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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636146/recent-climatic-drying-leads-to-age-independent-growth-reductions-of-white-spruce-stands-in-western-canada
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Edward H Hogg, Michael Michaelian, Trisha I Hook, Michael E Undershultz
Since 2001, climatic conditions have been notably drier than normal across large areas of the western Canadian interior, leading to widespread impacts on the forests of this region. This poses a major concern for the future, given climate change projections for continued warming and drying. We conducted tree-ring analysis in 75 pure stands of white spruce (Picea glauca) across Alberta and west-central Saskatchewan to examine the effects of recent climatic drying on the growth of this important boreal tree species...
June 21, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635617/the-dosimetric-impact-of-gadolinium-based-contrast-media-in-gbm-brain-patient-plans-for-a-mri-linac
#2
Syed Bilal Ahmad, Moti Raj Paudel, Arman Sarfehnia, Anthony Kim, Geordi Pang, Mark Ruschin, Arjun Sahgal, Brian M Keller
Dosimetric effects of gadolinium based contrast media (Gadovist) were evaluated for the Elekta MRI Linear accelerator (MRL) using the research version of Monaco treatment planning system (TPS). In order to represent a gadolinium uptake it was manually assigned to a phantom as well as to the Gross Tumour Volume (GTV) of 6 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patients. A preliminary estimate of dose enhancement, due to gadolinium, was performed using the phantom irradiated with a single beam. More complicated assessment was performed for the GBM patients using a 7 field IMRT technique...
June 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635355/aberrant-wnt-signaling-a-special-focus-in-cns-diseases
#3
Mercedes Arnés, Sergio Casas Tintó
Wnt signals regulate cell proliferation, migration and differentiation during development, as well as synaptic transmission and plasticity in the adult brain. Abnormal Wnt signaling is central to a number of brain pathologies. We review here, the significance of this pathway focused in the contribution of the most frequent alterations in receptors, secretable modulators and downstream targets in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Glioblastoma (GBM). β-catenin and GSK3 levels are pivotal in the neurodegeneration associated to AD contributing to memory deficits, tau phosphorylation, increased β-amyloid production and modulation of Apolipoprotein E in the brain...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634660/should-i-convince-my-partner-to-go-on-pre-exposure-prophylaxis%C3%A2-prep-the-role-of-personal-and-relationship-factors-on-prep-related-social-control-among-gay-and-bisexual-men
#4
Steven A John, Tyrel J Starks, H Jonathon Rendina, Christian Grov, Jeffrey T Parsons
An estimated 35-68% of new HIV infections among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) are transmitted through main partnerships. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly effective in reducing HIV seroconversion, yet PrEP uptake has been modest. PrEP-naïve GBM with HIV-negative, PrEP-naïve main partners enrolled in One Thousand Strong (n = 409), a U.S. national cohort of GBM, were asked about (1) the importance of partner PrEP use and (2) their willingness to convince their partner to initiate PrEP...
June 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634226/phostine-pst3-1a-targets-mgat5-and-inhibits-glioblastoma-initiating-cell-invasiveness-and-proliferation
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Zahra Hassani, Ali Saleh, Soumaya Turpault, Salim Khiati, Willy Morelle, Jacques Vignon, Jean-Philippe Hugnot, Emmanuelle Uro-Coste, Philippe Legrand, Marcel Delaforge, Séverine Loiseau, Ludovic Clarion, Marc Lecouvey, Jean-Noël Volle, David Virieux, Jean-Luc Pirat, Hugues Duffau, Norbert Bakalara
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common primary malignant brain tumor and accounts for a significant proportion of all primary brain tumors. Median survival after treatment is around 15 months. Remodeling of N-glycans by the N-acetylglucosamine glycosyltransferase (MGAT5) regulates tumoral development. Here, perturbation of MGAT5 enzymatic activity by the small-molecule inhibitor 3-Hydroxy-4,5-bis-benzyloxy-6-benzyloxymethyl-2-phenyl2-oxo-2λ5-[1,2]oxaphosphinane (PST3.1a) restrains GBM growth. In cell based assays it is demonstrated that PST3...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634045/egfr-egfrviii-remodels-the-cytoskeleton-via-epigenetic-silencing-of-ajap1-in-glioma-cells
#6
Chao Yang, Yan-Sheng Li, Qi-Xue Wang, Kai Huang, Jian-Wei Wei, Yun-Fei Wang, Jun-Hu Zhou, Kai-Kai Yi, Kai-Liang Zhang, Bing-Cong Zhou, Cong Liu, Liang Zeng, Chun-Sheng Kang
EGFR amplification and mutations are the most common oncogenic events in GBM. EGFR overexpression correlates with GBM invasion, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. In a previous study, we showed that AJAP1 is involved in regulating F-actin to inhibit the invasive ability of GBM. In addition, in a GBM cell line, the AJAP1 promoter was highly bound by H3K27me3 and, through bioinformatics analysis, we found that AJAP1 expression was negatively correlated with EGFR. In this study, we found that the pathway downstream of EGFR had a higher activation level in GBM cell lines, which led to excessive tumor suppressor silencing...
June 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631191/effect-of-angiotensin-system-inhibitors-on-survival-in-newly-diagnosed-glioma-patients-and-recurrent-glioblastoma-patients-receiving-chemotherapy-and-or-bevacizumab
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Victor A Levin, James Chan, Meenal Datta, Jennie L Yee, Rakesh K Jain
Given prior studies that suggest the use of angiotensin system inhibitors (ASIs) is associated with prolonged overall survival (OS) in glioblastoma (GBM) patients, we evaluated the effect of ASIs in glioma patients receiving chemotherapy and/or bevacizumab (BEV). Using retrospective IRB-approved electronic chart review of newly diagnosed WHO grade 2-4 glioma patients from the Kaiser Permanente Tumor Registry of Northern California, we evaluated the impact of ASIs on OS by Cox proportional hazard model analysis for subgroups who received cytotoxic therapy, cytotoxic therapy with BEV, or BEV alone, as well as those with recurrent GBM (rGBM)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629576/differentiation-of-brain-tumor-related-edema-based-on-3d-t1rho-imaging
#8
J E Villanueva-Meyer, R F Barajas, M C Mabray, W Chen, A Shankaranarayanan, P Koon, I J Barani, T Tihan, S Cha
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cerebral edema associated with brain tumors is an important source of morbidity. Its type depends largely on the capillary ultra-structures of the histopathologic subtype of underlying brain tumor. The purpose of our study was to differentiate vasogenic edema associated with brain metastases and infiltrative edema related to diffuse gliomas using quantitative 3D T1 rho (T1ρ) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preoperative MR examination including whole brain 3D T1ρ imaging was performed in 23 patients with newly diagnosed brain tumors (9 with metastasis, 8 with lower grade glioma, LGG, 6 with glioblastoma, GBM)...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629170/egfr-and-egfrviii-promote-angiogenesis-and-cell-invasion-in-glioblastoma-combination-therapies-for-an-effective-treatment
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REVIEW
Stefanie Keller, Mirko H H Schmidt
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the mutant EGFRvIII are major focal points in current concepts of targeted cancer therapy for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most malignant primary brain tumor. The receptors participate in the key processes of tumor cell invasion and tumor-related angiogenesis and their upregulation correlates with the poor prognosis of glioma patients. Glioma cell invasion and increased angiogenesis share mechanisms of the degradation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) through upregulation of ECM-degrading proteases as well as the activation of aberrant signaling pathways...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628119/differential-expression-of-mir16-in-glioblastoma-and-glioblastoma-stem-cells-their-correlation-with-proliferation-differentiation-metastasis-and-prognosis
#10
R Tian, J Wang, H Yan, J Wu, Q Xu, X Zhan, Z Gui, M Ding, J He
The function of miR16 in multiforme glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and its stem cells (GSCs) remains elusive. To this end, we investigated the patterns of miR16 expression in these cells and their correlation with malignant behaviors and clinical outcomes. The levels of miR16 and its targeted genes in tumor tissue of GBM and GBM SGH44, U87, U251 cells as well as their stem cell counterparts were measured by qRT-PCR or western blot or immunohistochemistry. Luciferase reporter assay was used to confirm the binding of miR16 to 3'-UTR of its target genes...
June 19, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627960/lack-of-functional-normalisation-of-tumour-vessels-following-anti-angiogenic-therapy-in-glioblastoma
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Nina Obad, Heidi Espedal, Radovan Jirik, Per Oystein Sakariassen, Cecilie Brekke Rygh, Morten Lund-Johansen, Torfinn Taxt, Simone P Niclou, Rolf Bjerkvig, Olivier Keunen
Neo-angiogenesis represents an important factor for the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to a growing tumour, and is considered to be one of the main pathodiagnostic features of glioblastomas (GBM). Anti-angiogenic therapy by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) blocking agents has been shown to lead to morphological vascular normalisation resulting in a reduction of contrast enhancement as seen by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Yet the functional consequences of this normalisation and its potential for improved delivery of cytotoxic agents to the tumour are not known...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621688/radioresistance-of-mesenchymal-glioblastoma-initiating-cells-correlates-with-patient-outcome-and-is-associated-with-activation-of-inflammatory-program
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Elisabetta Stanzani, Fina Martínez-Soler, Teresa Martín Mateos, Noemi Vidal, Alberto Villanueva, Miquel Angel Pujana, Jordi Serra-Musach, Núria de la Iglesia, Pepita Giménez-Bonafé, Avelina Tortosa
Glioblastoma (GBM) still remains an incurable disease being radiotherapy (RT) the mainstay treatment. Glioblastoma intra-tumoral heterogeneity and Glioblastoma-Initiating Cells (GICs) challenge the design of effective therapies. We investigated GICs and non-GICs response to RT in a paired in-vitro model and addressed molecular programs activated in GICs after RT. Established GICs heterogeneously expressed several GICs markers and displayed a mesenchymal signature. Upon fractionated RT, GICs reported higher radioresistance compared to non-GICs and showed lower α- and β-values, according to the Linear Quadratic Model interpretation of the survival curves...
June 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621623/patterns-of-care-and-outcomes-in-gliosarcoma-an-analysis-of-the-national-cancer-database
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Jonathan Frandsen, Andrew Orton, Randy Jensen, Howard Colman, Adam L Cohen, Jonathan Tward, Dennis C Shrieve, Gita Suneja
OBJECTIVE The authors compared presenting characteristics and survival for patients with gliosarcoma (GS) and glioblastoma (GBM). Additionally, they performed a survival analysis for patients who underwent GS treatments with the hypothesis that trimodality therapy (surgery followed by radiation and chemotherapy) would be superior to nontrimodality therapy (surgery alone or surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiation). METHODS Adults diagnosed with GS and GBM between the years 2004 and 2013 were queried from the National Cancer Database...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621261/ag488-as-a-therapy-against-gliomas
#14
Jadith Ziegler, Anja Bastian, Megan Lerner, Lora Bailey-Downs, Debra Saunders, Nataliya Smith, Jake Sutton, James D Battiste, Michael A Ihnat, Aleem Gangjee, Rheal A Towner
High-grade gliomas such as glioblastomas (GBM) present a deadly prognosis following diagnosis and very few effective treatment options. Here, we investigate if the small molecule AG488 can be an effective therapy against GBM with both anti-angiogenic as well as an anti-microtubule inhibiting modalities, using a human G55 glioma xenograft model in nude mice. From in vitro studies, we report that AG488 incubation reduced cell viability in G55 and HMEC-1 cells more so than TMZ treatment, and AG488 treatment also decreased cell viability in normal astrocytes, but not as much as for G55 cells (p<0...
May 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620939/engineering-novel-targeted-boron-10-enriched-theranostic-nanomedicine-to-combat-against-murine-brain-tumors-via-mr-imaging-guided-boron-neutron-capture-therapy
#15
Naresh Kuthala, Raviraj Vankayala, Yi-Nan Li, Chi-Shiun Chiang, Kuo Chu Hwang
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a very common type of "incurable" malignant brain tumor. Although many treatment options are currently available, most of them eventually fail due to its recurrence. Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) emerges as an alternative noninvasive therapeutic treatment modality. The major challenge in treating GBMs using BNCT is to achieve selective imaging, targeting, and sufficient accumulation of boron-containing drug at the tumor site so that effective destruction of tumor cells can be achieved without harming the normal brain cells...
June 16, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619756/alpha-particle-enhanced-blood-brain-tumor-barrier-permeabilization-in-glioblastomas-using-integrin-alpha-v-beta-3-targeted-liposomes
#16
Anirudh Sattiraju, Xiaobing Xiong, Darpan N Pandya, Thaddeus J Wadas, Ang Xuan, Yao Sun, Youngkyoo Jung, Kiran Kumar Solingapuram Sai, Jay F Dorsey, King C Li, Akiva Mintz
<span style="font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 200%; color: windowtext;">Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary malignant astrocytoma characterized by extensive invasion, angiogenesis, hypoxia and micrometastasis. Despite the relatively leaky nature of GBM blood vessels, effective delivery of anti-tumor therapeutics has been a major challenge due to the complications caused by the blood brain barrier (BBB) and the highly torturous nature of newly formed tumor vasculature (blood tumor barrier-BTB)...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618251/overexpression-of-fadd-and-caspase-8-inhibits-proliferation-and-promotes-apoptosis-of-human-glioblastoma-cells
#17
Hong-Bin Wang, Tao Li, Dong-Zhou Ma, Yan-Xin Ji, Hua Zhi
INTRODUCTION: The study aimed at exploring the effects involved in Fas-Associated protein with Death Domain (FADD) expression and cysteine-aspartic acid specific protease-8 (Caspase-8) in relation to the proliferation and apoptosis of human glioblastoma (GBM) cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 93 GBM tissues and 64 normal brain tissues were the central mediums used for the investigation of the study. Cultured human GBM SC189 cells were divided into separate groups including the blank negative control (NC), FADD and Caspase-8 groups...
June 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616662/perifosine-enhances-bevacizumab-induced-apoptosis-and-therapeutic-efficacy-by-targeting-pi3k-akt-pathway-in-a-glioblastoma-heterotopic-model
#18
Sara Ramezani, Nasim Vousooghi, Fatemeh Ramezani Kapourchali, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei
Bevacizumab (BVZ) as an antiangiogenesis therapy leads to a transient therapeutic efficacy in high-grade glioma. However, the proapoptotic potential of BVZ has not been well elucidated, yet. There is also a tumor resistance to BVZ that is linked to post-treatment metalloproteinases and AKT activities. Herein, the association between therapeutic efficacy and putative proapoptotic activity of low-dose BVZ either alone or in combination with a specific inhibitor of AKT called perifosine (PRF), in a glioma model was investigated...
June 14, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615958/the-critical-role-of-egf-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-human-glioblastoma
#19
Xingqiang Wang, Shanshi Wang, Xiaolong Li, Shigang Jin, Feng Xiong, Xin Wang
To date, β-catenin has been reported to be implicated in mediating the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in a variety of human cancers, which can be triggered by EGF. However, the mechanisms underlying EGF-β-catenin pathway-induced EMT of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) have not been reported previously. In the present study, immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, and Western blot were applied to investigate the effect of EGF-β-catenin pathway on EMT of GBM. Here, we identified that β-catenin mRNA and protein levels were up-regulated in GBM tissues and four kinds of glioblastoma cell lines, including T98G, A172, U87, and U251 cells, compared with normal brain tissue and astrocytes...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615614/effects-of-connexin43-overexpression-on-u251-cell-growth-migration-and-apoptosis
#20
Jia Lu, Mingyue Yu, Zhen Lin, Su Lue, Hao Zhang, Hang Zhao, Yanyan Xu, Haiyan Liu
BACKGROUND Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly aggressive malignant brain tumor with a high incidence in adults. Connexin43 (Cx43) has general roles in tumorigenesis and is expressed in U251 glioma cells. Accordingly, the effects of Cx43 on the growth, migration, and apoptosis and the underlying mechanisms mediating Cx43-dependent migration and apoptosis were examined in U251 cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS A Cx43-overexpressing U251 cell line was generated to analyze the effects of Cx43 overexpression on cell growth, wound healing, and apoptosis-related protein expression after treatment with temozolomide...
June 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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