Arsenic trioxide as a treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome.
ABSTRACT Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a heterogeneous bone marrow disorder primarily affecting older adults, for whom the only curative therapy, bone marrow transplantation, is rarely an option. New therapies, or novel applications of historical therapies, are desperately needed. Arsenic trioxide (ATO), which acts through proapoptotic, antiproliferative, and antiangiogenesis mechanisms, has been used successfully to treat a variety of hematologic malignancies, including MDS. As monotherapy or in combination with other agents, it can effect hematologic improvement in 22% to 26% of patients, with tolerable side effects. MDS patients whose cells express the EVI1 mutation in particular may derive benefit from this therapy.
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ABSTRACT: Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of heterogeneous clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorders characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis, peripheral blood cytopenias and a propensity to transform into acute myeloid leukemia. There are few treatment options available for patients with MDS. Studies into the molecular biology of MDS have demonstrated abnormal patterns of DNA methylation that lead to silencing of tumor-suppressor genes. Hypomethylating agents are compounds that have the potential to reverse the aberrant DNA methylation and increase the expression of silenced genes, leading to cellular differentiation and/or apoptosis. Decitabine is a cytidine analogue that has activity as a hypomethylating agent and has been evaluated in the therapy of patients with high-risk MDS. Several studies have confirmed the clinical activity of low-dose decitabine in patients with high-risk MDS, leading to responses in approximately 50% of patients, with low treatment-related mortality. Responses have even been seen in patients with high-risk cytogenetic abnormalities, and some studies have demonstrated increased re-expression of genes that were previously silenced by hypermethylation, such as CDKN2B/p15INK4B. There are still some issues concerning the ideal dose and schedule of decitabine for treating patients with MDS. This article focuses on the most recent clinical studies of decitabine for therapy of MDS.Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy 01/2010; 10(1):9-22. DOI:10.1586/era.09.164 · 2.28 Impact Factor
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