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Radiation fibrosis

Sang Woo Park, Jaehoon Choi, Junhyung Kim, Woohhyeok Jeong, Jun Sik Kim, Bae Kwon Jeong, Sung Chul Shin, Jin Hee Kim
The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects of anthocyanins from the black soybean seed coat against radiation injury in dermal fibroblasts and mouse skin. Dermal fibroblasts treated with 50 and 100 µg/mL anthocyanins were irradiated with single doses of 20 Gy. Cell viability, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and mRNA expression were measured. A total of 60 mice were used for an in vivo study. A dose of 100 µg/mL anthocyanins was administered daily for 5 days before or after radiation therapy...
March 19, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
Justin M Famoso, Brady Laughlin, Ali McBride, Victor J Gonzalez
Purpose: Breast fibrosis is a common late effect after therapeutic irradiation that can result in pain, poor cosmesis, and functional impairment. Randomized trials have demonstrated that radiation fibrosis may be preventable with a medication regimen of pentoxifylline and vitamin E. This study investigates patient compliance with pentoxifylline therapy while examining possible correlations to compliance. Methods and materials: We identified 90 patients who were prescribed pentoxifylline (400 mg 3 times daily) and vitamin E (400 IU once daily) after adjuvant breast radiation...
January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Kate M Richmond, Katharine G Warburton, Simon J Finney, Sachin Shah, Benjamin A J Reddi
INTRODUCTION: Comprehensive clinical examination can be compromised in patients on veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO). Adjunctive diagnostic imaging strategies range from bedside imaging only to routine computed tomography (CT). The risk-benefit of either approach remains to be evaluated. Patients retrieved to the Royal Brompton Hospital (RBH) on VV-ECMO routinely undergo admission CT imaging of head, chest, abdomen and pelvis. This study aimed to identify how frequently changes in therapy or adverse events could be attributed to routine CT scanning...
March 1, 2018: Perfusion
John Mark Cline, Greg Dugan, John Daniel Bourland, Donna L Perry, Joel D Stitzel, Ashley A Weaver, Chen Jiang, Artak Tovmasyan, Kouros Owzar, Ivan Spasojevic, Ines Batinic-Haberle, Zeljko Vujaskovic
Radiation injury to the lung is the result of acute and chronic free radical formation, and there are currently few effective means of mitigating such injury. Studies in rodents indicate that superoxide dismutase mimetics may be effective in this regard; however, studies in humans or large animals are lacking. We hypothesized that post-exposure treatment with the lipophilic mitochondrial superoxide dismutase mimetic, MnTnHex-2-PyP5+ (hexyl), would reduce radiation-induced pneumonitis and fibrosis in the lungs of nonhuman primates...
March 7, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
Merle I Ronden, David Palma, Ben J Slotman, Suresh Senan
Distinctive patterns of early and late benign fibrosis are commonly observed after stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for lung malignancies. These changes on computed tomographic scans need to be distinguished from so-called 'high-risk' radiological features, which can be associated with a higher risk for tumor recurrence. This pictorial report illustrates the different radiological changes seen following SABR delivered using the volumetric modulated radiotherapy, a technique which is increasingly used in clinical care...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Jessica Lawrence, Richard Nho
The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT)/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)-dependent pathway is one of the most integral pathways linked to cell metabolism, proliferation, differentiation, and survival. This pathway is dysregulated in a variety of diseases, including neoplasia, immune-mediated diseases, and fibroproliferative diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis. The mTOR kinase is frequently referred to as the master regulator of this pathway. Alterations in mTOR signaling are closely associated with dysregulation of autophagy, inflammation, and cell growth and survival, leading to the development of lung fibrosis...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Lakshmi Kavitha Nadendla, Venkat Kishan Tatikonda, Balaji Babu Bangi, Harsha Bhayya, Revath Vyas Devulapally, Archana Pokala
Background and Objectives: To evaluate the efficacy of ultrasonography (USG) as a noninvasive tool in assessing the severity of oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF) by measuring the submucosal thickness and also to correlate the sonographic changes with clinical staging. Materials and Methods: The submucosal thickness of the upper and lower labial mucosa, anterior and posterior portions of the right and left buccal mucosa were measured using ultrasound in 64 patients comprising of 32 OSMF patients and 32 controls...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Shigeyuki Takamatsu, Kazuto Kozaka, Satoshi Kobayashi, Norihide Yoneda, Kotaro Yoshida, Dai Inoue, Azusa Kitao, Takahiro Ogi, Tetsuya Minami, Wataru Kouda, Tomoyasu Kumano, Nobukazu Fuwa, Osamu Matsui, Toshifumi Gabata
Recent advances in highly conformal radiotherapies greatly extend the indications for radiotherapy of liver tumors. However, because of poor tolerance to hepatic radiation, estimation of the intensity of irradiation of the liver is important, particularly for a cirrhotic liver. Knowledge of radiation-induced hepatitis is important for understanding how to optimize hepatic radiation therapy. Pathological changes of the irradiated liver, which include perivenular fibrosis, sinusoidal obstruction, and damage to Kupffer cells and hepatocytes, can be visualized using clinical imaging techniques...
March 5, 2018: Japanese Journal of Radiology
Komal M Joshi, Manjot K Gill
Purpose: To report the only known case, to our knowledge, of amiodarone induced retinal phototoxicity following vitrectomy surgery. Observations: A 66-year-old male presented with visual acuity of 20/150 OS secondary to an epiretinal membrane (ERM). Patient was on oral amiodarone for atrial fibrillation. Baseline spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) revealed an ERM with retinal thickening and schisis. The patient underwent an uncomplicated pars plana vitrectomy and membrane peel using standard vitrectomy settings and illumination...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Chinedu Cletus Ude, Azizi Miskon, Ruszymah Bt Hj Idrus, Muhamad Bin Abu Bakar
The dynamic nature of modern warfare, including threats and injuries faced by soldiers, necessitates the development of countermeasures that address a wide variety of injuries. Tissue engineering has emerged as a field with the potential to provide contemporary solutions. In this review, discussions focus on the applications of stem cells in tissue engineering to address health risks frequently faced by combatants at war. Human development depends intimately on stem cells, the mysterious precursor to every kind of cell in the body that, with proper instruction, can grow and differentiate into any new tissue or organ...
February 26, 2018: Military Medical Research
Dong-Young Kim, Lina Omar Alfadil, Kang-Min Ahn, Jee-Ho Lee
A 21-year-old female patient underwent wide excision of the buccal mucosa and tongue as well as selective neck dissection due to squamous cell carcinoma on the left side of the tongue. She had a severe limitation in opening her mouth, owing to fibrosis of the mucosa and scar contracture after adjuvant radiation therapy. Reconstruction of the oral mucosa and tongue defect was performed after removal of the scar to improve mouth opening. An anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap was used, trimmed to an adipofascial flap for the reconstruction of the thin and pliable oral mucosa and tongue...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Lydia Meziani, Michele Mondini, Benoît Petit, Alexandre Boissonnas, Vincent Thomas de Montpreville, Olaf Mercier, Marie-Catherine Vozenin, Eric Deutsch
Radiation-induced lung fibrosis (RIF) is a delayed side-effect of chest radiotherapy, frequently associated with macrophage infiltration.We aimed to characterise the role of pulmonary macrophages in RIF using human lung biopsies from patients receiving radiotherapy for thorax malignancies and a RIF model developed in C57BL/6 mice after 16-Gy thorax irradiation.High numbers of macrophages (both interstitial and alveolar) were detected in clinical and preclinical RIF. In the preclinical model, upregulation of T-helper (Th)2 cytokines was measured, whereas Th1 cytokines were downregulated in RIF tissue lysate...
March 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Alexandra J Lin, Sarah J Karinja, Jaime L Bernstein, Julia Jin, Yoshiko Toyoda, Andrew J Miller, Pat B Zanzonico, Jason A Spector
INTRODUCTION: Capsular contracture after breast reconstruction is a morbid complication, occurring in 30.0% to 47.5% of patients undergoing postoperative radiotherapy. Although it is well known that radiation increases rate of capsular contracture, there are few well-established animal models that faithfully replicate standard-of-care clinical practice, that is, prosthesis placement at the time of mastectomy followed by delayed radiotherapy. To better recapitulate current clinical practice, we developed a murine model in which the implant sites were irradiated 10 days postoperatively, rather than at time of surgery...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Michael V Di Maria, Lindsey Silverman, Adel K Younoszai, Mariana L Meyers, Kelley E Capocelli, Michael R Narkewicz
BACKGROUND: The current management paradigm for children with single ventricle heart disease involves a series of palliative surgeries, culminating in the Fontan operation. This physiology results in a high central venous pressure, and in the setting of single ventricle heart disease, results in hepatic injury and fibrosis over time. Fontan-associated liver disease (FALD) is universally present in this cohort, and the current gold standard for diagnosis remains biopsy. Noninvasive assessments of liver fibrosis, such as ultrasound with elastography or acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI), has been utilized in this cohort...
February 23, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Naoki Takemura, Yosuke Kurashima, Yuki Mori, Kazuki Okada, Takayuki Ogino, Hideki Osawa, Hirosih Matsuno, Lamichhane Aayam, Satoshi Kaneto, Eun Jeong Park, Shintaro Sato, Kouta Matsunaga, Yusuke Tamura, Yasuo Ouchi, Yutaro Kumagai, Daichi Kobayashi, Yutaka Suzuki, Yoshichika Yoshioka, Junichi Nishimura, Masaki Mori, Ken J Ishii, Mark E Rothenberg, Hiroshi Kiyono, Shizuo Akira, Satoshi Uematsu
Radiation-induced intestinal fibrosis (RIF) is a serious complication after abdominal radiotherapy for pelvic tumor or peritoneal metastasis. Herein, we show that RIF is mediated by eosinophil interactions with α-smooth muscle actin-positive (α-SMA+ ) stromal cells. Abdominal irradiation caused RIF especially in the submucosa (SM) of the small intestine, which was associated with the excessive accumulation of eosinophils in both human and mouse. Eosinophil-deficient mice showed markedly ameliorated RIF, suggesting the importance of eosinophils...
February 21, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Elliot B Tapper, Rohit Loomba
NAFLD is a global epidemic. The prevalence of NAFLD is 20-30% in North America, northern Europe, Australia, Japan, India and China. It is crucial that patients with NAFLD receive an assessment for their risk of advanced fibrosis, which increases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and other complications of cirrhosis. Risk stratification that is efficient, cost-effective, patient-centred and evidence-based is one of the most important issues facing clinicians who care for those with liver disease. Given patients' preference to avoid liver biopsy, noninvasive alternatives to assess liver fibrosis are in high demand...
February 21, 2018: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Alina Wiesemann, Julia Ketteler, Alexis Slama, Florian Wirsdörfer, Thomas Hager, Katharina Roeck, Daniel Engel, Jens Fischer, Clemens Aigner, Verena Jendrossek, Diana Klein
AIMS: Radiation-induced normal tissue toxicity often precludes the application of curative radiation doses. Here we investigated the therapeutic potential of Ccl2 signaling inhibition to protect normal lung tissue from radiotherapy (RT)-induced injury. RESULTS: RT-induced vascular dysfunction and associated adverse effects can be efficiently antagonized by inhibition of Ccl2 signaling using either the selective Ccl2 inhibitor bindarit (BIN) or mice deficient for the main Ccl2 receptor CCR2 (KO)...
February 20, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
A Ailianou, P Mundada, T De Perrot, M Pusztaszieri, P-A Poletti, M Becker
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although diffusion-weighted imaging combined with morphologic MRI (DWIMRI) is used to detect posttreatment recurrent and second primary head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the diagnostic criteria used so far have not been clarified. We hypothesized that precise MRI criteria based on signal intensity patterns on T2 and contrast-enhanced T1 complement DWI and therefore improve the diagnostic performance of DWIMRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 1...
February 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Fei Sjöberg, Dilip Kumar Malipatlolla, Piyush Patel, Ulrica Wilderäng, Marie Kalm, Gunnar Steineck, Cecilia Bull
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Traditionally, elastase has been used to study exocrine activity of the pancreas in patients with chronic pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis, and calprotectin as a marker for gut-wall inflammation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The aim of the study was to find out whether elastase and calprotectin could be used as inflammatory markers for radiation-induced gut wall injury of the distal bowel. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Adult male mice were exposed to two, three, or four fractions of 6 Gy or 8 Gy irradiation to the sigmoid and rectum of the large bowel, using a linear accelerator...
February 15, 2018: Acta Oncologica
Jason Klein, Alex Ghasem, Samuel Huntley, Nathan Donaldson, Martin Keisch, Sheila Conway
BACKGROUND: High-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) and external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) are two modalities used in the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma. Previous work at our institution showed early complications and outcomes for patients treated with HDR-BT, EBRT, or a combination of both radiation therapy modalities. As the general indications for each of these approaches to radiation therapy differ, it is important to evaluate the use of each in an algorithmic way, reflecting how they are used in contemporary practice at sites that use these treatments...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
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