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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. Tsuji K, Nakasu S, Tsuji A, Fukami T, Nozaki K: [Postoperative regression of desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma]. No Shinkei Geka; 2008 Nov;36(11):1035-9
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  • [Title] [Postoperative regression of desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma].
  • Desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma/ganglioglioma (DIA/DIG) is a rare tumor that is usually located superficially with a large cystic component.
  • In rare cases, postoperative regression of the residual tumor has been reported.
  • A 3-month-old boy presented with increasing head circumference and developmental delay.
  • A CT scan showed a large cystic tumor in his left parieto-occipital lobe.
  • The histopathological examination revealed an astrocytic tumor with marked desmoplasia.
  • In the central portion of the tumor, anaplastic features, such as necrosis, mitosis, and high nucleus-cytoplasmic ratio, were noticed.
  • Six months later when he was admitted for the second-stage surgery, MRI showed regression of the tumor.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / surgery
  • [MeSH-minor] Gliosis. Humans. Infant. Male. Neoplasm Regression, Spontaneous

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  • (PMID = 19048924.001).
  • [ISSN] 0301-2603
  • [Journal-full-title] No shinkei geka. Neurological surgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] No Shinkei Geka
  • [Language] jpn
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
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3. Söling A, Sackewitz M, Volkmar M, Schaarschmidt D, Jacob R, Holzhausen HJ, Rainov NG: Minichromosome maintenance protein 3 elicits a cancer-restricted immune response in patients with brain malignancies and is a strong independent predictor of survival in patients with anaplastic astrocytoma. Clin Cancer Res; 2005 Jan 1;11(1):249-58
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  • [Title] Minichromosome maintenance protein 3 elicits a cancer-restricted immune response in patients with brain malignancies and is a strong independent predictor of survival in patients with anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • PURPOSE: The identification of new molecular markers in astrocytic tumors may help to understand the biology of these tumors in more detail.
  • Informative tumor markers may represent prognostic factors for response to therapy and outcome as well as potential targets for novel anticancer therapies.
  • EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Tumor-associated antigens were identified by immunoscreening of a human glioma cDNA expression library with allogeneic sera from patients with diffuse astrocytoma (WHO grades 2-4).
  • The expression of one of the identified antigens, the replication licensing factor minichromosome maintenance protein 3 (MCM3), was analyzed by immunohistochemistry in 142 primary and 27 recurrent astrocytomas (WHO grades 2-4).
  • RESULTS: MCM3 is overexpressed in human astrocytic tumors and elicits a cancer-restricted humoral immune response in 9.3% (9 of 97) of patients with brain tumors (n = 95) and brain metastases (n = 2) but not in healthy controls.
  • Expression of MCM3 in diffuse astrocytoma is significantly associated with age (P < 0.001), histologic grade (P < 0.001), time to recurrence (P = 0.01), and expression of the proliferation marker Ki-67 (P < 0.001) but not with sex (P = 0.800).
  • Univariate and multivariate Cox regression analysis confirmed MCM3 expression as an independent predictor of poor outcome in astrocytoma patients (P < 0.001 for both).
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / immunology. Astrocytoma / mortality. Brain Neoplasms / immunology. Brain Neoplasms / mortality. DNA-Binding Proteins / physiology. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Nuclear Proteins / physiology. Transcription Factors / physiology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Astrocytes / metabolism. Cell Cycle Proteins. DNA, Complementary / metabolism. Disease-Free Survival. Escherichia coli / metabolism. Female. Gene Library. Glioma / metabolism. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Ki-67 Antigen / biosynthesis. Male. Middle Aged. Minichromosome Maintenance Complex Component 3. Neoplasm Metastasis. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis. Prognosis. Proportional Hazards Models. Recurrence. Time Factors. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 15671553.001).
  • [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
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Cell Cycle Proteins; 0 / DNA, Complementary; 0 / DNA-Binding Proteins; 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 0 / MCM3 protein, human; 0 / Nuclear Proteins; 0 / Transcription Factors; EC 3.6.4.12 / Minichromosome Maintenance Complex Component 3
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4. Gu X, Jones L, Lowery-Norberg M, Fowler M: Expression of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E in astrocytic tumors. Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol; 2005 Jun;13(2):178-83
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  • [Title] Expression of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E in astrocytic tumors.
  • In this immunohistochemical study, eIF4E protein expression was investigated in human brain tissue from patients without central nervous system diseases and brain biopsy tissues from patients with anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme.
  • In anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme, there was diffuse uniform expression of eIF4E immunoreactivity in malignant astrocytes.
  • This study provides evidence that eIF4E is upregulated in high-grade astrocytic tumors.
  • As in other malignancies, a high level of eIF4E may play an important role in the neoplastic transformation, angiogenesis, and tumor growth in astrocytic tumors.
  • Because eIF4E is crucial in regulation of tumor growth, eIF4E could be a potential target for inhibitors as an adjuvant therapy for brain tumors.

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  • (PMID = 15894932.001).
  • [ISSN] 1541-2016
  • [Journal-full-title] Applied immunohistochemistry & molecular morphology : AIMM
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Appl. Immunohistochem. Mol. Morphol.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-4E
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5. Balzarotti M, Fontana F, Marras C, Boiardi A, Croci D, Ciusani E, Salmaggi A: In vitro study of low molecular weight heparin effect on cell growth and cell invasion in primary cell cultures of high-grade gliomas. Oncol Res; 2006;16(5):245-50
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  • [Title] In vitro study of low molecular weight heparin effect on cell growth and cell invasion in primary cell cultures of high-grade gliomas.
  • In the last years results of preclinical and clinical studies have suggested that LMWH may be able to inhibit cell growth, cell invasion, and angiogenesis, which are key mechanisms involved in tumor progression, possibly influencing favorable clinical outcome in at least a proportion of cancer patients.
  • In this work we investigated the effect of LMWH (enoxaparin) on cell growth and cell invasion in primary cell cultures obtained from high-grade glioma specimens: 5 anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) and 13 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
  • A significant decrease in tumor cell growth was observed after treatment with 10 U/ml (-21%; p = 0.001) and 100 U/ml (-26%; p < 0.001); tumor cells from AA (grade III;.
  • WHO) were more affected by LMWH treatment compared to cell lines from GBM (grade IV; WHO).
  • In conclusion, our results confirm the antineoplastic effect of LMWH, suggesting a potential direct role on tumor cell growth in high grade gliomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Apoptosis / drug effects. Dose-Response Relationship, Drug. Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor. Female. Flow Cytometry. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / drug effects. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / genetics. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Molecular Weight. Neoplasm Invasiveness. Receptor, PAR-1 / biosynthesis. Receptor, PAR-1 / drug effects. Receptor, PAR-1 / genetics. Sensitivity and Specificity. Structure-Activity Relationship. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 17294805.001).
  • [ISSN] 0965-0407
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncology research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Enoxaparin; 0 / Receptor, PAR-1
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6. Zhang L, Yamane T, Satoh E, Amagasaki K, Kawataki T, Asahara T, Furuya K, Nukui H, Naganuma H: Establishment and partial characterization of five malignant glioma cell lines. Neuropathology; 2005 Jun;25(2):136-43
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  • [Title] Establishment and partial characterization of five malignant glioma cell lines.
  • Five malignant glioma cell lines (YMG1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) were established from surgical specimens obtained from patients with glioblastoma or anaplastic astrocytoma, and these lines were partially characterized.
  • YMG5 revealed weak expression of p53 protein, suggesting wild-type p53, and loss of p16 and p15 expression.
  • Immunohistochemical studies revealed that the patterns of p53 and EGFR expressions in the original tumor tissues were mostly correlated with those in the malignant glioma cell lines.
  • These results suggest that the characteristics of p53 and EGFR expression in the malignant glioma cell lines were passed over from the original tumor tissues.
  • These newly established malignant glioma cell lines can be used for further analysis of the mechanisms of tumor growth and progression.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Cell Line, Tumor. Gene Expression. Glioma / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Blotting, Western. Cell Cycle Proteins / biosynthesis. Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 4. Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p15. Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16 / biosynthesis. Cyclin-Dependent Kinases / biosynthesis. Female. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein / biosynthesis. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence. Male. Middle Aged. Proto-Oncogene Proteins / biosynthesis. Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor / biosynthesis. S100 Proteins / biosynthesis. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / biosynthesis. Tumor Suppressor Proteins / biosynthesis

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  • (PMID = 15875906.001).
  • [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; 0 / CDKN2B protein, human; 0 / Cell Cycle Proteins; 0 / Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p15; 0 / Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16; 0 / Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein; 0 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins; 0 / S100 Proteins; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Proteins; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor; EC 2.7.11.22 / CDK4 protein, human; EC 2.7.11.22 / Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 4; EC 2.7.11.22 / Cyclin-Dependent Kinases
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7. 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.


8. Hata N, Yoshimoto K, Yokoyama N, Mizoguchi M, Shono T, Guan Y, Tahira T, Kukita Y, Higasa K, Nagata S, Iwaki T, Sasaki T, Hayashi K: Allelic losses of chromosome 10 in glioma tissues detected by quantitative single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis. Clin Chem; 2006 Mar;52(3):370-8
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  • BACKGROUND: Detection of loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in clinical tissue samples is frequently difficult because samples are usually contaminated with noncancerous cells or because tumor cells in single tissues have genetic heterogeneity, and the precision of available techniques is insufficient for reliable analysis in such materials.
  • Anaplastic astrocytomas exhibited both 10p and 10q LOH, whereas diffuse astrocytomas frequently (63% of the cases) exhibited loss of 10p alone.
  • CONCLUSIONS: The present method is effective for precise mapping of LOH region in surgically obtained tumor tissues and could be applicable to the genetic diagnosis of cancers other than gliomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Alleles. Astrocytoma / genetics. Humans. Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide


9. Uro-Coste E, Ssi-Yan-Kai G, Guilbeau-Frugier C, Boetto S, Bertozzi AI, Sevely A, Lolmede K, Delisle MB: Desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma with benign histological phenotype and multiple intracranial localizations at presentation. J Neurooncol; 2010 May;98(1):143-9
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  • [Title] Desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma with benign histological phenotype and multiple intracranial localizations at presentation.
  • Desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma (DIA) and desmoplastic infantile ganglioglioma (DIG) are rare intracranial tumors that mostly occur in the first 2 years of life and involve superficial cerebral cortex.
  • We report an original observation of a desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma in a 5-year-old boy with multiple localizations on initial presentation, including the unusual subtentorial region.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging showed a temporal tumor with prepontine and interpeduncular extension, and two other distinct localizations in cisterna magna and left cerebellar hemisphere.
  • The surgical samples, corresponding exclusively to subtentorial lesions, were devoid of anaplastic features; the temporal lesion was untouched because of the interpeduncular extension.
  • When the tumor is large, multilobular involvement is common, but multiple location of DIG is, on the contrary, very rare.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology


10. Kanamori M, Kumabe T, Watanabe M, Tominaga T: Anaplastic astrocytoma and anaplastic oligodendroglioma occurring 6 years after subtotal resection of a central neurocytoma. Case report. J Neurosurg; 2007 Jul;107(1):185-9
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  • [Title] Anaplastic astrocytoma and anaplastic oligodendroglioma occurring 6 years after subtotal resection of a central neurocytoma. Case report.
  • The authors present the case of a 51-year-old man who presented with an anaplastic astrocytoma and anaplastic oligodendroglioma that developed 6 years after subtotal resection of a central neurocytoma in his right lateral ventricle.
  • Histological examination revealed anaplastic oligodendroglioma in the parietal lobe and anaplastic astrocytoma in the insula.
  • One year later, the anaplastic astrocytoma was found to have transformed into a glioblastoma multiforme.
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis and immunohistochemical examinations detected deletions of the lp36 and 19q13 loci, and nuclear accumulation of TP53 protein in the anaplastic oligodendroglioma but not in the glioblastoma multiforme.
  • These findings suggest that central neurocytoma or progenitor cells have the potential for oligodendrocytic and astrocytic transformation with different genetic aberrations.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology. Neurocytoma / surgery. Oligodendroglioma / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Cell Transformation, Neoplastic. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Staging. Neurosurgical Procedures. Time Factors


11. Jin M, Komohara Y, Shichijo S, Yamanaka R, Nikawa J, Itoh K, Yamada A: Erythropoietin-producing hepatocyte B6 variant-derived peptides with the ability to induce glioma-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes in human leukocyte antigen-A2+ glioma patients. Cancer Sci; 2008 Aug;99(8):1656-62
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  • In the present study, we examined the expression of the EphB6 variant (EphB6v) in a panel of brain tumor cell lines and glioblastoma tissues and we found that EphB6v was preferentially expressed in malignant brain tumors, such as glioblastomas and anaplastic astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Case-Control Studies. Cell Line, Tumor. Gene Expression. Glioblastoma / metabolism. HLA-A Antigens. HLA-A2 Antigen. Hepatocytes. Humans

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  • (PMID = 18754880.001).
  • [ISSN] 1349-7006
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer science
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Sci.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / HLA-A Antigens; 0 / HLA-A*02:01 antigen; 0 / HLA-A2 Antigen; EC 2.7.1.- / EPHB6 protein, human; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
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12. Malzkorn B, Wolter M, Liesenberg F, Grzendowski M, Stühler K, Meyer HE, Reifenberger G: Identification and functional characterization of microRNAs involved in the malignant progression of gliomas. Brain Pathol; 2010 May;20(3):539-50
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  • [Title] Identification and functional characterization of microRNAs involved in the malignant progression of gliomas.
  • Diffuse astrocytoma of World Health Organization (WHO) grade II has an inherent tendency to spontaneously progress to anaplastic astrocytoma WHO grade III or secondary glioblastoma WHO grade IV.
  • We explored the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in glioma progression by investigating the expression profiles of 157 miRNAs in four patients with primary WHO grade II gliomas that spontaneously progressed to WHO grade IV secondary glioblastomas.
  • Validation experiments on independent series of primary low-grade and secondary high-grade astrocytomas confirmed miR-17 and miR-184 as promising candidates, which were selected for functional analyses.
  • [MeSH-minor] Cell Dedifferentiation / physiology. Cell Line, Tumor. Disease Progression. Humans

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  • (PMID = 19775293.001).
  • [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 / MicroRNAs
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13. 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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14. 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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  • (PMID = 19688970.001).
  • [ISSN] 0300-8916
  • [Journal-full-title] Tumori
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Tumori
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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15. 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
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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16. Ichimura K, Mungall AJ, Fiegler H, Pearson DM, Dunham I, Carter NP, Collins VP: Small regions of overlapping deletions on 6q26 in human astrocytic tumours identified using chromosome 6 tile path array-CGH. Oncogene; 2006 Feb 23;25(8):1261-71
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  • [Title] Small regions of overlapping deletions on 6q26 in human astrocytic tumours identified using chromosome 6 tile path array-CGH.
  • Deletions of chromosome 6 are a common abnormality in diverse human malignancies including astrocytic tumours, suggesting the presence of tumour suppressor genes (TSG).
  • A total of 104 adult astrocytic tumours (10 diffuse astrocytomas, 30 anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), 64 glioblastomas (GB)) were analysed using this array.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Chromosome Deletion. Chromosomes, Human, Pair 6 / genetics. Glioblastoma / genetics. Nucleic Acid Hybridization. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • [MeSH-minor] Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Chromosomes, Artificial, Bacterial. DNA, Neoplasm / analysis. Gene Dosage. Humans. Microsatellite Repeats. Telomere / genetics

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  • [Copyright] Oncogene (2006) 25, 1261-1271. doi:10.1038/sj.onc.1209156; published online 3 October 2005.
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  • (PMID = 16205629.001).
  • [ISSN] 0950-9232
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncogene
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncogene
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United Kingdom / Cancer Research UK / / A6618
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA, Neoplasm
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2760128; NLM/ UKMS2686
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17. 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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18. Shibui S: [Resent advances in chemotherapy for malignant brain tumors]. Gan To Kagaku Ryoho; 2005 Apr;32(4):442-7
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  • [Title] [Resent advances in chemotherapy for malignant brain tumors].
  • Most malignant brain tumors are resistant to the chemotherapeutic agents because of the existence of several mechanisms or substances such as the blood-brain barrier, genes and proteins.
  • Especially recent advances in the field of molecular biology have contributed to examination of the chemosensitivities of tumor cells.
  • Loss of chromosome 1 p and 19 q is considered to be closely related to chemosensitivity in anaplastic oligodendrogliomas.
  • This is one of the breakthroughs in the field of chemotherapy for malignant brain tumors.
  • Multi-institutional randomized controlled study by JCOG Brain Tumor Study Group is the first trial for the treatment of malignant astrocytomas under well-established quality control and quality assurance systems.
  • It can be a model of clinical trials for malignant brain tumors in Japan.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • [MeSH-minor] Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / therapeutic use. Clinical Trials, Phase II as Topic. Drug Resistance, Neoplasm. Humans. Nimustine / administration & dosage. Nitrosourea Compounds / pharmacology. O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase / metabolism. Procarbazine / administration & dosage. Quality Control. Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic

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  • (PMID = 15853207.001).
  • [ISSN] 0385-0684
  • [Journal-full-title] Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Gan To Kagaku Ryoho
  • [Language] jpn
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 0 / Nitrosourea Compounds; 0S726V972K / Nimustine; 35S93Y190K / Procarbazine; EC 2.1.1.63 / O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase
  • [Number-of-references] 27
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19. Maiti AK, Ghosh K, Chatterjee U, Chakrobarti S, Chatterjee S, Basu S: Epidermal growth factor receptor and proliferating cell nuclear antigen in astrocytomas. Neurol India; 2008 Oct-Dec;56(4):456-62
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  • [Title] Epidermal growth factor receptor and proliferating cell nuclear antigen in astrocytomas.
  • AIMS: The involvement of various growth factors, growth factor receptors and proliferative markers in the molecular pathogenesis of astrocytic neoplasms are being studied extensively.
  • Since EGFR and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) are involved in mitogenic signal transduction and cellular proliferation pathway, we have studied the correlation between the expression of EGFR and PCNA labeling index in astrocytic tumors.
  • MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated the immunohistochemical expression of EGFR and PCNA using the appropriate monoclonal antibodies in 40 cases of astrocytic tumors of which 21 cases were glioblastoma, eight cases were Grade III or anaplastic astrocytomas and six cases were Grade II or diffuse astrocytomas and five cases were Grade I or pilocytic astrocytomas.
  • RESULTS: Both the EGFR expression and PCNA labeling index increase with increasing grades of astrocytomas with a significantly high percentage of cells showing positive staining for both EGFR and PCNA in GBM and Grade III astrocytomas compared to Grade II astrocytomas.
  • The expression levels of both EGFR and PCNA were low in Grade I or pilocytic astrocytomas.
  • CONCLUSIONS: A significant correlation was found between EGFR overexpression and PCNA labeling index in Grade III and Grade II astrocytomas and glioblastoma.
  • These suggest that the tumor proliferation, at least in higher grades of astrocytomas is dependent in some measure on EGF and EGFR-related signaling pathways.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen / metabolism. Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor / metabolism


20. 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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21. Maes L, Van Neste L, Van Damme K, Kalala JP, De Ridder L, Bekaert S, Cornelissen M: Relation between telomerase activity, hTERT and telomere length for intracranial tumours. Oncol Rep; 2007 Dec;18(6):1571-6
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  • Telomerase activity was detected in 3 of 35 (8.6%) screened meningiomas (1 benign, 1 atypical and 1 malignant meningioma).
  • For gliomas, no active telomerase was detected in 2 low-grade astrocytomas, whereas three of the four screened glioblastomas were positive for telomerase activity.
  • The only hTERT protein positive astrocytoma had a mean labelling index of 9.0%.
  • The two low-grade astrocytomas had a telomere length of 14.310 and 9.236 kb.
  • The anaplastic astrocytoma had a telomere length of 4.903 kb and the glioblastomas 5.767 kb (SD=2.042).
  • These results indicate that telomere shortening may be a critical step in pathogenesis of atypical and malignant meningiomas and gliomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / enzymology. Astrocytoma / genetics. Astrocytoma / pathology. Biopsy. Glioblastoma / enzymology. Glioblastoma / genetics. Glioblastoma / pathology. Humans

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  • (PMID = 17982646.001).
  • [ISSN] 1021-335X
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncology reports
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncol. Rep.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 2.7.7.49 / Telomerase
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22. Debono B, Derrey S, Rabehenoina C, Proust F, Freger P, Laquerrière A: Primary diffuse multinodular leptomeningeal gliomatosis: case report and review of the literature. Surg Neurol; 2006 Mar;65(3):273-82; discussion 282
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  • BACKGROUND: Primary diffuse leptomeningeal gliomatosis is an exceptional neoplasm, and only 30 cases have been reported in the literature.
  • Histological examination revealed an anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • RESULTS: Complete neuraxis postmortem examination revealed no intraparenchymatous glioma and was conclusive for the diagnosis of primary leptomeningeal gliomatosis (astrocytic, World Health Organization grade III), with a multinodular pattern in the spinal cord, the brainstem, and the brain base with diffuse extension into the cerebellar subarachnoid spaces.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / surgery. Meningeal Neoplasms / surgery. Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial / surgery. Peripheral Nervous System Neoplasms / surgery. Spinal Nerve Roots / surgery
  • [MeSH-minor] Brain / pathology. Cerebellum / pathology. Diagnosis, Differential. Fatal Outcome. Humans. Intracranial Pressure / physiology. Male. Meninges / pathology. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Invasiveness / pathology. Neurologic Examination. Prognosis

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  • (PMID = 16488248.001).
  • [ISSN] 0090-3019
  • [Journal-full-title] Surgical neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Surg Neurol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Number-of-references] 39
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23. Miyata S, Gomi A, Yamaguchi T, Tanaka Y, Watanabe E, Tanaka A: Case of unclassified, radiosensitive, malignant neuroepithelial tumor in the temporal lobe of a child. Brain Tumor Pathol; 2010 Apr;27(1):45-50
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  • [Title] Case of unclassified, radiosensitive, malignant neuroepithelial tumor in the temporal lobe of a child.
  • A case of unclassified, pediatric cerebral neuroepithelial tumor in a 10-year-old girl that showed remarkable radiosensitivity is reported.
  • MRI revealed a brain tumor of mixed intensity with heterogeneous enhancement in the medial temporal lobe, extending to the basal ganglia.
  • The tumor was partially removed.
  • On pathology, the main part of the tumor showed immature features: the tumor cells had a chromatin-rich large nucleus and less cytoplasm, and mitoses and fragmentation of the nuclei were frequent.
  • On immunohistochemistry, the tumor cells were negative for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and synaptophysin and positive for Olig2.
  • The part invading into the surrounding brain showed similarities in form to a highly anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • The infiltrating tumor cells were positive for GFAP and less positive for Olig2.
  • After 40 Gy radiation, the residual tumor was markedly reduced.
  • Neuroepithelial tumors rarely show such high radiosensitivity, and the reason for the radiosensitivity in the present case may have been the immaturity of the tumor cells.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma. Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors / analysis. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Child. Combined Modality Therapy. Female. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein / analysis. Humans. Ki-67 Antigen / analysis. Neoplasm, Residual. Nerve Tissue Proteins / analysis. Radiotherapy Dosage. Synaptophysin / analysis. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 20425048.001).
  • [ISSN] 1861-387X
  • [Journal-full-title] Brain tumor pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Brain Tumor Pathol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein; 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 0 / Nerve Tissue Proteins; 0 / OLIG2 protein, human; 0 / Synaptophysin
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24. Ritz R, Müller M, Dietz K, Duffner F, Bornemann A, Roser F, Tatagiba M: Hypericin uptake: a prognostic marker for survival in high-grade glioma. J Clin Neurosci; 2008 Jul;15(7):778-83
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  • [Title] Hypericin uptake: a prognostic marker for survival in high-grade glioma.
  • Three patients suffered from an anaplastic astrocytoma, WHO grade III, nine had a glioblastoma, WHO grade IV.
  • In summary, HY uptake by ex vivo glioblastoma cell cultures seems to be positively associated with survival of patients with malignant glioma.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Drug Resistance, Neoplasm / genetics. Glioma / drug therapy. Perylene / analogs & derivatives. Photochemotherapy / methods
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Astrocytoma / physiopathology. Cell Line, Tumor. Cell Proliferation. Disease-Free Survival. Drug Therapy. Female. Fluorescence. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Glioblastoma / metabolism. Glioblastoma / physiopathology. Humans. Light. Lipoproteins, LDL / metabolism. Male. Microscopy, Fluorescence / methods. Middle Aged. Models, Statistical. Predictive Value of Tests. Prognosis. Radiation-Sensitizing Agents / metabolism. Radiotherapy. Survival Rate

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  • (PMID = 18394904.001).
  • [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] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Lipoproteins, LDL; 0 / Radiation-Sensitizing Agents; 5QD5427UN7 / Perylene; 7V2F1075HD / hypericin
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25. Robe PA, Martin DH, Nguyen-Khac MT, Artesi M, Deprez M, Albert A, Vanbelle S, Califice S, Bredel M, Bours V: Early termination of ISRCTN45828668, a phase 1/2 prospective, randomized study of sulfasalazine for the treatment of progressing malignant gliomas in adults. BMC Cancer; 2009;9:372
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  • [Title] Early termination of ISRCTN45828668, a phase 1/2 prospective, randomized study of sulfasalazine for the treatment of progressing malignant gliomas in adults.
  • BACKGROUND: Sulfasalazine, a NF-kappaB and x(c)-cystine/glutamate antiport inhibitor, has demonstrated a strong antitumoral potential in preclinical models of malignant gliomas.
  • As it presents an excellent safety profile, we initiated a phase 1/2 clinical study of this anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of recurrent WHO grade 3 and 4 astrocytic gliomas in adults.
  • METHODS: 10 patients with advanced recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma (n = 2) or glioblastoma (n = 8) aged 32-62 years were recruited prior to the planned interim analysis of the study.
  • Primary endpoints were the evaluation of toxicities according to the CTCAE v.3.0, and the observation of radiological tumor responses based on MacDonald criteria.
  • One tumor remained stable for 2 months with sulfasalazine treatment, at the lowest daily dose of the drug.
  • Side effects were common, as all patients developed grade 1-3 adverse events (mean: 7.2/patient), four patients developed grade 4 toxicity.
  • CONCLUSION: Although the proper influence of sulfasalazine treatment on patient outcome was difficult to ascertain in these debilitated patients with a large tumor burden (median KPS = 50), ISRCTN45828668 was terminated after its interim analysis.
  • This study urges to exert cautiousness in future trials of Sulfasalazine for the treatment of malignant gliomas.

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  • [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
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26. Ohgaki H, Kleihues P: Genetic pathways to primary and secondary glioblastoma. Am J Pathol; 2007 May;170(5):1445-53
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  • Glioblastoma is the most frequent and most malignant human brain tumor.
  • The majority of cases (>90%) are primary glioblastomas that develop rapidly de novo, without clinical or histological evidence of a less malignant precursor lesion.
  • Secondary glioblastomas develop through progression from low-grade diffuse astrocytoma or anaplastic astrocytoma and manifest in younger patients.
  • In the pathway to secondary glioblastoma, TP53 mutations are the most frequent and earliest detectable genetic alteration, already present in 60% of precursor low-grade astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Chromosomes, Human, Pair 10 / genetics. Humans. Loss of Heterozygosity / genetics. Mutation. PTEN Phosphohydrolase / genetics. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics

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  • [ISSN] 0002-9440
  • [Journal-full-title] The American journal of pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Am. J. Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; EC 3.1.3.48 / PTEN protein, human; EC 3.1.3.67 / PTEN Phosphohydrolase
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27. Chamberlain MC, Johnston S: Bevacizumab for recurrent alkylator-refractory anaplastic oligodendroglioma. Cancer; 2009 Apr 15;115(8):1734-43
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  • [Title] Bevacizumab for recurrent alkylator-refractory anaplastic oligodendroglioma.
  • BACKGROUND: A retrospective evaluation of single agent bevacizumab was carried out in adults with recurrent alkylator-refractory 1p19q codeleted anaplastic oligodendrogliomas (AO) with an objective of determining progression-free survival (PFS).
  • Bevacizumab-related toxicity included fatigue (14 patients; 4 grade 3), leukopenia (9; 1 grade 3), anemia (5; 0 grade 3), hypertension (5; 1 grade 3), deep vein thrombosis (4; 1 grade 3), and wound dehiscence (2; 1 grade 3).
  • Time to tumor progression ranged from 1 to 18 months (median, 6.75 months).
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized. Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Bevacizumab. Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1. Disease-Free Survival. Drug Resistance, Neoplasm. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Retrospective Studies. Survival Analysis

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  • (PMID = 19197992.001).
  • [ISSN] 0008-543X
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Angiogenesis Inhibitors; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 2S9ZZM9Q9V / Bevacizumab
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28. 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
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29. 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
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30. Talos IF, Zou KH, Kikinis R, Jolesz FA: Volumetric assessment of tumor infiltration of adjacent white matter based on anatomic MRI and diffusion tensor tractography. Acad Radiol; 2007 Apr;14(4):431-6
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  • [Title] Volumetric assessment of tumor infiltration of adjacent white matter based on anatomic MRI and diffusion tensor tractography.
  • We hypothesized that white matter infiltration may be common among different types of tumor.
  • MATERIAL AND METHODS: Preoperative, anatomic (T1- and T2-weighted), and LINESCAN diffusion tensor MRI were obtained in 12 patients harboring supratentorial gliomas (World Health Organization [WHO] Grades II and III).
  • A second segmentation and volume measurement was performed on the tumor regions intersecting adjacent white matter fiber tracts.
  • Statistical methods included summary statistics to examine the fraction of tumor volume infiltrating adjacent white matter.
  • RESULTS: There were five patients with low-grade oligodendroglioma (WHO Grade II), one with low-grade mixed oligoastrocytoma (WHO Grade II), one with ganglioglioma, two with low-grade astrocytoma (WHO Grade II), and three with anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO Grade III).
  • We identified white matter tracts infiltrated by tumor in all 12 cases.
  • The median tumor volume (+/- standard deviation) in our patient population was 42.5 +/- 28.9 mL.
  • The median tumor volume (+/- standard deviation) infiltrating white matter fiber tracts was 5.2 +/- 9.9 mL.
  • The median percentage of tumor volume infiltrating white matter fiber tracts was 21.4% +/- 9.7%.
  • However, prospective, large population studies are required to definitively clarify this issue, and how infiltration relates to histologic tumor type, tumor size, and location.

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  • (PMID = 17368212.001).
  • [ISSN] 1076-6332
  • [Journal-full-title] Academic radiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acad Radiol
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / P41 RR013218-098542; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / U41 RR019703; United States / NIGMS NIH HHS / GM / R01 GM074068; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / U41 RR019703-03S1; United States / NIBIB NIH HHS / EB / P41 EB015898; United States / NLM NIH HHS / LM / R01 LM007861; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / P41 RR013218-02; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / RR019703-03S1; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / P41 RR013218; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / RR013218-108434; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / RR013218-098542; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / P01 CA067165; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / P41 RR013218-108434
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS21072; NLM/ PMC2397554
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31. Pavlisa G, Rados M, Pavlisa G, Pavic L, Potocki K, Mayer D: The differences of water diffusion between brain tissue infiltrated by tumor and peritumoral vasogenic edema. Clin Imaging; 2009 Mar-Apr;33(2):96-101
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  • [Title] The differences of water diffusion between brain tissue infiltrated by tumor and peritumoral vasogenic edema.
  • The differences between peritumoral brain tissue infiltrated by tumor and vasogenic edema were prospectively evaluated by comparing the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of peritumoral areas of infiltrative tumors (anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas) to that of peritumoral areas of noninfiltrative tumors (metastatic carcinomas) on 54 patients.
  • Peritumoral ADCs indicated the possibility of differentiation between tumor infiltration and vasogenic edema, as well as between primary gliomas and metastases.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Astrocytoma / pathology. Female. Glioblastoma / diagnosis. Glioblastoma / pathology. Humans. Male. Middle Aged

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  • (PMID = 19237051.001).
  • [ISSN] 1873-4499
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical imaging
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin Imaging
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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32. Gil-Salú JL, Nieto A, Rodríguez-Gutiérrez JF, Almarcha J: [Allelic loss at 1p/19q analysis in brain tumors of glial lineage]. Neurocirugia (Astur); 2007 Aug;18(4):285-93; discussion 293
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  • [Transliterated title] Análisis de la presencia de mutaciones por pérdida de heterocigocidad de 1p/19q en tumores cerebrales de estirpe glial.
  • RESULTS: Were included in the first part of this study 45 sample of neuroepithelial tissue supratentorial tumors: 29 glioblastoma, 1 gliosarcoma, 7 diffuse astrocytoma grade II, 1 oligoastrocytoma, 3 oligodendroglioma, 1 anaplastic oligodendroglioma, 1 xanthoastrocytoma, 1 dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour and 1 pilocytic astrocytoma.
  • 80% of oligodendroglial tumors, 14% glioblastoma and 14% of diffuse astrocytoma grade II.
  • [MeSH-minor] Base Sequence. DNA, Neoplasm / analysis. Genetic Markers. Humans. Microsatellite Repeats. Molecular Sequence Data. Retrospective Studies

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  • (PMID = 17882335.001).
  • [ISSN] 1130-1473
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurocirugía (Asturias, Spain)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurocirugia (Astur)
  • [Language] spa
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Spain
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA, Neoplasm; 0 / Genetic Markers
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33. Marie Y, Carpentier AF, Omuro AM, Sanson M, Thillet J, Hoang-Xuan K, Delattre JY: EGFR tyrosine kinase domain mutations in human gliomas. Neurology; 2005 Apr 26;64(8):1444-5
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  • In this study, the authors tested the presence of such mutations in 95 gliomas including glioblastomas, anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, and low-grade gliomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / enzymology. Astrocytoma / genetics. Carcinoma / drug therapy. Carcinoma / enzymology. Carcinoma / genetics. DNA Mutational Analysis. Drug Resistance, Neoplasm / genetics. Genetic Testing. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Glioblastoma / enzymology. Glioblastoma / genetics. Humans. Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy. Lung Neoplasms / enzymology. Lung Neoplasms / genetics. Oligodendroglioma / drug therapy. Oligodendroglioma / enzymology. Oligodendroglioma / genetics. Protein Kinase Inhibitors / pharmacology. Protein Kinase Inhibitors / therapeutic use. Protein Structure, Tertiary / genetics. Quinazolines / pharmacology. Quinazolines / therapeutic use

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  • (PMID = 15851741.001).
  • [ISSN] 1526-632X
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Protein Kinase Inhibitors; 0 / Quinazolines; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor; S65743JHBS / gefitinib
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34. Perez-Saldana MT, Vilar C, Geffner-Sclarsky D, Belenguer-Benavides A, Del Villar-Igea A, Gil-Fortuno M, Bahamonde D: [Meningoencephalomyelitis as the initial symptom of a brain tumour mimicking encephalitis due to herpes simplex virus: a case report]. Rev Neurol; 2007 Mar 16-31;44(6):348-52
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  • [Transliterated title] Meningoencefalomielitis como manifestacion inicial de un tumor cerebral que imita una encefalitis por virus del herpes simple: descripcion de un caso.
  • A tumoural aetiology is rare and they are generally malignant tumours with an ominous prognosis.
  • We report a case of meningoencephalomyelitis that initially presented as encephalitis due to herpes simplex virus (HSV) and which was finally seen to be an anaplastic oligoastrocytoma.
  • The post-mortem examination revealed a grade III oligoastrocytoma in both temporal lobes, which had extended into the adjacent subarachnoid space and the cerebral and cervical leptomeninges.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma. Brain Neoplasms. Encephalitis, Herpes Simplex / etiology. Meninges / pathology. Meningitis / etiology


35. 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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36. Levin VA, Ictech S, Hess KR: Impact of phase II trials with progression-free survival as end-points on survival-based phase III studies in patients with anaplastic gliomas. BMC Cancer; 2007;7:106
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  • [Title] Impact of phase II trials with progression-free survival as end-points on survival-based phase III studies in patients with anaplastic gliomas.
  • BACKGROUND: To assess progression-free survival (PFS) as the appropriate end-point for phase II trials for anaplastic gliomas (AGs) and to determine the impact of PFS on survival-based phase III trials.
  • CONCLUSION: Based on PFS rates at 6, 9, and 12 months for AG patients, a differential of 1.5 to 2 years is the norm and could invalidate overall survival as an end-point for phase III studies in patients with AG.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / mortality. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / mortality. Oligodendroglioma / drug therapy. Oligodendroglioma / mortality

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  • (PMID = 17587447.001).
  • [ISSN] 1471-2407
  • [Journal-full-title] BMC cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] BMC Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial, Phase II; Clinical Trial, Phase III; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC1919386
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37. Ewelt C, Stummer W, Klink B, Felsberg J, Steiger HJ, Sabel M: Cordectomy as final treatment option for diffuse intramedullary malignant glioma using 5-ALA fluorescence-guided resection. Clin Neurol Neurosurg; 2010 May;112(4):357-61
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  • [Title] Cordectomy as final treatment option for diffuse intramedullary malignant glioma using 5-ALA fluorescence-guided resection.
  • BACKGROUND: We present a case of an anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO-grade III, AA III) in a 27-year-old woman treated by spinal cordectomy.
  • To assess tumor invasion intraoperatively, we used tumor fluorescence derived from 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA).
  • Additional cordectomy was performed because of tumor infiltration at the cut end to T9 as identified by intraoperative tumor fluorescence, and as verified histologically.
  • The final transected level was between T8 and T9, and the cut end did not reveal any tumor invasion intraoperatively by tumor fluorescence and postoperatively by MRI and with regard to the pathological result.
  • CONCLUSION: Our observation suggests 5-ALA fluorescence-guided resections to be useful in the context of malignant spinal cord gliomas.
  • Furthermore, our particular case indicates that palliative spinal cordectomy with a wide margin and intraoperative resection using fluorescence guidance may be a final option for patients with recurrent spinal malignant glioma presenting with complete deficit below the lesion.
  • [MeSH-major] Aminolevulinic Acid. Astrocytoma / surgery. Cordotomy / methods. Neurosurgical Procedures / methods. Spinal Cord Neoplasms / surgery. Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods

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  • (PMID = 20061079.001).
  • [ISSN] 1872-6968
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical neurology and neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin Neurol Neurosurg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Netherlands
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 88755TAZ87 / Aminolevulinic Acid
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38. Galloway M: CD34 expression in glioblastoma and giant cell glioblastoma. Clin Neuropathol; 2010 Mar-Apr;29(2):89-93
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  • OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine whether CD34 is expressed in glioblastomas and giant cell glioblastomas, as this information may be of value when attempting to differentiate between giant cell glioblastomas and other relevant differential diagnoses such as pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas with anaplastic features and anaplastic gangliogliomas.
  • CD34 staining in isolation is unlikely to be of assistance in differentiating between giant cell glioblastoma and pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas with anaplastic features or anaplastic gangliogliomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Antigens, CD34 / biosynthesis. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / pathology. Diagnosis, Differential. Ganglioglioma / pathology. Glioblastoma / metabolism. Glioblastoma / pathology. Humans

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  • (PMID = 20175958.001).
  • [ISSN] 0722-5091
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical neuropathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin. Neuropathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, CD34; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor
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39. Parney IF, Goerss SJ, McGee K, Huston J 3rd, Perkins WJ, Meyer FB: Awake craniotomy, electrophysiologic mapping, and tumor resection with high-field intraoperative MRI. World Neurosurg; 2010 May;73(5):547-51
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  • [Title] Awake craniotomy, electrophysiologic mapping, and tumor resection with high-field intraoperative MRI.
  • After an initial tumor debulking, the scalp flap was loosely approximated, the wound was covered with additional drapes, and the excess surrounding drapes were trimmed.
  • Additional resection was performed, allowing extensive removal of what proved to be an anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Mapping / methods. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / surgery. Craniotomy / methods. Electroencephalography. Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods. Surgery, Computer-Assisted / methods

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  • (PMID = 20920940.001).
  • [ISSN] 1878-8769
  • [Journal-full-title] World neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] World Neurosurg
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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40. Rousselot C, Francois P, Jan M, Bergemer AM: [Report of seven cases of clear-cell meningioma and a literature review]. Ann Pathol; 2010 Apr;30(2):73-82
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  • [Transliterated title] Etude de sept cas de méningiomes à cellules claires et revue de la littérature.
  • Three patients belonged to the same family, probably affected by neurofibromatosis type 2.
  • CONCLUSION: Our study supports the fact that MCC course is less favourable than meningioma WHO grade I, even in the absence of anaplastic area, high mitotic activity, or necrosis.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Meningeal Neoplasms / pathology. Meningioma / pathology. Neoplasm Proteins / analysis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Child, Preschool. Diagnostic Errors. Ependymoma / diagnosis. Female. Humans. Keratins / analysis. Ki-67 Antigen / analysis. Male. Middle Aged. Mucin-1 / analysis. Neurofibromatosis 2 / diagnosis. Neurofibromatosis 2 / genetics. Neurofibromatosis 2 / pathology. Receptors, Progesterone / analysis. Retrospective Studies. S100 Proteins / analysis. Young Adult

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  • (PMID = 20451062.001).
  • [ISSN] 0242-6498
  • [Journal-full-title] Annales de pathologie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann Pathol
  • [Language] fre
  • [Publication-type] English Abstract; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] France
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 0 / Mucin-1; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; 0 / Receptors, Progesterone; 0 / S100 Proteins; 68238-35-7 / Keratins
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41. 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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42. Jha P, Agarwal S, Pathak P, Srivastava A, Suri V, Sharma MC, Chosdol K, Srivastava T, Gupta D, Gupta A, Suri A, Sarkar C: Heterozygosity status of 1p and 19q and its correlation with p53 protein expression and EGFR amplification in patients with astrocytic tumors: novel series from India. Cancer Genet Cytogenet; 2010 Apr 15;198(2):126-34
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  • [Title] Heterozygosity status of 1p and 19q and its correlation with p53 protein expression and EGFR amplification in patients with astrocytic tumors: novel series from India.
  • There are few reports of loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of 1p and 19q in astrocytic tumors, especially glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
  • We evaluated 1p and 19q (either or both) heterozygosity status in 71 astrocytomas, including 6 pediatric cases: 20 diffuse astrocytomas (DA), 9 anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), and 42 GBM.
  • Thus, 1p and 19q LOH can occur in astrocytic tumors, most commonly in secondary GBMs without morphological correlation with an oligodendroglial histology.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1. Chromosomes, Human, Pair 19. Gene Amplification. Genes, erbB-1. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics

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  • (PMID = 20362227.001).
  • [ISSN] 1873-4456
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer genetics and cytogenetics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Genet. Cytogenet.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53
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43. Momota H, Narita Y, Miyakita Y, Hosono A, Makimoto A, Shibui S: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia after temozolomide treatment for anaplastic astrocytoma in a child with a germline TP53 mutation. Pediatr Blood Cancer; 2010 Sep;55(3):577-9
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  • [Title] Acute lymphoblastic leukemia after temozolomide treatment for anaplastic astrocytoma in a child with a germline TP53 mutation.
  • We present a case of a 12-year-old female with a germline TP53 mutation who presented with anaplastic astrocytoma and subsequent acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) 13 months after starting treatment with temozolomide (TMZ).
  • Although alkylating agents such as TMZ are known to induce secondary hematologic malignancy, only several cases of treatment-related acute leukemia have been reported after TMZ-alone chemotherapy for malignant gliomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / adverse effects. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Dacarbazine / analogs & derivatives. Frontal Lobe. Genes, p53 / genetics. Germ-Line Mutation. Neoplasms, Second Primary / chemically induced. Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma / chemically induced


44. 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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45. Smith SF, Simpson JM, Sekhon LH: What progress has been made in surgical management of patients with astrocytoma and oligodendroglioma in Australia over the last two decades? J Clin Neurosci; 2005 Nov;12(8):915-20; discussion 921
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  • [Title] What progress has been made in surgical management of patients with astrocytoma and oligodendroglioma in Australia over the last two decades?
  • OBJECTIVE: To determine changes since 1977 in demographic characteristics, tumour frequencies, surgical management, morbidity and survival for 1,339 patients discharged with astrocytoma (A) and oligodendroglioma (O), which comprise the majority of primary brain cancers, recorded prospectively in northern Sydney neurosurgery databases.
  • Of 144 re-biopsies, 16% had less anaplastic pathology, 54% the same and 30% more anaplastic pathology than the first biopsy.
  • Age and histopathologic grade were predictors of survival from 1980.
  • After adjustment for age using proportional hazards regression, survival improved only for anaplastic A, with a 60% improvement for patients diagnosed in era 3, and a 50% improvement for patients diagnosed in era 4 relative to those in era 1.
  • CONCLUSIONS: Although markers of inpatient care have improved since the 1980s, age-adjusted survival has not increased except for patients with anaplastic A.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Neoplasms / surgery. Neurosurgical Procedures / statistics & numerical data. Oligodendroglioma / surgery. Postoperative Complications

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  • (PMID = 16326271.001).
  • [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] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
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46. El-Jawahri A, Patel D, Zhang M, Mladkova N, Chakravarti A: Biomarkers of clinical responsiveness in brain tumor patients : progress and potential. Mol Diagn Ther; 2008;12(4):199-208
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  • [Title] Biomarkers of clinical responsiveness in brain tumor patients : progress and potential.
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme represent malignant astrocytomas, which are the most common type of malignant gliomas.
  • Despite research efforts in cancer therapy, the prognosis of patients with malignant gliomas remains poor.
  • Research efforts in recent years have focused on investigating the cellular, molecular, and genetic pathways involved in the progression of malignant gliomas.
  • As a result, biomarkers have emerged as diagnostic, predictive, and prognostic tools that have the potential to transform the field of brain tumor diagnostics.
  • An increased understanding of the important molecular pathways that have been implicated in the progression of malignant gliomas has led to the identification of potential diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers, some bearing clinical implications for targeted therapy.
  • Research into the clinical relevance and applicability of such biomarkers has the potential to revolutionize our approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant gliomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Brain Neoplasms / chemistry. Glioma / chemistry

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  • (PMID = 18652516.001).
  • [ISSN] 1177-1062
  • [Journal-full-title] Molecular diagnosis & therapy
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Mol Diagn Ther
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01CA108633
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] New Zealand
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor
  • [Number-of-references] 71
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47. García-Navarro V, Tena-Suck ML, Celis MA, Vega R, Rembao D, Salinas C: Anaplastic astrocytoma post radiotherapy of pineal germinoma. Arq Neuropsiquiatr; 2009 Sep;67(3A):707-9
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  • [Title] Anaplastic astrocytoma post radiotherapy of pineal germinoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / etiology. Brain Neoplasms / etiology. Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced. Neoplasms, Second Primary / etiology. Pineal Gland


48. 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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49. Vordermark D, Kölbl O, Ruprecht K, Vince GH, Bratengeier K, Flentje M: Hypofractionated stereotactic re-irradiation: treatment option in recurrent malignant glioma. BMC Cancer; 2005;5:55
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  • [Title] Hypofractionated stereotactic re-irradiation: treatment option in recurrent malignant glioma.
  • BACKGROUND: Hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (HFSRT) is one salvage treatment option in previously irradiated patients with recurrent malignant glioma.
  • METHODS: Between 1997 and 2003, 19 patients with recurrent malignant glioma (14 glioblastoma on most recent histology, 5 anaplastic astrocytoma) were treated with HFSRT.
  • RESULTS: The median overall survival (OS) was 9.3 (1.9-77.6+) months from the time of HFSRT, 15.4 months for grade III and 7.9 months for grade IV tumors (p = 0.029, log-rank test).
  • Median time to tumor progression after HFSRT on imaging was 4.9 months (1.3 to 37.3) months.
  • [MeSH-minor] Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology. Disease Progression. Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation. Glioblastoma / pathology. Glioblastoma / surgery. Humans. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local. Nimustine / pharmacology. Prognosis. Recurrence. Stereotaxic Techniques. Teniposide / pharmacology. Time Factors. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 15924621.001).
  • [ISSN] 1471-2407
  • [Journal-full-title] BMC cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] BMC Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0S726V972K / Nimustine; 957E6438QA / Teniposide
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC1156875
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50. Gil-Benso R, Lopez-Gines C, Benito R, López-Guerrero JA, Callaghan RC, Pellín A, Roldán P, Cerdá-Nicolas M: Concurrent EGFR amplification and TP-53 mutation in glioblastomas. Clin Neuropathol; 2007 Sep-Oct;26(5):224-31
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  • A genetic alteration that is significantly more frequent in primary than in secondary glioblastomas, the latter arising from preceding low-grade gliomas, is epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) amplification, whereas TP-53 mutations are significantly more frequent in low-grade gliomas and secondary glioblastomas derived there- from.
  • We report the histological and genetic study of two glioblastomas, one case arising de novo and the other case arising 3 years after a previously diagnosed anaplastic astrocytoma, with concurrent EGFR amplification and TP-53 mutation.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / genetics. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Astrocytoma / pathology. Female. Gene Amplification. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence. Male. Middle Aged. Mutation


51. 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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52. de Groot JF, Piao Y, Lu L, Fuller GN, Yung WK: Knockdown of GluR1 expression by RNA interference inhibits glioma proliferation. J Neurooncol; 2008 Jun;88(2):121-33
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  • High-grade gliomas release excitotoxic concentrations of glutamate which contributes to their malignant phenotype.
  • To improve our understanding of the mechanisms by which glutamate enhances tumor growth and invasion, we examined alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA)-mediated signaling in glioma cell lines. shRNA was used to stably knockdown GluR1, the most abundant AMPA receptor subunit in glioma, to evaluate its role in tumor signaling, proliferation and tumorigenicity.
  • In a tissue array, there was a statistically significant increase in GluR1 expression in glioblastoma samples compared to anaplastic astrocytoma and low-grade tumors.
  • These results suggest that AMPA receptors are abundantly expressed in high-grade gliomas and gene silencing of the GluR1 AMPA receptor subunit results in abrogation of AMPA-mediated signaling and tumor growth.
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Carcinogenicity Tests. Cell Cycle / drug effects. Cell Line, Tumor. Cell Proliferation / drug effects. Down-Regulation / drug effects. Down-Regulation / genetics. Humans. Ki-67 Antigen / metabolism. Mice. Mice, Nude. Microarray Analysis / methods. RNA, Double-Stranded / pharmacology. Signal Transduction / drug effects

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  • (PMID = 18317690.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 0 / RNA, Double-Stranded; 0 / RNA, Small Interfering; 0 / Receptors, AMPA; 0 / glutamate receptor ionotropic, AMPA 1
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53. Xiang C, Sarid R, Cazacu S, Finniss S, Lee HK, Ziv-Av A, Mikkelsen T, Brodie C: Cloning and characterization of human RTVP-1b, a novel splice variant of RTVP-1 in glioma cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun; 2007 Oct 26;362(3):612-8
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  • In contrast, RTVP-1 and RTVP-1b showed similar patterns of expression in astrocytic tumors; highly expressed in glioblastomas as compared to normal brains, low-grade astrocytomas and anaplastic oligodendrogliomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Glioma / metabolism. Neoplasm Proteins / biosynthesis. Neoplasm Proteins / genetics. Nerve Tissue Proteins / biosynthesis. Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics
  • [MeSH-minor] Alternative Splicing. Amino Acid Sequence. Base Sequence. Cell Line, Tumor. Cell Movement. Cell Proliferation. Cloning, Molecular. Humans. Molecular Sequence Data. Protein Isoforms. Tissue Distribution

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  • (PMID = 17825796.001).
  • [ISSN] 0006-291X
  • [Journal-full-title] Biochemical and biophysical research communications
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA-R21-96965; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R24 CA095809
  • [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 / GLIPR1 protein, human; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins; 0 / Nerve Tissue Proteins; 0 / Protein Isoforms
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54. 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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55. Arakawa Y, Tachibana O, Hasegawa M, Miyamori T, Yamashita J, Hayashi Y: Frequent gene amplification and overexpression of decoy receptor 3 in glioblastoma. Acta Neuropathol; 2005 Mar;109(3):294-8
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  • DcR3 has been demonstrated to produce a secreted member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily that negatively regulates Fas-mediated apoptosis.
  • In this study we examined DcR3 gene amplification, DcR3 mRNA expression, and DcR3 protein expression in 46 human astrocytic brain tumors by quantitative genomic PCR, quantitative reverse transcription-PCR, and immunohistochemistry, respectively.
  • The DcR3 gene amplification was detected in none of 6 (0%) low-grade astrocytomas, 1 of 16 (6%) anaplastic astrocytomas, and 6 of 24 ( 25%) glioblastomas.
  • We thus concluded that high DcR3 mRNA expression and protein expression may be positively related to the gene amplification in astrocytic brain tumors, especially glioblastomas.
  • Further, we speculated that the DcR3 gene amplification with overexpression may be responsible for malignant features in glioblastomas.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Child. Female. Humans. Immunohistochemistry / methods. Male. Middle Aged. RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis. Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor. Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Member 6b. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods

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  • (PMID = 15627206.001).
  • [ISSN] 0001-6322
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta neuropathologica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Neuropathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Membrane Glycoproteins; 0 / RNA, Messenger; 0 / Receptors, Cell Surface; 0 / Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor; 0 / Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Member 6b; 0 / TNFRSF6B protein, human
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56. Omuro AM, Faivre S, Raymond E: Lessons learned in the development of targeted therapy for malignant gliomas. Mol Cancer Ther; 2007 Jul;6(7):1909-19
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  • [Title] Lessons learned in the development of targeted therapy for malignant gliomas.
  • The prognosis of patients with glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, and anaplastic oligodendroglioma remains poor despite standard treatment with radiotherapy and temozolomide.

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  • (PMID = 17620423.001).
  • [ISSN] 1535-7163
  • [Journal-full-title] Molecular cancer therapeutics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Mol. Cancer Ther.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Receptors, Cell Surface; EC 2.7.- / Protein Kinases; EC 2.7.1.1 / MTOR protein, human; EC 2.7.1.1 / TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases; EC 2.7.11.13 / Protein Kinase C; EC 2.7.11.13 / Protein Kinase C beta
  • [Number-of-references] 78
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57. Lustig RA, Seiferheld W, Berkey B, Yung AW, Scarantino C, Movsas B, Jones CU, Simpson JR, Fishbach J, Curran WJ Jr: Imaging response in malignant glioma, RTOG 90-06. Am J Clin Oncol; 2007 Feb;30(1):32-7
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  • [Title] Imaging response in malignant glioma, RTOG 90-06.
  • OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if radiographic response correlates with survival for patients treated patients with malignant gliomas treated on Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) protocol 90-06.
  • Histology included anaplastic astrocytoma (60) (AA), and glioblastoma multiforme (312) (GBM).
  • RESULTS: For patients with no tumor on the 4 month scan the median survival was 20.3 months and the 2 year survival 43%.
  • [MeSH-minor] Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / pathology. Astrocytoma / radiography. Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Biopsy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / mortality. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / radiography. Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy. Carmustine / administration & dosage. Carmustine / therapeutic use. Disease Progression. Female. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Glioblastoma / pathology. Glioblastoma / radiography. Glioblastoma / radiotherapy. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Middle Aged. Survival Analysis. Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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  • (PMID = 17278892.001).
  • [ISSN] 1537-453X
  • [Journal-full-title] American journal of clinical oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Am. J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / U10 CA 32115; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / U10 CA21661; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / U10 CA37422
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; U68WG3173Y / Carmustine
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58. Bozinov O, Kalk JM, Krayenbühl N, Woernle CM, Sure U, Bertalanffy H: Decreasing expression of the interleukin-13 receptor IL-13Ralpha2 in treated recurrent malignant gliomas. Neurol Med Chir (Tokyo); 2010;50(8):617-21
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  • [Title] Decreasing expression of the interleukin-13 receptor IL-13Ralpha2 in treated recurrent malignant gliomas.
  • This gene is highly expressed in various types of human tumors including malignant gliomas.
  • The expression level of IL-13Ralpha2 was examined in a total of 45 tissue samples of anaplastic astrocytomas (AAs) World Health Organization (WHO) grade III, glioblastomas (GBMs) WHO grade IV, and first-recurrent glioblastomas (frGBMs) after treatment with radiation and chemotherapy.
  • The expression level of IL-13Ralpha2 (15 fold) was significantly reduced in frGBMs compared to the primary GBMs (p = 0.014), and significantly reduced by more than 15 fold (p = 0.003) in all untreated malignant astrocytomas (AAs and GBMs) compared with treated frGBMs.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Glioblastoma / metabolism. Interleukin-13 Receptor alpha2 Subunit / metabolism. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 20805641.001).
  • [ISSN] 1349-8029
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurologia medico-chirurgica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Actins; 0 / Exotoxins; 0 / IL13-PE38QQR; 0 / Immunotoxins; 0 / Interleukin-13; 0 / Interleukin-13 Receptor alpha2 Subunit; 0S726V972K / Nimustine; 63231-63-0 / RNA; 957E6438QA / Teniposide
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59. 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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  • (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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60. 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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61. Arjona D, Bello MJ, Alonso ME, Aminoso C, Isla A, De Campos JM, Sarasa JL, Gutierrez M, Villalobo A, Rey JA: Molecular analysis of the EGFR gene in astrocytic gliomas: mRNA expression, quantitative-PCR analysis of non-homogeneous gene amplification and DNA sequence alterations. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol; 2005 Aug;31(4):384-94
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  • [Title] Molecular analysis of the EGFR gene in astrocytic gliomas: mRNA expression, quantitative-PCR analysis of non-homogeneous gene amplification and DNA sequence alterations.
  • This report investigates the presence of mutations, amplification and/or over-expression of the EGFR gene in 86 glial tumours including 44 glioblastomas, 21 anaplastic astrocytomas, and 21 WHO grade II astrocytomas, using polymerase chain reaction/single-strand conformation polymorphism, semiquantitative reverse-transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Southern Blot techniques.
  • These findings corroborate that EGFR is non-randomly involved in malignant glioma development and that different mutant forms participate in aberrant activation of tyrosine kinase pathways.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Epidermal Growth Factor / genetics. Gene Amplification


62. 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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63. Hayatsu N, Kaneko MK, Mishima K, Nishikawa R, Matsutani M, Price JE, Kato Y: Podocalyxin expression in malignant astrocytic tumors. Biochem Biophys Res Commun; 2008 Sep 19;374(2):394-8
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  • [Title] Podocalyxin expression in malignant astrocytic tumors.
  • Recently, we revealed that highly sulfated KS or another mucin-like transmembrane sialoglycoprotein podoplanin/aggrus is upregulated in malignant astrocytic tumors.
  • The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between podocalyxin expression and malignant progression of astrocytic tumors.
  • In this study, 51 astrocytic tumors were investigated for podocalyxin expression using immunohistochemistry, Western blot analysis, and quantitative real-time PCR.
  • Immunohistochemistry detected podocalyxin on the surface of tumor cells in six of 14 anaplastic astrocytomas (42.9%) and in 17 of 31 glioblastomas (54.8%), especially around proliferating endothelial cells.
  • In diffuse astrocytoma, podocalyxin expression was observed only in vascular endothelial cells.
  • Podocalyxin might be associated with the malignant progression of astrocytic tumors, and be a useful prognostic marker for astrocytic tumors.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Central Nervous System Neoplasms / pathology. Sialoglycoproteins / analysis
  • [MeSH-minor] Blotting, Western. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Polymerase Chain Reaction. Prognosis. RNA, Messenger / analysis. RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis. RNA, Messenger / genetics. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 18639524.001).
  • [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 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / RNA, Messenger; 0 / Sialoglycoproteins; 0 / podocalyxin
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64. Balmaceda C, Peereboom D, Pannullo S, Cheung YK, Fisher PG, Alavi J, Sisti M, Chen J, Fine RL: Multi-institutional phase II study of temozolomide administered twice daily in the treatment of recurrent high-grade gliomas. Cancer; 2008 Mar 1;112(5):1139-46
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  • [Title] Multi-institutional phase II study of temozolomide administered twice daily in the treatment of recurrent high-grade gliomas.
  • BACKGROUND: The prognosis for patients with recurrent high-grade gliomas is poor and treatment options are limited.
  • METHODS: This multi-institutional trial enrolled 120 patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), or anaplastic oligodendroglioma (AO).
  • Grade 3/4 toxicities included neutropenia (1.1%), thrombocytopenia (3.6%), and anemia (0.3%) (graded according to the World Health Organization grading system).

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  • (PMID = 18246536.001).
  • [ISSN] 0008-543X
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] 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, Alkylating; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
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65. Rathi KR, Radotra BD, Khosla VK: Proliferative index in astrocytic tumours. Indian J Pathol Microbiol; 2007 Oct;50(4):754-8
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  • [Title] Proliferative index in astrocytic tumours.
  • The accurate grading of astrocytic tumours is of prime importance because it is critical to the patient management and survival/outcome.
  • Although internationally accepted WHO grading system of CNS tumours is based on histological features of H&E stained sections, yet there are cases where differentiation between grade II and grade III is difficult particularly when the biopsy is small.
  • Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded surgical specimens from 90 cases of astrocytic tumours, 30 each of low-grade astrocytoma (grade II), anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III), and glioblastoma multiforme (grade IV), were immunostained by standard indirect immunoperoxidase technique using MIB-1 monoclonal antibody.
  • The mean MIB-1 LI values of astrocytomas, anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas were 1.75 +/- 1.5%, 8.74 +/- 6.2%, and 20.54 +/- 12.2% respectively and there was statistically significant difference between grade II and III (Unpaired "t" test, T value 5.907, p value < 0.001) and grade III and grade IV (T value 4.734, p value < 0.001).
  • The statistical analysis also revealed that the mean MIB-1 LI increased with histological grade of malignancy (One way ANOVA test, p value < 0.001).
  • This investigation further reinforces and corroborates the findings that MIB-1 LI is useful tool in assigning grading to the astrocytic tumours and hence in treatment modalities and should be used routinely.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / classification. Astrocytoma / pathology. Cell Proliferation. Glioblastoma / classification. Glioblastoma / pathology. Severity of Illness Index

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  • (PMID = 18306542.001).
  • [ISSN] 0377-4929
  • [Journal-full-title] Indian journal of pathology & microbiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Indian J Pathol Microbiol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] India
  • [Chemical-registry-number] EC 6.3.2.19 / MIB1 ligase, human; EC 6.3.2.19 / Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
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66. Sasayama T, Nishihara M, Kondoh T, Hosoda K, Kohmura E: MicroRNA-10b is overexpressed in malignant glioma and associated with tumor invasive factors, uPAR and RhoC. Int J Cancer; 2009 Sep 15;125(6):1407-13
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  • [Title] MicroRNA-10b is overexpressed in malignant glioma and associated with tumor invasive factors, uPAR and RhoC.
  • Although the oncogenic and tumor suppressive functions of several miRNAs have been characterized, the role of miRNAs in mediating tumor invasion and migration remains largely unexplored.
  • Here, we performed real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays on 43 glioma samples (17 glioblastoma, 6 anaplastic astrocytoma, 10 low-grade astrocytoma, 6 oligodendroglioma and 4 ependymoma) and 6 glioma cell lines.
  • The expression levels of miR-10b were associated with higher grade glioma.
  • In addition, mRNA expressions of RhoC and urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR), which were thought to be regulated by miR-10b via HOXD10, were statistically significantly correlated with the expression of miR-10b (p < 0.001, p = 0.001, respectively).
  • Finally, multifocal lesions on enhanced MRI of 7 malignant gliomas were associated with higher expression levels of miR-10b (p = 0.02).
  • [MeSH-minor] Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics. Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism. Humans. Immunoenzyme Techniques. Neoplasm Invasiveness. Neoplasm Staging. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis. RNA, Messenger / genetics. RNA, Messenger / metabolism. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Tumor Cells, Cultured. Up-Regulation

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  • (PMID = 19536818.001).
  • [ISSN] 1097-0215
  • [Journal-full-title] International journal of cancer
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Int. J. Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / LILRB2 protein, human; 0 / Membrane Glycoproteins; 0 / RHOC protein, human; 0 / RNA, Messenger; 0 / Receptors, Immunologic; 0 / Receptors, Urokinase Plasminogen Activator; EC 3.6.5.2 / rho GTP-Binding Proteins
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67. Oake C, Borg MF, Hanieh A, Byard RW: Childhood glioblastoma multiforme of the spinal cord. Australas Radiol; 2006 Aug;50(4):360-3
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  • Astrocytoma accounts for more than 50% of all central nervous system tumours diagnosed, with particular prevalence in the 15- to 34-year-old age bracket, rarely arising in younger children.
  • In 1995, a 7-year-old boy presented in Emergency with a 3-day history of severe radicular back pain and associated muscle spasms, exacerbated by lying on his back.
  • Both bone scan and plain X-rays were unremarkable; however, MRI showed a 3-cm space-occupying lesion at the level of T5-T6.
  • The patient proceeded to biopsy and partial excision of the tumour through laminectomy, histology confirming an anaplastic astrocytoma (glioblastoma multiforme), St Anne Mayo grade 4.

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  • (PMID = 16884424.001).
  • [ISSN] 0004-8461
  • [Journal-full-title] Australasian radiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Australas Radiol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Australia
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68. 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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69. 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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70. Comincini S, Ferrara V, Arias A, Malovini A, Azzalin A, Ferretti L, Benericetti E, Cardarelli M, Gerosa M, Passarin MG, Turazzi S, Bellazzi R: Diagnostic value of PRND gene expression profiles in astrocytomas: relationship to tumor grades of malignancy. Oncol Rep; 2007 May;17(5):989-96
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  • [Title] Diagnostic value of PRND gene expression profiles in astrocytomas: relationship to tumor grades of malignancy.
  • Recently, ectopic expression of doppel was found in two different tumor types, specifically in glial and haematological cancers.
  • In order to address clinical important issues, PRND mRNA expression was investigated in a panel of 111 astrocytoma tissue samples, histologically classified according to the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria (6 grade I pilocytic astrocytomas, 15 grade II low-grade astrocytomas, 26 grade III anaplastic astrocytomas and 64 grade IV glioblastoma multiforme).
  • Real-time PRND gene expression profiling, after normalisation with GAPDH, revealed large differences between low (WHO I and II) and high grade (III and IV) of malignancy (P<0.001).
  • Extensive differences in PRND gene expression were also found within each grade of malignancy, suggesting that PRND mRNA quantitation might be useful to distinguish astrocytoma subtypes, and important in disease stratification and in the assessment of specific treatment strategies.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Prions / biosynthesis

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  • (PMID = 17390034.001).
  • [ISSN] 1021-335X
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncology reports
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncol. Rep.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / GPI-Linked Proteins; 0 / PRND protein, human; 0 / Prions
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71. 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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72. Chamberlain MC, Chowdhary SA, Glantz MJ: Anaplastic astrocytomas: biology and treatment. Expert Rev Neurother; 2008 Apr;8(4):575-86
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  • [Title] Anaplastic astrocytomas: biology and treatment.
  • Anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), WHO grade III gliomas, comprise 10-15% of all glial neoplasms.
  • The most important predictor of response to therapy and survival in AA tumors is the presence or absence of the 1p19q co-deletion, a translocation that defines a subset of oligodendroglial tumors, and anaplastic oligodendrogliomas in particular.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Astrocytoma / therapy. Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis. Brain Neoplasms / therapy. Clinical Trials as Topic

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  • (PMID = 18416660.001).
  • [ISSN] 1744-8360
  • [Journal-full-title] Expert review of neurotherapeutics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Expert Rev Neurother
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
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73. Mahasittiwat P, Mizoe JE, Hasegawa A, Ishikawa H, Yoshikawa K, Mizuno H, Yanagi T, Takagi R, Pattaranutaporn P, Tsujii H: l-[METHYL-(11)C] methionine positron emission tomography for target delineation in malignant gliomas: impact on results of carbon ion radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys; 2008 Feb 1;70(2):515-22
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  • [Title] l-[METHYL-(11)C] methionine positron emission tomography for target delineation in malignant gliomas: impact on results of carbon ion radiotherapy.
  • METHODS AND MATERIALS: This retrospective study analyzed 16 patients with malignant glioma (4 patients, anaplastic astrocytoma; 12 patients, glioblastoma multiforme) treated with surgery and carbon ion radiotherapy from April 2002 to Nov 2005.
  • The MET-PET target volume was compared with gross tumor volume and CTV, defined by using computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • CONCLUSIONS: For patients with malignant gliomas, MET-PET has a possibility to be a predictor of outcome in carbon ion radiotherapy.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / radionuclide imaging. Brain Neoplasms / radionuclide imaging. Carbon Radioisotopes. Glioblastoma / radionuclide imaging. Methionine. Positron-Emission Tomography / methods
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Female. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods. Male. Middle Aged. Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / methods. Retrospective Studies. Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods. Tumor Burden

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  • (PMID = 17900820.001).
  • [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] Case Reports; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Carbon Radioisotopes; AE28F7PNPL / Methionine
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74. 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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75. Heimberger AB, McGary EC, Suki D, Ruiz M, Wang H, Fuller GN, Bar-Eli M: Loss of the AP-2alpha transcription factor is associated with the grade of human gliomas. Clin Cancer Res; 2005 Jan 1;11(1):267-72
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  • [Title] Loss of the AP-2alpha transcription factor is associated with the grade of human gliomas.
  • PURPOSE: The activator protein (AP)-2alpha transcription factor plays a crucial role in the progression of several human tumors, including malignant melanoma, prostate, and breast cancer.
  • Anderson Cancer Center since 1986 to include 72 glioblastomas, 49 anaplastic astrocytomas, 9 low-grade astrocytoma, 37 oligodendrogliomas, 37 anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, 15 mixed oligoastrocytomas, 20 anaplastic mixed oligoastrocytomas, and 7 gliosarcomas.
  • RESULTS: AP-2alpha expression was lost on 99% (P < 0.001) and 98% (P < 0.001) of glioblastomas and anaplastic astrocytomas, respectively, compared with grade 2 astrocytomas and normal brain, all of which (100%) maintained expression of AP-2alpha.
  • However, there was no significant effect of loss of AP-2alpha expression on survival observed after adjustment for patient age, Karnofsky Performance Scale score, tumor grade, and extent of resection (rate ratio, 1.2; 95% confidence interval, 0.6-2.2; P = 0.6).
  • CONCLUSIONS: AP-2alpha expression correlates inversely with glioma grade, suggesting a direct role in glioma tumorigenicity, possibly through subsequent deregulation of target genes.
  • Of all the previously characterized markers of progression, the loss of AP-2alpha would be the most common (96.2%) molecular marker as an astrocytic tumor evolves from grade 2 to 3.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Amino Acid Motifs. Antigens, CD / biosynthesis. Antigens, CD146. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain / metabolism. Cell Cycle Proteins / biosynthesis. Cell Line, Tumor. Child. Child, Preschool. Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p21. Disease Progression. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Matrix Metalloproteinase 2 / biosynthesis. Middle Aged. Neural Cell Adhesion Molecules / biosynthesis. Oligodendroglioma / metabolism. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis. Prognosis. Proportional Hazards Models. Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit / biosynthesis. Time Factors. Transcription Factor AP-2. Treatment Outcome. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / biosynthesis

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  • (PMID = 15671555.001).
  • [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 / PHS HHS / / T-32-09666
  • [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, CD; 0 / Antigens, CD146; 0 / CDKN1A protein, human; 0 / Cell Cycle Proteins; 0 / Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p21; 0 / DNA-Binding Proteins; 0 / MCAM protein, human; 0 / Neural Cell Adhesion Molecules; 0 / TFAP2A protein, human; 0 / Transcription Factor AP-2; 0 / Transcription Factors; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A; EC 2.7.10.1 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit; EC 3.4.24.24 / Matrix Metalloproteinase 2
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76. Pan JW, Zhan RY, Tong Y, Zhou YQ, Zhang M: Expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase and vascular endothelial growth factor in association with neovascularization in human primary astrocytoma. J Zhejiang Univ Sci B; 2005 Jul;6(7):693-8
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  • [Title] Expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase and vascular endothelial growth factor in association with neovascularization in human primary astrocytoma.
  • OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and angiogenesis in primary astrocytoma.
  • METHODS: Thirty-seven primary astrocytomas and 4 astrocytic hyperplasia samples were collected and divided into three groups according to histological grade.
  • The intensity of immunoreactivity was graded according to the percentage of positive tumor cells.
  • RESULTS: No eNOS and VEGF were expressed in the astrocytes and vascular endothelium in astrocytic hyperplasia.
  • The expression of eNOS or VEGF was light in low-grade astrocytoma and strong in glioblastoma. eNOS expression in astrocytoma was very positively correlated with VEGF. eNOS and VEGF expression in anaplastic astrocytoma was median in contrast to the low grade astrocytoma and glioblastoma.
  • Lower microvascular density was found in low grade astrocytoma than that in higher grade malignant ones.
  • The expressions of eNOS and VEGF were correlated with microvascular density and tumor malignancy.
  • CONCLUSION: This finding suggests that eNOS and VEGF may have cooperative effect in tumor angiogenesis and play an important role in the pathogenesis of primary astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / blood supply. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism. Neovascularization, Pathologic / metabolism. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / metabolism

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  • [ISSN] 1673-1581
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Zhejiang Univ Sci B
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] China
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77. Santosh V, Arivazhagan A, Sreekanthreddy P, Srinivasan H, Thota B, Srividya MR, Vrinda M, Sridevi S, Shailaja BC, Samuel C, Prasanna KV, Thennarasu K, Balasubramaniam A, Chandramouli BA, Hegde AS, Somasundaram K, Kondaiah P, Rao MR: Grade-specific expression of insulin-like growth factor-binding proteins-2, -3, and -5 in astrocytomas: IGFBP-3 emerges as a strong predictor of survival in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 2010 Jun;19(6):1399-408
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  • [Title] Grade-specific expression of insulin-like growth factor-binding proteins-2, -3, and -5 in astrocytomas: IGFBP-3 emerges as a strong predictor of survival in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma.
  • In view of this, we evaluated the expression of IGFBP isoforms (IGFBP-2, -3, and -5) during malignant progression of astrocytoma and their prognostic significance in glioblastoma.
  • METHODS: The expression of IGFBP isoforms was analyzed in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas by real-time quantitative PCR (n = 203) and immunohistochemistry (n = 256).
  • Statistical methods were used to assess their grade-specific expression pattern and mRNA-protein intercorrelation.
  • RESULTS: The mean transcript levels of IGFBP-2 and -3 were significantly higher in glioblastomas (GBM) relative to anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), diffuse astrocytoma (DA), and controls whereas IGFBP-5 mRNA was higher in GBM relative to AA and controls (P < 0.05).
  • CONCLUSIONS: This study shows the associations of IGFBP-2, -3, and -5 expression with increasing grades of malignancy in astrocytomas.
  • IMPACT: IGFBP isoforms have emerged as biomarkers with diagnostic and prognostic utility in astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Glioblastoma / metabolism. Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 2 / biosynthesis. Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 5 / biosynthesis. Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Proteins / biosynthesis

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  • (PMID = 20501753.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United Kingdom / Wellcome Trust / /
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / IGFBP3 protein, human; 0 / Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 2; 0 / Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 3; 0 / Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 5; 0 / Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Proteins; 0 / RNA, Messenger
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78. Stark AM, Modlich S, Claviez A, van Baalen A, Hugo HH, Mehdorn HM: Congenital diffuse anaplastic astrocytoma with ependymal and leptomeningeal spread: case report. J Neurooncol; 2007 Sep;84(3):325-8
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  • [Title] Congenital diffuse anaplastic astrocytoma with ependymal and leptomeningeal spread: case report.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / congenital. Astrocytoma / secondary. Brain Neoplasms / congenital. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Ependymoma / secondary. Meningeal Neoplasms / secondary


79. Kaderali Z, Lamberti-Pasculli M, Rutka JT: The changing epidemiology of paediatric brain tumours: a review from the Hospital for Sick Children. Childs Nerv Syst; 2009 Jul;25(7):787-93
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  • METHODS: We classified 1,866 surgical pathology cases of brain tumours in children under the age of 19 according to the World Health Organization 2007 consensus and analysed them by gender, histological tumour type, age distribution and decade.
  • The main histological tumour types were low-grade (I/II) astrocytomas (26.4%), medulloblastoma (10.6%), anaplastic astrocytoma/glioblastoma multiforme (7.1%) and ependymoma (7.0%).
  • Over three decades, an increasing proportion of certain tumour types, including pilocytic astrocytoma, atypical teratoma/rhabdoid tumours and neuronal/mixed neuronal-glial tumours was seen.
  • [MeSH-minor] Age Factors. Astrocytoma / epidemiology. Astrocytoma / pathology. Canada / epidemiology. Child. Ependymoma / epidemiology. Ependymoma / pathology. Glioblastoma / epidemiology. Glioblastoma / pathology. Humans. Medulloblastoma / epidemiology. Medulloblastoma / pathology. Neoplasm Staging. Neoplasms, Complex and Mixed / epidemiology. Neoplasms, Complex and Mixed / pathology. Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue / epidemiology. Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue / pathology. Rhabdoid Tumor / epidemiology. Rhabdoid Tumor / pathology. Risk Factors. Sex Factors. Teratoma / epidemiology. Teratoma / pathology. Time Factors

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  • [ISO-abbreviation] Childs Nerv Syst
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80. 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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81. Stylli SS, Kaye AH, MacGregor L, Howes M, Rajendra P: Photodynamic therapy of high grade glioma - long term survival. J Clin Neurosci; 2005 May;12(4):389-98
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  • [Title] Photodynamic therapy of high grade glioma - long term survival.
  • For primary (newly diagnosed) tumours, median survival from initial diagnosis was 76.5 months for anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) and 14.3 months for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

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  • (PMID = 15925768.001).
  • [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; Comparative Study; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Hematoporphyrins
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82. Jung CS, Foerch C, Schänzer A, Heck A, Plate KH, Seifert V, Steinmetz H, Raabe A, Sitzer M: Serum GFAP is a diagnostic marker for glioblastoma multiforme. Brain; 2007 Dec;130(Pt 12):3336-41
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  • A serum marker for malignant cerebral astrocytomas could improve both differential diagnosis and clinical management of brain tumour patients.
  • To evaluate whether the serum concentration of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) may indicate glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in patients with single supratentorial space-occupying lesions, we prospectively examined 50 consecutive patients with histologically proven GBM, World Health Organization (WHO) grade IV, 14 patients with anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO grade III), 4 patients with anaplastic oligodendroglioma, 13 patients with diffuse astrocytoma (WHO grade II), 17 patients with a single cerebral metastasis and 50 healthy controls.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / blood. Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein / blood. Glioblastoma / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Female. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Necrosis. Neoplasm Proteins / blood. Prospective Studies. Sensitivity and Specificity

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  • (PMID = 17998256.001).
  • [ISSN] 1460-2156
  • [Journal-full-title] Brain : a journal of neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Brain
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Evaluation Studies; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins
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83. 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.


84. 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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  • (PMID = 18003889.001).
  • [ISSN] 1522-8517
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuro-oncology
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / U01 CA097452; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / U01 CA97452-02
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2600836
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85. Shirahata M, Oba S, Iwao-Koizumi K, Saito S, Ueno N, Oda M, Hashimoto N, Ishii S, Takahashi JA, Kato K: Using gene expression profiling to identify a prognostic molecular spectrum in gliomas. Cancer Sci; 2009 Jan;100(1):165-72
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  • The expression levels of these genes in 152 gliomas (100 glioblastomas, 21 anaplastic astrocytomas, 19 diffuse astrocytomas, and 12 anaplastic oligodendrogliomas) were measured using adapter-tagged competitive polymerase chain reaction, a high-throughput reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction technique.
  • The gene expression profiling identified clinically informative prognostic molecular features in astrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors that were more reliable than the traditional histological classification scheme.

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  • (PMID = 19038000.001).
  • [ISSN] 1349-7006
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer science
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Sci.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
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86. Samaras V, Piperi C, Levidou G, Zisakis A, Kavantzas N, Themistocleous MS, Boviatsis EI, Barbatis C, Lea RW, Kalofoutis A, Korkolopoulou P: Analysis of interleukin (IL)-8 expression in human astrocytomas: associations with IL-6, cyclooxygenase-2, vascular endothelial growth factor, and microvessel morphometry. Hum Immunol; 2009 Jun;70(6):391-7
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  • [Title] Analysis of interleukin (IL)-8 expression in human astrocytomas: associations with IL-6, cyclooxygenase-2, vascular endothelial growth factor, and microvessel morphometry.
  • Malignant astrocytomas are highly vascular neoplasms with potent angiogenic activity.
  • The present study aimed to investigate peripheral and local expression of interleukin (IL)-8 in astrocytomas with possible associations to IL-6, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression, and microvessel morphometry.
  • IL-6- and IL-8-secreting peripheral blood monocytes (PBMCs) were evaluated in 17 glioblastoma (WHO grade IV), 5 anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO grade III), and 6 diffuse astrocytoma patients (WHO grade II), in parallel with 23 healthy controls using enzyme-linked immunosorbent spot (ELISPOT) assay.
  • The IL-8 expression was assessed immunohistochemically in patients' tumor tissue sections and correlated with the expression of COX-2, VEGF, IL-6, and microvessel morphometry (assessed using CD34 antibody).
  • IL-8 immunoreactivity was detected in malignant cells or macrophages in perivascular areas and in pseudopalisading cells around necrosis and was positively correlated with histological grade (p = 0.0175) and tumor necrosis (p = 0.0793).
  • The coordinate expression and topographical relationship of IL-6, IL-8, COX-2, and VEGF in the same tumor areas (e.g., perinecrotic areas) attest to their intimate liaison in terms of cancer-induced angiogenesis, which is probably secondary to the induction of multiple interdependent molecular pathways.
  • Moreover, our study seems to be the first attempt to link IL-8 expression by tumor cells with histological grade, implicating its potent role in gliomagenesis.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / immunology. Brain Neoplasms / immunology. Cyclooxygenase 2 / immunology. Microvessels / immunology. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / immunology

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  • (PMID = 19332096.001).
  • [ISSN] 1879-1166
  • [Journal-full-title] Human immunology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Hum. Immunol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, CD34; 0 / Interleukin-6; 0 / Interleukin-8; 0 / VEGFA protein, human; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A; EC 1.14.99.1 / Cyclooxygenase 2
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87. 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.


88. 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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89. 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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90. Hiremath GK, Bingaman WE, Prayson RA, Nair D: Oligoastrocytoma presenting with intractable epilepsy. Epileptic Disord; 2007 Sep;9(3):315-22
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  • OBJECTIVE: Oligoastrocytomas (OA) are mixed gliomas with distinct oligodendroglial and astrocytic neoplastic components.
  • Surgical pathology revealed low-grade OA (WHO II) in five patients, and anaplastic OA in one.
  • There were no surgical complications, clinical or radiographic tumor recurrence at a mean follow up period of 3.2 years (range 2-8).
  • CONCLUSION: As a result of our small sample size, general conclusions may be imprecise, but this review suggests that OA behave similar to other tumors related to intractable epilepsy: they usually have a preoperative seizure course of many years, an excellent rate of seizure-freedom following surgery, and are in general, low-grade tumors with an indolent course for which serial imaging is sufficient follow-up.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / complications. Brain Neoplasms / complications. Epilepsy / drug therapy. Epilepsy / etiology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use. Craniotomy. Drug Resistance. Epilepsy, Complex Partial / etiology. Epilepsy, Complex Partial / surgery. Female. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Memory / physiology. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local. Neurosurgical Procedures. Temporal Lobe / pathology. Temporal Lobe / surgery

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  • (PMID = 17884756.001).
  • [ISSN] 1294-9361
  • [Journal-full-title] Epileptic disorders : international epilepsy journal with videotape
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Epileptic Disord
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] France
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Anticonvulsants
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91. McCarthy BJ, Propp JM, Davis FG, Burger PC: Time trends in oligodendroglial and astrocytic tumor incidence. Neuroepidemiology; 2008;30(1):34-44
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  • [Title] Time trends in oligodendroglial and astrocytic tumor incidence.
  • BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that the incidences of oligodendrogliomas, anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, and mixed gliomas have significantly increased from the early 1990 s forward, while the incidences of anaplastic and grade II astrocytic tumors have significantly decreased.
  • METHODS: Data for the years 1973-2004 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) public-use data and for 1985-2004 from six collaborating registries of the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the US (CBTRUS) were obtained.
  • RESULTS: Using CBTRUS data, the incidences (per 100,000 person-years) of oligodendrogliomas (APC = 4.7), mixed gliomas (APC = 3.9) and anaplastic oligodendrogliomas (APC = 12.5) have all increased over time, while the incidences of astrocytoma not otherwise specified (APC = -8.1) and fibrillary astrocytoma (APC = -2.1) have decreased.
  • CONCLUSIONS: This study has demonstrated that increases in oligodendroglial tumor incidence correspond to decreases in astrocytic tumor incidence over the same time period.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / epidemiology. Brain Neoplasms / epidemiology. Glioma / epidemiology. Oligodendroglioma / epidemiology

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  • [Copyright] (c) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.
  • (PMID = 18259099.001).
  • [ISSN] 1423-0208
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuroepidemiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuroepidemiology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Switzerland
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92. Mutter N, Stupp R: Temozolomide: a milestone in neuro-oncology and beyond? Expert Rev Anticancer Ther; 2006 Aug;6(8):1187-204
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  • Three pivotal Phase II trials showed modest activity in the treatment of recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma glioblastoma.
  • In 2005, the FDA and the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products approved temozolomide for use in newly diagnosed glioblastoma, in conjunction with radiotherapy, based on an European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer/National Cancer Institute of Canada Phase III trial.
  • Temozolomide is under investigation for other disease entities, in particular lower-grade glioma, brain metastases and melanoma.

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  • (PMID = 16925485.001).
  • [ISSN] 1744-8328
  • [Journal-full-title] Expert review of anticancer therapy
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Expert Rev Anticancer Ther
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
  • [Number-of-references] 143
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93. Kabacińska A, Dabrowska A, Tarnowska C, Cyryłowski L: [Diagnostic problems of rare cerebellopontine angle tumors]. Otolaryngol Pol; 2007;61(2):184-7
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  • Astrocytoma (neuroepithelial tumor) determine about 25% all the cerebroma but their original location in cerebellopontine angle is seldom.
  • The most important in case of this diagnosis is both that this tumors can infiltrate of the brain tissues and the fact that they can transformate toward the anaplastic astrocytoma or glioblastoma multiforme (very malignant tumors).
  • MATERIAL AND METHODS: [corrected] A rare case of astrocytoma presenting as a cerebellopontine angle tumor is discussed.
  • The special characteristics of this tumor and unusual clinical course are disscused.
  • CONCLUSION: The early diagnosis of the astrocytoma increases the patient's chance on convalescence and limits extension of the operation, and consequently of the neurological complication.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / radiography. Astrocytoma / surgery. Cerebellar Neoplasms / radiography. Cerebellar Neoplasms / surgery. Cerebellopontine Angle / radiography. Cerebellopontine Angle / surgery. Facial Nerve Diseases / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17668807.001).
  • [ISSN] 0030-6657
  • [Journal-full-title] Otolaryngologia polska = The Polish otolaryngology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Otolaryngol Pol
  • [Language] pol
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Poland
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94. 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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95. Schwer AL, Damek DM, Kavanagh BD, Gaspar LE, Lillehei K, Stuhr K, Chen C: A phase I dose-escalation study of fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery in combination with gefitinib in patients with recurrent malignant gliomas. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys; 2008 Mar 15;70(4):993-1001
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  • [Title] A phase I dose-escalation study of fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery in combination with gefitinib in patients with recurrent malignant gliomas.
  • PURPOSE: To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) with gefitinib in patients with recurrent malignant gliomas.
  • Eligible patients had pathologically proved recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma or glioblastoma.
  • Dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) was any Grade 3 toxicity.
  • Grade 1-2 gefitinib-related dermatitis and diarrhea were common (10 and 7 patients, respectively).
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Brain Neoplasms / therapy. Glioma / therapy. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / therapy. Quinazolines / therapeutic use. Radiosurgery / methods
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Astrocytoma / surgery. Astrocytoma / therapy. Dose Fractionation. Female. Humans. Male. Maximum Tolerated Dose. Mental Status Schedule. Middle Aged. Prospective Studies. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 17967517.001).
  • [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] Clinical Trial, Phase I; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0 / Quinazolines; S65743JHBS / gefitinib
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96. Jeong SM, Chung YG, Lee JB, Shin IY: Intracranial dissemination from spinal cord anaplastic astrocytoma. J Korean Neurosurg Soc; 2010 Jan;47(1):68-70
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  • [Title] Intracranial dissemination from spinal cord anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • We report a case of intracranial dissemination developing approximately 4 months after partial removal of a spinal cord anplastic astrocytoma in a 22-year-old male.
  • The tumor was partially removed.
  • The final histologic diagnosis was anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • He underwent computed tomography-guided stereotactic biopsy and histological appearance was consistent with anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • The clinical course indicates that the tumor originated in the spinal cord and extended into the subarachnoid space, first the spinal canal and later intracranial.

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  • (PMID = 20157383.001).
  • [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/ PMC2817520
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; Anaplastic astrocytoma / Intracranial dissemination / Spinal cord
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97. Server A, Josefsen R, Kulle B, Maehlen J, Schellhorn T, Gadmar Ø, Kumar T, Haakonsen M, Langberg CW, Nakstad PH: Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the distinction of high-grade cerebral gliomas from single metastatic brain tumors. Acta Radiol; 2010 Apr;51(3):316-25
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  • [Title] Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the distinction of high-grade cerebral gliomas from single metastatic brain tumors.
  • BACKGROUND: Brain metastases and primary high-grade gliomas, including glioblastomas multiforme (GBM) and anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), may be indistinguishable by conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging.
  • PURPOSE: To assess the value of MR spectroscopy (MRS) using short and intermediate echo time (TE) in differentiating solitary brain metastases and high-grade gliomas on the basis of differences in metabolite ratios in the intratumoral and peritumoral region.
  • MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed MR imaging and MRS in 73 patients with histologically verified intraaxial brain tumors: 53 patients with high-grade gliomas (34 GBM and 19 AA) and 20 patients with metastatic brain tumors.
  • The differences in the metabolite ratios between high-grade gliomas/GBM/AA and metastases were analyzed statistically.
  • Cutoff values of Cho/Cr, Cho/NAA, and NAA/Cr ratios in the peritumoral edema, as well as Cho/Cr and NAA/Cr ratios in the tumoral core for distinguishing high-grade gliomas/GBM/AA from metastases were determined by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis.
  • RESULTS: Significant differences were noted in the peritumoral Cho/Cr, Cho/NAA, and NAA/ Cr ratios between high-grade gliomas/GBM/AA and metastases.
  • ROC analysis demonstrated a cutoff value of 1.24 for peritumoral Cho/Cr ratio to provide sensitivity, specificity, positive (PPV), and negative predictive values (NPV) of 100%, 88.9%, 80.0%, and 100%, respectively, for discrimination between high-grade gliomas and metastases.
  • CONCLUSION: The results of this study demonstrate that MRS can differentiate high-grade gliomas from metastases, especially with peritumoral measurements, supporting the hypothesis that MRS can detect infiltration of tumor cells in the peritumoral edema.

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  • [CommentIn] Acta Radiol. 2010 Apr;51(3):326-8 [20192894.001]
  • (PMID = 20092374.001).
  • [ISSN] 1600-0455
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Radiol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Evaluation Studies; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
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98. Saito T, Arifin MT, Hama S, Kajiwara Y, Sugiyama K, Yamasaki F, Hidaka T, Arita K, Kurisu K: Survivin subcellular localization in high-grade astrocytomas: simultaneous expression in both nucleus and cytoplasm is negative prognostic marker. J Neurooncol; 2007 Apr;82(2):193-8
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  • [Title] Survivin subcellular localization in high-grade astrocytomas: simultaneous expression in both nucleus and cytoplasm is negative prognostic marker.
  • OBJECTIVE: Subcellularly localized (nuclear and/or cytoplasmic) survivin has various functions, and correlates with prognosis of malignant tumors.
  • However, there have been no reports about the significance of subcellularly localized survivin in high-grade astrocytomas.
  • The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between prognosis and subcellular localization of survivin in high-grade astrocytoma.
  • METHODS: We immunohistochemically examined the pattern of subcellular localization of survivin expression (nuclear, cytoplasmic, or both) in 51 patients with high-grade astrocytoma (19 anaplastic astrocytomas; 32 glioblastomas).
  • We statistically examined the relationship between survivin localization and prognosis, using multivariate analysis including other clinicopathological factors (age, sex, WHO grade, extent of resection, MIB-1 labeling index, and expression of p53 and epidermal growth factor receptor).
  • CONCLUSIONS: We found that simultaneous expression of survivin in both the nucleus and cytoplasm is an important prognostic factor for high-grade astrocytoma.
  • The present findings indicate that subcellular localization of survivin expression is a reliable prognostic factor for patients with this tumor.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Cell Nucleus / metabolism. Cytoplasm / metabolism. Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism. Neoplasm Proteins / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Female. Humans. Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins. Male. Middle Aged. Prognosis. Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor / metabolism. Receptor, ErbB-2 / metabolism. Retrospective Studies. Subcellular Fractions. Survival Rate. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / analysis

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  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
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99. Nakagawa Y, Kageji T, Mizobuchi Y, Kumada H, Nakagawa Y: Clinical results of BNCT for malignant brain tumors in children. Appl Radiat Isot; 2009 Jul;67(7-8 Suppl):S27-30
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  • [Title] Clinical results of BNCT for malignant brain tumors in children.
  • It is very difficult to treat the patients with malignant brain tumor in children, especially under 3 years, because the conventional irradiation cannot be applied due to the damage of normal brain tissue.
  • However, boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) has tumor selectivity such that it can make damage only in tumor cells.
  • We evaluated the clinical results and courses in patients with malignant glioma under 15 years.
  • There were 3 glioblastomas (GBM), 6 anaplastic astrocytomas(AAS), 7 primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET), 6 pontine gliomas and 1 anaplastic ependymoma.
  • All GBM and PNET patients died due to CSF and/or CNS dissemination without local tumor regrowth.
  • All pontine glioma patients died due to regrowth of the tumor.
  • Four of 6 anaplastic astrocytoma and 1 anaplastic ependymoma patients alive without tumor recurrence.
  • BNCT can be applied to malignant brain tumors in children, especially under 3 years instead of conventional radiation.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Astrocytoma / pathology. Astrocytoma / radiotherapy. Child. Child, Preschool. Ependymoma / pathology. Ependymoma / radiotherapy. Fatal Outcome. Female. Glioblastoma / pathology. Glioblastoma / radiotherapy. Humans. Infant. Magnetic Resonance Angiography. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Neoplasm Invasiveness / pathology. Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive / pathology. Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive / radiotherapy

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  • (PMID = 19406652.001).
  • [ISSN] 1872-9800
  • [Journal-full-title] Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Appl Radiat Isot
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
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100. Deighton RF, McGregor R, Kemp J, McCulloch J, Whittle IR: Glioma pathophysiology: insights emerging from proteomics. Brain Pathol; 2010 Jul;20(4):691-703
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  • Gliomas account for >50% of adult primary intracranial tumors, with malignant gliomas (anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastoma multiforme) being the most common.
  • The protein network discovered (containing TP53 and RB1 at its core) compliments recent findings in genomic studies of malignant glioma.
  • [MeSH-minor] Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Humans. Proteomics






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