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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229861/appetite-suppressive-role-of-medial-septal-glutamatergic-neurons
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Patrick Sweeney, Changhong Li, Yunlei Yang
Feeding behavior is controlled by diverse neurons and neural circuits primarily concentrated in the hypothalamus and hindbrain in mammals. In this study, by using chemo/optogenetic techniques along with feeding assays, we investigate how neurons within the medial septal complex (MSc), a brain area implicated in emotion and cognition, contribute to food intake. We find that chemo/optogenetic activation of MSc glutamatergic neurons profoundly reduces food intake during both light and dark periods of the rodent light cycle...
December 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212735/decision-making-capacity-for-chemotherapy-and-associated-factors-in-newly-diagnosed-patients-with-lung-cancer
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Asao Ogawa, Kyoko Kondo, Hiroyuki Takei, Daisuke Fujisawa, Yuichiro Ohe, Tatsuo Akechi
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to assess decision-making capacity in patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer, clinical factors associated with impaired capacity, and physicians' perceptions of patients' decision-making capacity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 122 patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer. One hundred fourteen completed the assessment. All patients were receiving a combination of treatments (e.g., chemotherapy, chemo-radiotherapy, or targeted therapy)...
December 6, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197652/crustacean-olfactory-systems-a-comparative-review-and-a-crustacean-perspective-on-insect-olfactory-systems
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REVIEW
S Harzsch, J Krieger
Malacostracan crustaceans display a large diversity of sizes, morphs and life styles. However, only a few representatives of decapod taxa have served as models for analyzing crustacean olfaction, such as crayfish and spiny lobsters. Crustaceans bear multiple parallel chemosensory pathways represented by different populations of unimodal chemosensory and bimodal chemo- and mechanosensory sensilla on the mouthparts, the walking limbs and primarily on their two pairs of antennae. Here, we focus on the olfactory pathway associated with the unimodal chemosensory sensilla on the first antennal pair, the aesthetascs...
November 29, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184057/the-effects-of-pi3k-mediated-signalling-on-glioblastoma-cell-behaviour
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Julia Langhans, Lukas Schneele, Nancy Trenkler, Hélène von Bandemer, Lisa Nonnenmacher, Georg Karpel-Massler, Markus D Siegelin, Shaoxia Zhou, Marc-Eric Halatsch, Klaus-Michael Debatin, Mike-Andrew Westhoff
The PI3K/Akt/mTOR signalling network is activated in almost 90% of all glioblastoma, the most common primary brain tumour, which is almost invariably lethal within 15 months of diagnosis. Despite intensive research, modulation of this signalling cascade has so far yielded little therapeutic benefit, suggesting that the role of the PI3K network as a pro-survival factor in glioblastoma and therefore a potential target in combination therapy should be re-evaluated. Therefore, we used two distinct pharmacological inhibitors that block signalling at different points of the cascade, namely, GDC-0941 (Pictilisib), a direct inhibitor of the near apical PI3K, and Rapamycin which blocks the side arm of the network that is regulated by mTOR complex 1...
November 29, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179434/growth-of-malignant-extracranial-tumors-alters-micrornaome-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-of-tumorgraft-mice
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Anna Kovalchuk, Yaroslav Ilnytskyy, Rocio Rodriguez-Juarez, Amanda Katz, David Sidransky, Bryan Kolb, Olga Kovalchuk
A wide array of central nervous system complications, neurological deficits, and cognitive impairments occur and persist as a result of systemic cancer and cancer treatments. This condition is known as chemo brain and it affects over half of cancer survivors. Recent studies reported that cognitive impairments manifest before chemotherapy and are much broader than chemo brain alone, thereby adding in tumor brain as a component. The molecular mechanisms of chemo brain are under-investigated, and the mechanisms of tumor brain have not been analyzed at all...
October 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162424/injectable-hydrogels-for-localized-chemo-and-radio-therapy-in-brain-tumors
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Pilar de la Puente, Nicole Fettig, Micah J Luderer, Abbey Jin, Shruti Shah, Barbara Muz, Vaishali Kapoor, Sreekrishna M Goddu, Noha Nabil Salama, Christina Tsien, Dinesh Thotala, Kooresh Shoghi, Buck Rogers, Abdel Kareem Azab
PURPOSE: Overall survival of patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GBM) remains dismal at 16 months with state-of-the-art treatment that includes surgical resection, radiation and chemotherapy. GBM tumors are highly heterogeneous and mechanisms for overcoming tumor resistance have not yet fully been elucidated. An injectable chitosan hydrogel capable of releasing chemotherapy (Temozolomide, TMZ) while retaining radioactive isotopes agents (Iodine, (131)I) was used as a vehicle for localized radiation and chemotherapy, within the surgical cavity...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156557/the-invasive-region-of-glioblastoma-defined-by-5ala-guided-surgery-has-an-altered-cancer-stem-cell-marker-profile-compared-to-central-tumour
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Stuart J Smith, Mohammed Diksin, Saachi Chhaya, Shwetha Sairam, Maria A Estevez-Cebrero, Ruman Rahman
Glioblastoma, a WHO grade IV astrocytoma, is a highly aggressive and heterogeneous tumour that infiltrates deeply into surrounding brain parenchyma, making complete surgical resection impossible. Despite chemo-radiotherapy, the residual cell population within brain parenchyma post-surgery causes inevitable recurrence. Previously, the tumour core has been the focus of research and the basis for targeted therapeutic regimes, which have failed to improve survival in clinical trials. Here, we focus on the invasive margin as defined by the region with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5ALA) (GliolanTM) fluorescence at surgery beyond the T1 enhancing region on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145972/cancer-immunotherapy-getting-brainy-visualizing-the-distinctive-cns-metastatic-niche-to-illuminate-therapeutic-resistance
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Mark Owyong, Niloufar Hosseini-Nassab, Gizem Efe, Alexander Honkala, Renske J E van den Bijgaart, Vicki Plaks, Bryan Ronain Smith
The advent of cancer immunotherapy (CIT) and its success in treating primary and metastatic cancer may offer substantially improved outcomes for patients. Despite recent advancements, many malignancies remain resistant to CIT, among which are brain metastases, a particularly virulent disease with no apparent cure. The immunologically unique niche of the brain has prompted compelling new questions in immuno-oncology such as the effects of tissue-specific differences in immune response, heterogeneity between primary tumors and distant metastases, and the role of spatiotemporal dynamics in shaping an effective anti-tumor immune response...
November 2017: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081734/different-effects-of-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-glioblastoma-stem-cells-by-direct-cell-interaction-or-via-released-soluble-factors
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Adriana Bajetto, Alessandra Pattarozzi, Alessandro Corsaro, Federica Barbieri, Antonio Daga, Alessia Bosio, Monica Gatti, Valerio Pisaturo, Rodolfo Sirito, Tullio Florio
Glioblastoma (GBM), the most common primary brain tumor in adults, is an aggressive, fast-growing and highly vascularized tumor, characterized by extensive invasiveness and local recurrence. In GBM and other malignancies, cancer stem cells (CSCs) are believed to drive invasive tumor growth and recurrence, being responsible for radio- and chemo-therapy resistance. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent progenitors that exhibit tropism for tumor microenvironment mediated by cytokines, chemokines and growth factors...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069598/brain-wide-mapping-of-endogenous-serotonergic-transmission-via-chemogenetic-fmri
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Andrea Giorgi, Sara Migliarini, Alberto Galbusera, Giacomo Maddaloni, Maddalena Mereu, Giulia Margiani, Marta Gritti, Silvia Landi, Francesco Trovato, Sine Mandrup Bertozzi, Andrea Armirotti, Gian Michele Ratto, Maria Antonietta De Luca, Raffaella Tonini, Alessandro Gozzi, Massimo Pasqualetti
Serotonin-producing neurons profusely innervate brain regions via long-range projections. However, it remains unclear whether and how endogenous serotonergic transmission specifically influences regional or global functional activity. We combined designed receptors exclusively activated by designed drugs (DREADD)-based chemogenetics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), an approach we term "chemo-fMRI," to causally probe the brain-wide substrates modulated by endogenous serotonergic activity...
October 24, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053791/pharmacological-targeting-of-apelin-impairs-glioblastoma-growth
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Elizabeth Harford-Wright, Gwennan Andre-Gregoire, Kathryn A Jacobs, Lucas Treps, Sophie Le Gonidec, Heloise M Leclair, Sara Gonzalez-Diest, Quentin Roux, François Guillonneau, Delphine Loussouarn, Lisa Oliver, François M Vallette, Fabienne Foufelle, Philippe Valet, Anthony P Davenport, Robert C Glen, Nicolas Bidere, Julie Gavard
Glioblastoma are highly aggressive brain tumours that are associated with an extremely poor prognosis. Within these tumours exists a subpopulation of highly plastic self-renewing cancer cells that retain the ability to expand ex vivo as tumourspheres, induce tumour growth in mice, and have been implicated in radio- and chemo-resistance. Although their identity and fate are regulated by external cues emanating from endothelial cells, the nature of such signals remains unknown. Here, we used a mass spectrometry proteomic approach to characterize the factors released by brain endothelial cells...
November 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030124/targeting-nitric-oxide-and-nmda-receptor-associated-pathways-in-treatment-of-high-grade-glial-tumors-hypotheses-for-nitro-memantine-and-nitrones
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REVIEW
Meric A Altinoz, İlhan Elmaci
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a devastating brain cancer with no curative treatment. Targeting Nitric Oxide (NO) and glutamatergic pathways may help as adjunctive treatments in GBM. NO at low doses promotes tumorigenesis, while at higher levels (above 300 nM) triggers apoptosis. Gliomas actively secrete high amounts of glutamate which activates EGR signaling and mediates degradation of peritumoral tissues via excitotoxic injury. Memantine inhibits NMDA-subtype of glutamate receptors (NMDARs) and induces autophagic death of glioma cells in vitro and blocks glioma growth in vivo...
October 10, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022380/curcumin-or-bisdemethoxycurcumin-for-nose-to-brain-treatment-of-alzheimer-disease-a-bio-chemo-informatics-case-study
#13
Rania M Hathout, Sherweit H El-Ahmady, AbdelKader A Metwally
The current study introduces a new idea of utilising several bio/chemoinformatics tools in comparing two bio-similar natural molecules viz. curcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC) in order to select a potential nose-to-brain remedy for Alzheimer disease. The comparison comprised several bio/chemo informatics tools. It encompassed all levels starting from loading the drug in a certain carrier; PLGA nanoparticles, to the biopharmaceutical level investigating the interaction with mucin and inhibition of P-gp blood-brain barrier efflux pumps...
October 12, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956223/estimating-progression-free-survival-in-patients-with-glioblastoma-using-routinely-collected-data
#14
Charlotte Kelly, Paulina Majewska, Stefanos Ioannidis, Muhammad Hasan Raza, Matt Williams
Glioblastoma (GBM) represents 80% of all primary malignant brain tumours in adults. Prognosis is poor, and there is a clear correlation between disease progression and deterioration in functional status. In this pilot study we assess whether we can estimate disease progression and progression free survival (PFS) from routinely collected electronic healthcare data. We identified fifty patients with glioblastoma who had chemo-radiotherapy. For each patient we manually collected a reference data set recording demographics, surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, follow-up and death...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947963/flexible-ligated-ruthenium-ii-self-assemblies-sensitizes-glioma-tumor-initiating-cells-in-vitro
#15
Palani Elumalai, Neha Kaushik, Dong Hwan Kim, Hyunuk Kim, Su Jae Lee, Eun Ha Choi, Ki-Whan Chi, Nagendra Kumar Kaushik
The tumorigenic potentials of residual cancer stem-like cells within tumors represent limitations of current cancer therapies. Here, the authors describe the effects of synthesized flexible, ligated, supramolecular self-assembled chair type tetranuclear ruthenium (II) metallacycles (2-5) on glioblastoma and glioma stem like cells. These self-assemblies were observed to be selectively toxic to glioma cells and CD133-positive glioma stem like cells population. Of the self-assembled compounds tested, metallacycle 4 more efficiently induced glioma stem like cells death within a brain cancer cell population and simultaneously inhibited the formation of free-floating gliospheres by reducing the sphere size...
September 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943249/effects-of-crenolanib-a-nonselective-inhibitor-of-pdgfr-in-a-mouse-model-of-transient-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion
#16
Jianping Wang, Xiaojie Fu, Di Zhang, Lie Yu, Zhengfang Lu, Yufeng Gao, Xianliang Liu, Jiang Man, Sijia Li, Nan Li, Menghan Wang, Xi Liu, Xuemei Chen, Weidong Zang, Qingwu Yang, Jian Wang
Neurogenesis in the subventricular zone (SVZ) plays a vital role in neurologic recovery after stroke. However, only a small fraction of newly generated neuroblasts from the SVZ will survive long-term. Successful migration and survival of neuroblasts requires angiogenesis, lesion-derived chemo-attractants, and appropriate local microenvironments, which are partly regulated by the platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) signaling pathway. In this study, we investigated the effects of PDGFR inhibition in a mouse model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)...
November 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928160/quantitative-and-mechanistic-understanding-of-azd1775-penetration-across-human-blood-brain-barrier-in-glioblastoma-patients-using-an-ivive-pbpk-modeling-approach
#17
Jing Li, Jianmei Wu, Xun Bao, Norissa Honea, Youming Xie, Seongho Kim, Alex Sparreboom, Nader Sanai
PURPOSE: AZD1775, a first-in-class, small molecule inhibitor of the Wee1 tyrosine kinase, is under evaluation as a potential chemo- and radio-sensitizer for treating glioblastoma. This study was to prospectively, quantitatively, and mechanistically investigate the penetration of AZD1775 across human blood-brain barrier (BBB). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: AZD1775 plasma and tumor pharmacokinetics were evaluated in 20 glioblastoma patients. The drug metabolism, transcellular passive permeability, and interactions with efflux and uptake transporters were determined using human derived in vitro systems...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867318/case-report-of-regression-of-recurrent-high-grade-glioma-with-temozolomide-dexamethasone-and-levetiracetam-and-review-of-literature
#18
Ajaya Kumar A, Abu Abraham Koshy
Treatment options for recurrent glioma of brain include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and palliation. Temozolomide appears to be effective in patients with recurrent high grade gliomas. A middle aged lady had high grade glioma of corpus callosum. Tumour was excised and chemo radiation was given. It was grade 3 anaplastic oligodendroglioma. After 5 years she had significant recurrence. They were not willing for repeat surgery or radiation. She was given temozolomide and dexamethasone intermittently and levetiracetam was continued...
August 31, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859167/up-to-52-administrations-of-macrocyclic-ionic-mr-contrast-agent-are-not-associated-with-intracranial-gadolinium-deposition-multifactorial-analysis-in-385-patients
#19
Ji Ye Lee, Ji Eun Park, Ho Sung Kim, Seon-Ok Kim, Joo Young Oh, Woo Hyun Shim, Seung Chai Jung, Choong Gon Choi, Sang Joon Kim
PURPOSE: To determine whether multiple repeated administrations of gadolinium-based macrocyclic ionic MR contrast agent (MICA) are associated with intracranial gadolinium deposition and identify the predisposing factors for deposition in various clinical situations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this institutional review board-approved retrospective study, 385 consecutive patients who underwent MICA-enhanced MR imaging were enrolled. The dentate nucleus-to-pons (DN/P) and globus pallidus-to-thalamus (GP/Th) signal intensity (SI) ratios on unenhanced T1-weighted images were recorded by 2 independent readers and averaged...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830791/injectable-nanomedicine-hydrogel-for-local-chemotherapy-of-glioblastoma-after-surgical-resection
#20
C Bastiancich, J Bianco, K Vanvarenberg, B Ucakar, N Joudiou, B Gallez, G Bastiat, F Lagarce, V Préat, F Danhier
Glioblastoma (GBM) treatment includes, when possible, surgical resection of the tumor followed by radiotherapy and oral chemotherapy with temozolomide, however recurrences quickly develop around the resection cavity borders leading to patient death. We hypothesize that the local delivery of Lauroyl-gemcitabine lipid nanocapsule based hydrogel (GemC12-LNC) in the tumor resection cavity of GBM is a promising strategy as it would allow to bypass the blood brain barrier, thus reaching high local concentrations of the drug...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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