Breast Cancer
Eugenia Shmidt, Vandana Nehra, Val Lowe, Amy S Oxentenko
BACKGROUND: The frequency and clinically important characteristics of incidental (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ([18 F]FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) uptake in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) on PET/CT imaging in adults remain elusive. METHODS: All PET/CT reports from 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2009 at a single tertiary referral center were reviewed; clinical information was obtained from cases with incidental (18)F-FDG uptake in the GIT, with follow-up through October, 2012...
October 6, 2016: BMC Gastroenterology
Jarosław Szefel, Wiesław J Kruszewski, Mariusz Szajewski, Maciej Ciesielski, Ewa Sobczak, Maksymilian Czerepko, Wiesława Łysiak-Szydłowska
INTRODUCTION: Currently there are no established guidelines regarding the use of long-chain triglycerides (LCT) vs. medium-chain triglycerides medium-chain triglycerides (MCT)/long-chain triglycerides (LCT) in total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Severe malnutrition of patients with refractory cachexia (RC) often causes their disqualification from invasive methods of treatment thus decreasing their quality of life and survival time. AIM: To compare the changes in nutritional state of patients with RC receiving PN with LCT and LCT/MCT lipid emulsions and to assess the influence of enteral nutrition on their survival time...
2016: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
Jason R Audlin, Gaurav Khullar, Eric M Deshaies, Swamy Kurra, William F Lavelle
BACKGROUND: Carcinoid tumors are rare neoplasms that often arise from the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts. They often metastasize to bone tissue, as well as pancreatic and hepatic sites. The central nervous system and most specifically the spinal cord are rarely involved. Primary Carcinoid tumors of the CNS are even rarer. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 58 year-old man presented with progressive bilateral lower extremity weakness and a negative history of cancer. Imaging revealed an intradural mass at the L1 and L2 spinal levels...
October 3, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Ronald J Hause, Colin C Pritchard, Jay Shendure, Stephen J Salipante
Microsatellite instability (MSI), the spontaneous loss or gain of nucleotides from repetitive DNA tracts, is a diagnostic phenotype for gastrointestinal, endometrial, and colorectal tumors, yet the landscape of instability events across a wider variety of cancer types remains poorly understood. To explore MSI across malignancies, we examined 5,930 cancer exomes from 18 cancer types at more than 200,000 microsatellite loci and constructed a genomic classifier for MSI. We identified MSI-positive tumors in 14 of the 18 cancer types...
October 3, 2016: Nature Medicine
Joke Tommelein, Félix Gremonprez, Laurine Verset, Elly De Vlieghere, Glenn Wagemans, Christian Gespach, Tom Boterberg, Pieter Demetter, Wim Ceelen, Marc Bracke, Olivier De Wever
In patients with rectal prolapse is the prevalence of colorectal cancer increased, suggesting that a colorectal tumor may induce rectal prolapse. Establishment of tumor xenografts in immunodeficient mice after orthotopic inoculations of human colorectal cancer cells into the caecal wall is a widely used approach for the study of human colorectal cancer progression and preclinical evaluation of therapeutics. Remarkably, 70% of young mice carrying a COLO320DM caecal tumor showed symptoms of intussusception of the large bowel associated with intestinal lumen obstruction and rectal prolapse...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Marlena Brzozowa-Zasada, Adam Piecuch, Anna Dittfeld, Łukasz Mielańczyk, Marek Michalski, Grzegorz Wyrobiec, Marzena Harabin-Słowińska, Józef Kurek, Romuald Wojnicz
Notch signalling is an evolutionarily conserved signalling pathway, which plays a significant role in a wide array of cellular processes including proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Nevertheless, it must be noted that Notch is a binary cell fate determinant, and its overexpression has been described as oncogenic in a broad range of human malignancies. This finding led to interest in therapeutically targeting this pathway especially by the use of GSIs, which block the cleavage of Notch at the cell membrane and inhibit release of the transcriptionally active NotchIC subunit...
2016: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
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