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  • Mahlamaki, E H; Kauraniemi, P; Monni, O; Wolf, Maija; Hautaniemi, S; Kallioniemi, Anne (2004)
  • Eurola, Annika; Ristimäki, Ari; Mustonen, Harri; Nurmi, Anna-Maria; Hagström, Jaana; Haglund, Caj; Seppänen, Hanna (2021)
    Podocalyxin overexpression associates with poor survival in pancreatic cancer (PDAC). We investigated whether podocalyxin expression correlates with treatment response or survival in neoadjuvant-treated PDAC. Through immunohistochemistry, we evaluated podocalyxin expression in 88 neoadjuvant and 143 upfront surgery patients using two antibodies. We developed a six-tier grading scheme for neoadjuvant responses evaluating the remaining tumor cells in surgical specimens. Strong podocalyxin immunopositivity associated with poor survival in the patients responding poorly to the neoadjuvant treatment (HR 4.16, 95% CI 1.56-11.01, p=0.004), although neoadjuvant patients exhibited generally low podocalyxin expression (p=0.017). Strong podocalyxin expression associated with perineural invasion (p=0.003) and lack of radiation (p=0.036). Two patients exhibited a complete neoadjuvant response, while a strong neoadjuvant response (
  • Xia, Guanggai; Zhang, Hongbo; Cheng, Ruoyu; Wang, Hongcheng; Song, Ziliang; Deng, Lianfu; Huang, Xinyu; Santos, Helder A.; Cui, Wenguo (2018)
    The low radical surgery rate of pancreatic cancer leads to increased local recurrence and poor prognosis. Gemcitabine (GEM) is the preferred chemotherapeutic for pancreatic cancer. However, systemic chemotherapy with GEM has reached a bottleneck due to its serious side effects after frequent injections. In this study, GEM is successfully enwrapped into electrospun fibers via microsol electrospinning technology to form a stable core-shell fibrous structure. The GEM release rate can be adjusted by altering the thickness of the hyaluronan-sol inner fiber and the quantity of loaded GEM, and the release can be sustained for as long as three weeks. In vitro assays show that these electrospun fibers effectively inhibit pancreatic cancer cells and promote apoptosis. In vivo studies show that the fibrous membranes are better for inhibiting the growth of residual tumors than that of integrated tumors. Furthermore, immunohistochemistry results show that GEM-loaded fibers promote a higher cell apoptosis rate than does systemically injected GEM in residual tumors. In addition, the local delivery of GEM with fibers significantly reduces liver toxicity. In summary, a core-shell electrospun fiber for the controlled and localized delivery of GEM, which greatly improves the treatment of residual tumors and prevents pancreatic tumor recurrence, is developed.
  • Nurmi, Anna-Maria; Mustonen, Harri; Parviainen, Helka; Peltola, Katriina; Haglund, Caj; Seppänen, Hanna (2018)
    Background: Neoadjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer remains controversial. Our aim was to assess differences in survival, disease recurrence and histopathological tumor characteristics between patients treated with neoadjuvant therapy followed by subsequent surgery and patients undergoing upfront surgery.Material and methods: Out of 399 consecutive pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients operated at Helsinki University Hospital in 2000-2015, 75 borderline resectable patients were treated with neoadjuvant therapy. Resectable propensity scored patients (n=150) underwent upfront surgery. Neoadjuvant therapy consisted of folfirinox, single gemcitabine or combined with cisplatin, nab-paclitaxel or capecitabine with or without radiation. Survival was calculated with Kaplan-Meier and compared with the Breslow test. Survival was determined from the start of treatment, being the first day of treatment for patients treated with neoadjuvant therapy and the date of surgery for others.Results: Between 2000 and 2015 median disease-specific survival (DSS) [34 vs. 26 months, p=.016] and disease-free survival (DFS) [22 vs. 13 months, p=.001] were longer in patients treated with neoadjuvant therapy than in those undergoing upfront surgery. Survival differences were not significant in the 2000s but were, in turn, among patients treated in the 2010s with better survival for patients treated with neoadjuvant therapy [DSS 35 vs. 26 months, p=.008 and DFS 25 vs. 13 months, p=.001]. Especially patients with poorly differentiated G3 tumors [DSS 30 vs. 11 months, p=.004 and DFS 21 vs. 7 months, p=.001] and higher stage IIB-III [DSS 34 vs. 20 months, p=.006 and DFS 21 vs. 10 months, p=.001] had longer survival when treated with neoadjuvant therapy.Conclusions: PDAC patients treated with neoadjuvant therapy had longer DSS and DFS than those undergoing upfront surgery. Neoadjuvant therapy benefits especially borderline resectable patients with higher stage and poorly differentiated tumors.
  • Seppälä, Toni T.; Zimmerman, Jacquelyn W.; Sereni, Elisabetta; Plenker, Dennis; Suri, Reecha; Rozich, Noah; Blair, Alex; Thomas, Dwayne L.; Teinor, Jonathan; Javed, Ammar; Patel, Hardik M; Cameron, John L.; Burns, William R.; He, Jin; Tuveson, David A.; Jaffee, Elizabeth M.; Eshleman, James R; Szabolcs, Annamaria; Ryan, David P.; Ting, David T.; Wolfgang, Christopher L.; Burkhart, Richard A. (2020)
    Objective: PDAC patients who undergo surgical resection and receive effective chemotherapy have the best chance of long-term survival. Unfortunately, we lack predictive biomarkers to guide optimal systemic treatment. Ex-vivo generation of PDO for pharmacotyping may serve as predictive biomarkers in PDAC. The goal of the current study was to demonstrate the clinical feasibility of a PDO-guided precision medicine framework of care. Methods: PDO cultures were established from surgical specimens and endoscopic biopsies, expanded in Matrigel, and used for high-throughput drug testing (pharmacotyping). Efficacy of standard-of-care chemotherapeutics was assessed by measuring cell viability after drug exposure. Results: A framework for rapid pharmacotyping of PDOs was established across a multi-institutional consortium of academic medical centers. Specimens obtained remotely and shipped to a central biorepository maintain viability and allowed generation of PDOs with 77% success. Early cultures maintain the clonal heterogeneity seen in PDAC with similar phenotypes (cystic-solid). Late cultures exhibit a dominant clone with a pharmacotyping profile similar to early passages. The biomass required for accurate pharmacotyping can be minimized by leveraging a high-throughput technology. Twenty-nine cultures were pharmacotyped to derive a population distribution of chemotherapeutic sensitivity at our center. Pharmacotyping rapidly-expanded PDOs was completed in a median of 48 (range 18-102) days. Conclusions: Rapid development of PDOs from patients undergoing surgery for PDAC is eminently feasible within the perioperative recovery period, enabling the potential for pharmacotyping to guide postoperative adjuvant chemotherapeutic selection. Studies validating PDOs as a promising predictive biomarker are ongoing.
  • Arpalahti, Leena; Haglund, Caj; Holmberg, Carina I (Springer, 2020)
    Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
    The most common form of pancreatic cancer, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), has a dismal 5-year survival rate of less than 5%. Radical surgical resection, in combination with adjuvant chemotherapy, provides the best option for long-term patient survival. However, only approximately 20% of patients are resectable at the time of diagnosis, due to locally advanced or metastatic disease. There is an urgent need for the identification of new, specific, and more sensitive biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis, and prediction to improve the treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients. Dysregulation of proteostasis is linked to many pathophysiological conditions, including various types of cancer. In this review, we report on findings relating to the main cellular protein degradation systems, the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) and autophagy, in pancreatic cancer. The expression of several components of the proteolytic network, including E3 ubiquitinligases and deubiquitinating enzymes, are dysregulated in PDAC, which accounts for approximately 90% of all pancreatic malignancies. In the future, a deeper understanding of the emerging role of proteostasis in pancreatic cancer has the potential to provide clinically relevant biomarkers and new strategies for combinatorial therapeutic options to better help treat the patients.