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Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Ling Li, John C Byrd, Kausar J Jabbar, Ganiraju C Manyam, Charlotte Maria de Winde, Michiel van den Brand, Alexandar Tzankov, Carlo Visco, Jing Wang, Karen Dybkaer, April Chiu, Attilio Orazi, Youli Zu, Govind Bhagat, Kristy L Richards, Eric D Hsi, William W L Choi, Jooryung Huh, Maurilio Ponzoni, Andrés J M Ferreri, Michael B Møller, Ben M Parsons, Jane N Winter, Michael Wang, Fredrick B Hagemeister, Miguel A Piris, J Han van Krieken, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Yong Li, Annemiek B van Spriel, Ken H Young
CD37 (tetraspanin TSPAN26) is a B-cell surface antigen widely expressed on mature B-cells. CD37 is involved in immune regulation and tumor suppression but its function has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we assessed CD37 expression in de novo diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and investigated its clinical and biologic significance in 773 patients treated with rituximab-CHOP and 231 patients treated with CHOP chemotherapy. We found CD37 loss (CD37(-)) in ~60% of DLBCL predicted significantly decreased survival rates in R-CHOP-treated patients, independent of the International Prognostic Index (IPI), germinal-center-B-cell-like (GCB)/activated-B-cell-like (ABC) cell-of-origin, nodal/extranodal primary origin, and the prognostic factors associated with CD37(-), including TP53 mutation, NF-κB(high), Myc(high), p-STAT3(high), survivin(high), p63(-), and BCL6 translocation...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Umberto Gianelli, Daniele Cattaneo, Anna Bossi, Ivan Cortinovis, Leonardo Boiocchi, Yen-Chun Liu, Claudia Augello, Arturo Bonometti, Stefano Fiori, Nicola Orofino, Francesca Guidotti, Attilio Orazi, Alessandra Iurlo
In this study, we investigate in detail the morphological, clinical and molecular features of 71 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of myeloproliferative neoplasms, unclassifiable. We performed a meticulous morphological analysis and found that most of the cases displayed a hypercellular bone marrow (70%) with normal erythropoiesis without left-shifting (59%), increased granulopoiesis with left-shifting (73%) and increased megakaryocytes with loose clustering (96%). Megakaryocytes displayed frequent giant forms with hyperlobulated or bulbous nuclei and/or other maturation defects...
October 14, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Sara Biagiotti, Michele Menotta, Sara Orazi, Chiara Spapperi, Serena Brundu, Alessandra Fraternale, Marzia Bianchi, Luigia Rossi, Luciana Chessa, Mauro Magnani
Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is a rare incurable neurodegenerative disease caused by biallelic mutations in the gene for ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM). The lack of a functional ATM kinase leads to a pleiotropic phenotype, and oxidative stress is considered to have a crucial role in the complex physiopathology. Recently, steroids have been shown to reduce the neurological symptoms of the disease, although the molecular mechanism of this effect is largely unknown. In the present study, we have demonstrated that dexamethasone treatment of A-T lymphoblastoid cells increases the content of two of the most abundant antioxidants [glutathione (GSH) and NADPH] by up to 30%...
September 16, 2016: FEBS Journal
Y Xia, Z Y Xu-Monette, A Tzankov, X Li, G C Manyam, V Murty, G Bhagat, S Zhang, L Pasqualucci, L Zhang, C Visco, K Dybkaer, A Chiu, A Orazi, Y Zu, K L Richards, E D Hsi, W W L Choi, J H van Krieken, J Huh, M Ponzoni, A J M Ferreri, M B Møller, B M Parsons, J N Winter, M A Piris, J Westin, N Fowler, R N Miranda, C Y Ok, J Li, L J Medeiros, K H Young
PRDM1/BLIMP-1, a master regulator of plasma-cell differentiation, is frequently inactivated in activated B-cell-like (ABC) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients. Little is known about its genetic aberrations and relevant clinical implications. We assessed a large cohort of patients with de novo DLBCL for PRDM1/BLIMP-1 deletion, mutation, and protein expression. BLIMP-1 expression was frequently associated with the ABC phenotype and plasmablastic morphologic subtype of DLBCL, yet 63% of the ABC-DLBCL patients were negative for BLIMP-1 protein expression...
August 29, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Marco Pizzi, Usama Gergis, Felicia Chaviano, Attilio Orazi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is the only curative treatment for myeloproliferative neoplasm-associated myelofibrosis (MPN-MF). The main clinical manifestation of MPN-MF is splenomegaly secondary to extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH). The effects of HSCT on splenic EMH and associated vascular and stromal changes are unknown. This study compares the findings seen in spleens following HSCT with those of nontransplanted patients, normal controls, and matched bone marrow (BM) samples...
September 2016: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
Michela Massoud, Francesca Del Bufalo, Anna Maria Caterina Musolino, Paolo Maria Schingo, Stefania Gaspari, Mara Pisani, Cinzia Orazi, Antonino Reale, Umberto Raucci
BACKGROUND: Low back pain is a common symptom in the pediatric population; approximately half of all children present with at least one episode of low back pain. The majority of cases are due to nonspecific causes such as musculoskeletal trauma with spontaneous regression. On some occasions, however, life-threatening diseases have to be considered. CASE REPORT: A 15-year-old girl presented to the Pediatric Emergency Department for a history of continuous 2-day duration of low back pain and transient paresthesia of the right gluteal area...
September 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kseniya Petrova-Drus, Robert Hasserjian, Olga Pozdnyakova, Paola Dal Cin, Susan Mathew, Elizabeth Margolskee, Attilio Orazi, Julia T Geyer
The significance of an isolated trisomy 8 (+8) in the diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is not well established. It is common in MDS, but is not considered as an MDS-defining abnormality in the absence of morphologic dysplasia. We evaluated two groups of patients with isolated +8 and either low-grade MDS (LG-MDS) or idiopathic cytopenia of undetermined significance (ICUS). At presentation, ICUS patients had a lower platelet count (85.0 vs 163.5 × 10(9) cells/L; p = 0.02), while MDS patients had more frequent incidence of isolated anemia (64% vs 0%, p = 0...
July 7, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Sa A Wang, Wayne Tam, Albert G Tsai, Daniel A Arber, Robert P Hasserjian, Julia T Geyer, Tracy I George, David R Czuchlewski, Kathryn Foucar, Heesun J Rogers, Eric D Hsi, B Bryan Rea, Adam Bagg, Paola Dal Cin, Chong Zhao, Todd W Kelley, Srdan Verstovsek, Carlos Bueso-Ramos, Attilio Orazi
The distinction between chronic eosinophilic leukemia, not otherwise specified and idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome largely relies on clonality assessment. Prior to the advent of next-generation sequencing, clonality was usually determined by cytogenetic analysis. We applied targeted next-generation sequencing panels designed for myeloid neoplasms to bone marrow specimens from a cohort of idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome patients (n=51), and assessed the significance of mutations in conjunction with clinicopathological features...
August 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
J T Geyer, A Orazi
Since the publication of the latest World Health Organization (WHO) classification in 2008, there has been a significant effort for clarification of unresolved questions, especially with the help of the rapidly developing field of molecular genetic studies, next-generation sequencing in particular. Numerous entities within the WHO categories of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) and myelodysplastic (MDS)/MPNs have been extensively studied, with large published series attempting to characterize and better define their morphologic and molecular genetic features...
May 2016: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Amy E Baker, Andreas Diepold, Sherry L Kuchma, Jessie E Scott, Dae Gon Ha, Giulia Orazi, Judith P Armitage, George A O'Toole
UNLABELLED: The second messenger cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) is an important regulator of motility in many bacterial species. In Pseudomonas aeruginosa, elevated levels of c-di-GMP promote biofilm formation and repress flagellum-driven swarming motility. The rotation of P. aeruginosa's polar flagellum is controlled by two distinct stator complexes, MotAB, which cannot support swarming motility, and MotCD, which promotes swarming motility. Here we show that when c-di-GMP levels are elevated, swarming motility is repressed by the PilZ domain-containing protein FlgZ and by Pel polysaccharide production...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Daniel A Arber, Attilio Orazi, Robert Hasserjian, Jürgen Thiele, Michael J Borowitz, Michelle M Le Beau, Clara D Bloomfield, Mario Cazzola, James W Vardiman
The World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumors of the hematopoietic and lymphoid tissues was last updated in 2008. Since then, there have been numerous advances in the identification of unique biomarkers associated with some myeloid neoplasms and acute leukemias, largely derived from gene expression analysis and next-generation sequencing that can significantly improve the diagnostic criteria as well as the prognostic relevance of entities currently included in the WHO classification and that also suggest new entities that should be added...
May 19, 2016: Blood
Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Qipan Deng, Ganiraju C Manyam, Alexander Tzankov, Ling Li, Yi Xia, Xiao-Xiao Wang, Dehui Zou, Carlo Visco, Karen Dybkær, Jun Li, Li Zhang, Han Liang, Santiago Montes-Moreno, April Chiu, Attilio Orazi, Youli Zu, Govind Bhagat, Kristy L Richards, Eric D Hsi, William W L Choi, J Han van Krieken, Jooryung Huh, Maurilio Ponzoni, Andrés J M Ferreri, Ben M Parsons, Michael B Møller, Sa A Wang, Roberto N Miranda, Miguel A Piris, Jane N Winter, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Yong Li, Ken H Young
PURPOSE: MYC is a critical driver oncogene in many cancers, and its deregulation in the forms of translocation and overexpression has been implicated in lymphomagenesis and progression of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The MYC mutational profile and its roles in DLBCL are unknown. This study aims to determine the spectrum of MYC mutations in a large group of patients with DLBCL, and to evaluate the clinical significance of MYC mutations in patients with DLBCL treated with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) immunochemotherapy...
July 15, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Vignesh Shanmugam, Elizabeth Margolskee, Michael Kluk, Tamara Giorgadze, Attilio Orazi
Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD) or sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy is a rare histiocytic proliferation that is generally considered to be reactive with a benign clinical course. The etiology of RDD is very poorly understood. Recent studies have shown frequent BRAF, NRAS, KRAS, and PIK3CA activating mutations in several histiocytic neoplasms highlighting the emerging importance of the RAF/MEK/ERK pathway in the pathogenesis of these diseases. Here we report a case of Rosai-Dorfman disease involving the submandibular salivary gland with a KRAS K117N missense mutation discovered by next-generation sequencing...
September 2016: Head and Neck Pathology
Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Shanxiang Zhang, Xin Li, Ganiraju C Manyam, Xiao-Xiao Wang, Yi Xia, Carlo Visco, Alexandar Tzankov, Li Zhang, Santiago Montes-Moreno, Karen Dybkaer, April Chiu, Attilio Orazi, Youli Zu, Govind Bhagat, Kristy L Richards, Eric D Hsi, William W L Choi, J Han van Krieken, Jooryung Huh, Maurilio Ponzoni, Andrés J M Ferreri, Xiaoying Zhao, Michael B Møller, Ben M Parsons, Jane N Winter, Miguel A Piris, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Ken H Young
The role of p53 family member p63 in oncogenesis is the subject of controversy. Limited research has been done on the clinical implications of p63 expression in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). In this study, we assessed p63 expression in de novo DLBCL samples (n=795) by immunohistochemistry with a pan-p63-monoclonal antibody and correlated it with other clinicopathologic factors and clinical outcomes. p63 expression was observed in 42.5% of DLBCL, did not correlate with p53 levels, but correlated with p21, MDM2, p16INK4A, Ki-67, Bcl-6, IRF4/MUM-1 and CD30 expression, REL gains, and BCL6 translocation...
February 2016: Aging
Giuseppe Armocida
The biography of a medical doctor can be considered basically restrictive if it is limited to the description of his life, but - if it is the start point for a more general investigation of a human and professional environment, as it is the case of this volume - it takes on a prismatic character which allows to describe all the forces in action in the historical period covered by such an intense life. Actually, it is true that the events of individual lives allow to understand and interpret the great historical phenomena...
November 2015: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
Razvan Lapadat, Richard L Tower, Wayne Tam, Attilio Orazi, Gabriela Gheorghe
Pure erythroid leukemia (PEL) is a rare type of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a very aggressive clinical course. Presentation as a myeloid/erythroid sarcoma is exceedingly rare. We describe an infantile PEL presenting as a multifocal myeloid sarcoma, clinically and pathologically mimicking Ewing sarcoma/PNET family of tumors. The patient died 8 weeks after the initial presentation due to widespread disease. Our case shows that PEL needs to be considered in the differential diagnosis of small round blue cell tumors in infancy...
May 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Qing Ye, Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Alexandar Tzankov, Lijuan Deng, Xiaoxiao Wang, Ganiraju C Manyam, Carlo Visco, Santiago Montes-Moreno, Li Zhang, Karen Dybkær, April Chiu, Attilio Orazi, Youli Zu, Govind Bhagat, Kristy L Richards, Eric D Hsi, William W L Choi, J Han van Krieken, Jooryung Huh, Maurilio Ponzoni, Andrés J M Ferreri, Ben M Parsons, Michael B Møller, Miguel A Piris, Jane N Winter, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Shimin Hu, Ken H Young
Double-hit B-cell lymphoma is a common designation for a group of tumors characterized by concurrent translocations of MYC and BCL2, BCL6, or other genes. The prognosis of concurrent MYC and BCL6 translocations is not well known. In this study, we assessed rearrangements and expression of MYC, BCL2 and BCL6 in 898 patients with de novo diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated with standard chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone plus rituximab). Neither BCL6 translocation alone (more frequent in activated B-cell like diffuse large B-cell lymphoma) nor in combination with MYC translocation (observed in 2...
January 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Bouthaina S Dabaja, Xiaoxiao Wang, Meifeng Tu, Ganiraju C Manyam, Alexander Tzankov, Yi Xia, Li Zhang, Ruifang Sun, Carlo Visco, Karen Dybkaer, Lihui Yin, April Chiu, Attilio Orazi, Youli Zu, Govind Bhagat, Kristy L Richards, Eric D Hsi, William W L Choi, J Han van Krieken, Jooryung Huh, Maurilio Ponzoni, Andrés J M Ferreri, Michael B Møller, Ben M Parsons, Xiaoying Zhao, Jane N Winter, Miguel A Piris, Timothy J McDonnell, Roberto N Miranda, Yong Li, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Ken H Young
MYC dysregulation, including MYC gene rearrangement and Myc protein overexpression, is of increasing clinical importance in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). However, the roles of MYC and the relative importance of rearrangement vs overexpression remain to be refined. Gaining knowledge about the tumor biology associated with MYC dysregulation is important to understand the roles of MYC and MYC-associated biology in lymphomagenesis. In this study, we determined MYC rearrangement status (n=344) and Myc expression (n=535) in a well-characterized DLBCL cohort, individually assessed the clinical and pathobiological features of patients with MYC rearrangement and Myc protein overexpression, and analyzed the prognosis and gene expression profiling signatures associated with these MYC abnormalities in germinal center B-cell-like and activated B-cell-like DLBCL...
December 2015: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Katherine E Price, Giulia Orazi, Kathryn L Ruoff, Wesley P Hebert, George A O'Toole, Paul Mastoridis
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a human genetic disease that results in the accumulation of thick, sticky mucus in the airways, which results in chronic, life-long bacterial biofilm infections that are difficult to clear with antibiotics. Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection is correlated with worsening lung disease and P. aeruginosa transitions to an antibiotic tolerant state during chronic infections. Tobramycin is an aminoglycoside currently used to combat lung infections in individuals with CF. While tobramycin is effective at eradicating P...
2015: PloS One
Tariq I Mughal, Nicholas C P Cross, Eric Padron, Ramon V Tiu, Michael Savona, Luca Malcovati, Raoul Tibes, Rami S Komrokji, Jean-Jacques Kiladjian, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Attilio Orazi, Ruben Mesa, Jaroslaw P Maciejewski, Pierre Fenaux, Raphael Itzykson, Ghulam Mufti, Eric Solary, Alan F List
In the 2008 WHO classification, chronic myeloid malignancies that share both myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative features define the myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative group, which includes chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, atypical chronic myeloid leukemia, refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts and thrombocytosis, and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative unclassified. With the notable exception of refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts and thrombocytosis, there is much overlap among the various subtypes at the molecular and clinical levels, and a better definition of these entities, an understanding of their biology and an identification of subtype-specific molecular or cellular markers are needed...
September 2015: Haematologica
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