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Clonal evolution

Kelly Kyker-Snowman, Bracha Erlanger Avigdor, Mansoor Nasim, Ashley Cimino-Mathews, Sarah J Wheelan, Pedram Argani, Ben Ho Park
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Tumor heterogeneity is a now well-recognized phenomenon that can affect the classification, prognosis and treatment of human cancers. Heterogeneity is often described in primary breast cancers based upon histologic subtypes, hormone- and HER2-receptor status, and immunolabeling for various markers, which can be seen within a single tumor as mixed cellular populations, or as separate discrete foci. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN/METHODS: Here, we present a case report of a patient's primary breast cancer that had two separate but adjacent histologic components, one that was estrogen receptor (ER) positive, and the other ER negative...
March 15, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Leila M Lopes-Bezerra, Hector M Mora-Montes, Yu Zhang, Gustavo Nino-Vega, Anderson Messias Rodrigues, Zoilo Pires de Camargo, Sybren de Hoog
The description of cryptic species with different pathogenic potentials has changed the perspectives on sporotrichosis. Sporothrix schenckii causes a benign chronic subcutaneous mycosis, Sporothrix brasiliensis is highly virulent, and Sporothrix globosa mainly causes fixed cutaneous lesions. Furthermore, S. brasiliensis is the prevalent species related to cat-transmitted sporotrichosis. Sources of infection, transmission, and distribution patterns also differ between species, and variability differs between species because of different degrees of clonality...
April 1, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Jing Zhang, Tao Chen, Yan Wang, Qing Chen, Bo Sun, Ya Luo, Yong Zhang, Haoru Tang, Xiaorong Wang
Chinese cherry [ Cerasus pseudocerasus (Lindl.) G.Don] is a commercially important fruit crop in China, but its structure patterns and domestication history remain imprecise. To address these questions, we estimated the genetic structure and domestication history of Chinese cherry using 19 nuclear microsatellite markers and 650 representative accessions (including 118 Cerasus relatives) selected throughout their natural eco-geographical distributions. Our structure analyses detected no genetic contribution from Cerasus relatives to the evolution history of Chinese cherry...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Khadega A Abuelgasim, Hinna Rehan, Maha Alsubaie, Nasser Al Atwi, Mohammed Al Balwi, Saeed Alshieban, Areej Almughairi
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia are the most common types of adult leukemia. However, it is rare for the same patient to suffer from both. Richter's transformation to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is frequently observed in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Purine analog therapy and the presence of trisomy 12, and CCND1 gene rearrangement have been linked to increased risk of Richter's transformation. The coexistence of chronic myeloid leukemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the same patient is extremely rare, with only nine reported cases...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Debi Prasad Mohapatra, Santosh Kumar Singh, Minu Sahoo, Shashank Patole, Mitali Mishra, Nagen Kumar Debata, Harapriya Mohapatra
PURPOSE: Antibiotic resistance patterns often exhibit geographical variations. Periodic analyses of resistance spectra and phylogenetic trends are important guides for facilitating judicious use of therapeutic interventions. The present study retrospectively analysed the infection trends, resistance patterns, and clonal relationships between isolates of Klebsiella spp. from a tertiary care hospital. METHODOLOGY: Bacterial isolates were collected from January 2013 to June 2014 and their resistance profiles were identified using an automated bacterial identification system...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Andrea Anichini, Elena Tassi, Giulia Grazia, Roberta Mortarini
Immunotherapy of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), by immune checkpoint inhibitors, has profoundly improved the clinical management of advanced disease. However, only a fraction of patients respond and no effective predictive factors have been defined. Here, we discuss the prospects for identification of such predictors of response to immunotherapy, by fostering an in-depth analysis of the immune landscape of NSCLC. The emerging picture, from several recent studies, is that the immune contexture of NSCLC lesions is a complex and heterogeneous feature, as documented by analysis for frequency, phenotype and spatial distribution of innate and adaptive immune cells, and by characterization of functional status of inhibitory receptor+ T cells...
March 7, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Julie Schanz, Naciye Cevik, Christa Fonatsch, Friederike Braulke, Katayoon Shirneshan, Ulrike Bacher, Detlef Haase
Clonal cytogenetic evolution (CE) (i.e., acquisition of new chromosomal aberrations over time) is relevant for the progression of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). We performed detailed analysis of CE in 729 patients with MDS and related disorders. Patients with CE showed shorter survival (median OS 18.0 versus 53.9 months; P < 0.01), higher leukemic transformation rate (48.0% versus 21.4%; P < 0.01) and shorter intervals to leukemic transformation (P < 0.01). Two main CE patterns were detected: early versus late CE (median onset 5...
March 7, 2018: Blood Cancer Journal
Meagan A Jacoby, Eric J Duncavage, Gue Su Chang, Christopher A Miller, Jin Shao, Kevin Elliott, Joshua Robinson, Robert S Fulton, Catrina C Fronick, Michelle O'Laughlin, Sharon E Heath, Iskra Pusic, John S Welch, Daniel C Link, John F DiPersio, Peter Westervelt, Timothy J Ley, Timothy A Graubert, Matthew J Walter
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) is a potentially curative treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), but patients who relapse after transplant have poor outcomes. In order to understand the contribution of tumor clonal evolution to disease progression,we applied exome and error-corrected targeted sequencing coupled with copy number analysis to comprehensively define changes in the clonal architecture of MDS in response to therapy using 51 serially acquired tumor samples from 9 patients who progressed after an alloHCT...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Pingnan Xiao, Monika Dolinska, Lakshmi Sandhow, Makoto Kondo, Anne-Sofie Johansson, Thibault Bouderlique, Ying Zhao, Xidan Li, Marios Dimitriou, George Z Rassidakis, Eva Hellström-Lindberg, Nagahiro Minato, Julian Walfridsson, David T Scadden, Mikael Sigvardsson, Hong Qian
Mutations of signal-induced proliferation-associated gene 1 ( SIPA1 ), a RAP1 GTPase-activating protein, were reported in patients with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a childhood myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MDS/MPN). Sipa1 deficiency in mice leads to the development of age-dependent MPN. However, Sipa1 expression in bone marrow (BM) microenvironment and its effect on the pathogenesis of MPN remain unclear. We here report that Sipa1 is expressed in human and mouse BM stromal cells and downregulated in these cells from patients with MPN or MDS/MPN at diagnosis...
March 13, 2018: Blood Advances
L Xie, W J Hu, B R Liu
The accumulation of genomic and epigenetic changes gives rise to the tumorigenesis and progression. Currently, clonal evolution model and cancer stem cell model, two leading theories of caner origin, are becoming complementary to one another to explain the nature of tumor heterogeneity. Precision medicine that is based on the next generation sequencing and big data describes the phenomena of tumor heterogeneity more precisely. The future cancer therapy may need more comprehensive and dynamical understandings of the distinct subclones of tumor and follow the trends of cancer evolution...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
Adam C Retchless, Cécilia B Kretz, How-Yi Chang, Jose A Bazan, A Jeanine Abrams, Abigail Norris Turner, Laurel T Jenkins, David L Trees, Yih-Ling Tzeng, David S Stephens, Jessica R MacNeil, Xin Wang
BACKGROUND: Increased reports of Neisseria meningitidis urethritis in multiple U.S. cities during 2015 have been attributed to the emergence of a novel clade of nongroupable N. meningitidis within the ST-11 clonal complex, the "U.S. NmNG urethritis clade". Genetic recombination with N. gonorrhoeae has been proposed to enable efficient sexual transmission by this clade. To understand the evolutionary origin and diversification of the U.S. NmNG urethritis clade, whole-genome phylogenetic analysis was performed to identify its members among the N...
March 2, 2018: BMC Genomics
Sam Vander Meeren, Bert Heyrman, Wim Renmans, Marleen Bakkus, Brigitte Maes, Hendrik De Raeve, Rik Schots, Kristin Jochmans
High-count monoclonal B cell lymphocytosis (MBL) with a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) phenotype is a well-known entity, featuring 1-4% annual risk of progression towards CLL requiring treatment. Lymphoma-like MBL (L-MBL), on the other hand, remains poorly defined and data regarding outcome are lacking. We retrospectively evaluated 33 L-MBL cases within our hospital population and compared them to 95 subjects with CLL-like MBL (C-MBL). Diagnoses of L-MBL were based on asymptomatic B cell clones with Matutes score < 3, B cells < 5...
February 28, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Gunter Vogt
In the last 15 years, considerable attempts have been undertaken to develop the obligately parthenogenetic marbled crayfish Procambarus virginalis as a new model in biology. Its main advantage is the production of large numbers of offspring that are genetically identical to the mother, making this crustacean particularly suitable for research in epigenetics. Now, a draft genome, transcriptome and genome-wide methylome are available opening new windows for research. In this article, I summarize the biological advantages and genomic and epigenetic features of marbled crayfish and, based on first promising data, discuss what this new model could contribute to answering of ''big'' biological questions...
March 2018: Journal of Biosciences
Donghai Xiong, Jing Pan, Yuxin Yin, Hui Jiang, Eva Szabo, Ronald A Lubet, Yian Wang, Ming You
Lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC) is a major subtype of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. To increase our understanding of the LUSC pathobiology, we performed exome sequencing and RNA-seq in 16 murine carcinogen-induced LUSC tumors and 8 normal murine lung tissue samples. Additionally, we conducted single-cell RNA-seq on two independent tumors from the same murine model. We identified a list of 59 cancer genes recurrently mutated in the mice LUSC tumors, 47 (80%) of which were also mutated in human LUSCs. At the single cell level, we detected unique clonal mutation patterns for each of the two LUSC tumors, being initiated from clones carrying the mutant Igfbp7 and Trp53 genes, respectively...
January 26, 2018: Oncotarget
Doralina do Amaral Rabello, Vivian D'Afonseca da Silva Ferreira, Maria Gabriela Berzoti-Coelho, Sandra Mara Burin, Cíntia Leticia Magro, Maira da Costa Cacemiro, Belinda Pinto Simões, Felipe Saldanha-Araujo, Fabíola Attié de Castro, Fabio Pittella-Silva
Background: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a clonal myeloproliferative neoplasm whose pathogenesis is linked to the Philadelphia chromosome presence that generates the BCR - ABL 1 fusion oncogene. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) such as imatinib mesylate (IM) dramatically improved the treatment efficiency and survival of CML patients by targeting BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase. The disease shows three distinct clinical-laboratory stages: chronic phase, accelerated phase and blast crisis...
2018: Cancer Cell International
Ikram Ullah, Govindasamy-Muralidharan Karthik, Amjad Alkodsi, Una Kjällquist, Gustav Stålhammar, John Lövrot, Nelson-Fuentes Martinez, Jens Lagergren, Sampsa Hautaniemi, Johan Hartman, Jonas Bergh
Metastatic breast cancers are still incurable. Characterizing the evolutionary landscape of these cancers, including the role of metastatic axillary lymph nodes (ALNs) in seeding distant organ metastasis, can provide a rational basis for effective treatments. Here, we have described the genomic analyses of the primary tumors and metastatic lesions from 99 samples obtained from 20 patients with breast cancer. Our evolutionary analyses revealed diverse spreading and seeding patterns that govern tumor progression...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Marc Schulte, Johannes Köster, Sven Rahmann, Alexander Schramm
The notion of cancer as a complex evolutionary system has been validated by in-depth molecular analyses of tumor progression over the last years. While a complex interplay of cell-autonomous programs and cell-cell interactions determines proliferation and differentiation during normal development, intrinsic and acquired plasticity of cancer cells allow for evasion of growth factor limitations, apoptotic signals, or attacks from the immune system. Treatment-induced molecular selection processes have been described by a number of studies already, but understanding of those events facilitating metastatic spread, organ-specific homing, and resistance to anoikis is still in its early days...
February 24, 2018: Cell and Tissue Research
Thomas Melchardt, Teresa Magnes, Clemens Hufnagl, Aaron R Thorner, Matthew Ducar, Daniel Neureiter, Wolfgang Tränkenschuh, Eckhard Klieser, Alexander Gaggl, Sebastian Rösch, Gerd Rasp, Tanja N Hartmann, Lisa Pleyer, Gabriel Rinnerthaler, Lukas Weiss, Richard Greil, Alexander Egle
BACKGROUND: Tumour heterogeneity and clonal evolution within a cancer patient are deemed responsible for relapse in malignancies and present challenges to the principles of targeted therapy, for which treatment modality is often decided based on the molecular pathology of the primary tumour. Nevertheless, the clonal architecture in distant relapse of head and neck cancer is fairly unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS: For this project, we analysed a cohort of 386 patients within the Austrian Registry of head and neck cancer...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
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
Pierre Martinez, Diego Mallo, Thomas G Paulson, Xiaohong Li, Carissa A Sanchez, Brian J Reid, Trevor A Graham, Mary K Kuhner, Carlo C Maley
The low risk of progression of Barrett's esophagus (BE) to esophageal adenocarcinoma can lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment of BE patients. This may be addressed through a better understanding of the dynamics surrounding BE malignant progression. Although genetic diversity has been characterized as a marker of malignant development, it is still unclear how BE arises and develops. Here we uncover the evolutionary dynamics of BE at crypt and biopsy levels in eight individuals, including four patients that experienced malignant progression...
February 23, 2018: Nature Communications
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