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Gastrointestinal tumors

Fathima Kamil, Julie H Rowe
The tumor microenvironment (TME) is defined as the structural and dynamic network of cellular and non-cellular interactions between malignant cells and the surrounding non-malignant matrix. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are two of the most challenging gastrointestinal malignancies. Despite clinical advancements in understanding tumor biology and growth of the chemotherapeutic industry, there have been no corresponding improvements in prognosis and overall survival of HCC and PDAC...
February 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
William H Jin, Eric A Mellon, Jessica M Frakes, Gilbert Z Murimwa, Pamela J Hodul, Jose M Pimiento, Mokenge P Malafa, Sarah E Hoffe
Background: Total psoas area (TPA), a marker of sarcopenia, has been used as an independent predictor of clinical outcomes in gastrointestinal (GI) cancers as a proxy for frailty and nutritional status. Our study aimed to evaluate whether TPA, in contrast to traditional measurements of nutrition like body mass index (BMI) and body surface area (BSA), was predictive of outcomes in borderline resectable pancreatic cancer (BRPC) and locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) patients receiving stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)...
February 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Tagore Sunkara, Eric Omar Then, Madhavi Reddy, Vinaya Gaduputi
Schwannomas most commonly manifest as acoustic neuromas in the vestibulo-cochlear nerve (CN VIII). These may occur unilaterally as primary tumors, or bilaterally secondary to neurofibromatosis type 2. More rarely, they present in extra-cranial sites, including the gastrointestinal tract. Gastrointestinal schwannomas are believed to arise from Auerbach's plexus in the muscularis propria, and are classified as mesenchymal tumors. Here, we report a rare case of a 49-year-old woman who had surgical resection of a gastric mass which was eventually diagnosed as gastric schwannoma...
March 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Andrew VonHandorf, Francisco Javier Sánchez-Martín, Jacek Biesiada, Hongxia Zhang, Xiang Zhang, Mario Medvedovic, Alvaro Puga
Hexavalent chromium compounds are well-established respiratory carcinogens used in industrial processes. While inhalation exposure constitutes an occupational risk affecting mostly chromium workers, environmental exposure from drinking water is a widespread gastrointestinal cancer risk, affecting millions of people throughout the world. Cr(VI) is genotoxic, forming protein-Cr-DNA adducts and silencing tumor suppressor genes, but its mechanism of action at the molecular level is poorly understood. Our prior work using FAIRE showed that Cr(VI) disrupted the binding of transcription factors CTCF and AP-1 to their cognate chromatin sites...
March 21, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Jennifer J Mueller, Henrik Lajer, Berit Jul Mosgaard, Slim Bach Hamba, Philippe Morice, Sebastien Gouy, Yaser Hussein, Robert A Soslow, Brooke A Schlappe, Qin C Zhou, Alexia Iasonos, Claus Høgdall, Alexandra Leary, Roisin E OʼCearbhaill, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum
OBJECTIVE: We sought to describe a large, international cohort of patients diagnosed with primary mucinous ovarian carcinoma (PMOC) across 3 tertiary medical centers to evaluate differences in patient characteristics, surgical/adjuvant treatment strategies, and oncologic outcomes. METHODS: This was a retrospective review spanning 1976-2014. All tumors were centrally reviewed by an expert gynecologic pathologist. Each center used a combination of clinical and histologic criteria to confirm a PMOC diagnosis...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Zhiyan Fu, Chunlai Zuo, Christine E Sheehan, Deepa T Patil, Jingmei Lin, Zhaohai Yang, Hwajeong Lee
Although nuclear immunostaining for paired box protein (PAX5) is widely used in practice, its cytoplasmic localization has not been evaluated. Recently we encountered cytoplasmic granular PAX5 staining in rectal well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumor (WD-NET) in the absence of nuclear staining. We investigated the specificity of this staining pattern for rectal NET (n=21) in comparison with 108 NETs, 1 WD rectal NET with elevated proliferation (WD-NET G3), and 40 poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas from the gastrointestinal and pancreatobiliary tract and liver...
March 20, 2018: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
Elias Fiani, François Guisset, Quitterie Fontanges, Jacques Devière, Arnaud Lemmers
INTRODUCTION : Esophagitis dissecans superficialis (EDS) is a rare desquamative disorder of the eso-phagus, characterized by sloughing of the superficial mucosa. It is a benign entity of uncertain etiology. Most cases of EDS are idiopathic but can be caused by medications, hot beverages, chemical irritants, celiac disease and many skin conditions. AIM: Knowing that few case series have described this entity, we decided to review all the cases diagnosed in our center to characterize them...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
A Al Khoury, C-Y Chao, S Camilleri-Broet, T Bessissow
We report an unusual case of hamartomatous polyposis with malignant complications in a patient with ulcerative colitis on golimumab and previous thiopurine therapy. This patient was evaluated for iron deficiency anemia and underwent hemicolectomy for extensive right-side predominant inflammatory pseudopolyps. Anemia persisted post-colectomy and subsequent gastroscopy showed a fungating polypoid lesion along with numerous carpet-like strawberry appearing polyps in the stomach extending from the gastro-esophageal junction to the distal part of the antrum, necessitating a gastrectomy...
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Patricia Guzman Rojas, Jignesh Parikh, Priya Vishnubhotla, Jeannette Vergeli-Rojas
Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is an infrequent cause of malignancy that accounts for 1% of all tumors of the oral and maxillofacial region. We present a 59-year-old woman with a past medical history of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the left salivary gland treated with radiation and thoracotomy due to lung metastasis. Years after the onset of diagnosis, she presented with nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms. For this reason, an abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan was done, revealing a liver mass in the right lobe, involving segments eight and five, concerning for malignancy...
January 18, 2018: Curēus
Philip R Cohen
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer. Myoepithelial cells are specialized epithelial cells. Basal cell carcinoma with myoepithelial differentiation is a rare tumor. A 71-year-old man with a basal cell carcinoma with myoepithelial differentiation that presented as an asymptomatic red papule of two months duration on his forehead is described. Including the reported patient, this variant of basal cell carcinoma has been described in 16 patients: 11 men and five women. The patients ranged in age at diagnosis from 43 years to 83 years; the median age at diagnosis was 66 years...
January 17, 2018: Curēus
Hyunsik Bae, Michael Van Vrancken, Tae Wook Kang, Ha Young Park, Jinah Chu, Hyung Kyu Park, Sang Yun Ha, Dongil Choi, Kyoung-Mee Kim
Background/Aims: To determine the incidence of regional lymphadenopathy in gastrointestinal (GI) schwannoma and to evaluate the relationship between peritumoral lymphoid cuff and lymphadenopathy. Methods: We queried 118 GI tract schwannomas and reviewed radiologic findings, intraoperative findings, and electronic medical records of all cases for enlarged regional lymph nodes. Results: Location of tumors included 85 gastric (72%), 11 colonic (9...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
W Wild, F Bormann, H Sweiti, N Tamimi, D Pichulek, M Divo, P Dörr, M Schwarzbach
Introduction: We report a case of Clostridium perfringens septicemia in a patient presenting with a bleeding ulcer of a jejunal interposition. Case Presentation: An 81-year-old female patient was acutely admitted to our hospital due to hematemesis and melena. She had a history of metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor, for which she was receiving second line treatment with sunitinib. She had also undergone a Merendino procedure 4 years prior to presentation. The patient underwent emergency gastroscopy, which revealed a bleeding ulcer in the jejunal interposition...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Gengyuan Zhang, Hengrui Du, Zhenjiang Wang, Yanxian Ren, Keshen Wang, Zuoyi Jiao
Gastric cancer is one of the most common malignant gastrointestinal tumors. Docetaxel alone or combination with other drugs can attenuate the progress of disease, prolong the overall response rate and the median overall survival rate in advanced gastric cancer. However, the incidence of toxicities is high. Moreover, there is no uniform standard for dosage and course for docetaxel treatment. Currently, its efficacy is not definite.
February 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Jian-Wei Lou, Liang-Liang Cao, Qiao Zhang, Dong-Jing Jiang, Wei-Feng Yao, Bei-Hua Bao, Yu-Dan Cao, Yu-Ping Tang, Li Zhang, Kun Wang, Guan-Cheng Dai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Kansui, the root of Euphorbia kansui S.L.Liou ex S.B.Ho (E.kansui), is a classical traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with certain toxicity. According to the theory of TCM, kansui fry-baked with vinegar (VEK) possesses low toxicity and mild diuretic and purgative efficacy. In clinical practice, it is commonly used for the treatment of ascites and oliguria. The present study aimed to evaluate the toxicity and efficacy of different fractions of VEK and reveal the underlying material basis by employing an animal model of malignant ascites effusion (MAE) in rats...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Jin-Xuan Fan, Zi-Hao Li, Xin-Hua Liu, Diwei Zheng, Ying Chen, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Oral drug administration is widely adopted for diverse drugs, and enjoys the convenience of use and capbility to reach different parts of the body via the bloodstream. However, it is generally not feasible for biomacromolecular anti-tumor drugs such as protein and nucleic acids due to the the limited absorption through gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and the poor tumor targeting. Here, we report a non-invasive thermally-sensitive programmable therapetic system using bacteria E. coli MG1655 as an vehicle for tumor treatments via oral administration...
March 20, 2018: Nano Letters
Dariusz Janczak, Jacek Rać, Wiktor Pawłowski, Tadeusz Dorobisz, Agnieszka Ziomek, Dawid Janczak, Michał Leśniak, Mariusz Chabowski
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumors of the digestive system. The primary location of GISTs is mainly the gastrointestinal system. Clinical symptoms are nonspecific and mainly depend on the location and size of the tumor. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to conduct a clinical and pathological analysis of 18 cases of GISTs from the medical records of the Department of Surgery at the 4th Military Teaching Hospital in Wrocław, Poland...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Fang Wang, Jingyi Wu, Zhichao Qiu, Xiaosong Ge, Xingxiang Liu, Chun Zhang, Wenhuan Xu, Fengming Wang, Dong Hua, Xiaowei Qi, Yong Mao
Acyl-CoA thioesterase 1 (ACOT1) is an important isoform of the ACOT family that catalyzes the reaction of fatty acyl-CoAs to CoA-SH and free fatty acids. Recent studies of gastrointestinal tumor metabolism suggest that there is abnormal metabolism of lipids and fatty acids during tumor progression. However, the function and contribution of ACOT1 in gastric cancer development are still poorly understood. Additionally, GLI3 is a major transcription factor in the regulation of hedgehog (Hh) signaling. GLI3 mutations induce glandular expansion and intestinal metaplasia in gastric cancer, which indicates a role for GLI3 in the preneoplastic process...
March 16, 2018: Human Pathology
Ting-Ying Lee, Chia-Wen Wang, Teng-Wei Chen, De-Chuan Chan, Guo-Shiou Liao, Hsiu-Lung Fan
BACKGROUND: Gallbladder cancer is unusually seen but can result in highly mortality rate. It makes challenge to diagnose for clinicians due to present asymptomatic or non-specific clinical presentation including abdominal pain, anorexia. It usually also accompanies with cholelithiasis (incidence is 1-2%) and incidentally detected by radiologic examination such as ultrasound, computed tomography or intra-operative intervention accidentally. Gallbladder cancer results in highly fatal malignancy because it is difficult to early detect...
March 20, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Chizu Kameda, Hideaki Miwa, Ryohei Kawabata, Daiki Marukawa, Masahiro Murakami, Shingo Noura, Junzo Shimizu, Junichi Hasegawa
An inflammatory fibroid polyp (IFP) is a mesenchymal tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. IFPs in the small intestine are the most frequently detected with symptoms, such as abdominal pain and tarry stool due to intussusception. Accordingly, few studies have reported jejunal IFP as a cause of occult gastrointestinal bleeding (OGIB) diagnosed via both of capsule endoscopy (CE) and double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE). A 68-year-old woman presented with a progression of anemia and a positive fecal occult blood test result...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Endoscopy
Se Eun Ha, Lai Wei, Brian G Jorgensen, Moon Young Lee, Paul J Park, Sandra M Poudrier, Seungil Ro
Intestinal obstructions, that impede or block peristaltic movement, can be caused by abdominal adhesions and most gastrointestinal (GI) diseases including tumorous growths. However, the cellular remodeling mechanisms involved in, and caused by, intestinal obstructions are poorly understood. Several animal models of intestinal obstructions have been developed, but the mouse model is the most cost/time effective. The mouse model uses the surgical implantation of an intestinal partial obstruction (PO) that has a high mortality rate if it is not performed correctly...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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