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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668146/a-rare-case-of-cardiac-melanoma-mimicking-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#1
Imke Friedel, Wolfgang Burchert, Dieter Horstkotte, Lothar Faber
A 40-year-old female patient with a remote history of a malignant melanoma treated with curative intent presented with the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) made at another hospital. Further diagnostic workup included positron emission tomography/computed tomography, which revealed that the HCM phenotype was produced by cardiac involvement of metastatic melanoma. For this reason, the primary diagnosis of HCM had to be retracted and melanoma-specific antineoplastic treatment was initiated.
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666473/imaging-characteristics-of-cardiac-metastases-in-patients-with-malignant-melanoma
#2
Tanja Zitzelsberger, Thomas K Eigentler, Patrick Krumm, Konstantin Nikolaou, Claus Garbe, Meinrad Gawaz, Bernhard Klumpp
BACKGROUND: Due to prolonged survival and technical advances in CT imaging, cardiac metastases in patients with malignant melanoma are observed more frequently nowadays. The aim of the present study was to assess the anatomic distribution as well as the morphologic and histologic appearance of cardiac metastases from malignant melanoma. METHODS: Twenty five patients with known metastasized melanoma and with incidental finding of cardiac metastases during routine staging CT were retrospectively included in this study...
July 1, 2017: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642849/aim2-co-immunization-with-vp1-is-associated-with-increased-memory-cd8-t-cells-and-mounts-long-lasting-protection-against-coxsackievirus-b3-challenge
#3
Liang Yin, Dafei Chai, Yan Yue, Chunsheng Dong, Sidong Xiong
The recurrent Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) infection is the most important cause of intractable myocarditis which often leads to chronic myocarditis and even dilated cardiomyopathy. Therefore, enhanced DNA vaccines capable of memory CD8 T cells are essential for long-lasting immunological protection against CVB3 infection. In this study, absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) was used as an adjuvant to enhance the induction of memory CD8 T cells elicited by VP1 (viral capsid protein 1) vaccine. Mice were intramuscularly injected with 50 μg AIM2 plasmid and equal amount of VP1 plasmid (pAIM2/pVP1) vaccine 4 times at 2 week-intervals...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624541/the-high-prevalence-and-clinical-socio-demographic-correlates-of-miscarriages-among-flight-attendants
#4
Bettina Heidecker, Rachel Maureen Spencer, Victoria Hayes, Sarah Hall, Nisha Parikh, Eveline Oestreicher Stock, Rita Redberg
BACKGROUND: There are many occupational health hazards associated with long hours of air travel including cosmic radiation exposure, circadian rhythm disruptions and secondhand smoke exposure prior, for flight attendants who flew prior to smoking bans initiated in the 90s. Previous studies in flight attendants have found increased incidence of breast cancer and melanoma. However, there is little information on the relationship of airline travel and reproductive health in flight attendants...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620382/phase-ii-study-of-adjuvant-immunotherapy-with-the-csf-470-vaccine-plus-bacillus-calmette-guerin-plus-recombinant-human-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-vs-medium-dose-interferon-alpha-2b-in-stages-iib-iic-and-iii-cutaneous-melanoma-patients
#5
José Mordoh, María Betina Pampena, Mariana Aris, Paula Alejandra Blanco, Mónica Lombardo, Erika María von Euw, Soledad Mac Keon, Michelle Yépez Crow, Alicia Inés Bravo, Juan Manuel O'Connor, Ana Gabriela Orlando, Franco Ramello, Estrella Mariel Levy, María Marcela Barrio
The irradiated, allogeneic, cellular CSF-470 vaccine plus Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and recombinant human granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (rhGM-CSF) is being tested against medium-dose IFN-α2b in stages IIB-III cutaneous melanoma (CM) patients (pts) after surgery in an open, randomized, Phase II/III study. We present the results of the Phase II part of the ongoing CASVAC-0401 study (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01729663). Thirty-one pts were randomized to the CSF-470 vaccine (n = 20) or to the IFN-α2b arm (n = 11)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618843/risk-of-cardiac-death-among-cancer-survivors-in-the-united-states-a-seer-database-analysis
#6
Omar Abdel-Rahman
 Background: Population-based data on the risk of cardiac death among cancer survivors are needed. This scenario was evaluated in cancer survivors (>5 years) registered within the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. METHODS: The SEER database was queried using SEER*Stat to determine the frequency of cardiac death compared to other causes of death; and to determine heart disease-specific and cancer-specific survival rates in survivors of each of the 10 most common cancers in men and women in the SEER database...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545570/the-feasibility-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-ceus-in-the-diagnosis-of-non-cardiac-thoracic-disorders-of-dogs-and-cats
#7
N Linta, M Baron Toaldo, G Bettini, A Cordella, M Quinci, P Pey, V Galli, M Cipone, A Diana
BACKGROUND: This study describes the feasibility of Contrast Enhanced Ultrasonography (CEUS) in the diagnostic work-up of non-cardiac thoracic disorders of small animals. The second aim is to assess the usefulness of CEUS as a direct guide for sample procedures. RESULTS: Forty animals, 28 dogs and 12 cats, were included in the study. Thoracic disorders included 23 pulmonary lesions [primary carcinoma (14), lymphoma (1), sarcoma (1), histiocytic sarcoma (1), abscess (1) and pneumonia (5)] and 17 mediastinal lesions [lymphoma (8), thymoma (3), mesothelioma (1), melanoma (1), carcinomatous lymphadenopathy (1), mixsosarcoma (1), lipoma (1), and abscess (1)]...
May 25, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515362/insulin-supplementation-attenuates-cancer-induced-cardiomyopathy-and-slows-tumor-disease-progression
#8
James T Thackeray, Stefan Pietzsch, Britta Stapel, Melanie Ricke-Hoch, Chun-Wei Lee, Jens P Bankstahl, Michaela Scherr, Jörg Heineke, Gesine Scharf, Arash Haghikia, Frank M Bengel, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner
Advanced cancer induces fundamental changes in metabolism and promotes cardiac atrophy and heart failure. We discovered systemic insulin deficiency in cachectic cancer patients. Similarly, mice with advanced B16F10 melanoma (B16F10-TM) or colon 26 carcinoma (C26-TM) displayed decreased systemic insulin associated with marked cardiac atrophy, metabolic impairment, and function. B16F10 and C26 tumors decrease systemic insulin via high glucose consumption, lowering pancreatic insulin production and producing insulin-degrading enzyme...
May 18, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475458/mda5-associated-neuroinflammation-and-the-singleton-merten-syndrome-two-faces-of-the-same-type-i-interferonopathy-spectrum
#9
Insa Buers, Gillian I Rice, Yanick J Crow, Frank Rutsch
In 1973, Singleton and Merten described a new syndrome in 2 female probands with aortic and cardiac valve calcifications, early loss of secondary dentition, and widened medullary cavities of the phalanges. In 1984, Aicardi and Goutières defined a phenotype resembling congenital viral infection with basal ganglia calcification and increased protein content in the cerebrospinal fluid. Between 2006 and 2012, mutations in 6 different genes were described to be associated with Aicardi-Goutières syndrome, specifically-TREX1, RNASEH2A, RNASEH2B, RNASEH2C, ADAR, and SAMHD1...
May 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403786/immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-and-cardiac-toxicity-an-emerging-issue
#10
Gilda Varricchi, Giancarlo Marone, Valentina Mercurio, Maria Rosaria Galdiero, Domenico Bonaduce, Carlo G Tocchetti
Although survival of patients with different types of cancer has improved, cardiotoxicity induced by anti-neoplastic drugs remains a critical issue. Cardiac dysfunction after treatment with anthracyclines has historically been a major problem. However, also targeted therapies and biological molecules can induce reversible and irreversible cardiac dysfunction. Cancer immunotherapies over the last years have revolutionized the clinical management of a wide spectrum of solid and hematopoietic malignancies previously endowed with poor prognosis...
April 7, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399409/direct-pharmacological-targeting-of-a-mitochondrial-ion-channel-selectively-kills-tumor-cells-in%C3%A2-vivo
#11
Luigi Leanza, Matteo Romio, Katrin Anne Becker, Michele Azzolini, Livio Trentin, Antonella Managò, Elisa Venturini, Angela Zaccagnino, Andrea Mattarei, Luca Carraretto, Andrea Urbani, Stephanie Kadow, Lucia Biasutto, Veronica Martini, Filippo Severin, Roberta Peruzzo, Valentina Trimarco, Jan-Hendrik Egberts, Charlotte Hauser, Andrea Visentin, Gianpietro Semenzato, Holger Kalthoff, Mario Zoratti, Erich Gulbins, Cristina Paradisi, Ildiko Szabo
The potassium channel Kv1.3 is highly expressed in the mitochondria of various cancerous cells. Here we show that direct inhibition of Kv1.3 using two mitochondria-targeted inhibitors alters mitochondrial function and leads to reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated death of even chemoresistant cells independently of p53 status. These inhibitors killed 98% of ex vivo primary chronic B-lymphocytic leukemia tumor cells while sparing healthy B cells. In orthotopic mouse models of melanoma and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the compounds reduced tumor size by more than 90% and 60%, respectively, while sparing immune and cardiac functions...
April 10, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373787/multimodality-imaging-evaluation-of-a-primary-cardiac-lymphoma
#12
Paolo Ciancarella, Armando Fusco, Daniele Citraro, Massimiliano Sperandio, Roberto Floris
Primary cardiac lymphoma is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that involves the heart with extension to pericardium and great vessels. Prognosis is poor in the absence of a prompt diagnosis and adequate therapy. Differential diagnosis includes malignant neoplasms such as angiosarcoma or metastatic carcinoma and melanoma. Clinical manifestations may be heterogeneous. Multimodality imaging work-up represents the best method for tumor detection and evaluation of its size and extension: echocardiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear imaging are the best imaging tools...
April 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368280/x-ray-crystal-structure-of-human-calcium-bound-s100a1
#13
Zephan Melville, Ehson Aligholizadeh, Laura E McKnight, Dylan J Weber, Edwin Pozharski, David J Weber
S100A1 is a member of the S100 family of Ca(2+)-binding proteins and regulates several cellular processes, including those involved in Ca(2+) signaling and cardiac and skeletal muscle function. In Alzheimer's disease, brain S100A1 is overexpressed and gives rise to disease pathologies, making it a potential therapeutic target. The 2.25 Å resolution crystal structure of Ca(2+)-S100A1 is solved here and is compared with the structures of other S100 proteins, most notably S100B, which is a highly homologous S100-family member that is implicated in the progression of malignant melanoma...
April 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323733/linear-endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-insertion-of-a-fiducial-marker-a-new-tool-for-tracking-central-lesions
#14
Alessio Casutt, Angela Koutsokera, Nicolas Peguret, Alban Lovis
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is an effective method for the treatment of localized primary lung tumors. Cyberknife, a highly accurate SBRT technique, follows the target during respiratory cycles using a metallic fiducial marker (FM) previously inserted into the lesion. Various methods have been described for the placement of an FM in peripheral pulmonary lesions; however, none of these is appropriate for mediastinal or hilar tumors. The placement of FMs in central lesions to achieve accurate SBRT is particularly relevant due to their higher mobility during respiratory and cardiac cycles...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303962/identification-of-novel-chemotherapeutic-strategies-for-metastatic-uveal-melanoma
#15
Paolo Fagone, Rosario Caltabiano, Andrea Russo, Gabriella Lupo, Carmelina Daniela Anfuso, Maria Sofia Basile, Antonio Longo, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Rocco De Pasquale, Massimo Libra, Michele Reibaldi
Melanoma of the uveal tract accounts for approximately 5% of all melanomas and represents the most common primary intraocular malignancy. Despite improvements in diagnosis and more effective local therapies for primary cancer, the rate of metastatic death has not changed in the past forty years. In the present study, we made use of bioinformatics to analyze the data obtained from three public available microarray datasets on uveal melanoma in an attempt to identify novel putative chemotherapeutic options for the liver metastatic disease...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291404/outcomes-and-effectiveness-of-posterior-occipitocervical-fusion-for-suboccipital-spinal-metastases
#16
Panya Luksanapruksa, Jacob M Buchowski, Neill M Wright, Frank H Valone, Colleen Peters, David B Bumpass
OBJECTIVE The incidence of suboccipital spinal metastases is rare but has increased given cancer patients' longer life expectancies. Operative treatment in this region is often challenging because of limited fixation points due to tumor lysis, as well as adjacent neural and vascular anatomy. Few studies have reported on this population of cancer patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical outcomes and complications of patients with suboccipital spinal metastases who had undergone posterior occipitocervical fixation...
May 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148779/adverse-left-ventricular-remodeling-by-glycoprotein-nonmetastatic-melanoma-protein-b-in-myocardial-infarction
#17
Anne Järve, Silke Mühlstedt, Fatimunnisa Qadri, Bernadette Nickl, Herbert Schulz, Norbert Hübner, Cemil Özcelik, Michael Bader
Cardiac diseases are the leading cause of death. Available treatment approaches are not sufficient to reverse persistent cardiac damage after injury; thus, the search for new therapeutic targets is essential. Our microarray-based screening in rat hearts 24 h after myocardial infarction (MI) yielded glycoprotein nonmetastatic melanoma protein B (GPNMB), which is known to be involved in inflammation and fibrosis after tissue injury. However, its role in the heart was elusive. We found increased cardiac expression levels of GPNMB in rats and mice after MI...
February 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105177/-18-f-fluoroethyl-l-tyrosine-positron-emission-tomography-guided-diagnosis-of-a-malignant-intramedullary-spinal-cord-tumor
#18
Sied Kebir, Okka Kimmich, Pitt Niehusmann, Florian C Gaertner, Markus Essler, Jennifer Landsberg, Thomas Klockgether, Matthias Simon, Ulrich Herrlinger, Martin Glas
Diagnosis in patients with a suspected malignant intramedullary lesion that requires biopsy for definitive diagnosis may be challenging, as spinal cord surgery carries the risk of irreversible neurological deficits. The current study presents the first case of (18)F-fluoroethyl-L-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging in a patient with a spinal cord tumor. The patient was unsuitable for magnetic resonance imaging due to his implanted cardiac defibrillator. (18)F-FET PET indicated a high-grade malignancy of the spinal cord, justifying tumor biopsy...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977496/new-onset-third-degree-atrioventricular-block-because-of-autoimmune-induced-myositis-under-treatment-with-anti-programmed-cell-death-1-nivolumab-for-metastatic-melanoma
#19
Juliane Behling, Joachim Kaes, Thomas Münzel, Stephan Grabbe, Carmen Loquai
There has been considerable progress in treating malignant melanoma over the last few years. The immune-checkpoint-inhibitors nivolumab and pembrolizumab have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2014 for the therapy of metastatic melanoma. Anti-programmed cell death-1-blocking antibodies are known to cause immune-related adverse events. Physicians should be aware of common and rare side effects and pay attention to new ones. We therefore report a severe and life-threatening side effect of anti-programmed cell death-1 immunotherapy with nivolumab that has not been previously reported: the development of a third-degree atrioventricular block...
April 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904982/magnetic-resonance-evaluation-of-cardiac-thrombi-and-masses-by-t1-and-t2-mapping-an-observational-study
#20
Thibault Caspar, Soraya El Ghannudi, Mickaël Ohana, Aïssam Labani, Aubrietia Lawson, Patrick Ohlmann, Olivier Morel, Michel De Mathelin, Catherine Roy, Afshin Gangi, Philippe Germain
The purpose of this work was to evaluate CMR T1 and T2 mapping sequences in patients with intracardiac thrombi and masses in order to assess T1 and T2 relaxometry usefulness and to allow better etiological diagnosis. This observational study of patients scheduled for routine CMR was performed from September 2014 to August 2015. All patients referred to our department for a 1.5 T CMR were screened to participate. T1 mapping were acquired before and after Gadolinium injection; T2 mapping images were obtained before injection...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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