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cancer and transplantation

Domenico Ribatti
The immune system plays a major role in the surveillance against tumors. To avoid attack from the immune system, tumor cells develop different strategies to escape immune surveillance. Evidence of immune surveillance comes from both animal models and clinical observations. Mice with a wide variety of immunodeficiencies have a high rate of tumor incidence and are more susceptible to transplanted or chemical carcinogen-induced tumors. Immunosuppressed patients have a high incidence of tumors. However, many patients develop cancer even in the presence of an apparently normal immune system...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Kipp Weiskopf, Peter J Schnorr, Wendy W Pang, Mark P Chao, Akanksha Chhabra, Jun Seita, Mingye Feng, Irving L Weissman
The hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) is a multipotent stem cell that resides in the bone marrow and has the ability to form all of the cells of the blood and immune system. Since its first purification in 1988, additional studies have refined the phenotype and functionality of HSCs and characterized all of their downstream progeny. The hematopoietic lineage is divided into two main branches: the myeloid and lymphoid arms. The myeloid arm is characterized by the common myeloid progenitor and all of its resulting cell types...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Y Wang, H Y He
Objective: To evaluate the epidemiology, clinicopathological features and prognosis in upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) patients. Methods: All archival 368 UTUC cases that underwent radical nephroureterectomy between September 1999 and October 2014 were reviewed, and their clinicopathological features were analyzed. Follow-up time was 1-216 months, with a mean follow-up of 41 month. Results: One hundred and twenty-eight male and 240 female patients were included, with a mean age of 68 years ranging from 31 to 88 years...
October 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Himalee S Sabnis, Heath L Bradley, Shweta Tripathi, Wen-Mei Yu, William Tse, Cheng-Kui Qu, Kevin D Bunting
Current therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) primarily includes high-dose cytotoxic chemotherapy with or without allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Targeting unique cellular metabolism of cancer cells is a potentially less toxic approach. Monotherapy with mitochondrial inhibitors like metformin have met with limited success since escape mechanisms such as increased glycolytic ATP production, especially in hyperglycemia, can overcome the metabolic blockade. As an alternative strategy for metformin therapy, we hypothesized that the combination of 6-benzylthioinosine (6-BT), a broad-spectrum metabolic inhibitor, and metformin could block this drug resistance mechanism...
October 5, 2016: Leukemia Research
Imane El Dika, James J Harding, Ghassan K Abou-Alfa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is becoming an important cause of mortality in patients with HIV, attributed to coinfection with hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, and the longer survival advantage these patients are achieving after introducing the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) regimens. RECENT FINDINGS: In addition to hepatitis infection, immunosuppression secondary to HIV infection, direct impact of the virus on liver parenchyma, and the use of hepatotoxic antiretroviral drugs, all contribute to HCC pathogenesis...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
N García-Fernández, Hada C Macher, Amalia Rubio, Pilar Jiménez-Arriscado, C Bernal-Bellido, M L Bellido-Díaz, G Suárez-Artacho, Juan M Guerrero, M A Gómez-Bravo, Patrocinio Molinero
p53 is the most commonly mutated gene in malignant human cancers. To detect p53 mutations in circulating DNA (cirDNA) of transplanted hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients could be an interesting approach to know of any tumor recurrence. In this study, our objective was to determine the utility of this method in the diagnosis and the prognosis of HCC tumor recurrence.Twenty four liver transplanted HCC patients were included in the study together with a group of healthy controls. Detection of the specific p53 mutation in cirDNA was performed by high-resolution melting PCR (HRM-PCR) and COLD-PCR immediately before the transplantation...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Mamatha Bhat, Peter Ghali, Benoît Dupont, Roy Hilzenrat, Mahmood Tazari, André Roy, Prosanto Chaudhury, Fernando Alvarez, Michel Carrier, Marc Bilodeau
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients listed with exception points for Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been more likely to be transplanted than those listed for chronic liver failure (LF) based on the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score. The aim of this study was to determine outcomes in the 5-year experience of a scoring system designed to reflect heterogeneity of tumor load of patients listed for HCC. METHODS: A novel MELD exception point system based on size and number of HCC was implemented in July 2009...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Hiroshi Yamazaki
Research over the past 30 years has elucidated the roles of polymorphic human liver cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes associated with toxicological and/or pharmacological actions. Thalidomide exerts its various pharmacological and toxic actions in primates through multiple mechanisms, including nonspecific modification of many protein networks after bioactivation by autoinduced human P450 enzymes. To overcome species-differences between rodents, currently, nonhuman primates and/or mouse models with transplanted human hepatocytes are used...
October 17, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Guangcai Li, Yuan He, Jun Yao, Chuying Huang, Xiusheng Song, Yan Deng, Sheng Xie, Jie Ren, Meng Jin, Huiguo Liu
Angelicin is a member of a well-known class of chemical photosensitizes that have anticancer proper-ties in several cancer cell lines. However, the effects and the potential underlying mechanisms of angelicin action on human lung cancer cells remain unclear. Here, we report that angelicin has an essential role in inhibiting human lung carcinoma growth and metastasis. We found that angelicin markedly induced cell apoptosis and arrested the cell cycle in vitro. Angelicin also inhibited the migration of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) A549 cells in a Transwell assay in a dose-dependent manner...
October 12, 2016: Oncology Reports
Yong Li, Changqiang Wu, Tianwu Chen, Juanjuan Zhang, Gang Liu, Yu Pu, Jiang Zhu, Chengyi Shen, Yang Zhang, Nanlin Zeng, Xiaoming Zhang
It was previously demonstrated that mucin 4 (MUC4) is not expressed in normal pancreatic tissues or in chronic pancreatitis tissue but is highly expressed in pancreatic cancer (PC) tissue. Effective MUC4 gene knockdown in PC may contribute to the elucidation of pancreatic tumor development and metastasis, and may be valuable in new therapeutic approaches. Thus to confirm this, in the present study, the BxPC-3 cell line was transfected with eight pairs of shRNA lentiviral vectors for MUC4. The qPCR results showed that expression of MUC4 mRNA in the BxPC-3 cells was significantly decreased at 96 h after transfection...
October 6, 2016: Oncology Reports
Soo-Jin Bae, Dae-Sic Lee, Vladimir Berezin, Uk Kang, Keun-Ho Lee
AIM: The aim of this study was to develop a novel optical imaging system for detecting protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) autofluorescence, to prove that PpIX autofluorescence is as useful as 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-induced fluorescence for detecting and localizing cervical cancer, and to monitor the change in PpIX autofluorescence or induced PpIX fluorescence before, during, and after photodynamic therapy (PDT). METHODS: TC-1 cells - highly tumorigenic cells immortalized using human papillomavirus type 16 proteins E6 and E7 - were subcutaneously grafted into the thighs of nude mice...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Jin Kyung Chae, Jeong Hee Kim, Eun Jung Kim, Kun Park
BACKGROUND: The patient and observer scar assessment scale (POSAS) recently emerged as a promising method, reflecting both observer's and patient's opinions in evaluating scar. This tool was shown to be consistent and reliable in burn scar assessment, but it has not been tested in the setting of skin graft scar in skin cancer patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate facial skin graft scar applied to POSAS and to compare with objective scar assessment tools. METHODS: Twenty three patients, who diagnosed with facial cutaneous malignancy and transplanted skin after Mohs micrographic surgery, were recruited...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Imke H Bartelink, Arief Lalmohamed, Elisabeth M L van Reij, Christopher C Dvorak, Rada M Savic, Juliette Zwaveling, Robbert G M Bredius, Antoine C G Egberts, Marc Bierings, Morris Kletzel, Peter J Shaw, Christa E Nath, George Hempel, Marc Ansari, Maja Krajinovic, Yves Théorêt, Michel Duval, Ron J Keizer, Henrique Bittencourt, Moustapha Hassan, Tayfun Güngör, Robert F Wynn, Paul Veys, Geoff D E Cuvelier, Sarah Marktel, Robert Chiesa, Morton J Cowan, Mary A Slatter, Melisa K Stricherz, Cathryn Jennissen, Janel R Long-Boyle, Jaap Jan Boelens
BACKGROUND: Intravenous busulfan combined with therapeutic drug monitoring to guide dosing improves outcomes after allogeneic haemopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The best method to estimate busulfan exposure and optimum exposure in children or young adults remains unclear. We therefore assessed three approaches to estimate intravenous busulfan exposure (expressed as cumulative area under the curve [AUC]) and associated busulfan AUC with clinical outcomes in children or young adults undergoing allogeneic HCT...
October 13, 2016: Lancet Haematology
Xiaoli Wu, Xuefeng Feng, Xiaoqing Zhao, Futian Ma, Na Liu, Hongming Guo, Chaonan Li, Huan Du, Baoxi Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute and chronic leukemia are severe malignant cancers worldwide, and can occur in pediatric patients. Since bone marrow cell transplantation is seriously limited by the availability of the immune-paired donor sources, the therapy for pediatric leukemia (PL) remains challenging. Autophagy is essential for the regulation of cell survival in the harsh environment. However, the role of autophagy in the survival of PL cells under the oxidative stress, e.g. chemotherapy, remain ill-defined...
October 17, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Arshad Khan, Robert L Hunter, Chinnaswamy Jagannath
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are non-hematopoietic cells that occur in almost all human tissues and can be cultured and expanded to large numbers in vitro. They secrete growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines and express Toll-like receptors on their surface, although multiple cell biological mechanisms remain unclear. MSCs are multi-potent and can differentiate into many cell types including adipocytes, neuronal cells and osteoclasts. Despite gaps in cell biology, because of their immunomodulatory and regenerative capacity, several hundred clinical trials have used MSCs for therapy of cancer, autoimmune diseases and control of inflammation during organ transplantation...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Umberto Maggiore, Julio Pascual
Cancer immunotherapy, especially the use of checkpoint inhibitors, is expanding and can be efficacious in organ transplant recipients with malignant neoplasia. In this review, we summarize clinical findings and evolution of several patients treated with CTL4-4 or PD-1 inhibitors reported in the literature. The CTL-4 inhibitor ipilimumab has been safely used in several liver and kidney allograft recipients. PD1-inhibitors look promising for tumor shrinking, but acute rejection is the rule, so they should be avoided in recipients of life-saving organs...
September 2016: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Hiroaki Kasashima, Masakazu Yashiro, Hirohisa Nakamae, Kisyu Kitayama, Go Masuda, Haruhito Kinoshita, Tatsunari Fukuoka, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Takahiko Nakane, Masayuki Hino, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
Tumor stromal cells play a critical role in the progression of diffuse-type gastric cancer (DGC). The aim of this study was to clarify where tumor stromal cells originate from and which factor(s) recruits them into the tumor stroma. Immunodeficient mice with bone marrow transplantation from the cytomegalovirus enhancer/chicken β-actin promoter-enhanced green fluorescent protein mice were used for the in vivo experiments. An in vitro study analyzed the chemotaxis-stimulating factor from DGC cells using bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells (BM-MCs)...
October 8, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Elias Jabbour, Stefan Faderl, Koji Sasaki, Tapan Kadia, Naval Daver, Naveen Pemmaraju, Keyur Patel, Joseph D Khoury, Carlos Bueso-Ramos, Zachary Bohannan, Farhad Ravandi, Gautam Borthakur, Srdan Verstovsek, Darla Miller, Rita Maduike, Chitra Hosing, Hagop M Kantarjian, Guillermo Garcia-Manero
BACKGROUND: The outcome of patients with higher risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) after hypomethylating agent (HMA) failure is poor. This study evaluated the safety and activity of a combination of low-dose clofarabine and cytarabine for these patients. METHODS: Seventy patients with higher risk MDS who had no response, progressed, or relapsed after at least 4 cycles of HMA therapy were treated. RESULTS: The median age was 72 years. Thirty-nine percent of the patients had high-risk disease according to the International Prognostic Scoring System, and 50% of the patients had poor-risk cytogenetics...
October 14, 2016: Cancer
Cyril Garrouste, Dany Anglicheau, Nassim Kamar, Claire Bachelier, Joseph Rivalan, Bruno Pereira, Sophie Caillard, Julien Aniort, Philippe Gatault, Martin Soubrier, Johnny Sayegh, Charlotte Colosio, Anthony Buisson, Eric Thervet, Nicolas Bouvier, Anne Elisabeth Heng
Anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) therapy has improved the prognosis of many chronic inflammatory diseases. It appears to be well-tolerated by liver-transplant patients. However, their use and their safety in kidney-transplant patients have yet to be determined.In this retrospective study, we identified 16 adult kidney-transplant patients aged 46.5 years (34-51.8) who received anti-TNFα therapy from 7 kidney transplantation centers. The indications for this treatment included: chronic inflammatory bowel disease (n = 8), inflammatory arthritis (n = 5), AA amyloidosis (n = 1), psoriasis (n = 1), and microscopic polyangiitis (n = 1)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hao Xing, Cunling Yan, Liming Cheng, Nianyue Wang, Shuyang Dai, Jianyong Yuan, Wenfeng Lu, Zhouchong Wang, Jun Han, Yijie Zheng, Tian Yang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Early diagnosis improves the prognosis. Protein induced by vitamin K antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) is an effective serum biomarker for HCC diagnosis and prognosis. Combined with another serum biomarker α-fetoprotein (AFP), the sensitivity and specificity of HCC diagnosis can be improved to a maximum of 94 and 98.5 %, respectively. PIVKA-II alone or in combination with AFP and/or AFP-L3 was effective in predicting the treatment response and clinical outcome of curative hepatic resection, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiotherapy, and liver transplantation...
October 13, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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