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Plasma cell leukemia

Sung-Eun Lee, Ji Yoon Lee, A-Reum Han, Hee-Sun Hwang, Woo-Sung Min, Hee-Je Kim
Although vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) is known to be expressed in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) blasts, the relevance of VEGF-C in the clinical setting remains to be fully explored. We examined the effect of VEGF-C on achievement of complete remission (CR) in adult de novo AML and immune cell population profiles according to VEGF-C mRNA expression. In comparison of VEGF-C expression between the no-CR and CR groups, the CR group showed a trend toward higher levels of plasma VEGF-C (P = .088), whereas mRNA expression of VEGF-C was downregulated (P = ...
March 12, 2018: Translational Oncology
Eirini Katodritou, Evangelos Terpos, Sossana Delimpasi, Maria Kotsopoulou, Eurydiki Michalis, Chrysanthi Vadikolia, Marie-Christine Kyrtsonis, Argiris Symeonidis, Nikolaos Giannakoulas, Chrissa Vadikolia, Michalis Michael, Christina Kalpadakis, Theodora Gougopoulou, Chrystalla Prokopiou, Georgia Kaiafa, Dimitrios Christoulas, Maria Gavriatopoulou, Evlampia Giannopoulou, Vasiliki Labropoulou, Evgenia Verrou, Efstathios Kastritis, Pavlina Konstantinidou, Achilles Anagnostopoulos, Meletios A Dimopoulos
We have studied the efficacy and the prognostic impact of novel agents in 50 primary plasma cell leukemia (pPCL) patients registered in our database. Eighty percent of patients were treated upfront with novel agent-based combinations; 40% underwent autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Objective response rate was 76; 38% achieved at least very good partial response (≥vgPR) and this correlated significantly with bortezomib-based therapy plus ASCT. At the time of evaluation, 40 patients had died. Early mortality rate (≤1 month) was 6%...
March 9, 2018: Blood Cancer Journal
Jerry L Spivak
Polycythemia vera (PV) is the most common myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN), the ultimate phenotype of the JAK2 V1617F mutation, the MPN with the highest incidence of thromboembolic complications, which usually occur early in the course of the disease, and the only MPN in which erythrocytosis occurs. The classical presentation of PV is characterized by erythrocytosis, leukocytosis, and thrombocytosis, often with splenomegaly and occasionally with myelofibrosis, but it can also present as isolated erythrocytosis with or without splenomegaly, isolated thrombocytosis or isolated leukocytosis, or any combination of these...
March 7, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Caroline Holm Nørgaard, Lasse Hjort Jakobsen, Andrew J Gentles, Karen Dybkær, Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, Julie Støve Bødker, Alexander Schmitz, Preben Johansen, Tobias Herold, Karsten Spiekermann, Jennifer R Brown, Josephine L Klitgaard, Hans Erik Johnsen, Martin Bøgsted
Diagnostic and prognostic evaluation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) involves blood cell counts, immunophenotyping, IgVH mutation status, and cytogenetic analyses. We generated B-cell associated gene-signatures (BAGS) based on six naturally occurring B-cell subsets within normal bone marrow. Our hypothesis is that by segregating CLL according to BAGS, we can identify subtypes with prognostic implications in support of pathogenetic value of BAGS. Microarray-based gene-expression samples from eight independent CLL cohorts (1,024 untreated patients) were BAGS-stratified into pre-BI, pre-BII, immature, naïve, memory, or plasma cell subtypes; the majority falling within the memory (24...
2018: PloS One
Hai-Yan Peng, Hua-Ping Li, Ming-Qing Li
Recent studies have revealed considerable dysfunction of vascular endothelial cells (VECs) and abnormal expression of microRNA (miR)-137 in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and the aim of this study was to clarify the underlying mechanism and possible role of microRNA (miR)-137 in dysfunction of VECs during GDM. We found increased levels of miR-137 in the plasma of GDM women and high-glucose (HG)-exposed HUVECs. Upregulating miR-137 in HUVECs elevated the chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) secretion and enhanced the chemotaxis and adhesion of U937 and THP-1 (two human acute monocytic leukemia cell lines) cells to HUVECs in a co-culture system...
March 2, 2018: Microvascular Research
Eric Sanchez, Edward J Tanenbaum, Saurabh Patil, Mingjie Li, Camilia M Soof, Aleksandra Vidisheva, Gabriel N Waterman, Tara Hekmati, George Tang, Cathy S Wang, Haiming Chen, James Berenson
B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) is a cell membrane bound tumor necrosis factor receptor family member that is expressed exclusively on late stage normal and malignant B-cells and plasma cells. Addition of two of its ligands, B-cell activating factor and a proliferation inducting ligand, to normal B-cells cause B-cell proliferation and antibody production. Serum BCMA is elevated among patients with multiple myeloma (MM) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and is a prognostic and monitoring tool for these patients...
March 7, 2018: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Chezi Ganzel, Ory Rouvio, Irit Avivi, Hila Magen, Osnat Jarchowsky, Katrin Herzog, Yossi Cohen, Tamar Tadmor, Netanel Horwitz, Merav Leiba, Arnon Nagler, Yael Cohen, Shlomo Bulvik, Aaron Polliack, Jacob M Rowe, Moshe E Gatt
Primary plasma cell leukemia (PPCL) is a rare form of multiple myeloma with a dismal prognosis. This retrospective multi-center study examines the national experience of PPCL in the era of novel agents. During 2002-2016, thirty-nine patients with PPCL were identified in 11 Israeli centers. One-fifth of them died in the first 2 months after diagnosis. The overall survival (OS) of those who survived the first 3 months was 22.5 months. About 70% of patients received at least one type of immunomodulatory drug (IMiD) and similarly proteasome inhibitor (PI) during treatment...
March 1, 2018: Leukemia Research
Noriyoshi Iriyama, Hiromichi Takahashi, Katsuhiro Miura, Yoshihito Uchino, Masaru Nakagawa, Yoshihiro Hatta, Masami Takei
We investigated the effects of dasatinib on natural killer (NK) cell-induced signaling protein and perforin expression as well as plasma cytokine levels by analyzing blood samples from patients with well-controlled chronic myeloid leukemia receiving tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. Perforin expression and phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 1, STAT3, Janus kinase (JAK) 1, and JAK2 in NK cells were evaluated by flow cytometry, and the levels of plasma cytokines, including interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-2, were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays in 40 patients (dasatinib, n = 23; imatinib, n = 11; and nilotinib, n = 6)...
February 24, 2018: Leukemia Research
Sandeep R Kunati, Shuming Yang, David Wald, Yan Xu
GS87 is a novel, highly specific GSK3 inhibitor, which has shown to induce extensive differentiation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells in early mouse studies and has great potential for therapeutic advancement. This work described the development and validation of an LC-MS/MS method for quantitative determination of GS87 in mouse plasma. In this method, GS87 and T6447952 (a structural analog used as internal standard) were extracted from plasma using hexane as extraction solvent, and separated isocratically on a Waters XTerra® MS C8 column (2...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Mariangeles Auat, Chandra Chiappin Cardoso, Iris Mattos Santos-Pirath, Renata Cristina Messores Rudolf-Oliveira, Camila Matiollo, Bárbara Gil Lange, Jessica Pires da Silva, Gisele Cristina Dametto, Mayara Marin Pirolli, Maria Daniela Holthausen Perico Colombo, Maria Claudia Santos-Silva
BACKGROUND: Flow cytometric immunophenotyping is deemed a fundamental tool for the diagnosis of B-cell neoplasms. Currently, the investigation of novel immunophenotypic markers has gained importance, as they can assist in the precise subclassification of B-cell malignancies by flow cytometry. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to evaluate the expression of CD307a during normal B-cell maturation and in B-cell malignancies as well as to investigate its potential role in the differential diagnosis of these entities...
February 24, 2018: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Lauriane Goldwirt, Kevin Beccaria, Alain Ple, Hélène Sauvageon, Samia Mourah
PURPOSE: Central nervous system (CNS) dissemination occurs in 4.1% of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) patients and clinically significant CNS involvement in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients reaches 4%. Ibrutinib, an orally administered Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, has shown substantial activity in CLL or MCL patients with CNS localization, and in primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL). The drug efficacy to treat primary or secondary CNS impairments relies on its brain distribution through the blood-brain barrier (BBB), the aim of the present work was to study the brain distribution of ibrutinib using an in vivo mice model...
February 23, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Sarah K Tasian, Martin Bornhäuser, Sergio Rutella
Abst ract: The bone marrow (BM) niche encompasses multiple cells of mesenchymal and hematopoietic origin and represents a unique microenvironment that is poised to maintain hematopoietic stem cells. In addition to its role as a primary lymphoid organ through the support of lymphoid development, the BM hosts various mature lymphoid cell types, including naïve T cells, memory T cells and plasma cells, as well as mature myeloid elements such as monocyte/macrophages and neutrophils, all of which are crucially important to control leukemia initiation and progression...
February 21, 2018: Biomedicines
Elda E Sánchez, Roschman González, Sara Lucena, Stefanie García, Héctor J Finol, Montamas Suntravat, María E Girón, Irma Fernández, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta
Crotamine is a cationic, non-enzymatic, protein integrating a minor family of myotoxins, composed of 42 amino acid residues, described in Viperidae and Crotalidae snake's families that has been used in neuroscience research, drug progressing and molecular diversity reports. Crotamine-like protein (CLP) from C.o.helleri venom was isolated in fraction 5 from 7 peaks obtained by sulfopropyl waters protein pak cationic exchange column. In tricine-SDS-PAGE under non-reduced conditions this CLP showed a single band of ~8 kDa molecular weight...
March 2018: Ultrastructural Pathology
Lei Kang, Dawei Jiang, Christopher G England, Todd E Barnhart, Bo Yu, Zachary T Rosenkrans, Rongfu Wang, Jonathan W Engle, Xiaojie Xu, Peng Huang, Weibo Cai
PURPOSE: CD38 is considered a potential biomarker for multiple myeloma (MM) and has shown a strong link with chronic lymphocytic leukemia due to high and uniform expression on plasma cells. In vivo evaluation of CD38 expression may provide useful information about lesion detection and prognosis of treatment in MM. In this study, immunoPET imaging with89 Zr-labeled daratumumab was used for differentiation of CD38 expression in murine lymphoma models to provide a potential non-invasive method for monitoring CD38 in the clinic...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Ben Oliveira, Michael Sheaff, Mark Blunden
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February 1, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Stephanie Grainger, David Traver, Karl Willert
Leukemia and lymphoma are a wide encompassing term for a diverse set of blood malignancies that affect people of all ages and result in approximately 23,000 deaths in the United States per year (Siegel RL, Miller KD, Jemal A. Cancer statistics, 2016. CA Cancer J Clin. 2016;66(1):7-30.). Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are tissue-specific stem cells at the apex of the hierarchy that gives rise to all of the terminally differentiated blood cells, through progressively restricted progenitor populations, a process that is known to be Wnt-responsive...
January 2018: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
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December 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Jeremy Forsberg, Xinge Li, Birce Akpinar, Roger Salvatori, Martin Ott, Boris Zhivotovsky, Magnus Olsson
Despite recent achievements implicating caspase-2 in tumor suppression, the enzyme stands out from the apoptotic caspase family as a factor whose function requires further clarification. To specify enzyme characteristics through the definition of interacting proteins in apoptotic or non-apoptotic settings, a yeast 2-hybrid (Y2H) screen was performed using the full-length protein as bait. The current report describes the analysis of a captured prey and putative novel caspase-2 interacting factor, the regulatory factor X-associated ankyrin-containing protein (RFXANK), previously associated with CIITA, the transactivator regulating cell-type specificity and inducibility of MHC class II gene expression...
January 23, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Fang Zhu, Lindsay McCaw, David E Spaner, Reginald M Gorczynski
The tumor microenvironment (TME) is critical to the longevity of tumor B cells in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) and the cytokines they produce including IL-6 are important components of the TME in CLL. We found BMMSCs supported the survival of CLL cells in vitro through an IL-6 dependent mechanism. IL-17 which induces IL-6 generation in a variety of cells increased production of IL-6 both in CLL cells and BMMSCs in vitro. In a xenograft CLL mouse model, BMMSCs and the culture supernatant of BMMSCs increased engraftment of CLL cells through an IL-6 mediated mechanism with human recombinant IL-6 showing similar effects in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Leukemia Research
Yan Jia, Chen Zhang, Mingqiang Hua, Min Wang, Ping Chen, Daoxin Ma
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a hematological malignancy in which the immune response serves a pivotal role in progression. Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is involved in the modulation of the immune system, particularly in the differentiation of T-helper cell (Th) subsets. Although the NLR family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome has been implicated as essential in the pathogenesis of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, the role it serves in the development of AML remains unknown. Therefore, in order to identify and describe the possible roles of AHR, as well as NLRP3 inflammasome, in the pathogenesis of AML and their relationship with Th subsets (Th1 Th22), the present study investigated the mRNA expression levels of AHR and NLRP3 inflammasome molecules in the peripheral blood and bone marrow...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
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