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1. Benesch M, Windelberg M, Sauseng W, Witt V, Fleischhack G, Lackner H, Gadner H, Bode U, Urban C: Compassionate use of bevacizumab (Avastin) in children and young adults with refractory or recurrent solid tumors. Ann Oncol; 2008 Apr;19(4):807-13
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  • PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifteen patients (male: n = 8; female: n = 7; median age, 14.6 years) received bevacizumab for recurrent or progressive solid tumors (carcinoma: n = 3; neuroblastoma: n = 2; astrocytoma grade III: n = 2; rhabdomyosarcoma: n = 2; nephroblastoma: n = 2; benign vascular tumors: n = 2; synovial sarcoma: n = 1; and malignant hemangiopericytoma: n = 1) on a compassionate basis.
  • Radiographic objective responses (partial responses) were observed in two patients with astrocytoma grade III and in one patient each with neuroblastoma and pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma, respectively.

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  • (PMID = 18056650.001).
  • [ISSN] 1569-8041
  • [Journal-full-title] Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann. Oncol.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Angiogenesis Inhibitors; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; 2S9ZZM9Q9V / Bevacizumab
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2. Abou-Ghazal M, Yang DS, Qiao W, Reina-Ortiz C, Wei J, Kong LY, Fuller GN, Hiraoka N, Priebe W, Sawaya R, Heimberger AB: The incidence, correlation with tumor-infiltrating inflammation, and prognosis of phosphorylated STAT3 expression in human gliomas. Clin Cancer Res; 2008 Dec 15;14(24):8228-35
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  • [Title] The incidence, correlation with tumor-infiltrating inflammation, and prognosis of phosphorylated STAT3 expression in human gliomas.
  • We sought to determine the incidence of phosphorylated STAT3 (p-STAT3) expression in malignant gliomas of different pathologic types, whether p-STAT3 expression is a negative prognostic factor, and whether p-STAT3 expression influences the inflammatory response within gliomas.
  • RESULTS: We did not detect p-STAT3 expression in normal brain tissues or low-grade astrocytomas.
  • We observed significant differences in the incidence of p-STAT3 expression between the different grades of astrocytomas and different pathologic glioma types. p-STAT3 expression was associated with the population of tumor-infiltrating immune cells but not with that of T regulatory cells.
  • On univariate analysis, we found that p-STAT3 expression within anaplastic astrocytomas was a negative prognostic factor.
  • CONCLUSIONS: p-STAT3 expression is common within gliomas of both the astrocytic and oligodendroglial lineages and portends poor survival in patients with anaplastic astrocytomas. p-STAT3 expression differs significantly between gliomas of different pathologic types and grades and correlated with the degree of immune infiltration.

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  • (PMID = 19088040.001).
  • [ISSN] 1078-0432
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin. Cancer Res.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA120813-01A1; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA120813; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA120813-01A1
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / STAT3 Transcription Factor; 0 / STAT3 protein, human
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS78715; NLM/ PMC2605668
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3. Juric-Sekhar G, Zarkovic K, Waeg G, Cipak A, Zarkovic N: Distribution of 4-hydroxynonenal-protein conjugates as a marker of lipid peroxidation and parameter of malignancy in astrocytic and ependymal tumors of the brain. Tumori; 2009 Nov-Dec;95(6):762-8
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  • [Title] Distribution of 4-hydroxynonenal-protein conjugates as a marker of lipid peroxidation and parameter of malignancy in astrocytic and ependymal tumors of the brain.
  • The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of HNE in 120 astrocytic and 40 ependymal tumors in relation to tumor type, grade of malignancy, angiogenesis, and presence of necrosis and apoptosis.
  • The incidence of HNE-immunopositive tumor cells increased with increasing grades of malignancy.
  • Significantly higher HNE expression was found in tumor cells of glioblastomas multiforme than in cells of pilocytic astrocytomas (P < 0.005), and in anaplastic ependymomas than in benign ependymomas (P < 0.01).
  • HNE-immunopositive tumor cells were distributed more diffusely than in perivascular locations (P < 0.05).
  • HNE was expressed in the endothelium of almost all tumor vessels, but its expression in the walls of the vessels was significantly higher in diffuse and anaplastic astrocytomas than in pilocytic astrocytomas and glioblastomas multiforme (P < 0.05).
  • The number of microvessels containing HNE in their endothelium and walls was significantly associated with the grade of malignancy in both astrocytic (P < 0.001) and ependymal tumors (P < 0.05), although microvessels in pilocytic astrocytomas were significantly more numerous (P < 0.05) than in diffuse astrocytomas.
  • CONCLUSIONS: LPO seems to be a common pathological process in astrocytic and ependymal glial tumors, proportional to the level of malignancy and neovascularization.
  • [MeSH-major] Aldehydes / analysis. Astrocytoma / chemistry. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Brain Neoplasms / chemistry. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Ependymoma / chemistry. Lipid Peroxidation. Neoplasm Proteins / analysis

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  • (PMID = 20210242.001).
  • [ISSN] 0300-8916
  • [Journal-full-title] Tumori
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Tumori
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Aldehydes; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Cross-Linking Reagents; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; K1CVM13F96 / 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal
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4. Kirby S, Gertler SZ, Mason W, Watling C, Forsyth P, Aniagolu J, Stagg R, Wright M, Powers J, Eisenhauer EA: Phase 2 study of T138067-sodium in patients with malignant glioma: Trial of the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group. Neuro Oncol; 2005 Apr;7(2):183-8
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  • [Title] Phase 2 study of T138067-sodium in patients with malignant glioma: Trial of the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group.
  • We studied the activity of T138067-sodium in patients with malignant gliomas.
  • Patients with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma or glioblastoma multiforme were treated intravenously with 330 mg/m(2) of T138067-sodium weekly.
  • There were two patients with anaplastic astrocytoma and 16 with glioblastoma multiforme.
  • Our results suggest that given in this dose and schedule T138067-sodium does not have activity in this population of anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme.

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  • (PMID = 15831236.001).
  • [ISSN] 1522-8517
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuro-oncology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Clinical Trial, Phase II; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0 / Sulfonamides; T4NP8G3K6Q / batabulin
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC1871890
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5. McGirt MJ, Mukherjee D, Chaichana KL, Than KD, Weingart JD, Quinones-Hinojosa A: Association of surgically acquired motor and language deficits on overall survival after resection of glioblastoma multiforme. Neurosurgery; 2009 Sep;65(3):463-9; discussion 469-70
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  • OBJECTIVE: Balancing the benefits of extensive tumor resection with the consequence of potential postoperative deficits remains a challenge in malignant astrocytoma surgery.


6. Kita D, Yonekawa Y, Weller M, Ohgaki H: PIK3CA alterations in primary (de novo) and secondary glioblastomas. Acta Neuropathol; 2007 Mar;113(3):295-302
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  • [Title] PIK3CA alterations in primary (de novo) and secondary glioblastomas.
  • We assessed alterations in the EGFR/PTEN/PI3K pathway in 107 primary (de novo) glioblastomas and 32 secondary glioblastomas that progressed from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytomas.
  • Furthermore, this signaling pathway was altered by either PTEN mutations or PIK3CA amplification in 10 of 12 (83%) malignant glioma cell lines analyzed.

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  • (PMID = 17235514.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-6322
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta neuropathologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Neuropathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 2.7.1.- / Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases; EC 2.7.1.137 / PIK3CA protein, human; EC 2.7.10.1 / EGFR protein, human; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor; EC 3.1.3.48 / PTEN protein, human; EC 3.1.3.67 / PTEN Phosphohydrolase
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7. Paulino AC, Mai WY, Chintagumpala M, Taher A, Teh BS: Radiation-induced malignant gliomas: is there a role for reirradiation? Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys; 2008 Aug 1;71(5):1381-7
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  • [Title] Radiation-induced malignant gliomas: is there a role for reirradiation?
  • PURPOSE: To review the literature regarding the role of radiotherapy (RT) in the treatment of patients with radiation-induced malignant gliomas (RIMGs).
  • RESULTS: Initial tumor types treated with RT included brain tumor in 37 patients (40%), acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 33 (36%), benign disease in 11 (12%), and other in 11 (12%).
  • Type of RIMG was glioblastoma in 69 (75%) and anaplastic astrocytoma in 23 (25%).
  • One-, 2-, and 5-year overall survival rates were 29.3%, 7.3%, and 0% for patients with glioblastoma and 59.7%, 30.3%, and 20.2% for patients with anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Glioblastoma / radiotherapy. Humans. Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma / radiotherapy. Retreatment. Survival Rate

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  • [CommentIn] Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2008 Sep 1;72(1):304-5; author reply 305 [18722290.001]
  • (PMID = 18262733.001).
  • [ISSN] 0360-3016
  • [Journal-full-title] International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Number-of-references] 62
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8. Soichi O, Masanori N, Hideo T, Kazunori A, Nobuya I, Jun-ichi K: Clinical significance of ABCA2' a possible molecular marker for oligodendrogliomas. Neurosurgery; 2007 Apr;60(4):707-14; discussion 714
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  • METHODS: To determine whether or not ABCA2 can distinguish oligodendrogliomas from astrocytic tumors, the authors investigated the expression of ABCA2 in a panel of 55 glioma tissues (13 oligodendrogliomas, nine anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, 12 anaplastic astrocytomas, and 21 glioblastomas) using real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis, immunoblot analysis, and immunohistochemistry analysis.
  • RESULTS: The relative expression level of ABCA2 messenger ribonucleic acid determined by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction is significantly higher (by a factor of five) in oligodendroglioma than in anaplastic astrocytoma or glioblastoma.
  • It was moderately increased in anaplastic oligodendrogliomas.
  • In immunohistochemical analysis, ABCA2 exhibited remarkable immunopositivity in 11 out of 13 oligodendrogliomas showing a granular pattern in the cytoplasm of tumor cells.
  • However, ABCA2 was completely negative in most anaplastic astrocytomas (75%) and glioblastomas (76%).
  • Anaplastic oligodendroglioma showed an intermediate pattern: strongly positive in two out of nine samples and negative in seven out of nine samples.
  • However, Olig2 was strongly positive in most anaplastic astrocytomas (83%) and glioblastomas (71%).
  • Although there was no difference in the detection of oligodendroglial tumors, the specificity (negative in astrocytic tumor) was significantly higher in ABCA2 than in Olig2.
  • [MeSH-major] ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters / metabolism. Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism. Oligodendroglioma / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 17415208.001).
  • [ISSN] 1524-4040
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurosurgery
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / ABCA2 protein, human; 0 / ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins
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9. Rodriguez FJ, Giannini C, Asmann YW, Sharma MK, Perry A, Tibbetts KM, Jenkins RB, Scheithauer BW, Anant S, Jenkins S, Eberhart CG, Sarkaria JN, Gutmann DH: Gene expression profiling of NF-1-associated and sporadic pilocytic astrocytoma identifies aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 family member L1 (ALDH1L1) as an underexpressed candidate biomarker in aggressive subtypes. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol; 2008 Dec;67(12):1194-204
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  • [Title] Gene expression profiling of NF-1-associated and sporadic pilocytic astrocytoma identifies aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 family member L1 (ALDH1L1) as an underexpressed candidate biomarker in aggressive subtypes.
  • Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are World Health Organization Grade I gliomas; they most often affect children and young adults and occur in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).
  • Furthermore, in an additional independent set of tumors, weak to absent ALDH1L1 expression was found in 13 (72%) of 18 clinically aggressive PAs, in 8 (89%) of 9 PAs with pilomyxoid features, in 7 (70%) of 10 PAs with anaplastic transformation, and in 16 (76%) of 21 diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas of various grades.

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  • (PMID = 19018242.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-3069
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuropathology and experimental neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neuropathol. Exp. Neurol.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P50 CA108961; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / T32 NS007494; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS007494-05; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / T32 NS07494-04; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / T32 NS007494-05
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Isoenzymes; 0 / Nerve Tissue Proteins; EC 1.2.1.- / aldehyde dehydrogenase 1; EC 1.2.1.3 / Aldehyde Dehydrogenase; EC 1.2.1.36 / Retinal Dehydrogenase; EC 1.5.1.6 / ALDH1L1 protein, human
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS87254; NLM/ PMC2730602
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10. Pogoda JM, Preston-Martin S, Howe G, Lubin F, Mueller BA, Holly EA, Filippini G, Peris-Bonet R, McCredie MR, Cordier S, Choi W: An international case-control study of maternal diet during pregnancy and childhood brain tumor risk: a histology-specific analysis by food group. Ann Epidemiol; 2009 Mar;19(3):148-60
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  • [Title] An international case-control study of maternal diet during pregnancy and childhood brain tumor risk: a histology-specific analysis by food group.
  • The cured meat association was specific to astrocytomas (odds ratio [OR] range=1.8-2.5 across astrocytoma subtypes for 4th vs. 1st quartile of consumption, p trends <or= 0.03) and ependymomas (OR, 2.0; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.4-2.9 for 4th vs. 1(st) quartile; p trend=0.03) and was similar in magnitude to previously reported ORs relating maternal cured meat consumption to increased astroglial risk.
  • Other histology-specific associations were decreased risk of anaplastic astrocytomas from cruciferous vegetables (OR, 0.4; 95% CI, 0.3-0.7 for 4th vs. 1st quartile; p trend<0.0001), decreased risk of astroglial tumors from fresh fish (OR, 0.6; 95% CI, 0.5-0.9 for 4th vs. 1st quartile; p trend=0.008), and increased risk of medulloblastoma from oil products (OR, 1.5; 95% CI, 1.0-2.2 for 4th vs. 1(st) quartile; p trend=0.005).
  • CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest the need for dietary analysis not only by brain tumor histology, but also by specific foods within a broad food group.

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  • (PMID = 19216997.001).
  • [ISSN] 1873-2585
  • [Journal-full-title] Annals of epidemiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann Epidemiol
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NIEHS NIH HHS / ES / P30 ES007048; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P01 CA017054-30; United States / NCI NIH HHS / PC / N01 PC035139; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA47082; United States / NIEHS NIH HHS / ES / P30 ES007048-029003; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA47081; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA17054; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CN / N01-CN-05230; United States / NIEHS NIH HHS / ES / ES007048-029003; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CN / N01-CN-25403; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P01 CA017054; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / N01 CN025403; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CN / N01 CN005230; United States / NIEHS NIH HHS / ES / 5P30 ES07048
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Nitroso Compounds
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS98974; NLM/ PMC2832584
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11. Jin YH, Jung S, Jin SG, Jung TY, Moon KS, Kim IY: GRIM-19 Expression and Function in Human Gliomas. J Korean Neurosurg Soc; 2010 Jul;48(1):20-30
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  • OBJECTIVE: We determined whether the expression of GRIM-19 is correlated with pathologic types and malignant grades in gliomas, and determined the function of GRIM-19 in human gliomas.
  • METHODS: Tumor tissues were isolated and frozen at -80 just after surgery.
  • The tissues consisted of normal brain tissue (4), astrocytomas (2), anaplastic astrocytomas (2), oligodendrogliomas (13), anaplastic oligodendrogliomas (11), and glioblastomas (16).
  • To profile tumor-related genes, we applied RNA differential display using a Genefishing DEG kit, and validated the tumor-related genes by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).
  • The morphologic and cytoskeletal changes were examined via light and confocal microscopy.
  • RESULTS: Based on RT-PCR analysis, the expression of GRIM-19 was higher in astrocytic tumors than oligodendroglial tumors.
  • The expression of GRIM-19 was higher in high-grade tumors than low-grade tumors or normal brain tissue; glioblastomas showed the highest expression.
  • The antisense-transfection cells became smaller and rounder compared with wild type U343MG-A.

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  • (PMID = 20717508.001).
  • [ISSN] 1598-7876
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Korean Neurosurg Soc
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Korea (South)
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2916144
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; Cell line / GRIM-19 / Gene Fishing / Glioblastoma / Human glioma
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12. Nagy M, Schulz-Ertner D, Bischof M, Welzel T, Hof H, Debus J, Combs SE: Long-term outcome of postoperative irradiation in patients with newly diagnosed WHO grade III anaplastic gliomas. Tumori; 2009 May-Jun;95(3):317-24
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  • [Title] Long-term outcome of postoperative irradiation in patients with newly diagnosed WHO grade III anaplastic gliomas.
  • PURPOSE: Patients with anaplastic gliomas have a more favorable overall survival than patients with glioblastomas.
  • In most analyses, WHO grade III and 1V tumors are not analyzed separately.
  • The present analysis reports outcome after postoperative radiotherapy in patients with WHO grade III gliomas.
  • PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between January 1988 and January 2007, 127 patients with WHO grade III tumors were treated with radiotherapy; the histological classification was pure astrocytoma in 104 patients, oligoastrocytoma in 12 and pure oligodendroglioma in 11 patients.
  • Median overall survival was 7 months for patients with anaplastic astrocytomas, 44 months for patients with mixed tumors, and 47 months for those with pure oligodendrogliomas.
  • CONCLUSION: Patients with WHO grade III anaplastic astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas show favorable overall survival after postoperative radiotherapy compared with glioblastoma patients and should therefore be analyzed separately.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Astrocytoma / pathology. Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Child. Child, Preschool. Disease-Free Survival. Female. Humans. Infant. Male. Middle Aged. Oligodendroglioma / pathology. Oligodendroglioma / radiotherapy. Radiotherapy, Adjuvant. Retrospective Studies. Survival Analysis. Time Factors. Treatment Outcome. Young Adult

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  • [ISSN] 0300-8916
  • [Journal-full-title] Tumori
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Tumori
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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13. Matusan-Ilijas K, Behrem S, Jonjic N, Zarkovic K, Lucin K: Osteopontin expression correlates with angiogenesis and survival in malignant astrocytoma. Pathol Oncol Res; 2008 Sep;14(3):293-8
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  • [Title] Osteopontin expression correlates with angiogenesis and survival in malignant astrocytoma.
  • The aim of the study was to analyze the expression of OPN in human astrocytomas and to correlate it with angiogenesis and patients' outcome.
  • Seventy-six human astrocytomas including eight pilocytic astrocytomas (grade I), 10 diffuse astrocytomas (grade II), 8 anaplastic astrocytomas (grade III) and 50 glioblastomas (grade IV) were immunohistochemically stained for OPN protein.
  • Astrocytomas were heterogeneous regarding the OPN expression.
  • Our results indicate the overexpression of OPN protein in astrocytoma cells and suggest the role of OPN in astrocytoma progression and angiogenesis.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / blood supply. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / blood supply. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Neovascularization, Pathologic / metabolism. Osteopontin / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 18493866.001).
  • [ISSN] 1219-4956
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology oncology research : POR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathol. Oncol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Netherlands
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 106441-73-0 / Osteopontin
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14. Walker DG, Laherty R, Tomlinson FH, Chuah T, Schmidt C: Results of a phase I dendritic cell vaccine trial for malignant astrocytoma: potential interaction with adjuvant chemotherapy. J Clin Neurosci; 2008 Feb;15(2):114-21
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  • [Title] Results of a phase I dendritic cell vaccine trial for malignant astrocytoma: potential interaction with adjuvant chemotherapy.
  • Dendritic cell vaccination has been applied to the treatment of a variety of cancers, including malignant astrocytoma.
  • We have treated 13 patients with malignant astrocytoma using dendritic cell vaccination and have shown that this treatment is safe and is likely to be effective in combination with standard adjuvant therapy.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / therapy. Brain Neoplasms / therapy. Cancer Vaccines / therapeutic use. Chemotherapy, Adjuvant / methods. Dendritic Cells / immunology. Immunotherapy, Active / methods

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  • (PMID = 18083572.001).
  • [ISSN] 0967-5868
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Clin Neurosci
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial, Phase I; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, CD8; 0 / Cancer Vaccines; EC 3.1.3.48 / Antigens, CD45
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15. Torii K, Tsuyuguchi N, Kawabe J, Sunada I, Hara M, Shiomi S: Correlation of amino-acid uptake using methionine PET and histological classifications in various gliomas. Ann Nucl Med; 2005 Dec;19(8):677-83
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  • OBJECTIVE: The uptake of L-methyl-11C-methionine (MET) by gliomas is greater than that by intact tissue, making methionine very useful for evaluation of tumor extent.
  • Tumors included diffuse astrocytoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, glioblastoma, ependymoma, oligodendroglioma, medulloblastoma, dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor, choroid plexus papilloma, central neurocytoma, optic glioma, gliomatosis cerebri, pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, and ganglioglioma.
  • Tumor activity and degree of malignancy were evaluated using Ki-67LI (LI: labeling index) and Kaplan-Meier survival curves.
  • The correlations between methionine uptake and tumor proliferation (tumor versus contralateral gray matter ratio (T/N) and Ki-67LI) were determined for the group of all subjects.
  • The existence of significant correlations between T/N and Ki-67LI and between SUV and Ki-67LI was determined for astrocytic tumors.
  • Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis of T/N and standardized uptake value (SUV) was performed for the group of astrocytic tumors.
  • Ki-67LI differed significantly between the high-grade group and low-grade group at T/N levels between 1.5 and 1.8 on analysis using tumor proliferative potential (p = 0.019-0.031).
  • The prognosis differed significantly between the high-grade and low-grade groups when T/N was in the range of 1.6-1.8 (p = 0.028-0.032).
  • CONCLUSIONS: When analysis was confined to cases of astrocytic tumor, a correlation was noted between methionine accumulation and Ki-67LI.
  • For the astrocytic tumors, T/N ratio seemed to be more useful as a diagnostic indicator than SUV.
  • The cut-off level of T/N ratio for distinction between high-grade and low-grade astrocytoma appears to lie between 1.5 and 1.6.


16. Silber J, Lim DA, Petritsch C, Persson AI, Maunakea AK, Yu M, Vandenberg SR, Ginzinger DG, James CD, Costello JF, Bergers G, Weiss WA, Alvarez-Buylla A, Hodgson JG: miR-124 and miR-137 inhibit proliferation of glioblastoma multiforme cells and induce differentiation of brain tumor stem cells. BMC Med; 2008 Jun 24;6:14
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  • [Title] miR-124 and miR-137 inhibit proliferation of glioblastoma multiforme cells and induce differentiation of brain tumor stem cells.
  • BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an invariably fatal central nervous system tumor despite treatment with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
  • In this study, we investigated the role of microRNAs in regulating the differentiation and proliferation of neural stem cells and glioblastoma-multiforme tumor cells.
  • METHODS: We used quantitative RT-PCR to assess microRNA expression in high-grade astrocytomas and adult mouse neural stem cells.
  • To assess the function of candidate microRNAs in high-grade astrocytomas, we transfected miR mimics to cultured-mouse neural stem cells, -mouse oligodendroglioma-derived stem cells, -human glioblastoma multiforme-derived stem cells and -glioblastoma multiforme cell lines.
  • RESULTS: Our studies revealed that expression levels of microRNA-124 and microRNA-137 were significantly decreased in anaplastic astrocytomas (World Health Organization grade III) and glioblastoma multiforme (World Health Organization grade IV) relative to non-neoplastic brain tissue (P < 0.01), and were increased 8- to 20-fold during differentiation of cultured mouse neural stem cells following growth factor withdrawal.
  • These results suggest that targeted delivery of microRNA-124 and/or microRNA-137 to glioblastoma multiforme tumor cells may be therapeutically efficacious for the treatment of this disease.

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  • (PMID = 18577219.001).
  • [ISSN] 1741-7015
  • [Journal-full-title] BMC medicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] BMC Med
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / R01 NS028478; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS28478; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / K01 CA101777; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P50 CA097257; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA097257; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA101777; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / R37 NS028478
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / MIRN124 microRNA, human; 0 / MicroRNAs
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2443372
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17. Jayawardena S, Sooriabalan D, Indulkar S, Kim HH, Matin A, Maini A: Regression of grade III astrocytoma during the treatment of CML with imatinib mesylate. Am J Ther; 2006 Sep-Oct;13(5):458-9
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  • [Title] Regression of grade III astrocytoma during the treatment of CML with imatinib mesylate.
  • Astrocytomas are central nervous system neoplasms, which are derived predominately from astrocytes.
  • On the basis of the histopathologic characteristics astrocytomas are graded from I to IV.
  • The cells that demonstrate the greatest degree of anaplasia are used to determine the histologic grade of the tumor.
  • The mean age of survival are approximately 10 years from the time of diagnosis for pilocystic astrocytomas (World Health Organization grade I), more than 5 years for patients with low-grade diffuse astrocytomas (WHO grade II), 2 to 5 years for those with anaplastic astrocytomas (WHO grade III), and less than 1 year for patients with glioblastoma (WHO grade IV).
  • The treatment is a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy depending of the grade of astrocytoma.
  • We present a case of 31-year-old man with grade III astrocytoma with subsequent chronic myelogenous leukemia treated with imatinib mesylate as part of his chronic myelogenous leukemia treatment failing to show recurrence of the astrocytoma 10 years after standard treatment for astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / drug therapy. Piperazines / therapeutic use. Pyrimidines / therapeutic use

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  • (PMID = 16988542.001).
  • [ISSN] 1075-2765
  • [Journal-full-title] American journal of therapeutics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Am J Ther
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0 / Benzamides; 0 / Piperazines; 0 / Pyrimidines; 8A1O1M485B / Imatinib Mesylate
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18. Sadones J, Michotte A, Veld P, Chaskis C, Sciot R, Menten J, Joossens EJ, Strauven T, D'Hondt LA, Sartenaer D, Califice SF, Bierau K, Svensson C, De Grève J, Neyns B: MGMT promoter hypermethylation correlates with a survival benefit from temozolomide in patients with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma but not glioblastoma. Eur J Cancer; 2009 Jan;45(1):146-53
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  • [Title] MGMT promoter hypermethylation correlates with a survival benefit from temozolomide in patients with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma but not glioblastoma.
  • AIMS: To investigate the correlation between O(6)-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase (MGMT) promoter methylation and benefit from temozolomide in patients with recurrent high-grade glioma.
  • RESULTS: A subgroup of 38 patients who were chemotherapy-naive at recurrence was analysed (22 glioblastoma, 12 anaplastic astrocytoma [AA] and 4 anaplastic oligoastrocytoma [AOA]); none had 1p/19q loss.
  • By Cox multivariate analysis, tumour grade and MGMT promoter methylation correlated with time to progression (p<0.05); MGMT promoter methylation correlated with superior overall survival in AA/AOA but not in glioblastoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives. O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase / genetics. Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. DNA Methylation. Female. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Humans. Kaplan-Meier Estimate. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / mortality. Prognosis. Retrospective Studies. Survival Rate. Young Adult

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  • (PMID = 18945611.001).
  • [ISSN] 1879-0852
  • [Journal-full-title] European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Eur. J. Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide; EC 2.1.1.63 / O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase
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19. Stettner MR, Wang W, Nabors LB, Bharara S, Flynn DC, Grammer JR, Gillespie GY, Gladson CL: Lyn kinase activity is the predominant cellular SRC kinase activity in glioblastoma tumor cells. Cancer Res; 2005 Jul 1;65(13):5535-43
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  • [Title] Lyn kinase activity is the predominant cellular SRC kinase activity in glioblastoma tumor cells.
  • As we have found that Lyn, but not Fyn, activity promotes migration of glioblastoma cells in response to the cooperative signal generated by platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta and integrin alpha(v)beta3, we compared the activity and expression of Lyn and Fyn in glioblastoma (grade IV) tumor biopsy samples with that in anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III) tumors, nonneoplastic brain, and normal autopsy brain samples.
  • Lyn kinase activity was significantly elevated in glioblastoma tumor samples.
  • The levels of phosphorylation of the autophosphorylation site were consistent with significantly higher Lyn activity in glioblastoma tumor tissue than nonneoplastic brain.
  • Immunostaining revealed that Lyn is located primarily in the glioblastoma cells in the tumor biopsies.
  • These data indicate that Lyn kinase activity is significantly elevated in glioblastoma tumors and suggest that it is the Lyn activity that promotes the malignant phenotype in these tumors.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / enzymology. Astrocytoma / genetics. Astrocytoma / pathology. Biopsy. Brain / enzymology. Endothelial Cells / enzymology. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Phosphotransferases / genetics. Phosphotransferases / metabolism. Protein-Tyrosine Kinases. Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics. Proto-Oncogene Proteins / metabolism. Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fyn. RNA, Messenger / genetics. RNA, Messenger / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 15994925.001).
  • [ISSN] 0008-5472
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA97110; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P50 CA97247
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins; 0 / RNA, Messenger; EC 2.7.- / Phosphotransferases; EC 2.7.10.1 / Protein-Tyrosine Kinases; EC 2.7.10.2 / CSK tyrosine-protein kinase; EC 2.7.10.2 / FYN protein, human; EC 2.7.10.2 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fyn; EC 2.7.10.2 / lyn protein-tyrosine kinase; EC 2.7.10.2 / src-Family Kinases
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20. Watanabe Y, Yamasaki F, Kajiwara Y, Saito T, Nishimoto T, Bartholomeusz C, Ueno NT, Sugiyama K, Kurisu K: Expression of phosphoprotein enriched in astrocytes 15 kDa (PEA-15) in astrocytic tumors: a novel approach of correlating malignancy grade and prognosis. J Neurooncol; 2010 Dec;100(3):449-57
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  • [Title] Expression of phosphoprotein enriched in astrocytes 15 kDa (PEA-15) in astrocytic tumors: a novel approach of correlating malignancy grade and prognosis.
  • Despite its many important roles, the clinical significance of PEA-15 expression levels in astrocytic tumors has yet to be properly defined.
  • We studied the PEA-15 expression pattern of 65 patients [diagnosed according to World Health Organization (WHO) criteria] with diffuse astrocytoma (WHO grade II), anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III), and glioblastoma (grade IV).
  • In grade II astrocytoma (diffuse astrocytoma) and grade III astrocytoma (anaplastic astrocytoma), 100% and 88.9% of patients expressed high PEA-15 levels, respectively, while a smaller number (50%) of patients with grade IV astrocytoma (glioblastoma) expressed high PEA-15 levels.
  • PEA-15 expression level was inversely associated with WHO grade (P = 0.0006).
  • Next, we evaluated prognosis and PEA-15 expression levels in 43 patients with high-grade astrocytomas based on the following parameters: age, gender, WHO grade, surgical resection extent, MIB-1 labeling index (LI), and PEA-15 expression level.
  • Multivariable analyses revealed that high PEA-15 expression level displayed a significant correlation with longer overall survival (OS) in high-grade astrocytomas (P = 0.0024).
  • In conclusion, PEA-15 expression level was inversely associated with WHO grade and may serve as an important prognostic factor for high-grade astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / metabolism. Phosphoproteins / metabolism. Statistics as Topic

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  • (PMID = 20455002.001).
  • [ISSN] 1573-7373
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins; 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 0 / PEA15 protein, human; 0 / Phosphoproteins
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21. Nano R, Capelli E, Facoetti A, Benericetti E: Immunobiological and experimental aspects of malignant astrocytoma. Anticancer Res; 2009 Jul;29(7):2461-5
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  • [Title] Immunobiological and experimental aspects of malignant astrocytoma.
  • Starting from 1992, the goal of our studies was to obtain new biological data on malignant astrocytomas to better understand the basic biology of the tumour and these are reviewed here.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / immunology. Brain Neoplasms / immunology

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  • (PMID = 19596914.001).
  • [ISSN] 1791-7530
  • [Journal-full-title] Anticancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Anticancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Interleukin-2
  • [Number-of-references] 51
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22. Jeannin S, Lebrun C, Van Den Bos F, Olschwang S, Bourg V, Frenay M: [Turcot's syndrome confirmed by molecular biological tests]. Rev Neurol (Paris); 2006 Jun;162(6-7):741-6
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  • [Transliterated title] Syndrome de Turcot confirmé par biologie moléculaire.
  • INTRODUCTION: Turcot's syndrome is characterized clinically by the concurrence of a primary brain tumor and a familial adenomatous polyposis or a hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer.
  • OBSERVATION: We report a case of a 45-year-old woman who underwent in 1995 neuro-oncological treatment for an anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III according to the World Health Organization classification).

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  • (PMID = 16840983.001).
  • [ISSN] 0035-3787
  • [Journal-full-title] Revue neurologique
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Rev. Neurol. (Paris)
  • [Language] fre
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] France
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing; 0 / Carrier Proteins; 0 / MLH1 protein, human; 0 / Nuclear Proteins; EC 3.6.1.3 / MSH2 protein, human; EC 3.6.1.3 / MutS Homolog 2 Protein
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23. Tuominen H, Lohi J, Maiche A, Törmänen J, Baumann P: Mediastinal metastasis of glioblastoma multiforme evolving from anaplastic astrocytoma. J Neurooncol; 2005 Nov;75(2):225-6
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  • [Title] Mediastinal metastasis of glioblastoma multiforme evolving from anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Glioblastoma / pathology. Mediastinal Neoplasms / pathology. Mediastinal Neoplasms / secondary
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Disease Progression. Fatal Outcome. Follow-Up Studies. Gene Deletion. Genes, p16. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein / metabolism. Homozygote. Humans. Male. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / genetics. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / radiotherapy. Salvage Therapy. Survival Analysis. Time Factors. Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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  • (PMID = 16132499.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
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24. Chamberlain MC, Johnston S: Salvage chemotherapy with bevacizumab for recurrent alkylator-refractory anaplastic astrocytoma. J Neurooncol; 2009 Feb;91(3):359-67
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  • [Title] Salvage chemotherapy with bevacizumab for recurrent alkylator-refractory anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • A retrospective study of bevacizumab only in adults with recurrent temozolomide (TMZ)-refractory anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) with a primary objective of determining progression free survival (PFS).
  • Bevacizumab-related toxicity included fatigue (14 patients; 2 grade 3), leukopenia (7; 1 grade 3), deep vein thrombosis (5; 2 grade 3), hypertension (5; 1 grade 3), anemia (4; 0 grade 3) and wound dehiscence (1; 1 grade 3).
  • Time to tumor progression ranged from 1 to 20 months (median: 7).
  • [MeSH-major] Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use. Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / mortality. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / mortality. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local

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  • (PMID = 18953491.001).
  • [ISSN] 1573-7373
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Evaluation Studies; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Angiogenesis Inhibitors; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; 2S9ZZM9Q9V / Bevacizumab
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25. Da Fonseca CO, Silva JT, Lins IR, Simão M, Arnobio A, Futuro D, Quirico-Santos T: Correlation of tumor topography and peritumoral edema of recurrent malignant gliomas with therapeutic response to intranasal administration of perillyl alcohol. Invest New Drugs; 2009 Dec;27(6):557-64
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  • [Title] Correlation of tumor topography and peritumoral edema of recurrent malignant gliomas with therapeutic response to intranasal administration of perillyl alcohol.
  • BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to establish a correlation of tumor topography and peritumoral brain edema with the therapeutic response to intranasal administration of perillyl alcohol (POH) in a cohort of patients with recurrent malignant gliomas.
  • METHODS: The retrospective study reviewed clinical and neuroradiological data from patients with recurrent malignant gliomas who received intranasal daily administration of POH 440 mg.
  • The following parameters were assessed: demographic characteristics, initial symptoms, overall survival, tumor topography and tumor size, presence of midline shift and extent of peritumoral edema.
  • RESULTS: A cohort of 67 patients included 52 (78%) with glioblastoma (GBM), ten (15%) with anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) and five (7%) with anaplastic oligodendroglioma (AO).
  • Accordingly to tumor topography lobar localization was present in all (5/5) AO; eight (8/10) and 41 GBM patients whereas in the basal ganglia two AA and 11 GBM patients.
  • It was also observed a relation between the tumor size and area of peritumoral brain edema (PTBE).
  • Patients with good therapeutic response showed reduction of tumor size and PTBE area, but poor prognosis was associated with lack of response to treatment and persistence of high PTBE.
  • Patients with tumor in the basal ganglia survived significantly longer than those with lobar gliomas (log rank test, p = 0.0003).
  • (2) presence of PTBE contributes to symptoms, likely to be implicated in the morbidity and invading potential of malignant gliomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Brain Edema / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Glioma / drug therapy. Glioma / pathology. Monoterpenes / therapeutic use. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology

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  • (PMID = 19139816.001).
  • [ISSN] 1573-0646
  • [Journal-full-title] Investigational new drugs
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Invest New Drugs
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0 / Monoterpenes; 319R5C7293 / perillyl alcohol
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26. Hartmann C, Meyer J, Balss J, Capper D, Mueller W, Christians A, Felsberg J, Wolter M, Mawrin C, Wick W, Weller M, Herold-Mende C, Unterberg A, Jeuken JW, Wesseling P, Reifenberger G, von Deimling A: Type and frequency of IDH1 and IDH2 mutations are related to astrocytic and oligodendroglial differentiation and age: a study of 1,010 diffuse gliomas. Acta Neuropathol; 2009 Oct;118(4):469-74
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  • [Title] Type and frequency of IDH1 and IDH2 mutations are related to astrocytic and oligodendroglial differentiation and age: a study of 1,010 diffuse gliomas.
  • Somatic mutations in the IDH1 gene encoding cytosolic NADP+-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase have been shown in the majority of astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas of WHO grades II and III.
  • Preliminary data suggest an importance of IDH1 mutation for prognosis showing that patients with anaplastic astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas harboring IDH1 mutations seem to fare much better than patients without this mutation in their tumors.
  • We found 165 IDH1 (72.7%) and 2 IDH2 mutations (0.9%) in 227 diffuse astrocytomas WHO grade II, 146 IDH1 (64.0%) and 2 IDH2 mutations (0.9%) in 228 anaplastic astrocytomas WHO grade III, 105 IDH1 (82.0%) and 6 IDH2 mutations (4.7%) in 128 oligodendrogliomas WHO grade II, 121 IDH1 (69.5%) and 9 IDH2 mutations (5.2%) in 174 anaplastic oligodendrogliomas WHO grade III, 62 IDH1 (81.6%) and 1 IDH2 mutations (1.3%) in 76 oligoastrocytomas WHO grade II and 117 IDH1 (66.1%) and 11 IDH2 mutations (6.2%) in 177 anaplastic oligoastrocytomas WHO grade III.
  • We report on an inverse association of IDH1 and IDH2 mutations in these gliomas and a non-random distribution of the mutation types within the tumor entities.
  • IDH1 mutations of the R132C type are strongly associated with astrocytoma, while IDH2 mutations predominantly occur in oligodendroglial tumors.
  • In addition, patients with anaplastic glioma harboring IDH1 mutations were on average 6 years younger than those without these alterations.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Age Factors. Brain / pathology. Cell Differentiation. DNA Mutational Analysis. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Mutation. Prognosis. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 19554337.001).
  • [ISSN] 1432-0533
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta neuropathologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Neuropathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 1.1.1.41 / Isocitrate Dehydrogenase
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27. Roma AA, Prayson RA: Expression of cyclo-oxygenase-2 in ependymal tumors. Neuropathology; 2006 Oct;26(5):422-8
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  • Up-regulation of cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2), a cytokine-induced enzyme that metabolizes arachidonic acid into prostaglandins, has been described in some brain tumors, including astrocytomas.
  • The study group (56 men and 44 women, mean age, 30.8 years) was comprised of 48 low-grade ependymomas (WHO grade II), 12 anaplastic ependymomas (WHO grade III), 27 myxopapillary ependymomas (WHO grade I) and 13 subependymomas (WHO grade I).
  • At last known follow-up (range, 12-226 months; mean, 74 months), 52 patients were alive with no evidence of tumor, 16 patients were alive with residual tumor, nine patients died with tumor, one patient died with no tumor and three died with tumor status unknown.
  • Thirty-six (36%) patients had tumors, which demonstrated positive COX-2 staining, including 16/27 (59%) myxopapillary ependymomas, 3/13 (23%) subependymomas, 14/48 (29%) ependymomas and 3/12 (25%) anaplastic ependymomas.
  • Statistically significant COX-2 positive immunostaining was observed in myxopapillary ependymomas versus WHO grade II (P = 0.03) and grade III (P = 0.02) tumors.
  • Increased COX-2 expression in myxopapillary ependymoma as compared to the WHO grade II and II ependymoma was observed.
  • The reason for this apparent increased immunoexpression in these low-grade tumors is uncertain.
  • COX-2 staining did not reliably predict tumor behavior.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Cyclooxygenase 2 / biosynthesis. Ependymoma / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 17080719.001).
  • [ISSN] 0919-6544
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuropathology : official journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuropathology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Australia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; EC 1.14.99.1 / Cyclooxygenase 2
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28. Raza SM, Garzon-Muvdi T, Boaehene K, Olivi A, Gallia G, Lim M, Subramanian P, Quinones-Hinojosa A: The supraorbital craniotomy for access to the skull base and intraaxial lesions: a technique in evolution. Minim Invasive Neurosurg; 2010 Feb;53(1):1-8
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  • Intra-axial pathology ranged from anaplastic astrocytoma to metastasis while extra-axial lesions included meningiomas and skull-based metastases.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adenoma / surgery. Astrocytoma / surgery. Breast Neoplasms / surgery. Craniopharyngioma / surgery. Esthetics. Eyebrows. Eyelids. Female. Follow-Up Studies. Frontal Lobe / surgery. Humans. Male. Meningeal Neoplasms / surgery. Meningioma / surgery. Middle Aged. Pituitary Neoplasms / surgery. Postoperative Complications / etiology. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 20376737.001).
  • [ISSN] 1439-2291
  • [Journal-full-title] Minimally invasive neurosurgery : MIN
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Minim Invasive Neurosurg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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29. Kim JH, Choi C, Benveniste EN, Kwon D: TRAIL induces MMP-9 expression via ERK activation in human astrocytoma cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun; 2008 Dec 5;377(1):195-9
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  • [Title] TRAIL induces MMP-9 expression via ERK activation in human astrocytoma cells.
  • Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is an important angiogenic and prognostic factor in malignant tumors.
  • Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is known as the death ligand, which induces preferential apoptosis of transformed tumor cells.
  • We demonstrated that TRAIL induces MMP-9 expression in human astrocytoma cells, which is preceded by activation of extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (ERK).
  • These findings indicate that TRAIL treatment in human astrocytoma cells leads to the activation of NF-kappaB and subsequent expression of MMP-9, which are dependent on ERK activation.
  • Collectively, these results suggest that TRAIL has alternative biological functions in addition to its role in inducing apoptosis in human malignant astrocytoma cells.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / enzymology. Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases / metabolism. Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 / biosynthesis. TNF-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand / physiology
  • [MeSH-minor] Butadienes / pharmacology. Cell Line, Tumor. Enzyme Activation. Humans. NF-kappa B / metabolism. Nitriles / pharmacology. Protein Kinase Inhibitors

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  • (PMID = 18834856.001).
  • [ISSN] 1090-2104
  • [Journal-full-title] Biochemical and biophysical research communications
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Butadienes; 0 / NF-kappa B; 0 / Nitriles; 0 / Protein Kinase Inhibitors; 0 / TNF-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand; 0 / U 0126; EC 2.7.11.24 / Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases; EC 3.4.24.35 / Matrix Metalloproteinase 9
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30. Tanaka S, Kobayashi I, Utsuki S, Iwamoto K, Takanashi J: Biopsy of brain stem glioma using motor-evoked potential mapping by direct peduncular stimulation and individual adjuvant therapy. Case report. Neurol Med Chir (Tokyo); 2005 Jan;45(1):49-55
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  • Partial resection of the tumor was safely performed, with slight temporary neurological worsening.
  • The histological diagnosis was anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • Individual adjuvant therapy based on the results of real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction of O6-methylguanine-deoxyribonucleic acid methyltransferase achieved an almost complete tumor response.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Mapping. Brain Stem Neoplasms / surgery. Evoked Potentials, Motor. Mesencephalon / physiopathology. Neurosurgical Procedures / methods

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  • (PMID = 15699622.001).
  • [ISSN] 0470-8105
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurologia medico-chirurgica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
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31. Dunlap SM, Celestino J, Wang H, Jiang R, Holland EC, Fuller GN, Zhang W: Insulin-like growth factor binding protein 2 promotes glioma development and progression. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A; 2007 Jul 10;104(28):11736-41
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  • Our studies show that IGFBP2 coexpression results in progression to a higher-grade glioma in platelet-derived growth factor beta (PDGFB)-driven tumors.
  • These anaplastic oligodendrogliomas are characterized by increased cellularity, vascular proliferation, small regions of necrosis, increased mitotic activity, and increased activation of the Akt pathway.
  • Combined expression of IGFBP2 or Akt with K-Ras was required to form astrocytomas, indicating that activation of two separate pathways is necessary for gliomagenesis.

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  • (PMID = 17606927.001).
  • [ISSN] 0027-8424
  • [Journal-full-title] Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA098503; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P30 CA016672; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA- 16672; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA98503; United States / NIDDK NIH HHS / DK / 5 T90 DK070109-02; United States / NIDDK NIH HHS / DK / T90 DK070109
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 2; EC 2.7.11.1 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt; EC 3.6.5.2 / ras Proteins
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC1913900
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32. Zhang Y, Zhang N, Dai B, Liu M, Sawaya R, Xie K, Huang S: FoxM1B transcriptionally regulates vascular endothelial growth factor expression and promotes the angiogenesis and growth of glioma cells. Cancer Res; 2008 Nov 1;68(21):8733-42
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  • We previously found that FoxM1B is overexpressed in human glioblastomas and that forced FoxM1B expression in anaplastic astrocytoma cells leads to the formation of highly angiogenic glioblastoma in nude mice.
  • Our findings provide both clinical and mechanistic evidence that FoxM1 contributes to glioma progression by enhancing VEGF gene transcription and thus tumor angiogenesis.

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  • (PMID = 18974115.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-7445
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Res.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA-16672; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P30 CA016672; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA116528-03; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA116528-03; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01-CA-116528; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA116528; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA116528-02; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA116528-02
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA Primers; 0 / FOXM1 protein, human; 0 / Forkhead Transcription Factors; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS67455; NLM/ PMC2597644
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33. Sathornsumetee S, Rich JN, Reardon DA: Diagnosis and treatment of high-grade astrocytoma. Neurol Clin; 2007 Nov;25(4):1111-39, x
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  • [Title] Diagnosis and treatment of high-grade astrocytoma.
  • High-grade astrocytomas include the most common adult central nervous system (CNS) tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, and anaplastic astrocytoma--a highly aggressive cancer with short median survival despite maximal multimodality therapy.
  • Nearly all patients who have high-grade astrocytomas develop tumor recurrence or progression after this multimodality treatment.
  • Two treatment challenges are molecular/genetic heterogeneity of tumors and limited CNS tumor delivery.
  • This article discusses diagnosis and current treatment of high-grade astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / pathology. Astrocytoma / therapy. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / therapy. Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives
  • [MeSH-minor] Brachytherapy. Diagnosis, Differential. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. Neoplasm Staging. Neurosurgical Procedures / methods

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  • (PMID = 17964028.001).
  • [ISSN] 0733-8619
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurologic clinics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurol Clin
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / 1 P20 CA096890; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA11898; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS20023
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
  • [Number-of-references] 142
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34. Torp SH, Bringedal K, Dalen A: Immunohistochemical detection of epidermal growth factor receptor in human high-grade astrocytomas--a comparison between frozen- and paraffin sections. J Exp Clin Cancer Res; 2005 Mar;24(1):89-92
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  • [Title] Immunohistochemical detection of epidermal growth factor receptor in human high-grade astrocytomas--a comparison between frozen- and paraffin sections.
  • The overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in human astrocytic tumours is associated with the oncogenesis of these tumours.
  • The aim of this study was to assess EGFR expression in human high-grade astrocytomas by means of immunohistochemistry on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections and to compare these findings with the results of our previous study on frozen sections from these tumours, in which we found about 60% EGFR positivity (10).
  • Four anaplastic astrocytomas and 19 glioblastomas were included in this study.
  • With E30, 3 out of 4 anaplastic astrocytomas (75%) and 12 out of 19 glioblastomas (63%) were found to express EGFR whereas Ab-4 demonstrated positive EGFR immunoreactivity in most of the tumours (18/19 glioblastomas and all the 4 anaplastic astrocytomas).
  • In conclusion, immunohistochemistry represents a reliable and convenient technique for the detection of EGFR in tissue sections of human high-grade astrocytomas, and that EGFR immunoreactivity is comparable in frozen- and paraffin sections from these tumours.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Astrocytoma / pathology. Frozen Sections. Paraffin Embedding. Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Neoplasm Staging

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  • (PMID = 15943037.001).
  • [ISSN] 0392-9078
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of experimental & clinical cancer research : CR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Italy
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor
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35. Murakami H, Sawa H, Kamada H: [Expression of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 in astrocytic tumors and anti-tumor effects of selective COX-2 inhibitors]. No To Shinkei; 2006 Jan;58(1):43-9
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  • [Title] [Expression of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 in astrocytic tumors and anti-tumor effects of selective COX-2 inhibitors].
  • Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 of astrocytic tumors was studied by immunohistochemistry.
  • COX-2 was expressed in 8 of 12 (75%) glioblastoma multiforme, 1 of 7 (14%) anaplastic astrocytoma, but none in astrocytoma.
  • The result showed that COX-2 expression may be related with histological grades and COX-2 inhibitors will be one of promising therapeutic tools in human astrocytic tumors.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / enzymology. Cyclooxygenase 2 / analysis. Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Etodolac / pharmacology. Female. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Glioblastoma / enzymology. Humans. Immunoblotting. Immunohistochemistry. Male. Middle Aged. Nitrobenzenes / pharmacology. Sulfonamides / pharmacology. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 16482921.001).
  • [ISSN] 0006-8969
  • [Journal-full-title] Nō to shinkei = Brain and nerve
  • [ISO-abbreviation] No To Shinkei
  • [Language] jpn
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors; 0 / Nitrobenzenes; 0 / Sulfonamides; 123653-11-2 / N-(2-cyclohexyloxy-4-nitrophenyl)methanesulfonamide; 2M36281008 / Etodolac; EC 1.14.99.1 / Cyclooxygenase 2
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36. Jang FF, Wei W, De WM: Vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor expression positively correlates with angiogenesis and peritumoural brain oedema in astrocytoma. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad; 2008 Apr-Jun;20(2):105-9
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  • [Title] Vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor expression positively correlates with angiogenesis and peritumoural brain oedema in astrocytoma.
  • BACKGROUND: Astrocytoma is the most malignant intracranial neoplasm and is characterized by high neovascularization and peritumoural brain oedema.
  • METHODS: The expression of two angiogenic growth factors, vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor were investigated using immunohistochemistry for astrocytoma from 82 patients and 11 normal human tissues.
  • RESULTS: The expression of vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor positively correlate with the pathological grade of astrocytoma, microvessel density numbers and brain oedema, which may be responsible for the increased tumour neovascularization and peritumoural brain oedema.
  • CONCLUSION: The results support the idea that inhibiting vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor are useful for the treatment of human astrocytoma and to improve patient's clinical outcomes and prognosis.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / blood supply. Brain Edema / etiology. Brain Neoplasms / blood supply. Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / biosynthesis. Neovascularization, Pathologic / metabolism. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / biosynthesis

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  • (PMID = 19385471.001).
  • [ISSN] 1025-9589
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad : JAMC
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Pakistan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A; 103107-01-3 / Fibroblast Growth Factor 2
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37. Argyriou AA, Giannopoulou E, Kalofonos HP: Angiogenesis and anti-angiogenic molecularly targeted therapies in malignant gliomas. Oncology; 2009;77(1):1-11
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  • [Title] Angiogenesis and anti-angiogenic molecularly targeted therapies in malignant gliomas.
  • Angiogenesis is considered to be a regulating factor of vascular development and growth for malignant gliomas, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and anaplastic astrocytomas.
  • The VEGF/VEGFR-2 is the predominant angiogenic signalling pathway in malignant gliomas.
  • Our aim is to review current knowledge on angiogenesis as a molecular pathogenetic mechanism of malignant gliomas and to critically look at and discuss antiangiogenic molecularly targeted therapies for these brain malignancies.

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  • [Copyright] Copyright 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.
  • (PMID = 19439998.001).
  • [ISSN] 1423-0232
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  • [Number-of-references] 98
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38. Tilleul P, Brignone M, Hassani Y, Taillandier L, Taillibert S, Cartalat-Carel S, Borget I, Chinot O: [Prescription guidebook for temozolomide usage in brain tumors]. Bull Cancer; 2009 May;96(5):579-89
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  • [Transliterated title] Guide de prescription et de bon usage du témozolomide dans les tumeurs cérébrales.
  • Malignant gliomas are the most frequent primary brain tumors in adults.
  • Temozolomide is an oral alkylating cytotoxic agent of second generation, used in the treatment of high-grade gliomas.
  • It is indicated in newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiform as well as in recurrent or progressive malignant gliomas, such as glioblastoma multiform or anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • The literature review was analysed by experts who determined the evidence level (A to E) according to the scale of recommendations adopted by the "Haute Autorité de santé--HAS--(French National Authority for Health)".
  • For high-grade and low-grade gliomas, based on the level of evidence from the literature, the use of temozolomide can be justified, with a B2 score attributed to these indications.
  • [MeSH-minor] Age Factors. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Drug Administration Schedule. Drug Labeling. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Humans

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  • (PMID = 19467988.001).
  • [ISSN] 1769-6917
  • [Journal-full-title] Bulletin du cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Bull Cancer
  • [Language] fre
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article; Practice Guideline; Review
  • [Publication-country] France
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
  • [Number-of-references] 55
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39. Yang SH, Hong YK, Yoon SC, Kim BS, Lee YS, Lee TK, Lee KS, Jeun SS, Kim MC, Park CK: Radiotherapy plus concurrent and adjuvant procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine chemotherapy for patients with malignant glioma. Oncol Rep; 2007 Jun;17(6):1359-64
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  • [Title] Radiotherapy plus concurrent and adjuvant procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine chemotherapy for patients with malignant glioma.
  • We analyzed the clinical efficacy and toxicity of concurrent therapy as a first line modality for malignant glioma patients.
  • From 1998 to 2004, 39 patients, 22 with glioblastoma (GM), nine with anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), 7 with anaplastic oligodendroglioma (AO) and 1 with anaplastic oligodendro-astrocytoma (AOA) were enrolled in this study.
  • Grade III/IV hematological toxicity was reduced from 25.6 to 13% after reduction of the dose of CCNU (75 mg/m(2)).
  • Modified concurrent chemoradiotherapy may be a feasible option for treating malignant glioma with acceptable toxicity.

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  • (PMID = 17487391.001).
  • [ISSN] 1021-335X
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncology reports
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncol. Rep.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 35S93Y190K / Procarbazine; 5J49Q6B70F / Vincristine; 7BRF0Z81KG / Lomustine
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40. Ray WZ, Blackburn SL, Casavilca-Zambrano S, Barrionuevo C, Orrego JE, Heinicke H, Dowling JL, Perry A: Clinicopathologic features of recurrent dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor and rare malignant transformation: a report of 5 cases and review of the literature. J Neurooncol; 2009 Sep;94(2):283-92
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  • [Title] Clinicopathologic features of recurrent dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor and rare malignant transformation: a report of 5 cases and review of the literature.
  • More recently, case reports have described malignant gliomas arising after irradiation and recurrences following subtotal or even gross total resection.
  • Nonetheless, a probably radiation induced anaplastic astrocytoma was encountered in one case 7 years after therapy.
  • These findings suggest that these patients may need closer follow-up than initially suggested, lending further support to the notion that this tumor behaves more like a benign neoplasm, rather than a dysplastic or hamartomatous lesion.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / pathology. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnosis. Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial / pathology


41. Anselmo NP, Rey JA, Almeida LO, Custódio AC, Almeida JR, Clara CA, Santos MJ, Casartelli C: Concurrent sequence variation of TP53 and TP73 genes in anaplastic astrocytoma. Genet Mol Res; 2009;8(4):1257-63
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  • [Title] Concurrent sequence variation of TP53 and TP73 genes in anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • Disruption or loss of tumor suppressor gene TP53 is implicated in the development or progression of almost all different types of human malignancies.
  • Using PCR-SSCP and gene sequencing, we analyzed the TP53 and TP73 genes in a case of a grade III anaplastic astrocytoma that progressed to glioblastoma.
  • The mutation found at exon 6 of the gene TP53 could be associated with the rapid tumoral progression found in this case, since the mutated p53 may inactivate the wild-type p53 and the p73alpha protein, which was conserved here, leading to an increase in cellular instability.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics. Nuclear Proteins / genetics. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics. Tumor Suppressor Proteins / genetics

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  • (PMID = 19876867.001).
  • [ISSN] 1676-5680
  • [Journal-full-title] Genetics and molecular research : GMR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Genet. Mol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Brazil
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA Primers; 0 / DNA-Binding Proteins; 0 / Nuclear Proteins; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Proteins; 0 / tumor suppressor protein p73
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42. Dreyfuss JM, Johnson MD, Park PJ: Meta-analysis of glioblastoma multiforme versus anaplastic astrocytoma identifies robust gene markers. Mol Cancer; 2009 Sep 04;8:71
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  • [Title] Meta-analysis of glioblastoma multiforme versus anaplastic astrocytoma identifies robust gene markers.
  • BACKGROUND: Anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) and its more aggressive counterpart, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), are the most common intrinsic brain tumors in adults and are almost universally fatal.
  • A deeper understanding of the molecular relationship of these tumor types is necessary to derive insights into the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of gliomas.
  • Although genomewide profiling of expression levels with microarrays can be used to identify differentially expressed genes between these tumor types, comparative studies so far have resulted in gene lists that show little overlap.
  • CONCLUSION: We have performed a meta-analysis of genome-scale mRNA expression data for 289 human malignant gliomas and have identified a list of >900 probe sets and >20 pathways that are significantly different between GBM and AA.
  • These feature lists could be utilized to aid in diagnosis, prognosis, and grade reduction of high-grade gliomas and to identify genes that were not previously suspected of playing an important role in glioma biology.

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  • (PMID = 19732454.001).
  • [ISSN] 1476-4598
  • [Journal-full-title] Molecular cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Mol. Cancer
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NIGMS NIH HHS / GM / R01 GM082798; United States / NIH HHS / OD / DP2 OD002319; United States / NIH HHS / OD / DP2OD002319; United States / NLM NIH HHS / LM / U54 LM008748; United States / NLM NIH HHS / LM / U54LM008748
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / HIF1A protein, human; 0 / Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1, alpha Subunit; 0 / VEGFA protein, human; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2743637
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43. Waha A, Felsberg J, Hartmann W, von dem Knesebeck A, Mikeska T, Joos S, Wolter M, Koch A, Yan PS, Endl E, Wiestler OD, Reifenberger G, Pietsch T, Waha A: Epigenetic downregulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase MKP-2 relieves its growth suppressive activity in glioma cells. Cancer Res; 2010 Feb 15;70(4):1689-99
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  • Critical tumor suppression pathways in brain tumors have yet to be fully defined.
  • In 83 astrocytic gliomas and 5 glioma cell lines examined, hypermethylation of the MKP-2 promoter was found to occur relatively more frequently in diffuse or anaplastic astrocytomas and secondary glioblastomas relative to primary glioblastomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Cell Line, Tumor. DNA Methylation. Down-Regulation / physiology. Female. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / physiology. Gene Silencing / physiology. Genes, Tumor Suppressor / physiology. Humans. Male. Middle Aged

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  • (PMID = 20124482.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-7445
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 3.1.3.- / Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Phosphatases; EC 3.1.3.48 / DUSP4 protein, human; EC 3.1.3.48 / Dual-Specificity Phosphatases
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44. Serrano J, Rayo JI, Infante JR, Domínguez L, García-Bernardo L, Durán C, Fernández Portales I, Cabezudo JM: Radioguided surgery in brain tumors with thallium-201. Clin Nucl Med; 2008 Dec;33(12):838-40
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  • RATIONALE: Malignant astrocytomas show thallium uptake with a high target-to-background ratio, allowing the use of radioguided surgery.
  • METHOD: We report on 6 patients (3 men) diagnosed with malignant astrocytoma.
  • With the gamma probe we confirmed the tumor uptake, and a biopsy sample was taken.
  • After conventional tumor resection, we scanned the surgical bed with the gamma probe.
  • RESULTS: In all patients the biopsy confirmed a high-grade astrocytoma.
  • In all cases we found residual uptake in the surgical bed that was confirmed as residual tumor by pathologic examination.

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  • (PMID = 19033782.001).
  • [ISSN] 1536-0229
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical nuclear medicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin Nucl Med
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Thallium Radioisotopes
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45. Khalatbari M, Borghei-Razavi H, Shayanfar N, Behzadi AH, Sepehrnia A: Collision tumor of meningioma and malignant astrocytoma. Pediatr Neurosurg; 2010;46(5):357-61
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  • [Title] Collision tumor of meningioma and malignant astrocytoma.
  • The pathology of tumors reported collision tumors composed of meningioma and malignant astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Neoplasms / surgery. Meningeal Neoplasms / surgery. Meningioma / surgery

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  • [Copyright] Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
  • (PMID = 21389747.001).
  • [ISSN] 1423-0305
  • [Journal-full-title] Pediatric neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pediatr Neurosurg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
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46. Pavon LF, Marti LC, Sibov TT, Malheiros SM, Oliveira DM, Guilhen DD, Camargo-Mathias MI, Amaro Junior E, Gamarra LF: The ultrastructural study of tumorigenic cells using nanobiomarkers. Cancer Biother Radiopharm; 2010 Jun;25(3):289-98
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  • Despite recent advances, patients with malignant brain tumors still have a poor prognosis.
  • Glioblastoma (WHO grade 4 astrocytoma), the most malignant brain tumor, represents 50% of all astrocytomas, with a median survival rate of <1 year.
  • The process of tumor cell labeling using nanoparticles can successfully contribute to the identification of tumorigenic cells and consequently for better understanding of glioblastoma genesis and recurrence.
  • In addition, this method may help further studies in tumor imaging, diagnosis, and prognostic markers detection.
  • [MeSH-minor] Antibodies, Monoclonal / chemistry. Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology. Antibodies, Monoclonal / metabolism. Antigens, CD / immunology. Antigens, CD / metabolism. Antigens, CD29 / immunology. Antigens, CD29 / metabolism. Antigens, CD44 / immunology. Antigens, CD44 / metabolism. Biomarkers / analysis. Biomarkers / chemistry. Cell Line, Tumor. Cell Membrane / metabolism. Cell Nucleus / metabolism. Cytoplasm / metabolism. Cytoplasmic Vesicles / metabolism. Endocytosis / immunology. Flow Cytometry. Forkhead Transcription Factors / chemistry. Forkhead Transcription Factors / metabolism. Glycoproteins / immunology. Glycoproteins / metabolism. Humans. Immunophenotyping. Magnetite Nanoparticles / chemistry. Microscopy, Electron, Transmission. Nanomedicine / methods. Peptides / immunology. Peptides / metabolism. Quantum Dots. Receptors, Cell Surface / immunology. Receptors, Cell Surface / metabolism. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 20578834.001).
  • [ISSN] 1557-8852
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer biotherapy & radiopharmaceuticals
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Biother. Radiopharm.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / AC133 antigen; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Antigens, CD; 0 / Antigens, CD29; 0 / Antigens, CD44; 0 / Biomarkers; 0 / CD44 protein, human; 0 / ENG protein, human; 0 / FOXM1 protein, human; 0 / Forkhead Transcription Factors; 0 / Glycoproteins; 0 / Magnetite Nanoparticles; 0 / Peptides; 0 / Receptors, Cell Surface
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47. Nathoo N, Prayson RA, Bondar J, Vargo L, Arrigain S, Mascha EJ, Suh JH, Barnett GH, Golubic M: Increased expression of 5-lipoxygenase in high-grade astrocytomas. Neurosurgery; 2006 Feb;58(2):347-54; discussion 347-54
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  • [Title] Increased expression of 5-lipoxygenase in high-grade astrocytomas.
  • In this study, we investigated whether 5-LO is expressed in human astrocytomas and what effect its expression may have on patient outcome.
  • METHODS: Increased 5-LO messenger ribonucleic acid and protein expression was detected by the polymerase chain reaction and antibody-based approaches, respectively, in surgical astrocytoma specimens and established glioblastoma multiforme cell lines compared with primary cell culture from the human white matter.
  • RESULTS: Immunohistochemical analysis revealed predominantly nuclear 5-LO staining in 44 of 49 glioblastoma multiforme samples (90%), 8 of 10 (80%) anaplastic astrocytomas samples, and 3 of 13 (23%) low-grade astrocytoma samples analyzed.
  • Double-staining experiments with anti-CD-68 (macrophage/microglial marker) and anti-5-LO antibodies suggest that both CD-68-positive and CD-68-negative tumor cells express 5-LO protein.
  • Staining of 5-LO was significantly more frequent in high-grade than in low-grade tumors (P = 0.001).
  • CONCLUSION: These data indicate that 5-LO is overexpressed in high-grade astrocytomas and supports the idea that eicosanoids may play a role in tumorigenesis of these brain tumors.
  • [MeSH-major] Arachidonate 5-Lipoxygenase / biosynthesis. Astrocytoma / enzymology. Brain Neoplasms / enzymology. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / physiology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Brain / cytology. Brain / enzymology. Cells, Cultured. HL-60 Cells. Humans. Male. RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis. RNA, Messenger / genetics. Retrospective Studies. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 16462489.001).
  • [ISSN] 1524-4040
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurosurgery
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA 107277
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / RNA, Messenger; EC 1.13.11.34 / Arachidonate 5-Lipoxygenase
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48. Krzyszkowski T, Dziedzic T, Czepko R, Szczudlik A: Decreased levels of interleukin-10 and transforming growth factor-beta 2 in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with high grade astrocytoma. Neurol Res; 2008 Apr;30(3):294-6
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  • [Title] Decreased levels of interleukin-10 and transforming growth factor-beta 2 in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with high grade astrocytoma.
  • It is unknown if production of these cytokines is limited to the site of tumor or these molecules are also released to cerebrospinal fluid and blood.
  • The goal of our study was to determine if patients with astrocytoma have increased levels of IL-10 and TGF-beta 2 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum.
  • METHODS: CSF and serum samples were taken from 16 patients with astrocytoma of grade III or grade IV according to the WHO classification and from 28 age- and gender-matched controls (patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus or with lumbar disk herniation).
  • Patients with astrocytoma had decreased levels of IL-10 (0.9 +/- 1.2 versus 3.5 +/- 9.2 pg/ml, p=0.01) and TGF-beta 2 (0.0 +/- 0.0 versus 5.4 +/- 9.4 pg/ml, p=0.05) in CSF compared to controls.
  • Because serum IL-10 and TGF-beta 2 levels are similar in patients with astrocytoma and in controls, these cytokines are probably not directly involved in peripheral monocyte and T cell deactivation.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / blood. Astrocytoma / cerebrospinal fluid. Interleukin-10 / blood. Interleukin-10 / cerebrospinal fluid. Transforming Growth Factor beta2 / blood. Transforming Growth Factor beta2 / cerebrospinal fluid

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  • (PMID = 17848206.001).
  • [ISSN] 0161-6412
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurological research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Transforming Growth Factor beta2; 130068-27-8 / Interleukin-10
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49. Wagner S, Csatary CM, Gosztonyi G, Koch HC, Hartmann C, Peters O, Hernáiz-Driever P, Théallier-Janko A, Zintl F, Längler A, Wolff JE, Csatary LK: Combined treatment of pediatric high-grade glioma with the oncolytic viral strain MTH-68/H and oral valproic acid. APMIS; 2006 Oct;114(10):731-43
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  • [Title] Combined treatment of pediatric high-grade glioma with the oncolytic viral strain MTH-68/H and oral valproic acid.
  • The case of a 12-year-old boy with anaplastic astrocytoma of the left thalamus is reported.
  • Postoperative irradiation and chemotherapy could not repress tumor progression; therefore, treatment was undertaken with an oncolytic virus, MTH-68/H, an attenuated strain of Newcastle disease virus (NDV), and valproic acid (VPA), an antiepileptic drug, which also has antineoplastic properties.
  • This treatment resulted in a far-reaching regression of the thalamic glioma, but 4 months later a new tumor manifestation, an extension of the thalamic tumor, appeared in the wall of the IVth ventricle, which required a second neurosurgical intervention.
  • Under continuous MTH-68/H - VPA administration the thalamic tumor remained under control, but the rhombencephalic one progressed relentlessly and led to the fatal outcome.
  • In the final stage, a third tumor manifestation appeared in the left temporal lobe.
  • The possible reasons for the antagonistic behavior of the three manifestations of the same type of glioma to the initially most successful therapy are discussed.
  • The comparative histological study of the thalamic and rhombencephalic tumor manifestations revealed that MTH-68/H treatment induces, similar to in vitro observations, a massive apoptotic tumor cell decline.
  • In the rhombencephalic tumor, in and around the declining tumor cells, NDV antigen could be demonstrated immunohistochemically, and virus particles have been found in the cytoplasm of tumor cells at electron microscopic investigation.
  • [MeSH-major] Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / therapy. Brain Neoplasms / therapy. Valproic Acid / therapeutic use. Viral Vaccines / therapeutic use

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  • (PMID = 17004977.001).
  • [ISSN] 0903-4641
  • [Journal-full-title] APMIS : acta pathologica, microbiologica, et immunologica Scandinavica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] APMIS
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Denmark
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Anticonvulsants; 0 / Antigens, Viral; 0 / Newcastle disease virus vaccine MTH-68-H; 0 / Viral Vaccines; 614OI1Z5WI / Valproic Acid
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50. Ehling R, Sterlacci W, Maier H, Berger T: A 45-year old male with left-sided hemihypesthesia. Brain Pathol; 2010 Mar;20(2):515-8
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  • Extensive immunological and radiological investigations were not able to differentiate between an intrinsic brain tumor and a demyelinating disease.
  • Stereotactic biopsies of the brainstem were performed; the findings of abundant Rosenthal fibers, interjacent spindle-shaped and gemistocytic cells partially with dark and irregularly formed nuclei favored primarily the diagnosis of a malignant astrocytoma, although a demyelinating disease could not be definitely excluded.

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  • (PMID = 20438473.001).
  • [ISSN] 1750-3639
  • [Journal-full-title] Brain pathology (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Brain Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Letter
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0Z5B2CJX4D / Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
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51. Capper D, Weissert S, Balss J, Habel A, Meyer J, Jäger D, Ackermann U, Tessmer C, Korshunov A, Zentgraf H, Hartmann C, von Deimling A: Characterization of R132H mutation-specific IDH1 antibody binding in brain tumors. Brain Pathol; 2010 Jan;20(1):245-54
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  • Heterozygous point mutations of isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH)1 codon 132 are frequent in grade II and III gliomas.
  • Here we investigate the capability of this antibody to differentiate wild type and mutated IDH1 protein in central nervous system (CNS) tumors by Western blot and immunohistochemistry.
  • Intriguing is the ability of mIDH1R132H to detect single infiltrating tumor cells.
  • The very high frequency and the distribution of this mutation among specific brain tumor entities allow the highly sensitive and specific discrimination of various tumors by immunohistochemistry, such as anaplastic astrocytoma from primary glioblastoma or diffuse astrocytoma World Health Organization (WHO) grade II from pilocytic astrocytoma or ependymoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / enzymology. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Ependymoma / genetics. Glioma / enzymology. Glioma / genetics. Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / genetics. Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / immunology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Antigen-Antibody Reactions. Blotting, Western. Child. Child, Preschool. Cloning, Molecular. DNA, Neoplasm / biosynthesis. DNA, Neoplasm / genetics. Female. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Infant. Male. Middle Aged. Mutation / genetics. Mutation / physiology. Protein Biosynthesis. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Young Adult

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  • (PMID = 19903171.001).
  • [ISSN] 1750-3639
  • [Journal-full-title] Brain pathology (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Brain Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA, Neoplasm; EC 1.1.1.41 / Isocitrate Dehydrogenase; EC 1.1.1.42. / IDH1 protein, human
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52. Niizuma K, Fujimura M, Kumabe T, Tominaga T: Malignant transformation of high-grade astrocytoma associated with neurocysticercosis in a patient with Turcot syndrome. J Clin Neurosci; 2007 Jan;14(1):53-5
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  • [Title] Malignant transformation of high-grade astrocytoma associated with neurocysticercosis in a patient with Turcot syndrome.
  • A 45-year-old woman with anaplastic astrocytoma was clinically diagnosed with Turcot syndrome, and subsequently developed simultaneous neurocysticercosis and malignant transformation to glioblastoma.
  • The clinical course and histological findings suggest that the parasitic infection and/or genetic changes contributed to the malignant transformation of the astrocytic tumour.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Cell Transformation, Neoplastic / pathology. Glioblastoma / pathology. Neurocysticercosis / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17138070.001).
  • [ISSN] 0967-5868
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Clin Neurosci
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
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53. Doherty MJ, Hampson NB: Partial seizure provoked by hyperbaric oxygen therapy: possible mechanisms and implications. Epilepsia; 2005 Jun;46(6):974-6
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  • We report a patient after resection of anaplastic astrocytoma and 5,580 cGy of total external-beam radiation treatments with brain radiation necrosis who underwent HBO2 therapy and developed a partial seizure during treatment.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy. Brain Neoplasms / surgery. Combined Modality Therapy. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Necrosis / etiology. Necrosis / pathology. Necrosis / therapy. Radiotherapy, Conformal / adverse effects

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  • (PMID = 15946345.001).
  • [ISSN] 0013-9580
  • [Journal-full-title] Epilepsia
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Epilepsia
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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54. Larysz D, Blamek S, Larysz P, Pietras K, Mandera M: Posterior fossa brain tissue injury: developmental, neuropsychological, and neurological consequences of brain tumors in children. Acta Neurochir Suppl; 2010;106:271-4
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  • The aim of the study was the functional neurodevelopmental assessment of children with posterior fossa tumors, specifically examining whether tumor location in particular cerebellar structures determines particular neuropsychological deficits.
  • There were 21 total and 8 subtotal resections of tumor, and marsupialization was performed in cases of arachnoid cysts.
  • Histopathological diagnoses of tumors were as follows: 4 medulloblastomas, 8 pilocytic astrocytomas, 6 fibrillary astrocytomas, 1 anaplastic astrocytoma, 2 oligodendrogliomas, 4 anaplastic ependymomas, 1 choroid plexus papilloma, and 5 arachnoid cysts.

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  • (PMID = 19812963.001).
  • [ISSN] 0065-1419
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Neurochir. Suppl.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Austria
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55. Park SH, Min HS, Kim B, Myung J, Paek SH: Galectin-3: a useful biomarker for differential diagnosis of brain tumors. Neuropathology; 2008 Oct;28(5):497-506
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  • It showed consistent and diffuse positivity in 100% of the pilocytic astrocytomas, pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas (PXA), Schwannomas, meningiomas, capillary hemangioblastomas, as well as in ependymomas, but it was completely negative in the diffuse astrocytomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, both low- and high-grades of the oligodendrogliomas, central neurocytomas, and medulloblastomas.
  • Definitely positive but heterogeneous expression was found in various tumors including subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGA), classic glioblastoma multiforme, anaplastic oligoastrocytomas, CNS primitive neuroectodermal tumors (CNS PNETs), and hemangiopericytomas.
  • Focal positivity for gal-3 was also found in dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNTs) and gangliogliomas, in which the positive cells were the astrocytic component.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Galectin 3 / biosynthesis

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  • (PMID = 18384511.001).
  • [ISSN] 1440-1789
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuropathology : official journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuropathology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Australia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Galectin 3
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56. Stupp R, Reni M, Gatta G, Mazza E, Vecht C: Anaplastic astrocytoma in adults. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol; 2007 Jul;63(1):72-80
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  • [Title] Anaplastic astrocytoma in adults.
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma is an uncommon disease in the adult population.
  • Based on randomized data available, chemotherapy has consistently failed to improve the outcome of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, while a meta-analysis showed a small, but significant improvement in survival favouring the use of chemotherapy.
  • In recurrent disease, chemotherapy with temozolomide has been proven to be active and well-tolerated in phase II trials, but no comparative phase III trials of other cytotoxic drugs have been conducted.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Clinical Trials as Topic. Clinical Trials, Phase II as Topic. Female. Humans. Incidence. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy. Prognosis. Risk Factors. Survival Analysis


57. Das A, Simmons C, Danielpour M: A congenital brain tumor associated with assisted in vitro fertilization. Case report. J Neurosurg; 2005 Nov;103(5 Suppl):451-3
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  • [Title] A congenital brain tumor associated with assisted in vitro fertilization. Case report.
  • In this report the authors describe the clinical features of a rare neonatal anaplastic astrocytoma in the setting of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
  • Grosstotal resection of an anaplastic astrocytoma was followed by chemotherapy with temozolomide and vincristine.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / congenital. Brain Neoplasms / congenital. Fertilization in Vitro / adverse effects

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  • [CommentIn] J Neurosurg. 2007 May;106(5 Suppl):418; author reply 418-9 [17566216.001]
  • (PMID = 16302619.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-3085
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurosurg.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 5J49Q6B70F / Vincristine; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
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58. Gururangan S, Frankel W, Broaddus R, Clendenning M, Senter L, McDonald M, Eastwood J, Reardon D, Vredenburgh J, Quinn J, Friedman HS: Multifocal anaplastic astrocytoma in a patient with hereditary colorectal cancer, transcobalamin II deficiency, agenesis of the corpus callosum, mental retardation, and inherited PMS2 mutation. Neuro Oncol; 2008 Feb;10(1):93-7
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  • [Title] Multifocal anaplastic astrocytoma in a patient with hereditary colorectal cancer, transcobalamin II deficiency, agenesis of the corpus callosum, mental retardation, and inherited PMS2 mutation.
  • We describe the case of a patient with transcobalamin II deficiency, hypogammaglobulinemia, absent corpus callosum, and mental retardation who presented at an early age with colorectal cancer and multifocal anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • He was found to have a possible germline mutation of the PMS2 gene, as evidenced by absent protein expression in both normal and tumor tissues.
  • [MeSH-major] Abnormalities, Multiple / genetics. Adenosine Triphosphatases / genetics. Astrocytoma / genetics. Colorectal Neoplasms, Hereditary Nonpolyposis / genetics. DNA Repair Enzymes / genetics. DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics


59. Tanizaki Y, Sato Y, Oka H, Utsuki S, Kondo K, Miyajima Y, Nagashio R, Fujii K: Expression of autocrine motility factor mRNA is a poor prognostic factor in high-grade astrocytoma. Pathol Int; 2006 Sep;56(9):510-5
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  • [Title] Expression of autocrine motility factor mRNA is a poor prognostic factor in high-grade astrocytoma.
  • It has been reported that tumor infiltration is correlated with the expression of autocrine motility factor (AMF) and its receptor 78 kDa glycoprotein (gp78).
  • The purpose of the present study was to detect AMF and gp78 mRNA expression levels and their localization in high-grade astrocytomas (glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma) and to determine whether AMF and gp78 are important prognostic factors.
  • A total of 32 formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded glioblastomas and 23 formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded anaplastic astrocytomas was used.
  • The expression of AMF mRNA was detected in 27 of 32 glioblastomas (84.4%) and 11 of 23 anaplastic astrocytomas (47.8%).
  • The positivity of AMF mRNA was significantly higher in glioblastomas than in anaplastic astrocytomas (P = 0.0094), but gp78 mRNA was detected in most cases and no statistical significance was observed.
  • In anaplastic astrocytomas, the overall survival of patients with AMF expression was also significantly shorter than in patients without AMF expression (P = 0.0058).
  • This study demonstrated that AMF is a poor prognostic factor in high-grade astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Glucose-6-Phosphate Isomerase / biosynthesis. RNA, Messenger / analysis

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  • (PMID = 16930331.001).
  • [ISSN] 1320-5463
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology international
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathol. Int.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Australia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / RNA, Messenger; 0 / Receptors, Cytokine; EC 5.3.1.9 / Glucose-6-Phosphate Isomerase; EC 6.3.2.19 / AMFR protein, human; EC 6.3.2.19 / Receptors, Autocrine Motility Factor; EC 6.3.2.19 / Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
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60. Hatori M, Hosaka M, Watanabe M, Moriya T, Sasano H, Kokubun S: Osteosarcoma in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1: a case report and review of the literature. Tohoku J Exp Med; 2006 Apr;208(4):343-8
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  • [Title] Osteosarcoma in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1: a case report and review of the literature.
  • Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) or von Recklinghausen's disease is a genetic disease generally characterized by café-au-lait spots and neurofibromas.
  • Malignant tumors of the nervous system, such as malignant schwannomas, gliomas, or astrocytomas, have been well known to coexist with neurofibromatosis.
  • However, occurrence of malignant tumors unrelated to the nervous system is rare.
  • We report an unusual case of a 29-year-old NF1 female suffering from malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) that eventually developed osteosarcoma in the proximal femur.
  • Osteosarcoma is the most common high-grade malignant bone tumor in which the neoplastic cells produce osteoid.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging revealed extraskeletal growth of the tumor.
  • The removed tumor was composed of highly anaplastic cells.
  • Lace-like irregular osteoid formation was observed among the tumor cells.
  • The tumor was diagnosed as osteoblastic type osteosarcoma.
  • The correlation between the histogenesis of osteosarcoma and the genetic abnormality in NF1 patients has not been elucidated, but the finding of osteosarcomatous transformation in this case suggests the divergent cellular differentiation to mesenchymal malignant tumors of neuroectodermal tissue in NF1 patients.


61. Roselli F, Pisciotta NM, Aniello MS, Niccoli-Asabella A, Defazio G, Livrea P, Rubini G: Brain F-18 Fluorocholine PET/CT for the assessment of optic pathway glioma in neurofibromatosis-1. Clin Nucl Med; 2010 Oct;35(10):838-9
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  • Magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and F-18 fluorocholine revealed a splenial mass with imaging features compatible with malignant astrocytoma.


62. Terasaki M, Bouffet E, Katsuki H, Fukushima S, Shigemori M: Pilot trial of the rate of response, safety, and tolerability of temozolomide and oral VP-16 in patients with recurrent or treatment-induced malignant central nervous system tumors. Surg Neurol; 2008 Jan;69(1):46-50
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  • [Title] Pilot trial of the rate of response, safety, and tolerability of temozolomide and oral VP-16 in patients with recurrent or treatment-induced malignant central nervous system tumors.
  • METHODS: Eleven patients with recurrent or treatment-induced malignant CNS tumors, including treatment-induced PNET (in 1 patient), brainstem glioma (in 3 patients; 1 with treatment-induced, 2 with recurrence), recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma (in 3 patients), and recurrent glioblastoma (in 4 patients) were evaluated in a pilot study of TMZ and oral VP-16 chemotherapy.
  • The histologic subtype of the tumor, its location, and its maximum response to chemotherapy did not have an impact on the duration of disease control.
  • CONCLUSION: This limited pilot study confirms the innocuousness and the activity of the combination of TMZ and oral VP-16 in recurrent malignant brain tumors.
  • This promising activity warrants further investigation of this combination in larger phase II or III studies.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / administration & dosage. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives. Etoposide / administration & dosage. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy. Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial / drug therapy. Neoplasms, Second Primary / drug therapy

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  • (PMID = 18054615.001).
  • [ISSN] 0090-3019
  • [Journal-full-title] Surgical neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Surg Neurol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 6PLQ3CP4P3 / Etoposide; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
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63. Ishihara H, Kubota H, Lindberg RL, Leppert D, Gloor SM, Errede M, Virgintino D, Fontana A, Yonekawa Y, Frei K: Endothelial cell barrier impairment induced by glioblastomas and transforming growth factor beta2 involves matrix metalloproteinases and tight junction proteins. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol; 2008 May;67(5):435-48
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  • Occludin, claudin 1, and claudin 5 were expressed in microvascular endothelial cells in nonneoplastic brain samples but were significantly reduced in anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma samples.
  • [MeSH-minor] Brain / blood supply. Brain / pathology. Brain / physiopathology. Brain Edema / metabolism. Brain Edema / pathology. Brain Edema / physiopathology. Cells, Cultured. Cerebral Arteries / metabolism. Cerebral Arteries / pathology. Cerebral Arteries / physiopathology. Claudin-1. Claudin-5. Coculture Techniques. Down-Regulation / physiology. Extracellular Matrix / metabolism. Extracellular Matrix / pathology. Humans. Infant, Newborn. Membrane Proteins / metabolism. Occludin. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 18431253.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-3069
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuropathology and experimental neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neuropathol. Exp. Neurol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / CLDN1 protein, human; 0 / CLDN5 protein, human; 0 / Claudin-1; 0 / Claudin-5; 0 / Membrane Proteins; 0 / OCLN protein, human; 0 / Occludin; 0 / Transforming Growth Factor beta2; EC 3.4.24.- / Matrix Metalloproteinases
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64. Benesch M, Wagner S, Berthold F, Wolff JE: Primary dissemination of high-grade gliomas in children: experiences from four studies of the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Society of the German Language Group (GPOH). J Neurooncol; 2005 Apr;72(2):179-83
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  • [Title] Primary dissemination of high-grade gliomas in children: experiences from four studies of the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Society of the German Language Group (GPOH).
  • PURPOSE: Clinical data on central nervous system (CNS) dissemination of high-grade gliomas (HGG) at initial presentation in children are rare.
  • Data concerning tumor dissemination are available from 324 patients.
  • RESULTS: A total of 10 patients (3.1%) (anaplastic astrocytoma: n=3, glioblastoma multiforme: n=6, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: n=1) had primary tumor dissemination.
  • The most frequent primary tumor sites were the cortex (n=4), followed by the ventricles (n=2), cerebellum (n=1), spinal cord (n=1), and pons (n=1).
  • Median progression-free and overall survival was 0.8 years (95% CI 0.2-1.4) and 1.5 years (95% CI 0.67-2.29) for patients with primary tumor dissemination, respectively, with no statistically significant differences between the group with and the group without primary tumor dissemination.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Child. Child, Preschool. Combined Modality Therapy. Cyclophosphamide / administration & dosage. Cyclophosphamide / analogs & derivatives. Disease-Free Survival. Etoposide / administration & dosage. Female. Humans. Male. Neoplasm Invasiveness. Radiotherapy. Retrospective Studies. Treatment Outcome. Vincristine / administration & dosage

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  • (PMID = 15925999.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 5J49Q6B70F / Vincristine; 6PLQ3CP4P3 / Etoposide; 8N3DW7272P / Cyclophosphamide; H64JRU6GJ0 / trofosfamide
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65. Reardon DA, Quinn JA, Vredenburgh J, Rich JN, Gururangan S, Badruddoja M, Herndon JE 2nd, Dowell JM, Friedman AH, Friedman HS: Phase II trial of irinotecan plus celecoxib in adults with recurrent malignant glioma. Cancer; 2005 Jan 15;103(2):329-38
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  • [Title] Phase II trial of irinotecan plus celecoxib in adults with recurrent malignant glioma.
  • BACKGROUND: In the current study, the authors report a Phase II trial of irinotecan (CPT-11), a topoisomerase I inhibitor active against malignant glioma (MG), with celecoxib, a selective COX-2 inhibitor, among MG patients with recurrent disease.
  • METHODS: Patients with MG at any type of recurrence received CPT-11, administered as a 90-minute intravenous infusion on Weeks 1, 2, 4, and 5 of each 6-week cycle plus celecoxib, which was administered continuously at a dose of 400 mg twice a day.
  • RESULTS: Thirty-four of the 37 patients enrolled in the current study (92%) were diagnosed with recurrent GBM and 3 patients (8%) were diagnosed with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma (AA).
  • Hematologic toxicities of >/= Grade 3 (according the second version of the Common Toxicity Criteria of the National Cancer Institute) reportedly complicated 8.6% of treatment courses.
  • Grade 3 diarrhea, the most commonly reported nonhematologic toxicity, occurred with equal frequency (8%), regardless of whether the patient was receiving EIAED.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / administration & dosage. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Camptothecin / administration & dosage. Camptothecin / analogs & derivatives. Glioma / drug therapy. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy. Pyrazoles / administration & dosage. Sulfonamides / administration & dosage
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Biological Availability. Celecoxib. Confidence Intervals. Dose-Response Relationship, Drug. Drug Administration Schedule. Female. Follow-Up Studies. Humans. Infusions, Intravenous. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Maximum Tolerated Dose. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Staging. Probability. Risk Assessment. Statistics, Nonparametric. Survival Analysis. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 15558802.001).
  • [ISSN] 0008-543X
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / 1 P20 CA096890; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA11898; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / M01 RR 30; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS20023
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Clinical Trial, Phase II; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Pyrazoles; 0 / Sulfonamides; 7673326042 / irinotecan; JCX84Q7J1L / Celecoxib; XT3Z54Z28A / Camptothecin
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66. Kawarabuki K, Ohta T, Hashimoto N, Wada K, Maruno M, Yamaki T, Ueda S: Cerebellar glioblastoma genetically defined as a secondary one. Clin Neuropathol; 2005 Mar-Apr;24(2):64-8
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  • In the present case, tumor lesions were observed in each cerebellar hemisphere.
  • The left-side lesion was diagnosed as glioblastoma, and the right-side lesion as malignant astrocytoma by histopathology.
  • Immunohistochemistry revealed that the tumor cells of the left-side lesion was positive for p53, whereas epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) were negative in tumor cells from both sides.
  • Genetic alterations were investigated using a genome DNA microarray (GenoSensor Array 300), which has led us to define this tumor as a secondary glioblastoma.


67. Mawrin C, Kirches E, Diete S, Wiedemann FR, Schneider T, Firsching R, Kropf S, Bogerts B, Vorwerk CK, Krüger S, Dietzmann K: Analysis of a single nucleotide polymorphism in codon 388 of the FGFR4 gene in malignant gliomas. Cancer Lett; 2006 Aug 8;239(2):239-45
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  • [Title] Analysis of a single nucleotide polymorphism in codon 388 of the FGFR4 gene in malignant gliomas.
  • The FGFR4 codon 388 polymorphism (Arg(388), Arg/Gly(388) or Gly(388)) was determined in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), diffuse astrocytomas (DA), and control muscles.
  • This suggests that the FGFR4 codon 388 status does not play a major role in malignant gliomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Codon. Glioma / genetics. Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide. Receptor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Type 4 / genetics
  • [MeSH-minor] Base Sequence. Cell Line, Tumor. DNA Primers. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Polymerase Chain Reaction. Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length

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  • (PMID = 16198476.001).
  • [ISSN] 0304-3835
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer letters
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Lett.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Ireland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Codon; 0 / DNA Primers; EC 2.7.10.1 / FGFR4 protein, human; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Type 4
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68. Nakamura M, Shimada K, Nakase H, Konishi N: [Clinicopathological diagnosis of gliomas by genotype analysis]. Brain Nerve; 2009 Jul;61(7):773-80
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  • Glioblastomas (WHO grade IV) may develop de novo (primary glioblastomas) or through progression from lower-grade astrocytomas (secondary glioblastomas) both glioblastomas show similar histological features.
  • However, the histological differentiation of oligodendrogliomas from diffuse astrocytoma could be highly subjective in cases without typical morphological features.
  • Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on chromosomes 1p and 19q is correlated with sensitivity to PCV chemotherapy with increased survival in anaplastic oligodendroglioma cases (WHO grade III).
  • We have previously found methylation or expression mosaicism of O6-MGMT in gliomas, resulting in problems on tumor sampling and response to TMZ.
  • This article suggests that more biological and molecular approaches to brain tumor classification will provide improved means to treat these tumors.
  • [MeSH-minor] Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating. Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / administration & dosage. Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Brain Neoplasms. Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1 / genetics. Chromosomes, Human, Pair 19 / genetics. DNA Modification Methylases / genetics. DNA Repair Enzymes / genetics. Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives. Humans. Lomustine / administration & dosage. Loss of Heterozygosity. Pharmacogenetics. Procarbazine / administration & dosage. Prognosis. Tumor Suppressor Proteins / genetics. Vincristine / administration & dosage

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  • (PMID = 19618854.001).
  • [ISSN] 1881-6096
  • [Journal-full-title] Brain and nerve = Shinkei kenkyū no shinpo
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Brain Nerve
  • [Language] jpn
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Proteins; 35S93Y190K / Procarbazine; 5J49Q6B70F / Vincristine; 7BRF0Z81KG / Lomustine; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide; EC 2.1.1.- / DNA Modification Methylases; EC 2.1.1.63 / MGMT protein, human; EC 6.5.1.- / DNA Repair Enzymes; PCV protocol
  • [Number-of-references] 42
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69. Choi K, Ryu SW, Song S, Choi H, Kang SW, Choi C: Caspase-dependent generation of reactive oxygen species in human astrocytoma cells contributes to resistance to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis. Cell Death Differ; 2010 May;17(5):833-45
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  • [Title] Caspase-dependent generation of reactive oxygen species in human astrocytoma cells contributes to resistance to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis.
  • Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), a member of the TNF family of cytokines, causes apoptosis by caspase activation in various cell types, particularly in transformed cells.
  • We report here a new signal transduction pathway involving protein kinase Cdelta (PKCdelta), NADPH oxidase 4 (NOX4) and reactive oxygen species (ROS), that inhibits caspase-dependent cell death induced by TRAIL ligation in human malignant astrocytoma cells.
  • [MeSH-major] Apoptosis / physiology. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Caspase 3 / metabolism. Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism. TNF-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Cell Line, Tumor. Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional. Humans. Immunoblotting. NADPH Oxidase / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 19876066.001).
  • [ISSN] 1476-5403
  • [Journal-full-title] Cell death and differentiation
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cell Death Differ.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Reactive Oxygen Species; 0 / TNF-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand; EC 1.6.3.- / NOX4 protein, human; EC 1.6.3.1 / NADPH Oxidase; EC 3.4.22.- / Caspase 3
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70. Opstad KS, Ladroue C, Bell BA, Griffiths JR, Howe FA: Linear discriminant analysis of brain tumour (1)H MR spectra: a comparison of classification using whole spectra versus metabolite quantification. NMR Biomed; 2007 Dec;20(8):763-70
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  • A total of 145 histologically diagnosed brain tumour spectra were acquired [14 astrocytoma grade II (AS2), 15 astrocytoma grade III (AS3), 42 glioblastoma (GBM), 41 metastases (MET) and 33 meningioma (MNG)], and linear discriminant analyses (LDA) were performed on the LCModel analysis of the spectra and the original spectra.
  • LDA of AS2, MNG and high-grade tumours (HG, comprising GBM and MET) correctly classified 94% using the LCModel dataset compared with 93% using the spectral dataset.

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  • (PMID = 17326043.001).
  • [ISSN] 0952-3480
  • [Journal-full-title] NMR in biomedicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] NMR Biomed
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
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71. Takaya S, Hashikawa K, Turkheimer FE, Mottram N, Deprez M, Ishizu K, Kawashima H, Akiyama H, Fukuyama H, Banati RB, Roncaroli F: The lack of expression of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor characterises microglial response in anaplastic astrocytomas. J Neurooncol; 2007 Oct;85(1):95-103
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  • [Title] The lack of expression of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor characterises microglial response in anaplastic astrocytomas.
  • We examined two anaplastic astrocytomas showing minimal contrast-enhancement and therefore little damage of the blood brain barrier to minimise the presence of blood borne macrophages within tumour tissue.
  • The expression profile of four anaplastic astrocytomas was also exploited and results were compared to the profile of eleven samples of normal temporal lobe and nine cases of PD.
  • Our results demonstrated PBR suppression in glioma-infiltrating microglia and suggested that PBR may have a relevant role in modulating the anti-tumour inflammatory response in astrocytic tumours.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Microglia / metabolism. Microglia / pathology. Receptors, GABA-A / biosynthesis

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  • (PMID = 17520179.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United Kingdom / Medical Research Council / / MC/ U120085814
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Isoquinolines; 0 / RNA, Messenger; 0 / Radiopharmaceuticals; 0 / Receptors, GABA-A; YNF83VN1RL / PK 11195
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72. Hunter SB, Varma V, Shehata B, Nolen JD, Cohen C, Olson JJ, Ou CY: Apolipoprotein D expression in primary brain tumors: analysis by quantitative RT-PCR in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue. J Histochem Cytochem; 2005 Aug;53(8):963-9
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  • Apolipoprotein D (apoD) expression has been shown to correlate both with cell cycle arrest and with prognosis in several types of malignancy, including central nervous system astrocytomas and medulloblastomas.
  • Sixteen poorly infiltrating WHO grade I glial neoplasms (i.e., pilocytic astrocytomas and gangliogliomas) showed an average 20-fold higher apoD expression level compared with the 20 diffusely infiltrating glial neoplasms (i.e., glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, oligodendrogliomas; p=0.00004).
  • Analyzed as individual tumor groups, poorly infiltrating grade I pilocytic astrocytomas and gangliogliomas differed significantly from each tumor type within the diffusely infiltrating higher-grade category (p<0.05 for each comparison) but not from each other (p>0.05).
  • Conversely, each individual tumor type within the diffusely infiltrating category differed significantly from both pilocytic astrocytomas and gangliogliomas (p<0.05) but did not vary from other infiltrating tumors (p>0.05).
  • Ependymomas, non-infiltrating grade II neoplasms, expressed levels of apoD similar to or lower than levels expressed by the diffusely infiltrating gliomas.
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  • ApoD expression measured by quantitative RT-PCR may be useful in the differential diagnosis of primary brain tumors, particularly pilocytic astrocytomas and gangliogliomas.

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  • (PMID = 16055749.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-1554
  • [Journal-full-title] The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Society
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Histochem. Cytochem.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Apolipoproteins; 0 / Apolipoproteins D; 0 / Fixatives; 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 1HG84L3525 / Formaldehyde; 8002-74-2 / Paraffin
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73. Morgan RJ, Synold T, Mamelak A, Lim D, Al-Kadhimi Z, Twardowski P, Leong L, Chow W, Margolin K, Shibata S, Somlo G, Yen Y, Frankel P, Doroshow JH: Plasma and cerebrospinal fluid pharmacokinetics of topotecan in a phase I trial of topotecan, tamoxifen, and carboplatin, in the treatment of recurrent or refractory brain or spinal cord tumors. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol; 2010 Oct;66(5):927-33
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  • The tumors included glioblastoma (6), anaplastic astrocytoma (2), metastatic non-small cell (3), small cell lung (2), and one each with medulloblastoma, ependymoma, and metastatic breast or colon carcinoma.
  • 4/8 pts with high-grade gliomas had stable disease (median: 3 cycles (range 2-5)).

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  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Chemother. Pharmacol.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P30 CA033572; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P30 CA033572-26; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA 33572
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial, Phase I; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 094ZI81Y45 / Tamoxifen; 7M7YKX2N15 / Topotecan; BG3F62OND5 / Carboplatin
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS335377; NLM/ PMC3265324
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74. Henriksson R, Malmström A, Bergström P, Bergh G, Trojanowski T, Andreasson L, Blomquist E, Jonsborg S, Edekling T, Salander P, Brännström T, Bergenheim AT: High-grade astrocytoma treated concomitantly with estramustine and radiotherapy. J Neurooncol; 2006 Jul;78(3):321-6
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  • [Title] High-grade astrocytoma treated concomitantly with estramustine and radiotherapy.
  • Experimental and early clinical investigations have demonstrated encouraging results for estramustine in the treatment of malignant glioma.
  • The present study is an open randomized clinical trial comparing estramustine phosphate (Estracyt) in addition to radiotherapy with radiotherapy alone as first line treatment of astrocytoma grade III and IV.
  • For astrocytoma grade III the median survival time was 10.6 (1.3-92.7) months for the radiotherapy only group and 17.3 (0.4-96.9+) months for the estramustine + radiotherapy group.
  • In grade IV the corresponding median survival time was 12.3 (2.1-89.2) and 10.3 (0.3-91.7+) months, respectively.
  • Median time to progress for radiotherapy only and radiotherapy and estramustin group in grade III tumours was 6.5 and 10.1 months, respectively.
  • In grade IV tumours the corresponding figures were 5.1 and 3.3 months, respectively.
  • Although there was a tendency for improved survival in grade III, no statistical significant differences were found between the treatment groups.
  • In conclusion, this first randomized study did not demonstrate any significant improvement of using estramustine in addition to conventional radiotherapy, however, a trend for a positive response for the estramustine group was found in patients with grade III glioma.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / administration & dosage. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy. Estramustine / administration & dosage

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  • (PMID = 16598426.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 35LT29625A / Estramustine
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75. Meije Y, Lizasoain M, García-Reyne A, Martínez P, Rodríguez V, López-Medrano F, Juan RS, Lalueza A, Aguado JM: Emergence of cytomegalovirus disease in patients receiving temozolomide: report of two cases and literature review. Clin Infect Dis; 2010 Jun 15;50(12):e73-6
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  • Temozolomide chemotherapy has become part of the therapy used to treat glioblastoma multiforme and refractory anaplastic astrocytoma.

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  • (PMID = 20455691.001).
  • [ISSN] 1537-6591
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin. Infect. Dis.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
  • [Number-of-references] 16
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76. Higgins SC, Pilkington GJ: The in vitro effects of tricyclic drugs and dexamethasone on cellular respiration of malignant glioma. Anticancer Res; 2010 Feb;30(2):391-7
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  • [Title] The in vitro effects of tricyclic drugs and dexamethasone on cellular respiration of malignant glioma.
  • BACKGROUND: In this investigation the effects of tricyclic drugs on cellular respiration were studied using the anaplastic astrocytoma cell line IPSB-18 by use of a Clark-type oxygen electrode which measured changes in cellular respiration rate (oxygen consumption), in a dose-response assay.
  • [MeSH-major] Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic / pharmacology. Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / pharmacology. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Cell Respiration / drug effects. Dexamethasone / pharmacology
  • [MeSH-minor] Amitriptyline / pharmacology. Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols. Clomipramine / pharmacology. Doxepin / pharmacology. Humans. Oxygen Consumption / drug effects. Respiratory Rate. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 20332444.001).
  • [ISSN] 1791-7530
  • [Journal-full-title] Anticancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Anticancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic; 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal; 1668-19-5 / Doxepin; 1806D8D52K / Amitriptyline; 7S5I7G3JQL / Dexamethasone; NUV44L116D / Clomipramine
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77. Khan MK, Hunter GK, Vogelbaum M, Suh JH, Chao ST: Evidence-based adjuvant therapy for gliomas: current concepts and newer developments. Indian J Cancer; 2009 Apr-Jun;46(2):96-107
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  • Of the 18,820 new cases of primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors diagnosed annually in the United States, gliomas account for over 60% with 30-40% of them being glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), 10% being anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), and 10% being low grade gliomas (LGGs).
  • This is in contrast to one study from West Bengal, India, in which only 7.9% of the brain tumors were GBMs, while 46.8% were astrocytomas.
  • Of all adult primary CNS tumors, GBM is the most common and the most malignant with about 7,000 to 8,000 new cases annually in the United States.
  • Common to these approaches is the use of adjuvant radiation therapy, even as surgery alone, with or without chemotherapy, may be the mainstay for some lower grade and low-risk gliomas.
  • Specifically, the database is searched using the following keywords, with various combinations: glioma, low-grade, anaplastic, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, oligoastrocytoma, glioblastoma multiforme, chemotherapy, radiation, new concepts, phase III, MGMT, CDX-110 (Celldex), temozolomide, 1p/19q deletion, and bevacizumab.
  • [MeSH-minor] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Astrocytoma / therapy. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Glioblastoma / radiotherapy. Glioblastoma / therapy. Humans

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  • (PMID = 19346643.001).
  • [ISSN] 0019-509X
  • [Journal-full-title] Indian journal of cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Indian J Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] India
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents
  • [Number-of-references] 64
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78. Kim SJ, Park TS, Lee ST, Song J, Suh B, Kim SH, Jang SJ, Lee CH, Choi JR: Therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome/acute myeloid leukemia after treatment with temozolomide in a patient with glioblastoma multiforme. Ann Clin Lab Sci; 2009;39(4):392-8
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  • The cases included anaplastic astrocytoma (4 cases), anaplastic oligodendroglioma (2 cases), low grade astrocytoma (2 cases), low grade oligodendroglioma (1 case), and one case of secondary Philadelphia-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia in a patient with glioblastoma multiforme.


79. Quant EC, Drappatz J, Wen PY, Norden AD: Recurrent high-grade glioma. Curr Treat Options Neurol; 2010 Jul;12(4):321-33
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  • [Title] Recurrent high-grade glioma.
  • OPINION STATEMENT: Opinions vary on the best treatment options for recurrent high-grade glioma.
  • Age, performance status, histology, tumor size and location, O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) methylation status for glioblastoma, 1p/19q status for oligodendroglial tumors, and the number and types of prior therapies are important considerations.
  • Enrollment in a clinical trial is the optimal choice for most patients with recurrent high-grade glioma after failure of radiation therapy and temozolomide.
  • Involved-field external beam radiation should be considered for patients with anaplastic gliomas who have not received radiation.
  • For patients with anaplastic astrocytoma who progress after radiotherapy, temozolomide may be used.
  • For patients with anaplastic oligodendroglioma who progress after radiotherapy, PCV chemotherapy and temozolomide are options.
  • In the past, carmustine was commonly used to treat recurrent high-grade glioma, but the utility of carmustine in the modern era is unknown because most studies were performed prior to the widespread use of temozolomide.
  • High-precision re-irradiation such as stereotactic radiosurgery is another option in high-grade glioma, especially for patients with poor bone marrow reserve or inability to tolerate chemotherapy, but there is a paucity of studies with adequate controls.

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  • (PMID = 20842591.001).
  • [ISSN] 1534-3138
  • [Journal-full-title] Current treatment options in neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Curr Treat Options Neurol
  • [Language] eng
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80. Liau CT, Wei KC, Tseng CK, Jung SM: Combination chemotherapy with carmustine and cisplatin followed by procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine for adult high-grade astrocytoma. Chang Gung Med J; 2005 Jan;28(1):16-23
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  • [Title] Combination chemotherapy with carmustine and cisplatin followed by procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine for adult high-grade astrocytoma.
  • BACKGROUND: We have reported that carmustine (BCNU) and cisplatin administered before, during, and after radiotherapy did not improve the survival of patients with high-grade astrocytomas and were associated with more serious toxicities than radiotherapy plus BCNU.
  • Of these, 20 had glioblastoma multiforme and 22 had anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • The median time to tumor progression was 7.2 months (range, 0-88.7 months) and median survival time was 13.3 months (range, 1.7-88.7 months).
  • This combined modality treatment program was associated with reversible grade 3 to 4 hematological toxicity in 10 patients, with grade 3 ototoxicity in one patient and grade 2 neurotoxicity in one patient.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Glioblastoma / drug therapy

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  • (PMID = 15804144.001).
  • [ISSN] 2072-0939
  • [Journal-full-title] Chang Gung medical journal
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Chang Gung Med J
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] China (Republic : 1949- )
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 35S93Y190K / Procarbazine; 5J49Q6B70F / Vincristine; 7BRF0Z81KG / Lomustine; Q20Q21Q62J / Cisplatin; U68WG3173Y / Carmustine
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81. Nomiya T, Nemoto K, Kumabe T, Takai Y, Yamada S: Prognostic significance of surgery and radiation therapy in cases of anaplastic astrocytoma: retrospective analysis of 170 cases. J Neurosurg; 2007 Apr;106(4):575-81
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  • [Title] Prognostic significance of surgery and radiation therapy in cases of anaplastic astrocytoma: retrospective analysis of 170 cases.
  • OBJECT: The purpose of this retrospective study was to estimate the prognostic impact of treatment parameters for 170 patients with anaplastic astrocytoma (AA).
  • Resection of as much of the tumor as possible and delivery of a total radiation dose of greater than 60 Gy seem to be required for local control of AA.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy. Brain Neoplasms / surgery

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  • (PMID = 17432706.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-3085
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurosurg.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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82. Higano S, Yun X, Kumabe T, Watanabe M, Mugikura S, Umetsu A, Sato A, Yamada T, Takahashi S: Malignant astrocytic tumors: clinical importance of apparent diffusion coefficient in prediction of grade and prognosis. Radiology; 2006 Dec;241(3):839-46
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  • [Title] Malignant astrocytic tumors: clinical importance of apparent diffusion coefficient in prediction of grade and prognosis.
  • PURPOSE: To retrospectively assess the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for prediction of malignancy and prognosis of malignant astrocytic tumors.
  • Findings from 37 consecutive patients (21 men, 16 women; mean age, 43 years) with pathologically proved malignant astrocytic tumors that included 22 glioblastomas (GBMs) and 15 anaplastic astrocytomas (AAs) were retrospectively evaluated.
  • The minimum ADC value of each tumor was preoperatively determined from several regions of interest defined in the tumor, preferably with avoidance of cystic or necrotic components, on ADC maps derived from isotropic diffusion-weighted images.
  • CONCLUSION: The minimum ADC of malignant astrocytomas can provide additional information about their clinical malignancy related to posttreatment prognosis.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Combined Modality Therapy. Female. Humans. Image Processing, Computer-Assisted. Ki-67 Antigen / analysis. Male. Predictive Value of Tests. Prognosis. ROC Curve. Retrospective Studies. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 17032910.001).
  • [ISSN] 0033-8419
  • [Journal-full-title] Radiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Radiology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Ki-67 Antigen
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83. Hatano M, Eguchi J, Tatsumi T, Kuwashima N, Dusak JE, Kinch MS, Pollack IF, Hamilton RL, Storkus WJ, Okada H: EphA2 as a glioma-associated antigen: a novel target for glioma vaccines. Neoplasia; 2005 Aug;7(8):717-22
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  • We demonstrate in the current study that the EphA2 protein is restrictedly expressed in primary glioblastoma multiforme and anaplastic astrocytoma tissues in comparison to normal brain tissues.

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  • (PMID = 16207473.001).
  • [ISSN] 1522-8002
  • [Journal-full-title] Neoplasia (New York, N.Y.)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neoplasia
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / P01 NS040923; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / P01 NS40923
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / Cancer Vaccines; 0 / HLA-A2 Antigen; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, EphA2
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84. Robe PA, Martin D, Albert A, Deprez M, Chariot A, Bours V: A phase 1-2, prospective, double blind, randomized study of the safety and efficacy of Sulfasalazine for the treatment of progressing malignant gliomas: study protocol of [ISRCTN45828668]. BMC Cancer; 2006;6:29
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  • [Title] A phase 1-2, prospective, double blind, randomized study of the safety and efficacy of Sulfasalazine for the treatment of progressing malignant gliomas: study protocol of [ISRCTN45828668].
  • BACKGROUND: The prognosis of patients suffering from WHO grade 3 and 4 astrocytic glioma remains poor despite surgery, radiation therapy and the use of current chemotherapy regimen.
  • Indeed, the median survival of glioblastoma multiforme (WHO grade 4) patients is at best 14.6 month with only 26.5 percent of the patients still alive after 2 years and the median survival of anaplastic astrocytomas (WHO grade 3) is 19.2 month.
  • Recent evidence suggests that the transcription factor NF-kappaB is constitutively expressed in malignant gliomas and that its inhibition by drugs like Sulfasalazine may block the growth of astrocytic tumors in vitro and in experimental models of malignant gliomas.
  • A total of twenty patients with progressive malignant glioma despite surgery, radiation therapy and a first line of chemotherapy will be recruited and assigned to four dosage regimen of Sulfasalazine.
  • Primary endpoints are drug safety in the setting of malignant gliomas and tumor response as measured according to MacDonald's criteria.
  • DISCUSSION: The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Sulfasalazine as a treatment for recurring malignant gliomas.

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  • (PMID = 16448552.001).
  • [ISSN] 1471-2407
  • [Journal-full-title] BMC cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] BMC Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Databank-accession-numbers] ISRCTN/ ISRCTN45828668
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial, Phase I; Clinical Trial, Phase II; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal; 3XC8GUZ6CB / Sulfasalazine
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85. Puputti M, Tynninen O, Sihto H, Blom T, Mäenpää H, Isola J, Paetau A, Joensuu H, Nupponen NN: Amplification of KIT, PDGFRA, VEGFR2, and EGFR in gliomas. Mol Cancer Res; 2006 Dec;4(12):927-34
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  • We investigated expression and amplification of KIT, PDGFRA, VEGFR2, and EGFR in 87 gliomas consisting of astrocytomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, or oligoastrocytomas in tumor samples collected at the time of the diagnosis and in samples of the same tumors at tumor recurrence.
  • In samples collected at glioma diagnosis, KIT and PDGFRA amplifications were more frequent in anaplastic astrocytomas than in astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, and oligoastrocytomas [28% versus 5% (P = 0.012) and 33% versus 2% (P = 0.0008), respectively].
  • KIT amplification was associated with KIT protein expression and with presence of PDGFRA and EGFR amplifications both at the time of the first glioma diagnosis and at tumor recurrence, and with VEGFR2 amplification at tumor recurrence.
  • In conclusion, besides glioblastoma, amplified KIT, PDGFRA, and VEGFR may also occur in lower-grade gliomas and in their recurrent tumors.

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  • (PMID = 17189383.001).
  • [ISSN] 1541-7786
  • [Journal-full-title] Molecular cancer research : MCR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Mol. Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 2.7.10.1 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor alpha; EC 2.7.10.1 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-2
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86. Sathornsumetee S, Cao Y, Marcello JE, Herndon JE 2nd, McLendon RE, Desjardins A, Friedman HS, Dewhirst MW, Vredenburgh JJ, Rich JN: Tumor angiogenic and hypoxic profiles predict radiographic response and survival in malignant astrocytoma patients treated with bevacizumab and irinotecan. J Clin Oncol; 2008 Jan 10;26(2):271-8
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  • [Title] Tumor angiogenic and hypoxic profiles predict radiographic response and survival in malignant astrocytoma patients treated with bevacizumab and irinotecan.
  • PURPOSE: The combination of a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) -neutralizing antibody, bevacizumab, and irinotecan is associated with high radiographic response rates and improved survival outcomes in patients with recurrent malignant gliomas.
  • The aim of these retrospective studies was to evaluate tumor vascularity and expression of components of the VEGF pathway and hypoxic responses as predictive markers for radiographic response and survival benefit from the bevacizumab and irinotecan therapy.
  • PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a phase II trial, 60 patients with recurrent malignant astrocytomas were treated with bevacizumab and irinotecan.
  • Tumor specimens collected at the time of diagnosis were available for further pathologic studies in 45 patients (75%).
  • RESULTS: Of 45 patients, 27 patients had glioblastoma multiforme, and 18 patients had anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • CONCLUSION: In this patient cohort, tumor expression levels of VEGF, the molecular target of bevacizumab, were associated with radiographic response, and the upstream promoter of angiogenesis, hypoxia, determined survival outcome, as measured from treatment initiation.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage. Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized. Bevacizumab. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Camptothecin / administration & dosage. Camptothecin / analogs & derivatives. Female. Humans. Hypoxia. Male. Middle Aged. Neovascularization, Pathologic. Proportional Hazards Models. Radiography. Retrospective Studies. Survival Analysis. Treatment Outcome. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / analysis

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  • (PMID = 18182667.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS054276; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA116659; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA116659; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / K02 NS047409; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS047409; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / R01 NS054276
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial, Phase II; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A; 0H43101T0J / irinotecan; 2S9ZZM9Q9V / Bevacizumab; XT3Z54Z28A / Camptothecin
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS508913; NLM/ PMC3930173
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87. Nagatani M, Ando R, Yamakawa S, Saito T, Tamura K: Histological and immunohistochemical studies on spontaneous rat astrocytomas and malignant reticulosis. Toxicol Pathol; 2009 Aug;37(5):599-605
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  • [Title] Histological and immunohistochemical studies on spontaneous rat astrocytomas and malignant reticulosis.
  • Among spontaneous neoplasms of the rat central nervous system, the discrimination between astrocytoma and malignant reticulosis (MR) is sometimes difficult because of their similar cell morphology and infiltration patterns.
  • These cases were diagnosed as benign/malignant astrocytoma containing no neoplastic oligodendroglial elements or MR according to the diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization International Classification of Rodent Tumors (Mohr et al. 1994).
  • Astrocytomas were divided into three types and MR into two types based on the number of lesions, cellularity and infiltration patterns, and so on.
  • None of the tumor types showed any reactivity for GFAP or S-100 protein.
  • From the results of morphological and immunohistochemical examinations, it was indicated that there are no distinctive differences between spontaneous astrocytomas and MR in rats, and they are probably derived from the same cell lineage, that is, microglia, macrophage, or radial glia.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Astrocytoma / pathology. Central Nervous System Neoplasms / metabolism. Central Nervous System Neoplasms / pathology

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  • (PMID = 19487256.001).
  • [ISSN] 1533-1601
  • [Journal-full-title] Toxicologic pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Toxicol Pathol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Nerve Tissue Proteins; 0 / Vimentin
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88. Ooba H, Abe T, Kamida T, Anan M, Momii Y, Tokuuye K, Fujiki M: Malignant fibrous histiocytosis after high-dose proton radiation therapy for anaplastic astrocytoma. J Clin Neurosci; 2009 Dec;16(12):1641-3
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  • [Title] Malignant fibrous histiocytosis after high-dose proton radiation therapy for anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • This report presents a 70-year-old male who presented with a rare malignant fibrous histiocytosis after high-dose proton radiation therapy for anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • To our knowledge, malignant fibrous histiocytosis caused by proton therapy has not been reported, therefore the clinical features of this complication are described and previous cases are reviewed.
  • [MeSH-minor] Aged. Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods. Male

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  • (PMID = 19766005.001).
  • [ISSN] 1532-2653
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Clin Neurosci
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
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89. Dresemann G: Temozolomide in malignant glioma. Onco Targets Ther; 2010;3:139-46
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  • [Title] Temozolomide in malignant glioma.
  • Glioblastoma multiforme WHO grade IV (GBM) is the most aggressive malignant glioma and the most frequent primary tumor of the central nervous system.
  • Primary resection that is as complete as possible is recommended for malignant glioma.
  • For temozolomide naive GBM and astrocytoma grade III patients with disease progression, temozolomide is still the treatment of choice outside of clinical studies.
  • The role of lower dosed, dose-dense, or continuous regimen with or without drug combination and the role of temozolomide for newly diagnosed astrocytoma grade III and low grade glioma still has to be determined.

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  • (PMID = 20856849.001).
  • [ISSN] 1178-6930
  • [Journal-full-title] OncoTargets and therapy
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Onco Targets Ther
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] New Zealand
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2939767
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; astrocytoma WHO grade III / glioblastoma multiforme / malignant glioma / temozolomide
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90. Zarkovic K, Juric G, Waeg G, Kolenc D, Zarkovic N: Immunohistochemical appearance of HNE-protein conjugates in human astrocytomas. Biofactors; 2005;24(1-4):33-40
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  • [Title] Immunohistochemical appearance of HNE-protein conjugates in human astrocytomas.
  • Those of astrocytic origin are the most widespread of primary brain tumors and account for more then 60% of all CNS neoplasms.
  • The current state of knowledge on the associations between tumor etiology and oxidative stress suggests that environmental factors that cause oxidative stress could also induce and promote cancer, especially in case of hereditary predisposition.
  • The aim of present study was to investigate by immunohistochemistry the presence of HNE-modified proteins in different types of astrocytoma.
  • Our study comprised 45 astrocytic tumors.
  • These tumors were graded in accordance with the WHO classification as diffuse astrocytomas (DA), anaplastic astrocytomas (AA) and glioblastomas (GB), while each group comprised 15 tumors.
  • Slides of paraffin-embedded tumor tissue were stained with hematoxylin-eosin or were prepared for immunohistochemistry with monoclonal antibodies to HNE-histidine conjugate.
  • HNE positivity was proportional with malignancy of astrocytomas.
  • Lowest intensity of HNE immunopositivity was present in tumor cells of almost all DA, predominantly around blood vessels.
  • In malignant variants of astrocytoma, AA and GB, HNE positivity was moderate to strong, and diffusely distributed in all tumors.
  • [MeSH-major] Aldehydes / analysis. Aldehydes / metabolism. Astrocytoma / chemistry. Immunohistochemistry. Proteins / analysis. Proteins / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 16403961.001).
  • [ISSN] 0951-6433
  • [Journal-full-title] BioFactors (Oxford, England)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Biofactors
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Netherlands
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Aldehydes; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Proteins; 29343-52-0 / 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal
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91. Vidiri A, Carapella CM, Pace A, Mirri A, Fabi A, Carosi M, Giannarelli D, Pompili A, Jandolo B, Occhipinti E, Di Giovanni S, Crecco M: Early post-operative MRI: correlation with progression-free survival and overall survival time in malignant gliomas. J Exp Clin Cancer Res; 2006 Jun;25(2):177-82
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  • [Title] Early post-operative MRI: correlation with progression-free survival and overall survival time in malignant gliomas.
  • Forty-seven patients with Glioblastoma (42) and Anaplastic Astrocytoma (5) were studied with MR 24 hrs after surgery.
  • In order to evaluate the role of early MR in defining the extent of surgical resection and its relation with the prognosis of malignant glioma patients, three categories of surgical resection were considered: gross total, sub-total and partial resection.
  • The study confirms that early-MR has to be considered an accurate technique for monitoring the extension of malignant glioma surgical resection and shows a good correlation between early-MR findings, PFS and ST.

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  • (PMID = 16918127.001).
  • [ISSN] 0392-9078
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of experimental & clinical cancer research : CR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Italy
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92. Hong X, Nelson KK, deCarvalho AC, Kalkanis SN: Heparanase expression of glioma in human and animal models. J Neurosurg; 2010 Aug;113(2):261-9
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  • OBJECT: Mammalian heparanase has been shown to function in tumor progression, invasion, and angiogenesis.
  • Heparanase expression in murine astrocytoma and human primary neurosphere animal models was examined using IHC.
  • RESULTS: The authors found that heparanase mRNA is greatly increased in gliomas including oligodendroglioma (9 samples), anaplastic astrocytoma (11 samples), and GBM (13 samples) as compared with healthy brain mRNA (3 samples).
  • Note, however, that no significant difference was observed among the 3 tumor groups.
  • Increased heparanase expression was also found in tumor tissues on Western blotting.
  • Heparanase-expressing cells, including GBM tumor cells and neovessel endothelial cells, exhibited decreased expression of CD44, a cell adhesion molecule on the cell membrane that is important for regulating tumor invasion.
  • In addition, heparanase-expressing tumor cells showed an elevated density of the cell proliferation marker Ki 67, as compared with its density in non-heparanase-expressing tumor cells, suggesting that heparanase expression is correlated with enhanced tumor proliferation.
  • Both murine astrocytoma cells (Ast11.9-2) and cultured primary human GBM neurospheres expressed heparanase when grown in animal brain tissue.
  • Multiple cell types contribute to the expression of heparanase, including neovessel endothelial cells, tumor cells, and infiltrated neutrophils.
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Antigens, CD44 / genetics. Antigens, CD44 / metabolism. Astrocytoma / genetics. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Astrocytoma / physiopathology. Blotting, Western. Disease Models, Animal. Endothelial Cells / physiology. Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Mice. Mice, Inbred C57BL. Oligodendroglioma / genetics. Oligodendroglioma / metabolism. Oligodendroglioma / physiopathology. RNA, Messenger / metabolism. Rats. Rats, Nude. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Transplantation, Heterologous. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 19835469.001).
  • [ISSN] 1933-0693
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurosurg.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, CD44; 0 / CD44 protein, human; 0 / RNA, Messenger; EC 3.2.1.- / heparanase; EC 3.2.1.31 / Glucuronidase
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93. Choi K, Choi C: Proapoptotic ginsenosides compound K and Rh enhance Fas-induced cell death of human astrocytoma cells through distinct apoptotic signaling pathways. Cancer Res Treat; 2009 Mar;41(1):36-44
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  • [Title] Proapoptotic ginsenosides compound K and Rh enhance Fas-induced cell death of human astrocytoma cells through distinct apoptotic signaling pathways.
  • PURPOSE: Malignant astrocytomas are among the commonest primary brain tumors and they have a grave prognosis, and so there is an urgent need to develop effective treatment.
  • In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the anti-tumor effect of ginsenosides on human astrocytoma cells.
  • MATERIALS AND METHODS: We tested 13 different ginsenosides for their anti-tumor effect on human malignant astrocytoma cells in conjunction with Fas stimulation.
  • RESULTS: Among the 13 different ginsenoside metabolites, compound K and Rh(2) induced apoptotic cell death of the astrocytoma cells in a caspase- and p38 MAPK-dependent manner, yet the same treatment had no cytotoxic effect on the primary cultured human astrocytes.
  • CONCLUSION: These results suggest that ginsenoside metabolites in combination with Fas ligand may provide a new strategy to treat malignant astrocytomas, which are tumors that are quite resistant to conventional anti-cancer treatment.

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  • [ISSN] 1598-2998
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer research and treatment : official journal of Korean Cancer Association
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Res Treat
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Korea (South)
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2699093
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; Apoptosis / Astrocytoma / Fas / Ginsenoside / Reactive oxygen species
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94. Tanaka S, Akimoto J, Kobayashi I, Oka H, Ujiie H: Individual adjuvant therapy for malignant gliomas based on O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase messenger RNA quantitation by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain-reaction. Oncol Rep; 2008 Jul;20(1):165-71
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  • [Title] Individual adjuvant therapy for malignant gliomas based on O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase messenger RNA quantitation by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain-reaction.
  • A new adjuvant therapy, individual adjuvant therapy (IAT), which is individualized according to the results of real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain-reaction (RT-PCR) for O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), was used to treat malignant gliomas.
  • Immediately after the operation, mRNA expression for drug-resistance genes was investigated in frozen samples of malignant gliomas from 55 patients (30 glioblastoma multiformes, 20 anaplastic astrocytomas and 5 anaplastic oligodendroglial tumors) by real-time quantitative RT-PCR with specific primers for MGMT.
  • The response rate was 40.9% for glioblastoma multiformes, 60.0% for anaplastic astrocytomas and 80.0% for anaplastic oligodendroglial tumors.

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  • (PMID = 18575733.001).
  • [ISSN] 1021-335X
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncology reports
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncol. Rep.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / RNA, Messenger; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide; EC 2.1.1.63 / O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase
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95. Owen CM, Linskey ME: Frame-based stereotaxy in a frameless era: current capabilities, relative role, and the positive- and negative predictive values of blood through the needle. J Neurooncol; 2009 May;93(1):139-49
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  • Of 18 lesions involving the corpus callosum, 13 (72.2%) were GBM 2 were anaplastic astrocytoma, and 1 each were found to be anaplastic oligodendroglioma, primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) and tumescent MS.
  • Of 25 multifocal lesions, malignant primary brain tumor was diagnosed in 17 (68%) (11 GBM, 3 PCNSL, 2 anaplastic ologodendroglioma, and 1 anaplastic astrocytoma).

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96. Bentsion DL, Gvozdev PB, Sakovich VP, Fialko NV, Kolotvinov VS, Baiankina SN: [The first experience in interstitial brachytherapy for primary and metastatic tumors of the brain]. Zh Vopr Neirokhir Im N N Burdenko; 2006 Jan-Mar;(1):18-21; discussion 21
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  • The histostructural distribution was as follows: low-grade astrocytoma (grade II according to the WHO classification) in 2 patients, anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) in 3, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in 5.
  • Five patients had solid tumor deposits in the brain.
  • After having histological findings, plastic intrastats whose number had been determined by the volume of a target were implanted into a tumor by the predetermined path.
  • All patients with low-grade astrocytoma and one patient with anaplastic astrocytoma were alive at month 24 after treatment termination.
  • The mean lifespan of patients with malignant gliomas and solid tumor metastasis was 11.5 and 5.8 months, respectively.

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  • (PMID = 16739930.001).
  • [ISSN] 0042-8817
  • [Journal-full-title] Zhurnal voprosy neĭrokhirurgii imeni N. N. Burdenko
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Zh Vopr Neirokhir Im N N Burdenko
  • [Language] rus
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Russia (Federation)
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97. Panigrahy A, Nelson MD Jr, Finlay JL, Sposto R, Krieger MD, Gilles FH, Blüml S: Metabolism of diffuse intrinsic brainstem gliomas in children. Neuro Oncol; 2008 Feb;10(1):32-44
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  • The purpose of this study was to compare the metabolic profile of DIBSGs with that of astrocytomas elsewhere in the CNS and to determine whether the measurement of metabolic features can improve the assessment of disease status.
  • Control data for baseline studies of DIBSGs were obtained from 14 untreated regular and anaplastic astrocytomas.
  • At baseline, creatine and total choline (tCho) were significantly lower in DIBSGs than in astrocytomas elsewhere in the CNS (4.3 +/- 1.1 vs. 7.5 +/- 1.9 mmol/kg, p < 0.001; 1.9 +/- 0.7 vs. 4.2 +/- 2.6, p < 0.001).
  • Subsequent metabolic changes that have been associated with malignant degeneration preceded clinical deterioration.

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