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International Journal of Hematology

Kentaro Hosokawa, Fumio Arai
In order to maintain the homeostasis of the hematopoietic system, hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) need to be maintained while slowly dividing over their lifetime. However, repeated cell divisions lead to the gradual accumulation of DNA damage and ultimately impair HSC function. Since telomeres are particularly fragile when subjected to replication stress, cells have several defense machinery to protect telomeres. Moreover, HSCs must protect their genome against possible DNA damage, while maintaining telomere length...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Kevin Rakszawski, Kosuke Miki, David Claxton, Henry Wagner, Hiroko Shike, Shin Mineishi, Seema Naik
Approximately 30-40% of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) experience induction failures. In these patients who do not achieve remission with two cycles of standard induction therapies, the probability of achieving remission with subsequent inductions is very limited. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative option for these patients, but high relapse rate and transplant-related mortality often preclude them to proceed to transplant. Thus, AML not in remission at time of HSCT remains a huge unmet need in current HSCT practice, particularly if the patient does not have an HLA-matched donor identified by the time of two induction failures...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Kimi Okada, Shoji Asakura, Tomofumi Yano, Takumi Kishimoto
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is a rare type of extranodal lymphoma, typically of a B-cell origin, which presents as lymphomatous effusion with no nodal enlargement or tumor masses. The development PEL is universally associated with human herpes virus-8 (HHV-8) infection. Cases of HHV-8-negative primary lymphomatous effusion have recently been reported and referred to as HHV-8-unrelated PEL-like lymphoma. Some cases of this disease have been reported in iatrogenic immunocompromised patients. The mechanisms responsible for the inhibitory effects of the discontinuation of immunosuppressants other than methotrexate (MTX) against the disease, which have been demonstrated for MTX-associated lymphoproliferative disorders, have not yet been elucidated...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Hideki Sano, Kazuhiro Mochizuki, Shogo Kobayashi, Yoshihiro Ohara, Masaki Ito, Tomoko Waragai, Nobuhisa Takahashi, Kazuhiko Ikeda, Hitoshi Ohto, Atsushi Kikuta
We evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of T-cell-replete haploidentical stem cell transplantation (TCR-haploSCT) using low-dose antithymocyte globulin (ATG) in children with refractory/relapsed (R/R) acute leukemia. From October 2009 to April 2016, 39 consecutive patients with R/R acute leukemia who underwent TCR-haploSCT were included. At the time of TCR-haploSCT, 17 patients were in complete remission (CR), but 22 had active disease. Thirty-three patients received a myeloablative regimen and six received a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Hiroaki Miyoshi, Koichi Ohshima
The morbidity and mortality of disease vary according to the region and may also change over time. The morbidity and mortality of malignant lymphoma are also affected by differences in ethnicity, lifestyle habits, geographical area, and time period. Increasing research on malignant lymphoma has focused on its pathophysiology, diagnosis, and therapeutic treatment. Recent improvements in the accuracy of clinical study, technologies such as next-generation sequencing, and the development of targeted molecular agents have also resulted in a number of excellent studies...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Junji Suzumiya
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February 28, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Limin Xing, Wenyan Xu, Yingying Qu, Manjun Zhao, Hongli Zhu, Hong Liu, Huaquan Wang, Xin Su, Zonghong Shao
The objective of the study was to study the regulation of B lymphocytes in patients with autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)/Evans syndrome. From October 2015 to May 2016, 35 patients with AIHA/Evans in the Department of Hematology, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital were enrolled into this study. c-Myb mRNA and miR-150 expression in B lymphocytes were measured using real-time PCR (RT-PCR). Correlation between c-Myb and miR-150 and clinical parameters in patients with AIHA/Evans were analyzed. c-Myb mRNA expression in hemolysis patients was significantly higher than in remission patients and CLL patients, negatively correlated with hemoglobin (Hb) level and complement 3(C3) levels, and positively correlated with total bilirubin (TBIL) concentration and indirect bilirubin (IBIL) concentration...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Ayako Kamiunten, Kotaro Shide, Takuro Kameda, Masaaki Sekine, Yoko Kubuki, Masafumi Ito, Takanori Toyama, Noriaki Kawano, Kousuke Marutsuka, Kouichi Maeda, Masanori Takeuchi, Hiroshi Kawano, Seiichi Sato, Junzo Ishizaki, Keiichi Akizuki, Yuki Tahira, Haruko Shimoda, Tomonori Hidaka, Kiyoshi Yamashita, Hitoshi Matsuoka, Kazuya Shimoda
Polycythemia vera (PV) and essential thrombocythemia (ET) are associated with life-threatening thrombohemorrhagic events, and disease progression and development of non-hematological malignancies also reduce long-term survival. We retrospectively surveyed thrombohemorrhagic events and overall survival (OS) in 62 PV and 117 ET patients. The cumulative incidences of thrombohemorrhagic events in PV and ET patients were 11.3 and 10.3%, and the incidence rates were 2.42 and 1.85 per 100 person-years. The combined incidence rates of disease progression and development of non-hematological malignancies in PV and ET patients were 1...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Motoshi Sonoda, Masataka Ishimura, Yuko Ichimiya, Eiko Terashi, Katsuhide Eguchi, Yasunari Sakai, Hidetoshi Takada, Asahito Hama, Hitoshi Kanno, Tsutomu Toki, Etsuro Ito, Shouichi Ohga
Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a congenital red cell aplasia arising from ribosomal protein (RP) defects. Affected patients present with neonatal anemia, occasional dysmorphism, and cancer predisposition. An anemic newborn was diagnosed with DBA due to RPL5 mutation (c.473_474del, p.K158SfsX26). Refractory anemia required regular transfusions and iron chelation therapy. Pancytopenia occurred at age 16 years. Bone-marrow studies showed myelodysplasia, erythroblastosis, and clonal evolution of del(20)(q11...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Masaya Suematsu, Toshihiko Imamura, Tomohiro Chiyonobu, Shinya Osone, Hajime Hosoi
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February 22, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Kiran Naqvi, Jorge E Cortes, Raja Luthra, Susan O'Brien, William Wierda, Gautam Borthakur, Tapan Kadia, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Farhad Ravandi, Mary Beth Rios, Sara Dellasala, Sherry Pierce, Elias Jabbour, Keyur Patel, Hagop Kantarjian
Kinase domain (KD) mutations of ABL1 represent the most common resistance mechanism to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) in CML. Besides T315I, mutations in codon 255 are highly resistant mutations in vitro to all TKI. We aimed to study the incidence, prognosis, and response to treatment in patients with E255K/V. We evaluated 976 patients by sequencing of BCR-ABL1 fusion transcript for ABL1 KD mutations. We identified KD mutations in 381 (39%) patients, including E255K/V in 48 (13% of all mutations). At mutation detection, 14 patients (29%) were in chronic phase (CP), 12 (25%) in accelerated phase (AP), and 22 (46%) in blast phase (BP)...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Kyohei Misawa, Hajime Yasuda, Marito Araki, Tomonori Ochiai, Soji Morishita, Shuichi Shirane, Yoko Edahiro, Akihiko Gotoh, Akimichi Ohsaka, Norio Komatsu
The majority of patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) harbor JAK2, CALR, or MPL mutations. We compared clinical manifestations of different subtypes of JAK2 and CALR mutations in Japanese patients with MPNs. Within our cohort, we diagnosed 166 patients as polycythemia vera (PV), 212 patients as essential thrombocythemia (ET), 23 patients as pre-primary myelofibrosis (PMF), 65 patients as overt PMF, and 27 patients as secondary myelofibrosis following the 2016 WHO criteria...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Norimitsu Kadowaki
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February 9, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Kelsea Caruso, Michele Kanter
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February 8, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Shinya Sato, Hidehiro Itonaga, Masataka Taguchi, Yasushi Sawayama, Daisuke Imanishi, Hideki Tsushima, Tomoko Hata, Yukiyoshi Moriuchi, Hiroyuki Mishima, Akira Kinoshita, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Yasushi Miyazaki
In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), patients may harbor pre-leukemic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) containing some, but not all, of the mutations observed in the leukemic cells. These pre-leukemic HSCs may survive induction chemotherapy and contribute to AML relapse by obtaining additional mutations. We report here an acute monoblastic leukemia (AMoL) patient who later developed an unclassifiable myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN-U). Whole-exome sequencing and cluster analysis demonstrated the presence of three distinct major clones during the clinical course: (1) an AMoL clone with ASXL1, CBL, and NPM1 somatic mutations, likely associated with the pathogenesis, and GATA2, SRSF2, and TET2 mutations, (2) an AMoL remission clone, with mutated GATA2, SRSF2, and TET2 only (possibly the founding clone (pre-leukemic HSC) that survived chemotherapy), (3) a small subclone which had JAK2 mutation during the AMoL remission, appearing at MPN-U manifestation with additional mutations...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Naomi Sanda, Nobuaki Suzuki, Atsuo Suzuki, Takeshi Kanematsu, Mayuko Kishimoto, Hidetoshi Hasuwa, Akira Takagi, Tetsuhito Kojima, Tadashi Matsushita, Shigeo Nakamura
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is synthesized in megakaryocytes and endothelial cells (ECs) and has two main roles: to carry and protect coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) from degradation by forming VWF-FVIII complex; and to mediate platelet adhesion and aggregation at sites of vascular injury. Previous research using the HEK293 cell line revealed that the VWF K1362 mutation interacted directly with platelet glycoprotein Ib (GPIb). Vwf K1362A knock-in (KI) mice were therefore generated to verify the in vivo function of residue 1362 in binding to platelet GPIb...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Yuankai Shi
Lymphoma is a large group of lymphoid hematopoietic malignancies including Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The various subtypes of lymphoma are different in clinical features, response to treatment and prognoses. The relative frequency of specific subtypes of lymphoma varies geographically. The mature T cell lymphoma is much more common in East Asia compared with Western countries. Chemotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of lymphoma. With advances in understanding the biology and genetics of lymphoma, many new agents are used in the treatment of lymphoma...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Akira Tanimura, Risen Hirai, Miki Nakamura, Masataka Takeshita, Shotaro Hagiwara, Akiyoshi Miwa
Two regimens are commonly used for peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cell harvesting (PBSCH) in multiple myeloma: high-dose cyclophosphamide (HD-CY) + granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF), and G-CSF alone. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the anti-myeloma effect of the PBSCH regimen including HD-CY. We retrospectively assessed harvesting efficiency, complications, and anti-myeloma effects in 115 patients receiving HD-CY + G-CSF (HD-CY group) and 32 patients receiving G-CSF alone (G-alone group)...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Masahiro Takeyama, Keiji Nogami, Ryohei Kobayashi, Kenichi Ogiwara, Akira Taniguchi, Yasuaki Nakanishi, Yusuke Inagaki, Yasuhito Tanaka, Midori Shima
Continuous infusions (CI) of factor (F)VIII are preferable to the conventional bolus injections for the maintenance of consistent FVIII levels during surgery in patients with severe hemophilia A. A third generation, B domain-truncated recombinant FVIII (turoctocog alfa, Novo Nordisk, NovoEight®), was approved for clinical use in 2014. The hemostatic efficacy and safety of bolus injections of turoctocog alfa in patients undergoing surgery have been reported, but no reports on CI therapy have been published...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Anqing Zou, Mingshan Wang, Yanhui Jin, Xiaoli Cheng, Kankan Su, Lihong Yang
Coagulation factor XII deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, which could be found in a consanguineous family. We studied a Chinese family in which the activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) of the proband had clearly prolonged up to 101.7 s, associated with low FXII activity of 3% and FXII antigen < 1%. To analyze the gene mutation in this FXII-deficient patient, we performed FXII mutation screening, and analyzed the DNA sequence of the F12 gene. A ClustalX-2.1-win and four online bioinformatics software services were used to study the conservatism and effects of the mutation...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
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