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Cereda S.,San Raffaele Scientific Institute | Milella M.,Instituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena | Cordio S.,Struttura Complessa di Oncologia Medica Ospedale Garibaldi | Leone F.,University of Turin | And 16 more authors.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology | Year: 2016

Purpose: Advanced biliary tract adenocarcinoma (BTA) is a rare tumor with a poor prognosis. Since no standard salvage chemotherapy regimen exists, we explored the activity of capecitabine alone or combined with mitomycin C. Methods: Patients aged 18-75 years and with KPS >50, with pathological diagnosis of BTA stratified based on site and stage of disease, were randomized to receive capecitabine 2000 mg/m2 day 1-14 alone (ARM A) or in combination with mitomycin C 6 mg/m2 day 1 (ARM B) as second-line therapy. Cycles were repeated in both arms every 3 weeks. Tumor assessment was performed every 2 months. The primary endpoint was the probability of being progression free at 6 months (PFS-6) from treatment start. According to the Fleming design, the study aimed to enroll 26 pts per arm. An exploratory endpoint was to assess thymidylate synthase (TS) and thymidine phosphorylase (TP) expression, as biomarkers predictive for clinical outcomes of capecitabine treatment. Results: Between October 2011 and 2013, 57 metastatic pts were enrolled: ARM A/B 28/29. Accordingly, 55 (26/29) pts were assessable for the primary endpoint: 2 (8 %) ARM A and 3 (10 %) ARM B pts were PFS-6. Main G3-4 toxicities were: hand-foot syndrome and transaminitis in 4/0 %, and thrombocytopenia, diarrhea and fatigue in 0/3 % of pts. No statistically significant correlation was found between TS or TP expression and pts' outcome. Conclusions: Since capecitabine yielded a disappointing outcome and the addition of mitomycin C did not improve the results, new therapeutic strategies need to be explored to improve survival in this disease setting. © 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


D'Amico L.,University of Basel | Belisario D.,University of Basel | Migliardi G.,Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment | Grange C.,University of Turin | And 10 more authors.
Oncotarget | Year: 2016

Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are key players in bone metastasis. In some renal tumors CSCs overexpress the HGF receptor c-MET, speculating that c-MET targeting could lead to bone metastasis inhibition. To address this hypothesis we isolated renal CD105+/CD24-CSCs, expressing c-MET receptor from a primary renal carcinoma. Then, to study their ability to metastasize to bone, we injected renal CSCs in NOD/ SCID mice implanted with a human bone and we tested the effect of a c-MET inhibitor (JNJ-38877605) on bone metastasis development. JNJ-38877605 inhibited the formation of metastases at bone implant site. We showed that JNJ-38877605 inhibited the activation of osteoclasts induced by RCC stem cells and it stimulated osteoblast activity, finally resulting in a reduction of bone turnover consistent with the inhibition of bone metastases. We measured the circulating levels of osteotropic factors induced by RCC stem cells in the sera of mice treated with c-Met inhibitor, showing that IL-11 and CCL20 were reduced in mice treated with JNJ-38877605, strongly supporting the involvement of c-MET in the regulation of this process. To address the clinical relevance of c-MET upregulation during tumor progression, we analysed c-MET in renal cancer patients detecting an increased expression in the bone metastatic lesions by IHC. Then, we dosed CCL20 serum levels resulting significantly increased in patients with bone metastases compared to non-metastatic ones. Collectively, our data highlight the importance of the c-MET pathway in the pathogenesis of bone metastases induced by RCC stem cells in mice and humans.


PubMed | CeRMS, CTO Hospital, Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment, Clinic of Internal Medicine and 5 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Oncotarget | Year: 2016

Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are key players in bone metastasis. In some renal tumors CSCs overexpress the HGF receptor c-MET, speculating that c-MET targeting could lead to bone metastasis inhibition. To address this hypothesis we isolated renal CD105+/CD24-CSCs, expressing c-MET receptor from a primary renal carcinoma. Then, to study their ability to metastasize to bone, we injected renal CSCs in NOD/SCID mice implanted with a human bone and we tested the effect of a c-MET inhibitor (JNJ-38877605) on bone metastasis development. JNJ-38877605 inhibited the formation of metastases at bone implant site. We showed that JNJ-38877605 inhibited the activation of osteoclasts induced by RCC stem cells and it stimulated osteoblast activity, finally resulting in a reduction of bone turnover consistent with the inhibition of bone metastases. We measured the circulating levels of osteotropic factors induced by RCC stem cells in the sera of mice treated with c-Met inhibitor, showing that IL-11 and CCL20 were reduced in mice treated with JNJ-38877605, strongly supporting the involvement of c-MET in the regulation of this process. To address the clinical relevance of c-MET upregulation during tumor progression, we analysed c-MET in renal cancer patients detecting an increased expression in the bone metastatic lesions by IHC. Then, we dosed CCL20 serum levels resulting significantly increased in patients with bone metastases compared to non-metastatic ones. Collectively, our data highlight the importance of the c-MET pathway in the pathogenesis of bone metastases induced by RCC stem cells in mice and humans.


PubMed | University of Cologne, University of Turin, Vilnius University, Erasmus Medical Center and 133 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: JAMA | Year: 2015

Limited information about the relationship between specific mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) and cancer risk exists.To identify mutation-specific cancer risks for carriers of BRCA1/2.Observational study of women who were ascertained between 1937 and 2011 (median, 1999) and found to carry disease-associated BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations. The international sample comprised 19,581 carriers of BRCA1 mutations and 11,900 carriers of BRCA2 mutations from 55 centers in 33 countries on 6 continents. We estimated hazard ratios for breast and ovarian cancer based on mutation type, function, and nucleotide position. We also estimated RHR, the ratio of breast vs ovarian cancer hazard ratios. A value of RHR greater than 1 indicated elevated breast cancer risk; a value of RHR less than 1 indicated elevated ovarian cancer risk.Mutations of BRCA1 or BRCA2.Breast and ovarian cancer risks.Among BRCA1 mutation carriers, 9052 women (46%) were diagnosed with breast cancer, 2317 (12%) with ovarian cancer, 1041 (5%) with breast and ovarian cancer, and 7171 (37%) without cancer. Among BRCA2 mutation carriers, 6180 women (52%) were diagnosed with breast cancer, 682 (6%) with ovarian cancer, 272 (2%) with breast and ovarian cancer, and 4766 (40%) without cancer. In BRCA1, we identified 3 breast cancer cluster regions (BCCRs) located at c.179 to c.505 (BCCR1; RHR=1.46; 95% CI, 1.22-1.74; P=210(-6)), c.4328 to c.4945 (BCCR2; RHR=1.34; 95% CI, 1.01-1.78; P=.04), and c. 5261 to c.5563 (BCCR2, RHR=1.38; 95% CI, 1.22-1.55; P=610(-9)). We also identified an ovarian cancer cluster region (OCCR) from c.1380 to c.4062 (approximately exon 11) with RHR=0.62 (95% CI, 0.56-0.70; P=910(-17)). In BRCA2, we observed multiple BCCRs spanning c.1 to c.596 (BCCR1; RHR=1.71; 95% CI, 1.06-2.78; P=.03), c.772 to c.1806 (BCCR1; RHR=1.63; 95% CI, 1.10-2.40; P=.01), and c.7394 to c.8904 (BCCR2; RHR=2.31; 95% CI, 1.69-3.16; P=.00002). We also identified 3 OCCRs: the first (OCCR1) spanned c.3249 to c.5681 that was adjacent to c.5946delT (6174delT; RHR=0.51; 95% CI, 0.44-0.60; P=610(-17)). The second OCCR spanned c.6645 to c.7471 (OCCR2; RHR=0.57; 95% CI, 0.41-0.80; P=.001). Mutations conferring nonsense-mediated decay were associated with differential breast or ovarian cancer risks and an earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis for both BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers.Breast and ovarian cancer risks varied by type and location of BRCA1/2 mutations. With appropriate validation, these data may have implications for risk assessment and cancer prevention decision making for carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.


Balzarotti M.,Humanitas Cancer Center | Brusamolino E.,Humanitas Cancer Center | Brusamolino E.,San Matteo Hospital | Angelucci E.,Uo Ematologia E Centro Trapianti Midollo Osseo Armando Businco Hospital | And 23 more authors.
Leukemia and Lymphoma | Year: 2016

This randomized, multicenter study evaluates the addition of bortezomib (13 mg/m2) to IGEV (B-IGEV) in patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL). Patients received either four courses of IGEV alone (n = 40) or B-IGEV (n = 40). The primary endpoint was the complete response (CR) proportion, evaluated by FDG-PET, after induction chemotherapy. CR proportion was 39% with B-IGEV and 53% with IGEV. PFS and OS were similar between the two groups (two-year PFS: 58% vs 56%; two-year OS: 93% vs 81%). The PET-negative status after treatment was the only variable favorably influencing both PFS (two-year PFS: 77% vs 40%; p = 0.002) and OS (two-year OS: 100% vs 76%; p < 0.001). Toxicity was overall similar with the two regimens. The addition of bortezomib to IGEV does not improve response in relapsed/refractory HL patients. However, its favorable therapeutic and safety profile, and the prognostic role of pre-transplant PET negativity in patients receiving IGEV-based regimens are confirmed. © 2016 Taylor & Francis


Bulliard J.-L.,University of Lausanne | Garcia M.,Lhospitalet Of Llobregat | Blom J.,Karolinska University Hospital | Senore C.,AO Citta della Salute e della Science | And 2 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer | Year: 2014

Participation is a key indicator of the potential effectiveness of any population-based intervention. Defining, measuring and reporting participation in cancer screening programmes has become more heterogeneous as the number and diversity of interventions have increased, and the purposes of this benchmarking parameter have broadened. This study, centred on colorectal cancer, addresses current issues that affect the increasingly complex task of comparing screening participation across settings. Reports from programmes with a defined target population and active invitation scheme, published between 2005 and 2012, were reviewed. Differences in defining and measuring participation were identified and quantified, and participation indicators were grouped by aims of measure and temporal dimensions. We found that consistent terminology, clear and complete reporting of participation definition and systematic documentation of coverage by invitation were lacking. Further, adherence to definitions proposed in the 2010 European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Colorectal Cancer Screening was suboptimal. Ineligible individuals represented 1% to 15% of invitations, and variable criteria for ineligibility yielded differences in participation estimates that could obscure the interpretation of colorectal cancer screening participation internationally. Excluding ineligible individuals from the reference population enhances comparability of participation measures. Standardised measures of cumulative participation to compare screening protocols with different intervals and inclusion of time since invitation in definitions are urgently needed to improve international comparability of colorectal cancer screening participation. Recommendations to improve comparability of participation indicators in cancer screening interventions are made. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Bologna C.,University of Turin | Bologna C.,Human Genetics Foundation HuGeF | Buonincontri R.,University of Turin | Buonincontri R.,Human Genetics Foundation HuGeF | And 17 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Investigation | Year: 2016

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a variable disease; therefore, markers to identify aggressive forms are essential for patient management. Here, we have shown that expression of the costimulatory molecule and microbial sensor SLAMF1 (also known as CD150) is lost in a subset of patients with an aggressive CLL that associates with a shorter time to first treatment and reduced overall survival. SLAMF1 silencing in CLL-like Mec-1 cells, which constitutively express SLAMF1, modulated pathways related to cell migration, cytoskeletal organization, and intracellular vesicle formation and recirculation. SLAMF1 deficiency associated with increased expression of CXCR4, CD38, and CD44, thereby positively affecting chemotactic responses to CXCL12. SLAMF1 ligation with an agonistic monoclonal antibody increased ROS accumulation and induced phosphorylation of p38, JNK1/2, and BCL2, thereby promoting the autophagic flux. Beclin1 dissociated from BCL2 in response to SLAMF1 ligation, resulting in formation of the autophagy macrocomplex, which contains SLAMF1, beclin1, and the enzyme VPS34. Accordingly, SLAMF1-silenced cells or SLAMF1lo primary CLL cells were resistant to autophagy-activating therapeutic agents, such as fludarabine and the BCL2 homology domain 3 mimetic ABT-737. Together, these results indicate that loss of SLAMF1 expression in CLL modulates genetic pathways that regulate chemotaxis and autophagy and that potentially affect drug responses, and suggest that these effects underlie unfavorable clinical outcome experienced by SLAMF1lo patients.


Fenoglio L.,Santa Croce Hospital | Serraino C.,Santa Croce Hospital | Castagna E.,Santa Croce Hospital | Cardellicchio A.,Santa Croce Hospital | And 3 more authors.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2013

AIM: To analyze the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, treatment patterns and outcome in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. METHODS: We analyzed clinical, pathological and therapeutic data from 256 consecutive patients, examined at S. Croce Hospital in Cuneo-Piedmont, with a diagnosis of HCC between 30th June 2000 and 1st July 2010. We analyzed the hospital imaging database and examined all medical records, including the diagnosis code for HCC (155.0 according to the ICD-9M classification system), both for inpatients and outpatients, and discovered 576 relevant clinical records. After the exclusion of reports relating to multiple admissions for the same patient, we identified 282 HCC patients. Moreover, from this HCC series, we excluded 26 patients: 1 patient because of an alternative final diagnosis, 8 patients because of a lack of complete clinical data in the medical record and 17 patients because they were admitted to different health care facilities, leaving 256 HCC patients. To highlight possible changes in HCC patterns over the ten-year period, we split the population into two fiveyear groups, according to the diagnosis period: 30th June 2000-30th June 2005 and 1st July 2005-1st July 2010. Patients underwent a 6-mo follow up. RESULTS: Two hundred and fifty-six HCC patients were included (male/female 182/74; mean age 70 years), 133 in the first period and 123 in the second. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was the most common HCC risk factor (54.1% in the first period, 50.4% in the second; P = 0.63); in the first period, 21.8% of patients were alcoholics and 15.5% were alcoholics in the second period (P > 0.05); the non-viral/non-alcoholic etiology rate was 3.7% in the first period and 20.3% in the second period (P < 0.001). Child class A patients increased significantly in the second period (P < 0.001). Adjusting for age, gender and etiology, there was a significant increase in HCC surveillance during the second period (P = 0.01). Differences between the two periods were seen in tumor parameters: there was an increase in the number of unifocal HCC patients, from 53 to 69 (P = 0.01), as well as an increase in the number of cases where the HCC was < 3 cm[from 22 to 37 (P = 0.01)]. The combined incidence of stage Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer 0 (very-early) and A (early) HCC was 46 (34.6%) between 2000-2005, increasing to 62 (50.4%) between 2005-2010 (P = 0.01). Of the patients, 62.4% underwent specific treatment in the first group, which increased to 90.2% in the second group (P < 0.001). Diagnosis period (P < 0.01), Barcelona-Clinic Liver Cancer stage (P < 0.01) and treatment per se (P < 0.05) were predictors of better prognosis; surveillance was not related to survival (P = 0.20). CONCLUSION: This study showed that, between 2000-2005 and 2005-2010, the number of HCV-related HCC decreased, non-viral/non alcoholic etiologies increased and of surveillance programs were more frequently applied. © 2013 Baishideng. All rights reserved.


Vigano L.,Humanitas University | Conci S.,University of Verona | Cescon M.,University of Bologna | Fava C.,Ospedale Mauriziano Umberto I | And 11 more authors.
Journal of Hepatology | Year: 2015

Background & Aims The incidence of metabolic syndrome-related hepatocellular carcinoma (MS-HCC) is increasing worldwide. High resection risks are anticipated because of underlying steatohepatitis, but long-term results are unknown. To clarify the outcomes following liver resection in patients with MS-HCC and to compare the outcomes of MS-HCC to HCV-related HCC (HCV-HCC). Methods All the consecutive patients undergoing liver resection for HCC in six high-volume HPB units between 2000 and 2012 were retrospectively considered. The patients with MS-HCC were identified and matched one-to-one with HCV-HCC patients without metabolic syndrome. Matching was based on age, cirrhosis, Child-Pugh class, portal hypertension, HCC number and diameter and liver resection extension. Results Among 1563 patients undergoing liver resection for HCC in the study period, 96 (6.1%) had MS-HCC. They were matched with 96 HCV-HCC patients. All patients were Child-Pugh class A, 22.9% had cirrhosis. Forty-one patients per group (42.7%) required major hepatectomy. The MS-HCC group had a higher prevalence of steatohepatitis (25.0% vs. 9.4%, p = 0.004). Operative mortality was 2.1% (1 MS-HCC, 3 HCV-HCC, p = 0.621). Morbidity and liver failure rates were similar between the two groups. In the multivariate analysis, cirrhosis, major hepatectomy, and MELD >8, but not steatohepatitis, impacted severe morbidity and liver failure rates. The MS-HCC group had better 5-year overall survival (65.6% vs. 61.4%, p = 0.031) and recurrence-free survival (37.0% vs. 27.5%, p = 0.077). Independent negative prognostic factors were HCV-HCC, multiple HCC, microvascular invasion, and satellite nodules. Conclusions Liver resection is safe for MS-HCC, as for HCV-HCC. Cirrhosis, but not steatohepatitis, affects short-term outcomes. MS-HCC is associated with excellent long-term outcomes, better than HCV-HCC. © 2015 European Association for the Study of the Liver.


PubMed | Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, University of Verona, University of Bologna, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of hepatology | Year: 2015

The incidence of metabolic syndrome-related hepatocellular carcinoma (MS-HCC) is increasing worldwide. High resection risks are anticipated because of underlying steatohepatitis, but long-term results are unknown. To clarify the outcomes following liver resection in patients with MS-HCC and to compare the outcomes of MS-HCC to HCV-related HCC (HCV-HCC).All the consecutive patients undergoing liver resection for HCC in six high-volume HPB units between 2000 and 2012 were retrospectively considered. The patients with MS-HCC were identified and matched one-to-one with HCV-HCC patients without metabolic syndrome. Matching was based on age, cirrhosis, Child-Pugh class, portal hypertension, HCC number and diameter and liver resection extension.Among 1563 patients undergoing liver resection for HCC in the study period, 96 (6.1%) had MS-HCC. They were matched with 96 HCV-HCC patients. All patients were Child-Pugh class A, 22.9% had cirrhosis. Forty-one patients per group (42.7%) required major hepatectomy. The MS-HCC group had a higher prevalence of steatohepatitis (25.0% vs. 9.4%, p=0.004). Operative mortality was 2.1% (1 MS-HCC, 3 HCV-HCC, p=0.621). Morbidity and liver failure rates were similar between the two groups. In the multivariate analysis, cirrhosis, major hepatectomy, and MELD >8, but not steatohepatitis, impacted severe morbidity and liver failure rates. The MS-HCC group had better 5-year overall survival (65.6% vs. 61.4%, p=0.031) and recurrence-free survival (37.0% vs. 27.5%, p=0.077). Independent negative prognostic factors were HCV-HCC, multiple HCC, microvascular invasion, and satellite nodules.Liver resection is safe for MS-HCC, as for HCV-HCC. Cirrhosis, but not steatohepatitis, affects short-term outcomes. MS-HCC is associated with excellent long-term outcomes, better than HCV-HCC.

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