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Tanase A.,EBMT Lymphoma Working Party | Tanase A.,Fundeni Clinical Institute | Schmitz N.,EBMT Lymphoma Working Party | Stein H.,Pathodiagnostik Berlin | And 13 more authors.
Leukemia | Year: 2015

The objective of this registry study was to analyse the outcome of patients who underwent allogeneic or autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTL), a rare and extremely aggressive peripheral T-cell lymphoma subtype. Patients were eligible if they had histologically verified HSTL and underwent HSCT between 2003 and 2011. Seventy-six patients were identified in the European Society for Bone and Marrow Transplantation database. Additional baseline and follow-up information could be obtained from the referring centres for 36 patients. Eleven of these were excluded following histopathology review, leaving 25 patients in the final study cohort (alloHSCT 18, autoHSCT 7). With a median follow-up of 36 months, 2 patients relapsed after alloHSCT, resulting in a 3-year progression-free survival of 48%. After autoHSCT, 5 patients relapsed and subsequently died. This study indicates that graft-versus-lymphoma activity conferred by alloHSCT can result in long-term survival for a substantial proportion of patients with HSTL. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.


Von Mallinckrodt B.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Thakur M.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Weng A.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Gilabert-Oriol R.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | And 7 more authors.
Future Oncology | Year: 2014

Aims: The intention of this work was to lift saponin supported tumor targeted therapies onto the next level by using targeted toxins in nude mice xenotransplant models. Materials & methods: Combined application of dianthin coupled to EGF and saponin SO-1861 was tested in a xenograft model of colon carcinoma. In vitro cytotoxicity was tested in real-time in NIH3T3 cells (no human EGF receptor expression), HER14 and human colon carcinoma HCT116 (both EGF receptor overexpressing) cells. A xenograft model was established using HCT116 cells and tumor-bearing animals were treated with SO-1861 (30 g/treatment) and dianthin coupled to EGF (0.35 g/treatment). Tumor progression was monitored, using 18F-2-fluor-2-desoxy-d-glucose, by small animal PET and by X-ray computed tomography. Results: In vitro results demonstrated a high-receptor specificity and the in vivo experiment showed a progressive reduction of the tumor volume and glycolytic activity in the treated group (>95% reduction; p < 0.05). Conclusion: This therapy has great advantage because of high specificity, low side effects and great effectiveness for future development in the treatment of colon cancer. © 2014 Future Medicine Ltd.


Oelmann E.,University Hospital Muenster | Oelmann E.,Astrazeneca | Stein H.,Pathodiagnostik Berlin | Berdel W.E.,University Hospital Muenster | Herbst H.,Institute of Pathology
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Signaling through the IL-1-receptor type 1 (IL-1R1), IL-1 is required for initiation and maintenance of diverse activities of the immune system. A second receptor, IL-1R2, blocks IL-1 signal transduction. We studied expression of IL-1beta, IL-1R1, and IL-1R2 in 17 Hodgkin lymphomas (HL) by in situ hybridization (ISH). IL-1beta expressing cells, morphologically consistent with endothelial cells and fibroblasts, occurred in all HL tissues with elevated transcript levels in areas of active fibrosis. Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells of all cases expressed low IL-1R1 transcript levels in some tumor cells, and high levels of IL-1R2 in large proportions of HRS cells. Only few bystander cells showed low levels of IL-1R1 and IL-1R2 RNA. Supernatants of 4 out of 7 HL-derived cell lines contained soluble IL-1R2 protein at high levels. HL patient sera carried variably amounts of IL-1R2 protein with significantly increased titers in patients with active disease compared to patients in complete remission and control individuals without HL. Western blots and co-immunoprecipitations showed binding of the IL-1R2 to the intracellular IL-1R-accessory protein (IL-1IRAcP). These data suggest functions of the IL-1R2 as a "decoy-receptor" sequestrating paracrine IL-1 extracellularly and intracellularly by engaging IL-1IRAcP, thus depriving IL1-R1 molecules of their extracellular and intracellular ligands. Expression of IL1-R2 by HRS cells seems to contribute to local and systemic modulation of immune function in HL. © 2015 Oelmann et al.


Locher R.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Erba P.A.,University of Pisa | Hirsch B.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Bombardieri E.,Italian National Cancer Institute | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology | Year: 2014

Purpose: The extradomain B of fibronectin (ED-B) is a promising vascular target for selective pharmacodelivery in cancer patients. We analyzed a large series of prostatectomies from patients with prostate cancer, hyperplastic prostate disease, and normal prostates to study extent and tumor-selectivity of ED-B expression. Methods: Using immunohistology, 68 adenocarcinomas of the prostate or prostate cancer-inflicted lymph nodes, 4 samples of benign prostatic hyperplasia, and 6 normal prostate glands were studied for ED-B expressing newly formed blood vessels. Further, we treated an advanced prostate cancer patient with the anti-ED-B antibody 131I-L19SIP to study in vivo target accessibility. Results: ED-B-positive blood vessels were found significantly more frequent in prostate cancers as compared with peritumoral prostate tissues or normal prostate glands, independent of tumor differentiation. The ED-B-positive blood vessels' density was 97 (±23), 65 (±9), and 59 (±9)/mm2 in G3, G2, and G1 prostate cancers, respectively, and 7 (±5)/mm2 in normal prostate glands. In high-grade (G3) prostate cancers, also the peritumoral tissue showed a higher density of ED-B vessels than normal prostate glands. Similar results were obtained when ED-B-positive vessel density was expressed as a fraction of CD34-positive vessel density. Finally, selective uptake of ED-B-binding 131I-L19SIP to tumor lesions was found in an advanced prostate cancer patient by whole-body planar scintigraphy. Conclusions: ED-B-positive blood vessels were found to a large extent in prostate cancer tissues, but only rarely in normal prostates or benign prostatic hyperplasia. Whole-body planar scintigraphy in a prostate cancer patient confirmed selective uptake of 131I-L19SIP in the prostate cancer tissues, qualifying ED-B as a promising target for selective pharmacodelivery of anticancer agents in prostate cancer. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Horn H.,Robert Bosch GmbH | Ziepert M.,University of Leipzig | Wartenberg M.,University of Wurzburg | Staiger A.M.,Robert Bosch GmbH | And 17 more authors.
Leukemia | Year: 2015

Prognostically relevant risk factors in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) have predominantly been evaluated in elderly populations. We tested whether previously described risk factors are also valid in younger, poor-prognosis DLBCL patients. Paraffin-embedded samples from 112 patients with de novo DLBCL, enrolled in the R-MegaCHOEP trial of the German High Grade Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Study Group (DSHNHL) were investigated using immunohistochemistry (MYC, FOXP1, LMO2, GCET1, CD5, CD10, BCL2, BCL6, IRF4/MUM1) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (MYC, BCL2, BCL6). MYC, BCL2 and BCL6 breaks occurred in 14, 21 and 31%, respectively. In the majority of cases, MYC was simultaneously rearranged with BCL2 and/or BCL6. The adverse impact of MYC rearrangements was confirmed, but the sole presence of BCL2 breaks emerged as a novel prognostic marker associated with inferior overall survival (OS) (P=0.002). Combined overexpression of MYC and BCL2 showed only limited association with inferior OS. All immunohistochemical cell of origin classifiers applied failed to predict survival time. DLBCL tumors with significant proportion of immunoblastic and/or immunoblastic-plasmacytoid cells had inferior OS, independently from from BCL2 break. Younger, poor-prognosis DLBCL patients, therefore, display different biological risk factors compared with an elderly population, with BCL2 translocations emerging as a powerful negative prognostic marker. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited.

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