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Walderik W Zomerman, Sabine L A Plasschaert, Siobhan Conroy, Frank J Scherpen, Tiny G J Meeuwsen-de Boer, Harm J Lourens, Sergi Guerrero Llobet, Marlinde J Smit, Lorian Slagter-Menkema, Annika Seitz, Corrie E M Gidding, Esther Hulleman, Pieter Wesseling, Lisethe Meijer, Leon C van Kempen, Anke van den Berg, Daniël O Warmerdam, Frank A E Kruyt, Floris Foijer, Marcel A T M van Vugt, Wilfred F A den Dunnen, Eelco W Hoving, Victor Guryev, Eveline S J M de Bont, Sophia W M Bruggeman
The brain cancer medulloblastoma consists of different transcriptional subgroups. To characterize medulloblastoma at the phosphoprotein-signaling level, we performed high-throughput peptide phosphorylation profiling on a large cohort of SHH (Sonic Hedgehog), group 3, and group 4 medulloblastomas. We identified two major protein-signaling profiles. One profile was associated with rapid death post-recurrence and resembled MYC-like signaling for which MYC lesions are sufficient but not necessary. The second profile showed enrichment for DNA damage, as well as apoptotic and neuronal signaling...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Ganesh R Kokil, Rakesh N Veedu, Bao Tri Le, Grant A Ramm, Harendra S Parekh
Despite advancements in the development of high generation cationic-dendrimer systems for delivery of nucleic acid-based therapeutics, commercially available chemical agents suffer from major drawbacks such as cytotoxicity while being laborious and costly to synthesize. To overcome the aforementioned limitations, low-generation cationic peptide asymmetric dendrimers with side arm lipid (cholic and decanoic acid) conjugation were designed, synthesized and systematically screened for their ability to self-assemble into micelles using dynamic light scattering...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Daniel J Merk, Jasmin Ohli, Natalie D Merk, Venu Thatikonda, Sorana Morrissy, Melanie Schoof, Susanne N Schmid, Luke Harrison, Severin Filser, Julia Ahlfeld, Serap Erkek, Kaamini Raithatha, Thomas Andreska, Marc Weißhaar, Michael Launspach, Julia E Neumann, Mehdi Shakarami, Dennis Plenker, Marco A Marra, Yisu Li, Andrew J Mungall, Richard A Moore, Yussanne Ma, Steven J M Jones, Beat Lutz, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Andrea Rossi, Rabea Wagener, Reiner Siebert, Andreas Jung, Charles G Eberhart, Boleslaw Lach, Michael Sendtner, Stefan M Pfister, Michael D Taylor, Lukas Chavez, Marcel Kool, Ulrich Schüller
Recurrent mutations in chromatin modifiers are specifically prevalent in adolescent or adult patients with Sonic hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma (SHH MB). Here, we report that mutations in the acetyltransferase CREBBP have opposing effects during the development of the cerebellum, the primary site of origin of SHH MB. Our data reveal that loss of Crebbp in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors (GNPs) during embryonic development of mice compromises GNP development, in part by downregulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf)...
March 9, 2018: Developmental Cell
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NRL and CRX are master regulators of the photoreceptor-specific differentiation program.
March 16, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Maria Martinez-Lage, Felix Sahm
The updated 2016 WHO classification of Central Nervous System tumors introduced a novel concept of neuropathology diagnostics. Molecular parameters are now included into the definition of several entities. This evolution from a previously purely histology-based classification to an integrated approach of histology and genetic characteristics has implications in daily diagnostic and clinical practice. Both the spectrum of diagnostic workup demanded from the neuropathologist and the range of relevant markers to be considered by clinicians and clinical investigators have increased...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
D Mata-Mbemba, M Zapotocky, S Laughlin, M D Taylor, V Ramaswamy, C Raybaud
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Molecular grouping of medulloblastoma correlates with prognosis and supports the therapeutic strategy. We provide our experience with the imaging features of primary and metastatic disease in relation to the molecular groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred nineteen consecutive patients (mean age, 7.3 ± 3.8 years at diagnosis; male, 79 [66.4%]) with a confirmed diagnosis of medulloblastoma and interpretable pretreatment MRIs were retrieved from our data base from January 2000 to December 2016...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Ceren D Durmaz, Gareth Evans, Miriam J Smith, Pelin Ertop, Bengü N Akay, Timur Tuncalı
Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS), also known as Gorlin syndrome, is a rare multisystemic autosomal dominant disorder typically presenting with cutaneous basal cell carcinomas, multiple keratocysts, and skeletal anomalies. NBCCS is caused by heterozygous mutations in the PTCH1 gene in chromosome 9q22, in the PTCH2 gene in 1p34, or the SUFU gene in 10q24.32. Here, we report on an 18-month-old boy presenting with medulloblastoma, frontal bossing, and multiple skeletal anomalies and his father who has basal cell carcinomas, palmar pits, macrocephaly, bifid ribs, calcification of falx cerebri, and a history of surgery for odontogenic keratocyst...
March 16, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Sarah E Kohe, Christopher D Bennett, Simrandip K Gill, Martin Wilson, Carmel McConville, Andrew C Peet
The rare pediatric embryonal tumors retinoblastoma, medulloblastoma and neuroblastoma derive from neuroectodermal tissue and share similar histopathological features despite different anatomical locations and diverse clinical outcomes. As metabolism can reflect genetic and histological features, we investigated whether the metabolism of embryonal tumors reflects their similar histology, shared developmental and neural origins, or tumor location. We undertook metabolic profiling on 50 retinoblastoma, 39 medulloblastoma and 70 neuroblastoma using high resolution magic angle spinning magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS)...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Michael Schwake, Andrei Nemes, Jana Dondrop, Juliane Schroeteler, Stephanie Schipmann, Volker Senner, Walter Stummer, Christian Ewelt
BACKGROUND: Light irradiation (635 nm) of cells containing protoporphyrin IX (PPIX) after 5- aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) pretreatment causes cell death via different pathways including apoptosis and necrosis, as previously demonstrated for malignant glioma cells. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate whether various malignant pediatric brain tumors, which have been shown to accumulate PPIX, would also be susceptible to photodynamic therapy (PDT). METHODS: Medulloblastoma (DAOY, UW228), pNET (PFSK-1), and rhabdoid tumor (BT16) cell lines were incubated with 5-ALA in variable concentrations for 4 h...
March 12, 2018: Neurosurgery
Dario Presutti, Manuela Ceccarelli, Laura Micheli, Giuliana Papoff, Simonetta Santini, Simone Samperna, Cristiana Lalli, Lorena Zentilin, Giovina Ruberti, Felice Tirone
Medulloblastoma (MB), the tumor of the cerebellum, is the most frequent brain cancer in childhood and a major cause of pediatric mortality. Based on gene profiling, four MB subgroups have been identified, i.e., Wnt or Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) types, and subgroup 3 or 4. The Shh-type MB has been shown to arise from the cerebellar precursors of granule neurons (GCPs), where a hyperactivation of the Shh pathway leads to their neoplastic transformation. We have previously shown that the gene Tis21 (PC3/Btg2) inhibits the proliferation and promotes the differentiation and migration of GCPs...
2018: PloS One
Alexandra Garancher, Charles Y Lin, Morgane Morabito, Wilfrid Richer, Nathalie Rocques, Magalie Larcher, Laure Bihannic, Kyle Smith, Catherine Miquel, Sophie Leboucher, Nirmitha I Herath, Fanny Dupuy, Pascale Varlet, Christine Haberler, Christine Walczak, Nadine El Tayara, Andreas Volk, Stéphanie Puget, François Doz, Olivier Delattre, Sabine Druillennec, Olivier Ayrault, Robert J Wechsler-Reya, Alain Eychène, Franck Bourdeaut, Paul A Northcott, Celio Pouponnot
Cancer cells often express differentiation programs unrelated to their tissue of origin, although the contribution of these aberrant phenotypes to malignancy is poorly understood. An aggressive subgroup of medulloblastoma, a malignant pediatric brain tumor of the cerebellum, expresses a photoreceptor differentiation program normally expressed in the retina. We establish that two photoreceptor-specific transcription factors, NRL and CRX, are master regulators of this program and are required for tumor maintenance in this subgroup...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
I-Li Tan, Alexandre Wojcinski, Harikrishna Rallapalli, Zhimin Lao, Reeti M Sanghrajka, Daniel Stephen, Eugenia Volkova, Andrey Korshunov, Marc Remke, Michael D Taylor, Daniel H Turnbull, Alexandra L Joyner
The main cell of origin of the Sonic hedgehog (SHH) subgroup of medulloblastoma (MB) is granule cell precursors (GCPs), a SHH-dependent transient amplifying population in the developing cerebellum. SHH-MBs can be further subdivided based on molecular and clinical parameters, as well as location because SHH-MBs occur preferentially in the lateral cerebellum (hemispheres). Our analysis of adult patient data suggests that tumors with Smoothened ( SMO ) mutations form more specifically in the hemispheres than those with Patched 1 ( PTCH1 ) mutations...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Robert Y Shih, Kelly K Koeller
Embryonal tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) are highly malignant undifferentiated or poorly differentiated tumors of neuroepithelial origin and have been defined as a category in the World Health Organization (WHO) classification since the first edition of the "Blue Book" in 1979. This category has evolved over time to reflect our ever-improving understanding of tumor biology and behavior. With the most recent update in 2016, many previous histologic diagnoses incorporate molecular parameters for the first time (genetically defined entities)...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Felipe de Oliveira, José Alberto Landeiro, Igor de Castro
Background: Medulloblastoma is an embryonal neoplasm and accounts for 1% of all adult intracranial tumors. It is associated with many familiar cancer syndromes, but there is no known cause for medulloblastoma. Many studies have documented differences between childhood and adult medulloblastomas in terms of location, proliferation, and apoptotic indices. There are four histological groups - classic and the variant forms (desmoplastic/nodular, anaplasic, and large cell). There are four major subgroups according to molecular configuration: wingless (WNT), sonic hedgehog (SHH), group 3, and group 4 with differences between them according to prognostic outcomes...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Luisa Iacovelli, Rosamaria Orlando, Alessandro Rossi, Paola Spinsanti, Daniela Melchiorri, Ferdinando Nicoletti
In spite of the recent advancement in the molecular characterization of malignant gliomas and medulloblastomas, the treatment of primary brain tumors remains suboptimal. The use of small molecule inhibitors of intracellular signaling pathways, inhibitors of angiogenesis, and immunotherapic agents is limited by systemic adverse effects, limited brain penetration, and, in some cases, lack of efficacy. Thus, adjuvant chemo-therapy and radiotherapy still remain the gold standard in the treatment of grade-IV astrocytoma (glioblastoma multiforme) and medulloblastoma...
March 8, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
José E Velázquez Vega, Daniel J Brat
Recent advances in molecular pathology have reshaped the practice of brain tumor diagnostics. The classification of gliomas has been restructured with the discovery of isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) 1/2 mutations in the vast majority of lower grade infiltrating gliomas and secondary glioblastomas (GBM), with IDH-mutant astrocytomas further characterized by TP53 and ATRX mutations. Whole-arm 1p/19q codeletion in conjunction with IDH mutations now define oligodendrogliomas, which are also enriched for CIC, FUBP1, PI3K, NOTCH1, and TERT-p mutations...
March 8, 2018: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
Gregorio J Petrirena, Julien Masliah-Planchon, Quentin Sala, Bertrand Pourroy, Didier Frappaz, Emeline Tabouret, Thomas Graillon, Jean-Claude Gentet, Olivier Delattre, Olivier Chinot, Laetitia Padovani
Background: Response to targeting and non-targeting agents is variable and molecular information remains poorly described in patients with recurrent sonic-hedgehog-driven medulloblastoma (SHH-MB). Materials and Methods: Clinical and PET/CT findings during treatment with successive hedgehog antagonists and temozolomide monotherapies are described in a heavily pre-treated patient with recurrent extraneural metastases from PTCH1 mutated/ wild type smoothened ( SMO ) CNS SHH-MB...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Paola Infante, Roberta Faedda, Flavia Bernardi, Francesca Bufalieri, Ludovica Lospinoso Severini, Romina Alfonsi, Daniela Mazzà, Mariangela Siler, Sonia Coni, Agnese Po, Marialaura Petroni, Elisabetta Ferretti, Mattia Mori, Enrico De Smaele, Gianluca Canettieri, Carlo Capalbo, Marella Maroder, Isabella Screpanti, Marcel Kool, Stefan M Pfister, Daniele Guardavaccaro, Alberto Gulino, Lucia Di Marcotullio
Suppressor of Fused (SuFu), a tumour suppressor mutated in medulloblastoma, is a central player of Hh signalling, a pathway crucial for development and deregulated in cancer. Although the control of Gli transcription factors by SuFu is critical in Hh signalling, our understanding of the mechanism regulating this key event remains limited. Here, we show that the Itch/β-arrestin2 complex binds SuFu and induces its Lys63-linked polyubiquitylation without affecting its stability. This process increases the association of SuFu with Gli3, promoting the conversion of Gli3 into a repressor, which keeps Hh signalling off...
March 7, 2018: Nature Communications
Sara Bolin, Anna Borgenvik, Camilla U Persson, Anders Sundström, Jun Qi, James E Bradner, William A Weiss, Yoon-Jae Cho, Holger Weishaupt, Fredrik J Swartling
Medulloblastoma (MB) is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. MYC genes are frequently amplified and correlate with poor prognosis in MB. BET bromodomains recognize acetylated lysine residues and often promote and maintain MYC transcription. Certain cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) are further known to support MYC stabilization in tumor cells. In this report, MB cells were suppressed by combined targeting of MYC expression and MYC stabilization using BET bromodomain inhibition and CDK2 inhibition, respectively...
March 7, 2018: Oncogene
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NCAM+ CD45+ medulloblastoma cells were shown to be medulloblastoma circulating tumor cells (CTC).
March 2, 2018: Cancer Discovery
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