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Hamerschlak N.,Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein | Rodrigues M.,Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein | Moraes D.A.,University of Sao Paulo | Oliveira M.C.,University of Sao Paulo | And 19 more authors.
Bone Marrow Transplantation | Year: 2010

Studies have shown that autologous hematopoietic SCT (HSCT) can be used as an intensive immunosuppressive therapy to treat refractory patients and to prevent the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). This is a prospective multicentric Brazilian MS trial comparing two conditioning regimens: BEAM/horse ATG and CY/rabbit ATG. Most (80.4%) of the 41 subjects in the study had the secondary progressive MS subtype and the mean age was 42 years. The baseline EDSS score in 58.5% of the subjects was 6.5 and 78% had a score of 6.0 or higher, respectively. The complication rate during the intra-transplantation period was 56% for all patients: 71.4% of the patients in the BEAM/hATG group and 40% in the CY/rATG group (P=0.04). Three subjects (7.5%) died of cardiac toxicity, sepsis and alveolar hemorrhage, all of them in the BEAM/ATG group. EFS was 58.54% for all patients: 47% in the BEAM/hATG group and 70% in the CY/rATG group (P=0.288). In conclusion, the CY/rATG regimen seems to be associated with similar outcome results, but presented less toxicity when compared with the BEAM/hATG regimen. Long-term follow-up would be required to fully assess the differences in therapeutic effectiveness between the two regimens. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved.


Martinho O.,University of Minho | Martinho O.,ICVS 3Bs PT Government Associate Laboratory | Martinho O.,Barretos Cancer Hospital | Pinto F.,University of Minho | And 16 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide, being high-risk group the HPV infected, the leading etiological factor. The raf kinase inhibitory protein (RKIP) has been associated with tumor progression and metastasis in several human neoplasms, however its role on cervical cancer is unclear. In the present study, 259 uterine cervix tissues, including cervicitis, cervical intraepithelial lesions and carcinomas, were analyzed for RKIP expression by immunohistochemistry. We found that RKIP expression was significantly decreased during malignant progression, being highly expressed in non-neoplastic tissues (54% of the samples; 73/135), and expressed at low levels in the cervix invasive carcinomas (~15% (19/124). Following in vitro downregulation of RKIP, we observed a viability and proliferative advantage of RKIP-inhibited cells over time, which was associated with an altered cell cycle distribution and higher colony number in a colony formation assay. An in vitro wound healing assay showed that RKIP abrogation is associated with increased migratory capability. RKIP downregulation was also associated with an increased vascularization of the tumors in vivo using a CAM assay. Furthermore, RKIP inhibition induced cervical cancer cells apoptotic resistance to cisplatin treatment. In conclusion, we described that RKIP protein is significantly depleted during the malignant progression of cervical tumors. Despite the lack of association with patient clinical outcome, we demonstrate, in vitro and in vivo, that loss of RKIP expression can be one of the factors that are behind the aggressiveness, malignant progression and chemotherapy resistance of cervical cancer. © 2013 Martinho et al.


Lopez R.V.M.,University of Sao Paulo | Lopez R.V.M.,Hospital Of Cancer Of Barretos | Levi J.E.,University of Sao Paulo | Eluf-Neto J.,University of Sao Paulo | And 16 more authors.
Cancer Causes and Control | Year: 2014

Background: The role of human papillomavirus (HPV) on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) survival in regions with low HPV prevalence is not yet clear. We evaluated the HPV16 infection on survival of HNSCC Brazilian patient series. Methods: This cohort comprised 1,093 HNSCC cases recruited from 1998 to 2008 in four Brazilian cities and followed up until June 2009. HPV16 antibodies were analyzed by multiplex Luminex assay. In a subset of 398 fresh frozen or paraffin blocks of HNSCC specimens, we analyzed for HPV16 DNA by L1 generic primer polymerase chain reaction. HNSCC survival according to HPV16 antibodies was evaluated through Kaplan-Meier method and Cox regression. Results: Prevalence of HPV16 E6 and E6/E7 antibodies was higher in oropharyngeal cancer than in other head and neck tumor sites. HPV16 DNA positive in tumor tissue was also higher in the oropharynx. Seropositivity for HPV16 E6 antibodies was correlated with improved HNSCC survival and oropharyngeal cancer. The presence of HPV16 E6/E7 antibodies was correlated with improved HNSCC survival and oropharyngeal cancer survival. The death risk of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma patients HPV16 E6/E7 antibodies positive was 78 % lower than to those who test negative. Conclusion: Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is less aggressive in the HPV16 E6/E7 positive serology patients. HPV16 E6/E7 antibody is a clinically sensible surrogate prognostic marker of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. © 2014 Springer International Publishing.


PubMed | Federal University of Goais, University of Minho, Hospital Araujo Jorge and Instituto Nacional Of Ciencia E Tecnologia Do Hpv Inct Hpv
Type: | Journal: BMC cancer | Year: 2015

Deregulation of cellular energetic metabolism was recently pointed out as a hallmark of cancer cells. This deregulation involves a metabolic reprogramming that leads to a high production of lactate. Lactate efflux, besides contributing for the glycolytic flux, also acts in the extracellular matrix, contributing for cancer malignancy, by, among other effects, induction of angiogenesis. However, studies on the interplay between cancer metabolism and angiogenesis are scarce. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the metabolic and vascular molecular profiles of cervical adenocarcinomas, their co-expression, and their relation to the clinical and pathological behavior.The immunohistochemical expression of metabolism-related proteins (MCT1, MCT4, CD147, GLUT1 and CAIX) as well as VEGF family members (VEGF-A, VEGF-C, VEGF-D, VEGFR-1, VEGFR-2 and VEGFR-3) was assessed in a series of 232 cervical adenocarcinomas. The co-expression among proteins was assessed and the expression profiles were associated with patients clinicopathological parameters.Among the metabolism-related proteins, MCT4 and CAIX were the most frequently expressed in cervical adenocarcinomas while CD147 was the less frequently expressed protein. Overall, VEGF family members showed a strong and extended expression with VEGF-C and VEGFR-2 as the most frequently expressed and VEGFR-1 as the less expressed member. Co-expression of MCT isoforms with VEGF family members was demonstrated. Finally, MCT4 was associated with parametrial invasion and HPV18 infection, CD147 and GLUT1 with distant metastasis, CAIX with tumor size and HPV18 infection, and VEGFR-1 with local and lymphnode metastasis.The results herein presented provide additional evidence for a crosstalk between deregulating cellular energetics and inducing angiogenesis. Also, the metabolic remodeling and angiogenic switch are relevant to cancer progression and aggressiveness in adenocarcinomas.


PubMed | Hospital Albert Einstein e UNIFESP, Hospital Of Cancer Of Barretos, Hospital Araujo Jorge, Hospital Ingles and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Type: | Journal: European journal of haematology | Year: 2016

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) accounts for 90% of all cases of acute leukemia in adults. In Brazil, the mortality from myeloid leukemia is 1.74/100 000 men and 1.37/100 000 women. Our aim was to review and update guidelines of the Brazilian Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation on indications of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for the treatment AML.(i) Allo-HSCT is recommended for high-risk AML (IA); (ii) allo-HSCT is recommended for AML of intermediate risk (IA); (iii) allo-HSCT is recommended for AML relapsed/refractory (C4); (iv) auto-HSCT is recommended for AML after 1 consolidation (C4); (v) auto-HSCT is recommended for AML in CR1 (higher than QT in the Brazilian experience) (C4); (vi) auto-HSCT is accepted for AML M3 in second molecular complete remission (2B); (vii) peripheral blood instead of Bone Marrow HSC for advanced disease (2A); (viii) recommended conditioning protocols: Bu-Cy/Bu-Mel, Bu-Flu, TBI-Cy. In umbilical cord HSCT, consider ATG-based protocols (2A); (ix) allogeneic HSCT for the treatment of AML can be used in patients between 60 and 80 yr with good performance status and the absence of significant comorbidities (C4).


Inumaru J.S.S.,Sistema de Prevencao do Cancer | Inumaru J.S.S.,Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás | Gordo K.I.F.,Sistema de Prevencao do Cancer | Fraga Jr. A.C.,Hospital Araujo Jorge | And 8 more authors.
Genetics and Molecular Research | Year: 2014

BRAF V600E is the most common mutation in cutaneous melanomas, and has been described in 30-72% of such cases. This mutation results in the substitution of valine for glutamic acid at position 600 of the BRAF protein, which consequently becomes constitutively activated. The present study investigated the BRAF V600E mutation frequency and its clinical implications in a group of 77 primary cutaneous melanoma patients treated in a cancer reference center in Brazil. Mutation analysis was accomplished by polymerase chain reaction, restriction fragment length polymorphism, and automated DNA sequencing. The chi-squared and Fischer exact tests were used for comparative analyses. The BRAF V600E mutation was detected in 54/77 (70.1%) melanoma subjects. However, no statistically significant association was found between the presence of the mutation and clinical or prognostic parameters. Our results demonstrated that the BRAF V600E mutation is a common event in melanomas, representing an important molecular target for novel therapeutic approaches in such tumors. © FUNPEC-RP.


Vilela M.I.O.P.,Federal University of Goais | Serravite M.D.O.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Oliveira N.B.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | De Brito P.C.,Hospital Araujo Jorge | And 2 more authors.
Hormone Research in Paediatrics | Year: 2013

Background: Endocrine complications after acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are common. Methods: Final height, GH/IGF-1 axis, and body mass index were analyzed after 13.7 (7.0-20.7) years from diagnosis in 34 boys aged <12 years at diagnosis and 41 girls <10 years at diagnosis. A modified German BFM-83 ALL protocol included (n = 42) or did not include (n = 33) prophylactic cranial irradiation. In 27 patients, GH after insulin tolerance test, IGF-1, cortisol, free T4 and estradiol/testosterone were determined. Results: Final height was significantly reduced (mean Z-score for height between final height and diagnosis, ΔHAZ = -0.61, p = 0.0001). At that point, 3 patients were obese (4%) and 17 were overweight (22.7%). Patients aged ≤4 years at diagnosis and those irradiated had a greater loss in final height (p = 0.001 and p = 0.008, respectively). Abnormalities in GH/IGF-1 axis were observed in 4 patients: 3 had a GH peak <6 ng/ml and 1 had a serum IGF-1 concentration <25 ng/ml. Growth deficit was significantly higher in patients with hormonal deficiency (p = 0.006). Conclusions: Treatment of ALL during childhood is associated with final height deficit. Young age at diagnosis and radiotherapy were the major risk factors. GH/IGF-1 deficiency was found particularly in irradiated patients, even though it was detected in 1 non-irradiated patient. © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Naves L.A.,University of Brasilia | Jaffrain-Rea M.-L.,University of L'Aquila | Vencio S.A.C.,Hospital Araujo Jorge | Jacomini C.Z.,Hospital Panamericano da Visao Goiania | And 3 more authors.
Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia e Metabologia | Year: 2010

The objective of this study was to describe a familial screening for AIP mutations in the context of aggressive prolactinoma in childhood. A 12-year-old boy, presented headaches and bilateral hemianopsia. He had adequate height and weight for his age (50th percentile), Tanner stage G1 P1. His bone age was 10 years. Prolactin was 10.560 ng/mL (3-25), FSH and LH were undetectable, IGF-1, TSH, Free T4, ACTH, and cortisol were within normal ranges. MRI showed a pituitary macroadenoma, 5.3 X 4.0 X 3.5 cm with compression of the optic chiasm, bilateral cavernous sinus invasion, encasement of carotids, and extension to clivus. Surgical debulking was performed. Resistance to cabergoline was characterized and he was submitted to two surgeries and radiotherapy. Immunohistochemical evaluation included prolactin, ACTH, GH, FSH, LH,AIP, c-erb B2, Ki-67, and p53. Genomic DNA was isolated from the index case and 48 relatives, PCR and sequencing were performed. A germline A195V mutation in AIP was identified in the index case and in five asymptomatic relatives. Germline mutations in the AIP gene may be involved in the predisposition to pituitary adenoma formation, as cause or co-factor in pathogenesis of aggressive tumors in young patients. © ABE&M todos os direitos reservados.

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