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Ja Min Byun, Hea-Lim Kim, Dong-Yeop Shin, Youngil Koh, Sung-Soo Yoon, Moon-Woo Seong, Sung Sup Park, Jin Hee Kim, Yun-Gyoo Lee, Inho Kim
Pharmacogenomics can explain the inter-individual differences in response to drugs, including methotrexate (MTX) used for acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) prophylaxis during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). In real-world practice, preplanned MTX dose is arbitrarily modified according to observed toxicity which can lead to unexpected and severe aGVHD development. We aimed to validate the influence of MTHFR C677T polymorphism on the outcomes of allogenic HSCT in a relatively under-represented homogenous Asian population...
2016: PloS One
Hideki Sano, Kazuhiro Mochizuki, Mitsuko Akaihata, Shogo Kobayashi, Hitoshi Ohto, Atsushi Kikuta
Intensive chemotherapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) improves the prognosis of patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph-ALL). However, the prognosis of cases of relapsed or refractory Ph-ALL remains poor. Here, we aimed to assess the efficacy of T-cell-rich HLA-haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (TCR-haplo-HSCT) in eight patients with relapsed or refractory pediatric Ph-ALL. Transplant-related mortality was observed in two patients. All patients discontinued TKI after receiving TCR-haplo-HSCT...
October 26, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Ghady Haidar, Christa S Zerbe, Michelle Cheng, Adrian M Zelazny, Steven M Holland, Kathleen R Sheridan
Aspergillus spp. are a leading cause of mortality in chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), but other fungi have emerged in the era of mould prophylaxis. Of these, Phellinus spp. are an under-recognised cause of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) in CGD, and data on their presentation and management are scarce. We present a patient with CGD who developed disseminated IFI involving the lungs and brain. Surgical specimens grew a basidiomycete which was disregarded as a contaminant. After three months of progressive disease despite antifungals, he was diagnosed with Phellinus tropicalis by internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequencing...
October 26, 2016: Mycoses
Mark R Schleiss
Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the most common infectious cause of disability in newborn infants. CMV also causes serious disease in solid organ (SOT) and haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. In otherwise healthy children and adults, primary CMV infection rarely causes illness. However, even asymptomatic CMV infections may predispose an individual towards an increased risk of atherosclerosis, cancer and immune senescence over the life course, although such associations remain controversial...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virus Eradication
Yoko Miyoshi, Kie Yasuda, Makiko Tachibana, Hisao Yoshida, Emiko Miyashita, Takako Miyamura, Yoshiko Hashii, Kae Hashimoto, Tadashi Kimura, Keiichi Ozono
Gonadal dysfunction and infertility are major endocrinological late effects among childhood cancer survivors. Chemotherapy and radiation have gonadotoxic effects and diminish the ovarian reserve. The serum concentration of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a useful marker of ovarian reserve in survivors. We conducted a longitudinal study to investigate the variations of AMH in evaluating the acute and chronic effects of cancer therapy on the ovary. Three young female patients with different hematological diseases were registered, and their medical records were reviewed...
October 2016: Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology: Case Reports and Clinical Investigations: Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology
P Huezo-Diaz Curtis, C R S Uppugunduri, J Muthukumaran, M A Rezgui, C Peters, P Bader, M Duval, H Bittencourt, Maja Krajinovic, Marc Ansari
Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) is a severe complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) that can be fatal, often attributed to the conditioning regimen prior to HSCT. We evaluated the association of SOS risk with gene variants in cystathionase (CTH), an enzyme involved in glutathione synthesis, in 76 children receiving intravenous busulfan (Bu) before HSCT. Our results indicated an association with CTHc.1364 G>T (ORTT=10.6, 95% confidence interval (CI)=2.16, 51.54) and SOS risk, which was sex dependent (female patients, ORTT=21...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Takeru Asano, Ken-Ichi Matsuoka, Satoshi Iyama, Kazuteru Ohashi, Yoshihiro Inamoto, Chikako Ohwada, Makoto Murata, Atsushi Satake, Chikamasa Yoshida, Koichi Nakase, Yasuo Mori, Mitsune Yamamoto
Chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) remains a major problem for long survivors after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Currently, corticosteroid therapy is effective for cGVHD as the first line therapy. However, prolonged therapy with corticosteroids causes various severe adverse events. To develop the new therapeutic strategy of cGVHD, we have launched a multicenter phase I/IIa clinical trial of low dose subcutaneous interleukin-2 (IL-2) for treatment of steroid refractory cGVHD, which is constituted of 2 sequential phases (induction phase and maitanance phase)...
October 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Yoshinobu Maeda, Hisakazu Nishimori, Yoshihiro Inamoto, Hirohisa Nakamae, Masashi Sawa, Yasuo Mori, Kazuteru Ohashi, Shin-Ichiro Fujiwara, Mitsune Tanimoto
Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major cause of late death and morbidity following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HSCT). Retinoic acid (tamibarotene) exerts multiple effects on cell differentiation and is clinically used for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia. Tamibarotene down-regulates both Th1 and Th17 differentiation in donor T cells after allogeneic HSCT, resulting in attenuation of experimental chronic GVHD. Based on preclinical data, we have launched a phase II study of tamibarotene in patients with steroid-refractory chronic GVHD...
October 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Ioannis Politikos, Haesook Kim, Theodoros Karantanos, Julia Brown, Sean McDonough, Lequn Li, Corey Cutler, Joseph H Antin, Karen K Ballen, Jerome Ritz, Vassiliki A Boussiotis
Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is a valuable graft source for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in patients who lack adult donors. UCB transplantation (UCBT) in adults results in delayed immune reconstitution leading to high infection-related morbidity and mortality. Angiogenic factors and markers of endothelial dysfunction have biologic and prognostic significance in conventional HSCT, but their role in UCBT has not been investigated. Furthermore, the interplay between angiogenesis and immune reconstitution has not been studied...
October 21, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Takaaki Konuma, Yasushi Miyazaki, Naoyuki Uchida, Kazuteru Ohashi, Tadakazu Kondo, Hirohisa Nakamae, Satoshi Takahashi, Takehiko Mori, Yukiyasu Ozawa, Chiaki Kato, Koji Iwato, Takahiro Fukuda, Tatsuo Ichinohe, Yoshiko Atsuta, Ken Ishiyama
Trisomy 8 (+8) is one of the most common cytogenetic abnormalities in adult patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). However, the outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in adult patients with MDS harboring +8 remains unclear. To evaluate the outcome and prognostic factors in patients with MDS harboring +8 as the sole cytogenetic abnormality or in association with other abnormalities, we retrospectively analyzed the Japanese registration data of 381 adult patients with MDS harboring +8 treated with allogeneic HSCT between 1990 and 2013...
October 21, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Worawut Choeyprasert, Suradej Hongeng, Usanarat Anurathapan, Samart Pakakasama
Bacteremia during neutropenic episodes is a cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We have used oral ciprofloxacin and penicillin V, from the start of the conditioning regimen until engraftment, for the prophylaxis of bacterial infection. The objective of this study was to retrospectively analyze the prevalence of and risk factors for breakthrough bacteremia during neutropenic episodes in autologous and allogeneic HSCT patients. There were 215 patients enrolled, with a median age of 8...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Min-Min Shi, Yuan Kong, Yang Song, Yu-Qian Sun, Yu Wang, Xiao-Hui Zhang, Lan-Ping Xu, Kai-Yan Liu, Xiao-Jun Huang
Poor graft function (PGF) is a serious complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Murine studies suggest that endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are preferential supporting cells for hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment. Our previous work found that a reduced number of BM EPCs was an independent risk factor for the occurrence of PGF after allo-HSCT. However, little is known about the functional role of BM EPCs and how to improve impaired BM EPCs in PGF...
October 21, 2016: Blood
Niamh M Long, Andrew J Plodkowski, Rachel Schor-Bardach, Alexander I Geyer, Junting Zheng, Chaya S Moskowitz, Michelle S Ginsberg
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to describe the computed tomographic features of organizing pneumonia (OP) in an oncologic patient population and to also identify features associated with lung cancer and patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). METHODS: In retrospective computed tomographies from 151 patients with pathologically confirmed OP between January 2009 and September 2014, number of lesions, location, size, margin type, and consistency, as well as volume of lymphadenopathy and the presence and size of pleural effusions, were recorded...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Sebastian Rahn, Anna Schuck, Mustafa Kondakci, Rainer Haas, Nicole Neuhausen, Klaus Pfeffer, Birgit Henrich
Fungal infections are recognized in an increasing number of patients with immunological deficits and are associated with high rates of mortality (Brown et al., 2012a). In this pilot-study, a rapid Real time PCR (fuPCR) was designed for the detection and differentiation of fungal pathogens in clinical specimens of haematological patients. The fuPCR, targeting the internal transcribed spacer region 2 (ITS2) of rDNA region, is comprised of seven multiplex reactions, which were shown to be specific and sensitive for a comprehensive spectrum of clinically relevant fungal species...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
B P C Hoppe, E de Jongh, A Griffioen-Keijzer, J M Zijlstra-Baalbergen, E P F IJzerman, F Baboe
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a paramyxovirus that causes respiratory tract infections ranging from mild upper airway infection to severe pneumonia. Patients with haematological disease, especially haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients, are more likely to develop more severe infections. We describe three cases of hMPV infection in HSCT patients. The most reliable diagnostic procedure for hMPV is multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) on a nasopharyngeal swab. Sensitivity and specificity of MLPA to detect hMPV is high and time to diagnosis is short...
October 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Nirali N Shah, Theresa M Watson, Bonnie Yates, David J Liewehr, Seth M Steinberg, David Jacobsohn, Terry J Fry
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of engraftment syndrome (ES) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) can be a challenge due to the systemic presentation and alternative etiologies. With a goal of establishing biomarkers to more accurately distinguish ES, we prospectively analyzed levels of cytokines during HSCT. PROCEDURES: We performed a prospective study of children ≤21 years who underwent allogeneic HSCT. Blood samples for interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1b, IL-12p70, interferon-γ, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and procalcitonin were obtained from each subject prior to conditioning, at day 0, and then biweekly through engraftment and at days 30, 60 and 100...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Takashi Ishida, Sachie Suzuki, Chen-Yi Lai, Satoshi Yamazaki, Shigeru Kakuta, Yoichiro Iwakura, Masanori Nojima, Yasuo Takeuchi, Masaaki Higashihara, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Makoto Otsu
Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation (HSCT) for malignancy requires toxic pre-conditioning to maximize anti-tumor effects and donor-HSC engraftment. While this induces bone marrow (BM)-localized inflammation, how this BM environmental change affects transplanted HSCs in vivo remains largely unknown. We here report that, depending on interval between irradiation and HSCT, residence within lethally irradiated recipient BM compromises donor-HSC reconstitution ability. Both in vivo and in vitro we demonstrate that, among inflammatory cytokines, TNF-α plays a role in HSC damage: TNF-α stimulation leads to accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in highly purified hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSCs/HSPCs)...
October 18, 2016: Stem Cells
Michael Medinger, Claudia Lengerke, Jakob Passweg
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a biologically complex and molecularly and clinically heterogeneous disease, and its incidence is increasing as the population ages. Cytogenetic anomalies and mutation testing remain important prognostic tools for tailoring treatment after induction therapy. Despite major advances in understanding the genetic landscape of AML and its impact on the pathophysiology and biology of the disease, as well as the rapid development of new drugs, standard treatment options have not experienced major changes during the past three decades...
2016: Leukemia Research Reports
Raziyeh Tootoonchian, Fatemeh Pak, Ali M Ardekani, Nasrin Sehati, Manuchehr Abedi-Valugerdi, Parviz Kokhaei
The present study tried to explain CD56+ lymphocyte cells activities and possible prognostic role of these cells in Graft-Versus-Host-Disease (GVHD). The role of IL-12 activation and function is of interest in this study. Peripheral blood samples of 51 Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) recipients collected at before (day -8) and after (days 7 and 14). PBMC were collected by Ficoll separation and analyzed by Flow Cytometry using triple antibody (CD45-PerCP, CD56-FITC, and CD69-PE staining and control antibody...
October 15, 2016: Transplant Immunology
X Bao, Q Zhu, S Xue, Y Xu, X Ma, F Chen, X Hu, Z Zhu, S Chen, A Sun, D Wu, Y Song, H Qiu
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October 17, 2016: Bone Marrow Transplantation
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