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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712306/targeting-intrinsic-apoptosis-and-other-forms-of-cell-death-by-bh3-mimetics-in-glioblastoma
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Georg Karpel-Massler, Chiaki Tsuge Ishida, Yiru Zhang, Marc-Eric Halatsch, M-Andrew Westhoff, Markus D Siegelin
Novel approaches to treat malignant brain tumors are necessary since these neoplasms still display an unfavorable prognosis. Areas covered: In this review, the authors summarize and analyze recent preclinical data that suggest that targeting intrinsic apoptosis may be a suitable strategy for the treatment of malignant gliomas. They focus on the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members of proteins and the recent drug developments in that field with a special focus on BH3-mimetics. With the discovery of BH3-mimetics that interfere with anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members in the low nanomolar range significant excitement has been generated towards these class of inhibitors, such as ABT-737, ABT-263 and the most recent successor, ABT-199 which is most advanced with respect to clinical application...
July 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705700/incidental-primary-intradural-carcinoid-tumor-in-a-patient-with-lumbar-radiculopathy
#2
Stavros Koustais, Philip O'Halloran, Alfrazdaq Hassan, Francesca Brett, Steven Young
BACKGROUND: Carcinoid tumors are neuroendocrine neoplasms derived from enterochromaffin cells. Central nervous system involvement is rare. The reported cases include metastases to brain or spinal cord, as well as primary skeletal or extradural disease resulting in compressive myelo-radiculopathy. There are two previously reported cases of primary intradural extramedullary carcinoid tumor, presenting with compressive symptoms. We report the first case of primary incidental intradural extramedullary carcinoid tumor...
July 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701209/alantolactone-a-natural-sesquiterpene-lactone-has-potent-antitumor-activity-against-glioblastoma-by-targeting-ikk%C3%AE-kinase-activity-and-interrupting-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-cox-2-mediated-signaling-cascades
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Xun Wang, Zhenlong Yu, Chao Wang, Wei Cheng, Xiangge Tian, Xiaokui Huo, Yan Wang, Chengpeng Sun, Lei Feng, Jinshan Xing, Yulong Lan, Dongdong Sun, Qingjuan Hou, Baojing Zhang, Xiaochi Ma, Bo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most refractory and palindromic central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms, and current treatments have poor effects in GBM patients. Hence, the identification of novel therapeutic targets and the development of effective treatment strategies are essential. Alantolactone (ATL) has a wide range of pharmacological activities, and its anti-tumor effect is receiving increasing attention. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the anti-GBM activity of ATL remains poorly understood...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680735/pilocytic-astrocytoma-a-rare-presentation-as-intraventricular-tumor
#4
Sidra Sattar, Naveed Z Akhunzada, Gohar Javed, Zeeshan Uddin, Yasir A Khan
BACKGROUND: Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most prevalent central nervous system (CNS) tumor in pediatric population and accounts for an approximate of 5-6% of all gliomas. This neoplasm can occur at all levels of the neuraxis, with majority (67%) arising in the cerebellum and optic pathway. PAs are World Health Organization Grade I tumors and are the most benign of all astrocytomas characterized by an excellent prognosis. Other differentials include subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA), ependymoma, meningioma, and low-grade gliomas such as pilocytic or diffuse astrocytoma; calcification is more commonly regarded as a feature of benign or slow-growing tumors...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667395/-intra-axial-brain-tumors-in-adults-on-the-basis-of-the-2016-who-classification
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REVIEW
N Peitgen, P Papanagiotou
CLINICAL/METHODICAL ISSUE: The influence of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification from 2016 on the radiological diagnosis for tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) in adults. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS: Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR spectroscopy. PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS: In order to come as close as possible to the correct diagnosis of CNS tumors, MRI is the long-standing accepted method of choice that can in some cases be supported by the use of CT to demonstrate calcification or bone destruction...
June 30, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643038/prevalence-of-cerebral-cavernous-malformations-associated-with-developmental-venous-anomalies-increases-with-age
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Waleed Brinjikji, Ali El-Rida El-Masri, John T Wald, Kelly D Flemming, Giuseppe Lanzino
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that the prevalence of cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) associated with developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) increases with age, we studied the age-related prevalence of DVA-associated CCM among patients with DVAs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with DVAs on contrast-enhanced MRI exams performed over a 2-year period were included in this study. A single neuroradiologist reviewed all imaging exams for the presence of CCMs...
June 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640700/cns-tumors-in-neurofibromatosis
#7
Jian Campian, David H Gutmann
Neurofibromatosis (NF) encompasses a group of distinct genetic disorders in which affected children and adults are prone to the development of benign and malignant tumors of the nervous system. The purpose of this review is to discuss the spectrum of CNS tumors arising in individuals with NF type 1 (NF1) and NF type 2 (NF2), their pathogenic etiologies, and the rational treatment options for people with these neoplasms. This article is a review of preclinical and clinical data focused on the treatment of the most common CNS tumors encountered in children and adults with NF1 and NF2...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639735/neonates-with-cancer-and-causes-of-death-lessons-from-615-cases-in-the-seer-databases
#8
Ahmad S Alfaar, Waleed M Hassan, Mohamed Sabry Bakry, Ibrahim Qaddoumi
Neonatal tumors are rare with no standard treatment approaches to these diseases, and the patients experience poor outcomes. Our aim was to determine the distribution of cancers affecting neonates and compare survival between these cancers and older children. We analyzed SEER data (1973-2007) from patients who were younger than 2 years at diagnosis of malignancy. Special permission was granted to access the detailed (i.e., age in months) data of those patients. The Chi-square Log-rank test was used to compare survival between neonates (aged <1 month) and older children (>1 month to <2 years)...
July 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620498/diabetes-insipidus-and-hypopituitarism-in-hiv-an-unexpected-cause
#9
Carlos Tavares Bello, Francisco Sousa Santos, João Sequeira Duarte, Carlos Vasconcelos
Central diabetes insipidus (DI) is a rare clinical entity characterized by low circulating levels of antidiuretic hormone (ADH) presenting with polyuria and volume depletion. Pituitary surgery is the most common cause of central DI in adults. Pituitary and hypothalamic disease, particularly invasive neoplasms, rarely cause DI, being idiopathic cases responsible for the majority of non-surgical cases. HIV patients, especially those with poor virulogical control, are prone to the development of CNS neoplasms, particularly lymphomas...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619436/tumefactive-demyelinating-lesions-a-comprehensive-review
#10
REVIEW
Hussein Algahtani, Bader Shirah, Ali Alassiri
Tumefactive multiple sclerosis or tumefactive demyelinating lesion (TDL) is one of the rare variants of multiple sclerosis (MS) posing a diagnostic challenge and a therapeutic enigma since it is difficult to distinguish from a true central nervous system (CNS) neoplasm or other CNS lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The prevalence of TDL is estimated to be 1-3/1000 cases of MS with an annual incidence of 0.3/100,000. This could be an underestimate due to unavailability of a global MS registry and under-reporting of this condition...
May 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612665/granular-cell-tumor-of-the-neurohypophysis-with-tfe-3-expression-a-rare-case-report
#11
Guang-Zhi Yang, Jing Li
Granular cell tumor (GCT) rarely involves the central nervous system, and fewer than 100 cases have been reported in English literatures. We herein report a case of a 36-year-old Chinese man with GCT of the neurohypophysis. Magnetic resonance imaging showed one mass located in the hypophysis with heterogeneous contrast enhancement. Pathological examination showed a neoplasm comprising densely packed polygonal cells of ample cytoplasm with abundant eosinophilic granules inside. The nuclei were small with inconspicuous nucleoli and yet without any mitoses...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612247/-18-f-fluorothymidine-pet-imaging-in-gliomas-an-update
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Alexandra Nikaki, George Angelidis, Roxani Efthimiadou, Ioannis Tsougos, Varvara Valotassiou, Konstantinos Fountas, Vasileios Prasopoulos, Panagiotis Georgoulias
Brain neoplasms constitute a group of tumors with discrete differentiation grades, and therefore, course of disease and prognosis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) remains the gold standard method for the investigation of central nervous system tumors. However, MRI suffers certain limitations, especially if radiation therapy or chemotherapy has been previously applied. On the other hand, given the development of newer radiopharmaceuticals, positron emission tomography (PET) aims to a better investigation of brain tumors, assisting in the clinical management of the patients...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609138/giant-cell-ependymoma-presentation-of-a-case-of-the-sacral-region-and-literature-review
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Hugo R Domínguez-Malagón, Diana B Sevilla-Lizcano, Leonardo S Lino-Silva
Ependymoma is a rare central nervous system neoplasm with an even rarer morphologic variant called giant-cell ependymoma (GCE). GCE has a characteristic discrepant, malignant-like morphology but indolent behavior. We present the case of a 21-year-old female with an extra-axial GCE located in the sacral region. To date, 16 cases of sacral GCE have been reported in the literature, with 4 cases in the sacral region; however, all those cases were intra-axial. We present the first case of an extra-axial sacral GCE...
July 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603224/proton-beam-therapy-for-pediatric-brain-tumor
#14
Masashi Mizumoto, Yoshiko Oshiro, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Hidehiro Kohzuki, Hideyuki Sakurai
Cancer is a major cause of childhood death, with central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms being the second most common pediatric malignancy, following hematological cancer. Treatment of pediatric CNS malignancies requires multimodal treatment using a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, and advances in these treatments have given favorable results and longer survival. However, treatment-related toxicities have also occurred, particularly for radiotherapy, after which secondary cancer, reduced function of irradiated organs, and retarded growth are significant problems...
June 9, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590047/cytopathologic-findings-of-cell-block-materials-from-the-vitreous-diagnostic-distinction-between-intraocular-lymphoma-and-non-lymphomatous-diseases
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Hiromi Kanno-Okada, Emi Takakuwa, Yoshiaki Tagawa, Satoru Kase, Kanako C Hatanaka, Yutaka Hatanaka, Kenichi Namba, Tomoko Mitsuhashi, Yoshihiro Matsuno
Intraocular lymphoma is a rare neoplasm that occurs only in the eyes and/or central nervous system. Diagnosis of intraocular lymphoma is difficult because its clinical manifestations mimic chronic uveitis. Pathological examination of the vitreous is one of the main diagnostic tools for intraocular lymphoma, but this is challenging due to the sparse cellularity and specimen degeneration. Here, we reviewed 33 cell block preparations from vitreous perfusion fluid in order to examine the significance of cytopathological findings for differential diagnosis using vitreous samples...
June 7, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571143/histopathological-study-of-central-nervous-system-lesions-emphasizing-association-of-neoplasms-with-abo-blood-groups
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B N Kumarguru, P Pallavi, Sunila, G V Manjunath, T S Vasan, B R Rajalakshmi
INTRODUCTION: The Central Nervous System (CNS) lesions show considerable geographic and racial variations with respect to the incidence and the pattern of distribution of lesions. The ABO blood status is a readily accessible factor in genetic constitution of the patients. It has been shown to be associated with many diseases. But the influence of blood group status on the pathogenesis of brain tumours is still unclear. AIM: To study various histopathological patterns of CNS lesions and to evaluate the association of CNS tumours with the distribution of ABO blood groups in documented cases...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564668/updates-on-chimeric-antigen-receptor-mediated-glioblastoma-immunotherapy
#17
George Mao, Prakash Sampath, Sadhak Sengupta
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant of the primary central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms, accounting for nearly 80% of all primary brain tumors and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Immunotherapy is proving to be a fertile ground for next-generation GBM therapy, with large translational research projects and clinical trials currently underway. One particularly promising area is the chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) in the context of lymphocyte adoptive cell therapy (ACT), which has achieved success in the treatment of hematological malignancies...
June 1, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553668/the-clinical-spectrum-of-erdheim-chester-disease-an-observational-cohort-study
#18
Juvianee I Estrada-Veras, Kevin J O'Brien, Louisa C Boyd, Rahul H Dave, Benjamin Durham, Liqiang Xi, Ashkan A Malayeri, Marcus Y Chen, Pamela J Gardner, Jhonell R Alvarado-Enriquez, Nikeith Shah, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Bernadette R Gochuico, Mark Raffeld, Elaine S Jaffe, William A Gahl
Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD) is a rare, potentially fatal, multi-organ myeloid neoplasm occurring mainly in adults. The diagnosis is established by clinical, radiologic, and histologic findings; ECD tumors contain foamy macrophages that are CD68+, CD163+, CD1a-, and frequently S100-. The purpose of this report is to describe the clinical and molecular variability of ECD. Sixty consecutive ECD patients (45 males, 15 females) were prospectively evaluated at the NIH Clinical Center between 2011 and 2015. Comprehensive imaging and laboratory studies were performed, and tissues were examined for BRAF V600E and MAPK pathway mutations...
February 14, 2017: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550041/central-nervous-system-involvement-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-is-mediated-by-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
#19
Vera Münch, Luca Trentin, Julia Herzig, Salih Demir, Felix Seyfried, Johann M Kraus, Hans A Kestler, Rolf Köhler, Thomas F E Barth, Geertruy Te Kronnie, Klaus-Michael Debatin, Lüder H Meyer
In acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), central nervous system (CNS) involvement is a major clinical concern. Despite non-detectable CNS leukemia in many cases, prophylactic CNS-directed conventional intrathecal chemotherapy is required for relapse free survival indicating subclinical CNS manifestation in most patients. However, CNS-directed therapy is associated with long-term sequelae including neurocognitive deficits and secondary neoplasms. Therefore, molecular mechanisms and pathways mediating leukemia cell entry into the CNS need to be understood in order to identify targets for prophylactic and therapeutic interventions and develop alternative CNS-directed treatment strategies...
May 26, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548244/primary-histiocytic-sarcoma-presenting-as-diffuse-leptomeningeal-disease-case-description-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Magda Zanelli, Moira Ragazzi, Giovanni Marchetti, Alessandra Bisagni, Massimo Principi, Daniela Fanni, Elisabetta Froio, Silvia Serra, Eleonora Zanetti, Loredana De Marco, Felice Giangaspero, Stefano Ascani
Histiocytic sarcoma is a rare malignant neoplasm arising most commonly in lymph nodes, intestinal tract, skin and soft tissue. The incidence of primary CNS histiocytic sarcoma is even rarer with a total of just 27 cases reported in the literature so far. Herein we describe the first autopsy case of histiocytic sarcoma presenting as a diffuse leptomeningeal disease in absence of a CNS tumor-forming parenchymal lesion. The clinical, pathological and immunophenotypic features are described and an updated literature review on primary CNS histiocytic sarcoma is included...
May 26, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
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