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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340188/commentary-on-phase-iii-randomized-study-of-radiation-and-temozolomide-versus-radiation-and-nitrosourea-therapy-for-anaplastic-astrocytoma-results-of-nrg-oncology-rtog-9813
#1
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339700/a-clinical-perspective-on-the-2016-who-brain-tumor-classification-and-routine-molecular-diagnostics
#2
Martin J van den Bent, Michael Weller, Patrick Y Wen, Johan M Kros, Ken Aldape, Susan Chang
The 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) classification of brain tumors did not use molecular abnormalities as diagnostic criteria. Studies have shown that genotyping allows a better prognostic classification of diffuse glioma with improved treatment selection. This has resulted in a major revision of the WHO classification, which is now for adult diffuse glioma centered around isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) and 1p/19q diagnostics. This revised classification is reviewed with a focus on adult brain tumors, and includes a recommendation of genes of which routine testing is clinically useful...
February 21, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339043/high-atp2a2-expression-correlates-with-better-prognosis-of-diffuse-astrocytic-tumor-patients
#3
Wei-Qing Li, Nan-Zhe Zhong, Jin He, Yi-Ming Li, Li-Jun Hou, Hui-Min Liu, Chun-Yan Xia, Liang-Zhe Wang, Yi-Cheng Lu
Novel molecular markers are required for defining subsets of diffuse astrocytic tumor patients with differing prognoses. Here, we examined ATP2A2 expression in 109 human diffuse astrocytic tumor samples (39 grade II diffuse astrocytoma (DA), 19 grade III anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), 51 grade IV glioblastoma) and its correlation with patient clinicopathologic characteristics. ATP2A2 expression significantly correlated with tumor grade and survival (P<0.05). High ATP2A2 expression was detected in 35.3% (18/51) of glioblastoma patients, compared to 61...
March 24, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338567/bevacizumab-therapy-for-pilomyxoid-astrocytoma
#4
Ryan D Metts, Walter Bartynski, Cynthia T Welsh, Stephen Kinsman, Amy-Lee Bredlau
Pilomyxoid astrocytoma is a rare tumor of the central nervous system generally found in young children near the hypothalamus. Herein, we report a 19-month-old female infant with a pilomyxoid astrocytoma, who underwent surgery as well as carboplatin and vincristine chemotherapy in an attempt to delay radiation therapy to the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the tumor had increased in tumor volume on therapy. Chemotherapy with carboplatin and vincristine was stopped and bevacizumab therapy (10 mg/kg every other week) was initiated...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338245/infective-capacity-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-cryptococcus-gattii-in-a-human-astrocytoma-cell-line
#5
M C Olave, J C Vargas-Zambrano, A M Celis, E Castañeda, J M González
Pathogenesis of cryptococcosis in the central nervous system (CNS) is a topic of ongoing research, including the mechanisms by which this fungus invades and infects the brain. Astrocytes, the most common CNS cells, play a fundamental role in the local immune response. Astrocytes might participate in cryptococcosis either as a host or by responding to fungal antigens. To determine the infectivity of Cryptococcus neoformans var. grubii and Cryptococcus gattii in a human astrocytoma cell line and the induction of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules...
March 24, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336375/tumortropic-adipose-derived-stem-cells-carrying-smart-nanotherapeutics-for-targeted-delivery-and-dual-modality-therapy-of-orthotopic-glioblastoma
#6
Wen-Chia Huang, I-Lin Lu, Wen-Hsuan Chiang, Yi-Wen Lin, Yuan-Chung Tsai, Hsin-Hung Chen, Chien-Wen Chang, Chi-Shiun Chiang, Hsin-Cheng Chiu
Chemotherapy is typically used to treat malignant brain tumors, especially for the tumors in surgically inaccessible areas. However, owing to the existence of blood-brain barrier (BBB), the tumor accumulation and therapeutic efficacy of clinical therapeutics is still of great concerns. To this end, we present herein a prominent therapeutic strategy adopting adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) capable of carrying nanotherapeutic payloads selectively toward brain tumors for thermo/chemotherapy. The nanoparticle (NP) payload was obtained from co-assembly of poly(γ-glutamic acid-co-distearyl γ-glutamate) with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), paclitaxel (PTX), and oleic acid-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide NPs in aqueous solution...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328117/noonan-syndrome-ptpn11-mutations-and-brain-tumors-a-clinical-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#7
Aurore Siegfried, Claude Cances, Marie Denuelle, Najat Loukh, Maïté Tauber, Hélène Cavé, Marie-Bernadette Delisle
Noonan syndrome (NS), an autosomal dominant disorder, is characterized by short stature, congenital heart defects, developmental delay, and facial dysmorphism. PTPN11 mutations are the most common cause of NS. PTPN11 encodes a non-receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase, SHP2. Hematopoietic malignancies and solid tumors are associated with NS. Among solid tumors, brain tumors have been described in children and young adults but remain rather rare. We report a 16-year-old boy with PTPN11-related NS who, at the age of 12, was incidentally found to have a left temporal lobe brain tumor and a cystic lesion in the right thalamus...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327577/metabolic-profiling-of-idh-mutation-and-malignant-progression-in-infiltrating-glioma
#8
Llewellyn E Jalbert, Adam Elkhaled, Joanna J Phillips, Evan Neill, Aurelia Williams, Jason C Crane, Marram P Olson, Annette M Molinaro, Mitchel S Berger, John Kurhanewicz, Sabrina M Ronen, Susan M Chang, Sarah J Nelson
Infiltrating low grade gliomas (LGGs) are heterogeneous in their behavior and the strategies used for clinical management are highly variable. A key factor in clinical decision-making is that patients with mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2 (IDH1/2) oncogenes are more likely to have a favorable outcome and be sensitive to treatment. Because of their relatively long overall median survival, more aggressive treatments are typically reserved for patients that have undergone malignant progression (MP) to an anaplastic glioma or secondary glioblastoma (GBM)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324583/revisiting-cdk-inhibitors-for-treatment-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
#9
REVIEW
Dorota Lubanska, Lisa Porter
Despite extensive efforts and continual progress in research and medicine, outcomes for patients with high-grade glioma remain exceptionally poor. Over the past decade, research has revealed a great deal about the complex biology behind glioma development, and has brought to light some of the major barriers preventing successful treatment. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) (stage 4 astrocytoma) is a highly dynamic tumour and one of the most extreme examples of intratumoural heterogeneity, making targeting with specific therapeutics an inefficient and highly unpredictable goal...
March 21, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324188/autobiographical-memory-loss-following-a-right-prefrontal-lobe-tumour-resection-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
A A B Jamjoom, P Gallo, J Kandasamy, J Phillips, D Sokol
INTRODUCTION: The right prefrontal lobe has not traditionally been considered eloquent brain. Resection of tumours within this region does not typically lead to permanent functional impairment. In this report, we highlight the case of a patient who developed autobiographical memory loss following an uncomplicated resection of a right prefrontal tumour. CASE MATERIAL: A previously fit and well 15-year old presented with a persistent right-sided headache. An MRI demonstrated an expanded right mid-frontal gyrus with changes consistent with a low-grade tumour...
March 21, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321524/what-are-the-true-volumes-of-sega-tumors-reliability-of-planimetric-and-popular-semi-automated-image-segmentation-methods
#11
Konrad Stawiski, Joanna Trelińska, Dobromiła Baranska, Iwona Dachowska, Katarzyna Kotulska, Sergiusz Jóźwiak, Wojciech Fendler, Wojciech Młynarski
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reliability of the standard planimetric methodology of volumetric analysis and three different open-source semi-automated approaches of brain tumor segmentation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The volumes of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGA) examined by 30 MRI studies of 10 patients from a previous everolimus-related trial (EMINENTS study) were estimated using four methods: planimetric method (modified MacDonald ellipsoid method), ITK-Snap (pixel clustering, geodesic active contours, region competition methods), 3D Slicer (level-set thresholding), and NIRFast (k-means clustering, Markov random fields)...
March 20, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321351/bilateral-birdshot-retinochoroiditis-and-retinal-astrocytoma
#12
Sunil Mamtora, Yun Wong, Dugald Bell, Teresa Sandinha
Background. This case highlights the importance of recognising multiple pathologies within the eye which may not necessarily be linked. Both birdshot retinochoroiditis and astrocytoma are rare conditions. The case underlines the need for early identification and treatment of birdshot retinochoroiditis with steroids and disease modifying drugs. Astrocytoma in the absence of tuberous sclerosis is also uncommon. Case Presentation. A 36-year-old male presented with 3-month history of bilateral progressive flashing lights and floaters...
2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320182/axial-mr-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-tractography-in-clinical-diagnosed-and-pathology-confirmed-cervical-spinal-cord-astrocytoma
#13
Mangsuo Zhao, Bingxin Shi, Tuoyu Chen, Yuqi Zhang, Tongchao Geng, Liyan Qiao, Mingjie Zhang, Le He, Huancong Zuo, Guihuai Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) features of cervical spinal cord astrocytoma. METHODS: Eleven patients with cervical spinal cord astrocytomas and 10 healthy volunteers were recruited in this study. Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and axial DTI were performed on a 3.0T MRI system. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), fractional anisotropy (FA), axial diffusivity (AD), and radial diffusivity (RD) values for the lesions were measured...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306255/development-of-potent-and-selective-antagonists-for-the-utp-activated-p2y4-receptor
#14
Muhammad Rafehi, Enas Malik, Alexander Neumann, Aliaa Abdelrahman, Theodor Hanck, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam, Christa E Müller, Younis Baqi
P2Y4 is a Gq protein-coupled receptor activated by uridine-5'-triphosphate (UTP), which is widely expressed in the body, e.g., in intestine, heart, and brain. No selective P2Y4 receptor antagonist has been described so far. Therefore, we developed and optimized P2Y4 antagonists based on an anthraquinone scaffold. Potency was assessed by a fluorescence-based assay measuring inhibition of UTP-induced intracellular calcium release in 1321N1 astrocytoma cells stably transfected with the human P2Y4 receptor. The most potent compound of the present series, sodium 1-amino-4-[4-(2,4-dimethylphenylthio)phenylamino]-9,10-dioxo-9,10-dihydroanthracene-2-sulfonate (PSB-16133, 61) exhibited an IC50 value of 233 nM, selectivity versus other P2Y receptor subtypes, and is thought to act as an allosteric antagonist...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302901/treatment-of-renal-angiomyolipoma-and-other-hamartomas-in-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#15
REVIEW
Joshua A Samuels
Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal dominant genetic disease characterized by growth of benign tumors (hamartomas) in multiple organs, especially the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, and skin. Tuberous sclerosis complex is usually caused by a mutation in either the tuberous sclerosis complex 1 or tuberous sclerosis complex 2 gene, resulting in constitutive activation of mammalian target of rapamycin signaling. Currently, mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors are recommended in adult patients with tuberous sclerosis complex for the treatment of asymptomatic, growing renal angiomyolipoma that are >3 cm in diameter and pediatric or adult patients with brain lesions (subependymal giant cell astrocytoma) that either are growing or are not amenable to surgical resection...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301347/outcomes-for-anaplastic-glioma-treated-with-radiation-therapy-with-or-without-concurrent-temozolomide
#16
Emory McTyre, John T Lucas, Corbin Helis, Michael Farris, Michael Soike, Ryan Mott, Adrian W Laxton, Stephen B Tatter, Glenn J Lesser, Roy E Strowd, Hui-Wen Lo, Waldemar Debinski, Michael D Chan
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative management of anaplastic glioma remains without a clear standard of care-in this study we report outcomes for patients treated with radiotherapy (RT) with and without temozolomide (TMZ). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified 71 consecutive patients with World Health Organization grade III glioma treated with either RT alone or with concurrent TMZ (RT+TMZ), between 2000 and 2013. Tumor histology was anaplastic astrocytoma in 42 patients, anaplastic oligodendroglioma in 25 patients, and anaplastic oligoastrocytoma in 4 patients...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295002/-ultrastructural-characteristics-of-gap-junctions-in-human-glial-brain-tumors
#17
E Yu Kirichenko, A F Savchenko, D V Kozachenko, A E Matsionis, A K Logvinov
AIM: to conduct an electron microscopic study of intercellular communication in the samples of gemistocytic astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, and glioblastoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Surgically resected tumor tissue fragments were fixed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde solution, afterfixed in 1% OsO4 solution, dehydrated, and embedded in epoxy resin. Ultrathin sections were examined using a Jem 1011 electron microscope (Jeol, Japan). RESULTS: Solitary and closely spaced gap junctions (GJs) formed by the thin processes that have the ultrastructure of an astroglial processes were identified in the astrocytoma samples...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293736/5ala-in-pediatric-brain-tumors-is-not-routinely-beneficial
#18
Jonathan Roth, Shlomi Constantini
PURPOSE: Over recent years, 5-aminoluvolinic acid (5ALA) has been increasingly used for resection guidance in adult high-grade gliomas. However, amongst pediatric patients, publication of intraoperative fluorescence has been limited, with inconsistent outcomes. We describe our experience and intraoperative finding amongst children with various brain tumors that were given 5ALA prior to tumor resection. METHODS: Since October 2014, data regarding intraoperative findings amongst children that received 5ALA prior to tumor resection were prospectively collected...
March 14, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293477/braf-v600e-immunohistochemistry-in-a-large-series-of-glial-and-glial-neuronal-tumors
#19
Quentin Breton, Hélène Plouhinec, Delphine Prunier-Mirebeau, Blandine Boisselier, Sophie Michalak, Philippe Menei, Audrey Rousseau
INTRODUCTION: Some glial-neuronal tumors (GNT) (pleomorphic xantho-astrocytoma [PXA], ganglioglioma [GG]) display BRAF-V600E mutation, which represents a diagnostic clue to these entities. Targeted therapies against BRAF-V600 protein have shown promising results in GNT. The aim of this study was to assess the utility of BRAF-V600E immunohistochemistry (IHC, clone VE1) in daily practice in a series of 140 glial, and GNT compared to molecular biology (MB) techniques. METHODS: We performed BRAF-V600E IHC on all 140 cases...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291844/hydrogen-sulfide-generation-from-l-cysteine-in-the-human-glioblastoma-astrocytoma-u-87-mg-and-neuroblastoma-shsy5y-cell-lines
#20
Patrycja Bronowicka-Adamska, Anna Bentke, Maria Wróbel
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is endogenously synthesized from l-cysteine in reactions catalyzed by cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS, EC 4.2.1.22) and gamma-cystathionase (CSE, EC 4.4.1.1). The role of 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (MPST, EC 2.8.1.2) in H2S generation is also considered; it could be important for tissues with low CTH activity, e.g. cells of the nervous system. The expression and activity of CBS, CTH, and MPST were detected in the human glioblastoma-astrocytoma (U-87 MG) and neuroblastoma (SHSY5Y) cell lines...
2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
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