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Alexandra Price, Jessica Cervantes, Scott Lindsey, Divya Aickara, Shasa Hu
Nail-patella syndrome (NPS) is a rare autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by the classic triad of fingernail dysplasia, patellar absence/hypoplasia, and presence of iliac horns. We describe the various features of NPS, focusing on dermatologic and musculoskeletal findings. A 69-year-old man presented to the dermatology clinic for a routine skin cancer screening. Physical examination revealed hypoplastic fingernails with longitudinal ridging, splitting, and triangular lunulae; left patellar absence and right patellar hypoplasia; and bilateral iliac horns that had been present since birth...
February 2018: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
Shayan Sengupta, Angela C Weyand, Santhosh A Upadhyaya, Yi-Mi Wu, Dan R Robinson, Rajen J Mody
Germline mutation of BRCA-associated protein-1 has been implicated in the development of tumor predisposition syndrome and high risk for malignant mesothelioma, lung adenocarcinoma, uveal melanoma, and cutaneous melanoma. Here, we present the case of a patient with recurrent metastatic melanoma who was found to have germline BAP1 and somatic BRAF mutation by clinical genomic sequencing. Detection of a germline mutation prompted screening for other cancers and surveillance in family members. Prospective integrative sequencing for pediatric cancer patients may identify pathogenic germline mutations and may improve outcomes and treatment-related morbidity by early diagnosis of malignancy...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Ali Duyu, Elvan Çağlar Çıtak, Erdem Ak, Serhan Kupeli, Begül Yağcı Küpeli, İbrahim Bayram, Gülay Sezgin, Gülçin Eskendari, Kerem Sezer
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we evaluated the frequency of euthyroid sick syndrome (ESS) among patients with childhood cancer and its association with the stage of disease, nutritional parameters and cytokines levels. METHODS: Eighty newly diagnosed children were included into study. ESS was diagnosed in two different ways:Criteria 1; fT3 was below the lower limit, fT4 was within the normal or low limits, TSH was in normal range and in criteria 2 all the levels were same as criteria 1 but moreover rT3 was performed and was higher than normal limits...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
Michael C Milone, Vijay G Bhoj
Adoptive cellular therapy using T cells with tumor specificity derived from either natural T cell receptors (TCRs) or an artificial chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) has reached late phase clinical testing, with two CAR T cell therapies achieving regulatory approval within the United States in 2017. The effective use of these therapies depends upon an understanding of their pharmacology, which is quite divergent from traditional small molecule or biologic drugs. We review the different types of T cell therapy under clinical development, the factors affecting cellular kinetics following infusion, and the relationship between these cellular kinetics and anti-cancer activity...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Jenny G Turcott, María Del Rocío Guillen Núñez, Diana Flores-Estrada, Luis F Oñate-Ocaña, Zyanya Lucia Zatarain-Barrón, Feliciano Barrón, Oscar Arrieta
BACKGROUND: Over one half of the patients diagnosed with advanced lung cancer experience anorexia. In addition to its high incidence, cancer-induced anorexia promotes the development of the anorexia-cachexia syndrome, which is related to poor clinical outcomes. Recently, drugs derived from cannabinoids, such as Nabilone, have been recognized for their appetite improvement properties; however, clinical trials to support their use in cancer patients are necessary. METHODS: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the effect of Nabilone vs...
March 17, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Kathryn J Gray, Louise E Wilkins-Haug
Prenatal aneuploidy screening changed significantly in 2012 when cell-free fetal deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was introduced as a noninvasive prenatal test. A noninvasive prenatal test detects cell free fragments of fetal DNA from the placenta circulating in maternal blood that coexist with cell-free DNA (cfDNA) of maternal origin. Using next-generation sequencing, the noninvasive prenatal test compares maternal and fetal cfDNA ratios for chromosomes of interest (i.e., 21, 18, 13, X, and Y) to assess chromosomal aneuploidy...
April 2018: Pediatric Radiology
Maro Ohanian, Ana Tari Ashizawa, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Naveen Pemmaraju, Tapan Kadia, Elias Jabbour, Farhad Ravandi, Gautam Borthakur, Michael Andreeff, Marina Konopleva, Miranda Lim, Sherry Pierce, Susan O'Brien, Yesid Alvarado, Srdan Verstovsek, William Wierda, Hagop Kantarjian, Jorge Cortes
BACKGROUND: Activating mutations of tyrosine kinases are common in leukaemias. Oncogenic tyrosine kinases use the growth factor receptor-bound protein 2 (Grb2) for signal transduction, leading to activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) 1 and MAPK3 (ERK2 and ERK1). We hypothesised that inhibition of Grb2 would suppress ERK1 and ERK2 activation and inhibit leukaemia progression. To inhibit Grb2, a liposome-incorporated antisense oligodeoxynucleotide that blocks Grb2 protein expression, BP1001, was developed...
March 14, 2018: Lancet Haematology
Stephane Ederhy, Jennifer Cautela, Yann Ancedy, Marion Escudier, Franck Thuny, Ariel Cohen
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March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Charu Aggarwal, Andrew R Haas, Susan Metzger, Laura K Aguilar, Estuardo Aguilar-Cordova, Andrea G Manzanera, Gregoria Gómez-Hernández, Sharyn I Katz, Evan W Alley, Tracey L Evans, Joshua M Bauml, Roger B Cohen, Corey J Langer, Steven M Albelda, Daniel H Sterman
Gene-mediated cytotoxic immunotherapy (GMCI) is an immune strategy implemented through local delivery of an adenovirus-based vector expressing the thymidine kinase gene (aglatimagene besadenovec, AdV-tk) followed by anti-herpetic prodrug valacyclovir. A phase I dose escalation trial of GMCI followed by chemotherapy was conducted in patients with malignant pleural effusion (MPE). AdV-tk was administered intrapleurally (IP) in three cohorts at a dose of 1 × 1012 to 1013 vector particles. Primary endpoint was safety; secondary endpoints included response rate, progression-free survival, and overall survival...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Siqi Feng, Jingwei Zhang, Ying Wang, Runbin Sun, Dong Feng, Ying Peng, Na Yang, Yue Zhang, Haoxue Gao, Huilin Gu, Guangji Wang, Jiye Aa, Fang Zhou
Apatinib, a highly selective small-molecule inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2), has attracted many attentions due to its anticancer activity in various malignancies containing non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Our previous preclinical study confirmed the enhanced anti-tumor efficacy of combined treatment between apatinib and docetaxel for NSCLC. However, the effects of docetaxel on pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of apatinib are not clear. In present study, a reliable HPLC-MS/MS method was established for determination of apatinib...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
C Ranieri, S Di Tommaso, D C Loconte, V Grossi, P Sanese, R Bagnulo, F C Susca, G Forte, A Peserico, A De Luisi, A Bartuli, A Selicorni, D Melis, M Lerone, A D Praticò, G Abbadessa, Y Yu, B Schwartz, Martino Ruggieri, Cristiano Simone, Nicoletta Resta
Postzygotic mutations of the PIK3CA [phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase catalytic subunit alpha] gene constitutively activate the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway in PIK3CA-related overgrowth spectrum (PROS) patients, causing congenital mosaic tissue overgrowth that even multiple surgeries cannot solve. mTOR inhibitors are empirically tested and given for compassionate use in these patients. PROS patients could be ideal candidates for enrolment in trials with PI3K/AKT pathway inhibitors, considering the "clean" cellular setting in which a unique driver, a PIK3CA mutation, is present...
March 16, 2018: Neurogenetics
E C Sattler, O K Steinlein
BACKGROUND: Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome is a genetic syndrome caused by mutations in the FLCN gene. The main symptoms are lung bullae and pneumothorax, benign and malignant kidney tumors, and facial fibrofolliculoma. The risk of pneumothorax is considerable between ages 20-40 years, but decreases markedly after this age range and first-time pneumothorax after age 50 years is rare. Fibrofolliculomas usually occur between ages 35 and 45 years, while the risk for kidney cancer increases steadily with age, starting in young adulthood...
March 16, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Juan M Marqués-Lespier, Marievelisse Soto-Salgado, María González-Pons, Vanessa Méndez, Katerina Freyre, Carlos Beltrán, Luis R Pericchi, Marcia Cruz-Correa
OBJECTIVE: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading causes of cancer death among men and women. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of oligopolyposis (≥20 synchronous colorectal adenomas) and its associated clinicopathological characteristics in Hispanics with incident CRC. METHODS: Pathology reports from individuals diagnosed with CRC (2007 to 2011) were obtained from the PR Central Cancer Registry. Colorectal polyp burden was calculated using pathology reports and the data was normalized to colon segment size...
2018: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
Suzanne M Mahon
People with multiple polyps may have a germline mutation that places them at higher risk for developing colorectal, gastrointestinal, and other cancers. Genetic testing can often identify the specific polyposis syndrome and provide insight into appropriate recommendations for cancer prevention and early detection. Individuals with hereditary polyposis syndromes often begin developing polyps in their teenage years and require aggressive gastrointestinal surveillance to remove polyps. For some, the polyp burden will be too high to manage endoscopically and will require risk-reducing colectomies...
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Honglei Zhang, Xing Yang, Xu Feng, Haibo Xu, Qin Yang, Li Zou, Mei Yan, Dequan Liu, Xiaosan Su, Baowei Jiao
The high-risk of tumor initiation in patients with Turner syndrome (TS) characterized by X chromosome monosomy in women has been well established and aneuploidy, defined as an abnormal number of chromosomes, is a common feature in human cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms of X chromosome aneuploidy promoting tumorigenesis remain obscure. We propose that chromosome-wide gene dosage imbalance (CDI) may serve as an important mechanism. Here, we assess the relative expression ratios of X chromosome and autosomes (expression ratios of X:AA) between tumor samples and adjacent normal samples across 16 tumor types using expression datasets from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Ali Ben Djoudi Ouadda, Yi He, Viviane Calabrese, Hidetaka Ishii, Rony Chidiac, Jean-Philippe Gratton, Philippe P Roux, Nathalie Lamarche-Vane
Cdc42 GTPase-activating protein (CdGAP, also named ARHGAP31) is a negative regulator of the GTPases Rac1 and Cdc42. Associated with the rare developmental disorder Adams-Oliver Syndrome (AOS), CdGAP is critical for embryonic vascular development and VEGF-mediated angiogenesis. Moreover, CdGAP is an essential component in the synergistic interaction between TGFβ and ErbB-2 signaling pathways during breast cancer cell migration and invasion, and is a novel E-cadherin transcriptional co-repressor with Zeb2 in breast cancer...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Hao Zhang, Mengmeng Feng, Yi Feng, Zhaode Bu, Ziyu Li, Shuqin Jia, Jiafu Ji
Gastric cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Among which, about 1%-3% of gastric cancer patients were characterized by inherited gastric cancer predisposition syndromes, knowing as hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC). Studies reported that CDH1 germline mutations are the main cause of HDGC. With the help of rapid development of genetic testing technologies and data analysis tools, more and more researchers focus on seeking candidate susceptibility genes for hereditary cancer syndromes...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
Miaomiao Gou, Haiyan Si, Yong Zhang, Niansong Qian, Zhikuan Wang, Weiwei Shi, Guanghai Dai
No definitive treatment strategy has been established for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who experienced progression after three or more lines of chemotherapy. A total of 36 mCRC patients were enrolled in this retrospective study who received apatinib therapy under non-clinical trial setting after progression in People's liberation army general Hospital from March 2015 and August 2017. Progression free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), disease control rate (DCR), objective response rate (ORR) and treatment-related adverse events (AEs) were reviewed and evaluated...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Helena S Gouveia, Sílvia O Lopes, Ana Luísa Faria
Tumour lysis syndrome (TLS) is a rare oncological emergency in solid tumours. Because it is associated with bad short-term prognosis, early recognition and treatment are mandatory. This case refers to a middle-aged woman who presented with stage IV colon cancer, with massive hepatic involvement. After three cycles of first-line FOLFOX (folinic acid, 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin), she developed acute kidney injury and hyperkalaemia that did not respond to standard measures. High suspicion of TLS prompted further corroborating investigations and early intensive care unit admission...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Giulio Innamorati, Thomas M Wilkie, Havish S Kantheti, Maria Teresa Valenti, Luca Dalle Carbonare, Luca Giacomello, Marco Parenti, Davide Melisi, Claudio Bassi
BACKGROUND: Mutations activating the α subunit of heterotrimeric Gs protein are associated with a number of highly specific pathological molecular phenotypes. One of the best characterized is the McCune Albright syndrome. The disease presents with an increased incidence of neoplasias in specific tissues. MAIN BODY: A similar repertoire of neoplasms can develop whether mutations occur spontaneously in somatic tissues during fetal development or after birth. Glands are the most "permissive" tissues, recently found to include the entire gastrointestinal tract...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cancer
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