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Neimar de Paula Silva, Rejane de Souza Reis, Rafael Garcia Cunha, Júlio Fernando Pinto Oliveira, Marceli de Oliveira Santos, Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira, Beatriz de Camargo
BACKGROUND: Several maternal and birth characteristics have been reported to be associated with an increased risk of many childhood cancers. Our goal was to evaluate the risk of childhood embryonal solid tumors in relation to pre- and perinatal characteristics. METHODS: A case-cohort study was performed using two population-based datasets, which were linked through R software. Tumors were classified as central nervous system (CNS) or non-CNS-embryonal (retinoblastoma, neuroblastoma, renal tumors, germ cell tumors, hepatoblastoma and soft tissue sarcoma)...
2016: PloS One
Huabo Wang, Jie Lu, Lia R Edmunds, Sucheta Kulkarni, James Dolezal, Junyan Tao, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Laura Jackson, Marc Fromherz, Donna Beer Stolz, Radha Uppala, Sivakama Bharathi, Satdarshan P Monga, Eric S Goetzman, Edward V Prochownik
Hepatoblastoma (HB) is associated with aberrant activation of the β-catenin and Hippo/YAP signaling pathways. Over-expression of mutant β-catenin and YAP in mice induces HBs that express high levels of c-Myc (Myc). In light of recent observations that Myc in unnecessary for long-term hepatocyte proliferation, we have now examined its role in HB pathogenesis using the above model. While Myc was found to be dispensable for in vivo HB initiation it was necessary to sustain rapid tumor growth. Gene expression profiling identified key molecular differences between myc+/+ (WT) and myc-/- (KO) hepatocytes and HBs that explain these behaviors...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sarah A Comerford, Elizabeth A Hinnant, Yidong Chen, Hima Bansal, Shawn Klapproth, Dinesh Rakheja, Milton J Finegold, Dolores Lopez-Terrada, Kathryn A O'Donnell, Gail E Tomlinson, Robert E Hammer
Aberrant wnt/β-catenin signaling and amplification/overexpression of Myc are associated with hepatoblastoma (HB), the most prevalent type of childhood liver cancer. To address their roles in the pathogenesis of HB, we generated mice in which Myc and mutant β-catenin were targeted to immature cells of the developing mouse liver. Perinatal coexpression of both genes promoted the preferential development of HBs over other tumor types in neonatal mice, all of which bore striking resemblance to their human counterparts...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Linde A D Busweiler, Marc H W A Wijnen, Jim C H Wilde, Egbert Sieders, Sheila E J Terwisscha van Scheltinga, L W Ernest van Heurn, Joseph Ziros, Roel Bakx, Hugo A Heij
BACKGROUND: Achievement of complete surgical resection plays a key role in the successful treatment of children with hepatoblastoma. The aim of this study is to assess the surgical outcomes after partial liver resections for hepatoblastoma, focusing on postoperative complications, resection margins, 30-day mortality, and long-term survival. METHOD: Chart reviews were carried out on all patients treated for hepatoblastoma in the Netherlands between 1990 and 2013...
October 11, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
Paloma Triana, Mariela Dore, Martha Muñoz Romo, Javier Jimenez Gomez, Alba Sánchez Galán, Francisco Hernandez, Ane M Andres Moreno, Jose Luis Encinas, Leopoldo Martinez, Manuel Lopez Santamaria
Aim Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), although being infrequent, is the second-most common primary hepatic malignancy in children, after hepatoblastoma (HB). The prognosis is very poor. We present our series of children with HCC referred to our transplant unit to be assessed as candidates for liver transplantation (LT). Methods A retrospective review of HCCs referred to our transplant unit in the past 20 years (1994-2015) was performed. Age at diagnosis, disease-free survival, location of recurrence, initial treatment, secondary treatment, and mortality were noted...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Chun-Tang Chiou, Chien-Chang Shen, Tung-Hu Tsai, Yu-Jen Chen, Lie-Chwen Lin
Six new meroterpenoids, diplomeroterpenoids A-F (1-6), two new chalcone-lignoids, diplochalcolins A and B (7, 8), and 13 known compounds were isolated from the root extract of Mimosa diplotricha. Diplomeroterpenoids A-F consist of a 4H-chromen-4-one and a diterpenoid unit, and their absolute configurations were determined by X-ray crystallographic analysis. Compounds 1-3 and 5 showed potent inhibitory activity on protein farnesyl transferase, with IC50 values from 5.0 to 8.5 μM. Compound 1 showed antiproliferative activity against human hepatoblastoma HepG2 cells with a GI50 value of approximately 8...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
Eiso Hiyama, Tomoro Hishiki, Kenichiro Watanabe, Kohmei Ida, Michihiro Yano, Takaharu Oue, Tomoko Iehara, Ken Hoshino, Katsuyoshi Koh, Yukichi Tanaka, Sho Kurihara, Yuka Ueda, Yoshiyuki Onitake
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: We aimed to clarify whether surgical resectability and tumor response after preoperative chemotherapy (preCTx) represented prognostic factors for patients with hepatoblastoma (HBL) in the JPLT-2 study (1999-2012). METHODS: Patients (N=342) with HBL who underwent preCTx were eligible. PRETEXT, CHIC risk stratification (standard [SR], intermediate [IR] and high risk [HR]) at diagnosis, POST-TEXT, and tumor resectability were evaluated by imaging...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yongqiang Zhan, Lisha Mou, Kangwen Cheng, Chengyou Wang, Xuesong Deng, Junren Chen, Zhibing Fan, Yong Ni
It has been proposed that cancer stem cells (CSCs) are involved in tumor resistance to chemotherapy and tumor relapse. The goal of the present study was to determine the effect of low-dose 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) on enriched hepatocellular CSC-like cells. Increased cell motility and epithelial-mesenchymal transition were observed by migration assay in human hepatoblastoma PLC/RAF/5 cells following 5-Fu treatment, as well as a significant enhancement in their sphere-forming abilities. CSC-like cells were identified by side population cell analysis...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Monika Dubiak-Szepietowska, Aleksandra Karczmarczyk, Thomas Winckler, Karl-Heinz Feller
Nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used in consumer and medicinal products. The high prevalence of nanoparticles in the environment raises concerns regarding their effects on human health, but there is limited knowledge about how NPs interact with cells or tissues. Because the European Union has called for a substantial reduction of animal experiments for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63), increased efforts are required to develop in vitro models to evaluate potentially hazardous agents. Here, we describe a new cell-based biosensor for the evaluation of NPs cytotoxicity...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology
Chia-Hung Wu, Nai-Chi Chiu, Yi-Chen Yeh, Yu Kuo, Sz-Shian Yu, Ching-Yao Weng, Chien-An Liu, Yi-Hong Chou, Yi-You Chiou
BACKGROUND: Beside hepatocellular carcinoma, metastasis, and cholangiocarcinoma, the imaging findings of other relatively uncommon hepatic lesions are less discussed in the literature. Imaging diagnosis of these lesions is a daily challenge. In this article, we review the imaging characteristics of these neoplasms. METHODS: From January 2003 to December 2014, 4746 patients underwent liver biopsy or hepatic surgical resection in our hospital. We reviewed the pathological database retrospectively...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jorrit W van As, Henk van den Berg, Elvira C van Dalen
BACKGROUND: Platinum-based therapy, including cisplatin, carboplatin, oxaliplatin or a combination of these, is used to treat a variety of paediatric malignancies. One of the most important adverse effects is the occurrence of hearing loss or ototoxicity. In an effort to prevent this ototoxicity, different otoprotective medical interventions have been studied. This review is the second update of a previously published Cochrane review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of medical interventions to prevent hearing loss and to determine possible effects of these interventions on anti-tumour efficacy, toxicities other than hearing loss and quality of life in children with cancer treated with platinum-based therapy...
September 27, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Nadine Bachmann, Roman Crazzolara, Florian Bohne, Dieter Kotzot, Kathrin Maurer, Thorsten Enklaar, Dirk Prawitt, Carsten Bergmann
BACKGROUND: Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is an early-onset overgrowth disorder with a high risk for embryonal tumors. It is mainly caused by dysregulation of imprinted genes on chromosome 11p15.5; however, the driving forces in the development of tumors are not fully understood. PROCEDURE: We report on a female patient presenting with macrosomia, macroglossia, organomegaly and extensive bilateral nephroblastomatosis. Adjuvant chemotherapy was initiated; however, the patient developed hepatoblastoma and Wilms tumor at 5 and 12 months of age, respectively...
September 21, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Alexander Beck, Corinna Eberherr, Michaela Hagemann, Stefano Cairo, Beate Häberle, Christian Vokuhl, Dietrich von Schweinitz, Roland Kappler
Hepatoblastoma (HB) is the most common liver tumor of childhood, usually occurring in children under the age of 3 y. The prognosis of patients presenting with distant metastasis, vascular invasion and advanced tumor stages remains poor and children that do survive often face severe late effects from the aggressive chemotherapy regimen. To identify potential new therapeutics for high risk HB we used a 1,000-gene expression signature as input for a Connectivity Map (CMap) analysis, which predicted histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors as a promising therapy option...
September 16, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Baoxian Liu, Luyao Zhou, Guangliang Huang, Zhihai Zhong, Chunlin Jiang, Quanyuan Shan, Ming Xu, Ming Kuang, Xiaoyan Xie
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2016: Scientific Reports
Goutam Bera, Ram Narayan Das, Nelofar Islam, Paromita Roy, Prafulla Kumar Mishra, Chhanda Datta, Manoj Kumar Chaudhuri, Uttara Chatterjee
Hepatoblastoma is the most common primary malignant hepatic tumour of infancy and early childhood. Histologically hepatoblastomas are categorized into pure epithelial and mixed epithelial-mesenchymal types and epithelial type is further subcategorized into pure fetal type, fetal and embryonal type, pure embryonal, and small cell types. This categorization has been shown to have prognostic and therapeutic implication. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is useful in pre-operative diagnosis and categorization in most cases of hepatoblastomas...
September 15, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Leonardo I Valentin, Luis Perez, Prakash Masand
Very few reports exist in the literature regarding a possible association between trisomy 18 patients and the incidence of hepatoblastoma. Fewer reports exist on patients with multifocal hepatoblastoma. We reviewed our institutional database for the past 10 years and found three cases with this possible association to the tumor.
December 2015: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
Maria Gnarra, Gerald Behr, Alison Kitajewski, June K Wu, Sudha A Anupindi, Carrie J Shawber, Nick Zavras, Dimitrios Schizas, Chris Salakos, Konstantinos P Economopoulos
We aim to provide an up-to-date summary of infantile hepatic hemangioma (IHH) and its misnomers and to dialectically present the differential diagnosis of these rare entities of the liver. Eligible peer-reviewed articles on hepatic infantile hemangiomas, published between 2000 and 2015, were reviewed for this study. IHH is the most common hepatic vascular tumor in children. Once a liver mass is identified in an infant, the differential diagnosis ranges from vascular malformations to benign and malignant tumors including mesenchymal hamartoma, hepatoblastoma, metastatic neuroblastoma, so careful physical examination, imaging studies, and, if indicated, tumor markers and biopsy, are of pivotal importance to ascertain the correct diagnosis...
August 8, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
Jui-Chieh Chen, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Chih-Jung Chen, Jen-Tsun Lin, Yu-Sheng Lo, Yi-Ching Chuang, Su-Yu Chien, Mu-Kuan Chen
Polyphyllin G (also call polyphyllin VII), extract from rhizomes of Paris yunnanensis Franch, has been demonstrated to have strong anticancer activities in a wide variety of human cancer cell lines. Previous studies found that Polyphyllin G induced apoptotic cell death in human hepatoblastoma cancer and lung cancer cells. However, the underlying mechanisms of autophagy in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) remain unclear. In this study, Polyphyllin G can potently induced apoptosis dependent on the activations of caspase-8, -3, and -9 and the changes of Bcl-2, Bcl-xL and Bax protein expression in different human NPC cell lines (HONE-1 and NPC-039)...
September 2, 2016: Oncotarget
Wanbo Liu, Sheng Chen, Bing Liu
BACKGROUND: Hepatoblastoma (HB) is the most common primary malignant tumor of the liver in young children. The aim of this study is to identify the diagnostic and prognostic values of serum exosomal miR-21 in Chinese patients with HB. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 32 children with HB. The expressions of miR-21 were detected by real-time PCR. The comparison of diagnostic performance of plasmatic, exosomal miR-21 and AFP levels was measured using the Area Under ROC Curve...
November 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
A Goikoetxea Urdiain, P Sánchez Acedo, J Mateo Retuerta, A Tarifa Castilla, C Zazpe Ripa, J Herrera Cabezón
Adult hepatoblastoma is a rare pathology. Its pathogeny is not well understood and prognosis is very bad. We pre-sent a case of adult hepatoblastoma treated in our centre. A 65 year-old male, without previous hepatopathy, who consulted due to right hypochondrial pain with a subacute evolution. The pathological diagnosis was adult epithelial hepatoblastoma, with free surgical margins. The patient recei-ved a second surgical intervention 5 months later due to early recurrence and died 10 months after the diagnosis due to a new massive recurrence...
2016: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
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