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Germ cell tumours

Sean R Williamson, Brett Delahunt, Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, Ferran Algaba, Lars Egevad, Thomas M Ulbright, Satish K Tickoo, John R Srigley, Jonathan I Epstein, Daniel M Berney
Since the last World Health Organization (WHO) Classification scheme for tumours of the urinary tract and male genital organs, there have been a number of advances in the understanding, classification, immunohistochemistry, and genetics of testicular germ cell tumours. The updated 2016 draft classification was discussed at an International Society of Urological Pathology (ISUP) Consultation on Testicular and Penile Cancer. This review addresses the main updates to germ cell tumour classification. Major changes include a pathogenetically derived classification using germ cell neoplasia in situ (GCNIS) as a new name for the precursor lesion, as well as distinction of prepubertal (non-GCNIS-derived) from postpubertal-type tumours (GCNIS-derived), acknowledging the existence of rare benign prepubertal-type teratomas in the postpubertal testis...
October 17, 2016: Histopathology
Jan Oldenburg, Klaus-Peter Dieckmann
INTRODUCTION: In 1979, the Copenhagen group around Dr. Skakkebaek introduced contralateral biopsy in patients with testicular germ cell tumour (GCT) as a means of early diagnosing a contralateral testicular tumour (Berthelsen et al. in Br Med J 2(6186):363-364, 1). Although the rationale of contralateral biopsies is based on much of scientific evidence, no issue regarding the management of GCTs has been more controversial than the issue of contralateral biopsies (Heidenreich in BJU Int 104(9 Pt B):1346-1350, 2; Grigor and Rorth in Eur Urol 23(1):129-135, 3)...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Urology
Madhur Nayan, Michael A S Jewett, Lynn Anson-Cartwright, Philippe L Bedard, Malcolm Moore, Peter Chung, Padraig Warde, Joan Sweet, Martin O'Malley, Robert J Hamilton
INTRODUCTION: Institutional experience has been associated with improved outcomes for various malignancies, including testicular cancer. The present study evaluated whether institution at orchiectomy was associated with outcomes on active surveillance (AS) for clinical stage (CS) I germ cell tumours (GCT). METHODS: 815 patients with CSI GCT managed with AS at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre were identified. Princess Margaret is a tertiary academic institution with a multidisciplinary testicular cancer clinic involving radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and urologists, and has research experience in testicular cancer care...
May 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Irma Virant-Klun, Martin Stimpfel
Small stem cells with diameters of up to 5 μm previously isolated from adult human ovaries indicated pluripotency and germinal lineage, especially primordial germ cells, and developed into primitive oocyte-like cells in vitro. Here, we show that a comparable population of small stem cells can be found in the ovarian tissue of women with borderline ovarian cancer, which, in contrast to small stem cells in "healthy" ovaries, formed spontaneous tumour-like structures and expressed some markers related to pluripotency and germinal lineage...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Thomas Vinotha, Thomas Anitha, Sebastian Ajit, Chandy Rachel, Peedicayil Abraham
INTRODUCTION: Patients referred with inadequately staged ovarian malignancies present a clinical dilemma. We report our experience with completion surgery in ovarian cancer. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine the benefits and risks of completion surgery in women with ovarian cancer who presented after having had inadequate primary surgery. METHODS: A retrospective case series of 30 women with ovarian cancer and one with fallopian tube cancer who had inadequate primary surgery underwent completion surgery at gynaecologic oncology unit in a tertiary level hospital in Tamil Nadu, India...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
M Májovský, D Netuka, V Beneš
INTRODUCTION: The pineal region is a deep-seated part of the brain surrounded by highly eloquent structures. Differential diagnosis of space-occupying lesions in this region encompasses pineal gland cysts, pineal gland tumours, metastases, germ cell tumours, meningiomas, gliomas, hemangioblastomas and neuroectodermal tumours. A treatment strategy is based mainly on tumour anatomical characteristics and histological type. Except germinatous tumours, a surgical excision is the treatment of choice...
2016: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
Matthias Schindler, Fabiën N Belle, Michael A Grotzer, Nicolas X von der Weid, Claudia E Kuehni
Population-based studies on childhood cancer survival are key to monitor progress against cancer and to detect potential differences between regions and other subgroups in the population. We investigated time trends and factors associated with childhood cancer survival on a national level in Switzerland, from 1976 to 2013. We extracted data from the population-based Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry of 5,776 children (age 0-14 years) diagnosed with cancer from 1985 to 2014 in Switzerland. We calculated age-adjusted 5-year survival, defined the annual reduction in risk of death (ARR), and explored associations of survival with clinical and demographic factors...
September 15, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Kandukuri Mahesh Kumar, Indira Veligandla, A R Vijaya Lakshmi, Vanita Pandey
Teratomas are rare tumours which originate from all 3 germs cell layers namely endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm, with varying proportions of each component. The most common site of teratoma is in the sacro-coccygeal region. Teratomas are generally benign and have well appreciable clinical and histopathological features. Incidence of congenital teratoma is 1 in 4000. In head and neck region congenital teratomas usually associated with other anomalies like cystic hygroma and cleft palate with an incidence of 1 in 400...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Michal Chovanec, Nasser Hanna, K Clint Cary, Lawrence Einhorn, Costantine Albany
Clinical stage I testicular germ cell tumours (TGCT) are highly curable neoplasms. The treatment of stage I testicular cancer is complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Standard options after radical orchiectomy for seminoma include active surveillance, radiation therapy or 1-2 cycles of carboplatin, and options for nonseminoma include active surveillance, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) or 1-2 cycles of bleomycin plus etoposide plus cisplatin (BEP). All the options should be discussed with each patient and treatment choices should be made by shared decision making as virtually all patients with clinical stage I TGCT can be cured of their disease...
September 13, 2016: Nature Reviews. Urology
Britta Klein, Thomas Haggeney, Daniela Fietz, Sivanjah Indumathy, Kate L Loveland, Mark Hedger, Sabine Kliesch, Wolfgang Weidner, Martin Bergmann, Hans-Christian Schuppe
STUDY QUESTION: Which immune cells and cytokine profiles are characteristic for testicular germ cell neoplasia and what consequences does this have for the understanding of the related testicular immunopathology? SUMMARY ANSWER: The unique immune environment of testicular germ cell neoplasia comprises B cells and dendritic cells as well as high transcript levels of IL-6 and other B cell supporting or T helper cell type 1 (Th1)-driven cytokines and thus differs profoundly from normal testis or inflammatory lesions associated with hypospermatogenesis...
October 2016: Human Reproduction
Marie Angélique De Scheerder, Sylvie Rottey, An Mariman, Marleen Praet, Dirk Vogelaers
We describe a 43-year-old patient with subacute appearance of neurological and atypical complaints of anergia, anorexia and weight loss six months earlier. In spite of several admissions in different hospitals, no underlying somatic cause could be found and he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital with a tentative diagnosis of major depressive disorder. Subsequently, he was referred to the unit of medically unexplained physical symptoms within the department of general internal medicine for assessment by the psychiatrist, involved in this programme...
September 2, 2016: Acta Clinica Belgica
Gabriel Olabiyi Ogun, Amos Olufemi Adeleye, Taiwo Olabimpe Babatunde, Olufunmilola Abimbola Ogun, Ayodeji Salami, Biobele Jotham Brown, Effiong Akang
INTRODUCTION: Contrary to some earlier teachings that central nervous system (CNS) tumours are uncommon in black children, these neoplasms are the fourth most common paediatric tumours in Ibadan. Our centre is the major referral centre for CNS tumours in Nigeria. The last major study of paediatric CNS neoplasms from Ibadan was in 1985. An update of the data on paediatric CNS neoplasms at our centre is presented. METHODS: A retrospective review of all histologically diagnosed CNS tumours in children (0-14 years) from January 2001 to December 2010 from the database of the Department of Pathology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria was done...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Vanesa Fernández-Majada, Patrick-Simon Welz, Maria A Ermolaeva, Michael Schell, Alexander Adam, Felix Dietlein, David Komander, Reinhard Büttner, Roman K Thomas, Björn Schumacher, Manolis Pasparakis
The tumour suppressor CYLD is a deubiquitinase previously shown to inhibit NF-κB, MAP kinase and Wnt signalling. However, the tumour suppressing mechanisms of CYLD remain poorly understood. Here we show that loss of CYLD catalytic activity causes impaired DNA damage-induced p53 stabilization and activation in epithelial cells and sensitizes mice to chemical carcinogen-induced intestinal and skin tumorigenesis. Mechanistically, CYLD interacts with and deubiquitinates p53 facilitating its stabilization in response to genotoxic stress...
2016: Nature Communications
Yi-Xun Liu
Follicular development and differentiation are sequential events which are tightly regulated by endocrine hormones, intraovarian regulators and cell-cell interactions. Balanced cell proliferation and apoptosis play an important role in the selection of dominant follicle. Primordial germ cell migration and homing within the gonadal ridge requires regulation by integrated signals, such as the oocyte-secreted polypeptide growth factors, the growth and differentiation factor 9, the bone morphogenetic proteins, stem cell factor (SCF), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), the transcription factor Wilms' tumour 1 (Wt1), and involves the contact of primordial germ cells with extra-cellular matrix proteins and cellular substrates and attraction by the developing gonads...
August 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Preeti Rihal Chakrabarti, Shilpi Dosi, Amit Varma, Priyanka Kiyawat, Gaurav Khare, Sandeep Matreja
INTRODUCTION: Testicular and para-testicular neoplasm are rare type of tumours affecting adolescents and young adults, reflected by the paucity of published data in India. AIM: This study was undertaken to estimate the epidemiological characteristics and histological types and subtypes of testicular neoplasm according to the WHO classification in our patient group. Identification of histopathological pattern of testicular tumour is immensely important for improved management protocols...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Lars Kloth, Andrea Gottlieb, Burkhard Helmke, Werner Wosniok, Thomas Löning, Käte Burchardt, Gazanfer Belge, Kathrin Günther, Jörn Bullerdiek
The group of postpubertal testicular germ cell tumours encompasses lesions with highly diverse differentiation - seminomas, embryonal carcinomas, yolk sac tumours, teratomas and choriocarcinomas. Heterogeneous differentiation is often present within individual tumours and the correct identification of the components is of clinical relevance. HMGA2 re-expression has been reported in many tumours, including testicular germ cell tumours. This is the first study investigating HMGA2 expression in a representative group of testicular germ cell tumours with the highly sensitive method of quantitative real-time PCR as well as with immunohistochemistry...
October 2015: Journal of Pathology. Clinical Research
Klaus-Peter Dieckmann, Arlo Radtke, Meike Spiekermann, Thomas Balks, Cord Matthies, Pascal Becker, Christian Ruf, Christoph Oing, Karin Oechsle, Carsten Bokemeyer, Johannes Hammel, Sebastian Melchior, Werner Wosniok, Gazanfer Belge
BACKGROUND: Clinical management of germ cell tumours (GCTs) relies on monitoring of serum tumour markers. However, the markers α-fetoprotein (AFP), the β-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin (bHCG), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) are expressed in <60% of GCT cases. OBJECTIVE: To test the utility of the microRNAs (miRNAs) miR-371a-3p, miR-372-3p, miR-373-3p, and miR-367-3p as sensitive and specific GCT serum biomarkers. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Serum levels of miRNAs were measured in 166 consecutive patients with GCT before and after treatment and in 106 male controls...
August 2, 2016: European Urology
Mikael Nilsson, Dillwyn Williams
We will highlight and put into perspective new lineage tracing data from genetic studies in mice indicating that the genuine progenitors to C cells arise in the endoderm germ layer. This overturns the current concept of a neural crest origin of thyroid C cells referred to in every textbook and dedicated paper to this very day. As will become apparent, except for a single experiment, the neural crest theory has little or no support when the evolution and development of calcitonin-producing cells in the entire chordate family are considered...
July 2016: European Thyroid Journal
A Reekhaye, A Harris, S Nagarajan, D Chadwick
We present a case that we believe to be the largest mixed germ cell testicular tumour reported in the United Kingdom. A 23-year-old male was admitted to our urology department with a large scrotal swelling. The patient was found to have a giant left testicular tumour and a solitary lung metastasis at presentation. He underwent an emergency radical orchidectomy and subsequently received four cycles of bleomycin, etoposide and cisplatin chemotherapy. Four months after starting treatment, the tumour markers had normalised and a repeat staging computed tomography showed no active disease...
August 4, 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Z Cierna, M Mego, I Jurisica, K Machalekova, M Chovanec, V Miskovska, D Svetlovska, K Kalavska, K Rejlekova, K Kajo, J Mardiak, P Babal
BACKGROUND: Germ cell neoplasia in situ (GCNIS), is preinvasive stage of testicular germ cell tumours (TGCTs). Fibrillins, which are integral components of microfibrils are suggested to be involved in cancer pathogenesis and maintenance of embryonic stem cells pluripotency. The aim of this study was to examine fibrillin-1 (FBN-1) expression in TGCTs patients. METHODS: Surgical specimens from 203 patients with TGCTs were included into the translational study. FBN-1 expression was evaluated in the tumour tissue, in GCNIS and in adjacent non-neoplastic testicular tissue in all available cases...
2016: BMC Cancer
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