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Proteomic Advances in Glial Tumors through Mass Spectrometry Approaches

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Department of Morphological Sciences, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca 400012, Romania
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Department of Pathology, IMOGEN Research Centre, Cluj-Napoca 400012, Romania
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Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Faculty of Pharmacy, “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca 400012, Romania
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Department of Proteomics and Metabolomics, MedFuture Research Center for Advanced Medicine, “Iuliu Hațieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca 400012, Romania
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Department of Neurosurgery, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca 400012, Romania
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Medicina 2019, 55(8), 412; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina55080412
Received: 27 May 2019 / Revised: 22 July 2019 / Accepted: 24 July 2019 / Published: 27 July 2019
Being the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death, glial tumors are highly diverse tumor entities characterized by important heterogeneity regarding tumor malignancy and prognosis. However, despite the identification of important alterations in the genome of the glial tumors, there remains a gap in understanding the mechanisms involved in glioma malignancy. Previous research focused on decoding the genomic alterations in these tumors, but due to intricate cellular mechanisms, the genomic findings do not correlate with the functional proteins expressed at the cellular level. The development of mass spectrometry (MS) based proteomics allowed researchers to study proteins expressed at the cellular level or in serum that may provide new insights on the proteins involved in the proliferation, invasiveness, metastasis and resistance to therapy in glial tumors. The integration of data provided by genomic and proteomic approaches into clinical practice could allow for the identification of new predictive, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers that will improve the clinical management of patients with glial tumors. This paper aims to provide an updated review of the recent proteomic findings, possible clinical applications, and future research perspectives in diffuse astrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors, pilocytic astrocytomas, and ependymomas. View Full-Text
Keywords: diffuse glioma; glioblastoma; proteomics; mass spectrometry; biomarker diffuse glioma; glioblastoma; proteomics; mass spectrometry; biomarker
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Pirlog, R.; Susman, S.; Iuga, C.A.; Florian, S.I. Proteomic Advances in Glial Tumors through Mass Spectrometry Approaches. Medicina 2019, 55, 412.

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