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Steve Taylor, Kimberly Eisenstein, Vanessa Gildenstern, Harper Price, Pooja Hingorani, Apurvi Patel, Nathan Page, Smita Bailey, David Carpentieri
Infantile choriocarcinoma (ICC) is a rare, highly malignant form of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. Rapid diagnosis and initiation of treatment are paramount in reaching a successful outcome. Patients with these tumors typically present with a triad of anemia, hepatomegaly, and precocious puberty. Cutaneous manifestations of ICC are extraordinarily rare with few documented cases. Here, we describe a male neonate who presented to our Dermatology clinic with a rapidly growing, markedly vascular glabellar mass associated with abnormal laboratory values suggestive of Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon...
January 1, 2018: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Tan Ming Ngan Aloysius, Vishalkumar G Shelat
Gestational choriocarcinoma is a rare and aggressive type of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, which is characterized by early vascular invasion and widespread metastases. Choriocarcinoma metastasizes hematogenously, and bleeding from metastases is common. Splenic rupture from a metastatic tumour is exceedingly rare, with only a few reports. We report a case of a 41-year-old female presenting with acute abdomen and haemorrhagic shock secondary to splenic rupture from metastatic choriocarcinoma, which was managed with emergency laparoscopic splenectomy...
February 2018: Annals of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Zerrin Sezgin-Bayindir, Ayse Eser Elcin, Mahmut Parmaksiz, Yasar Murat Elcin, Nilufer Yuksel
Medication during pregnancy is often a necessity for women to treat their acute or chronic diseases. The goal of this study is to evaluate the potential of micelle-like nanoparticles (MNP) for providing safe drug usage in pregnancy and protect both fetus and mother from medication side effects. Clonazepam loaded MNP were prepared from copolymers (polystyrene-poly(acrylic acid) (PS-PAA), poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic acid) (PEG-PLA) and distearyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG-DSPE)) with varying monomer ratios and their drug loading efficiency, drug release ratio, particle size, surface charge and morphology were characterized...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Microencapsulation
Kenneth S Chen, Nicholas J Fustino, Abhay A Shukla, Emily K Stroup, Albert Budhipramono, Christina Ateek, Sarai H Stuart, Kiyoshi Yamaguchi, Payal Kapur, A Lindsay Frazier, Lawrence Lum, Leendert H J Looijenga, Theodore W Laetsch, Dinesh Rakheja, James F Amatruda
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) are malignant tumors that arise from pluripotent embryonic germ cells and occur in children and young adults. GCTs are treated with cisplatin-based regimens which, while overall effective, fail to cure all patients and cause significant adverse late effects. The seminoma and non-seminoma forms of GCT exhibit distinct differentiation states, clinical behavior and response to treatment, however the molecular mechanisms of GCT differentiation are not fully understood. We tested whether the activity of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways were differentially active in the two classes of GCT...
February 26, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Gavin P Collett, Christopher W Redman, Ian L Sargent, Manu Vatish
Disturbances in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) function lead to ER stress which, when severe or prolonged, may result in apoptosis. Severe ER stress has been implicated in several pathological conditions including pre-eclampsia, a multisystem disorder of pregnancy associated with the release of pro-inflammatory factors from the placenta into the maternal circulation. Here, we show that severe ER stress induced by two distinct mechanisms in BeWo choriocarcinoma cells leads to the release of extracellular vesicles (EVs) carrying pro-inflammatory damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) molecules...
January 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Yuhong Zhang, Yangjia Zhang
Embryonic development depends on the normal invasion of trophoblast cells. Forkhead box C2 (FOXC2) is a member of Forkhead box family, which is involved in the tumor cells invasion. The aim of this study was to explore the roles of FOXC2 on the invasion of human trophoblast cells, and further study its molecular mechanism. The mRNA and protein levels of FOXC2 in human normal trophoblast and choriocarcinoma cell lines were analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and western blot assays, respectively...
February 21, 2018: Cell Biology International
Chin-Jui Wu, Hsiao-Lin Hwa, Wen-Chun Chang, Heng-Cheng Hsu, Mu-Zon Wu, Bor-Ching Sheu
RATIONALE: Rare uterine choriocarcinoma can be differentiated gestational from nongestational choriocarcinoma by using short tandem repeats (STRs). PATIENT CONCERNS: A 56-year-old Taiwanese woman underwent staging surgery because of suspicion of high-grade endometrial cancer. The pathology-confirmed uterine tumor with syncytiotrophoblasts and decidual change of the endometrium was harvested. DIAGNOSIS: Uterine nongestational choriocarcinoma...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jonathan Ausman, Joelcio Abbade, Leonardo Ermini, Abby Farrell, Andrea Tagliaferro, Martin Post, Isabella Caniggia
Mitochondria are in a constant balance of fusing and dividing in response to cellular cues. Fusion creates healthy mitochondria, whereas fission results in removal of non-functional organelles. Changes in mitochondrial dynamics typify several human diseases. However, the contribution of mitochondrial dynamics to preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy characterized by placental cell autophagy and death, remains unknown. Herein, we show that the mitochondrial dynamic balance in preeclamptic placentae is tilted toward fission (increased DRP1 expression/activation and decreased OPA1 expression)...
February 20, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yuichi Ito, Yoshio Araki, Takashi Izumi, Sho Okamoto, Masaaki Kimura, Toshihiko Wakabayashi
BACKGROUND: Oncotic aneurysm is a rare condition with a high mortality rate. Since no consensus has been reached regarding therapeutic strategy for ruptured oncotic aneurysm, treatment remains challenging. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 35-year-old woman developed sudden onset of severe headache. Computed tomography showed subarachnoid hemorrhage and cerebral angiography revealed two fusiform aneurysms in the distal portion of the left middle cerebral artery. Aneurysmectomy with vessel reconstruction using a superficial temporal artery graft was performed to maintain blood flow to the distal middle cerebral artery...
February 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Wei Zheng, Teng Liu, Rong Sun, Lei Yang, Ruifang An, Yan Xue
Choriocarcinoma is a malignant gestational trophoblastic disease and relapse or drug resistance occurs in ~25% of gestational trophoblastic tumors. Cell apoptosis serves a role in the progression from hydatidiform mole to persistent gestational trophoblastic disease. It has been demonstrated that daidzein [7‑hydroxy‑3‑(4‑hydroxyphenyl)‑4H‑chromen‑4‑one] may induce apoptosis in a number of cancer types via the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway by altering the B‑cell lymphoma (Bcl)‑2/Bcl‑2 associated X, apoptosis regulator (Bax) ratio, and activating the caspase cascade...
February 13, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Baozhen Zhang, Guogang Cheng, Mingbin Zheng, Jinyu Han, Baobei Wang, Mengxia Li, Jie Chen, Tianxia Xiao, Jian Zhang, Lintao Cai, Shoujun Li, Xiujun Fan
Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) can result from the over-proliferation of trophoblasts. Treatment of choriocarcinoma, the most aggressive GTN, currently requires high doses of systemic chemotherapeutic agents, which result in indiscriminate drug distribution and severe toxicity. To overcome these disadvantages and enhance the chemotherapeutic efficacy, chondroitin sulfate A (CSA)-binding nanoparticles were developed for the targeted delivery of doxorubicin (DOX) to choriocarcinoma cells using a synthetic CSA-binding peptide (CSA-BP), derived from malarial protein, which specifically binds to the CSA exclusively expressed in the placental trophoblast...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Itsuto Hamano, Shingo Hatakeyama, Rika Nakamura, Rie Fukuhara, Daisuke Noro, Hiroko Seino, Takahiro Yoneyama, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Takuya Koie, Yoshihito Yokoyama, Chikara Ohyama
Background: Although oncologic testicular sperm extraction (onco-TESE) has been increasingly practiced, the evidence of onco-TESE performed in patients with testicular cancer is insufficient. Furthermore, in bilateral testicular cancer, accounting for 0.5%-1% of testicular cancers, onco-TESE is more challenging and has been insufficiently reported. Case presentation: Here we report the case of a 25-year-old man who underwent onco-TESE from his residual single testis with a nonseminomatous germ cell tumor that occurred 5 years after orchiectomy of the contralateral testis...
2018: Basic and Clinical Andrology
Anna E Strohl, John R Lurain
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February 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Daniel E Spratt, Krithika Suresh, Takahiro Osawa, Matthew Schipper, William C Jackson, Ahmed Abugharib, Amir Lebastchi, David Smith, Jeffrey S Montgomery, Ganesh S Palapattu, L Priya Kunju, Angela Wu, Madelyn Lew, Scott A Tomlins, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Alon Z Weizer, Khaled S Hafez, Samuel D Kaffenberger, Aaron Udager, Rohit Mehra
The frequency of co-occurrence between germ cell tumor (GCT) components in non-seminomatous germ cell tumor (NSGCT) orchiectomy specimens and their correlation with histologic findings in subsequent retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) specimens have not been well characterized. The objective of the study was to report the first detailed clinicopathologic analysis of NSGCT orchiectomy and RPLND samples to determine the likelihood and agreement of the co-occurrence of GCT components. A total of 118 consecutive patients with NSGCT treated between 1988 and 2012 who underwent both orchiectomy and RPLND at a single academic tertiary care center were analyzed...
January 31, 2018: Medical Oncology
Kazuya Kusama, Rulan Bai, Kazuhiko Imakawa
In human trophoblast cells, cyclic AMP or its inducer forskolin (FSK) activates two downstream signaling molecules, protein kinase A (PKA) and exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (EPAC), both of which induce syncytialization, cell fusion and the production of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and progesterone. However, a transcription factor other than GCM1 and molecular mechanisms associated with these events have not been well characterized. To identify novel transcription factors involved in syncytialization of cAMP-stimulated human choriocarcinoma BeWo cells, the microarray analysis was performed with RNAs extracted from PKA- or EPAC-selective cAMP analog-stimulated BeWo cells, from which two up-regulated transcription factors, STAT5 and NR4A3, were found...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Julien Sallais, Sruthi Alahari, Andrea Tagliaferro, Jayonta Bhattacharjee, Martin Post, Isabella Caniggia
Adaptations to changes in oxygen are critical to ensure proper placental development, and impairments in oxygen sensing mechanisms characterize placental pathologies such as preeclampsia. In this study, we examined the involvement of SUMOylation, a reversible posttranslational modification, in the regulation of the asparaginyl hydroxylase Factor Inhibiting Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 (FIH1) in the human placenta in development and in disease status. FIH1 protein abundance and spatial distribution in the developing placenta directly correlated with oxygen tension in vivo...
December 26, 2017: Oncotarget
Jiu-Ru Zhao, Wei-Wei Cheng, Ya-Xin Wang, Mei Cai, Wei-Bin Wu, Hui-Juan Zhang
Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) encompasses a range of trophoblast-derived disorders. The most common type of GTD is hydatidiform mole (HM). Some of HMs can further develop into malignant gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN). Aberrant expression of microRNA (miRNA) is widely reported to be involved in the initiation and progression of cancers. MiRNA expression profile also has been proved to be the useful signature for diagnosis, staging, prognosis, and response to chemotherapy. Till now, the profile of miRNA in the progression of GTD has not been determined...
January 24, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Zheng Peng, Wenjun Zhou, Chun Zhang, Huining Liu, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND Cancer stem cells (CSCs), in choriocarcinoma and other carcinomas, possess the ability of self-renewal and multilineage differentiation potential. We previous isolated choriocarcinoma cancer stem-like cells (CSLCs), which hold the stemness characteristics of CSCs. Epigenetic modifications have emerged as drivers in tumorigenesis, but the mechanisms of CSCs are largely unknown, and new drug therapies are needed to break the persistence of CSCs. MATERIAL AND METHODS Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blot analysis were performed to detect the expression of DNMTs, HDACs, and stemness-genes...
January 24, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Christopher P Leonetti, Craig M Butt, Heather M Stapleton
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have been shown to disrupt thyroid hormone (TH) homeostasis through multiple mechanisms, including inhibition of enzymes that regulate intracellular levels of THs, such as sulfotransferases (SULTs). The placenta plays a critical role in helping to maintain TH levels during fetal development and expresses SULTs. This is concerning given that disruption of TH regulation within the placenta could potentially harm the developing fetus. In this study, we investigated the effects of two polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), two hydroxylated PBDEs, and 2,4,6-tribromophenol (2,4,6-TBP) on TH SULT activity in a choriocarcinoma placenta cell line (BeWo)...
December 28, 2017: Chemosphere
Michelle D Warthan, Sonya L Washington, Samone E Franzese, Ronald M Ramus, Kyu-Rae Kim, Timothy P York, Efstratios Stratikos, Jerome F Strauss, Eun D Lee
Gestational choriocarcinomas are derived from placental trophoblast cells, with HLA-C being the only class I polymorphic molecule expressed. However, choriocarcinomas have not been profiled for endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 2 (ERAP2) expression. ERAP2 trims peptides presented by human leukocyte antigens (HLA) have shown to modulate immune response. Over 50% of choriocacinomas we screened lack ERAP2 expression, which suggests the absence of ERAP2 expression allows immune evasion of choriocarcinoma cells...
January 9, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
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