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Reiko Ideguchi, Kazuto Ashizawa, Saori Akashi, Michiko Shindo, Kazunori Minami, Toshio Fukuda, Junji Irie, Minoru Fukuda, Masataka Uetani
We herein report two cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma with marked lymphangiosis. The patients included a 68-year-old man and a 67-year-old man who both had a history of exposure to asbestos. Computed tomography (CT) on admission showed pleural effusion with pleural thickening. In both cases, a histopathological examination of the pleura confirmed the diagnosis of epithelioid malignant mesothelioma. They received chemotherapy, but the treatment was only palliative. The chest CT assessments during admission revealed marked pleural effusion and mediastinal lymphadenopathy...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Melisa Bunderson-Schelvan, Andrij Holian, Raymond F Hamilton
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), or small anthropogenic particles approximately < 100 nm in size and of various shapes and compositions, are increasingly incorporated into commercial products and used for industrial and medical purposes. There is an exposure risk to both the population at large and individuals in the workplace with inhalation exposures to ENMs being a primary concern. Further, there is increasing evidence to suggest that certain ENMs may represent a significant health risk, and many of these ENMs exhibit distinct similarities with other particles and fibers that are known to induce adverse health effects, such as asbestos, silica, and particulate matter (PM)...
2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
B Świątkowska, N Szeszenia-Dąbrowska
BACKGROUND: Because asbestos dust is considered one of the most dangerous types of dust for people's health, issues related to the effects of asbestos exposure still remain questions about the role of cessation of exposure. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to determine the importance of temporal patterns, especially the time since the end of exposure in the risk of pleural mesothelioma. METHODS: A total of 131 patients with pleural mesothelioma and 655 frequency matched by gender and year of birth controls enrolled in the health surveillance programme for asbestos-related diseases over the years 2000-2014, were included in the analysis...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Angela Bononi, Carlotta Giorgi, Simone Patergnani, David Larson, Kaitlyn Verbruggen, Mika Tanji, Laura Pellegrini, Valentina Signorato, Federica Olivetto, Sandra Pastorino, Masaki Nasu, Andrea Napolitano, Giovanni Gaudino, Paul Morris, Greg Sakamoto, Laura K Ferris, Alberto Danese, Andrea Raimondi, Carlo Tacchetti, Shafi Kuchay, Harvey I Pass, El Bachir Affar, Haining Yang, Paolo Pinton, Michele Carbone
BRCA1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) is a potent tumour suppressor gene that modulates environmental carcinogenesis. All carriers of inherited heterozygous germline BAP1-inactivating mutations (BAP1(+/-)) developed one and often several BAP1(-/-) malignancies in their lifetime, mostly malignant mesothelioma, uveal melanoma, and so on. Moreover, BAP1-acquired biallelic mutations are frequent in human cancers. BAP1 tumour suppressor activity has been attributed to its nuclear localization, where it helps to maintain genome integrity...
June 14, 2017: Nature
Andrea Napolitano, Michele Carbone
Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer largely associated with asbestos exposure. In this review, we will discuss the significant advancements in our understanding of its genetics and molecular biology and their translational relevance. Remarkable findings included the discovery of germline and somatic mutations of BRCA1 associated protein-1 (BAP1) in patients, and the genome-wide characterization of pathways altered in mesothelioma that could be potentially exploited to design novel therapeutic approaches...
September 2016: Trends in Cancer
Roberto Alfonso Accinelli, Lidia Marianella López
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 5, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
Pia Nynäs, Eero Pukkala, Harri Vainio, Panu Oksa
BACKGROUND: We assessed the cancer risks of four different Finnish asbestos-exposed cohorts. We also explored if the cohorts with varying profiles of asbestos exposure exhibited varying relative risks of cancer. METHODS: The incident cancer cases for the asbestos-exposed worker cohorts were updated to the end of 2012 using the files of the Finnish Cancer Registry. The previously formed cohorts consisted of asbestos mine workers, asbestosis patients, asbestos sprayers, and workers who had taken part in a screening study based on asbestos exposure at work...
June 2017: Safety and Health At Work
Sabrina Lagniau, Kevin Lamote, Jan P van Meerbeeck, Karim Y Vermaelen
Early diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a challenge for clinicians. The disease is usually detected in an advanced stage which precludes curative treatment. We assume that only new and non-invasive biomarkers allowing earlier detection will result in better patient management and outcome. Many efforts have already been made to find suitable biomarkers in blood and pleural effusions, but have not yet resulted in a valid and reproducible diagnostic one. In this review, we will highlight the strengths and shortcomings of blood and fluid based biomarkers and highlight the potential of breath analysis as a non-invasive screening tool for MPM...
May 17, 2017: Oncotarget
David Rosner
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June 2017: Milbank Quarterly
Tuija Väänänen, Lauri Lehtimäki, Katriina Vuolteenaho, Mari Hämäläinen, Panu Oksa, Tuula Vierikko, Ritva Järvenpää, Jukka Uitti, Hannu Kankaanranta, Eeva Moilanen
YKL-40 is a chitinase-like glycoprotein produced by alternatively activated macrophages that are associated with wound healing and fibrosis. Asbestosis is a chronic asbestos-induced lung disease, in which injury of epithelial cells and activation of alveolar macrophages lead to enhanced collagen production and fibrosis. We studied if YKL-40 is related to inflammation, fibrosis, and/or lung function in subjects exposed to asbestosis. Venous blood samples were collected from 85 men with moderate or heavy occupational asbestos exposure and from 28 healthy, age-matched controls...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
Myron Getman, James Webber, Samuel Bowser
Morphological imperfections of mixed-cellulose ester filters and their possible influence on sample preparation and analysis of asbestos were examined. Filters were identified with large regions of non-porous "dead zones" which could negatively affect fiber deposition and, therefore, fiber recovery and analysis by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). As these imperfections are effectively erased during the preparation of the sample, they may not be readily observed by TEM. Un-collapsed filters as well as those collapsed using dimethylformamide (DMF) and two acetone techniques were examined...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Anna Ilar, Nils Plato, Marie Lewné, Göran Pershagen, Per Gustavsson
We investigated occupational exposure to diesel motor exhaust (DME) and the risk of lung cancer by histological subtype among men, using elemental carbon (EC) as a marker of DME exposure. 993 cases and 2359 controls frequency-matched on age and year of study inclusion were analyzed by unconditional logistic regression in this Swedish case-control study. Work and smoking histories were collected by a questionnaire and telephone interviews. DME was assessed by a job-exposure matrix. We adjusted for age, year of study inclusion, smoking, occupational exposure to asbestos and combustion products (other than motor exhaust), residential exposure to radon and exposure to air pollution from road traffic...
June 5, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
Sophie Sneddon, Ann-Marie Patch, Ian M Dick, Stephen Kazakoff, John V Pearson, Nicola Waddell, Richard J N Allcock, Robert A Holt, Bruce W S Robinson, Jenette Creaney
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive cancer of the pleural and peritoneal cavities caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-induced mesotheliomas in wild-type mice have been used extensively as a preclinical model because they are phenotypically identical to their human counterpart. However, it is not known if the genetic lesions in these mice tumours are similar to in the human disease, a prerequisite for any new preclinical studies that target genetic abnormalities...
June 2, 2017: BMC Cancer
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June 1, 2017: Cancer Research
Andrés Trotta, Vilma Sousa Santana, Marcio Alazraqui
Mesothelioma mortality and its socio-demographic and temporal patterns in Argentina from 1980 to 2013 were estimated using data from death certificates obtained from the Vital Statistics System of Argentina's National Ministry of Health. There were 3,259 mesothelioma deaths corresponding to an age-adjusted mortality of 3.1/1,000,000 in 1980 and 5.7/1,000,000 in 2013, an average increase of 84.1% in 34 years. This raising trend became clearer after 1997. Males had higher mortality estimates compared with women in every year of the series; these findings suggest past exposure to asbestos...
January 2017: Salud Colectiva
Heather E Driscoll, Janet M Murray, Erika L English, Timothy C Hunter, Kara Pivarski, Elizabeth D Dolci
Here we describe microarray expression data (raw and normalized), experimental metadata, and gene-level data with expression statistics from Saccharomyces cerevisiae exposed to simulated asbestos mine drainage from the Vermont Asbestos Group (VAG) Mine on Belvidere Mountain in northern Vermont, USA. For nearly 100 years (between the late 1890s and 1993), chrysotile asbestos fibers were extracted from serpentinized ultramafic rock at the VAG Mine for use in construction and manufacturing industries. Studies have shown that water courses and streambeds nearby have become contaminated with asbestos mine tailings runoff, including elevated levels of magnesium, nickel, chromium, and arsenic, elevated pH, and chrysotile asbestos-laden mine tailings, due to leaching and gradual erosion of massive piles of mine waste covering approximately 9 km(2)...
August 2017: Data in Brief
Georg Johnen, Katarzyna Gawrych, Irina Raiko, Swaantje Casjens, Beate Pesch, Daniel G Weber, Dirk Taeger, Martin Lehnert, Jens Kollmeier, Torsten Bauer, Arthur W Musk, Bruce W S Robinson, Thomas Brüning, Jenette Creaney
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a deadly cancer mainly caused by previous exposure to asbestos. With a latency period up to 50 years the incidence of MM is still increasing, even in countries that banned asbestos. Secondary prevention has been established to provide persons at risk regular health examinations. An earlier detection with tumor markers might improve therapeutic options. Previously, we have developed a new blood-based assay for the protein marker calretinin. Aim of this study was the verification of the assay in an independent study population and comparison with the established marker mesothelin...
May 30, 2017: BMC Cancer
T Kato, T Sato, K Yokoi, Y Sekido
Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive tumor commonly caused by asbestos exposure after a long latency. Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibitors inhibit the cell growth of Merlin-deficient MM cells; however, their clinical efficacy has not been clearly determined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the growth inhibitory effect of the FAK inhibitor VS-4718 on MM cell lines and identify biomarkers for its efficacy. Although most Merlin-deficient cell lines were sensitive to VS-4718 compared with control MeT-5A cells, a subset of these cell lines exhibited resistance to this drug...
May 29, 2017: Oncogene
Clara Rizzardi, Emmanouil Athanasakis, Francesca Cammisuli, Simeone Dal Monego, Yeraldin Chiquinquira Castillo DE Spelorzi, Fulvio Costantinides, Fabiola Giudici, Maurizio Pinamonti, Vincenzo Canzonieri, Mauro Melato, Lorella Pascolo
BACKGROUND: Germline mutations of the oncosuppressor gene breast cancer 1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) were recently related to an autosomal-dominant tumor predisposition syndrome (BAP1-TPDS), characterized by uveal melanoma, malignant mesothelioma (MM), cutaneous melanoma, and other malignancies. The demonstration that BAP1 mutations are strongly associated with MM has provided a real breakthrough in the study of genetic predisposition in MM, that may explain why only a fraction of asbestos-exposed individuals go on to develop MM...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
Rengyi Xu, Clementina Mesaros, Liwei Weng, Nathaniel W Snyder, Anil Vachani, Ian A Blair, Wei-Ting Hwang
AIM: We compared three statistical methods in selecting a panel of serum lipid biomarkers for mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. MATERIALS & METHODS: Serum samples from mesothelioma, asbestos-exposed subjects and controls (40 per group) were analyzed. Three variable selection methods were considered: top-ranked predictors from univariate model, stepwise and least absolute shrinkage and selection operator. Crossed-validated area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was used to compare the prediction performance...
May 23, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
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