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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531869/a-rare-case-of-subacute-appendicitis-actinomycosis-as-the-final-pathology-reports-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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G A Gómez-Torres, O S Ortega-Gárcia, E G Gutierrez-López, C A Carballido-Murguía, J A Flores-Rios, C R López-Lizarraga, C A Bautista López, C F Ploneda-Valencia
INTRODUCTION: Acute appendicitis is the most common indication for an emergency abdominal surgery in the world, with a lifetime incidence of around 10%. Actinomycetes are the etiology of appendicitis in only 0.02%-0.06%, having as the final pathology report a chronic inflammatory response; less than 10% of the cases are diagnosed before surgery. Here, we present the case of a subacute appendicitis secondary to actinomycosis. CASE REPORT: A 39-year-old male presented with a twelve-day evolution of intermittent abdominal pain in the right lower quadrant, treated at the beginning with ciprofloxacin and urinary analgesic...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529628/cross-platform-comparison-of-four-leading-technologies-for-detecting-egfr-mutations-in-circulating-tumor-dna-from-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-patient-plasma
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Ting Xu, Xiaozheng Kang, Xiaofang You, Liang Dai, Dequan Tian, Wanpu Yan, Yongbo Yang, Hongchao Xiong, Zhen Liang, Grace Q Zhao, Shengrong Lin, Ke-Neng Chen, Guobing Xu
Analysis of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is emerging as a powerful tool for guiding targeted therapy and monitoring tumor evolution in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), especially when representative tissue biopsies are not available. Here, we have compared the ability of four leading technology platforms to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (L858R, exon 19 deletion, T790M and G719X) in ctDNA from NSCLC patients. Two amplification refractory mutation systems (cobas-ARMS and ADx-ARMS), a droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) and a next-generation sequencing (Firefly NGS) platform were included in the comparison...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528702/detailed-characterization-of-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-from-a-large-cohort-of-aml-patients-demonstrates-a-definitive-link-to-treatment-outcomes
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Rafael Diaz de la Guardia, Belen Lopez-Millan, Jessie R Lavoie, Clara Bueno, Julio Castaño, Maite Gómez-Casares, Susana Vives, Laura Palomo, Manel Juan, Julio Delgado, Maria L Blanco, Josep Nomdedeu, Alberto Chaparro, Jose Luis Fuster, Eduardo Anguita, Michael Rosu-Myles, Pablo Menéndez
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (BM-MSCs) are key components of the hematopoietic niche thought to have a direct role in leukemia pathogenesis. BM-MSCs from patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have been poorly characterized due to disease heterogeneity. We report a functional, genetic, and immunological characterization of BM-MSC cultures from 46 AML patients, stratified by molecular/cytogenetics into low-risk (LR), intermediate-risk (IR), and high-risk (HR) subgroups. Stable MSC cultures were successfully established and characterized from 40 of 46 AML patients irrespective of the risk subgroup...
May 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527094/circulating-tumor-dna-measurement-by-picoliter-droplet-based-digital-pcr-and-vemurafenib-plasma-concentrations-in-patients-with-advanced-braf-mutated-melanoma
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Fanny Garlan, Benoit Blanchet, Nora Kramkimel, Alicja Puszkiel, Jean-Louis Golmard, Gaelle Noe, Nicolas Dupin, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Michel Vidal, Valerie Taly, Audrey Thomas-Schoemann
BACKGROUND: Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) has been reported as a prognostic marker in melanoma. In BRAF V600-mutant melanoma, a plasma under-exposure to vemurafenib could favor emerging resistance but no biological data are available to support this hypothesis. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the relationship between vemurafenib plasma concentrations and the ctDNA plasma concentration during follow-up of BRAF-mutated melanoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eleven patients treated with single-agent vemurafenib for advanced BRAF V600-mutant melanoma were analyzed in an exploratory monocentric study...
May 19, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525750/lung-cancer-a-wily-genetic-opponent
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Peggy P Hsu, Alice T Shaw
In two companion reports, the TRACERx consortium investigates tumor heterogeneity and evolution in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer. The studies highlight the prognostic value of copy-number heterogeneity assessment in tumor biopsies and circulating tumor DNA detection in plasma and suggest that tracking the evolution of lung cancers might aid clinical practice.
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525580/a-new-formulation-of-random-genetic-drift-and-its-application-to-the-evolution-of-cell-populations
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Yuxin Chen, Ding Tong, Chung-I Wu
Random genetic drift, or stochastic change in gene frequency, is a fundamental evolutionary force that is usually defined within the ideal Wright-Fisher (WF) population. However, as the theory is increasingly applied to populations that deviate strongly from the ideal model, a paradox of random drift has emerged. When drift is defined by the WF model, it becomes stronger as the population size, N, decreases. However, the intensity of competition decreases when N decreases and, hence, drift might become weaker...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524737/utilizing-next-generation-sequencing-in-the-management-of-multiple-myeloma
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Marta Lionetti, Antonino Neri
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a bone marrow plasma cell malignancy characterized by wide clinical presentation and heterogeneous genetic background. Despite the recent advances in patient outcome, new markers are needed for improving risk prediction and choice of a more appropriate therapy. In this perspective, the genetic makeup of MM cells is being better characterized by means of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. Areas covered: The authors discuss how the application of NGS has improved our knowledge of MM biology by discovering its mutational landscape, identifying the operating mutational processes, and revealing the clonal composition of tumors and the dynamics of its evolution; and how this can have important clinical implications in terms of prognostication, therapeutic choices, and response assessment...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523636/informing-materials-drugs-as-tools-for-exploring-cancer-mechanisms-and-pathways
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Etienne Vignola-Gagné, Peter Keating, Alberto Cambrosio
This paper builds on previous work that investigated anticancer drugs as 'informed materials', i.e., substances that undergo an informational enrichment that situates them in a dense relational web of qualifications and measurements generated by clinical experiments and clinical trials. The paper analyzes the recent transformation of anticancer drugs from 'informed' to 'informing material'. Briefly put: in the post-genomic era, anti-cancer drugs have become instruments for the production of new biological, pathological, and therapeutic insights into the underlying etiology and evolution of cancer...
June 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523325/synchronous-gastric-tumors-case-presentation
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Carmen NeamŢu, Bogdan Dan Totolici, Octavian Marius CreŢu, Casiana Stănescu, Andrei Ardelean, Oana Badea, George Ciprian Pribac, Mircea Ovidiu Ciobanu, GarofiŢa Olivia Mateescu, Stelian ŞtefăniŢă Mogoantă
Synchronous gastric tumors, and, especially the presence of an adenocarcinoma and gastrointestinal stromal tumors, are less frequent. We present the case of a 75-year-old patient, with no gastrointestinal pathology in the medical history, who was admitted for marked asthenia, nausea, coffee grounds vomiting, inappetence, dizziness, weight loss and periodical epigastralgias. The clinical and imagistic examinations highlighted an ulcerative, infiltrative, bleeding tumor formation, present on the anterior side and subcardially on the small curvature...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523320/multifocal-and-multicentric-low-grade-oligoastrocytoma-in-a-young-patient
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Florin Grosu, Aurelian Ungureanu, Elettra Bianchi, Bianca Moscu, Liliana Coldea, Adrian LaurenŢiu Stupariu, Ionica Pirici, Carmen Corina Roman-Filip
Multiple primary central nervous system tumors are rarely seen in clinical practice and reported in the literature. The pathogenesis of multicentricity of primary tumors of the central nervous system still remains a debate, this pathology being found in almost two percent of reported tumor cases. Multifocal tumors are often described within the same hemisphere and supposed to be disseminated along the white matter tracts. On the opposite, multicentric tumors are found in the other hemisphere in subtentorial structures and are considered synchronous...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523303/prognostic-factors-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-lower-lip-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Raluca Niculina Ciurea, Virgil Pătraşcu, Cristiana Eugenia Simionescu, Alex Emilian Stepan, Dragoş George Popa, Marius Eugen Ciurea, Andreea Oana Enache, Stelian ŞtefăniŢă Mogoantă, Daniel Pirici
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lip represents 15-30% of SCC of cephalic extremity, located on the lower lip in about 90% of cases. The present paper aimed to define the profile of SCC of the lip with major risk factors. The study included 20 selected cases diagnosed with lower lip SCC, using a panel of antibodies which addressed cell proliferation (Ki67), perturbation of the cell cycle (p53), angiogenesis (VEGF - vascular endothelial growth factor), factors related to tumor cell interaction with the extracellular matrix (CD44)...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522781/laparoscopic-gastric-resections-with-per-oral-specimen-extraction-in-treatment-of-intramural-gastric-tumors
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Maciej Stanek, Piotr Major, Mateusz Wierdak, Michał Pędziwiatr, Dorota Radkowiak, Anna Zychowicz, Andrzej Budzyński
AIM: The goal of this work was to present our experiences and results of treatment of gastric tumors using the per oral specimen extraction (POSE) technique. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis a group of patients treated with laparoscopic stomach wedge resection of gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). During that time 50 patients underwent laparoscopy due to the suspicion of GIST. In 12 patients resected material was removed endoscopically per os (POSE)...
February 28, 2017: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522193/ph-triggered-re-assembly-of-nanosphere-to-nanofiber-the-role-of-peptide-conformational-change-for-enhanced-cancer-therapy
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Peiqing Liang, Junjiong Zheng, Shulin Dai, Jiayu Wang, Zhaoqing Zhang, Ting Kang, Changyun Quan
pH-triggered conformational change and subsequent re-assembly of nanostructures provide a new strategy in nanomedicine for controlled drug release and enhanced therapy. Here, we reported the development of a novel pH-responsive nano-assembly as a drug carrier from peptide amphiphile (PA) consisting of mimicking peptide and stearic acid moieties. The mimicking peptide is a basic 17-amino acid peptide derived from antennapedia homeodomain, and undergoes a conformational transition of the secondary structure from β-sheet at pH7...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521458/overexpression-of-musashi-1-protein-is-associated-with-progression-and-poor-prognosis-of-gastric-cancer
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Zhangxuan Shou, Xue Jin, Xujun He, Zhongsheng Zhao, Yuan Chen, Meihua Ye, Jiong Yao
Musashi-1, an evolutionally conserved RNA-binding protein, has been implicated in the promotion of pathological stem cell proliferation, including tumorigenesis. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the expression of Musashi-1 protein and its implications in the progression and prognosis of gastric cancer. The expression level of Musashi-1 protein in gastric cancer was determined by western blotting and immunohistochemistry, and compared with the clinicopathological parameters. The present study revealed that the expression level of Musashi-1 protein in gastric cancer was significantly upregulated and correlated with the tumor size, tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) stage, Lauren classification, depth of invasion, vessel invasion, lymph node metastasis and distant metastasis...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515774/complexity-and-algorithms-for-copy-number-evolution-problems
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Mohammed El-Kebir, Benjamin J Raphael, Ron Shamir, Roded Sharan, Simone Zaccaria, Meirav Zehavi, Ron Zeira
BACKGROUND: Cancer is an evolutionary process characterized by the accumulation of somatic mutations in a population of cells that form a tumor. One frequent type of mutations is copy number aberrations, which alter the number of copies of genomic regions. The number of copies of each position along a chromosome constitutes the chromosome's copy-number profile. Understanding how such profiles evolve in cancer can assist in both diagnosis and prognosis. RESULTS: We model the evolution of a tumor by segmental deletions and amplifications, and gauge distance from profile [Formula: see text] to [Formula: see text] by the minimum number of events needed to transform [Formula: see text] into [Formula: see text]...
2017: Algorithms for Molecular Biology: AMB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515726/comparative-analysis-of-immune-checkpoint-molecules-and-their-potential-role-in-the-transmissible-tasmanian-devil-facial-tumor-disease
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Andrew S Flies, Nicholas B Blackburn, Alan Bruce Lyons, John D Hayball, Gregory M Woods
Immune checkpoint molecules function as a system of checks and balances that enhance or inhibit immune responses to infectious agents, foreign tissues, and cancerous cells. Immunotherapies that target immune checkpoint molecules, particularly the inhibitory molecules programmed cell death 1 and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), have revolutionized human oncology in recent years, yet little is known about these key immune signaling molecules in species other than primates and rodents. The Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease is caused by transmissible cancers that have resulted in a massive decline in the wild Tasmanian devil population...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514651/modeling-genomic-instability-and-selection-pressure-in-a-mouse-model-of-melanoma
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Lawrence N Kwong, Lihua Zou, Sharmeen Chagani, Chandra Sekhar Pedamallu, Mingguang Liu, Shan Jiang, Alexei Protopopov, Jianhua Zhang, Gad Getz, Lynda Chin
Tumor evolution is an iterative process of selection for pro-oncogenic aberrations. This process can be accelerated by genomic instability, but how it interacts with different selection bottlenecks to shape the evolving genomic landscape remains understudied. Here, we assessed tumor initiation and therapy resistance bottlenecks in mouse models of melanoma, with or without genomic instability. At the initiation bottleneck, whole-exome sequencing revealed that drug-naive tumors were genomically silent, and this was surprisingly unaffected when genomic instability was introduced via telomerase inactivation...
May 16, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513614/recurrent-somatic-jak-stat-pathway-variants-within-a-runx1-mutated-pedigree
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Kiran Tawana, Jun Wang, Péter A Király, Krisztián Kállay, Gábor Benyó, Marianna Zombori, Judit Csomor, Ahad Al Seraihi, Ana Rio-Machin, András Matolcsy, Claude Chelala, Jamie Cavenagh, Jude Fitzgibbon, Csaba Bödör
Germline variants within the transcription factor RUNX1 are associated with familial platelet disorder and acute leukemia in over 40% of carriers. At present, the somatic events triggering leukemic transformation appear heterogeneous and profiles of leukemia initiation across family members are poorly defined. We report a new RUNX1 family where three sisters harboring a germline nonsense RUNX1 variant, c.601C>T (p.(Arg201*)), developed acute myelomonocytic leukemia (AML) at 5 years of age. Whole-exome sequencing of tumor samples revealed all three siblings independently acquired variants within the JAK-STAT pathway, specifically targeting JAK2 and SH2B3 (a negative regulator of JAK2), while also sharing the 46/1 haplotype linked with sporadic JAK2-positive myeloproliferative neoplasms...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512646/mri-in-glioma-immunotherapy-evidence-pitfalls-and-perspectives
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Domenico Aquino, Andrea Gioppo, Gaetano Finocchiaro, Maria Grazia Bruzzone, Valeria Cuccarini
Pseudophenomena, that is, imaging alterations due to therapy rather than tumor evolution, have an important impact on the management of glioma patients and the results of clinical trials. RANO (response assessment in neurooncology) criteria, including conventional MRI (cMRI), addressed the issues of pseudoprogression after radiotherapy and concomitant chemotherapy and pseudoresponse during antiangiogenic therapy of glioblastomas (GBM) and other gliomas. The development of cancer immunotherapy forced the identification of further relevant response criteria, summarized by the iRANO working group in 2015...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512411/spinal-intradural-intramedullary-dissemination-in-the-absence-of-intracranial-relapse-of-a-previously-radically-treated-temporal-lobe-glioblastoma-multiforme
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Lucas Serrano, Eleftherios Archavlis, Elke Januschek, Pavel Timofeev, Peter Ulrich
Intracranial glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) constitutes the most frequent and unfortunately aggressive primary central nervous system malignancy. Despite the high tendency of these tumors to show local relapse within the brain after primary therapy, dissemination into the spinal axis is an infrequent event. If spinal metastases occur they are leptomeningeal in the vast majority of cases and always in the context of intracranial progressive disease. Spinal intramedullary metastases of intracranial GBM have rarely been described to date...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
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