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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229982/circulating-free-dna-mutation-associated-with-response-of-targeted-therapy-in-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Qing Ye, Fan Qi, Li Bian, Shao-Hua Zhang, Tao Wang, Ze-Fei Jiang
BACKGROUND: The addition of anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-targeted drugs, such as trastuzumab, lapatinib, and trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), to chemotherapy significantly improved prognosis of HER2-positive breast cancer patients. However, it was confused that metastatic patients vary in the response of targeted drug. Therefore, methods of accurately predicting drug response were really needed. To overcome the spatial and temporal limitations of biopsies, we aimed to develop a more sensitive and less invasive method of detecting mutations associated with anti-HER2 therapeutic response through circulating-free DNA (cfDNA)...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228113/validation-of-an-ngs-mutation-detection-panel-for-melanoma
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Anne Reiman, Hugh Kikuchi, Daniela Scocchia, Peter Smith, Yee Wah Tsang, David Snead, Ian A Cree
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of the genotype of melanoma is important to guide patient management. Identification of mutations in BRAF and c-KIT lead directly to targeted treatment, but it is also helpful to know if there are driver oncogene mutations in NRAS, GNAQ or GNA11 as these patients may benefit from alternative strategies such as immunotherapy. METHODS: While polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods are often used to detect BRAF mutations, next generation sequencing (NGS) is able to determine all of the necessary information on several genes at once, with potential advantages in turnaround time...
February 22, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222971/cancer-biology-of-small-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-2%C3%A2-cm-what-is-the-risk-of-malignancy
#3
K Søreide
INTRODUCTION: The identification of small (<2 cm) gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is increasingly recognized. The malignancy potential is not absent. However, data on risk is scarce. The aim was to review the existing data on perceived risk of small GISTs in population-based studies. METHODS: A combined review of small GISTs (<2 cm) in a population-based dataset compared with a systematic review of available population-based studies. RESULTS: About one in every four (27%) patient has a small GIST, of which 79% were incidental in presentation, and all had a low-risk mitoses index (<5/hpf)...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214901/protective-effects-of-fluvastatin-on-reproductive-function-in-obese-male-rats-induced-by-high-fat-diet-through-enhanced-signaling-of-mtor
#4
Xiangrong Cui, Chunlan Long, Jing Zhu, Jie Tian
BACKGROUND: Statins can reduce reproductive damage induced by obesity or high-fat diet (HFD), but the specific regulatory mechanisms are largely unknown. Since mTOR/p70s6k sinaling promotes spermatogonia proliferation and spermatogenesis, we hypothesized that this pathway will be involved in the protective effects of statin in HFD-induced reproductive dysfunction. METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley rats (3 weeks old) were randomly divided into a control group (standard diet), HFD group, and a fluvastatin group (HFD + fluvastatin at 6mg/kg, once daily by oral gavage)...
February 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212996/analysis-of-a-panel-of-druggable-gene-mutations-and-of-alk-and-pd-l1-expression-in-a-series-of-thymic-epithelial-tumors-tets
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Marcello Tiseo, Angela Damato, Lucia Longo, Fausto Barbieri, Federica Bertolini, Alessandro Stefani, Mario Migaldi, Letizia Gnetti, Roberta Camisa, Paola Bordi, Sebastiano Buti, Giulio Rossi
INTRODUCTION: Thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) are rare neoplasms with different prognosis lacking consistent molecular alterations possibly leading to targeted therapy. We collected a consecutive series of TETs aimed at investigating the mutational status of druggable genes (EGFR, c-KIT, KRAS, BRAF, PDGFR-alpha and -beta, HER2 and c-MET) and the expression of ALK and PD-L1. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred twelve consecutive cases of TETs and relative clinico-pathologic features were collected...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210871/repeated-doses-of-cardiac-mesenchymal-cells-are-therapeutically-superior-to-a-single-dose-in-mice-with-old-myocardial-infarction
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Yiru Guo, Marcin Wysoczynski, Yibing Nong, Alex Tomlin, Xiaoping Zhu, Anna M Gumpert, Marjan Nasr, Senthikumar Muthusamy, Hong Li, Michael Book, Abdur Khan, Kyung U Hong, Qianhong Li, Roberto Bolli
We have recently demonstrated that repeated administrations of c-kit(POS) cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) have cumulative beneficial effects in rats with old myocardial infarction (MI), resulting in markedly greater improvement in left ventricular (LV) function compared with a single administration. To determine whether this paradigm applies to other species and cell types, mice with a 3-week-old MI received one or three doses of cardiac mesenchymal cells (CMCs), a novel cell type that we have recently described...
March 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203258/electroacupuncture-at-st36-protects-icc-networks-via-mscf-kit-etv1-signaling-in-the-stomach-of-diabetic-mice
#7
Lugao Tian, Beibei Zhu, Shi Liu
Background. Electroacupuncture (EA) at ST36 has been used to regulate gastric motility and effectively improve gastric emptying in diabetic patients. Nevertheless, the specific mechanisms underlying the efficacy of this treatment remain unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the variations of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and explore the changes in mSCF/KIT-ETV1 signaling in the antrum and corpus of diabetic mice after treatment with EA. Methods. Male C57BL/6 mice were randomized into five groups: control group, diabetic group (DM), diabetic-plus-sham EA group (SEA), diabetic-plus-low-frequency EA group (LEA), and diabetic-plus-high-frequency EA group (HEA)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199193/epigenetic-and-risk-factors-of-testicular-germ-cell-tumors-a-brief-review
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Daniel Adrian Landero-Huerta, Rosa Maria Vigueras-Villasenor, Emiy Yokoyama-Rebollar, Elena Arechaga-Ocampo, Julio Cesar Rojas-Castaneda, Francisco Jimenez-Trejo, Margarita Chavez-Saldana
Testicular germ cell cancer (TGCT) is the most common malignancy among young adult males, which has become important due to its increased incidence and mortality in the population worldwide. The etiology is multifactorial. Recent studies have shown some associations between the development of isolated TGCT and certain risk factors, such as exposure to endocrine disruptors, cryptorchidism, and family history of cancer, in order to identify the key pieces in carcinogenesis. Some of the most important findings in recent years is the association of different genes, such as c-KIT/KITLG, expression of the miR-371-373 cluster and protein expression as c-KIT and POU5F1 in the development of this neoplasia, and the identification of new molecular markers as TGFBR3 gene, identifying aberrant methylation patterns in promoter regions of several genes, expression of miR-1297 which regulates PTEN and protein expression as DMTR1...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199021/successful-treatment-of-a-metastatic-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumour-in-a-dog-with-toceranib-phosphate-palladia
#9
J W Elliott, F Swinbourne, A Parry, L Baines
A ten-year-old, female-entire English springer spaniel presented with a large intra-abdominal mass but no other clinical signs. Gastrointestinal stromal tumour of the caecum with widespread abdominal metastasis was confirmed. Treatment with toceranib phosphate resulted in complete response, despite the absence of exon-8 or exon-11 c-kit mutation. There was no clinical evidence of tumour recurrence nine months after diagnosis.
February 15, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190926/malignant-mast-cell-tumor-of-the-thymus-in-an-royal-college-of-surgeons-rcs-rat
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Yui Terayama, Tetsuro Matsuura, Kiyokazu Ozaki
A 152-week-old male Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rat kept as a non-treated animal in a long-term animal study presented with a soft mass in the anterior mediastinum, which adhered to the pleura of the lung. Histopathologically, the mass mainly consisted of round to short spindle-shaped tumor cells that had infiltrated through the hyperplastic thymic tissue. The tumor cells were arranged in loose to dense sheets. Nuclei were moderate in size and round to spindle-shaped, with small nucleoli. Almost all tumor cells exhibited abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, including eosinophilic granules of a range of sizes...
January 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189115/n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-alleviate-high-glucose-mediated-dysfunction-of-endothelial-progenitor-cells-and-prevent-ischemic-injuries-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Shao-Chih Chiu, Che-Yi Chao, En-Pei Isabel Chiang, Jia-Ning Syu, Raymond L Rodriguez, Feng-Yao Tang
Hyperglycemia is associated with a reduced number of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) that impairs vascular function. Circulating EPCs play important roles in postnatal neovasculogenesis and the prevention of ischemic injury. Frequent consumption of fish oil (FO) that is abundant with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)/docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is reportedly associated with an alleviation of diabetic complications and a lowered incidence of cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to examine whether N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids such as EPA and DHA would reverse the high glucose-mediated dysfunction of EPCs in vitro and thereby prevent the ischemic injury that occurs under the hyperglycemic conditions in Type 2 diabetes (T2D) db(-/-) mice...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185218/clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-pazopanib-towards-optimized-dosing
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Remy B Verheijen, Jos H Beijnen, Jan H M Schellens, Alwin D R Huitema, Neeltje Steeghs
Pazopanib is an inhibitor of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, platelet-derived growth factor receptor, fibroblast growth factor receptor and stem cell receptor c-Kit, and has been approved for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma and soft tissue sarcoma. The pharmacokinetics of pazopanib are complex and are characterized by pH-dependent solubility, large interpatient variability and low, non-linear and time-dependent bioavailability. Exposure to pazopanib is increased by both food and coadministration of ketoconazole, but drastically reduced by proton pump inhibitors...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182081/cytopathologic-features-of-an-unusual-case-of-multiple-eccrine-spiradenomas-misdiagnosed-as-a-malignant-round-cell-tumor
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Bharat Rekhi, Archi Agarwal
A 28-year-old lady presented with multiple swellings in her left shoulder, associated with intermittent pain since last one and a half years. Radiologic imaging revealed multiple, well-defined, subcutaneous lesions in her left supraclavicular region. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) smears were initially reported as Ewing sarcoma, elsewhere. On review, the smears showed cohesive clusters of round-to-oval cells with scant cytoplasm, which were focally arranged in an acinar-rosetting pattern around hyaline "droplets/bodies," along with few scattered lymphocytes against a background of red blood cells...
January 2017: Journal of Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181402/allethrin-toxicity-causes-reproductive-dysfunction-in-male-rats
#14
Golla Madhubabu, Suresh Yenugu
Pyrethroids are widely used for domestic and agricultural purposes and their use is increasing, especially in developing countries. Uncontrolled use of these insecticides resulted in their entry into the food chain thereby causing toxicity to different organ systems. Allethrin is one of the widely used pyrethroids, but its toxicological effects are underreported when compared to other pyrethroids. Further, its effects on the male reproductive tract remain uncharacterized. In this study, its toxicity on the male reproductive tract was evaluated by administering 25-150 mg/kg body weight allethrin to adult rats for 60 days...
February 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170196/lacrimal-gland-repair-using-progenitor-cells
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Anastasia Gromova, Dmitry A Voronov, Miya Yoshida, Suharika Thotakura, Robyn Meech, Darlene A Dartt, Helen P Makarenkova
In humans, the lacrimal gland (LG) is the primary contributor to the aqueous layer of the tear film. Production of tears in insufficient quantity or of inadequate quality may lead to aqueous-deficiency dry eye (ADDE). Currently there is no cure for ADDE. The development of strategies to reliably isolate LG stem/progenitor cells from the LG tissue brings great promise for the design of cell replacement therapies for patients with ADDE. We analyzed the therapeutic potential of epithelial progenitor cells (EPCPs) isolated from adult wild-type mouse LGs by transplanting them into the LGs of TSP -1(-/-) mice, which represent a novel mouse model for ADDE...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168101/mir-21-increases-c-kit-cardiac-stem-cell-proliferation-in-vitro-through-pten-pi3k-akt-signaling
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Bei Shi, Wenwen Deng, Xianping Long, Ranzun Zhao, Yan Wang, Wenming Chen, Guanxue Xu, Jin Sheng, Dongmei Wang, Song Cao
The low survival rate of cardiac stem cells (CSCs) in the ischemic myocardium is one of the obstacles in ischemic cardiomyopathy cell therapy. The MicroRNA (miR)-21 and one of its target protein, the tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN), contributes to the proliferation of many kinds of tissues and cell types. It is reported that miR-21 promotes proliferation through PTEN/PI3K/Akt pathway, but its effects on c-kit(+) CSC remain unclear. The authors hypothesized that miR-21 promotes the proliferation in c-kit (+) CSC, and evaluated the involvement of PTEN/PI3K/Akt pathway in vitro...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164252/snap-tag-technology-a-promising-tool-for-ex-vivo-immunophenotyping
#17
Swati Choudhary, Stefan Barth, Rama S Verma
BACKGROUND: SNAP-tag, a self-labeling protein tag, is commonly used for in vitro and in vivo analysis of bound target proteins. We report the first evidence that SNAP-tag could be used for ex vivo detection of enriched biological markers. METHODS: Proof of concept was established for target c-kit receptor, a pathological and diagnostic marker for a variety of cancers. SNAP-tag conjugates with stem-cell factor (SCF) fusion proteins were designed and their binding and specificity was validated in vitro using flow cytometry and immunostaining...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154916/-diagnostics-of-malignant-melanoma-of-the-skin-recommendations-of-the-current-s3-guidelines-on-histology-and-molecular-pathology
#18
C Rose
The updated S3 guidelines on malignant melanoma were established in August 2016. The principles of diagnostics and classification are based on the histopathological results from the primary tumor and if necessary the sentinel lymph nodes. The most important factor for prognosis is the tumor thickness according to Breslow and the detection of sentinel node micrometastases. The surgical safety margin after excision is dependent on the tumor thickness. Furthermore, ulceration of the primary tumor and presence of mitosis in melanomas less than 1 mm in thickness are also considered in the T‑classification...
February 2, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153506/clinicopathologic-study-of-calcifying-fibrous-tumor-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract-a-case-series
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Maryam Kherad Pezhouh, M Katayoon Rezaei, Maryam Shabihkhani, Arunima Ghosh, Deborah Belchis, Elizabeth A Montgomery, Lysandra Voltaggio
Calcifying fibrous tumor (CFT) is a rare benign mesenchymal lesion known to arise at multiple body sites that may clinically mimic other more aggressive lesions in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In this study we describe the clinicopathologic findings of 28 GI tract CFTs. Tumors predominantly arose in middle aged adults with a slight female predominance. The most commonly involved sites were small bowel and colon, followed by stomach and appendix. Tumors ranged from 0.3 to 9.3cm (median 1.4cm) and submucosa was the most commonly involved layer...
January 30, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140665/synthesis-and-antitumor-activity-evaluation-of-novel-oleanolic-acid-derivatives
#20
Yan-Qiu Meng, Yu-Wei Zhao, Zhen-Yu Kuai, Li-Wei Liu, Wei Li
Ten novel oleanolic acid (OA) derivatives were synthesized through modifications at positions of A ring and C-28. Inhibitory activities of the oleanolic acid derivatives against SGC7901 and A549 cell lines were evaluated and confirmed by the tetrazolium bromidesalt (MTT) assay. The lab results revealed that all these compounds displayed some antitumor activity against SGC-7901 and A-549 cell lines. Among them, II4 and II5 exhibited excellent antitumor activities against SGC7901 cells and A549 cells, compared with gefitinib...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
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