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Finnegan T.S.,University of Louisville | Bhatt N.H.,Brown Cancer Center | Shaughnessy J.N.,Brown Cancer Center | Perez C.,Brown Cancer Center | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology

Background Effective palliation in patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer is important. Cyclical hypofractionated radiotherapy (Quad Shot) is a short-course palliative regimen with good patient compliance, low rates of acute toxicity, and delayed late fbrosis. Objective To review use of the Quad Shot technique at our institution in order to quantify the palliative response in locally advanced head and neck cancer. Methods The medical records of 70 patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma who had been treated with the Quad Shot technique were analyzed retrospectively (36 had been treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy and 34 with 3-D conformal radiotherapy). They had received cyclical hypofractionated radiotherapy administrated as 14.8 Gy in 4 fractions over 2 days, twice daily, repeated every 3 weeks for a total of 3 cycles. The total prescribed dose was 44.4 Gy. Primary endpoints were improvement in pain using a verbal numeric pain rating scale (range 1-10, 10 being severe pain) and dysphagia using the Food Intake Level Scale, and the secondary endpoints included overall survival (OS), local regional recurrence-free survival (LRRFS), progression-free survival (PFS) and time to progression. Results Pain response occurred in 61% of the patients. The mean pain scores decreased signifcantly from pre to post treatment (5.81 to 2.55, P = .009). The mean initial dysphagia score improved from 2.20 to 4.77 55 (P = .045). 26% of patients developed mucositis (≤ grade 2), with 9% developing grade 3-level mucositis. 12 patients had tumor recurrence. The estimated 1-year PFS was 20.7%. The median survival was 3.85 months with an estimated 1-year OS of 22.6%. Pain response (hazard ratio [HR], 2.69; 95% confdence index [CI], I .552-1.77) and completion of all 3 cycles (HR, 1.71; 95% CI, 1.003-2.907) were predictive for improved OS. Limitations This study is a retrospective analysis. Conclusion Quad Shot is an appropriate palliative regimen for locally advanced head and neck cancer. © 2016 Frontline Medical Communications. Source

Fan T.W.-M.,University of Louisville | Fan T.W.-M.,Center for Regulatory Environmental Analytical Metabolomics | Fan T.W.-M.,Brown Cancer Center | Tan J.,Brown Cancer Center | And 4 more authors.

We have developed a simple NMR-based method to determine the turnover of nucleotides and incorporation into RNA by stable isotope resolved metabolomics (SIRM) in A549 lung cancer cells. This method requires no chemical degradation of the nucleotides or chromatography. During cell growth, the free ribonucleotide pool is rapidly replaced by de novo synthesized nucleotides. Using [U- 13C]-glucose and [U- 13C, 15N]-glutamine as tracers, we showed that virtually all of the carbons in the nucleotide riboses were derived from glucose, whereas glutamine was preferentially utilized over glucose for pyrimidine ring biosynthesis, via the synthesis of Asp through the Krebs cycle. Incorporation of the glutamine amido nitrogen into the N3 and N9 positions of the purine rings was also demonstrated by proton-detected 15N NMR. The incorporation of 13C from glucose into total RNA was measured and shown to be a major sink for the nucleotides during cell proliferation. This method was applied to determine the metabolic action of an anti-cancer selenium agent (methylseleninic acid or MSA) on A549 cells. We found that MSA inhibited nucleotide turnover and incorporation into RNA, implicating an important role of nucleotide metabolism in the toxic action of MSA on cancer cells. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

DeJarnett N.,Diabetes and Obesity Center | DeJarnett N.,Brown Cancer Center | DeJarnett N.,Institute of Molecular Cardiology | Yeager R.,Diabetes and Obesity Center | And 58 more authors.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology

Objectives-Previous studies have shown that residential proximity to a roadway is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. Yet, the nature of this association remains unclear, and its effect on individual cardiovascular disease risk factors has not been assessed. The objective of this study was to determine whether residential proximity to roadways influences systemic inflammation and the levels of circulating angiogenic cells. Approach and Results-In a cross-sectional study, cardiovascular disease risk factors, blood levels of C-reactive protein, and 15 antigenically defined circulating angiogenic cell populations were measured in participants (n=316) with moderate-to-high cardiovascular disease risk. Attributes of roadways surrounding residential locations were assessed using geographic information systems. Associations between road proximity and cardiovascular indices were analyzed using generalized linear models. Close proximity (<50 m) to a major roadway was associated with lower income and higher rates of smoking but not C-reactive protein levels. After adjustment for potential confounders, the levels of circulating angiogenic cells in peripheral blood were significantly elevated in people living in close proximity to a major roadway (CD31+/AC133+, AC133+, CD34+/AC133+, and CD34+/45dim/AC133+ cells) and positively associated with road segment distance (CD31+/AC133+, AC133+, and CD34+/AC133+ cells), traffic intensity (CD31+/AC133+ and AC133+ cells), and distance-weighted traffic intensity (CD31+/34+/45+/AC133+ cells). Conclusions-Living close to a major roadway is associated with elevated levels of circulating cells positive for the early stem marker AC133+. This may reflect an increased need for vascular repair. Levels of these cells in peripheral blood may be a sensitive index of cardiovascular injury because of residential proximity to roadways. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc. Source

Lorkiewicz P.,University of Louisville | Higashi R.M.,University of Louisville | Higashi R.M.,Center for Regulatory Environmental Analytical Metabolomics | Higashi R.M.,Brown Cancer Center | And 5 more authors.

Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance-mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) is capable of acquiring unmatched quality of isotopologue data for stable isotope resolved metabolomics (SIRM). This capability drives the need for a continuous ion introduction for obtaining optimal isotope ratios. Here we report the simultaneous analysis of mono and dinucleotides from crude polar extracts by FTICR-MS by adapting an ion-pairing sample preparation method for LC-MS analysis. This involves a rapid cleanup of extracted nucleotides on pipet tips containing a C 18 stationary phase, which enabled global analysis of nucleotides and their 13C isotopologues at nanomolar concentrations by direct infusion nanoelectrospray FTICR-MS with 5 min of data acquisition. The resolution and mass accuracy enabled computer-assisted unambiguous assignment of most nucleotide species, including all phosphorylated forms of the adenine, guanine, uracil and cytosine nucleotides, NAD +, NADH, NADP +, NADPH, cyclic nucleotides, several UDP-hexoses, and all their 13C isotopologues. The method was applied to a SIRM study on human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells grown in [U- 13C] glucose with or without the anti-cancer agent methylseleninic acid. At m/z resolving power of 400,000, 13C-isotopologues of nucleotides were fully resolved from all other elemental isotopologues, thus allowing their 13C fractional enrichment to be accurately determined. The method achieves both high sample and high information throughput analysis of nucleotides for metabolic pathway reconstruction in SIRM investigations. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

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