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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923799/steinmaus-and-smith-respond-to-proximity-to-gasoline-stations-and-childhood-leukemia
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Craig Steinmaus, Martyn T Smith
Benzene is an established cause of adult leukemia, but its role in childhood leukemia is less clear. In a recent meta-analysis, we identified associations of childhood leukemia with occupational and household product benzene exposure and traffic-related pollution. Residential proximity to gasoline stations or automobile repair facilities may be another source of benzene, and in 3 studies assessing these sources, we identified a summary relative risk of 1.59 (95% confidence interval: 0.70, 3.62). Although not statistically significant, this summary relative risk was of a magnitude similar to that of our other positive findings...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923798/residential-proximity-to-gasoline-stations-and-risk-of-childhood-leukemia
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Peter F Infante
Significant elevations in the risk of childhood leukemia have been associated with environmental exposure to gasoline; aromatic hydrocarbons from refinery pollution, petroleum waste sites, and mobile sources (automobile exhaust); paints, paint products, and thinners; and secondary cigarette smoke in the home. These higher risks have also been associated with parental exposure to benzene, gasoline, motor vehicle-related jobs, painting, and rubber solvents. These exposures and jobs have 1 common chemical exposure-benzene, a recognized cause of acute leukemia in adults-and raise the question of whether children represent a subpopulation in which a higher risk of leukemia is associated with very low level exposure to environmental benzene...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922922/a-sleep-hygiene-and-relaxation-intervention-for-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sue Zupanec, Heather Jones, Lyndsey McRae, Efrosini Papaconstantinou, Julie Weston, Robyn Stremler
BACKGROUND: Sleep disturbance and fatigue are common and distressing pediatric cancer-related outcomes. Sleep hygiene education and relaxation techniques are recommended to improve sleep in healthy children and adult cancer survivors. No studies have tested these interventions to improve sleep and fatigue for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the home setting. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to establish the feasibility and acceptability of a sleep hygiene and relaxation intervention to improve sleep and fatigue for children receiving maintenance chemotherapy for ALL...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917589/the-petale-study-late-adverse-effects-and-biomarkers-in-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-survivors
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Sophie Marcoux, Simon Drouin, Caroline Laverdière, Nathalie Alos, Gregor U Andelfinger, Laurence Bertout, Daniel Curnier, Matthias G Friedrich, Ekaterini A Kritikou, Geneviève Lefebvre, Emile Levy, Sarah Lippé, Valérie Marcil, Marie-Josée Raboisson, Frank Rauch, Philippe Robaey, Mariia Samoilenko, Chantal Séguin, Serge Sultan, Maja Krajinovic, Daniel Sinnett
BACKGROUND: Childhood cancer survivorship issues represent an established public health challenge. Most late adverse effects (LAEs) have been demonstrated to be time and treatment dependent. The PETALE study is a multidisciplinary research project aiming to comprehensively characterize LAEs and identify associated predictive biomarkers in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (cALL) survivors. METHODS: cALL survivors treated at Sainte-Justine University Health Center with Dana-Farber Cancer Institution-ALL protocols 87-01 through 2005-01 were eligible...
December 4, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913534/myelodysplastic-and-myeloproliferative-disorders-of-childhood
#5
Henrik Hasle
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and myeloproliferative disorders are rare in children; they are divided into low-grade MDS (refractory cytopenia of childhood [RCC]), advanced MDS (refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation), and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), each with different characteristics and management strategies. Underlying genetic predisposition is recognized in an increasing number of patients. Germ line GATA2 mutation is found in 70% of adolescents with MDS and monosomy 7. It is challenging to distinguish RCC from aplastic anemia, inherited bone marrow failure, and reactive conditions...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907849/association-between-dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate-and-attention-in-long-term-survivors-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-treated-with-only-chemotherapy
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Yin Ting Cheung, Wassim Chemaitilly, Daniel A Mulrooney, Tara M Brinkman, Wei Liu, Pia Banerjee, Deokumar Srivastava, Ching-Hon Pui, Leslie L Robison, Melissa M Hudson, Kevin R Krull
Long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at risk for neurocognitive impairment, as well as compromised hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) function. Dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS) is an adrenal androgen commonly used as a marker of HPA function. In the general population, a low level of DHEAS has been associated with poorer cognition. At ≥2years post-treatment, we examined the association of DHEAS with attention outcomes in 35 male and 34 female long-term survivors of childhood ALL (mean[standard deviation] age at evaluation 14...
November 16, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906794/health-related-quality-of-life-hr-qol-and-chronic-health-conditions-in-survivors-of-childhood-acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml-with-down-syndrome-ds-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Kris Ann P Schultz, Lu Chen, Alicia Kunin-Batson, Zhengjia Chen, William G Woods, Alan Gamis, Toana Kawashima, Kevin C Oeffinger, H Stacy Nicholson, Joseph P Neglia
Survival rates for children with Down syndrome (DS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are high; however, little is known regarding the health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) of these survivors. Individuals who survived ≥5 years following diagnosis of childhood AML were invited to complete parent or patient-report surveys measuring HR-QOL and chronic health conditions. In total, 26 individuals with DS had a median age at diagnosis of 1.8 years (range, 0.77 to 10.9 y) and median age at interview of 15 years (range, 8...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903646/whole-transcriptome-sequencing-identified-a-distinct-subtype-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-with-predominant-genomic-abnormalities-of-ep300-and-crebbp
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Maoxiang Qian, Hui Zhang, Shirley Kow-Yin Kham, Shuguang Liu, Chuang Jiang, Xujie Zhao, Yi Lu, Charnise Goodings, Ting-Nien Lin, Ranran Zhang, Takaya Moriyama, Zhaohong Yin, Zhenhua Li, Thuan Chong Quah, Hany Ariffin, Ah Moy Tan, Shuhong Shen, Deepa Bhojwani, Shaoyan Hu, Suning Chen, Huyong Zheng, Ching-Hon Pui, Allen Eng-Juh Yeoh, Jun J Yang
Chromosomal translocations are a genomic hallmark of many hematologic malignancies. Often as initiating events, these structural abnormalities result in fusion proteins involving transcription factors important for hematopoietic differentiation and/or signaling molecules regulating cell proliferation and cell cycle. In contrast, epigenetic regulator genes are more frequently targeted by somatic sequence mutations, possibly as secondary events to further potentiate leukemogenesis. Through comprehensive whole transcriptome sequencing of 231 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), we identified 58 putative functional and predominant fusion genes in 54...
November 30, 2016: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902457/tfdp3-confers-chemoresistance-in-minimal-residual-disease-within-childhood-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#9
Ming Chu, Kailin Yin, Yujun Dong, Pingzhang Wang, Yun Xue, Peng Zhou, Yuqi Wang, Yuedan Wang
Acquired drug resistance in childhood T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) remains a significant clinical problem. In this study, a novel gene therapy target for childhood T-ALL to overcome chemoresistance was discovered: TFDP3 increased in the minimal residual disease (MRD) positive childhood T-ALL patients. Then, we established a preclinical model of resistance to induction therapy to examine the functional relevance of TFDP3 to chemoresistance in MRD derived from Jurkat/E6-1. Jurkat xenografts in NOD/SCID mice were exposed to a four drug combination (VXLD) of vincristine (VCR), dexamethasone (DEX), L-asparaginase (L-asp) and daunorubicin (DNR)...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899802/genomic-and-transcriptional-landscape-of-p2ry8-crlf2-positive-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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C Vesely, C Frech, C Eckert, G Cario, A Mecklenbräuker, U Zur Stadt, K Nebral, F Kraler, S Fischer, A Attarbaschi, M Schuster, C Bock, H Cavé, A von Stackelberg, M Schrappe, M A Horstmann, G Mann, O A Haas, R Panzer-Grümayer
Children with P2RY8-CRLF2-positive ALL have an increased relapse risk. Their mutational and transcriptional landscape as well as the respective patterns at relapse remains largely elusive. We therefore performed an integrated analysis of whole-exome and RNA-sequencing in 41 major clone fusion-positive cases including 19 matched diagnosis/relapse pairs. We detected a variety of frequently subclonal and highly instable JAK/STAT but also RTK/Ras pathway activating mutations in 76% of cases at diagnosis and virtually all relapses...
November 30, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889691/development-of-a-culturally-competent-service-to-improve-academic-functioning-for-latino-survivors-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-methodological-considerations
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Laura Bava, Alexis Johns, David R Freyer, Kathleen Ruccione
Many survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) develop neurocognitive deficits that compromise academic functioning, especially in the presence of sociodemographic risk factors. The extent to which these risk factors coexist for Latino ALL survivors is not well described, but with shifts in U.S. demographics and improved survival in ALL, culturally competent interventions are needed. The Achieving Best Cognitive Successes after Cancer service was designed and implemented by a team representing nursing, medicine, psychology, and social work...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889551/endothelial-dysfunction-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-survivors
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Paola Giordano, Paola Muggeo, Maurizio Delvecchio, Santa Carbonara, Alberto Romano, Maria Altomare, Gabriella Ricci, Federica Valente, Annapaola Zito, Pietro Scicchitano, Luciano Cavallo, Marco Matteo Ciccone, Nicola Santoro, Maria Felicia Faienza
BACKGROUND: Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survivors have increased risk of obesity, metabolic alterations and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Vascular endothelial function has been studied in adult cancers. Limited data exist regarding CVD risk factors among childhood ALL survivors. We aimed to assess endothelial function, metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors in young survivors of childhood ALL. METHODS: Auxological parameters, blood pressure, glucose, lipid profile, hemostatic markers (total adiponectin and high-molecular-weight subfraction, endothelin-1, von Willebrand factor antigen, thrombin-antithrombin complex, D-dimers, fibrinogen), high sensitive C-reactive protein and ultrasound parameters of endothelial function (flow-mediated dilation-FMD, common carotid intima-media thickness-C-IMT, and antero-posterior diameter of infra-renal abdominal aorta-APAO) were assessed in 52 ALL survivors and 34 sex and age-matched controls...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886674/pri-mir-34b-c-rs4938723-polymorphism-is-associated-with-the-risk-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Mohammad Hashemi, Gholamreza Bahari, Majid Naderi, Simin Sadeghi-Bojd, Mohsen Taheri
MicroRNAs (miRNAs), small noncoding regulatory RNAs, are key regulators of gene expression. The impact of Pri-miR-34b/c rs4938723 variant on development of various cancers is still controversial. In the present study, we examined whether a rs4938723 variant located at the promoter region of Pri-miR-34b/c is associated with childhood ALL. A total of 110 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and 120 healthy children were recruited to participate in this study. The rs4938723 variant was genotyped by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method...
November 2016: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885548/health-related-quality-of-life-in-long-term-survivors-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-childhood-and-adolescence
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T Nayiager, L Anderson, A Cranston, U Athale, R D Barr
PURPOSE: Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the commonest form of cancer in this age group, suffer considerable morbidity during treatment, with the majority returning to good health soon after therapy has been completed, as reflected in health-related quality of life (HRQL). However, survivors are at risk of many adverse health outcomes later, including obesity, measured by body mass index (BMI), that is compounded by limited physical activity. This study examined the HRQL of long-term survivors of ALL and its relationship to BMI and physical activity...
November 24, 2016: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879203/fetal-and-neonatal-hematopoietic-progenitors-are-functionally-and-transcriptionally-resistant-to-flt3-itd-mutations
#15
Shaina N Porter, Andrew S Cluster, Wei Yang, Kelsey A Busken, Riddhi M Patel, Jiyeon A Ryoo, Jeffrey A Magee
The FLT3 Internal Tandem Duplication (FLT3(ITD)) mutation is common in adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) but rare in early childhood AML. It is not clear why this difference occurs. Here we show that Flt3(ITD) and cooperating Flt3(ITD)/Runx1 mutations cause hematopoietic stem cell depletion and myeloid progenitor expansion during adult but not fetal stages of murine development. In adult progenitors, FLT3(ITD) simultaneously induces self-renewal and myeloid commitment programs via STAT5-dependent and STAT5-independent mechanisms, respectively...
November 23, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875952/in-vitro-sensitivity-profiling-of-neuroblastoma-cells-against-a-comprehensive-small-molecule-kinase-inhibitor-library-to-identify-agents-for-future-therapeutic-studies
#16
Anjali Singh, Vanessa Meier-Stephenson, Aarthi Jayanthan, Aru Narendran
Solid tumors represent one of the most widespread causes of death in children across the world. Neuroblastoma (NB) constitutes about 8% of all childhood tumors, yet accounts for more than 15% of death, with an unacceptable overall survival rate. Despite the current multimodal therapeutic approaches involving surgery, radiation, chemotherapy with myeloablative therapy and hematopoietic stem cell rescue, there is growing realization of the limitations of conventional agents to improve the outcome in high risk metastatic disease...
November 22, 2016: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871274/chemotherapy-curable-malignancies-and-cancer-stem-cells-a-biological-review-and-hypothesis
#17
Philip Savage
BACKGROUND: Cytotoxic chemotherapy brings routine cures to only a small select group of metastatic malignancies comprising gestational trophoblast tumours, germ cell tumours, acute leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, high grade lymphomas and some of the rare childhood malignancies. We have previously postulated that the extreme sensitivity to chemotherapy for these malignancies is linked to the on-going high levels of apoptotic sensitivity that is naturally linked with the unique genetic events of nuclear fusion, meiosis, VDJ recombination, somatic hypermutation, and gastrulation that have occurred within the cells of origin of these malignancies...
November 21, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870639/molecular-pathway-activation-features-of-pediatric-acute-myeloid-leukemia-aml-and-acute-lymphoblast-leukemia-all-cells
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Ivan Petrov, Maria Suntsova, Olga Mutorova, Maxim Sorokin, Andrew Garazha, Elena Ilnitskaya, Pavel Spirin, Sergey Larin, Olga Kovalchuk, Vladimir Prassolov, Alex Zhavoronkov, Alexander Roumiantsev, Anton Buzdin
Acute lymphoblast leukemia (ALL) is characterized by overproduction of immature white blood cells in the bone marrow. ALL is most common in the childhood and has high (>80%) cure rate. In contrast, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has far greater mortality rate than the ALL and is most commonly affecting older adults. However, AML is a leading cause of childhood cancer mortality. In this study, we compare gene expression and molecular pathway activation patterns in three normal blood, seven pediatric ALL and seven pediatric AML bone marrow samples...
November 19, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870571/high-frequency-and-poor-outcome-of-philadelphia-chromosome-like-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-adults
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Kathryn G Roberts, Zhaohui Gu, Debbie Payne-Turner, Kelly McCastlain, Richard C Harvey, I-Ming Chen, Deqing Pei, Ilaria Iacobucci, Marcus Valentine, Stanley B Pounds, Lei Shi, Yongjin Li, Jinghui Zhang, Cheng Cheng, Alessandro Rambaldi, Manuela Tosi, Orietta Spinelli, Jerald P Radich, Mark D Minden, Jacob M Rowe, Selina Luger, Mark R Litzow, Martin S Tallman, Peter H Wiernik, Ravi Bhatia, Ibrahim Aldoss, Jessica Kohlschmidt, Krzysztof Mrózek, Guido Marcucci, Clara D Bloomfield, Wendy Stock, Stephen Kornblau, Hagop M Kantarjian, Marina Konopleva, Elisabeth Paietta, Cheryl L Willman, Charles G Mullighan
Purpose Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) -like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a high-risk subtype of childhood ALL characterized by kinase-activating alterations that are amenable to treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. We sought to define the prevalence and genomic landscape of Ph-like ALL in adults and assess response to conventional chemotherapy. Patients and Methods The frequency of Ph-like ALL was assessed by gene expression profiling of 798 patients with B-cell ALL age 21 to 86 years. Event-free survival and overall survival were determined for Ph-like ALL versus non-Ph-like ALL patients...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870151/ph-like-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-with-a-novel-pax5-kidins220-fusion-transcript
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Kenichi Sakamoto, Toshihiko Imamura, Takuyo Kanayama, Mio Yano, Daisuke Asai, Takao Deguchi, Yoshiko Hashii, Akihiko Tanizawa, Yusei Ohshima, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Keizo Horibe, Atsushi Sato
Although "paired box 5" (PAX5)-related fusion genes are well documented in childhood B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), these types of fusion with the exception of PAX5-JAK2 are rarely seen in patients with gene expression profiles similar to those of BCR-ABL1 (Philadelphia)-positive ALL (Ph-like ALL). We report a novel fusion of the genes PAX5 and "kinase D-interacting substrate of 220 kDa" (KIDINS220, also known as ARMS) in a Ph-like ALL. As PAX5 is a master regulator of B-lymphocyte differentiation, PAX5 rearrangements induce a differentiation block in B lymphocytes...
November 7, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
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