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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641234/improved-boundary-segmentation-of-skin-lesions-in-high-frequency-3d-ultrasound
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B Sciolla, P Delachartre, L Cowell, T Dambry, B Guibert
In this article, we propose a segmentation algorithm for skin lesions in 3D high-frequency ultrasound images. The segmentation is done on melanoma and Basal-cell carcinoma tumors, the most common skin cancer types, and could be used for diagnosis and surgical excision planning in a clinical context. Compared with previously proposed algorithms, which tend to underestimate the size of the lesion, we propose two new boundary terms which provide significant improvements of the accuracy. The first is a probabilistic boundary expansion (PBE) term designed to broaden the segmented area at the boundaries, which uses the feature asymmetry criterion...
June 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641204/towards-dosimetry-for-photodynamic-diagnosis-with-the-low-level-dose-of-photosensitizer
#2
Igor Buzalewicz, Iwona Hołowacz, Agnieszka Ulatowska-Jarża, Halina Podbielska
BACKGROUND: Contemporary medicine does not concern the issue of dosimetry in photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) but follows the photosensitizer (PS) producers recommendation. Most preclinical and clinical PDD studies indicate a considerable variation in the possibility of visualization and treatment, as e.g. in case of cervix lesions. Although some of these variations can be caused by the different histological subtypes or various tumor geometries, the issue of varying PS concentration in the tumor tissue volume is definitely an important factor...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641162/triterpenoids-and-sterols-from-the-grains-of-echinochloa-utilis-ohwi-yabuno-and-their-cytotoxic-activity
#3
Thi Trang Nguyen, Duc Hung Nguyen, Bing Tian Zhao, Duc Dat Le, Byung Sun Min, Young Ho Kim, Mi Hee Woo
Two new tetracyclic triterpenoids, echinochlorins C (1) and D (2), and sawamilletin (3) with new spectroscopic data were isolated from Echinochloa utilis Ohwi & Yabuno grains, along with one known triterpenoid (4) and eight sterols (5-12). Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic data analyses (IR, UV, MS, and NMR). These compounds were tested in vitro cytotoxic activities against the human tumor-cell lines (HeLa, HL-60, and MCF-7). Compounds 6 and 8 displayed potential cytotoxic activity against HeLa, with IC50 values of 3...
June 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641048/updates-and-current-challenges-in-microrna-research-for-personalized-medicine-in-ovarian-cancer
#4
Victoria Mandilaras, Mégane Vernon, Matthieu Meryet-Figuière, Katherine Karakasis, Bernard Lambert, Laurent Poulain, Amit Oza, Christophe Denoyelle, Stephanie Lheureux
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the second most common and the most lethal of the gynecological malignancies. Currently, there exists no effective screening tool for OC. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous 18-23 nucleotide non-coding RNAs that refine gene expression. MiRNAs have been found to be aberrantly expressed in OC tumor tissue as well as detectable in biological fluids such as the blood, urine, and ascites and have been proposed as biomarkers and therapeutic targets for OC. Areas covered: This review summarizes the current knowledge regarding the application of miRNAs as diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers in OC...
June 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641010/alpha-mangostin-reverses-multidrug-resistance-by-attenuating-the-function-of-the-multidrug-resistance-linked-abcg2-transporter
#5
Chung-Pu Wu, Sung-Han Hsiao, Megumi Murakami, Yu-Jen Lu, Yan-Qing Li, Yang-Hui Huang, Tai-Ho Hung, Suresh V Ambudkar, Yu-Shan Wu
The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) drug transporter ABCG2 can actively efflux a wide variety of chemotherapeutic agents out of cancer cells and subsequently reduce the intracellular accumulation of these drugs. Therefore, the overexpression of ABCG2 often contributes to the development of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer cells, which is one of the major obstacles to successful cancer chemotherapy. Moreover, ABCG2 is highly expressed in various tissues including the intestine and blood-brain barrier (BBB), limiting the absorption and bioavailability of many therapeutic agents...
June 22, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640986/antimonene-quantum-dots-synthesis-and-application-as-near-infrared-photothermal-agents-for-effective-cancer-therapy
#6
Wei Tao, Xiaoyuan Ji, Xiaoding Xu, Mohammad Ariful Islam, Zhongjun Li, Si Chen, Phei Er Saw, Han Zhang, Zameer Bharwani, Zilei Guo, Jinjun Shi, Omid Farokhzad
Photothermal therapy (PTT) has shown significant potential for cancer therapy. However, developing nanomaterials (NMs)-based photothermal agents (PTAs) with satisfactory photothermal conversion efficacy (PTCE) and biocompatibility remains a key challenge. Herein, a new generation of PTAs based on two-dimensional (2D) antimonene quantum dots (AMQDs) was developed by a novel liquid exfoliation method. Surface modification of AMQDs with polyethylene glycol (PEG) significantly enhanced both biocompatibility and stability in physiological medium...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640948/high-level-%C3%AE-iii-tubulin-overexpression-occurs-in-most-head-and-neck-cancers-but-is-unrelated-to-clinical-outcome
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Julie C Nienstedt, Alexander Gröbe, Till Clauditz, Ronald Simon, Adrian Muenscher, Rainald Knecht, Guido Sauter, Christoph Moebius, Marco Blessmann, Max Heiland, Christina Pflug
BACKGROUND: βIII-tubulin (TUBB3) is an isotype of microtubules, which are involved in crucial cellular roles including maintenance of cell shape, intracellular transport, and mitosis. Overexpression of TUBB3 was found to be associated with poor prognosis and resistance to tubulin-binding drugs and in several solid tumors including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). Considering the potential high importance of a prognostic biomarker in these cancers, the present study aimed to investigate the clinical relevance of immunohistochemical TUBB3 expression in HNSCC...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640929/modulation-of-tumor-microenvironment-by-chemopreventive-natural-products
#8
REVIEW
Sin-Aye Park, Young-Joon Surh
The tumor microenvironment provides a niche in which cancer cells and their surrounding stromal cells reside and in which their interactions occur. The cross talk between cancer and stromal cells in the tumor microenvironment promotes many biological processes to support cancer cell growth, invasion, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Recently, not only cancer cells but also multiple types of surrounding stromal cells, including endothelial cells, immune cells, and fibroblasts in the tumor microenvironment, have been recognized to be attractive targets for reducing resistance to anticancer therapy and tumor recurrence...
June 22, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640869/development-of-an-automated-size-based-filtration-system-for-isolation-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-lung-cancer-patients
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Satomi Yagi, Yasuhiro Koh, Hiroaki Akamatsu, Kuninobu Kanai, Atsushi Hayata, Nahomi Tokudome, Keiichiro Akamatsu, Katsuya Endo, Seita Nakamura, Masayuki Higuchi, Hisashige Kanbara, Masanori Nakanishi, Hiroki Ueda, Nobuyuki Yamamoto
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs), defined as tumor cells circulating in the peripheral blood of patients with solid tumors, are relatively rare. Diagnosis using CTCs is expected to help in the decision-making for precision cancer medicine. We have developed an automated microcavity array (MCA) system to detect CTCs based on the differences in size and deformability between tumor cells and normal blood cells. Herein, we evaluated the system using blood samples from non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640864/targeting-breast-cancer-cells-by-mrs1477-a-positive-allosteric-modulator-of-trpv1-channels
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Mustafa Nazıroğlu, Bilal Çiğ, Walter Blum, Csaba Vizler, Andrea Buhala, Annamária Marton, Róbert Katona, Katalin Jósvay, Beat Schwaller, Zoltán Oláh, László Pecze
There is convincing epidemiological and experimental evidence that capsaicin, a potent natural transient receptor potential cation channel vanilloid member 1 (TRPV1) agonist, has anticancer activity. However, capsaicin cannot be given systemically in large doses, because of its induction of acute pain and neurological inflammation. MRS1477, a dihydropyridine derivative acts as a positive allosteric modulator of TRPV1, if added together with capsaicin, but is ineffective, if given alone. Addition of MRS1477 evoked Ca2+ signals in MCF7 breast cancer cells, but not in primary breast epithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640844/the-g8-screening-tool-enhances-prognostic-value-to-ecog-performance-status-in-elderly-cancer-patients-a-retrospective-single-institutional-study
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Masahiro Takahashi, Masanobu Takahashi, Keigo Komine, Hideharu Yamada, Yuki Kasahara, Sonoko Chikamatsu, Akira Okita, Shukuei Ito, Kota Ouchi, Yoshinari Okada, Hiroo Imai, Ken Saijo, Hidekazu Shirota, Shin Takahashi, Takahiro Mori, Hideki Shimodaira, Chikashi Ishioka
BACKGROUND: Some elderly cancer patients, even with good Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status (ECOG-PS), have poor survival outcomes and cannot tolerate standard therapy. Few studies have detailed the associations between the G8 screening tool, ECOG-PS, and overall survival (OS) in such patients. METHODS: Cancer patients, aged 70 years or older, were assessed for G8 and classified into three groups according to their G8 score: <11 as the low score group, 11-14 as the intermediate score group, and >14 as the high score group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640835/bilateral-blockade-of-mek-and-pi3k-mediated-pathways-downstream-of-mutant-kras-as-a-treatment-approach-for-peritoneal-mucinous-malignancies
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Murali R Kuracha, Peter Thomas, Brian W Loggie, Venkatesh Govindarajan
Mucinous colorectal adenocarcinomas (MCAs) are clinically and morphologically distinct from nonmucinous colorectal cancers (CRCs), show a distinct spectrum of genetic alterations (higher KRAS mutations, lower p53, high MUC2), exhibit more aggressive behavior (more prone to peritoneal dissemination and lymph node involvement) and are associated with poorer response to chemotherapy with limited treatment options. Here, we report the effectiveness of combinatorial targeting of two KRAS-mediated parallel pathways in reducing MUC2 production and mucinous tumor growth in vitro and in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640831/ribosomal-dna-copy-number-loss-and-sequence-variation-in-cancer
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Baoshan Xu, Hua Li, John M Perry, Vijay Pratap Singh, Jay Unruh, Zulin Yu, Musinu Zakari, William McDowell, Linheng Li, Jennifer L Gerton
Ribosomal DNA is one of the most variable regions in the human genome with respect to copy number. Despite the importance of rDNA for cellular function, we know virtually nothing about what governs its copy number, stability, and sequence in the mammalian genome due to challenges associated with mapping and analysis. We applied computational and droplet digital PCR approaches to measure rDNA copy number in normal and cancer states in human and mouse genomes. We find that copy number and sequence can change in cancer genomes...
June 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640767/surgical-and-pathological-outcomes-of-laparoscopic-versus-abdominal-radical-hysterectomy-with-pelvic-lymphadenectomy-and-or-para-aortic-lymph-node-sampling-for-bulky-early-stage-cervical-cancer
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Tao Zhu, Xi Chen, Jianqing Zhu, Yaqing Chen, Aijun Yu, Lu Chen, Huafeng Shou, Meijuan Wu, Ping Zhang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the feasibility, morbidity, and recurrence rate of total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy (LRH) with those of abdominal radical hysterectomy (ARH) for bulky early-stage cervical cancer. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of 112 patients with stage IB1 or IIA2 cervical cancer in which the tumor diameter was 3 cm or greater. All patients underwent LRH (n = 30) or ARH (n = 82) with pelvic lymphadenectomy and/or para-aortic lymph node sampling between May 2011 and November 2014...
July 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640705/genomic-analysis-of-childhood-brain-tumors-methods-for-genome-wide-discovery-and-precision-medicine-become-mainstream
#15
Stephen C Mack, Paul A Northcott
Recent breakthroughs in next-generation sequencing technology and complementary genomic platforms have transformed our capacity to interrogate the molecular landscapes of human cancers, including childhood brain tumors. Numerous high-throughput genomic studies have been reported for the major histologic brain tumor entities diagnosed in children, including interrogations at the level of the genome, epigenome, and transcriptome, many of which have yielded essential new insights into disease biology. The nature of these discoveries has been largely platform dependent, exemplifying the usefulness of applying different genomic and computational strategies, or integrative approaches, to address specific biologic and/or clinical questions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640703/integrating-evidence-based-medicine-for-treatment-of-spinal-metastases-into-a-decision-framework-neurologic-oncologic-mechanicals-stability-and-systemic-disease
#16
Ori Barzilai, Ilya Laufer, Yoshiya Yamada, Daniel S Higginson, Adam M Schmitt, Eric Lis, Mark H Bilsky
Patients with cancer are frequently affected by spinal metastases. Treatment is palliative, with the principle goals of pain relief, preservation of neurologic function, and improvement in quality of life. In the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic change in the treatment paradigms due to the development of improved surgical strategies and systemic and radiation therapy. The most important change to these paradigms has been the integration of spinal stereotactic radiosurgery (SSRS), allowing delivery of tumoricidal radiation doses with sparing of nearby organs at risk...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640700/cns-tumors-in-neurofibromatosis
#17
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...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640696/insights-from-molecular-profiling-of-adult-glioma
#18
Phedias Diamandis, Kenneth D Aldape
The comprehensive molecular profiling of cancer has resulted in new insights into the biology and classification of numerous tumor types. In the case of primary brain tumors that commonly affect adults, an emerging set of disease-defining biomarker sets is reshaping existing diagnostic entities that had previously been defined on the basis of their microscopic appearance. Substantial progress has been made in this regard for common primary brain tumors in adults, especially diffuse gliomas, where large-scale profiling efforts have led to the incorporation of highly prevalent molecular alterations that promote a biologically based classification as an adjunct to the traditional histopathologic approach...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640694/assessment-of-rectal-tumors-with-shear-wave-elastography-before-surgery-comparison-with-endorectal-us
#19
Li-Da Chen, Wei Wang, Jian-Bo Xu, Jian-Hui Chen, Xin-Hua Zhang, Hui Wu, Jin-Ning Ye, Jin-Ya Liu, Zhi-Qiang Nie, Ming-De Lu, Xiao-Yan Xie
Purpose To compare the value of endorectal ultrasonography (US) with shear-wave elastography (SWE) in staging rectal tumors before surgery. Materials and Methods This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board and written informed consent was obtained. In a pilot cohort from April 2015 to January 2016, 70 patients with rectal adenocarcinomas and/or adenomas confirmed with histopathologic examination underwent both endorectal US and SWE. Tumor stiffness and three regions of reference backgrounds, as well as tumor stiffness ratios (SRs) versus these backgrounds, were analyzed...
June 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640659/phlda1-pleckstrin-homology-like-domain-family-a-member-1-knockdown-promotes-migration-and-invasion-of-mcf10a-breast-epithelial-cells
#20
Naieli Bonatto, Maria José Carlini, Simone Aparecida de Bessa Garcia, Maria Aparecida Nagai
PHLDA1 (pleckstrin homology-like domain, family A, member 1) is a multifunctional protein that plays distinct roles in several biological processes including cell death and therefore its altered expression has been identified in different types of cancer. Progressively loss of PHLDA1 was found in primary and metastatic melanoma while its overexpression was reported in intestinal and pancreatic tumors. Previous work from our group showed that negative expression of PHLDA1 protein was a strong predictor of poor prognosis for breast cancer disease...
June 22, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
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