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Yoshihito Iijima, Hirohiko Akiyama, Yuki Nakajima, Hiroyasu Kinoshita, Iwao Mikami, Hidetaka Uramoto, Tomomi Hirata
INTRODUCTION: Recently, the opportunity to encounter lung metastasis from choriocarcinoma has become very rare for thoracic surgeons, since chemotherapy works very well and the operative indications for lung metastasis are limited. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a past history of hydatidiform mole six years previously was found to have a nodulous chest shadow in the right middle lung field on a chest radiography. She was also suspected of having an ovarian tumor and underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Whasun Lim, Changwon Yang, Sunwoo Park, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
As a major dietary flavonol, quercetin mitigates proliferation and progression of cancer due to its anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and apoptotic biological effects on cells. Although its apoptotic effects have been reported for various cancers, little is known of the functional role of quercetin in gestational choriocarcinoma. Results of the present study indicated that quercetin reduced proliferation and induced cell death in two choriocarcinoma cell lines, JAR and JEG3 cells, with an increase in the sub-G1 phase of the cell cycle...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Hiromichi Katayama, Hiroshi Aoki, Katsuyuki Taguchi, Yuu Sakurada, Tomonori Sato, Masahiro Takahashi, Rie Shibuya, Hiroshi Naganuma, Shigeto Ishidoya
We report a histologically pure stage 1 seminoma with an elevated human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). A 38 year-old man was referred for the evaluation of the left testicular swelling. He showed an elevated serum hCG level of 25,265 mIU/ml with normal a fetoprotein and lactate dehydrogenase. Imaging showed heterogeneous tumor without any metastatic lesions. We conducted 4 courses of chemotherapy before detecting hCG nadir. The final pathological report showed pure seminoma with syncytiotrophoblastic cells but no choriocarcinoma components...
November 2016: Urology Case Reports
Tamara Veiga-Parga, Krista M D La Perle, Shelley J Newman
Reproductive pathology of domestic guinea pigs is underreported to date. To provide a comprehensive review of uterine disease in guinea pigs, we performed a retrospective study of the pathology archives of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. By histology, 13 of 37 uterine lesions in 23 animals were neoplastic; the other 24 nonneoplastic lesions included cystic endometrial hyperplasia (16 of 24), endometrial hemorrhage (3 of 24), pyometra (2 of 24), polyp (2 of 24), and mucometra (1 of 24)...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Wei Peng, Ying Chen, Xin Luo, Nan Shan, Xi Lan, David Olson, Hua Zhang, Yu-Bin Ding, Hong-Bo Qi
INTRODUCTION: The invasion of extravillous cytotrophoblasts (EVTs) into the maternal uterine decidua and vasculature is critical for human placenta development and pregnancy maintenance. The imprinted gene MEST/PEG1 has been implicated in trophoblast development; however, the role of MEST in EVT invasion and the accompanying early pregnancy complications are not fully understood. METHODS: Western blot, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry were used to detect MEST protein expression and localization by using antibodies recognize 2 reported isoforms...
October 2016: Placenta
Ralph Kamel, Talal Seoud, Teniola Oluwadamilola, Michael Karass, Emily Grossniklaus, Gabriela Oprea-Ilies, Daniel A Goldstein, Sanjay Jain
Choriocarcinoma, a nonseminomatous germ cell tumor, is a rare type of testicular malignancy that tends to occur in young males. It is, however, exceedingly rare for choriocarcinoma to involve the GI tract. In this article, we present a rare case of a 31-year-old male, diagnosed with choriocarcinoma of the left testes, along with several metastases to distant sites. The patient presented with headaches and severe lower GI bleeding due to metastases to the GI tract, which was eventually controlled with systemic chemotherapy, while requiring several units of packed RBCs during his admission to the hospital...
2016: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
M Massimiani, S Salvi, D Piccirilli, L Vecchione, S Moresi, S Ferrazzani, H Stuhlmann, L Campagnolo
INTRODUCTION: Placental development requires invasion and differentiation of trophoblast cells, together with coordinated fetal vasculogenesis and maternal vascular remodeling. During placental development, extravillous cytotrophoblasts invade the uterine spiral arteries of the decidua and myometrium. These invasive cytotrophoblasts replace the endothelial layer of the maternal spiral arteries, transforming them from high-resistance vessels into large-caliber capacitance vessels capable of adequately nourishing the fetus...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Mona Kjaerboel Kristiansen, Isa Niemann, Jacob Christian Lindegaard, Mette Christiansen, Mette Warming Joergensen, Ida Vogel, Dorte Launholt Lildballe, Lone Sunde
BACKGROUND: This case report describes the use of analysis of cell-free DNA in the blood of a patient with a pregnancy with one live fetus and a choriocarcinoma diagnosed at 22 weeks of gestation. RESULTS: The result of the analysis of 16 microsatellite loci on 14 chromosomes in the cell-free DNA in plasma was consistent with the result of the analysis of a tumor biopsy indicating biparental diploid origin of the genome. The DNA markers were discordant with the markers of the placenta indicating two separate conceptions...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hiromichi Yamane, Nobuaki Ochi, Yoshihiro Honda, Nagio Takigawa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Internal Medicine
G M Johnsen, M S Weedon-Fekjær, K A R Tobin, A C Staff, A K Duttaroy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 9, 2016: Placenta
Jingting Cai, Tianfang Peng, Jing Wang, Jingli Zhang, Hui Hu, Dihong Tang, Chaonan Chu, Ting Yang, Huining Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cancer stem cells (CSCs) exhibit enhanced proliferative capacity and resistance to chemotherapy; however, choriocarcinoma CSCs have not yet been reported. In this study the human choriocarcinoma cell line JEG-3 was cultured in serum free media, and the characteristics of suspension and parental adherent JEG-3 cells were compared. METHODS: Cell proliferation, colony-formation, soft agar clonogenicity, and transwell invasion assays were performed in vitro, and tumor xenografts in BALB/c nude mice were used to evaluate stem cell properties...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Boris Novakovic, Christine E Napier, Regan Vryer, Eva Dimitriadis, Ursula Manuelpillai, Andrew Sharkey, Jeffrey M Craig, Roger R Reddel, Richard Saffery
STUDY QUESTION: What factors regulate elongated telomere length in the human placenta? SUMMARY ANSWER: Hypomethylation of TERRA promoters in the human placenta is associated with high expression TERRA genes, however, no clear mechanistic link between these phenomena and elongated telomere length in the human placenta was found. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Human placenta tissue and trophoblasts show longer telomere lengths compared to gestational age-matched somatic cells...
September 7, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Bahaaeldin A Baraka, Suad S Al Kharusi, Bassim J Al Bahrani, Gunmala Bhathagar
Primary gastric chorioadenocarcinoma (PGC) is a rare and rapidly invasive tumor. Choriocarcinoma is usually known to be of endometrial origin and gestational; however, it has been reported in other extragenital organs, such as the gall bladder, prostate, lung, liver, and the gastrointestinal tract. Human chorionic gonadotropin related neoplasms of the stomach are seldom discussed in the literature. We report a case of PGC in a 56-year-old man treated with a standard non-gestational choriocarcinoma chemotherapy regimen, EMA/CO (etoposide, methotrexate, actinomycin D, cyclophosphamide, vincristine), with a complete response and good tolerability...
September 2016: Oman Medical Journal
Whasun Lim, Muhah Jeong, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Curcumin, a natural pigment for yellow color that originates from turmeric, is a diarylheptanoid widely studied for its anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer effects on cells. In placental diseases including preeclampsia and preterm birth, curcumin reduces pro-inflammatory cytokines. Even though curcumin is regarded as a novel chemotherapeutic agent with strong apoptotic effects based on phenolic structure, little is known about its functional effects on choriocarcinoma. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the chemotherapeutic effects of curcumin on choriocarcinoma cells (JAR and JEG3), which are valuable placental models...
August 31, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Whasun Lim, Changwon Yang, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Luteolin is a natural compound known for its anticancer effects on various human cancers by regulating signal transduction cascades. However, the effects of luteolin on human placental choriocarcinoma are not known. Results of the present study revealed that luteolin decreased viability of JAR and JEG-3 cells, which are valuable placental models, in a dose-dependent manner, and it induced apoptosis and loss of mitochondrial membrane potential in JAR and JEG-3 cells. The results also suggested that the PI3K/AKT pathway was inhibited by luteolin treatment of JAR and JEG-3 cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
October 2016: Biology of Reproduction
F Zhou, L B Guan, P Yu, X D Wang, Y Y Hu
INTRODUCTION: Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), regulated in development and DNA damage response-1 (REDD1) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) are crucial mediators of many metabolic processes in various cell types under hypoxia. The involvement and regulation of these three factors underlying trophoblasts' response to hypoxia remains to be determined. METHODS: Specific siRNAs were applied to inhibit the expression of the corresponding genes and to investigate the roles of HIF-1α in modulating REDD1/mTOR and REDD1 in regulating mTOR/HIF-1α in the human choriocarcinoma cell line BeWo under normoxia and hypoxia...
September 2016: Placenta
Takashi Kawahara, Koji Kawai, Takayuki Yoshino, Atsushi Ikeda, Ryutarou Ishizuka, Shuya Kandori, Ei-Ichirou Takaoka, Takahiro Kojima, Akira Joraku, Takahiro Suetomi, Jun Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Nishiyama
OBJECTIVE: We conducted the present study to elucidate the clinical presentation, treatment outcomes and risk factors for the development of metachronous brain metastasis at a single progressive disease site, the so-called isolated brain metastasis, in patients with testicular germ cell tumors. METHODS: To identify metachronous brain metastasis in a timely manner, brain imaging was performed when the re-elevation of tumor markers was observed during chemotherapy, even in patients who were free from central nervous system symptoms...
August 27, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Marina Ayres Pereira, Thomas Mandel Clausen, Caroline Pehrson, Yang Mao, Mafalda Resende, Mads Daugaard, Anders Riis Kristensen, Charlotte Spliid, Line Mathiesen, Lisbeth E Knudsen, Peter Damm, Thor G Theander, Stefan R Hansson, Morten A Nielsen, Ali Salanti
During placental malaria, Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes sequester in the placenta, causing health problems for both the mother and fetus. The specific adherence is mediated by the VAR2CSA protein, which binds to placental chondroitin sulfate (CS) on chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) in the placental syncytium. However, the identity of the CSPG core protein and the cellular impact of the interaction have remain elusive. In this study we identified the specific CSPG core protein to which the CS is attached, and characterized its exact placental location...
August 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Jésica Flores-Martín, Luciana Reyna, Magali E Ridano, Graciela M Panzetta-Dutari, Susana Genti-Raimondi
StarD7 is an intracellular lipid transport protein identified as up-regulated in the choriocarcinoma JEG-3 cell line. StarD7 facilitates the delivery of phosphatidylcholine (PC) to the mitochondria, and StarD7 knockdown causes a reduction in phospholipid synthesis. Since inhibition of PC synthesis may lead to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress we hypothesized that StarD7 may be involved in maintaining cell homeostasis. Here, we examined the effect of StarD7 silencing on ER stress response and on the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the human hepatoma cell line HepG2...
August 20, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Hong Cui, Jing Chen, Quan Na
Mother-to-infant transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) plays an important role in the chronic carrier state in China. In our studies, the response of trophoblast cell and choriocarcinoma cell to HBV infection regarding the expression of CD133-2 (AC141) was evaluated. Western blot and RT-PCR showed that a high level of CD133-2 protein and mRNA in HTR-8/SVneo cells, but a low level in JEG-3 cells. Lower proliferation and mobility, and higher apoptosis were observed in HTR-8/SVneo cells and JEG-3-CD133-2(+) cells after HBV infection than those in HTR-8-CD133-2(-) cells and JEG-3 cells...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
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