H Bartels

Universität zu Lübeck, Lübeck Hansestadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: The Kiel classification of non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) has established chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) and immunocytoma (LP-IC) as separate entities of low-grade malignant NHL by morphological and immunohistochemical criteria. The clinical and prognostic relevance of this discrimination was evaluated in a prospective multicenter observation study by the Kiel Lymphoma Study Group. From 1975 to 1980, 430 previously untreated patients with B-CLL (n = 217) and LP-IC (n = 213)a were recruited and followed for up to 14 years. While the age and sex distribution and the incidence of clinical stages were quite similar in both entities major differences between initial manifestations in B-CLL and LP-IC became evident, e.g. in the incidence of bone marrow infiltration (99.5 vs. 86%), peripheral blood lymphocytosis (99.5 vs. 60%), or monoclonal gammopathy (1 vs. 30%). A strictly localized tumor (Ann Arbor stage I/IE) was seen in only 1.5% of the LP-IC patients who were successfully treated by local radiotherapy. In all other patients an expectative-palliative treatment concept was pursued. Long-term survival data analysis revealed significant differences between B-CLL and LP-IC and identified the pseudofollicular in B-CLL and the lymphoplasmacytic in LP-IC as the most favorable histological subtypes. The discriminative prognostic potential of clinical stage (Rai or Binet classification) for B-CLL and LP-IC varied and the pattern of prognostic risk factors obtained by multivariate analysis was not identical. Thus, the morphological distinction between B-CLL and LP-IC correlates with characteristic differences between these entities both in their initial clinical presentation and long-term prognosis.
    Leukemia and Lymphoma 06/2009; 5(s1):161-173. DOI:10.3109/10428199109103400 · 2.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Apart from endothelial cells, the receptor tyrosine kinase TEK/Tie-2 is also expressed by primitive hematopoietic stem cells. While the role of this receptor and its ligand angiopoietin-1 (ang-1) during angiogenesis has been intensively studied before, little is known about their function in normal or malignant hematopoiesis. Recently several studies suggested that TEK plays an important role in the proliferation of primitive hematopoietic cells. We, therefore, analyzed blood cells of healthy donors and leukemia patients for expression of TEK and ang-1 by semiquantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Northern blotting. We found an increased expression of the receptor and its ligand in 11 of 17 cases of acute and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) but not in four lymphocytic leukemias or five myeloid leukemias in remission. Abundant ang-1 message could also be detected in 4/6 myeloid and 1/9 cell lines of lymphocytic origin, but only one cell line co-expressed the TEK receptor, suggesting that ang-1 and TEK were probably expressed by different subsets of cells in the leukemic samples. Recently, several studies have indicated that angiogenic factors like ang-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor can enhance the proliferation of normal and malignant hematopoietic cells. The expression of both the TEK receptor and its ligand in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and CML patients might, therefore, suggest an involvement of these genes in the pathogenesis of myeloproliferative disorders.
    Leukemia Research 03/2002; 26(2):163-8. DOI:10.1016/S0145-2126(01)00110-2 · 2.69 Impact Factor
  • TumorDiagnostik &amp Therapie 01/2002; 23(2):57-61. DOI:10.1055/s-2002-26771
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    ABSTRACT: Pleural mesothelioma is commonly associated to asbestos exposure. A 40-year-old woman is described who presented with shortness of breath. She had a smoking history but no history of asbestos exposure. Chest radiography and computed tomography showed a large tumour on the right lower lung. An open pleural biopsy was performed. A metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pleura was primarily diagnosed. The tumour progressed and after surgical excision an accurate histological and immunohistochemical examination was performed. It revealed a pleural mesothelioma with a deciduoid differentiation that has not been described before.
    Respiration 02/2000; 67(4):456-8. DOI:10.1159/000029549 · 2.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: So far, reproducible histomorphologic and immunological criteria to distinguish clinicopathologic subtypes of blastic peripheral B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (BBCL), especially centroblastic (cb) and immunoblastic (ib) lymphomas, for daily diagnostic use are still lacking. Therefore, we correlated the cytogenetic findings in 126 patients with BBCL with histopathologic diagnoses. Subclassification of cb and ib lymphomas relied on the criteria defined in the updated Kiel classification; these subtypes are also listed in the Revised European-American Lymphoma (REAL) classification and in a preliminary report on the newly established World Health Organization classification, to investigate their clinical significance. Moreover, we performed a multivariate analysis to compare the prognostic significance of cytogenetic findings with the International Index. There were significant differences in the frequency of chromosome aberrations between different BBCL subtypes: t(8;14) was predominantly present in Burkitt's lymphomas, t(14;18) in centroblastic lymphomas, deletions in 8q and 14q, changes of 4q and losses of chromosome 10 in immunoblastic lymphomas; t(11;14) was restricted to blastoid mantle cell lymphomas and associated with a poor prognosis. In cb lymphomas, deletions in 1q42-qter, duplications in 1q23-32, trisomy 5, and changes of 15q were identified as independent prognostic factors. In ib lymphomas, changes of 7q and 8q had stronger impact on survival than the International Index. These findings underline that Burkitt's, cb, ib, and blastoid mantle-cell lymphoma are biologically distinct and clinically relevant entities and that cytogenetic findings can be helpful to subtype BBCL.
    Blood 12/1999; 94(9):3114-20. · 10.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abnormalities of the short arm of chromosome 12 (12p) are found in about 5% of acute nonlymphocytic leukaemias (ANLL) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). They are described to be characteristic of secondary leukaemias, especially after prior mutagenic exposure, and to be associated with a poor prognosis. In our series of 59 patients with 12p abnormalities and ANLL or MDS, exposure to genotoxic agents was proven only in five patients, but in 13/44 patients ANLL evolved from an MDS. Patients with a small deletion del(12)(p11.2p13) having a mild clinical course were distinguished from those with a large del(12)(p11.2), additional chromosomal anomalies, and a poor clinical course. Among the 31 patients with translocations or dicentric chromosomes involving 12p, a group of eight with t/dic(12;13) was the most frequent and was associated with a poor prognosis. The clinical outcome was adverse in the majority of patients with complex karyotype abnormalities, but in some patients a milder clinical course seems likely. A new, hitherto undescribed, abnormality in an MDS case with a duplication dup(12)(p11.2p13) was the amplification of the signal of the yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) clone 964c10 (D12S736). In 38 cases with deletions or unbalanced translocations/dicentrics one YAC signal was lost. Five patients with balanced translocations demonstrated breakpoints within the YAC, containing the ETV6 (TEL) gene. The breakpoints were telomeric to the YAC 964c10 in seven cases and centromeric in one patient.
    British Journal of Haematology 03/1998; 100(3):521-33. DOI:10.1046/j.1365-2141.1998.00591.x · 4.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the appropriate irradiation dose after four cycles of modern combination chemotherapy in nonbulky involved field (IF/BF) and noninvolved extended-field (EF/IF) sites in patients with intermediate-stage Hodgkin's disease (HD). HD patients in stage I to IIIA with a large mediastinal mass, E stage, or massive spleen involvement were treated with two double cycles of alternating cyclophosphamide, vincristine, procarbazine, and prednisone (COPP) plus doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD) followed by EF irradiation in two successive trials (HD1 and HD5). In the HD1 trial (1983 to 1988), 146 patients who responded to chemotherapy were randomized to receive 20 Gy (70 patients) or 40 Gy (76 patients) of EF irradiation in all fields outside bulky disease sites. A cohort of 111 patients who fulfilled the same inclusion criteria in the subsequent trial HD5 (1988 to 1993) were treated with 30 Gy. Bulky disease always received 40 Gy. Freedom-from-treatment-failure (FFTF) and survival (SV) curves showed no differences between the 20-, 30-, and 40-Gy groups. However, acute toxicities were more frequent in the 40-Gy arm. Analysis of relapse patterns showed that 18 of 26 relapsing patients either failed to respond in initial bulky sites (n = 5) or had an extranodal relapse (n = 9) or both (n = 4). After 5 years, the cumulative risk for relapse in bulky sites is 10%, despite 40 Gy of radiation. Our results strongly suggest that there is no relevant radiotherapy dose effect in the range between 20 Gy and 40 Gy in IF/BF and EF/IF after 4 months of modern polychemotherapy in patients with intermediate-stage HD. Relapse patterns indicate that patients destined to relapse need more systemic, rather than local, treatment. Based on our data, we conclude that 20 Gy is sufficient in EF/IF of intermediate-stage HD following four cycles of modern polychemotherapy.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 07/1997; 15(6):2275-87. DOI:10.1016/S1278-3218(98)89074-4 · 18.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mantle cell lymphoma (MC) is not curable with conventional chemotherapy. To improve the prognosis of patients with this disease, we prospectively studied an intensive sequential therapy consisting of the Dexa-BEAM regimen (dexamethasone, BCNU, etoposide, ara-C, melphalan) followed by myeloablative therapy with autologous stem cell reinfusion. Nine consecutive patients with stage III/IV MC were included. Two had untreated disease, four were in first remission, whereas three had more advanced disease. All patients underwent one to two cycles of Dexa-BEAM chemotherapy to reduce the tumor load and to mobilize peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC). Subsequently, patients were treated with high-dose radiochemotherapy followed by PBPC reinfusion and were prospectively analyzed for residual disease by clinical methods as well as by PCR amplification clonal CDRIII rearrangements. With an overall response rate of 100%, the initial Dexa-BEAM cycles effectively reduced the tumor load. All patients proceeded to high-dose therapy and subsequent stem cell rescue. Engraftment was prompt, and procedure-related deaths did not occur. With a median follow-up of 12 (3-33) months post transplant, all patients are alive in continuing clinical and molecular remission. Sequential intensive therapy consisting of Dexa-BEAM and high-dose radiochemotherapy appears to be a highly effective treatment for patients with MC. However, the data are still preliminary, and larger patient numbers and a longer follow-up are required.
    Annals of Oncology 05/1997; 8(4):401-3. DOI:10.1023/A:1008251301319 · 6.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of cytogenetic findings for the clinical outcome of patients with Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy (AILD)-Type T-cell lymphoma. In a retrospective analysis, the cytogenetic findings of 50 patients with AILD-type T-cell lymphoma were correlated with the frequency of spontaneous and therapy-induced remissions and with survival using the statistical methods of Kaplan and Meier and the model of Cox for multivariate analysis. Treatment was not uniform because the patients were treated in different hospitals during a period of 8 years and because a standard therapy has not yet been established. The following cytogenetic findings were associated with a significantly lower incidence of therapy-induced remissions and a significantly shorter survival duration: presence of aberrant metaphases in unstimulated cultures (P = .04 for both parameters); clones with an additional X chromosome (P = .0001 and P = .03, respectively); structural aberrations of the short arm of chromosome 1, preferentially involving 1p31-32 (P < .001 and P = .04, respectively); and complex aberrant clones with more than four aberrations (P = .0003 and P = .005, respectively). Multivariate analysis showed that these cytogenetic findings had a significant influence on survival, but therapy modalities did not. Only the presence of complex aberrant clones was an independent prognostic factor. Trisomy 3 had no effect on survival, but patients without trisomy 5 (P = .08) tended to live longer. This is the first study that seems to indicate that cytogenetic findings have prognostic significance in AILD-type T-cell lymphoma. These results must be proven in prospective studies of homogeneously treated patients.
    Journal of Clinical Oncology 03/1996; 14(2):593-9. · 18.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytogenetic analyses were performed on 266 bone marrow and peripheral blood samples from 179 patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). According to the FAB classification, 42 patients presented with RA, 18 with RARS, 37 with RAEB, 22 with CMML, and 29 with RAEB-T. Nine patients showed a secondary MDS (S MDS). FAB classification was not available for 22 patients. Clonal karyotype anomalies were found in 92 patients (51.4%). Complex chromosome abnormalities occurred in 17 (18.5%) of them. An evolution of the karyotype was detected in 16 cases (17.4%). Cytogenetically independent cells or cell clones were found in eight patients. Nonclonal chromosome abnormalities were uncovered in 29 (16.2%) of the 179 MDS patients. Consecutive studies were performed in 48 patients and revealed a good correlation of initial karyotype and clinical course. The most frequent single anomalies were 5q- in 29 (31.5%), -7 in 22 (23.9%), trisomy 1q in 14 (15.2%), and +8 in 13 (14.1%) of 92 patients respectively. Our cytogenetic findings are presented in detail and discussed in relation to patients' age, morphological classification, clinical course, and prognostic impact. The contribution of cytogenetic findings to the delineation of multistep pathogenesis of MDS with special emphasis to karyotype instability is demonstrated.
    Annals of Hematology 05/1995; 70(4):171-87. DOI:10.1007/s002770050053 · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 406 untreated multiple myeloma patients of stage I (n = 54), II (n = 148) and III (n = 204) were enrolled in the trial. 51/54 stage I and 60/148 stage II patients were asymptomatic and followed without treatment until disease progression (progression free survival: 60% after 4 years for stage I versus 50% after 1 year for stage II). Symptomatic patients of stage I (n = 3/54) and II (n = 88/148) presenting with tumour progression, received melphalan 15 mg/m2 intravenously (i.v.) and prednisone 60 mg/m2 oral days 1-4 (MP). Stage II disease remission rate was 59%, and 50% tumour related survival (TRS) was 59 months. Stage III patients were randomised to receive MP or VBAMDex (vincristine/BCNU/doxorubicin/melphalan/dexamethasone) treatment. 43% of MP treated patients responded compared with 64% of the VBAMDex group. 50% TRS was 36 months in both groups without a detectable difference. 117 responders of stage II and III with stable disease were randomised to receive either IFN-alpha (5 x 10(6) IU, subcutaneous (S.C.) 3 times per week) or no maintenance treatment. The relapse rate in both groups was 50% after 13 months. No survival benefit for IFN alpha treated patients was observed (50% TRS: 45 months).
    European Journal of Cancer 02/1995; 31(2). DOI:10.1016/0959-8049(94)00452-B · 4.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chromosomal aberrations are characteristic and specific events; the detection of chromosomal abnormalities often provides information on diagnosis and prognosis of disease. Some patients with large-cell anaplastic lymphoma (Ki 1 lymphoma) have the translocation t(2;5) (p23; q35), involving a possible growth-regulating tyrosine kinase. We found this translocation in 11 patients with Hodgkin's disease of nodular sclerosis and mixed-cellularity types. This finding has implications for the understanding of the relation between large-cell anaplastic lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease, diseases with morphological and immunophenotypical similarities. Study of this translocation may help understanding of the origins of cancer and cancer growth. It also allows a more precise definition of Hodgkin's disease and may be used as an indicator for clonality--which has long been sought.
    The Lancet 02/1995; 345(8942):87-90. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(95)90061-6 · 45.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mastocytosis is a rare disease which occasionally progresses into mast cell leukemia or other myeloid neoplasms. Here we report on a patient with systemic mastocytosis who was found to have a clone with t(X;8)(q2?6;q21.3) and two copies of der(8)t(X;8). In accordance with these results, interphase cytogenetic analysis revealed that 93% of bone marrow cells contained three centromeric regions of chromosome 8. We suggest that the t(X;8) and the duplication of the translocation chromosome 8 may play a role in the progression of the diseases.
    Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics 01/1995; 78(2):236-8. DOI:10.1016/0165-4608(94)90096-5 · 1.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Combined immunophenotyping and karyotyping was performed in seven cases of peripheral T cell lymphoma with complex aberrant clones. Various lymphocytic cell populations entered mitosis, whereas all aberrant cells belonged to the T helper/inducer cell population. Lymphomas with the same recurrent chromosome aberrations, i.e. inversion inv(14)(q11q32.1) and isochromosome i(8)(q10), had a very similar immunophenotype. The aberrant cells in these cases expressed CD3+, CD4+, CD7+, CD45RO+. The immunophenotypic similarity is underlined in one case of T prolymphocytic leukemia, in whom the aberrant cells lost the CD8 antigen originally present, during cultivation with PHA. In one case of Sézary's syndrome, two or possibly even three different clones as well as nonclonal aberrations were identified within the T (helper/inducer) cell population, providing further evidence that chromosomal instability is a characteristic feature of cutaneous T cell lymphoma.
    Leukemia and Lymphoma 10/1994; 15(1-2):113-25. DOI:10.3109/10428199409051685 · 2.89 Impact Factor
  • Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics 08/1994; 75(1):74-6. DOI:10.1016/0165-4608(94)90220-8 · 1.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytogenetic studies were performed in 21 cases of Hodgkin's disease. Fourteen cases revealed chromosomally aberrant clones which could be fully described in 12 cases. Two cases showed different unrelated clones and five cases only single cell aberrations. Recurrent breakpoints were 1p13/21 (six cases), 7q32/34 (five cases), 2p16/21 and 19p13 (four cases each), 4q25/28, 6q15/21 and 12q22/23 (three cases each). In two cases, a translocation between band 19q13 and band 14q11 or 14q32 was found. This finding may indicate that an unknown oncogene in 19p13 is activated by juxtaposition next to a T-cell receptor or immunoglobulin gene in 14q11 or 14q32, respectively. In eight cases each, total or partial monosomy 4 or 6 was present suggesting that tumor suppressor genes in 4q or 6q play a role in tumor development in Hodgkin's disease. Moreover, the aberrant clones lacked the Y-chromosome in men and the second X-chromosome in women in eight out of nine and in two out of three cases, respectively. Although different cell populations, especially T cells, showed mitotic activity in unstimulated short term culture, combined immunophenotyping and karyotyping unequivocally demonstrated that CD30 and CD15 positive Hodgkin and Sternberg-Reed cells represented the chromosomally aberrant clones.
    Leukemia 02/1994; 8(1):72-80. · 9.38 Impact Factor
  • Blood 02/1993; 81(1):265-7. · 10.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cytogenetic and clinical data of 11 patients with de novo myelodysplastic syndromes and partial or total trisomy of the long arm of chromosome 1 are presented. In eight of these patients trisomy 1q was the sole karyotypic change and therefore can be classified as a primary chromosome anomaly. A remarkably young median age of 36.5 years was noticed in this patient group.
    Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics 11/1991; 56(2):243-53. DOI:10.1016/0165-4608(91)90177-V · 1.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 277 untreated multiple myeloma patients of stage 1 (n = 33), II (n = 106) and III (n = 138) entered the study. Patients of stage II presenting a progressive tumor (n = 64) initially or during observation (n = 14) were treated with MivP (remissions: 61%). 138 patients of stage III were randomized to receive MivP or VBAMDex treatment. 51% of MivP treated patients responded versus 70% of the VBAMDex group. 71 responders of stage II and III with stable disease were randomized on Ifn-alpha maintenance versus no maintenance treatment. The relapse rate in both groups was 50% after 7 months. 75% survival was greater than 36 months in stage II and 11 months in stage III patients.
    Onkologie 01/1991; 13(6):458-60. · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Within a multicentre observation study on non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) diagnosed according to the Kiel classification advanced stages III and IV of centrocytic (CC) lymphoma exhibited the worst prognosis among lymphomas of low-grade malignancy with a 5-year survival probability of less than 10 per cent. Treatment had been solely expectative and palliative with treatment results showing a prognostic superiority of patients achieving partial and complete remissions over non-responders. Therefore, a randomized multicentre study was initiated to compare the remission-inducing potential of the COP regimen (Bagley et al., 1972) with that of the more intensive adriamycin-containing CHOP regimen (McKelvey et al., 1976).From 91 newly diagnosed CC lymphomas 63 fulfilled randomization criteria with 37 patients assigned to the COP regimen and 26 patients to the CHOP regimen. Between the COP- and CHOP-treated patients no significant differences could be demonstrated with respect to initial clinical parameters, rate of complete (41 per cent versus 58 per cent) or partial remissions (43 per cent versus 31 per cent), median overall survival probability (32 versus 37 months), relapse-free survival (10 versus 7 months) and rates of relapse (73 per cent versus 67 per cent) and death (57 per cent versus 50 per cent).It can be concluded that CC lymphoma is a typical lymphoma of low-grade malignancy with its inability to reach stable remissions while the demonstration of identical survival probabilities for patients with complete and partial remissions constitutes a unique feature of this lymphoma entity. These observations prove advanced CC lymphoma to represent an incurable neoplastic disease under conventional therapeutic approaches.
    Hematological Oncology 09/1989; 7(5):365 - 380. DOI:10.1002/hon.2900070505 · 2.36 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 1988–1998
    • Universität zu Lübeck
      • Institute of Human Genetics
      Lübeck Hansestadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 1991
    • Städtisches Krankenhaus Kiel
      Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • 1985
    • Universität Heidelberg
      Heidelburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1981
    • University Hospital Essen
      Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany