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Even Hovig Fyllingen, Anne Line Stensjøen, Erik Magnus Berntsen, Ole Solheim, Ingerid Reinertsen
To facilitate a more widespread use of volumetric tumor segmentation in clinical studies, there is an urgent need for reliable, user-friendly segmentation software. The aim of this study was therefore to compare three different software packages for semi-automatic brain tumor segmentation of glioblastoma; namely BrainVoyagerTM QX, ITK-Snap and 3D Slicer, and to make data available for future reference. Pre-operative, contrast enhanced T1-weighted 1.5 or 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans were obtained in 20 consecutive patients who underwent surgery for glioblastoma...
2016: PloS One
Chun-Hao Li, Sa-Hoe Lim, Hyang-Hwa Ryu, Kyung-Sub Moon, Tae-Young Jung, Shin Jung
Stereotactic radiosurgery has been recognized as an effective treatment approach for metastatic brain tumors. By increasing the sensitivity of the tumor to radiation and decreasing the marginal dose, it is possible to improve therapeutic efficacy and decrease side-effects. In radiation-induced cells, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling mediates the phosphorylation of H2AX, which indicates DNA damage sensitivity and modulates the effect of radiation. Lewis lung cancer (LLC) and breast cancer (4T1) cells were irradiated with a Gamma Knife in cell culture tubes...
October 25, 2016: Oncology Reports
Eva Vidomanova, Peter Racay, Ivana Pilchova, Erika Halasova, Jozef Hatok
Glioblastoma (GB) is the most frequent and biologically the most aggressive primary brain tumor in adults. Standard treatment for newly diagnosed GB consists of surgical resection, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Resistance to therapy is a major obstacle, even with optimal treatment with a survival median of only 12-15 months. The heterogeneity and treatment response of GB makes this tumor type a challenging area of research. The aim of our study was to study the response of normal human astrocyte (HA) and human GB (T98G) cell lines to apoptosis inhibitors in vitro...
October 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
Lloyd Hamilton, Katy R Astell, Gergana Velikova, Dirk Sieger
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and deadliest form of brain cancer. Glioblastomas are infiltrated by a high number of microglia, which promote tumor growth and surrounding tissue invasion. However, it is unclear how microglia and glioma cells physically interact and if there are differences, depending on glioma cell type. Hence, we have developed a novel live imaging assay to study microglia-glioma interactions in vivo in the zebrafish brain. We transplanted well-established human glioblastoma cell lines, U87 and U251, into transgenic zebrafish lines with labelled macrophages/microglia...
October 25, 2016: Zebrafish
Hong Tao, Yiran Cai, Liang Shi, Junfang Tang, Zhidong Liu, Zitong Wang, Lianqi Bai, Zhe Liu
BACKGROUND: Recent research into lung cancer-related driver genes has identified a distinctive molecular subtype of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) - anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive NSCLC. We evaluated the clinical features and survival rates of ALK-positive lung adenocarcinoma patients who had undergone surgery but had not received ALK inhibitor therapy, along with the characteristics of patients with distant metastases. METHODS: Clinical data of 40 patients with ALK-positive, postsurgical lung adenocarcinoma were retrospectively analyzed...
October 24, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Thomas Lange, Cheng-Wen Ko, Ping-Hong Lai, Michael Dacko, Shang-Yueh Tsai, Martin Buechert
Valine and lactate have been recognized as important metabolic markers to diagnose brain abscess by means of MRS. However, in vivo unambiguous detection and quantification is hampered by macromolecular contamination. In this work, MEGA-PRESS difference editing of valine and lactate is proposed. The method is validated in vitro and applied for quantitative in vivo experiments in one healthy subject and two brain abscess patients. It is demonstrated that with this technique the overlapping lipid signal can be reduced by more than an order of magnitude and thus the robustness of valine and lactate detection in vivo can be enhanced...
October 25, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
A Sen, C Das, M Mukhopadhyay, S Mukhopadhyay, S Deb, B Mukhopadhyay
BACKGROUND: Tumors of the pituitary gland and sellar region represent approximately 10-15% of all brain tumors. Pituitary adenoma (PA), the most common pathology of the pituitary gland, can be effectively subclassified only with the help of immunohistochemistry (IHC). This is important and needed for individual patient management. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to analyze the importance of intraoperative imprint smear cytology and correlating with final histopathological diagnosis...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
David R Raleigh, Bryan Tomlin, Benedict Del Buono, Erika Roddy, Katherine Sear, Lennox Byer, Erin Felton, Anu Banerjee, Joseph Torkildson, David Samuel, Biljana Horn, Steve E Braunstein, Daphne A Haas-Kogan, Sabine Mueller
Pediatric embryonal brain tumor patients treated with craniospinal irradiation (CSI) are at risk for adverse effects, with greater severity in younger patients. Here we compare outcomes of CSI vs. high-dose chemotherapy (HD), stem cell transplant (SCT) and delayed CSI in newly diagnosed patients. Two hundred one consecutive patients treated for medulloblastoma (72 %), supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor (sPNET; 18 %) or pineoblastoma (10 %) at two institutions between 1988 and 2014 were retrospectively identified...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Henry Oppermann, Yonghong Ding, Jeevan Sharma, Mandy Berndt Paetz, Jürgen Meixensberger, Frank Gaunitz, Claudia Birkemeyer
BACKGROUND: Tumor cells are highly dependent on glucose even in the presence of oxygen. This concept called the Warburg effect is a hallmark of cancer and strategies are considered to therapeutically exploit the phenomenon such as ketogenic diets. The success of such strategies is dependent on a profound understanding of tumor cell metabolism. With new techniques it is now possible to thoroughly analyze the metabolic responses to the withdrawal of substrates and their substitution by others...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
Ming Zhang, Ya-Li Li, Xia Yang, Hu Shan, Qiu-Hong Zhang, Xiang-Li Feng, Ying-Ying Xie, Jing-Jing Tang, Jie Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the serum level of carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) and its relation with pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: Forty-six patients with AECOPD complicated by pulmonary hypertension, 46 with AECOPD and 38 healthy control subjects were examined for their clinical data, pulmonary function, echocardiographic findings, and serum levels of lung tumor markers and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP)...
October 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Leonardo Lima, Justin Sharim, Rebecca Levin-Epstein, Stephen Tenn, Alisson R Teles, Tania Kaprealian, Nader Pouratian
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of postoperative fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery (FSRS) and hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) to large surgical cavities following gross-total resection of brain metastases. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 41 patients who had received tumor-bed FSRS (5 fractions) or SRT (10 fractions) following resection of brain metastasis between 2005 to 2015 was performed. All resection cavities were treated with a frameless LINAC-based system...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Dennis T Lockney, Sasha Vaziri, Frank Walch, Paul Kubilis, Dan Neal, Gregory J A Murad, Maryam Rahman
BACKGROUND: Prophylactic use of anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) for patients undergoing brain tumor surgery is common practice despite lack of clear evidence. We hypothesized that prophylactic AED (pAED) use did not affect seizure rates in brain tumor patients who underwent craniotomy for tumor resection. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of 606 patients who underwent surgery for brain tumors from 2006-2013 at the University of Florida, excluding patients with pre-existing seizure condition prior to tumor diagnosis...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Gabriel P Joseph, Ryan McDermott, Maria A Baryshnikova, Charles S Cobbs, Ilya V Ulasov
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive neoplastic brain tumor in humans with a median survival of less than 2 years. It is therefore critical to understand the mechanism of glioma progression and to identify future targets for intervention. We investigate the mechanisms of cytomegalovirus as an oncomodulatory agent implicated in glioma progression, as well as immunosuppression. This review provides a comprehensive evaluation of recent investigative developments concerning the role of CMV in cellular processes during glioma growth...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Letters
Peng Wang, Jianrui Li, Qiang Diao, YuanKai Lin, Jun Zhang, Lin Li, Gang Yang, Xiaokun Fang, Xie Li, YingQi Chen, Ling Zheng, Guangming Lu
BACKGROUND: Gliomas are the most common primary brain tumors in adults, in some cases, radiotherapy may be the preferred treatment option especially for elderly people who cannot endure surgery. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the effects of radiotherapy on glioma. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is an MR imaging technique that allows for a quantitative determination of cerebral blood flow (CBF) noninvasively. Tumor volume is still an important determinant for evaluating treatment response...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Albert W Girotti, Jonathan M Fahey, Witold Korytowski
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a unique site-specific treatment for eradicating a variety of solid tumors, including prostate, lung, bladder, and brain tumors. PDT is a three-component modality involving (i) administration of a photosensitizing agent (PS), (ii) PS photoexcitation by visible or near-infrared light, and (iii) molecular oxygen. Upon photoexcitation, PS gives rise to tumor-damaging reactive oxygen species, most prominently singlet oxygen (1O2). Previous studies revealed that endogenous nitric oxide (NO) in various mouse tumor models significantly reduced PDT effectiveness...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Kay Mursch, Martin Scholz, Wolfgang Brück, Julianne Behnke-Mursch
Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate whether intraoperative ultrasonography (IOUS) helped the surgeon navigate towards the tumor as seen in preoperative magnetic resonance imaging and whether IOUS was able to distinguish between tumor margins and the surrounding tissue. Methods: Twenty-five patients suffering from high-grade gliomas who were previously treated by surgery and radiotherapy were included. Intraoperatively, two histopathologic samples were obtained a sample of unequivocal tumor tissue (according to anatomical landmarks and the surgeon's visual and tactile impressions) and a small tissue sample obtained using a navigated needle when the surgeon decided to stop the resection...
August 8, 2016: Ultrasonography
Annamaria Cattaneo, Nadia Cattane, Samantha Galluzzi, Stefania Provasi, Nicola Lopizzo, Cristina Festari, Clarissa Ferrari, Ugo Paolo Guerra, Barbara Paghera, Cristina Muscio, Angelo Bianchetti, Giorgio Dalla Volta, Marinella Turla, Maria Sofia Cotelli, Michele Gennuso, Alessandro Prelle, Orazio Zanetti, Giulia Lussignoli, Dario Mirabile, Daniele Bellandi, Simona Gentile, Gloria Belotti, Daniele Villani, Taoufiq Harach, Tristan Bolmont, Alessandro Padovani, Marina Boccardi, Giovanni B Frisoni
The pathway leading from amyloid-β deposition to cognitive impairment is believed to be a cornerstone of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, what drives amyloid buildup in sporadic nongenetic cases of AD is still unknown. AD brains feature an inflammatory reaction around amyloid plaques, and a specific subset of the gut microbiota (GMB) may promote brain inflammation. We investigated the possible role of the GMB in AD pathogenesis by studying the association of brain amyloidosis with (1) GMB taxa with pro- and anti-inflammatory activity; and (2) peripheral inflammation in cognitively impaired patients...
August 31, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
S-Y Jing, Y-Y Lu, J-K Yang, W-Y Deng, Q Zhou, B-H Jiao
OBJECTIVE: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) CRNDE has been identified as a tumor oncogene in glioma. However, its clinical significance and prognostic value in glioma have not been investigated until now. The aim of this study was to explore CRNDE expression levels and evaluated its clinical significance in glioma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Expression levels of lncRNA CRNDE in 164 glioma specimens were determined by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR). The chi-square test was used to explore CRNDE expression with respect to clinicopathological parameters...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
N S Bayin, J D Frenster, J R Kane, J Rubenstein, A S Modrek, R Baitalmal, I Dolgalev, K Rudzenski, L Scarabottolo, D Crespi, L Redaelli, M Snuderl, J G Golfinos, W Doyle, D Pacione, E C Parker, A S Chi, A Heguy, D J MacNeil, N Shohdy, D Zagzag, D G Placantonakis
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a deadly primary brain malignancy with extensive intratumoral hypoxia. Hypoxic regions of GBM contain stem-like cells and are associated with tumor growth and angiogenesis. The molecular mechanisms that regulate tumor growth in hypoxic conditions are incompletely understood. Here, we use primary human tumor biospecimens and cultures to identify GPR133 (ADGRD1), an orphan member of the adhesion family of G-protein-coupled receptors, as a critical regulator of the response to hypoxia and tumor growth in GBM...
October 24, 2016: Oncogenesis
Jerome A Staal, Yanxin Pei, Brian R Rood
Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children, and medulloblastoma is the most prevalent malignant childhood/pediatric brain tumor. Providing effective treatment for these cancers, with minimal damage to the still-developing brain, remains one of the greatest challenges faced by clinicians. Understanding the diverse events driving tumor formation, maintenance, progression, and recurrence is necessary for identifying novel targeted therapeutics and improving survival of patients with this disease...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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