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Goede V.,University of Cologne | Bahlo J.,University of Cologne | Chataline V.,University of Cologne | Eichhorst B.,University of Cologne | And 7 more authors.
Leukemia and Lymphoma | Year: 2016

Multidimensional geriatric assessment (GA) has been demonstrated to predict outcomes in older patients with cancer. This study evaluated GA in a cohort of older patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Seventy-five of 97 subjects with CLL who were enrolled in a clinical trial of the German CLL Study Group underwent GA prior to the start of study treatment (low-dose chemotherapy with fludarabine). GA included cumulative illness rating scale (CIRS), timed-up-And-go (TUG) test, dementia detection (DEMTECT) test and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) index. There was little correlation between CIRS, TUG, DEMTECT or IADL results and treatment toxicity, feasibility or efficacy in this study. CIRS and IADL had no statistically significant impact on overall prognosis. However, under-performance in TUG or DEMTECT test was strongly associated with poor survival. The latter findings provide a rationale to further investigate geriatric assessment in CLL and in the context with other CLL treatments. © 2015 Taylor & Francis. Source


Pelageev D.N.,RAS Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry | Dyshlovoy S.A.,Russian Academy of Medical Sciences | Pokhilo N.D.,RAS Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry | Denisenko V.A.,RAS Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry | And 7 more authors.
European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2014

We have found that 2-methoxy-1,4-naphthoquinones easily react with primary alcohols to produce the corresponding 2-alkoxyderivatives. Using this reaction, we synthesized methyl-6-O-(naphthalene-1,4-dione-2-yl)-α-D- glucopyranosides, a new type of water soluble quinone-carbohydrate nonglucoside conjugates. The resulting conjugates induced apoptosis in human cancer HeLa and normal mouse JB6 P+ Cl41 cells with simultaneous inhibition of p53-dependant transcriptional activity, suggesting that the observed cell death was p53-independent. Furthermore, we analyzed structure-activity relationship and bioactivity of 2-hydroxy- and 2-methoxy-1,4-naphthoquinones as well as carbohydrate nonglucoside conjugates. All compounds containing a quinone moiety were able to inhibit p53-dependant transcriptional activity and exerted moderate inhibitory effects on HeLa cell colony formation. Investigations of structure-activity relationships revealed that cytotoxicity depended on the type of substituent at C-2 of the quinone moiety, decreasing in the following order: methoxyderivatives > carbohydrate nonglucoside conjugates > hydroxyderivatives. Furthermore, cytotoxicity depended on the position of the hydroxy substituent in the quinone moiety in all derivatives and decreased in the following order: 8- > 5- > 5,8-derivatives. In conclusion, this is the first report on synthesis and biological structure-activity relationships of the new class of quinone-carbohydrate nonglucoside conjugates. © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved. Source


Gasperowicz M.,University of Calgary | Surmann-Schmitt C.,Friedrich - Alexander - University, Erlangen - Nuremberg | Hamada Y.,Japan National Institute for Basic Biology | Otto F.,Tumor and Breast Center | Cross J.C.,University of Calgary
Developmental Biology | Year: 2013

TLE3 is a transcriptional co-repressor that interacts with several DNA-binding repressors, including downstream effectors of the Notch signaling pathway. We generated Tle3-deficient mice and found that they die in utero and their death is associated with abnormal development of the placenta with major defects in the maternal vasculature. In the normal placenta, maternal blood spaces are lined, not as usual in the mammalian circulation by endothelial cells, but rather by specialized embryo-derived cells of the trophoblast cell lineage named trophoblast giant cells (TGC). Tle3 mRNA is expressed in those specialized TGC and Tle3 mutants show severe defects in differentiation of TGC-lined channels and lacunar spaces that take blood out of the labyrinth zone of the placenta and into the uterine veins. The mutants also show somewhat milder defects on the arterial-side of the maternal vascular circuit in spiral arteries and canals that take blood into the labyrinth. Notch2 and Tle3 expression patterns overlap in several TGC subtypes and we found that Tle3 and Notch2 mutants have some overlapping features. However, they also show differences implying that TLE3 may mediate some but not all of the effects of Notch2 signaling during placenta development. Therefore, formation of the different types of maternal blood spaces by different TGC subtypes is regulated by distinct molecular mechanisms. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. Source


Goldhirsch A.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Wood W.C.,Emory University | Coates A.S.,University of Sydney | Gelber R.D.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | And 2 more authors.
Annals of Oncology | Year: 2011

The 12th St Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference (2011) Expert Panel adopted a new approach to the classification of patients for therapeutic purposes based on the recognition of intrinsic biological subtypes within the breast cancer spectrum. For practical purposes, these subtypes may be approximated using clinicopathological rather than gene expression array criteria. In general, systemic therapy recommendations follow the subtype classification. Thus, 'Luminal A' disease generally requires only endocrine therapy, which also forms part of the treatment of the 'Luminal B' subtype. Chemotherapy is considered indicated for most patients with 'Luminal B', 'Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 (HER2) positive', and 'Triple negative (ductal)' disease, with the addition of trastuzumab in 'HER2 positive' disease. Progress was also noted in defining better tolerated local therapies in selected cases without loss of efficacy, such as accelerated radiation therapy and the omission of axillary dissection under defined circumstances. Broad treatment recommendations are presented, recognizing that detailed treatment decisions need to consider disease extent, host factors, patient preferences, and social and economic constraints. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. Source


Oldenburg J.,Akershus University Hospital | Oldenburg J.,University of Oslo | Aparicio J.,Hospital Universitari i Politecnic la Fe | Beyer J.,Universitatsspital Zurich | And 17 more authors.
Annals of Oncology | Year: 2015

Testicular cancer (TC) is the most common neoplasm in males aged 15-40 years. The majority of patients have no evidence of metastases at diagnosis and thus have clinical stage I (CSI) disease [Oldenburg J, Fossa SD, Nuver J et al. Testicular seminoma and non-seminoma: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Ann Oncol 2013; 24(Suppl 6): vi125-vi132; de Wit R, Fizazi K. Controversies in the management of clinical stage I testis cancer. J Clin Oncol 2006; 24: 5482-5492.]. Management of CSI TC is controversial and options include surveillance and active treatment. Different forms of adjuvant therapy exist, including either one or two cycles of carboplatin chemotherapy or radiotherapy for seminoma and either one or two cycles of cisplatin-based chemotherapy or retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for non-seminoma. Long-term disease-specific survival is ~99% with any of these approaches, including surveillance. While surveillance allows most patients to avoid additional treatment, adjuvant therapy markedly lowers the relapse rate. Weighing the net benefits of surveillance against those of adjuvant treatment depends on prioritizing competing aims such as avoiding unnecessary treatment, avoiding more burdensome treatment with salvage chemotherapy and minimizing the anxiety, stress and life disruption associated with relapse. Unbiased information about the advantages and disadvantages of surveillance and adjuvant treatment is a prerequisite for informed consent by the patient. In a clinical scenario like CSI TC, where different disease-management options produce indistinguishable longterm survival rates, patient values, priorities and preferences should be taken into account. In this review, we provide an overview about risk factors for relapse, potential benefits and harms of adjuvant chemotherapy and active surveillance and a rationale for involving patients in individualized decision making about their treatment rather than adopting a uniform recommendation for all. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. Source

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