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Children’s brain tumors more diverse than previously believed
May 14, 2012
Pediatric brain tumors preserve specific characteristics of the normal cells from which they originate – a previously unknown circumstance with ramifications for how tumor cells respond to treatment. This has been shown in a study that was published today in the journal Cancer Cell.
Researchers discover nonsurgical test for brain cancer
Apr 19, 2012
In a study of 118 patients with different types of brain cancers, published in the online edition of Neuro-Oncology, researchers showed that microRNA profiling of cerebrospinal fluid can be used to determine the presence of glioblastoma.
Nanoparticles home in on brain tumors, boost accuracy of surgical removal
Apr 17, 2012
Like special-forces troops laser-tagging targets for a bomber pilot, tiny particles that can be imaged 3 different ways at once have enabled Stanford University School of Medicine scientists to remove brain tumors from mice with unprecedented accuracy.
Compound halts tumor spread, improves brain cancer treatment in animal studies
Mar 30, 2012
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have designed a new treatment approach that appears to halt the spread of cancer cells into normal brain tissue in animal models. The researchers treated animals possessing an invasive tumor with a vesicle carrying a molecule called imipramine blue, followed by conventional doxorubicin chemotherapy. The tumors ceased their invasion of healthy tissue and the animals survived longer than animals treated with chemotherapy alone.
Brain cancer blood vessels not substantially tumor-derived
Mar 09, 2012
Johns Hopkins scientists have published laboratory data refuting studies that suggest blood vessels that form within brain cancers are largely made up of cancer cells. The theory of cancer-based blood vessels calls into question the use and value of anticancer drugs that target these blood vessels, including bevacizumab (Avastin).
A culprit behind brain tumor resistance to therapy
Mar 05, 2012
Persistent protein expression may explain why tumors return after therapy in glioblastoma patients, according to a study published on March 5th in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Researchers make living model of brain tumor
Feb 16, 2012
Brown University scientists have created the first 3-dimensional living tissue model, complete with surrounding blood vessels, to analyze the effectiveness of therapeutics to combat brain tumors. The 3-D model gives medical researchers more and better information than Petri dish tissue cultures.
CD97 gene expression and function correlate with WT1 protein expression and glioma invasiveness
Feb 07, 2012
Researchers have discovered that suppression of Wilms tumor 1 protein results in downregulation of CD97 gene expression in 3 glioblastoma cell lines and reduces the characteristic invasiveness exhibited by glial tumor cells. Although further studies must be performed, the authors propose that CD97 may prove to be a new target for anti-glioma therapies.
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