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Perez-Andreu V.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Roberts K.G.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Harvey R.C.,University of New Mexico | Yang W.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | And 34 more authors.
Nature Genetics | Year: 2013

Recent genomic profiling of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) identified a high-risk subtype with an expression signature resembling that of Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL and poor prognosis (Ph-like ALL). However, the role of inherited genetic variation in Ph-like ALL pathogenesis remains unknown. In a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of 511 ALL cases and 6,661 non-ALL controls, we identified a susceptibility locus for Ph-like ALL (GATA3, rs3824662; P = 2.17 × 10-14, odds ratio (OR) = 3.85 for Ph-like ALL versus non-ALL; P = 1.05 × 10-8, OR = 3.25 for Ph-like ALL versus non-Ph-like ALL), with independent validation. The rs3824662 risk allele was associated with somatic lesions underlying Ph-like ALL (CRLF2 rearrangement, JAK gene mutation and IKZF1 deletion) and with variation in GATA3 expression. Finally, genotype at the GATA3 SNP was also associated with early treatment response and risk of ALL relapse. Our results provide insights into interactions between inherited and somatic variants and their role in ALL pathogenesis and prognosis.

PubMed | Seattle Childrens Hospital, Levine Childrens Hospital, Childrens Hospital of Colorado, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and 7 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research | Year: 2016

To determine a safe and biologically active dose of quizartinib (AC220), a potent and selective class III receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) FLT3 inhibitor, in combination with salvage chemotherapy in children with relapsed acute leukemia.Quizartinib was administered orally to children with relapsed AML or MLL-rearranged ALL following 5 days of high-dose cytarabine and etoposide (AE). A 3+3 dose escalation design was used to identify a safe and biologically active dose. Plasma inhibitory assay (PIA) testing was performed weekly to determine biologic activity.Toxicities were consistent with intensive relapsed leukemia regimens. One of 6 patients experienced a dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) at 40 mg/m(2)/day (elevated lipase) and 1 of 9 had a DLT (hyperbilirubinemia) at the highest tested dose of 60 mg/m(2)/day. Of 17 response evaluable patients, 2 had complete response (CR), 1 complete response without platelet recovery (CRp), 1 complete response with incomplete neutrophil and platelet recovery (CRi), 10 stable disease (SD), and 3 progressive disease (PD). Of 7 FLT3-ITD patients, 1 achieved CR, 1 CRp, 1 Cri, and 4 SD. FLT3-ITD patients, but not FLT3 wild-type (WT) patients, had significantly lower blast counts post-quizartinib. FLT3 phosphorylation was completely inhibited in all patients.Quizartinib plus intensive chemotherapy is well tolerated at 60 mg/m(2)/day with near complete inhibition of FLT3 phosphorylation in all patients. The favorable toxicity profile, pharmacodynamic activity, and encouraging response rates warrant further testing of quizartinib in children with FLT3-ITD AML. Clin Cancer Res; 22(16); 4014-22. 2016 AACR.

PubMed | University of Houston, University of Florida, St Jude Childrens Research Hospital, University of Pennsylvania and 24 more.
Type: | Journal: Nature communications | Year: 2016

Chromosomal rearrangements are initiating events in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Here using RNA sequencing of 560 ALL cases, we identify rearrangements between MEF2D (myocyte enhancer factor 2D) and five genes (BCL9, CSF1R, DAZAP1, HNRNPUL1 and SS18) in 22 B progenitor ALL (B-ALL) cases with a distinct gene expression profile, the most common of which is MEF2D-BCL9. Examination of an extended cohort of 1,164 B-ALL cases identified 30 cases with MEF2D rearrangements, which include an additional fusion partner, FOXJ2; thus, MEF2D-rearranged cases comprise 5.3% of cases lacking recurring alterations. MEF2D-rearranged ALL is characterized by a distinct immunophenotype, DNA copy number alterations at the rearrangement sites, older diagnosis age and poor outcome. The rearrangements result in enhanced MEF2D transcriptional activity, lymphoid transformation, activation of HDAC9 expression and sensitive to histone deacetylase inhibitor treatment. Thus, MEF2D-rearranged ALL represents a distinct form of high-risk leukaemia, for which new therapeutic approaches should be considered.

Loh M.L.,University of California at San Francisco | Zhang J.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Harvey R.C.,University of New Mexico | Roberts K.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | And 22 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2013

One recently identified subtype of pediatric B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has been termed BCR-ABL1-like or Ph-like because of similarity of the gene expression profile to BCR-ABL1 positive ALL suggesting the presence of lesions activating tyrosine kinases, frequent alteration of IKZF1, and poor outcome. Prior studies demonstrated that approximately half of these patients had genomic lesions leading to CRLF2 overexpression, with half of such cases harboring somatic mutations in the Janus kinases JAK1 and JAK2. To determine whether mutations in other tyrosine kinases might also occur in ALL, we sequenced the tyrosine kinome and downstream signaling genes in 45 high-risk pediatric ALL cases with either a Ph-like gene expression profile or other alterations suggestive of activated kinase signaling. Aside from JAK mutations and 1 FLT3 mutation, no somatic mutations were found in any other tyrosine kinases, suggesting that alternative mechanisms are responsible for activated kinase signaling in high-risk ALL. Copyright 2011 by The American Society of Hematology; all rights reserved. © Copyright 2011 by The American Society of Hematology; all rights reserved.

Borowitz M.J.,Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions | Wood B.L.,University of Washington | Devidas M.,University of Florida | Loh M.L.,University of California at San Francisco | And 12 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2015

Minimal residual disease (MRD) is highly prognostic in pediatric B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). In Children's Oncology Group high-risk B-ALL study AALL0232, we investigated MRD in subjects randomized in a 2 x 2 factorial design to receive either high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) or Capizzi methotrexate (C-MTX) during interim maintenance (IM) or prednisone or dexamethasone during induction. Subjects with end-induction MRD ≥0.1% or those with morphologic slow early response were nonrandomly assigned to receive a second IM and delayed intensification phase. MRD was measured by 6-color flow cytometry in 1 of 2 reference labs, with excellent agreement between the two. Subjects with end-induction MRD <0.01% had a 5-year event-free survival (EFS) of 87% ± 1% vs 74% ± 4% for those with MRD 0.01% to 0.1%; increasing MRD amounts was associated with progressively worse outcome. Subjects converting from MRD positive to negative by end consolidation had a relatively favorable 79% ± 5% 5-year disease-free survival vs 39% ± 7% for those with MRD ≥0.01%. Although HD-MTX was superior to C-MTX, MRD retained prognostic significance in both groups (86% ± 2% vs 58% ± 4% for MRD-negative vs positive C-MTX subjects; 88% ± 2% vs 68% ± 4% for HD-MTX subjects). Intensified therapy given to subjects with MRD >0.1% did not improve either 5-year EFS or overall survival (OS). However, these subjects showed an early relapse rate similar to that seen in MRD-negative ones, with EFS/OS curves for patients with 0.1% to 1% MRD crossing those with 0.01% to 0.1% MRD at 3 and 4 years, thus suggesting that the intensified therapy altered the disease course of MRD-positive subjects. Additional interventions targeted at the MRD-positive group may further improve outcome. This trial was registered at as #NCT00075725. © 2015, American Society of Hematology. All rights reserved.

Roberts K.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Morin R.,BC Cancer Agency | Zhang J.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Hirst M.,BC Cancer Agency | And 46 more authors.
Cancer Cell | Year: 2012

Genomic profiling has identified a subtype of high-risk B-progenitor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) with alteration of IKZF1, a gene expression profile similar to BCR-ABL1-positive ALL and poor outcome (Ph-like ALL). The genetic alterations that activate kinase signaling in Ph-like ALL are poorly understood. We performed transcriptome and whole genome sequencing on 15 cases of Ph-like ALL and identified rearrangements involving ABL1, JAK2, PDGFRB, CRLF2, and EPOR, activating mutations of IL7R and FLT3, and deletion of SH2B3, which encodes the JAK2-negative regulator LNK. Importantly, several of these alterations induce transformation that is attenuated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors, suggesting the treatment outcome of these patients may be improved with targeted therapy. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

Lipshultz S.E.,University of Miami | Scully R.E.,University of Miami | Lipsitz S.R.,Brigham and Women's Hospital | Sallan S.E.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | And 17 more authors.
The Lancet Oncology | Year: 2010

Background: Doxorubicin chemotherapy is associated with cardiomyopathy. Dexrazoxane reduces cardiac damage during treatment with doxorubicin in children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). We aimed to establish the long-term effect of dexrazoxane on the subclinical state of cardiac health in survivors of childhood high-risk ALL 5 years after completion of doxorubicin treatment. Methods: Between January, 1996, and September, 2000, children with high-risk ALL were enrolled from nine centres in the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Patients were assigned by block randomisation to receive ten doses of 30 mg/m2 doxorubicin alone or the same dose of doxorubicin preceded by 300 mg/m2 dexrazoxane. Treatment assignment was obtained through a telephone call to a centralised registrar to conceal allocation. Investigators were masked to treatment assignment but treating physicians and patients were not; however, investigators, physicians, and patients were masked to study serum cardiac troponin-T concentrations and echocardiographic measurements. The primary endpoints were late left ventricular structure and function abnormalities as assessed by echocardiography; analyses were done including all patients with data available after treatment completion. This trial has been completed and is registered with, number NCT00165087. Findings: 100 children were assigned to doxorubicin (66 analysed) and 105 to doxorubicin plus dexrazoxane (68 analysed). 5 years after the completion of doxorubicin chemotherapy, mean left ventricular fractional shortening and end-systolic dimension Z scores were significantly worse than normal for children who received doxorubicin alone (left ventricular fractional shortening: -0·82, 95% CI -1·31 to -0·33; end-systolic dimension: 0·57, 0·21-0·93) but not for those who also received dexrazoxane (-0·41, -0·88 to 0·06; 0·15, -0·20 to 0·51). The protective effect of dexrazoxane, relative to doxorubicin alone, on left ventricular wall thickness (difference between groups: 0·47, 0·46-0·48) and thickness-to-dimension ratio (0·66, 0·64-0·68) were the only statistically significant characteristics at 5 years. Subgroup analysis showed dexrazoxane protection (p=0·04) for left ventricular fractional shortening at 5 years in girls (1·17, 0·24-2·11), but not in boys (-0·10, -0·87 to 0·68). Similarly, subgroup analysis showed dexrazoxane protection (p=0·046) for the left ventricular thickness-to-dimension ratio at 5 years in girls (1·15, 0·44-1·85), but not in boys (0·19, -0·42 to 0·81). With a median follow-up for recurrence and death of 8·7 years (range 1·3-12·1), event-free survival was 77% (95% CI 67-84) for children in the doxorubicin-alone group, and 76% (67-84) for children in the doxorubicin plus dexrazoxane group (p=0·99). Interpretation: Dexrazoxane provides long-term cardioprotection without compromising oncological efficacy in doxorubicin-treated children with high-risk ALL. Dexrazoxane exerts greater long-term cardioprotective effects in girls than in boys. Funding: US National Institutes of Health, Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation, University of Miami Women's Cancer Association, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Roche Diagnostics, Pfizer, and Novartis. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

PubMed | Seattle Childrens Hospital, University of Washington, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Baylor College of Medicine and 3 more.
Type: | Journal: Annals of surgical oncology | Year: 2017

Pediatric breast malignancies are rare, and descriptions in the literature are limited. The purpose of our study was to compare pediatric and adult breast malignancy.We performed a retrospective cohort study using the National Cancer Data Base comparing patients 21years to those >21years at diagnosis (1998-2012). Generalized linear models estimated differences in demographic, tumor, and treatment characteristics. Cox regression was used to compare overall survival.Of 1,999,181 cases of invasive breast malignancies, 477 (0.02%) occurred in patients 21years. Ninety-nine percent of adult patients had invasive carcinoma compared with 64.8% of pediatric patients with the remaining patients having sarcoma, malignant phyllodes, or malignancy not otherwise specified (p<0.001). Pediatric patients were twice as likely to have an undifferentiated malignancy [relative risk (RR) 2.19; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.72-3.79]. Half of adults presented with Stage I disease compared with only 22.7% of pediatric patients (p<0.001). Pediatric patients were 40% more likely to have positive axillary nodes (RR 1.42; 95% CI 1.10-1.84). Among patients with invasive carcinoma, pediatric patients were more than four times as likely to receive a bilateral than a unilateral mastectomy compared with adults (RR 4.56; 95% CI 3.19-6.53). There was no difference in overall survival between children and adults.Pediatric breast malignancies are more advanced at presentation, and there is variability in treatment practices. Adult and pediatric patients with invasive carcinoma have similar overall survival.

PubMed | Seattle Childrens Hospital, University of Washington, Baylor College of Medicine, John Wayne Cancer Institute and 4 more.
Type: | Journal: Journal of pediatric surgery | Year: 2016

Though the volume-outcome relationship has been well-established in adults, low mortality rates and small sample sizes have precluded definitive demonstration in children. This study compares treatment-specific factors for children with nephroblastoma at high (HVC) versus low volume centers (LVC).We performed a retrospective cohort study comparing patients 18years with unilateral nephroblastoma treated at HVCs and LVCs using the National Cancer Data Base (1998-2012). Definitions of HVCs included performing above the median, the upper two quartiles, and the highest decile of nephroblastoma resections. Outcomes included nodal sampling, margin status, time to chemotherapy and radiation, and survival. Statistical analyses included Of 2911 patients from 210 centers, 1443 (49.6%) were treated at HVCs. There was no difference in frequency of preoperative biopsy or days to radiation (p>0.05). High volume centers were more likely to perform nodal sampling (RR 1.04, 95%CI 1.01-1.08) and had fewer days to chemotherapy (RR 0.80, 95%CI 0.69-0.93). Five-year survival was similar (HVC: 0.93, 95%CI 0.92-0.94; LVC: 0.93, 95%CI 0.91-0.94).HVCs were more likely to perform nodal sampling and had fewer days to chemotherapy. There was no difference in days to radiation or survival between centers.Level II (retrospective prognosis study).

Chaleff S.,Maine Childrens Cancer Program | Hurwitz C.A.,Maine Childrens Cancer Program | Chang M.,University of Florida | Dahl G.,Stanford University | And 2 more authors.
British Journal of Haematology | Year: 2012

Relapse remains the leading cause of death in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). Relatively few new chemotherapy agents have been proven to be effective in this population. We report on a Phase 2 clinical trial using the novel combination of 2-chlorodeoxyadenosine (2-CDA) (8mg/m 2 per d×5d) plus idarubicin (Ida) (10mg/m 2 per d×3d). The study involved 109 paediatric patients with AML at first relapse, of whom 104 were available for analysis. The overall response rate was 51% (complete response [CR]+partial response) with a CR rate of 46%. 2-year event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) were 20% and 26%. The only significant variable in determining response, EFS and OS was duration of initial remission, with patients who had an initial remission >1year having much worse outcomes overall (response rate 74% vs. 25%, EFS 8% vs. 37% and OS of 16% vs. 39%, P<0·01 for all). There was an acceptable toxicity profile with one neurological event and no cardiac events observed. The most common grade 3-4 toxicities observed were neutropenia (59%) and thrombocytopenia (68%). This study demonstrated that the novel combination of 2-CDA/Ida was effective and should be considered for incorporation in front line therapy for children with AML. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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