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1. Shen CF, Yuan XR, Qin ZQ: [Clinical significance of the expression of the RCAS1 mRNA and protein in astrocytic tumors]. Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban; 2007 Oct;32(5):836-9
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  • [Title] [Clinical significance of the expression of the RCAS1 mRNA and protein in astrocytic tumors].
  • OBJECTIVE: To determine the mRNA and protein expressions of RCAS1 in human astrocytic tumors, and to explore the relation between their expression and the genesis and development of tumor.
  • METHODS: The RCAS1 mRNA expression in human astrocytic tumors was evaluated by RT-PCR, and the RCAS1 protein expression was studied by immunohistochemical staining.
  • RESULTS: The quantities of RCAS1 mRNA expression between diffusive astrocytoma(Grade II) and anaplastic astrocytoma(Grade III), anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma(Grade IV) were significantly different(P<0.05), while the expression scores of RCAS1 protein were different only between the anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma(P<0.01).
  • RCAS1 protein expression was positively correlated with the tumor grade (r=0.573,P<0.001).
  • CONCLUSION: The RCAS1 expression is related to the histological grade of astrocytic tumor.
  • In astrocytic tumors, the RCAS1 expression is regulated transcriptionally and posttranscriptionally.
  • [MeSH-major] Antigens, Neoplasm / metabolism. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 18007080.001).
  • [ISSN] 1672-7347
  • [Journal-full-title] Zhong nan da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Central South University. Medical sciences
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban
  • [Language] chi
  • [Publication-type] Controlled Clinical Trial; English Abstract; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] China
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, Neoplasm; 0 / EBAG9 protein, human; 0 / RNA, Messenger
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2. Dresemann G: Temozolomide in malignant glioma. Onco Targets Ther; 2010;3:139-46

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  • [Title] Temozolomide in malignant glioma.
  • Glioblastoma multiforme WHO grade IV (GBM) is the most aggressive malignant glioma and the most frequent primary tumor of the central nervous system.
  • Primary resection that is as complete as possible is recommended for malignant glioma.
  • For temozolomide naive GBM and astrocytoma grade III patients with disease progression, temozolomide is still the treatment of choice outside of clinical studies.
  • The role of lower dosed, dose-dense, or continuous regimen with or without drug combination and the role of temozolomide for newly diagnosed astrocytoma grade III and low grade glioma still has to be determined.

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  • (PMID = 20856849.001).
  • [ISSN] 1178-6930
  • [Journal-full-title] OncoTargets and therapy
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Onco Targets Ther
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] New Zealand
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2939767
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; astrocytoma WHO grade III / glioblastoma multiforme / malignant glioma / temozolomide
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3. Rao SA, Santosh V, Somasundaram K: Genome-wide expression profiling identifies deregulated miRNAs in malignant astrocytoma. Mod Pathol; 2010 Oct;23(10):1404-17
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  • [Title] Genome-wide expression profiling identifies deregulated miRNAs in malignant astrocytoma.
  • Malignant astrocytoma includes anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III) and glioblastoma (grade IV).
  • Among them, glioblastoma is the most common primary brain tumor with dismal responses to all therapeutic modalities.
  • We performed a large-scale, genome-wide microRNA (miRNA) (n=756) expression profiling of 26 glioblastoma, 13 anaplastic astrocytoma and 7 normal brain samples with an aim to find deregulated miRNA in malignant astrocytoma.
  • More importantly, we identified a most discriminatory 23-miRNA expression signature, by using PAM, which precisely distinguished glioblastoma from anaplastic astrocytoma with an accuracy of 95%.
  • The differential expression pattern of nine miRNAs was further validated by real-time RT-PCR on an independent set of malignant astrocytomas (n=72) and normal samples (n=7).
  • Thus we have identified the miRNA expression signature for malignant astrocytoma, in particular glioblastoma, and showed the miRNA involvement and their importance in astrocytoma development.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. MicroRNAs / genetics

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  • (PMID = 20711171.001).
  • [ISSN] 1530-0285
  • [Journal-full-title] Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Mod. Pathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / MicroRNAs
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4. Mild KH, Hardell L, Carlberg M: Pooled analysis of two Swedish case-control studies on the use of mobile and cordless telephones and the risk of brain tumours diagnosed during 1997-2003. Int J Occup Saf Ergon; 2007;13(1):63-71
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  • The risk increased for astrocytoma grade III-IV with latency period with highest estimates using >10-year time period from first use of these phone types.
  • For all studied phone types OR for brain tumours, mainly acoustic neuroma and malignant brain tumours, increased with latency period, especially for astrocytoma grade III-IV.

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  • (PMID = 17362659.001).
  • [ISSN] 1080-3548
  • [Journal-full-title] International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Int J Occup Saf Ergon
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Poland
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5. Fiorentini G, Giovanis P, Rossi S, Dentico P, Paola R, Turrisi G, Bernardeschi P: A phase II clinical study on relapsed malignant gliomas treated with electro-hyperthermia. In Vivo; 2006 Nov-Dec;20(6A):721-4
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  • [Title] A phase II clinical study on relapsed malignant gliomas treated with electro-hyperthermia.
  • The purpose of this study was to evaluate the activity and toxicity of electro-hyperthermia (ET) on relapsed malignant glioma patients.
  • Twelve patients with histologically diagnosed malignant glioma entered the study.
  • Eight patients had glioblastoma multiforme, two had anaplastic astrocytoma grade III and two had anaplastic oligodendroglioma.
  • ET appears to have some effectiveness in adults with relapsed malignant glioma.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Neoplasms / therapy. Electric Stimulation Therapy. Glioma / therapy. Hyperthermia, Induced. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / therapy

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  • (PMID = 17203754.001).
  • [ISSN] 0258-851X
  • [Journal-full-title] In vivo (Athens, Greece)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] In Vivo
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Clinical Trial, Phase II; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
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6. Fujita A, Sato JR, Festa F, Gomes LR, Oba-Shinjo SM, Marie SK, Ferreira CE, Sogayar MC: Identification of COL6A1 as a differentially expressed gene in human astrocytomas. Genet Mol Res; 2008;7(2):371-8
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  • [Title] Identification of COL6A1 as a differentially expressed gene in human astrocytomas.
  • Gliomas are classified by the WHO according to their histopathological and clinical characteristics into four classes: grade I (pilocytic astrocytoma), grade II (diffuse astrocytoma), grade III (anaplastic astrocytoma), and grade IV (glioblastoma multiforme).
  • Several genes have already been correlated with astrocytomas, but many others are yet to be uncovered.
  • By analyzing the public SAGE data from 21 patients, comprising low malignant grade astrocytomas and glioblastomas, we found COL6A1 to be differentially expressed, confirming this finding by real time RT-PCR in 66 surgical samples.
  • The expression of this gene has significantly different means when normal glia is compared with low-grade astrocytomas (grades I and II) and high-grade astrocytomas (grades III and IV), with a tendency to be greater in higher grade samples, thus rendering it a powerful tumor marker.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Collagen Type VI / genetics. Gene Expression Profiling
  • [MeSH-minor] Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Humans. RNA, Neoplasm / genetics. RNA, Neoplasm / metabolism. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction

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  • (PMID = 18551403.001).
  • [ISSN] 1676-5680
  • [Journal-full-title] Genetics and molecular research : GMR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Genet. Mol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Brazil
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Collagen Type VI; 0 / RNA, Neoplasm
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7. Hardell L, Mild KH, Carlberg M, Söderqvist F: Tumour risk associated with use of cellular telephones or cordless desktop telephones. World J Surg Oncol; 2006;4:74

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  • There is concern of health problems such as malignant diseases due to microwave exposure during the use of these devices.
  • The corresponding results were for astrocytoma grade III-IV OR = 1.7, 95 % CI = 1.3-2.3; OR = 1.5, 95 % CI = 1.2-1.9 and OR = 1.5, 95 % CI = 1.1-1.9, respectively.
  • Lower ORs were calculated for astrocytoma grade I-II.
  • No association was found with salivary gland tumours, NHL or testicular cancer although an association with NHL of T-cell type could not be ruled out.
  • CONCLUSION: We found for all studied phone types an increased risk for brain tumours, mainly acoustic neuroma and malignant brain tumours.
  • OR increased with latency period, especially for astrocytoma grade III-IV.

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  • (PMID = 17034627.001).
  • [ISSN] 1477-7819
  • [Journal-full-title] World journal of surgical oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] World J Surg Oncol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC1621063
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8. 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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9. Krafft C, Sobottka SB, Geiger KD, Schackert G, Salzer R: Classification of malignant gliomas by infrared spectroscopic imaging and linear discriminant analysis. Anal Bioanal Chem; 2007 Mar;387(5):1669-77
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  • [Title] Classification of malignant gliomas by infrared spectroscopic imaging and linear discriminant analysis.
  • Supervised classification models can be trained to identify the tissue type based on the spectroscopic fingerprint.
  • An approach is described to apply this methodology to human astrocytic gliomas, which are graded according to their malignancy from one to four.
  • Multiple IR images of three tissue sections from one patient with a malignant glioma are acquired and assigned to the six classes normal brain tissue, astrocytoma grade II, astrocytoma grade III, glioblastoma multiforme grade IV, hemorrhage, and other tissue by a linear discriminant analysis model which was trained by data from a single-channel detector.
  • The first specimen contained approximately 95% malignant glioma regions, that means astrocytoma grade III or glioblastoma.
  • The smaller percentage of 12-34% malignant glioma in the second specimen is consistent with its location at the tumor periphery.
  • The detection of less than 0.2% malignant glioma in the third specimen points to a location outside the tumor.

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  • (PMID = 17103151.001).
  • [ISSN] 1618-2642
  • [Journal-full-title] Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Anal Bioanal Chem
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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10. Bien E, Stachowicz-Stencel T, Szalewska M, Krawczyk M, Synakiewicz A, Dubaniewicz-Wybieralska M, Zielinski P, Adamkiewicz-Drozynska E, Balcerska A: Poor-risk high-grade gliomas in three survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia--an overview of causative factors and possible therapeutic options. Childs Nerv Syst; 2009 May;25(5):619-26
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  • [Title] Poor-risk high-grade gliomas in three survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia--an overview of causative factors and possible therapeutic options.
  • PURPOSE: Malignant high-grade gliomas are the most common secondary neoplasms in children cured of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).
  • METHODS: Three cases of secondary high-grade gliomas (two multiform glioblastomas, grade IV; one anaplastic astrocytoma, grade III) developed in ALL survivors (F-M, 1:2) 3 to 6.3 years after stopping ALL therapy according to BFM-90 trial.
  • Possible risk factors and current therapeutic options for paediatric ALL and malignant gliomas are reviewed and discussed.
  • CONCLUSIONS: Prognosis in secondary malignant gliomas in children is poor (overall survival of 5, 10 and 19 months) despite intense therapy.

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  • (PMID = 19301014.001).
  • [ISSN] 1433-0350
  • [Journal-full-title] Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Childs Nerv Syst
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Germany
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic; YL5FZ2Y5U1 / Methotrexate
  • [Number-of-references] 30
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11. Jeannin S, Lebrun C, Van Den Bos F, Olschwang S, Bourg V, Frenay M: [Turcot's syndrome confirmed by molecular biological tests]. Rev Neurol (Paris); 2006 Jun;162(6-7):741-6
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  • [Transliterated title] Syndrome de Turcot confirmé par biologie moléculaire.
  • INTRODUCTION: Turcot's syndrome is characterized clinically by the concurrence of a primary brain tumor and a familial adenomatous polyposis or a hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer.
  • OBSERVATION: We report a case of a 45-year-old woman who underwent in 1995 neuro-oncological treatment for an anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III according to the World Health Organization classification).

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  • (PMID = 16840983.001).
  • [ISSN] 0035-3787
  • [Journal-full-title] Revue neurologique
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Rev. Neurol. (Paris)
  • [Language] fre
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] France
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing; 0 / Carrier Proteins; 0 / MLH1 protein, human; 0 / Nuclear Proteins; EC 3.6.1.3 / MSH2 protein, human; EC 3.6.1.3 / MutS Homolog 2 Protein
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12. Abacioglu MU, Caglar HB, Yumuk PF, Akgun Z, Atasoy BM, Sengoz M: Efficacy of protracted dose-dense temozolomide (TMZ) in patients with progressive high-grade glioma. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):e13018

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  • [Title] Efficacy of protracted dose-dense temozolomide (TMZ) in patients with progressive high-grade glioma.
  • : e13018 Background: The study was aimed to evaluate the efficacy of TMZ on a protracted dose-dense schedule after standard 5-day TMZ regimen in patients with progressive high-grade glioma.
  • METHODS: In this phase II prospective study, patients who had progression on standard 5-day TMZ for recurrence (group 1) or recurrence after concurrent radiotherapy+TMZ and ≥ 2 cycles of adjuvant TMZ (group 2) for high-grade glioma received TMZ 100 mg/m2× 21 q28 days until progression according to MacDonald's criteria.
  • The histopathology was glioblastoma in 18 and grade 3 glioma (anaplastic astrocytoma, anaplastic oligoastrocytoma or anaplastic oligodendroglioma) in 7.
  • Out of 80 cycles received there was no anemia; 5 (6%) grade 1, 8 (10%) grade 2, 2 (3%) grade 3 leucopenia; 1 (1%) grade 1, 2 (3%) grade 2, 1 (1%) grade 3, 1 (1%) grade 4 thrombocytopenia; 9 (11%) grade 1, 7 (9%) grade 2, 32 (40%) grade 3, and 11 (14%) grade 4 lymphopenia.
  • Study was terminated in 2 patients (one with grade 4 thrombocytopenia and the other with grade 4 hepatic toxicity).

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  • (PMID = 27962826.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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13. Karrasch M, Gillespie GY, Braz E, Liechty PG, Nabors LB, Lakeman AD, Palmer CA, Parker JN, Whitley RJ, Markert JM: Treatment of recurrent malignant glioma with G207, a genetically engineered herpes simplex virus-1, followed by irradiation: Phase I study results. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):2042

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  • [Title] Treatment of recurrent malignant glioma with G207, a genetically engineered herpes simplex virus-1, followed by irradiation: Phase I study results.
  • Safety and efficacy of intracerebral inoculations of G207 to patients suffering from recurrent malignant gliomas have been demonstrated in previous clinical trials.
  • METHODS: In this phase I clinical trial, a total of 1 x 10<sup>9</sup> plaque forming units (pfu) G207 were administered by five stereotactic injections of 0.2 mL each into regions of recurrent malignant glioma defined by MRI, followed by focal radiation therapy 24 hours post injection.
  • Included patients suffered from inoperable pathologically proven recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) or anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) which was progressive despite radiotherapy or chemotherapy and failed external beam radiotherapy > 5 Gray prior to study enrolment.
  • The 2 patients with initial PR (1xGBM, 1xAA) were re-treated with G207/Irradiation at time point of tumor recurrence, showing PR one month after re-treatment again.
  • Within persistent areas of tumor, HSV staining was present by using a polyclonal antibody for HSV, indicating intratumoral G207 replication (proof of concept).

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  • (PMID = 27964649.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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14. Simonelli M, Banna G, Navarria P, Di Ieva A, Zucali P, De Vincenzo F, Gaetani P, Condorelli R, Rodriguez Y Baena R, Scorsetti M, Santoro A: Addition of temozolomide to radiotherapy for treatment of newly diagnosed anaplastic gliomas. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):e13037

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  • [Title] Addition of temozolomide to radiotherapy for treatment of newly diagnosed anaplastic gliomas.
  • : e13037 Background: Anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), oligodendroglioma (AOD), and oligoastrocytoma (AOA) are rare tumors showing variable outcome due to their histological heterogeneity and different chemo- and radio-sensitivity.
  • Currently, the addition of chemotherapy to radiotherapy (RT) for newly diagnosed anaplastic gliomas is not sustained by available data.
  • We evaluated the addition of temozolomide (TMZ) to radiotherapy for newly diagnosed anaplastic gliomas in terms of tolerability, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS).
  • METHODS: Since September 2004, following initial surgery, patients (pts) with histologically confirmed anaplastic glioma, Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) ≥40, adequate organ function, no prior chemotherapy, were treated with RT to limited fields once daily at 2 Gy per fraction, 5 days a week, for a total of 60 Gy with concomitant TMZ (75 mg/m<sup>2</sup> for 7 days a week) followed by 6 cycles of maintenance TMZ at 200 mg/m<sup>2</sup> on days 1-5 every 28 days.
  • Nine pts (32%) underwent tumor complete resection, 10 partial resection (36%), and 9 (32%) tumor biopsy.
  • Frequent mild toxicities were grade 1-2 nausea/vomiting (17 pts-63%), and grade 1-2 asthenia (8 pts-30%).
  • CONCLUSIONS: The addition of temozolomide to radiation therapy for newly diagnosed anaplastic gliomas is well tolerated and seems active; efficacy needs confirmation in a randomized clinical trial.

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  • (PMID = 27962859.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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15. Herndon J 2nd, Vredenburgh J, Reardon D, Desjardins A, Peters K, Gururangan S, Norfleet J, Friedman A, Bigner D, Friedman HS: Phase I trial of vendetanib and oral etoposide for recurrent malignant gliomas. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):e13016

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  • [Title] Phase I trial of vendetanib and oral etoposide for recurrent malignant gliomas.
  • : e13016 Background: Recurrent malignant gliomas have a poor prognosis, with a median survival of 6-15 months, with grade 4 glioblastomas more aggressive than grade 3 anaplastic astrocytomas or oligodendrogliomas.
  • We report a phase I trial of vandetanib in combination with oral etoposide for recurrent malignant glioma.
  • METHODS: Patients with histologically documented recurrent grade 3 or grade 4 malignant glioma were eligible.
  • There was more hematologic toxicity than expected, with 3/6 of the patients enrolled at dose level 1 developing grade 4 neutropenia.

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  • (PMID = 27962830.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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16. Franceschi E, Tosoni A, Ermani M, Spagnolli F, La Torre L, Galzio RJ, Pozzati E, Talacchi A, Benevento F, Brandes AA: Impact of MGMT methylation status on 1p/19q intact anaplastic gliomas. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):e13003

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  • [Title] Impact of MGMT methylation status on 1p/19q intact anaplastic gliomas.
  • : e13003 Background: Chromosomes 1p/19q codeletion has been recognized as a prognostic and predictive factor in patients (pts) with grade 3 gliomas.
  • Non-codeleted (intact) anaplastic oligodendroglioma showed a survival comparable to that usually observed in pts with anaplastic astrocytomas; MGMT methylation status, moreover, has been found to be a prognostic factor in glioblastoma and anaplastic gliomas (AG).
  • Histology was anaplastic oligodendroglioma in 17 pts, anaplastic oligoastrocytoma in 20 pts, and anaplastic astrocytoma in 30 pts; all these pts were 1p19q intact and received surgery, RT, and CT.

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  • (PMID = 27962754.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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17. Potthast L, Chowdhary S, Pan E, Yu D, Zhu W, Brem S: The infiltrative, diffuse pattern of recurrence in patients with malignant gliomas treated with bevacizumab. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):2057

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  • [Title] The infiltrative, diffuse pattern of recurrence in patients with malignant gliomas treated with bevacizumab.
  • Histologies included glioblastoma (GB), anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), anaplastic oligodendrogliomas (AO), anaplastic oligoastrocytomas (AOA), and low-grade astrocytomas.
  • It is unclear why the disparity among this subset of patients occurs, however, we hypothesize that this may once again highlight the distinct tumor biology among young glioma patients.

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  • (PMID = 27964663.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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18. Desjardins A, Reardon DA, Gururangan S, Peters K, Threatt S, Friedman A, Friedman H, Vredenburgh J: Phase I trial combining SCH 66336 to temozolomide (TMZ) for patients with grade 3 or 4 malignant gliomas (MG). J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):e13004

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  • [Title] Phase I trial combining SCH 66336 to temozolomide (TMZ) for patients with grade 3 or 4 malignant gliomas (MG).
  • METHODS: Eligibility included: adult patients with stable or recurrent MG (GBM, anaplastic astrocytoma [AA], anaplastic oligodendroglioma [AO]) previously treated with radiation therapy (RT) and with or without chemotherapy; interval of at least two weeks between prior RT, or four weeks between prior chemotherapy; Karnofsky ≥ 60%; and adequate hematologic, renal and liver function.
  • Dose-limiting toxicities were: deep venous thrombosis (1 grade 3); nausea and vomiting (1 grade 3); diarrhea (1 grade 3); elevated ALT (1 grade 3); elevated creatinine (1 grade 3); and fatigue (1 grade 3).

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  • (PMID = 27962751.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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19. Rudnick JD, Phuphanich S, Chu R, Mazer M, Wang H, Serrano N, Francisco M, Black KL, Wheeler C, Yu J: A phase I trial of surgical resection with biodegradable carmustine (BCNU) wafer placement followed by vaccination with dendritic cells pulsed with tumor lysate for patients with malignant glioma. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):2033

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  • [Title] A phase I trial of surgical resection with biodegradable carmustine (BCNU) wafer placement followed by vaccination with dendritic cells pulsed with tumor lysate for patients with malignant glioma.
  • : 2033 Background: Our prior immunotherapy trials demonstrated efficacy in generating a tumor specific immune response in malignant glioma and the potential for high tumor-specific toxicity and sustained tumoricidal activity.
  • METHODS: We exploited this synergistic effect to maintain a cytotoxic environment around the tumor milieu.
  • Patients with high-grade glioma were eligible after maximal resection with biodegradable carmustine (BCNU) wafer placement.
  • Screening leukapheresis is used to isolate mononuclear cells which are differentiated into dendritic cells, pulsed with tumor lysate, and then 3 intradermal vaccines are administered at 2-week intervals.
  • The histology included 3 newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), 8 recurrent GBM, 2 newly diagnosed anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), and 2 recurrent AA.
  • Our preliminary data on 15 patients and 39 courses of Dendritic Cell vaccines demonstrate one grade 3 toxicity of fever/chest pain.
  • CONCLUSIONS: This phase I study demonstrates the safety, feasibility of dendritic cell vaccination with biodegradable carmustine (BCNU) wafers with one grade 3 AE.

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  • (PMID = 27964627.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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20. 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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21. Gimenez M, Souza VC, Izumi C, Barbieri MR, Chammas R, Oba-Shinjo SM, Uno M, Marie SK, Rosa JC: Proteomic analysis of low- to high-grade astrocytomas reveals an alteration of the expression level of raf kinase inhibitor protein and nucleophosmin. Proteomics; 2010 Aug;10(15):2812-21
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  • [Title] Proteomic analysis of low- to high-grade astrocytomas reveals an alteration of the expression level of raf kinase inhibitor protein and nucleophosmin.
  • The aim of this study was to identify differentially expressed proteins in diffuse astrocytoma grade II, anaplastic astrocytoma grade III and glioblastoma multiforme grade IV in human tumor samples and in non-neoplastic brain tissue as control using 2-DE and MS.
  • Tumor and control brain tissue dissection was guided by histological hematoxylin/eosin tissue sections to provide more than 90% of tumor cells and astrocytes.
  • Six proteins were detected as up-regulated in higher grade astrocytomas and the most important finding was nucleophosmin (NPM) (p<0.05), whereas four proteins were down-regulated, among them raf kinase inhibitor protein (RKIP) (p<0.05).
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Nuclear Proteins / genetics. Phosphatidylethanolamine Binding Protein / genetics. Proteomics


22. 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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23. Belda-Iniesta C, de Castro Carpeño J, Casado Sáenz E, Cejas Guerrero P, Perona R, González Barón M: Molecular biology of malignant gliomas. Clin Transl Oncol; 2006 Sep;8(9):635-41

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  • [Title] Molecular biology of malignant gliomas.
  • For example, gliomas of astrocytic origin (astrocytomas) are classified into pilocytic astrocytoma (grade I), astrocytoma (grade II), anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III) and glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) (grade IV).
  • Tumors derived from oligodendrocytes include grade II (oliogodendrogliomas) and grade III neoplasms (oligoastrocytoma).
  • Obviously, prognosis and biological behaviour of malignant gliomas are closely related and supported by the different molecular background that possesses each type of glioma.
  • Furthermore, the ability that allows several low-grade gliomas to progress into more aggressive tumors has allowed cancer researchers to elucidate several pathways implicated in molecular biology of these devastating tumors.
  • In this review, we describe classical pathways involved in human malignant gliomas with special focus with recent advances, such as glioma stem-like cells and expression patterns from microarray studies.

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  • (PMID = 17005465.001).
  • [ISSN] 1699-048X
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical & translational oncology : official publication of the Federation of Spanish Oncology Societies and of the National Cancer Institute of Mexico
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin Transl Oncol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] Italy
  • [Number-of-references] 36
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24. Machado CM, Zorzeto TQ, Bianco JE, Rosa RG, Genari SC, Joazeiro PP, Verinaud L: Ultrastructural characterization of the new NG97ht human-derived glioma cell line using two different electron microscopy technical procedures. Microsc Res Tech; 2009 Apr;72(4):310-6
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  • On the basis of transmission electron microscopy observations in tumor cell lines, oncologists have made innumerous diagnostic and therapeutical progresses.
  • Following this path, the UNICAMP immunopathologies laboratory established the NG97 cell line derived from a human astrocytoma grade III, which when injected to the athymic nude mouse flank developed a grade IV astrocytoma.
  • These cells in culture were assayed by two different electron microscopy procedures to characterize ultrastructures related to grade IV astrocytomas and to observe their structures through cell subcultivation.
  • Results from many cell passage observations showed ultrastructural similarities, which suggest malignant and glioblastoma phenotypes.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / ultrastructure. Microscopy, Electron, Transmission / methods
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Cell Culture Techniques / methods. Cell Line, Tumor. Humans. Mice. Neoplasm Transplantation. Transplantation, Heterologous

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  • (PMID = 19009596.001).
  • [ISSN] 1097-0029
  • [Journal-full-title] Microscopy research and technique
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Microsc. Res. Tech.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
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25. 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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26. Lymbouridou R, Soufla G, Chatzinikola AM, Vakis A, Spandidos DA: Down-regulation of K-ras and H-ras in human brain gliomas. Eur J Cancer; 2009 May;45(7):1294-303
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  • We evaluated the mutational, mRNA and protein expression profile of the ras genes in 21 glioblastomas multiforme (grade IV), four fibrillary astrocytoma (grade II), four anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III) and 15 normal specimens.
  • Our findings provide evidence of K- and H-ras involvement in brain malignant transformation through transcriptional down-regulation, while N-ras seems to contribute less to brain carcinogenesis.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Astrocytoma / genetics. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Astrocytoma / mortality. Blotting, Western / methods. Case-Control Studies. Codon. Female. Gene Expression. Glioblastoma / genetics. Glioblastoma / metabolism. Glioblastoma / mortality. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Oncogene Protein p21(ras) / analysis. Oncogene Protein p21(ras) / metabolism. Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods. Statistics, Nonparametric. Survival Rate

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  • (PMID = 19179066.001).
  • [ISSN] 1879-0852
  • [Journal-full-title] European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Eur. J. Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Codon; EC 3.6.5.2 / Oncogene Protein p21(ras)
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27. Watanabe Y, Yamasaki F, Kajiwara Y, Saito T, Nishimoto T, Bartholomeusz C, Ueno NT, Sugiyama K, Kurisu K: Expression of phosphoprotein enriched in astrocytes 15 kDa (PEA-15) in astrocytic tumors: a novel approach of correlating malignancy grade and prognosis. J Neurooncol; 2010 Dec;100(3):449-57
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  • [Title] Expression of phosphoprotein enriched in astrocytes 15 kDa (PEA-15) in astrocytic tumors: a novel approach of correlating malignancy grade and prognosis.
  • Despite its many important roles, the clinical significance of PEA-15 expression levels in astrocytic tumors has yet to be properly defined.
  • We studied the PEA-15 expression pattern of 65 patients [diagnosed according to World Health Organization (WHO) criteria] with diffuse astrocytoma (WHO grade II), anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III), and glioblastoma (grade IV).
  • In grade II astrocytoma (diffuse astrocytoma) and grade III astrocytoma (anaplastic astrocytoma), 100% and 88.9% of patients expressed high PEA-15 levels, respectively, while a smaller number (50%) of patients with grade IV astrocytoma (glioblastoma) expressed high PEA-15 levels.
  • PEA-15 expression level was inversely associated with WHO grade (P = 0.0006).
  • Next, we evaluated prognosis and PEA-15 expression levels in 43 patients with high-grade astrocytomas based on the following parameters: age, gender, WHO grade, surgical resection extent, MIB-1 labeling index (LI), and PEA-15 expression level.
  • Multivariable analyses revealed that high PEA-15 expression level displayed a significant correlation with longer overall survival (OS) in high-grade astrocytomas (P = 0.0024).
  • In conclusion, PEA-15 expression level was inversely associated with WHO grade and may serve as an important prognostic factor for high-grade astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / metabolism. Phosphoproteins / metabolism. Statistics as Topic

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  • [ISSN] 1573-7373
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  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
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28. Kojadinovic Z, Papic V, Cigic T, Vulekovic P, Popovic Lj, Jajic Dj: A new scoring system for malignant astrocytomas. Zentralbl Neurochir; 2008 May;69(2):65-70

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  • [Title] A new scoring system for malignant astrocytomas.
  • BACKGROUND: Currently there are a few scoring systems for malignant astrocytoma, but they are not widely accepted.
  • The aim of this study was to create a scoring system for supratentorial malignant astrocytoma, which could be used in both developed and developing societies.
  • METHODS: This study was performed in 128 patients who had supratentorial malignant astrocytoma (grade III or IV).
  • By using the most appropriate four parameters (age, KPS, initial seizure and histopathological grade) we created a scoring system - MAS (Malignant Astrocytoma Score).
  • CONCLUSIONS: We are of the opinion that MAS represents a useful scoring system to determine the severity of the illness and make a prognosis for both individuals and groups of patients with malignant supratentorial astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Supratentorial Neoplasms / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Female. Humans. Kaplan-Meier Estimate. Karnofsky Performance Status. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Staging. Neurosurgical Procedures / mortality. Prognosis. Proportional Hazards Models. ROC Curve. Survival Analysis. Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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  • (PMID = 18444219.001).
  • [ISSN] 0044-4251
  • [Journal-full-title] Zentralblatt für Neurochirurgie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Zentralbl. Neurochir.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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29. Machado CM, Ikemori RY, Zorzeto TQ, Nogueira AC, Barbosa SD, Savino W, Schenka AA, Vassallo J, Heinrich JK, Boetcher-Luiz F, Verinaud L: Characterization of cells recovered from the xenotransplanted NG97 human-derived glioma cell line subcultured in a long-term in vitro. BMC Cancer; 2008;8:291
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  • BACKGROUND: In order to elucidate tumoral progression and drug resistance, cultured cell lines are valuable tools applied on tumor related assays provided they are well established and characterized.
  • Our laboratory settled the NG97 cell line derived from a human astrocytoma grade III, which started to develop and express important phenotypical characteristics of an astrocytoma grade IV after injection in the flank of nude mice.
  • Astrocytomas are extremely aggressive malignancies of the Central Nervous System (CNS) and account for 46% of all primary malignant brain tumors.
  • Progression to worse prognosis occurs in 85% of the cases possibly due to changes in cell tumor microenvironment and through biological pathways that are still unclear.
  • These cells were subcultivated to evaluate the possible contribution of these undifferentiated characteristics to the malignant progression phenotype.
  • Our results emphasize important queries about astrocytomas tumor progression.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Antigens, CD29 / biosynthesis. Cell Growth Processes / physiology. Cell Line, Tumor. Chromosome Aberrations. Flow Cytometry. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein / biosynthesis. Humans. Mice. Mice, Nude. Neoplasm Transplantation. Transplantation, Heterologous. Vimentin / biosynthesis

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30. Uematsu M, Ohsawa I, Aokage T, Nishimaki K, Matsumoto K, Takahashi H, Asoh S, Teramoto A, Ohta S: Prognostic significance of the immunohistochemical index of survivin in glioma: a comparative study with the MIB-1 index. J Neurooncol; 2005 May;72(3):231-8
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  • METHODS: We prepared polyclonal anti-survivin serum to establish a survivin index for stained sections, using an immunohistochemical procedure, according to the method used for scoring MIB-1 index, and then stained 29 paraffin-embedded sections from surgical specimens of 29 patients who were classified into three grades of World Health Organization with the mean age of low grade astocytoma (grade II) being 34.7; anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III), 48.8; and glioblastoma multiform (grade IV), 58.4.
  • The mean percentage of immunoreactive cells in each specimen was 70.0 (SD 18.2) in grade II, 81.3 (16.5) in grade III, and 85.0 (13.6) in grade IV.
  • Then we compared the survivin index to the MIB-1 index and found that in low-grade gliomas (grade II and III), the difference in survival times between the high and low survivin indexes was significant (P=0.007), whereas that between the high and low MIB-1 indexes was not significant (P=0.092).
  • ONCLUSION: Survivin is more sensitive marker than MIB-1 for the evaluation of low-grade gliomas in that it helps to predict patient survival.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Antibodies / analysis. Biomarkers, Tumor. Blotting, Western. Child. DNA, Complementary / genetics. Disease Progression. Female. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Proteins. Prognosis. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Survival Analysis. Treatment Outcome. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 15937645.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antibodies; 0 / BIRC5 protein, human; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / DNA, Complementary; 0 / Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins; 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 0 / Microtubule-Associated Proteins; 0 / Neoplasm Proteins
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31. Knizetova P, Ehrmann J, Hlobilkova A, Vancova I, Kalita O, Kolar Z, Bartek J: Autocrine regulation of glioblastoma cell cycle progression, viability and radioresistance through the VEGF-VEGFR2 (KDR) interplay. Cell Cycle; 2008 Aug 15;7(16):2553-61
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  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a crucial role in angiogenesis and progression of malignant brain tumors.
  • Given the significance of tumor microenvironment in general, and the established role of paracrine VEGF signaling in glioblastoma (GBM) biology in particular, we explored the potential autocrine control of human astrocytoma behavior by VEGF.
  • Using a range of cell and molecular biology approaches to study a panel of astrocytoma (grade III and IV/GBM)-derived cell lines and a series of clinical specimens from low- and high-grade astrocytomas, we show that co-expression of VEGF and VEGF receptors (VEGFRs) occurs commonly in astrocytoma cells.
  • Blockade of VEGFR2 by the selective inhibitor (SU1498) abrogated the VEGF-mediated enhancement of astrocytoma cell growth and viability under unperturbed culture conditions.
  • In addition, such interference with VEGF-VEGFR2 signaling potentiated the ionizing radiation-induced tumor cell death.
  • In clinical specimens, both VEGFRs and VEGF were co-expressed in astroglial tumor cells, and higher VEGF expression correlated with tumor progression, thereby supporting the relevance of functional VEGF-VEGFR signaling in vivo.
  • Overall, our results are consistent with a potential autocrine role of the VEGF-VEGFR2 (KDR) interplay as a factor contributing to malignant astrocytoma growth and radioresistance, thereby supporting the candidacy of this signaling cascade as a therapeutic target, possibly in combination with radiotherapy.
  • [MeSH-minor] Autocrine Communication. Cell Cycle. Cell Line, Tumor. Humans. Radiation Tolerance. Signal Transduction

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  • (PMID = 18719373.001).
  • [ISSN] 1551-4005
  • [Journal-full-title] Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cell Cycle
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A; EC 2.7.10.1 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-2
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32. 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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33. Reddy SP, Britto R, Vinnakota K, Aparna H, Sreepathi HK, Thota B, Kumari A, Shilpa BM, Vrinda M, Umesh S, Samuel C, Shetty M, Tandon A, Pandey P, Hegde S, Hegde AS, Balasubramaniam A, Chandramouli BA, Santosh V, Kondaiah P, Somasundaram K, Rao MR: Novel glioblastoma markers with diagnostic and prognostic value identified through transcriptome analysis. Clin Cancer Res; 2008 May 15;14(10):2978-87
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  • PURPOSE: Current methods of classification of astrocytoma based on histopathologic methods are often subjective and less accurate.
  • EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We carried out transcriptome analysis of 25 diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma samples [WHO grade II--diffuse astrocytoma, grade III--anaplastic astrocytoma, and grade IV--glioblastoma (GBM)] using cDNA microarrays containing 18,981 genes.
  • Several of the markers identified were also validated by real-time reverse transcription quantitative PCR and immunohistochemical analysis on an independent set of tumor samples (n = 100).
  • RESULTS: We identified several differentially regulated grade-specific genes.
  • Further, identification of the grade-specific expression of GADD45alpha and FSTL1 by immunohistochemical staining reinforced our findings.
  • [MeSH-major] Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Gene Expression Profiling. Glioblastoma / diagnosis. Glioblastoma / genetics

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  • (PMID = 18483363.001).
  • [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 Kingdom / Wellcome Trust / /
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor
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34. Tosoni A, Franceschi E, Ermani M, Bacci A, Volpin L, Lombardo L, Ravenna G, Pinna G, Poggi R, Brandes AA: MGMT methylation status as a prognostic factor in anaplastic astrocytomas. J Clin Oncol; 2009 May 20;27(15_suppl):2052

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  • [Title] MGMT methylation status as a prognostic factor in anaplastic astrocytomas.
  • However, further data on the epigenetic feature are needed before its role in rare diseases such as anaplastic astrocytomas (AA) can be established.

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  • (PMID = 27964674.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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35. Ohgaki H, Kleihues P: Population-based studies on incidence, survival rates, and genetic alterations in astrocytic and oligodendroglial gliomas. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol; 2005 Jun;64(6):479-89
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  • [Title] Population-based studies on incidence, survival rates, and genetic alterations in astrocytic and oligodendroglial gliomas.
  • This review summarizes data on incidence rates, survival, and genetic alterations from population-based studies of astrocytic and oligodendrogliomas that were carried out in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland (approximately 1.16 million inhabitants).
  • While survival rates for pilocytic astrocytomas were excellent (96% at 10 years), the prognosis of diffusely infiltrating gliomas was poorer, with median survival times (MST) of 5.6 years for low-grade astrocytoma WHO grade II, 1.6 years for anaplastic astrocytoma grade III, and 0.4 years for glioblastoma.
  • For oligodendrogliomas the MSTwas 11.6 years for grade II and 3.5 years for grade III.
  • TP53 mutations were most frequent in gemistocytic astrocytomas (88%), followed by fibrillary astrocytomas (53%) and oligoastrocytomas (44%), but infrequent (13%) in oligodendrogliomas.
  • LOH 1p/19q typically occurred in tumors without TP53 mutations and were most frequent in oligodendrogliomas (69%), followed by oligoastrocytomas (45%), but were rare in fibrillary astrocytomas (7%) and absent in gemistocytic astrocytomas.
  • Primary (de novo) glioblastomas prevailed (95%), while secondary glioblastomas that progressed from low-grade or anaplastic gliomas were rare (5%).
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma. Brain Neoplasms. Loss of Heterozygosity. Oligodendroglioma. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics


36. Bauer R, Dobesberger J, Unterhofer C, Unterberger I, Walser G, Bauer G, Trinka E, Ortler M: Outcome of adult patients with temporal lobe tumours and medically refractory focal epilepsy. Acta Neurochir (Wien); 2007 Dec;149(12):1211-6; discussion 1216-7
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  • One patient with an astrocytoma grade III underwent a second and third operation for recurrent disease.
  • Histological results: Astrocytoma 5 patients, ganglioglioma/gangliocytoma 5, oligodendroglioma 2, ependymoma 1 and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour (DNET) 1.
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Astrocytoma / surgery. Electroencephalography. Ependymoma / surgery. Female. Follow-Up Studies. Ganglioglioma. Ganglioneuroma. Hemianopsia / etiology. Humans. Male. Middle Aged. Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive / surgery. Neurologic Examination. Oligodendroglioma / surgery. Retrospective Studies. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 17940725.001).
  • [ISSN] 0942-0940
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta neurochirurgica
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Neurochir (Wien)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Austria
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37. 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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38. Khwaja FW, Duke-Cohan JS, Brat DJ, Van Meir EG: Attractin is elevated in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with malignant astrocytoma and mediates glioma cell migration. Clin Cancer Res; 2006 Nov 1;12(21):6331-6
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  • [Title] Attractin is elevated in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with malignant astrocytoma and mediates glioma cell migration.
  • The goal of our study was to find reliable markers that could be used for disease monitoring as well as to identify new targets for the therapeutic intervention for malignant astrocytoma (WHO grades 3 and 4).
  • EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We employed proteomic techniques to identify secreted proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid that were specific to patients with malignant astrocytoma.
  • RESULTS: Among 60 cerebrospinal fluid samples of patients with various central nervous system diseases, attractin was consistently found to be elevated in the samples of patients with malignant astrocytoma.
  • To independently validate these results, we examined attractin expression in a new set of 108 normal and tumoral brain tissue specimens and found elevated expression in 97% of malignant astrocytomas, with the highest levels in grade 4 tumors.
  • Using immunohistochemistry, we further showed that attractin is produced and secreted by the tumor cells.
  • Finally, we showed that cerebrospinal fluid from brain tumor patients induces glioma cell migration and that attractin is largely responsible for this promigratory activity.
  • CONCLUSIONS: Our results find attractin to be a reliable secreted marker for high-grade gliomas.
  • Additionally, our migration studies suggest that it may be an important mediator of tumor invasiveness, and thus, a potential target in future therapies.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / cerebrospinal fluid. Brain Neoplasms / cerebrospinal fluid. Cell Movement / physiology. Glioma / cerebrospinal fluid. Membrane Proteins / cerebrospinal fluid
  • [MeSH-minor] Blotting, Western. Electrophoresis, Gel, Two-Dimensional. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Neoplasm Invasiveness

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  • (PMID = 17085642.001).
  • [ISSN] 1078-0432
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin. Cancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA 86335
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / ATRN protein, human; 0 / Membrane Proteins
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39. Momota H, Narita Y, Matsushita Y, Miyakita Y, Shibui S: p53 abnormality and tumor invasion in patients with malignant astrocytoma. Brain Tumor Pathol; 2010 Oct;27(2):95-101
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  • [Title] p53 abnormality and tumor invasion in patients with malignant astrocytoma.
  • Malignant astrocytomas are characterized by diffusely infiltrating nature, and the abnormality of p53 is a cytogenetic hallmark of astrocytic tumors.
  • To elucidate the relationship between p53 abnormality and invasiveness of the tumors, we studied mutation and protein expression of p53 in 48 consecutive patients with malignant astrocytoma (14 anaplastic astrocytomas and 34 glioblastoma multiformes).
  • The tumors were classified into three categories according to the features of magnetic resonance imaging, and 5, 7, and 36 tumors were classified into diffuse, multiple, and single type, respectively.
  • We then examined how these tumor types correlate with MIB-1 staining index, TP53 gene mutation, and p53 protein expression.
  • Furthermore, diffuse- and multiple-type tumors were significantly correlated with poor progression-free survival, whereas only multiple-type tumors were significantly correlated with poor overall survival.
  • As diffuse and multiple features on imaging modalities represent invasive characteristics of the tumors, p53 abnormalities may affect the invasive and aggressive nature of malignant astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Genes, p53 / genetics
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Child. DNA, Neoplasm / genetics. Female. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein / genetics. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein / metabolism. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Male. Middle Aged. Mitotic Index. Mutation / genetics. Mutation / physiology. Neoplasm Invasiveness / genetics. Neoplasm Invasiveness / pathology. Survival Analysis. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / metabolism. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / metabolism. Young Adult

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  • (PMID = 21046311.001).
  • [ISSN] 1861-387X
  • [Journal-full-title] Brain tumor pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Brain Tumor Pathol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA, Neoplasm; 0 / Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
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40. Ryu HH, Jung S, Sun HS, Jung TY, Jin SG, Jin YH, Kim IY, Jeong YI, Kang SS: Screening for motility-associated genes in malignant astrocytoma cell lines. J Neurooncol; 2007 Apr;82(2):125-31
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  • [Title] Screening for motility-associated genes in malignant astrocytoma cell lines.
  • The most characteristic feature of a malignant astrocytoma is its early and extensive infiltration into adjacent parenchymal structures.
  • We focused on detecting the possible expression changes as the determining factors for malignant astrocytoma's motile ability.
  • These findings suggest that the genes identified may be important for determining high motility in astrocytoma cell lines.
  • These findings may help us understand the molecular invasion mechanism in astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Cell Movement. Gene Expression Profiling
  • [MeSH-minor] Humans. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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

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  • (PMID = 18493866.001).
  • [ISSN] 1219-4956
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology oncology research : POR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathol. Oncol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Netherlands
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42. Marsh J, Mukherjee P, Seyfried TN: Drug/diet synergy for managing malignant astrocytoma in mice: 2-deoxy-D-glucose and the restricted ketogenic diet. Nutr Metab (Lond); 2008 Nov 25;5:33
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  • [Title] Drug/diet synergy for managing malignant astrocytoma in mice: 2-deoxy-D-glucose and the restricted ketogenic diet.
  • BACKGROUND: Astrocytomas are largely dependent on glycolysis to satisfy their bioenergetic requirements for growth and survival.
  • Therapies that target glycolysis can potentially manage astrocytoma growth and progression.
  • Dietary restriction of the high fat/low carbohydrate ketogenic diet (KD-R) reduces glycolysis and is effective in managing experimental mouse and human astrocytomas.
  • The goal here was to determine if low doses of 2-DG could act synergistically with the KD-R to better manage growth of the CT-2A malignant mouse astrocytoma.
  • METHODS: The therapeutic effect of a KD-R supplemented with a low dose of 2-DG (25 mg/kg) was examined in adult C57BL/6J mice bearing the syngeneic CT-2A malignant astrocytoma grown orthotopically.
  • Mice were fed the standard unrestricted diet for the first 3 days after tumor implantation prior to their separation into one of four diet groups fed either a standard rodent diet in unrestricted amounts (SD-UR) or a KD-R with or without 2-DG for 10 days.
  • 2-DG was initiated 6 days after tumor implantation and was continued for 7 days.
  • RESULTS: Energy intake, body weights, and CT-2A tumor weights were similar in the SD-UR and the SD-UR+2-2DG mouse groups over the dietary treatment period (days 3-13).
  • Tumor weights were about 48% and 80% lower in the KD-R and in the KD-R+2-DG groups, respectively, than in the SD-UR group.
  • CONCLUSION: Astrocytoma growth was reduced more in the KD-R mouse group supplemented with 2-DG than in the mouse groups receiving either dietary restriction or 2-DG alone, indicating a synergistic interaction between the drug and the diet.
  • The results suggest that management of malignant astrocytoma with restricted ketogenic diets could be enhanced when combined with drugs that inhibit glycolysis.

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  • [ISSN] 1743-7075
  • [Journal-full-title] Nutrition & metabolism
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Nutr Metab (Lond)
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA102135; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / R01 NS055195; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / R56 NS055195
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
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43. Jayawardena S, Sooriabalan D, Indulkar S, Kim HH, Matin A, Maini A: Regression of grade III astrocytoma during the treatment of CML with imatinib mesylate. Am J Ther; 2006 Sep-Oct;13(5):458-9
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  • [Title] Regression of grade III astrocytoma during the treatment of CML with imatinib mesylate.
  • Astrocytomas are central nervous system neoplasms, which are derived predominately from astrocytes.
  • On the basis of the histopathologic characteristics astrocytomas are graded from I to IV.
  • The cells that demonstrate the greatest degree of anaplasia are used to determine the histologic grade of the tumor.
  • The mean age of survival are approximately 10 years from the time of diagnosis for pilocystic astrocytomas (World Health Organization grade I), more than 5 years for patients with low-grade diffuse astrocytomas (WHO grade II), 2 to 5 years for those with anaplastic astrocytomas (WHO grade III), and less than 1 year for patients with glioblastoma (WHO grade IV).
  • The treatment is a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy depending of the grade of astrocytoma.
  • We present a case of 31-year-old man with grade III astrocytoma with subsequent chronic myelogenous leukemia treated with imatinib mesylate as part of his chronic myelogenous leukemia treatment failing to show recurrence of the astrocytoma 10 years after standard treatment for astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / drug therapy. Piperazines / therapeutic use. Pyrimidines / therapeutic use

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  • (PMID = 16988542.001).
  • [ISSN] 1075-2765
  • [Journal-full-title] American journal of therapeutics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Am J Ther
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 0 / Benzamides; 0 / Piperazines; 0 / Pyrimidines; 8A1O1M485B / Imatinib Mesylate
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44. 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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45. Parafiniuk D, Jezewski D, Nowacki P: [Malignant astrocytoma as a recurrance of astrocytoma II WHO after 13 years. Case report and literature review]. Ann Acad Med Stetin; 2010;56(2):45-50
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  • [Title] [Malignant astrocytoma as a recurrance of astrocytoma II WHO after 13 years. Case report and literature review].
  • Astrocytomas--neroepithelial originated tumors that belong to the big, differential group of tumors, which derive from astrocytic glial.
  • They include slow growing tumors such as fibillary astrocytoma or very malignant glioblastoma multiforme.
  • The case which is being presented is of a forty nine year old woman operated in July 1997 because of a protoplasmic astrocytoma II WHO in the left frontal lobe.
  • Due to this adverse event MRI was ordered and suspicion of tumor recurrence was put forward.
  • Histopathology identified anaplastic astrocytoma III WHO.
  • According to literature, the factors regarding remission time, tumor malignancy and therapeutic aim were analyzed.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy. Brain Neoplasms / surgery. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnosis
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Astrocytoma. Female. Frontal Lobe. Humans. Reoperation. Seizures / etiology

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  • (PMID = 21473001.001).
  • [ISSN] 1427-440X
  • [Journal-full-title] Annales Academiae Medicae Stetinensis
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann Acad Med Stetin
  • [Language] pol
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Poland
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46. Malhan P, Husain N, Bhalla S, Gupta RK, Husain M: Proliferating cell nuclear antigen, p53 and micro vessel density: Grade II vs. Grade III astrocytoma. Indian J Pathol Microbiol; 2010 Jan-Mar;53(1):20-3
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  • [Title] Proliferating cell nuclear antigen, p53 and micro vessel density: Grade II vs. Grade III astrocytoma.
  • Histological classification and grading are prime procedures in the management of patients with astrocytoma, providing vital data for therapeutic decision making and prognostication.
  • However, it has limitations in assessing biological tumor behavior.
  • This study was carried out to compare proliferative indices using proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), extent of p53 expression and micro vessel morphometric parameters in patients with low grade and anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • Twenty-five patients, each of grade II and grade III astrocytoma were evaluated using monoclonal antibodies to PCNA, p53 protein and factor VIII related antigen.
  • Patients with grade III astrocytoma had higher PCNA and p53 labeling indices as compared with grade II astrocytoma (29.14 plus/minus 9.87% vs. 16.84 plus/minus 6.57%, p 0.001; 18.18 plus/minus 6.14% vs. 6.14 plus/minus 7.23%, p 0.001, respectively).
  • Micro vessel percentage area of patients with grade III astrocytoma was also (4.26 plus/minus 3.70 vs. 1.05 plus/minus 0.56, p 0.001), higher along with other micro vessel morphometric parameters.
  • Discordance between histology and one or more IHC parameters was seen in 5/25 (20%) of patients with grade III astrocytoma and 9/25 (36%) of patients with grade II disease.
  • Increased proliferative fraction, genetic alterations and neovascularization mark biological aggressiveness in astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Astrocytoma / pathology. Neovascularization, Pathologic. Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen / analysis. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / analysis

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  • (PMID = 20090216.001).
  • [ISSN] 0974-5130
  • [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] 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53
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47. Nano R, Capelli E, Facoetti A, Benericetti E: Immunobiological and experimental aspects of malignant astrocytoma. Anticancer Res; 2009 Jul;29(7):2461-5
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  • [Title] Immunobiological and experimental aspects of malignant astrocytoma.
  • Starting from 1992, the goal of our studies was to obtain new biological data on malignant astrocytomas to better understand the basic biology of the tumour and these are reviewed here.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / immunology. Brain Neoplasms / immunology

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  • (PMID = 19596914.001).
  • [ISSN] 1791-7530
  • [Journal-full-title] Anticancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Anticancer Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Review
  • [Publication-country] Greece
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Interleukin-2
  • [Number-of-references] 51
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48. Yoshida T, Niwa F, Kimura S, Nakagawa M: Anaplastic astrocytoma presenting as reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Neurologist; 2006 Nov;12(6):311-3
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  • [Title] Anaplastic astrocytoma presenting as reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome.
  • We report a 60-year-old man with grade III astrocytoma, who presented with status epilepticus.
  • The initial MRI did not demonstrate typical findings of an astrocytoma but rather showed reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS).
  • A brain tumor should be considered and the patient carefully followed by MRI, even if the MRI white matter lesion pattern suggests RPLS.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Brain Diseases / diagnosis. Occipital Lobe / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17122727.001).
  • [ISSN] 1074-7931
  • [Journal-full-title] The neurologist
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurologist
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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49. Jang SY, Kong MH, Song KY, Frazee JG: Intracranial Metastases of Cervical Intramedullary Low-Grade Astrocytoma without Malignant Transformation in Adult. J Korean Neurosurg Soc; 2009 Jun;45(6):381-5

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  • [Title] Intracranial Metastases of Cervical Intramedullary Low-Grade Astrocytoma without Malignant Transformation in Adult.
  • The first case of intracranial metastases of a cervical intramedullary low-grade astrocytoma without malignant transformation in adult is presented in this report.
  • Seven years ago, a 45 year-old male patient underwent biopsy to confirm pathologic characteristics and received craniocervical radiation and chemotherapy for a grade II astrocytoma in the cervical spinal cord.
  • The tumor at the cervical and brain lesions was classified as an astrocytoma (WHO grade II).
  • When a patient with low-grade astrocytoma in the spinal cord has new cranial symptoms after surgery, radiaton, and chemotherapy, the possibility of its metastasis should be suspected because it can spread to the intracranial cavity even without malignant transformation as shown in this case.

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  • (PMID = 19609424.001).
  • [ISSN] 2005-3711
  • [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/ PMC2711238
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; Astrocytoma / Cranial metastases / Intramedullary / Spinal cord tumor
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50. Combs SE, Gutwein S, Thilmann C, Debus J, Schulz-Ertner D: Reirradiation of recurrent WHO grade III astrocytomas using fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT). Strahlenther Onkol; 2005 Dec;181(12):768-73
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  • [Title] Reirradiation of recurrent WHO grade III astrocytomas using fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (FSRT).
  • PURPOSE: To assess the effect of reirradiation in recurrent WHO grade III astrocytomas.
  • PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 1995 to July 2003, 40 patients with grade III gliomas were treated with fractionated stereotactic reirradiation at the time point of recurrence.
  • No toxicities > CTC grade 2 developed.
  • CONCLUSION: Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy is well tolerated and effective in patients with recurrent grade III astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / mortality. Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Neoplasms / mortality. Brain Neoplasms / surgery. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / mortality. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery. Radiosurgery / statistics & numerical data

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  • (PMID = 16362786.001).
  • [ISSN] 0179-7158
  • [Journal-full-title] Strahlentherapie und Onkologie : Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et al]
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Strahlenther Onkol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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51. Yue WY, Chen ZP: Does vasculogenic mimicry exist in astrocytoma? J Histochem Cytochem; 2005 Aug;53(8):997-1002
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  • [Title] Does vasculogenic mimicry exist in astrocytoma?
  • Vasculogenic mimicry (VM) has been observed in melanoma and in some nonmelanoma tumor types.
  • It is unknown whether a similar VM phenomenon exists in astrocytoma.
  • The present study was to examine 45 astrocytomas (including World Health Organization grade II 15 cases, grade III 15 cases, and grade IV 15 cases) by CD34 endothelial marker periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) dual staining to see if VM existing in these tumors.
  • The results demonstrated that endothelium-lined vessels dominated the tumor microvasculature and stained positively for PAS, laminin, and endothelial marker.
  • PAS-positive pattern of VM was found in two grade IV astrocytomas.
  • Channels stained positively for PAS, laminin, and negatively for CD34 of the VM entrapped in the tumor tissue.
  • Furthermore, in astrocytoma, especially glioblastoma, focus of anaplastic tumor cells appeared with CD34 expression, whereas some tumor cells lost glial fibrillary acid protein expression.
  • It is assumed that genetically deregulated tumor cells in astrocytoma could lose the astrocyte-specific protein and express inappropriate markers not expected in cells of astrocyte lineage.
  • The present results suggest that VM phenomenon exists in some malignant astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / blood supply. Brain Neoplasms / blood supply
  • [MeSH-minor] Antigens, CD34 / metabolism. Biomarkers / metabolism. Coloring Agents. Endothelium, Vascular / metabolism. Humans. Microcirculation. Neoplasm Staging. Periodic Acid. Schiff Bases

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  • (PMID = 15923371.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-1554
  • [Journal-full-title] The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Society
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Histochem. Cytochem.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antigens, CD34; 0 / Biomarkers; 0 / Coloring Agents; 0 / Schiff Bases; 10450-60-9 / Periodic Acid
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52. Reardon DA, Rich JN, Friedman HS, Bigner DD: Recent advances in the treatment of malignant astrocytoma. J Clin Oncol; 2006 Mar 10;24(8):1253-65
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  • [Title] Recent advances in the treatment of malignant astrocytoma.
  • Malignant gliomas, including the most common subtype, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), are among the most devastating of neoplasms.
  • Limited delivery and tumor heterogeneity are two fundamental factors that have critically hindered therapeutic progress.
  • The simultaneous development of multiple advanced therapies based on specific tumor biology may finally offer glioma patients improved survival.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / therapy. Central Nervous System Neoplasms / therapy

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  • (PMID = 16525180.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / 1 P20 CA096890; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA11898; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / MO1 RR 30; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS20023
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antineoplastic Agents; 7GR28W0FJI / Dacarbazine; 85622-93-1 / temozolomide
  • [Number-of-references] 209
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53. Sathornsumetee S, Cao Y, Marcello JE, Herndon JE 2nd, McLendon RE, Desjardins A, Friedman HS, Dewhirst MW, Vredenburgh JJ, Rich JN: Tumor angiogenic and hypoxic profiles predict radiographic response and survival in malignant astrocytoma patients treated with bevacizumab and irinotecan. J Clin Oncol; 2008 Jan 10;26(2):271-8
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  • [Title] Tumor angiogenic and hypoxic profiles predict radiographic response and survival in malignant astrocytoma patients treated with bevacizumab and irinotecan.
  • PURPOSE: The combination of a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) -neutralizing antibody, bevacizumab, and irinotecan is associated with high radiographic response rates and improved survival outcomes in patients with recurrent malignant gliomas.
  • The aim of these retrospective studies was to evaluate tumor vascularity and expression of components of the VEGF pathway and hypoxic responses as predictive markers for radiographic response and survival benefit from the bevacizumab and irinotecan therapy.
  • PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a phase II trial, 60 patients with recurrent malignant astrocytomas were treated with bevacizumab and irinotecan.
  • Tumor specimens collected at the time of diagnosis were available for further pathologic studies in 45 patients (75%).
  • RESULTS: Of 45 patients, 27 patients had glioblastoma multiforme, and 18 patients had anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • CONCLUSION: In this patient cohort, tumor expression levels of VEGF, the molecular target of bevacizumab, were associated with radiographic response, and the upstream promoter of angiogenesis, hypoxia, determined survival outcome, as measured from treatment initiation.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage. Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized. Bevacizumab. Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis. Camptothecin / administration & dosage. Camptothecin / analogs & derivatives. Female. Humans. Hypoxia. Male. Middle Aged. Neovascularization, Pathologic. Proportional Hazards Models. Radiography. Retrospective Studies. Survival Analysis. Treatment Outcome. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / analysis

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  • (PMID = 18182667.001).
  • [ISSN] 1527-7755
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Clin. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS054276; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / R01 CA116659; United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / CA116659; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / K02 NS047409; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS047409; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / R01 NS054276
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial, Phase II; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0 / Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A; 0H43101T0J / irinotecan; 2S9ZZM9Q9V / Bevacizumab; XT3Z54Z28A / Camptothecin
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS508913; NLM/ PMC3930173
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54. Rafique MZ, Ahmad MN, Yaqoob N, Ahsan H: Diffuse bilateral thalamic astrocytoma. J Coll Physicians Surg Pak; 2007 Mar;17(3):170-2
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  • [Title] Diffuse bilateral thalamic astrocytoma.
  • Diffuse astrocytoma with bilateral thalamic involvement is extremely rare.
  • Biopsy showed grade III Astrocytoma with bilateral thalamic involvement.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Cerebellar Neoplasms / pathology. Thalamic Diseases / pathology

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  • (PMID = 17374306.001).
  • [ISSN] 1022-386X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Coll Physicians Surg Pak
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Pakistan
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55. Llaguno SA, Chen J, Kwon CH, Parada LF: Neural and cancer stem cells in tumor suppressor mouse models of malignant astrocytoma. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol; 2008;73:421-6
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  • [Title] Neural and cancer stem cells in tumor suppressor mouse models of malignant astrocytoma.
  • Malignant astrocytomas are highly invasive brain tumors that portend poor prognosis and dismal survival.
  • We previously reported tumor suppressor mouse models based on conditional inactivation of human astrocytoma-relevant genes p53, Nf1, and Pten.
  • These mice develop, with full penetrance, varying grades of astrocytic malignancy that recapitulate the human condition histologically and molecularly.
  • Our studies indicate a central role for neural stem cells and stem-cell-like cancer cells in tumor initiation and progression.
  • These mouse models thus represent powerful tools for investigating various aspects of tumor development that otherwise cannot be explored in humans.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Neoplastic Stem Cells / pathology. Neurons / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Disease Models, Animal. Genes, Tumor Suppressor. Humans. Mice. Models, Neurological. Mutation

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  • (PMID = 19022744.001).
  • [ISSN] 1943-4456
  • [Journal-full-title] Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cold Spring Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / P50NS05260602
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
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56. MacDonald TJ, Pollack IF, Okada H, Bhattacharya S, Lyons-Weiler J: Progression-associated genes in astrocytoma identified by novel microarray gene expression data reanalysis. Methods Mol Biol; 2007;377:203-22
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  • [Title] Progression-associated genes in astrocytoma identified by novel microarray gene expression data reanalysis.
  • Astrocytoma is graded as pilocytic (WHO grade I), diffuse (WHO grade II), anaplastic (WHO grade III), and glioblastoma multiforme (WHO grade IV).
  • The progression from low- to high-grade astrocytoma is associated with distinct molecular changes that vary with patient age, yet the prognosis of high-grade tumors in children and adults is equally dismal.
  • Whether specific gene expression changes are consistently associated with all high-grade astrocytomas, independent of patient age, is not known.
  • To address this question, we reanalyzed the microarray datasets comprising astrocytomas from children and adults, respectively.
  • We identified nine genes consistently dysregulated in high-grade tumors, using four novel tests for identifying differentially expressed genes.
  • Four genes encoding ribosomal proteins (RPS2, RPS8, RPS18, RPL37A) were upregulated, and five genes (APOD, SORL1, SPOCK2, PRSS11, ID3) were downregulated in high-grade by all tests.
  • Expression results were validated using a third astrocytoma dataset.
  • APOD, the most differentially expressed gene, has been shown to inhibit tumor cell and vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation.
  • This suggests that dysregulation of APOD may be critical for malignant astrocytoma formation, and thus a possible novel universal target for therapeutic intervention.
  • Further investigation is needed to evaluate the role of APOD, as well as the other genes identified, in malignant astrocytoma development.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Gene Expression. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis / methods
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Child. Chromosomes, Human. Cluster Analysis. Data Interpretation, Statistical. Disease Progression. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Humans. Models, Genetic. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local. Reproducibility of Results

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  • (PMID = 17634619.001).
  • [ISSN] 1064-3745
  • [Journal-full-title] Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Methods Mol. Biol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor
  • [Number-of-references] 49
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57. Gathinji M, McGirt MJ, Attenello FJ, Chaichana KL, Than K, Olivi A, Weingart JD, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A: Association of preoperative depression and survival after resection of malignant brain astrocytoma. Surg Neurol; 2009 Mar;71(3):299-303, discussion 303
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  • [Title] Association of preoperative depression and survival after resection of malignant brain astrocytoma.
  • It remains unclear if clinical depression affects survival after surgical management of malignant brain astrocytoma.
  • METHODS: One thousand fifty-two patients undergoing surgical management for malignant brain astrocytoma (WHO grade 3 or 4) performed at a single institution from 1995 to 2006 were retrospectively reviewed.
  • Pathology was WHO grade IV in 829 (79%) and grade III in 223 (21%).
  • Adjusting for all variables associated with survival in this model, age (P < .001), KPS (P < .001), WHO grade III vs IV (P < .001), primary versus secondary resection (P < .001), gross-total resection (P < .001), Gliadel wafer implantation (P = .048), postoperative temozolomide therapy (P < .001), and subsequent resection at time of recurrence (P < .001); preoperative depression was independently associated with decreased survival (relative risk [95% CI]: 1.41 [1.1-1.96], P < .05).
  • CONCLUSION: In our experience, patients who are actively depressed at the time of surgery were associated with decreased survival after surgical management of malignant astrocytoma, independent of degree of disability, tumor grade, or subsequent treatment modalities.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / mortality. Brain Neoplasms / mortality. Depression / mortality

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  • (PMID = 18786716.001).
  • [ISSN] 0090-3019
  • [Journal-full-title] Surgical neurology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Surg Neurol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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58. Raco A, Piccirilli M, Landi A, Lenzi J, Delfini R, Cantore G: High-grade intramedullary astrocytomas: 30 years' experience at the Neurosurgery Department of the University of Rome "Sapienza". J Neurosurg Spine; 2010 Feb;12(2):144-53

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  • [Title] High-grade intramedullary astrocytomas: 30 years' experience at the Neurosurgery Department of the University of Rome "Sapienza".
  • OBJECT: The goal in this study was to review a series of patients who underwent surgical removal of intramedullary high-grade gliomas, focusing on the functional outcome, recurrence rates, and technical problems continually debated in neurosurgical practice.
  • METHODS: Between December 1976 and December 2006, 22 patients underwent removal of intramedullary high-grade gliomas.
  • RESULTS: Histological examinations showed 10 Grade III astrocytomas and 12 glioblastomas.
  • Only 2 of the 22 high-grade astrocytomas could be completely removed.
  • In this series, multimodality treatment of intramedullary high-grade astrocytomas has been shown to increase length of survival without improving the neurological status.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / surgery. Spinal Cord Neoplasms / surgery
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Cervical Vertebrae. Child. Female. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local. Neurosurgical Procedures / methods. Neurosurgical Procedures / mortality. Rome. Spinal Cord / pathology. Spinal Cord / surgery. Thoracic Vertebrae. Time Factors. Treatment Outcome. Young Adult

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  • [CommentIn] J Neurosurg Spine. 2010 Feb;12(2):141-2; discussion 142-3 [20121347.001]
  • (PMID = 20121348.001).
  • [ISSN] 1547-5646
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neurosurgery. Spine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Neurosurg Spine
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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59. Korshunov A, Meyer J, Capper D, Christians A, Remke M, Witt H, Pfister S, von Deimling A, Hartmann C: Combined molecular analysis of BRAF and IDH1 distinguishes pilocytic astrocytoma from diffuse astrocytoma. Acta Neuropathol; 2009 Sep;118(3):401-5
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  • [Title] Combined molecular analysis of BRAF and IDH1 distinguishes pilocytic astrocytoma from diffuse astrocytoma.
  • Separation of pilocytic astrocytoma from diffuse astrocytomas frequently poses problems mostly related to small sample size.
  • Precise classification and grading are essential due to different therapeutic strategies prompted by diagnoses of pilocytic astrocytoma WHO grade I, diffuse astrocytomas WHO grade II or anaplastic astrocytoma WHO grade III.
  • Pilocytic astrocytomas carry a duplication at chromosome band 7q34 containing a BRAF-KIAA1549 gene fusion in the majority of cases.
  • IDH1 mutations are observed very frequently in adult astrocytomas and IDH2 mutations have been reported in some astrocytomas.
  • We examined a series of 120 astrocytomas including 70 pilocytic astrocytomas WHO grade I and 50 diffuse astrocytomas WHO grade II for both, BRAF-KIAA1549 fusion with a newly developed FISH assay and mutations in IDH1 and IDH2 by direct sequencing.
  • Pilocytic astrocytomas contained the BRAF fusion in 49 cases (70%) but neither IDH1 nor IDH2 mutations.
  • Astrocytomas WHO grade II exhibited IDH1 mutations in 38 cases (76%) but neither IDH2 mutations nor BRAF fusions.
  • Thus, combined molecular analysis of BRAF and IDH1 is a sensitive and highly specific approach to separate pilocytic astrocytoma from diffuse astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / diagnosis. Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis. Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / genetics. Proto-Oncogene Proteins B-raf / genetics
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Biomarkers, Tumor. Child. Child, Preschool. Diagnosis, Differential. Female. Humans. In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence. Male. Middle Aged. Mutation. Tissue Array Analysis


60. Zhu Y, Guignard F, Zhao D, Liu L, Burns DK, Mason RP, Messing A, Parada LF: Early inactivation of p53 tumor suppressor gene cooperating with NF1 loss induces malignant astrocytoma. Cancer Cell; 2005 Aug;8(2):119-30
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  • [Title] Early inactivation of p53 tumor suppressor gene cooperating with NF1 loss induces malignant astrocytoma.
  • Malignant astrocytoma, the most prevalent primary brain tumor, is resistant to all known therapies and frequently harbors mutations that inactivate p53 and activate Ras signaling.
  • We have generated mouse strains that lack p53 and harbor a conditional allele of the NF1 tumor suppressor that negatively regulates Ras signaling.
  • The mice develop malignant astrocytomas with complete penetrance.
  • The majority of tumors display characteristics of glioblastoma multiforme with concomitant alteration of signaling pathways previously described in the human counterparts of this neoplasm.
  • We find that the sequence of tumor suppressor inactivation influences tumorigenicity and that earliest evidence of tumor formation localizes to regions of the brain that contain a multipotent stem cell population capable of in vivo differentiation into neurons and glia.

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  • (PMID = 16098465.001).
  • [ISSN] 1535-6108
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer cell
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Cell
  • [Language] ENG
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61. Holland H, Koschny T, Ahnert P, Meixensberger J, Koschny R: WHO grade-specific comparative genomic hybridization pattern of astrocytoma - a meta-analysis. Pathol Res Pract; 2010 Oct 15;206(10):663-8
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  • [Title] WHO grade-specific comparative genomic hybridization pattern of astrocytoma - a meta-analysis.
  • To detect novel genetic alterations, many astrocytomas have been investigated by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH).
  • To identify aberration profiles characteristic of World Health Organization (WHO) grade I, II, III, and IV astrocytoma, we performed a meta-analysis of detailed genome wide CGH data of all 467 cases published so far.
  • Low-grade astrocytoma has already demonstrated one characteristic of glioblastoma multiforme, gain of chromosome 7 with a hot spot at 7q32, but without loss of chromosome 10.
  • In anaplastic astrocytoma, a more complex aberration pattern emerges from diffuse genetic imbalances.
  • In contrast to lower tumor grades, glioblastoma multiforme demonstrates +7p12 as the most frequently affected band on chromosome 7.
  • To quantify the gradual transition from WHO grade II-IV astrocytoma, we calculated the relative increase and decrease in frequency for each detected aberration of the tumor genome.
  • The most pronounced and diverse changes of genetic material occur at the virtual transition from low-grade to anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • Summing up, the expansion of the CGH results to the 850 GTG-band resolution enabled a meta-analysis to visualize WHO grade-specific aberration profiles in astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Chromosome Aberrations. Comparative Genomic Hybridization. Glioblastoma / genetics. World Health Organization
  • [MeSH-minor] Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Genotype. Humans. Neoplasm Staging. Phenotype. Prognosis

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  • (PMID = 20570053.001).
  • [ISSN] 1618-0631
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology, research and practice
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathol. Res. Pract.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Meta-Analysis
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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62. Nagai S, Kurimoto M, Washiyama K, Hirashima Y, Kumanishi T, Endo S: Inhibition of cellular proliferation and induction of apoptosis by curcumin in human malignant astrocytoma cell lines. J Neurooncol; 2005 Sep;74(2):105-11
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  • [Title] Inhibition of cellular proliferation and induction of apoptosis by curcumin in human malignant astrocytoma cell lines.
  • In malignant astrocytoma cells, it was reported that NF-kappaB was activated aberrantly and promoted their proliferation.
  • Thus, inhibition of NF-kappaB activity is considered to be a promising therapeutic strategy for malignant astrocytoma.
  • In this study, we investigated inhibitory effects of curcumin on NF-kappaB activity and cellular proliferation, and induction of apoptosis by curcumin in human malignant astrocytoma cell lines.
  • Alteration of NF-kappaB activity in NP-2 human malignant astrocytoma cell line after treatment with curcumin was examined using electrophoretic mobility shift assay.
  • Alterations of DNA synthesis and cellular growth in five human malignant astrocytoma cell lines after treatment with curcumin were examined using [(3)H]thymidine incorporation assay and the trypan blue dye exclusion method, respectively.
  • Induction of apoptosis by curcumin in NP-2 and NP-3 human malignant astrocytoma cell lines was examined by DNA-fragmentation analysis and morphological observation.
  • The DNA synthesis and the cellular growth were inhibited by curcumin in dose-dependent manner in all the five malignant astrocytoma cell lines.
  • These results indicate that curcumin inhibits the cellular proliferation and induces apoptosis in human malignant astrocytoma cell lines.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use. Apoptosis / drug effects. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Cell Proliferation / drug effects. Curcumin / therapeutic use. NF-kappa B / drug effects
  • [MeSH-minor] Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assay. Humans. Thymidine / metabolism. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 16193380.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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63. Guan X, Lai S, Lackey J, Shi J, Techavipoo U, Moulding HD, Flanders AE, Andrews DW: Revisiting anaplastic astrocytomas II: further characterization of an expansive growth pattern with visually enhanced diffusion tensor imaging. J Magn Reson Imaging; 2008 Dec;28(6):1322-36
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  • [Title] Revisiting anaplastic astrocytomas II: further characterization of an expansive growth pattern with visually enhanced diffusion tensor imaging.
  • PURPOSE: To seek to distinguish and visualize the different magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) growth patterns among malignant gliomas utilizing visually enhanced diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).
  • MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen consecutive patients undergoing image-guided resection of a newly diagnosed malignant glioma underwent add-on acquisition of DTI data based on an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved imaging protocol during preoperative MRI scans for routine intraoperative image guidance.
  • Tumor growth patterns were assigned to expansive or mixed/infiltrative classes as described in the companion article (24).
  • Infiltrating tumors were WHO Grade IV astrocytomas and all expansive tumors were either WHO Grade III astrocytomas or WHO Grade II astrocytomas.
  • DTI-based white matter tractography was conducted and the DTI data were fused with anatomical images using an in-house software package we developed to enhance the visualization of the tumor/fiber interface.
  • RESULTS: Out of the 19 tumor patients studied, 11 had infiltrative tumors and the other 8 had expansive tumors.
  • While less clear with 2D axial diffusion color maps, visually enhanced 3D reconstructions of the tumor/fiber interface successfully corroborated distinctive growth patterns.
  • This was particularly evident when viewed in 3D video loops of each tumor/fiber interface.
  • CONCLUSION: We have successfully developed software that visually enhances the anatomic details of the tumor/fiber interface in patients with anaplastic astrocytomas.
  • These data support the existence of a subgroup of patients within the WHO Grade III classification with expansive tumors and a significantly better prognosis.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods. Image Enhancement / methods. Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Female. Humans. Imaging, Three-Dimensional. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Interventional. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Staging

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  • (PMID = 19025901.001).
  • [ISSN] 1053-1807
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Magn Reson Imaging
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
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64. 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.

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  • [ISSN] 0722-5091
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical neuropathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin. Neuropathol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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65. 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


66. Bozinov O, Köhler S, Samans B, Benes L, Miller D, Ritter M, Sure U, Bertalanffy H: Candidate genes for the progression of malignant gliomas identified by microarray analysis. Neurosurg Rev; 2008 Jan;31(1):83-9; discussion 89-90
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  • [Title] Candidate genes for the progression of malignant gliomas identified by microarray analysis.
  • Malignant astrocytomas of World Health Organization (WHO) grade III or IV have a reduced median survival time, and possible pathways have been described for the progression of anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas, but the molecular basis of malignant astrocytoma progression is still poorly understood.
  • We compared the transcriptional profile of 4,608 genes in tumours of 15 patients including 6 anaplastic astrocytomas (WHO grade III) and 9 glioblastomas (WHO grade IV) using microarray analysis.
  • We identified 166 gene alterations with a fold change of 2 and higher whose mRNA levels differed (absolute value of the t statistic of 1.96) between the two malignant glioma groups.
  • Further analyses confirmed same transcription directions for Olig2 and IL-13Ralpha2 in anaplastic astrocytomas as compared to glioblastomas.
  • IL-13Ralpha2 and Olig2 have been identified and confirmed to be interesting candidate genes whose differential expression likely plays a role in malignant progression of astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Gene Expression Profiling. Glioblastoma / genetics. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis

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  • (PMID = 17917751.001).
  • [ISSN] 0344-5607
  • [Journal-full-title] Neurosurgical review
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neurosurg Rev
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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67. Wu-Chen WY, Jacobs DA, Volpe NJ, Dalmau JO, Moster ML: Intracranial malignancies occurring more than 20 years after radiation therapy for pituitary adenoma. J Neuroophthalmol; 2009 Dec;29(4):289-95
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  • Imaging disclosed a left parasellar mass and a midbrain/pontine signal abnormality.
  • Biopsy of the parasellar mass revealed a malignant sarcoma.
  • The brainstem abnormality was presumptively diagnosed as a malignant glioma.
  • A 63-year-old man developed a malignant astrocytoma of the left optic nerve and chiasm 23 years after partial excision and radiation of a nonsecreting pituitary adenoma.

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  • (PMID = 19952902.001).
  • [ISSN] 1536-5166
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-ophthalmology : the official journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Neuroophthalmol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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68. 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.

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  • (PMID = 20838306.001).
  • [ISSN] 1536-0229
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinical nuclear medicine
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clin Nucl Med
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
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69. Arslantas A, Artan S, Oner U, Müslümanoglu MH, Ozdemir M, Durmaz R, Arslantas D, Vural M, Cosan E, Atasoy MA: Genomic alterations in low-grade, anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas. Pathol Oncol Res; 2007;13(1):39-46
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  • [Title] Genomic alterations in low-grade, anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas.
  • To extend our understanding of potential stepwise genetic alterations that may underlie tumor progression from low-grade astrocytomas to glioblastomas, histopathologic and comparative genomic hybridization analyses were performed on tumor specimens from 68 primary lesions, including 40 glioblastomas, 10 anaplastic and 18 low-grade astrocytomas.
  • The number of aberrations per case increased towards the higher grade tumors (grade II: 1.66+/-1.49; grade III: 2.80+/-1.68; grade IV: 3.02+/-1.07; F=6.955, p=0.002).
  • A gain of 7/7q was common and the most frequently seen aberration in low-grade astrocytomas, whereas loss of 10q was the most frequently seen anomaly in anaplastic astrocytomas and glioblastomas.
  • Chromosome 10/10q deletion and combination of 1p, 19q and 17p deletions were specific to high-grade astrocytic tumors.
  • The genomic copy deletions of chromosomes 1p and 19q might provide an alternative mechanism in the genesis of astrocytomas.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Chromosome Aberrations. Chromosome Deletion. Glioblastoma / genetics

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  • (PMID = 17387387.001).
  • [ISSN] 1219-4956
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology oncology research : POR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathol. Oncol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
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70. Miura FK, Alves MJ, Rocha MC, da Silva R, Oba-Shinjo SM, Marie SK: Xenograft transplantation of human malignant astrocytoma cells into immunodeficient rats: an experimental model of glioblastoma. Clinics (Sao Paulo); 2010 Mar;65(3):305-9
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  • [Title] Xenograft transplantation of human malignant astrocytoma cells into immunodeficient rats: an experimental model of glioblastoma.
  • INTRODUCTION: Astrocytic gliomas are the most common intracranial central nervous system neoplasias, accounting for about 60% of all primary central nervous system tumors.
  • OBJECTIVE: To develop an experimental malignant astrocytoma model with the characteristics of the human tumor.
  • METHOD: Primary cells from subcutaneous xenograft tumors produced with malignant astrocytoma U87MG cells were inoculated intracerebrally by stereotaxis into immunosuppressed (athymic) Rowett rats.
  • CONCLUSION: A malignant astrocytoma intracerebral xenograft model with poorly invasive behavior was achieved in athymic Rowett rats.
  • Tumor invasiveness in an experimental animal model may depend on a combination of several factors, including the cell line used to induce tumor formation, the rat strains and the status of the animal's immune system.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Glioblastoma / pathology. Immunocompromised Host
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Cell Line, Tumor. Disease Models, Animal. Female. Humans. Neoplasm Transplantation. Rats. Rats, Nude. Transplantation, Heterologous

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  • [ISSN] 1980-5322
  • [Journal-full-title] Clinics (São Paulo, Brazil)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Clinics (Sao Paulo)
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Brazil
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC2845772
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; Athymic Rowett rats / Brain tumor / Experimental model / U87MG cells
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71. Li B, Qi XQ, Chen X, Huang X, Liu GY, Chen HR, Huang CG, Luo C, Lu YC: Expression of targeting protein for Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2 is associated with progression of human malignant astrocytoma. Brain Res; 2010 Sep 17;1352:200-7
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  • [Title] Expression of targeting protein for Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2 is associated with progression of human malignant astrocytoma.
  • However, the contribution of TPX2 expression to astrocytoma progression is unclear.
  • The aim of this study was to investigate TPX2 expression in human astrocytoma samples and cell lines.
  • TPX2 protein expression was detected in the nucleus of astrocytoma tissues by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence staining.
  • Real-time PCR and Western blot analysis showed that the expression levels of TPX2 were higher in high-grade astrocytoma tissues and cell lines than that in low-grade astrocytoma tissues and normal cell lines.
  • Immunohistochemical analysis of tumor tissues from 52 patients with astrocytoma showed that TPX2 over-expression was significantly associated with decreased patient survival.
  • These data suggest that TPX2 expression is associated with the progression of malignant astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics. Microtubule-Associated Proteins / genetics. Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • [MeSH-minor] Apoptosis. Aurora Kinases. Brain / metabolism. Cell Division. Cell Line, Tumor. Cyclin B1 / genetics. Cyclin D1 / genetics. Disease Progression. Down-Regulation. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics. Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc / genetics. Survival Rate. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics

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  • (PMID = 20599806.001).
  • [ISSN] 1872-6240
  • [Journal-full-title] Brain research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Brain Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Netherlands
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Cell Cycle Proteins; 0 / Cyclin B1; 0 / Microtubule-Associated Proteins; 0 / Nuclear Proteins; 0 / Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc; 0 / TPX2 protein, human; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; 136601-57-5 / Cyclin D1; EC 2.7.11.1 / Aurora Kinases; EC 2.7.11.1 / Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
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72. Kikuchi T: [Novel immunotherapeutic approach]. Gan To Kagaku Ryoho; 2005 Apr;32(4):453-7
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  • Malignant astrocytoma is the most common primary brain tumor in adults.
  • The median survival time of patients with high-grade malignant astrocytoma is about 1 year, despite aggressive treatment with surgical resection, radiotherapy, and cytotoxic chemotherapy.
  • The author reviews immunotherapeutic approaches for malignant gliomas and the relevance of recent clinical trials and their outcomes.
  • DCs have been investigated in several clinical trials in patients with malignant tumors including malignant gliomas.
  • So far, seven papers concerning immunotherapy with DCs against malignant gliomas have been published.
  • These reports demonstrate that immunotherapy with DCs induces immune responses and clinically antitumor effects in some patients with malignant glioma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / therapy. Brain Neoplasms / therapy. Glioma / therapy. Immunotherapy

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  • (PMID = 15853209.001).
  • [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 / Immunotoxins; 0 / Interleukin-13; EC 2.7.10.1 / Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor
  • [Number-of-references] 23
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73. 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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74. Anselmo NP, Rey JA, Almeida LO, Custódio AC, Almeida JR, Clara CA, Santos MJ, Casartelli C: Concurrent sequence variation of TP53 and TP73 genes in anaplastic astrocytoma. Genet Mol Res; 2009;8(4):1257-63
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  • [Title] Concurrent sequence variation of TP53 and TP73 genes in anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • Disruption or loss of tumor suppressor gene TP53 is implicated in the development or progression of almost all different types of human malignancies.
  • Using PCR-SSCP and gene sequencing, we analyzed the TP53 and TP73 genes in a case of a grade III anaplastic astrocytoma that progressed to glioblastoma.
  • The mutation found at exon 6 of the gene TP53 could be associated with the rapid tumoral progression found in this case, since the mutated p53 may inactivate the wild-type p53 and the p73alpha protein, which was conserved here, leading to an increase in cellular instability.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics. Nuclear Proteins / genetics. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics. Tumor Suppressor Proteins / genetics

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  • (PMID = 19876867.001).
  • [ISSN] 1676-5680
  • [Journal-full-title] Genetics and molecular research : GMR
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Genet. Mol. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Brazil
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / DNA Primers; 0 / DNA-Binding Proteins; 0 / Nuclear Proteins; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Proteins; 0 / tumor suppressor protein p73
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75. 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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76. Ido K, Nakagawa T, Sakuma T, Takeuchi H, Sato K, Kubota T: Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-A and mRNA stability factor HuR in human astrocytic tumors. Neuropathology; 2008 Dec;28(6):604-11
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  • [Title] Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-A and mRNA stability factor HuR in human astrocytic tumors.
  • High-grade astrocytic tumors, such as glioblastoma, possess rich vascular components, which are necessary for their growth.
  • VEGF-A is considered to be the major mediator of angiogenesis in malignant neoplasms including high-grade astrocytic tumors.
  • The upregulation of VEGF-A expression in tumor cells is induced by two mechanisms: the transcriptional activation and the post-transcriptional stabilization of VEGF-A mRNA.
  • While the former mechanism mediated by hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1alpha) has been revealed, the latter mediated by mRNA stability factor HuR remains unclear in astrocytic tumors.
  • In the present study, we investigated the expression of VEGF-A and mRNA stability factor HuR in supratentorial astrocytic tumors of 27 adults using RT-PCR, ELISA, and immunohistochemistry.
  • Furthermore, we studied the involvement of HuR in the upregulation of VEGF-A expression using malignant astrocytoma cell lines.
  • In higher-grade astrocytic tumors, the level of VEGF-A and microvascular density were elevated, cytoplasmic expression of HuR, which potentially means the protection of VEGF-A mRNA from degradation by ribonucleases, appeared, and they were correlated positively.
  • In in vitro experiments, the inhibition of the cytoplasmic translocation of HuR protein by leptomycin B (LMB) reduced the upregulation of VEGF-A expression in malignant astrocytic tumor cells under hypoxic conditions.
  • These findings suggest that the expression of VEGF-A and cytoplasmic translocation of HuR relates to the histological grade, and that HuR is involved in the upregulation of VEGF-A expression, in human astrocytic tumors.
  • [MeSH-major] Antigens, Surface / metabolism. Astrocytoma / metabolism. RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism. Supratentorial Neoplasms / metabolism. Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Angiogenesis Inducing Agents. Cytoplasm / metabolism. ELAV Proteins. ELAV-Like Protein 1. Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay. Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / pharmacology. Female. Glioblastoma / genetics. Glioblastoma / metabolism. Glioblastoma / pathology. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Male. Middle Aged. RNA Processing, Post-Transcriptional. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Tumor Cells, Cultured. Up-Regulation. Young Adult

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  • (PMID = 18498284.001).
  • [ISSN] 1440-1789
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuropathology : official journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuropathology
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Australia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Angiogenesis Inducing Agents; 0 / Antigens, Surface; 0 / ELAV Proteins; 0 / ELAV-Like Protein 1; 0 / ELAVL1 protein, human; 0 / Fatty Acids, Unsaturated; 0 / RNA-Binding Proteins; 0 / VEGFA protein, human; 0 / Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A; 87081-35-4 / leptomycin B
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77. Zhu Y, Harada T, Liu L, Lush ME, Guignard F, Harada C, Burns DK, Bajenaru ML, Gutmann DH, Parada LF: Inactivation of NF1 in CNS causes increased glial progenitor proliferation and optic glioma formation. Development; 2005 Dec;132(24):5577-88
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  • The gene responsible for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) encodes a tumor suppressor that functions as a negative regulator of the Ras proto-oncogene.
  • Individuals with germline mutations in NF1 are predisposed to the development of benign and malignant tumors of the peripheral and central nervous system (CNS).
  • Children with this disease suffer a high incidence of optic gliomas, a benign but potentially debilitating tumor of the optic nerve; and an increased incidence of malignant astrocytoma, reactive astrogliosis and intellectual deficits.

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  • (PMID = 16314489.001).
  • [ISSN] 0950-1991
  • [Journal-full-title] Development (Cambridge, England)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Development
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / NS052606-01; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / P50 NS052606; United States / NINDS NIH HHS / NS / P50 NS052606-01
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Neurofibromin 1
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ NIHMS149022; NLM/ PMC2760350
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78. Wacker A, Will BE, Schöning M, Neunhoeffer F: [Intracerebral bleeding as the first symptom of a congenital anaplastic astrocytoma]. Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol; 2008 Oct;212(5):194-6
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  • [Title] [Intracerebral bleeding as the first symptom of a congenital anaplastic astrocytoma].
  • BACKGROUND: Anaplastic astrocytomas in neonates are extremely rare.
  • No tumour was found, but an anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO Grade III) was diagnosed histologically.
  • CONCLUSION: Congenital anaplastic astrocytomas have a variable outcome, with different survival rates as compared to adults.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / congenital. Brain Neoplasms / congenital. Cerebral Hemorrhage / congenital

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  • (PMID = 18956278.001).
  • [ISSN] 0948-2393
  • [Journal-full-title] Zeitschrift für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol
  • [Language] ger
  • [Publication-type] Case Reports; English Abstract; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Germany
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79. 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] Italy
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80. Widmer M, Hanemann CO, Zajicek J: High concentrations of cannabinoids activate apoptosis in human U373MG glioma cells. J Neurosci Res; 2008 Nov 1;86(14):3212-20
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  • Glioma cells (astrocyte-derived brain tumor cells) express cannabinoid receptors, and numerous in vitro and in vivo studies performed in rodents have concluded that apoptosis could be induced by cannabinoids in these cells.
  • Whether this also applies to human cells is controversial; we, therefore, assessed the effect of cannabinoids on human glioma cell viability with the human astrocytoma cell line U373MG.
  • Human U373MG glioma cells are sensitive only to very high, pharmacologically irrelevant concentrations of cannabinoids, so it seems unlikely that cannabinoids would constitute promising molecules for treating malignant astrocytoma; they do not induce glioma cell death at doses that could be applied safely to humans.
  • [MeSH-minor] Blotting, Western. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists. Cell Line, Tumor. Cell Proliferation / drug effects. Fluorescent Antibody Technique. Humans. Receptors, Cannabinoid / drug effects. Signal Transduction / drug effects. Signal Transduction / physiology

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  • [Copyright] (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
  • (PMID = 18615640.001).
  • [ISSN] 1097-4547
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuroscience research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurosci. Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists; 0 / Receptors, Cannabinoid; 7J8897W37S / Dronabinol
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81. Hildebrand J, Gorlia T, Kros JM, Afra D, Frenay M, Omuro A, Stupp R, Lacombe D, Allgeier A, van den Bent MJ, EORTC Brain Tumour Group investigators: Adjuvant dibromodulcitol and BCNU chemotherapy in anaplastic astrocytoma: results of a randomised European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer phase III study (EORTC study 26882). Eur J Cancer; 2008 Jun;44(9):1210-6
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  • [Title] Adjuvant dibromodulcitol and BCNU chemotherapy in anaplastic astrocytoma: results of a randomised European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer phase III study (EORTC study 26882).
  • BACKGROUND: In a previous randomised EORTC study on adjuvant dibromodulcitol (DBD) and bichloroethylnitrosourea (BCNU) in adults with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and anaplastic astrocytoma (AA), a clinically significant trend towards a longer overall survival (OS) and a progression-free survival (PFS) was observed in the subgroup of AA.
  • METHODS: Continuation of the previous phase III trial for newly diagnosed AA according to the local pathologist.
  • Central pathology review of grade 3 tumours remains crucial.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy

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  • (PMID = 18248979.001).
  • [ISSN] 0959-8049
  • [Journal-full-title] European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Eur. J. Cancer
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / U10 CA 11488
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial, Phase III; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] LJ2P1SIK8Y / Mitolactol; U68WG3173Y / Carmustine
  • [Investigator] Afra D; Maat B; Hildebrand J; de Wit O; Frenay F; Chatel M; Rivier I; Taphoorn M; Delattre JY; de Tribolet N; Stupp R; Punt J; Garfield J; Chinot O; van den Bent M; Lahrmann H; Cristo C; Mouchamps M; Haferkamp G; Bravo Marques J
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82. Matar E, Cook RJ, Fowler AR, Biggs MT, Little NS, Wheeler HR, Robinson BG, McDonald KL: Post-contrast enhancement as a clinical indicator of prognosis in patients with anaplastic astrocytoma. J Clin Neurosci; 2010 Aug;17(8):993-6
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  • [Title] Post-contrast enhancement as a clinical indicator of prognosis in patients with anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • Diagnosis of an anaplastic astrocytoma (World Health Organization grade III) is associated with a highly variable prognosis.
  • In this study, we analysed 48 patients with a histological diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma and found peritumoral post-gadolinium contrast enhancement to be a clear prognostic marker of poor prognosis.
  • Multivariate analysis also confirmed surgery type, Karnofsky Performance Status score (<70) and increasing age as independent adverse predictors of survival.
  • The survival differences observed in the enhancing and non-enhancing lesions in patients diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma supports the existence of a broad anaplastic spectrum of disease, with enhancement being a clinical marker of tumour progression along this spectrum.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Gadolinium. Image Enhancement

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  • [Copyright] Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • (PMID = 20605464.001).
  • [ISSN] 1532-2653
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Clin Neurosci
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Scotland
  • [Chemical-registry-number] AU0V1LM3JT / Gadolinium
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83. Somasundaram K, Reddy SP, Vinnakota K, Britto R, Subbarayan M, Nambiar S, Hebbar A, Samuel C, Shetty M, Sreepathi HK, Santosh V, Hegde AS, Hegde S, Kondaiah P, Rao MR: Upregulation of ASCL1 and inhibition of Notch signaling pathway characterize progressive astrocytoma. Oncogene; 2005 Oct 27;24(47):7073-83
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  • [Title] Upregulation of ASCL1 and inhibition of Notch signaling pathway characterize progressive astrocytoma.
  • Astrocytoma is the most common type of brain cancer constituting more than half of all brain tumors.
  • With an aim to identify markers describing astrocytoma progression, we have carried out microarray analysis of astrocytoma samples of different grades using cDNA microarray containing 1152 cancer-specific genes.
  • Data analysis identified several differentially regulated genes between normal brain tissue and astrocytoma as well as between grades II/III astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM; grade IV).
  • As ASCL has been implicated in neuroendocrine, medullary thyroid and small-cell lung cancers, we chose to examine the role of ASCL1 in the astrocytoma development.
  • Our data revealed that ASCL1 is overexpressed in progressive astrocytoma as evidenced by increased levels of ASCL1 transcripts in 85.71% (6/7) of grade II diffuse astrocytoma (DA), 90% (9/10) of grade III anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) and 87.5% (7/8) of secondary GBMs, while the majority of primary de novo GBMs expressed similar to or less than normal brain levels (66.67%; 8/12).
  • ASCL1 upregulation in progressive astrocytoma is accompanied by inhibition of Notch signaling as seen by uninduced levels of HES1, a transcriptional target of Notch1, increased levels of HES6, a dominant-negative inhibitor of HES1-mediated repression of ASCL1, and increased levels of Notch ligand Delta1, which is capable of inhibiting Notch signaling by forming intracellular Notch ligand autonomous complexes.
  • Our results imply that inhibition of Notch signaling may be an important early event in the development of grade II DA and subsequent progression to grade III AA and secondary GBM.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Glioblastoma / genetics. Membrane Proteins / metabolism. Signal Transduction. Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors. Brain / metabolism. Brain / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Disease Progression. Gene Expression Profiling. Helix-Loop-Helix Motifs. Humans. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis. RNA, Neoplasm / genetics. RNA, Neoplasm / metabolism. Receptors, Notch. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Up-Regulation

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  • (PMID = 16103883.001).
  • [ISSN] 0950-9232
  • [Journal-full-title] Oncogene
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Oncogene
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
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84. Ohnishi M, Matsumoto T, Nagashio R, Kageyama T, Utsuki S, Oka H, Okayasu I, Sato Y: Proteomics of tumor-specific proteins in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with astrocytoma: usefulness of gelsolin protein. Pathol Int; 2009 Nov;59(11):797-803
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  • [Title] Proteomics of tumor-specific proteins in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with astrocytoma: usefulness of gelsolin protein.
  • Changes in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) composition have been shown to accurately reflect pathological processes in the CNS, and are potential indicators of abnormal CNS states, such as tumor growth.
  • To detect biomarkers in high-grade astrocytomas, the differential expression of proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid was analyzed from two cases each of diffuse astrocytoma (grade II), and glioblastoma (grade IV) using agarose 2-D gel electrophoresis (2-DE).
  • It was found that the expression of gelsolin protein decreased with histological grade.
  • To examine whether gelsolin is a useful indicator of tumor aggressiveness or patient outcome, its expression was further studied on immunohistochemistry in 41 formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded astrocytomas.
  • The positive cell rate of gelsolin in tumors was 59.4% in grade II, 30.0% in grade III and 29.4% in grade IV, respectively.
  • Gelsolin expression was significantly lower in high-grade astrocytomas (grade III or IV) than in low-grade astrocytomas (grade II; P < 0.05).
  • Moreover, in astrocytomas the overall survival of patients in the low-expression group was significantly poorer than in the high expression group (P < 0.05).
  • These data suggest that gelsolin is a prognostic factor in astrocytoma.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / cerebrospinal fluid. Biomarkers, Tumor / cerebrospinal fluid. Brain Neoplasms / cerebrospinal fluid. Gelsolin / cerebrospinal fluid

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  • (PMID = 19883430.001).
  • [ISSN] 1440-1827
  • [Journal-full-title] Pathology international
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Pathol. Int.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Australia
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / Gelsolin
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85. Ward SJ, Karakoula K, Phipps KP, Harkness W, Hayward R, Thompson D, Jacques TS, Harding B, Darling JL, Thomas DG, Warr TJ: Cytogenetic analysis of paediatric astrocytoma using comparative genomic hybridisation and fluorescence in-situ hybridisation. J Neurooncol; 2010 Jul;98(3):305-18
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  • [Title] Cytogenetic analysis of paediatric astrocytoma using comparative genomic hybridisation and fluorescence in-situ hybridisation.
  • Little is known about the cytogenetic and molecular genetic events that lead to the formation of paediatric astrocytoma.
  • We have analysed 57 paediatric astrocytoma (WHO grades I-IV) using comparative genomic hybridisation in order to identify common regions of abnormality.
  • The presence of copy number alterations was significantly associated with increasing grade of malignancy, and gain of 12q and the presence of high-copy number amplification were associated with a poor outcome in patients with malignant astrocytoma (P = 0.0039 and 0.0085, respectively).
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Comparative Genomic Hybridization / methods. In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence / methods

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  • (PMID = 20052518.001).
  • [ISSN] 1573-7373
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
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86. Attenello FJ, Mukherjee D, Datoo G, McGirt MJ, Bohan E, Weingart JD, Olivi A, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Brem H: Use of Gliadel (BCNU) wafer in the surgical treatment of malignant glioma: a 10-year institutional experience. Ann Surg Oncol; 2008 Oct;15(10):2887-93
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  • [Title] Use of Gliadel (BCNU) wafer in the surgical treatment of malignant glioma: a 10-year institutional experience.
  • BACKGROUND: Gliadel (polifeprosan 20 with carmustine [BCNU] implant) is commonly used for local delivery of BCNU to high-grade gliomas after resection and is associated with increased survival.
  • We set out to characterize Gliadel-associated morbidity in our 10-year experience with Gliadel wafers for treatment of malignant glioma.
  • METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of 1013 patients undergoing craniotomy for resection of malignant brain astrocytoma (World Health Organization grade III/IV disease).
  • RESULTS: A total of 1013 craniotomies were performed for malignant brain astrocytoma.
  • A total of 288 (28%) received Gliadel wafer (250 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), 38 anaplastic astrocytoma/anaplastic oligodendroglioma (AA/AO), 166 primary resection, 122 revision resection).
  • Patients in Gliadel versus non-Gliadel cohorts had similar incidences of perioperative surgical site infection (2.8% vs. 1.8%, P = .33), cerebrospinal fluid leak (2.8% vs. 1.8%, P = .33), meninigitis (.3% vs. .3%, P = 1.00), incisional wound healing difficulty (.7% vs. .4%, P = .63), symptomatic malignant edema (2.1% vs. 2.3%, P = 1.00), 3-month seizure incidence (14.6% vs. 15.7%, P = .65), deep-vein thrombosis (6.3% vs. 5.2%, P = .53), and pulmonary embolism (PE) (4.9% vs. 3.7%, P = .41).
  • CONCLUSION: In our experience, use of Gliadel wafer was not associated with an increase in perioperative morbidity after surgical treatment of malignant astrocytoma.

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  • (PMID = 18636295.001).
  • [ISSN] 1534-4681
  • [Journal-full-title] Annals of surgical oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Ann. Surg. Oncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
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87. Kumar DM, Thota B, Shinde SV, Prasanna KV, Hegde AS, Arivazhagan A, Chandramouli BA, Santosh V, Somasundaram K: Proteomic identification of haptoglobin α2 as a glioblastoma serum biomarker: implications in cancer cell migration and tumor growth. J Proteome Res; 2010 Nov 5;9(11):5557-67
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  • [Title] Proteomic identification of haptoglobin α2 as a glioblastoma serum biomarker: implications in cancer cell migration and tumor growth.
  • Glioblastoma (GBM; grade IV astrocytoma) is the most malignant and common primary brain tumor in adults.
  • Using combination of 2-DE and MALDI-TOF MS, we analyzed 14 GBM and 6 normal control sera and identified haptoglobin α2 chain as an up-regulated serum protein in GBM patients.
  • GBM-specific up-regulation was confirmed by ELISA based quantitation of haptoglobin (Hp) in the serum of 99 GBM patients as against lower grades (49 grade III/AA; 26 grade II/DA) and 26 normal individuals (p = 0.0001).
  • Further validation using RT-qPCR on an independent set (n = 78) of tumor and normal brain (n = 4) samples and immunohistochemcial staining on a subset (n = 42) of above samples showed increasing levels of transcript and protein with tumor grade and were highest in GBM (p = <0.0001 and <0.0001, respectively).
  • Further, we demonstrate that both human glioma and mouse melanoma cells overexpressing Hp showed increased tumor growth.
  • Thus, we have identified haptoglobin as a GBM-specific serum marker with a role on glioma tumor growth and migration.
  • [MeSH-minor] Animals. Astrocytes / chemistry. Astrocytes / pathology. Biomarkers, Tumor / blood. Case-Control Studies. Cell Line, Tumor. Cell Movement. Cell Proliferation. Humans. Melanoma / chemistry. Melanoma / pathology. Mice. Up-Regulation

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  • (PMID = 20822092.001).
  • [ISSN] 1535-3907
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of proteome research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Proteome Res.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor; 0 / HP protein, human; 0 / Haptoglobins
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88. Huang L, Jiang T, Yuan F, Li GL, Cui Y, Liu EZ, Wang ZC: Correlation of chromosomes 1p and 19q status and expressions of O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), p53 and Ki-67 in diffuse gliomas of World Health Organization (WHO) grades II and III: a clinicopathological study. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol; 2009 Aug;35(4):367-79
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  • [Title] Correlation of chromosomes 1p and 19q status and expressions of O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), p53 and Ki-67 in diffuse gliomas of World Health Organization (WHO) grades II and III: a clinicopathological study.
  • AIMS: The objective of the present study was to verify the correlation of chromosomes 1p and 19q status and expressions of O(6)-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), p53 and Ki-67 in diffuse gliomas of World Health Organization grades II and III.
  • METHODS: A series of 146 diffuse gliomas, including 45 oligodendrogliomas, 42 oligoastrocytomas and 59 astrocytomas, were analysed by denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography for 1p and 19q status and by immunohistochemistry for MGMT, p53 and Ki-67 expression patterns.
  • RESULTS: Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on 1p, combined LOH on 1p and 19q, low MGMT expression and high Ki-67 expression were associated with oligodendroglial tumours, whereas high p53 expression was associated with astrocytic and mixed tumours.
  • LOH on 1p and low MGMT expression were associated with grade II oligodendroglial tumours, whereas high expressions of p53 and Ki-67 were associated with grade III oligodendroglial tumours.
  • In addition, high Ki-67 expression was associated with grade III astrocytomas.
  • CONCLUSIONS: The present study revealed significant interrelationships of the investigated molecular alterations and clinicopathological characteristics in diffuse gliomas of World Health Organization grades II and III, which support a promising role of molecular markers in the diagnostic assessment of these neoplasms.
  • [MeSH-major] Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1. Chromosomes, Human, Pair 19. DNA Modification Methylases / metabolism. DNA Repair Enzymes / metabolism. Glioma / genetics. Ki-67 Antigen / metabolism. Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / metabolism. Tumor Suppressor Proteins / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Adolescent. Adult. Aged. Astrocytoma / genetics. Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Child. Female. Gene Expression. Humans. Loss of Heterozygosity. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm Staging. Oligodendroglioma / genetics. Oligodendroglioma / metabolism

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  • (PMID = 19019173.001).
  • [ISSN] 1365-2990
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuropathology and applied neurobiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuropathol. Appl. Neurobiol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Ki-67 Antigen; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Protein p53; 0 / Tumor Suppressor Proteins; EC 2.1.1.- / DNA Modification Methylases; EC 2.1.1.63 / MGMT protein, human; EC 6.5.1.- / DNA Repair Enzymes
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89. Pipas JM, Meyer LP, Rhodes CH, Cromwell LD, McDonnell CE, Kingman LS, Rigas JR, Fadul CE: A Phase II trial of paclitaxel and topotecan with filgrastim in patients with recurrent or refractory glioblastoma multiforme or anaplastic astrocytoma. J Neurooncol; 2005 Feb;71(3):301-5
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  • [Title] A Phase II trial of paclitaxel and topotecan with filgrastim in patients with recurrent or refractory glioblastoma multiforme or anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • PURPOSE: Therapy for high-grade gliomas remains unsatisfactory.
  • We conducted a Phase II trial of these agents in combination with filgrastim (G-CSF) in patients with recurrent or refractory glioblastoma multiforme or anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • PATIENTS AND METHODS: Adult patients with radiographic evidence of recurrent or progressive tumor following primary therapy were eligible for study.
  • Hematologic toxicity was common with 25 /% of patients experiencing grade III or IV leukopenia despite G-CSF support.
  • CONCLUSION: Paclitaxel and topotecan with G-CSF support exhibits modest activity in adults with recurrent or refractory glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • The significant hematotoxicity encountered, however, cannot justify further investigation of this combination in patients with high grade brain tumors.
  • [MeSH-major] Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use. Astrocytoma / drug therapy. Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy. Glioblastoma / drug therapy. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Anemia / chemically induced. Disease-Free Survival. Drug Resistance, Neoplasm / drug effects. Female. Filgrastim. Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor / administration & dosage. Humans. Leukopenia / chemically induced. Male. Middle Aged. Paclitaxel / administration & dosage. Recombinant Proteins. Thrombocytopenia / chemically induced. Topotecan / administration & dosage. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 15735921.001).
  • [ISSN] 0167-594X
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neuro-oncology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurooncol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Clinical Trial; Clinical Trial, Phase II; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Recombinant Proteins; 143011-72-7 / Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor; 7M7YKX2N15 / Topotecan; P88XT4IS4D / Paclitaxel; PVI5M0M1GW / Filgrastim
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90. Keles GE, Chang EF, Lamborn KR, Tihan T, Chang CJ, Chang SM, Berger MS: Volumetric extent of resection and residual contrast enhancement on initial surgery as predictors of outcome in adult patients with hemispheric anaplastic astrocytoma. J Neurosurg; 2006 Jul;105(1):34-40
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  • [Title] Volumetric extent of resection and residual contrast enhancement on initial surgery as predictors of outcome in adult patients with hemispheric anaplastic astrocytoma.
  • OBJECT: To investigate the prognostic significance of the volumetrically assessed extent of resection on time to tumor progression (TTP), overall survival (OS), and tumor recurrence patterns, the authors retrospectively analyzed preoperative and postoperative tumor volumes in 102 adult patients from the time of the initial resection of a hemispheric anaplastic astrocytoma (AA).
  • METHODS: The quantification of tumor volumes was based on a previously described method involving computerized analysis of magnetic resonance (MR) images.
  • Analysis of contrast-enhancing tumor volumes on T1-weighted MR images was conducted for 67 patients who had contrast-enhancing tumors.
  • The presence or absence of preresection enhancement, actual volume of this enhancement, and the percentage of preoperative enhancement as it relates to the total T2 tumor volume did not have a statistically significant relationship to TTP or OS.
  • In addition to age, the volume of residual disease measured on T2-weighted MR images was the most significant predictor of TTP (p < 0.001), and residual contrast-enhancing tumor volume was the most significant predictor of OS (p = 0.003) on multivariate analysis.
  • In contrast to low-grade gliomas, there was no statistically significant relationship between the extent of resection and histological characteristics at the time of recurrence, that is, tumor Grade III compared with Grade IV.
  • CONCLUSIONS: Data from this retrospective analysis of a histologically uniform group of hemispheric AAs treated in the MR imaging era suggest that residual tumor volumes, as documented on postoperative imaging studies, may be a prognostic factor for TTP and OS for this patient population.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / pathology. Astrocytoma / surgery. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Brain Neoplasms / surgery. Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Aged. Aged, 80 and over. Contrast Media. Female. Humans. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Male. Middle Aged. Neoplasm, Residual. Predictive Value of Tests. Retrospective Studies. Survival Rate. Time Factors. Treatment Outcome

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  • (PMID = 16871879.001).
  • [ISSN] 0022-3085
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of neurosurgery
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J. Neurosurg.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Contrast Media
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91. Laczko R, Szauter KM, Jansen MK, Hollosi P, Muranyi M, Molnar J, Fong KS, Hinek A, Csiszar K: Active lysyl oxidase (LOX) correlates with focal adhesion kinase (FAK)/paxillin activation and migration in invasive astrocytes. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol; 2007 Dec;33(6):631-43
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  • We have recently reported the ECM enzyme, lysyl oxidase (LOX), in the central nervous system and observed up-regulation of LOX in anaplastic astrocytoma cells.
  • In this study, we tested the hypothesis that active LOX is expressed in anaplastic astrocytes and promotes FAK activation and invasive/migratory behaviour.
  • Results demonstrate that increased expression and activity of LOX positively correlated with invasive phenotype of malignant astrocytoma cell lines.
  • Immunohistochemistry detected increased LOX within tumour cells and ECM in grade I-IV astrocytic neoplasm compared with normal brain and coincidence of increased LOX with the loss of glial fibrillary acidic protein in higher-grade tumours.
  • These results demonstrate an important LOX-mediated mechanism that promotes migratory/invasive behaviour of malignant astrocytes.
  • [MeSH-minor] Astrocytoma / enzymology. Blotting, Western. Cell Line, Tumor. Cell Movement / physiology. Humans. Immunohistochemistry. Neoplasm Invasiveness. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction

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  • (PMID = 17931358.001).
  • [ISSN] 0305-1846
  • [Journal-full-title] Neuropathology and applied neurobiology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Neuropathol. Appl. Neurobiol.
  • [Language] eng
  • [Grant] United States / NIAMS NIH HHS / AR / AR47713; United States / NCRR NIH HHS / RR / G12RR003096
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Paxillin; EC 1.4.3.13 / Protein-Lysine 6-Oxidase; EC 2.7.10.2 / Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
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92. Marie SK, Okamoto OK, Uno M, Hasegawa AP, Oba-Shinjo SM, Cohen T, Camargo AA, Kosoy A, Carlotti CG Jr, Toledo S, Moreira-Filho CA, Zago MA, Simpson AJ, Caballero OL: Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase transcript abundance correlates with malignancy grade in human astrocytomas. Int J Cancer; 2008 Feb 15;122(4):807-15
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  • [Title] Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase transcript abundance correlates with malignancy grade in human astrocytomas.
  • We have performed cDNA microarray analyses to identify gene expression differences between highly invasive glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and typically benign pilocytic astrocytomas (PA).
  • Despite the significant clinical and pathological differences between the 2 tumor types, only 63 genes were found to exhibit 2-fold or greater overexpression in GBM as compared to PA.
  • In the examination of more than 100 tumors of the central nervous system, we found progressively higher expression of MELK with astrocytoma grade and a noteworthy uniformity of high level expression in GBM.
  • We found neither gene promoter hypomethylation nor amplification to be a factor in MELK expression, but were able to demonstrate that MELK knockdown in malignant astrocytoma cell lines caused a reduction in proliferation and anchorage-independent growth in in vitro assays.
  • Among them, MELK correlated with malignancy grade in astrocytomas and represents a therapeutic target for the management of the most frequent brain tumors in adult and children.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / genetics. Gene Expression Profiling. Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic. Glioblastoma / genetics. Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Apoptosis. Brain / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / genetics. Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Cell Proliferation. Child. DNA Methylation. Gene Dosage. Humans. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis. Promoter Regions, Genetic. RNA, Small Interfering / pharmacology. Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction. Tumor Cells, Cultured

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  • (PMID = 17960622.001).
  • [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 / RNA, Small Interfering; EC 2.7.1.- / MELK protein, human; EC 2.7.11.1 / Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
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93. Nagatani M, Yamakawa S, Ando R, Edamoto H, Saito T, Tamura K: Highly invasive intracranial malignant schwannoma in a rat. J Toxicol Pathol; 2009 Jun;22(2):139-42

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  • [Title] Highly invasive intracranial malignant schwannoma in a rat.
  • A highly invasive intracranial malignant schwannoma containing several masses was detected in a 28-week-old male Crl:CD(SD) rat.
  • The tumor cells invaded not only the brain but also the parietal bone.
  • In the brain, the tumor cells infiltrated diffusely into the leptomeningeal and perivascular spaces and parenchyma, in which the tumor cell morphology and invasive pattern closely resembled those of malignant astrocytoma and malignant reticulosis.
  • Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells in the masses showed positive reactions for both S-100 protein and GFAP, while those in the cerebral invasion sites were negative for GFAP and less positive for S-100 protein.
  • Electron microscopically, a single basal lamina layer and short intricate cell processes were confirmed in the tumor cells.
  • From these results, the present tumor was diagnosed as a malignant schwannoma arising in the cranial cavity, probably originating from the trigeminal nerve.
  • The present tumor is considered to be a relatively unique malignant schwannoma based on its growth and invasion patterns.

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  • (PMID = 22271987.001).
  • [ISSN] 0914-9198
  • [Journal-full-title] Journal of toxicologic pathology
  • [ISO-abbreviation] J Toxicol Pathol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Japan
  • [Other-IDs] NLM/ PMC3246059
  • [Keywords] NOTNLM ; cranial cavity / malignant schwannoma / rat / spontaneous
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94. Gopalakrishna-Pillai S, Iverson LE: Astrocytes derived from trisomic human embryonic stem cells express markers of astrocytic cancer cells and premalignant stem-like progenitors. BMC Med Genomics; 2010 Apr 27;3:12
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  • [Title] Astrocytes derived from trisomic human embryonic stem cells express markers of astrocytic cancer cells and premalignant stem-like progenitors.
  • Since most hESC-based therapies will utilize differentiated derivatives, it is imperative to investigate the potential of trisomic hESCs to undergo malignant transformation during differentiation prior to their use in the clinical setting.
  • METHODS: Diploid and trisomic hESCs were differentiated into astrocytic progenitors cells (APCs), RNA extracted and hybridized to human exon-specific microarrays.
  • Global gene expression profiles of diploid and trisomic APCs were compared to that of an astrocytoma cell line and glioblastoma samples, analyzed by others, using the same microarray platform.
  • RESULTS: Bioinformatic analysis of microarray data indicates that differentiated trisomic APCs exhibit global expression profiles with similarities to the malignant astrocytoma cell line.
  • An analogous trend is observed in comparison to glioblastoma samples indicating that trisomic APCs express markers of astrocytic cancer cells.
  • The analysis also allowed identification of transcripts predicted to be differentially expressed in brain tumor stem cells.
  • These data indicate that in vitro differentiation of trisomic hESCs along astrocytic pathways give rise to cells exhibiting properties of premalignant astrocytic stem/progenitor cells.
  • This in vitro culture system can be used to elucidate changes in gene expression occurring enroute to malignant transformation and to identify molecular markers of cancer stem/progenitor cells.

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  • (PMID = 20423517.001).
  • [ISSN] 1755-8794
  • [Journal-full-title] BMC medical genomics
  • [ISO-abbreviation] BMC Med Genomics
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NCI NIH HHS / CA / 5P30CA033572
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Biomarkers, Tumor
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95. Bucci B, Misiti S, Cannizzaro A, Marchese R, Raza GH, Miceli R, Stigliano A, Amendola D, Monti O, Biancolella M, Amati F, Novelli G, Vecchione A, Brunetti E, De Paula U: Fractionated ionizing radiation exposure induces apoptosis through caspase-3 activation and reactive oxygen species generation. Anticancer Res; 2006 Nov-Dec;26(6B):4549-57
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  • In particular, post-operative RT is considered the standard treatment adjuvant to surgery since its ability to prolong median survival of patients with malignant astrocytoma has been shown; nevertheless the ionizing radiation (IR) treatment fails in a considerable number of astrocytoma patients.
  • MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using an ADF human astrocytoma cell line the molecular mechanisms involved in the DNA damage induced by fractionated irradiation (FIR) and single IR treatment have been investigated.
  • RESULTS: FIR and single IR treatment inhibited the growth of the ADF human astrocytoma cell line.
  • [MeSH-major] Astrocytoma / metabolism. Brain Neoplasms / metabolism. Caspase 3 / metabolism. Radiation, Ionizing. Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • [MeSH-minor] Apoptosis. Blotting, Western. Cell Line, Tumor. Dose Fractionation. Enzyme Activation. Humans. Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis


96. Ulrich TA, de Juan Pardo EM, Kumar S: The mechanical rigidity of the extracellular matrix regulates the structure, motility, and proliferation of glioma cells. Cancer Res; 2009 May 15;69(10):4167-74
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  • Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a malignant astrocytoma of the central nervous system associated with a median survival time of 15 months, even with aggressive therapy.
  • This rapid progression is due in part to diffuse infiltration of single tumor cells into the brain parenchyma, which is thought to involve aberrant interactions between tumor cells and the extracellular matrix (ECM).
  • Here, we test the hypothesis that mechanical cues from the ECM contribute to key tumor cell properties relevant to invasion.
  • We cultured a series of glioma cell lines (U373-MG, U87-MG, U251-MG, SNB19, C6) on fibronectin-coated polymeric ECM substrates of defined mechanical rigidity and investigated the role of ECM rigidity in regulating tumor cell structure, migration, and proliferation.
  • On highly rigid ECMs, tumor cells spread extensively, form prominent stress fibers and mature focal adhesions, and migrate rapidly.
  • As ECM rigidity is lowered to values comparable with normal brain tissue, tumor cells appear rounded and fail to productively migrate.
  • Collectively, our results provide support for a novel model in which ECM rigidity provides a transformative, microenvironmental cue that acts through actomyosin contractility to regulate the invasive properties of GBM tumor cells.

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  • (PMID = 19435897.001).
  • [ISSN] 1538-7445
  • [Journal-full-title] Cancer research
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Cancer Res.
  • [Language] ENG
  • [Grant] United States / NIH HHS / OD / DP2 OD004213; United States / NIH HHS / OD / OD004213-01; United States / NIH HHS / OD / 1DP2OD004213; United States / NIH HHS / OD / DP2 OD004213-01
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • [Publication-country] United States
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Fibronectins; 9013-26-7 / Actomyosin
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97. Combs SE, Ellerbrock M, Haberer T, Habermehl D, Hoess A, Jäkel O, Jensen A, Klemm S, Münter M, Naumann J, Nikoghosyan A, Oertel S, Parodi K, Rieken S, Debus J: Heidelberg Ion Therapy Center (HIT): Initial clinical experience in the first 80 patients. Acta Oncol; 2010 Oct;49(7):1132-40
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  • Main treated indications consisted of skull base chordoma (n = 9) and chondrosarcoma (n = 18), malignant salivary gland tumors (n=29), chordomas of the sacrum (n = 5), low grade glioma (n=3), primary and recurrent malignant astrocytoma and glioblastoma (n=7) and well as osteosarcoma (n = 3).

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  • (PMID = 20831505.001).
  • [ISSN] 1651-226X
  • [Journal-full-title] Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Acta Oncol
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Evaluation Studies; Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] England
  • [Chemical-registry-number] 0 / Ions; 0 / Protons; 7440-44-0 / Carbon
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98. 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.


99. 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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100. Winters BS, Shepard SR, Foty RA: Biophysical measurement of brain tumor cohesion. Int J Cancer; 2005 Apr 10;114(3):371-9
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  • [Title] Biophysical measurement of brain tumor cohesion.
  • An advantage of using 3D multicellular spheres to study tumor biology is that they better approximate the interactions encountered by cells in vivo.
  • This liquid-like behavior enables us to measure a key property influencing tumor behavior, namely, intercellular cohesion.
  • This study utilizes TST to measure the cohesivity of 3 widely used malignant astrocytoma cell lines of different in vitro invasive potentials.
  • We show that the cell lines exhibit liquid-like behavior since they form spheroids whose surface tension is both force- and volume-independent; that aggregates from each cell line have a distinct surface tension that correlates with their in vitro invasive capacity; that dexamethasone (Dex), a widely used therapeutic agent for the treatment of tumor-related cerebral edema, increases aggregate cohesivity and decreases invasiveness; that dexamethasone treatment decreases invasion in a dose-dependent manner but only when cells are in direct contact with one another; and that dex-mediated decreased invasiveness correlates with increased aggregate cohesivity as measured by TST but not with N-cadherin expression or function.
  • [MeSH-major] Brain Neoplasms / pathology. Cell Adhesion. Models, Biological. Neoplasm Invasiveness / physiopathology. Spheroids, Cellular

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  • [Copyright] (c) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
  • (PMID = 15551307.001).
  • [ISSN] 0020-7136
  • [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 / Glucocorticoids; 7S5I7G3JQL / Dexamethasone
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