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  • 1.
    Behrens, Kira
    et al.
    Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany; Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Medical Research, Australia.
    Maul, Katrin
    Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany.
    Tekin, Nilguen
    Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany; Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany.
    Kriebitzsch, Neele
    Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany.
    Indenbirken, Daniela
    Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany.
    Prassolov, Vladimir
    Engelhardt Institute Molecular Biol, Russia.
    Mueller, Ursula
    Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany.
    Serve, Hubert
    Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Stocking, Carol
    Leibniz Institute Expt Virol, Germany.
    RUNX1 cooperates with FLT3-ITD to induce leukemia2017In: Journal of Experimental Medicine, ISSN 0022-1007, E-ISSN 1540-9538, Vol. 214, no 3, p. 737-752Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is induced by the cooperative action of deregulated genes that perturb self-renewal, proliferation, and differentiation. Internal tandem duplications (ITDs) in the FLT3 receptor tyrosine kinase are common mutations in AML, confer poor prognosis, and stimulate myeloproliferation. AML patient samples with FLT3-ITD express high levels of RUNX1, a transcription factor with known tumor-suppressor function. In this study, to understand this paradox, we investigated the impact of RUNX1 and FLT3-ITD coexpression. FLT3-ITD directly impacts on RUNX1 activity, whereby up-regulated and phosphorylated RUNX1 cooperates with FLT3-ITD to induce AML. Inactivating RUNX1 in tumors releases the differentiation block and down-regulates genes controlling ribosome biogenesis. We identified Hhex as a direct target of RUNX1 and FLT3-ITD stimulation and confirmed high HHEX expression in FLT3-ITD AMLs. HHEX could replace RUNX1 in cooperating with FLT3-ITD to induce AML. These results establish and elucidate the unanticipated oncogenic function of RUNX1 in AML. We predict that blocking RUNX1 activity will greatly enhance current therapeutic approaches using FLT3 inhibitors.

  • 2.
    Bergfelt, Emma
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Kozlowski, Piotr
    University of Örebro, Sweden.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences.
    Hulegardh, Erik
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hagglund, Hans
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Karin
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Markuszewska-Kuczymska, Alicja
    University of Umeå Hospital, Sweden.
    Tomaszewska-Toporska, Beata
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Smedmyr, Bengt
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Astrom, Maria
    University of Örebro, Sweden.
    Amini, Rose-Marie
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Hallbook, Helene
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Satisfactory outcome after intensive chemotherapy with pragmatic use of minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring in older patients with Philadelphia-negative B cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: a Swedish registry-based study2015In: Medical Oncology, ISSN 1357-0560, E-ISSN 1559-131X, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 135-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The introduction of minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring, in the Swedish national guidelines for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, was evaluated in 35 patients aged 46-79 years (median 61), who were diagnosed from 2007 to 2011 and treated with high-intensity, block-based chemotherapy (ABCDV/VABA induction). Both a high complete remission rate (91 %) and acceptable overall survival (OS) rate (47 %) at 5 years were achieved. MRD by flow cytometry was measured in 73 % of the patients reaching complete remission after the first course, but was omitted by the clinicians for eight patients who were either over 70 years of age or already met conventional high-risk criteria. Factors negatively influencing OS were age over 65 years and WHO status greater than= 2. MRD less than 0.1 % after induction had positive impact on continuous complete remission but not on OS. Only five patients were allocated to allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation in first remission, mainly due to conventional high risk factors. Thus, use of intensive remission induction therapy is effective in a selection of older patients. In a population for whom the possibilities of treatment escalation are limited, the optimal role of MRD monitoring remains to be determined.

  • 3.
    Berggren, Daniel Moreno
    et al.
    Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
    Folkvaljon, Yasin
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Engvall, Marie
    Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
    Sundberg, Johan
    Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
    Lambe, Mats
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden; Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Antunovic, Petar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Garelius, Hege
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Lorenz, Fryderyk
    Umea Univ, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Lars
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Rasmussen, Bengt
    Orebro Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Lehmann, Soren
    Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
    Hellstrom-Lindberg, Eva
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Jadersten, Martin
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Ejerblad, Elisabeth
    Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
    Prognostic scoring systems for myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in a population-based setting: a report from the Swedish MDS register2018In: British Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0007-1048, E-ISSN 1365-2141, Vol. 181, no 5, p. 614-627Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) have highly variable outcomes and prognostic scoring systems are important tools for risk assessment and to guide therapeutic decisions. However, few population-based studies have compared the value of the different scoring systems. With data from the nationwide Swedish population-based MDS register we validated the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS), revised IPSS (IPSS-R) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Classification-based Prognostic Scoring System (WPSS). We also present population-based data on incidence, clinical characteristics including detailed cytogenetics and outcome from the register. The study encompassed 1329 patients reported to the register between 2009 and 2013, 14% of these had therapy-related MDS (t-MDS). Based on the MDS register, the yearly crude incidence of MDS in Sweden was 2amp;lt;boldamp;gt;amp;lt;/boldamp;gt;9 per 100000 inhabitants. IPSS-R had a significantly better prognostic power than IPSS (Pamp;lt;0amp;lt;boldamp;gt;amp;lt;/boldamp;gt;001). There was a trend for better prognostic power of IPSS-R compared to WPSS (P=0amp;lt;boldamp;gt;amp;lt;/boldamp;gt;05) and for WPSS compared to IPSS (P=0amp;lt;boldamp;gt;amp;lt;/boldamp;gt;07). IPSS-R was superior to both IPSS and WPSS for patients aged 70years. Patients with t-MDS had a worse outcome compared to de novo MDS (d-MDS), however, the validity of the prognostic scoring systems was comparable for d-MDS and t-MDS. In conclusion, population-based studies are important to validate prognostic scores in a real-world setting. In our nationwide cohort, the IPSS-R showed the best predictive power.

  • 4.
    Bjerrum, Ole Weis
    et al.
    Rigshosp, Denmark.
    Samuelsson, Jan
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Ghanima, Waleed
    Univ Oslo, Norway; Univ Oslo, Norway.
    Kauppila, Marjut
    Turku Univ Hosp, Finland.
    Andersen, Christen Lykkegaard
    Rigshosp, Denmark; Roskilde Hosp, Denmark.
    Thromboembolism prophylaxis in patients with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms-Clinical practice among Nordic specialists2018In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 100, no 5, p. 475-478Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) have higher risks of developing thromboembolisms compared to the general population. International guidelines on the management of MPNs therefore include recommendations concerning thromboembolism prophylaxis. In clinical practice, strict adherence to guidelines may be challenging and dependent on factors such as physician experience, outpatient clinic setting, and access to therapy; however, no data exist on physician adherence or patient compliance to thromboembolism prophylaxis in MPNs. Objectives: The Nordic Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Study Group (NMPN) performed a survey among Nordic hematology specialists with the aim of documenting the implementation of international recommendations in a region of Northern Europe with similar healthcare systems. Results: The study showed that Nordic specialists managed their patients in accordance with international guidelines concerning medical intervention, but to a lesser degree regarding the management of additional cardiovascular risk factors. The survey also drew attention to the common clinical dilemma of combining antiaggregatory agents with vitamin K antagonists (VKA), or novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC), as well as phlebotomy limits in female polycythemia vera patients. Conclusions: The results of this study highlight the importance of considering all risk factors for thrombosis and an optimal collaboration with the primary healthcare sector.

  • 5.
    Blimark, Cecilie Hveding
    et al.
    Univ Gothenburg, Sweden; Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Turesson, Ingemar
    Skåne University Hospital, Lund-Malmö, Sweden.
    Genell, Anna
    Western Sweden Hlth Care Reg, Sweden.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Björkstrand, Bo
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Carlson, Kristina
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Forsberg, Karin
    Umeå Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Linder, Olle
    Örebro Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Mellqvist, Ulf-Henrik
    Univ Gothenburg, Sweden; Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden; Boras Hosp, Sweden.
    Nahi, Hareth
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden; Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Kristinsson, Sigurdur Y.
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden; Univ Iceland, Iceland; Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Outcome and survival of myeloma patients diagnosed 2008-2015. Real-world data on 4904 patients from the Swedish Myeloma Registry2018In: Haematologica, ISSN 0390-6078, E-ISSN 1592-8721, Vol. 103, no 3, p. 506-513Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Epidemiology and outcome of myeloma are mainly reported from large university centers and collaborative groups, and do not represent real-world patients. The Swedish Myeloma Registry is a prospective population-based registry documenting characteristics, treatment and outcome in newly diagnosed myeloma, including asymptomatic and localized forms, with the purpose of improving disease management and outcome. This report presents information on patients diagnosed between 2008 and 2015, including data on first-line treatment in patients diagnosed up to 2014, with a follow up until December 2016. We present age-adjusted incidence, patients characteristics at baseline, treatment, response, and survival. Baseline data were available with a 97% coverage in 4904 patients (median age 71 years, males 70 years, females 73 years; 72% were 65 years or older), and at 1-year follow up in 3558 patients with symptomatic disease (92% of patients initially reported). The age-adjusted incidence was 6.8 myeloma cases per 100,000 inhabi-ants per year. Among initially symptomatic patients (n= 3988), 77% had osteolytic lesions or compression fractures, 49% had anemia, 18% impaired kidney function, and 13% hypercalcemia. High-dose therapy with autologous stem cell transplantation was given to 77% of patients aged up to 66 years, and to 22% of patients aged 66-70 years. In the study period, 68% received bortezomib, thalidomide, and/or lenalidomide as part of the first-line treatment, rising from 31% in 2008 to 81% in 2014. In active myeloma, the median relative survival of patients aged 65 years or under was 7.7 years, and 3.4 years in patients aged 66 years and over. Patients diagnosed with myeloma in more recent years were associated with significantly higher rates of complete or very good partial remission (Pamp;lt;0.05), and with a significantly higher survival, with a Hazard Ratio (HR) of 0.84 (95% CI: 0.77-0.92; Pamp;lt;0.05). There was a small, but significant survival benefit in patients treated at university hospitals (HR 0.93; 95% CI: 0.87-0.99; Pamp;lt;0.05). We report here on a near complete real-world population of myeloma patients during an 8-year period; a period in which newer drugs were implemented into standard practice. The overall incidence and median age were both higher than in most previous studies, indicating a more complete coverage of older patients. Myeloma survival in Sweden is comparable to other large registry studies, and responses and survival improved during the study period.

  • 6.
    Czerw, Tomasz
    et al.
    Maria Sklodowska Curie Mem Cancer Centre, Poland; Institute Oncol, Poland.
    Labopin, Myriam
    Hop St Antoine, France; INSERM, France; University of Paris 06, France.
    Schmid, Christoph
    University of Munich, Germany.
    Cornelissen, Jan J.
    Erasmus University, Netherlands.
    Chevallier, Patrice
    CHU Nantes, France.
    Blaise, Didier
    Institute J Paoli I Calmettes, France.
    Kuball, Juergen
    University of Medical Centre, Netherlands.
    Vigouroux, Stephane
    Hop Haut Leveque, France.
    Garban, Frederic
    Hop A Michallon, France.
    Lioure, Bruno
    Nouvel Hop Civil, France.
    Fegueux, Nathalie
    CHU Lapeyronie, France.
    Clement, Laurence
    Centre Hospital University of CHU Nancy, France.
    Sandstedt, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Maertens, Johan
    University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Belgium.
    Guillerm, Gaelle
    CHU Morvan, France.
    Bordessoule, Dominique
    CHRU Limoges, France.
    Mohty, Mohamad
    Hop St Antoine, France; INSERM, France; University of Paris 06, France.
    Nagler, Arnon
    Hop St Antoine, France; Chaim Sheba Medical Centre, Israel.
    High CD3+and CD34+peripheral blood stem cell grafts content is associated with increased risk of graft-versus-host disease without beneficial effect on disease control after reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic transplantation from matched unrelated donors for acute myeloid leukemia - an analysis from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation2016In: OncoTarget, ISSN 1949-2553, E-ISSN 1949-2553, Vol. 7, no 19, p. 27255-27266Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Inconsistent results have been reported regarding the influence of graft composition on the incidence of graft versus host disease (GVHD), disease control and survival after reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (allo-PBSCT). These discrepancies may be at least in part explained by the differences in disease categories, disease status at transplant, donor type and conditioning. The current retrospective EBMT registry study aimed to analyze the impact of CD3+ and CD34+ cells dose on the outcome of RIC allo-PBSCT in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in first complete remission, allografted from HLA-matched unrelated donors (10 of 10 match). We included 203 adults. In univariate analysis, patients transplanted with the highest CD3+ and CD34+ doses (above the third quartile cut-off point values, amp;gt;347 x 10amp;lt;^amp;gt;6/kg and amp;gt;8.25 x 10amp;lt;^amp;gt;6/kg, respectively) had an increased incidence of grade III-IV acute (a) GVHD (20% vs. 6%, P = .003 and 18% vs. 7%, P = .02, respectively). There was no association between cellular composition of grafts and transplant-related mortality, AML relapse, incidence of chronic GVHD and survival. Neither engraftment itself nor the kinetics of engraftment were affected by the cell dose. In multivariate analysis, CD3+ and CD34+ doses were the only adverse predicting factors for grade III-IV aGVHD (HR = 3.6; 95% CI: 1.45-9.96, P = .006 and 2.65 (1.07-6.57), P = .04, respectively). These results suggest that careful assessing the CD3+ and CD34+ graft content and tailoring the cell dose infused may help in reducing severe acute GVHD risk without negative impact on the other transplantation outcomes.

  • 7.
    Davidsson, Josef
    et al.
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden; Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Puschmann, Andreas
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Tedgard, Ulf
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Bryder, David
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Lars
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    SAMD9 and SAMD9L in inherited predisposition to ataxia, pancytopenia, and myeloid malignancies2018In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 32, no 5, p. 1106-1115Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Germline mutations in the SAMD9 and SAMD9L genes, located in tandem on chromosome 7, are associated with a clinical spectrum of disorders including the MIRAGE syndrome, ataxia pancytopenia syndrome and myelodysplasia and leukemia syndrome with monosomy 7 syndrome. Germline gain-of-function mutations increase SAMD9 or SAMD9Ls normal antiproliferative effect. This causes pancytopenia and generally restricted growth and/or specific organ hypoplasia in non-hematopoietic tissues. In blood cells, additional somatic aberrations that reverse the germline mutations effect, and give rise to the clonal expansion of cells with reduced or no antiproliferative effect of SAMD9 or SAMD9L include complete or partial chromosome 7 loss or loss-of-function mutations in SAMD9 or SAMD9L. Furthermore, the complete or partial loss of chromosome 7q may cause myelodysplastic syndrome in these patients. SAMD9 mutations appear to associate with a more severe disease phenotype, including intrauterine growth restriction, developmental delay and hypoplasia of adrenal glands, testes, ovaries or thymus, and most reported patients died in infancy or early childhood due to infections, anemia and/or hemorrhages. SAMD9L mutations have been reported in a few families with balance problems and nystagmus due to cerebellar atrophy, and may lead to similar hematological disease as seen in SAMD9 mutation carriers, from early childhood to adult years. We review the clinical features of these syndromes, discuss the underlying biology, and interpret the genetic findings in some of the affected family members. We provide expert-based recommendations regarding diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment of mutation carriers.

  • 8.
    Engert, Andreas
    et al.
    University of Cologne, Germany.
    Balduini, Carlo
    IRCCS Policlin San Matteo Fdn, Italy.
    Brand, Anneke
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Coiffier, Bertrand
    University of Lyon 1, France.
    Cordonnier, Catherine
    Hop University of Henri Mondor, France.
    Doehner, Hartmut
    University of Klinikum Ulm, Germany.
    Duyvene de Wit, Thom
    European Hematol Assoc, Netherlands.
    Eichinger, Sabine
    Medical University of Wien, Austria.
    Fibbe, Willem
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Green, Tony
    Cambridge Institute Medical Research, England.
    de Haas, Fleur
    European Hematol Assoc, Netherlands.
    Iolascon, Achille
    University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
    Jaffredo, Thierry
    University of Paris 06, France.
    Rodeghiero, Francesco
    Osped San Bortolo, Italy.
    Salles, Gilles
    University of Lyon, France.
    Jacob Schuringa, Jan
    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
    Andre, Marc
    Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
    Andre-Schmutz, Isabelle
    University of Paris 05, France.
    Bacigalupo, Andrea
    Osped San Martino Genova, Italy.
    Bochud, Pierre-Yves
    University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
    den Boer, Monique
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Bonini, Chiara
    University of Milan, Italy.
    Camaschella, Clara
    San Raffaele Institute, Italy.
    Cant, Andrew
    Great North Childrens Hospital, England.
    Domenica Cappellini, Maria
    University of Milan, Italy.
    Cazzola, Mario
    University of Pavia, Italy.
    Lo Celso, Cristina
    Imperial Coll London, England.
    Dimopoulos, Meletios
    University of Athens, Greece.
    Douay, Luc
    University of Paris 06, France.
    Dzierzak, Elaine
    University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Einsele, Hermann
    University of Wurzburg, Germany.
    Ferreri, Andres
    Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy.
    De Franceschi, Lucia
    University of Verona, Italy.
    Gaulard, Philippe
    Hop Henri Mondor, France.
    Gottgens, Berthold
    University of Cambridge, England.
    Greinacher, Andreas
    University of Medical Greifswald, Germany; Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany.
    Gresele, Paolo
    University of Perugia, Italy.
    Gribben, John
    Queen Mary University of London, England.
    de Haan, Gerald
    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
    Hansen, John-Bjarne
    University of Tromso, Norway.
    Hochhaus, Andreas
    University of Klinikum Jena, Germany.
    Kadir, Rezan
    Royal Free Hospital, England.
    Kaveri, Srini
    Institute National Sante and Rech Med, France.
    Kouskoff, Valerie
    University of Manchester, England.
    Kuehne, Thomas
    University of Kinderspital Beider Basel, Switzerland.
    Kyrle, Paul
    Medical University of Wien, Austria.
    Ljungman, Per
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Maschmeyer, Georg
    Klinikum Ernst Von Bergmann, Germany.
    Mendez-Ferrer, Simon
    University of Cambridge, England.
    Milsom, Michael
    Deutsch Krebsforschungszentrum Neuenheimer Feld, Germany.
    Mummery, Christine
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Ossenkoppele, Gert
    Vrije University of Amsterdam Medical Centre, Netherlands.
    Pecci, Alessandro
    University of Pavia, Italy.
    Peyvandi, Flora
    University of Milan, Italy.
    Philipsen, Sjaak
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Reitsma, Pieter
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Maria Ribera, Jose
    Institute Catala Oncol, Spain.
    Risitano, Antonio
    University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
    Rivella, Stefano
    Weill Medical Coll, NY USA.
    Ruf, Wolfram
    Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.
    Schroeder, Timm
    Swiss Federal Institute Technology, Switzerland.
    Scully, Marie
    University of Coll London Hospital, England.
    Socie, Gerard
    Hop St Louis, France.
    Staal, Frank
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Stanworth, Simon
    John Radcliffe Hospital, England.
    Stauder, Reinhard
    Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria.
    Stilgenbauer, Stephan
    University of Klinikum Ulm, Germany.
    Tamary, Hannah
    Schneider Childrens Medical Centre Israel, Israel.
    Theilgaard-Monch, Kim
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Lay Thein, Swee
    Kings Coll London, England.
    Tilly, Herve
    University of Rouen, France.
    Trneny, Marek
    Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic.
    Vainchenker, William
    Institute Gustave Roussy, France.
    Maria Vannucchi, Alessandro
    University of Florence, Italy.
    Viscoli, Claudio
    University of Genoa, Italy.
    Vrielink, Hans
    Sanquin Research, Netherlands.
    Zaaijer, Hans
    Sanquin Research, Netherlands.
    Zanella, Alberto
    Osped Maggiore Policlin, Italy.
    Zolla, Lello
    University of Tuscia, Italy.
    Jan Zwaginga, Jaap
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Aguilar Martinez, Patricia
    Hop St Eloi, France.
    van den Akker, Emile
    Sanquin Research, Netherlands.
    Allard, Shubha
    Barts Health NHS Trust and NHS Blood and Transplant, England.
    Anagnou, Nicholas
    University of Athens, Greece.
    Andolfo, Immacolata
    University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
    Andrau, Jean-Christophe
    Institute Genet Molecular Montpellier, France.
    Angelucci, Emanuele
    Osp A Businco, Italy.
    Anstee, David
    NHSBT Blood Centre, England.
    Aurer, Igor
    University of Zagreb, Croatia.
    Avet-Loiseau, Herve
    Centre Hospital University of Toulouse, France.
    Aydinok, Yesim
    Ege University, Turkey.
    Bakchoul, Tamam
    University of Medical Greifswald, Germany.
    Balduini, Alessandra
    IRCCS Policlin San Matteo Fdn, Italy.
    Barcellini, Wilma
    Osped Maggiore Policlin, Italy.
    Baruch, Dominique
    University of Paris 05, France.
    Baruchel, Andre
    Hop University of Robert Dabre, France.
    Bayry, Jagadeesh
    Institute National Sante and Rech Med, France.
    Bento, Celeste
    Centre Hospital and University of Coimbra, Portugal.
    van den Berg, Anke
    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
    Bernardi, Rosa
    Ist Science San Raffaele, Italy.
    Bianchi, Paola
    Osped Maggiore Policlin, Italy.
    Bigas, Anna
    Institute Hospital del Mar Investgac Med, Spain.
    Biondi, Andrea
    University of Milano Bicocca, Italy.
    Bohonek, Milos
    Central Mil Hospital, Czech Republic.
    Bonnet, Dominique
    Francis Crick Institute, England.
    Borchmann, Peter
    University Hospital Cologne Int, Germany.
    Borregaard, Niels
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Braekkan, Sigrid
    University of Tromso, Norway.
    van den Brink, Marcel
    Mem Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, NY 10021 USA.
    Brodin, Ellen
    University of Sykehuset Nordic Norge, Norway.
    Bullinger, Lars
    University of Klin Ulm, Germany.
    Buske, Christian
    University of Klinikum Ulm, Germany.
    Butzeck, Barbara
    European Federat Assoc Patients Haemochromatosis, France.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Campo, Elias
    University of Barcelona, Spain.
    Carbone, Antonino
    Centre Riferimento Oncol, Italy.
    Cervantes, Francisco
    University of Barcelona, Spain.
    Cesaro, Simone
    Policlin GB Rossi, Italy.
    Charbord, Pierre
    University of Paris 06, France.
    Claas, Frans
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Cohen, Hannah
    Imperial Coll London, England.
    Conard, Jacqueline
    Hop Hotel Dieu, France.
    Coppo, Paul
    Hop St Antoine, France.
    Vives Corrons, Joan-Lluis
    University of Barcelona, Spain.
    da Costa, Lydie
    Hop Robert Debre, France.
    Davi, Frederic
    University of Paris 06, France.
    Delwel, Ruud
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Dianzani, Irma
    University of Turin, Italy.
    Domanovic, Dragoslav
    European Centre Disease Prevent and Control, Sweden.
    Donnelly, Peter
    Radboud University of Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands.
    Dovc Drnovsek, Tadeja
    Zavod RS Transfuzijsko Med, Slovenia.
    Dreyling, Martin
    University of Munich, Germany.
    Du, Ming-Qing
    University of Cambridge, England.
    Dufour, Carlo
    Ist Giannina Gaslini, Italy.
    Durand, Charles
    University of Paris 06, France.
    Efremov, Dimitar
    Int Centre Genet Engn and Biotechnol, Italy.
    Eleftheriou, Androulla
    Thalassaemia Int Fed, Cyprus.
    Elion, Jacques
    University of Paris Diderot, France.
    Emonts, Marieke
    Great North Childrens Hospital, England.
    Engelhardt, Monika
    University of Klinikum Freiburg, Germany.
    Ezine, Sophie
    University of Paris 05, France.
    Falkenburg, Fred
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Favier, Remi
    Hop Enfants A Trousseau, France.
    Federico, Massimo
    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.
    Fenaux, Pierre
    Hop St Louis, France.
    Fitzgibbon, Jude
    Queen Mary University of London, England.
    Flygare, Johan
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Foa, Robin
    University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
    Forrester, Lesley
    University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Galacteros, Frederic
    Hop University of Henri Mondor, France.
    Garagiola, Isabella
    University of Milan, Italy.
    Gardiner, Chris
    University of Oxford, England.
    Garraud, Olivier
    University of St Etienne, France.
    van Geet, Christel
    Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium.
    Geiger, Hartmut
    University of Klinikum Ulm, Germany.
    Geissler, Jan
    CML Advocates Network, Switzerland.
    Germing, Ulrich
    University of Klinikum Dusseldorf, Germany.
    Ghevaert, Cedric
    University of Cambridge, England.
    Girelli, Domenico
    Institute Cochin, France.
    Godeau, Bertrand
    Hop University of Henri Mondor, France.
    Goekbuget, Nicola
    University of Klinikum Frankfurt, Germany.
    Goldschmidt, Hartmut
    University of Klinikum Heidelberg, Germany.
    Goodeve, Anne
    University of Sheffield, England.
    Graf, Thomas
    Centre Genom Regulat, Spain.
    Graziadei, Giovanna
    University of Milan, Italy.
    Griesshammer, Martin
    Muhlenkreisklin, Germany.
    Gruel, Yves
    Hop Trousseau, France.
    Guilhot, Francois
    University of Poitiers, France.
    von Gunten, Stephan
    University of Bern, Switzerland.
    Gyssens, Inge
    University of Hasselt, Belgium.
    Halter, Jorg
    University of Spital Basel, Switzerland.
    Harrison, Claire
    Guys and St Thomas, England.
    Harteveld, Cornelis
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Hellstrom-Lindberg, Eva
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Hermine, Olivier
    University of Paris 05, France.
    Higgs, Douglas
    University of Oxford, England.
    Hillmen, Peter
    University of Leeds, England.
    Hirsch, Hans
    University of Basel, Switzerland.
    Hoskin, Peter
    Mt Vernon Hospital, England.
    Huls, Gerwin
    University of Groningen, Netherlands.
    Inati, Adlette
    Lebanese American University, Lebanon.
    Johnson, Peter
    University of Southampton, England.
    Kattamis, Antonis
    University of Athens, Greece.
    Kiefel, Volker
    University of Medical Rostock, Germany.
    Kleanthous, Marina
    Cyprus School Molecular Med, Cyprus.
    Klump, Hannes
    University of Klinikum Essen, Germany.
    Krause, Daniela
    Georg Speyer Haus Institute Tumorbiol and Expt Therapy, Germany.
    Kremer Hovinga, Johanna
    University of Bern, Switzerland.
    Lacaud, Georges
    University of Manchester, England.
    Lacroix-Desmazes, Sebastien
    Institute National Sante and Rech Med, France.
    Landman-Parker, Judith
    Hop Armand Trousseau, France.
    LeGouill, Steven
    University of Nantes, France.
    Lenz, Georg
    University of Klinikum Munster, Germany.
    von Lilienfeld-Toal, Marie
    University of Klinikum Jena, Germany.
    von Lindern, Marieke
    Sanquin Research, Netherlands.
    Lopez-Guillermo, Armando
    Hospital Clin Barcelona, Spain.
    Lopriore, Enrico
    Leiden University of Medical Centre, Netherlands.
    Lozano, Miguel
    University of Barcelona, Spain.
    MacIntyre, Elizabeth
    University of Paris 05, France.
    Makris, Michael
    Royal Hallamshire Hospital, England; University of Sheffield, England.
    Mannhalter, Christine
    Medical University of Wien, Austria.
    Martens, Joost
    Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.
    Mathas, Stephan
    Charite University of Medical Berlin, Germany.
    Matzdorff, Axel
    Caritasclin Saarbrucken, Germany.
    Medvinsky, Alexander
    University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Menendez, Pablo
    University of Barcelona, Spain.
    Rita Migliaccio, Anna
    Mt Sinai Hospital, NY 10029 USA.
    Miharada, Kenichi
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Mikulska, Malgorzata
    University of Genoa, Italy.
    Minard, Veronique
    Institute Gustave Roussy, France.
    Montalban, Carlos
    MD Anderson Cancer Centre Madrid, Spain.
    de Montalembert, Mariane
    Necker Enfants Malades University Hospital, France.
    Montserrat, Emili
    Hospital Clin Barcelona, Spain.
    Morange, Pierre-Emmanuel
    Aix Marseille University, France.
    Mountford, Joanne
    University of Glasgow, Scotland.
    Muckenthaler, Martina
    University of Klinikum Heidelberg, Germany.
    Mueller-Tidow, Carsten
    University of Klinikum Halle, Germany.
    Mumford, Andrew
    University of Bristol, England.
    Nadel, Bertrand
    University of Mediterranee, France.
    Navarro, Jose-Tomas
    Institute Catala Oncol, Spain.
    el Nemer, Wassim
    INSERM, France.
    Noizat-Pirenne, France
    Etab Francais Sang, France.
    OMahony, Brian
    European Haemophilia Consortium, Belgium.
    Oldenburg, Johannes
    University of Klinikum Bonn, Germany.
    Olsson, Martin
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Oostendorp, Robert
    Technical University of Munich, Germany.
    Palumbo, Antonio
    University of Turin, Italy.
    Passamonti, Francesco
    Osp Circolo and Fdn Macchi, Italy.
    Patient, Roger
    University of Oxford, England.
    Peffault de Latour, Regis
    NIH, MD 20892 USA.
    Pflumio, Francoise
    Institute Rech Radiobiol Cellulaire and Molecular IRCM, France.
    Pierelli, Luca
    University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
    Piga, Antonio
    University of Turin, Italy.
    Pollard, Debra
    Royal Free Hospital, England.
    Raaijmakers, Marc
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Radford, John
    University of Manchester, England.
    Rambach, Ralf
    DLH, Germany.
    Koneti Rao, A.
    Temple University of School Med, PA USA.
    Raslova, Hana
    University of Paris Sud, France.
    Rebulla, Paolo
    Ops Maggiore, Italy.
    Rees, David
    Kings Coll Hospital London, England.
    Ribrag, Vincent
    Institute Gustave Roussy, France.
    Rijneveld, Anita
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Rinalducci, Sara
    University of Tuscia, Italy.
    Robak, Tadeusz
    University of Medical Lodz, Poland.
    Roberts, Irene
    University of Oxford, England.
    Rodrigues, Charlene
    Great North Childrens Hospital, England.
    Rosendaal, Frits
    Leids University, Netherlands.
    Rosenwald, Andreas
    University of Wurzburg, Germany.
    Rule, Simon
    Derriford Hospital, England.
    Russo, Roberta
    University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
    Saglio, Guiseppe
    University of Turin, Italy.
    Sanchez, Mayka
    IJC, Spain.
    Scharf, Ruediger E.
    University of Dusseldorf, Germany.
    Schlenke, Peter
    Medical University of Graz, Austria.
    Semple, John
    St Michaels Hospital, Canada.
    Sierra, Jorge
    Hospital Santa Creu I Sant Pau, Spain.
    So-Osman, Cynthia
    Sanquin Research, Netherlands.
    Manuel Soria, Jose
    Hospital Santa Creu I Sant Pau, Spain.
    Stamatopoulos, Kostas
    Institute Appl Bioscience, Greece.
    Stegmayr, Bernd
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Stunnenberg, Henk
    Radboud University of Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands.
    Swinkels, Dorine
    Radboud University of Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands.
    Pedro Taborda Barata, Joao
    University of Lisbon, Portugal.
    Taghon, Tom
    University of Ghent, Belgium.
    Taher, Ali
    Amer University of Beirut Medical Centre, Lebanon.
    Terpos, Evangelos
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athes, Greece.
    Daniel Tissot, Jean
    University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Touw, Ivo
    Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
    Toye, Ash
    University of Bristol, England.
    Trappe, Ralf
    Charite University of Medical Berlin, Germany.
    Unal, Sule
    Hacettepe University, Turkey.
    Vaulont, Sophie
    Institute Cochin, France.
    Viprakasit, Vip
    Mahidol University, Thailand.
    Vitolo, Umberto
    University of Turin, Italy.
    van Wijk, Richard
    University of Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands.
    Wojtowicz, Agnieszka
    CHU Vaudois, Switzerland.
    Zeerleder, Sacha
    Sanquin Research, Netherlands.
    Zieger, Barbara
    University of Klinikum Freiburg, Germany.
    The European Hematology Association Roadmap for European Hematology Research: a consensus document2016In: Haematologica, ISSN 0390-6078, E-ISSN 1592-8721, Vol. 101, no 2, p. 115-208Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The European Hematology Association (EHA) Roadmap for European Hematology Research highlights major achievements in diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders and identifies the greatest unmet clinical and scientific needs in those areas to enable better funded, more focused European hematology research. Initiated by the EHA, around 300 experts contributed to the consensus document, which will help European policy makers, research funders, research organizations, researchers, and patient groups make better informed decisions on hematology research. It also aims to raise public awareness of the burden of blood disorders on European society, which purely in economic terms is estimated at (sic)23 billion per year, a level of cost that is not matched in current European hematology research funding. In recent decades, hematology research has improved our fundamental understanding of the biology of blood disorders, and has improved diagnostics and treatments, sometimes in revolutionary ways. This progress highlights the potential of focused basic research programs such as this EHA Roadmap. The EHA Roadmap identifies nine sections in hematology: normal hematopoiesis, malignant lymphoid and myeloid diseases, anemias and related diseases, platelet disorders, blood coagulation and hemostatic disorders, transfusion medicine, infections in hematology, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. These sections span 60 smaller groups of diseases or disorders. The EHA Roadmap identifies priorities and needs across the field of hematology, including those to develop targeted therapies based on genomic profiling and chemical biology, to eradicate minimal residual malignant disease, and to develop cellular immunotherapies, combination treatments, gene therapies, hematopoietic stem cell treatments, and treatments that are better tolerated by elderly patients.

  • 9.
    Eriksson, Mia
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Peña-Martínez, Pablo
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Ramakrishnan, Ramprasad
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Chapellier, Marion
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Högberg, Carl
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Glowacki, Gabriella
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Orsmark-Pietras, Christina
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Velasco-Hernández, Talía
    Department of Molecular Hematology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Lazarevic, Vladimir Lj
    Department of Hematology, Oncology and Radiation Physics, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Department of Hematology, Oncology and Radiation Physics, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Mulloy, James C
    Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
    Richter, Johan
    Department of Hematology, Oncology and Radiation Physics, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Fioretos, Thoas
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund, Sweden.
    Ebert, Benjamin L.
    Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
    Järås, Marcus
    Department of Clinical Genetics, Lund, Sweden.
    Agonistic targeting of TLR1/TLR2 induces p38 MAPK-dependent apoptosis and NF?B-dependent differentiation of AML cells2017In: Blood advances, ISSN 2473-9529, Vol. 1, no 23, p. 2046-2057Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is associated with poor survival, and there is a strong need to identify disease vulnerabilities that might reveal new treatment opportunities. Here, we found that Toll-like receptor 1 (TLR1) and TLR2 are upregulated on primary AML CD34+CD38-cells relative to corresponding normal bone marrow cells. Activating the TLR1/TLR2 complex by the agonist Pam3CSK4 inMLL-AF9-driven human AML resulted in induction of apoptosis by p38 MAPK-dependent activation of Caspase 3 and myeloid differentiation in a NF?B-dependent manner. By using murineTrp53 -/- MLL-AF9AML cells, we demonstrate that p53 is dispensable for Pam3CSK4-induced apoptosis and differentiation. Moreover, murineAML1-ETO9a-driven AML cells also were forced into apoptosis and differentiation on TLR1/TLR2 activation, demonstrating that the antileukemic effects observed were not confined toMLL-rearranged AML. We further evaluated whether Pam3CSK4 would exhibit selective antileukemic effects. Ex vivo Pam3CSK4 treatment inhibited murine and human leukemia-initiating cells, whereas murine normal hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) were relatively less affected. Consistent with these findings, primary human AML cells across several genetic subtypes of AML were more vulnerable for TLR1/TLR2 activation relative to normal human HSPCs. In theMLL-AF9AML mouse model, treatment with Pam3CSK4 provided proof of concept for in vivo therapeutic efficacy. Our results demonstrate that TLR1 and TLR2 are upregulated on primitive AML cells and that agonistic targeting of TLR1/TLR2 forces AML cells into apoptosis by p38 MAPK-dependent activation of Caspase 3, and differentiation by activating NF?B, thus revealing a new putative strategy for therapeutically targeting AML cells.

  • 10.
    Frödin, Ulla
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Fomichov, Victoria
    Region Östergötland, Center for Health and Developmental Care, Regional Cancer Center South East Sweden.
    Juliusson, G.
    Lund University, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Börjeson, Sussanne
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Oncology.
    Frequent and long-term follow-up of health-related quality of life following allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation2015In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, E-ISSN 1365-2354, Vol. 24, no 6, p. 898-910Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Health-related quality of life (HRQL) was evaluated in 94 patients undergoing allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) after myeloablative (MAC, n=18) or reduced intensity conditioning (RIC, n=76). HRQL was assessed with the EORTC QLQ C-30 during the inpatient period as well as during the following 3years, i.e. at baseline and 12 times thereafter. Functional status and global quality of life decreased from baseline to weeks 2 and 3, especially role and social functions. Symptoms increased significantly during the first 3weeks, particularly appetite loss, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and fatigue. It took at least 1year for HRQL to return to the baseline level. The only function that improved significantly 3years after HSCT was role function. Patients treated with MAC experienced significantly worse HRQL at baseline than patients treated with RIC, as well as more pain, sleep disturbance and appetite loss in weeks 3 and 4. Patients with extensive chronic graft-versus-host disease experienced reduced HRQL. These results provide a clinically useful overview of patients HRQL during and after HSCT and indicate when they require increased support. The results demonstrate the importance of close follow-ups during the first year after HSCT to improve preventive or supportive interventions.

  • 11.
    Gonzalez, Javier Martin
    et al.
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Baudet, Aurelie
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Abelechian, Sahar
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Bonderup, Kasper
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    dAltri, Teresa
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Porse, Bo
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Brakebusch, Cord
    Univ Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Lund Univ, Sweden; Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Lund Univ, Sweden.
    A new genetic tool to improve immune-compromised mouse models: Derivation and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated targeting of NRG embryonic stem cell lines2018In: Genesis, ISSN 1526-954X, E-ISSN 1526-968X, Vol. 56, no 9, article id e23238Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Development of human hematopoietic stem cells and differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells/induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to hematopoietic stem cells are poorly understood. NOD (Non-obese diabetic)-derived mouse strains, such as NSG (NOD-Scid-il2Rg) or NRG (NOD-Rag1-il2Rg), are the best available models for studying the function of fetal and adult human hematopoietic cells as well as ES/iPS cell-derived hematopoietic stem cells. Unfortunately, engraftment of human hematopoietic stem cells is very variable in these models. Introduction of additional permissive mutations into these complex genetic backgrounds of the NRG/NSG mice by natural breeding is a very demanding task in terms of time and resources. Specifically, since the genetic elements defining the NSG/NRG phenotypes have not yet been fully characterized, intense backcrossing is required to ensure transmission of the full phenotype. Here we describe the derivation of embryonic stem cell (ESC) lines from NRG pre-implantation embryos generated by in vitro fertilization followed by the CRISPR/CAS9 targeting of the Gata-2 locus. After injection into morula stage embryos, cells from three tested lines gave rise to chimeric adult mice showing high contribution of the ESCs (70%-100%), assessed by coat color. Moreover, these lines have been successfully targeted using Cas9/CRISPR technology, and the mutant cells have been shown to remain germ line competent. Therefore, these new NRG ESC lines combined with genome editing nucleases bring a powerful genetic tool that facilitates the generation of new NOD-based mouse models with the aim to improve the existing xenograft models.

  • 12.
    Gunnarsson, N.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Hoglund, M.
    University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Stenke, L.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Sandin, F.
    Regional Cancer Centre, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Bjorkholm, M.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Lambe, M.
    Regional Cancer Centre, Uppsala, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Markevarn, B.
    University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden.
    Olsson-Stromberg, U.
    University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden; University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Wadenvik, H.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Richter, J.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Sjalander, A.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    No increased prevalence of malignancies among first-degree relatives of 800 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia: a population-based study in Sweden2017In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 31, no 8, p. 1825-1827Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 13.
    Gunnarsson, N.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Höglund, M.
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Stenke, L.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Wallberg-Jonsson, S.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Sandin, F.
    Regional Cancer Centre, Sweden.
    Björkholm, M.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Lambe, M.
    Regional Cancer Centre, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Markevarn, B.
    University of Umeå Hospital, Sweden.
    Olsson-Stromberg, U.
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Wadenvik, H.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Richter, J.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Sjalander, A.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Increased prevalence of prior malignancies and autoimmune diseases in patients diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia2016In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 30, no 7, p. 1562-1567Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We recently reported an increased incidence of second malignancies in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI). To elucidate whether this increase may be linked, not to TKI but rather to a hereditary or acquired susceptibility to develop cancer, we estimated the prevalence of malignancies, autoimmune disease (AD) and chronic inflammatory disease (CID) in CML patients prior to their CML diagnosis. Nationwide population-based registers were used to identify patients diagnosed with CML in Sweden 2002-2012 and to estimate the prevalence of other malignancies, AD and CID prior to their CML diagnosis. For each patient with CML, five matched controls were selected from the general population. Conditional logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratios (OR). Nine hundred and eighty-four CML patients were assessed, representing more than 45 000 person-years of follow-up. Compared with matched controls, the prevalence of prior malignancies and AD was elevated in CML patients: OR 1.47 (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.20-1.82) and 1.55 (95% CI 1.21-1.98), respectively. No associations were detected between CML and previous CID. An increased prevalence of other malignancies and AD prior to the diagnosis of CML suggest that a hereditary or acquired predisposition to cancer and/or autoimmunity is involved in the pathogenesis of CML.

  • 14.
    Gunnarsson, Niklas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Stenke, Leif
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Hoglund, Martin
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden; University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Sandin, Fredrik
    Regional Cancer Centre, Sweden.
    Bjorkholm, Magnus
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lambe, Mats
    Regional Cancer Centre, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Markevarn, Berit
    Umeå University Hospital, Sweden.
    Olsson-Stromberg, Ulla
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden; University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Richter, Johan
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wadenvik, Hans
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wallvik, Jonas
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Sjalander, Anders
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Second malignancies following treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia in the tyrosine kinase inhibitor era2015In: British Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0007-1048, E-ISSN 1365-2141, Vol. 169, no 5, p. 683-688Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Given that tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have dramatically improved the survival of patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), we were interested in examining the possible risk of long-term adverse events, such as the emergence of other neoplasms. Therefore, we studied the development of second malignancies in 868 patients diagnosed with CML between 2002 and 2011 using the Swedish CML register, cross-linked to the Swedish Cancer register. With a median follow-up of 37 (range 0-99)years, 65 (75%) patients developed 75 second malignancies (non-haematological), 52 of which were of the invasive type. Compared to expected rates in the background population, the risk of second malignancies was higher in the CML cohort, with a standardized incidence ratio (SIR) of 152 (95% CI 113-199). The SIR before and after the second year following diagnosis of CML was 158 and 147, respectively. Among specific cancer types, gastrointestinal and nose and throat cancer were significantly increased. Founded on a population-based material, our results indicate that CML patients treated in the TKI era are at an increased risk of developing a second malignancy, with indications that this risk may more likely be linked to CML itself rather than to the TKI treatment.

  • 15.
    Hjorth-Hansen, H.
    et al.
    St Olavs Hospital, Norway; Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Norway.
    Stentoft, J.
    Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
    Richter, J.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Koskenvesa, P.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hoeglund, M.
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Porkka, K.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Sweden.
    Gedde-Dahl, T.
    Oslo University Hospital, Norway.
    Gjertsen, B. T.
    Haukeland Hospital, Norway; University of Bergen, Norway.
    Gruber, F. X.
    University Hospital North Norway, Norway.
    Stenke, L.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Eriksson, K. M.
    Sunderbysjukhuset, Sweden.
    Markevarn, B.
    Umeå University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lubking, A.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Sweden.
    Vestergaard, H.
    Odense University Hospital, Denmark.
    Udby, L.
    Roskilde Hospital, Denmark.
    Bjerrum, O. W.
    University of Copenhagen Hospital, Denmark.
    Persson, I.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Mustjoki, S.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Sweden; University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Olsson-Stromberg, U.
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Safety and efficacy of the combination of pegylated interferon-alpha 2b and dasatinib in newly diagnosed chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia patients2016In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 30, no 9, p. 1853-1860Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dasatinib (DAS) and interferon-a have antileukemic and immunostimulatory effects and induce deep responses in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). We assigned 40 newly diagnosed chronic-phase CML patients to receive DAS 100 mg o.d. followed by addition of pegylated interferon-alpha 2b (PegIFN) after 3 months (M3). The starting dose of PegIFN was 15 mu g/week and it increased to 25 mu g/week at M6 until M15. The combination was well tolerated with manageable toxicity. Of the patients, 84% remained on PegIFN at M12 and 91% (DAS) and 73% (PegIFN) of assigned dose was given. Only one patient had a pleural effusion during first year, and three more during the second year. After introduction of PegIFN we observed a steep increase in response rates. Major molecular response was achieved in 10%, 57%, 84% and 89% of patients at M3, M6, M12 and M18, respectively. At M12, MR4 was achieved by 46% and MR4.5 by 27% of patients. No patients progressed to advanced phase. In conclusion, the combination treatment appeared safe with very promising efficacy. A randomized comparison of DAS +/- PegIFN is warranted.

  • 16.
    Hjorth-Hansen, Henrik
    et al.
    St Olavs Hospital, Norway; Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Norway.
    Stenke, Leif
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Söderlund, Stina
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Ehrencrona, Hans
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Gedde-Dahl, Tobias
    University of Oslo, Norway.
    Tore Gjertsen, Bjorn
    Haukeland Hospital, Norway; University of Bergen, Norway.
    Hoglund, Martin
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Koskenvesa, Perttu
    University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Majeed, Waleed
    Stavanger University Hospital, Norway.
    Markevarn, Berit
    Umeå University Hospital, Sweden.
    Ohm, Lotta
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Olsson-Stromberg, Ulla
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Remes, Kari
    Turku University, Finland.
    Suominen, Merja
    Kanta Hame Central Hospital, Finland.
    Simonsson, Bengt
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Porkka, Kimmo
    University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Mustjoki, Satu
    University of Helsinki, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Richter, Johan
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Dasatinib induces fast and deep responses in newly diagnosed chronic myeloid leukaemia patients in chronic phase: clinical results from a randomised phase-2 study (NordCML006)2015In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 94, no 3, p. 243-250Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We randomised 46 newly diagnosed patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (median age 56) to receive dasatinib 100mg QD or imatinib 400mg QD and report outcome as an intention-to-treat analysis with 36months follow-up. Early cytogenetic and molecular responses were superior in the dasatinib group, with a tendency that imatinib patients caught up with time. For instance, MR3.0 was reached at 3months in 36% vs. 8% (P=0.02), at 12months in 81% vs. 46% (P=0.02) and at 18months in 73% vs. 65% (n.s.) of the patients in the two groups. In contrast, MR4.5 was consistently superior in the dasatinib group at all time points from 6months onwards, reaching 61% vs. 21% (Pless than0.05) at 36months. Sixty-four vs. 71% of the patients in the dasatinib and imatinib arms, respectively, remained on assigned drug. Dasatinib dose was frequently reduced, but with maintained excellent effect. One imatinib patient progressed to blastic phase, but no CML-related deaths occurred. In conclusion, our data compare favourably with those of the dasatinib registration study, DASISION. The fast and deep molecular responses induced by dasatinib compared with imatinib may be exploited to increase the proportion of patients who can achieve a treatment-free remission after treatment discontinuation.

  • 17.
    Hulegardh, Erik
    et al.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Christer
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lazarevic, Vladimir
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Garelius, Hege
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Antunovic, Petar
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp.
    Rangert Derolf, Asa
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Mollgard, Lars
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Uggla, Bertil
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wennstrom, Lovisa
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wahlin, Anders
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Umeå University, Sweden; Norrland University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hoglund, Martin
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Academic Hospital, Sweden; Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden;Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp.
    Stockelberg, Dick
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lehmann, Soren
    Swedish Acute Myeloid Leukemia Grp; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Characterization and prognostic features of secondary acute myeloid leukemia in a population-based setting: A report from the Swedish Acute Leukemia Registry2015In: American Journal of Hematology, ISSN 0361-8609, E-ISSN 1096-8652, Vol. 90, no 3, p. 208-214Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Patients with secondary acute myeloid leukemia (AML) often escape inclusion in clinical trials and thus, population-based studies are crucial for its accurate characterization. In this first large population-based study on secondary AML, we studied AML with an antecedent hematological disease (AHD-AML) or therapy-related AML (t-AML) in the population-based Swedish Acute Leukemia Registry. The study included 3,363 adult patients of which 2,474 (73.6%) had de novo AML, 630 (18.7%) AHD-AML, and 259 (7.7%) t-AML. Secondary AML differed significantly compared to de novo AML with respect to age, gender, and cytogenetic risk. Complete remission (CR) rates were significantly lower but early death rates similar in secondary AML. In a multivariable analysis, AHD-AML (HR 1.51; 95% CI 1.26-1.79) and t-AML (1.72; 1.38-2.15) were independent risk factors for poor survival. The negative impact of AHD-AML and t-AML on survival was highly age dependent with a considerable impact in younger patients, but without independent prognostic value in the elderly. Although patients with secondary leukemia did poorly with intensive treatment, early death rates and survival were significantly worse with palliative treatment. We conclude that secondary AML in a population-based setting has a striking impact on survival in younger AML patients, whereas it lacks prognostic value among the elderly patients.

  • 18.
    Håkansson, Irene
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Sandstedt, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Lundin, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Neurology.
    Askmark, Håkan
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Pirskanen, Ritva
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Carlson, Kristina
    University Hospital, Sweden.
    Piehl, Fredrik
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Hägglund, Hans
    University Hospital, Sweden.
    Successful autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for refractory myasthenia gravis - a case report2017In: Neuromuscular Disorders, ISSN 0960-8966, E-ISSN 1873-2364, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 90-93Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease, with immune reactivity against the post-synaptic endplate of the neuromuscular junction. Apart from symptomatic treatment with choline esterase blockers, many patients also require immunomodulatory treatment. Despite existing treatment options, some patients are treatment refractory. We describe a patient with severe MG refractory to corticosteroids, four oral immunosuppressants, cyclophosphamide, rituximab and bortezomib who was treated with autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Two years after this, the patient has significantly improved in objective tests and in quality of life and leads an active life. Diplopia is her only remaining symptom and she is completely free of medication for MG. We believe that autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation can be an effective therapeutic option for carefully selected cases of severe, treatment refractory MG. (c) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  • 19.
    Ilander, M.
    et al.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Olsson-Stromberg, U.
    Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden; Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Schlums, H.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Guilhot, J.
    CHU Poitiers, France.
    Bruck, O.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Lahteenmaki, H.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Kasanen, T.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Koskenvesa, P.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Soderlund, S.
    Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hoglund, M.
    Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden.
    Markevarn, B.
    Umeå University Hospital, Sweden.
    Sjalander, A.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lubking, A.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Holm, E.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Bjoreman, M.
    University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lehmann, S.
    Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden; Uppsala University, Sweden; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Stenke, L.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Ohm, L.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Gedde-Dahl, T.
    Oslo University Hospital, Norway.
    Majeed, W.
    Stavanger University Hospital, Norway.
    Ehrencrona, H.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Koskela, S.
    Finnish Red Cross Blood Serv, Finland.
    Saussele, S.
    Heidelberg University, Germany.
    Mahon, F-X
    University of Bordeaux Segalen, France.
    Porkka, K.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Hjorth-Hansen, H.
    St Olavs University Hospital, Norway.
    Bryceson, Y. T.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Richter, J.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Mustjoki, S.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Increased proportion of mature NK cells is associated with successful imatinib discontinuation in chronic myeloid leukemia2017In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 31, no 5, p. 1108-1116Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent studies suggest that a proportion of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients in deep molecular remission can discontinue the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment without disease relapse. In this multi-center, prospective clinical trial (EURO-SKI, NCT01596114) we analyzed the function and phenotype of T and NK cells and their relation to successful TKI cessation. Lymphocyte subclasses were measured from 100 imatinib-treated patients at baseline and 1 month after the discontinuation, and functional characterization of NK and T cells was done from 45 patients. The proportion of NK cells was associated with the molecular relapse-free survival as patients with higher than median NK-cell percentage at the time of drug discontinuation had better probability to stay in remission. Similar association was not found with T or B cells or their subsets. In non-relapsing patients the NK-cell phenotype was mature, whereas patients with more naive CD56(bright) NK cells had decreased relapse-free survival. In addition, the TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma cytokine secretion by NK cells correlated with the successful drug discontinuation. Our results highlight the role of NK cells in sustaining remission and strengthen the status of CML as an immunogenic tumor warranting novel clinical trials with immunomodulating agents.

  • 20.
    Ingelsson, Björn
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Söderberg, Daniel
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Strid, Tobias
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Söderberg, Anita
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Bergh, Ann-Charlotte
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Loitto, Vesa-Matti
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Segelmark, Mårten
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Nephrology.
    Spyrou, Giannis
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Rosén, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lymphocytes eject interferogenic mitochondrial DNA webs in response to CpG and non-CpG oligodeoxynucleotides of class C2018In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 115, no 3, p. E478-E487Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Circulating mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is receiving increasing attention as a danger-associated molecular pattern in conditions such as autoimmunity, cancer, and trauma. We report here that human lymphocytes [B cells, T cells, natural killer (NK) cells], monocytes, and neutrophils derived from healthy blood donors, as well as B cells from chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients, rapidly eject mtDNA as web filament structures upon recognition of CpG and non-CpG oligodeoxynucleotides of class C. The release was quenched by ZnCl2, independent of cell death (apoptosis, necrosis, necroptosis, autophagy), and continued in the presence of TLR9 signaling inhibitors. B-cell mtDNA webs were distinct from neutrophil extracellular traps concerning structure, reactive oxygen species (ROS) dependence, and were devoid of antibacterial proteins. mtDNA webs acted as rapid (within minutes) messengers, priming antiviral type I IFN production. In summary, our findings point at a previously unrecognized role for lymphocytes in antimicrobial defense, utilizing mtDNA webs as signals in synergy with cytokines and natural antibodies, and cast light on the interplay between mitochondria and the immune system.

  • 21.
    Jaako, P.
    et al.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Ugale, A.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Wahlestedt, M.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Velasco-Hernandez, T.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Lindström, M. S.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Bryder, D.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Induction of the 5S RNP-Mdm2-p53 ribosomal stress pathway delays the initiation but fails to eradicate established murine acute myeloid leukemia2017In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 213-221Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mutations resulting in constitutive activation of signaling pathways that regulate ribosome biogenesis are among the most common genetic events in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, whether ribosome biogenesis presents as a therapeutic target to treat AML remains unexplored. Perturbations in ribosome biogenesis trigger the 5S ribonucleoprotein particle (RNP)-Mdm2-p53 ribosomal stress pathway, and induction of this pathway has been shown to have therapeutic efficacy in Myc-driven lymphoma. In the current study we address the physiological and therapeutic role of the 5S RNP-Mdm2-p53 pathway in AML. By utilizing mice that have defective ribosome biogenesis due to downregulation of ribosomal protein S19 (Rps19), we demonstrate that induction of the 5S RNP-Mdm2-p53 pathway significantly delays the initiation of AML. However, even a severe Rps19 deficiency that normally results in acute bone marrow failure has no consistent efficacy on already established disease. Finally, by using mice that harbor a mutation in the Mdm2 gene disrupting its binding to 5S RNP, we show that loss of the 5S RNP-Mdm2-p53 pathway is dispensable for development of AML. Our study suggests that induction of the 5S RNP-Mdm2-p53 ribosomal stress pathway holds limited potential as a single-agent therapy in the treatment of AML.

  • 22.
    Jakobsen Falk, Ingrid
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lund, Johan
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Green, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. National Board Forens Med, Department Forens Genet and Forens Toxicol, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Gruber, Astrid
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Alici, Evren
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Lauri, Birgitta
    Sunderby Hospital, Sweden.
    Blimark, Cecilie
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Mellqvist, Ulf-Henrik
    South Elvsborg Hospital, Sweden.
    Swedin, Agneta
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Forsberg, Karin
    Norrland University Hospital, Sweden.
    Carlsson, Conny
    Hallands Hospital, Sweden.
    Hardling, Mats
    Uddevalla Central Hospital, Sweden.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Nahi, Hareth
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Pharmacogenetic study of the impact of ABCB1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms on lenalidomide treatment outcomes in patients with multiple myeloma: results from a phase IV observational study and subsequent phase II clinical trial2018In: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, ISSN 0344-5704, E-ISSN 1432-0843, Vol. 81, no 1, p. 183-193Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose Despite therapeutic advances, patients with multiple myeloma (MM) continue to experience disease relapse and treatment resistance. The gene ABCB1 encodes the drug transporter P-glycoprotein, which confers resistance through drug extrusion across the cell membrane. Lenalidomide (Len) is excreted mainly via the kidneys, and, given the expression of P-gp in the renal tubuli, single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the ABCB1 gene may influence Len plasma concentrations and, subsequently, the outcome of treatment. We, therefore, investigated the influence of ABCB1 genetic variants on Len treatment outcomes and adverse events (AEs). Methods Ninety patients with relapsed or refractory MM, who received the second-line Len plus dexamethasone in the Rev II trial, were genotyped for the ABCB1 SNPs 1199G amp;gt; A (Ser400Asn, rs2229109), 1236C amp;gt; T (silent, rs1128503), 2677G amp;gt; T/A (Ala893Ser, rs2032582), and 3435C amp;gt; T (silent, rs1045642) using pyrosequencing, and correlations to response parameters, outcomes, and AEs were investigated. Results No significant associations were found between genotype and either best response rates or hematological AEs, and 1236C amp;gt; T, 2677G amp;gt; T or 3435C amp;gt; T genotypes had no impact on survival. There was a trend towards increased time to progression (TTP) in patients carrying the 1199A variant, and a significant difference in TTP between genotypes in patients with standard-risk cytogenetics. Conclusions Our findings show a limited influence of ABCB1 genotype on lenalidomide treatment efficacy and safety. The results suggest that 1199G amp;gt; A may be a marker of TTP following Len treatment in standard-risk patients; however, larger studies are needed to validate and clarify the relationship.

  • 23.
    Jakobsen Falk, Ingrid
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Willander, Kerstin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Chaireti, Roza
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Acute Internal Medicine. Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lund, Johan
    Huddinge University Hospital, Sweden.
    Nahi, Hareth
    Huddinge University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hermanson, Monica
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Green, Henrik
    National Board Forens Med, Department Forens Genet and Forens Toxicol, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Söderkvist, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pathology and Clinical Genetics.
    TP53 mutations and MDM2(SNP309) identify subgroups of AML patients with impaired outcome2015In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 94, no 4, p. 355-362Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BackgroundTP53 is commonly mutated in several cancers and confers treatment resistance and poor prognosis. Altered expression of mouse double minute 2 (MDM2), a negative regulator of p53, may also attenuate normal p53 signaling, thereby enhancing tumor transformation and resistance to apoptosis. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) 309 has been reported to increase MDM2 expression and impair normal p53 response. Experimental designWe investigated the frequency and impact of TP53 mutations (TP53mut) and MDM2(SNP309) on treatment outcome and overall survival (OS) in 189 Swedish acute myeloid leukemia patients. The genetic analyses were performed using SSCA and direct sequencing (for mutations in exon 5-8 of TP53) and Pyrosequencing (for the MDM2(SNP309)). ResultsWe found a high frequency (22%) of TP53mut in patients with cytogenetic aberrations, with association to high-risk cytogenetics (Pless than0.001). TP53mut patients had lower response rates (22% compared with 76% CR in TP53 wild-type (wt) patients, Pless than0.001) and reduced OS (2 and 16months, respectively, Pless than0.001). In TP53wt patients with high or intermediate risk cytogenetic aberrations, the MDM2(SNP309) conferred an impaired outcome, with patients carrying the alternative G-allele having shorter OS compared with T/T patients (median 9 vs. 50months, P=0.020). ConclusionsOur results show that TP53mut analysis and MDM2(SNP309) genotyping may be useful tools for prognostication, risk stratification, and selection of patients most likely to benefit from new drugs targeting the p53 signaling pathway.

  • 24.
    Juliusson, G.
    et al.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Abrahamsson, J.
    Queen Silvia Childrens Hospital, Sweden.
    Lazarevic, V.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Antunovic, Petar
    Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology.
    Derolf, A.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Garelius, H.
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Lehmann, S.
    Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Myhr-Eriksson, K.
    Sunderby Hospital, Sweden.
    Mollgard, L.
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Uggla, B.
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wahlin, A.
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Wennstrom, L.
    Queen Silvia Childrens Hospital, Sweden; Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Hoglund, M.
    Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Prevalence and characteristics of survivors from acute myeloid leukemia in Sweden2017In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 728-731Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 25.
    Kozlowski, Piotr
    et al.
    Örebro University, Sweden.
    Lennmyr, Emma
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Bernell, Per
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Hulegardh, Erik
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Karbach, Holger
    University Hospital Umeå, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Karin
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Tomaszewska-Toporska, Beata
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Åström, Maria
    Örebro University, Sweden.
    Hallbook, Helene
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Age but not Philadelphia positivity impairs outcome in older/elderly patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Sweden2017In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 99, no 2, p. 141-149Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ObjectivesOlder/elderly patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are poorly represented in clinical trials. MethodsUsing Swedish national leukemia registries, we investigated disease/patient characteristics, treatment choices, outcome, and the impact of an age-adapted protocol (introduced in 2009) in this population-based study of patients aged 55-85years, diagnosed with ALL 2005-2012. ResultsOf 174 patients, 82% had B-phenotype, 11% Burkitt leukemia (excluded), and 7% T-phenotype. Philadelphia chromosome positivity (Ph+) occurred in 35%. Of the 155 B- and T-ALL patients, 80% were treated with intensive protocols, and 20% with a palliative approach. Higher age and WHO performance status 2 influenced the choice of palliation. Intensive, palliative, and both approaches resulted in complete remission rate 83/16/70% and 3-year overall survival (OS) 32/3/26%. The age-adapted protocol did not improve outcome. With intensive treatment, platelet count 35x10(9)/L and age 75years were adverse prognostic factors for OS, Ph+ was not. Male sex was an adverse prognostic factor in the 55-64 year age-group. ConclusionsWe report a high frequency of Ph+ in older/elderly patients, with no evidence of poorer outcome compared to Ph-negative disease. Overall prognosis for elderly patients with ALL remains dismal, despite the use of age-adapted treatment.

  • 26.
    Landberg, Niklas
    et al.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Rissler, Marianne
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Billstrom, Rolf
    Central Hospital Skovde, Sweden.
    Agerstam, Helena
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Primary cells in BCR/FGFR1-positive 8p11 myeloproliferative syndrome are sensitive to dovitinib, ponatinib, and dasatinib2017In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 99, no 5, p. 442-448Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ObjectivesTranslocations involving the fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) gene are associated with the 8p11 myeloproliferative syndrome (EMS), a rare neoplasm that following a usually short chronic phase progresses into acute myeloid or lymphoid leukemia. The treatment commonly involves chemotherapy and, if possible, allogeneic stem cell transplantation which is the only therapeutic option for long-term survival. Given the aggressive course of EMS, we here evaluated tyrosine kinase inhibitors as treatment options to delay disease progression. MethodsWe described a new case of EMS and used chromosome analyses, PCR, and sequencing to investigate the underlying genetic aberrations. The sensitivity to several tyrosine kinase inhibitors was tested in vitro on the EMS cell line KG1 and on primary cells from the newly diagnosed EMS patient. ResultsA translocation involving chromosomes 8 and 22 was detected, and a BCR/FGFR1 fusion gene was confirmed and characterized by sequencing. KG1 cells and primary EMS cells displayed distinct sensitivity to dovitinib, ponatinib, and dasatinib as compared to normal bone marrow control cells. ConclusionsThese results suggest that treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors may be beneficial for patients with EMS during the search for a suitable stem cell donor and for those not eligible for transplantation.

  • 27.
    Lazarevic, Vladimir
    et al.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Horstedt, Ann-Sofi
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Johansson, Bertil
    University of and Regional Labs Regional Skåne, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Antunovic, Petar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Billstrom, Rolf
    Central Hospital Skovde, Sweden.
    Derolf, Asa
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lehmann, Soeren
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Moellgard, Lars
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Peterson, Stefan
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Stockelberg, Dick
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Uggla, Bertil
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Vennstroem, Lovisa
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wahlin, Anders
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Hoeglund, Martin
    Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden; Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Failure matters: unsuccessful cytogenetics and unperformed cytogenetics are associated with a poor prognosis in a population-based series of acute myeloid leukaemia2015In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 94, no 5, p. 419-423Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Unsuccessful cytogenetics (UC) in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) treated on different SWOG trials was recently reported to be associated with increased age and dismal outcome. To ascertain whether this holds true also in unselected patients with AML, we retrieved all cytogenetic reports in cases from the population-based Swedish AML Registry. Between 1997 and 2006, 1737 patients below 80yr of age without myelosarcoma or acute promyelocytic leukaemia received intensive treatment. The frequencies of UC and unperformed cytogenetics (UPC) were 2.1% and 20%, respectively. The early death rates differed between the cytogenetic subgroups (P=0.006) with the highest rates in patients with UC (14%) and UPC (12%) followed by high-risk (HR) AML, intermediate risk (IR) and standard risk (SR) cases successfully karyotyped (8.6%, 5.9%, and 5.8%, respectively). The complete remission rate was lower in UC and UPC and HR compared with the other risk groups (Pless than0.001). The overall five-year survival rates were 25% for UC and 22% for UPC, whereas the corresponding frequencies for SR, IR and HR AML patients without UC and UPC were 64%, 31% and 15%, respectively. In conclusion, lack of cytogenetic data translates into a poor prognosis.

  • 28.
    Lazarevic, Vladimir
    et al.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Rosso, Aldana
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Antunovic, Petar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Rangert-Derolf, Asa
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lehmann, Soren
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Mollgard, Lars
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Uggla, Bertil
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wennstrom, Lovisa
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wahlin, Anders
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Hoglund, Martin
    Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Johansson, Bertil
    University of and Regional Labs Regional Skåne, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Prognostic significance of high hyperdiploid and triploid/tetraploid adult acute myeloid leukemia2015In: American Journal of Hematology, ISSN 0361-8609, E-ISSN 1096-8652, Vol. 90, no 9, p. 800-805Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To ascertain the clinical implications of high hyperdiploid (HH; 49-65 chromosomes) and triploid/tetraploid (TT; greater than65 chromosomes) adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML), all such cases were retrieved from the Swedish AML Registry. Of the 3,654 cytogenetically informative cases diagnosed between January 1997 and May 2014, 68 (1.9%) were HH (n=50)/TT (n=18). Patients with HH/TT were older than those with intermediate risk (IR) AML (median 71 years vs. 67 years; P=0.042) and less often had de novo AML (63% vs. 79%; P=0.004); no such differences were observed between HH/TT and complex karyotype (CK) AML. The overall survival (OS) was similar between patients with HH/TT and CK AML (median 0.9 years vs. 0.6 years; P=0.082), whereas OS was significantly longer (median 1.6 years; P=0.028) for IR AML. The OS was shorter for cases with HH than with TT (median 0.6 years vs. 1.4 years; P=0.032) and for HH/TT AMLs with adverse abnormalities (median 0.8 years vs. 1.1 years; P=0.044). In conclusion, HH/TT AML is associated with a poor outcome, but chromosome numbers greater than65 and absence of adverse aberrations seem to translate into a more favorable prognosis. Thus, HH/TT AMLs are clinically heterogeneous and should not automatically be grouped as high risk.Am. J. Hematol. 90:800-805, 2015. (c) 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  • 29.
    Lehmann, S.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Deneberg, S.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Antunovic, Petar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Rangert-Derolf, A.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Garelius, H.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lazarevic, V.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Myhr-Eriksson, K.
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Mollgard, L.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Uggla, B.
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wahlin, A.
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wennstrom, L.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hoglund, M.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Juliusson, G.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Early death rates remain high in high-risk APL: update from the Swedish Acute Leukemia Registry 1997-20132017In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 31, no 6, p. 1457-1459Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 30.
    Lj Lazarevic, Vladimir
    et al.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Rosso, Aldana
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Antunovic, Petar
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Rangert Derolf, Åsa
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Deneberg, Stefan
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Mollgård, Lars
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Uggla, Bertil
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wennstrom, Lovisa
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Wahlin, Anders
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Höglund, Martin
    Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Lehmann, Sören
    Academic Hospital, Sweden.
    Johansson, Bertil
    University of and Regional Labs Regional Skåne, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Incidence and prognostic significance of isolated trisomies in adult acute myeloid leukemia: A population-based study from the Swedish AML registry2017In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 98, no 5, p. 493-500Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives and MethodsTo ascertain the incidence/clinical implications of isolated autosomal trisomies in adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML), all such cases were retrieved from the Swedish AML Registry. ResultsOf the 3179 cytogenetically informative AMLs diagnosed January 1997-May 2015, 246 (7.7%) had isolated trisomies. The frequency increased by age (2.4% at age 18-60years vs. 23% at amp;gt;60years; Pamp;lt;.0001); the median age was 69years. The five most common were +8 (4.0%), +13 (0.9%), +11 (0.8%), +21 (0.7%), and +4 (0.5%). Age and gender, types of AML and treatment, and complete remission and early death rates did not differ between the single trisomy and the intermediate risk (IR) groups or among cases with isolated gains of chromosomes 4, 8, 11, 13, or 21. The overall survival (OS) was similar in the single trisomy (median 1.6years) and IR groups (1.7years; P=.251). The OS differed among the most frequent isolated trisomies; the median OS was 2.5years for +4, 1.9years for +21, 1.5years for +8, 1.1years for +11, and 0.8years for +13 (P=.013). ConclusionAML with single trisomies, with the exception of +13, should be grouped as IR.

  • 31.
    Lund, Johan
    et al.
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Gruber, Astrid
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Lauri, Birgitta
    Sunderby Hosp, Sweden.
    Duru, Adil Doganay
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden; NSU, FL USA.
    Blimark, Cecilie
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Swedin, Agneta
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Hansson, Markus
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Forsberg, Karin
    Norrland Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Carlsson, Conny
    Hallands Hosp, Sweden.
    Waage, Anders
    Norwegian Univ Sci and Technol, Norway.
    Gimsing, Peter
    Rigshosp, Denmark.
    Vangsted, Annette Juul
    Rigshosp, Denmark; Zealand Univ, Denmark.
    Frolund, Ulf
    Zealand Univ, Denmark.
    Holmberg, Erik
    Inst Clin Sci, Sweden.
    Gahrton, Gösta
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Alici, Evren
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Hardling, Mats
    Uddevalla Cent Hosp, Sweden.
    Mellqvist, Ulf-Henrik
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Nahi, Hareth
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Lenalidomide versus lenalidomide plus dexamethasone prolonged treatment after second-line lenalidomide plus dexamethasone induction in multiple myeloma2018In: Cancer Medicine, ISSN 2045-7634, E-ISSN 2045-7634, Vol. 7, no 6, p. 2256-2268Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lenalidomide (Len) plus dexamethasone (Dex) is approved for the treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM). It is possible that single-agent Len may be effective as prolonged treatment regimen in RRMM once patients demonstrate an initial response to Len+Dex induction. Patients with RRMM who responded to first-line Len+Dex in an observational study (NCT01430546) received up to 24 cycles of either Len (25mg/day) or Len+Dex (25mg/day and 40mg/week) as prolonged treatment in a subsequent phase 2 clinical trial (NCT01450215). In the observational study (N = 133), median time to response was 1.7 (range 0.6-9.6) months. A complete response to all treatments received in both studies was observed in 11% of patients; very good partial response and partial response rates were 31% and 38%, respectively. Corresponding response rates in the subgroup of patients who did not enter the phase 2 trial (n = 71) were 3%, 18%, and 39%, respectively. Rates of disease progression at 2years in the phase 2 trial were 47% versus 31% for Len versus Len+Dex (P = 0.14). After 36months median follow-up in surviving patients, median time to progression was not reached with Len+Dex and was 24.9months (95% confidence interval 12.5-not calculable, P amp;lt; 0.001) with Len. Three-year OS among the total observational study population was 61% (95% CI, 52-69%). The corresponding rate among patients who entered the phase 2 clinical trial was 73% (95% CI, 60-83%) and was significantly lower among those patients who achieved PR but did not proceed into the phase 2 trial (55%; P = 0.01). In the phase 2 trial, OS was 73% in both treatment arms (P = 0.70). Neutropenia and thrombocytopenia were more common with prolonged (phase 2 trial) versus short-term (observational study) Len administration but remained manageable. Prolonged treatment with Len with or without Dex provides sustained, clinically relevant responses and demonstrates an acceptable safety profile.

  • 32.
    Mosrati, Mohamed Ali
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Willander, Kerstin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Jakobsen Falk, Ingrid
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Hermanson, Monica
    Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Rudbeck Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Höglund, Martin
    Division of Hematology, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Stockelberg, Dick
    Section for Hematology and Coagulation, Department of Internal Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Wei, Yuan
    Section for Hematology and Coagulation, Department of Internal Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Söderkvist, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pathology and Clinical Genetics.
    Association between TERT promoter polymorphisms and acute myeloid leukemia risk and prognosis2015In: OncoTarget, ISSN 1949-2553, E-ISSN 1949-2553, Vol. 6, no 28, p. 25109-25120Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Telomerase reverse transcriptase gene (TERT) promoter mutations are identified in many malignancies but not in hematological malignancies. Here we analyzed TERT and protection of telomeres 1 gene (POT1) mutations, and four different TERT SNVs in 226 acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients and 806 healthy individuals in a case referent design, where also overall survival was assessed. A significant association for increased risk of AML was found for TERT SNVs, rs2853669 (OR = 2.45, p = 0.00015) and rs2736100 (OR = 1.5, p = 0.03). The overall survival for patients with CC genotype of rs2853669 was significantly shorter compared to those with TT or TC genotypes (p = 0.036 and 0.029 respectively). The influence of TERT rs2853669 CC on survival was confirmed in multivariable Cox regression analysis as an independent risk biomarker in addition to high risk group, higher age and treatment. No hot spot TERT promoter mutations at -228Cgreater thanT or -250Cgreater thanT or POT1 mutations could be identified in this AML cohort. We show that rs2853669 CC may be a risk factor for the development of AML that may also be used as a prognostic marker to identify high risk normal karyotype -AML (NK-AML) patients, for treatment guidance.

  • 33.
    Mylin, Anne K.
    et al.
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Goetze, Jens P.
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Heickendorff, Lene
    Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Marie Dahl, Inger
    University of Tromso Hospital, Norway.
    Abildgaard, Niels
    Odense University Hospital, Denmark.
    Gimsing, Peter
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    N-terminal pro-C-type natriuretic peptide in serum associated with bone destruction in patients with multiple myeloma2015In: Biomarkers in Medicine, ISSN 1752-0363, E-ISSN 1752-0371, Vol. 9, no 7, p. 679-689Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: To examine whether N-terminal proCNP concentrations in serum is associated with bone destruction in patients with multiple myeloma. Materials and methods: N-terminal proCNP and biochemical bone markers were measured in 153 patients. Radiographic bone disease and skeletal-related events were evaluated at specific time-points. Results: N-terminal proCNP concentrations increased with age. High N-terminal proCNP concentrations were associated with high-risk disease and renal impairment. Renal function explained 22% of the variation. N-terminal proCNP concentrations correlated with serum bone ALP and serum PINP, but lacked association with bone resorption markers, radiographic bone disease and skeletal-related events. Conclusion: Serum N-terminal proCNP are associated with bone formation activity in patients with multiple myeloma, but should be interpreted with caution in patients with renal impairment.

  • 34.
    Nagata, Yasunobu
    et al.
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Narumi, Satoshi
    Natl Res Inst Child Hlth and Dev, Japan.
    Guan, Yihong
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Przychodzen, Bartlomiej P.
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Hirsch, Cassandra M.
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Makishima, Hideki
    Kyoto Univ, Japan.
    Shima, Hirohito
    Natl Res Inst Child Hlth and Dev, Japan.
    Aly, Mai
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA; Assiut Univ, Egypt.
    Pastor, Victor
    Univ Freiburg, Germany.
    Kuzmanovic, Teodora
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Radivoyevitch, Tomas
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA; Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Adema, Vera
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Awada, Hassan
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Yoshida, Kenichi
    Kyoto Univ, Japan.
    Li, Samuel
    Case Western Reserve Univ, OH 44106 USA.
    Sole, Francesc
    Univ Autonoma Barcelona, Spain.
    Hanna, Rabi
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Jha, Babal K.
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    LaFramboise, Thomas
    Case Western Reserve Univ, OH 44106 USA.
    Ogawa, Seishi
    Kyoto Univ, Japan.
    Sekeres, Mikkael A.
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Wlodarski, Marcin W.
    Univ Freiburg, Germany.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Maciejewski, Jaroslaw P.
    Cleveland Clin, OH 44106 USA.
    Letter: Germline loss-of-function SAMD9 and SAMD9L alterations in adult myelodysplastic syndromes in BLOOD, vol 132, issue 21, pp 2309-23132018In: Blood, ISSN 0006-4971, E-ISSN 1528-0020, Vol. 132, no 21, p. 2309-2313Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 35.
    Nahi, Hareth
    et al.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Genell, Anna
    Regional Cancer Centre West, Sweden.
    Walinder, Goran
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Uttervall, Katarina
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Juliusson, Gunnar
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Karin, Forsberg
    Umeå University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hansson, Markus
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Svensson, Ronald
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Linder, Olle
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Carlson, Kristina
    Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden.
    Bjorkstrand, Bo
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Kristinsson, Sigurdur Y.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Henrik Mellqvist, Ulf
    South Elvsborg Hospital, Sweden.
    Blimark, Cecilie
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Turesson, Ingemar
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Incidence, characteristics, and outcome of solitary plasmacytoma and plasma cell leukemia. Population-based data from the Swedish Myeloma Register2017In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 99, no 3, p. 216-222Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Solitary plasmacytoma (SP) and plasma cell leukemia (PCL) are uncommon (3-6%) types of plasma cell disease. The risk of progression to symptomatic multiple myeloma (MM) is probably important for the outcome of SP. PCL is rare and has a dismal outcome. In this study, we report on incidence and survival in PCL/SP, and progression to MM in SP, using the prospective observational Swedish Multiple Myeloma Register designed to document all newly diagnosed plasma cell diseases in Sweden since 2008. Both solitary bone plasmacytoma (SBP) (n=124) and extramedullary plasmacytoma (EMP) (n=67) have better overall survival (OS) than MM (n=3549). Progression to MM was higher in SBP than in EMP (35% and 7% at 2years, respectively), but this did not translate into better survival in EMP. In spite of treatment developments, the OS of primary PCL is still dismal (median of 11months, 0% at 5years). Hence, there is a great need for diagnostic and treatment guidelines as well as prospective studies addressing the role for alternative treatment options, such as allogeneic stem cell transplantation and monoclonal antibodies in the treatment of PCL.

  • 36.
    Noren, Elisabeth
    et al.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Regional Jonköping County, Sweden.
    Verma, Deepti
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Söderkvist, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pathology and Clinical Genetics.
    Weisselberg, Tilman
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Inflammation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Gastroentorology.
    Söderman, Jan
    Regional Jönköping County, Sweden.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Almer, Sven
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in MORC4, CD14, and TLR4 Are Related to Outcome of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation2016In: Annals of Transplantation, ISSN 1425-9524, E-ISSN 2329-0358, Vol. 21, p. 56-67Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Non-HLA genes may contribute to the prognosis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. We investigated associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms in regions of MORC4, CD14, TLR4, NOD2, SLC22A4, SLC22A5, CARD8, NLRP3, and CLDN2 and the outcomes of patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Material/Methods: Single nucleotide polymorphisms in selected regions were determined and analyzed for putative associations with overall mortality and acute graft-versus-host disease. Significant associations were further explored by logistic regression, controlling for additional variables. Results: A significant association was identified between overall mortality among recipients and a nonsynonymous coding variant of MORC4 (rs6622126) in the recipient genetic makeup (P=0.029). Since MORC4 is located on the X-chromosome, the results were also analyzed separately for males and females. The association between overall mortality for recipients and the risk allele (rs6622126; A) was confirmed for males with respect to genetic makeup of recipients (P=0.012), donor genetic makeup (P=0.004), and the combined allele composition of the donor and recipient (P=0.001). A significant association was also identified between overall mortality and the recipient risk allele of CD14 (rs2569190; P=0.031), TLR4 (rs4986790; P=0.043), and NOD2 (carriage of at least 1 mutant allele of rs2066844, rs2066845, or rs2066847; P=0.048). Among the investigated genes, only the CD14 (rs2569190) recipient risk allele was significantly associated with acute graft-versus-host disease (P=0.023). Logistic regression models confirmed these findings, except for NOD2, and also identified a significant contribution by age at stem cell transplantation (MORC4, CD14, TLR4), diagnosis (CD14, TLR4), and prophylaxis (MORC4). Conclusions: Genetic variation in MORC4, CD14, and TLR4 may affect the outcome of allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

  • 37.
    Norin, Stefan
    et al.
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Bjorkstrand, Bo
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Rommel, Franz
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Timberg, Lars
    Kristianstad Central Hospital, Sweden.
    Andersson, Per-Ola
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Haggstrom, Johan
    Kalmar Hospital, Sweden.
    Aldrin, Anders
    Visby Hospital, Sweden.
    Hansson, Lotta
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Severe infusion-related reactions are uncommon in rituximab-treated CLL patients in clinical practice: Results from a Swedish national observational study2015In: Leukemia research: a Forum for Studies on Leukemia and Normal Hemopoiesis, ISSN 0145-2126, E-ISSN 1873-5835, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 33-37Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There have been concerns about serious infusion-related adverse drug reactions (ADR) with rituximabin chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We therefore conducted an observational trial in which CLL patients planned for rituximab-containing therapy were eligible. Ninety-six patients from 19 centers were enrolled. The most common regimen was rituximab, fludarabine and cyclophosphamide. Fifty-six patients experienced ADR during rituximab infusion. Reactions greater than= grade 3 occurred in five patients and no cases of tumor lysis syndrome were recorded. Despite a high number of circulating tumor cells few severe ADR were noted. Thus, rituximab containing regimens can be considered safe for CLL patients in general practice.

  • 38.
    Pahnke, Simon
    et al.
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden; Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
    Larfors, Gunnar
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Axdorph-Nygell, Ulla
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden; Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Fischer-Nielsen, Anne
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Denmark.
    Haastrup, Eva
    Copenhagen Univ Hosp, Denmark.
    Heldal, Dag
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Norway.
    Itala-Remes, Maija
    Turku Univ Hosp, Finland.
    Johansson, Jan-Erik
    Univ Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Kauppila, Marjut
    Turku Univ Hosp, Finland.
    Lenhoff, Stig
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Ljungman, Per
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden; Karolinska Inst, Sweden; Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Niittyvuopio, Riita
    Helsinki Univ Hosp, Finland.
    Sandstedt, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Hagglund, Hans
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Short-term side effects and attitudes towards second donation: A comparison of related and unrelated haematopoietic stem cell donors2018In: Journal of clinical apheresis, ISSN 0733-2459, E-ISSN 1098-1101, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 226-235Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Nordic Register of Haematopoietic Stem Cell Donors (NRHSD) has registered related and unrelated donors from 10 transplant centres in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark since 1998. We present a prospective, observational study of 1,957 donors, focusing mainly on the differences between related and unrelated donors. Related donors are reported to have more comorbidities, but similar side effects compared with unrelated donors. Side effects after BM or PBSC donation are generally of short duration and in this study no deaths, myocardial infarctions, splenic ruptures, or thromboembolic events are reported. Interestingly, related donors express more hesitancy towards donating again when asked 1 month after donation.

  • 39.
    Rajala, Hanna L. M.
    et al.
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    El Missiry, Mohamed
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Ruusila, Anniina
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Koskenvesa, Perttu
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.
    Bruemmendorf, Tim H.
    University Hospital Aachen RWTH, Germany.
    Gjertsen, Bjorn T.
    University of Bergen, Norway.
    Janssen, Jeroen
    Vrije University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Markevarn, Berit
    University of Bergen, Norway.
    Olsson-Stromberg, Ulla
    Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden.
    Stenke, Leif
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Stentoft, Jesper
    Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
    Richter, Johan
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hjorth-Hansen, Henrik
    St Olavs Hospital, Norway; NTNU, Norway.
    Kreutzman, Anna
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Mustjoki, Satu
    University of Helsinki, Finland; Helsinki University Hospital, Finland; University of Helsinki, Finland.
    Tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy-induced changes in humoral immunity in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia2017In: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, ISSN 0171-5216, E-ISSN 1432-1335, Vol. 143, no 8, p. 1543-1554Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have well-characterized immunomodulatory effects on T and NK cells, but the effects on the humoral immunity are less well known. In this project, we studied TKI-induced changes in B cell-mediated immunity. Methods We collected peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) samples from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients before and during first-line imatinib (n = 20), dasatinib (n = 16), nilotinib (n = 8), and bosutinib (n = 12) treatment. Plasma immunoglobulin levels were measured, and different B cell populations in PB and BM were analyzed with flow cytometry. Results Imatinib treatment decreased plasma IgA and IgG levels, while dasatinib reduced IgM levels. At diagnosis, the proportion of patients with IgA, IgG, and IgM levels below the lower limit of normal (LLN) was 0, 11, and 6% of all CML patients, respectively, whereas at 12 months timepoint the proportions were 6% (p = 0.13), 31% (p = 0.042) and 28% (p = 0.0078). Lower initial Ig levels predisposed to the development of hypogammaglobulinemia during TKI therapy. Decreased Ig levels in imatinibtreated patients were associated with higher percentages of immature BM B cells. The patients, who had low Ig levels during the TKI therapy, had significantly more frequent minor infections during the follow-up compared with the patients with normal Ig values (33% vs. 3%, p = 0.0016). No severe infections were reported, except recurrent upper respiratory tract infections in one imatinib-treated patient, who developed severe hypogammaglobulinemia. Conclusions TKI treatment decreases plasma Ig levels, which should be measured in patients with recurrent infections.

  • 40.
    Rosengren, S.
    et al.
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Mellqvist, U-H
    South Elvsborg Hospital, Sweden.
    Nahi, H.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Forsberg, K.
    Norrlands University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lenhoff, S.
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Strömberg, O.
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Linder, O.
    Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Carlson, K.
    University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Outcome of AL amyloidosis after high-dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation in Sweden, long-term results from all patients treated in 1994-20092016In: BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION, ISSN 0268-3369, Vol. 51, no 12, p. 1569-1572Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High-dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation (HDM/ASCT) is widely used in immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis, but the benefit is debated mainly because of the high treatment-related mortality (24% in a randomised study comparing HDM/ASCT with oral melphalan/dexamethasone). We report here on the long-term outcome of all patients treated with HDM/ASCT for AL amyloidosis in Sweden between 1994 and 2009. Seventy-two patients were treated at eight Swedish centres. Median follow-up was 67.5 months. At least partial response (organ or haematological) was seen in 64% of the patients. Median overall survival was 98 months or 8.2 years, with 5-year survival 63.9% and 10-year survival 43.4%. In patients with cardiac involvement or multiple organ involvement, survival was significantly shorter, median overall survival 49 and 56 months, respectively. All mortality within 100 days from ASCT was 12.5% for all patients and 17.2% in the patients with cardiac involvement. For patients treated in the earlier time period (1994-2001), 100-day mortality was 23.8% compared with 7.8% in the later period (2002-2009). In conclusion, long survival times can be achieved in patients with AL amyloidosis treated with HDM/ ASCT, also in smaller centres. Early mortality is high, but with a decreasing trend over time.

  • 41.
    Skoglund, Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Richter, Johan
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Olsson-Stromberg, Ulla
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Bergquist, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Aluthgedara, Warunika
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Ubhayasekera, S. J. Kumari A.
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Vikingsson, Svante
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Svedberg, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Söderlund, Stina
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Sandstedt, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Johnsson, Anders
    Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in West Östergötland, Department of Medical Specialist in Motala.
    Aagesen, Jesper
    Ryhov County Hospital, Sweden.
    Alsenhed, Jonas
    Vastervik Hosp, Dept Internal Med, Västervik, Sweden.
    Hägg, Staffan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
    Peterson, Curt
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Oncology.
    Lotfi, Kourosh
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Green, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. National Board Forens Med, Department Forens Genet and Forens Toxicol, Linkoping, Sweden.
    In Vivo Cytochrome P450 3A Isoenzyme Activity and Pharmacokinetics of Imatinib in Relation to Therapeutic Outcome in Patients With Chronic Myeloid Leukemia2016In: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, ISSN 0163-4356, E-ISSN 1536-3694, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 230-238Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) isoenzyme metabolic activity varies between individuals and is therefore a possible candidate of influence on the therapeutic outcome of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of CYP3A metabolic activity on the plasma concentration and outcome of imatinib in patients with CML. Methods: Forty-three patients with CML were phenotyped for CYP3A activity using quinine as a probe drug and evaluated for clinical response parameters. Plasma concentrations of imatinib and its main metabolite, CGP74588, were determined using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Results: Patients with optimal response to imatinib after 12 months of therapy did not differ in CYP3A activity compared to nonoptimal responders (quinine metabolic ratio of 14.69 and 14.70, respectively; P = 0.966). Neither the imatinib plasma concentration nor the CGP74588/imatinib ratio was significantly associated with CYP3A activity. Conclusions: The CYP3A activity does not influence imatinib plasma concentrations or the therapeutic outcome. These results indicate that although imatinib is metabolized by CYP3A enzymes, this activity is not the rate-limiting step in imatinib metabolism and excretion. Future studies should focus on other pharmacokinetic processes so as to identify the major contributor to patient variability in imatinib plasma concentrations.

  • 42.
    Staffas, A.
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Arabanian, L. S.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Wei, S. Y.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Jansson, A.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Stahlman, S.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Johansson, P.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Fogelstrand, L.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Kuchenbauer, F.
    University Hospital Ulm, Germany.
    Palmqvist, L.
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Upregulation of Flt3 is a passive event in Hoxa9/Meis1-induced acute myeloid leukemia in mice2017In: Oncogene, ISSN 0950-9232, E-ISSN 1476-5594, Vol. 36, no 11, p. 1516-1524Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    HOXA9, MEIS1 and FLT3 are genes frequently upregulated in human acute myeloid leukemia. Hoxa9 and Meis1 also cooperate to induce aggressive AML with high Flt3 expression in mice, suggesting an important role for Flt3 in Hoxa9/Meis1-induced leukemogenesis. To define the role of Flt3 in AML with high Hoxa9/Meis1, we treated mice with Hoxa9/Meis1-induced AML with the Flt3 inhibitor AC220, used an Flt3-ligand (FL -/-) knockout model, and investigated whether overexpression of Flt3 could induce leukemia together with overexpression of Hoxa9. Flt3 inhibition by AC220 did not delay AML development in mice transplanted with bone marrow cells overexpressing Hoxa9 and Meis1. In addition, Hoxa9/Meis1 cells induced AML in FL -/- mice as rapid as in wild-type mice. However, FL -/- mice had reduced organ infiltration compared with wild-type mice, suggesting some Flt3 dependent effect on leukemic invasiveness. Interestingly, leukemic Hoxa9/Meis1 cells from sick mice expressed high levels of Flt3 regardless of presence of its ligand, showing that Flt3 is a passive marker on these cells. In line with this, combined engineered overexpression of Flt3 and Hoxa9 did not accelerate the progression to AML. We conclude that the Hoxa9- and Meis1-associated upregulation of Flt3 is not a requirement for leukemic progression induced by Hoxa9 and Meis1.

  • 43.
    Söderlund, Stina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Dahlen, Torsten
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Sandin, Fredrik
    Regional Cancer Centre Uppsala Örebro, Sweden.
    Olsson-Stromberg, Ulla
    Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Creignou, Maria
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Dreimane, Arta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Lubking, Anna
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Markevarn, Berit
    Umeå University Hospital, Sweden.
    Sjalander, Anders
    Umeå University, Sweden.
    Wadenvik, Hans
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Stenke, Leif
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Richter, Johan
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Hoglund, Martin
    Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Uppsala Hospital, Sweden.
    Advanced phase chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in the tyrosine kinase inhibitor era - a report from the Swedish CML register2017In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 98, no 1, p. 57-66Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The primary goal in management of chronic phase (CP) chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is to prevent disease progression to accelerated phase (AP) or blast crisis (BC). We have evaluated progression rates in a decentralised healthcare setting and characterised patients progressing to AP/BC on TKI treatment. Methods: Using data from the Swedish CML register, we identified CP-CML patients diagnosed 2007-2011 who progressed to AP/BC within 2 yrs from diagnosis (n = 18) as well as patients diagnosed in advanced phase during 2007-2012 (n = 36) from a total of 544 newly diagnosed CML cases. We evaluated baseline characteristics, progression rates, outcome and adherence to guidelines for monitoring and treatment. Results: The cumulative progression rate at 2 yrs was 4.3%. All 18 progression cases had been treated with imatinib, and six progressed within 6 months. High-risk EUTOS score was associated to a higher risk of progression. Insufficient cytogenetic and/or molecular monitoring was found in 33%. Median survival after transformation during TKI treatment was 1.4 yrs. In those presenting with BC and AP, median survival was 1.6 yrs and not reached, respectively. Conclusion: In this population-based setting, progression rates appear comparable to that reported from clinical trials, with similar dismal patient outcome. Improved adherence to CML guidelines may minimise the risk of disease progression.

  • 44.
    Terpos, Evangelos
    et al.
    Univ Athens, Greece.
    Katodritou, Eirini
    Theagen Canc Ctr, Greece.
    de la Rubia, Javier
    Univ Catolica Valencia, Spain.
    Hungria, Vania
    Theagen Canc Ctr, Greece; Ctr Estudos Hemoctr Santa Casa Sao Paolo, Brazil.
    Hulin, Cyrille
    CHU Bordeaux, France.
    Roussou, Maria
    Univ Athens, Greece.
    Delforge, Michel
    Univ Hosp Leuven, Belgium.
    Bries, Greet
    AZ Turnhout, Belgium.
    Stoppa, Anne-Marie
    Inst Paoli Calmettes, France.
    Aagesen, Jesper
    Ryhov Cty Hosp, Sweden.
    Sargin, Deniz
    Istanbul Univ, Turkey.
    Belch, Andrew
    Cross Canc Inst, Canada.
    Ahlberg, Lucia
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Diels, Joris
    Janssen Res and Dev, Belgium.
    Olie, Robert A.
    Janssen Cilag AG, Switzerland.
    Robinson, Don Jr.
    Janssen Global Serv, NJ USA.
    Spencer, Mike
    Janssen Cilag UK, England.
    Potamianou, Anna
    Janssen Cilag Pharmaceut SACI, Greece.
    van de Velde, Helgi
    Janssen Res and Dev, Belgium; Millennium Pharmaceut Inc, MA USA.
    Dimopoulos, Meletios A.
    Univ Athens, Greece.
    Bortezomib-based therapy for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma in real-world medical practice2018In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 101, no 4, p. 556-565Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: The efficacy and safety of bortezomib-based therapy for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) in clinical trials may differ from the oncology practice experience. The electronic VELCADE (R) OBservational Study was designed to prospectively evaluate bortezomib for multiple myeloma (MM) in real-world medical practice. Method: Patients scheduled to receive intravenous bortezomib for MM were eligible. The primary objective was to evaluate clinical outcomes, including response, time to response, time to next therapy, treatment-free interval, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS). Secondary objectives included safety and healthcare resource utilization. Results: In total, 873 patients with a median of two therapy lines prior to initiating bortezomib were included. The overall response rate (amp;gt;= partial response) was 69%, including 37% complete response/near-complete response. Median time to response was 1.8 months, median time to next therapy was 9.7 months, and median treatment-free interval was 7.9 months. After 22.6 months median follow-up, median PFS was 12.0 months and median OS was 36.1 months. The most common adverse events (AEs) were neuropathy not otherwise specified (19%), diarrhea NOS, and thrombocytopenia (each 17%); 230 (26%) patients discontinued bortezomib due to AEs. Of 689 (79%) patients without baseline peripheral neuropathy (PN), the rate of new-onset any-grade PN increased to 51% (12% grade 3/4) by cycle 8. Overall, 244 (28%) patients were hospitalized, 372 (43%) attended an outpatient visit, and 341 (39%) underwent a diagnostic/therapeutic procedure during bortezomib treatment. Conclusion: These prospective real-world data demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of bortezomib-based therapy for RRMM and confirm high response rates and long OS for this population.

  • 45.
    Tesi, Bianca
    et al.
    Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden; Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Davidsson, Josef
    Lund University, Sweden; Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Voss, Matthias
    Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden.
    Rahikkala, Elisa
    University of Oulu, Finland; Oulu University Hospital, Finland.
    Holmes, Tim D.
    Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden; University of Bergen, Norway.
    Chiang, Samuel C. C.
    Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden.
    Komulainen-Ebrahim, Jonna
    University of Oulu, Finland; Oulu University Hospital, Finland.
    Gorcenco, Sorina
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Rundberg Nilsson, Alexandra
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Ripperger, Tim
    Hannover Medical Sch, Germany.
    Kokkonen, Hannaleena
    Oulu University Hospital, Finland.
    Bryder, David
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Fioretos, Thoas
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Henter, Jan-Inge
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
    Mottonen, Merja
    University of Oulu, Finland; Oulu University Hospital, Finland.
    Niinimaki, Riitta
    University of Oulu, Finland; Oulu University Hospital, Finland.
    Nilsson, Lars
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Pronk, Cornelis Jan
    Lund University, Sweden; Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Puschmann, Andreas
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Qian, Hong
    Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden.
    Uusimaa, Johanna
    University of Oulu, Finland; Oulu University Hospital, Finland.
    Moilanen, Jukka
    University of Oulu, Finland; Oulu University Hospital, Finland.
    Tedgard, Ulf
    Skåne University Hospital, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Surgery, Orthopedics and Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Lund University, Sweden.
    Bryceson, Yenan T.
    Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden; University of Bergen, Norway.
    Gain-of-function SAMD9L mutations cause a syndrome of cytopenia, immunodeficiency, MDS, and neurological symptoms2017In: Blood, ISSN 0006-4971, E-ISSN 1528-0020, Vol. 129, no 16, p. 2266-2279Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Several monogenic causes of familial myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have recently been identified. We studied 2 families with cytopenia, predisposition to MDS with chromosome 7 aberrations, immunodeficiency, and progressive cerebellar dysfunction. Genetic studies uncovered heterozygous missense mutations in SAMD9L, a tumor suppressor gene located on chromosome arm 7q. Consistent with a gain-of-function effect, ectopic expression of the 2 identified SAMD9L mutants decreased cell proliferation relative to wild-type protein. Of the 10 individuals identified who were heterozygous for either SAMD9L mutation, 3 developed MDS upon loss of the mutated SAMD9L allele following intracellular infections associated with myeloid, B-, and natural killer (NK)-cell deficiency. Five other individuals, 3 with spontaneously resolved cytopenic episodes in infancy, harbored hematopoietic revertant mosaicism by uniparental disomy of 7q, with loss of the mutated allele or additional in cis SAMD9L truncating mutations. Examination of 1 individual indicated that somatic reversions were postnatally selected. Somatic mutations were tracked to CD34 1 hematopoietic progenitor cell populations, being further enriched in B and NK cells. Stimulation of these cell types with interferon (IFN)-alpha or IFN-gamma induced SAMD9L expression. Clinically, revertant mosaicism was associated with milder disease, yet neurological manifestations persisted in 3 individuals. Two carriers also harbored a rare, in trans germ line SAMD9L missense loss-of-function variant, potentially counteracting the SAMD9L mutation. Our results demonstrate that gain-of-function mutations in the tumor suppressor SAMD9L cause cytopenia, immunodeficiency, variable neurological presentation, and predisposition to MDS with 27/del(7q), whereas hematopoietic revertant mosaicism commonly ameliorated clinical manifestations. The findings suggest a role for SAMD9L in regulating IFN-driven, demand-adapted hematopoiesis.

  • 46.
    Tunströmer, Kjersti
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Faxälv, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
    Boknäs, Niklas
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Lindahl, Tomas L.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
    Quantification of Platelet Contractile Movements during Thrombus Formation2018In: Thrombosis and Haemostasis, ISSN 0340-6245, Vol. 118, no 09, p. 1600-1611Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Imaging methods based on time-lapse microscopy are important tools for studying the dynamic events that shape thrombus formation upon vascular injury. However, there is a lack of methods to translate the vast amount of visual data generated in such experiments into quantitative variables describing platelet movements that can be subjected to systematic analysis. In this study, we developed experimental and computational protocols allowing for a detailed mathematical analysis of platelet movements within a developing thrombus. We used a flow chamber-based model of thrombosis wherein a collagen strip was used to initiate platelet adhesion and activation. Combining the use of a platelet staining protocol, designed to enable identification of individual platelets, and image processing, we tracked the movements of a large number of individual platelets during thrombus formation and consolidation. These data were then processed to generate aggregate measures describing the heterogeneous movements of platelets in different areas of the thrombus and at different time points. Applying this model and its potential, to a comparative analysis on a panel of platelet inhibitors, we found that total platelet intra-thrombus movements are only slightly reduced by blocking the interactions between glycoproteins IIb/IIIa and Ib and their ligands or by inhibiting thromboxane synthesis or P2Y12 signalling. In contrast, whereas 30 to 40% of the platelets movements (for the CD42a-labelled platelets) and 20% (for the pro-coagulant platelets), within a thrombus, are contractile, i.e., towards the centre of the thrombus, this contractile component is almost totally abolished in the presence of agents inhibiting these pathways.

  • 47.
    Vaht, Krista
    et al.
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden; Gothenburg University, Sweden.
    Goransson, Magnus
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden.
    Carlson, Kristina
    Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden.
    Isaksson, Cecilia
    University Hospital, Sweden.
    Lenhoff, Stig
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Sandstedt, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology.
    Uggla, Bertil
    Örebro University, Sweden.
    Winiarski, Jacek
    Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
    Ljungman, Per
    Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden.
    Brune, Mats
    Sahlgrens University Hospital, Sweden; Gothenburg University, Sweden.
    Andersson, Per-Ola
    South Alvsborg Hospital Boras, Sweden; Gothenburg University, Sweden.
    Incidence and outcome of acquired aplastic anemia: real-world data from patients diagnosed in Sweden from 2000-20112017In: Haematologica, ISSN 0390-6078, E-ISSN 1592-8721, Vol. 102, no 10, p. 1683-1690Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A plastic anemia is a rare life-threatening disease. However, since the introduction of immunosuppressive therapy and allogeneic stem cell transplantation, the outcome has improved considerably, and the 5-year survival is reported to be 70-80% in selected patient cohorts. Yet, contemporary population-based data on incidence and survival are lacking. We performed a national retrospective study to determine the incidence, treatment, and survival of patients with aplastic anemia diagnosed in Sweden from 2000-2011. Patients were included via the National Patient Registry, and diagnosed according to the Camitta criteria. In total, 257 confirmed cases were identified, with an overall incidence of 2.35 (95% CI: 2.06-2.64) cases per million inhabitants per year. Median age was 60 years (range: 2-92), and median follow up was 76 (0-193) months. Primary treatments included immunosuppressive therapy (63%), allogenic stem cell transplantation (10%), or single-agent cyclosporine/no specific therapy (27%). The 5-year survival was 90.7% in patients aged 0-18 years, 90.5% in patients aged 19-39 years, 70.7% in patients aged 40-59 years, and 38.1% in patients aged amp;gt;= 60 years. Multivariate analysis showed that age (both 40-59 and amp;gt;= 60 age groups), very severe aplastic anemia and single-agent cyclosporine/no specific therapy were independent risk factors for inferior survival. In conclusion, younger aplastic anemia patients experience a very good long-term survival, while that of patients amp;gt;= 60 years in particular remains poor. Apparently, the challenge today is to improve the management of older aplastic anemia patients, and prospective studies to address this medical need are warranted.

  • 48.
    Vaht, Krista
    et al.
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Sweden; Gothenburg Univ, Sweden.
    Goransson, Magnus
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Carlson, Kristina
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Isaksson, Cecilia
    Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Lenhoff, Stig
    Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Sandstedt, Anna
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Uggla, Bertil
    Orebro Univ, Sweden.
    Winiarski, Jacek
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden; CLINTEC, Sweden.
    Ljungman, Per
    Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Brune, Mats
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Sweden; Gothenburg Univ, Sweden.
    Andersson, Per-Ola
    Gothenburg Univ, Sweden; Sodra Alvsborg Hosp Boras, Sweden.
    Low response rate to ATG-based immunosuppressive therapy in very severe aplastic anaemia A Swedish nationwide cohort study2018In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 100, no 6, p. 613-620Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ObjectivesAntithymocyte globulin (ATG)-based immunosuppression remains a cornerstone in aplastic anaemia (AA) treatment. However, most ATG studies are not population-based and knowledge about real-world results concerning response and outcome could offer important information for treating physicians. MethodsWe have recently performed a nationwide retrospective cohort study on all AA patients diagnosed in Sweden in 2000-2011 and now present treatment and outcome data on patients receiving first-line ATG. In total, 158 patients showed a 47.0% response rate which was similar in all age groups (range 41.5%-51.7%) with no difference regarding ATG formulation. The response was significantly associated with severity gradeespecially at time of treatment initiation: very severe (VSAA) 22.7%; severe (SAA) 54.5% (Pamp;lt;.001); and non-severe 88.5% (Pamp;lt;.001). A logistic regression-based predictive model indicated that VSAA patients with an absolute reticulocyte count amp;lt;25x10(9)/L had only a 19% probability of response. In a multivariable analysis, age and VSAA at the time of treatment were the independent factors for inferior survival. ConclusionsReal-world VSAA patients respond poorly to ATG which indicates the need for a different treatment approach. Our findings suggest that age alone should not be a discriminating factor for administering ATG treatment.

  • 49.
    Velasco-Hernandez, T.
    et al.
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Tornero, D.
    Skånes University Hospital, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Lund University, Sweden; Skånes University Hospital, Sweden.
    Loss of HIF-1 alpha accelerates murine FLT-3(ITD)-induced myeloproliferative neoplasia2015In: Leukemia, ISSN 0887-6924, E-ISSN 1476-5551, Vol. 29, no 12, p. 2366-2374Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hypoxia-induced signaling is important for normal and malignant hematopoiesis. The transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1 alpha) has a crucial role in quiescence and self-renewal of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), as well as leukemia-initiating cells (LICs) of acute myeloid leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia. We have investigated the effect of HIF-1 alpha loss on the phenotype and biology of FLT-3(ITD)-induced myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Using transgenic mouse models, we show that deletion of HIF-1 alpha leads to an enhanced MPN phenotype reflected by an increased number of white blood cells, more severe splenomegaly and decreased survival. The proliferative effect of HIF-1 alpha loss is cell intrinsic as shown by transplantation into recipient mice. HSC loss and organ-specific changes in the number and percentage of long-term HSCs were the most pronounced effects on a cellular level after HIF-1 alpha deletion. Furthermore, we found a metabolic hyperactivation of malignant cells in the spleen upon loss of HIF-1 alpha. Some of our findings are in contrary to what has been previously described for the role of HIF-1 alpha in other myeloid hematologic malignancies and question the potential of HIF-1 alpha as a therapeutic target.

  • 50.
    Velasco-Hernandez, Talia
    et al.
    Lund University, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden.
    Sawen, Petter
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Bryder, David
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Cammenga, Jörg
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology. Lund University, Sweden; Lund University, Sweden; Skånes University Hospital, Sweden.
    Potential Pitfalls of the Mx1-Cre System: Implications for Experimental Modeling of Normal and Malignant Hematopoiesis2016In: Stem Cell Reports, ISSN 2213-6711, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 21-28Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conditional knockout mice are commonly used to study the function of specific genes in hematopoiesis. Different promoters that drive Cre expression have been utilized, with the interferon-inducible Mx1-Cre still being the most commonly used "deleter strain in experimental hematology. However, different pitfalls associated with this system could lead to misinterpretation in functional studies. We present here two of these issues related to the use of Mx1-Cre: first, a high spontaneous recombination rate when applying commonly used techniques in experimental hematology, and second, undesired short-term consequences of the use of polyinosinic: polycytidylic acid, including changes in cellular phenotypes that, however, resolve within days. Our studies emphasize therefore that proper controls are crucial when modeling gene deletion using the Mx1-Cre transgene.

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