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Vesna Nikolov, Miodrag Stojanovic, Aleksandar Kostic, Misa Radisavljevic, Natasa Simonovic, Boban Jelenkovic, Luka Berilazic
PURPOSE: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive malignant tumor in the brain and no therapy can achieve full recovery/cure. The aim of this study was to identify which factors could improve the survival of operated patients, and to determine which kind of therapy was most successful. METHODS: The study was conducted at the Clinic for Neurosurgery in Nis, Clinical Centre Nis and the Oncology Institute, Clinical Center Nis. A cohort of patients who underwent surgery between January 2013 and December 2015 was studied and continuous monitoring of survival lasted until June 2017...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Aleksandar Stepanovic, Marina Nikitovic
Glioblastoma is the most frequent primary malignant brain tumor in adults. With the number of symptoms and signs, it belongs to diseases where a lot of treatment modalities are often applied. A standard treatment for patients with glioblastoma includes surgical resection followed by radiotherapy with concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide. Each type of treatment has its own toxicity. Temozolomide is an oral alkylating cytotoxic drug and like any other alkylating agent can induce side effects. Although temozolomide is generally a well tolerated drug, with rare severe toxic effects, sometimes certain toxicities can overcome the life risk of the underlying malignancy...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
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
Fernando Francisco Borges Resende, Simoneide Souza Titze-de-Almeida, Ricardo Titze-de-Almeida
Astrocytic tumors, including astrocytomas and glioblastomas, are the most common type of primary brain tumors. Treatment for glioblastomas includes radiotherapy, chemotherapy with temozolomide (TMZ) and surgical ablation. Despite certain therapeutic advances, the survival time of patients is no longer than 12-14 months. Cancer cells overexpress the neuronal isoform of nitric oxide synthase (nNOS). In the present study, it was examined whether the nNOS enzyme serves a role in the damage of astrocytoma (U251MG and U138MG) and glioblastoma (U87MG) cells caused by TMZ...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yao Li, Zhiqiang Yue, Hua Yu, Xiaojian Liu, Li Tao, Zhijie Zhu, Fangtian Fan, Cunsi Shen, Aiyun Wang, Wenxing Chen, Yin Lu
PURPOSE: A computational model based on clinical data from pancreatic cancer patients has been successfully created and used for predicting tumor sizes in primary and metastasis sites and survival time from kinetics of tumor cells, such as growth rate, metastasis rate and mutation rate, etc. Whether this computational model could be fitted or necessary modification of some parameters for fitting in mice is unknown. Here, we developed a computational model in mice for spontaneous metastasis to simulate the process of tumor metastasis based on the mathematical frameworks...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
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
Brent D Weinberg, Lauren Boreta, Steve Braunstein, Soonmee Cha
Glioblastomas are aggressive brain tumors that frequently recur in the subventricular zone (SVZ) despite maximal treatment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate imaging patterns of subventricular progression and impact of recurrent subventricular tumor involvement and radiation dose to patient outcome. Retrospective review of 50 patients diagnosed with glioblastoma and treated with surgery, radiation, and concurrent temozolomide from January 2012 to June 2013 was performed. Tumors were classified based on location, size, and cortical and subventricular zone involvement...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Yen-Ying Chen, Hsiang-Ling Ho, Shih-Chieh Lin, Tiffany Dai-Hwa Ho, Chih-Yi Hsu
Objectives: To evaluate the prognostic values of microRNAs (miRNAs) in glioblastoma, and to see if there is an association between miRNAs and MGMT promoter methylation status. Methods: We collected paraffin blocks from resection specimens from 114 glioblastoma patients who had received temozolomide treatment and radiotherapy. Real-time quantitative PCR was performed to determine the expression levels of five miRNAs. Results: Upregulation of miR 125b-5p, miR 181d-3p, miR 221-3p, miR-222-3p, and miR 224-5p was observed in 13...
March 10, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Rong Wang, Danni Deng, Naiyuan Shao, Yuan Xu, Lian Xue, Ya Peng, Yatian Liu, Feng Zhi
Background: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant primary tumor of the central nervous system and is associated with a very poor prognosis. No further improvements in outcomes have been reported since radiotherapy-temozolomide therapy was introduced. Therefore, developing new agents to treat GBM is important. Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the anti-tumor effect of evodiamine (Evo) on GBM cells, and to determine the underlying mechanisms involved...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Luis V Syro, Fabio Rotondo, Leon D Ortiz, Kalman Kovacs
Temozolomide is an alkylating chemotherapeutic agent used in malignant neuroendocrine neoplasia, melanoma, brain metastases, and an essential component of adjuvant therapy in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme and anaplastic astrocytoma. Since 2006 it has been used for the treatment of pituitary carcinomas and aggressive pituitary adenomas. Here, we discuss the current indications and results of temozolomide therapy in pituitary tumors, as well as frequently asked questions regarding temozolomide treatment, duration of therapy, dosage, tumor recurrence, and resistance...
March 13, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
E Palmerini, R L Jones, E Setola, P Picci, E Marchesi, R Luksch, G Grignani, M Cesari, A Longhi, M E Abate, A Paioli, Z Szucs, L D'ambrosio, K Scotlandi, F Fagioli, S Asaftei, S Ferrari
BACKGROUND: Data on temozolomide (TEM) and irinotecan (IRI) activity in recurrent Ewing sarcoma (EWS), especially in adult patients, are limited. METHODS: Patients receiving TEM 100 mg/m2 /day oral, and IRI 40 mg/m2 /day intravenous, days 1-5, every 21 days, were included in this multi-institutional retrospective study. Disease control rate (DCR) [overall response rate (ORR) [complete response (CR) + partial response (PR)] + stable disease (SD)], 6-months progression-free survival (6-mos PFS) and 1-year overall survival (OS) were assessed...
March 13, 2018: Acta Oncologica
Ailiang Zeng, Jianxing Yin, Yan Li, Rui Li, Zheng Wang, Xu Zhou, Xin Jin, Feng Shen, Wei Yan, Yongping You
Therapeutic application of microRNAs (miRNAs) in Wnt-driven glioma has been valuable; however, their specific roles and mechanisms have not been completely investigated. Real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) was used to analyse the expression of microRNA-129-5p (miR-129-5p) in human glioma samples. Cell-Counting Kit 8 (CCK-8), flow cytometry, EdU, angiogenesis, Transwell invasion, wound healing, in vitro 3D migration and neurosphere formation assays were employed to assess the role of miR-129-5p in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cells...
March 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Joshua J Timmons, Kisa Zhang, Johnson Fong, Edwin Lok, Kenneth D Swanson, Shiva Gautam, Eric T Wong
OBJECTIVES: This systematic review aims to investigate spinal cord glioblastoma (scGBM) and correlations between patient traits and survival outcome, as well as differences in cohorts administered temozolomide or total resections, through an analysis of published cases reported up to October 2016. METHODS: We obtained patient data by querying PubMed and Google Scholar with predetermined search terms and inclusion criteria that enabled the identification of relevant case reports...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
Nicolas Houy, François Le Grand
PURPOSE: We compare the Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) and Metronomic Chemotherapy (MC) protocols for temozolomide administration. We develop an innovative methodology for characterizing optimal chemotherapy regimens. METHODS: We use a PK/PD model based on Faivre and coauthors (Faivre et al., 2013) for the pharmacokinetics of temozolomide, as well as the pharmacodynamics of its efficacy. For toxicity, which is measured by the nadir of the normalized absolute neutrophil count, we formalize the myelosuppression effect of temozolomide with the physiological model of Panetta and coauthors (Panetta et al...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Yang Ji-Hu, Huang Guo-Dong, Ji Tao, Wang Hai-Dong, Liu Yu-Fei, Guo Jian, Li Zhen, Li Wei-Ping
OBJECTIVE: To explore the surgical methods and clinical effect of endoscopic endonasal approaches for the treatment of invasive pituitary adenomas(IPA). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the clinical data of 74 patients(75 procedures) with invasive pituitary adenomas treated by different endoscopic endonasal approaches at the Department of Neurosurgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Shenzhen University from May 2014 to August 2017. The data include clinical manifestation, imaging features, surgical methods and complications, resection rate, cure rate, prognosis and complications in different Knosp classifications and Hardy stages...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Jianqin Tang, Huige Zhou, Xiaoyang Hou, Liming Wang, Yaxi Li, Yanyu Pang, Chunying Chen, Guan Jiang, Yanqun Liu
Chemotherapy is an important treatment for malignant tumors; however, its efficacy and clinical application are limited by its side effects and drug resistance properties. Chemotherapy and phototherapy exhibit synergistic anti-tumor effects. In the present study, a carboxylated poly(amido-amine) (PAMAM) with low cytotoxicity was synthesized as a delivery nanocarrier for loading chemotherapeutic drugs, temozolomide (TMZ), and fluorescent dye indocyanine green (ICG). Hyaluronic acid (HA), which targets the CD44-overexpressing cancer cells, was modified on the nanocarrier surface to enhance the selective killing of melanoma cells...
March 7, 2018: Cancer Letters
Vishal Jindal
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common primary malignant cancer of brain, which is extremely aggressive and carries a dreadful prognosis. Current treatment protocol runs around radiotherapy, surgical resection, and temozolomide with median overall survival of around 12-15 months. Due to its heterogeneity and mutational load, immunotherapy with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy can be a promising treatment option for recurrent glioblastoma. Initial phase 1 studies have shown that this therapy is safe without dose-limiting side effects and it also has a better clinical outcome...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Lorena Gurrieri, Elisa De Carlo, Lorenzo Gerratana, Giovanna De Maglio, Marianna Macerelli, Federica Edith Pisa, Elena Masiero, Giuseppe Aprile, Alessandro Follador, Fabio Puglisi, Gianpiero Fasola, Simona Rizzato, Stefano Pizzolitto
AIM: MGMT promoter methylation has been associated with improved survival in glioblastoma multiforme treated with temozolomide. However, there is no consensus on specific cut-off levels of methylation. The aims of the study were to explore the prognostic impact of MGMT methylation status and to analyze the role of specific cut-off values. MATERIALS & METHODS: We analyzed 108 glioblastoma multiforme patients treated between 2008 and 2013 stratified according to three pyrosequencing-based quantitative methylation in: unmethylated (methylation <9%), intermediate (9-29%) and highly methylated (>29%)...
March 9, 2018: Future Oncology
Antonin Dréan, Shai Rosenberg, François-Xavier Lejeune, Larissa Goli, Aravindan Arun Nadaradjane, Jérémy Guehennec, Charlotte Schmitt, Maïté Verreault, Franck Bielle, Karima Mokhtari, Sanson Marc, Alexandre Carpentier, Delattre Jean-Yves, Ahmed Idbaih
ATP-binding cassette transporters (ABC transporters) regulate traffic of multiple compounds, including chemotherapeutic agents, through biological membranes. They are expressed by multiple cell types and have been implicated in the drug resistance of some cancer cells. Despite significant research in ABC transporters in the context of many diseases, little is known about their expression and clinical value in glioblastoma (GBM). We analyzed expression of 49 ABC transporters in both commercial and patient-derived GBM cell lines as well as from 51 human GBM tumor biopsies...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Dong-Yi Yang, Xing-Yao Bu, Zhi-Long Zhou, Zhao-Yue Yan, Chun-Xiao Ma, Ming-Qi Qu, Yue-Wu Zhao, Ling-Fei Kong, Yao-Wei Wang, Jian-Chao Luo
Background: Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the worst cancers with bad prognosis despite systemic chemotherapy and radiotherapy after surgery. Methods: In this study, 71 patients with GBM were enrolled and randomly assigned to two groups: Receiving radiotherapy with concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ) (TMZ, standard therapy) after surgery, or receiving radiotherapy with concomitant and adjuvant local delivery of nimustine (ACNU) rendezvousing with oral TMZ (rendezvous therapy)...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
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