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3 result(s) for: Stathmin, citoesqueleto, microtúbulos, glioblastoma

Psychoeducation improves the quality of life of informal caregivers of Glioblastoma patients

Tatiana Bukstein Vainboim; Maria Helena Pereira Franco; Alessandra Oliveira Ciccone; Flávio Key Miura; Paulo Henrique Pires de Aguiar; Milberto Scaff; Suely Kazue Nagahashi Marie


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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a psychoeducational program on the quality of life of informal caregivers of Glioblastoma patients.
METHOD: Twenty informal caregivers (test group) were evaluated before and after attending four sessions of psychoeducation and compared to a group of 10 caregivers (control group), who did not attend the sessions, but were also evaluated in two different equivalent time points. The quality of life was evaluated by WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire developed by the World Health Organization, which was applied by the same interviewer to all the participants. At the end of the study, a blinded interviewer who had no previous contact with the participants applied the tool again to check for any interference bias. The Cronbach's alpha coefficient for consistent evaluation, Student's t-test for parametric, and Wilcoxon test for non-parametric data were applied for statistical analysis.
RESULTS: The questionnaire was shown to be a consistent tool to evaluate quality of life. The test group showed significant improvement in the quality of life, especially in the psychological domain. The control group presented deterioration in all WHOQOL-BREF domains.
CONCLUSIONS: The psychoeducational program improved the quality of life of caregivers of Glioblastoma patients, and revealed to be a valuable support program to be implemented in the treatment of this type of cancer.

Keywords: Glioblastoma multiforme; Caregiver; Psychology; Grief; Quality of Life.

Correlation between molecular features and genetic subtypes of Glioblastoma: critical analysis in 109 cases

Thais F Galatro; Paula Sola; Isabele F Moretti; Flavio K Miura; Sueli M Oba-Shinjo, Suely KN Marie; Antonio M Lerario


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OBJECTIVE: Glioblastoma, the most common and lethal brain tumor, is also one of the most defying forms of malignancies in terms of treatment. Integrated genomic analysis has searched deeper into the molecular architecture of GBM, revealing a new sub-classification and promising precision in the care for patients with specific alterations.
METHOD: Here, we present the classification of a Brazilian glioblastoma cohort into its main molecular subtypes. Using a high-throughput DNA sequencing procedure, we have classified this cohort into proneural, classical and mesenchymal sub-types. Next, we tested the possible use of the overexpression of the EGFR and CHI3L1 genes, detected through immunohistochemistry, for the identification of the classical and mesenchymal subtypes, respectively.
RESULTS: Our results demonstrate that genetic identification of the glioblastoma subtypes is not possible using single targeted mutations alone, particularly in the case of the Mesenchymal subtype. We also show that it is not possible to single out the mesenchymal cases through CHI3L1 expression.
CONCLUSION: Our data indicate that the Mesenchymal subtype, the most malignant of the glioblastomas, needs further and more thorough research to be ensure adequate identification.

Keywords: glioblastoma, classification, DNA sequence analysis, CHI3L1, EGFR.

Relevant coexpression of <i>STMN1, MELK</i> and <i>FOXM1</i> in glioblastoma and review of the impact of <i>STMN1</i> in cancer biology

Fernanda de Oliveira Serachi; Suely Kazue Nagahashi Marie; Sueli Mieko Oba-Shinjo


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OBJECTIVE: To analyze the associated expression of STMN1, MELK and FOXM1 in search of alternative drugable target in glioblastoma (GBM) and to review relevant functional roles of STMN1 in cancer biology.
METHOD: STMN1, MELK and FOXM1 expressions were studied by quantitative PCR and their coexpressions were analyzed in two independent glioblastoma cohorts. A review of articles in indexed journals that addressed the multiple functional aspects of STMN1 was conducted, focusing on the most recent reports discussing its role in cancer, in chemoresistance and in upstream pathways involving MELK and FOXM1.
RESULTS: Significant associated expressions of MELK and FOXM1 were observed with STMN1 in GBM. Additionally, the literature review highlighted the relevance of STMN1 in cancer progression.
CONCLUSION: STMN1 is very important to induce events in cancer development and progression, as cellular proliferation, migration, and drug resistance. Therefore, STMN1 can be an important therapeutic target for a large number of human cancers. In glioblastoma, the most aggressive brain tumor, the MELK/FOXM1/STMN1 presented significant associated expressions, thus pointing MELK and FOXM1 as alternative targets for therapy instead of STMN1, which is highly expressed in normal brain tissue. Continuous functional research to understand the STMN1 signaling pathway is worthwhile to improve the therapeutic approaches in cancer.

Keywords: Stathmin, cytoskeleton, microtubules, glioblastoma.