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Lori E Lowes, David Goodale, Ying Xia, Carl Postenka, Matthew M Piaseczny, Freeman Paczkowski, Alison L Allan
Metastasis is the cause of most prostate cancer (PCa) deaths and has been associated with circulating tumor cells (CTCs). The presence of ≥5 CTCs/7.5mL of blood is a poor prognosis indicator in metastatic PCa when assessed by the CellSearch® system, the "gold standard" clinical platform. However, ~35% of metastatic PCa patients assessed by CellSearch® have undetectable CTCs. We hypothesize that this is due to epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and subsequent loss of necessary CTC detection markers, with important implications for PCa metastasis...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Chao Fang, Chuanwen Fan, Cun Wang, Qiaorong Huang, Wentong Meng, Yongyang Yu, Lie Yang, Zhihai Peng, Jiankun Hu, Yuan Li, Xianming Mo, Zongguang Zhou
INTRODUCTION: Liver is the most common site of distant metastasis in colorectal cancer (CRC). Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment selection decides overall prognosis of patients. However, current diagnostic measures were basically imaging but not functional. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) known as hold the key to understand the biology of metastatic mechanism provide a novel and auxiliary diagnostic strategy for CRC with liver metastasis (CRC-LM). RESULTS: The expression of CD133+ and CD133+CD54+CD44+ cellular subpopulations were higher in the peripheral blood of CRC-LM patients when compared with those without metastasis (P<0...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Nick Beije, Wendy Onstenk, Jaco Kraan, Anieta M Sieuwerts, Paul Hamberg, Luc Y Dirix, Anja Brouwer, Felix E de Jongh, Agnes Jager, Caroline M Seynaeve, Ngoc M Van, John A Foekens, John W M Martens, Stefan Sleijfer
BACKGROUND: Preclinical and clinical studies have reported that human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpression yields resistance to endocrine therapies. Here the prevalence and prognostic impact of HER2-positive circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were investigated retrospectively in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients with a HER2-negative primary tumor receiving endocrine therapy. Additionally, the prevalence and prognostic significance of HER2-positive CTCs were explored in a chemotherapy cohort, as well as the prognostic impact of the estrogen receptor (ER) CTC status in both cohorts...
October 17, 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Jin Sun Lee, Mark Jesus M Magbanua, John W Park
Recent technological advancements in rare cell analysis have facilitated the detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood of patients diagnosed with breast and other types of cancers. Numerous clinical studies involving the enumeration of CTCs in breast cancer patients have unequivocally demonstrated the prognostic value of these cells. Evidence from recent molecular studies indicates that CTCs may be potential surrogate markers for systemic disease. As such, real-time assessment of therapeutic biomarkers in breast CTCs, such as the estrogen receptor (ER) and the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), may have a tremendous impact in guiding-targeted cancer therapy...
October 19, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
T Ni, X Sun, B Shan, J Wang, Y Liu, S-L Gu, Y-D Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in patients with endometrial cancer (EC). STUDY DESIGN: This study included 40 patients with a pre-operative diagnosis of high-risk EC between April 2015 and May 2016. Patients were further divided into high-risk (grade 3, non-endometrioid, myometrial invasion ≥1/2 and stage III-IV) and high-intermediate-risk (grade 2-3, endometrioid, myometrial invasion <1/2 and stage I-II) groups according to postoperative pathological results...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Zhi-Bo Xie, Lie Yao, Chen Jin, De-Liang Fu
Detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) has become widely used as a liquid biopsy for many patients. In pancreatic cancer patients, there have been a number of published reports on the efficacy of CTCs in the diagnosis and prognosis of pancreatic cancer, and in the evaluation of response to treatment. We systematically reviewed the diagnosis efficiency and prognostic value of CTCs reported in the literature. We found that the frequency of CTCs is rare, limited to a certain degree by the current enrichment and detection methodologies...
September 2016: Discovery Medicine
Timothy B Lannin, Fredrik I Thege, Brian J Kirby
Advances in rare cell capture technology have made possible the interrogation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) captured from whole patient blood. However, locating captured cells in the device by manual counting bottlenecks data processing by being tedious (hours per sample) and compromises the results by being inconsistent and prone to user bias. Some recent work has been done to automate the cell location and classification process to address these problems, employing image processing and machine learning (ML) algorithms to locate and classify cells in fluorescent microscope images...
October 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Daniel C Danila, Aliaksandra Samoila, Chintan Patel, Nicole Schreiber, Amrita Herkal, Aseem Anand, Diogo Bastos, Glenn Heller, Martin Fleisher, Howard I Scher
Circulating tumor cell (CTC) number measured with the CellSearch assay is prognostic for survival in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer before and after therapy. Using a standard operating protocol for sample collection, processing, and analysis, we compared detection rates of CellSearch performed using US Food and Drug Administration-cleared methodology with a second positive selection assay, AdnaTest, and a nonselection polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based (direct detection PCR [DDPCR]) assay in 55 blood samples from 47 men with progressive metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
James R Costello, Bobby Kalb, Diego R Martin
Since their clinical introduction in 1988, gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) have demonstrated an excellent safety profile with a reported acute adverse reaction rate ranging from 0.01% to 2%. By comparison, the acute adverse reaction rate of low osmolar nonionic computed tomography contrast agents (CTCs) ranges from 0.7% to 3.1%. Many of the risk factors associated with CTC reactions (drug allergies, asthma, atopy, prior contrast reaction) also point toward an increased incidence of acute adverse events to GBCAs...
June 29, 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Jason Zhu, John H Strickler
"Liquid biopsies" are blood based assays used to detect and analyze circulating tumor products, including circulating tumor cells (CTCs), circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), circulating messenger RNA (mRNA), circulating microRNA (miRNA), circulating exosomes, and tumor educated platelets (TEP). For patients with gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies, blood based biopsies may offer several advantages. First, tumor tissue samples are often challenging to procure, and when obtainable, are often insufficient for genomic profiling...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Manjima Dhar, Edward Pao, Corinne Renier, Derek E Go, James Che, Rosita Montoya, Rachel Conrad, Melissa Matsumoto, Kyra Heirich, Melanie Triboulet, Jianyu Rao, Stefanie S Jeffrey, Edward B Garon, Jonathan Goldman, Nagesh P Rao, Rajan Kulkarni, Elodie Sollier-Christen, Dino Di Carlo
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have a great potential as indicators of metastatic disease that may help physicians improve cancer prognostication, treatment and patient outcomes. Heterogeneous marker expression as well as the complexity of current antibody-based isolation and analysis systems highlights the need for alternative methods. In this work, we use a microfluidic Vortex device that can selectively isolate potential tumor cells from blood independent of cell surface expression. This system was adapted to interface with three protein-marker-free analysis techniques: (i) an in-flow automated image processing system to enumerate cells released, (ii) cytological analysis using Papanicolaou (Pap) staining and (iii) fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) targeting the ALK rearrangement...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
L L Xiao, Y Liu, S Chen, B M Fu
Adhesion of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to the microvessel wall largely depends on the blood hydrodynamic conditions, one of which is the blood viscosity. Since blood is a non-Newtonian fluid, whose viscosity increases with hematocrit, in the microvessels at low shear rate. In this study, the effects of hematocrit, vessel size, flow rate and red blood cell (RBC) aggregation on adhesion of a CTC in the microvessels were numerically investigated using dissipative particle dynamics. The membrane of cells was represented by a spring-based network connected by elastic springs to characterize its deformation...
October 13, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Margherita Correnti, Chiara Raggi
Poor prognosis and high recurrence remain leading causes of primary liver cancer-associated mortality. The spread of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood plays a major role in the initiation of metastasis and tumor recurrence after surgery. Nevertheless, only a subset of CTCs can survive, migrate to distant sites and establish secondary tumors. Consistent with cancer stem cell (CSC) hypothesis, stem-like CTCs might represent a potential source for cancer relapse and distant metastasis. Thus, identification of stem-like metastasis-initiating CTC-subset may provide useful clinically prognostic information...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Eman M Hassan, William G Willmore, Maria C DeRosa
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are cells that shed from a primary tumor and freely circulate in the blood, retaining the ability to initiate metastasis and form a secondary tumor in distant organs in the body. CTCs reflect the molecular profile of the primary tumor, therefore studying CTCs can allow for an understanding of the mechanism of metastasis, and an opportunity to monitor the prognosis of cancer. Unfortunately, the detection of CTCs is a considerable challenge due to their low abundance in the bloodstream and the lack of consistent markers present to recognize these cells...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
Shuhei Yamamoto, Kazunori Shimizu, Jiahui Fei, Hiroji Iwata, Mina Okochi, Hayao Nakanishi, Hiroyuki Honda
Phenotype-based analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is a promising approach to identification of new therapeutic targets and to elucidation of the biological properties. Nonetheless, ex vivo culturing of CTCs is still a technically challenging. Here, we developed a novel ex vivo culture method for CTCs using a fibroblast feeder layer and a magnetic coculture protocol. CTCs in the blood of a mouse metastasis model were labeled magnetically with magnetite nanoparticles. The labeled CTCs were isolated by a magnetic capture column and a size-selective capture filter...
October 12, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
C Wyatt Shields Iv, Jeffrey L Wang, Korine A Ohiri, Eric D Essoyan, Benjamin B Yellen, Andrew J Armstrong, Gabriel P López
Liquid biopsies hold enormous promise for the next generation of medical diagnoses. At the forefront of this effort, many are seeking to capture, enumerate and analyze circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as a means to prognosticate and develop individualized treatments for cancer. Capturing these rare cells, however, represents a major engineering challenge due to their low abundance, morphology and heterogeneity. A variety of microfluidic tools have been developed to isolate CTCs from drawn blood samples; however, few of these approaches offer a means to separate and analyze cells in an integrated system...
September 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Rhonda M Jack, Meggie M G Grafton, Danika Rodrigues, Maria D Giraldez, Catherine Griffith, Robert Cieslak, Mina Zeinali, Chandan Kumar Sinha, Ebrahim Azizi, Max Wicha, Muneesh Tewari, Diane M Simeone, Sunitha Nagrath
The clinical potential of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in managing cancer metastasis is significant. However, low CTC isolation purities from patient blood have hindered sensitive molecular assays of these rare cells. Described herein is the ultra-pure isolation of CTCs from patient blood samples and how this platform has enabled highly specific molecular (mRNA and miRNA) profiling of patient CTCs.
September 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Ana Vila, Miguel Abal, Laura Muinelo-Romay, Carlos Rodriguez-Abreu, José Rivas, Rafael López-López, Clotilde Costa
Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) play a key role in the metastasis process, as they are responsible for micrometastasis and are a valuable tool for monitoring patients in real-time. Moreover, efforts to develop new strategies for CTCs isolation and characterisation, and the translation of CTCs into clinical practice needs to overcome the limitation associated with the sole use of Epithelial Cell Adhesion Molecule (EpCAM) expression to purify this tumour cell subpopulation. CTCs are rare events in the blood of patients and are believed to represent the epithelial population from a primary tumour of epithelial origin, thus EpCAM immunoisolation is considered an appropriate strategy...
2016: PloS One
Zhaomei Mu, Naoual Benali-Furet, Georges Uzan, Anaëlle Znaty, Zhong Ye, Carmela Paolillo, Chun Wang, Laura Austin, Giovanna Rossi, Paolo Fortina, Hushan Yang, Massimo Cristofanilli
The availability of blood-based diagnostic testing using a non-invasive technique holds promise for real-time monitoring of disease progression and treatment selection. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have been used as a prognostic biomarker for the metastatic breast cancer (MBC). The molecular characterization of CTCs is fundamental to the phenotypic identification of malignant cells and description of the relevant genetic alterations that may change according to disease progression and therapy resistance. However, the molecular characterization of CTCs remains a challenge because of the rarity and heterogeneity of CTCs and technological difficulties in the enrichment, isolation and molecular characterization of CTCs...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Thomas M Deutsch, Sabine Riethdorf, Juliane Nees, Andreas D Hartkopf, Birgitt Schönfisch, Christoph Domschke, Martin R Sprick, Florian Schütz, Sara Y Brucker, Stefan Stefanovic, Christof Sohn, Klaus Pantel, Andreas Trumpp, Andreas Schneeweiss, Markus Wallwiener
PURPOSE: While intact circulating tumor cells (iCTC) have independent negative prognostic impact on patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the prognostic relevance of apoptotic CTC (aCTC) has not been validated in larger patient cohorts. This study assessed aCTC and iCTC statuses at baseline (CTCBL) and CTC kinetics (CTCKIN) as changes from CTCBL to one completed treatment cycle for their utility in predicting response, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS) in MBC...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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