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Siyuan Zhang, Zhiwei Cui, Tianqi Xu, Pan Liu, Dapeng Li, Shaoqiang Shang, Ranxiang Xu, Yujin Zong, Gang Niu, Supin Wang, Xijing He, Mingxi Wan
This paper compared the effects of flowing phase-shift nanodroplets (NDs) and lipid-shelled microbubbles (MBs) on subsequent cavitation during focused ultrasound (FUS) exposures. The cavitation activity was monitored using a passive cavitation detection method as solutions of either phase-shift NDs or lipid-shelled MBs flowed at varying velocities through a 5-mm diameter wall-less vessel in a transparent tissue-mimicking phantom when exposed to FUS. The intensity of cavitation for the phase-shift NDs showed an upward trend with time and cavitation for the lipid-shelled MBs grew to a maximum at the outset of the FUS exposure followed by a trend of decreases when they were static in the vessel...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Miguel N Centelles, Michael Wright, Wladyslaw Gedroyc, Maya Thanou
Image guided drug delivery has gained significant attention during the last few years. Labelling nanoparticles or macromolecules and monitoring their fate in the body provides information that can be used to modulate their biodistribution and improve their pharmacokinetics. In this study we label antibodies and monitor their distribution in the tumours post intravenous injection. Using Focused Ultrasound (FUS, a non-invasive method of hyperthermia) we increase the tumour temperature to 42°C for a short period of time (3-5min) and we observe an increased accumulation of labelled antibody...
October 19, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Jiao Li, Yi Lu, Huiting Liang, Chunyan Tang, Lei Zhu, Jie Zhang, Renshi Xu
In order to searching the possible pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), we examined the expression and distribution of FUS/TLS protein in the different anatomic regions, segments and neural cells of adult spinal cord at the different stages of the SOD1 wild-type and G93A transgenic mice using the fluorescent immunohistochemistry. Result revealed that, in the SOD1 wild-type mice, the FUS/TLS expression almost wasn't detected. However, in the SOD1 G93A mice, the FUS/TLS expression in the white matter was significantly more than that in the gray matter...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Juyoung Park, Muna Aryal, Natalia Vykhodtseva, Yong-Zhi Zhang, Nathan McDannold
Drug delivery in brain tumors is challenging because of the presence of blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the blood-tumor barrier (BTB). Focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with microbubbles can enhance the permeability of the BTB in brain tumors, as well as disrupting the BBB in the surrounding tissue. In this study, dynamic contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) was used to characterize FUS-induced permeability changes in a rat glioma model and in the normal brain and to investigate the relationship between these changes and the resulting concentration of the chemotherapy agent doxorubicin (DOX)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Yoshihiro Kino, Chika Washizu, Masaru Kurosawa, Mizuki Yamada, Hiroshi Doi, Toru Takumi, Hiroaki Adachi, Masahisa Katsuno, Gen Sobue, Geoffrey G Hicks, Nobutaka Hattori, Tomomi Shimogori, Nobuyuki Nukina
FUS/TLS is an RNA/DNA-binding protein associated with neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Previously, we found that a prion-like domain in the N-terminus of FUS/TLS mediates co-aggregation between FUS/TLS and mutant huntingtin, the gene product of Huntington's disease (HD). Here, we show that heterozygous knockout of FUS/TLS worsened the phenotypes of model mice of (HD, but not spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). This difference was correlated with the degree of pathological association between disease proteins and FUS/TLS...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Atsushi Yamaguchi, Keisuke Takanashi
FUS (Fused-in-Sarcoma) is a multifunctional DNA/RNA binding protein linked to familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/frontotemporal dementia (ALS/FTD). Since FUS is localized mainly in the nucleus with nucleo-cytoplasmic shuttling, it is critical to understand physiological functions in the nucleus to clarify pathogenesis. Here we report a yeast two-hybrid screening identified FUS interaction with nuclear matrix-associated protein SAFB1 (scaffold attachment factor B1). FUS and SAFB1, abundant in chromatin-bound fraction, interact in a DNA-dependent manner...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Łukasz Piotr Fus, Barbara Górnicka
INTRODUCTION: Bladder cancer is the most common urinary tract malignancy in western countries. In recent years, extensive research has suggested that angiogenesis plays an important role in bladder cancer biology, contributing to tumor growth and progression. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this review, we discuss general mechanisms of angiogenesis and highlight the influence of pro- and anti-angiogenic factors, and cancer stem cells on bladder cancer biology, their relation to disease progression, and potential use in novel targeted therapies...
2016: Central European Journal of Urology
Kentaro Hayashi, Yoko Mochizuki, Ryoko Takeuchi, Toshio Shimizu, Masahiro Nagao, Kazuhiko Watabe, Nobutaka Arai, Kiyomitsu Oyanagi, Osamu Onodera, Masaharu Hayashi, Hitoshi Takahashi, Akiyoshi Kakita, Eiji Isozaki
In the present study, we performed a comprehensive analysis to clarify the clinicopathological characteristics of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that had progressed to result in a totally locked-in state (communication Stage V), in which all voluntary movements are lost and communication is impossible. In 11 patients, six had phosphorylated TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (pTDP-43)-immunoreactive (ir) neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions (NCI), two had fused in sarcoma (FUS)-ir NCI, and three had copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1)-ir NCI...
September 30, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Akira Yoshikawa, Shuntaro Sato, Tomonori Tanaka, Mikiko Hashisako, Yukio Kashima, Tomoshi Tsuchiya, Naoya Yamasaki, Takeshi Nagayasu, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Junya Fukuoka
PURPOSE: Pulmonary emphysema is the pathological prototype of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is also associated with other lung diseases. We considered that observation with different approaches may provide new insights for the pathogenesis of emphysema. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed tissue blocks of the lungs of 25 cases with/without emphysema and applied a three-dimensional observation method to the blocks. Based on the three-dimensional characteristics of the alveolar structure, we considered one face of the alveolar polyhedron as a structural unit of alveoli and called it a framework unit (FU)...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Erika N Guerrero, Haibo Wang, Joy Mitra, Pavana M Hegde, Sara E Stowell, Nicole F Liachko, Brian C Kraemer, Ralph M Garruto, K S Rao, Muralidhar L Hegde
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a common motor neuron disease affecting two per 100,000 people worldwide, encompasses at least five distinct pathological subtypes, including, ALS-SOD1, ALS-C9orf72, ALS-TDP-43, ALS-FUS and Guam-ALS. The etiology of a major subset of ALS involves toxicity of the TAR DNA-binding protein-43 (TDP-43). A second RNA/DNA binding protein, fused in sarcoma/translocated in liposarcoma (FUS/TLS) has been subsequently associated with about 1% of ALS patients. While mutations in TDP-43 and FUS have been linked to ALS, the key contributing molecular mechanism(s) leading to cell death are still unclear...
September 28, 2016: Progress in Neurobiology
Henrik Odéen, Scott Almquist, Joshua de Bever, Douglas A Christensen, Dennis L Parker
BACKGROUND: A major challenge in using magnetic resonance temperature imaging (MRTI) to monitor focused ultrasound (FUS) applications is achieving high spatio-temporal resolution over a large field of view (FOV). This is important to accurately monitor all ultrasound (US) power depositions. Magnetic resonance (MR) subsampling in conjunction with thermal model-based reconstruction of the MRTI utilizing Pennes bioheat transfer equation (PBTE) is one promising approach. The thermal properties used in the thermal model are often estimated from a pre-treatment, low-power sonication...
2016: Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound
Wonhye Lee, Hyun-Chul Kim, Yujin Jung, Yong An Chung, In-Uk Song, Jong-Hwan Lee, Seung-Schik Yoo
Transcranial focused ultrasound (FUS) is making progress as a new non-invasive mode of regional brain stimulation. Current evidence of FUS-mediated neurostimulation for humans has been limited to the observation of subjective sensory manifestations and electrophysiological responses, thus warranting the identification of stimulated brain regions. Here, we report FUS sonication of the primary visual cortex (V1) in humans, resulting in elicited activation not only from the sonicated brain area, but also from the network of regions involved in visual and higher-order cognitive processes (as revealed by simultaneous acquisition of blood-oxygenation-level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Jason A West, Mari Mito, Satoshi Kurosaka, Toru Takumi, Chiharu Tanegashima, Takeshi Chujo, Kaori Yanaka, Robert E Kingston, Tetsuro Hirose, Charles Bond, Archa Fox, Shinichi Nakagawa
Paraspeckles are nuclear bodies built on the long noncoding RNA Neat1, which regulates a variety of physiological processes including cancer progression and corpus luteum formation. To obtain further insight into the molecular basis of the function of paraspeckles, we performed fine structural analyses of these nuclear bodies using structural illumination microscopy. Notably, paraspeckle proteins are found within different layers along the radially arranged bundles of Neat1 transcripts, forming a characteristic core-shell spheroidal structure...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Anthony Podkowa, Rita J Miller, Robert W Motl, Raymond Fish, Michael L Oelze
In this pilot study, focused ultrasound (FUS) was used to produce hyperthermia in cervical lymph nodes of rats having experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) to alleviate symptoms associated with EAE. EAE was induced in dark agouti rats, and EAE scores were recorded over 21 d. At the onset of EAE symptoms, rats were treated with FUS to induce temperatures of 43-44°C for 20 min in the superficial cervical lymph nodes. An EAE remittance score was tallied for all rats, defined as the maximum EAE score observed minus the minimum EAE score observed after the maximum EAE was reached...
September 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Khin Thway, Dirk C Strauss, Dorte Wren, Cyril Fisher
Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma (AFH) is a soft tissue tumor of intermediate biologic potential and uncertain differentiation that most frequently occurs in the superficial extremities of children and young adults. It is histologically typified by nodules of ovoid to spindle cells with pseudoangiomatoid spaces and a surrounding dense lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate, desmin expression in about 50%, and association with EWSR1-CREB1, EWSR1-ATF1 or FUS-ATF1 gene fusions. The diagnosis still poses a challenge because AFH may not display all classic features, can show a variety of unusual histologic findings and lacks a specific immunoprofile...
September 3, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Koji Matsukawa, Tadafumi Hashimoto, Taisei Matsumoto, Ryoko Ihara, Takahiro Chihara, Masayuki Miura, Tomoko Wakabayashi, Takeshi Iwatsubo
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive and selective loss of motor neurons. Causative genes for familial ALS (fALS), e.g., TARDBP or FUS/TLS, have been found, among which mutations within the profilin 1 (PFN1) gene have recently been identified in ALS18. To elucidate the mechanism whereby PFN1 mutations lead to neuronal death, we generated transgenic Drosophila melanogaster overexpressing human PFN1 in the retinal photoreceptor neurons. Overexpression of wild-type or fALS mutant PFN1 caused no degenerative phenotypes in the retina...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Gamze Guven, Ebba Lohmann, Jose Bras, J Raphael Gibbs, Hakan Gurvit, Basar Bilgic, Hasmet Hanagasi, Patrizia Rizzu, Peter Heutink, Murat Emre, Nihan Erginel-Unaltuna, Walter Just, John Hardy, Andrew Singleton, Rita Guerreiro
'Microtubule-associated protein tau' (MAPT), 'granulin' (GRN) and 'chromosome 9 open reading frame72' (C9ORF72) gene mutations are the major known genetic causes of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Recent studies suggest that mutations in these genes may also be associated with other forms of dementia. Therefore we investigated whether MAPT, GRN and C9ORF72 gene mutations are major contributors to dementia in a random, unselected Turkish cohort of dementia patients. A combination of whole-exome sequencing, Sanger sequencing and fragment analysis/Southern blot was performed in order to identify pathogenic mutations and novel variants in these genes as well as other FTD-related genes such as the 'charged multivesicular body protein 2B' (CHMP2B), the 'FUS RNA binding protein' (FUS), the 'TAR DNA binding protein' (TARDBP), the 'sequestosome1' (SQSTM1), and the 'valosin containing protein' (VCP)...
2016: PloS One
James W Patterson, Georgi Tchernev, Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva, Mark R Wick
We report the case of a 55-year-old woman who developed a mass in the soft tissue of the anterior right proximal thigh. Microscopic findings in the biopsy specimen supported the diagnosis of sclerosing epithelioid fibrosarcoma (SEF). This entity is part of a spectrum of lesions that includes low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma (LGFMS) and hyalinizing spindle cell tumor with giant rosettes (HSCTGR). It shares with LGFMS occasional overlapping histopathologic features and immunopositivity for MUC4. Although FUS and CREB3L2 gene rearrangements, characteristics of LGFMS, have been found in hybrid tumors (those with features of both SEF and LGFMS) and in examples of LGFMS with relapses showing SEF morphology, it appears that EWSR1 and CREB3L1 rearrangements predominate over FUS and CREB3L2 rearrangements among "pure" SEF tumors...
September 15, 2016: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Po-Chun Chu, Wen-Yen Chai, Chih-Hung Tsai, Shih-Tsung Kang, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Hao-Li Liu
Focused ultrasound (FUS) with microbubbles can temporally open the blood-brain barrier (BBB), and the cavitation activities of microbubbles play a key role in the BBB-opening process. Previous attempts used contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) to correlate the mechanical index (MI) with the scale of BBB-opening, but MI only partially gauged acoustic activities, and CE-MRI did not fully explore correlations of pharmacodynamic/pharmacokinetic behaviors. Recently, the cavitation index (CI) has been derived to serve as an indicator of microbubble-ultrasound stable cavitation, and may also serve as a valid indicator to gauge the level of FUS-induced BBB opening...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ritika Zijoo, Margaret von Mehren
INTRODUCTION: Trabectedin (ET-743) is a synthetic marine derived alkylating agent, extracted originally from a Caribbean Sea sponge. It is approved for the treatment of Soft Tissue sarcomas (STS) in Europe and recently by the FDA for liposarcomas and leiomyosarcomas. AREAS COVERED: Trabectedin has multiple mechanisms of action, including one targeting the FUS-CHOP oncogene in Myxoid/Round cell Liposarcomas. Numerous Phase I, II and III clinical trials have been conducted with Trabectedin...
October 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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