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July-September 2022
Volume 5 | Issue 3
Page Nos. 81-111

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Research progress of drug resistance mechanisms to temozolomide in glioblastoma: A narrative review p. 81
Allen Lu
DOI:10.4103/glioma.glioma_24_22  
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common malignant tumor in the adult central nervous system, and surgery combined with radiotherapy and chemotherapy represents the main treatment regimens. Temozolomide (TMZ) is currently the first-line chemotherapeutic agent used in GBM therapy and is widely used subsequent with surgical resection of GBM. TMZ can significantly prolong the survival time of patients with glioma. However, the high incidence of resistance to TMZ, which seriously affects the overall outcome of GBM treatment, is a serious concern facing clinicians. The mechanisms of resistance to TMZ in patients with GBM include biological processes involving DNA damage repair, cellular autophagy, glioma stem cells, and the tumor microenvironment. Therefore, exploring the mechanisms inducing GBM resistance to TMZ treatment and how to effectively reduce TMZ resistance and improve its efficacy has become an urgent question. This review summarizes the effects and mechanisms of TMZ resistance in the treatment of glioma. It is hoped that intensive investigation of the mechanisms of resistance of TMZ to GBM can lay the foundation for successful outcomes in patients with GBM.
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Associations of O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase promoter methylation status with age and 1p/19q codeletion status in isocitrate dehydrogenase mutation gliomas based on an Asian cohort: A narrative review p. 87
Xu Wang, Mingzhi Han
DOI:10.4103/glioma.glioma_25_22  
The expression of the DNA repair protein O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) can lead to tumor cell resistance to alkylating agents. Glioblastomas with isocitrate dehydrogenase mutation (IDHmut) were reported to have significantly higher MGMT promoter methylation, which predicted improved outcomes after temozolomide treatment. However, the MGMT methylation status in IDHmut glioma remains controversial. To further explore the associations of MGMT promoter methylation status with other molecular features in IDHmut gliomas, in this work, we analyzed the relationship of MGMT promoter methylation status with 1p/19q codeletion status and age in IDHmut gliomas based on a large Asian (Chinese) cohort. We found that there was no significant difference in MGMT methylation status in IDHmut 1p/19q-codeleted oligodendrogliomas compared to IDHmut astrocytomas, in either primary or recurrent cases. Moreover, the MGMT methylation status was not associated with age. The difference compared to previous research which indicated the MGMT methylation status differed significantly among IDHmut glioma might be caused by differences between populations, indicating that routine assessment of MGMT methylation status in oligodendrogliomas may still be necessary.
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Progress on TTFields combined with other therapies for glioblastoma treatment: A narrative review p. 90
Yong Cao, Haibin Wu, Bin Tang, Meihua Li, Yilv Wan, Jian Duan, Jiang Xu
DOI:10.4103/glioma.glioma_12_22  
Glioma is the most common primary malignant tumor in the skull, and the current treatment remains a combination of surgery, radiotherapy (RT), and chemotherapy. Radiation therapy plays an important role in the treatment of glioma, and currently, surgical resection under molecular pathology guidance plus postoperative radiation therapy and chemotherapy is the standard treatment protocol for primary glioma, but its widespread use is limited by its radiotoxicity. Meanwhile, with the increasing development of new technologies in the medical field of tumor treatment electric fields, there has been some improvement in the treatment and prognosis of glioma. TTFields are a noninvasive anti-cancer modality consisting of low-intensity (1–3 V/cm), medium-frequency (100–300 kHz), alternating current electric fields delivered through an array of skin sensors to provide optimal coverage of the tumor site. TTFields target cancer cells through multiple mechanisms of action, including inhibition of proliferation, migration, and invasion, disruption of DNA repair and angiogenesis, antitumor effects, induction of apoptosis, and immunogenic cell death. TTFields alone have good efficacy against tumors, and with the gradual development of technologies such as immune and targeted therapies, TTFields are now more frequently studied in combination with chemotherapy, RT, immunotherapy, and immunotherapy. At present, the treatment methods of glioma include surgery, chemotherapy, RT, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. This article will summarize the research progress of TTFields combined with other therapies to provide a reference for the treatment of glioblastoma.
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Brain metastases treated with CyberKnife and TomoTherapy: A report of three cases p. 99
Li Zhu, Ying Li, Xiangyu Kong, Anna Mu, Ye Zhang, Liping Chen, Xia Li
DOI:10.4103/glioma.glioma_23_22  
This study aimed to compare the safety and efficacy of CyberKnife (CK) versus TomoTherapy for the treatment of brain metastases (BMs). Three cases of BM treated at our hospital – two with CK and one with TomoTherapy – were compared and analyzed. Both treatments showed good therapeutic effects, but CK was more effective. No radiation-related adverse reactions were observed in the three patients. It is concluded that both CK and TomoTherapy can effectively control target lesions by allowing a higher dose in a single treatment while minimizing damage to surrounding normal brain tissue. This can reduce the total number of treatments needed, improve the prognosis of patients, and save medical resources.
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WHO grade III diffuse astrocytic glioma in a 35-year-old male p. 107
Rong Du, Huandong Liu, Guoqing Yi, Huilin Cheng, Ping Liang
DOI:10.4103/glioma.glioma_26_22  
Gliomas are tumors that originate from glial cells and the most common neoplasms in the central nervous system. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified glioma into four grades, I to IV, with multidisciplinary therapies required for the management of high-grade gliomas (grades III and IV). Molecular pathology has become increasingly critical in guiding the treatment and predicting the prognosis of patients with gliomas. A 35-year-old man diagnosed with WHO grade III diffuse astrocytic glioma initially underwent surgical resection, followed by immunohistochemical and molecular diagnosis. The patient was administered adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy based on the molecular characteristics of the tumor. Long term follow-up showed a relatively satisfactory therapeutic response. Molecular classification may help guide decisions on the comprehensive treatment of patients with WHO grade III diffuse astrocytic glioma. This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Zhongda Hospital of Southeast University, China (approval No. 20211015001, approval date: October 15, 2021).
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Corrigendum: Initial report of a clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficiency of neoadjuvant camrelizumab and apatinib in patients with recurrent high-grade gliomas: A prospective, phase II, single-arm study p. 110

DOI:10.4103/glioma.glioma_19_22  
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