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Dian He, Yuan Li, Yunli Yu, Gang Cai, Fu Ouyang, Yuchan Lin, Hongjuan Lu, Lan Chu
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder that primarily affects the skin and the nervous system. This condition is called segmental NF1 (also called neurofibromatosis type V) when clinical features are limited to one area of the body. Segmental NF1 is generally thought to result from somatic mosaicism due to a postzygotic mutation in the NF1 gene, thus a test for NF1 gene abnormalities in peripheral blood is usually negative. Here we report a 31-year-old male presenting with epileptic seizures, who had a history of neurofibromas confirmed by biopsy, but lacked a family history of neurofibromatosis...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Shabeeb Hussain, Mohammad Mahdi Tavakoli, Aashir Waleed, Umar Siddique Virk, Shihe Yang, Amir Waseem, Zhiyong Fan, Muhammad Arif Nadeem
We demonstrate for the first time the application of p-NiFe2 O4 /n-Fe2 O3 composite thin films as anode materials for light-assisted electrolysis of water. The p-NiFe2 O4 /n-Fe2 O3 composite thin films were deposited on planar fluorinated tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass as well as on 3D array of nanospike (NSP) substrates. The effect of substrate (planar FTO and 3D-NSP) and percentage change of each component (i.e., NiFe2 O4 and Fe2 O3 ) of composite was studied on photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation reaction...
March 14, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Deeann Wallis, Kairong Li, Hui Lui, Ke Hu, Mei-Jan Chen, Jing Li, Jungsoon Kang, Shamik Das, Bruce R Korf, Robert A Kesterson
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1; MIM# 613113) is caused by pathogenic variants or mutations in the NF1 gene that encodes neurofibromin. We describe here a new approach to determining the functional consequences of NF1 genetic variants. We established a heterologous cell culture expression system using a full-length mouse Nf1 cDNA (mNf1) and human cell lines. We demonstrate that the full-length murine cDNA produces a >250 kDa neurofibromin protein that is capable of modulating Ras signaling. We created mutant cDNAs representing NF1 patient variants with different clinically relevant phenotypes, and assessed their ability to produce mature neurofibromin and restore Nf1 activity in NF1-/- cells...
March 9, 2018: Human Mutation
José E Velázquez Vega, Daniel J Brat
Recent advances in molecular pathology have reshaped the practice of brain tumor diagnostics. The classification of gliomas has been restructured with the discovery of isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) 1/2 mutations in the vast majority of lower grade infiltrating gliomas and secondary glioblastomas (GBM), with IDH-mutant astrocytomas further characterized by TP53 and ATRX mutations. Whole-arm 1p/19q codeletion in conjunction with IDH mutations now define oligodendrogliomas, which are also enriched for CIC, FUBP1, PI3K, NOTCH1, and TERT-p mutations...
March 8, 2018: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
Aurore Bouty, Eric Dobremez, Luke Harper, Jérôme Harambat, Cécile Bouteiller, Brigitte Zaghet, Pierre Wolkenstein, Stéphane Ducassou, Yan Lefevre
AIM: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder. Malignant transformation into malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) can occur. However, urinary tract involvement is rare. We report 4 cases of NF1 with bladder dysfunction. METHODS: A retrospective single center analysis of 4 patients was conducted over a 17-year period, focusing on urinary tract involvement. RESULTS: NF1 was diagnosed at a median of 16...
March 7, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
Fan Yang, Song Xu, Renwang Liu, Tao Shi, Xiongfei Li, Xuebing Li, Gang Chen, Hongyu Liu, Qinghua Zhou, Jun Chen
Introduction: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common Mendelian multi-system disorder that is characterized by café-au-lait spots (CLS), axillary freckling, optic glioma and plexiform neurofibroma. Various mutations of the NF1 gene are widely accepted to be the main cause of this disease, while whether there are still certain other modifier genes that could influence the phenotypes of NF1 is our concern. Patients and Methods: One proband and his father are involved, who are characterized by plexiform neurofibroma and cutaneous neurofibroma, respectively...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Dima Hamideh, Mary Ellen Hoehn, Julie H Harreld, Paul D Klimo, Amar Gajjar, Ibrahim Qaddoumi
Isolated optic nerve glioma is a rare tumor with no consensus for the best therapeutic approach. Therefore, tumor control and preservation of visual function remain a challenge. In this retrospective study, we describe our experience over 30 years in a single-institutional cohort of children with isolated optic nerve glioma, focusing on treatments and visual outcomes. Seventeen children were followed for a median period of 8 years (range, 2-22 years). Diagnosis was based on typical neuroradiologic findings, and 3 patients had histologic confirmation of their tumors...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
Staci Martin, Kari L Struemph, Alyssa Poblete, Mary Anne Toledo-Tamula, Robin Lockridge, Marie Claire Roderick, Pamela Wolters
Parents of children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a rare genetic condition, are at risk for emotional distress. While they may benefit from support groups, they may find it difficult to access support. We conducted an 8-week Internet support group (ISG) with 33 parents (29 mothers, 4 fathers) of children with NF1. Transcripts were evaluated using inductive thematic analysis to determine parental needs and concerns; a process and content theme were identified, with each containing codes and subcodes. In terms of process, parents utilized the ISG to seek out information, share information and experiences, and provide and receive emotional support...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Community Genetics
Chung Thong Lim, Márta Korbonits
Pituitary adenomas are the third most common central nervous system tumours and arise from the anterior pituitary within the pituitary fossa. The signs and symptoms of patients with pituitary adenomas vary from 'mass effects' caused by a large adenoma to features secondary to excess pituitary hormones produced by the functioning pituitary adenoma. Detailed histopathological assessment, based on novel classifications and the latest WHO guidelines, helps to categorise pituitary adenomas into different subtypes and identify features that, in some cases, help to predict their behaviour...
March 2, 2018: Endocrine Practice
Yuichi Yoshida, Yuko Ehara, Kenjiro Kosaki, Osamu Yamamoto
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March 2018: Journal of Dermatology
Juan Chen, Jie-da Cui, Xiao-Tong Guo, Xia Cao, Qing Li
Epidermal growth receptor (EGFR)-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have emerged as first-line drugs for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with EFGR mutations. However, most patients with NSCLC show acquired resistance to EGFR-TKIs, and low expression of NF1 is a mechanism of EGFR-TKI resistance in lung cancer. However, the mechanism by which NF1 is downregulated in EGFR-TKI-resistant NSCLC is unclear. Here, we found the increased expression of miR-641 in NSCLC cells and human NSCLC samples with resistance to TKI compared to those with sensitive to TKI...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Sarah Stuckelberger, Ronny Drapkin
The development of Genetically Engineered Mouse Models (GEMMs) has catalyzed tremendous progress in cancer research. However, it has been difficult to design adequate mouse models for high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC), the most common and lethal form of ovarian cancer. The genetic complexity of the disease, as well as the recent appreciation that most HGSCs arise from the fallopian tube (FT) secretory epithelium rather than the ovarian surface epithelium, has stifled the development of robust GEMMs. In a recent issue of this journal, Zhai et al presented an elegant mouse model for ovarian cancer that uses Ovgp1 as a FT-specific promoter to inactivate Brca1, Trp53, Rb1, Nf1 and Pten...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Pathology
Rhona H Hurley, Michael McCormick, Mohamad Elhassan, Gary Nicholson
Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST) are rare tumours of mesenchymal origin. These can be associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which is an autosomal dominant disorder. The prevalence of GIST in NF1 is estimated at 3.9-25%. This paper describes the presentation of a GIST arising from the jejenum in a 75-year-old lady with NF1, who presented with gastrointestinal bleeding. This was diagnosed by CT angiography. She was managed with laparotomy, with resection of small bowel, and an ischaemic segment of large bowel with two primary anastomoses...
February 2018: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Naohiro Makise, Masaya Sekimizu, Takashi Kubo, Susumu Wakai, Shun-Ichi Watanabe, Tomoyasu Kato, Takayuki Kinoshita, Nobuyoshi Hiraoka, Masashi Fukayama, Akira Kawai, Hitoshi Ichikawa, Akihiko Yoshida
AIMS: Extraskeletal osteosarcoma (ESOS) is a sarcoma in the non-skeletal tissue that directly produces neoplastic osteoid or bone. Dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DDLPS) and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) are the two most common types of sarcoma that can harbor heterologous osteosarcomatous differentiation. We aimed to determine the potential relationship of ESOS to DDLPS and MPNST. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated MDM2 and H3K27me3 status in 19 cases of ESOS, 2 of which contained a low-grade component...
February 28, 2018: Histopathology
Stavros Stivaros, Shruti Garg, Maria Tziraki, Ying Cai, Owen Thomas, Joseph Mellor, Andrew A Morris, Carly Jim, Karolina Szumanska-Ryt, Laura M Parkes, Hamied A Haroon, Daniela Montaldi, Nicholas Webb, John Keane, Francisco X Castellanos, Alcino J Silva, Sue Huson, Stephen Williams, D Gareth Evans, Richard Emsley, Jonathan Green
Background: Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) is a monogenic model for syndromic autism. Statins rescue the social and cognitive phenotype in animal knockout models, but translational trials with subjects > 8 years using cognition/behaviour outcomes have shown mixed results. This trial breaks new ground by studying statin effects for the first time in younger children with NF1 and co-morbid autism and by using multiparametric imaging outcomes. Methods: A single-site triple-blind RCT of simvastatin vs...
2018: Molecular Autism
Georgi Tchernev, Anastasiya Atanasova Chokoeva, Uwe Wollina, Torello Lotti, Georgi Konstantinov Maximov, Ilia Lozev
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 ( NF1 ) is a multisystemic disorder with genetic background, characterised by specific cutaneous findings, skeletal dysplasias, and growth of both benign and malignant nervous system tumours. NF1 is caused by mutations in the NF1 gene, situated in chromosome 17q11.2, with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance and clinical manifestation of neurofibromas, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour, optic and non-optic nerve gliomas, congenital heart disease, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and orthopaedic disorders...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Jillian K Warejko, Markus Schueler, Asaf Vivante, Weizhen Tan, Ankana Daga, Jennifer A Lawson, Daniela A Braun, Shirlee Shril, Kassaundra Amann, Michael J G Somers, Nancy M Rodig, Michelle A Baum, Ghaleb Daouk, Avram Z Traum, Heung Bae Kim, Khashayar Vakili, Diego Porras, James Lock, Michael J Rivkin, Gulraiz Chaudry, Leslie B Smoot, Michael N Singh, Edward R Smith, Shrikant M Mane, Richard P Lifton, Deborah R Stein, Michael A Ferguson, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Midaortic syndrome (MAS) is a rare cause of severe childhood hypertension characterized by narrowing of the abdominal aorta in children and is associated with extensive vascular disease. It may occur as part of a genetic syndrome, such as neurofibromatosis, or as consequence of a pathological inflammatory disease. However, most cases are considered idiopathic. We hypothesized that in a high percentage of these patients, a monogenic cause of disease may be detected by evaluating whole exome sequencing data for mutations in 1 of 38 candidate genes previously described to cause vasculopathy...
February 26, 2018: Hypertension
Patrick J Cimino, David H Gutmann
The neurofibromatoses are a group of three heterogeneous disorders that include neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), and schwannomatosis. NF1 is the most common of these three conditions, and represents one of the most frequently diagnosed cancer predisposition disorders involving the nervous system. While NF1 primarily affects the central and peripheral nervous system, multisystem involvement is the rule, with dermatologic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and orthopedic affectation often reported...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Matthew A Summers, Emily R Vasiljevski, Kathy Mikulec, Lauren Peacock, David G Little, Aaron Schindeler
Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) is a common autosomal dominant genetic disorder While NF1 is primarily associated with predisposition for tumor formation, muscle weakness has emerged as having a significant impact on quality of life. NF1 inactivation is linked with a canonical upregulation Ras-MEK-ERK signaling. This in this study we tested the capacity of the small molecule MEK inhibitor PD0325901 to influence the intramyocellular lipid accumulation associated with NF1 deficiency. Established murine models of tissue specific Nf1 deletion in skeletal muscle (Nf1MyoD -/- ) and limb mesenchyme (Nf1Prx1 -/- ) were tested...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
E-B Luna, M Janini, F Lima, R-A Pontes, F Guedes, M Geller, L da Silva, A Motta, K Cunha
BACKGROUND: Oral manifestations are common in neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1), and include jaws and teeth alterations. Our aim was to investigate the craniomaxillofacial morphology of Brazilian children, adolescents and adults with NF1 using cone beam computed tomography. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was conducted with 36 Brazilian individuals with NF1 with ages ranging from 4 to 75. The participants were submitted to anamnesis, extra and intraoral exam and cephalometric analysis using cone beam computed tomography...
February 24, 2018: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
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