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Richard A. Prinz, M.D.

Richard A. Prinz, M.D.

Richard A. Prinz, M.D.

  • Locations

    NorthShore Medical Group

    9650 Gross Point Rd.
    Suite 3900
    Skokie, IL 60076
    847.570.1700 847.733.5296 fax Get Directions This location is wheelchair accessible.

    NorthShore Medical Group

    1329 N. Wolf Rd.
    Mount Prospect, IL 60056
    847.570.1700 847.733.5296 fax Get Directions This location is wheelchair accessible.

    NorthShore Medical Group

    1000 Central St.
    Suite 800
    Evanston, IL 60201
    847.570.1700 847.733.5296 fax Get Directions This location is wheelchair accessible.

    NorthShore Medical Group

    757 Park Ave. West
    Suite 2850
    Highland Park, IL 60035
    847.570.1700 847.733.5296 fax Get Directions This location is wheelchair accessible.
  • Publications
    • Overall survival is improved with total thyroidectomy and radiation for male patients and patients older than 55 with T2N0M0 Stage 1 classic papillary thyroid cancer.

      Surgery 2022 Jan

      Authors: MacKinney EC, Kuchta KM, Winchester DJ, Khokar AM, Holoubek SA, Moo-Young TA, Prinz RA
      We examine whether surgery extent and radiation administration affect overall survival for cT2N0M0 classic papillary thyroid cancer according to age and sex.
      Patients with cT2N0M0 classic papillary thyroid cancer tumors in the National Cancer Data Base (2004-2016) were selected. Multivariable Cox regression analysis compared patients (combined male + female cohorts) having lobectomy to those having total thyroidectomy with or without radiation (primarily radioactive iodine) for ages: 18 to 45, 46 to 55, and >55 years. In addition, 1:1 propensity score matching and Kaplan-Meier curves with 10-year overall survival estimates, and log-rank test were stratified by age and sex.
      Lobectomy had equivalent overall survival to total thyroidectomy without and with radiation for patients (combined male + female cohorts) aged 18 to 45 and 46 to 55 years on multivariable analysis. On propensity score matching there was overall survival advantage for total thyroidectomy with radiation over both lobectomy and total thyroidectomy for men (ages 18-90+ combined) and overall survival advantage in patients (combined male + female cohort) aged >55 years having total thyroidectomy with radiation versus lobectomy. On propensity score matching there were no overall survival differences in women (ages 18-90+ combined) or patients (combined male + female cohort) aged 18 to 45 and 46 to 55 years having either lobectomy, total thyroidectomy, or total thyroidectomy with radiation.
      For cT2N0M0 classic papillary thyroid cancer, total thyroidectomy with radiation improves 10-year overall survival for patients (combined male + female cohort) aged >55 years and men (ages 18-90+ combined).
      PMID: 34666913 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • Radioactive iodine does not improve overall survival for patients with aggressive variants of papillary thyroid carcinoma less than 2 cm.

      Surgery 2022 Jan

      Authors: Holoubek SA, MacKinney EC, Khokar AM, Kuchta KM, Winchester DJ, Prinz RA, Moo-Young TA
      Tall cell and diffuse sclerosing variants of papillary thyroid cancer are associated with aggressive features. Radioactive iodine after total thyroidectomy is poorly studied.
      Patients ≥18 years in the National Cancer Data Base from 2004 to 2016 with classic papillary thyroid cancer, tall cell, or diffuse sclerosing 1 mm to 40 mm were identified. Logistic regression identified factors associated with aggressive features. Overall survival was assessed using Kaplan-Meier method and log-rank tests, after propensity score matching for clinicopathological and treatment variables.
      A total of 155,940 classic papillary thyroid cancer patients, 4,011 tall cell, and 507 diffuse sclerosing were identified. Tall cell patients represented an increasing proportion of the study population during the analysis period, whereas diffuse sclerosing and classic papillary thyroid cancer patients showed a statistically significant decline. Extrathyroidal extension and nodal involvement were more prevalent among tall cell and diffuse sclerosing patients when compared to those diagnosed with classic papillary thyroid cancer (P < .01). Adjuvant radioactive iodine was less frequently used in patients with classic papillary thyroid cancer when compared to tall cell and diffuse sclerosing patients (42.6% vs 62.4%, 59.0%; P < .001, respectively). Aggressive variants receiving total thyroidectomy versus total thyroidectomy + radioactive iodine propensity score matched across clinicopathologic variables were analyzed. There was no difference in overall survival between the 2 treatment groups for tumors <2 cm (01-1.0 cm, 92.2% vs 84.8%; P = .98); (1.0-2.0 cm, 72.7% vs 88.1%; P = .82). However, overall survival was improved for total thyroidectomy + radioactive iodine propensity score matched patients with tumor sizes 21 to 40 mm versus total thyroidectomy (83.4% vs 70.0%, P = .004).
      For aggressive tumor variants ≤2 cm treated with total thyroidectomy, there is no overall survival advantage provided by the addition of adjuvant radioactive iodine.
      PMID: 34384604 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • Harvest, Transport, and Storage of Fresh Humeral Head Osteochondral Allograft: Step-by-Step Protocol.

      Arthroscopy techniques 2021 Jul

      Authors: Borges Petros RS
      Articular cartilage defects are not common in the glenohumeral joint and are mostly found in patients after shoulder trauma, in patients with recurrent instability, or in patients who underwent previous surgical treatment. Articular cartilage defects lead to pain and loss of motion, consequently causing shoulder function impairment and reducing quality of life. In young patients, the use of osteochondral allografts for the treatment of humeral head defects may avoid well-known complications of shoulder arthroplasty. The goal of this Technical Note is to describe a step-by-step protocol for the harvesting, transport, and preservation of fresh humeral head osteochondral tissue for use in allograft transplantation.
      PMID: 34336579 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • Inhibition of the sonic hedgehog pathway activates TGF-β-activated kinase (TAK1) to induce autophagy and suppress apoptosis in thyroid tumor cells.

      Cell death & disease 2021 05 08

      Authors: Li S, Wang J, Lu Y, Zhao Y, Prinz RA, Xu X
      The sonic hedgehog (Shh) pathway is highly activated in a variety of malignancies and plays important roles in tumorigenesis, tumor growth, drug resistance, and metastasis. Our recent study showed that the inhibitors of the Shh pathway such as cyclopamine (CP), a Smothened (SMO) inhibitor, and GANT61, a Gli1 inhibitor, have modest inhibitory effects on thyroid tumor cell proliferation and tumor growth. The objective of this study was to determine whether autophagy was induced by inhibition of the Shh pathway and could negatively regulate GANT61-induced apoptosis. Here we report that inhibition of the Shh pathway by Gli1 siRNA or by cyclopamine and GANT61 induced autophagy in SW1736 and KAT-18 cells, two anaplastic thyroid cancer cell lines; whereas Gli1 overexpression suppressed autophagy. Mechanistic investigation revealed that inhibition of the Shh pathway activated TAK1 and its two downstream kinases, the c-Jun-terminal kinase (JNK) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). GANT61-induced autophagy was blocked by TAK1 siRNA and the inhibitors of TAK1 (5Z-7-oxozeaenol, 5Z), JNK (SP600125), and AMPK (Compound C, CC). Inhibition of autophagy by chloroquine and 5Z and by TAK1 and Beclin-1 siRNA enhanced GANT61-induced apoptosis and its antiproliferative activity. Our study has shown that inhibition of the Shh pathway induces autophagy by activating TAK1, whereas autophagy in turn suppresses GANT61-induced apoptosis. We have uncovered a previously unrecognized role of TAK1 in Shh pathway inhibition-induced autophagy and apoptosis.
      PMID: 33966040 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • Radioactive iodine-125 seed localization as an aid in reoperative neck surgery.

      American journal of surgery 2021 03

      Authors: Bortz MD, Khokar A, Winchester DJ, Moo-Young TA, Ecanow DB, Ecanow JS, Prinz RA
      Scarring and disrupted tissue planes add to already-complex neck anatomy and make localization of nonpalpable pathology difficult in cervical endocrine reoperations. We describe the use of radioactive iodine-125 seed localization (RSL) in 6 patients with metastatic papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and 2 with recurrent hyperparathyroidism.
      Eight patients had 2-D ultrasound-guided RSL of the target lesion, 0-3 days preoperatively. Intraoperative gamma probe (Neoprobe) was used to plan incision placement and localize the implanted seed. Recorded operative variables included: number of lymph nodes (LNs) harvested, estimated blood loss (EBL), operative time, length of stay (LOS) and RSL and operative complications.
      All patients had successful resection of the targeted area and removal of the radioactive seed. There was no seed migration. Two complications occurred in the thyroid group.
      Radioactive iodine 125 seeds facilitate successful localization of endocrine pathology during reoperative cervical procedures.
      PMID: 33546853 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • Tips for authors of surgical manuscripts from senior reviewers.

      Surgery 2021 07

      Authors: Malangoni MA, Evans DB, Prinz RA, Hodin RA, Rege R, Harken AH
      PMID: 33494949 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • In Vitro and In Vivo Antiviral Activity of Gingerenone A on Influenza A Virus Is Mediated by Targeting Janus Kinase 2.

      Viruses 2020 10 08

      Authors: Wang J
      Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors have been developed as novel immunomodulatory drugs and primarily used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Recent studies have suggested that this category of anti-inflammatory drugs could be potentially useful for the control of inflammation "storms" in respiratory virus infections. In addition to their role in regulating immune cell functions, JAK1 and JAK2 have been recently identified as crucial cellular factors involved in influenza A virus (IAV) replication and could be potentially targeted for antiviral therapy. Gingerenone A (Gin A) is a compound derived from ginger roots and a dual inhibitor of JAK2 and p70 S6 kinase (S6K1). Our present study aimed to determine the antiviral activity of Gin A on influenza A virus (IAV) and to understand its mechanisms of action. Here, we reported that Gin A suppressed the replication of three IAV subtypes (H1N1, H5N1, H9N2) in four cell lines. IAV replication was also inhibited by Ruxolitinib (Rux), a JAK inhibitor, but not by PF-4708671, an S6K1 inhibitor. JAK2 overexpression enhanced H5N1 virus replication and attenuated Gin A-mediated antiviral activity. In vivo experiments revealed that Gin A treatment suppressed IAV replication in the lungs of H5N1 virus-infected mice, alleviated their body weight loss, and prolonged their survival. Our study suggests that Gin A restricts IAV replication by inhibiting JAK2 activity; Gin A could be potentially useful for the control of influenza virus infections.
      PMID: 33050000 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • Inhibition of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) replication by A77 1726 through targeting JAK and Src tyrosine kinases.

      Virology 2020 12

      Authors: Li X, Sun J, Prinz RA, Liu X, Xu X
      Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus (PEDV) is a coronavirus that primarily infects porcine intestinal epithelial cells and causes severe diarrhea and high fatality in piglets. A77 1726 is the active metabolite of leflunomide, a clinically approved anti-rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drug. A77 1726 inhibits the activity of protein tyrosine kinases (PTKs), p70 S6 kinase (S6K1), and dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHO-DHase). Whether A77 1726 can control coronavirus infections has not been investigated. Here we report that A77 1726 effectively restricted PEDV replication by inhibiting Janus kinases (JAKs) and Src kinase activities but not by inhibiting DHO-DHase and S6K1 activities. Overexpression of Src, JAK2 or its substrate STAT3 enhanced PEDV replication and attenuated the antiviral activity of A77 1726. Our study demonstrates for the first time the ability of A77 1726 to control coronavirus replication by inhibiting PTK activities. Leflunomide has potential therapeutic value for the control of PEDV and other coronavirus infections.
      PMID: 32829915 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • Extrathyroidal extension predicts negative clinical outcomes in papillary thyroid cancer.

      Surgery 2021 Jan

      Authors: Bortz MD, Kuchta K, Winchester DJ, Prinz RA, Moo-Young TA
      The eighth edition American Joint Committee on Cancer tumor-node-metastasis staging for well-differentiated thyroid cancers, no longer considers "minimal" extrathyroidal extension for tumor staging. This change prompted us to examine the effect of extrathyroidal extension on patient outcomes.
      Patients (n = 177,497) in the 2016 National Cancer Database with classic papillary thyroid cancer were evaluated to determine the effect of extrathyroidal extension on overall survival and risk for nodal and distant metastases. Kaplan-Meier curves with the log-rank test were used to evaluate survival differences. Multivariable Cox and logistic regression analyses included relevant clinicopathologic variables (e.g. age, sex, race, and Charlson Comorbidity Index).
      Patients with "minimal" extrathyroidal extension had worse survival versus patients with no extrathyroidal extension (10-year survival 89.3% vs 93.1%, hazard ratio 1.23; 95% confidence interval, 1.13-1.35; P < .001). Any extrathyroidal extension was associated with higher risks for lymph node (odds ratio 2.78; 95% confidence interval, 2.69-2.87) and distant metastasis (odds ratio 3.5; 95% confidence interval, 3.05-4.04). These associations persisted when comparing "micro" (extension into the thyroid capsule) versus none for nodal risk (odds ratio 1.25; 95% confidence interval, 1.18-1.33) and distant metastasis (OR 1.52; 95% confidence interval, 1.11-2.09).
      All levels of extrathyroidal extension, including microscopic, were associated with increased risk for nodal and distant metastasis. Both minimal and macroscopic extrathyroidal extension were also associated with decreased overall survival. Such findings have the potential to affect the clinical decision making for patients diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.
      PMID: 32682508 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
    • H1N1 Influenza Virus Cross-Activates Gli1 to Disrupt the Intercellular Junctions of Alveolar Epithelial Cells.

      Cell reports 2020 06 30

      Authors: Ruan T, Sun J, Liu W, Prinz RA, Peng D, Liu X, Xu X
      Influenza A virus (IAV) primarily infects the airway and alveolar epithelial cells and disrupts the intercellular junctions, leading to increased paracellular permeability. Although this pathological change plays a critical role in lung tissue injury and secondary infection, the molecular mechanism of IAV-induced damage to the alveolar barrier remains obscure. Here, we report that Gli1, a transcription factor in the sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling pathway, is cross-activated by the MAP and PI3 kinase pathways in H1N1 virus (PR8)-infected A549 cells and in the lungs of H1N1 virus-infected mice. Gli1 activation induces Snail expression, which downregulates the expression of intercellular junction proteins, including E-cadherin, ZO-1, and Occludin, and increases paracellular permeability. Inhibition of the Shh pathway restores the levels of Snail and intercellular junction proteins in H1N1-infected cells. Our study suggests that Gli1 activation plays an important role in disrupting the intercellular junctions and in promoting the pathogenesis of H1N1 virus infections.
      PMID: 32610119 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]