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Aggressive NK cell leukemia

Shojiro Haji, Motoaki Shiratsuchi, Takamitsu Matsushima, Akiko Takamatsu, Mariko Tsuda, Yasuhiro Tsukamoto, Emi Tanaka, Hirofumi Ohno, Eriko Fujioka, Yuriko Ishikawa, Ken-Ichi Imadome, Yoshihiro Ogawa
Aggressive NK-cell leukemia (ANKL) is characterized by systemic infiltration of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated natural killer cells and poor prognosis. We report a case of ANKL in which EBV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) were induced. A 41-year-old male suffered from fever, pancytopenia, and hepatosplenomegaly. The number of abnormal large granular lymphocytes in the bone marrow was increased and the cells were positive for CD56 and EBV-encoded small nuclear RNAs. The patient was diagnosed with ANKL and achieved a complete response following intensive chemotherapy...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Helen Ma, Maher Abdul-Hay
T-cell lymphomas are rare and aggressive malignancies associated with poor outcome, often because of the development of resistance in the lymphoma against chemotherapy as well as intolerance in patients to the established and toxic chemotherapy regimens. In this review article, we discuss the epidemiology, pathophysiology, current standard of care, and future treatments of common types of T-cell lymphomas, including adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma, angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, aggressive NK/T-cell lymphoma, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Takahiro Tanahashi, Nodoka Sekiguchi, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Akihiro Matsumoto, Toshiro Ito, Hideyuki Nakazawa, Fumihiro Ishida
Large granular lymphocyte leukemia (LGL-L) is defined morphologically as a group of lymphoproliferative disorders, including T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia (T-LGL-L), chronic lymphoproliferative disorders of NK cells (CLPD-NK), and aggressive NK cell leukemia. We investigated the morphological features of LGL leukemic cells in LGL-L patients to identify screening methods best suited to application in daily clinical practice. LGL leukemic cells were mostly indistinguishable from normal LGL; however, we developed a simplified approach to distinguishing among these cells, in which lymphocyte  % and the proportion of granular lymphocytes among lymphocytes (GL %) can serve as parameters at the cut-off values of 52 and 50 %, respectively...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Alina Nicolae, Karthik A Ganapathi, Trinh Hoc-Tran Pham, Liqiang Xi, Carlos A Torres-Cabala, Nahid M Nanaji, Hongbin D Zha, Zhen Fan, Sybil Irwin, Stefania Pittaluga, Mark Raffeld, Elaine S Jaffe
Aggressive natural killer cell leukemia (ANKL) is a systemic NK-cell neoplasm, almost always associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Rare cases of EBV-negative ANKL have been described, and some reports suggested more indolent behavior. We report the clinicopathologic, immunophenotypic, and molecular characteristics of 7 EBV-negative ANKL. All patients were adults, with a median age of 63 years (range 22 to 83 y) and an M:F ratio of 2.5:1. Five patients were White, 1 Black, and 1 Asian. All patients presented acutely, with fever (6/7), cytopenias (6/7), and splenomegaly (4/7)...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
T Xu, J Chen, Z M Jin, M Miao, C C Fu, H Y Qiu, X W Tang, Y Han, A N Sun, D P Wu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the efficacy and safety of haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (Haplo- HSCT) for refractory, relapsed or highly aggressive non- Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients. METHODS: A total of 26 patients with refractory, relapsed or highly aggressive NHL who received Haplo- HSCT from Jan. 2004 to Mar. 2015 were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Of them, 4 patients had diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), 1 had follicular lymphoma, 5 had B-lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukemia, 9 had T- lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukemia, 1 patient anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALK-negative), 5 had peripheral T-cell lymphoma (NOS), and 1 had NK/T-cell lymphoma...
August 14, 2016: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Ilaria Laurenzana, Antonella Caivano, Stefania Trino, Luciana De Luca, Francesco La Rocca, Vittorio Simeon, Cristina Tintori, Francesca D'Alessio, Antonella Teramo, Renato Zambello, Antonio Traficante, Maddalena Maietti, Gianpietro Semenzato, Silvia Schenone, Maurizio Botta, Pellegrino Musto, Luigi Del Vecchio
Natural killer (NK) cell neoplasms are characterized by clonal proliferation of cytotoxic NK cells. Since there is no standard treatment to date, new therapeutic options are needed, especially for NK aggressive tumors. Fyn tyrosine kinase has a key role in different biological processes, such as cell growth and differentiation, being also involved in the pathogenesis of hematologic malignancies. Our previous studies led us to identify 4c pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine compound capable of inhibiting Fyn activation and inducing apoptosis in different cancer cell lines...
August 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Kevin H Chen, Masayuki Wada, Amelia E Firor, Kevin G Pinz, Alexander Jares, Hua Liu, Huda Salman, Marc Golightly, Fengshuo Lan, Xun Jiang, Yupo Ma
Peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLS) comprise a diverse group of difficult to treat, very aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLS) with poor prognoses and dismal patient outlook. Despite the fact that PTCLs comprise the majority of T-cell malignancies, the standard of care is poorly established. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) immunotherapy has shown in B-cell malignancies to be an effective curative option and this extends promise into treating T-cell malignancies. Because PTCLS frequently develop from mature T-cells, CD3 is similarly strongly and uniformly expressed in many PTCL malignancies, with expression specific to the hematological compartment thus making it an attractive target for CAR design...
August 2, 2016: Oncotarget
Ki Sun Jung, Su-Hee Cho, Seok Jin Kim, Young Hyeh Ko, Won Seog Kim
The classification of mature NK-/T-cell lymphoma mainly originating from the T-cell lineage with predominantly nodal involvement and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) positivity in a majority of tumor cells is unresolved. We analyzed the clinical features and treatment outcomes of such patients. Five patients with EBV-positive nodal T-cell lymphoma were surveyed during follow-up period. The median age was 53 years (range 33-88 years), and all patients showed nodal involvement. The patients mostly presented advanced clinical features, such as stage III or IV disease, elevated lactate dehydrogenase, and hemophagocytosis...
July 25, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Mary Theresa Sylvia, Sajini Elizabeth Jacob, Debdatta Basu, Deepak Amalnath, Tarun Kumar Dutta
T cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia is a clonal proliferation of cytotoxic large granular T cells positive for CD3 and CD8. It is a chronic lymphoproliferative disorder with an indolent course. Therapeutic options include observation and low dose chemotherapy. Rarely, they have an aggressive course. Such cases have expression of NK cell associated antigens like CD56 in the T cells. These cases require more aggressive therapy with acute lymphoblastic leukemia regimens. We report a case of fatal CD56 negative T cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia in a 38 year old lady...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
Olalekan O Oluwole, John A Zic, Jonathan J Douds, Mary Ann Thompson, John P Greer
Many malignant hematologic neoplasms can directly and indirectly involve the skin with lesions that are disfiguring, painful, and compromise integumentary function. The majority of lymphomas that directly infiltrate the skin are of T-cell origin but B-cell lymphomas, and other hematologic neoplasms, including acute myeloid and lymphoblastic leukemias, can also have cutaneous involvement, whereas some have an indolent course, eg, mycosis fungoides and marginal zone lymphoma, and easily respond to localized therapy with overall survival (OS) measured in years to decades...
June 2016: Seminars in Oncology
Takahiro Tanahashi, Nodoka Sekiguchi, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Yuka Takezawa, Toshiro Ito, Hikaru Kobayashi, Naoaki Ichikawa, Sayaka Nishina, Noriko Senoo, Hitoshi Sakai, Hideyuki Nakazawa, Fumihiro Ishida
Large granular lymphocyte leukemia (LGL-L) has been morphologically defined as a group of lymphoproliferative disorders, including T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia (T-LGL-L), chronic lymphoproliferative disorders of NK cells (CLPD-NK) and aggressive NK cell leukemia. We investigated the morphological features of LGL leukemic cells in 26 LGL-L patients in order to elucidate relationships with current classifications and molecular backgrounds. LGL-L cells were mostly indistinguishable from normal LGL...
June 2016: Leukemia Research
Mineui Hong, Taehee Lee, So Young Kang, Suk-Jin Kim, Wonseog Kim, Young-Hyeh Ko
Extranodal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma (ENKTL), nasal type, comprises NK or cytotoxic T cells. We evaluated the clinical impact of cell type and the usefulness of T-cell receptor (TCR) gene transcripts in distinguishing cell lineage. One hundred and eight cases of ENKTL were analyzed for TCR gene rearrangements using the BIOMED-2 protocol and for TCR gene expression using immunohistochemistry for TCR-βF1 and TCR-cγM1, and RNA in situ hybridization for TCR gene transcripts. Prognostic factors were analyzed...
May 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Zhi-Yuan Qiu, Yu Fan
Large granular lymphocytic leukemia (LGLL) is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder of clonal expansion of cytotoxic T- or NK-cells in blood and bone marrow, and often associated with autoimmune disorders. According to the current WHO classification of the hematopoietic and lymphoid tissue tumors, the clonal LGL expansions are further classified as T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia (T-LGLL), chronic lymphoproliferative disorders of NK cells (CLPD-NK) and aggressive NK cell leukemia. Since there is a general lack of awareness of this disease, some patients may be misdiagnosed or some cases may be missed when diagnosis was done...
February 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
Zhaodong Xu, Luke Shier, Lothar Huebsch
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April 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Sara Maj Hyldig Matzen, Klaus Kallenbach, Anne Regitze Reumert, Lars Munksgaard
Aggressive NK-cell leukemia is a rare malignancy mostly seen in younger Asians with a rapid clinical course and poor prognosis. Here, we describe a 69 years old Caucasian woman presenting with massive leukemization of neoplastic NK-cells. The cells were abnormal in morphology and surface marker expression and this clearly distinguished them from their normal counterpart. They were large and variable in shapes with irregular folding of the nuclei. By flow cytometry, their light scatter characteristics resembled normal monocytes...
2015: SpringerPlus
Friso G J Calkoen, Carly Vervat, Else Eising, Lisanne S Vijfhuizen, Peter-Bram A C 't Hoen, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink, R Maarten Egeler, Maarten J D van Tol, Lynne M Ball
An aberrant interaction between hematopoietic stem cells and mesenchymal stromal cells has been linked to disease and shown to contribute to the pathophysiology of hematologic malignancies in murine models. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia is an aggressive malignant disease affecting young infants. Here we investigated the impact of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia on mesenchymal stromal cells. Mesenchymal stromal cells were expanded from bone marrow samples of patients at diagnosis (n=9) and after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (n=7; from 5 patients) and from healthy children (n=10)...
November 2015: Haematologica
Daniel Chang, Maria Cláudia Nogueira Zerbini, Mirian Nacagami Sotto, Sheila Aparecida Coelho Siqueira, José Antonio Sanches
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous non-mycosis fungoides non-Sezary syndrome T/NK cell lymphomas (non-MF/non-SS CTCL) are rare. In 2005, a consensus of the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) classifications for primary cutaneous lymphomas was established. These guidelines were then adopted into the WHO Classification of Tumours of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues, 2008. This study aims to assess the applicability of the WHO 2008 classification in a retrospective series of CTCL cases registered in a reference academic center in Brazil...
August 13, 2015: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Fumihiro Ishida
Aggressive natural killer cell leukemia (ANKL) is a malignant disorder of mature NK cells that is relatively common in East Asia. It is associated with Epstein-Barr virus in more than 80% of patients. The median survival is not more than three months after diagnosis. In a recent survey of 34 cases with ANKL, the median patient age was 40 years and the age distribution followed a bimodal pattern. Morphologically, the ANKL cells varied from large granular lymphocytes to atypical cells with pleomorphic-like appearances...
June 2015: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Elena Andrese, Laura Gheucă Solovăstru, G Dimofte, D Ferariu, V Porumb, D Vâţă, Luminita Smaranda Iancul
Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), CD4+/CD56+hematodermic neoplasm was formally known as blastic NK-cell lymphoma. It is in fact a form of acute myeloid leukemia notable for highly aggressive behavior with cutaneous, lymph node and bone marrow involvement. This entity is derived from plasmocytoid dendritic cells and has a predilection for extranodal sites, especially the skin. Elderly male patients are the most affected and the prognostic is poor. The first case was reported in 1994 and sice then, single cases and a few small series have been published...
April 2015: Revista Medico-chirurgicală̆ a Societă̆ţ̜ii de Medici ş̧i Naturaliş̧ti Din Iaş̧i
Jie-Yang Jhuang, Alexandra Clipson, Yen-Chuan Hsieh, Chun-Chieh Yang, Sheng-Tsung Chang, Ming-Qing Du, Shih-Sung Chuang
Aggressive nature killer (NK)-cell neoplasm includes aggressive NK-cell leukemia (ANKL) and extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma (ENKTL), nasal type. ANKL is rare and is characterized by a systemic neoplastic proliferation of NK-cells, usually with a leukemic presentation. ENKTL is a predominantly extranodal lymphoma, occurring mainly in the upper aerodigestive tract. Both are aggressive neoplasms strongly associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Here we report two patients with aggressive NK-cells neoplasms localized in the bone marrow (BM) who presented as prolonged fever, anemia, and thrombocytopenia...
2015: Diagnostic Pathology
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