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  1. Astrocytoma

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  2. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma

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    Azad Sheenam

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA is a recently described brain tumor. PMA shares similar features with pilocytic astrocytoma (PA, the most common central nervous system (CNS tumor in the pediatric population, yet displays subtle histologic differences. We describe a case of PMA in a six-year-old male involving sellar and suprasellar region presenting with failure to thrive and delayed developmental milestones. The histological findings revealed a tumor composed of a monotonous population of loosely arranged cells with delicate piloid like processes, within a prominent myxoid background. The tumor lacked biphasic appearance, Rosenthal fibers, eosinophilic granular bodies and calcification that are commonly observed in classical PA. Previous studies have shown PMA to behave more aggressively than PA, with shorter progression-free survival as well as a higher rate of recurrence and CNS dissemination. Thus, recognition of PMA and its distinction from classical PA is very important.

  3. Pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Yu-wei CONG

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA is a low-grade glioma that occurs mainly in children and young adults. The histomorphology of PA located in the cerebellum (WHOⅠ is very typical. This article is to report one case of PA in the cerebellum of an 8-year-old child, and to discuss the clinical, imaging and pathological features of PA and clinicopathological differentiations from relevant tumors.  Methods and Results An 8-year-old girl presented intermittent headache for one month and the headache was aggravated for 7 d. MRI showed circular space-occupying lesion in the left cerebellar hemisphere and cerebellar vermis, and the lesion revealed uneven signals. During the surgery, the tumor was soft and jellylike, with poor blood supply. Histologically, tumor cell nuclei were round or oval; cytoplasmic projections on both ends were slender hair-like, and were arranged around the blood vessels. Part of tumor cells had spindle nuclei, and showed fascicular compact arrangement or loose reticular arrangement. The pathomorphism of this tumro was slightly different from that of typical PA. It had unusually rich blood vessels, and Rosenthal fibers and eosinophilic granules were not obvious. Tumor cells were diffusely positive for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP, synaptophysin (Syn, vimentin (Vim and P53, but negative for cytokeratin (CK, neuronal nuclei (NeuN and neurofilament protein (NF. Ki-67 index was 2%-5%. Vascular endothelial cells were positive for CD34, and scatteredly expressed CD68. Pathological diagosis was pilocytic astrocytoma (WHOⅠ.  Conclusions Pilocytic astrocytoma usually happens in children and adolescents and often occurs in the cerebellum. Rosenthal fibers and eosinophilic granules are helpful to make a clear diagnosis, but they are not necessary conditions of diagnosis. Differential diagnoses should be paid attention, such as pilomyxoid astrocytoma, angiocentric glioma and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT

  4. Anaplastic astrocytoma.

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    Grimm, Sean A; Chamberlain, Marc C

    2016-07-01

    Anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) is a diffusely infiltrating, malignant, astrocytic, primary brain tumor. AA is currently defined by histology although future classification schemes will include molecular alterations. AA can be separated into subgroups, which share similar molecular profiles, age at diagnosis and median survival, based on 1p/19q co-deletion status and IDH mutation status. AA with co-deletion of chromosomes 1p and 19q and IDH mutation have the best prognosis. AA with IDH mutation and no 1p/19q co-deletion have intermediate prognosis and AA with wild-type IDH have the worst prognosis and share many molecular alterations with glioblastoma. Treatment of noncodeleted AA based on preliminary results from the CATNON clinical trial consists of maximal safe resection followed by radiotherapy with post-radiotherapy temozolomide (TMZ) chemotherapy. The role of concurrent TMZ and whether IDH1 subgroups benefit from TMZ is currently being evaluated in the recently completed randomized, prospective Phase III clinical trial, CATNON. PMID:27230974

  5. Pilocytic astrocytomas.

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    Bornhorst, Miriam; Frappaz, Didier; Packer, Roger J

    2016-01-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common pediatric brain tumor in children. PAs are a distinct histologic and biologic subset of glioma that have a slow growth rate and may even spontaneously regress. These tumors tend to arise in the cerebellum and chiasmatic/hypothalamic region, but can also occur in other regions of the central nervous system. Dissemination is uncommon, but may occur in newly diagnosed PAs. Alterations in the Ras/RAF/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway (Ras/ERK) have been discovered in a majority of PAs, with KIAA1549-BRAF fusions being the most commonly identified alteration. Children with neurofibromatosis 1 are predisposed to developing PAs, primarily within the optic pathway. When required, treatment consists of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation, although new molecular agents targeting the Ras/ERK and related signaling pathways are promising new approaches. The 10-year survival rates are greater than 90% in pediatric patients; however, they are poorer in adults. Tumors that are amenable to complete resection (i.e., cerebellum and cortex) have the best overall survival. PMID:26948364

  6. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma of the brainstem

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    Marco Antonio Zanini

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A pilomyxoid astrocytoma is a recently described tumor that occurs predominantly in the hypothalamic-chiasmatic region and is rarely found elsewhere. It has similar features as pilocytic astrocytomas, but has distinct histological characteristics and a poorer prognosis. A pilomyxoid astrocytoma is an aggressive tumor, and increased awareness is necessary with a suspect case. We present the first case of a pilomyxoid astrocytoma of the brainstem described after the newest World Health Organization classification of central nervous system tumors.

  7. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma of the brainstem

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    Marco Antonio Zanini; Ducati Gustavo Luis; Roberto Colichio Gabarra; Adriana Yuki Mello; Ismael Augusto Lombardi; Flavio Ramalho Romero; Francisco Otavio Pereira

    2013-01-01

    Abstract A pilomyxoid astrocytoma is a recently described tumor that occurs predominantly in the hypothalamic-chiasmatic region and is rarely found elsewhere. It has similar features as pilocytic astrocytomas, but has distinct histological characteristics and a poorer prognosis. A pilomyxoid astrocytoma is an aggressive tumor, and increased awareness is necessary with a suspect case. We present the first case of a pilomyxoid astrocytoma of the brainstem described after the newest World Health...

  8. Prognostic parameters in benign astrocytomas

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    Westergaard, L; Gjerris, F; Klinken, L

    1993-01-01

    To elucidate the prognosis of different types of benign astrocytomas and to ascertain whether patients with partially resected benign astrocytomas, or any subtype of these, would benefit from postoperative radiotherapy, we studied retrospectively material comprising 300 patients with benign...... astrocytomas treated in the period 1956 to 1991. The pilocytic type of astrocytoma was found to have an outstandingly good prognosis and should be regarded as a distinct nosological entity. For the non-pilocytic supratentorial astrocytomas, a multivariate regression analysis showed that age, tumour site...... time of patients with non-pilocytic supratentorial benign astrocytomas. The study emphasizes the necessity of a prospective combined multicenter analysis of the effect of radiation on benign astrocytomas....

  9. astrocyte and astrocytoma cells

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    Tfelt-Hansen, J.

    2008-01-01

    -transforming gene (PTTG), was found to be upregulated by the CaR in the H-500 cells, whereas calcium had no effect on PTTG expression in the U-87 astrocytoma cell line, but other proproliferative agents did upregulate PTTG in the U-87 cells. This makes PTTG a potential marker of malignancy and a therapeutic target...

  10. Pilocytic Astrocytoma with subarachnoidal spread

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    Pilocytic Astrocytomas (WHO I) are histopathologically tumors of glial origin occuring predominantly in chlidhood and adolescence. Normally, they are characterized by a benign clinical course, with a long overall survival time and a high rate of complete remission. The rare case of pilocytic astrocytoma, primarily located in the third ventricular region, with generalized subarachnoidal spread is described. In the 10 years of followup, the histopathologic findings of the seedings remained those of a typical pilocytic astrocytoma; tumor progression did not occur. (orig.)

  11. Prognostic parameters in benign astrocytomas

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    Westergaard, L; Gjerris, F; Klinken, L

    astrocytomas treated in the period 1956 to 1991. The pilocytic type of astrocytoma was found to have an outstandingly good prognosis and should be regarded as a distinct nosological entity. For the non-pilocytic supratentorial astrocytomas, a multivariate regression analysis showed that age, tumour site......, Kernohan grade and lymphocytic perivascular cuffing influenced survival. The proportion of gemistocytes increased with age. After correction for age, the proportion of gemistocytes had no significant influence on survival. It was not possible to demonstrate any influence of radiotherapy on median survival...

  12. Perspectives on the immunologic microenvironment of astrocytomas

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    Hewedi IH

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Iman H Hewedi,1 Nehal A Radwan,1 Lobna S Shash,1 Tarek H Elserry2 1Departments of Pathology, 2Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt Background: The microenvironment of astrocytomas includes infiltrative inflammatory cells that are dynamic in nature, possibly reflecting tumor biology. We evaluated the inflammatory cell infiltrate in astrocytic tumors aiming for a better understanding of their immunobiology. Methods: Immunohistochemical expression of CD68, CD3, and CD20 was investigated in 21 glioblastomas, 21 anaplastic astrocytomas, 13 diffuse astrocytomas, and 18 pilocytic astrocytomas. The inflammatory infiltrate was classified based on microanatomic location as perivascular and intratumoral, and subsequently graded semiquantitatively. Results: Perivascularly, CD68-positive infiltrate was noted in 71.4% of glioblastomas compared with 14.3% of anaplastic astrocytomas (P = 0.0001, 7.7% of diffuse astrocytomas (P = 0.0001, and 33.3% of pilocytic astrocytomas (P = 0.017. Intratumorally, 85.7% of glioblastomas exhibited CD68-positive infiltrate compared with 42.9% of anaplastic astrocytomas (P = 0.004, 38.5% of diffuse astrocytomas (P = 0.008, and 33.3% of pilocytic astrocytomas (P = 0.001. Among diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas, intratumoral CD3-positive infiltrate was only associated with glioblastoma. A CD20-positive infiltrate was only detected in the perivascular space of a single case of diffuse astrocytoma. Conclusion: These data indicate a distinct immune profile in the glioblastoma microenvironment primarily related to the prevalence of macrophages. Thus, novel glioblastoma therapies should address this key CD68-positive population and its possible role in generating an antitumor immune response. Keywords: inflammatory cell infiltrate, astrocytoma, glioblastoma, CD68, CD3

  13. A Pilocytic Astrocytoma Mimicking a Clinoidal Meningioma

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    Hong, Christopher S.; Lehman, Norman L.; Eric Sauvageau

    2014-01-01

    Pilocytic astrocytomas and meningiomas are benign, primary brain tumors that may involve the optic tract. Classically, the presence of a dural “tail” sign may differentiate a meningioma from other intracranial lesions. In this report, we describe a mass with the typical appearance of a clinoidal meningioma on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) but postoperatively diagnosed as a pilocytic astrocytoma. This case illustrates the rare occurrence of a pilocytic astrocytoma mimicking a meningioma on ...

  14. Intracranial metastasis of spinal intramedullary anaplastic astrocytoma

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    Kataria, Rashim; Bhasme, Vishal; Chopra, Sanjeev; V D Sinha; Singhvi, Shashi

    2011-01-01

    Meningeal spread of spinal intramedullary astrocytoma into the cranium is rare. Only few case reports are available so far in the literature. We report a case of intramedullary high grade astrocytoma of the conus, developing intracranial metastasis after three months of partial excision of the spinal mass. The need for radical surgery, entire neuroaxis radiation, and adjuvant chemotherapy is suggested in the management of malignant spinal cord astrocytoma to prevent dissemination.

  15. Solitary subependymal giant cell astrocytoma: case report

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    Kashiwagi, Nobuo; Yoshihara, Wataru; Shimada, Nobumitu; Tanaka, Hisashi; Fujita, Norihiko; Hirabuki, Norio; Watanabe, Yoshiyuki E-mail: kashiwagi@kanrou.net; Nakamura, Hironobu

    2000-01-01

    In this report, we describe a case of subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in a patient lacking clinical symptoms of tuberous sclerosis. The absence of any features of tuberous sclerosis initially dissuaded us from including subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in our differential diagnosis.

  16. A 16-Gene Signature Distinguishes Anaplastic Astrocytoma from Glioblastoma

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    Soumya Alige Mahabala Rao; Sujaya Srinivasan; Irene Rosita Pia Patric; Alangar Sathyaranjandas Hegde; Bangalore Ashwathnarayanara Chandramouli; Arivazhagan Arimappamagan; Vani Santosh; Paturu Kondaiah; Manchanahalli R Sathyanarayana Rao; Kumaravel Somasundaram

    2014-01-01

    Anaplastic astrocytoma (AA; Grade III) and glioblastoma (GBM; Grade IV) are diffusely infiltrating tumors and are called malignant astrocytomas. The treatment regimen and prognosis are distinctly different between anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma patients. Although histopathology based current grading system is well accepted and largely reproducible, intratumoral histologic variations often lead to difficulties in classification of malignant astrocytoma samples. In order to obtain a mo...

  17. Imaging characteristics of pilomyxoid astrocytomas in comparison with pilocytic astrocytomas

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    Purpose: Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a recently described astrocytic tumor that has been previously diagnosed as pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). The purpose of this study was to describe the imaging features of PMAs in comparison with PAs. Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed CT/MR images and medical records of 10 patients with PMA and 38 patients with PA. The mean ages of patients with PMA and PA were 10 and 15 years, respectively. Imaging features including location, composition, enhancement pattern, presence of calcification, hemorrhage, and leptomeningeal dissemination were compared in patients with two tumor types. Results: Six PMAs (60%) occurred at the suprasellar area and the cerebellum was the most common (45%) site of PA. Solid component was dominant in eight PMAs (80%) and in 19 PAs (50%). All of the PMAs containing solid mass (n = 8) included non-enhancing portion while 12/37 (32%) PAs included non-enhancing solid portion (p < 0.05). Leptomeningeal dissemination was noted in five PMAs (50%) and one PA (3%) (p < 0.05). Other imaging findings were not significantly different. Conclusion: A younger age, more frequent occurrence at the suprasellar area, mainly solid mass containing non-enhancing portion, and more frequent leptomeningeal dissemination are helpful differential features of PMAs as compared to PAs.

  18. Imaging characteristics of pilomyxoid astrocytomas in comparison with pilocytic astrocytomas

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    Lee, In Ho, E-mail: leeinho1974@hanmail.net [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Radiology, Chungnam National University Hospital, 33 Munhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon 301-721 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ji Hye, E-mail: jhkate@skku.edu [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Yeon-Lim, E-mail: ylsuh76@skku.edu [Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Eo, Hong, E-mail: rtombow@gmail.com [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Hyung Jin, E-mail: shinhj@skku.edu [Department of Neurosurgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Yoo, So-Young, E-mail: pedrad@skku.edu [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kyung Soo, E-mail: smc7629@skku.edu [Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-710 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-08-15

    Purpose: Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a recently described astrocytic tumor that has been previously diagnosed as pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). The purpose of this study was to describe the imaging features of PMAs in comparison with PAs. Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed CT/MR images and medical records of 10 patients with PMA and 38 patients with PA. The mean ages of patients with PMA and PA were 10 and 15 years, respectively. Imaging features including location, composition, enhancement pattern, presence of calcification, hemorrhage, and leptomeningeal dissemination were compared in patients with two tumor types. Results: Six PMAs (60%) occurred at the suprasellar area and the cerebellum was the most common (45%) site of PA. Solid component was dominant in eight PMAs (80%) and in 19 PAs (50%). All of the PMAs containing solid mass (n = 8) included non-enhancing portion while 12/37 (32%) PAs included non-enhancing solid portion (p < 0.05). Leptomeningeal dissemination was noted in five PMAs (50%) and one PA (3%) (p < 0.05). Other imaging findings were not significantly different. Conclusion: A younger age, more frequent occurrence at the suprasellar area, mainly solid mass containing non-enhancing portion, and more frequent leptomeningeal dissemination are helpful differential features of PMAs as compared to PAs.

  19. Histocompatibility antigens on astrocytoma cells.

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    Hirschberg, H.; Endresen, L I; Wikeby, P

    1982-01-01

    Biopsies tumour cells from astrocytoma-bearing patients were grown in primary culture for 3-5 days. Both low and high grade tumours were represented in the study. The cultured cells could be shown to express the HLA-A and -B antigens using a multispecific allo-antiserum and a rabbit anti-beta-2 microglobulin antibody. The tumour cells were negative for the HLA-DR determinants when tested with either rabbit anti-Ia-like antisera or specific anti-HLA-DR allo-antisera. They also failed to stimul...

  20. Cerebellopontine angle pilocytic astrocytoma mimicking acoustic schwannoma

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    Takada, Y.; Ohno, K.; Tamaki, M.; Hirakawa, K. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan)

    1999-12-01

    We describe a case of pilocytic astrocytoma of the cerebellum mimicking an acoustic schwannoma. The tumour protruded into the porus acusticus and enlarged the internal auditory meatus, which is a quite unusual characteristic of glial tumours. (orig.)

  1. Cerebellopontine angle pilocytic astrocytoma mimicking acoustic schwannoma

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    We describe a case of pilocytic astrocytoma of the cerebellum mimicking an acoustic schwannoma. The tumour protruded into the porus acusticus and enlarged the internal auditory meatus, which is a quite unusual characteristic of glial tumours. (orig.)

  2. MR imaging characteristics of protoplasmic astrocytomas

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    Tay, Kevin L. [Royal Melbourne Hospital, Department of Radiology, Parkville, Victoria (Australia); Royal North Shore Hospital, Department of Radiology, St Leonards, New South Wales (Australia); Tsui, Alpha [Royal Melbourne Hospital, Department of Pathology, Parkville, Victoria (Australia); Phal, Pramit M.; Tress, Brian M. [Royal Melbourne Hospital, Department of Radiology, Parkville, Victoria (Australia); Drummond, Katharine J. [Royal Melbourne Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Parkville, Victoria (Australia)

    2011-06-15

    Protoplasmic astrocytomas are a poorly recognized and uncommon subtype of astrocytoma. While usually categorized with other low-grade gliomas, there is literature to suggest that protoplasmic astrocytomas have differences in biology compared to other gliomas in this group. This paper presents the MR imaging characteristics of a series of eight protoplasmic astrocytomas. We retrospectively reviewed MR images and histopathology of eight consecutive cases of histologically proven protoplasmic astrocytomas. Patients ranged from 17 to 51 years of age with a 5:3 male to female ratio. The tumors were located in the frontal or temporal lobes and tended to be large, well defined, and had a very high signal on T2 (close to cerebrospinal fluid). Generally, a large proportion of the tumor showed substantial signal suppression on T2 fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR). Six of the eight lesions also demonstrated a partial or complete rim of reduced apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) around the T2 FLAIR suppressing portion. The possibility that a primary cerebral neoplasm represents a protoplasmic astrocytoma should be considered in a patient with a large frontal or temporal tumor that has a very high signal on T2 with a large proportion of the tumor showing substantial T2 FLAIR suppression. A further clue is a partial or complete rim of reduced ADC. (orig.)

  3. Giant cystic intradural extramedullary pilocytic astrocytoma of Cauda equina

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    Amandeep Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Astrocytomas of Conus-Cauda equina region are rare. Astrocytomas, which are intramedullary tumors, may rarely have an extramedullary component. However, primary intradural extramedullary astrocytomas are extremely rare, with very few cases reported in the literature. We describe a giant extramedullary pilocytic astrocytoma of Cauda equina in a 20-year-old male. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of such a case in the available literature. This case highlights the fact that astrocytomas can be primarily extramedullary and emphasizes the need to consider pilocytic astrocytoma in the differential diagnosis of cystic Cauda equina tumors.

  4. Prognosis and Treatment of Spinal Cord Astrocytoma

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    Purpose: To identify the prognostic factors for spinal cord astrocytoma and determine the effects of surgery and radiotherapy on outcome. Methods and Materials: This retrospective study reviewed the cases of consecutive patients with spinal cord astrocytoma treated at Mayo Clinic Rochester between 1962 and 2005. Results: A total of 136 consecutive patients were identified. Of these 136 patients, 69 had pilocytic and 67 had infiltrative astrocytoma. The median follow-up for living patients was 8.2 years (range, 0.08-37.6), and the median survival for deceased patients was 1.15 years (range, 0.01-39.9). The extent of surgery included incisional biopsy only (59%), subtotal resection (25%), and gross total resection (16%). Patients with pilocytic tumors survived significantly longer than those with infiltrative astrocytomas (median overall survival, 39.9 vs. 1.85 years; p < 0.001). Patients who underwent resection had a worse, although nonsignificant, median survival than those who underwent biopsy only (pilocytic, 18.1 vs. 39.9 years, p = 0.07; infiltrative, 19 vs. 30 months, p = 0.14). Postoperative radiotherapy, delivered in 75% of cases, gave no significant survival benefit for those with pilocytic tumors (39.9 vs. 18.1 years, p = 0.33) but did for those with infiltrative astrocytomas (24 vs. 3 months; Wilcoxon p = 0.006). On multivariate analysis, pilocytic histologic type, diagnosis after 1984, longer symptom duration, younger age, minimal surgical extent, and postoperative radiotherapy predicted better outcome. Conclusion: The results of our study have shown that histologic type is the most important prognostic variable affecting the outcome of spinal cord astrocytomas. Surgical resection was associated with shorter survival and thus remains an unproven treatment. Postoperative radiotherapy significantly improved survival for patients with infiltrative astrocytomas but not for those with pilocytic tumors

  5. Pilocytic astrocytoma: a retrospective review

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    Purpose: The principle objective of this study is to determine the role of radiation therapy in the management of pilocytic astrocytoma. The specific aims are to assess the results of surgical resection +/- radiation therapy, the dose-response relationships for local tumor control, and the prognostic indicators. Materials and methods: Between Jan. 1970 and Dec. 1995, 60 patients with pilocytic astrocytomas (27 cerebellum, 23 hypothalmus/brain stem, 4 temporal, 3 frontal, and 3 occipital) were seen. All pathologic slides were reviewed and confirmed. Of these, 30 patients had surgery only (8 subtotal resections and 22 total resections), 8 had biopsy followed by radiotherapy (6) or chemotherapy (2), 21 had surgery and postoperative radiotherapy (20 subtotal resections and 1 total resection) and 1 was observed only. The radiation dose was 40.6 Gy/31fr/44ds to 60.2 Gy/35fr/49ds (mean = 52.1 Gy). Results: The overall 5- and 10-year actuarial survival rate was 93% and 93%, and the relapse-free survival rate was 86% and 80%, respectively. Eight patients developed local recurrence and one had leptomeningeal spread. Two patients receiving chemotherapy (vincristine + carboplatin) had persistent but stable disease. The one patient who was observed eventually required surgical resection 25 months later. Subtotal resection without RT: The local recurrence rate was 38% ((3(8))) if no RT was given after subtotal resection. Only 2 of the 3 recurrences were salvaged. All 22 patients who had tumor totally resected had local tumor control. Subtotal resection/biopsy only plus RT: Radiation therapy was effective in controlling the gross disease in 75% ((15(20))) of patients with subtotal resection, and 100% ((6(6))) of patients with biopsy only. In 14 patients receiving a tumor dose ≥ 51 Gy, 13 (93%) had local control, in comparison, to (11(15)) (73%) receiving a tumor dose <51 Gy had tumor control. Location of tumor: Sixty-three percent ((17(27))) of patients with tumor in cerebellum

  6. Nerve growth factor expression in astrocytoma and cerebrospinal fluid: a new biomarker for prognosis of astrocytoma

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    LI Qiao-yu; FENG Yun; XU Wen-lin; YANG Yong; ZHANG Yan; ZHANG Zhi-jian; GONG Ai-hua; YUAN Zhi-cheng; LU Pei-song; ZHAN Li-ping; WANG Peng

    2011-01-01

    Background Recent studies have discovered that nuclear translocation of nerve growth factor (NGF) and its receptor fragments function differently from the traditional model. This study aimed to uncover the nuclear expression of NGF in astrocytoma and its biological significance.Methods Ninety-four paraffin-embedded astrocytoma specimens were subjected to immunohistochemical (IHC) and hemotoxylin & eosin (HE) staining. Preoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens and intraoperative snap-frozen astrocytoma tissues were assayed for NGF expression by ELISA and Western blotting. The outcome of patients who contributed samples was tracked. Each ten tissue samples from patients with traumatic brain injury who had received decompression surgery and CSF samples from patients undergoing spinal anesthesia but with no history of nervous system disease were taken as control.Results NGF-positive immunoreactive products were distributed in both the cytoplasm and nucleus of astrocytoma, but were only located in the cytoplasm of traumatic brain injury (TBI) tissue. NGF nuclear-positive rate (NPR) of grades Ⅲ-Ⅳ astrocytomas (70.0%) was higher than that of grades Ⅰ-Ⅱ astrocytoma (28.6%, P<0.05). NGF-NP expression positively correlated with the NGF concentration in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) (r=0.755, P<0.01). Kaplan-Meier survival analysis indicated that the median survival time was 25 months for NGF-NP astrocytoma grade Ⅰ-Ⅱ patients and 42 months in NGF nuclear negative (NGF-NN) astrocytoma grade Ⅰ-Ⅱ patients (P<0.05). In astrocytoma Ⅲ-Ⅳ patients, the median survival was 7 months for NGF-NP patients and 24 months for NGF-NN patients (P<0.01). Two types of NGF with molecular weights of 13 and 36 kDa were present in astrocytoma, but only the 36 kDa NGF was found in the CSF. NGF expression elevated as the malignancy increased.Conclusions NGF-NP expression and NGF level in CSF were significant prognostic factors in astrocytoma patients.Because of the easy

  7. Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma: An Unusual Presentation

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    Pilocytic astrocytomas are the most common glial brain tumors in children, most frequently localized to the posterior fossa. These masses are considered grade i tumors by the WHO classification of brain tumors. Patients with this tumor may have 10-year survival rates of up to 94%, provided complete surgical resection is achieved. The classical imaging appearance is described as a cystic mass with an enhancing mural nodule on CT or MRI examinations. The authors present an atypical case of pilocytic astrocytoma in a child, appearing as a predominantly solid mass localized to the frontal region, with an intraventricular component.

  8. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma in the adult cerebellum.

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    Chen, Annie S; Paldor, Iddo; Tsui, Alpha E; Yuen, Tanya I

    2016-05-01

    Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a recently recognised World Health Organization (WHO) Grade II tumour that was previously characterised as a subtype of the WHO Grade I pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). PMA has a histological appearance distinct from PA and a poorer prognosis due to its greater propensity for local recurrence and cerebrospinal dissemination. Although originally considered a paediatric tumour involving mainly the hypothalamic and chiasmatic region, reports of the lesion occurring in the adult population and other areas of the neuroaxis are emerging. We review the literature on PMA within the adult population and present the first case of PMA in the cerebellum of an adult female. PMID:26777083

  9. Current treatment of low grade astrocytoma

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    Pedersen, Christina Louise; Romner, Bertil

    2013-01-01

    Through a comprehensive review of the current literature, the present article investigates several aspects of low grade astrocytomas (LGA), including prognostic factors, treatment strategies and follow-up regimes. LGA are in general relatively slow-growing primary brain tumours, but they have a...

  10. Pilocytic Astrocytoma with Specific Gene Signature

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    J Gordon Millichap

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Researchers at Universite de la Mediterranee, and other centers in Marseille, France, using the microarray technique to compare the transcriptional profiles of five optic pathway, hypothalamo-chiasmatic and six cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas, found that these 2 tumors are genetically distinct and topography-dependent entities.

  11. Genetic evidence of the neoplastic nature of gemistocytes in astrocytomas.

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    Reis, R M; Hara, A; Kleihues, P; Ohgaki, H

    2001-11-01

    Gemistocytic astrocytoma is characterized by a predominance of large astrocytes with plump processes and massive accumulation of glial fibrillary acidic protein (gemistocytes). This histological variant of low-grade diffuse astrocytoma (WHO grade II) is prone to more rapid progression to anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma than the ordinary fibrillary astrocytoma. The biological basis of this unfavorable prognosis is unclear, since gemistocytes themselves have low proliferative activity, even if present in anaplastic astrocytomas or glioblastomas. This has raised the question of whether gemistocytes are neoplastic cells or dysplastic reactive astrocytes. In this study, gemistocytes and non-gemistocytic neoplastic cells were separated by laser-assisted microdissection from six gemistocytic astrocytomas carrying TP53 mutations. In all cases, identical TP53 mutations were identified in both cell types, indicating that gemistocytes are indeed neoplastic cells. Their lack of proliferative activity may indicate terminal differentiation. PMID:11699553

  12. The Clinical Significance of Cathepsin S Expression in Human Astrocytomas

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    Flannery, Thomas; Gibson, David; Mirakhur, Menakshi; McQuaid, Stephen; Greenan, Caroline; Trimble, Anne; Walker, Brian; McCormick, Derek; Johnston, Patrick G.

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    Early local invasion by astrocytoma cells results in tumor recurrence even after apparent total surgical resection, leading to the poor prognosis associated with malignant astrocytomas. Proteolytic enzymes have been implicated in facilitating tumor cell invasion and the current study was designed to characterize the expression of the cysteine proteinase cathepsin S (CatS) in astrocytomas and examine its potential role in invasion. Immunohistochemical analysis of biopsies demonstrated that Cat...

  13. 201Thallium SPECT, accuracy in astrocytoma diagnosis and treatment evaluation

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    The aims of the studies included in this thesis were: - to investigate the reliability of 201Thallium single photon emission computed tomography. Tl SPECT for preoperative diagnosis and histological staging of malignant astrocytomas in comparison with CT; - to develop a method for quantification of cerebral thallium uptake, and to evaluate the quantitative measurement in comparison with CT, for astrocytoma treatment follow-up purposes; - to compare quantitative Tl SPECT and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-MRS) with conventional MR imaging for astrocytoma monitoring, and to evaluate associations between change of morphological tumour characteristics during treatment and changes of cerebral thallium uptake and metabolic ratios. Results and conclusions: - High TI-index, calculated as a ratio comparing tumour uptake to uptake in the contralateral hemisphere, is an indicator of highly malignant astrocytoma. Differentiation between the high-grade astrocytomas, the low-grade astrocytomas, and infectious lesions is only partial, with an overlap of Tl-indexes between these groups. High-grade astrocytomas that do not show contrast enhancement on CT, and astrocytomas with central necrosis and moderate ring-enhancement, tend to be underestimated when evaluated by Tl-index calculation. Tl SPECT is not a reliable method for non-invasive tumour staging among the group of highly malignant astrocytomas. - Quantification of cerebral TI-uptake, defining the volume of viable tumour tissue, is a new method for astrocytoma chemotherapy monitoring. Results suggest that the method provides prognostic information, and information of treatment efficacy, at an earlier stage than CT. - We did not find a higher accuracy of quantitative Tl SPECT than of MR for monitoring purposes and our results indicated that treatment induced MR changes were interrelated with TI-uptake variations. - Multi-voxel H-MRS was difficult to apply for astrocytoma treatment monitoring, due to the anatomical

  14. Pilocytic Astrocytoma Presenting as an Orbital Encephalocele: A Case Report

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    Bruzek, Amy; Shepherd, Daniel; Van Gompel, Jamie; Jentoft, Mark

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    We describe the case of a 29-year-old male who presented with new-onset seizures. He was subsequently found to have an orbital encephalocele containing a focus of pilocytic astrocytoma. We believe that this is the first report of a pilocytic astrocytoma located within the orbit that did not originate from the optic pathway. It is also the first case of a pilocytic astrocytoma completely contained within an encephalocele. This case suggests a close pathological examination of encephaloceles fo...

  15. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma with high proliferation index

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    Sonam Kumar Pruthi

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    Full Text Available Pilomyxoid astrocytomas is an uncommon aggressive piloid neoplasm, closely related to pilocytic astrocytomas and typically presents in the very young but can occur in older children and rarely in adults. A 12-years-old male presented with focal seizures, headache and vomiting of 10 days duration. Computed tomogram showed a hypo- to hyperdense and peripherally enhancing, solid-cystic lesion in the left temporal lobe. Histopathological examination revealed a characteristic tumor composed of bipolar cells arranged in dyscohesive sheets, angiocentric pattern in a loose myxoid background, with brisk mitotic activity and foci of necrosis. No Rosenthal fibers or eosinophilic granular bodies were seen. The tumor cells showed strong GFAP and scattered p53 positivity, but were negative for EMA. Ki-67 positivity ranged from 30 to 40%, highest reported till date. The patient was treated with radiotherapy and concurrent temozolamide and the tumor recurred after two years.

  16. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma with high proliferation index.

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    Pruthi, Sonam Kumar; Chakraborti, Shrijeet; Naik, Ramadas; Ballal, C K

    2013-09-01

    Pilomyxoid astrocytomas is an uncommon aggressive piloid neoplasm, closely related to pilocytic astrocytomas and typically presents in the very young but can occur in older children and rarely in adults. A 12-years-old male presented with focal seizures, headache and vomiting of 10 days duration. Computed tomogram showed a hypo- to hyperdense and peripherally enhancing, solid-cystic lesion in the left temporal lobe. Histopathological examination revealed a characteristic tumor composed of bipolar cells arranged in dyscohesive sheets, angiocentric pattern in a loose myxoid background, with brisk mitotic activity and foci of necrosis. No Rosenthal fibers or eosinophilic granular bodies were seen. The tumor cells showed strong GFAP and scattered p53 positivity, but were negative for EMA. Ki-67 positivity ranged from 30 to 40%, highest reported till date. The patient was treated with radiotherapy and concurrent temozolamide and the tumor recurred after two years. PMID:24470824

  17. A 16-gene signature distinguishes anaplastic astrocytoma from glioblastoma.

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    Soumya Alige Mahabala Rao

    Full Text Available Anaplastic astrocytoma (AA; Grade III and glioblastoma (GBM; Grade IV are diffusely infiltrating tumors and are called malignant astrocytomas. The treatment regimen and prognosis are distinctly different between anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma patients. Although histopathology based current grading system is well accepted and largely reproducible, intratumoral histologic variations often lead to difficulties in classification of malignant astrocytoma samples. In order to obtain a more robust molecular classifier, we analysed RT-qPCR expression data of 175 differentially regulated genes across astrocytoma using Prediction Analysis of Microarrays (PAM and found the most discriminatory 16-gene expression signature for the classification of anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma. The 16-gene signature obtained in the training set was validated in the test set with diagnostic accuracy of 89%. Additionally, validation of the 16-gene signature in multiple independent cohorts revealed that the signature predicted anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma samples with accuracy rates of 99%, 88%, and 92% in TCGA, GSE1993 and GSE4422 datasets, respectively. The protein-protein interaction network and pathway analysis suggested that the 16-genes of the signature identified epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT pathway as the most differentially regulated pathway in glioblastoma compared to anaplastic astrocytoma. In addition to identifying 16 gene classification signature, we also demonstrated that genes involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition may play an important role in distinguishing glioblastoma from anaplastic astrocytoma.

  18. Aggressive retinal astrocytoma associated with tuberous sclerosis

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    Machiko Tomida,1 Yoshinori Mitamura,1 Takashi Katome,1 Hiroshi Eguchi,1 Takeshi Naito,1 Takayuki Harada21Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, 2Visual Research Project, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, Tokyo, JapanAbstract: We report the case of a patient with an aggressive retinal astrocytoma accompanied with macular edema and neovascular vessels, who was initially treated with intravitreal bevaci...

  19. Inhibition of STAT3 Reduces Astrocytoma Cell Invasion and Constitutive Activation of STAT3 Predicts Poor Prognosis in Human Astrocytoma

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    Qinchuan Liang; Chenkai Ma; Yang Zhao; Guodong Gao; Jie Ma

    2013-01-01

    Astrocytoma cells characteristically possess high invasion potentials. Recent studies have revealed that knockdown of signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) expression by RNAi induces apoptosis in astrocytoma cell. Nevertheless, the distinct roles of STAT3 in astrocytoma's invasion and recurrence have not been elucidated. In this study, we silenced STAT3 using Small interfering RNAs in two human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) cell lines (U251 and U87), and investigated th...

  20. Inhibition of STAT3 reduces astrocytoma cell invasion and constitutive activation of STAT3 predicts poor prognosis in human astrocytoma.

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    Qinchuan Liang

    Full Text Available Astrocytoma cells characteristically possess high invasion potentials. Recent studies have revealed that knockdown of signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3 expression by RNAi induces apoptosis in astrocytoma cell. Nevertheless, the distinct roles of STAT3 in astrocytoma's invasion and recurrence have not been elucidated. In this study, we silenced STAT3 using Small interfering RNAs in two human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM cell lines (U251 and U87, and investigated the effect on GBM cell adhesion and invasion. Our results demonstrate that disruption of STAT3 inhibits GBM cell's adhesion and invasion. Knockdown of STAT3 significantly increased E-cadherin but decreased N-cadherin, vascular endothelial growth factor, matrix metalloproteinase 2 and matrix metalloproteinase 9. Additionally, expression of pSTAT3(Tyr705 correlates with astrocytoma WHO classification, Karnofsky performance status scale score, tumor recurrence and survival. Furthermore, pSTAT3(Tyr705 is a significant prognostic factor in astrocytoma. In conclusion, STAT3 may affect astrocytoma invasion, expression of pSTAT3(Tyr705 is a significant prognostic factor in tumor recurrence and overall survival in astrocytoma patients. Therefore, STAT3 may provide a potential target for molecular therapy in human astrocytoma, and pSTAT3(Tyr705could be an important biomarker for astrocytoma prognosis.

  1. Aggressive retinal astrocytoma associated with tuberous sclerosis

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    Tomida M

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Machiko Tomida,1 Yoshinori Mitamura,1 Takashi Katome,1 Hiroshi Eguchi,1 Takeshi Naito,1 Takayuki Harada21Department of Ophthalmology, Institute of Health Biosciences, The University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, 2Visual Research Project, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, Tokyo, JapanAbstract: We report the case of a patient with an aggressive retinal astrocytoma accompanied with macular edema and neovascular vessels, who was initially treated with intravitreal bevacizumab injections. A 24-year-old male presented to our clinic complaining of visual disturbance in his right eye. At 8 years of age, he had been diagnosed as having tuberous sclerosis complex. Fundus examination demonstrated a retinal tumor accompanied with marked neovascular vessels on the surface, retinal hemorrhage, and macular edema. After six monthly intravitreal bevacizumab injections, fundus examination demonstrated marked regression of the macular edema and neovascular vessels. Two months later, a vitreous hemorrhage developed which necessitated pars plana vitrectomy. After additional intravitreal bevacizumab injection for preventing intraoperative bleeding, vitrectomy with endophotocoagulation for the tumor was performed. The vitreous sample was obtained during vitrectomy, and we measured the vascular endothelial growth factor concentration by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The surgically removed epiretinal neovascular membrane and biopsied retinal tumor expressed vascular endothelial growth factor, although several intravitreal bevacizumab injections led to a vitreous vascular endothelial growth factor concentration of undetectable levels. The clinical course and immunohistochemical analyses indicate that intravitreal bevacizumab monotherapy may have been insufficient to treat the aggressive retinal astrocytoma with macular edema and that laser photocoagulation or photodynamic therapy for the tumor should be considered following intravitreal

  2. Radiation Therapy for Pilocytic Astrocytomas of Childhood

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    Purpose: Though radiation therapy is generally considered the most effective treatment for unresectable pilocytic astrocytomas in children, there are few data to support this claim. To examine the efficacy of radiation therapy for pediatric pilocytic astrocytomas, we retrospectively reviewed the experience at our institution. Methods and Materials: Thirty-five patients 18 years old or younger with unresectable tumors and without evidence of neurofibromatosis have been treated since 1982. Patients were treated with local radiation fields to a median dose of 54 Gy. Six patients were treated with radiosurgery to a median dose of 15.5 Gy. Five patients were treated with initial chemotherapy and irradiated after progression. Results: All patients were alive after a median follow-up of 5.0 years. However, progression-free survival was 68.7%. None of 11 infratentorial tumors progressed compared with 6 of 20 supratentorial tumors. A trend toward improved progression-free survival was seen with radiosurgery (80%) compared with external beam alone (66%), but this difference did not reach statistical significance. Eight of the 9 patients progressing after therapy did so within the irradiated volume. Conclusions: Although the survival of these children is excellent, almost one third of patients have progressive disease after definitive radiotherapy. Improvements in tumor control are needed in this patient population, and the optimal therapy has not been fully defined. Prospective trials comparing initial chemotherapy to radiation therapy are warranted.

  3. Pilomyxoid astrocytomas with rare rosenthal fibers.

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    Ma, Xiaomei; Wang, Yin; Liu, Huimin; Yu, Hongyu; He, Jin

    2016-01-01

    Pilomyxoid astrocytomas (PMAs) were first officially described in 2007. Since then, intermediate pilomyxoid tumors with histopathological features typical of both PMAs and pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) have been described. However, we found evidence of tumors that are histologically like PMAs but contain rare Rosenthal fibers, which have been reported in PAs but not in PMAs. We retrospectively analyzed four such cases involving a 16-year-old adolescent with a 3-cm recurring suprasellar tumor, an 11-year-old boy with a nonrecurring 3-cm mass in the left cerebellum, an 18-year-old adolescent with a mass in the suprasellar cistern who died 2 days after total tumor resection, and a 26-year-old woman with a nonrecurring 2-cm mass in the right temporal lobe. Microscopically, the tumors were a monomorphous population of small bipolar cells in a prominent myxoid/mucoid background with rare Rosenthal fibers. The tumor cells infiltrated the adjacent brain parenchyma. Findings for glial fibrillary acidic protein and oligodendrocyte transcription factor were positive, and the Ki-67 protein proliferation index was about 2%. Our findings document the existence of tumors that are histologically like PMAs but also have Rosenthal fibers. Studies of more such cases are needed for clarification of such tumors' clinical features. PMID:26670169

  4. Integrated analysis of mismatch repair system in malignant astrocytomas.

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    Irene Rodríguez-Hernández

    Full Text Available Malignant astrocytomas are the most aggressive primary brain tumors with a poor prognosis despite optimal treatment. Dysfunction of mismatch repair (MMR system accelerates the accumulation of mutations throughout the genome causing uncontrolled cell growth. The aim of this study was to characterize the MMR system defects that could be involved in malignant astrocytoma pathogenesis. We analyzed protein expression and promoter methylation of MLH1, MSH2 and MSH6 as well as microsatellite instability (MSI and MMR gene mutations in a set of 96 low- and high-grade astrocytomas. Forty-one astrocytomas failed to express at least one MMR protein. Loss of MSH2 expression was more frequent in low-grade astrocytomas. Loss of MLH1 expression was associated with MLH1 promoter hypermethylation and MLH1-93G>A promoter polymorphism. However, MSI was not related with MMR protein expression and only 5% of tumors were MSI-High. Furthermore, the incidence of tumors carrying germline mutations in MMR genes was low and only one glioblastoma was associated with Lynch syndrome. Interestingly, survival analysis identified that tumors lacking MSH6 expression presented longer overall survival in high-grade astrocytoma patients treated only with radiotherapy while MSH6 expression did not modify the prognosis of those patients treated with both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Our findings suggest that MMR system alterations are a frequent event in malignant astrocytomas and might help to define a subgroup of patients with different outcome.

  5. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma in an adult woman: Case report.

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    Kibola, Adam H; McClelland, Shearwood; Hlavin, Joseph; Friedman, Jonathan A

    2015-01-01

    Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a recently classified WHO grade II astrocytoma that is histologically similar to pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). Both tumors typically present in childhood, but PMA is more aggressive with higher rates of recurrence and cerebrospinal fluid dissemination. Currently, there is no standardized treatment protocol for PMA although this will change with increased awareness of this disease entity within the neurosurgical community. We present a 22-year-old patient with a left frontal lobe PMA manifesting with atypical radiographic findings. This is the first reported case of PMA in an adult woman. PMID:26458706

  6. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma in an adult woman: Case report

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    Adam H Kibola

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA is a recently classified WHO grade II astrocytoma that is histologically similar to pilocytic astrocytoma (PA. Both tumors typically present in childhood, but PMA is more aggressive with higher rates of recurrence and cerebrospinal fluid dissemination. Currently, there is no standardized treatment protocol for PMA although this will change with increased awareness of this disease entity within the neurosurgical community. We present a 22-year-old patient with a left frontal lobe PMA manifesting with atypical radiographic findings. This is the first reported case of PMA in an adult woman.

  7. DNA methylation analysis of paediatric low-grade astrocytomas identifies a tumour-specific hypomethylation signature in pilocytic astrocytomas.

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    Jeyapalan, Jennie N; Doctor, Gabriel T; Jones, Tania A; Alberman, Samuel N; Tep, Alexander; Haria, Chirag M; Schwalbe, Edward C; Morley, Isabel C F; Hill, Alfred A; LeCain, Magdalena; Ottaviani, Diego; Clifford, Steven C; Qaddoumi, Ibrahim; Tatevossian, Ruth G; Ellison, David W; Sheer, Denise

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    Low-grade gliomas (LGGs) account for about a third of all brain tumours in children. We conducted a detailed study of DNA methylation and gene expression to improve our understanding of the biology of pilocytic and diffuse astrocytomas. Pilocytic astrocytomas were found to have a distinctive signature at 315 CpG sites, of which 312 were hypomethylated and 3 were hypermethylated. Genomic analysis revealed that 182 of these sites are within annotated enhancers. The signature was not present in diffuse astrocytomas, or in published profiles of other brain tumours and normal brain tissue. The AP-1 transcription factor was predicted to bind within 200 bp of a subset of the 315 differentially methylated CpG sites; the AP-1 factors, FOS and FOSL1 were found to be up-regulated in pilocytic astrocytomas. We also analysed splice variants of the AP-1 target gene, CCND1, which encodes cell cycle regulator cyclin D1. CCND1a was found to be highly expressed in both pilocytic and diffuse astrocytomas, but diffuse astrocytomas have far higher expression of the oncogenic variant, CCND1b. These findings highlight novel genetic and epigenetic differences between pilocytic and diffuse astrocytoma, in addition to well-described alterations involving BRAF, MYB and FGFR1. PMID:27229157

  8. [A case of pilocytic astrocytoma in an adult].

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    Murahashi, Takeo; Sato, Kenichi; Ito, Tamio; Ozaki, Yoshimaru; Sugio, Hironori; Nakamura, Hirohiko; Tanaka, Shinya

    2012-09-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma is the most common glioma in children, in whom the majority arise in the cerebellum. In contrast, pilocytic astrocytomas are less common in adults. The most frequent locations involved are the basal ganglia, cerebellum, optic chiasm, and hypothalamus. Overall survival rates are good. The case presented involved a pilocytic astrocytoma of the right parietal lobe in a 36-year-old man. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a small mural nodule in the wall of the cyst, with no edema around the tumor. This nodule showed a hyperintense signal on gadolinium-enhanced MRI. Computed tomography (CT) scanning revealed a hypodense right parietal lobe mass with calcification. At surgery, the cyst contents were aspirated, and the mural nodule was excised. Postoperative radiotherapy was not given. Neuropathological examination revealed a pilocytic astrocytoma (Grade I). The MIB-index was 3.3%. There has been no recurrence after 1 year of postoperative follow-up. PMID:22915701

  9. Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma Occurring in the Third Ventricle

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    Sanghyeon Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA is a rare central nervous system tumor that has been included in the 2007 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System. Due to its more aggressive behavior, PMA is classified as Grade II neoplasm by the World Health Organization. PMA predominantly affects the hypothalamic/chiasmatic region and occurs in children (mean age of occurrence = 10 months. We report a case of a 24-year-old man who presented with headache, nausea, and vomiting. Brain CT and MRI revealed a mass occupying only the third ventricle. We performed partial resection. Histological findings, including monophasic growth with a myxoid background, and absence of Rosenthal fibers or eosinophilic granular bodies, as well as the strong positivity for glial fibrillary acidic protein were consistent with PMA.

  10. Spinal hemangioblastoma combined with pilocytic astrocytoma.

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    Li, Wei-Qing; Wang, Xiang; Zhong, Nan-Zhe; Li, Yi-Ming

    2015-07-01

    The combination of vascular anomalies with gliomas is rarely seen in the CNS, and is defined as "angioglioma". However, the definition, category, and histopathogenesis of angiogliomas remain controversial. Here, we present an unusual case of spinal hemangioblastoma (HB) combined with pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). Spinal MRI revealed lesions extending from T9 to T12 segments, in a "sandwich-like" fashion. After resection of the tumor, histopathologic study confirmed the diagnosis of HB as well as PA. A comprehensive review of the literature was further conducted. We describe a case of spinal HB combined with PA, in addition we discuss the clinicopathological relationship between HB and PA under these conditions, which may facilitate the understanding of the histogenesis of an angioglioma and guide its diagnosis and treatment. PMID:26166599

  11. A case of astrocytoma, 19 year history after BNCT

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    A 39-year-old man had received Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) in 1987 for a Grade II Astrocytoma. He gradually exacerbated and received a second operation in 1994. The mass taken in the second operation is almost competent with radiation necrosis. Following that, he shows no signs of recurrence. Currently, he has returned to full time employment in physical labor. This case suggests effectiveness of BNCT for rather low-grade astrocytomas. (author)

  12. Non-enhancing pilocytic astrocytoma of the spinal cord

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    Larson, David B. [University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Radiology A-030, Denver, CO (United States); Hedlund, Gary L. [Primary Children' s Medical Center, Department of Medical Imaging, Salt Lake, Utah (United States)

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    Pilocytic astrocytomas are among the most common intramedullary spinal cord tumors in the pediatric age group. The presence of contrast enhancement is a major factor used to distinguish these tumors from other spinal cord lesions. We present a case of histologically proved non-enhancing intramedullary spinal cord pilocytic astrocytoma in a 12-year-old girl. This case represents an exception to the conventional wisdom that pediatric spinal neoplasms enhance with administration of intravenous contrast material. (orig.)

  13. Non-enhancing pilocytic astrocytoma of the spinal cord

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    Pilocytic astrocytomas are among the most common intramedullary spinal cord tumors in the pediatric age group. The presence of contrast enhancement is a major factor used to distinguish these tumors from other spinal cord lesions. We present a case of histologically proved non-enhancing intramedullary spinal cord pilocytic astrocytoma in a 12-year-old girl. This case represents an exception to the conventional wisdom that pediatric spinal neoplasms enhance with administration of intravenous contrast material. (orig.)

  14. Follow-up CT scans for low-grade astrocytomas

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    Aoyama, I.; Yamashita, J.; Handa, H.; Nakano, Y. (Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

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    Thirty-seven patients with low-grade astrocytomas, including Kernohans grade 1, grade 2 astrocytoma, pilocytic astrocytoma, and giant cell astrocytoma, have been reviewed with CT scans in a serial study. The CT findings have been evaluated in terms of the density pattern, the mass effect, and the contrast enhancement (CE). Grade 1 and 2 astrocytomas show a low density in 84% of the cases and a positive CE in 13%. There are four follow-up CT types after treatment: Type 1, the disappearance of the low-density area and the mass effect after the operation; Type 2, the persistence of the low-density area without any mass effect; Type 3, a low-density area with an increasing mass effect and with a negative or minimum CE, and Type 4, a rapid increase in the mass effect and CE after a period of remission. Type 2 is the commonest change for low-grade astrocytomas in patients with a good clinical course. Six patients showed Type 4, compatible with a malignant change after a mean remission period of 34 months. CT after radiation therapy shows atrophic changes in 34%, usually three to six months after the therapy, without any further progressive changes.

  15. Follow-up CT scans for low-grade astrocytomas

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    Thirty-seven patients with low-grade astrocytomas, including Kernohans grade 1, grade 2 astrocytoma, pilocytic astrocytoma, and giant cell astrocytoma, have been reviewed with CT scans in a serial study. The CT findings have been evaluated in terms of the density pattern, the mass effect, and the contrast enhancement (CE). Grade 1 and 2 astrocytomas show a low density in 84% of the cases and a positive CE in 13%. There are four follow-up CT types after treatment: Type 1, the disappearance of the low-density area and the mass effect after the operation; Type 2, the persistence of the low-density area without any mass effect; Type 3, a low-density area with an increasing mass effect and with a negative or minimum CE, and Type 4, a rapid increase in the mass effect and CE after a period of remission. Type 2 is the commonest change for low-grade astrocytomas in patients with a good clinical course. Six patients showed Type 4, compatible with a malignant change after a mean remission period of 34 months. CT after radiation therapy shows atrophic changes in 34%, usually three to six months after the therapy, without any further progressive changes. (author)

  16. Transcriptional analysis of aggressiveness and heterogeneity across grades of astrocytomas.

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    Chunjing Wang

    Full Text Available Astrocytoma is the most common glioma, accounting for half of all primary brain and spinal cord tumors. Late detection and the aggressive nature of high-grade astrocytomas contribute to high mortality rates. Though many studies identify candidate biomarkers using high-throughput transcriptomic profiling to stratify grades and subtypes, few have resulted in clinically actionable results. This shortcoming can be attributed, in part, to pronounced lab effects that reduce signature robustness and varied individual gene expression among patients with the same tumor. We addressed these issues by uniformly preprocessing publicly available transcriptomic data, comprising 306 tumor samples from three astrocytoma grades (Grade 2, 3, and 4 and 30 non-tumor samples (normal brain as control tissues. Utilizing Differential Rank Conservation (DIRAC, a network-based classification approach, we examined the global and individual patterns of network regulation across tumor grades. Additionally, we applied gene-based approaches to identify genes whose expression changed consistently with increasing tumor grade and evaluated their robustness across multiple studies using statistical sampling. Applying DIRAC, we observed a global trend of greater network dysregulation with increasing tumor aggressiveness. Individual networks displaying greater differences in regulation between adjacent grades play well-known roles in calcium/PKC, EGF, and transcription signaling. Interestingly, many of the 90 individual genes found to monotonically increase or decrease with astrocytoma grade are implicated in cancer-affected processes such as calcium signaling, mitochondrial metabolism, and apoptosis. The fact that specific genes monotonically increase or decrease with increasing astrocytoma grade may reflect shared oncogenic mechanisms among phenotypically similar tumors. This work presents statistically significant results that enable better characterization of different human

  17. Transcriptional analysis of aggressiveness and heterogeneity across grades of astrocytomas.

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    Wang, Chunjing; Funk, Cory C; Eddy, James A; Price, Nathan D

    2013-01-01

    Astrocytoma is the most common glioma, accounting for half of all primary brain and spinal cord tumors. Late detection and the aggressive nature of high-grade astrocytomas contribute to high mortality rates. Though many studies identify candidate biomarkers using high-throughput transcriptomic profiling to stratify grades and subtypes, few have resulted in clinically actionable results. This shortcoming can be attributed, in part, to pronounced lab effects that reduce signature robustness and varied individual gene expression among patients with the same tumor. We addressed these issues by uniformly preprocessing publicly available transcriptomic data, comprising 306 tumor samples from three astrocytoma grades (Grade 2, 3, and 4) and 30 non-tumor samples (normal brain as control tissues). Utilizing Differential Rank Conservation (DIRAC), a network-based classification approach, we examined the global and individual patterns of network regulation across tumor grades. Additionally, we applied gene-based approaches to identify genes whose expression changed consistently with increasing tumor grade and evaluated their robustness across multiple studies using statistical sampling. Applying DIRAC, we observed a global trend of greater network dysregulation with increasing tumor aggressiveness. Individual networks displaying greater differences in regulation between adjacent grades play well-known roles in calcium/PKC, EGF, and transcription signaling. Interestingly, many of the 90 individual genes found to monotonically increase or decrease with astrocytoma grade are implicated in cancer-affected processes such as calcium signaling, mitochondrial metabolism, and apoptosis. The fact that specific genes monotonically increase or decrease with increasing astrocytoma grade may reflect shared oncogenic mechanisms among phenotypically similar tumors. This work presents statistically significant results that enable better characterization of different human astrocytoma grades

  18. Characterization of a novel anti-cancer compound for astrocytomas.

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    Sang Y Lee

    Full Text Available The standard chemotherapy for brain tumors is temozolomide (TMZ, however, as many as 50% of brain tumors are reportedly TMZ resistant leaving patients without a chemotherapeutic option. We performed serial screening of TMZ resistant astrocytoma cell lines, and identified compounds that are cytotoxic to these cells. The most cytotoxic compound was an analog of thiobarbituric acid that we refer to as CC-I. There is a dose-dependent cytotoxic effect of CC-I in TMZ resistant astrocytoma cells. Cell death appears to occur via apoptosis. Following CC-I exposure, there was an increase in astrocytoma cells in the S and G2/M phases. In in vivo athymic (nu/nu nude mice subcutaneous and intracranial tumor models, CC-I completely inhibited tumor growth without liver or kidney toxicity. Molecular modeling and enzyme activity assays indicate that CC-I selectively inhibits topoisomerase IIα similar to other drugs in its class, but its cytotoxic effects on astrocytoma cells are stronger than these compounds. The cytotoxic effect of CC-I is stronger in cells expressing unmethylated O6-methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT but is still toxic to cells with methylated MGMT. CC-I can also enhance the toxic effect of TMZ on astrocytoma when the two compounds are combined. In conclusion, we have identified a compound that is effective against astrocytomas including TMZ resistant astrocytomas in both cell culture and in vivo brain tumor models. The enhanced cytotoxicity of CC-I and the safety profile of this family of drugs could provide an interesting tool for broader evaluation against brain tumors.

  19. Multiple solid pilocytic astrocytomas in cerebleiium with neurofibromatosis type: A case report

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    Pilocytic astrocytoma usually has a classic imaging manifestation of a solitary, cyst-like mass with a strong contrast-enhancing mural nodule. There is only one published report so far of multiple solid and cyst type pilocytic astrocytomas in the cerebellum in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patient from the United States in 2007. We report a case of pilocytic astrocytoma presenting with only solid, multiple pilocytic astrocytomas in the cerebellum in NF1 patient.

  20. Multiple solid pilocytic astrocytomas in cerebleiium with neurofibromatosis type: A case report

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    Choi, Seo Young; Kim, Myung Soon; Kim, Young Ju [Dept. of Radiology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-15

    Pilocytic astrocytoma usually has a classic imaging manifestation of a solitary, cyst-like mass with a strong contrast-enhancing mural nodule. There is only one published report so far of multiple solid and cyst type pilocytic astrocytomas in the cerebellum in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patient from the United States in 2007. We report a case of pilocytic astrocytoma presenting with only solid, multiple pilocytic astrocytomas in the cerebellum in NF1 patient.

  1. CT and MR findings in pilocytic astrocytomas

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    Purpose: In a retrospective study we examined the predilection sites, the CT and MR morphology and the contrast behaviour of intracranial pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) in a large number of patients. Material and methods: The study consists of 47 patients (18 male, 29 female, mean age 10.1 years) with histologically proven PA. Results: The chief predilection site turned out to be the hypothalamic region (15/47=32%). The other regions involved were (in descending order): Brain hemispheres 8/47=17%; cerebellar vermis 7/47=15%, cerebellar hemispheres; thalamic nuclei and pontomedullar region 4/47=8.5% each; pineal gland 2/47=4%; pons, lamina tecti and optic fascicle 1/47=2% each. The PA presented 24/47=51% cysts; 7/47=15% calcifications; 2/47=4% necrosis and 1/47=2% perifocal oedema. In three cases (3/47=6%) CT and MRI showed no contrast enhancement. Conclusion: PA appear in almost all brain regions but there is a clear preference of the hypothalamic region. PA of the hypothalamic region are a special subgroup. They are often associated with neurofibromatosis 1, tend to infiltrate surrounding structures, and to dissiminate into the intracranial and spinal subarachnoid space. (orig.)

  2. Effects of dexamethasone on C6 astrocytoma radiosensitivity

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    Brain-tumor patients often undergo radiation therapy while receiving corticosteroids for the treatment of cerebral edema. Studies have demonstrated that dexamethasone is radioprotective in a number of cell lines. The C6 astrocytoma cell line is well established in vitro and is modulated by dexamethasone treatment. It has therefore been hypothesized that dexamethasone-treated C6 astrocytoma cells would be more resistant to radiation-induced damage. The present study was carried out to assess this hypothesis using both the in vitro C6 astrocytoma monolayer and three-dimensional multicellular spheroid models. Dexamethasone was inhibitory to the C6 astrocytoma cells in the monolayer preparation, increasing their doubling time by 13%. In the spheroid cultures, dexamethasone treatment decreased the number of cells per spheroid by 46%. Dexamethasone did not affect the plating efficiency of either the cells from the monolayer experiment or those dissociated from spheroids, however, suggesting that the inhibitory effect was not tumoricidal. At a clinical concentration (1.94 x 10(-5) M), dexamethasone did not significantly influence plating efficiency of irradiated C6 astrocytoma cells in monolayer or three-dimensional spheroid cultures

  3. Pilocytic astrocytoma presenting with atypical features on magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Nakano, Yoshiteru; Yamamoto, Junkoh; Takahashi, Mayu; Soejima, Yoshiteru; Akiba, Daisuke; Kitagawa, Takehiro; Ueta, Kunihiro; Miyaoka, Ryo; Umemura, Takeru; Nishizawa, Shigeru

    2015-10-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma, which is classified as a grade I astrocytic tumor by the World Health Organization, is the most common type of glioma in children and young adults. Pilocytic astrocytoma generally appears as a well-circumscribed, contrast-enhancing lesion, frequently with cystic components on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, it has been reported that the MRI appearance of pilocytic astrocytoma may be similar to that of high-grade gliomas in some cases. We here report on 6 cases of pilocytic astrocytoma with atypical MRI findings, including small cyst formation, heterogeneously enhancing tumor nodules, irregularly enhancing tumor nodules, and enhancing tumor nodules with internal hemorrhage. All tumors were successfully resected, and the histological diagnoses were pilocytic astrocytoma. When the tumor is located near a cerebral cistern or ventricle, the risk of leptomeningeal dissemination is increased. Furthermore, partial resection has also been associated with a higher risk of recurrence and leptomeningeal dissemination. To date, all but one patient are alive and recurrence-free. Because the preoperative diagnosis influences the decision on the extent of resection and because of the high risk of leptomeningeal dissemination associated with these tumors, careful and correct diagnosis by MRI is important. PMID:25454397

  4. CLINICOPATHOLOGICAL STUDY OF CEREBELLAR ASTROCYTOMA: REPORT OF THIRTY CASES

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: AIMS: Cerebellar astrocytoma occurs more often in children and young adults than in adults. They are the most common astrocytic tumours in children, accounting for 80 – 85% of cerebellar astrocytomas and 60% of optic gliomas. They comprise about 33% of all posterior fossa tumours in children and represent about 25% of a ll paediatric tumours. The aim of this study was to study the clinicopathological features and analyze the clinical outcome, complications and prognosis of total or subtotal excision of cerebellar astrocytomas . METHODS AND MATERIAL: In the present study, the sex distribution was male predominance: 17 patients were male and 13 were female. The age at diagnosis varied from 4 years to 28 years. 84% of the patients were below 20 years of age. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: H istopathological examinations showed low grade astrocytoma and two cases had malignant tumors which were pilocytic and non pilocytic. Reccur e nce and mortality in the present study showed that 1 patient had recurrence. Out of 30 cases, 2 patients expired (6%. The cause of death was brain stem dys function probably due to brainstem infiltration. In conclusion, the present study may be of importance to clinicians to establish the correct diagnosis and proper therapy about cerebellar astrocytomas.

  5. Pilocytic Astrocytoma with subarachnoidal spread; Pilozytisches Astrozytom mit subarachnoidaler Dissemination

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    Braun-Fischer, A. [Abt. fuer Strahlentherapie der Radiologischen Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Romeike, B.F.M. [Abt. fuer Neuropathologie der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Eymann, R. [Neurochirurgische Klinik der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Glas, B.; Reiche, W. [Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie der Radiologischen Klinik der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Riesinger, P. [Kinderklinik der Universitaetskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany)

    1997-11-01

    Pilocytic Astrocytomas (WHO I) are histopathologically tumors of glial origin occuring predominantly in chlidhood and adolescence. Normally, they are characterized by a benign clinical course, with a long overall survival time and a high rate of complete remission. The rare case of pilocytic astrocytoma, primarily located in the third ventricular region, with generalized subarachnoidal spread is described. In the 10 years of followup, the histopathologic findings of the seedings remained those of a typical pilocytic astrocytoma; tumor progression did not occur. (orig.) [Deutsch] Das pilozytische Astrozytom (WHO I) ist ein glialer Tumor des Kindes- und Jungendalters, der sich in der Regel durch einen gutartigen klinischen Verlauf mit langen Ueberlebenszeiten und hohen Heilungsraten auszeichnet. Im folgenden berichten wir ueber den seltenen Fall eines pilozytischen Astrozytoms mit Primaersitz im Chiasmabereich, das zu einer Dissemination im gesamten Subarachnoidalraum gefuehrt hatte. Auch zum Zeitpunkt des Todes war ein uebliches pilozytisches Astrozytom nachweisbar; eine Progression des Tumors hatte histomorphologisch nicht stattgefunden. (orig.)

  6. Holocord low grade astrocytoma - Role of radical irradiation and chemotherapy

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    Spinal intradural tumors, especially those extending along the entire length of the spinal cord, termed as ‘holocord’ tumors are uncommon. Most of these are gliomas, with astrocytomas (low grade) predominating in children and ependymomas in adults. Other histologies, though reported, are even rarer. Management is debatable, with both surgery and radiotherapy of such extensive tumors posing challenges. We describe a case of a 14-year-old girl with holocord astrocytoma extending from cervicomedullary junction till lumbar spine, who recovered full neurological function following radical irradiation of entire spine followed by temozolomide-based chemotherapy. No grade 3/4 bone marrow morbidity was seen. Five years following treatment, she maintained normal neurological function and apparently normal pubertal and skeletal growth despite residual disease visible on imaging. Literature review of existing reports of holocord astrocytomas highlighting management and outcome is presented.

  7. Identification of astrocytoma associated genes including cell surface markers

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    Despite intense effort the treatment options for the invasive astrocytic tumors are still limited to surgery and radiation therapy, with chemotherapy showing little or no increase in survival. The generation of Serial Analysis of Gene Expression (SAGE) profiles is expected to aid in the identification of astrocytoma-associated genes and highly expressed cell surface genes as molecular therapeutic targets. SAGE tag counts can be easily added to public expression databases and quickly disseminated to research efforts worldwide. We generated and analyzed the SAGE transcription profiles of 25 primary grade II, III and IV astrocytomas [1]. These profiles were produced as part of the Cancer Genome Anatomy Project's SAGE Genie [2], and were used in an in silico search for candidate therapeutic targets by comparing astrocytoma to normal brain transcription. Real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry were used for the validation of selected candidate target genes in 2 independent sets of primary tumors. A restricted set of tumor-associated genes was identified for each grade that included genes not previously associated with astrocytomas (e.g. VCAM1, SMOC1, and thymidylate synthetase), with a high percentage of cell surface genes. Two genes with available antibodies, Aquaporin 1 and Topoisomerase 2A, showed protein expression consistent with transcript level predictions. This survey of transcription in malignant and normal brain tissues reveals a small subset of human genes that are activated in malignant astrocytomas. In addition to providing insights into pathway biology, we have revealed and quantified expression for a significant portion of cell surface and extra-cellular astrocytoma genes

  8. Identification of astrocytoma associated genes including cell surface markers

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    Eberhart Charles G

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite intense effort the treatment options for the invasive astrocytic tumors are still limited to surgery and radiation therapy, with chemotherapy showing little or no increase in survival. The generation of Serial Analysis of Gene Expression (SAGE profiles is expected to aid in the identification of astrocytoma-associated genes and highly expressed cell surface genes as molecular therapeutic targets. SAGE tag counts can be easily added to public expression databases and quickly disseminated to research efforts worldwide. Methods We generated and analyzed the SAGE transcription profiles of 25 primary grade II, III and IV astrocytomas 1. These profiles were produced as part of the Cancer Genome Anatomy Project's SAGE Genie 2, and were used in an in silico search for candidate therapeutic targets by comparing astrocytoma to normal brain transcription. Real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry were used for the validation of selected candidate target genes in 2 independent sets of primary tumors. Results A restricted set of tumor-associated genes was identified for each grade that included genes not previously associated with astrocytomas (e.g. VCAM1, SMOC1, and thymidylate synthetase, with a high percentage of cell surface genes. Two genes with available antibodies, Aquaporin 1 and Topoisomerase 2A, showed protein expression consistent with transcript level predictions. Conclusions This survey of transcription in malignant and normal brain tissues reveals a small subset of human genes that are activated in malignant astrocytomas. In addition to providing insights into pathway biology, we have revealed and quantified expression for a significant portion of cell surface and extra-cellular astrocytoma genes.

  9. Pilocytic astrocytoma: pathology, molecular mechanisms and markers.

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    Collins, V Peter; Jones, David T W; Giannini, Caterina

    2015-06-01

    Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) were recognized as a discrete clinical entity over 70 years ago. They are relatively benign (WHO grade I) and have, as a group, a 10-year survival of over 90%. Many require merely surgical removal and only very infrequently do they progress to more malignant gliomas. While most show classical morphology, they may present a spectrum of morphological patterns, and there are difficult cases that show similarities to other gliomas, some of which are malignant and require aggressive treatment. Until recently, almost nothing was known about the molecular mechanisms involved in their development. The use of high-throughput sequencing techniques interrogating the whole genome has shown that single abnormalities of the mitogen-activating protein kinase (MAPK) pathway are exclusively found in almost all cases, indicating that PA represents a one-pathway disease. The most common mechanism is a tandem duplication of a ≈2 Mb-fragment of #7q, giving rise to a fusion between two genes, resulting in a transforming fusion protein, consisting of the N-terminus of KIAA1549 and the kinase domain of BRAF. Additional infrequent fusion partners have been identified, along with other abnormalities of the MAP-K pathway, affecting tyrosine kinase growth factor receptors at the cell surface (e.g., FGFR1) as well as BRAF V600E, KRAS, and NF1 mutations among others. However, while the KIAA1549-BRAF fusion occurs in all areas, the incidence of the various other mutations identified differs in PAs that develop in different regions of the brain. Unfortunately, from a diagnostic standpoint, almost all mutations found have been reported in other brain tumor types, although some retain considerable utility. These molecular abnormalities will be reviewed, and the difficulties in their potential use in supporting a diagnosis of PA, when the histopathological findings are equivocal or in the choice of individualized therapy, will be discussed. PMID:25792358

  10. Mislocalization of the exitatory amino-acid transporters (EAATs) in human astrocytoma and non-astrocytoma cancer cells: effect of the cell confluence

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    Varini Karine; Benzaria Amal; Taïeb Nadira; Di Scala Coralie; Azmi Amanda; Graoudi Soraya; Maresca Marc

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Astrocytomas are cancers of the brain in which high levels of extracellular glutamate plays a critical role in tumor growth and resistance to conventional treatments. This is due for part to a decrease in the activity of the glutamate transporters, i.e. the Excitatory Amino Acid Transporters or EAATs, in relation to their nuclear mislocalization in astrocytoma cells. Although non-astrocytoma cancers express EAATs, the localization of EAATs and the handling of L-glutamate i...

  11. Long-Term Sequelae after Cerebellar Astrocytoma Surgery

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    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available The long-term effects on neurologic, neuropsychological, and behavioral functioning in a consecutive series of 23 children treated surgically for cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma without additional radio- and chemotherapy are determined in a study at Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and other medical centers.

  12. Intracranial Gossypiboma Mimicking a Recurrent Low Grade Astrocytoma : Case Report

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    Lee, Jin Young; Koo, Joon Bum [Dept. of Radiology, Dongguk University Il-San Hospital, Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    Gossypiboma is an inflammatory pseudomass formed by a retained surgical sponge or gauze with reactive tissue after surgery. Gossypiboma has been reported most frequently after abdominal or thoracic surgery. As such, gossypiboma following brain surgery is very rare. We report a case of gossypiboma mimicking tumor recurrence in the brain after a craniotomy and surgical excision of a low grade astrocytoma.

  13. Neurotrophin receptors expression and JNK pathway activation in human astrocytomas

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    Neurotrophins are growth factors that regulate cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis in the nervous system. Their diverse actions are mediated through two different transmembrane – receptor signaling systems: Trk receptor tyrosine kinases (TrkA, TrkB, TrkC) and p75NTR neurotrophin receptor. Trk receptors promote cell survival and differentiation while p75NTR induces, in most cases, the activity of JNK-p53-Bax apoptosis pathway or suppresses intracellular survival signaling cascades. Robust Trk activation blocks p75NTR -induced apoptosis by suppressing the JNK-p53-Bax pathway. The aim of this exploratory study was to investigate the expression levels of neurotrophin receptors, Trks and p75NTR, and the activation of JNK pathway in human astrocytomas and in adjacent non-neoplastic brain tissue. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded serial sections from 33 supratentorial astrocytomas (5 diffuse fibrillary astrocytomas, WHO grade II; 6 anaplastic astrocytomas, WHO grade III; 22 glioblastomas multiforme, WHO grade IV) were immunostained following microwave pretreatment. Polyclonal antibodies against TrkA, TrkB, TrkC and monoclonal antibodies against p75NTR and phosphorylated forms of JNK (pJNK) and c-Jun (pc-Jun) were used. The labeling index (LI), defined as the percentage of positive (labeled) cells out of the total number of tumor cells counted, was determined. Moderate to strong, granular cytoplasmic immunoreactivity for TrkA, TrkB and TrkC receptors was detected in greater than or equal to 10% of tumor cells in the majority of tumors independently of grade; on the contrary, p75NTR receptor expression was found in a small percentage of tumor cells (~1%) in some tumors. The endothelium of tumor capillaries showed conspicuous immunoreactivity for TrkB receptor. Trk immunoreactivity seemed to be localized in some neurons and astrocytes in non-neoplastic tissue. Phosphorylated forms of JNK (pJNK) and c-Jun (pc-Jun) were significantly co-expressed in a tumor grade

  14. Diffuse spinal leptomeningeal spread of a pilocytic astrocytoma in a 3-year-old child

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    Ameer Alyeldien; Sarah Teuber-Hanselmann; Azad Cheko; Tanja Höll; Martin Scholz; Petridis, Athanasios K

    2016-01-01

    Pilocytic astrocytomas correspond to lowgrade gliomas and therefore metastasize exceedingly rare. However, pilocytic astrocytomas are able to and leptomeningeal dissemination may be seen. What are the treatment options of these cases? We present a case report of a 3-year-old child with a pilocytic astrocytoma of the optic chiasm with leptomeningeal dissemination of the spinal meninges. Partial resection of the cerebral tumor has been performed. Since the leptomeningeal dissemination was seen ...

  15. {sup 201}Thallium SPECT, accuracy in astrocytoma diagnosis and treatment evaluation

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    The aims of the studies included in this thesis were: - to investigate the reliability of {sup 201}Thallium single photon emission computed tomography. Tl SPECT for preoperative diagnosis and histological staging of malignant astrocytomas in comparison with CT; - to develop a method for quantification of cerebral thallium uptake, and to evaluate the quantitative measurement in comparison with CT, for astrocytoma treatment follow-up purposes; - to compare quantitative Tl SPECT and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-MRS) with conventional MR imagingfor astrocytoma monitoring, and to evaluate associations between change of morphological tumour characteristics during treatment and changes of cerebral thallium uptake and metabolic ratios. Results and conclusions: - High TI-index, calculated as a ratio comparing tumour uptake to uptake in the contralateral hemisphere, is an indicator of highly malignant astrocytoma. Differentiation between the high-grade astrocytomas, the low-grade astrocytomas, and infectious lesions is only partial, with an overlap of Tl-indexes between these groups. High-grade astrocytomas that do not show contrast enhancement on CT, and astrocytomas with central necrosis and moderate ring-enhancement, tend to be underestimated when evaluated by Tl-index calculation. Tl SPECT is not a reliable method for non-invasive tumour staging among the group of highly malignant astrocytomas. - Quantification of cerebral TI-uptake, defining the volume of viable tumour tissue, is a new method for astrocytoma chemotherapy monitoring. Results suggest that the method provides prognostic information, and information of treatment efficacy, at an earlier stage than CT. - We did not find a higher accuracy of quantitative Tl SPECT than of MR for monitoring purposes and our results indicated that treatment induced MR changes were interrelated with TI-uptake variations. - Multi-voxel H-MRS was difficult to apply for astrocytoma treatment monitoring, due to the

  16. ED-31RECURRENT PILOCYTIC ASTROCYTOMA OF THE CORPUS CALLOSUM IN A PATIENT WITH NEUROFIBROMATOSIS TYPE 1

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    Tathireddy, Harshavardana; Lin, Julian; Gujrati, Meena; Zagardo, Michael; Fernandez, Karen; Antony, Reuben

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    CASE REPORT: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) associated pilocytic astrocytomas occur most frequently in the optic pathway, hypothalamus and brainstem. Astrocytomas of the corpus callosum are relatively rare in this population (about 15% of NF1 associated intracranial tumors) and have not been well characterized. We report a 12 year old boy with a recurrent NF1 associated pilocytic astrocytoma of the corpus callosum. Our patient has ADHD, Tourette's syndrome and hyperplasia of the left optic ne...

  17. Expression of delta-catenin is associated with progression of human astrocytoma

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    MingHao Wang; Qianze Dong; Di Zhang; YunJie Wang

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    Abstract Background δ-Catenin (CTNND2), which encodes a scaffold protein in humans, has been found in a few malignancies. However, the expression pattern and contribution of δ-catenin to astrocytoma progression are unclear. Methods We investigated δ-catenin expression in human astrocytoma samples and its function in astrocytoma cell lines using immunohistochemistry, siRNA knockdown, transfection, MTT, transwell migration and Rac1 pulldown techniques. Results δ-Catenin protein expression was d...

  18. Spontaneous malignant transformation of a supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma.

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    Otero-Rodríguez, A; Sarabia-Herrero, R; García-Tejeiro, M; Zamora-Martínez, T

    2010-06-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is a circumscribed neoplasia considered as a grade I astrocytoma by the World Health Organization. Its most common location is the cerebellum and it develops during the first two decades of the life. Prognosis is mostly excellent if gross-total resection can be achieved, with 10-year survival rates of up to 80%. Anaplastic or malignant transformation (MT) can rarely occur and is usually related to previous radiation. Spontaneous MT has exceptionally been reported. Histological criteria for diagnosis of MT are unclear, so no consensus exists. We present an atypical case of MT of a frontal PA without previous radiotherapy in a 28 years old patient. Also, we review the literature about prognostic factors of PA and discuss histological features that are considered as anaplastic or malignant in the PA. PMID:20571729

  19. Malignant transformation of a chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in a patient with diencephalic syndrome

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    Wal, Ester P.J. van der; Edwards-Brown, Mary [Department of Radiology, Indiana University, Division of Neuroradiology, James Whitcomb Riley Children' s Hospital, 702 Barnhill Drive, MRI Suite, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5200 (United States); Azzarelli, Biagio [Department of Pathology, Division of Neuropathology, Indiana University, Medical Science Building, A140, 635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120 (United States)

    2003-03-01

    Chiasmatic gliomas with metastatic spread are rare in children and are usually associated with diencephalic syndrome. They are mostly pilocytic astrocytomas and their transformation to high-grade astrocytomas has never previously been reported in the pediatric population. We report leptomeningeal spread of a chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in a child presenting with diencephalic syndrome. He was treated with chemotherapy and radiation. The tumor recurred with transformation into a high-grade astrocytoma. Radiation therapy may have played a role in transformation of the tumor, but more research is needed to further clarify the biological behavior of this tumor. (orig.)

  20. Differential expression of the RNA-binding motif protein 3 in human astrocytoma

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    ZHANG Hai-tao; ZHANG Zhi-wen; XUE Jing-hui; KONG Hai-bo; LIU Ai-jun; LI Shou-chun; LIU Yu-xiao

    2013-01-01

    Background The RNA-binding motif protein 3 (RBM3),which is transcriptionally induced by low temperature and hypoxia,has recently been found to be upregulated in human tumors.However,its expression status in human astrocytoma is not well defined.This article focuses on the differential expression of RBM3 in human astrocytomas of different grades and normal brain tissues.Methods RBM3 was detected in astrocytomas and normal brain tissues by quantitative real-time PCR,immunohistochemistry,and Western blotting.Analysis of variance was performed on the data from quantitative real-time PCR.The Fisher's exact test was used to analyze the immunohistochemistry results.A P-value of less than 0.05 indicates a statistically significant difference.Results On one hand,the mRNA expression levels of three X-chromosome-related RBM genes (RBMX,RBM3,and RBM10) were detected by quantitative real-time PCR.The results showed that there were no significant differences in RBMX and RBM10 mRNA expression levels in human astrocytomas of different grades and normal brain tissues.However,RBM3 mRNA expression levels were elevated in high-grade (World Health Organization (WHO) Grade Ⅲ-Ⅳ) astrocytomas versus low-grade (WHO Grade Ⅰ-Ⅱ) astrocytomas (5.06±0.66 vs.1.60±0.58; P <0.05) or normal controls (5.06±0.66 vs.1.03±0.22; P <0.05) as determined by quantitative real-time PCR analysis.On the other hand,immunohistochemistry showed an increased RBM3 labeling index in astrocytomas of different grades and normal brain tissues (positive staining rate:astrocytoma Grade Ⅳ,92.9%; astrocytoma Grade Ⅲ,81.8%; astrocytoma Grade Ⅰ-Ⅱ,50%;normal brain tissues,37.5%; high-grade astrocytoma versus normal brain tissues,P <0.05; high-grade astrocytoma versus low-grade astrocytoma,P <0.05).The higher protein levels of RBM3 were also validated in high-grade astrocytomas and low-grade astrocytomas compared with normal brain tissues by Western blotting.Conclusions These

  1. Overexpression of vascular adhesion protein-1 is associated with poor prognosis of astrocytomas.

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    Kostoro, Joanna; Chang, Shu-Jyuan; Clark Lai, Yen-Chang; Wu, Chun-Chieh; Chai, Chee-Yin; Kwan, Aij-Lie

    2016-06-01

    Vascular adhesion protein-1 (VAP-1) is one of the endothelial adhesion molecules that is believed to play a role in tumor progression and metastasis, supporting cancer cell extravasation. Very few studies have been performed on analyzing the contribution of VAP-1 in brain tumor. Astrocytomas are the most common type of brain tumors, which are classified by World Health Organization (WHO) into four grades according to the degree of malignancy. This study was designed to investigate VAP-1 expression level in different astrocytoma grades and its correlation with clinicopathological features as well as prognosis of astrocytoma patients. Eighty-seven patients with different grades of astrocytoma (WHO Grade I-Grade IV) were enrolled in this study. The expression of VAP-1 was assayed by immunohistochemistry. The correlation between VAP-1 expression and clinicopathological features was evaluated by Chi-square test, and overall survival was analyzed by Kaplan-Meier method. Cox regression analysis was applied to analyze the independent influence of each parameter on overall survival. The expression level of VAP-1 was significantly higher in diffuse astrocytoma than those of pilocytic astrocytoma (p astrocytoma and VAP-1(low) tumors in pilocytic astrocytoma (p astrocytoma. PMID:26935340

  2. Expression of aquaporin8 in human astrocytomas: Correlation with pathologic grade

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    Zhu, Shu-juan; Wang, Ke-jian; Gan, Sheng-wei; Xu, Jin; Xu, Shi-ye; Sun, Shan-quan, E-mail: sunsq2151@cqmu.edu.cn

    2013-10-11

    Highlights: •AQP8 is mainly distributed in the cytoplasm of human astrocytoma cells. •AQP8 over-expressed in human astrocytomas, especially glioblastoma. •The up-regulation of AQP8 is related to the pathological grade of human astrocytomas. •AQP8 may contribute to the growth and proliferation of astrocytomas. -- Abstract: Aquaporin8 (AQP8), a member of the aquaporin (AQP) protein family, is weakly distributed in mammalian brains. Previous studies on AQP8 have focused mainly on the digestive and the reproductive systems. AQP8 has a pivotal role in keeping the fluid and electrolyte balance. In this study, we investigated the expression changes of AQP8 in 75 cases of human brain astrocytic tumors using immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The results demonstrated that AQP8 was mainly distributed in the cytoplasm of astrocytoma cells. The expression levels and immunoreactive score of AQP8 protein and mRNA increased in low-grade astrocytomas, and further increased in high-grade astrocytomas, especially in glioblastoma. Therefore, AQP8 may contribute to the proliferation of astrocytomas, and may be a biomarker and candidate therapy target for patients with astrocytomas.

  3. Epidermal growth factor receptor and proliferating cell nuclear antigen in astrocytomas

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    Maiti Arpan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: The involvement of various growth factors, growth factor receptors and proliferative markers in the molecular pathogenesis of astrocytic neoplasms are being studied extensively. Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR gene overexpression occurs in nearly 50% of cases of glioblastoma. Since EGFR and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA are involved in mitogenic signal transduction and cellular proliferation pathway, we have studied the correlation between the expression of EGFR and PCNA labeling index in astrocytic tumors. Materials and Methods: We investigated the immunohistochemical expression of EGFR and PCNA using the appropriate monoclonal antibodies in 40 cases of astrocytic tumors of which 21 cases were glioblastoma, eight cases were Grade III or anaplastic astrocytomas and six cases were Grade II or diffuse astrocytomas and five cases were Grade I or pilocytic astrocytomas. Results: Both the EGFR expression and PCNA labeling index increase with increasing grades of astrocytomas with a significantly high percentage of cells showing positive staining for both EGFR and PCNA in GBM and Grade III astrocytomas compared to Grade II astrocytomas. The expression levels of both EGFR and PCNA were low in Grade I or pilocytic astrocytomas. Conclusions: A significant correlation was found between EGFR overexpression and PCNA labeling index in Grade III and Grade II astrocytomas and glioblastoma. These suggest that the tumor proliferation, at least in higher grades of astrocytomas is dependent in some measure on EGF and EGFR-related signaling pathways.

  4. Malignant transformation of a chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in a patient with diencephalic syndrome

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    Chiasmatic gliomas with metastatic spread are rare in children and are usually associated with diencephalic syndrome. They are mostly pilocytic astrocytomas and their transformation to high-grade astrocytomas has never previously been reported in the pediatric population. We report leptomeningeal spread of a chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in a child presenting with diencephalic syndrome. He was treated with chemotherapy and radiation. The tumor recurred with transformation into a high-grade astrocytoma. Radiation therapy may have played a role in transformation of the tumor, but more research is needed to further clarify the biological behavior of this tumor. (orig.)

  5. Stereotactic radiation therapy for progressive residual pilocytic astrocytomas.

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    Lizarraga, Karlo J; Gorgulho, Alessandra; Lee, Steve P; Rauscher, Glenn; Selch, Michael T; DeSalles, Antonio A F

    2012-08-01

    This report shows the results of stereotactic radiation therapy for progressive residual pilocytic astrocytomas. Medical records of patients who had undergone stereotactic radiation therapy for a progressive residual pilocytic astrocytoma were reviewed. Between 1995 and 2010, 12 patients with progression of a residual pilocytic astrocytoma underwent stereotactic radiation therapy at UCLA. Presentation was headache (4), visual defects (3), hormonal disturbances (2), gelastic seizures (2) and ataxia (1). MRI showed a cystic (9), mixed solid/cystic (2) or solid tumor (1); located in the hypothalamus (5), midbrain (3), thalamus (2), optic chiasm (1) or deep cerebellum (1). Median age was 21 years (range 5-41). Nine tumors received stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT). Three tumors received stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), two of them to their choline positive regions. SRT median total dose was 50.4 Gy (40-50.4 Gy) in a median of 28 fractions (20-28), using a median fraction dose of 1.8 Gy (1.8-2 Gy) to a median target volume of 6.5 cm(3). (2.4-33.57 cm(3)) SRS median dose was 18.75 Gy (16.66-20 Gy) to a median target volume of 1.69 cm(3) (0.74-2.22 cm(3)). Median follow-up time was 37.5 months. Actuarial long-term progression-free and disease-specific survival probabilities were 73.3 and 91.7 %, respectively. No radiation-induced complications were observed. Stereotactic radiation therapy is a safe and effective modality to control progressive residual pilocytic astrocytomas. Better outcomes are obtained with SRT to entire tumor volumes than with SRS targeting choline positive tumor regions. PMID:22644536

  6. Cerebellar cystic hemangioblastoma and cystic astrocytoma : differentiation on MR imaging

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    Yu, In Kyu; Chang, Kee Hyun; Han, Moon Hee; Kim, In One; Yeon, Kyung Mo [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Song, Chi Sung; Lee, Sang Hyung [Boramae Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-08-01

    To determine differential points, if any, on MR imaging between cerebellar cystic hemangioblastoma and cystic astrocytoma. MR images of patients with sugically proven cerebellar cystic hemangioblastomas (n=12) and cystic astrocytomas (n=14) were retrospectively reviewed with regard to the following point: size, location and signal intensity of the tumor ; tumor margin; presence, size and location of the enhancing mural nodule; vascule signal voids, internal septations, enhancing fearure of the cyst wall, secondary findings (degree of peritumoral edema and presence of hydrocephalus ) and the patient's age. The significant (p<.05) differential points were vascular signal voids, which were the most important clue, as well as the presence of an enhancing mural nodule, tumor margin, enhancing featrure of the cyst wall and the patient's age. If the patient was an adult and presented an enhancing mural nodule with adjacent vascular signal voids and smooth tumor margin, then cysitc hemangioblastoma was suggested, while the presence of an irregular-margined thick enhancing cyst wall, mural nodule without adjacent vascular signal voids and pediatric age were suggestive of cystic astrocytoma. On MR imaging, there are certain significant differential points between these similar-appearing tumors and these would be useful for a more accurate diagnosis.

  7. CT and MR findings of supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Pilocytic astrocytoma is a benign tumor predominantly arising from cerebellum in pediatric age. But it occasionally arises in supratentorium. We describe radiologic findings of supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma. Eleven CT and 7 MR examination in 11 patients were retrospectively reviewed with attention to location,CT density, MR signal intensity, and degree and pattern of contrast enhancement on CT and MR. The tumors were located around the third ventricle (hypothalamus in three cases, optic chiasm in three cases) and in cerebral hemisphere (temporal lobe in three cases, frontal lobe in one case, thalamus in three cases). On CT, the tumors were all sharply demarcated and rarely associated with edema. The tumors showed moderate to strong contrast enhancement. Necrosis appeared frequently in tumors around the third ventricle in contrast to frequent cyst formation in hemispheric masses. On MR, the tumors appeared hypo- or isointense on T1- weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images. After administration of contrast agent, the tumors showed intense enhancement more than that of CT. The typical location and radiologic findings described above are helpful in the diagnosis of the supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma

  8. CT and MR findings of supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Kim, Eun Kyung; Kim, Dong Ik; Chung, Tae Sub [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Jung Ho [Ajou University College of Medicine, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

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    Pilocytic astrocytoma is a benign tumor predominantly arising from cerebellum in pediatric age. But it occasionally arises in supratentorium. We describe radiologic findings of supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma. Eleven CT and 7 MR examination in 11 patients were retrospectively reviewed with attention to location,CT density, MR signal intensity, and degree and pattern of contrast enhancement on CT and MR. The tumors were located around the third ventricle (hypothalamus in three cases, optic chiasm in three cases) and in cerebral hemisphere (temporal lobe in three cases, frontal lobe in one case, thalamus in three cases). On CT, the tumors were all sharply demarcated and rarely associated with edema. The tumors showed moderate to strong contrast enhancement. Necrosis appeared frequently in tumors around the third ventricle in contrast to frequent cyst formation in hemispheric masses. On MR, the tumors appeared hypo- or isointense on T1- weighted images and hyperintense on T2-weighted images. After administration of contrast agent, the tumors showed intense enhancement more than that of CT. The typical location and radiologic findings described above are helpful in the diagnosis of the supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma.

  9. Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor originally diagnosed as astrocytoma and oligodendroglioma

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    Diego Cassol Dozza

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT, described in 1988 and introduced in the WHO classification in 1993, affects predominantly children or young adults causing intractable complex partial seizures. Since it is benign and treated with surgical resection, its recognition is important. It has similarities with low-grade gliomas and gangliogliomas, which may recur and become malignant. OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether DNT was previously diagnosed as astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, or ganglioglioma and to determine its frequency in a series of low-grade glial/glio-neuronal tumors. METHODS: Clinical, radiological, and histological aspects of 58 tumors operated from 1978 to 2008, classified as astrocytomas (32, including 8 pilocytic, oligodendrogliomas (12, gangliogliomas (7, and DNT (7, were reviewed. RESULTS: Four new DNT, one operated before 1993, previously classified as astrocytoma (3 and oligodendroglioma (1, were identified. One DNT diagnosed in 2002 was classified once more as angiocentric glioma. Therefore, 10 DNT (17.2% were identified. CONCLUSIONS: Clinical-radiological and histopathological correlations have contributed to diagnose the DNT.

  10. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy reflects cellular proliferative activity in astrocytomas

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    We examined whether proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) could provide accurate information on histological grade and cell proliferation in astrocytomas. We studied 23 patients with astrocytomas: five grade II, 10 grade III and eight with grade IV (glioblastoma multiforme). We performed proton MRS and determined the Ki-67 labeling index (LI), a tumour proliferation marker, in the same areas of the astrocytomas, and examined the statistical relationship between proton MRS and Ki-67 LI. The N-acetylaspartate (NAA)/creatine-phosphocreatine (Cr) and NAA/choline (Cho)-containing compound ratios were always significantly lower and the Cho/Cr ratios significantly higher than those for normal brain. The Cho/Cr ratio correlated positively and the NAA/Cho ratio inversely with Ki-67 LI. These findings suggest that the Cho signal in proton MRS reflects cellular proliferation. In Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, there was no significant difference between high (> 2.0, 14 cases) and low (< 2.0, 9 cases) Cho/cr ratio groups. (orig.)

  11. Nitroproteins in Human Astrocytomas Discovered by Gel Electrophoresis and Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Peng, Fang; Li, Jianglin; Guo, Tianyao; Yang, Haiyan; Li, Maoyu; Sang, Shushan; Li, Xuejun; Desiderio, Dominic M.; Zhan, Xianquan

    2015-12-01

    Protein tyrosine nitration is involved in the pathogenesis of highly fatal astrocytomas, a type of brain cancer. To understand the molecular mechanisms of astrocytomas and to discover new biomarkers/therapeutic targets, we sought to identify nitroproteins in human astrocytoma tissue. Anti-nitrotyrosine immunoreaction-positive proteins from a high-grade astrocytoma tissue were detected with two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE)-based nitrotyrosine immunoblots, and identified with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Fifty-seven nitrotyrosine immunopositive protein spots were detected. A total of 870 proteins (nitrated and non-nitrated) in nitrotyrosine-immunopositive 2D gel spots were identified, and 18 nitroproteins and their 20 nitrotyrosine sites were identified with MS/MS analysis. These nitroproteins participate in multiple processes, including drug-resistance, signal transduction, cytoskeleton, transcription and translation, cell proliferation and apoptosis, immune response, phenotypic dedifferentiation, cell migration, and metastasis. Among those nitroproteins that might play a role in astrocytomas was nitro-sorcin, which is involved in drug resistance and metastasis and might play a role in the spread and treatment of an astrocytoma. Semiquantitative immune-based measurements of different sorcin expressions were found among different grades of astrocytomas relative to controls, and a semiquantitative increased nitration level in high-grade astrocytoma relative to control. Nitro-β-tubulin functions in cytoskeleton and cell migration. Semiquantitative immunoreactivity of β-tubulin showed increased expression among different grades of astrocytomas relative to controls and semiquantitatively increased nitration level in high-grade astrocytoma relative to control. Each nitroprotein was rationalized and related to the corresponding functional system to provide new insights into tyrosine nitration and its potential role in the

  12. Chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in childhood with leptomeningeal dissemination at recurrence: A case report and review of literature

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Pilocytic astrocytoma is a benign variety of gliomas, which rarely spreads along the neuraxis. Leptomeningeal dissemination of pilocytic astrocytoma in children, either at the time of initial presentation or at recurrence, is a rare event. We report a case of chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in a 4-year-old child with leptomeningeal dissemination at recurrence. A review of the literature is done regarding dissemination patterns, clinical picture, treatment, and outcome of pilocytic astrocytoma with leptomeningeal dissemination.

  13. Pilocytic astrocytoma with neoplastic gemistocytes undergoing spontaneous transformation to glioblastoma multiforme without prior radiotherapy.

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    Privett, Benjamin J; Liubinas, Simon V; Tsui, Alpha; Gonzales, Michael; Lo, Patrick

    2011-05-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma, the most common glioma of childhood, is considered a clinically benign tumour. Malignant transformation of this tumour is rare and thought to occur almost exclusively in the setting of prior radiotherapy. We describe a patient with mixed pilocytic and gemistocytic astrocytoma which transformed into a glioblastoma multiforme, leading to rapid deterioration and death of the patient, without prior radiotherapy. PMID:21349721

  14. Expression Profile of MiR-128 in the Astrocytoma Patients and Cell Lines.

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    Xu, Jingjing; Liu, Yuqiong; Guo, Si; Ma, Shengli; Xiao, Lin; Wei, Na; Xue, Rui

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    Malignant astrocytomas are the most common primary brain tumors. The critical characterizes of astrocyomas are their aggressive and infiltrative in the brain, which leads to uncontrollable by conventional forms of therapy. MicroRNAs are small RNAs that had been found to regulate their targets by specific binding to the 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of mRNA. Recent advances in understanding the molecular biology of these tumors have revealed that microRNA (miRNA) disruption may play important roles in the pathogenesis of astrocytomas. And some of the miRNA alterations were found in the serum of astrocytoma patients. In this study, we studied the expression profile of miR-128, in the different stages of astrocytoma tissues and two human astrocytoma cell lines, A172 and T98G cells. We found that the levels of miR-128 are decreased in the A172 and T98G cells when compared to normal human astrocyte (NHA). Furthermore, the levels of miR-128 decreased gradually to the pathological stages of astrocytomas. We also identified that TROVE2 is a novel target of miR-128 by the luciferase reporter system. Furthermore, the expression levels of TROVE2 are dramatically increased with the pathological stages increasing. Finally, the levels of TROVE2 are negatively correlated with miR-128 in astrocytoma tissues. Our data provided novel evidence for the miR-128 and TROVE2 in the development of human astrocytomas. PMID:26307612

  15. STUDY OF DELETION OF P16 GENE IN THE PROGRESSION OF BRAIN ASTROCYTOMAS

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    Zhai Guang; Yuan Xianhou

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    Objective:To study the relationship between deletion of P16 gene and occurrence and progression of astrocytomas. Methods: The techniques of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohistochemistry were used to detect the deletion of exon2 of P16 gene and expression of P16 gene in 52 cases of Brain astrocytoma.Results: The deletion rate of exon2 of P16 gene in the tumors analyzed was 34.6%. Most of them with deletion of exon2 of p16 gene were high grade astrocytomas (grade Ⅲ 42%, grade Ⅳ 50%). 61.5% of the tumors were absent from expression of p16 and the deletion rate of p16 protein increased with the grade of astrocytoma (X2=10.83, P<0.005). Conclusion: Deletion of p16 gene and protein may correlate with the malignant progression of astrocytoma.

  16. Temozolomide: The evidence for its therapeutic efficacy in malignant astrocytomas

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Ayman I Omar1, Warren P Mason21Department of Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaIntroduction: Malignant gliomas are a heterogeneous group of primary central nervous system neoplasms that represent less than 2% of all cancers yet carry a significant burden to society. They are frequently associated with considerable and progressive neurological disability and are ultimately intractable to all forms of treatment. Temozolomide (TMZ is a new second generation DNA alkylating agent that has become part of malignant astrocytoma management paradigms because of its proven efficacy, ease of administration, and favorable toxicity profile. Aims: To review the role of TMZ in the management of malignant astrocytomas (World Health Organization grades III and IV including newly diagnosed (n and recurrent (r anaplastic astrocytomas (AA and glioblastomas.Evidence review: A series of pivotal clinical trials have established a role for TMZ in the treatment of malignant astrocytomas. A large phase II trial examining the role of TMZ in rAA showed a response rate of 35%, and a 6-month progression-free survival of 46%. This led to the accelerated approval of TMZ by the FDA and the EU for the treatment of rAA. Evidence for a role of TMZ in nAA is currently limited but research is ongoing in this area. The role of TMZ in the management of glioblastoma at the time of recurrence (rGBM is less impressive but evidence for its activity was demonstrated in two large phase II trials that led to the approval of TMZ for this indication in Europe and Canada but not in the US. A recent large prospective randomized phase III trial showed that the addition of TMZ during and after radiation therapy (RT in newly diagnosed (nGBM patients prolonged median overall survival by 2.5 months; perhaps more importantly, the 2-year survival rate for patients

  17. PET imaging of brain astrocytoma with 1-{sup 11}C-acetate

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    Liu, Ren-Shyan; Chang, Chi-Wei; Yang, Bang-Hung [Taipei Veterans General Hospital, National PET/Cyclotron Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan); National Yang-Ming University Medical School, Taipei (Taiwan); Chang, Cheng-Pei; Chu, Lee-Shing; Chu, Yum-Kung; Hsieh, Hung-Jen; Liao, Su-Quin [Taipei Veterans General Hospital, National PET/Cyclotron Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan); Yen, Shan-Hui [Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Cancer Center, Taipei (Taiwan); Huang, Min-Chao [Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Institute of Neurology, Taipei (Taiwan); Yeh, Shin-Hwa [National Yang-Ming University Medical School, Taipei (Taiwan)

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    The purpose of this study was to assess the use of 1-{sup 11}C-acetate (ACE) as a metabolic tracer for the detection and characterisation of astrocytomas. Positron emission tomography (PET) studies with ACE and 2-{sup 18}F-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) were performed sequentially in 26 patients with primary astrocytomas. Images were analysed by visual interpretation and determination of the tumour to cortex ratio (T/C ratio) and standardised uptake value (SUV). The tumour uptake was visually scored into three grades as compared with the contralateral cortex: clearly lower (-), almost equal (+) and clearly higher (++). There were 85% of astrocytomas with ++ ACE uptake, 15% with + ACE uptake and none with - ACE uptake. Only 19% of astrocytomas had ++ FDG uptake. Thirty-seven percent of high-grade astrocytomas had + FDG uptake and 37% had - FDG uptake. The sensitivity and specificity of the FDG T/C ratio in discriminating high-grade from low-grade astrocytomas were 79% and 100%, respectively, at the cutoff value of 0.75. Using 2.33 as the cutoff value of the ACE T/C ratio, the sensitivity and specificity were 42% and 86%, respectively. FDG was better than ACE in discriminating high-grade from low-grade astrocytomas. T/C ratios and SUVs of FDG uptake of tumours correlated with the histological grades, but those of ACE uptake did not. ACE appears to be a promising tracer for use in the detection of primary astrocytomas, but is of limited value in the differentiation of high- and low-grade astrocytomas. ACE is complementary to FDG for the diagnosis and characterisation of astrocytoma. (orig.)

  18. Outcome of Patients With Pilocytic Astrocytoma and Leptomeningeal Dissemination

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    Purpose: To determine the patient, tumor, and treatment characteristics of patients with pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) and leptomeningeal dissemination (LMD). Methods and Materials: A PubMed search of English-language studies pertaining to PA with LMD was performed using a combination of keywords that included juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, low-grade astrocytoma, low-grade glioma, leptomeningeal dissemination, neuraxis spread, and radiotherapy. We found 26 studies with 58 patients between 1976 and 2005 that met these criteria. Results: The median survival for PA patients with LMD was 65 months. The 1-, 2-, and 5-year overall survival (OS) rate after the diagnosis of LMD was 81.1%, 75.7%, and 55.5%. The 1-, 2-, and 5-year progression-free survival (PFS) rate after the diagnosis of LMD was 69.3%, 66.5%, and 34.6%, respectively. Age, gender, primary site location, timing of LMD presentation (synchronous vs. metachronous), and LMD location did not significantly influence OS or PFS. No statistically significant difference was found in OS or PFS between the chemotherapy and radiotherapy groups. Likewise, no difference was found in OS or PFS according to the use of craniospinal irradiation vs. less extensive RT fields. Conclusions: Approximately one-half of PA patients were alive 5 years after the diagnosis of LMD. Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy have efficacy against LMD. Although the use of craniospinal irradiation did not have an effect on PFS, the patient numbers were small and a larger number treated with craniospinal irradiation is needed to determine its efficacy.

  19. Outcome of Patients With Pilocytic Astrocytoma and Leptomeningeal Dissemination

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    Mazloom, Ali; Hodges, Joseph C.; Teh, Bin S. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); Chintagumpala, Murali [Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (United States); Paulino, Arnold C., E-mail: apaulino@tmhs.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (United States)

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    Purpose: To determine the patient, tumor, and treatment characteristics of patients with pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) and leptomeningeal dissemination (LMD). Methods and Materials: A PubMed search of English-language studies pertaining to PA with LMD was performed using a combination of keywords that included juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, low-grade astrocytoma, low-grade glioma, leptomeningeal dissemination, neuraxis spread, and radiotherapy. We found 26 studies with 58 patients between 1976 and 2005 that met these criteria. Results: The median survival for PA patients with LMD was 65 months. The 1-, 2-, and 5-year overall survival (OS) rate after the diagnosis of LMD was 81.1%, 75.7%, and 55.5%. The 1-, 2-, and 5-year progression-free survival (PFS) rate after the diagnosis of LMD was 69.3%, 66.5%, and 34.6%, respectively. Age, gender, primary site location, timing of LMD presentation (synchronous vs. metachronous), and LMD location did not significantly influence OS or PFS. No statistically significant difference was found in OS or PFS between the chemotherapy and radiotherapy groups. Likewise, no difference was found in OS or PFS according to the use of craniospinal irradiation vs. less extensive RT fields. Conclusions: Approximately one-half of PA patients were alive 5 years after the diagnosis of LMD. Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy have efficacy against LMD. Although the use of craniospinal irradiation did not have an effect on PFS, the patient numbers were small and a larger number treated with craniospinal irradiation is needed to determine its efficacy.

  20. Radical proposal for the treatment of malignant astrocytoma

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    The traditional treatment for anaplastic astrocytoma (AAF) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) leads to local relapse. The recurring element is assumed to be previously radioresistant, reorganizing hypoxic cells that require up to three times the traditional photon irradiation dose for inactivation. We are proposing to coagulate the original lesion with high-dose precision brachytherapy, immediately followed by resection to save the patient from secondary effects of the necrotic region. The treatment then continues with adjuvant external beam radiation therapy to the local surrounding brain and concomitant chemotherapy. The approach inverts the traditional regimen. It has the virtue of being precise, avoiding secondary effects of the necrotic tumor, and satisfying accepted radiobiological principles

  1. Low-grade astrocytoma in a child with encephalocraniocutaneous lipomatosis.

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    Brassesco, María Sol; Valera, Elvis Terci; Becker, Aline Paixão; Castro-Gamero, Angel Mauricio; de Aboim Machado, André; Santos, Antônio Carlos; Scrideli, Carlos Alberto; Oliveira, Ricardo Santos; Machado, Hélio Rubens; Tone, Luiz Gonzaga

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    Encephalocutaneous lipomatosis (ECCL), or Haberland syndrome, is an uncommon congenital disorder with unique cutaneous, ocular and neurological features. In the present article, we describe a 3-year-old boy with ECCL who developed an extensive and recurring intraventricular low-grade glioma with atypical pathological features and elevated mitotic index. Cytogenetic analysis from tumor sample was also performed. This is the first report of a low-grade astrocytoma occurring in a child with ECCL. Whether or not the origin of the tumor is associated to the pathogenesis of the underlying syndrome is a matter for further investigation. PMID:19652916

  2. Management of Pediatric Spinal Cord Astrocytomas: Outcomes With Adjuvant Radiation

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    Guss, Zachary D.; Moningi, Shalini [Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (United States); Jallo, George I. [Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (United States); Cohen, Kenneth J. [Division of Pediatric Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (United States); Wharam, Moody D. [Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (United States); Terezakis, Stephanie A., E-mail: stereza1@jhmi.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (United States)

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    Purpose: Pediatric intramedullary spinal cord tumors are exceedingly rare; in the United States, 100 to 200 cases are recognized annually, of these, most are astrocytomas. The purpose of this study is to report the outcomes in pediatric patients with spinal cord astrocytomas treated at a tertiary care center. Methods and Materials: An institutional review board-approved retrospective single-institution study was performed for pediatric patients with spinal cord astrocytomas treated at our hospital from 1990 to 2010. The patients were evaluated on the extent of resection, progression-free survival (PFS), and development of radiation-related toxicities. Kaplan-Meier curves and multivariate regression model methods were used for analysis. Results: Twenty-nine patients were included in the study, 24 with grade 1 or 2 (low-grade) tumors and 5 with grade 3 or 4 (high-grade) tumors. The median follow-up time was 55 months (range, 1-215 months) for patients with low-grade tumors and 17 months (range, 10-52 months) for those with high-grade tumors. Thirteen patients in the cohort received chemotherapy. All patients underwent at least 1 surgical resection. Twelve patients received radiation therapy to a median radiation dose of 47.5 Gy (range, 28.6-54.0 Gy). Fifteen patients with low-grade tumors and 1 patient with a high-grade tumor exhibited stable disease at the last follow-up visit. Acute toxicities of radiation therapy were low grade, whereas long-term sequelae were infrequent and manageable when they arose. All patients with low-grade tumors were alive at the last follow-up visit, compared with 1 patient with a high-grade tumor. Conclusion: Primary pediatric spinal cord astrocytomas vary widely in presentation and clinical course. Histopathologic grade remains a major prognostic factor. Patients with low-grade tumors tend to have excellent disease control and long-term survival compared to those with high-grade tumors. This experience suggests that radiation therapy

  3. Management of Pediatric Spinal Cord Astrocytomas: Outcomes With Adjuvant Radiation

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    Purpose: Pediatric intramedullary spinal cord tumors are exceedingly rare; in the United States, 100 to 200 cases are recognized annually, of these, most are astrocytomas. The purpose of this study is to report the outcomes in pediatric patients with spinal cord astrocytomas treated at a tertiary care center. Methods and Materials: An institutional review board-approved retrospective single-institution study was performed for pediatric patients with spinal cord astrocytomas treated at our hospital from 1990 to 2010. The patients were evaluated on the extent of resection, progression-free survival (PFS), and development of radiation-related toxicities. Kaplan-Meier curves and multivariate regression model methods were used for analysis. Results: Twenty-nine patients were included in the study, 24 with grade 1 or 2 (low-grade) tumors and 5 with grade 3 or 4 (high-grade) tumors. The median follow-up time was 55 months (range, 1-215 months) for patients with low-grade tumors and 17 months (range, 10-52 months) for those with high-grade tumors. Thirteen patients in the cohort received chemotherapy. All patients underwent at least 1 surgical resection. Twelve patients received radiation therapy to a median radiation dose of 47.5 Gy (range, 28.6-54.0 Gy). Fifteen patients with low-grade tumors and 1 patient with a high-grade tumor exhibited stable disease at the last follow-up visit. Acute toxicities of radiation therapy were low grade, whereas long-term sequelae were infrequent and manageable when they arose. All patients with low-grade tumors were alive at the last follow-up visit, compared with 1 patient with a high-grade tumor. Conclusion: Primary pediatric spinal cord astrocytomas vary widely in presentation and clinical course. Histopathologic grade remains a major prognostic factor. Patients with low-grade tumors tend to have excellent disease control and long-term survival compared to those with high-grade tumors. This experience suggests that radiation therapy

  4. Ten years observation and treatment of multifocal pilocytic astrocytoma.

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    Andrychowski, Jarosław; Taraszewska, Anna; Czernicki, Zbigniew; Jurkiewicz, Jerzy; Netczuk, Tomasz; Dabrowski, Piotr

    2009-01-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) usually occurs in younger patients. It is a benign, generally well-delineated, WHO grade I tumour with favorable prognosis, which makes it different from diffuse astrocytomas, classified as higher grades of malignancy. A case study of PA was presented in a young female patient, observed and treated at the Neurosurgical Department for the period of 10 years, during which time she had frequent surgical procedures due to recurrence and dissemination of the tumour. The initial symptom of the disease was epileptic seizure at the age of 16. Neuroradiological study revealed cerebral tumour in the right temporal lobe, then the first temporal lobe surgery followed by re-operation and radiotherapy was performed. The patient developed hydrocephalus, treated with the ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. After 5 years local recurrence of the tumour appeared in the right temporal region. The patient was operated and the tumour was totally removed. Initially, the histopathological diagnosis of ganglioglioma was suggested for primary tumour, finally the diagnosis of pilocytic astrocytoma for both recurrent and primary tumour was established. During the next years of observation increasing neurological symptoms in lower limbs developed. Subsequently, the patient reported pain syndrome in lumbosacral and perineal area. Consecutive MRI studies revealed a spinal canal tumours localized at the thoracic level and next at sacral level. The spinal tumour was surgically treated in both locations; the last operation was done 10 years after surgery of the primary temporal lobe tumour. Histopathological examinations of the excised foci from spinal canal revealed neoplasm consistent with WHO grade I pilocytic astrocytoma. The presented case indicates that despite the spread of the neoplastic process, a histopathologically benign tumour (WHO I grade) allows for long-term survival and observation period. Unfortunately, multifocal tumour involving midline structures causes

  5. Postoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy in pilocytic cerebellar astrocytoma?

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    105 Patients were studied who had been operated on for an astrocytoma of the posterior cranial fossa between 1950 und 1972. Surgeries dated back between 10 and 30 years. 7 patients only had undergone postoperative radiotherapy five of whom had died up to 2 years after operation. One patient does not have any complaints at present, and the catamnesis of the last patient is unknown. The authors discuss the results of this study and make recommendations for a therapeutic approach which depends from the localization and the type of the tumour. (orig./MG)

  6. Histopathologic parameters determining the MR imaging appearance of cerebral astrocytomas

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    This paper determines those histopathologic parameters that are responsible for the differences found between the MR images of low and high malignant gliomas. The MR imaging features (signal intensity in T1-, spin density-, and T2-weighted images; edemas; mass effect; border sharpness; anatomic invasion; intensity of contrast material enhancement; hemorrhage; flow void; calcium formation; and number of size of cysts) of 54 patients with biopsy-roved fibrillary astrocytomas were correlated to the histopathologic features (cellular atypia, mitotic activity, cellularity, endothelial proliferation, amount of necrosis, and microcyst formation) of the same patients

  7. Effect of cognitive rehabilitation in a case of thalamic astrocytoma.

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    Lo Buono, Viviana; Corallo, Francesco; De Cola, Maria Cristina; Chillemi, Antonino; Grugno, Rosario; Bramanti, Placido; Marino, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    We describe the effectiveness of rehabilitative training for a neuropsychological deficit following the removal and treatment of a fibrillary astrocytoma (Grade II) in a young man. The rehabilitative training was based on cognitive and motivational techniques and has been carried out for a period of 3 months (2 times per week). The results, even if limited to a single case, seem to support the idea that cognitive rehabilitation should facilitate the brain's reorganization of basic cognitive functions in the neuro-oncologic field. PMID:26578385

  8. Misdiagnosed Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma Secondary to Cranial Astrocytoma

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    Jia Wei; Xian-sheng Liu; Yong-jian Xu

    2009-01-01

    A case of angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) which was misdiagnosed as adult Still's disease was presented. The clinical and laboratory characteristics of this case and related literatures were analyzed and reviewed. The patient was finally diagnosed as AITL (Ann Arbor classification: Stage IIIB) secondary to cranial astrocytoma (WHO classification: Stage III), complicated with severe pulmonary infection because of long time treatment of corticosteroid and misdiagnosis (about one and a half year). It is concluded that AITL is a rare disease which was easily misdiagnosed. The diagnosis of AITL should combine the clinical manifestation with pathological biopsy as well as corresponding immunohistochemical tests.

  9. Genetic Variations of Kinase Inserts Domain Receptor (KDR) Gene Are Associated with the Risk of Astrocytomas.

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    Gao, Yufei; Ma, Piyong; He, Yichun; Liu, Yan; Jiang, Yang

    2016-05-01

    Astrocytomas is one of the most common central nervous system (CNS) tumors with high mortality rate. Kinase insert domain receptor (KDR) is involved in the regulation of tumor angiogenesis, migration, and vascular permeability. The aim of the study was to explore the relationship between KDR polymorphisms and risk of astrocytomas. Blood samples were collected from 157 astrocytomas patients and 160 healthy controls. Three tag-SNPs (rs2071559C/T, rs2305948T/C, and rs1870377A/T) were identified from the International HapMap Project Databases and genotyped using the method of polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP). We evaluated the astrocytomas risk caused by individual SNPs and haplotype using odds ratios (ORs) and their 95 % confidence intervals (CIs). In the overall individual SNP analysis, the C allele of rs2071559 was correlated with an increased risk of astrocytomas. However, individuals with mutant allele A and genotype TA + AA of rs1870377 showed a protective effect against astrocytomas. Subgroup analysis based on WHO tumor grade revealed that the C allele of rs2071559 had more influence with the risk of astrocytomas in the grade III-IV (OR = 1.91) subgroup than the grade I-II (OR = 1.47) group. Genotype TT of rs2305948 was found to be significantly associated with susceptibility of astrocytomas only in the grade III-IV subgroup. The protective effect of rs1870377 did not reveal significant difference between the grade III-IV and grade I-II subgroups. Meanwhile, stratified analysis demonstrated that mutation of rs2071559 and rs2305948 could elevate the risk of astrocytomas more significantly in the subgroup of smokers than the nonsmokers. Interestingly, the protective effect of rs1870377 was more obvious in the nonsmokers than the smokers. Additionally, haplotype-specific analysis showed that haplotype CCT and CTT were related with an increased risk of astrocytomas. We found that individual with variants of rs

  10. Leptomeningeal dissemination of an astrocytoma causing hypophyseal insufficiency

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    Full text: Introduction: Hypophyseal insufficiency is an unusual clinical presentation of metastatic disease. Objectives: In this report, a case of leptomeningeal metastasis of an astrocytoma to the infundibular recess, causing hypophyseal insufficiency is presented with its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings. Materials and methods: A 27-year-old woman presented with nausea, vomiting and generalized weakness. Her laboratory results were consistent with hypopituitarism. She had an operation history for astrocytoma. She was referred to radiology department for brain MRI study. Contrast-enhanced MRI scan showed extensive wall enhancement of ventricles consistent with leptomeningeal metastases. A nodular mass with pronounced contrast enhancement was also detected at the infundibular stalk. Results: Because suprasellar cistern was normal and extensive leptomeningeal metastases was detected, the nodular mass at the infundibular stalk thought to be secondary to leptomeningeal involvement of the infundibular recess. Conclusion: When a patient with a known malignancy presented with hypophyseal insufficiency, it should be thought that leptomeningeal metastases to the infundibular recess may also be a cause. The neuroimaging, especially contrast-enhanced studies, is necessary for the confirmation

  11. [A case of astrocytoma of corpus callosum presented diagnostic dyspraxia].

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    Koshimizu, K; Takeyama, E; Takeyama, E; Kizuki, H; Tei, H; Kubo, O

    1995-08-01

    A case of astrocytoma whose first clinical presentation was diagnostic dyspraxia was reported. A 38-year-old right-handed male experienced funny motion of his left hand triggered by voluntary movement of his right hand. One day, he tried to insert a coin into the vending machine with his right hand, then the left hand was against the other. One month after that event, he experienced headache and vertigo. On admission, there were no abnormal findings on neurological examination. On neuropsychological examination, he was cooperative, well orientated and attentive, and there were no callosal disconnection symptoms. Frontal lobe function tests were slightly impaired. T1-weighted MRI demonstrated irregular mixed signal intensity mass lesion extending from the genu to the body of the corpus callosum and the cingulate gyrus. This lesion was slightly enhanced with Gd-DTPA. Biopsy was performed and histological diagnosis was fibrillary astrocytoma. After irradiation and chemotherapy, he was discharged from the hospital without evident neurological deficit. About 20 cases of diagnostic dyspraxia have been reported and almost all of them were caused by cerebro-vascular disease. This is the first case of brain tumor who presented diagnostic dyspraxia. PMID:7546921

  12. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma of the cerebellar vermis in an elderly patient

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    Branko Skovrlj

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA has recently been accepted as an aggressive variant of pilocytic astrocytoma with distinct histopathological features. PMAs have been frequently described in the pediatric population with a predilection for the hypothalamic/chiasmatic region. Case Description: A 72-year-old African American male presented with 6 months of memory loss, difficulty expressing himself, and a progressively worsening gait. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain demonstrated a heterogeneously enhancing cystic mass centered within the cerebellar vermis with mass effect on the fourth ventricle and ventriculomegaly. The patient underwent placement of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt followed by a surgical resection of the lesion, which after immunohistopathologic evaluation, was diagnosed as a World Health Organization grade II PMA. The patient refused further treatment of the lesion and expired 11 months after initial symptom presentation and 4 months after surgery. Conclusion: To our knowledge, this is the first report of PMA of the cerebellar vermis in a previously unreported age group. This case report describes the natural history of this type of tumor in a patient who refused adjuvant therapy following surgical resection.

  13. Optic nerve pilomyxoid astrocytoma in a patient with Noonan syndrome.

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    Nair, Sushmita; Fort, John A; Yachnis, Anthony T; Williams, Charles A

    2015-06-01

    Noonan syndrome (NS; MIM 163950) is an autosomal dominant syndrome which is clinically diagnosed by the distinct facial features, short stature, cardiac anomalies and developmental delay. About 50% of cases are associated with gain of function mutations in PTPN11 gene which leads to activation of the RAS/mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathway. This is known to have a role in tumorigenesis. Despite this, only limited reports of solid tumors (Fryssira H, Leventopoulos G, Psoni S, et al. Tumor development in three patients with Noonan syndrome. Eur J Pediatr 2008;167:1025-1031; Schuettpelz LG, McDonald S, Whitesell K et al. Pilocytic astrocytoma in a child with Noonan syndrome. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2009;53:1147-1149; Sherman CB, Ali-Nazir A, Gonzales-Gomez I, et al. Primary mixed glioneuronal tumor of the central nervous system in a patient with Noonan syndrome. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2009;31:61-64; Sanford RA, Bowman R, Tomita T, et al. A 16 year old male with Noonan's syndrome develops progressive scoliosis and deteriorating gait. Pediatr Neurosurg 1999;30:47-52) and no prior reports of optic gliomas have been described in patients with NS. We present here a patient with NS with a PTPN11 mutation and an optic pathway pilomyxoid astrocytoma. PMID:25585602

  14. Expression and aberrant promoter methylation of Wnt inhibitory factor-1 in human astrocytomas

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    Wu Jun

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Wnt inhibitory factor-1(WIF-1 acts as a Wnt-antagonists and tumor suppressor, but hypermethylation of WIF-1 gene promoter and low expression activate Wnt signaling aberrantly and induce the development of various human tumors. With this work we intended to investigate the expression and promoter methylation status of WIF-1 gene in human astrocytomas. Methods The tissue samples consisted of 53 astrocytomas and 6 normal brain tissues. The expression levels of WIF-1 were determined by immunohistochemistry and semiquantitative RT-PCR. The results were analyzed in correlation with clinicopathological data. Methylation status of WIF-1 gene promoter was investigated using methylation specific PCR. The relationship between methylation and expression of the genes was analyzed. Results The average expression levels of WIF-1 protein and mRNA in astrocytomas were decreased significantly compared with normal control tissues. The protein and mRNA expression of WIF-1 gene in astrocytomas was decreased with the increase of pathological grade. Furthermore, WIF-1 promoter methylation was observed by MS-PCR in astrocytomas which showed significant reduction of WIF-1 expression. The WIF-1 promoter hypermethylation was associated with reduced expression of WIF-1 expression. Conclusion Our results demonstrate that the WIF-1 gene is frequently down-regulated or silenced in astrocytomas by aberrant promoter methylation. This may be an important mechanism in astrocytoma carcinogenesis.

  15. Knockdown of STAT3 expression by RNAi induces apoptosis in astrocytoma cells

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    Kruger Mathew M

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Astrocytomas are the most common type of primary central nervous system tumors. They are frequently associated with genetic mutations that deregulate cell cycle and render these tumors resistant to apoptosis. STAT3, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3, participates in several human cancers by inducing cell proliferation and inhibiting apoptosis and is frequently activated in astrocytomas. Methods RNA interference was used to knockdown STAT3 expression in human astrocytes and astrocytoma cell lines. The effect of STAT3 knockdown on apoptosis, cell proliferation, and gene expression was then assessed by standard methods. Results We have found that STAT3 is constitutively activated in several human astrocytoma cell lines. Knockdown of STAT3 expression by siRNA induces morphologic and biochemical changes consistent with apoptosis in several astrocytoma cell lines, but not in primary human astrocytes. Moreover, STAT3 is required for the expression of the antiapoptotic genes survivin and Bcl-xL in the A172 glioblastoma cell line. Conclusion These results show that STAT3 is required for the survival of some astrocytomas. These studies suggest STAT3 siRNA could be a useful therapeutic agent for the treatment of astrocytomas.

  16. Radiation therapy for children with low-grade astrocytomas. The indication, efficacy and adverse effects

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    Although low-grade astrocytomas are considered to be 'benign' tumors, it is necessary to distinguish pilocytic astrocytomas from the other astrocytomas, so called ordinary astrocytomas. Pilocytic astrocytomas occur frequently in children and the prognosis is acceptable. Because it is curable by total removal of the tumor, no adjuvant therapy is necessary if complete surgery is performed. In contrast, ordinary astrocytomas develop invasively, and the total removal is often difficult. It is required to add any other adjuvant therapy such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. The survival rate in the irradiated patients is significantly higher compared to the non-irradiated patients. However, the side effects of radiation therapy are not negligible in children. In this article, the intellectual disorder and the endocrine dysfunction after radiation therapy for children with low-grade astrocytoma were critically reviewed in the literatures. Furthermore, the significance of the recently developed new concepts in radiation therapy were emphasized mainly in gamma knife and hyperfractionated radiation therapy in order to decrease radiation-induced brain damages. (author). 79 refs

  17. Radiation therapy for children with low-grade astrocytomas. The indication, efficacy and adverse effects

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    Matsuzawa, Kazuhito; Oi, Shizuo [Tokai Univ., Isehara, Kanagawa (Japan). School of Medicine

    1996-08-01

    Although low-grade astrocytomas are considered to be `benign` tumors, it is necessary to distinguish pilocytic astrocytomas from the other astrocytomas, so called ordinary astrocytomas. Pilocytic astrocytomas occur frequently in children and the prognosis is acceptable. Because it is curable by total removal of the tumor, no adjuvant therapy is necessary if complete surgery is performed. In contrast, ordinary astrocytomas develop invasively, and the total removal is often difficult. It is required to add any other adjuvant therapy such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. The survival rate in the irradiated patients is significantly higher compared to the non-irradiated patients. However, the side effects of radiation therapy are not negligible in children. In this article, the intellectual disorder and the endocrine dysfunction after radiation therapy for children with low-grade astrocytoma were critically reviewed in the literatures. Furthermore, the significance of the recently developed new concepts in radiation therapy were emphasized mainly in gamma knife and hyperfractionated radiation therapy in order to decrease radiation-induced brain damages. (author). 79 refs.

  18. Microvascular permeability of brain astrocytoma with contrastenhanced magnetic resonance imaging: correlation analysis with histopathologic grade

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    JIA Zhong-zheng; GENG Dao-ying; LIU Ying; CHEN Xing-rong; ZHANG Jun

    2013-01-01

    Background The degree of pathological microvascular proliferation is an important element in evaluation of the astrocytoma grade.This study was aimed to quantitatively assess the microvascular permeability of brain astrocytoma with the volume transfer constant (Ktrans) and volume of extravascular extracellular space per unit volume of tissue (Ve) from dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) and to evaluate the effectiveness of the Ktrans and Ve in the grading of astrocytoma.Methods The highest values of the Ktrans and Ve of 67 patients with astrocytoma (27 with grade Ⅱ,12 with grade Ⅲ,and 28 with grade Ⅳ) were obtained.The comparisons of the differences of the Ktrans and Ve between the different grades were conducted using the Mann-Whitney rank-sum tests.Spearman's rank correlation coefficients were determined between Ktrans values,Ve values and astrocytoma grades.Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses were performed to determine the cut-off values for the Ktrans and Ve to distinguish between the different grades of astrocytoma.Results There were significant differences (P<0.001) between the different grades in the Ktrans values and Ve values,except for grades Ⅲ and Ⅳ.The Ktrans values and Ve values were both correlated with astrocytoma grades (both P<0.001).The ROC curve analyses showed that the cut-off values for the Ktrans and Ve provided the best combination of sensitivity and specificity in distinguishing between grade Ⅱ and grade Ⅲ or Ⅳ astrocytomas.Conclusions DCE-MRI can play an important role in assessing the microvascular permeability and the grading of brain astrocytoma.

  19. Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma (PMA) Shows Significant Differences in Gene Expression vs. Pilocytic Astrocytoma (PA) and Variable Tendency Toward Maturation to PA.

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    Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Bette K; Donson, Andrew M; Vogel, Hannes; Foreman, Nicholas K

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    Pilomyxoid astrocytomas (PMAs) manifest a more aggressive clinical course than pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs). Development of effective therapies demands a better biological understanding of PMA. We first conducted gene expression microarray analysis of 9 PMA and 13 PA from infra- and supratentorial sites. Unsupervised hierarchical clustering analysis demonstrated that tumors are grouped according to anatomic site, not diagnosis. Gene expression profiles were then contrasted between eight PMAs and six PAs, all supratentorial/hypothalamic/chiasmal. Clinical outcome of PMAs varied, with four out of four patients with diencephalic syndrome succumbing to disease, one of whom showed bulky metastatic leptomeningeal spread at autopsy, with bimodal maturation to PA in some areas and de-differentiation to glioblastoma in others. A surviving child has undergone multiple surgical debulking, with progressive maturation to PA over time. Ontology-enrichment analysis identified overexpression in PMAs of extracellular matrix and mitosis-related genes. Genes overexpressed in PMA vs. PA, ranked according to fold-change, included developmental genes H19, DACT2, extracellular matrix collagens (COL2A1; COL1A1) and IGF2BP3 (IMP3), the latter previously identified as an adverse prognostic factor in PMA and PA. PMID:25521223

  20. PM-10CDCA7L FUNCTIONS AS A MALE-SPECIFIC ONCOGENE IN ASTROCYTOMA

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    Lee, Min-Hyung; Reilly, Karlyne

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    The most common types of primary brain tumors, astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), are currently incurable. Both astrocytoma and GBM show male predominance, with a male to female ratio of 1.42:1 and 1.58:1, respectively. We performed linkage analysis in the Nf1-/ + ;Trp53-/ + cis (NPcis) mouse model of astrocytoma/GBM to identify a male-specific gliomagenesis modifier and further used combinatorial bioinformatics approaches as well as cross-species comparisons to prioritize male-sp...

  1. Conformal proton radiation therapy for pediatric low-grade astrocytomas

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    Background: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of proton radiation therapy (PRT) for intracranial low-grade astrocytomas, the authors analyzed the first 27 pediatric patients treated at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). Patients and Method: Between September 1991 and August 1997, 27 patients (13 female, 14 male) underwent fractionated proton radiation therapy for progressive or recurrent low-grade astrocytoma. Age at time of treatment ranged from 2 to 18 years (mean: 8.7 years). Tumors were located centrally (diencephatic) in 15 patients, in the cerebral and cerebellar hemispheres in seven patients, and in the brainstem in five patients. 25/27 patients (92%) were treated for progressive, unresectable, or residual disease following subtotal resection. Tissue diagnosis was available in 23/27 patients (85%). Four patients with optic pathway tumors were treated without histologic confirmation. Target doses between 50.4 and 63.0 CGE (cobalt gray equivalent, mean: 55.2 CGE) were prescribed at 1.8 CGE per fraction, five treatments per week. Results: At a mean follow-up period of 3.3 years (0.6-6.8 years), 6/27 patients experienced local failure (all located within the irradiated field), and 4/27 patients had died. By anatomic site these data translated into rates of local control and survival of 87% (13/15 patients) and 93% (14/15 patients) for central tumors, 71% (5/7 patients) and 86% (6/7 patients) for hemispheric tumors, and 60% (3/5 patients) and 60% (3/5 patients) for tumors located in the brainstem. Proton radiation therapy was generally well tolerated. All children with local control maintained their performance status. One child with associated neurofibromatosis, Type 1, developed Moyamoya disease. All six patients with optic pathway tumors and useful vision maintained or improved their visual status. Conclusions: This report on pediatric low-grade astrocytomas confirms proton radiation therapy as a safe and efficacious 3-D conformal treatment

  2. Pilocytic astrocytoma of sellar/suprasellar region determining endocrine manifestations

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    Eduardo Cambruzzi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA is a grade I glial neoplasm arising mainly in the cerebellum of children. Herein, the authors report a case of PA in a 21 year-old male patient, who presented headache, vomiting and delayed pubertal development. Serum level of cortisol and testosterone corresponded to 32.8 ug/dl and 0.19 ng/ml, respectively. The computed tomography/magnetic resonance (CT/RM imaging showed an expansive process compromising suprasellar/hypothalamic region and determining hydrocephalus. The patient underwent resection of the process. Histological evaluation revealed a glial neoplasm constituted by loose glial tissue, small microcysts, areas of dense piloid tissue and Rosenthal fibers. The neoplastic cells were immunoreactive for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP and negative for chromogranin and synaptophysin. The diagnosis of PA was then established.

  3. Pilocytic astrocytoma: a retrospective study of 32 cases.

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    Cyrine, Souki; Sonia, Ziadi; Mounir, Trimeche; Badderedine, Sriha; Kalthoum, Tlili; Hedi, Krifa; Moncef, Mokni

    2013-08-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is a neoplasia which is considered as a grade I astrocytoma by the World Health Organization (WHO). Its most common location is the cerebellum and it develops during the first two decades of life. Prognosis is mostly excellent if gross-total resection can be achieved, with 10-year survival rates of up to 95%. In rare cases, however, the patient has a bad outcome. Our aims were to retrospectively describe the clinicopathological features of 32 PAs, and identify factors that may be associated with aggressive behavior. The study included 21 males and 11 females with a median age of 10.5 years. Tumors demonstrated predilection for infratentorial location (74.9%), especially the cerebellum (59.3%), followed by cerebral ventricles (15.6%), supratentorial location (12.5%) and optic pathway (3.12%). Gross total resection was achieved in 14 tumors only. On histopathology, moderate cellularity (68.7%), microcystic changes (71.9%), Rosenthal fibers (62.5%) and eosinophilic granular bodies (53.2%) were present in the majority of cases. Atypia was present in 62.5% of cases, while endothelial proliferation and necrosis was noted in 3 and 2 cases, respectively. Median follow-up for all patients was 24 months. Four patients died in the postoperative period, one of whom was 62-year-old men and two others had brainstem location or invasion. Recurrence was observed in a 56-year-old patient whom first tumor was locally invasive. The patient died after the second surgery and anaplastic features was found in the recurrent tumor without previous radiotherapy. PA is a benign tumor, but some clinicopathological factors, such as partial resection, brainstem location and adult age have a worse prognosis. PMID:23265563

  4. ADAR2 editing activity in newly diagnosed versus relapsed pediatric high-grade astrocytomas

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    High-grade (WHO grade III and IV) astrocytomas are aggressive malignant brain tumors affecting humans with a high risk of recurrence in both children and adults. To date, limited information is available on the genetic and molecular alterations important in the onset and progression of pediatric high-grade astrocytomas and, even less, on the prognostic factors that influence long-term outcome in children with recurrence. A-to-I RNA editing is an essential post-transcriptional mechanism that can alter the nucleotide sequence of several RNAs and is mediated by the ADAR enzymes. ADAR2 editing activity is particularly important in mammalian brain and is impaired in both adult and pediatric high-grade astrocytomas. Moreover, we have recently shown that the recovered ADAR2 activity in high-grade astrocytomas inhibits in vivo tumor growth. The aim of the present study is to investigate whether changes may occur in ADAR2-mediated RNA editing profiles of relapsed high-grade astrocytomas compared to their respective specimens collected at diagnosis, in four pediatric patients. Total RNAs extracted from all tumor samples and controls were tested for RNA editing levels (by direct sequencing on cDNA pools) and for ADAR2 mRNA expression (by qRT-PCR). A significant loss of ADAR2-editing activity was observed in the newly diagnosed and recurrent astrocytomas in comparison to normal brain. Surprisingly, we found a substantial rescue of ADAR2 editing activity in the relapsed tumor of the only patient showing prolonged survival. High-grade astrocytomas display a generalized loss of ADAR2-mediated RNA editing at both diagnosis and relapse. However, a peculiar Case, in complete remission of disease, displayed a total rescue of RNA editing at relapse, intriguingly suggesting ADAR2 activity/expression as a possible marker for long-term survival of patients with high-grade astrocytomas

  5. Expression and aberrant promoter methylation of Wnt inhibitory factor-1 in human astrocytomas

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    Wu Jun; Liu Jinfang; Chen Fenghua; Fang Jiasheng; Wang Ying; Yang Zhuanyi; Wang Yanjin

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Wnt inhibitory factor-1(WIF-1) acts as a Wnt-antagonists and tumor suppressor, but hypermethylation of WIF-1 gene promoter and low expression activate Wnt signaling aberrantly and induce the development of various human tumors. With this work we intended to investigate the expression and promoter methylation status of WIF-1 gene in human astrocytomas. Methods The tissue samples consisted of 53 astrocytomas and 6 normal brain tissues. The expression levels of WIF-1 were det...

  6. A polycystic variant of a primary intracranial leptomeningeal astrocytoma: case report and literature review

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    Cimmino Antonella; Luzzi Sabino; De Tommasi Claudio; Occhiogrosso Giuseppe; De Tommasi Antonio; Ciappetta Pasqualino

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    Abstract Background Primary leptomeningeal astrocytomas are rare intracranial tumors. These tumors are believed to originate from cellular nests which migrate by means of aberration, ultimately settling in the leptomeningeal structure. They may occur in both solitary and diffuse forms. The literature reports only fifteen cases of solitary primary intracranial leptomeningeal astrocytomas. Case presentation The authors report the case of a seventy-eight year-old woman with a polycystic variant ...

  7. Diagnostic value of susceptibility-weighted imaging in grading diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas

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    Objective To investigate the diagnostic value of susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) in grading diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas. Methods Forty-three patients with pathologically proven diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas were collected, and underwent preoperative MRI conventional sequences (including axial T1WI, T2WI and FLAIR) and axial SWI. The ability of showing intratumoral small vessels and hemorrhagic focuses were compared between SWI and conventional techniques. The signal intens...

  8. Spinal pilocytic astrocytoma: MR imaging findings at first presentation and following surgery

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    Horger, M., E-mail: marius.horger@med.uni-tuebingen.de [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Ritz, R. [Department of Neurosurgery, Eberhard-Karls-University, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Beschorner, R. [Institute for Brain Research, Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Calwerstr. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Fenchel, M.; Naegele, T.; Danz, S.; Ernemann, U. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)

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    Objective: The objective of this article is to describe MR imaging findings of spinal cord pilocytic astrocytomas at first presentation and following neurosurgery and to discuss briefly some of the most common differential diagnoses. Conclusion: MR imaging findings in medullary pilocytic astrocytomas consist generally of focal or diffuse cord-enlarging masses that are irregularly shaped, accompanied by cystic elements and hydromyelia, present different degrees of contrast enhancement, high water diffusivity and a propensity for the thoracic and cervical cord.

  9. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen, p53 and micro vessel density: Grade II vs. Grade III astrocytoma

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    Malhan Priya

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 can be overcome by using newer immunohistochemical techniques. 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. PCNA, p53-labeling indices were calculated along with micro vessel morphometric analysis using Biovis Image plus Software. 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. PCNA and p53 labeling indices were positively correlated with Pearson′s correlation, p less than 0.001 for both. Increased proliferative fraction, genetic alterations and neovascularization mark biological aggressiveness in astrocytoma. Immunohistochemical evaluation scores over meet the challenge of accurate prognostication of this potentially fatal malignancy.

  10. Adult Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma Mimicking a Cortical Brain Tumor: MR Imaging Findings

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    Jang, Jong Chang; Weon, Young Cheol; Suh, Jae Hee; Kim, Young; Hwang, Jae Cheol [Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

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    A pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a recently identified low-grade neoplasm that was previously classified as a pilocytic astrocytoma (PA), yet demonstrates unique histological features and more aggressive behavior. Although a PMA is generally a tumor of early childhood and typically occurs in the hypothalamic/chiasmatic region, it can mimic cortical tumors, especially in adults. We report the MR findings of a PMA presenting as a cortical brain tumor in an adult with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)

  11. Spinal pilocytic astrocytoma: MR imaging findings at first presentation and following surgery

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    Objective: The objective of this article is to describe MR imaging findings of spinal cord pilocytic astrocytomas at first presentation and following neurosurgery and to discuss briefly some of the most common differential diagnoses. Conclusion: MR imaging findings in medullary pilocytic astrocytomas consist generally of focal or diffuse cord-enlarging masses that are irregularly shaped, accompanied by cystic elements and hydromyelia, present different degrees of contrast enhancement, high water diffusivity and a propensity for the thoracic and cervical cord.

  12. Nocardia farcinica Meningitis Masquerading as Central Nervous System Metastasis in a Child With Cerebellar Pilocytic Astrocytoma.

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    Davis, Jennifer; Kreppel, Andrew J; Brady, Rebecca C; Jones, Blaise; Stevenson, Charles B; Fouladi, Maryam; Hummel, Trent R

    2015-08-01

    Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, the most common pediatric central nervous system (CNS) neoplasm, characteristically displays an indolent growth pattern and rarely demonstrates metastatic dissemination. Reports of infections mimicking CNS metastatic disease are also rare and can impact treatment. We report the youngest known case of a child with a CNS Nocardia farcinica infection who had a known cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma, review other infections that may masquerade as CNS neoplasms, and discuss N. farcinica CNS infections. PMID:26181420

  13. Adult Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma Mimicking a Cortical Brain Tumor: MR Imaging Findings

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    A pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a recently identified low-grade neoplasm that was previously classified as a pilocytic astrocytoma (PA), yet demonstrates unique histological features and more aggressive behavior. Although a PMA is generally a tumor of early childhood and typically occurs in the hypothalamic/chiasmatic region, it can mimic cortical tumors, especially in adults. We report the MR findings of a PMA presenting as a cortical brain tumor in an adult with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)

  14. Prevention against diffuse spinal cord astrocytoma: can the Notch pathway be a novel treatment target?

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    Jian-jun Sun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to investigate whether the Notch pathway is involved in the development of diffuse spinal cord astrocytomas. BALB/c nude mice received injections of CD133 + and CD133− cell suspensions prepared using human recurrent diffuse spinal cord astrocytoma tissue through administration into the right parietal lobe. After 7-11 weeks, magnetic resonance imaging was performed weekly. Xenografts were observed on the surfaces of the brains of mice receiving the CD133 + cell suspension, and Notch-immunopositive expression was observed in the xenografts. By contrast, no xenografts appeared in the identical position on the surfaces of the brains of mice receiving the CD133− cell suspension, and Notch-immunopositive expression was hardly detected either. Hematoxylin-eosin staining and immunohistochemical staining revealed xenografts on the convex surfaces of the brains of mice that underwent CD133 + astrocytoma transplantation. Some sporadic astroglioma cells showed pseudopodium-like structures, which extended into the cerebral white matter. However, it should be emphasized that the subcortex xenograft with Notch-immunopositive expression was found in the fourth mouse received injection of CD133− astrocytoma cells. However, these findings suggest that the Notch pathway plays an important role in the formation of astrocytomas, and can be considered a novel treatment target for diffuse spinal cord astrocytoma.

  15. Sulforhodamine 101 selectively labels human astrocytoma cells in an animal model of glioblastoma.

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    Georges, Joseph F; Martirosyan, Nikolay L; Eschbacher, Jennifer; Nichols, Joshua; Tissot, Maya; Preul, Mark C; Feuerstein, Burt; Anderson, Trent; Spetzler, Robert F; Nakaji, Peter

    2014-05-01

    Sulforhodamine 101 (SR101) is a useful tool for immediate staining of astrocytes. We hypothesized that if the selectivity of SR101was maintained in astrocytoma cells, it could prove useful for glioma research. Cultured astrocytoma cells and acute slices from orthotopic human glioma (n=9) and lymphoma (n=6) xenografts were incubated with SR101 and imaged with confocal microscopy. A subset of slices (n=18) were counter-immunostained with glial fibrillary acidic protein and CD20 for stereological assessment of SR101 co-localization. SR101 differentiated astrocytic tumor cells from lymphoma cells. In acute slices, SR101 labeled 86.50% (±1.86; p<0.0001) of astrocytoma cells and 2.19% (±0.47; p<0.0001) of lymphoma cells. SR101-labeled astrocytoma cells had a distinct morphology when compared with in vivo astrocytes. Immediate imaging of human astrocytoma cells in vitro and in ex vivo rodent xenograft tissue labeled with SR101 can identify astrocytic tumor cells and help visualize the tumor margin. These features are useful in studying astrocytoma in the laboratory and may have clinical applications. PMID:24666692

  16. Vertebral angiography of cerebellar astrocytoma. Tumor stain, tumor circulation, CT and angiography in diagnosis

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    Kitaoka, K.; Ito, T.; Tashiro, K.; Abe, H.; Tsuru, M.; Miyasaka, K. (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    Thirteen cases of cerebellar astrocytoma were examined primarily for tumor stain and pathological tumor circulation by angiography and CT. Tumor stain was observed in only one case by cerebral angiogram. A tumor was demonstrated as an avascular mass in the remaining 12 cases. It is suggested that mural nodules of cystic lesions should have certain weight and sizes so that they could be demonstrated as tumor stain. In the supratentorial region, five of the 12 low-grade astrocytoma exhibited abnormal tumor stain and tumor circulation by cerebral angiogram. It is considered that supratentorial and posterior fossa astrocytoma must usually exhibit different pathological tumor circulation by cerebral angiogram, since each group has distinctive clinical and biological characteristics. CT was performed in 7 of 13 cases. It appeared to be more useful than cerebral angiography in the morphological diagnosis. Especially in cystic tumors, CT produced minute information concerning peritumoral edema, enhancement of margin of cystic astrocytoma after intravenous contrast medium, and marginal enhancement with layering in the dependent part of the cyst. Neuroradiological differential diagnosis of cerebellar astrocytoma and cerebellar hemagioblastoma by CT was difficult in the cases of tumors. However, both tumors were differentiated from each other with ease by tumor stain and tumor circulation in cerebral angiography. Thus, it is concluded that cerebral angiography is superior to CT in differential diagnosis between cerebellar astrocytoma and cerebellar hemangioblastoma.

  17. Prevention against diffuse spinal cord astrocytoma:can the Notch pathway be a novel treatment target?

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    Jian-jun Sun; Jin-long Mao; Xiao-hui Lou; Zhen-yu Wang; Ling-song Li; Hai-yan Yu; Yong-sheng Xu; Hai-bo Wu; Yi Luo; Bin Liu; Mei Zheng

    2015-01-01

    This study was designed to investigate whether the Notch pathway is involved in the develop-ment of diffuse spinal cord astrocytomas. BALB/c nude mice received injections of CD133+and CD133− cell suspensions prepared using human recurrent diffuse spinal cord astrocytoma tissue through administration into the right parietal lobe. After 7–11 weeks, magnetic resonance imaging was performed weekly. Xenografts were observed on the surfaces of the brains of mice receiving the CD133+ cell suspension, and Notch-immunopositive expression was observed in the xenografts. By contrast, no xenografts appeared in the identical position on the surfaces of the brains of mice receiving the CD133− cell suspension, and Notch-immunopositive expres-sion was hardly detected either. Hematoxylin-eosin staining and immunohistochemical staining revealed xenografts on the convex surfaces of the brains of mice that underwent CD133+ astro-cytoma transplantation. Some sporadic astroglioma cells showed pseudopodium-like structures, which extended into the cerebral white matter. However,it should be emphasized that the sub-cortex xenograft with Notch-immunopositive expression was found in the fourth mouse received injection of CD133− astrocytoma cells. However, these ifndings suggest that the Notch pathway plays an important role in the formation of astrocytomas, and can be considered a novel treat-ment target for diffuse spinal cord astrocytoma.

  18. Neural precursor cells induce cell death of high-grade astrocytomas via stimulation of TRPV1

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    Stock, Kristin; Kumar, Jitender; Synowitz, Michael; Petrosino, Stefania; Imperatore, Roberta; Smith, Ewan St. J.; Wend, Peter; Purfürst, Bettina; Nuber, Ulrike A.; Gurok, Ulf; Matyash, Vitali; Wälzlein, Joo-Hee; Chirasani, Sridhar R.; Dittmar, Gunnar; Cravatt, Benjamin F.; Momma, Stefan; Lewin, Gary R.; Ligresti, Alessia; De Petrocellis, Luciano; Cristino, Luigia; Di Marzo, Vincenzo; Kettenmann, Helmut; Glass, Rainer

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    Primary astrocytomas of World Health Organization grade 3 and grade 4 (HG-astrocytomas) are preponderant among adults and are almost invariably fatal despite multimodal therapy. Here, we show that the juvenile brain has an endogenous defense mechanism against HG-astrocytomas. Neural precursor cells (NPCs) migrate to HG-astrocytomas, reduce glioma expansion and prolong survival by releasing a group of fatty acid ethanolamides that have agonistic activity on the vanilloid receptor (transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily member-1; TRPV1). TRPV1 expression is higher in HG-astrocytomas than in tumor-free brain and TRPV1 stimulation triggers tumor cell death via the activating transcription factor-3 (ATF3) controlled branch of the ER stress pathway. The anti-tumorigenic response of NPCs is lost with aging. NPC-mediated tumor suppression can be mimicked in the adult brain by systemic administration of the synthetic vanilloid Arvanil, suggesting that TRPV1 agonists hold potential as new HG-astrocytoma therapeutics. PMID:22820645

  19. Biochemical Signatures of Doppel Protein in Human Astrocytomas to Support Prediction in Tumor Malignancy

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Doppel (Dpl is a membrane-bound glycoprotein mainly expressed in the testis of adult healthy people. It is generally absent in the central nervous system, but its coding gene sequence is ectopically expressed in astrocytoma specimens and in derived cell lines. In this paper, we investigated the expression and the biochemical features of Dpl in a panel of 49 astrocytoma specimens of different WHO malignancy grades. As a result, Dpl was expressed in the majority of the investigated specimens (86%, also including low grade samples. Importantly, Dpl exhibited different cellular localizations and altered glycan moieties composition, depending on the tumor grade. Most low-grade astrocytomas (83% showed a membrane-bound Dpl, like human healthy testis tissue, whereas the majority of high-grade astrocytomas (75% displayed a cytosolic Dpl. Deglycosylation studies with N-glycosidase F and/or neuraminidase highlighted defective glycan moieties and an unexpected loss of sialic acid. To find associations between glial tumor progression and Dpl biochemical features, predictive bioinformatics approaches were produced. In particular, Decision tree and Nomogram analysis showed well-defined Dpl-based criteria that separately clustered low-and high-grade astrocytomas. Taken together, these findings show that in astrocytomas, Dpl undergoes different molecular processes that might constitute additional helpful tools to characterize the glial tumor progression.

  20. Postoperative irradiation of incompletely excised gemistocytic astrocytomas. Clinical outcome and prognostic factors

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    Nowak-Sadzikowska, J.; Glinski, B.; Szpytma, T.; Pluta, E. [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Inst. of Oncology, Cracow (Poland)

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    Background and purpose: although gemistocytic astrocytomas are considered slow-growing tumors, they often behave aggressively and carry the least favorable prognosis among low-grade astrocytomas. The aim of this study is to evaluate the outcomes and prognostic factors of patients with incompletely excised gemistocytic astrocytomas irradiated postoperatively. Patients and methods: records of 48 patients with incompletely excised gemistocytic astrocytoma, irradiated between 1976 and 1998 at the department of radiation oncology, Maria Sklodowska-curie Memorial Cancer Center, Cracow, Poland, were reviewed. The total dose ranged from 50 to 60 Gy (mean: 59.35, median: 60 Gy) delivered in daily fractions of 2 Gy, 5 days a week. The treatment volume covered the residual tumor with a margin of 1-2 cm. Results: toxicity was acceptable. The overall actuarial survival rates at 5 and 10 years were 30% and 17%, respectively. Age and gender had an influence on overall survival by univariate and multivariate analysis (p < 0.05). Patients {<=} 35 years of age and female patients carried the best prognosis. Conclusion: in most patients with gemistocytic astrocytoma, combined surgery and postoperative radiotherapy result in only short-term survival. Older age is the most important unfavorable prognostic factor in patients with gemistocytic astrocytoma. (orig.)

  1. Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance perfusion weighted imaging in astrocytomas: correlation with histopathology and immunohistochemistry

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    CHEN Jun; HUANG Shu-Lan; LI Tao; CHEN Xi-lan

    2005-01-01

    Objective:To investigate magnetic resonance perfusion weighted imaging and its relationship with the grading and the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and angiogenesis in astrocytomas. Methods: A collection of 34 patients with astrocytomas proved by surgery and pathology were examined by magnetic resonance imaging(MRI), with 26 cases of grade Ⅰ - Ⅱ (low-grade) and 8 cases of grade Ⅲ- Ⅳ (high-grade). MR perfusion images were obtained with spin-echo echo planar imaging (SEEPI) techniques. Expression of VEGF was examined by immunohistochemical method of streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase (SP). The vascular development was measured by micro-vascular density (MVD) which was immunostained with anti-factor Ⅷ-related antigen monoclonal antibody. Results: Both of the expression of VEGF and the angiogenesis in 34 cases of astrocytomas were significantly correlated to the maximum relative cerebral blood volume (Max rCBV) (r= 0. 604, P<0. 001 ;r= 0. 625, P<0. 001, respectively). The Max rCBV and the expression of VEGF, MVD in high-grade astrocytomas were significantly higher than that of in low-grade astrocytomas (t= 3.0, P=0.017; t=7.08, P=0.01;t=3.37,P=0. 011, respectively). Conclusion: MR perfusion weighted imaging might be a valuable method in in vivo study of the angiogenesis of astrocytomas and evaluating their malignant degree and prognosis.

  2. SOX4 is overexpressed in diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma and confers poor prognosis.

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    Li, Ling; Li, Qiuyao; Chen, Xueqin; Xu, Miao; Li, Xinglan; Nie, Ling; Chen, Ni; Gong, Jing; Mao, Qing; Zhou, Qiao

    2015-12-01

    The SOX4 (sex-determining region Y-related high-mobility-group box transcription factor 4) gene plays critical roles in embryonic development and cell-fate determination. Recently, SOX4 overexpression has been found in various tumors. However, its expression status and prognostic significance in astrocytoma remain unknown. In this study, SOX4 expression in diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma (WHO grades II-IV) tissues (in comparison with pilocytic astrocytomas) was examined by immunohistochemistry, and its relevance with prognosis was analyzed. Our data showed that SOX4 was over-expressed in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas and its expression was positively correlated with astrocytoma grade (WHO grades II-IV). Significantly, Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed that SOX4 nuclear overexpression (SOX4-N) was associated with poorer progression-free survival (PFS) and disease-specific survival (DSS) in diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma patients (P < 0.05). Cox regression analysis further showed that nuclear SOX4-N was a significant independent negative prognostic factor for these patients. PMID:26096696

  3. Chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in childhood with leptomeningeal dissemination at recurrence: A case report and review of literature

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    Tamojit Chaudhuri; Deepti Sharma

    2012-01-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma is a benign variety of gliomas, which rarely spreads along the neuraxis. Leptomeningeal dissemination of pilocytic astrocytoma in children, either at the time of initial presentation or at recurrence, is a rare event. We report a case of chiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma in a 4-year-old child with leptomeningeal dissemination at recurrence. A review of the literature is done regarding dissemination patterns, clinical picture, treatment, and outcome of pilocytic astrocytom...

  4. Evaluation of invasiveness of astrocytoma using {sup 1}H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy: correlation with expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2

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    Zhang, Kai; Li, Chuanfu; Ma, Xiangxing; Meng, Xiangshui; Feng, Dechao [Shandong University, Department of Radiology, Qilu Hospital, Jinan (China); Liu, Ying [Shandong University, Department of Radiology, Qilu Hospital, Jinan (China); Anhui Provincial Hospital, MRI Department, Hefei (China); Li, Li [Shandong University, Department of Pathology, Qilu Hospital, Jinan (China)

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    Even low-grade astrocytomas infiltrate the entire brain, a feature that precludes their successful therapy. So to assess the invasive potential of astrocytoma is very important. The aim of this study was determine whether there is a significant correlation between the results of {sup 1}H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy ({sup 1}H-MRS) and tumor invasive potential of astrocytoma, which is reflected by expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2). The {sup 1}H-MRS spectra of 41 histologically verified astrocytomas were obtained on a 3-T MR scanner. According to the World Health Organization classification criteria for central nervous system tumors, there were 16 low-grade astrocytomas (2 pilocytic astrocytomas, 14 grade II astrocytomas) and 25 high-grade astrocytomas (5 anaplastic astrocytomas, 20 glioblastomas).The choline/N-acetylaspartate (Cho/NAA) and choline/creatine (Cho/Cr) ratios were calculated. Of the 41 astrocytomas, 19 (8 low-grade and 11 high-grade) were analyzed immunohistochemically. Expression of MMP-2 was determined using streptavidin-peroxidase complex (SP) staining which was quantified by calculating its calibrated opacity density (COD) using an image analysis system. The correlations between metabolite ratios and the quantitative data from the immunohistochemical tests in the 19 astrocytomas were determined. The Cho/NAA and Cho/Cr ratios of high-grade astrocytoma were both significantly greater than those of low-grade astrocytoma (t = -6.222, P = 0.000; t = -6.533, P = 0.000, respectively). MMP-2 COD values of high-grade astrocytomas were also significantly greater than those of low-grade astrocytomas (t = -5.892, P = 0.000). There were strong positive correlations between Cho/NAA ratio and MMP-2 COD (r = 0.669, P = 0.002), and between Cho/Cr ratio and MMP-2 COD (r = 0.689, P = 0.001). {sup 1}H-MRS is helpful in evaluating the invasiveness of astrocytomas and predicting prognosis preoperatively by determining the Cho/NAA and Cho/Cr ratios

  5. Evaluation of invasiveness of astrocytoma using 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy: correlation with expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2

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    Even low-grade astrocytomas infiltrate the entire brain, a feature that precludes their successful therapy. So to assess the invasive potential of astrocytoma is very important. The aim of this study was determine whether there is a significant correlation between the results of 1H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and tumor invasive potential of astrocytoma, which is reflected by expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2). The 1H-MRS spectra of 41 histologically verified astrocytomas were obtained on a 3-T MR scanner. According to the World Health Organization classification criteria for central nervous system tumors, there were 16 low-grade astrocytomas (2 pilocytic astrocytomas, 14 grade II astrocytomas) and 25 high-grade astrocytomas (5 anaplastic astrocytomas, 20 glioblastomas).The choline/N-acetylaspartate (Cho/NAA) and choline/creatine (Cho/Cr) ratios were calculated. Of the 41 astrocytomas, 19 (8 low-grade and 11 high-grade) were analyzed immunohistochemically. Expression of MMP-2 was determined using streptavidin-peroxidase complex (SP) staining which was quantified by calculating its calibrated opacity density (COD) using an image analysis system. The correlations between metabolite ratios and the quantitative data from the immunohistochemical tests in the 19 astrocytomas were determined. The Cho/NAA and Cho/Cr ratios of high-grade astrocytoma were both significantly greater than those of low-grade astrocytoma (t = -6.222, P = 0.000; t = -6.533, P = 0.000, respectively). MMP-2 COD values of high-grade astrocytomas were also significantly greater than those of low-grade astrocytomas (t = -5.892, P 0.000). There were strong positive correlations between Cho/NAA ratio and MMP-2 COD (r = 0.669, P = 0.002), and between Cho/Cr ratio and MMP-2 COD (r = 0.689, P = 0.001). 1H-MRS is helpful in evaluating the invasiveness of astrocytomas and predicting prognosis preoperatively by determining the Cho/NAA and Cho/Cr ratios. (orig.)

  6. Differentiation between reactive gliosis and astrocytomas by MIB-1/ki67 immunostaining

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    Parvin Mahzooni

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Astrocytic Tumors are the most common primary tumors of the central nervous system. These tumors have an inherited tendency to progress and recurrence. The histopathological examination and grading do not always identify the subset of these tumors especially when the tumor sample is small or inadequate. This study was undertaken to answer the question whether MIB-1 expression could assist in discrimination between low grade and high-grade glioma and gliosis especially when the biopsy sample is small, such as stereotactic brain biopsy.
    Methods: This descriptive analytical study was performed on 114 glial and gliotic paraffin-embedded tissues. KI67 immunohistochemistry was also used on paraffin section using the monoclonal antibody MIB-1. The results were analyzed by ANOVA test.
    Results: Based on light microscopic findings 89 (78.07% were astrocytomas and 25 (21.9% were reactive gliosis. The mean Ki67 labeling index (LI was 25.2% (±30 SD for astrocytomas   in general and 1.92 (±1.2SD for gliosis. In other words, it was 1.8 (±1SD for grade I, 14.5% (±4SD grade II and 64.5 % (±19.3 for (grade III, IV astrocytomas. The MIB-1 labeling index for astrocytic tumors was significantly higher than that for gliosis (P<0.001 and it increased with increasing tumor grade. However, MIB-1 labeling index was the same for pilocytic astrocytoma and gliosis so there was no meaningful difference between grade 1 astrocytoma and gliosis (P>0.005.
    CONCLUSIONS: Given the conventional microscopic examination and KI67 (MIB-1 method for grading astrocytomas, MIB-1 is more reliable and a complementary method for definitive diagnosis. KEY WORDS: Astrocytoma, gliosis, monoclonal antibody, MIB-1, proliferating index.

  7. Complement activation in astrocytomas: deposition of C4d and patient outcome

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    Mäkelä Katri

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background C4d is a cleavage product of complement component C4 and is considered to serve as a marker for the site of complement activation. In this study C4d staining of grade I-IV astrocytic tumors was studied to explore if there is an association between complement activation and the grade of tumor, or patient survival. Methods Tissue micro-array samples of 102 astrocytomas were stained immunohistochemically. The material consisted of 9 pilocytic astrocytomas and 93 grade II-IV astrocytomas, of which 67 were primary resections and 26 recurrent tumors. The intensity of C4d staining as well as extent of C4d and CD34 staining were evaluated. The intensity of C4d staining was scored semiquantitatively. The extent of the staining was counted morphometrically with a point counting grid yielding a percent of C4d and CD34 positive area of the sample. Results The intensity and extent of C4d staining increased in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma tumors in line with the malignancy grade (p = 0.034 and p = 0.016, respectively, Kruskal-Wallis test. However, C4d positive tumor area percentages were higher in grade I pilocytic astrocytomas than in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p = 0.041, Mann–Whitney test. There was a significant correlation between CD34 positive and C4d positive endothelial area fraction in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p  Conclusion The worsening of patient outcome and malignant progression of tumor cells seem to be connected to microenvironmental changes evoked by chronically activated complement.

  8. Complement activation in astrocytomas: deposition of C4d and patient outcome

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    C4d is a cleavage product of complement component C4 and is considered to serve as a marker for the site of complement activation. In this study C4d staining of grade I-IV astrocytic tumors was studied to explore if there is an association between complement activation and the grade of tumor, or patient survival. Tissue micro-array samples of 102 astrocytomas were stained immunohistochemically. The material consisted of 9 pilocytic astrocytomas and 93 grade II-IV astrocytomas, of which 67 were primary resections and 26 recurrent tumors. The intensity of C4d staining as well as extent of C4d and CD34 staining were evaluated. The intensity of C4d staining was scored semiquantitatively. The extent of the staining was counted morphometrically with a point counting grid yielding a percent of C4d and CD34 positive area of the sample. The intensity and extent of C4d staining increased in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma tumors in line with the malignancy grade (p = 0.034 and p = 0.016, respectively, Kruskal-Wallis test). However, C4d positive tumor area percentages were higher in grade I pilocytic astrocytomas than in grade II-IV diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p = 0.041, Mann–Whitney test). There was a significant correlation between CD34 positive and C4d positive endothelial area fraction in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (p < 0.001, Pearson correlation). In these tumors, the increasing intensity of C4d staining was also associated with worsened patient outcome (p = 0.014, log-rank test). The worsening of patient outcome and malignant progression of tumor cells seem to be connected to microenvironmental changes evoked by chronically activated complement

  9. A Spinal Cord Astrocytoma and Its Concurrent Osteoblastic Metastases at the Time of the Initial Diagnosis: a Case Report and Literature Review

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    Park, Ah Young; Kim, Hyunki; Chung, Tae Sub; Yoon, Choon Sik; Ryu, Young Hoon; Cho, Yong Eun; Moon, Eun Su; Kim, Sung Jin [Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    Bone metastasis from a spinal cord astrocytoma has been reported only twice in the English medical literature. It is generally known that bone metastasis is found after the initial diagnosis with/without intervening surgery rather than being found at the time of the diagnosis of astrocytoma. The purpose of this article is to report for the first time a case of concurrent bone metastasis from a spinal cord astrocytoma at the time of diagnosing the spinal cord astrocytoma.

  10. Expression patterns of Wnt signaling component, secreted frizzled-related protein 3 in astrocytoma and glioblastoma

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    PEĆINA-ŠLAUS, NIVES; KAFKA, ANJA; VAROŠANEC, ANA MARIA; MARKOVIĆ, LEON; KRSNIK, ŽELJKA; NJIRIĆ, NIKO; MRAK, GORAN

    2016-01-01

    Secreted frizzled-related protein 3 (SFRP3) is a member of the family of soluble proteins, which modulate the Wnt signaling cascade. Novel research has identified aberrant expression of SFRPs in different types of cancer. In the present study the expression intensities and localizations of the SFRP3 protein across different histopathological grades of astrocytic brain tumors were investigated by immunohistochemistry, digital scanning and image analysis. The results demonstrated that the differences between expression levels and malignancy grades were statistically significant. Tumors were classified into four malignancy grades according to the World Health Organization guidelines. Moderate (P=0.014) and strong (P=0.028) nuclear expression levels were significantly different in pilocytic (grade I) and diffuse (grade II) astrocytomas demonstrating higher expression values, as compared with anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III) and glioblastoma (grade IV). When the sample was divided into two groups, the moderate and high cytoplasmic expression levels were observed to be significantly higher in glioblastomas than in the group comprising astrocytoma II and III. Furthermore, the results indicated that high grade tumors were associated with lower values of moderate (P=0.002) and strong (P=0.018) nuclear expression in comparison to low grade tumors. Analysis of cytoplasmic staining demonstrated that strong cytoplasmic expression was significantly higher in the astrocytoma III and IV group than in the astrocytoma I and II group (P=0.048). Furthermore, lower grade astrocytomas exhibited reduced membranous SFRP3 staining when compared with higher grade astrocytomas and this difference was statistically significant (P=0.036). The present results demonstrated that SFRP3 protein expression levels were decreased in the nucleus in higher grade astrocytoma (indicating the expected behavior of an antagonist of Wnt signaling), whereas when the SFRP3 was located in the cytoplasm an

  11. Expression patterns of Wnt signaling component, secreted frizzled‑related protein 3 in astrocytoma and glioblastoma.

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    Pećina-Šlaus, Nives; Kafka, Anja; Varošanec, Ana Maria; Marković, Leon; Krsnik, Željka; Njirić, Niko; Mrak, Goran

    2016-05-01

    Secreted frizzled-related protein 3 (SFRP3) is a member of the family of soluble proteins, which modulate the Wnt signaling cascade. Novel research has identified aberrant expression of SFRPs in different types of cancer. In the present study the expression intensities and localizations of the SFRP3 protein across different histopathological grades of astrocytic brain tumors were investigated by immunohistochemistry, digital scanning and image analysis. The results demonstrated that the differences between expression levels and malignancy grades were statistically significant. Tumors were classified into four malignancy grades according to the World Health Organization guidelines. Moderate (P=0.014) and strong (P=0.028) nuclear expression levels were significantly different in pilocytic (grade I) and diffuse (grade II) astrocytomas demonstrating higher expression values, as compared with anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III) and glioblastoma (grade IV). When the sample was divided into two groups, the moderate and high cytoplasmic expression levels were observed to be significantly higher in glioblastomas than in the group comprising astrocytoma II and III. Furthermore, the results indicated that high grade tumors were associated with lower values of moderate (P=0.002) and strong (P=0.018) nuclear expression in comparison to low grade tumors. Analysis of cytoplasmic staining demonstrated that strong cytoplasmic expression was significantly higher in the astrocytoma III and IV group than in the astrocytoma I and II group (P=0.048). Furthermore, lower grade astrocytomas exhibited reduced membranous SFRP3 staining when compared with higher grade astrocytomas and this difference was statistically significant (P=0.036). The present results demonstrated that SFRP3 protein expression levels were decreased in the nucleus in higher grade astrocytoma (indicating the expected behavior of an antagonist of Wnt signaling), whereas when the SFRP3 was located in the

  12. PHAKOMATOSIS : INTRESTING CASES OF TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS WITH RETINAL ASTROCYTOMA

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    Srinivasa Rao

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available NTRODUCTION: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC or Morbus Bourneville - Pringle disease is an autosomal dominant phakomatosis, first described by Desiree - Magloire Bourneville in 1880. Tuberous sclerosis is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous benign tumours in many parts of the body caused by mutations on either of two genes, TSC1 and TSC2. This rare genetic disorder is usually associated with a triad of seizures, mental retardation and cutaneous lesions. Approximately one half of all patients affected by TS develop at least one retinal astrocytoma in one eye. PRESENTATION OF CASES: In the department of ophthalmology, G.S.L M edical C ollege, Rajahmundry, we came across 3 cases of tuberous sclerosis involving multi organ systems. Out of 3 cases, 2 cases were reported to be familial and 1case is sporadic, with a history of epilepsy with angiofibromatosis lesions over the face, multiple ash - leaf lesions over the abdomen, renal angiomyolipomas, multiple subependymal nodules in brain and retinal astrocytic hamartomas in the retina. CONCLUSION: It is important to be cognizant of the likely presence of systemic and ocular pathology in a child with mental retardation and skin lesions. Identification of retinal phakomatosis during ocular evaluation in any suspected case of Tuberous sclerosis can aid in the establishment of the diagnosis of the disease

  13. Astrocytoma in the medulla oblongata diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging

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    A 22-year-old male was admitted to Mito National Hospital with complaints of persistent, progressive dysphagia, hoarseness, and numbness over his entire body. Neurological examination showed bilateral 7th, 9th, and 10th nerve paralysis, tetraparesis, sensory disturbance of the whole body, and hyper-reflexia of all extremities. Pale, low-density areas in the medulla oblongata and upper cervical spinal cord were detected by conventional computed tomography. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) disclosed low-signal masses involving those areas and in the lower cervical cord. Suboccipital craniotomy exposed a solid, firm, well demarcated intramedullary tumor in the medulla oblongata. The tumor was removed en bloc and was histologically diagnosed as a pilocytic astrocytoma. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient's symptoms improved dramatically. Postoperative MRI revealed no residual tumor in the medulla oblongata or upper cervical cord. This case illustrates the value of preoperative MRI, which precisely delineates the location and extent of the tumor and greatly facilitates direct surgery of the medulla oblongata. (author)

  14. Correlation of Altered Expression of the Autophagy Marker LC3B with Poor Prognosis in Astrocytoma

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    Daniel Winardi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most serious malignant brain tumors and is characterized by resistance to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Recent studies suggest that autophagy may play an important role not only in the regulation of cancer development and progression but also in determining the response of cancer cells to anticancer therapy. The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between protein expressions of two autophagy markers, LC3B and Beclin-1, with clinical parameters in astrocytoma patients. Furthermore, the expression of CD133, a marker of the cancer stem-like cells, in astrocytoma patients was also investigated. A total of 106 thin-section slides were retrospectively collected from astrocytoma patients. LC3B, but not Beclin-1, protein expression was found to significantly correlate with resistance to radiation- or chemotherapy. In addition, high intensity of LC3B staining was predictive of poor prognosis. Furthermore, survival time of patients with high-level expression in both CD133 and LC3B was significantly shorter than those with weak expression in both CD133 and LC3B. These results suggest that astrocytoma cancer stem-like cells together with enhanced autophagy may cause resistance to radiation therapy/chemotherapy and that targeting the cancer stem-like cell in astrocytoma may offer a viable therapeutic approach.

  15. Expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase and vascular endothelial growth factor in association with neovascularization in human primary astrocytoma

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    PAN Jian-wei; ZHAN Ren-ya; TONG Ying; ZHOU Yong-qing; ZHANG Ming

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the relationship between the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and angiogenesis in primary astrocytoma. Methods: Thirty-seven primary astrocytomas and 4 astrocytic hyperplasia samples were collected and divided into three groups according to histological grade. The expression of eNOS, VEGF and factor Ⅷ related antigen (FVIIIRAg) were assayed by immunohistochemistry. Microvascular density was assessed by FVIIIRAg immunoreactivity. The intensity of immunoreactivity was graded according to the percentage of positive tumor cells. Results: No eNOS and VEGF were expressed in the astrocytes and vascular endothelium in astrocytic hyperplasia.The expression of eNOS or VEGF was light in low-grade astrocytoma and strong in glioblastoma. eNOS expression in astrocytoma was very positively correlated with VEGF. eNOS and VEGF expression in anaplastic astrocytoma was median in contrast to the low grade astrocytoma and glioblastoma. Lower microvascular density was found in low grade astrocytoma than that in higher grade malignant ones. The expressions of eNOS and VEGF were correlated with microvascular density and tumor malignancy.Conclusion: This finding suggests that eNOS and VEGF may have cooperative effect in tumor angiogenesis and play an important role in the pathogenesis of primary astrocytoma.

  16. Inhibition of formyl peptide receptor in high-grade astrocytoma by CHemotaxis Inhibitory Protein of S. aureus

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    Boer, J. C.; Domanska, U. M.; Timmer-Bosscha, H.; Boer, I. G. J.; de Haas, C. J. C.; Joseph, J. V.; Kruyt, F. A. E.; de Vries, E. G. E.; den Dunnen, W. F. A.; van Strijp, J. A. G.; Walenkamp, A. M. E.

    2013-01-01

    Background: High-grade astrocytomas are malignant brain tumours that infiltrate the surrounding brain tissue and have a poor prognosis. Activation of formyl peptide receptor (FPR1) on the human astrocytoma cell line U87 promotes cell motility, growth and angiogenesis. We therefore investigated the F

  17. Holocord low grade astrocytoma – Role of radical irradiation and chemotherapy

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    Shikha Goyal

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Spinal intradural tumors, especially those extending along the entire length of the spinal cord, termed as ‘holocord’ tumors are uncommon. Most of these are gliomas, with astrocytomas (low grade predominating in children and ependymomas in adults. Other histologies, though reported, are even rarer. Management is debatable, with both surgery and radiotherapy of such extensive tumors posing challenges. We describe a case of a 14-year-old girl with holocord astrocytoma extending from cervicomedullary junction till lumbar spine, who recovered full neurological function following radical irradiation of entire spine followed by temozolomide-based chemotherapy. No grade 3/4 bone marrow morbidity was seen. Five years following treatment, she maintained normal neurological function and apparently normal pubertal and skeletal growth despite residual disease visible on imaging. Literature review of existing reports of holocord astrocytomas highlighting management and outcome is presented.

  18. Pediatric High-Grade Astrocytomas Show Chromosomal Imbalances Distinct from Adult Cases

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    Rickert, Christian H.; Sträter, Ronald; Kaatsch, Peter; Wassmann, Hansdetlef; Jürgens, Heribert; Dockhorn-Dworniczak, Barbara; Paulus, Werner

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    We studied 23 pediatric high-grade astrocytomas by comparative genomic hybridization. Chromosomal imbalances were found in 10 of 10 anaplastic astrocytomas and 11 of 13 glioblastomas and consisted of +1q (43%), +3q (26%), +1p, +2q, +5q (22%), −22q (34%), −6q, −10q (30%), −9q, −11q, −13q, −16q, and −17p (22%). Anaplastic astrocytomas frequently showed +5q (40%), +1q (30%), −22q (50%), −6q, −9q (40%), and −12q (30%); glioblastomas +1q (54%), +3q (38%), +2q, +17q (23%), −6q, −8q, −10q, −13q, and...

  19. Cerebellar metastasis from serous adenocarcinoma of the ovary mimicking pilocytic astrocytoma.

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    Tandon, Vivek; Garg, Kanwaljeet; Mahapatra, A K

    2012-07-01

    Serous adenocarcinoma of the ovary rarely can present with solitary solid -cystic cerebellar metastasis, mimicking pilocytic astrocytoma. A middle aged women, who underwent total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingoopherectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy for ovarian adenocarcinoma, presented to us with the history of headache, vomiting, and imbalance. Contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed solitary cerebellar, solid cystic lesion with cyst lining and solid portion enhancing on contrast which was mimicking pilocytic astrocytoma and there was no perilesional edema. Gross total excision of the cerebellar lesion was done followed by resolution of her symptoms. Histopathology showed metastatic adenocarcinoma consistent with the primary ovarian carcinoma. In patients of ovarian carcinoma, presenting with features of raised intracranial pressureICP] thorough investigations must be done to rule out metastasis. Solitary metastasis of the cerebellum because of ovarian carcinoma may mimic pilocytic astrocytoma. PMID:23293670

  20. Radiation-induced spinal cord anaplastic astrocytoma subsequent to radiotherapy for testicular seminoma. Case report

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    A 54-year-old man presented with a very rare case of radiation-induced intramedullary spinal cord anaplastic astrocytoma, which developed 37 years after radiotherapy for testicular seminoma. The patient presented with weakness and numbness of the left lower extremity that had gradually aggravated for 3 months. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated an intramedullary mass lesion with syringomyelia at the T9 to T12 levels. Subtotal removal of the tumor was performed using standard microsurgical technique. Histological examination revealed anaplastic astrocytoma. Although radiotherapy was seriously considered, chemotherapy was employed as adjuvant therapy considering the previous treatment. Although his neurological status improved transiently after surgery, relentless neurological decline occurred and resulted in death 9 months following surgery. Considering that subtotal removal of the tumor and chemotherapy had little influence on the quality of life and the length of survival in our case, cordectomy may be the optimum treatment for patients with radiation-induced spinal intramedullary malignant astrocytoma. (author)

  1. Management of optic chiasmatic/hypothalamic astrocytomas in children

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    Steinbok, P.; Hentschel, S.; Almqvist, P.; Cochrane, D.D. [Univ. of British Columbia, British Columbia' s Children' s Hospital, Div. of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dept. of Surgery, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Poskitt, K. [Univ. of British Columbia, British Columbia' s Children' s Hospital, Dept. of Radiology, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

    2002-05-01

    The management of optic chiasmatic gliomas is controversial, partly related to failure to separate out those tumors involving the optic chiasm only (chiasmatic tumors) from those also involving the hypothalamus (chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumors). The purpose of this study was: (i) to analyze the outcomes of chiasmatic and chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumors separately; and (ii) to determine the appropriateness of recommending radical surgical resection for the chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumors. A retrospective chart review of all newly diagnosed tumors involving the optic chiasm from 1982-1996 at British Columbia's Children's Hospital was performed. There were 32 patients less than 16 years of age, 14 with chiasmatic and 18 with chiasmatic/hypothalamic astrocytomas, with an average duration of follow-up of 5.8 years and 6.3 years, respectively. Ten of the patients with chiasmatic tumors and none with chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumors had neurofibromatosis I. Thirteen of the 14 chiasmatic tumors were managed with observation only, and none had progression requiring active intervention. For the chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumors. eight patients had subtotal resections (>95% resection), six had partial resections (50-95%), three had limited resections (<50%), and one had no surgery. There were fewer complications associated with the limited resections, especially with respect to hypothalamic dysfunction. There was no correlation between the extent of resection (subtotal, partial, or limited) and the time to tumor progression (average 18 months). In conclusion, chiasmatic and chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumors are different entities, which should be separated out for the Purposes of any study. For the chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumors, there was more morbidity and no prolongation of time to progression when radical resections were compared to more limited resections. Therefore, if surgery is performed, it may be appropriate to do a surgical procedure that strives only to provide a

  2. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Recurrent or Unresectable Pilocytic Astrocytoma

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    Purpose: To report the outcomes in patients with recurrent or unresectable pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Methods and Materials: Retrospective review of 18 patients (20 lesions) with biopsy-confirmed PA having SRS at our institution from 1992 through 2005. Results: The median patient age at SRS was 23 years (range, 4–56). Thirteen patients (72%) had undergone one or more previous surgical resections, and 10 (56%) had previously received external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT). The median SRS treatment volume was 9.1 cm3 (range, 0.7–26.7). The median tumor margin dose was 15 Gy (range, 12–20). The median follow-up was 8.0 years (range, 0.5–15). Overall survival at 1, 5, and 10 years after SRS was 94%, 71%, and 71%, respectively. Tumor progression (local solid progression, n = 4; local solid progression + distant, n = 1; distant, n = 2; cyst development/progression, n = 4) was noted in 11 patients (61%). Progression-free survival at 1, 5, and 10 years was 65%, 41%, and 17%, respectively. Prior EBRT was associated with inferior overall survival (5-year risk, 100% vs. 50%, p = 0.03) and progression-free survival (5-year risk, 71% vs. 20%, p = 0.008). Nine of 11 patients with tumor-related symptoms improved after SRS. Symptomatic edema after SRS occurred in 8 patients (44%), which resolved with short-term corticosteroid therapy in the majority of those without early disease progression. Conclusions: SRS has low permanent radiation-related morbidity and durable local tumor control, making it a meaningful treatment option for patients with recurrent or unresectable PA in whom surgery and/or EBRT has failed.

  3. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Recurrent or Unresectable Pilocytic Astrocytoma

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    Hallemeier, Christopher L. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Pollock, Bruce E. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Department of Neurological Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Schomberg, Paula J. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Link, Michael J. [Department of Neurological Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Brown, Paul D. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Stafford, Scott L., E-mail: Stafford.scott@mayo.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States)

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    Purpose: To report the outcomes in patients with recurrent or unresectable pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Methods and Materials: Retrospective review of 18 patients (20 lesions) with biopsy-confirmed PA having SRS at our institution from 1992 through 2005. Results: The median patient age at SRS was 23 years (range, 4-56). Thirteen patients (72%) had undergone one or more previous surgical resections, and 10 (56%) had previously received external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT). The median SRS treatment volume was 9.1 cm{sup 3} (range, 0.7-26.7). The median tumor margin dose was 15 Gy (range, 12-20). The median follow-up was 8.0 years (range, 0.5-15). Overall survival at 1, 5, and 10 years after SRS was 94%, 71%, and 71%, respectively. Tumor progression (local solid progression, n = 4; local solid progression + distant, n = 1; distant, n = 2; cyst development/progression, n = 4) was noted in 11 patients (61%). Progression-free survival at 1, 5, and 10 years was 65%, 41%, and 17%, respectively. Prior EBRT was associated with inferior overall survival (5-year risk, 100% vs. 50%, p = 0.03) and progression-free survival (5-year risk, 71% vs. 20%, p = 0.008). Nine of 11 patients with tumor-related symptoms improved after SRS. Symptomatic edema after SRS occurred in 8 patients (44%), which resolved with short-term corticosteroid therapy in the majority of those without early disease progression. Conclusions: SRS has low permanent radiation-related morbidity and durable local tumor control, making it a meaningful treatment option for patients with recurrent or unresectable PA in whom surgery and/or EBRT has failed.

  4. [Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for symptomatic non operable grade II fibrillary astrocytoma in adults].

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    Lebrun, C; Fontaine, D; Vandenbos, F; Chanalet, S; Bourg, V; Frénay, M; Alchaar, H; Bleuse, A; Bondiau, P Y; Brunetto, J L; Chatel, M; Courdi, A; Darcourt, J; Fauchon, F; Guibert, F; Grellier, P; Lanteri-Minet, M; Lonjon, M; Michiels, J F; Paquis, P; Paquis, V; Ramaioli, A; Rasendrarijao, D

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    We collected 6 case-reports of symptomatric non removable low grade fibrillary astrocytoma of adults treated with a procarbazine-CCNU-vincristine chemotherapy regimen. All patients had drug-resistant epilepsy but brain imaging was stable. Total gross resection was rejected because of Volume or tumor location. After 4 to 7 cycles of chemotherapy, 2 patients had partial response and one minor response on brain MRI. All of them were seizure-free. Progression free survival was not reached at 5 Years. Up-front chemotherapy for low-grade astrocytomas may be useful and has to be prospectively evaluated. PMID:15269670

  5. Expression of the lysosomal-associated membrane protein-1 (LAMP-1) in astrocytomas

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    Jensen, Stine Skov; Christensen, Karina; Aaberg-Jessen, Charlotte;

    aim of this study was to investigate the immunohistochemical expression of LAMP-1, a membrane bound protein in lysosomes, in formalin fixed paraffin embedded tumor tissue from 23 diffuse astrocytomas, 17 anaplastic astrocytomas and 72 glioblastomas. The LAMP-1 expression was scored and compared with......Targeting lysosomes is a novel approach in cancer therapy providing a possible way of killing the otherwise apoptosis-resistant cancer cells. Recent research has thus shown that lysosome targeting compounds induce cell death in a cervix cancer cell line. Tumor stem cells in glioblastomas have...

  6. A case report on development of CNS primitive neuroectodermal tumour from astrocytoma

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    Sunnia Gupta

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available CNS PNET are infrequent in children and very rare in adults. Even rarer is the development of PNET from low grade astrocytoma. We hereby report a case of PNET arising from astrocytoma. Some similar cases have been reported in the past in which radiation was considered to be the etiological factor in the development of PNET from glial neoplasms but in this case the duration of conversion does not go in favour of radiation as the cause. [Int J Res Med Sci 2014; 2(4.000: 1726-1728

  7. Conformal proton radiation therapy for pediatric low-grade astrocytomas

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    Hug, E.B. [Loma Linda Univ. Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA (United States). Dept. of Radiation Medicine; Loma Linda Univ. Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA (United States). Dept. of Pediatrics and Dept. of Pathology; Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire (United States). Section of Radiation Oncology; Muenter, M.W.; Archambeau, J.O.; DeVries, A.; Loredo, L.N.; Grove, R.I.; Slater, J.D. [Loma Linda Univ. Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA (United States). Dept. of Radiation Medicine; Liwnicz, B. [Loma Linda Univ. Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA (United States). Dept. of Pathology

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    Background: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of proton radiation therapy (PRT) for intracranial low-grade astrocytomas, the authors analyzed the first 27 pediatric patients treated at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). Patients and Method: Between September 1991 and August 1997, 27 patients (13 female, 14 male) underwent fractionated proton radiation therapy for progressive or recurrent low-grade astrocytoma. Age at time of treatment ranged from 2 to 18 years (mean: 8.7 years). Tumors were located centrally (diencephatic) in 15 patients, in the cerebral and cerebellar hemispheres in seven patients, and in the brainstem in five patients. 25/27 patients (92%) were treated for progressive, unresectable, or residual disease following subtotal resection. Tissue diagnosis was available in 23/27 patients (85%). Four patients with optic pathway tumors were treated without histologic confirmation. Target doses between 50.4 and 63.0 CGE (cobalt gray equivalent, mean: 55.2 CGE) were prescribed at 1.8 CGE per fraction, five treatments per week. Results: At a mean follow-up period of 3.3 years (0.6-6.8 years), 6/27 patients experienced local failure (all located within the irradiated field), and 4/27 patients had died. By anatomic site these data translated into rates of local control and survival of 87% (13/15 patients) and 93% (14/15 patients) for central tumors, 71% (5/7 patients) and 86% (6/7 patients) for hemispheric tumors, and 60% (3/5 patients) and 60% (3/5 patients) for tumors located in the brainstem. Proton radiation therapy was generally well tolerated. All children with local control maintained their performance status. One child with associated neurofibromatosis, Type 1, developed Moyamoya disease. All six patients with optic pathway tumors and useful vision maintained or improved their visual status. Conclusions: This report on pediatric low-grade astrocytomas confirms proton radiation therapy as a safe and efficacious 3-D conformal treatment

  8. Differential expression of two fibroblast growth factor-receptor genes is associated with malignant progression in human astrocytomas

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    Yamaguchi, F.; Saya, H.; Bruner, J.M.; Morrison, R.S. (Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States))

    1994-01-18

    Malignant astrocytomas, which are highly invasive, vascular neoplasms, compose the majority of nervous system tumors in humans. Elevated expression of fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) in astrocytomas has implicated the FGF family of mitogens in the initiation and progression of astrocyte-derived tumors. In this study, the authors demonstrated that human astrocytomas undergo parallel changes in FGF-receptor (FGFR) expression during their progression from a benign to a malignant phenotype. FGFR type 2 (BEK) expression was abundant in normal white matter and in all low-grade astrocytomas but was not seen in malignant astrocytomas. Conversely, FGFR type 1 (FLG) expression was absent or barely detectable in normal white matter but was significantly elevated in malignant astrocytomas. Malignant astrocytomas also expressed an alternatively spliced form of FGFR-1 (FGFR-1[beta]) containing two immunoglobulin-like disulfide loops, whereas normal human adult and fetal brains expressed a receptor form (FGFR-1[alpha]) containing three immunoglobulin-like disulfide loops. Intermediate grades of astrocytic tumors exhibited a gradual loss of FGFR-2 and a shift in expression from FGFR-1[alpha] to FGFR-2 and a shift in expression from FGFR-1[alpha] to FGFR-1[beta] as they progressed from benign to malignant phenotype. These results suggest that differential expression and alternative splicing of FGFRs may be critical in the malignant progression of astrocytic tumors.

  9. Does chemotherapy have a role in low-grade astrocytoma management? A report of 13 cases.

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    Castello, M A; Schiavetti, A; Padula, A; Varrasso, G; Properzi, E; Trasimeni, G; Operamolla, P; Gualdi, G F; Clerico, A

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    Surgery is the treatment of choice for low-grade astrocytoma while radiotherapy is carried out only when total resection is not possible. This study assessed the effectiveness of chemotherapy in nonresectable cases. Thirteen children with nonresectable astrocytoma were treated with carboplatin and etoposide and after four cycles the response to treatment was evaluated according to radiologic criteria. The results were: one with complete response (CR), three with minor response (MR), six with stable disease (SD), and three with progressive disease (PD). Moreover, in 77% there was an improvement in the neurologic picture. In particular, two cases with hypothalamic astrocytoma showed a regression of the diencephalic syndrome following chemotherapy. In six cases chemotherapy was carried out, at reduced dosage, after the first four cycles either because there was clinical improvement or because it was necessary to postpone radiotherapy in very young patients. After a follow-up period ranging between 11 and 63 months (average: 30 months), nine of the 13 patients are alive (69%) while four died of disease progression. Further studies would be useful to evaluate the role of chemotherapy in the management of low-grade astrocytoma. PMID:7603393

  10. Diffuse Spinal Leptomeningeal Spread of a Pilocytic Astrocytoma in a 3-year-old Child.

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    Alyeldien, Ameer; Teuber-Hanselmann, Sarah; Cheko, Azad; Höll, Tanja; Scholz, Martin; Petridis, Athanasios K

    2016-03-25

    Pilocytic astrocytomas correspond to low-grade gliomas and therefore metastasize exceedingly rare. However, pilocytic astrocytomas are able to and leptomeningeal dissemination may be seen. What are the treatment options of these cases? We present a case report of a 3-year-old child with a pilocytic astrocytoma of the optic chiasm with leptomeningeal dissemination of the spinal meninges. Partial resection of the cerebral tumor has been performed. Since the leptomeningeal dissemination was seen all over the spinal meninges, the child did not undergo further surgical treatment. A wait and watch strategy were followed. Chemotherapy was initiated, if a 25% tumor growth was seen. Leptomeningeal dissemination of a pilocytic astrocytoma is seen so infrequently that no standard therapy is established. Since these metastases may occur even up to 2 decades after primary tumor resection, long-term follow-up is indicated. In case of spinal metastases, surgical treatment should be performed if feasible. Otherwise observation should be possessed and/or chemotherapy should be initiated. PMID:27162602

  11. Imaging Manifestations of a Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma in Tuberous Sclerosis

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    Joseph R. Stein; Daniel A. Reidman

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    Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic disorder resulting in benign tumor growth in various organs including the brain, heart, skin, eyes, kidney, and lung as well as systemic manifestations including seizures, cognitive impairment, and dermatologic abnormalities. This report shows the radiological findings and differentiation between a subependymal nodule and subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in a patient with tuberous sclerosis presenting with new onset seizures.

  12. Diffuse spinal leptomeningeal spread of a pilocytic astrocytoma in a 3-year-old child

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    Ameer Alyeldien

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Pilocytic astrocytomas correspond to lowgrade gliomas and therefore metastasize exceedingly rare. However, pilocytic astrocytomas are able to and leptomeningeal dissemination may be seen. What are the treatment options of these cases? We present a case report of a 3-year-old child with a pilocytic astrocytoma of the optic chiasm with leptomeningeal dissemination of the spinal meninges. Partial resection of the cerebral tumor has been performed. Since the leptomeningeal dissemination was seen all over the spinal meninges, the child did not undergo further surgical treatment. A wait and watch strategy were followed. Chemotherapy was initiated, if a 25% tumor growth was seen. Leptomeningeal dissemination of a pilocytic astrocytoma is seen so infrequently that no standard therapy is established. Since these metastases may occur even up to 2 decades after primary tumor resection, long-term follow- up is indicated. In case of spinal metastases, surgical treatment should be performed if feasible. Otherwise observation should be possessed and/or chemotherapy should be initiated.

  13. Recurrent delayed brain hemorrhage over years after irradiation and chemotherapy for astrocytoma

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    Hillemanns, Andreas; Skalej, Martin; Krapf, Hilmar [Department of Neuroradiology, Eberhard Karls University, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Kortmann, Rolf-Dieter [Department of Radiooncology, Eberhard Karls University, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Herrlinger, Ulrich [Department of Neurology, Eberhard Karls University, Hoppe-Seyler-Strasse 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)

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    We report on an adult patient with a right frontal astrocytoma, classification WHO II, who suffered from radionecrosis 3.5 years after surgery and combined radio- and chemotherapy. Beginning 8 years after initial diagnosis, repeated episodes of bilateral cerebral hemorrhage and cavitation occurred. This case description emphasizes the possibility of repeated hemorrhage as a delayed reaction to brain irradiation and chemotherapy. (orig.)

  14. Astrocytoma with involvement of medulla oblongata, spinal cord and spinal nerves in a raccoon (Procyon lotor)

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    Neoplasms affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems of wild animals are extremely rare. Described are clinical signs, pathologic and immunohistochemical findings in an adult female raccoon (Procyon lotor) with an astrocytoma which involved brainstem, cervical spinal cord and roots of the ...

  15. Tumour vasculature and angiogenic profile of paediatric pilocytic astrocytoma; is it much different from glioblastoma?

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    Sie, M.; de Bont, E. S. J. M.; Scherpen, F. J. G.; Hoving, E. W.; den Dunnen, W. F. A.

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    Aims: Pilocytic astrocytomas are the most frequent brain tumours in children. Because of their high vascularity, this study aimed to obtain insights into potential angiogenic related therapeutic targets in these tumours by characterization of the vasculature and the angiogenic profile. In this study

  16. Identification of Tumor Progression-Related Genes in Astrocytoma cell Lines

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    Yi Zeng; Zhong Yang; Chao You; Yangyun Han

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To identify progression-related genes that lead to astrocytoma progression from a low to a high grade by analyzing the gene expression profiles from different tumor grades, and all-trans retinoic acid-treated astrocytoma cell lines.METHODS In this study, all-trans retinoic acid(ATRA) was used to induce differentiation of SHG-44 cells.Then,by using a cDNA microarray, we compared gene expression profiling in different grades of astrocytoma cell lines(CHG-5,WHo Grade II and SHG-44,WHO Grade IV)and in ATRA-induced differentiation in SHG-44 cells.A panel of overlapped genes that might be related to tumor progression was identified,and the cell line individual variation was avoided as well. RESUIJTS In the 31 overlapped genes,the stable over-expression of MDM2 and UGB as well as the repression of SOD2,G3BP, and CSTB in parental SHG-44 ceils was observed and their possible roles in tumor progression were discussed.Moreover, validation of some differentially expressed genes was confirmed by Northern blots.CONCLUSl0N The overlapped genes reported in this study might relate to progression of astrocytoma.Further study of progression-related genes may be helpful to explore the genetic pathways that are involved in astrocytoma progress from a low to a high grade.

  17. Tuberous sclerosis complex complicated with extraventricular cystic giant cell astrocytoma: case report

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    CHEN Xu-zhu; DAI Jian-ping

    2007-01-01

    @@ Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is one of the most commonly identified neurocutaneous disorders with a prevalence of 1/6000 to 1/9000 in general population1,2 In the patients with TSC, 10%-15% have subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SGCA) .3

  18. Tracer transport and metabolism in a patient with juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. A PET study

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    Roelcke, U; Radu, EW; Hausmann, O; Vontobel, P; Maguire, RP; Leenders, KL

    1998-01-01

    We studied a patient with juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA) using positron emission tomography (PET), F-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), C-11-methionine (MET), and (82)Rubidium (RUB). Non-linear fitting and multiple time graphical plotting of the dynamic PET data revealed values for tumor plasma volu

  19. Posterior fossa vermian cystic schwannoma mimicking as pilocytic astrocytoma: A case report and literature review

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    Alok Umredkar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Intraparenchymal schwannomas are rare and most of the reported cases are in supratentorial region with frontal lobe being most common. Infratentorial location is very rare. We report a posterior fossa midline large cystic schwannoma with mural nodule mimicking as pilocytic astrocytoma. The pathogenesis and neuroradiological findings of intraparenchymal schwannomas are discussed with review of the related literature.

  20. Regression after biopsy of a pilocytic opticochiasmatic astrocytoma in a young adult without neurofibromatosis

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    Colosimo, C. [Department of Radiological Sciences, Univ. Gabriele D' Annunzio, Chieti (Italy); Cerase, A. [Dept. of Neuroradiology, Azienda Ospedaliera Senese, Policlinico ' ' Le Scotte' ' , Siena (Italy); Maira, G. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Catholic University, Policlinico ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' , Rome (Italy)

    2000-05-01

    Serial MRI over 60 months demonstrated regression after biopsy of a pilocytic opticochiasmatic astrocytoma in a 20-year-old woman with no signs of neurofibromatosis, together with improvement in vision. The patient did not receive radio- or chemotherapy. Close MRI follow-up of optic gliomas is recommended. Aggressive treatment should be limited to cases with clear clinical and radiological progression. (orig.)

  1. Regression after biopsy of a pilocytic opticochiasmatic astrocytoma in a young adult without neurofibromatosis

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    Serial MRI over 60 months demonstrated regression after biopsy of a pilocytic opticochiasmatic astrocytoma in a 20-year-old woman with no signs of neurofibromatosis, together with improvement in vision. The patient did not receive radio- or chemotherapy. Close MRI follow-up of optic gliomas is recommended. Aggressive treatment should be limited to cases with clear clinical and radiological progression. (orig.)

  2. Identification of transcriptional regulatory networks specific to pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Gutmann David H

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pilocytic Astrocytomas (PAs are common low-grade central nervous system malignancies for which few recurrent and specific genetic alterations have been identified. In an effort to better understand the molecular biology underlying the pathogenesis of these pediatric brain tumors, we performed higher-order transcriptional network analysis of a large gene expression dataset to identify gene regulatory pathways that are specific to this tumor type, relative to other, more aggressive glial or histologically distinct brain tumours. Methods RNA derived from frozen human PA tumours was subjected to microarray-based gene expression profiling, using Affymetrix U133Plus2 GeneChip microarrays. This data set was compared to similar data sets previously generated from non-malignant human brain tissue and other brain tumour types, after appropriate normalization. Results In this study, we examined gene expression in 66 PA tumors compared to 15 non-malignant cortical brain tissues, and identified 792 genes that demonstrated consistent differential expression between independent sets of PA and non-malignant specimens. From this entire 792 gene set, we used the previously described PAP tool to assemble a core transcriptional regulatory network composed of 6 transcription factor genes (TFs and 24 target genes, for a total of 55 interactions. A similar analysis of oligodendroglioma and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM gene expression data sets identified distinct, but overlapping, networks. Most importantly, comparison of each of the brain tumor type-specific networks revealed a network unique to PA that included repressed expression of ONECUT2, a gene frequently methylated in other tumor types, and 13 other uniquely predicted TF-gene interactions. Conclusions These results suggest specific transcriptional pathways that may operate to create the unique molecular phenotype of PA and thus opportunities for corresponding targeted therapeutic

  3. The state of the art of pre-treatment evaluation of high-grade astrocytoma with DTI

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    High-grade astrocytoma is one of the high-profile cerebral neoplasms. Although conventional MRI remains the major method for pre-treatment evaluation of high-grade astrocytoma at present, its use can be limited by lacking of functional information. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which based on the self-diffusion of water molecules in tissues, can provide the information about microscopic structures and pathological changes, including tumor cellularity, peritumoral edema and pathological changes of peritumoral white matter fiber tracts. This review focuses on the progress on pre-treatment evaluation of high-grade astrocytoma with DTI, including tumor grading, peritumoral margins, preoperative planning and radiation planning. (authors)

  4. Ammonium-induced calcium mobilization in 1321N1 astrocytoma cells

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    High blood levels of ammonium/ammonia (NH4+/NH3) are associated with severe neurotoxicity as observed in hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Astrocytes are the main targets of ammonium toxicity, while neuronal cells are less vulnerable. In the present study, an astrocytoma cell line 1321N1 and a neuroblastoma glioma hybrid cell line NG108-15 were used as model systems for astrocytes and neuronal cells, respectively. Ammonium salts evoked a transient increase in intracellular calcium concentrations ([Ca2+]i) in astrocytoma (EC50 = 6.38 mM), but not in NG108-15 cells. The ammonium-induced increase in [Ca2+]i was due to an intracellular effect of NH4+/NH3 and was independent of extracellular calcium. Acetate completely inhibited the ammonium effect. Ammonium potently reduced calcium signaling by Gq protein-coupled receptors (H1 and M3) expressed on the cells. Ammonium (5 mM) also significantly inhibited the proliferation of 1321N1 astrocytoma cells. While mRNA for the mammalian ammonium transporters RhBG and RhCG could not be detected in 1321N1 astrocytoma cells, both transporters were expressed in NG108-15 cells. RhBG and RhBC in brain may promote the excretion of NH3/NH4+ from neuronal cells. Cellular uptake of NH4+/NH3 was mainly by passive diffusion of NH3. Human 1321N1 astrocytoma cells appear to be an excellent, easily accessible human model for studying HE, which can substitute animal studies, while NG108-15 cells may be useful for investigating the role of the recently discovered Rhesus family type ammonium transporters in neuronal cells. Our findings may contribute to the understanding of pathologic ammonium effects in different brain cells, and to the treatment of hyperammonemia

  5. Expression and significance of sonic hedgehog signaling pathway-related components in brainstem and supratentorial astrocytomas

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    XIN Yu; HAO Shu-yu; TIAN Yong-ji; ZHANG Jun-ting; WU Zhen; WAN Hong; LI Jun-hua; JIANG Jian; ZHANG Li-wei

    2011-01-01

    Background Studies have shown that abnormal activation of the sonic hedgehog pathway is closely related to tumorigenesis in central nervous system.This study aimed to investigate the role of the sonic hedgehog signaling pathway in the occurrence of brainstem and supratentorial glioma.Methods Real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry were used to detect the expression of sonic hedgehog-related components in 5 specimens of normal brain tissue,10 of grade Ⅱ brainstem glioma,and 10 of grade Ⅱ supratentorial glioma.The significance of differences between two groups was determined using the Mann-Whitney U test or the two-sample test according to the results of normality distribution tests.Results The mRNA expression levels of sonic hedgehog-related genes were higher in brainstem astrocytomas than in supratentorial astrocytomas and normal brain tissue.The level of protein patched homolog 1 (PTCH1) was significantly higher in brainstem astrocytomas than in supratentorial astrocytomas and normal brain tissue (P <0.01).Immunohistochemistry semi-quantitative analysis was consistent with the qRT-PCR result that PTCH1 expression was increased significantly in brainstem astrocytomas at the protein level (P <0.05).Conclusions Enhanced PTCH1 expression and activation of the sonic hedgehog pathway are involved in brainstem glioma.This may be related to the difference in malignant biological behavior between brainstem and hemispheric glioma,and could be an ideal therapeutic target in brainstem glioma.

  6. Use of a neural network and a multiple regression model to predict histologic grade of astrocytoma from MRI appearances

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    Several MRI features of supratentorial astrocytomas are associated with high histologic grade by statistically significant p values. We sought to apply this information prospectively to a group of astrocytomas in the prediction of tumor grade. We used 10 MRI features of fibrillary astrocytomas from 52 patient studies to develop neural network and multiple linear regression models for practical use in predicting tumor grade. The models were tested prospectively on MR images from 29 patient studies. The performance of the models was compared against that of a radiologist. Neural network accuracy was 61 % in distinguishing between low and high grade tumors. Multiple linear regression achieved an accuracy of 59 %. Assessment of the images by a radiologist yielded 57 % accuracy. We conclude that while certain MRI parameters may be statistically related to astrocytoma histologic grade, neural network and linear regression models cannot reliably use them to predict tumor grade. (orig.)

  7. Unusual Synchronous Presentation of Maxillary Sinus Fibrosarcoma and Gemistocytic Astrocytoma with a Complication Called Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis: A Case Report

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    Cadir, Bilge; Nermin KARAHAN; Nasir, Serdar; AYDIN, M ASIM; Turkaslan, S. Suha

    2009-01-01

    Fibrosarcoma of the paranasal sinuses is extremely rare pathology and there is limited report in the literature. We report synchronous presentation of maxillary sinus fibrosarcoma and gemistocytic astrocytoma which is, to our knowledge, unique in the literature. Both tumors metastases to other organ rarely and the metastatic spread of gemistocytic astrocytoma to fibrosarcoma or vice versa have also not been reported in the literature yet. This report discusses the clinical course of the disea...

  8. Reexpression of glial fibrillary acidic protein rescues the ability of astrocytoma cells to form processes in response to neurons

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    Astroglial cells play an important role in orchestrating the migration and positioning of neurons during central nervous system development. Primary astroglia, as well as astrocytoma cells will extend long stable processes when co-cultured with granule neurons. In order to determine the function of the glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), the major intermediate filament protein in astroglia and astrocytoma cells, we suppressed the expression of GFAP by stable transfection of an anti- sense...

  9. An infant with hyperalertness, hyperkinesis, and failure to thrive: a rare diencephalic syndrome due to hypothalamic anaplastic astrocytoma

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    Stival, Alessia; Lucchesi, Maurizio; Farina, Silvia; Buccoliero, Anna Maria; Castiglione, Francesca; Genitori, Lorenzo; de Martino, Maurizio; Sardi, Iacopo

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    Background Diencephalic Syndrome is a rare clinical condition of failure to thrive despite a normal caloric intake, hyperalertness, hyperkinesis, and euphoria usually associated with low-grade hypothalamic astrocytomas. Case presentation We reported an unusual case of diencephalic cachexia due to hypothalamic anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO-grade III). Baseline endocrine function evaluation was performed in this patient before surgery. After histological diagnosis, he enrolled to a chemotherapy p...

  10. Unusual presentation of unilateral intra-orbital optic nerve pilocytic astrocytoma of the juvenile type in a geriatric patient.

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    Dua, Sonal; Sharma, Kanika; Juneja, Rakesh; Kalakoti, Piyush; Kamble, Mala; Subramanian, Prem

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    Optic nerve gliomas (ONG) are rare and seldom encountered in clinical practice. The pilocytic (astrocytoma) variant of ONG almost always presents during the first two decades of life. In this report, the authors discuss an unusual presentation of pilocytic astrocytoma of the juvenile type in an elderly Indian male. With this unusual presentation, ONG affecting the visual pathway should be considered as a possible differential of visual diminution in the elderly population. PMID:26549677

  11. Is Upregulation of Aquaporin 4-M1 Isoform Responsible for the Loss of Typical Orthogonal Arrays of Particles in Astrocytomas?

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    Fallier-Becker, Petra; Nieser, Maike; Wenzel, Ulrike; Ritz, Rainer; Noell, Susan

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    The astrocytic endfoot membranes of the healthy blood-brain barrier-contacting the capillary-are covered with a large number of the water channel aquaporin 4 (AQP4). They form orthogonal arrays of particles (OAPs), which consist of AQP4 isoform M1 and M23. Under pathologic conditions, AQP4 is distributed over the whole cell and no or only small OAPs are found. From cell culture experiments, it is known that cells transfected only with AQP4-M1 do not form OAPs or only small ones. We hypothesized that in astrocytomas the situation may be comparable to the in vitro experiments expecting an upregulation of AQP4-M1. Quantitative Real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) of different graded astrocytomas revealed an upregulation of both isoforms AQP4 M1 and M23 in all astrocytomas investigated. In freeze fracture replicas of low-grade malignancy astrocytomas, more OAPs than in high-grade malignancy astrocytomas were found. In vitro, cultured glioma cells did not express AQP4, whereas healthy astrocytes revealed a slight upregulation of both isoforms and only a few OAPs in freeze fracture analysis. Taken together, we found a correlation between the decrease of OAPs and increasing grade of malignancy of astrocytomas but this was not consistent with an upregulation of AQP4-M1 in relation to AQP4 M23. PMID:27483250

  12. Stereotaxic gamma knife surgery in treatment of critically located pilocytic astrocytoma: preliminary result

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    Hafez Raef FA

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Low-grade gliomas are uncommon primary brain tumors, located more often in the posterior fossa, optic pathway, and brain stem and less commonly in the cerebral hemispheres. Case presentations Two patients with diagnosed recurrent cystic pilocytic astrocytoma critically located within the brain (thalamic and brain stem were treated with gamma knife surgery. Gamma knife surgery (GKS did improve the patient's clinical condition very much which remained stable later on. Progressive reduction on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI studies of the solid part of the tumor and almost disappearance of the cystic component was achieved within the follow-up period of 36 months in the first case with the (thalamic located lesion and 22 months in the second case with the (brain stem located lesion. Conclusion Gamma knife surgery represents an alternate tool in the treatment of recurrent and/or small postoperative residual pilocytic astrocytoma especially if they are critically located

  13. Simultaneous choroid plexus carcinoma and pilocytic astrocytoma in a pediatric patient.

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    Karami, Kristophe J; Poulik, Janet; Rabah, Raja; Krass, Joshua; Sood, Sandeep

    2010-01-01

    Simultaneous primary brain tumors in pediatric patients without prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy, phacomatosis, or known familial history are a rare occurrence. The authors report the case of a 4-year-old boy with simultaneous choroid plexus carcinoma and pilocytic astrocytoma with features of oligodendroglioma. Magnetic resonance imaging studies revealed diffuse heterogeneously enhancing left intraventricular and posterior fossa tumors initially believed most consistent with multicentric choroid plexus carcinomas. A multiple staged resection was carried out for each tumor and gross-total resection was achieved. Upon gross inspection intraoperatively as well as postoperative histological analysis, 2 distinct simultaneous tumors were identified: choroid plexus carcinoma and pilocytic astrocytoma. To the authors' knowledge this is the first case report published identifying 2 distinct tumor types with similar radiological appearances in a pediatric patient with no prior history of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or phacomatosis. PMID:20043745

  14. Leptomeningeal dissemination of pilocytic astrocytoma in a 17-year-old boy.

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    Jandaghi, Ali BabaeI; Bidabadi, Elham; Saadat, Seyed; Alijani, Babak; Daliri, Saeid; Reyhanian, Zoheir; Mashouf, Mehryar

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    Pilocytic astrocytoma with leptomeningeal dissemination is a rare phenomenon and can be associated with obstructive hydrocephalus and an unfavorable prognosis. Herein, we report a seventeen-year-old boy with a history of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt insertion due to severe hydrocephalus who presented with progressive headache and vomiting together with ocular and cerebellar signs and symptoms. Neuroimaging confirmed the presence of multiple intracranial masses in the cerebellum and thalamus. Intracranial dissemination of tumor to the the leptomeninges was seen during neuroendoscopy. Simultaneous biopsy and endoscopic third ventriculostomy were performed and the diagnosis of low-grade pilocytic astrocytoma with leptomeningeal dissemination was made by histological examination. The patient underwent chemotherapy in combination with radiotherapy to reduce the risk of reoccurrence of the primary tumor and was followed for one year. PMID:25448220

  15. Parietal pilomyxoid astrocytoma with recurrence in 10 months: A case report and review of literature.

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    Patibandla, Mohana Rao; Thotakura, Amit K; Uppin, Megha; Challa, Sundaram; Addagada, Gokul Chowdary; Nukavarapu, Manisha

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    Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a new entity described in WHO 2007 classification of brain tumors. Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) and PMA share many histopathological features with a few differences in histopathology and behavior of the tumor. This tumor is commonly located in the hypothalamic chiasmatic region. PMA behaves more aggressively than PA, with shorter progression-free survival as well as a higher rate of recurrence and CNS dissemination. We describe a case of PMA in a 10-year-old male involving left parietal lobe presenting with raised ICP features along with the follow-up. Patient was symptom free after 7 months of postoperative and 5½ months of post-radiation. The unusual site and atypical Magnetic resonance imaging features are distinctive in this case report. PMID:27366287

  16. Cerebellar metastasis from serous adenocarcinoma of the ovary mimicking pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Tandon, Vivek; Garg, Kanwaljeet; Mahapatra, A. K.

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    Serous adenocarcinoma of the ovary rarely can present with solitary solid -cystic cerebellar metastasis, mimicking pilocytic astrocytoma. A middle aged women, who underwent total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingoopherectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy for ovarian adenocarcinoma, presented to us with the history of headache, vomiting, and imbalance. Contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed solitary cerebellar, solid cystic lesion with cyst lining and solid portion e...

  17. 201Tl single photon emission tomography in the evaluation of residual and recurrent astrocytoma

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    Twenty-five patients with malignant astrocytoma, either postoperatively (15 cases) or with recurrent tumour versus gliosis (10 cases) were included in this study. 201T1 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was performed with the calculation of early and delayed uptake values and retention index. There was a higher sensitivity in detection of tumour viability by 201T1 SPECT of 100% versus 80% using computed tomographic scanning and in the differentiation between recurrent tumour and postradiation gliosis. (author)

  18. [sup 201]Tl single photon emission tomography in the evaluation of residual and recurrent astrocytoma

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    Moustafa, H.M.; Ziada, G.A.; El-Ghonimy, E.G. (Cairo Univ., El Mansura (Egypt). Faculty of Medicine); Omar, W.M.; Ezzat, I. (Cairo Univ. (Egypt). Cancer Inst.)

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    Twenty-five patients with malignant astrocytoma, either postoperatively (15 cases) or with recurrent tumour versus gliosis (10 cases) were included in this study. [sup 201]T1 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was performed with the calculation of early and delayed uptake values and retention index. There was a higher sensitivity in detection of tumour viability by [sup 201]T1 SPECT of 100% versus 80% using computed tomographic scanning and in the differentiation between recurrent tumour and postradiation gliosis. (author).

  19. Supratentorial juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma in a young adult with Silver-Russell syndrome.

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    Fenton, E

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    Silver-Russell syndrome is a rare genetically heterogeneous disorder in which patients demonstrate intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation, triangular facies, excessive sweating during early childhood, late closure of the anterior fontanelle and skeletal asymmetry. An association with malignancy exists and only one previous intracranial tumour has been reported, a craniopharyngioma. We report the first case of Silver-Russell syndrome associated with a supratentorial juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma.

  20. Focused Ultrasound Surgery for the Treatment of Recurrent Anaplastic Astrocytoma: A Preliminary Report

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    Park, Jung-Wuk; Jung, Shin; Jung, Tae-Young; Lee, Min-Cheol

    2006-05-01

    Anaplastic glioma is a highly aggressive tumor in the central nervous system. The conventional treatment for patients with anaplstic glioma consists of the combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, the effect of the currently available therapies is limited, and the prognosis is very poor in these patients. The purpose of this abstract is to introduce our preliminary experience of using focused ultrasound surgery (FUS) for the treatment of patients with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma.

  1. MR Findings of Desmoplastic Cerebral Astrocytoma of Infancy. A case report

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    Kim, J.H.; Kim, I.O.; Kim, W.S.; Kim, K.H.; Park, C. M.; Yeon, K.M. [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Radiology

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    Desmoplastic cerebral astrocytoma of infancy (DCAI) presents as a large supratentorial mass consisting of a central cystic component and an enhancing solid component associated with peripheral dural attachment. We report the unusual MR findings of a DCAI that differed from previously reported cases in terms of the presence of calcification, which is not considered a feature of this tumor, and the absence of an enhancing peripheral dural component.

  2. Primary Spinal Cord Astrocytoma Presenting as Intracranial Hypertension: A Case Report

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    Lim, Sungryong; Lee, Seung Joo; Rhim, Seung Chul

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    Increased intracranial pressure (IICP) is rarely seen in association with primary spinal tumors. We describe a 58-year-old man who was diagnosed with a primary spinal cord astrocytoma, who first presented with hypesthesia, followed by intracranial hypertension, papilledema and blurred vision. On first admission, he presented with hypesthesia but without paraparesis, headache or blurred vision. Spinal MRI showed a relatively well-enhanced solid mass with a cystic portion at the cervico-thoraci...

  3. Mutation Analysis of PTEN Gene in Human Astrocytoma%人脑星形细胞瘤PTEN基因的突变

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    王锐; 杨卫忠; 石松生; 杨发端

    2001-01-01

    Objective To investigate the significance of phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten(PTEN) gene mutations in carcinogenesis and progression of human astrocytoma. Methods The exon 5 of PTEN gene in human astrocytoma was amplified by polymerase chain reaction(PCR),and its mutations was detected by single-strand conformation polymorphism(SSCP) with silver staining. Results There was no PTEN gene mutations found in 10 cases of normal brain samples and 10 cases of benign meningioma,while it was found in 7 out of 62 astrocytomas(11.29%). In human astrocytoma,PTEN gene mutations was related to grade of pathology(P<0.05). The expression of PTEN gene mutations in high malignant(grade Ⅲ,Ⅳ) astrocytoma was significantly higher than those in low malignant(grade Ⅰ,Ⅱ) astrocytoma(P<0.05). Conclusion PTEN gene mutations detected in human astrocytoma indicates that the PTEN gene mutations is obviously correlated to histological grade in astrocytoma. PTEN gene mutations is a late event in astrocytoma carcinogenesis. It plays an important role in progression of astrocytoma.%目的探讨phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten(PTEN)基因突变在人星形细胞瘤发生和恶性进展中的作用。方法应用聚合酶链反应-单链构象多态性结合银染技术检测星形细胞瘤PTEN基因第5外显子区域的突变情况。结果 10例正常脑组织和10例良性脑膜瘤均无点突变发生,62例星形细胞瘤中7例(11.29%)有点突变发生,并且点突变发生与星形细胞瘤病理分级明显相关(P<0.05),其中高恶性度星形细胞瘤(Ⅲ~Ⅳ级)突变率(18.91%)明显高于低恶性度(Ⅰ~Ⅱ级)星形细胞瘤(P<0.05)。结论 PTEN基因突变与星形细胞瘤病理分级关系密切,属于星形细胞瘤恶性进展的后期事件。

  4. Expression of the neurotrophin receptors Trk A and Trk B in adult human astrocytoma and glioblastoma

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    Shashi Wadhwa; Tapas C Nag; Anupam Jindal; Rahul Kushwaha; Ashok K Mahapatra; Chitra Sarkar

    2003-03-01

    Neurotrophins and their receptors of the Trk family play a critical role in proliferation, differentiation and survival of the developing neurons. There are reports on their expression in neoplasms too, namely, the primitive neuroectodermal tumours of childhood, and in adult astrocytic gliomas. The involvement of Trk receptors in tumour pathogenesis, if any, is not known. With this end in view, the present study has examined 10 tumour biopsy samples (identified as astrocytoma, pilocytic astrocytoma and glioblastoma) and peritumoral brain tissue of adult patients, for the presence of Trk A and Trk B receptors, by immunohistochemistry. The nature of the tumour samples was also confirmed by their immunoreactivity (IR) to glial fibrillary acidic protein. In the peritumoral brain tissue, only neurons showed IR for Trk A and Trk B. On the contrary, in the tumour sections, the IR to both receptors was localized in the vast majority of glia and capillary endothelium. There was an obvious pattern of IR in these gliomas: high levels of IR were present in the low-grade (type I and II) astrocytoma; whereas in the advanced malignant forms (WHO grade IV giant cell glioblastoma and glioblastoma multiforme) the IR was very weak. These findings suggest that Trk A and Trk B are involved in tumour pathogenesis, especially in the early stage, and may respond to signals that elicit glial proliferation, and thus contribute to progression towards malignancy.

  5. Congenital irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation associated with cervical intramedullary astrocytoma causing progressive spastic quadriparesis

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    Chatley Anooj

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Simultaneous presence of congenital irreducible atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD and cervical intramedullary astrocytoma has not been previously described and may cause disabling myelopathy. This 55-year-old lady presented with suboccipital pain, spastic quadriparesis, Lhermitte′s phenomenon and sphincteric disturbances. Lateral radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging showed irreducible AAD, occipitalized atlas, C2-3 fusion, and,an intramedullary tumor from C2-5 level iso-to-hypointense, non-enhancing, except in a small segment in the dorsal C2 level. A suboccipital craniectomy with C2-5 laminectomy revealed a greyish-white tenacious tumor. The tumor was decompressed using a C2-5 midline myelotomy and duroplasty. An occipitocervical lateral mass fixation was performed. Histopathology revealed a low-grade astrocytoma. At three-month follow-up, her spasticity had decreased and quadriparesis and sphincteric disturbances were persisting. Postoperative lateral radiographs and intrathecal contrast CT scan showed a stable occipitocervical construct. Thus, the suboccipital craniectomy and laminectomy with midline myelotomy and duroplasty facilitated space for progressively expanding intramedullary astrocytoma with irreducible AAD; the lateral mass fixation provided stability at the craniovertebral junction.

  6. The predictive value of 1H-MRS and DWI in low-grade cerebral astrocytomas

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    Objective: To evaluate the predictive value of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) in low-grade cerebral astrocytomas. Methods: Twenty patients with histological proved low-grade astrocytomas treated with postoperative radiotherapy were evaluated with cMRIMRS, DWI before-and 3 months after radiotherapy respectively, then repeated every six months. rNAA, rCho, rCr, rADC was the ratio of NAA, Cho and Cr in the residual tumors region to the those of normal control region. The difference of rCho/rCr, rCho/rNAA, rADC between deteriorative group (group I)and stable groups (group II) were calculated both before-and 3 months after radiotherapy. Results: The value of rCho/rCr, rCho/rNAA were higher in group 1 than those in group II 3 months after radiotherapy (t =3.65 and 4.24, all P 1H-MRS and DWI own better predictive value of monitoring tumor metabolism change, growth potential and evaluation response to radiotherapy than conventional MRI in low-grade group astrocytomas. (authors)

  7. Growth promoting effect of recombinant interleukin I and tumor necrosis factor for human astrocytoma cells

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    Human IL I has been demonstrated to stimulate the growth of rat astrocytes in vitro. To determine if IL I has a similar growth promoting effect upon human brain cells, two astrocytoma cell lines were tested for their ability to incorporate 3H-thymidine in response to various types of IL I and tumor necrosis factor (TNF). The U373 astrocytoma was found to respond mitogenically to human native IL I, human recombinant IL I, rat IL I and murine recombinant IL I. The cell line failed to respond to recombinant IL 2 and recombinant α and γ interferon. The sensitivity of the U373 cells paralleled the murine thymocyte assay for IL I. Interestingly, the U373 responded mitogenically to recombinant TNF prepared by two different companies, thus indicating that TNF stimulates proliferation of this cell line and does not lead to cell death. In the murine thymocyte assay for IL I, TNF was not active. The results indicate that 1) both IL I and TNF are mitogenic for a human astrocytoma cell line and 2) the U373 cells may be used to assay both IL I and TNF in a highly sensitive mitogenic assay

  8. A case of adult onset medulloblastoma during maintenance chemotherapy for anaplastic astrocytoma one year after radiotherapy.

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    Takeshi, Nishimoto; Kazuhiko, Sugiyama; Koji, Iida; Toshikazu, Hidaka; Kaoru, Kurisu

    2013-01-01

    Multiple primitive intracranial tumors with different histological characteristics are uncommon. Although coexistence of a medulloblastoma with glial tumors has been reported in children, medulloblastoma is rarely found in adults, especially those older than 40 years of age. We present an extremely rare case of a medulloblastoma developing in a 40-year-old male undergoing maintenance chemotherapy for anaplastic astrocytoma for 21 months after radiotherapy. Initially, he complained of intractable epilepsy characterized by complex partial seizures. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a slightly enhanced mass lesion in the left insula region. He underwent subtotal removal of the tumor and it was histologically diagnosed as anaplastic astrocytoma. After 19 months of treatment with temozolomide (TMZ) and radiotherapy, he presented with vertigo and headache. A homogeneously enhanced mass had developed in the left cerebellar hemisphere. He received gross total resection of the second tumor, pathologically diagnosed as medulloblastoma. In conclusion, this is the first case report of an adult medulloblastoma coexisting with anaplastic astrocytoma. PMID:24101275

  9. Anatomical Involvement of the Subventricular Zone Predicts Poor Survival Outcome in Low-Grade Astrocytomas.

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    Full Text Available The subventricular zone (SVZ has been implicated in the origination, development, and biological behavior of gliomas. Tumor-SVZ contact is also postulated to be a poor prognostic factor in glioblastomas. We aimed to evaluate the prognostic consequence of the anatomical involvement of low-grade gliomas with the SVZ. To that end, we reviewed 143 patients with diffuse astrocytomas, and tumor lesions were manually delineated on magnetic resonance images. We initially investigated the prognostic role of SVZ contact in all patients. Additionally, we investigated the influence of the anatomical proximity of the tumor lesion centroids to the SVZ in the SVZ-involved patient cohorts, as well as location within the SVZ. We found SVZ contact with tumors to be a significant prognostic factor of overall survival in all patients with diffuse astrocytomas (p = 0.027. In the SVZ-involved cohort, a shorter distance from the tumor centroid to the SVZ (≤30 mm correlated with shorter overall survival (p = 0.022 on univariate analysis. However, there was no significant difference in overall survival with respect to the SVZ region involved with the tumor (p = 0.930. Multivariate analysis showed that a shorter distance between the tumor centroid and the SVZ (p = 0.039 was significantly associated with poor overall survival in SVZ-involved patients. Hence, this study helps establish the prognostic role of the anatomical interaction of tumors with the SVZ in low-grade astrocytomas.

  10. Clinicopathological and immunohistochemical features of pilomyxoid astrocytoma:a report of six cases

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    Zixuan Yang; Fei Yan; Li Meng; Qilin Ao; Pengcheng Zhu

    2013-01-01

    Objective:The aim of this study was to study the clinicopathological and immunohistochemical features of pilo-myxoid astrocytoma (PMA). Methods:The clinical and pathologic features in six cases of PMA were analyzed. Immunohisto-chemical staining for glial fibril ary acidic protein (GFAP), synaptophysin (Syn), Chromogranin A (CgA), cytokeratin (AE1/AE3), epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) and Ki67 was performed on paraf in-embedded sections. Results:Among the six cases, five occurred in female patients, one was male, the age at diagnosis ranged from 2 to 15 years. Four cases were located in the hypothalamic area and optic pathway, one case in the third ventricle, and one case in left parietal lobe. On imaging, PMAs often appears as wel-circumscribed mass. Microscopically, the tumor was composed of monomorphous bipolar (piloid) cells setting in a prominent myxoid background with an angiocentric radiating growth pattern in some areas. PMA lacked biphasic pattern, Rosenthal fibers and eosinophilic granular bodies which were usual y typical in a classic pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). Immunohistochemcal study showed that the tumor cel s were dif usely positive for GFAP. Syn positive staining was observed in one case. The Ki67 labeling index measured less than 5%. Conclusion:PMA is a distinct aggressive variant of pilocytic astrocytoma with special histological and immunohistochemical features. It is typically a rare tumor of early childhood. Im-munohistochemical staining for GFAP and Syn is helpful in dif erential diagnosis.

  11. Long-term molecular changes in WHO grade Ⅱ astrocytomas following radiotherapy

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    Wei-Ying Yu; Ke Sai; Qiu-Liang Wu; Yun-Fei Xia; Su-Huan Yu; Zhong-Ping Chen

    2012-01-01

    Monitoring the long-term radiotherapy-associated molecular changes in low-grade gliomas (LGGs)facilitates the understanding of LGG response to radiotherapy. In this study, we used immunohistochemistry to analyze the expression of Ki-67,tumor protein P53 (TP53),P21,and P27 in 8paired WHO grade Ⅱ astrocytoma samples.The interval between radiotherapy (RT) and the second surgery was more than 3 months in all cases.The average Ki-67 labeling index (LI) was 5.3% in pre-RT samples and 11.54% in post-RT samples.Ki-67 LI was higher in the primary tumors that underwent malignant transformation observed at the second surgery after radiation.Post-RT Ki-67 LI decreased in 2 cases with an interval of less than 12 months between RT and the second surgery.TP53 expression was found in 3 out of 4 pre-RT samples with malignant transformation and in 1 out of 4 pre-RT samples without malignant transformation.Post-RT TP53 increased in 2 cases in which increased expression of P21 or P27 was also observed.Our study suggests that radiotherapy can inhibit WHO grade Ⅱ astrocytoma proliferation as reflected by Ki-67 LI,but the effect attenuates with time.In addition,there is a tendency of malignant transformation for WHO grade Ⅱ astrocytomas with a high Ki-67 level or TP53 expression in initial samples.

  12. In vivo research in astrocytoma cell proliferation with {sup 1}H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy: correlation with histopathology and immunohistochemistry

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    Chen, Jun; Li, Tao; Chen, Xi-Lan [Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Department of Radiology, Wuhan, Hubei Province (China); Huang, Shu-Lan [Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Department of Neurosurgery, Wuhan, Hubei Province (China)

    2006-05-15

    Assessment of brain tumor proliferative potential provides important prognostic information that supplements standard histopathologic grading. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ({sup 1}H-MRS) gives completely different information, relating to cell membrane proliferation, neuronal damage, energy metabolism and necrotic transformation of brain or tumor tissues. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between {sup 1}H-MRS and tumor proliferative potential in astrocytomas. We studied 34 patients with histologically verified astrocytomas using the {sup 1}H-MRS protocol following routine MRI preoperatively. The tumor in 26 of these patients was classified as grade I/II (low grade), and the tumor in the remaining patients as grade III/IV (high grade) according to the World Health Organization classification criteria of nervous system tumors (2000). The tumor in 21 patients was homogeneous astrocytoma, and of these 17 were classified as low grade and 4 as high grade. Expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) was determined immunohistochemically using streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase complex (SP) staining. The ratios of choline (Cho) to N-acetylaspartate (NAA) and Cho to creatine (Cr) in those with high-grade astrocytomas (n=4) were significantly higher than in those with low-grade astrocytomas (n=17) (t=2.899, P=0.009; t=3.96, P=0.001, respectively), and were found to be significantly correlated with the expression of PCNA in 21 patients with homogeneous astrocytomas (r=0.455, P=0.038; r=0.633, P=0.002, respectively). (orig.)

  13. P04.23PROMOTOR HYPERMETHYLATION OF MGMT, P15, P16 AND RB1 IN PILOCYTIC ASTROCYTOMA

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    Sippl, C.; Urbschat, S.; Kim, Y.J.; Oertel, J.; Ketter, R.

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    OBJECTIVE: Pilocytic astrocytomas are WHO grade I gliomas occurring mainly in the childhood and adolescent ages. Promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes is a very common mechanism in CNS neoplasias which is generally associated with their transcriptional silencing. MATERIAL & METHODS: Using MS-PCR, we analyzed the methylation status of the tumor suppressor genes p15, p16, RB1, and MGMT in n = 18 pilocytic astrocytomas. Furthermore, all tumour samples were tested for the R132H mutation of the IDH1 gene by use of immunohistochemical staining. The results of the MGMT methylation analysis were correlated with the individual clinical and demographical data as well as with the progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS). RESULTS: Each of the 18 pilocytic astrocytoma specimen presented unmethylated in the investigated promoter regions of p16 and RB1. For the p15 gene, 1/18 tumor sample showed a positive methylation signal (5.6%). This single case presented with an extraordinary aggressive clinical course including frequent local recurrences with meningeal metastases but without tumor upgrading. For the MGMT gene, however, methylation frequency was 44.5% (8/18). Interestingly, when stratified for the MGMT methylation status, the group of methylated pilocytic astrocytomas showed a significantly shortened PFS in the Kaplan-Meier curve compared to their unmethylated counterparts (11.75 Months vs. 74.0 Months; p = 0.041; univariate log rank test). CONCLUSION: Epigenetic mechanisms, in particular the promoter methylation of the MGMT and p15 genes, contrary to the perception of literatur that pilocytic astrocytomas are commonly unmethylated, may obviously have an impact on the clinical course in pilocytic astrocytoma disease.

  14. The role of connexin43-Src interaction in astrocytomas: A molecular puzzle.

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    Tabernero, A; Gangoso, E; Jaraíz-Rodríguez, M; Medina, J M

    2016-05-26

    Connexin43 (Cx43) as a building block of gap junction channels and hemichannels exerts important functions in astrocytes. When these cells acquire a malignant phenotype Cx43 protein but not mRNA levels are downregulated, being negligible in high-grade astrocytoma or glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and deadliest of malignant primary brain tumors in adults. Some microRNAs associated to glioma target Cx43 and could explain the lack of correlation between mRNA and protein levels of Cx43 found in some high-grade astrocytomas. More importantly, these microRNAs could be a promising therapeutic target. A great number of studies have confirmed the relationship between cancer and connexins that was proposed by Loewenstein more than 40years ago, but these studies have also revealed that this is a very complex relationship. Indeed, restoring Cx43 to glioma cells reduces their rate of proliferation and their tumorigenicity but this tumor suppressor effect could be counterbalanced by its effects on invasiveness, adhesion and migration. The mechanisms underlying these effects suggest the participation of a great variety of proteins that bind to different regions of Cx43. The present review focuses on an intrinsically disordered region of the C-terminal domain of Cx43 in which converges the interaction of several proteins, including the proto-oncogene Src. We summarize data that indicate that Cx43-Src interaction inhibits the oncogenic activity of Src and promotes a conformational change in the structure of Cx43 that allosterically modifies the binding to other important signaling proteins. As a consequence, crucial cell functions, such as proliferation or migration, could be strongly affected. We propose that the knowledge of the structural basis of the antitumorigenic effect of Cx43 on astrocytomas could help to design new therapies against this incurable disease. PMID:25711938

  15. Outcome and patterns of failure following limited-volume irradiation for malignant astrocytomas

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    Garden, A.S.; Maor, M.H.; Yung, W.K.A.; Bruner, J.M.; Woo, Shiao Y.; Moser, R.P.; Lee, Ya-Yen (Anderson (M.D.) Hospital and Tumor Inst., Houston, TX (USA))

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    Between January 1982 and June 1986, 60 consecutive patients with high-grade astrocytomas (39 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), 21 anaplastic astrocytoma (AA)) were treated with radiation therapy after biopsy (13 patients) or resection (47 patients). 53 patients were treated with limited-volume irradiation, 7 received whole-brain irradiation. The mean tumor dose was 65.4 Gy. In 35 patients, chemotherapy was given as part of their initial treatment. The 1- and 2-year survivals for GBM patients were 40 and 14 percent, respectively. Survival figures for AA patients were 76 and 52 percent at 1 and 2 years, respectively. The progression-free rate at 1 year was 13 percent in GBM and 29 percent in AA patients. 34 of 48 patients who received limited-volume irradiation had evidence of progression on postirradiation CT scans. 6 patients (3 GBM, 3 AA) had evidence of a new intracranial metastatic site on CT scan. In 3 patients the metastasis was within the previously irradiated volume, and in 3 other patients, it was outside this volume. All 6 had evidence of progression of their primary tumor at the original location on CT scan prior to the discovery of the metastatic site. 21 patients (15 GBM, 6 AA) had at least 1 postirradiation reoperation for a recurrent mass. 19 patients had recurrent tumors in the primary site, and 2 patients had necrosis but no tumor. Patients who received limited-volume irradiation for high-grade astrocytomas achieved the same survival results as patients treated previously with whole brain irradiation. New intra-cranial metastases did not influence the outcome, since these were always antedated by tumor progression at the primary site. (author). 16 refs.; 8 figs.; 2 tabs.

  16. Leksell Gamma Knife treatment for pilocytic astrocytomas: long-term results.

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    Simonova, Gabriela; Kozubikova, Petra; Liscak, Roman; Novotny, Josef

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    OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term treatment results, radiation-related toxicity, and prognostic factors for the progression-free survival (PFS) of patients with pilocytic astrocytomas treated by means of stereotactic radiosurgery with a Leksell Gamma Knife. METHODS A total of 25 patients with pilocytic astrocytomas underwent Gamma Knife surgery during the period 1992-2002. The median target volume was 2700 mm(3) (range 205-25,000 mm(3)). The 18 patients treated with 5 daily fractions received a median minimum target dose of 25 Gy. Doses for the 2 patients treated with 10 fractions over 5 days (2 fractions delivered on the same day at least 6 hours apart) were 23 and 28 Gy. For the 5 patients treated with a single fraction, the minimum target dose ranged from 13 to 20 Gy (median 16 Gy). RESULTS Complete regression occurred in 10 patients (40%) and partial regression in 10 patients (40%). The 10-year overall survival rate was 96% and the 10-year PFS rate was 80%. Target volume appeared to be a significant prognostic factor for PFS (p = 0.037). Temporary Grade 3 toxicity appeared in 2 patients (8%), and these patients were treated with corticosteroids for 2 months. Permanent Grade 4 toxicity appeared in 2 patients (8%) and was associated with neurocognitive dysfunction. In these 2 individuals, the neurocognitive dysfunction was also felt to be in part the result of the additional therapeutic interventions (4 in one case and 6 in the other) required to achieve durable control of their tumors. CONCLUSIONS Radiosurgery represents an alternative treatment modality for small residual or recurrent volumes of pilocytic astrocytomas and provides long-term local control. Target volume appears to be the most important factor affecting PFS. PMID:26991883

  17. Astrocytoma in an African hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris) suspected wobbly hedgehog syndrome.

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    Nakata, Makoto; Miwa, Yasutsugu; Itou, Takuya; Uchida, Kazuyuki; Nakayama, Hiroyuki; Sakai, Takeo

    2011-10-01

    A 28-month-old African hedgehog was referred to our hospital with progressive tetraparesis. On the first presentation, the hedgehog was suspected as having wobbly hedgehog syndrome (WHS) and the animal was treated with medication and rehabilitation. The animal died 22 days after onset. Pathological examination revealed that the animal was involved in astrocytoma between the medulla oblongata and the spinal cord (C1). This report indicates that a primary central nervous system tumor should be considered as one of the differential diagnoses for hedgehogs presenting with progressive paresis, together with WHS. PMID:21628867

  18. Classification of astrocyto-mas and meningiomas using statistical discriminant analysis on MRI data

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    The objective of this study was to investigate the usefulness of Multivariate Discriminant Analysis for classifying two groups of primary brain tumours, astrocytomas and meningiomas, from Magnetic Resonance Images. Discriminant analysis is a multivariate technique concerned with separating distinct sets of objects and with allocating new objects to previously defined groups. Allocation or classification rules are usually developed from learning examples in a supervised learning environment. Data from signal intensity measurements in the multiple scan performed on each patient in routine clinical scanning was analysed using Fisher's Classification, which is one method of discriminant analysis

  19. Differential prefrontal-like deficit in children after cerebellar astrocytoma and medulloblastoma tumor

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    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study was realized thanks to the collaboration of children and adolescents who had been resected from cerebellar tumors. The medulloblastoma group (CE+, n = 7 in addition to surgery received radiation and chemotherapy. The astrocytoma group (CE, n = 13 did not receive additional treatments. Each clinical group was compared in their executive functioning with a paired control group (n = 12. The performances of the clinical groups with respect to controls were compared considering the tumor's localization (vermis or hemisphere and the affectation (or not of the dentate nucleus. Executive variables were correlated with the age at surgery, the time between surgery-evaluation and the resected volume. Methods The executive functioning was assessed by means of WCST, Complex Rey Figure, Controlled Oral Word Association Test (letter and animal categories, Digits span (WISC-R verbal scale and Stroop test. These tests are very sensitive to dorsolateral PFC and/or to medial frontal cortex functions. The scores for the non-verbal Raven IQ were also obtained. Direct scores were corrected by age and transformed in standard scores using normative data. The neuropsychological evaluation was made at 3.25 (SD = 2.74 years from surgery in CE group and at 6.47 (SD = 2.77 in CE+ group. Results The Medulloblastoma group showed severe executive deficit (≤ 1.5 SD below normal mean in all assessed tests, the most severe occurring in vermal patients. The Astrocytoma group also showed executive deficits in digits span, semantic fluency (animal category and moderate to slight deficit in Stroop (word and colour tests. In the astrocytoma group, the tumor's localization and dentate affectation showed different profile and level of impairment: moderate to slight for vermal and hemispheric patients respectively. The resected volume, age at surgery and the time between surgery-evaluation correlated with some neuropsychological executive variables

  20. A case report on paraneoplastic encephalitis associated with astrocytoma - An unknown entity

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Paraneoplastic encephalitis is a multifocal inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system (CNS that is associated with remote neoplasias. The most common malignancy associated with it is bronchial carcinoma, typically small cell carcinoma of lung. It has never been described in association with intracranial neoplasm. We present and discuss the clinical, radiological, and histopathological findings of paraneoplastic encephalitis with intracranial space-occupying lesions (SOLs in a 55-year-old man. He was thoroughly investigated and biopsy revealed presence of astrocytoma with changes of paraneoplastic encephalitis.

  1. Hodgkin's lymphoma in an adolescent previously treated with surgical resection of third ventricular juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma.

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    Chen, Dillon Y; Crawford, John Ross

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of a 19-year-old man with cervical lymphadenopathy diagnosed with classical Hodgkin's lymphoma 9 years after gross total resection of a third ventricular juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA). Chemotherapy or radiation therapy was not a part of his initial JPA treatment. Owing to his two primary neoplasms, genetic testing was performed, which revealed heterozygous polymorphisms of unknown significance for CDH1 and p53, and negative BRAF mutation analysis. Our case reports development of classical Hodgkin's lymphoma after JPA in the absence of antecedent radiation and/or chemotherapy, and identifiable genetic predisposition. PMID:26113587

  2. Anaplastic astrocytoma in the spinal cord of an African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris).

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    Gibson, C J; Parry, N M A; Jakowski, R M; Eshar, D

    2008-11-01

    A 2-year-old, female hedgehog presented with an 8-month history of progressive, ascending paresis/paralysis and was tentatively diagnosed with wobbly hedgehog syndrome. She died awaiting further diagnostic tests, and the owners consented to postmortem examination. Grossly, the bladder was large and flaccid and the cervical and lumbar spinal cord were regionally enlarged, light grey, and friable with multifocal hemorrhages. The thoracic spinal cord was grossly normal. Microscopically all regions of the spinal cord had similar changes, although the cervical and lumbar sections were most severely affected. These regions were completely effaced by a moderately cellular infiltration of highly pleomorphic polygonal to spindle shaped cells, mineralization, and necrosis, which were most consistent with anaplastic astrocytoma. The thoracic spinal cord white matter was similarly infiltrated by the neoplastic cells, with perivascular extension into the otherwise normal grey matter. A diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma was confirmed using immunohistochemical stains that were positive for glial fibrillary acidic protein and S100. PMID:18984799

  3. Management of holocord pilocytic astrocytomas in children and adolescents: an update.

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    Ebner, Florian H; Schittenhelm, Jens; Roser, Florian; Scheel-Walter, H; Tatagiba, Marcos; Schuhmann, Martin U

    2012-01-01

    Holocord intramedullary low-grade astrocytomas in children and adolescents - involving most or all of the cervical and thoracic spinal cord - are a rare finding. Most of the tumors seem to be pilocytic astrocytomas. Surgical management strategies might not be as clear as in small and circumscribed intramedullary tumors. On the basis of 20 previously published cases and 3 own patients, we summarize and discuss possible treatment options and their risks and benefits. Surgery should be performed soon after establishment of the diagnosis, which per se is often delayed despite a long-standing presence of attributable symptoms or signs in most cases. Following multilevel laminotomy, excellent results can be achieved by electrophysiologically guided microsurgical tumor removal in a single-staged or multistaged approach. The surgical goal is resection as gross total as possible provided intraoperative monitoring indicates preservation of function. Small tumor remnants often remain stable in the due course. In case of unresectable regrowth or recurrence, chemotherapy or radiotherapy are the adjuvant treatment options. PMID:23429240

  4. Neural precursor cells induce cell death of high-grade astrocytomas through stimulation of TRPV1.

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    Stock, Kristin; Kumar, Jitender; Synowitz, Michael; Petrosino, Stefania; Imperatore, Roberta; Smith, Ewan St J; Wend, Peter; Purfürst, Bettina; Nuber, Ulrike A; Gurok, Ulf; Matyash, Vitali; Wälzlein, Joo-Hee; Chirasani, Sridhar R; Dittmar, Gunnar; Cravatt, Benjamin F; Momma, Stefan; Lewin, Gary R; Ligresti, Alessia; De Petrocellis, Luciano; Cristino, Luigia; Di Marzo, Vincenzo; Kettenmann, Helmut; Glass, Rainer

    2012-08-01

    Primary astrocytomas of grade 3 or 4 according to the classification system of the World Health Organization (high-grade astrocytomas or HGAs) are preponderant among adults and are almost invariably fatal despite the use of multimodal therapy. Here we show that the juvenile brain has an endogenous defense mechanism against HGAs. Neural precursor cells (NPCs) migrate to HGAs, reduce glioma expansion and prolong survival time by releasing endovanilloids that activate the vanilloid receptor (transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily member-1 or TRPV1) on HGA cells. TRPV1 is highly expressed in tumor and weakly expressed in tumor-free brain. TRPV1 stimulation triggers tumor cell death through the branch of the endoplasmic reticulum stress pathway that is controlled by activating transcription factor-3 (ATF3). The antitumorigenic response of NPCs is lost with aging. NPC-mediated tumor suppression can be mimicked in the adult brain by systemic administration of the synthetic vanilloid arvanil, suggesting that TRPV1 agonists have potential as new HGA therapeutics. PMID:22820645

  5. Experience With Carbon Ion Radiotherapy for WHO Grade 2 Diffuse Astrocytomas

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    Hasegawa, Azusa [Research Center for Charged Particle Therapy Hospital, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba (Japan); Mizoe, Jun-Etsu, E-mail: junetsumizoe@gmail.com [Research Center for Charged Particle Therapy Hospital, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba (Japan); Tsujii, Hirohiko; Kamada, Tadashi; Jingu, Keiichi [Research Center for Charged Particle Therapy Hospital, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba (Japan); Iwadate, Yasuo [Department of Neurological Surgery, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba (Japan); Nakazato, Youichi [Department of Human Pathology, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Gunma (Japan); Matsutani, Masao [Department of Neurological Surgery, Saitama Medical University, Saitama (Japan); Takakura, Kintomo [Department of Neurological Surgery, Tokyo Women' s Medical University, Tokyo (Japan)

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    Purpose: To assess outcomes of carbon ion radiotherapy for diffuse astrocytomas in adults. Methods and Materials: Between October 1994 and February 2002, 14 patients with diffuse astrocytoma, identified as eligible for carbon ion radiotherapy, were enrolled in a phase I/II clinical trial. Carbon ion radiotherapy was administered in 24 fractions over 6 weeks. The normal tissue morbidity was monitored carefully, and the carbon ion dose was escalated from 50.4 Gy equivalent (GyE) to 55.2 GyE. Patients were divided into two groups according to their carbon ion doses: a low-dose group in which 2 patients were irradiated with 46.2 GyE and 7 patients were irradiated with 50.4 GyE, and a high-dose group in which 5 patients were irradiated with 55.2 GyE. Results: Toxicities were within acceptable limits, and none of the patients developed Grade 3 or higher acute or late reactions. The median progression-free survival (PFS) time was 18 months for the low-dose group and 91 months for the high-dose group (p = 0.0030). The median overall survival (OS) time was 28 months for the low-dose group and not reached for the high-dose group (p = 0.0208). Conclusion: High-dose group patients showed significant improvement in PFS and OS rates compared to those in the low-dose group, and both dose groups showed acceptable toxicity.

  6. The role of MRI in patients with astrocytoma WHO II treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy

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    Plathow, Christian; Zuna, Ivan [Division of Radiation Oncology, German Cancer Research Center, INF 280, 69120, Heidelberg (Germany); Division of Diagnostic Radiology, German Cancer Research Center, INF 280, 69120, Heidelberg (Germany); Lichy, Matthias Philipp; Bachert, Peter; Kauczor, Hans-Ulrich [Division of Diagnostic Radiology, German Cancer Research Center, INF 280, 69120, Heidelberg (Germany)

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    Aim of this study was to evaluate the role of pre-therapeutic and follow-up MRI in the clinical treatment and outcome in patients with astrocytoma WHO grade II after fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy (FSRT). One hundred thirty-nine patients with histologically proven astrocytoma WHO grade II were treated with FSRT and retrospectively evaluated. All patients had follow-up MRI studies (Gd-DTPA-enhanced T1- and T2-weighted MR images). Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) rates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Multivariate analysis was performed on five potential MRI related prognosticators. Median follow-up was 3.8 years. Positive contrast enhancement (CM+) prior to FSRT proved to be a significant prognosticator for PFS and OS (p<0.01). Pre-therapeutic oedema on T2-weighted images and multifocality of contrast medium (CM) enhancement did not prove to be significant prognosticators. Also, diameter and volume of CM enhancement showed no significance on clinical outcome. Negative contrast enhancing (CM-) patients developing a de novo CM enhancement during follow-up showed a significantly worse clinical outcome compared with generally CM- patients (p<0.05). Pre-therapeutic CM enhancement and the development of CM-enhancing areas during follow-up are negative prognosticators for PFS and OS. They must be interpreted as signs of secondary malignity. (orig.)

  7. Experience With Carbon Ion Radiotherapy for WHO Grade 2 Diffuse Astrocytomas

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    Purpose: To assess outcomes of carbon ion radiotherapy for diffuse astrocytomas in adults. Methods and Materials: Between October 1994 and February 2002, 14 patients with diffuse astrocytoma, identified as eligible for carbon ion radiotherapy, were enrolled in a phase I/II clinical trial. Carbon ion radiotherapy was administered in 24 fractions over 6 weeks. The normal tissue morbidity was monitored carefully, and the carbon ion dose was escalated from 50.4 Gy equivalent (GyE) to 55.2 GyE. Patients were divided into two groups according to their carbon ion doses: a low-dose group in which 2 patients were irradiated with 46.2 GyE and 7 patients were irradiated with 50.4 GyE, and a high-dose group in which 5 patients were irradiated with 55.2 GyE. Results: Toxicities were within acceptable limits, and none of the patients developed Grade 3 or higher acute or late reactions. The median progression-free survival (PFS) time was 18 months for the low-dose group and 91 months for the high-dose group (p = 0.0030). The median overall survival (OS) time was 28 months for the low-dose group and not reached for the high-dose group (p = 0.0208). Conclusion: High-dose group patients showed significant improvement in PFS and OS rates compared to those in the low-dose group, and both dose groups showed acceptable toxicity.

  8. First-line temozolomide chemotherapy in progressive low-grade astrocytomas after radiotherapy: molecular characteristics in relation to response

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    Taal, W.; Dubbink, H.J.; Zonnenberg, C.B.; Zonnenberg, B.A.; Postma, T.J.; Gijtenbeek, J.M.M.; Boogerd, W.; Groenendijk, F.H.; Kros, J.M.; Kouwenhoven, M.C.; Marion, R. van; Heuvel, I. van; Holt, B. van der; Bromberg, J.E.; Sillevis Smitt, P.A.; Dinjens, W.N.; Bent, M.J. van den

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    Only a few studies examined the effect of temozolomide (TMZ) in recurrent low-grade astrocytoma (LGA) after surgery, none of which included a homogeneous and sufficiently sized group of patients with progression after radiotherapy (RT). We evaluated a cohort of 58 patients treated with TMZ for progr

  9. Pilocytic Astrocytoma of the Optic Pathway: A Tumour Deriving from Radial Glia Cells with a Specific Gene Signature

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    Tchoghandjian, Aurelie; Fernandez, Carla; Colin, Carole; El Ayachi, Ikbale; Voutsinos-Porche, Brigitte; Fina, Frederic; Scavarda, Didier; Piercecchi-Marti, Marie-Dominique; Intagliata, Dominique; Ouafik, L'Houcine; Fraslon-Vanhulle, Caroline; Figarella-Branger, Dominique

    2009-01-01

    Pilocytic astrocytomas are WHO grade I gliomas that occur predominantly in childhood. They share features of both astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages. These tumours affect preferentially the cerebellum (benign clinical course) and the optic pathway, especially the hypothalamo-chiasmatic region (poor prognosis). Understanding the molecular…

  10. Drug/diet synergy for managing malignant astrocytoma in mice: 2-deoxy-D-glucose and the restricted ketogenic diet

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    Mukherjee Purna

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract 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 non-metabolizable glucose analogue, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG, is a potent glycolytic inhibitor that can mimic effects of energy restriction both in vitro and in vivo, but can also produce adverse effects when administered at doses greater than 200 mg/kg. 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. The KD-R was restricted to reduce body weight by about 20%. 2-DG was initiated 6 days after tumor implantation and was continued for 7 days. Brain tumors were excised and weighed. 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. Mouse health and vitality was better in the KD-R group than in the KD-R+2-DG 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

  11. MicroRNA-124-3p regulates cell proliferation, invasion, apoptosis, and bioenergetics by targeting PIM1 in astrocytoma.

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    Deng, Danni; Wang, Lei; Chen, Yao; Li, Bowen; Xue, Lian; Shao, Naiyuan; Wang, Qiang; Xia, Xiwei; Yang, Yilin; Zhi, Feng

    2016-07-01

    The PIM1 protein is an important regulator of cell proliferation, the cell cycle, apoptosis, and metabolism in various human cancers. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are powerful post-transcriptional gene regulators that function through translational repression or transcript destabilization. Therefore, we aimed to identify whether a close relationship exists between PIM1 and miRNAs. PIM1 protein levels and mRNA levels were significantly upregulated in astrocytoma tissues, indicating the oncogenic role of PIM1 in astrocytoma. Further bioinformatics analysis indicated that miR-124-3p targeted the 3'-UTR of PIM1. We also observed an inverse correlation between the miR-124-3p levels and PIM1 protein or mRNA levels in astrocytoma samples. Next, we experimentally confirmed that miR-124-3p directly recognizes the 3'-UTR of the PIM1 transcript and regulates PIM1 expression at both the protein and mRNA levels. Furthermore, we examined the biological consequences of miR-124-3p targeting PIM1 in vitro. We showed that the repression of PIM1 in astrocytoma cancer cells by miR-124-3p suppressed proliferation, invasion, and aerobic glycolysis and promoted apoptosis. We observed that the restoration or inhibition of PIM1 activity resulted in effects that were similar to those induced by miR-124-3p inhibitors or mimics in cancer cells. Finally, overexpression of PIM1 rescued the inhibitory effects of miR-124-3p. In summary, these findings aid in understanding the tumor-suppressive role of miR-124-3p in astrocytoma pathogenesis through the inhibition of PIM1 translation. PMID:27088547

  12. Screening feature genes of astrocytoma using a combined method of microarray gene expression profiling and bioinformatics analysis.

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    Cai, Yong; Zhong, Xingming; Wang, Yiqi; Yang, Jianguo

    2015-01-01

    The aim of our study was to find feature genes associated with astrocytoma and correlative gene functions which can distinguish cancer tissue from adjacent non-tumor astrocyte tissues. Gene expression profile GSE15824 was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus database which included 8 astrocytoma tissues and 3 adjacent non-tumor astrocyte samples. The raw data were first transformed into probe-level data and the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between tissues of patients with astrocytoma and normal specimen were identified using T-test in samr package of R. The Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery (DAVID) was applied to analyze the gene ontology (GO) enrichment on gene functions and the Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathways. Finally, corresponding protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks of DEGs was constructed using the Cytoscape based on the data collected from STRING online datasets. A total of 3072 genes, including 1799 up-regulated genes and 1273 down-regulated genes, were filtered as DEGs, and we learnt that the DEGs including AQP4, PMP2, SRARCL1 and SLC1A2CAMs etc and that AQP4 was most significantly related to cell osmotic pressure. Three feature genes in KEGG pathway are highly enriched in cancer specimen while two genes are in the normal tissues. The discovery of featured genes significantly related to the regulation of cell osmotic pressure, has the potential to use in clinic for diagnosis of astrocytoma in future. In addition, it has a great significance on studying mechanism, distinguishing normal and cancer tissues, and exploring new treatments for astrocytoma. However, further experiments were needed to confirm our result. PMID:26770395

  13. SWI对星形细胞瘤分级及与单发转移瘤鉴别诊断的价值%SWI study on astrocytoma grading and differential diagnosis of astrocytoma and solitary metastases

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    王微微; 牛田力; 苗延巍; 宋清伟; 魏强; 贺振飞; 刘爱连

    2015-01-01

    移瘤的鉴别诊断。%Objective: The purpose of this study is to explore the value of the intratumoral susceptibility signal intensity (ITSS) in grading of astrocytoma and in differential diagnosis of astrocytomas and metastases. Materials and Methods:Forty-two recruited patients with brain tumors conifrmed pathologically, including 14 solitary metastases and 28 astrocytomas(WHO grade Ⅰ=3, grade Ⅱ=8, grade Ⅲ=9 and gradeⅣ=8) underwent conventional MRI examinations and susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI). Intratumoral susceptibility signal intensity(ITSS)in tumor parenchyma was obtained. The ITSS values were further compared between different grades of astrocytoma and between astrocytomas and metastases by Wilcoxon test. Receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) was used to determine the differentiation ability of ITSS number for astrocytoma grading and brain tumors differential diagnosis. Spearman coefficient correlation analysis was used to analyze the relation between ITSS and astrocytoma grade. Results: The mean values of ITSS in grade Ⅰ, Ⅱ,Ⅲ, Ⅳ astrocytomas and metastases were respectively (3.0±2.67), (4.12±0.64),(18.11±2.15), (18.75±2.48) and (6.14±1.56). Significant difference was observed in high-grade (ⅢandⅣ) and low-grade (ⅠandⅡ) astrocytomas (H=13.156, P<0.01), and even between the gradesⅡandⅢastrocytomas (H=7.835, P<0.01), while no signiifcant difference was found between grade ⅢandⅣastrocytomas(H=0.021, P=0.885). Positive correlation was observed between ITSS and astrocytoma grade (r=0.746,P=0.000). Area under the ROC curve (AUC) was 0.912 in differentiation of the high-grade and low-grade astrocytomas when the cutoff value was set as 7.5, and the sensitivity and speciifcity were 88.2% and 81.8%. AUC was 0.903 in differentiation of the gradeⅡand gradeⅢastrocytomas when the cutoff value was set as 6.0, and the sensitivity and speciifcity were 100% and 87.5%. Signiifcant differences of ITSS were observed between the metastases (mean rank=9

  14. External Beam Radiotherapy in the Management of Low Grade Astrocytoma of the Brain

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    Jeon, Ha Jung [Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-03-15

    This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of postoperative radiotherapy for patients with low-grade astrocytomas and to define an optimal radiotherapeutic regimen and prognostic factors. A total of 69 patients with low-grade astrocytomas underwent surgery and postoperative radiotherapy immediately following surgery at our institution between October 1989 and September 2006. The median patient age was 36 years. Forty-one patients were 40 years or younger and 28 patients were 41 years or older. Fourteen patients underwent a biopsy alone and the remaining 55 patients underwent a subtotal resection. Thirty-nine patients had a Karnofsky performance status of less than 80% and 30 patients had a Karnofsky performance status greater than 80%. Two patients were treated with whole brain irradiation followed by a coned down boost field to the localized area. The remaining 67 patients were treated with a localized field with an appropriate margin. Most of the patients received a dose of 50{approx}55 Gy and majority of the patients were treated with a dose of 54 Gy. The overall 5-year and 7-year survival rates for all of the 69 patients were 49% and 44%, respectively. Corresponding disease free survival rates were 45% and 40%, respectively. Patients who underwent a subtotal resection showed better survival than patients who underwent a biopsy alone. The overall 5-year survival rates for patients who underwent a subtotal resection and patients who underwent a biopsy alone were 57% and 38%, respectively (p<0.05). Forty-one patients who were 40 years or younger showed a better overall 5-year survival rate as compared with 28 patients who were 41 years or older (56% versus 40%, p<0.05). The overall 5-year survival rates for 30 patients with a Karnofsky performance status greater than 80% and 39 patients with a Karnofsky performance status less than 80% were 51% and 47%, respectively. This finding was not statistically significant. Although one patient was not able to

  15. Methylation profiles of thirty four promoter-CpG islands and concordant methylation behaviours of sixteen genes that may contribute to carcinogenesis of astrocytoma

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    Astrocytoma is a common aggressive intracranial tumor and presents a formidable challenge in the clinic. Association of altered DNA methylation patterns of the promoter CpG islands with the expression profile of cancer-related genes, has been found in many human tumors. Therefore, DNA methylation status as such may serve as an epigenetic biomarker for both diagnosis and prognosis of human tumors, including astrocytoma. We used the methylation specific PCR in conjunction with sequencing verification to establish the methylation profile of the promoter CpG island of thirty four genes in astrocytoma tissues from fifty three patients (The WHO grading:. I: 14, II: 15, III: 12 and IV: 12 cases, respectively). In addition, compatible tissues (normal tissues distant from lesion) from three non-astrocytoma patients were included as the control. Seventeen genes (ABL, APC, APAF1, BRCA1, CSPG2, DAPK1, hMLH1, LKB1, PTEN, p14ARF, p15INK4b, p27KIP1, p57KIP2, RASSF1C, RB1, SURVIVIN, and VHL) displayed a uniformly unmethylated pattern in all the astrocytoma and non-astrocytoma tissues examined. However, the MAGEA1 gene that was inactivated and hypermethylated in non-astrocytoma tissues, was partially demethylated in 24.5% of the astrocytoma tissues (co-existence of the hypermethylated and demethylated alleles). Of the astrocytoma associated hypermethylated genes, the methylation pattern of the CDH13, cyclin a1, DBCCR1, EPO, MYOD1, and p16INK4a genes changed in no more than 5.66% (3/53) of astrocytoma tissues compared to non-astrocytoma controls, while the RASSF1A, p73, AR, MGMT, CDH1, OCT6,, MT1A, WT1, and IRF7 genes were more frequently hypermethylated in 69.8%, 47.2%, 41.5%, 35.8%, 32%, 30.2%, 30.2%, 30.2% and 26.4% of astrocytoma tissues, respectively. Demethylation mediated inducible expression of the CDH13, MAGEA1, MGMT, p73 and RASSF1A genes was established in an astrocytoma cell line (U251), demonstrating that expression of these genes is likely regulated by DNA methylation

  16. Low-grade astrocytomas: treatment with unconventionally fractionated external beam stereotactic radiation therapy

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    Fourteen patients with nonoperable low-grade astrocytomas were treated with unconventionally fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy. The target volume was defined with computed tomography (CT) performed under stereotactic conditions. The treatment was carried out with a technique producing multiple noncoplanar arc irradiation, with the center of the target volume placed at the isocenter of the linear accelerator. A total dose of 16-50 Gy was administered in either one fraction or two fractions 8 days apart. The concentration of dose within the target volume allowed reduction of dose absorbed by adjacent critical structures of the intact brain. Patients were followed up for 11-48 months. Twelve of 14 patients had a partial or complete response to treatment, as demonstrated by CT. Stereotactic radiation therapy appears to be effective in the control of small radioresistant cerebral neoplasms, without damaging surrounding healthy tissues

  17. Low-grade astrocytomas: treatment with unconventionally fractionated external beam stereotactic radiation therapy

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    Pozza, F.; Colombo, F.; Chierego, G.; Avanzo, R.C.; Marchetti, C.; Benedetti, A.; Casentini, L.; Danieli, D.

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    Fourteen patients with nonoperable low-grade astrocytomas were treated with unconventionally fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy. The target volume was defined with computed tomography (CT) performed under stereotactic conditions. The treatment was carried out with a technique producing multiple noncoplanar arc irradiation, with the center of the target volume placed at the isocenter of the linear accelerator. A total dose of 16-50 Gy was administered in either one fraction or two fractions 8 days apart. The concentration of dose within the target volume allowed reduction of dose absorbed by adjacent critical structures of the intact brain. Patients were followed up for 11-48 months. Twelve of 14 patients had a partial or complete response to treatment, as demonstrated by CT. Stereotactic radiation therapy appears to be effective in the control of small radioresistant cerebral neoplasms, without damaging surrounding healthy tissues.

  18. Non-random aneuploidy specifies subgroups of pilocytic astrocytoma and correlates with older age.

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    Fontebasso, Adam M; Shirinian, Margret; Khuong-Quang, Dong-Anh; Bechet, Denise; Gayden, Tenzin; Kool, Marcel; De Jay, Nicolas; Jacob, Karine; Gerges, Noha; Hutter, Barbara; Şeker-Cin, Huriye; Witt, Hendrik; Montpetit, Alexandre; Brunet, Sébastien; Lepage, Pierre; Bourret, Geneviève; Klekner, Almos; Bognár, László; Hauser, Peter; Garami, Miklós; Farmer, Jean-Pierre; Montes, Jose-Luis; Atkinson, Jeffrey; Lambert, Sally; Kwan, Tony; Korshunov, Andrey; Tabori, Uri; Collins, V Peter; Albrecht, Steffen; Faury, Damien; Pfister, Stefan M; Paulus, Werner; Hasselblatt, Martin; Jones, David T W; Jabado, Nada

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    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common brain tumor in children but is rare in adults, and hence poorly studied in this age group. We investigated 222 PA and report increased aneuploidy in older patients. Aneuploid genomes were identified in 45% of adult compared with 17% of pediatric PA. Gains were non-random, favoring chromosomes 5, 7, 6 and 11 in order of frequency, and preferentially affecting non-cerebellar PA and tumors with BRAF V600E mutations and not with KIAA1549-BRAF fusions or FGFR1 mutations. Aneuploid PA differentially expressed genes involved in CNS development, the unfolded protein response, and regulators of genomic stability and the cell cycle (MDM2, PLK2),whose correlated programs were overexpressed specifically in aneuploid PA compared to other glial tumors. Thus, convergence of pathways affecting the cell cycle and genomic stability may favor aneuploidy in PA, possibly representing an additional molecular driver in older patients with this brain tumor. PMID:26378811

  19. Postoperative radiotherapy of astrocytomas grade 3 and 4 with the radiosensitizer misonidazole

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    102 patients entered a multicentric randomized study from May 1978 till December 1980. After an operative removal of a supratentorial astrocytoma grade 3 or 4 all patients were treated by radiotherapy of the whole brain with 40 Gy, and after a rest of 1 to 2 weeks with a boost dose of 20 Gy to the tumor region. By randomization the patients got misonidazole (400 mg/m2) to each of the 30 fractions or a placebo. The overall tolerance was good. A mild transient peripheral neuropathy was seen only in 2 patients. The median of survival time was not significantly different for both groups with 16 months (grade 3) and 10 months (grade 4). Thus a radiosensitizing effect of misonidazole was not proven. (orig.)

  20. Induction of high grade astrocytoma (HGA) by protons: Molecular mechanisms and RBE considerations

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    Dalrymple, G. V.; Leichner, P. K.; Harrison, K. A.; Cox, A. B.; Hardy, K. A.; Salmon, Y. L.; Mitchell, J. C.

    1994-10-01

    Protons of a specific energy, 55 MeV, have been found to induce primary high grade astrocytomas (HGA) in the Rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta). Brain tumors of this type were not induced by protons of other energies (32-2,300 MeV). Induction of HGA has been identified in human patients who have had radiation therapy to the head. We believe that the induction of HGA in the monkey is a consequence of dose distribution, not some unique ``toxic'' property of protons. Comparison of the human experience with the monkey data indicates the RBE for induction of brain tumors to be about one. It is unlikely that protons cause an unusual change in oncogenic expression, as compared to conventional electromagnetic radiation.

  1. Granular cell astrocytoma: report of a case and review of the literature.

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    Caporalini, Chiara; Buccoliero, Anna Maria; Scoccianti, Silvia; Moscardi, Selene; Simoni, Antonella; Pansini, Luigi; Bordi, Lorenzo; Ammannati, Franco; Taddei, Gian Luigi

    2016-01-01

    A 54-year-old man with no remarkable past medical history was referred to our hospital for the appearance of generalized tonic clonic seizures with loss of consciousness, preceded by phosphenes at the right eye. On magnetic resonance imaging, a contrast-enhanced tumor in the left occipital lobe with peripheral edema was noted. He underwent craniotomy, and the entire mass was removed. Microscopic examination revealed infiltrative atypical astrocytes (glial fibrillary acidic protein, GFAP, positive) with discrete borders and granular cytoplasm. Ki-67 labeling index was 40%. The tumor was diagnosed as a high-grade granular cell astrocytoma (GCA). Postoperative radiotherapy combined with temozolomide was administered. GCAs are aggressive lesions and should not to be confused with localized, benign granular cell tumors or with other non neoplastic granular cell changes in the central nervous system (CNS). GCAs are rare tumors. At this time, only 63 supratentorial/ hemispheric cases, including our case, have been reported in literature. PMID:27125869

  2. Hemifacial spasm as a manifestation of pilocytic astrocytoma in a pediatric patient

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    Marcelo R Masruha

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Hemifacial spasm is a disorder of the seventh cranial nerve, which is characterized by irregular, involuntary and recurrent tonic and clonic contractions of the ipsilateral facial expression muscles. This disorder affects mainly adults, and there are few cases reported in childhood. The main etiologies are vascular problems, although tumors are an important cause of hemifacial spasm via a direct or an indirect mass effect. We report a 6-year-old girl who presented with right hemifacial spasm. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a lesion in the cerebellopontine angle, extending from the midbrain to the pons with a slight mass effect on the fourth ventricle. The histological examination revealed a pilocytic astrocytoma.

  3. High accuracy of arterial spin labeling perfusion imaging in differentiation of pilomyxoid from pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a relatively new tumor entity which has been added to the 2007 WHO Classification of tumors of the central nervous system. The goal of this study is to utilize arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion imaging to differentiate PMA from pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). Pulsed ASL and conventional MRI sequences of patients with PMA and PA in the past 5 years were retrospectively evaluated. Patients with history of radiation or treatment with anti-angiogenic drugs were excluded. A total of 24 patients (9 PMA, 15 PA) were included. There were statistically significant differences between PMA and PA in mean tumor/gray matter (GM) cerebral blood flow (CBF) ratios (1.3 vs 0.4, p < 0.001) and maximum tumor/GM CBF ratio (2.3 vs 1, p < 0.001). Area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for differentiation of PMA from PA was 0.91 using mean tumor CBF, 0.95 using mean tumor/GM CBF ratios, and 0.89 using maximum tumor/GM CBF. Using a threshold value of 0.91, the mean tumor/GM CBF ratio was able to diagnose PMA with 77 % sensitivity, 100 % specificity, and a threshold value of 0.7, provided 88 % sensitivity and 86 % specificity. There was no statistically significant difference between the two tumors in enhancement pattern (p = 0.33), internal architecture (p = 0.15), or apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values (p = 0.07). ASL imaging has high accuracy in differentiating PMA from PA. The result of this study may have important applications in prognostication and treatment planning especially in patients with less accessible tumors such as hypothalamic-chiasmatic gliomas. (orig.)

  4. The role of radiotherapy in the management of supratentorial low grade astrocytoma

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    To evaluate the role of radiotherapy in the management of incompletely resected supratentorial low grade astrocytoma with the analysis of the survival, the pattern of failure, and the prognostic variables affecting survival. Between January 1990 and December 1995, fifty-one patients with supratentorial low grade astrocytoma received radiotherapy after subtotal resection (16 patients) or stereotactic biopsy(35 patients)at Asan Medical Center. External radiotherapy was done by conventional fractionation with the total dose of 4820cGy to 6000cGy(median 5580cGy) and partial brain volume. The follow-up was done from 6 to 79 months(median 48 months). Overall actuarial survival rate at 2 and 5 years were 83.4% and 54.8T, respectively. Progression free survival at 2 and 5 years were 67.4% and 48.7%, respectively. The significant prognostic factors affecting overall survival rate were the performance status, T stage, histologic subtype, radiation field and radiation response. The major pattern of failure was local failure, such as progressive disease and primary site recurrence in 23 patients (45.1%). Progression free survivors excluding 2 patients were physically and intellectually intact without major neurologic deficit. Although the follow-up period of this study was relatively short, overall actuarial and progression free survival rate were encouraging. Patients with good performance status, lower T stage, pilocytic subtype, patients treated with small radiation field and radiation responder showed better survival. As the local failure was the major pattern of failure, the various efforts to decrease the local failure is necessary. (author)

  5. The role of radiotherapy in the management of supratentorial low grade astrocytoma

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    Song, M. H.; Chang, H. S. [Ulsan Univ., Ulsan (Korea, Republic of). Coll. of Medicine; Lee, K. J. [Ewha Womans Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Coll. of Medicine

    1997-03-01

    To evaluate the role of radiotherapy in the management of incompletely resected supratentorial low grade astrocytoma with the analysis of the survival, the pattern of failure, and the prognostic variables affecting survival. Between January 1990 and December 1995, fifty-one patients with supratentorial low grade astrocytoma received radiotherapy after subtotal resection (16 patients) or stereotactic biopsy(35 patients)at Asan Medical Center. External radiotherapy was done by conventional fractionation with the total dose of 4820cGy to 6000cGy(median 5580cGy) and partial brain volume. The follow-up was done from 6 to 79 months(median 48 months). Overall actuarial survival rate at 2 and 5 years were 83.4% and 54.8T, respectively. Progression free survival at 2 and 5 years were 67.4% and 48.7%, respectively. The significant prognostic factors affecting overall survival rate were the performance status, T stage, histologic subtype, radiation field and radiation response. The major pattern of failure was local failure, such as progressive disease and primary site recurrence in 23 patients (45.1%). Progression free survivors excluding 2 patients were physically and intellectually intact without major neurologic deficit. Although the follow-up period of this study was relatively short, overall actuarial and progression free survival rate were encouraging. Patients with good performance status, lower T stage, pilocytic subtype, patients treated with small radiation field and radiation responder showed better survival. As the local failure was the major pattern of failure, the various efforts to decrease the local failure is necessary. (author).

  6. Cystic pilomyxoid astrocytoma on suprasellar region in 7-year-old girl: Treatment and strategy.

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    Tjahjadi, Mardjono; Arifin, M Zafrullah; Sobana, Mirna; Avianti, Astri; Caropeboka, M Sinatrya; Eka, Priandana Adya; Agustina, Hasrayati

    2015-01-01

    Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a recently described entity with similar features to pilocytic astrocytoma but with a rare occurrence. As a new diagnosis, no treatment guideline of PMA has been established; but generally, as for any low-grade gliomas, radical resection is performed if the location is favorable. In this report, we wished to share our experience treating the PMA. The authors presented a case of a 7-year-old girl with bitemporal hemianopia. From the history, the patient had a 4-month history of headache, following with nausea and projectile vomiting 1 week before hospital admission. Past history of seizure, weakness of left extremities, and decreased consciousness were reported. Computed tomography (CT) scanning showed acute obstructive hydrocephalus and an isohypodense mass at suprasellar region with the cystic component. We performed ventriculo-peritoneal-shunt to reduce the acute hydrocephalus, followed by craniotomy tumor removal 2 weeks later. The patient underwent radiotherapy and medical rehabilitation. Diagnosis of PMA was made on the basis of pathologic anatomy result, which showed a myxoid background with pseudorosette. Postoperative CT showed a residual tumor at right parasellar area without hydrocephalus. After the surgery, the treatment was followed with radiotherapy for 20 times within 2 months. Postradiation CT performed 1-year later showed a significant reduction of the tumor mass. There were no new postoperative deficits. The patient had improvement of the visual field and motor strength. The authors reported a case of a 7-year-old girl with PMA. Surgical resection combined with radiotherapy was performed to control the growth of PMA. More observation and further studies are required to refine the treatment methods. PMID:25972955

  7. High accuracy of arterial spin labeling perfusion imaging in differentiation of pilomyxoid from pilocytic astrocytoma

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    Nabavizadeh, S.A.; Assadsangabi, R.; Hajmomenian, M.; Vossough, A. [Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Santi, M. [Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pathology, Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

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    Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a relatively new tumor entity which has been added to the 2007 WHO Classification of tumors of the central nervous system. The goal of this study is to utilize arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion imaging to differentiate PMA from pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). Pulsed ASL and conventional MRI sequences of patients with PMA and PA in the past 5 years were retrospectively evaluated. Patients with history of radiation or treatment with anti-angiogenic drugs were excluded. A total of 24 patients (9 PMA, 15 PA) were included. There were statistically significant differences between PMA and PA in mean tumor/gray matter (GM) cerebral blood flow (CBF) ratios (1.3 vs 0.4, p < 0.001) and maximum tumor/GM CBF ratio (2.3 vs 1, p < 0.001). Area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for differentiation of PMA from PA was 0.91 using mean tumor CBF, 0.95 using mean tumor/GM CBF ratios, and 0.89 using maximum tumor/GM CBF. Using a threshold value of 0.91, the mean tumor/GM CBF ratio was able to diagnose PMA with 77 % sensitivity, 100 % specificity, and a threshold value of 0.7, provided 88 % sensitivity and 86 % specificity. There was no statistically significant difference between the two tumors in enhancement pattern (p = 0.33), internal architecture (p = 0.15), or apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values (p = 0.07). ASL imaging has high accuracy in differentiating PMA from PA. The result of this study may have important applications in prognostication and treatment planning especially in patients with less accessible tumors such as hypothalamic-chiasmatic gliomas. (orig.)

  8. Epithelial Cell Transforming 2 and Aurora Kinase B Modulate Formation of Stress Granule-Containing Transcripts from Diverse Cellular Pathways in Astrocytoma Cells.

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    Weeks, Adrienne; Agnihotri, Sameer; Lymer, Jennifer; Chalil, Alan; Diaz, Roberto; Isik, Semra; Smith, Christian; Rutka, James T

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    Stress granules are small RNA-protein granules that modify the translational landscape during cellular stress to promote survival. The RhoGTPase RhoA is implicated in the formation of RNA stress granules. Our data demonstrate that the cytokinetic proteins epithelial cell transforming 2 and Aurora kinase B (AurkB) are localized to stress granules in human astrocytoma cells. AurkB and its downstream target histone-3 are phosphorylated during arsenite-induced stress. Chemical (AZD1152-HQPA) and siRNA inhibition of AurkB results in fewer and smaller stress granules when analyzed using high-throughput fluorescent-based cellomics assays. RNA immunoprecipitation with the known stress granule aggregates TIAR and G3BP1 was performed on astrocytoma cells, and subsequent analysis revealed that astrocytoma stress granules harbor unique mRNAs for various cellular pathways, including cellular migration, metabolism, translation, and transcriptional regulation. Human astrocytoma cell stress granules contain mRNAs that are known to be involved in glioma signaling and the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway. These data provide evidence that RNA stress granules are a novel form of epigenetic regulation in astrocytoma cells, which may be targetable by chemical inhibitors and enhance astrocytoma susceptibility to conventional therapy, such as radiation and chemotherapy. PMID:27106762

  9. Methylation profiles of thirty four promoter-CpG islands and concordant methylation behaviours of sixteen genes that may contribute to carcinogenesis of astrocytoma

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Astrocytoma is a common aggressive intracranial tumor and presents a formidable challenge in the clinic. Association of altered DNA methylation patterns of the promoter CpG islands with the expression profile of cancer-related genes, has been found in many human tumors. Therefore, DNA methylation status as such may serve as an epigenetic biomarker for both diagnosis and prognosis of human tumors, including astrocytoma. Methods We used the methylation specific PCR in conjunction with sequencing verification to establish the methylation profile of the promoter CpG island of thirty four genes in astrocytoma tissues from fifty three patients (The WHO grading:. I: 14, II: 15, III: 12 and IV: 12 cases, respectively. In addition, compatible tissues (normal tissues distant from lesion from three non-astrocytoma patients were included as the control. Results Seventeen genes (ABL, APC, APAF1, BRCA1, CSPG2, DAPK1, hMLH1, LKB1, PTEN, p14ARF, p15INK4b, p27KIP1, p57KIP2, RASSF1C, RB1, SURVIVIN, and VHL displayed a uniformly unmethylated pattern in all the astrocytoma and non-astrocytoma tissues examined. However, the MAGEA1 gene that was inactivated and hypermethylated in non-astrocytoma tissues, was partially demethylated in 24.5% of the astrocytoma tissues (co-existence of the hypermethylated and demethylated alleles. Of the astrocytoma associated hypermethylated genes, the methylation pattern of the CDH13, cyclin a1, DBCCR1, EPO, MYOD1, and p16INK4a genes changed in no more than 5.66% (3/53 of astrocytoma tissues compared to non-astrocytoma controls, while the RASSF1A, p73, AR, MGMT, CDH1, OCT6,, MT1A, WT1, and IRF7 genes were more frequently hypermethylated in 69.8%, 47.2%, 41.5%, 35.8%, 32%, 30.2%, 30.2%, 30.2% and 26.4% of astrocytoma tissues, respectively. Demethylation mediated inducible expression of the CDH13, MAGEA1, MGMT, p73 and RASSF1A genes was established in an astrocytoma cell line (U251, demonstrating that expression of

  10. Congenital segmental lymphedema in tuberous sclerosis complex with associated subependymal giant cell astrocytomas treated with Mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors.

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    Prato, Giulia; Mancardi, Maria Margherita; Baglietto, Maria Giuseppina; Janis, Sara; Vercellino, Nadia; Rossi, Andrea; Consales, Alessandro; Raso, Alessandro; Garrè, Maria Luisa

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    Tuberous sclerosis complex is a genetic, multisystemic disorder characterized by circumscribed benign lesions (hamartomas) in several organs, including brain. This is the result of defects in the TSC1 and/or TSC2 tumor suppressor genes, encoding the hamartin-tuberin complex that inhibits the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway. Specific inhibitors of this pathway have been shown to reduce the volume of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas associated with tuberous sclerosis. Congenital lymphedema is rarely seen in association with tuberous sclerosis, with only a few reported cases. Although this association can be coincidental, the dysgenetic lymphatic system can represent a hamartia as a consequence of gene mutation. We describe a child with congenital lymphedema in tuberous sclerosis and associated subependymal giant cell astrocytoma who experienced lymphangitis under treatment with mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors. Because our patient did not show worsening of lymphedema, congenital lymphedema does not seem to be a contraindication for this therapy. PMID:24056156

  11. Emotional Functioning and School Contentment in Adolescent Survivors of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Infratentorial Astrocytoma, and Wilms Tumor

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    Jóhannsdóttir, Inga M.; Moum, Torbjørn; Hjermstad, Marianne J.; Wesenberg, Finn; Hjorth, Lars; Schrøder, Henrik; Lähteenmäki, Päivi M.; Jónmundsson, Gudmundur; Loge, Jon H.

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    Purpose: Cancer in childhood may disrupt normal developmental processes and cause psychosocial problems in adolescent survivors of childhood cancers (ACCSs). Previous studies report inconsistent findings. Study aims were to assess subjective well-being (SWB), psychological distress, and school contentment in survivors of three dissimilar childhood cancers. Patients and methods: Nordic patients treated for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), infratentorial astrocytoma (IA), and Wilms tumor (WT) in c...

  12. Integrated analysis of DNA methylation profiles and gene expression profiles to identify genes associated with pilocytic astrocytomas

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    Zhou, Ruigang; MAN, YIGANG

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    The present study performed an integral analysis of the gene expression and DNA methylation profile of pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs). Weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA) was also performed to examine and identify the genes correlated to PAs, to identify candidate therapeutic targets for the treatment of PAs. The DNA methylation profile and gene expression profile were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Following screening of the differentially expressed gene...

  13. Screening of differentially expressed genes related to differentiation and proliferation by gene expression profiling of different grade astrocytoma cell lines

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    Yi Zeng; Zhong Yang; Yangyun Han; Chao You

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The detection of differential gene expression in brain is possible by cDNA microarray technology, and the screening of differentially expressed genes might provide a biological basis for gene-targeted therapy for tumors. OBJECTIVE: To detect the differential expression of genes among astrocytoma SHG-44 (WHO grade IV), CHG-5 (WHO grade II), and ATRA-treated SHG-44 cell lines by cDNA microarray. DESIGN: Laboratory experiments in vitro.SETTING: Department of Neurobiology, the Third Military Medical University. MATERIALS: The experiment was performed at the Department of Neurobiology in the Third Military Medical University of the Chinese PLA from January to October 2007. The SHG-44 cell line (WHO grade Ⅳ) was established by Prof. Ziwei Du, and the CHG-5 cell line (WHO grade II) was set up by Prof. Xiuwu Bian from the Third Military Medical University of the Chinese PLA. The cDNA microarray containing 9182 known genes was prepared and provided by Dr. Yang Zhong at the City University of Hong Kong. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The identification of genes that were similarly regulated (overlapping) during tumor progression and differentiation, by comparison of gene expression profiles between CHG-5 and SHG-44 cells, and between SHG-44 cells with or without treatment with ATRA. RESULTS: Thirty-one overlapping genes were found to have similar regulatory effects on astrocytomas; among them, twenty genes were up-regulated and eleven were down-regulated in both comparisons between CHG-5 and SHG-44 cells, and between SHG-44 cells with or without treatment with ATRA. The four reported genes, SERPINF1, MAPK11, HIF1A and SOD2, were up-regulated in this study.CONCLUSION: The differentially expressed genes in different grade astrocytoma cell lines were revealed primarily by cDNA microarray; among them, five identified overlapping genes, SERPINF1, MAPK11, DCTN2, HIF1A and SOD2, were related to the malignant progression of astrocytoma cells.

  14. Combined value of susceptibility weighted imaging and dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced MR perfusion-weighted imaging in brain astrocytoma grading

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    Objective: To assess the value of combination of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) and dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced (DSC) perfusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in astrocytoma grading. Methods: SWI and DSC scans were performed in 82 patients with pathologically confirmed astrocytoma. The patient group consisted of grade Ⅱ (15), grade Ⅲ (10), and grade Ⅳ (57). The intratumoral susceptibility signal intensity (ITSS) and relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) max were used to determine the grade of astrocytomas by Kruskal Wallis test, Welch test, Spearman correlation coefficients, Pearson correlation coefficients, and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC)statistic methods. Results: There were no ITSS in 14 cases of low-grade astrocytomas, the degree of ITSS were grade 1 to 3 in anaplastic astrocytomas, the degree of ITSS were grade 3 in all of the glioblastomas, the degree of ITSS were significant difference in all grades (H=71.96, P<0.01). rCBV max in grade Ⅱ, grade Ⅲ and grade Ⅳ astrocytomas were 1.26 ± 0.42, 3.59 ± 2.09 and 8.34 ± 1.16 respectively, rCBV max were significant difference in all grades (F'=681.72, P<0.01). ITSS showed significant correlation with rCBV max (r=0.72, P<0.01) and tumor grades (r=0.89, P<0.01), and rCBV and tumor grades showed significant correlation (r=0.78, P<0.01). Area under the ROC curve application SWI, DSC, SWI and DSC in differentiation of the grade Ⅱ and grade Ⅲ astrocytomas were 0.99, 0.93, 1.00, differentiate grade Ⅲ from grade Ⅳ were 0.70, 0.94, 0.94, and differentiate high-grade from low-grade astrocytomas were 1.00, 0.99, 1.00. Conclusions: ITSS is helpful to determine the grade of astrocytomas. The use of SWI in combination with DSC may improve the diagnostic accuracy of astrocytoma grading. (authors)

  15. First-line nitrosourea-based chemotherapy in symptomatic non-resectable supratentorial pure low-grade astrocytomas.

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    Frenay, M P; Fontaine, D; Vandenbos, F; Lebrun, C

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    At the present time, there are no proven beneficial effects of chemotherapy (CT) for the treatment of pure low-grade astrocytomas. Brain radiotherapy (RT) still remains the standard treatment in order to reduce or delay tumor progression or symptoms, despite possible long-term neurologic complications. We report 10 patients, with histologically proven pure low-grade fibrillary astrocytomas, to which we administered a first-line nitrosourea-based CT. All patients were symptomatic with pharmaco-resistant epilepsy or neurologic symptoms, and had been rejected for neurosurgical resection. All patients with epilepsy had a clinical improvement with reduction in seizure frequency and 60% became seizure-free. CT was well tolerated; all patients developed myelosuppression with 40% of grade III/IV hematotoxicity. Seven were alive at the time of writing with a mean follow-up of 6.5 years (3.5-12) from first recorded symptoms. The three deceased patients died 7.5, 7.5, and 8.5 years from first symptoms. These results demonstrate that some patients with symptomatic non-resectable fibrillary low-grade astrocytomas can be treated with up-front CT to improve their neurologic status. This report suggests that benefits of CT on symptoms, survival, and quality of life should be prospectively compared with RT. PMID:16128869

  16. Everolimus in the treatment of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas, angiomyolipomas, and pulmonary and skin lesions associated with tuberous sclerosis complex

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    Full Text Available David Neal Franz Department of Pediatrics, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA Abstract: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder caused by inactivating mutations in either the TSC1 or TSC2 genes. It is characterized by the development of multiple, benign tumors in several organs throughout the body. Lesions occur in the brain, kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, and skin and result in seizures and epilepsy, mental retardation, autism, and renal and pulmonary organ system dysfunction, as well as other complications. Elucidation of the molecular pathways and etiological factors responsible for causing TSC has led to a paradigm shift in the management and treatment of the disease. TSC1 or TSC2 mutations lead to constitutive upregulation of the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway, which affects many cellular processes involved in tumor growth. By targeting mammalian target of rapamycin with everolimus, an orally active rapamycin derivative, clinically meaningful and statistically significant reductions in tumor burden have been achieved for the main brain (subependymal giant cell astrocytoma and renal manifestations (angiomyolipoma associated with TSC. This review provides an overview of TSC, everolimus, and the clinical trials that led to its approval for the treatment of TSC-associated subependymal giant cell astrocytoma and renal angiomyolipoma. Keywords: everolimus, subependymal giant cell astrocytoma, angiomyolipomas, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, facial angiofibromas, tuberous sclerosis complex

  17. Malignant Trigeminal Nerve Sheath Tumor and Anaplastic Astrocytoma Collision Tumor with High Proliferative Activity and Tumor Suppressor P53 Expression

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    Maher Kurdi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The synchronous development of two primary brain tumors of distinct cell of origin in close proximity or in contact with each other is extremely rare. We present the first case of collision tumor with two histological distinct tumors. Case Presentation. A 54-year-old woman presented with progressive atypical left facial pain and numbness for 8 months. MRI of the brain showed left middle cranial fossa heterogeneous mass extending into the infratemporal fossa. At surgery, a distinct but intermingled intra- and extradural tumor was demonstrated which was completely removed through left orbitozygomatic-temporal craniotomy. Histopathological examination showed that the tumor had two distinct components: malignant nerve sheath tumor of the trigeminal nerve and temporal lobe anaplastic astrocytoma. Proliferative activity and expressed tumor protein 53 (TP53 gene mutations were demonstrated in both tumors. Conclusions. We describe the first case of malignant trigeminal nerve sheath tumor (MTNST and anaplastic astrocytoma in collision and discuss the possible hypothesis of this rare occurrence. We propose that MTNST, with TP53 mutation, have participated in the formation of anaplastic astrocytoma, or vice versa.

  18. Pilocytic astrocytoma with angiocentric arrangement: a case report and literature review

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Background Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA is a low-grade glioma that occurs mainly in the cerebellum of children and young adults. This article is to report a rare case of PA with angiocentricarrangement in the supratentorial region of a 28-year-old male. The pathomorphism of this tumor isdifferent from that of typical PA, since most tumor cells grow in single layer around the hyalinized degenerative vessels, that is to say, angiocentric pattern. This paper aims to discuss the clinical, imaging and pathological features of PA with angiocentric arrangement and clinicopathological differentiations from relevant tumors, so as to improve the ability of diagnosing and differentiating this kind of tumor. Methods and Results A 28-year-old male with no significant past history presented with repeated grand mal seizures and did not recover in the treatment with antiepileptic drugs. Physical and neurological examinations were normal. Electroencephalography (EEG found no typical epileptic wave or focal δ wave. CT and MRI showed a superficial cystic mass with a mural nodule and clear boundary in the left frontal cortex. During the resection of the tumor, the lesion was identified as cystic structure on the surface and solid structure within the cyst wall. Optical microscopy findings revealed that tumour cells with round or oval nuclei and cytoplasm showing slender hair-like protuberance of both ends were arranged in single layer around hyalinized blood vessels. Some tumor cells with fusiform nuclei showed compact fascicles or loose stellate reticulum. Rosenthal fibers and eosinophilic granular bodies were occasionally seen. According to immunohistochemical staining, the tumor cells were diffusely positive for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP, Vimentin (Vim, S-100 protein (S-100, Nestin, CD56, and focally positive for Olig2, while the tumor cells were negative for epithelial membrane antigen (EMA, isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1, P53, neuronal nuclei

  19. A review of current and future treatment strategies for malignant astrocytomas in adults

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    This review discusses available laboratory and clinical data as well as recent advances in our knowledge about prognostic factors and their implications for the design of future clinical trials. Results: Elucidation of the biology of malignant astrocytomas allowed for development of rational new approaches, such as gene therapy and immunotherapy, which could interfere with established treatment regimens or being used independently. Possible strategies include the restoration of defective cancer-inhibitory genes, cell transduction or transfection with antisense DNA corresponding to genes coding for growth factors and their receptors, or with the so-called suicide genes. Several antiangiogenic approaches such as administration of thalidomide, protamine, or monoclonal antibodies against vascular endothelial growth factor have been developed, too. Further treatment possibilities include modulation of drug resistance, e.g. by P-glycoprotein antagonists or O6-alkyl-guanine-DNA-transferase inhibitors, inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases, inhibition of protein kinase C, and administration of agents such as phenylbutyrate or valproic acid that showed promising antiproliferative effects in vitro. Conclusions: Several rational new approaches are now entering clinical trials. In the light of limited survival after standard treatment it is recommended that patients should be offered participation in such trials. (orig.)

  20. Low-grade astrocytoma: surgical outcomes in eloquent versus non-eloquent brain areas

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    André de Macedo Bianco

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective study of 81 patients with low-grade astrocytoma (LGA comparing the efficacy of aggressive versus less aggressive surgery in eloquent and non-eloquent brain areas was conducted. Extent of surgical resection was analyzed to assess overall survival (OS and progression- free survival (PFS. Degree of tumor resection was classified as gross total resection (GTR, subtotal resection (STR or biopsy. GTR, STR and biopsy in patients with tumors in non-eloquent areas were performed in 31, 48 and 21% subjects, whereas in patients with tumors in eloquent areas resections were 22.5, 35 and 42.5%. Overall survival was 4.7 and 1.9 years in patients with tumors in non-eloquent brain areas submitted to GTR/STR and biopsy (p=0.013, whereas overall survival among patients with tumors in eloquent area was 4.5 and 2.1 years (p=0.33. Improved outcome for adult patients with LGA is predicted by more aggressive surgery in both eloquent and non-eloquent brain areas.

  1. Cytotoxicity Effects of Different Surfactant Molecules Conjugated to Carbon Nanotubes on Human Astrocytoma Cells

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    Witkowski Colette

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Phase contrast and epifluorescence microscopy were utilized to monitor morphological changes in human astrocytoma cells during a time-course exposure to single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT conjugates with different surfactants and to investigate sub-cellular distribution of the nanotube conjugates, respectively. Experimental results demonstrate that cytotoxicity of the nanotube/surfactant conjugates is related to the toxicity of surfactant molecules attached on the nanotube surfaces. Both sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS and sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS are toxic to cells. Exposure to CNT/SDS conjugates (0.5 mg/mL for less than 5 min caused changes in cell morphology resulting in a distinctly spherical shape compared to untreated cells. In contrast, sodium cholate (SC and CNT/SC did not affect cell morphology, proliferation, or growth. These data indicate that SC is an environmentally friendly surfactant for the purification and dispersion of SWCNTs. Epifluorescence microscopy analysis of CNT/DNA conjugates revealed distribution in the cytoplasm of cells and did not show adverse effects on cell morphology, proliferation, or viability during a 72-h incubation. These observations suggest that the SWCNTs could be used as non-viral vectors for diagnostic and therapeutic molecules across the blood–brain barrier to the brain and the central nervous system.

  2. Effectiveness of interferon-beta and temozolomide combination therapy against temozolomide-refractory recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma

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    Arai Hajime

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Malignant gliomas recur even after extensive surgery and chemo-radiotherapy. Although a relatively novel chemotherapeutic agent, temozolomide (TMZ, has demonstrated promising activity against recurrent glioma, the effects last only a few months and drug resistance develops thereafter in most cases. Induction of O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT in tumors is considered to be responsible for resistance to TMZ. Interferon-beta has been reported to suppress MGMT in an experimental glioma model. Here we report a patient with TMZ-refractory anaplastic astrocytoma (AA who was treated successfully with a combination of interferon-beta and TMZ. Case presentation A patient with recurrent AA after radiation-chemotherapy and stereotactic radiotherapy was treated with TMZ. After 6 cycles, the tumor became refractory to TMZ, and the patient was treated with interferon-beta at 3 × 106 international units/body, followed by 5 consecutive days of 200 mg/m2 TMZ in cycles of 28 days. After the second cycle the tumor decreased in size by 50% (PR. The tumor showed further shrinkage after 8 months and the patient's KPS improved from 70% to 100%. The immunohistochemical study of the initial tumor specimen confirmed positive MGMT protein expression. Conclusion It is considered that interferon-beta pre-administration increased the TMZ sensitivity of the glioma, which had been refractory to TMZ monotherapy.

  3. A 10 year retrospective study of surgical outcomes of adult intracranial pilocytic astrocytoma.

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    Ye, Joshua Mingsheng; Ye, Mingwei Joel; Kranz, Sevastjan; Lo, Patrick

    2014-12-01

    Pilocytic astrocytomas (PA) are benign neoplasms commonly located in the cerebellum with a peak incidence in the first two decades of life. PA occurrence in adults is rare and very little information is available in the literature about tumour characteristics in this population. This study retrospectively identified 20 adults with PA. The characteristics of the tumour, treatment modalities and patient outcomes are discussed, as well as identifying factors that may be associated with worse prognosis. The mean age at diagnosis was 27 years. The majority of PA were located in the posterior fossa. Other tumour locations included the cerebral hemispheres, brainstem, tectal plate and optochiasmatic region (optic chiasm, hypothalamus and third ventricle). All patients in this study underwent surgery, two received adjuvant chemotherapy and one received adjuvant radiotherapy. Tumour recurrence occurred in six patients and two eventually died from the disease. When achieved, complete tumour resection was found to be curative. Tumour location affects extent of surgical resection; tumours in inaccessible locations were associated with higher rates of recurrence. Overall survival and progression free survival rates were 87% and 60% respectively. The degree of surgical resection and tumour location were found to affect prognosis. Unfavourable outcomes were observed in these adults with PA compared to those expected for a younger population, suggesting a possible association between age and outcome. PMID:25065843

  4. Cytotoxicity Effects of Different Surfactant Molecules Conjugated to Carbon Nanotubes on Human Astrocytoma Cells

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    Dong, Lifeng; Witkowski, Colette M.; Craig, Michael M.; Greenwade, Molly M.; Joseph, Katherine L.

    2009-12-01

    Phase contrast and epifluorescence microscopy were utilized to monitor morphological changes in human astrocytoma cells during a time-course exposure to single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) conjugates with different surfactants and to investigate sub-cellular distribution of the nanotube conjugates, respectively. Experimental results demonstrate that cytotoxicity of the nanotube/surfactant conjugates is related to the toxicity of surfactant molecules attached on the nanotube surfaces. Both sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS) are toxic to cells. Exposure to CNT/SDS conjugates (0.5 mg/mL) for less than 5 min caused changes in cell morphology resulting in a distinctly spherical shape compared to untreated cells. In contrast, sodium cholate (SC) and CNT/SC did not affect cell morphology, proliferation, or growth. These data indicate that SC is an environmentally friendly surfactant for the purification and dispersion of SWCNTs. Epifluorescence microscopy analysis of CNT/DNA conjugates revealed distribution in the cytoplasm of cells and did not show adverse effects on cell morphology, proliferation, or viability during a 72-h incubation. These observations suggest that the SWCNTs could be used as non-viral vectors for diagnostic and therapeutic molecules across the blood-brain barrier to the brain and the central nervous system.

  5. KIAA1549: BRAF Gene Fusion and FGFR1 Hotspot Mutations Are Prognostic Factors in Pilocytic Astrocytomas.

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    Becker, Aline Paixão; Scapulatempo-Neto, Cristovam; Carloni, Adriana C; Paulino, Alessandra; Sheren, Jamie; Aisner, Dara L; Musselwhite, Evelyn; Clara, Carlos; Machado, Hélio R; Oliveira, Ricardo S; Neder, Luciano; Varella-Garcia, Marileila; Reis, Rui M

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    Up to 20% of patients with pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) experience a poor outcome. BRAF alterations and Fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) point mutations are key molecular alterations in Pas, but their clinical implications are not established. We aimed to determine the frequency and prognostic role of these alterations in a cohort of 69 patients with PAs. We assessed KIAA1549:BRAF fusion by fluorescence in situ hybridization and BRAF (exon 15) mutations by capillary sequencing. In addition, FGFR1 expression was analyzed using immunohistochemistry, and this was compared with gene amplification and hotspot mutations (exons 12 and 14) assessed by fluorescence in situ hybridization and capillary sequencing. KIAA1549:BRAF fusion was identified in almost 60% of cases. Two tumors harbored mutated BRAF. Despite high FGFR1 expression overall, no cases had FGFR1 amplifications. Three cases harbored a FGFR1 p.K656E point mutation. No correlation was observed between BRAF and FGFR1 alterations. The cases were predominantly pediatric (87%), and no statistical differences were observed in molecular alterations-related patient ages. In summary, we confirmed the high frequency of KIAA1549:BRAF fusion in PAs and its association with a better outcome. Oncogenic mutations of FGFR1, although rare, occurred in a subset of patients with worse outcome. These molecular alterations may constitute alternative targets for novel clinical approaches, when radical surgical resection is unachievable. PMID:26083571

  6. Astrocytoma in the medulla oblongata diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging. Surgical case report

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    Suga, Toshihiro; Takahashi, Shin-ichiro; Sonobe, Makoto; Koshu, Keiji; Hirota, Shigeru; Kawakami, Hiroshi; Fujii, Kyoichi; Namiki, Tsuneo

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    A 22-year-old male was admitted to Mito National Hospital with complaints of persistent, progressive dysphagia, hoarseness, and numbness over his entire body. Neurological examination showed bilateral 7th, 9th, and 10th nerve paralysis, tetraparesis, sensory disturbance of the whole body, and hyper-reflexia of all extremities. Pale, low-density areas in the medulla oblongata and upper cervical spinal cord were detected by conventional computed tomography. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) disclosed low-signal masses involving those areas and in the lower cervical cord. Suboccipital craniotomy exposed a solid, firm, well demarcated intramedullary tumor in the medulla oblongata. The tumor was removed en bloc and was histologically diagnosed as a pilocytic astrocytoma. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient's symptoms improved dramatically. Postoperative MRI revealed no residual tumor in the medulla oblongata or upper cervical cord. This case illustrates the value of preoperative MRI, which precisely delineates the location and extent of the tumor and greatly facilitates direct surgery of the medulla oblongata.

  7. MR signal of the solid portion of pilocytic astrocytoma on T2-weighted images: is it useful for differentiation from medulloblastoma?

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    Arai, Kiyokazu; Yagi, Akiko; Taketomi-Takahashi, Ayako; Morita, Hideo; Koyama, Yoshinori; Endo, Keigo [Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Maebashi, Gunma (Japan); Sato, Noriko [National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Radiology, National Center Hospital for Mental, Nervous and Muscular Disorders, Tokyo (Japan); Aoki, Jun [Gunma General Hospital, Department of Radiology, Maebashi, Gunma (Japan); Oba, Hiroshi [Teikyo University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Tokyo (Japan); Ishiuchi, Shogo; Saito, Nobuhito [Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Maebashi, Gunma (Japan)

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    Background and purpose: Although imaging features of cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma and medulloblastoma have been described in many texts, original comparisons of magnetic resonance intensity between these two tumours are limited. In the present study the results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were reviewed, focusing especially on the signal intensity of the solid portion of these neoplasms. Methods: MR images of ten cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas and ten medulloblastomas were reviewed. The signal intensities of the solid components were graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with higher scores indicating a signal intensity closer to that of water. The degree of enhancement, tumour cysts and peripheral oedema were evaluated on MR images. When the solid portion was heterogeneous (i.e. mixed signal intensity or degree of enhancement), the dominant area was selected for evaluation. On T2-weighted images, the signal intensity of the solid portion was equal to that of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in 50% of pilocytic astrocytomas. No medulloblastomas showed such hyperintensity. Most medulloblastomas (80%) were isointense to grey matter. On T1-weighted images, the signal intensity varied widely in pilocytic astrocytomas; however, all medulloblastomas were iso- or hypointense to grey matter. The MR enhancement pattern, cystic component and peripheral oedema all varied in both tumour types and no specific features were identified. A signal intensity of the solid portion isointense to CSF on T2-weighted images was characteristic of cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas; this was not observed in medulloblastomas. Attention to T2-weighted imaging of the solid portions of a tumour is easy and helpful in differentiating between cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma and medulloblastoma. (orig.)

  8. MR signal of the solid portion of pilocytic astrocytoma on T2-weighted images: is it useful for differentiation from medulloblastoma?

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    Background and purpose: Although imaging features of cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma and medulloblastoma have been described in many texts, original comparisons of magnetic resonance intensity between these two tumours are limited. In the present study the results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were reviewed, focusing especially on the signal intensity of the solid portion of these neoplasms. Methods: MR images of ten cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas and ten medulloblastomas were reviewed. The signal intensities of the solid components were graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with higher scores indicating a signal intensity closer to that of water. The degree of enhancement, tumour cysts and peripheral oedema were evaluated on MR images. When the solid portion was heterogeneous (i.e. mixed signal intensity or degree of enhancement), the dominant area was selected for evaluation. On T2-weighted images, the signal intensity of the solid portion was equal to that of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in 50% of pilocytic astrocytomas. No medulloblastomas showed such hyperintensity. Most medulloblastomas (80%) were isointense to grey matter. On T1-weighted images, the signal intensity varied widely in pilocytic astrocytomas; however, all medulloblastomas were iso- or hypointense to grey matter. The MR enhancement pattern, cystic component and peripheral oedema all varied in both tumour types and no specific features were identified. A signal intensity of the solid portion isointense to CSF on T2-weighted images was characteristic of cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas; this was not observed in medulloblastomas. Attention to T2-weighted imaging of the solid portions of a tumour is easy and helpful in differentiating between cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma and medulloblastoma. (orig.)

  9. Regulation of connexin 43 and microRNA expression via β2-adrenoceptor signaling in 1321N1 astrocytoma cells.

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    Khaksarian, Mojtaba; Mostafavi, Hossein; Soleimani, Masoud; Karimian, Seid Morteza; Ghahremani, Mohammad Hassan; Joghataee, Mohammad Taghee; Khorashadizadeh, Mohsen; Aligholi, Hadi; Attari, Fatemeh; Hassanzadeh, Gholamreza

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    Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the main gap junction protein in astrocytes and exerts the same effects on growth inhibition in astrocytoma and glioma as microRNA-146a (miR-146a) in glioma. β2-adrenergic receptor (AR) signaling modulates Cx43 expression in myocytes via components downstream of protein kinase A (PKA) and exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac). However, it remains to be elucidated how expression of Cx43 is modulated in astrocytes. In the present study, 1321N1 astrocytoma cells were treated with β2-AR signaling agents in order to evaluate the expression of Cx43 and miRNAs. RNA and protein were extracted from the cells for use in reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively. The results revealed that clenbuterol increased miR-146a level and upregulated Cx43 expression via cAMP/PKA at the mRNA and protein level. Pre-inhibition of adenyl cyclase decreased expression of Cx43 and miR-146a. PKA activation and overexpression of miR-146a in A-1321N1 cells increased the expression of Cx43. β2-AR stimulation and 6Bnz, a PKA activator, suppressed oncomiRs miR-155 and miR-27a, while 8-(4-chlorophenylthio)-2'-O-methyladenosine-3',5'-cyclic monophosphate, an Epac activator, increased their levels. The current findings demonstrated that β2-AR signaling has growth inhibitory effects via modulation of the cAMP/PKA pathway in A-1321N1 cells through increasing the expression level of Cx43 and miR-146a as well as decreasing miR-155 and miR-27a levels. Thus, stimulation of the β2-AR and PKA signaling pathway may be a useful approach for astrocytoma therapy. PMID:25873300

  10. [Clinicopathological Study of Pilomyxoid-Spectrum Astrocytomas:An Analysis of the BRAF Gene. Report of Two Cases].

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    Ito, Tamio; Sato, Kenichi; Oikawa, Mitsuteru; Sugio, Hironori; Asanome, Taku; Ozaki, Yoshimaru; Nakamura, Hirohiko; Tanaka, Shinya; Tsuda, Masumi; Nagashima, Kazuo

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    In contrast to pilocytic astrocytomas(PAs), pilomyxoid astrocytomas(PMAs)demonstrate monophasic piloid cells with angiocentric distribution and a more aggressive clinical course. Recently, several reports have described combined histological features of both subtypes;accordingly, these were termed intermediate pilomyxoid tumors(IPTs). The KIAA1549-BRAF fusion gene has been found in approximately 70% of PAs, but is reportedly rare in PMAs. We describe a clinicopathological study of two patients with pilomyxoid-spectrum astrocytoma(PMSA). Case 1 was of a 29-year-old man who presented with a generalized seizure. Gadolinium-magnetic resonance imaging(Gd-MRI)demonstrated a less enhanced tumor in the left temporal lobe. Case 2 was of a 9-year-old boy who presented with headache. Gd-MRI revealed an irregularly enhanced tumor in the left cerebellum. In Case 1, the tumor showed monomorphous bipolar cells in a myxoid background and angiocentric arrangement;therefore, the diagnosis was PMA. In Case 2, part of the tumor had a myxoid, angiocentric pattern characteristic of PMA;the other part had a biphasic pattern characteristic of PA. PMA and PA were mixed in a 7:3 ratio;therefore, IPT was diagnosed. No BRAF V600E mutations were found by immunohistochemistry and sequencing in either case. Three major KIAA1549-BRAF fusion subtypes were analyzed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR)and sequencing. No fusions were found in Case 1. However, K16-B9 fusion was identified in Case 2, and this fusion was more prevalent in the PA component than in the PMA component. In summary, no BRAF V600E mutations were found in PMSAs, but KIAA1549-BRAF fusion was identified in IPT, particularly in the PA component. PMID:26321697

  11. Combined "Infiltrating Astrocytoma/Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma" Harboring IDH1 R132H and BRAF V600E Mutations.

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    Yamada, Seiji; Kipp, Benjamin R; Voss, Jesse S; Giannini, Caterina; Raghunathan, Aditya

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    Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) has rarely been reported in combination with infiltrating glioma, historically interpreted as a "collision tumor." Isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) and BRAF V600E mutations are usually not concurrent. The former is typical of adult infiltrating gliomas, and the latter is identified in a variety of primary central nervous system neoplasms, including PXA, ganglioglioma, pilocytic astrocytoma, and rarely infiltrating gliomas. We report the case of a 56-year-old man presenting with seizures and headaches. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large right temporal lobe mass with low T1 and high T2/FLAIR signal and a discrete contrast-enhancing focus. Histologically, the tumor showed 2 distinct components: an infiltrating astrocytoma harboring 5 mitoses/10 high-power fields and a relatively circumscribed focus, resembling PXA with, at most, 2 mitoses/10 high-power fields. No microvascular proliferation or necrosis was present in either component. The infiltrating astrocytoma component contained numerous axons, whereas the PXA-like component had sparse axons, as demonstrated by the neurofilament immunostain. Both components were positive for the mutant IDH1 R132H and showed loss of ATRX expression, whereas BRAF V600E was restricted to the PXA-like component. On sequencing of the 2 components separately after microdissection, both showed identical IDH1 R132H and TP53 R273C point mutations, whereas the BRAF V600E mutation was limited to the PXA-like component. These findings are consistent with clonal expansion of a morphologically distinct focus, harboring a private BRAF V600E mutation within an IDH1-mutant glioma. Intratumoral heterogeneity and clonal evolution, as seems to have occurred here, suggest reevaluation of "collision tumors" as a concept. PMID:26414224

  12. Integrated proteomic platforms for the comparative characterization of medulloblastoma and pilocytic astrocytoma pediatric brain tumors: a preliminary study.

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    Martelli, Claudia; Iavarone, Federica; D'Angelo, Luca; Arba, Morena; Vincenzoni, Federica; Inserra, Ilaria; Delfino, Daniela; Rossetti, Diana Valeria; Caretto, Marta; Massimi, Luca; Tamburrini, Gianpiero; Di Rocco, Concezio; Caldarelli, Massimo; Messana, Irene; Castagnola, Massimo; Sanna, Maria Teresa; Desiderio, Claudia

    2015-06-01

    A top-down/bottom-up integrated proteomic approach based on LC-MS and 2-DE analysis was applied for comparative characterization of medulloblastoma and pilocytic astrocytoma posterior cranial fossa pediatric brain tumor tissues. Although rare, primary brain tumors are the most frequent solid tumors in the pediatric age. Among them the medulloblastoma is the prevalent malignant tumor in childhood while pilocytic astrocytoma is the most common, rarely showing a malignant progression. Due to the limited availability of this kind of sample, the study was applied to pooled tumor tissues for a preliminary investigation. The results showed different proteomic profiles of the two tumors and evidenced interesting differential expression of several proteins and peptides. Top-down proteomics of acid-soluble fractions of brain tumor homogenates ascribed a potential biomarker role of malignancy to β- and α-thymosins and their truncated proteoforms and to C-terminal truncated (des-GG) ubiquitin, resulting exclusively detected or over-expressed in the highly malignant medulloblastoma. The bottom-up proteomics of the acid-soluble fraction identified several proteins, some of them in common with 2-DE analysis of acid-insoluble pellets. Peroxiredoxin-1, peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase A, triosephosphate isomerase, pyruvate kinase PKM, tubulin beta and alpha chains, heat shock protein HSP-90-beta and different histones characterized the medulloblastoma while the Ig kappa chain C region, serotransferrin, tubulin beta 2A chain and vimentin the pilocytic astrocytoma. The two proteomic strategies, with their pros and cons, well complemented each other in characterizing the proteome of brain tumor tissues and in disclosing potential disease biomarkers to be validated in a future study on individual samples of both tumor histotypes. PMID:25909245

  13. Intracranial organizing hematoma with papillary endothelial hyperplasia features after resection and involved field radiotherapy for cerebellar juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma.

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    Ginat, Daniel Thomas; Walcott, Brian P; Mordes, Daniel; Schaefer, Pamela W; Nahed, Brian

    2014-01-01

    This article describes a case of organizing hematoma with features of papillary endothelial hyperplasia arising at the site of a right cerebellar juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma previously treated with surgery and involved-field radiation therapy. CTA demonstrated a mass with abnormal vascularity in the treatment bed. MRI demonstrated the evolution of the lesion from a cystic mass with a heterogeneously enhancing nodule with blood products into a nearly solid-enhancing mass with abundant areas of susceptibility effect and surrounding vasogenic edema. These imaging features warrant considering papillary endothelial hyperplasia in the differential diagnosis for a mass that develops after radiotherapy. PMID:24456989

  14. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma of the thoracic spinal cord in an adult: A case report and review of literature

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    Tamojit Chaudhuri

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA in a 35-year-old Asian male with history of paraparesis for last 6 months. A contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the spine revealed an intramedullary mass lesion occupying most of the thecal sac at the level of 10 th and 11 th dorsal vertebrae, with extensive contrast enhancement. Spinal PMA in an adult is an extremely rare entity, with only two reported cases in the literature, until date. This appears to be the first reported case of spinal PMA in an adult with isolated thoracic spinal cord involvement.

  15. SC-14ASYMMETRY-DEFECTIVE OLIGODENDROCYTE PROGENITORS AS POTENTIAL CELL-OF-ORIGIN OF HYPERACTIVATED RAF-INDUCED MALIGNANT ASTROCYTOMAS

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    Kadkhodaei, Banafsheh; Lerner, Robin G.; Sidorov, Maxim; Goméz-López, Sandra; McMahon, Martin; James, David; Petritsch, Claudia

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    BACKGROUND: Studies show that the expression of an activating mutation of BRAF (BRAFV600E) in conjunction with Ink4a/Arf deletion, but not each alteration by itself, lead to formation of malignant astrocytoma (MA)-like tumors. Importantly, BRAFV600E occurs in 39% of pediatric MA and in 7.7% of adult glioblastomas with a preference for young adult patients, and the majority coincides with homozygous deletion of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (CDKN2A) encoding Ink4a/Arf. Responses to phar...

  16. Apoptosis and telomeres shortening related to HIV-1 induced oxidative stress in an astrocytoma cell line

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    Mollace Vincenzo

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Oxidative stress plays a key role in the neuropathogenesis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1 infection causing apoptosis of astroglia cells and neurons. Recent data have shown that oxidative stress is also responsible for the acceleration of human fibroblast telomere shortening in vitro. In the present study we analyzed the potential relations occurring between free radicals formation and telomere length during HIV-1 mediated astroglial death. Results To this end, U373 human astrocytoma cells have been directly exposed to X4-using HIV-1IIIB strain, for 1, 3 or 5 days and treated (where requested with N-acetylcysteine (NAC, a cysteine donor involved in the synthesis of glutathione (GSH, a cellular antioxidant and apoptosis has been evaluated by FACS analysis. Quantitative-FISH (Q-FISH has been employed for studying the telomere length while intracellular reduced/oxidized glutathione (GSH/GSSG ratio has been determined by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC. Incubation of U373 with HIV-1IIIB led to significant induction of cellular apoptosis that was reduced in the presence of 1 mM NAC. Moreover, NAC improved the GSH/GSSG, a sensitive indicator of oxidative stress, that significantly decreased after HIV-1IIIB exposure in U373. Analysis of telomere length in HIV-1 exposed U373 showed a statistically significant telomere shortening, that was completely reverted in NAC-treated U373. Conclusion Our results support the role of HIV-1-mediated oxidative stress in astrocytic death and the importance of antioxidant compounds in preventing these cellular damages. Moreover, these data indicate that the telomere structure, target for oxidative damage, could be the key sensor of cell apoptosis induced by oxidative stress after HIV infection.

  17. Everolimus long-term safety and efficacy in subependymal giant cell astrocytoma

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    Krueger, Darcy A.; Care, Marguerite M.; Agricola, Karen; Tudor, Cindy; Mays, Maxwell

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    Objective: To report long-term efficacy and safety data for everolimus for the treatment of subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA) in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Methods: This was an open-label extension phase of a prospective, phase 1–2 trial (NCT00411619) in patients ≥3 years of age with SEGA associated with TSC. Patients received oral everolimus starting at 3 mg/m2 per day and subsequently titrated, subject to tolerability, to attain whole blood trough concentrations of 5–15 ng/mL. Change in SEGA volume, seizures, and safety assessments were the main outcome measures. Results: Of 28 patients enrolled, 25 were still under treatment at the time of analysis. Median dose was 5.3 mg/m2/day and median treatment duration was 34.2 months (range 4.7–47.1). At all time points (18, 24, 30, and 36 months), primary SEGA volume was reduced by ≥30% from baseline (treatment response) in 65%–79% of patients. All patients reported ≥1 adverse event (AE), mostly grade 1/2 in severity, consistent with that previously reported, and none led to everolimus discontinuation. The most commonly reported drug-related AEs were upper respiratory infections (85.7%), stomatitis (85.7%), sinusitis (46.4%), and otitis media (35.7%). No drug-related grade 4 or 5 events occurred. Conclusion: Everolimus therapy is safe and effective for longer term (median exposure 34.2 months) treatment of patients with TSC with SEGA. Classification of evidence: This study provides Class III evidence that everolimus, titrated to trough serum levels of 5–15 ng/mL, was effective in reducing tumor size in patients with SEGA secondary to TSC for a median of 34 months. PMID:23325902

  18. Model-Based Evaluation of Spontaneous Tumor Regression in Pilocytic Astrocytoma.

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    Thomas Buder

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA is the most common brain tumor in children. This tumor is usually benign and has a good prognosis. Total resection is the treatment of choice and will cure the majority of patients. However, often only partial resection is possible due to the location of the tumor. In that case, spontaneous regression, regrowth, or progression to a more aggressive form have been observed. The dependency between the residual tumor size and spontaneous regression is not understood yet. Therefore, the prognosis is largely unpredictable and there is controversy regarding the management of patients for whom complete resection cannot be achieved. Strategies span from pure observation (wait and see to combinations of surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Here, we introduce a mathematical model to investigate the growth and progression behavior of PA. In particular, we propose a Markov chain model incorporating cell proliferation and death as well as mutations. Our model analysis shows that the tumor behavior after partial resection is essentially determined by a risk coefficient γ, which can be deduced from epidemiological data about PA. Our results quantitatively predict the regression probability of a partially resected benign PA given the residual tumor size and lead to the hypothesis that this dependency is linear, implying that removing any amount of tumor mass will improve prognosis. This finding stands in contrast to diffuse malignant glioma where an extent of resection threshold has been experimentally shown, below which no benefit for survival is expected. These results have important implications for future therapeutic studies in PA that should include residual tumor volume as a prognostic factor.

  19. Spontaneous regression of residual low-grade cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas in children

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    Cerebellar low-grade astrocytomas (CLGAs) of childhood are benign tumours and are usually curable by surgical resection alone or combined with adjuvant radiotherapy. To undertake a retrospective study of our children with CLGA to determine the optimum schedule for surveillance imaging following initial surgery. In this report we describe the phenomenon of spontaneous regression of residual tumour and discuss its prognostic significance regarding future imaging. A retrospective review was conducted of children treated for histologically proven CLGA at Great Ormond Street Hospital from 1988 to 1998. Of 83 children with CLGA identified, 13 (15.7%) had incomplete resections. Two children with large residual tumours associated with persistent symptoms underwent additional treatment. Eleven children were followed by surveillance imaging alone for a mean of 6.83 years (range 2-13.25 years). Spontaneous tumour regression was seen in 5 (45.5%) of the 11 children. There were no differences in age, gender, symptomatology, histological grade or Ki-67 fractions between those with spontaneous tumour regression and those with progression. There was a non-significant trend that larger volume residual tumours progressed. Residual tumour followed by surveillance imaging may either regress or progress. For children with residual disease we recommend surveillance imaging every 6 months for the first 2 years, every year for years 3, 4 and 5, then every second year if residual tumour is still present 5 years after initial surgery. This would detect not only progressive or recurrent disease, but also spontaneous regression which can occur later than disease progression. (orig.)

  20. Model-Based Evaluation of Spontaneous Tumor Regression in Pilocytic Astrocytoma.

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    Buder, Thomas; Deutsch, Andreas; Klink, Barbara; Voss-Böhme, Anja

    2015-12-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common brain tumor in children. This tumor is usually benign and has a good prognosis. Total resection is the treatment of choice and will cure the majority of patients. However, often only partial resection is possible due to the location of the tumor. In that case, spontaneous regression, regrowth, or progression to a more aggressive form have been observed. The dependency between the residual tumor size and spontaneous regression is not understood yet. Therefore, the prognosis is largely unpredictable and there is controversy regarding the management of patients for whom complete resection cannot be achieved. Strategies span from pure observation (wait and see) to combinations of surgery, adjuvant chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Here, we introduce a mathematical model to investigate the growth and progression behavior of PA. In particular, we propose a Markov chain model incorporating cell proliferation and death as well as mutations. Our model analysis shows that the tumor behavior after partial resection is essentially determined by a risk coefficient γ, which can be deduced from epidemiological data about PA. Our results quantitatively predict the regression probability of a partially resected benign PA given the residual tumor size and lead to the hypothesis that this dependency is linear, implying that removing any amount of tumor mass will improve prognosis. This finding stands in contrast to diffuse malignant glioma where an extent of resection threshold has been experimentally shown, below which no benefit for survival is expected. These results have important implications for future therapeutic studies in PA that should include residual tumor volume as a prognostic factor. PMID:26658166

  1. Cognitive deficits and predictors 3 years after diagnosis of a pilocytic astrocytoma in childhood.

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    Aarsen, Femke K; Paquier, Philippe F; Arts, Willem-Frans; Van Veelen, Marie-Lise; Michiels, Erna; Lequin, Maarten; Catsman-Berrevoets, Coriene E

    2009-07-20

    PURPOSE To prospectively study cognitive deficits and predictors 3 years after diagnosis in a large series of pediatric patients treated for pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty-one of 67 children were grouped according to infratentorial, supratentorial midline, and supratentorial hemispheric site. Intelligence, memory, attention, language, visual-spatial, and executive functions were assessed. Included predictors were sex, age, relapse, diagnosis-assessment interval, hydrocephalus, kind of treatment, and tumor variables. Results All children with PA had problems with sustained attention and speed. In the infratentorial group, there also were deficits in verbal intelligence, visual-spatial memory, executive functioning, and naming. Verbal intelligence and verbal memory problems occurred in the brainstem tumor group. The supratentorial hemispheric tumor group had additional problems with selective attention and executive functioning, and the supratentorial midline tumor group displayed no extra impairments. More specifically, the dorsal supratentorial midline tumor group displayed problems with language and verbal memory. Predictors for lower cognitive functioning were hydrocephalus, radiotherapy, residual tumor size, and age; predictors for better functioning were chemotherapy or treatment of hydrocephalus. Almost 60% of children had problems with academic achievement, for which risk factors were relapse and younger age at diagnosis. CONCLUSION Despite normal intelligence at long-term follow-up, children treated for PA display invalidating cognitive impairments. Adequate treatment of hydrocephalus is important for a more favorable long-term cognitive outcome. Even children without initial severe deficits may develop cognitive impairments years after diagnosis, partly because of the phenomenon of growing into deficit, which has devastating implications for academic achievement and quality of life (QOL). PMID:19433687

  2. Histologically benign, clinically aggressive: Progressive non-optic pathway pilocytic astrocytomas in adults with NF1.

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    Strowd, Roy E; Rodriguez, Fausto J; McLendon, Roger E; Vredenburgh, James J; Chance, Aaron B; Jallo, George; Olivi, Alessandro; Ahn, Edward S; Blakeley, Jaishri O

    2016-06-01

    Although optic pathway gliomas are the most common brain tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), extra-optic gliomas occur and may behave more aggressively with outcomes that differ by age. A retrospective case-control study was designed to describe the clinical course of adult NF1 patients with progressive extra-optic pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) and compare to a pediatric cohort. Data for patients treated at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Center from 2003 to 2013 were reviewed to identify cases (adults, age >18) and controls (pediatric, age <18) with clinically or radiographically progressive extra-optic PAs. Demographic, clinical, histologic, and radiographic data were collected. Three adult NF1 cases and four pediatric NF1 controls were identified. Mean age was 32.3 ± 9.5 years, 66% male (cases); 12.8 ± 4.2 years, 100% male (controls). Symptomatic progression occurred in two-of-three adults (67%) while the majority of pediatric patients presented with isolated radiographic progression (n = 3, 75%). Onset tended to be more rapid in adults (4 ± 1 vs. 14 ± 8.3 months, P = 0.10). Subtotal resection was the treatment for all pediatric patients. Radiotherapy (n = 2), chemotherapy (n = 2), and targeted, biologic agents (n = 2) were administered in adults. Although all pediatric patients are living, outcomes were universally poor in adults with progression to death in all (median survival 17.1 months, range 6.6-30.3). In conclusion, despite grade I histology, all three adult NF1 patients with progressive extra-optic PAs suffered an aggressive clinical course which was not seen in pediatric patients. Clinicians should be aware of this clinico-histologic discrepancy when counseling and managing adult NF1 patients with progressive extra-optic PAs. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26992069

  3. Hemorrhagic presentations of cerebellar pilocytic astrocytomas in children resulting in death: report of 2 cases.

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    Wilson, Mitchell P; Johnson, Edward S; Hawkins, Cynthia; Atkins, Kerry; Alshaya, Wael; Pugh, Jeffrey A

    2016-04-01

    Acute hemorrhagic presentation in pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) has become increasingly recognized. This type of presentation poses a clinically emergent situation in those hemorrhages arising in PAs of the cerebellum, the most frequent site, because of the limited capacity of the posterior fossa to compensate for mass effect, predisposing to rapid neurological deterioration. As examples, we describe two cases of fatal hemorrhagic cerebellar PAs: one of a child with a slowly growing stereotypical WHO Grade I PA with a 1-year period of symptomatology that preceded a rapid clinical deterioration, and another of an asymptomatic child having a PA variant, presenting with progressive obtundation following a presumed Valsalva event. These two scenarios parallel previous reports in the literature of either a setting of progressive expression of cerebellar dysfunction and transient episodes of raised intracranial pressure (ICP), or abrupt onset of features of increased ICP in a previously well child. The literature is further reviewed for a current understanding of the factors that predispose, initiate and propagate bleeding, with specific reference to the role of vascular endothelial growth factor and other angiogenic agents in the genesis and stability of the vasculature in PAs. In this context, we propose that obliterative vascular mural hyalinization with associated altered flow dynamics and microaneurysm formation was the pathogenesis of the hemorrhage in our first case. In the second case, large tumor size, increased growth rate, looseness of the background myxoid matrix, and thinness of the tumor blood vessels with calcospherite deposition predisposed to vascular leakage and bleeding concurrent with sudden increases in intravascular hydrostatic pressure. In that cerebellar PAs are common, this report underscores the importance of considering in the differential diagnosis the possibility of a spontaneous hemorrhage in a posterior fossa PA in a child presenting with a

  4. Genomic Deletions Correlate with Underexpression of Novel Candidate Genes at Six Loci in Pediatric Pilocytic Astrocytoma

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    Nicola Potter

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The molecular pathogenesis of pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma (PA is not well defined. Previous cytogenetic and molecular studies have not identified nonrandom genetic aberrations. To correlate differential gene expression and genomic copy number aberrations (CNAs in PA, we have used Affymetrix GeneChip HG_U133A to generate gene expression profiles of 19 pediatric patients and the SpectralChip 2600 to investigate CNAs in 11 of these tumors. Hierarchical clustering according to expression profile similarity grouped tumors and controls separately. We identified 1844 genes that showed significant differential expression between tumor and normal controls, with a large number clearly influencing phosphatidylinositol and mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling in PA. Most CNAs identified in this study were single-clone alterations. However, a small region of loss involving up to seven adjacent clones at 7q11.23 was observed in seven tumors and correlated with the underexpression of BCL7B. Loss of four individual clones was also associated with reduced gene expression including SH3GL2 at 9p21.2-p23, BCL7A (which shares 90% sequence homology with BCL7B at 12q24.33, DRD1IP at 10q26.3, and TUBG2 and CNTNAP1 at 17q21.31. Moreover, the down-regulation of FOXG1B at 14q12 correlated with loss within the gene promoter region in most tumors. This is the first study to correlate differential gene expression with CNAs in PA.

  5. P05.04A COMBINED STRATEGY FOR THE DETECTION OF BRAF FUSIONS IN PILOCYTIC ASTROCYTOMA USING RT-PCR AND FISH

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    Haynes, H.R.

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Pilocytic astrocytomas (WHO grade I) are the most common paediatric gliomas. The FISH test for KIAA1549-BRAF fusions is most commonly used, but this is difficult to interpret. We aimed to develop a reverse-transcriptase and real-time PCR (RT-PCR) test as a first-line screen for the three most common KIAA1549-BRAF fusion variants. METHODS: A RT-PCR method for detecting KIAA1549-BRAF fusions from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) brain tumour tissues (pilocytic astrocytoma) ...

  6. Primary anaplastic astrocytoma of the brain after prophylactic cranial irradiation in a case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Case report and review of the literature

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    Imtiaz Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 6½-year-old boy had developed acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was treated with systemic chemotherapy, intrathecal triple drug regimen and prophylactic cranial irradiation. After 10 years he developed anaplastic astrocytoma of the postero-superior cerebellum on the left side while leukemia was in remission. He was treated with surgical excision, followed by adjuvant three dimensional conformal radiotherapy and is on salvage chemotherapy with temozolamide. It is possible that the anaplastic astrocytoma may be a radiation induced malignancy.

  7. Study of chemosensitivity testing in vitro on astrocytoma%星形细胞瘤体外化疗药物敏感程度的研究

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    滕晓华; 刘波; 周蓉; 曾年菊; 卢明

    2011-01-01

    目的 了解星形细胞瘤对常用化疗药物的敏感程度,探讨化疗药物体外敏感试验对于胶质瘤化疗的指导意义,比较不同WHO分级星形细胞瘤对化疗药物敏感度的差异,为临床治疗提供依据.方法 收集手术切除的新鲜星形细胞瘤标本共142例,其中低级别星形细胞瘤(Ⅰ、Ⅱ级)55例,高级别星形细胞瘤(Ⅲ、Ⅳ级)87例,分别进行星形细胞瘤细胞分离培养,采用MTT法检测临床常用11种化疗药物对肿瘤细胞的生长抑制情况,判定药物敏感程度.结果 142例患者中有78例(54.93%)获临床推荐使用药物,其中低级别星形细胞瘤为41.82%(23/55),而高级别星形细胞瘤为63.22%(55/87).不同WHO分级星形细胞瘤敏感化疗药物基本相似,以替尼泊苷、卡铂、长春新碱更为敏感.结论 化疗药物体外敏感试验对于胶质瘤的化疗药物筛选具有一定的指导意义,恶性程度越高,作用越突出.不同WHO分级的星形细胞瘤在化疗药物的选择上差异不明显.%Objective To observe the sensitivity ofastrocytoma to chemotherapeutic drugs, in order to explore the drug selection using chemosensitivity testing in vitro on astrocytoma. Comparing different WHO grade astrocytoma to chemotherapeutic drugs sensitivity differences,providing the basis data for clinical treatment. Methods The astrocytoma cells were seperated and cultured in vitro from 142 tumor tissues by glioma resection, including 55 cases of low-grade astrocytoma (WHO grade Ⅰ , Ⅱ) and 87 cases of high-grade astrocytoma (WHO grade Ⅲ, Ⅳ). The proliferation inhibition and chemosensitivity of tumor cells to 11 drugs were investigated by using MTT method. Results There were 54.93% (78/142) patients recommended chemotherapeutic drug in 142 cases. The percentage was 41.82%(23/55) in the low-grade astrocytoma, and 63.22% (55/87) in the high-grade astrocytoma respectively. Teniposide,carboplatin,vincristine as the sensitive drugs were similar in

  8. Increased expression of stefin B in the nucleus of T98G astrocytoma cells delays caspase activation

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Stefin B (cystatin B is an endogenous inhibitor of cysteine proteinases localized in the nucleus and the cytosol. Loss-of-function mutations in the stefin B gene (CSTB gene were reported in patients with Unverricht-Lundborg disease (EPM1. Our previous results showed that thymocytes isolated from stefin B-deficient mice are more sensitive to apoptosis induced by the protein kinase C inhibitor staurosporin (STS than the wild-type control cells. We have also shown that the increased expression of stefin B in the nucleus of T98G astrocytoma cells delayed cell cycle progression through the S phase. In the present study we examined if the nuclear or cytosolic functions of stefin B are responsible for the accelerated induction of apoptosis observed in the cells from stefin B-deficient mice. We have shown that the overexpression of stefin B in the nucleus, but not in the cytosol of astrocytoma T98G cells, delayed caspase-3 and-7 activation. Pretreatment of cells with the pan-caspase inhibitor z-Val-Ala-Asp(OMe-fluoromethylketone completely inhibited caspase activation, while treatment with the inhibitor of calpains- and papain-like cathepsins (2S,3S-trans-epoxysuccinyl-leucylamido-3-methyl-butane ethyl ester did not prevent caspase activation. We concluded that the delay of caspase activation in T98G cells overexpressing stefin B in the nucleus is independent of cathepsin inhibition.

  9. Preliminary mechanistic research on STAT3 and ErbB2 RNAi as targets for radiation sensitization in astrocytoma cell

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    Constitutively activated STAT3 and ErbB2 are involved in pathogenesis of many tumors including astrocytoma. The effects of plasmid vector mediated STAT3 and ErbB2 RNAi on growth of U251 astrocytoma cell line were examined. Increased apoptosis and decreased proliferation were induced by STAT3 and ErbB2 RNAi in U251 cell. STAT3 and ErbB2 RNAi showed synergetic effect. Combination of RNAi and irradiation showed synergetic effect. However, STAT3 and ErbB2 RNAi showed no obvious effects on NA cell. At the same time, an U251 xenograft model was used to determine the in vivo effect of combined therapy of RNAi and irradiation. The result suggested that both STAT3 RNAi and ErbB2 RNAi could inhibit the tumor growth. The effect was more pronounced when the two genes were both down regulated. Comparing STAT3 RNAi or ErbB2 RNAi alone respectively, STAT3 RNAi plus 2 Gy radiotherapy or ErbB2 RNAi plus 2 Gy radiotherapy further inhibited the tumor growth. Among the different treatment, combining STAT3 and ErbB2 RNAi with 2 Gy radiotherapy lead to the most significant inhibition of tumor growth. (author)

  10. A model of a patient-derived IDH1 mutant anaplastic astrocytoma with alternative lengthening of telomeres.

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    Borodovsky, Alexandra; Meeker, Alan K; Kirkness, Ewen F; Zhao, Qi; Eberhart, Charles G; Gallia, Gary L; Riggins, Gregory J

    2015-02-01

    Mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) have been found in the vast majority of low grade and progressive infiltrating gliomas and are characterized by the production of 2-hydroxyglutarate from α-ketoglutarate. Recent investigations of malignant gliomas have identified additional genetic and chromosomal abnormalities which cluster with IDH1 mutations into two distinct subgroups. The astrocytic subgroup was found to have frequent mutations in ATRX, TP53 and displays alternative lengthening of telomeres. The second subgroup with oligodendrocytic morphology has frequent mutations in CIC or FUBP1, and is linked to co-deletion of the 1p/19q arms. These mutations reflect the development of two distinct molecular pathways representing the majority of IDH1 mutant gliomas. Unfortunately, due to the scarcity of endogenously derived IDH1 mutant models, there is a lack of accurate models to study mechanism and develop new therapy. Here we report the generation of an endogenous IDH1 anaplastic astrocytoma in vivo model with concurrent mutations in TP53, CDKN2A and ATRX. The model has a similar phenotype and histopathology as the original patient tumor, expresses the IDH1 (R132H) mutant protein and exhibits an alternative lengthening of telomeres phenotype. The JHH-273 model is characteristic of anaplastic astrocytoma and represents a valuable tool for investigating the pathogenesis of this distinct molecular subset of gliomas and for preclinical testing of compounds targeting IDH1 mutations or alternative lengthening of telomeres. PMID:25471051

  11. Prognostic significance of an apoptotic index and apoptosis/proliferation ratio for patients with high-grade astrocytomas.

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    Kuriyama, Hiroko; Lamborn, Kathleen R.; O'Fallon, Judith R.; Iturria, N.; Sebo, Thomas; Schaefer, Paul L.; Scheithauer, Bernd W.; Buckner, Jan C.; Kuriyama, Nagato; Jenkins, Robert B.; Israel, Mark A.

    2002-01-01

    We evaluated the association of spontaneous apoptosis and an apoptosis/proliferation index with survival to determine the potential of such measures to serve as predictive markers for patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We examined the extent of spontaneous apoptosis in tumors from newly diagnosed patients, 75 with GBM and 21 with anaplastic astrocytoma, who were entered on treatment protocols of the North Central Cancer Treatment Group. In the group of GBM patients, those with a higher apoptotic index tended to live longer ( P = 0.04; Cox proportional hazards model including performance score, age, and extent of resection in a multivariate model). We found that the apoptotic index values for anaplastic astrocytoma patients tended to be lower than those in the GBM patients, although with small sample sizes, the result was not statistically significant ( P = 0.1). We also examined expression of the Ki-67 cell proliferation antigen immunohistochemically using the MIB-1 monoclonal antibody. Ki-67 expression did not provide additional information regarding the survival of patients with GBM. In this group of GBM patients, those patients with higher apoptotic index/proliferation ratios had a better prognosis than did those with a low ratio ( P < 0.021, same model as above). These findings suggest that both apoptosis and a cell death/cell proliferation ratio are associated with patient survival, and they may be useful for either the clinical evaluation of patients with GBM or the stratification of patients for treatment evaluation. PMID:12084348

  12. Phytometabolite Dehydroleucodine Induces Cell Cycle Arrest, Apoptosis, and DNA Damage in Human Astrocytoma Cells through p73/p53 Regulation.

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    Natalia Bailon-Moscoso

    Full Text Available Accumulating evidence supports the idea that secondary metabolites obtained from medicinal plants (phytometabolites may be important contributors in the development of new chemotherapeutic agents to reduce the occurrence or recurrence of cancer. Our study focused on Dehydroleucodine (DhL, a sesquiterpene found in the provinces of Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe. In this study, we showed that DhL displayed cytostatic and cytotoxic activities on the human cerebral astrocytoma D384 cell line. With lactone isolated from Gynoxys verrucosa Wedd, a medicinal plant from Ecuador, we found that DhL induced cell death in D384 cells by triggering cell cycle arrest and inducing apoptosis and DNA damage. We further found that the cell death resulted in the increased expression of CDKN1A and BAX proteins. A marked induction of the levels of total TP73 and phosphorylated TP53, TP73, and γ-H2AX proteins was observed in D384 cells exposed to DhL, but no increase in total TP53 levels was detected. Overall these studies demonstrated the marked effect of DhL on the diminished survival of human astrocytoma cells through the induced expression of TP73 and phosphorylation of TP73 and TP53, suggesting their key roles in the tumor cell response to DhL treatment.

  13. Whole Chromosome 7 Gain Predicts Higher Risk of Recurrence in Pediatric Pilocytic Astrocytomas Independently From KIAA1549-BRAF Fusion Status.

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    Roth, Jacquelyn J; Fierst, Tamara M; Waanders, Angela J; Yimei, Li; Biegel, Jaclyn A; Santi, Mariarita

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    The most frequent genetic alteration identified in pediatric pilocytic astrocytomas and pilomyxoid variant is theKIAA1549-BRAFfusion, which typically results from a 2.0 Mb tandem duplication in chromosome band 7q34. Less frequent abnormalities include fusion genes,BRAF, FGFR, KRAS, andNF1point mutations, and whole chromosome gains. To correlate genetic alterations with clinical course data, we retrospectively analyzed the tumors with pilocytic and pilomyxoid histology of a cohort of 116 pediatric patients, aged 5 months to 23 years. Gross total resection was associated with a decreased risk of recurrence (p = 0.001), supporting previous findings that complete tumor excision correlates with long-term and disease-free survival. We found no significant association between recurrence rate and the presence of theKIAA1549-BRAFfusion orBRAFmutation (p = 0.167). Interestingly, gain of whole chromosome 7 (WC7) was associated with a 4.7-fold increased risk of tumor recurrence, even after adjusting for surgical status (p = 0.025), and other genetic alterations. Using fluorescence in situ hybridization, we demonstrated that when WC7 gain accompanies theKIAA1549-BRAFfusion, the fusion likely arises first. This study highlights the utility of genetic studies for risk assessment of pilocytic and pilomyxoid astrocytomas, which may impact treatment selections. PMID:26945035

  14. BRAIN ASTROCYTOMAS : A STUDY OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL FINDINGS, TREATMENT RESULTS AND PROGNOSTIC FACTORS IN TEHRAN CANCER INSTITUTE'S RADIOTHERAPY PATIENTS

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    1999-08-01

    Full Text Available - Astrocytomas, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, arc the most common brain tumors. Post-operative radiotherapy plays an important rote in their treatment. Records of all patients with a pathologic diagnosis of astrocytoma referred for radiotherapy from 1987-1992 were reviewed and prognostic factors with regard to recurrences were analyzed."nDuring the study period, 162 astrocytoma patients were treated by radiation in our department. Malc-to~fcmalc ratio was 1.4:1. Tlic disease was most prevalent in the 3rd ami 4th decades of life. Most tumors were in cerebral hemispheres and grade IV. In nearly all patients only CT scan had been used for diagnosis, and total resection had been performed."nRadiation dose was mostly 5,000-5,500 cGy by standard fractionation. Follotv-up was available for 91 patients, and in these patients CCNU (tomustine chemotherapy was prescribed for high-grade tumors. Tltrec-year local control was 77% . Grade, extent of surgery, and use of CCNU were statistically significant as prognostic factors. Also 4 GBM long-term survivors were found. Treatment of brain astrocytomas by radiation in our department was concluded to he reasonably successful.

  15. Errantum: Treatment of human astrocytoma U87 cells with silicon dioxide nanoparticles lowers their survival and alters their expression of mitochondrial and cell signaling proteins

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    Lai JCK

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    Full Text Available Lai JCK, Ananthakrishnan G, Jandhyam S, et al. Treatment of human astrocytoma U87 cells with silicon dioxide nanoparticles lowers their survival and alters their expression of mitochondrial and cell signaling proteins. Int J Nanomedicine. 2010;5:715–723.The wrong image was used in Figure 5 on page 719.

  16. Diffuse astrocytomaの疾患概念と病理学的鑑別診断(<特集>Diffuse astrocytoma grade 2の治療)

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    中里, 洋一; 金城, 佐和子; 田中, 優子

    2008-01-01

    Diffuse astrocytoma(DA)は,頻度の高いlow grade gliomaである.増殖は緩徐であるが,強い浸潤性格を持つため治療は困難である.組織学的には3亜型に分類され,その中ではfibrillary astrocytomaの頻度が高い.Pilocytic astrocytoma,anaplastic astrocytoma,oligoastrocytomaおよびoligodendroliomaとの鑑別を要する.鑑別にあたっては,臨床所見,画像所見,病理組織学的所見,免疫組織化学的所見などを総合して判断することが求められる.DAとoligoastrocytoma,oligodendrogliomaは一連のスペクトラムをなす腫瘍であり,共通の母細胞からの発生が強く示唆される.このような観点から,DAは病理学的にも境界の不明瞭な腫瘍であるということができる.Diffuse astrocytoma (DA) is the most common tumor among the low grade gliomas. This tumor grows slowly an...

  17. [Stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery in treatment of patients with deep-seated pilocytic astrocytomas].

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    Trunin, Iu Iu; Golanov, A V; Konovalov, A N; Shishkina, L V; Gorlachev, G E; Gorelyshev, S K; Pronin, I N; Khukhlaeva, E A; Serova, N K; Korshunov, A G; Melikian, A G; Ryzhova, M V; Kadyrov, Sh U; Sorokin, V S; Mazerkina, N A; Mariashev, S A; Il'ialov, S R; Kostiuchenko, V V

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    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is a low-grade glial tumor (WHO grade I) with predominant occurrence in pediatric patients. According to many authors, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and radiotherapy (SRT) promote long-term remission or retardation of tumor progression in patients with in inoperable lesions after incomplete resection or recurrence. Therefore it is essential to determine the role of SRS and SRT in complex management of patients with deep-seated PA. Since April 2005 till May 2010 101 patient with intracranial PA was treated in department for radiation therapy of Burdenko Neurosurgical Institute. The series consisted of 70 pediatric patients (below 17 years inclusively) and 31 adults, of them--51 male and 50 female patients. Mean age was 15.1 years (9.8 years in children and 28.7 in adults). In 90 patients (89.2%) tumors were previously histologically verified (tumor resection in 83 cases and biopsy in 7). In 11 (10.8%) patients diagnosis of PA was based on clinical and neurovisualization data. In most cases SRT (66 (66.3%) patients) was preformed, the rest 35 (34.7%) patients were treated by SRS. Median follow-up from the onset of disease reached 52 months (2-228 months). Catamnestic data were available in 88 (87%) patients. By the end of catamnestic follow-up (December 2010) 87 (98.8%) patients treated by SRS and SRT were alive. Median follow-up from the start of radiation treatment was 22.7 months (6-60 months). Progression of tumor was observed in 20 patients (22.7%), in 18 of them due to cyst growth. 18 patients were reoperated. In 12 operated patients histological examination and its comparative analysis were performed. We found that alterations in the tumor tissue, accompanied by regression of solid component and progression of cystic portion, represent reactive-degenerative changes in the tumor as a consequence of radiation-induced pathomorphism. SRS and STR are effective techniques for treatment of patients with primary and recurrent PA despite

  18. CT and MR findings in pilocytic astrocytomas; Computertomographische und magnetresonanztomographische Befunde des pilozytischen Astrozytoms

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    Huber, G. [Universitaet des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie; Glas, B. [Universitaet des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie; Hermes, M. [Universitaet des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Abt. fuer Neuroradiologie

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    Purpose: In a retrospective study we examined the predilection sites, the CT and MR morphology and the contrast behaviour of intracranial pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) in a large number of patients. Material and methods: The study consists of 47 patients (18 male, 29 female, mean age 10.1 years) with histologically proven PA. Results: The chief predilection site turned out to be the hypothalamic region (15/47=32%). The other regions involved were (in descending order): Brain hemispheres 8/47=17%; cerebellar vermis 7/47=15%, cerebellar hemispheres; thalamic nuclei and pontomedullar region 4/47=8.5% each; pineal gland 2/47=4%; pons, lamina tecti and optic fascicle 1/47=2% each. The PA presented 24/47=51% cysts; 7/47=15% calcifications; 2/47=4% necrosis and 1/47=2% perifocal oedema. In three cases (3/47=6%) CT and MRI showed no contrast enhancement. Conclusion: PA appear in almost all brain regions but there is a clear preference of the hypothalamic region. PA of the hypothalamic region are a special subgroup. They are often associated with neurofibromatosis 1, tend to infiltrate surrounding structures, and to dissiminate into the intracranial and spinal subarachnoid space. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Retrospectiv sollen an einem groesseren Patientenklientel Praedilektionsorte, CT- und MR-Morphologie sowie das Kontrastmittelverhalten intrakranieller pilozytischer Astrozytome untersucht werden. Material und Methode: Die Studie stuetzt sich auf die CT- und MR-Befunde von 47 Patienten (18 m, 27 w) mit einem mittleren Alter von 10,1 Jahren, bei denen jeweils ein pilozytisches Astrozytom histologisch gesichert war. Ergebnisse: Als eindeutiger Praedilektionsort erwies sich die Hypothalamusregion (15/47=32%). Die Grosshirnhemisphaeren waren 8mal (8/47=17%), der Kleinhirnwurm 7mal (7/47=15%), die Kleinhirnhemisphaeren, das Thalamuskerngebiet und die pontomedullaere Region je 4mal (4/47=8,5%), die Glandula pinealis zweimal (2/47=4%), der Pons, die Lamina tecti und der Fasciculus

  19. miR-106a-5p inhibits the proliferation and migration of astrocytoma cells and promotes apoptosis by targeting FASTK.

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    Feng Zhi

    Full Text Available Astrocytomas are common malignant intracranial tumors that comprise the majority of adult primary central nervous system tumors. MicroRNAs (miRNAs are small, non-coding RNAs (20-24 nucleotides that post-transcriptionally modulate gene expression by negatively regulating the stability or translational efficiency of their target mRNAs. In our previous studies, we found that the downregulation of miR-106a-5p in astrocytomas is associated with poor prognosis. However, its specific gene target(s and underlying functional mechanism(s in astrocytomas remain unclear. In this study, we used mRNA microarray experiments to measure global mRNA expression in the presence of increased or decreased miR-106a-5p levels. We then performed bioinformatics analysis based on multiple target prediction algorithms to obtain candidate target genes that were further validated by computational predictions, western blot analysis, quantitative real-time PCR, and the luciferase reporter assay. Fas-activated serine/threonine kinase (FASTK was identified as a direct target of miR-106a-5p. In human astrocytomas, miR-106a-5p is downregulated and negatively associated with clinical staging, whereas FASTK is upregulated and positively associated with advanced clinical stages, at both the protein and mRNA levels. Furthermore, Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed that the reduced expression of miR-106a-5p or the increased expression of FASTK is significantly associated with poor survival outcome. These results further supported the finding that FASTK is a direct target gene of miR-106a-5p. Next, we explored the function of miR-106a-5p and FASTK during astrocytoma progression. Through gain-of-function and loss-of-function studies, we demonstrated that miR-106a-5p can significantly inhibit cell proliferation and migration and can promote cell apoptosis in vitro. The knockdown of FASTK induced similar effects on astrocytoma cells as those induced by the overexpression of miR-106a-5p. These

  20. p27kip1在星形细胞瘤中表达的意义%Significance of p27kip1 expression in astrocytoma

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    郭艳琳; 李士瑛; 梁晓燕; 张乃珍

    2001-01-01

    Objective To examine the expression of p27kip1 in astrocytoma and to investigate the effect in the occurrence and devel-opment of astrocytoma. Method p27kipl expression was determined by immunohistochemistry S-P technique in 59 patients with as-trocytoma. Results p27kipl expression was present in 30/39(76.9% )benign astrocytoma(grade Ⅰ, grade Ⅱ )higher than in 10/20(50.0 % )malignant astrocytoma(grade Ⅲ, grade Ⅳ)(P〈 0.05). p27kipl expression level showed a negative correlation with thehistopathological grading( r = - 0. 487, P<0.000 1). Conclusion As an inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase, p27kip1 plays a veryimportant role in the occurrence and development of astrocytoma, and it may be used as a supplementary differentiation diagnosticmarker between benign and malignant astrocytoma.%目的检测p27kipl在星形细胞瘤中的表达并探讨其在星形细胞瘤发生、发展中的作用。方法采用免疫组化S-P法检测了59例星形细胞瘤的表达。结果 p27kipl在星形细胞瘤良性组(I级、Ⅱ级)表达阳性率76.9%(30/39)高于恶性组(Ⅲ级、Ⅳ级)50.0%(10/20)(P<0.05)。p27kipl表达水平与星形细胞瘤分级呈负相关(r=-0.487,P<0.000 1)。结论细胞周期蛋白依赖性激酶抑制剂p27kipl在星形细胞瘤发生、发展中起重要作用;p27kip1可作为良恶性星形细胞瘤辅助鉴别诊断标记物。

  1. 磁敏感成像在脑星形细胞瘤分级中的价值%The Value of Susceptibility-weighted Imaging in Evaluating the Histopathologic Grade of Cerebral Astrocytomas

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    易自生; 刘一平; 郭文彬; 吴剑飞; 李华良

    2009-01-01

    Purpose:To investigate the value of susceptibility-weighted imaging(SWI)in evaluating the histopathologic grade of cerebral astrocytomas.Materials and Methods: 18 patients with histologically proven cerebral astrocytomas,including 7 diffuse astrocytomas,3 ana-plastic astrocytomas and 8 glioblastomas before treatment were involved in this study.The features on SWI were analyzed in 18 cerebral astrocytomas.Results: The veins in the tumors were not detected in 7 diffuse astrocytomas.Slight edema round tumors appeared in all the diffuse astrocytomas.Plenty veins in the tumors and severe edema round the tumors appeared in 3 anaplastic astrocytomas and 8 glioblastomas.The hemorrhagic foci were detected in 1 anaplastic astrocytomas and 6 glioblastomas.The edema round the tumors were moderate or severe in all the anaplastic astrocytomas or glioblastomas.Conclusions: Susceptibility-weighted imaging can provide the informations about blood supply,hemorrhagic focus and edema round the tumors.SWI is very useful for preoperative evaluation of the histopathologic grade of cerebral astrocytomas,especially for evaluation of high or low grade astrocytomas.%目的:探讨磁敏感成像(SWI)在脑星形细胞瘤分级中的价值.材料和方法:分析18例经病理证实的脑星形细胞瘤,低级别弥漫性星形细胞瘤7例、间变性星形细胞瘤级3例和多形性胶质母细胞瘤级8例的SWI特点.结果:7例低级别弥漫性星形细胞瘤均未见瘤内静脉血管影,肿瘤周围均轻度水肿.3例间变性星形细胞瘤与8例多形性胶质母细胞瘤内均见丰富静脉血管影.1例间变性星形细胞瘤和6例多形性胶质母细胞瘤内均见出血灶,所有间变性星形细胞瘤与多形性胶质母细胞瘤瘤周中至重度水肿.结论:磁敏感成像能提供瘤内出血、瘤周水肿及瘤体血供等特点,对星形细胞瘤分级尤其是高、低级别的判断有重要价值.

  2. Effects of monotherapy versus combination therapy on overall and disease-free survival in high-grade astrocytoma

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: The standard treatment for high-grade astrocytoma (grades 3 and 4 is surgery followed by radiotherapy (post-op RT. Adjuvant chemotherapy increases disease-free survival (DFS and overall survival (OS. There are several drugs used for this purpose, each of which have shown benefits and shortcomings. The superiority of combination therapies such as PVC (procarbazine, CCNU and vincristine over single agents such as BCNU (carmustine and CCNU (lumostin has not been definitively established. Single agent CCNU could be a very convenient treatment, as it only involves oral prescription every six weeks. Thus, in this study, we compare CCNU alone with PCV to establish any potential superiority with regard to DFS and OS."nMethods: From 2003-2006, patients with high-grade astrocytoma who had undergone surgery and radiotherapy in the Cancer Institute of Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran, Iran, were randomized to CCNU alone or PCV. Chemotherapy was repeated every six weeks for six cycles. Six weeks after the end of sixth cycle, a CT scan was performed. New neurologic signs and symptoms or increases in the previous signs and symptoms and/or new masses in imaging and/or growth of the residual tumor (> 25% and/or enhancement of any inactive mass from the previous imaging was considered a recurrence. DFS was considered to be the duration from the end of RT to the date of recurrence or last follow-up. OS was taken as the duration from the end of RT to date of death or last follow-up."nResults: After informed consent, of the 70 patients included in this study, 38 were treated with PCV and 32 were treated with CCNU. The mean age was 44 years, ranging from 16 to 78 years, and 51 of the patients were male. Nineteen patients had grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma and 51 patients had grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme. There were no significant differences with regard to patient age, gender and pathology between the CCNU and PCV groups. DFS and OS were 26 and 27 months

  3. Identification and characterization of estrogen receptor-related receptor alpha and gamma in human glioma and astrocytoma cells.

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    Gandhari, Mukesh K; Frazier, Chester R; Hartenstein, Julia S; Cloix, Jean-Francois; Bernier, Michel; Wainer, Irving W

    2010-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine expression and function of estrogen receptor-related receptors (ERRs) in human glioma and astrocytoma cell lines. These estrogen receptor-negative cell lines expressed ERRalpha and ERRgamma proteins to varying degree in a cell context dependent manner, with U87MG glioma cells expressing both orphan nuclear receptors. Cell proliferation assays were performed in the presence of ERR isoform-specific agonists and antagonists, and the calculated EC(50) and IC(50) values were consistent with previous reported values determined in other types of cancer cell lines. Induction of luciferase expression under the control of ERR isoform-specific promoters was also observed in these cells. These results indicate that ERRalpha and ERRgamma are differentially expressed in these tumor cell lines and likely contribute to agonist-dependent ERR transcriptional activity. PMID:19822186

  4. Spontaneous Involution of a Non-Optic Astrocytoma in Neurofibromatosis Type I: Serial Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation

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    Cakirer, S. [Istanbul Sisli Etfal Hospital (Turkey). Dept. of Radiology; Karaarslan, E. [VKV American Hospital, Istanbul (Turkey). Dept. of Radiology

    2004-10-01

    A patient with neurofibromatosis type I (NF1) was followed-up with serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies over a period of 6 years. A contrast-enhancing lesion of the internal capsule, histologically proven to be pilocytic astrocytoma through stereotactic brain biopsy with mass effect and associated edema, was detected to reveal spontaneous involution on follow-up MRI studies. Although spontaneous regression of gliomas of the optic pathway-hypothalamus in patients with NF1 is relatively common in the literature, spontaneous involution of non-optic (i.e. areas other than optic pathways and hypothalamus) gliomas is rarely reported. Conservative management with follow-up MRI studies should be considered for non-optic glial tumors and tumor-like masses in patients with NF1, and surgical treatment should not be considered unless the lesions exhibit a rapid or unrelenting growth on serial MRI studies or produce significant clinical deterioration.

  5. Biphasic response of a tecto-mesencephalic pilocytic astrocytoma after Gamma Knife surgery--A case report.

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    Tuleasca, C; Negretti, L; Magaddino, V; Maeder, P; Lhermitte, B; Borruat, F-X; Levivier, M

    2015-08-01

    Biphasic response (shrinkage-regrowth-shrinkage) of tumors has never previously been reported in the postoperative course, neither after microsurgery, nor after Gamma Knife surgery (GKS). We present the case of an adult with dorsal midbrain syndrome resulting from a pilocytic astrocytoma centered on the mesencephalic tectum. The tumor extended to the third ventricle and the thalamus. Initially, due to tumor growth, a biopsy was performed and histology established. Later, a ventriculocisternostomy for obstructive hydrocephalus was performed. Finally, GKS was performed, as the tumor continued to grow. After GKS, the lesion exhibited a biphasic response, with a major shrinkage at 3 months, regrowth within the target volume at 6 and 9 months and a second phase of important shrinkage at 12 months, which persisted for the next two years. The possible mechanisms for this particular response pattern are discussed. PMID:26072229

  6. Spontaneous Involution of a Non-Optic Astrocytoma in Neurofibromatosis Type I: Serial Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation

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    A patient with neurofibromatosis type I (NF1) was followed-up with serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies over a period of 6 years. A contrast-enhancing lesion of the internal capsule, histologically proven to be pilocytic astrocytoma through stereotactic brain biopsy with mass effect and associated edema, was detected to reveal spontaneous involution on follow-up MRI studies. Although spontaneous regression of gliomas of the optic pathway-hypothalamus in patients with NF1 is relatively common in the literature, spontaneous involution of non-optic (i.e. areas other than optic pathways and hypothalamus) gliomas is rarely reported. Conservative management with follow-up MRI studies should be considered for non-optic glial tumors and tumor-like masses in patients with NF1, and surgical treatment should not be considered unless the lesions exhibit a rapid or unrelenting growth on serial MRI studies or produce significant clinical deterioration

  7. Expression of Livin, Survivin and Caspase-3 in human brain astrocytoma%Livin、Survivin和Caspase-3在星形细胞瘤中的表达

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    赵树鹏; 靳彩玲; 赵新利; 周文科

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨Livin、Survivin和Caspase-3在星形细胞瘤中的表达.方法 采用免疫组织化学法检测50例星形细胞瘤标本及10例正常脑组织中Livin、Survivin和Caspase-3的表达,分析Livin、Survivin的表达与Caspase-3表达的关系.结果 Caspase-3在正常脑组织中的阳性表达率显著高于在星形细胞瘤(P<0.05),且在Ⅰ~Ⅱ级星形细胞瘤中的阳性表达率高于Ⅲ~Ⅳ级(P<0.05).Livin和Survivin在星形细胞瘤中的阳性表达率显著高于正常脑组织(P<0.05),且在Ⅲ~Ⅳ级星形细胞瘤中的阳性表达率明显高于Ⅰ~Ⅱ级(P<0.05).星形细胞瘤中Livin和Survivin 的表达与Caspase-3蛋白的表达均呈负相关(r分别为-0.520和-0.360,P<0.05).结论 Livin、Survivin和Caspase-3的表达可能与星形细胞瘤的发生及发展有关.%Objective To explore the expression of Livin, Survivin and Caspase-3 in human brain astrocytoma. Methods The expressions of Livin, Survivin and Caspase-3 in fifty astrocytomas and ten normal brain tissues were detected with immunohistochemical method,and the relationships of Caspase-3 with Livin,Survivin were analyzed. Results The positive rate of Caspase-3 in normal tissue was significantly higher than that in human brain astrocytoma (P <0. 05) ,it was higher in gradeⅠand II than in grade Ⅲ and Ⅳ(P <0. 05) . The positive rates of Livin and Survivin in human brain astrocytoma were significantly higher than those in normal brain tissue(P <0. 05) ,and they were higher in grade Ⅲ and IV than in grade I andII (P <0. 05) . The expressions of Livin and Survivin were negatively correlated with those of Caspase-3 in human brain astro-cytoma( r = - 0.520,r = - 0.360 ,P < 0.05). Conclusion Livin,Survivin and Caspase-3 may play an important role in incidence and development of human brain astrocytoma.

  8. Pre-Surgical Integration of fMRI and DTI of the Sensorimotor System in Transcortical Resection of a High-Grade Insular Astrocytoma.

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    Ekstrand, Chelsea L; Mickleborough, Marla J S; Fourney, Daryl R; Gould, Layla A; Lorentz, Eric J; Ellchuk, Tasha; Borowsky, Ron W

    2016-01-01

    Herein we report on a patient with a WHO Grade III astrocytoma in the right insular region in close proximity to the internal capsule who underwent a right frontotemporal craniotomy. Total gross resection of insular gliomas remains surgically challenging based on the possibility of damage to the corticospinal tracts. However, maximizing the extent of resection has been shown to decrease future adverse outcomes. Thus, the goal of such surgeries should focus on maximizing extent of resection while minimizing possible adverse outcomes. In this case, pre-surgical planning included integration of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), to localize motor and sensory pathways. Novel fMRI tasks were individually developed for the patient to maximize both somatosensory and motor activation simultaneously in areas in close proximity to the tumor. Information obtained was used to optimize resection trajectory and extent, facilitating gross total resection of the astrocytoma. Across all three motor-sensory tasks administered, fMRI revealed an area of interest just superior and lateral to the astrocytoma. Further, DTI analyses showed displacement of the corona radiata around the superior dorsal surface of the astrocytoma, extending in the direction of the activation found using fMRI. Taking into account these results, a transcortical superior temporal gyrus surgical approach was chosen in order to avoid the area of interest identified by fMRI and DTI. Total gross resection was achieved and minor post-surgical motor and sensory deficits were temporary. This case highlights the utility of comprehensive pre-surgical planning, including fMRI and DTI, to maximize surgical outcomes on a case-by-case basis. PMID:27013996

  9. Addition of magnetic resonance imaging to computed tomography-based three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy planning for postoperative treatment of astrocytomas: Changes in tumor volume and isocenter shift

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    Puneet Kumar Bagri

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Postoperative radiotherapy is the current gold standard treatment in astrocytomas. Computed tomography (CT-based radiotherapy planning leads to either missing of the tumor volume or underdosing. The aim of this prospective study was to study the changes in tumor volume on addition of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI to CT-based three-dimensional radiotherapy treatment planning of astrocytomas. Materials and Methods: Twenty-five consecutive patients of astrocytoma (WHO grades I-IV for postoperative three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy were included in this prospective study. Postoperative tumor volumes were contoured on CT-based images and recontoured on CT-MRI images after automated MRI co-registration on treatment planning system Eclipse 8.9.15 as per ICRU-50 report. Tumor volumes were compared with each other. Result: The MRI-based mean and median tumor volume was 24.24 cc ± 13.489 and 18.72 cc (range 5.6-46.48 cc, respectively, while for CT it was 19.4 cc ± 11.218 and 16.24 cc (range: 5.1-38.72 cc, respectively. The mean and median isocenter shift between CT and MRI was 4.05 mm and 4.39 mm (range 0.92-6.32 mm, respectively. There is a linear relationship between MRI and CT volume with a good correlation coefficient of R2 = 0.989, and MRI-based tumor volume was 1.208 times as compared to CT volume. Statistical analysis using paired sample t-test for the difference in CT and MRI tumor volume was highly significant (P < 0.001. Conclusion: Addition of MRI to the CT-based three-dimensional radiation treatment planning reduces the chances of geographical miss or tumor under dosing. Thus, MRI should be an integral part of three-dimensional planning of astrocytomas.

  10. Pre-surgical integration of FMRI and DTI of the sensorimotor system in transcortical resection of a high-grade insular astrocytoma

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    Chelsea eEkstrand

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Herein we report on a patient with a WHO Grade III astrocytoma in the right insular region in close proximity to the internal capsule who underwent a right frontotemporal craniotomy. Total gross resection of insular gliomas remains surgically challenging based on the possibility of damage to the corticospinal tracts. However, maximizing the extent of resection has been shown to decrease future adverse outcomes. Thus, the goal of such surgeries should focus on maximizing extent of resection while minimizing possible adverse outcomes. In this case, pre-surgical planning included integration of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI, to localize motor and sensory pathways. Novel fMRI tasks were individually developed for the patient to maximize both somatosensory and motor activation simultaneously in areas in close proximity to the tumor. Information obtained was used to optimize resection trajectory and extent, facilitating gross total resection of the astrocytoma. Across all three motor-sensory tasks administered, fMRI revealed an area of interest just superior and lateral to the astrocytoma. Further, DTI analyses showed displacement of the corona radiata around the superior dorsal surface of the astrocytoma, extending in the direction of the activation found using fMRI. Taking into account these results, a transcortical superior temporal gyrus surgical approach was chosen in order to avoid the area of interest identified by fMRI and DTI. Total gross resection was achieved and minor post-surgical motor and sensory deficits were temporary. This case highlights the utility of comprehensive pre-surgical planning, including fMRI and DTI, to maximize surgical outcomes on a case-by-case basis.

  11. Patterns of failure following 3-D conformal dose escalation radiotherapy for high grade astrocytomas - a quantitative dosimetric study

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    Purpose: It is well known that the predominate pattern of failure of high grade astrocytomas is local recurrence. Using 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) high dose radiation can be delivered to a more precisely defined target while sparing normal tissue. However, if smaller target volumes are used to reduce morbidity, the risk for marginal misses may increase. The purpose of this study is to analyze the patterns of failure of high grade astrocytomas following high dose 3DCRT using a novel quantitative technique to calculate the dose received by the radiographically defined recurrence. Materials and Methods: From (4(89)) to (10(95)), 71 patients with supratentorial high grade astrocytomas have been entered in a dose escalation study. All patients were treated using 3DCRT to 70 - 80 Gy in conventional daily fractionation of 1.8 - 2.0 Gy. The clinical target volumes (CTV) consisted of successive cone downs with the final CTV defined as the enhancing lesion plus 0.5 cm margin. As of (10(95)), 45 patients have radiographic evidence of disease recurrence/progression. This is defined as 25% increase in the sum of products of measurable lesion over the smallest sum observed, reappearance of any lesion which had previously disappeared, or appearance of any new lesion. Of the 45 patients, 28 have recurrent scans (CT or MRI) that can be entered into our planning system and registered onto the treatment planning scans. Once the recurrent tumors were defined, dose volume histograms (DVHs) of the recurrent tumors were generated so that the dose delivered to the recurrent tumor volume from previous irradiation could be calculated. The recurrences were divided into 3 categories: 1) in-field recurrence, if ≥95% of the recurrence volume received ≥95% of the final prescribed dose, 2) marginal recurrence, if 26% - 94% of the recurrence volume received ≥95% of the final prescribed dose, and 3) distant recurrence, if ≤25% of the recurrence volume received ≥95% of

  12. Influence of caloric restriction on constitutive expression of NF-κB in an experimental mouse astrocytoma.

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    Tiernan J Mulrooney

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Many of the current standard therapies employed for the management of primary malignant brain cancers are largely viewed as palliative, ultimately because these conventional strategies have been shown, in many instances, to decrease patient quality of life while only offering a modest increase in the length of survival. We propose that caloric restriction (CR is an alternative metabolic therapy for brain cancer management that will not only improve survival but also reduce the morbidity associated with disease. Although we have shown that CR manages tumor growth and improves survival through multiple molecular and biochemical mechanisms, little information is known about the role that CR plays in modulating inflammation in brain tumor tissue. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Phosphorylation and activation of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB results in the transactivation of many genes including those encoding cycloxygenase-2 (COX-2 and allograft inflammatory factor-1 (AIF-1, both of which are proteins that are primarily expressed by inflammatory and malignant cancer cells. COX-2 has been shown to enhance inflammation and promote tumor cell survival in both in vitro and in vivo studies. In the current report, we demonstrate that the p65 subunit of NF-κB was expressed constitutively in the CT-2A tumor compared with contra-lateral normal brain tissue, and we also show that CR reduces (i the phosphorylation and degree of transcriptional activation of the NF-κB-dependent genes COX-2 and AIF-1 in tumor tissue, as well as (ii the expression of proinflammatory markers lying downstream of NF-κB in the CT-2A malignant mouse astrocytoma, [e.g. macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2]. On the whole, our date indicate that the NF-κB inflammatory pathway is constitutively activated in the CT-2A astrocytoma and that CR targets this pathway and inflammation. CONCLUSION: CR could be effective in reducing malignant brain tumor growth in part by

  13. Differential expression of 12 histone deacetylase (HDAC) genes in astrocytomas and normal brain tissue: class II and IV are hypoexpressed in glioblastomas

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    Glioblastoma is the most lethal primary malignant brain tumor. Although considerable progress has been made in the treatment of this aggressive tumor, the clinical outcome for patients remains poor. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are recognized as promising targets for cancer treatment. In the past several years, HDAC inhibitors (HDACis) have been used as radiosensitizers in glioblastoma treatment. However, no study has demonstrated the status of global HDAC expression in gliomas and its possible correlation to the use of HDACis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare mRNA and protein levels of class I, II and IV of HDACs in low grade and high grade astrocytomas and normal brain tissue and to correlate the findings with the malignancy in astrocytomas. Forty-three microdissected patient tumor samples were evaluated. The histopathologic diagnoses were 20 low-grade gliomas (13 grade I and 7 grade II) and 23 high-grade gliomas (5 grade III and 18 glioblastomas). Eleven normal cerebral tissue samples were also analyzed (54 total samples analyzed). mRNA expression of class I, II, and IV HDACs was studied by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and normalized to the housekeeping gene β-glucuronidase. Protein levels were evaluated by western blotting. We found that mRNA levels of class II and IV HDACs were downregulated in glioblastomas compared to low-grade astrocytomas and normal brain tissue (7 in 8 genes, p < 0.05). The protein levels of class II HDAC9 were also lower in high-grade astrocytomas than in low-grade astrocytomas and normal brain tissue. Additionally, we found that histone H3 (but not histone H4) was more acetylated in glioblastomas than normal brain tissue. Our study establishes a negative correlation between HDAC gene expression and the glioma grade suggesting that class II and IV HDACs might play an important role in glioma malignancy. Evaluation of histone acetylation levels showed that histone H3 is more acetylated in

  14. Uptake of radioactive octanoate in astrocytoma cells. Basic studies for application of =11C=octanoate as a PET tracer

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    Fatty acids are taken up and metabolized in the brain. In vitro uptake experiments on astrocytoma cells were carried out to assess the potential use of =1-11C=octanoate as a positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for astroglial functions. Uptake of =1-14C=octanoate increased in a time-dependent fashion until 60 min after application. The uptake of =1-11C=octanoate showed similar results to that of =1-14C=octanoate until 10 min. As for medium pH, =1-14C=octanoate uptake increased gradually with the decrease in pH. We also examined the effects of glutamate, glucose deprivation and hypoxia on the uptake of octanoate and found that these conditions did not bring about any change in the extent of =1-14C=octanoate uptake. These results show that the octanoate uptake was not influenced by any of several pathological conditions. When the number of astrocytes increases in the area of hypoglycemia or hypoxia near a brain lesion, the amount of octanoate uptake also increases, so this indicates the possibility that 11C-octanoate will detect a brain lesion. (author)

  15. Hypoxia-induced transcription of dopamine D3 and D4 receptors in human neuroblastoma and astrocytoma cells

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Dopaminergic pathways that influence mood and behaviour are severely affected in cerebral hypoxia. In contrast, hypoxia promotes the differentiation of dopaminergic neurons. In order to clarify the hypoxic sensitivity of key dopaminergic genes, we aimed to study their transcriptional regulation in the context of neuroblastoma and astrocytoma cell lines exposed to 1% hypoxia. Results Quantitative RT-PCR assays revealed that the transcription of both type D3 and D4 postsynaptic dopamine receptors (DRD3 and DRD4 was induced several fold upon 2-day hypoxia in a cell-specific manner, while the vascular endothelial growth factor gene was activated after 3-hr incubation in hypoxia. On the other hand, mRNA levels of type 2 dopamine receptor, dopamine transporter, monoamino oxidase and catechol-O-methyltransferase were unaltered, while those of the dopamine receptor regulating factor (DRRF were decreased by hypoxia. Notably, 2-day hypoxia did not result in elevation of protein levels of DRD3 and DRD4. Conclusion In light of the relatively delayed transcriptional activation of the DRD3 and DRD4 genes, we propose that slow-reacting hypoxia sensitive transcription factors might be involved in the transactivation of DRD3 and DRD4 promoters in hypoxia.

  16. Emotional Functioning and School Contentment in Adolescent Survivors of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Infratentorial Astrocytoma, and Wilms Tumor.

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    Jóhannsdóttir, Inga M; Moum, Torbjørn; Hjermstad, Marianne J; Wesenberg, Finn; Hjorth, Lars; Schrøder, Henrik; Lähteenmäki, Päivi M; Jónmundsson, Gudmundur; Loge, Jon H

    2011-09-01

    Purpose: Cancer in childhood may disrupt normal developmental processes and cause psychosocial problems in adolescent survivors of childhood cancers (ACCSs). Previous studies report inconsistent findings. Study aims were to assess subjective well-being (SWB), psychological distress, and school contentment in survivors of three dissimilar childhood cancers. Patients and methods: Nordic patients treated for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), infratentorial astrocytoma (IA), and Wilms tumor (WT) in childhood from 1985 to 2001, aged ≥1 year at diagnosis, and aged 13-18 years at the time of study were eligible for this questionnaire-based survey that included items on SWB, psychological distress, school contentment, self-esteem, and personality traits; 65% (151/231) responded. An age-equivalent group from a Norwegian health survey (n=7910) served as controls. Results: The median age of ACCSs was 16 years; 52% were males. ACCSs reported better SWB (p=0.004) and self-esteem (pself-esteem. However, ACCSs reported higher levels of psychological distress (p=0.002), mostly attributable to general worrying. No significant differences in outcomes were found across diagnoses, and time since diagnosis did not significantly affect the results. Conclusion: The overall emotional functioning of ACCSs was good, possibly due to changes in their perception of well-being after having survived a life-threatening disease. However, they seemed more worried than their peers. This may cause an additional strain at a vulnerable period in life. PMID:23610734

  17. Integrated analysis of DNA methylation profiles and gene expression profiles to identify genes associated with pilocytic astrocytomas.

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    Zhou, Ruigang; Man, Yigang

    2016-04-01

    The present study performed an integral analysis of the gene expression and DNA methylation profile of pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs). Weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA) was also performed to examine and identify the genes correlated to PAs, to identify candidate therapeutic targets for the treatment of PAs. The DNA methylation profile and gene expression profile were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Following screening of the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and differentially methylated regions (DMRs), respectively, integrated analysis of the DEGs and DMRs was performed to detect their correlation. Subsequently, the WGCNA algorithm was applied to identify the significant modules and construct the co‑expression network associated with PAs. Furthermore, Gene Ontology enrichment analysis of the associated genes was performed using the Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery. A total number of 2,259 DEGs and 235 DMRs were screened out. Integrated analysis revealed that 30 DEGs were DMRs with prominent negative correlation (cor=‑0.82; P=0.02). Based on the DEGs, the gene co‑expression network was constructed, and nine network modules associated with PAs were identified. The functional analysis results showed that genes relevant to PAs were closely associated with cell differentiation modulation. The screened PA-associated genes were significantly different at the expression and methylation levels. These genes may be used as reliable candidate target genes for the treatment of PAs. PMID:26934913

  18. IDH1 mutation and MGMT methylation status predict survival in patients with anaplastic astrocytoma treated with temozolomide-based chemoradiotherapy.

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    Minniti, Giuseppe; Scaringi, Claudia; Arcella, Antonella; Lanzetta, Gaetano; Di Stefano, Domenica; Scarpino, Stefania; Bozzao, Alessandro; Pace, Andrea; Villani, Veronica; Salvati, Maurizio; Esposito, Vincenzo; Giangaspero, Felice; Enrici, Riccardo Maurizi

    2014-06-01

    Several molecular markers have been proposed as predictors of outcome in patients with high grade gliomas. We report a retrospective multicenter study of 97 consecutive adult patients with anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) treated with radiation therapy (RT) plus concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ) between October 2004 and March 2012. Correlations between the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) mutation and O-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) promoter methylation with survival outcomes have been analyzed. At a median follow-up time of 46 months (range 12-89 months), median and 5-year overall survival rates were 50.5 months (95 % CI, 37.8-63.2) and 38% (95 % CI, 25.7-50.7%), and median and 5-year progression-free survival rates were 36 months (95% CI, 28.5-44.0) and 22 % (95 % CI, 10-34%), respectively. IDH1 mutation and MGMT promoter methylation were present in 54 and 60% of evaluable patients, respectively. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression analysis showed that IDH1 mutation (P = 0.001), MGMT methylation (P = 0.01), age < 50 years (P = 0.02), and extent of resection (P = 0.04) were significantly associated with longer survival. Our study confirms the favorable prognostic value of IDH1 mutation and MGMT methylation in patients with AA treated with RT plus concomitant and adjuvant TMZ. The superiority of combined radiochemotherapy over other treatment modalities remains to be demonstrated. PMID:24748470

  19. Dysphasia and Phantosmia as First Presentation of Multifocal Cerebral Anaplastic Astrocytomas: Case Report and Review of the Literatures

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    Kong, Xiangyi; Wang, Yu; Liu, Shuai; Lu, Zhaohui; Wu, Huanwen; Mao, Xinxin; Cheng, Xin; Gao, Jun; Guan, Jian; Yang, Yi; Li, Yongning; Xing, Bing; Ma, Wenbin; Wang, Renzhi

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Multifocal cerebral gliomas (MCGs) represent approximately 10% of gliomas and are frequently mistaken as metastases of an unknown primary cancer site. Most MCGs are glioblastomas with <4 lesions supratentorially, and are lack of typical symptoms and special detections. Through a rare MCG case, we aim to present this rarity and emphasize the need to correctly diagnose multiple intracranial lesions using a variety of diagnostic modalities to ensure that the patient receives proper treatment. We present a case of multifocal cerebral anaplastic astrocytomas with a total of 8 lesions located in the left frontal lobe and invading the lateral ventricle, presenting with dysphasia and phantosmia. The disease course, including diagnosis and treatment, is presented and analyzed in detail. The pertinent literature is reviewed regarding this uncommon entity. After an initial impression of brain metastasis from lung cancer because of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) resemblance and history of chronic bronchitis, we were able to use positron emission tomography (PET) and excisional biopsy to get the final diagnosis. After 10 months, the patient's overall condition deteriorated and succumbed to his disease. MCGs are easy to be misdiagnosed as metastatic diseases. In addition to MRI, PET adds more biochemical and molecular information and is helpful in the differentiation. Although uncommon, if multiple lesions are present in various locations in the hemispheres, MCG should be kept in mind. PMID:25997068

  20. A fraction of neurofibromin interacts with PML bodies in the nucleus of the CCF astrocytoma cell line

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    Godin, Fabienne; Villette, Sandrine; Vallee, Beatrice; Doudeau, Michel; Morisset-Lopez, Severine [Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), UPR 4301, Universite d' Orleans et INSERM, rue Charles Sadron, 45071 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Ardourel, Maryvonne; Hevor, Tobias [Laboratoire de Neurobiologie, Universite d' Orleans, BP 6759, 45067 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Pichon, Chantal [Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), UPR 4301, Universite d' Orleans et INSERM, rue Charles Sadron, 45071 Orleans Cedex 2 (France); Benedetti, Helene, E-mail: helene.benedetti@cnrs-orleans.fr [Centre de Biophysique Moleculaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), UPR 4301, Universite d' Orleans et INSERM, rue Charles Sadron, 45071 Orleans Cedex 2 (France)

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    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We validate the use of specific anti-Nf1 antibodies for immunofluorescence studies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We detect Nf1 in the cytoplasm and nucleus of CCF cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We demonstrate that Nf1 partially colocalizes with PML nuclear bodies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We demonstrate that there is a direct interaction between a fraction of Nf1 and the PML bodies. -- Abstract: Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a common genetic disease that causes nervous system tumors, and cognitive deficits. It is due to mutations within the NF1 gene, which encodes the Nf1 protein. Nf1 has been shown to be involved in the regulation of Ras, cAMP and actin cytoskeleton dynamics. In this study, using immunofluorescence experiments, we have shown a partial nuclear localization of Nf1 in the astrocytoma cell line: CCF and we have demonstrated that Nf1 partially colocalizes with PML (promyelocytic leukemia) nuclear bodies. A direct interaction between Nf1 and the multiprotein complex has further been demonstrated using 'in situ' proximity ligation assay (PLA).

  1. Integrated analysis of DNA methylation profiles and gene expression profiles to identify genes associated with pilocytic astrocytomas

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    ZHOU, RUIGANG; MAN, YIGANG

    2016-01-01

    The present study performed an integral analysis of the gene expression and DNA methylation profile of pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs). Weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA) was also performed to examine and identify the genes correlated to PAs, to identify candidate therapeutic targets for the treatment of PAs. The DNA methylation profile and gene expression profile were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Following screening of the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and differentially methylated regions (DMRs), respectively, integrated analysis of the DEGs and DMRs was performed to detect their correlation. Subsequently, the WGCNA algorithm was applied to identify the significant modules and construct the co-expression network associated with PAs. Furthermore, Gene Ontology enrichment analysis of the associated genes was performed using the Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery. A total number of 2,259 DEGs and 235 DMRs were screened out. Integrated analysis revealed that 30 DEGs were DMRs with prominent negative correlation (cor=−0.82; P=0.02). Based on the DEGs, the gene co-expression network was constructed, and nine network modules associated with PAs were identified. The functional analysis results showed that genes relevant to PAs were closely associated with cell differentiation modulation. The screened PA-associated genes were significantly different at the expression and methylation levels. These genes may be used as reliable candidate target genes for the treatment of PAs. PMID:26934913

  2. Genetic analysis of a case of glioblastoma with oligodendroglial component arising during the progression of diffuse astrocytoma.

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    Hata, Nobuhiro; Suzuki, Satoshi O; Murata, Hideki; Hatae, Ryusuke; Akagi, Yojiro; Sangatsuda, Yuhei; Amano, Toshiyuki; Yoshimoto, Koji; Tahira, Tomoko; Mizoguchi, Masahiro

    2015-07-01

    The most recent definition of glioblastoma with oligodendroglioma component (GBMO) assigned clinical significance to the observation of oligodendroglial foci within glioblastomas. However, the pathological mechanism of its histogenesis has not yet been determined. We report the genetic analysis of a GBMO case that evolved from an astrocyte lineage. A 37-year-old male underwent a third craniotomy for the removal of recurrent lesions of a secondary glioblastoma originating from a previous diffuse astrocytoma. The lesion in the right frontal lobe contained oligodendroglial foci within a glioblastoma background, while the remaining lesions showed only classic glioblastoma histology. Genetic analyses revealed distal 10q loss of heterozygosity (LOH) occurring de novo in the oligodendroglial tissue, as well as 10p, 17p LOH, and isocitrate dehydrogenase-1 gene (IDH1) mutations inherited from the previous lesions. The final recurrent glioblastoma underwent LOH on almost the entire of chromosome 10. Based on these results, the importance of an oligodendroglial component in glioblastomas may be limited. PMID:25354913

  3. 磁共振弥散成像评价星形细胞瘤细胞密度的价值%Value of Magnetic Resonance Diffusion Weighted Imaging in Evaluating Cellular Density of Astrocytomas

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    陈军; 夏军; 周义成

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    Objective: To evaluate the value of apparent diffusion coefficients(ADC) in Magnetic Resonance diffusion weighted imaging (MR DWI) with echo-planar technique in depicting the tumor cellularity and grading of astrocytomas. Methods: Thirty-four patients with astrocytomas( 18 male, 16 female, ages from 10-73 with average of 38.41 ) were examined by MRI and proved by surgery and pathology, and the number of grade Ⅰ - Ⅱ (low-grade) and grade Ⅲ-Ⅳ (high-grade) is 26 and 8 respectively. ADC values of astrocytomas were determined on MR DWI. Cellularity of astrocytomas was analyzed with Adobe Photoshop 7. 0 software. Results: Mean ADC values of high-grade astrocytomas( 7. 34 ± 2. 95) × 10-4mm2/s were significantly different from that of lowgrade astrocytomas(13. 76 ± 3. 31 ) × 10-4 mm2/s ( t = 4. 913, P < 0. 001 ). Cellularity of high-grade astrocytomas (19. 81 ±9. 73 ) % were significantly higher than that of low-grade astrocytomas (4. 74 ± 2.96 ) % ( t = 4. 32,P =0. 003 ). ADC values of astrocytomas significantly negatively correlated with their cellularities ( r = - 0. 535, P =0. 001 ). Conclusion: The cellularities of astrocytomas contribute very much to ADC values in MR DWI. MR DWI is very valuable in predicting and evaluating the cellularity of astrocytomas. MR DWI might have a potential in predicting the degree of astrocytomas.%目的:运用磁共振弥散加权成像技术(MRDWI)评估近似弥散系数(ADC)在星形细胞瘤的细胞密度和病理分级中的作用.方法:术前进行MRI和MR DWI检查且经手术病理证实的34例星形细胞瘤患者,其中Ⅰ~Ⅱ级(低级别)26例,Ⅲ~Ⅳ级(高级别)8例.在MRI上计算瘤体的ADC值,运用Adobe Photoshop 7.0软件分析星形细胞瘤的细胞密度,用SPSS 10.0软件对资料进行处理.结果:高级别星形细胞瘤的ADC为(7.34±2.95)×10-4mm2/s,低级别星形细胞瘤的ADC(13.76±3.31)×10-4mm2/s,两者之间差异有显著性(t=4.913,P<0.001);高级别星形

  4. Patterns of failure following high-dose 3-D conformal radiotherapy for high-grade astrocytomas: a quantitative dosimetric study

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    Purpose: To analyze the failure patterns for patients with high-grade astrocytomas treated with high-dose conformal radiotherapy (CRT) using a quantitative technique to calculate the dose received by the CT- or MR-defined recurrence volume and to assess whether the final target volume margin used in the present dose escalation study requires redefinition before further escalation. Methods and Materials: Between 4/89 and 10/95, 71 patients with high-grade supratentorial astrocytomas were entered in a phase I/II dose escalation study using 3-D treatment planning and conformal radiotherapy. All patients were treated to either 70 or 80 Gy in conventional daily fractions of 1.8-2.0 Gy. The clinical and planning target volumes (CTV, PTV) consisted of successively smaller volumes with the final PTV defined as the enhancing lesion plus 0.5 cm margin. As of 10/95, 47 patients have CT or MR evidence of disease recurrence/progression. Of the 47 patients, 36 scans obtained at the time of recurrence were entered into the 3-D radiation therapy treatment planning system. After definition of the recurrent tumor volumes, the recurrence scan dataset was registered with the pretreatment CT dataset so that the actual dose received by the recurrent tumor volumes during treatment could be accurately calculated and then analyzed dosimetrically using dose-volume histograms. Recurrences were divided into several categories: 1) 'central', in which 95% or more of the recurrent tumor volume (Vrecur) was within D95, the region treated to high dose (95% of the prescription dose); 2) ''in-field,'' in which 80% or more of Vrecur was within the D95 isodose surface; 3) ''marginal,'' when between 20 and 80% of Vrecur was inside the D95 surface; 4) 'outside', in which less than 20% of Vrecur was inside the D95 surface. Results: In 29 of 36 patients, a solitary lesion was seen on recurrence scans. Of the 29 solitary recurrences, 26 were central, 3 were marginal, and none were outside. Multiple

  5. Mammalian Target of Rapamycin Inhibitor Induced Complete Remission of a Recurrent Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma in a Patient Without Features of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

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    Appalla, Deepika; Depalma, Andres; Calderwood, Stanley

    2016-07-01

    The majority of patients with subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA) have tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). In such patients, the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor everolimus has been shown to induce responses. Isolated SEGA have been reported in patients without clinical or genetic features of TSC. The treatment of these patients with everolimus has not previously been reported. We treated a patient with a recurrent isolated SEGA with an mTOR inhibitor. The patient tolerated therapy well and had a sustained complete remission. MTOR inhibitors may be useful for the treatment of isolated SEGA. Further study is warranted. PMID:26929034

  6. Methylmercury alters glutathione homeostasis by inhibiting glutaredoxin 1 and enhancing glutathione biosynthesis in cultured human astrocytoma cells.

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    Robitaille, Stephan; Mailloux, Ryan J; Chan, Hing Man

    2016-08-10

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is a neurotoxin that binds strongly to thiol residues on protein and low molecular weight molecules like reduced glutathione (GSH). The mechanism of its effects on GSH homeostasis particularly at environmentally relevant low doses is not fully known. We hypothesized that exposure to MeHg would lead to a depletion of reduced glutathione (GSH) and an accumulation of glutathione disulfide (GSSG) leading to alterations in S-glutathionylation of proteins. Our results showed exposure to low concentrations of MeHg (1μM) did not significantly alter GSH levels but increased GSSG levels by ∼12-fold. This effect was associated with a significant increase in total cellular glutathione content and a decrease in GSH/GSSG. Immunoblot analyses revealed that proteins involved in glutathione synthesis were upregulated accounting for the increase in cellular glutathione. This was associated an increase in cellular Nrf2 protein levels which is required to induce the expression of antioxidant genes in response to cellular stress. Intriguingly, we noted that a key enzyme involved in reversing protein S-glutathionylation and maintaining glutathione homeostasis, glutaredoxin-1 (Grx1), was inhibited by ∼50%. MeHg treatment also increased the S-glutathionylation of a high molecular weight protein. This observation is consistent with the inhibition of Grx1 and elevated H2O2 production however; contrary to our original hypothesis we found few S-glutathionylated proteins in the astrocytoma cells. Collectively, MeHg affects multiple arms of glutathione homeostasis ranging from pool management to protein S-glutathionylation and Grx1 activity. PMID:27180086

  7. Differentiation of hemangioblastomas from pilocytic astrocytomas using 3-T magnetic resonance perfusion-weighted imaging and MR spectroscopy

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    She, D.J.; Xing, Z.; Zeng, Z.; Cao, D.R. [First Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Department of Radiology, Fuzhou, Fujian (China); Shang, X.Y. [University of California, San Diego, Department of Medicine and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Hemangioblastomas and pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) present similar imaging features on conventional MR imaging, making differential diagnosis a challenge. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced perfusion-weighted imaging (DSC-PWI) and proton MR spectroscopic imaging in the differentiation of hemangioblastomas and PAs. A 3.0-T MR imaging unit was used to perform DSC-PWI and conventional MR imaging on 14 patients with hemangioblastomas and 22 patients with PAs. Four patients with hemangioblastomas and 10 PA patients also underwent proton MR spectroscopy. Parameters of relative peak height (rPH) and relative percentage of signal intensity recovery (rPSR) were acquired by DSC-PWI and variables of N-acetylaspasrtate (NAA)/creatine (Cr), choline (Cho)/Cr, and lactate-lipid (Lac-Lip)/Cr by MR spectroscopy. The sensitivity, specificity, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of all analyzed parameters at respective cutoff values were determined. Higher rPH but lower rPSR values were detected in hemangioblastomas compared to PAs. The NAA/Cr ratio was significantly lower in hemangioblastomas compared with PAs. The threshold values ≥3.2 for rPH provide sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values, and negative predictive values of 85.7, 95.5, 92.3, and 91.3 %, respectively, for differentiating hemangioblastomas from PAs. The optimal threshold values were ≤0.9 for rPSR and ≤1.5 for NAA/Cr ratios in tumor. Significantly higher rPH and lower NAA/Cr were seen in patients with hemangioblastomas when compared with PA patients, suggesting that DSC-PWI and proton MR spectroscopy are helpful in the characterization and differentiation of these two types of tumors. (orig.)

  8. Screening genes crucial for pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma using weighted gene coexpression network analysis combined with methylation data analysis.

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    Zhao, H; Cai, W; Su, S; Zhi, D; Lu, J; Liu, S

    2014-10-01

    To identify novel genes associated with pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) for better understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the pediatric PA pathogenesis. Gene expression profile data of GSE50161 and GSE44971 and the methylation data of GSE44684 were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between PA and normal control samples were screened using the limma package in R, and then used to construct weighted gene coexpression network (WGCN) using the WGCN analysis (WGCNA) package in R. Significant modules of DEGs were selected using the clustering analysis. Function enrichment analysis of the DEGs in significant modules were performed using the WGCNA package and clusterprofiler package in R. Correlation between methylation sites of DEGs and PA was analyzed using the CpGassoc package in R. Totally, 3479 DEGs were screened in PA samples. Thereinto, 3424 DEGs were used to construct the WGCN. Several significant modules of DEGs were selected based on the WGCN, in which the turquoise module was positively related to PA, whereas blue module was negatively related to PA. DEGs (for example, DOCK2 (dedicator of cytokinesis 2), DOCK8 and FCGR2A (Fc fragment of IgG, low affinity IIa)) in blue module were mainly involved in Fc gamma R-mediated phagocytosis pathway and natural killer cell-mediated cytotoxicity pathway. Methylations of 14 DEGs among the top 30 genes in blue module were related to PA. Our data suggest that DOCK2, DOCK8 and FCGR2A may represent potential therapeutic targets in PA that merits further investigation. PMID:25257306

  9. Differentiation of hemangioblastomas from pilocytic astrocytomas using 3-T magnetic resonance perfusion-weighted imaging and MR spectroscopy

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    Hemangioblastomas and pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) present similar imaging features on conventional MR imaging, making differential diagnosis a challenge. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced perfusion-weighted imaging (DSC-PWI) and proton MR spectroscopic imaging in the differentiation of hemangioblastomas and PAs. A 3.0-T MR imaging unit was used to perform DSC-PWI and conventional MR imaging on 14 patients with hemangioblastomas and 22 patients with PAs. Four patients with hemangioblastomas and 10 PA patients also underwent proton MR spectroscopy. Parameters of relative peak height (rPH) and relative percentage of signal intensity recovery (rPSR) were acquired by DSC-PWI and variables of N-acetylaspasrtate (NAA)/creatine (Cr), choline (Cho)/Cr, and lactate-lipid (Lac-Lip)/Cr by MR spectroscopy. The sensitivity, specificity, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of all analyzed parameters at respective cutoff values were determined. Higher rPH but lower rPSR values were detected in hemangioblastomas compared to PAs. The NAA/Cr ratio was significantly lower in hemangioblastomas compared with PAs. The threshold values ≥3.2 for rPH provide sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values, and negative predictive values of 85.7, 95.5, 92.3, and 91.3 %, respectively, for differentiating hemangioblastomas from PAs. The optimal threshold values were ≤0.9 for rPSR and ≤1.5 for NAA/Cr ratios in tumor. Significantly higher rPH and lower NAA/Cr were seen in patients with hemangioblastomas when compared with PA patients, suggesting that DSC-PWI and proton MR spectroscopy are helpful in the characterization and differentiation of these two types of tumors. (orig.)

  10. 瘤内磁敏感信号对脑星形细胞瘤术前分级诊断的价值%The Preoprative Diagnostic Value of Intratumoral Susceptibility Signals Level in Grading Cerebral Astrocytomas

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    胡茂清; 龙晚生; 龙昉; 周红英; 吴国昌; 罗学毛; 李伟

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨瘤内磁敏感信号(ITSS)级别对脑星形细胞瘤术前分级诊断的价值.方法 分析39例经手术病理证实为脑星形细胞瘤患者的磁敏感加权成像(SWI)的影像表现,对瘤内ITSS进行分级并判断肿瘤的高、低级别,与病理结果进行对照.结果 11例低级别组星形细胞瘤中,ITSS评分0级6例,1级5例.28例高级别组星形细胞瘤中,ITSS评分1级2例,2级7例,3级19例.高低级别组星形细胞瘤的ITSS级别有统计学差异(Z=-4.986,P<0.01),ITSS级别与星形细胞瘤的病理级别呈正相关(r=0.958,P<0.01).结论 不同级别脑星形细胞瘤内ITSS级别有明显差异,ITSS级别对星形细胞瘤术前分级有重要价值.%Objective To explore the preoprative diagnostic value of intratumoral susceptibility signals(ITSS) level in grading cerebral astrocytomas.Methods The imaging findings of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) of 39 patients with pathologically confirmed cerebral astrocytomas were analyzed,scored the intratumoral ITSS level and judged the histopathologic grade of the tumor,then compared with pathological findings.Results Astrocytomas in 11 cases of low grade group,ITSS scored 0 in 6 cases,1 in 5 cases.28 cases of high grade group astrocytomas,ITSS scored 1 in 2 cases,2 in 7 cases and 3 in 19 cases.There was statistical significance in intratumoral ITSS levels between high and low grade group astrocytomas(Z=-4.986,P<0.01),there was positive correlation between the levels of intratumoral ITSS and the grade of astrocytomas(r=0.958,P<0.01).Conclusion Different grades of brain astrocytomas show significantly difference on intratumoral ITSS levels,probably be helpful for evaluation of astrocytomas grading preoperatively.

  11. 磁敏感加权成像对脑星形细胞瘤术前分级的诊断价值%The preoprative diagnostic value of susceptibility weighted imaging in grading cerebral astrocytomas

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    胡茂清; 龙晚生; 龙昉; 周红英; 吴国昌; 罗学毛; 李伟

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the preoprative diagnostic value of susceptibility weighted imaging in grading cerebral astrocytomas. Methods The imaging findings of susceptibility weighted imaging(SWI) of 39 patients with pathologically confirmed cerebral astrocytomas were analyzed, scored the intratumoral susceptibility signals(ITSS) level and judged the histopathologic grade of the tumor, then compared with pathological findings. Results Astrocytomas in 11 cases of low grade group, ITSS scored 0 in 6 cases, 1 in 5 cases. 28 cases of high grade group astrocytomas, ITSS scored 1 in 2 cases, 2 in 7 cases and 3 in 19 cases. There was statistical significance in intratumoral ITSS levels between high and low grade group astrocytomas(Z=-4.986,P<0.01), there was positive correlation between the levels of intratumoral ITSS and the grade of astrocytomas(r=0.958, P<0.01). Conclusion Different grades of brain astrocytomas show significantly difference on intratumoral ITSS levels, probably be helpful for evaluation of astrocytomas grading preoperatively.%  目的探讨磁敏感加权成像对脑星形细胞瘤术前分级诊断的价值.方法分析39例经手术病理证实为脑星形细胞瘤患者的磁敏感加权成像(SWI)的影像表现,对瘤内磁敏感信号(ITSS)级别进行分级并判断肿瘤的高、低级别,与病理结果进行对照.结果11例低级别组星形细胞瘤中,ITSS评分0级6例,1级5例.28例高级别组星形细胞瘤中,ITSS评分1级2例,2级7例,3级19例.高低级别组星形细胞瘤的ITSS级别有统计学差异(Z=-4.986,P<0.01),ITSS级别与星形细胞瘤的病理级别呈正相关(r=0.958, P<0.01).结论不同级别脑星形细胞瘤内ITSS级别有明显差异,ITSS级别对星形细胞瘤术前分级有重要价值.

  12. A low-frequency variant at 8q24.21 is strongly associated with risk of oligodendroglial tumors and astrocytomas with IDH1 or IDH2 mutation.

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    Jenkins, Robert B; Xiao, Yuanyuan; Sicotte, Hugues; Decker, Paul A; Kollmeyer, Thomas M; Hansen, Helen M; Kosel, Matthew L; Zheng, Shichun; Walsh, Kyle M; Rice, Terri; Bracci, Paige; McCoy, Lucie S; Smirnov, Ivan; Patoka, Joseph S; Hsuang, George; Wiemels, Joe L; Tihan, Tarik; Pico, Alexander R; Prados, Michael D; Chang, Susan M; Berger, Mitchel S; Caron, Alissa A; Fink, Stephanie R; Halder, Chandralekha; Rynearson, Amanda L; Fridley, Brooke L; Buckner, Jan C; O'Neill, Brian P; Giannini, Caterina; Lachance, Daniel H; Wiencke, John K; Eckel-Passow, Jeanette E; Wrensch, Margaret R

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    Variants at 8q24.21 have been shown to be associated with glioma development. By means of tag SNP genotyping and imputation, pooled next-generation sequencing using long-range PCR and subsequent validation SNP genotyping, we identified seven low-frequency SNPs at 8q24.21 that were strongly associated with glioma risk (P=1×10(-25) to 1×10(-14)). The most strongly associated SNP, rs55705857, remained highly significant after individual adjustment for the other top six SNPs and two previously published SNPs. After stratifying by histological and tumor genetic subtype, the most significant associations of rs55705857 were with oligodendroglial tumors and gliomas with mutant IDH1 or IDH2 (odds ratio (OR)=5.1, P=1.1×10(-31) and OR=4.8, P=6.6×10(-22), respectively). Strong associations were observed for astrocytomas with mutated IDH1 or IDH2 (grades 2-4) (OR=5.16-6.66, P=4.7×10(-12) to 2.2×10(-8)) but not for astrocytomas with wild-type IDH1 and IDH2 (smallest P=0.26). The conserved sequence block that includes rs55705857 is consistently modeled as a microRNA. PMID:22922872

  13. A low frequency variant at 8q24.21 is strongly associated with risk of oligodendroglial tumors and IDH1 or IDH2 mutated astrocytomas

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    Jenkins, Robert B.; Xiao, Yuanyuan; Sicotte, Hugues; Decker, Paul A.; Kollmeyer, Thomas M.; Hansen, Helen M.; Kosel, Matthew L.; Zheng, Shichun; Walsh, Kyle M.; Rice, Terri; Bracci, Paige; McCoy, Lucie S.; Smirnov, Ivan; Patoka, Joseph S.; Hsuang, George; Wiemels, Joe L.; Tihan, Tarik; Pico, Alexander R.; Prados, Michael D.; Chang, Susan M.; Berger, Mitchel S.; Caron, Alissa A.; Fink, Stephanie R.; Halder, Chandralekha; Rynearson, Amanda L.; Fridley, Brooke L.; Buckner, Jan C.; O’Neill, Brian P.; Giannini, Caterina; Lachance, Daniel H.; Wiencke, John K.; Eckel-Passow, Jeanette E.; Wrensch, Margaret R.

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    SNPs mapped to 8q24.21 have been shown to be associated with glioma development. By means of tag SNP genotyping/imputation, pooled next-generation sequencing (NGS) using long-range PCR, and subsequent validation SNP genotyping we identified seven low-frequency SNPs that were consistently and highly associated with glioma risk (p=10−25 to 10−14). The most associated SNP, rs55705857, remained highly significant after individual adjustment for the other top six and two previously published SNPs. After stratifying by histologic and tumor genetic subtype, the most significant associations were with oligodendroglial tumors and IDH1 or IDH2 mutated gliomas, (ORrs55705857 = 5.1, p=1.1x10−31 and ORrs55705857 = 4.8, p=6.6 x10−22, respectively). Strong associations were observed for IDH1 or IDH2 mutated astrocytomas (grades II–IV) (OR rs55705857=5.16–6.66; p=4.7x10−12 to 2.2x10−8), but not IDH1 or IDH2 wild-type astrocytomas (smallest p=0.26). The conserved sequence block that includes rs55705857 is consistently modeled as a microRNA. PMID:22922872

  14. SOX10 Distinguishes Pilocytic and Pilomyxoid Astrocytomas From Ependymomas but Shows No Differences in Expression Level in Ependymomas From Infants Versus Older Children or Among Molecular Subgroups.

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    Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, B K; Donson, Andrew M; Richmond, Abby M; Pekmezci, Melike; Tihan, Tarik; Foreman, Nicholas K

    2016-04-01

    SOX10 is important in nonneoplastic oligodendroglial development, but mRNA transcripts and protein expression are identified in a wider variety of CNS glial neoplasms than oligodendrogliomas. We previously demonstrated high levels of SOX10 mRNA and protein in pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) but not ependymomas (EPNs). We now extend these studies to investigate subsets of these 2 tumors that affect infants, pilomyxoid astrocytomas (PMAs) and infant (<1 year) ependymomas (iEPNs). By gene expression microarray analysis, we found that iEPNs and all EPNs in older children showed very low SOX10 expression levels, on average 7.1-fold below normal control tissues. EPN groups showed no significant difference in SOX10 expression between iEPN and EPN. PAs/PMAs had 24.1/29.4-fold higher transcript levels, respectively, than those in normal tissues. Using immunohistochemical analysis of adult, pediatric, and infantile EPNs and of PAs/PMAs, we found that EPNs from multiple anatomical locations and both age groups (n = 228) never showed 3+ diffuse nuclear immunostaining for SOX10; the majority were scored at 0 or 1+. Conversely, almost all pediatric and adult PAs and PMAs (n = 47) were scored as 3+. These results suggest that in select settings, SOX10 immunohistochemistry can supplement the diagnosis of PMA and PA and aid in distinguishing them from EPNs. PMID:26945037

  15. MRI feature analysis of intracranial pilocytic astrocytoma%颅内毛细胞星形细胞瘤的MRI特点分析

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    李白鸽; 许乙凯; 陈瑞莹

    2012-01-01

    目的 总结颅内毛细胞星形细胞瘤的MR特点.方法 回顾性分析经手术、病理证实15例毛细胞星形细胞瘤的MRI表现,MRI扫描包括平扫T1WI、T2 WI、水抑制和T1WI增强.结果 鞍区(n=5),小脑(n=4),基底节(n=3),侧脑室、脑干、四脑室各1例.在MRI上实性肿瘤(n=4)T1WI为低、等信号,T2WI为稍高、高信号,呈不均匀明显强化.囊实性肿瘤(n=11)的实性成分(包括合并壁结节的3例)T1WI呈不均匀低、稍低信号,T2WI为不均匀等、稍高、高信号,呈不均匀明显强化或不规则环形强化;囊性成分T1WI为均匀低信号,T2WI为均匀高信号,囊液可被抑制(n=7)或不被抑制(n=4),囊壁为明显、轻度强化或不强化.伴出血、钙化各1例.粘液性毛细胞星形细胞瘤1例.结论 该病多见于小脑和鞍区,实性或囊实性,可有出血、钙化;若合并周围组织侵犯、脑脊液播散,要考虑粘液性毛细胞星形细胞瘤.%Objective To summarize the magnetic resonance imaging features of pilocytic astrocytoma. Methods The MR imaging documents of fifteen patients, who were pathologically diagnosed as pilocytic astrocytoma, were analyzed retrospectively in this article. MRI scans included plain T2 WI, water suppression T2 WI, T1WI sequences and T1WI enhanced sequence. Results The tumors were located at the saddle area (n= 5), cerebellum (n=4), basal ganglia (n=3), lateral cerebral ventricle (n=1), brain stem (n=1), the fourth cerebral ventricle (n=1). In MRI finding, the solid tumors (n= 4) showed hypo-/isointensity on T, WI and isointense, slight hyperintense and hyperintense on T2 WI and enhanced obviously inhomogeneously. Eleven were solid-cystic tumors and three of them with mural nodules. The solid components showed uneven hypointense on T2 WI, inhomogeneous hyerintense on T2WI, and nonuniformly obvious enhancement or irregular ring enhancement. The cystic components showed even hypointense on T, Wl, homogeneous hyerintense on T2WI. The cystic

  16. 高分化星形细胞瘤的蛋白质组学研究%Proteomic study of well-differentiated astrocytoma

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    肖惠生; 熊光仲; 路俊仙; 梁宋平; 袁峰

    2012-01-01

    目的 研究高分化星形细胞瘤差异蛋白质表达,为星形细胞瘤的治疗及预后的判断提供依据.方法 取经病理证实的29例正常脑组织及36例高分化的星形细胞瘤(KernohanⅡ级),经蛋白电泳、染色,采用PDQUEST和2-DE分析系统软件进行分析.以MALDI-TFO质谱或MALDI-TOF/TOF串联质谱技术结合数据库检索对蛋白质进行鉴定.结果 通过双向电泳得到正常脑组织和高分化星形细胞瘤标本的双向凝胶电泳图谱;生物质谱技术鉴定了24个差异蛋白质点,与正常脑组织相比,高分化星形细胞瘤有9个蛋白质下调,15个蛋白质上调.结论 以蛋白质组学技术鉴定了正常脑组织和高分化星形细胞瘤的差异蛋白质,其中部分蛋白质有助于深入研究星形细胞瘤的发生、发展机制并对进一步发现肿瘤标记物及治疗靶点有重要的参考价值.%Objective To study the differential proteins of well-differentiated astrocytoma and identify tumor-associated protein markers for diagnosis and prognosis. Methods The specimen of normal brain tissue (29 cases) and well-differentiated astrocytoma (36 cases, Kemohan Ⅱ) identified by pathological method were electrophoresed and dyed, and then were analyzed by PDQUEST and two-dimentional electrophoresig(2-DE) softwares. The proteins were identified by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry or MALDI-TOF/ TOF tandem mass spectrometry. Results We obtained 2-DE gel atlas of normal brain and well-differentiated astrocytoma by 2-DE and 24 prominent different proteins spots by mass spectrometry. Compared with normal brain tissue, 9 down-regulated and IS up-regulated proteins were found in astrocytoma. Conclusion We have got different proteins from normal brain and well-differentiated astrocytoma by proteomics. Some proteins are useful for discovering the molecular mechanisms of genesis development and helpful to find the markers of tumor and treatment target.

  17. Superoxide anion radical (O2(-)) degrades methylmercury to inorganic mercury in human astrocytoma cell line (CCF-STTG1).

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    Mailloux, Ryan J; Yumvihoze, Emmanuel; Chan, Hing Man

    2015-09-01

    Methylmercury (MeHg) is a global pollutant that is affecting the health of millions of people worldwide. However, the mechanism of MeHg toxicity still remains somewhat elusive and there is no treatment. It has been known for some time that MeHg can be progressively converted to inorganic mercury (iHg) in various tissues including the brain. Recent work has suggested that cleavage of the carbon-metal bond in MeHg in a biological environment is facilitated by reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, the oxyradical species that actually mediates this process has not been identified. Here, we provide evidence that superoxide anion radical (O2(-)) can convert MeHg to iHg. The calculated second-order rate constant for the degradation of 1μM MeHg by O2(-) generated by xanthine/xanthine oxidase was calculated to be 2×10(5)M(-1)s(-1). We were also able to show that this bioconversion can proceed in intact CCF-STTG1 human astrocytoma cells exposed to paraquat (PQ), a O2(-) generating viologen. Notably, exposure of cells to increasing amounts of PQ led to a dose dependent increase in both MeHg and iHg. Indeed, a 24h exposure to 500μM PQ induced a ∼13-fold and ∼18-fold increase in intracellular MeHg and iHg respectively. These effects were inhibited by superoxide dismutase mimetic MnTBAP. In addition, we also observed that a 24h exposure to a biologically relevant concentration of MeHg (1μM) did not induce cell death, oxidative stress, or even changes in cellular O2(-) and H2O2. However, co-exposure to PQ enhanced MeHg toxicity which was associated with a robust increase in cell death and oxidative stress. Collectively our results show that O2(-) can bioconvert MeHg to iHg in vitro and in intact cells exposed to conditions that simulate high intracellular O2(-) production. In addition, we show for the first time that O2(-) mediated degradation of MeHg to iHg enhances the toxicity of MeHg by facilitating an accumulation of both MeHg and iHg in the intracellular

  18. Caveolin-1 Regulates the P2Y2 Receptor Signaling in Human 1321N1 Astrocytoma Cells.

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    Martinez, Namyr A; Ayala, Alondra M; Martinez, Magdiel; Martinez-Rivera, Freddyson J; Miranda, Jorge D; Silva, Walter I

    2016-06-01

    Damage to the CNS can cause a differential spatio-temporal release of multiple factors, such as nucleotides, ATP and UTP. The latter interact with neuronal and glial nucleotide receptors. The P2Y2 nucleotide receptor (P2Y2R) has gained prominence as a modulator of gliotic responses after CNS injury. Still, the molecular mechanisms underlying these responses in glia are not fully understood. Membrane-raft microdomains, such as caveolae, and their constituent caveolins, modulate receptor signaling in astrocytes; yet, their role in P2Y2R signaling has not been adequately explored. Hence, this study evaluated the role of caveolin-1 (Cav-1) in modulating P2Y2R subcellular distribution and signaling in human 1321N1 astrocytoma cells. Recombinant hP2Y2R expressed in 1321N1 cells and Cav-1 were found to co-fractionate in light-density membrane-raft fractions, co-localize via confocal microscopy, and co-immunoprecipitate. Raft localization was dependent on ATP stimulation and Cav-1 expression. This hP2Y2R/Cav-1 distribution and interaction was confirmed with various cell model systems differing in the expression of both P2Y2R and Cav-1, and shRNA knockdown of Cav-1 expression. Furthermore, shRNA knockdown of Cav-1 expression decreased nucleotide-induced increases in the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in 1321N1 and C6 glioma cells without altering TRAP-6 and carbachol Ca(2+) responses. In addition, Cav-1 shRNA knockdown also decreased AKT phosphorylation and altered the kinetics of ERK1/2 activation in 1321N1 cells. Our findings strongly suggest that P2Y2R interaction with Cav-1 in membrane-raft caveolae of 1321N1 cells modulates receptor coupling to its downstream signaling machinery. Thus, P2Y2R/Cav-1 interactions represent a novel target for controlling P2Y2R function after CNS injury. PMID:27129210

  19. Expression and clinical sionificance of IL-13Rα2, VEGF and PTEN in astrocytoma%IL-13Rα2、VEGF和PTEN在星形细胞瘤中的表达及临床意义

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    涂明; 郑伟明; 李建敏; 黄卡特

    2012-01-01

    目的:测定白细胞介素13受体α2 (IL-13R α2)、血管内皮生长因子(VEGF)和PTEN在星形细胞瘸中的表达,探讨三者与星形细胞瘸的临床病理学特征及生物学行为的关系,对预后进行评估.方法:采用免疫组化法对37例人脑星形细胞瘤石蜡标本中的IL-13Rα2、VEGF和PTEN的表达进行检测.结果:①IL-13Rα2、VEGF和PTEN在不同级别星形细胞瘤中的阳性表达率差异有统计学意义.②IL-13Rα2和VEGF的表达之间存在正相关关系,IL-13Rα2、VEGF分别与PTEN的表达之间存在负相关关系.③IL-13R α2、VEGF和PTEN的表达在不同病人性别和肿瘤大小之间差异无统计学意义.结论:检测IL-13Rα2、VEGF和PTEN对判定肿瘤恶性程度有一定的临床意义,IL-13Rα2、VEGF和PTEN这三种因子在肿瘤发生、发展的作用机制上存在某种联系.%Objective: To determine the expression of IL-13Rα2, VEGF and FTEN in astrocytoma, to analyze the relationship among the expression of IL-138α2, VEGF and PTEN in astrocytoma with the clinical pathology and the biological behaviors of astrocytoma, and to evaluate the prognosis of astrocytoma. Methods: Applying SF immunohistochemical technique, Examination and statistical research were performed on the expression in 37 cases of astrocytoma. Results: ①There was significant difference in IL-13Rα2, VEGF and PTEN expressions among the astrocytomas of different grades. ②The expression of IL-13Rα2 was positively related to the expression of VEGF in human astrocytomas, but the expressions of IL-13Rα2 and VEGF were negatively related to the expression of PTEN in the astrocytomas. ③The IL-13Ra2, VEGF and PTEN expressions were not significantly correlated with gender or tumor size. Conclusion: IL-13Rα2, VEGF and FTEN may serve as a biomarker of the astrocytoma malignancy and may be involved in the progression of astrocytoma. There is relationship between the expression of IL-13Rα2, VEGF and PTEN and pathological

  20. Prognostic value of the extent of resection in supratentorial WHO grade II astrocytomas stratified for IDH1 mutation status: a single-center volumetric analysis.

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    Jungk, Christine; Scherer, Moritz; Mock, Andreas; Capper, David; Radbruch, Alexander; von Deimling, Andreas; Bendszus, Martin; Herold-Mende, Christel; Unterberg, Andreas

    2016-09-01

    Current evidence supports a maximized extent of resection (EOR) in low-grade gliomas (LGG), regardless of different histological subtypes and molecular markers. We therefore evaluated the prognostic impact of extensive, mainly intraoperative (i)MRI-guided surgery in low-grade astrocytomas stratified for IDH1 mutation status. Retrospective assessment of 46 consecutive cases of newly diagnosed supratentorial WHO grade II astrocytomas treated during the last decade was performed. IDH1 mutation status was obtained for all patients. Volumetric analysis of tumor volumes was performed pre-, intra-, early postoperatively and at first follow-up. Survival analysis was conducted with uni-and multivariate regression models implementing clinical parameters and continuous volumetric variables. Median EOR was 90.4 % (range 17.5-100 %) and was increased to 94.9 % (range 34.8-100 %) in iMRI-guided resections (n = 33). A greater EOR was prognostic for increased progression-free survival (HR 0.23, p = 0.031) and time to re-intervention (TTR) (HR 0.23, p = 0.03). In IDH1 mutant patients, smaller residual tumor volumes were associated with increased TTR (HR 1.01, p = 0.03). IDH1 mutation (38/46 cases) was an independent positive prognosticator for overall survival (OS) in multivariate analysis (HR 0.09, p = 0.002), while extensive surgery had limited impact upon OS. In a subgroup of patients with ≥40 % EOR (n = 39), however, initial and residual tumor volumes were prognostic for OS (HR 1.03, p = 0.005 and HR 1.08, p = 0.007, respectively), persistent to adjustment for IDH1. No association between EOR and neurologic morbidity was found. In this analysis of low-grade astrocytomas stratified for IDH1, extensive tumor resections were prognostic for progression and TTR and, in patients with ≥40 % EOR, for OS. PMID:27344556

  1. The expression and significance of cyclooxygenase-2 in primary and recurrent astrocytoma%环氧合酶-2在原发及复发星形细胞瘤中的表达及意义

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    王飞; 薛彦; 宋浩青; 杨廷舰; 张贺; 刘伟; 刘冰

    2014-01-01

    目的 通过免疫组织化学方法,观察环氧合酶(COX)-2在不同恶性程度星形细胞瘤中的表达,从而对COX-2在星形细胞瘤中可能的侵袭作用做出初步判定.方法 选择行手术治疗的星形细胞瘤患者55例,共行63次手术,其中8例复发行二次手术.选择同期9例重度颅脑外伤必须行减压手术的患者作为对照.将术中取出的星形细胞瘤组织标本及切除的减压组织标本立即使用10%甲醛缓冲溶液固定,采用免疫组织化学方法检测COX-2的表达情况.结果 星形细胞瘤组织COX-2阳性表达率[69.84% (44/63)]高于正常脑组织(1/9),差异有统计学意义(r=11.589,P<0.01).复发星形细胞瘤组织COX-2阳性表达率(8/8)高于原发星形细胞瘤组织[65.45%(36/55)],差异有统计学意义(X2=3.957,P< 0.05).随星形细胞瘤恶性程度增高,COX-2阳性表达率也随之增高,差异有统计学意义(P< 0.05).结论 COX-2可能与星形细胞瘤的侵袭有一定关系,从而导致了肿瘤病理分级的增高以及复发.%Objective To observe the expression of cyclooxygenase(COX)-2 in different malignancy astrocytoma by immunohistochemistry,so as to judge the invasive action of COX-2 in astrocytoma.Methods A total of 55 cases with astrocytoma underwent 63 times operation including 8 recurrent cases were selected,and 9 cases with severe brain injury who needed decompression surgery were selected as control group.The astrocytoma tissues and decompression surgery to remove tissues removed immediately fixed in 10% formalin buffer solution.The expression of COX-2 was determined by immunohistochemistry.Results The positive expression rate of COX-2 in astrocytoma tissues was higher than that in decompression surgery to remove tissues[69.84% (44/63) vs.1/9],and there was significant difference (x2 =11.589,P < 0.01).The positive expression rate of COX-2 in recurrent astrocytoma tissues was higher than that in primmy astrocytoma tissues [8/8 vs.65

  2. 上皮-钙粘素和粘着斑激酶在星形细胞瘤中的表达及意义%Expressions and significances of E-cadherin and FAK in human astrocytoma

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    尹志明; 张贺; 王健

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the expressions and significances of E-cadherin and FAK in human astrocytoma.Methods The expressions of E-cadherin and FAK in 48 cases of astrocytoma tissues and 12 cases of normal brain tissues were detected by immunohistochemical S-P technique.Results The positive expressions rates of E-cadherin and FAK in human astrocytoma of grades Ⅰ-Ⅱ were significantly higher than those in normal brain tissue (P<0.05),The positive expression rate of E- cadherin was decreased with the elevated levels of astrocytoma,and The positive expression rate of FAK was rised with the elevated levels of astrocytoma,and the expression of E- cadherin was negatively correlated with the expressions of FAK (r=-0.354,P<0.01).Conclusion The over expressions of FAK and the low expression of E- cadherin may play an important role in the invasion and malignant progress of human astrocytoma,The expressions of E- cadherin and FAK were closely related with the prognoses of the patients with astrocytomas,and may act as valuable indicators of the malignant degree of astrocytoma and the prognosis in the patients with astrocytomas.%目的 探讨上皮-钙粘素(E-cadherin)和粘着斑激酶(FAK)在星形瘤中的表达及临床意义.方法 采用S-P免疫组化方法检测E-cadherin、FAK在48例不同级别星形细胞瘤及12例正常脑组织中的表达.结果 E-cadherin和FAK在正常脑组织与星形细胞瘤之间及星形细胞瘤高低级别组之间差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),E-cadherin的表达随着星形细胞瘤级别的升高而降低,FAK的表达随着星形细胞瘤级别的升高而升高,且二者在星形细胞瘤中的表达呈负相关(r=-0.354,P<0.01).结论 FAK的过度表达和E-cadherin的表达下调在星形细胞瘤的侵袭及恶性进展中起着重要作用,两者的表达可能与星形细胞瘤患者的预后密切相关,提示可作为反映星形细胞瘤恶性程度及预后的指标.

  3. Exophytic pilocytic astrocytoma of the brain stem in an adult with encasement of the caudal cranial nerve complex (IX-XII): presurgical anatomical neuroimaging using MRI

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    We describe a rare case of adult pilocytic astrocytoma in which exophytic growth from the brain stem presented as a right cerebellopontine angle mass. An initial MRI examination using T2- and T1-weighted images without and with contrast suggested the diagnosis of schwannoma. Subsequent use of 3D CISS (three-dimensional constructive interference in steady state) and T1-weighted contrast-enhanced 3D MP-RAGE (three-dimensional magnetization prepared rapid acquisition gradient echo) sequences led to the diagnosis of an exophytic brain stem tumor, documented the precise relationships of the tumor to cranial nerve VIII, revealed encasement of cranial nerves IX-XII (later confirmed intraoperatively), and provided the proper basis for planning surgical management. (orig.)

  4. Astrocitomas do cerebelo na infância: experiência em 25 casos Cerebellar astrocytomas in childhood: experience on 25 cases

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    Nilton Domingos Cabral; Orildo Ciquini Jr.; Hamilton Matushita; Valdir Delmiro Neves; José Píndaro Pereira Plese

    1997-01-01

    É relatada a experiência do Serviço de Neurocirurgia do Hospital das Clínicas da FMUSP com o tratamento neurocirurgia) de 25 crianças com astrocytoma do cerebelo no período de 1982 a 1994. São analisados incidência, quadro clínico, localização, forma de apresentação, anatomia patológica, recidivas e tratamento. A série incluiu crianças até 10 anos com pico de incidência (7 casos ) aos 7 anos. Os sintomas iniciais mais frequentes foram: cefaléia, vômitos e distúrbios da marcha. Não houve morta...

  5. Identification of tumor invasion-related differentially expressed genes in different grades and all-trans retinoic acid-treated astrocytoma cell lines

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    Yi Zeng; Zhong Yang; Yangyun Han; Chao You

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Although several genetic aberrations and gene expressional changes have been shown to exist in tumors and different grades of astrocytomas, as well as in normal tissues, the gene profiling and genetic pathways associated with malignant transformation and progression remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To identity differentially expressed genes related to tumor invasion from various grades and all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA)-treated astrocytoma cell lines by cDNA microarray. DESIGN, TIME AND SETTING: In vitro gene experiment was performed at the Department of Neurobiology, Third Military Medical University of Chinese PLA from January to October 2007. MATERIALS: Two different grades of astrocytoma cell lines CHG-5 (WHO grade Ⅱ) and SHG-44 (WHOgrade Ⅳ) were developed by our laboratory; a cell differentiation-inducing agent ATRA and a human cDNA microarray technology were used to determine differentially expressed genes (City University of Hong Kong). METHODS: Total RNA was extracted using the Trizol test kit. Reverse transcription was performed using Superscript Ⅱ reverse transcriptase. The eDNA product (target DNA) was marked with fluorochromes Cy3 (normal SHG-44) and Cy5 (CHG-5 or ATRA-treated SHG-44), followed by chip hybridization. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Gene expression profiles of CHG-5 vs. SttG-44 and ATRA-treated vs. Normal SHG-44 were performed to identify differentially expressed genes. Several of these genes were randomly selected for Northern Blot analysis. The identification of genes that were similarly regulated (overlapping) was performed by comparing gene expression profiles between CHG-5 and SHG-44 cells, and between SHG-44 cells with or without treatment with ATRA. RESULTS: No significant differences were observed between CHG5 and SHG-44 cell line morphology. Under confocal microscopy. GFAP staining intensity of CHG5 cells was greater than SHG-44 cells (t = 6.078, P = 0.004). Growth curve analysis demonstrated that the speed of SHG-44 cell

  6. Segmental pedicle screw fixation for a scoliosis patient with post-laminectomy and post-irradiation thoracic kyphoscoliosis of spinal astrocytoma

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    Spinal deformity is an important clinical manifestation after surgery for spinal cord tumors. One-third of patients who receive laminectomies and irradiation of the spinal column develop scoliosis, kyphosis, or kyphoscoliosis. Recent reports indicate good results after scoliosis surgery using segmental pedicle screws and a navigation system, but these reported studies have not included surgery for post-laminectomy kyphosis. Hooks and wires are ineffective in such patients who undergo laminectomy, and there are also high perioperative risks with insertion of pedicle screws because landmarks have been lost. Here, we report on the 5-year follow-up of a 13-year-old male patient with post-laminectomy and post-irradiation thoracic kyphoscoliosis after surgical treatment of spinal astrocytoma. Posterior segmental pedicle screw fixation was performed safely using a computer-assisted technique. The authors present the first case report for treatment of this condition using a navigation system. (author)

  7. Exophytic pilocytic astrocytoma of the brain stem in an adult with encasement of the caudal cranial nerve complex (IX-XII): presurgical anatomical neuroimaging using MRI

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    Yousry, Indra; Yousry, Tarek A. [Department of Neuroradiology, Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Marchioninistr. 15, 81377, Munich (Germany); Muacevic, Alexander; Olteanu-Nerbe, Vlad [Department of Neurosurgery, Klinikum Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich (Germany); Naidich, Thomas P. [Department of Radiology, Section of Neuroradiology, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York (United States)

    2004-07-01

    We describe a rare case of adult pilocytic astrocytoma in which exophytic growth from the brain stem presented as a right cerebellopontine angle mass. An initial MRI examination using T2- and T1-weighted images without and with contrast suggested the diagnosis of schwannoma. Subsequent use of 3D CISS (three-dimensional constructive interference in steady state) and T1-weighted contrast-enhanced 3D MP-RAGE (three-dimensional magnetization prepared rapid acquisition gradient echo) sequences led to the diagnosis of an exophytic brain stem tumor, documented the precise relationships of the tumor to cranial nerve VIII, revealed encasement of cranial nerves IX-XII (later confirmed intraoperatively), and provided the proper basis for planning surgical management. (orig.)

  8. Effects of La0.2Ce0.6Eu0.2F3 nanoparticles capped with polyethylene glycol on human astrocytoma cells in vitro

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    Withers, Nathan J.; Brandt, Yekaterina; Rivera, Antonio C.; Armijo, Leisha M.; Cook, Nathaniel C.; Osiński, Marek

    2012-03-01

    Lanthanide fluoride colloidal nanocrystals offer a way to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through the enhanced absorption of ionizing radiation, as well as providing visible luminescence. In order to explore this possibility, cytotoxicity assays need to be performed on mammalian cells in vitro, to show minimum levels of biocompatibility for future experiments. 20% lanthanum 60% cerium and 20% europium lanthanide fluoride nanocrystals were capped with polyethylene glycol (PEG) of molecular weight 4000 and suspended in deionized water. These nanocrystals were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, muffle furnace ashing, absorbance spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Visible light microscopy and trypan blue staining was performed on the cells to assay the cytotoxicity of the nanocrystal on the human astrocytoma line U-87 MG, purchased from ATCC.

  9. Adjuvant temozolomide-based chemoradiotherapy versus radiotherapy alone in patients with WHO III astrocytoma. The Mainz experience

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    Mayer, Arnulf; Schwanbeck, Carina; Stockinger, Marcus; Vaupel, Peter; Schmidberger, Heinz [University Medical Center, Department of Radiooncology and Radiotherapy, Mainz (Germany); Sommer, Clemens [University Medical Center, Department of Neuropathology, Mainz (Germany); Giese, Alf; Renovanz, Mirjam [University Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, Mainz (Germany)

    2015-08-15

    It is currently unclear whether adjuvant therapy for WHO grade III anaplastic astrocytomas (AA) should be carried out as combined chemoradiotherapy with temozolomide (TMZ) - analogous to the approach for glioblastoma multiforme - or as radiotherapy (RT) alone. A retrospective analysis of data from 90 patients with AA, who were treated between November 1997 and February 2014. Assessment of overall (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) was performed according to treatment categories: (1) 50 %, RT + TMZ according to protocol, (2) 11 %, RT + TMZ with dose reduction, (3) 26 %, RT alone, and (4) 13 %, individualized, primarily palliative therapy. No dose reduction was necessary in the RT alone group. Median OS was 85, 69, and 43 months for treatment categories 1/2, 3, and 4, respectively. These differences were not statistically significant. PFS was 35, 29, 48, and 33 months for categories 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively; again without significant differences between categories. In a subgroup of 39 patients with known IDH1 R132H status, the presence of this mutation correlated with significantly longer OS (p = 0.01) and PFS (p = 0.002). Complete or partial tumor resection and younger age also correlated with a significantly better prognosis, and this influence persisted in multivariate analysis. In the IDH1 R132H subgroup analysis, only this marker retained an independent prognostic value. A general superiority of combined chemoradiotherapy compared to RT alone could not be demonstrated. Biomarkers for predicting the benefits of combination therapy using RT and TMZ are needed for patients with AA. (orig.) [German] Es ist derzeit unklar, ob bei anaplastischen Astrozytomen (AA) vom WHO-Grad III eine adjuvante Therapie analog zur Therapiestrategie beim Glioblastoma multiforme als kombinierte Radiochemotherapie mit Temozolomid (TMZ) oder als alleinige Radiotherapie (RT) durchgefuehrt werden sollte. Retrospektiv wurden die Daten von 90 Patienten mit AA, die zwischen November

  10. Stages of Childhood Astrocytomas

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    ... to grow. If fluid builds up around the brain and spinal cord, a cerebrospinal fluid diversion procedure may be done. Cerebrospinal fluid diversion is a method used to drain fluid that has built up around the brain ...

  11. Application study of combining CE-MR with DWI in evaluating the biological behavior of astrocytoma%联合增强MR与DWI评估星形细胞瘤生物学特性的应用研究

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    王锡臻; 刘芳兵; 赵鸿飞; 李莉莉; 李玉恩; 吕悦雷; 王少卿; 王滨

    2011-01-01

    目的:通过分析星形细胞瘤强化及DWI成像特点与临床病理指标,探讨MR评估星形细胞瘤生物学特性的价值.方法:应用GE Signa EXCITE HD 3.0T超导型磁共振扫描仪及头部八通道线圈,对67例星形细胞瘤术前进行增强MR和DWI成像检查,利用Functiontool软件对获得图像进行处理,记录肿瘤组织强化率和ADC值.根据术后HE病理图片进行细胞密度分析和WHO分级.对强化率、ADC值、细胞密度及WHO分级进行统计分析.结果:高级别星形细胞瘤强化率为(66±12)%,高于低级别星形细胞瘤强化率(36±8)%,P=0.00.高级别星形细胞瘤的ADC为(1.11±0.10)×10-3mm2/s,低级别星形细胞瘤的ADC为(1.55±0.31)×10-3 mm2/s,P=0.00;高级别星形细胞瘤的细胞密度为(11.85±4.36)%,大于低级别星形细胞瘤的细胞密度(4.74±2.96)%,P=0.00;肿瘤的ADC值与细胞密度、WHO分级和强化率呈负相关,P值分别为0.00、0.00和0.01;肿瘤强化率与WHO分级正相关,P=0.04.结论:增强MR和DWI能从不同角度反映星形细胞瘤生物学特性,肿瘤强化率与ADC相关性从影像学角度反映出组织灌注水平与微观结构的内在关系.%OBJECTIVE: To analyze the value of combining contrast-enhance MR (CE-MR) with DWI in evaluating the biological behavior of astrocytoma. METHODS: The clinic and pathologic information of 67 patients with histologically proven astrocytoma were studied. CE-MR and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) were carried out on a GE Signa EXCITE HD 3. OT MR. All of the data was transferred to GE Advanced Workstation 4. 2. The enhancement rate and ADC values of astrocytoma were recorded. The WHO grade and cellular density of astrocytoma were anlyzed according to HE stians. The relationship among enhancement rate, ADC values WHO grades and cellular density of astrocytoma were studied. RESULTS: The enhancement rate of high-grade astrocytoma [(66+12)%] was higher than that of low-grade astrocytoma C(36+8)%, (P =0

  12. Influence of an oligodendroglial component on the survival of patients with anaplastic astrocytomas: a report of radiation therapy oncology group 83-02

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    Purpose: Seven percent of patients with high grade gliomas enrolled in RTOG 83-02 had mixed astrocytoma/oligodenroglial elements on central pathology review. It has often been assumed that the most aggressive histologic component of a tumor determines biologic behavior; however in this trial, the survival of patients who had mixed glioblastomas/oligodenrogliomas was significantly longer than that of patients with pure glioblastomas (GBM). We therefore evaluated the effect of an oligodendroglial component on the survival of patients who had anaplastic astrocytomas (AAF) treated in the same trial. Methods and Materials: One hundred nine patients who had AAF and 24 patients with mixed AAF/oligodendrogliomas (AAF/OL) were enrolled in a Phase I/II trial of randomized dose-escalation hyper fractioned radiotherapy plus BCNU. AAF/OL patients were older and more likely to have had more aggressive surgery than AAF patients. Other pretreatment characteristics were balanced between groups, as was assigned treatment. Results: The median survival time for AAF was 3.0 years versus 7.3 years for AAF/OL (p = 0.019). In a multivariate analysis, adjusting for extent of surgical resection and age, an oligodendroglial component was an independent prognostic factor for survival. Conclusion: The results support the concept that AAFs with an oligodendroglial component have a better prognosis than pure AAF tumors, similar to the effect seen among patients with glioblastoma multiforme tumors. This better survival outcome should be taken into consideration in the design and stratification of future trials. Additionally, in contrast to patients with GBMs, patients who have AAF/OL have the potential for prolonged survival; therefore, late sequelae of treatment (both radiation and chemotherapy) must be weighed more heavily in the benefits to risks analysis

  13. Radiotherapy in pediatric pilocytic astrocytomas. A subgroup analysis within the prospective multicenter study HIT-LGG 1996 by the German Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH)

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    Mueller, K. [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology; Gnekow, A.; Falkenstein, F. [General Hospital of Augsburg (Germany). Hospital for Children and Adolescents] [and others

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    Purpose: We evaluated clinical outcomes in the subset of patients who underwent radiotherapy (RT) due to progressive pilocytic astrocytoma within the Multicenter Treatment Study for Children and Adolescents with a Low Grade Glioma HIT-LGG 1996. Patients and methods: Eligibility criteria were fulfilled by 117 patients. Most tumors (65 %) were located in the supratentorial midline, followed by the posterior fossa (26.5 %) and the cerebral hemispheres (8.5 %). Median age at the start of RT was 9.2 years (range 0.7-17.4 years). In 75 cases, external fractionated radiotherapy (EFRT) was administered either as first-line nonsurgical treatment (n = 58) or after progression following primary chemotherapy (n = 17). The median normalized total dose was 54 Gy. Stereotactic brachytherapy (SBT) was used in 42 selected cases. Results: During a median follow-up period of 8.4 years, 4 patients (3.4 %) died and 33 (27.4 %) experienced disease progression. The 10-year overall (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates were 97 and 70 %, respectively. No impact of the RT technique applied (EFRT versus SBT) on progression was observed. The 5-year PFS was 76 {+-} 5 % after EFRT and 65 {+-} 8 % after SBT. Disease progression after EFRT was not influenced by gender, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) status, tumor location (hemispheres versus supratentorial midline versus posterior fossa), age or prior chemotherapy. Normalized total EFRT doses of more than 50.4 Gy did not improve PFS rates. Conclusion: EFRT plays an integral role in the treatment of pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma and is characterized by excellent tumor control. A reduction of the normalized total dose from 54 to 50.4 Gy appears to be feasible without jeopardizing tumor control. SBT is an effective treatment alternative. (orig.)

  14. Radiotherapy in pediatric pilocytic astrocytomas. A subgroup analysis within the prospective multicenter study HIT-LGG 1996 by the German Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH)

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    Purpose: We evaluated clinical outcomes in the subset of patients who underwent radiotherapy (RT) due to progressive pilocytic astrocytoma within the Multicenter Treatment Study for Children and Adolescents with a Low Grade Glioma HIT-LGG 1996. Patients and methods: Eligibility criteria were fulfilled by 117 patients. Most tumors (65 %) were located in the supratentorial midline, followed by the posterior fossa (26.5 %) and the cerebral hemispheres (8.5 %). Median age at the start of RT was 9.2 years (range 0.7-17.4 years). In 75 cases, external fractionated radiotherapy (EFRT) was administered either as first-line nonsurgical treatment (n = 58) or after progression following primary chemotherapy (n = 17). The median normalized total dose was 54 Gy. Stereotactic brachytherapy (SBT) was used in 42 selected cases. Results: During a median follow-up period of 8.4 years, 4 patients (3.4 %) died and 33 (27.4 %) experienced disease progression. The 10-year overall (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates were 97 and 70 %, respectively. No impact of the RT technique applied (EFRT versus SBT) on progression was observed. The 5-year PFS was 76 ± 5 % after EFRT and 65 ± 8 % after SBT. Disease progression after EFRT was not influenced by gender, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) status, tumor location (hemispheres versus supratentorial midline versus posterior fossa), age or prior chemotherapy. Normalized total EFRT doses of more than 50.4 Gy did not improve PFS rates. Conclusion: EFRT plays an integral role in the treatment of pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma and is characterized by excellent tumor control. A reduction of the normalized total dose from 54 to 50.4 Gy appears to be feasible without jeopardizing tumor control. SBT is an effective treatment alternative. (orig.)

  15. 星形细胞瘤预后与血清中基质金属白酶-2表达的关系%The relationship of expression of matrix metalloproteinase 2 in blood serum and prognostic of astrocytoma

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    向晖; 刘如恩

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨基质金属蛋白酶-2(MMP-2)在血清中的表达与星形细胞瘤预后的关系.方法 随机选取46例经病理证实的星形细胞瘤患者,分为两组:A组为星形细胞瘤Ⅰ~Ⅱ级,B组为星形细胞瘤Ⅲ~Ⅳ级.分别对比两组患者术前,术后3、6、12个月的血清中MMP-2的含量,观察两组患者术前的差异以及复发前后之间的变化.结果 低级别星形细胞瘤术后血清中MMP-2水平为(9.7 ±3.1)g/L,高级别星形细胞瘤术后复发血清中MMP-2水平为(276.0 ±21.0)g/L,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 MMP-2在血清中的表达与星形细胞瘤术后复发密切相关.%Objective The aim of this article is to discuss the relationship of Expression of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) in blood serum and prognostic of astrocytoma.Methods 46 patients sufferd from astrocytoma are devided into 2 groups:group A contains patients of astrocytoma of grade Ⅰ-Ⅱ ; group B of grade Ⅲ-Ⅳ.The serum total level of MMP-2 are detected separately before surgery and in the 3rd,6th,12th month after surgery.Results Serum MMP-2 level in low grade Astrocytoma was (9.7 ± 3.1) g/L,serum MMP-2 level in high grade Astrocytoma Postoperative recurrence was (276.0 ± 21.0) g/L.The Expression was significant (P < 0.0l).Conclusion Expression of MMP-2 in blood serum is closely related to the grade and postoperative recurrence of astrocytoma.

  16. Fas系统在星形细胞瘤的表达及其与细胞凋亡的关系%Expressions of Fas system and its relationship with apoptosisin astrocytomas

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    刘安民; 钟志光; 邓跃飞; 蔡望青; 李方成; 谭平国; 林吉惠

    2000-01-01

    Objective To investigate the expression of Fas or FasL and their relationship with apoptosis in astrocytomas. Meth-ods Immunohistochemical method was used to detect the expression of Fas and FasL by TUNEL technique and apoptosis index (AI) wascalculated in 41 astrocytomas. Results Twenty- seven of the astrocytoms(66% ) expressed Fas. The amount of cells positive for Faswas small. 83% astrocytomas(34 of 41 ) showed complete loss of Fas expression or expression in 5%)。4I例星形细胞瘤凋亡指数为1.09±0.48。星形细胞瘤Fas和FasL阳性与否和细胞凋亡指数无明显相关性。结论Fas和FasL在星形细胞瘤的发生和发展中可能起重要作用;星形细胞瘤的发生和发展与细胞凋亡异常有关;星形细胞瘤Fas的表达水平低下可能导致肿瘤细胞逃脱机体对其的清除作用,Fas系统介导细胞凋亡的机制有待于进一步研究。

  17. Pre-irradiation carboplatin and etoposide and accelerated hyperfractionated radiation therapy in patients with high-grade astrocytomas: a phase II study

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    Purpose: To investigate feasibility, activity and toxicity of pre-irradiation chemotherapy (CHT) in patients with newly diagnosed high-grade astrocytoma. Material and Methods: Thirty-five patients with glioblastoma multiform (GBM) and ten patients with anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) entered into this study. Three weeks after surgery patients started their CHT consisting of two cycles of carboplatin (CBDCA) (C) 400 mg/m2, day 1 and etoposide (VP 16) (E) 120 mg/m2, days 1-3, given in a 3-week interval. One week after the second cycle of CE, accelerated hyperfractionated radiation therapy (ACC HFX RT) was introduced with tumor dose of 60 Gy in 40 fractions in 20 treatment days in 4 weeks, 1.5 Gy b.i.d. fractionation.Results: Responses to two cycles of CE could be evaluated in 29 (67%) of 43 patients who received it. Fourteen patients were found impossible to determine radiographic response due to an absence of post-operative contrast enhancement because they were all grossly totally resected. There were 7, 24% (95% confidence intervals - CI, 9-40%), PR (2 AA and 5 GBM), 19 SD, and 3 PD. After RT, of those 29 patients, there were 3 CR and 11 PR (overall objective response rate was 48% (95% CI, 30-67%)), 12 SD, and 3 PD. Median survival time (MST) for all 45 patients is 14 months (95% CI, 11-20 months, while median time to progression (MTP) for all patients is 12 months (95% CI, 8-16 months). Toxicities of this combined modality approach were mild to moderate, with the incidences of CHT-induced grade 3 leukopenia, being 5% (95% CI, 0-11%), and grade 3 thrombocytopenia being 7% (95% CI, 0-15%). Of RT-induced toxicity, grade 1 external otitis was observed in 26% (95% CI, 13-39%), while nausea, vomiting and somnolence were each observed in 5% (95% CI, 0-11%) patients.Conclusion: Pre-irradiation CE and ACC HFX RT was a feasible treatment regimen with mild to moderate toxicity, but failed to improve results over what usually would be obtained with 'standard' approach in this

  18. Imaging diagnosis and clinical pathology of WHO gradeⅡ diffuse astrocytoma%WHOⅡ级弥漫性星形细胞瘤影像诊断与临床病理

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    高峰; 陈桂玲; 盛会雪; 张宗军

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore imaging features of WHO grade Ⅱ diffuse astrocytoma. Methods The CT and MRI findings were retrospectively analyzed in 38 cases with WHO grade Ⅱ diffuse astrocytoma proved by operation and pathology. Results In this group of 38 diffuse astrocytomas, 36 supratehtorial cases were inoted. 29 located in the frontal and temporal lobes, 1 case in cerebellar hemisphere, 2 involved corpus callosum. 31 diffuse astrocytomas were solitary, and 7 located in two lobes or more. The lesions were demonstrated abnormal signal or density with obscure margin, mild peritu-moral edma and mass effect. Patchy enhancement, nodular enhancement, or irregular ring-like enhancement or no appreciable enhancement was noted on post-contrast MR or CT scan. Conclusion Imaging findings of WHO grade Ⅱ diffuse astrocytoma are characteristic, which is helpful for preoperative diagnosis and prognosis assessment.%目的 探讨WHOⅡ级弥漫性星形细胞瘤的影像学特征.方法 回顾性分析38例经手术及病理证实的WHOⅡ级弥漫性星形细胞瘤的CT、MRI表现,结合文献分析其影像学特征.结果 36例(94.7%)位于幕上,累及额叶、颞叶者29例(76.3%),1例位于小脑半球,另见有2例累及胼胝体;病灶位于单个脑叶者31例(81.6%),两个以上脑叶7例(18.4%).肿瘤呈边界不清的异常信号或密度影,周围水肿及占位效应轻,36例增强检查中20例无明显强化,另16例表现为小斑片状、结节样、不规则环状强化.结论 WHOⅡ级弥漫性星形细胞瘤的影像学表现具有一定特征性,结合临床和影像学检查有助于术前鉴别诊断和预后判断.

  19. 脑星形细胞瘤近瘤周远瘤周白质区的扩散张量成像参数分析%DTI analysis of immediate and distant peritumoral regions in brain astrocytoma

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    谢铁明; 邵国良; 俞炎平; 石磊

    2011-01-01

    目的 旨在探讨脑星形细胞瘤近瘤周、远瘤周白质区的扩散张量成像(DTI)特征.方法 37例脑星形细胞瘤术前行DTI扫描,其中Ⅰ级6例,Ⅱ级12例,Ⅲ级10例,Ⅳ级9例.重建FA图和FA编码彩色图,评价FA图像中近瘤周(IPR)白质、远瘤周 (DPR)白质及对侧正常脑白质区的信号特点,并测定相应平均称散率(MD)值及各向异性分数(FA)值.结果 Ⅳ级星形细胞瘤IPR白质的MD值高于其他三组(P<0.05),Ⅲ级星形细胞瘤IPR白质的FA值低于Ⅰ、Ⅱ级星形细胞瘤组(P<0.05).Ⅳ级星形细胞瘤IPR、DPR的白质FA值低于Ⅰ、Ⅱ、Ⅲ级星形细胞瘤组(P<0.05).结论 DTI能够较为直观的、准确地反映IPR及DPR白质区受肿瘤侵犯的情况.%Objective To investigate the DTI features of white matters at immediate and distance peritumoral regions in brain astrocytoma. Methods 37 patients with brain astrocytoma received pre-surgical DTI scanning. A-mong them, there were 6 cases of gradeⅠ , 12 of grade Ⅱ, 10 of grade Ⅲ and 9 of grade Ⅳ tumor. FA maps and color-coded FA maps were reconstructed. White matters at immediate peritumoral region (IPR), distance peritumoral region (DPR) and normal contralateral regions were evaluated for signal features and measured for MD and FA values. Results The IPR MD value of grade Ⅳ astrocytoma was remarkably higher than those of tumor with other 3 grades (P< 0.05); the IPR FA value of grade Ⅲ astrocytoma was lower that those of grades Ⅰ and Ⅱ tumors (P<0.05); and the IPR and DPR FA values of grade Ⅳ astrocytoma were significantly lower than those of grades Ⅰ , Ⅱ and Ⅲ tumors (P<0.05). Conclusion DTI provides intuitive and accurate visualization of tumor invasion at IPR and DPR.

  20. Differential expression of miR-181 b in astrocytoma and clinical significance%miR-181b在星形细胞瘤中的表达及其临床意义

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    夏锡伟; 支枫; 王强; 王榕; 王穗暖

    2012-01-01

    目的 分析星形细胞瘤中miR-181b的表达及其与临床意义.方法 选取星形细胞瘤标本84例,以20例癌旁组织为对照,采用Real-time PCR对组织中miR-181b的含量进行测定.结果 miR-181b在星形细胞瘤组织中含量显著下调,差异有统计学意义(P =0.0087).miR-181b的表达与患者预后密切相关,低表达miR-181b的患者预后较差,而高表达miR-181b的患者预后良好(P =0.035).miR-181b的表达与患者年龄、性别和WHO分级无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 miR-181b在星形细胞瘤组织中表达显著降低,且其表达量与患者的存活时间密切相关,提示其可能为抑癌基因参与了星形细胞瘤的发生与发展,具有重要临床诊疗意义.%Objective To determine the miR-181b expression in astrocytomas and analyze the relationship between miR-181b and clinical features. Methods Real-time PCR was used to quantify the miR-181b expression in 84 astrocytomas and 20 normal adjacent tissues, and the relationship of miR-181b expression and clinical pathology features was analyzed. Results The rm'R-181b expression in astrocytomas was down-regulated compared to normal adjacent tissues (P =0.0087). Furthermore, Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that low expression of rm'R-181b was significantly associated with poor patient survival (P =0.035). There was no relationship between miR-181b and gender, age and WHO grade. Conclusion miR-181b was down-regulated in astrocytomas and its low expression was closely correlated with poor patient survival which indicates that miR-181b may represent a potential indicator in the diagnosis, therapeutic effect and prognosis of astrocytoma.

  1. Expression and significance of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and PTEN in human brain astrocytoma%MMP-2及PTEN在人脑星形细胞瘤中的表达及意义

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    夏大勇; 徐善水; 江晓春; 李真保; 戴易; 毛捷; 包正夫; 方兴根; 朱明峰

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨基质金属蛋白酶2(MMP-2)及抑癌基因PTEN在人脑星形瘤中的表达及二者与人脑星形细胞瘤侵袭性的关系.方法 用免疫组织化学SABC法检测50例人脑星形细胞瘤组织和10例正常人脑组织中的MMP-2和PTEN蛋白的表达,并且分析二者与人脑星形细胞瘤临床病理分级的关系.结果 MMP-2和PTEN在低度恶性星形细胞瘤和高度恶性星形细胞瘤组织中表达差别有统计学意义(p<0.05).随着星形细胞瘤恶性度增高,MMP-2的表达强度呈上升趋势而PTEN表达强度逐渐下降;Spearman等级相关分析表明人脑星形细胞瘤中MMP-2和PTEN之间呈负相关(Rs=-0.518,P<0.01).结论 MMP-2和PTEN是人脑星形细胞瘤分化程度和转移的潜在生物学指标,联合检测MMP-2和PTEN更有利于判断星形细胞瘤生物学行为和病理分级.%Objective To investigate the expressions of MMP-2 and the tumor suppressor genes PTEN in human brain astrocytoma and their relationships between the expressions and tumor invasion. Methods The expressions of MMP-2 and phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN) protein were examined by immunohistochemistry ( SABC method) in 50 human brain astrocytoma tissues and 10 nomal brain tissues,and their relationships of clinicopathological factors of human brain astrocytoma were analyzed. Results The expression rates of MMP-2 and PTEN had significantly difference between low grade human brain astrocytoma tissues and high human brain astrocytoma tissues. In nomal brain tissues (P<0.01),as the tumor's malignancy degree increased, the expression of MMP-2 increased but the expression of PTEN decreased. The expression of MMP-2 was negatively correlation with the expression of PTEN in hunman brain astrocytoma ( Rs =-0.518 , P <0.01). Conclusions MMP-2 and PTEN are potential markers for differentiation and metastasis of human brain astrocytoma. Combined detection of MMP-2 and PTEN can estimate the biological

  2. The expressions of CXCL12 and CXCR4 in human astrocytoma and its significances%CXCL12和CXCR4在人星形细胞瘤中的表达及意义

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    刘海巍; 陶胜忠; 牛光明; 周兴; 牛国策; 孙所辉

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the expression of chemokine CXCL12 and its receptor CXCR4 in human astrocytoma and its significances. Methods Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry SP were used to de-tected the expression of CXCL12 and CXCR4 in non-tumor brain tissues and human astrocytoma tissues, their expression in differ-ent pathological grades of human astrocytoma tissues and the correlation between CXCL12 and CXCR4 were analysed. Results By satistical analysis, the difference between the expression of CXCL12 and CXCR4 in non-tumor brain tissues and human astrocytoma tissues was statistically significant(P<0. 05) , and the difference between the expression of CXCL12 and CXCR4 in WHO I ~Ⅱ grades human astrocytoma tissues and WHO Ⅲ -Ⅳgrades human astrocytoma tissues was statistically significant(P<0. 05). The expression of CXCL12 and CXCR4 showed a significant positive correlation (P<0. 05). Conclusion The expression of CXCL12 and CXCR4 in human astrocytoma tissue is higher than the expression in non-tumor brain tissue,it increases with increasing pathological grades and there is a significant positive correlation between CXCL12 and CXCR4.%目的 探讨趋化因子CXCL12及其受体CXCR4在人星形细胞瘤中的表达及意义.方法 应用逆转录聚合酶链反应法(RT-PCR)、免疫组化SP法检测CXCL12和CXCR4在非瘤脑组织和人星形细胞瘤组织中的表达,分析CXCL12和CXCR4在不同病理级别人星形细胞瘤组织中的表达和它们之间的相关性.结果 经统计学分析,CXCL12和CXCR4在非瘤脑组织和人星形细胞瘤组织中表达比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);在WHOⅠ~Ⅱ级人星形细胞瘤组织和WHOⅢ~Ⅳ级人星形细胞瘤组织中表达比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).CXCL12和CXCR4表达呈现明显的正相关(P<0.05).结论 CXCL12和CXCR4在人星细胞瘤中的表达高于在非瘤脑组织中的表达,其表达水平随病理级

  3. 脑星形细胞肿瘤的MR灌注成像与病理对照%Comparison of perfusion-weighted MR imaging and pathology of intracranial astrocytomas

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    唐康廉; 魏新华; 王月干; 何纯; 李勤; 于锡章; 龙莉玲

    2005-01-01

    [Objective] To study the value of the perfusion MR in the preoperative assessment of histological grade of astrocytoma. [Methods] Thirty-two patients were confirmed with astrocytomas underwent MR plain scanning, perfusion MR and post contrast scanning respectively. Dynamic contrast enhancement T2*-weight gradient-echo echoplanar sequence was used to produce perfusion MR. The use of contrast agent volume was 0.2 mmol/kg and the flow rate of injection was 3~4 mL/sec. Firstly, the signal over time curves were described and the relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) maps were produced. Then the maximum relative rCBV ratios were calculated as the following formula: maximum rCBV ratios= maximum rCBV of ipsilateral tumor/rCBV of contralateral white matter. Independence samples T-test was used to evaluate the difference of the maximum rCBV ratios between two groups. (P <0.05) was considered statistically significant. [Results] All cases were divided into two groups according to the histological grades. 18 cases were designed to low-grade astrocytomas (Ⅰ~Ⅱ) group and 14 to high grade astrocytomas (Ⅲ~Ⅳ)group. The maximum rCBV ratio was (2.57±0.78) (range 1.44~4.88) in low grade astrocytomas group, (5.40±0.63) (range 4.76~7.07) in high grade astrocytomas group. The differences in maximum rCBV ratio between two groups were statistically significant (P <0.01). [Conclusion] Perfusion MR is very useful in the preoperative assessment of astrocytomas of histological grades.%目的研究MR灌注成像在脑星形细胞肿瘤术前分级中的应用价值.方法32例脑星形细胞肿瘤病人依次行常规MRI平扫、MR灌注成像及增强MRI.MR灌注成像采用动态增强T2*WI梯度回波-回波平面成像序列(T2*WI GRE-EPI),造影剂用量为0.2mmol/kg,注射流率为3~4 mL/s.首先得到信号强度-时间曲线,并合成相对脑血流容积(rCBV)图,计算出最大rCBV比率.独立样本t检验用于评价两组数据的差异,P<0.05认为有

  4. A novel mutation in NF1 is associated with diverse intra-familial phenotypic variation and astrocytoma in a Chinese family.

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    Banerjee, Santasree; Dai, Yi; Liang, Shengran; Chen, Huishuang; Wang, Yanyan; Tang, Lihui; Wu, Jing; Huang, Hui

    2016-09-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a dysregulated neurocutaneous disorder, characterized by neurofibromas and café-au-lait spots. NF1 is caused by mutations in the NF1 gene, encoding neurofibromin. Here, we present a clinical molecular study of a three-generation Chinese family with NF1. The proband was a male patient who showed café-au-lait spots and multiple subcutaneous neurofibromas over the whole body, but his siblings only had regional lesions. The man's daughter presented with severe headache and vomiting. Neurological examination revealed an intracranial space occupying lesion. Surgery was undertaken and the histopathological examination showed a grade I-II astrocytoma. Next-Generation sequencing (Illumina HiSeq2500 Analyzers; Illumina, San Diego, CA, USA) and Sanger sequencing (ABI PRISM 3730 automated sequencer; Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA) identified the c.227delA mutation in the NF1 gene in the man. The mutation is co-segregated with the disease phenotypes among the affected members of this family and was absent in 100 healthy controls. This novel mutation results in a frameshift (p.Asn78IlefsX7) as well as truncation of neurofibromin by formation of a premature stop codon. Our results not only extended the mutational and phenotypic spectra of the gene and the disease, but also highlight the importance of the other genetic or environmental factors in the development and severity of the disease. PMID:27234610

  5. BRAF Fusion Analysis in Pilocytic Astrocytomas: KIAA1549-BRAF 15-9 Fusions Are More Frequent in the Midline Than Within the Cerebellum.

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    Faulkner, Claire; Ellis, Hayley Patricia; Shaw, Abigail; Penman, Catherine; Palmer, Abigail; Wragg, Christopher; Greenslade, Mark; Haynes, Harry Russell; Williams, Hannah; Lowis, Stephen; White, Paul; Williams, Maggie; Capper, David; Kurian, Kathreena Mary

    2015-09-01

    Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are increasingly tested for KIAA1549-BRAF fusions. We used reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for the 3 most common KIAA1549-BRAF fusions, together with BRAF V600E and histone H3.3 K27M analyses to identify relationships of these molecular characteristics with clinical features in a cohort of 32 PA patients. In this group, the overall BRAF fusion detection rate was 24 (75%). Ten (42%) of the 24 had the 16-9 fusion, 8 (33%) had only the 15-9 fusion, and 1 (4%) of the patients had only the 16-11 fusion. In the PAs with only the 15-9 fusion, 1 PA was in the cerebellum and 7 were centered in the midline outside of the cerebellum, that is, in the hypothalamus (n = 4), optic pathways (n = 2), and brainstem (n = 1). Tumors within the cerebellum were negatively associated with fusion 15-9. Seven (22%) of the 32 patients had tumor-related deaths and 25 of the patients (78%) were alive between 2 and 14 years after initial biopsy. Age, sex, tumor location, 16-9 fusion, and 15-9 fusion were not associated with overall survival. Thus, in this small cohort, 15-9 KIAA1549-BRAF fusion was associated with midline PAs located outside of the cerebellum; these tumors, which are generally difficult to resect, are prone to recurrence. PMID:26222501

  6. Spontaneous complete regression of hypothalamic pilocytic astrocytoma after partial resection in a child, complicated with Stevens-Johnson syndrome: a case report and literature review.

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    Samadian, Mohammad; Bakhtevari, Mehrdad Hosseinzadeh; Haddadian, Karim; Alavi, Hossein Afshin; Rezaei, Omidvar

    2016-04-01

    Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common pediatric central nervous system glial neoplasm and the most common pediatric cerebellar tumor. The spontaneous regression that occurs after partial/subtotal resection is multifactorial, depending on multiple factors, as for the case of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses of the host to the implanted tumor. A 7-year-old boy was referred to a neurosurgery clinic with headache. Further imaging workup revealed hypothalamic PA. Partial resection of the lesions was performed with right-side pterional approach. The patient developed a severe panmucositis [Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)] and respiratory failure plus conjunctivitis, due to phenytoin allergy. During the patient's 6-month follow-up, postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a residual tumor, and about 9 months later (at 15 months postoperatively), the MRI showed total regression of the tumor. Clinically, symptomatic PA may undergo spontaneous regression after partial resection. We report a well-documented case of spontaneous regression hypothalamic PA after partial resection that complicated with SJS. Immune system reaction in SJS may have a role in tumor behavior and spontaneous regression. Multiple studies confirmed spontaneous regression in PA after partial/subtotal resection. This phenomenon occurs due to humoral and cell-mediated host immune responses to the implanted tumor. The immune system reaction in SJS may have a role in tumor behavior and spontaneous regression. PMID:26662551

  7. Uptake of radioactive octanoate in astrocytoma cells. Basic studies for application of ={sup 11}C=octanoate as a PET tracer

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    Yamazaki, Shunji; Kawashima, Hidefumi; Kuge, Yuji; Miyake, Yoshihiro [Institute for Biofunctional Research Co. Ltd., Suita, Osaka (Japan); Fukui, Kiyoshi; Kangawa, Kenji

    1996-11-01

    Fatty acids are taken up and metabolized in the brain. In vitro uptake experiments on astrocytoma cells were carried out to assess the potential use of =1-{sup 11}C=octanoate as a positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for astroglial functions. Uptake of =1-{sup 14}C=octanoate increased in a time-dependent fashion until 60 min after application. The uptake of =1-{sup 11}C=octanoate showed similar results to that of =1-{sup 14}C=octanoate until 10 min. As for medium pH, =1-{sup 14}C=octanoate uptake increased gradually with the decrease in pH. We also examined the effects of glutamate, glucose deprivation and hypoxia on the uptake of octanoate and found that these conditions did not bring about any change in the extent of =1-{sup 14}C=octanoate uptake. These results show that the octanoate uptake was not influenced by any of several pathological conditions. When the number of astrocytes increases in the area of hypoglycemia or hypoxia near a brain lesion, the amount of octanoate uptake also increases, so this indicates the possibility that {sup 11}C-octanoate will detect a brain lesion. (author)

  8. Comparative study of peritumoral area of high- and low-grade astrocytoma with CTP%高、低级别脑星形细胞瘤瘤周区CTP研究

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    袁涛; 王巍巍; 全冠民; 赵宁; 高丽娟

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨高、低级别星形细胞瘤瘤周区CT灌注成像(CTP)参数的差异及其病理基础.方法:对30例手术与病理证实的脑星形细胞瘤(低级别星形细胞瘤10例、高级别星形细胞瘤20例)行术前CT平扫、增强及CTP检查,测量强化区近侧1cm处或低强化区距边缘1cm处的脑血流量(CBF)、脑血容量(CBV)、平均通过时间(MTT)及脑血管表面通透性(PS)值.比较高、低级别脑星形细胞瘤瘤周区CTP参数差异.对照影像学,采用肿瘤切除前活检的方法取得标本,观察瘤周区病理表现.结果:高级别星形细胞瘤瘤周区CBF、CBV、MTT及PS值高于低级别星形细胞瘤瘤周区.CBF、CBV、MTT及PS值,高级别星形细胞瘤瘤周区分别为(50.05士14.05)ml/(min· 100g)、(3.50士1.79)ml/100g、( 5.84±2.95)s及(1.23±1.75)ml/(min.100g),低级别星形细胞瘤瘤周区分别为(25.20±8.67)ml/(min·100g)、(1.61±0.68)ml/100g、(4.83±1.63)s及(0.33±0.27)ml/(min·100g),二组间CBF、CBV差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).组织学上,高级别与低级别星形细胞瘤瘤周区均可见散在肿瘤细胞,前者肿瘤细胞密度较大、血管较多.结论:高级别与低级别脑星形细胞瘤瘤周区CBF、CBV有明显差别,其病理基础不同.%Objective: To probe the difference of CT perfusion (CTF) parameters of peritumoral area between high- and low-grade intracranial astrocytoma, and to explore the pathologic basis. Methods: Thirty cases of intracranial asytrocytoma, proven by surgery and pathologic examination, including 10 cases of low-grade tumors (WHO grade I and II) and 20 cases of high-grade tumors, were examined for precontrast CT, postcontrast CT and CTP. We mearsured the CTP parameters, including CBF, CBV, MTT and PS at the area of lcm from the margin of enhancement or the margin of the non-enhanced lesion. Paired t test was made for comparison of the CTP parameters of high- and low-grade astrocytoma with the software SPSS 17.0 for refering CTP

  9. Expression and significance of TIP30, VEGF and CD34 in brain astrocytoma%脑星形细胞瘤中TIP30、VEGF和CD34的表达及其相关性研究

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    赵玉红; 张杰英; 崔爱荣; 马毓梅; 王恒树; 李月红; 吴文新; 张祥宏

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the expression and relationship of TIP30(HIV-1 Tat interactive protein 2), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and MVD (detected by CD34) in the angiogenesis of human brain astrocytomas. Methods Expression of TIP30, VEGF and CD34 in 19 cases of normal brain tissue and 71 cases of astrocytoma were immunohistochemically examined with Elivision plus two-step method. Results The positive expression of TIP30 could be seen in cytoplasm of neuroglial cells and neurons of 19 normal brain tissues. The positive expression rate of TIP30 in 71 cases of astrocytoma was 33.80 % (24/ 71). The positive expression rate of TIP30 in astrocytoma of different grades was 52 % for grade Ⅱ, 34.78 % for grade Ⅲ and 13.04 % for grade Ⅳ. The positive expression rate of TIP30 in high grade (Ⅲ+Ⅳ) of astrocytoma was found significantly lower than that in low grade(Ⅱ) (χ2=5.71, P <0.05); The expression of VEGF and MVD detected by CD34 in astrocytomas were higher than that in normal brain tissue and increased as the tumor grade increased; In astrocytoma, the negtive correlation was found between the expression of TIP30 and VEGF (r=-0.428, P<0.05); no correlation was found between TIP30 and MVD(r=-0.065, P 0.05); the positive correlation was found between VEGF and MVD(r=0.684, P<0.01). Conclusion The positive expression rate of TIP30 in normal brain tissue is significantly higher than that in astrocytoma. The positive expression rate of TIP30 significantly decreases as the pathological grade of the astrocytoma increases; The expression of TIP30 and VEGF is negatively correlated in astrocytoma.%目的 探讨脑星形细胞瘤中TIP30、血管内皮生长因子(VEGF)、CD34的表达情况及其病理意义.方法 采用免疫组织化学Elivision plus两步法,检测19例正常腑组织及71例星形细胞瘤组织中TIF30、VEGF及CD34的表达.结果 TIP30在19例正常脑组织神经胶质细胞及神经元胞质内均呈阳性表达;71

  10. Application value of DTI and DTT in diagnosis of different grades astrocytoma%磁共振DTI与DTT在星形细胞瘤分级诊断中的应用价值

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    魏璇; 金国宏; 哈若水

    2012-01-01

    Objective To measure and analysis ADC and FA of the high-grade and low-grade intracranial astrocytoma, to discuss the values of DTI and diffusion tensor tractography ( DTT) in the diagnosis of different grades astrocytoma. Methods A total of 30 cases astrocytoma were performed by pathology (including 14 cases of WHO Ⅰ -Ⅱ ,16 cases of WHO Ⅲ-Ⅳ). Average ADC and FA values were measured in the tumor parenchyma region, peri-tumoral region (with a distant of 1. 5 cm which outside the tumor parenchyma region) and corresponding contralateral normal brain tissue. The impact of morphology and struction about white matter fiber bundle was observed in the different grades astrocytoma. Results Signal intensity of 30 cases astrocytoma about ADC and FA maps in tumor parenchyma region, peri-tumoral region and normal brain tissue were obviously different. FA and ADC values of tumor parenchyma and peri-tumoral region were obviously lower than normal brain tissue. On FA and DTT map of Ⅰ and Ⅱ grade astrocytoma, the white matter fiber bundle mainly showed significant rarefaction and displacement of fiber bundles, with clear boundary adjacent to the white matter. Whereas invasion and infiltration of the white matter fiber bundles with relatively ill-defined border were showed in Ⅲ and Ⅳgrade astrocytoma. On DTT map of Ⅲ-Ⅳgrade astrocytoma,showd partial disruption, compression, deviation and displacement fiber bundles. Compared with the contralateral normal brain tissue, FA values of tumor parenchyma and peri-tumoral region were obvious lower( P 0.05). Conclusions DTI can help define different grades astrocytoma and can distinguish tumor parenchyma between peri-tumoral region. DTT can clearly show the destructive degree of cerebral white matter fiber bundle in different grades astrocytoma.%目的 通过对高级别及低级别星形细胞瘤的表观扩散系数(ADC值)及各向异性分数(FA值)的测量分析,探讨磁共振扩散张量成像(DTI)及纤维束成

  11. 星形细胞瘤周水肿区CD105、VEGF的表达及意义%Expression of CD105 and VEGF in Edematus Areas of Human Astrocytomas

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    王浩; 胡继良; 俆菲; 魏强国; 翟宝进

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To study the expression of CD105 and VEGF in the edematus areas around human astrocytomas and analyze its clinical significance. Methods: Fifty-one cases with astrocytomas and nine normal controls were recruited. According to their data of T2WI, the degree of brain edema was categorized into 3 grades. The expression of CD105 and VEGF in the edematous areas around astrocytomas were detected by immunohistochemical staining. The mi-crovessel density (MVD) was calculated and the relation between CD105-MVD, VEGF and degree of edema was analyzed. Results: No CD105 or VEGF was detected in normal brain tissue. In cases with astrocytomas, CD105-MVD was positively related to the degree of brain edema (r = 0. 997,P<0. 05) , the expression of VEGF was positively related to CD105-MVD and the degree of brain edema (r = 0. 923,r=0. 929,P<0. 05). Conclusion: The expression of VEGF may promote the expression of CD105 ( + ) microvessels, which contribute to the vasogenic brain edema around astrocytomas. The edematous area may be invaded by astrocytomas easily due to large number of new blood vessels marked by CD105.%目的:探讨CD105及VEGF在星形细胞瘤周水肿区表达情况及临床意义.方法:星形细胞瘤患者51例,依据其术前MRI T2 WI序列图像将瘤周水肿分为3度,术中取对应水肿组织后行CD105及VEGF免疫组化染色,计算微血管密度(MVD),并分析其表达水平与水肿程度的关系;正常脑组织标本9例为对照.结果:正常脑组织无CD105及VEGF表达;瘤周水肿区CD105-MVD与水肿分度正相关(r=0.997,P<0.05);VEGF表达与CD105-MVD正相关(r=0.923,P<0.05),同时与水肿分度正相关(r=0.929,P<0.05).结论:瘤周VEGF表达和持续存在可能是促进CD105阳性微血管的形成,进而造成血管源性瘤周水肿的始动因素.水肿区大量CD105标记新生血管出现提示该区可能是瘤细胞易于发生浸润的区域.

  12. Expression and significance of p27kip 1 and PCNA in human brain astrocytomas%人脑星形细胞瘤中p27kip1蛋白和增殖细胞核抗原PCNA表达的变化

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    张丽红; 齐蕾; 单丽辉; 柴翠翠; 韩伟; 王立峰

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To detect the expression of the p27kipl and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA )in human brain astrocytomas and relationship with the pathology grade and discuss the value of p27kipl in astrocytoma development. Methods: SP immunohistochemical analysis was used for detection the expression of p27kipl and PCNA in 64 astrocytomas. Results: The percents of p2Tkipl positive labeling cells decreased along with the growing of pathology grade in human astrocytomas. However, PCNA was on the contrary, a significant negative correlation is observed between the p27kipl and PCNA. Conclusion: The decreased p2Tkipl protein expression might play an important role in the genesis and development of human brain astrocytomas, immuohistochemical analysis of PCNA might be useful in deciding the grade of malignant of astrocytoma.%目的:研究p27kip1蛋白和增殖细胞核抗原(proliferating cell nuclear antigen,PCNA)在星形细胞瘤中的表达与肿瘤病理分级的关系,探讨p27kip1蛋白在星形细胞瘤演变过程中的意义.方法:SP免疫组化法对64例星形细胞瘤的p27kip1蛋白和PCNA表达进行观察.结果:随着病理级别的升高,p27kip1阳性细胞百分率降低,而PCNA则相反,两者的表达成显著负相关.结论:p27kip1表达的缺失可能与星形细胞瘤的发生发展密切相关,PCNA能较客观地反映肿瘤的恶性程度.

  13. Correlation of 64-slices CT Features with Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Expression in Brain Astrocytoma%VEGF在脑星形细胞瘤中的表达与64排CT征象的关系

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    蔡胜艳; 孙妍; 胡嘉航

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨脑星形细胞瘤64排CT征象与VEGF表达之间的关系.方法:搜集经手术证实的脑星形细胞瘤30例,分析其CT表现,术后对肿瘤组织标本进行免疫组化染色,分析其VEGF表达的程度与CT征象之间的关系.结果:星形细胞瘤的VEGF表达程度与肿瘤的分级、瘤周水肿的范围及肿瘤的强化程度有相关性.结论:星形细胞瘤的CT表现可以反映VEGF的表达程度,能对临床治疗方案的选择和患者预后的评估起到重要作用.%Objective To study the correlation of 64-slices CT features with vascular endolhelial growth factor(VEGF) expression in brain astrocytoma. Methods CT findings in 30 cases with surgically and pathologically proved astrocytoma were retrospectively analyzed. VEGF was stained with immuno- histochemical technique, and VEGF expression levels were compared with CTfeatures. Results VEGF expression levels were with correlated with pathological grade, the extent of per tumor edema and the degree of contrast enhancement. Conclusion CT features of astrocytoma can reflect VEGF expression levels. It is important for the choice of clinical treatment and prognostic evaluation of patients. [Chinese Medical Equipment Journal,2012,33(6):67-68

  14. Notch家族成员在星形细胞瘤及髓母细胞瘤中的表达%Expression of Notch family members in astrocytomas and medulloblastomas

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    许鹏; 浦佩玉; 康春生; 贾志凡; 张安玲; 韩磊; 王广秀

    2010-01-01

    Objective To detect the differential expression of Notch family members in human astrocytomas and medulloblastomas and to evaluate the role of Notch 1,2,3,4 in the development of both tumor types.MethodImmunohistochemical staining SP method and Western blot analysis were used to detect Notch 1,2,3,4 expression in tissue arrays and freshly resected samples of normal brain tissues,astrocytomas and medulloblastomas respectively.ResultsThere was no expression of Notch family members in normal brain tissues.Notch 1,3 and 4 were highly expressed but Notch 2 was not expressed in astrocytomas.The percentage of positive tumor cells and expression level of Notchl were increased just as the increase of tumor grade.On the other hand,overexpression of Notch 2 was detected in medulloblastoma in contrast with low or no expression of Notch 1,3,4.Conclusions Different expressions of Notch 1,2,3,4were found in astrocytomas and medulloblastomas.This may be related to their different functional activities during the process of brain development.%目的 检测Notch家族成员Notchl~4蛋白在人脑星形细胞瘤及髓母细胞瘤中的表达,探讨其在肿瘤生成中的作用.方法 应用组织芯片免疫组化染色及Western Blot检测正常脑组织、不同级别大脑星形细胞瘤、小脑髓母细胞瘤中Notch 1、2、3、4蛋白的表达.结果 正常脑组织中Notch 1、2、3、4蛋白均无表达;星形细胞瘤中Notch 1、3、4蛋白的阳性表达率及表达强度随肿瘤病理级别的增高而增高,Notch 2无表达;髓母细胞瘤中Notch 1、3、4低或无表达,Notch 2呈高表达.结论 Notch 1、2、3、4在星形细胞瘤及髓母细胞瘤中表达有所差异,可能与Notch家族成员在脑发育过程中的作用不同有关.

  15. SU-E-J-212: MR Diffusion Tensor Imaging for Assessment of Tumor and Normal Brain Tissue Responses of Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma Treated by Proton Therapy

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    Hou, P; Park, P; Li, H; Zhu, X; Mahajan, A; Grosshans, D [M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can measure molecular mobility at the cellular level, quantified by the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). DTI may also reveal axonal fiber directional information in the white matter, quantified by the fractional anisotropy (FA). Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA) is a rare brain tumor that occurs in children and young adults. Proton therapy (PT) is increasingly used in the treatment of pediatric brain tumors including JPA. However, the response of both tumors and normal tissues to PT is currently under investigation. We report tumor and normal brain tissue responses for a pediatric case of JPA treated with PT assessed using DTI. Methods: A ten year old male with JPA of the left thalamus received passive scattered PT to a dose of 50.4 Gy (RBE) in 28 fractions. Post PT, the patient has been followed up in seven years. At each follow up, MRI imaging including DTI was performed to assess response. MR images were registered to the treatment planning CT and the GTV mapped onto each MRI. The GTV contour was then mirrored to the right side of brain through the patient’s middle line to represent normal brain tissue. ADC and FA were measured within the ROIs. Results: Proton therapy can completely spare contra lateral brain while the target volume received full prescribed dose. From a series of MRI ADC images before and after PT at different follow ups, the enhancement corresponding to GTV had nearly disappeared more than 2 years after PT. Both ADC and FA demonstrate that contralateral normal brain tissue were not affect by PT and the tumor volume reverted to normal ADC and FA values. Conclusion: DTI allowed quantitative evaluation of tumor and normal brain tissue responses to PT. Further study in a larger cohort is warranted.

  16. SU-E-J-212: MR Diffusion Tensor Imaging for Assessment of Tumor and Normal Brain Tissue Responses of Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma Treated by Proton Therapy

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    Purpose: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can measure molecular mobility at the cellular level, quantified by the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). DTI may also reveal axonal fiber directional information in the white matter, quantified by the fractional anisotropy (FA). Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA) is a rare brain tumor that occurs in children and young adults. Proton therapy (PT) is increasingly used in the treatment of pediatric brain tumors including JPA. However, the response of both tumors and normal tissues to PT is currently under investigation. We report tumor and normal brain tissue responses for a pediatric case of JPA treated with PT assessed using DTI. Methods: A ten year old male with JPA of the left thalamus received passive scattered PT to a dose of 50.4 Gy (RBE) in 28 fractions. Post PT, the patient has been followed up in seven years. At each follow up, MRI imaging including DTI was performed to assess response. MR images were registered to the treatment planning CT and the GTV mapped onto each MRI. The GTV contour was then mirrored to the right side of brain through the patient’s middle line to represent normal brain tissue. ADC and FA were measured within the ROIs. Results: Proton therapy can completely spare contra lateral brain while the target volume received full prescribed dose. From a series of MRI ADC images before and after PT at different follow ups, the enhancement corresponding to GTV had nearly disappeared more than 2 years after PT. Both ADC and FA demonstrate that contralateral normal brain tissue were not affect by PT and the tumor volume reverted to normal ADC and FA values. Conclusion: DTI allowed quantitative evaluation of tumor and normal brain tissue responses to PT. Further study in a larger cohort is warranted

  17. Pilocytic astrocytoma following radiotherapy for craniopharyngioma: case report Astrocitoma pilocítico pós-radioterapia para tratamento de craniofaringioma: relato de caso

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    LEONARDO BONILHA

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available Administration of fractionated doses of irradiation is part of the adjutant therapy for CNS tumours such as craniopharyngiomas and pituitary adenomas. It can maximise cure rates or expand symptom-free period. Among the adverse effects of radiotherapy, the induction of a new tumour within the irradiated field has been frequently described. The precise clinical features that correlate irradiation and oncogenesis are not completely defined, but some authors have suggested that tumors are radiation induced when they are histologically different from the treated ones, arise in greater frequency in irradiated patients than among normal population and tend to occur in younger people with an unusual aggressiveness. In this article, we report a case of a papillary astrocytoma arising in a rather unusual latency period following radiotherapy for craniopharyngioma.A administração de doses fracionadas de radiação é parte do tratamento adjuvante de tumores do sistema nervoso central como craniofaringiomas ou adenomas hipofisários. A radioterapia pode aumentar as chances de cura ou expandir o período livre de sintomas. Dentre seus efeitos adversos, é conhecida a possibilidade de aparecimento de novo tumor na região irradiada. Os critérios que definem se um novo tumor é de fato induzido por radiação ainda não são completamente definidos. Adimite-se, no entanto, que se o novo tumor é histologicamente diferente do primeiro, aparece em indivíduos mais jovens e é mais agressivo que o habitual, provavelmente sua origem é devida à oncogênese da irradiação. Descrevemos um caso de astrocitoma pilocítico possivelmente induzido por radioterapia, com surgimento em tempo de latência inesperadamente curto.

  18. Exploratory evaluation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional methods of FDG PET quantification in pediatric anaplastic astrocytoma: a report from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC)

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    Williams, Gethin; Treves, S. Ted [Harvard Medical School, Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine, Children' s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA (United States); Fahey, Frederic H. [Harvard Medical School, Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine, Children' s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA (United States); Harvard Medical School, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA (United States); Kocak, Mehmet; Boyett, James M.; Kun, Larry E. [St Jude Children' s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN (United States); Pollack, Ian F. [Children' s Hospital Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Young Poussaint, Tina [Harvard Medical School, Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA (United States)

    2008-09-15

    The rationale of this study was to investigate the feasibility of three-dimensional (3D) methods to analyze {sup 18}F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose (FDG) uptake in children with anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) in a multi-institutional trial, to compare 3D and two-dimensional (2D) methods and explore data associations with progression-free survival (PFS). 3D tumor volumes from pretreatment MR images (fluid attenuation inversion recovery and postgadolinium) of children with recurrent AA on a phase I trial of imatinib mesylate were coregistered to FDG positron emission tomography (PET) images. PET data were normalized. Four metrics were defined: the maximum ratio (maximum pixel value within the 3D tumor volume, normalized), the total ratio (cumulative pixel values within the tumor volume, normalized) and tumor mean ratio (total pixel value divided by volume, normalized). 2D analysis methods were compared. Cox proportional hazards models were used to estimate the association between these methods and PFS. Strongest correlations between 2D and 3D methods were with analyses using postcontrast T1 images for volume of interest (VOI). The analyses suggest 3D maximum tumor and mean tumor ratios, whether normalized by gray matter or white matter, were associated with PFS. This study of a series of pretreatment AA patients suggests that 3D PET methods using VOIs based on postcontrast T1 correlate with 2D methods and are related to PFS. These methods yield an estimate of metabolically active tumor burden and may add prognostic information after tumor grade is determined. Future rigorous multi-institutional protocols with larger numbers of patients will be required for validation. (orig.)

  19. Expression of phosphatase and tensin homolog, epidermal growth factor receptor, and Ki-67 in astrocytoma: A prospective study in a tertiary care hospital

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    Rajdeep Saha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Though the tumor grade is a key factor influencing the choice of therapies, particularly determining the use of adjuvant radiation and specific chemotherapy protocols, role of abnormality in phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN expression and variation in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR labeling index (LI and Ki-67 LI in survival and clinical outcome have been studied by many researchers in the recent past. Aims: The aim was to evaluate the expression of PTEN, EGFR and Ki-67 in different grades of astrocytic tumors by means of immunohistochemistry and to judge their role in overall survival (OS. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted on 57 cases of different grades of astrocytomas. Expression of PTEN, EGFR and Ki-67 was assessed by immunohistochemistry on formalin fixed and paraffin-embedded sections and the OS was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier survival curves and log-rank test for 2.5 years from the date of primary resection. Results: Most of the tumors (59.6%; 34 cases out of 57 displayed WHO Grade IV features. Distribution of age, EGFR LI and Ki-67 LI expressed strong positive (≥0.5 correlation with the grade of tumors. However, the PTEN positivity was inversely related with the grade of the tumors. Lower WHO grades, lower values of Ki-67 LI, EGFR LI and PTEN positivity were associated with better survival. Conclusion: Expression of PTEN, EGFR LI and Ki-67 LI should be combined with the basic histopathological features including WHO grade to predict the prognosis and therapeutic outcome.

  20. Low rates of recurrence and slow progression of pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma after gross-total resection: justification for reducing surveillance imaging.

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    Dodgshun, Andrew J; Maixner, Wirginia J; Hansford, Jordan R; Sullivan, Michael J

    2016-05-01

    OBJECTIVE Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are common brain tumors in children. Optimal management of PA is gross-total resection (GTR), after which event-free survival (EFS) is excellent. The tempo of recurrences, when they do occur, is relatively sparsely reported, and there is no agreed upon surveillance recommendation for patients in this category. It has been suggested that surveillance MRI is performed too frequently and could be safely reduced in both frequency and duration. The authors conducted a retrospective review of pediatric patients with PA who underwent GTR at a single institution over an 18-year period and who had documented recurrences. METHODS All patients under 18 years of age who had undergone GTR of a PA between 1996 and 2013 were included in the study. Clinical, radiological, and tumor characteristics were recorded. RESULTS Sixty-seven patients met the criteria for GTR over the period studied. The 5-year EFS rate was 95% (95% CI 89%-100%) and overall survival was 100%. Recurrences showed a nonsignificant trend of occurring more commonly in patients with persistent nonenhancing FLAIR abnormalities after surgery, but there was no difference with regard to tumor location. All recurrences occurred before 3 years postresection, all were asymptomatic, and all patients were observed for at least one additional scan after the initial detection during routine surveillance MRI before further therapy was undertaken. CONCLUSIONS EFS and overall survival are excellent after GTR in this population with PAs. Progression after recurrence occurs slowly and is asymptomatic. A less intensive schedule of MRI surveillance in this group of patients would result in time and cost savings, without compromising safety. The authors suggest a schedule of 6 MRI scans to be obtained postoperatively, at 3-6 months, then at 1, 2, 3.5, and 5 years. PMID:26722760

  1. Expression of p73 and p53 protein in brain astrocytoma%脑星形细胞瘤组织p73和p53蛋白的表达

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    翟广; 宋来君; 王树凯; 张志强; 冯祖荫

    2001-01-01

    To explore the expression of p73 and p53 protein in brainastrocytoma and to investigate the role of p73 inthe genesis of brain astrocytoma. Meffocd: The expression of p73 and p53 protein was detected by immunohistochemistry in 63cases of asttrocytoma (grade I 8,grade 1I 21,grade 1II 24 and grade 1V 10) and 10 normal brain tissue samples. Res ult: A totalof 17 out of the 63 cases of brain astrocytomas appeared p73 positive. The positivity rate in high pathological grade astrocytornas(grade 1Ⅲ and Ⅳ, 38.2 % ) was higher than that in low grade astrocytomas ( grade I and II, 13.8 % ) ( x2 = 4.75, P < 0. 05 ).None of the 10 normal brain tissues was found p73 positive. Out of the 17 p73 - positive astrocytomas, 12 cases overexpressed p53protein. C onclusion: Abnormal expression of wild p73 may involve in the genesis of astrocytoma. Abnormal expression of p73may be due to mutation of 153.%目的:探讨脑星形细胞瘤组织P73和P5蛋白的表达及其与星形细胞瘤的病理发生的关系。方法:利用免疫组化方法检测了63例脑星形细胞瘤组织(I级8例,Ⅱ级21例,Ⅲ级24例,Ⅳ级10例)及10例正常脑组织P73、P53蛋白表达。结果:17例脑星形细胞瘤组织呈P73蛋白阳性表达,高病理级别的星形细胞瘤组织P73蛋白阳性表达率(Ⅲ、Ⅳ级,38.2%)明显高于低病理级别的星形细胞瘤组织(I、Ⅱ级,13.8%)(x2=4.75,P<0.05),10例正常脑组织均呈阴性表达。在17例P73蛋白阳性表达的脑星形细胞瘤组织中,12例呈P53蛋白过度表达。结论:野生型P73蛋白表达异常可能参与脑星形细胞瘤的病理发生,P53突变可能与P73表达异常有关。

  2. Comparative observation on MRI features of intramedullary ependymoma and astrocytoma%对比观察髓内室管膜瘤及星形细胞瘤的MRI特征

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    潘豪; 刘斌; 钱银锋; 王海宝

    2011-01-01

    Objective To improve the diagnostic accuracy by comparative observation on MRI features of intramedullary ependymoma and astrocytoma. Methods MRI and clinical data of 40 patients (28 with intramedullary ependymomas and 12 with intramedullary astrocytomas) confirmed by pathology were analyzed retrospectively. MRI features were compared between the two diseases. Results The signal of intramedullary ependymoma and astrocytoma on plain MRI were similar, which showed iso- or hypo-intensity on T1WI and heterogeneous hyper-intensity on T2WI. Among 28 cases of intramedullary ependymomas. 26 were found with expansive growth surrounding the cord, 18 with clear boundary, 21 with cysts in tumors or adjacent to tumors. Significant enhancement happened in 21 cases of intramedullary ependymomas, homogeneous enhancement happened in 19 cases, and "cap sign" was found in 4 cases. Among 12 cases of intramedullary astrocytomas, eccentric growth was noticed in 9 cases, 9 cases were found with unclear boundary, 5 cases with visible cysts, and mild enhancement was found in 8 cases, mainly with patchy and nodular enhancement. There were significant differences in the growth pattern, border, degree and manner of enhancement between the two tumors (P<0. 05). Conclusion MRI features are helpful to differential diagnosis between intramedullary ependymomas and astrocytomas.%目的 对比观察髓内室管膜瘤及星形细胞瘤的MRI特征,以提高诊断准确率.方法 回顾性分析经手术病理证实的28例髓内室管膜瘤及12例星形细胞瘤的MRI及相关临床资料,对比分析二者MRI表现的差异.结果 髓内室管膜瘤及星形细胞瘤的平扫MRI信号类似,T1WI呈等或低信号,T2WI以不均匀高信号为主.28例髓内室管膜瘤中,中心性膨胀性生长26例,边界清楚18例,21例可见瘤内及瘤周囊变,明显强化21例,均匀强化19例,4例出现“帽征”;12例星形细胞瘤中,偏心性生长9例,边界不清9例,出现囊变5

  3. 星形细胞瘤中血管生成拟态的鉴定及其临床意义%Identification of vasculogenic mimicry in astrocytoma and its clinical significance

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    张熙; 郭世文; 尉春艳

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate vasculogenic mimicry (VM) in astrocytoma and its clinical significance. Methods Three-dimensional culture system of U87 cells was constructed to observe VM. The presence of VM in 65 specimens of astrocytoma was observed by immunohistochemical and histological double staining of CD34 and PAS. Results After three-dimensional culture, U87 cells remolded and fused with each other, forming wreath and network structure. The immunohistochemical and histological double staining showed that VM was present in astrocytoma. VM was not found in grade Ⅰ and Ⅱ astrocytoma. The positive rate of VM in grade Ⅳ group (7/25) was significantly higher than that in grade Ⅲ group (3/18). VM density was 8.81±2.84/HP in grade Ⅳ group and 5.55± 3.13/HP in grade Ⅲ group; it increased with the increase of malignancy. There were significant differences between the groups. Conclusion VM is present in astrocytoma and it is correlated with the malignancy.%目的 明确星形细胞瘤中是否存在血管生成拟态及其临床意义.方法 应用三维培养技术、HE染色、免疫组织化学与组织化学双重染色方法,观察星形细胞瘤中拟态血管的存在情况.结果 星形细胞瘤细胞株三维培养后发生细胞重塑,彼此融合,相互连接形成网状结构;免疫组织化学与组织化学双重染色可见,Ⅰ、Ⅱ级星形细胞瘤中均未发现血管生成拟态;Ⅲ级星形细胞瘤中发现有3例存在血管生成拟态(3/18),血管生成拟态密度为(5.55±3.13)个/HP;Ⅳ级星形细胞瘤中发现有7例存在血管生成拟态(7/25),血管生成拟态密度为(8.81±2.84)个/HP;血管生成拟态随着恶性程度的增加明显增加,各组间差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 星形细胞瘤中存在血管生成拟态现象,血管生成拟态与肿瘤的恶性程度呈正相关.

  4. Survival improvement in anaplastic astrocytoma, combining external radiation with halogenated pyrimidines: final report of RTOG 86-12, phase I-II study

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    Purpose: This study evaluated the toxicity and tumor efficacy of the halopyrimidine IUdR as a chemical modifier of radiation response in patients with malignant glioma. The preliminary results published in 1993 demonstrated no real advantage in the group of patients with glioblastoma. However, a benefit appeared to be evolving in the group of patients with Anaplastic Astrocytoma (AA). We are now presenting the results on the long-term follow-up of patients with AA. Methods and Materials: Between August 1987 and October 1991, 79 patients were entered in a prospective study with newly diagnosed malignant glioma. Twenty-one of 79 were AA. The study was designed to have a fixed dose of radiation consisting of 60.16 Gy in 32 fractions in 6.5 weeks but varying the dose schedule of IUdR, delivered in a continuous intravenous infusion of long (96 h) or short (48 and 24 h) duration, every week for the 6.5 weeks of radiation treatment. Results: The last AA patient was entered in March 1991. Ninety-five percent of the AA patients were under 59 years of age and 86% had a Karnofsky score 80. Thirty-eight percent had a tumor diameter of less than 5 cm and 52% had a tumor diameter between 5-10 cm. Seventy-six percent had partial or total tumor resection. The toxicity of this treatment was acceptable and has already been published elsewhere. At the time of this report, 14 out of 21 patients with AA are dead. The median survival, calculated from the Kaplan-Meier, is 3.2 years. Thirty-three percent of the patients have survived 5 years. These results compare favorably with the best results reported in the literature with postoperative external radiation plus chemotherapy, median survival time (MST) of 3 years, and previous Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) experience with radiation alone, MST of 2 years. Conclusions: Our findings in patients with AA corroborate the improved therapeutic results published recently when combining external radiation with 'long' infusion of i

  5. Treatment of human astrocytoma U87 cells with silicon dioxide nanoparticles lowers their survival and alters their expression of mitochondrial and cell signaling proteins

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available James CK Lai1, Gayathri Ananthakrishnan1,2, Sirisha Jandhyam1, Vikas V Dukhande1, Alok Bhushan1, Mugdha Gokhale1, Christopher K Daniels1, Solomon W Leung31Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Biomedical Research Institute, 2Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Kasiska College of Health Professions, 3Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Biomedical Research Institute, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, USAAbstract: Recent evidence suggests silicon dioxide micro- and nanoparticles induce cytotoxic effects on lung cells. Thus, there is an increasing concern regarding their potential health hazard. Nevertheless, the putative toxicity of nanoparticles in mammalian cells has not yet been systematically investigated. We previously noted that several metallic oxide nanoparticles exert differential cytotoxic effects on human neural and nonneural cells. Therefore, we hypothesized that silicon dioxide nanoparticles induce cytotoxicity in U87 cells by lowering their survival by decreasing cell survival signaling and disturbing mitochondrial function. To investigate this hypothesis, we determined the activities of the key mitochondrial enzymes, citrate synthase and malate dehydrogenase, in astrocytoma U87 cells treated with silicon dioxide nanoparticles. In addition, we studied the expression of the mitochondrial DNA-encoded proteins, cytochrome C oxidase II and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADPH dehydrogenase subunit 6, and cell signaling pathway protein extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK and phosphorylated ERK in treated U87 cells. The activated form of ERK controls cell growth, differentiation, and proliferation. In parallel, we determined survival of U87 cells after treating them with various concentrations of silicon dioxide nanoparticles. Our results indicated that treatment with silicon dioxide nanoparticles induced decreases in U87 cell survival

  6. 人脑星形细胞瘤中Wiskott-Aldrich综合征蛋白质与T淋巴瘤侵袭转移诱导因子1蛋白表达的意义%Possible role of WASP and Tiam1 proteins in progression of astrocytomas

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    侯景辉; 曾敬; 卢佳斌; 吴惠瑜; 符珈; 吴秋良

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨不同病理学级别人脑星形细胞瘤中Rho GTPases相关信号通路蛋白Wiskott-Aldrich综合征蛋白质(WASP)与T淋巴瘤侵袭转移诱导因子1(Tiam1)所扮演的可能角色.方法 应用免疫组织化学法检测60例不同病理级别人脑星形细胞瘤组织中WASP、Tiam1蛋白表达,评估其与星形细胞瘤的病理分级及临床特征的关系.结果 (1)Tiam1蛋白高级别组的阳性率和高表达率均高于瘤旁脑组织和低级别组(P0.05).(3)WASP蛋白为阴性表达.结论 WASP蛋白与星形细胞瘤发生和进展的相关性不明确;Tiam1蛋白在了解星形细胞瘤恶性进展方面有参考价值,且可能是有预后价值因子之一.%Objective To explore the role of WASP and Tiaml proteins in progression of astrocytomas. Methods We Examined the expression of WASP and Tiaml proteins byimmmunohistochemical methods , and to analysis the correlation of WASP and Tiam 1 expression with clinicopathological factors in the 60 patients with astrocytomas. Results ( 1 ) The positivity rate and overexpression rate of Tiaml protein were significantly higher in the high -grade astrocytomas group than in the low-grade astrocytomas group or the brain tissues around tumor group ( P 0. 05 ). (3) WASP protein expression was negative in each group. Conclusions WASP probably is not correlated with the carcinogenesis and progression in astrocytomas . Tiaml may serve as a parameter for evaluating the carcinogenesis and progression in astrocytomas ,and work as a prognostic factor for astrocytomas patients.

  7. The inhibitory effect of CIL-102 on the growth of human astrocytoma cells is mediated by the generation of reactive oxygen species and induction of ERK1/2 MAPK

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    CIL-102 (1-[4-(furo[2,3-b]quinolin-4-ylamino)phenyl]ethanone) is the major active agent of the alkaloid derivative of Camptotheca acuminata, with multiple pharmacological activities, including anticancer effects and promotion of apoptosis. The mechanism by which CIL-102 inhibits growth remains poorly understood in human astrocytoma cells. Herein, we investigated the molecular mechanisms by which CIL-102 affects the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cell cycle G2/M arrest in glioma cells. Treatment of U87 cells with 1.0 μM CIL-102 resulted in phosphorylation of extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK1/2), downregulation of cell cycle-related proteins (cyclin A, cyclin B, cyclin D1, and cdk1), and phosphorylation of cdk1Tyr15 and Cdc25cSer216. Furthermore, treatment with the ERK1/2 inhibitor PD98059 abolished CIL-102-induced Cdc25cSer216 expression and reversed CIL-102-inhibited cdk1 activation. In addition, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), an ROS scavenger, blocked cell cycle G2/M arrest and phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and Cdc25cSer216 in U87 cells. CIL-102-mediated ERK1/2 and ROS production, and cell cycle arrest were blocked by treatment with specific inhibitors. In conclusion, we have identified a novel CIL-102-inhibited proliferation in U87 cells by activating the ERK1/2 and Cdc25cSer216 cell cycle-related proteins and inducing ROS production; this might be a new mechanism in human astrocytoma cells. -- Highlights: ► We show the effects of CIL-102 on the G2/M arrest of human astrocytoma cells. ► ROS and the Ras/ERK1/2 triggering pathways are involved in the CIL-102 treatment. ► CIL-102 induces sustained activation of ERK1/2 and Cdc25c and ROS are required.

  8. The inhibitory effect of CIL-102 on the growth of human astrocytoma cells is mediated by the generation of reactive oxygen species and induction of ERK1/2 MAPK

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    Teng, Chih-Chuan [Institute of Nursing and Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion Research Center, CGUST, Taiwan (China); Institute of Basic Medicine Science, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Kuo, Hsing-Chun [Institute of Nursing and Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion Research Center, CGUST, Taiwan (China); Cheng, Ho-Chen [Department of General Education, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, CGUST, Taiwan (China); Wang, Ting-Chung [Department of Neurosurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chia-Yi Center, Chiayi, Taiwan (China); Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Sciences, Chang Gung University, Gueishan, Taiwan (China); Sze, Chun-I, E-mail: szec@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Institute of Basic Medicine Science, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Pathology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2012-08-15

    CIL-102 (1-[4-(furo[2,3-b]quinolin-4-ylamino)phenyl]ethanone) is the major active agent of the alkaloid derivative of Camptotheca acuminata, with multiple pharmacological activities, including anticancer effects and promotion of apoptosis. The mechanism by which CIL-102 inhibits growth remains poorly understood in human astrocytoma cells. Herein, we investigated the molecular mechanisms by which CIL-102 affects the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cell cycle G2/M arrest in glioma cells. Treatment of U87 cells with 1.0 μM CIL-102 resulted in phosphorylation of extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK1/2), downregulation of cell cycle-related proteins (cyclin A, cyclin B, cyclin D1, and cdk1), and phosphorylation of cdk1Tyr{sup 15} and Cdc25cSer{sup 216}. Furthermore, treatment with the ERK1/2 inhibitor PD98059 abolished CIL-102-induced Cdc25cSer{sup 216} expression and reversed CIL-102-inhibited cdk1 activation. In addition, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), an ROS scavenger, blocked cell cycle G2/M arrest and phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and Cdc25cSer{sup 216} in U87 cells. CIL-102-mediated ERK1/2 and ROS production, and cell cycle arrest were blocked by treatment with specific inhibitors. In conclusion, we have identified a novel CIL-102-inhibited proliferation in U87 cells by activating the ERK1/2 and Cdc25cSer{sup 216} cell cycle-related proteins and inducing ROS production; this might be a new mechanism in human astrocytoma cells. -- Highlights: ► We show the effects of CIL-102 on the G2/M arrest of human astrocytoma cells. ► ROS and the Ras/ERK1/2 triggering pathways are involved in the CIL-102 treatment. ► CIL-102 induces sustained activation of ERK1/2 and Cdc25c and ROS are required.

  9. 过氧化物酶1,6和GFAP在人脑星形胶质细胞瘤中的表达及临床意义%Expressions of peroxiredoxin 1, peroxiredoxin 6 and GFAP in human brain astrocytoma and their clinical significance

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    周金桥; 刘秋红; 王景涛; 郭新宾; 宋来君

    2012-01-01

    目的 确定星形胶质细胞瘤中过氧化物酶1(Prxl)、过氧化物酶6(Prx6)和胶质纤维酸性蛋白(GFAP)的表达情况,探讨其表达水平与星形胶质细胞瘤恶性程度的关系.方法 采用Western blot、RT-PCR和免疫组化检测52例星形胶质细胞瘤(Ⅱ级23例、Ⅲ级15例、Ⅳ级14例)和12例正常脑组织标本中Prx1、Prx6和GFAP的表达情况.结果 Prx1、Prx6在正常脑组织、Ⅱ级、Ⅲ级、Ⅳ级星形胶质细胞瘤中蛋白和mRNA的表达水平逐渐升高,具有统计学意义(P<0.05);GFAP在Ⅲ、Ⅳ级星形胶质细胞瘤中蛋白和mRNA的表达水平低于Ⅱ级星形胶质细胞瘤和正常脑组织(P<0.05).结论 Prx1、Prx6和GFAP可能是临床评价星形胶质细胞瘤恶性程度和侵袭性的潜在生物标志物,可作为星形胶质细胞瘤生物治疗的潜在靶分子.%Objective To characterize the expressions of peroxiredoxin 1 (Prx1), peroxiredoxin 6 (Prx6) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) in human brain astrocytoma and explore their clinical significance. Methods The protein and mRNA expression levels of Prxl, Prx6 and GFAP in human brain astrocytoma and normal brain tissue specimens were determined by Western blotting, RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. Results The protein and mRNA expressions of Prxl and Prx6 increased significantly in the order of normal brain tissue, grade II astrocytoma, grade III astrocytoma and grade IV astrocytoma (P< 0.05). The protein and mRNA expressions of GFAP decreased significantly in grade III and IV astrocytoma compared with those in grade II astrocytoma and normal brain tissues (P<0.05). Conclusion Prxl and Prx6 may play important roles in the invasion and malignant development of human brain astrocytoma, and may serve as biomarkers for evaluating the invasiveness, malignancy and prognosis of the tumor as well as potential molecular targets in astrocytoma therapy.

  10. The Value of SWAN and 1H-MR Spectroscopy 3D Multi-voxel Imaging in Grading Astrocytoma%联合磁敏感加权成像及多体素质子波谱成像对脑星形细胞瘤分级诊断的研究

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    陈向荣; 许淑惠; 蔡建忠; 曹代荣

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the grading effectiveness of combined MR T2 star weighted angiography (SWAN) and 'H- MR spectroscopy 3D multi-voxel imaging in patients with astrocytoma. Materials and Methods 57 patients with primary astrocytoma underwent pre-operative MR examination. The astrocytomas were graded as low or high based on conventional MR imaging findings and compared to histopathologic grading. The sensitivity and specificity of conventional MR examination for identifying high-grade astrocytoma were calculated. These patients also underwent SWAN and 3D multi-voxel 'H-MRS examination on a 1.5T scanner (GE, HD) for grading and compared to histopathologic grading. Receiver operating characteristic analyses were performed to determine optimum thresholds for astrocytoma grading. The sensitivity and specificity were the combined SWAN and MRS imaging for identifying high-grade astrocytoma were calculated. Results Sensitivity and specificity for determining high-grade astrocytoma using conventional MR were 75.3% and 70.8%. A threshold value of grade two of intratumor susceptibility signal intensity on SWAN had sensitivity and specificity of 84.8% and 90.9% in determining high-grade astrocytoma. A threshold value of Cho/NAA=2.35 provided sensitivity and specificity of 86.4% and 81.2%. The combination of Cho/ NAA and the degree of intratumor susceptibility signal intensity on SWAN resulted in sensitivity and specificity of 93.2% and 81.0% respectively. Conclusion Compared with conventional MR imaging, combined Cho/NAA and the degree of intratumoral susceptibility signal intensity on SWAN can significantly increase sensitivity and decrease false negative rate in grading astrocytoma.%目的 探讨联合磁敏感加权成像和多体素质子波谱成像对脑低、高级星形细胞瘤的鉴别诊断价值.资料与方法 57例星形细胞瘤患者术前行MR平扫+增强扫描作出分级诊断,并与病理分级对照,计算敏感度、特异度;行磁

  11. 星形细胞瘤中PTEN、p53及Ki-67的表达与肿瘤细胞增殖及分级的关系%Expression of PTEN, p53, Ki-67 and its relationship with tumor histopathological grade and proliferation in astrocytoma

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    孙艳花; 温文; 关弘; 宋建明; 钟雪云

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨星形细胞瘤中PTEN、p53及Ki-67的表达水平及其与肿瘤细胞增殖及分级的关系.方法 采用免疫组织化学方法检测68例星形细胞瘤中PTEN、p53及Ki-67的表达水平.结果 星形细胞瘤中PTEN、p53及Ki-67的表达率分别是54.4%、45.6%及48.5%,随着肿瘤级别增加,PTEN的表达率下降,而p53、Ki-67的表达率上升,Spearman等级相关分析显示PTEN的表达与星形细胞瘤的分级呈负相关,p53、Ki-67的表达与分级呈正相关.PTEN阳性表达的37例星形细胞瘤标本中,Ki-67的阳性率是24.3%;而在PTEN阴性的31例标本中,Ki-67的阳性率是77.4%,PTEN表达与Ki-67表达呈负相关.结论 PTEN的表达与星形细胞瘤的分级呈负相关,Ki-67、p53的表达与星形细胞瘤组织病理分级呈正相关.PTEN在一定程度上可以抑制肿瘤细胞的增殖.%Objective To study the incidence of PTEN, p53 and Ki-67 expression in astrocytoma and show the relationship between PTEN, p53 expression and the proliferation activity. Methods The surgical specimens from 68 brain astrocytoma patients were analysed to detect PTEN, p53 and Ki-67 expression with immunohistochemical method. Results The incidence of PTEN, p53 and Ki-67 expression was 54.4 %,45.6 % and 48.5 % respectively in astrocytoma. With the grade of astrocytoma increasing the levels of PTEN protein decreased, on the other hand the levels of p53, Ki-67 increased. There was a negative correlation between PTEN expression and grade of astrocytoma while there was a positive correlation between p53, Ki-67 expression and grade of astrocytoma by using the Spearman Correlation test to analyse the data. The incidence of Ki-67 positive expression was 24.3 % in 37 cases exhibiting PTEN positive staining, whereas the incidence of Ki-67 positive expression was 77.4 % in 31 cases exhibiting PTEN negative staining. In statistics, there was an inverse correlation between PTEN and Ki-67 expression. Conclusion There is an inverse

  12. 18F-FDG PET/CT-Negative Recurrent High-Grade Anaplastic Astrocytoma Detected by 18F-FDOPA PET-CT

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    A 37-year-old woman with grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) of the left frontal lobe, underwent surgical excision, chemotherapy and external beam radiation therapy in 2004. After being in remission for 5 years, recurrence was suspected clinically when she presented with seizures. The result of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was equivocal for recurrence and radiation necrosis (not available ). The patient was then referred for 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT), as the initial primary tumour was high grade in nature. 18F-FDG PET-CT was negative for recurrence and demonstrated only post-operative changes in the left frontal region (Fig. 1a, b, arrow). Due to strong clinical suspicion, 3,4-dihydroxy-6-18F-fluoro-L-phenylalanine (18F-FDOPA) PET-CT was done, 5 days after 18F-FDG PET-CT. The study revealed an 18F-FDOPA-avid mass lesion in the left frontal region (Fig. 1c, d, arrow), thereby confirming the presence of recurrent disease. The patient underwent surgical resection of the mass, and it was confirmed by histopathology as grade 3 AA. However, after a short asymptomatic period of 4 months the patient became symptomatic again. Follow-up MRI after 6 months of surgery revealed presence of ipsilateral and contralateral multifocal contrast enhancing recurrent mass lesions (Fig. 1e, f, arrow), suggesting the progression of disease. The patient was started on temozolamide but she died after 8 months' follow-up. Though MRI is routinely used in assessment of brain tumours, its ability to differentiate between treatment-induced changes and residual or recurrent tumour is limited. 18F-FDG PET was the first tracer used for assessment of brain tumours; however, it has a low tumour-to-background ratio in brain, limiting its utility. 18F-FDG uptake correlates with tumour grade, with high-grade gliomas (grades III and IV) showing higher uptake than low-grade gliomas. Therefore, in spite of its

  13. {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT-Negative Recurrent High-Grade Anaplastic Astrocytoma Detected by {sup 18}F-FDOPA PET-CT

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    Karunanithi, Sellam; Singh, Harmandeep; Sharma, Punit; Gupta, Deepak Kumar; Bal, Chandrasekhar [All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (India)

    2013-12-15

    A 37-year-old woman with grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) of the left frontal lobe, underwent surgical excision, chemotherapy and external beam radiation therapy in 2004. After being in remission for 5 years, recurrence was suspected clinically when she presented with seizures. The result of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was equivocal for recurrence and radiation necrosis (not available ). The patient was then referred for {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose ({sup 18}F-FDG) positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT), as the initial primary tumour was high grade in nature. {sup 18}F-FDG PET-CT was negative for recurrence and demonstrated only post-operative changes in the left frontal region (Fig. 1a, b, arrow). Due to strong clinical suspicion, 3,4-dihydroxy-6-{sup 18}F-fluoro-L-phenylalanine ({sup 18}F-FDOPA) PET-CT was done, 5 days after {sup 18}F-FDG PET-CT. The study revealed an {sup 18}F-FDOPA-avid mass lesion in the left frontal region (Fig. 1c, d, arrow), thereby confirming the presence of recurrent disease. The patient underwent surgical resection of the mass, and it was confirmed by histopathology as grade 3 AA. However, after a short asymptomatic period of 4 months the patient became symptomatic again. Follow-up MRI after 6 months of surgery revealed presence of ipsilateral and contralateral multifocal contrast enhancing recurrent mass lesions (Fig. 1e, f, arrow), suggesting the progression of disease. The patient was started on temozolamide but she died after 8 months' follow-up. Though MRI is routinely used in assessment of brain tumours, its ability to differentiate between treatment-induced changes and residual or recurrent tumour is limited. {sup 18}F-FDG PET was the first tracer used for assessment of brain tumours; however, it has a low tumour-to-background ratio in brain, limiting its utility. {sup 18}F-FDG uptake correlates with tumour grade, with high-grade gliomas (grades III and IV) showing higher uptake

  14. Treatment Options for Childhood Astrocytomas

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    ... to grow. If fluid builds up around the brain and spinal cord, a cerebrospinal fluid diversion procedure may be done. Cerebrospinal fluid diversion is a method used to drain fluid that has built up around the brain ...

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    ... to grow. If fluid builds up around the brain and spinal cord, a cerebrospinal fluid diversion procedure may be done. Cerebrospinal fluid diversion is a method used to drain fluid that has built up around the brain ...

  16. Correlation analysis on MRI Diffusion Weighted Imaging(DWI),peritumoral edema and expression level of HIF-1αin cerebral astrocytoma%星形细胞瘤MRI弥散成像、瘤周水肿与HIF-1α表达水平的相关性分析

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    崔永鹏; 舒畅; 王静; 代研; 郁文芝; 李云超

    2014-01-01

    目的:通过磁共振成像(MRI)和MRI定量指标来研究星形细胞瘤弥散成像、瘤周水肿与肿瘤缺氧诱导因子-1α(HIF-1α)表达水平的相关性,以及星形细胞瘤在缺氧环境下的浸润、生长、增殖能力及恶性度,更好地指导临床治疗及预后评估。方法选取经手术病理证实的33例星形细胞瘤患者,术前均进行磁共振弥散加权成像(DWI)检查,并计算肿瘤实质部分的ADC值;计算MRI水肿指数(EI),采用免疫组化法检测HIF-1α的表达情况。结果低级别星形细胞瘤(WHOⅠ~Ⅱ级)的平均ADC值高于高级别星形细胞瘤(WHOⅢ~Ⅳ级),低级别星形细胞瘤平均EI值低于高级别星形细胞瘤,高、低级别星形细胞瘤中HIF-1α均有表达,且星形细胞瘤的HIF-1α表达水平随着星形细胞瘤临床病理程度增高而加强,低级别星形细胞瘤内部平均HIF-1α指数低于高级别星形细胞瘤;肿瘤区ADC值与HIF-1α呈显著负相关,肿瘤区ADC值和EI值呈负相关,HIF-1α和EI值无明显相关性。结论核磁共振定量参数ADC值、EI值与常规MRI联合应用及HIF-1α的表达可显著提高星形细胞瘤术前分级的准确性,进而指导治疗方案的选择;MRI虽然能很好地间接反应星形细胞瘤的分子生物学行径,但瘤周水肿不能用单一理论解释。%Objective To explore the value of the relationship among different MRI quantitative parameters,peritumoral edema and the expression of hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha(HIF-1α)in the preoperative diagnosis of cerebral astrocytoma. The ability of growth ,invasion and generation in the hypoxia condition will be better expressed by the diagnosis of MRI level ,which will be very helpful for evaluating pathological grade,preferably guiding clinical theraphy and the evaluating prognosis in cerebral astrocytoma. Methods Thirty-three cases of astrocytoma proved by operation and pathology were

  17. Unusual dissemination patterns of low-grade astrocytomas in childhood Padrões incomuns de disseminação dos astrocitomas de baixo grau na infância

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    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Low-grade astrocytomas are intracerebral lesions of relatively high frequency in the under-18 pediatric population. They often present indolent behaviour, and complete surgical resection is the choice treatment. In cases where the surgery is not possible, chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be used. Medical reports do not recommend examination of the spinal cord at diagnosis or during treatment, since the risk of dissemination of the lesion to the spine is minimal according to medical experience. We describe here four cases of children with low-grade astrocytoma with aggressive dissemination to the neuroaxis.CONTEXTO: Gliomas de baixo grau de malignidade são lesões intracerebrais relativamente freqüentes na população pediátrica menor de 18 anos de idade. Eles freqüentemente são indolentes em seu comportamento e a ressecção cirúrgica completa é o tratmento de eleição. Nos casos em que a cirurgia não é possível, a quimioterapia e a radioterapia podem ser utilizadas. Relatos da literatura não recomendam a avaliação radiológica da coluna espinhal ao diagnóstico ou durante o tratamento, desde que o risco de disseminação destas lesões para a coluna é considerado mínimo. Descrevemos aqui quatro casos de crianças com gliomas de baixo grau de malignidade com disseminação agressiva para o neuroeixo.

  18. 原癌基因Wip1在星形细胞瘤组织中的表达及其临床意义%Expression of proto-oncogene Wip1 in astrocytoma and its correlation with p53

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    梁朝辉; 焦保华; 郭二坤; 卢圣奎; 何心

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the expression of wild-type p53-induced phosphatase 1 (Wip1)in astrocytomas and its clinical significance. Methods In 32 cases of high-grade astrocytomas, 35 cases of low-grade astrocytomas and 10 cases of normal brain tissues the expression of Wip1 mRNA and protein was detected by using immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)and Western blotting. The expression of p53 was assayed in Wip1 positive tissues by using immunohistochemistry and Western blotting. The relationship between the Wip1 expression and clinicopathological features was analyzed. Results ( 1 ) Immunohistochemistry : The positve expression rate of Wip1 in highgrade astrocytoma, low-grade astrocytoma and normal brain tissues was 24/32 (75.0%), 11/35(31.4%) and 1/10 (10.0%) respectively. There was significant difference among three tissues (P<0. 05 ). (2) RT-PCR: The expression level of Wip1 mRNA in high-grade astrocytoma, low-grade astrocytoma and normal brain tissues was 0. 35 ±0. 07, 0. 07±0. 03 and 0. 05 ±0. 02 respectively. The expression level of Wip1 mRNA in high-grade astrocytoma was higher than that in low-grade astrocytoma and normal brain tissues (P <0. 05). (3) Western blotting: The relative expression of Wipl protein in high-grade astrocytoma, low-grade astrocytoma and normal brain tissues was 1.67 ±0. 12, 1.05 ±0.25 and 0.41 ±0. 16 respectively, p53 immunohistochemical staining revealed that only 13 were positive for p53 in 36Wip1 positive tissues. The high expression rate of Wip1 protein was negatively correlated with the expression of p53 ( r = - 0. 29). The relative expression of p53 protein in high-grade astrocytoma, low-grade astrocytoma and normal brain tissues was 0. 77 ±0. 09, 0. 63 ±0. 13 and 0. 21 ±0. 11 respectively. They was no statistically significant difference between high-grade astrocytoma and low-grade astrocytoma (P >0. 05), but the relative expression of p53 protein in high-grade astrocytoma

  19. 星形细胞瘤MRI扩散加权成像、肿瘤细胞密度与缺氧诱导因子-1α表达水平的相关性%Correlation Between Diffusion Weighted Imaging, Tumor Cellularity and Expression Level of Hypoxia-inducible Factor-1αin Cerebral Astrocytoma

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    崔永鹏; 舒畅; 朱雁兵; 王欢; 郁文芝

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the correlation among diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), tumor Cellularity and hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) for the high and low grade astrocytoma. Materials and Methods DWI was applied with 33 patients with astrocytoma confirmed by pathology, and ADC value was measured. Tumor Cellularity was measured using Scion Image 4.0.3.2. The expression of HIF-1α was tested using immunohistochemisty. Results Mean ADC value was higher in the low grade astrocytoma than that in the high grade astrocytoma (t=7.300, P<0.001). The tumor Cellularity was higher in the high grade astrocytoma than that in the low grade astrocytoma (t=-3.845, P<0.01). HIF-1αexpression could be demonstrated in the low grade [(20.08±10.01)%] and high grade [(47.91±19.03)%] astrocytoma. The negative correlation was demonstrated between ADC value and HIF-1αand tumor Cellularity (r=-0.756,-0.617;P<0.001). The positive correlation was demonstrated between HIF-1αand tumor Cellularity (r=0.622, P<0.001). Conclusion ADC value can be used to discriminate the low and high grade astrocytoma, and the role of HIF-1αshould be further to study with enlarged sample.%目的探讨高级别和低级别星形细胞瘤MRI DWI、肿瘤细胞密度与缺氧诱导因子-1α(HIF-1α)表达水平的相关性。资料与方法对术后病理确诊的33例星形细胞瘤患者术前行MRI DWI检查,并计算肿瘤实质部分的ADC值;用Scion Image 4.0.3.2软件计算肿瘤细胞密度;采用免疫组化检测HIF-1α的表达情况。结果低级别星形细胞瘤的平均ADC值高于高级别星形细胞瘤,差异有统计学意义(t=7.300, P<0.001)。高级别星形细胞瘤平均细胞密度值明显大于低级别星形细胞瘤,差异有统计学意义(t=-3.845, P<0.01)。低级别和高级别星形细胞瘤中均有HIF-1α表达,其表达强度分别为(20.08±10.01)%、(47.91±19.03)%。肿瘤ADC值与HIF-1α标记指数、肿瘤细胞密

  20. 冬凌草甲素诱导C6脑胶质瘤细胞凋亡的初步研究%Apoptosis of C6 astrocytoma cells induced by oridonin

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    尹波; 俞利生; 林坚; 盛汉松; 张弩

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the proliferation suppression and apoptosis inducing effect of oridonin on Rat C6 astrocytoma cells. Methods: C6 cells were treated with different concentrations of oridonin for various time intervals. Oridonin concentration-time viability curve were used to test the effect of oridonin on the C6 cells. The distribution of cell cycle and percentage of apoptosis cells was analyzed with flow cytotnetry. Results: The results of viability curve demonstrated that oridonin induced suppression of prolifera tion in a concentration-and time-dependent manner. Hochest 33258 staining and flow cytometry revealed that oridonin induced apoptosis and arrested the entry into G2/M phase of C6 cells. Conclusion: Oridonin can cause the suppression of proliferation and the cell apoptosis in C6 astrocytoma cells.%目的:研究冬凌草甲素对大鼠C6脑胶质瘤细胞的抑制增殖及诱导凋亡的作用.方法:不同浓度的冬凌草甲素在不同的时间间隔内作用于C6脑胶质瘤细胞,用冬凌草甲素浓度时间生存曲线来测试冬凌草甲素对C6脑胶质瘤细胞的作用.用流式细胞技术来分析细胞周期的分布情况及凋亡细胞的百分数.结果:生存曲线结果证实冬凌草甲素诱导增殖抑制呈浓度依赖和时间依赖.Hochest 33258斑点染色及流式细胞技术揭示冬凌草甲素诱导C6脑胶质瘤细胞凋亡及抑制其进入细胞周期的G2/M相.结论:冬凌草甲素能够抑制C6脑胶质瘤细胞增殖,诱导细胞凋亡.

  1. 血管内皮生长因子和Ki-67在人脑星形细胞瘤中的表达及相关性%Expression and correlation of vascular endothelial growth factor and Ki-67 antigen in human brain astrocytoma

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    廖志东; 谢寿城; 匡亚玲

    2009-01-01

    目的 研究血管内皮生长因子(VEGF)和Ki-67抗原在人脑星形细胞瘤中的表达及二者的相关性.方法 应用免疫组化S-P法检测30例正常脑组织和60例人脑星形细胞瘤(Ⅰ~Ⅱ级28例,Ⅲ级20例,Ⅳ级12例)中VEGF和Ki-67的表达.结果 VEGF和Ki-67在正常脑组织中均不表达,而在各级别的人脑星形细胞瘤中均有表达,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).VEGF和Ki-67的表达在高级别星形细胞瘤中均明显高于低级别星形细胞瘤,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05),且VEGF与Ki-67的表达呈正相关(r=0.310,P<0.05).结论 VEGF和Ki-67的表达可为人脑星形细胞瘤的恶性程度和临床病理分级提供重要的依据.%Objective To study the expressions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and Ki-67 antigen and their correlation in human brain astrocytorna. Methods Immunohistochemistry with SP method was employed to detect the expressions of VEGF and Ki-67 in 60 human brain astrocytoma tissue (grade Ⅰ-Ⅱ 28 cases, grade Ⅲ 20 cases, grade Ⅳ 12 cases) and 30 normal tissues adjacent to the tumors. Results VEGF and Ki-67 were not expressed in the normal brain tissues adjacent to the astrocytoma, but their expressions were detected in all the astroeytoma tissues of different grades (P<0.05). High-grade astrocytomas showed significantly higher VEGF and Ki-67 expression than low-grade astrocytomas (P<0.05), and a positive correlation was noted between VEGF and Ki-67 expressions (r=0.310, P<0.05). Conclusion VEGF and Ki-67 expressions can provide important evidence for evaluating the malignancy and clinicopathologieal grading of human astrocytoma.

  2. 侧脑室内胶质瘤与脑膜瘤的碰撞瘤一例并文献复习%Cocurrent meningioma after recurrent astrocytoma in the lateral ventricle: one case report of collision tumors and review of the literature

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    于金录; 曲丽梅; 许冰; 黄海燕

    2012-01-01

    Objective To report one case of a collision tumor composed of intraventricular meningioma and astrocytoma and explore the cause.Methods A 39 - year - old male patient previously underwent excision of astrocytoma in the triangle area of the lateral ventricle and had good postsurgery recovery.The astrocytoma recurred in situ 6 years after the surgery,and it was also complicated with another lesion. The pathological results confirmed a collision tumor composed of intraventricular malignant meningioma and glioma In addition to reporting this case,we also performed a literature review of collision tumors.Results The patient recovered well after surgery to treat the recurrence and was given radiotherapy after discharge.Based on this literature review,we proposed several hypotheses on the formation of collision tumors.Conclusions We conclude that one possible reason of the collision tumor formed between the intracranial meningioma and the astrocytoma was the recurrence of astrocytoma - induced malignancy of arachnoid cells in the choroid plexus.%目的 报告1例罕见的侧脑室内胶质瘤与脑膜瘤的碰撞瘤,并探讨其发生原因.方法 39岁男性,6年前曾行侧脑室内胶质瘤切除术;此次以头痛及头晕发病,MRI示胶质瘤原位复发,且同时合并另一占位性病变,予以手术切除.术后病理证实为胶质瘤与脑膜瘤的碰撞瘤;本文同时也对这种碰撞瘤进行文献复习.结果 术后患者恢复满意,并行伽玛刀放射治疗,随访1年时患者状态良好.本文在复习侧脑室内胶质瘤与脑膜瘤的碰撞瘤发生原因后,总结了几种假设.结论 复发的胶质瘤诱发脉络丛内的蛛网膜细胞恶性转化可能是导致脑膜瘤的原因,同时胶质瘤的刺激也可能诱导了脑膜瘤的生长.

  3. The expression of p53, Fas/FasL and their correlation with apoptosis in human brain astrocytomas%人脑星形细胞瘤中p53,Fas/FasL的表达及其与凋亡关系的研究

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    张丽红; 齐蕾; 单丽辉; 柴翠翠; 韩伟; 王立峰

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the role of apoptosis in the progression of astrocytomas and its correlation with the expression of p53 and Fas/FasL. Methods: Histopathological analysis, TUNEL labeling and immunohistochemical staining of p53 and Fas/FasL. Results: Apoptosis was not significantly different in the two groups( P>0.05); Expression of p53, Fas and FasL was significantly higher in the high-grade astrocytomas than the low-grade ones (P<0.05). Conclusion: p53 can serve as an informative parameter to evaluate the biological behavior of astrocytomas, Apoptosis may be suppressed in high-grade astrocytomas, the expression of the Fas/FasL aslo exert remarkable influence on apoptosis in the astrocytomas.%目的:探讨细胞凋亡在星形细胞瘤中的作用及其与p53、Fas和Fas配体(Fas ligand,FasL)的关系.方法:对43例星形细胞瘤的标本分别进行HE染色,TUNEL及免疫组化分别标记p53,Fas和FasL.结果:高级别肿瘤和低级别肿瘤间的凋亡无显著差异(P>0.05).高级别星形细胞瘤的p53,Fas和FasL的表达均显著高于低级别肿瘤(P均<0.05).结论:突变型p53可作为评价星形细胞瘤生物学行为的参考指标.与低级别星形细胞瘤相比,高级别肿瘤中的细胞凋亡受到了抑制,且Fas与FasL的过表达对细胞凋亡可产生明显影响.

  4. Correlation analysis on MRI quantitative parameters and expression level of HIF-1α in cerebral astrocytoma%星形细胞瘤MRI定量参数与HIF-1α表达水平的相关性分析

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    舒畅; 阚志生; 朱雁兵; 曹立瀛

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨星形细胞瘤MRI定量参数与缺氧诱导因子1α (HIF-1α)表达水平的相关性,阐明MRI定量参数与星形细胞瘤相关指标的关系.方法:收集手术病理证实的脑星形细胞瘤33例,计算MRI定量分析指标水肿指数(EI)、T1W1增强后相对信号强度(RSIGd)及信号强度增加百分率(EP).采用免疫组织化学法检测HIF-1α的表达情况.结果:低级别星形细胞瘤(WHO Ⅰ-Ⅱ级)的平均RSIGd值、EP值均低于高级别星形细胞瘤(WHOⅢ-Ⅳ级)(均P<0.01).低级别星形细胞瘤平均EI值低于高级别星形细胞瘤(P<0.01);正常脑组织中未见HIF-1α表达,各级星形细胞瘤中均有HIF-1α表达,其表达强度随星形细胞瘤病理级别增高而加强,低级别星形细胞瘤平均HIF-1α表达水平低于高级别星形细胞瘤(P<0.001); HIF-1α表达水平与RSIGd和EP值呈正相关关系(r=0.431,P<0.05; r=0.651,P<0.001),HIF-1α表达水平与EI值无明显相关性(r=0.317,P>0.05).结论:RSLGd、EP可以较好地反映脑星形细胞瘤新生血管的通透性和病理分级,病理级别高的肿瘤易伴瘤周水肿,但瘤周水肿不能用单一一种理论解释.%Objective To clarify the relationship between MRI quantitative parameters and astrocytoma related indexes by analyzing the correlation between MRI quantitative parameters and the expression level of hypoxia inducible factor-la (HIF-la) in cerebral astrocytoma. Methods A total of 33 cases of astrocytoma proved by operation and pathology were collected. The MRI quantitative parameters, such as edema index (El), relative signal intensity on Gd-enhanced T1WI (RSIGd) and enhancement percentage (EP) were measured. The expression of HIF-la in tumor tissues was detected with immunohistochemical method. Results The values of RSIGd and EP of low grade astrocytoma (WHO grade I - Ⅱ ) were significantly lower than those of high grade astrocytoma (WHO grade Ⅲ-Ⅳ) (P0. 05). Conclusion RSIGd and EP are very

  5. Correlational Research on the Expression of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2,Metalloproteinase-9 of Cerebral Astrocytoma and Peritumorous Edema%脑星形细胞瘤基质金属蛋白酶2、9(MMPs-2,MMPs-9)的表达与瘤周水肿相关性的研究

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    李齐勇; 梁社富; 林国成; 曹劲松; 毛建平

    2014-01-01

    目的:对脑星形细胞瘤中基质金属蛋白酶2(MMPs-2)及基质金属蛋白酶9(MMPs-9)的表达水平与瘤周水肿的相关性进行探讨,为该肿瘤的临床合理诊断与治疗提供一定的科学依据。方法采用免疫组织化学染色法,在68例脑星形细胞瘤组织标本中用抗MMPs-2抗体及抗MMPs-9抗体进行标记和分析,同时采用磁共振成像技术对肿瘤瘤周水肿情况进行观察与分析,再利用数据分析软件对基质金属蛋白酶的表达量与瘤周水肿指数进行相关性分析。结果脑星形细胞瘤基质金属蛋白酶2、9的表达都随着肿瘤恶性程度的增大而增加;另外,脑星形细胞瘤基质金属蛋白酶2、9的表达水平与瘤周水肿呈现正相关的关系(p<0.05),随着MMPs-2及MMPs-9表达量的增高,瘤周水肿范围越大,且脑星形细胞瘤恶性程度越大。结论脑星形细胞瘤基质金属蛋白酶2、9的表达与瘤周水肿联系紧密,呈现正相关,这说明肿瘤分泌的MMPs-2及MMPs-9与肿瘤生长与侵袭的速度相关,这对于脑星形细胞瘤侵袭能力、恶性程度的准确预判以及治疗具有比较重要的参考意义。%Objective To investigate the correlation between the expression of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMPs-2) and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMPs-9) of cerebral astrocytoma and peritumoral edema, providing a scientific basis for the proper tumor diagnosis and clinical treatment. Methods In 68 cases of astrocytoma tissues, anti-MMPs-2 antibody and anti-MMPs-9 antibody were marked and analysis via Immunohistochemical staining, while tumor peritumoral edema were observed with analysis via magnetic resonance imaging, to make correlation analysis between the expression of matrix metalloproteinases and peritumoral edema index by data analysis software. Results With the increasing malignancy degree of tumor, the expression of matrix metalloproteinases 2,9 in astrocytoma was increasing. In addition

  6. 葡萄糖转运蛋白-3及缺氧诱导因子1α在星形细胞瘤中的表达%Expressions of glucose transporter-3 and hypoxia-inducible factor-1α in astrocytoma

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    刘阳; 杨福兵; 刁正文; 刘卫平; 费舟; 章翔

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the expressions and clinical significances of glucose transporter protein-3 (GLUT-3) and hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) in astrocytoma. Methods The astrocytoma tissues from 80 patients with astrocytoma were chosen as experimental group; and the normal cerebral tissues from another 10 patients performed depression around the astrocytoma were chosen as control group. Immunohistochemistry and RT-PCR were employed to detect the GLUT-3 and HIF-1α expressions in these tissues. Results The protein of GLUT-3 in grade Ⅰ, grade Ⅱ, grade Ⅲ and grade Ⅳ astrocytomas were positively expressed, respectively, as 35%, 60%, 80% and 100% by immunohistochemistry; the protein of HIF-1α in grade Ⅰ, grade Ⅱ, grade Ⅲ and grade Ⅳ astrocytomas were positively expressed, respectively, as 20%, 50%, 75% and 95% by immunohistochemistry; positive correlation was noted between the protein levels of GLUT-3 and HIF-1α (r=0.550, P=0.000). The mRNA levels of GLUT-3 in grade Ⅰ, grade Ⅱ, grade Ⅲ and grade Ⅳ astrocytomas were expressed, respectively,as 0.19±0.03, 0.45±0.12, 0.67±0.11 and 0.89±0.19 by RT-PCR; the mRNA levels of HIF-1α were expressed, respectively, as 0.21 ±0.06, 0.48±0.11, 0.72±0.16 and 0.93±0.12 by RT-PCR; and the mRNA expression level of GLUT-3 were positively correlated to that of HIF-1α (r=0.530, P=0.000).Significant difference between each 2 different pathological grades of astrocytoma was noted (P<0.05). The mRNA expression levels of GLUT-3 and HIF-1α were positively correlated to the pathological grades of astrocytomas (r=0.887, P=0.000; r=0.813, P=0.000). Conclusion The expression of GLUT-3 and HIF-1α in astrocytoma are significantly correlated to tumors' pathology grade, which can be taken as a useful marker for predicting the biological behavior.%目的 探讨葡萄糖转运蛋白-3(GLUT-3)和缺氧诱导因子(HIF)-1α在星形细胞瘤中的表达及其临床意义.方法 应用免疫

  7. 星形细胞瘤患者癌组织和血清miR-497表达下降及其临床意义%Decreased expression and clinical significance of miR-497 in cancer tissues and serum of patients with astrocytoma

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    管晓翠; 张春妮; 王成; 杨翠华; 陈熹; 曾科; 张辰宇; 支枫

    2013-01-01

    目的 检测星形细胞瘤患者癌组织和血清中miR-497的表达水平及治疗前后血清miR-497的变化,探讨其作为分子标志物的可能性.方法 采集8例星形细胞瘤患者癌组织、4例癌旁组织、3例正常脑组织以及133例治疗前患者的(WHOⅡ级55例、Ⅲ级45例和Ⅳ级33例)血清样本,用实时荧光定量RT-PCR法检测miR-497含量,并以80例年龄、性别匹配的健康人作对照.对其中14例患者进行术前、术后血清miR-497含量的比较,ROC曲线分析miR-497对星形细胞瘤的诊断价值.结果 miR-497在癌组织中的表达量明显低于癌旁组织和正常脑组织(F=13.78,P<0.05),在患者血清中的浓度也显著降低[(112.69±54.58) fmol/L vs(254.32±142.12) fmol/L,t =10.31,P<0.01].用于星形细胞瘤诊断的miR-497 ROC曲线下面积(AUCROC)为0.894 (95% CI,0.853~0.935),敏感性为82%,特异性为90%.血清miR-497在患者术后明显上升[术后(165.69±56.87) fmol/L vs术前(93.77±38.50) fmol/L,=3.92,P<0.01].结论 星形细胞瘤患者癌组织和血清miR-497低表达,miR-497有望作为该病诊断及预后评价的检测指标.%Objective To determine the levels of miR-497 in cancer tissues and serum of patients with astrocytoma, analyze the change of serum miR-497 before and after surgical treatment and evaluate the potential of miR-497 as a biomarker of astrocytoma. Methods The cancer tissues from 8 astrocytoma patients, the adjacent non-tumor tissues from 4 astrocytoma patients, the normal tissues from 3 controls, the serum samples from 133 untreated astrocytoma patients (WHO Ⅱ grade55 cases, grade Ⅲ 33 cases, grade IV 45 cases) and 80 age- and sex-matched healthy individuals were collected to determine the level of miR-497 by quantitative reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). miR-497 levels in the paired serum samples before and after operation from 14 astrocytoma patients were determined to observe the effect of surgical treatment on miRNA. The

  8. 扩散张量成像及扩散张量纤维束成像在星形细胞瘤与脑膜瘤诊断中的价值%Value of diffusion tensor imaging and diffusion tensor tractography in diagnosis of astrocytoma and meningioma

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    魏璇; 金国宏; 张国栋; 马金宇; 李德刚; 朱凯; 赵建国; 李宁富; 张伟

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨DTI及扩散张量纤维束成像(DTT)诊断星形细胞瘤与脑膜瘤的价值.方法 对22例经病理证实的脑肿瘤患者(不同级别星形细胞瘤12例,良性脑膜瘤10例),测量肿瘤实质区与健侧正常脑组织的平均ADC值和FA值,比较测值,并观察两种脑肿瘤对白质纤维束的影响.结果 星形细胞瘤及脑膜瘤患者肿瘤实质区FA值均较健侧正常脑组织降低(P均<0.05);星形细胞瘤患者肿瘤实质区ADC值较健侧正常脑组织高(P<0.05),脑膜瘤患者肿瘤实质区ADC值与健侧正常脑组织差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).星形细胞瘤与脑膜瘤患者比较,肿瘤实质区ADC值、FA值差异有统计学意义(P均<0.05).在DTT图中,星形细胞瘤多数表现为纤维束部分中断、受压、偏移或变形、移位;脑膜瘤纤维束呈现为稀疏、移位.结论 测量肿瘤实质区ADC值和FA值可鉴别脑内和脑外肿瘤如星形细胞瘤与脑膜瘤.DTT可清晰显示脑肿瘤对白质纤维束浸润、破坏和推移,有利于术前制定手术方案.%Objective To observe the value of DTI and diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) in diagnosis and differential diagnosis of astrocytoma and meningioma. Methods Twenty-two patients with pathologically proven brain tumor (12 different grade astrocytomas, 10 benign meningiomas) were enrolled. ADC value and FA value in the tumor parenchyma and corresponding contralateral normal brain tissue were measured and analyzed. Impact of the two kinds of tumors on cerebral white matter fiber bundles were observed. Results Compared with the contralateral normal brain tissue, FA values of parenchyma of astrocytoma and meningioma were lower (all P0. 05) compared with the contralateral normal part. ADC and FA values were significantly different between parenchyma of astrocytoma and meningioma (all P<0. 05). On DTT, astrocytoma showed partial disruption, compression, deviation and displacement fiber bundles, while meningioma showed

  9. 中枢神经系统原发淋巴瘤和高级别星形细胞瘤MR灌注成像的对比研究%The comparative study of perfusion MR imaging in primary central nervous system lymphomas and high grade astrocytomas

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    黄飚; 梁长虹; 刘红军; 王广谊; 周正根

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate the value of perfusion MR imaging in differential diagnosis between primary central nervous system lymphomas(PCNSL)and high grade astrocytomas.Methods Twelve patients with PCNSL and 23 patients with high grade astrocytomas were preoperatively examined using a 1.5T MR unit.Routine MR sequences were performed followed by dynamic susceptibility contrastenhanced MR perfusion imaging.The perfusion color images and the time-signal intensity curves of the two tumor groups were compared.The relative cerebral blood volume(rCBV)within the tumor parenchyma was measured and the data were analyzed with unpaired Student's t-test.Results The rCBVs within the tumor parenchyma of the PCNSL and high grade astrocytomas were 1.78±0.5 1 and 3.87±0.87 respectively.The rCBV in the PCNSL was significantly lower than that of the high grade astrocytoma(P<0.05).When the time-signal intensity curves were compared,the PCNSL showed a trend towards the baseline after the first pass and the curves even overshot above the baseline in 7 out of 12 cases,whereas the high grade astrocytoma showed a trend to be close to the baseline but couldn't return to the baseline completely.Conclusion The MR perfusion imaging can be very useful in distinguishing the PCNSL from high grade astrocytomas.%目的 探讨MR灌注成像鉴别中枢神经系统原发淋巴瘤(PCNSL)和高级别星形细胞瘤的价值.方法 PCNSL患者12例,高级别星形细胞肿瘤患者23例,手术前行常规MR检查及MR灌注检查,比较其MR灌注伪彩图像和灌注曲线,测量肿瘤实质部分最大相对脑血容量(rCBV),将所测量数值进行t检验.结果 PCNSL实质部分rCBV平均为1.8±0.5;高级别星形细胞瘤实质部分rCBV平均为3.9±0.9,二者之间差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).PCNSL实质区域时间-信号曲线对比剂首过后曲线逐渐接近基线,12例中有7例超过基线水平.高级别星形细胞瘤实质区域时间-信号曲线对比剂首过后曲线逐渐

  10. The Value of Short Echo Time Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Differential Diagnosing Tumefactive Demyelinating Lesions and Astrocytomas%短TE1H-MRS β,γ-Glx峰鉴别脑内脱髓鞘假瘤和星形细胞瘤的价值

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    罗海营; 黄飚; 刘红军; 张水兴; 王广谊

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the value of short echo time(TE)proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy(1H MRS)in differential diagnosing tmefactive demyelinating lesions(TDLs) and astrocytomas.Materials and Methods 42 cases were collected in this study.Of the 42 patients,23 patients with pathologically proved astrocytoma(7 WHO grade Ⅱ and 16 WHO grade Ⅲ - Ⅳ )and 19 patients with TDLs( 11 cases pathologically proved and 8 cases clinically proved with TDLs).Single voxel spectra at TE 35 ms( short TE)was used in all cases.Peak heights of creatine( Cr)and glutamate( Glu)/glutamine ( Gln ) ( β, γ-Glx) were measured, then β, γ-Glx/Cr ratios of corresponding regions in TDLs and astrocytoma were compared to pathological and clinic results.Results The mean ratio β,γ-Glx/Cr was 0.6205 ±0.15050 in TDLs group and 0.3048 ± 0.09563 in astrocytoma group.The mesnβ,γ-Glx/Cr ratio in TDLs was significantly higher than that of astrocytoma statistically(P < 0.05).Conclusion The ratios of β, γ-Glx/Cr at short TE provide valuable information to discriminate between TDLs and astrocytomas.%目的 采用短回波时间(TE)氢质子磁共振波谱(1H-MRS)提高对脑内脱髓鞘假瘤和星形细胞瘤鉴别诊断的准确性.资料与方法 19例脑内脱髓鞘假瘤,其中11例经手术证实,8例经临床证实;经手术证实的23例星形细胞瘤(其中WHOⅡ级8例,WHOⅢ-Ⅳ级15例),均行常规MRI和单体素短TE1H-MRS检查,分析短TE1H-MRS检查中病灶的β,γ-谷氨酸复合物(Glx)/肌酸(Cr)值,结果与病灶病理诊断或临床诊断结果进行相关分析.结果 脑内脱髓鞘假瘤组病灶区平均β,γ-Glx/Cr值为0.6205±0.15050;星形细胞瘤组病灶区的平均β,γ-Glx/Cr 值为0.3048±0.09563,两者之间差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 脑内脱髓鞘假瘤组病灶区的β,γ-Glx/Cr 值明显高于星形细胞瘤组,短TE1H-MRS中β,γ-Glx峰的升高可以作为鉴别脑内脱髓鞘假瘤和星形细胞瘤的补充手段,据此有助

  11. Leptomeningeal dissemination of pilocytic astrocytoma at diagnosis in childhood: two cases report Disseminação leptomeníngea de astrocitoma pilocítico ao diagnóstico: relato de dois casos

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    Eberval Gadelha Figueiredo

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA is a benign tumor that rarely spread along the neuraxis. At the moment there are no more than five cases of leptomeningeal dissemination (LD from PA at diagnosis described in the literature. Different patterns of presentation or recurrence may be noted: local recurrence, malignant transformation, multicentric disease or metastatic disease. LD and multicentric disease can be distinct pathological entities. We report two cases and analyse literature, emphasizing leptomeningeal spread at presentation. Hydrocephalus, biopsy and parcial ressection are likely to be favorable factors to the occurrence of LD. Otherwise, LD may be part of natural history of PA, as evidenced by its ocurrence in non-treated cases.Astrocitoma pilocítico (AP é tumor benigno que raramente se dissemina ao longo do neuroeixo. Até o momento não há mais que cinco casos de AP que se tenham apresentado com disseminação leptomeníngea (DL descritos na literatura. Diferentes padrões de apresentação ou recorrência podem ser observados: recorrência local, transformação maligna, doença multicêntrica ou doença metastática. DL e doença multicêntrica podem ser entidades diferentes. Relatamos dois casos e analisamos a literatura. Hidrocefalia, biópsia e ressecção parcial são provavelmente fatores predisponentes à DL. Por outro lado, DL pode ser parte da história natural de AP, como pode ser evidenciado pela sua ocorrência em casos não tratados.

  12. Isolated low grade pilocytic astrocytoma of the optic nerve in the elderly: case report Astrocitoma pilocítico de baixo grau do nervo óptico em adultos: relato de caso

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    Erika Hoyama

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available A 68-year-old man presented with a history of a right optic glioma. Eighteen months ago he underwent a lateral orbitotomy at another institution for removal of an optic nerve mass. At that time histology revealed that the tumor was an optic nerve glioma with a pilocytic pattern. No further treatment was instituted and one year after surgery he noticed that his right eye was proptotic again. Magnetic resonance imaging of the orbit showed that his right orbit was almost completely filled with a mass which extended through the optic canal to the chiasma. The tumor was excised by a combined neurosurgical and orbital approach. Histology proved that the neoplasm was a low grade pilocytic astrocytoma of the optic nerve.Paciente masculino de 68 anos com história de orbitotomia lateral para exérese de tumor no nervo óptico 18 meses antes em outro serviço. O exame histológico demonstrou glioma do nervo óptico com padrão pilocítico. Um ano após, observou-se novo episódio de proptose no olho direito. Ressonância nuclear magnética das órbitas mostrou massa preenchendo quase toda a cavidade orbitária direita com extensão pelo canal óptico até o quiasma. Foi realizada exenteração da órbita direita com excisão da porção posterior do tumor via transcraniana pela neurocirurgia e reconstrução orbitária. A histologia confirmou astrocitoma pilocítico de baixo grau do nervo óptico.

  13. Notch1和Notch2在星形细胞瘤及髓母细胞瘤中的表达及其意义%Differential expression of Notch1 and Notch2 in astrocytoma and medulloblastoma

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    许鹏; 浦佩玉; 康春生; 贾志凡; 周旋; 王广秀

    2008-01-01

    highly expressed (total positive rate 80. 0%, 48/60) while Notch2 was not detected ingrade Ⅳ astrocytomas and sporadically observed in lower grade astrocytomas (total positive rate 10. 0%,6/60). The percentage of positive tumor cells and expression level of Notch1 increased with higher histologicgrade (r = 0. 859 ,P < 0. 05). On the other hand, overexpression of Notch2 was detected in medulloblastoma(9/10) in contrast with lower expression of Notch1 (2/10). Conclusions Notch1 and Notch2 showdifferential expression in astrocytoma and medulloblastoma. This may be related to their different functionalactivities during the process of brain development.

  14. 脑星型细胞瘤磁共振波谱与肿瘤细胞的Ki-67、bcl-2相关性研究%MR spectroscopy of human astrocytoma and the correlation with the expression of Ki-67 and bcl-2

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    苗红; 刘文源; 宋福林

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the relationship between the MRS and the Ki-67, bcl-2 expression of human astrocytoma. Methods: Fifty-two patients of astrocytoma proved by surgery and pathology were included. MRS was performed in all the patients. After surgical operation, the specimen was examined for Ki-67 and bcl-2. The NAA/Cho, Cho/Cr and NAA/Cr were recorded and the relationship with tumor grade was analyzed. The relationship between the above indices and Ki-67,bcl-2 were investigated respectively. Results: There was significant correlation between NAA/Ct, Cho/Cr, NAA/Cho and the pathological grading of astrocytoma. Positive expression of Ki-67 and bcl-2 in astrocytoma. Positve expression of Ki-67, bcl-2 increased with increasing clinicopathologic grades (r=0.600, P<0.01). The Cho/Cr was strongly positively correlated with expression of bcl-2 and Ki-67 (r=0.736, P<0.01; r=0.809, P<0.01 respectively). The NAA/Cho was markedly negative correlated with the expression of bcl-2(r=-0.253, P<0.01), and had markedly negative correlation with Ki-67(r=-0.501, P<0. 01). The NAA/Cr of astrocytoma was negatively related with the expression of bcl-2(r=-0.369, P<0.01) and Ki-67(r=-0.416, P<0.01). Conclusion: MRS can reflect the protein manifestation of Ki-67 and bcl-2 of astrocytoma noninvasively, being helpful in the preoperative assessment of apoptosis, metabolic information, reproductive activity, invasive activity and can predict prognosis of astrocytomas. The Cho/Cr, NAA/Cho reflected pathologic grade of astrocytoma relatively steadily. The Cho/Cr and NAA/Cho are more useful than NAA/Cr.%目的:探讨脑星形细胞瘤磁共振波谱(MRS)与肿瘤细胞的细胞核增殖抗原(Ki-67)蛋白、bcl-2蛋白表达的相关性.方法:对照观察52例脑星形细胞瘤MRS检查结果与免疫组化染色检测术后标本的Ki-67和bcl-2蛋白表达,分析肿瘤实质内NAA/Cho、Cho/Cr和NAA/Cr值与肿瘤级别的关系,并分别与Ki-67、bcl-2进行相关性分

  15. 星形细胞瘤中P53、VEGF及PCNA表达的相关性及其与预后的关系%Expressions of P53, vascular endothelial growth factor and proliferating cell number antigen in astrocytomas and prognosis of these patients

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    廖志东; 朱文标; 谢寿城; 黄艳芳; 郑少秋

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    目的 研究星形细胞瘤中P53、血管内皮因子(VEGF)及增殖细胞核抗原(PCNA)表达的相关性及其与预后的关系.方法 免疫组化染色SP法检测梅州市人民医院自2002年5月至2010年5月首次手术切除的126例不同级别原发性星形细胞瘤标本P53、VEGF及PCNA的表达,分析其相关性及其预后意义.结果 P53、VEGF及PCNA在不同级别的星形细胞瘤中表达不同,随着级别的提高而表达强度增加,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);P53与PCNA、P53与VEGF之间表达呈正相关关系(r=0.608,P=0.000; r=0.432,P=0.001).相同级别星形细胞瘤中,P53阳性表达患者预后较差,生存率比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),VEGF及PCNA与预后无关.结论 星形细胞瘤级别提高,P53、VEGF及PCNA的表达强度增加;P53可作为判断肿瘤预后的指标之一.%Objective To study the expressions of P53,vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) in astrocytomas and their relationships with prognosis of these patients.Methods Immunohistochemical SP method was employed to detect the P53,VEGF and PCNA expression in 126 cases of human brain astrocytomas of different grades,collected in our hospital from May 2002 to May 2010; their correlations and their significance in the prognosis in these patients were analyzed.Results P53,VEGF,and PCNA expressed differently in astrocytomas of different grades,enjoying a positive relation with grades (P<0.05); positive correlations of between P53 expression and both VEGF and PCNA expressions (r=0.608,P=0.000; r=0.432,P=0.001).In patients with the same grade of astrocytoma,those having positive P53 expression enjoyed poorer prognosis and lower survival rate with significant difference (P<0.05); while VEGF and PCNA expressions had no correlation with the progonosis.Conclusion The expressions of PCNA,VEGF and P53 are closely associated with grade of the astrocytomas,and only P53 expression is an indicator of

  16. The Differential Value of DWI and ADC between Viral Encephalitis and Low Grade Astrocytomas%磁共振DWI值对病毒性脑炎和脑低级星形细胞瘤的鉴别诊断价值

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    李芳; 王振海; 陈兵; 王国玮

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the differential value of diffusion weighted imaging ( DWI) between viral encephalitis and low grade astrocytomas. Methods The conventional MR imaging and DWI were performed in 70 cases (28 cases with acute or subacute viral encephalitis and 19 cases with low grade astrocytomas) before treatments or operations. The diagnosis was made clinically in cases with viral encephalitis and were confirmed surgically and pathologically in cases with low grade astrocytomas. The apparent difiusion coefficient (ADC) values and relative apparent diffusion coefficient (rADC) values of the two group were calculated and analyzed. Results The mean ADC values and rADC values were (1.07 ±0. 19) × 10-3mm2/s and (1.26 ±0.21) ×l0-3 mm2/s respectively in the viral encephalitis; (1.60 ±0.28) × 10-3mm2/s and (2.04 ± 0.41 ) × 10-3mm2/s respectively in the low grade astrocytomas. There was significant ifferencein the mean ADC values (P < 0.05 ) and rADC values (P < 0.05) between the two groups. Conclusion The ADC value and rADC value of DWI play important roles in the differential diagnosis between viral encephalitis and low grade astrocytomas.%目的 探讨扩散加权成像(DWI)和表观扩散系数(ADC)值对病毒性脑炎和脑低级星形细胞瘤的鉴别诊断价值.方法 28例病毒性脑炎和27例脑低级星形细胞瘤在治疗前或手术前接受了常规MRI、DWI检查.病毒性脑炎经临床及治疗随访证实,脑低级星形细胞瘤病例经手术及病理证实.测量并计算两组病例DWI的表观扩散系数(ADC)值和相对表观扩散系数(rADC)值.结果 病毒性脑炎平均ADC值和rADC值分别为(1.07±0.19)×10-3mm2/s和(1.26±0.21)×10-3mm2/s,脑低级星形细胞瘤平均ADC值和rADC值分别为(1.60±0.28)×10-3mm2/s和(2.04±0.41)×10-3mm2/s,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 DWI的ADC值和rADC值能较好地鉴别病毒性脑炎和脑低级星形细胞瘤.

  17. The role of temozolomide in the management of patients with newly diagnosed anaplastic astrocytoma: a comparison of survival in the era prior to and following the availability of temozolomide.

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    Strowd, Roy E; Abuali, Inas; Ye, Xiaobu; Lu, Yao; Grossman, Stuart A

    2016-03-01

    Adding temozolomide (TMZ) to radiation for patients with newly-diagnosed anaplastic astrocytomas (AAs) is common clinical practice despite the lack of prospective studies demonstrating a survival advantage. Two retrospective studies, each with methodologic limitations, provide conflicting advice regarding treatment. This single-institution retrospective study was conducted to determine survival trends in patients with AA. All patients ≥18 years with newly-diagnosed AA treated at Johns Hopkins from 1995 to 2012 were included. As we incorporated TMZ into high-grade glioma treatment regimens in 2004, patients were divided into pre-2004 and post-2004 groups for analysis. Clinical, radiographic, and pathologic data were collected. Median overall survival (OS) was calculated using Kaplan-Meier estimates. A total of 196 patients were identified; 74 pre-2004 and 122 post-2004; mean age 47 ± 15 years; 57 % male; 87 % white, 69 % surgical debulking. Mean RT dose 5676 + 746 cGy; duration of concurrent chemoradiation 5.8 ± 0.8 weeks; and mean adjuvant chemotherapy 4.3 + 2.8 cycles. Baseline prognostic factors did not differ between groups. Chemotherapy was administered to 12 % of patients pre-2004 (TMZ = 1, procarbazine, lomustine and vincristine = 2, carmustine wafer = 6) and 94 % post-2004 (TMZ in all, p HR 0.75, 0.53-1.06, p = 0.11). Multivariate analysis controlling for age, Karnofsky performance status, and extent of resection revealed a 36 % reduced risk of death (HR 0.64, 0.44-0.91, p = 0.015) in patients treated post-2004. This retrospective review found survival in newly diagnosed patients with AA improved with the addition of temozolomide to standard radiation. Until prospective randomized phase III data are available, these data support the practice of incorporating TMZ in the management of newly-diagnosed AA. PMID:26729269

  18. Significance of molecular genetic alterations of chromosome 1p/19q in differential diagnosis of oligodendroglioma and astrocytoma%1p/19q分子遗传学改变在少突胶质细胞瘤和星形细胞瘤鉴别诊断中意义

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    李俊芝; 侯国胜; 蒋茂芬; 张巍

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study the significance of molecular genetic alterations of chromosome 1p/ 19q in differential diagnosis of oligodendroglioma and astrocytoma. Methods Molecular genetic alterations of chromosome lp/19q were detected with fluorescence in situ hybridization in 63 patients with oligodendroglioma or astrocytoma. Results Polyploid of lp/19q was in 5 cases (3 cases of astrocytoma and 2 cases of oligodendroglioma). Loss lp/19q heterozygosity was in 58 cases (41 cases oligodendroglioma and 17 cases of astrocytoma). The loss rates of chromosome lp, 19q and lp/19q were 65.9%, 68. 5% and 58. 5% respectively in 41 cases of oligodendroglioma, and were 17. 6%, 29.4% and 17. 6% respectively in 17 cases of astrocytoma, which showed significant differences between two groups(P = 0. 001, P = 0. 006, P = 0. 004). Twenty-one cases (87. 5%) and 9 cases (52.9%) had typical oligodendrocyte morphological characteristics in 24 oligodendroglioma cases of lp/19q heterozygosity loss and 17 oligodendroglioma cases of no lp/19q heterozygosity loss resprctively, which showed significant differences between two groups (P = 0. 014). Conclusion Loss rate of lp/19q heterozygosity is higher in oligodendroglioma than that in astrocytoma, and more likely to occur in oligodendroglioma with typical histological features. Polyploidy of chromosome lp/19q is more common in astrocytoma subtypes.%目的:探讨1p/19q分子遗传学改变在少突胶质细胞瘤和星形细胞瘤鉴别诊断中的意义。方法:少突胶质细胞瘤和星形细胞瘤共63例,采用荧光原位杂交技术检测染色体1p/19q分子遗传学改变。结果:1p/19q呈多倍体改变5例,其中星形细胞瘤3例,少突胶质细胞瘤2例;1p和19q杂合性缺失58例,其中少突胶质细胞肿瘤41例,星形细胞肿瘤17例。少突胶质细胞瘤染色体1p,19q及1p/19q缺失率分别为65.9%,68.3%和58.5%,星形细胞瘤分别为17.6%,29.4%和1 7.6%,

  19. Índice de astrócitos gemistocíticos e imuno-expressão da proteína p53 em astrocitomas, grau II e III OMS Fraction of gemistocytic astrocytes and immunoexpression of p53 protein in astrocytomas grade II and III (WHO

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    Dely Cristina Martins

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudados, retrospectivamente, 22 pacientes com diagnóstico de astrocitomas grau II (n=17 e III (n=5, OMS, no período de 1990 a 1998, cujos laudos histopatológicos descreviam a presença gemistocitos com o objetivo de determinar o índice de astrócitos gemistocíticos, investigar a imuno-expressão da proteína p53 e confrontá-los com o intervalo até a recorrência da neoplasia. O índice de astrócitos gemistocíticos, em cada caso, foi calculado a partir da razão entre o número de gemistocitos e o número total de células neoplásicas contadas, no mínimo 1000. Imuno-expressão nuclear da proteína p53 foi avaliada em astrócitos e gemistocitos neoplásicos; tanto a freqüência (7/22, como o índice de imuno-expressão positiva da p53 em gemistocitos, independentemente do grau histológico da neoplasia, foram inferiores aos relatados na literatura. Não se observou correlação entre o índice de astrócitos gemistocíticos e a imuno-expressão positiva da p53.Twenty-two patients with astrocytomas, grade II or III WHO, were studied from 1990 to 1998. In all cases, histopathology showed that the astrocytomas had a gemistocytic component. The aims of this study were to establish the fraction of gemistocytic astrocytes, to investigate p53 protein immunoexpression and to evaluate correlations between these two parameters with the tumour outcome. Tumor cells were quantified at high-power magnification (x400. At least 1000 neoplastic cells (small neoplastic astrocytes plus gemistocytes were counted in each specimen. The percentage of gemistocytes was defined as the gemistocytic index. Nuclear expression of p53 protein was evaluated in neoplastic astrocytes and gemistocytes. Both the frequency (7/22 as well the p53 immunoexpression indices in gemistocytes, regardless of the grade of the astrocytomas, were inferior from those reported in the literature. No correlation was found between the gemistocytic indices and the p53

  20. Combined value of susceptibility weighted imaging and dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced MR perfusion-weighted imaging in brain astrocytoma grading%磁敏感加权成像与动态磁敏感加权对比增强MR灌注加权成像联合应用在脑星形细胞瘤分级中的价值

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    王效春; 张辉; 秦江波; 王乐; 吴晓峰

    2012-01-01

    Objective To assess the value of combination of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI)and dynamic susceptibility-weighted contrast-enhanced (DSC) perfusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in astrocytoma grading.Methods SWI and DSC scans were performed in 82 patients with pathologically confirmed astrocytoma.The patient group consisted of grade Ⅱ (15),grade Ⅲ (10),and grade Ⅳ (57).The intratumoral susceptibility signal intensity (ITSS) and relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) max were used to determine the grade of astrocytomas by Kruskal Wallis test,Welch test,Spearman correlation coefficients,Pearson correlation coefficients,and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC)statistic methods.Results There were no ITSS in 14 cases of low-grade astrocytomas,the degree of ITSS were grade 1 to 3 in anaplastic astrocytomas,the degree of ITSS were grade 3 in all of the glioblastomas,the degree of ITSS were significant difference in all grades (H =71.96,P < 0.01).rCBV max in grade Ⅱ,grade Ⅲ and grade Ⅳ astrocytomas were 1.26 ± 0.42,3.59 ± 2.09 and 8.34 ± 1.16 respectively,rCBV max were significant difference in all grades (F' =681.72,P < 0.01).ITSS showed significant correlation with rCBV max (r =0.72,P <0.01) and tumor grades (r =0.89,P <0.01),and rCBV and tumor grades showed significant correlation (r =0.78,P < 0.01).Area under the ROC curve application SWI,DSC,SWI and DSC in differentiation of the grade Ⅱ and grade Ⅲ astrocytomas were 0.99,0.93,1.00,differentiate grade Ⅲ from grade Ⅳ were 0.70,0.94,0.94,and differentiate high-grade from low-grade astrocytomas were 1.00,0.99,1.00.Conclusions ITSS is helpful to determine the grade of astrocytomas.The use of SWI in combination with DSC may improve the diagnostic accuracy of astrocytoma grading.%目的 探讨磁敏感加权成像(SWI)与动态磁敏感加权对比增强(DSC) MR灌注加权成像联合应用在脑星形细胞瘤分级诊断中的价值.方法 82例经手术病理证实

  1. Low-grade astrocytoma: surgical outcomes in eloquent versus non-eloquent brain areas Astrocitoma de baixo grau: resultado cirúrgico em área eloquente versus não eloquente

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    André de Macedo Bianco

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective study of 81 patients with low-grade astrocytoma (LGA comparing the efficacy of aggressive versus less aggressive surgery in eloquent and non-eloquent brain areas was conducted. Extent of surgical resection was analyzed to assess overall survival (OS and progression- free survival (PFS. Degree of tumor resection was classified as gross total resection (GTR, subtotal resection (STR or biopsy. GTR, STR and biopsy in patients with tumors in non-eloquent areas were performed in 31, 48 and 21% subjects, whereas in patients with tumors in eloquent areas resections were 22.5, 35 and 42.5%. Overall survival was 4.7 and 1.9 years in patients with tumors in non-eloquent brain areas submitted to GTR/STR and biopsy (p=0.013, whereas overall survival among patients with tumors in eloquent area was 4.5 and 2.1 years (p=0.33. Improved outcome for adult patients with LGA is predicted by more aggressive surgery in both eloquent and non-eloquent brain areas.Foi realizado estudo retrospectivo em 81 pacientes com astrocitoma de baixo grau (LGA comparando a eficácia da ressecção cirúrgica com cirurgia menos agressiva em relação à área eloquente e não eloquente do cérebro. A extensão da ressecção cirúrgica foi analisada para avaliar a sobrevida geral (OS e o tempo livre de doença (PFS. O grau da ressecção cirúrgica foi classificado como ressecção total (GTR, subtotal (STR e biópsia. Nos pacientes com lesão em área não eloquente foram realizadas GTR, STR e biópsia em 31, 48 e 21% dos casos, enquanto, naqueles com lesão em área eloquente, em 22,5, 35 e 42,5%, respectivamente. A sobrevida geral foi de 4,7 e 1,9 anos em pacientes com lesões em área não eloquente submetidos à GTR/STR e biópsia (p=0,013. Nos pacientes com lesão em áreas eloquentes, a sobrevida geral foi de 4,5 e 2,1 anos (p=0,33, respectivamente. A extensão da ressecção é fator preditivo de sobrevida tanto nas lesões em áreas eloquentes quanto nas n

  2. Complejo nódulo subependimario-astrocitoma subependimario gigantocelular en niños con esclerosis tuberosa Subependymal nodules-subependymal giant cell astrocytoma complex in children with tuberous sclerosis

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    Lucas Bongiorni

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    Full Text Available El objetivo fue describir las características clínico imagenológicas de niños con esclerosis tuberosa que presentaron el complejo Nódulo Subependimario (NS-Astrocitoma Subependimario Gigantocelular(ASGC y analizar el comportamiento evolutivo de dicho "complejo" para detectar precozmente su crecimiento y evitar las complicaciones de la hipertensión endocraneana (HTE. Evaluamos 22 pacientes con diagnóstico anátomo patológico de ASGC. El diagnóstico del tumor se realizó a una media de 10.1 años. Pudimos observar la evolución de NS a ASGC; estos NS se ubicaron adyacentes al agujero de Monro y con el tiempo tuvieron un importante crecimiento con intensa captación de contraste e hidrocefalia. La aceleración en el crecimiento de estos NS y su "transformación" en ASGC se produjo a los 10 años de edad promedio, con un diámetro medio de 9 mm. Ningún NS alejado de los forámenes de Monro evolucionó a ASGC. Quince pacientes (68% fueron operados con síntomas de hipertensión endocraneana. La edad media de la cirugía fue 10.8 años. Seis pacientes presentaron déficit visual. En estos últimos, el diámetro medio mayor del tumor fue 31.5 mm, mayor que los 18.7 mm del grupo de pacientes que no presentó secuela visual. El seguimiento clínico imagenológico periódico de toda lesión subependimaria próxima a los agujeros de Monro, permitiría en etapa presintomática anticipar un tratamiento quirúrgico, que reduciría la incidencia de HTE. Estudios prospectivos podrían determinar si el complejo NS-ASGC corresponde a una misma entidad en distinta etapa evolutiva, o son dos lesiones con diferente potencial de crecimiento.The object of this paper is to describe the imaging and clinical characteristics of subependymal nodule (SN - subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SGCA complex in tuberous sclerosis and analyze its evolution in order to attempt early detection and the prevention of intracranial hypertension. We evaluated 22 patients with

  3. Espectroscopia multivoxel com tempo de eco curto: a razão colina/N-acetil-aspartato e a graduação dos astrocitomas cerebrais Multivoxel spectroscopy with short echo time: choline/N-acetyl-aspartate ratio and the grading of cerebral astrocytomas

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    Maria de Fátima Vasco Aragão

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    Full Text Available Avaliou-se a relação colina/N-acetil-aspartato (Co/NAA, obtida pela espectroscopia multivoxel com tempo de eco (TE curto, na graduação histológica dos astrocitomas encefálicos (graus I, II e III-IV, comparando com o parênquima cerebral normal. Observou-se aumento significativo (pThe choline/N-acetyl-aspartate (Cho/NAA ratio, obtained by the multivoxel spectroscopy with short echo time (TE, was evaluated, in the histological grading of the brain astrocytomas (grades I, II and III-IV in comparison with the normal cerebral parenchyma. A significant increase (p<0.05 in the average ratios of Cho/NAA was observed in the three astrocytoma groups studied in relation to normal tissue, having a tendency to increase with the increase in grading, without any statistic significance, which corresponded to: 0.53±0.24 in the control group, 1.19±0.49 in grade I, 1.58±0.65 in grade II and 5.13±8.12 in the high grade group (grades III-IV, with variation in the values encountered. There was an increase in the Cho/NAA ratio in 4/5 (80% in grade I, 5/6 (83% in grade II and 10/20 (50% in grades III and IV. We conclude that multivoxel spectroscopy with short TE can be used in discriminating between normal parenchyma and neoplasm tissue. However, not all neoplasm tissue studied presented an increase in Cho/NAA, especially in the group with higher grade of malignancy.

  4. 组蛋白去乙酰化酶2在脑胶质瘤中的表达及其临床意义%Expression and significance of histone deacetylase 2 in astrocytomas

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    王俊文; 李俊; 韩林; 胡玲; 吴志敏; 陈智; 熊左隽; 陈文

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    Objective To investigate the expression and significance of histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) in astrocvtomas.Methods Samples from 283 cases of primary gliomas with WHO Ⅱ-Ⅳ and 52 eases of recurrent tumors were collected.Histopathologically,there were 59 cases of low-grade gliomas (grade Ⅱ) and 276 cases of high-grade gliomas (26 cases of grade Ⅲ and 250 cases of glioblastomas).The expression of HDAC1 was immunohistochemicallv detected and its correlation with tumor differentiation,tumor proliferation and survival was analyzed.Results Totally,85.6% of the tumors showed nuclear expression,and about 33.5% of them showed more than 75.0% nuclear expression.In these individuals who underwent tumor relapse with increasing in WHO grade,10 of them could be evaluated after stainning procedure.The immunoreactivity was decreased with tumor progression only in 1 case,remained stable immunoreactivity in 2 cases,and increased in 7 cases.In these individuals who underwent tumor relapse without increasing in WHO grade,23 of them could be evaluated,and HDAC2 immunoreactivitv was decreased in 6 cases,remained stable in 7 cases and increased in the other 10 cases.HDAC2 was not expressed in endothelial or microglia cells,and only expressed in tumor cells.There was significant association between HDAC2 and proliferation cell nuclear antigen (Ki-67) expression.In WHO grade Ⅳ subgroup,HDAC2 expression showed a horderline significance with shortened overall survival [hazard ratio (HR) =0.7343,95 % confidence interval (CI) (0.5152 to 1.0470) ; P > 0.05].And the median survival in GBM patients with less than 75.0% nuclear HDAC2 expression was 425 days as compared to 350 days in GBM patients with more nuclear HDAC2 expression.Conclusion There was a significant association between HDAC2 expression and astrocytoma proliferation.%目的 探讨组蛋白去乙酰化酶2(HDAC2)在星形细胞瘤中的表达及其临床意义.方法 收集283例WHO Ⅱ~Ⅳ级原

  5. Astrocitoma subependimário de células gigantes em pacientes com esclerose tuberosa: achados em ressonância magnética de dez casos Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in patients with tuberous sclerosis: magnetic resonance imaging findings in ten cases

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Relatar os achados de ressonância magnética (RM em 10 casos de astrocitoma subependimário de células gigantes (ASCG em pacientes com esclerose tuberosa (ET. MÉTODO: Foram estudados de forma retrospectiva 10 pacientes com ET e diagnóstico histológico comprovado de ASCG. Quatro pacientes eram do sexo masculino e seis do feminino, com idade média de 15,7 anos. Todos os pacientes foram investigados com RM, sendo os exames revisados por dois radiologistas, havendo decisão por consenso sobre os achados de imagem. Foram analisados os seguintes achados: localização, dimensões, intensidade de sinal em T1/T2, realce pós-contraste e outros achados associados. RESULTADOS: Todos os pacientes apresentaram lesão única sugestiva de ASCG, medindo entre 1,5 cm e 8 cm em seu maior diâmetro. Oito lesões foram encontradas junto ao forame de Monro (80% e duas adjacentes ao corpo do ventrículo lateral (20%. Os tumores apresentavam nas imagens pesadas em T1 médio sinal (70% e em T2 alto sinal (100%, com realce intenso após a administração do gadolínio (100%. CONCLUSÃO: Os astrocitomas subependimários de células gigantes em pacientes com ET em geral apresentam-se como lesão única próxima ao forame de Monro, com médio sinal nas imagens ponderadas em T1, alto sinal em T2 e realce intenso após a administração de contraste.OBJECTIVE: To report the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI findings in 10 patients with subependimal giant cell astrocytoma (SGCA and tuberous sclerosis (TS. METHOD: Ten patients were retrospectively studied, presenting TS and histologically proven SGCA. Four patients were male and six female, with mean age 15.7 years. All patients underwent MRI, which was analyzed by two radiologists, final diagnosis was reached by consensus. The following findings were studied: topography, size, signal intensity on T1/T2-weighted images, contrast enhancement and associated findings. RESULTS: All patients presented a single lesion

  6. Glioblastomas, astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas linked to Lynch syndrome

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    Therkildsen, C; Ladelund, S; Rambech, E;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain tumors represent a rare and relatively uncharacterized tumor type in Lynch syndrome. METHODS: The national Danish Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer Register was utilized to estimate the cumulative life-time risk for brain tumors in Lynch syndrome, and the...... staining suggestive of the IDH1 R132H mutation. CONCLUSION: In Lynch syndrome brain tumors occurred in 14% of the families with significantly higher risks for individuals with MSH2 gene mutations and development of childhood brain tumors in individuals with constitutional MMR defects....

  7. Nasal heterotopia versus pilocytic astrocytoma: A narrow border.

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    Ellouze, N; Born, J; Hoyoux, C; Michotte, A; Retz, C; Tebache, M; Piette, C

    2015-08-01

    Failure of the anterior neuropore can lead to three main types of anomalies: nasal dermal sinus, encephalocele and nasal glioma or heterotopia. In this report, we describe a case of intracranial and extracranial glial heterotopia that probably resulted from a common failure of anterior neuropore development. We describe the prenatal radiological assessment based on ultrasound and MRI results, and consider their limitation for early fetal diagnosis. We also discuss the embryogenesis and the possible pathogenic mechanisms involved. PMID:26072230

  8. Sunitinib Malate in Treating Younger Patients With Recurrent, Refractory, or Progressive Malignant Glioma or Ependymoma

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    Childhood Cerebellar Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Childhood Cerebral Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Infratentorial Ependymoma; Childhood Mixed Glioma; Childhood Oligodendroglioma; Childhood Supratentorial Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma

  9. Erlotinib and Temsirolimus in Treating Patients With Recurrent Malignant Glioma

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    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor

  10. Sunitinib in Treating Patients With Recurrent Malignant Gliomas

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    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma

  11. Survival Rates for Selected Childhood Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

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    ... Type of Tumor 5-Year Survival Rate Pilocytic astrocytoma About 95% Fibrillary (diffuse) astrocytoma About 80% to 85% Anaplastic astrocytoma About 30% Glioblastoma About 20% Oligodendroglioma About 90% ...

  12. A Phase I Study of Mebendazole for the Treatment of Pediatric Gliomas

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    2016-07-08

    Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma; Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Glioma, Astrocytic; Optic Nerve Glioma; Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma; Glioblastoma Multiforme; Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Gliosarcoma; Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma; DIPG; Low-grade Glioma; Brainstem Glioma

  13. 18F FDOPA PET/CT or PET/MRI in Measuring Tumors in Patients With Newly Diagnosed or Recurrent Gliomas

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    Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Diffuse Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Fibrillary Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Gemistocytic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Glioblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Gliomatosis Cerebri; Recurrent Childhood Gliosarcoma; Recurrent Childhood Oligoastrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Oligodendroglioma; Recurrent Childhood Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Protoplasmic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway Glioma; Untreated Childhood Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Untreated Childhood Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma; Untreated Childhood Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Untreated Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Untreated Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Untreated Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Untreated Childhood Diffuse Astrocytoma; Untreated Childhood Fibrillary Astrocytoma; Untreated Childhood Gemistocytic Astrocytoma; Untreated Childhood Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Untreated Childhood Glioblastoma; Untreated Childhood Gliomatosis Cerebri; Untreated Childhood Gliosarcoma; Untreated Childhood

  14. Use of EF5 to Measure the Oxygen Level in Tumor Cells of Patients Undergoing Surgery or Biopsy for Newly Diagnosed Supratentorial Malignant Glioma

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    2013-01-15

    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Myxopapillary Ependymoma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymoma

  15. World Health Organization grade II-III astrocytomas consist of genetically distinct tumor lineages.

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    Hattori, Natsuki; Hirose, Yuichi; Sasaki, Hikaru; Nakae, Shunsuke; Hayashi, Saeko; Ohba, Shigeo; Adachi, Kazuhide; Hayashi, Takuro; Nishiyama, Yuya; Hasegawa, Mitsuhiro; Abe, Masato

    2016-08-01

    Recent investigations revealed genetic analysis provides important information in management of gliomas, and we previously reported grade II-III gliomas could be classified into clinically relevant subgroups based on the DNA copy number aberrations (CNAs). To develop more precise genetic subgrouping, we investigated the correlation between CNAs and mutational status of the gene encoding isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) of those tumors. We analyzed the IDH status and CNAs of 174 adult supratentorial gliomas of astrocytic or oligodendroglial origin by PCR-based direct sequencing and comparative genomic hybridization, respectively. We analyzed the relationship between genetic subclassification and clinical features. We found the most frequent aberrations in IDH mutant tumors were the combined whole arm-loss of 1p and 19q (1p/19q codeletion) followed by gain on chromosome arm 7q (+7q). The gain of whole chromosome 7 (+7) and loss of 10q (-10q) were detected in IDH wild-type tumors. Kaplan-Meier estimates for progression-free survival showed that the tumors with mutant IDH, -1p/19q, or +7q (in the absence of +7p) survived longer than tumors with wild-type IDH, +7, or -10q. As tumors with +7 (IDH wild-type) showed a more aggressive clinical nature, they are probably not a subtype that developed from the slowly progressive tumors with +7q (IDH mutant). Thus, tumors with a gain on chromosome 7 (mostly astrocytic) comprise multiple lineages, and such differences in their biological nature should be taken into consideration during their clinical management. PMID:27196377

  16. Successful Management of Intraoperative Acute Bilateral Pulmonary Embolism in a High Grade Astrocytoma Patient.

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    Khraise, Wail N; Allouh, Mohammed Z; Hiasat, Mohammad Y; Said, Raed S

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Intraoperative pulmonary embolism (PE) is a rare life-threatening complication in patients undergoing surgical intervention. Generally, cancer patients have a higher risk for developing this complication. Unfortunately, there is no standard procedure for its management. CASE REPORT We report the case of a 39-year-old woman with high-grade glioma in the right frontal lobe who was admitted to the surgical theater for craniotomy and excision of the tumor. During the general anesthesia procedure and just before inserting the central venous line, her end-tidal CO2 and O2 saturation dropped sharply. The anesthesiologist quickly responded with an aggressive resuscitation procedure that included aspiration through the central venous line, 100% O2, and IV administration of ephedrine 6 mg, colloid 500 mL, normal saline 500 mL, and heparin 5000 IU. The patient was extubated and remained in the supine position until she regained consciousness and her vital signs returned to normal. Subsequent radiological examination revealed a massive bilateral PE. A retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter was inserted, and enoxaparin anticoagulant therapy was prescribed to stabilize the patient's condition. After 3 weeks, she underwent an uneventful craniotomy procedure and was discharged a week later under the enoxaparin therapy. CONCLUSIONS The successful management of intraoperative PE requires a quick, accurate diagnosis accompanied with an aggressive, fast response. Anesthesiologists are usually the ones who are held accountable for the diagnosis and early management of this complication. They must be aware of the possibility of such a complication and be ready to react properly and decisively in the operation theater. PMID:27578311

  17. Expression manner of 5-lipoxygenase in human traumatic brain injury and astrocytoma

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    LeiZhang; HuaHu; Wei-PingZhang; Ke-DaChen; Wen-WenShen; Er-QingWei

    2004-01-01

    5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) is a key enzyme of arachidonic acid metabolism. The metabolites, leuklotrienes, are important mediators in asthma, inflammatory and allergic disorders. The activation of 5-LO includes the gathering of 5-LO,adhering onto the membranes of nuclei and entrance to the nuclei. In the central nervous system, 5-LO is widely expressed

  18. Pilocytic Astrocytomas Have Telomere-Associated Promyelocytic Leukemia Bodies without Alternatively Lengthened Telomeres

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    Slatter, Tania; Gifford-Garner, Jennifer; Wiles, Anna; Tan, Xin; Chen, Yu-Jen; MacFarlane, Martin; Sullivan, Michael; Royds, Janice; Hung, Noelyn

    2010-01-01

    Telomere maintenance by either telomerase activity or the recombination-mediated alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) mechanism is a hallmark of cancer. Tumors that use ALT as their telomere maintenance mechanism are characterized by long telomeres of great heterogeneity in length and by specific nuclear structures of co-localized promyelocytic leukemia protein and telomere DNA, called ALT-associated promyelocytic leukemia bodies (APBs). Recent advances have revealed a direct role for A...

  19. CD133 identifies perivascular niches in grade II-IV astrocytomas

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    Christensen, Karina; Schrøder, Henrik; Kristensen, Bjarne

    2008-01-01

    expression of CD133 in paraffin sections was analysed using morphometry. In all grades, CD133 was expressed on tumour and endothelial cells. Tumour cells were found in perivascular niches, as dispersed single cells and in pseudopalisade formations around necrosis. There was no correlation between the mean...

  20. A human astrocytoma cell line is highly susceptible to infection with Trypanosoma cruzi

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    Juan Camilo Vargas-Zambrano

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Astrocytes play a vital role in neuronal protection, homeostasis, vascular interchange and the local immune response. Some viruses and parasites can cross the blood-brain barrier and infect glia. Trypanosoma cruzi, the aetiological agent of Chagas disease, can seriously compromise the central nervous system, mainly in immune-suppressed individuals, but also during the acute phase of the infection. In this report, the infective capacity of T. cruzi in a human astrocyte tumour-derived cell line was studied. Astrocytes exposed to trypomastigotes (1:10 ratio produced intracellular amastigotes and new trypomastigotes emerged by day 4 post-infection (p.i.. At day 6 p.i., 93% of the cells were infected. Using flow cytometry, changes were observed in both the expression of major histocompatibility complex class I and II molecules and the chemokine secretion pattern of astrocytes exposed to the parasite. Blocking the low-density lipoprotein receptor on astrocytes did not reduce parasite intracellular infection. Thus, T. cruzi can infect astrocytes and modulate the immune response during central nervous system infection.

  1. Ecthyma gangrenosum caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a patient with astrocytoma treated with chemotherapy

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    F.Y.F.L. de Vos; T.A. Middelburg (Tom); C.M. Seynaeve (Caroline); M.J.A. de Jonge (Maja)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractEcthyma gangrenosum, presenting as embolic lesions caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, has distinct pathognomonic features and a high mortality rate in patients with bacteremia, but when recognized early is easily treated. In this case report we describe this disseminated infecti

  2. Expression of the lysosomal-associated membrane protein-1 (LAMP-1) in astrocytomas

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    Jensen, Stine S; Aaberg-Jessen, Charlotte; Christensen, Karina G;

    2013-01-01

    Targeting of lysosomes is a novel therapeutic anti-cancer strategy for killing the otherwise apoptosis-resistant cancer cells. Such strategies are urgently needed for treatment of brain tumors, especially the glioblastoma, which is the most frequent and most malignant type. The aim of the present...... study was to investigate the presence of lysosomes in astrocytic brain tumors focussing also on the therapy resistant tumor stem cells. Expression of the lysosomal marker LAMP-1 (lysosomal-associated membrane protein-1) was investigated by immunohistochemistry in 112 formalin fixed paraffin embedded...... individual tumor grades. LAMP-1/GFAP showed pronounced co-expression and LAMP-1/CD133 was co-expressed as well suggesting that tumor cells including the proposed tumor stem cells contain lysosomes. The results suggest that high amounts of lysosomes are present in glioblastomas and in the proposed tumor stem...

  3. Silencing GFAP isoforms in astrocytoma cells disturbs laminin-dependent motility and cell adhesion

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    Moeton, Martina; Kanski, Regina; Stassen, Oscar M J A; Sluijs, Jacqueline A; Geerts, Dirk; van Tijn, P.; Wiche, Gerhard; van Strien, Miriam E; Hol, Elly M

    2014-01-01

    Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) is an intermediate filament protein expressed in astrocytes and neural stem cells. The GFAP gene is alternatively spliced, and expression of GFAP is highly regulated during development, on brain damage, and in neurodegenerative diseases. GFAPα is the canonical

  4. Long-term neuropsychologic outcome in children diagnosed with a low-grade astrocytoma

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    F.K. Aarsen (Femke)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractCentral nervous system (CNS) tumors in children have a relatively high frequency. They are the second most common form of cancer in childhood only exceeded by acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). However, prognosis is more severe and at present more children die because of CNS tumor than

  5. A Report of Two Cases of Tuberous Sclerosis Combined with Subependymal Giant-Cell Astrocytoma

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    Wanhu Li; Haiying Yu; Zhaoqiu Chen; Aiqin Song

    2006-01-01

    @@ Case Report Case 1, was a 23 year old female. The chief complaints were headache,vomiting for over 20 days, which was aggravated upon exercising, and confusion for 5 days. The patient was retarded and had a history of epilepsy for 20 years. Her family said her intelligence was that of a 3 year-old child. Many red papules were dispersed on her cheeks. A highly thick 2.2 cm by 2.3 cm by 2.4 cm round-like neoplasm was found by CT scanning in the body of the left ventricle near the interventricle foramen, and there was a spot-like calcification in the tumor. There was also a spot-like calcification (Fig.1) in a shuttlelike slightly high thickness node at the same place on the opposite side. The above-mentioned neoplasms enhanced evenly (Fig.2).

  6. Treatment of Glioma, Glioblastoma, and Astrocytoma | NCI Technology Transfer Center | TTC

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    The National Institute on Aging, Laboratory of Clinical Investigation is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate, or commercialize the use of fenoterol and fenoterol analogs in the front line and adjuvant treatment of CNS tumors and other B2 AR expressing tumors.

  7. ABERRANT P53 EXPRESSION DOES NOT CORRELATE WITH THE PROGNOSIS IN ANAPLASTIC ASTROCYTOMA

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    DANKS, RA; CHOPRA, G; GONZALES, MF; ORIAN, JM; KAYE, AH

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    MUTATIONS OF THE p53 tumor-suppressor gene, as determined by the immunohistochemistry of archival formalin-fixed specimens, have been correlated with the prognosis for patients with many different types of malignancy. Similar correlations have been shown in series including patients with all grades

  8. Cilengitide in Treating Younger Patients With Recurrent or Progressive High-Grade Glioma That Has Not Responded to Standard Therapy

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    2014-05-05

    Childhood High-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Glioblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma

  9. Fluorine F 18 Fluorodopa-Labeled PET Scan in Planning Surgery and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Newly Diagnosed High- or Low-Grade Malignant Glioma

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    2016-04-18

    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Myxopapillary Ependymoma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymoma

  10. Alisertib and Fractionated Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Treating Patients With Recurrent High Grade Gliomas

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    2016-04-11

    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor

  11. Pilocytic astrocytomas of the optical nerve - indication for combined surgery and radiotherapy while considering morphological and functional vision conditions

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    Treatment results from literature and those of the authors suggested the following combined therapy concept: 1) Mere surgery is the method of choice in cases of isolated optical nerve involvement; 2) radiotherapy is indicated after confirming biopsy: a) in chiasm and hypothalamus involvement; b) in isolated optical nerve involvement, if the end near to the chiasma is not tumour-free; c) isolated optical nerve involvement with a slight vision reduction only is a relative indication for irradiation depending from the patient's general condition and wishes. Adoption of a conservative approach in inoperable cases seems to be no longer justified in the light of the potentially aggressive character of these tumours. (orig./MG)

  12. Fuzzy C-Means, ANFIS and Genetic Algorithm for Segmenting Astrocytoma –A Type of Brain Tumor

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    Minakshi Sharma; Dr.Saourabh Mukherjee

    2013-01-01

    Imaging plays an important role in medical field like medical diagnosis, treatment planning and patient follow up. Image segmentation is the backbone process to accomplish these tasks by dividing an image in to meaningful parts which share similar properties.  Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI) is primary diagnostic technique to do image segmentation. There are several techniques proposed for image segmentation of different parts of body like Region growing, Thresholding, Clustering methods and ...

  13. Fuzzy C-Means and Snake Model for Segmenting Astrocytoma –A Type of Brain Tumor

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    Minakshi Sharma

    2013-01-01

    Imaging plays an important role in medicalfield like medical diagnosis, treatment planning andpatient follow up. Image segmentation is the backboneprocess to accomplish these tasks by dividing an imagein to meaningful parts which share similar properties.Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI) is primarydiagnostic technique to do image segmentation. Thereare several techniques proposed for image segmentationof different parts of body like Region growing,Thresholding, Clustering methods and Soft compu...

  14. A model of a patient-derived IDH1 mutant anaplastic astrocytoma with alternative lengthening of telomeres

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    Borodovsky, Alexandra; Meeker, Alan K.; Ewen F Kirkness; Zhao, Qi; Eberhart, Charles G.; Gallia, Gary L.; Riggins, Gregory J.

    2014-01-01

    Mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) have been found in the vast majority of low grade and progressive infiltrating gliomas and are characterized by the production of 2-hydroxyglutarate from α-ketoglutarate. Recent investigations of malignant gliomas have identified additional genetic and chromosomal abnormalities which cluster with IDH1 mutations into two distinct subgroups. The astrocytic subgroup was found to have frequent mutations in ATRX, TP53 and displays alternative lengthen...

  15. Identification of a novel inactivating mutation in Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1-R314C) in a high grade astrocytoma.

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    van Lith, Sanne A M; Navis, Anna C; Lenting, Krissie; Verrijp, Kiek; Schepens, Jan T G; Hendriks, Wiljan J A J; Schubert, Nil A; Venselaar, Hanka; Wevers, Ron A; van Rooij, Arno; Wesseling, Pieter; Molenaar, Remco J; van Noorden, Cornelis J F; Pusch, Stefan; Tops, Bastiaan; Leenders, William P J

    2016-01-01

    The majority of low-grade and secondary high-grade gliomas carry heterozygous hotspot mutations in cytosolic isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) or the mitochondrial variant IDH2. These mutations mostly involve Arg132 in IDH1, and Arg172 or Arg140 in IDH2. Whereas IDHs convert isocitrate to alpha-ketoglutarate (α-KG) with simultaneous reduction of NADP(+) to NADPH, these IDH mutants reduce α-KG to D-2-hydroxyglutarate (D-2-HG) while oxidizing NADPH. D-2-HG is a proposed oncometabolite, acting via competitive inhibition of α-KG-dependent enzymes that are involved in metabolism and epigenetic regulation. However, much less is known about the implications of the metabolic stress, imposed by decreased α-KG and NADPH production, for tumor biology. We here present a novel heterozygous IDH1 mutation, IDH1(R314C), which was identified by targeted next generation sequencing of a high grade glioma from which a mouse xenograft model and a cell line were generated. IDH1(R314C) lacks isocitrate-to-α-KG conversion activity due to reduced affinity for NADP(+), and differs from the IDH1(R132) mutants in that it does not produce D-2-HG. Because IDH1(R314C) is defective in producing α-KG and NADPH, without concomitant production of the D-2-HG, it represents a valuable tool to study the effects of IDH1-dysfunction on cellular metabolism in the absence of this oncometabolite. PMID:27460417

  16. Tipifarnib in Treating Young Patients With Recurrent or Progressive High-Grade Glioma, Medulloblastoma, Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor, or Brain Stem Glioma

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    2013-10-07

    Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Oligodendroglioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma

  17. Efficacy of 68Ga-DOTATOC Positron Emission Tomography (PET) CT in Children and Young Adults With Brain Tumors

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    2016-06-17

    Acoustic Schwannoma; Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Meningioma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Choroid Plexus Tumor; Adult Craniopharyngioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoblastoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Grade I Meningioma; Adult Grade II Meningioma; Adult Medulloblastoma; Adult Meningeal Hemangiopericytoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Myxopapillary Ependymoma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Papillary Meningioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Pineoblastoma; Adult Pineocytoma; Adult Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymoma; Adult Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET); Childhood Choroid Plexus Tumor; Childhood Craniopharyngioma; Childhood Ependymoblastoma; Childhood Grade I Meningioma; Childhood Grade II Meningioma; Childhood Grade III Meningioma; Childhood High-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Infratentorial Ependymoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Medulloepithelioma; Childhood Supratentorial Ependymoma; Meningeal Melanocytoma; Newly Diagnosed Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Diffuse Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Fibrillary Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Gemistocytic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Glioblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Gliomatosis Cerebri; Recurrent Childhood Gliosarcoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood

  18. Cilengitide in Treating Children With Refractory Primary Brain Tumors

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    2013-09-27

    Childhood Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Choroid Plexus Tumor; Childhood Craniopharyngioma; Childhood Ependymoblastoma; Childhood Grade I Meningioma; Childhood Grade II Meningioma; Childhood Grade III Meningioma; Childhood High-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Infratentorial Ependymoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Medulloepithelioma; Childhood Mixed Glioma; Childhood Oligodendroglioma; Childhood Supratentorial Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Pineoblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma

  19. Palbociclib Isethionate in Treating Younger Patients With Recurrent, Progressive, or Refractory Central Nervous System Tumors

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    2016-05-26

    Childhood Choroid Plexus Tumor; Childhood Ependymoblastoma; Childhood Grade III Meningioma; Childhood High-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Medulloepithelioma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Glioblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Gliomatosis Cerebri; Recurrent Childhood Gliosarcoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Pineoblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor

  20. Peroxynitrite decomposition catalyst prevents apoptotic cell death in a human astrocytoma cell line incubated with supernatants of HIV-infected macrophages

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    Perno Carlo

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Oxidative stress has shown to contribute in the mechanisms underlying apoptotic cell death occuring in AIDS-dementia complex. Here we investigated the role of peroxynitrite in apoptosis occurring in astroglial cells incubated with supernatants of HIV-infected human primary macrophages (M/M. Results Flow cytometric analysis (FACS of human cultured astrocytes shortly incubated with HIV-1-infected M/M supernatants showed apoptotic cell death, an effect accompanied by pronounced staining for nitrotyrosine (footprint of peroxynitrite and by abnormal formation of malondialdehyde (MDA. Pretreatment of astrocytes with the peroxynitrite decomposition catalyst FeTMPS antagonized HIV-related astrocytic apoptosis, MDA formation and nitrotyrosine staining. Conclusions Taken together, our results suggest that inibition of peroxynitrite leads to protection against peroxidative stress accompanying HIV-related apoptosis of astrocytes. Overall results support the role of peroxynitrite in HIV-related programmed death of astrocytes and suggest the use of peroxynitrite decomposition catalyst to counteract HIV-1-related neurological disorders.

  1. A low frequency variant at 8q24.21 is strongly associated with risk of oligodendroglial tumors and IDH1 or IDH2 mutated astrocytomas

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    Jenkins, Robert B.; Xiao, Yuanyuan; Sicotte, Hugues; Decker, Paul A.; Kollmeyer, Thomas M.; Hansen, Helen M.; Kosel, Matthew L.; Zheng, Shichun; Walsh, Kyle M.; Rice, Terri; Bracci, Paige; McCoy, Lucie S.; Smirnov, Ivan; Patoka, Joseph S.; Hsuang, George

    2012-01-01

    SNPs mapped to 8q24.21 have been shown to be associated with glioma development. By means of tag SNP genotyping/imputation, pooled next-generation sequencing (NGS) using long-range PCR, and subsequent validation SNP genotyping we identified seven low-frequency SNPs that were consistently and highly associated with glioma risk (p=10−25 to 10−14). The most associated SNP, rs55705857, remained highly significant after individual adjustment for the other top six and two previously published SNPs....

  2. Assessing Biological Response to Bevacizumab Using 18F-Fluoromisonidazole PET/MR Imaging in a Patient with Recurrent Anaplastic Astrocytoma

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    Barajas, Ramon F.; Pampaloni, Miguel H.; Clarke, Jennifer L.; Seo, Youngho; Savic, Dragana; Hawkins, Randall A.; Behr, Spencer C.; Chang, Susan M.; Berger, Mitchel; Dillon, William P.; Cha, Soonmee

    2015-01-01

    We present our initial experience in using single modality fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) PET/MR imaging to noninvasively evaluate the biological effects induced by bevacizumab therapy in a patient treated for recurrent high grade glioma. In this index patient, bevacizumab therapy resulted in the development of nonenhancing tumor characterized by reduced diffusion and markedly decreased FMISO uptake in the setting of maintained CBF and CBV. These observations suggest that the dynamic biological interplay between tissue hypoxia and vascular normalization occurring within treated recurrent high grade glioma can be captured utilizing FMISO PET/MR imaging. PMID:25793136

  3. Assessing Biological Response to Bevacizumab Using 18F-Fluoromisonidazole PET/MR Imaging in a Patient with Recurrent Anaplastic Astrocytoma

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    Ramon F. Barajas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We present our initial experience in using single modality fluoromisonidazole (FMISO PET/MR imaging to noninvasively evaluate the biological effects induced by bevacizumab therapy in a patient treated for recurrent high grade glioma. In this index patient, bevacizumab therapy resulted in the development of nonenhancing tumor characterized by reduced diffusion and markedly decreased FMISO uptake in the setting of maintained CBF and CBV. These observations suggest that the dynamic biological interplay between tissue hypoxia and vascular normalization occurring within treated recurrent high grade glioma can be captured utilizing FMISO PET/MR imaging.

  4. Interleukin-1 beta-induced up-regulation of opioid receptors in the untreated and morphine-desensitized U87 MG human astrocytoma cells

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    Byrne Linda

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Interleukin-1beta (IL-1β is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that can be produced in the central nervous system during inflammatory conditions. We have previously shown that IL-1β expression is altered in the rat brain during a morphine tolerant state, indicating that this cytokine may serve as a convergent point between the immune challenge and opiate mediated biological pathways. We hypothesized that IL-1β up-regulates opioid receptors in human astrocytes in both untreated and morphine-desensitized states. Methods To test this hypothesis, we compared the basal expression of the mu (MOR, delta (DOR, and kappa (KOR opioid receptors in the human U87 MG astrocytic cell line to SH-SY5Y neuronal and HL-60 immune cells using absolute quantitative real time RT-PCR (AQ-rt-RT-PCR. To demonstrate that IL-1β induced up-regulation of the MOR, DOR and KOR, U87 MG cells (2 x 105 cells/well were treated with IL-1β (20 ng/mL or 40 ng/mL, followed by co-treatment with interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IL-1RAP (400 ng/mL or 400 ng/mL. The above experiment was repeated in the cells desensitized with morphine, where U87 MG cells were pre-treated with 100 nM morphine. The functionality of the MOR in U87 MG cells was then demonstrated using morphine inhibition of forksolin-induced intracellular cAMP, as determined by radioimmunoassay. Results U87 MG cells treated with IL-1β for 12 h showed a significant up-regulation of MOR and KOR. DOR expression was also elevated, although not significantly. Treatment with IL-1β also showed a significant up-regulation of the MOR in U87 MG cells desensitized with morphine. Co-treatment with IL-1β and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IL-1RAP resulted in a significant decrease in IL-1β-mediated MOR up-regulation. Conclusion Our results indicate that the pro-inflammatory cytokine, IL-1β, affects opiate-dependent pathways by up-regulating the expression of the MOR in both untreated and morphine-desensitized U87 MG.

  5. Radiotherapy of astrocytomas and encephalic oligodendrogliomas in the adult; La radiotherapie des astrocytomes et des oligodendrogliomes encephaliques de l'adulte

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    Mazeron, J.J.; Simon, J.M.; Noel, G.; Proudhom, M.A.; Renard, A. [Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, Centre des Tumeurs, 75 - Paris (France)

    2000-12-01

    Gliomas are moderately radiosensitive. The main prognostic factors are the anatomic-pathological type and grade of glioma, the performance status, age of the patient and the extent of the surgery. According to data from the literature, high-grade gliomas should be given 60 Gy in five weekly fractions of 1.7 to 2 Gy in a volume including tumor or tumor bed, edema and a 2- to 3-cm margin. A dose of 45 Gy would be sufficient for low-grade gliomas, according to the results of a recent randomized EORTC trial. Brachytherapy and radiosurgery techniques may be indicated in selected cases. (authors)

  6. Phase II Evaluation of Gefitinib in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Grade 4 Astrocytoma: Mayo/North Central Cancer Treatment Group Study N0074

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    Purpose: Amplification of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene represents one of the most frequent gene alterations in glioblastoma (GBM). In the current study, we evaluated gefitinib, a potent EGFR inhibitor, in the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed GBM. Methods and Materials: Ninety-eight patients (96 evaluable) were accrued between May 18, 2001, and August 2, 2002. All were newly diagnosed GBM patients who were clinically and radiographically stable/improved after radiation treatment (enrollment within 5 weeks of radiation completion). No prior chemotherapy was permitted. EGFR amplification/mutation, as assessed by fluorescence in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry, was not required for treatment with gefitinib but was studied when tissues were available. Gefitinib was administered at 500 mg each day; for patients receiving dexamethasone or enzyme-inducing (CYP3A4) agents, dose was escalated to a maximum of 1,000 mg QD. Treatment cycles were repeated at 4-week intervals with brain magnetic resonance imaging at 8-week intervals. Results: Overall survival (OS; calculated from time of initial surgery) at 1 year (primary end point) with gefitinib was 54.2%, which was not statistically different compared with that of historical control population (48.9%, data from three previous Phase III North Central Cancer Treatment Group studies of newly diagnosed GBM patients). Progression-free survival (PFS) at 1 year post-RT (16.7%) was also not significantly different to that of historical controls (30.3%). Clinical outcome was not affected by EGFR status (amplification or vIII mutation). Fatigue (41%), rash (62%), and loose stools (58%) constituted the most frequent adverse events, the majority of these being limited to Grade 1/2. Of note, the occurrence of drug-related adverse effects, such as loose stools was associated with improved OS. Conclusions: In our evaluation of nearly 100 patients with newly diagnosed GBM, treatment with adjuvant gefitinib post-radiation was not associated with significant improvement in OS or PFS. However, patients who experienced gefitinib-associated adverse effects (rash/diarrhea) did demonstrate improved OS.

  7. Human U87 astrocytoma cell invasion induced by interaction of βig-h3 with integrin α5β1 involves calpain-2.

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    Jie Ma

    Full Text Available It is known that βig-h3 is involved in the invasive process of many types of tumors, but its mechanism in glioma cells has not been fully clarified. Using immunofluorescent double-staining and confocal imaging analysis, and co-immunoprecipitation assays, we found that βig-h3 co-localized with integrin α5β1 in U87 cells. We sought to elucidate the function of this interaction by performing cell invasion assays and gelatin zymography experiments. We found that siRNA knockdowns of βig-h3 and calpain-2 impaired cell invasion and MMP secretion. Moreover, βig-h3, integrins and calpain-2 are known to be regulated by Ca(2+, and they are also involved in tumor cell invasion. Therefore, we further investigated if calpain-2 was relevant to βig-h3-integrin α5β1 interaction to affect U87 cell invasion. Our data showed that βig-h3 co-localized with integrin α5β1 to enhance the invasion of U87 cells, and that calpain-2, is involved in this process, acting as a downstream molecule.

  8. Low Grade Astrocytoma Originating from the Prechiasmatic Intracranial Optic Nerve Presenting as an Intra-Axial Intracerebral Lesion; Rarity in Rarity

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    M Alimohamadi

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    Full Text Available Optic nerve glioma (ONG originating purely from the intracranial part of the optic nerve is a very rare presentation of optic pathway gliomas. We encountered a 48-year-old woman presenting with an intra-axial lesion in preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, which turned out to be a lesion originating from the intracranial segment of the optic nerve. We intend to present the case and discuss the interesting and misleading images and the different aspects of management of this rare pathology briefly.

  9. Proton Beam Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Low Grade Gliomas

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    Adult Brain Tumor; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Grade II Meningioma; Adult Melanocytic Lesion; Adult Meningeal Hemangiopericytoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Pineocytoma; Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor

  10. RO4929097, Temozolomide, and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Newly Diagnosed Malignant Glioma

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    Acoustic Schwannoma; Adult Anaplastic (Malignant) Meningioma; Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Choroid Plexus Neoplasm; Adult Craniopharyngioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoblastoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Grade I Meningioma; Adult Grade II Meningioma; Adult Medulloblastoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Myxopapillary Ependymoma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Papillary Meningioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Pineoblastoma; Adult Pineocytoma; Adult Primary Melanocytic Lesion of Meninges; Adult Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Adult Subependymoma; Adult Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Malignant Adult Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma

  11. Vorinostat and Temozolomide in Treating Young Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Primary Brain Tumors or Spinal Cord Tumors

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    Childhood Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor; Childhood Central Nervous System Choriocarcinoma; Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumor; Childhood Central Nervous System Germinoma; Childhood Central Nervous System Mixed Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Central Nervous System Teratoma; Childhood Central Nervous System Yolk Sac Tumor; Childhood Choroid Plexus Tumor; Childhood Craniopharyngioma; Childhood Ependymoblastoma; Childhood Grade I Meningioma; Childhood Grade II Meningioma; Childhood Grade III Meningioma; Childhood High-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Infratentorial Ependymoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Medulloepithelioma; Childhood Mixed Glioma; Childhood Oligodendroglioma; Childhood Supratentorial Ependymoma; Extra-adrenal Paraganglioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Pineoblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Spinal Cord Neoplasm; Recurrent Childhood Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma

  12. Overexpression of Eg5 correlates with high grade astrocytic neoplasm.

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    Liu, Liqiong; Liu, Xichun; Mare, Marcus; Dumont, Aaron S; Zhang, Haitao; Yan, Dong; Xiong, Zhenggang

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    To investigate the relationship between Eg5 and histopathological grade of astrocytoma, Eg5 expression was evaluated by immunohistochemical examination on 88 specimens including 25 cases of glioblastoma (WHO grade IV), 22 cases of anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO grade III), 20 cases of diffuse astrocytoma (WHO grade II), and 21 cases of pilocytic astrocytoma (WHO grade I). The histopathological characteristics and Eg5 expression level of each tumor were assessed and statistically analyzed. Astrocytic tumors exhibited significant correlation of expression of Eg5 with higher WHO histopathological grades (p astrocytoma, 6-36% (mean 18.60%) of neoplastic cells in diffuse astrocytoma, and 2-28% (mean 13.48%) of neoplastic cells in pilocytic astrocytoma. In conclusion, overexpression of Eg5 associates with high-grade astrocytic neoplasm, and it may represent an independent diagnostic and prognostic factor in grading astrocytic tumors and predicting prognosis of astrocytic tumor patients. PMID:26456023

  13. Complejo nódulo subependimario-astrocitoma subependimario gigantocelular en niños con esclerosis tuberosa Subependymal nodules-subependymal giant cell astrocytoma complex in children with tuberous sclerosis

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    Lucas Bongiorni; Hugo A. Arroyo; Fabiana Lubienicki

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    El objetivo fue describir las características clínico imagenológicas de niños con esclerosis tuberosa que presentaron el complejo Nódulo Subependimario (NS)-Astrocitoma Subependimario Gigantocelular(ASGC) y analizar el comportamiento evolutivo de dicho "complejo" para detectar precozmente su crecimiento y evitar las complicaciones de la hipertensión endocraneana (HTE). Evaluamos 22 pacientes con diagnóstico anátomo patológico de ASGC. El diagnóstico del tumor se realizó a una media de 10.1 añ...

  14. A phase 3 randomized study of radiotherapy plus procarbazine, CCNU, and vincristine (PCV) with or without BUdR for the treatment of anaplastic astrocytoma: a preliminary report of RTOG 9404

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    Purpose: This study was an open label, randomized Phase 3 trial in newly diagnosed patients with anaplastic glioma comparing radiotherapy plus adjuvant procarbazine, CCNU, and vincristine (PCV) chemotherapy with or without bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) given as a 96-hour infusion each week of radiotherapy. Methods and Materials: Only patients 18 years or older with newly diagnosed anaplastic glioma were eligible; central pathology review was accomplished, but was not mandated prior to registration. The study had initially opened as a Northern California Oncology Group (NCOG) trial in 1991, becoming an Intergroup RTOG, SWOG, and NCCTG study in July 1994. Total accrual of 293 patients was planned as the sample size, using survival and time to tumor progression as the primary endpoints. The experiment arm (RT/BUdR plus PCV) was to be compared to the control arm (RT plus PCV) using an alpha = 0.05, one-tailed, with a power of 85% for detecting an increase in median survival from 160 to 240 weeks, assuming a 3-year follow-up after completion of enrollment. Results: As of July 1996, 281 patients had been randomized; 53 (20%) were ineligible, primarily based upon central pathology review, and another 39 cases were canceled. In total, 30% of cases were excluded from analysis. The treatment arms were well balanced despite this rate of exclusion. The RTOG Data Monitoring Committee recommended suspension of enrollment in July 1996 based upon a stochastic curtailment analysis which strongly suggested that the addition of BUdR would not be associated with increased survival. In February 1997, the study was closed prior to full enrollment. At that time, the 1-year survival estimates were 82% versus 68% for RT plus PCV and RT/BUdR plus PCV respectively (one-sided, p = 0.96). The conditional power analysis indicated that even with an additional 12 months of additional accrual and follow-up the probability of detecting the prespecified difference was less than 0.01%. The differences in the two arms seem to be due to early deaths in the BUdR arm, not related to toxicity of the treatment. Conclusions: Despite encouraging Phase 2 results with BUdR, it is unlikely that a survival benefit will be seen. A final study analysis will not be done for at least 3 more years

  15. Influence of bromodeoxyuridine radiosensitization on malignant glioma patient survival: a retrospective comparison of survival data from the Northern California oncology group (NCOG) and radiation therapy oncology group trials (RTOG) for glioblastoma multiforme and anaplastic astrocytoma

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    Purpose: To examine the effect of treatment using Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) during radiation therapy on malignant glioma patient survival by comparing historical survival data from several large clinical trials. Methods: A retrospective analysis of patient data from Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) trials 74-01, 79-18, and 83-02 and the Northern California Oncology Group (NCOG) study 6G-82-1 was conducted. Patient data was supplied by both groups, and analyzed by the RTOG. Pretreatment characteristics including age, extent of surgery, Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS), and histopathology were collected; the only treatment variable evaluated was the use of BrdU during radiation therapy. Radiation dose, dose-fractionation schedule, use of chemotherapy, and/or type of chemotherapy was not controlled for in the analyses. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to examine the potential treatment effect of BrdU on patient survival. Results: Data from 334 patients treated with BrdU on NCOG 6G-82-1 and 1743 patients treated without BrdU on 3 RTOG studies was received. Patients were excluded from the review if confirmation of eligibility could not be obtained, if the patient was ineligible for the study they entered, if central pathology review was not done, or if radiotherapy data was not available. Patients treated according to the RTOG studies had to start radiotherapy within 4 weeks of surgery; no such restriction existed for the NCOG studies. To ensure comparability between the studies, patients from the NCOG studies who began treatment longer than 40 days from surgery were also excluded. The final data set included 296 cases from the NCOG studies (89%) and 1478 cases from the RTOG studies (85%). For patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) the median survival was 9.8 months in the RTOG studies and 13.0 months in the NCOG trial (p < 0.0001). For patients with AA the median survival was 35.1 months for the RTOG studies and 42.8 months in the NCOG trial (p = 0.126). Univariate results showed consistent results favoring BrdU among patients over 30 years of age, across the extent of surgery, and for GBM patients. A proportional hazards regression model that included treatment, histopathology, KPS, age, and extent of surgery demonstrated that treatment with BrdU was included in the best model only for the GBM group of patients (risk ratio 0.83). Conclusions: Because of the heterogeneity of the treatment groups, including potentially important differences in pathology reviewers assessment of nonglioblastoma cases, differences in radiation dose and schedules, and chemotherapy during or after radiation, these analyses cannot provide the definitive answer as to whether BrdU given during radiation therapy improves survival in patients with malignant glioma. There does appear to be a favorable treatment effect seen in patients with GBM, with a lesser effect in patients with AA

  16. Correlation between MGMT hypermethylation and IDH1 mutation and their prognostic value in astrocytoma%星形细胞瘤中MGMT甲基化与IDH1突变的相关性

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    邵立伟; 李永笑; 潘怡; 齐雪岭; 钟延丰; 常青

    2014-01-01

    目的 检测星形细胞瘤中DNA修复酶O-6-甲基鸟嘌呤-DNA-甲基转移酶(O6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase,MGMT)的甲基化状态,分析其与IDH1突变的关系并评估二者对患者预后的影响.方法 采用甲基化特异性PCR(MSP)法检测176例星形细胞瘤中MGMT的甲基化状态;采用直接测序法和免疫组化法检测IDH1突变,并应用Log-rank检验比较不同分子标记对患者生存曲线的影响.结果 138例星形细胞瘤进行MGMT基因甲基化检测,72.46% (100/138)病例检测结果有效,57%肿瘤发生MGMT高甲基化.Ⅱ、Ⅲ级星形细胞瘤与继发性胶质母细胞瘤(glioblastoma,GBM)中MGMT的甲基化率显著高于原发性GBM(P=0.023 2).伴有IDH1突变的星形细胞瘤中MGMT的高甲基化率(29/37)显著高于无IDH1基因突变(28/63)病例(P=0.000 9).MGMT甲基化结合IDH1突变是患者预后较好的分子标记(P=0.000 0).结论 星形细胞瘤中MGMT的高甲基化状态与IDH1突变呈明显正相关;IDH1突变结合MGMT甲基化状态检测能更好地预测胶质瘤患者的预后.

  17. Expression and the clinical significance of MGMT and MMP-7 in human astrocytoma%MGMT和MMP-7在星形细胞瘤中表达及临床意义

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    苏赓; 周志宇; 李国成; 莫秋荣; 温伟

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究星形细胞瘤组织中甲基鸟嘌呤DNA甲基转移酶(methylguanine-DNA methyhransferase,MGMT)和基质金属蛋白酶-7(matrix metalloproteinase-7,MMP-7)基因蛋白的表达和意义.方法:应用免疫组化SP法检测49例星形细胞瘤中MGMT和MMP-7基因蛋白的表达.结果:MGMT、MMP-7蛋白在星形细胞瘤中的表达率分别为55.10%(27/49)和51.02%(25/49),MGMT和MMP-7的表达与星形细胞瘤组织病理分级有关(P<0.05),与其他临床因素无关(P>0.05);MGMT和MMP-7蛋白在星形细胞瘤中的表达率复发组与无复发组有明显差异(P<0.05),MMP-7抗原与MGMT表达呈负相关(rs=-0.488,P<0.01).结论:MGMT和MMP-7可能共同参与了星形细胞瘤的发生与发展,MGMT的低表达甚至缺失和MMP-7高表达对星形细胞瘤的恶性程度及预后有指导意义.

  18. Phase II study of 6-thioguanine, procarbazine, dibromodulcitol, lomustine, and vincristine chemotherapy with radiotherapy for treating malignant glioma in children.

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    Levin, V. A.; Lamborn, K.; Wara, W.; Davis, R; Edwards, M.; Rabbitt, J.; Malec, M.; Prados, M. D.

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    We conducted a single-arm phase II study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of radiotherapy combined with 6-thioguanine, procarbazine, dibromodulcitol, lomustine, and vincristine (TPDCV) chemotherapy for treating malignant astrocytoma in children and anaplastic ependymoma in patients of all ages. Between 1984 and 1992, 42 patients who had malignant astrocytomas (glioblastomas multiforme, anaplastic astrocytomas, or mixed anaplastic oligoastrocytomas) were treated with TPDCV chemotherapy and ...

  19. Yoga Therapy in Treating Patients With Malignant Brain Tumors

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    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Meningioma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Choroid Plexus Tumor; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoblastoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Grade II Meningioma; Adult Medulloblastoma; Adult Meningeal Hemangiopericytoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Papillary Meningioma; Adult Pineal Gland Astrocytoma; Adult Pineoblastoma; Adult Pineocytoma; Adult Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET); Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor

  20. Positron Emission Tomography Using Fluorine F 18 EF5 to Find Oxygen in Tumor Cells of Patients Who Are Undergoing Surgery or Biopsy for Newly Diagnosed Brain Tumors

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    Adult Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Adult Anaplastic Ependymoma; Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Brain Stem Glioma; Adult Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor; Adult Choroid Plexus Tumor; Adult Craniopharyngioma; Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma; Adult Ependymoblastoma; Adult Ependymoma; Adult Giant Cell Glioblastoma; Adult Glioblastoma; Adult Gliosarcoma; Adult Grade I Meningioma; Adult Grade II Meningioma; Adult Grade III Meningioma; Adult Medulloblastoma; Adult Meningeal Hemangiopericytoma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Myxopapillary Ependymoma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Adult Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Adult Pineoblastoma; Adult Pineocytoma; Adult Subependymoma; Adult Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET); Meningeal Melanocytoma

  1. Collecting and Storing Blood and Brain Tumor Tissue Samples From Children With Brain Tumors

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    2016-05-17

    Childhood Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor; Childhood Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Choroid Plexus Tumor; Childhood Craniopharyngioma; Childhood Grade I Meningioma; Childhood Grade II Meningioma; Childhood Grade III Meningioma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Infratentorial Ependymoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Oligodendroglioma; Childhood Supratentorial Ependymoma; Newly Diagnosed Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway Glioma

  2. Brain tumor - children

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    Glioblastoma multiforme - children; Ependymoma - children; Glioma - children; Astrocytoma - children; Medulloblastoma - children; Neuroglioma - children; Oligodendroglioma - children; Meningioma - children; Cancer - brain tumor (children)

  3. FR901228 in Treating Children With Refractory or Recurrent Solid Tumors or Leukemia

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    2013-01-15

    Blastic Phase Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Childhood Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Choroid Plexus Tumor; Childhood Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Childhood Craniopharyngioma; Childhood Grade I Meningioma; Childhood Grade II Meningioma; Childhood Grade III Meningioma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Infratentorial Ependymoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Spinal Cord Neoplasm; Childhood Supratentorial Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Recurrent Childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma; Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia; Relapsing Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Unspecified Childhood Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific

  4. Ispinesib in Treating Young Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Solid Tumors or Lymphoma

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    2013-01-15

    Childhood Burkitt Lymphoma; Childhood Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Choroid Plexus Tumor; Childhood Craniopharyngioma; Childhood Grade I Meningioma; Childhood Grade II Meningioma; Childhood Grade III Meningioma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Infratentorial Ependymoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Spinal Cord Neoplasm; Childhood Supratentorial Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Grade III Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis; Recurrent Childhood Large Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Childhood Lymphoblastic Lymphoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma; Recurrent Childhood Small Noncleaved Cell Lymphoma; Recurrent Childhood Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma; Unspecified Childhood Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific

  5. Bevacizumab and Irinotecan in Treating Young Patients With Recurrent, Progressive, or Refractory Glioma, Medulloblastoma, Ependymoma, or Low Grade Glioma

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    2016-06-14

    Childhood Cerebral Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Childhood Oligodendroglioma; Childhood Spinal Cord Neoplasm; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Medulloblastoma

  6. Oxaliplatin in Treating Young Patients With Recurrent Solid Tumors That Have Not Responded to Previous Treatment

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    2013-06-04

    Childhood Central Nervous System Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Extragonadal Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Hepatoblastoma; Childhood Hepatocellular Carcinoma; Childhood High-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Low-grade Cerebral Astrocytoma; Childhood Malignant Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Malignant Testicular Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Teratoma; Recurrent Adrenocortical Carcinoma; Recurrent Childhood Brain Stem Glioma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebellar Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Cerebral Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Ependymoma; Recurrent Childhood Liver Cancer; Recurrent Childhood Malignant Germ Cell Tumor; Recurrent Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma; Recurrent Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma; Recurrent Colon Cancer; Recurrent Ewing Sarcoma/Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor; Recurrent Nasopharyngeal Cancer; Recurrent Neuroblastoma; Recurrent Osteosarcoma; Recurrent Rectal Cancer; Recurrent Renal Cell Cancer

  7. Cathepsin S expression: An independent prognostic factor in glioblastoma tumours--A pilot study.

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    Flannery, Thomas; McQuaid, Stephen; McGoohan, Caroline; McConnell, Robert S; McGregor, Gordon; Mirakhur, Meenakshi; Hamilton, Peter; Diamond, James; Cran, Gordon; Walker, Brian; Scott, Christopher; Martin, Lorraine; Ellison, David; Patel, Chirag; Nicholson, Clare; Mendelow, David; McCormick, Derek; Johnston, Patrick G

    2006-08-15

    Cysteine proteinases have been implicated in astrocytoma invasion. We recently demonstrated that cathepsin S (CatS) expression is up-regulated in astrocytomas and provided evidence for a potential role in astrocytoma invasion (Flannery et al., Am J Path 2003;163(1):175-82). We aimed to evaluate the significance of CatS in human astrocytoma progression and as a prognostic marker. Frozen tissue homogenates from 71 patients with astrocytomas and 3 normal brain specimens were subjected to ELISA analyses. Immunohistochemical analysis of CatS expression was performed on 126 paraffin-embedded tumour samples. Fifty-one astrocytoma cases were suitable for both frozen tissue and paraffin tissue analysis. ELISA revealed minimal expression of CatS in normal brain homogenates. CatS expression was increased in grade IV tumours whereas astrocytoma grades I-III exhibited lower values. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed a similar pattern of expression. Moreover, high-CatS immunohistochemical scores in glioblastomas were associated with significantly shorter survival (10 vs. 5 months, p = 0.014). With forced inclusion of patient age, radiation dose and Karnofsky score in the Cox multivariate model, CatS score was found to be an independent predictor of survival. CatS expression in astrocytomas is associated with tumour progression and poor outcome in glioblastomas. CatS may serve as a useful prognostic indicator and potential target for anti-invasive therapy. PMID:16550604

  8. Glioblastoma following radiotherapy in a patient with tuberous sclerosis. Case report

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    Matsumura, Hirotaka; Takimoto, Hiroshi; Shimada, Nobumitsu; Hirata, Masayuki [Suita Municipal Hospital, Osaka (Japan); Ohnishi, Takanori; Hayakawa, Toru

    1998-05-01

    A 26-year-old male with tuberous sclerosis developed a glioblastoma in the right temporal lobe 8 years after surgical excision and irradiation of a subependymal giant cell astrocytoma. The glioblastoma was probably an irradiation-induced tumor. Irradiation should not be given routinely for subependymal giant cell astrocytoma. (author)

  9. Glioblastoma following radiotherapy in a patient with tuberous sclerosis. Case report

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    A 26-year-old male with tuberous sclerosis developed a glioblastoma in the right temporal lobe 8 years after surgical excision and irradiation of a subependymal giant cell astrocytoma. The glioblastoma was probably an irradiation-induced tumor. Irradiation should not be given routinely for subependymal giant cell astrocytoma. (author)

  10. Astroglial c-Myc overexpression predisposes mice to primary malignant gliomas

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    Jensen, Niels Aagaard; Pedersen, Karen-Marie; Lihme, Frederikke;

    2003-01-01

    Malignant astrocytomas are common human primary brain tumors that result from neoplastic transformation of astroglia or their progenitors. Here we show that deregulation of the c-Myc pathway in developing astroglia predisposes mice to malignant astrocytomas within 2-3 weeks of age. The genetically...

  11. A study of histopathological spectrum and expression of Ki-67, TP53 in primary brain tumors of pediatric age group

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    Subhalakshmi Sengupta

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The primary brain tumors are the second most common cause of death due to malignancies in children. This study was done to analyze the histological spectrum of primary brain tumors in children and also to find out the expression of p53 and Ki67 in some of the common pediatric brain tumors. Materials and Methods: This study was done over a period of 2.5 years. The patients were followed up until 6 months to determine the outcome. We examined H and E sections from 61 pediatric brain tumors and also performed immunohistochemical stains with p53 and Ki67 on 52 of these samples. Results: Of the 61 cases of pediatric brain tumors the commonest were pilocytic astrocytomas and medulloblastomas both constituting 22.9% of total cases, followed by high grade gliomas, that is, anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma taken together (14.7%, diffuse astrocytomas (11.4%, ependymomas (8.1%, and oligodendrogliomas (4.9%. Other cases comprised craniopharyngiomas, astroblastomas, and gangliocytoma. The mean age of presentation was 9.3 years, male children being more commonly affected. Ki67 labeling index (LI and p53 expression in pilocytic astrocytomas and diffuse astrocytomas were significantly lower than that of high-grade astrocytomas. However, there was no significant difference of expression of these two antigens in pilocytic astrocytomas and diffuse astrocytomas. It was found that Ki67 LI was a better marker for distinguishing between grades of astrocytoma than p53 (P=0.000 and P=0.002, respectively. The survival in cases of pilocytic astrocytomas was far better than high-grade gliomas. However, there was no significant difference in survival between pilocytic astrocytoma and diffuse infiltrating astrocytoma. There was significant positive correlation between expression of p53 and Ki67 LI in cases of medulloblastomas. Both p53 (P=0.002 and Ki67 LI (P=0.000 taken individually correlated well with survival in these cases. Also, Ki67 LI is better

  12. Paediatric brain-stem gliomas: MRI, FDG-PET and histological grading correlation

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    Kwon, Jong Won; Kim, In-One; Cheon, Jung-Eun; Kim, Woo Sun; Moon, Sung Gyu; Kim, Tae Jung; Yeon, Kyung Mo [Seoul National University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Chi, Je Geun [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Seoul (Korea); Wang, Kyu-Chang [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul (Korea); Chung, June Key [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul (Korea)

    2006-09-15

    MRI and FDG-PET may predict the histological grading of paediatric brain-stem gliomas. To assess MRI findings and metabolic imaging using FDG-PET of brain-stem gliomas based on histological grading. Included in the study were 20 paediatric patients (age 3-14 years, mean 8.2 years) with brain-stem glioma (five glioblastomas, ten anaplastic astrocytomas and five low-grade astrocytomas). MR images were assessed for the anatomical site of tumour origin, focality, pattern of tumour growth, and enhancement. All glioblastomas were located in the pons and showed diffuse pontine enlargement with focally exophytic features. Eight anaplastic astrocytomas were located in the pons and demonstrated diffuse pontine enlargement without exophytic features. Low-grade astrocytomas were located in the pons, midbrain or medulla and showed focally exophytic growth features and peripheral enhancement. In 12 patients in whom FDG-PET was undertaken, glioblastomas showed hypermetabolic or hypometabolic lesions, anaplastic astrocytomas showed no metabolic change or hypometabolic lesions and low-grade astrocytomas showed hypometabolism compared with the cerebellum. MRI findings correlated well with histological grading of brain-stem gliomas and MRI may therefore predict the histological grading. FDG-PET may be helpful in differentiating between anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastomas among high-grade tumours. (orig.)

  13. Gliomatosis cerebri--an appropriate diagnosis? Case reports

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    Fallentin, E; Skriver, E; Herning, Gudrun Margrethe;

    1997-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the premises for the diagnosis gliomatosis cerebri in relation to diffuse astrocytomas. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CT, MR images and pathological analyses were used to assess the cases of 4 patients with diffusely infiltrating astrocytic tumours that radiologically, clinically and...... pathologically resembled gliomatosis cerebri. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Some astrocytomas have an immense potential for diffuse infiltration and they would seem to be more frequent than recognized hitherto. The definition of gliomatosis cerebri as a separate entity is questionable, and a diagnosis of diffusely...... infiltrating astrocytoma is recommended in such cases...

  14. Epilepsy in Adults with TSC

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    Full Text Available ... result from a sudden change in how the cells of the brain send electrical signals to each ... due to the presence of a subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA), a non-cancerous tumor that occurs ...

  15. Optic glioma

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    Glioma - optic; Optic nerve glioma; Juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma; Brain cancer - optic glioma ... Optic gliomas are rare. The cause of optic gliomas is unknown. Most optic gliomas are slow-growing ...

  16. Study of LOXO-101 in Subjects With NTRK Fusion Positive Solid Tumors (NAVIGATE)

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    2016-08-19

    Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung; Thyroid Neoplasms; Sarcoma; Colorectal Neoplasms; Salivary Gland Neoplasms; Biliary Tract Neoplasms; Brain Neoplasm, Primary; Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast; Melanoma; Solid Tumors; Glioblastoma; Bil