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Brian D Friend, Gary J Schiller
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is one of the most common cancer diagnoses identified in adolescents and young adults (AYAs). Although most children with ALL are cured of their disease, AYAs have experienced much worse outcomes over time, with event-free survival ranging from 30 to 45%. This survival disparity is likely due to differences in tumor biology, treatment-related toxicities, and nonmedical issues. This review summarizes these differences as well as focusing on the various trials that have demonstrated superior outcomes with pediatric protocols in AYAs with ALL...
September 21, 2017: Blood Reviews
Masumi Ueda, Melvin Berger, Robert Peter Gale, Hillard M Lazarus
Immunoglobulins are used to prevent or reduce infection risk in primary immune deficiencies and in settings which exploit its anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory effects. Rigorous proof of immunoglobulin efficacy in persons with lympho-proliferative neoplasms, plasma cell myeloma, and persons receiving hematopoietic cell transplants is lacking despite many clinical trials. Further, there are few consensus guidelines or algorithms for use in these conditions. Rapid development of new therapies targeting B-cell signaling and survival pathways and increased use of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy will likely result in more acquired deficiencies of humoral immunity and infections in persons with cancer...
September 19, 2017: Blood Reviews
E Carlos Rodriguez-Merchan
Musculo-skeletal pain treatment is inadequate in many haemophilic patients. Analgesics are used only by 36% of adult patients. FVIII/FIX intravenous infusion is mainly used to lessen pain, followed in frequency by usage of NSAIDS (primarily COX-2 inhibitors). In about 30% of patients, pain continues after infusion of F VIII/IX. In acute haemarthroses pain treatment must continue until total disappearance (checked by ultrasonography) and include haematologic treatment, short-term rest of the involved joint, cryotherapy, joint aspiration and analgesic medication (paracetamol in mild pain, metamizole for more intense pain, and in a few precise patients, soft opioids such as codeine or tramadol)...
September 19, 2017: Blood Reviews
Prajwal Boddu, Christopher B Benton, Wei Wang, Gautam Borthakur, Joseph D Khoury, Naveen Pemmaraju
Acute erythroleukemia is a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia recognized by its distinct phenotypic attribute of erythroblastic proliferation. After a century of its descriptive history, many diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic implications relating to this unique leukemia subset remain uncertain. The rarity of the disease and the simultaneous involvement of its associated myeloid compartment have complicated in vitro studies of human erythroleukemia cell lines. Although murine and cell line erythroleukemia models have provided valuable insights into pathophysiology, translation of these concepts into treatment are not forthcoming...
September 18, 2017: Blood Reviews
Sarah A Buckley, Kedar Kirtane, Roland B Walter, Stephanie J Lee, Gary H Lyman
Outcomes for acute myeloid leukemia remain poor, and treatment decisions must consider not just quantity, but also quality of life (QOL). We conducted a systematic review of studies in patients with acute myeloid leukemia or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome that incorporated patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures. PubMed and PsycINFO were searched for articles published from January 2000 through June 2016. Forty-one were relevant for our review with more published in recent years. There was considerable inter-study heterogeneity in which instruments were used, and many studies employed multiple (often overlapping) instruments...
September 1, 2017: Blood Reviews
Shanie Saghafian-Hedengren, Ismael Söderström, Eva Sverremark-Ekström, Anna Nilsson
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common type of cancer in children, accounting for approximately 25% of childhood cancer cases. As a result of effective treatments over the past decades, paediatric ALL mortality has been greatly reduced. Chemotherapy, however, has a range of harmful side effects including the loss of protective antibodies against vaccine-preventable diseases. Since ALL survivors have an increased risk of health problems including organ insufficiencies, acquired vaccine-preventable infections subsequent to clinical remission could become life threatening to these individuals...
August 26, 2017: Blood Reviews
Gerry Dolan, Gary Benson, Anne Duffy, Cedric Hermans, Victor Jiménez-Yuste, Thierry Lambert, Rolf Ljung, Massimo Morfini, Silva Zupančić Šalek
Research has been lacking on the natural history, complications, and treatment of haemophilia B, which is less common than haemophilia A and was recognized as a distinct clinical entity in 1947. Although the two diseases share the same clinical manifestations, they differ in causative mutation, risk of inhibitor development, and patient quality of life. Frequently debated is whether haemophilia B is as clinically severe as haemophilia A, with much of the published data on overall and haemophilia-specific health outcomes suggesting that haemophilia B may have a less severe clinical phenotype...
August 16, 2017: Blood Reviews
Vijay K Kalra, Shuxiao Zhang, Punam Malik, Stanley M Tahara
Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutation in the β-globin gene. Pulmonary hypertension (PH), a complication of SCA, results in severe morbidity and mortality. PH is a multifactorial disease: systemic vasculopathy, pulmonary vasoconstriction, and endothelial dysfunction and remodeling. Placenta growth factor (PlGF), an angiogenic growth factor, elaborated from erythroid cells, has been shown to contribute to inflammation, pulmonary vasoconstriction and airway hyper-responsiveness (AH) in mouse models of sickle cell disease...
August 16, 2017: Blood Reviews
Eduardo Vadillo, Elisa Dorantes-Acosta, Rosana Pelayo, Michael Schnoor
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) accounts for 15% and 25% of total childhood and adult ALL cases, respectively. During T-ALL, patients are at risk of organ infiltration by leukemic T-cells. Infiltration is a major consequence of disease relapse and correlates with poor prognosis. Transendothelial migration of leukemic cells is required to exit the blood stream into target organs. While mechanisms of normal T-cell transmigration are well known, the mechanisms of leukemic T-cell extravasation remain elusive; but involvement of chemokines, integrins and Notch signaling play critical roles...
August 15, 2017: Blood Reviews
Federica Pilo, Emanuele Angelucci
Iron, although essential, is harmful in high amounts. Oxidative stress as a result of excess reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a prooxidative/antioxidative imbalance between ROS production and elimination, play a key role in cellular damage. There is evidence to support the role of ROS in the pathogenesis of a range of diseases including the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and leukaemia. Oxidative stress seems to affect the self-renewal, proliferation and differentiation of haematopoietic stem cells and impair cell growth...
August 12, 2017: Blood Reviews
Huanling Wu, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Ken H Young
Apoptosis is an essential biological process involved in tissue homeostasis and immunity. Aberrations of the two main apoptotic pathways, extrinsic and intrinsic, have been identified in hematological malignancies; many of these aberrations are associated with pathogenesis, prognosis and resistance to standard chemotherapeutic agents. Targeting components of the apoptotic pathways, especially the chief regulatory BCL-2 family in the intrinsic pathway, has proved to be a promising therapeutic approach for patients with hematological malignances, with the expectation of enhanced efficacy and reduced adverse events...
August 8, 2017: Blood Reviews
K S H Morsing, A L Peters, J D van Buul, A P J Vlaar
Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI) is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity following blood transfusion. The mechanisms behind the disease are not yet fully understood but seem to involve many different activating pathways and donor factors, in synergy with patient susceptibility. Studies have focused mostly on neutrophil activation, as aggregates of neutrophils and edema in lungs are found in post-mortem histological sections. This review aims to highlight the role of the endothelium in TRALI, as activated endothelium is the main promoter of leukocyte transmigration, and creates the barrier between blood and tissue...
August 5, 2017: Blood Reviews
Michiel van den Brand, Blanca Scheijen, Corine J Hess, J Han Jm van Krieken, Patricia J T A Groenen
Although patients with indolent B-cell lymphomas have a relatively good survival rate, conventional chemotherapy is not curative. Disease courses are typically characterized by multiple relapses and progressively shorter response duration with subsequent lines of therapy. There has been an explosion of innovative targeted agents in the past years. This review discusses current knowledge on the etiology of indolent B-cell lymphomas with respect to the role of micro-organisms, auto-immune diseases, and deregulated pathways caused by mutations...
August 5, 2017: Blood Reviews
Stephen Sze-Yuen Lam, Alex Bai-Liang He, Anskar Yu-Hung Leung
Information arising from next generation sequencing of leukemia genome has shed important light on the heterogeneous and combinatorial driver events in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It has also provided insight into its intricate signaling pathways operative in the disease pathogenesis. These have also become biomarkers and targets for therapeutic intervention. Emerging evidence from in vitro drug screening has demonstrated its potential value in predicting clinical drug responses in specific AML subtypes. However, the best culture conditions and readouts have yet to be standardized and the drugs included in these screening exercises frequently revised in view of the rapid emergence of new therapeutic agents in the oncology field...
August 4, 2017: Blood Reviews
Shruti Chaturvedi, Keith R McCrae
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by thrombosis and/or pregnancy complications in the presence of persistent antiphospholipid antibodies (APLA). Laboratory diagnosis of APLA depends upon the detection of a lupus anticoagulant, which prolongs phospholipid-dependent anticoagulation tests, and/or anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-β2-glycoprotein-1 (β2GPI) antibodies. APLA are primarily directed toward phospholipid binding proteins. Pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying thrombosis and pregnancy loss in APS include APLA induced cellular activation, inhibition of natural anticoagulant and fibrinolytic systems, and complement activation, among others...
July 30, 2017: Blood Reviews
M Boshuizen, K van der Ploeg, L von Bonsdorff, B J Biemond, S S Zeerleder, R van Bruggen, N P Juffermans
As the main iron transporter, transferrin delivers iron to target tissues like the bone marrow for erythropoiesis. Also, by binding free iron, transferrin prevents formation of reactive oxygen species. Transferrin deficiency due to congenital hypotransferrinemia is characterized by anemia as well as oxidative stress related to toxic free iron. Transferrin supplementation may be beneficial in two ways. First, transferrin can correct anemia by modulating the amount of iron that is available for erythropoiesis...
July 24, 2017: Blood Reviews
Constance C F M J Baaten, Hugo Ten Cate, Paola E J van der Meijden, Johan W M Heemskerk
In healthy subjects and patients with hematological diseases, platelet populations can be distinguished with different response spectra in hemostatic and vascular processes. These populations partly overlap, and are less distinct than those of leukocytes. The platelet heterogeneity is linked to structural properties, and is enforced by inequalities in the environment. Contributing factors are variability between megakaryocytes, platelet ageing, and positive or negative priming of platelets during their time in circulation...
July 22, 2017: Blood Reviews
Robin B Hartholt, Alice S van Velzen, Ivan Peyron, Anja Ten Brinke, Karin Fijnvandraat, Jan Voorberg
Hemophilia A is a bleeding disorder characterized by the absence or dysfunction of blood coagulation factor VIII (FVIII). Patients are treated with regular infusions of FVIII concentrate. In response to treatment, approximately 30% of patients with severe hemophilia A develop inhibitory antibodies targeting FVIII. Both patient and treatment related risk factors for inhibitor development have been described. Multiple studies comparing the immunogenicity of recombinant and plasma-derived FVIII have yielded conflicting results...
September 2017: Blood Reviews
Bernard L Marini, Anthony J Perissinotti, Dale L Bixby, Julia Brown, Patrick W Burke
Asparaginase remains a cornerstone of ALL therapy and is one of the key contributing factors to improved outcomes in adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients treated on pediatric protocols. Asparagine depletion has been associated with improved outcomes in ALL patients; this has led to an increased emphasis on optimizing asparagine depletion in ALL patients of all ages. To ensure adequate asparagine depletion, the use of therapeutic drug monitoring of asparaginase therapy holds much promise, yet remains underutilized in practice...
September 2017: Blood Reviews
L A Butler, C S Tam, J F Seymour
The anti-CD20 antibodies represent a major advancement in the therapeutic options available for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The addition of rituximab, ofatumumab and obinutuzumab to various chemotherapy regimens has led to considerable improvements in both response and survival. Ocaratuzumab, veltuzumab and ublituximab are currently being explored within the trial setting. We review the current status of these antibodies, and discuss how their mechanisms of action may impact on the choice of combinations with novel small molecule agents...
September 2017: Blood Reviews
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