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Christine Wang, Xinming Tong, Xinyi Jiang, Fan Yang
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumor with median survival of 12 months. To improve clinical outcomes, it is critical to develop in vitro models that support GBM proliferation and invasion for deciphering tumor progression and screening drug candidates. A key hallmark of GBM cells is their extreme invasiveness, a process mediated by matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-mediated degradation of the extracellular matrix. We recently reported the development of a MMP-degradable, poly(ethylene-glycol)-based hydrogel platform for culturing GBM cells...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Fei-Fei Wang, Song Wang, Wen-Hua Xue, Jing-Liang Cheng
microRNAs (miRNAs), a family of small non-coding RNA molecules, are implicated in cancer growth and progression. In the present study, we examined the expression and biological roles of miR-590 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Compared to normal lung tissues, miR-590 expression was downregulated in primary NSCLCs and, to a greater extent, in corresponding brain metastases. NSCLC cell lines with high metastatic potential had significantly (P < 0.05) lower levels of miR-590 than those with low metastatic potential...
October 21, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
George A Alexiou, Paraskevi Gerogianni, Evrysthenis Vartholomatos, Athanasios P Kyritsis
Glioblastoma is the most malignant primary brain tumor with a median survival of 15 months. Temozolomide (TMZ) is the standard of care for these patients. Iron chelators have been shown to have anti-tumor activity; however, deferiprone (DFP), an orally administered iron chelator, has not been previously evaluated in gliomas. In the present study, we found that combination treatment in glioma cells with TMZ and DFP significantly reduced cell viability, produced cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase, and enhanced apoptosis...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Investigation
S Sengupta, G Mao, Z S Gokaslan, P Sampath
Glioblastoma (GBM) is by far the most common and the most aggressive of all the primary brain malignancies. No curative therapy exists, and median life expectancy hovers at around 1 year after diagnosis, with a minute fraction surviving beyond 5 years. The difficulty in treating GBM lies in the cancer's protected niche within the blood-brain barrier and the heterogeneity of the cancer cells, which possess varying degrees of susceptibility to various common modalities of treatment. Over time, it is the tumor heterogeneity of GBM and the ability of the cancer stem cells to evolve in response treatment that renders the cancer refractory to conventional treatment...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Marc Jansen, Sophie Em Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Dannis G Van Vuurden, Marc Huisman, Danielle J Vugts, Otto S Hoekstra, Guus A M S van Dongen, Gert-Jan Jl Kaspers
: Predictive tools to guide therapy in children with brain tumors are urgently needed. We introduced molecular imaging to facilitate this. We investigated whether bevacizumab can reach the tumor in children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) by measuring the tumor uptake of zirconium-89((89)Zr)-labeled bevacizumab by PET. In addition we evaluated the safety of the procedure in children and determined the optimal timing of imaging. METHODS: Patients received 0...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Uday B Maachani, Uma Shankavaram, Tamalee Kramp, Philip J Tofilon, Kevin Camphausen, Anita T Tandle
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) continues to be the most frequently diagnosed and lethal primary brain tumor. Adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy remains the standard of care following surgical resection. In this study, using reverse phase protein arrays (RPPAs), we assessed the biological effects of radiation on signaling pathways to identify potential radiosensitizing molecular targets. We identified subsets of proteins with clearly concordant/discordant behavior between irradiated and non-irradiated GBM cells in vitro and in vivo...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Masafumi Toyoshima, Keita Tsuji, Shogo Shigeta, Hideki Tokunaga, Kiyoshi Ito, Yoh Watanabe, Kosuke Yoshinaga, Takeo Otsuki, Hitoshi Niikura, Nobuo Yaegashi
Leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) is rarely observed in gynecologic cancers. As gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (Gd-MRI) is highly effective for diagnosing LM, the aim of this study is to describe the clinical behaviors and outcomes of LM patients who were diagnosed by Gd-MRI. After securing institutional review board approvals, we retrospectively reviewed patient records. Eight patients were found to have LM from gynecological malignancies. Primary tumors included three ovarian cancers, one tubal cancer, one peritoneal cancer, two endometrial cancers, and one cervical cancer...
September 30, 2016: Clinical Imaging
Andreas Svensson, Tania Ramos-Moreno, Sofia Eberstål, Stefan Scheding, Johan Bengzon
Gene profiling has revealed that malignant gliomas can be divided into four distinct molecular subtypes, where tumors with a mesenchymal gene expression are correlated with short survival. The present investigation was undertaken to clarify whether human malignant gliomas contain endogenous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC), fulfilling consensus criteria defined by The International Society for Cellular Therapy, recruited from the host. We found that MSC-like cells can be isolated from primary human malignant gliomas...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
J A Molad, D T Blumenthal, F Bokstein, M Findler, I Finkel, N M Bornstein, S Yust-Katz, E Auriel
Post-radiation leukoencephalopathy is characterized by cognitive impairment and white matter alternations on imaging. Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) is one of several suggested etiologies. Cerebral microinfarction (CMI) is a recently described marker of SVD. We sought to examine the rate of CMI as a biomarker of ongoing ischemia among patients who underwent brain radiotherapy (RT). 110 patients treated with RT for primary or metastatic brain tumors were enrolled. A total of 685 brain MRI tests performed 1-108 months post-radiation were examined...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Takahiro Wakasaki, Hirofumi Omori, Shintaro Sueyoshi, Fumihide Rikimaru, Satoshi Toh, Kenichi Taguchi, Yuichiro Higaki, Masaru Morita, Muneyuki Masuda
BACKGROUND: Advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinomas frequently develop distant metastases to limited organs, including the lungs, bone, mediastinal lymph nodes, brain, and liver. Peritoneal carcinomatosis as an initial distant metastasis from hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is quite rare. CASE PRESENTATION: A 75-year-old man diagnosed with hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and his clinical stage was determined as T2N2cM0. Notably, the right retropharyngeal lymph node surrounded more than half of the right internal carotid artery...
October 18, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Nobusada Shinoura, Akira Midorikawa, Ryoji Yamada, Kentaro Hiromitsu, Chihiro Itoi, Shoko Saito, Kazuo Yagi
Introduction We analyzed factors associated with worsened paresis at 1-month follow-up in patients with brain tumors located in the primary motor area (M1) to establish protocols for safe awake craniotomy for M1 lesions. Methods Patients with M1 brain tumors who underwent awake surgery in our hospital (n = 61) were evaluated before, during, and immediately and 1 month after surgery for severity of paresis, tumor location, extent of resection, complications, preoperative motor strength, histology, and operative strategies (surgery stopped or continued after deterioration of motor function)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
Marcus Unterrainer, Norbert Galldiks, Bogdana Suchorska, Lara-Caroline Kowalew, Vera Wenter, Christine Schmid-Tannwald, Maximilian Niyazi, Peter Bartenstein, Karl-Josef Langen, Nathalie L Albert
PURPOSE: In patients with brain metastasis, PET using labeled amino acids has gained clinical importance, mainly regarding the differentiation of viable tumor tissue from treatment-related effects. However, there is still limited knowledge concerning the uptake characteristics in patients with newly diagnosed and untreated brain metastases. Hence, we evaluated the uptake characteristics in these patients using dynamic O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) positron-emission-tomography (PET)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Andreas Maus, Godefridus J Peters
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), or grade IV astrocytoma, is the most common type of primary brain tumor. It has a devastating prognosis with a 2-year-overall survival rate of only 26 % after standard treatment, which includes surgery, radiation, and adjuvant chemotherapy with temozolomide. Also lower grade gliomas are difficult to treat, because they diffusely spread into the brain, where extensive removal of tissue is critical. Better understanding of the cancer's biology is a key for the development of more effective therapy approaches...
October 17, 2016: Amino Acids
Adomas Bunevicius, Sarunas Tamasauskas, Vytenis Pranas Deltuva, Arimantas Tamasauskas, Albertas Sliauzys, Robertas Bunevicius
BACKGROUND: The second-to-fourth digit ratio (2D:4D) reflects prenatal estrogen and testosterone exposure, and is established in utero. Sex steroids are implicated in development and progression of primary brain tumors. AIMS: To investigate whether there is a link between 2D:4D ratio and primary brain tumors, and age at presentation. METHODS: Digital images of the right and left palms of 85 primary brain tumor patients (age 56.96±13.68years; 71% women) and 106 (age 54...
October 14, 2016: Early Human Development
Le Xie, Guang-Hong Xiang, Tao Tang, Yan Tang, Ling-Yun Zhao, Dong Liu, You-Ren Zhang, Jin-Tian Tang, Shen Zhou, Da-Hua Wu
Human glioma is the most common type of primary brain tumor and one of the most invasive and aggressive tumors, which, even with treatments including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, often relapses and exhibits resistance to conventional treatment methods. Developing novel strategies to control human glioma is, therefore, an important research focus. The present study investigated the mechanism of apoptosis induction in U251 human glioma cells by capsaicin (Cap) and dihydrocapsaicin (DHC), the major pungent ingredients of red chili pepper, using the Cell Counting Kit‑8 assay, transmission electron microscopy analysis, flow cytometry analysis, laser scanning confocal microscope analysis and immunohistochemical staining...
September 26, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Igor S Bryukhovetskiy, Inessa V Dyuizen, Valeriy E Shevchenko, Andrey S Bryukhovetskiy, Polina V Mischenko, Elena V Milkina, Yuri S Khotimchenko
Glioblastoma multiforme is an aggressive malignant brain tumor with terminal consequences. A primary reason for its resistance to treatment is associated with cancer stem cells (CSCs), of which there are currently no effective ways to destroy. It remains unclear what cancer cells become a target of stem cell migration, what the role of this process is in oncogenesis and what stem cell lines should be used in developing antitumor technologies. Using modern post‑genome technologies, the present study investigated the migration of human stem cells to cancer cells in vitro, the comparative study of cell proteomes of certain stem cells (including CSCs) was conducted and stem cell migration in vivo was examined...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chloé Najac, Sabrina M Ronen
Metabolic reprogramming is an important hallmark of cancer. Alterations in many metabolic pathways support the requirement for cellular building blocks that are essential for cancer cell proliferation. This metabolic reprogramming can be imaged using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). H MRS can inform on alterations in the steady-state levels of cellular metabolites, but the emergence of hyperpolarized C MRS has now also enabled imaging of metabolic fluxes in real-time, providing a new method for tumor detection and monitoring of therapeutic response...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Jacob A Miller, Elizabeth E Bennett, Roy Xiao, Rupesh Kotecha, Samuel T Chao, Michael A Vogelbaum, Gene H Barnett, Lilyana Angelov, Erin S Murphy, Jennifer S Yu, Manmeet S Ahluwalia, John H Suh, Alireza M Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: The primary dose-limiting toxicity of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is radiation necrosis (RN), which occurs after approximately 5% to 10% of treatments. This adverse event may worsen neurologic deficits, increase the frequency and cost of imaging, and necessitate prolonged treatment with steroids or antiangiogenic agents. Previous investigations have primarily identified lesion size and dosimetric constraints as risk factors for RN in small populations. We hypothesized that disease histology, receptor status, and mutational status are associated with RN...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Melanie Hakar, James P Chandler, Eileen H Bigio, Qinwen Mao
We report a case of a 35-year-old female patient who presented with worsening headaches, vertigo, and vision changes. MRI of the brain showed an enhancing lesion in the pineal region. The patient was taken for resection of the lesion which was classified as neuroendocrine carcinoma of the pineal parenchyma, intermediate grade. Histologically, the neoplasm was cellular, mitotically active, and composed of tightly packed cells with high nuclear cytoplasmic ratio, scant cytoplasm, and ill-defined cell borders...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Samuel Lapalme-Remis, Gregory D Cascino
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article discusses structural and functional neuroimaging findings in patients with seizures and epilepsy. The indications for neuroimaging in these patients and the potential diagnostic utility of these studies are presented. RECENT FINDINGS: Patients presenting with new seizures typically require urgent imaging to rule out a critical underlying cause. MRI is the structural neuroimaging procedure of choice in individuals with epilepsy. Specific epilepsy protocols should be considered to increase the diagnostic yield of neuroimaging in patients with structural lesions associated with focal or generalized seizures...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
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