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Antonella Caivano, Francesco La Rocca, Vittorio Simeon, Marco Girasole, Simone Dinarelli, Ilaria Laurenzana, Angelo De Stradis, Luciana De Luca, Stefania Trino, Antonio Traficante, Giovanni D'Arena, Giovanna Mansueto, Oreste Villani, Giuseppe Pietrantuono, Luca Laurenti, Luigi Del Vecchio, Pellegrino Musto
PURPOSE: The use of extracellular vesicles (EVs) from body fluids as "liquid biopsies" is emerging as a promising approach for the diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic monitoring of cancer patients. MicroRNA-155 (miR155), a non-coding transcript of the B-cell integration cluster (BIC) gene, has been reported to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of several types of hematologic malignancies (HMs) in which high miR155 levels have been found. At yet, however, the EV miR155 level and its putative clinical relevance in sera of HM patients have not been reported...
October 19, 2016: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
Carlos I Amaya-Chanaga, Laura Z Rassenti
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a heterogeneous disease with a variable clinical course. The Rai and Binet staging systems are often used to predict survival. However, they do not take into account other biological characteristics of CLL cells that may influence the disease course and response to treatment. Prognostic factors such as chromosome abnormalities (trisomy 12, 11q deletions and 17p deletions), β2 microglobulin, thymidine kinase, CD38 and ZAP-70 expression, IGHV mutation status, and mutations in genes such as NOTCH1, MYD88, SF3B1, and ATM are also predictors of prognosis...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Emili Montserrat, Tycho Bauman, Julio Delgado
Medicine has been 'personalized' (i.e. centred in persons) since its foundation. Recently, however, the term 'personalized medicine' (or, better, 'precision medicine') has been introduced to define 'a form of medicine that uses information about a person's genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease'. This concept has gained momentum thanks to next-generation-sequencing (NGS) techniques that allow identification of molecular characteristics unique to the patient and to the tumour...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Luciana De Luca, Giovanni D'Arena, Vittorio Simeon, Stefania Trino, Ilaria Laurenzana, Antonella Caivano, Francesco La Rocca, Oreste Villani, Giovanna Mansueto, Silvia Deaglio, Idanna Innocenti, Luca Laurenti, Stefano Molica, Giuseppe Pietrantuono, Angelo De Stradis, Luigi Del Vecchio, Pellegrino Musto
Microvescicles (MV) are shedding particles released by normal and neoplastic cells, whose levels in biological fluids highlight their potential role as disease biomarkers and therapeutic targets. By analyzing 131 newly diagnosed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), we found that the absolute number of serum CLL MV was significantly higher than in controls, in particular in advanced stages of disease. In addition, CD19 + and CD37+, B-cell derived MV, significantly correlated with high tumor burden. Absolute MV number cutoff selected by ROC analysis distinguished Rai stage 0 patients with shorter time to treatment (TTT) from those with more stable disease...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
S Fathullahzadeh, H Mirzaei, M A Honardoost, A Sahebkar, M Salehi
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is known as the most common lymphoid malignancy in the Western world. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small noncoding RNAs with pivotal roles in cellular and molecular processes related to different malignancies including CLL. Recently, some studies have shown that miR-192 plays a key role in CLL pathogenesis through increasing CDKN1A/p21 levels, suppression of Bcl-2 and enhancement of wild-type P53 and cell cycle arrest. Forty samples, including 20 patients with CLL, diagnosed in Omid hospital (Isfahan, Iran) and 20 healthy controls were sampled during a period of 4 months...
September 23, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Huan Wang, Mei Xiong, Yongwu Hu, Yusheng Sun, Qing Ma
Previous studies reported that the aberrant expression of miR-19b in gastric cancer tissues and circulating miR-19b is a potential biomarker to indicate progression of gastric cancer. However, the prognostic significance of miR-19b, and its role and underlying mechanisms in gastric cancer remain poorly investigated. In the present study, we demonstrated that the expression of miR-19b was aberrantly downregulated in both gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. Clinical association analyses disclosed that the reduced expression of miR-19b was significantly associated with adverse clinicopathological characteristics including poor differentiation, large tumor size and advanced tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) stage...
October 2016: Oncology Reports
Andrea Rzepiel, Nóra Kutszegi, Judit Cs Sági, Andrea Kelemen, Krisztina Pálóczi, Ágnes F Semsei, Edit Buzás, Dániel János Erdélyi
Extracellular vesicles are produced in all organisms. The most intensively investigated categories of extracellular vesicles include apoptotic bodies, microvesicles and exosomes. Among a very wide range of areas, their role has been confirmed in intercellular communication, immune response and angiogenesis (in both physiological and pathological conditions). Their alterations suggest the potential use of them as biomarkers. In this paper the authors give an insight into the research of extracellular vesicles in general, and then focus on published findings in hematological malignancies...
August 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
Klara Piletič, Tanja Kunej
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that act as important regulators of gene expression as part of the epigenetic machinery. In addition to posttranscriptional gene silencing by miRNAs, the epigenetic mechanisms also include DNA methylation, histone modifications and their crosstalk. Epigenetic modifications were reported to play an important role in many disease onsets and progressions and can be used to explain several features of complex diseases, such as late onset and fluctuation of symptoms. However, miRNAs not only function as a part of epigenetic machinery, but are also epigenetically modified by DNA methylation and histone modification like any other protein-coding gene...
October 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Emili Montserrat, Peter Dreger
The treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) whose tumor presents the del(17p)/TP53 mutation is a major challenge. Treatment with chemo(immuno)therapy, immunomodulators, or the anti-CD52 monoclonal antibody alemtuzumab produces transient, unsatisfactory responses. Reduced-intensity-conditioning allotransplantation produces sustained progression-free survival and overall survival (40%-60% at 5 years), equivalent to the cure of the disease, even in cases with adverse biomarkers. Unfortunately, despite improvements in this procedure, the non-relapse mortality continues to be high (15%-30%), and only highly selected patients (young, physically fit, with treatment-sensitive disease, not heavily pretreated, and with a fully matched donor) may benefit from the intervention without incurring unacceptable treatment-related risks...
August 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
M Kontro, A Kumar, M M Majumder, S Eldfors, A Parsons, T Pemovska, J Saarela, B Yadav, D Malani, Y Fløisand, M Höglund, K Remes, B T Gjertsen, O Kallioniemi, K Wennerberg, C A Heckman, K Porkka
Inhibitors of BCL-2 such as venetoclax (ABT-199) and navitoclax (ABT-263) are clinically explored in several cancer types, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), to selectively induce apoptosis in cancer cells. To identify robust biomarkers for BCL-2 inhibitor sensitivity, we evaluated the ex vivo sensitivity of fresh leukemic cells from 73 diagnosed and relapsed/refractory AML patients, then comprehensively assessed if the responses correlated to specific mutations or gene expression signatures. Compared to samples from healthy donor controls (non-sensitive) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients (highly-sensitive), AML samples exhibited variable responses to BCL-2 inhibition...
August 8, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Romain Guièze, Mélanie Pages, Lauren Véronèse, Patricia Combes, Richard Lemal, Mathilde Gay-Bellile, Martine Chauvet, Mary Callanan, Fabrice Kwiatkowski, Bruno Pereira, Philippe Vago, Jacques-Olivier Bay, Olivier Tournilhac, Andreï Tchirkov
In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), telomere dysfunction is associated with poor outcomes. TP53 is involved in cellular responses to dysfunctional telomeres, and its inactivation is the strongest adverse prognostic factor for CLL. Given the biological relationship between TP53 and telomeres, and their prognostic value, it is important to improve our understanding of the impact of TP53 alterations on telomeres. We performed a comprehensive study of the deletions and mutations of the TP53 gene and telomere parameters, including hTERT and the shelterin complex, in 115 CLL patients...
July 29, 2016: Oncotarget
J Boysen, M Nelson, G Magzoub, G P Maiti, S Sinha, M Goswami, S K Vesely, T D Shanafelt, N E Kay, A K Ghosh
Previously, we reported that B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients contained elevated levels of microvesicles (MVs). However, given the quiescent nature of CLL B-cells and the relative indolence of the disease, the dynamics of MV generation and their unique phenotypes are not clearly defined. In this study, we find that CLL B-cells generate MVs spontaneously and can be further induced by B-cell receptor-ligation. Most interestingly, CLL B-cells predominantly generate CD52(+) MVs, but not CD19(+) MVs in vitro, suggesting preferential usage of CD52 into leukemic-MVs and that the CLL plasma MV phenotypes corroborate well with the in vitro findings...
August 2, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Zahra El-Schich, Mohammad Abdullah, Sudhirkumar Shinde, Nishtman Dizeyi, Anders Rosén, Börje Sellergren, Anette Gjörloff Wingren
Sialic acid (SA) is normally expressed on the cell membranes and is located at the terminal position of the sugar chains. SA plays an important role for regulation of the innate immunity, function as markers of the cells and can be recognized by a variety of receptors. Interestingly, the level of SA expression is increased on metastatic cancer cells. The availability of specific antibodies against SA is limited and, therefore, biomarker tools for detection of SA are lacking. We have recently presented a novel method for specific fluorescence labeling of SA molecular imprinted polymers (MIP)...
July 31, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Rose Lou Marie C Agbay, Nitin Jain, Sanam Loghavi, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Joseph D Khoury
Although generally considered a clinically indolent neoplasm, CLL/SLL may undergo transformation to a clinically aggressive lymphoma. The most common form of transformation, to DLBCL, is also known as Richter syndrome. Transformation determines the course of the disease and is associated with unfavorable patient outcome. Precise detection of transformation and identification of predictive biomarkers and specific molecular pathways implicated in the pathobiology of transformation in CLL/SLL will enable personalized therapeutic approach and provide potential avenues for improving the clinical outcome of patients...
October 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Lourdes Garrido-Sánchez, Monica Tomé, Concepcion Santiago-Fernández, Sara García-Serrano, Eduardo García-Fuentes, Francisco J Tinahones
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery improves glycemic metabolism, even before weight loss. However, this improvement in carbohydrate metabolism is not always sufficient for complete remission of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The previous inflammatory state of the adipose tissue may affect this improvement. OBJECTIVES: We assessed whether the gene expression of inflammatory markers in visceral adipose tissue and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) was associated with the short-term remission of T2D after bariatric surgery...
March 16, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Hanne Due, Pernille Svendsen, Julie Støve Bødker, Alexander Schmitz, Martin Bøgsted, Hans Erik Johnsen, Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, Anne Stidsholt Roug, Karen Dybkær
MicroRNAs have the potential to be useful biomarkers in the development of individualized treatment since they are easy to detect, are relatively stable during sample handling, and are important determinants of cellular processes controlling pathogenesis, progression, and response to treatment of several types of cancers including B-cell malignancies. miR-155 is an oncomiR with a crucial role in tumor initiation and development of several B-cell malignancies. The present review elucidates the potential of miR-155 as a diagnostic, prognostic, or predictive biomarker in B-cell malignancies using a systematic search strategy to identify relevant literature...
2016: BioMed Research International
Emily Evans-Hoeker, Bruce A Lessey, Jae Wook Jeong, Ricardo F Savaris, Wilder A Palomino, Lingwen Yuan, David P Schammel, Steven L Young
The objective of this study was to examine B-cell CLL/lymphoma 6 (BCL6) expression in human eutopic endometrium across the menstrual cycle in women with and without endometriosis and to establish a cutoff for future studies. This design was a series of case-control studies in tertiary University teaching hospitals. We examined BCL6 expression by messenger RNA and immunohistochemically in prospectively collected samples in both the proliferative (P) and the secretory phases. BCL6 is minimally increased in the mid-secretory phase of the menstrual cycle compared to the P phase in normal patients...
September 2016: Reproductive Sciences
Veronica Balatti, Mario Acunzo, Yuri Pekarky, Carlo M Croce
B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common adult human leukemia. Although, the molecular alterations leading to CLL onset and progression are still under investigation (specifically, the interplay and exact role of oncogenes and tumor suppressors in CLL pathogenesis). MicroRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression and are expressed in a tissue specific manner. Deregulation of microRNAs can alter expression levels of genes involved in the development and/or progression of tumors...
March 2016: Trends in Cancer
Chien-Hung Yeh, Ramona Moles, Christophe Nicot
Small non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) are epigenetic regulators that target specific cellular mRNA to modulate gene expression patterns and cellular signaling pathways. miRNAs are involved in a wide range of biological processes and are frequently deregulated in human cancers. Numerous miRNAs promote tumorigenesis and cancer progression by enhancing tumor growth, angiogenesis, invasion and immune evasion, while others have tumor suppressive effects (Hayes, et al., Trends Mol Med 20(8): 460-9, 2014; Stahlhut and Slack, Genome Med 5 (12): 111, 2013)...
2016: Molecular Cancer
Morey L Smith, Brenda Chyla, Evelyn McKeegan, Stephen K Tahir
BACKGROUND: We have developed a quantitative fluorescence cytometry (QFCM) method that can be used to measure BCL-2 family member proteins in cell lines and clinical samples. We described the validation of antibodies, methods development and application of the assay. METHOD: We characterized and validated antibodies to BCL-2, BCL-XL and MCL-1 in cell lines to confirm specificity for flow cytometry. Each protein was measured in a panel of leukemia/lymphoma cell lines and B-cells from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients treated with the BCL-2/BCL-XL inhibitor navitoclax...
May 14, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
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