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Xue Chen, Xiaohui Li, Sibo Yang, Xin Yu, Aichun Liu
Lymphoma is a significant cancer that affects the human lymphatic and hematopoietic systems. In this work, discrimination of lymphoma using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) conducted on whole blood samples is presented. The whole blood samples collected from lymphoma patients and healthy controls are deposited onto standard quantitative filter papers and ablated with a 1064 nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. 16 atomic and ionic emission lines of calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K) and sodium (Na) are selected to discriminate the cancer disease...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Hailong Zhang, Longzhen Cui, Wen Liu, Zhenfeng Wang, Yang Ye, Xue Li, Huijuan Wang
Introduction: Gastric cancer (GC) is a malignant tumor worldwide. As primary pathway for metastasis, the lymphatic system is an important prognostic factor for GC patients. Although the metabolic changes of gastric cancer have been investigated in extensive studies, little effort focused on the metabolic profiling of lymph node metastasis (LNM)-positive or negative GC patients. Objectives: We performed1 H NMR spectrum of GC tissue samples with and without LNM to identify novel potential metabolic biomarkers in the process of LNM of GC...
2018: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
Eric Lin, Thong Cao, Sunitha Nagrath, Michael R King
Metastasis contributes to poor prognosis in many types of cancer and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Tumor cells metastasize to distant sites via the circulatory and lymphatic systems. In this review, we discuss the potential of circulating tumor cells for diagnosis and describe the experimental therapeutics that aim to target these disseminating cancer cells. We discuss the advantages and limitations of such strategies and how they may lead to the development of the next generation of antimetastasis treatments...
March 14, 2018: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
Edmund Burke, Sanjeev A Datar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The essential role of the lymphatic system in fluid homeostasis, nutrient transport, and immune trafficking is well recognized; however, there is limited understanding of the mechanisms that regulate lymphatic function, particularly in the setting of critical illness. The lymphatics likely affect disease severity and progression in every condition, from severe systemic inflammatory states to respiratory failure. Here, we review structural and functional disorders of the lymphatic system, both congenital and acquired, as they relate to care of the pediatric patient in the intensive care setting, including novel areas of research into medical and procedural therapeutic interventions...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Takanori Matsuki, Liang Zhao, Kanako Kuniyoshi, Hiroki Tanaka, Isao Ebina, Kenta J Yoshida, Hiroshi Nabeshima, Kiyoharu Fukushima, Hisashi Kanemaru, Fumihiro Yamane, Takahiro Kawasaki, Tomohisa Machida, Hisamichi Naito, Nobuyuki Takakura, Takashi Satoh, Shizuo Akira
Schlafen-8 (Slfn8) is a member of the Schlafen family of proteins, which harbor helicase domains and are induced by LPS and interferons. It has been reported that the Schlafen family are involved in various cellular functions, including proliferation, differentiation and regulation of virus replication. Slfn8 has been implicated in T-cell differentiation in the thymus. However, the roles of Slfn8 in the immune system remains unclear. In this study, we generated Slfn8 knockout mice (Slfn8-/-) and investigated the immunological role of Slfn8 using the T-cell-mediated autoimmune model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)...
March 8, 2018: International Immunology
Dennis Jones, Ethel R Pereira, Timothy P Padera
Cancer patients with lymph node (LN) metastases have a worse prognosis than those without nodal disease. However, why LN metastases correlate with reduced patient survival is poorly understood. Recent findings provide insight into mechanisms underlying tumor growth in LNs. Tumor cells and their secreted molecules engage stromal, myeloid, and lymphoid cells within primary tumors and in the lymphatic system, decreasing antitumor immunity and promoting tumor growth. Understanding the mechanisms of cancer survival and growth in LNs is key to designing effective therapy for the eradication of LN metastases...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Lívia Maria Pereira de Godoy, Paula Pereira de Godoy Capeletto, Maria de Fátima Guerreiro Godoy, Jose Maria Pereira de Godoy
Objective: The aim of the present study is to report on the reduction of edema of lymphedematous arms just by treating the lower limbs. Methods: A 16-year-old girl reported that she has started having right lower limb edema at the age of three. At age 13, she performed a lymphoscintigraphy that confirmed the diagnosis of primary lymphedema of the four limbs. Recently she sought treatment at the Clínica Godoy in São Jose do Rio Preto where she was submitted to intensive treatment for eight hours per day for five days using manual (Godoy & Godoy technique) and mechanical lymphatic therapy (RA Godoy® ) of the lower limbs, cervical lymphatic therapy (cervical stimulation), and the continuous use of a grosgrain stocking...
2018: Case Reports in Pediatrics
B G De Geest
Biomaterials-based strategies to engineer the immune system have gathered considerable attention the past decade and have opened new avenues for vaccine delivery and for modulating the immune system to fight cancer. This review highlights some of these strategies that involve well-defined particle-based delivery systems that are constructed in a multistep fashion. Particular attention is devoted to the design of micro and nanoparticles to deliver antigen and molecular adjuvants to antigen presenting immune cell subsets in lymphatic tissue...
March 8, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Kimberly Y Won, Keri Robinson, Katy L Hamlin, Joseph Tufa, Margaret Seespesara, Ryan E Wiegand, Katherine Gass, Joseph Kubofcik, Thomas B Nutman, Patrick J Lammie, Saipale Fuimaono
BACKGROUND: Current WHO recommendations for lymphatic filariasis (LF) surveillance advise programs to implement activities to monitor for new foci of transmission after stopping mass drug administration (MDA). A current need in the global effort to eliminate LF is to standardize diagnostic tools and surveillance activities beyond the recommended transmission assessment survey (TAS). METHODOLOGY: TAS was first conducted in American Samoa in 2011 (TAS 1) and a repeat TAS was carried out in 2015 (TAS 2)...
March 9, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Seong Yong Park, Jee Won Suh, Dae Joon Kim, Jun Chul Park, Eun Hye Kim, Chang Young Lee, Jin Gu Lee, Hyo Chae Paik, Kyoung Young Chung
BACKGROUND: It is still unclear that dissection of recurrent laryngeal nerve nodes is mandatory in patients with cT1 middle or lower thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma when the nodes are negative in preoperative staging work-up. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of near-infrared image-guided lymphatic mapping of bilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve nodes. METHODS: The day before surgery, we injected indocyanine green (ICG) into submucosal layer by endoscopy...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Mustafa Mert Başaran, Selmin Özgürsoy Karataylı, Arzu Pampal, Şefik Halit Akmansu
Lymphatic malformations (LM) are benign congenital malformations of the lymphatic system. They are frequently seen in the neck and sometimes can be life-threatening due to compression to the airway. Treatment modalities are widespread including surgical excision, radiotherapy, laser therapy, and application of intralesional sclerosing agents. We report the successful treatment of cervical LM in a 3-year-old boy who presented with a sudden onset of a large cystic mass in the posterior cervical triangle and was treated with repeated injections of intralesional bleomycin...
December 2017: Turkish Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
Nobuyuki Tanaka, Dagmara Kaczynska, Shigeaki Kanatani, Cecilia Sahlgren, Przemysław Mitura, Andrzej Stepulak, Ayako Miyakawa, Peter Wiklund, Per Uhlén
BACKGROUND: Cancers are heterogeneous and contain various types of irregular structures that can go undetected when examining them with standard two-dimensional microscopes. Studies of intricate networks of vasculature systems, e.g., the tumour lymphatic microvessels, benefit largely from three-dimensional imaging data analysis. METHODS: The new DIPCO (Diagnosing Immunolabeled Paraffin-Embedded Cleared Organs) imaging platform uses three-dimensional light-sheet microscopy and whole-mount immunolabelling of cleared samples to study proteins and micro-anatomies deep inside of tumours...
March 8, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Yinzhi Lin, Tamami Ukaji, Naoki Koide, Kazuo Umezawa
We previously designed and synthesized dehydroxyepoxyquinomicin (DHMEQ) as an inhibitor of NF-κB based on the structure of microbial secondary metabolite epoxyquinomicin C. DHMEQ showed anti-inflammatory and anticancer activity in various in vivo disease models without toxicity. On the other hand, the process of cancer metastasis consists of cell detachment from the primary tumor, invasion, transportation by blood or lymphatic vessels, invasion, attachment, and formation of secondary tumor. Cell detachment from the primary tumor and subsequent invasion are considered to be early phases of metastasis, while tumor cell attachment to the tissue and secondary tumor formation the late phases...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ingmar L Defize, Bernadette Schurink, Teus J Weijs, Tom A P Roeling, Jelle P Ruurda, Richard van Hillegersberg, Ronald L A W Bleys
BACKGROUND: Injury and subsequent leakage of unrecognized thoracic duct tributaries during transthoracic esophagectomy may lead to chylothorax. Therefore, we hypothesized that thoracic duct anatomy at the diaphragm is more complex than currently recognized and aimed to provide a detailed description of the anatomy of the thoracic duct at the diaphragm. BASIC PROCEDURES: The thoracic duct and its tributaries were dissected in 7 (2 male and 5 female) embalmed human cadavers...
March 3, 2018: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
J-Y Lang, K Ma, J-X Guo, H Sun
OBJECTIVE: B lymphoma is a type of malignant tumor originating from the lymphatic hematopoietic system. The pathogenesis and treatment methods are not clear. The change of oxidative stress is closely related to the cell DNA damage and cell apoptosis, which may be served as a target for cancer treatment. This study aims to illustrate the role of oxidative stress in the regulation of B lymphocytoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The tumor tissue was collected from patients with B lymphocytoma...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Antonella Obinu, Elisabetta Gavini, Giovanna Rassu, Marcello Maestri, Maria Cristina Bonferoni, Paolo Giunchedi
Lymphatic vessels are the preferential route of most solid tumors to spread their metastases in the body. The onset of metastatic nests in draining lymph nodes (LNs) are a significant indicator of cancer progression and a dismaying sign of worsen staging. Therefore, the individuation and elimination of cancer cells within the lymphatic system (LS) are an important goal. Nevertheless, the targeting of the LS with traditional contrast agents and/or chemotherapeutics is difficult, due to its anatomical structure...
March 5, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Aaron M Magnuson, Josephine K Fouts, Daniel P Regan, Andrea D Booth, Steve W Dow, Michelle T Foster
Obesity-related adverse health consequences occur predominately in individuals with upper body fat distribution commonly associated with increased central adiposity. Visceral adipose tissue accumulation is described to be the greatest driver of obesity-induced inflammation, however evidence also supports that the intestines fundamentally contribute to the development of obesity-induced metabolic disease. The visceral adipose depot shares the same vasculature and lymph drainage as the small intestine. We hypothesize that the visceral lymph node, which drains adipose tissue and the gastrointestinal tract, is central to the exacerbation of systemic pro-inflammation...
March 1, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Rabih Darwiche, Fernanda Lugo, Claire Drurey, Koen Varossieau, Geert Smant, Ruud H P Wilbers, Rick M Maizels, Roger Schneiter, Oluwatoyin A Asojo
Brugia malayi is a causative agent of lymphatic filariasis, a major tropical disease. The infective L3 parasite stage releases immunomodulatory proteins including the venom allergen-like proteins (VALs), which are members of the SCP/TAPS (Sperm-coating protein / Tpx / antigen 5 / pathogenesis related-1 / Sc7) superfamily. BmVAL-1 is a major target of host immunity with >90% of infected B. malayi microfilaraemic cases being seropositive for antibodies to BmVAL-1. This study is part of ongoing efforts to characterize the structures and functions of important B...
February 28, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Nina-Sophie Schmidt-Hegemann, Wolfgang Peter Fendler, Harun Ilhan, Annika Herlemann, Alexander Buchner, Christian Stief, Chukwuka Eze, Paul Rogowski, Minglun Li, Peter Bartenstein, Ute Ganswindt, Claus Belka
BACKGROUND: PSMA PET/CT visualises prostate cancer residual disease or recurrence at lower PSA levels compared to conventional imaging and results in a change of treatment in a remarkable high number of patients. Radiotherapy with dose escalation to the former prostate bed has been associated with improved biochemical recurrence-free survival. Thus, it can be hypothesised that PSMA PET/CT-based radiotherapy might improve the prognosis of these patients. METHODS: One hundred twenty-nine patients underwent PSMA PET/CT due to biochemical persistence (52%) or recurrence (48%) after radical prostatectomy without evidence of distant metastases (February 2014-May 2017) and received PSMA PET/CT-based radiotherapy...
March 2, 2018: Radiation Oncology
Manu Beerens, Xabier L Aranguren, Benoit Hendrickx, Wouter Dheedene, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Catherine Verfaillie, Aernout Luttun
Lymphatic capillary growth is an integral part of wound healing, yet, the combined effectiveness of stem/progenitor cells on lymphatic and blood vascular regeneration in wounds needs further exploration. Stem/progenitor cell transplantation also emerged as an approach to cure lymphedema, a condition caused by lymphatic system deficiency. While lymphedema treatment requires lymphatic system restoration from the capillary to the collector level, it remains undetermined whether stem/progenitor cells support a complex regenerative response across the entire anatomical spectrum of the system...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
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