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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722694/early-life-vincristine-exposure-evokes-mechanical-pain-hypersensitivity-in-the-developing-rat
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Katie A Schappacher, Lauren Styczynski, Mark L Baccei
Vincristine (VNC) is commonly used to treat pediatric cancers, including the most prevalent childhood malignancy, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Although clinical evidence suggests that VNC causes peripheral neuropathy in children, the degree to which pediatric chemotherapeutic regimens influence pain sensitivity throughout life remains unclear, in part because of the lack of an established animal model of chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain during early life. Therefore, this study investigated the effects of VNC exposure between postnatal days (P) 11 and 21 on mechanical and thermal pain sensitivity in the developing rat...
May 30, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719513/dihydrofolate-reductase-genetic-polymorphisms-affect-methotrexate-dose-requirements-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-on-maintenance-therapy
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Guillermo Gervasini, Silvia G de Murillo, Mercedes Jiménez, María D de la Maya, Jose M Vagace
We have aimed to determine the effect of polymorphisms in regulatory regions of the DHFR gene in relation to methotrexate (MTX) dose adjustments and drug-induced toxicity in children on maintenance therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In total, 41 children diagnosed with ALL were screened for 3 tag-single nucleotide polymorphisms in the DHFR promoter (C-1610G, C-680G/T, A-317G) and an intronic 19-bp insertion/deletion. Genotypes were analyzed in relation to dose requirements and toxicity. The percentage of MTX dose administered (with respect to protocol-recommended values) was affected by DHFR polymorphisms...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719512/a-pediatric-case-of-persistent-thrombocytopenia-in-a-patient-who-developed-all
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Haroon Shaukat, Jessica O'Mara, Michelle Neier
Inherited thrombocytopenia is a topic that was expanded greatly over the last decade and many new genes are being identified. However, inheritance patterns are not always easy to identify because sporadic cases from de novo mutations may in fact be more common. Few studies have assessed the relationship between thrombocytopenia and malignancies, specifically acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Here we present a pediatric case of persistent thrombocytopenia associated with T-cell ALL. Our patient was initially diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenic purpura with no evidence of malignancy on bone marrow biopsy but presented shortly after with ALL...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704720/the-dana-farber-consortium-protocol-dfcp-vs-classic-hyper-cvad-for-treatment-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-patients-50-y-single-institution-experience
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Amal S Alabdulwahab, Hussein G Elsayed, Mohamed A Sherisher, Ahmed Zeeneldin, Khalofa Alghamdi, Wafaa M Elbjeirami
BACKGROUND: The use of intensive pediatric protocols for the treatment of ALL is being extended to older adults. AIM OF THE STUDY: Analysis of the efficacy and toxicity results of pediatric DFCP vs. classic Hyper-CVAD protocol for the treatment of patients with ALL < 50 Y. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective single center comparative analysis of DFCP & classic Hyper-CVAD for first line treatment of patients with ALL < 50 Y. RESULTS: 73 patients were included, 43 received DFCP and 30 received Hyper-CVAD protocol...
June 28, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702060/oral-health-status-salivary-ph-status-and-streptococcus-mutans-counts-in-dental-plaques-and-saliva-of-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Romina Mazaheri, Ebrahim Jabbarifar, Elnaz Ghasemi, Elahe Akkafzadeh, Elmira Poursaeid
BACKGROUND: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), accounting for 23% of all malignancies in children, is the most prevalent pediatric malignancy. This study compared dental caries, oral hygiene status, salivary pH, and Streptococcus mutans counts in dental plaques and saliva of children with leukemia with those of healthy controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This case-control cross-sectional study assessed 32 children with ALL and 32 healthy children (4-9-year-old) for gingival bleeding index (GBI), decayed, missing, and filled/decayed, missing, and filled surfaces (DMF/dmfs), and plaque index (PI)...
May 2017: Dental Research Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698845/intrachromosomal-amplification-of-chromosome-21-in-korean-pediatric-patients-with-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-a-single-institution
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Mina Yang, Eun Sang Yi, Hee Jin Kim, Keon Hee Yoo, Hong Hoe Koo, Sun-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Intrachromosomal amplification of chromosome 21 (iAMP21), defined as the presence of three or more RUNX1 signals on one marker chromosome, is a distinct cytogenetic subgroup of childhood B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) that is known to have a poor prognosis when treated with standard therapy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics of Korean children with iAMP21. METHODS: The cytogenetic data from BCP-ALL children were reviewed...
June 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698205/an-fc-engineered-cd19-antibody-eradicates-mrd-in-patient-derived-mll-rearranged-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-xenografts
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Denis M Schewe, Ameera Alsadeq, Cornelia Sattler, Lennart Lenk, Fotini Vogiatzi, Gunnar Cario, Simon Vieth, Thomas Valerius, Sophia Rosskopf, Fabian Meyersieck, Julia Alten, Martin Schrappe, Martin Gramatzki, Matthias Peipp, Christian Kellner
Antibody therapy constitutes a major advance in the treatment of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL). To evaluate the efficacy and the mechanisms of action of CD19 monoclonal antibody therapy in pediatric BCP-ALL, an Fc engineered CD19 antibody carrying the S239D/I332E mutation for improved effector cell recruitment (CD19-DE) was tested. Patient derived xenografts (PDX) of pediatric MLL-rearranged ALL were established in NOD.Cg-Prkdc(scid) Il2rg(tm1Wjl)/SzJ (NSG) mice. Antibody CD19-DE was efficient in prolonging the survival of NSG mice in a minimal residual disease (MRD) model...
July 11, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697166/cytomegalovirus-cavitary-pneumonia-in-nontransplant-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#8
Francesco De Leonardis, Teresa Perillo, Rosa M Daniele, Nicola Santoro
Lung cavitary lesions are a rare finding in the nontransplant setting of a patient with acute leukemia. Among viral agents, cytomegalovirus (CMV) may cause pulmonary nodules and cavities in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, but during pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment, CMV disease is less common. Here we report the case of a boy affected by acute lymphoblastic leukemia who suffered severe cavitary CMV pneumonia during chemotherapy, and we review the current literature...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697165/association-of-cyp3a5-expression-and-vincristine-neurotoxicity-in-pediatric-malignancies-in-turkish-population
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Hülya Kayilioğlu, Ulker Kocak, Derya Kan Karaer, Emriye F Percin, Ertan Sal, Funda Tekkesin, Melek Isik, Nergiz Oner, Fatma B Belen, Ebru Yilmaz Keskin, Arzu Okur, Meryem Albayrak, Zuhre Kaya, Faruk G Pinarli, Idil Yenicesu, Ceyda Karadeniz, Aynur Oguz, Turkiz Gursel
Vincristine is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of childhood malignancies. Neuropathy is the most common adverse effect. CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 enzymes of cytochrome p450 enzyme system are responsible in vincristine metabolism. Genetic polymorphism may alter the vincristine metabolism and the neurotoxicity rate. In this study, distribution of CYP3A5 alleles among Turkish children with malignancies, relation between CYP3A5 genotype and neurotoxicity rates, as well as severity and duration of neuropathy and total vincristine doses were investigated...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696051/unexpected-acute-renal-injury-after-high-dose-etoposide-phosphate-and-total-body-irradiation-in-children-undergoing-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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C Cordero, C Loboda, I Clerc-Urmès, L Clément, C Pochon, P Chastagner
High-dose etoposide phosphate, a water-soluble prodrug of etoposide, may be used after total body irradiation (TBI) in pediatric allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for lymphoblastic leukemia. In a retrospective study of 21 children treated at the Nancy University Hospital (2000-2014), we identified unprecedentedly an unexpectedly high incidence (57%) of acute renal injury following etoposide phosphate infusion. Patients who developed renal function impairment experienced more severe mucositis but had outcomes similar to those who did not...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696047/a-randomized-trial-of-the-effectiveness-of-the-neutropenic-diet-versus-food-safety-guidelines-on-infection-rate-in-pediatric-oncology-patients
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Karen M Moody, Rebecca A Baker, Ruth O Santizo, Inan Olmez, Jeanie M Spies, Amanda Buthmann, Linda Granowetter, Robin Y Dulman, Kanyalakshmi Ayyanar, Jonathan B Gill, Aaron E Carroll
BACKGROUND: The neutropenic diet (ND) is prescribed to avoid introduction of bacteria into a host's gastrointestinal tract and reduce infection. Due to a lack of evidence to support the ND, there continues to be debate among pediatric oncologists regarding its usefulness. This prospective randomized controlled trial evaluated the difference in neutropenic infection rates in pediatric oncology patients randomized to Food and Drug Administration approved food safety guidelines (FSGs) versus the ND plus FSGs during one cycle of chemotherapy...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686179/when-less-is-good-is-none-better-the-prognostic-and-therapeutic-significance-of-peri-transplant-minimal-residual-disease-assessment-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Adam Lamble, Rachel Phelan, Michael Burke
The measurement of minimal residual disease (MRD) in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has become the most important prognostic tool of, and the backbone to, upfront risk stratification. While MRD assessment is the standard of care for assessing response and predicting outcomes for pediatric patients with ALL receiving chemotherapy, its use in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) has been less clearly defined. Herein, we discuss the importance of MRD assessment during the peri-HSCT period and its role in prognostication and management...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684168/rnai-prodrugs-targeting-plk1-induce-specific-gene-silencing-in-primary-cells-from-pediatric-t-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-patients
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Iryna Kolosenko, Elin Edsbäcker, Ann-Charlotte Björklund, Alexander S Hamil, Oksana Goroshchuk, Dan Grandér, Steven F Dowdy, Caroline Palm-Apergi
Epidemiological studies of childhood leukemia survivors reveal an alarmingly high incidence of chronic health disabilities after treatment, therefore, more specific therapies need to be developed. Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a key player in mitosis and a target for drug development as it is upregulated in multiple cancer types. Small molecules targeting Plk1 are mainly ATP-competitors and, therefore, are known to elicit side effects due to lack of specificity. RNA interference (RNAi) is known for its high catalytic activity and target selectivity; however, the biggest barrier for its introduction into clinical use is its delivery...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681659/the-relationship-of-genetics-nursing-practice-and-informatics-tools-in-6-mercaptopurine-dosing-in-pediatric-oncology
#14
Wendy J Haylett
An antileukemic agent prescribed for pediatric oncology patients during the maintenance phase of therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 6-mercaptopurine (6-MP), is highly influenced by genetic variations in the thiopurine S-methyltransferase enzyme. As such, 6-MP must be dosed so that patients with 1 or 2 inactive thiopurine S-methyltransferase alleles will not incur an increased risk for myelosuppression or other toxicities. Informatics tools such as clinical decision support systems are useful for the application of this and similar pharmacogenetics information to the realm of nursing and clinical practice for safe and effective patient care...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678092/a-rare-case-of-spontaneous-remission-of-terminal-deoxynucleotidyl-transferase-negative-b-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#15
Asneha Iqbal, Joanna Weinstein, Victoria Angelova, Dipti Dighe, Lisa Giordano
Spontaneous remission of untreated pediatric leukemia is an extremely rare occurrence. The underlying mechanism may be because of an immune-mediated process or increased cortisol production during stress or infection. We describe a rare case of terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase negative B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia with concurrent infection that went into remission without treatment with chemotherapy or corticosteroids. Though B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia can rarely go into spontaneous remission, these patients require close follow-up as most patients will eventually develop recurrence...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671688/the-genomic-landscape-of-pediatric-and-young-adult-t-lineage-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#16
Yu Liu, John Easton, Ying Shao, Jamie Maciaszek, Zhaoming Wang, Mark R Wilkinson, Kelly McCastlain, Michael Edmonson, Stanley B Pounds, Lei Shi, Xin Zhou, Xiaotu Ma, Edgar Sioson, Yongjin Li, Michael Rusch, Pankaj Gupta, Deqing Pei, Cheng Cheng, Malcolm A Smith, Jaime Guidry Auvil, Daniela S Gerhard, Mary V Relling, Naomi J Winick, Andrew J Carroll, Nyla A Heerema, Elizabeth Raetz, Meenakshi Devidas, Cheryl L Willman, Richard C Harvey, William L Carroll, Kimberly P Dunsmore, Stuart S Winter, Brent L Wood, Brian P Sorrentino, James R Downing, Mignon L Loh, Stephen P Hunger, Jinghui Zhang, Charles G Mullighan
Genetic alterations that activate NOTCH1 signaling and T cell transcription factors, coupled with inactivation of the INK4/ARF tumor suppressors, are hallmarks of T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), but detailed genome-wide sequencing of large T-ALL cohorts has not been carried out. Using integrated genomic analysis of 264 T-ALL cases, we identified 106 putative driver genes, half of which had not previously been described in childhood T-ALL (for example, CCND3, CTCF, MYB, SMARCA4, ZFP36L2 and MYCN)...
July 3, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671687/recurrent-spi1-pu-1-fusions-in-high-risk-pediatric-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#17
Masafumi Seki, Shunsuke Kimura, Tomoya Isobe, Kenichi Yoshida, Hiroo Ueno, Yaeko Nakajima-Takagi, Changshan Wang, Lin Lin, Ayana Kon, Hiromichi Suzuki, Yusuke Shiozawa, Keisuke Kataoka, Yoichi Fujii, Yuichi Shiraishi, Kenichi Chiba, Hiroko Tanaka, Teppei Shimamura, Kyoko Masuda, Hiroshi Kawamoto, Kentaro Ohki, Motohiro Kato, Yuki Arakawa, Katsuyoshi Koh, Ryoji Hanada, Hiroshi Moritake, Masaharu Akiyama, Ryoji Kobayashi, Takao Deguchi, Yoshiko Hashii, Toshihiko Imamura, Atsushi Sato, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Akira Oka, Yasuhide Hayashi, Masatoshi Takagi, Atsushi Manabe, Akira Ohara, Keizo Horibe, Masashi Sanada, Atsushi Iwama, Hiroyuki Mano, Satoru Miyano, Seishi Ogawa, Junko Takita
The outcome of treatment-refractory and/or relapsed pediatric T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is extremely poor, and the genetic basis for this is not well understood. Here we report comprehensive profiling of 121 cases of pediatric T-ALL using transcriptome and/or targeted capture sequencing, through which we identified new recurrent gene fusions involving SPI1 (STMN1-SPI1 and TCF7-SPI1). Cases positive for fusions involving SPI1 (encoding PU.1), accounting for 3.9% (7/181) of the examined pediatric T-ALL cases, showed a double-negative (DN; CD4(-)CD8(-)) or CD8(+) single-positive (SP) phenotype and had uniformly poor overall survival...
July 3, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667917/identification-of-peptide-mediated-interactions-between-human-pttg-and-sh3-domains-in-pall-gene-expression-profile
#18
Tingting Yan, Xiangxiang Shi, Jing Fu
Human pituitary tumor-transforming gene (PTTG) plays an essential role in the development and progression of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (pALL). PTTG has two SH3-binding peptide motifs that can be recognized by a variety of SH3-containing proteins in the pALL through peptide-mediated interactions. In this study, the gene expression profile of pALL was examined in detail by integrating computational modeling and experimental assay, aiming to identify those potential partner proteins of human PTTG...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665443/management-of-presumed-endogenous-fungal-endophthalmitis-in-a-child-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Katherine E Uyhazi, Anton M Kolomeyer, Iga N Gray, Anastasia Traband, Anita A Kohli, Joan M O'Brien, Albert M Maguire
The authors describe a case of presumed endogenous fungal endophthalmitis in an immunocompetent pediatric patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A 15-year-old boy with a history of high-risk B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia status post-chemotherapy presented with acute changes in vision in his left eye. Fundus examination revealed a white bi-lobed chorioretinal lesion with overlying vitritis and associated subretinal fluid. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed small ring-enhancing lesions in the right parietal and left occipital lobes...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660740/prolonged-first-line-peg-asparaginase-treatment-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-the-nopho-all2008-protocol-pharmacokinetics-and-antibody-formation
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Louise Tram Henriksen, Sofie Gottschalk Højfeldt, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Thomas Leth Frandsen, Peder Skov Wehner, Henrik Schrøder, Birgitte Klug Albertsen
BACKGROUND: As pegylated asparaginase is becoming the preferred first-line asparaginase preparation in the chemotherapy regimens of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), there is a need to evaluate this treatment. METHODS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of prolonged upfront biweekly PEG-asparaginase (where PEG is polyethylene glycol) treatment by measuring serum l-asparaginase activity and formation of anti-PEG-asparaginase antibodies...
June 29, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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