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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108543/disease-characteristics-and-prognostic-implications-of-cell-surface-flt3-receptor-cd135-expression-in-pediatric-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Katherine Tarlock, Todd A Alonzo, Michael R Loken, Robert B Gerbing, Rhonda E Ries, Richard Aplenc, Lillian Sung, Susana Raimondi, Betsy A Hirsch, Samir B Kahwash, Amy McKenney, E Anders Kolb, Alan S Gamis, Soheil Meshinchi
PURPOSE: The FLT3 cell-surface receptor tyrosine kinase (CD135) is expressed in a majority of both acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL) and myeloid leukemia (AML). However, the prognostic significance of CD135 expression in AML remains unclear. We therefore evaluated the association between FLT3 surface expression and disease characteristics and outcomes in pediatric patients with AML. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We analyzed FLT3 receptor expression on AML blasts by multi-dimensional flow cytometry and its association with disease characteristics, clinical outcomes, and FLT3 transcript level in 367 children with AML treated on the Children's Oncology Group trial AAML0531...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108116/maternal-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollution-and-risk-of-early-childhood-cancers-a-population-based-study-in-ontario-canada
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Éric Lavigne, Marc-André Bélair, Minh T Do, David M Stieb, Perry Hystad, Aaron van Donkelaar, Randall V Martin, Daniel L Crouse, Eric Crighton, Hong Chen, Jeffrey R Brook, Richard T Burnett, Scott Weichenthal, Paul J Villeneuve, Teresa To, Sabit Cakmak, Markey Johnson, Abdool S Yasseen, Kenneth C Johnson, Marianna Ofner, Lin Xie, Mark Walker
BACKGROUND: There are increasing concerns regarding the role of exposure to ambient air pollution during pregnancy in the development of early childhood cancers. OBJECTIVE: This population based study examined whether prenatal and early life (<1year of age) exposures to ambient air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters ≤2.5μm (PM2.5), were associated with selected common early childhood cancers in Canada...
January 17, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107040/effects-of-malnutrition-on-neutrophil-mononuclear-cell-apoptotic-functions-in-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Fatma Betul Cakir, Su Gülsün Berrak, Gonul Aydogan, Aysin Tulunay, Cetin Timur, Cengiz Canpolat, Emel Eksioglu Demiralp
BACKGROUND: Recent studies claim that apoptosis may explain immune dysfunction observed in malnutrition. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the effect of malnutrition on apoptotic functions of phagocytic cells in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-eight ALL patients (13 with malnutrition) and thirty controls were enrolled. Neutrophil and mononuclear cell apoptosis of ALL patients and the control group were studied on admission before chemotherapy and repeated at a minimum of three months after induction of chemotherapy or when the nutritional status of leukemic children improved...
January 20, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101583/integrated-analysis-of-microrna-and-transcription-factor-reveals-important-regulators-and-regulatory-motifs-in-adult-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Xiao-Cong Lin, Xin-Guang Liu, Yu-Ming Zhang, Ning Li, Zhi-Gang Yang, Wei-Yu Fu, Liu-Bo Lan, Hai-Tao Zhang, Yong Dai
B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B‑ALL) is an aggressive hematological malignancy and a leading cause of cancer-related mortality in children and young adults. The molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of its gene expression has yet to be fully elucidated. In the present study, we performed large scale expression profiling of microRNA (miRNA) and transcription factor (TF) by Illumina deep‑sequencing and TF array technology, respectively, and identified 291 differentially expressed miRNAs and 201 differentially expressed TFs in adult B‑ALL samples relative to their controls...
February 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096535/genetics-of-ancestry-specific-risk-for-relapse-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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S E Karol, E Larsen, C Cheng, X Cao, W Yang, L B Ramsey, C A Fernandez, J R McCorkle, S W Paugh, R J Autry, E Lopez-Lopez, B Diouf, S Jeha, C-H Pui, E A Raetz, N J Winick, W L Carroll, S P Hunger, M L Loh, M Devidas, W E Evans, J J Yang, M V Relling
The causes of individual relapses in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) remain incompletely understood. We evaluated the contribution of germline genetic factors to relapse in 2225 children treated on Children's Oncology Group trial AALL0232. We identified 302 germline single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with relapse after adjusting for treatment and ancestry and 715 additional SNPs associated with relapse in an ancestry-specific manner. We tested for replication of these relapse-associated SNPs in external data sets of antileukemic drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and an independent clinical cohort...
January 18, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094567/a-vulnerable-age-for-the-introduction-of-solid-foods-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Jeremy M Schraw, Michael E Scheurer, Michele R Forman
BACKGROUND: There is little research concerning infant formula or the age at introduction to solid foods and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The purpose of this case-control study was to estimate the association of age at introduction of solids and pediatric ALL. METHODS: 171 ALL cases aged 0-14 years were recruited at Texas Children's Cancer Center and matched on sex, age, and ethnicity to 342 population-based controls. Data were collected on infant feeding and known risk factors for ALL...
January 17, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091414/acute-myeloid-leukemia-advancements-in-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Meng-Ge Yu, Hu-Yong Zheng
OBJECTIVE: Leukemia is the most common pediatric malignancy and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Among all subtypes, a lack of consensus exists regarding the diagnosis and treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Patient survival rates have remained modest for the past three decades in AML. Recently, targeted therapy has emerged as a promising treatment. DATA SOURCES: We searched the PubMed database for recently published research papers on diagnostic development, target therapy, and other novel therapies of AML...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090653/genome-wide-study-links-pnpla3-variant-with-elevated-hepatic-transaminase-after-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-therapy
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Yiwei Liu, Christian A Fernandez, Colton Smith, Wenjian Yang, Cheng Cheng, John C Panetta, Nancy Kornegay, Chengcheng Liu, Laura B Ramsey, Seth E Karol, Laura J Janke, Eric C Larsen, Naomi Winick, William L Carroll, Mignon L Loh, Elizabeth A Raetz, Stephen P Hunger, Meenakshi Devidas, Jun J Yang, Charles G Mullighan, Jinghui Zhang, William E Evans, Sima Jeha, Ching-Hon Pui, Mary V Relling
Remission induction therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) includes medications that may cause hepatotoxicity, including asparaginase. We used a genome-wide association study (GWAS) to identify loci associated with elevated alanine transaminase (ALT) levels after induction therapy in children with ALL enrolled on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH) protocols. Germline DNA was genotyped using arrays and exome sequencing. Adjusting for age, body mass index, ancestry, asparaginase preparation and dosage, the PNPLA3 rs738409 (C>G) I148M variant, previously associated with fatty liver disease risk, had the strongest genetic association with ALT (P = 2...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090487/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-varicella-zoster-virus-infection-in-children-with-hematologic-malignancies-in-the-acyclovir-era
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Seul-Ki Kim, Min Chae Kim, Seung Beom Han, Seong Koo Kim, Jae Wook Lee, Nack-Gyun Chung, Bin Cho, Dae Chul Jeong, Jin Han Kang, Hack-Ki Kim
BACKGROUND: Although intravenous acyclovir therapy is recommended for varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection in immunocompromised children, the clinical characteristics and outcomes of VZV infection in the acyclovir era have rarely been reported. METHODS: The medical records of children diagnosed with varicella or herpes zoster virus, who had underlying hematologic malignancies, were retrospectively reviewed, and the clinical characteristics and outcomes of VZV infection were evaluated...
December 2016: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090486/therapy-related-myeloid-neoplasms-in-children-and-adolescents
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Hee Won Cho, Young Bae Choi, Eun Sang Yi, Ji Won Lee, Ki Woong Sung, Hong Hoe Koo, Keon Hee Yoo
BACKGROUND: This retrospective study aimed to characterize and analyze the outcome of therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (t-MNs) in children and adolescents. METHODS: The medical records of 16 patients under 21 years of age at the time of t-MN diagnosis were reviewed. RESULTS: The median patient age was 11.5 years (range, 1.6-20.4 yr). Twelve patients had therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia, 3 patients had myelodysplastic syndrome, and 1 patient had chronic myelomonocytic leukemia...
December 2016: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088906/epratuzumab-and-blinatumomab-as-therapeutic-antibodies-for-treatment-of-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-current-status-and-future-perspectives
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Raffaella Franca, Diego Favretto, Marilena Granzotto, Giuliana Decorti, Marco Rabusin, Gabriele Stocco
BACKGROUND: More than 85% of children affected by acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are successfully treated; however relapse remains a remarkable clinical concern, with 50-60% of relapsing patients facing a fatal outcome. Management of relapsed patients includes standardized intensive risk-adapted regimens based on conventional drugs, and hematopoietic stem cells transplantation for patients with unfavourable features. Biological drugs, in particular the monoclonal antibody epratuzumab and the bi-functional recombinant single chain peptide blinatumomab, have been recently recognized as novel potential agents to be integrated in salvage ALL therapy to further improve rescue outcome...
January 12, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088314/is-advanced-paternal-age-a-health-risk-for-the-offspring
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REVIEW
Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Stine Kjaer Urhoj
In this article we review the epidemiologic evidence for adverse health effects in offspring of fathers of advanced age. First the evidence regarding fetal survival is addressed, and afterward we review the evidence regarding morbidity in children with older fathers. The adverse conditions most consistently associated with increased paternal age are stillbirths, musculo-skeletal syndromes, cleft palate, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and retinoblastoma, and neurodevelopmental disorders in the autism spectrum and schizophrenia...
January 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074235/long-term-brain-structural-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-cognitive-functioning-in-children-treated-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-with-high-dose-methotrexate-chemotherapy-alone-or-combined-with-cns-radiotherapy-at-reduced-total-dose-to-12%C3%A2-gy
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Olga Zając-Spychała, Mikołaj A Pawlak, Katarzyna Karmelita-Katulska, Jakub Pilarczyk, Katarzyna Derwich, Jacek Wachowiak
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the long-term side effects of central nervous system prophylaxis (high-dose chemotherapy alone vs chemotherapy and CNS radiotherapy) according to the ALL IC-BFM 2002. METHODS: Thirty-tree children aged 6.7-19.9 years have been studied. The control group consisted of 12 children newly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We assessed subcortical gray matter volume using automatic MRI segmentation and cognitive performance to identify differences between two therapeutic schemes and patients prior to treatment...
January 10, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069570/anti-cd22-car-therapy-leads-to-all-remissions
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In a first-in-human trial of an anti-CD22 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy in children and young adults with relapsed and refractory acute lymphocytic leukemia, researchers found that the immunotherapeutic approach was not only feasible and safe, but also effective, leading to remissions in most patients. Infusions of higher numbers of T cells correlated with improved responses.
January 9, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067901/targeting-samhd1-with-the-vpx-protein-to-improve-cytarabine-therapy-for-hematological-malignancies
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Nikolas Herold, Sean G Rudd, Linda Ljungblad, Kumar Sanjiv, Ida Hed Myrberg, Cynthia B J Paulin, Yaser Heshmati, Anna Hagenkort, Juliane Kutzner, Brent D G Page, José M Calderón-Montaño, Olga Loseva, Ann-Sofie Jemth, Lorenzo Bulli, Hanna Axelsson, Bianca Tesi, Nicholas C K Valerie, Andreas Höglund, Julia Bladh, Elisée Wiita, Mikael Sundin, Michael Uhlin, Georgios Rassidakis, Mats Heyman, Katja Pokrovskaja Tamm, Ulrika Warpman-Berglund, Julian Walfridsson, Sören Lehmann, Dan Grandér, Thomas Lundbäck, Per Kogner, Jan-Inge Henter, Thomas Helleday, Torsten Schaller
The cytostatic deoxycytidine analog cytarabine (ara-C) is the most active agent available against acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Together with anthracyclines, ara-C forms the backbone of AML treatment for children and adults. In AML, both the cytotoxicity of ara-C in vitro and the clinical response to ara-C therapy are correlated with the ability of AML blasts to accumulate the active metabolite ara-C triphosphate (ara-CTP), which causes DNA damage through perturbation of DNA synthesis. Differences in expression levels of known transporters or metabolic enzymes relevant to ara-C only partially account for patient-specific differential ara-CTP accumulation in AML blasts and response to ara-C treatment...
January 9, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065451/home-remodeling-and-risk-of-childhood-leukemia
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Todd P Whitehead, Praphopphat Adhatamsoontra, Yang Wang, Elisa Arcolin, Leonard Sender, Steve Selvin, Catherine Metayer
PURPOSE: We investigated the relationship between the risk of childhood leukemia and home remodeling, a surrogate for indoor chemical exposures. METHODS: We collected information on remodeling activities carried out between birth and diagnosis in homes of 609 acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cases, 89 acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cases, and 893 matched controls participating in the California Childhood Leukemia Study (1995-2008). We used multivariable logistic regression to estimate the risk of ALL and AML associated with six remodeling activities: construction, painting, recarpeting, reflooring, roofing, and weatherproofing...
December 9, 2016: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064313/-biological-microchip-for-establishing-the-structure-of-fusion-transcripts-involving-mll-in-children-with-acute-leukemia
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T V Nasedkina, A Yu Ikonnikova, G A Tsaur, A V Karateeva, Yu I Ammour, M A Avdonina, A I Karachunskii, A S Zasedatelev
MLL is involved in fusion genes with more than 100 partner genes, approximately 80 of which have been characterized at the molecular level. MLL fusion genes are often found in infants (60-80% of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cases and 40-50% of acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML) cases) and are appreciably rarer (8-10%) in children older than 1 year of age. MLL rearrangements are important markers in diagnosis and treatment choice. To identify the partner gene is of primary importance for prognosis and minimal residual disease monitoring...
November 2016: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063963/timing-and-utility-of-relapse-surveillance-following-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-in-children-with-leukemia
#18
Anya Levinson, Staci Arnold, Zhezhen Jin, Monica Bhatia, Diane George, James H Garvin, Prakash Satwani
The utility and optimal timing of routine bone marrow (BM) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surveillance following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) in children with leukemia have not been previously studied. To examine the current practice concerning relapse surveillance in this population, we conducted a national survey of pediatric bone marrow transplant physicians. Sixty-two (41%) of 152 potential participants completed the survey. For acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients, 41 physicians (66%) reported performing routine BM analysis in all such patients; 15 (24%) in some patients; and 6 (10%) in no patients...
January 4, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063708/infants-indoor-and-outdoor-residential-exposure-to-benzene-and-respiratory-health-in-a-spanish-cohort
#19
Amparo Ferrero, Ana Esplugues, Marisa Estarlich, Sabrina Llop, Amparo Cases, Enrique Mantilla, Ferran Ballester, Carmen Iñiguez
Benzene exposure represents a potential risk for children's health. Apart from being a known carcinogen for humans (group 1 according to IARC), there is scientific evidence suggesting a relationship between benzene exposure and respiratory problems in children. But results are still inconclusive and inconsistent. This study aims to assess the determinants of exposure to indoor and outdoor residential benzene levels and its relationship with respiratory health in infants. Participants were 1-year-old infants (N = 352) from the INMA cohort from Valencia (Spain)...
January 4, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063690/influence-of-musculoskeletal-manifestations-as-the-only-presenting-symptom-in-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#20
Seungcheol Kang, Ho Joon Im, Kunhyung Bae, Soo-Sung Park
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and prognostic impact of musculoskeletal manifestations as the only initial presenting symptom in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). STUDY DESIGN: We retrospectively reviewed 158 children with precursor B-cell type ALL who were followed up for >2 years. The patients were assigned to the groups musculoskeletal manifestations (n = 24) or nonmusculoskeletal manifestations (n = 134) based on initial presenting symptom...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
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