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Cellular Cybercriminals: DIPG Hacks into the Neural Communication Infrastructure

 My group has recently demonstrated the neuronal activity drives the growth of DIPG and other high-grade gliomas. One way that active neurons promote DIPG growth is through activity-regulated secretion of growth factors into the tumor microenvironment. We have now discovered an additional, surprising means of neuron:glioma communication – ...

Repurposing mefloquine for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma therapy

Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) are highly aggressive brain tumors found in an area of the brainstem called the pons, which controls many of the body’s most vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate. DIPG is the leading cause of pediatric death by brain tumor. ...

Using zebrafish to accelerate DIPG drug development

A critical barrier to improvements in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) therapy is a lack of new drugs that have a broad therapeutic index. In DIPG, validation of new therapeutics is hampered by the long time (6 months) that most human DIPG tumors take to kill mice. This means that it ...

Advanced RNAi therapeutics for DIPG

Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a form of brain tumor that arises in the brainstem of children and is nearly 100% fatal with a median survival of 9-12 months after diagnostic. The location of these highly infiltrating tumors in the ventral pons precludes surgical resection and clinical trials with different ...

Imaging to Discern Immunotherapeutic-Induced Pseudoprogression in CNS Tumors

Brain tumors are the most common cause of childhood deaths by disease in the United States. Even when standard treatments successfully eliminate tumors, they often bestow devastating long-term effects, including an increased risk for the development of secondary cancers, without guaranteed prevention of relapse. ...