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Tianxiao Jiang, Su Liu, Giuseppe Pellizzer, Aydin Aydoseli, Sacit Karamursel, Pulat A Sabanci, Altay Sencer, Candan Gurses, Nuri F Ince
Functional mapping of eloquent cortex before the resection of a tumor is a critical procedure for optimizing survival and quality of life. In order to locate the hand area of the motor cortex in two patients with low-grade gliomas (LGG), we recorded electrocorticogram (ECoG) from a 113 channel hybrid high-density grid (64 large contacts with diameter of 2.7 mm and 49 small contacts with diameter of 1 mm) while they executed hand clenching movements. We investigated the spatio-spectral characteristics of the neural oscillatory activity and observed that, in both patients, the hand movements were consistently associated with a wide spread power decrease in the low frequency band (LFB: 8-32 Hz) and a more localized power increase in the high frequency band (HFB: 60-280 Hz) within the sensorimotor region...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Tianwei Wang, Ting Gao, Xiaodong Niu, Xiao Xing, Yuan Yang, Yanhui Liu, Qing Mao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform an survival analysis of HIV patients with glioma and to assess the relationship between various prognostic factors and overall survival. METHODS: We reported in detail the management and prognosis of two patients in our hospital and performed a quantitative and comprehensive systematic literature review of patients with HIV-associated glioma. We combined our treatment experience with retrospectively obtained treatment information and studied the resultant survival time to statistically analyze and discuss whether age, surgery, gender, WHO grade, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and RT combined CTh could predict patients' survival...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Akane Suzuki, Takashi Maruyama, Masayuki Nitta, Takashi Komori, Soko Ikuta, Mikhail Chernov, Manabu Tamura, Takakazu Kawamata, Yoshihiro Muragaki
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was evaluation of the prognostic significance of DNA ploidy assessed with intraoperative flow cytometry (iFC) during resection of low-grade gliomas (LGG). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 102 consecutive cases of newly diagnosed WHO grade II supratentorial gliomas, surgical removal of which was accompanied by iFC, was done. There were 46 diffuse astrocytomas (DA) and 56 oligodendrogliomas (OD). According to iFC, 68 tumors (67%) were considered non-aneuploid and 34 (33%) aneuploid...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Jason W Arnold, Joshua B Simpson, Jeffrey Roach, Jakub Kwintkiewicz, M Andrea Azcarate-Peril
Large-scale microbiome studies have established that most of the diversity contained in the gastrointestinal tract is represented at the strain level; however, exhaustive genomic and physiological characterization of human isolates is still lacking. With increased use of probiotics as interventions for gastrointestinal disorders, genomic and functional characterization of novel microorganisms becomes essential. In this study, we explored the impact of strain-level genomic variability on bacterial physiology of two novel human Lactobacillus rhamnosus strains (AMC143 and AMC010) of probiotic potential in relation to stress resistance...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jiayi Cai, Chunyang Zhao, Yajie Du, Yaqiong Zhang, Mingyi Zhao, Qingchun Zhao
Background: Probiotics are commonly used for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). However, the optimum regimen remains controversial. Objective: The objective of this article is to compare and rank the relative efficacy and tolerability among all available probiotic agents for AAD through a network meta-analysis. Methods: Eligible studies were identified by searching PubMed, Embase, Medline, Cochrane library and Web of Science for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that examined the efficacy of probiotic therapy for AAD...
March 2018: United European Gastroenterology Journal
G Jutras, K Bélanger, N Letarte, J-P Adam, D Roberge, B Lemieux, É Lemieux-Blanchard, L Masucci, C Ménard, J P Bahary, R Moumdjian, F Berthelet, M Florescu
Background: Procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine (pcv) significantly improve survival outcomes in lgg (low-grade gliomas). Administration of pcv to lgg patients increased tremendously over the past years as it went from 2 patients per year between 2005 and 2012 to 23 patients in 2015 only in our centre. However, serious hematological and non-hematological adverse events may occur. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of pcv and its clinical relevance in our practice...
February 2018: Current Oncology
M Unterrrainer, I Winkelmann, B Suchorska, A Giese, V Wenter, F W Kreth, J Herms, P Bartenstein, J C Tonn, N L Albert
PURPOSE: For the clinical evaluation of O-(2-18 F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine (18 F-FET) PET images, the use of standard summation images obtained 20-40 min after injection is recommended. However, early summation images obtained 5-15 min after injection have been reported to allow better differentiation between low-grade glioma (LGG) and high-grade glioma (HGG) by capturing the early18 F-FET uptake peak specific for HGG. We compared early and standard summation images with regard to delineation of the PET-derived biological tumour volume (BTV) in correlation with the molecular genetic profile according the updated 2016 WHO classification...
February 27, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Radwa K Soliman, Sara A Gamal, Abdel-Hakeem A Essa, Mostafa H Othman
OBJECTIVES: To assess the usefulness of intra-tumor and peri-tumoral relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) in preoperative glioma grading. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 21 patients with histopathologically confirmed glioma were included. Imaging was achieved on a 1.5T MRI scanner. Dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MRI was performed using T2* weighted gradient echo-planner imaging (EPI). Multiple regions of interest (ROIs) have been drawn in the hotspots regions, the highest ROI has been selected to represent the rCBV of each intra-tumoral and peri-tumoral regions...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Liangyu Chen, Yixue Xue, Jian Zheng, Xiaobai Liu, Jing Liu, Jiajia Chen, Zhen Li, Zhuo Xi, Hao Teng, Ping Wang, Libo Liu, Yunhui Liu
The blood-tumor barrier (BTB) hinders delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to tumors in the brain; previous studies have shown that the BTB can be selectively opened by endothelial monocyte activating polypeptide-II (EMAP-II), but the specific mechanism involved remains elusive. In this study, we found that microRNA-429 (miR-429) expression in glioma vascular endothelial cells (GECs) was far lower than in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (ECs). miR-429 had lower expression in GECs and glioma tissues compared to ECs or normal tissues of the brain...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
H H Jiang, G Li, J M Wang, X L Li, Y Cui, S Lin
Objective: To explore the prognostic impact of 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) classification of central nervous system (CNS) tumors on patients with low grade gliomas (LGG). Methods: A total of 482 patients diagnosed with LGG in Beijing Tiantan Hospital affiliated to Capital Medical University from January 2009 to May 2016 were pathologically reclassified and retrospectively reviewed. In the survival analysis, Kaplan-Meier Plot was used to univariate analysis and Cox proportional hazards model was used to multivariate analysis...
January 30, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Sohini Walia, Rozy Kamal, D K Dhawan, S S Kanwar
BACKGROUND: Probiotics are believed to have properties that lower the risk of colon cancer. However, the mechanisms by which they exert their beneficial effects are relatively unknown. AIM: To assess the impact of probiotics in preventing induction of colon carcinogenesis in rats. METHODS: The rats were divided into six groups viz., normal control, Lactobacillus plantarum (AdF10)-treated, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG)-treated, 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH)-treated, L...
February 9, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Hemanti Mandal, Tamishraha Bagchi
Lactobacilli have several attributes that provide health benefits to the host. The aim of this study was to screen indigenous lactobacilli from human gut and fermented foods for such attributes as production of β- and α-galactosidase and also their ability to reduce serum cholesterol. Lactobacilli were cultured on MRS broth and β-galactosidase activity was determined using o-nitrophenyl-β-D-galactopyranoside (ONPG) as a substrate. Three isolates Lactobacillus fermentum GPI-3 and L. fermentum GPI-6 and Lactobacillus salivarius GPI-1(S) showed better β-galactosidase activity than the standard strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) and Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC 8014...
February 8, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Yucai Li, Xia Shan, Zhifeng Wu, Yinyan Wang, Miao Ling, Xing Fan
PURPOSE: Gliomas, particularly low-grade gliomas (LGGs), are highly epileptogenic. Seizure is the most common presenting sign of LGG patients and significantly decreases their quality of life. Accordingly, there is a need for a better understanding of the mechanisms and risk factors of glioma-related epilepsy. The current study aimed to perform a comprehensive meta-analysis to investigate the correlation of isocitrate-dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1), an important molecular biomarker for glioma classification and prognosis, to preoperative seizure incidence in LGG...
January 25, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Malin Antonsson, Charlotte Johansson, Lena Hartelius, Ingrid Henriksson, Francesca Longoni, Åsa Wengelin
BACKGROUND: Low-grade glioma (LGG) is a type of brain tumour often situated in or near areas involved in language, sensory or motor functions. Depending on localization and tumour characteristics, language or cognitive impairments due to tumour growth and/or surgical resection are obvious risks. One task that may be at risk is writing, both because it requires intact language and memory function and because it is a very complex and cognitively demanding task. The most commonly reported language deficit in LGG patients is oral lexical-retrieval difficulties, and poor lexical retrieval would be expected to affect writing fluency...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
Pooja Jadiya, Snober S Mir, Aamir Nazir
The accumulation of aggregate-prone proteins is a major representative of many neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD) wherein the cellular clearance mechanisms, such as the ubiquitin-proteasome and autophagy pathways are impaired. PD, known to be associated with multiple genetic and environmental factors, is characterized by the aggregation of α-synuclein protein and loss of dopaminergic neurons in midbrain. This disease is also associated with other cardiovascular ailments. Herein, we report our findings from studies on the effect of hyper and hypo-osmotic induced toxicity representing hyper and hypotensive condition as an extrinsic epigenetic factor towards modulation of Parkinsonism, using a genetic model Caenorhabditis elegans (C...
February 2, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Vita Stagno, Conor Mallucci, Shivaram Avula, Barry Pizer
Vinblastine has shown activity as second line treatment in Low Grade Glioma (LGG) in children as well as anti-angiogenic activity in vitro. A 5 year old girl presented with 6 week history of headaches. MRI demonstrated a right temporo-parietal mass with abnormal pathological vasculature including aneurysmal vessels. Biopsy showed a pilocytic astrocytoma. Due to increased risk from surgery, first line treatment with vinblastine was given. Over 10 months, progressive reduction of tumour vascularity was demonstrated...
February 6, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Andrea F Kane, Anisha D Bhatia, Patricia W Denning, Andi L Shane, Ravi Mangal Patel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if routine supplementation of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG ATCC 53103 (LGG) is associated with a decreased risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study of VLBW (<1500 g) infants at a single center from 2008 to 2016. LGG supplementation with Culturelle at a dose of 2.5 to 5 × 109 CFU/day began in 2014. We used multivariable logistic regression to evaluate the association between LGG supplementation and necrotizing enterocolitis (modified Bell stage IIA or greater), after adjusting for potential confounders...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Khalid Abdalla, Shaker Abdullah, Abeer Almehdar, Naglla Elimam, Mohammed Burhan Abrar, Wasil Jastaniah
BACKGROUND: Treatment modality impacts outcome of childhood low-grade glioma (LGG). Optimizing management in developing countries can be challenging. This study evaluates the clinical characteristics, treatment, and factors influencing outcome of childhood LGG in Saudi Arabia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study retrospectively evaluated 59 children consecutively diagnosed with LGG between January 2001 and June 2016. RESULTS: Median age at diagnosis was 6...
February 2, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Lea Kristin Röver, Heidrun Gevensleben, Jörn Dietrich, Friedrich Bootz, Jennifer Landsberg, Diane Goltz, Dimo Dietrich
Immune checkpoints are important targets for immunotherapies. However, knowledge on the epigenetic modification of immune checkpoint genes is sparse. In the present study, we investigated promoter methylation of CTLA4, PD-L1, PD-L2, and PD-1 in diffuse lower-grade gliomas (LGG) harboring isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutations with regard to mRNA expression levels, clinicopathological parameters, previously established methylation subtypes, immune cell infiltrates, and survival in a cohort of 419 patients with IDH-mutated LGG provided by The Cancer Genome Atlas...
January 24, 2018: EBioMedicine
Xi Zhang, Qiang Tian, Liang Wang, Yang Liu, Baojuan Li, Zhengrong Liang, Peng Gao, Kaizhong Zheng, Bofeng Zhao, Hongbing Lu
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive detection of isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) and TP53 mutations are meaningful for molecular stratification of lower-grade gliomas (LrGG). PURPOSE: To explore potential MRI features reflecting IDH and TP53 mutations of LrGG, and propose a radiomics strategy for detecting them. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective, radiomics. POPULATION/SUBJECTS: A total of 103 LrGG patients were separated into development (n = 73) and validation (n = 30) cohorts...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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