[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The safest duration of anticoagulation after idiopathic deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is unknown. We conducted a prospective study to assess the optimal duration of vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy considering the risk of recurrence of thrombosis according to residual vein thrombosis (RVT). Patients with a first unprovoked DVT were evaluated for the presence of RVT after 3 months of VKA administration; those without RVT suspended VKA, while those with RVT continued oral anticoagulation for up to 2 years. Recurrent thrombosis and/or bleeding events were recorded during treatment (RVT group) and 1 year after VKA withdrawal (both groups). Among 409 patients evaluated for unprovoked DVT, 33.2% (136 of 409 patients) did not have RVT and VKA was stopped. The remaining 273 (66.8%) patients with RVT received anticoagulants for an additional 21 months; during this period of treatment, recurrent venous thromboembolism and major bleeding occurred in 4.7% and 1.1% of patients, respectively. After VKA suspension, the rates of recurrent thrombotic events were 1.4% and 10.4% in the no-RVT and RVT groups, respectively (relative risk = 7.4; 95% confidence interval = 4.9-9.9). These results indicate that in patients without RVT, a short period of treatment with a VKA is sufficient; in those with persistent RVT, treatment extended to 2 years substantially reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk of recurrent thrombosis.
American Journal of Hematology 07/2011; 86(11):914-7. · 4.00 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Idiopathic thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura-hemolytic uremic syndrome (TTP-HUS) is a rare disease responsive to treatment with plasma exchange (PE) but with a high percentage of relapse or refractory patients. A severe deficiency of ADAMTS-13 (<5% of normal activity), congenital or caused by an autoantibody, may be specific for TTP and it has been proposed that severe ADAMTS-13 deficiency now defines TTP. B cells play a key role in both the development and the perpetuation of autoimmunity, suggesting that B-cell depletion could be a valuable treatment approach for patients with idiopathic TTP-HUS. This review of the literature focuses on the role of rituximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody directed against CD20 antigen expressed by B lymphocytes, in patients with relapsing or refractory TTP-HUS with or without ADAMTS-13 deficiency, suggesting that rituximab may produce clinical remission in a significant proportion of patients. Rituximab therapy reduces plasma requirement and avoids complications related to salvage-immunosuppressive therapy. In conclusion, rituximab provides an effective, well-tolerated, and safe treatment option for patients with idiopathic TTP-HUS, thus giving an alternative approach to the current treatment based on PE.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several publications have focused on the cardiotoxicity of specific classes of hematological therapeutic agents such as antracyclines and cyclofosfamide. Cardiotoxicity of cancer chemotherapeutics is a problem for patients of all ages, but it increases with age. Toxicity can also develop months after the last chemotherapy dose, and late reactions can be seen years later when they present as new-onset cardiomyopathy. No data are available about the cardiotoxicity of non-chemotherapy agents currently used as preferred therapy for hematological malignancy in elderly. In this review we have provided a summary of the cardiovascular toxic effects produced by different drugs and therapeutic agents. Early identification of patients who are at risk for cardiotoxicity should be a primary goal for hematologists in the development of personalized antineoplastic therapeutic strategies or interventions. Thus, the discovery of new biomarkers to identify patients at a high risk for the development of these complications is a high priority. Although targeted therapies such as imatinib and anti-CD20 antibody such rituximab are considered less toxic and better tolerated by patients compared with classic chemotherapy drugs, certain cardiological complications can be very serious and as these agents have been in use for a limited period of time.
Current pharmaceutical design 01/2010; 16(26):2872-9. · 4.41 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Essential thrombocythaemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) share some clinical and pathological features, but show different biological behaviour and prognosis. The latest contributions to understanding the nature of these disorders have focused on bone marrow microenvironment remodelling and proliferative stress, recognising megakaryocytes (MKCs) as "key-cells". The aim of this study was to investigate the apoptotic profile of ET and PMF MKCs in order to further characterise the biology of these disorders.
Bone marrow biopsy samples from 30 patients with ET, and 30 patients with PMF, were immunophenotypically studied for the expression of pro-apoptotic (Fas, Fas-L, Bax, Bad) and anti-apoptotic (Bcl-2, Bcl-XL, hTERT (human telomerase reverse transcriptase)) molecules and the "executioner" molecule caspase-3. The fraction of MKCs undergoing apoptosis was assessed by deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labelling.
Only the mitochondrial pathway seemed to be involved in MKC apoptosis. The anti-apoptotic molecule Bcl-XL was predominantly found in ET MKCs (50.5% of ET MKCs versus 35% of PMF MKCs; p = 0.036), while pro-apoptotic molecules Bax and Bad showed a prevalent expression in PMF MKCs (30.5% of ET MKCs versus 55% of PMF MKCs; 41% of ET MKCs versus 52% of PMF MKCs; p = 0.001 and p = 0.068, respectively). A significant fraction of PMF MKCs were committed to apoptosis according to caspase-3 expression and TUNEL, while only few ET cells were committed to apoptosis. hTERT was significantly more expressed in PMF (32% of ET MKCs versus 46% of PMF MKCs; p = 0.022), in agreement with the proliferative nature of this disease.
It was found that ET and PMF MKCs, which barely differ in terms of morphology and aggregation, are characterised by markedly different apoptotic profiles. The rather high apoptotic fraction of PMF was able to support the fibrotic nature of this process, while the anti-apoptotic profile of ET cells fits well with their "steady" maturative state.
Journal of clinical pathology 05/2009; 62(4):331-8. · 2.43 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The evidence that leukocytes may contribute to the pathogenesis of thrombosis in Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms is increasing but not definitive. To further enforces whether an increased leukocyte count is associated with thrombosis and whether this effect can be modulated by cytoreductive therapy, we analyzed the clinical course of 187 patients with Polycythemia Vera (PV) and Essential Thrombocythemia (ET) followed at two Italian Institutions over a period of 7 years. The association was measured at diagnosis or before thrombotic events: a multivariable analysis was carried out using data at baseline and time-dependent covariates. We found that white blood cells (WBC) count above 9.5 x 10(9)/L at diagnosis (baseline analysis) was associated with thrombosis during the follow-up (Hazard Ratio [HR] of 1.8, p 0.03). At the time-dependent analysis, therapy with hydroxyurea (HU), lowering by 35% the baseline WBC level, reduced such strength of association giving a HR of 1.3 (p value non significant). We found a trend between WBC level and thrombosis in untreated low-risk patients (RR of 1.9, 95% CI 0.9 to 3.1); in high-risk patients treated with HU this correlation was clearly lost (RR 1.1, 95% CI 0.2 to 2.7). Finally, we could not identify the presence of JAK2 (V617F) as a risk factor for thrombosis. Properly designed prospective studies should corroborate such results.
Annals of Hematology 03/2009; 88(10):967-71. · 2.87 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is endemic in Sicily (48 new cases in 2004, of which nine were in Agrigento). In southern Europe between 25-70 per cent of adult VL cases are related to HIV infection. The HIV cases have a high risk (1.5-9%) of developing VL either as a new infection or as the revival of a latent infection. We therefore carried out serologic screening to detect antibodies against L. infantum by IFAT in 1449 blood donors in Agrigento and the surrounding area (May-December 2005) and in 120 HIV+ in western Sicily, all of whom were asymptomatic and had no history of VL. L. DNA was assessed by nested PCR in blood samples of some seropositive donors. Of the 1449 blood donors, 11 (0.75%) were positive by IFAT and three of them were also positive in PCR. L. infantum seropositivity is most probably the expression of recent infection because the clearance of serum antibodies is rather fast (6-12 months) after VL. This is why blood donation by Leishmania seropositive donors, whether positive or negative by PCR, could constitute an infection risk especially for immunosuppressed recipients, who should receive deleukocyted blood. Moreover it could be useful to monitor HIV/Leishmania coinfection cases to avoid the risk of slatentization of L. infection when CD4+ levels are very low.
Le infezioni in medicina: rivista periodica di eziologia, epidemiologia, diagnostica, clinica e terapia delle patologie infettive 04/2008; 16(1):21-7.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To further explore the SAR of resveratrol-related trans-stilbene derivatives, here we describe the synthesis of (a) a series of 3,5-dimethoxy analogues in which a variety of substituents were introduced at positions 2', 3', 4', and 5' of the stilbene scaffold and (b) a second group of derivatives (2-phenylnaphthalenes and terphenyls) that incorporate a phenyl ring as a bioisosteric replacement of the stilbene alkenyl bridge. We thoroughly characterized all of the new compounds with respect to their apoptosis-inducing activity and their effects on the cell cycle. One of the new derivatives, 13g, behaved differently from the others, as it was able to block the cell cycle in the G(0)-G(1) phase and also to induce differentiation in acute myelogenous leukemia HL60 cells. Compared to resveratrol, the synthetic terphenyl 13g showed a more potent apoptotic and differentiating activity. Moreover, it was active on both multidrug resistance and Bcr-Abl-expressing cells that were resistant to resveratrol.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2006; 49(10):3012-8. · 5.61 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Solid second primary cancers (SPC) have become an issue of extensive research. The purpose of the present study was to estimate the standardised incidence ratio (SIR) and the absolute excess risk (AER) of SPC in patients with splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL).
We investigated the incidence of additional cancers in 129 patients consecutively diagnosed with SMZL in three Italian haematological centres, asking the cooperating doctors for additional information on initial and subsequent therapies and on the onset and type of second cancers.
Twelve SPC were recorded (9.3%); the 3- and 5-yr cumulative incidence rates were 5.5% and 18.3% respectively, with an SIR of 2.03 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.05-3.56; P < 0.05; AER = 145.81]. Of 12 SPC observed, four were urinary tract neoplasms (SIR, 3.70; 95% CI: 1.01-9.48; P < 0.05; AER = 70.06), four were lung cancers (SIR, 9.16; 95% CI: 1.41-13.25; P < 0.05; AER = 85.50) and the other four were hepatic carcinoma, endometrial cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
Our findings evidence a high frequency of additional cancers in patients with SMZL and suggest that the incidence rate of SPC is significantly different from that expected in the general population. The frequency of cases with urinary tract and lung malignancies in our series is higher than expected. Although confirmatory data are needed, it is our opinion that SMZL patients are at risk of second cancer and should be carefully investigated on diagnosis and monitored during the follow-up.
European Journal Of Haematology 02/2006; 76(2):134-40. · 2.55 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) is an infrequent B-cell neoplasm that pursues an indolent course. Signs and symptoms, mostly related to hypersplenism, are successfully managed by splenectomy. However, the therapy of patients who are not fit for a surgical procedure or who relapse after splenectomy, is still an unsettled issue.
We report a phase-II study on 16 patients with SMZL, three therapy naïve and 13 pretreated, all showing systemic symptoms or progressive worsening of peripheral cytopenia, who were treated with pentostatin at a dose of 4 mg/m2 every other week for 6-10 wk. In relapsed patients, the median interval between diagnosis and treatment was 26 month (range: 8-49).
Overall, 68% of the patients showed a clinical response. Two out three patients, who received pentostatin as first line therapy, attained a complete response (CR). One CR and seven minor or good haematological responses were recorded in relapsed patients. Treatment toxicity, mostly haematological, proved manageable. With a median follow-up of 35 month the median overall survival (OS) is 40 month and the median progression free survival (PFS) is 18 month.
Our data show that pentostatin administered every other week has a good degree of activity in the treatment of SMZL and suggest that this schedule could be considered a possible therapeutic option for patients who are not fit for splenectomy or have relapsed.
European Journal Of Haematology 09/2005; 75(2):130-5. · 2.55 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pterostilbene and 3,5-hydroxypterostilbene are the natural 3,5-dimethoxy analogs of trans-resveratrol and piceatannol, two compounds which can induce apoptosis in tumor cells. In previous studies we demonstrated the importance of a 3,5-dimethoxy motif in conferring pro-apoptotic activity to stilbene based compounds so we now wanted to evaluate the ability of pterostilbene and 3,5-hydroxypterostilbene in inducing apoptosis in sensitive and resistant leukemia cells. When tested in sensitive cell lines, HL60 and HUT78, 3'-hydroxypterostilbene was 50-97 times more potent than trans-resveratrol in inducing apoptosis, while pterostilbene appeared barely active. However, both compounds, but not trans-resveratrol and piceatannol, were able to induce apoptosis in the two Fas-ligand resistant lymphoma cell lines, HUT78B1 and HUT78B3, and the multi drug-resistant leukemia cell lines HL60-R and K562-ADR (a Bcr-Abl-expressing cell line resistant to imatinib mesylate). Of note, pterostilbene-induced apoptosis was not inhibited by the pancaspase-inhibitor Z-VAD-fmk, suggesting that this compound acts through a caspase-independent pathway. On the contrary, 3'-hydroxypterostilbene seemed to trigger apoptosis through the intrinsic apoptotic pathway: indeed, it caused a marked disruption of the mitochondrial membrane potential delta psi and its apoptotic effects were inhibited by Z-VAD-fmk and the caspase-9-inhibitor Z-LEHD-fmk. Moreover, pterostilbene and 3'-hydroxypterostilbene, when used at concentrations that elicit significant apoptotic effects in tumor cell lines, did not show any cytotoxicity in normal hemopoietic stem cells. In conclusion, our data show that pterostilbene and particularly 3'-hydroxypterostilbene are interesting antitumor natural compounds that may be useful in the treatment of resistant hematological malignancies, including imatinib, non-responsive neoplasms.
The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology 09/2005; 37(8):1709-26. · 4.15 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: New terphenyl derivatives have been synthesized and tested for their effect on cell survival in serum-free cultures. These compounds protected HL60 cells from death and supported their growth with an activity higher than that of the natural 14-hydroxy-retro-retinol. Terphenyls 26 and 28 also possess antiapoptotic activity on neuronal cells, proving them as possible candidates for the treatment of neurodegenerative and ischemic diseases.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 07/2005; 48(13):4293-9. · 5.61 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Outpatient treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has become a common practice in uncomplicated patients. Few data are still present in patients with comorbidity (such as cancer) or concomitant symptomatic pulmonary embolism. Cancer patients with DVT are often excluded from home treatment because they have a higher risk of both bleeding and recurrent DVT. We tested the feasibility and safety of the Home Treatment (HT) program for acute DVT a PE in cancer patients. Patients were treated as outpatients unless they required admission for other medical problems, were actively bleeding or had pain that requires parenteral narcotics. Outpatient treatment was with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) followed by warfarin or with LMWH alone. An educational program for patients was implemented. Two-hundred and seven patients with cancer were evaluated, 36 (17.4%) of whom had metastatic disease. Treatment with LMWH and warfarin was prescribed to 106 (51.2%) and LMWH alone to 102 (48.8%). One hundred and twenty-seven patients (61.3%) were entirely treated at home. There were no differences between patients treated at home and hospitalized patients with regard to gender, mean age, site of cancer, presence of metastases, and treatment. After 6 months, recurrent thrombo-embolism occurred in 8.7% of patients treated at home and in 5.6% of hospitalized patients (P=0.58); major bleeding in 2.0% and 1.5%, respectively (P=0.06). Twenty-seven patients (33%) in the hospitalized, and 33 (26%) in the home-treatment group, died after a follow-up of 6 months. These results indicate that, regarding cancer patients with acute DVT and/or PE, there is no difference between hospitalised and home-treated patients in terms of major outcomes.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Reactivation of hepatitis B virus infection in subjects receiving cytotoxic treatment for heamatological malignancies occurs in 21-53% of chronic HBsAg carriers and in an unknown number of HBsAg negative subjects harbouring occult HBV infection. Immunotherapy with alemtuzumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody against CD52 epitopes on lymphocytes cells produces deep immunosuppression. We describe two subjects with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and occult HBV infection who developed a virological and biochemical flare of hepatitis B following immunotherapy with alemtuzumab. One of them developed full blown hepatitis with seroreversion from anti-HBs to HBsAg after four weeks of alemtuzumab therapy. Lamivudine (100 mg die) achieved a complete clinical recovery and HBV-DNA clearance from blood within 8 weeks. The second patient (HBsAg and HBV-DNA seronegative, anti-HBs and anti-HBc positive before treatment) was kept under prophylaxis with lamivudine up to three months after alemtuzumab. Two months after withdrawal of lamivudine, clinical and laboratory features of acute hepatitis B developed. Lamivudine therapy was restarted and a prompt recovery was obtained with HBsAg and HBV-DNA clearance.
European Journal Of Haematology 04/2005; 74(3):254-8. · 2.55 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Two new series of combretastatin (CA-4) analogues have been prepared. The alkenyl motif of CA-4 was replaced either by a five-membered heterocyclic (isoxazoline or isoxazole) or by a six-membered ring (pyridine or benzene). The new compounds have been evaluated for their effects on tubulin assembly and for cytotoxic and apoptotic activities. Five compounds (18b, 20a, 21a, 34b, and 35b) demonstrated an attractive profile of cytotoxicity (IC50 < 1 microM) and apoptosis-inducing activity but poor antitubulin activity. The isoxazoline derivatives 18b, 20a, and 21a, demonstrated potent apoptotic activity different from that of natural CA-4. Their ability to block most cells in the G2 phase suggests that these compounds could act on targets different from the mitotic spindle. This would indicate activation of both the intrinsic and the extrinsic apoptotic pathways. The data suggest unambiguously that structural alteration of the stilbene motif of CA-4 can be extremely effective in producing potent apoptosis-inducing agents.
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 03/2005; 48(3):723-36. · 5.61 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the level of susceptibility of monocytes and lymphocytes to spontaneously induced and CH11-induced apoptosis in 16 patients with Brucella infection. The expression of some immunological and apoptotic markers was evaluated. Before therapy, monocytes showed a high level of resistance to spontaneously induced or CH11-induced apoptosis in all patients. In patients with acute infection, this resistance persisted for 10-20 days after treatment was initiated, then decreased; in chronically infected patients, it persisted after 45 days of treatment. Lymphocytes were also more resistant to CH11-induced apoptosis. The level of activated CD8(+) T lymphocytes was high in patients with acute infection. The data indicate that the CD95-mediated apoptotic pathway is not involved in CH11 resistance. Lymphocytes are not infected by Brucella, so their resistance to apoptosis may be due to a soluble factor released by infected monocytes. The evaluation of levels of susceptibility to CH11-induced apoptosis in monocytes may be used to test the effectiveness of the therapy.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) can induce an increase in lactic acid concentrations that seems to be caused by mitochondrial dysfunction induced by the interaction of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) with DNA polymerase gamma in the mitochondria. Mitochondrial alterations have been described in liver and muscle cells of NRTI treated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected patients. Because lymphocytes are the main target for HIV and because mitochondria are involved in apoptosis, we studied mitochondrial morphology and apoptosis in the lymphocytes of an HIV infected patient with severe lactic acidosis after treatment with stavudine, didanosine, and indinavir.
The patient was a 39 year old woman. After two years of treatment she developed rapid weight loss with severe fat wasting, peripheral neuropathy, and hyperlacticaemia, which persisted after treatment withdrawal. The numbers and the morphology of the mitochondria were evaluated by electronic microscopy; the percentage of apoptotic cells was calculated by flow cytometry after staining with annexine V and by fluorescent microscopy after staining with ethidium bromide and acridine orange.
The numbers of mitochondria in the lymphocytes were greatly decreased when compared with the lymphocytes of healthy individuals. The most important mitochondrial morphological alterations were swelling and the disruption of cristae and internal mitochondrial structure. These alterations were more evident during the period in which lactic acid values were very high. Moreover, a high percentage of apoptotic lymphocytes was seen. Morphological examination conducted one week after the normalisation of lacticaemia showed a pronounced increase in the number of mitochondria. The morphological alterations were no longer evident, although the size of each mitochondrion was smaller than normal. Moreover, the percentage of apoptotic cells was lower than 5%.
This report describes important morphological alterations in lymphocyte mitochondria in an HIV infected patient during a severe phase of HAART induced hyperlacticaemia. These alterations persisted for several weeks after treatment withdrawal and were associated with an increase in lymphocyte apoptosis. Considering the important role of mitochondria in the apoptotic pathway, the increase in lymphocyte apoptosis may be a consequence of proapoptotic factors released from altered mitochondria.
Journal of Clinical Pathology 03/2003; 56(2):147-51. · 2.44 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: K562 is a chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) cell line expressing BCR-ABL fusion proteins and considered to be resistant to apoptosis induced by several anticancer drugs. Recently, however, it has been observed that etoposide induces apoptosis in K562 cells, even though the phenomenon is evident only at 48-96 hours after treatment. We have studied the effects of daunorubicin (DNR) in K562 and in a multidrug resistant (MDR), P-glycoprotein (P-gp) overexpressing, variant (K562ADR) of this cell line. In K562, DNR 0.25 µg/ml induced 30% and 80% of apoptosis after 48 and 96 hours of treatment, respectively. In K562ADR, a combination of DNR (0.5µg/ml) and cyclosporin A (2µg/ml) able to achieve intracellular and intranuclear levels of DNR similar to those effective in K562, did not induce more than 25% of apoptosis even after 96 hours of treatment. In addition, K562ADR was more resistant than K562 to the apoptotic effects of methotrexate, cisplatin and cytosine arabinoside.The higher resistance of K562ADR to drug-induced apoptosis could not be attributed to changes in the expression of p53, Bcl-2 or Fas. However, at difference of K562 which expresses both p210BCR-ABL and p190BCR-ABL mRNA, K562ADR expressed only p190BCR-ABL mRNA. K562ADR was endowed with a higher tyrosine kinase activity than K562. Genistein, a specific inhibitor of protein tyrosine kinases, and CGP57148B, a specific inhibitor of ABL protein tyrosine kinases, were able to increase apoptosis induced by DNR in both the cell lines. Importantly, under treatment with genistein or CGP57148B and at similar intracellular concentrations of DNR, the extent of apoptosis was almost equal in the two cell lines. On the contrary, genistein did not increase, and actually decreased, apoptosis by DNR in three BCR-ABL-negative leukemic cell lines (HL60, HUT78 and CCRF-CEM). Thus, it appears that, apart from P-gp, the selection of a MDR CML cell line induced also the exclusive expression of p1 90BCR-ABL and of the associated protein tyrosine kinase activity as a specific mechanism of increased resistance to the apoptotic effects of chemotherapeutic drugs.
The Third European Workshop on Cell Death; 02/2002
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We observed that HL60R, a multidrug resistant (MDR) P-glycoprotein (Pgp)-expressing cell variant derived from HL60 leukemic cells, was resistant to apoptosis induced by anticancer drugs both MDR- and not MDR-related. The MDR reversing agent verapamil was able to reverse partially the resistance to daunorubicin (DNR), leading
to a complete block in G2-M, but it was unable to restore the sensitivity to drug
induced apoptosis. While the expression of p53 and BCL-2 was the same in both cell
lines, HL60R cells, in contrast to HL60, did not express Fas/Apo 1 and were resistant
to the anti-Fas agonistic MoAb CH11. To understand whether the loss of Fas expression
plays an important role in the resistance to drug induced apoptosis, sensitive
HL60 cells were treated with DNR in combination with two anti Fas blocking MoAbs,
(DX2 or ZB4,) and two anti FasL blocking MoAbs (NOK-1 or NOK-2). No inhibition of
DNR-induced apoptosis was observed with these blocking MoAbs. Moreover, the exposure
to the caspase 1, 3, 8, and 9 inhibitors (YVAD-CHO, YVAD-CMK, DEVD-CHO, ZLEHD-
fmk respectively) did not modify the percentage of apoptosis induced by DNR in
HL60 cells. However, this percentage was decreased by the pan-caspase inhibitor
ZVAD-fmk. Interestingly, we observed that resistance to apoptosis could be almost
completely inhibited when HL60R cells were treated with the NF-kB inhibitor pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (PDTC). PDTC restored the sensitivity to apoptosis induced by DNR and by different anticancer drugs which are not substrates of Pgp. On the contrary, PDTC conferred a significant protection toward drug induced apoptosis in sensitive HL60
cells. These data indicate that the Pgp expression and the loss of Fas expression are
not implicated in the resistance to drug induced apoptosis. The ability of the NF-kB
inhibitor PDTC to almost completely restore the sensitivity to drug induced apoptosis in
HL60R cells suggests a possible involvement of NF-kB in apoptosis resistance in MDR cells
and may support the possible use of NF-kB inhibitors in drug-resistant malignancies.
37th Congress of the Italian Society of Hematology; 09/1999