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Audrey H Lau, Matthew J Vitalone, Kelly Haas, Todd Shawler, Carlos O Esquivel, William E Berquist, Olivia M Martinez, Ricardo O Castillo, Sheri M Krams
Long-term IS in transplant patients has significant morbidity, poorer quality of life, and substantial economic costs. TOL, defined as graft acceptance without functional impairment in the absence of IS, has been achieved in some pediatric LT recipients. Using mass cytometry, peripheral blood immunotyping was performed to characterize differences between tolerant patients and patients who are stable on single-agent IS. Single-cell mass cytometry was performed using blood samples from a single-center pediatric LT population of operationally tolerant patients to comprehensively characterize the immune cell populations in the tolerant state compared with patients on chronic low-dose IS...
October 26, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Aqiba Bokhari, Patricia G Tiscornia-Wasserman
Renal cell carcinoma metastases to pancreas, thyroid, and contralateral adrenal gland are decidedly uncommon. Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC) is the most frequent subtype. Cytology diagnosis may be challenging. A 74-year-old male with remote history of vocal cord malignancy and hypertension presented with abdominal pain. Computed tomography (CT) revealed 8.4 cm left renal mass highly suspicious for renal cell carcinoma, a 1.8 cm mass within vessels near left adrenal and a 2.5 cm mass in pancreatic tail...
October 22, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Daniel J Zaccarini, Xiaobing Deng, Jamie Tull, Charlene Maciak, Alfredo L Valente, Shengle Zhang
The characteristic immunoprofile for the diagnosis of synovial sarcoma, a neoplasm of unclear tissue origin, is expression of transducer-like enhancer of split 1 (TLE-1), CD99, partial expression of cytokeratin, and epithelial membrane antigen by immunohistochemistry (IHC). Diagnostic dilemma or misdiagnosis can occur due to overlap in IHC and morphology with carcinomas, and particularly poorly differentiated and metastatic tumors. The frequency of TLE-1 and CD99 expression in carcinomas by IHC has not been previously assessed...
October 7, 2016: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
Christian Hagel, Rolf Buslei, Michael Buchfelder, Rudolf Fahlbusch, Markus Bergmann, Armin Giese, Jörg Flitsch, Dieter K Lüdecke, Markus Glatzel, Wolfgang Saeger
PURPOSE: To analyse the antigen expression profiles of 27 cases of pituicytoma, spindle cell oncocytoma, and granular cell tumour of the sellar region concerning a common pituicytic origin of neoplastic cells. METHODS: Material from 12 female and 15 male patients (13 granular cell tumours of the sellar region, 10 pituicytomas, four spindle cell oncocytomas) collected in the German Registry of Pituitary Tumours between 1993 and 2015 was re-evaluated according to the current WHO classification of tumours of the central nervous system and supplementary immunohistochemistry including S100-protein, CD56, CD68, thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1), and Ki-67 was performed...
October 15, 2016: Pituitary
Vojtech Bystry, Tomas Reigl, Adam Krejci, Martin Demko, Barbora Hanakova, Andrea Grioni, Henrik Knecht, Max Schlitt, Peter Dreger, Leopold Sellner, Dietrich Herrmann, Marine Pingeon, Myriam Boudjoghra, Jos Rijntjes, Christiane Pott, Anton W Langerak, Patricia J T A Groenen, Frederic Davi, Monika Brüggemann, Nikos Darzentas
MOTIVATION: The study of immunoglobulins and T cell receptors using next-generation sequencing has finally allowed exploring immune repertoires and responses in their immense variability and complexity. Unsurprisingly, their analysis and interpretation is a highly convoluted task. RESULTS: We thus implemented ARResT/Interrogate, a web-based, interactive application. It can organize and filter large amounts of immunogenetic data by numerous criteria, calculate several relevant statistics, and present results in the form of multiple interconnected visualizations...
October 13, 2016: Bioinformatics
Sarah A Comerford, Elizabeth A Hinnant, Yidong Chen, Hima Bansal, Shawn Klapproth, Dinesh Rakheja, Milton J Finegold, Dolores Lopez-Terrada, Kathryn A O'Donnell, Gail E Tomlinson, Robert E Hammer
Aberrant wnt/β-catenin signaling and amplification/overexpression of Myc are associated with hepatoblastoma (HB), the most prevalent type of childhood liver cancer. To address their roles in the pathogenesis of HB, we generated mice in which Myc and mutant β-catenin were targeted to immature cells of the developing mouse liver. Perinatal coexpression of both genes promoted the preferential development of HBs over other tumor types in neonatal mice, all of which bore striking resemblance to their human counterparts...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Shiv Ram Krishn, Sukhwinder Kaur, Yuri M Sheinin, Lynette M Smith, Shailendra K Gautam, Asish Patel, Maneesh Jain, Vasthala Juvvigunta, Priya Pai, Audrey J Lazenby, Hemant K Roy, Surinder K Batra
Sessile serrated adenoma/polyps (SSA/P) are premalignant lesions of colorectal cancer that are difficult to distinguish histologically from hyperplastic polyps (HP) of minimal to no malignant potential. Specific markers for differentiating SSA/P from HP can aid clinicians for optimizing colon surveillance intervals. The present study investigates the potential of mucins and associated O-glycans to distinguish SSA/P from HP. Expression of colonic mucins (MUC1, MUC4, MUC17, MUC2, and MUC5AC) and O-glycans [Sialyl LewisA (CA19-9) and Tn/Sialyl-Tn on MUC1] were analyzed in HP (n=33), SSA/P (n=39), and tubular adenoma (TA) (n=36) samples by immunohistochemistry...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Patrick H Lizotte, Elena V Ivanova, Mark M Awad, Robert E Jones, Lauren Keogh, Hongye Liu, Ruben Dries, Christina Almonte, Grit S Herter-Sprie, Abigail Santos, Nora B Feeney, Cloud P Paweletz, Meghana M Kulkarni, Adam J Bass, Anil K Rustgi, Guo-Cheng Yuan, Donald W Kufe, Pasi A Jänne, Peter S Hammerman, Lynette M Sholl, F Stephen Hodi, William G Richards, Raphael Bueno, Jessie M English, Mark A Bittinger, Kwok-Kin Wong
BACKGROUND. Immune checkpoint blockade improves survival in a subset of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but robust biomarkers that predict response to PD-1 pathway inhibitors are lacking. Furthermore, our understanding of the diversity of the NSCLC tumor immune microenvironment remains limited. METHODS. We performed comprehensive flow cytometric immunoprofiling on both tumor and immune cells from 51 NSCLCs and integrated this analysis with clinical and histopathologic characteristics, next-generation sequencing, mRNA expression, and PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
September 8, 2016: JCI Insight
P Delfani, G Sturfelt, B Gullstrand, A Carlsson, M Kassandra, C A K Borrebaeck, A A Bengtsson, C Wingren
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a severe chronic inflammatory autoimmune connective tissue disease. Despite major efforts, SLE remains a poorly understood disease with unpredictable course, unknown etiology and complex pathogenesis. Apoptosis combined with deficiency in clearing apoptotic cells is an important etiopathogenic event in SLE, which could contribute to the increased load of potential autoantigen(s); however, the lack of disease-specific protein signatures deciphering SLE and the underlying biological processes is striking and represents a key limitation...
September 30, 2016: Lupus
Safa Aouinti, Véronique Giudicelli, Patrice Duroux, Dhafer Malouche, Sofia Kossida, Marie-Paule Lefranc
There is a huge need for standardized analysis and statistical procedures in order to compare the complex immune repertoires of antigen receptors immunoglobulins (IG) and T cell receptors (TR) obtained by next generation sequencing (NGS). NGS technologies generate millions of nucleotide sequences and have led to the development of new tools. The IMGT/HighV-QUEST, available since 2010, is the first global web portal for the analysis of IG and TR high throughput sequences. IMGT/HighV-QUEST provides standardized outputs for the characterization of the "IMGT clonotype (AA)" (AA for amino acids) and their comparison in up to one million sequences...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Stergios Boussios, Ioannis Zerdes, Ourania Batsi, Vasilios P Papakostas, Esmeralda Seraj, George Pentheroudakis, George K Glantzounis
INTRODUCTION: Pancreatic metastases are uncommon and only found in a minority of patients with widespread metastatic disease at autopsy. The most common primary cancer site resulting in pancreatic metastases is the kidney, followed by colorectal cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, lung carcinoma and sarcoma. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Herein, we report a 63-year-old male patient who presented -3.5 years after radical nephrectomy performed for renal cell carcinoma (RCC)-with a well-defined lobular, round mass at the body of the pancreas demonstrated by abdominal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)...
2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
J Galon, B A Fox, C B Bifulco, G Masucci, T Rau, G Botti, F M Marincola, G Ciliberto, F Pages, P A Ascierto, M Capone
The fifth "Melanoma Bridge Meeting" took place in Naples, December 1-5th, 2015. The main topics discussed at this meeting were: Molecular and Immuno advances, Immunotherapies and Combination Therapies, Tumor Microenvironment and Biomarkers and Immunoscore. The natural history of cancer involves interactions between the tumor and the immune system of the host. The immune infiltration at the tumor site may be indicative of host response. Significant correlations were shown between the levels of immune cell infiltration in tumors and patient's clinical outcome...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Khin Thway, Dirk C Strauss, Dorte Wren, Cyril Fisher
Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma (AFH) is a soft tissue tumor of intermediate biologic potential and uncertain differentiation that most frequently occurs in the superficial extremities of children and young adults. It is histologically typified by nodules of ovoid to spindle cells with pseudoangiomatoid spaces and a surrounding dense lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate, desmin expression in about 50%, and association with EWSR1-CREB1, EWSR1-ATF1 or FUS-ATF1 gene fusions. The diagnosis still poses a challenge because AFH may not display all classic features, can show a variety of unusual histologic findings and lacks a specific immunoprofile...
September 3, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Steven C Smith, Kiril Trpkov, Ying-Bei Chen, Rohit Mehra, Deepika Sirohi, Chisato Ohe, Andi K Cani, Daniel H Hovelson, Kei Omata, Jonathan B McHugh, Wolfram Jochum, Maurizio Colecchia, Mitual Amin, Mukul K Divatia, Ondřej Hes, Santosh Menon, Isabela Werneck da Cunha, Sergio Tripodi, Fadi Brimo, Anthony J Gill, Adeboye O Osunkoya, Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, Mathilde Sibony, Sean R Williamson, Gabriella Nesi, Maria M Picken, Fiona Maclean, Abbas Agaimy, Liang Cheng, Jonathan I Epstein, Victor E Reuter, Satish K Tickoo, Scott A Tomlins, Mahul B Amin
An emerging group of high-grade renal cell carcinomas (RCCs), particularly carcinomas arising in the hereditary leiomyomatosis renal cell carcinoma syndrome (HLRCC), show fumarate hydratase (FH) gene mutation and loss of function. On the basis of similar cytomorphology and clinicopathologic features between these tumors and cases described as tubulocystic carcinomas with poorly differentiated foci (TC-PD) of infiltrative adenocarcinoma, we hypothesized a relationship between these entities. First, 29 RCCs with morphology of TC-PD were identified retrospectively and assessed for FH expression and aberrant succination (2SC) by immunohistochemistry (IHC), with targeted next-generation sequencing of 409 genes-including FH-performed on a subset...
November 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Khin Thway, Jonathan Noujaim, Shane Zaidi, Aisha B Miah, Charlotte Benson, Christina Messiou, Robin L Jones, Cyril Fisher
Desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT) is an aggressive small round cell neoplasm which predominantly occurs intra-abdominally in adolescents and young adults with a male predominance, and which is characterized by a recurrent t(11;22)(p13;q12) translocation leading to formation of the EWSR1-WT1 fusion gene, which generates a chimeric protein with transcriptional regulatory activity. Histologically, DSRCT has a characteristic morphology, of islands of monotonous small cells within prominent sparsely cellular fibroblastic stroma, and immunohistochemically it shows polyphenotypic multidirectional differentiation, with expression of epithelial, muscle, and neural markers...
September 12, 2016: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Ketankumar Jayantilal Prajapati, Jyoti G Chawda
AIM: To estimate the level of IgG and IgA major immunoglobulins in patients having the habit of smoking, gutkha chewing and in patients without any tobacco habit as control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Estimation of major immunoglobulins IgG and IgA was carried out by automated Nephelometry method in ten patients (control group), forty patients who had habit of smoking either bidi or cigarette and forty patients who had the habit of gutkha chewing. Among forty patients who smoked, twenty patients were without any lesion while twenty patients had homogenous leukoplakia...
May 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Olca Basturk, Sun M Chung, Ralph H Hruban, N Volkan Adsay, Gokce Askan, Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, Serdar Balci, Sui Y Zee, Bahar Memis, Jinru Shia, David S Klimstra
Intraductal oncocytic papillary neoplasm (IOPN) of the pancreas is classified as a variant of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) in the WHO guidelines. However, the neoplastic cells of IOPNs are unique, with distinctive architecture/oncocytic cytoplasm. Although molecular/immunohistochemical features of other IPMN variants have been extensively studied, those of IOPNs have not been well characterized. Expression profile of antibodies associated with genetic alterations previously described for ductal adenocarcinomas (DAs) and IPMNs (SMAD4/β-catenin/p53/mesothelin/claudin-4) as well as antibodies to mucins and differentiation markers [MUC1/MUC2/MUC5AC/MUC6/CDX2/hepatocyte paraffin-1 (HepPar-1)] was investigated in 24 IOPNs and 22 IPMNs to assess the similarities/differences between these tumors...
September 3, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Simona Gurzu, Camelia Silveanu, Annamaria Fetyko, Vlad Butiurca, Zsolt Kovacs, Ioan Jung
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is defined as the transformation of an epithelial cell into a spindle cell with the loss of membrane E-cadherin expression and the gain of mesenchymal markers positivity. In the field of colorectal cancer (CRC), first data about EMT was published in 1995 and more than 400 papers had been written up to March 2016. Most of them are focused on the molecular pathways and experimentally-proved chemoresistance. In the present article, an update in the field of EMT in CRC based on the review of the literature and personal experience of the authors is presented...
August 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Vega Karlowee, Vishwa Jeet Amatya, Hirofumi Hirano, Takeshi Takayasu, Ryo Nosaka, Manish Kolakshyapati, Masako Yoshihiro, Yukio Takeshima, Kazuhiko Sugiyama, Kazunori Arita, Kaoru Kurisu, Fumiyuki Yamasaki
Multicentric gliomas are very rare. Due to differences in their tumor types they remain enigmatic. We focused on the pathogenesis of multicentric gliomas and compared their immunoprofile with that of solitary gliomas. This retrospective study included 6 males and 8 females with multicentric glioma (8 glioblastomas, 2 anaplastic astrocytomas, 4 diffuse astrocytomas). Their age ranged from 27 to 75 years and all were treated between 2004 and June 2015. The expression of mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1), α-thalassemia X-linked intellectual disability (ATRX), p53, phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) was examined immunohistochemically; for 1p19q analysis we used fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)...
August 24, 2016: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Yoko Hagiwara, Kayoko Nakamura, Masako Taguchi, Ayaka Ashiwa, Chieko Nishioka, Takashi Kono, Naomi Matsuzaki, Yoshiaki Yuba
Primary cardiac sarcoma is rare, and there have been only a few reports on its cytologic findings. Myxofibrosarcoma, a variant of fibrosarcoma of the heart, is an extremely rare entity. We present a case of primary cardiac myxofibrosarcoma in a 63-year-old woman. Pleural fluid cytology and imprint cytology of the resected tumor at operation and autopsy were obtained. Cytologic evaluation with immunocytochemical staining utilizing a cell transfer technique revealed that tumor cells of the resected tumor and autopsy specimen and pleural effusion demonstrated large and pleomorphic cells with irregular, hyperchromatic nuclei and were positive for vimentin...
August 22, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
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