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Silmara Montalvão, Priscila Soares Elídio, Sabrina da Silva Saraiva, Bruna de Moraes Mazetto, Marina Pereira Colella, Erich Vinícius de Paula, Simone Appenzeller, Joyce Annichino-Bizzacchi, Fernanda Andrade Orsi
INTRODUCTION: Antibodies directed against domain 1 of β2 glycoprotein 1 (aβ2GP1-Dm1) have been involved in the immunopathogenesis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). However, the clinical relevance of aβ2GP1-Dm1 in thrombotic APS has not yet been fully explored. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of aβ2GP1-Dm1 in a cohort of patients with thrombotic APS, and to evaluate whether testing for aβ2GP1-Dm1 could have a clinical impact upon the risk assessment of the disease...
October 4, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Majid Zaki Dizaji, Seyed H Ghaffari, Elham Hosseini, Nasrin Alizadeh, Shahrbano Rostami, Majid Momeny, Kamran Alimoghaddam, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh
AIM: Survivin, an inhibitor of apoptosis protein, is overexpressed in most cancers and is associated with chemotherapy resistance, increased tumor recurrence and shorter patient survival. Several survivin splice variants have been described, and none of their expressions have been defined in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). METHODS: Expression of the survivin gene isoforms (survivin, -2α, -2B, -ΔΕx3 and -3B) were analyzed in 50 peripheral blood and 19 bone marrow samples that were collected at different phases of the disease (diagnostic, remission and relapse) in APL patients treated with arsenic trioxide (ATO) as a front-line therapy...
October 22, 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Katrin Noack, Oliver H Krämer
The differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells into mature blood cells is a highly ordered process and dysregulation of this process can lead to leukemogenesis. Agents that are used to cure acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) can induce differentiation and/or apoptosis. Here, we describe how effects of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) on APL cell differentiation can be evaluated by immunoblotting and by flow cytometry. We show how the levels of differentiation-associated transcription factors of the CCAAT enhancer binding protein (C/EBP) family can be determined by Western blot and we explain how the cell surface expression of the leukocyte surface antigen CD11b can be measured by flow cytometry...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Y Zuo, R Willis, E Papalardo, M Petri, E N Harris, A Schleh, K DeCeulaer, M Smikle, L M Vilá, J D Reveille, G S Alarcón, E B Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: While essential for the classification of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), anticardiolipin (aCL) assays lack specificity and anti-β2glycoproteinI (anti-β2GPI) assays lack sensitivity in this regard. Our aim was to perform a comparative analysis of the APhL ELISA assay (IgG/IgM) and criteria antiphospholipid (aPL) immunoassays in identifying APS-related clinical manifestations in a large group of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum samples from 1178 patients from the Hopkins (n = 543), LUMINA (n = 588) and Jamaican SLE cohorts (n = 47) were examined for IgG/IgM positivity in aCL (in-house), anti-β2GPI (two commercial kits) and APhL (Louisville APL) ELISA assays...
October 16, 2016: Lupus
Luiz Claudio Santos Thuler, Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira
The WHO classification that defines subtypes of acute myeloid leukaemias (AMLs) is relatively unexplored at the population-based level. This study aimed to examine the frequency of acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL or AML-M3) in Brazil. Data were extracted from 239 cancer centres (2001-2012) and categorized according to the International Classification of Diseases for Oncology (CID-O 3.0) and WHO classification (n = 9116). CID-O3 code 9866 identified 614 APL patients. AML not otherwise specified (NOS) was frequent, and the APL group represented the main subtype specified...
October 18, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Anliang Huang, Dan Yue, Danying Liao, Liuliu Cheng, Jinhu Ma, Yuquan Wei, Aiping Tong, Ping Cheng
Arsenic trioxide (ATO) has demonstrated clinical efficacy in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and in vitro activity in various solid tumors. As2O3 as single agent exhibits poor efficacy for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in phase II trial, suggesting that new modalities of treatment with enhanced therapeutic effect and alleviated toxicity are needed for application of As2O3 on patients with HCC. Survivin is the strongest inhibitor of apoptosis protein over-expressed in tumors, which has been proposed as an attractive target for new anticancer interventions...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Reports
Ruifang Zheng, George P Studzinski
Differentiation therapy can supplement the therapy of APL, but other subtypes of AML are treated principally with cytotoxic agents, with few lasting remissions. While the induction of monocyte followed by macrophage differentiation by vitamin D derivatives (VDDs) is dramatic in cultured AML cells of all subtypes, attempts to translate this to the clinic have not been effective. Thus, better understanding of the mechanisms underlying VDD-induced differentiation may improve this approach. The key events in this form of differentiation include increased expression of CD11b, and the transcription factor PU...
October 17, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Mirjana Bećarević, Duško Mirković, Svetlana Ignjatović
Although numerous studies investigated the association between homocysteine (Hcy), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), C-reactive protein (CRP) and apolipoproteins (apos) with thrombosis and/or recurrent pregnancy losses, studies that analyzed the abovementioned parameters and multiple positivity of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL Abs) in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) are lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the presence of various combinations of the abovementioned parameters and their associations with clinical and/or serological features of PAPS...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Zhen-Hua Chen, Wen-Tao Wang, Wei Huang, Ke Fang, Yu-Meng Sun, Shu-Rong Liu, Xue-Qun Luo, Yue-Qin Chen
Increasing evidence has indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are of great importance in different cell contexts. However, only a very small number of lncRNAs have been experimentally validated and functionally annotated during human hematopoiesis. Here, we report an lncRNA, HOTAIRM1, which is associated with myeloid differentiation and has pivotal roles in the degradation of oncoprotein PML-RARA and in myeloid cell differentiation by regulating autophagy pathways. We first revealed that HOTAIRM1 has different variants that are expressed at different levels in cells and that the expression pattern of HOTAIRM1 is closely related to that of the PML-RARA oncoprotein in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients...
October 14, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Sougat Misra, Arun Kumar Selvam, Marita Wallenberg, Aditya Ambati, András Matolcsy, Isabelle Magalhaes, Gilbert Lauter, Mikael Björnstedt
Selective targeting of the PML/RARα oncoprotein demonstrates a successful molecular targeted therapy in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) with a typical t(15:17) chromosomal translocation. The zinc-thiolate coordination is critical for structural stability of zinc finger proteins, including the PML moiety of PML/RARα. Based on the known interaction of redox-active selenium compounds with thiolate ligands of zinc, we herein have investigated the abrogatory effects of selenite alone or in combination with all-trans retinoic acid on PML/RARα and the possible effects on differentiation in these cells...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Noriko Takahashi, Toshihiro Ohba, Masahiko Imai, Shinya Hasegawa, Katsuhiko Takahashi, Masahiro Yamasaki, Yuri Kameoka
Retinoic acid (RA) has a variety of biological effects in mammalian cells and tissues. It is well known that RA induces differentiation of human acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) HL60 cells, fresh human APL cells, and clinical remission in patients with APL. Retinoylation (acylation of proteins by RA) is a possible pathway for RA action. However, an understanding of the role that retinoylation plays in the actions of RA is lacking. In the current study, several retinoylated proteins were detected in RA-treated HL60 fractions following Mono Q anion exchange chromatography and analysis using two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis...
October 6, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Junjie Huang, Min Sun, Zitong Wang, Qiaoxia Zhang, Jin Lou, Yun Cai, Weihong Chen, Xin Du
BACKGROUND: 9 treatments for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) have been compared in many randomized controlled trials (RCT). The conclusions have been inconsistent and the purpose of this study is to conduct a network meta-analysis. RESULTS: Rankings of event-free survival are ATRA+RIF (81.2%), ATRA+ATO (69.6%), ATO (50.6%). Rankings of complete remission are ATRA+RIF (79.3%), ATRA+ATO (64.8%), RIF (60.3%), ATO (55.9%). Rankings of avoiding differentiation syndromes are CT (84...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Ozan Ünlü, Stephane Zuily, Doruk Erkan
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the association of thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Thirty to forty percent of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are tested positive for aPL, which may have an impact on the SLE presentation, management, and prognosis. Compared with SLE patients without aPL, those with aPL have a higher prevalence of thrombosis, pregnancy morbidity, valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, livedo reticularis, thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, acute/chronic renal vascular lesions, and moderate/severe cognitive impairment; worse quality of life; and higher risk of organ damage...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
David B Hood, Karin R Snyder, Tammy R Buckner, Beth L Hurley, Kelly R Pitts, Luis R Lopez
OBJECTIVE: The routine measurement of IgA anticardiolipin (aCL) and IgA anti-β2 glycoprotein I (anti-β2 GPI) antibodies remain controversial despite several studies demonstrating an association with thromboembolic disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). This controversy may be a contributing factor for the current under use of IgA antiphospholipid antibodies. We aimed to investigate the nature of discrepant IgA anti-β2 GPI reactivity to help define the diagnostic value of IgA antiphospholipid antibodies...
December 2015: Eur J Rheumatol
A Bortoluzzi, F Furini, F Campanaro, M Govoni
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to analyse the performance of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) 2012 classification criteria for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a large cohort of undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) population at onset of the disease and during a long-term follow-up of 15 years (1999-2013) and to evaluate the transition from UCTD to SLE, according to American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1997 and SLICC 2012 classification criteria...
October 4, 2016: Lupus
Masamitsu Yanada, Shingo Yano, Heiwa Kanamori, Moritaka Gotoh, Nobuhiko Emi, Kyoko Watakabe, Mineo Kurokawa, Akinori Nishikawa, Takehiko Mori, Naoto Tomita, Makoto Murata, Hisako Hashimoto, Hideho Henzan, Yoshinobu Kanda, Masashi Sawa, Akio Kohno, Yoshiko Atsuta, Tatsuo Ichinohe, Akiyoshi Takami
We conducted a retrospective registry-based study involving 198 patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) who underwent autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) during second complete remission (CR2) from 1995 to 2012. Arsenic trioxide (ATO) became commercially available in Japan in December 2004, and a substantial increase in the annual numbers of transplantations has occurred since 2005. Patients transplanted after 2006 had significantly better relapse-free and overall survival than those transplanted before 2004 (p = ...
October 5, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Erin Damery, Dominic A Solimando, J Aubrey Waddell
The complexity of cancer chemotherapy requires pharmacists be familiar with the complicated regimens and highly toxic agents used. This column reviews various issues related to preparation, dispensing, and administration of antineoplastic therapy, and the agents, both commercially available and investigational, used to treat malignant diseases. Questions or suggestions for topics should be addressed to Dominic A. Solimando, Jr., President, Oncology Pharmacy Services, Inc., 4201 Wilson Blvd #110-545, Arlington, VA 22203, e-mail: OncRxSvc@comcast...
September 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
C A Herrera, C C Heuser, D Ware Branch
Fetal death resulting in stillbirth is generally acknowledged as a feature of antiphospholipid syndrome. Recently published studies appear to confirm the association between antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and stillbirth, though additional studies of better design would be welcome. Emerging evidence suggests that treatment with heparin agents and low dose aspirin to prevent fetal death is imperfect. New therapeutic approaches for patients with lupus anticoagulant or triple aPL positivity are needed.
October 3, 2016: Lupus
Karl J Lackner, Nadine Müller-Calleja
We appreciate Dr Pengo's comments on our Forum article regarding the pathogenesis of the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) [1, 2]. Perhaps, we should point out that our goal was a plea for an unbiased approach to APS. What we call the "dogma", i.e. the focus on β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI) as the major if not exclusive culprit antigen in APS, has obviously narrowed the approach to APS research. We agree with Pengo that lupus anticoagulant (LA) is the subgroup of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) with the strongest association to clinical events, and that so called triple aPL positive persons are at an increased risk compared to single or double positive persons...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Jaime A Campbell, John R Krause
Prolonged immunosuppression in solid organ transplant recipients has been considered a risk for developing opportunistic infections and malignancies. Acute leukemia is a rare complication. We report a case of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) (FAB M3) after cadaveric renal transplant for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in a 24-year-old woman. Her immunosuppressive therapy included tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisone. Approximately 2 years after transplant, she became pancytopenic, prompting administration of filgrastim...
October 2016: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
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