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Christine E Fuller
Over the past several decades, our understanding of malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRT) and the central nervous system equivalent atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (ATRT) has undergone considerable refinement, particularly in terms of genetic characterization. MRT (both renal and extra-renal) and ATRT share phenotypic similarities and a common genetic signature, that being inactivating alterations of the SWI/SNF complex component SMARCB1 (or rarely SMARCA4). Unfortunately, a wide array of tumors bears significantly overlapping phenotypic characteristics to MRT/ATRT, posing a formidable diagnostic challenge...
August 31, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Mirza A Baig, Joshua P Klein, Laszlo L Mechtler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuroimaging is an essential tool for the diagnosis and management of brain tumors. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in neuroimaging have allowed for noninvasive visualization of tumors and have changed how brain tumors are diagnosed and treated. Presurgical planning with the use of functional MRI (fMRI) and diffusion tensor MRI helps to preserve eloquent regions of the brain and fiber tracts, thereby decreasing patients' postsurgical morbidity. With the use of susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) filtered phase images, diffusion-weighted studies, and perfusion imaging techniques, deciphering posttreatment effects versus tumor progression can be facilitated...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Luca Tordella, Sadaf Khan, Anja Hohmeyer, Ana Banito, Sabrina Klotz, Selina Raguz, Nadine Martin, Gopuraja Dhamarlingam, Thomas Carroll, José Mario González Meljem, Sumit Deswal, Juan Pedro Martínez-Barbera, Ramón García-Escudero, Johannes Zuber, Lars Zender, Jesús Gil
Oncogene-induced senescence (OIS) is a potent tumor suppressor mechanism. To identify senescence regulators relevant to cancer, we screened an shRNA library targeting genes deleted in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Here, we describe how knockdown of the SWI/SNF component ARID1B prevents OIS and cooperates with RAS to induce liver tumors. ARID1B controls p16(INK4a) and p21(CIP1a) transcription but also regulates DNA damage, oxidative stress, and p53 induction, suggesting that SWI/SNF uses additional mechanisms to regulate senescence...
October 13, 2016: Genes & Development
T A Polyakova, A V Arablinsky, O S Levin
The role of the cerebral microbleeds (CMB) as a potential predictor of hemorrhagic complications of thrombolytic therapy is discussed. CMB are small perivascular hemosiderin deposits in the brain detected by magnetic resonance imaging in gradient echo T2* or SWI sequences. They are associated (along with leukoaraiosis or lacunes) with cerebral microangiopathies. Most often CMB are associated with hypertensive arteriopathy (the main cause of CMB localization) or cerebral amyloid angiopathy (the main cause of cerebral CMB)...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Zhengzhen Chen, Huihuang Qiao, Yu Guo, Jiance Li, Huizhong Miao, Caiyun Wen, Xindong Wen, Xiaofen Zhang, Xindong Yang, Chengchun Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Understanding the anatomy of the anterior septal vein (ASV) is critical for minimally invasive procedures to the third ventricle and for assessing lesion size and venous drainage in the anterior cranial fossa. Accordingly, this study evaluated topographic anatomy and anatomic variation of the ASV using susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI). METHODS: Sixty volunteers were examined using a 3.0T MR system. The diameter of the ASV and distance between bilateral septal points were measured...
2016: PloS One
Bilge Öztoprak
OBJECTIVES: Clinical applications of susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) are increasing steadily. The aim of this study is to investigate the appearance of cerebral veins on SWI, which is very sensitive to the deoxyhaemoglobin level in vessels, in pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: The cranial SWI images of 19 patients with PE and 22 controls from September 2013 through March 2016 were retrospectively examined for the presence of prominent cerebral veins. MRI findings were correlated with blood oxygen levels...
October 4, 2016: European Radiology
Bruce A Bowser, Norbert G Campeau, Carrie M Carr, Felix E Diehn, Jennifer S McDonald, Gary M Miller, Timothy J Kaufmann
INTRODUCTION: Ferumoxytol (Feraheme) is a parenteral therapy approved for treatment of iron deficiency anemia. The product insert for ferumoxytol states that it may affect the diagnostic ability of MRI for up to 3 months. However, the expected effects may not be commonly recognized among clinical neuroradiologists. Our purpose is to describe the artifacts we have seen at our institution during routine clinical practice. METHODS: We reviewed the patients at our institution that had brain MRI performed within 90 days of receiving intravenous ferumoxytol...
October 4, 2016: Neuroradiology
Atsushi T Onaka, Naoko Toyofuku, Takahiro Inoue, Akiko K Okita, Minami Sagawa, Jie Su, Takeshi Shitanda, Rei Matsuyama, Faria Zafar, Tatsuro S Takahashi, Hisao Masukata, Takuro Nakagawa
Centromeres consist of DNA repeats in many eukaryotes. Non-allelic homologous recombination (HR) between them can result in gross chromosomal rearrangements (GCRs). In fission yeast, Rad51 suppresses isochromosome formation that occurs between inverted repeats in the centromere. However, how the HR enzyme prevents homology-mediated GCRs remains unclear. Here, we provide evidence that Rad51 with the aid of the Swi/Snf-type motor protein Rad54 promotes non-crossover recombination between centromere repeats to prevent isochromosome formation...
October 3, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
I Barnaure, M-L Montandon, C Rodriguez, F Herrmann, K O Lövblad, P Giannakopoulos, S Haller
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The presence of cerebral microbleeds has been associated with dementia and cognitive decline, although studies report conflicting results. Our aim was to determine the potential role of the presence and location of cerebral microbleeds in early stages of cognitive decline. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Baseline 3T MR imaging examinations including SWI sequences of 328 cognitively intact community-dwelling controls and 72 subjects with mild cognitive impairment were analyzed with respect to the presence and distribution of cerebral microbleeds...
September 29, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Krzysztof Brzezinka, Simone Altmann, Hjördis Czesnick, Philippe Nicolas, Michal Gorka, Eileen Benke, Tina Kabelitz, Felix Jähne, Alexander Graf, Christian Kappel, Isabel Bäurle
Plants as sessile organisms can adapt to environmental stress to mitigate its adverse effects. As part of such adaptation they maintain an active memory of heat stress for several days that promotes a more efficient response to recurring stress. We show that this heat stress memory requires the activity of the FORGETTER1 (FGT1) locus, with fgt1 mutants displaying reduced maintenance of heat-induced gene expression. FGT1 encodes the Arabidopsis thaliana orthologue of Strawberry notch (Sno), and the protein globally associates with the promoter regions of actively expressed genes in a heat-dependent fashion...
September 28, 2016: ELife
N V Soshnikova, N E Vorob'eva, A A Kolacheva, D Y Gurskiy, R R Nigmatullina, Z A Zalyalova, S G Georgieva, M V Ugrumov
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and causes degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostriatal system of the brain. PHF10 is one of the most important regulatory subunits of the SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling protein complex, which controls the gene function and chromatin state in neurons. Two alternative RHF10 isoforms, PHF10-P and PHF10-S, replace each other in the complex to change the target gene pattern. Expression of the PHF10-P and PHF10-S transcripts in the nigrostriatal system and their ratio in blood lymphocytes were found to change in a mouse model of early clinical stage of PD as compared with control mice...
July 2016: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
Eric Allemand, Michael P Myers, Jose Garcia-Bernardo, Annick Harel-Bellan, Adrian R Krainer, Christian Muchardt
Several studies propose an influence of chromatin on pre-mRNA splicing, but it is still unclear how widespread and how direct this phenomenon is. We find here that when assembled in vivo, the U2 snRNP co-purifies with a subset of chromatin-proteins, including histones and remodeling complexes like SWI/SNF. Yet, an unbiased RNAi screen revealed that the outcome of splicing is influenced by a much larger variety of chromatin factors not all associating with the spliceosome. The availability of this broad range of chromatin factors impacting splicing further unveiled their very context specific effect, resulting in either inclusion or skipping, depending on the exon under scrutiny...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
Attila Altunel, Ali Sever, Emine Özlem Altunel
INTRODUCTION: Etiology of stuttering remains unknown and no pharmacologic intervention has been approved for treatment. We aimed to evaluate EEG parameters and the effect of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) therapy in stuttering. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 25 patients with attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and comorbid stuttering were followed and treated with ACTH for electrical status epilepticus in sleep (ESES)...
September 16, 2016: Brain & Development
S Zhang, B Zhou, L Wang, P Li, B D Bennett, R Snyder, S Garantziotis, D C Fargo, A D Cox, L Chen, G Hu
Epigenetic regulators are attractive targets for the development of new cancer therapies. Among them, the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes control the chromatin architecture and have important roles in gene regulation. They are often found to be mutated and de-regulated in cancers, but how they influence the cancer gene expression program during cancer initiation and progression is not fully understood. Here we show that the INO80 chromatin remodeling complex is required for oncogenic transcription and tumor growth in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
September 19, 2016: Oncogene
Ana Marija Franceschi, Stergios J Moschos, Carey K Anders, Samuel Glaubiger, Frances A Collichio, Carrie B Lee, Mauricio Castillo, Yueh Z Lee
PURPOSE: Susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) has significantly increased our sensitivity in detecting hemorrhagic brain lesions. We sought to explore the prevalence of intratumoral hemorrhage as detected by SWI in brain metastases from melanoma and breast cancer. METHODS: Lesions with a size of 0.1 cm were categorized as micrometastases, whereas larger lesions were categorized as macrometastases. Susceptibility-weighted imaging findings on locations corresponding to enhancing lesions were categorized as either positive or negative based on presence/absence of signal dropout...
September 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Vassilios Myrianthopoulos, Nicolas Gaboriaud-Kolar, Cynthia Tallant, Michelle-Lynn Hall, Stylianos Grigoriou, Peter Moore Brownlee, Oleg Fedorov, Catherine Rogers, David Heidenreich, Marek Wanior, Nikolaos Drosos, Nikitia Mexia, Pavel Savitsky, Tina Bagratuni, Efstathios Kastritis, Evangelos Terpos, Panagis Filippakopoulos, Susanne Müller, Alexios-Leandros Skaltsounis, Jessica Ann Downs, Stefan Knapp, Emmanuel Mikros
Bromodomains (BRDs) are epigenetic interaction domains currently recognized as emerging drug targets for development of anticancer or anti-inflammatory agents. In this study, development of a selective ligand of the fifth BRD of polybromo protein-1 (PB1(5)) related to switch/sucrose nonfermenting (SWI/SNF) chromatin remodeling complexes is presented. A compound collection was evaluated by consensus virtual screening and a hit was identified. The biophysical study of protein-ligand interactions was performed using X-ray crystallography and isothermal titration calorimetry...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Dongyu Xu, Bo Gao, Li Gao, Huaidong Zhou, Xingjuan Zhao, Shuhua Yin
The Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) is the largest reservoir in China. Cadmium (Cd) is a primary pollutant in the TGR, and its speciation and bioavailability have attracted extensive attention since TGR submergence. In this study, Chelex-100 DGT (diffusive gradient in thin films) and the sequential extraction method were used to investigate the bioavailable Cd in sediments obtained from a typical tributary (Meixi) and mainstream (Yangtze) in the TGR. The total Cd concentrations in sediments of the four stations were also determined...
November 2016: Environmental Pollution
Nitin Agarwal, Giulio Zuccoli, Geoffrey Murdoch, Brian T Jankowitz, Stephanie Greene
INTRODUCTION: Developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) are cited as the most common cerebral vascular malformations. Still, intracerebral hematomas are rarely thought to be caused by DVAs. In this report, the authors present a unique case of a DVA that hemorrhaged spontaneously, rather than hemorrhaging into a venous infarction following DVA thrombosis as has been more commonly reported. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 22-year-old previously healthy male presented to the emergency department with a severe headache, confusion, and progressive hemiparesis...
September 9, 2016: Neuroradiology Journal
O A Romero, S Verdura, M Torres-Diz, A Gomez, S Moran, E Condom, M Esteller, A Villanueva, M Sanchez-Cespedes
Components of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, including BRG1 (also SMARCA4), are inactivated in cancer. Among other functions, SWI/SNF orchestrates the response to retinoid acid (RA) and glucocorticoids (GC) involving downregulation of MYC. The epigenetic drugs SAHA and azacytidine, as well as RA and GC, are currently being used to treat some malignancies but their therapeutic potential in lung cancer is not well established. Here we aimed to determine the possible therapeutic effects of azacytidine and SAHA (A/S) alone or in combination with GC plus RA (GC/RA) in lung cancers with either BRG1 inactivation or MYC amplification...
September 5, 2016: Oncogene
Shuang Xu, Jun Qi, Xijuan Chen, Volha Lazouskaya, Jie Zhuang, Yan Jin
Colloids are potential vectors of contaminants in the subsurface environment. The knowledge of transport and retention behaviors of colloids is of primary importance for assessment and prediction of subsurface pollution risks. In this study, sand column experiments were conducted to investigate the coupled effects of various interfacial forces on the retention and transport of a hydrophilic silica colloid and a relatively hydrophobic latex colloid. Water column experiments were performed to observe the movement of colloids with air bubbles...
August 27, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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