Keeping the Kraken asleep

(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) Despite enormous progress in cancer therapy, many patients still relapse because their treatment addresses the symptoms of the disease rather than the cause, the so-called stem cells. Work in the group of Veronika Sexl at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna has given a tantalizing clue to a solution. In the current issue of Blood, the scientists report that the cell-cycle kinase CDK6 is required for activation of the stem cells responsible for causing leukemia.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

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Adults diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia have a poor prognosis, with only 30% surviving at five years. Despite advances in our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of AML, the chemotherapy backbone used to treat most patients (combination cytarabine and anthracycline) remains unchanged since 1973.With the goal of identifying a new differentiation therapy, we previously performed a small molecule phenotypic screen to find compounds that triggered myeloid maturation. Unexpectedly, our most active hits were inhibitors of the enzyme dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH). The DHODH-inhibitor brequinar demonstrated dr...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 616. Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Novel Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster II Source Type: research
This study investigated the effects of PTL and SSZ on unsorted, CD200+ and CD200- BCP-ALL subpopulations in the presence of MSC. Six MRD low risk and 4 risk cases were co-cultured on MSC, at a 2:1 ratio, 1 hour prior to addition of PTL at various doses up to 10mM. After 24 hours, cells were stained with Annexin V and PI and viability was assessed by flow cytometry. In the absence of MSC, low risk cases were slightly less sensitive to PTL with an IC50 of 2.23mM compared to risk ones (IC50 1.54mM, P=0.61). Interestingly, 4 of 6 low risk cases, which were less sensitive to PTL, had normal karyotypes, while the 2 responsive ca...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 614. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster III Source Type: research
The hematopoietic system is one of the most well-studied and well-characterized differentiation hierarchies in the mammalian body, and hematopoiesis has for decades served as a paradigm for how stem cells generate complex, self-renewing tissues and maintain them under homeostatic, physiological stress and regenerative conditions. The hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) plays a central role in all of these scenarios: HSCs provide the developmental origin of definitive hematopoiesis, sustain baseline blood cell production and are activated in response to physiological stress. In addition, HSC are capable of regenerating the hemato...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Thrombopoiesis Revised: From Lung to Hematopoietic Stem Cell Platelet Bias Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to explore whether changes in serum markers of inflammation underlie differences in cognitive functioning among patients treated for hematological malignancies.Methods. The sample comprised participants treated for lymphoma or multiple myeloma who were participating in a feasibility study of a computerized cognitive training program. Prior to the intervention, a battery of neuropsychological tests were administered to assess cognitive function in the following domains: Learning Efficiency and Memory; Information Processing and Psychomotor Efficiency; and Executive Functioning and Working Mem...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 904. Outcomes Research-Malignant Conditions Source Type: research
Conclusions: This study demonstrated the efficacy and safety of the recommended dose level of blinatumomab in a high-risk adult R/R ALL population. Response rates in Japanese patients were consistent with those in global studies, and no new safety signals were identified.DisclosuresKobayashi: Ohtuka: Research Funding; Pfizer: Research Funding; Astellas: Research Funding. Zimmerman: Amgen Inc.: Employment, Equity Ownership. Minami: Kyowa-Kirin: Honoraria, Research Funding; MSD: Honoraria, Other: Clinical Trial, Research Funding; Ono Yakuhin: Honoraria, Other: Clinical Trial, Research Funding; Behringer: Honoraria, Research ...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 612. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Clinical Studies Source Type: research
Conclusions: The most common regimen during LOT1 was bendamustine + rituximab, and was ibrutinib during LOT2 and LOT3.This study provides evidence that occurrence of AEs among patients with CLL receiving systemic anti-cancer therapy in the real-world setting is substantial and associated with significant health care cost. The economic burden associated with increased AEs underscores the need for treatments with fewer AEs.Figure.DisclosuresKabadi: AstraZeneca: Employment. Le: Optum: Employment; Optum/United Health Group: Equity Ownership. Dacosta Byfield: Optum/United Health Group: Equity Ownership; Optum: Employment. Olufa...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 904. Outcomes Research-Malignant Conditions: Real World Outcomes Source Type: research
(UCLA Samueli School of Engineering) A cancer therapy based on fusing two types of cells into a single unit shows promise in strengthening existing treatments for acute myeloid leukemia. The approach joins blood platelets that carry cancer drugs with stem cells that guide the platelets into bone marrow where leukemia begins.
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: although the aggressiveness of treatment affects quality of life, patients consider it satisfactory after the first year. There are few significant differences between autologous and allogenic patients, and both groups have recovered in the course of the process. PMID: 30379249 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Rev Lat Am Enfermagem Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 October 2018Source: Pharmacology &TherapeuticsAuthor(s): Ryuji Yamaguchi, Lydia Lartigue, Guy PerkinsAbstractRegulation of both the extrinsic and the mitochondria-dependent intrinsic apoptotic pathways plays a key role in the development of the hematopoietic system, for sustaining cell survival during generation of various cell types, in eliminating cells with dual identities such as CD4/CD8 double-positive cells1,2, for sustaining cells during the rapid clonal expansion phase3, as well as eliminating cells during the contraction phase4. The anti-apoptotic protein Mcl-1 is necessar...
Source: Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
In this study we characterized mechanisms behind this niche-mediated chemoresistance.
Source: Experimental Hematology - Category: Hematology Authors: Source Type: research
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