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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143804/telomeres-and-telomerase-in-hematopoietic-dysfunction-prognostic-implications-and-pharmacological-interventions
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REVIEW
Theresa Vasko, Andrea Kaifie, Matthias B Stope, Thomas Kraus, Patrick Ziegler
Leukocyte telomere length (TL) has been suggested as a marker of biological age in healthy individuals, but can also reflect inherited and acquired hematopoietic dysfunctions or indicate an increased turnover of the hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell compartment. In addition, TL is able to predict the response rate of tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), indicates clinical outcomes in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and can be used as screening tool for genetic sequencing of selected genes in patients with inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFS)...
October 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141942/frailty-and-the-management-of-hematologic-malignancies
#2
Gregory A Abel, Heidi D Klepin
The majority of blood cancers occur in the elderly. This fact conspires with an aging population in many countries to make rigorous assessment for frailty increasingly important for hematologic oncologists. In this review, we first define frailty and its relevance for patients with hematologic malignancy. Next, we review current data regarding the impact of domains of frailty on outcomes for blood cancers including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), acute leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphomas such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and multiple myeloma...
November 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125406/bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-first-and-second-generation-agents-for-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cll
#3
Philip A Thompson, Jan A Burger
The BTK inhibitor ibrutinib is effective in both low- and high-risk CLL patients, achieving durable remissions with continuous therapy in the majority of patients. Ibrutinib lacks myelotoxicity and is generally well tolerated by older and unfit patients; however, side effects, such as atrial fibrillation or hemorrhage, can result in treatment interruption or discontinuation. Given the high efficacy and overall safety, ibrutinib is increasingly used in untreated and previously treated CLL patients. Second-generation BTK inhibitors are being developed, with different and generally more BTK-selective kinase inhibition profiles, which may increase the safety and/or efficacy...
November 10, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118007/pd-1-expression-and-clinical-pd-1-blockade-in-b-cell-lymphomas
#4
Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Jianfeng Zhou, Ken H Young
PD-1 blockade targeting the PD-1 immune checkpoint has demonstrated unprecedented clinical efficacy in the treatment of advanced cancers including hematologic malignancies. This article reviews the landscape of PD-1/PD-L1 expression and current PD-1 blockade immunotherapy trials in B-cell lymphomas. Most notably, in relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma, which frequently has increased PD-1(+) tumor-infiltrating T cells, 9p24 genetic alteration and high PD-L1 expression, anti-PD-1 monotherapy has demonstrated remarkable objective response rates (ORR) of 65-87% and durable disease control in phase I/II clinical trials...
November 8, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082795/treatment-approach-for-elderly-and-unfit-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#5
Idanna Innocenti, Francesco Autore, Raffaella Pasquale, Francesca Morelli, Dimitar G Efremov, Luca Laurenti
Elderly patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or patients with comorbidities are often treated with chlorambucil (Chl) as front-line therapy despite relatively low response rates. The addition of a monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody to Chl substantially increases response rates and prolongs progression-free survival (PFS) in these patients, without increasing toxicity. As a result, the ESMO guidelines recommend that previously untreated CLL patients with relevant co-morbidity, but without TP53 deletion/mutation, should be treated with the combination of Chl plus an anti-CD20 antibody (rituximab, ofatumumab or obinutuzumab)...
October 30, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071273/chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-small-cell-lymphocytic-lymphoma-of-the-lacrimal-sac-a-case-series
#6
Yamini Krishna, Luciane D Irion, Sozan Karim, Aruna Dharmsena, Austin McCormick, Sarah E Coupland
BACKGROUND: Lymphomas of the lacrimal sac are rare, accounting for less than 10% of lacrimal sac malignant tumours. They may present with symptoms typical of secondary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction and are thus often misdiagnosed. METHODS: Case series and literature review. RESULTS: Herein we describe 3 cases of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)/small-cell lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) of the lacrimal sac with immunohistochemical and in 1 case molecular confirmation...
September 2017: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069998/composite-small-lymphocytic-lymphoma-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-and-follicular-lymphoma-a-clinicopathological-study-of-six-cases
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Fatima Zahra Jelloul, Qiang Hua Chen, Tianyu Yang, Nina Haghi, Judith Brody, Xinmin Zhang, Silvat Sheikh-Fayyaz
BACKGROUND: Composite small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia (SLL/CLL) and follicular lymphoma (FL) is extremely rare, and only 13 cases have been reported previously. METHODS: We identified 6 cases of composite SLL/CLL and FL in our database and studied their clinical, histologic, immunophenotypic, and cytogenetic features. A literature review of the existing cases was also conducted. RESULTS: The patients included 4 males and 2 females, with a median age of 72 years...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063177/approach-to-richter-transformation-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-the-era-of-novel-therapies
#8
REVIEW
Maliha Khan, Rabbia Siddiqi, Philip A Thompson
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has a highly variable clinical course. About 2-10% of CLL patients develop aggressive histological transformation, most commonly to diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), historically called Richter transformation (RT). Clinical features suggestive of RT include elevated LDH and non-specific symptoms such as fever, weight loss, and lymphadenopathy. 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18-FDG) uptake is increased on PET scan (standardized uptake value max most commonly ≥ 10). PET/CT study can identify optimal site for excisional biopsy, which is the gold standard for RT diagnosis, as well as aid in disease staging and prognostication...
October 23, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061914/therapeutics-targeting-bcl-2-in-hematological-malignancies
#9
REVIEW
Astrid Ruefli-Brasse, John C Reed
Members of the B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2) gene family are attractive targets for cancer therapy as they play a key role in promoting cell survival, a long-since established hallmark of cancer. Clinical utility for selective inhibition of specific anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins has recently been realized with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of venetoclax (formerly ABT-199/GDC-0199) in relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with 17p deletion. Despite the impressive monotherapy activity in CLL, such responses have rarely been observed in other B-cell malignancies, and preclinical data suggest that combination therapies will be needed in other indications...
October 23, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994094/novel-prognostic-molecular-factors-a-quantum-leap-in-the-field-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#10
Ewelina Zakrzewska, Marta Pirog, Joanna Purkot, Krzysztof Giannopoulos
Cytogenetic lesions do not completely explain clinical heterogeneity of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The 2016 revision of the World Health Organization classification 2008 introduced that molecular lesions of TP53, NOTCH1, SF3B1 and BIRC3 have potential clinical relevance and could be integrated into an updated risk profile. The negative clinical implications of TP53 disruptions are well constituted and patients with these mutations should be considered for novel, small molecule signal transduction inhibitors therapies...
October 10, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984869/bcl2-and-mir-15-16-from-gene-discovery-to-treatment
#11
REVIEW
Yuri Pekarsky, Veronica Balatti, Carlo M Croce
In 1984, we investigated the t(14;18) chromosomal translocations that frequently occur in patients with follicular lymphoma. We first identified a locus on chromosome 18 involved in these translocations with the chromosome 14 containing the immunoglobulin heavy chain locus. Within this region on chromosome 18, we then discovered a gene that we called BCL2, which was activated by the translocations. Since that time, many studies determined that BCL2 is one of the most important oncogenes involved in cancer by inhibiting apoptosis...
October 6, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976934/restoration-of-dap-kinase-tumor-suppressor-function-a-therapeutic-strategy-to-selectively-induce-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells-using-immunokinase-fusion-proteins
#12
REVIEW
Mehmet Kemal Tur, Adebukola K Daramola, Stefan Gattenlöhner, Marco Herling, Shivan Chetty, Stefan Barth
Targeted cancer immunotherapy is designed to selectively eliminate tumor cells without harming the surrounding healthy tissues. The death-associated protein kinases (DAPk) are a family of proapoptotic proteins that play a vital role in the regulation of cellular process and have been identified as positive mediators of apoptosis via extrinsic and intrinsic death-regulating signaling pathways. Tumor suppressor activities have been shown for DAPk1 and DAPk2 and they are downregulated in e.g., Hodgkin's (HL) and B cell lymphoma (CLL), respectively...
October 4, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975027/second-lung-malignancy-and-richter-syndrome-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ghassen Soussi, Selsabil Daboussi, Samira Mhamdi, Zied Moatemri, Hela Ghedira, Chiraz Aichaouia, Mohsen Khadhraoui, Faouzi El Mezni, Rezaik Cheikh
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most frequent lymphoproliferative disease. Transformation into Richter disease and occurrence of second malignancies involving the lungs are rare complications. The hallmarks of any thoracic involvement are still unknown. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 56-year-old male patient, with history of tobacco smoking, who presented with recurrent hemoptysis, fatigue and weight loss. Physical examination was normal except a slightly enlarged supraclavicular lymph node...
2017: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972395/venetoclax-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#14
REVIEW
Massimo Gentile, Annamaria Petrungaro, Giuseppina Uccello, Ernesto Vigna, Anna Grazia Recchia, Nadia Caruso, Sabrina Bossio, Laura De Stefano, Angela Palummo, Francesca Storino, Massimo Martino, Fortunato Morabito
Venetoclax, an orally bioavailable inhibitor of BCL-2, was approved in 2016 by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients with 17p deletion [del(17p)], who have received at least one prior therapy. Areas covered: We focus on the mechanism of action of venetoclax and on the clinical trial data that led to the approval of venetoclax for CLL patients. We also review the studies in which this drug has being explored in combination with other anti-CLL drugs...
November 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945711/venetoclax-management-and-care-for-patients-with-relapsed-or-refractory-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia%C3%A2
#15
Heather Brumbaugh Paradis, Debbie Alter, Diane Llerandi
BACKGROUND: Venetoclax (Venclexta™) is a potent, selective, orally available, small-molecule B-cell lymphoma 2 inhibitor that achieves response rates of about 80% and has an acceptable safety profile for patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to describe treatment management considerations when caring for patients using venetoclax.
. METHODS: A review was done of safety and management considerations based on current clinical practice and 240 patients with CLL who received venetoclax monotherapy on clinical trials from 2011-2016...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945111/pi3k%C3%AE-selective-and-pi3k%C3%AE-%C3%AE-combinatorial-inhibitors-in-clinical-development-for-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma
#16
REVIEW
Benjamin L Lampson, Jennifer R Brown
The efficacy of the prototypical phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor idelalisib for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (iNHL) has led to development of multiple compounds targeting this pathway. Areas Covered: We review the hypothesized therapeutic mechanisms of PI3K inhibitors, including abrogation of B cell receptor signaling, blockade of microenvironmental pro-survival signals, and enhancement of anti-tumor immunity. We examine toxicities of idelalisib, including bacterial infections (possibly secondary to drug-induced neutropenia), opportunistic infections (possibly attributable to on-target inhibition of T cell function), and organ toxicities such as transaminitis and enterocolitis (possibly autoimmune, secondary to on-target inhibition of p110δ in regulatory T cells)...
November 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942659/novel-synthetic-drugs-currently-in-clinical-development-for-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#17
REVIEW
Pawel Robak, Tadeusz Robak
Over the last few years, several new synthetic drugs, particularly Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) and BCL-2 inhibitors have been developed and investigated in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Areas covered: This review highlights key aspects of BTK, PI3K and BCL-2 inhibitors that are currently at various stages of preclinical and clinical development in CLL. A literature review of the MEDLINE database for articles in English concerning CLL, B-cell receptor, BCL-2 antagonists, BTK inhibitors and PI3K inhibitors, was conducted via PubMed...
November 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937430/cutaneous-richter-syndrome-mimicking-primary-cutaneous-cd4-positive-small-medium-t-cell-lymphoma-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Miguel Rito, José Cabeçadas, Joaninha Costa Rosa, Mariana Cravo, Alistair Robson
Richter syndrome represents the transformation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma into an aggressive large B-cell lymphoma. Skin involvement is exceptionally rare, with <20 cases reported and its presence as the first presentation of CLL/small lymphocytic lymphoma, as an isolated skin lesion has never been described. Primary cutaneous CD4-positive small/medium T-cell lymphoma (CD4 PCSM-TCL) characteristically presents with a dense dermal infiltrate consisting primarily of small-/medium-sized pleomorphic T-cells and less than 30% large pleomorphic cells...
September 12, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916317/presence-of-human-herpesvirus-8-hhv-8-dna-sequences-in-patients-with-lymphoproliferative-diseases-and-chronic-blood-disorders
#19
Hossein Keyvani, Mohammad Hadi Karbalaie Niya, Maryam Esghaei, Farah Bokharaei-Salim, Seyed Hamid Reza Monavari
OBJECTIVE: Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), but it has also been associated with different hematologic malignancies, including plasmablastic lymphoma, Multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD), primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) and various atypical lymphoproliferative disorders. Patients with underlying lymphoproliferative diseases and chronic blood disorders who become infected with this virus are at risk for human malignancies. This small study reported the frequency of human herpesvirus 8 in 81 Iranian patients with lymphoproliferative disorders for estimation of possible factors affecting malignancy...
October 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916311/lenalidomide-maintenance-after-first-line-therapy-for-high-risk-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-cllm1-final-results-from-a-randomised-double-blind-phase-3-study
#20
Anna Maria Fink, Jasmin Bahlo, Sandra Robrecht, Othman Al-Sawaf, Ali Aldaoud, Holger Hebart, Kathleen Jentsch-Ullrich, Steffen Dörfel, Kirsten Fischer, Clemens-Martin Wendtner, Thomas Nösslinger, Paolo Ghia, Francesc Bosch, Arnon P Kater, Hartmut Döhner, Michael Kneba, Karl-Anton Kreuzer, Eugen Tausch, Stephan Stilgenbauer, Matthias Ritgen, Sebastian Böttcher, Barbara Eichhorst, Michael Hallek
BACKGROUND: The combined use of genetic markers and detectable minimal residual disease identifies patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia with poor outcome after first-line chemoimmunotherapy. We aimed to assess lenalidomide maintenance therapy in these high-risk patients. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, phase 3 study (CLLM1; CLL Maintenance 1 of the German CLL Study Group), patients older than 18 years and diagnosed with immunophenotypically confirmed chronic lymphocytic leukaemia with active disease, who responded to chemoimmunotherapy 2-5 months after completion of first-line therapy and who were assessed as having a high risk for an early progression with at least a partial response after four or more cycles of first-line chemoimmunotherapy, were eligible if they had high minimal residual disease levels or intermediate levels combined with an unmutated IGHV gene status or TP53 alterations...
October 2017: Lancet Haematology
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