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  • Bin Kaderi, Mohamed Arifin, 1978- (författare)
  • Assessment of Novel Molecular Prognostic Markers in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • 2010
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • The clinical course of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is highly heterogeneous, which has prompted the search for biomarkers that can predict prognosis in this disease. The IGHV gene mutation status and certain genomic aberrations have been identified as reliable prognostic markers of clinical outcome for this disorder. However, the search for more feasible prognostic markers in CLL is still being pursued. Recently, certain single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the GNAS1, BCL2 and MDM2 genes and the RNA expression levels of the LPL, ZAP70, TCL1, CLLU1 and MCL1 genes were suggested as novel prognostic markers in CLL. In papers I-III, we performed genotyping analyses of the GNAS1 T393C, BCL2 -938C>A and MDM2 SNP309 polymorphisms in 268-418 CLL patients and related the genotypes with clinical data. Association studies between the polymorphisms and established prognostic markers (i.e. IGHV mutation status, genomic aberrations, CD38 expression) were also performed. Our studies did not find any significant relationship between these SNPs with either clinical outcome or other known prognostic markers in CLL. In paper IV, we measured the RNA expression levels of LPL, ZAP70, TCL1, CLLU1 and MCL1 in 252 CLL cases and correlated these levels with clinical outcome. Here, we verified that high expression of all these RNA-based markers, except MCL1, were associated with an unfavourable prognosis. We also confirmed a close relationship between IGHV mutation status and the RNA-based markers, especially for LPL and CLLU1 expression. Among the RNA-based markers, multivariate analysis revealed LPL expression as the strongest independent prognostic marker for overall survival and time to treatment. Furthermore, the RNA-based markers could add further prognostic information to established markers in subgroups of patients, with LPL expression status giving the most significant results. In summary, data from papers I-III could not verify the GNAS1 T393C, BCL2 -938C>A and MDM2 SNP309 polymorphisms as prognostic markers in CLL. Future SNP markers must hence be confirmed in large, independent cohorts before being proposed as prognostic marker in CLL. In paper IV, we conclude that LPL expression appears to be the strongest among the RNA-based markers for CLL prognostication. Further efforts to standardize LPL quantification are required before it can be applied in the clinical laboratory to predict clinical outcome in this disease.
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  • Norberg, Maria, 1976- (författare)
  • In Vitro Drug Sensitivity and Apoptosis in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • 2010
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a heterogeneous malignancy displaying varying clinical outcome, where molecular markers today can divide patients into prognostic subgroups. Despite the introduction of new agents for treatment, remissions are usually not sustained in CLL and resistance towards treatment can partly be explained by aberrant apoptosis. The aim of this thesis was to find new drugs for CLL patients resistant to conventional therapy and to analyze genes involved in apoptosis within different prognostic subgroups. In paper I-II, the in vitro activity of substances was investigated using the fluorometric microculture cytotoxicity assay (FMCA). When evaluating rapamycin (paper I), an inhibitor of mTOR, in 97 tumor samples from different entities, CLL was found to be one of the most sensitive tumor types. Combination experiments on patient CLL cells indicated that rapamycin acted synergistically with the CLL drugs vincristine and chlorambucil. An investigation of 20 anti-cancer agents in cells from 40 CLL patients (paper II) revealed that prednisolone and rolipram displayed high activity in poor-prognostic patients, in particular IGHV unmutated CLL. Furthermore, when used in combination these agents were found to produce a synergistic effect. In paper III, the anti-apoptotic BCL2 family member BFL1 was evaluated in 37 CLL cases. Levels of BFL1 were higher in fludarabine-resistant patients compared to fludarabine-sensitive patients. In addition, the high expression of BFL1 inversely correlated to fludarabine-induced apoptosis in CLL cells. A single nucleotide polymorphism in the anti-apoptotic BCL2 gene (-938C>A) has been suggested as a novel poor-prognostic marker in CLL. In paper IV, we investigated this BCL2 polymorphism in 268 CLL patients and correlated genotypes to clinical data. However, no association could be confirmed between this polymorphism and clinical outcome or established prognostic markers. In conclusion, this thesis has shown that rapamycin is a potential drug for treatment in CLL. Furthermore, prednisolone and rolipram were identified as interesting candidates for treatment of poor-prognostic patients. Finally, the anti-apoptotic protein BFL1 may contribute to chemoresistance and hence represents a potential therapeutic target in CLL, whereas from our data, the BCL2 -938C>A polymorphism does not appear to have any prognostic significance.
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  • Lundin, Anna-Carin (författare)
  • Tendinosis in Trigger Finger
  • 2017
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Trigger finger is one of the most common hand conditions, with a prevalence of almost 3%. The aetiology remains unclear even though many causes have been suggested. The prevailing paradigm is that the pathogenesis of trigger finger is ascribed to primary changes in the first fibrous condensation of the tendon sheath (A1-pulley). Several studies have investigated pathology in the pulley, but few have investigated the tendon. The general aim of this thesis was to find out if there is pathology in the trigger finger tendon and to define it.We first looked at trigger finger tendon biopsies in a light microscope, and found that they were histologically different from healthy tendons. They showed signs of micro-ruptures, collagen degradation, increased amounts of ground substance, both hyper- and hypo-cellular areas, round active cell nuclei and absence of inflammatory cells, all similar to tendinosis. The histological picture was further assessed by using a scoring system for Achilles tendinosis. The trigger finger tendons scored high, suggesting a similar histopathology.Next, we performed a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) on trigger finger tendons. We assessed the mRNA expression of 10 genes, which have been described to be differently expressed in Achilles tendinosis (collagen 1 and 3, versican, decorin, biglycan, aggrecan, MMP-2, MMP-3, ADAMTS-5, and TIMP-3). The overall expression pattern agreed with previous studies on Achilles tendinosis, suggesting that the cellular function in trigger finger tendons is disturbed in a similar way as in Achilles tendinosis.Recent experimental and observational research has suggested potential side effects of statin treatment on tendons, but firm evidence was lacking. We performed an epidemiological study on two large population-based cohorts. Statin use was found to increase the risk of both trigger finger and tendinosis in the shoulder and Achilles tendons, especially among men. This suggests a similar pathology in trigger finger and tendinosis.We have also studied the time to treatment effect after a single injection of glucocorticoid in trigger finger. Our results suggest that 60-80% of patients can expect resolution of the triggering within 14 days, and half of them within seven days. This result allows correct information to be given to the patient and proper planning of follow-ups.In conclusion, the pathology in trigger finger tendons is similar to tendinosis in other tendons.
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  • Slind Olsen, Renate (författare)
  • Circulating and genetic factors in colorectal cancer : Potential factors for establishing prognosis?
  • 2017
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Colorectal cancer (CRC) is defined as a cancer appearing in the colon or in the rectum. In Sweden, ~ 6300 individuals were diagnosed with the disease in 2014 and ~ 2550 individuals diagnosed with CRC die each year due to their cancer. Surgery is the main treatment option of CRC and a survival rate of ~ 10 % is estimated if distant metastases have developed. It is therefore of importance to find factors that may be useful together with tumour, node, metastasis (TNM) stage to establish early CRC diagnosis, prognosis and follow-up of CRC patients. The aim of this thesis was to study the possible association of CD93, PLA2G4C, PDGF-D and inflammatory cytokines with CRC disease progression.In a prospective study approach CD93 and PLA2G4C single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were of potential importance in CRC prognosis.The T/T genotype of CD93 was associated with an increased CD93 expression in CRC tissue. Further, CRC patients carrying this genotype were associated with disseminated CRC at diagnosis and a lower recurrence-free survival after surgery. The A allele of a SNP of PLA2G4C was a stronger predictor for CRC-specific mortality than the conventional risk factors used in the clinic for selection of TNM stage II patients for adjuvant treatment. This indicates that the T/T genotype of CD93 and the A allele of PLA2G4C may be potential genetic factors related to disease severity and spread. Furthermore, they distinguish CRC patients that may benefit from a more comprehensive follow-up and adjuvant treatment.To study the putative involvement of PDGF-D in CRC the effects of PDGF-D signalling was studied in vitro. PDGF-D signalling altered the expression of genes of importance in CRC carcinogenesis and proliferation which was blocked by imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. This indicates that PDGF-D signalling may be an important pathway in CRC progression and a potential target in CRC treatment.The analysis of various inflammatory cytokines in plasma at diagnosis showed an association between high levels and increased total- or CRC-specific mortality two years after surgery. High levels of CCL1 and CCL24 was the only cytokines strongly correlated with a worse CRC prognosis after statistical adjustments and may be of interest for further evaluation.In conclusion, this thesis presents circulating and genetic factors such as CD93, PLA2G4C, PDGF-D, CCL1 and CCL24 that may be of importance in CRC progression and may be of clinical value together with TNM stage in establishing prognosis.
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  • Halldórsdóttir, Anna Margrét, 1973- (författare)
  • Genetic and Epigenetic Profiling of Mantle Cell Lymphoma and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • 2011
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) both belong to the group of mature B-cell malignancies. However, MCL is typically clinically aggressive while the clinical course of CLL varies. CLL can be divided into prognostic subgroups based on IGHV mutational status and into multiple subsets based on closely homologous (stereotyped) B-cell receptors. In paper I we investigated 31 MCL cases using high-density 250K single-nucleotide polymorphism arrays and gene expression arrays. Although most copy-number aberrations (CNAs) were previously reported in MCL, a novel deletion was identified at 20q (16%) containing the candidate tumor suppressor gene ZFP64. A high proliferation gene expression signature was associated with poor prognosis, large CNAs, 7p gains and 9q losses. Losses at 1p/8p/13q/17p were associated with increased genomic complexity. In paper II we sequenced exons 4 to 8 of the TP53 gene in 119 MCL cases. 17p copy-number status was known from previous studies or determined by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction. TP53 mutations were detected in 14% of cases and were strongly associated with poor survival while 17p deletions were more common (32%) but did not predict survival. In papers III and IV we applied high-resolution genomic 27K methylation arrays to 20 MCL and 39 CLL samples. In paper III MCL displayed a homogenous methylation profile without correlation with the proliferation signature whereas MCL was clearly separated from CLL. Gene ontology analysis revealed enrichment of developmental genes, in particular homeobox transcription factor genes, among targets methylated in MCL. In paper IV we compared three different stereotyped CLL subsets: #1 (IGHV unmutated), #2 (IGHV3-21) and #4 (IGHV mutated). Many genes were differentially methylated between each two subsets and immune response genes (e.g. CD80 and CD86) were enriched among genes methylated in subset #1 but not in subsets #2/#4. In summary, CNAs were frequent and not random in MCL. Specific CNAs correlated with a high proliferation gene expression signature or genomic complexity. TP53 mutations predicted short survival whereas 17p deletions did not. A high proliferation signature was not associated with differential DNA methylation in MCL, which demonstrated a homogeneous methylation pattern. In contrast, genomic methylation patterns differed between MCL and CLL and between stereotyped CLL subsets.
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  • Toporski, Jacek, et al. (författare)
  • High-dose iodine-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine with haploidentical stem cell transplantation and posttransplant immunotherapy in children with relapsed/refractory neuroblastoma.
  • 2009
  • Ingår i: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. - : Elsevier. - 1083-8791. ; 15:9, s. 1077-1085
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • We evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of using high-dose iodine-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine ((131)I-MIBG) followed by reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) and transplantation of T cell-depleted haploidentical peripheral blood stem cells (designated haplo-SCT) to treat relapsing/refractory neuroblastoma (RRNB). Five RRNB patients were enrolled: 4 with relapse (3 after autologous SCT) and 1 with induction therapy failure. The preparative regimen included high-dose (131)I-MIBG on day -20, followed by fludarabine (Flu), thiotepa, and melphalan (Mel) from day -8 to -1. Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized, T cell-depleted haploidentical paternal stem cells were infused on day 0 together with cultured donor mesenchymal stem cells. A single dose of rituximab was given on day +1. After cessation of short immunosuppression (mycophenolate, OKT3), 4 children received donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI). (131)I-MIBG infusion and RIC were well tolerated. All patients engrafted. No primary acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) was observed. Four children developed aGVHD after DLI and were successfully treated. Analysis of immunologic recovery showed fast reappearance of potentially immunocompetent natural killer (NK) and T cells, which might have acted as effector cells responsible for the graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effect. Two children are alive and well, with no evidence of disease 40 and 42 months after transplantation. One patient experienced late progression with new bone lesions (sternum) 38 months after haplo-SCT, and is being treated with local irradiation and reinstituted DLI. One patient rejected the graft, was rescued with autologous backup, and died of progressive disease 5 months after transplantation. Another child relapsed 7 months after transplantation and died 5 months later. High-dose (131)I-MIBG followed by RIC and haplo-SCT for RRNB is feasible and promising, because 2 of 5 children on that regimen achieved long-lasting remission. Further studies are needed to evaluate targeted therapy and immune-mediated tumor control in high-risk neuroblastoma.
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  • Dahlberg, Johan, 1988- (författare)
  • Genetic Cartography at Massively Parallel Scale
  • 2018
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is revolutionizing genomics. In this work we use, refine, and develop new tools for the discipline.MPS has led to the discovery of multiple novel subtypes in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). In Study I we screen for fusion genes in 134 pediatric ALL patients, including patients without an assigned subtype. In approximately 80% of these patients we detect novel or known fusion gene families, most of which display distinct methylation and expression patterns. This shows the potential for improvements in the clinical stratification of ALL. Large sample sizes are important to detect recurrent somatic variation. In Study II we investigate if a non-index overlapping pooling schema can be used to increase sample size and detect somatic variation. We designed a schema for 172 ALL samples and show that it is possible to use this method to call somatic variants.Around the globe there are many ongoing and completed genome projects. In Study III we sequenced the genome of 1000 Swedes to create a reference data set for the Swedish population. We identified more than 10 million variants that were not present in publicly available databases, highlighting the need for population-specific resources. Data, and the tools developed during this study, have been made publicly available as a resource for genomics in Sweden and abroad.The increased amount of sequencing data has created a greater need for automation. In Study IV we present Arteria, a computational automation system for sequencing core facilities. This system has been adopted by multiple facilities and has been used to analyze thousands of samples. In Study V we developed CheckQC, a program that provides automated quality control of Illumina sequencing runs. These tools make scaling up MPS less labour intensive, a key to unlocking the full future potential of genomics.The tools, and data presented here are a valuable contribution to the scientific community. Collectively they showcase the power of MPS and genomics to bring about new knowledge of human health and disease.
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  • Juliusson, Gunnar, et al. (författare)
  • Age and acute myeloid leukemia : real world data on decision to treat and outcomes from the Swedish Acute Leukemia Registry
  • 2009
  • Ingår i: Blood. - Washington D.C. : American Society of Haematology. - 0006-4971 .- 1528-0020. ; 113:18, s. 4179-4187
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is most common in the elderly, and most elderly are thought to be unfit for intensive treatment because of the risk of fatal toxicity. The Swedish Acute Leukemia Registry covers 98% of all patients with AML (nonacute promyelocytic leukemia) diagnosed in 1997 to 2005 (n = 2767), with a median follow-up of 5 years, and reports eligibility for intensive therapy, performance status (PS), complete remission rates, and survival. Outcomes were strongly age and PS dependent. Early death rates were always lower with intensive therapy than with palliation only. Long-term survivors were found among elderly given intensive treatment despite poor initial PS. Total survival of elderly AML patients was better in the geographic regions where most of them were given standard intensive therapy. This analysis provides unique real world data from a large, complete, and unselected AML population, both treated and untreated, and gives background to treatment decisions for the elderly. Standard intensive treatment improves early death rates and long-term survival compared with palliation. Most AML patients up to 80 years of age should be considered fit for intensive therapy, and new therapies must be compared with standard induction.
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  • Kaderi, Mohd Arifin, et al. (författare)
  • LPL is the strongest prognostic factor in a comparative analysis of RNA-based markers in early chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • 2011
  • Ingår i: Haematologica (online). - : Ferrata Storti Foundation. - 0390-6078 .- 1592-8721. ; 96:8, s. 1153-1160
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • BACKGROUND: The expression levels of LPL, ZAP70, TCL1A, CLLU1 and MCL1 have recently been proposed as prognostic factors in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. However, few studies have systematically compared these different RNA-based markers. DESIGN AND METHODS: Using real-time quantitative PCR, we measured the mRNA expression levels of these genes in unsorted samples from 252 newly diagnosed chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients and correlated our data with established prognostic markers (for example Binet stage, CD38, IGHV gene mutational status and genomic aberrations) and clinical outcome. RESULTS: High expression levels of all RNA-based markers, except MCL1, predicted shorter overall survival and time to treatment, with LPL being the most significant. In multivariate analysis including the RNA-based markers, LPL expression was the only independent prognostic marker for overall survival and time to treatment. When studying LPL expression and the established markers, LPL expression retained its independent prognostic strength for overall survival. All of the RNA-based markers, albeit with varying ability, added prognostic information to established markers, with LPL expression giving the most significant results. Notably, high LPL expression predicted a worse outcome in good-prognosis subgroups, such as patients with mutated IGHV genes, Binet stage A, CD38 negativity or favorable cytogenetics. In particular, the combination of LPL expression and CD38 could further stratify Binet stage A patients. CONCLUSIONS: LPL expression is the strongest RNA-based prognostic marker in chronic lymphocytic leukemia that could potentially be applied to predict outcome in the clinical setting, particularly in the large group of patients with favorable prognosis.
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  • Geisler, Christian H., et al. (författare)
  • The Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index (MIPI) is superior to the International Prognostic Index (IPI) in predicting survival following intensive first-line immunochemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT)
  • 2010
  • Ingår i: Blood. - : American Society of Hematology. - 0006-4971 .- 1528-0020. ; 115:8, s. 1530-1533
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) has a heterogeneous clinical course. The recently proposed Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index (MIPI) predicted the survival of MCL better than the International Prognostic Index in MCL patients treated with conventional chemotherapy, but its validity in MCL treated with more intensive immunochemotherapy has been questioned. Applied here to 158 patients of the Nordic MCL2 trial of first-line intensive immunochemotherapy followed by high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation, the MIPI and the simplified MIPI (s-MIPI) predicted survival significantly better (P < .001) than the International Prognostic Index (P > .004). Both the MIPI and the s-MIPI mainly identified 2 risk groups, low and intermediate versus high risk, with the more easily applied s-MIPI being just as powerful as the MIPI. The MIPI(B) (biological), incorporating Ki-67 expression, identified almost half of the patients as high risk. We suggest that also a simplified MIPI(B) is feasible.
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