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Vertebral tumor

Giancarlo D'Andrea, Giovanni Sessa, Veronica Picotti, Antonino Raco
We report the case of a large lumbar schwannoma eroding the vertebra and originating from spinal canal with invasion of the retroperitoneal space. We also review all the cases in literature reporting lumbar schwannomas eroding the vertebral bodies and invading the retroperitoneal space focusing on the surgical strategies to manage them. Spinal CT-scan revealed a 44 mm × 55 mm inhomogeneous soft-tissue mass arising from the right L5-S1 neural foramen and its most anterior portion had a clear colliquative aspect...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
Lydia Edjekouane, Samira Benhadjeba, Maïka Jangal, Hubert Fleury, Nicolas Gévry, Euridice Carmona, André Tremblay
Chromosomal and genome abnormalities at the 3p21.3 locus are frequent events linked to epithelial cancers, including ovarian and breast cancers. Genes encoded in the 3p21.3 cluster include HYAL1, HYAL2 and HYAL3 members of hyaluronidases involved in the breakdown of hyaluronan, an abundant component of the vertebrate extracellular matrix. However, the transcriptional regulation of HYAL genes is poorly defined. Here, we identified the estrogen receptor ERα as a negative regulator of HYAL1 expression in breast cancer cells...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Zeynep Maraş Özdemir, Ayşegül Sağır Kahraman, Cemile Ayşe Görmeli, Reşit Sevimli, Nusret Akpolat
BACKGROUND: Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), typically found in children, is a rare single or multisystem disorder with a wide range of clinical and radiological manifestations. Unusual presentations of LCH are occasionally encountered and it may be difficult to distinguish LCH from an infection or a benign or malignant tumor. RESULTS: A 35-year-old female presented with pain in her back and left buttock, malaise, and weight loss, with a duration of several months...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Masateru Nagae, Yasuo Mikami, Kentaro Mizuno, Tomohisa Harada, Takumi Ikeda, Hitoshi Tonomura, Ryota Takatori, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Toshikazu Kubo
INTRODUCTION: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement is useful for spinal reconstruction, but can cause complications including new vertebral fractures, neurological disorders and pulmonary embolism. We report a case in PMMA cement used for spinal reconstruction after tumor curettage dislodged and penetrated the gastrointestinal tract. DIAGNOSES: The patient was diagnosed with a retroperitoneal extragonadal germ cell tumor at age 27 years. After chemotherapy and tumor resection, the tumor remained...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
William J Gammerdinger, Matthew A Conte, Jean-François Baroiller, Helena D'Cotta, Thomas D Kocher
BACKGROUND: Inversions and other structural polymorphisms often reduce the rate of recombination between sex chromosomes, making it impossible to fine map sex-determination loci using traditional genetic mapping techniques. Here we compare distantly related species of tilapia that each segregate an XY system of sex-determination on linkage group 1. We use whole genome sequencing to identify shared sex-patterned polymorphisms, which are candidates for the ancestral sex-determination mutation...
October 18, 2016: BMC Genomics
Trevor W Moore, R Timothy Bentley, Sarah A Moore, Michele Provencher, Emma E Warry, Rebecca Kohnken, Hock Gan Heng
Published information regarding canine vertebral column mast cell tumors (MCTs) is limited. The objectives of this study were to report clinical and advanced imaging findings for a group of dogs with confirmed spinal MCT. Inclusion criteria for this retrospective case series were dogs with spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans and a histological diagnosis of spinal MCT. Clinical, imaging, treatment, and outcome data were recorded. Four dogs met inclusion criteria. One dog had primary spinal MCT and three dogs had metastatic spinal MCT...
October 9, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Aleksey Chudnovskiy, Arthur Mortha, Veronika Kana, Andrea Kennard, Juan David Ramirez, Adeeb Rahman, Romain Remark, Ilaria Mogno, Ruby Ng, Sasha Gnjatic, El-Ad David Amir, Alexander Solovyov, Benjamin Greenbaum, Jose Clemente, Jeremiah Faith, Yasmine Belkaid, Michael E Grigg, Miriam Merad
While conventional pathogenic protists have been extensively studied, there is an underappreciated constitutive protist microbiota that is an integral part of the vertebrate microbiome. The impact of these species on the host and their potential contributions to mucosal immune homeostasis remain poorly studied. Here, we show that the protozoan Tritrichomonas musculis activates the host epithelial inflammasome to induce IL-18 release. Epithelial-derived IL-18 promotes dendritic cell-driven Th1 and Th17 immunity and confers dramatic protection from mucosal bacterial infections...
October 6, 2016: Cell
Tomoyuki Masuda, Masahiko Taniguchi
Semaphorins are a large family of proteins characterized by sema domains and play a key role not only in the formation of neural circuits, but in the immune system, angiogenesis, tumor progression, and bone metabolism. To date, 15 semaphorins have been reported to be involved in the formation of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) in higher vertebrates. A number of experiments have revealed their functions in the PNS, where they act mainly as axonal guidance cues (as repellents or attractants). Semaphorins also play an important role in the migration of neurons and formation of sensory-motor connections in the PNS...
October 7, 2016: Cell Adhesion & Migration
Homare Eda, Loredana Santo, G David Roodman, Noopur Raje
Bone involvement represented by osteolytic bone disease (OBD) or osteopenia is one of the pathognomonic and defining characteristics of multiple myeloma (MM). Nearly 90 % of patients with MM develop osteolytic bone lesions, frequently complicated by skeletal-related events (SRE) such as severe bone pain, pathological fractures, vertebral collapse, hypercalcemia, and spinal cord compression. All of these not only result in a negative impact on quality of life but also adversely impact overall survival. OBD is a consequence of increased osteoclast (OC) activation along with osteoblast (OB) inhibition, resulting in altered bone remodeling...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Sasikarn Chamchod, Clifton D Fuller, Abdallah S R Mohamed, Aaron Grossberg, Jay A Messer, Jolien Heukelom, G Brandon Gunn, Micheal E Kantor, Hillary Eichelberger, Adam S Garden, David I Rosenthal
OBJECTIVES: We undertook a challenge to determine if one or more height-weight formula(e) can be clinically used as a surrogate for direct CT-based imaging assessment of body composition before and after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, who are at risk for cancer- and therapy-associated cachexia/sarcopenia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective single-institution study included 215 HNC patients, treated with curative radiotherapy between 2003 and 2013...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Chuanyuan Tao, Jiajing Wang, Yuekang Zhang, Shirong Qi, Fan Liu, Chao You
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral vasospasm can occur after skull base tumor removal. Few studies concentrated on the posterior circulation vasospasm after tumor resection in the posterior fossa. We aimed to identify the risk factors associated with postoperative vertebrobasilar vasospasm after tumor resection in the foramen magnum. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data of 62 patients with tumors in the foramen magnum at our institution from January 2010 to January 2015...
2016: PloS One
Dirk Rades, Antonio J Conde-Moreno, Jon Cacicedo, Barbara Segedin, Volker Rudat, Steven E Schild
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists whether patients with spinal cord compression (SCC) from a highly radiosensitive tumor require decompressive spinal surgery in addition to radiotherapy (RT). This study addressed the question by evaluating patients receiving RT alone for SCC from myeloma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data of 238 patients were retrospectively analyzed for response to RT and local control of SCC. In addition, the effect of RT on motor function (improvement, no further progression, deterioration) was evaluated...
September 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
K A Kumar, E C White, C K Ho, M Azoulay, D K Fujimoto, S Aggarwal, I C Gibbs, J R Adler, S L Hancock, C Y H Choi, S G Soltys
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Baptiste Pichon, Loïc Campion, Grégory Delpon, François Thillays, Christian Carrie, Patrice Cellier, Pascal Pommier, Cécile Laude, Augustin Mervoyer, Hadji Hamidou, Marc-André Mahé, Stéphane Supiot
INTRODUCTION: Hypofractionated stereotactic radiation therapy (HSRT) for vertebral metastases gives good results in terms of local control but increases the risk of fracture in the treated volume. Preclinical and clinical studies have shown that zoledronate not only reduces the risk of fracture and stimulates osteoclastic remodeling but also increases the immune response and radiosensitivity. This study aimed to evaluate the tolerability and effectiveness of zoledronate in association with radiation therapy...
July 30, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Monica R Hensley, Rhys F M Chua, Yuk Fai Leung, Jer-Yen Yang, GuangJun Zhang
BACKGROUND: The mouse double minute 1 (Mdm1) gene was first reported and cloned in mouse tumor cell lines as an oncogene candidate. Later, it was found that mutation of Mdm1 might cause age-related retinal degeneration 2 in mice by genetic linkage analysis. Additionally, the MDM1 protein was found to be expressed in the centrosomes, cilia, and the nucleus of multiciliated tracheal epithelial cells in mice. These observations suggest that MDM1 may have some basal functions in cell physiology...
2016: PloS One
Huilin Yang, Hao Liu, Shenghao Wang, Kailun Wu, Bin Meng, Tao Liu
STUDY DESIGN: Review article. OBJECTIVE: The article mainly reviewed the development and current situation of percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP) in China, aiming to introduce native efforts and progress for PKP procedure on the exploring road. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Since PKP was first reported in China in 2002, Chinese orthopedic researchers have performed lots of clinical applications and studies on the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture, spinal metastatic tumor, hemangioma, myeloma, vertebral nonunion, and so on...
October 2016: Spine
Yutong Gu, Jian Dong, Xiaoxing Jiang, Yichao Wang
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To describe minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation (MIPS) combined with percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP), minimally invasive decompression and partial tumor resection for the treatment of thoracic metastasis with symptoms of neurologic compression and evaluate the feasibility, efficacy, and safety. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Neurologic decompression, spinal tumor resection, and stabilization with instrumentation should be performed from an anterior, a posterior, or a combined approach for spinal metastatic tumors with symptoms of neurologic compression...
October 2016: Spine
Hanna Tukachinsky, Kostadin Petrov, Miyako Watanabe, Adrian Salic
The Hedgehog cell-cell signaling pathway is crucial for animal development, and its misregulation is implicated in numerous birth defects and cancers. In unstimulated cells, pathway activity is inhibited by the tumor suppressor membrane protein, Patched. Hedgehog signaling is triggered by the secreted Hedgehog ligand, which binds and inhibits Patched, thus setting in motion the downstream events in signal transduction. Despite its critical importance, the mechanism by which Hedgehog antagonizes Patched has remained unknown...
October 4, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Debarshi Banerjee
Gap junctions are cell-to-cell junctions that are located in the basolateral surface of two adjoining cells. A gap junction channel is composed of a family of proteins called connexins. Gap junction channels maintain intercellular communication between two cells through the exchange of ions, small metabolites, and electrical signals. Gap junction channels or connexins are widespread in terms of their expression and function in maintaining the development, differentiation, and homeostasis of vertebrate tissues...
2016: International Journal of Cell Biology
Soheila Raysi Dehcordi, Alessandro Ricci, Alessandro Chiominto, Danilo De Paulis, Hambra Di Vitantonio, Renato J Galzio
BACKGROUND: Extradural spinal mass lesions are most commonly metastatic tumors. Extradural meningiomas are rare, accounting for approximately 2.5-3.5% of spinal meningiomas; intraoperatively, they are easily mistaken for malignant tumors, especially in the en plaque variety, resulting in inadequate surgical treatment. CASE DESCRIPTION: Our case is one of the first to describe a patient with two purely extradural meningiomas, one each between D3-D4 and between D5-D6 vertebral levels...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
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