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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329979/imaging-of-neck-masses-in-the-neonate
#1
Amina Ben Salem, Abir Khalfalli, Saida Jerbi, Wissem Harzallah, Fatma-Zohra Chioukh, Chiraz Hafsa, Ines Mezhoud
INTRODUCTION: Neck masses occurring in the neonatal period and early infancy consist of vascular tumors, vascular malformations, benign and malignant soft tissue tumors and other developmental lesions. Although some lesions can be diagnosed on clinical grounds, others can only be diagnosed by imaging. Beyond diagnosis, imaging plays a significant role in evaluating the location and extent of a lesion for possible intervention. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Clinical series descriptive study with a retrospective examination of neonates with masses of the neck...
March 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303733/bi-parametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-applied-to-obstetrics
#2
Lucia Manganaro, Valeria Vinci, Antonella Giancotti, Sandro Gerli, Denis A Cozzi, Teresa Pusiol, Michele Scialpi, Luca Roncati
Foetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an increasingly important role in the diagnosis of foetal abnormalities. Over the years, we have successfully applied bi-parametric MRI (bp-MRI) to the following obstetric conditions: (1) neurologic vascular diseases; (2) assessment of lung parenchyma maturation; (3) renal pathologies, such as polycystic kidney, suspected renal infarction, unilateral or bilateral renal agenesis; (4) placental pathologies, as twin-twin transfusion syndrome or placenta accreta; (5) benignant and malignant congenital tumours or cysts of the liver, such as haemangioendothelioma, hepatoblastoma or metastatic neuroblastoma, of the kidney (e...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259965/melatonin-inhibits-angiogenesis-in-sh-sy5y-human-neuroblastoma-cells-by-downregulation-of-vegf
#3
Alicia González, Alicia González-González, Carolina Alonso-González, Javier Menéndez-Menéndez, Carlos Martínez-Campa, Samuel Cos
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) produced from tumor cells plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis and neovascularization of neuroblastoma. Inhibition of VEGF secretion by tumor cells, as well as VEGF-regulated signaling in endothelial cells, are important to reduce the angiogenesis and growth of neuroblastoma. Since melatonin has anti-angiogenic effects in tumor cell lines, the aim of the present study was to study melatonin modulation of the pro-angiogenic effects of VEGF in neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y)...
February 14, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185577/artificial-neural-network-classifier-predicts-neuroblastoma-patients-outcome
#4
Davide Cangelosi, Simone Pelassa, Martina Morini, Massimo Conte, Maria Carla Bosco, Alessandra Eva, Angela Rita Sementa, Luigi Varesio
BACKGROUND: More than fifty percent of neuroblastoma (NB) patients with adverse prognosis do not benefit from treatment making the identification of new potential targets mandatory. Hypoxia is a condition of low oxygen tension, occurring in poorly vascularized tissues, which activates specific genes and contributes to the acquisition of the tumor aggressive phenotype. We defined a gene expression signature (NB-hypo), which measures the hypoxic status of the neuroblastoma tumor. We aimed at developing a classifier predicting neuroblastoma patients' outcome based on the assessment of the adverse effects of tumor hypoxia on the progression of the disease...
November 8, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111925/combination-of-bevacizumab-irinotecan-and-temozolomide-for-refractory-or-relapsed-neuroblastoma-results-of-a-phase-ii-study
#5
Shakeel Modak, Brian H Kushner, Ellen Basu, Stephen S Roberts, Nai-Kong V Cheung
BACKGROUND: The rationale for studying the combination of bevacizumab, irinotecan, and temozolomide (BIT) in neuroblastoma (NB) is based on the following: (i) vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression is associated with an aggressive phenotype, (ii) anti-VEGF antibody bevacizumab enhances irinotecan-mediated suppression of NB xenografts, (iii) bevacizumab safety has been established in pediatric phase I studies, and (iv) irinotecan + temozolomide (IT) is a standard salvage chemotherapy...
January 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072621/risk-stratification-of-pediatric-patients-with-neuroblastoma-using-volumetric-parameters-of-18f-fdg-and-18f-dopa-pet-ct
#6
Chia-Ju Liu, Meng-Yao Lu, Yen-Lin Liu, Chi-Lun Ko, Kuan-Yin Ko, Kai-Yuan Tzen, Hsiu-Hao Chang, Yung-Li Yang, Shiann-Tarng Jou, Wen-Ming Hsu, Ruoh-Fang Yen
PURPOSE: This study determined the prognostic value of volumetric parameters derived from pretreatment F-FDG and F-DOPA PET/CT of neuroblastoma and their correlation with clinical and histopathologic features. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 25 children with neuroblastoma underwent pretreatment F-FDG and F-DOPA PET/CT within 4 weeks. The SUVmax of primary tumors on F-FDG and F-DOPA PET were recorded as SUVFDG and SUVDOPA, respectively. For volumetric parameters of primary tumors, 40% of SUVmax was used to generate volume of interest...
March 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942480/diagnostic-imaging-of-benign-and-malignant-neck-masses-in-children-a-pictorial-review
#7
REVIEW
Ruth Elizabeth Brown, Srikrishna Harave
Neck masses are frequently encountered in pediatric medicine, and can present a diagnostic dilemma for the clinicians involved. There are several means by which neck masses in children can be subdivided, for example by age at presentation, anatomical location including compartments and fascia of the neck, their classical appearance when imaged, or by etiology. When imaging children the clinicians must be mindful of radiation exposure and as such ultrasound (US) is often attempted first. Cross sectional imaging can be helpful for problem solving with CT being particularly useful for assessing the patient in more acute scenarios, for example when there is airway compromise...
October 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922668/dual-inhibition-using-cabozantinib-overcomes-hgf-met-signaling-mediated-resistance-to-pan-vegfr-inhibition-in-orthotopic-and-metastatic-neuroblastoma-tumors
#8
Estelle Daudigeos-Dubus, Ludivine Le Dret, Olivia Bawa, Paule Opolon, Albane Vievard, Irène Villa, Jacques Bosq, Gilles Vassal, Birgit Geoerger
MET is expressed on neuroblastoma cells and may trigger tumor growth, neoangiogenesis and metastasis. MET upregulation further represents an escape mechanism to various anticancer treatments including VEGF signaling inhibitors. We developed in vitro a resistance model to pan-VEGFR inhibition and explored the simultaneous inhibition of VEGFR and MET in neuroblastoma models in vitro and in vivo using cabozantinib, an inhibitor of the tyrosine kinases including VEGFR2, MET, AXL and RET. Resistance in IGR-N91-Luc neuroblastoma cells under continuous in vitro exposure pressure to VEGFR1-3 inhibition using axitinib was associated with HGF and p-ERK overexpression...
January 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861510/heterogeneous-uptake-of-nanoparticles-in-mouse-models-of-pediatric-high-risk-neuroblastoma
#9
Ketan B Ghaghada, Zbigniew A Starosolski, Anna Lakoma, Caterina Kaffes, Saurabh Agarwal, Khannan K Athreya, Jason Shohet, Eugene Kim, Ananth Annapragada
Liposomal chemotherapeutics are exemplified by DOXIL® are commonly used in adult cancers. While these agents exhibit improved safety profile compared to their free drug counterparts, their treatment response rates have been ~ 20%, often attributed to the heterogeneous intratumoral uptake and distribution of liposomal nanoparticles. Non-invasive and quantitative monitoring of the uptake and distribution of liposomal nanoparticles in solid tumors could allow for patient stratification and personalized cancer nanomedicine...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828922/idiopathic-unilateral-enlargement-of-the-extraocular-muscles-in-an-infant
#10
Yasha Modi, Benjamin Erickson, Isha Ranadive, Joshua Pasol, Sara Wester, Kara Cavuoto
A 6-month-old boy presented with a unilateral motility deficit of the right eye in all fields of gaze. Neuroimaging revealed unilateral enlargement of the medial, lateral, and inferior rectus muscles with sparing of the tendons. An evaluation for thyroid eye disease, idiopathic orbital inflammation, myositis, inflammatory and neoplastic infiltration of the muscle, vascular anomalies, and metastatic neuroblastoma was unrevealing. Biopsy of the muscle revealed normal architecture with an absence of inflammation, infiltration, or fibrosis...
November 2016: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769056/nuclear-foxo3-predicts-adverse-clinical-outcome-and-promotes-tumor-angiogenesis-in-neuroblastoma
#11
Judith Hagenbuchner, Martina Rupp, Christina Salvador, Bernhard Meister, Ursula Kiechl-Kohlendorfer, Thomas Müller, Kathrin Geiger, Consolato Sergi, Petra Obexer, Michael J Ausserlechner
Neuroblastoma is the most frequent, extracranial solid tumor in children with still poor prognosis in stage IV disease. In this study, we analyzed FOXO3-phosphorylation and cellular localization in tumor biopsies and determined the function of this homeostasis regulator in vitro and in vivo. FOXO3-phosphorylation at threonine-32 (T32) and nuclear localization in biopsies significantly correlated with stage IV disease. DNA-damaging drugs induced nuclear accumulation of FOXO3, which was associated with elevated T32-phosphorylation in stage IV-derived neuroblastoma cells, thereby reflecting the in situ results...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692178/the-calcium-sensing-receptor-in-health-and-disease
#12
G Díaz-Soto, A Rocher, C García-Rodríguez, L Núñez, C Villalobos
The extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is a unique G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) activated by extracellular Ca(2+) and by other physiological cations including Mg(2+), amino acids, and polyamines. CaSR is the most important master controller of the extracellular Ca(2+) homeostatic system being expressed at high levels in the parathyroid gland, kidney, gut and bone, where it regulates parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion, vitamin D synthesis, and Ca(2+) absorption and resorption, respectively. Gain and loss of function mutations in the CaSR are responsible for severe disturbances in extracellular Ca(2+) metabolism...
2016: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27669225/plgf-and-vegf-a-regulate-growth-of-high-risk-mycn-single-copy-neuroblastoma-xenografts-via-different-mechanisms
#13
Karin Zins, Daniel Kovatchki, Trevor Lucas, Dietmar Abraham
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial solid tumor of childhood and is a rapidly growing, highly-vascularized cancer. NBs frequently express angiogenic factors and high tumor angiogenesis has been associated with poor outcomes. Placental growth factor (PlGF) is an angiogenic protein belonging to the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family and is up-regulated mainly in pathologic conditions. Recently, PlGF was identified as a member of a gene expression signature characterizing highly malignant NB stem cells drawing attention as a potential therapeutic target in NB...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27610342/history-of-the-infantile-hepatic-hemangioma-from-imaging-to-generating-a-differential-diagnosis
#14
REVIEW
Maria Gnarra, Gerald Behr, Alison Kitajewski, June K Wu, Sudha A Anupindi, Carrie J Shawber, Nick Zavras, Dimitrios Schizas, Chris Salakos, Konstantinos P Economopoulos
We aim to provide an up-to-date summary of infantile hepatic hemangioma (IHH) and its misnomers and to dialectically present the differential diagnosis of these rare entities of the liver. Eligible peer-reviewed articles on hepatic infantile hemangiomas, published between 2000 and 2015, were reviewed for this study. IHH is the most common hepatic vascular tumor in children. Once a liver mass is identified in an infant, the differential diagnosis ranges from vascular malformations to benign and malignant tumors including mesenchymal hamartoma, hepatoblastoma, metastatic neuroblastoma, so careful physical examination, imaging studies, and, if indicated, tumor markers and biopsy, are of pivotal importance to ascertain the correct diagnosis...
August 8, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27586230/the-novel-kinase-inhibitor-ponatinib-is-an-effective-anti-angiogenic-agent-against-neuroblastoma
#15
Sarah B Whittle, Kalyani Patel, Linna Zhang, Sarah E Woodfield, Michael Du, Valeria Smith, Peter E Zage
Background High-risk neuroblastoma has poor outcomes with high rates of relapse despite aggressive treatment, and novel therapies are needed to improve these outcomes. Ponatinib is a multi-tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets many pathways implicated in neuroblastoma pathogenesis. We hypothesized that ponatinib would be effective against neuroblastoma in preclinical models. Methods We evaluated the effects of ponatinib on survival and migration of human neuroblastoma cells in vitro. Using orthotopic xenograft mouse models of human neuroblastoma, we analyzed tumors treated with ponatinib for growth, gross and histologic appearance, and vascularity...
September 1, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27323822/frizzled2-signaling-regulates-growth-of-high-risk-neuroblastomas-by-interfering-with-%C3%AE-catenin-dependent-and-%C3%AE-catenin-independent-signaling-pathways
#16
Karin Zins, Romana Schäfer, Patrick Paulus, Silvia Dobler, Nazak Fakhari, Mouldy Sioud, Seyedhossein Aharinejad, Dietmar Abraham
Frizzled2 (FZD2) is a receptor for Wnts and may activate both canonical and non-canonical Wnt signaling pathways in cancer. However, no studies have reported an association between FZD2 signaling and high-risk NB so far. Here we report that FZD2 signaling pathways are critical to NB growth in MYCN-single copy SK-N-AS and MYCN-amplified SK-N-DZ high-risk NB cells. We demonstrate that stimulation of FZD2 by Wnt3a and Wnt5a regulates β-catenin-dependent and -independent Wnt signaling factors. FZD2 blockade suppressed β-catenin-dependent signaling activity and increased phosphorylation of PKC, AKT and ERK in vitro, consistent with upregulation of β-catenin-independent signaling activity...
July 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27072241/tumour-suppressive-effects-of-wee1-gene-silencing-in-neuroblastomas
#17
Ahmad Hosseini Tashnizi, Mansooreh Jaberipour, Mahboobeh Razmkhah, Susan Rahnama, Mojtaba Habibagahi
AIM OF STUDY: WEE1, a member of serine/threonine protein kinase family is the master inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase 1 in cell cycle. Over-expression of WEE1 in glioblastomas (GBMs) and some other cancers has been shown. Here, we investigated the expression of WEE1 in 13 brain samples from GBM patients and two GBM cell lines. Further to that, we asked whether if knocking down WEE1 expression in the cell lines change tumor cells' reaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All brain tumor samples were collected after confirmed pathological diagnosis...
January 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26986724/microrna-mir-93-5p-regulates-expression-of-il-8-and-vegf-in-neuroblastoma-sk-n-as-cells
#18
Enrica Fabbri, Giulia Montagner, Nicoletta Bianchi, Alessia Finotti, Monica Borgatti, Ilaria Lampronti, Giulio Cabrini, Roberto Gambari
The role of the microRNA miR-93-5p on the secretome profile and the expression levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) was investigated in the neuroblastoma SK-N-AS cell line by Bio-Plex analysis and RT-qPCR. The results indicate that VEGF and IL-8 are the major miR-93-5p molecular targets. This conclusion was based on in vitro transfection with pre-miR-93-5p and anti-miR-93-5p; these treatments inversely modulated both VEGF and IL-8 gene expression and protein release in the neuroblastoma SK-N-AS cell line...
May 2016: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26973724/primary-pancreatic-neuroblastoma-presenting-with-opsoclonus-myoclonus-syndrome
#19
Samuel Galgano, Stuart Royal
Although neuroblastoma is a common solid organ malignancy in children, primary pancreatic neuroblastoma is a rare entity in children, with very few cases reported in the literature. The case discusses the presentation of a 21-month-old female presenting to the neurology clinic with ataxia and erratic eye movements. Our case illustrates the computed tomography, ultrasound, and scintigraphic findings of primary pancreatic neuroblastoma presenting as opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome. Computed tomography and ultrasound demonstrated a vascular, enhancing mass in the pancreatic body clearly separate from the adrenal gland...
March 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26959744/combination-of-metronomic-cyclophosphamide-and-dietary-intervention-inhibits-neuroblastoma-growth-in-a-cd1-nu-mouse-model
#20
Raphael Johannes Morscher, Sepideh Aminzadeh-Gohari, Cornelia Hauser-Kronberger, René Günther Feichtinger, Wolfgang Sperl, Barbara Kofler
BACKGROUND: MYCN-amplification in high-grade Neuroblastoma (NB) tumors correlates with increased vascularization and therapy resistance. This study combines an anti-angiogenic approach with targeting NB metabolism for treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: Metronomic cyclophosphamide (MCP) monotherapy significantly inhibited NB growth and prolonged host survival. Growth inhibition was more pronounced in MYCN-amplified xenografts. Immunohistochemical evaluation of this subtype showed significant decrease in blood vessel density and intratumoral hemorrhage accompanied by blood vessel maturation and perivascular fibrosis...
March 29, 2016: Oncotarget
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