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Katarzyna Modzelewska, Elena F Boer, Timothy L Mosbruger, Daniel Picard, Daniela Anderson, Rodney R Miles, Mitchell Kroll, William Oslund, Theodore J Pysher, Joshua D Schiffman, Randy Jensen, Cicely A Jette, Annie Huang, Rodney A Stewart
Malignant brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children. Primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the CNS (CNS-PNETs) are particularly aggressive embryonal tumors of unknown cellular origin. Recent genomic studies have classified CNS-PNETs into molecularly distinct subgroups that promise to improve diagnosis and treatment; however, the lack of cell- or animal-based models for these subgroups prevents testing of rationally designed therapies. Here, we show that a subset of CNS-PNETs co-express oligoneural precursor cell (OPC) markers OLIG2 and SOX10 with coincident activation of the RAS/MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Marvin S Swartz, Sayanti Bhattacharya, Allison G Robertson, Jeffrey W Swanson
OBJECTIVE: Involuntary outpatient commitment (OPC)-also referred to as 'assisted outpatient treatment' or 'community treatment orders'-are civil court orders whereby persons with serious mental illness and repeated hospitalisations are ordered to adhere to community-based treatment. Increasingly, in the United States, OPC is promoted to policy makers as a means to prevent violence committed by persons with mental illness. This article reviews the background and context for promotion of OPC for violence prevention and the empirical evidence for the use of OPC for this goal...
October 24, 2016: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
Johanna Flygt, Fredrik Clausen, Niklas Marklund
BACKGROUND: Injury to the white matter may lead to impaired neuronal signaling and is commonly observed following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although endogenous repair of TBI-induced white matter pathology is limited, oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) may be stimulated to proliferate and regenerate functionally myelinating oligodendrocytes. Even though OPCs are present throughout the adult brain, little is known about their proliferative activity following axonal injury caused by TBI...
October 17, 2016: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
José-Francisco Rocha, Éric Sicard, Nicolas Fauchoux, Amílcar Falcão, Ana Santos, Ana I Loureiro, Roberto Pinto, Maria João Bonifácio, Teresa Nunes, Luís Almeida, Patrício Soares-da-Silva
AIMS: To compare the levodopa/carbidopa (LC) and levodopa/benserazide (LB) pharmacokinetic profiles following repeated doses of opicapone (OPC) administered apart from levodopa. METHODS: Two randomized, double blind, sex-balanced, placebo-controlled studies in 4 groups of 12 or 18 healthy subjects each. In each group, enrolled subjects received a once-daily morning (5, 15 and 30 mg) or evening (5, 15 and 50 mg) administration of OPC or placebo for up to 28 days...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Adam I Ramsaran, Hollie R Sanders, Mark E Stanton
Since the seminal report on novel object recognition in the rat (Ennaceur & Delacour, 1988), novelty recognition paradigms have become increasingly prevalent in learning and memory research. Novelty recognition tasks do not require extensive training or complex behaviors, and thus are especially suitable for studying the ontogeny of various forms of memory (e.g., object, spatial, and contextual memory). However, relatively little is known about the determinants of recognition memory during development. The present study extends our recent research on the development of recognition memory by further characterizing the ontogeny of contextual recognition (Ramsaran, Westbrook, & Stanton, 2016)...
November 2016: Developmental Psychobiology
Shi-Fa Zhang, Yan Zhou, Kai-Jing Zhang, Jia-Jie Luan, Shi-Mei Qi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of Nogo-66 receptor (NgR) silencing with specific small interfering RNA (siRNA) on brain injury repair in preterm rats with brain injury caused by intrauterine infection and related mechanism of action. METHODS: The pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats (with a gestational age of 15 days) were selected, and premature delivery was induced by RU486 or lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The preterm rats delivered by those treated with RU486 were selected as the control group...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
C M Wen, M M Chen, F H Nan, C S Wang
In this study, cultures of neural stem-progenitor cells (NSPC) from the brain of green terror cichlid Aequidens rivulatus were established and various NSPCs were demonstrated using immunocytochemistry. All of the NSPCs expressed brain lipid-binding protein, dopamine- and cAMP-regulated neuronal phosphoprotein 32 (DARPP-32), oligodendrocyte transcription factor 2, paired box 6 and sex determining region Y-box 2. The intensity and localisation of these proteins, however, varied among the different NSPCs. Despite being intermediate cells, NSPCs can be divided into radial glial cells, oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPC) and neuroblasts by expressing the astrocyte marker glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), OPC marker A2B5 and neuronal markers, including acetyl-tubulin, βIII-tubulin, microtubule-associated protein 2 and neurofilament protein...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Minh Tam Truong, Qiang Zhang, David I Rosenthal, Marcie List, Rita Axelrod, Eric Sherman, Randal Weber, Phuc Felix Nguyen-Tân, Adel El-Naggar, André Konski, James Galvin, David Schwartz, Andy Trotti, Craig Silverman, Anurag Singh, Karen Godette, James A Bonner, Christopher U Jones, Adam S Garden, George Shenouda, Chance Matthiesen, Quynh-Thu Le, Deborah Bruner
PURPOSE: To analyze the quality of life (QOL) and performance status (PS) (secondary outcome) in patients with stage III to IV head and neck cancer (HNC) enrolled on a prospective randomized phase 3 trial comparing radiation-cisplatin without cetuximab (CIS) or with cetuximab (CET/CIS). The QOL hypothesis proposed a between-arm difference in Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Head and Neck (FACT-HN) total score of ≥10% of the instrument range from baseline to 1 year. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients who gave consent to the QOL/PS study completed the FACT-HN, Performance Status Scale for HNC (PSS-HN), and EuroQol (EQ-5D) at baseline through to 5 years...
August 12, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Canhua Xiao, Qiang Zhang, Phuc Felix Nguyen-Tân, Marcie List, Randal S Weber, K Kian Ang, David Rosenthal, Edith J Filion, Harold Kim, Craig Silverman, Adam Raben, Thomas Galloway, Andre Fortin, Elizabeth Gore, Eric Winquist, Christopher U Jones, William Robinson, David Raben, Quynh-Thu Le, Deborah Bruner
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE(S): To analyze quality of life (QOL) and performance status (PS) for head and neck cancer (HNC) patients treated on NRG Oncology RTOG 0129 by treatment (secondary outcome) and p16 status, and to examine the association between QOL/PS and survival. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligible patients were randomized into either an accelerated-fractionation arm or a standard-fractionation arm, and completed the Performance Status Scale for the Head and Neck (PSS-HN), the Head and Neck Radiotherapy Questionnaire (HNRQ), and the Spitzer Quality of Life Index (SQLI) at 8 time points from before treatment to 5 years after treatment...
July 25, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Rafael Almeida, David Lyons
Oligodendrocytes form myelin around axons of the central nervous system, enabling saltatory conduction. Recent work has established that axons can regulate certain aspects of oligodendrocyte development and myelination, yet remarkably oligodendrocytes in culture retain the ability to differentiate in the absence of axons and elaborate myelin sheaths around synthetic axon-like substrates. It remains unclear the extent to which the life-course of oligodendrocytes requires the presence of, or signals derived from axons in vivo...
2016: PloS One
Xiaolong Li, Qing Zhao, Rui Zhao, Meiya Gao, Xiaolei Gao, Wenli Lai
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of occlusal plane control on the hyoid bone position and pharyngeal airway of hyperdivergent skeletal Class II patients during orthodontic treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cephalograms of 47 hyperdivergent skeletal Class II subjects with occlusal plane control (OPC), and another 50 subjects without occlusal plane control (NOPC) were selected to compare the effects of the occlusal plane control procedure. Lateral cephalograms before treatment (T1), immediately after treatment (T2), and an average of 12 months after treatment (T3) were obtained, and 17 measurements were analyzed in each group and compared between groups...
October 7, 2016: Angle Orthodontist
Aude Belliard, Gaurav K Gulati, Qiming Duan, Rosana Alves, Shannon Brewer, Namrata Madan, Yoann Sottejeau, Xiaoliang Wang, Jennifer Kalisz, Sandrine V Pierre
Cardiac glycosides (CG) are traditionally known as positive cardiac inotropes that inhibit Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase-dependent ion transport. CG also trigger-specific signaling pathways through the cardiac Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase, with beneficial effects in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury (e.g., ouabain preconditioning, known as OPC) and hypertrophy. Our current understanding of hypersensitivity to CG and subsequent toxicity in the ischemic heart is mostly based on specific I/R-induced alterations of the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase enzymatic function and has remained incomplete...
October 2016: Physiological Reports
Johannes A Langendijk, Roel J H M Steenbakkers
Concurrent chemoradiation is considered the golden standard in the treatment of locally advanced OPC. However, given the very high survival rates in favorable HPV-positive OPC and the high rates of acute and late treatment-related side effects, de-escalation strategies have to be considered. In this chapter, the potential benefit of a number of de-escalation strategies is described, including of replacement of concurrent chemotherapy by cetuximab, radiation dose de-escalation based on response to induction chemotherapy, radiotherapy alone without systemic treatment, and limiting elective nodal target volumes for radiation...
2017: Recent Results in Cancer Research
Davide Lecca, Davide Marangon, Giusy T Coppolino, Aida Menéndez Méndez, Annamaria Finardi, Gloria Dalla Costa, Vittorio Martinelli, Roberto Furlan, Maria P Abbracchio
In the mature central nervous system (CNS), oligodendrocytes provide support and insulation to axons thanks to the production of a myelin sheath. During their maturation to myelinating cells, oligodendroglial precursors (OPCs) follow a very precise differentiation program, which is finely orchestrated by transcription factors, epigenetic factors and microRNAs (miRNAs), a class of small non-coding RNAs involved in post-transcriptional regulation. Any alterations in this program can potentially contribute to dysregulated myelination, impaired remyelination and neurodegenerative conditions, as it happens in multiple sclerosis (MS)...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
S Kondo, K Wakae, N Wakisaka, Y Nakanishi, K Ishikawa, T Komori, M Moriyama-Kita, K Endo, S Murono, Z Wang, K Kitamura, T Nishiyama, K Yamaguchi, S Shigenobu, M Muramatsu, T Yoshizaki
The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancers has been increasing in developed countries. We recently demonstrated that members of the apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing catalytic polypeptide 3 (APOBEC3, A3) family, which are antiviral factors, can induce hypermutation of HPV DNA in vitro. In the present study, we found numerous C-to-T and G-to-A hypermutations in the HPV16 genome in oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) biopsy samples using differential DNA denaturation PCR and next-generation sequencing...
October 3, 2016: Oncogene
Nicholas J Rukin, Zain A Siddiqui, Edmund C P Chedgy, Bhaskar K Somani
AIMS: The study aimed to determine the current trends in urolithiasis-related admissions and associated interventions in England between 2006/2007 and 2013/2014 utilizing Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) online data. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data was extracted from the online HES data set for each year from 2006/2007 to 2013/2014 inclusive. Admissions and procedural interventions were identified from their corresponding OPCS-4 and ICD-10 codes. RESULTS: Finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for urolithiasis have increased by 20% over the last 7 years, with 93,039 FCEs in the year 2013/2014...
October 1, 2016: Urologia Internationalis
Mitana Purkayastha, Alex D McMahon, John Gibson, David I Conway
AIM: To examine current incidence trends (1975-2012) of oral cavity (OCC), oropharyngeal (OPC) and laryngeal cancer in Scotland by socioeconomic status (SES). METHODS: We included all diagnosed cases of OCC (C00.3-C00.9, C02-C06 excluding C2.4), OPC (C01, C2.4, C09-C10, C14) and laryngeal cancer (C32) on the Scottish Cancer Registry (1975-2012) and annual midterm population estimates by age, sex, geographic region and SES indices (Carstairs 1991 and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2009)...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Stuart E Samuels, Avraham Eisbruch, Karen Vineberg, Jae Lee, Choonik Lee, Martha M Matuszak, Randall K Ten Haken, Kristy K Brock
PURPOSE: Strategies to reduce the toxicities of head and neck radiation (ie, dysphagia [difficulty swallowing] and xerostomia [dry mouth]) are currently underway. However, the predicted benefit of dose and planning target volume (PTV) reduction strategies is unknown. The purpose of the present study was to compare the normal tissue complication probabilities (NTCP) for swallowing and salivary structures in standard plans (70 Gy [P70]), dose-reduced plans (60 Gy [P60]), and plans eliminating the PTV margin...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
J K Russo, A N Snow, A Terrell, S J Vishal, M Laszewski, C Fisher, B Liu, S L Mott, C Hellekson, J Kaelberer, M Furqan, C M Anderson, J Buatti, J M Watkins
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Anna Spreafico, Shao Hui Huang, Wei Xu, Roberta Granata, Chen-Shin Liu, John N Waldron, Eric Chen, Jolie Ringash, Andrew Bayley, Kelvin K W Chan, Andrew J Hope, John Cho, Albiruni A R Razak, Aaron Hansen, Raymond Jang, Bayardo Perez-Ordonez, Ilan Weinreb, Paolo Bossi, Ester Orlandi, Lisa F Licitra, Yuyao Song, Brian O'Sullivan, Lillian L Siu, John Kim
AIM: The aim is to evaluate the impact of cisplatin dose modification on outcomes of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related (HPV+) and HPV-unrelated (HPV-) locally advanced head and neck cancer (LAHNC) treated with chemoradiotherapy (CRT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A pooled analysis was conducted of stage III/IV oropharyngeal cancer (OPC), carcinoma of unknown primary (CUP) and laryngo-hypopharyngeal cancer (LHC) patients treated with single-agent cisplatin CRT in 2000-2012 from two tertiary academic cancer centres...
November 2016: European Journal of Cancer
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