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Mijung Kwon, Jae-Hoon Kim, Yevangelina Rybak, Alex Luna, Chel Hun Choi, Joon-Yong Chung, Stephen M Hewitt, Asha Adem, Elizabeth Tubridy, Juan Lin, Steven K Libutti
Filamin A interacting protein 1-like (FILIP1L) is an inhibitor of the canonical WNT pathway. WNT/β-catenin signaling and its downstream pathway, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), play a key role in ovarian cancer metastasis and chemoresistance. To study the clinical implications of FILIP1L in regulating the WNT/β-catenin pathway, the expression of FILIP1L, β-catenin, SNAIL and SLUG was analyzed by immunohistochemistry on tissue microarrays of 369 ovarian samples ranging from normal to metastatic...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Maryam Abolhasani, Sareh Salarinejad, Mohammad Kazem Moslemi
INTRODUCTION: Ewing sarcoma/Primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the kidney (ES/PNET) is a member of Ewing's sarcoma family, occurring in young adults and has aggressive clinical behavior and poor prognosis. However, its discrimination from the renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is very difficult preoperatively. We present three cases of this rare disease that were managed in two academic centers. PRESENTATION OF CASES: Herein we report three cases of ES/PNET of the kidney, 2 young men complaining of right flank pain and gross hematuria and one young woman complaining of left subcostal pain...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Sterling L Karakula, Roger D Weiss, Margaret L Griffin, Allison M Borges, Allen J Bailey, R Kathryn McHugh
BACKGROUND: Among those with opioid use disorder, heroin use is associated with poorer prognosis relative to use of prescription opioids alone. However, relatively little is known about distinguishing features between those who use heroin relative to those who use prescription opioids. In the present study we evaluated differences in delay discounting in those with opioid use disorder based on primary opioid of use. Delay discounting is associated with a range of negative outcomes and is an important therapeutic target in this population...
October 17, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Dong-Hyun Choi, Seong-Ho Kang, Heesang Song
Platelets are essential for progression of atherosclerotic lesions, plaque destabilization, and thrombosis. They secrete and express many substances that are crucial mediators of coagulation, inflammation, and atherosclerosis. Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a precise measure of platelet size, and is routinely reported during complete blood count analysis. Emerging evidence supports the use of MPV as a biomarker predicting the risk of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, and as a guide for prescription of anticoagulation and rhythm-control therapy...
October 24, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Hirofumi Kato, Takuya Yamagishi, Tomoe Shimada, Tamano Matsui, Masayuki Shimojima, Masayuki Saijo, Kazunori Oishi
Although severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) was first reported from Japan in 2013, the precise clinical features and the risk factors for SFTS have not been fully investigated in Japan. Ninety-six cases of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) were notified through the national surveillance system between April 2013 and September 2014 in Japan. All cases were from western Japan, and 82 cases (85%) had an onset between April and August. A retrospective observational study of the notified SFTS cases was conducted to identify the clinical features and laboratory findings during the same period...
2016: PloS One
Hideki Ushiku, Keishi Yamashita, Hiroshi Kawamata, Mina Waraya, Hiroshi Katoh, Keigo Yokoi, Toshimichi Tanaka, Satoru Ishii, Nobuyuki Nishizawa, Mariko Kikuchi, Naoko Minatani, Ken Kojo, Hiroshi Tajima, Ryo Nishiyama, Takashi Kaizu, Yusuke Kumamoto, Masahiko Watanabe
OBJECTIVES: We have identified homeobox-only protein (HOPX) as a tumor suppressor gene in various human cancer, and its expression was reduced by promoter DNA hypermethylation. Homeobox-only protein is strongly expressed on pancreatic islet cells; however, clinical relevance of HOPX expression has remained elusive in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pNET). METHODS: We investigated 36 patients with pNET who undertook surgical resection between 1988 and 2012 for HOPX expression and DNA methylation to reveal its clinical significance...
October 2016: Pancreas
Zhihong Hu, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Zi Chen, Weina Chen, Shaoying Li, Sergej N Konoplev, Xinyan Lu, Lan V Pham, Ken H Young, Wei Wang, Shimin Hu
MYC rearrangement in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is rare, and its clinicopathologic significance is not well defined. We report 17 cases of MCL with 8q24/MYC rearrangement, detected at the time of initial diagnosis of MCL in 10 patients and subsequently during the clinical course in 7 patients. There were 12 men and 5 women with a median age of 61 years (range, 49 to 81 y). Fourteen patients had lymphadenopathy (Ann Arbor stage III/IV), and 3 patients presented with a leukemic pattern without lymphadenopathy...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Hyungchul Park, Ji Yong Ahn, Hwoon-Yong Jung, Joo Hyun Chun, Kwangwoo Nam, Jeong Hoon Lee, Kee Wook Jung, Do Hoon Kim, Kee Don Choi, Ho June Song, Gin Hyug Lee, Jin-Ho Kim
BACKGROUND: Gastric bleeding is not rare and difficult to treat in gastric cancer patients. We investigated whether this affects survival and if successful bleeding control improves the prognosis. PATIENTS/MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed medical records for 64 subjects who underwent endoscopic therapy for gastric cancer bleeding at Asan Medical Center from January 2012 to December 2014 (bleeding group). Each subject was matched 1:2 by age, sex, and American Joint Committee on Cancer staging with 128 randomly selected patients treated for stomach cancer during the same period (control group)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Clément Drouet, Olivier Morel, Hatem Boulahdour
FDG PET/CT has high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of distant metastases from cutaneous melanoma. Imaging is recommended for patients with clinical suspicion of metastasis and should be considered for those with confirmed sentinel lymph node metastasis. Metastatic melanoma bears a poor prognosis. Only a complete resection improves survival, which explains the need to detect potentially unresectable disease, and most metastatic patients are ineligible for a curative surgical procedure. Here, FDG PET/CT demonstrated isolated bilateral adrenal metastases from melanoma of unknown primary...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Veemal V Hemradj, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Arnoud W van 't Hof, Jan Henk Dambrink, Marcel Gosselink, Elvin Kedhi, Harry Suryapranata
BACKGROUND: ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) complicated by cardiogenic shock (CS) has a poor prognosis. Recently published data suggested, however, that CS does not affect long-term mortality in hospital survivors of STEMI. We investigated whether this could be confirmed in a larger cohort. HYPOTHESIS: STEMI complicated by CS leads to worse long-term survival. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was performed in 7412 consecutive patients with STEMI treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty)...
October 24, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Taku Homma, Akihiro Hemmi, Takashi Ohta, Yoshiaki Kusumi, Atsuo Yoshino, Hiroyuki Hao
Pineal anlage tumor (PAT) is a rare subtype of pineoblastoma (PB), which shows a poor prognosis. We report a case of a 5-year-old boy with PB with a rhabdomyoblastic component. He presented at a local clinic with vomiting and was transferred to our hospital following discovery of a pineal mass. An endoscopic biopsy was performed and was diagnosed as a PB with a rhabdomyoblastic component. Histopathology of PAT is characterized by both neuroectodermal and ectomesenchymal differentiation, and only a few confirmed cases have been reported...
October 24, 2016: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
F Bath-Hextall, S Nalubega, C Evans
BACKGROUND: Skin cancer incidence is increasing worldwide. This is an update of a previous review published in 2010 that identified only two studies and found that the needs and experiences of individuals with skin cancer were under-researched. OBJECTIVES: To undertake a qualitative systematic review of the needs and experiences of people with a diagnosis of skin cancer. METHODS: As an update of a previous review, the following databases were searched from 2010 to 30/11/15: CINAHL PsycINFO, MEDLINE and EMBASE...
October 24, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Y-F Wang, S Zhang, X-Q Li, Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate Long non-coding RNA HULC (HULC) expression in cervical cancer and to evaluate its clinical significance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: HULC expression in 244 pairs of human cervical cancer and adjacent normal tissues was detected by real-time quantitative RT-PCR assay. The correlation between HULC and clinicopathological factors was also evaluated. The clinical and prognostic significance of HULC expression was analyzed statistically by Kaplan-Meier estimate and Cox regression model...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
X-F Zhang, Z-Q Guo, C-C Zhao, C-Y Xu, M Han, C Li, Z Wang
OBJECTIVE: ZNRF2 belongs to ubiquitin ligases of the RING superfamily, and has been recently shown to be regulated by Akt to interact with a Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTor). Nevertheless, a role of ZNRF2 in tumorigenesis, especially in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), is unknown. Here, we assessed ZNRF2 expression in NSCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We examined ZNRF2 levels by Western blot using NSCLC specimens, compared to the paired non-tumor controls. We also examined the effects of ZNRF2 on cell growth and cell survival in the presence of fluorouracil...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
S Berretta, M Berretta, F Fiorica, R Di Francia, P Magistri, G Bertola, R Fisichella, V Canzonieri, F Di Benedetto, G Tarantino
Gastric cancer (GC) is the third leading cause of cancer death in both sexes worldwide, with the highest estimated mortality rates in Eastern Asia and the lowest in Northern America. However, the availability of modern treatment has improved the survival and the prognosis is often poor due to biological characteristics of the disease. In oncology, we are living in the "Era" of target treatment and, to know biological aspects, prognostic factors and predictive response informations to therapy in GC is mandatory to apply the best strategy of treatment...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
M C Gouveia, J P Vella, F R Cafeo, F L Affonso Fonseca, M R Bacci
OBJECTIVE: Irisin is a muscle-secreted protein released into the circulation by cleavage of fibronectin type III domain containing protein 5(FNDC5). Since its discovery in 2012, it has been the subject of many researches due to its physiological role. It is believed that understanding irisin's function may be the key to comprehend many diseases and their development. The aim of this study is to perform a systematic review in order to establish whether there is an association of irisin's levels with obesity, diabetes mellitus, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, chronic kidney disease and cancer in terms of prognosis...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
L-Z Qin, W Li, Y Huang, F Lu, S-J Li, H-Q Yang, J-W Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the expression of pentraxin3 (PTX3) in elderly patients with acute cerebral infarction (ACI) and to analyze the relationship of PTX3 with the severity and prognosis of ACI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between June 2014 and August 2015, 96 elderly patients with first-onset of ACI admitted to our institution were enrolled in the present study. Also, 70 healthy elderly subjects were included as controls in this study. Levels of PTX3, C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, homocysteine (Hcy), fibrinogen (FIB), total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were determined in all patients both pre-therapeutically and 30 days post-therapeutically...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
J Liu, H Yang, B Yu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to determine the correlation between blood calcium level, hematoma volume and stroke severity in the prognosis of acute cerebral hemorrhage patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We selected 125 patients with acute cerebral hemorrhage admitted within 24 hours of symptom onset. Blood calcium levels were assessed by standard biochemical methods. Hematoma volume was measured by quantitative computed tomography. NIHSS (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale) scores at one month, and the differences in survival rate and survival period at follow-up visits were assessed...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Q-L Ma, H-J Wang, M-N Shi, J-H An, J Ma, D Yu, M Tang, F-W Shi
OBJECTIVE: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a frequent medical condition in developed countries and is one of the most serious diseases threatening patients' lives. Perioperative myocardial infarction is the major cause of perioperative cardiac death and cardiac arrest, but is difficult to be precisely identified by observing clinical symptoms or assessing cardiac enzyme levels or by ECG examination. Therefore, assessment of patient prognosis requires reliable predictors. In this regard, we tested the prognostic value of serum troponin I (TnI) concentrations...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Kathryn M Kingsmore, Daniel K Logsdon, Desiree H Floyd, Shayn M Peirce, Benjamin W Purow, Jennifer M Munson
Glioblastoma (GBM) prognosis remains dismal due in part to the invasiveness of GBM cells. Interstitial fluid flow (IFF) has been shown to increase invasion of glioma cells in vitro through the CXCR4 receptor interacting with autologous, pericellular gradients of CXCL12 (autologous chemotaxis) or through the CD44 receptor interactions with the extracellular matrix (hyaluronan-mediated mechanotransduction). These mechanisms have not been examined together and thus we hypothesized that both mechanisms contribute to invasion in populations of cancer cells...
October 24, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
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