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Yasuhiro Nakamura, Takashi Fujino, Koji Nagata, Taichi Imamura, Yukiko Teramoto, Yuri Asami, Eiichi Arai, Akifumi Yamamoto
Granular cell tumors are uncommon neoplasms and a small number of these neoplasms have been reported as showing malignant behavior. Here, we report a rare case of a solitary granular cell tumor that exhibited atypical histology, including an extensive desmoplastic stroma, in a 69-year-old woman. The surgical specimen revealed localized areas of spindling cells, areas of cellular pleomorphism, and p53 overexpression. Based on previously published criteria, we classified this lesion as an atypical granular cell tumor...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Petras Prakas, Eglė Rudaitytė, Dalius Butkauskas, Liuda Kutkienė
In the present study, we describe Sarcocystis entzerothi n. sp. from the European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) based on the microscopical and DNA analysis. By light microscopy (LM), cysts of S. entzerothi were spindle-shaped with pointed tips, 950-1900 × 70-150 μm in size and had 5-6 μm long finger-like cyst wall protrusions. Cyst wall of S. entzerothi by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was type 10a-like; villar protrusions were up to 1.2 μm wide, densely packed, lying about 0.1 μm between each other, had profuse microgranules and microfilaments, parasitophorous vacuolar membrane had many minute invaginations, and the ground substance layer measured up to 0...
October 18, 2016: Parasitology Research
Jun Hyuk Son, Joon Hyuk Choi, Su-Ho Lim
PURPOSE: To present a rare case of a conjunctival hypertrophic scar presenting as eyelid mass after surgical treatment of a chalazion. CASE PRESENTATION: A 74-year-old man visited our clinic with severe ocular discomfort and excessive lacrimation since several months in his left eye accompanied by itching of the upper eyelid. Examination of the anterior segment revealed a 6 mm (horizontal) × 8 mm (vertical) round, immobile, hard, mushroom-shaped protruding mass on the tarsal conjunctiva of his left eye...
2016: SpringerPlus
Maureen O'Sullivan
Since its foundation by remarkably talented and insightful individuals, prominently including Pepper Dehner, pediatric soft tissue tumor pathology has developed at an immense rate. The morphologic classification of tumoral entities has extensively been corroborated, but has also evolved with refinement or realignment of these classifications, through accruing molecular data, with many derivative ancillary diagnostic assays now already well-established. Tumors of unclear histogenesis, classically morphologically undifferentiated, are prominent amongst pediatric sarcomas, however, the classes of undifferentiated round- or spindle-cell-tumors-not-otherwise-specified are being dismantled gradually with the identification of their molecular underpinnings...
September 5, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Jianjian Wang, Pingfa Feng, Jianfu Zhang, Wanchong Cai, Hao Shen
Rotary ultrasonic machining (RUM) is a well-known and efficient method for manufacturing holes in brittle materials. RUM is characterized by improved material removal rates, reduced cutting forces and reduced edge chipping sizes at the hole exit. The aim of this study is to investigate the critical feed rate to guarantee the effectiveness of RUM. Experimental results on quartz glass and sapphire specimens show that when the feed rate exceeds a critical value, the cutting force increases abruptly, accompanied by a significant decrease of ultrasonic amplitude...
October 6, 2016: Ultrasonics
Birgit Kleim, Julia Wysokowsky, Nuria Schmid, Erich Seifritz, Björn Rasch
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To investigate sleep's effect in the immediate aftermath of experiencing an analog trauma in the laboratory on reducing intrusive emotional memory formation. METHODS: Sixty-five healthy women were exposed to an experimental laboratory trauma. They viewed a neutral and a trauma film in the laboratory and were randomly allocated to either a group that slept following film viewing or a group that remained awake. Sleep was recorded with electroencephalogram in a subgroup of participants in the sleep group...
October 10, 2016: Sleep
Nicolas Fraize, Julien Carponcy, Mickaël Antoine Joseph, Jean-Christophe Comte, Pierre-Hervé Luppi, Paul-Antoine Libourel, Paul-Antoine Salin, Gaël Malleret, Régis Parmentier
STUDY OBJECTIVES: It is commonly accepted that sleep is beneficial to memory processes, but it is still unclear if this benefit originates from improved memory consolidation or enhanced information processing. It has thus been proposed that sleep may also promote forgetting of undesirable and non-essential memories, a process required for optimization of cognitive resources. We tested the hypothesis that non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREMS) promotes forgetting of irrelevant information, more specifically when processing information in working memory (WM), while REM sleep (REMS) facilitates the consolidation of important information...
October 10, 2016: Sleep
Katharina Zinke, Ines Wilhelm, Müge Bayramoglu, Susanne Klein, Jan Born
Sleep is considered to support the formation of skill memory. In juvenile but not adult song birds learning a tutor's song, a stronger initial deterioration of song performance over night-sleep predicts better song performance in the long run. This and similar observations have stimulated the view of sleep supporting skill formation during development in an unsupervised off-line learning process that, in the absence of external feedback, can initially also enhance inaccuracies in skill performance. Here we explored whether in children learning a motor sequence task, as in song-learning juvenile birds, changes across sleep after initial practice predict performance levels achieved in the long run...
October 16, 2016: Developmental Science
Jung-In Kim, Young-Jun Choi, Hyun-Min Seo, Han-Saem Kim, Jae Yun Lim, Dong-Hoon Kim, Seoung Wan Chae, Ga-Young Lee, Won-Serk Kim
Pleomorphic dermal sarcoma (PDS) is a rare mesenchymal neoplasm sharing histopathological features with atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX), but has additional features of deep invasion of the superficial subcutis, tumor necrosis and vascular/perineural invasion. It is not well documented in the literature because of its rarity, and its clinical course has been debated due to the lack of homogenous criteria. We describe here the case of a 91-year-old female with a 6-month history of a solitary, asymptomatic, well-defined, 3...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Min Jung Kim, Min Seok Hur, Byung Gon Choi, Soo Young Kim, Yang Won Lee, Yong Beom Choe, Kyu Joong Ahn
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a rare disease of dermal fibroblastic origin that accounts for less than 5% of all soft tissue sarcomas in adults. DFSP grows slowly and is an asymptomatic lesion at the initial diagnosis. Herein, we report a case of multiple pedunculated nodules as a variant of DFSP. A 47-year-old man presented with a 7-month history of multiple well-circumscribed, firm, pedunculated nodules on the inguinal area. Histopathologic examination results showed densely packed uniform spindle cells with a storiform and cartwheel pattern, and positivity for CD34...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Robert G Averkin, Viktor Szemenyei, Sándor Bordé, Gábor Tamás
Ultra-high-frequency network events in the hippocampus are instrumental in a dialogue with the neocortex during memory formation, but the existence of transient ∼200 Hz network events in the neocortex is not clear. Our recordings from neocortical layer II/III of freely behaving rats revealed field potential events at ripple and high-gamma frequencies repeatedly occurring at troughs of spindle oscillations during sleep. Juxtacellular recordings identified subpopulations of fast-spiking, parvalbumin-containing basket cells with epochs of firing at ripple (∼200 Hz) and high-gamma (∼120 Hz) frequencies detected during spindles and centered with millisecond precision at the trough of spindle waves in phase with field potential events but phase shifted relative to pyramidal cell firing...
October 12, 2016: Neuron
Christian Hagel, Rolf Buslei, Michael Buchfelder, Rudolf Fahlbusch, Markus Bergmann, Armin Giese, Jörg Flitsch, Dieter K Lüdecke, Markus Glatzel, Wolfgang Saeger
PURPOSE: To analyse the antigen expression profiles of 27 cases of pituicytoma, spindle cell oncocytoma, and granular cell tumour of the sellar region concerning a common pituicytic origin of neoplastic cells. METHODS: Material from 12 female and 15 male patients (13 granular cell tumours of the sellar region, 10 pituicytomas, four spindle cell oncocytomas) collected in the German Registry of Pituitary Tumours between 1993 and 2015 was re-evaluated according to the current WHO classification of tumours of the central nervous system and supplementary immunohistochemistry including S100-protein, CD56, CD68, thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1), and Ki-67 was performed...
October 15, 2016: Pituitary
Huiyu Liu, Yan Gao, Bo Zhai, Hao Jiang, Yu Ding, Lianjiang Zhang, Changhong Li, Qiong Deng, Xianfeng Yu, Jiabao Zhang
AIMS: This study aims to clarify the effects of polyadenylation status on M-phase promoting factors (MPFs) during in vitro porcine oocyte maturation. METHODS: In this study, porcine follicular oocytes from large follicles (> 5 millimeter (mm)) and small follicles (< 3 mm) were examined at different follicular developmental stages. The polyadenylation of maternal mRNAs was inhibited by the addition of 3'-deoxyadenosine (3'-da) during the germinal vesicle (GV)(0 h), GV breakdown (GVBD)(18 h), metaphase I (MI)(28 h), and metaphase II (MII) (44 h) stages...
October 17, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Marie Duranteau, Jean-Jacques Montagne, Zohra Rahmani
The Spindle Assembly Checkpoint (SAC) is a surveillance mechanism that ensures accurate segregation of chromosomes into two daughter cells. BubR1, a key component of the SAC, play also a role in the mitotic timing since depletion of BubR1 leads to an accelerated mitosis. We previously found that, unlike what was reported in mammalian cells, mutation of the KEN1-box domain of Drosophila BubR1 (bubR1-KEN1 mutant) that affects the binding of BubR1 to Cdc20, the activating co-factor of the APC/C, did not accelerate the mitotic timing despite resulting in a defective SAC...
October 14, 2016: Biology Open
Sameep Kadakia, Boris Chernobilsky, Codrin Iacob
An adolescent male presented to the office with a 3-month history of a small left ear mass located on the posterior helix. Although the patient was asymptomatic, the decision was made to remove the mass in the operating room and send for pathology. Following excision, the mass was stained and examined by the pathologist. Staining positive for Factor VIIIa and CD68, the lesion was also found to have a combination of histiocytes and fibroblastic spindle cells. The diagnosis of dermatofibroma, cellular type, was made and the patient required no further treatment...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Lanshan Huang, Sa A Wang, Sergej Konoplev, Carlos E Bueso-Ramos, Beenu Thakral, Roberto N Miranda, Elias Jabbour, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Rashmi Kanagal-Shamanna
INTRODUCTION: Well-differentiated systemic mastocytosis (WDSM) is a rare, recently recognized provisional subvariant of systemic mastocytosis (SM). We report a case of WDSM that showed excellent clinical and cutaneous response to imatinib in the absence of known molecular genetic abnormalities. CLINICAL FINDINGS/DIAGNOSES: We present a 24-year-old woman with childhood onset of skin manifestations that progressed to mediator-related systemic events, and a gastrointestinal tract mastocytoma...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Enza Maria Torchetti, Mattia Pegoraro, Beatriz Navarro, Marco Catoni, Francesco Di Serio, Emanuela Noris
DNA methylation and post-transcriptional gene silencing play critical roles in controlling infection of single-stranded (ss) DNA geminiviruses and ssRNA viroids, respectively, but both pathogens can counteract these host defense mechanisms and promote their infectivity. Moreover, a specific role of DNA methylation in viroid-host interactions is not yet confirmed. Here, using an experimental system where two nuclear-replicating agents, the geminivirus tomato yellow leaf curl Sardinia virus (TYLCSV) and potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd), co-infect their common host tomato, we observed that PSTVd severely interferes with TYLCSV infectivity and accumulation, most likely as a consequence of strong activation of host DNA methylation pathways...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gianandrea Traversi, Mario Fiore, Zulema Percario, Francesca Degrassi, Renata Cozzi
Natural compounds are extensively studied for their potential use in traditional and non-traditional medicine. Several natural and synthetic Resveratrol analogues have shown interesting biological activities in the field of cancer chemoprevention. In the present study, we have focused on the ability of Resveratrol and two methoxylated derivatives (Trimethoxystilbene and Pterostilbene) to inhibit human cancer cell growth particularly analyzing their ability to interfere with tubulin dynamics at mitosis. We show that Trimethoxystilbene, differently from Resveratrol and Pterostilbene, alters microtubule polymerization dynamics in HeLa cells specifically inducing multipolar spindles and mitotic arrest coupled to a reduction of cell growth and an increase in apoptotic death by mitotic catastrophe...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Na Zhou, Cong Min Liu, He Lei Hou, Chuan Tao Zhang, Dong Liu, Guan Qun Wang, Ke Wei Liu, Jing Juan Zhu, Hong Ying Lv, Tian Jun Li, Xiaochun Zhang
Spindle cell carcinoma of the breast is a rare subtype of metaplastic carcinoma, and no effective chemotherapy special for metaplastic carcinoma exists until now. As spindle cell carcinomas of the breast are typically "Triple Negative", endocrine therapy and molecular therapy targeted to Her2 might not be favorable, resulting in poor prognosis. Apatinib is currently being tested in patients with breast or lung cancers. Here we report a successful case using Apatinib to treat spindle cell carcinoma of breast...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Yoon Sang Shin, Yeo Ju Kim, In Suh Park, Young Chae Chu, Jun Ho Kim, Ha Young Lee, Kyung Hee Lee, Young Hye Kang
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the sonographic findings of angio lipomas with those of superficial lipomas. METHODS: Preoperative sonograms of 26 angiolipomas from 18 patients and 47 superficial lipomas from 43 patients that were confirmed by biopsy were reviewed retrospectively. The echo texture, echogenicity, internal echogenic stranding, vascularity, visualization of lateral and superficial-deep tumor capsules, shape, and tumor length, width, and length-to-width ratio were evaluated and compared between angiolipomas and superficial lipomas...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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