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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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  • Pettersson, Ulf (författare)
  • Människoraser, finns dom?
  • 2009
  • Ingår i: Rasen och vetenskapen. - Uppsala : Centrum för multietnisk forskning / Programmet för studier kring Förintelsen och folkmord. - 9789197743426 - 978-9186624-96-2 ; , s. 13-22
  • Bokkapitel (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Föredrag från föreläsningsserien Rasen och vetenskapen vid Uppsala universitet våren 2008. Artikeln av professorn i medicinsk genetik Ulf Pettersson (Uppsala) behandlar rasbegreppets ställning i människans utvecklingshistoria inom genetiken.
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  • Karypidis, A.-H., et al. (författare)
  • Deletion polymorphism of the UGT2B17 gene is associated with increased risk for prostate cancer and correlated to gene expression in the prostate
  • 2008
  • Ingår i: The Pharmacogenomics Journal. - Avenet, NJ : Nature Pub. Group. - 1470-269X .- 1473-1150. ; 8:2, s. 147-151
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Metabolism of androgens includes glucuronidation, the major pathway of steroid elimination in several steroid target tissues. Glucuronidation is catalysed by UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs). UGT2B17 has been shown to be particularly active against androgens and is highly abundant in the prostate. Recently, we discovered that deletion of the UGT2B17 gene is associated with low or undetectable urinary testosterone levels. Here, we determined the phenotypic outcome of the deletion by quantifying the UGT2B17 mRNA expression in normal prostate tissues in individuals with different genotypes. Additionally, the frequency of UGT2B17 deletion polymorphism was studied in a Swedish population-based case–control study including 176 patients diagnosed with prostate cancer and 161 controls. We found that the individuals homozygous for the insertion allele expressed 30 times more UGT2B17 mRNA in prostate tissue than the heterozygotes. Carriers of the deletion allele had a significantly increased risk of prostate cancer (OR=2.07; 95% CI=1.32–3.25). In conclusion, these results show the UGT2B17 deletion polymorphism is associated with prostate cancer risk. 
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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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  • 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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  • Nord, Helena, 1980- (författare)
  • Application of Genomic and Expression Arrays for Identification of new Cancer Genes
  • 2010
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Copy number variation (CNV) comprises a recently discovered kind of variation involving deletion and duplication of DNA segments of variable size, ranging from a few hundred basepairs to several million. By altering gene dosage levels or disrupting proximal or distant regulatory elements CNVs create human diversity. They represent also an important factor in human evolution and play a role in many disorders including cancer. Array-based comparative genomic hybridization as well as expression arrays are powerful and suitable methods for determination of copy number variations or gene expression changes in the human genome. In paper I we established a 32K clone-based genomic array, covering 99% of the current assembly of the human genome with high resolution and applied it in the profiling of 71 healthy individuals from three ethnic groups. Novel and previously reported CNVs, involving ~3.5% of the genome, were identified. Interestingly, 87% of the detected CNV regions overlapped with known genes indicating that they probably have phenotypic consequences. In papers II through IV we applied this platform to different tumor types, namely two collections of brain tumors, glioblastoma (paper II) and medulloblastoma (paper III), and a set of bladder carcinoma (paper IV) to identify chromosomal alterations at the level of DNA copy number that could be related to tumor initiation/progression. Tumors of the central nervous system represent a heterogeneous group of both benign and malignant neoplasms that affect both children and adults. Glioblastoma and medulloblastoma are two malignant forms. Glioblastoma often affects adults while the embryonal tumor medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor among children. The detailed profiling of 78 glioblastomas, allowed us to identify a complex pattern of aberrations including frequent and high copy number amplicons (detected in 79% of samples) as well as a number of homozygously deleted loci. These regions encompassed not only previously reported oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes but also numerous novel genes. In paper III, a subset of 26 medulloblastomas was analyzed using the same genomic array. We observed that alterations involving chromosome 17, especially isochromosome 17q, were the most common genomic aberrations in this tumor type, but copy number alterations involving other chromosomes: 1, 7 and 8 were also frequent. Focal amplifications, on chromosome 1 and 3, not previously described, were also detected. These loci may encompass novel genes involved in medulloblastoma development. In paper IV we examined for the presence of DNA copy number alterations and their effect on gene expression in a subset of 21 well-characterized Ta bladder carcinomas, selected for the presence or absence of recurrences. We identified a number of novel genes as well as a significant association between amplifications and high-grade and recurrent tumors which might be clinically useful. The results derived from these studies increase our understanding of the genetic alterations leading to the development of these tumor forms and point out candidate genes that may be used in future as targets for new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.
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  • Björn, Niclas, et al. (författare)
  • Genes and variants in hematopoiesis-related pathways are associated with gemcitabine/carboplatin-induced thrombocytopenia
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: The Pharmacogenomics Journal. - : Nature Publishing Group. - 1470-269X .- 1473-1150. ; 20:2, s. 179-191
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Chemotherapy-induced myelosuppression, including thrombocytopenia, is a recurrent problem during cancer treatments that may require dose alterations or cessations that could affect the antitumor effect of the treatment. To identify genetic markers associated with treatment-induced thrombocytopenia, we whole-exome sequenced 215 non-small cell lung cancer patients homogeneously treated with gemcitabine/carboplatin. The decrease in platelets (defined as nadir/baseline) was used to assess treatment-induced thrombocytopenia. Association between germline genetic variants and thrombocytopenia was analyzed at single-nucleotide variant (SNV) (based on the optimal false discovery rate, the severity of predicted consequence, and effect), gene, and pathway levels. These analyses identified 130 SNVs/INDELs and 25 genes associated with thrombocytopenia (P-value < 0.002). Twenty-three SNVs were validated in an independent genome-wide association study (GWAS). The top associations include rs34491125 in JMJD1C (P-value = 9.07 × 10−5), the validated variants rs10491684 in DOCK8 (P-value = 1.95 × 10−4), rs6118 in SERPINA5 (P-value = 5.83 × 10−4), and rs5877 in SERPINC1 (P-value = 1.07 × 10−3), and the genes CAPZA2 (P-value = 4.03 × 10−4) and SERPINC1 (P-value = 1.55 × 10−3). The SNVs in the top-scoring pathway “Factors involved in megakaryocyte development and platelet production” (P-value = 3.34 × 10−4) were used to construct weighted genetic risk score (wGRS) and logistic regression models that predict thrombocytopenia. The wGRS predict which patients are at high or low toxicity risk levels, for CTCAE (odds ratio (OR) = 22.35, P-value = 1.55 × 10−8), and decrease (OR = 66.82, P-value = 5.92 × 10−9). The logistic regression models predict CTCAE grades 3–4 (receiver operator characteristics (ROC) area under the curve (AUC) = 0.79), and large decrease (ROC AUC = 0.86). We identified and validated genetic variations within hematopoiesis-related pathways that provide a solid foundation for future studies using genetic markers for predicting chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia and personalizing treatments.
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  • Rostami, Elham, 1979-, et al. (författare)
  • BDNF polymorphism predicts general intelligence after penetrating traumatic brain injury
  • 2011
  • Ingår i: PLOS ONE. - 1932-6203. ; 6:11, s. e27389-
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Neuronal plasticity is a fundamental factor in cognitive outcome following traumatic brain injury. Brain-derivedneurotrophic factor (BDNF), a member of the neurotrophin family, plays an important role in this process. While thereare many ways to measure cognitive outcome, general cognitive intelligence is a strong predictor of everyday decisionmaking,occupational attainment, social mobility and job performance. Thus it is an excellent measure of cognitive outcomefollowing traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although the importance of the single-nucleotide polymorphisms polymorphism oncognitive function has been previously addressed, its role in recovery of general intelligence following TBI is unknown. Wegenotyped male Caucasian Vietnam combat veterans with focal penetrating TBI (pTBI) (n = 109) and non-head injuredcontrols (n = 38) for 7 BDNF single-nucleotide polymorphisms. Subjects were administrated the Armed Forces QualificationTest (AFQT) at three different time periods: pre-injury on induction into the military, Phase II (10–15 years post-injury, andPhase III (30–35 years post-injury). Two single-nucleotide polymorphisms, rs7124442 and rs1519480, were significantlyassociated with post-injury recovery of general cognitive intelligence with the most pronounced effect at the Phase II timepoint, indicating lesion-induced plasticity. The genotypes accounted for 5% of the variance of the AFQT scores,independently of other significant predictors such as pre-injury intelligence and percentage of brain volume loss. Thesedata indicate that genetic variations in BDNF play a significant role in lesion-induced recovery following pTBI. Identifying theunderlying mechanism of this brain-derived neurotrophic factor effect could provide insight into an important aspect ofpost-traumatic cognitive recovery.
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