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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424162/pembrolizumab-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-with-richter-s-transformation-and-relapsed-cll
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Wei Ding, Betsy R LaPlant, Timothy G Call, Sameer A Parikh, Jose F Leis, Rong He, Tait D Shanafelt, Sutapa Sinha, Jennifer Le-Rademacher, Andrew L Feldman, Thomas M Habermann, Thomas E Witzig, Gregory A Wiseman, Yi Lin, Erik Asmus, Grzegorz S Nowakowski, Michael J Conte, Deborah A Bowen, Casey N Aitken, Daniel L Van Dyke, Patricia T Greipp, Xin Liu, Xiaosheng Wu, Henan Zhang, Charla R Secreto, Shulan Tian, Esteban Braggio, Linda E Wellik, Ivana Micallef, David S Viswanatha, Huihuang Yan, Asher A Chanan-Khan, Neil E Kay, Haidong Dong, Stephen M Ansell
CLL patients progressed early on ibrutinib often develop Richter's transformation (RT) with short survival about 4 months. Preclinical studies suggest that programmed death 1 (PD-1) pathway is critical to inhibit immune surveillance in CLL. This phase 2 study MC1485 (NCT02332980) was designed to test the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab, a humanized PD-1-blocking antibody, at a dose of 200 mg every 3 weeks in relapsed and transformed CLL. Twenty-five patients including 16 relapsed CLL and 9 RT (all proven diffuse large cell lymphoma) patients were enrolled and 60% received prior ibrutinib...
April 19, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423121/telomere-length-analysis-in-monoclonal-b-cell-lymphocytosis-and-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-binet-a
#2
F M Furtado, P S Scheucher, B A Santana, N F Scatena, R T Calado, E M Rego, D M Matos, R P Falcão
Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) is an asymptomatic clinical entity characterized by the proliferation of monoclonal B cells not meeting the diagnosis criteria for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). MBL may precede the development of CLL, but the molecular mechanisms responsible for disease progression and evolution are not completely known. Telomeres are usually short in CLL and their attrition may contribute to disease evolution. Here, we determined the telomere lengths of CD5+CD19+ cells in MBL, CLL, and healthy volunteers...
April 13, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416773/changes-in-t-cell-subpopulations-and-cytokine-network-during-early-period-of-ibrutinib-therapy-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients-the-significant-decrease-in-t-regulatory-cells-number
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Monika Podhorecka, Aneta Goracy, Agnieszka Szymczyk, Malgorzata Kowal, Blanca Ibanez, Olga Jankowska-Lecka, Arkadiusz Macheta, Aleksandra Nowaczynska, Elzbieta Drab-Urbanek, Sylwia Chocholska, Dariusz Jawniak, Marek Hus
B cell receptor (BCR) stimulation signal plays an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and kinase inhibitors directed toward the BCR pathway are now the promising anti-leukemic drugs. Ibrutinib, a Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor, demonstrates promising clinical activity in CLL. It is reported that ibrutinib, additionally to directly targeting leukemic cells, also inhibits the interactions of these cells with T cells, macrophages and accessory cells. Assessment of these mechanisms is important because of their non -direct anti-leukemic effects and to identify possible side effects connected with long-term drug administration...
March 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408436/cyclin-d1-overexpression-in-proliferation-centres-of-small-lymphocytic-lymphoma-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia
#4
Larissa Sena Teixeira Mendes, Natalie Peters, Ayoma D Attygalle, Andrew Wotherspoon
The recent publication reviewing the updated WHO classification commented on the presence of cyclin D1-positive cells in the proliferation centres (PC) of small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (SLL/CLL). The figure quoted was 30%, which appeared higher than our experience. To assess cyclin D1 expression in PC of SLL/CLL cases, we performed a review of SLL/CLL cases diagnosed at the Royal Marsden Hospital between 1996 and 2009. Of 105 SLL/CLL cases, 16.2% showed expression of cyclin D1 in PC with none carrying the translocation t(11;14)(q13;q32)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402581/akt-inhibitor-mk-2206-in-combination-with-bendamustine-and-rituximab-in-relapsed-or-refractory-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-results-from-the-n1087-alliance-study
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Jeremy T Larsen, Tait D Shanafelt, Jose F Leis, Betsy LaPlant, Tim Call, Adam Pettinger, Curtis Hanson, Charles Erlichman, Thomas Matthew Habermann, Craig Reeder, Daniel Nikcevich, Deborah Bowen, Michael Conte, Justin Boysen, Charla Secreto, Connie Lesnick, Renee Tschumper, Diane Jelinek, Neil E Kay, Wei Ding
Akt is a downstream target of B cell receptor signaling and is a central regulator of CLL cell survival. We aim to investigate the safety and efficacy of the Akt inhibitor MK-2206 in combination with bendamustine and rituximab (BR) in relapsed and/or refractory CLL in a phase I/II study. A standard phase I design was used with cohorts of three plus three patients to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of MK-2206 in combination with BR in relapsed CLL. Single-agent MK-2206 (weekly dosed) was administered one-week in advance before BR on cycle 1 and subsequently was given with BR at the same time for cycle 2-6...
April 12, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395442/-pd-1-pd-l1-expression-and-its-implications-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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J H Li, N N Pang, Z H Zhang, R Zhang, G Chen, J H Qu
Objective: To observe the expression levels of PD-1/PD-L1 costimulatory molecules and explore the clinical significance in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) . Methods: The expression of PD-1/PD-L1 in peripheral blood CD8(+) T cells, CD4(+)T cells, CD19(+)B, and dendrites cells (DC) was detected by flow cytometry in 57 CLL patients and 20 healthy controls. The correlations of PD-1/PD-L1 expression with disease stage, CD38 expression, ZAP-70 expression, chromosome karyotype abnormality and β(2)-MG expression were analyzed...
March 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368400/interferon-%C3%AE-is-a-stat1-dependent-direct-inducer-of-bcl6-expression-in-imatinib-treated-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-cells
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H S Madapura, N Nagy, D Ujvari, T Kallas, M C L Kröhnke, S Amu, M Björkholm, L Stenke, P K Mandal, J S McMurray, M Keszei, L S Westerberg, H Cheng, F Xue, G Klein, E Klein, D Salamon
B-cell CLL/lymphoma 6 (BCL6) exerts oncogenic effects in several human hematopoietic malignancies including chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), where BCL6 expression was shown to be essential for CML stem cell survival and self-renewal during imatinib mesylate (IM) treatment. As several lines of evidence suggest that interferon γ (IFNγ) production in CML patients might have a central role in the response to tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy, we analyzed if IFNγ modulates BCL6 expression in CML cells. Although separate IFNγ or IM treatment only slightly upregulated BCL6 expression, combined treatment induced remarkable BCL6 upregulation in CML lines and primary human CD34+ CML stem cells...
April 3, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347751/the-duality-of-macrophage-function-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia
#8
REVIEW
Y C E Chen, S Mapp, A Blumenthal, M L Burgess, R Mazzieri, S R Mattarollo, P Mollee, D Gill, N A Saunders
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is the most common adult leukaemia and, in some patients, is accompanied by resistance to both chemotherapeutics and immunotherapeutics. In this review we will discuss the role of tumour associated macrophages (TAMs) in promoting CLL cell survival and resistance to immunotherapeutics. In addition, we will discuss mechanisms by which TAMs suppress T-cell mediated antitumour responses. Thus, targeting macrophages could be used to i) reduce the leukaemic burden via the induction of T-cell-mediated antitumour responses, ii) to reduce pro-survival signalling and enhance response to conventional chemotherapeutics or iii) enhance the response to therapeutic antibodies in current clinical use...
March 24, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340951/epstein-barr-virus-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-related-to-rituximab-use-and-immunopathogenetic-insights
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Sotirios G Papageorgiou, Sotirios Tsiodras, Georgios Siakallis, Efthimia Bazani, Aris Spathis, Garyfalia Poulakou, Penelope Korkolopoulou, Ioannis Panayiotides, Vasiliki Pappa
Anti-CD20-based chemo-immunotherapeutic regimens have been suggested to assist in the management of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and EBV-associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (EBV-PTLD), by reducing EBV viral load and EBV-induced inflammation. Herein we report a fatal EBV-related HLH in the context of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL)-like Richter's transformation of B chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), two months after rituximab treatment. The complex balance between EBV driven T-cell stimulation and immunosuppressive therapy in the context of multiple immune deficits is discussed...
December 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324286/prolymphocytic-leukemia-new-insights-in-diagnosis-and-in-treatment
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REVIEW
Aude Collignon, Anne Wanquet, Elsa Maitre, Edouard Cornet, Xavier Troussard, Thérèse Aurran-Schleinitz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We aimed to produce a comprehensive update on clinical and biological data regarding two rare lymphoid neoplasms, B and T prolymphocytic leukemias, and assess therapeutic management in the light of new molecular insights and the advent of targeted therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: B cell prolymphocytic leukemia (B-PLL) diagnosis remains challenging in the absence of clear immunophenotypic or cytogenetic signature and overlap with mantle cell lymphoma...
April 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321119/notch1-mutated-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cells-are-characterized-by-a-myc-related-overexpression-of-nucleophosmin-1-and-ribosome-associated-components
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F Pozzo, T Bittolo, E Vendramini, R Bomben, P Bulian, F M Rossi, A Zucchetto, E Tissino, M Degan, G D'Arena, F Di Raimondo, F Zaja, G Pozzato, D Rossi, G Gaidano, G Del Poeta, V Gattei, M Dal Bo
In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the mechanisms controlling cell growth and proliferation in presence of NOTCH1 mutations remain largely unexplored. By performing a gene expression profile of NOTCH1 mutated (NOTCH1-mut) versus NOTCH1 wild type CLL, we identified a gene signature of NOTCH1-mut CLL characterized by upregulation of genes related to ribosome biogenesis, such as nucleophosmin1 (NPM1) and ribosomal proteins (RNPs). Activation of NOTCH1 signaling by EDTA or by co-culture with JAGGED1-expressing stromal cells increased NPM1 expression, and inhibition of NOTCH1 signaling by either NOTCH1-specific small interfering RNA (siRNA) or γ-secretase inhibitor reduced NPM1 expression...
March 21, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314854/common-nonmutational-notch1-activation-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Giulia Fabbri, Antony B Holmes, Mara Viganotti, Claudio Scuoppo, Laura Belver, Daniel Herranz, Xiao-Jie Yan, Yasmine Kieso, Davide Rossi, Gianluca Gaidano, Nicholas Chiorazzi, Adolfo A Ferrando, Riccardo Dalla-Favera
Activating mutations of NOTCH1 (a well-known oncogene in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia) are present in ∼4-13% of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cases, where they are associated with disease progression and chemorefractoriness. However, the specific role of NOTCH1 in leukemogenesis remains to be established. Here, we report that the active intracellular portion of NOTCH1 (ICN1) is detectable in ∼50% of peripheral blood CLL cases lacking gene mutations. We identify a "NOTCH1 gene-expression signature" in CLL cells, and show that this signature is significantly enriched in primary CLL cases expressing ICN1, independent of NOTCH1 mutation...
April 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314441/erratum-to-higher-t-cell-imbalance-and-growth-factor-receptor-expression-in-b-cell-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-b-cll-as-compared-to-monoclonal-b-cell-lymphocytosis-of-undetermined-significance-b-mlus-leukemia-res-13-1-1989-31-37
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C Garcia, A Rosén, E Kimby, M Aguilar-Santelises, M Jondal, M Björkhilm, G Holm, H Mellstedt
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March 14, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306177/frequency-and-functional-characterization-of-exhausted-cd8-t-cells-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Saeid Taghiloo, Esmaeil Allahmoradi, Mohsen Tehrani, Hadi Hossein-Nataj, Ramin Shekarriz, Ghasem Janbabaei, Saeid Abediankenari, Hossein Asgarian-Omran
OBJECTIVES: The phenotypic and functional properties of Tim-3(+) /PD-1(+) /CD8(+) cells as exhausted T cells were investigated in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHODS: Frequency of CD8(+) /Tim-3(+) /PD-1(+) exhausted cells was determined by flow cytometry. For functional analysis, magnetic beads-isolated CD8(+) T cells were stimulated with PHA and PMA/ionocymin to assess their proliferative responses and cytokine production by MTT and ELISA, respectively...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302939/concurrent-with-t-zone-lymphoma-and-high-grade-gastrointestinal-cytotoxic-t-cell-lymphoma-in-a-dog
#15
Akihisa Suwa, Tetsuya Shimoda
A 9-year-old, spayed female Golden Retriever dog was referred to us for lymphocytosis and lymphadenopathy, secondary to suspected chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The dog had a clinical history of anorexia, vomiting and melena lasting two days. The popliteal lymph node contained small-to-intermediate lymphocytes, which led us to suspect low-grade lymphoma. Thickened lesions in the stomach and small intestine were detected by ultrasonography. Histopathology of the popliteal lymph node and small intestine revealed a simultaneous presence of T-zone lymphoma (TZL) and high-grade gastrointestinal (GI) cytotoxic T-cell lymphoma...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295181/long-term-follow-up-of-patients-receiving-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant-for-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-mixed-t-cell-chimerism-is-associated-with-high-relapse-risk-and-inferior-survival
#16
Philip A Thompson, Francesco Stingo, Michael J Keating, William G Wierda, Susan M O'Brien, Zeev Estrov, Celina Ledesma, Katayoun Rezvani, Muzaffar Qazilbash, Nina Shah, Simrit Parmar, Uday Popat, Paolo Anderlini, Nieto Yago, Stefan O Ciurea, Partow Kebriaei, Richard Champlin, Elizabeth J Shpall, Chitra M Hosing
There is limited information regarding the immunological predictors of post-allogeneic stem cell transplant (alloSCT) outcome in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), such as mixed T-cell chimerism. We analysed 143 consecutive patients with relapsed/refractory CLL, transplanted between 2000 and 2012, to determine the prognostic relevance of mixed chimerism post-alloSCT and the ability of post-transplant immunomodulation to treat relapse. Mixed T-cell chimerism occurred in 50% of patients at 3 months and 43% at 6 months post-alloSCT; upon 3- and 6-month landmark analysis, this was associated with inferior progression-free survival (PFS) [Hazard ratio (HR) 1·93, P = 0·003 and HR 2·58, P < 0·001] and survival (HR 1·66, P = 0·05 and HR 2·17, P < 0·001), independent of baseline patient characteristics, and a lower rate of grade II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GHVD) (16% vs...
March 14, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282218/immunotoxins-in-cancer-therapy-review-and-update
#17
Bahman Akbari, Safar Farajnia, Shiva Ahdi Khosroshahi, Fatemeh Safari, Mohammadreza Yousefi, Hassan Dariushnejad, Leila Rahbarnia
Immunotoxins are a novel class of cancer therapeutics that contains a cytotoxic agent fused to a targeting moiety. Various toxic agents from different sources are used in immunotoxin development, including bacterial, plant and human origin cytotoxic elements. Although bacterial and plant-derived toxins are highly toxic and commonly used in immunotoxins, their immunogenicity for human restricted their application in cancer therapy. Here, we discuss the advantages and limitations of bacterial toxins such as Pseudomonas and Diphtheria toxins, plant toxins such as ricin and gelonin, and some endogenous protein of human origin such as RNases and Granzymes...
March 1, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257957/the-cancer-immunity-cycle-as-rational-design-for-synthetic-cancer-drugs-novel-dc-vaccines-and-car-t-cells
#18
REVIEW
Mohanraj Ramachandran, Anna Dimberg, Magnus Essand
Cell therapy is an advanced form of cancer immunotherapy that has had remarkable clinical progress in the past decade in the search for cure of cancer. Most success has been achieved for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells where CAR T-cells targeting CD19 show very high complete response rates for patients with refractory acute B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and are close to approval for this indication. CD19 CAR T-cells are also effective against B-cell chronic lymphoblastic leukemia (CLL) and B-cell lymphomas...
February 28, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257435/idelalisib-and-caffeine-reduce-suppression-of-t-cell-responses-mediated-by-activated-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cells
#19
Barry D Hock, Sean A MacPherson, Judith L McKenzie
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is associated with T cell dysfunction. Activated CLL cells are found within the lymphoid tumor micro-environment and overcoming immuno-suppression induced by these cells may improve anti-CLL immune responses. However, the mechanisms by which activated CLL cells inhibit T cell responses, and reagents targeting such mechanisms have not been identified. Here we demonstrate that the ability of in vitro activated CLL cells to suppress T cell proliferation is not reversed by the presence of ecto-nuclease inhibitors or blockade of IL-10, PD-1 and CTLA-4 pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220479/a-phase-1-2-trial-of-ublituximab-a-novel-anti-cd20-monoclonal-antibody-in-patients-with-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-or-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-previously-exposed-to-rituximab
#20
Ahmed Sawas, Charles M Farber, Marshall T Schreeder, Mazen Y Khalil, Daruka Mahadevan, Changchun Deng, Jennifer E Amengual, Petros G Nikolinakos, Jill M Kolesar, John G Kuhn, Peter Sportelli, Hari P Miskin, Owen A O'Connor
This phase 1/2 study evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetic behavior and anti-tumour activity of ublituximab, a unique type I, chimeric, glycoengineered anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, in rituximab-relapsed or -refractory patients with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) or chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Induction therapy (doses of 450-1200 mg) consisted of 4 weekly infusions in cycle 1 for NHL and 3 weekly infusions in cycles 1 and 2 for CLL. Patients received ublituximab maintenance monthly during cycles 3-5, then once every 3 months for up to 2 years...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
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