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GSE78963 A Multicenter, First-in-Pediatrics, Randomized Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Decitabine as Epigenetic Priming with Induction Chemotherapy in Children with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Conclusions: This first-in-pediatric trial of epigenetic priming in patients with newly diagnosed AML demonstrates that decitabine pre-treatment followed by standard combination chemotherapy is well tolerated in children with newly diagnosed AML. Morphologic complete responses were similar in both treatment arms. MRD at Day 30 following induction therapy suggests a deeper remission in patients receiving decitabine. No differences were observed between treatment arms in hematologic toxicities although decitabine-treated patients were noted to have more gastrointestinal toxicities, anorexia and hypophosphatemia. Decitabine PK parameters in children were consistent with known adult PK profiles. Molecular changes associated with decitabine pretreatment may be important in the sensitization of clonogenic AML cells. Pre-treatment with decitabine may represent a therapeutic option for use in pediatric AML, when epigenetic modification is a desired focus for treatment.
Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Methylation profiling by array Homo sapiens Source Type: research

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Source: The American Journal of Dermatopathology - Category: Pathology Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research
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Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Radiology Corner Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Clinical and Laboratory Observations Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology - Category: Hematology Tags: Clinical and Laboratory Observations Source Type: research
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