Browsing by Subject "Chronic myeloid leukemia"

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  • Radujkovic, Aleksandar; Dietrich, Sascha; Blok, Henric-Jan; Nagler, Arnon; Ayuk, Francis; Finke, Juergen; Tischer, Johanna; Mayer, Jiri; Koc, Yener; Sora, Federica; Passweg, Jakob; Byrne, Jenny L.; Jindra, Pavel; Veelken, Joan Hendrik; Socie, Gerard; Maertens, Johan; Schaap, Nicolaas; Stadler, Michael; Itälä-Remes, Maija; Tholouli, Eleni; Arat, Mutlu; Rocha, Vanderson; Ljungman, Per; Yakoub-Agha, Ibrahim; Kroeger, Nicolaus; Chalandon, Yves (2019)
    The prognosis of patients with blast crisis (BC) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is still dismal. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation represents the only curative treatment option, but data on transplant outcomes are scarce. We therefore conducted a retrospective, registry-based study of adult patients allografted for BC CML, focusing on patients with active disease at transplant and pretransplant prognostic factors. One hundred seventy patients allografted for BC CML after tyrosine kinase inhibitor pretreatment between 2004 and 2016 were analyzed. Before transplant, 95 patients were in remission, whereas 75 patients had active BC. In multivariable analysis of the entire cohort, active BC at transplant was the strongest factor associated with decreased overall survival (hazrd ratio, 1.87; P = .010) and shorter leukemia-free survival (LFS; hazard ratio, 1.69; P= .017). For patients with BC in remission at transplant, advanced age (>= 45 years), lower performance status (12 months), myeloablative conditioning, and unrelated donor (UD) transplant were risk factors for inferior survival. In patients with active BC, only UD transplant was significantly associated with prolonged LFS and trended toward improved overall survival. In summary, survival of patients allografted for BC CML was strongly dependent on pretransplant remission status. In patients with remission of BC, conventional prognostic factors remained the major determinants of outcome, whereas in those with active BC at transplant, UD transplant was associated with prolonged LFS in our study. (C) 2019 American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. Published by Elsevier Inc.
  • Giles, Francis J.; Rea, Delphine; Rosti, Gianantonio; Cross, Nicholas C. P.; Luis Steegmann, Juan; Griskevicius, Laimonas; le Coutre, Philipp; Coriu, Daniel; Petrov, Ljubomir; Ossenkoppele, Gert J.; Mahon, Francois-Xavier; Saussele, Susanne; Hellmann, Andrzej; Koskenvesa, Perttu; Bruemmendorf, Tim H.; Gastl, Gunther; Castagnetti, Fausto; Vincenzi, Beatrice; Haenig, Jens; Hochhaus, Andreas (2017)
    Purpose Achievement of deep molecular response with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is required to attempt discontinuation of therapy in these patients. The current subanalysis from the Evaluating Nilotinib Efficacy and Safety in Clinical Trials as First-Line Treatment (ENEST1st) study evaluated whether age has an impact on the achievement of deeper molecular responses or safety with frontline nilotinib in patients with CML. Methods ENEST1st is an open-label, multicenter, single-arm, prospective study of nilotinib 300 mg twice daily in patients with newly diagnosed CML in chronic phase. The patients were stratified into the following 4 groups based on age: young (18-39 years), middle age (40-59 years), elderly (60-74 years), and old (>= 75 years). The primary end point was the rate of molecular response 4 ([MR4] BCR-ABL1 Results Of the 1091 patients enrolled, 1089 were considered in the analysis, of whom, 23% (n = 243), 45% (n = 494), 27% (n = 300), and 5% (n = 52) were categorized as young, middle age, elderly, and old, respectively. At 18 months, the rates of MR4 were 33.9% (95% confidence interval [CI], 27.8-40.0%) in the young, 39.6% (95% CI, 35.3-44.0%) in the middle-aged, 40.5% (95% CI, 34.8-46.1%) in the elderly, and 35.4% (95% CI, 21.9-48.9%) in the old patients. Although the incidence of adverse events was slightly different, no new specific safety signals were observed across the 4 age groups. Conclusions This subanalysis of the ENEST1st study showed that age did not have a relevant impact on the deep molecular response rates associated with nilotinib therapy in newly diagnosed patients with CML and eventually on the eligibility of the patients to attempt treatment discontinuation.
  • Dolinska, Monika; Piccini, Alexandre; Wong, Wan Man; Gelali, Eleni; Johansson, Anne-Sofie; Klang, Johannis; Xiao, Pingnan; Yektaei-Karin, Elham; Stromberg, Ulla Olsson; Mustjoki, Satu; Stenke, Leif; Ekblom, Marja; Qian, Hong (2017)
    Tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting the BCR-ABL oncoprotein in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) are remarkably effective inducing deep molecular remission in most patients. However, they are less effective to eradicate the leukemic stem cells (LSC), resulting in disease persistence. Therefore, there is great need to develop novel therapeutic strategies to specifically target the LSC. In an experimental mouse CML model system, the leukotriene pathway, and specifically, the expression ALOX5, encoding 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO), has been reported as a critical regulator of the LSC. Based on these results, the 5-LO inhibitor zileuton has been introduced in clinical trials as a therapeutic option to target the LSC although its effect on primary human CML LSC has not been studied. We have here by using multiplex single cell PCR analyzed the expression of the mediators of the leukotriene pathway in bone marrow (BM) BCR-ABL(+)CD34(+)CD38(-) cells at diagnosis, and found low or undetectable expression of ALOX5. In line with this, zileuton did not exert significant overall growth inhibition in the long-term culture-initiating cell (LTC-IC) and colony (CFU-C) assays of BM CD34(+)CD38(-) cells from 7 CML patients. The majority of the single leukemic BCR-ABL(+)CD34(+)CD38(-) cells expressed cysteinyl leukotriene receptors CYSLTI and CYSLT2. However, montelukast, an inhibitor of CYSLTI, also failed to significantly suppress CFU-C and LTC-IC growth. These findings indicate that targeting ALOX5 or CYSLTI signaling with leukotriene antagonists, introduced into the clinical practice primarily as prophylaxis and treatment for asthma, may not be a promising pharmacological strategy to eradicate persisting LSC in CML patients. (C) 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc.
  • Rebane, Anni (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    Given the success of first-line treatment in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), the prevalence of the disease is estimated to increase and more patients are expected to develop resistance to therapy. Thus, even relatively rare point mutations are likely to become more common. In CML, the uncontrollable division of myeloid cells is caused by a reciprocal translocation of chromosomes 9 and 22, resulting in the Philadelphia chromosome. At the meeting point of the two chromosomes, breakpoint cluster region (BCR) and Abelson proto-oncogene 1 (ABL1) fuse together to form the chimeric fusion oncogene BCR-ABL1, the latter of which, the non-receptor tyrosine kinase ABL1, is the driver of the disease. Since the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) imatinib became available in 2001, the success of first-line therapy has significantly improved the prognosis of CML patients. However, up to 50% of patients with imatinib-refractory disease develop resistance due to point mutations in ABL1, and the most common mutation to emerge is BCR-ABL1 T315I. The broad-range TKI ponatinib is the only approved TKI that inhibits the kinase activity of BCR-ABL1 T315I, but adverse side effects leave patients with this mutation in need of a better, safer, and more effective treatment. The kinase inhibitor axitinib was shown to be selective for BCR-ABL1 T315I, but mutations that emerge as a consequence of axitinib-resistance have yet to be explored. Moreover, patients with the T315I mutation treated with ponatinib have been reported to develop highly drug-resistant mutations in BCR-ABL1 such as T315M and the E255V/T315I compound mutation. The purpose of this study was to identify mutations that enable cells to develop resistance to the kinase inhibitor axitinib and to find new, potential inhibitors for cells expressing the drug-resistant mutations BCR-ABL1 T315I, BCR-ABL1 T315M, and BCR-ABL1 E255V/T315I. To this end, mouse hematopoietic cell lines were constructed prior to determining cell viability in response to inhibitors in combinations and as independent agents. As a novel finding, cells stably expressing T315M were found to exhibit sensitivity to inhibitors of topoisomerase II and mTOR. Moreover, synthetic lethality occurred in these cells in response to the combined treatment of the allosteric inhibitor asciminib and the TKI ponatinib, although not in clinically relevant doses. The highly resistant cells expressing BCR-ABL1 E255V/T315I, like cells expressing T315I and T315M, showed sensitivity to conventional chemotherapy. Notably, however, three SMAC mimetics displayed selectivity to cells expressing BCR-ABL1 E255V/T315I over cells expressing only the single T315I mutation. Considering that CML is expected to become increasingly prevalent, more patients are estimated to develop resistance to therapy. As even relatively rare mutations in BCR-ABL1 become more common, finding an effective treatment for cells expressing these highly resistant mutations takes us one step closer to identifying a safe and effective treatment for CML patients carrying those mutations.
  • Soderlund, Stina; Christiansson, Lisa; Persson, Inger; Hjorth-Hansen, Henrik; Richter, Johan; Simonsson, Bengt; Mustjoki, Satu; Olsson-Stromberg, Ulla; Loskog, Angelica (2016)
    Background and aims: The simultaneous measurement of many proteins is now possible using multiplex assays. In this pilot study we investigated a total of 124 proteins in plasma from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients with the purpose of identifying proteins that are differently expressed at diagnosis and after tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment initiation. Methods: Samples were taken from 14 CML patients at diagnosis and after three months of TKI treatment (imatinib or dasatinib). Samples were analyzed by Mesoscale Discovery, Myriad RBM MAP technology and Olink Proseek. Results: Multiple plasma proteins were differentially expressed before and after initiation of TKI therapy. Protein patterns demonstrated a possible shift towards Th1-immunity and reduced angiogenic stimuli. Further, some plasma proteins were identified that can be of potential interest to study further for biologic, prognostic or therapeutic significance such as E-selectin, uPAR, growth hormone and carbonic anhydrase IX. Conclusions: Plasma proteomics seems feasible and useful in CML patients, both for studying patterns of protein expression and for identifying single proteins differentially expressed before and after treatment. Plasma proteomics may be useful to map disease activity and biological processes. Hence, plasma proteomics can be used to understand drug mechanisms and treatment responses in CML. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Soderlund, Stina; Persson, Inger; Ilanderd, Mette; Guilhot, Joelle; Hjorth-Hansen, Henrik; Koskenvesa, Perttu; Richter, Johan; Saussele, Susanne; Mustjoki, Satu; Olsson-Strömberg, Ulla (2020)
    Several studies have now shown that chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) patients in deep molecular remission may discontinue tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment with a treatment free remission (TFR) rate of approximately 40-60 %. Some factors influencing the possibility of TFR have been described but better tools are needed for individual prediction of long-term TFR. Herein, two multiplex panels were utilised to analyse a total of 162 different plasma proteins from 56 patients included in the TKI stopping trial EURO-SKI (Saussele a al., 2018). The purpose was to identify possible plasma protein markers for prediction of successful TKI discontinuation and to evaluate effects of TKI discontinuation on plasma protein profiles. No protein biomarkers sampled before TKI discontinuation could separate relapse cases from non-relapse cases but some plasma proteins differed between patients who relapsed and those who remained in TFR when followed over time after TKI cessation. In conclusion, the plasma protein markers in this study could not predict relapse after TKI discontinuation but may be of use to understand the mechanisms involved in maintenance of TFR.