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Genetics vascular tumors

Dhouha Bacha, Abir Chaabane, Fatma Khanche, Saloua Néchi, Hassen Touinsi, Emna Chelbi
Adrenal hemangioma is an uncommon benign vascular tumor that is often discovered incidentally. It has never been reported in association with familial adenomatous polyposis. We report a case of a 60-year old man with a history of familial adenomatous polyposis, in whom a huge retroperitoneal cyst of 18x17 cm was discovered during routine radiologic evaluation. Because of the impossibility of ruling out the presence of malignancy, surgical cystectomy was performed, associated to a scheduled total colectomy. Pathological examination revealed that the cyst corresponded to an adrenal cavernous hemangioma...
August 8, 2016: Clinics and Practice
A Puzserova, I Bernatova
Stress is considered a risk factor associated with the development of various civilization diseases including cardiovascular diseases, malignant tumors and mental disorders. Research investigating mechanisms involved in stress-induced hypertension have attracted much attention of physicians and researchers, however, there are still ambiguous results concerning a causal relationship between stress and long-term elevation of blood pressure (BP). Several studies have observed that mechanisms involved in the development of stress-induced hypertension include increased activity of sympathetic nervous system (SNS), glucocorticoid (GC) overload and altered endothelial function including decreased nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
Hui Han, Jinzhou Zhu, Yaqiong Wang, Zhengbin Zhu, Yanjia Chen, Lin Lu, Wei Jin, Xiaoxiang Yan, Ruiyan Zhang
Renal fibrosis is a significant threat to public health globally. Diverse primary aetiologies eventually result in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and immune cells influence this process. The roles of monocytes/macrophages, T cells and mast cells have been carefully examined, whilst only a few studies have focused on the effect of B cells. We investigated B cell function in tubulointerstitial fibrosis induced by unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO), using genetic B cell-deficient μMT mice or CD20 antibody-mediated B cell depleted mice...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Andreas Svensson, Tania Ramos-Moreno, Sofia Eberstål, Stefan Scheding, Johan Bengzon
Gene profiling has revealed that malignant gliomas can be divided into four distinct molecular subtypes, where tumors with a mesenchymal gene expression are correlated with short survival. The present investigation was undertaken to clarify whether human malignant gliomas contain endogenous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC), fulfilling consensus criteria defined by The International Society for Cellular Therapy, recruited from the host. We found that MSC-like cells can be isolated from primary human malignant gliomas...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Jingjiang Pi, Ting Tao, Tao Zhuang, Huimin Sun, Xiaoli Chen, Jie Liu, Yu Cheng, Zuoren Yu, Helen H Zhu, Wei-Qiang Gao, Yuanzhen Suo, Xunbin Wei, Paul Chan, Xiangjian Zheng, Ying Tian, Edward Morrisey, Lin Zhang, Yuzhen Zhang
RATIONALE: Angiogenic hypersprouting and leaky vessels are essential for tumor growth. MicroRNAs have unique therapeutic advantages by targeting multiple pathways of tumor-associated angiogenesis, but the function of individual miRNAs of miR302-367cluster in angiogenesis and tumors has not yet been fully evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the functions of miR302-367 in developmental angiogenesis and tumor angiogenesis and explore the molecular mechanisms of microRNA for the treatment of pathological neovascularization-related diseases...
October 18, 2016: Circulation Research
Emire Seyahi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Takayasu arteritis has long been considered as an uncommon disease, rather specific to the Far-East; however recent surveys show that the disease can be seen in all ethnicities around the world with increasing prevalence rates. Nowadays, it would not be fair to consider Takayasu arteritis as a rare disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Although involvement of the thoracic aorta and its branches was more common among females, males had a tendency toward limited involvement of the abdominal aorta and its branches...
September 29, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Nikolas M Eleftheriou, Jonas Sjölund, Matteo Bocci, Eliane Cortez, Se-Jin Lee, Sara I Cunha, Kristian Pietras
Angiogenesis occurs early in tumor development, sustains primary tumor growth and provides a route for metastatic escape. The TGF-β family receptors modulate angiogenesis via endothelial-cell specific pathways. Here we investigate the interaction of two such receptors, ALK1 and endoglin, in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNET). Independently, ALK1 and endoglin deficiencies exhibited genetically divergent phenotypes, while both highly correlate to an endothelial metagene in human and mouse PanNETs. A concurrent deficiency of both receptors synergistically decreased tumor burden to a greater extent than either individual knockdown...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
P Karásek, M Hermanová
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a highly aggressive disease with 5-year overall survival not exceeding 5%. In the Czech Republic, the incidence of this tumor has been increasing; according to recent statistics, the Czech Republic is already number one worldwide in the occurrence of this malignancy. Delayed diagnosis due to asymptomatic course of the disease in the early stages is characteristic for this disease. AIM: The objective of this article is to give an overview of the most important factors, which according to current knowledge of pancreatic adenocarcinoma have a prognostic and predictive potential...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Verena Zoller, Jan-Bernd Funcke, Michaela Keuper, Muad Abd El Hay, Klaus-Michael Debatin, Martin Wabitsch, Pamela Fischer-Posovszky
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) and other ligands of the TNF superfamily are potent regulators of adipose tissue metabolism and play a crucial role in the obesity-induced inflammation of adipose tissue. Adipose tissue expression levels of TRAIL (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) and its receptor were shown to be upregulated by overfeeding and decreased by fasting in mice. In the present study we aimed to elucidate the impact of TRAIL on adipogenesis. To this end, human Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome (SGBS) preadipocytes as well as stromal-vascular cells isolated from human white adipose tissue were used as model systems...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Heather Nesbitt, Niall Maurice Byrne, Nicole Williams, Louise Ming, Jenny Worthington, Rachel J Errington, Laurence H Patterson, Paul Smith, Stephanie R McKeown, Declan J McKenna
Purpose To understand the role of hypoxia in prostate tumor progression, and to evaluate the ability of the novel unidirectional hypoxia-activated prodrug OCT1002 to enhance the anti-tumor effect of bicalutamide. Experimental Design The effect of OCT1002 on prostate cancer cells (LNCaP, 22Rv1, PC3) was measured in normoxia and hypoxia in vitro. In vivo, tumor growth and lung metastases were measured in mice treated with bicalutamide, OCT1002, or a combination. Dorsal skin fold chambers were used to image tumor vasculature in vivo...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Giselle A Suero-Abreu, Orlando Aristizábal, Benjamin B Bartelle, Eugenia Volkova, Joe J Rodríguez, Daniel H Turnbull
PURPOSE: In this study, we evaluated a genetic approach for in vivo multimodal molecular imaging of vasculature in a mouse model of melanoma. PROCEDURES: We used a novel transgenic mouse, Ts-Biotag, that genetically biotinylates vascular endothelial cells. After inoculating these mice with B16 melanoma cells, we selectively targeted endothelial cells with (strept)avidinated contrast agents to achieve multimodal contrast enhancement of Tie2-expressing blood vessels during tumor progression...
September 27, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Sushmita Ghatak, Stephan Niland, Jan-Niklas Schulz, Fang Wang, Johannes A Eble, Michael Leitges, Cornelia Mauch, Thomas Krieg, Paola Zigrino, Beate Eckes
Integrins are transmembrane receptors composed of one α subunit and one β subunit and involved in cellular growth, differentiation, and apoptosis. The collagen-binding integrins α1β1 and α2β1 have been shown to regulate wound and tumor vascularization by different mechanisms. In this study, we assessed wound and tumor vascularization in mice with genetic ablation of both integrin subunits α1 and α2, which resulted in loss of integrins α1β1 and α2β1. Wound angiogenesis was investigated in excisional wounds that were inflicted on the back skin of control and mice lacking integrin α1β1 and α2β1...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Tatiana Kelil, Abhishek R Keraliya, Stephanie A Howard, Katherine M Krajewski, Marta Braschi-Amirfarzan, Jason L Hornick, Nikhil H Ramaiya, Sree Harsha Tirumani
Substantial improvement in the understanding of the oncogenic pathways in thyroid cancer has led to identification of specific molecular alterations, including mutations of BRAF and RET in papillary thyroid cancer, mutation of RAS and rearrangement of PPARG in follicular thyroid cancer, mutation of RET in medullary thyroid cancer, and mutations of TP53 and in the phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase (PI3K)/AKT1 pathway in anaplastic thyroid cancer. Ultrasonography (US) and US-guided biopsy remain cornerstones in the initial workup of thyroid cancer...
September 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Bei Xu, Quansheng Jin, Jun Zeng, Ting Yu, Yan Chen, Shuangzhi Li, Daoqiong Gong, Lili He, Xiaoyue Tan, Li Yang, Gu He, Jinhui Wu, Xiangrong Song
A rational combination is critical to achieve efficiently synergistic therapeutic efficacy for tumor treatment. Hence, we designed novel antitumor combinations (T-NPs) by integrating the tumor vascular and tumor cells dual-targeting ligand with antiangiogenesis/antitumor agents. The truncated bFGF peptide (tbFGF), which could effectively bind to FGFR1 overexpressed on tumor neovasculature endothelial cells and tumor cells, was selected to modify PLGA nanoparticles (D/P-NPs) simultaneously loaded with PEDF gene and paclitaxel in this study...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kayoko Hosaka, Yunlong Yang, Takahiro Seki, Carina Fischer, Olivier Dubey, Erik Fredlund, Johan Hartman, Piotr Religa, Hiromasa Morikawa, Yoko Ishii, Masakiyo Sasahara, Ola Larsson, Giulio Cossu, Renhai Cao, Sharon Lim, Yihai Cao
Vascular pericytes, an important cellular component in the tumor microenvironment, are often associated with tumor vasculatures, and their functions in cancer invasion and metastasis are poorly understood. Here we show that PDGF-BB induces pericyte-fibroblast transition (PFT), which significantly contributes to tumor invasion and metastasis. Gain- and loss-of-function experiments demonstrate that PDGF-BB-PDGFRβ signaling promotes PFT both in vitro and in in vivo tumors. Genome-wide expression analysis indicates that PDGF-BB-activated pericytes acquire mesenchymal progenitor features...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Sumihito Nobusawa, Satoshi Nakata, Junko Hirato, Takahiro Kawashima, Koji Sato, Hiroya Fujimaki, Naoki Okura, Hayato Ikota, Hideaki Yokoo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 5, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Viola Lanier, Corey Gillespie, Merle Leffers, Danielle Daley-Brown, Joy Milner, Crystal Lipsey, Nia Webb, Leonard M Anderson, Gale Newman, Johannes Waltenberger, Ruben Rene Gonzalez-Perez
Leptin increases vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), VEGF receptor-2 (VEGFR-2), and Notch expression in cancer cells, and transphosphorylates VEGFR-2 in endothelial cells. However, the mechanisms involved in leptin's actions in endothelial cells are not completely known. Here we investigated whether a leptin-VEGFR-Notch axis is involved in these leptin's actions. To this end, human umbilical vein and porcine aortic endothelial cells (wild type and genetically modified to overexpress VEGFR-1 or -2) were cultured in the absence of VEGF and treated with leptin and inhibitors of Notch (gamma-secretase inhibitors: DAPT and S2188, and silencing RNA), VEGFR (kinase inhibitor: SU5416, and silencing RNA) and leptin receptor, OB-R (pegylated leptin peptide receptor antagonist 2: PEG-LPrA2)...
October 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Esterina D'Asti, Brian Meehan, Janusz Rak
Angiogenesis represents one aspect in the complex process that leads to the generation of the vascular tumor stroma. The related functional constituents include responses of endothelial, mural, bone marrow-derived, and resident inflammatory cells as well as activation of coagulation and fibrinolytic systems in blood. Multiple molecular and cellular effectors participate in these events, often in a tumor-specific manner and with changes enforced through the microenvironment, genetic evolution, and responses to anticancer therapies...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Marina Venero Galanternik, Amber N Stratman, Hyun Min Jung, Matthew G Butler, Brant M Weinstein
The lymphatic vasculature is comprised of a network of endothelial vessels found in close proximity to but separated from the blood vasculature. An essential tissue component of all vertebrates, lymphatics are responsible for the maintenance of fluid homeostasis, dissemination of immune cells, and lipid reabsorption under healthy conditions. When lymphatic vessels are impaired due to invasive surgery, genetic disorders, or parasitic infections, severe fluid build-up accumulates in the affected tissues causing a condition known as lymphedema...
November 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
Désirée Schönenberger, Michal Rajski, Sabine Harlander, Ian J Frew
One of the earliest requirements for the formation of a solid tumor is the establishment of an adequate blood supply. Clear cell renal cell carcinomas (ccRCC) are highly vascularized tumors in which the earliest genetic event is most commonly the biallelic inactivation of the VHL tumor suppressor gene, leading to constitutive activation of the HIF-1α and HIF-2α transcription factors, which are known angiogenic factors. However it remains unclear whether either or both HIF-1α or HIF-2α stabilization in normal renal epithelial cells are necessary or sufficient for alterations in blood vessel formation...
August 12, 2016: Oncotarget
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