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20 de setembre de 2018

Recent research provides a potential new therapy to treat myelodysplastic syndromes and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia

Recent research, led by Ruth Risueño, lead researcher at the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, published in the prestigious international journal Scientific Reports, has found a potential new therapy for patients affected by two kinds of blood cancer, myelodysplastic syndromes and chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia, two diseases for which, at present, treatment is insufficiently successful and can have serious side effects.

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Lo Re O, Douet J, Buschbeck M, Fusilli C, Pazienza V, Panebianco C, Castracani CC, Mazza T, Li Volti G, Vinciguerra M

Histone variant macroH2A1 rewires carbohydrate and lipid metabolism of hepatocellular carcinoma cells towards cancer stem cells.

Epigenetics 30 Ago 2018, . Epub 30 Ago 2018
Hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) contain a sub-population of cancer stem cells (CSCs) that are responsible for tumor relapse, metastasis, and chemoresistance. We recently showed that loss of macroH2A1, a variant of the histone H2A and an epigenetic regulator of stem-cell function, in HCC leads to CSC-like features such as resistance to chemotherapeutic agents and growth of large and relatively undifferentiated tumors in xenograft models. These HCC cells silenced for macroH2A1 also exhibited stem-like metabolic changes consistent with enhanced glycolysis. However, there is no consensus as to the metabolic characteristics of CSCs that render them adaptable to microenvironmental changes by conveniently shifting energy production source or by acquiring intermediate metabolic phenotypes. Here, we assessed long-term proliferation, energy metabolism, and central carbon metabolism in human hepatoma HepG2 cells depleted in macroH2A1. MacroH2A1-depleted HepG2 cells were insensitive to serum exhaustion and showed two distinct, but interdependent changes in glucose and lipid metabolism in CSCs: (1) massive upregulation of acetyl-coA that is transformed into enhanced lipid content and (2) increased activation of the pentose phosphate pathway, diverting glycolytic intermediates to provide precursors for nucleotide synthesis. Integration of metabolomic analyses with RNA-Seq data revealed a critical role for the Liver X Receptor pathway, whose inhibition resulted in attenuated CSCs-like features. These findings shed light on the metabolic phenotype of epigenetically modified CSC-like hepatic cells, and highlight a potential approach for selective therapeutic targeting.
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Avivi I, Boumendil A, Finel H, Nagler A, de Sousa AB, Santasusana JMR, Vandenberghe E, Afanasyev B, Bordessoule D, Moraleda JM, Garcia EC, Pohlreich D, Garcia GG, Thomson K, Or R, Beelen D, Zuffa E, Giebel S, Berthou C, Salles G, Melpignano A, Montoto S, Dreger P

Autologous stem cell transplantation for primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma: long-term outcome and role of post-transplant radiotherapy. A report of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Bone Marrow Transplant. Ago 2018, 53 (8) 1001-1009. Epub 20 Feb 2018
The purpose of this retrospective registry study was to investigate the outcome of autoSCT for primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) in the rituximab era, including the effects of eventual post-transplant radiotherapy (RT) consolidation. Patients with PMBCL aged between 18 and 70 years who were treated with a first autoSCT between 2000 and 2012 and registered with the EBMT were eligible. Eighty-six patients with confirmed PMBCL and the full data set required for this analysis were evaluable. Sixteen patients underwent autoSCT in remission after first-line therapy (CR/PR1), 44 patients were transplanted with chemosensitive relapsed or primary refractory disease (CR/PR >1), and 24 patients were chemorefractory at the time of autoSCT. With a median follow-up of 5 years, 3-year estimates of relapse incidence, progression-free survival, and overall survival were 6%, 94%, and 100% for CR/PR1; 31%, 64%, and 85% for CR/PR >1; and 52%, 39%, and 41% for REF, respectively. Whilst there was no significant benefit of post-transplant RT in the CR/PR >1 group, RT could completely prevent disease recurrence post d100 in the refractory group. In conclusion, autoSCT with or without consolidating RT is associated with excellent outcome in chemoimmunotherapy-sensitive PMBCL, whereas its benefits seem to be limited in chemoimmunotherapy-refractory disease.
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Buatois V, Johnson Z, Salgado-Pires S, Papaioannou A, Hatterer E, Chauchet X, Richard F, Barba L, Daubeuf B, Cons L, Broyer L, D'Asaro M, Matthes T, LeGallou S, Fest T, Tarte K, Clarke Hinojosa RK, Genescà Ferrer E, Ribera JM, Dey A, Bailey K, Fielding AK, Eissenberg L, Ritchey J, Rettig M, DiPersio JF, Kosco-Vilbois MH, Masternak K, Fischer N, Shang L, Ferlin WG

Preclinical Development of a Bispecific Antibody that Safely and Effectively Targets CD19 and CD47 for the Treatment of B-Cell Lymphoma and Leukemia.

Mol. Cancer Ther. Ago 2018, 17 (8) 1739-1751. Epub 9 Mai 2018
CD47, an ubiquitously expressed innate immune checkpoint receptor that serves as a universal "don't eat me" signal of phagocytosis, is often upregulated by hematologic and solid cancers to evade immune surveillance. Development of CD47-targeted modalities is hindered by the ubiquitous expression of the target, often leading to rapid drug elimination and hemotoxicity including anemia. To overcome such liabilities, we have developed a fully human bispecific antibody, NI-1701, designed to coengage CD47 and CD19 selectively on B cells. NI-1701 demonstrates favorable elimination kinetics with no deleterious effects seen on hematologic parameters following single or multiple administrations to nonhuman primates. Potent
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Miralles P, Navarro JT, Berenguer J, Gómez Codina J, Kwon M, Serrano D, Díez-Martín JL, Villà S, Rubio R, Menárguez J, Ribera Santasusana JM

GESIDA/PETHEMA recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of lymphomas in patients infected by the human immunodeficiency virus.

Med Clin (Barc) 13 Jul 2018, 151 (1) 39.e1-39.e17. Epub 19 Gen 2018
The incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's lymphoma is higher in patients with HIV infection than in the general population. Following the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), the prognostic significance of HIV-related variables has decreased, and lymphoma-related factors have become more pronounced. Currently, treatments for lymphomas in HIV-infected patients do not differ from those used in the general population. However, differentiating characteristics of seropositive patients, such as the need for cART and specific prophylaxis and treatment of certain opportunistic infections, should be considered. This document updates recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of lymphomas in HIV infected patients published by GESIDA/PETHEMA in 2008.
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Pardal E, Díez Baeza E, Salas Q, García T, Sancho JM, Monzón E, Moraleda JM, Córdoba R, de la Cruz F, Queizán JA, Rodríguez MJ, Navarro B, Hernández JA, Díez R, Vahi M, Viguria MC, Canales M, Peñarrubia MJ, González-López TJ, Montes-Moreno S, González-Barca E, Caballero D, Martín A

A new prognostic model identifies patients aged 80 years and older with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma who may benefit from curative treatment: A multicenter, retrospective analysis by the Spanish GELTAMO group.

Am. J. Hematol. Jul 2018, 93 (7) 867-873. Epub 6 Mai 2018
The means of optimally managing very elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has not been established. We retrospectively analyzed 252 patients aged 80-100 years, diagnosed with DLBCL or grade 3B follicular lymphoma, treated in 19 hospitals from the GELTAMO group. Primary objective was to analyze the influence of the type of treatment and comorbidity scales on progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). One hundred sixty-three patients (63%) were treated with chemotherapy that included anthracyclines and/or rituximab, whereas 15% received no chemotherapeutic treatment. With a median follow-up of 44 months, median PFS and OS were 9.5 and 12.5 months, respectively. In an analysis restricted to the 205 patients treated with any kind of chemotherapy, comorbidity scales did not influence the choice of treatment type significantly. Independent factors associated with better PFS and OS were: age < 86 years, cumulative illness rating scale (CIRS) score < 6, intermediate risk (1-2) R-IPI, and treatment with R-CHOP at full or reduced doses. We developed a prognostic model based on the multivariate analysis of the 108 patients treated with R-CHOP-like: median OS was 45 vs. 12 months (P = .001), respectively, for patients with 0-1 vs. 2-3 risk factors (age > 85 years, R-IPI 3-5 or CIRS > 5). In conclusion, treatment with R-CHOP-like is associated with good survival in a significant proportion of patients. We have developed a simple prognostic model that may aid the selection patients who could benefit from a curative treatment, although it needs to be validated in larger series.
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