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PubMed | The Joseph Sagol Neuroscience Center, Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University and The Advanced Technology Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism : official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism | Year: 2015

Despite aggressive therapy, existing treatments offer poor prognosis for glioblastoma multiforme patients, in part due to poor penetration of most drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). We propose a minimal-invasive combined treatment approach consisting of local BBB disruption in the tumor in parallel to systemic drug administration. Local BBB disruption is obtained by convection-enhanced delivery of a novel BBB disruption agent, enabling efficient/targeted delivery of the systemically administered drug by the tumors own vasculature. Various human serum albumin (HSA) analogs were synthesized and screened for BBB disruption efficacy in custom in vitro systems. The candidate analogs were then delivered into nave rat brains by convection-enhanced delivery and screened for maximal BBB disruption and minimal brain toxicity. These studies found a noncationized/neutralized analog, ethylamine (EA)-HSA, to be the optimal BBB-opening agent. Immunocytochemical studies suggested that BBB disruption by EA-HSA may be explained by alterations in occludin expression. Finally, an efficacy study in rats bearing intracranial gliomas was performed. The rats were treated by convection-enhanced delivery of EA-HSA in parallel to systemic administration of Methotrexate, showing significant antineoplastic effects of the combined approached reflected in suppressed tumor growth and significantly (~x3) prolonged survival.


PubMed | The Advanced Technology Center and University of Ljubljana
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Radiology and oncology | Year: 2016

Electroporation-based therapies such as electrochemotherapy (ECT) and irreversible electroporation (IRE) are emerging as promising tools for treatment of tumors. When applied to the brain, electroporation can also induce transient blood-brain-barrier (BBB) disruption in volumes extending beyond IRE, thus enabling efficient drug penetration. The main objective of this study was to develop a statistical model predicting cell death and BBB disruption induced by electroporation. This model can be used for individual treatment planning.Cell death and BBB disruption models were developed based on the Peleg-Fermi model in combination with numerical models of the electric field. The model calculates the electric field thresholds for cell kill and BBB disruption and describes the dependence on the number of treatment pulses. The model was validated using in vivo experimental data consisting of rats brains MRIs post electroporation treatments.Linear regression analysis confirmed that the model described the IRE and BBB disruption volumes as a function of treatment pulses number (r(2) = 0.79; p < 0.008, r(2) = 0.91; p < 0.001). The results presented a strong plateau effect as the pulse number increased. The ratio between complete cell death and no cell death thresholds was relatively narrow (between 0.88-0.91) even for small numbers of pulses and depended weakly on the number of pulses. For BBB disruption, the ratio increased with the number of pulses. BBB disruption radii were on average 67% 11% larger than IRE volumes.The statistical model can be used to describe the dependence of treatment-effects on the number of pulses independent of the experimental setup.


Hjouj M.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Last D.,The Advanced Technology Center | Guez D.,The Advanced Technology Center | Daniels D.,The Advanced Technology Center | And 5 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Electroporation, is known to induce cell membrane permeabilization in the reversible (RE) mode and cell death in the irreversible (IRE) mode. Using an experimental system designed to produce a continuum of IRE followed by RE around a single electrode we used MRI to study the effects of electroporation on the brain. Fifty-four rats were injected with Gd-DOTA and treated with a G25 electrode implanted 5.5 mm deep into the striata. MRI was acquired immediately after treatment, 10 min, 20 min, 30 min, and up to three weeks following the treatment using: T1W, T2W, Gradient echo (GE), serial SPGR (DCE-MRI) with flip angles ranging over 5-25°, and diffusion-weighted MRI (DWMRI). Blood brain barrier (BBB) disruption was depicted as clear enhancement on T1W images. The average signal intensity in the regions of T1-enhancement, representing BBB disruption, increased from 1887±83 (arbitrary units) immediately post treatment to 2246±94 20 min post treatment, then reached a plateau towards the 30 min scan where it reached 2289±87. DWMRI at 30 min showed no significant effects. Early treatment effects and late irreversible damage were clearly depicted on T2W. The enhancing volume on T2W has increased by an average of 2.27±0.27 in the first 24-48 hours post treatment, suggesting an inflammatory tissue response. The permanent tissue damage, depicted as an enhancing region on T2W, 3 weeks post treatment, decreased to an average of 50±10% of the T2W enhancing volumes on the day of the treatment which was 33±5% of the BBB disruption volume. Permanent tissue damage was significantly smaller than the volume of BBB disruption, suggesting, that BBB disruption is associated with RE while tissue damage with IRE. These results demonstrate the feasibility of applying reversible and irreversible electroporation for transient BBB disruption or permanent damage, respectively, and applying MRI for planning/monitoring disruption volume/shape by optimizing electrode positions and treatment parameters. © 2012 Hjouj et al.


Hjouj M.,Al-Quds University | Lavee J.,Heart Transplantation Unit | Lavee J.,Tel Aviv University | Daniels D.,Tel Aviv University | And 8 more authors.
IFMBE Proceedings | Year: 2015

Non-thermal irreversible electroporation (NTIRE) is a minimally invasive tissue ablation modality in which pulsed electric fields are delivered across the cell to produce nanoscale defects in the cell membrane and cell death. Medical imaging is of great importance for any ablation technology for obtaining maximum treatment efficacy with minimum damage to surrounding normal tissue. Previous studies of medical imaging of NTIRE have focused primarily on the correlation between the extent of tissue ablation and the image. The purpose of the presented study was to seek a physiological interpretation of MRI images of NTIRE, rather than a correlation between the image and the extent of tissue death. To develop a fundamental understanding of the physiological significance of the MRI images, we compared MR imaging sequences of T1W, T2W, PD, T2 SPAIR, and STIR acquired after NTIRE treatment in a rodent liver model. The parameters that were studied include the presence or absence of a contrast agent and in vivo and ex-vivo NTIRE treatments in the same liver. The most striking observations is that the same MRI sequences that produce an image after NTIRE in vivo fail to produce an MRI image when NTIRE is delivered ex-vivo, within minutes after the excision of the organ. This tentatively suggests that the physiological interpretation of the MRI images is related to blood flow and blood flow phenomena. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


PubMed | Leviev Heart Center, The Advanced Technology Center, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Type: | Journal: Bioelectrochemistry (Amsterdam, Netherlands) | Year: 2014

In spite of aggressive therapy, existing treatments offer poor prognosis for glioblastoma multiforme due to tumor infiltration into the surrounding brain as well as poor blood-brain barrier penetration of most therapeutic agents. In this paper we present a novel approach for a minimally invasive treatment and a non-invasive response assessment methodology consisting of applying intracranial point-source electroporation and assessing treatment effect volumes using magnetic resonance imaging. Using a unique setup of a single intracranial electrode and an external surface electrode we treated rats brains with various electroporation protocols and applied magnetic resonance imaging to study the dependence of the physiological effects on electroporation treatment parameters. The extent of blood-brain barrier disruption and later volumes of permanent brain tissue damage were found to correlate significantly with the treatment voltages (r(2)=0.99, p<0.001) and the number of treatment pulses (r(2)=0.94, p<0.002). Blood-brain barrier disruption depicted 3.20.3 times larger volumes than the final permanent damage volumes (p<0.0001). These results indicate that it may be beneficial to use more than one modality of electroporation when planning a treatment for brain tumors.


Itsekson-Hayosh Z.,Tel Aviv University | Shavit-Stein E.,Tel Aviv University | Last D.,The Advanced Technology Center | Goez D.,The Advanced Technology Center | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Molecular Neuroscience | Year: 2015

High-grade gliomas constitute a group of aggressive CNS cancers that have high morbidity and mortality rates. Despite extensive research, current therapeutic approaches enable survival beyond 2 years in rare cases only. Thrombin and its main CNS target, protease-activated receptor-1, have been implicated in tumor progression and brain edema. Our aim was to study protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) protein expression and thrombin-like activity levels in both in vitro and in vivo models of glioblastoma and correlate them with the volume of the surrounding edema. We measured the presence of PAR-1 protein using fluorescence immunohistochemistry and assessed thrombin activity in various glial and non-glial cell lines and in a CNS-1 glioma rat model using a thrombin-specific fluorescent assay. Thrombin activity was found to be highly elevated in various high-grade glioma cell lines as well as in non-glial malignant cell lines. In the CNS-1 glioma model, the level of PAR-1 fluorescence in the tumor was significantly elevated compared to adjacent regions of reactive gliosis or distant brain areas. The elevated level of thrombin activity observed in the high-grade glioma positively correlated with tumor-induced brain edema. In conclusion, thrombin is secreted from glioma cells and PAR-1 may be a new biological marker for high-grade gliomas. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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