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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346057/the-role-of-germline-variants-in-chemotherapy-outcome-in-brain-tumors-a-systematic-review-of-pharmacogenetic-studies
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Marije J Klumpers, Marieke Jh Coenen, Corrie Em Gidding, D Maroeska Wm Te Loo
AIM: This systematic review provides an overview of publications concerning pharmacogenetic research in pediatric patients with medulloblastoma and low-grade glioma. MATERIALS & METHODS: Three electronic databases searches including a manual search were performed to identify studies investigating potential interactions between germline variants and chemotherapy efficacy and toxicity. RESULTS: Out of 3570 citations, 21 studies were included...
March 27, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340256/sleep-disturbance-of-adults-with-a-brain-tumor-and-their-family-caregivers-a-systematic-review
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Megan Soohwa Jeon, Haryana M Dhillon, Meera R Agar
The high incidence and psychophysiological morbidities of sleep disturbance in cancer have been increasingly recognized. Yet, more detailed understanding of sleep disturbance and options for management have been neglected areas in both clinical care and research. Brain tumor patients have been particularly overlooked. A systematic search of the literature from 1990 to 2015 was performed to review sleep disturbance in adults with primary or secondary brain tumor and their family caregivers. Fifty eligible studies were identified, of which 12 focused on sleep, 37 reported sleep items within a health-related quality of life measure and 1 reported caregivers' sleep...
March 15, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339108/very-high-energy-electron-vhee-beams-in-radiation-therapy-treatment-plan-comparison-between-vhee-vmat-and-ppbs
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Emil Schüler, Kjell Eriksson, Elin Hynning, Steven L Hancock, Susan M Hiniker, Magdalena Bazalova-Carter, Tony Wong, Quynh-Thu Le, Billy W Loo, Peter G Maxim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of very high energy electron beams (VHEE) beams in comparison to clinically derived treatment plans generated with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and proton pencil beam scanning (PPBS) technology. We developed a custom optimization script that could be applied automatically across modalities to eliminate operator bias during IMRT optimization. METHODS: Four clinical cases were selected (prostate cancer, lung cancer, pediatric brain tumor, and head and neck cancer (HNC))...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334230/guided-bayesian-imputation-to-adjust-for-confounding-when-combining-heterogeneous-data-sources-in-comparative-effectiveness-research
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Joseph Antonelli, Corwin Zigler, Francesca Dominici
In comparative effectiveness research, we are often interested in the estimation of an average causal effect from large observational data (the main study). Often this data does not measure all the necessary confounders. In many occasions, an extensive set of additional covariates is measured for a smaller and non-representative population (the validation study). In this setting, standard approaches for missing data imputation might not be adequate due to the large number of missing covariates in the main data relative to the smaller sample size of the validation data...
March 3, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327927/pineoblastoma-the-experience-at-st-jude-children-s-research-hospital
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Kara A Parikh, Garrett T Venable, Brent A Orr, Asim F Choudhri, Frederick A Boop, Amar J Gajjar, Paul Klimo
BACKGROUND: Pineoblastomas are rare, supratentorial, primitive neuroectodermal tumors. OBJECTIVE: To document outcomes with multimodal therapy and evaluate the impact that the degree of surgical resection has on outcome. METHODS: A departmental brain tumor database was queried to identify all patients with pathologically proven pineoblastoma who were treated from January 1997 to June 2015 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For each patient, we recorded demographic, pathological, radiological, surgical, and clinical follow-up data...
March 15, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321824/therapeutic-hypothesis-testing-with-rodent-brain-tumor-models
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REVIEW
Derek A Wainwright, Craig M Horbinski, Rintaro Hashizume, C David James
The development and application of rodent models for preclinical testing of novel therapeutics and approaches for treating brain tumors has been a mainstay of neuro-oncology preclinical research for decades, and is likely to remain so into the foreseeable future. These models serve as an important point of entry for analyzing the potential efficacy of experimental therapies that are being considered for clinical trial evaluation. Although rodent brain tumor models have seen substantial change, particularly since the introduction of genetically engineered mouse models, certain principles associated with the use of these models for therapeutic testing are enduring, and form the basis for this review...
March 20, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321604/suppression-of-the-smurf1-expression-inhibits-tumor-progression-in-gliomas
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Hao Chang, Jingning Zhang, Zengli Miao, Yasuo Ding, Xing Xu, Xudong Zhao, Peng Xu, Qing Wang, Yuchang Lin
Glioblastoma, one of the common malignant brain tumors, results in the highly death, but its underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Smurf1, a member of Nedd4 family of HECT-type ligases, has been reported to contribute to tumorigenicity through several important biological pathways. Recently, it was also found to participate in modulate cellular processes, including morphogenesis, autophagy, growth, and cell migration. In this research, we reported the clinical guiding significance of the expression of Smurf1 in human glioma tissues and cell lines...
March 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318492/-brain-tumor-immunotherapy-illusion-or-hope
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REVIEW
Denis Migliorini, Valérie Dutoit, Paul R Walker, Pierre-Yves Dietrich
Immunotherapy has proven efficient for many tumors and is now part of standard of care in many indications. What is the picture for brain tumors? The recent development of anti-CTLA-4 and PD1 immune checkpoint inhibitors, which have the ability to restore T lymphocytes activity, has gathered enthusiasm and is now paving the way towards more complex models of immune system manipulation. These models include, among others, vaccination and adoptive T cell transfer technologies. Complementary to those strategies, molecules capable of reshaping the immune tumor microenvironment are currently being investigated in early phase trials...
March 16, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318367/combinatorial-control-of-messenger-rnas-by-pumilio-nanos-and-brain-tumor-proteins
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René M Arvola, Chase A Weidmann, Traci M Tanaka Hall, Aaron C Goldstrohm
Eukaryotes possess a vast array of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that affect mRNAs in diverse ways to control protein expression. Combinatorial regulation of mRNAs by RBPs is emerging as the rule. No example illustrates this as vividly as the partnership of three Drosophila RBPs, Pumilio, Nanos and Brain Tumor, which have overlapping functions in development, stem cell maintenance and differentiation, fertility and neurological processes. Here we synthesize thirty years of research with new insights into their molecular functions and mechanisms of action...
March 20, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287553/intracarotid-cancer-cell-injection-to-produce-mouse-models-of-brain-metastasis
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Chenyu Zhang, Frank J Lowery, Dihua Yu
Metastasis, the spread and growth of malignant cells at secondary sites within a patient's body, accounts for > 90% of cancer-related mortality. Recently, impressive advances in novel therapies have dramatically prolonged survival and improved quality of life for many cancer patients. Sadly, incidence of brain metastatic recurrences is fast rising, and all current therapies are merely palliative. Hence, good experimental animal models are urgently needed to facilitate in-depth studies of the disease biology and to assess novel therapeutic regimens for preclinical evaluation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281102/glutamine-addiction-in-gliomas
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Javier Márquez, Francisco J Alonso, José M Matés, Juan A Segura, Mercedes Martín-Rufián, José A Campos-Sandoval
Cancer cells develop and succeed by shifting to different metabolic programs compared with their normal cell counterparts. One of the classical hallmarks of cancer cells is their higher glycolysis rate and lactate production even in the presence of abundant O2 (Warburg effect). Another common metabolic feature of cancer cells is a high rate of glutamine (Gln) consumption normally exceeding their biosynthetic and energetic needs. The term Gln addiction is now widely used to reflect the strong dependence shown by most cancer cells for this essential nitrogen substrate after metabolic reprogramming...
March 9, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274152/restraint-stress-differentially-regulates-inflammation-and-glutamate-receptor-gene-expression-in-the-hippocampus-of-c57bl-6-and-balb-c-mice
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Monica Sathyanesan, Jacob M Haiar, Michael J Watt, Samuel S Newton
The inbred mouse strains, C57BL/6 and BALB/c have been used widely in preclinical psychiatric research. The differences in stress susceptibility of available strains has provided a useful platform to test pharmacological agents and behavioral responses. Previous brain gene profiling efforts have indicated that the inflammation and immune response gene pathway is the predominant gene network in the differential stress response of BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice. The implication is that a composite stress paradigm that includes a sequence of extended, varied and unpredictable stressors induces inflammation-related genes in the hippocampus...
March 8, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273854/overexpression-of-transforming-acidic-coiled-coil%C3%A2-containing-protein-3-reflects-malignant-characteristics-and-poor-prognosis-of-glioma
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Ying Sun, Yu Tian, Guang-Zhi Wang, Shi-Hong Zhao, Bo Han, Yong-Li Li, Chuan-Lu Jiang
Gliomas are malignant primary brain tumors with poor prognosis. Recently, research was indicative of a tight connection between tumor malignancy and genetic alterations. Here, we propose an oncogenic implication of transforming acidic coiled-coil-containing protein 3 (TACC3) in gliomas. By comprehensively analyzing the Chinese glioma genome atlas (CGGA) and publicly available data, we demonstrated that TACC3 were overexpressed along with glioma grade and served as an independent negative prognostic biomarker for glioma patients...
March 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273605/a-very-rare-case-report-of-long-term-survival-a-patient-operated-on-in-1994-of-glioblastoma-multiforme-and-currently-in-perfect-health
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Riccardo Caruso, Alessandro Pesce, Venceslao Wierzbicki
INTRODUCTION: Glioblastoma multiforme is the most aggressive type of primary brain tumors, but there is a small percentage of patients who have a long-term survival and some exceptional cases who survive decades after surgical removal of tumor. PRESENTATION OF CASE: In 1994, a 44 year-old man, suffering from intense headache and loss of strength of the left arm, was operated for a glioblastoma multiforme in the posterior part of the right frontal lobe. After the operation the patient underwent whole-brain radiotherapy and chemotherapy...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269203/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
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Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265842/jean-camus-and-gustave-roussy-pioneering-french-researchers-on-the-endocrine-functions-of-the-hypothalamus
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Inés Castro-Dufourny, Rodrigo Carrasco, Ruth Prieto, José M Pascual
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the hypothalamus was known merely as an anatomical region of the brain lying beneath the thalamus. An increasing number of clinicopathological reports had shown the association of diabetes insipidus and adiposogenital dystrophy (Babinski-Fröhlich's syndrome), with pituitary tumors involving the infundibulum and tuber cinereum, two structures of the basal hypothalamus. The French physicians Jean Camus (1872-1924) and Gustave Roussy (1874-1948) were the first authors to undertake systematic, controlled observations of the effects of localized injuries to the basal hypothalamus in dogs and cats by pricking the infundibulo-tuberal region (ITR) with a heated needle...
March 6, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260500/current-therapeutic-alternatives-and-new-perspectives-in-glioblastoma-multiforme
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Claudia Andrea Quezada Monrás, Rody San Martín, Sebastián Muñoz, Ignacio Niechi, Jake Howden, Daniel Alejandro Uribe, José Ignacio Erices, Ángelo Sebastián Torres Arévalo
BACKGROUND: In the last two decades, there have been significant technological advances in the early detection of brain tumors. However, no notable improvements have been observed in the treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), the most common brain neoplasm coupled with the worst prognosis. GBM is characterized by an extensive resistance to a broad spectrum of anti-tumor drugs. This property is the result of a phenomenon known as Multiple Drug Resistance (MDR), which significantly limits non-invasive alternative therapies...
March 3, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259970/iqgap1%C3%A2-sirna-inhibits-proliferation-and-metastasis-of-u251-and-u373-glioma-cell-lines
#18
Bo Diao, Ying Liu, Yi Zhang, Jing Yu, Jun Xie, Guo-Zheng Xu
IQ motif containing GTPase activating protein 1 (IQGAP1) is a scaffold protein, which is aberrantly expressed in several tumor types and is closely associated with the development, metastasis and prognosis of cancer. Several studies have demonstrated that IQGAP1 has broad prospects in the basic and clinical research of tumors. The present study aimed to explore the effects of IQGAP1‑small interfering (si) NA on the proliferation and metastasis of U251 and U373 glioma cell lines, which markedly expressed IQGAP1...
February 28, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245881/clinical-outcomes-of-gastrointestinal-brain-metastases-treated-with-radiotherapy
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Samrat M Sanghvi, Jonathan W Lischalk, Ling Cai, Sean Collins, Mani Nair, Brain Collins, Keith Unger
BACKGROUND: Brain metastases of gastrointestinal origin are a rare occurrence. Radiation therapy (RT) in the form of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) is an effective established treatment modality in either the definitive or adjuvant setting. The aim of this study is to assess the long-term clinical outcomes of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) brain metastases treated with SRS or WBRT. METHODS: In this single institutional retrospective review, we detail the outcomes of patients diagnosed with metastatic brain tumors from an adenocarcinoma gastrointestinal primary...
February 28, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235715/down-regulation-of-anti-apoptotic-genes-in-tumor-cell-lines-is-facilitated-by-suppression-of-oct4b1
#20
Mohammad Reza Mirzaei, Mehdi Mahmoodi, Gholamhossein Hassanshahi, Zahra Ahmadi
PURPOSE: The OCT4B1 as a variant of OCT4 is expressed in both cancer cells and tissues. The anti-apoptotic property of this variant aid cancer cells to escape from apoptosis. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine the effects of OCT4B1 suppression on regulation of 25 genes involved in anti-apoptotic pathway in tumor cell lines. MATERIAL AND METHODS: AGS (gastric adenocarcinoma), 5637 (bladder tumor) and U-87MG (brain tumor) cells were transfected with specific OCT4B1 siRNA and a scramble siRNA by siRNA silencing gene technology, using Lipofectamine 2000 commercial kit...
May 10, 2016: Advances in Medical Sciences
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