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Watson A.R.,Childrens Renal and Urology Unit | Hayes W.N.,Childrens Renal and Urology Unit | Vondrak K.,University Hospital Motol | Ariceta G.,Hopital Cruces | And 11 more authors.
Pediatric Nephrology | Year: 2013

Background: Many factors may impact upon choice of renal replacement therapy (RRT) for children and adolescents, including patient and family choice, patient size and distance from the renal centre as well as logistic issues such as facilities and staffing at the unit. We report a survey of factors influencing treatment choice in 14 European paediatric nephrology units. Methods: A questionnaire was developed by consensus and completed by 14 members of the European Paediatric Dialysis Working Group on facilities, staffing and family assessments impacting on choice of therapy as well as choice of therapy for 97 patients commencing initial RRT in 2011. Results: All units offered all modalities of RRT, but there were limitations for pre-emptive transplantation (PET) and largely adult surgical dependence for creation of arteriovenous fistulae and transplantation. The average waiting time for a deceased donor kidney was 18.5 (range 3-36) months. Full time dietetic support was available in six of the 14 units. There was no social worker, psychology, play therapy or teaching support in three, two, seven and four units, respectively. Assessment by other members of the multidisciplinary team and home visits before choice of therapy was carried out in 50 % of units, and although all patients were discussed at team meetings, the medical opinion predominated. In terms of types of RRT, 50 % of patients were commenced on chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD), 34 % on haemodialysis (HD) and 16 % underwent pre-emptive transplantation (PET). Chronic PD predominated in patients aged <5 years and HD predominated in those aged >10 years. Patient and family choice and age or size of patient were predominant factors in choice of therapy with a predictable decline in renal function favouring PET and social factors HD. Conclusions: Chronic peritoneal dialysis predominated as primary choice of RRT, especially in younger children. The PET rates remain low. The influence of surgeons predominanted, and national transplant rules may be significant. Most units had insufficient multiprofessional support, which may impact upon initial choice of therapy as well as sustaining families through RRT. © 2013 IPNA.

Forbes T.A.,Childrens Renal and Urology Unit | Watson A.R.,Childrens Renal and Urology Unit | Zurowska A.,University of Gdansk | Shroff R.,Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children | And 12 more authors.
Pediatric Nephrology | Year: 2014

Background There is increasing focus on the problems involved in the transition and transfer of young adult patients from paediatric to adult renal units. This situation was addressed by the 2011 International Pediatric Nephrology Association/International Society of Nephrology (IPNA/ISN) Consensus Statement on transition. Methods We performed a survey of transition practices of 15 paediatric nephrology units across Europe 2 years after publication of the consensus statement. Results Two thirds of units were aware of the guidelines, and one third had integrated them into their transition practice. Forty-seven per cent of units transfer five or fewer patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5 per year to a median of five adult centres, with higher numbers of CKD stages 2-4 patients. Seventy-three per cent of units were required by the hospital or government to transfer patients by a certain age. Eighty per cent of units commenced transition planning after the patient turned 15 years of age and usually within 1-2 years of the compulsory transfer age. Forty-seven per cent of units used a transition or transfer clinic. Prominent barriers to effective transition were patient and parent attachment to the paediatric unit and difficulty in allowing the young person to perform self-care. Conclusions Whereas awareness of the consensus statement is suboptimal, it has had some impact on practice. Adult nephrologists receive transferred patients infrequently, and the process of transition is introduced too late by paediatricians. Government- and hospital-driven age-based transfer policies distract focus from the achievement of competencies in self care. Variable use of transition clinics, written patient information and support groups is probably due to economic and human-resource limitations. The consensus statement provides a standard for evolving and evaluating transition policies jointly agreed upon by paediatric and adult units. © 2014 IPNA.

Sirvent A.,Hospital Archet | Dhedin N.,Hospital la Pitie Salpetriere | Michallet M.,Hospital e Herriot | Mounier N.,Hospital Archet | And 22 more authors.
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation | Year: 2010

Patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) have a very poor prognosis. However, they may achieve long-term survival by undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). The purpose of this study was to assess the outcome of all adult patients with DLBCL whose treatment included a reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimen for allogeneic SCT and whose data were reported in the French Society of Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy registry. Sixty-eight patients (median age: 48 years) were transplanted from October 1998 to January 2007. They had received a median of 2 regimens of therapy prior to allogeneic SCT, and 54 (79%) had already undergone SCT. Prior to transplantation, 32 patients (47%) were in complete remission (CR). For all patients but 1, conditioning regimens were based on fludarabine (Flu), which was combined with other chemotherapy drugs in 50 cases (74%) and with total body irradiation (TBI) in 17 (25%). For 56 patients (82%), the donor was an HLA-matched sibling, and peripheral blood was the most widely used source of stem cells (57 patients, 84%). With a median follow-up of 49 months, estimated 2-year overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and the cumulative incidence of relapse were 49%, 44%, and 41%, respectively. The 1-year cumulative incidence of nonrelapse mortality (NRM) was 23%. According to multivariate analysis, the patients in CR before transplantation had a significantly longer PFS and a lower CI of relapse than patients transplanted during partial remission or stable or progressive disease. These results suggest that reduced-intensity allergenic transplantation is an attractive therapeutic option for patients with high-risk DLBCL. © 2010 American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Saupe F.,NICHE | Saupe F.,University of Strasbourg | Schwenzer A.,NICHE | Schwenzer A.,University of Strasbourg | And 40 more authors.
Cell Reports | Year: 2013

The extracellular matrix molecule tenascin-C (TNC) is a major component of the cancer-specific matrix, and high TNC expression is linked to poor prognosis in several cancers. To provide a comprehensive understanding of TNC@s functions in cancer, we established an immune-competent transgenic mouse model of pancreatic β-cell carcinogenesis with varying levels of TNC expression and compared stochastic neuroendocrine tumor formation in abundance or absence of TNC. We show that TNC promotes tumor cell survival, the angiogenic switch, more and leaky vessels, carcinoma progression, and lung micrometastasis. TNC downregulates Dickkopf-1 (. DKK1) promoter activity through the blocking of actin stress fiber formation, activates Wnt signaling, and induces Wnt target genes in tumor and endothelial cells. Our results implicate DKK1 downregulation as an important mechanism underlying TNC-enhanced tumor progression through the provision of a proangiogenic tumor microenvironment

Spenle C.,NICHE | Spenle C.,University of Strasbourg | Gasser I.,NICHE | Gasser I.,University of Strasbourg | And 20 more authors.
Cell Adhesion and Migration | Year: 2015

The extracellular matrix (ECM) molecule tenascin-C (TNC) promotes tumor progression. This has recently been demonstrated in the stochastic murine RIP1-Tag2 insulinoma model, engineered to either express TNC abundantly or to be devoid of TNC. However, our knowledge about organization of the TNC microenvironment is scant. Here we determined the spatial distribution of TNC together with other ECM molecules in murine RIP1-Tag2 insulinoma and human cancer tissue (insulinoma and colorectal carcinoma). We found that TNC is organized in matrix tracks together with other ECM molecules of the AngioMatrix signature, a previously described gene expression profile that characterizes the angiogenic switch. Moreover, stromal cells including endothelial cells, fibroblasts and leukocytes were enriched in the TNC tracks. Thus, TNC tracks may provide niches for stromal cells and regulate their behavior. Given similarities of TNC rich niches for stromal cells in human insulinoma and colon cancer, we propose that the RIP1-Tag2 model may be useful for providing insights into the contribution of the tumor stroma specific ECM as promoter of cancer progression. © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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