Jonathan W Said

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Context: Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) has no effective treatment, resulting in a high rate of mortality. We established cell lines from a primary ATC and its lymph node metastasis, and investigated the molecular factors and genomic changes associated with tumor growth. Objective: The aim of the study was to understand the molecular and genomic changes of highly aggressive ATC and its clonal evolution to develop rational therapies. Design: We established unique cell lines from primary (OGK-P) and metastatic (OGK-M) ATC specimen, as well as primagraft from the metastatic ATC, which was serially xeno-transplanted for more than 1 year in NSG mice were established. These cell lines and primagraft were used as tools to examine gene expression, copy number changes, and somatic mutations using RNA array, SNP Chip, and whole exome sequencing. Results: Mice carrying subcutaneous (OGK-P and OGK-M) tumors developed splenomegaly and neutrophilia with high expression of cytokines including CSF1, CSF2, CSF3, IL-1β, and IL-6. Levels of HIF-1α and its targeted genes were also elevated in these tumors. The treatment of tumor carrying mice with Bevacizumab effectively decreased tumor growth, macrophage infiltration, and peripheral WBCs. SNP chip analysis showed homozygous deletion of exons 3-22 of the PARD3 gene in the cells. Forced expression of PARD3 decreased cell proliferation, motility, and invasiveness, restores cell-cell contacts and enhanced cell adhesion. Next generation exome sequencing identified the somatic changes present in the primary, metastatic, and primagraft tumors demonstrating evolution of the mutational signature over the year of passage in vivo. Conclusion: To our knowledge, we established the first paired human primary and metastatic ATC cell lines offering unique possibilities for comparative functional investigations in vitro and in vivo. Our exome sequencing also identified novel mutations, as well as clonal evolution in both the metastasis and primagraft.
    The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism. 11/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Bromodomain and extra terminal domain (BET) proteins are important epigenetic regulators facilitating the transcription of genes in chromatin areas linked to acetylated histones. JQ1, a BET protein inhibitor, has antiproliferative activity against many cancers, mainly through inhibition of c-MYC and upregulation of p21. In this research, we investigated the use of JQ1 for human osteosarcoma (OS) treatment. JQ1 significantly inhibited the proliferation and survival of OS cells inducing G1 cell cycle arrest, premature senescence, but little effect on apoptosis. Interestingly, c-MYC protein levels in JQ1-treated cells remained unchanged, whereas the upregulation of p21 protein was still observable. Although effective in vitro, JQ1 alone failed to reduce the size of the MNNG/HOS xenografts in immunocompromised mice. To overcome the resistance of OS cells to JQ1 treatment, we combined JQ1 with rapamycin, an mTOR inhibitor. JQ1 and rapamycin synergistically inhibited the growth and survival of OS cells in vitro and in vivo. We also identified that RUNX2 is a direct target of BRD4 inhibition by JQ1 in OS cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) showed that enrichment of BRD4 protein around RUNX2 transcription start sites diminished with JQ1 treatment in MNNG/HOS cells. Overexpression of RUNX2 protected JQ1-sensitive OS cells from the effect of JQ1, and siRNA-mediated inhibition of RUNX2 sensitized the same cells to JQ1. In conclusion, our findings suggest that JQ1, in combination with rapamycin, is an effective chemotherapeutic option for OS treatment. We also show that inhibition of RUNX2 expression by JQ1 partly explains the antiproliferative activity of JQ1 in OS cells. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    International Journal of Cancer 10/2014; · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intestinal intraepithelial T lymphocytes express the α E subunit of integrin αEβ7, which is detected by antibodies to CD103. Accordingly, within T-cell neoplasms, CD103 reactivity has most frequently been reported in enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphomas, which are postulated to arise from intestinal intraepithelial T lymphocytes. However, prior studies of CD103 expression in T-cell neoplasms have been limited by the requirement for fresh or frozen tissue, given the historic lack of an antibody to CD103 for use in paraffin-embedded sections. Thus, a thorough assessment of CD103 expression in a broad spectrum of T-cell neoplasms as categorized by the current classification system has not yet been performed. This study uses a newly described antibody to define the profile of CD103 immunoreactivity in paraffin sections of a wide variety of T-cell neoplasms (184 cases). Overall, 22 T-cell neoplasms (12%) were CD103 positive, including 7 of 15 gastrointestinal lymphomas (3.8% of total cases; 46% of gastrointestinal cases). In intestinal cases, CD103 positivity did not correlate with morphology, presence or absence of enteropathy, or immunohistochemical profile. A history of celiac disease was not documented in any case. Frequent but inconsistent reactivity was also noted for adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma with 4 of 10 cases (40%) positive. In the remaining T-cell neoplasms representing most entities within the current World Health Organization classification, CD103 reactivity was sporadically observed in 11 of 159 cases (6.9%). CD103 positivity is an unusual feature in T-cell neoplasms and tends to occur in gastrointestinal lymphomas and adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma but is not a consistent characteristic of these neoplasms.
    The American journal of surgical pathology. 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: ALK-negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a CD30-positive T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma that morphologically resembles ALK-positive ALCL but lacks chromosomal rearrangements of the ALK gene. The genetic and clinical heterogeneity of ALK-negative ALCL has not been delineated. We performed immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridization on 73 ALK-negative ALCLs and 32 ALK-positive ALCLs and evaluated the associations among pathology, genetics, and clinical outcome. Chromosomal rearrangements of DUSP22 and TP63 were identified in 30% and 8% of ALK-negative ALCLs, respectively. These rearrangements were mutually exclusive and were absent in ALK-positive ALCLs. Five-year overall survival rates were 85% for ALK-positive ALCLs, 90% for DUSP22-rearranged ALCLs, 17% for TP63-rearranged ALCLs, and 42% for cases lacking all three genetic markers (p<0.0001). Hazard ratios for death in these 4 groups after adjusting for International Prognostic Index and age were 1.0 (reference group), 0.58, 8.63, and 4.16, respectively (p=7.10 x 10(-5)). These results were similar when restricted to patients receiving anthracycline-based chemotherapy as well as to patients not receiving stem-cell transplantation. Thus, ALK-negative ALCL is a genetically heterogeneous disease with widely disparate outcomes following standard therapy. DUSP22 and TP63 rearrangements may serve as predictive biomarkers to help guide patient management.
    Blood 06/2014; · 9.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intravascular large B-cell lymphomas and EBV NK/T-cell lymphomas commonly follow an aggressive clinical course. We recently reported an entirely intravascular anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in the skin with a surprisingly indolent clinical course; interestingly, this lymphoma involved the lymphatic rather than the blood vasculature. We hypothesized that intravascular skin-limited ALCL is distinct from aggressive systemic intravascular lymphomas in its intralymphatic localization and clinical course. We now describe 18 cases of cutaneous intravascular large cell lymphoproliferations from 4 institutions. All 12 intravascular large T-cell lesions were intralymphatic; the majority (9) were CD30 T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders (TLPDs), 5 further classified as intravascular ALK ALCL. One ALK ALCL and 2 benign microscopic intravascular T-cell proliferations were also intralymphatic. A single case of otherwise typical cutaneous follicle center lymphoma contained intralymphatic centroblasts. The clinical and pathologic characteristics of the CD30 TLPDs were similar to those of their extravascular counterparts, including extralymphatic dermal involvement in a subset, DUSP22-IRF4 translocations in half of tested ALK ALCLs, and associated mycosis fungoides in 1; most were skin-limited at baseline and remained so at relapse. All 5 cases of intravascular large B-cell lymphoma involved the blood vasculature and behaved in a clinically aggressive manner; the ALK ALCL, although intralymphatic, was systemic and clinically aggressive. We propose that cutaneous ALK ALCL and related CD30 ALK TLPDs involving the lymphatics are part of an expanding spectrum of CD30 TLPDs. The identification of intralymphatic as distinct from blood vascular localization may provide critical prognostic and therapeutic information.
    The American journal of surgical pathology 05/2014; · 4.06 Impact Factor
  • Jonathan Said, Mark Lones, Steven Yea
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    ABSTRACT: Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is the most common non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children and adolescents, but at least 30% of cases occur in patients older than 60 years, and the absolute number of BL cases in adults exceeds those in childhood. BL is described as a monomorphic proliferation of medium-sized transformed B cells with round nuclei, clumped chromatin, basophilic cytoplasm, and squared-off cell borders, cytoplasmic vacuoles, medium-sized paracentral nucleoli, and a starry sky pattern. Translocation involving MYC is characteristic but not specific for BL. No single parameter is the gold standard for diagnosis; morphology, cytogenetics, immunophenotype, and gene expression profiles all may contribute to the diagnosis. Although neither EBV nor MYC are sufficient to cause BL there is increasing information from techniques such as complete RNA sequencing that identify essential pathways that are activated in the pathogenesis of BL. These findings suggest novel opportunities for improved therapeutic intervention.
    Advances in anatomic pathology 05/2014; 21(3):160-5. · 3.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The diagnosis of peripheral T-cell and NK-cell lymphomas (PTNKCL) is difficult with few standards for required ancillary studies. We evaluated a series of PTNKCLs using a tiered approach to immunohistochemistry and molecular genetic characterization to document diagnostic accuracy and clinical relevance. Seven hematopathologists reviewed 374 cases that included PTNKCL and non-PTNKCL cases to mimic diagnostic practice. Cases received tier 0, 1, and 2 diagnoses by 3 independent pathologists, on the basis of hematoxylin and eosin stains and progressive immunohistochemistry panels. A tier 2b diagnosis was rendered when gene rearrangement data were available, and a final consensus diagnosis was rendered after discussion of each case. Across all 374 cases, consensus agreement was 92.5%. For PTNKCLs, World Health Organization subclassification was possible in 16.5%, 37.1%, 82.8%, and 85.9% of individual reviewer diagnoses at tier 0, 1, 2, and 2b, respectively. Gene rearrangement contributed to a change in diagnosis in 51 of 647 (8%) individual reviews. Following this algorithm may provide prognostic information on the basis of individual marker expression in common PTNKCL types (CD4 in peripheral T-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified and PD-1 in angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma). This evidence-based approach to the diagnosis of PTNKCL informs practicing pathologists, clinical trial designers, and policy-makers regarding required ancillary studies.
    The American journal of surgical pathology 03/2014; · 4.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the most common site of extranodal B-cell lymphomas. However, it is unclear how neoplastic lymphoid cells preferentially home there. We hypothesize that expression of the gastrointestinal-homing chemokine receptor CCR9 may account for the dissemination of B-cell lymphomas to the gastrointestinal tract. To test our hypothesis, we compared the expression of CCR9 using immunohistochemistry on GI versus nodal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma. We found that 27/41 (66%), 12/41 (29%), and 2/41 (5%) of GI lymphoma cases demonstrated 3+, 2+, and 1+ CCR9 staining, respectively. In contrast, 2/39 (5%), 5/39 (13%), 8/39 (20.5%), and 24/39 (61.5%) nodal-restricted lymphoma cases demonstrated 3+, 2+, 1+ and 0+ CCR9 staining (P<0.0001). This was observed for both diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (P<0.001) and follicular lymphoma (P<0.001). We also compared the expression of CCR9 on nodal B-cell lymphomas with involvement of the gastrointestinal tract to those restricted to the lymph node. We found that 10/16 (62%), 3/16 (19%), and 3/16 (19%) nodal lymphomas with gastrointestinal involvement showed 3+, 2+ and 1+ CCR9 staining, respectively. In contrast, 2/39 (5%), 5/39 (13%), 8/39 (20.5%), and 24/39 (61.5%) nodal lymphomas without gastrointestinal involvement demonstrated 3+, 2+, 1+ and 0+ CCR9 staining, respectively (P<0.001). Our finding that CCR9 expression is elevated in the nodal lymphomas of patients with gastrointestinal involvement suggests the potential clinical utility of chemokine receptor status, as assessed by immunohistochemistry, to potentially predict gastrointestinal dissemination and progression to higher stage in patients who initially present with limited nodal-restricted disease.
    Human pathology 01/2014; · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The chemopreventive activity of green tea (GT) is limited by the low bioavailability and extensive methylation of GT polyphenols (GTPs) in vivo. We determined whether a methylation inhibitor quercetin (Q) will enhance the chemoprevention of prostate cancer in vivo. Androgen-sensitive LAPC-4 prostate cancer cells were injected subcutaneously into severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice one week before the intervention. The concentration of GTPs in brewed tea administered as drinking water was 0.07% and Q was supplemented in diet at 0.2% or 0.4%. After 6-weeks of intervention tumor growth was inhibited by 3% (0.2% Q), 15% (0.4% Q), 21% (GT), 28% (GT+0.2% Q) and 45% (GT+0.4% Q) compared to control. The concentration of non-methylated GTPs was significantly increased in tumor tissue with GT+0.4% Q treatment compared to GT alone, and was associated with a decreased protein expression of catechol-O-methyltransferase and multidrug resistance-associated protein (MRP)-1. The combination treatment was also associated with a significant increase in the inhibition of proliferation, androgen receptor and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt signaling, and stimulation of apoptosis. The combined effect of GT+0.4% Q on tumor inhibition was further confirmed in another experiment where the intervention started prior to tumor inoculation. These results provide a novel regimen by combining GT and Q to improve chemoprevention in a non-toxic manner and warrant future studies in humans.
    The Journal of nutritional biochemistry 01/2014; 25(1):73-80. · 4.29 Impact Factor
  • Jonathan Said
    Blood 11/2013; 122(22):3548-3550. · 9.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously reported that a 4-6 week low-fat fish oil (LFFO) diet did not affect serum IGF-1 levels (primary outcome) but resulted in lower omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratios in prostate tissue and lower prostate cancer proliferation (Ki67) as compared to a Western diet (WD). In this post-hoc analysis, the effect of the LFFO intervention on serum pro-inflammatory eicosanoids, LTB4 and 15(S)-HETE, and the cell cycle progression (CCP) score were investigated. Serum fatty acids and eicosanoids were measured by gas chromatography and ELISA. CCP score was determined by RT-PCR. Associations between serum eicosanoids, Ki67, and CCP score were evaluated using partial correlation analyses. BLT1 (LTB4 receptor) expression was determined in prostate cancer cell lines and prostatectomy specimens. Serum omega-6 fatty acids and 15(S)-HETE levels were significantly reduced, and serum omega-3 levels were increased in the LFFO group relative to the WD group, whereas there was no change in LTB4 levels. The CCP score was significantly lower in the LFFO compared to the WD group. The 15(S)-HETE change correlated with tissue Ki67 (R=0.48; p<0.01) but not with CCP score. The LTB4 change correlated with the CCP score (r=0.4; p=0.02) but not with Ki67. The LTB4 receptor BLT1 was detected in prostate cancer cell lines and human prostate cancer specimens. In conclusion, a LFFO diet resulted in decreased 15(S)-HETE levels and lower CCP score relative to a WD. Further studies are warranted to determine whether the LFFO diet anti-proliferative effects are mediated through the LTB4/BLT1 and 15(S)-HETE pathways.
    Cancer Prevention Research 10/2013; · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Context:Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is an aggressive malignancy having no effective treatment. Laminin subunit gamma-2 (LAMC2) is an epithelial basement membrane protein involved in cell migration and tumour invasion and might represent an ideal target for the development of novel therapeutic approaches for ATC.Objective:Study the role of LAMC2 in ATC tumorigenesis.Design:LAMC2 expression was evaluated by RT-PCR, western blotting and immunohistochemistry in tumor specimens, adjacent non-cancerous tissues and cell lines. shRNA approach was used to investigate the effect of LAMC2 knockdown on tumorigenesis of ATC.Results:LAMC2 was highly expressed in ATC samples and cell lines compared to normal thyroid tissues. Silencing LAMC2 by shRNA in ATC cells moderately inhibited cell growth in liquid culture and dramatically decreased growth in soft agar and in xenografts growing in immunodeficient mice. Silencing LAMC2 caused cell cycle arrest and significantly suppressed migration, invasion and wound healing of ATC cells. Rescue experiments by overexpressing LAMC2 in LAMC2 knockdown cells, reversed the inhibitory effects as shown by increased cell proliferation and colony formation. Microarray data demonstrated that LAMC2 shRNA significantly altered expression of genes associated with migration, invasion, proliferation and survival. Immunoprecipitation studies showed that LAMC2 bound to EGFR in ATC cells. Silencing LAMC2 partially blocked EGF-mediated activation of EGFR and its downstream pathway. Interestingly, cetuximab (EGFR blocking antibody) or EGFR siRNA additively enhanced the anti-proliferative activity of the LAMC2 knockdown ATC cells compared to control cells.Conclusions:To our knowledge, this is the first report investigating the effect of LAMC2 on cell growth, cell cycle, migration, invasion and EGFR signaling in ATC cells, suggesting that LAMC2 may be a potential therapeutic target for treatment of ATC.
    The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 10/2013; · 6.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aberrantly activated c-MET signaling occurs in several cancers, promoting the development of c-MET inhibitors. In this study, we found that eight of 8 thyroid cancer cell lines (including six anaplastic thyroid cell lines) have prominent expression of c-MET protein. Fifty percent of the thyroid cancer cell lines (four of 8) were growth-inhibited by two small molecule c-MET inhibitors (Tivantinib and Crizotinib), associated with apoptosis and G2/M cell cycle arrest. However, Crizotinib did not inhibit 50% proliferation of thyroid cancer cells (SW1736 and TL3) at a concentration at which the drug completely inhibited ligand-stimulated c-MET phosphorylation. On the other hand, Tivantinib was less potent than Crizotinib at inhibiting c-MET phosphorylation, but was more potent than Crizotinib at decreasing cell growth. Suppressing c-MET protein expression and phosphorylation using siRNA targeting c-MET did not induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Taken together, Tivantinib and Crizotinib have off target(s) activity, contributing to their anti-tumor activity. In vivo study showed that Crizotinib markedly inhibited the growth of thyroid cancer cells (SW1736) in immunodeficient mice. In summary, c-MET inhibitors (Tivantinib and Crizotinib) suppress the growth of aggressive thyroid cancer cells, and this potential therapeutic benefit results from their non-MET-targeting effects.
    Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 10/2013; · 5.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Composite lymphoma with follicular lymphoma (FL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) components is rare and can pose a substantial diagnostic challenge. We report two cases of composite lymphoma with FL and MCL components occurring in lymph nodes. Both cases showed near total effacement of the lymph node architecture by grade 1 FL (CD10+ and BCL2+) with accompanying in situ MCL component (CD5+ and cyclin D1+) surrounding neoplastic follicles. The diagnosis of composite FL and MCL was confirmed by detecting the t(14;18)(q32;q21) and t(11;14)(q13;q32) in the FL and MCL components, respectively. Immunoglobulin heavy chain fragment length analysis in both cases showed identical dominant monoclonal peaks in microdissected neoplastic lymphoid cells from FL and MCL components. These findings suggest a common clonal origin for the FL and MCL components in both cases.
    Human pathology 09/2013; · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mature T-cell and T/NK-cell neoplasms are both uncommon and heterogeneous, among the broad category of non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Owing to the lack of specific genetic alterations in the vast majority, most currently defined entities show overlapping morphological and immunophenotypic features, and therefore pose a challenge to the diagnostic pathologist. In the light of recent immunophenotypic, cytogenetic and molecular genetics advances in the field of T-cell and T/NK-cell lymphomas, the focus of the lymphoma workshop of the European Association for Haematopathology/Society for Hematopathology meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 2012 was to refine existing diagnostic criteria and clarify the borders between overlapping entities. The panel reviewed over 200 submitted cases, which were grouped into five categories: (i) angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma and T-follicular-helper-cell-associated lymphomas; (ii) CD30-positive T-cell lymphomas/lymphoproliferative diseases; (iii) extranodal T-cell and NK-cell neoplasms; (iv) EBV-associated T-cell/NK-cell lymphomas/lymphoproliferative diseases; and (v) peripheral T-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders, and mimics. This report summarizes the discussions and conclusions of the workshop, which question current diagnostic criteria and provide recommendations for refining existing classifications.
    Histopathology 08/2013; · 2.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: : The term neurotropic melanoma has been used to refer to malignant melanoma with associated infiltration of nerve or "neural differentiation"-that is, melanoma cells exhibiting cytological characteristics of nerve cells. Historically, neurotropic melanoma has generally been discussed within the context of desmoplastic melanoma. We report an exceptional case of melanoma notable for a very well-differentiated neural component that was contiguous with obvious overlying melanoma. After careful consideration of all pertinent histological features, the overall diagnostic impression was that of melanoma with associated "malignant neurotization." We have not encountered a previously reported case with such a well-differentiated neural component. The following article details our exceptional case of melanoma with "malignant neurotization" and presents a discussion of the differential diagnosis and brief review of the pertinent literature.
    The American Journal of dermatopathology 06/2013; · 1.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Society for Hematopathology and European Association for Haematopathology workshop, from October 27 to 29, 2011, in Los Angeles, CA, exhibited many exemplary skin biopsy specimens with interesting inflammatory changes mimicking features of cutaneous lymphoma. This article reviews features observed in cutaneous lymphoid hyperplasia, cutaneous drug reactions, lupus-associated panniculitis, pityriasis lichenoides, hypereosinophilic syndrome, histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis, traumatic ulcerative granuloma with stromal eosinophils, and pigmented purpuric dermatosis, as well as a brief review of the pertinent literature and discussion of submitted conference cases. For the pathologist, it is important to be aware of diagnostic pitfalls as well as the limitations of ancillary testing (eg, clonality studies). Finally, correlation with total clinical information, good communication with clinical colleagues, close clinical follow-up with rebiopsy, and prudent use of laboratory studies are vital and will likely offer the best path toward a correct diagnosis.
    American Journal of Clinical Pathology 04/2013; 139(4):536-51. · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Session 1 of the 2011 Workshop of the Society for Hematopathology and European Association for Haematopathology focused on mycosis fungoides (MF), the most common cutaneous lymphoma. The 62 cases in this case group demonstrated a wide spectrum of clinicopathologic features, including those seen in typical cases as well as those, by contrast, with atypical clinical history, morphology, immunophenotype, and/or genotype. Of the 62 cases, 27 (44%) were presented at the workshop and highlighted diagnostic challenges plus related issues. This report summarizes the approach recommended for making a confident diagnosis of MF and its clinically significant variants; emphasizes pitfalls in evaluating early MF, assessing nodal involvement, and diagnosing transformed MF; and discusses the relationship between MF and primary cutaneous CD30+ T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders. Last, Sézary syndrome is discussed, with concentration on those features distinct from MF.
    American Journal of Clinical Pathology 04/2013; 139(4):466-90. · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Discovery of cancer genes through interrogation of genomic dosage is one of the major approaches in cancer research. In this study, we report that phosphodiesterase subtype 4D (PDE4D) gene was homozygously deleted in 198 cases of 5,569 primary solid tumors (3.56%), with most being internal microdeletions. Unexpectedly, the microdeletions did not result in loss of their gene products. Screening PDE4D expression in 11 different types of primary tumor samples (n = 165) with immunohistochemistry staining revealed that its protein levels were up-regulated compared with corresponding nontransformed tissues. Importantly, depletion of endogenous PDE4D with three independent shRNAs caused apoptosis and growth inhibition in multiple types of cancer cells, including breast, lung, ovary, endometrium, gastric, and melanoma, which could be rescued by reexpression of PDE4D. We further showed that antitumor events triggered by PDE4D suppression were lineage-dependently associated with Bcl-2 interacting mediator of cell death (BIM) induction and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) down-regulation. Furthermore, ectopic expression of the PDE4D short isoform, PDE4D2, enhanced the proliferation of cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, treatment of cancer cells with a unique specific PDE4D inhibitor, 26B, triggered massive cell death and growth retardation. Notably, these antineoplastic effects induced by either shRNAs or small molecule occurred preferentially in cancer cells but not in nonmalignant epithelial cells. These results suggest that although targeted by genomic homozygous microdeletions, PDE4D functions as a tumor-promoting factor and represents a unique targetable enzyme of cancer cells.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 03/2013; · 9.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Sensitivity to a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) is correlated with the presence of somatic mutations that affect the kinase domain of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Development of resistance to TKI is a major therapeutic problem in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Aim of this study is to identify agents that can overcome TKI resistance in NSCLC. METHODS: We used a carefully selected panel of 12 NSCLC cell lines to address this clinical problem. Initially, the cell lines were treated with a variety of 10 compounds. Cellular proliferation was measured via MTT assay. We then focused on the gefitinib-resistant, EGFR mutant cell lines [H1650: exon 19 and PTEN mutations; and H1975: exons 20 (T790M) and 21 (L858R)] to identify agents that could overcome TKI resistance. RESULTS: Both 17-DMAG (Hsp90 inhibitor) and belinostat (histone deacetylase inhibitor, HDACi) effectively decreased the growth of almost all NSCLC lines. Also, belinostat markedly decreased the expression of EGFR and phospho-Akt in the cells. Combination of 17-DMAG and belinostat synergistically inhibited in vitro proliferation of these cells. Furthermore, both agents and their combination almost completely prevented TKI-resistant tumor formation (EGFR T790M mutation) in a xenograft model. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that the combination of 17-DMAG and belinostat should be examined in a clinical trial for TKI-resistant NSCLC cell.
    Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 03/2013; · 2.80 Impact Factor

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  • 1997–2014
    • University of California, Los Angeles
      • • Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
      • • Department of Urology
      • • Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology
      • • Center for Culture and Health
      Los Angeles, California, United States
  • 2013
    • Peking University
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2012–2013
    • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
      • Department of Hematopathology
      Houston, TX, United States
    • Kaiser Permanente
      Oakland, California, United States
    • National Cancer Institute (USA)
      • Urologic Oncology Branch
      Bethesda, MD, United States
    • Hippokration General Hospital, Thessaloniki
      Saloníki, Central Macedonia, Greece
    • Universitätsklinikum Münster
      Muenster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 2010–2013
    • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
      Torrance, California, United States
    • Medical University of Vienna
      • Universitätsklinik für Urologie
      Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 2003–2013
    • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
      • Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
      Los Angeles, California, United States
  • 1994–2012
    • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
      • • Division of Hematology and Oncology
      • • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
      • • Department of Medicine
      Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 2004–2010
    • University of Southern California
      • Department of Medicine
      Los Angeles, California, United States
    • Nagasaki University
      Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
    • Kochi University
      • Department of Medicine
      Kōchi-shi, Kochi-ken, Japan
    • University of California, Davis
      • Department of Dermatology
      Davis, California, United States
  • 2009
    • California State University, Northridge
      Northridge, Ohio, United States
  • 2006–2009
    • Multiple Myeloma - Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research
      California City, California, United States
  • 2008
    • Université de Rennes 1
      Roazhon, Brittany, France
  • 2005
    • Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
      Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • 2000
    • University of Michigan
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States