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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283480/leveraging-increased-cytoplasmic-nucleoside-kinase-activity-to-target-mtdna-and-oxidative-phosphorylation-in-aml
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Sanduni U Liyanage, Rose Hurren, Veronique Voisin, Gaëlle Bridon, Xiaoming Wang, ChangJiang Xu, Neil MacLean, Thirushi P Siriwardena, Marcela Gronda, Dana Yehudai, Shrivani Sriskanthadevan, Daina Avizonis, Aisha Shamas-Din, Mark D Minden, Gary D Bader, Rebecca Laposa, Aaron D Schimmer
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) biosynthesis requires replication factors and adequate nucleotide pools from the mitochondria and cytoplasm. We performed gene expression profiling analysis of 542 human AML samples and identified 55% with upregulated mtDNA biosynthesis pathway expression compared to normal hematopoietic cells. Genes that support mitochondrial nucleotide pools, including mitochondrial nucleotide transporters and a subset of cytoplasmic nucleoside kinases, were also increased in AML compared to normal hematopoietic samples...
March 10, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280079/targeted-therapy-for-a-subset-of-acute-myeloid-leukemias-that-lack-expression-of-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-1a1
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Maura Gasparetto, Shanshan Pei, Mohammad Minhajuddin, Nabilah Khan, Daniel A Pollyea, Jason R Myers, John M Ashton, Michael W Becker, Vasilis Vasiliou, Keith R Humphries, Craig T Jordan, Clayton A Smith
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 1A1 (ALDH1A1) activity is high in hematopoietic stem cells and functions in part to protect stem cells from reactive aldehydes and other toxic compounds. In contrast, we found that ~25% of all acute myeloid leukemias expressed low or undetectable levels of ALDH1A1 and that this ALDH1A1- subset of leukemias correlates with good prognosis cytogenetics. ALDH1A1- cell lines as well as primary leukemia cells were found to be sensitive to treatment with compounds that directly and indirectly generate toxic ALDH substrates including 4-hydroxynonenal and the clinically relevant compounds arsenic trioxide and 4-hydroperoxycyclophosphamide...
March 9, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266575/cordycepin-disrupts-leukemia-association-with-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-and-eliminates-leukemia-stem-cell-activity
#3
Shu-Man Liang, Yi-Jhu Lu, Bor-Sheng Ko, Yee-Jee Jan, Song-Kun Shyue, Shaw-Fang Yet, Jun-Yang Liou
Maintaining stemness of leukemic stem cells (LSCs) and reciprocal interactions between leukemia and stromal cells support leukemic progression and resistance to chemotherapy. Targeting the niche-based microenvironment is thus a new approach for leukemia therapy. Cordycepin is an analogue of adenosine and has been suggested to possess anti-leukemia properties. However, whether cordycepin influences association of leukemia and mesenchymal stromal cells has never been investigated. Here we show that cordycepin reduces CD34(+)CD38(-) cells in U937 and K562 cells and induces Dkk1 expression via autocrine and paracrine regulation in leukemia and mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs)...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257710/bringing-a-leukemic-stem-cell-gene-signature-into-clinics-are-we-there-yet
#4
Guillaume Richard-Carpentier, Guy Sauvageau
Prognostic markers that capture leukemia stem cell (LSC) activity can be useful for the risk stratification of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. In a recent issue of Nature, Ng et al. (2016) develop a prognostic score based on a 17-gene expression signature of LSCs to predict outcome in AML patients.
March 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245563/nanog-expression-as-a-responsive-biomarker-during-treatment-with-hedgehog-signal-inhibitor-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#5
Seiji Kakiuchi, Yosuke Minami, Yoshiharu Miyata, Yu Mizutani, Hideaki Goto, Shinichiro Kawamoto, Kimikazu Yakushijin, Keiji Kurata, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Hironobu Minami
Aberrant activation of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway is involved in the maintenance of leukemic stem cell (LSCs) populations. PF-0444913 (PF-913) is a novel inhibitor that selectively targets Smoothened (SMO), which regulates the Hh pathway. Treatment with PF-913 has shown promising results in an early phase study of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, a detailed mode of action for PF-913 and relevant biomarkers remain to be elucidated. In this study, we examined bone marrow samples derived from AML patients under PF-913 monotherapy...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245422/-underlying-mechanisms-of-iron-overloading-in-myelodysplastic-syndrome-review
#6
Qing-Qing Zheng, Chun-Kang Chang
Myelodysplastic Syndromes(MDS) comprise a heterogenous group of hematopoietic stem cell malignancies characterized by peripheral cytopenias and have a substantial risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia(AML). MDS, without effective cure methods, is one of the common hematologic malignant tumors with great threaten to people's health. The phenomenon of iron overloading is common in MDS, which has a poor effect on overall survival and leukemic progression to MDS but get good prognosis by iron chelation therapy...
February 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243848/new-treatment-strategies-for-philadelphia-chromosome-positive-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#7
REVIEW
Lalit Saini, Joseph Brandwein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent studies that address important questions regarding the treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL. RECENT FINDINGS: Less intensive non-myelosuppressive induction approaches can produce comparable anti-leukemic responses with less toxicity. Second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are not clearly associated with superior outcomes compared to imatinib. Ponatinib is associated with lower early relapse rates, but has additional vascular risks...
February 27, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218044/leukemia-microvesicles-affect-healthy-hematopoietic-stem-cells
#8
Farnaz Razmkhah, Masoud Soleimani, Davood Mehrabani, Mohammad Hossein Karimi, Sedigheh Amini Kafi-Abad, Mani Ramzi, Mahdiyar Iravani Saadi, Javad Kakoui
Microvesicles are released by different cell types and shuttle mRNAs and microRNAs which have the possibility to transfer genetic information to a target cell and alter its function. Acute myeloid leukemia is a malignant disorder, and leukemic cells occupy all the bone marrow microenvironment. In this study, we investigate the effect of leukemia microvesicles on healthy umbilical cord blood hematopoietic stem cells to find evidence of cell information transferring. Leukemia microvesicles were isolated from acute myeloid leukemia patients and were co-incubated with healthy hematopoietic stem cells...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217708/aberrant-rna-splicing-and-mutations-in-spliceosome-complex-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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COMMENT
Jianbiao Zhou, Wee-Joo Chng
The spliceosome, the cellular splicing machinery, regulates RNA splicing of messenger RNA precursors (pre-mRNAs) into maturation of protein coding RNAs. Recurrent mutations and copy number changes in genes encoding spliceosomal proteins and splicing regulatory factors have tumor promoting or suppressive functions in hematological malignancies, as well as some other cancers. Leukemia stem cell (LSC) populations, although rare, are essential contributors of treatment failure and relapse. Recent researches have provided the compelling evidence that link the erratic spicing activity to the LSC phenotype in acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216566/phenotypic-and-functional-alterations-of-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-in-an-in-vitro-leukemia-induced-microenvironment
#10
Jean-Paul Vernot, Ximena Bonilla, Viviana Rodriguez-Pardo, Natalia-Del Pilar Vanegas
An understanding of the cell interactions occurring in the leukemic microenvironment and their functional consequences for the different cell players has therapeutic relevance. By co-culturing mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) with the REH acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) cell line, we have established an in vitro leukemic niche for the functional evaluation of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPC, CD34+ cells). We showed that the normal homeostatic control exerted by the MSC over the HSPC is considerably lost in this leukemic microenvironment: HSPC increased their proliferation rate and adhesion to MSC...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215704/cpg-island-hypermethylation-mediated-by-dnmt3a-is-a-consequence-of-aml-progression
#11
David H Spencer, David A Russler-Germain, Shamika Ketkar, Nichole M Helton, Tamara L Lamprecht, Robert S Fulton, Catrina C Fronick, Michelle O'Laughlin, Sharon E Heath, Marwan Shinawi, Peter Westervelt, Jacqueline E Payton, Lukas D Wartman, John S Welch, Richard K Wilson, Matthew J Walter, Daniel C Link, John F DiPersio, Timothy J Ley
DNMT3A mutations occur in ∼25% of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. The most common mutation, DNMT3A(R882H), has dominant negative activity that reduces DNA methylation activity by ∼80% in vitro. To understand the contribution of DNMT3A-dependent methylation to leukemogenesis, we performed whole-genome bisulfite sequencing of primary leukemic and non-leukemic cells in patients with or without DNMT3A(R882) mutations. Non-leukemic hematopoietic cells with DNMT3A(R882H) displayed focal methylation loss, suggesting that hypomethylation antedates AML...
February 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211886/a-novel-approach-for-the-identification-of-efficient-combination-therapies-in-primary-human-acute-myeloid-leukemia-specimens
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I Baccelli, J Krosl, G Boucher, I Boivin, V-P Lavallée, J Hébert, S Lemieux, A Marinier, G Sauvageau
Appropriate culture methods for the interrogation of primary leukemic samples were hitherto lacking and current assays for compound screening are not adapted for large-scale investigation of synergistic combinations. In this study, we report a novel approach that efficiently distills synthetic lethal interactions between small molecules active on primary human acute myeloid leukemia (AML) specimens. In single-dose experiments and under culture conditions preserving leukemia stem cell activity, our strategy considerably reduces the number of tests needed for the identification of promising compound combinations...
February 17, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210257/kinetics-of-cytotoxic-lymphocytes-reconstitution-after-induction-chemotherapy-in-elderly-aml-patients-reveals-progressive-recovery-of-normal-phenotypic-and-functional-features-in-nk-cells
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Jérôme Rey, Cyril Fauriat, Eloïse Kochbati, Florence Orlanducci, Aude Charbonnier, Evelyne D'Incan, Pascale Andre, François Romagne, Bernadette Barbarat, Norbert Vey, Daniel Olive
NK cells are defective in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at diagnosis. Here, we studied the kinetic of expression of the major activating and inhibitory receptors of NK, CD8 T, and γδ T cells in patients undergoing chemotherapy (CT) for the treatment of AML (n = 29). We showed that NK cells are the main affected population at diagnosis and that expression of activating receptors is partially restored within a few weeks after CT. CD8 T cells and γδ T cells are only weakly affected at diagnosis. Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor expression by NK cells, but not NKG2A and CD85j, was downregulated...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202504/expression-profiling-of-circulating-microvesicles-reveals-intercellular-transmission-of-oncogenic-pathways
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Gloria Milani, Tobia Lana, Silvia Bresolin, Sanja Aveic, Anna Pasto, Chiara Frasson, Geertruy Te Kronnie
Circulating microvesicles (MVs) have been described as important players in cell-to-cell communication carrying biological information under normal or pathological condition. MVs released by cancer cells may incorporate diverse biomolecules (e.g. active lipids, proteins and RNA) which can be delivered and internalized by recipient cells, potentially altering gene expression of recipient cells and eventually impacting disease progression. Leukemia in vitro model systems were used to investigate MVs as vehicles of protein-coding messages...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202494/fumarate-hydratase-is-a-critical-metabolic-regulator-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-functions
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Amelie V Guitart, Theano I Panagopoulou, Arnaud Villacreces, Milica Vukovic, Catarina Sepulveda, Lewis Allen, Roderick N Carter, Louie N van de Lagemaat, Marcos Morgan, Peter Giles, Zuzanna Sas, Marta Vila Gonzalez, Hannah Lawson, Jasmin Paris, Joy Edwards-Hicks, Katrin Schaak, Chithra Subramani, Deniz Gezer, Alejandro Armesilla-Diaz, Jimi Wills, Aaron Easterbrook, David Coman, Chi Wai Eric So, Donal O'Carroll, Douglas Vernimmen, Neil P Rodrigues, Patrick J Pollard, Nicholas M Morton, Andrew Finch, Kamil R Kranc
Strict regulation of stem cell metabolism is essential for tissue functions and tumor suppression. In this study, we investigated the role of fumarate hydratase (Fh1), a key component of the mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle and cytosolic fumarate metabolism, in normal and leukemic hematopoiesis. Hematopoiesis-specific Fh1 deletion (resulting in endogenous fumarate accumulation and a genetic TCA cycle block reflected by decreased maximal mitochondrial respiration) caused lethal fetal liver hematopoietic defects and hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) failure...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197208/molecular-mutations-and-their-cooccurrences-in-cytogenetically-normal-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#16
REVIEW
Mengning Wang, Chuanwei Yang, Le Zhang, Dale G Schaar
Adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) clinically is a disparate disease that requires intensive treatments ranging from chemotherapy alone to allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Historically, cytogenetic analysis has been a useful prognostic tool to classify patients into favorable, intermediate, and unfavorable prognostic risk groups. However, the intermediate-risk group, consisting predominantly of cytogenetically normal AML (CN-AML), itself exhibits diverse clinical outcomes and requires further characterization to allow for more optimal treatment decision-making...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193779/combination-targeted-therapy-to-disrupt-aberrant-oncogenic-signaling-and-reverse-epigenetic-dysfunction-in-idh2-and-tet2-mutant-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#17
Alan H Shih, Cem Meydan, Kaitlyn Shank, Francine E Garrett-Bakelman, Patrick S Ward, Andrew Intlekofer, Abbas Nazir, Eytan Stein, Kristina Knapp, Jacob Glass, Jeremy Travins, Kim Straley, Camelia Gliser, Chris Mason, Katharine Yen, Craig B Thompson, Ari Melnick, Ross L Levine
Genomic studies in acute myeloid leukemias (AML) have identified mutations which drive altered DNA methylation, including TET2 and IDH2. Here we show that models of AMLs resulting from TET2 or IDH2 mutations combined with FLT3ITD mutations are sensitive to 5-Azacytidine or to the IDH2 inhibitor AG-221, respectively. 5-Azacytidine and AG-221 treatment induced an attenuation of aberrant DNA methylation and transcriptional output, and resulted in a reduction in leukemic blasts consistent with anti-leukemic activity...
February 13, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190861/acute-undifferentiated-leukemia-stem-cell-acute-leukemia-showing-differentiation-to-langerhans-cell-like-cells-in-lymph-nodes
#18
Takanori Fukuta, Shu Nakamoto, Yoshinori Hashimoto, Takayuki Tanaka, Yusuke Tokuyasu, Junko Maruyama, Hiromi Omura, Norihiko Hino, Satoshi Kuwamoto, Ichiro Murakami
A 75-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with suspected leukemia. Complete blood count demonstrated WBC 3,810/µl with 26% blasts, Hb of 11.7 g/dl and Plt of 18.0×10(4)/µl. Bone marrow aspiration revealed blasts (86.3%) with expressions of CD34, CD7, TdT, CD33, and CD117. MPO was negative. Chromosomal analysis of the bone marrow showed isolated trisomy 10 in all leukemic cells (20/20). Swelling of superficial lymph nodes was also observed. Cervical lymph node biopsy revealed leukemic blasts which had the same phenotype as those in the bone marrow except that proliferation of Langerhans cell-like cells (LCs) was observed in the paracortex...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183848/long-term-observation-reveals-high-frequency-engraftment-of-human-acute-myeloid-leukemia-in-immunodeficient-mice
#19
Anna M Paczulla, Stephan Dirnhofer, Martina Konantz, Michael Medinger, Helmut R Salih, Kathrin Rothfelder, Dimitrios A Tsakiris, Jakob R Passweg, Pontus Lundberg, Claudia Lengerke
Repopulation of immunodeficient mice remains the primary method to func-tionally assess human acute myeloid leukemia. Published data report en-graftment of ~40-66% of cases, mostly belonging to intermediate or poor risk subtypes. Here we report that extending follow-up beyond the standard analysis end-points of 10 to 16 weeks post-transplantation permitted leukemic engraftment from nearly every xenotransplanted acute myeloid leukemia case (18/19, ~95%). Xenogeneic leukemic cells showed conserved immune phenotypes and genetic signatures when compared to corresponding pre-transplant cells, and were furthermore able to induce leukemia in re-transplantation assays...
February 9, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178710/diagnosis-and-management-of-leukemic-and-lymphomatous-meningitis
#20
REVIEW
Hemant Murthy, Claudio Anasetti, Ernesto Ayala
BACKGROUND: Leukemic and lymphomatous meningitis is a major presentation of primary or secondary central nervous system (CNS) involvement by aggressive lymphomas or acute leukemia. METHODS: The medical literature and ongoing clinical trials were reviewed on the clinical presentation, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and treatment of leukemic and lymphomatous meningitis. RESULTS: Treatment for secondary leukemic and lymphomatous meningitis remains unsatisfactory, and efforts should be made to prevent and treat subclinical disease...
January 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
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