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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145972/cancer-immunotherapy-getting-brainy-visualizing-the-distinctive-cns-metastatic-niche-to-illuminate-therapeutic-resistance
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Mark Owyong, Niloufar Hosseini-Nassab, Gizem Efe, Alexander Honkala, Renske J E van den Bijgaart, Vicki Plaks, Bryan Ronain Smith
The advent of cancer immunotherapy (CIT) and its success in treating primary and metastatic cancer may offer substantially improved outcomes for patients. Despite recent advancements, many malignancies remain resistant to CIT, among which are brain metastases, a particularly virulent disease with no apparent cure. The immunologically unique niche of the brain has prompted compelling new questions in immuno-oncology such as the effects of tissue-specific differences in immune response, heterogeneity between primary tumors and distant metastases, and the role of spatiotemporal dynamics in shaping an effective anti-tumor immune response...
November 2017: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143062/-intracranial-cystic-lesions
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REVIEW
F Ahlhelm, K Shariat, S Götschi, S Ulmer
CLINICAL PROBLEM: Intracerebral cysts are common findings in imaging of the neurocranium and are not always clinically significant. The pathological spectrum of intracerebral cysts is, however, very broad and in addition to incidental findings includes developmental disorders, malformation tumors, primary and secondary neoplasms and infectious etiologies, such as cerebral abscess formation, cysticercosis or residuals after congenital cytomegalovirus infections. Intracerebral cystic defects may be caused by inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) diseases, such as multiple sclerosis as well as by mitochondriopathies, leukodystrophy, electrolyte disturbances or osmotic demyelination syndrome or brain infarctions, e...
November 15, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140156/conditioned-medium-from-human-gingival-mesenchymal-stem-cells-protects-motor-neuron-like-nsc-34-cells-against-scratch-injury-induced-cell-death
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Thangavelu Soundara Rajan, Francesca Diomede, Placido Bramanti, Oriana Trubiani, Emanuela Mazzon
Neuronal cell death is a normal process during central nervous system (CNS) development and is also involved in the death of motor neurons in diverse spinal motor neuron degenerative diseases. Here, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of secretory factors released from human gingival mesenchymal stem cells (hGMSCs) in mechanically injured murine motor-neuron-like NSC-34 cells. The cells were exposed to scratch injury and the markers for apoptosis and oxidative stress were examined. Immunocytochemistry results showed that proapoptotic markers cleaved caspase-3 and Bax were elevated while anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 was suppressed in scratch-injured NSC-34 cells...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136454/immediate-label-free-ex-vivo-evaluation-of-human-brain-tumor-biopsies-with-confocal-reflectance-microscopy
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Jennifer M Eschbacher, Joseph F Georges, Evgenii Belykh, Mohammedhassan Izady Yazdanabadi, Nikolay L Martirosyan, Emily Szeto, Catherine Y Seiler, Michael A Mooney, Jessica K Daniels, Katherine Y Goehring, Kendall R Van Keuren-Jensen, Mark C Preul, Stephen W Coons, Shwetal Mehta, Peter Nakaji
Confocal microscopy utilizing fluorescent dyes is widely gaining use in the clinical setting as a diagnostic tool. Reflectance confocal microscopy is a method of visualizing tissue specimens without fluorescent dyes while relying on the natural refractile properties of cellular and subcellular structures. We prospectively evaluated 76 CNS lesions with confocal reflectance microscopy (CRM) to determine cellularity, architecture, and morphological characteristics. A neuropathologist found that all cases showed similar histopathological features when compared to matched hematoxylin and eosin-stained sections...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132872/an-nrg-oncology-gog-study-of-molecular-classification-for-risk-prediction-in-endometrioid-endometrial-cancer
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Casey M Cosgrove, David L Tritchler, David E Cohn, David G Mutch, Craig M Rush, Heather A Lankes, William T Creasman, David S Miller, Nilsa C Ramirez, Melissa A Geller, Matthew A Powell, Floor J Backes, Lisa M Landrum, Cynthia Timmers, Adrian A Suarez, Richard J Zaino, Michael L Pearl, Paul A DiSilvestro, Shashikant B Lele, Paul J Goodfellow
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the prognostic significance of a simplified, clinically accessible classification system for endometrioid endometrial cancers combining Lynch syndrome screening and molecular risk stratification. METHODS: Tumors from NRG/GOG GOG210 were evaluated for mismatch repair defects (MSI, MMR IHC, and MLH1 methylation), POLE mutations, and loss of heterozygosity. TP53 was evaluated in a subset of cases. Tumors were assigned to four molecular classes...
November 10, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129566/pediatric-glioblastoma-cells-inhibit-neurogenesis-and-promote-astrogenesis-phenotypic-transformation-and-migration-of-human-neural-progenitor-cells-within-cocultures
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Kurt Farrell, Gautam Mahajan, Parthasarathy Srinivasan, Moo-Yeal Lee, Chandrasekhar R Kothapalli
Neural progenitor cell (NPC) fate is influenced by a variety of biological cues elicited from the surrounding microenvironment and recent studies suggest their possible role in pediatric glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) development. Since a few GBM cells also display NPC characteristics, it is not clear whether NPCs transform to tumor cell phenotype leading to the onset of GBM formation, or NPCs migrate to developing tumor sites in response to paracrine signaling from GBM cells. Elucidating the paracrine interactions between GBM cells and NPCs in vivo is challenging due to the inherent complexity of the CNS...
November 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128947/t2-based-mr-imaging-gradient-echo-or-susceptibility-weighted-imaging-in-midline-and-off-midline-intracranial-germ-cell-tumors-a-pilot-study
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Giovanni Morana, Cesar Augusto Alves, Domenico Tortora, Jonathan L Finlay, Mariasavina Severino, Paolo Nozza, Marcello Ravegnani, Marco Pavanello, Claudia Milanaccio, Mohamad Maghnie, Andrea Rossi, Maria Luisa Garrè
PURPOSE: The role of T2*-based MR imaging in intracranial germ cell tumors (GCTs) has not been fully elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) or T2* gradient echo (GRE) features of germinomas and non-germinomatous germ cell tumors (NGGCTs) in midline and off-midline locations. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated all consecutive pediatric patients referred to our institution between 2005 and 2016, for newly diagnosed, treatment-naïve intracranial GCT, who underwent MRI, including T2*-based MR imaging (T2* GRE sequences or SWI)...
November 11, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126252/monoamines-in-glioblastoma-complex-biology-with-therapeutic-potential
#8
Seamus Patrick Caragher, Robert Raymond Hall, Riasat Ahsan, Atique U Ahmed
Glioblastoma (GBM) is characterized by extremely poor prognoses, despite the use of gross surgical resection, alkylating chemotherapeutic agents, and radiotherapy. Evidence increasingly highlights the role of the tumor microenvironment in enabling this aggressive phenotype. Despite this interest, the role of neurotransmitters, brain-specific messengers underlying synaptic transmission, remains murky. These signaling molecules influence a complex network of molecular pathways and cellular behaviors in many CNS-resident cells including neural stem cells and progenitor cells, neurons, and glia cells...
November 4, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118478/intraoperative-squash-smear-cytology-in-cns-lesions-a-study-of-150-pediatric-cases
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Arpita Jindal, Kanwalpreet Kaur, Kusum Mathur, Vinod Kumari, Himanshi Diwan
Background: Tumors of the central nervous system in the pediatric age group occur relatively frequently during the early years of life. Brain tumors are the most common solid malignancies of childhood and only second to acute childhood leukemia. Squash cytology is an indispensable diagnostic aid to central nervous system (CNS) lesions. The definitive diagnosis of brain lesions is confirmed by histological examination. Aim: To study the cytology of CNS lesions in pediatric population and correlate it with histopathology...
October 2017: Journal of Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116307/cryptococcoma-mimicking-a-brain-tumor-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-case-report-of-an-extremely-rare-presentation
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Aline Lariessy Campos Paiva, Guilherme Brasileiro de Aguiar, Renan Maximilian Lovato, Arthus Vilar Deolindo Zanetti, Alexandros Theodoros Panagopoulos, José Carlos Esteves Veiga
CONTEXT: Central nervous system (CNS) infectious diseases have high prevalence in developing countries and their proper diagnosis and treatment are very important for public health planning. Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that may cause several CNS manifestations, especially in immunocompromised patients. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common type of involvement. Mass-effect lesions are uncommon: they are described as cryptococcomas and their prevalence is even lower among immunocompetent patients...
November 6, 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116209/preoperative-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-concertation-and-prognosis-of-brain-tumor-patients-a-5-year-follow-up-study
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Adomas Bunevicius, Vytenis Deltuva, Edward R Laws, Giorgio Iervasi, Arimantas Tamsauskas, Robertas Bunevicius
Increased N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentration predicts poor prognosis of non-CNS cancer patients. We evaluated the association of NT-proBNP concentration with disease severity, discharge outcomes and prognosis of patients undergoing craniotomy for brain tumor. From January, 2010 until September, 2011 two-hundred and forty-five patients (age 55.05 ± 14.62 years) admitted for brain tumor surgery were evaluated for NT-proBNP serum concentration. Outcome at hospital discharge was evaluated with the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS)...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113950/reviewing-recist-in-the-era-of-prolonged-and-targeted-therapy
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REVIEW
Rustain L Morgan, D Ross Camidge
Accurate assessment of disease response is the foundation of therapeutic trails, which is why the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria serves as an international standard investigators can utilize when examining patient outcomes. Nine years after the initial RECIST criteria were released, an update, RECIST 1.1, was published to improve on initial criteria and address technologic advancements in imaging. Since then advancements in both standard clinical and trial practices, combined with improvements in our understanding of cancer biology have resulted in the identification of a number of limitations of the current RECIST 1...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110768/cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-malignancies-located-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Cassandra Verheul, Anne Kleijn, Martine L M Lamfers
CNS malignancies include primary tumors that originate within the CNS as well as secondary tumors that develop as a result of metastatic cancer. The delicate nature of the nervous systems makes tumors located in the CNS notoriously difficult to reach, which poses several problems during diagnosis and treatment. CSF can be acquired relatively easy through lumbar puncture and offers an important compartment for analysis of cells and molecules that carry information about the malignant process. Such techniques have opened up a new field of research focused on the identification of specific biomarkers for several types of CNS malignancies, which may help in diagnosis and monitoring of tumor progression or treatment response...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110337/pituitary-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor-in-a-patient-with-prolactinoma-a-unique-description
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Valeria Barresi, Simona Lionti, Alessandro Raso, Felice Esposito, Salvatore Cannavò, Filippo F Angileri
Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT) is an aggressive tumor of the CNS and characteristically occurs in the pediatric age. In adulthood, ATRT is rare and it is mainly localized in the cerebral hemispheres. Only 16 cases of ATRT have been described in the sellar region up to now. Interestingly, all sellar ATRTs occurred in adult female patients. Herein we report a novel case of sellar ATRT in a patient with previous history of lactotroph adenoma. Similar to other sellar ATRTs, this case occurred in a female adult patient...
November 6, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110208/expression-of-gas1-in-mouse-brain-release-and-role-in-neuronal-differentiation
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Elizabeth Bautista, Natanael Zarco, Nicolás Aguirre-Pineda, Manuel Lara-Lozano, Paula Vergara, Juan Antonio González-Barrios, Raúl Aguilar-Roblero, José Segovia
Growth arrest-specific 1 (Gas1) is a pleiotropic protein that induces apoptosis of tumor cells and has important roles during development. Recently, the presence of two forms of Gas1 was reported: one attached to the cell membrane by a GPI anchor; and a soluble extracellular form shed by cells. Previously, we showed that Gas1 is expressed in different areas of the adult mouse CNS. Here, we report the levels of Gas1 mRNA protein in different regions and analyzed its expressions in glutamatergic, GABAergic, and dopaminergic neurons...
November 6, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106981/zinc-chelation-and-klf9-knockdown-cooperatively-promote-axon-regeneration-after-optic-nerve-injury
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Ephraim F Trakhtenberg, Yiqing Li, Qian Feng, Janice Tso, Paul A Rosenberg, Jeffrey L Goldberg, Larry I Benowitz
The inability of axons to regenerate over long-distances in the central nervous system (CNS) limits the recovery of sensory, motor, and cognitive functions after various CNS injuries and diseases. Although pre-clinical studies have identified a number of manipulations that stimulate some degree of axon growth after CNS damage, the extent of recovery remains quite limited, emphasizing the need for improved therapies. Here, we used traumatic injury to the mouse optic nerve as a model system to test the effects of combining several treatments that have recently been found to promote axon regeneration without the risks associated with manipulating known tumor suppressors or oncogenes...
October 27, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102237/patient-and-treatment-factors-associated-with-survival-among-pediatric-glioblastoma-patients-a-surveillance-epidemiology-and-end-results-study
#17
Sandi Lam, Yimo Lin, Pascal Zinn, Jack Su, I-Wen Pan
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a rare malignancy in children. The United States Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database allows large-scale analyses of clinical characteristics and prognostic features. We used it to study patients aged <20 years with histologically confirmed GBM (2000-2010) and examined the relationship between patient demographics, tumor characteristics, patterns of treatment, and outcomes. The primary outcome was disease-specific survival. 302 subjects were identified, with median age 11 years...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076412/efficacy-duration-and-timing-of-withdrawal-of-prophylactic-treatment-with-antiepileptic-drugs-in-neurosurgical-conditions
#18
Daniel R Calnan, Erin D'Agostino, Matthew R Reynolds, Kimon Bekelis
Seizure control is a critical component of care in many neurosurgical conditions. The development of seizures in patients without a previously identified seizure disorder occurs in a significant proportion of traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and brain tumor patients. In this literature review and synthesis, we will discuss the incidence of seizures in selected conditions, indications and evidence for the initiation of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), suggested duration of usage for AEDs, and current AED guidelines by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and international committees...
October 24, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075565/assisting-the-neurologist-in-diagnosis-of-cns-malignancies-current-possibilities-and-limits-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-cytology-and-immunocytochemistry
#19
Jaroslava Dušková, Ondřej Sobek
OBJECTIVES: In tumorous impairment of CNS, cytological identification of the neoplastic cells in CSF frequently requires the use of ancillary techniques. Our methods are focused on identifying algorithms that increase the probability of identifying CSF malignant cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 1.272 CSF samples from patients with tumorous infiltration of CNS of nonhematologic origin along with 721 samples from patients with hematologic malignancies were analyzed in a complex setting including cytological and immunocytochemical investigations...
October 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074604/prospective-feasibility-trial-for-genomics-informed-treatment-in-recurrent-and-progressive-glioblastoma
#20
Sara A Byron, Nhan L Tran, Rebecca F Halperin, Joanna J Phillips, John G Kuhn, John F de Groot, Howard Colman, Keith L Ligon, Patrick Y Wen, Timothy F Cloughesy, Ingo K Mellinghoff, Nicholas Butowski, Jennie Taylor, Jennifer L Clarke, Susan M Chang, Mitchel S Berger, Annette M Molinaro, Gerald M Maggiora, Sen Peng, Sara Nasser, Winnie S Liang, Jeffrey M Trent, Michael E Berens, John D Carpten, David Wesley Craig, Michael D Prados
PURPOSE: Glioblastoma is an aggressive and molecularly heterogeneous cancer with few effective treatment options. We hypothesized that next-generation sequencing can be used to guide treatment recommendations within a clinically acceptable time frame following surgery for patients with recurrent glioblastoma. METHODS: We conducted a prospective genomics-informed feasibility trial in adults with recurrent and progressive glioblastoma. Following surgical resection, genome-wide tumor/normal exome-sequencing and tumor RNA-sequencing was performed to identify molecular targets for potential matched therapy...
October 26, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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