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Zhongzhen Yi, Brooke L Prinzing, Felicia Cao, Stephen Gottschalk, Giedre Krenciute
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive primary brain tumor in humans and is virtually incurable with conventional therapies. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy targeting the glioblastoma antigen EphA2 is an attractive approach to improve outcomes because EphA2 is expressed highly in glioblastoma but only at low levels in normal brain tissue. Building upon our previous findings in this area, we generated and evaluated a panel of EphA2-specific CARs. We demonstrate here that T cells expressing CD28...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Samuel Ortega, Himar Fabelo, Rafael Camacho, María de la Luz Plaza, Gustavo M Callicó, Roberto Sarmiento
Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an emerging technology for medical diagnosis. This research work presents a proof-of-concept on the use of HSI data to automatically detect human brain tumor tissue in pathological slides. The samples, consisting of hyperspectral cubes collected from 400 nm to 1000 nm, were acquired from ten different patients diagnosed with high-grade glioma. Based on the diagnosis provided by pathologists, a spectral library of normal and tumor tissues was created and processed using three different supervised classification algorithms...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Xingchun Peng, Jun Shi, Wanqun Sun, Xuzhi Ruan, Yang Guo, Lunhua Zhao, Jue Wang, Bin Li
IL-6 is critical for tumorigenesis. However, previous studies on the association of IL-6 promoter polymorphisms with predisposition to different cancer types are somewhat contradictory. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis regarding the relationship between IL-6 promoter single nucleotide polymorphisms and cancer susceptibility and prognosis. Up to April 2017, 97 original publications were identified covering three IL-6 promoter SNPs. Our results showed statistically significant association between IL-6 promoter and cancer risk and prognosis...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Qiang Wang, Yiwan Teng, Rong Wang, Danni Deng, Yijie You, Ya Peng, Naiyuan Shao, Feng Zhi
Malignant glioma is one of the most common types of primary brain tumours. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently emerged as a new class of therapeutic targets for many cancers. In this study, we aimed to explore the functional involvement of small nucleolar RNA host gene 14 (SNHG14) and its potential regulatory mechanism in glioma progression. SNHG14 was found to be downregulated in human glioma tissues and cell lines. SNHG14 significantly inhibited cell viability, reduced cell invasion, and induced apoptosis in glioma cell lines...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Lijie Gong, Yingjie Xia, Zhenyuan Qian, Ji Shi, Jungang Luo, Guangyuan Song, Ji Xu, Zaiyuan Ye
Gastric cancer (GC) is the second leading cause of cancer-associated mortality worldwide. Although the mortality rate of patients with GC has improved, it remains a significant health issue. The MYC proto-oncogene protein serves key roles in cellular proliferation, differentiation, transformation and apoptosis. Previous studies have identified the abnormal expression of MYC-binding protein (MYCBP) during tumorigenesis in multiple types of cancer. Furthermore, evidence demonstrates that the abnormal expression of MYCBP contributes to the invasion and migration of human cancer types, including colon cancer and glioma; however, its influence on GC remains unclear...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Hui Di, Xinting Zhang, Yi Guo, Yanfang Shi, Chuan Fang, Yu Yuan, Jiwei Wang, Chao Shang, Wenzhe Guo, Chunhui Li
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a prevalent and aggressive disease, and the development of a novel therapy to better treat advanced GBM is urgently required. Lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA), which functions as a key enzyme in transforming pyruvate into lactate, has attracted more attention in recent years due to its critical role in various types of advanced cancer. Previous data derived from the Oncomine database have shown that the expression of LDHA is higher in GBM tissues than that in corresponding normal control tissues...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Feng Li, Dan Jin, Chuanxi Tang, Dianshuai Gao
Human glioma is one of the major malignancies worldwide with an increased mortality rate. Centrosomal protein of 55 kDa (CEP55) is an essential component of the CEP family and has been identified as a prognostic marker for multiple types of cancer. However, the function of CEP55 during glioma tumorigenesis remains unclear. In the present study, the data derived from the Oncomine database indicated that the expression of CEP55 is increased in glioma tissues compared with normal tissues. Furthermore, the expression of CEP55 was also increased at the level of mRNA and protein in glioma cell lines compared with normal human astrocytes...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Aiko Machiya, Sho Tsukamoto, Satoshi Ohte, Mai Kuratani, Mai Fujimoto, Keigo Kumagai, Kenji Osawa, Naoto Suda, Alex N Bullock, Takenobu Katagiri
Various substitution mutations in ALK2, a transmembrane serine/threonine kinase receptor for bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), have been identified in patients with genetic disorders such as fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and heart defects. In this study, we characterized the ALK2 mutants R258G, G328V and F246Y, which were identified in patients with severe FOP, DIPG and unusual hereditary skeletal dysplasia, respectively. Both R258G and G328V were gain-of-function mutations, but F246Y was equivalent to wild-type ALK2...
March 15, 2018: Bone
Xuanzhi Wang, Xingliang Dai, Xinzhi Zhang, Xinda Li, Tao Xu, Qing Lan
Cancer stem cells (CSCs), being tumor-initiating with self-renewal capacity and heterogeneity, are most likely the cause of tumor resistance, reoccurrence and metastasis. To further investigate the role of CSCs in tumor biology, there is a need to develop an effective culture system to grow, maintain and enrich CSCs. Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture model has been widely used in tumor research and drug screening. Recently, researchers have begun to utilize 3D models to culture cancer cells for CSCs enrichment...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Victor O Oria, Paul Lopatta, Oliver Schilling
A disintegrin and a metalloprotease (ADAM) 9 is a metzincin cell-surface protease involved in several biological processes such as myogenesis, fertilization, cell migration, inflammatory response, proliferation, and cell-cell interactions. ADAM9 has been found over-expressed in several solid tumors entities such as glioma, melanoma, prostate cancer, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, gastric, breast, lung, and liver cancers. Immunohistochemical analyses highlight ADAM9 expression by actual cancer cells and associate its abundant presence with clinicopathological features such as shortened overall survival, poor tumor grade, de-differentiation, therapy resistance, and metastasis formation...
March 17, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Akane Yamamichi, Fumiharu Ohka, Kosuke Aoki, Hiromichi Suzuki, Akira Kato, Masaki Hirano, Kazuya Motomura, Kuniaki Tanahashi, Lushun Chalise, Sachi Maeda, Toshihiko Wakabayashi, Yukinari Kato, Atsushi Natsume
The IDH-mutant and 1p/19q co-deletion (1p19q codel) provides significant diagnostic and prognostic value in lower-grade gliomas. As ATRX mutation and 1p19q codel are mutually exclusive, ATRX immunohistochemistry (IHC) may substitute for 1p19q codel, but this has not been comprehensively examined. In the current study, we performed ATRX-IHC in 78 gliomas whose ATRX statuses were comprehensively determined by whole exome sequencing. Among the 60 IHC-positive and 18 IHC-negative cases, 86.7 and 77.8% were ATRX-wildtype and ATRX-mutant, respectively...
March 17, 2018: Brain Tumor Pathology
Hong-Qing Cai, Peng-Fei Wang, Hai-Peng Zhang, Zhi-Jian Cheng, Shou-Wei Li, Jie He, Yu Zhang, Jia-Jie Hao, Ming-Rong Wang, Chang-Xiang Yan, Jing-Hai Wan
AIM: To identify biomarkers for accurate classification of glioma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated the heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27), phosphorylated Hsp27 (p-Hsp27), ATRX and IDH1R132H proteins using immunohistochemistry in 421 glioma tissues. The χ2 test was used to assess the relationship between molecular alterations and clinico-pathological parameters. Kaplan-Meier survival curves were constructed, and differences were detected by the log-rank test. RESULTS: We found that Hsp27 and p-Hsp27 were mainly expressed in aggressive astrocytic gliomas...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Chen Fu, Yonggang Xiang, Xiaorong Li, Ailing Fu
For successful theranosis of brain diseases, limited access of therapeutic molecules across blood-brain barrier (BBB) needs be overcome in brain delivery. Currently, peptide derivatives of rabies virus glycoprotein (RVG) have been exploited as delivery ligands to transport nanocarriers across BBB and specifically into the brain. The targeting peptides usually conjugate to the nanocarrier surface, and the cargoes, including siRNA, miRNA, DNA, proteins and small molecular chemicals, are complexed or encapsulated in the nanocarriers...
June 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Amelia Weber Hall, Anna M Battenhouse, Haridha Shivram, Adam R Morris, Matthew C Cowperthwaite, Max Shpak, Vishwanath R Iyer
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can be clustered by gene expression into four main subtypes associated with prognosis and survival, but enhancers and other gene regulatory elements have not yet been identified in primary tumors. Here, we profiled six histone modifications and CTCF binding as well as gene expression in primary gliomas, and identified chromatin states that define distinct regulatory elements across the tumor genome. Enhancers in mesenchymal and classical tumor subtypes drove gene expression associated with cell migration and invasion, while enhancers in proneural tumors controlled genes associated with a less aggressive phenotype in GBM...
March 16, 2018: Cancer Research
Ruichong Ma, Puneet Plaha
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March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Najeh Krayem, Zaineb Abdelkefi-Koubaa, Youssef Gargouri, José Luis
Integrins are a large family of cell surface receptors mediating the interaction of cells with their microenvironment and they play an important role in glioma biology. In the present work, we reported the anti-tumor effect of Sm-PLGV a phospholipase A2 from Tunisian scorpion venom glands-as well as its recombinant forms expressed in Escherichia coli-through interference with integrin receptor function in malignant glioma cells U87. These phospholipases inhibited in a dose dependent manner the adhesion, migration and invasion onto fibrinogen and fibronectin without any cytotoxicity...
March 13, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Mariella G Filbin, Dominik Sturm
Gliomas are the most common primary central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms in children and adolescents and are thought to arise from their glial progenitors or stem cells. Although the exact cells of origin for most pediatric gliomas remain to be identified, our current understanding is that specific cell populations during CNS development are susceptible to particular oncogenic events during certain time windows and thus give rise to pediatric gliomas with distinct histological, molecular, and clinical features...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
Michael Platten, David A Reardon
Strategies to empower the immune system to successfully attack cancers, including vaccination approaches, adaptive T cell therapies, and immune checkpoint modulators, have recently achieved remarkable success across a spectrum of cancer indications. Nonetheless, with rare exception, only a minority of patients with a given type of cancer respond to an immunotherapeutic when administered as single-agent therapy. Although under extensive laboratory and clinical investigation, the role of these approaches for glioma patients remains to be determined...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
Zachary J Reitman, Frank Winkler, Andrew E H Elia
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary malignant tumor of the central nervous system. The current standard of care for GBM is maximal resection followed by postoperative radiation with concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide. Despite this multimodality treatment, the median survival for GBM remains marginally better than 1 year. In the past decade, genome-wide analyses have uncovered new molecular features of GBM that have refined its classification and provided new insights into the molecular basis for GBM pathogenesis...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
Julie J Miller, Wolfgang Wick
The majority of World Health Organization grade II and grade III gliomas harbor heterozygous mutations in the metabolic enzyme isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1), and tumors with an IDH wild-type status show molecular features of a glioblastoma and simply may constitute a separate disease entity. This discovery has led to a profound shift in the way that gliomas are classified and, consequently, how treatment decisions are made. We will review the current understanding of IDH- mutant gliomagenesis and the preclinical models being used to investigate the underlying biology of these tumors and to explore new therapeutic options for these patients...
February 2018: Seminars in Neurology
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