Glioma brain tumors disrupt neural synchrony between bilateral cortical regions. The findings provide new insight into the association between seizures and tumor progression.
Glioma brain tumors alter the function of astrocytes, possibly contributing to seizures many brain cancer patients experience. Astrocytes encasing gliomas exhibit different molecular signatures based on their proximity to the cancer cells. Those directly touching the cancer cells become elongated and swollen, mimicking the astrocyte's response to other epilepsy-related brain injuries.
Researchers gain inspiration for creating tiny artificial brains, that can be used for cancer research, from an ancient Japanese art of flower arranging.
More DNA mutations in glioblastomas may mean better prognosis for brain cancer patients.