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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646646/antileukemic-activity-and-cellular-effects-of-the-antimalarial-agent-artesunate-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#1
Bijender Kumar, Arjun Kalvala, Su Chu, Steven Rosen, Stephen J Forman, Guido Marcucci, Ching-Cheng Chen, Vinod Pullarkat
The artimisinins are a class of antimalarial compounds whose antiparasitic activity is mediated by induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Herein, we report that among the artimisinins, artesunate (ARTS), an orally bioavailable compound has the most potent antileukemic activity in AML models and primary patients' blasts. ARTS was most cytotoxic to the FLT3-ITD+ AML MV4-11 and MOLM-13 cells (IC50 values of 1.1 and 0.82μM respectively), inhibited colony formation in primary AML and MDS cells and augmented cytotoxicity of chemotherapeutics...
May 10, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619982/jak1-2-and-bcl2-inhibitors-synergize-to-counteract-bone-marrow-stromal-cell-induced-protection-of-aml
#2
Riikka Karjalainen, Tea Pemovska, Mihaela Popa, Minxia Liu, Komal K Javarappa, Muntasir M Majumder, Bhagwan Yadav, David Tamborero, Jing Tang, Dmitrii Bychkov, Mika Kontro, Alun Parsons, Minna Suvela, Mireia Mayoral Safont, Kimmo Porkka, Tero Aittokallio, Olli Kallioniemi, Emmet McCormack, Bjørn T Gjertsen, Krister Wennerberg, Jonathan Knowles, Caroline A Heckman
The bone marrow (BM) provides a protective microenvironment to support the survival of leukemic cells and influence their response to therapeutic agents. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the high rate of relapse may in part be due to the inability of current treatment to effectively overcome the protective influence of the BM niche. To better understand the impact of the BM microenvironment on drug responses in AML, we conducted a comprehensive evaluation of 304 inhibitors, including approved and investigational agents, comparing ex vivo responses of primary AML cells in BM stroma-derived and standard culture conditions...
June 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619845/the-prohibitin-binding-compound-fluorizoline-induces-apoptosis-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cells-through-the-upregulation-of-noxa-and-synergizes-with-ibrutinib-aicar-or-venetoclax
#3
Ana M Cosialls, Helena Pomares, Daniel Iglesias-Serret, José Saura-Esteller, Sonia Núñez-Vázquez, Diana M González-Gironès, Esmeralda de la Banda, Sara Preciado, Fernando Albericio, Rodolfo Lavilla, Gabriel Pons, Eva M González-Barca, Joan Gil
Fluorizoline is a new synthetic molecule that induces apoptosis by selectively targeting prohibitins. In this study, the pro-apoptotic effect of fluorizoline was assessed in 34 primary samples from patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Fluorizoline induced apoptosis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells at concentrations in the low micromolar range. All primary samples were sensitive to fluorizoline irrespectively of patients' clinical or genetic features, whereas normal T lymphocytes were less sensitive...
June 15, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605616/managing-patients-with-tp53-deficient-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#4
Jennifer Edelmann, John G Gribben
Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) having a chromosomal loss on the short arm of chromosome 17 including the TP53 gene locus (17p deletion) and/or having mutations in TP53 have a short overall survival and, until recently, limited treatment options. The recent introduction of two novel substance classes, B-cell receptor inhibitors and BH3 mimetics, into CLL treatment has provided enormous clinical progress in this previously difficult-to-treat patient subgroup characterized by high risk for treatment failure with standard chemoimmunotherapy and rapid disease progression...
June 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604120/current-and-developing-synthetic-pharmacotherapy-for-treating-relapsed-refractory-multiple-myeloma
#5
Klaus Podar, Martin Pecherstorfer
The introduction of novel agents has significantly improved multiple myeloma (MM) patient outcome during the last two decades. MM received the most drug approvals for any one malignancy during this time period, both in the United States as well as in Europe. Areas covered: Proteasome inhibitors, immunomodulatory drugs, and monoclonal antibodies are prototype drug classes, which target both specific MM cell functions, as well as the tumor supportive bone marrow microenvironment, and represent current cornerstones of MM therapy...
June 12, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596644/highlights-of-multiple-myeloma-at-the-annual-meeting-of-american-society-of-hematology-2016
#6
REVIEW
Nidhi Tandon, Shaji K Kumar
This review discusses the landmark studies in the field of multiple myeloma (MM) which were presented at American society of hematology annual meeting, 2016. There were contrary results from two large phase III trials (one from US and one from Europe) that evaluated the role of additional interventions like tandem autologous transplant (ASCT) and consolidation after induction therapy followed by ASCT in newly diagnosed MM (NDMM) patients, but there were critical differences between the two studies. Novel agents like carfilzomib and ixazomib proved to be of benefit when used as induction and post ASCT consolidation and maintenance in NDMM...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596280/extracellular-vesicles-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-rescue-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-b-cells-from-apoptosis-enhance-their-migration-and-induce-gene-expression-modifications
#7
Emerence Crompot, Michael Van Damme, Karlien Pieters, Marjorie Vermeersch, David Perez-Morga, Philippe Mineur, Marie Maerevoet, Nathalie Meuleman, Dominique Bron, Laurence Lagneaux, Basile Stamatopoulos
Interactions between chronic lymphocytic leukemia B-cells and the bone marrow microenvironment play a major function in the physiopathology of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Extracellular vesicles, which are composed of exosomes and microparticles, play an important role in cell communication. However, little is known about their role in chronic lymphocytic leukemia/microenvironment interactions. In the present study, extracellular vesicles purified by ultracentrifugation from bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cell cultures were added to chronic lymphocytic leukemia B-cells...
June 8, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592762/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-pathophysiology-and-current-therapy
#8
Jun Takizawa
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most frequent adult leukemia in western countries, but it is rare in Japan. Several mutations have been identified in patients with CLL using next-generation sequencing, but disease-specific mutations were not found. Some mutations, such as those in TP53, NOTCH1, SF3B, and BIRC3 are useful for risk stratification and prognosis prediction in patients with CLL. Strategies for treating CLL are rapidly evolving, with targeted agents such as the B-cell receptor signaling pathway inhibitors (ibrutinib, idelalisib), novel anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (obinutuzumab), and Bcl-2 inhibitor (venetoclax) being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578655/potential-mechanisms-of-resistance-to-venetoclax-and-strategies-to-circumvent-it
#9
Stephen K Tahir, Morey L Smith, Paul Hessler, Lisa Roberts Rapp, Kenneth B Idler, Chang H Park, Joel D Leverson, Lloyd T Lam
BACKGROUND: Venetoclax (ABT-199), a first-in-class orally bioavailable BCL-2-selective inhibitor, was recently approved by the FDA for use in patients with 17p-deleted chronic lymphocytic leukemia who have received prior therapy. It is also being evaluated in numerous clinical trials for treating patients with various hematologic malignancies. As with any targeted cancer therapy, it is critically important to identify potential mechanisms of resistance, both for patient stratification and developing strategies to overcome resistance, either before it develops or as it emerges...
June 2, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566329/venetoclax-synergizes-with-radiotherapy-for-treatment-of-b-cell-lymphomas
#10
Shyril O'Steen, Damian J Green, Ajay K Gopal, Johnnie J Orozco, Aimee L Kenoyer, Yukang Lin, D Scott Wilbur, Donald K Hamlin, Darrell R Fisher, Mark D Hylarides, Ted A Gooley, Amelia Waltman, Brian G Till, Oliver W Press
Constitutive B cell receptor signaling leads to overexpression of the anti-apoptotic BCL-2 protein and is implicated in the pathogenesis of many types of B cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (B-NHL). The BCL-2 small molecule inhibitor venetoclax shows promising clinical response rates in several lymphomas, but is not curative as monotherapy. Radiotherapy (RT) is a rational candidate for combining with BCL-2 inhibition, as DNA damage caused by RT increases the activity of pro-apoptotic BCL-2 pathway proteins, and lymphomas are exquisitely sensitive to radiation...
May 31, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565930/current-perspectives-on-the-role-of-chemotherapy-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#11
Clemens-Martin Wendtner, Michael Gregor
Chemotherapy has long been integral to the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Fludarabine/cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil and bendamustine are commonly used as a backbone, depending on the patient's age and general health. The advent of the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab and obinutuzumab, altered the face of treatment, and chemoimmunotherapy still forms the current standard first-line approach. However, the landscape is changing following the emergence of novel targeted agents, such as ibrutinib, idelalisib and venetoclax, which offer the chance for improved efficacy over standard therapy alone, with no substantial increase in toxicity...
June 1, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562380/pharmacokinetics-of-venetoclax-in-patients-with-17p-deletion-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#12
Ahmed Hamed Salem, Martin Dunbar, Suresh K Agarwal
Venetoclax is a first-in-class orally available, B-cell lymphoma (BCL)-2 inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) harboring the 17p deletion. We used a novel approach for evaluating venetoclax pharmacokinetics using only sparse sampling in 155 patients enrolled in a phase 2, multicenter, open-label study in CLL patients with the 17p deletion. Patients received venetoclax doses within 30 min after the completion of breakfast or the first meal of the day, with no specific recommendations for the fat content in the meal...
May 30, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549767/treatment-of-del17p-and-or-aberrant-tp53-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-the-era-of-novel-therapies
#13
REVIEW
Hind Rafei, Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja
More effective therapies are emerging, with better toxicity profiles, and are being incorporated into modern treatment algorithms of chronic lymphocytic leukemia at various stages of the disease, including for patients harboring Del17p and/or aberrant TP53. Ibrutinib, an inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase, has demonstrated impressive response rates in the relapsed/refractory setting, including in the setting of Del17p and/or TP53 mutations. Venetoclax, an inhibitor of BCL-2 known to play an important role in regulating cell death, has been approved recently for treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia with Del17p who have received at least one prior therapy...
May 19, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548645/waldenstrom-macroglobulinemia-cells-devoid-of-btk-c481s-or-cxcr4-whim-like-mutations-acquire-resistance-to-ibrutinib-through-upregulation-of-bcl-2-and-akt-resulting-in-vulnerability-towards-venetoclax-or-mk2206-treatment
#14
A Paulus, S Akhtar, H Yousaf, A Manna, S M Paulus, Y Bashir, T R Caulfield, M Kuranz-Blake, K Chitta, X Wang, Y Asmann, R Hudec, W Springer, S Ailawadhi, A Chanan-Khan
Although ibrutinib is highly effective in Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM), no complete remissions in WM patients treated with ibrutinib have been reported to date. Moreover, ibrutinib-resistant disease is being steadily reported and is associated with dismal clinical outcome (overall survival of 2.9-3.1 months). To understand mechanisms of ibrutinib resistance in WM, we established ibrutinib-resistant in vitro models using validated WM cell lines. Characterization of these models revealed the absence of BTK(C481S) and CXCR4(WHIM-like) mutations...
May 26, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536906/current-status-of-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-development-and-use-in-b-cell-malignancies
#15
REVIEW
Andrew Aw, Jennifer R Brown
The B-cell receptor (BCR) pathway plays an important role in the survival, proliferation and trafficking of cancer cells in a variety of B-cell malignancies. Recently, a number of agents have been developed to target various components of the BCR pathway. One such target is Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK), a Tec family kinase member found near the cell membrane that is involved in upstream BCR signaling. The biological function of BTK in several B-cell lymphoid malignancies has led to the development of the oral BTK inhibitor ibrutinib...
May 23, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522442/bcl2-expression-in-dlbcl-reappraisal-of-immunohistochemistry-with-new-criteria-for-therapeutic-biomarker-evaluation
#16
Naoko Tsuyama, Seiji Sakata, Satoko Baba, Yuko Mishima, Noriko Nishimura, Kyoko Ueda, Masahiro Yokoyama, Yasuhito Terui, Kiyohiko Hatake, Masanobu Kitagawa, Naoki Ishizuka, Naoto Tomita, Kengo Takeuchi
Overexpression of the BCL2 is associated with a poor prognosis in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The assessment of MYC immunohistochemistry (IHC) is becoming optimized, whereas the criteria for BCL2 positivity are highly variable. Furthermore, data on the frequency and prognostic value of BCL2 positivity are conflicting. We aimed to evaluate BCL2 expression by IHC and assess the prognostic significance of the histopathologically-scored BCL2 expression in 456 patients with DLBCL uniformly treated with standard immunochemotherapy (rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone; R-CHOP)...
May 18, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492339/venetoclax-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#17
Jennifer Crombie, Matthew S Davids
Venetoclax is a potent, selective inhibitor of BCL-2, a key regulator of the intrinsic pathway of apoptosis. In preclinical studies, venetoclax bound to BCL-2 with high affinity and rapidly induced apoptosis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells. In early-phase clinical trials in CLL, venetoclax treatment led to tumor lysis syndrome in some patients with a large tumor burden, but this risk was subsequently mitigated by a revised study design that included lower initial dosing with intrapatient dose ramp-up and close tumor lysis syndrome monitoring and prophylaxis...
May 11, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482721/the-potential-combination-of-bcl-2-inhibitors-and-ibrutinib-as-frontline-therapy-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#18
Andrew Aw, Jennifer R Brown
The recent development of small molecule inhibitors targeted at the B-cell receptor (BCR) pathway and the anti-apoptotic protein BCL-2 has revolutionized the care of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). While durable responses to the BCR inhibitor ibrutinib have been observed in both previously untreated and relapsed/refractory CLL patients, residual disease is common in patients treated with single-agent ibrutinib. Interest remains high in therapeutic combinations that may lead to better quality remissions...
May 9, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473407/clinico-pathological-features-and-outcomes-of-progression-of-cll-on-the-bcl2-inhibitor-venetoclax
#19
Mary Ann Anderson, Constantine Tam, Thomas E Lew, Surender Juneja, Manu Juneja, David Westerman, Meaghan Wall, Stephen Lade, Alexandra Gorelik, David C S Huang, John F Seymour, Andrew W Roberts
The BCL2 inhibitor venetoclax achieves responses in ~79% of patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (RR-CLL/SLL), irrespective of risk factors associated with poor response to chemo-immunotherapy. A limitation of this targeted therapy is progressive disease (PD) in some patients. To define the risk factors for progression, the clinico-pathological features of PD and the outcomes for patients after venetoclax failure, we analyzed 67 heavily pre-treated patients on three early phase clinical trials...
May 4, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468776/vulnerability-of-small-cell-lung-cancer-to-apoptosis-induced-by-the-combination-of-bet-bromodomain-proteins-and-bcl2-inhibitors
#20
Lloyd T Lam, Xiaoyu Lin, Emily J Faivre, Ziping Yang, Xiaoli Huang, Denise M Wilcox, Richard J Bellin, Sha Jin, Stephen K Tahir, Michael Mitten, Terry Magoc, Anahita Bhathena, Warren M Kati, Daniel H Albert, Yu Shen, Tamar Uziel
10% to 15% of all lung cancers are small cell lung cancer (SCLC). SCLC usually grows and metastasizes before it is diagnosed and relapses rapidly upon treatment. Unfortunately, no new targeted agent has been approved in the past 30 years for patients with SCLC. The BET (bromodomain and extra-terminal) proteins bind acetylated histones and recruit protein complexes to promote transcription initiation and elongation. BET proteins have been shown to regulate expression of key genes in oncogenesis such as MYC, CCND2, and BCL2L1 Here, we demonstrate that ~50% of SCLC cell lines are exquisitely sensitive to growth inhibition by the BET inhibitor, ABBV-075...
May 3, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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