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PNH Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

Alexander Röth, Jaroslaw Maciejewski, Jun-Ichi Nishimura, Deepak Jain, Jeffrey I Weitz
OBJECTIVE: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a severe, life-threatening disorder for which early diagnosis is essential. However, given the rarity of the disease and non-specificity of symptoms, correct diagnosis may be delayed or missed. While various hematologic guidelines note common signs and symptoms associated with PNH, international expert consensus based on real-world clinical experience and an actionable algorithm for non-specialists to facilitate screening and diagnosis are lacking...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Francesca Re, Ilenia Manfra, Filomena Russo, Caterina Plenteda, Angelica Spolzino, Elena Follini, Maria Gullo, Claudia Romano, Maria Cristina Baroni, Franco Aversa
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare, life-threatening blood disorder characterized by intravascular hemolysis, thrombosis and bone marrow failure. Acute kidney injury, including acute renal failure, have been reported in patients with PNH. We report the case of a 36-year-old male patient with PNH who developed acute kidney injury following an infection of undetermined diagnosis. Although hemolysis was initially controlled and renal function stabilized following packed red blood cell transfusion and empirical levofloxacin and prednisone, he later experienced recurrent episodes of hemolysis and hematuria requiring monthly red blood cell support...
March 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Styliani I Kokoris, Eleni Gavriilaki, Aggeliki Miari, Αnthi Travlou, Elias Kyriakou, Achilles Anagnostopoulos, Elissavet Grouzi
OBJECTIVES: The present review summarizes the available knowledge regarding acute and chronic kidney dysfunction in patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) focusing on its clinical features, pathophysiology and treatment. METHODS: A thorough PubMed search was performed using as main keywords: 'paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria', 'acute kidney injury', 'chronic kidney disease' and 'eculizumab'. RESULTS: PNH's etiopathogenesis is based on acquired mutations that lead to the reduction or absence of CD55 and CD59 complement regulators, which are responsible for some of the disease's major clinical features, like intravascular hemolysis, cytopenias and thrombosis...
February 28, 2018: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Hui Liu, Yi Liu, Yi Li, Zhaoyun Liu, Liyan Li, Shaoxue Ding, Yihao Wang, Tian Zhang, Lijuan Li, Zonghong Shao, Rong Fu
Proteinase 3 (PR3) is released from neutrophils and regulates platelet activity, which is associated with cluster of differentiation (CD)177 antigen (NB1), a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-linked protein. In the present study, the effect of PR3 on thrombosis in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and PNH-aplastic anemia (AA) syndrome was explored. The expression of PR3 and NB1 on CD59- neutrophils was detected by flow cytometry, immunofluorescence (IF), reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis and western blotting...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Erik Anderson, Bhakti Shah, Anne Davidson, Richard Furie
OBJECTIVE: In the present review, four new cases of bone marrow failure are presented and the potential contribution of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is discussed. Furthermore, a comprehensive literature review of cases of autoimmune myelofibrosis (AIMF), aplastic anemia (AA), and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) with concurrent SLE aims to allow their direct comparison. Based on a clearer characterization of reported cases and our own experience, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies of these disorders in SLE are proposed based on lessons learned from the present and previous cases...
December 8, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Yasutaka Ueda, Naoshi Obara, Yuji Yonemura, Hideyoshi Noji, Masayoshi Masuko, Yoshinobu Seki, Katsuya Wada, Takahisa Matsuda, Hirozumi Akiyama, Takayuki Ikezoe, Shigeru Chiba, Yoshinobu Kanda, Tatsuya Kawaguchi, Tsutomu Shichishima, Hideki Nakakuma, Shinichiro Okamoto, Jun-Ichi Nishimura, Yuzuru Kanakura, Haruhiko Ninomiya
In paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), various symptoms due to intravascular hemolysis exert a negative impact on patients' quality of life (QOL). To determine clinical factors related with improvements in QOL in PNH patients treated, we analyzed changes in QOL scales in PNH patients treated with eculizumab based on data collected from post-marketing surveillance in Japan. Summary statistics were obtained using figures from QOL scoring systems and laboratory values, and evaluated by t test. One-year administration of eculizumab improved the most QOL items in comparison with the baseline...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
D Robert Sutherland, Fernando Ortiz, Graeme Quest, Andrea Illingworth, Miroslav Benko, Rakesh Nayyar, Iuri Marinov
BACKGROUND: Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare acquired Hematopoietic Stem Cell disorder characterized by an inability to make glyco-phosphatidyl-inositol (GPI)-linked cell surface structures. Fluorescent proaerolysin (FLAER-Alexa488) is increasingly used to detect GPI-deficient WBCs by flow cytometry. However, FLAER is not available in all countries and is expensive to obtain in others. An earlier study to compare FLAER-based and non-FLAER assays confirmed very good agreement between the two tubes suggesting a cost effective simultaneous evaluation of PNH neutrophils and monocytes is possible without FLAER...
January 30, 2018: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Johanna Blaha, Klaus Schwarz, Claudia Fischer, Peter Schauwecker, Britta Höchsmann, Hubert Schrezenmeier, Markus Anliker
BACKGROUND: CD157, encoded by BST-1, has been described as a useful flow cytometric marker for the analysis of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) as it is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-linked molecule highly expressed on normal monocytes and neutrophils. We and others observed isolated CD157 signal dropouts during intended PNH analysis. We hypothesize that these negative populations occur due to an antibody failure. To investigate the reason for this finding, we compared two different anti-CD157 antibody clones for PNH analysis...
January 23, 2018: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Edwin K S Wong, David Kavanagh
Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), C3 glomerulopathy (C3G), and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) are prototypical disorders of complement dysregulation. Although complement overactivation is common to all, cell surface alternative pathway dysregulation (aHUS), fluid phase alternative pathway dysregulation (C3G), or terminal pathway dysregulation (PNH) predominates resulting in the very different phenotypes seen in these diseases. The mechanism underlying the dysregulation also varies with predominant acquired autoimmune (C3G), somatic mutations (PNH), or inherited germline mutations (aHUS) predisposing to disease...
January 11, 2018: Seminars in Immunopathology
Wilma Barcellini, Elisa Scola, Silvia Lanfranconi, Marika Grottaroli, Francesca Binda, Bruno Fattizzo, Anna Zaninoni, Gloria Valcamonica, Claudia Maria Cinnante, Carla Boschetti, Massimiliano Buoli, Carlo Alfredo Altamura, Nereo Bresolin, Fabio Triulzi, Alberto Zanella, Agostino Cortelezzi
This study investigated for the first time brain ischemic involvement in 19 consecutive neurologically asymptomatic PNH patients by non-enhanced cerebral MRI, and by intracranial arterial and venous angio-MRI. Eleven cases (58%, 7 aged <65) showed pathological findings: 9 white matter (WM) abnormalities related to chronic ischemic small vessel disease, 2 a focal abnormality >5 mm, and 5 cases a score >4 by the age-related white matter changes (ARWMC) scale. Compared with age and sex-matched controls (1:2 ratio), patients showed an increased frequency of periventricular WM vascular degeneration (32% versus 5...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
Antonio M Risitano, Serena Marotta
Therapeutic complement inhibition by eculizumab has revolutionized the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) with a major impact on its natural history. Nevertheless, emerging unmet clinical needs may benefit from the development of novel complement inhibitors. Novel strategies of complement inhibition exploit different agents targeting C5, as well as compound intercepting the complement cascade at the level of its key component C3, or even upstream at the level of components involved in complement alternative pathway initiation...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Hematology
Priyanka Pandey, Waseem Q Anani, Jerome L Gottschall, Gregory A Denomme
Minor ABO-mismatched transfusions are a common occurrence, although infrequent transfusion reactions occur. We sought to investigate the regulation of complement C3 activation induced by anti-A. In vitro complement C3 activation was observed with 10 of 30 group O samples and correlated with immunoglobulin M (IgM) anti-A titers. We developed an in vitro paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) model of hemolysis in which group A1 red blood cells (RBCs) were chemically treated with 2-aminoethylisothiouronium (AET) to alter regulators of complement C3 activation...
October 24, 2017: Blood Advances
Teri Oldaker, Liam Whitby, Maryam Saber, Jeannine Holden, Paul K Wallace, Virginia Litwin
Over the past six years, a diverse group of stakeholders have put forth recommendations regarding the analytical validation of flow cytometric methods and described in detail the differences between cell-based and traditional soluble analyte assay validations. This manuscript is based on these general recommendations as well as the published experience of experts in the area of PNH testing. The goal is to provide practical assay-specific guidelines for the validation of high-sensitivity flow cytometric PNH assays...
January 2018: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Hema V Sheelvanth, Khaleel A Sayeed, William A Whittier
Acute kidney injury (AKI) due to intravascular hemolysis has been well described in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and in cardiac valvular dysfunction. However, reported cases of hemoglobinuric AKI from prosthetic aortic grafts are sparse. We present a case of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia and hemoglobinuric AKI presenting 9 days after repair of an ascending aortic dissection with a prosthetic graft. After an unremarkable recovery following the initial procedure, the patient presented on postoperative day 9 with dyspnea, fatigue, and cola-colored urine...
December 18, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
D Robert Sutherland, Andrea Illingworth, Iuri Marinov, Fernando Ortiz, John Andreasen, Dan Payne, Paul K Wallace, Michael Keeney
Since publication in 2010 of the International Clinical Cytometry Society (ICCS) Consensus Guidelines for detection of Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) by flow cytometery, a great deal of work has been performed to develop, optimize and validate a number of high-sensitivity assays to detect PNH phenotypes in both Red Blood Cells (RBCs) and White Blood Cells (WBCs, neutrophils and monocytes). This section (Part 2) of the updated ICCS PNH Consensus Guidelines will focus on specific instrument setup for these PNH assays, the identification and proper testing of appropriate antibody conjugates and combinations therof, and basic assay design...
December 13, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Amy E Dezern, Michael J Borowitz
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) arises as a consequence of the non-malignant clonal expansion of one or more hematopoietic stem cells with an acquired somatic mutation of the PIGA gene.(1) Progeny of affected stem cells are deficient in glycosyl phosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins (GPI-APs). This deficiency is readily detected by flow cytometry. Though this seems straightforward, the clinical utility of this testing requires that the ordering clinician understand not only the characteristics of the test, but also the biology of the underlying disease, and the clinical and laboratory manifestations in the individual patient...
December 13, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Andrea Illingworth, Iuri Marinov, D Robert Sutherland, Orianne Wagner Ballon, Luigi DelVecchio
Over the past several years, a diverse group of physicians and other laboratory scientists have developed various recommendations and guidelines regarding best practices for PNH testing. This manuscript is based on these previous recommendations as well as various other relevant publications of experts in the area of PNH testing. The goal is to provide flow cytometry laboratories with an updated consensus approach to analysis and reporting of PNH results and to address the most common analytical challenges for accurate reporting of this rare disease...
December 13, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Vasishta S Tatapudi, Robert A Montgomery
Purpose of Review: Over the past two decades, significant strides made in our understanding of the etiology of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in transplantation have put the complement system in the spotlight. Here, we review recent progress made in the field of pharmacologic complement inhibition in clinical transplantation and aim to understand the impact of this therapeutic approach on outcomes in transplant recipients. Recent Findings: Encouraged by the success of agents targeting the complement cascade in disorders of unrestrained complement activation like paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), investigators are testing the safety and efficacy of pharmacologic complement blockade in mitigating allograft injury in conditions ranging from AMR to recurrent post-transplant aHUS, C3 glomerulopathies and antiphospholipid anti-body syndrome (APS)...
2017: Current Transplantation Reports
Zhangbiao Long, Yali Du, Hongmin Li, Bing Han
Thrombosis is one of the most common causes of mortality in Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), but the predisposing factors for thrombosis are yet to be defined. In this study, we outline the clinical characters and the susceptible genes which lead to thrombotic formation in 104 patients with PNH. The results displayed that the genotypes with minor alleles of rs495828 or rs2519093 in the ABO gene were associated with high risk to thrombus formation (OR 5.95, 95% CI 1.90-18.65 and OR 6.3, 95% CI 2.01-19...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
Arpan Patel, Athira Unnikrishnan, Martina Murphy, Robert Egerman, Sarah Wheeler, Ashley Richards, John Wingard
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a hematologic disorder characterized by an acquired somatic mutation in the phosphatidylinositol glycan class A gene which leads to a higher risk for increased venous and arterial thrombosis. Current treatment for PNH includes eculizumab. Pregnant patients who have PNH have higher risk for thrombosis and hemorrhage with both pregnancy and their underlying PNH. Treatment frequently poses conundrum. The safety and efficacy of eculizumab during pregnancy and breast feeding have not been extensively studied and contraception has been recommended due to potential for teratogenicity...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
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