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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697948/catalyzing-improvements-in-all-therapy-with-asparaginase
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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...
July 5, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716211/to-serve-and-protect-the-modulatory-role-of-von-willebrand-factor-on-factor-viii-immunogenicity
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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...
July 4, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669393/eryptosis-in-health-and-disease-a-paradigm-shift-towards-understanding-the-patho-physiological-implications-of-programmed-cell-death-of-erythrocytes
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Syed M Qadri, Rosi Bissinger, Ziad Solh, Per-Arne Oldenborg
During the course of their natural ageing and upon injury, anucleate erythrocytes can undergo an unconventional apoptosis-like cell death, termed eryptosis. Eryptotic erythrocytes display a plethora of morphological alterations including volume reduction, membrane blebbing and breakdown of the membrane phospholipid asymmetry resulting in phosphatidylserine externalization which, in turn, mediates their phagocytic recognition and clearance from the circulation. Overall, the eryptosis machinery is tightly orchestrated by a wide array of endogenous mediators, ion channels, membrane receptors, and a host of intracellular signaling proteins...
June 17, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499646/dancing-partners-at-the-ball-rational-selection-of-next-generation-anti-cd20-antibodies-for-combination-therapy-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-the-novel-agents-era
#4
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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...
May 3, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495184/interleukin-1%C3%AE-as-emerging-therapeutic-target-in-hematological-malignancies-and-potentially-in-their-complications
#5
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Lorena Arranz, Maria Del Mar Arriero, Alicia Villatoro
Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is a pleiotropic cytokine that exerts multiple roles in both physiological and pathological conditions. It is produced by different cell subsets, and drives a wide range of inflammatory responses in numerous target cells. Enhanced IL-1β signaling is a common event in patients of hematological malignancies. Recent body of evidence obtained in preclinical models shows the pathogenic role of these alterations, and the promising therapeutic value of IL-1 targeting. In this review, we further highlight a potential contribution of IL-1β linking to complications and autoimmune disease that should be investigated in future studies...
May 3, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215731/complementopathies
#6
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Andrea C Baines, Robert A Brodsky
The complement system is an essential part of the innate immune system that requires careful regulation to ensure responses are appropriately directed against harmful pathogens, while preventing collateral damage to normal host cells and tissues. While deficiency in some components of the complement pathway is associated with increased susceptibility to certain infections, it has also become clear that inappropriate activation of complement is an important contributor to human disease. A number of hematologic disorders are driven by complement, and these disorders may be termed "complementopathies"...
July 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190619/bone-marrow-evaluation-for-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#7
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Mary-Elizabeth Percival, Catherine Lai, Elihu Estey, Christopher S Hourigan
The diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can be made based on peripheral blood or bone marrow blasts. In this review, we will discuss the role of bone marrow evaluation and peripheral blood monitoring in the diagnosis, management, and follow up of AML patients. For patients with circulating blasts, it is reasonable to perform the necessary studies needed for diagnosis and risk stratification, including multiparametric flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and molecular analysis, on a peripheral blood specimen...
July 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998619/how-do-you-decide-on-hormone-replacement-therapy-in-women-with-risk-of-venous-thromboembolism
#8
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Danijela Lekovic, Predrag Miljic, Aleksandar Dmitrovic, Jecko Thachil
Women are increasingly encouraged to participate in making decisions about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). In postmenopausal women with severe vasomotor symptoms, HRT can significantly improve the quality of life. However, the use of HRT may also increase the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), the risk which depends of both treatment-related and patient-related factors. This review summarizes some important points about the selection of the safest hormonal replacement modality in women with a history of VTE and management of VTE risks in postmenopausal women wishing to take HRT...
May 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923516/therapy-related-myelodysplastic-syndromes-or-are-they
#9
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Abdallah Abou Zahr, Ami M Kavi, Sudipto Mukherjee, Amer M Zeidan
The incidence of therapy-related myelodysplastic syndromes (t-MDS) is increasing as the number of cancer survivors is increasing. While t-MDS is currently defined descriptively by prior receipt of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, some forms of MDS that occur post localized radiation monotherapy, biologically and clinically resemble de novo (d)-MDS more than t-MDS, and therefore may not be truly therapy-related. Although patients with t-MDS, as a group, fare worse than patients with d-MDS, a variation in individual outcomes of patients with t-MDS has increasingly been appreciated...
May 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899218/modeling-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-from-mutations-to-mouse-models-and-back-again
#10
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Alessandro Morotti, Stefania Rocca, Giovanna Carrà, Giuseppe Saglio, Mara Brancaccio
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are defined according to the 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) classification and the recent 2016 revision. Over the years, several genetic lesions have been associated with the development of MPNs, with important consequences for identifying unique biomarkers associated with specific neoplasms and for developing targeted therapies. Defining the genotype-phenotype relationship in MPNs is essential to identify driver somatic mutations that promote MPN development and maintenance in order to develop curative targeted therapies...
May 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884555/after-10years-of-jak2v617f-disease-biology-and-current-management-strategies-in-polycythaemia-vera
#11
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Jacob Grinfeld, Anna L Godfrey
The JAK2V617F mutation accounts for the vast majority of patients with polycythaemia vera (PV) and around half of those with other Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms. Since its discovery in 2005, numerous insights have been gained into the pathways by which JAK2V617F causes myeloproliferation, including activation of JAK-STAT signalling but also through other canonical and non-canonical pathways. A variety of mechanisms explain how this one mutation can be associated with distinct clinical disorders, demonstrating how constitutional and acquired factors may interact in the presence of a single mutation to determine disease phenotype...
May 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760710/recent-discoveries-in-the-molecular-pathogenesis-of-the-inherited-bone-marrow-failure-syndrome-fanconi-anemia
#12
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Nicholas E Mamrak, Akiko Shimamura, Niall G Howlett
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare autosomal and X-linked genetic disease characterized by congenital abnormalities, progressive bone marrow failure (BMF), and increased cancer risk during early adulthood. The median lifespan for FA patients is approximately 33years. The proteins encoded by the FA genes function together in the FA-BRCA pathway to repair DNA damage and to maintain genome stability. Within the past two years, five new FA genes have been identified-RAD51/FANCR, BRCA1/FANCS, UBE2T/FANCT, XRCC2/FANCU, and REV7/FANCV-bringing the total number of disease-causing genes to 21...
May 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483400/autophagy-a-necessary-event-during-erythropoiesis
#13
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Rubén Grosso, Claudio M Fader, María I Colombo
Autophagy is a well-known cellular process involved in many physiological and pathological processes. During erythropoiesis, autophagy plays an important role participating in the clearance of unnecessary organelles such as ribosomes and mitochondria (mitophagy) allowing the correct formation of mature red blood cells. The dysfunction of autophagy proteins hamper the correct erythroid maturation, leading to anemia, the release of immature cells from the bone marrow and other hematological abnormalities. Autophagy plays different roles depending on the type of pathology...
April 22, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395882/should-studies-on-glanzmann-thrombasthenia-not-be-telling-us-more-about-cardiovascular-disease-and-other-major-illnesses
#14
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Alan T Nurden
Glanzmann thrombasthenia (GT) is a rare inherited bleeding disorder caused by loss of αIIbβ3 integrin function in platelets. Most genetic variants of β3 also affect the widely expressed αvβ3 integrin. With brief mention of mouse models, I now look at the consequences of disease-causing ITGA2B and ITGB3 mutations on the non-hemostatic functions of platelets and other cells. Reports of arterial thrombosis in GT patients are rare, but other aspects of cardiovascular disease do occur including deep vein thrombosis and congenital heart defects...
April 4, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318761/the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-home-of-the-leukemic-blasts
#15
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Manar S Shafat, Bruno Gnaneswaran, Kristian M Bowles, Stuart A Rushworth
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) is a genetically, biologically and clinically heterogeneous set of diseases, which are characterised by an increased growth of abnormal myeloid progenitor cells within the bone marrow (BM). Ex-vivo AML exhibits a high level of spontaneous apoptosis. Furthermore, relapse for patients achieving remission occurs from minimal residual disease harboured within the BM microenvironment. Taken together, these observations illustrate the importance of the BM microenvironment in sustaining AML...
March 12, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336182/light-chain-amyloidosis-where-are-the-light-chains-from-and-how-they-play-their-pathogenic-role
#16
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Chunlan Zhang, Xufei Huang, Jian Li
Amyloid light-chain (AL) amyloidosis is a plasma-cell dyscrasia, as well as the most common type of systematic amyloidosis. Pathogenic plasma cells that have distinct cytogenetic and molecular properties secrete an excess amount of amyloidogenic light chains. Assisted by post-translational modifications, matrix components, and other environmental factors, these light chains undergo a conformational change that triggers the formation of amyloid fibrils that overrides the extracellular protein quality control system...
March 8, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302342/does-percutaneous-coronary-stent-implantation-increase-platelet-reactivity
#17
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P W A Janssen, E A Mol, S M C Geene, E Barbato, J M Ten Berg
High platelet reactivity (PR) values on treatment with clopidogrel are associated with an increased rate of thrombotic events after a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, we do not know the optimal timing of the performance of the PR measurements. Platelets might be activated during a PCI, which means that the timing of PR measurements, before or after PCI, could influence the outcome. In turn, this could lead to misinterpretation of the patient's response to antiplatelet therapy and a less accurate prediction of the patient's risk of thrombotic events during follow-up...
March 8, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284458/p53-dysregulation-in-b-cell-malignancies-more-than-a-single-gene-in-the-pathway-to-hell
#18
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B Tessoulin, M Eveillard, A Lok, D Chiron, P Moreau, M Amiot, A Moreau-Aubry, S Le Gouill, C Pellat-Deceunynck
TP53 deletion or mutation is frequent in B-cell malignancies and is associated with a low response rate. We describe here the p53 landscape in B-cell malignancies, from B-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia to Plasma Cell Leukemia, by analyzing incidence of gain or loss of function of actors both upstream and within the p53 pathway, namely MYC, RAS, ARF, MDM2, ATM and TP53. Abnormalities are not equally distributed and their incidence is highly variable among malignancies. Deletion and mutation, usually associated, of ATM or TP53 are frequent in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and Mantle Cell Lymphoma...
March 4, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773462/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-and-its-potential-as-a-target-for-therapy-in-lymphoid-neoplasms
#19
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Li Yu, Ling Li, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Ken H Young
The NF-κB pathway, a critical regulator of apoptosis, plays a key role in many normal cellular functions. Genetic alterations and other mechanisms leading to constitutive activation of the NF-κB pathway contribute to cancer development, progression and therapy resistance by activation of downstream anti-apoptotic pathways, unfavorable microenvironment interactions, and gene dysregulation. Not surprisingly, given its importance to normal and cancer cell function, the NF-κB pathway has emerged as a target for therapy...
March 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745715/selecting-initial-treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-in-older-adults
#20
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Nikolai A Podoltsev, Maximilian Stahl, Amer M Zeidan, Steven D Gore
More than half of the patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) are older than 60years. The treatment outcomes in this group remain poor with a median overall survival of <1year. Selecting initial treatment for these patients involves an assessment of 'fitness' for induction chemotherapy. This is done based on patient and disease-related characteristics which help to estimate treatment-related mortality and chance of complete remission with induction chemotherapy. If the risk of treatment-related mortality is high and/or the likelihood of a patient achieving a complete remission is low, lower-intensity treatment (low-dose cytarabine, decitabine and azacitidine) should be discussed...
March 2017: Blood Reviews
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