[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) promotes proliferation, survival, and differentiation of myeloid-linage leukemic cells, as well as normal hematopoietic cells. Terminal granulocytic differentiation can be induced in acute promyelocytic (APL) cell line HT93A by G-CSF and all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Because the detailed mechanism has never been shown, we investigated the signal transduction pathway in granulocytic differentiation by G-CSF, alone or in combination with ATRA.
HT93A cell viability and growth were investigated by trypan blue exclusion assay. Cell differentiation was assessed by CD11b and CD34 expressions. Intracellular protein expressions were also evaluated by flow cytometry after fixation and permeabilization.
ATRA (100 nM) induced granulocytic differentiation (upregulation of CD11b and downregulation of CD34) and the effect was potentiated by addition of G-CSF, while G-CSF alone had no effect on HT93A cells. The addition of G-CSF to ATRA had little or no effect on NB4 and THP-1 cells in comparison to ATRA alone. G-CSF receptor expression was reduced by ATRA treatment in a time-dependent manner. After 5 days' incubation with ATRA, the expression levels of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 3, and phosphorylated STAT3 and STAT5, were significantly reduced. STAT5 was strongly activated by G-CSF stimulation in ATRA-pretreated cells in comparison to untreated cells. In contrast, STAT3 showed no response to G-CSF. Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor ruxolitinib (320 nM) had little or no effect on ATRA-induced differentiation, but eliminated the enhancing effect of G-CSF, as evidenced by the levels of CD11b and CD34 expression. These results suggest G-CSF activates STAT5 through the JAK pathway in combination with ATRA, resulting in myeloid differentiation in HT93A cells.
In conclusion, activation of the JAK-STAT pathway is likely essential for inducting differentiation in the APL cell line HT93A; thus, monitoring its expression and activation is important for predicting clinical efficacy and understanding the mechanisms of cytokine-dependent myelopoiesis, proliferation, and differentiation of acute myeloid leukemia.
Cancer Cell International 12/2015; 15(1):30. DOI:10.1186/s12935-015-0176-2 · 2.77 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have previously shown the clinical usefulness of Wilms' tumor 1 gene (WT1) mRNA expression in peripheral blood (PB) as a minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring marker in 191 acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients using the WT1 mRNA assay kit "Otsuka" (Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; "former kit"). In contrast, the usefulness of WT1 mRNA expression in bone marrow (BM) has been investigated in only a limited number of subjects using former kit. Following that previous study, a next-generation kit, WT1 mRNA assay kit II "Otsuka" (Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; "new kit") has been newly developed. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the performance of the new kit and to investigate the clinical usefulness of WT1 mRNA expression in BM. The PB and BM were collected on the same day from 164 blood disease patients, including 118 AML patients. WT1 mRNA expression was determined using the new and former kits and the values obtained were compared. The performance of new kit was shown to be equivalent to that of former kit. As reported in PB, WT1 mRNA expression in BM was found to be a useful marker for monitoring disease status as well as for a diagnosis of early stage relapse in AML patients.
International journal of hematology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12185-015-1882-1 · 1.92 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the bone marrow, hematopoietic cells proliferate and differentiate in close association with a three-dimensional (3D) hematopoietic microenvironment. Previously, we established a 3D bone marrow culture system. In this study, we analyzed the kinetics of hematopoietic cells, and more than 50% of hematopoietic progenitor cells, including CFU-Mix, CFU-GM and BFU-E in 3D culture were in a resting (non-S) phase. Furthermore, we examined the hematopoietic supportive ability of stromal cells by measuring the expression of various mRNAs relevant to hematopoietic regulation. Over the 4 weeks of culture, the stromal cells in the 3D culture are not needlessly activated and "quietly" regulate hematopoietic cell proliferation and differentiation during the culture, resulting in the presence of resting hematopoietic stem cells in the 3D culture for a long time. Thus, the 3D culture system may be a new tool for investigating hematopoietic stem cell-stromal cell interactions in vitro.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The significance of red blood cell distribution width (RDW) was evaluated in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the chronic phase (CP). Eighty-four patients with newly-diagnosed CML-CP treated with any tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) were analyzed. Patients were divided into two groups: a low-RDW group (RDW values ≤15%, n=31) and a high-RDW group (RDW values >15%, n=53). The 5-year event-free survival (EFS) and transformation-free survival (TFS) rates differed significantly between the low- and high-RDW groups (100% and 68%, respectively, in EFS, p=0.0071 and 100% and 81%, respectively, in TFS, p=0.039). The stratification by RDW had an impact on overall 5-year survival (100% in the low and 77% in the high RDW groups, p=0.047). We conclude that the RDW has a critical role in risk stratification of CML-CP patients for predicting treatment responses and outcomes.
Anticancer research 10/2015; 35(10):5473-5478. · 1.83 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The clinical significance of concurrent expression of MYC and BCL2 protein, known as "double-expressor lymphoma" (DEL), among patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell lymphomas remains unclear. We performed a retrospective analysis of 38 patients treated with a salvage treatment consisting of rituximab, ifosfamide, etoposide, cytarabine and dexamethasone followed by consolidative high-dose chemotherapies. A total of 17 cases (45%) were categorized as DEL using immunohistochemical assay with a cut-off value of positivity of 40% for MYC and 50% for BCL2, respectively. DEL was associated with a lower overall response rate (35% vs 71%, p = 0.0481), worse 2-year progression-free survival (9% vs 67%, p = 0.001), and overall survival (35% vs 71%, p = 0.037). This analysis suggests that DEL is common among patients with relapsed/refractory aggressive B-cell lymphomas, and that such patients require novel treatment strategies.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a rare tumor that usually arises in the skin. Most patients develop skin lesions, which may be isolated and subsequently spread to affect the whole body. The prognosis is poor. Although BPDCN is usually treated by chemotherapy, radiation therapy is used in some cases (e.g., isolated lesions, elderly patients, or patients with comorbidities). The overall therapeutic efficacy and dose of radiation therapy remain unknown. We herein present a case of successful radiation treatment for BPDCN in a 77-year-old Japanese patient and describe the results of the first literature review on BPDCN of the skin initially treated with radiation therapy. The patient developed a raised, tender, pruritic skin lesion on his left forearm and similar multiple disseminated lesions on his right shoulder and precordial region. Histological and immunohistochemical examination of biopsy specimens of the skin lesions on the left forearm and right shoulder established a diagnosis of BPDCN. The other multiple skin lesions were considered to be disseminated BPDCN. The patient declined chemotherapy and instead elected radiation therapy for the lesion on his left forearm (total of 30 Gy). The skin lesion regressed until only pigmentation was present on the forearm, but the untreated lesions rapidly expanded. Although BPDCN of the skin may respond favorably to initial radiation therapy, it tends to recur in the short term. The optimal dose of radiation therapy remains unclear. Our findings provide a baseline for future research.
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine 07/2015; 8(5):8204-9. · 1.28 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Even after the advent of rituximab, clinical outcomes of conventional immuno-chemotherapy for high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) remain unsatisfactory. We retrospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of R-Double-CHOP (R-D-CHOP), consisting of rituximab (375 mg/m(2), day -2), cyclophosphamide (750 mg/m(2), day 1, 2), doxorubicin (50 mg/m(2), day 1, 2), vincristine [1.4 mg/m(2) (maximum 2.0 mg/body), day 1], and prednisolone (50 mg/m(2), day 1-5), followed by consolidation high-dose chemotherapy. This treatment was given to 51 de novo DLBCL patients with a median age of 54 (range 19-65), who were categorized as high/high-intermediate risk by the age-adjusted International Prognostic Index. Treatment was given every 3 weeks up to three courses. The overall response and the complete response rate for R-D-CHOP were 94 and 78 %, respectively. A total of 30 responders proceeded to high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (HDC/ASCT), whereas 16 received high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) alternatively. The 3-year overall survival and the event-free survival for all patients were 78 and 61 %, respectively. Major adverse events included hematological toxicities, but there were no treatment-related deaths during the observation period. We conclude that the R-D-CHOP regimen followed by HDC/ASCT or HD-MTX is a promising treatment option for younger patients with highly advanced DLBCL.
International Journal of Hematology 03/2015; 101(6). DOI:10.1007/s12185-015-1780-6 · 1.92 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Dasatinib is a BCR-ABL kinase inhibitor with improved potency compared with imatinib, for which efficacy and safety in imatinib-resistant and imatinib-intolerant patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) have been established. Here, an open-label phase II study evaluated the efficacy and safety of dasatinib in 50 Japanese patients with imatinib-resistant or imatinib-intolerant CML during the chronic phase (CML-CP). Dasatinib was effective in imatinib-resistant and imatinib-intolerant patients. After 12 months of dasatinib therapy, 35 patients (70%) had achieved a major molecular response (MMR) and 16 patients (32%) had achieved a complete molecular response (CMR). Among the imatinib-resistant CML-CP cohort, 21 and 8 patients had achieved an MMR and a CMR after 12 months of dasatinib therapy, respectively. Among the imatinib-intolerant CML-CP cohort, 14 and 8 patients had achieved an MMR and a CMR after 12 months of dasatinib therapy, respectively. After 18 months of dasatinib therapy, 38 out of 50 patients (76.0%) had achieved an MMR and 19 patients (38.0%) had achieved a CMR. A lower level of BCR-ABL transcript at 1 or 3 months after the initiation of dasatinib treatment was more strongly correlated with the BCR-ABL transcript level at 12 and 18 months (p ＜ 0.001) than a higher level of BCR-ABL. The T315I mutation was identified in two patients receiving dasatinib therapy. Dasatinib was generally well tolerated, with only 3 patients (5%) having treatment discontinuation as a result of adverse hematologic events (thrombocytopenia, anemia, neutropenia) and/or non-hematologic events at a 12-month follow-up evaluation. Dasatinib was a safe and effective treatment for Japanese patients with imatinib-resistant or imatinib-intolerant CML. In addition, the molecular response at 1 or 3 months predicted a response to dasatinib at 12 or 18 months.
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology 12/2014; 54(3):197-204. DOI:10.3960/jslrt.54.197
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Retinoids and 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) induce differentiation of myeloid leukemia cells into granulocyte and macrophage lineages, respectively. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), which is effective in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia, can induce differentiation of other types of myeloid leukemia cells, and combined treatment with retinoid and 1,25(OH)2D3 effectively enhances the differentiation of leukemia cells into macrophage-like cells. Recent work has classified macrophages into M1 and M2 types. In this study, we investigated the effect of combined treatment with retinoid and 1,25(OH)2D3 on differentiation of myeloid leukemia THP-1 and HL60 cells. 9-cis Retinoic acid (9cRA) plus 1,25(OH)2D3 inhibited proliferation of THP-1 and HL60 cells and increased myeloid differentiation markers including nitroblue tetrazolium reducing activity and expression of CD14 and CD11b. ATRA and the synthetic retinoic acid receptor agonist Am80 exhibited similar effects in combination with 1,25(OH)2D3 but less effectively than 9cRA, while the retinoid X receptor agonist HX630 was not effective. 9cRA plus 1,25(OH)2D3 effectively increased expression of M2 macrophage marker genes, such as CD163, ARG1 and IL10, increased surface CD163 expression, and induced interleukin-10 secretion in myeloid leukemia cells, while 9cRA alone had weaker effects on these phenotypes and 1,25(OH)2D3 was not effective. Taken together, our results demonstrate selective induction of M2 macrophage markers in human myeloid leukemia cells by combined treatment with 9cRA and 1,25(OH)2D3.
PLoS ONE 11/2014; 9(11):e113722. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0113722 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Abstract We investigated the role of ETV6/ARG fusion genes by exposing the HT93A cell line to nilotinib. HT93A cells were cultured with or without nilotinib ± 50 ng/ml of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). Nilotinib treatment inhibited cell growth by increasing the percentage of cells in the G0/G1 phase through the decrease of phosphorylated STAT3 (Y705), STAT5 (Y694), and c-Myc expression. After stimulation with G-CSF, STAT5 but not STAT3 was significantly phosphorylated in both nilotinib-treated and untreated cells. Moreover, combination therapy with nilotinib and G-CSF returned the expression level of c-Myc, cell growth, and cell cycle distribution to the control level. These findings suggest that the ETV6/ARG oncoprotein contributes to autonomous cell growth by compensating for the requirement of growth factor through activating STAT5 signaling, which leads to the upregulation of c-Myc. Our data suggest that ETV6/ARG oncoprotein is a potential target in the treatment of leukemia.
Leukemia and Lymphoma 11/2014; 56(8):1-26. DOI:10.3109/10428194.2014.982643 · 2.89 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose:
The introduction of all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) has significantly improved outcomes for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), although a subset of patients still suffer relapse. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of maintenance therapy with the synthetic retinoid tamibarotene in APL.
Patients and methods:
Patients with newly diagnosed APL in molecular remission at the end of consolidation therapy were randomly assigned to receive ATRA or tamibarotene, both orally, for 14 days every 3 months for up to 2 years.
A total of 347 patients were enrolled. Of the 344 eligible patients, 319 (93%) achieved complete remission. After completing three courses of consolidation therapy, 269 patients underwent maintenance random assignment. The relapse-free survival (RFS) rate at 4 years was 84% for the ATRA arm and 91% for the tamibarotene arm (hazard ratio [HR], 0.54; 95% CI, 0.26 to 1.13). When the analysis was restricted to 52 high-risk patients with an initial WBC count ≥ 10.0 × 10(9)/L, the intergroup difference was statistically significant, with 4-year RFS rates of 58% for the ATRA arm and 87% for the tamibarotene arm (HR, 0.26; 95% CI, 0.07 to 0.95). For patients with non-high-risk disease, the HR was 0.82 (95% CI, 0.32 to 2.01). The test for interaction between treatment effects and these subgroups resulted in P = .075. Both treatments were generally well tolerated.
In this trial, no difference was detected between ATRA and tamibarotene for maintenance therapy. In an exploratory analysis, there was a suggestion of improved efficacy of tamibarotene in high-risk patients, but this requires further study.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors has dramatically improved outcomes for many patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), but some cases are resistant to this treatment. To compare the prognostic performance of Sokal, Hasford, and European Treatment and Outcome Study (EUTOS) scores, patient outcomes and treatment responses were investigated following the European LeukemiaNet (ELN) 2013 recommendations. Seventy-three patients with newly diagnosed chronic-phase CML (CML-CP) treated with any tyrosine kinase inhibitor as initial therapy were analyzed. All scoring systems significantly predicted treatment response at 3 and 6 months; however, only the EUTOS score significantly predicted treatment response at 12 months, following the ELN 2013 recommendations. The 5-year event-free survival rates were 93 and 35 % in the low- and high-risk groups according to the EUTOS score (P < 0.0001). Moreover, the 5-year overall survival rates were 98 and 51 % in the low- and high-risk groups by EUTOS score (P < 0.0001). We suggest that the EUTOS score may provide a better stratification of CML-CP patients for predicting treatment response.
International Journal of Hematology 08/2014; 100(4). DOI:10.1007/s12185-014-1649-0 · 1.92 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report a 68-years-old woman with systemic sclerosis and interstitial pneumonia (IP). She had developed subacute progressively encephalopathy and dementia while treated with oral cyclophosphamide and prednisolone. She admitted to our hospital because of syncope. Laboratory tests indicated slight elevated cerebrospinal fluid protein, and levels of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), levels of soluble IL-2 receptor was normal. But, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain showed multiple infarct-like lesions mainly in the white matter, which mimics progressive multiple leukoencephalopathy (PML). Twenty days after admission, the retested MRI of the brain disclosed initial lesions progressively enlarged and numbers of the lesions were increased. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for JC virus of cerebrospinal fluid was negative. To make diagnosis, brain biopsy was performed. Microscopic examination revealed that small vessels were filled with lymphoma cells (CD20+, CD79+, CD3-), and intravascular lymphoma (IVL) was diagnosed. She treated with regimens of R-CHOP. After chemotherapy her consciousness and dementia were gradually improved. IVL of central nerve system (CNS) is a rare disease, and its common symptoms are ischemia, infarction and dementia. Diagnosis of IVL of CNS is difficult when the lesion mimics PML, and patient with similar laboratory examinations and radiographic findings of PML should undergo brain biopsy detected malignant cell in small vessels, which is a value of diagnosis.
Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology 05/2014; 37(2):111-5. DOI:10.2177/jsci.37.111
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although there are several case reports of human parvovirus B19 infection in patients with hereditary spherocytosis, no systematic reviews of adult patients with hereditary spherocytosis with human parvovirus B19 infection have been published as clinical case reports. In this study, we report a case of aplastic crisis due to human parvovirus B19 infection in an adult patient with hereditary spherocytosis.
A 33-year-old woman with hereditary spherocytosis and gallstones was admitted because of rapid progress in marked anemia and fever. Although empiric antibiotic therapy was prescribed, her clinical symptoms and liver function test worsened. Because the anti-human parvovirus B19 antibody and deoxyribonucleic acid levels assessed by polymerase chain reaction were positive, the patient was diagnosed with aplastic crisis due to the human parvovirus B19 infection.
We collected and reviewed several case reports of patients with hereditary spherocytosis aged > 18 years with human parvovirus B19 infection between 1984 and 2010. A total of 19 reports with 22 cases [median age, 28 years (range, 18-43 range); male: female ratio, 6:16], including the present case were identified. The male-to-female ratio of 6:16 implied that younger females were predominantly affected. Although fever and abdominal symptoms were common initial symptoms, liver dysfunction or skin eruptions were less commonly documented. Anti-human parvovirus B19 antibody or deoxyribonucleic acid levels assessed by polymerase chain reaction was commonly used to diagnose human parvovirus B19 infection and may be useful to distinguish human parvovirus B19 infection from other abdominal infection in patients with hereditary spherocytosis.
BMC Research Notes 03/2014; 7(1):137. DOI:10.1186/1756-0500-7-137
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT We retrospectively evaluated the safety and efficacy of high-dose chemotherapy consisting of cyclophosphamide, etoposide and ranimustine (CEM) with autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) in 55 adult patients with relapsed or high-risk de novo diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) or DLBCL associated with follicular lymphoma. This included 36 patients in the upfront setting in their first complete remission. The median follow-up of 42 patients surviving at the time of the analysis was 52 months (range 1-159). Relapse or disease progression after PBSCT was a frequent cause of death, but no therapy-related mortality associated with PBSCT was observed. The 5-year overall survival and progression-free survival were 70.6% (95% CI, 54.0-82.1) and 57.0% (95% CI, 39.5-71.2), respectively. Chronic renal impairment, therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome and prostate cancer were the major late complications. The CEM regimen is a tolerable, effective conditioning regimen for autologous PBSCT for DLBCL, with no therapy-related mortality observed.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recently, the presence of CEBPA mutation was identified as an important prognostic factor for normal karyotype (NK) acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Because AML with CEBPA mutation is closely associated with CD7, CD15, CD34, and HLA-DR expression, we investigated the prognostic implications of CD7+ CD15+ CD34+ HLA-DR + immunophenotype in NK-AML. We analyzed the immunophenotype of 329 patients with NK-AML from the Japan Adult Leukemia Study Group (JALSG) AML97 population. NK-AML with the CD7+ CD15+ CD34+ HLA-DR + immunophenotype was classified as the CEBPA type, and NK-AML that did not meet this criterion was considered as the non-CEBPA type. The influence of the CEBPA status on event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) was assessed using log-rank test and a multivariate Cox proportional hazard regression model. Furthermore, the surface antigen expression profile in AML according to the CEBPA mutation status (monoallelic or biallelic) was also investigated. Of the 329 NK-AML patients that were studied, 39 and 243 were classified as having CEBPA and non-CEBPA type NK-AML, respectively. Patients with CEBPA type NK-AML had significantly better EFS and OS than those with non-CEBPA type NK-AML. Multivariate analysis showed that the CEBPA type and white blood cell (WBC) counts of >20 × 10(9)/L were independent prognostic factors for EFS and OS. Moreover, NK-AML with the biallelic CEBPA mutation was more closely associated with CD34 positivity than that with the monoallelic CEBPA mutation. NK-AML with the CD7+ CD15+ CD34+ HLA-DR + immunophenotype is a clinically discrete entity, and this may have a possible role in risk stratification.
Annals of Hematology 01/2014; 93(6). DOI:10.1007/s00277-014-2013-4 · 2.63 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The effects of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and valproic acid (VPA), alone and in combination, on the human acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) cell line NB4 were investigated in view of differentiation induction and growth inhibition. After 48 h of treatment, not only ATRA but also VPA induced differentiation in NB4 cells, and their combination further augmented the differentiation activity. Furthermore, the upregulation of transcription factors including CCAAT/enhancer-binding proteins (CEBPα, β, ε) and PU.1, which are known to be critical factors for normal myelopoiesis, granulocytic maturation and being repressed in APL, concurred with the differentiation induction. A significant cell growth inhibition was observed after the treatment with VPA, which was further strengthened by the addition of ATRA. Given the importance of C/EBPs and PU.1 in myeloid development, these results, thus, suggest that restoration of the normal function of the myeloid cell transcriptional machinery is a major molecular mechanism underlying the differentiation induction in NB4. Therefore, these results may provide novel insights into a possible combinational therapeutic approach for APL patients.
International Journal of Oncology 12/2013; 44(3). DOI:10.3892/ijo.2013.2236 · 3.03 Impact Factor