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refractory myelodysplastic syndrome

Anita F Oliveira, Aline Tansini, Daniel O Vidal, Luiz F Lopes, Konradin Metze, Irene Lorand-Metze
BACKGROUND: Immunophenotyping of bone marrow (BM) hemopoietic precursors is useful for diagnosis of adult myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but data concerning pediatric patients are limited. We analyzed immunophenotypic features of BM cells at diagnosis of children who were referred to the Brazilian Pediatric Cooperative Group of Myelodysplastic Syndromes. METHODS: Diagnosis was based on clinical information, peripheral blood counts, BM cytology and cytogenetics...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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
B C Medeiros, A T Fathi, C D DiNardo, D A Pollyea, S M Chan, R Swords
Alterations to genes involved in cellular metabolism and epigenetic regulation are implicated in the pathogenesis of myeloid malignancies. Recurring mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) genes are detected in approximately 20% of adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and 5% of adults with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). IDH proteins are homodimeric enzymes involved in diverse cellular processes, including adaptation to hypoxia, histone demethylation, and DNA modification. The IDH2 protein is localized in the mitochondria and is a critical component of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA, also called the 'citric acid' or Krebs) cycle...
October 10, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Petra Vašeková, Peter Szépe, Ján Marcinek, Tomáš Balhárek, Lukáš Plank
INTRODUCTION: Megaloblastic anemia (MA) represents a subtype of macrocytic anemia caused by impaired DNA synthesis, mostly due to folate and vitamin B12 deficiency. Its mildest forms lead to macrocytosis without concomitant anemia, but more severe forms to thrombocytopenia and/or leucopenia as well. In majority of the cases, the diagnosis of MA dose not represent a serious clinical problem, however, other causes of macrocytosis including myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) must be excluded...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Martin Wermke, Claudia Schuster, Florian Nolte, Haifa-Kathrin Al-Ali, Philipp Kiewe, Claudia Schönefeldt, Christiane Jakob, Malte von Bonin, Leopold Hentschel, Ina-Maria Klut, Gerhard Ehninger, Martin Bornhäuser, Gustavo Baretton, Ulrich Germing, Regina Herbst, Detelef Haase, Wolf K Hofmann, Uwe Platzbecker
The mammalian-target of rapamycin (also termed mechanistic target of rapamycin, mTOR) pathway integrates various pro-proliferative and anti-apoptotic stimuli and is involved in regulatory T-cell (TREG) development. As these processes contribute to the pathogenesis of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), we hypothesized that mTOR modulation with temsirolimus (TEM) might show activity in MDS. This prospective multicentre trial enrolled lower and higher risk MDS patients, provided that they were transfusion-dependent/neutropenic or relapsed/refractory to 5-azacitidine, respectively...
October 7, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Mixue Xie, Qi Jiang, Li Li, Jingjing Zhu, Lixia Zhu, De Zhou, Yanlong Zheng, Xiudi Yang, Mingyu Zhu, Jianai Sun, Wanzhuo Xie, Xiujin Ye
BACKGROUND: In China, the combination of homoharringtonine, cytarabine, and G-CSF (HAG) has been extensively applied for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of 2,314 patients (AML, n = 1754; MDS, n = 560) to determine the overall safety and efficacy of this regimen. RESULTS: The complete response (CR) rate of AML patients (53%) was significantly higher than that of MDS/transformed-AML patients (45%; P = 0...
2016: PloS One
Joanna E Drozd-Sokołowska, Krzysztof Mądry, Anna Waszczuk-Gajda, Tomasz Żóltak, Anna Sikorska, Andrzej Mital, Jarosław Wajs, Grażyna Semeńczuk, Anna Szmigielska-Kapłon, Magdalena Szczepańska, Ewa Wasilewska, Paweł Szwedyk, Jadwiga Hołojda, Marzena Wątek, Beata Stella-Hołowiecka, Maria Soroka-Wojtaszko, Wojciech Homenda, Mirosław Polak, Renata Guzicka-Kazimierska, Agnieszka Porowska, Wiesław Wiktor-Jędrzejczak, Jadwiga Dwilewicz-Trojaczek
OBJECTIVES: The epidemiology of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) differs among countries. Here we present the first epidemiological indices determined for Poland. METHODS: 21 haematological centres participated in the study. Patients diagnosed with MDS and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) with 20-29% blasts were enrolled. Data collection was conducted for strictly predefined period. RESULTS: The overall crude incidence rate for all MDS subtypes was 1...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
John M Bennett
In comparison with the 2008 World Health Organization "Blue Book" on hematopoietic neoplasms, a small number of changes have been made in the classification. In the lower-risk patients, Refractory Cytopenias with Multilineage Dysplasia and Ring Sideroblasts (RCMD-RS) has been separated from RCMD to recognize the importance of the SF3B1 mutation. Often there has been confusion as to the degree of morphologic dysplasia and/or cytopenias to define some of the lower-risk subtypes. In addition, the type of dysplasia or cytopenias is not always concordant...
August 12, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Amer M Zeidan, Amy J Davidoff, Jessica B Long, Xin Hu, Rong Wang, Xiaomei Ma, Cary P Gross, Gregory A Abel, Scott F Huntington, Nikolai A Podoltsev, Uno Hajime, Thomas Prebet, Steven D Gore
The hypomethylating agents (HMAs) azacitidine and decitabine are both approved for treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in the USA. In Europe, decitabine is not approved due to lack of survival advantage in randomized trials. The two drugs have not been compared in clinical trials. We identified patients diagnosed with MDS between 2004 and 2011 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare linked database in the USA who received ≥ 10 doses of either HMA. We estimated survival from HMA initiation with Kaplan-Meier methods and used multivariate Cox proportional hazards models to adjust for covariates...
September 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Esther A Obeng, Ryan J Chappell, Michael Seiler, Michelle C Chen, Dean R Campagna, Paul J Schmidt, Rebekka K Schneider, Allegra M Lord, Lili Wang, Rutendo G Gambe, Marie E McConkey, Abdullah M Ali, Azra Raza, Lihua Yu, Silvia Buonamici, Peter G Smith, Ann Mullally, Catherine J Wu, Mark D Fleming, Benjamin L Ebert
More than 80% of patients with the refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts subtype of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have mutations in Splicing Factor 3B, Subunit 1 (SF3B1). We generated a conditional knockin mouse model of the most common SF3B1 mutation, Sf3b1(K700E). Sf3b1(K700E) mice develop macrocytic anemia due to a terminal erythroid maturation defect, erythroid dysplasia, and long-term hematopoietic stem cell (LT-HSC) expansion. Sf3b1(K700E) myeloid progenitors and SF3B1-mutant MDS patient samples demonstrate aberrant 3' splice-site selection associated with increased nonsense-mediated decay...
September 12, 2016: Cancer Cell
Xavier Calvo, Leonor Arenillas, Elisa Luño, Leonor Senent, Montserrat Arnan, Fernando Ramos, María Teresa Ardanaz, Carme Pedro, Mar Tormo, Julia Montoro, María Díez-Campelo, Beatriz Arrizabalaga, Blanca Xicoy, Santiago Bonanad, Andrés Jerez, Benet Nomdedeu, Ana Ferrer, Guillermo F Sanz, Lourdes Florensa
Erythroleukemia was considered an acute myeloid leukemia in the 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) classification and is defined by the presence of ≥50% bone marrow erythroblasts, having <20% bone marrow blasts from total nucleated cells but ≥20% bone marrow myeloblasts from nonerythroid cells. Erythroleukemia shares clinicopathologic features with myelodysplastic syndromes, especially with erythroid-predominant myelodysplastic syndromes (≥50% bone marrow erythroblasts). The upcoming WHO revision proposes to eliminate the nonerythroid blast cell count rule and to move erythroleukemia patients into the appropriate myelodysplastic syndrome category on the basis of the absolute blast cell count...
August 26, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Thomas Prebet, Amer Zeidan
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) paradigms have been dramatically changed over the last 10 years by major breakthroughs on both pathophysiologic and therapeutic aspects. It is currently a field of intense clinical investigation as new challenges have emerged in both low-risk and high-risk populations. In low-risk MDS, long-term control of anemia is a major issue, and second-line treatments after failure of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are warranted. Several promising therapies are available, and there are many open questions on how to select the most adapted agent and/or sequence of agents in a specific individual...
August 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Thomas B Alexander, Norman J Lacayo, John K Choi, Raul C Ribeiro, Ching-Hon Pui, Jeffrey E Rubnitz
PURPOSE: To characterize the toxicity, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of selinexor, a selective inhibitor of nuclear export, when combined with fludarabine and cytarabine, in children with relapsed or refractory leukemia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients with relapsed or refractory acute leukemia were enrolled in the SELHEM (Selinexor With Fludarabine and Cytarabine for Treatment of Refractory or Relapsed Leukemia or Myelodysplastic Syndrome) clinical trial (NCT02212561)...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Giada Sebastiani, Nicole Wilkinson, Kostas Pantopoulos
The iron regulatory hormone hepcidin limits iron fluxes to the bloodstream by promoting degradation of the iron exporter ferroportin in target cells. Hepcidin insufficiency causes hyperabsorption of dietary iron, hyperferremia and tissue iron overload, which are hallmarks of hereditary hemochromatosis. Similar responses are also observed in iron-loading anemias due to ineffective erythropoiesis (such as thalassemias, dyserythropoietic anemias and myelodysplastic syndromes) and in chronic liver diseases. On the other hand, excessive hepcidin expression inhibits dietary iron absorption and leads to hypoferremia and iron retention within tissue macrophages...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Sa A Wang, Keyur P Patel, Olga Pozdnyakova, Jie Peng, Zhuang Zuo, Paola Dal Cin, David P Steensma, Robert P Hasserjian
In acute erythroleukemia, erythroid/myeloid subtype, blasts usually comprise 5-19% of total bone marrow cells, similar to the myelodysplastic syndrome subtype refractory anemia with excess blasts; recent studies have raised the question if acute erythroleukemia should be considered as a myelodysplastic syndrome subtype. We reviewed 77 de novo acute erythroleukemia and 279 de novo refractory anemia with excess blasts from three large medical centers. Compared to refractory anemia with excess blasts, acute erythroleukemia patients had higher total bone marrow blasts, lower platelets, hemoglobin, and absolute neutrophil counts, with more patients being assigned a very-poor-karyotype risk and very-high Revised International Prognostic Scoring System score...
October 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Shunichi Yanai, Shotaro Nakamura, Keisuke Kawasaki, Shigeki Ito, Tamotsu Sugai, Takayuki Matsumoto
We report a 54-year-old female patient with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) associated with trisomy 8, who had multiple colonic ulcers. The patient had been diagnosed as having MDS of refractory cytopenia with trisomy 8 10 years previously. She underwent colonoscopy for abdominal pain, which revealed severe circumferential stenosis with multiple ulcers in the ileocecal region and a discrete excavating ulcer in the transverse colon. The patient had been free from any dermatological, oral, genital or ocular symptoms suggestive of Behçet's disease (BD)...
October 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Shyamala C Navada, Lewis R Silverman
INTRODUCTION: Hypomethylating agents (HMAs) are the standard of care for patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), but patients who relapse or are refractory have a poor prognosis with an estimated survival of 4-6 months. Rigosertib, a Ras mimetic that inhibits the phophoinositide 3-kinase and polo-like kinase pathways, has been tested in patients with higher-risk MDS following treatment with HMAs, where there are no approved second-line therapies. AREAS COVERED: This review will provide an overview of rigosertib, including safety and efficacy demonstrated in clinical trials...
August 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Luca Malcovati, Mario Cazzola
Myeloid neoplasms with ring sideroblasts are currently categorized within the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MDS/MPN) in the World Health Organization classification. Recent findings have identified that the presence of ring sideroblasts in these disorders has a unique molecular basis, i.e., the somatic mutation of SF3B1, a gene encoding a splicing factor. Mutations of SF3B1 occur in up to 90% of patients with refractory anaemia with unilineage dysplasia (RARS) and 70% of those with refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia and ring sideroblasts or RARS associated with marked thrombocytosis...
September 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Chunchao Zhang, Jinfeng Suo, Hiroyuki Katayama, Yue Wei, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Samir Hanash
BACKGROUND: The refractory nature of many cancers remains the main health challenge over the past century. The epigenetic drug, decitabine (DAC), represents one of the most promising therapeutic agents in cancers particularly in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). However, its ambiguous anti-tumor mechanism and the unpredictable drug-resistant nature in some population compromise its application in cancer therapy. In crosstalk with DNA methylation, histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) are the key players in modulating the downstream epigenetic status of tumor suppressor genes...
2016: Clinical Proteomics
Xiaorong Ma, Jin Wang, Yan Xu, Wanggang Zhang, Jie Liu, Xingmei Cao, Aili He, Fangxia Wang, Liufang Gu, Bo Lei, Jianli Wang
OBJECTIVE: To assess chemotherapeutic regimens for refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and middle-and-high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). METHODS: Between 2004 and 2014, 44 patients with refractory AML and 36 patients with MDS were treated with new priming regimens (CHAG, CHTG, CHMG, or CTMG), and 77 patients with refractory AML and 52 patients with MDS were treated with conventional priming regimens (CHG or CAG). This was a single-center retrospective analysis of remission, adverse event, mortality, and survival...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
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