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  1. Allogenic bone grafts in post-traumatic juxta-articular defects: Need for allogenic bone banking.

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    Mishra, Anil Kumar; Vikas, Rohit; Agrawal, H S

    2017-07-01

    Allogenic bone banking provide both structural and granular bone grafts for various orthopaedic, spinal, oncological and dental surgeries. However allogenic bones, presently, are not readily available. This article discusses the clinical applications of the allogenic grafts, the screening criteria and procedure for maintenance of such a bone banking facility. This article demonstrates the effective role of allogenic bone in a case of post-traumatic bone loss situation and discusses the growing need and present situation of bone banking in our country.

  2. Post-traumatic growth in survivors of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Jeon, Mijin; Yoo, Il Young; Kim, Sue; Lee, Jehwan

    2015-08-01

    This study aimed to understand factors related to post-traumatic growth (PTG) in patients who received allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), building baseline data for developing intervention programs to enhance PTG in HSCT survivors. A self-report survey was administered to 100 patients who received HSCT within the last 5 years. The Post-traumatic Growth Inventory, Impact of Event Scale-Revised, Perceived Social Support Scale, and Healthcare Professional's Support Scale were used, as well as items on demographic and clinical characteristics. Standard deviations of frequency and percentage, Chi-squared test between genders, independent t-test, correlation analysis between independent variables and extent of PTG, and regression analysis were conducted. The PTG levels of HSCT survivors were statistically significantly higher when participants were women, carried out more religious activities, had higher educational levels, or utilized nurse counseling. The 'intrusive thinking' traumatic impact subcategory, as well as social support and support from healthcare professionals, were found to be highly related to PTG scores. Upon multiple regression analysis, factors with greatest influence on PTG in HSCT survivors were support from healthcare professionals, followed in order, by social support, utilization of nurse counseling, intrusive thinking, and frequency of religious activities. We suggest implementing programs for HSCT patients to enhance support from healthcare professionals and to increase post-traumatic growth through greater utilization of nurse counseling, self-help meetings, and writing. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: a single-center experience.

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    Luo, Lan; Zhang, Lin; Cai, Bo; Li, Honghua; Huang, Wenrong; Jing, Yu; Zhu, Haiyan; Zhao, Yu; Bo, Jian; Wang, Quanshun; Han, Xiaoping; Yu, Li; Gao, Chunji

    2014-01-08

    Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) is a rare and serious complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) or solid organ transplantation. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the occurrence of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease in allo-HSCT recipients over 12 years in a single center in China. A total of 343 patients received allo-HSCT. The conditioning therapy consisted of a busulfan/cyclophosphamide-based regimen, a fludarabine/cyclophosphamide-based regimen, or total-body irradiation and cyclophosphamide. In transplantations from unrelated donors and haplo-identical donors, patients also received antithymocyte globulin (ATG) or thymoglobulin as part of the conditioning. Five of the 343 patients (1.46%) were diagnosed with PTLD and all 5 were given ATG as part of conditioning. Among these 5 patients, 4 had lymphoid neoplasm before transplantation. EBV-positivity was confirmed in 4 patients. All 5 PTLD patients received reduction of immunosuppression (RI) as fundamental therapy. At follow-up on April 1, 2013, 1 patient had survived for 2 years and 1 had survived for 9 years. The correlation of PTLD with ATG and underlying diseases were examined by statistical analysis using the chi-squared test or Fisher's exact test (P=0.011 and 0.025, respectively). Although only 1.46% of patients progressed to PTLD associated with ATG and underlying diseases, the mortality was still high. Moreover, RI can be an effective therapy for PTLD patients, but other approaches should be further explored.

  4. Cost minimization analysis of preoperative erythropoietin vs autologous and allogeneic blood donation in total joint arthroplasty.

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    Green, William Scott; Toy, Pearl; Bozic, Kevin J

    2010-01-01

    Autologous blood donation and erythropoietin (EPO) have been shown to be effective in reducing allogeneic blood transfusion, but the cost-effectiveness of these interventions remains unclear. A cost minimization analysis was performed, comparing the total costs of allogeneic blood transfusion strategy and autologous and allogeneic blood transfusion strategy for 161 primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) and 195 total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients. An EPO cost minimization model was constructed using a previously published algorithm for blood management after total joint arthroplasty. The least costly strategy was autologous blood donation in combination with allogeneic blood for THA and TKA patients at $856 and $892 per patient, respectively. The most costly strategy was allogeneic only at $1769 and $1352 per THA and TKA patient, respectively. The EPO strategy model predicted costs similar to the autologous and allogeneic. A strategy that combines autologous blood donation with EPO for patients who cannot donate autologous blood may provide the greatest cost savings and minimize allogeneic blood transfusion.

  5. Minimal residual disease monitoring after allogeneic transplantation may help to individualize post-transplant therapeutic strategies in acute myeloid malignancies.

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    Díez-Campelo, María; Pérez-Simón, José Antonio; Pérez, Jose; Alcoceba, Miguel; Richtmon, Juan; Vidriales, Belén; San Miguel, Jesús

    2009-03-01

    This study evaluates the prognostic value of minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring by multiparametric flow cytometry in 41 patients with acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome undergoing allogeneic transplantation. MRD assessment after transplant (day +100) allowed to discriminate different risk populations, being the most significant cut-off value for outcome level of MRD < or > or = 10(-3). Outcome was significantly better among patients with low (<10(-3)) versus high (> or = 10(-3)) MRD at day +100 after transplant. Thus, overall survival was 73% versus 25% at 4 years among patients with low versus high MRD at day +100 after transplant (P = 0.002); 74% of patients with low MRD were event free at 4 years as compared to 17% among patients with high MRD (P = 0.01). In multivariate analysis, MRD value as well as chronic GVHD significantly influenced outcome. In conclusion, MRD monitoring early post-transplant is an important tool for outcome prediction and should be considered in decision making after allogeneic transplantation.

  6. Spectral analysis of allogeneic hydroxyapatite powders

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    Timchenko, P. E.; Timchenko, E. V.; Pisareva, E. V.; Vlasov, M. Yu; Red’kin, N. A.; Frolov, O. O.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the application of Raman spectroscopy to the in vitro analysis of the hydroxyapatite powder samples produced from different types of animal bone tissue during demineralization process at various acid concentrations and exposure durations. The derivation of the Raman spectrum of hydroxyapatite is attempted by the analysis of the pure powders of its known constituents. Were experimentally found spectral features of hydroxyapatite, based on analysis of the line amplitude at wave numbers 950-965 cm-1 ((PO4)3- (ν1) vibration) and 1065-1075 cm-1 ((CO3)2-(ν1) B-type replacement). Control of physicochemical properties of hydroxyapatite was carried out by Raman spectroscopy. Research results are compared with an infrared Fourier spectroscopy.

  7. Immune reconstitution post allogeneic transplant and the impact of immune recovery on the risk of infection.

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    Mehta, Rohtesh S; Rezvani, Katayoun

    2016-11-16

    Infection is the leading cause of non-relapse mortality after allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). This occurs as a result of dysfunction to the host immune system from the preparative regimen used prior to HCT, combined with a delay in reconstitution of the donor-derived immune system after HCT. In this article, we elaborate on the process of immune reconstitution post-HCT that begins with the innate system and is followed by recovery of adaptive immunity. Simultaneously, we describe how the tempo of immune reconstitution influences the risk of various infections. We explain some of the key differences in immune reconstitution and the consequent risk of infections in recipients of peripheral blood stem cell, bone marrow or umbilical cord blood grafts. Other factors that impact on immune recovery are also highlighted. Finally, we allude to various strategies that are being tested to enhance immune reconstitution post-HCT.

  8. Risk factors for Epstein-Barr virus-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Uhlin, Michael; Wikell, Helena; Sundin, Mikael; Blennow, Ola; Maeurer, Markus; Ringden, Olle; Winiarski, Jacek; Ljungman, Per; Remberger, Mats; Mattsson, Jonas

    2014-02-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a successful treatment for hematologic malignancies and a variety of genetic and metabolic disorders. In the period following stem cell transplantation, the immune-compromised milieu allows opportunistic pathogens to thrive. Epstein-Barr virus-associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease can be a life-threatening complication for transplanted patients because of suppressed T-cell-mediated immunity. We analyzed possible risk factors associated with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease in a cohort of over 1,000 patients. The incidence of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease was 4%. Significant risk factors identified by multivariate analysis were: human leukocyte antigen-mismatch (P<0.001), serological Epstein-Barr virus mismatch recipient-/donor+ (P<0.001), use of reduced intensity conditioning (P=0.002), acute graft-versus-host disease grade II to IV (P=0.006), pre-transplant splenectomy (P=0.008) and infusion of mesenchymal stromal cells (P=0.015). The risk of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease has increased in more recent years, from less than 2% before 1998 to more than 6% after 2011. Additionally, we show that long-term survival of patients with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease is poor despite initial successful treatment. The 3-year survival rate among the 40 patients with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease was 20% as opposed to 62% among patients without post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (P<0.001). The study identifies patients at risk of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease after transplantation in need of pre-emptive measures.

  9. Chemoselection of Allogeneic HSC After Murine Neonatal Transplantation Without Myeloablation or Post-transplant Immunosuppression

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    Falahati, Rustom; Zhang, Jianqing; Flebbe-Rehwaldt, Linda; Shi, Yimin; Gerson, Stanton L; Gaensler, Karin ML

    2012-01-01

    The feasibility of allogeneic transplantation, without myeloablation or post-transplant immunosuppression, was tested using in vivo chemoselection of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) after transduction with a novel tricistronic lentiviral vector (MGMTP140K-2A-GFP-IRES-TK (MAGIT)). This vector contains P140K-O6-methylguanine-methyltransferase (MGMTP140K), HSV-thymidine kinase (TKHSV), and enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) enabling (i) in vivo chemoselection of HSC by conferring resistance to benzylguanine (BG), an inhibitor of endogenous MGMT, and to chloroethylating agents such as 1,3-bis(2-chloroethyl)nitrosourea (BCNU) and, (ii) depletion of proliferating cells such as malignant clones or transduced donor T cells mediating graft versus host disease (GVHD), by expression of the suicide gene TKHSV and Ganciclovir (GCV) administration. Non-myeloablative transplantation of transduced, syngeneic, lineage-depleted (Lin−) BM in neonates resulted in 0.67% GFP+ mononuclear cells in peripheral blood. BG/BCNU chemoselection, 4 and 8 weeks post-transplant, produced 50-fold donor cell enrichment. Transplantation and chemoselection of major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-mismatched MAGIT-transduced Lin− BM also produced similar expansion for >40 weeks. The efficacy of this allotransplant approach was validated in Hbbth3 heterozygous mice by correction of β-thalassemia intermedia, without toxicity or GVHD. Negative selection, by administration of GCV resulted in donor cell depletion without graft ablation, as re-expansion of donor cells was achieved with BG/BCNU treatment. These studies show promise for developing non-ablative allotransplant approaches using in vivo positive/negative selection. PMID:22871662

  10. PD-1 blockade for relapsed lymphoma post-allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant: high response rate but frequent GVHD.

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    Haverkos, Bradley M; Abbott, Diana; Hamadani, Mehdi; Armand, Philippe; Flowers, Mary E; Merryman, Reid; Kamdar, Manali; Kanate, Abraham Sebastian; Saad, Ayman; Mehta, Amitkumar; Ganguly, Siddhartha; Fenske, Timothy S; Hari, Parameswaran; Lowsky, Robert; Andritsos, Leslie; Jagasia, Madan; Bashey, Asad; Brown, Stacey; Bachanova, Veronika; Stephens, Deborah; Mineishi, Shin; Nakamura, Ryotaro; Chen, Yi-Bin; Blazar, Bruce R; Gutman, Jonathan; Devine, Steven M

    2017-07-13

    Given the limited treatment options for relapsed lymphoma post-allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (post-allo-HCT) and the success of programmed death 1 (PD-1) blockade in classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) patients, anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are increasingly being used off-label after allo-HCT. To characterize the safety and efficacy of PD-1 blockade in this setting, we conducted a multicenter retrospective analysis of 31 lymphoma patients receiving anti-PD-1 mAbs for relapse post-allo-HCT. Twenty-nine (94%) patients had cHL and 27 had ≥1 salvage therapy post-allo-HCT and prior to anti-PD-1 treatment. Median follow-up was 428 days (range, 133-833) after the first dose of anti-PD-1. Overall response rate was 77% (15 complete responses and 8 partial responses) in 30 evaluable patients. At last follow-up, 11 of 31 patients progressed and 21 of 31 (68%) remain alive, with 8 (26%) deaths related to new-onset graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after anti-PD-1. Seventeen (55%) patients developed treatment-emergent GVHD after initiation of anti-PD-1 (6 acute, 4 overlap, and 7 chronic), with onset after a median of 1, 2, and 2 doses, respectively. GVHD severity was grade III-IV acute or severe chronic in 9 patients. Only 2 of these 17 patients achieved complete response to GVHD treatment, and 14 of 17 required ≥2 systemic therapies. In conclusion, PD-1 blockade in relapsed cHL allo-HCT patients appears to be highly efficacious but frequently complicated by rapid onset of severe and treatment-refractory GVHD. PD-1 blockade post-allo-HCT should be studied further but cannot be recommended for routine use outside of a clinical trial. © 2017 by The American Society of Hematology.

  11. Post-allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) changes in inorganic salivary components.

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    Boer, C C; Correa, M E P; Tenuta, L M A; Souza, C A; Vigorito, A C

    2015-09-01

    Recent studies have considered the qualitative and quantitative assessment of salivary flow, as well the biochemical components of saliva, as possible biomarkers that might contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGHVD) in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate prospectively the inorganic salivary status at different periods of allogeneic HSCT. Saliva collection and oral examination were performed prior to the HSCT, ​between days 8 and 10, days 80 and 100, and at the cGVHD onset. Concentrations of calcium (Ca), phosphate (Pi), chloride (Cl), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K), and sodium (Na) were performed using colorimetric reactions and atomic absorption. Fifty-five consecutive patients undergoing first allogeneic HSCT were included in this study. Between days 8 and 10, the salivary flow rate was significantly higher (p = 0.05), Pi concentration was decreased (p = 0.007), and Na and Cl were increased (p = 0.001 and p = 0.001, respectively), compared with the baseline. Salivary flow rate during the same period showed a negative correlation with Pi concentration (p = 0.02) and a positive correlation with Na and Cl concentrations (p = 0.003 and p = 0.001, respectively). The salivary flow rate was decreased between days 80 and 100 (p = 0.02) and Na, Cl, and K concentrations were increased (p = 0.03, p = 0.02, and p = 0.003, respectively). Salivary flow rate showed a negative correlation with Na and Cl (p = 0.01 and p = 0.013, respectively). At cGVHD onset, the salivary flow rate showed no statistical difference compared with the other studied periods. A trend was observed in the higher Na concentration compared with the baseline (p = 0.06) and Pi concentration presented a significant decrease (p = 0.004). Ca and Mg concentrations showed no changes during all evaluation periods. The present study showed changes in inorganic

  12. [Donor lymphocyte infusions as adoptive immunotherapy in patients with relapsed hematologic neoplasms post-allogenic transplant of hematopoietic progenitor cells].

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    Riera, L; Koziner, B

    2000-01-01

    An increasing body of literature has documented the usefulness of donor lymphocyte infusions in inducing remissions in patients relapsing post allogeneic hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation. Efficacy was shown to depend on the disease entity; the best results have been reported in chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase, where the remission rate varied between 60 and 80%. In acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes the remission rate ranged between 20 and 40% and in multiple myeloma the response rate was approximately 40%. In contrast, results have been poor in acute lymphoid leukemia with only 10-20% and even lower reported responses. Considering the efficacy of donor lymphocyte infusions in inducing responses in several hematologic neoplasias post allogeneic transplantation, as will be described in detail in this review, it is justified to anticipate an increasing role for this modality of treatment in relapsed non transplanted patients and as maintenance of the responses achieved with chemotherapy at conventional or high doses.

  13. Comparable outcomes post allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant for patients with de novo or secondary acute myeloid leukemia in first remission.

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    Michelis, F V; Atenafu, E G; Gupta, V; Kim, D D; Kuruvilla, J; Lipton, J H; Loach, D; Seftel, M D; Uhm, J; Alam, N; Lambie, A; McGillis, L; Messner, H A

    2015-07-01

    Secondary AML (sAML) has a poor prognosis with conventional chemotherapy alone. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is beneficial for high-risk AML. Data comparing outcomes of transplants for patients with de novo and sAML are limited. We compared outcomes of patients transplanted for de novo and sAML in first complete remission and investigated the effect of age, HCT comorbidity index (HCT-CI) and karyotype in both groups. A total of 264 patients with de novo (n=180) and sAML (n=84) underwent allogeneic HCT between 1999 and 2013. Median age at transplant was 51 years (range 18-71), median follow-up of survivors was 77 months. Evaluation of all patients demonstrated no significant difference between de novo and sAML for overall survival (P=0.18), leukemia-free survival (P=0.17), cumulative incidence of relapse (P=0.51) and non-relapse mortality (P=0.42). Multivariable and propensity score analyses confirmed the comparable outcomes between de novo and sAML post transplant. Although sAML demonstrates outcomes inferior to de novo AML treated with chemotherapy alone, outcomes following allogeneic HCT are comparable between the two groups.

  14. High-dose, post-transplantation cyclophosphamide to promote graft-host tolerance after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Luznik, Leo

    2010-01-01

    Graft-versus-host disease, or GVHD, is a major complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. Here, we describe a novel method for preventing GVHD after alloHSCT using high-dose, post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (Cy). Post-transplantation Cy promotes tolerance in alloreactive host and donor T cells, leading to suppression of both graft rejection and GVHD after alloHSCT. High-dose, post-transplantation Cy facilitates partially HLA-mismatched HSCT without severe GVHD and is effective as sole prophylaxis of GVHD after HLA-matched alloHSCT. By reducing the morbidity and mortality of alloHSCT, post-transplantation Cy may expand the applications of this therapy to the treatment of autoimmune diseases and non-malignant hematologic disorders such as sickle cell disease. PMID:20066512

  15. Retrospective analysis of fluoroquinolone prophylaxis in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Simondsen, Katherine A; Reed, Michael P; Mably, Mary S; Zhang, Yang; Longo, Walter L

    2013-12-01

    Patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant are at a high risk for infection-related mortality in the immediate post-transplantation phase. Prophylaxis with a fluoroquinolone is now recommended to reduce this risk with the stipulation that surveillance for increased fluoroquinolone resistance Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea be conducted. We conducted a retrospective chart review of 48 patients who underwent an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant and received a fluoroquinolone for prophylaxis and 48 patients who underwent an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant who did not receive a fluoroquinolone for prophylaxis. All patients received the same standard antifungal, antiviral and anti-pneumocystis prophylaxis. Patients receiving fluoroquinolone prophylaxis had a lower incidence of febrile neutropenia than those not receiving prophylaxis, though the difference was not found to be statistically significant (83% vs. 67%, p = 0.098). Similar non-significant improvements in the number of positive cultures recovered during an episode of febrile neutropenia and antimicrobial days were noted. No significant increase in fluoroquinolone resistance, Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea, or in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections were noted. Our single institution experience with fluoroquinolone prophylaxis for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients supports continuation of this practice. Expansion to autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients may be appropriate based on guideline recommendations and our institution-specific experience with fluoroquinolone prophylaxis.

  16. Plasma biomarkers of risk for death in a multicenter phase 3 trial with uniform transplant characteristics post-allogeneic HCT.

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    Abu Zaid, Mohammad; Wu, Juan; Wu, Cindy; Logan, Brent R; Yu, Jeffrey; Cutler, Corey; Antin, Joseph H; Paczesny, Sophie; Choi, Sung Won

    2017-01-12

    A phase 3 clinical trial (BMT CTN 0402) comparing tacrolimus/sirolimus (Tac/Sir) vs tacrolimus/methotrexate (Tac/Mtx) as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis after matched-related allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) recently showed no difference between study arms in acute GVHD-free survival. Within this setting of a prospective, multicenter study with uniform GVHD prophylaxis, conditioning regimen, and donor source, we explored the correlation of 10 previously identified biomarkers with clinical outcomes after allogeneic HCT. We measured biomarkers from plasma samples collected in 211 patients using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Tac/Sir = 104, Tac/Mtx = 107). High suppression of tumorigenicity-2 (ST2) and T-cell immunoglobulin mucin-3 (TIM3) at day 28 correlated with 2-year nonrelapse mortality in multivariate analysis (P = .0050, P = .0075, respectively) and in a proportional hazards model with time-dependent covariates (adjusted hazard ratio: 2.43 [1.49-3.95], P = .0038 and 4.87 [2.53-9.34], P < .0001, respectively). High ST2 and TIM3 correlated with overall survival. Chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 9 (CXCL9) levels above the median were associated with chronic GVHD compared with levels below the median in a time-dependent proportional hazard analysis (P = .0069). Low L-Ficolin was associated with hepatic veno-occlusive disease (P = .0053, AUC = 0.80). We confirmed the correlation of plasma-derived proteins, previously assessed in single-center cohorts, with clinical outcomes after allogeneic HCT within this prospective, multicenter study. © 2017 by The American Society of Hematology.

  17. Autologous Infant and Allogeneic Adult Red Cells Demonstrate Similar Concurrent Post-Transfusion Survival in Very Low Birth Weight Neonates

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    Widness, John A.; Kuruvilla, Denison J.; Mock, Donald M.; Matthews, Nell I.; Nalbant, Demet; Cress, Gretchen A.; Schmidt, Robert L.; Strauss, Ronald G.; Zimmerman, M. Bridget; Veng-Pedersen, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Objective Based on the hypothesis that neonatal autologous red blood cell (RBC) survival (RCS) is substantially shorter than adult RBC, we concurrently tracked the survival of transfused biotin-labeled autologous neonatal and allogeneic adult RBC into ventilated, very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. Study design RBC aliquots from the first clinically ordered, allogeneic adult RBC transfusion and from autologous infant blood were labeled at separate biotin densities (BioRBC) and transfused. Survival of these BioRBCs populations were concurrently followed over weeks by flow cytometric enumeration using leftover blood. Relative tracking of infant autologous and adult allogeneic BioRBC was analyzed by linear mixed modeling of batched weekly data. When possible, Kidd antigen (Jka and Jkb) mismatches between infant and donor RBCs were also used to track these two populations. Results Contrary to our hypothesis, concurrent tracking curves of RCS of neonatal and adult BioRBC in 15 study infants did not differ until week 7, after which neonatal RBC survival became shortened to 59% to 79% of adult enumeration values for uncertain reasons. Analysis of mismatched Kidd antigen RBC showed similar results, thus confirming that BioRBC tracking is not perturbed by biotin RBC labeling. Conclusions This study illustrates the utility of multi-density BioRBC labeling for concurrent measurement of RCS of multiple RBC populations in vivo. The similar RCS results observed for neonatal and adult BioRBCs transfused into VLBW infants provides strong evidence that the circulatory environment of the newborn infant—not intrinsic infant-adult RBC differences—is the primary determinant of erythrocyte survival. Trial registration Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT 00731588. PMID:26363547

  18. Autologous Infant and Allogeneic Adult Red Cells Demonstrate Similar Concurrent Post-Transfusion Survival in Very Low Birth Weight Neonates.

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    Widness, John A; Kuruvilla, Denison J; Mock, Donald M; Matthews, Nell I; Nalbant, Demet; Cress, Gretchen A; Schmidt, Robert L; Strauss, Ronald G; Zimmerman, M Bridget; Veng-Pedersen, Peter

    2015-11-01

    Based on the hypothesis that neonatal autologous red blood cell (RBC) survival (RCS) is substantially shorter than adult RBC, we concurrently tracked the survival of transfused biotin-labeled autologous neonatal and allogeneic adult RBC into ventilated, very low birth weight infants. RBC aliquots from the first clinically ordered, allogeneic adult RBC transfusion and from autologous infant blood were labeled at separate biotin densities (biotin-labeled RBC [BioRBC]) and transfused. Survival of these BioRBCs populations were concurrently followed over weeks by flow cytometric enumeration using leftover blood. Relative tracking of infant autologous and adult allogeneic BioRBC was analyzed by linear mixed modeling of batched weekly data. When possible, Kidd antigen (Jka and Jkb) mismatches between infant and donor RBCs were also used to track these 2 populations. Contrary to our hypothesis, concurrent tracking curves of RCS of neonatal and adult BioRBC in 15 study infants did not differ until week 7, after which neonatal RCS became shortened to 59%-79% of adult enumeration values for uncertain reasons. Analysis of mismatched Kidd antigen RBC showed similar results, thus, confirming that BioRBC tracking is not perturbed by biotin RBC labeling. This study illustrates the utility of multidensity BioRBC labeling for concurrent measurement of RCS of multiple RBC populations in vivo. The similar RCS results observed for neonatal and adult BioRBCs transfused into very low birth weight infants provides strong evidence that the circulatory environment of the newborn infant, not intrinsic infant-adult RBC differences, is the primary determinant of erythrocyte survival. Clinicaltrials.gov: NCT00731588. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Analysis of cerebral toxoplasmosis in a series of 170 allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients.

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    Hakko, E; Ozkan, H A; Karaman, K; Gulbas, Z

    2013-12-01

    Cerebral toxoplasmosis is a rare but fatal complication in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients, which mostly is caused by reactivation of latent disease. In this study, we report an analysis of cerebral toxoplasmosis in a series of 170 allogeneic stem cell transplant patients during a 30-month period at our institution. Among these allogeneic stem cell transplant patients, 5 were diagnosed with cerebral toxoplasmosis by brain magnetic resonance imaging and polymerase chain reaction of Toxoplasma gondii DNA. The incidence of cerebral toxoplasmosis was found to be 2.94%. Mortality rate is known to be very high in cerebral toxoplasmosis; therefore, it is life saving to diagnose the disease in the early stages and start treatment promptly, especially in high-endemic countries like Turkey. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. In search of the optimal platform for Post-Allogeneic SCT immunotherapy in relapsed multiple myeloma: a systematic review.

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    Oostvogels, R; Uniken Venema, S M; de Witte, M; Raymakers, R; Kuball, J; Kröger, N; Minnema, M C

    2017-09-01

    Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) has the potential to induce sustained remissions in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Currently, allo-SCT is primarily performed in high-risk MM patients, most often in the setting of early relapse after first-line therapy with autologous SCT. However, the implementation of allo-SCT for MM is jeopardized by high treatment-related mortality (TRM) rates as well as high relapse rates. In this systematic review, we aimed to identify a safe allo-SCT strategy that has optimal 1-year results regarding mortality, relapse and severe GvHD, creating opportunities for post-transplantation strategies to maintain remissions in the high-risk group of relapsed MM patients. Eleven studies were included. Median PFS ranged from 5.2 to 36.8 months and OS was 13.0 to 63.0 months. The relapse related mortality at 1 year varied between 0 and 50% and TRM between 8 and 40%. Lowest GvHD incidences were reported for conditioning regimens with T-cell depletion using ATG or graft CD34+ selection. Similar strategies could lay the foundation for a post-transplant immune platform, this should be further evaluated in prospective clinical trials.

  1. Immune recovery and the risk of CMV/ EBV reactivation in children post allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Janeczko, Małgorzata; Mielcarek, Monika; Rybka, Blanka; Ryczan-Krawczyk, Renata; Noworolska-Sauren, Dorota

    2016-01-01

    Immune reconstitution was studied prospectively in 86 children who underwent allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We analysed the risk of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) reactivation in correlation with the kinetics of immune recovery and in relation to other potential risk factors that may influence the reactivation of these viruses including: diagnosis, type of HSCT, source of stem cells, type of conditioning, or the occurrence of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). The absolute number of lymphocyte subpopulations in peripheral blood was evaluated in seven timepoints following HSCT. Significantly lower values of both CD3+ and CD3+CD8+ lymphocytes on day +14 and significantly higher values of both these subsets on day +168 post-transplant in patients with CMV reactivation were observed. Significantly lower values of CD3+CD4+ subpopulation were noted in patients with CMV reactivation on day +28 post allo-HSCT. Significantly lower lymphocyte values in the group with EBV reactivation comparing with the group without EBV reactivation were confirmed only in the case of pan-B lymphocytes (CD19+) subpopulation on day +21, +28, and +84 post allo-HSCT. We identified the impact of CMV reactivation on occurrence of the intestinal acute GvHD, which occurred more frequently in the group with CMV reactivation compared with patients without reactivation. Higher incidence of chronic GvHD was also observed in patients with CMV reactivation compared to the group without reactivation. EBV reactivation occurred more frequently in patients receiving transplants from matched unrelated donors, in particular after peripheral blood stem cell transplantation and while implementing antithymocyte globulin as GvHD prophylaxis. PMID:27833447

  2. T-replete haploidentical allogeneic transplantation using post-transplantation cyclophosphamide in advanced AML and myelodysplastic syndromes.

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    Devillier, R; Bramanti, S; Fürst, S; Sarina, B; El-Cheikh, J; Crocchiolo, R; Granata, A; Chabannon, C; Morabito, L; Harbi, S; Faucher, C; Santoro, A; Weiller, P-J; Vey, N; Carlo-Stella, C; Castagna, L; Blaise, D

    2016-02-01

    Unmanipulated haploidentical transplantation (Haplo-SCT) using post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) represents an alternative for patients with high-risk diseases lacking HLA-identical donor. Although it provides low incidences of GVHD, the efficacy of Haplo-SCT is still questioned, especially for patients with myeloid malignancies. Thus, we analyzed 60 consecutive patients with refractory (n=30) or high-risk CR (n=30) AML or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs) who underwent PT-Cy Haplo-SCT. The median age was 57 years (22-73 years), hematopoietic cell transplantation comorbidity index was ⩾3 in 38 patients (63%) and Haplo-SCT was the second allogeneic transplantation for 10 patients (17%). Although most of patients received PBSC as graft source (n=48, 80%), we found low incidences of grade 3-4 acute (2%) and severe chronic GVHD (4%). Among patients with high-risk CR diseases, 1-year non-relapse mortality, cumulative incidence of relapse, progression-free and overall survivals were 20%, 32%, 47% and 62%, respectively. In patients with refractory disease, corresponding results were 34%, 35%, 32% and 37%, respectively. We conclude that PT-Cy Haplo-SCT could provide promising anti-leukemic effect even in the setting of very advanced diseases. Thus, it represents a viable alternative for high-risk AML/MDS patients without HLA-identical donor.

  3. Clinicopathologic spectrum and EBV status of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Chen, Ding-Bao; Song, Qiu-Jing; Chen, Yun-Xin; Chen, Yu-Hong; Shen, Dan-Hua

    2013-01-01

    Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLDs) are serious, life-threatening complications of solid-organ transplantation (SOT) and bone marrow transplantation, and are associated with high mortality. PTLDs represent a heterogeneous group of lymphoproliferative diseases, which show a spectrum of clinical, morphologic, and molecular genetic features ranging from reactive polyclonal lesions to frank lymphomas. We describe clinicopathologic features of 17 cases of PTLD after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), which were analyzed by in situ hybridization for EBV and a panel of antibodies directed against numerous antigens, including CD20, PAX5, CD3, bcl-6, CD10, MUM-1/IRF4, CD138, Kappa, Lambda, CD30, CD15, and Ki67. The cases included 13 males and 4 females with a median age of 31 years (range 9-49 years) and the PTLDs developed 1.5-19 months post-transplant (mean 4.7 months). The histological types indicated five cases of early lesions, two of plasmacytic hyperplasia and three of infectious mononucleosis-like PTLD. Eight cases were polymorphic PTLD, and four were monomorphic PTLD, including three of diffuse large B cell lymphoma, and one of plasmablastic lymphoma. Foci and sheets of necrosis were observed in five cases. The infected ratio of EBV was 88.2 %. Some cases were treated by reduction of immunosuppression, antiviral therapy, donor lymphocyte infusion, or anti-CD20 monoclonal rituximab. Eight cases died. The first half year after allo-HSCT is very important for the development of PTLD. The diagnosis of PTLD relies on morphology and immunohistochemistry, and EBV plays an important role in the pathogenesis of PTLD. The prognosis of PTLD is poor, and, notably, PTLD after allo-HSCT exhibits some features different from those of PTLD after SOT.

  4. Co-transplantation of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Kallekleiv, Merete; Larun, Lillebeth; Bruserud, Øystein; Hatfield, Kimberley Joanne

    2016-02-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a potentially curative treatment option for patients with hematological malignancies. Co-transplantation of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) during allogeneic HSCT has been explored to enhance engraftment and decrease the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). We aimed to identify, evaluate and summarize the findings of all relevant controlled clinical studies to determine the potential benefits of MSC infusion during allogeneic HSCT, with regard to the outcomes engraftment, GVHD, post-transplant relapse and survival. We conducted a systematic search of electronic databases for relevant controlled clinical studies. Studies included patients of all ages with hematological malignancies receiving allogeneic HSCT with or without infusion of MSCs within a 24-h time frame of transplantation. Nine studies met our inclusion criteria, including three randomized, one non-randomized and five historically controlled trials, representing a total of 309 patients. Our meta-analyses did not reveal any statistically significant differences in donor engraftment or GVHD. A review of data regarding relapse and overall survival may result in a positive attitude toward intervention with MSCs, but due to heterogeneous reporting, it is difficult to draw any strict conclusions. None of the studies had overall serious risks of bias, but the quality of the evidence is low. Meta-analysis did not reveal any statistically significant effects of MSC co-transplantation, but the results must be interpreted with caution because of the weak study design and small study populations. We discuss further needs to explore the potential effects of MSCs in a HSCT setting. Copyright © 2015 International Society for Cellular Therapy. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Allogeneic Blood or Marrow Transplantation with Post-Transplantation Cyclophosphamide as Graft-versus-Host Disease Prophylaxis in Multiple Myeloma.

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    Ghosh, Nilanjan; Ye, Xiaobu; Tsai, Hua-Ling; Bolaños-Meade, Javier; Fuchs, Ephraim J; Luznik, Leo; Swinnen, Lode J; Gladstone, Douglas E; Ambinder, Richard F; Varadhan, Ravi; Shanbhag, Satish; Brodsky, Robert A; Borrello, Ivan M; Jones, Richard J; Matsui, William; Huff, Carol Ann

    2017-07-12

    Allogeneic blood or marrow transplantation (alloBMT) may lead to long-term disease control in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). However, historically, the use of alloBMT in MM has been limited by its high nonrelapse mortality (NRM) rates, primarily from graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). We previously demonstrated that post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PTCy) decreases the toxicities of both acute and chronic GVHD after alloBMT. Here, we examine the impact of PTCy in patients with MM undergoing alloBMT at Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 2003 to 2011, 39 patients with MM underwent bone marrow or peripheral blood alloBMT from HLA-matched related/unrelated or haploidentical related donors after either myeloablative or nonmyeloablative conditioning. Post-transplantation GVHD prophylaxis consisted of cyclophosphamide (50 mg/kg) on days +3 and +4 with or without mycophenolate mofetil and tacrolimus. Engraftment was detected in 95% of patients, with neutrophil and platelet recovery at a median of 15 and 16 days, respectively. The cumulative incidences of acute grades 2 to 4 and grades 3 and 4 GVHD were .41 and .08, respectively, and no cases of grade 4 acute GVHD were observed. The cumulative incidence of chronic GVHD was .13. One patient succumbed to NRM. All cases of chronic GVHD involved extensive disease and 60% of these patients received systemic therapy with complete resolution. After alloBMT, the overall response rate was 62% with complete, very good partial, and partial response rates of 26%, 21%, and 15%, respectively. The median progression-free survival was 12 months and was associated with the depth of response but not cytogenetic risk. The estimated cumulative incidence of relapse was .46 (95% confidence interval [CI], .3 to .62) at 1 year and .56 (95% CI, .41 to .72) at 2 years. At last follow-up, 23% of patients remain without evidence of disease at a median follow-up of 10.3 years after alloBMT. The median overall survival was 4.4 years and the

  6. Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide and Tacrolimus-Mycophenolate Mofetil Combination Prevents Graft-versus-Host Disease in Allogeneic Peripheral Blood Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation from HLA-Matched Donors.

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    Carnevale-Schianca, Fabrizio; Caravelli, Daniela; Gallo, Susanna; Coha, Valentina; D'Ambrosio, Lorenzo; Vassallo, Elena; Fizzotti, Marco; Nesi, Francesca; Gioeni, Luisa; Berger, Massimo; Polo, Alessandra; Gammaitoni, Loretta; Becco, Paolo; Giraudo, Lidia; Mangioni, Monica; Sangiolo, Dario; Grignani, Giovanni; Rota-Scalabrini, Delia; Sottile, Antonino; Fagioli, Franca; Aglietta, Massimo

    2017-03-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) remains the only curative therapy for many hematologic malignancies but it is limited by high nonrelapse mortality (NRM), primarily from unpredictable control of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Recently, post-transplant cyclophosphamide demonstrated improved GVHD control in allogeneic bone marrow HCT. Here we explore cyclophosphamide in allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (alloPBSCT). Patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies received alloPBSCT from HLA-matched unrelated/related donors. GVHD prophylaxis included combination post-HCT cyclophosphamide 50 mg/kg (days +3 and +4) and tacrolimus/mofetil mycophenolate (T/MMF) (day +5 forward). The primary objective was the cumulative incidence of acute and chronic GVHD. Between March 2011 and May 2015, 35 consecutive patients received the proposed regimen. MMF was stopped in all patients at day +28; the median discontinuation of tacrolimus was day +113. Acute and chronic GVHD cumulative incidences were 17% and 7%, respectively, with no grade IV GVHD events, only 2 patients requiring chronic GVHD immunosuppression control, and no deaths from GVHD. Two-year NRM, overall survival, event-free survival, and chronic GVHD event-free survival rates were 3%, 77%, 54%, and 49%, respectively. The graft-versus-tumor effect was maintained as 5 of 15 patients (33%) who received HCT with evidence of disease experienced further disease response. A post-transplant cyclophosphamide + T/MMF combination strategy effectively prevented acute and chronic GVHD after alloPBSCT from HLA-matched donors and achieved an unprecedented low NRM without losing efficacy in disease control or impaired development of the graft-versus-tumor effect. This trial is registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT02300571.

  7. [Value of C-reactive protein level on transplantation day in predicting early post-transplant infections and outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation].

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    Shen, Kefeng; Liu, Qifa; Sun, Jing; Jiang, Qianli; Zhang, Yu; Zhou, Hongsheng; Dai, Min; Xiao, Min; Wang, Jin; Luo, Li; Li, Qinlu; An, Haiyun; Hong, Zhen-Ya; Meng, Li; Yang, Mo; Zhou, Jianfeng; Wang, Gaoxiang

    2015-11-01

    To investigate the value of C-reactive protein (CRP) on transplantation day in predicting early post-transplant infections and outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 78 recipients undergoing allo-HSCT. The clinical reference value of CRP on transplantation day was determined, and its sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing bacteremia was analyzed using receiver-operating characteristic curve (ROC). The incidence of transplant-related complications, overall survival, and relapse rate of the patients were analyzed with respect to the CRP level. The clinical reference value of CRP for diagnosing bacteremia was 23.3 mg/L (AUC=0.735 [95% CI: 0.623-0.848], P=0.001), which had a diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of 0.793 and 0.592, respectively. Compared with the patients with low CRP levels, the patients with high CRP levels tended to have delayed neutrophil reconstitution and platelet engraftment by 0.71 days (P=0.237) and 4.09 days (P=0.048), respectively, and had a significantly higher incidence of bacteremia (17.1% vs 53.5%, P=0.001) and CMV viremia (37.1% vs 72.1%, P=0.003) within 100 days following the transplantation; the incidences of EBV viremia, pulmonary invasive fungal infection, or acute graft versus host disease (aGVHD) showed no significant difference between the two groups (41.9% vs 22.9%, P=0.094; 14.0% vs 5.7%, P=0.285; 51.2% vs 45.7, P=0.656, respectively). During the follow-up for a median of 318 (7-773) days in high-CRP group and for 299 (78-747) days in low-CRP group, the high-CRP group showed a significantly lower 2-year overall survival than the low-CRP group (42.5% vs 78.4%, P=0.022), and tended to have a higher 2-year cumulative relapse rate (52.3% vs 19.8%, P=0.235). Logistic multivariate analysis identified a high CRP level on transplantation day as the independent risk factor for post-transplant bacteremia within 100 days (OR=5.090 [95% CI: 1.115 -23

  8. Second allogeneic transplantation for relapse of malignant disease: retrospective analysis of outcome and predictive factors by the EBMT.

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    Ruutu, T; de Wreede, L C; van Biezen, A; Brand, R; Mohty, M; Dreger, P; Duarte, R; Peters, C; Garderet, L; Schönland, S; Gratwohl, A; Niederwieser, D; de Witte, T; Kröger, N

    2015-12-01

    In patients treated with allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for malignant disease who suffer from a relapse after the transplantation, the role of second allogeneic SCT is often uncertain. In a retrospective analysis, 2632 second allogeneic transplantations carried out for a relapse after the first transplantation were analyzed to define indications and identify predictive factors. Fifteen percent of the patients remained relapse-free until 5 years after the second SCT. Patients with CML had a better survival than patients with other diseases. In a multivariate analysis, factors associated with better survival were low disease burden, longer remission duration after the first transplantation, longer interval between the transplantations, younger age, absence of grade II-IV acute GvHD or chronic GvHD after the first transplantation, and later year of transplantation. The European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation risk score predicted the outcome. Using the same donor as in the first transplantation vs another donor had no predictive value for survival. Sibling donor was a favorable predictive factor. In conclusion, second allogeneic SCT offers a reasonable option especially for young patients with a long remission after the first transplantation and a low disease burden. The present findings do not support the usefulness of changing the donor for the second transplantation.

  9. Neurologic complications after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children: analysis of prognostic factors.

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    Kang, Ji-Man; Kim, Yae-Jean; Kim, Ju Youn; Cho, Eun Joo; Lee, Jee Hun; Lee, Mun Hyang; Lee, Soo-Hyun; Sung, Ki Woong; Koo, Hong Hoe; Yoo, Keon Hee

    2015-06-01

    Neurologic complications are serious complications after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and significantly contribute to morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical features and prognosis in pediatric patients who had neurologic complications after allogeneic HSCT. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of children and adolescents (19 years old or younger) who underwent allogeneic HSCT at our institution from 2000 to 2012. A total of 383 patients underwent 430 allogeneic transplantations. Among them, 73 episodes of neurologic complications occurred in 70 patients. The cumulative incidence of neurologic complications at day 400 was 20.0%. Almost two thirds of the episodes (63.0%, 46 of 73) occurred within 100 days after transplantation. Calcineurin inhibitor-related neurotoxicity was observed as the most common cause of neurotoxicity (47.9%, 35 of 73) and was significantly associated with earlier onset neurologic complications, seizure, and tremor. It also showed a significant association with lower probability of headache, abnormality of cranial nerve, and neurologic sequelae. In a multivariate analysis, days to neutrophil engraftment after HSCT, extensive chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and the existence of neurologic sequelae were identified as risk factors for mortality in patients who had neurologic complications (hazard ratio [HR], 1.08; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02 to 1.15; P = .011; HR, 5.98; 95% CI, 1.71 to 20.90; P = .005; and HR, 4.37; 95% CI, 1.12 to 17.05; P = .034, respectively). However, there was no significant difference in the 5-year overall survival between the patients who had neurologic complications without sequelae and the patients who did not have any neurologic complications (57.3% versus 61.8%, P = .906). In conclusion, we found that the major significant risk factors for mortality in pediatric recipients with neurologic complications were the existence of

  10. Risk factor analysis of autoimmune hemolytic anemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children.

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    Chang, Tsung-Yen; Jaing, Tang-Her; Wen, Yu-Chuan; Huang, I-Anne; Chen, Shih-Hsiang; Tsay, Pei-Kwei

    2016-11-01

    Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a clinically relevant complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Currently, there is no established consensus regarding the optimal therapeutic approach. Whether AIHA contributes to increased mortality is still somewhat controversial.We investigated the incidence, risk factors, and outcome of post-transplant AIHA in 265 consecutive pediatric patients undergoing allo-HSCT over a 17-year period. Onset of AIHA was calculated from the first documented detection of AIHA by either clinical symptoms or positive direct agglutinin test. Resolution of AIHA was defined as normalization of hemoglobin and biochemical markers of hemolysis with sustained transfusion independence.We identified 15 cases of AIHA after allo-HSCT (incidence rate, 6%). Ten (67%) of these patients had a positive direct antiglobulin test. Data were obtained for 9 boys and 6 girls after a median follow-up of 53 months (range 4-102). The median age was 5.1 years (range 0.5-15.4) at the time of HSCT and the median time to emergence was 149 days (range 42-273). No significant risk factor for post-transplant AIHA has emerged from our data to date. In the majority (14 of 15; 93%) of AIHA patients, multiple agents for treatment were required, with 12 of 15 (80%) patients achieving complete resolution of AIHA. No splenectomy was performed in any of our patients.For various reasons, post-transplantation AIHA poses an extraordinary challenge to transplant physicians. Despite the advancements in diagnostic tools, therapeutic challenges remain due to the myriad interacting pathways in AIHA.

  11. Risk factor analysis of autoimmune hemolytic anemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children

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    Chang, Tsung-Yen; Jaing, Tang-Her; Wen, Yu-Chuan; Huang, I-Anne; Chen, Shih-Hsiang; Tsay, Pei-Kwei

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a clinically relevant complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Currently, there is no established consensus regarding the optimal therapeutic approach. Whether AIHA contributes to increased mortality is still somewhat controversial. We investigated the incidence, risk factors, and outcome of post-transplant AIHA in 265 consecutive pediatric patients undergoing allo-HSCT over a 17-year period. Onset of AIHA was calculated from the first documented detection of AIHA by either clinical symptoms or positive direct agglutinin test. Resolution of AIHA was defined as normalization of hemoglobin and biochemical markers of hemolysis with sustained transfusion independence. We identified 15 cases of AIHA after allo-HSCT (incidence rate, 6%). Ten (67%) of these patients had a positive direct antiglobulin test. Data were obtained for 9 boys and 6 girls after a median follow-up of 53 months (range 4–102). The median age was 5.1 years (range 0.5–15.4) at the time of HSCT and the median time to emergence was 149 days (range 42–273). No significant risk factor for post-transplant AIHA has emerged from our data to date. In the majority (14 of 15; 93%) of AIHA patients, multiple agents for treatment were required, with 12 of 15 (80%) patients achieving complete resolution of AIHA. No splenectomy was performed in any of our patients. For various reasons, post-transplantation AIHA poses an extraordinary challenge to transplant physicians. Despite the advancements in diagnostic tools, therapeutic challenges remain due to the myriad interacting pathways in AIHA. PMID:27861376

  12. IVGEN Post Flight Analysis

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    Mcquillen, John; Brown, Dan; Hussey, Sam; Zoldak, John

    2014-01-01

    The Intravenous Fluid Generation (IVGEN) Experiment was a technology demonstration experiment that purified ISS potable water, mixed it with salt, and transferred it through a sterilizing filter. On-orbit performance was verified as appropriate and two 1.5 l bags of normal saline solution were returned to earth for post-flight testing by a FDA certified laboratory for compliance with United States Pharmacopiea (USP) standards. Salt concentration deviated from required values and an analysis identified probable causes. Current efforts are focused on Total Organic Content (TOC) testing, and shelf life.The Intravenous Fluid Generation (IVGEN) Experiment demonstrated the purification of ISS potable water, the mixing of the purified water with sodium chloride, and sterilization of the solution via membrane filtration. On-orbit performance was monitored where feasible and two 1.5-liter bags of normal saline solution were returned to earth for post-flight testing by a FDA-registered laboratory for compliance with United States Pharmacopeia (USP)standards [1]. Current efforts have been focused on challenge testing with identified [2] impurities (total organic-carbon), and shelf life testing. The challenge testing flowed known concentrations of contaminants through the IVGEN deionizing cartridge and membrane filters to test their effectiveness. One finding was that the filters and DI-resin themselves contribute to the contaminant load during initial startup, suggesting that the first 100 ml of fluid be discarded. Shelf life testing is ongoing and involves periodic testing of stored DI cartridges and membrane filters that are capped and sealed in hermetic packages. The testing is conducted at six month intervals measuring conductivity and endotoxins in the effluent. Currently, the packaging technique has been successfully demonstrated for one year of storage testing. The USP standards specifies that the TOC be conducted at point of generation as opposed to point of

  13. BK virus disease after allogeneic stem cell transplantation: a cohort analysis.

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    Rorije, Nienke M G; Shea, Margaret M; Satyanarayana, Gowri; Hammond, Sarah P; Ho, Vincent T; Baden, Lindsey R; Antin, Joseph H; Soiffer, Robert J; Marty, Francisco M

    2014-04-01

    The clinical epidemiology of BK virus (BKV) disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is not well defined. We evaluated 491 patients transplanted from January 2010 to December 2011 at a single transplant center to assess incidence, severity, and risk factors for BKV disease after HSCT. BKV disease was defined as BKV detection in urine by PCR testing in association with genitourinary symptoms without other concurrent genitourinary conditions. BKV disease occurred in 78 patients (15.9%), for an incidence rate of .47/1000 patient-days (95% confidence interval [CI], .37 to .59); BKV disease was considered severe in 27 patients (5.5%). In multivariate Cox modeling, time-dependent acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) grades II to IV (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR] 4.25; 95% CI, 2.51 to 7.21), cord blood HSCT (aHR 2.28; 95% CI, 1.01 to 5.15), post-transplant mycophenolate use (aHR 3.31; 95% CI, 1.83 to 5.99), and high-dose cyclophosphamide conditioning (aHR 2.34, 95% CI 1.45 to 3.77) were significant predictors of BKV disease. Time-dependent aGVHD grades III to IV (aHR 10.5; 95% CI, 4.44 to 25.0) and cord blood HSCT (aHR 5.40; 95% CI, 1.94 to 15.0) were independent risk factors for severe BKV disease. BKV disease is common and is associated with significant and prolonged morbidity after HSCT. Prospective studies are needed to better define the morbidity of post-HSCT BKV disease and inform the design of prophylaxis and treatment trials.

  14. Cerebral toxoplasmosis in an adolescent post allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: successful outcome by antiprotozoal chemotherapy and CD4+ T-lymphocyte recovery.

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    Kerl, K; Ehlert, K; Brentrup, A; Schiborr, M; Keyvani, K; Becker, K; Rossig, C; Groll, A H

    2015-02-01

    Toxoplasmosis is a rare opportunistic infection in pediatric allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (allo-HSCT) recipients and associated with severe T-cell deficiency. Here, we report the successful management of cerebral toxoplasmosis in a 15-year-old adolescent 4 months post allo-HSCT for non-Hodgkin lymphoma through rapid invasive diagnostics, long-term antiprotozoal chemotherapy, and an hematopoietic stem cell boost for persistently poor graft function. While supportive care and antiprotozoal chemotherapy achieved stabilization, definite improvement only occurred following recovery of CD4(+) T lymphocytes to >100 cells/μL. At 5 years after the diagnosis of toxoplasmosis, the patient is in continuing remission with normalized clinical and imaging findings. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation for adult and adolescent hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: a single center analysis.

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    Fu, Li; Wang, Jingshi; Wei, Na; Wu, Lin; Wang, Yini; Huang, Wenqiu; Zhang, Jia; Liu, Jinli; Wang, Zhao

    2016-11-01

    Myeloablative conditioning-based allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) in the treatment of adult and adolescent hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is rarely reported. We conducted a retrospective study of 30 adult and adolescent HLH transplanted for primary HLH (n = 4), tumor-HLH (n = 8), EBV-HLH (n = 14), and underlying disease-unknown (UDU)-HLH (n = 4). Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) were the stem-cell source in all patients. Twenty-three patients were transplanted from HLA-haploidentical family donors, six from HLA-identical sibling donors, and one from a matched unrelated donor. Four patients appeared with mixed chimerism (MC), and no patient presented with graft failure. There was a high risk for EBV reactivation with an incidence of 47 %. Two patients developed post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) and three were considered primary disease recurrent. With a median follow-up of 26 months, 19 patients survived and 11 patients died. The estimated 2-year overall survival (OS) was 63.3 ± 8.8 % in all patients, 100 % in primary HLH, 64.3 ± 12.8 % in EBV-HLH, 50.0 ± 17.7 % in tumor-HLH, and 50.0 ± 25.0 % in UDU-HLH. Myeloablative conditioning-based allo-HSCT is an effective treatment for adult and adolescent HLH to achieve complete remission and long-term survival.

  16. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in Hodgkin lymphoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Rashidi, Armin; Ebadi, Maryam; Cashen, Amanda F.

    2016-01-01

    Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) outcomes in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) remain poorly defined. We performed a meta-analysis of allo-SCT studies in HL patients. The primary endpoints were 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year relapse-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS). A total of 42 reports (1,850 patients) were included. The pooled estimates (95%CI) for 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year RFS were 77 (59–91)%, 50 (42–57)%, 37 (31–43)%, and 31 (25–37)%, respectively. The corresponding numbers for OS were 83 (75–91)%, 68 (62–74)%, 58 (52–64)%, and 50 (41–58)%, respectively. There was statistical heterogeneity among studies in all outcomes. In meta-regression, accrual initiation year in 2000 or later was associated with higher 6-month (P = 0.012) and 1-year OS (P = 0.046), and pre-SCT remission with higher 2-year OS (P = 0.047) and 1-year RFS (P = 0.016). In conclusion, outcomes of allo-SCT in HL have improved over time, with 5–10% lower non-relapse mortality and relapse rates and 15–20% higher RFS and OS in studies that initiated accrual in 2000 or later compared to earlier studies. However, there is no apparent survival plateau, demonstrating the need to improve on current allo-SCT strategies in relapsed/refractory HL. PMID:26726948

  17. Prediction of graft-versus-host disease by phenotypic analysis of early immune reconstitution after CD6-depleted allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.

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    Soiffer, R J; Gonin, R; Murray, C; Robertson, M J; Cochran, K; Chartier, S; Cameron, C; Daley, J; Levine, H; Nadler, L M

    1993-10-01

    Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Because GVHD is frequently refractory to treatment, the early identification of high-risk patients could have significant clinical value. To identify such patients, we examined early immunologic recovery in 136 patients with hematologic malignancies who received anti-T12 (CD6)-purged allogeneic bone marrow over a 9-year period. The majority of patients received marrow from HLA-matched sibling donors after ablation with cyclophosphamide and total body irradiation. No patients received any immune suppressive medications for GVHD prophylaxis. The fraction and absolute numbers of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) expressing the CD3, CD4, CD8, and CD56 surface antigens were determined weekly by immunofluorescence analysis in patients beginning 8 to 14 days (week 2) after marrow infusion. Results in patients who did or did not subsequently develop GVHD post-BMT were compared. Within 2 weeks of marrow infusion, patients who developed grades 2-4 GVHD had significantly higher percentages and absolute numbers of CD8+ T cells and a lower fraction of CD56+ natural killer (NK) cells than individuals who remained free of GVHD. Thirty-five percent of patients whose PBL were greater than 25% CD8+ in the second posttransplant week developed GVHD, compared with only 3% of patients who had < or = 25% CD8+ cells (odds ratio 37.8; 95% confidence interval [CI] 4.1 to 397). A subgroup of patients at very high risk for GVHD could be identified based on the combined frequency of CD8+ T cells and NK cells in blood. Seventy-five percent of patients with greater than 25% CD8+ cells and < or = 45% CD56+ cells during week 2 post-BMT developed GVHD, compared with only 11% of the remaining patients (odds ratio 24.9; 95% CI, 5.3 to 117.0). None of the 23 patients with both less than 25% CD8+ cells and greater than 45% CD56+ cells in the second posttransplant week

  18. HLA-typing analysis following allogeneic bone grafting for sinus lifting.

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    Piaia, Marcelo; Bub, Carolina Bonet; Succi, Guilherme de Menezes; Torres, Margareth; Costa, Thiago Henrique; Pinheiro, Fabricio Costa; Napimoga, Marcelo Henrique

    2017-03-01

    According to the Brazilian Association of Organ Transplants, in 2015, 19,408 bone transplants were performed in Brazil, over 90% by Dental Surgeons. The surgical technique itself has a respectable number of reports regarding its clinical efficacy, as measured by long-term survival of dental implants in grafted areas. Uncertainty remains, however, as to whether fresh frozen grafts from human bone donors remain immunologically innocuous in the body of the host. Six male with no previous medical history of note, including systemic diseases, surgery or blood transfusion were selected. These patients underwent reconstructive procedures (sinus lifting) using fresh frozen human bone from a tissue bank. All patients had venous blood samples collected prior to surgery and 6 months after the procedure. Anti-HLA analysis for the detection of HLA (human leukocyte antigen) antibodies was performed using methods such as the LABScreen PRA Class I and Class II, LABScreen Single Antigen Class I and Class II, Luminex Platform. Reactive individuals to the screening tests (LABScreen PRA) were further investigated to determine the specificity of the antibodies detected (LABScreen Single Antigen) with a cutoff value of median fluorescence intensity ≥500. As a result, it was observed that two patients (33%) were positive in screening tests, one presenting with anti-HLA Class I and II sensitization and the other with anti-HLA class II. The specificity analysis showed that the patients sensitized to HLA class II presented 4 specificities, 3 of which immunologically relevant. In the second individual, 23 specificities were identified, 6 of which immunologically important for HLA class I and 4 specificities for HLA class II, 3 of these were immunologically important. All specificities detected had average fluorescence. These findings are suggestive that sinus-lifting procedures with allogeneic bone can induce immunological sensitization.

  19. Sirolimus for Refractory Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Case Report and Literature Review of the Treatment of Post-Transplant Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.

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    Park, Jeong A; Lee, Hyun-Hee; Kwon, Hyun-Seop; Baik, Chung-Ryul; Song, Sae-Am; Lee, Jung Nye

    2016-01-01

    Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) may occur after any type of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT), even ABO-matched transplantation. It tends to be refractory to standard corticosteroid treatment and requires multiple transfusions. Though, there is no consensus regarding the optimal treatment for post-transplant severe AIHA. We present a pediatric patient with refractory AIHA after umbilical cord blood transplantation. She developed severe AIHA at 3months after transplantation and was unresponsive to multiple treatment modalities, including corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulin, plasma exchange and rituximab, resulting in persistent transfusion dependency. Sirolimus, a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor, was started on day 67 after the onset of AIHA, and this patient was successfully rescued without any complications. Sirolimus induces apoptosis in autoreactive lymphocytes, increases regulatory T cells and has been reported to have a positive effect on AIHA following solid organ transplantation (SOT). We reviewed the literature regarding post-transplant AIHA in the PubMed database and evaluated the treatment outcome of sirolimus in AIHA after SOT.

  20. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Children with Sickle Cell Disease Is Beneficial and Cost-Effective: A Single-Center Analysis

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    Arnold, Staci D.; Jin, Zhezhen; Sands, Stephen; Bhatia, Monica; Kung, Andrew L.; Satwani, Prakash

    2017-01-01

    Limited data exist regarding health care utilization (HCU) in patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) for sickle cell disease. Financial data from 2002 to 2011 were analyzed for 26 alloHCT patients and 48 control subjects (referred but without alloHCT). HCU of alloHCT was determined over 3 time periods: pre-alloHCT, during alloHCT (day 0 to day +365), and post-alloHCT. The median total cost per patient during the alloHCT year was $413,000 inpatient and $18,000 outpatient. Post-alloHCT HCU decreased when compared with pre-alloHCT and control subjects. The median cost of post-alloHCT outpatient visits per patient was significantly less when compared with pre-alloHCT (P = .044). The median cost of post-alloHCT inpatient visits per patient approached significance when compared with those pre-alloHCT (P = .079). Sixteen post-alloHCT patients, 19 control subjects, and 14 unaffected siblings were surveyed using Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory and EuroQOL questionnaires; however, the questionnaire scores across all 3 patient groups were not statistically significant (P = .2638). When adjusted for health-related quality of life, the analysis suggested alloHCT has a positive impact on health-related quality of life over control subjects. These pilot data support our hypothesis that alloHCT in children with sickle cell disease reduces HCU compared with control subjects without alloHCT. PMID:25615608

  1. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Children with Sickle Cell Disease Is Beneficial and Cost-Effective: A Single-Center Analysis.

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    Arnold, Staci D; Jin, Zhezhen; Sands, Stephen; Bhatia, Monica; Kung, Andrew L; Satwani, Prakash

    2015-07-01

    Limited data exist regarding health care utilization (HCU) in patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) for sickle cell disease. Financial data from 2002 to 2011 were analyzed for 26 alloHCT patients and 48 control subjects (referred but without alloHCT). HCU of alloHCT was determined over 3 time periods: pre-alloHCT, during alloHCT (day 0 to day +365), and post-alloHCT. The median total cost per patient during the alloHCT year was $413,000 inpatient and $18,000 outpatient. Post-alloHCT HCU decreased when compared with pre-alloHCT and control subjects. The median cost of post-alloHCT outpatient visits per patient was significantly less when compared with pre-alloHCT (P = .044). The median cost of post-alloHCT inpatient visits per patient approached significance when compared with those pre-alloHCT (P = .079). Sixteen post-alloHCT patients, 19 control subjects, and 14 unaffected siblings were surveyed using Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory and EuroQOL questionnaires; however, the questionnaire scores across all 3 patient groups were not statistically significant (P = .2638). When adjusted for health-related quality of life, the analysis suggested alloHCT has a positive impact on health-related quality of life over control subjects. These pilot data support our hypothesis that alloHCT in children with sickle cell disease reduces HCU compared with control subjects without alloHCT.

  2. Oral squamous cell carcinoma positive for p16/human papilloma virus in post allogeneic stem cell transplantation: 2 cases and review of the literature.

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    Katz, Joseph; Islam, Mohammed Nadim; Bhattacharyya, Indraneel; Sandow, Pamela; Moreb, Jan S

    2014-09-01

    Complications of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) includes the risk of secondary malignancies. This may be related to mechanisms including radiation and chemotherapy regimens, chronic graft-versus-host disease, inflammation, and prolonged imunosuppression. Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a complication associated with chronic graft-versus-host disease after allo-HSCT. Although human papillomavirus (HPV) is known to be associated with OSCC, the role of HPV in development of OSCC in post-HSCT patients has not been studied. We identified 2 cases of OSCC in allo-HSCT recipients. Both biopsy specimens tested positive for p16(INK4A), a surrogate marker for HPV. We propose that the association of OSCC and HPV in patients after allo-HSCT may not be incidental. Clinical implications of these cases may imply the need for a HPV screening, early intervention, and consideration of anti-HPV vaccination in this population. The effectiveness of such interventions could be validated in a prospective clinical study. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Post-Newtonian Jeans Analysis

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    Nazari, Elham; Kazemi, Ali; Roshan, Mahmood; Abbassi, Shahram

    2017-04-01

    The Jeans analysis is studied in the first post-Newtonian limit. In other words, the relativistic effects on local gravitational instability are considered for systems whose characteristic velocities and corresponding gravitational fields are higher than those permitted in the Newtonian limit. The dispersion relation for the propagation of small perturbations is found in the post-Newtonian approximation using two different techniques. A new Jeans mass is derived and compared to the standard Jeans mass. In this limit, the relativistic effects make the new Jeans mass smaller than the Newtonian Jeans mass. Furthermore, the fractional difference between these two masses increases when the temperature/pressure of the system increases. Interestingly, in this limit, pressure can enhance gravitational instability instead of preventing it. Finally, the results are applied to high-temperature astrophysical systems, and the possibility of local fragmentation in some relativistic systems is investigated.

  4. Effect of post remission therapy prior to reduced intensity conditioning allogeneic transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia in first complete remission

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    Warlick, Erica D.; Paulson, Kristjan; Brazauskas, Ruta; Zhong, Xiaobo; Miller, Alan M.; Camitta, Bruce M.; George, Biju; Savani, Bipin N.; Ustun, Celalettin; Marks, David I.; Waller, Edmund K.; Baron, Frédéric; Freytes, César O.; Socie, Gérard; Akpek, Gorgun; Schouten, Harry C.; Lazarus, Hillard M.; Horwitz, Edwin M.; Koreth, John; Cahn, Jean-Yves; Bornhauser, Martin; Seftel, Matthew; Cairo, Mitchell S.; Laughlin, Mary J.; Sabloff, Mitchell; Ringdén, Olle; Gale, Robert Peter; Kamble, Rammurti T.; Vij, Ravi; Gergis, Usama; Mathews, Vikram; Saber, Wael; Chen, Yi-Bin; Liesveld, Jane L.; Cutler, Corey S.; Ghobadi, Armin; Uy, Geoffrey L.; Eapen, Mary; Weisdorf, Daniel J.; Litzow, Mark R.

    2013-01-01

    The impact of pre transplant (HCT) cytarabine consolidation therapy on post HCT outcomes has yet to be evaluated after reduced intensity or non-myeloablative conditioning. We analyzed 604 adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in first complete remission (CR1) reported to the CIBMTR who received a RIC or NMA HCT from an HLA-identical sibling, HLA-matched unrelated donor (URD), or umbilical cord blood (UCB) donor in 2000–2010. We compared transplant outcomes based on exposure to cytarabine post remission consolidation. Three year survival rates were 36% (29–43%, 95% CI) in the no consolidation arm and 42% (37–47%, 95% CI) in the cytarabine consolidation arm (p=0.16). Disease free survival was 34% (27–41%, 95% CI) and 41% (35–46%, 95% CI) (p=0.15), respectively. Three year cumulative incidences of relapse were 37% (30–44%, 95% CI) and 38% (33–43%, 95% CI), respectively (p=0.80). Multivariate regression confirmed no effect of consolidation on relapse, DFS and survival. Prior to RIC/NMA HCT, these data suggest pre-HCT consolidation cytarabine does not significantly alter outcomes and support prompt transition to transplant as soon as morphologic CR1 is attained. If HCT is delayed while identifying a donor, our data suggest that consolidation does not increase transplant TRM and is reasonable if required. PMID:24184335

  5. Phase II Study of Nonmyeloablative Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation for B Cell Lymphoma with Post-Transplantation Rituximab and Donor Selection Based First on Non-HLA Factors.

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    Kanakry, Jennifer A; Gocke, Christopher D; Bolaños-Meade, Javier; Gladstone, Douglas E; Swinnen, Lode J; Blackford, Amanda L; Fuchs, Ephraim J; Huff, Carol Ann; Borrello, Ivan; Matsui, William H; Brodsky, Robert A; Rosner, Gary L; Shanbhag, Satish; Luznik, Leo; Jones, Richard J; Ambinder, Richard F; Kasamon, Yvette L

    2015-12-01

    Outcomes of nonmyeloablative (NMA), HLA-haploidentical (haplo), related-donor allogeneic blood or marrow transplantation (allo-BMT) with high-dose post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PTCy) appear to be similar to those using HLA-matched donors. Thus, it may be possible to prioritize donor factors other than HLA matching that could enhance antitumor activity. The Fc receptor polymorphism FCGR3A-158VV may confer greater sensitivity to rituximab than FCGR3A-158FF. In a prospective phase II study of NMA, related-donor allo-BMT with PTCy and post-transplantation rituximab for patients with B cell lymphomas, we hypothesized that donor selection that prioritized FCGR3A-158 polymorphism over HLA matching would be feasible, safe, and improve outcomes. The primary endpoint was 1-year progression-free survival (PFS). Of 83 patients transplanted (median age, 59 years), 69 (83%) received haplo grafts. Fifty-four (65%) received a graft that maintained or improved their Fc receptor polymorphism status. With 2.6-year median follow-up, the 1-year PFS and overall survival (OS) probabilities were 71% and 86%, respectively, with 1-year relapse and nonrelapse mortality (NRM) probabilities of 20% and 8%. At 1 year, the probability of acute grades II to IV graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was 41%, with acute grades III to IV GVHD probability of 5% and chronic GVHD probability of 11%. Among haplo transplants, the 1-year probabilities of PFS, OS, relapse, and NRM were 70%, 83%, 20%, and 10%, respectively. No differences in outcomes were observed based on donor FCGR3A-158 polymorphism. Excess infection risk was not apparent with post-transplantation rituximab. Although donor selection based on FCGR3A-158 polymorphism was not shown to influence PFS, this study suggests that donor selection based on criteria other than best HLA match is feasible and safe. This study opens the way for the future investigation of donor prioritization based on promising non-HLA factors that may improve

  6. Sinusitis in patients undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplantation - a review.

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    Drozd-Sokolowska, Joanna Ewa; Sokolowski, Jacek; Wiktor-Jedrzejczak, Wieslaw; Niemczyk, Kazimierz

    Sinusitis is a common morbidity in general population, however little is known about its occurrence in severely immunocompromised patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The aim of the study was to analyze the literature concerning sinusitis in patients undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. An electronic database search was performed with the objective of identifying all original trials examining sinusitis in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. The search was limited to English-language publications. Twenty five studies, published between 1985 and 2015 were identified, none of them being a randomized clinical trial. They reported on 31-955 patients, discussing different issues i.e. value of pretransplant sinonasal evaluation and its impact on post-transplant morbidity and mortality, treatment, risk factors analysis. Results from analyzed studies yielded inconsistent results. Nevertheless, some recommendations for good practice could be made. First, it seems advisable to screen all patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with Computed Tomography (CT) prior to procedure. Second, patients with symptoms of sinusitis should be treated before hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), preferably with conservative medical approach. Third, patients who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplantation should be monitored closely for sinusitis, especially in the early period after transplantation. Copyright © 2016 Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia Cérvico-Facial. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  7. Profile of Inflammation-Associated Proteins in Early Post-Transplant Samples of Patients After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: a Preliminary Study.

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    Mrazek, Frantisek; Schneiderova, Petra; Kriegova, Eva; Raida, Ludek; Kuba, Adam; Gajdos, Petr; Königova, Nikola; Onderkova, Jana; Ambruzova, Zuzana

    2016-12-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHSCT) is used as a curative treatment in severe hematological and immunological disorders. Despite clear improvement of the aHSCT outcome, substantial proportion of patients still suffers from severe complications, including graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). The aim of this study was, therefore, to identify inflammation-associated molecules deregulated in the early serum samples of the patients after aHSCT and nominate markers associated with particular aHSCT parameters/complications. Serum concentrations of 92 inflammation-associated proteins were measured in samples obtained from 80 aHSCT patients 14 days after transplantation and from 23 healthy control subjects by a novel sensitive proximity extension assay technology using Proseek Multiplex Inflammation I kit. Serum profiles of inflammatory proteins in patients after aHSCT were substantially different from those observed in control subjects and related to underlying disease status before transplantation. Particularly, the difference between aHSCT patients and controls reached significance level for 57 analytes (40 upregulated, 17 downregulated in aHSCT patients). The concentration of several markers was associated with the level of donor/recipient HLA match (TGF-α: p corr = 0.025, HGF: p corr = 0.036) and with complete donor chimerism at day +30 after allografting (DNER: p corr = 0.042). None of the markers was significantly associated with acute and chronic GvHD after correction. More than half of investigated proteins significantly differed between the samples from aHSCT patients and healthy control subjects as a consequence of the "cytokine storm" after aHSCT. Comparisons of patient's subgroups based on specific biological/clinical parameters revealed much less evident differences; nevertheless, we nominated several markers associated with the level of donor/recipient HLA match and post-transplant chimerism.

  8. Similar effect of autologous and allogeneic cell therapy for ischemic heart disease: systematic review and meta-analysis of large animal studies.

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    Jansen Of Lorkeers, Sanne Johanna; Eding, Joep Egbert Coenraad; Vesterinen, Hanna Mikaela; van der Spoel, Tycho Ids Gijsbert; Sena, Emily Shamiso; Duckers, Henricus Johannes; Doevendans, Pieter Adrianus; Macleod, Malcolm Robert; Chamuleau, Steven Anton Jozef

    2015-01-02

    In regenerative therapy for ischemic heart disease, use of both autologous and allogeneic stem cells has been investigated. Autologous cell can be applied without immunosuppression, but availability is restricted, and cells have been exposed to risk factors and aging. Allogeneic cell therapy enables preoperative production of potent cell lines and immediate availability of cell products, allowing off-the-shelf therapy. It is unknown which cell source is preferred with regard to improving cardiac function. We performed a meta-analysis of preclinical data of cell therapy for ischemic heart disease. We conducted a systematic literature search to identify publications describing controlled preclinical trials of unmodified stem cell therapy in large animal models of myocardial ischemia. Data from 82 studies involving 1415 animals showed a significant improvement in mean left ventricular ejection fraction in treated compared with control animals (8.3%, 95% confidence interval, 7.1-9.5; P<0.001). Meta-regression revealed a similar difference in left ventricular ejection fraction in autologous (8.8%, 95% confidence interval, 7.3-10.3; n=981) and allogeneic (7.3%, 95% confidence interval, 4.4-10.2, n=331; P=0.3) cell therapies. Autologous and allogeneic cell therapy for ischemic heart disease show a similar improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction in large animal models of myocardial ischemia, compared with placebo. These results are important for the design of future clinical trials. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  9. Minimal residual disease (MRD) status prior to allogeneic stem cell transplantation is a powerful predictor for post-transplant outcome in children with ALL.

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    Bader, P; Hancock, J; Kreyenberg, H; Goulden, N J; Niethammer, D; Oakhill, A; Steward, C G; Handgretinger, R; Beck, J F; Klingebiel, T

    2002-09-01

    We have retrospectively investigated the relationship between the level of minimal residual disease (MRD) detected in bone marrow taken prior to conditioning therapy and outcome following stem cell transplantation for high risk childhood ALL. Forty-one patients, in whom both a molecular marker of MRD and sufficient archival material was available, were included in the study. All were in remission at BMT: eight in CR1, 32 in CR2 and five in greater than CR2. MRD was measured by PCR amplification of antigen receptor gene rearrangements and clone-specific oligoprobing, the median sensitivity of detection being one leukaemic cell in 10000 normals. Results were classified as high-level positive (if a clonal band was evident after electrophoresis), low-level positive (if MRD was detected only after oligoprobing) and negative. MRD was detected at high levels in 17 patients, at low levels in 10 patients and 14 patients were MRD negative at the time of transplant. The 5-year event-free survival for these groups was 23%, 48% and 78%, respectively (P = 0.022). Limited multivariate analysis confirmed the significance of MRD (P = 0.0095) vs CR status, donor type, sex, immunophenotype and acute GvHD. This study confirms the strong relationship between MRD level and outcome following allogeneic transplantation. In contrast to a previous study we observed that a minority of children with high-level pre-BMT MRD can enter long lasting remission. The possible role for acute GVHD coupled with a graft-versus-leukaemia effect in the clearance of high level MRD in patients with ALL is discussed.

  10. An exploratory analysis of mitochondrial haplotypes and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) outcomes

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    Ross, Julie A.; Tolar, Jakub; Spector, Logan G.; DeFor, Todd; Lund, Troy C.; Weisdorf, Daniel J.; Langer, Erica; Hooten, Anthony J.; Thyagarajan, Bharat; Gleason, Michelle K.; Wagner, John E.; Robien, Kimberly; Verneris, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Certain mitochondrial haplotypes (mthaps) are associated with disease, possibly through differences in oxidative phosphorylation and/or immunosurveillance. We explored whether mthaps are associated with allogeneic HCT outcomes. Recipient (n=437) and donor (n=327) DNA was genotyped for common European mthaps (H, J, U, T, Z, K, V, X, I, W, K2). HCT outcomes for mthap matched siblings (n=198), all recipients, and all donors were modeled using relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals and compared to mthap H, the most common. Siblings with I and V were significantly more likely to die within 5 years (RR=3.0; 1.2–7.9 and 4.6; 1.8–12.3, respectively). W siblings experienced higher aGVHD II–IV events (RR=2.1; 1.1–2.4) with no events for K or K2. Similar results were observed for all recipients combined, although J recipients experienced lower GVHD and higher relapse. Patients with I donors had a 2.7 fold (1.2–6.2) increased risk of death in five years, while few patients with K2 or W donors died. No patients with K2 donors and few patients with U donors relapsed. Mthap may be an important consideration in HCT outcomes, although validation and functional studies are needed. If confirmed, it may be feasible to select donors based on mthap to increase positive or decrease negative outcomes. PMID:25300867

  11. Longitudinal analysis of antibody response to immunization in paediatric survivors after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Inaba, Hiroto; Hartford, Christine M.; Pei, Deqing; Posner, Meredith J.; Yang, Jie; Hayden, Randall T.; Srinivasan, Ashok; Triplett, Brandon M.; McCulllers, Jon A.; Pui, Ching-Hon; Leung, Wing

    2011-01-01

    Summary The long-term antibody responses to re-immunization in recipients of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) have not been well studied. We prospectively and longitudinally evaluated the antibody responses to 8 vaccine antigens (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and poliovirus) and assessed the factors associated with negative titres in 210 allo-HSCT recipients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Antibody responses lasting for more than 5 years after immunization were observed in most patients for tetanus (95.7%), rubella (92.3%), poliovirus (97.9%), and, in diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) recipients, diphtheria (100%). However, responses to pertussis (25.0%), measles (66.7%), mumps (61.5%), hepatitis B (72.9%), and diphtheria in tetanus-diphtheria (Td) recipients (48.6%) were less favourable, with either only transient antibody responses or persistently negative titres. Factors associated with vaccine failure were older age at immunization; lower CD3, CD4 or CD19 counts; higher IgM concentrations; positive recipient cytomegalovirus serology; negative titres before immunization; acute or chronic graft-versus-host disease; and radiation during preconditioning. These response patterns and clinical factors can be used to formulate re-immunization and monitoring strategies. Patients at risk for vaccine failure should have long-term follow-up; those with loss of antibody response or no seroconversion should receive booster immunizations. PMID:22017512

  12. An exploratory analysis of mitochondrial haplotypes and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation outcomes.

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    Ross, Julie A; Tolar, Jakub; Spector, Logan G; DeFor, Todd; Lund, Troy C; Weisdorf, Daniel J; Langer, Erica; Hooten, Anthony J; Thyagarajan, Bharat; Gleason, Michelle K; Wagner, John E; Robien, Kimberly; Verneris, Michael R

    2015-01-01

    Certain mitochondrial haplotypes (mthaps) are associated with disease, possibly through differences in oxidative phosphorylation and/or immunosurveillance. We explored whether mthaps are associated with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) outcomes. Recipient (n = 437) and donor (n = 327) DNA were genotyped for common European mthaps (H, J, U, T, Z, K, V, X, I, W, and K2). HCT outcomes for mthap matched siblings (n = 198), all recipients, and all donors were modeled using relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals and compared with mthap H, the most common mitochondrial haplotypes. Siblings with I and V were significantly more likely to die within 5 years (RR = 3.0; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.2 to 7.9; and RR = 4.6; 95% CI, 1.8 to 12.3, respectively). W siblings experienced higher acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) grades II to IV events (RR = 2.1; 95% CI, 1.1 to 2.4) with no events for those with K or K2. Similar results were observed for all recipients combined, although J recipients experienced lower GVHD and higher relapse. Patients with I donors had a 2.7-fold (1.2 to 6.2) increased risk of death in 5 years, whereas few patients with K2 or W donors died. No patients with K2 donors and few patients with U donors relapsed. Mthap may be an important consideration in HCT outcomes, although validation and functional studies are needed. If confirmed, it may be feasible to select donors based on mthap to increase positive or decrease negative outcomes.

  13. [Post-mortem microbiology analysis].

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    Fernández-Rodríguez, Amparo; Alberola, Juan; Cohen, Marta Cecilia

    2013-12-01

    Post-mortem microbiology is useful in both clinical and forensic autopsies, and allows a suspected infection to be confirmed. Indeed, it is routinely applied to donor studies in the clinical setting, as well as in sudden and unexpected death in the forensic field. Implementation of specific sampling techniques in autopsy can minimize the possibility of contamination, making interpretation of the results easier. Specific interpretation criteria for post-mortem cultures, the use of molecular diagnosis, and its fusion with molecular biology and histopathology have led to post-mortem microbiology playing a major role in autopsy. Multidisciplinary work involving microbiologists, pathologists, and forensic physicians will help to improve the achievements of post-mortem microbiology, prevent infectious diseases, and contribute to a healthier population.

  14. Clinical utility of chimerism status assessed by lineage-specific short tandem repeat analysis: experience from four cases of allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Goh, Ri-Young; Cho, Sung-Suk; Song, Yoo-Jeong; Heo, Kyeong; Oh, Sung-Yong; Kim, Sung-Hyun; Kwon, Hyeok-Chan; Kim, Hyo-Jin; Han, Jin-Yeong

    2009-08-01

    Chimerism testing permits early prediction and documentation of successful engraftment, and also facilitates detection of impending graft rejection. In this study, we serially monitored chimerism status by short tandem repeat-based PCR in nucleated cells (NC), T cells and natural killer (NK) cells after myeloablative allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Four patients with myeloid malignancies showed discrepant chimerism results among those three fractions. Three patients had mixed chimerism (MC) of donor/host T cells at a time point around the onset of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). In two patients with disease relapse, MC of NK cells preceded a morphological relapse or NK cells showed a higher percentage of patient cells compared to NC. Therefore, our study shows that chimerism analysis in lineage-specific cells might be useful in predicting clinical outcome after allogeneic SCT in certain patients.

  15. Are allogenic or xenogenic screws and plates a reasonable alternative to alloplastic material for osteosynthesis--a histomorphological analysis in a dynamic system.

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    Jacobsen, C; Obwegeser, J A

    2010-12-01

    Despite invention of titanium and resorbable screws and plates, still, one of the main challenges in bone fixation is the search for an ideal osteosynthetic material. Biomechanical properties, biocompatibility, and also cost effectiveness and clinical practicability are factors for the selection of a particular material. A promising alternative seems to be screws and plates made of bone. Recently, xenogenic bone pins and screws have been invented for use in joint surgery. In this study, screws made of allogenic sheep and xenogenic human bone were analyzed in a vital and dynamic sheep-model and compared to conventional titanium screws over a standard period of bone healing of 56 days with a constant applied extrusion force. Biomechanical analysis and histomorphological evaluation were performed. After 56 days of insertion xenogenic screws made of human bone showed significantly larger distance of extrusion of on average 173.8 μm compared to allogenic screws made of sheep bone of on average 27.8 and 29.95 μm of the titanium control group. Severe resorption processes with connective tissue interposition were found in the histomorphological analysis of the xenogenic screws in contrast to new bone formation and centripetal vascularization of the allogenic bone screw, as well as in processes of incorporation of the titanium control group. The study showed allogenic cortical bone screws as a substantial alternative to titanium screws with good biomechanical properties. In contrast to other reports a different result was shown for the xenogenic bone screws. They showed insufficient holding strength with confirmative histomorphological signs of degradation and insufficient osseointegration. Before common clinical use of xenogenic osteosynthetic material, further evaluation should be performed.

  16. Risk factors and impact of non-Aspergillus mold infections following allogeneic HCT: a CIBMTR infection and immune reconstitution analysis.

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    Riches, M L; Trifilio, S; Chen, M; Ahn, K W; Langston, A; Lazarus, H M; Marks, D I; Martino, R; Maziarz, R T; Papanicolou, G A; Wingard, J R; Young, J-A H; Bennett, C L

    2016-02-01

    Risk factors for non-Aspergillus mold infection (NAMI) and the impact on transplant outcome are poorly assessed in the current era of antifungal agents. Outcomes of 124 patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) diagnosed with either mucormycosis (n=72) or fusariosis (n=52) between days 0 and 365 after HCT are described and compared with a control cohort (n=11 856). Patients with NAMI had more advanced disease (mucormycois: 25%, fusariosis: 23% and controls: 18%; P=0.004) and were more likely to have a Karnofsky performance status (KPS) <90% at HCT (mucormycosis: 42%, fusariosis: 38% and controls: 28%; P=0.048). The 1-year survival after HCT was 22% (15-29%) for cases and was significantly inferior compared with controls (65% (64-65%); P<0.001). Survival from infection was similarly dismal regardless of mucormycosis: 15% (8-25%) and fusariosis: 21% (11-33%). In multivariable analysis, NAMI was associated with a sixfold higher risk of death (P<0.0001) regardless of the site or timing of infection. Risk factors for mucormycosis include preceding acute GvHD, prior Aspergillus infection and older age. For fusariosis, increased risks including receipt of cord blood, prior CMV infection and transplant before May 2002. In conclusion, NAMI occurs infrequently, is associated with high mortality and appears with similar frequency in the current antifungal era.

  17. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Aggressive NK Cell Leukemia. A Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Analysis.

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    Hamadani, Mehdi; Kanate, Abraham S; DiGilio, Alyssa; Ahn, Kwang Woo; Smith, Sonali M; Lee, Jong Wook; Ayala, Ernesto; Chao, Nelson; Hari, Parameswaran; Bolaños-Meade, Javier; Gress, Ronald; Smedegaard Anderson, Niels; Chen, Yi-Bin; Farooq, Umar; Schiller, Gary; Yared, Jean; Sureda, Anna; Fenske, Timothy S; Olteanu, Horatiu

    2017-02-01

    Aggressive NK cell leukemia (ANKL) is an exceedingly rare form of leukemia and carries a poor prognosis, with a median survival of only 2 months. Using the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research database, we evaluated outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) in patients with ANKL. Twenty-one patients with a centrally confirmed diagnosis of ANKL were included. Median patient age was 42 years and 15 patients (71%) were Caucasian. Fourteen patients (67%) were in complete remission (CR) at the time of alloHCT, and 5 patients had active disease. Median follow-up of survivors was 25 months (range, 12 to 116). The 2-year estimates of nonrelapse mortality, relapse/progression, progression-free (PFS), and overall survival (OS) were 21%, 59%, 20%, and 24%, respectively. The 2-year PFS of patients in CR at the time of alloHCT was significantly better than that of patients with active disease at transplantation (30% versus 0%; P = .001). The 2-year OS in similar order was 38% versus 0% (P < .001). In conclusion, this registry analysis that included majority non-Asian patient population shows that alloHCT can provide durable disease control in a subset of ANKL patients. Achieving CR before transplantation appears to be a prerequisite for successful transplantation outcomes.

  18. Risk Factors and Impact of non-Aspergillus mold infections (NAMI) following Allogeneic HCT: A CIBMTR Infection & Immune Reconstitution analysis

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    Riches, Marcie L.; Trifilio, Steven; Chen, Min; Ahn, Kwang Woo; Langston, Amelia; Lazarus, Hillard M.; Marks, David I.; Martino, Rodrigo; Maziarz, Richard T.; Papinicolou, Genofeva A.; Wingard, John R.; Young, Jo-Anne H.; Bennett, Charles L.

    2015-01-01

    Risk factors for non-Aspergillus mold infection (NAMI) and the impact on transplant outcome are poorly assessed in the current era of antifungal agents. Outcomes of 124 patients receiving allogeneic HCT diagnosed with either mucormycosis [n=72] or fusariosis [n=52] between days 0-365 after HCT are described and compared to a control cohort (n=11856). Patients with NAMI had more advanced disease [mucormycois 25%, fusariosis 23%, controls 18%; p = 0.004] and were more likely to have a KPS<90% at HCT [mucormycosis 42%, fusariosis 38%, controls 28%; p=0.048]. The 1-year survival after HCT was 22% (15–29%) for cases and was significantly inferior compared to controls [65%(64–65%); p < 0.001]. Survival from infection was similarly dismal regardless of mucormycosis [15% (8-25%)] and fusariosis [21% (11-33%)]. In multivariable analysis, NAMI was associated with a 6-fold higher risk of death (p<0.0001) regardless of the site or timing of infection. Risk factors for mucormycosis include preceding acute GVHD, prior aspergillus infection, and older age. For fusariosis, increased risks including receipt of cord blood, prior CMV infection, and transplant prior to May 2002. In conclusion, NAMI occurs infrequently, is associated with high mortality, and appears with similar frequency in the current antifungal era. PMID:26524262

  19. Mass Cytometry and Topological Data Analysis Reveal Immune Parameters Associated with Complications after Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.

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    Lakshmikanth, Tadepally; Olin, Axel; Chen, Yang; Mikes, Jaromir; Fredlund, Erik; Remberger, Mats; Omazic, Brigitta; Brodin, Petter

    2017-08-29

    Human immune systems are variable, and immune responses are often unpredictable. Systems-level analyses offer increased power to sort patients on the basis of coordinated changes across immune cells and proteins. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is a well-established form of immunotherapy whereby a donor immune system induces a graft-versus-leukemia response. This fails when the donor immune system regenerates improperly, leaving the patient susceptible to infections and leukemia relapse. We present a systems-level analysis by mass cytometry and serum profiling in 26 patients sampled 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 months after transplantation. Using a combination of machine learning and topological data analyses, we show that global immune signatures associated with clinical outcome can be revealed, even when patients are few and heterogeneous. This high-resolution systems immune monitoring approach holds the potential for improving the development and evaluation of immunotherapies in the future. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Association between Allogeneic or Autologous Blood Transfusion and Survival in Patients after Radical Prostatectomy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Yuan, Xiao-Hua

    2017-01-01

    Background A number of studies have investigated the effect of perioperative blood transfusion (PBT) for patients after radical prostatectomy (RP), with some reporting conflicting results. A systematic review of the literature and a meta-analysis were conducted to explore the association between PBT (autologous or allogeneic) and biochemical recurrence-free survival (BRFS), overall survival (OS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS) in patients undergoing RP. Methods The PubMed, Medline, Cochrane Library, and Embase databases were searched for published controlled clinical studies on perioperative allogeneic or autologous blood transfusion (BT) and patient survival after RP. STATA software version 12.0 was used for data analysis. We used hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) to test the correlation between BT and patient survival after RP. Results Data from a total of 26,698 patients in ten published studies were included in the meta-analysis. The meta-analysis results showed that autologous BT was not associated with BRFS (HR: 1.06; 95% CI: 0.96–1.18; Z = 1.17; P = 0.24), OS (HR: 0.86; 95% CI: 0.71–1.04; Z = 1.58; P = 0.11), or CSS (HR: 0.98; 95% CI: 0.49–1.96; Z = 0.05; P = 0.96). Allogeneic BT exhibited a significant association with worse BRFS (HR: 1.09; 95% CI: 1.01–1.16; Z = 2.37; P = 0.02), OS (HR: 1.43; 95% CI: 1.24–1.64; Z = 4.95; P<0.01) and CSS (HR: 1.74; 95% CI: 1.18–2.56; Z = 2.81; P = 0.005). Conclusion Our data showed an association between allogeneic BT and reduced BRFS, OS and CSS in patients after RP. These findings indicate that perioperative blood conservation strategies are important for decreasing the allogeneic BT rate. PMID:28135341

  1. The Effect of GVHD on Long-term Outcomes after Peripheral Blood Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation from an HLA-identical Sibling in Adult Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia: A Landmark Analysis Approach in Competing Risks

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    Jalali, Arash; Alimoghaddam, Kamran; Mohammad, Kazem; Mousavi, Seied Asadollah; Bahar, Babak; Vaezi, Mohammad; Zeraati, Hojjat; Jahani, Mohammad; Ghavamzadeh, Ardeshir

    2014-01-01

    Allogeneic Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the most effective therapy to prevent relapse in acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). This benefit is affected by non-relapse mortality (NRM) due to complications such as graft versus host disease (GVHD). A new approach in analyzing time-dependent covariates in competing risks is landmark analysis. So, the aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of acute and chronic GVHD on long-term outcomes, relapse and NRM, after allogeneic HSCT in adult ALL using landmark analysis. This study was conducted on 252 ALL patients who were allogeneic transplanted from an HLA-identical sibling with peripheral blood (PB) as the source of stem cell from 2004 to 2012 and were followed-up until 2013. In the first 100 days after transplant, a landmark analysis on days +10, +11, +12, +17, +24, and +31 was applied to assess the effect of acute GVHD on early relapse and NRM. Similarly, for patients alive and event-free at day +100 after transplant, a landmark analysis at time points day +101, months +4, +5, +6, +9, and +12 was applied to evaluate the effect of chronic GVHD on late relapse and NRM. Five-year LFS and OS were 35.0% (95% CI: 29.1, 42.2%) and 37.5% (95% CI: 31.3, 45.0%), respectively. Five-year cumulative incidence of relapse was 44.5% (95% CI: 37.9, 51.0%) while this was 20.4% (95% CI: 15.4, 26.0%) for NRM. The landmark analysis in the first 100 days after transplant showed that the grade III/IV of aGVHD has a lower risk of relapse but higher risk of NRM after adjustment for the EBMT risk score. For patients alive at day +100, cGVHD had no significant effect on relapse. Limited cGVHD had lower risk of NRM and after 6 month post-transplant the risk of NRM decreased and there were not important difference between the groups of cGVHD. Using advanced models enables us to estimate the effects more precisely and ultimately make inference more accurately. PMID:24800032

  2. [Chimerism analysis after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Interest of cell sorting: general review].

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    Mollet, I; Giannoli, C; Rigal, D; Dubois, V

    2012-04-01

    Haematopoietic stem cells transplantation, widely used these last decades, represent the ultimate treatment resource for patients with haematological malignancies. Long range success of this treatment is particularly affected by relapse of the initial disease, graft rejection or graft versus host disease. Chimerism analysis after transplantation had been used since several years to document engraftment, to determine the risk of relapse and to adapt therapy promptly when necessary. Usefulness of this analysis for the outcome of transplanted patients, as well as the impact of using high sensitive techniques coupled with specific cell populations sorted have been demonstrated by retrospective studies. Follow-up of chimerism would allow to operate efficiently before the onset of clinical signs in leukaemic patients with high risk of relapse and to control the expression of minimal residual disease when specific molecular markers could not be monitored. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. Content analysis of cancer blog posts*

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    Kim, Sujin

    2009-01-01

    Objectives: The efficacy of user-defined subject tagging and software-generated subject tagging for describing and organizing cancer blog contents was explored. Methods: The Technorati search engine was used to search the blogosphere for cancer blog postings generated during a two-month period. Postings were mined for relevant subject concepts, and blogger-defined tags and Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) software–defined tags were generated for each message. Descriptive data were collected, and the blogger-defined tags were compared with software-generated tags. Three standard vocabularies (Opinion Templates, Basic Resource, and Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] Resource) were used to assign subject terms to the blogs, with results compared for efficacy in information retrieval. Results: Descriptive data showed that most of the studied cancer blogs (80%) contained fewer than 500 words each. The numbers of blogger-defined tags per posting (M = 4.49 per posting) were significantly smaller than the TAPoR keywords (M = 23.55 per posting). Both blogger-defined subject tags and software-generated subject tags were often overly broad or overly narrow in focus, producing less than effective search results for those seeking to extract information from cancer blogs. Conclusions: Additional exploration into methods for systematically organizing cancer blog postings is necessary if blogs are to become stable and efficacious information resources for cancer patients, friends, families, or providers. PMID:19851489

  4. Content analysis of cancer blog posts.

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    Kim, Sujin

    2009-10-01

    The efficacy of user-defined subject tagging and software-generated subject tagging for describing and organizing cancer blog contents was explored. The Technorati search engine was used to search the blogosphere for cancer blog postings generated during a two-month period. Postings were mined for relevant subject concepts, and blogger-defined tags and Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) software-defined tags were generated for each message. Descriptive data were collected, and the blogger-defined tags were compared with software-generated tags. Three standard vocabularies (Opinion Templates, Basic Resource, and Medical Subject Headings [MeSH] Resource) were used to assign subject terms to the blogs, with results compared for efficacy in information retrieval. Descriptive data showed that most of the studied cancer blogs (80%) contained fewer than 500 words each. The numbers of blogger-defined tags per posting (M = 4.49 per posting) were significantly smaller than the TAPoR keywords (M = 23.55 per posting). Both blogger-defined subject tags and software-generated subject tags were often overly broad or overly narrow in focus, producing less than effective search results for those seeking to extract information from cancer blogs. Additional exploration into methods for systematically organizing cancer blog postings is necessary if blogs are to become stable and efficacious information resources for cancer patients, friends, families, or providers.

  5. [Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in Hungary].

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    Bátai, Árpád; Reményi, Péter; Réti, Marienn; Barta, Anikó; Gopcsa, László; Lengyel, Lilla; Torbágyi, Éva; Csukly, Zoltán; Karászi, Éva; Tordai, Attila; Andrikovics, Hajnalka; Balassa, Katalin; Tasnády, Szabolcs; Masszi, Tamás

    2017-02-01

    The publication summarizes the 2548 stem cell transplantations performed in the period of 1993-2015 in Szent Laszló Hospital, Budapest and provides a detailed discussion of the 425 allogeneic transplantations during 2007-2013. The analysis explains the major steps of the evolution of allogeneic stem cell transplantation and compares the results of the unique Hungarian allogeneic center. The significant shift in the transplantation indications from chronic myeloid leukemia to myelodysplastic syndromes and the rising age of the recipients are in line with world wide tendencies. The latter one is the consequence of the introduction and improvement of the concept of reduced intensity conditioning regimens, originally arising from the idea of Endre Kelemen. The most limiting factor, the donor availability seems to be resolved with the use of a new immunomodulating regimen, the application of posttransplantation cyclophosphamide, which allows the transplantation through HLA barriers with haploidentical family donors with comparable results to the HLA matched volunteer unrelated donors. The above mentioned tendencies result the wider use of allogeneic stem cell transplantation less dependent from recipient age, comorbidities and even donor availability. The publication highlights the need of expanding the stem cell transplantation budget and the involvement of new centers in Hungary in allogeneic of stem cell transplantation. Orv. Hetil., 2017, 158(8), 291-297.

  6. Allogeneic, but not autologous, hematopoietic cell transplantation improves survival only among younger adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first remission: an individual patient data meta-analysis.

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    Gupta, Vikas; Richards, Sue; Rowe, Jacob

    2013-01-10

    Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and prolonged chemotherapy are standard postremission strategies for adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission, but the optimal strategy remains controversial. There are no randomized trials of allogeneic HCT. In the present study, updated individual patient data were collected and analyzed from studies with information on availability of matched sibling donor (used to mimic randomization) and from randomized trials of autograft versus chemotherapy. Data from 13 studies including 2962 patients, excluding Philadelphia chromosome-positive patients, showed a survival benefit for having a matched sibling donor for patients < 35 years of age (OR = 0.79; 95% CI, 0.70-0.90, P = .0003) but not for those ≥ 35 years of age (OR = 1.01; 95% CI, 0.85-1.19, P = .9; heterogeneity P = .03) because of the higher absolute risk of nonrelapse mortality for older patients. No differences were seen by risk group. There was a trend toward inferior survival for autograft versus chemotherapy (OR = 1.18; 95% CI, 0.99-1.41; P = .06). No beneficial effect of autografting was seen compared with chemotherapy in this analysis. We conclude that matched sibling donor myeloablative HCT improves survival only for younger patients, with an absolute benefit of approximately 10% at 5 years. Improved chemotherapy outcomes and reduced nonrelapse mortality associated with allogeneic HCT may change the relative effects of these treatments in the future.

  7. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: analysis of 533 adult patients who underwent transplantation at King's College Hospital.

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    Wang, Meng; Wang, Wenjia; Abeywardane, Ayesha; Adikarama, Malinthi; McLornan, Donal; Raj, Kavita; de Lavallade, Hugues; Devereux, Stephen; Mufti, Ghulam J; Pagliuca, Antonio; Potter, Victoria T; Mijovic, Aleksandar

    2015-01-01

    Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a recognized complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT); it is often refractory to treatment and carries a high mortality. To improve understanding of the incidence, risk factors, and clinical outcome of post-transplantation AIHA, we analyzed 533 patients who received allogeneic HSCT, and we identified 19 cases of AIHA after HSCT (overall incidence, 3.6%). The median time to onset, from HSCT to AIHA, was 202 days. AIHA was associated with HSCT from unrelated donors (hazard ratio [HR], 5.28; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.22 to 22.9; P = .026). In the majority (14 of 19; 74%) of AIHA patients, multiple agents for treatment were required, with only 9 of 19 (47%) patients achieving complete resolution of AIHA. Patients with post-transplantation AIHA had a higher overall mortality (HR, 2.48; 95% CI, 1.33 to 4.63; P = .004), with 36% (4 of 11 cases) of deaths attributable to AIHA.

  8. Clinical and In Vitro Studies on Impact of High-Dose Etoposide Pharmacokinetics Prior Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on the Risk of Post-Transplant Leukemia Relapse.

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    Sobiak, Joanna; Kazimierczak, Urszula; Kowalczyk, Dariusz W; Chrzanowska, Maria; Styczyński, Jan; Wysocki, Mariusz; Szpecht, Dawid; Wachowiak, Jacek

    2015-10-01

    The impact of etoposide (VP-16) plasma concentrations on the day of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) on leukemia-free survival in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was studied. In addition, the in vitro effects of VP-16 on the lymphocytes proliferation, cytotoxic activity and on Th1/Th2 cytokine responses were assessed. In 31 children undergoing allo-HSCT, VP-16 plasma concentrations were determined up to 120 h after the infusion using the HPLC-UV method. For mentioned in vitro studies, VP-16 plasma concentrations observed on allo-HSCT day were used. In 84 % of children, VP-16 plasma concentrations (0.1-1.5 μg/mL) were quantifiable 72 h after the end of the drug infusion, i.e. when allo-HSCT should be performed. In 20 (65 %) children allo-HSCT was performed 4 days after the end of the drug infusion, and VP-16 was still detectable (0.1-0.9 μg/mL) in plasma of 12 (39 %) of them. Post-transplant ALL relapse occurred in four children, in all of them VP-16 was detectable in plasma (0.1-0.8 μg/mL) on allo-HSCT day, while there was no relapse in children with undetectable VP-16. In in vitro studies, VP-16 demonstrated impact on the proliferation activity of stimulated lymphocytes depending on its concentration and exposition time. The presence of VP-16 in plasma on allo-HSCT day may demonstrate an adverse effect on graft-versus-leukemia (GvL) reaction and increase the risk of post-transplant ALL relapse. Therefore, if 72 h after VP-16 administration its plasma concentration is still above 0.1 μg/mL then the postponement of transplantation for next 24 h should be considered to protect GvL effector cells from transplant material.

  9. Induction of late graft-versus-host disease in a patient post-allogeneic stem cell transplantation by progesterone in conjunction with donor lymphocyte infusion.

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    Gesundheit, Benjamin; Shapira, Michael Y; Maly, Alexander; Samuel, Simcha; Budowski, Einat; Or, Reuven

    2008-03-01

    Patients after stem cell transplantation (SCT), often develop graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) which, although potentially dangerous, is associated with the beneficial graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Where there is high risk of disease recurrence, donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) are given to provide long-term disease control. We present a patient treated with DLI 4 years post-SCT, who developed acute GVHD after administration of progesterone to induce menstruation. This rare allergic reaction warrants further investigation.

  10. Allogeneic morphogenetic protein vs. recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 in lumbar interbody fusion procedures: a radiographic and economic analysis.

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    Roh, Jeffrey S; Yeung, Christopher A; Field, Justin S; McClellan, R Trigg

    2013-12-28

    Since the introduction of rhBMP-2 (Infuse) in 2002, surgeons have had an alternative substitute to autograft and its related donor site morbidity. Recently, the prevalence of reported adverse events and complications related to the use of rhBMP-2 has raised many ethical and legal concerns for surgeons. Additionally, the cost and decreasing reimbursement landscape of rhBMP-2 use have required identification of a viable alternative. Osteo allogeneic morphogenetic protein (OsteoAMP) is a commercially available allograft-derived growth factor rich in osteoinductive, angiogenic, and mitogenic proteins. This study compares the radiographic fusion outcomes between rhBMP-2 and OsteoAMP allogeneic morphogenetic protein in lumbar interbody fusion spine procedures. Three hundred twenty-one (321) patients from three centers underwent a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) or lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) procedure and were assessed by an independent radiologist for fusion and radiographically evident complications. The independent radiologist was blinded to the intervention, product, and surgeon information. Two hundred and twenty-six (226) patients received OsteoAMP with autologous local bone, while ninety-five (95) patients received Infuse with autologous local bone. Patients underwent radiographs (x-ray and/or CT) at standard postoperative follow-up intervals of approximately 1, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months. Fusion was defined as radiographic evidence of bridging across endplates, or bridging from endplates to interspace disc plugs. Osteobiologic surgical supply costs were also analyzed to ascertain cost differences between OsteoAMP and rhBMP-2. OsteoAMP produced higher rates of fusion at 6, 12, and 18 months (p ≤ 0.01). The time required for OsteoAMP to achieve fusion was approximately 40% less than rhBMP-2 with approximately 70% fewer complications. Osteobiologic supply costs were 80.5% lower for OsteoAMP patients (73.7% lower per level) than for rh

  11. POST-PROCESSING ANALYSIS FOR THC SEEPAGE

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    Y. SUN

    2004-09-29

    This report describes the selection of water compositions for the total system performance assessment (TSPA) model of results from the thermal-hydrological-chemical (THC) seepage model documented in ''Drift-Scale THC Seepage Model'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169856]). The selection has been conducted in accordance with ''Technical Work Plan for: Near-Field Environment and Transport: Coupled Processes (Mountain-Scale TH/THC/THM, Drift-Scale THC Seepage, and Post-Processing Analysis for THC Seepage) Report Integration'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 171334]). This technical work plan (TWP) was prepared in accordance with AP-2.27Q, ''Planning for Science Activities''. Section 1.2.3 of the TWP describes planning information pertaining to the technical scope, content, and management of this report. The post-processing analysis for THC seepage (THC-PPA) documented in this report provides a methodology for evaluating the near-field compositions of water and gas around a typical waste emplacement drift as these relate to the chemistry of seepage, if any, into the drift. The THC-PPA inherits the conceptual basis of the THC seepage model, but is an independently developed process. The relationship between the post-processing analysis and other closely related models, together with their main functions in providing seepage chemistry information for the Total System Performance Assessment for the License Application (TSPA-LA), are illustrated in Figure 1-1. The THC-PPA provides a data selection concept and direct input to the physical and chemical environment (P&CE) report that supports the TSPA model. The purpose of the THC-PPA is further discussed in Section 1.2. The data selection methodology of the post-processing analysis (Section 6.2.1) was initially applied to results of the THC seepage model as presented in ''Drift-Scale THC Seepage Model'' (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169856]). Other outputs from the THC seepage model (DTN: LB0302DSCPTHCS.002 [DIRS 161976]) used in the P&CE (BSC 2004 [DIRS 169860

  12. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for adult patients with mixed phenotype acute leukemia: results of a matched-pair analysis.

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    Shimizu, Hiroaki; Saitoh, Takayuki; Machida, Shinichiro; Kako, Shinichi; Doki, Noriko; Mori, Takehiko; Sakura, Toru; Kanda, Yoshinobu; Kanamori, Heiwa; Miyawaki, Shuichi; Okamoto, Shinichiro

    2015-11-01

    Adult patients with mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL) have a poor prognosis, and the therapeutic role of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) for MPAL remains to be elucidated. Thus, we retrospectively assessed the efficacy of allo-SCT for MPAL. Eighteen patients with MPAL were identified from the transplant outcome database of Kanto Study Group for Cell Therapy (KSGCT). We also selected 215 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) as control cohorts using an optimal matching method. The 5-yr overall survival (OS) rate of patients with MPAL was 48.1%, and patients in remission at the time of transplant showed significantly better survival than those not in remission (5-yr OS: 71.8% vs. 0%, P = 0.001). No significant differences were seen in OS when stratifying patients according to immunophenotype, cytogenetic abnormalities, or the type of induction therapy. The 5-yr OS rate of patients with MPAL was not significantly different compared with AML control patients (48.1% vs. 48.1%; P = 0.855) or ALL control patients (48.1% vs. 37.8%; P = 0.426). These results suggested that allo-SCT is an effective treatment for MPAL, especially early in the disease course, and innovative transplant approaches are warranted to improve the transplant outcome of patients with MPAL who are not in remission. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  13. Has allogeneic stem cell cryopreservation been given the 'cold shoulder'? An analysis of the pros and cons of using frozen versus fresh stem cell products in allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Frey, N V; Lazarus, H M; Goldstein, S C

    2006-09-01

    Donor stem cells for allogeneic transplant traditionally are collected and transfused 'fresh' into the recipient on the day of transplant; alternatively such cells can be collected in advance and cryopreserved until needed. Most centers favor the former approach based on theoretical concerns that cryopreservation and thawing may worsen clinical outcomes. Limited published data from single institution retrospective studies show no significant impairment of engraftment or reduced day 100 survival for cryopreserved bone marrow recipients. There are no reported outcomes for recipients of cryopreserved peripheral blood allografts. Use of cryopreserved stem cells is associated with a higher incidence of adverse events (transfusion reactions, bacterial graft contamination and collection of grafts which are not utilized). Conversely, use of cryopreserved grafts introduces a greater flexibility into a stressed healthcare system and results in a more streamlined experience for the donor. Some data suggest that transplantation with a cryopreserved product may lower the incidence of acute graft-versus-host disease. We compare the pros and cons of using 'fresh' versus cryopreserved stem cell products for allogeneic transplantation and suggest that the current standard of using 'fresh' products may not be warranted. We also suggest future areas of exploration to better elucidate this issue. Published online 7 August 2006.

  14. Blood concentration of cyclosporine during early post-transplant period may have influence on the occurrence of chronic graft versus host disease in patients who received allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Park, Silvia; Kim, Kihyun; Jang, Jun Ho; Kim, Seok Jin; Kim, Won Seog; Jung, Chul Won

    2016-01-01

    Introduction It has rarely been studied that how the blood level of CsA affect the incidence of chronic GVHD after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Methods A total of 183 patients who underwent allo-HSCT from an HLA-matched or haplo matched family donors between 2006 and 2014 were reviewed. Results The average monthly CsA blood concentration (CsAavr, ng/ml) was calculated in each patient: 0-1, 1-2, and 2-3 months after allo-HSCT. CsAavr at the first month showed significant association with the occurrence of moderate to severe cGVHD in multivariate analysis adjusted for gender, age, total body irradiation, anti-thymocyte globulin, acute GVHD ≥ grade 2 and CsAavr levels of other periods. The risk of cGVHD development was lowest in patients with CsAavr of 200-250 ng/ml when compared to those with CsAavr of ≥ 250 or < 200 ng/ml (p=0.003). Conclusions CsA level between 200 and 250 mg/ml during the first month after transplantation was significantly associated with the decreased risk of moderate to severe cGVHD. PMID:27494893

  15. Parainfluenza virus type 3 Ab in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients: factors influencing post-transplant Ab titers and associated outcomes.

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    Seo, S; Xie, H; Karron, R A; Thumar, B; Englund, J A; Leisenring, W M; Stevens-Ayers, T; Boeckh, M; Campbell, A P

    2014-09-01

    Parainfluenza virus type 3 (PIV-3) can cause severe respiratory illness among hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) recipients. Factors associated with PIV-3-specific Ab level, and the association between PIV-3 Ab levels and clinical outcomes in HCT recipients who acquire PIV-3 infection, are unknown. We evaluated PIV-3-specific hemagglutination inhibition Ab levels and clinical outcomes among 172 patients with PIV-3 infection following HCT. In a multivariable linear regression model, high post-transplantation Ab levels were independently associated with higher pre-transplantation recipient titer (mean difference 0.38 (95% confidence interval (CI), 0.26, 0.50), P<0.001). Significant associations between pre-HCT Ab titers in both patients and donors and occurrence of lower respiratory tract disease (LRD) after HCT were not observed. In conclusion, low pre-transplantation titers are associated with low Ab levels after HCT. The relationship between PIV-3 Ab levels and outcomes remain uncertain. Further study is needed to prospectively evaluate the dynamics of PIV-3-specific Ab responses and the relative contribution of PIV-3-specific Ab to protection from infection acquisition and progression to LRD.

  16. The cost of post-operative shed blood salvage after total knee arthroplasty: an analysis of 1,093 consecutive procedures

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    Muñoz, Manuel; Ariza, Daniel; Campos, Arturo; Martín-Montañez, Elisa; Pavía, José

    2013-01-01

    Background Requirements for allogeneic red cell transfusion after total knee arthroplasty are still high (20–50%), and salvage and reinfusion of unwashed, filtered post-operative shed blood is an established method for reducing transfusion requirements following this operation. We performed a cost analysis to ascertain whether this alternative is likely to be cost-effective. Materials and methods Data from 1,093 consecutive primary total knee arthroplasties, managed with (reinfusion group, n=763) or without reinfusion of unwashed salvaged blood (control group, n=330), were retrospectively reviewed. The costs of low-vacuum drains, shed blood collection canisters (Bellovac ABT®, Wellspect HealthCare and ConstaVac CBC II®, Stryker), shed blood reinfusion, acquisition and transfusion of allogeneic red cell concentrate, haemoglobin measurements, and prolonged length of hospital stay were used for the blood management cost analysis. Results Patients in the reinfusion group received 152±64 mL of red blood cells from postoperatively salvaged blood, without clinically relevant incidents, and showed a lower allogeneic transfusion rate (24.5% vs 8.5%, for the control and reinfusion groups, respectively; p =0.001). There were no differences in post-operative infection rates. Patients receiving allogeneic transfusions stayed in hospital longer (+1.9 days [95% CI: 1.2 to 2.6]). As reinfusion of unwashed salvaged blood reduced the allogeneic transfusion rate, both reinfusion systems may provide net savings in different cost scenarios (€ 4.6 to € 106/patient for Bellovac ABT, and € −51.9 to € 49.9/patient for ConstaVac CBCII). Discussion Return of unwashed salvaged blood after total knee arthroplasty seems to save costs in patients with pre-operative haemoglobin between 12 and 15 g/dL. It is not cost-saving in patients with a pre-operative haemoglobin >15 g/dL, whereas in those with a pre-operative haemoglobin <12 g/dL, although cost-saving, its efficacy could be

  17. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors improve long-term outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for adult patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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    Brissot, Eolia; Labopin, Myriam; Beckers, Marielle M.; Socié, Gérard; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Volin, Liisa; Finke, Jürgen; Lenhoff, Stig; Kröger, Nicolaus; Ossenkoppele, Gert J.; Craddock, Charles F.; Yakoub-Agha, Ibrahim; Gürman, Günhan; Russell, Nigel H.; Aljurf, Mahmoud; Potter, Michael N.; Nagler, Armon; Ottmann, Oliver; Cornelissen, Jan J.; Esteve, Jordi; Mohty, Mohamad

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to determine the impact of tyrosine kinase inhibitors given pre- and post-allogeneic stem cell transplantation on long-term outcome of patients allografted for Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This retrospective analysis from the EBMT Acute Leukemia Working Party included 473 de novo Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients in first complete remission who underwent an allogeneic stem cell transplantation using a human leukocyte antigen-identical sibling or human leukocyte antigen-matched unrelated donor between 2000 and 2010. Three hundred and ninety patients received tyrosine kinase inhibitors before transplant, 329 at induction and 274 at consolidation. Kaplan-Meier estimates of leukemia-free survival, overall survival, cumulative incidences of relapse incidence, and non-relapse mortality at five years were 38%, 46%, 36% and 26%, respectively. In multivariate analysis, tyrosine-kinase inhibitors given before allogeneic stem cell transplantation was associated with a better overall survival (HR=0.68; P=0.04) and was associated with lower relapse incidence (HR=0.5; P=0.01). In the post-transplant period, multivariate analysis identified prophylactic tyrosine-kinase inhibitor administration to be a significant factor for improved leukemia-free survival (HR=0.44; P=0.002) and overall survival (HR=0.42; P=0.004), and a lower relapse incidence (HR=0.40; P=0.01). Over the past decade, administration of tyrosine kinase inhibitors before allogeneic stem cell transplantation has significantly improved the long-term allogeneic stem cell transplantation outcome of adult Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Prospective studies will be of great interest to further confirm the potential benefit of the prophylactic use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in the post-transplant setting. PMID:25527562

  18. Haploidentical T Cell-Replete Transplantation with Post-Transplantation Cyclophosphamide for Patients in or above the Sixth Decade of Age Compared with Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation from an Human Leukocyte Antigen-Matched Related or Unrelated Donor.

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    Blaise, Didier; Fürst, Sabine; Crocchiolo, Roberto; El-Cheikh, Jean; Granata, Angela; Harbi, Samia; Bouabdallah, Reda; Devillier, Raynier; Bramanti, Stephania; Lemarie, Claude; Picard, Christophe; Chabannon, Christian; Weiller, Pierre-Jean; Faucher, Catherine; Mohty, Bilal; Vey, Norbert; Castagna, Luca

    2016-01-01

    It has recently been shown that a T cell-replete allogeneic (allo) hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a haploidentical donor (haplo-ID) could be a valid treatment for hematological malignancies. However, little data exist concerning older populations. We provided transplantation to 31 patients over the age of 55 years from a haplo-ID and compared their outcomes with patients of the same ages who underwent transplantation from a matched related (MRD) or an unrelated donor (UD). All 3 groups were comparable, except for their conditioning. Patients in haplo-ID group received 2 days of post-transplantation high-dose cyclophosphamide followed by cyclosporine A and mycophenolate mofetil, whereas patients in other groups received pretransplantation antithymocyte globulin, cyclosporine A, and additional mycophenolate mofetil in case of 1-antigen mismatch. All patients but 1 in the haplo-ID group engrafted. The incidence of grades 2 to 4 acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was not statistically different between recipients from haplo-ID (cumulative incidence, 23%) and MRD (cumulative incidence, 21%) transplantations but it was lower than after UD HSCT (cumulative incidence, 44%). No patient in the haplo-ID group developed severe chronic GVHD, compared with cumulative incidences of 16% and 14% after MRD (P = .02) and UD (P = .03) grafts, respectively. The cumulative incidences of relapse were similar in the 3 groups, whereas nonrelapse mortality after UD HSCT was 3-fold higher than after haplo-ID or MRD HSCT. Overall, 2-year overall survival (70%), progression-free survival (67%), and progression and severe chronic GVHD-free survival (67%) probabilities after haplo-ID did not statistically differ from MRD transplantation (78%, 64%, and 51%, respectively), although they were higher than after UD transplantation (51% [P = .08], 38% [P = .02], and 31% [P = .007]). We conclude that T cell-replete haplo-ID HSCT followed by post-transplantation high

  19. Allogeneic versus autologous blood transfusion and survival after radical prostatectomy

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    Chalfin, Heather J.; Frank, Steven M.; Feng, Zhaoyong; Trock, Bruce J.; Drake, Charles G.; Partin, Alan W.; Humphreys, Elizabeth; Ness, Paul M.; Jeong, Byong C.; Lee, Seung B.; Han, Misop

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Potential adverse effects of blood transfusion (BT) remain controversial, especially for clinical outcomes after curative cancer surgery. Some postulate that immune modulation after allogeneic BT predisposes to recurrence and death, but autologous superiority is not established. This study assessed whether BT is associated with long-term prostate cancer recurrence and survival a large single-institutional radical prostatectomy (RP) database. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Between 1994 and 2012, a total of 11,680 patients had RP with available outcome and transfusion data. A total of 7443 (64%) had complete covariate data. Clinical variables associated with biochemical recurrence-free survival (BRFS), cancer-specific survival (CSS), and overall survival (OS) were identified with Cox proportional hazards models for three groups: no BT (reference, 27.7%, n = 2061), autologous BT only (68.8%, n = 5124), and any allogeneic BT (with or without autologous, 3.5%, n = 258). RESULTS Median (range) follow-up was 6 (1–18) years. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed significantly decreased OS (but not BRFS or PCSS) in the allogeneic group versus autologous and no BT groups (p = 0.006). With univariate analysis, any allogeneic BT had a hazard ratio (HR) of 2.29 (range, 1.52–3.46; p < 0.0001) for OS, whereas autologous BT was not significant (HR, 1.04 [range, 0.82–1.32], p = 0.752). In multivariable models, neither autologous nor allogeneic BT was independently associated with BRFS, CSS, or OS, and a dose response was not observed for allogeneic units and BRFS. CONCLUSION Although allogeneic but not autologous BT was associated with decreased long-term OS, after adjustment for confounding clinical variables, BT was not independently associated with OS, BRFS, or CSS regardless of transfusion type. Notably, no association was observed between allogeneic BT and cancer recurrence. Observed differences in OS may reflect confounding. PMID:24601996

  20. Comparison of Reduced-Intensity and Myeloablative Conditioning Regimens for Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Meta-Analysis

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    Ismail, Nor-Azimah; Mohd-Idris, Mohd-Razif; Jamaluddin, Fariza Wan; Tumian, NorRafeah; Sze-Wei, Ernie Yap; Muhammad, Norasiah; Nai, Ming Lai

    2014-01-01

    Currently, the indications to perform reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (RIC-HCT) are based on data derived mainly from large registry and single-centre retrospective studies. Thus, at the present time, there is limited direct evidence supporting the current practice in selecting patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) for RIC versus myeloablative conditioning (MAC) transplants. To determine the relationship between dose intensity of conditioning regimen and survival outcomes after allografting in AML/ALL patients, we performed a meta-analysis of 23 clinical trials reported between 1990 and 2013 involving 15,258 adult patients that compare survival outcomes after RIC-HCT versus MAC-HCT. RIC-HCT resulted in comparable <2-year and 2–6 year overall survival (OS) rates post-transplantation even though the RIC-HCT recipients were older and had more active disease than MAC-HCT recipients. The 2–6 year progression-free survival (PFS), nonrelapse mortality, acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and chronic GvHD rates were reduced after RIC-HCT, but relapse rate was increased. Similar outcomes were observed regardless of disease type and status at transplantation. Odds ratio for all outcomes remained comparable with or without performing separate analyses for the year of HCT and for retrospective versus prospective studies. Among RIC-HCT recipients, survival rates were superior if patients were in CR at transplantation. Significant inter-study heterogeneity for aGvHD data and publication bias for PFS data were observed. This meta-analysis showed no OS benefit of MAC-HCT over RIC-HCT across the entire cohort of patients suggesting that RIC-HCT could be an effective therapeutic option for AML/ALL patients who are ineligible for MAC-HCT and CR status is preferred before RIC-HCT. PMID:25072307

  1. Evidence for anti-tumour effect of allogeneic haematopoietic SCT in cases without sustained donor engraftment.

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    Daguindau, E; Lioure, B; Buzyn, A; Robin, M; Faucher, C; Kuentz, M; Tiberghien, P; Deconinck, E

    2010-01-01

    Remissions of haematological malignancies have been reported after allo-SCT, despite donor cell rejection, suggesting that sustained allogeneic engraftment is not mandatory to obtain a lasting anti-tumour effect. To evaluate the potential benefit from transient post-allo-SCT alloreactivity, we took advantage of the Société Française de Greffe de Moëlle et Thérapie Cellulaire (SFGM-TC) registry to colligate 14 patients with an efficient and long-lasting allogeneic (GVL) effect after allo-SCT for haematological malignancies, despite transient or absent engraftment. None received a second allogeneic graft after autologous recovery. The median duration of remission after autologous reconstitution was 118 (12-252) months. Although we cannot exclude the possibility that some patients were cured before allo-SCT, this retrospective analysis does strongly suggest that an efficient GVL effect can be observed without sustained donor engraftment, and that the transient presence of donor T cells might be sufficient to induce a powerful GVL effect.

  2. Decision analysis of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome stratified according to the revised international prognostic scoring system (IPSS-R).

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    Della Porta, M G; Jackson, C H; Alessandrino, E P; Rossi, M; Bacigalupo, A; van Lint, M T; Bernardi, M; Allione, B; Bosi, A; Guidi, S; Santini, V; Malcovati, L; Ubezio, M; Milanesi, C; Todisco, E; Voso, M T; Musto, P; Onida, F; Iori, A P; Cerretti, R; Grillo, G; Molteni, A; Pioltelli, P; Borin, L; Angelucci, E; Oldani, E; Sica, S; Pascutto, C; Ferretti, V; Santoro, A; Bonifazi, F; Cazzola, M; Rambaldi, A

    2017-03-21

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) represents the only curative treatment for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but involves non-negligible morbidity and mortality. Crucial questions in clinical decision making include the definition of optimal timing of the procedure and the benefit of cytoreduction before transplant in high risk patients. We carried out a decision analysis on 1728 MDS who received supportive care, transplantation or hypomethylating agents (HMAs). Risk assessment was based on the revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R). We used a continuous-time multistate Markov model to describe the natural history of disease and evaluate the effect of different treatment policies on survival. Life expectancy increased when transplantation was delayed from the initial stages to intermediate IPSS-R risk (gain of life expectancy 5.3, 4.7 and 2.8 years for patients aged ⩽55, 60 and 65 years, respectively), and then decreased for higher risks. Modelling decision analysis on IPSS-R vs original IPSS changed transplantation policy in 29% of patients, resulting in a 2-year gain in life expectancy. In advanced stages, HMAs given before transplant is associated with a 2-year gain of life expectancy, especially in older patients. These results provide a preliminary evidence to maximize the effectiveness of allo-SCT in MDS.Leukemia accepted article preview online, 21 March 2017. doi:10.1038/leu.2017.88.

  3. Real-Time PCR Analysis of Chimerism in T Cell Subsets as an Early Predictor of Graft-Versus-Host Disease Following Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.

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    Guz, Katarzyna; Nasiłowska, Barbara; Tomaszewska, Agnieszka; Orzińska, Agnieszka; Smolarczyk-Wodzyńska, Justyna; Krzemienowska, Magdalen; Hałaburda, Kazimierz; Przybylski, Maciej; Jędrzejczak, Wiesław Wiktor; Mariańska, Bożena; Brojer, Ewa

    2015-12-03

    Graft-versus-host-disease (GvHD) is the major cause of morbidity and mortality after stem cell transplantation. The development of early prediction methods is therefore of importance. Our aim was to analyze the usefulness of early donor chimerism monitoring after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) in T cells and in CD4+ and CD8+ (lineage chimerism) for GvHD prediction. Chimerism was analyzed in 76 consecutive adult patients using RQ-PCR TaqMan technology on DNA extracted from Pan T, CD4+, and CD8+ cell subsets on Day 5, 10, 15 and 30 after allo-HSCT. The threshold of chimerism predictive for GvHD was the same for all tested cell subsets. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients treated with myeloablative conditioning (MAC), the threshold predictive for acute graft versus host disease was 95% and 99% for Day 10 and Day 15, respectively. In patients treated with reduced intensity conditioning (RIC), the threshold predictive for chronic graft versus host disease was 98% on Day 10. The differences were statistically significant. Chimerism analysis in T cell subsets by RQ-PCR on Day 10 and Day 15 after transplantation is useful for prediction of aGvHD (AML patients after MAC) and cGvHD (patients after RIC). However, there was no difference in the results between chimerism in the T cell subsets. Our RQ-PCR protocol was highly sensitive and proved effective for analysis of lineage chimerism.

  4. Factors predicting outcome after allogeneic transplant in refractory acute myeloid leukemia: a retrospective analysis of Gruppo Italiano Trapianto di Midollo Osseo (GITMO).

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    Todisco, E; Ciceri, F; Boschini, C; Giglio, F; Bacigalupo, A; Patriarca, F; Donnini, I; Alessandrino, E P; Arcese, W; Iori, A P; Marenco, P; Cavattoni, I; Chiusolo, P; Terruzzi, E; Castagna, L; Santoro, A; Bosi, A; Oldani, E; Bruno, B; Bonifazi, F; Rambaldi, A

    2017-07-01

    The clinical outcome of primary refractory (PRF) AML patients is poor and only a minor proportion of patients is rescued by allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The identification of pre-HSCT variables may help to determine PRF AML patients who can most likely benefit from HSCT. We analyzed PRF AML patients transplanted between 1999 and 2012 from a sibling, unrelated donor or a cord blood unit. Overall, 227 patients from 26 Gruppo Italiano Trapianto di Midollo Osseo e Terapia cellulare centers were included in the analysis. At 3 years, the overall survival was 14%. By multivariate analysis, the number of chemotherapy cycles, (hazard ratio (HR): 1.87; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.24-2.85; P=0.0028), the percentage of bone marrow or peripheral blood blasts (HR: 1.75; 95% CI: 1.16-2.64; P=0.0078), the adverse cytogenetic (HR: 1.44; 95% CI: 1.00-2.07; P=0.0508) and the age of patients (HR: 1.77; 95% CI: 1.08-2.88; P=0.0223) remained significantly associated with survival. Thus, we set up a new score predicting at 3 years after transplantation, an overall survival probability of 32% for patients with score 0 (no or 1 prognostic factor), 10% for patients with score 1 (2 prognostic factors) and 3% for patients with score 2 (3 or 4 prognostic factors).

  5. Pathways analysis of differential gene expression induced by engrafting doses of total body irradiation for allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in mice.

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    Chen, Xinjian; Wang, Yuanyuan; Li, Qiuxia; Tsai, Schickwann; Thomas, Alun; Shizuru, Judith A; Cao, Thai M

    2013-08-01

    A major challenge in allogeneic bone marrow (BM) transplantation is overcoming engraftment resistance to avoid the clinical problem of graft rejection. Identifying gene pathways that regulate BM engraftment may reveal molecular targets for overcoming engraftment barriers. Previously, we developed a mouse model of BM transplantation that utilizes recipient conditioning with non-myeloablative total body irradiation (TBI). We defined TBI doses that lead to graft rejection, that conversely are permissive for engraftment, and mouse strain variation with regards to the permissive TBI dose. We now report gene expression analysis, using Agilent Mouse 8x60K microarrays, in spleens of mice conditioned with varied TBI doses for correlation to the expected engraftment phenotype. The spleens of mice given engrafting doses of TBI, compared with non-engrafting TBI doses, demonstrated substantially broader gene expression changes, significant at the multiple testing-corrected P <0.05 level and with fold change ≥2. Functional analysis revealed significant enrichment for a down-regulated canonical pathway involving B-cell development. Genes enriched in this pathway suggest that suppressing donor antigen processing and presentation may be pivotal effects conferred by TBI to enable engraftment. Regardless of TBI dose and recipient mouse strain, pervasive genomic changes related to inflammation was observed and reflected by significant enrichment for canonical pathways and association with upstream regulators. These gene expression changes suggest that macrophage and complement pathways may be targeted to overcome engraftment barriers. These exploratory results highlight gene pathways that may be important in mediating BM engraftment resistance.

  6. Mesenchymal stem cells provide prophylaxis against acute graft-versus-host disease following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A meta-analysis of animal models

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    Guan, Lixun; Zhao, Shasha; Gu, Zhenyang; Wei, Huaping; Gao, Zhe; Wang, Feiyan; Yang, Nan; Luo, Lan; Li, Yonghui; Wang, Lili; Liu, Daihong; Gao, Chunji

    2016-01-01

    A meta-analysis of animal models was conducted to evaluate the prophylactic effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. A total of 50 studies involving 1848 animals were included. The pooled results showed that MSCs significantly reduced aGVHD-associated mortality (risk ratio = 0.70, 95% confidence interval 0.62 to 0.79, P = 2.73×10−9) and clinical scores (standardized mean difference = −3.60, 95% confidence interval −4.43 to −2.76, P = 3.61×10−17). In addition, MSCs conferred robust favorable prophylactic effects on aGVHD across recipient species, MSC doses, and administration times, but not MSC sources. Our meta-analysis showed that MSCs significantly prevented mortality and alleviated the clinical manifestations of aGVHD in animal models. These data support further clinical trials aimed at evaluating the efficacy of using MSCs to prevent aGVHD. PMID:27528221

  7. Mesenchymal stem cells provide prophylaxis against acute graft-versus-host disease following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A meta-analysis of animal models.

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    Wang, Li; Zhang, Haiyan; Guan, Lixun; Zhao, Shasha; Gu, Zhenyang; Wei, Huaping; Gao, Zhe; Wang, Feiyan; Yang, Nan; Luo, Lan; Li, Yonghui; Wang, Lili; Liu, Daihong; Gao, Chunji

    2016-09-20

    A meta-analysis of animal models was conducted to evaluate the prophylactic effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. A total of 50 studies involving 1848 animals were included. The pooled results showed that MSCs significantly reduced aGVHD-associated mortality (risk ratio = 0.70, 95% confidence interval 0.62 to 0.79, P = 2.73×10-9) and clinical scores (standardized mean difference = -3.60, 95% confidence interval -4.43 to -2.76, P = 3.61×10-17). In addition, MSCs conferred robust favorable prophylactic effects on aGVHD across recipient species, MSC doses, and administration times, but not MSC sources. Our meta-analysis showed that MSCs significantly prevented mortality and alleviated the clinical manifestations of aGVHD in animal models. These data support further clinical trials aimed at evaluating the efficacy of using MSCs to prevent aGVHD.

  8. VH1 Family Immunoglobulin Repertoire Sequencing after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Sethi, Maya K.; Thol, Felicitas; Stadler, Michael; Heuser, Michael; Ganser, Arnold

    2017-01-01

    After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), recovery of humoral immunity is essential to protect from life-threatening infections. However, monitoring the humoral immune system after transplantation with standard techniques in the clinical routine is imprecise. Here, we performed sequencing of mononuclear bone marrow cells to characterize the VH1-repertoire of switched B cells of healthy volunteers and patients undergoing HSCT. Analysis of healthy bone marrow donors and patients showed virtually no clonally related sequences between individuals. Interestingly, clonally related sequences were present in pre- and post-transplantation bone marrow of patients undergoing HSCT for acute myeloid leukemia treatment. We consistently observed such related B cell clones, irrespective of conditioning regimen, donor source or time post transplantation. In general, repertoire diversity was lower in post-HSCT as compared to pre-HSCT samples. However, post-HSCT repertoires retained highly mutated sequences, despite immunosuppressive therapy and presence of T cell deficiency after HSCT. These observations identify key properties of the recovering B cell compartment and provide a conceptual framework for the surveillance of humoral immunity after allogeneic transplantation. PMID:28095438

  9. Dangers resulting from DNA profiling of biological materials derived from patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) with regard to forensic genetic analysis.

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    Jacewicz, R; Lewandowski, K; Rupa-Matysek, J; Jędrzejczyk, M; Berent, J

    The study documents the risk that comes with DNA analysis of materials derived from patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) in forensic genetics. DNA chimerism was studied in 30 patients after allo-HSCT, based on techniques applied in contemporary forensic genetics, i.e. real-time PCR and multiplex PCR-STR with the use of autosomal DNA as well as Y-DNA markers. The results revealed that the DNA profile of the recipient's blood was identical with the donor's in the majority of cases. Therefore, blood analysis can lead to false conclusions in personal identification as well as kinship analysis. An investigation of buccal swabs revealed a mixture of DNA in the majority of recipients. Consequently, personal identification on the basis of stain analysis of the same origin may be impossible. The safest (but not ideal) material turned out to be the hair root. Its analysis based on autosomal DNA revealed 100% of the recipient's profile. However, an analysis based on Y-chromosome markers performed in female allo-HSCT recipients with male donors demonstrated the presence of donor DNA in hair cells - similarly to the blood and buccal swabs. In the light of potential risks arising from DNA profiling of biological materials derived from persons after allotransplantation in judicial aspects, certain procedures were proposed to eliminate such dangers. The basic procedures include abandoning the approach based exclusively on blood collection, both for kinship analysis and personal identification; asking persons who are to be tested about their history of allo-HSCT before sample collection and profile entry in the DNA database, and verification of DNA profiling based on hair follicles in uncertain cases.

  10. Peptidoglycan: a post-genomic analysis

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    2012-01-01

    Background To derive post-genomic, neutral insight into the peptidoglycan (PG) distribution among organisms, we mined 1,644 genomes listed in the Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes database for the presence of a minimal 3-gene set that is necessary for PG metabolism. This gene set consists of one gene from the glycosyltransferase family GT28, one from family GT51 and at least one gene belonging to one of five glycoside hydrolase families (GH23, GH73, GH102, GH103 and GH104). Results None of the 103 Viruses or 101 Archaea examined possessed the minimal 3-gene set, but this set was detected in 1/42 of the Eukarya members (Micromonas sp., coding for GT28, GT51 and GH103) and in 1,260/1,398 (90.1%) of Bacteria, with a 100% positive predictive value for the presence of PG. Pearson correlation test showed that GT51 family genes were significantly associated with PG with a value of 0.963 and a p value less than 10-3. This result was confirmed by a phylogenetic comparative analysis showing that the GT51-encoding gene was significantly associated with PG with a Pagel’s score of 60 and 51 (percentage of error close to 0%). Phylogenetic analysis indicated that the GT51 gene history comprised eight loss and one gain events, and suggested a dynamic on-going process. Conclusions Genome analysis is a neutral approach to explore prospectively the presence of PG in uncultured, sequenced organisms with high predictive values. PMID:23249425

  11. Reduction of infection-related mortality after allogeneic PBSCT from HLA-identical siblings: longitudinal analysis from 1994 to 2008 at a single institution.

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    Martino, R; Kerguelen, A; Valcárcel, D; Sureda, A; Fachini, L; Piñana, J L; Briones, J; Delgado, J; Brunet, S; Sierra, J

    2011-05-01

    Infection-related mortality (IRM) is responsible for a major proportion of all cases of non-relapse mortality (NRM) after allogeneic PBSCT (alloPBSCT). We analyzed 580 consecutive adults who received a first alloPBSCT from an HLA-identical sibling from 1994 to 2008 at a single institution to describe the severe infections and report the incidence, causes and risk factors for IRM and NRM. Both IRM and NRM decreased with time; within the period of 1994-2000, the 2-year incidence of IRM and NRM was 22 and 31%, respectively, vs 11 and 16% within the period of 2001-2008 (P<0.05 for both comparisons). In multivariate analysis, the variables that increased IRM were within the earlier period of 1994-2000 (P<0.01), poor performance status (P<0.01), grade II-IV acute GVHD (P<0.001) and invasive fungal infection (IFI) (P<0.001) or CMV disease (P<0.001) after transplant. With respect to NRM, earlier time period was also identified as a risk factor (P<0.001), as well as IFIs (P<0.001) and CMV disease (P<0.001). The intensity of the conditioning regimen had no effect on IRM and NRM. These results showed a significant reduction in IRM and NRM over a period of 15 years. The development of IFIs and CMV disease continue to have an impact on NRM.

  12. Multi-center analysis of the effect of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia subtype and minimal residual disease on allogeneic stem cell transplantation outcomes.

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    Brammer, J E; Saliba, R M; Jorgensen, J L; Ledesma, C; Gaballa, S; Poon, M; Maziarz, R T; Champlin, R E; Hosing, C; Kebriaei, P

    2017-01-01

    This study aims to provide a detailed analysis of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) outcomes in a large T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) cohort with a specific emphasis on the effects of pre-transplant minimal residual disease (MRD) and disease subtype, including the aggressive early-thymic precursor (ETP) subtype. Data from 102 allo-SCT patients with a diagnosis of T-ALL from three centers were retrospectively analyzed. Patients were grouped into four T-ALL subtypes: ETP, early, cortical and mature. At 3 years, overall survival (OS), PFS, non-relapse mortality and cumulative incidence (CI) progression were 35, 33, 11 and 55%, respectively. Patients transplanted in first complete remission (CR1) had a 3-year OS of 62% versus those transplanted in CR2 or greater (24%) (hazards ratio 1.6, P=0.2). Patients with MRD positivity at the time of transplant had significantly higher rates of progression compared with those with MRD negativity (76 vs 34%, hazards ratio 2.8, P=0.006). There was no difference in OS, PFS or cumulative incidence (CI) progression between disease subtypes, including ETP (n=16). ETP patients transplanted in CR1 (n=10) had OS of 47%, comparable to other disease subtypes, suggesting that allo-SCT can overcome the poor prognosis associated with ETP. MRD status at transplant was highly predictive of disease relapse, suggesting novel therapies are necessary to improve transplant outcomes.

  13. Analysis of the variable factors influencing tacrolimus blood concentration during the switch from continuous intravenous infusion to oral administration after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Suetsugu, Kimitaka; Ikesue, Hiroaki; Miyamoto, Toshihiro; Shiratsuchi, Motoaki; Yamamoto-Taguchi, Nanae; Tsuchiya, Yuichi; Matsukawa, Kumi; Uchida, Mayako; Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Akashi, Koichi; Masuda, Satohiro

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this retrospective study was to identify variable factors affecting tacrolimus blood concentration during the switch from continuous intravenous infusion to twice-daily oral administration in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients (n = 73). The blood concentration/dose ratio of tacrolimus immediately before the change from continuous infusion (C/Div) was compared with that between 3 and 5 days after the change to oral administration (C/Dpo). Median (C/Dpo)/(C/Div) was 0.21 (range 0.04-0.58). Multiple regression analysis showed that concomitant use of oral itraconazole or voriconazole significantly increased the (C/Dpo)/(C/Div) of tacrolimus (p = 0.002), probably owing to the inhibition of enterohepatic cytochrome P450 3A4. In addition, 5 of 18 (28%) patients who had the lowest quartile (C/Dpo)/(C/Div) values developed acute graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), which was significantly higher than in others [5 of 55 (9%) patients, p = 0.045]. Although the switch from intravenous to oral administration at a ratio of 1:5 appeared to be appropriate, a lower conversion ratio was suitable in patients taking oral itraconazole or voriconazole. In patients whose blood concentration decreases after the switch, the development of GVHD should be monitored and tacrolimus dosage should be readjusted to maintain an appropriate blood concentration.

  14. Prognostic factor and quality of life analysis in 160 patients aged > or =60 years with hematologic neoplasias treated with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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    Deschler, Barbara; Binek, Kristin; Ihorst, Gabriele; Marks, Reinhard; Wäsch, Ralph; Bertz, Hartmut; Finke, Jürgen

    2010-07-01

    Toxicity-reduced conditioning is a curative treatment option for medically compromised or elderly patients ineligible for myeloablative hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The aim of this study was to detect prognostic factors for overall survival (OS) and to evaluate quality of life (QOL) in a large homogeneous cohort of 160 consecutive patients aged > or =60 years treated with allogeneic HCT. We evaluated age, sex, performance status, comorbidities, pulmonary function, lactic dehydrogenase concentration, type of donor, disease status, CD34(+) cells transplanted, cytomegalovirus status, time from diagnosis to HCT, and the development of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). All patients who survived for > or =6 months (n = 79) were asked to complete a QOL survey. All patients (median age, 64.7 years; range, 60.1-76 years) received pretransplantation conditioning with fludarabine, BCNU, and melphalan. With a median follow-up of 35 months, the 1-year OS was 62.4% and 3-year OS was 47.4%. Multivariate analysis revealed compromised performance status as the most significant negative prognostic parameter for OS (P < .003), whereas male donor (P = .008) and chronic GVHD (P = .024) were associated with better OS. The 89% of survivors who returned the QOL questionnaire rated their global QOL as good-to-excellent despite impaired functional capabilities and such symptoms as fatigue, dyspnea, and loss of appetite. The main prognostic factor was performance status, not age. Our data suggest that toxicity-reduced conditioning offers a chance for enhanced OS with an adequate QOL.

  15. Allogeneic Periodontal Ligament Stem Cell Therapy for Periodontitis in Swine

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    Ding, Gang; Liu, Yi; Wang, Wei; Wei, Fulan; Liu, Dayong; Fan, Zhipeng; An, Yunqing; Zhang, Chunmei; Wang, Songlin

    2010-01-01

    Periodontitis is one of the most widespread infectious diseases in humans. It is the main cause of tooth loss and associated with a number of systemic diseases. Until now, there is no appropriate method for functional periodontal tissue regeneration. Here, we establish a novel approach of using allogeneic periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) sheet to curing periodontitis in a miniature pig periodontitis model. Significant periodontal tissue regeneration was achieved in both the autologous and the allogeneic PDLSCs transplantation group at 12 weeks post-PDLSCs transplantation. Based on clinical assessments, computed tomography (CT) scanning, and histological examination, there was no marked difference between the autologous and allogeneic PDLSCs transplantation groups. In addition, lack of immunological rejections in the animals that received the allogeneic PDLSCs transplantation was observed. Interestingly, we found that human PDLSCs fail to express human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-II DR and costimulatory molecules. PDLSCs were not able to elicit T-cell proliferation and inhibit T-cell proliferation when stimulated with mismatched major histocompatibility complex molecules. Furthermore, we found that prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) plays a crucial role in PDLSCs-mediated immunomodulation and periodontal tissue regeneration in vitro and in vivo. Our study demonstrated that PDLSCs possess low immunogenicity and marked immunosuppression via PGE2-induced T-cell anergy. We developed a standard technological procedure of using allogeneic PDLSCs to cure periodontitis in swine. Stem Cells 2010;28:1829–1838 PMID:20979138

  16. Bidirectional Brush Seals: Post-Test Analysis

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    Hendricks, Robert C.; Wilson, Jack; Wu, Tom Y.; Flower, Ralph; Mullen, Robert L.

    1997-01-01

    A post-test analysis of a set of inside-diameter/outside-diameter (ID/OD) bidirectional brush seals used in three-port wave rotor tests was undertaken to determine brush bristle and configuration wear, pullout, and rotor coating wear. The results suggest that sharp changes in the pressure profiles were not well reflected in bristle tip configuration patterns or wear. Also, positive-to-negative changes in axial pressure gradients appeared to have little effect on the backing plates. Although the brushes had similar porosities, they had very different unpacked arrays. This difference could explain the departure of experimental data from computational fluid dynamics flow predictions for well-packed arrays at higher pressure drops. The rotor wear led to "car-track" scars (upper and lower wear bands) with a whipped surface between the bands. Those bands may have resulted from bristle stiffening at the fence and gap plates during alternate portions of the rotor cycle. Within the bristle response range the wear surface reflected the pressure distribution effect on bristle motion. No sacrificial metallurgical data were taken. The bristles did wear, with correspondingly more wear on the ID brush configurations than on the OD configurations; the complexity in constructing the ID brush was a factor.

  17. Kinematic analysis of post office employees' workstations.

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    Draicchio, Francesco; Silvetti, Alessio; Forzano, Federico; Iavicoli, Sergio; Ranavolo, Alberto

    2012-01-01

    This study analyzed a post office clerk's tasks, comparing two workstation models. The clerk was facing the client in one, and seated at 45 degrees to the counter in the other. We analyzed the most frequent tasks and those presenting the most critical points: 1) payment of a postal order; 2) accepting a registered letter, breaking them down into subtasks. We used an optoelectronic system for kinematic analysis, and calculated the range of motion of the trunk and arms in the three spatial planes. The 45( position required less torsion of the trunk and head when using the printer, placed to the left of the employee. A larger worktop improved the workstation, leaving more room for equipment and allowing the worker to sit frontally to the monitor. However, this solution involved a shorter distance between the worker and the client with longer extension of the shoulder and elbow and less trunk flexion. These findings suggested a modification in the layout that shortens the distance between the worker and client.

  18. Neurological Complications Involving the Central Nervous System After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation During a Period of Evolution in Transplant Modalities: A Cohort Analysis.

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    Colombo, Anna Amelia; Marchioni, Enrico; Diamanti, Luca; Di Matteo, Angela Maria; Baldanti, Fausto; Furione, Milena; Cazzola, Mario; Ferretti, Virginia Valeria; Pascutto, Cristiana; Alessandrino, Emilio Paolo

    2017-03-01

    Neurological complications (NC) after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are rare events. The evolution of transplant procedures has resulted in improved survival and has allowed elderly patients or those with comorbidity to receive an HSCT. The risk of NC in these patients has still not been well defined. Therefore, we carried out an observational study to estimate the occurrence and identify the risks associated with NC. The study cohort included 452 adult-allogeneic HSCT recipients, transplanted from 1997 to 2012. The median follow up was 1.3 year (0-15.7). A myeloablative regimen was used in 307 patients. Two hundred patients were grafted from matched unrelated donor (MUD), of these, 129 (64.5%) received an in vivo T-cell depletion. Out of 452 patients, 30 (6.6%) developed NC. Infections were the most frequent causes of NC (30%). Overall survival decreased in patients developing NC (P < 0.001). Univariate survival regression on the cumulative incidence of NC identified period of transplant, linear trend between 4-year periods (1997-2012) (P < 0.001), MUD (P < 0.001), and recipient's age (P = 0.034) as significant risk factors. In multivariate analysis, period of transplant (P < 0.001) and MUD (P = 0.004) remained significant independent risk factors. Matched unrelated donor recipients showed a 3.8-fold elevated risk of developing NC. Analysis highlights a temporal trend of incidence of NC that progressively increased over time and confirms a strong association between donor type and risk of NC. Our observations suggest that, although relatively uncommon, NC after allo-HSCT, may become more frequent due to the improved overall survival in recent years.

  19. Variables Affecting Fusion Rates in the Rat Posterolateral Spinal Fusion Model with Autogenic/Allogenic Bone Grafts: A Meta-analysis.

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    Ishida, Wataru; Elder, Benjamin D; Holmes, Christina; Lo, Sheng-Fu L; Witham, Timothy F

    2016-11-01

    The rat posterolateral spinal fusion model with autogenic/allogenic bone graft (rat PFABG) has been increasingly utilized as an experimental model to assess the efficacy of novel fusion treatments. The objective of this study was to investigate the reliability of the rat PFABG model and examine the effects of different variables on spinal fusion. A web-based literature search from January, 1970 to September, 2015, yielded 26 studies, which included 40 rat PFABG control groups and 449 rats. Data regarding age, weight, sex, and strain of rats, graft volume, graft type, decorticated levels, surgical approach, institution, the number of control rats, fusion rate, methods of fusion assessment, and timing of fusion assessment were collected and analyzed. The primary outcome variable of interest was fusion rate, as evaluated by manual palpation. Fusion rates varied widely, from 0 to 96%. The calculated overall fusion rate was 46.1% with an I (2) value of 62.4, which indicated moderate heterogeneity. Weight >300 g, age >14 weeks, male rat, Sprague-Dawley strain, and autogenic coccyx grafts increased fusion rates with statistical significance. Additionally, an assessment time-point ≥8 weeks had a trend towards statistical significance (p = 0.070). Multi-regression analysis demonstrated that timing of assessment and age as continuous variables, as well as sex as a categorical variable, can predict the fusion rate with R (2) = 0.82. In an inter-institution reliability analysis, the pooled overall fusion rate was 50.0% [44.8, 55.3%], with statistically significant differences among fusion outcomes at different institutions (p < 0.001 and I (2) of 72.2). Due to the heterogeneity of fusion outcomes, the reliability of the rat PFABG model was relatively limited. However, selection of adequate variables can optimize its use as a control group in studies evaluating the efficacy of novel fusion therapies.

  20. Low-dose alemtuzumab vs. standard policy for prevention of graft-versus-host disease in unrelated and related allogeneic stem cell transplantation-a matched pair analysis.

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    Busemann, Christoph; Neumann, Thomas; Schulze, Meike; Klenner, Anne; Thiele, Thomas; Greinacher, Andreas; Dölken, Gottfried; Krüger, William H

    2013-07-01

    Antibody-mediated in vivo T cell depletion is common prior to unrelated (URD) or mismatched allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) and optional in HLA-identical sibling (FAM) alloSCT. While anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) is the current standard, alemtuzumab is an alternative. The optimal dose of alemtuzumab has not been defined. This retrospective analysis compares low-dose alemtuzumab with ATG in URD alloSCT and with no antibody in FAM alloSCT. Twenty-eight patients treated with alemtuzumab (10 mg; HLA mismatch, 20 mg) were matched to 28 patients who have either received ATG (URD) or no antibody (noAB) according to disease, disease stage, age, transplant type and risk state. Both groups were compared for engraftment, outcome, disease-free (DFS) and overall survival (OS), graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), freedom from GvHD (ffGvHD) and transplant-related mortality (TRM). No significant differences were found between the groups for leukocyte engraftment, GvHD, ffGvHD, TRM, DFS and OS. There was a trend for reduction of cGvHD by alemtuzumab (p = 0.05). A transplant-type stratified subanalysis consolidated equivalency of alemtuzumab and ATG in URD-SCT and indicates possible superiority of low-dose alemtuzumab compared to noAB in FAM-SCT. Low-dose alemtuzumab, as part of conditioning regimen prior to alloSCT, is safe and comparable to standard ATG. Prospective trials, particularly comparing alemtuzumab vs. noAB in FAM alloSCT, should be conducted.

  1. Autologous or Reduced-Intensity Conditioning Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Chemotherapy-Sensitive Mantle-Cell Lymphoma: Analysis of Transplantation Timing and Modality

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    Fenske, Timothy S.; Zhang, Mei-Jie; Carreras, Jeanette; Ayala, Ernesto; Burns, Linda J.; Cashen, Amanda; Costa, Luciano J.; Freytes, César O.; Gale, Robert P.; Hamadani, Mehdi; Holmberg, Leona A.; Inwards, David J.; Lazarus, Hillard M.; Maziarz, Richard T.; Munker, Reinhold; Perales, Miguel-Angel; Rizzieri, David A.; Schouten, Harry C.; Smith, Sonali M.; Waller, Edmund K.; Wirk, Baldeep M.; Laport, Ginna G.; Maloney, David G.; Montoto, Silvia; Hari, Parameswaran N.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To examine the outcomes of patients with chemotherapy-sensitive mantle-cell lymphoma (MCL) following a first hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HCT), comparing outcomes with autologous (auto) versus reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic (RIC allo) HCT and with transplantation applied at different times in the disease course. Patients and Methods In all, 519 patients who received transplantations between 1996 and 2007 and were reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research were analyzed. The early transplantation cohort was defined as those patients in first partial or complete remission with no more than two lines of chemotherapy. The late transplantation cohort was defined as all the remaining patients. Results Auto-HCT and RIC allo-HCT resulted in similar overall survival from transplantation for both the early (at 5 years: 61% auto-HCT v 62% RIC allo-HCT; P = .951) and late cohorts (at 5 years: 44% auto-HCT v 31% RIC allo-HCT; P = .202). In both early and late transplantation cohorts, progression/relapse was lower and nonrelapse mortality was higher in the allo-HCT group. Overall survival and progression-free survival were highest in patients who underwent auto-HCT in first complete response. Multivariate analysis of survival from diagnosis identified a survival benefit favoring early HCT for both auto-HCT and RIC allo-HCT. Conclusion For patients with chemotherapy-sensitive MCL, the optimal timing for HCT is early in the disease course. Outcomes are particularly favorable for patients undergoing auto-HCT in first complete remission. For those unable to achieve complete remission after two lines of chemotherapy or those with relapsed disease, either auto-HCT or RIC allo-HCT may be effective, although the chance for long-term remission and survival is lower. PMID:24344210

  2. Allogeneic transplantation for Hodgkin lymphoma.

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    Peggs, Karl S; Anderlini, Paolo; Sureda, Anna

    2008-11-01

    The majority of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) can now expect to be cured with conventional chemo- and/or radio-therapy. However, a subgroup still exists that have poor outcomes, even following dose escalation and autologous stem cell transplantation. Furthermore, patients relapsing after autografting have limited therapeutic options available. Whilst the application of allogeneic transplantation strategies has historically been limited by prohibitive transplant-related mortality, the exploration of reduced intensity approaches has demonstrated the feasibility of delivering allogeneic immunotherapies with more acceptable mortality rates. Although its role remains controversial, we are beginning to re-evaluate the use of allogeneic transplantation in the management of patients with HL and to address a number of critical questions. These include whether a clinically relevant graft-versus-tumour response occurs in HL, and whether subgroups of patients who might benefit from allogeneic approaches can be identified in order to inform development of rational clinical studies. This review focuses on evaluating recent experience with reduced intensity allogeneic approaches in HL in order to inform opinion on its current role and to highlight areas for future investigation.

  3. Secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance after allogeneic stem cell transplantation in multiple myeloma

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    Schmitz, Marian F.; Otten, Henny G.; Franssen, Laurens E.; van Dorp, Suzanne; Strooisma, Theo; Lokhorst, Henk M.; van de Donk, Niels W.C.J.

    2014-01-01

    In the course of multiple myeloma, patients may develop a M-protein band different from the original: secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. In this retrospective single center analysis, we describe the occurrence and clinical relevance of secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (post-transplant monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance). A total of 138 patients who had undergone 139 allogeneic stem cell transplantations (39.6% in the upfront setting and 60.4% for relapsed multiple myeloma) were included in the study. Sixty-seven (48.2%) patients developed secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, after a median latency of 6.9 months. Secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance occurred more often in patients who achieved at least very good partial response after allogeneic stem cell transplantation, compared to partial response or less (54.8% vs. 26.5%; P=0.005). The incidence was also higher in the upfront setting as compared to relapsed disease, or with a sibling donor compared to matched unrelated donor, but less often after T-cell depletion. Importantly, development of post-transplant monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance as a time-dependent variable independently predicted for superior progression-free and overall survival (median progression-free survival 37.5 vs. 6.3 months, P<0.001; median overall survival 115.3 vs. 31.0 months, P=0.004). Clinicians should be aware of the benign nature of this phenomenon, and secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance should not be confused with relapse or progression of disease. (Trial registered with trialregister.nl; HOVON 108: NTR 2958.) PMID:25193963

  4. Secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance after allogeneic stem cell transplantation in multiple myeloma.

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    Schmitz, Marian F; Otten, Henny G; Franssen, Laurens E; van Dorp, Suzanne; Strooisma, Theo; Lokhorst, Henk M; van de Donk, Niels W C J

    2014-12-01

    In the course of multiple myeloma, patients may develop a M-protein band different from the original: secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. In this retrospective single center analysis, we describe the occurrence and clinical relevance of secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (post-transplant monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance). A total of 138 patients who had undergone 139 allogeneic stem cell transplantations (39.6% in the upfront setting and 60.4% for relapsed multiple myeloma) were included in the study. Sixty-seven (48.2%) patients developed secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, after a median latency of 6.9 months. Secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance occurred more often in patients who achieved at least very good partial response after allogeneic stem cell transplantation, compared to partial response or less (54.8% vs. 26.5%; P=0.005). The incidence was also higher in the upfront setting as compared to relapsed disease, or with a sibling donor compared to matched unrelated donor, but less often after T-cell depletion. Importantly, development of post-transplant monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance as a time-dependent variable independently predicted for superior progression-free and overall survival (median progression-free survival 37.5 vs. 6.3 months, P<0.001; median overall survival 115.3 vs. 31.0 months, P=0.004). Clinicians should be aware of the benign nature of this phenomenon, and secondary monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance should not be confused with relapse or progression of disease. (Trial registered with trialregister.nl; HOVON 108: NTR 2958.).

  5. Allogeneic and Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation in CHAMPUS 1989-1993 A Total Patient Treatment Episode Analysis.

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    1993-10-22

    AUTOLOGOUS BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION IN CHAMPUS 1989-1993 A TOTAL PATIENT TREATMENT EPISODE ANALYSIS DR. SCOTT A. OPTENBERG, GM-15 Chief, Health Care...Analysis Division Directorate of Health Care Studies and Analyses DR. JAMES M. THOMPSON, LTC, USAF, MC (RET) Former Director, Bone Marrow...Department of the Air Force position unless so designated by other authorized documents. Authors’ current addresses: Directorate of Health Care

  6. Nonmyeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation

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    Storb, Rainer; Sandmaier, Brenda M.

    2016-01-01

    Most hematological malignancies occur in older patients. Until recently these patients and those with comorbidities were not candidates for treatment with allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation because they were unable to tolerate the heretofore used high-dose conditioning regimens. The finding that many of the cures achieved with allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation were due to graft-versus-tumor effects led to the development of less toxic and well-tolerated reduced intensity and nonmyeloablative regimens. These regimens enabled allogeneic engraftment, thereby setting the stage for graft-versus-tumor effects. This review summarizes the encouraging early results seen with the new regimens and discusses the two hurdles that need to be overcome for achieving even greater success, disease relapse and graft-versus-host disease. PMID:27132278

  7. The role of matched sibling donor allogeneic stem cell transplantation in pediatric high-risk acute myeloid leukemia: results from the AML-BFM 98 study

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    Klusmann, Jan-Henning; Reinhardt, Dirk; Zimmermann, Martin; Kremens, Bernhard; Vormoor, Josef; Dworzak, Michael; Creutzig, Ursula; Klingebiel, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Background The role of allogeneic stem cell transplantation in post-remission management of children with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia remains controversial. In the multi-center AML-BFM 98 study we prospectively evaluated the impact of allogeneic stem cell transplantation in children with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia in first complete remission. Design and Methods HLA-typed patients with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia, who achieved first complete remission (n=247), were included in this analysis. All patients received double induction and consolidation. Based on the availability of a matched-sibling donor, patients were allocated by genetic chance to allogeneic stem cell transplantation (n=61) or chemotherapy-only (i.e. intensification and maintenance therapy; n=186). The main analysis was done on an intention-to-treat basis according to this allocation. Results Intention-to-treat analysis did not show a significantly different 5-year disease-free survival (49±6% versus 45±4%, Plog rank=0.44) or overall survival (68±6% versus 57±4%, Plog rank=0.17) between the matched-sibling donor and no-matched-sibling donor groups, whereas late adverse effects occurred more frequently after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (72.5% versus 31.8%, PFischer<0.01). These results were confirmed by as-treated analysis corrected for the time until transplantation (5-year overall survival: 72±8% versus 60±4%, PMantel-Byar 0.21). Subgroup analysis demonstrated improved survival rates for patients with 11q23 aberrations allocated to allogeneic stem cell transplantation (5-year overall survival: 94±6% versus 52±7%, Plog-rank=0.01; n=18 versus 49) in contrast to patients without 11q23 aberrations (5-year overall survival: 58±8% versus 55±5%, Plog-rank=0.66). Conclusions Our analyses defined a genetic subgroup of children with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia who benefited from allogeneic stem cell transplantation in the prospective multi-center AML-BFM 98 study. For

  8. Tolerance Associated Gene Expression following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

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    Pidala, Joseph; Bloom, Gregory C.; Eschrich, Steven; Sarwal, Minnie; Enkemann, Steve; Betts, Brian C.; Beato, Francisca; Yoder, Sean; Anasetti, Claudio

    2015-01-01

    Biologic markers of immune tolerance may facilitate tailoring of immune suppression duration after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). In a cross-sectional study, peripheral blood samples were obtained from tolerant (n = 15, median 38.5 months post-HCT) and non-tolerant (n = 17, median 39.5 post-HCT) HCT recipients and healthy control subjects (n = 10) for analysis of immune cell subsets and differential gene expression. There were no significant differences in immune subsets across groups. We identified 281 probe sets unique to the tolerant (TOL) group and 122 for non-tolerant (non-TOL). These were enriched for process networks including NK cell cytotoxicity, antigen presentation, lymphocyte proliferation, and cell cycle and apoptosis. Differential gene expression was enriched for CD56, CD66, and CD14 human lineage-specific gene expression. Differential expression of 20 probe sets between groups was sufficient to develop a classifier with > 90% accuracy, correctly classifying 14/15 TOL cases and 15/17 non-TOL cases. These data suggest that differential gene expression can be utilized to accurately classify tolerant patients following HCT. Prospective investigation of immune tolerance biologic markers is warranted. PMID:25774806

  9. A cost and resource utilization analysis of micafungin bridging for hemato-oncological high-risk patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Heimann, Sebastian M; Vehreschild, Maria J G T; Cornely, Oliver A; Franke, Bernd; von Bergwelt-Baildon, Michael; Wisplinghoff, Hilmar; Kron, Florian; Scheid, Christoph; Vehreschild, Jörg J

    2015-06-01

    Intravenous bridging strategies increase exposure of antifungal prophylaxis in high-risk hematological patients. The cost-effectiveness of such strategies has not been analyzed. A recent study compared the impact of oral posaconazole (POS) and oral posaconazole with intravenous micafungin bridging (POS-MIC) as prophylactic antifungal regimens in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (aSCT). Based on data from the Cologne Cohort of Neutropenic Patients (CoCoNut), a health economic evaluation of direct treatment costs was performed to analyze the economic impact of micafungin bridging. Analysis was undertaken based on current guidelines for the German societal perspective with an annual discount rate of 5%, whereby indirect costs were disregarded due to the severity of the underlying disease. Sensitivity analysis of cost calculation with different discount rates was performed to improve robustness of our health economic evaluation. A retrospective case-control analysis of patients undergoing aSCT between 05/2006 and 07/2011 was performed; 106 patients each in the POS and POS-MIC group were included. In the POS and POS-MIC group, mean costs per patient for the treatment on bone marrow transplant ward were €27,228 (95% CI: €24,932-€29,525) vs. €27,894 (95% CI: €26,414-€29,375; P = 0.629), for diagnostic measures €2124 (95% CI: €1823-€2425) vs. €1269 (95% CI: €1168-€1370; P ≤ 0.001), for laboratory findings €10,612 (95% CI: €9681-€11,544) vs. €8836 (95% CI: €8198-€9475; P = 0.002), and for overall antifungal treatment €6105 (95% CI: €4703-€7508) vs. €6943 (95% CI: €5393-€8493; P = 0.428), resulting in mean overall costs per patient of €60,304 (95% CI: €53,969-€66,639) vs. €58,089 (95% CI: €51,736-64,442; P = 0.625). Our health economic evaluation shows micafungin bridging in aSCT patients did not result in excess cost. Higher acquisition costs of antifungal prophylaxis were balanced by a

  10. A Characterization of the Oral Microbiome in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Patients

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    Ames, Nancy J.; Sulima, Pawel; Ngo, Thoi; Barb, Jennifer; Munson, Peter J.; Paster, Bruce J.; Hart, Thomas C.

    2012-01-01

    Background The mouth is a complex biological structure inhabited by diverse bacterial communities. The purpose of this study is to describe the effects of allogeneic stem cell transplantation on the oral microbiota and to examine differences among those patients who acquired respiratory complications after transplantation. Methodology/Principal Findings All patients were consented at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center. Bacterial DNA was analyzed from patients' oral specimens using the Human Oral Microbe Identification Microarray. The specimens were collected from four oral sites in 45 allogeneic transplantation patients. Specimens were collected at baseline prior to transplantation, after transplantation at the nadir of the neutrophil count and after myeloid engraftment. If respiratory signs and symptoms developed, additional specimens were obtained. Patients were followed for 100 days post transplantation. Eleven patients' specimens were subjected to further statistical analysis. Many common bacterial genera, such as Streptococcus, Veillonella, Gemella, Granulicatella and Camplyobacter were identified as being present before and after transplantation. Five of 11 patients developed respiratory complications following transplantation and there was preliminary evidence that the oral microbiome changed in their oral specimens. Cluster analysis and principal component analysis revealed this change in the oral microbiota. Conclusions/Significance After allogeneic transplantation, the oral bacterial community's response to a new immune system was not apparent and many of the most common core oral taxa remained unaffected. However, the oral microbiome was affected in patients who developed respiratory signs and symptoms after transplantation. The association related to the change in the oral microbiota and respiratory complications after transplantation will be validated by future studies using high throughput molecular methods. PMID:23144704

  11. Comparison of Different Rabbit Anti-Thymocyte Globulin Formulations in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation: Systematic Literature Review and Network Meta-Analysis.

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    Gagelmann, Nico; Ayuk, Francis; Wolschke, Christine; Kröger, Nicolaus

    2017-08-29

    Since 2000, phase III randomized controlled trials (RCT) investigated the efficacy of rabbit anti-thymocyte globulins (ATG) in patients following allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). However, comparisons of different ATG formulations are lacking. Our aim was to synthesize all efficacy evidence, enabling a comparison of all available formulations of rabbit ATG in the allo-SCT setting. We performed a systematic literature review to identify all available phase III RCT evidence. We searched the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process and the website www.ClinicalTrials.gov. In addition, one trial presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology 2016 was added to include the most recent evidence. In total, six RCTs were identified, including two formulations: Anti-t-lymphocyte globulins (ATLG, Grafalon(®), Neovii Biotech) and polyclonal globulins immunized with human thymocytes (Thymo, Thymoglobulin(®), Genzyme-Sanofi). The evidence was synthesized using a conventional network meta-analysis (NMA). The best treatment option to prevent GVHD was ATLG with the most favorable hazard ratio compared to standard treatment regarding chronic graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD; 0.42, 95% CI 0.31 to 0.56), acute GVHD II- IV (0.54, 95% CI 0.39 to 0.73) and acute GVHD III+IV (0.50, 95% CI 0.29 to 0.86), whereas both ATLG and Thymo were at least similarly effective regarding transplant-related mortality (TRM; 0.90, 95% CI 0.61 to 1.32 and 0.90, 95% CI 0.56 to 1.44). Thymo tended to be the better treatment option regarding overall survival (OS; 0.86, 95% CI 0.59 to 1.26). Our NMA provides the first relative efficacy of all available rabbit ATG formulations in patients undergoing allo-SCT. Until additional data from randomized head to head comparisons are available, based on this analysis, ATLG seems to be the best option to prevent chronic and acute GVHD. Both formulations show similar efficacy in TRM while Thymo tends to be the better treatment

  12. Pre/Post Data Analysis - Simple or Is It?

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    Feiveson, Al; Fiedler, James; Ploutz-Snyder, Robert

    2011-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews some of the problems of data analysis in analyzing pre and post data. Using as an example, ankle extensor strength (AES) experiments, to measure bone density loss during bed rest, the presentation discusses several questions: (1) How should we describe change? (2) Common analysis methods for comparing post to pre results. (3) What do we mean by "% change"? and (4) What are we testing when we compare % changes?

  13. Preparation of allogeneic bone for alveolar ridge augmentation.

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    Krasny, Kornel; Kamiński, Artur; Krasny, Marta; Czech, Tomasz; Wojtowicz, Andrzej

    2017-05-20

    Implant treatment is safe and predictable with sufficient amount and quality of bone tissue. In case of severely reduced bone tissue after a tooth was lost, augmentation of such tissue is necessary before implant embedment. Retrospective evaluation covered 380 alveolar ridge reconstructions. The study material consisted of human grafts prepared by the Department of Transplantology and Central Tissue Bank, Medical University of Warsaw. Presentation of laboratory procedures in the context of physical parameters of frozen, radiation sterilised, allogeneic corticocancellous material was presented. The preparation process makes it possible to obtain two types of bone material: granules and blocks. Women underwent 164 procedures with the use of bone granules and 61 augmentations with bone blocks. In case of men 122 packages of granules were used as well as 33 bone blocks. Based on the results an evaluation of usability of available allogeneic grafts was performed with reference to planned alveolar ridge augmentation procedures, which they were used for. 1. The opportunity to prepare allogeneic material of different textures allowed selection to meet augmentation requirements while providing biological safety. 2. Allogeneic granules should be used in multi-wall defects, such as a double, closed sinus lift and post-extraction socket augmentation. 3. Owing to their superior mechanical parameters, bone blocks were successfully used in extending the width and height of the alveolar ridge and in open sinus lifts with one-wall or two-wall defects and adequate location of the lamellar bone in a graft prevented substantial graft resorption.

  14. PROGNOSTIC FACTORS FOR OUTCOMES IN ALLOGENEIC TRANSPLANTATION FOR ADVANCED PHASES OF CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA IN THE IMATINIB ERA: A CIBMTR ANALYSIS

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    Khoury, Hanna J; Kukreja, Manisha; Goldman, John M.; Wang, Tao; Halter, Jorg; Arora, Mukta; Gupta, Vikas; Rizzieri, David A.; George, Biju; Keating, Armand; Gale, Robert Peter; Marks, David I.; McCarthy, Philip L.; Woolfrey, Ann; Szer, Jeffrey; Giralt, Sergio A.; Maziarz, Richard T.; Cortes, Jorge; Horowitz, Mary M.; Lee, Stephanie J

    2013-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is curative treatment, albeit in a minority of patients with accelerated (AP) or blast phase (BP) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Imatinib (IM) has transient but significant activity in advanced phases of CML, which may permit early allografting for responding patients. To identify prognostic factors in allograft recipients previously treated with IM, we analyzed 449 allogeneic HSCT performed between 1999–2004 in advanced phase CML using data reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. CML patients in second chronic phase (CP2, n=184), AP (n=185), and BP (n=80) received HLA-identical sibling (27%), related (3%), or matched or mismatched unrelated donor (70%), peripheral blood (47%) or bone marrow (53%) HSCT after myeloablative (78%) or non-myeloablative (22%) conditioning. 52% in CP2, 49% in AP, and 46% in BP received IM pre-HSCT. Disease-free survival was 35–40% for CP2, 26–27% for AP and 8–11% for BP. Cumulative incidence of acute and chronic GVHD and TRM were not affected by stages of CML or pre-HSCT IM exposure. Multivariate analyses showed that conventional prognostic indicators remain the strongest determinants of transplant outcomes. In conclusion, there are no new prognostic indicators of outcomes of allogeneic HSCT for advanced phase CML in the IM era. PMID:21986636

  15. Alemtuzumab-BEAM as conditioning for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma: a single-center analysis.

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    Rabitsch, W; Bojic, M; Wohlfarth, P; Leiner, M; Schörgenhofer, C; Kalhs, P; Schulenburg, A; Sillaber, C; Mitterbauer, M; Sperr, W R; Jäger, U; Skrabs, K; Greinix, H; Hermann, A; Lamm, W

    2016-06-01

    Treatment of refractory Hodgkin disease deserves specific considerations. Recently, alemtuzumab-BEAM has been introduced in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in these patients. We retrospectively analyzed the outcome of 20 patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) who received allogeneic HSCT following conditioning therapy with alemtuzumab-BEAM. Treatment-related toxicity was tolerable. Half of the patients (50 %) had infections. Of these, 50 % were found to have pneumonia or catheter-related infections. In 20 %, an oral mucositis was observed. Acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) (≥grade 2) was seen in three patients. Complete remission (CR) could be achieved in 17 patients (85 %), 2 patients had persistent Hodgkin disease, and 1 patient died from infection prior to CR evaluation. Median progression-free survival and overall survival were 17.9 and 67.5 months, respectively. From the 17 CR patients, 8 had a relapse after a median of 10 months. Notably, of the eight patients relapsing after HSCT, all patients received another salvage treatment and four patients are still alive, whereas the other four patients died due to further progress. Six out of the remaining nine patients are still in CR, whereas the other three died from chronic GvHD and multi-organ failure. Overall, seven patients experienced chronic GvHD. In summary, alemtuzumab-BEAM is a well-tolerated conditioning therapy for allogeneic HSCT with high response rates in refractory HL.

  16. Definition of myeloid engraftment after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Rihn, Christopher; Cilley, Jeffrey; Naik, Payal; Pedicano, Amit Verma Jennifer; Mehta, Jayesh

    2004-06-01

    Neutrophil counts continued to rise after reaching 0.5x10(9)/L in 78 allograft recipients receiving granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) post-transplant. This was confirmed in 44 subsequent patients not receiving G-CSF. This suggests that the first day of neutrophils >or=0.5x10(9)/L can be considered a valid definition of myeloid recovery after allogeneic transplantation.

  17. A cost-utility and budget impact analysis of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for severe thalassemic patients in Thailand

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    2010-01-01

    Background Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative treatment available to severe thalassemic patients. The treatment, however, is very costly, particularly in the context of low and middle income countries, and no studies have been carried out to explore its economic justifiability. This study aimed to estimate the cost-utility of HSCT compared with blood transfusions combined with iron chelating therapy (BT-ICT) for severe thalassemia in Thailand, and to investigate the affordability of HSCT using a budget impact analysis. Methods A Markov model was used to estimate the relevant costs and health outcomes over the patients' lifetimes taking a societal perspective as recommended by Thailand's health technology assessment guidelines. All future costs and outcomes were discounted at a rate of 3% per annum. Primary outcomes of interest were lifetime costs, quality adjusted life years (QALYs) gained, and the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) in Thai baht (THB) per QALY gained. Results Compared to BT-ICT, the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio increased with patient age from 80,700 to 183,000 THB per QALY gained for related HSCT and 209,000 to 953,000 THB per QALY gained for unrelated HSCT among patients aged 1 to 15 years (US$1= 34 THB). The governmental budget impact analysis showed that providing 200 related HSCT to patients aged 1 to 10 years, in accordance with the current infrastructure limitations, would initially require approximately 90 million additional THB per year. Conclusions At a societal willingness to pay of 100,000 THB per QALY gained, related HSCT was likely to be a cost-effective and affordable treatment for young children with severe thalassemia in Thailand. PMID:20633303

  18. Improving results of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission: an analysis from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

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    Giebel, Sebastian; Labopin, Myriam; Socié, Gerard; Beelen, Dietrich; Browne, Paul; Volin, Liisa; Kyrcz-Krzemien, Slawomira; Yakoub-Agha, Ibrahim; Aljurf, Mahmoud; Wu, Depei; Michallet, Mauricette; Arnold, Renate; Mohty, Mohamad; Nagler, Arnon

    2017-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is widely used to treat adults with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The aim of this study was to analyze whether the results changed over time and to identify prognostic factors. Adult patients treated between 1993 and 2012 with myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation from HLA matched sibling (n=2681) or unrelated (n=2178) donors in first complete remission were included. For transplantations from sibling donors performed between 2008 and 2012, 2-year probabilities of overall survival were: 76% (18–25 years old), 69% (26–35 and 36–45 years old) and 60% (46–55 years old). Among recipients of transplantations from unrelated donors, the respective survival rates were 66%, 70%, 61%, and 62%. In comparison with the 1993–2007 period, significant improvements were observed for all age groups except for the 26–35-year old patients. In a multivariate model, transplantations performed between 2008 and 2012, when compared to 1993–2007, were associated with significantly reduced risks of non-relapse mortality (Hazard Ratio 0.77, P=0.00006), relapse (Hazard Ratio 0.85, P=0.007), treatment failure (Hazard Ratio 0.81, P<0.00001), and overall mortality (Hazard Ratio 0.79, P<0.00001). In the analysis restricted to transplantations performed between 2008 and 2012, the use of total body irradiation-based conditioning was associated with reduced risk of relapse (Hazard Ratio 0.48, P=0.004) and treatment failure (Hazard Ratio 0.63, P=0.02). We conclude that results of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia improved significantly over time. Total body irradiation should be considered as the preferable type of myeloablative conditioning. PMID:27686376

  19. Normalization of red cell enolase level following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in a child with Diamond-Blackfan anemia.

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    Park, Jeong A; Lim, Yeon Jung; Park, Hyeon Jin; Kong, Sun Young; Park, Byung Kiu; Ghim, Thad T

    2010-04-01

    We describe a girl with Diamond-Blackfan anemia with accompanying red cell enolase deficiency. At the age of 9 yr old, the patient received allogeneic bone marrow transplantation from her HLA-identical sister who had normal red cell enolase activity. While the post transplant DNA analysis with short tandem repeat has continuously demonstrated a stable mixed chimerism on follow-up, the patient remains transfusion independent and continues to show a steady increase in red cell enolase activity for over two and a half years following bone marrow transplantation.

  20. Ocular surface analysis in hematological patients before and after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: implication for daily clinical practice.

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    Giannaccare, G; Bonifazi, F; Sessa, M; Dan, E; Arpinati, M; Fresina, M; Bandini, G; Cavo, M; Versura, P; Campos, E C

    2017-05-19

    PurposeTo evaluate ocular surface parameters before and after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and to correlate them with clinical and transplant variables.MethodsThis is a retrospective analysis of data from 93 patients affected by hematological malignancies undergoing HSCT. Values from Ocular Surface Disease Index, Schirmer test, Break-up Time, ocular surface staining, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction score obtained before HSCT and 3-6 months after were retrieved from charts. Diagnosis and staging of dry eye (DE) disease was performed according to Dry Eye WorkShop criteria. Graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) was classified according to the NIH criteria. Odds ratios for DE onset after HSCT were estimated for demographic, ocular, hematological and transplant variables.ResultsDE was diagnosed before HSCT in 50 (53%) of the patients, mostly of hyperevaporative profile. After HSCT, all ocular parameters significantly worsened with no change in DE profile. A 51% incident cases (22 of the 43 non-DE subjects) were reported. Increasing recipient age and female sex, higher CD34+ cells infused, donor-recipient sex mismatch (males receiving from females), related donors, and peripheral blood cells as stem cell source were associated with a significant higher incidence of DE after HSCT. Systemic chronic GVHD was diagnosed in 42% while ocular GVHD in 35.5% of the patients, which decreased to 12% when taking into account only incident cases.ConclusionsHigh DE prevalence was shown already before HSCT. A pre-HSCT ocular surface assessment is recommended for early DE diagnosis and treatment. This new protocol also influences the prevalence of ocular GVHD.Eye advance online publication, 19 May 2017; doi:10.1038/eye.2017.78.

  1. Is there still a role for allogeneic stem-cell transplantation in multiple myeloma?

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    Bensinger, William I.

    2007-01-01

    Despite significant improvements in survival for multiple myeloma patients through autologous stem-cell transplantation (SCT) and the introduction of novel drugs, the disease remains incurable for all but a small fraction of patients. Only allogeneic SCT is potentially curative, due in part to a graft-versus-myeloma effect. High transplant-related mortality with allogeneic SCT is currently the major limitation to wider use of this potentially curative modality. Mortality can be reduced through the use of lower-intensity conditioning regimens which allow engraftment of allogeneic stem cells, but this comes at a cost of higher rates of disease progression and relapse. Promising studies to improve outcomes of allogeneic transplants include the use of more intensive non-myeloablative conditioning regimens, tandem transplants, peripheral blood cells, graft engineering to improve the graft-versus-myeloma activity while reducing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), post-transplant maintenance, and targeted conditioning therapies such as bone-seeking radioisotopes. PMID:18070719

  2. FLT3 mutational status is an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes after allogeneic transplantation in AML

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    Li, Yumeng; Braun, Thomas; Chang, Lawrence; Bixby, Dale; Hanauer, David A.; Chughtai, Komal A.; Gatza, Erin; Couriel, Daniel; Goldstein, Steven; Pawarode, Attaphol; Reddy, Pavan; Riwes, Mary; Connelly, James; Harris, Andrew; Kitko, Carrie; Levine, John; Yanik, Greg

    2015-01-01

    Allogeneic HCT has been increasingly used in the setting of FLT3 mutated AML. However, its role in conferring durable relapse-free intervals remains in question. Herein, we sought to investigate FLT3 mutational status on transplant outcomes. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 262 consecutive AML patients who underwent first-time allogeneic HCT (2008-2014), of whom 171 had undergone FLT3-ITD mutational testing. FLT3 mutated AML was associated with nearly twice the relapse risk (RR) compared with those without FLT3 mutation 3 years post-HCT (63% vs. 37%, P<0.001), and with a shorter median time to relapse (100 vs. 121 days). FLT3 mutational status remained significantly associated with this outcome after controlling for patient, disease, and transplant-related risk factors (P<0.05). Multivariate analysis showed a significant association of FLT3 mutation with increased 3-year RR (HR 3.63, 95% CI: 2.13, 6.19, P<0.001), and inferior disease-free survival (HR 2.05, 95% CI: 1.29, 3.27, P<0.01) and overall survival (HR 1.92, 95% CI: 1.14, 3.24, P<0.05). These data demonstrate high risk of early relapse after allogeneic HCT for FLT3 mutated AML that translates into adverse disease-free and overall survival outcomes. Additional targeted and coordinated interventions are needed to maintain durable remission after allogeneic HCT in this high-risk population. PMID:26191952

  3. T-Shaped Frame Critical and Post-Critical Analysis

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    Doicheva, Albena

    2016-03-01

    The paper shows solution of a T-shaped frame, strength- ened with two linear springs, regarding critical and post-critical analysis. The solution is exact using the Euler elastic approach and the frame of reference, originated in the point of column axis inflexion. The derived Numerical results show the effect of the springs strengthening for the crit- ical and the post-critical system behaviour. The influence of the geometry change is analyzed, as well.

  4. Racial differences in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation outcomes among African Americans and whites.

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    Hamilton, B K; Rybicki, L; Sekeres, M; Kalaycio, M; Hanna, R; Sobecks, R; Dean, R; Duong, H; Hill, B T; Bolwell, B; Copelan, E

    2015-06-01

    The impact of race on outcome has been identified in a number of cancers, with African Americans having poorer survival compared with whites. We conducted a study to investigate the association of race with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) outcomes. We identified 789 patients (58 African Americans and 731 whites) who underwent allogeneic HCT for hematologic disorders. There were no significant differences between African Americans and white patients in gender, performance status or comorbidity score. However, African Americans were younger than whites (median 40 years versus 47 years, P=0.003) and were more likely to be in remission at HCT (74% versus 57%, P=0.011), to have an HLA-mismatched donor (36% versus 14%, P<0.001), to have positive donor or recipient CMV serostatus (90% versus 69%, P<0.001) and to have received a cord blood transplant (21% versus 6%, P<0.001). In univariate analysis, African Americans had worse overall survival (OS) (HR 1.41, P=0.026) compared with whites, with no significant differences in acute or chronic GvHD, non-CMV infection or relapse. However, after adjusting for several transplant and disease-related factors in multivariate analysis, the OS difference between African Americans and whites became nonsignificant (HR 1.27, P=0.18). These results suggest that race in and of itself does not lead to worse survival post HCT.

  5. Long Term Incidence of Secondary Malignancies Following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: a Single Center Experience.

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    Michelis, Fotios V; Kotchetkov, Rouslan; Grunwald, Rebecca M; Azeem, Aamir; Atenafu, Eshetu G; Lipton, Jeffrey H; Loach, David; Gupta, Vikas; Kuruvilla, John; Kim, Dennis D; Viswabandya, Auro; Deotare, Uday; Messner, Hans A

    2017-02-27

    To review the emergence of secondary malignancies (SM) in recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We documented the occurrence of SM in 2415 allogeneic HCT recipients, ages 18-71, in a single center over four decades. SM was seen in 209 patients, including 58 with non-metastatic squamous cell (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the skin. Cumulative incidence of SM was 6.3% at 10 years, 13.5% at 20 years and 17.6% at 30 years post-HCT. Median age at diagnosis of SM was 61 years (range 21-85). By multivariable analysis, older age at HCT was the only independent prognostic factor for SM (HR=1.39 for age 41-55 and HR=1.92 for age >55 compared to age ≤40, p=0.001). The rate of SM (excluding non-metastatic SCC/BCC of skin) after HCT was 2.07 times higher (p=0.01) compared to the general population. Overall survival (OS) following diagnosis of SM (excluding non-metastatic SCC/BCC of skin) was 58% at 5 years and 50% at 10 years post-diagnosis. ECOG score was the only independent predictor of OS on multivariable analysis, with over 2 fold increased risk of death for patients with an ECOG score of 1 and over 6 fold for ECOG 2-4, compared to ECOG score 0 (p<0.0001). Forty (19%) of the 209 patients diagnosed with SM subsequently developed another new malignancy. OS was 68% and 51% at 5 and 10 years, respectively. The survival of SM patients post-HCT is favorable, thus warranting diligent long-term cancer screening and standard of care treatment. ECOG status of these patients is a predominant prognostic factor.

  6. OCTET-CY: a phase II study to investigate the efficacy of post-transplant cyclophosphamide as sole graft-versus-host prophylaxis after allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.

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    Holtick, Udo; Chemnitz, Jens-Markus; Shimabukuro-Vornhagen, Alexander; Theurich, Sebastian; Chakupurakal, Geothy; Krause, Anke; Fiedler, Anne; Luznik, Leo; Hellmich, Martin; Wolf, Dominik; Hallek, Michael; von Bergwelt-Baildon, Michael; Scheid, Christof

    2016-01-01

    Post-transplant cyclophosphamide is increasingly used as graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) prophylaxis in the setting of bone marrow transplantation. No data have been published on the use of single-agent GvHD prophylaxis with post-transplant cyclophosphamide in the setting of peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT). In a phase II trial, 11 patients with myeloma or lymphoma underwent conditioning with fludarabine and busulfan followed by T-replete PBSCT and application of 50 mg/kg/d of cyclophosphamide on day+3 and +4 without other concurrent immunosuppression (IS). Median time to leukocyte, neutrophil, and platelet engraftment was 18, 21, and 18 d. The incidence of grade II-IV and grade III-IV GvHD was 45% and 27%, with a non-relapse mortality (NRM) of 36% at one and 2 yr. After median follow-up of 927 d, overall and relapse-free survival was 64% and 34%. Three patients did not require any further systemic IS until day+100 and thereafter. Analysis of immune reconstitution demonstrated rapid T- and NK-cell recovery. B- and CD3+/CD161+NK/T-cell recovery was superior in patients not receiving additional IS. Post-transplant cyclophosphamide as sole IS in PBSCT is feasible and allows rapid immune recovery. Increased rates of severe acute GvHD explain the observed NRM and may advise a temporary combination partner such as mTor-inhibitors in the PBSCT setting. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  7. Probabilistic structural analysis of space propulsion system LOX post

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    Newell, J. F.; Rajagopal, K. R.; Ho, H. W.; Cunniff, J. M.

    1990-01-01

    The probabilistic structural analysis program NESSUS (Numerical Evaluation of Stochastic Structures Under Stress; Cruse et al., 1988) is applied to characterize the dynamic loading and response of the Space Shuttle main engine (SSME) LOX post. The design and operation of the SSME are reviewed; the LOX post structure is described; and particular attention is given to the generation of composite load spectra, the finite-element model of the LOX post, and the steps in the NESSUS structural analysis. The results are presented in extensive tables and graphs, and it is shown that NESSUS correctly predicts the structural effects of changes in the temperature loading. The probabilistic approach also facilitates (1) damage assessments for a given failure model (based on gas temperature, heat-shield gap, and material properties) and (2) correlation of the gas temperature with operational parameters such as engine thrust.

  8. Analysis of the Relevance of Posts in Asynchronous Discussions

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    Azevedo, Breno T.; Reategui, Eliseo; Behar, Patrícia A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents ForumMiner, a tool for the automatic analysis of students' posts in asynchronous discussions. ForumMiner uses a text mining system to extract graphs from texts that are given to students as a basis for their discussion. These graphs contain the most relevant terms found in the texts, as well as the relationships between them.…

  9. Analysis of the Relevance of Posts in Asynchronous Discussions

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    Azevedo, Breno T.; Reategui, Eliseo; Behar, Patrícia A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents ForumMiner, a tool for the automatic analysis of students' posts in asynchronous discussions. ForumMiner uses a text mining system to extract graphs from texts that are given to students as a basis for their discussion. These graphs contain the most relevant terms found in the texts, as well as the relationships between them.…

  10. Computer Aided Modeling and Post Processing with NASTRAN Analysis

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    Boroughs, R. R.

    1984-01-01

    Computer aided engineering systems are invaluable tools in performing NASTRAN finite element analysis. These techniques are implemented in both the pre-processing and post-processing phases of the NASTRAN analysis. The finite element model development, or pre-processing phase, was automated with a computer aided modeling program called Supertabl, and the review and interpretation of the results of the NASTRAN analysis, or post-processing phase, was automated with a computer aided plotting program called Output Display. An intermediate program, Nasplot, which was developed in-house, has also helped to cut down on the model checkout time and reduce errors in the model. An interface has been established between the finite element computer aided engineering system and the Learjet computer aided design system whereby data can be transferred back and forth between the two. These systems have significantly improved productivity and the ability to perform NASTRAN analysis in response to product development requests.

  11. Cell salvage for minimising perioperative allogeneic blood transfusion

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    Carless, Paul A; Henry, David A; Moxey, Annette J; O’Connell, Dianne; Brown, Tamara; Fergusson, Dean A

    2014-01-01

    Background Concerns regarding the safety of transfused blood have prompted reconsideration of the use of allogeneic (from an unrelated donor) red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, and a range of techniques to minimise transfusion requirements. Objectives To examine the evidence for the efficacy of cell salvage in reducing allogeneic blood transfusion and the evidence for any effect on clinical outcomes. Search methods We identified studies by searching CENTRAL (The Cochrane Library 2009, Issue 2), MEDLINE (1950 to June 2009), EMBASE (1980 to June 2009), the internet (to August 2009) and bibliographies of published articles. Selection criteria Randomised controlled trials with a concurrent control group in which adult patients, scheduled for non-urgent surgery, were randomised to cell salvage (autotransfusion) or to a control group who did not receive the intervention. Data collection and analysis Data were independently extracted and the risk of bias assessed. Relative risks (RR) and weighted mean differences (WMD) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated. Data were pooled using a random-effects model. The primary outcomes were the number of patients exposed to allogeneic red cell transfusion and the amount of blood transfused. Other clinical outcomes are detailed in the review. Main results A total of 75 trials were included. Overall, the use of cell salvage reduced the rate of exposure to allogeneic RBC transfusion by a relative 38% (RR 0.62; 95% CI 0.55 to 0.70). The absolute reduction in risk (ARR) of receiving an allogeneic RBC transfusion was 21% (95% CI 15% to 26%). In orthopaedic procedures the RR of exposure to RBC transfusion was 0.46 (95% CI 0.37 to 0.57) compared to 0.77 (95% CI 0.69 to 0.86) for cardiac procedures. The use of cell salvage resulted in an average saving of 0.68 units of allogeneic RBC per patient (WMD −0.68; 95% CI −0.88 to −0.49). Cell salvage did not appear to impact adversely on clinical outcomes. Authors’ conclusions

  12. Process change evaluation framework for allogeneic cell therapies: impact on drug development and commercialization.

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    Hassan, Sally; Huang, Hsini; Warren, Kim; Mahdavi, Behzad; Smith, David; Jong, Simcha; Farid, Suzanne S

    2016-04-01

    Some allogeneic cell therapies requiring a high dose of cells for large indication groups demand a change in cell expansion technology, from planar units to microcarriers in single-use bioreactors for the market phase. The aim was to model the optimal timing for making this change. A development lifecycle cash flow framework was created to examine the implications of process changes to microcarrier cultures at different stages of a cell therapy's lifecycle. The analysis performed under assumptions used in the framework predicted that making this switch earlier in development is optimal from a total expected out-of-pocket cost perspective. From a risk-adjusted net present value view, switching at Phase I is economically competitive but a post-approval switch can offer the highest risk-adjusted net present value as the cost of switching is offset by initial market penetration with planar technologies. The framework can facilitate early decision-making during process development.

  13. Advanced Post-Irradiation Examination Capabilities Alternatives Analysis Report

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    Jeff Bryan; Bill Landman; Porter Hill

    2012-12-01

    An alternatives analysis was performed for the Advanced Post-Irradiation Capabilities (APIEC) project in accordance with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Order DOE O 413.3B, “Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets”. The Alternatives Analysis considered six major alternatives: ? No Action ? Modify Existing DOE Facilities – capabilities distributed among multiple locations ? Modify Existing DOE Facilities – capabilities consolidated at a few locations ? Construct New Facility ? Commercial Partnership ? International Partnerships Based on the alternatives analysis documented herein, it is recommended to DOE that the advanced post-irradiation examination capabilities be provided by a new facility constructed at the Materials and Fuels Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory.

  14. Radiopacity of Esthetic Post Materials: Evaluation with Digital Analysis Technique.

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    Kaval, Mehmet Emin; Akin, Hakan; Guneri, Pelin

    2017-07-01

    To evaluate the radiopacity of five post materials using a digital image analysis method. Twelve specimens from each post type (two zirconia and three fiber based) of 2 mm in thickness were obtained using a diamond blade mounted on a cutting machine, and digital radiographs were taken along with aluminum step-wedge and dentin discs under standard exposure conditions. The mean gray-values of specimens were measured using a computer graphics program. Data were analyzed using one-way ANOVA followed by Holm-Sidak multicomparison test (p = 0.05). The highest radiopacity was observed in custom zirconia (5.842 millimeters of equivalent Al [mmAl]), and the lowest value was detected with FRC-Postec (Ivoclar Vivadent) (1.716 mmAl). Significant differences were revealed between the radiopacity values among all groups (p < 0.05), except the Zr post materials (p = 0.56). All tested post materials had higher radiopacity than dentin. Further studies will be required to clarify optimum radiopacity properties of the post materials to provide a precise clinical observation. © 2015 by the American College of Prosthodontists.

  15. Surgical technique for allogeneic uterus transplantation in macaques

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    Obara, Hideaki; Kisu, Iori; Kato, Yojiro; Yamada, Yohei; Matsubara, Kentaro; Emoto, Katsura; Adachi, Masataka; Matoba, Yusuke; Umene, Kiyoko; Nogami, Yuya; Banno, Kouji; Tsuchiya, Hideaki; Itagaki, Iori; Kawamoto, Ikuo; Nakagawa, Takahiro; Ishigaki, Hirohito; Itoh, Yasushi; Ogasawara, Kazumasa; Saiki, Yoko; Sato, Shin-ichi; Nakagawa, Kenshi; Shiina, Takashi; Aoki, Daisuke; Kitagawa, Yuko

    2016-01-01

    No study has reported an animal model of uterus transplantation (UTx) using cynomolgus macaques. We aimed to establish a surgical technique of allogeneic UTx assuming the recovery of a uterus from a deceased donor in cynomolgus macaques. Four allogeneic UTxs were performed in female cynomolgus macaques. Donor surgeries comprised en bloc recovery of organs with iliac vessels on both sides, and/or abdominal aorta/vena cava after sufficient perfusion from one femoral artery or external iliac artery. Before perfusion, 150 mL of whole blood was obtained from the donor for subsequent blood transfusion to the recipient. Four uterine grafts were orthotopically transplanted to recipients. End-to-side anastomosis was performed to the iliac vessels on one side in case 1 and iliac vessels on both sides in case 2; aorto-aorto/cavo-caval anastomosis was performed in cases 3 and 4. Arterial blood flow of the uterine grafts was determined by intraoperative indocyanine green (ICG) angiography. ICG angiography results showed sufficient blood flow to all uterine grafts, and anaemia did not progress. Under appropriate immune suppression, all recipients survived for more than 90 days post-transplantation, without any surgical complications. We describe a surgical technique for allogeneic UTx in cynomolgus macaques. PMID:27786258

  16. VDJtools: Unifying Post-analysis of T Cell Receptor Repertoires.

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    Shugay, Mikhail; Bagaev, Dmitriy V; Turchaninova, Maria A; Bolotin, Dmitriy A; Britanova, Olga V; Putintseva, Ekaterina V; Pogorelyy, Mikhail V; Nazarov, Vadim I; Zvyagin, Ivan V; Kirgizova, Vitalina I; Kirgizov, Kirill I; Skorobogatova, Elena V; Chudakov, Dmitriy M

    2015-11-01

    Despite the growing number of immune repertoire sequencing studies, the field still lacks software for analysis and comprehension of this high-dimensional data. Here we report VDJtools, a complementary software suite that solves a wide range of T cell receptor (TCR) repertoires post-analysis tasks, provides a detailed tabular output and publication-ready graphics, and is built on top of a flexible API. Using TCR datasets for a large cohort of unrelated healthy donors, twins, and multiple sclerosis patients we demonstrate that VDJtools greatly facilitates the analysis and leads to sound biological conclusions. VDJtools software and documentation are available at https://github.com/mikessh/vdjtools.

  17. VDJtools: Unifying Post-analysis of T Cell Receptor Repertoires

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    Bolotin, Dmitriy A.; Britanova, Olga V.; Putintseva, Ekaterina V.; Pogorelyy, Mikhail V.; Nazarov, Vadim I.; Zvyagin, Ivan V.; Kirgizova, Vitalina I.; Kirgizov, Kirill I.; Skorobogatova, Elena V.; Chudakov, Dmitriy M.

    2015-01-01

    Despite the growing number of immune repertoire sequencing studies, the field still lacks software for analysis and comprehension of this high-dimensional data. Here we report VDJtools, a complementary software suite that solves a wide range of T cell receptor (TCR) repertoires post-analysis tasks, provides a detailed tabular output and publication-ready graphics, and is built on top of a flexible API. Using TCR datasets for a large cohort of unrelated healthy donors, twins, and multiple sclerosis patients we demonstrate that VDJtools greatly facilitates the analysis and leads to sound biological conclusions. VDJtools software and documentation are available at https://github.com/mikessh/vdjtools. PMID:26606115

  18. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation allows long-term complete remission and curability in high-risk Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia. Results of a retrospective analysis of the Société Française de Greffe de Moelle et de Thérapie Cellulaire.

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    Garnier, Alice; Robin, Marie; Larosa, Fabrice; Golmard, Jean-Louis; Le Gouill, Steven; Coiteux, Valérie; Tabrizi, Reza; Bulabois, Claude-Eric; Cacheux, Victoria; Kuentz, Mathieu; Dreyfus, Brigitte; Dreger, Peter; Rio, Bernard; Moles-Moreau, Marie-Pierre; Bilger, Karin; Bay, Jacques-Olivier; Leblond, Véronique; Blaise, Didier; Tournilhac, Olivier; Dhédin, Nathalie

    2010-06-01

    Patients with poor-risk Waldenström's macroglobulinemia have suboptimal response and early post-treatment relapse with conventional therapies. Hence, new therapeutic approaches such as allogeneic stem cell transplantation should be evaluated in these patients. We examined the long-term outcome of allogeneic stem cell transplantation in Waldenström's macroglobulinemia by studying the records of 24 patients reported in the SFGM-TC database and one transplanted in the bone marrow unit in Hamburg. Median age at the time of transplant was 48 years (range, 24-64). The patients had previously received a median of 3 lines of therapy (range, 1-6) and 44% of them had refractory disease at time of transplant. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation after myeloablative (n=12) or reduced-intensity (n=13) conditioning yielded an overall response rate of 92% and immunofixation-negative complete remission in 50% of evaluable patients. With a median follow-up of 64 months among survivors (range, 11-149 months), 5-year overall survival and progression-free survival rates were respectively, 67% (95% CI: 46-81) and 58% (95% CI: 38-75). The 5-year estimated risk of progression was 25% (95% CI: 10-36%), with only one relapse among the 12 patients who entered complete remission, versus 5 in the 12 patients who did not. Only one of the 6 relapses occurred more than three years post-transplant. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation yields a high rate of complete remissions and is potentially curative in poor-risk Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.

  19. Post-Optimality Analysis In Aerospace Vehicle Design

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    Braun, Robert D.; Kroo, Ilan M.; Gage, Peter J.

    1993-01-01

    This analysis pertains to the applicability of optimal sensitivity information to aerospace vehicle design. An optimal sensitivity (or post-optimality) analysis refers to computations performed once the initial optimization problem is solved. These computations may be used to characterize the design space about the present solution and infer changes in this solution as a result of constraint or parameter variations, without reoptimizing the entire system. The present analysis demonstrates that post-optimality information generated through first-order computations can be used to accurately predict the effect of constraint and parameter perturbations on the optimal solution. This assessment is based on the solution of an aircraft design problem in which the post-optimality estimates are shown to be within a few percent of the true solution over the practical range of constraint and parameter variations. Through solution of a reusable, single-stage-to-orbit, launch vehicle design problem, this optimal sensitivity information is also shown to improve the efficiency of the design process, For a hierarchically decomposed problem, this computational efficiency is realized by estimating the main-problem objective gradient through optimal sep&ivity calculations, By reducing the need for finite differentiation of a re-optimized subproblem, a significant decrease in the number of objective function evaluations required to reach the optimal solution is obtained.

  20. Thymus and immune reconstitution after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in humans: never say never again.

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    Toubert, A; Glauzy, S; Douay, C; Clave, E

    2012-02-01

    Assessment of the host immune status is becoming a key issue in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). In the long-term follow-up of these patients, severe post-transplant infections, relapse or secondary malignancies may be directly related to persistent immune defects. In allo-HSCT, T-cell differentiation of donor progenitors within the recipient thymus is required to generate naive recent T-cell emigrants (RTE). These cells account for a durable T-cell reconstitution, generating a diverse T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire and robust response to infections. It is now possible to quantify the production of RTE by measuring thymic T-cell receptor excision circles or 'TREC' which are small circular DNA produced during the recombination of the genomic segments encoding the TCR alpha chain. Here we discuss the role of thymic function in allo-HSCT. The pre-transplant recipient thymic function correlates with clinical outcome in terms of survival and occurrence of severe infections. Post-transplant, TREC analysis showed that the thymus is a sensitive target to the allogeneic acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) reaction but is also prone to recovery in young adult patients. In all, thymus is a key player for the quality of immune reconstitution and clinical outcome after allo-HSCT. Thymic tissue is plastic and it is a future challenge to halt or reverse thymic GVHD therapeutically by acting at the level of T-cell progenitors generation, thymic homing and/or epithelial thymic tissue preservation.

  1. FARO base case post-test analysis by COMETA code

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    Annunziato, A.; Addabbo, C.

    1995-09-01

    The paper analyzes the COMETA (Core Melt Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis) post test calculations of FARO Test L-11, the so-called Base Case Test. The FARO Facility, located at JRC Ispra, is used to simulate the consequences of Severe Accidents in Nuclear Power Plants under a variety of conditions. The COMETA Code has a 6 equations two phase flow field and a 3 phases corium field: the jet, the droplets and the fused-debris bed. The analysis shown that the code is able to pick-up all the major phenomena occurring during the fuel-coolant interaction pre-mixing phase.

  2. Alemtuzumab in allogeneic hematopoetic stem cell transplantation

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    Poiré, Xavier; van Besien, Koen

    2011-01-01

    Introduction With the use of reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC), early toxicity of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) has been much reduced. Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) causes morbidities and mortality. Alemtuzumab is a mAb directed against CD52. When administered prior to transplant it leads to T-cell depletion. Incorporation of alemtuzumab in RIC results in low rates of GvHD and treatment-related mortality (TRM) in haematological diseases, even in the setting of mismatched-donor transplantation. Areas covered The use of alemtuzumab for GvHD in SCT. The benefit of alemtuzumab-based conditioning is partially offset by increased disease relapse due to impaired graft-versus-tumor effect (GvT) and by slower immune reconstitution, necessitating special precautions. While GvHD is prevented with alemtuzumab, post-SCT interventions are often required. Most studies find that alemtuzumab-based conditioning results in decreased chronic GvHD and TRM, but also in decreased progression-free survival. Overall survival after 3 – 5 years is usually equivalent and quality of life may be improved because of a lower incidence of sequelae of chronic GvHD. Many aspects of alemtuzumab treatment are under investigation. Expert opinion Alemtuzumab reduces GvHD and TRM after SCT. Use of alemtuzumab requires awareness and strict management of the risk of opportunistic infections and of an increased risk of disease recurrence. PMID:21702703

  3. Alemtuzumab in allogeneic hematopoetic stem cell transplantation.

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    Poiré, Xavier; van Besien, Koen

    2011-08-01

    With the use of reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC), early toxicity of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) has been much reduced. Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) causes morbidities and mortality. Alemtuzumab is a mAb directed against CD52. When administered prior to transplant, it leads to T-cell depletion. Incorporation of alemtuzumab in RIC results in low rates of GvHD and treatment-related mortality (TRM) in haematological diseases, even in the setting of mismatched-donor transplantation. The use of alemtuzumab for GvHD prophylaxis in SCT. The benefit of alemtuzumab-based conditioning is partially offset by increased disease relapse due to impaired graft-versus-tumor effect (GvT) and by slower immune reconstitution, necessitating special precautions. While GvHD is prevented with alemtuzumab, post-SCT interventions are often required. Most studies find that alemtuzumab-based conditioning results in decreased chronic GvHD and TRM, but also in decreased progression-free survival. Overall survival after 3 - 5 years is usually equivalent and quality of life may be improved because of a lower incidence of sequelae of chronic GvHD. Many aspects of alemtuzumab treatment are under investigation. Alemtuzumab reduces GvHD and TRM after SCT. Use of alemtuzumab requires awareness and strict management of the risk of opportunistic infections and of an increased risk of disease recurrence.

  4. Who is fit for allogeneic transplantation?

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    Sandmaier, Brenda M.

    2010-01-01

    The use of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has expanded progressively, facilitated by the increasing availability of unrelated donors and cord blood, and the inclusion of older patients as transplantation candidates. Indications remain diagnosis-dependent. As novel nontransplantation modalities have been developed concurrently, many patients come to HCT only when no longer responding to such therapy. However, patients with refractory or advanced disease frequently relapse after HCT, even with high-dose conditioning, and more so with reduced-intensity regimens as used for patients of older age or with comorbid conditions. Thus, patients with high-risk malignancies who have substantial comorbidities or are of advanced age are at high risk of both relapse and nonrelapse mortality and should probably not be transplanted. Being in remission or at least having shown responsiveness to pre-HCT therapy is generally associated with increased transplantation success. In addition, to handle the stress associated with HCT, patients need a good social support system and a secure financial net. They must be well informed, not only about the transplantation process, but also about expected or potential post-HCT events, including graft-versus-host disease and delayed effects that may become manifest only years after HCT. PMID:20702782

  5. Orion Exploration Flight Test Post-Flight Inspection and Analysis

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    Miller, J. E.; Berger, E. L.; Bohl, W. E.; Christiansen, E. L.; Davis, B. A.; Deighton, K. D.; Enriquez, P. A.; Garcia, M. A.; Hyde, J. L.; Oliveras, O. M.

    2017-01-01

    The principal mechanism for developing orbital debris environment models, is to make observations of larger pieces of debris in the range of several centimeters and greater using radar and optical techniques. For particles that are smaller than this threshold, breakup and migration models of particles to returned surfaces in lower orbit are relied upon to quantify the flux. This reliance on models to derive spatial densities of particles that are of critical importance to spacecraft make the unique nature of the EFT-1's return surface a valuable metric. To this end detailed post-flight inspections have been performed of the returned EFT-1 backshell, and the inspections identified six candidate impact sites that were not present during the pre-flight inspections. This paper describes the post-flight analysis efforts to characterize the EFT-1 mission craters. This effort included ground based testing to understand small particle impact craters in the thermal protection material, the pre- and post-flight inspection, the crater analysis using optical, X-ray computed tomography (CT) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) techniques, and numerical simulations.

  6. [Increased efficacy of allogenic bone marrow transplantation].

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    Fedotenkov, A G; Danilova, L A; Ignasheva, L P

    1982-08-01

    Experiments made in vivo and vitro have demonstrated that conservation of allogeneic hemopoietic tissue with glycerin brings about a decrease in transplatation, homologous activity of T lymphocytes. Allogeneic bone marrow conserved with glycerin compares very favourably with freshly prepared allogeneic bone marrow since the transplant-versus-host reaction is attenuated under the effect of glycerin. Moreover, it shows a higher proliferative activity. The glycerin-induced reduction of the inactivating effect of lymphocytes against non-syngeneic colony-forming units enables the conserved bone marrow to be transplanted from several donors.

  7. Analysis of transgene-specific immune responses that limit the in vivo persistence of adoptively transferred HSV-TK–modified donor T cells after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation

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    Berger, Carolina; Flowers, Mary E.; Warren, Edus H.; Riddell, Stanley R.

    2006-01-01

    The introduction of an inducible suicide gene such as the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSV-TK) might allow exploitation of the antitumor activity of donor T cells after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) without graft versus host disease. However, HSV-TK is foreign, and immune responses to gene-modified T cells could lead to their premature elimination. We show that after the infusion of HSV-TK–modified donor T cells to HCT recipients, CD8+ and CD4+ T-cell responses to HSV-TK are rapidly induced and coincide with the disappearance of transferred cells. Cytokine flow cytometry using an overlapping panel of HSV-TK peptides allowed rapid detection and quantitation of HSV-TK–specific T cells in the blood and identified multiple immunogenic epitopes. Repeated infusion of modified T cells boosted the induced HSV-TK–specific T cells, which persisted as memory cells. These studies demonstrate the need for nonimmunogenic suicide genes and identify a strategy for detection of CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell responses to transgene products that should be generally applicable to monitoring patients on gene therapy trials. The potency of gene-modified T cells to elicit robust and durable immune responses imply this approach might be used for vaccination to elicit T-cell responses to viral or tumor antigens. PMID:16282341

  8. Allogeneic CD19-CAR-T cell infusion after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in B cell malignancies.

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    Liu, Jun; Zhong, Jiang F; Zhang, Xi; Zhang, Cheng

    2017-01-31

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is considered the cornerstone in treatment of hematological malignancies. However, relapse of the hematological disease after allo-HSCT remains a challenge and is associated with poor long-term survival. Chimeric antigen receptor redirected T cells (CAR-T cells) can lead to disease remission in patients with relapsed/refractory hematological malignancies. However, the therapeutic window for infusion of CAR-T cells post allo-HSCT and its efficacy are debatable. In this review, we first discuss the use of CAR-T cells for relapsed cases after allo-HSCT. We then review the toxicities and the occurrence of graft-versus-host disease in relapsed patients who received CAR-T cells post allo-HSCT. Finally, we review clinical trial registrations and the therapeutic time window for infusion of CAR-T cells post allo-HSCT. The treatment of allogeneic CAR-T cells is beneficial for patients with relapsed B cell malignancies after allo-HSCT with low toxicities and complications. However, multicenter clinical trials with larger sample sizes should be performed to select the optimal therapeutic window and confirm its efficacy.

  9. Tailored strategy for AML patients receiving allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.

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    Sohn, Sang Kyun; Kim, Jong Gwang; Kim, Dong Hwan

    2006-10-01

    Considering the heterogeneity of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), along with the pros and cons of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT), a tailored strategy is needed to minimize the transplant-related mortality and maximize the transplant outcomes in AML patients exhibiting certain factors that have an impact on the post-transplant quality of life and outcomes. The factors that need to be considered when tailoring a strategy in an allogeneic PBSCT setting include the recipient's performance status and co-morbid disease include AML risk stratification, disease status, expected severity of graft-versus-host disease, and the necessity of a graft-versus-leukemia effect. Accordingly, this review article describes a possible tailoring strategy for AML patients receiving allogeneic PBSCT based on certain factors influencing the transplant outcome.

  10. Induction of immunotolerance via mPEG grafting to allogeneic leukocytes.

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    Wang, Duncheng; Toyofuku, Wendy M; Chen, Audrey M; Scott, Mark D

    2011-12-01

    The induction of anergy or tolerance to prevent allorecognition is of clinical interest. To this end, the effects of methoxypoly(ethylene glycol) [mPEG] grafting to allogeneic lymphocytes on proliferation and phenotype (Th17 and Treg) was examined in vitro and in vivo. Control studies demonstrated that PEGylation did not affect cells viability or proliferation (mitogen) potential. Conditioned media (1° MLR) collected at 72 h from resting PBMC demonstrated no immunomodulatory effects whereas the control MLR demonstrated significant (p < 0.001) pro-proliferative potential and significantly increased in IL-2, TNF-α, and INF-γ. However, 1° media from either resting mPEG-PBMC or the PEGylated MLR resulted in a significant inhibitory effect (p < 0.001) in the 2° MLR and no increase in cytokines. PEGylation of donor murine splenocytes resulted in significant in vivo immunosuppressive effects in H2-disparate mice. While unmodified allogeneic splenocytes resulted in a significant in vivo decrease in Treg and increased Th17 lymphocytes, PEGylated allogeneic splenocytes yielded significantly increased Tregs and baseline levels of Th17 lymphocytes. This effect was persistent to at least 30 days post challenge and was not reversed by unmodified allogeneic cells. These studies demonstrate that PEGylation of allogeneic lymphocytes induced an immunoquiescent state both in vitro and in vivo. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Late-Onset Cerebral Toxoplasmosis After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Khalaf, Ahmed M.; Hashim, Mahmoud A.; Alsharabati, Mohammed; Fallon, Kenneth; Cure, Joel K.; Pappas, Peter; Mineishi, Shin; Saad, Ayman

    2017-01-01

    Patient: Male, 44 Final Diagnosis: Cerebral toxoplasmosis after HSCT Symptoms: Hemiparesis • muscle weakness Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Hematology Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: Toxoplasmosis is an uncommon but potentially fatal complication following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). Post-transplant toxoplasmosis is often a reactivation of prior infection and typically occurs within the first 6 months of transplant. Herein, we report that cerebral toxoplasmosis may occur 22 months after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Case Report: We describe a case of cerebral toxoplasmosis that occurred 22 months after an allogeneic HCT while the patient was on aerosolized pentamidine for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) prophylaxis. The disease was only diagnosed after brain biopsy because of atypical MRI appearance of the cerebral lesion and negative Toxoplasma gondii IgG antibody test result in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The patient received pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine treatment, with dramatic improvement after several months. The patient is alive 2 years after infection diagnosis, with no evidence of disease and is off Toxoplasma prophylaxis. Conclusions: Cerebral toxoplasmosis can occur late after allogeneic HCT while patients are on immunosuppression therapy, with atypical features on imaging studies and negative Toxoplasma gondii IgG antibody test result in the CSF. Pre-transplant serologic screening for T. gondii antibodies in allogeneic transplant candidates is warranted. Brain biopsy can be a helpful diagnostic tool for cerebral lesions. PMID:28280256

  12. Late-Onset Cerebral Toxoplasmosis After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.

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    Khalaf, Ahmed M; Hashim, Mahmoud A; Alsharabati, Mohammed; Fallon, Kenneth; Cure, Joel K; Pappas, Peter; Mineishi, Shin; Saad, Ayman

    2017-03-10

    BACKGROUND Toxoplasmosis is an uncommon but potentially fatal complication following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). Post-transplant toxoplasmosis is often a reactivation of prior infection and typically occurs within the first 6 months of transplant. Herein, we report that cerebral toxoplasmosis may occur 22 months after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. CASE REPORT We describe a case of cerebral toxoplasmosis that occurred 22 months after an allogeneic HCT while the patient was on aerosolized pentamidine for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) prophylaxis. The disease was only diagnosed after brain biopsy because of atypical MRI appearance of the cerebral lesion and negative Toxoplasma gondii IgG antibody test result in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The patient received pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine treatment, with dramatic improvement after several months. The patient is alive 2 years after infection diagnosis, with no evidence of disease and is off Toxoplasma prophylaxis. CONCLUSIONS Cerebral toxoplasmosis can occur late after allogeneic HCT while patients are on immunosuppression therapy, with atypical features on imaging studies and negative Toxoplasma gondii IgG antibody test result in the CSF. Pre-transplant serologic screening for T. gondii antibodies in allogeneic transplant candidates is warranted. Brain biopsy can be a helpful diagnostic tool for cerebral lesions.

  13. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in patients with AML not achieving remission: potentially curative therapy.

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    Gyurkocza, B; Lazarus, H M; Giralt, S

    2017-02-27

    Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who fail to achieve complete remission (CR) have a dismal prognosis. Although data suggest that durable remissions can be achieved in approximately 30% of patients with refractory or relapsed AML after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), only a small fraction of those patients are offered this therapeutic option. Importantly, patients with primary refractory AML have distinctly better outcomes following allogeneic HCT than those with refractory relapse. Access to suitable donors could be one of the main barriers in these situations. However, with recent developments in the field of allogeneic HCT, such as alternative donor sources, high-resolution HLA-typing, reduced intensity conditioning regimens and improvements in supportive care, this approach has the potential to offer long-term survival for patients with refractory and relapsed AML and should be considered as early after diagnosis as possible. Incorporating novel agents into the conditioning regimen or as post-transplant maintenance therapy could further improve outcomes and render older or medically infirm patients with refractory or relapsed AML eligible for allogeneic HCT. In this review, we summarize existing data on allogeneic HCT in patients with refractory or relapsed AML and explore novel approaches with the potential to improve outcomes in this patient population.Bone Marrow Transplantation advance online publication, 27 February 2017; doi:10.1038/bmt.2017.8.

  14. T Cell Receptor Excision Circle (TREC) Monitoring after Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation; a Predictive Marker for Complications and Clinical Outcome

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    Gaballa, Ahmed; Sundin, Mikael; Stikvoort, Arwen; Abumaree, Muhamed; Uzunel, Mehmet; Sairafi, Darius; Uhlin, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a well-established treatment modality for a variety of malignant diseases as well as for inborn errors of the metabolism or immune system. Regardless of disease origin, good clinical effects are dependent on proper immune reconstitution. T cells are responsible for both the beneficial graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect against malignant cells and protection against infections. The immune recovery of T cells relies initially on peripheral expansion of mature cells from the graft and later on the differentiation and maturation from donor-derived hematopoietic stem cells. The formation of new T cells occurs in the thymus and as a byproduct, T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) are released upon rearrangement of the T cell receptor. Detection of TRECs by PCR is a reliable method for estimating the amount of newly formed T cells in the circulation and, indirectly, for estimating thymic function. Here, we discuss the role of TREC analysis in the prediction of clinical outcome after allogeneic HSCT. Due to the pivotal role of T cell reconstitution we propose that TREC analysis should be included as a key indicator in the post-HSCT follow-up. PMID:27727179

  15. Differentials of post-partum amenorrhea: a survival analysis.

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    Aryal, T R

    2007-01-01

    Post-partum amenorrhea is an important event for females' reproductive life and their health. It is the time period between the end of pregnancy and the resumption of menstruation after delivery, and it is considered to be the temporary infecundable period of women's reproductive life-span. The main aim of this article is to examine the differentials of post-partum amenorrhea by using current status reporting data according to the characteristics of the mother and her child. The data are utilized from a sample survey of Palpa and Rupandehi districts of western rural Nepal. A life-table based technique of survival analysis has been used. Important summary measures have been computed in order to see the differentials of duration of post-partum amenorrhea. The study revealed that parity of mothers, age of mothers, breast-feeding practices and survival status of the child were found to be the main differentials of the duration of post-partum amenorrhea. Amenorrhea period was found shorter for lower parity and younger mothers. Amenorrheic period was found to be increased with increased birth-interval and duration of breast-feeding practices. A strong positive association was found between the duration of post-partum amenorrhea and breast-feeding. The study also revealed that an inverse association was found between the duration of post-partum amenorrhea and socio-economic status of mothers. The survival status of the child showed a strong effect for the timing of amenorrhea. This study investigated the important differentials of amenorrhea by using current status reporting data according to the characteristics of mother and her child. The estimated values of mean, median and trimean duration of amenorrhea were compared. For instance, trimean of amenorrheic period was found to be 9.6 months while median was 8.4 months and mean was 10.4 months. This finding indicates that the trimean provided the most consistent and best estimates of the duration of amenorrhea than other

  16. Regression analysis exploring teacher impact on student FCI post scores

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    Mahadeo, Jonathan V.; Manthey, Seth R.; Brewe, Eric

    2013-01-01

    High School Modeling Workshops are designed to improve high school physics teachers' understanding of physics and how to teach using the Modeling method. The basic assumption is that the teacher plays a critical role in their students' physics education. This study investigated teacher impacts on students' Force Concept Inventory scores, (FCI), with the hopes of identifying quantitative differences between teachers. This study examined student FCI scores from 18 teachers with at least a year of teaching high school physics. This data was then evaluated using a General Linear Model (GLM), which allowed for a regression equation to be fitted to the data. This regression equation was used to predict student post FCI scores, based on: teacher ID, student pre FCI score, gender, and representation. The results show 12 out of 18 teachers significantly impact their student post FCI scores. The GLM further revealed that of the 12 teachers only five have a positive impact on student post FCI scores. Given these differences among teachers it is our intention to extend our analysis to investigate pedagogical differences between them.

  17. Boundary element analysis of post-tensioned slabs

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    Rashed, Youssef F.

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, the boundary element method is applied to carry out the structural analysis of post-tensioned flat slabs. The shear-deformable plate-bending model is employed. The effect of the pre-stressing cables is taken into account via the equivalent load method. The formulation is automated using a computer program, which uses quadratic boundary elements. Verification samples are presented, and finally a practical application is analyzed where results are compared against those obtained from the finite element method. The proposed method is efficient in terms of computer storage and processing time as well as the ease in data input and modifications.

  18. Non-myeloablative Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Adults with Relapsed and Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma: A Single Center Analysis in the Rituximab Era

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    Mussetti, Alberto; Devlin, Sean M.; Castro-Malaspina, Hugo R; Barker, Juliet N.; Giralt, Sergio A.; Zelenetz, Andrew D.

    2015-01-01

    Relapsed and refractory (rel/ref) mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) portends a dismal prognosis. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) represents the only potentially curative therapy in this setting. We analyzed survival outcomes of 29 recipients of non-myeloablative allo-HSCT for rel/ref MCL, and studied possible prognostic factors in this setting. The cumulative incidence of disease progression and non-relapse mortality at 3 years were 28% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 13-46%) and 29% (95%CI: 13-47%), respectively. The cumulative incidence of grade II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) at days +100 and +180 were 34% (95%CI: 18-52%) and 45% (95%CI: 26-62%), respectively. With a median follow-up in survivors of 53 (range 24-83) months, the 3-year overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were 54% (95%CI: 38-76%) and 41% (95%CI: 26-64%), respectively. In vivo T-cell depletion with alemtuzumab (n=6) was associated with inferior 3-year PFS (0% vs. 51%, p=0.007) and OS (17% vs. 64%, p=0.014). Conversely, a second line international prognostic index (sIPI) at transplantation equal to 0 (no risk factors) was associated with an improved 3-year PFS (52% vs. 22%, p=0.020) and OS (71% vs. 22%, p=0.006) compared to sIPI ≥1. Performing an allo-HSCT before 2007 was associated with a decreased 3-year OS (25% vs. 76%, p=0.015) but not with a significantly inferior PFS (17% vs. 59%, p=0.058). In this single center series, we report encouraging results with allo-HSCT for patients with rel/ref MCL. High alemtuzumab doses should probably be avoided in this context. PMID:26146802

  19. Relapse after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Analysis of Late Relapse Using Comparative Karyotype and Chromosome Genome Array Testing

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    Fang, Min; Scott, Bart L.; Flowers, Mary E.D.; Gooley, Ted; Deeg, H. Joachim

    2016-01-01

    Relapse is a major cause of failure after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). We analyzed the relapse pattern in 1007 patients who underwent transplantation for MDS to identify factors that may determine the timing of relapse. Overall, 254 patients relapsed: 213 before 18 months and 41 later than 18 months after HCT, a time point frequently used in clinical trials. The hazard of relapse declined progressively with time since transplantation. A higher proportion of patients with early relapse had high-risk cytogenetics compared with patients with late relapse (P =.009). Patients with late relapse had suggestively longer postrelapse survival than patients who relapsed early, although the difference was not statistically significant (P =.07). Among 41 late relapsing patients, sequential cytogenetic data were available in 36. In 41% of these, new clonal abnormalities in addition to pre-HCT findings were identified at relapse; in 30% pre-HCT abnormalities were replaced by new clones, in 17.3% the same clone was present before HCT and at relapse, and in 9.7%, no abnormalities were present either before HCT or at relapse. Comparative chromosomal genomic array testing in 3 patients with late relapse showed molecular differences not detectable by cytogenetics between the pre-HCT clones and the clones at relapse. These data show that late relapses are not infrequent in patients who undergo transplantation for MDS. The pattern of new cytogenetic alterations at late relapse is similar to that observed in patients with early relapse and supports the concept that MDS relapse early and late after HCT is frequently due to the emergence of clones not detectable before HCT. PMID:25953732

  20. Analysis of the efficiency and costs of antifungal prophylaxis and mycological diagnostics in patients undergoing allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation: "real life" evaluation.

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    Bertz, Hartmut; Drognitz, Kathrin; Finke, Jürgen

    2016-02-01

    Antifungal prophylaxis/therapy (AP/AT) raises the cost of allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT). Its efficacy, different approaches for AP/AT, diagnostic measures and cost-effectiveness must still be evaluated. In 2010, we conducted a prospective study with 106 consecutive patients receiving an alloHCT analysing AP/AT, choice and costs of diagnostics applied including CT scans, galactomannan (Gal) and β-D-glucan (β-D) testing. Antifungal prophylaxis in 91 patients consisted of fluconazole (FLU) or L-AMB (AmBisome™ 1 or 3 mg/kg/day b.w.), and antifungal therapy had to be initiated in 38 % of the FLU/L-AMB-1-mg patients but in none with L-AMB 3 mg. Empirical AT consisted of L-AMB 1 mg/kg (n = 12) and preemptive AT of L-AMB 3 mg/kg (n = 17) and proved very efficacious with no further antifungal drug escalation in 89.6 %. Mean costs of diagnostic measures were 402 €/alloHCT; however, only 22 % of the CT scans, 4 % of β-D and 3 % of galactomannan testing were positive. We detected one proven, 17 probable and 14 possible fungal infections. Due to the German diagnosis-related group system with additional compensation, all our AP/AT strategies were adequately reimbursed. While clinical symptoms and CT scans are the most commonly used, inexpensive decision-making tools for starting AT, the expensive laboratory diagnostic procedures are ineffective; we have therefore discontinued regular GAL/β-D testing and changed our AP in patients at risk.

  1. Management of Epstein-Barr Virus infections and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders in patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Sixth European Conference on Infections in Leukemia (ECIL-6) guidelines

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    Styczynski, Jan; van der Velden, Walter; Fox, Christopher P.; Engelhard, Dan; de la Camara, Rafael; Cordonnier, Catherine; Ljungman, Per

    2016-01-01

    Epstein-Barr virus-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders are recognized as a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. To better define current understanding of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders in stem cell transplant patients, and to improve its diagnosis and management, a working group of the Sixth European Conference on Infections in Leukemia 2015 reviewed the literature, graded the available quality of evidence, and developed evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis, prevention, prophylaxis and therapy of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders exclusively in the stem cell transplant setting. The key elements in diagnosis include non-invasive and invasive methods. The former are based on quantitative viral load measurement and imaging with positron emission tomography; the latter with tissue biopsy for histopathology and detection of Epstein-Barr virus. The diagnosis of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder can be established on a proven or probable level. Therapeutic strategies include prophylaxis, preemptive therapy and targeted therapy. Rituximab, reduction of immunosuppression and Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T-cell therapy are recommended as first-line therapy, whilst unselected donor lymphocyte infusions or chemotherapy are options as second-line therapy; other methods including antiviral drugs are discouraged. PMID:27365460

  2. Management of Epstein-Barr Virus infections and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders in patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Sixth European Conference on Infections in Leukemia (ECIL-6) guidelines.

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    Styczynski, Jan; van der Velden, Walter; Fox, Christopher P; Engelhard, Dan; de la Camara, Rafael; Cordonnier, Catherine; Ljungman, Per

    2016-07-01

    Epstein-Barr virus-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders are recognized as a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. To better define current understanding of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders in stem cell transplant patients, and to improve its diagnosis and management, a working group of the Sixth European Conference on Infections in Leukemia 2015 reviewed the literature, graded the available quality of evidence, and developed evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis, prevention, prophylaxis and therapy of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders exclusively in the stem cell transplant setting. The key elements in diagnosis include non-invasive and invasive methods. The former are based on quantitative viral load measurement and imaging with positron emission tomography; the latter with tissue biopsy for histopathology and detection of Epstein-Barr virus. The diagnosis of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder can be established on a proven or probable level. Therapeutic strategies include prophylaxis, preemptive therapy and targeted therapy. Rituximab, reduction of immunosuppression and Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T-cell therapy are recommended as first-line therapy, whilst unselected donor lymphocyte infusions or chemotherapy are options as second-line therapy; other methods including antiviral drugs are discouraged.

  3. Volumetric changes after sinus augmentation using blocks of autogenous iliac bone or freeze-dried allogeneic bone. A non-randomized study.

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    Sbordone, Carolina; Toti, Paolo; Guidetti, Franco; Califano, Luigi; Pannone, Giuseppe; Sbordone, Ludovico

    2014-03-01

    To compare volumetric bone changes after sinus augmentation for implant positioning using blocks of autogenous iliac bone or freeze-dried allogeneic bone (FDBA) from the hip. Variables were compared between the two sources and for each surgical procedure at set times (pre- and post-augmentation procedure). A non-randomized retrospective chart review of 7 patients who had autogenous and 7 allogeneic block grafts was carried out (1 procedure per patient). Analysis of Computer Tomographic (CT) data of maxillary sinuses, acquired with high-speed, double-detector CT scanner, was performed using dentascan software. The change between the preoperative (T0) and postoperative volume was measured at 4-6 months (T2) and 1.5 year after transplantation (T3). Annual- and overall-rates of bone change were calculated for the two sources. All patients were partially edentulous with a residual maxillary floor thickness in the planned implant insertion sites of 2.7 (0.5) mm and 2.8 (0.5) mm for allogeneic and autogenous procedures respectively. From identical intraoperative volume of grafts (2.25 cc at T1), volumetric changes were recorded at T2 and T3. The final volume of the grafts was 1.44 cc for allogeneic group and 1.78 cc for the autogenous group. Significant volumetric changes over time of transplanted grafts for both sources (23% for autograft and 18% for allograft) were found at T2. At 1.5-years post-operatively comparisons of volumes and rates of bone loss between sources were not statistically significant. No failure was recorded for either bone grafts or dental implants. Short-term sinus grafting procedure for dental implant placement performed with FDBA showed an outcome close to that reported for autogenous bone. Volumetric changes were comparable between the sources. These data suggest that performing maxillary sinus augmentation with dry-preserved bone allogeneic materials in block form could be considered even when the residual floor thickness is less than 3

  4. Cost of post-operative intravenous iron therapy in total lower limb arthroplasty: a retrospective, matched cohort study

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    Muñoz, Manuel; Gómez-Ramírez, Susana; Martín-Montañez, Elisa; Naveira, Enrique; Seara, Javier; Pavía, José

    2014-01-01

    Background Requirements for allogeneic red cell transfusion after total lower limb arthroplasty are still high (20–50%), and post-operative intravenous iron has been shown to reduce transfusion requirements for this surgery. We performed a cost analysis to ascertain whether this alternative is also likely to be cost-effective. Materials and methods Data from 182 matched-pairs of total lower limb arthroplasty patients, managed with a restrictive transfusion protocol and without (control group) or with post-operative intravenous iron (iron group), were retrospectively reviewed. Acquisition and administration costs of iron (iron sucrose or ferric carboxymaltose) and allogeneic red cell concentrates, haemoglobin measurements, and prolonged stay in hospital were used for blood management cost analysis. Results Patients in the iron group received 600 mg intravenous iron, without clinically relevant incidents, and had a lower allogeneic transfusion rate (11.5% vs 26.4% for the iron and control groups, respectively; p=0.001). The reduction in transfusion rate was more pronounced in anaemic patients (17% vs 40%; p=0.015) than in non-anaemic ones (9.6% vs 21.2%; p=0.011). There were no differences with respect to post-operative infection rate. Patients receiving allogeneic transfusion stayed in hospital longer (+1.9 days [95% CI: 1.2–2.6]). As intravenous iron reduces the allogeneic transfusion rate, both iron formulations were cost-neutral in the different cost scenarios (−25.5 to 62.1 €/patient for iron sucrose, and −51.1 to 64.4 €/patient for ferric carboxymaltose). Discussion In patients presenting with or without pre-operative anaemia, post-operative intravenous iron after total lower limb arthroplasty seems to be safe and is associated with reduced transfusion rates, without incremental costs. For anaemic patients, its efficacy could be increased by associating some other blood-saving method. PMID:24120595

  5. Cryptozoospermia with normal testicular function after allogeneic stem cell transplantation: a case report.

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    Tauchmanovà, L; Alviggi, C; Foresta, C; Strina, I; Garolla, A; Colao, A; Lombardi, G; De Placido, G; Rotoli, B; Selleri, C

    2007-02-01

    One of the most frequent consequences of allogeneic haemopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) in both males and females is gonadal insufficiency. We report the case of a 27-year-old myelodysplastic male who developed azoospermia after allogeneic transplantation of haemopoietic stem cells from his HLA-identical sister. Post-transplant azoospermia was alternated with intermittent severe oligospermia. The patient had a normal endocrine pattern and evidence of mild chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). Normal intratesticular spermatogenesis was revealed by bilateral fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology. Inflammation was evident at semen analysis, but no infection was detected by microbiological examination and sperm culture. These findings, together with the re-appearance of sperm cells at semen analysis after a low-dose immunosuppressive treatment, suggested the presence of cGVHD of the urogenital tract, causing a reversible obstruction of the spermatic tract and cryptozoospermia. This is the first case report documenting a severe impairment of sperm count because of a reversible obstruction of the seminal tract, likely caused by cGVHD, in a long-term survivor of allo-SCT with normal endocrine pattern. An important practical consequence of this case report is the fact that azoospermia was cured using low-dose immunosuppressive therapy, and this allowed us to avoid expensive stimulatory treatments with gonadotrophins, which remain, however, ineffective if the obstruction of spermatic tracts is not removed. A spontaneous uncomplicated pregnancy occurred in the partner of the patient 3 months after the corticosteroid treatment withdrawal.

  6. The Impact of Geographic Proximity to Transplant Center on Outcomes after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Abou-Nassar, Karim E.; Kim, Haesook T.; Blossom, Jeff; Ho, Vincent T.; Soiffer, Robert J.; Cutler, Corey S.; Alyea, Edwin P.; Koreth, John; Antin, Joseph H.; Armand, Philippe

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND Patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) need access to specialized care. We hypothesized that access to the transplant center after HSCT may be challenging for patients living in geographically distant areas, and that this would have an adverse effect on their outcome. METHODS We analyzed 1912 adult patients who underwent allogeneic HSCT at DF/BWCC between 1996 and 2009 and who resided within 6 hours driving time of the institution. Driving time from primary residence to DF/BWCC based on zipcode was determined using geographic information systems. RESULTS The median driving time (range) to DF/BWCC was 72 (2-358) minutes. When patients were stratified by driving time quartile, overall survival (OS) after HSCT was similar in the first year but worse after 1 year in patients in the top quartile (≥160 minutes driving time). In a landmark analysis of the 909 patients alive and free of disease at 1 year, 5-yr OS was 76% and 65% for patients in the 1st (≤40 minutes) and 4th (≥160 minutes) quartiles, respectively (p=0.027). This was confirmed in a multivariable analysis. The difference appeared to be mostly due to an increase in non-relapse mortality. The number of visits to the transplant center between day 100 and 365 after HSCT declined significantly with increasing driving time to the transplant center, which was independently associated with worse survival. CONCLUSION Long driving time to the transplant center is associated with worse OS in patients alive and disease-free one year after HSCT, independently of other patient-, disease- and HSCT related variables. This may be in part related to the lower frequency of post-HSCT visits in patients living farther away. PMID:21906576

  7. The role of allogeneic stem cell transplantation in Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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    Sureda, Anna; Domenech, E; Schmitz, N; Dreger, P

    2014-06-01

    The treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin's lymphoma relapsing after autologous stem cell transplantation represents a clear unmet need. Overall long-term outcome is not the same in these patients and therapeutic options in this setting are very heterogeneous and include salvage CT and/or RT followed or not by a second stem cell transplantation, palliative care, new drugs, or biological agents. Despite the absence of prospective, randomized, clinical trials, allogeneic stem cell transplantation either from a HLA identical sibling or a matched, unrelated donor represents an attractive option for those young patients with chemosensitive disease after being treated with a salvage protocol. The use of reduced intensity conditioning regimens has been able to drastically decrease nonrelapse mortality, although relapse rate remains a significant issue in this setting. More intense conditioning protocols could eventually decrease the relapse rate after the allogeneic procedure and, as indicated by a recent retrospective analysis of the Lymphoma Working Party of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, nonrelapse mortality does not represent a major problem nowadays for patients with multiply relapsed Hodgkin's lymphoma. Brentuximab vedotin is an antibody-drug conjugate that selectively delivers monomethyl auristatin E, an antimicrotubule agent, into CD30-expressing cells. Its use has been approved recently for patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma relapsing after autologous stem cell transplantation. As a single dose, brentuximab vedotin is able to achieve an objective response rate of 75 % with 34 % of the patients achieving a complete remission. Its widespread use will most certainly change the treatment paradigm of this subgroup of patients, either avoiding the allogeneic procedure in some patients or by increasing the group of potential candidates to an allogeneic transplant being used as a "bridge to allo." Additional information on long

  8. Financial burden in recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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    Khera, Nandita; Chang, Yu-hui; Hashmi, Shahrukh; Slack, James; Beebe, Timothy; Roy, Vivek; Noel, Pierre; Fauble, Veena; Sproat, Lisa; Tilburt, Jon; Leis, Jose F; Mikhael, Joseph

    2014-09-01

    Although allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is an expensive treatment for hematological disorders, little is known about the financial consequences for the patients who undergo this procedure. We analyzed factors associated with its financial burden and its impact on health behaviors of allogeneic HCT recipients. A questionnaire was retrospectively mailed to 482 patients who underwent allogeneic HCT from January 2006 to June 2012 at the Mayo Clinic, to collect information regarding current financial concerns, household income, employment, insurance, out-of-pocket expenses, and health and functional status. A multivariable logistic regression analysis identified factors associated with financial burden and treatment nonadherence. Of the 268 respondents (56% response rate), 73% reported that their sickness had hurt them financially. All patients for whom the insurance information was available (missing, n = 13) were insured. Forty-seven percent of respondents experienced financial burden, such as household income decreased by >50%, selling/mortgaging home, or withdrawing money from retirement accounts. Three percent declared bankruptcy. Younger age and poor current mental and physical functioning increased the likelihood of financial burden. Thirty-five percent of patients reported deleterious health behaviors because of financial constraints. These patients were likely to be younger, have lower education, and with a longer time since HCT. Being employed decreased the likelihood of experiencing financial burden and treatment nonadherence due to concern about costs. A significant proportion of allogeneic HCT survivors experience financial hardship despite insurance coverage. Future research should investigate potential interventions to help at-risk patients and prevent adverse financial outcomes after this life-saving procedure.

  9. Association of Macroeconomic Factors With Nonrelapse Mortality After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Adults With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: An Analysis From the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the EBMT

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    Labopin, Myriam; Ibatici, Adalberto; Browne, Paul; Czerw, Tomasz; Socie, Gerard; Unal, Ali; Kyrcz-Krzemien, Slawomira; Bacigalupo, Andrea; Goker, Hakan; Potter, Mike; Furness, Caroline L.; McQuaker, Grant; Beelen, Dietrich; Milpied, Noel; Campos, Antonio; Craddock, Charles; Nagler, Arnon; Mohty, Mohamad

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. From a global perspective, the rates of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) are closely related to the economic status of a country. However, a potential association with outcome has not yet been documented. The goal of this study was to evaluate effects of health care expenditure (HCE), Human Development Index (HDI), team density, and center experience on nonrelapse mortality (NRM) after HLA-matched sibling alloHCT for adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Patients and Methods. A total of 983 patients treated with myeloablative alloHCT between 2004 and 2008 in 24 European countries were included. Results. In a univariate analysis, the probability of day 100 NRM was increased for countries with lower current HCE (8% vs. 3%; p = .06), countries with lower HDI (8% vs. 3%; p = .02), and centers with less experience (8% vs. 5%; p = .04). In addition, the overall NRM was increased for countries with lower current HCE (21% vs. 17%; p = .09) and HDI (21% vs. 16%; p = .03) and for centers with lower activity (21% vs. 16%; p = .07). In a multivariate analysis, the strongest predictive model for day 100 NRM included current HCE greater than the median (hazard ratio [HR], 0.39; p = .002). The overall NRM was mostly predicted by HDI greater than the median (HR, 0.65; p = .01). Both lower current HCE and HDI were associated with decreased probability of overall survival. Conclusion. Both macroeconomic factors and the socioeconomic status of a country strongly influence NRM after alloHCT for adults with ALL. Our findings should be considered when clinical studies in the field of alloHCT are interpreted. Implications for Practice: Results of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) and other advanced oncological procedures may vary among countries and be related to various economic factors. This study, which included a homogenous population of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, demonstrated significant associations of

  10. Isolated extramedullary cutaneous relapse despite concomitant severe graft-vs.-host disease and tissue chimerism analysis in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A case report

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    Kantarcioglu, Bulent; Bekoz, Huseyin Saffet; Ogret, Yeliz Duvarci; Cakir, Asli; Kivanc, Demet; Oguz, Fatma Savran; Sargin, Deniz

    2016-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is a potentially curative treatment option for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The curative potential of allo-HSCT for ALL is, in part, due to the graft-vs.-leukemia (GVL) effect, in addition to the intensive conditioning chemo-radiotherapy. However, relapse remains the major cause of treatment failure following allo-HSCT for ALL. In the allo-HSCT setting, testing for genetic markers of hematopoietic chimerism has become a part of the routine diagnostic program. Routine chimerism analysis is usually performed in peripheral blood or bone marrow; in fact, little is known about the value of tissue chimerism in patients with extramedullary relapse (EMR) after the allo-HSCT setting. The present study reports on, a case of a patient with ALL who experienced isolated cutaneous EMR despite ongoing graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD), and the results of peripheral blood and skin tissue chimerism studies using multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of short tandem repeats (STR-PCR). The present case demonstrates that, although complete remission and/or chimerism may be achieved in the bone marrow, chimerism achieved at the tissue level, and the subsequent GVL effect, may be limited, despite concomitant severe GVHD following allo-HSCT. Our tissue chimerism analysis results provide a good example of how skin tissue may be a ‘sanctuary’ site for effector cells of GVL, despite active GVHD and complete hematopoetic chimerism. PMID:28105353

  11. [DNA analysis for the post genome-sequencing era].

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    Kambara, Hideki

    2002-05-01

    With the completion of the human genome sequencing, the new post genome-sequencing era has started. The major subjects are clarifying the function of genes to apply this information to medical as well as various industrial fields. Various DNA analysis methods and instruments for gene expression profiling as well as genetic diversity including SNPs typing are required and have been developed. Here, the history and technologies related to DNA analysis including the Wada project in the early 1980's, and the Human genome project from 1990 are described. Various new technologies have developed in this decade. They include a capillary gel array DNA sequencer, DNA chips, bead probe arrays, a new DNA sequencing method using pyrosequencing and an efficient SNP typing method by BAMPER.

  12. Composite biomarker panel for prediction of severity and diagnosis of acute GVHD with T-cell-depleted allogeneic stem cell transplants-single centre pilot study.

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    Min, San San; Mehra, Varun; Clay, Jennifer; Cross, Gemma F; Douiri, Abdel; Dew, Tracy; Basu, Tanya N; Potter, Victoria; Ceesay, M Mansour; Pagliuca, Antonio; Sherwood, Roy A; Vincent, Royce P

    2017-10-01

    Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality following allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of a composite biomarker panel to help identify individuals at risk of developing aGVHD, and to help predict and differentiate between severity of aGVHD following T-cell-depleted allogeneic HSCT. We retrospectively analysed our cohort of biopsy confirmed patients with aGVHD, who underwent T-cell-depleted HSCT and matched them with negative controls without any evidence of aGVHD. Post-transplant serum samples on days 0 and 7 and at onset of aGVHD were analysed for elafin, regenerating islet-derived 3-α, soluble tumour necrosis factor receptor-1, soluble interleukin-2 receptor-α and hepatocyte growth factor. Biomarker data were combined as composite panels A-F (table 2) using logistic regression analysis. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was performed to study sensitivity and specificity of the composite panels. Our composite biomarker panels significantly differentiated between aGVHD and no GVHD patients at time of onset (panel E) and reliably predicted severity of GVHD grades at days 0 and 7 post-transplant (panels B and D). The area under the curve for the composite panel at time of onset was 0.65 with specificity, sensitivity, positive and negative predictive values of 100%, 55.6%, 100% and 78.9%, respectively (p=0.03). This pilot data support the usefulness of these composite biomarker panels in the prediction of severity and diagnosis of aGVHD in patients undergoing T-cell-depleted reduced intensity allogeneic HSCT. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  13. Impact of Molecular Genetics on Outcome in Myelofibrosis Patients after Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.

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    Kröger, Nicolaus; Panagiota, Victoria; Badbaran, Anita; Zabelina, Tatjana; Triviai, Ioanna; Araujo Cruz, Michelle Maria; Shahswar, Rabia; Ayuk, Francis; Gehlhaar, Marten; Wolschke, Christine; Bollin, Robin; Walter, Carolin; Dugas, Martin; Wiehlmann, Lutz; Lehmann, Ulrich; Koenecke, Christian; Chaturvedi, Anuhar; Alchalby, Haefaa; Stadler, Michael; Eder, Matthias; Christopeit, Max; Göhring, Gudrun; Koenigsmann, Michael; Schlegelberger, Brigitte; Kreipe, Hans-Heinrich; Ganser, Arnold; Stocking, Carol; Fehse, Boris; Thol, Felicitas; Heuser, Michael

    2017-07-01

    Molecular genetics may influence outcome for patients with myelofibrosis. To determine the impact of molecular genetics on outcome after allogeneic stem cell transplantation, we screened 169 patients with primary myelofibrosis (n = 110), post-essential thrombocythemia/polycythemia vera myelofibrosis (n = 46), and myelofibrosis in transformation (n = 13) for mutations in 16 frequently mutated genes. The most frequent mutation was JAK2V617F (n = 101), followed by ASXL1 (n = 49), calreticulin (n = 34), SRSF2 (n = 16), TET2 (n = 10), U2AF1 (n = 11), EZH2 (n = 7), MPL (n = 6), IDH2 (n = 5), IDH1 (n = 4), and CBL (n = 1). The cumulative incidence of nonrelapse mortality (NRM) at 1 year was 21% and of relapse at 5 years 25%. The 5-year rates progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were and 56%, respectively. In a multivariate analysis CALR mutation was an independent factor for lower NRM (HR, .415; P = .05), improved PFS (HR, .393; P = .01), and OS (HR, .448; P = .03). ASXL1 and IDH2 mutations were independent risk factors for lower PFS (HR, 1.53 [P = .008], and HR, 5.451 [P = .002], respectively), whereas no impact was observed for "triple negative" patients. Molecular genetics, especially CALR, IDH2, and ASXL1 mutations, may thus be useful to predict outcome independently from known clinical risk factors after allogeneic stem cell transplantation for myelofibrosis. Copyright © 2017 The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Impact of FAB classification on predicting outcome in acute myeloid leukemia, not otherwise specified, patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation in CR1: An analysis of 1690 patients from the acute leukemia working party of EBMT.

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    Canaani, Jonathan; Beohou, Eric; Labopin, Myriam; Socié, Gerard; Huynh, Anne; Volin, Liisa; Cornelissen, Jan; Milpied, Noel; Gedde-Dahl, Tobias; Deconinck, Eric; Fegueux, Nathalie; Blaise, Didier; Mohty, Mohamad; Nagler, Arnon

    2017-04-01

    The French, American, and British (FAB) classification system for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is extensively used and is incorporated into the AML, not otherwise specified (NOS) category in the 2016 WHO edition of myeloid neoplasm classification. While recent data proposes that FAB classification does not provide additional prognostic information for patients for whom NPM1 status is available, it is unknown whether FAB still retains a current prognostic role in predicting outcome of AML patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Using the European Society of Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation registry we analyzed outcome of 1690 patients transplanted in CR1 to determine if FAB classification provides additional prognostic value. Multivariate analysis revealed that M6/M7 patients had decreased leukemia free survival (hazard ratio (HR) of 1.41, 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.01-1.99; P = .046) in addition to increased nonrelapse mortality (NRM) rates (HR, 1.79; 95% CI, 1.06-3.01; P = .028) compared with other FAB types. In the NPM1(wt) AML, NOS cohort, FAB M6/M7 was also associated with increased NRM (HR, 2.17; 95% CI, 1.14-4.16; P = .019). Finally, in FLT3-ITD(+) patients, multivariate analyses revealed that specific FAB types were tightly associated with adverse outcome. In conclusion, FAB classification may predict outcome following transplantation in AML, NOS patients.

  15. Patient education in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant: what patients wish they had known about quality of life.

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    Jim, H S L; Quinn, G P; Gwede, C K; Cases, M G; Barata, A; Cessna, J; Christie, J; Gonzalez, L; Koskan, A; Pidala, J

    2014-02-01

    Quality of life (QOL) is increasingly recognized as an important clinical outcome of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), but patient education is often overlooked. The aim of the current qualitative study was to examine education regarding post-HCT QOL from the patient's perspective. Allogeneic HCT recipients participated in one of four focus groups. Participants were asked to recall what they had been told about post-HCT QOL as they were preparing for transplant, how their QOL differed from what they expected and how to educate future patients about post-HCT QOL. Verbatim transcripts were coded for both a priori and emergent themes using content analysis. A total of 24 patients participated (54% female, mean age 51, range 23-73 years). Participants frequently expressed the desire for additional education regarding post-HCT QOL, particularly late complications. They noted that late complications were often unexpected, had a profound impact on their QOL and threatened their ongoing sense of recovery. They emphasized that the timing, content and format of education regarding QOL should be flexible to meet their diverse needs. Findings from the current study draw attention to the importance of patient education regarding post-HCT QOL as well as additional QOL research designed with patient education in mind.

  16. Severe phimosis as a notable sequela of allogeneic stem cell transplantation in boys.

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    Suzuki, D; Kobayashi, R; Kaneda, M; Sato, T; Ichikawa, M; Ariga, T

    2007-08-01

    Hematopoietic SCT has improved the survival rates of patients with hematologic and metabolic disorders, as well as those with malignancy or immunodeficiency. Although various complications have been reported following allogeneic SCT, phimosis has rarely been reported, and the predisposing risk factors for phimosis have not been determined. In this study, the occurrence of severe phimosis following allogeneic SCT in boys was analyzed, and its risk factors were determined. The patients were under 15 years of age. Phimosis was observed in 32.6% of 46 patients after allogeneic SCT; 13.0% of cases required surgery. On univariate analysis, risk factors for severe phimosis included chronic GVHD and the use of a conditioning regimen including anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG). Multivariate analysis showed that chronic GVHD was an independent risk factor for severe phimosis. Thus, severe phimosis is an important complication of SCT in boys, especially in patients with chronic GVHD.

  17. Cost analysis of post-polio certification immunization policies.

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    Sangrujee, Nalinee; Cáceres, Victor M.; Cochi, Stephen L.

    2004-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: An analysis was conducted to estimate the costs of different potential post-polio certification immunization policies currently under consideration, with the objective of providing this information to policy-makers. METHODS: We analyzed three global policy options: continued use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV); OPV cessation with optional inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV); and OPV cessation with universal IPV. Assumptions were made on future immunization policy decisions taken by low-, middle-, and high-income countries. We estimated the financial costs of each immunization policy, the number of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis (VAPP) cases, and the global costs of maintaining an outbreak response capacity. The financial costs of each immunization policy were based on estimates of the cost of polio vaccine, its administration, and coverage projections. The costs of maintaining outbreak response capacity include those associated with developing and maintaining a vaccine stockpile in addition to laboratory and epidemiological surveillance. We used the period 2005-20 as the time frame for the analysis. FINDINGS: OPV cessation with optional IPV, at an estimated cost of US$ 20,412 million, was the least costly option. The global cost of outbreak response capacity was estimated to be US$ 1320 million during 2005-20. The policy option continued use of OPV resulted in the highest number of VAPP cases. OPV cessation with universal IPV had the highest financial costs, but it also had the least number of VAPP cases. Sensitivity analyses showed that global costs were sensitive to assumptions on the cost of the vaccine. Analysis also showed that if the price per dose of IPV was reduced to US$ 0.50 for low-income countries, the cost of OPV cessation with universal IPV would be the same as the costs of continued use of OPV. CONCLUSION: Projections on the vaccine price per dose and future coverage rates were major drivers of the global costs of post

  18. Allogeneic T cell responses are regulated by a specific miRNA-mRNA network

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    Sun, Yaping; Tawara, Isao; Zhao, Meng; Qin, Zhaohui S.; Toubai, Tomomi; Mathewson, Nathan; Tamaki, Hiroya; Nieves, Evelyn; Chinnaiyan, Arul M.; Reddy, Pavan

    2013-01-01

    Donor T cells that respond to host alloantigens following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) induce graft-versus-host (GVH) responses, but their molecular landscape is not well understood. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene (mRNA) expression and fine-tune the molecular responses of T cells. We stimulated naive T cells with either allogeneic or nonspecific stimuli and used argonaute cross-linked immunoprecipitation (CLIP) with subsequent ChIP microarray analyses to profile miR responses and their direct mRNA targets. We identified a unique expression pattern of miRs and mRNAs following the allostimulation of T cells and a high correlation between the expression of the identified miRs and a reduction of their mRNA targets. miRs and mRNAs that were predicted to be differentially regulated in allogeneic T cells compared with nonspecifically stimulated T cells were validated in vitro. These analyses identified wings apart-like homolog (Wapal) and synaptojanin 1 (Synj1) as potential regulators of allogeneic T cell responses. The expression of these molecular targets in vivo was confirmed in MHC-mismatched experimental BMT. Targeted silencing of either Wapal or Synj1 prevented the development of GVH response, confirming a role for these regulators in allogeneic T cell responses. Thus, this genome-wide analysis of miRNA-mRNA interactions identifies previously unrecognized molecular regulators of T cell responses. PMID:24216511

  19. Critical Role of Sensitized Serum in Rejection of Allogeneic Bone Marrow Cells

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    Xu, Lu-Hong; Fang, Jian-Pei; Weng, Wen-Jun; Xu, Hong-Gui

    2014-01-01

    Objective: Humoral immunity has been clearly implicated in solid organ transplantation, but little is known about the relationship between humoral immunity and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. This study was designed to investigate that relationship. Materials and Methods: Sensitized serum was obtained from a sensitized murine model established by allogeneic splenocyte transfusion. Sensitized serum was incubated with allogeneic bone marrow cells (BMCs) in vitro and the cytotoxicity was evaluated by the complement-dependent cytotoxicity method. Mice were transplanted with allogeneic BMCs incubated with sensitized serum after lethal irradiation. The engraftment was assayed by hematopoietic recovery and chimera analysis. Moreover, mice received passive transfer of sensitized serum 1 day prior to transplantation. Mortality was scored daily after bone marrow transplantation. Results: The in vitro experiments showed that sensitized serum was capable of impairing allogeneic BMCs through the complement-dependent cytotoxicity pathway. The animal studies showed that BMCs incubated with sensitized serum failed to rescue mice from lethal irradiation. The engraftment assay showed that the allogeneic BMCs incubated with sensitized serum were rejected with time in the recipients. Furthermore, the mice died of marrow graft rejection by transfer of sensitized serum prior to transplantation. Conclusion: Taken together, our results indicated that sensitized serum played a critical role in graft rejection during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. PMID:25330519

  20. SHEFEX II Flight Instrumentation And Preparation Of Post Flight Analysis

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    Thiele, Thomas; Siebe, Frank; Gulhan, Ali

    2011-05-01

    A main disadvantage of modern TPS systems for re- entry vehicles is the expensive manufacturing and maintenance process due to the complex geometry of these blunt nose configurations. To reduce the costs and to improve the aerodynamic performance the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is following a different approach using TPS structures consisting of flat ceramic tiles. To test these new sharp edged TPS structures the SHEFEX I flight experiment was designed and successfully performed by DLR in 2005. To further improve the reliability of the sharp edged TPS design at even higher Mach numbers, a second flight experiment SHEFEX II will be performed in September 2011. In comparison to SHEFEX I the second flight experiment has a fully symmetrical shape and will reach a maximum Mach number of about 11. Furthermore the vehicle has an active steering system using four canards to control the flight attitude during re-entry, e.g. roll angle, angle of attack and sideslip. After a successful flight the evaluation of the flight data will be performed using a combination of numerical and experimental tools. The data will be used for the improvement of the present numerical analysis tools and to get a better understanding of the aerothermal behaviour of sharp TPS structures. This paper presents the flight instrumentation of the SHEFEX II TPS. In addition the concept of the post flight analysis is presented.

  1. Emoting infertility online: A qualitative analysis of men's forum posts.

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    Hanna, Esmée; Gough, Brendan

    2016-07-01

    Relatively little research on infertility focuses exclusively or significantly on men's experiences, particularly in relation to emotional aspects. Evidence that does exist around male infertility suggests that it is a distressing experience for men, due to stigma, threats to masculinity and the perceived need to suppress emotions, and that men and women experience infertility differently. Using thematic analysis, this article examines the online emoting of men in relation to infertility via forum posts from a men-only infertility discussion board. It was noted that men 'talked' to each other about the emotional burdens of infertility, personal coping strategies and relationships with others. Three major themes were identified following in-depth analysis: 'the emotional rollercoaster', 'the tyranny of infertility' and 'infertility paranoia'. This article then offers insights into how men experience infertility emotionally, negotiate the emotional challenges involved (especially pertaining to diagnosis, treatment outcomes and their intimate relationships) and how they share (and find value in doing so) with other men the lived experience of infertility.

  2. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation for advanced cutaneous T-cell lymphomas: a study from the French Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation and French Study Group on Cutaneous Lymphomas.

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    de Masson, Adèle; Beylot-Barry, Marie; Bouaziz, Jean-David; Peffault de Latour, Régis; Aubin, François; Garciaz, Sylvain; d'Incan, Michel; Dereure, Olivier; Dalle, Stéphane; Dompmartin, Anne; Suarez, Felipe; Battistella, Maxime; Vignon-Pennamen, Marie-Dominique; Rivet, Jacqueline; Adamski, Henri; Brice, Pauline; François, Sylvie; Lissandre, Séverine; Turlure, Pascal; Wierzbicka-Hainaut, Ewa; Brissot, Eolia; Dulery, Rémy; Servais, Sophie; Ravinet, Aurélie; Tabrizi, Reza; Ingen-Housz-Oro, Saskia; Joly, Pascal; Socié, Gérard; Bagot, Martine

    2014-03-01

    The treatment of advanced stage primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas remains challenging. In particular, large-cell transformation of mycosis fungoides is associated with a median overall survival of two years for all stages taken together. Little is known regarding allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in this context. We performed a multicenter retrospective analysis of 37 cases of advanced stage primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas treated with allogeneic stem cell transplantation, including 20 (54%) transformed mycosis fungoides. Twenty-four patients (65%) had stage IV disease (for mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome) or disseminated nodal or visceral involvement (for non-epidermotropic primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas). After a median follow up of 29 months, 19 patients experienced a relapse, leading to a 2-year cumulative incidence of relapse of 56% (95%CI: 0.38-0.74). Estimated 2-year overall survival was 57% (95%CI: 0.41-0.77) and progression-free survival 31% (95%CI: 0.19-0.53). Six of 19 patients with a post-transplant relapse achieved a subsequent complete remission after salvage therapy, with a median duration of 41 months. A weak residual tumor burden before transplantation was associated with increased progression-free survival (HR=0.3, 95%CI: 0.1-0.8; P=0.01). The use of antithymocyte globulin significantly reduced progression-free survival (HR=2.9, 95%CI: 1.3-6.2; P=0.01) but also transplant-related mortality (HR=10(-7), 95%CI: 4.10(-8)-2.10(-7); P<0.001) in univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis, the use of antithymocyte globulin was the only factor significantly associated with decreased progression-free survival (P=0.04). Allogeneic stem cell transplantation should be considered in advanced stage primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas, including transformed mycosis fungoides.

  3. Allogeneic and autologous mode of stem cell transplantation in regenerative medicine: which way to go?

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    Mamidi, Murali Krishna; Dutta, Susmita; Bhonde, Ramesh; Das, Anjan Kumar; Pal, Rajarshi

    2014-12-01

    Stem cell transplantation is a generic term covering different techniques. However there is argument over the pros and cons of autologous and allogeneic transplants of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for regenerative therapy. Given that the MSCs have already been proven to be safe in patients, we hypothesize that allogeneic transplantation could be more effective and cost-effective as compared to autologous transplantation specifically in older subjects who are the likely victims of degenerative diseases. This analysis is based on the scientific logic that allogeneic stem cells extracted in large numbers from young and healthy donors could be physiologically, metabolically and genetically more stable. Therefore stem cells from young donors may be expected to exhibit higher vigor in secreting trophic factors leading to activation of host tissue-specific stem cells and also be more efficient in remodeling the micro-environmental niche of damaged tissue. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Post-operative antibiotics after appendectomy and post-operative abscess development: a retrospective analysis.

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    Hughes, Michael J; Harrison, Ewen; Paterson-Brown, Simon

    2013-02-01

    Appendectomy is one of the most common emergency operations. Prophylaxis against infective complications involves post-operative antibiotics. There is no consensus as to the optimum antibiotic regimen. This study aimed to assess the relation between the duration of the post-operative antibiotic administration and intra-abdominal infections (IAIs). All patients who underwent appendectomy between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010, were identified. The appearance of the appendix at operation, post-operative antibiotics, white blood cell count, and temperature at the time of conversion of intravenous (IV) to oral antibiotics were compiled. IAIs were assessed as the final outcome. Two hundred sixty six patients underwent appendectomy-188 for simple appendicitis and 78 for complicated appendicitis. There were 18 IAIs (6.8%) overall, 10 (12.8%) after complicated appendicitis and eight (4.2%) after simple appendicitis. Prolonging antibiotics beyond the operation in the simple appendicitis group did not alter the incidence of IAI. Similarly, in the complicated appendicitis group, prolonging antibiotics beyond five days did not alter the incidence of IAI. Furthermore, in patients with complicated appendicitis, the presence of leukocytosis, fever, or both when IV antibiotics were converted to oral drugs was associated with the development of IAI (p=0.013). In simple appendicitis, post-operative antibiotics may not be beneficial at all. In complicated appendicitis, prolonging the course of antibiotics was not associated with a reduced IAI rate. However, cessation of IV antibiotics when fever or leukocytosis was present was associated with IAI development.

  5. Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy.

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    Halter, Joerg P; Michael, W; Schüpbach, M; Mandel, Hanna; Casali, Carlo; Orchard, Kim; Collin, Matthew; Valcarcel, David; Rovelli, Attilio; Filosto, Massimiliano; Dotti, Maria T; Marotta, Giuseppe; Pintos, Guillem; Barba, Pere; Accarino, Anna; Ferra, Christelle; Illa, Isabel; Beguin, Yves; Bakker, Jaap A; Boelens, Jaap J; de Coo, Irenaeus F M; Fay, Keith; Sue, Carolyn M; Nachbaur, David; Zoller, Heinz; Sobreira, Claudia; Pinto Simoes, Belinda; Hammans, Simon R; Savage, David; Martí, Ramon; Chinnery, Patrick F; Elhasid, Ronit; Gratwohl, Alois; Hirano, Michio

    2015-10-01

    Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been proposed as treatment for mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy, a rare fatal autosomal recessive disease due to TYMP mutations that result in thymidine phosphorylase deficiency. We conducted a retrospective analysis of all known patients suffering from mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy who underwent allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation between 2005 and 2011. Twenty-four patients, 11 males and 13 females, median age 25 years (range 10-41 years) treated with haematopoietic stem cell transplantation from related (n = 9) or unrelated donors (n = 15) in 15 institutions worldwide were analysed for outcome and its associated factors. Overall, 9 of 24 patients (37.5%) were alive at last follow-up with a median follow-up of these surviving patients of 1430 days. Deaths were attributed to transplant in nine (including two after a second transplant due to graft failure), and to mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy in six patients. Thymidine phosphorylase activity rose from undetectable to normal levels (median 697 nmol/h/mg protein, range 262-1285) in all survivors. Seven patients (29%) who were engrafted and living more than 2 years after transplantation, showed improvement of body mass index, gastrointestinal manifestations, and peripheral neuropathy. Univariate statistical analysis demonstrated that survival was associated with two defined pre-transplant characteristics: human leukocyte antigen match (10/10 versus <10/10) and disease characteristics (liver disease, history of gastrointestinal pseudo-obstruction or both). Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation can restore thymidine phosphorylase enzyme function in patients with mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy and improve clinical manifestations of mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy in the long term. Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

  6. Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy

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    Michael, W.; Schüpbach, M.; Mandel, Hanna; Casali, Carlo; Orchard, Kim; Collin, Matthew; Valcarcel, David; Rovelli, Attilio; Filosto, Massimiliano; Dotti, Maria T.; Marotta, Giuseppe; Pintos, Guillem; Barba, Pere; Accarino, Anna; Ferra, Christelle; Illa, Isabel; Beguin, Yves; Bakker, Jaap A.; Boelens, Jaap J.; de Coo, Irenaeus F. M.; Fay, Keith; Sue, Carolyn M.; Nachbaur, David; Zoller, Heinz; Sobreira, Claudia; Pinto Simoes, Belinda; Hammans, Simon R.; Savage, David; Martí, Ramon; Chinnery, Patrick F.; Elhasid, Ronit; Gratwohl, Alois; Hirano, Michio

    2015-01-01

    Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been proposed as treatment for mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy, a rare fatal autosomal recessive disease due to TYMP mutations that result in thymidine phosphorylase deficiency. We conducted a retrospective analysis of all known patients suffering from mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy who underwent allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation between 2005 and 2011. Twenty-four patients, 11 males and 13 females, median age 25 years (range 10–41 years) treated with haematopoietic stem cell transplantation from related (n = 9) or unrelated donors (n = 15) in 15 institutions worldwide were analysed for outcome and its associated factors. Overall, 9 of 24 patients (37.5%) were alive at last follow-up with a median follow-up of these surviving patients of 1430 days. Deaths were attributed to transplant in nine (including two after a second transplant due to graft failure), and to mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy in six patients. Thymidine phosphorylase activity rose from undetectable to normal levels (median 697 nmol/h/mg protein, range 262–1285) in all survivors. Seven patients (29%) who were engrafted and living more than 2 years after transplantation, showed improvement of body mass index, gastrointestinal manifestations, and peripheral neuropathy. Univariate statistical analysis demonstrated that survival was associated with two defined pre-transplant characteristics: human leukocyte antigen match (10/10 versus <10/10) and disease characteristics (liver disease, history of gastrointestinal pseudo-obstruction or both). Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation can restore thymidine phosphorylase enzyme function in patients with mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy and improve clinical manifestations of mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy in the long term. Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

  7. Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Combination with Hyaluronic Acid for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis in Rabbits.

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    Chiang, En-Rung; Ma, Hsiao-Li; Wang, Jung-Pan; Liu, Chien-Lin; Chen, Tain-Hsiung; Hung, Shih-Chieh

    2016-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-based therapies may aid in the repair of articular cartilage defects. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of intraarticular injection of allogeneic MSCs in an in vivo anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT) model of osteoarthritis in rabbits. Allogeneic bone marrow-derived MSCs were isolated and cultured under hypoxia (1% O2). After 8 weeks following ACLT, MSCs suspended in hyaluronic acid (HA) were injected into the knees, and the contralateral knees were injected with HA alone. Additional controls consisted of a sham operation group as well as an untreated osteoarthritis group. The tissues were analyzed by macroscopic examination as well as histologic and immunohistochemical methods at 6 and 12 weeks post-transplantation. At 6 and 12 weeks, the joint surface showed less cartilage loss and surface abrasion after MSC injection as compared to the tissues receiving HA injection alone. Significantly better histological scores and cartilage content were observed with the MSC transplantation. Furthermore, engraftment of allogenic MSCs were evident in surface cartilage. Thus, injection of the allogeneic MSCs reduced the progression of osteoarthritis in vivo.

  8. Efficacy of a Cellular Allogeneic Bone Graft in Foot and Ankle Arthrodesis Procedures.

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    Dekker, Travis J; White, Peter; Adams, Samuel B

    2016-12-01

    A cellular allogeneic bone graft can be used in patients at high risk for nonunion after arthrodesis surgery. This study explores the utility and efficacy of MAP3 in foot and ankle arthrodesis procedures. Map3 is a cellular allogeneic bone graft that contains osteogenic, osteoconductive, osteoinductive, and angiogenic properties. A total of 23 mostly high-risk patients were included in this study. The overall fusion rate was 83%. Univariate analysis demonstrated diabetic patients remain at risk of recurrent nonunion (P<.001) despite supplementation with MAP3. These data demonstrate successful fusion in high-risk patients when MAP3 is used. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Proteomic analysis of post translational modifications in cyanobacteria.

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    Xiong, Qian; Chen, Zhuo; Ge, Feng

    2016-02-16

    Cyanobacteria are a diverse group of Gram-negative bacteria and the only prokaryotes capable of oxygenic photosynthesis. Recently, cyanobacteria have attracted great interest due to their crucial roles in global carbon and nitrogen cycles and their ability to produce clean and renewable biofuels. To survive in various environmental conditions, cyanobacteria have developed a complex signal transduction network to sense environmental signals and implement adaptive changes. The post-translational modifications (PTMs) systems play important regulatory roles in the signaling networks of cyanobacteria. The systematic investigation of PTMs could contribute to the comprehensive description of protein species and to elucidate potential biological roles of each protein species in cyanobacteria. Although the proteomic studies of PTMs carried out in cyanobacteria were limited, these data have provided clues to elucidate their sophisticated sensing mechanisms that contribute to their evolutionary and ecological success. This review aims to summarize the current status of PTM studies and recent publications regarding PTM proteomics in cyanobacteria, and discuss the novel developments and applications for the analysis of PTMs in cyanobacteria. Challenges, opportunities and future perspectives in the proteomics studies of PTMs in cyanobacteria are also discussed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Risk Factors for the Postoperative Transfusion of Allogeneic Blood in Orthopedics Patients With Intraoperative Blood Salvage

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    Tang, Jia-Hua; Lyu, Yi; Cheng, Li-Ming; Li, Ying-Chuan; Gou, Da-Ming

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The purpose of this study is to explore the risk factors affecting the postoperative transfusion of allogeneic blood in patients undergoing orthopedics surgery with intraoperative blood salvage (IBS). A retrospective study of 279 patients undergoing orthopedic surgeries with IBS from May 2013 to May 2015 was enrolled. The binary logistic regression was used to find out the risk factors associated with postoperative transfusion of allogeneic blood in orthopedics patients with IBS, and then receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was drawn to determine the optimal threshold of the regression model. Single factor analysis showed that age, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) grade, preoperative hemoglobin, operation time, received autologous blood, the laying time of autologous blood, bleeding volume, and postoperative drainage volume had significant effects on postoperative allogeneic blood transfusion. In binary logistic regression analysis, the independent factors predicting orthopedic patients with IBS need to transfuse allogeneic blood after surgeries were age (odds ratio [OR] = 0.415, P = 0.006), ASA grade (OR = 2.393, P = 0.035), preoperative hemoglobin (OR = 0.532, P = 0.022), and postoperative drainage volume (OR = 4.279, P = 0.000). The area under ROC curve was 0.79 and the predicted accuracy rate of the model was 81.58%. After operation, the orthopedic patients with IBS still have a high allogeneic blood transfusion rate, and IBS is not a perfect blood protection method. The logistic regression model of our study provides a reliable prediction for postoperative transfusion of allogeneic blood in orthopedic patients with IBS, which have a certain reference value. PMID:26937919

  11. Treatment of acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome relapse after allogeneic stem cell transplantation with azacitidine and donor lymphocyte infusions--a retrospective multicenter analysis from the German Cooperative Transplant Study Group.

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    Schroeder, Thomas; Rachlis, Elena; Bug, Gesine; Stelljes, Matthias; Klein, Stefan; Steckel, Nina Kristin; Wolf, Dominik; Ringhoffer, Mark; Czibere, Akos; Nachtkamp, Kathrin; Dienst, Ariane; Kondakci, Mustafa; Stadler, Michael; Platzbecker, Uwe; Uharek, Lutz; Luft, Thomas; Fenk, Roland; Germing, Ulrich; Bornhäuser, Martin; Kröger, Nicolaus; Beelen, Dietrich W; Haas, Rainer; Kobbe, Guido

    2015-04-01

    To expand the current knowledge about azacitidine (Aza) and donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) as salvage therapy for relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) and to identify predictors for response and survival, we retrospectively analyzed data of 154 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML, n = 124), myelodysplastic (MDS, n = 28), or myeloproliferative syndrome (n = 2). All patients received a median number of 4 courses of Aza (range, 4 to 14) and DLI were administered to 105 patients (68%; median number of DLI, 2; range, 1 to 7). Complete and partial remission rates were 27% and 6%, respectively, resulting in an overall response rate of 33%. Multivariate analysis identified molecular-only relapse (hazard ratio [HR], 9.4; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.0 to 43.5; P = .004) and diagnosis of MDS (HR, 4.1; 95% CI, 1.4 to 12.2; P = .011) as predictors for complete remission. Overall survival (OS) at 2 years was 29% ± 4%. Molecular-only relapse (HR, .14; 95% CI, .03 to .59; P = .007), diagnosis of MDS (HR, .33; 95% CI, .16 to .67; P = .002), and bone marrow blasts <13% (HR, .54; 95% CI, .32 to .91; P = .021) were associated with better OS. Accordingly, 2-year OS rate was higher in MDS patients (66% ± 10%, P = .001) and correlated with disease burden in patients with AML. In summary, Aza and DLI is an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for patients with relapse after allo-HSCT, in particular those with MDS or AML and low disease burden. The latter finding emphasizes the importance of stringent disease monitoring and early intervention.

  12. Immune Reconstitution after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Ogonek, Justyna; Kralj Juric, Mateja; Ghimire, Sakhila; Varanasi, Pavankumar Reddy; Holler, Ernst; Greinix, Hildegard; Weissinger, Eva

    2016-01-01

    The timely reconstitution and regain of function of a donor-derived immune system is of utmost importance for the recovery and long-term survival of patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Of note, new developments such as umbilical cord blood or haploidentical grafts were associated with prolonged immunodeficiency due to delayed immune reconstitution, raising the need for better understanding and enhancing the process of immune reconstitution and finding strategies to further optimize these transplant procedures. Immune reconstitution post-HSCT occurs in several phases, innate immunity being the first to regain function. The slow T cell reconstitution is regarded as primarily responsible for deleterious infections with latent viruses or fungi, occurrence of graft-versus-host disease, and relapse. Here we aim to summarize the major steps of the adaptive immune reconstitution and will discuss the importance of immune balance in patients after HSCT. PMID:27909435

  13. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Vyas, Paresh; Appelbaum, Frederick R; Craddock, Charles

    2015-01-01

    Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is an increasingly important treatment option in the management of adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The major causes of treatment failure remain disease relapse and treatment toxicity. In this review, Dr Vyas presents an overview of important recent data defining molecular factors associated with treatment failure in AML. He also identifies the emerging importance of leukemia stem cell biology in determining both response to therapy and relapse risk in AML. Dr Appelbaum discusses advances in the design and delivery of both myeloablative and reduced-intensity conditioning regimens, highlighting novel strategies with the potential to improve outcome. Dr Craddock discusses the development of both novel conditioning regimens and post-transplantation strategies aimed at reducing the risk of disease relapse.

  14. Reprint of: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Vyas, Paresh; Appelbaum, Frederick R; Craddock, Charles

    2015-02-01

    Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is an increasingly important treatment option in the management of adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The major causes of treatment failure remain disease relapse and treatment toxicity. In this review, Dr Vyas presents an overview of important recent data defining molecular factors associated with treatment failure in AML. He also identifies the emerging importance of leukemia stem cell biology in determining both response to therapy and relapse risk in AML. Dr Appelbaum discusses advances in the design and delivery of both myeloablative and reduced-intensity conditioning regimens, highlighting novel strategies with the potential to improve outcome. Dr Craddock discusses the development of both novel conditioning regimens and post-transplantation strategies aimed at reducing the risk of disease relapse.

  15. Effect of immune modulation in relapsed peripheral T-cell lymphomas after post-allogeneic stem cell transplantation: a study by the Société Française de Greffe de Moelle et de Thérapie Cellulaire (SFGM-TC).

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    Mamez, A C; Lévy, V; Chevallier, P; Blaise, D; Vigouroux, S; Xhaard, A; Fegueux, N; Contentin, N; Beguin, Y; Ifrah, N; Bulabois, C E; Suarez, F; Yakoub-Agha, I; Turlure, P; Deconink, E; Lamy, T; Cahn, J Y; Huynh, A; Maury, S; Fornecker, L M; Ouzegdouh, M; Bay, J O; Guillerm, G; Maillard, N; Michallet, M; Malfuson, J V; Bourhis, J H; Rialland, F; Oumedaly, R; Jubert, C; Leblond, V; Boubaya, M; Mohty, M; Nguyen, S

    2016-03-01

    Peripheral T-cell lymphoma carries a poor prognosis. To document a possible graft-versus-lymphoma effect in this setting, we evaluated the impact of immunomodulation in 63 patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma who relapsed after allogeneic transplant in 27 SFGM-TC centers. Relapse occurred after a median of 2.8 months. Patients were then treated with non-immunologic strategies (chemotherapy, radiotherapy) and/or immune modulation (donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) and/or discontinuation of immunosuppressive therapy). Median overall survival (OS) after relapse was 6.1 months (DLI group: 23.6 months, non-DLI group: 3.6 months). Among the 14 patients who received DLI, 9 responded and 2 had stable disease. Among the remaining 49 patients, a complete response accompanied by extensive chronic GvHD was achieved in two patients after tapering of immunosuppressive drugs. Thirty patients received radio-chemotherapy, with an overall response rate of 50%. In multivariate analysis, chronic GvHD (odds ratio: 11.25 (2.68-48.21), P=0.0009) and skin relapse (odds ratio: 4.15 (1.04-16.50), P=0.043) were associated with a better response to treatment at relapse. In a time-dependent analysis, the only factor predictive of OS was the time from transplantation to relapse (hazards ratio: 0.33 (0.17-0.640), P=0.0009). This large series provides encouraging evidence of a true GvL effect in this disease.

  16. Finite element analysis and fracture resistance testing of a new intraradicular post

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    YAMAMOTO, Eron Toshio Colauto; PAGANI, Clovis; da SILVA, Eduardo Galera; NORITOMI, Pedro Yoshito; UEHARA, André Yugou; KEMMOKU, Daniel Takanori

    2012-01-01

    Objectives The objective of the present study was to evaluate a prefabricated intraradicular threaded pure titanium post, designed and developed at the São José dos Campos School of Dentistry - UNESP, Brazil. This new post was designed to minimize stresses observed with prefabricated post systems and to improve cost-benefits. Material and methods Fracture resistance testing of the post/core/root complex, fracture analysis by microscopy and stress analysis by the finite element method were used for post evaluation. The following four prefabricated metal post systems were analyzed: group 1, experimental post; group 2, modification of the experimental post; group 3, Flexi Post, and group 4, Para Post. For the analysis of fracture resistance, 40 bovine teeth were randomly assigned to the four groups (n=10) and used for the fabrication of test specimens simulating the situation in the mouth. The test specimens were subjected to compressive strength testing until fracture in an EMIC universal testing machine. After fracture of the test specimens, their roots were sectioned and analyzed by microscopy. For the finite element method, specimens of the fracture resistance test were simulated by computer modeling to determine the stress distribution pattern in the post systems studied. Results The fracture test presented the following averages and standard deviation: G1 (45.63±8.77), G2 (49.98±7.08), G3 (43.84±5.52), G4 (47.61±7.23). Stress was homogenously distributed along the body of the intraradicular post in group 1, whereas high stress concentrations in certain regions were observed in the other groups. These stress concentrations in the body of the post induced the same stress concentration in root dentin. Conclusions The experimental post (original and modified versions) presented similar fracture resistance and better results in the stress analysis when compared with the commercial post systems tested (08/2008-PA/CEP). PMID:23032204

  17. Differentiation of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells induces immunogenicity and limits their long-term benefits for myocardial repair.

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    Huang, Xi-Ping; Sun, Zhuo; Miyagi, Yasuo; McDonald Kinkaid, Heather; Zhang, Li; Weisel, Richard D; Li, Ren-Ke

    2010-12-07

    Cardiac cell therapy for older patients who experience a myocardial infarction may require highly regenerative cells from young, healthy (allogeneic) donors. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are currently under clinical investigation because they can induce cardiac repair and may also be immunoprivileged (suitable for allogeneic applications). However, it is unclear whether allogeneic MSCs retain their immunoprivilege or functional efficacy late after myocardial implantation. We evaluated the effects of MSC differentiation on the immune characteristics of cells in vitro and in vivo and monitored cardiac function for 6 months after post-myocardial infarction MSC therapy. In the in vitro experiments, inducing MSCs to acquire myogenic, endothelial, or smooth muscle characteristics (via 5-azacytidine or cytokine treatment) increased major histocompatibility complex-Ia and -II (immunogenic) expression and reduced major histocompatibility complex-Ib (immunosuppressive) expression, in association with increased cytotoxicity in coculture with allogeneic leukocytes. In the in vivo experiments, we implanted allogeneic or syngeneic MSCs into infarcted rat myocardia. We measured cell differentiation and survival (immunohistochemistry, real-time polymerase chain reaction) and cardiac function (echocardiography, pressure-volume catheter) for 6 months. MSCs (versus media) significantly improved ventricular function for at least 3 months after implantation. Allogeneic (but not syngeneic) cells were eliminated from the heart by 5 weeks after implantation, and their functional benefits were lost within 5 months. The long-term ability of allogeneic MSCs to preserve function in the infarcted heart is limited by a biphasic immune response whereby they transition from an immunoprivileged to an immunogenic state after differentiation, which is associated with an alteration in major histocompatibility complex-immune antigen profile.

  18. An Analysis of Access Barriers to Post-Secondary Education

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    Vaccaro, Angelo

    2012-01-01

    Post-Secondary Education (PSE) in Ontario and in Canada has expanded on both the demand and supply sides in the last couple of decades. As of 2007, 50% of the population aged 18 to 24 was enrolled in post-secondary institutions. Enrolment in Ontario universities grew from 10,000 in 1960 to approximately 400,000 in 2007 (Clark, Moran, Skolnik,…

  19. Comparative efficacy of tandem autologous versus autologous followed by allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

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    2013-01-01

    Background Despite advances in understanding of clinical, genetic, and molecular aspects of multiple myeloma (MM) and availability of more effective therapies, MM remains incurable. The autologous-allogeneic (auto-allo) hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) strategy is based on combining cytoreduction from high-dose (chemo- or chemoradio)-therapy with adoptive immunotherapy. However, conflicting results have been reported when an auto-allo HCT approach is compared to tandem autologous (auto-auto) HCT. A previously published meta-analysis has been reported; however, it suffers from serious methodological flaws. Methods A systematic search identified 152 publications, of which five studies (enrolling 1538 patients) met inclusion criteria. All studies eligible for inclusion utilized biologic randomization. Results Assessing response rates by achievement of at least a very good partial response did not differ among the treatment arms [risk ratio (RR) (95% CI) = 0.97 (0.87-1.09), p = 0.66]; but complete remission was higher in the auto-allo HCT arm [RR = 1.65 (1.25-2.19), p = 0.0005]. Event-free survival did not differ between auto-allo HCT group versus auto-auto HCT group using per-protocol analysis [hazard ratio (HR) = 0.78 (0.58-1.05)), p = 0.11] or using intention-to-treat analysis [HR = 0.83 (0.60-1.15), p = 0.26]. Overall survival (OS) did not differ among these treatment arms whether analyzed on per-protocol [HR = 0.88 (0.33-2.35), p = 0.79], or by intention-to-treat [HR = 0.80 (0.48-1.32), p = 0.39] analysis. Non-relapse mortality (NRM) was significantly worse with auto-allo HCT [RR (95%CI) = 3.55 (2.17-5.80), p < 0.00001]. Conclusion Despite higher complete remission rates, there is no improvement in OS with auto-allo HCT; but this approach results in higher NRM in patients with newly diagnosed MM. At present, totality of evidence suggests that an auto-allo HCT approach for patients with newly diagnosed

  20. Stress analysis of different post-luting systems: a three-dimensional finite element analysis.

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    Romeed, S A; Dunne, S M

    2013-03-01

    The longevity of endodontically treated teeth is usually determined by the adequacy of root canal treatments, coronal seal and favourable stress distribution within the remaining tooth tissues. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of post material and luting cement on the biomechanics of endodontically treated teeth using three-dimensional finite element analysis (3-D FEA). A 3 mm section of endodontically treated canine tooth was scanned and reconstructed for 3-D modelling and FE analyses. A metal post (MP) and a glass fibre post (GFP) were tested individually with four luting cements [zinc phosphate (ZPH), glass ionomer (GI), resin modified glass ionomer (RMGI) and resin based cements (RC)]. A push-out test was conducted by subjecting all models to 100 N perpendicular loading at the post. The maximum stresses generated along the MP-cement interface were significantly higher than corresponding stresses in the GFP-cement interface regardless of the cement type. GFP generated seven times higher stresses within the root dentine than metal posts when ZPH and GI were used, and three times higher when RMGI and RC were used. The displacement of GFP was double (50 μ) the displacement of MP (20 μ) in all groups. The low elastic modulus of GFP generated lower stresses along its interface and higher stresses within the root dentine, therefore the probability of debonding and root fracture in the GFP group was lower. © 2013 Australian Dental Association.

  1. Impact of pre-transplant depression on outcomes of allogeneic and autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    El-Jawahri, Areej; Chen, Yi-Bin; Brazauskas, Ruta; He, Naya; Lee, Stephanie J; Knight, Jennifer M; Majhail, Navneet; Buchbinder, David; Schears, Raquel M; Wirk, Baldeep M; Wood, William A; Ahmed, Ibrahim; Aljurf, Mahmoud; Szer, Jeff; Beattie, Sara M; Battiwalla, Minoo; Dandoy, Christopher; Diaz, Miguel-Angel; D'Souza, Anita; Freytes, Cesar O; Gajewski, James; Gergis, Usama; Hashmi, Shahrukh K; Jakubowski, Ann; Kamble, Rammurti T; Kindwall-Keller, Tamila; Lazarus, Hilard M; Malone, Adriana K; Marks, David I; Meehan, Kenneth; Savani, Bipin N; Olsson, Richard F; Rizzieri, David; Steinberg, Amir; Speckhart, Dawn; Szwajcer, David; Schoemans, Helene; Seo, Sachiko; Ustun, Celalettin; Atsuta, Yoshiko; Dalal, Jignesh; Sales-Bonfim, Carmem; Khera, Nandita; Hahn, Theresa; Saber, Wael

    2017-05-15

    To evaluate the impact of depression before autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) on clinical outcomes post-transplantation. We analyzed data from the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research to compare outcomes after autologous (n = 3786) or allogeneic (n = 7433) HCT for adult patients with hematologic malignancies with an existing diagnosis of pre-HCT depression requiring treatment versus those without pre-HCT depression. Using Cox regression models, we compared overall survival (OS) between patients with or without depression. We compared the number of days alive and out of the hospital in the first 100 days post-HCT using Poisson models. We also compared the incidence of grade 2-4 acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in allogeneic HCT. The study included 1116 (15%) patients with pre-transplant depression and 6317 (85%) without depression who underwent allogeneic HCT between 2008 and 2012. Pre-transplant depression was associated with lower OS (hazard ratio [HR], 1.13; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.04-1.23; P = 0.004) and a higher incidence of grade 2-4 acute GVHD (HR, 1.25; 95% CI, 1.14-1.37; P < 0.0001), but similar incidence of chronic GVHD. Pre-transplant depression was associated with fewer days-alive-and-out-of-the hospital (means ratio [MR] = 0.97; 95% CI, 0.95-0.99; P = 0.004). There were 512 (13.5%) patients with Pre-transplant depression and 3274 (86.5%) without depression who underwent autologous HCT. Pre-transplant depression in autologous HCT was not associated with OS (HR, 1.15; 95% CI, 0.98-1.34; P = 0.096) but was associated with fewer days alive and out of the hospital (MR, 0.98; 95% CI, 0.97-0.99; P = 0.002). Pre-transplant depression was associated with lower OS and higher risk of acute GVHD among allogeneic HCT recipients and fewer days alive and out of the hospital during the first 100 days after autologous and allogeneic HCT. Patients with pre

  2. Timed Sequential Busulfan and Post Transplant Cyclophosphamide for Allogeneic Transplantation

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    2016-12-27

    Other Diseases of Blood and Blood-forming Organs; Acute Myeloid Leukemia; Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia; Chronic Myeloid Leukemia; Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia; Myelodysplastic Syndrome; Myeloproliferative Syndrome; Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma; Hodgkins Lymphoma; Multiple Myeloma

  3. Endocrinopathies after Allogeneic and Autologous Transplantation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells

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    Muscogiuri, Giovanna; Palomba, Stefano; Serio, Bianca; Sessa, Mariarosaria; Giudice, Valentina; Ferrara, Idalucia; Tauchmanovà, Libuse; Colao, Annamaria; Selleri, Carmine

    2014-01-01

    Early and late endocrine disorders are among the most common complications in survivors after hematopoietic allogeneic- (allo-) and autologous- (auto-) stem cell transplant (HSCT). This review summarizes main endocrine disorders reported in literature and observed in our center as consequence of auto- and allo-HSCT and outlines current options for their management. Gonadal impairment has been found early in approximately two-thirds of auto- and allo-HSCT patients: 90–99% of women and 60–90% of men. Dysfunctions of the hypothalamus-pituitary-growth hormone/insulin growth factor-I axis, hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis, and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis were documented as later complicances, occurring in about 10, 30, and 40–50% of transplanted patients, respectively. Moreover, overt or subclinical thyroid complications (including persistent low-T3 syndrome, chronic thyroiditis, subclinical hypo- or hyperthyroidism, and thyroid carcinoma), gonadal failure, and adrenal insufficiency may persist many years after HSCT. Our analysis further provides evidence that main recognized risk factors for endocrine complications after HSCT are the underlying disease, previous pretransplant therapies, the age at HSCT, gender, total body irradiation, posttransplant derangement of immune system, and in the allogeneic setting, the presence of graft-versus-host disease requiring prolonged steroid treatment. Early identification of endocrine complications can greatly improve the quality of life of long-term survivors after HSCT. PMID:24883377

  4. Finite element analysis of stress distribution in four different endodontic post systems in a model canine.

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    Chen, Aijie; Feng, Xiaoli; Zhang, Yanli; Liu, Ruoyu; Shao, Longquan

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the stress distribution in a maxillary canine restored with each of four different post systems at different levels of alveolar bone loss. Two-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA) was performed by modeling a severely damaged canine with four different post systems: CAD/CAM zirconia, CAD/CAM glass fiber, cast titanium, and cast gold. A force of 100 N was applied to the crown, and the von Mises stresses were obtained. FEA revealed that the CAD/CAM zirconia post system produced the lowest maximum von Mises stress in the dentin layer at 115.8 MPa, while the CAD/CAM glass fiber post produced the highest stress in the dentin at 518.2 MPa. For a severely damaged anterior tooth, a zirconia post system is the best choice while a cast gold post ranks second. The CAD/CAM glass fiber post is least recommended in terms of stress level in the dentin.

  5. Assessing commercial opportunities for autologous and allogeneic cell-based products.

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    Smith, Devyn M

    2012-09-01

    The two primary cell sources used to produce cell-based therapies are autologous (self-derived) and allogeneic (derived from a donor). This analysis attempts to compare and contrast the two approaches in order to understand whether there is an emerging preference in the market. While the current clinical trials underway are slightly biased to autologous approaches, it is clear that both cell-based approaches are being aggressively pursued. This analysis also breaks down the commercial advantages of each cell-based approach, comparing both cost of goods and the ideal indication type for each. While allogeneic therapies have considerable advantages over autologous therapies, they do have a distinct disadvantage regarding potential immunogenicity. The introduction of the hybrid autologous business model provides the ability for autologous-based therapies to mitigate some of the advantages that allogeneic cell-based therapies enjoy, including cost of goods. Finally, two case studies are presented that demonstrate that there is sufficient space for both autologous and allogeneic cell-based therapies within a single disease area.

  6. Optimal timing of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome

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    Alessandrino, Emilio Paolo; Porta, Matteo G Della; Malcovati, Luca; Jackson, Christopher H; Pascutto, Cristiana; Bacigalupo, Andrea; Teresa van Lint, Maria; Falda, Michele; Bernardi, Massimo; Onida, Francesco; Guidi, Stefano; Iori, Anna Paola; Cerretti, Raffaella; Marenco, Paola; Pioltelli, Pietro; Angelucci, Emanuele; Oneto, Rosi; Ripamonti, Francesco; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Bosi, Alberto; Cazzola, Mario

    2013-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) represents the only curative treatment for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but involves non-negligible morbidity and mortality. Registry studies have shown that advanced disease stage at transplantation is associated with inferior overall survival. To define the optimal timing of allogeneic HSCT, we carried out a decision analysis by studying 660 patients who received best supportive care and 449 subjects who underwent transplantation. Risk assessment was based on both the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) and the World Health Organization classification-based Prognostic Scoring System (WPSS). We used a continuous-time multistate Markov model to describe the natural history of disease and evaluate the effect of allogeneic HSCT on survival. This model estimated life expectancy from diagnosis according to treatment policy at different risk stages. Relative to supportive care, estimated life expectancy increased when transplantation was delayed from the initial stages until progression to intermediate-1 IPSS-risk or to intermediate WPSS-risk stage, and then decreased for higher risks. Modeling decision analysis on WPSS versus IPSS allowed better estimation of the optimal timing of transplantation. These observations indicate that allogeneic HSCT offers optimal survival benefits when the procedure is performed before MDS patients progress to advanced disease stages. Am. J. Hematol. 88:581–588, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:23606215

  7. On the Feasibility of Utilizing Allogeneic Bone Blocks for Atrophic Maxillary Augmentation

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    Pikos, Michael A.; Chan, Hsun-Liang; Suarez, Fernando; Gargallo-Albiol, Jordi; Hernández-Alfaro, Federico; Galindo-Moreno, Pablo; Wang, Hom-Lay

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. This systematic review was aimed at assessing the feasibility by means of survival rate, histologic analysis, and causes of failure of allogeneic block grafts for augmenting the atrophic maxilla. Material and Methods. A literature search was conducted by one reviewer in several databases. Articles were included in this systematic review if they were human clinical trials in which outcomes of allogeneic bone block grafts were studied by means of survival rate. In addition other factors were extracted in order to assess their influence upon graft failure. Results. Fifteen articles fulfilled the inclusion criteria and subsequently were analyzed in this systematic review. A total of 361 block grafts could be followed 4 to 9 months after the surgery, of which 9 (2.4%) failed within 1 month to 2 months after the surgery. Additionally, a weighed mean 4.79 mm (95% CI: 4.51–5.08) horizontal bone gain was computed from 119 grafted sites in 5 studies. Regarding implant cumulative survival rate, the weighed mean was 96.9% (95% CI: 92.8–98.7%), computed from 228 implants over a mean follow-up period of 23.9 months. Histologic analysis showed that allogeneic block grafts behave differently in the early stages of healing when compared to autogenous block grafts. Conclusion. Atrophied maxillary reconstruction with allogeneic bone block grafts represents a reliable option as shown by low block graft failure rate, minimal resorption, and high implant survival rate. PMID:25535616

  8. Angiogenesis after transplantation of auto- and allogenic cells.

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    Fatkhudinov, T Kh; Bol'shakova, G B; Komissarova, S V; Arutyunyan, I V; Rzhaninova, A A; Goldstein, D V

    2010-10-01

    Neoangiogenesis after transplantation of auto- and allogenic mononuclears and multipotent stromal cells from the bone marrow was studied on the model of inflammatory angiogenesis. Transplanted auto- and allogenic cells stimulate the formation of new blood vessels in the granulation tissue, this manifesting in an increase in the quantity and volume density of blood vessels. The most pronounced angiogenesis was observed after transplantation of allogenic mononuclears and multipotent stromal cells. It was associated with intense inflammatory infiltration, with less numerous and mature collagen fibers in the granulation tissue. Injection of allogenic cells led to stimulation and chronization of inflammation, infiltration with inflammatory and poorly differentiated cells, and more pronounced and lasting angiogenesis. However, neither auto-, nor allogenic transplanted labeled cells were detected in the walls of new blood vessels. Hence, it seems that bone marrow mononuclears and multipotent stromal cells stimulated angiogenesis mainly at the expense of production of angiogenic factors, and after transplantation of allogenic cells also by stimulating the inflammation.

  9. Long term impact of hyperleukocytosis in newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation: an analysis from the acute leukemia working party of the EBMT.

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    Canaani, Jonathan; Labopin, Myriam; Socié, Gerard; Nihtinen, Anne; Huynh, Anne; Cornelissen, Jan; Deconinck, Eric; Gedde-Dahl, Tobias; Forcade, Edouard; Chevallier, Patrice; Bourhis, Jean Henri; Blaise, Didier; Mohty, Mohamad; Nagler, Arnon

    2017-03-28

    Up to 20% of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients present initially with hyperleukocytosis, placing them at increased risk for early mortality during induction. Yet, it is unknown whether hyperleukocytosis still retains prognostic value for AML patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Furthermore, it is unknown whether hyperleukocytosis holds prognostic significance when modern molecular markers such as FLT3-ITD and NPM1 are accounted for. To determine whether hyperleukocytosis is an independent prognostic factor influencing outcome in transplanted AML patients we performed a retrospective analysis using the registry of the acute leukemia working party of the EBMT. A cohort of 357 patients with hyperleukocytosis (159 patients with WBC 50K-100K, 198 patients with WBC≥100K) was compared to 918 patients without hyperleukocytosis. Patients with hyperleukocytosis were younger, had an increased rate of favorable risk cytogenetics, and more likely to be FLT3 and NPM1 mutated. In multivariate analysis, hyperleukocytosis was independently associated with increased relapse incidence (hazard ratio [HR] of 1.55, 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.14 - 2.12; p=0.004), decreased leukemia-free survival (HR of 1.38, 95% CI, 1.07 - 1.78; p=0.013), and inferior overall survival (HR of 1.4, 95% CI, 1.07 - 1.84; p=0.013). Hyperleukocytosis retains a significant prognostic role for AML patients undergoing HSCT. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  10. Cost-effectiveness of post-operative cell salvage in total knee arthroplasty. Should we continue to recommend its use today?

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    Tió, M M; Sánchez-Etayo, G; Bergé, R; Salazar, F; Basora, M; Sala-Blanch, X

    2016-10-01

    Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has a high transfusion rate. In our protocol, the use of postoperative cell salvage is indicated in patients with contraindications to tranexamic acid (TA). An analysis was performed on the effect of post-operative cell salvage (POCS) regarding transfusion rate and costs in patients undergoing TKA. A prospective analysis was conducted on 518 patients, of whom 434 received TA, and 84 were contraindicated. The red cell mass, blood volume, and the percentage of lost blood volume were calculated. Incidents associated with the use of post-operative re-perfusion of drained blood and the rate of transfusion were recorded. An analysis was performed on the costs associated with allogeneic transfusion prevention methods. A POCS drain was not inserted in 10 out of the 84 patients not candidates for TA. In the 74 in which it was placed, 158±72ml of red cell mass was reinfused. The allogeneic transfusion rate was 36%, and was 52% in those with no drain inserted. Relative risk of transfusion using POCS was 0.69 (0.41 to 1.16) with an absolute risk reduction of 16% (-8 to 40%). The number needed to treat to avoid allogeneic transfusion was 7. The direct costs to avoid allogeneic transfusion were €1,610. No complications associated with blood re-infusion were observed. The use of POCS would be required in 7 patients after TKA to avoid one allogeneic transfusion with a cost over 10 times that of a transfusion of red cell concentrates. Copyright © 2015 Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  11. Primary Graft Failure after Myeloablative Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Hematologic Malignancies

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    Olsson, Richard F.; Logan, Brent R.; Chaudhury, Sonali; Zhu, Xiaochun; Akpek, Görgün; Bolwell, Brian J.; Bredeson, Christopher N.; Dvorak, Christopher C.; Gupta, Vikas; Ho, Vincent T.; Lazarus, Hillard M.; Marks, David I.; Ringdén, Olle T.H.; Pasquini, Marcelo C.; Schriber, Jeffrey R.; Cooke, Kenneth R.

    2015-01-01

    Clinical outcomes after primary graft failure (PGF) remain poor. Here we present a large retrospective analysis (n=23,272) which investigates means to prevent PGF and early detection of patients at high risk. In patients with hematologic malignancies, who underwent their first myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation, PGF was reported in 1,278 (5.5%), and there was a marked difference in PGFs using peripheral blood stem cell compared to bone marrow grafts (2.5 vs. 7.3%; P<0.001). A 4-fold increase of PGF was observed in myeloproliferative disorders compared to acute leukemia (P<0.001). Other risk factors for PGF included recipient age below 30, HLA-mismatch, male recipients of female donor grafts, ABO-incompatibility, busulfan/cyclophosphamide conditioning, and cryopreservation. In bone marrow transplants, total nucleated cell doses ≤2.4 × 108/kg were associated with PGF (OR 1.39; P<0.001). The use of tacrolimus-based immunosuppression and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor were associated with decreased PGF risk. These data, allow clinicians to do more informed choices with respect to graft source, donor selection, conditioning and immunosuppressive regimens to reduce the risk of PGF. Moreover, a novel risk score determined on day 21 post-transplant may provide the rationale for an early request for additional hematopoietic stem cells. PMID:25772027

  12. Chemokine Receptor Signatures in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    2015-08-01

    is a potentially effective strategy to reduce graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic HSCT without compromising the graft-versus- leukemia ...Porter DL (2015). “Reduced-intensity conditioning for allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation in adults with acute myeloid leukemia .” Bone...Tallman MS, Wirk B, Bunjes DW, Devine SM, de Lima M, Weisdorf DJ, Uy GL (2015). “Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

  13. [Discussion on the building of post market risk analysis method in hemodialysis device].

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    Xu, Honglei; Peng, Xiaolong; Tian, Xiaojun; Wang, Peilian

    2014-09-01

    This paper discussed the building of post market risk analysis method in hemodialysis device from the point of government supervision. By proposing practical research methods for post market risk identification and estimation on hemodialysis device, providing technical guidance for government to put risk management of hemodialysis device into effect, and offering reference for enterprises to carry out post market risk evaluation on their products as well.

  14. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children with aplastic anemia.

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    Xue, H-M; Xu, H-G; Huang, K; Guo, H-X; Li, Y; Zhou, D-H; Huang, S-L; Fang, J-P; Chen, C

    2015-05-18

    The aim of this study was to prospectively investigate the efficacy and safety of fully matched allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants in children with severe aplastic anemia in China. A total of twenty patients with severe aplastic anemia were enrolled in our study. Thirteen cases underwent transplantation with fully human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched, granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF)-primed bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) from matching sibling donors. One patient received fully HLA-matched bone marrow from an unrelated donor. Six patients received fully HLA-matched G-CSF-primed PBSCs from unrelated donors. The conditioning regimen included fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin. Graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis was conducted with cyclosporin A and short-course methotrexate. The median follow-up duration was 3.08 years (range, 0.83-8.41years). The median time of neutrophil recovery (>0.5 x 10(9)/L) was 14 days (range, 10-20 days), and the median time of platelet recovery (>20 x 10(9)/L) was 19 days (range, 14-31 days). The survival rate at the cutoff point of follow-up was 95.0% (19/20). Initial engraftment rate was 95% (19/20). Late graft failure (graft failures occurring 1 year or longer after transplantation) was observed in one patient. Only one patient developed Grade I acute graft-versus-host disease. Two cases suffered from Epstein- Barr virus (EBV)-associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder and remitted after treatment with rituximab. One patient was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism 2.5 years after transplantation. Our study indicated that allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is an effective and safe treatment for children with severe aplastic anemia in China.

  15. Delays in postremission chemotherapy for Philadelphia chromosome negative acute lymphoblastic leukemia are associated with inferior outcomes in patients who undergo allogeneic transplant: An analysis from ECOG 2993/MRC UK ALLXII.

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    Kumar, Anita J; Gimotty, Phyllis A; Gelfand, Joel M; Buck, Georgina; Rowe, Jacob M; Goldstone, Anthony H; Fielding, Adele; Marks, David I; Litzow, Mark; Paietta, Elisabeth; Lazarus, Hillard M; Tallman, Martin S; Luger, Selina M; Loren, Alison W

    2016-11-01

    Adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have a poorer prognosis than children due to a high risk of relapse. One explanation may be variable adherence to dose-intense chemotherapy. However, little is known about risk factors for delays in therapy and their impact on survival. We conducted an analysis of ECOG 2993/UKALLXII trial to study delays in postremission chemotherapy in adults with newly diagnosed ALL. Logistic regression was used to identify risk factors for a very long delay (VLD, >4 weeks) in start of intensification therapy. Cox regression was used to evaluate the impact of delays on overall survival (OS) and event-free survival (EFS). We evaluated 1076 Philadelphia chromosome negative (Ph-) patients who completed induction chemotherapy, achieved complete remission, and started intensification. Factors independently associated with VLD included duration of hospitalization (odds ratio [OR] = 1.2, P < 0.001) during Phase I; thrombocytopenia during Phase I (OR = 1.16, P = 0.004) or Phase II (OR 1.13, P = 0.001); chemotherapy dose reductions during Induction Phase I (OR = 1.72, P < 0.014); female sex (OR = 1.53, P = 0.010); Black (OR = 3.24, P = 0.003) and Asian (OR = 2.26, P = 0.021) race; and increasing age (OR = 1.31, P < 0.001). In multivariate Cox regression, patients who underwent allogeneic stem cell transplant (alloHCT) had significantly worse OS (HR 1.4, P = 0.03) and EFS (HR 1.4, P = 0.02) after experiencing a VLD compared to alloHCT patients who experienced ≤4 weeks delay. Specific populations (female, older, Black, and Asian patients) were more likely to experience delays in chemotherapy, as were those with significant toxicity during induction. VLDs in therapy negatively affected outcomes in patients undergoing allografting. Am. J. Hematol. 91:1107-1112, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan (BEAM)-campath allogeneic stem cell transplantation for aggressive non-hodgkin lymphoma: an analysis of outcomes from the British Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

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    Truelove, Edward; Fox, Christopher; Robinson, Stephen; Pearce, Rachael; Perry, Julia; Kirkland, Keiren; McQuaker, Grant; Pagliuca, Antonio; Johnson, Peter; Russell, Nigel; Cook, Gordon

    2015-03-01

    The role of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) in the management of aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) remains to be defined, but the number of procedures performed continues to increase. We report here the outcomes of allogeneic SCT using carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan (BEAM)-Campath (Genzyme Corporation, Cambridge, MA) conditioning for aggressive NHL as reported to the British Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BSBMT). This retrospective study identified 46 patients who reported to the BSBMT registry as having undergone BEAM-Campath conditioned allogeneic SCT for aggressive NHL between 1999 and 2010. Disease histology was diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL, n = 25), DLBCL/Burkitt lymphoma (n = 5), and T cell lymphoma (n = 16). At diagnosis, the median age was 42.5 (range, 17 to 59), 37 had advanced stage disease (Ann Arbor III/IV), 28 had 2 or more extra-nodal sites of disease, and 23 had elevated lactate dehydrogenase. International prognostic index was high or high/intermediate in 58%. The median number of prior therapies was 3 (range, 1 to 5) and 5 patients had previously undergone transplantation (4 autologous, 1 allogeneic). The median age at transplantation was 44.8 (range, 18 to 59), with 34 patients demonstrating chemo-sensitive disease and 22 undergoing transplantation in first response. Performance score was good in 40 patients and all engrafted with a median of 14 days (range, 11 to 27) to neutrophil recovery. At latest follow-up, 20 patients were alive with 17 in complete remission. Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) developed in 7 patients and chronic GVHD developed in 13 (7 limited, 6 extensive). Five patients died from nonrelapse causes, with a cumulative incidence of nonrelapse mortality of 7% at 100 days and 11% at 3 and 5 years. Twenty-one patients died after lymphoma relapse, with a cumulative incidence of relapse/progression of 51% at 1 year and 53% at 5 years. Disease status at transplantation had

  17. Design and analysis of post-marketing research.

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    Zhou, Xiao-Hua Andrew; Yang, Wei

    2013-07-01

    A post-marketing study is an integral part of research that helps to ensure a favorable risk-benefit profile for approved drugs used in the market. Because most of post-marketing studies use observational designs, which are liable to confounding, estimation of the causal effect of a drug versus a comparative one is very challenging. This article focuses on methodological issues of importance in designing and analyzing studies to evaluate the safety of marketed drugs, especially marketed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products. Advantages and limitations of the current designs and analytic methods for postmarketing studies are discussed, and recommendations are given for improving the validity of postmarketing studies in TCM products.

  18. Longitudinal Assessment of Morbidity and Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: Retrospective Analysis of a Multicenter Phase III Study

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    Carnevale-Schianca, Fabrizio; Leisenring, Wendy; Martin, Paul J.; Furlong, Terry; Schoch, Gary; Anasetti, Claudio; Appelbaum, Frederick R.; Carpenter, Paul A.; Deeg, H. Joachim; Kiem, Hans-Peter; Storb, Rainer; McDonald, George B.; Nash, Richard A.

    2009-01-01

    Since morbidity early after HCT results in large part from the development of acute GVHD, we previously proposed that a longitudinal assessment of morbidity involving the skin, liver, and gastrointestinal tract might provide a more complete, objective approach for comparing two arms of open-label randomized clinical trials for acute GVHD prevention. In the current study, we determined both morbidity-across-time and GVHD-across-time in a retrospective analysis of a database from an open-label randomized clinical trial comparing tacrolimus/methotrexate versus cyclosporine/methotrexate after myeloablative conditioning and marrow transplantation from HLA-matched unrelated donors. The results confirmed differences in overall morbidity across time among patients with peak grades II-IV GVHD as compared to those with grades 0-I GVHD, but no significant differences were found between morbidity associated with grade II GVHD as compared to grades 0-I GVHD. We observed less skin and a trend towards less liver morbidity across time in the tacrolimus group (p=0.04; p= 0.09, respectively) but not for gastrointestinal or overall morbidity, despite significantly decreased skin and liver stages and overall grades of GVHD-across-time in the tacrolimus arm. In conclusion, an objective assessment of differences in morbidity (regardless of cause) as a measure of acute GVHD in a randomized clinical tria of acute GVHD prevention had limited utility. The difficulty of demonstrating clinical benefits from objective parameters such as survival and morbidity and the subjectivity of grading acute GVHD emphasize that blinded assessments are required in clinical trials of GVHD prevention. PMID:19450760

  19. Market segmentation and analysis of Japan's residential post and beam construction market.

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    Joseph A. Roos; Ivan L. Eastin; Hisaaki. Matsuguma

    2005-01-01

    A mail survey of Japanese post and beam builders was conducted to measure their level of ethnocentrism, market orientation, risk aversion, and price consciousness. The data were analyzed utilizing factor and cluster analysis. The results showed that Japanese post and beam builders can be divided into three distinct market segments: open to import...

  20. Giant anal condyloma (giant condyloma acuminatum of anus) after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation associated with human papillomavirus: a case report.

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    Hyun, Jin-Soo; Kim, Gee-Bum; Choi, Byung-Seok; Kim, Min-Sung; Park, Sang-Gon

    2015-01-19

    Condyloma acuminatum are caused by human papillomavirus. Giant condyloma acuminatum is a locally invasive, destructive, and large sized mass. Risk factors for the development of giant condyloma acuminatum include an immunodeficient state, such as human immunodeficiency virus infection, post-organ transplantation, or post-allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. However, reports of giant condyloma after bone marrow transplantation are extremely rare (0.3 to 1.3%). The standard treatment for giant condyloma acuminatum is recommended as wide surgical resection due to its high rate of success and low rate of recurrence. A 31-year-old Korean man presented to our hospital with anal discomfort for more than one month due to a protruding mass. He had a history of BCR-ABL-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia and had undergone an allogenic stem cell transplantation. Gross findings revealed a large perianal cauliflower-like mass over 7cm in size with invasion of the anal orifice. He was diagnosed with giant anal condyloma occurring after an allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. However, we achieved successful treatment using a combination of topical podophyllin and cryotherapy and transanal surgical excision, followed by bleomycin irrigation. We report an extremely rare case of giant condyloma acuminatum of anus due to human papillomavirus type six in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia following an allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. The tumor was successfully treated with a combination of topical podophyllin and cryotherapy and transanal surgical excision, followed by bleomycin irrigation.

  1. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for peripheral T-cell NHL results in long-term disease control

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    Zain, Jasmine; Palmer, Joycelynne M.; Delioukina, Maria; Thomas, Sandra; Tsai, Ni-Chun; Nademanee, Auayporn; Popplewell, Leslie; Gaal, Karl; Senitzer, David; Kogut, Neil; O'Donnell, Margaret; Forman, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    The study analyzed outcomes of a consecutive case series of 37 patients with peripheral T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, from related and unrelated donors, using allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT), between the years 2000 and 2007. All patients were pretreated; the majority had either relapsed or progressive disease (n=25, 68%), 13 had cutaneous histologies (CTCL), and all were ineligible for autologous transplant. Fully ablative conditioning regimens were used in 13 patients while 24 patients underwent reduced intensity conditioning (RIC). At five years the overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) probabilities were 52.2% and 46.5%, respectively. At the time of analysis, 9 (24.3%) patients had either relapsed (n=6) or progressed (n=3) post allo-HCT. The cumulative incidences of relapse/progression and non-relapse mortality at 5 years were 24.3% and 28.9%. No statistically significant variables for survival or relapse were discovered by univariate Cox-regression analysis of disease and patient characteristics; differences between CTCL and other histologies were not significant. The median follow-up of 64.0 months (range: 16.4–100.4) indicates a mature data-set with probable cure in the survivors. The relapse/progression curves reached and maintained plateaus after 1 year post-transplant, demonstrating that long-term disease control is possible after allo-HCT in PTCL patients with advanced disease. PMID:21699453

  2. Costs of Autologous and Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in the United States: A Study Using a Large National Private Claims Database

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    Majhail, Navneet S; Mau, Lih-Wen; Denzen, Ellen M; Arneson, Thomas J

    2012-01-01

    There is a lack of multi-center cost-identification studies for hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We used a single longitudinal administrative claims database representing a national, commercially insured population to evaluate the feasibility of identifying HCT recipients and to establish a cohort of autologous and allogeneic HCT recipients to study inpatient and outpatient direct medical costs from transplant hospitalization through first 100 days post-transplantation. Using ICD-9 procedure and diagnosis codes, we identified 3,365 patients who had received their first transplant in the United States between 2007 and 2009 (autologous-1,678, allogeneic-1,320, graft source not specified-367). The median 100-day total costs for autologous HCT were $99,899 (interquartile range [IQR], $73,914–140,555) and for allogeneic HCT were $203,026 (IQR, $141,742–316,426). The majority of costs (>75%) occurred during the initial transplant hospitalization for both autologous and allogeneic HCT recipients. Costs were greater among pediatric (≤ 20 years) compared to adult (>20 years) recipients and this difference was more pronounced with allogeneic HCT. Using a claims database representing a national HCT population, we highlight the high costs associated with autologous and allogeneic HCT. Our study lays the foundation for using claims data for future research on economic aspects of HCT. PMID:22773126

  3. Psychosocial adjustment of pediatric patients after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Felder-Puig, R; Peters, C; Matthes-Martin, S; Lamche, M; Felsberger, C; Gadner, H; Topf, R

    1999-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the psychosocial adjustment of patients who had been treated with allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) in our clinic. Selection criteria for patients were to be aged 14-30 years at the time of the follow-up, to be at least 2 years post-SCT and to have a very good knowledge of German. Among 31 eligible patients, 26 participated (84% response rate). The patients were between 15 and 27 years old and were on average 7 years (range 2-13) post-SCT. Research instruments consisted of a demographic questionnaire and various subscales of established psychological measures for which data from a sample of bone cancer survivors and population norms were available. About 35% of patients showed high levels of anxiety, 62% appeared to be extremely sensitive and vulnerable, and 35% showed strong, unfulfilled needs in their love lives. In the other domains tested (self-esteem, family and peer relationships, school/vocational performance, etc), no noticeable differences were found between the subjects and comparable populations. There was no significant association between psychosocial outcome and demographic features or clinical data. Our results suggest that patients who underwent SCT in their childhood or adolescence are at risk of developing long-term emotional or social problems. Due to the retrospective design of our study and the small sample size, no predictive factors for psychosocial distress could be identified.

  4. Stress distribution of endodontically treated teeth with titanium alloy post and carbon fiber post with different alveolar bone height: A three-dimensional finite element analysis.

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    Singh, S Vijay; Bhat, Manohar; Gupta, Saurabh; Sharma, Deepak; Satija, Harsha; Sharma, Sumeet

    2015-01-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis (FEA) on the stress distribution of endodontically treated teeth with titanium alloy post and carbon fiber post with different alveolar bone height. The 3D model was fabricated using software to represent an endodontically treated mandibular second premolar with post and restored with a full ceramic crown restoration, which was then analyzed using FEA using FEA ANSYS Workbench V13.0 (ANSYS Inc., Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A) software. The FEA showed the maximum stresses of 137.43 Mpa in dentin with alveolar bone height of 4 mm when the titanium post was used, 138.48 Mpa when carbon fiber post was used as compared to 105.91 Mpa in the model with alveolar bone height of 2 mm from the cement enamel junction (CEJ) when the titanium post was used and 107.37 Mpa when the carbon fiber post was used. Stress was observed more in alveolar bone height level of 4 mm from CEJ than 2 mm from CEJ. Stresses in the dentin were almost similar when the carbon fiber post was compared to titanium post. However, stresses in the post and the cement were much higher when titanium post was used as compared to carbon fiber post.

  5. Stress distribution of endodontically treated teeth with titanium alloy post and carbon fiber post with different alveolar bone height: A three-dimensional finite element analysis

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    Singh, S. Vijay; Bhat, Manohar; Gupta, Saurabh; Sharma, Deepak; Satija, Harsha; Sharma, Sumeet

    2015-01-01

    Objective: A three-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis (FEA) on the stress distribution of endodontically treated teeth with titanium alloy post and carbon fiber post with different alveolar bone height. Materials and Methods: The 3D model was fabricated using software to represent an endodontically treated mandibular second premolar with post and restored with a full ceramic crown restoration, which was then analyzed using FEA using FEA ANSYS Workbench V13.0 (ANSYS Inc., Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A) software. Results: The FEA showed the maximum stresses of 137.43 Mpa in dentin with alveolar bone height of 4 mm when the titanium post was used, 138.48 Mpa when carbon fiber post was used as compared to 105.91 Mpa in the model with alveolar bone height of 2 mm from the cement enamel junction (CEJ) when the titanium post was used and 107.37 Mpa when the carbon fiber post was used. Conclusions: Stress was observed more in alveolar bone height level of 4 mm from CEJ than 2 mm from CEJ. Stresses in the dentin were almost similar when the carbon fiber post was compared to titanium post. However, stresses in the post and the cement were much higher when titanium post was used as compared to carbon fiber post. PMID:26430375

  6. Post Buckling Progressive Failure Analysis of Composite Laminated Stiffened Panels

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    Anyfantis, Konstantinos N.; Tsouvalis, Nicholas G.

    2012-06-01

    The present work deals with the numerical prediction of the post buckling progressive and final failure response of stiffened composite panels based on structural nonlinear finite element methods. For this purpose, a progressive failure model (PFM) is developed and applied to predict the behaviour of an experimentally tested blade-stiffened panel found in the literature. Failure initiation and propagation is calculated, owing to the accumulation of the intralaminar failure modes induced in fibre reinforced composite materials. Hashin failure criteria have been employed in order to address the fiber and matrix failure modes in compression and tension. On the other hand, the Tsai-Wu failure criterion has been utilized for addressing shear failure. Failure detection is followed with the introduction of corresponding material degradation rules depending on the individual failure mechanisms. Failure initiation and failure propagation as well as the post buckling ultimate attained load have been numerically evaluated. Final failure behaviour of the simulated stiffened panel is due to sudden global failure, as concluded from comparisons between numerical and experimental results being in good agreement.

  7. Intradermal injections of equine allogeneic umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells are well tolerated and do not elicit immediate or delayed hypersensitivity reactions.

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    Carrade, Danielle D; Affolter, Verena K; Outerbridge, Catherine A; Watson, Johanna L; Galuppo, Larry D; Buerchler, Sabine; Kumar, Vijay; Walker, Naomi J; Borjesson, Dori L

    2011-11-01

    BACKGROUND AIMS. The use of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) to treat acute equine lesions would greatly expand equine cellular therapy options; however, the safety and antigenicity of these cells have not been well-studied. We hypothesized that equine allogeneic umbilical cord tissue (UCT)-derived MSC would not elicit acute graft rejection or a delayed-type hypersensitivity response when injected intradermally. METHODS. Six Quarterhorse yearlings received 12 intradermal injections (autologous MSC, allogeneic MSC, positive control and negative control, in triplicate) followed by the same series of 12 injections, 3-4 weeks later, at another site. Wheals were measured and palpated at 0.25, 4, 24, 48, 72 h and 7 days post-injection. Biopsies were obtained at 48 and 72 h and 7 days post-injection. Mixed leukocyte reactions were performed 1 week prior to the first injections and 3 weeks after the second injections. RESULTS. There were no adverse local or systemic responses to two intradermal injections of allogeneic MSC. MSC injection resulted in minor wheal formation, characterized by mild dermatitis, dermal edema and endothelial hyperplasia, that fully resolved by 48-72 h. No differences were noted between allogeneic and autologous MSC. The second injection of MSC did not elicit more significant physical or histomorphologic alterations compared with the first MSC injection. Neither allogeneic nor autologous UCT-derived MSC stimulated or suppressed baseline T-cell proliferation in vitro prior to or after two MSC administrations. CONCLUSIONS. Equine allogeneic UCT MSC may be safely administered intradermally on multiple occasions without eliciting a measurable cellular immune response.

  8. [Aspergillus galactomannan detection in allogenic hematopoietic cell transplantation].

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    Rovira Tarrats, Montserrat; Puig de la Bellacasa, Jorge

    2003-09-01

    Invasive aspergillosis has become the leading cause of death after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. This is partially due to the lack of a prompt diagnosis. Recently the detection of Aspergillus galactomannan antigen by means an ELISA technique in serum has been described. The objective of this study was to validate its usefulness in the allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation setting.

  9. Allogeneic cell therapy bioprocess economics and optimization: downstream processing decisions.

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    Hassan, Sally; Simaria, Ana S; Varadaraju, Hemanthram; Gupta, Siddharth; Warren, Kim; Farid, Suzanne S

    2015-01-01

    To develop a decisional tool to identify the most cost effective process flowsheets for allogeneic cell therapies across a range of production scales. A bioprocess economics and optimization tool was built to assess competing cell expansion and downstream processing (DSP) technologies. Tangential flow filtration was generally more cost-effective for the lower cells/lot achieved in planar technologies and fluidized bed centrifugation became the only feasible option for handling large bioreactor outputs. DSP bottlenecks were observed at large commercial lot sizes requiring multiple large bioreactors. The DSP contribution to the cost of goods/dose ranged between 20-55%, and 50-80% for planar and bioreactor flowsheets, respectively. This analysis can facilitate early decision-making during process development.

  10. Late-onset noninfectious interstitial lung disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Schlemmer, Frédéric; Chevret, Sylvie; Lorillon, Gwenaël; De Bazelaire, Cédric; Peffault de Latour, Régis; Meignin, Véronique; Michallet, Mauricette; Hermet, Eric; Wyplosz, Benjamin; Houdouin, Véronique; Marchand-Adam, Sylvain; Socié, Gérard; Tazi, Abdellatif; Bergeron, Anne

    2014-10-01

    Various late-onset noninfectious pulmonary complications may occur after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Interstitial lung diseases (ILD) are often overlooked, and few data are available. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical features, pulmonary function tests, radiological features and outcomes of allogeneic HSCT recipients who were diagnosed with a noninfectious ILD and were managed in our center between 2001 and 2010. Forty patients were analyzed. The median time from transplant to ILD was 11.3 months. The donor hematopoietic stem cell source was peripheral blood stem cells in 75% of the cases. Seventy percent of the patients had extra-thoracic chronic graft versus host disease at ILD diagnosis. We identified two lung computed tomography (CT) scan patterns according to the predominance of ground glass opacities or alveolar consolidations. Restrictive ventilatory defect was the main pulmonary function pattern. Lung histology was available for seven patients and showed diffuse alveolar damage, non-specific interstitial pneumonia, organizing pneumonia or lymphoid interstitial pneumonia. Thirty-five patients (87.5%) were treated with systemic steroids. Thirteen patients died (32.5%), 10 of respiratory failure. The median survival rate at 24 months was 61%. This study highlights the existence of noninfectious post-allogeneic HSCT ILD and provides new insights into the characteristics of these illnesses. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for consolidation of VGPR or CR for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma

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    Nishihori, T; Ochoa-Bayona, JL; Kim, J; Pidala, J; Shain, K; Baz, R; Sullivan, D; Jim, HS; Anasetti, C; Alsina, M

    2015-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a potentially curative approach in patients with multiple myeloma, but its use for consolidation of first remission has not yet been fully explored. Twenty-two myeloma patients with very good partial response (VGPR) or CR received allogeneic peripheral blood grafts as consolidation from HLA-matched donors between 2007 and 2012. Conditioning regimens were fludarabine (30 mg/m2 i.v. if with bortezomib and 40 mg/m2 i.v. when without bortezomib, ×4 days) plus melphalan (70 mg/m2 intravenously ×2 days) with (n = 13) or without (n = 9) bortezomib (1.3 mg/m2). The cumulative incidence of grades 2–4 acute GVHD at day 100 was 45% (95% CI: 24–65%) and moderate-to-severe chronic GVHD at 2 years was 46% (95% CI: 19–69%). With a median follow-up of 18 (range, 2–61) months, the 2-year PFS estimate is 74.8% (95% CI: 45–90%), which compares favorably with the 52% (95% CI: 35–66%) after autologous HCT for similar patients (a median follow-up of 30 (range, 9–55) months). We are conducting a phase 2 study to assess the efficacy of allogeneic HCT as post-remission therapy. PMID:23542223

  12. Autologous stem cell transplantation versus alternative allogeneic donor transplants in adult acute leukemias.

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    Claude Gorin, Norbert

    2016-04-01

    The availability of alternative sources of stem cells including most recently T-replete haploidentical marrow or peripheral blood, and the increasing use of reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC), renders feasible an allogeneic transplant to almost all patients with acute leukemia up to 70 years of age. Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) for consolidation of complete remission (CR), however, offers in some circumstances an alternative option. Although associated with a higher relapse rate, autologous transplant benefits from a lower non-relapse mortality, the absence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and a better quality of life for long-term survivors. The recent use of intravenous busulfan (IVBU) with high-dose melphalan, better monitoring of minimal residual disease (MRD), and maintenance therapy post autografting bring new interest. Few retrospective studies compared the outcome following alternative donor versus autologous transplants for remission consolidation. Genoidentical and phenoidentical allogeneic stem cell transplantations are undisputed gold standards, but there are no data showing the superiority of alternative allogeneic donor over autologous transplantation, at the time of undetectable MRD, in patients with good- and intermediate-1 risk acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) in first complete remission (CR1), acute promyelocytic leukemia in second complete remission (CR2), and Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph(+)) acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).

  13. Donor demographic and laboratory predictors of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell mobilization in an ethnically diverse population.

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    Vasu, Sumithira; Leitman, Susan F; Tisdale, John F; Hsieh, Matthew M; Childs, Richard W; Barrett, A John; Fowler, Daniel H; Bishop, Michael R; Kang, Elizabeth M; Malech, Harry L; Dunbar, Cynthia E; Khuu, Hanh M; Wesley, Robert; Yau, Yu Y; Bolan, Charles D

    2008-09-01

    A reliable estimate of peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) mobilization response to granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) may identify donors at risk for poor mobilization and help optimize transplantation approaches. We studied 639 allogeneic PBSC collections performed in 412 white, 75 black, 116 Hispanic, and 36 Asian/Pacific adult donors who were prescribed G-CSF dosed at either 10 or 16 microg/kg per day for 5 days followed by large-volume leukapheresis (LVL). Additional LVL (mean, 11 L) to collect lymphocytes for donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) and other therapies was performed before G-CSF administration in 299 of these donors. Day 5 preapheresis blood CD34(+) cell counts after mobilization were significantly lower in whites compared with blacks, Hispanics, and Asian/Pacific donors (79 vs 104, 94, and 101 cells/microL, P < .001). In addition, donors who underwent lymphapheresis before mobilization had higher CD34(+) cell counts than donors who did not (94 vs 79 cells/microL, P < .001). In multivariate analysis, higher post-G-CSF CD34(+) cell counts were most strongly associated with the total amount of G-CSF received, followed by the pre-G-CSF platelet count, pre-G-CSF mononuclear count, and performance of prior LVL for DLI collection. Age, white ethnicity, and female gender were associated with significantly lower post-G-CSF CD34(+) cell counts.

  14. A randomized control trial of a psychosocial intervention for caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients: Effects on distress

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    Laudenslager, Mark L.; Simoneau, Teri L.; Kilbourn, Kristin; Natvig, Crystal; Philips, Sam; Spradley, Janet; Benitez, Patrick; McSweeney, Peter; Mikulich-Gilbertson, Susan K.

    2015-01-01

    Caregivers of patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants (Allo-HSCT) serve a pivotal role in patient care but experience high stress, anxiety, and depression as a result. We theorized that a stress management adapted for Allo-HSCT caregivers would reduce distress compared to treatment as usual (TAU). From 267 consecutive caregivers of Allo-HSCT patients approached, 148 (mean=53.5 years, 75.7% female) were randomized to either psychosocial intervention (n=74) or TAU (n=74). Eight 1-on-1 stress management sessions delivered across the 100 day post-transplant period focused on understanding stress, changing role(s) as caregiver, cognitive behavioral stress management, pacing respiration, and identifying social support. Primary outcomes included perceived stress (psychological) and salivary cortisol awakening response (CAR) (physiological). Randomized groups were not statistically different at baseline. Mixed models analysis of covariance (intent-to-treat) showed that intervention was associated with significantly lower caregiver stress 3 months post-transplant (Mean=20.0, CI95=17.9-22.0) compared to TAU (Mean=23.0, CI95=21.0-25.0) with an effect size (ES) of 0.39 (p=0.039). Secondary psychological outcomes, including depression and anxiety, were significantly reduced with ESs of 0.46 and 0.66 respectively. Caregiver CAR did not differ from non-caregiving controls at baseline and was unchanged by intervention. Despite significant caregiving burden, this psychosocial intervention significantly mitigated distress in Allo-HSCT caregivers. PMID:25961767

  15. SUCCESSFUL FERTILITY RESTORATION AFTER ALLOGENEIC HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION

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    Gharwan, Helen; Neary, Nicola M.; Link, Mary; Hsieh, Matthew M.; Fitzhugh, Courtney D.; Sherins, Richard J.; Tisdale, John F.

    2015-01-01

    Objective Myeloablative conditioning regimens given prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) frequently cause permanent sterility in men. In patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) we use a nonmyeloablative regimen with sirolimus, alemtuzumab, and low-dose total-body irradiation (300 centigrays) with gonadal shielding preceding allogeneic HSCT. We report here the restoration of azoospermia in a patient with SCD after allogeneic HSCT. We discuss the impact of our patient’s underlying chronic medical conditions and the therapies he had received (frequent blood transfusions, iron chelating drugs, ribavirin, hydroxyurea, opioids), as well as the impact of the nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen on male gonadal function, and we review the literature on this topic. Methods We determined the patient’s reproductive hormonal values and his semen parameters before, during, and after HSCT and infertility treatment. In addition, we routinely measured his serum laboratory parameters pertinent to SCD and infertility, such as iron and ferritin levels. A karyotype analysis was performed to assess the potential presence of Klinefelter syndrome. Finally, imaging studies of the patient’s brain and testes were done to rule out further underlying pathology. Results A 42-year-old man with SCD, transfusional iron overload, and hepatitis C underwent a nonmyeloablative allogeneic HSCT. One year later he desired to father a child but was found to be azoospermic in the context of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Restoration of fertility was attempted with human chorionic gonadotropin (2,000 IU) plus human menopausal gonadotropin (75 IU follicle-stimulating hormone) injected subcutaneously 3 times weekly. Within 6 months of treatment, the patient’s serum calculated free testosterone value normalized, and his sperm count and sperm motility improved. After 10 months, he successfully initiated a pregnancy through intercourse. The pregnancy was uncomplicated, and a healthy

  16. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation for thalassemia major.

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    Mathews, Vikram; Srivastava, Alok; Chandy, Mammen

    2014-12-01

    Allogeneic stem cell transplant remains the only curative option for β-thalassemia major. In patients with good risk features it is reasonable to anticipate a greater than 90% chance of a successful transplant outcome. The conventional risk stratification system has limitations and alternative systems are being explored to better identify subsets that require innovative approaches. Several novel regimens have been evaluated to reduce treatment-related morbidity and mortality. There remain challenges in improving the clinical outcome of high-risk patients. There are limited data on the role of splenectomy before transplantation or optimal posttransplant chelation and care of these patients. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. The Symptom Experience in the First 100 Days Following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT)

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    Bevans, Margaret F.; Mitchell, Sandra A.; Marden, Susan

    2010-01-01

    Goals of Work Despite advances in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), post-transplant complications are common and patients’ symptom experience has not been well documented. Purpose To characterize the symptom experience of adult patients pre-transplantation and days 0, 30 and 100 after allogeneic HSCT. Methods Data from 76 participants enrolled in a prospective Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) study were used. Symptom occurrence, distress, and clusters were determined based on the 11 symptoms of the Symptom Distress Scale (SDS). Results Participants were on average 40 years old (SD ± 13.5). The majority (54%) received reduced intensity conditioning. Prevalent symptoms included fatigue (68%) and worry (68%) at baseline; appetite change (88%) at day 0; and fatigue at days 30 (90%) and 100 (81%). Participants reported the following symptoms as severely distressing: worry (16%) [baseline], insomnia (32%) [Day 0], appetite change (22%) [Day 30] and fatigue (11%) [Day 100]. The total SDS score was highest at day 0 (M = 26.6 ± 7.6) when the highest number of symptoms were reported [Mdn = 8 (1 - 11)]. Symptoms formed clusters comprised of fatigue, appearance change, and worry at baseline, and fatigue, insomnia and bowel changes at days 0 and 30. Compared to those with low symptom distress, participants with moderate/severe symptom distress reported poorer HRQL. Conclusion Allogeneic HSCT patients present for transplantation with low symptom distress yet experience multiple symptoms and high symptom distress after HSCT conditioning. Understanding the symptom experience of allogeneic HSCT patients can guide management strategies and improve HRQL. PMID:18322708

  18. Risk for Clostridium difficile Infection After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Remains Elevated in the Postengraftment Period

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    Dubberke, Erik R.; Reske, Kimberly A.; Olsen, Margaret A.; Bommarito, Kerry M.; Seiler, Sondra; Silveira, Fernanda P.; Chiller, Tom M.; DiPersio, John; Fraser, Victoria J.

    2017-01-01

    Background Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a frequent cause of diarrhea among allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients. It is unknown whether risk factors for CDI vary by time posttransplant. Methods We performed a 3-year prospective cohort study of CDI in allogeneic HCT recipients. Participants were enrolled during their transplant hospitalizations. Clinical assessments were performed weekly during hospitalizations and for 12 weeks posttransplant, and monthly for 30 months thereafter. Data were collected through patient interviews and chart review, and included CDI diagnosis, demographics, transplant characteristics, medications, infections, and outcomes. CDI cases were included if they occurred within 1 year of HCT and were stratified by time from transplant. Multivariable logistic regression was used to determine risk factors for CDI. Results One hundred eighty-seven allogeneic HCT recipients were enrolled, including 63 (34%) patients who developed CDI. 38 (60%) CDI cases occurred during the preengraftment period (days 0-30 post-HCT) and 25 (40%) postengraftment (day >30). Lack of any preexisting comorbid disease was significantly associated with lower risk of CDI preengraftment (odds ratio [OR], 0.3; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.1-0.9). Relapsed underlying disease (OR, 6.7; 95% CI, 1.3-33.1), receipt of any high-risk antimicrobials (OR, 11.8; 95% CI, 2.9-47.8), and graft-versus-host disease (OR, 7.8; 95% CI, 2.0-30.2) were significant independent risk factors for CDI postengraftment. Conclusions A large portion of CDI cases occurred during the postengraftment period in allogeneic HCT recipients, suggesting that surveillance for CDI should continue beyond the transplant hospitalization and preengraftment period. Patients with continued high underlying severity of illness were at increased risk of CDI postengraftment. PMID:28405601

  19. Trends in Post-mastectomy Reconstruction: A SEER Database Analysis

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    Lang, Julie E.; Summers, Danielle E.; Cui, Haiyan; Carey, Joseph N.; Viscusi, Rebecca K.; Hurst, Craig A.; Waer, Amy L.; Ley, Michele L B.; Sener, Stephen F.; Vijayasekaran, Aparna

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives This study was performed to investigate recent trends and factors associated with immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) using a large population-based registry. We hypothesized that rates of IBR have increased since passage of the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. Methods The SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results) database was used to evaluate Stage I–III breast cancer (BC) patients who underwent total mastectomy from 1998–2008. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to study predictors of IBR. Results Of 112,348 patients with BC treated by mastectomy, 18,001 (16%) had IBR. Rates of IBR increased significantly from 1998–2008 (p<0.0001). Use of IBR significantly decreased as patient age increased (p<0.0001), as stage increased (p<0.0001), and as the number of positive lymph nodes increased (p<0.0001). Estrogen receptor +/progesterone receptor + (ER+/PR+) patients had significantly higher IBR rates than ER−/PR− patients (p<0.0001). IBR was used in 3615 of 25,823 (14.0%) of patients having post-mastectomy radiation (XRT) and in 14,188 of 86,513 (16.4%) of those not having XRT (p<0.0001). Conclusions The utilization of IBR has increased significantly over the last decade. IBR was found to be significantly associated with age, race, geographical region, stage, ER, grade, LN status, and XRT (p<0.0001). PMID:23861196

  20. Orion Exploration Flight Test Post-Flight Inspection and Analysis

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    Miller, J. E.; Berger, E. L.; Bohl, W. E.; Christiansen, E. L.; Davis, B. A.; Deighton, K. D.; Enriquez, P. A.; Garcia, M. A.; Hyde, J. L.; Oliveras, O. M.

    2017-01-01

    The multipurpose crew vehicle, Orion, is being designed and built for NASA to handle the rigors of crew launch, sustainment and return from scientific missions beyond Earth orbit. In this role, the Orion vehicle is meant to operate in the space environments like the naturally occurring meteoroid and the artificial orbital debris environments (MMOD) with successful atmospheric reentry at the conclusion of the flight. As a result, Orion's reentry module uses durable porous, ceramic tiles on almost thirty square meters of exposed surfaces to accomplish both of these functions. These durable, non-ablative surfaces maintain their surface profile through atmospheric reentry; thus, they preserve any surface imperfections that occur prior to atmospheric reentry. Furthermore, Orion's launch abort system includes a shroud that protects the thermal protection system while awaiting launch and during ascent. The combination of these design features and a careful pre-flight inspection to identify any manufacturing imperfections results in a high confidence that damage to the thermal protection system identified post-flight is due to the in-flight solid particle environments. These favorable design features of Orion along with the unique flight profile of the first exploration flight test of Orion (EFT-1) have yielded solid particle environment measurements that have never been obtained before this flight.

  1. Trends in post-mastectomy reconstruction: a SEER database analysis.

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    Lang, Julie E; Summers, Danielle E; Cui, Haiyan; Carey, Joseph N; Viscusi, Rebecca K; Hurst, Craig A; Waer, Amy L; Ley, Michele L B; Sener, Stephen F; Vijayasekaran, Aparna

    2013-09-01

    This study was performed to investigate recent trends and factors associated with immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) using a large population-based registry. We hypothesized that rates of IBR have increased since passage of the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. The SEER (surveillance, epidemiology and end results) database was used to evaluate Stage I-III breast cancer (BC) patients who underwent total mastectomy from 1998 to 2008. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to study predictors of IBR. Of 112,348 patients with BC treated by mastectomy 18,001 (16%) had IBR. Rates of IBR increased significantly from 1998 to 2008 (P < 0.0001). Use of IBR significantly decreased as patient age increased (P < 0.0001), as stage increased (P < 0.0001), and as the number of positive lymph nodes increased (P < 0.0001). Estrogen receptor+/progesterone receptor+ (ER+/PR+) patients had significantly higher IBR rates than ER-/PR-patients (P < 0.0001). IBR was used in 3,615 of 25,823 (14.0%) of patients having post-mastectomy radiation (XRT) and in 14,188 of 86,513 (16.4%) of those not having XRT (P < 0.0001). The utilization of IBR has increased significantly over the last decade. IBR was found to be significantly associated with age, race, geographical region, stage, ER, grade, LN status, and XRT (P < 0.0001). Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Allogenicity & immunogenicity in regenerative stem cell therapy

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    Charron, Dominique

    2013-01-01

    The development of regenerative medicine relies in part on the capacity of stem cells to differentiate into specialized cell types and reconstitute tissues and organs. The origin of the stem cells matters. While autologous cells were initially the preferred ones the need for “off the shelf” cells is becoming prevalent. These cells will be immediately available and they originate from young non diseased individuals. However their allogenicity can be viewed as a limitation to their use. Recent works including our own show that allogenicity of stem cell can be viewed as on one hand detrimental leading to their elimination and on the other hand beneficial through a paracrine effect that can induce a local tissue regenerative effect from endogenous stem cells. Also their immune modulatory capacity can be harnessed to favor regeneration. Therefore the immune phenotype of stem cells is an important criteria to be considered before their clinical use. Immuno monitoring of the consequences of their in vivo injection needs to be taken into account. Transplantation immunology knowledge will be instrumental to enable the development of safe personalized regenerative stem cell therapy. PMID:24434327

  3. Allogenicity & immunogenicity in regenerative stem cell therapy.

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    Charron, Dominique

    2013-11-01

    The development of regenerative medicine relies in part on the capacity of stem cells to differentiate into specialized cell types and reconstitute tissues and organs. The origin of the stem cells matters. While autologous cells were initially the preferred ones the need for "off the shelf" cells is becoming prevalent. These cells will be immediately available and they originate from young non diseased individuals. However their allogenicity can be viewed as a limitation to their use. Recent works including our own show that allogenicity of stem cell can be viewed as on one hand detrimental leading to their elimination and on the other hand beneficial through a paracrine effect that can induce a local tissue regenerative effect from endogenous stem cells. Also their immune modulatory capacity can be harnessed to favor regeneration. Therefore the immune phenotype of stem cells is an important criteria to be considered before their clinical use. Immuno monitoring of the consequences of their in vivo injection needs to be taken into account. Transplantation immunology knowledge will be instrumental to enable the development of safe personalized regenerative stem cell therapy.

  4. Solid cancers after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation

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    Curtis, Rochelle E.; Socié, Gérard; Sobocinski, Kathleen A.; Gilbert, Ethel; Landgren, Ola; Travis, Lois B.; Travis, William D.; Flowers, Mary E. D.; Friedman, Debra L.; Horowitz, Mary M.; Wingard, John R.; Deeg, H. Joachim

    2009-01-01

    Transplant recipients have been reported to have an increased risk of solid cancers but most studies are small and have limited ability to evaluate the interaction of host, disease, and treatment-related factors. In the largest study to date to evaluate risk factors for solid cancers, we studied a multi-institutional cohort of 28 874 allogeneic transplant recipients with 189 solid malignancies. Overall, patients developed new solid cancers at twice the rate expected based on general population rates (observed-to-expected ratio 2.1; 95% confidence interval 1.8-2.5), with the risk increasing over time (P trend < .001); the risk reached 3-fold among patients followed for 15 years or more after transplantation. New findings showed that the risk of developing a non–squamous cell carcinoma (non-SCC) following conditioning radiation was highly dependent on age at exposure. Among patients irradiated at ages under 30 years, the relative risk of non-SCC was 9 times that of nonirradiated patients, while the comparable risk for older patients was 1.1 (P interaction < .01). Chronic graft-versus-host disease and male sex were the main determinants for risk of SCC. These data indicate that allogeneic transplant survivors, particularly those irradiated at young ages, face increased risks of solid cancers, supporting strategies to promote lifelong surveillance among these patients. PMID:18971419

  5. Solid cancers after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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    Rizzo, J Douglas; Curtis, Rochelle E; Socié, Gérard; Sobocinski, Kathleen A; Gilbert, Ethel; Landgren, Ola; Travis, Lois B; Travis, William D; Flowers, Mary E D; Friedman, Debra L; Horowitz, Mary M; Wingard, John R; Deeg, H Joachim

    2009-01-29

    Transplant recipients have been reported to have an increased risk of solid cancers but most studies are small and have limited ability to evaluate the interaction of host, disease, and treatment-related factors. In the largest study to date to evaluate risk factors for solid cancers, we studied a multi-institutional cohort of 28 874 allogeneic transplant recipients with 189 solid malignancies. Overall, patients developed new solid cancers at twice the rate expected based on general population rates (observed-to-expected ratio 2.1; 95% confidence interval 1.8-2.5), with the risk increasing over time (P trend < .001); the risk reached 3-fold among patients followed for 15 years or more after transplantation. New findings showed that the risk of developing a non-squamous cell carcinoma (non-SCC) following conditioning radiation was highly dependent on age at exposure. Among patients irradiated at ages under 30 years, the relative risk of non-SCC was 9 times that of nonirradiated patients, while the comparable risk for older patients was 1.1 (P interaction < .01). Chronic graft-versus-host disease and male sex were the main determinants for risk of SCC. These data indicate that allogeneic transplant survivors, particularly those irradiated at young ages, face increased risks of solid cancers, supporting strategies to promote lifelong surveillance among these patients.

  6. Toll-like receptor polymorphisms in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

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    Kornblit, Brian; Enevold, Christian; Wang, Tao; Spellman, Stephen; Haagenson, Mike; Lee, Stephanie J; Müller, Klaus

    2015-02-01

    To assess the impact of the genetic variation in toll-like receptors (TLRs) on outcome after allogeneic myeloablative conditioning hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), we investigated 29 single nucleotide polymorphisms across 10 TLRs in 816 patients and donors. Only donor genotype of TLR8 rs3764879, which is located on the X chromosome, was significantly associated with outcome at the Bonferroni-corrected level P ≤ .001. Male hemizygosity and female homozygosity for the minor allele were significantly associated with disease-free survival (hazard ratio [HR], 1.47 [95% confidence interval {CI}, 1.16 to 1.85]; P = .001). Further analysis stratified by donor sex due to confounding by sex was suggestive for associations with overall survival (male donor: HR, 1.41 [95% CI, 1.09 to 1.83], P = .010; female donor: HR, 2.78 [95% CI, 1.43 to 5.41], P = .003), disease-free survival (male donor: HR, 1.45 [95% CI, 1.12 to 1.87], P = .005; female donor: HR, 2.34 [95% CI, 1.18 to 4.65], P = .015), and treatment-related mortality (male donor: HR, 1.49 [95% CI, 1.09 to 2.04], P = .012; female donor: HR, 3.12 [95% CI, 1.44 to 6.74], P = .004). In conclusion, our findings suggest that the minor allele of TLR8 rs3764879 of the donor is associated with outcome after myeloablative conditioned allogeneic HCT.

  7. Toll like receptor polymorphisms in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation

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    Kornblit, Brian; Enevold, Christian; Wang, Tao; Spellman, Stephen; Haagenson, Mike; Lee, Stephanie J; Müller, Klaus

    2014-01-01

    To assess the impact of the genetic variation in toll-like receptors (TLR) on outcome after allogeneic myeloablative conditioning hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) we have investigated 29 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) across 10 TLRs in 816 patients and donors. Only donor genotype of TLR8 rs3764879, which is located on the X chromosome, was significantly associated with outcome at the Bonferroni corrected level P≤0.001. Male hemizygosity and female homozygosity for the minor allele were significantly associated with disease free survival (DFS) (hazard ratio (HR) 1.47 (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.16–1.85); P=0.001). Further analysis stratified by donor sex due to confounding by sex, was suggestive for associations with overall survival (male donor: HR 1.41 (95% CI 1.09–1.83), P=0.010); female donor: (HR 2.78 (95% CI 1.43–5.41), P=0.003), DFS (male donor: HR 1.45 (95% CI 1.12–1.87), P=0.005; female donor: HR 2.34 (95% CI 1.18–4.65), P=0.015) and treatment related mortality (male donor: HR 1.49 (95% CI 1.09–2.04), P=0.012; female donor: HR 3.12 (95% CI 1.44–6.74), P=0.004). In conclusion our findings suggest that the minor allele of TLR8 rs3764879 of the donor is associated with outcome after myeloablative conditioned allogeneic HCT. PMID:25464115

  8. Prospective Analysis of Risk Factors Related to Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Deployed United States Navy Personnel

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    2011-03-28

    34Prospective Analysis of Risk Factors Related to Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Deployed United States Navy Personnel" Name of...Risk Factors Related to Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Deployed United States...Dissertation: Prospective Analysis of Risk Factors Related to Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Deployed United States Navy Personnel

  9. Analysis and experiments of a waveguide post's influence on photocathode RF gun

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    Qian, Houjun; Tang, Chuanxiang; Zheng, Shuxin; Tong, Dechun; Chen, Huaibi; Huang, Wenhui; Guan, Xin

    2008-12-01

    Several BNL/KEK/SHI type photocathode RF guns have been fabricated for high-quality electron beams in Accelerator Laboratory of Tsinghua University. This paper describes how the characteristics of a waveguide post can be chosen to correct for a mismatch in power coupling without affecting the pi-mode resonant frequency and the balance of fields between the two cells. Microwave circuit theories are used to analyze how to select the proper location and depth of the waveguide post. The tolerance on the post positioning is evaluated based on gun field quality requirements. MAFIA simulations and RF experiments have been done to confirm the theoretical analysis.

  10. G-CSF and Exenatide Might Be Associated with Increased Long-Term Survival of Allogeneic Pancreatic Islet Grafts

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    Peixoto, Eduardo; Messinger, Shari; Mantero, Alejandro; Padilla-Téllez, Nathalia D.; Baidal, David A.; Alejandro, Rodolfo; Ricordi, Camillo; Inverardi, Luca

    2016-01-01

    Background Allogeneic human islet transplantation is an effective therapy for the treatment of patients with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The low number of islet transplants performed worldwide and the different transplantation protocols used limit the identification of the most effective therapeutic options to improve the efficacy of this approach. Methods We present a retrospective analysis on the data collected from 44 patients with T1D who underwent islet transplantation at our institute between 2000 and 2007. Several variables were included: recipient demographics and immunological characteristics, donor and transplant characteristics, induction protocols, and additional medical treatment received. Immunosuppression was induced with anti-CD25 (Daclizumab), alone or in association with anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) treatments (Etanercept or Infliximab), or with anti-CD52 (Alemtuzumab) in association with anti-TNF-α treatments (Etanercept or Infliximab). Subsets of patients were treated with Filgrastim for moderate/severe neutropenia and/or Exenatide for post prandial hyperglycemia. Results The analysis performed indicates a negative association between graft survival (c-peptide level ≥ 0.3 ng/ml) and islet infusion volume, with the caveat that, the progressive reduction of infusion volumes over the years has been paralleled by improved immunosuppressive protocols. A positive association is instead suggested between graft survival and administration of Exenatide and Filgrastim, alone or in combination. Conclusion This retrospective analysis may be of assistance to further improve long-term outcomes of protocols for transplant of islets and other organs. PMID:27285580

  11. Non-myeloablative conditioning with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for the treatment of high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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    Ram, Ron; Storb, Rainer; Sandmaier, Brenda M.; Maloney, David G.; Woolfrey, Ann; Flowers, Mary E. D.; Maris, Michael B.; Laport, Ginna G.; Chauncey, Thomas R.; Lange, Thoralf; Langston, Amelia A.; Storer, Barry; Georges, George E.

    2011-01-01

    Background Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is a potentially curative treatment for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. However, the majority of older adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia are not candidates for myeloablative conditioning regimens. A non-myeloablative preparative regimen is a reasonable treatment option for this group. We sought to determine the outcome of non-myeloablative conditioning and allogeneic transplantation in patients with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Design and Methods Fifty-one patients (median age 56 years) underwent allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation from sibling or unrelated donors after fludarabine and 2 Gray total body irradiation. Twenty-five patients had Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Eighteen of these patients received post-grafting imatinib. Results With a median follow-up of 43 months, the 3-year overall survival was 34%. The 3-year relapse/progression and non-relapse mortality rates were 40% and 28%, respectively. The cumulative incidences of grades II and III-IV acute graft-versus-host disease were 53% and 6%, respectively. The cumulative incidence of chronic graft-versus-host disease was 44%. Hematopoietic cell transplantation in first complete remission and post-grafting imatinib were associated with improved survival (P=0.005 and P=0.03, respectively). Three-year overall survival rates for patients with Philadelphia-negative acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first remission and beyond first remission were 52% and 8%, respectively. For patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first remission who received post-grafting imatinib, the 3-year overall survival rate was 62%; for the subgroup without evidence of minimal residual disease at transplantation, the overall survival was 73%. Conclusions For patients with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission, non-myeloablative conditioning and

  12. MITG post-test analysis and design improvements

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    Schock, A.

    1983-01-01

    The design, performance analysis, and key attributes of the Modular Isotopic Thermoelectric Generator (MITG) were described in a 1981 IECEC paper; and the design, fabrication, and testing of prototypical MITG test assemblies were described in preceding papers in these proceedings. Each test assembly simulated a typical modular slice of the flight generator. The present paper describes a detailed thermal-stress analysis, which identified the causes of stress-related problems observed during the tests. It then describes how additional analyses were used to evaluate design changes to alleviate those problems. Additional design improvements are discussed in the next paper in these proceedings, which also describes revised fabrication procedures and updated performance estimates for the generator.

  13. Analysis of cost regression and post-accident absence

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    Wojciech, Drozd

    2017-07-01

    The article presents issues related with costs of work safety. It proves the thesis that economic aspects cannot be overlooked in effective management of occupational health and safety and that adequate expenditures on safety can bring tangible benefits to the company. Reliable analysis of this problem is essential for the description the problem of safety the work. In the article attempts to carry it out using the procedures of mathematical statistics [1, 2, 3].

  14. A phase I clinical study of vaccination of melanoma patients with dendritic cells loaded with allogeneic apoptotic/necrotic melanoma cells. Analysis of toxicity and immune response to the vaccine and of IL-10 -1082 promoter genotype as predictor of disease progression

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    von Euw, Erika M; Barrio, María M; Furman, David; Levy, Estrella M; Bianchini, Michele; Peguillet, Isabelle; Lantz, Olivier; Vellice, Alejandra; Kohan, Abraham; Chacón, Matías; Yee, Cassian; Wainstok, Rosa; Mordoh, José

    2008-01-01

    Background Sixteen melanoma patients (1 stage IIC, 8 stage III, and 7 stage IV) were treated in a Phase I study with a vaccine (DC/Apo-Nec) composed of autologous dendritic cells (DCs) loaded with a mixture of apoptotic/necrotic allogeneic melanoma cell lines (Apo-Nec), to evaluate toxicity and immune responses. Also, IL-10 1082 genotype was analyzed in an effort to predict disease progression. Methods PBMC were obtained after leukapheresis and DCs were generated from monocytes cultured in the presence of GM-CSF and IL-4 in serum-free medium. Immature DCs were loaded with gamma-irradiated Apo-Nec cells and injected id without adjuvant. Cohorts of four patients were given four vaccines each with 5, 10, 15, or 20 × 106 DC/Apo-Nec cell per vaccine, two weeks apart. Immune responses were measured by ELISpot and tetramer analysis. Il-10 genotype was measured by PCR and corroborated by IL-10 production by stimulated PBMC. Results Immature DCs efficiently phagocytosed melanoma Apo-Nec cells and matured after phagocytosis as evidenced by increased expression of CD83, CD80, CD86, HLA class I and II, and 75.2 ± 16% reduction in Dextran-FITC endocytosis. CCR7 was also up-regulated upon Apo-Nec uptake in DCs from all patients, and accordingly DC/Apo-Nec cells were able to migrate in vitro toward MIP-3 beta. The vaccine was well tolerated in all patients. The DTH score increased significantly in all patients after the first vaccination (Mann-Whitney Test, p < 0.05). The presence of CD8+T lymphocytes specific to gp100 and Melan A/MART-1 Ags was determined by ELISpot and tetramer analysis in five HLA-A*0201 patients before and after vaccination; one patient had stable elevated levels before and after vaccination; two increased their CD8 + levels, one had stable moderate and one had negligible levels. The analysis of IL-10 promoter -1082 polymorphism in the sixteen patients showed a positive correlation between AA genotype, accompanied by lower in vitro IL-10 production by

  15. Moving beyond Univariate Post-Hoc Testing in Exercise Science: A Primer on Descriptive Discriminate Analysis

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    Barton, Mitch; Yeatts, Paul E.; Henson, Robin K.; Martin, Scott B.

    2016-01-01

    There has been a recent call to improve data reporting in kinesiology journals, including the appropriate use of univariate and multivariate analysis techniques. For example, a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) with univariate post hocs and a Bonferroni correction is frequently used to investigate group differences on multiple dependent…

  16. Moving beyond Univariate Post-Hoc Testing in Exercise Science: A Primer on Descriptive Discriminate Analysis

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    Barton, Mitch; Yeatts, Paul E.; Henson, Robin K.; Martin, Scott B.

    2016-01-01

    There has been a recent call to improve data reporting in kinesiology journals, including the appropriate use of univariate and multivariate analysis techniques. For example, a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) with univariate post hocs and a Bonferroni correction is frequently used to investigate group differences on multiple dependent…

  17. Persistent poor long-term prognosis of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients surviving invasive aspergillosis

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    Salmeron, Géraldine; Porcher, Raphaël; Bergeron, Anne; Robin, Marie; de Latour, Régis Peffault; Ferry, Christèle; Rocha, Vanderson; Petropoulou, Anna; Xhaard, Aliénor; Lacroix, Claire; Sulahian, Annie; Socié, Gérard; Ribaud, Patricia

    2012-01-01

    Background Voriconazole treatment increases early survival of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients with invasive aspergillosis. We investigated whether this survival advantage translates into an increased long-term survival. Design and Methods This retrospective study involved all patients with an invasive aspergillosis diagnosis transplanted between September 1997 and December 2008, at the Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris, France. The primary end point was survival up to 36 months. Survival analysis before and after 12 weeks, as well as cumulative incidence analysis in a competing risk framework, were used to assess the effect of voriconazole treatment and other factors on mortality. Results Among 87 patients, 42 received first-line voriconazole and 45 received another antifungal agent. Median survival time was 2.6 months and survival rate at 36 months was 18%. Overall, there was a significant difference in the survival rates of the two groups. Specifically, there was a dramatic difference in survival rates up to ten months post-aspergillosis diagnosis but no significant difference after this time. Over the first 36 months as a whole, no significant difference in survival rate was observed between the two groups. First-line voriconazole significantly reduced aspergillosis-attributable mortality. However, first-line voriconazole patients experienced a significantly higher probability of death from a non-aspergillosis-attributable cause. Conclusions Although the prognosis for invasive aspergillosis after stem cell transplantation has dramatically improved with the use of voriconazole, this major advance in care does not translate into increased long-term survival for these severely immunocompromised patients. PMID:22371177

  18. Finite element analysis of weakened roots restored with composite resin and posts.

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    Coelho, Carla Santina de Miranda; Biffi, João Carlos Gabrielli; Silva, Gisele Rodrigues da; Abrahão, Anthony; Campos, Roberto Elias; Soares, Carlos José

    2009-11-01

    Finite element analysis (FEA) was used to investigate the influence of different post systems on the stress distribution of weakened teeth under oblique-load application. A maxillary central incisor root obtained from a sound tooth was weakened by partial removal of dentin inside the root canal. Seven two-dimensional numerical models, one from the sound tooth and six from the weakened root restored with composite resin and post systems were created as follows - ST: sound tooth; CPC: cast CuAl post and core; SSP: stainless steel post + composite core; GP: fiberglass + composite core; CP: carbon fiber + composite core; ZP: zirconium dioxide post + composite core; TP: titanium post + composite core. The numerical models were considered to be restored with a leucite-reinforced all-ceramic crown and received a 45 masculine occlusal load (10 N) on the lingual surface.All the materials and structures were considered linear elastic, homogeneous, and isotropic, with the exception of fiberglass and carbon fiber posts which assumed orthotropic behavior. The numerical models were plotted and meshed with isoparametric elements, and the results were analyzed using von Mises and Sy stress criteria. When compared with the sound tooth, FEA revealed differences in stress distribution when post systems were used. Among the restored teeth, the use of CPC, SSP, ZP, and TP resulted in higher stress concentration in the post itself when compared to GP and CP. Therefore, results from the FEA images suggested that the use of non-metallic post systems could result in improved mechanical behavior for the weakened restored teeth.

  19. Autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in follicular lymphoma.

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    Bhatt, V R; Armitage, J O

    2016-01-01

    High-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) improve survival in follicular lymphoma; however, relapse remains the most common cause of death. The lower risk of relapse with allogeneic SCT (alloSCT) is offset by a high transplant-related mortality (TRM). English articles indexed in the MEDLINE database were reviewed to discuss the role of graft purging, rituximab maintenance after ASCT, reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) alloSCT, T-cell depletion, donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) and alternate donor sources. Optimal salvage consolidation strategy may utilize ASCT following non-total body irradiation-based conditioning regimen in second remission. Rituximab maintenance after ASCT may improve molecular remission but is not yet shown to improve overall survival. RIC alloSCT permits its use in older and less-fit patients. Studies with T-cell depleted graft failed to reduce TRM despite a decline in graft-versus-host disease; however, these studies did demonstrate a therapeutic role of DLI in post-transplant relapses. In recent years, haploidentical and umbilical cord blood donors have emerged as alternative donor sources, with outcomes comparable to matched unrelated donor SCT. In the future, incorporation of novel therapeutic agents, improved risk-adapted treatment strategies, and advancement of transplant techniques may provide a better chance of survival.

  20. Hypomethylating agents after allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation

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    Rautenberg, Christina; Haas, Rainer; Kobbe, Guido

    2016-01-01

    Allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is a potentially curative treatment for patients with myeloid malignancies such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), but relapse remains the major cause of treatment failure. So far, therapeutic options for patients with AML or MDS who relapse after allo-SCT generally consisted of palliative care, low-dose or intensive chemotherapy as well as cellular therapies such as donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) and second transplantation in selected cases. Nevertheless, the prognosis of patients with myeloid malignancies relapsing after allo-SCT remains dismal therefore asking for novel treatment strategies. Considering their well-balanced profile of good efficacy and moderate toxicity in the non-transplant setting, the hypomethylating agents (HMA) azacitidine (Aza) and decitabine (DAC) have also been tested either alone or in combination with DLI in the post-transplant period. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the use of these two HMA as pre-emptive, salvage or consolidation therapy mostly retrieved from retrospective studies but also from a few prospective trials. Within this review, we also comment on some practical issues such as optimal dose and schedule, the choice of HMA candidates and the role of additional cellular interventions. Finally, we also give an overview on the assumed mode of actions, ongoing research, clinical studies and potential combination partners aiming to improve this treatment approach. PMID:28066786

  1. Practical post-calibration uncertainty analysis: Yucca Mountain, Nevada, USA

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    James, S. C.; Doherty, J.; Eddebbarh, A.

    2009-12-01

    The values of parameters in a groundwater flow model govern the precision of predictions of future system behavior. Predictive precision, thus, typically depends on an ability to infer values of system properties from historical measurements through calibration. When such data are scarce, or when their information content with respect to parameters that are most relevant to predictions of interest is weak, predictive uncertainty may be high, even if the model is “calibrated.” Recent advances help recognize this condition, quantitatively evaluate predictive uncertainty, and suggest a path toward improved predictive accuracy by identifying sources of predictive uncertainty and by determining what observations will most effectively reduce this uncertainty. We demonstrate linear and nonlinear predictive error/uncertainty analyses as applied to a groundwater flow model of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, the US’s proposed site for disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Both of these types uncertainty analysis are readily implemented as an adjunct to model calibration with medium to high parameterization density. Linear analysis yields contributions made by each parameter to a prediction’s uncertainty and the worth of different observations, both existing and yet-to-be-gathered, toward reducing this uncertainty. Nonlinear analysis provides more accurate characterization of the uncertainty of model predictions while yielding their (approximate) probability distribution functions. This paper applies the above methods to a prediction of specific discharge and confirms the uncertainty bounds on specific discharge supplied in the Yucca Mountain Project License Application. Furthermore, Monte Carlo simulations confirm that hydrogeologic units thought to be flow barriers have probability distributions skewed toward lower permeabilities.

  2. Prediction of hospital failure: a post-PPS analysis.

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    Gardiner, L R; Oswald, S L; Jahera, J S

    1996-01-01

    This study investigates the ability of discriminant analysis to provide accurate predictions of hospital failure. Using data from the period following the introduction of the Prospective Payment System, we developed discriminant functions for each of two hospital ownership categories: not-for-profit and proprietary. The resulting discriminant models contain six and seven variables, respectively. For each ownership category, the variables represent four major aspects of financial health (liquidity, leverage, profitability, and efficiency) plus county marketshare and length of stay. The proportion of closed hospitals misclassified as open one year before closure does not exceed 0.05 for either ownership type. Our results show that discriminant functions based on a small set of financial and nonfinancial variables provide the capability to predict hospital failure reliably for both not-for-profit and proprietary hospitals.

  3. An analysis of post-event processing in social anxiety disorder.

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    Brozovich, Faith; Heimberg, Richard G

    2008-07-01

    Research has demonstrated that self-focused thoughts and negative affect have a reciprocal relationship [Mor, N., Winquist, J. (2002). Self-focused attention and negative affect: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 128, 638-662]. In the anxiety disorder literature, post-event processing has emerged as a specific construction of repetitive self-focused thoughts that pertain to social anxiety disorder. Post-event processing can be defined as an individual's repeated consideration and potential reconstruction of his performance following a social situation. Post-event processing can also occur when an individual anticipates a social or performance event and begins to brood about other, past social experiences. The present review examined the post-event processing literature in an attempt to organize and highlight the significant results. The methodologies employed to study post-event processing have included self-report measures, daily diaries, social or performance situations created in the laboratory, and experimental manipulations of post-event processing or anticipation of an upcoming event. Directions for future research on post-event processing are discussed.

  4. Radionuclide fourier amplitude analysis to predict post-aneurysmectomy ejection fraction

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    McCarthy, D.M.; Kleaveland, J.P.; Makler, P.T. Jr.; Alavi, A.

    1984-01-01

    Post-operative LV ejection fraction (EF) is an important determinant of outcome following aneurysmectomy but is difficult to predict noninvasively. First harmonic Fourier analysis of radionuclide angiography (RNA) in patients with aneurysms gives characteristic phase and amplitude images which delineate contractile and dyskinetic regions. Since pixel amplitude is proportional to stroke counts, the summed amplitude values from the contractile region (CR) and the aneurysm should reflect regional stroke volumes. A predicted post-operative LVEF may be determined from the pre-operative global LVEF and the proportion of the total amplitude located in the CR. The authors studied 19 patients undergoing LV aneurysmectomy with pre- and post-operative RNA. Three patients were excluded for technical reasons, leaving 16 patients for analysis. There were 13 males, and the mean age was 56.8 yrs (range 45-78). All patients had a history of anterior myocardial infarction and were undergoing surgery for recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia. The global LVEF increased from 0.25 +- .13 (sd) pre-operatively to 0.38+-.11 following surgery (p<.001). The predicted post-operative LVEF (from amplitude analysis of the pre-operative RNA) averaged 0.35 +- .13 and correlated significantly with the actual post-operative LVEf (r=0.87, SEE=.06, p<.01). The results suggest that the LVEF following aneurysmectomy can be predicted from Fourier amplitude analysis of the pre-operative RNA.

  5. Three-dimensional finite element analysis of the stress distribution in the endodontically treated maxillary central incisor by glass fiber post and dentin post

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    Memon, Sarfaraz; Mehta, Sonal; Malik, Salim; Nirmal, Narendra; Sharma, Deeksha; Arora, Himanshu

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: From the point of dental practice, the restoration of endodontically treated teeth has become an important aspect as it involves a range of treatment options of variable complexity. Restoring teeth with insufficient coronal tooth structure, it is always indicated to use the post to retain a core for definitive restoration. Fiber post has a modulus of elasticity in analogs to dentin structure, thus reducing the stress areas at the dowel dentin interface. However, the only material that can substantiate all these properties can be none other than dentin itself. Materials and Methodology: Three-dimensional (3D) models of the maxillary central incisor were developed incorporating all the nonlinearities. Continuum 3D elements were used in three dimensions. Maxillary central incisor was laser scanned, duplicated with the help of reverse engineering into STL format, and it was converted into 3D model for finite element analysis (FEA). For the model, fixed boundary conditions were applied at the outer bone, while 100 N static vertical occlusal loads were prescribed at 135° on the loading component of the simulated tooth. The stress distribution was evaluated using dentin and fiber post with prescribed materials, loading and boundary conditions in endontically treated teeth by 3D FEA. Results: The analysis for von Misses stress for dentin post showed that the stress in the dentin post at the cervical area was 127 MPa. The displacement in the dentin post was <0.025 mm. Von Misses stress for the fiber post at the cervical area was approximately 182 MPa and the displacement was <0.035 mm. Conclusion: The FEA results showed that the stress in the cervical area of the dentin was more for fiber post when compared to dentin post, and maximum displacement values were less for dentin post in comparison to fiber post. PMID:27134431

  6. Post-column labeling techniques in amino acid analysis by liquid chromatography.

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    Rigas, Pantelis G

    2013-10-01

    Amino acid analysis (AAA) has always presented an analytical challenge in terms of sample preparation, separation, and detection. Because of the vast number of amino acids, various separation methods have been applied taking into consideration the large differences in their chemical structures, which span from nonpolar to highly polar side chains. Numerous separation methods have been developed in the past 60 years, and impressive achievements have been made in the fields of separation, derivatization, and detection of amino acids (AAs). Among the separation methods, liquid chromatography (LC) prevailed in the AAA field using either pre-column or post-column labeling techniques in order to improve either separation of AAs or selectivity and sensitivity of AAA. Of the two approaches, the post-column technique is a more rugged and reproducible method and provides excellent AAs separation relatively free from interferences. This review considers current separations combined with post-column labeling techniques for AAA, comparison with the pre-column methods, and the strategies used to develop effective post-column methodology. The focus of the article is on LC methods coupled with post-column labeling techniques and studying the reactions to achieve optimum post-column derivatization (PCD) conditions in order to increase sensitivity and selectivity using various types of detectors (UV-Vis, fluorescence, electrochemical etc.) and illustrating the versatility of the PCD methods for practical analysis.

  7. Assessing the technical efficiency of health posts in rural Guatemala: a data envelopment analysis.

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    Hernández, Alison R; San Sebastián, Miguel

    2014-01-01

    Strengthening health service delivery to the rural poor is an important means of redressing inequities. Meso-level managers can help enhance efficiency in the utilization of existing resources through the application of practical tools to analyze routinely collected data reflecting inputs and outputs. This study aimed to assess the efficiency and change in productivity of health posts over two years in a rural department of Guatemala. Data envelopment analysis was used to measure health posts' technical efficiency and productivity change for 2008 and 2009. Input/output data were collected from the regional health office of Alta Verapaz for 34 health posts from the 19 districts comprising the health region. Technical efficiency varied widely across health posts, with mean scores of 0.78 (SD=0.24) and 0.75 (SD=0.21) in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Overall, productivity increased by 4%, though 47% of health posts experienced a decline in productivity. Results were combined on a bivariate plot to identify health posts at the high and low extremes of efficiency, which should be followed up to determine how and why their production processes are operating differently. Assessing efficiency using the data that are available at the meso-level can serve as a first step in strengthening performance. Further work is required to support managers in the routine application of efficiency analysis and putting the results to use in guiding efforts to improve service delivery and increase utilization.

  8. Assessing the technical efficiency of health posts in rural Guatemala: a data envelopment analysis.

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    Hernández, Alison R; Sebastián, Miguel San

    2014-12-01

    Introduction Strengthening health service delivery to the rural poor is an important means of redressing inequities. Meso-level managers can help enhance efficiency in the utilization of existing resources through the application of practical tools to analyze routinely collected data reflecting inputs and outputs. This study aimed to assess the efficiency and change in productivity of health posts over two years in a rural department of Guatemala. Methods Data envelopment analysis was used to measure health posts' technical efficiency and productivity change for 2008 and 2009. Input/output data were collected from the regional health office of Alta Verapaz for 34 health posts from the 19 districts comprising the health region. Results Technical efficiency varied widely across health posts, with mean scores of 0.78 (SD=0.24) and 0.75 (SD=0.21) in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Overall, productivity increased by 4%, though 47% of health posts experienced a decline in productivity. Results were combined on a bivariate plot to identify health posts at the high and low extremes of efficiency, which should be followed up to determine how and why their production processes are operating differently. Conclusions Assessing efficiency using the data that are available at the meso-level can serve as a first step in strengthening performance. Further work is required to support managers in the routine application of efficiency analysis and putting the results to use in guiding efforts to improve service delivery and increase utilization.

  9. Patients' experiences of different care settings and a new life situation after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Bergkvist, K; Fossum, B; Johansson, U-B; Mattsson, J; Larsen, J

    2017-03-02

    Over the past 20 years, considerable healthcare resources have shifted from an inpatient to an outpatient setting. To be in an outpatient setting or at home after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) has been shown to be medically safe and beneficial to the patient. In this study we describe patients' experiences of different care settings (hospital or home) and a new life situation during the acute post-transplant phase after HSCT. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 patients (six women and nine men) 29-120 days after HSCT. An inductive qualitative content analysis was performed to analyse the data. The analysis resulted in four categories: To be in a safe place, To have a supportive network, My way of taking control, and My uncertain return to normality. The findings showed that patients undergoing HSCT felt medically safe regardless of the care setting. The importance of a supportive network (i.e. the healthcare team, family and friends) was evident for all patients. Both emotional and problem-focused strategies were used to cope with an uncertain future. Being at home had some positive advantages, including freedom, having the potential for more physical activity, and being with family members. The study highlights some key areas thought to provide more personalised care after HSCT. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Osteonecrosis in Children after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: Study of Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Longitudinal Changes Using MR Imaging

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    Sharma, Shelly; Leung, Wing-Hang; Deqing, Pei; Yang, Jie; Rochester, Richard; Britton, Lunetha; Neel, Michael D.; Ness, Kirsten K.; Kaste, Sue C.

    2011-01-01

    Osteonecrosis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) has seldom been addressed in pediatric populations. At our institution, since January 2002, children undergoing allogeneic HCT (alloHCT) receive yearly follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MR) of hips and knees. To estimate the prevalence, longitudinal changes and associated risk factors for osteonecrosis after alloHCT, we reviewed MRs for children who underwent single alloHCT during the study period. We analyzed 149 of 344 patients who had post HCT MRI imaging performed [84 males; median age11 years (range, 0.5–21years)], median follow-up time was 32.6 months (range, 2.8–97.2 months). Forty-four (29.5%) developed osteonecrosis of hips and/or knees; of those, 20 (45%) had at least 30% epiphyseal involvement. In 23 (52%) osteonecrosis lesions were identified in the first, and 43 (98%) by the third yearly scan. Knees were more frequently involved than hips; severity of osteonecrosis was greater in hips. Those who had pre-alloHCT osteonecrosis, two patients’ hips and six patients’ knees resolved completely; three patients’ osteonecrosis lesions regressed after alloHCT. On risk factor analysis, age at time of alloHCT (p=0.051) and osteonecrosis identified by MRs before alloHCT (p=0.001) were the primary risk factors. This analysis shows that preventive strategies for osteonecrosis in this population should focus on measures to minimize risk factors before alloHCT. PMID:22158389

  11. Osteonecrosis in children after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation: study of prevalence, risk factors and longitudinal changes using MR imaging.

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    Sharma, S; Leung, W-H; Deqing, P; Yang, J; Rochester, R; Britton, L; Neel, M D; Ness, K K; Kaste, S C

    2012-08-01

    Osteonecrosis after hematopoietic SCT (HCT) has seldom been addressed in pediatric populations. At our institution, since January 2002, children undergoing allogeneic HCT (alloHCT) receive yearly follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MR) of hips and knees. To estimate the prevalence, longitudinal changes and associated risk factors for osteonecrosis after alloHCT, we reviewed MRs for children who underwent single alloHCT during the study period. We analyzed 149 of 344 patients who had post-HCT MR imaging performed (84 males; median age 11 years (range, 0.5-21 years)), median follow-up time was 32.6 months (range, 2.8-97.2 months). In all, 44 (29.5%) developed osteonecrosis of hips and/or knees; of those, 20 (45%) had at least 30% epiphyseal involvement. In 23 (52%), osteonecrosis lesions were identified in the first and in 43 (98%) by the third yearly scan. Knees were more frequently involved than hips; severity of osteonecrosis was greater in hips. Those who had pre-alloHCT osteonecrosis, two patients' hips and six patients' knees resolved completely; three patients' osteonecrosis lesions regressed after alloHCT. On risk factor analysis, age at time of alloHCT (P=0.051) and osteonecrosis identified by MRs before alloHCT (P=0.001) were the primary risk factors. This analysis shows that preventive strategies for osteonecrosis in this population should focus on measures to minimize risk factors before alloHCT.

  12. Space Shuttle Columbia Post-Accident Analysis and Investigation

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    McDanels, Steven J.

    2006-01-01

    Although the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and its crew was tragic, the circumstances offered a unique opportunity to examine a multitude of components which had experienced one of the harshest environments ever encountered by engineered materials: a break up at a velocity in excess of Mach 18 and an altitude exceeding 200,000 feet (63 KM), resulting in a debris field 645 miles/l,038 KM long and 10 miles/16 KM wide. Various analytical tools were employed to ascertain the sequence of events leading to the disintegration of the Orbiter and to characterize the features of the debris. The testing and analyses all indicated that a breach in a left wing reinforced carbon/carbon composite leading edge panel was the access point for hot gasses generated during re-entry to penetrate the structure of the vehicle and compromise the integrity of the materials and components in that area of the Shuttle. The analytical and elemental testing utilized such techniques as X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX) dot mapping, Electron Micro Probe Analysis (EMPA), and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) to characterize the deposition of intermetallics adjacent to the suspected location of the plasma breach in the leading edge of the left wing, Fig. 1.

  13. Post-traumatic stress disorder in the perinatal period: A concept analysis.

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    Vignato, Julie; Georges, Jane M; Bush, Ruth A; Connelly, Cynthia D

    2017-03-15

    To report an analysis of the concept of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder. Prevalence of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder is rising in the USA, with 9% of the U.S. perinatal population diagnosed with the disorder and an additional 18% being at risk for the condition. Left untreated, adverse maternal-child outcomes result in increased morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. Concept analysis via Walker and Avant's approach. The databases Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Medline, Academic Search Premier and PsychINFO were searched for articles, written in English, published between 2006-2015, containing the terms perinatal and post-traumatic stress disorder. Perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder owns unique attributes, antecedents and outcomes when compared to post-traumatic stress disorder in other contexts, and may be defined as a disorder arising after a traumatic experience, diagnosed any time from conception to 6 months postpartum, lasting longer than 1 month, leading to specific negative maternal symptoms and poor maternal-infant outcomes. Attributes include a diagnostic time frame (conception to 6 months postpartum), harmful prior or current trauma and specific diagnostic symptomatology defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Antecedents were identified as trauma (perinatal complications and abuse), postpartum depression and previous psychiatric history. Consequences comprised adverse maternal-infant outcomes. Further research on perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder antecedents, attributes and outcomes in ethnically diverse populations may provide clinicians a more comprehensive framework for identifying and treating perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder. Nurses are encouraged to increase their awareness of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder for early assessment and intervention, and prevention of adverse maternal-infant outcomes. © 2017 John Wiley

  14. Allograft vasculopathy after allogeneic vascularized knee transplantation.

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    Diefenbeck, Michael; Nerlich, Andreas; Schneeberger, Stefan; Wagner, Frithjof; Hofmann, Gunther O

    2011-01-01

    Composite tissue allotransplantation represents a new discipline in reconstructive surgery. Over the past 10 years, we have performed six human vascularized allogeneic knee transplantations. All of these grafts have been lost within the first 56 months. A histomorphologic assessment of the latest case resulted in the detection of diffuse concentric fibrous intimal thickening and occlusion of graft vessels. Findings are comparable with cardiac allograft vasculopathy. The lack of adequate tools for monitoring graft rejection might have allowed multiple untreated episodes of acute rejection, triggering myointimal proliferation and occlusion of graft vessels. Graft vasculopathy represents an obstacle to long-term vascularized bone and joint allograft survival, and adequate tools for monitoring need to be developed.

  15. Inhibition of chronic rejection by antibody induced vascular accommodation in fully allogeneic heart allografts.

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    Semiletova, Natalya V; Shen, Xiu-Da; Baibakov, Boris; Feldman, Daniel M; Mukherjee, Kaushik; Frank, Jonathan M; Stepkowski, Stainslaw M; Busuttil, Ronald W; Kupiec-Weglinski, Jerzy W; Ghobrial, Rafik M

    2005-12-15

    The potential role of altered antibody responses as an effector protective mechanism to induce graft accommodation has been widely investigated in xenogeneic responses. Here we investigate the protective effects of antibody binding to vascular endothelium in a fully mismatched allogeneic model of heart transplantation. ACI recipients of WF cardiac grafts were treated either with allochimeric [alpha1h ]-RT1.A class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) extracts (1 mg/rat, p.v. day 0) or high dose of CsA (10 mg/kg/day, p.o., day 0-6). Cardiac allografts were evaluated at 100 days posttransplant by immunohistology for evidence of chronic rejection and/or vascular accommodation. Activation of apoptotic or antiapoptotic mechanisms was verified by DNA fragmentation (TUNEL) analysis. Allochimeric therapy resulted in inhibition of chronic rejection, absence of neointimal formation and induction of vascular accommodation of fully allogeneic WF hearts in ACI hosts. Such accommodation was evident by IgG and IgM vascular endothelial binding and marked reduction of DNA fragmentation. In contrast, CsA therapy resulted in marked neointimal proliferation, without evidence of vascular accommodation. Immunohistochemical analysis failed to demonstrate vascular endothelial antibody binding. Further, severe chronic rejection following CsA treatment was accompanied by marked DNA fragmentation. Alteration of humoral immunity induces vascular accommodation in allogeneic transplantation. Vascular accommodation is the underlying mechanism for inhibition allograft vasculopathy following allochimeric MHC class I therapy.

  16. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation for advanced cutaneous T-cell lymphomas: a study from the French Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation and French Study Group on Cutaneous Lymphomas

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    de Masson, Adèle; Beylot-Barry, Marie; Bouaziz, Jean-David; de Latour, Régis Peffault; Aubin, François; Garciaz, Sylvain; d’Incan, Michel; Dereure, Olivier; Dalle, Stéphane; Dompmartin, Anne; Suarez, Felipe; Battistella, Maxime; Vignon-Pennamen, Marie-Dominique; Rivet, Jacqueline; Adamski, Henri; Brice, Pauline; François, Sylvie; Lissandre, Séverine; Turlure, Pascal; Wierzbicka-Hainaut, Ewa; Brissot, Eolia; Dulery, Rémy; Servais, Sophie; Ravinet, Aurélie; Tabrizi, Reza; Ingen-Housz-Oro, Saskia; Joly, Pascal; Socié, Gérard; Bagot, Martine

    2014-01-01

    The treatment of advanced stage primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas remains challenging. In particular, large-cell transformation of mycosis fungoides is associated with a median overall survival of two years for all stages taken together. Little is known regarding allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in this context. We performed a multicenter retrospective analysis of 37 cases of advanced stage primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas treated with allogeneic stem cell transplantation, including 20 (54%) transformed mycosis fungoides. Twenty-four patients (65%) had stage IV disease (for mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome) or disseminated nodal or visceral involvement (for non-epidermotropic primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas). After a median follow up of 29 months, 19 patients experienced a relapse, leading to a 2-year cumulative incidence of relapse of 56% (95%CI: 0.38–0.74). Estimated 2-year overall survival was 57% (95%CI: 0.41–0.77) and progression-free survival 31% (95%CI: 0.19–0.53). Six of 19 patients with a post-transplant relapse achieved a subsequent complete remission after salvage therapy, with a median duration of 41 months. A weak residual tumor burden before transplantation was associated with increased progression-free survival (HR=0.3, 95%CI: 0.1–0.8; P=0.01). The use of antithymocyte globulin significantly reduced progression-free survival (HR=2.9, 95%CI: 1.3–6.2; P=0.01) but also transplant-related mortality (HR=10−7, 95%CI: 4.10−8–2.10−7; P<0.001) in univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis, the use of antithymocyte globulin was the only factor significantly associated with decreased progression-free survival (P=0.04). Allogeneic stem cell transplantation should be considered in advanced stage primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas, including transformed mycosis fungoides. PMID:24213148

  17. Increasing incidence of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation: cryptic etiology and uncertain therapy.

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    Lewis, I D; DeFor, T; Weisdorf, D J

    2000-09-01

    Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) is a non-infectious pulmonary complication of bone marrow transplantation (BMT) with resultant high mortality. It reportedly occurs primarily in autologous recipients. We examined the incidence of DAH in our center in order to assess potential risk factors and develop preventive strategies. Between 1991 and 1997, 23 cases of DAH occurred in 922 adult patients (2.5%) receiving BMT for hematological malignancy. Strikingly, 12 cases occurred in 1997 with the majority in recipients of allogeneic matched sibling donor stem cells. Treatment with high-dose steroids, 250 mg to 2 g/day, in 15 patients led to transient improvement in 10 patients, but 21 of the 23 patients required mechanical ventilation. Mortality was high with 17 patients (74%) dying a median of 39 days (range 22-47) post transplant; a median of 17 days post onset of DAH (range 5-34). Six patients are alive with a median follow-up of 18 months (range 12-60). No recognizable alteration in supportive care, conditioning regimen, GVHD prophylaxis or cytokine usage was associated with this striking increase in the frequency of DAH after allografting. Further follow-up is required to establish whether this increase in the incidence of DAH in allogeneic transplantation is an isolated occurrence or an ongoing problem. If indeed there is a real increase in the incidence of this complication, then efforts need to be directed towards elucidating a possible cause or risk factors. We offer the possibility that a new unidentified infection, undetected by current microbiological tests might contribute to this striking increase in DAH. These data, while not establishing a cause, suggest a markedly augmented risk of DAH in allogeneic BMT. In addition, high-dose corticosteroids have only limited efficacy as therapy for DAH after allotransplantation. Further investigation into the pathogenesis of this syndrome is essential as is prompt and immediate consideration of DAH in all patients with

  18. Retrospective Study of Incidence and Prognostic Significance of Eosinophilia after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Influence of Corticosteroid Therapy

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    Yamamoto, Wataru; Ogusa, Eriko; Matsumoto, Kenji; Maruta, Atsuo; Ishigatsubo, Yoshiaki; Kanamori, Heiwa

    2016-01-01

    Objective: The clinical significance of eosinophilia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is controversial. This study aimed to retrospectively study the impact of eosinophilia on the outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation by taking into account the influence of corticosteroid therapy. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively studied 204 patients with acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and myelodysplastic syndrome who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from January 2001 to December 2010. Results: The median age was 43 years (minimum-maximum: 17-65 years). Myeloablative conditioning was used in 153 patients and reduced intensity conditioning was employed in 51 patients. Donor cells were from bone marrow in 132 patients, peripheral blood in 34, and cord blood in 38. Eosinophilia was detected in 71 patients and there was no significant predictor of eosinophilia by multivariate analysis. There was no relationship between occurrence of eosinophilia and the incidence or grade of acute graft-versus-host disease when the patients were stratified according to corticosteroid treatment. Although eosinophilia was a prognostic factor for 5-year overall survival by univariate analysis, it was not a significant indicator by multivariate analysis. Conclusion: These results suggest that the clinical significance of eosinophilia in patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation should be assessed with consideration of systemic corticosteroid administration. PMID:27094383

  19. Retrospective Study of Incidence and Prognostic Significance of Eosinophilia after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Influence of Corticosteroid Therapy.

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    Yamamoto, Wataru; Ogusa, Eriko; Matsumoto, Kenji; Maruta, Atsuo; Ishigatsubo, Yoshiaki; Kanamori, Heiwa

    2016-09-05

    The clinical significance of eosinophilia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is controversial. This study aimed to retrospectively study the impact of eosinophilia on the outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation by taking into account the influence of corticosteroid therapy. We retrospectively studied 204 patients with acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and myelodysplastic syndrome who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from January 2001 to December 2010. The median age was 43 years (minimum-maximum: 17-65 years). Myeloablative conditioning was used in 153 patients and reduced intensity conditioning was employed in 51 patients. Donor cells were from bone marrow in 132 patients, peripheral blood in 34, and cord blood in 38. Eosinophilia was detected in 71 patients and there was no significant predictor of eosinophilia by multivariate analysis. There was no relationship between occurrence of eosinophilia and the incidence or grade of acute graft-versus-host disease when the patients were stratified according to corticosteroid treatment. Although eosinophilia was a prognostic factor for 5-year overall survival by univariate analysis, it was not a significant indicator by multivariate analysis. These results suggest that the clinical significance of eosinophilia in patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation should be assessed with consideration of systemic corticosteroid administration.

  20. Astrovirus Infection in Hospitalized Infants with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Berger, Christoph; Greiner, Oliver; Caduff, Rosmarie; Trkola, Alexandra; Bossart, Walter; Gerlach, Daniel; Schibler, Manuel; Cordey, Samuel; McKee, Thomas Alexander; Van Belle, Sandra; Kaiser, Laurent; Tapparel, Caroline

    2011-01-01

    Infants with severe primary combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and children post-allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are extremely susceptible to unusual infections. The lack of generic tools to detect disease-causing viruses among more than 200 potential human viral pathogens represents a major challenge to clinicians and virologists. We investigated retrospectively the causes of a fatal disseminated viral infection with meningoencephalitis in an infant with gamma C-SCID and of chronic gastroenteritis in 2 other infants admitted for HSCT during the same time period. Analysis was undertaken by combining cell culture, electron microscopy and sequence-independent single primer amplification (SISPA) techniques. Caco-2 cells inoculated with fecal samples developed a cytopathic effect and non-enveloped viral particles in infected cells were detected by electron microscopy. SISPA led to the identification of astrovirus as the pathogen. Both sequencing of the capsid gene and the pattern of infection suggested nosocomial transmission from a chronically excreting index case to 2 other patients leading to fatal infection in 1 and to transient disease in the others. Virus-specific, real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction was then performed on different stored samples to assess the extent of infection. Infection was associated with viremia in 2 cases and contributed to death in 1. At autopsy, viral RNA was detected in the brain and different other organs, while immunochemistry confirmed infection of gastrointestinal tissues. This report illustrates the usefulness of the combined use of classical virology procedures and modern molecular tools for the diagnosis of unexpected infections. It illustrates that astrovirus has the potential to cause severe disseminated lethal infection in highly immunocompromised pediatric patients. PMID:22096580

  1. Survival of AML patients relapsing after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation: a CIBMTR study

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    Bejanyan, Nelli; Weisdorf, Daniel J.; Logan, Brent R.; Wang, Hai-Lin; Devine, Steven M.; de Lima, Marcos; Bunjes, Donald W.; Zhang, Mei-Jie

    2015-01-01

    Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) remains a major therapeutic challenge. We studied outcomes of 1788 AML patients relapsing after alloHCT (1990–2010) during first or second complete remission (CR) to identify factors associated with longer post-relapse survival. Median time of post HCT relapse was 7 months (mo; range, 1–177). At relapse, 1231 patients (69%) received intensive therapy, including chemotherapy (CT) alone (n=660), donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI)±CT (n=202; %), or 2nd alloHCT±CT ±DLI (n=369), with subsequent CR rates of 29%. Median follow-up after relapse was 39 mo (range, <1–193). Survival for all patients was 23% at 1 year post-relapse; however, 3-yr overall survival correlated with time from HCT to relapse (4% for relapse during 1–6 mo period, 12% during 6 mo-2 yr, 26% during 2–3 yr, and 38% for ≥3 yr). In multivariable analysis, lower mortality was significantly associated with longer time from alloHCT to relapse (RR 0.55 for 6 mo-2 yr, RR 0.39 for 2–3 yr, and RR 0.28 for ≥3 yr; p<0.0001) and a 1st HCT using reduced-intensity conditioning (RR=0.77; 95% CI 0.66–0.88, p=0.0002). In contrast, inferior survival was associated with age >40 yr (RR=1.42, 95% CI 1.24–1.64; p<0.0001), active GVHD at relapse (RR=1.25, 95% CI 1.13–1.39; p<0.0001), adverse cytogenetics (RR=1.37, 95% CI 1.09–1.71; p=0.0062), mismatched URD (RR=1.61, 95% CI 1.22–2.13; p=0.0008), and use of cord blood for 1st HCT (RR=1.23, 95% CI 1.06–1.42; p=0.0078). AML relapse after alloHCT predicted poor survival; however, patients who relapsed ≥6 mo after their initial alloHCT had better survival and may benefit from intensive therapy such as 2nd alloHCT±DLI. PMID:25460355

  2. Post2 End-to-End Descent and Landing Simulation for ALHAT Design Analysis Cycle 2

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    Davis, Jody L.; Striepe, Scott A.; Maddock, Robert W.; Johnson, Andrew E.; Paschall, Stephen C., II

    2010-01-01

    The ALHAT project is an agency-level program involving NASA centers, academia, and industry, with a primary goal to develop a safe, autonomous, precision-landing system for robotic and crew-piloted lunar and planetary descent vehicles. POST2 is used as the 6DOF descent and landing trajectory simulation for determining integrated system performance of ALHAT landing-system models and lunar environment models. This paper presents updates in the development of the ALHAT POST2 simulation, as well as preliminary system performance analysis for ALDAC-2 used for the testing and assessment of ALHAT system models. The ALDAC-2 POST2 Monte Carlo simulation results have been generated and focus on HRN model performance with the fully integrated system, as well performance improvements of AGNC and TSAR model since the previous design analysis cycle

  3. FEM analysis of the mandibular first premolar with different post diameters.

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    Du, Je-Kang; Lin, Wei-Ko; Wang, Chau-Hsiang; Lee, Huey-Er; Li, Hung-Yuan; Wu, Ju-Hui

    2011-07-01

    Several reports have pointed out that endodontically treated teeth can lack strength, and that the teeth can be reinforced using posts. However, it has not been clear how to select posts that meet the needs of most clinical situations, particularly in terms of the post diameter, which has a major influence on the occurrence of root fracture. The purpose of this study was to analyze the stress distributions of posts of various diameters during masticatory loads using a finite element method. A 3-dimensional (3D) finite element model of a lower first premolar was developed. We used the image software Geomagic Studio (3D Digital 2002; Geomagic, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA) to reduce the post diameter by 6 ratios to a root diameter of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 80% and then individually implemented them into the root of a tooth. A chewing static force of 100 N was applied as a 45° diagonal load on the buccal cusp tip, and the σ(von Mises) and σ(max) stresses were calculated. Analysis of the σ(von Mises) values revealed that the stresses were concentrated in the middle 1/3 of both the post and the root surface for all models, as were the σ(max) values. The results also indicated that when the diameter of the post was 50% of that of the root, the stress distributions of the post and the root surface were most favorable. In conclusion, the clinical implications of the results will need to be further studied and discussed.

  4. Multiparametric Functional MRI: A Tool to Uncover Subtle Changes following Allogeneic Renal Transplantation

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    Notohamiprodjo, Mike; Kalnins, Aivars; Andrassy, Martin; Kolb, Manuel; Ehle, Benjamin; Mueller, Susanna; Thomas, Michael N.; Werner, Jens; Guba, Markus; Nikolaou, Konstantin; Andrassy, Joachim

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To investigate multiparametric functional MRI to characterize acute rejection in a murine allogeneic renal transplant model and evaluate the effect of novel therapeutics. Material and Methods We performed allogeneic and syngeneic orthotopic transplantations (Balb/c to C57Bl/6 and C57Bl/6 to C57Bl/6). Allogeneic Groups (n = 5) were either treated with the anti-CCL2-Spiegelmer (mNOX-E36) in monotherapy or in combination with low doses of Ciclosporin-A (10mg/kgBW/d) for 10 days. Controls received equivalent doses of a non-functional spiegelmer (revmNOX-E36) or low dose Ciclosporin-A. Diffusion-weighted (DWI) and Dynamic-contrast-enhanced (DCE-) MRI-scans were performed using a clinical 3T-scanner. DWI analysis (b-values from 0–800 s/mm2) was performed mono- and biexponentially, while DCE-MRI was assessed with deconvolution analysis. Therapy effects were assessed ex vivo with histopathology, immunohistochemistry and RT-PCR. Statistical analysis was performed with unpaired t-tests and Spearman´s correlation coefficient. Results DWI showed a significant diffusion restriction in allogeneic compared to syngeneic transplants (ADC: 0.63±0.08 vs. 1.29±0.12 mm2/s*103) with decreasing diffusion restriction under therapy. DCE-MRI showed restored organ perfusion under Ciclosporin A alone and combination therapy (Plasma Flow: 43.43±12.49; 38.75±7.53ml/100ml/min) compared to syngeneic controls (51.03±12.49ml/100ml/min). Ex vivo analysis showed reduced monocytic infiltrates, attenuated levels of inflammatory cytokines under mNOX-E36 monotherapy with an additive effect of low dose Ciclosporin A. There was a significant (p<0.05) negative correlation between ADC and interstitial inflammation (r = -0.73) or macrophage infiltration (r = -0.81) and between organ perfusion and intimal arteritis (r = -0.63). Conclusion Multiparametric functional MRI is suited to detect renal allograft rejection in an experimental murine model and allows to characterize effects of

  5. Finite element analysis of strength and adhesion of cast posts compared to glass fiber-reinforced composite resin posts in anterior teeth.

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    Dejak, Beata; Młotkowski, Andrzej

    2011-02-01

    Previous studies on the strength of teeth restored with posts have not resolved the controversy as to which post systems provide the greatest strength and longevity. The purpose of this study was to compare the strength of teeth restored using cast posts with those restored using glass fiber-reinforced composite resin posts and to evaluate the bond strength of the posts to dentin. The investigation was conducted by using finite element analysis, combined with the application of contact elements. Three-dimensional (3-D) models of the maxillary central incisors were generated: IT, an intact tooth; CC, a tooth with a ceramic crown; FP, a tooth restored with an FRC (glass fiber-reinforced composite resin) post; CPAu, a tooth restored with a gold alloy cast post; and CPNi, a tooth restored with an NiCr (nickel chromium alloy) cast post. Each model was subjected to vertical and oblique loads with a force of 100 N. To evaluate the strength of the restored tooth, ceramics, and composite resin, the modified von Mises failure criterion was used, the Tsai-Wu criterion for FRC, and the von Mises criterion for gold and NiCr alloy. The equivalent stresses found in the tested models were compared with the tensile strength of the respective materials. Contact stresses in the luting cement-dentin interface were calculated. The maximum mvM (modified von Mises failure criterion) stresses in the dentin of the teeth restored with FRC posts were reduced by 21%, and in those restored with cast NiCr posts, stresses were reduced by 25% when compared to the stresses in the intact tooth. The equivalent stresses in metal posts were several times higher than in FRC posts, but did not exceed the tensile strength of the materials. The highest mvM stress in the luting resin cement around the FRC post was 55% higher than in the luting resin cement around the metal post, under an oblique load. In the ceramic crown, which covered the composite resin post and core, the highest mvM stress was 30.7 MPa

  6. Campus Sustainability Governance in Canada: A Content Analysis of Post-Secondary Institutions' Sustainability Policies

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    Vaughter, Philip; McKenzie, Marcia; Lidstone, Lauri; Wright, Tarah

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to provide an overview of a content analysis of sustainability policies from Canadian post-secondary education institutions. The paper reports findings on the orientations to sustainability evident in the policies; references to other policies within the documents; and other key themes on how sustainability is engaged in…

  7. The Impact of Guided Notes on Post-Secondary Student Achievement: A Meta-Analysis

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    Larwin, Karen H.; Larwin, David A.

    2013-01-01

    The common practice of using of guided notes in the post-secondary classroom is not fully appreciated or understood. In an effort to add to the existing research about this phenomenon, the current investigation expands on previously published research and one previously published meta-analysis that examined the impact of guided notes on…

  8. Campus Sustainability Governance in Canada: A Content Analysis of Post-Secondary Institutions' Sustainability Policies

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    Vaughter, Philip; McKenzie, Marcia; Lidstone, Lauri; Wright, Tarah

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to provide an overview of a content analysis of sustainability policies from Canadian post-secondary education institutions. The paper reports findings on the orientations to sustainability evident in the policies; references to other policies within the documents; and other key themes on how sustainability is engaged in…

  9. An Analysis of Foster Care Placement History and Post-Secondary Graduation Rates

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    Day, Angelique; Dworsky, Amy; Feng, Wenning

    2013-01-01

    Prior research has document significant disparities in post-secondary educational attainment between young adults who had been in foster care and their peers in the general population. This study uses survival analysis to compare the four-year college graduation rate of students who had been in foster care to the graduation rate of first…

  10. Assessing the technical efficiency of health posts in rural Guatemala: a data envelopment analysis

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    Hernández, Alison R.; Sebastián, Miguel San

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Strengthening health service delivery to the rural poor is an important means of redressing inequities. Meso-level managers can help enhance efficiency in the utilization of existing resources through the application of practical tools to analyze routinely collected data reflecting inputs and outputs. This study aimed to assess the efficiency and change in productivity of health posts over two years in a rural department of Guatemala. Methods Data envelopment analysis was used to measure health posts’ technical efficiency and productivity change for 2008 and 2009. Input/output data were collected from the regional health office of Alta Verapaz for 34 health posts from the 19 districts comprising the health region. Results Technical efficiency varied widely across health posts, with mean scores of 0.78 (SD=0.24) and 0.75 (SD=0.21) in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Overall, productivity increased by 4%, though 47% of health posts experienced a decline in productivity. Results were combined on a bivariate plot to identify health posts at the high and low extremes of efficiency, which should be followed up to determine how and why their production processes are operating differently. Conclusions Assessing efficiency using the data that are available at the meso-level can serve as a first step in strengthening performance. Further work is required to support managers in the routine application of efficiency analysis and putting the results to use in guiding efforts to improve service delivery and increase utilization. PMID:24461356

  11. Post-exercise heart rate variability recovery: a time-frequency analysis.

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    Peçanha, Tiago; de Paula-Ribeiro, Marcelle; Nasario-Junior, Olivassé; de Lima, Jorge Roberto Perrout

    2013-12-01

    Most studies investigating the effects of non-pharmacological interventions, such as physical training (PT), on cardiac autonomic control, assessed the HRV only in resting conditions. Recently, a new time-frequency mathematical approach based on the short-time Fourier transform (STFT) method has been validated for the assessment of HRV in non-stationary conditions such as the immediate post-exercise period. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the PT on post-exercise cardiac autonomic control using the time-frequency STFT analysis of the HRV. Twenty-one healthy male volunteers participated in this study. The subjects were initially evaluated for their physical exercise/sport practice and allocated to groups of low physical training ((Low)PT, n = 13) or high physical training (H(igh)PT, n = 8). The post-exercise HRV was assessed by the STFT method, which provides the analysis of dynamic changes in the power of the low- and high-frequency spectral components (LF and HF, respectively) of the HRV during the whole recovery period. Greater LF (from the min 5 to 10) and HF (from the min 6 to 10) in the post-exercise period in the H(igh)PT compared to the (Low)PT group (P < 0.05) was observed. These results indicate that exercise training exerts beneficial effects on post-exercise cardiac autonomic control.

  12. Prevention of post-endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography pancreatitis: a cost-effectiveness analysis.

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    Nicolás-Pérez, David; Castilla-Rodríguez, Iván; Gimeno-García, Antonio Z; Romero-García, Rafael; Núñez-Díaz, Venancio; Quintero, Enrique

    2015-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to perform a comparative cost-effectiveness analysis of the different strategies used to prevent post-endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) acute pancreatitis. We performed a cost-effectiveness decision analysis of 4 prophylactic strategies (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, pancreatic stent, stent plus rectal indomethacin, and no prophylaxis) in a simulated cohort of 300 patients during 1 year. Treatment effectiveness was defined as the number of patients who did not develop post-ERCP pancreatitis. The baseline costs of each strategy were as follows: rectal NSAID $359,098, pancreatic stent $426,504, stent plus rectal indomethacin $479,153, and no prophylaxis $491,275. The mean number of cases developing post-ERCP pancreatitis was 16, 21, 23, and 37 for the strategies rectal NSAID, pancreatic stent, stent plus rectal indomethacin, and no prophylaxis, respectively. Taking rectal NSAID prophylaxis as the reference strategy, the odds ratio of an episode of post-ERCP acute pancreatitis after pancreatic stent placement was 1.33 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.68-2.61); after stent plus indomethacin, it was 1.40 (95% CI, 0.72-2.73), and after no prophylaxis, it was 2.49 (95% CI, 1.35-4.59). Rectal NSAID administration proved to be the most cost-effective prophylactic strategy used to prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis. The strategy of no prophylaxis for this complication should be avoided.

  13. High proportions of regulatory T cells in PBSC grafts predict improved survival after allogeneic haematopoietic SCT.

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    Danby, R D; Zhang, W; Medd, P; Littlewood, T J; Peniket, A; Rocha, V; Roberts, D J

    2016-01-01

    Regulatory T cells (Tregs) modulate immune responses and improve survival in murine transplant models. However, whether the Treg content of allogeneic cell grafts influences the outcome in human haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation is not well established. In a prospective study of 94 adult allogeneic PBSC transplants (60% unrelated; 85% reduced intensity conditioning), the median Treg (CD3(+)CD4(+)CD25(+)FOXP3(+)CD127(dim/-)) dose transplanted was 4.7 × 10(6)/kg, with Tregs accounting for a median of 2.96% of CD4(+) T cells. Patients transplanted with grafts containing a Treg/CD4(+) T-cell ratio above the median had a 3-year overall survival of 75%, compared with 49% in those receiving grafts with a Treg/CD4(+) T-cell ratio below the median (P=0.02), with a 3-year non-relapse mortality of 13% and 35%, respectively (P=0.02). In multivariate analysis, a high graft Treg/CD4(+) T-cell ratio was an independent predictor of lower non-relapse mortality (hazard ratio (HR), 0.30; P=0.02), improved overall survival (HR, 0.45; P=0.03) and improved sustained neutrophil (HR, 0.52; P=0.002), platelet (HR, 0.51; P<0.001) and lymphocyte (HR, 0.54; P=0.009) recovery. These data support the hypothesis that the proportion of Tregs in allogeneic HSC grafts influences clinical outcome and suggest that Treg therapies could improve allogeneic HSC transplantation.

  14. Acute renal graft-versus-host disease in a murine model of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.

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    Schmid, Peter M; Bouazzaoui, Abdellatif; Schmid, Karin; Birner, Christoph; Schach, Christian; Maier, Lars S; Holler, Ernst; Endemann, Dierk H

    2017-03-23

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a very common complication after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and associated with poor prognosis. Generally kidneys are assumed to be no direct target of Graft-versus-Host Disease (GvHD), and renal impairment is often attributed to several other factors occurring in the early phase after BMT. Our study aimed to prove the existence of renal GvHD in a fully MHC-mismatched model of BALB/c mice conditioned and transplanted according to two different intensity protocols. Syngeneically transplanted and untreated animals served as controls. 4 weeks after transplantation, allogeneic animals developed acute GvHD that was more pronounced in the high-intensity protocol (HIP) group than in the low-intensity protocol (LIP) group. Urea and creatinine as classic serum markers of renal function could not verify renal impairment 4 weeks after BMT. Creatinine levels were even reduced as a result of catabolic metabolism and loss of muscle mass due to acute GvHD. Proteinuria, albuminuria, and urinary N-acetyl-beta-Dglucosaminidase (NAG) levels were measured as additional renal markers before and after transplantation. Albuminuria and NAG were only significantly increased after allogeneic transplantation, correlating with disease severity between HIP and LIP animals. Histological investigations of the kidneys showed renal infiltration of T-cells and macrophages with endarteriitis, interstitial nephritis, tubulitis, and glomerulitis. T-cells consisted of CD4+, CD8+, and FoxP3+ cells. Renal expression analysis of allogeneic animals showed increases in indoleamine-2,3 dioxygenase (IDO), different cytokines (TNFα, IFN-γ, IL-1α, IL2, IL-6, and IL-10), and adhesion molecules (ICAM-1 and VCAM-1), resembling findings from other tissues in acute GvHD. In summary, our study supports the entity of renal GvHD with histological features suggestive of cell-mediated renal injury. Albuminuria and urinary NAG levels may serve as early markers of renal

  15. High proportions of regulatory T cells in PBSC grafts predict improved survival after allogeneic haematopoietic SCT

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    Danby, R D; Zhang, W; Medd, P; Littlewood, T J; Peniket, A; Rocha, V; Roberts, D J

    2016-01-01

    Regulatory T cells (Tregs) modulate immune responses and improve survival in murine transplant models. However, whether the Treg content of allogeneic cell grafts influences the outcome in human haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation is not well established. In a prospective study of 94 adult allogeneic PBSC transplants (60% unrelated; 85% reduced intensity conditioning), the median Treg (CD3+CD4+CD25+FOXP3+CD127dim/−) dose transplanted was 4.7 × 106/kg, with Tregs accounting for a median of 2.96% of CD4+ T cells. Patients transplanted with grafts containing a Treg/CD4+ T-cell ratio above the median had a 3-year overall survival of 75%, compared with 49% in those receiving grafts with a Treg/CD4+ T-cell ratio below the median (P=0.02), with a 3-year non-relapse mortality of 13% and 35%, respectively (P=0.02). In multivariate analysis, a high graft Treg/CD4+ T-cell ratio was an independent predictor of lower non-relapse mortality (hazard ratio (HR), 0.30; P=0.02), improved overall survival (HR, 0.45; P=0.03) and improved sustained neutrophil (HR, 0.52; P=0.002), platelet (HR, 0.51; P<0.001) and lymphocyte (HR, 0.54; P=0.009) recovery. These data support the hypothesis that the proportion of Tregs in allogeneic HSC grafts influences clinical outcome and suggest that Treg therapies could improve allogeneic HSC transplantation. PMID:26389831

  16. Expression of two H-2K genes, syngeneic and allogeneic, as a strategy for potentiating immune recognition of tumor cells.

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    Mandelboim, O; Vadai, E; Feldman, M; Eisenbach, L

    1995-12-01

    Metastatic clones of some tumors manifest an impaired expression of class I major histocompatibility complex (MHC) antigens. High metastatic, low immunogenic Lewis lung carcinoma clones (C57BL-H-2b origin) express low levels of the H-2Kb MHC antigen. These cells metastasize spontaneously in C57BL/6J mice. Transfection of syngeneic or allogeneic H-2K genes converted such cells to the nonmetastatic state, but did not prevent the growth of the local tumors. Transfection of two H-2K genes, syngeneic and allogeneic, into the highly metastatic clone D122, resulted in reduction of the growth rates of the transfectants and protected the mice from D122 metastases. In contrast, cells transfected with a single class I gene (syngeneic or allogeneic) gave partial protection, or did not protect the mice at all from D122 metastases. The combination of syngeneic and allogeneic genes in the same tumor cell elevated the immunogenic properties of the expressing cells and potentiated the immune response as was demonstrated by in vitro cytotoxicity analysis and by limiting dilution cytotoxicity analysis. Increased immunogenicity by double transfection may constitute an effective therapeutic modality.

  17. Influence of different post design and composition on stress distribution in maxillary central incisor: Finite element analysis.

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    Silva, Natércia R; Castro, Carolina G; Santos-Filho, Paulo C F; Silva, Gisele R; Campos, Roberto E; Soares, Paulo Vinicins; Soares, Carlos José

    2009-01-01

    Post design and material has very important effects on dentinal stress distribution since the post placement can create stresses that lead to root fracture. In this study we use finite element analysis (FEA) to evaluate stress distribution on endodontically treated maxillary central incisors that have been restored with different prefabricated posts. Six models were generated from the image of anatomical plate: Four metallic posts (ParaPost XH, ParaPost XT, ParaPost XP, and Flexi-Flange) and one fiberglass post (ParaPost Fiber Lux). The sixth model was a control-a sound maxillary central incisor. We used CAD software and exported the models to ANSYS 9.0. All the materials and structures were considered elastic, isotropic, homogeneous, and linear except the fiberglass post which was considered orthotropic. The values for the mechanical properties were obtained by a review of the literature and the model was meshed with 8-node tetrahedral elements. A load of 2N was applied to the lingual surface at an angle of 135 degrees. The stress results were recorded by shear stress and von Mises criteria; it was observed that there was no difference for stress distribution among the titanium posts in the radicular portions and into posts. There was higher stress concentration on the coronary portion with the titanium posts than with the glass fiber post. It seems that the metallic posts' external configuration does not influence the stress distribution. Fiber posts show more homogeneous stress distribution than metallic posts. The post material seems to be more relevant for the stress distribution in endodontically treated teeth than the posts' external configuration.

  18. Influence of fiber post cementation length on coronal microleakage values in vitro and finite element analysis.

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    Bergoli, Cásar Dalmolin; de Carvalho, Rodrigo Furtado; Balducci, Ivan; Meira, Josete Barbosa Cruz; de Araújo, Maria Amália Méximo; Valera, Marcia Carneiro

    2014-07-01

    This study aims to evaluate, the Influence of different fiber posts cementation lengths by finite element analysis (FEA) and coronal microleakage. Fifty anterior bovine teeth were sectioned to obtain roots with 16 mm length. The coronal length of the post was 6 mm for all groups, while the radicular length were varied 6, 8, 10 or 12 mm. The fiber posts surfaces were cleaned with alcohol and silanized. Then the posts were cemented using a two steps total etch-and-rinse adhesive system + conventional resin cement. Forty teeth were submitted to mechanical cycling (45°; 2.000.000 cycles; 90N; 4Hz; 37°C) and ten teeth with radicular length of 12 mm was not submitted, ser ving as c ontrol. So, the experimental design was composed by different ratios of post coronal length/post radicular length and mechanical cycling (MC): Gr1- 1/1 + MC; Gr2- 3/4 + MC; Gr3- 3/5 + MC; Gr4- 1/2 + MC. All groups were immersed in a 1% toluidine blue solution. After 24 hours, the teeth were longitudinally sectioned and the microleakage scores was given by a blind operator. Data were submitted to Kruskal-Wallis test (p = 0.05). The experimental variables were simulated in two-dimensional finite element analysis (2D-FEA). The maximum principal stress distributions were compared. No difference was observed in microleakage values between the cycled groups, whilst the control groups showed the lowest values. FEA analysis showed similar maximum principal stress distribution between the groups. Mechanical cycling affected the values of coronal microleakage and different cementation length generated similar values of coronal microleakage and stress distribution. These results showed that from the microleakage point of view, more conservative cementation lengths have the same effect as longer cementation lengths.

  19. Clinical impact of sarcopenia and relevance of nutritional intake in patients before and after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Tanaka, Shouichi; Imataki, Osamu; Kitaoka, Atsuo; Fujioka, Shuji; Hanabusa, Etsuyo; Ohbayashi, Yumiko; Uemura, Makiko; Arima, Nobuo; Yamamoto, Tetsuji

    2017-06-01

    We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the effect of rehabilitation on minimizing sarcopenia during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) therapy. We developed a protocol to test for retention of physical function during HSCT. Muscle strength, muscle circumference, and muscle function before and after HSCT were measured. Consecutive patients with hematological malignancies who underwent HSCT treatment were recruited in this research. We included 34 patients (16 females, 18 males; median age, 51.5 years). Bodyweight significantly decreased after HSCT (p < 0.001). Nine females and three males had sarcopenia prior to allogeneic HSCT. After HSCT, bilateral hand grip strength and bilateral knee extensor strength decreased significantly. The total caloric intakes for pre-conditioning, during preparation regimen, and after transplant were 1709, 1024, and 1445 kcal, respectively, and were significantly attenuated in the post-transplant period. Serum albumin was significantly decreased in the final period. Conversely, C-reactive protein was slightly but significantly increased across the transplantation process. Multivariate regression analysis revealed that oral caloric intake after the transplantation period and sex were significantly related to muscle weakness (p = 0.033 and 0.036, respectively). Sarcopenia during HSCT was affected by oral caloric intake during the preparation regimen and after transplantation. Physical therapy in conjunction with nutritional therapy may help prevent weakness in HSCT recipients.

  20. CD34-selected allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for patients with relapsed, high-risk multiple myeloma

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    Smith, Eric; Devlin, Sean M.; Orlando, Evelyn; Landau, Heather; Lesokhin, Alex M.; Chung, David J.; Hassoun, Hani; Lendvai, Nikoletta; Landgren, Ola; Giralt, Sergio; Chari, Ajai; Jagannath, Sundar; Koehne, Guenther

    2016-01-01

    We report results of a retrospective analysis of 44 patients with relapsed and high-risk multiple myeloma (MM) undergoing allogeneic CD34-selected hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (CD34-selected HSCT) from human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-compatible donors. Patients had multiply relapsed disease including relapse at <15 months after autologous transplant and most patients (28/44; 65%) also had high-risk cytogenetics. Before transplant, patients received busulfan (0.8 mg/kg X 10 doses), melphalan (70 mg/m2 X 2 days), fludarabine (25 mg/m2 X 5 days), and rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin (2.5 mg/kg X 2 days). Patients with 10/10 HLA-matched donors were treated prophylactically with low doses of donor lymphocyte infusions (0.5 to 1 X 106 CD3+/kg) starting at 4–6 months post CD34-selected HSCT. Acute (grade II–IV) graph-versus-host disease (GVHD) and transplant-related mortality at 12 months were 2% and 18%, respectively. Chronic GVHD was not observed in any patient. Overall and progression-free survival at 2 years was 54% and 31%, respectively. By multivariate analyses, the outcomes of CD34-selected HSCT were influenced by presence of extramedullary disease, disease status prior to CD34-selected HSCT and age. This study demonstrates notable safety and efficacy of CD34-selected HSCT in patients with multiply relapsed MM including those with high-risk cytogenetics. PMID:26325439

  1. Pre-transplant weight loss predicts inferior outcome after allogeneic stem cell transplantation in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome.

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    Radujkovic, Aleksandar; Becker, Natalia; Benner, Axel; Penack, Olaf; Platzbecker, Uwe; Stölzel, Friedrich; Bornhäuser, Martin; Hegenbart, Ute; Ho, Anthony D; Dreger, Peter; Luft, Thomas

    2015-10-27

    Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) represents a curative therapeutic option for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but relapse and non-relapse mortality (NRM) limit treatment efficacy. Based on our previous observation in acute myeloid leukemia we investigated the impact of pre-transplant weight loss on post-transplant outcome in MDS patients. A total of 111 patients diagnosed with MDS according to WHO criteria transplanted between 2000 and 2012 in three different transplant centers were included into the analysis. Data on weight loss were collected from medical records prior to conditioning therapy and 3-6 months earlier. Patient, disease and transplant characteristics did not differ between patients with weight loss (2-5%, n = 17; > 5%, n = 17) and those without (n = 77). In a mixed effect model, weight loss was associated with higher risk MDS (p = 0.046). In multivariable analyses, pre-transplant weight loss exceeding 5% was associated with a higher incidence of relapse (p < 0.001) and NRM (p = 0.007). Pre-transplant weight loss of 2-5% and > 5% were independent predictors of worse disease-free (p = 0.023 and p < 0.001, respectively) and overall survival (p = 0.043 and p < 0.001, respectively). Our retrospective study suggests that MDS patients losing weight prior to alloSCT have an inferior outcome after transplantation. Prospective studies addressing pre-transplant nutritional interventions are highly warranted.

  2. Systemic Administration of Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cells Does Not Halt Osteoporotic Bone Loss in Ovariectomized Rats

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    Sun, Yuxin; Lin, Sien; Gu, Weidong; Liu, Yamei; Zhang, Jinfang; Chen, Lin; Li, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have innate ability to self-renew and immunosuppressive functions, and differentiate into various cell types. They have become a promising cell source for treating many diseases, particular for bone regeneration. Osteoporosis is a common metabolic bone disorder with elevated systemic inflammation which in turn triggers enhanced bone loss. We hypothesize that systemic infusion of MSCs may suppress the elevated inflammation in the osteoporotic subjects and slow down bone loss. The current project was to address the following two questions: (1) Will a single dose systemic administration of allogenic MSCs have any effect on osteoporotic bone loss? (2) Will multiple administration of allogenic MSCs from single or multiple donors have similar effect on osteoporotic bone loss? 18 ovariectomized (OVX) rats were assigned into 3 groups: the PBS control group, MSCs group 1 (receiving 2x106 GFP-MSCs at Day 10, 46, 91 from the same donor following OVX) and MSCs group 2 (receiving 2x106 GFP-MSCs from three different donors at Day 10, 46, 91). Examinations included Micro-CT, serum analysis, mechanical testing, immunofluorescence staining and bone histomorphometry analysis. Results showed that BV/TV at Day 90, 135, BMD of TV and trabecular number at Day 135 in the PBS group were significantly higher than those in the MSCs group 2, whereas trabecular spacing at Day 90, 135 was significantly smaller than that in MSCs group 2. Mechanical testing data didn’t show significant difference among the three groups. In addition, the ELISA assay showed that level of Rantes in serum in MSCs group 2 was significantly higher than that of the PBS group, whereas IL-6 and IL-10 were significantly lower than those of the PBS group. Bone histomorphometry analysis showed that Oc.S/BS and Oc.N/BS in the PBS group were significant lower than those in MSCs group 2; Ob.S/BS and Ob.N/BS did not show significant difference among the three groups. The current study

  3. TOPP: A post-processor for TOPAZ, the one dimensional pipe flow analysis code

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    Martin, R.W.

    1987-07-01

    TOPP is a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) post-processor for producing graphical results from the one dimensional pipe flow analysis code, TOPAZ. TOPAZ was written by W. S. Winters of Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore (SNLL) and is available on the CRAY computers at LLNL. The SNLL version of TOPAZ produces a very limited set of variables that can be used as input to a post-processor. The version at LLNL has been modified to output every time-dependent variable to an absolute binary file at the user specified minor edit frequency. TOPP reads this absolute binary file and produces a variety of graphical results. 2 refs.

  4. Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus colonization and bloodstream infection: prevalence, risk factors, and the impact on early outcomes after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Hefazi, Mehrdad; Damlaj, Moussab; Alkhateeb, Hassan B; Partain, Daniel K; Patel, Robin; Razonable, Raymund R; Gastineau, Dennis A; Al-Kali, Aref; Hashmi, Shahrukh K; Hogan, William J; Litzow, Mark R; Patnaik, Mrinal M

    2016-12-01

    Screening for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) is performed at many transplant centers, but data on the impact of VRE colonization and bloodstream infection (BSI) on hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) outcomes remain conflicting. Consecutive adults with acute myeloid leukemia who underwent allogeneic HCT between 2004 and 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were screened by perirectal PCR swabs targeting vanA and vanB twice weekly while inpatient. Of a total of 203 patients (median age 54 years), 73 (36%) were VRE colonized prior to HCT, 23 (11%) became colonized within the first 100 days, and 107 (53%) remained non-colonized through day 100 post HCT. A landmark analysis on HCT day 0 revealed no significant difference in overall survival according to pre-transplant colonization status (P=.20). However, patients with subsequent VRE colonization within the first 100 days of HCT had a significantly worse survival on both univariable (P=.04) and multivariable (P=.03) analyses. During the first 30 days post HCT, 11 (5% of total and 11% of the VRE colonized) patients developed VRE BSI. Ten (91%) of these had screened positive for VRE colonization before the bacteremia. Age ≥60 years, HCT-comorbidity index ≥3, and VRE colonization were independent risk factors for VRE BSI on multivariable analysis (P=.04, .03, .003, respectively). Only 1 (9%) patient with VRE BSI died within the first 100 days post HCT. VRE colonization is a surrogate marker and not an independent predictor of worse outcomes post HCT. VRE BSI is associated with increased morbidity, but does not impact post-HCT survival. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Failure mode analysis of a post-tension anchored dam using linear finite element analysis

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    Corn, Aimee

    There are currently over 84,000 dams in the United States, and the average age of those dams is 52 years. Concrete gravity dams are the second most common dam type, with more than 3,000 in the United States. Current engineering technology and technical understanding of hydrologic and seismic events has resulted in significant increases to the required design loads for most dams; therefore, many older dams do not have adequate safety for extreme loading events. Concrete gravity dams designed and constructed in the early 20th century did not consider uplift pressures beneath the dam, which reduces the effective weight of the structure. One method that has been used to enhance the stability of older concrete gravity dams includes the post-tension anchor (PTA) system. Post-tensioning infers modifying cured concrete and using self-equilibrating elements to increase the weight of the section, which provides added stability. There is a lack of historical evidence regarding the potential failure mechanisms for PTA concrete gravity dams. Of particular interest, is how these systems behave during large seismic events. The objective of this thesis is to develop a method by which the potential failure modes during a seismic event for a PTA dam can be evaluated using the linear elastic finite element method of analysis. The most likely potential failure modes (PFM) for PTA designs are due to tensile failure and shear failure. A numerical model of a hypothetical project was developed to simulate PTAs in the dam. The model was subjected to acceleration time-history motions that simulated the seismic loads. The results were used to evaluate the likelihood of tendon failure due to both tension and shear. The results from the analysis indicated that the PTA load increased during the seismic event; however, the peak load in the tendons was less than the gross ultimate tensile strength (GUTS) and would not be expected to result in tensile failure at the assumed project. The analysis

  6. Long duration exposure facility post-flight thermal analysis, part 1

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    Berrios, William M.; Sampair, Thomas R.

    1992-01-01

    Results of the post-flight thermal analysis of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) mission are presented. The LDEF mission thermal analysis was verified by comparing the thermal model results to flight data from the LDEF Thermal Measurements System (THERM). Post-flight calculated temperature uncertainties have been reduced to under +/- 18 F from the pre-flight uncertainties of +/- 40 F. The THERM consisted of eight temperature sensors, a shared tape recorder, a standard LDEF flight battery, and an electronics control box. The temperatures were measured at selected locations on the LDEF structure interior during the first 390 days of flight and recorded for post-flight analysis. After the LDEF retrieval from Space on 12 Jan. 1990, the tape recorder was recovered from the spacecraft and the data reduced for comparison to the LDEF predicted temperatures. The LDEF mission temperatures were calculated prior to the LDEF deployment on 7 Apr. 1980, and updated after the LDEF retrieval with the following actual flight parameter data: including thermal fluxes, spacecraft attitudes, thermal coatings degradation, and contamination effects. All updated data used for the calculation of post-flight temperatures is also presented in this document.

  7. Long duration exposure facility post-flight thermal analysis, part 2

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    Berrios, William M.; Sampair, Thomas R.

    1992-01-01

    Results of the post-flight thermal analysis for the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) mission are presented. The LDEF mission thermal analysis was verified by comparing the thermal model results to flight data from the LDEF Thermal Measurements System (THERM). Post-flight calculated temperature uncertainties have been reduced to under +/- 18 F from the pre-flight uncertainties of +/- 40 F. The THERM consisted of eight temperature sensors, a shared tape recorder, a standard LDEF flight battery, and an electronics control box. The temperatures were measured at selected locations on the LDEF structure interior during the first 390 days of flight and recorded for post-flight analysis. After the LDEF retrieval from Space on 12 Jan. 1990, the tape recorder was recovered from the spacecraft and the data reduced for comparison to the LDEF predicted temperatures. The LDEF mission temperatures were calculated prior to the LDEF deployment on 7 Apr. 1980, and updated after the LDEF retrieval with the following actual flight parameter data: thermal fluxes, spacecraft attitudes, thermal coatings degradation, and contamination effects. All updated data used for calculation of post-flight temperatures is also presented in this document.

  8. Long-term follow-up of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for patients with Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Impact of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on treatment outcomes

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    Kebriaei, Partow; Saliba, Rima; Rondon, Gabriela; Chiattone, Alexandre; Luthra, Rajyalakshmi; Anderlini, Paolo; Andersson, Borje; Shpall, Elizabeth; Popat, Uday; Jones, Roy; Worth, Laura; Ravandi, Farhad; Thomas, Deborah; O’Brien, Susan; Kantarjian, Hagop; de Lima, Marcos; Giralt, Sergio; Champlin, Richard

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) has revolutionized therapy for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who have the Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome. Patients and methods A retrospective analysis was conducted on 102 adults and 11 children who received a first matched related (n =60), matched unrelated (n =40), mismatched cord blood (n=12), or haplo-identical (n=1) allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) for Ph+ ALL in first complete remission (n=71), second complete remission (n=11) or with active disease (n=31) between 1990 and 2009. Sixtyseven patients received TKI with upfront ALL therapy, and 32 patients received TKI maintenance following HSCT. Results With median follow-up of 5 years among survivors (range, 1.1–20.4 years), overall survival (OS) was significantly better for patients transplanted in first remission compared with HSCT in advanced disease: 43% vs. 16%, p=0.002. Disease stage and age at time of HSCT, the development of acute GVHD, and decade of HSCT were found to significantly impact OS, progression-free survival (PFS) and non-relapse mortality (NRM) in multivariate analyses. Conclusion Allogeneic HSCT provides durable remission for patients with Ph+ ALL in first remission. Neither TKI use pre- nor post HSCT were found to significantly impact transplant outcomes in univariate and multivariate analyses. PMID:21867666

  9. Analysis of Post-Deployment Cognitive Performance and Symptom Recovery in U.S. Marines

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    Haran, F. J.; Alphonso, Aimee L.; Creason, Alia; Campbell, Justin S.; Johnson, Dagny; Young, Emily; Tsao, Jack W.

    2013-01-01

    Background Computerized neurocognitive testing (NCAT) has been proposed to be useful as a screening tool for post-deployment cognitive deficits in the setting of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). We assessed the clinical utility of post-injury/post-deployment Automated Neurocognitive Assessment Metric (ANAM) testing, using a longitudinal design to compare baseline ANAM tests with two post-deployment ANAM tests in a group of Marines who experienced combat during deployment. Methods and Findings Post-deployment cognitive performance and symptom recovery were compared in a subsample of 1324 U.S. Marines with high rates of combat exposure during deployment. Of the sample, 169 Marines had available baseline and twice repeated post-deployment ANAM results. A retrospective analysis of the ANAM data, which consisted of a self-report questionnaire about deployment-related blast exposure, recent history of mTBI, current clinical symptoms, and cognitive performance. Self-reported concussion sustained anytime during deployment was associated with a decrease in cognitive performance measured between 2–8 weeks post-deployment. At the second post-deployment test conducted on average eight months later, performance on the second simple reaction time test, in particular, remained impaired and was the most consistent and sensitive indicator of the cognitive decrements. Additionally, post-concussive symptoms were shown to persist in injured Marines with a self-reported history of concussion for an additional five months after most cognitive deficits resolved. Results of this study showed a measurable deployment effect on cognitive performance, although this effect appears to resolve without lasting clinical sequelae in those without history of deployment-related concussion. Conclusions These results highlight the need for a detailed clinical examination for service members with history of concussion and persistent clinical symptoms. Reliance solely upon computerized

  10. A qualitative analysis of the nursing documentation of post-operative pain management.

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    Briggs, M; Dean, K L

    1998-03-01

    As part of trust-wide practice development project to improve post-operative pain management, a descriptive study was conducted in the orthopaedic directorate of a large teaching hospital in the north of England. Sixty-five patients were included in this prospective study. Patients were interviewed post-operatively about their pain experience, and present and worst pain scores were recorded. The nursing documentation relating to pain management was also transcribed and a content analysis of this nursing documentation is reported. Findings indicate that individual assessment of pain was poorly documented and that the nurses' record of the patient's post-operative pain experience differed from the patient report. Reliance on pharmacological methods of pain relief was evident and interventions to help patients cope with night time pain were rarely documented. The results are discussed in light of a theoretical framework for acute pain management and current research. Implications for practice are discussed and areas for further research are suggested.

  11. Prophylactic clipping and post-polypectomy bleeding: a meta-analysis and systematic review

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    Boumitri, Christine; Mir, Fazia A.; Ashraf, Imran; Matteson-Kome, Michelle L.; Nguyen, Douglas L.; Puli, Srinivas R.; Bechtold, Matthew L.

    2016-01-01

    Background Bleeding after polypectomy is a common issue associated with colonoscopy. To help prevent post-polypectomy bleeding, many endoscopists place clips at the site. However, this practice remains controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis of the efficacy of clip placement in the prevention of post-polypectomy bleeding. Methods Multiple databases, including Embase, Scopus, MEDLINE/PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane databases, and recent abstracts from major American meetings were searched in April 2016. Using the DerSimonian and Laird (random effects) model with odds ratio (OR), a meta-analysis was performed of post-polypectomy bleeding with prophylactic clip versus no prophylactic clip. Results Five hundred and thirty potential articles and abstracts were discovered. Thirty-five articles were reviewed, with 12 studies satisfying the inclusion criteria. No statistically significant difference in prophylactic clipping versus no prophylactic clipping for post-polypectomy bleeding in all polyps was found when all studies (OR 1.49; 95% CI: 0.56–4.00; P=0.42), only peer-reviewed studies where abstracts were excluded (OR 0.84; 95% CI: 0.42–1.69; P=0.63), and only randomized controlled trials (OR 1.24; 95% CI: 0.69–2.24; P=0.47) were analyzed. Conclusions The use of prophylactic clipping for all polypectomies does not seem to prevent post-polypectomy bleeding and should not be a routine practice. However, for large polyps (>2 cm), prophylactic clipping may or may not be beneficial in preventing post-polypectomy bleeding. Further studies are required to fully evaluate this subgroup. PMID:27708518

  12. Genetic analysis of post-weaning growth traits of Thalli sheep under tropical conditions.

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    Hussain, Asghar; Akhtar, Pervez; Ali, Safdar; Javed, Khalid; Younas, Muhammad; Shakoor, Abdul; Waheed, Usman

    2014-12-01

    Present investigation was carried out to study the influence of genetic and non-genetic factors affecting post-weaning performance traits in Thalli sheep. Data on post-weaning growth of Thalli sheep maintained at Livestock Experiment Station, Rakh Ghulaman, District Bhakkar-Punjab, Pakistan during 1977-2003 were subjected to genetic analysis. The average values for weight at 180 and 270 days of age, yearling weight and post-weaning average daily gain were 22.37 ± 4.21, 25.96 ± 4.90 and 28.93 ± 5.20 kg and 28 ± 0.01 g/day, respectively. Weight at 180, 270 and 365 days of age and post-weaning average daily gain were significantly affected by year of birth, sex, type of birth and weaning weight (covariable) whereas season of birth was a significant source of variation for 180 and 270 days of age. The heritability estimates for 180 and 270 days, yearling weight and post-weaning average daily gain were 0.07 ± 0.02, 0.08 ± 0.02, 0.07 ± 0.02 and 0.07 ± 0.02, respectively.

  13. [Analysis of prognostic factors in Chinese patients with post-polycythemia vera myelofibrosis and post-essential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis].

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    Chen, M; Xu, Z F; Xu, J Q; Li, B; Zhang, P H; Qin, T J; Zhang, Y; Wang, J Y; Zhang, H L; Fang, L W; Pan, L J; Hu, N B; Qu, S Q; Xiao, Z J

    2016-10-14

    Objective: To evaluate the performances of the prognostic scoring systems devised for primary myelofibrosis(PMF)and the new developed MYSEC- PM(Mysec Prognostic Model)and investigate the risk factors in Chinese patients with post-polycythemia vera myelofibrosis and post-essential thrombocythemia myelofibrosis(post- PV/ET MF). The most widely used prognostic scoring systems in PMF included the International Prognostic Scoring System(IPSS), dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System(DIPSS), refined DIPSS(DIPSS plus), modified IPSS for Chinese(IPSS-Chinese), and modified DIPSS for Chinese(DIPSS- Chinese). Methods: The clinical and hematologic information of 55 consecutive patients diagnosed with post- PV/ET MF from March 1984 to December 2013 were retrospectively collected. All post-PV/ET MF patients were categorized according to IPSS, DIPSS, DIPSS plus, IPSS-Chinese, DIPSS-Chinese and MYSEC-PM, and the possible prognostic factors were statistically analyzed. Results: Fifty five patients diagnosed with post-PV MF(n=32)or post-ET MF(n=23)were analyzed with a median age of 59(range: 20- 88)years old, including 20 males and 35 females. Median time from original diagnosis to myelofibrosis was 7.8(range: 1.1- 23.4)years. With a median follow up from post-PV/ET MF diagnosis of 37(range: 1-156)months, 44(80.0%)patients were censored alive, 11(20.0%)patients died. Median survival was 110(95% CI 87.5-132.8)months. Using IPSS, DIPSS, DIPSS plus, IPSS- Chinese and MYSEC- PM criteria, there were no statistically significances in survival among different risk groups(P>0.05). In univariate analyses HGB<100 g/L(P=0.003)was the only factor associated with poorer overall survival. The prognosis in subjects with HGB≥100 g/L was significantly better than that with HGB<100 g/L(median OS: not reached vs 47 months, P=0.003). Conclusion: IPSS, DIPSS, DIPSS plus, IPSS- Chinese and MYSEC- PM did not accurately discriminate different risk categories in post PV/ET MF patients. HGB< 100 g

  14. Impact of allogeneic stem cell transplantation on survival of patients less than 65 years of age with primary myelofibrosis

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    Giorgino, Toni; Scott, Bart L.; Ditschkowski, Markus; Alchalby, Haefaa; Cervantes, Francisco; Vannucchi, Alessandro; Cazzola, Mario; Morra, Enrica; Zabelina, Tatjana; Maffioli, Margherita; Pereira, Arturo; Beelen, Dietrich; Deeg, H. Joachim; Passamonti, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) is the only curative option for patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF), but information on its net advantage over conventional therapies is lacking. Using ad hoc statistical analysis, we determined outcomes in 438 patients <65 years old at diagnosis who received allogenic SCT (n = 190) or conventional therapies (n = 248). Among patients at low risk per the Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System (DIPSS) model, the relative risk of death after allogenic SCT vs those treated with nontransplant modalities was 5.6 (95% CI, 1.7-19; P = .0051); for intermediate-1 risk it was 1.6 (95% CI, 0.79-3.2; P = .19), for intermediate-2 risk, 0.55 (95% CI, 0.36-0.83; P = .005), and for high risk, 0.37 (95% CI, 0.21-0.66; P = .0007). Thus, patients with intermediate-2 or high-risk PMF clearly benefit from allogenic SCT. Patients at low risk should receive nontransplant therapy, whereas individual counseling is indicated for patients at intermediate-1 risk. PMID:25784679

  15. Impact of allogeneic stem cell transplantation on survival of patients less than 65 years of age with primary myelofibrosis.

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    Kröger, Nicolaus; Giorgino, Toni; Scott, Bart L; Ditschkowski, Markus; Alchalby, Haefaa; Cervantes, Francisco; Vannucchi, Alessandro; Cazzola, Mario; Morra, Enrica; Zabelina, Tatjana; Maffioli, Margherita; Pereira, Arturo; Beelen, Dietrich; Deeg, H Joachim; Passamonti, Francesco

    2015-05-21

    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) is the only curative option for patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF), but information on its net advantage over conventional therapies is lacking. Using ad hoc statistical analysis, we determined outcomes in 438 patients <65 years old at diagnosis who received allogenic SCT (n = 190) or conventional therapies (n = 248). Among patients at low risk per the Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System (DIPSS) model, the relative risk of death after allogenic SCT vs those treated with nontransplant modalities was 5.6 (95% CI, 1.7-19; P = .0051); for intermediate-1 risk it was 1.6 (95% CI, 0.79-3.2; P = .19), for intermediate-2 risk, 0.55 (95% CI, 0.36-0.83; P = .005), and for high risk, 0.37 (95% CI, 0.21-0.66; P = .0007). Thus, patients with intermediate-2 or high-risk PMF clearly benefit from allogenic SCT. Patients at low risk should receive nontransplant therapy, whereas individual counseling is indicated for patients at intermediate-1 risk. © 2015 by The American Society of Hematology.

  16. Costs associated with blood transfusions in Sweden--the societal cost of autologous, allogeneic and perioperative RBC transfusion.

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    Glenngård, A H; Persson, U; Söderman, C

    2005-08-01

    Anaemia is characterised by an insufficient number of red blood cells (RBCs) and might occur for different reasons, e.g. surgical procedures are often with associated blood loss. Patients who suffer from anaemia have the option of treatment with blood transfusion or medical treatment. In this study, the societal cost, for the case of Sweden, of RBC transfusion using three different techniques, i.e. allogeneic, autologous and intraoperative transfusion, was estimated. The analysis was based on information from interviews with hospital staff at large Swedish hospitals and from published data. The average cost for a 2 units transfusion was found to be Swedish kronor (SEK) 6330 (702 Euro) for filtered allogeneic RBCs and SEK 5394 (598 Euro) for autologous RBCs for surgery patients. Transfusion reactions accounted for almost 35 per cent of the costs of allogeneic RBC transfusions. The administration cost was found to be much higher for autologous transfusions compared with allogeneic transfusions. The cost of intraoperative erythrocyte salvage was calculated to be SEK 2567 (285 Euro) per transfusion (>4 units).

  17. Prognostic impact of pre-transplantation transfusion history and secondary iron overload in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation: a GITMO study

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    Alessandrino, Emilio Paolo; Porta, Matteo Giovanni Della; Bacigalupo, Andrea; Malcovati, Luca; Angelucci, Emanuele; Van Lint, Maria Teresa; Falda, Michele; Onida, Francesco; Bernardi, Massimo; Guidi, Stefano; Lucarelli, Barbarella; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Cerretti, Raffaella; Marenco, Paola; Pioltelli, Pietro; Pascutto, Cristiana; Oneto, Rosi; Pirolini, Laura; Fanin, Renato; Bosi, Alberto

    2010-01-01

    Background Transfusion-dependency affects the natural history of myelodysplastic syndromes. Secondary iron overload may concur to this effect. The relative impact of these factors on the outcome of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome receiving allogeneic stem-cell transplantation remains to be clarified. Design and Methods We retrospectively evaluated the prognostic effect of transfusion history and iron overload on the post-transplantation outcome of 357 patients with myelodysplastic syndrome reported to the Gruppo Italiano Trapianto di Midollo Osseo (GITMO) registry between 1997 and 2007. Results Transfusion-dependency was independently associated with reduced overall survival (hazard ratio=1.48, P=0.017) and increased non-relapse mortality (hazard ratio=1.68, P=0.024). The impact of transfusion-dependency was noted only in patients receiving myeloablative conditioning (overall survival: hazard ratio=1.76, P=0.003; non-relapse mortality: hazard ratio=1.70, P=0.02). There was an inverse relationship between transfusion burden and overall survival after transplantation (P=0.022); the outcome was significantly worse in subjects receiving more than 20 red cell units. In multivariate analysis, transfusion-dependency was found to be a risk factor for acute graft-versus-host disease (P=0.04). Among transfusion-dependent patients undergoing myeloablative allogeneic stem cell transplantation, pre-transplantation serum ferritin level had a significant effect on overall survival (P=0.01) and non-relapse mortality (P=0.03). This effect was maintained after adjusting for transfusion burden and duration, suggesting that the negative effect of transfusion history on outcome might be determined at least in part by iron overload. Conclusions Pre-transplantation transfusion history and serum ferritin have significant prognostic value in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome undergoing myeloablative allogeneic stem cell transplantation, inducing a significant increase of non

  18. Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System scores, pre-transplant therapy and chronic graft-versus-host disease determine outcome after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for myelofibrosis

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    Ditschkowski, Markus; Elmaagacli, Ahmet H.; Trenschel, Rudolf; Gromke, Tanja; Steckel, Nina K.; Koldehoff, Michael; Beelen, Dietrich W.

    2012-01-01

    Background Myelofibrosis is a myeloproliferative stem cell disorder curable exclusively by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and is associated with substantial mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess disease-specific and transplant-related risk factors that influence post-transplant outcome in patients with myelofibrosis. Design and Methods We retrospectively assessed 76 consecutive patients with primary (n=47) or secondary (n=29) myelofibrosis who underwent bone marrow (n=6) or peripheral blood stem cell (n=70) transplantation from sibling (n=30) or unrelated (n=46) donors between January 1994 and December 2010. The median follow-up of surviving patients was 55±7.5 months. Results Primary graft failure occurred in 5% and the non-relapse mortality rate at 1 year was 28%. The relapse-free survival rate was 50% with a relapse rate of 19% at 5 years. The use of pharmacological pre-treatment and the post-transplant occurrence of chronic graft-versus-host disease were significant independent unfavourable risk factors for post-transplant survival in multivariate analysis. Using the Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System for risk stratification, low-risk patients had significantly better overall survival (P=0.014, hazard ratio 1.4) and relapse-free survival (P=0.02, hazard ratio 1.3) compared to the other risk groups of patients. The additional inclusion of thrombocytopenia, abnormal karyotype and transfusion need (Dynamic International Prognostic Scoring System Plus) resulted in a predicted 5-year overall survival of 100%, 51%, 54% and 30% for low, intermediate-1, intermediate-2 and high-risk groups, respectively. The relapse incidence was significantly higher in the absence of chronic graft-versus-host disease (P=0.006), and pharmacological pre-treatment (n=43) was associated with reduced relapse-free survival (P=0.001). Conclusions The data corroborate a strong correlation between alloreactivity and long-term post

  19. Adoptive allogeneic immunotherapy--history and future perspectives.

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    Schleuning, M

    2000-10-01

    For more than 30 yrs allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantations have been successfully performed in patients with hematologic malignancies and bone marrow aplasia. Over the years the field of transplantation has changed dramatically. More and more unrelated donors became available, regimens for haploidentical transplantations were introduced and G-CSF mobilized peripheral blood stem cells and fetal cells from umbilical cord became available as alternate sources of hematopoietic stem cells. However, especially the introduction of donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) for the successful treatment of leukemic relapses after allogeneic stem cell transplantations improved our understanding of transplantation immunology and opened amazing perspectives in allogeneic transplantation. It was long believed, that myeloablative therapy with high-dose chemotherapy and total body irradiation (TBI) are the sole antileukemic principles in allogeneic transplantations. But by now it became clear, that donor lymphocytes exert a very potent antileukemic effect, now referred as the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) or graft-versus-malignancy (GVM) reaction. The efficacy of DLI in controlling leukemic relapses suggests that myeloablative therapy is not essential for long-term disease control. By exploiting the GVL or GVM reaction more intensively the role of chemotherapy and TBI is changing to immunosuppression. Sufficient immunosuppression to allow grafting, however, can be achieved with much lower doses as those which have been used in conventional transplants. Therefore allogeneic transplants have become also available for the elderly or for patients with concurrent medical conditions, which would have excluded them from conventional transplants. Moreover, this allogeneic transplantation strategy with reduced intensity conditioning is now also under investigation in patients with susceptible solid tumors and autoimmune diseases. However, one major obstacle in allogeneic

  20. SSME LOX post flow analysis/fluid structure interaction. Volume 1: Flow analysis

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    Burke, Roger W.

    1989-01-01

    The realization of measures to improve the performance of the Space Shuttle is, to a large extent, dependent on an improved understanding of the fluid flow phenomena occurring in the main engine. The overall arrangement of the primary components of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) are presented. The impingement of the hot gases from the transfer ducts onto the LOX posts causes them to be subjected to severe thermal and gas dynamic loads, which in the past have resulted in the occasional breakage of some elements of the outer row of posts during test firings of the engine, particularly at higher power levels. Large velocities in the gap between the LOX posts may also be a contributing factor in causing dynamic stability problems. The deforming structural response of the posts to the pressure loading may likely affect the gas flowfield by producing a moving flowfield boundary, thereby creating a dynamically coupled unsteady fluid-structure system. The objective was to investigate the three-dimensional, turbulent flow around a simplified SSME LOX post array using an existing Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes flow solver and a suitable turbulence model to parameterize the turbulent shear stresses. Numerical computations were performed to analyze the effect on the flowfield of varying the spacing between the LOX posts, which were modeled as rigid, three-dimensional circular cylinders. The methodology used in the computations is described. Results are presented.

  1. Quality of post-operative patient handover in the post-anaesthesia care unit: a prospective analysis.

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    Milby, A; Böhmer, A; Gerbershagen, M U; Joppich, R; Wappler, F

    2014-02-01

    Anaesthesiology plays a key role in promoting safe perioperative care. This includes the perioperative phase in the post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) where problems with incomplete information transfer may have a negative impact on patient safety and can lead to patient harm. The objective of this study was to analyse information transfer during post-operative handovers in the PACU. With a self-developed checklist including 59 items the information transfer during post-operative handovers was documented and subsequently compared with patient information in anaesthesia records during a 2-month period. A total number of 790 handovers with duration of 73 ± 49 s was analysed. Few items were transferred in most of the cases such as type of surgery (97% of the cases), regional anaesthesia (94% of the cases) and cardiac instability (93% of the cases). However, some items were rarely transferred, such as American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status (7% of the cases), initiation of post-operative pain management (12% of the cases), antibiotic therapy (14% of the cases) and fluid management (15% of the cases). There was a slight correlation between amount of information transferred and duration of post-operative handovers (r = 0.5). The study shows that post-operative handovers in the PACU are in most cases incomplete. It appears useful to optimise the post-operative handover process, for example by implementing a standardised handover checklist. © 2013 The Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. Intrasplenic transplantation of allogeneic hepatocytes prolongs survival in anhepatic rats.

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    Arkadopoulos, N; Lilja, H; Suh, K S; Demetriou, A A; Rozga, J

    1998-11-01

    To examine whether hepatocytes transplanted in the spleen can function as an ectopic liver, we performed hepatocyte transplantation in rats that were rendered anhepatic. Total hepatectomy was performed by using a novel single-stage technique. Following hepatectomy, Group 1 rats (n = 16) were monitored until death to determine survival time without prior intervention. Group 2 anhepatic rats (n = 20) were sacrificed at various times to measure blood hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-beta1) levels. Group 3 (n = 16) rats received intrasplenic injection of isolated hepatocytes (2.5 x 10(7) cells/rat) followed by total hepatectomy after 3 days. Group 4 (n = 12) sham-transplanted rats received intrasplenic saline infusion, and after 3 days they were rendered anhepatic. Group 2, 3, and 4 rats were maintained on daily Cyclosporine A (10 mg/kg; intramuscularly). Group 1 anhepatic rats survived for 22.4 +/- 5.2 hours (standard deviation). The anhepatic state was associated with a progressive and statistically significant rise in blood HGF and TGF-beta1 levels. Rats that received hepatocyte transplantation before total hepatectomy had a significantly longer survival time than sham-transplanted anhepatic controls (34.1 +/- 8.5 vs. 15.5 +/- 4.8 hrs, P < .01). Additionally, at 12 hours post-hepatectomy, transplanted rats had significantly lower blood ammonia, prothrombin time, international normalized ratio, and TGF-beta1 levels when compared with sham-transplanted controls. In conclusion, intrasplenic transplantation of allogeneic hepatocytes prolonged survival, improved blood chemistry, and lowered blood TGF-beta1 levels in rats rendered anhepatic.

  3. The in vitro generation of multi-tumor antigen-specific cytotoxic T cell clones: Candidates for leukemia adoptive immunotherapy following allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Mohamed, Yehia S; Bashawri, Layla A; Vatte, Chittibabu; Abu-Rish, Eman Y; Cyrus, Cyril; Khalaf, Wafaa S; Browning, Michael J

    2016-09-01

    Adoptive T-cell immunotherapy is a promising approach to manage and maintain relapse-free survival of leukemia patients, especially following allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Post-transplant adoptive immunotherapy using cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) of the donor origin provide graft-versus-tumor effects, with or without graft-versus-host disease. Myeloid leukemias express immunogenic leukemia associated antigens (LAAs); such as WT-1, PRAME, MAGE, h-TERT and others, most of them are able to induce specific T cell responses whenever associated with the proper co-stimulation. We investigated the ability of a LAA-expressing hybridoma cell line to induce CTL clones in PBMCs of HLA-matched healthy donors in vitro. The CTL clones were induced by repetitive co-culture with LAAs-expressing, HLA-A*0201(+) hybrid cell line, generated by fusion of leukemia blasts to human immortalized APC (EBV-sensitized B-lymphoblastoid cell line; HMy2). The induced cytotoxic T cell clones were phenotypically and functionally characterized by pentamer analysis, IFN-γ release ELISPOT and cellular cytotoxicity assays. All T cell lines showed robust peptide recognition and functional activity when sensitized with HLA-A*0201-restricted WT-1235-243, hTERT615-624 or PRAME100-108 peptides-pulsed T2 cells, in addition to partially HLA-matched leukemia blasts. This study demonstrates the feasibility of developing multi-tumor antigen-specific T cell lines in allogeneic PBMCs in vitro, using LAA-expressing tumor/HMy2 hybrid cell line model, for potential use in leukemia adoptive immunotherapy in partially matched donor-recipient setting. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Early immunisation with dendritic cells after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation elicits graft vs tumour reactivity

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    Gigi, V; Stein, J; Askenasy, N; Yaniv, I; Ash, S

    2013-01-01

    Background: Perspectives of immunotherapy to cancer mediated by bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in conjunction with dendritic cell (DC)-mediated immune sensitisation have yielded modest success so far. In this study, we assessed the impact of DC on graft vs tumour (GvT) reactions triggered by allogeneic BMT. Methods: H2Ka mice implanted with congenic subcutaneous Neuro-2a neuroblastoma (NB, H2Ka) tumours were irradiated and grafted with allogeneic H2Kb bone marrow cells (BMC) followed by immunisation with tumour-inexperienced or tumour-pulsed DC. Results: Immunisation with tumour-pulsed donor DC after allogeneic BMT suppressed tumour growth through induction of T cell-mediated NB cell lysis. Early post-transplant administration of DC was more effective than delayed immunisation, with similar efficacy of DC inoculated into the tumour and intravenously. In addition, tumour inexperienced DC were equally effective as tumour-pulsed DC in suppression of tumour growth. Immunisation of DC did not impact quantitative immune reconstitution, however, it enhanced T-cell maturation as evident from interferon-γ (IFN-γ) secretion, proliferation in response to mitogenic stimulation and tumour cell lysis in vitro. Dendritic cells potentiate GvT reactivity both through activation of T cells and specific sensitisation against tumour antigens. We found that during pulsing with tumour lysate DC also elaborate a factor that selectively inhibits lymphocyte proliferation, which is however abolished by humoral and DC-mediated lymphocyte activation. Conclusion: These data reveal complex involvement of antigen-presenting cells in GvT reactions, suggesting that the limited success in clinical application is not a result of limited efficacy but suboptimal implementation. Although DC can amplify soluble signals from NB lysates that inhibit lymphocyte proliferation, early administration of DC is a dominant factor in suppression of tumour growth. PMID:23511628

  5. The effects of post-persulfate-digestion procedures on total phosphorus analysis in water.

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    Zhou, Meifang; Struve, David M

    2004-11-01

    There are differences between the EPA Method 365 and the APHA-AWWA-WEF's Standard Method 4500 with respect to the post-digestion treatment procedures of the persulfate-digested water. The effects on total phosphorus analysis of different post-digestion treatment procedures, such as neutralization and reacidification, and shaking/settling, were investigated in this study using the total phosphorus measurements of water samples from the Everglades Round Robin (ERR) study and comparing the results with the ERR study. The effects of the insoluble particles or phosphorus adsorption/precipitation on/with Al and Fe hydroxides in different post-digestion treatment procedures adequately accounted for the differences between the most probable value and the higher or lower total phosphorus measurements reported in the ERR study. Based on the results of this investigation we recommend that a clearly defined set of digestion and post-digestion treatment procedures be adopted as the standard for total phosphorus analysis using the ascorbic acid method.

  6. [Effects of rat allogeneic adipose-derived stem cells on the early neovascularization of autologous fat transplantation].

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    Tian, Tian; Jia, Chiyu; Liu, Yi; Liu, Zhen; Hu, Guodong; Wang, Ruichen; Chang, Chunjuan

    2014-12-01

    , pathological observation, and assessment of cells with positive expression of CD31 with immunohistochemical method. Data were processed with one-way analysis of variance and SNK test. (1) The fourth passage of cells proliferated well showing fusiform shape similar to fibroblasts. These cells showed positive expression of CD34 and CD49d and weak positive expression of CD106 and CD45. They were able to differentiate into adipocytes and osteoblasts. These cells were identified as ADSCs. The fourth passage of cells grew faster than that of the tenth passage. (2) At 7 days post transplantation, no liquifying necrosis or infection was observed in the fat transplants of the rats in the 4 groups. Wet weight of the fat transplants in groups A and B was respectively (0.25 ± 0.04) and (0.26 ± 0.03) g, which were less than those of groups C and D [(0.36 ± 0.03) and (0.35 ± 0.04) g, with P values below 0.05]. HE staining showed that there were less fat cells and more fibroblasts in the transplants of group A, visible fibrous tissue around uneven shape of fat cells in the transplants of group B, and almost identical size and shape of fat cells and unobvious fibrous tissues were found in the transplants of groups C and D. The cells with positive expression of CD31 were distributed in fibrous tissues in larger number but less around fat cells in the transplants of group A, while more of these cells were observed surrounding fat cells in the transplants of group B. There were more cells with positive expression of CD31 distributed surrounding fat cells in the transplants of groups C and D than that in group B. The cells with positive expression of CD31 observed under 400 times field were more in number in groups C (20.5 ± 1.1) and D (22.1 ± 1.0) than in groups A (8.0 ± 3.6) and B (10.9 ± 1.7), with P values below 0.05. Allogeneic ADSCs combined with autologous AG can significantly improve the early vascularization of fat transplantation as well as autologous ADSCs combined with

  7. A postprocessor system for the data reduction and post analysis of NASTRAN results

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    Raibstein, A. I.; Emil, S.; Pipano, A.

    1976-01-01

    NASTRAN analysis results are scanned to determine maximum and minimum displacements, forces and stresses. Allowables and margins of safety are computed, and in the case of multiple loading conditions, envelopes for displacements, forces, stresses and margins of safety are also produced for specified element sets. Graphical plots of the reduced or the regular NASTRAN results may be obtained superimposed either of a developed fuselage strip or on a projection of any specified part of the finite element model. The use of the data reduction, post analysis and graphical plotting capabilities provide the analyst with a fast and convenient tool for the study of NASTRAN analysis results and their presentation for project documentation.

  8. Integrated proteomic analysis of post-translational modifications by serial enrichment

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    Mertins, Philipp; Qiao, Jana W; Patel, Jinal; Udeshi, Namrata D; Clauser, Karl R; Mani, D R; Burgess, Michael W; Gillette, Michael A; Jaffe, Jacob D; Carr, Steven A

    2014-01-01

    We report a mass spectrometry–based method for the integrated analysis of protein expression, phosphorylation, ubiquitination and acetylation by serial enrichments of different post-translational modifications (SEPTM) from the same biological sample. this technology enabled quantitative analysis of nearly 8,000 proteins and more than 20,000 phosphorylation, 15,000 ubiquitination and 3,000 acetylation sites per experiment, generating a holistic view of cellular signal transduction pathways as exemplified by analysis of bortezomib-treated human leukemia cells. PMID:23749302

  9. Blog Posting After Lung Cancer Notification: Content Analysis of Blogs Written by Patients or Their Families.

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    Sato, Akira; Aramaki, Eiji; Shimamoto, Yumiko; Tanaka, Shiro; Kawakami, Koji

    2015-05-18

    The advent and spread of the Internet has changed the way societies communicate. A portion of information on the Internet may constitute an important source of information concerning the experiences and thoughts of patients and their families. Patients and their families use blogs to obtain updated information, search for alternative treatments, facilitate communication with other patients, and receive emotional support. However, much of this information has yet to be actively utilized by health care professionals. We analyzed health-related information in blogs from Japan, focusing on the feelings and satisfaction levels of lung cancer patients or their family members after being notified of their disease. We collected 100 blogs written in Japanese by patients (or their families) who had been diagnosed with lung cancer by a physician. These 100 blogs posts were searchable between June 1 and June 30, 2013. We focused on blog posts that addressed the lung cancer notification event. We analyzed the data using two different approaches (Analysis A and Analysis B). Analysis A was blog content analysis in which we analyzed the content addressing the disease notification event in each blog. Analysis B was patient's dissatisfaction and anxiety analysis. Detailed blog content regarding patient's dissatisfaction and anxiety at the individual sentence level was coded and analyzed. The 100 blog posts were written by 48 men, 46 women, and 6 persons whose sex was undisclosed. The average age of the blog authors was 52.4 years. With regard to cancer staging, there were 5 patients at Stage I, 3 patients at Stage II, 14 patients at Stage III, 21 patients at Stage IV, and 57 patients without a disclosed cancer stage. The results of Analysis A showed that the proportion of patients who were dissatisfied with the level of health care exceeded that of satisfied patients (22% vs 8%). From the 2499 sentences in the 100 blog posts analyzed, we identified expressions of dissatisfaction and

  10. Kinetics of iron removal by phlebotomy in patients with iron overload after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation

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    Eisfeld, Ann-Kathrin; Krahl, Rainer; Jaekel, Nadja; Niederwieser, Dietger; Al-Ali, Haifa Kathrin

    2012-01-01

    Excess body iron could persist for years after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) with possible deleterious sequels. An iron depletive therapy with phlebotomy seems rational. Kinetics of iron removal by phlebotomy without erythropoietin support in non-thalassemic adult patients with iron overload after HCT and the impact of pre- and post-HCT hemochromatosis (HFE) genotype on iron mobilization were investigated. Patients and methods: Phlebotomy was initiated in 61 recipients of allografts due to hematologic malignancies (median age 48 years) after a median of 18 months. The prephlebotomy median serum ferritin (SF) was 1697ng/ml and the median number of blood transfusions 28 units. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)/aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphates (AP), and bilirubin were elevated in 55.7%, 64% and 11.5% patients respectively. HFE-genotype was elucidated by polymerase chain reaction using hybridization probes and melting curve analysis. Results: Phlebotomy was well-tolerated irrespective of age or conditioning. A negative iron balance in 80% of patients (median SF 1086 ng/ml) and a rise in hemoglobin were observed (p<0.0001). Higher transfusional burden and SF were associated with a greater iron mobilization per session (p=0.02). In 58% of patients, a plateau after an initial steady decline in SF was followed by a second decline under further phlebotomy. The improvement in ALT (p=0.002), AST (p=0.03), AP (p=0.01), and bilirubin (p<0.0001) did not correlate with the decline in SF. Mutant HFE-gene variants were detected in 14/55 (25%) pre-HCT and 22/55 (40%) patients post-HCT. Overall, dissimilar pre- and posttransplantational HFE-genotypes were detected in 20/55 (40%) patients. Posttransplantational mutant HFE variants correlated with a slower decline in SF (p=0.007). Conclusions: Phlebotomy is a convenient therapy of iron overload in survivors of HCT. A negative iron balance and a rise in hemoglobin were observed in the majority of

  11. Attitudes of Crohn's Disease Patients: Infodemiology Case Study and Sentiment Analysis of Facebook and Twitter Posts.

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    Roccetti, Marco; Marfia, Gustavo; Salomoni, Paola; Prandi, Catia; Zagari, Rocco Maurizio; Gningaye Kengni, Faustine Linda; Bazzoli, Franco; Montagnani, Marco

    2017-08-09

    Data concerning patients originates from a variety of sources on social media. The aim of this study was to show how methodologies borrowed from different areas including computer science, econometrics, statistics, data mining, and sociology may be used to analyze Facebook data to investigate the patients' perspectives on a given medical prescription. To shed light on patients' behavior and concerns, we focused on Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, and the specific therapy with the biological drug Infliximab. To gain information from the basin of big data, we analyzed Facebook posts in the time frame from October 2011 to August 2015. We selected posts from patients affected by Crohn's disease who were experiencing or had previously been treated with the monoclonal antibody drug Infliximab. The selected posts underwent further characterization and sentiment analysis. Finally, an ethnographic review was carried out by experts from different scientific research fields (eg, computer science vs gastroenterology) and by a software system running a sentiment analysis tool. The patient feeling toward the Infliximab treatment was classified as positive, neutral, or negative, and the results from computer science, gastroenterologist, and software tool were compared using the square weighted Cohen's kappa coefficient method. The first automatic selection process returned 56,000 Facebook posts, 261 of which exhibited a patient opinion concerning Infliximab. The ethnographic analysis of these 261 selected posts gave similar results, with an interrater agreement between the computer science and gastroenterology experts amounting to 87.3% (228/261), a substantial agreement according to the square weighted Cohen's kappa coefficient method (w2K=0.6470). A positive, neutral, and negative feeling was attributed to 36%, 27%, and 37% of posts by the computer science expert and 38%, 30%, and 32% by the gastroenterologist, respectively. Only a slight agreement was

  12. Tumor-specific allogeneic cells for cancer therapy.

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    Marcus, Assaf; Eshhar, Zelig

    2011-12-01

    Adoptive cell transfer (ACT) therapy involves transfer of therapeutic lymphocytes to patients mostly for the treatment of cancer and viral infections. One modality to generate therapeutic lymphocytes is to genetically engineer them to express a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) capable of recognizing the desired target. Current ACT approaches employ the patient's own (syngeneic) lymphocytes, which is both economically and technically challenging. Using foreign (allogeneic) lymphocytes in ACT is problematic because of the severe immunological reaction that occurs between genetically mismatched individuals. However, recently our group has developed a protocol, which allows for safe and effective ACT therapy in a murine model of metastatic disease using allogeneic T cells redirected with a human EGFR2/neuregulin (Her2/neu)-specific CAR. Mild preconditioning of the recipient delayed the rejection of the allogeneic donor T cells such that they had enough time to destroy the tumor, but not enough to cause significant damage to the host. By modulating lymphocyte migration using FTY720, we were actually able to exploit the allogeneic anti-host reaction in order to augment therapeutic benefit while concurrently improving the safety of the treatment. Therefore, we suggest that CAR-based allogeneic ACT therapy could be universally used as a safe and potent 'off-the-shelf' treatment for cancer.

  13. Histological analysis of tonsillectomies: relationship with surgical technique, post-operative pain and haemorrhage.

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    Magdalena, M L; Solé, A; Blanco, V; Rodrigo, J P

    2016-12-01

    There is no consensus on the optimal technique to decrease post-tonsillectomy morbidity. Histopathological analysis can estimate collateral tissue damage. This study compared histological findings for tonsils removed by cold or electrocautery dissection and their relationship with post-operative complications. Two adult out-patient groups were included in the study: 37 who underwent cold dissection and 37 who underwent electrocautery dissection. Histological analysis was used to assess tissue damage. Tissue damage was significantly higher in the electrocautery dissection group (p = 0.002), as were the number of emergency department visits (p = 0.01) and the need for supplemental analgesia (p = 0.013). Patients in the cold dissection group experienced less pain (p = 0.001) and fewer secondary haemorrhage episodes. Cold dissection produces less tissue damage, which is associated with lower incidence of complications. This study suggests that cold dissection is the technique of choice for tonsillectomy.

  14. TC-2 post Helios experiment data review. [postflight systems analysis of spacecraft performance

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    1975-01-01

    Data are presented from a systems postflight analysis of the Centaur Launch Vehicle and Helios. Also given is a comparison of data from preflight analyses. Topics examined are: (1) propellant behavior; (2) helium usage; (3) propellant tank pressurization; (4) propellant tank thermodynamics; (5) component heating; thermal control; and thermal protection system; (6) main engine system; (7) H2O2 consumption; (8) boost pump post-meco performance; and (9) an overview of other systems.

  15. Post-Traumatic Stress Innovations: U.S. Military Enterprise Analysis

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    2011-01-26

    does not display a currently valid OMB control number. 1. REPORT DATE 26 JAN 2011 2 . REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2011 to 00-00-2011 4...dx ( COSC / OSCAR) Family Advocacy / Family Support Readiness General Education on PH (All SM &FM) Substance Abuse Aftercare OT for Non-PH...of the continuum of services in preventing and managing Post Traumatic Stress and related conditions. Three Phases: 1. Current state analysis 2

  16. Outcome and survival analysis of surgical repair of post-infarction ventricular septal rupture.

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    Pang, Philip Y K; Sin, Yoong Kong; Lim, Chong Hee; Tan, Teing Ee; Lim, See Lim; Chao, Victor T T; Su, Jang Wen; Chua, Yeow Leng

    2013-03-09

    To review the experience of surgical repair of post-infarction ventricular septal rupture (VSR) and analyze the associated outcomes and prognostic factors. Following approval from the Singhealth Centralised Institutional Review Board (reference: 2011/881/C), a retrospective review was performed on 38 consecutive patients who had undergone surgical repair of post-infarction VSR between 1999 and 2011. Continuous variables were expressed as either mean ± standard deviation or median with 25th and 75th percentiles. These were compared using two-tailed t-test or Mann-Whitney U test respectively. Categorical variables were compared using chi-square or Fisher's exact test. To identify predictors of operative mortality, univariate analysis of perioperative variables followed by multivariate analysis of significant univariate risk factors was performed. A two-tailed p-value < 0.05 was used to indicate statistical significance. Mean age was 65.7 ± 9.4 years with 52.6% males. The VSR was anterior in 28 (73.7%) and posterior in 10 patients. Median interval from myocardial infarction to VSR was 1 day (1, 4). Pre-operative intra-aortic balloon pump was inserted in 37 patients (97.8%). Thirty-six patients (94.7%) underwent coronary angiography.Thirty-five patients (92.1%) underwent patch repair. Mean aortic cross clamp time was 82 ± 40 minutes and mean cardiopulmonary bypass time was 152 ± 52 minutes. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) was performed in 19 patients (50%), with a mean of 1.5 ± 0.7 distal anastomoses. Operative mortality within 30 days was 39.5%.Univariate analysis identified emergency surgery, New York Heart Association (NYHA) class, inotropic support, right ventricular dysfunction, EuroSCORE II, intra-operative red cell transfusion, post-operative renal failure and renal replacement therapy (RRT) as predictors of operative mortality. Multivariate analysis identified NYHA class and post-operative RRT as predictors of operative mortality.Ten year overall

  17. Long-term survival outcomes of reduced-intensity allogeneic or autologous transplantation in relapsed grade 3 follicular lymphoma.

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    Klyuchnikov, E; Bacher, U; Woo Ahn, K; Carreras, J; Kröger, N M; Hari, P N; Ku, G H; Ayala, E; Chen, A I; Chen, Y-B; Cohen, J B; Freytes, C O; Gale, R P; Kamble, R T; Kharfan-Dabaja, M A; Lazarus, H M; Martino, R; Mussetti, A; Savani, B N; Schouten, H C; Usmani, S Z; Wiernik, P H; Wirk, B; Smith, S M; Sureda, A; Hamadani, M

    2016-01-01

    Grade 3 follicular lymphoma (FL) has aggressive clinical behavior. To evaluate the optimal first transplantation approach in relapsed/refractory grade 3 FL patients, we compared the long-term outcomes after allogeneic (allo-) vs autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (auto-HCT) in the rituximab era. A total of 197 patients undergoing first reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allo-HCT or first auto-HCT during 2000-2012 were included. Rituximab-naive patients were excluded. Allo-HCT recipients were younger, more heavily pretreated and had a longer interval between diagnosis and HCT. The 5-year probabilities of non-relapse mortality (NRM), relapse/progression, PFS and overall survival (OS) for auto-HCT vs allo-HCT groups were 4% vs 27% (P<0.001), 61% vs 20% (P<0.001), 36% vs 51% (P=0.07) and 59% vs 54% (P=0.7), respectively. On multivariate analysis, auto-HCT was associated with reduced risk of NRM (relative risk (RR)=0.20; P=0.001). Within the first 11 months post HCT, auto- and allo-HCT had similar risks of relapse/progression and PFS. Beyond 11 months, auto-HCT was associated with higher risk of relapse/progression (RR=21.3; P=0.003) and inferior PFS (RR=3.2; P=0.005). In the first 24 months post HCT, auto-HCT was associated with improved OS (RR=0.42; P=0.005), but in long-time survivors (beyond 24 months) it was associated with inferior OS (RR=3.6; P=0.04). RIC allo-HCT as the first transplant approach can provide improved PFS and OS, in long-term survivors.

  18. Long-term survival outcomes of reduced-intensity allogeneic or autologous transplantation in relapsed grade 3 follicular lymphoma

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    Klyuchnikov, Evgeny; Bacher, Ulrike; Ahn, Kwang Woo; Carreras, Jeanette; Kröger, Nicolaus M.; Hari, Parameswaran N.; Ku, Grace H.; Ayala, Ernesto; Chen, Andy I.; Chen, Yi-Bin; Cohen, Jonathon B.; Freytes, César O.; Gale, Robert Peter; Kamble, Rammurti T.; Kharfan-Dabaja, Mohamed A.; Lazarus, Hillard M.; Martino, Rodrigo; Mussetti, Alberto; Savani, Bipin N.; Schouten, Harry C.; Usmani, Saad Z.; Wiernik, Peter H.; Wirk, Baldeep; Smith, Sonali M.; Sureda, Anna; Hamadani, Mehdi

    2015-01-01

    Grade-3 follicular lymphoma (FL) has aggressive clinical behavior. To evaluate the optimal first transplantation approach in relapsed/refractory grade-3 FL patients, we compared the long-term outcomes after allogeneic (allo-) vs. autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (auto-HCT) in the rituximab-era. A total of 197 patients undergoing first RIC allo-HCT or first auto-HCT during 2000-2012 were included. Rituximab-naïve patients were excluded. Allo-HCT recipients were younger; more heavily pretreated, and had a longer interval between diagnosis and HCT. The 5-year probabilities of non-relapse mortality (NRM), relapse/progression, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) for auto-HCT vs. allo-HCT groups were 4% vs. 27% (p<0.001); 61% vs. 20% (p<0.001); 36% vs. 51% (p=0.07) and 59% vs. 54% (p=0.7), respectively. On multivariate analysis auto-HCT was associated with reduced risk of NRM (RR=0.20; p=0.001). Within the first 11months post-HCT auto- and allo-HCT had similar risks of relapse/progression and PFS. Beyond 11months, auto-HCT was associated with higher risk of relapse/progression (RR=21.3; p=0.003) and inferior PFS (RR=3.2; p=0.005). In the first 24 months post-HCT, auto-HCT was associated with improved OS (RR=0.42; p=0.005), but in long-time survivors (beyond 24 months) it was associated with inferior OS (RR=3.6; p=0.04). RIC allo-HCT as the first transplant approach can provide improved PFS and OS, in long-term survivors. PMID:26437062

  19. Monitoring MRD with flow cytometry: an effective method to predict relapse for ALL patients after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Zhao, Xiao-Su; Liu, Yan-Rong; Zhu, Hong-Hu; Xu, Lan-Ping; Liu, Dai-Hong; Liu, Kai-Yan; Huang, Xiao-Jun

    2012-02-01

    This study evaluated the prognostic value of minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring by four-color flow cytometry (FCM) in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). MRD was examined with four-color FCM at different time points in 139 patients (including pediatric and adult patients) with ALL after allo-HSCT. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RQ-PCR) was applied to evaluate the MRD of Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL (Ph+ ALL) patients. Patients who were FCM-positive (FCM+) after transplantation had a lower event-free survival (EFS) of 0.54 and a higher cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) of 0.54 compared to an EFS of 0.80 and a CIR of 0.08 in FCM-negative (FCM-) patients (EFS, p < 0.001; CIR, p < 0.001). Similar results were obtained in high-risk patients and Ph+ ALL patients. Moreover, a FCM+ status after the second month post-HSCT (defined as MRD positive) proved to be a predictor of leukemia relapse. Multivariate analysis for EFS, OS and CIR showed that MRD status after transplantation was an independent prognostic factor (p < 0.001, p = 0.013, and p < 0.001, respectively). A good correlation was found between the MRD results of FCM and RQ-PCR (n = 126 pairs, Spearman r = 0.8139, p < 0.001). MRD monitoring by four-color FCM post-transplantation is an important tool for relapse prediction in ALL patients. Prompt and appropriate pre-emptive anti-leukemia treatment could be considered based on the status of MRD after HSCT.

  20. Thrombotic microangiopathy associated with sirolimus levels following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation with tacrolimus/sirolimus-based GVHD prophylaxis

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    Shayani, Sepideh; Palmer, Joycelynne; Stiller, Tracey; Liu, Xueli; Thomas, Sandra H.; Khuu, Tam; Parker, Pablo M.; Khaled, Samer K.; Forman, Stephen J.; Nakamura, Ryotaro

    2013-01-01

    Post-transplant thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a multi-factorial complication of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) whose incidence is increased when using a sirolimus plus tacrolimus regimen for acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) prophylaxis. We evaluated the incidence and possible risk factors for TMA in a case series of 177 patients who received allo-HCT using SIR/TAC-based GVHD prophylaxis. Donors were either sibling (n=82) or matched unrelated (n=95). Within the first 100 days post-HCT, 30 (17%) patients were diagnosed with TMA, and an additional nine patients (5%) were classified as probable TMA cases. The median time to TMA onset was 4.6 weeks (range: 1.6-10.6). Thirty-four patients developed both TMA and aGVHD, with the majority of patients (81%) developing aGVHD first. By multivariable analysis, the following factors were found to be associated with increased risk of TMA: day 14 serum sirolimus: ≥9.9 ng/ml (HR: 2.19, 95% CI: 1.13-4.27, p=0.02), presence of prior aGVHD grades II-IV (HR: 3.04, 95% CI: 1.38-6.71, p<0.01), and fully myeloablative conditioning (HR: 3.47, 95% CI: 1.60-7.53, p<0.01). The risk factors for TMA suggest that when using sirolimus/tacrolimus for GVHD prophylaxis, careful monitoring and adjustment of sirolimus dosages is critical, particularly in patients with active aGVHD. PMID:23078784

  1. Major Histocompatibilty Complex-Restricted Adaptive Immune Responses to CT26 Colon Cancer Cell Line in Mixed Allogeneic Chimera.

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    Lee, K W; Choi, B; Kim, Y M; Cho, C W; Park, H; Moon, J I; Choi, G-S; Park, J B; Kim, S J

    2017-06-01

    Although the induction of mixed allogeneic chimera shows promising clinical tolerance results in organ transplantation, its clinical relevance as an anti-cancer therapy is yet unknown. We introduced a mixed allogenic chimera setting with the use of a murine colon cancer cell line, CT26, by performing double bone marrow transplantation. We analyzed donor- and recipient-restricted anti-cancer T-cell responses, and phenotypes of subpopulations of T cells. The protocol involves challenging 1 × 10(5) cells of CT26 cells intra-hepatically on day 50 after bone marrow transplantation, and, by use of CT26 lysates and an H-2L(d)-restricted AH1 pentamer, flow cytometric analysis was performed to detect the generation of cancer-specific CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells at various time points. We found that immunocompetence against tumors depends heavily on cancer-specific CD8(+) T-cell responses in a major histocompatibility complex-restricted manner; the evidence was further supported by the increase of interferon-γ-secreting CD4(+) T cells. Moreover, we demonstrated that during the effector immune response to CT26 cancer challenge, there was a presence of central memory cells (CD62L(hi)CCR7(+)) as well as effector memory cells (CD62L(lo)CCR7(-)). Moreover, mixed allogeneic chimeras (BALB/c to C56BL/6 or vice versa) showed similar or heightened immune responses to CT26 cells compared with that of wild-type mice. Our results suggest that the responses of primary immunocompetency and of pre-existing memory T cells against allogeneic cancer are sustained and preserved long-term in a mixed allogeneic chimeric environment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Micromechanics Analysis Code Post-Processing (MACPOST) User Guide. 1.0

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    Goldberg, Robert K.; Comiskey, Michele D.; Bednarcyk, Brett A.

    1999-01-01

    As advanced composite materials have gained wider usage. the need for analytical models and computer codes to predict the thermomechanical deformation response of these materials has increased significantly. Recently, a micromechanics technique called the generalized method of cells (GMC) has been developed, which has the capability to fulfill this -oal. Tc provide a framework for GMC, the Micromechanics Analysis Code with Generalized Method of Cells (MAC/GMC) has been developed. As MAC/GMC has been updated, significant improvements have been made to the post-processing capabilities of the code. Through the MACPOST program, which operates directly within the MSC/PATRAN graphical pre- and post-processing package, a direct link between the analysis capabilities of MAC/GMC and the post-processing capabilities of MSC/PATRAN has been established. MACPOST has simplified the production, printing. and exportation of results for unit cells analyzed by MAC/GMC. MACPOST allows different micro-level quantities to be plotted quickly and easily in contour plots. In addition, meaningful data for X-Y plots can be examined. MACPOST thus serves as an important analysis and visualization tool for the macro- and micro-level data generated by MAC/GMC. This report serves as the user's manual for the MACPOST program.

  3. Molecular analysis of post-harvest withering in grape by AFLP transcriptional profiling

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    Zamboni, Anita; Minoia, Leone; Ferrarini, Alberto; Tornielli, Giovanni Battista; Zago, Elisa; Delledonne, Massimo; Pezzotti, Mario

    2008-01-01

    Post-harvest withering of grape berries is used in the production of dessert and fortified wines to alter must quality characteristics and increase the concentration of simple sugars. The molecular processes that occur during withering are poorly understood, so a detailed transcriptomic analysis of post-harvest grape berries was carried out by AFLP-transcriptional profiling analysis. This will help to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of berry withering and will provide an opportunity to select markers that can be used to follow the drying process and evaluate different drying techniques. AFLP-TP identified 699 withering-specific genes, 167 and 86 of which were unique to off-plant and on-plant withering, respectively. Although similar molecular events were revealed in both withering processes, it was apparent that off-plant withering induced a stronger dehydration stress response resulting in the high level expression of genes involved in stress protection mechanisms, such as dehydrin and osmolite accumulation. Genes involved in hexose metabolism and transport, cell wall composition, and secondary metabolism (particularly the phenolic and terpene compound pathways) were similarly regulated in both processes. This work provides the first comprehensive analysis of the molecular events underpinning post-harvest withering and could help to define markers for different withering processes. PMID:19010774

  4. Using reliability of change analysis to evaluate post-acute neuro-rehabilitation.

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    Palmer, Christina; Kneebone, Ian I; Strauss, Clara; Jones, Anna-Marie

    2016-01-01

    It is important to evaluate change in order to re-assure commissioners, staff and patients of the effectiveness of interventions, but also in order to identify areas for improvement. To consider whether analysis of improvement at the level of the individual, taking into account measurement error, may offer a further valuable way to assess change and inform service development over considering change at the group level in a post-acute neuro-rehabilitation unit. Pre and post intervention Scores on the FIM+FAM Full Scale and Cognitive and Motor subscales were considered for eighteen patients aged between 35 and 81 with mixed diagnoses who attended a post-acute inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit for treatment. Statistically significant improvements were achieved on the FIM+FAM Full Scale and Cognitive and Motor subscales in a whole group analysis. Reliable change analyses for each patient within each subscale however identified only half of the sample achieved reliable improvement within the Motor domain and just one person within the Cognitive domain (5.6%). Findings are consistent with the emphasis of the rehabilitation unit on physical/motor function, and unsurprising as many of those assessed had multiple sclerosis, an often deteriorative condition. Use of reliable change analysis allowed a more detailed understanding of intervention impact, potentially identifying what services reliably work for whom, thereby informing future planning.

  5. Centre characteristics and procedure-related factors have an impact on outcomes of allogeneic transplantation for patients with CLL: a retrospective analysis from the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT).

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    Schetelig, Johannes; de Wreede, Liesbeth C; Andersen, Niels S; Moreno, Carol; van Gelder, Michel; Vitek, Antonin; Karas, Michal; Michallet, Mauricette; Machaczka, Maciej; Gramatzki, Martin; Beelen, Dietrich; Finke, Jürgen; Delgado, Julio; Volin, Liisa; Passweg, Jakob; Dreger, Peter; Schaap, Nicolaas; Wagner, Eva; Henseler, Anja; van Biezen, Anja; Bornhäuser, Martin; Iacobelli, Simona; Putter, Hein; Schönland, Stefan O; Kröger, Nicolaus

    2017-08-01

    The best approach for allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantations (alloHCT) in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is unknown. We therefore analysed the impact of procedure- and centre-related factors on 5-year event-free survival (EFS) in a large retrospective study. Data of 684 CLL patients who received a first alloHCT between 2000 and 2011 were analysed by multivariable Cox proportional hazards models with a frailty component to investigate unexplained centre heterogeneity. Five-year EFS of the whole cohort was 37% (95% confidence interval [CI], 34-42%). Larger numbers of CLL alloHCTs (hazard ratio [HR] 0·96, P = 0·002), certification of quality management (HR 0·7, P = 0·045) and a higher gross national income per capita (HR 0·4, P = 0·04) improved EFS. In vivo T-cell depletion (TCD) with alemtuzumab compared to no TCD (HR 1·5, P = 0·03), and a female donor compared to a male donor for a male patient (HR 1·4, P = 0·02) had a negative impact on EFS, but not non-myeloablative versus more intensive conditioning. After correcting for patient-, procedure- and centre-characteristics, significant variation in centre outcomes persisted. In conclusion, further research on the impact of centre and procedural characteristics is warranted. Non-myeloablative conditioning appears to be the preferable approach for patients with CLL. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Controversies in autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in peripheral T/NK-cell lymphomas.

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    Shustov, Andrei

    2013-03-01

    Peripheral T-cell and NK-cell lymphomas (PT/NKCL) are a heterogeneous group of lymphoid neoplasms with poor outcomes. There is no consensus on the best front line therapy or management of relapsed/refractory disease. The use of autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has been studied in both settings to improve outcomes. Multiple retrospective and several prospective trials were reported. While at first sight the outcomes in the relapsed/refractory setting appear similar in B-cell and T-cell lymphomas when treated with high dose therapy (HDT) and autologous HCT, it is becoming obvious that only specific subtypes of PTCL benefit from this approach (i.e. anaplastic large cell lymphoma [ALCL] and angioimmunoblastic lymphoma [AITL] in second CR). In less favorable histologies, HDT seems to provide limited benefit, with the majority of patients experiencing post-transplant relapse. The use of autologous HCT to consolidate first remission has been evaluated in several prospective trials. Again, the best results were observed in ALCL, but the superiority of this approach over chemotherapy alone needs confirmation in randomized trials. In less favorable histologies, high-dose consolidation resulted in low survival rates comparable to those obtained with chemotherapy alone, and without randomized trials it is hard to recommend this strategy to all patients with newly diagnosed PT/NKCL. Allogeneic HCT might provide potent and potentially curative graft-vs-lymphoma effect and overcome chemotherapy resistance. Only a few studies have been reported to date on allogeneic HCT in PT/NKCL. Based on available data, eligible patients benefit significantly from this approach, with 50% or more patients achieving long-term disease control or cure, although at the expense of significant treatment related mortality (TRM). Reduced-intensity conditioning regimens appear to have lower TRM and might extend this approach to older patients. With the recent approval of

  7. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage: retrospective review of clinical outcome in allogeneic transplant recipients treated with aminocaproic acid.

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    Wanko, Sam O; Broadwater, Gloria; Folz, Rodney J; Chao, Nelson J

    2006-09-01

    Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is often fatal. Standard therapy with high-dose corticosteroid is not always effective. There is paucity of data in the literature about other potentially useful agents, such as aminocaproic acid (Amicar) in the post-transplantation setting. We retrospectively reviewed our data on 115 consecutive patients who underwent HSCT and had pulmonary complications, with the aim of determining the overall clinical outcome in recipients of allogeneic transplants and in the subgroup of these patients who were treated with concomitant Solu-Medrol and aminocaproic acid. Aminocaproic acid was added at the discretion of the attending physician. We identified 14 allogeneic transplant recipients (median age, 41 years) with 15 episodes of DAH who were treated with Solu-Medrol (250 mg to 1 g intravenously per day). Of these, 8 patients also received concomitant aminocaproic acid at 1000 mg intravenously every 6 hours. Failure to improve was the most common reason for adding aminocaproic acid. The incidence of DAH was 12.2% (10.3% in myeloablative versus 1.9% in nonmyeloablative recipients). The overall 100-day DAH mortality and median transplantation survival were 60% and 99 days, respectively. Among the subset of patients treated with the combination of Solu-Medrol and aminocaproic acid, we observed a 100-day DAH mortality and median transplantation survival of 44% and 167 days, respectively, compared with 83% and 96.5 days in those treated with Solu-Medrol alone. The median time to DAH was 40.5 days, and the median time to death was 53 days in the combined treatment group compared with 29.5 days in those treated with steroid alone. There were no significant differences in coagulation parameters between subsets. Infections (yeast, respiratory syncytial virus, herpes simplex virus, and parainfluenza) were isolated and treated from 6 diagnostic bronchial alveolar lavage samples and were

  8. High risk of urinary tract infections in post-operative gynaecology patients: a retrospective case analysis.

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    Crosby-Nwaobi, R R; Faithfull, S

    2011-11-01

    This study was undertaken to determine the incidence and risk factors related to the occurrence of urinary tract infections (UTIs), post surgery, in women being treated for a gynaecological cancer. A retrospective case analysis of 215 women was conducted using data collected via case review with domains covering known risk factors for the occurrence of urinary infections. Bacteriuria was defined as greater than 10(5) colony-forming units per millilitre. A total of 30.7% of women had a UTI post-operatively. Among these, 75.7% infections were Escherichia coli. Having a catheter in situ for ≤3 days was found to be slightly significant in the formation of a UTI post-operatively (U= 3878, P < 0.05). Having a catheter in situ for ≥7 days was found to be highly significant (χ(2) (1) = 6.602, P < 0.01), with an odds ratio of 2.44. A positive correlation was found between the duration of the catheter in situ and type of UTI (τ= .251, P < 0.01). Although urinary catheterisation is known to be related to hospital-acquired infection, a shorter duration of catheterisation may reduce the risk of possible infection post surgery. Oncology teams need to be more aware of this risk, identify women more likely to be catheterised for longer and use preventative strategies for managing infection, such as silver nitrite-lined catheters.

  9. Predictors of birth-related post-traumatic stress symptoms: secondary analysis of a cohort study.

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    Furuta, Marie; Sandall, Jane; Cooper, Derek; Bick, Debra

    2016-12-01

    This study aimed to identify factors associated with birth-related post-traumatic stress symptoms during the early postnatal period. Secondary analysis was conducted using data from a prospective cohort study of 1824 women who gave birth in one large hospital in England. Post-traumatic stress symptoms were measured by the Impact of Event Scale at 6 to 8 weeks postpartum. Zero-inflated negative binomial regression models were developed for analyses. Results showed that post-traumatic stress symptoms were more frequently observed in black women and in women who had a higher pre-pregnancy BMI compared to those with a lower BMI. Women who have a history of mental illness as well as those who gave birth before arriving at the hospital, underwent an emergency caesarean section or experienced severe maternal morbidity or neonatal complications also showed symptoms. Women's perceived control during labour and birth significantly reduced the effects of some risk factors. A higher level of perceived social support during the postnatal period also reduced the risk of post-traumatic stress symptoms. From the perspective of clinical practice, improving women's sense of control during labour and birth appears to be important, as does providing social support following the birth.

  10. Cord blood graft composition impacts the clinical outcome of allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Wikell, H; Ponandai-Srinivasan, S; Mattsson, J; Gertow, J; Uhlin, M

    2014-04-01

    Despite routine use of umbilical cord blood (CB) grafts as stem cell source for allogeneic stem cell transplantations, much remains unknown regarding their cell composition and correlation with clinical outcome. We analyzed material from 30 CB units used for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation by multicolor flow cytometry. Phenotypic data were correlated with various clinical outcomes such as survival, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), relapse, rejection, viral reactivation, and bacteremia. We found that above-median frequencies of CD69+ T cells, naïve CD8+ T cells, and CD127+ B cells in the CB graft were each associated with significantly improved patient survival. Moreover, a statistically significant correlation was seen between higher levels of CD94+ T cells and herpes simplex virus and varicella zoster virus reactivation post transplantation. A similar correlation was seen for the frequency of CD95+ cells in total CD3+, as well as CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell subsets, and viral reactivation. Finally, a higher frequency of naïve CD8+ T cells was associated with the incidence of acute GVHD. Our study highlights the importance of further exploration of graft composition before CB transplantation as a tool for risk prediction. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  11. Dichotomous role of interferon-gamma in allogeneic bone marrow transplant.

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    Lu, Ying; Waller, Edmund K

    2009-11-01

    Interferon (IFN)-gamma is a pleiotropic cytokine with a central role in innate and adaptive immunity. As a potent pro-inflammatory and antitumor cytokine, IFN-gamma is conventionally thought to be responsible for driving cellular immune response. On the other hand, accumulating evidence suggests that IFN-gamma also has immunosuppressive activity. An important role for IFN-gamma in inhibiting graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) has been demonstrated in murine models, despite IFN-gamma being one of the key factors amplifying T cell activation during the process of acute GVHD (aGVHD), the major complication and cause of post-transplant mortality in allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). At the same time, IFN-gamma facilitates graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) activity. Dissociation of GVL effects from GVHD has been the ultimate goal of allogeneic BMT in the treatment of hematologic malignancies. This paradoxic role of IFN-gamma makes modulating its activity a promising strategy to maximize GVL while minimizing GVHD and improve clinical outcomes in BMT. In this review, the effects of IFN-gamma on GVHD and GVL are discussed with consideration of the mechanism of IFN-gamma action.

  12. The regulation of allogeneic human cells and tissue products as biomaterials.

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    Yano, Kazuo; Tsuyuki, Kenichiro; Watanabe, Natsumi; Kasanuki, Hiroshi; Yamato, Masayuki

    2013-04-01

    The current definition of biomaterials differs vastly from it of just a decade ago. According to advancing technologies, it encompasses unpredictable materials such as engineered human cells and tissue. These biomaterials also have to be approved to use in health care business by regulatory authority, which are defined as drug, medical device, or biologics in the regulation. This Leading Opinion Paper addresses the regulatory issues of engineered human cells and tissue products using allogeneic cells that should have a great possibility to develop therapeutics for life-threating diseases or orphan diseases. Six allogeneic human cells and tissue products derived from neonatal or infant fibroblasts and/or keratinocytes were approved as medical devices or biologics in the United States as well as a hematopoietic cell product. For five of the seven products, well-controlled comparative clinical trials were conducted as pre-approval evaluation followed by post-approval evaluation. Although these products avoid a sterilization process usually used for medical devices, no serious malfunction that would lead to class 1 recall was reported. This article would provide insight for development of the engineered human cells and tissue.

  13. Cognitive function in the acute course of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematological malignancies.

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    Schulz-Kindermann, F; Mehnert, A; Scherwath, A; Schirmer, L; Schleimer, B; Zander, A R; Koch, U

    2007-06-01

    The aim of the study was to assess cognitive performance in patients with hematological malignancies before, and 3 months after, allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). A consecutive sample of 39 patients was assessed before admission with a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery and health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) questionnaires; 19 of these patients were retested around 100 days post HSCT. Test results were compared with normative data and revealed minimal differences at both time points in the level of group-means. One parameter - simple reaction time - was significantly worse (prolonged) at second measurement after HSCT. According to the definition of an impairment score (more than three impaired functions), 26% of patients were classified as impaired before as well as after HSCT. Neuropsychological test results did not vary systematically according to medical variables such as extent of pretreatment, graft-versus-host-disease (GvHD) and kind of conditioning protocol. As a dimension of HRQoL, self-rated cognitive function was in the normal range before and after HSCT. Significant correlations between HRQoL and neuropsychological parameters were related to symptom scales. This study showed impairments of neuropsychological performance for a subgroup of patients before and after allogeneic HSCT. Systematic effects of conditioning, medical variables or self-rated HRQoL could not be observed.

  14. Measurement uncertainty analysis of low-dose-rate prostate seed brachytherapy: post-implant dosimetry.

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    Gregory, Kent J; Pattison, John E; Bibbo, Giovanni

    2015-03-01

    The minimal dose covering 90 % of the prostate volume--D 90--is arguably the most important dosimetric parameter in low-dose-rate prostate seed brachytherapy. In this study an analysis of the measurement uncertainties in D 90 from low-dose-rate prostate seed brachytherapy was conducted for two common treatment procedures with two different post-implant dosimetry methods. The analysis was undertaken in order to determine the magnitude of D 90 uncertainty, how the magnitude of the uncertainty varied when D 90 was calculated using different dosimetry methods, and which factors were the major contributors to the uncertainty. The analysis considered the prostate as being homogeneous and tissue equivalent and made use of published data, as well as original data collected specifically for this analysis, and was performed according to the Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM). It was found that when prostate imaging and seed implantation were conducted in two separate sessions using only CT images for post-implant analysis, the expanded uncertainty in D 90 values were about 25 % at the 95 % confidence interval. When prostate imaging and seed implantation were conducted during a single session using CT and ultrasound images for post-implant analysis, the expanded uncertainty in D 90 values were about 33 %. Methods for reducing these uncertainty levels are discussed. It was found that variations in contouring the target tissue made the largest contribution to D 90 uncertainty, while the uncertainty in seed source strength made only a small contribution. It is important that clinicians appreciate the overall magnitude of D 90 uncertainty and understand the factors that affect it so that clinical decisions are soundly based, and resources are appropriately allocated.

  15. Bacterial infections associated with allogenic bone transplantation.

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    Stepanović, Željko Lj; Ristić, Branko M

    2015-05-01

    Bone allografts are frequently used in orthopedic reconstructive procedures carrying a high risk for recipients. To assess the nature and frequency of allograft contamination and associated surgical infection the case records from our institutional bone bank were reviewed. We retrospectively analyzed the microbiology of discarded bone allografts and the surgical site of the recipients. A case series of patients who acquired surgical site infection after allogenic bone transplantation was presented. Swab culturing was conducted on 309 femoral heads from living donors who underwent partial and total hip arthroplasty between January 2007 and December 2013. To prevent potential bone allograft contamination we used saline solution of 2.0 mg/ml of amikacin during thawing. The overall infection rate was analyzed in 197 recipients. Of the 309 donated femoral heads, 37 were discarded due to bacterial contamination, giving the overall contamination rate of 11.97%. The postoperative survey of 213 bone allotransplantations among 197 recipients showed the infection rate of 2.03%. The coagulase-negative Staphylococcus was the most commonly identified contaminant of bone allografts and recipient surgical sites. The allograft contamination rate and the infection rate among recipients in our institution are in accordance with the international standards. The coagulase-negative Staphylococcus was the most commonly identified contaminant of bone allografts,and recipient surgical sites. There is no strong evidence that surgical site infections were associated with bone allograft utilization. We plan further improvements in allograft handling and decontamination with highly concentrated antibiotic solutions in order to reduce infection risk for recipients.

  16. [Allogeneic parathyroid: 2-year follow-up].

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    Hermosillo-Sandoval, José Manuel; Leonher-Ruezga, Karla Lisseth; Jiménez-Gómez, José Alfredo; Fuentes-Orozco, Clotilde; González-Ojeda, Alejandro; Ramírez-González, Luis Ricardo

    2015-01-01

    Hypoparathyroidism is one of the most frequent complications of neck surgery. The treatment is currently medical; however this involves several complications secondary to high doses of calcium and vitamin D, thus making parathyroid allotransplantation a good management option. Patients with hypoparathyroidism were selected in the April-December period of 2011 in the general surgical clinic. They were between 16 and 65 years, and ingested high doses of calcium. The donors were patients with primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism, and the transplants were performed in relation to blood group and human leucocyte antigen. Five parathyroid allografts were performed. All the patients had iatrogenic hypoparathyroidism, all women with a mean age of 49.8 years. The graft was implanted under local anaesthesia in the non-dominant forearm. Four of the patients are so far considered functional due to the increase in paratohormone, and demonstrating its function by scintigraphy with sestamibi. One of the patients showed no increase in paratohormone or imaging studies that demonstrate its functionality. After a two year follow up the graft remains functional but with with oral calcium intake at a lower dose than before transplantation. None of the patients had immunosuppression side effects. In this study, allogeneic unrelated living parathyroid transplant with an immunosuppressive regimen of six months has proven to be a safe alternative treatment to improve quality of life by decreasing the excessive calcium intake and improving physical activity with adequate graft survival at 24 months follow up. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  17. Allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation: considerations for donors.

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    Anderlini, P; Körbling, M; Dale, D; Gratwohl, A; Schmitz, N; Stroncek, D; Howe, C; Leitman, S; Horowitz, M; Gluckman, E; Rowley, S; Przepiorka, D; Champlin, R

    1997-08-01

    Allogeneic transplantation of cytokine-mobilized peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) is now being increasingly performed, but safety considerations for hematologically normal PBSC donors have not been fully addressed. Progenitors are generally mobilized for collection from normal donors using recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rhG-CSF). Although the short-term safety profile of rhG-CSF seems acceptable, experience remains limited and its optimal dose and schedule have not been defined. Minimal data exist regarding long-term safety of rhG-CSF, primarily derived from experience in patients with chronic neutropenia or cancer. An "ad hoc" workshop was recently convened among a group of investigators actively involved in the field of allogeneic stem cell transplantation to discuss the safety issues pertaining to normal PBSC donors. There was agreement on the following points: (1) On the basis of available data, it appears that rhG-CSF treatment and PBSC collection have an acceptable short-term safety profile in normal donors. However, the need for continued safety monitoring was recognized. (2) rhG-CSF doses up to 10 microg/kg/d show a consistent dose-response relationship with the mobilization (and collection) of CD34+ progenitor cells, and this dose is acceptable for routine clinical use. Whether higher doses are superior (or cost effective) remains to be determined, and they may produce more severe side effects. The potential risks of marked leukocytosis (arbitrarily defined as a leukocyte count of more than 70 x 10(9)/L) have been a concern, and rhG-CSF dose reduction is performed by many centers to maintain leukocyte counts below this level. (3) Transient post donation cytopenias, involving granulocytes, lymphocytes, and platelets, may occur and are at least partly related to the leukapheresis procedure. These are generally asymptomatic and self-limited; follow-up blood counts are not necessarily required. Reinfusion of autologous platelet

  18. Survival analysis of pure seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection.

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    Rice, Kevin R; Beck, Stephen D W; Bihrle, Richard; Cary, K Clint; Einhorn, Lawrence H; Foster, Richard S

    2014-11-01

    Viable seminoma encountered at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for pure testicular seminoma is rare due to the chemosensitivity of this germ cell tumor. In this study we define the natural history of viable seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. The Indiana University testis cancer database was queried from 1988 to 2011 to identify all patients with primary testicular or retroperitoneal pure seminoma and who were found to have pure seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Clinical characteristics were reviewed and survival analysis was performed. A total of 36 patients met the study inclusion criteria. All patients received standard first line cisplatin based chemotherapy and 17 received salvage chemotherapy. The decision to proceed to retroperitoneal lymph node dissection was based on enlarging retroperitoneal mass and/or positron emission positivity in the majority of cases. Seven patients had undergone previous retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Additional surgical procedures were required in 19 patients to achieve a complete resection. The 5-year cancer specific survival rate was 54%. However, only 9 of 36 patients remained continuously free of disease and of these patients 4 received adjuvant chemotherapy. Mean time from post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection to death was 6.9 months. Second line chemotherapy, reoperative retroperitoneal lymph node dissection and earlier era of treatment were associated with poorer cancer specific survival. A total of 36 patients with pure seminoma were found to have viable pure seminoma at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. While 5-year cancer specific survival was 54%, these surgeries are technically demanding and only a minority of patients achieves a durable cure from surgery alone. Copyright © 2014 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights

  19. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) depress allogeneic natural cytotoxicity by earthworm coelomocytes

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    Suzuki, M.M.; Cooper, E.L.; Eyambe, G.S.; Goven, A.J.; Fitzpatrick, L.C.; Venables, B.J. |

    1995-10-01

    Coelomocytes of the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris caused significant spontaneous allogeneic cytotoxicity in a 24-h trypan blue assay, but not in an assay using lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release. Allogeneic cytotoxicity assays using cells from worms exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) suggest that PCBs can suppress a natural killing (NK-like) reaction. The implications of this work are twofold: understanding the evolution of natural killing (NK-like) activity and providing preliminary information on how spontaneous killing, a component of cellular immunity, may be compromised by pollutants.

  20. Analysis of Sawtooth Post-Cursor Oscillations in Low Safety Factor DIII-D Plasmas

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    Cabrera, J. D.; Paz-Soldan, C.; Strait, E. J.; Shiraki, D.

    2014-10-01

    Large sawtooth oscillations are a commonly observed phenomenon in very low safety factor (q95 ~ 2) plasmas. Following the sawtooth crash phase, low frequency (~200 Hz) post-cursor oscillations in the magnetic field, with amplitudes ~2 G decaying in time, are excited. These post-cursor oscillations do not exhibit the usual m = odd poloidal structures of sawtooth oscillation, but instead are found to be m = even in structure, suggesting the excitation of global kink modes. A novel means of modeling such post-cursor oscillations is presented via computational analysis of data obtained from high-resolution magnetic sensors installed at the DIII-D tokamak facility. Nonlinear regression analysis is used to obtain modeling parameters such as rates of decay and rotation. Trends in parameters over many oscillations are then compared with equilibrium plasma parameters. The impact of measured parameters on global instability onset and disruption prediction is considered. Supported by the National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences and the US DOE under DE-FC02-04ER54698.

  1. Clinical relevance of post-transplant pharmacodynamic analysis of cyclosporine in renal transplantation.

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    Kurata, Yoko; Kuzuya, Takafumi; Miwa, Yuko; Iwasaki, Kenta; Haneda, Masataka; Amioka, Katsuo; Yamada, Kiyofumi; Watarai, Yoshihiko; Katayama, Akio; Uchida, Kazuharu; Kobayashi, Takaaki

    2014-10-01

    Although therapeutic drug monitoring based on blood concentration has been widely implemented in transplant recipients treated with immunosuppressive agents, clinical adverse events such as rejection, infection or drug-induced toxicity caused by inappropriate dosage cannot be completely controlled. Development of an effective assay for optimized immunosuppression would be desirable, which can potentially lead to personalized medicine in renal transplantation. Cyclosporine (CSA) pharmacodynamic analysis using carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester (CFSE)-based T cell proliferation assay was examined in 66 kidney transplant recipients before and after transplantation. Two parameters, the 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) and the percentage of T-cell proliferation values at the lower plateau (bottom), were compared with clinical events. A significant relation in CSA pharmacodynamic parameters was observed between pre- and post-transplantation. Analysis of the association between clinical outcomes and pharmacodynamic parameters in post-transplant samples demonstrated the following findings: (i) cytomegalovirus (CMV)/varicella zoster virus (VZV) reactivation and CSA-induced nephrotoxicity were significantly associated with high sensitivity to CSA (low bottom or low IC50), (ii) acute T cell-mediated rejection (ATMR) was significantly related to low sensitivity to CSA (high bottom), and (iii) de novo human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibody production was associated with lower bottom and IC50 values, although the elucidation of those mechanisms is still in progress. It was suggested that CSA pharmacodynamics applied at post-transplantation would be useful for optimizing immunosuppressive therapy. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. The United States Air Force in Europe: An Analysis within the Post-Cold War Security Environment

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    1992-12-01

    ANALYSIS WITHIN THE POST-COLD WAR SECURITY ENVIRONMENT by Matthew K. Moeller December 1992 Thesis Advisor: R. Mitchell Brown III Second Reader: Rodney...WORK UNIT ELEMENT NO. NO. NO. ACCESSION NO. 11. I ITLE (Include Security Classification) The United States Air Force in Europe: An Analysis within... Analysis Within the Post-Cold War Security Environment by Matthew K. Moeller Lieutenant, United States Air Force B.S., San Jose State University, 1989

  3. Cryptococcal meningitis post autologous stem cell transplantation.

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    Chaaban, S; Wheat, L J; Assi, M

    2014-06-01

    Disseminated Cryptococcus disease occurs in patients with defective T-cell immunity. Cryptococcal meningitis following autologous stem cell transplant (SCT) has been described previously in only 1 patient, 4 months post SCT and while off antifungal prophylaxis. We present a unique case of Cryptococcus meningitis pre-engraftment after autologous SCT, while the patient was receiving fluconazole prophylaxis. A 41-year-old man with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma underwent autologous SCT. Post-transplant prophylaxis consisted of fluconazole 400 mg daily, levofloxacin 500 mg daily, and acyclovir 800 mg twice daily. On day 9 post transplant, he developed fever and headache. Peripheral white blood cell count (WBC) was 700/μL. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed lesions consistent with meningoencephalitis. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis revealed a WBC of 39 with 77% lymphocytes, protein 63, glucose 38, CSF pressure 20.5 cmH2 O, and a positive cryptococcal antigen. CSF culture confirmed Cryptococcus neoformans. The patient was treated with liposomal amphotericin B 5 mg/kg intravenously daily, and flucytosine 37.5 mg/kg orally every 6 h. He was switched to fluconazole 400 mg daily after 3 weeks of amphotericin therapy, with sterilization of the CSF with negative CSFCryptococcus antigen and negative CSF culture. Review of the literature revealed 9 cases of cryptococcal disease in recipients of SCT. Median time of onset was 64 days post transplant. Only 3 meningitis cases were described; 2 of them after allogeneic SCT. Fungal prophylaxis with fluconazole post autologous SCT is recommended at least through engraftment, and for up to 100 days in high-risk patients. A high index of suspicion is needed to diagnose and treat opportunistic infections, especially in the face of immunosuppression and despite adequate prophylaxis. Infection is usually fatal without treatment, thus prompt diagnosis and therapy might be life saving.

  4. Post-Buckling and Ultimate Strength Analysis of Stiffened Composite Panel Base on Progressive Damage

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    Zhang, Guofan; Sun, Xiasheng; Sun, Zhonglei

    Stiffened composite panel is the typical thin wall structure applied in aerospace industry, and its main failure mode is buckling subjected to compressive loading. In this paper, the development of an analysis approach using Finite Element Method on post-buckling behavior of stiffened composite structures under compression was presented. Then, the numerical results of stiffened panel are obtained by FE simulations. A thorough comparison were accomplished by comparing the load carrying capacity and key position strains of the specimen with test. The comparison indicates that the FEM results which adopted developed methodology could meet the demand of engineering application in predicting the post-buckling behavior of intact stiffened structures in aircraft design stage.

  5. The Association of Combined GSTM1 and CYP2C9 Genotype Status with the Occurrence of Hemorrhagic Cystitis in Pediatric Patients Receiving Myeloablative Conditioning Regimen Prior to Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.

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    Uppugunduri, Chakradhara Rao S; Storelli, Flavia; Mlakar, Vid; Huezo-Diaz Curtis, Patricia; Rezgui, Aziz; Théorêt, Yves; Marino, Denis; Doffey-Lazeyras, Fabienne; Chalandon, Yves; Bader, Peter; Daali, Youssef; Bittencourt, Henrique; Krajinovic, Maja; Ansari, Marc

    2017-01-01

    Hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) is one of the complications of busulfan-cyclophosphamide (BU-CY) conditioning regimen during allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in children. Identifying children at high risk of developing HC in a HSCT setting could facilitate the evaluation and implementation of effective prophylactic measures. In this retrospective analysis genotyping of selected candidate gene variants was performed in 72 children and plasma Sulfolane (Su, water soluble metabolite of BU) levels were measured in 39 children following treatment with BU-CY regimen. The cytotoxic effects of Su and acrolein (Ac, water soluble metabolite of CY) were tested on human urothelial cells (HUCs). The effect of Su was also tested on cytochrome P 450 (CYP) function in HepaRG hepatic cells. Cumulative incidences of HC before day 30 post HSCT were estimated using Kaplan-Meier curves and log-rank test was used to compare the difference between groups in a univariate analysis. Multivariate Cox regression was used to estimate hazard ratios with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Multivariate analysis included co-variables that were significantly associated with HC in a univariate analysis. Cumulative incidence of HC was 15.3%. In the univariate analysis, HC incidence was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in children older than 10 years (28.6 vs. 6.8%) or in children with higher Su levels (>40 vs. <11%) or in carriers of both functional GSTM1 and CYP2C9 (33.3 vs. 6.3%) compared to the other group. In a multivariate analysis, combined GSTM1 and CYP2C9 genotype status was associated with HC occurrence with a hazards ratio of 4.8 (95% CI: 1.3-18.4; p = 0.02). Ac was found to be toxic to HUC cells at lower concentrations (33 μM), Su was not toxic to HUC cells at concentrations below 1 mM and did not affect CYP function in HepaRG cells. Our observations suggest that pre-emptive genotyping of CYP2C9 and GSTM1 may aid in selection of more effective prophylaxis to reduce HC

  6. The Association of Combined GSTM1 and CYP2C9 Genotype Status with the Occurrence of Hemorrhagic Cystitis in Pediatric Patients Receiving Myeloablative Conditioning Regimen Prior to Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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    Uppugunduri, Chakradhara Rao S.; Storelli, Flavia; Mlakar, Vid; Huezo-Diaz Curtis, Patricia; Rezgui, Aziz; Théorêt, Yves; Marino, Denis; Doffey-Lazeyras, Fabienne; Chalandon, Yves; Bader, Peter; Daali, Youssef; Bittencourt, Henrique; Krajinovic, Maja; Ansari, Marc

    2017-01-01

    Hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) is one of the complications of busulfan-cyclophosphamide (BU-CY) conditioning regimen during allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in children. Identifying children at high risk of developing HC in a HSCT setting could facilitate the evaluation and implementation of effective prophylactic measures. In this retrospective analysis genotyping of selected candidate gene variants was performed in 72 children and plasma Sulfolane (Su, water soluble metabolite of BU) levels were measured in 39 children following treatment with BU-CY regimen. The cytotoxic effects of Su and acrolein (Ac, water soluble metabolite of CY) were tested on human urothelial cells (HUCs). The effect of Su was also tested on cytochrome P 450 (CYP) function in HepaRG hepatic cells. Cumulative incidences of HC before day 30 post HSCT were estimated using Kaplan–Meier curves and log-rank test was used to compare the difference between groups in a univariate analysis. Multivariate Cox regression was used to estimate hazard ratios with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Multivariate analysis included co-variables that were significantly associated with HC in a univariate analysis. Cumulative incidence of HC was 15.3%. In the univariate analysis, HC incidence was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in children older than 10 years (28.6 vs. 6.8%) or in children with higher Su levels (>40 vs. <11%) or in carriers of both functional GSTM1 and CYP2C9 (33.3 vs. 6.3%) compared to the other group. In a multivariate analysis, combined GSTM1 and CYP2C9 genotype status was associated with HC occurrence with a hazards ratio of 4.8 (95% CI: 1.3–18.4; p = 0.02). Ac was found to be toxic to HUC cells at lower concentrations (33 μM), Su was not toxic to HUC cells at concentrations below 1 mM and did not affect CYP function in HepaRG cells. Our observations suggest that pre-emptive genotyping of CYP2C9 and GSTM1 may aid in selection of more effective prophylaxis to reduce HC

  7. Effectiveness of Prophylactic Antibiotics against Post-Ureteroscopic Lithotripsy Infections: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Lo, Chi-Wen; Yang, Stephen Shei-Dei; Hsieh, Cheng-Hsing; Chang, Shang-Jen

    2015-08-01

    To evaluate the effectiveness of prophylactic antibiotic therapy in reducing the incidence of post-ureteroscopic lithotripsy (URL) infections. A systemic search of PubMED was performed to identify all randomized trials that compared the incidence of post-operative infections in patients without pre-operative urinary tract infections who underwent URL with and without a single dose of prophylactic antibiotics. The data were analyzed using Cochrane Collaboration Review Manager (RevMan, version 5.2). The endpoints of the analysis were pyuria (>10 white blood cells/high-power field), bacteriuria (urine culture with bacteria >10(5) colony-forming units/mL), and febrile urinary tract infections (fUTIs), defined as a body temperature of >38°C with pyuria or meaningful bacteriuria within 1 wk after the operation. In total, four trials enrolling 500 patients met the inclusion criteria and were subjected to meta-analysis. Prophylactic antibiotics significantly reduced post-URL pyuria (risk ratios [RR] 0.65; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.51-0.82) and bacteriuria (RR 0.26; 95% CI 0.12-0.60; p=0.001). Patients who received prophylactic antibiotics tended to have lower rates of fUTI, although the difference was not statistically significant. Prophylactic antibiotic therapy can reduce the incidence of pyuria and bacteriuria after URL. However, because of the low incidence of post-URL fUTIs, we failed to show that a single dose of prophylactic antibiotics can reduce the rate of such infections significantly.

  8. [Allogenic islet transplantation on the rat liver after allogenic nonparenchymal cells injection in the thymus].

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    Chaib, Eleazar; Papalois, Apostolos; Brons, Ingrid G M; Calne, Roy Y

    2006-01-01

    [corrected] The major indication for pancreas or islet transplantation is diabetes mellitus type I. This process has to supply the insulin necessity keeping glucose under control We studied allogenic islet transplantation on the rat liver, Wistar (RT1u) to Lewis (RT1(1)) as a recipient. Control group (n = 8) and nonparenchymal cell group (n = 8) respectively with injection of Hanks solution and nonparenchymal cells in the thymus before islet transplantation. With the method of isolation and purification of the islets we obtained both in the control group 3.637 +/-783,3 islets with purity of 85 +/- 3,52% and nonparenchymal cell group 3.270 +/- 770 islets with purity of 84,25 +/- 2,76%. The nonparenchymal cells were retrieved from the liver and we obtained 2 x 106 cells. Diabetes was induced by i.v. streptozotocin Control group the transplantation of 3.637 +/- 783,3 islets in the rat liver normalized glucose test, 7,21 +/- 0,57 mmol/L in the 2nd postoperative day. Acute rejection came in the 6th postoperative day with significantly increase of glucose test in nonparenchymal cell group, the transplantation of 3.270 +/- 770 islets in the rat liver, almost normalized the glucose test was 17,95 +/- 5,33 mmol/L in the 2nd postoperative day. From the 4th postoperative day to 10th postoperative day. The glucose test increase significantly showing an early acute rejection The injection of nonparenchymal cells in the thymus before allogenic islet transplantation in the rat liver lead to an early acute rejection.

  9. Prognosis of acute myeloid leukemia harboring monosomal karyotype in patients treated with or without allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation after achieving complete remission

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    Yanada, Masamitsu; Kurosawa, Saiko; Yamaguchi, Takuhiro; Yamashita, Takuya; Moriuchi, Yukiyoshi; Ago, Hiroatsu; Takeuchi, Jin; Nakamae, Hirohisa; Taguchi, Jun; Sakura, Toru; Takamatsu, Yasushi; Waki, Fusako; Yokoyama, Hiroki; Watanabe, Masato; Emi, Nobuhiko; Fukuda, Takahiro

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate the prognostic impact of monosomal karyotype on post-remission outcome in acute myeloid leukemia, we retrospectively analyzed 2,099 patients who had achieved complete remission. Monosomal karyotype was noted in 73 patients (4%). Of these, the probability of overall survival from first complete remission was 14% at four years, which was significantly lower than that reported in patients without monosomal karyotype, primarily due to a high relapse rate (86%). Monosomal karyotype remained significantly associated with worse overall survival among patients with unfavorable cytogenetics or complex karyotype, and even in patients who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation during first complete remission. These findings confirm that monosomal karyotype has a significantly adverse effect on post-remission outcome in patients with acute myeloid leukemia treated with and without allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in first complete remission, emphasizing the need for the development of alternative therapies for this patient population. PMID:22180431

  10. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation without fluconazole and fluoroquinolone prophylaxis.

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    Heidenreich, D; Kreil, S; Nolte, F; Reinwald, M; Hofmann, W-K; Klein, S A

    2016-01-01

    Fluoroquinolone (FQ) and fluconazole prophylaxis is recommended for patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT). However, due to an uncertain scientific basis and the increasing emergence of resistant germs, this policy should be questioned. Therefore, FQ and fluconazole prophylaxis was omitted in alloHCT at our center. In this retrospective analysis, all consecutive patients (n = 63) who underwent first alloHCT at our institution from September 2010 to September 2013 were included. Patients neither received FQ nor fluconazole prophylaxis. Day 100 mortality, incidence of febrile neutropenia, bacterial infections, and invasive fungal diseases (IFD) were assessed. Sixteen patients who started conditioning under antimicrobial treatment/prophylaxis due to pre-existing neutropenia (3/16), IFD (12/16), or aortic valve replacement (1/16) were excluded from the analysis. Finally, 47 patients were transplanted without prophylaxis as intended. Day 100 mortality was 9 %. Febrile neutropenia occurred in 62 % (29/47); 17/47 patients (36 %) experienced a blood stream infection (BSI) with detection of Gram-positive bacteria in 14 patients, Gram-negative bacteria in five patients, and candida in one patient, respectively. Coagulase-negative staphylococci were the most frequently isolated Gram-positive bacteria; 12/21 isolated Gram-positive and 3/6 Gram-negative bacteria were FQ resistant. In 21 % (10/47) of the patients, IFD (1x proven, 1x probable, and 8x possible) were diagnosed. To conclude, all three criteria, day 100 mortality, the incidence of IFD, and BSI, are in the range of published data for patients transplanted with FQ and fluconazole prophylaxis. These data demonstrate that alloHCT is feasible without FQ and fluconazole prophylaxis.

  11. Online communication as a potential travel medicine research tool: analysis of messages posted on the TravelMed listserv.

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    Macdonald, Liane; MacPherson, Douglas W; Gushulak, Brian D

    2009-01-01

    Access to the Internet and electronic mail has created opportunities for online discussion that can facilitate medical education and clinical problem solving. Research into the use of these information technologies is increasing and the analysis of these tools can support and guide the activities of professional organizations, including educational endeavors. The initial objective was to analyze patterns of information exchange on the International Society of Travel Medicine's (ISTM) travel health electronic mailing list related to a specific area of society interest. Secondary objectives included the analysis of listserv use in relation to subscriber demographics and rates of participation to support travel health educational activities. This study examined the use of the ISTM TravelMed listserv over an 8-month period from January 1, 2006, to July 31, 2006. Descriptive data analysis included TravelMed user demographics, the type of posting, the topic and frequency of postings, and the source of information provided. During the study period, 911 (47%) of the eligible ISTM members subscribed to the TravelMed listserv. About 369 of these subscribers posted 1,710 individual messages. About 1,506 (88%) postings were educational; 207 (12%) postings were administrative. A total of 389 (26%) of the educational postings were primary queries and 1,120 (74%) were responses, with a mean string length of 2.9 responses per query (range: 1-51). Twenty participants contributed 40% of the educational postings. The topics with the most frequent postings were vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases (473/31%) and malaria (258/17%). Postings focused on special populations, including pregnant women or immigrants, comprised a total of 14 postings (<1%). During the study period, a limited number of ISTM members (19%) authored postings on the listserv. Regular discussion centered on a limited number of recurring topics. The analysis provides several opportunities for the support of

  12. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Intermediate Risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia negative for FLT3-ITD, NPM1- or biallelic CEBPA Mutations.

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    Heidrich, K; Thiede, C; Schäfer-Eckart, K; Schmitz, N; Aulitzky, W E; Krämer, A; Rösler, W; Hänel, M; Einsele, H; Baldus, C D; Trappe, R U; Stölzel, F; Middeke, J M; Röllig, C; Taube, F; Kramer, M; Serve, H; Berdel, W E; Ehninger, G; Bornhäuser, M; Schetelig, J

    2017-09-01

    The value of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) as post-remission treatment is not well defined for patients with intermediate-risk acute myeloid leukemia (AML) without FLT3 -ITD, biallelic CEBPA -, or NPM1 mutations (here referred to as NPM1 mut-neg / CEBPA dm-neg / FLT3 -ITD neg AML) in first complete remission (CR1). We addressed this question using data from two prospective randomized controlled trials on intensive induction- and risk-stratified post-remission therapy The NPM1 mut-neg / CEBPA dm-neg / FLT3 -ITD neg AML subgroup comprised 497 patients, aged 18-60 years. In donor versus no-donor analyses, patients with a matched related donor had a longer relapse-free survival (RFS) (HR 0.5; 95%-CI, 0.3 - 0.9, p =  .02) and a trend towards better overall survival (OS) (HR 0.6, 95%-CI, 0.3 - 1.1, p =  .08) compared to patients who received post-remission chemotherapy. Notably, only 58% of patients in the donor group were transplanted in CR1. We therefore complemented the donor versus no-donor analysis with multivariable Cox regression analyses, where alloHCT was tested as a time-dependent covariate: OS (HR 0.58, 95%-CI, 0.37 - 0.9, p =  .02) and RFS (HR 0.51; 95%-CI, 0.34 - 0.76; p =  .001) for patients who received alloHCT compared to chemotherapy in CR1 were significantly longer. Outside clinical trials, alloHCT should be the preferred post-remission treatment for patients with intermediate risk NPM1 mut-neg /CEBPA dm-neg /FLT3-ITD neg AML in CR1.

  13. Relationship of body mass index and arm anthropometry to outcomes after pediatric allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies.

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    Hoffmeister, Paul A; Storer, Barry E; Macris, Paula Charuhas; Carpenter, Paul A; Baker, K Scott

    2013-07-01

    Although nutritional status may adversely affect various health outcomes, the relationship between anthropometry and outcomes after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has not been fully studied in children. We analyzed the impact of pre-HCT body mass index (BMI), arm muscle area, and arm fat area on outcomes in 733 patients age 2-18 years who underwent allogeneic HCT for a hematologic malignancy between 1985 and 2009. We evaluated these 3 variables according to patient group based on age- and sex-adjusted percentiles for BMI, arm muscle area (<5th, 5th-24th, 25th-94th, and ≥95th), and arm fat area (<25th, 25th-94th, and ≥95th). Cox proportional hazards regression models for event-free survival (EFS), relapse, and nonrelapse mortality (NRM) at 100 days and 3 years after HCT, as well as grade II-IV acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and chronic GVHD, were performed using the 3 major variables and adjusted for covariates. BMI was <5th percentile in only 3% of patients and ≥95th percentile in 15% of patients, but outcomes for both groups were similar to those for the BMI 25th-94th percentile group. The BMI 5th-24th percentile group had lower EFS (P = .01) and higher relapse (P = .003) at day +100 post-HCT, but these associations did not hold at 3 years post-HCT. Arm muscle area was <5th percentile in 8% of patients, and arm fat area was <25th percentile in 10%. Analysis of arm muscle area showed that the <5th percentile group had lower EFS and higher NRM and relapse rate at day +100 (P = .002, .04, and .01, respectively) and 3 years (P = .0004, .008, and .01, respectively) post-HCT. Arm fat area <25th percentile was associated with lower EFS at day +100 (hazard ratio, 1.5; P = .05), but not at 3 years post-HCT. Anthropometry variables were not associated with acute or chronic GVHD. In conclusion, arm muscle area <5th percentile appears to be a stronger predictor than BMI of poor outcomes after HCT in children with hematologic malignancies.

  14. Successful treatment of severe myasthenia gravis developed after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with plasma exchange and rituximab.

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    Unal, Sule; Sag, Erdal; Kuskonmaz, Baris; Kesici, Selman; Bayrakci, Benan; Ayvaz, Deniz C; Tezcan, Ilhan; Yalnızoglu, Dilek; Uckan, Duygu

    2014-05-01

    Myasthenia gravis is among the rare complications after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and is usually associated with chronic GVHD. Herein, we report a 2-year and 10 months of age female with Griscelli syndrome, who developed severe myasthenia gravis at post-transplant +22nd month and required respiratory support with mechanical ventilation. She was unresponsive to cyclosporine A, methylprednisolone, intravenous immunoglobulin, and mycophenolate mofetil and the symptoms could only be controlled after plasma exchange and subsequent use of rituximab, in addition to cyclosporine A and mycophenolate mofetil maintenance. She is currently asymptomatic on the 6th month of follow-up.

  15. Minimising post-operative risk using a Post-Anaesthetic Care Tool (PACT): protocol for a prospective observational study and cost-effectiveness analysis

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    Phillips, Nicole M; Kent, Bridie; Colgan, Stephen; Mohebbi, Mohammadreza

    2015-01-01

    Introduction While the risk of adverse events following surgery has been identified, the impact of nursing care on early detection of these events is not well established. A systematic review of the evidence and an expert consensus study in post-anaesthetic care identified essential criteria for nursing assessment of patient readiness for discharge from the post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU). These criteria were included in a new nursing assessment tool, the Post-Anaesthetic Care Tool (PACT), and incorporated into the post-anaesthetic documentation at a large health service. The aim of this study is to test the clinical reliability of the PACT and evaluate whether the use of PACT will (1) enhance the recognition and response to patients at risk of deterioration in PACU; (2) improve documentation for handover from PACU nurse to ward nurse; (3) result in improved patient outcomes and (4) reduce healthcare costs. Methods and analysis A prospective, non-randomised, pre-implementation and post-implementation design comparing: (1) patients (n=750) who have surgery prior to the implementation of the PACT and (2) patients (n=750) who have surgery after PACT. The study will examine the use of the tool through the observation of patient care and nursing handover. Patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness will be determined from health service data and medical record audit. Descriptive statistics will be used to describe the sample and compare the two patient groups (pre-intervention and post-intervention). Differences in patient outcomes between the two groups will be compared using the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test and regression analyses and reported as ORs with the corresponding 95% CIs. Conclusions This study will test the clinical reliability and cost-effectiveness of the PACT. It is hypothesised that the PACT will enable nurses to recognise and respond to patients at risk of deterioration, improve handover to ward nurses, improve patient outcomes, and reduce healthcare

  16. Factor Analysis of Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms within a Military Sample with Blast Exposure

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    Franke, L.M.; Czarnota, J.N.; Ketchum, J.M.; Walker, W.C.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To determine the factor structure of persistent post-concussive syndrome (PPCS) symptoms in a blast-exposed military sample and validate factors against objective and symptom measures. Setting Veterans Affairs medical center and military bases. Participants One hundred eighty-one service members and veterans with at least one significant exposure to blast during deployment within the two years prior to study enrollment. Design Confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis of the Rivermead Post-concussion Questionnaire (RPQ). Main Measures RPQ, PTSD Symptom Checklist-Civilian, Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression inventory, Sensory Organization Test, Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test, California Verbal Learning Test, Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System subtests. Results The three-factor structure of PPCS was not confirmed. A four-factor structure was extracted, and factors were interpreted as reflecting emotional, cognitive, visual, and vestibular functions. All factors were associated with scores on psychological symptom inventories; visual and vestibular factors were also associated with balance performance. There was no significant association between the cognitive factor and neuropsychological performance, nor between a history of mTBI and factor scores. Conclusion Persistent post-concussive symptoms observed months after blast exposure seem to be related to four distinct forms of distress, but not to mTBI per se, with vestibular and visual factors possibly related to injury of sensory organs by blast. PMID:24695267

  17. Analysis of bond strength by pull out test on fiber glass posts cemented in different lengths.

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    Webber, Mariana Benedetti Ferreira; Michida, Silvia Masae de Araújo; Marson, Fabiano Carlos; de Oliveira, Giovani Corrêa; Silva, Cleverson de Oliveira E

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate, by means of pull-out test, the bond strength of fiberglass posts when cemented with different lengths in endodontically treated teeth. Sixty single-rooted bovine roots were cut in the cementoenamel junction with 21 mm length. They were endodontically treated and randomly divided into three groups (n = 20). Group 1 - Preparation of 2/3 of the remaining roots; Group 2 - Preparation of ½ of the remaining roots and Group 3 - Preparation of ¼ of remaining roots. For all groups it were used posts n = 3 (Exacto, Angelus, Brazil), and cemented with self-etching resin cement (RelyXU200). After cementing posts, the samples were thermocycled (10.000 cycles/5°C and 55°C). The pull-out test was performed on a universal testing machine (EMIC - DL500) and the values obtained were statistically analyzed by analysis of variance (one-factor ANOVA) and multiple comparison test of Tukey, with level of significance of 5%. The mean values ± standard deviation in Newtons (N) were: Group 1 = 120.5 (±42.8) A, Group 2 = 103.1 (±31.2) AB, Group 3 = 41.2 (±22.4) C, P < 0.005. The preparation of ½ of remaining root appears to be a viable alternative when 2/3 of the preparation of the remaining root is not possible, but more results are needed for clinical validation.

  18. Pre and post PET-CT impact on oesophageal cancer management: a retrospective analysis.

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    Azmi, NA; Razak, HRA; Vinjamuri, S.

    2017-05-01

    Assessment of the retrospective cancer incidence, prevalence and crude survival rates of oesophageal cancer to allow comparison between pre and post PET-CT introduction are part of 4 phase cost effectiveness research. It will provide baseline data for to assess PET or PET-CT cost effective potential for staging. A total of 849 patient’s data received from NWCIS databases with various stages of oesophageal cancer between 2001 and 2008. The fundamental activities are retrospective analysis of patient data. In most cases where appropriate, results are presented with 95 percent confidence intervals (CI). Variances between patient groups and variables are assessed using chi-square test. In cases where it deems vital, multiple logistic regression are used to modify for potential confounder such as age and sex. All p-values are two-sided and any value lower than 0.05 were considered to suggest a statistically significant result. Retrospective analysis were categorised into two categories, patients from 2001-2003 considered as pre PET and post PET for 2004-2008. This categorisation allows better comparison of patients’ survival trend to be made between both groups. Rates are presented in percentages and being grouped by tumour characteristics and other variables associated with demographic profile, diagnosis, staging and treatment. Results allowed comparison of oesophageal cancer trends between the pre and post PET-CT introduction such as changes in incidence rate or changes in survival. These data were used to normalise the decision tree model so that cost-effectiveness analysis can be performed across the whole population.

  19. Ex vivo T-cell depletion in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant: past, present and future.

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    Saad, A; Lamb, L S

    2017-03-20

    The most common cause of post-transplant mortality in patients with hematological malignancy is relapse, followed by GvHD, infections, organ toxicity and second malignancy. Immune-mediated complications such as GvHD continue to be challenging, yet amenable to control through manipulation of the T-cell compartment of the donor graft with subsequent immunomodulation after transplant. However, risk of both relapse and infection increase concomitantly with T-cell depletion (TCD) strategies that impair immune recovery. In this review, we discuss the clinical outcome of current and emerging strategies of TCD in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant that have developed during the modern transplantation era, focusing specifically on ex vivo strategies that target selected T-cell subsets.Bone Marrow Transplantation advance online publication, 20 March 2017; doi:10.1038/bmt.2017.22.

  20. A problem-solving education intervention in caregivers and patients during allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Bevans, Margaret; Wehrlen, Leslie; Castro, Kathleen; Prince, Patricia; Shelburne, Nonniekaye; Soeken, Karen; Zabora, James; Wallen, Gwenyth R

    2014-05-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effect of problem-solving education on self-efficacy and distress in informal caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients. Patient/caregiver teams attended three 1-hour problem-solving education sessions to help cope with problems during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Primary measures included the Cancer Self-Efficacy Scale-transplant and Brief Symptom Inventory-18. Active caregivers reported improvements in self-efficacy (p < 0.05) and distress (p < 0.01) post-problem-solving education; caregiver responders also reported better health outcomes such as fatigue. The effect of problem-solving education on self-efficacy and distress in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation caregivers supports its inclusion in future interventions to meet the multifaceted needs of this population.

  1. The Role of Autologous and Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Hodgkin Lymphoma

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    Holmberg, Leona; Maloney, David G.

    2011-01-01

    Patients with Hodgkin lymphoma are usually cured by primary therapy using chemotherapy alone or combined modality therapy with external beam radiation. Patients who do not experience a complete remission or those who experience relapse may by salvaged by high-dose therapy and autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Success of this approach is largely dependent on the tumor being sensitive to salvage chemotherapy before transplant. More studies are showing the predictive value of functional imaging in this setting. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has greater risk of nonrelapse mortality and is generally reserved for patients who experience relapse post-ASCT, but may provide long-term survival for some patients through graft-versus-tumor immune effects. PMID:21917627

  2. Integrated meta-omic analyses of the gastrointestinal tract microbiome in patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Kaysen, Anne; Heintz-Buschart, Anna; Muller, Emilie E L; Narayanasamy, Shaman; Wampach, Linda; Laczny, Cédric C; Graf, Norbert; Simon, Arne; Franke, Katharina; Bittenbring, Jörg; Wilmes, Paul; Schneider, Jochen G

    2017-08-01

    In patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), treatment-induced changes to the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) microbiome have been linked to adverse outcomes, most notably graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). However, it is presently unknown whether this relationship is causal or consequential. Here, we performed an integrated meta-omic analysis to probe deeper into the GIT microbiome changes during allo-HSCT and its accompanying treatments. We used 16S and 18S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing to resolve archaea, bacteria, and eukaryotes within the GIT microbiomes of 16 patients undergoing allo-HSCT for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. These results revealed a major shift in the GIT microbiome after allo-HSCT including a marked reduction in bacterial diversity, accompanied by only limited changes in eukaryotes and archaea. An integrated analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data was performed on samples collected from a patient before and after allo-HSCT for acute myeloid leukemia. This patient developed severe GvHD, leading to death 9 months after allo-HSCT. In addition to drastically decreased bacterial diversity, the post-treatment microbiome showed a higher overall number and higher expression levels of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). One specific Escherichia coli strain causing a paravertebral abscess was linked to GIT dysbiosis, suggesting loss of intestinal barrier integrity. The apparent selection for bacteria expressing ARGs suggests that prophylactic antibiotic administration may adversely affect the overall treatment outcome. We therefore assert that such analyses including information about the selection of pathogenic bacteria expressing ARGs may assist clinicians in "personalizing" regimens for individual patients to improve overall outcomes. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. First report on fertility after allogeneic uterus transplantation.

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    Díaz-García, César; Akhi, Shamima N; Wallin, Ann; Pellicer, Antonio; Brännström, Mats

    2010-11-01

    Uterus transplantation may become the first available treatment for uterine factor infertility, which is due to the absence or malfunction of the uterus. Here we describe for the first time pregnancy after allogeneic uterus transplantation, as a proof of concept of uterine function in a transplanted uterus in a standardized animal model (rat) under immunosuppression.

  4. Allogeneic Marrow Transplantation in Patients With Severe Systemic Sclerosis

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    Nash, Richard A.; McSweeney, Peter A.; Nelson, J. Lee; Wener, Mark; Georges, George E.; Langston, Amelia A.; Shulman, Howard; Sullivan, Keith M.; Lee, Julie; Henstorf, Gretchen; Storb, Rainer; Furst, Daniel E.

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the safety and efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) after myeloablative conditioning in patients with severe systemic sclerosis (SSc). Methods Eligibility criteria for the study included SSc patients with features indicative of a poor prognosis. The myeloablative conditioning regimen included busulfan, cyclophosphamide, and antithymocyte globulin. Prophylaxis for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) consisted of cyclosporine and methotrexate. Bone marrow was transplanted from HLA-identical siblings. Results Two patients with diffuse cutaneous SSc and lung involvement who were refractory to conventional immunosuppressive treatment were enrolled in the study. In patient 1, there were no complications related to the conditioning regimen, and GVHD did not develop after transplantation. At 5 years after HCT, there was nearly complete resolution of the scleroderma and marked improvement in physical functioning. Internal organ function improved (lung) or remained stable. On examination of serial skin biopsy samples, there was resolution of the dermal fibrosis. Patient 2 experienced skin toxicity from the conditioning regimen and hypertensive crisis that was likely related to high-dose corticosteroids given for treatment of GVHD. Although this patient experienced an improvement in scleroderma and overall functioning, a fatal opportunistic infection developed 17 months after HCT. Conclusion Allogeneic HCT may result in sustained remission of SSc. GVHD and opportunistic infections are the major risks associated with allogeneic HCT for SSc, as for allogeneic HCT in general. PMID:16732546

  5. Eltrombopag for Treatment of Thrombocytopenia after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.

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    Tanaka, Takashi; Inamoto, Yoshihiro; Yamashita, Takuya; Fuji, Shigeo; Okinaka, Keiji; Kurosawa, Saiko; Kim, Sung-Won; Tanosaki, Ryuji; Fukuda, Takahiro

    2016-05-01

    Persistent thrombocytopenia is a common complication after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Eltrombopag is an oral thrombopoietin receptor agonist whose efficacy against persistent thrombocytopenia after allogeneic HCT has not been well characterized. This retrospective study evaluated the safety and efficacy of eltrombopag in 12 consecutive patients with persistent thrombocytopenia after allogeneic HCT. Eltrombopag was started at 12.5 mg once daily and the dose was increased by 12.5 mg daily every week until platelet counts exceeded 50,000/μL. Five patients had prolonged isolated thrombocytopenia (PIT) and 7 patients had secondary failure of platelet recovery (SFPR). The cumulative incidence rate of successful platelet recovery to ≥50,000/μL without transfusion support was 60% in PIT patients and 71% in SFPR patients. No patients discontinued the drug because of adverse events or intolerability. Notably, the rate of platelet recovery was higher (100% versus 58%; P = .0017) and recovery was faster (median, 33 days versus 137 days; P = .0078) in patients with normal numbers of bone marrow megakaryocytes before starting eltrombopag than in those with decreased numbers of megakaryocytes. Eltrombopag is a promising treatment for both PIT and SFPR after allogeneic HCT. The number of megakaryocytes in bone marrow before eltrombopag treatment may predict the response to eltrombopag.

  6. Approaches to relapse after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Kröger, Nicolaus

    2011-03-01

    Relapse has become the leading cause of death following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Despite improved understanding of the biology that underlies the graft-versus-leukemia/tumor effect the relapse rate did not decrease over the past 20 years. In general, prognosis is poor for patients who relapsed to an allograft since effective treatment options are limited. Here, we review the available and upcoming treatment approaches for relapse. Treatment of relapse after allogeneic HSCT has been rarely investigated systematically and results differ substantially from diseases. Withdrawal of immunosuppressive medication, donor lymphocyte infusions with or without chemotherapy and/or second allogeneic HSCT are the most used options. New specific cellular approaches such as disease-specific T-cells, alloreactive natural killer cells or vaccination strategies are under investigation. Novel agents such as tyrosine-kinase inhibitors, hypomethylating agents, monoclonal antibodies, immunomodulating drugs, or proteasome-inhibitors either alone or in combination with adoptive immunotherapy are upcoming promising options, but valid data are lacking so far. With some exceptions (chronic myeloid leukemia), treatment options for patients who relapse are limited. The results are poor and the majority of patients ultimately die of their disease. More effort and research is needed to prevent and treat relapse after allogeneic HSCT.

  7. PEIMAN 1.0: Post-translational modification Enrichment, Integration and Matching ANalysis.

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    Nickchi, Payman; Jafari, Mohieddin; Kalantari, Shiva

    2015-01-01

    Conventional proteomics has discovered a wide gap between protein sequences and biological functions. The third generation of proteomics was provoked to bridge this gap. Targeted and untargeted post-translational modification (PTM) studies are the most important parts of today's proteomics. Considering the expensive and time-consuming nature of experimental methods, computational methods are developed to study, analyze, predict, count and compute the PTM annotations on proteins. The enrichment analysis softwares are among the common computational biology and bioinformatic software packages. The focus of such softwares is to find the probability of occurrence of the desired biological features in any arbitrary list of genes/proteins. We introduce Post-translational modification Enrichment Integration and Matching Analysis (PEIMAN) software to explore more probable and enriched PTMs on proteins. Here, we also represent the statistics of detected PTM terms used in enrichment analysis in PEIMAN software based on the latest released version of UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot. These results, in addition to giving insight to any given list of proteins, could be useful to design targeted PTM studies for identification and characterization of special chemical groups. Database URL: http://bs.ipm.ir/softwares/PEIMAN/ © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press.

  8. Analysis of nonstandard and home-made explosives and post-blast residues in forensic practice

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    Kotrlý, Marek; Turková, Ivana

    2014-05-01

    Nonstandard and home-made explosives may constitute a considerable threat and as well as a potential material for terrorist activities. Mobile analytical devices, particularly Raman, or also FTIR spectrometers are used for the initial detection. Various sorts of phlegmatizers (moderants) to decrease sensitivity of explosives were tested, some kinds of low viscosity lubricants yielded very good results. If the character of the substance allows it, phlegmatized samples are taken in the amount of approx.0.3g for a laboratory analysis. Various separation methods and methods of concentrations of samples from post-blast scenes were tested. A wide range of methods is used for the laboratory analysis. XRD techniques capable of a direct phase identification of the crystalline substance, namely in mixtures, have highly proved themselves in practice for inorganic and organic phases. SEM-EDS/WDS methods are standardly employed for the inorganic phase. In analysing post-blast residues, there are very important techniques allowing analysis at the level of separate particles, not the overall composition in a mixed sample.

  9. PEIMAN 1.0: Post-translational modification Enrichment, Integration and Matching ANalysis

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    Nickchi, Payman; Jafari, Mohieddin; Kalantari, Shiva

    2015-01-01

    Conventional proteomics has discovered a wide gap between protein sequences and biological functions. The third generation of proteomics was provoked to bridge this gap. Targeted and untargeted post-translational modification (PTM) studies are the most important parts of today’s proteomics. Considering the expensive and time-consuming nature of experimental methods, computational methods are developed to study, analyze, predict, count and compute the PTM annotations on proteins. The enrichment analysis softwares are among the common computational biology and bioinformatic software packages. The focus of such softwares is to find the probability of occurrence of the desired biological features in any arbitrary list of genes/proteins. We introduce Post-translational modification Enrichment Integration and Matching Analysis (PEIMAN) software to explore more probable and enriched PTMs on proteins. Here, we also represent the statistics of detected PTM terms used in enrichment analysis in PEIMAN software based on the latest released version of UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot. These results, in addition to giving insight to any given list of proteins, could be useful to design targeted PTM studies for identification and characterization of special chemical groups. Database URL: http://bs.ipm.ir/softwares/PEIMAN/ PMID:25911152

  10. Detachably assembled microfluidic device for perfusion culture and post-culture analysis of a spheroid array.

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    Sakai, Yusuke; Hattori, Koji; Yanagawa, Fumiki; Sugiura, Shinji; Kanamori, Toshiyuki; Nakazawa, Kohji

    2014-07-01

    Microfluidic devices permit perfusion culture of three-dimensional (3D) tissue, mimicking the flow of blood in vascularized 3D tissue in our body. Here, we report a microfluidic device composed of a two-part microfluidic chamber chip and multi-microwell array chip able to be disassembled at the culture endpoint. Within the microfluidic chamber, an array of 3D tissue aggregates (spheroids) can be formed and cultured under perfusion. Subsequently, detailed post-culture analysis of the spheroids collected from the disassembled device can be performed. This device facilitates uniform spheroid formation, growth analysis in a high-throughput format, controlled proliferation via perfusion flow rate, and post-culture analysis of spheroids. We used the device to culture spheroids of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells under two controlled perfusion flow rates. HepG2 spheroids exhibited greater cell growth at higher perfusion flow rates than at lower perfusion flow rates, and exhibited different metabolic activity and mRNA and protein expression under the different flow rate conditions. These results show the potential of perfusion culture to precisely control the culture environment in microfluidic devices. The construction of spheroid array chambers allows multiple culture conditions to be tested simultaneously, with potential applications in toxicity and drug screening. Copyright © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Continuous versus group sequential analysis for post-market drug and vaccine safety surveillance.

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    Silva, I R; Kulldorff, M

    2015-09-01

    The use of sequential statistical analysis for post-market drug safety surveillance is quickly emerging. Both continuous and group sequential analysis have been used, but consensus is lacking as to when to use which approach. We compare the statistical performance of continuous and group sequential analysis in terms of type I error probability; statistical power; expected time to signal when the null hypothesis is rejected; and the sample size required to end surveillance without rejecting the null. We present a mathematical proposition to show that for any group sequential design there always exists a continuous sequential design that is uniformly better. As a consequence, it is shown that more frequent testing is always better. Additionally, for a Poisson based probability model and a flat rejection boundary in terms of the log likelihood ratio, we compare the performance of various continuous and group sequential designs. Using exact calculations, we found that, for the parameter settings used, there is always a continuous design with shorter expected time to signal than the best group design. The two key conclusions from this article are (i) that any post-market safety surveillance system should attempt to obtain data as frequently as possible, and (ii) that sequential testing should always be performed when new data arrives without deliberately waiting for additional data.

  12. Computational Biomechanical Analysis of Asymmetric Ectasia Risk in Unilateral Post-LASIK Ectasia.

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    Vahdati, Ali; Seven, Ibrahim; Mysore, Naveen; Randleman, J Bradley; Dupps, William J

    2016-12-01

    To develop a computational approach to corneal biomechanical risk analysis in refractive surgery and to investigate its utility in an enigmatic case of unilateral ectasia after bilateral LASIK. Preoperative corneal elevation datasets from both eyes of a patient who developed unilateral post-LASIK ectasia were used to construct geometrically patient-specific, microstructurally motivated finite element models. Models were assessed before and after implementation of case-specific treatment parameters for interocular differences in corneal geometry and strain behavior under physiological loading conditions. Standard clinical predictors of post-LASIK ectasia risk were similar for the affected and contralateral eyes, and no risk factor asymmetry was identified in tomographic screening that included posterior corneal elevation analysis. However, differences in the magnitude and distribution of strain and stress were observed that are consistent with greater predisposition to biomechanical instability in the affected eye. Load testing with simulated intraocular pressure increases provoked opposite trends in curvature change in the preoperative models representing affected and unaffected eyes, with steepening in the ectatic eye and flattening in the clinically stable eye. Patient-specific computational analyses revealed differences in intrinsic biomechanical behaviors that may predispose a cornea to instability after refractive surgery. Strain and stress analyses elucidated differential risk not ascertained with current refractive surgery screening paradigms. This pilot study illustrates a risk analysis approach that implicitly considers the entire corneal three-dimensional geometry and can be performed a priori in a screening setting. [J Refract Surg. 2016;32(12):811-820.]. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  13. Lesson Learned from AGILE and LARES ASI Projects About MATED Data Collection and Post Analysis

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    Carpentiero, Rita; Mrchetti, Ernesto; Natalucci, Silvia; Portelli, Claudio

    2012-07-01

    ASI has managed and collected data on project development of two scientific all-Italian missions: AGILE and LARES. Collection of the Model And Test Effectiveness Database (MATED) data, concerning Project, AIV (Assembly Integration and Verification) and NCR (Non Conformance Report) aspects has been performed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), using available technical documentation of both AGILE e LARES projects. In this paper some consideration on the needs of 'real time' data collection is made, together with proposal of front end improvement of this tool. In addition a preliminary analysis of MATED effectiveness related to the above ASI projects will be presented in a bottom-up and post verification approach.

  14. Application of the Post-Boiling-Transition Standard to Licensing Analysis

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    Mizokami, Shinya; Kitamura, Hideya; Kudo, Yoshiro; Komura, Seiichi; Nagata, Yoshifumi; Morooka, Shinichi

    2005-10-15

    To ensure fuel integrity, light water reactor cores are designed to avoid the onset of boiling transition (BT) inside the fuel assembly that leads to a deterioration of the heat transfer characteristics and subsequent excessive rise of the fuel-cladding temperature in the anticipated operational occurrences (AOOs). However, some boiling water reactors' AOO events result in immediate scram or suppression of the reactor power due to an increase in the reactor coolant void fraction. Recent studies show that a short duration of dryout inside the fuel assembly only leads to a small rise in the fuel-cladding temperature and thus does not pose a threat to fuel integrity. Many tests on BT and an improved comprehension of its mechanism have led to the development of a methodology to appropriately assess the fuel-cladding temperature after BT has been reached. The Standards Committee of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan has therefore proposed a cladding temperature criterion after BT. Applying the post-BT standard enables the value of the operating limit minimum critical power ratio (OLMCPR) to be decreased by allowing for a short duration of dryout. We calculated the fuel-cladding temperature and dryout duration in the load rejection condition without a bypass event. The calculated results show that both the fuel-cladding temperature and dryout duration meet the post-BT standard in the case of a small OLMCPR, which is determined by the loss of feedwater heating. This enables a more efficient reactor core to be designed by applying the post-BT standard to licensing analysis. The possibility of applying a post-BT standard is demonstrated from the results of this work.

  15. Cognitive Training for Post-Acute Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Hallock, Harry; Collins, Daniel; Lampit, Amit; Deol, Kiran; Fleming, Jennifer; Valenzuela, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To quantitatively aggregate effects of cognitive training (CT) on cognitive and functional outcome measures in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) more than 12-months post-injury. Design: We systematically searched six databases for non-randomized and randomized controlled trials of CT in TBI patients at least 12-months post-injury reporting cognitive and/or functional outcomes. Main Measures: Efficacy was measured as standardized mean difference (Hedges’ g) of post-training change. We investigated heterogeneity across studies using subgroup analyses and meta-regressions. Results: Fourteen studies encompassing 575 patients were included. The effect of CT on overall cognition was small and statistically significant (g = 0.22, 95%CI 0.05 to 0.38; p = 0.01), with low heterogeneity (I2 = 11.71%) and no evidence of publication bias. A moderate effect size was found for overall functional outcomes (g = 0.32, 95%CI 0.08 to 0.57, p = 0.01) with low heterogeneity (I2 = 14.27%) and possible publication bias. Statistically significant effects were also found only for executive function (g = 0.20, 95%CI 0.02 to 0.39, p = 0.03) and verbal memory (g = 0.32, 95%CI 0.14 to 0.50, p < 0.01). Conclusion: Despite limited studies in this field, this meta-analysis indicates that CT is modestly effective in improving cognitive and functional outcomes in patients with post-acute TBI and should therefore play a more significant role in TBI rehabilitation. PMID:27833541

  16. Financial impact of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation on patients and families over 2 years: results from a multicenter pilot study.

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    Denzen, E M; Thao, V; Hahn, T; Lee, S J; McCarthy, P L; Rizzo, J D; Ammi, M; Drexler, R; Flesch, S; James, H; Omondi, N; Murphy, E; Pederson, K; Majhail, N S

    2016-09-01

    Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a procedure that can significantly influence the socioeconomic wellbeing of patients, caregivers and their families. Among 30 allogeneic HCT recipients and their caregivers enrolled on a pilot study evaluating the feasibility of studying financial impact of HCT, 16 agreed to participate in the long-term phase, completed a baseline questionnaire and received phone interviews at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months post HCT. Analyses showed that by 2 years post HCT, 54% of patients who previously contributed to household earnings had not returned to work and 80% of patients/caregivers reported transplant as having moderate to great impact on household income. However, patients' levels of confidence in their abilities to meet household financial obligations increased from baseline to 2 years. A relatively large proportion of patients reported inability to pay for medical care through this time period. Case studies demonstrated that patients' individual perceptions of the financial impact of HCT varies considerably, regardless of actual income. We demonstrate the feasibility of conducting a study to evaluate the financial impact of allogeneic HCT through 2 years post transplantation. Some patients/caregivers continue to experience a significant long-term financial burden after this procedure. Our study lays the foundation for a larger evaluation of patient/caregiver financial burden associated with HCT.

  17. Financial Impact of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation on Patients and Families over 2-years: Results from a Multicenter Pilot Study

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    Denzen, Ellen M.; Thao, Viengneesee; Hahn, Theresa; Lee, Stephanie J.; McCarthy, Philip L.; Rizzo, J. Douglas; Ammi, Monique; Drexler, Rebecca; Flesch, Susan; James, Heather; Omondi, Nancy; Murphy, Elizabeth; Pederson, Kate; Majhail, Navneet S.

    2016-01-01

    Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a procedure that can significantly influence the socioeconomic wellbeing of patients, caregivers and their families. Among 30 allogeneic HCT recipients and their caregivers enrolled on a pilot study evaluating the feasibility of studying financial impact of HCT, 16 agreed to participate in the long-term phase, completed a baseline questionnaire and received phone interviews at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months post-HCT. Analyses showed that by 2-years post-HCT, 54% of patients who previously contributed to household earnings had not returned to work and 80% of patients/caregivers reported transplant as having moderate to great impact on household income. However, patients’ level of confidence in their ability to meet household financial obligations increased from baseline to 2-years. A relatively large proportion of patients reported inability to pay for medical care through this time period. Case studies demonstrated patient individual perception of financial impact of HCT varies considerably, regardless of actual income. We demonstrate the feasibility of conducting a study to evaluate financial impact of allogeneic HCT through 2-years post-transplantation. Some patients/caregivers continue to experience significant long-term financial burden after this procedure. Our study lays the foundation for a larger evaluation of patient/caregiver financial burden associated with HCT. PMID:27088381

  18. Pediatric donor cell leukemia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in AML patient from related donor.

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    Bobadilla-Morales, Lucina; Pimentel-Gutiérrez, Helia J; Gallegos-Castorena, Sergio; Paniagua-Padilla, Jenny A; Ortega-de-la-Torre, Citlalli; Sánchez-Zubieta, Fernando; Silva-Cruz, Rocio; Corona-Rivera, Jorge R; Zepeda-Moreno, Abraham; González-Ramella, Oscar; Corona-Rivera, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    Here we present a male patient with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) initially diagnosed as M5 and with karyotype 46,XY. After induction therapy, he underwent a HLA-matched allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and six years later he relapsed as AML M1 with an abnormal karyotype //47,XX,+10[2]/47,XX,+11[3]/48,XX,+10,+11[2]/46,XX[13]. Based on this, we tested the possibility of donor cell origin by FISH and molecular STR analysis. We found no evidence of Y chromosome presence by FISH and STR analysis consistent with the success of the allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from the female donor. FISH studies confirmed trisomies and no evidence of MLL translocation either p53 or ATM deletion. Additionally 28 fusion common leukemia transcripts were evaluated by multiplex reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction assay and were not rearranged. STR analysis showed a complete donor chimerism. Thus, donor cell leukemia (DCL) was concluded, being essential the use of cytological and molecular approaches. Pediatric DCL is uncommon, our patient seems to be the sixth case and additionally it presented a late donor cell leukemia appearance. Different extrinsic and intrinsic mechanisms have been considered to explain this uncommon finding as well as the implications to the patient.

  19. Efficacy of tranexamic acid in reducing allogeneic blood products in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery.

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    Sui, Wen-yuan; Ye, Fang; Yang, Jun-lin

    2016-04-27

    Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) surgery usually require prolonged operative times with extensive soft tissue dissection and significant perioperative blood loss, and allogeneic blood products are frequently needed. Methods to reduce the requirement for transfusion would have a beneficial effect on these patients. Although many previous studies have revealed the efficacy of tranexamic acid (TXA) in spinal surgery, there is still a lack of agreement concerning the reduction of both blood loss and transfusion requirements of large dose tranexamic acid (TXA) in surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). The objective of this study was to elevate the efficacy and safety of a large dose tranexamic acid (TXA) in reducing transfusion requirements of allogeneic blood products in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) surgery using a retrospective study designed with historical control group. One hundred thirty seven consecutive AIS patients who underwent surgery treatment with posterior spinal pedicle systems from August 2011 to March 2015 in our scoliosis center were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were divided into two groups, the TXA group and the historical recruited no TXA group (NTXA). Preoperative demographics, radiographic parameters, operative parameters, estimated blood loss (EBL), total irrigation fluid, number of patients requiring blood transfusion, mean drop of Hb (Pre-op Hb-Post-op Hb), haematocrit pre and post-surgery, mean volume of blood transfusion, hospitalization time, and adverse effect were recorded and compared. All the patients were successfully treated with satisfied clinical and radiographic outcomes. There were 71 patients in the TXA group and 66 patients in the NTXA group. The preoperative demographics were homogeneity between two groups (P > 0.05). There were no significant difference in average operative time between two groups (209 min vs 215 min, p >0.05). Number of patients in the TXA group showed a significant decrease in

  20. Outcomes of lung transplantation after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Cheng, Guang-Shing; Edelman, Jeffrey D; Madtes, David K; Martin, Paul J; Flowers, Mary E D

    2014-08-01

    Other than lung transplantation (LT), no specific therapies exist for end-stage lung disease resulting from hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT)-related complications, such as bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). We report the indications and outcomes in patients who underwent LT after HCT for hematologic disease from a retrospective case series at our institution and a review of the medical literature. We identified a total of 70 cases of LT after HCT, including 9 allogeneic HCT recipients from our institution who underwent LT between 1990 and 2010. In our cohort, the median age was 16 years (range, 10 to 35 years) at the time of HCT and 34 years (range, 17 to 44 years) at the time of LT, with a median interval between HCT and LT of 10 years (range, 2.9 to 27 years). Indications for LT-included pulmonary fibrosis (n = 4), BOS (n = 3), interstitial pneumonitis related to graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) (n = 1), and primary pulmonary hypertension (n = 1). Median survival was 49 months (range, 2 weeks to 87 months), and 1 patient remains alive at more than 3 years after LT. Survival at 1 year and 5 years after LT was 89% and 37%, respectively. In the medical literature between 1992 and July 2013, we identified 20 articles describing 61 cases of LT after HCT from various centers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Twenty-six of the 61 cases (43%) involved patients age <18 years at the time of LT. BOS and GVHD of the lung were cited as the indication for LT in the majority of cases (80%; n = 49), followed by pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease (20%; n = 12). In publications reporting 3 or more cases with a follow-up interval ranging from the immediate postoperative period to 16 years, the survival rate was 71% (39 of 55). Most deaths were attributed to long-term complications of the lung allograft, including infections and BOS. Two deaths were related to recurrent or relapsed hematologic malignancy. LT can prolong survival in some

  1. The 2005 meta-analysis of homeopathy: the importance of post-publication data.

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    Rutten, A L B; Stolper, C F

    2008-10-01

    There is a discrepancy between the outcome of a meta-analysis published in 1997 of 89 trials of homeopathy by Linde et al and an analysis of 110 trials by Shang et al published in 2005, these reached opposite conclusions. Important data were not mentioned in Shang et al's paper, but only provided subsequently. What was the outcome of Shang et al's predefined hypotheses? Were the homeopathic and conventional trials comparable? Was subgroup selection justified? The possible role of ineffective treatments. Was the conclusion about effect justified? Were essential data missing in the original article? Analysis of post-publication data. Re-extraction and analysis of 21 higher quality trials selected by Shang et al with sensitivity analysis for the influence of single indications. Analysis of comparability. Sensitivity analysis of influence of subjective choices, like quality of single indications and of cut-off values for 'larger samples'. The quality of trials of homeopathy was better than of conventional trials. Regarding smaller trials, homeopathy accounted for 14 out of 83 and conventional medicine 2 out of 78 good quality trials with n<100. There was selective inclusion of unpublished trials only for homeopathy. Quality was assessed differently from previous analyses. Selecting subgroups on sample size and quality caused incomplete matching of homeopathy and conventional trials. Cut-off values for larger trials differed between homeopathy and conventional medicine without plausible reason. Sensitivity analyses for the influence of heterogeneity and the cut-off value for 'larger higher quality studies' were missing. Homeopathy is not effective for muscle soreness after long distance running, OR=1.30 (95% CI 0.96-1.76). The subset of homeopathy trials on which the conclusion was based was heterogeneous, comprising 8 trials on 8 different indications, and was not matched on indication with those of conventional medicine. Essential data were missing in the original

  2. Allogenic human serum, a clinical grade serum supplement for promoting human periodontal ligament stem cell expansion.

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    Arpornmaeklong, Premjit; Sutthitrairong, Chotika; Jantaramanant, Piyathida; Pripatnanont, Prisana

    2016-12-13

    Exposing human periodontal ligament stem cells (hPDLSCs) to animal proteins during cell expansion would compromise quality and safety of the hPDLSCs for clinical applications. The current study aimed to evaluate the replacement of animal-based serum by human serum for the expansion of hPDLSCs. hPDLSCs were cultured in culture media supplemented with four types of serums: Group A: fetal bovine serum (FBS); Group B: allogeneic human male AB serum (HS); Group C: in-house autologous (Auto-HS); and Group D: in-house allogeneic human serums (Allo-HS). Exhibitions of mesenchymal stem cell characteristics of hPDLSCs were examined. Then, growth and osteogenic (OS) differentiation potential of hPDLSCs in FBS and HS at passages 5 and 15 were compared to investigate the effects of serum supplements on growth and expansion stability of the expanded hPDLSCs. After that, growth and OS differentiation of hPDLSCs in Auto- and Allo-HS were investigated. Flow cytometrical analyses, functional differentiations, cell growth kinetic, cytogenetic analysis, alkaline phosphatase and calcium content assays, and oil red O and von Kossa staining were performed. Results showed that at passage 5, HS promoted growth and OS differentiation of hPDLSCs and extensive cell expansion, decreased growth and differentiation potential of the expanded hPDLSCs, particularly in HS. Growth and OS differentiation of hPDLSCs in Auto-HS and Allo-HS were not different. In summary, allogeneic human serum could be a replacement to FBS for hPDLSC expansion. In vitro cell expansion of hPDLSCs should be minimal to ensure optimal cell quality. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Nutritional status of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients: influencing risk factors and impact on survival.

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    El-Ghammaz, Amro Mohamed Sedky; Ben Matoug, Rima; Elzimaity, Maha; Mostafa, Nevine

    2017-04-24

    Patients subjected to allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are at increased nutritional risk which in turn may alter their outcome. For providing good nutritional care for patients, it is important to analyze risk factors influencing nutritional status during and after HSCT. Fifty patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT were subjected to nutritional status assessment by using the patient-generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA) at initial admission, day 30 and day 180. Two patients (4%) had malnutrition at admission, 36 (72%) at day 30, and 24 (48%) at day 180. At day 30, comorbidity index higher than 0 and fever lasting for more than 1 week had a significant impact on nutritional status (P = .004 and P = .006, respectively). Regarding day 180, comorbidity index higher than 0 and presence of ≥grade II acute gastrointestinal graft versus host disease (GI GVHD) significantly influenced nutritional status (P = .017 and P = .026, respectively). Well-nourished patients at admission and day 180 had a significantly higher overall survival (OS) in comparison to malnourished patients (P < .001 and P = .012, respectively). Nutritional status at admission and day 180 had a significant influence on OS in multivariate analysis (P = .039 and P = .032, respectively). Allogeneic HSCT patients having high comorbidity index, developing prolonged fever, and experiencing ≥grade II acute GI GVHD suffer from worsening in their nutritional status during hospitalization and after discharge. Also, nutritional status at admission and day 180 significantly influences their survival.

  4. Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Adult T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

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    Hamilton, Betty Ky; Rybicki, Lisa; Abounader, Donna; Adekola, Kehinde; Advani, Anjali; Aldoss, Ibrahim; Bachanova, Veronika; Bashey, Asad; Brown, Stacey; DeLima, Marcos; Devine, Steven; Flowers, Christopher R; Ganguly, Siddharth; Jagasia, Madan; Kennedy, Vanessa E; Kim, Dennis Dong Hwan; McGuirk, Joseph; Pullarkat, Vinod; Romee, Rizwan; Sandhu, Karamjeet; Smith, Melody; Ueda, Masumi; Viswabandya, Auro; Vu, Khoan; Wall, Sarah; Zeichner, Simon B; Perales, Miguel-Angel; Majhail, Navneet S

    2017-07-01

    Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is recommended for patients with T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) in second or later complete remission (CR) and high-risk patients in first CR. Given its relative rarity, data on outcomes of HCT for T-ALL are limited. We conducted a multicenter retrospective cohort study using data from 208 adult patients who underwent HCT between 2000 and 2014 to describe outcomes of allogeneic HCT for T-ALL in the contemporary era. The median age at HCT was 37 years, and the majority of patients underwent HCT in CR, using total body irradiation (TBI)-based myeloablative conditioning regimens. One-quarter of the patients underwent alternative donor HCT using a mismatched, umbilical cord blood, or haploidentical donor. With a median follow up of 38 months, overall survival at 5 years was 34%. The corresponding cumulative incidence of non-relapse mortality and relapse was 26% and 41%, respectively. In multivariable analysis, factors significantly associated with overall survival were the use of TBI (HR, 0.57; P = .021), age >35 years (HR, 1.55; P = .025), and disease status at HCT (HR, 1.98; P = .005 for relapsed/refractory disease compared with CR). Relapse was the most common cause of death (58% of patients). Allogeneic HCT remains a potentially curative option in selected patients with adult T-ALL, although relapse is a major cause of treatment failure. Copyright © 2017 The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Ex post power economic analysis of record of decision operational restrictions at Glen Canyon Dam.

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    Veselka, T. D.; Poch, L. A.; Palmer, C. S.; Loftin, S.; Osiek, B; Decision and Information Sciences; Western Area Power Administration

    2010-07-31

    On October 9, 1996, Bruce Babbitt, then-Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior signed the Record of Decision (ROD) on operating criteria for the Glen Canyon Dam (GCD). Criteria selected were based on the Modified Low Fluctuating Flow (MLFF) Alternative as described in the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam, Colorado River Storage Project, Arizona, Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (Reclamation 1995). These restrictions reduced the operating flexibility of the hydroelectric power plant and therefore its economic value. The EIS provided impact information to support the ROD, including an analysis of operating criteria alternatives on power system economics. This ex post study reevaluates ROD power economic impacts and compares these results to the economic analysis performed prior (ex ante) to the ROD for the MLFF Alternative. On the basis of the methodology used in the ex ante analysis, anticipated annual economic impacts of the ROD were estimated to range from approximately $15.1 million to $44.2 million in terms of 1991 dollars ($1991). This ex post analysis incorporates historical events that took place between 1997 and 2005, including the evolution of power markets in the Western Electricity Coordinating Council as reflected in market prices for capacity and energy. Prompted by ROD operational restrictions, this analysis also incorporates a decision made by the Western Area Power Administration to modify commitments that it made to its customers. Simulated operations of GCD were based on the premise that hourly production patterns would maximize the economic value of the hydropower resource. On the basis of this assumption, it was estimated that economic impacts were on average $26.3 million in $1991, or $39 million in $2009.

  6. Voxel-Based Analysis of Fractional Anisotropy in Post-Stroke Apathy

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    Yang, Song-ran; Shang, Xin-yuan; Tao, Jun; Liu, Jian-yang; Hua, Ping

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the structural basis of post-stroke apathy by using voxel-based analysis (VBA) of fractional anisotropy (FA) maps. Methods We enrolled 54 consecutive patients with ischemic stroke during convalescence, and divided them into apathy (n = 31) and non-apathy (n = 23) groups. We obtained magnetic resonance images of their brains, including T1, T2 and DTI sequences. Age, sex, education level, Hamilton Depression Scale (HAMD) scores, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores, and infarct locations for the two groups were compared. Finally, to investigate the structural basis of post-stroke apathy, VBA of FA maps was performed in which we included the variables that a univariate analysis determined had P-values less than 0.20 as covariates. Results HAMD (P = 0.01) and MMSE (P<0.01) scores differed significantly between the apathy and non-apathy groups. After controlling for age, education level, HAMD scores, and MMSE scores, significant FA reduction was detected in four clusters with peak voxels at the genu of the corpus callosum (X = −16, Y = 30, Z = 8), left anterior corona radiata (−22, 30, 10), splenium of the corpus callosum (−24, −56, 18), and right inferior frontal gyrus white matter (52, 24, 18), after family-wise error correction for multiple comparisons. Conclusions Post-stroke apathy is related to depression and cognitive decline. Damage to the genu of the corpus callosum, left anterior corona radiata, splenium of the corpus callosum, and white matter in the right inferior frontal gyrus may lead to apathy after ischemic stroke. PMID:25555189

  7. Voxel-based analysis of fractional anisotropy in post-stroke apathy.

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    Yang, Song-ran; Shang, Xin-yuan; Tao, Jun; Liu, Jian-yang; Hua, Ping

    2015-01-01

    To explore the structural basis of post-stroke apathy by using voxel-based analysis (VBA) of fractional anisotropy (FA) maps. We enrolled 54 consecutive patients with ischemic stroke during convalescence, and divided them into apathy (n = 31) and non-apathy (n = 23) groups. We obtained magnetic resonance images of their brains, including T1, T2 and DTI sequences. Age, sex, education level, Hamilton Depression Scale (HAMD) scores, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores, and infarct locations for the two groups were compared. Finally, to investigate the structural basis of post-stroke apathy, VBA of FA maps was performed in which we included the variables that a univariate analysis determined had P-values less than 0.20 as covariates. HAMD (P = 0.01) and MMSE (P<0.01) scores differed significantly between the apathy and non-apathy groups. After controlling for age, education level, HAMD scores, and MMSE scores, significant FA reduction was detected in four clusters with peak voxels at the genu of the corpus callosum (X = -16, Y = 30, Z = 8), left anterior corona radiata (-22, 30, 10), splenium of the corpus callosum (-24, -56, 18), and right inferior frontal gyrus white matter (52, 24, 18), after family-wise error correction for multiple comparisons. Post-stroke apathy is related to depression and cognitive decline. Damage to the genu of the corpus callosum, left anterior corona radiata, splenium of the corpus callosum, and white matter in the right inferior frontal gyrus may lead to apathy after ischemic stroke.

  8. Patient-specific Finite Element Analysis of Fiber Post and Ferrule Design.

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    Rodrigues, Monise de Paula; Soares, Priscilla Barbosa Ferreira; Valdivia, Andréa Dollores Correia Miranda; Pessoa, Roberto Sales; Veríssimo, Crisnicaw; Versluis, Antheunis; Soares, Carlos José

    2017-09-01

    A ferrule on anterior endodontic-treated teeth has been evaluated using clinical trials, in vitro tests, and finite element analysis (FEA). The patient-specific FEA with a nonuniform ferrule and nonlinear contact biting load associated with clinical validation can be used to predict failure. A patient was selected with both maxillary central incisors with different ferrule designs who received endodontic treatment and restoration using a fiber post, composite core, and computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing lithium disilicate ceramic crowns. Strain gauges were attached to the buccal surfaces of both teeth to record ceramic strain during bite force recording for FEA validation. Cone-beam computed tomographic imaging was performed, and the Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine files were exported to Mimics, 3-Matic (Materialise, Leuven, Belgium) and Patran (MSC Software, Santa Ana, CA) software to create a patient-specific FEA model. Bite load was applied using contact load applied by antagonist teeth (155 N). Mechanical properties were obtained from the literature. Modified von Mises equivalent stress was used for stress evaluation. Stresses on the dentin and fiber post on the left incisor, which had a nonuniform ferrule, were higher compared with the right incisor. The strain values recorded for the right central incisor (strain gauge =79.9 ± 3.8 μS and FEA = 69.5 μS) and the left central incisor (strain gauge = 83.5 ± 5.3 μS and FEA = 73.9 μS) validate the FEA analysis. FEA was validated with in vivo strain values measured at the buccal crown surfaces, supporting that the stress levels were realistic for investigation of the clinical performance of fiber posts. Maintaining a uniform ferrule was more favorable than a localized higher ferrule. Copyright © 2017 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Stress distribution of oval and circular fiber posts in amandibular premolar: a three-dimensional finite element analysis

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    Kilic, Kerem; Esim, Emir; Aslan, Tugrul; Kilinc, Halil Ibrahim; Yildirim, Sahin

    2013-01-01

    PURPOSE The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of posts with different morphologies on stress distribution in an endodontically treated mandibular premolar by using finite element models (FEMs). MATERIALS AND METHODS A mandibular premolar was modeled using the ANSYS software program. Two models were created to represent circular and oval fiber posts in this tooth model. An oblique force of 300 N was applied at an angle of 45° to the occlusal plane and oriented toward the buccal side. von Mises stress was measured in three regions each for oval and circular fiber posts. RESULTS FEM analysis showed that the von Mises stress of the circular fiber post (426.81 MPa) was greater than that of the oval fiber post (346.34 MPa). The maximum distribution of von Mises stress was in the luting agent in both groups. Additionally, von Mises stresses accumulated in the coronal third of root dentin, close to the post space in both groups. CONCLUSION Oval fiber posts are preferable to circular fiber posts in oval-shaped canals given the stress distribution at the post-dentin interface. PMID:24353882

  10. Acute Myeloid Leukaemia of Donor Cell Origin Developing 17 Years after Allogenic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia

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    Jiménez, Pilar; Alvarez, J. Carlos; Garrido, Pilar; Lorente, J. Antonio; Palacios, Jorge; Ruiz-Cabello, Francisco

    2012-01-01

    Donor cell leukaemia (DCL) is a rare complication of allogenic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We report the case of a female patient with acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL), FAB type M3, who developed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) type M5 of donor origin 17 years after allogenic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) from her HLA-matched sister. Morphology and immunophenotyping showed differences with the initial leukaemia, and short tandem repeat (STR) analysis confirmed donor-type haematopoiesis. Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) showed an 11q23 deletion. Given that the latency period between transplant and development of leukaemia was the longest reported to date, we discuss the mechanisms underlying delayed leukaemia onset. PMID:23675279

  11. Comparison of automated pre-column and post-column analysis of amino acid oligomers

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    Chow, J.; Orenberg, J. B.; Nugent, K. D.

    1987-01-01

    It has been shown that various amino acids will polymerize under plausible prebiotic conditions on mineral surfaces, such as clays and soluble salts, to form varying amounts of oligomers (n = 2-6). The investigations of these surface reactions required a quantitative method for the separation and detection of these amino acid oligomers at the picomole level in the presence of nanomole levels of the parent amino acid. In initial high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) studies using a classical postcolumn o-phthalaldehyde (OPA) derivatization ion-exchange HPLC procedure with fluorescence detection, problems encountered included lengthy analysis time, inadequate separation and large relative differences in sensitivity for the separated species, expressed as a variable fluorescent yield, which contributed to poor quantitation. We have compared a simple, automated, pre-column OPA derivatization and reversed-phase HPLC method with the classical post-column OPA derivatization and ion-exchange HPLC procedure. A comparison of UV and fluorescent detection of the amino acid oligomers is also presented. The conclusion reached is that the pre-column OPA derivatization, reversed-phase HPLC and UV detection produces enhanced separation, improved sensitivity and faster analysis than post-column OPA derivatization, ion-exchange HPLC and fluorescence detection.

  12. Analysis of hyponatraemia associated post-operative mortality in 3897 hip fracture patients.

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    Tinning, Craig G; Cochrane, Lynda A; Singer, Brian R

    2015-07-01

    Hyponatraemia is common in hospitalised patients. In recent years the relationship between hyponatraemia and bone metabolism, falls and fractures has become more established. This study evaluates the prevalence of hyponatraemia (plasma sodium<135mmol/l) in 3897 patients undergoing operative treatment for hip fracture and the relationship between hyponatraemia and mortality in these patients. Hyponatraemia was an independent risk factor for increased post-operative mortality on multivariate analysis. Median age at admission was 83 years. Hyponatraemia was present in 19.1% of patients with hip fracture on admission, 29.5% of patients in the first 24h post-operatively and 20% of patients at discharge. There was a significant association between hyponatraemia and time from admission to surgery indicating that patients admitted with hyponatraemia waited longer. The median follow-up time was 863 (range 0-4352) days. There were 2460 deaths (63.1% of the original 3897 patients) prior to the censor date. A total of 1144 patients (29.4% of the original 3897 patients) died within 12 months of discharge. Median time to death for patients with and without hyponatraemia on admission was 34 months (SE 1.7 months) and 41 months (SE 2.5 months) respectively (p=0.003). Median time to death for patients with and without hyponatraemia within 24h post-operatively was 35 months (SE 2.5 months) and 42 months (SE 1.7 months) respectively (p=0.004). Following elimination of other independent variables associated with increased mortality, hyponatraemia on admission was associated with an increased risk of death (adjusted HR 1.15, p=0.005). Post-operative hyponatraemia was also associated with an increased risk of death (adjusted HR 1.15, p=0.006). Trends suggested that hyponatraemia within 48h of discharge was associated with an increased risk of death (adjusted HR 1.15, p=0.636). Hyponatraemia is common in elderly patients with hip fractures both at initial presentation and during

  13. Analysis of DNA from post-blast pipe bomb fragments for identification and determination of ancestry.

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    Tasker, Esiri; LaRue, Bobby; Beherec, Charity; Gangitano, David; Hughes-Stamm, Sheree

    2017-05-01

    Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) such as pipe bombs are weapons used to detrimentally affect people and communities. A readily accessible brand of exploding targets called Tannerite® has been identified as a potential material for abuse as an explosive in pipe bombs. The ability to recover and genotype DNA from such weapons may be vital in the effort to identify suspects associated with these devices. While it is possible to recover DNA from post-blast fragments using short tandem repeat markers (STRs), genotyping success can be negatively affected by low quantities of DNA, degradation, and/or PCR inhibitors. Alternative markers such as insertion/null (INNULs) and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are bi-allelic genetic markers that are shorter genomic targets than STRs for amplification, which are more likely to resist degradation. In this study, we constructed pipe bombs that were spiked with known amounts of biological material to: 1) recover "touch" DNA from the surface of the device, and 2) recover traces of blood from the ends of wires (simulated finger prick). The bombs were detonated with the binary explosive Tannerite® using double-base smokeless powder to initiate the reaction. DNA extracted from the post-blast fragments was quantified with the Quantifiler® Trio DNA Quantification Kit. STR analysis was conducted using the GlobalFiler® Amplification Kit, INNULs were amplified using an early-access version of the InnoTyper™ 21 Kit, and SNP analysis via massively parallel sequencing (MPS) was performed using the HID-Ion Ampliseq™ Identity and Ancestry panels using the Ion Chef and Ion PGM sequencing system. The results of this study showed that INNUL markers resulted in the most complete genetic profiles when compared to STR and SNP profiles. The random match probabilities calculated for samples using INNULs were lower than with STRs when less than 14 STR alleles were reported. These results suggest that INNUL analysis may be well suited for

  14. Post-buckling and Large Amplitude Free Vibration Analysis of Composite Beams: Simple Intuitive Formulation

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    Gunda, Jagadish Babu; Venkateswara Rao, Gundabathula

    2016-04-01

    Post-buckling and large amplitude free vibration analysis of composite beams with axially immovable ends is investigated in the present study using a simple intuitive formulation. Geometric nonlinearity of Von-Karman type is considered in the analysis which accounts for mid-plane stretching action of the beam. Intuitive formulation uses only two parameters: the critical bifurcation point and the axial stretching force developed due to membrane stretching action of the beam. Hinged-hinged, clamped-clamped and clamped-hinged boundary conditions are considered. Numerical accuracy of the proposed analytical closed-form solutions obtained from the intuitive formulation are compared to available finite element solutions for symmetric and asymmetric layup schemes of laminated composite beam which indicates the confidence gained on the present formulation.

  15. Modified Delphi survey for decision analysis for prophylaxis of post-radiation osteonecrosis.

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    Cramer, Carl K; Epstein, Joel B; Sheps, Samuel B; Schechter, Martin T; Busser, James R

    2002-09-01

    to augment epidemiological data from the literature, assist Bayesian perspectives and a decision analytic framework for the minimization of post-radiation osteonecrosis (PRON; osteoradionecrosis) and its impacts in irradiated head and neck cancer patients. a modified Delphi process survey of 15 international clinical experts was used to identify and assess outcome data and factors related to PRON risk, extraction, and factor suitability for formal decision analysis. Clinimetric pain and function outcome scales were created and assessed for relevance to quality of life. expert opinion qualitative assessments were generally adequate and consistent between open- and close-ended items, but many quantitative (e.g. PRON risk rate) estimates were not. A research agenda advocated to validate the epidemiological database for minimization of PRON and decision analysis includes: adoption of a uniform definition of PRON, and ICD code for non-experimental databases; more detailed, consistent data reporting in articles; and quality of life studies.

  16. Analysis of post-blood meal flight distances in mosquitoes utilizing zoo animal blood meals.

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    Greenberg, Jacob A; DiMenna, Mark A; Hanelt, Ben; Hofkin, Bruce V

    2012-06-01

    We assessed the post-blood meal flight distance of four mosquito species in a unique environment using blood meal analysis. Mosquitoes were trapped at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, NM, and the blood source of blood-engorged mosquitoes was identified. The distance from the enclosure of the animal serving as a blood source to the trap site was then determined. We found that mosquitoes captured at the zoo flew no more than 170 m with an average distance of 106.7 m after taking a blood meal. This is the first study in which the flight distance of wild mosquitoes has been assessed using blood meal analysis and the first in which zoo animals have served as the exclusive source of blood meals. © 2012 The Society for Vector Ecology.

  17. Post-game analysis: An initial experiment for heuristic-based resource management in concurrent systems

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    Yan, Jerry C.

    1987-01-01

    In concurrent systems, a major responsibility of the resource management system is to decide how the application program is to be mapped onto the multi-processor. Instead of using abstract program and machine models, a generate-and-test framework known as 'post-game analysis' that is based on data gathered during program execution is proposed. Each iteration consists of (1) (a simulation of) an execution of the program; (2) analysis of the data gathered; and (3) the proposal of a new mapping that would have a smaller execution time. These heuristics are applied to predict execution time changes in response to small perturbations applied to the current mapping. An initial experiment was carried out using simple strategies on 'pipeline-like' applications. The results obtained from four simple strategies demonstrated that for this kind of application, even simple strategies can produce acceptable speed-up with a small number of iterations.

  18. Outcomes of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Patients with Myelofibrosis With Prior exposure to JAK1/2 Inhibitors

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    Shanavas, Mohamed; Popat, Uday; Michaelis, Laura C; Fauble, Veena; McLornan, Donal; Klisovic, Rebecca; Mascarenhas, John; Tamari, Roni; Arcasoy, Murat O; Davies, James; Gergis, Usama; Ukaegbu, Oluchi C; Kamble, Rammurti T; Storring, John M; Majhail, Navneet S; Romee, Rizwan; Verstovsek, Srdan; Pagliuca, Antonio; Vasu, Sumithira; Ernst, Brenda; Atenafu, Eshetu G; Hanif, Ahmad; Champlin, Richard; Hari, Paremeswaran; Gupta, Vikas

    2016-01-01

    The impact of JAK1/2 inhibitor therapy prior to allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has not been studied in a large cohort in myelofibrosis (MF). In this retrospective multicenter study, we analyzed outcomes of patients who underwent HCT for MF with prior exposure to JAK1/2 inhibitors. One hundred consecutive patients from participating centers were analyzed, and based on clinical status and response to JAK1/2 inhibitors at the time of HCT, patients were stratified into five groups: (a) clinical improvement (n=23), (b) stable disease (n=31), (c) new cytopenia/increasing blasts/intolerance (n=15), (d) progressive disease: splenomegaly (n=18), and (e) progressive disease: leukemic transformation (LT) (n=13). Overall survival (OS) at two years was 61% (95%CI, 49–71). This was 91% (95% CI, 69–98) for those who experienced clinical improvement, and 32% (95% CI, 8–59) for those who developed LT on JAK1/2 inhibitors. In multivariable analysis, response to JAK1/2 inhibitors (p=0.03), DIPSS score (p=0.003), and donor type (p=0.006) were independent predictors of survival. Among the 66 patients who remained on JAK1/2 inhibitors until stopped for HCT, two patients developed serious adverse events necessitating delaying of HCT, and another 8 patients had symptoms with lesser severity. Adverse events were more common in patients who started tapering or abruptly stopped their regular dose ≥6 days prior to conditioning therapy. We conclude that prior exposure to JAK1/2 inhibitors did not adversely affect post-transplant outcomes. Our data suggest that JAK1/2 inhibitors should be continued near to the start of conditioning therapy. The favorable outcomes of patients who experienced clinical improvement with JAK1/2 inhibitor therapy prior to HCT were particularly encouraging, and need further prospective validation. PMID:26493563

  19. Clinical impact of pre-transplant gut microbial diversity on outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

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    Doki, Noriko; Suyama, Masahiro; Sasajima, Satoshi; Ota, Junko; Igarashi, Aiko; Mimura, Iyo; Morita, Hidetoshi; Fujioka, Yuki; Sugiyama, Daisuke; Nishikawa, Hiroyoshi; Shimazu, Yutaka; Suda, Wataru; Takeshita, Kozue; Atarashi, Koji; Hattori, Masahira; Sato, Eiichi; Watakabe-Inamoto, Kyoko; Yoshioka, Kosuke; Najima, Yuho; Kobayashi, Takeshi; Kakihana, Kazuhiko; Takahashi, Naoto; Sakamaki, Hisashi; Honda, Kenya; Ohashi, Kazuteru

    2017-09-01

    Post-transplant microbial diversity in the gastrointestinal tract is closely associated with clinical outcomes following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). However, little is known about the impact of the fecal microbiota before allo-HSCT. We analyzed fecal samples approximately 2 weeks before conditioning among 107 allo-HSCT recipients between 2013 and 2015. Microbial analysis was performed using 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Operational taxonomic unit-based microbial diversity was estimated by calculating the Shannon index. Patients were classified into three groups based on the diversity index: low (<2), intermediate (2, 3), and high (>3) diversity (18 (16.8%), 48 (44.9%), and 41 (38.3%) patients, respectively). There were no significant differences in the 20-month overall survival, cumulative incidence of relapse, and non-relapse mortality among three groups. The cumulative incidence of grade II to IV acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) was similar among the three groups (low 55.6%; intermediate 35.4%; high 48.8%, p = 0.339, at day 100). Furthermore, we found no differences in the cumulative incidence of grade II to IV acute gastrointestinal GVHD among the three groups (low 38.9%; intermediate 21.3%; high 24.4%, p = 0.778, at day 100). Regarding the composition of microbiota before allo-HSCT, aGVHD patients showed a significantly higher abundance of phylum Firmicutes (p < 0.01) and a lower tendency for Bacteroidetes (p = 0.106) than non-aGVHD patients. Maintenance of Bacteroidetes throughout allo-HSCT may be a strategy to prevent aGVHD.

  20. Visual field results and optic disc morphology in patients treated with allogeneic stem-cell transplantation in childhood.

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    Törnquist, Alba Lucia; Olsson, Monica; Martin, Lene; Winiarski, Jacek; Fahnehjelm, Kristina Teär

    2011-02-01

    This study aimed to describe the Rarebit (RB) visual field and optic nerve size/morphology in patients treated with allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (SCT) in childhood, and to determine the impact of ocular status and conditioning regimens such as total body irradiation (TBI), chemotherapy and/or immunosuppressive drugs on the RB visual field. Ocular fundi were evaluated in 79 patients. Digital analyses regarding optic disc area (DA), rim area (RA) and cup area (CA) were performed in 45 of 49 patients. RB visual field testing was performed in 53 of 79 patients. The mean hit rate (MHR) was compared to corneal status, cataract, diagnosis and pre and post-SCT treatment. Two groups of healthy children and young adults (RB = 51, disc analysis = 49) were used as controls. The SCT patients, examined at a median age of 15.4 years, had a significantly lower MHR [median 91% (range 45-99) right eye and 91% (range 41-91) left eye] compared to controls [median 96% (range 78-100) right eye]. SCT patients treated surgically for cataract and with intraocular lenses (IOLs) had a significantly lower MHR compared to other SCT patients. The MHR was also significantly influenced by type of conditioning. Patients conditioned with chemotherapy other than busulfan had significantly better MHR compared to those who had received single-dose TBI. SCT patients had a significantly larger CA and smaller RA than the controls. Patients treated with SCT in childhood have a significantly lower MHR than controls when examined with RB. Also, patients surgically treated for cataract and with IOL implantation had a significantly lower MHR. © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Acta Ophthalmol.

  1. [Reliability of venous blood gas analysis and radionuclide angiography in post-traumatic dystrophy].

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    Scola, A; Scola, E

    2017-06-01

    The diagnosis "post-traumatic dystrophy" (PTD) was first defined with clinical and paraclinical criteria by Scola et al. in 2013. The objectivity and reliability of the paraclinical criteria (venous blood gas analysis [vBGA], radionuclide angiography [RNA]), and recommendations for therapy should be assessed in a prospective study. In five patients with clinical signs of post-traumatic nonbacterial inflammation of the hand, both diagnosis and a 3‑week hospital treatment were carried out in accordance with the publication mentioned above. The primary traumata (four fractures and one soft-tissue injury) were located in either the hand or the forearm. Unsuccessful outpatient treatment always led to hospital admission. One patient with severe osteopenia in the hand skeleton was treated with bisphosphonates for 6 months. All patients fulfilled the clinical and paraclinical criteria for the diagnosis of PTD. On admission, an elevated venous partial pressure of oxygen was found by vBGA in the affected hand (∆pO2 mean 22 ± 3 mm Hg) and a hyperperfusion due to arteriovenous shunts was measured using RNA (mean 75 ± 47%). The symptomatic treatment was extremely well tolerated; by the time of discharge, all patients achieved full functioning of the hand with minor loss of strength (venous ∆pO2 mean 5 ± 3 mm Hg). The osteopenia in the one patient treated with bisphosphonates showed recalcification after 6 months. The reliability of clinical and paraclinical criteria for PTD were confirmed. vBGA and RNA seem to be good parameters for confirming the diagnosis of PTD. "Rubor," a symptom traditionally interpreted as "hyperemia," contradicts the paraclinical findings and leads to the assumption that the cause of this post-traumatic syndrome is microvascular dysfunction.

  2. Finite element analysis of quasistatic and fatigue failure of post and cores.

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    Huysmans, M C; Van der Varst, P G

    1993-02-01

    Finite element (FE) analysis of the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures facilitates the investigation of their internal stress distributions. However, the validity of the model is not always ascertained. In this study a three-dimensional (3D) FE model was developed, representing a laboratory set-up of direct post and core restored upper premolars. These restorations, using either composite or amalgam for core material, have been the subject of study in previous quasistatic and fatigue strength tests. The aim of this study was to validate the FE model for prefailure and failure modelling, by comparing the computational results with the laboratory observations and failure results. Two failure criteria were selected for investigation: Modified Von Mises and Drücker-Prager equivalent stress. Four model variations were carried out, representing different conditions at the core-tooth interface. Prefailure modelling was found to be adequate. The calculated failure results could only partly be fitted to the quasistatic tests. The best fit was effected with a model using partial bonding of the core, for the composite core. Fatigue failure was reproduced somewhat better by a model using no bonding at all, again to a higher degree for the composite core. Calculations of post stress using a model simulating increased core mobility supported an observation made previously (M. C. D. N. J. M. Huysmans et al., in press; Int. Endodont. J. XX, XXX-XXX), implying that a composite core raises the demands made on the post. The conclusion is made that validation of FE calculations is essential. A 3D model as presented here shows a satisfactory fit to fatigue data but not to quasistatic results.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Analysis of Bond Strength by Pull Out Test on Fiber Glass Posts Cemented in Different Lengths

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    Webber, Mariana Benedetti Ferreira; Michida, Silvia Masae de Araújo; Marson, Fabiano Carlos; de Oliveira, Giovani Corrêa; Silva, Cleverson de Oliveira e

    2015-01-01

    Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate, by means of pull-out test, the bond strength of fiberglass posts when cemented with different lengths in endodontically treated teeth. Materials and Methods: Sixty single-rooted bovine roots were cut in the cementoenamel junction with 21 mm length. They were endodontically treated and randomly divided into three groups (n = 20). Group 1 - Preparation of 2/3 of the remaining roots; Group 2 - Preparation of ½ of the remaining roots and Group 3 - Preparation of ¼ of remaining roots. For all groups it were used posts n = 3 (Exacto, Angelus, Brazil), and cemented with self-etching resin cement (RelyXU200). After cementing posts, the samples were thermocycled (10.000 cycles/5°C and 55°C). The pull-out test was performed on a universal testing machine (EMIC - DL500) and the values obtained were statistically analyzed by analysis of variance (one-factor ANOVA) and multiple comparison test of Tukey, with level of significance of 5%. Results: The mean values ± standard deviation in Newtons (N) were: Group 1 = 120.5 (±42.8) A, Group 2 = 103.1 (±31.2) AB, Group 3 = 41.2 (±22.4) C, P < 0.005. Conclusion: The preparation of ½ of remaining root appears to be a viable alternative when 2/3 of the preparation of the remaining root is not possible, but more results are needed for clinical validation. PMID:25954063

  4. Antigen and Lymphopenia Driven Donor T cells are Differentially Diminished by Post-Transplant Administration of Cyclophosphamide Following Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

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    Ross, Duncan; Jones, Monica; Komanduri, Krishna; Levy, Robert B.

    2013-01-01

    Administration of cyclophosphamide following transplant (Post-transplant cyclophosphamide, PTC) has shown promise in the clinic as a prophylactic agent against graft vs. host disease. An important issue with regard to recipient immune function and reconstitution after PTC is the extent to which in addition to diminution of anti-host allo-reactive donor T cells, the remainder of the non-host allo-reactive donor T cell pool may be impacted. To investigate PTC’s effects on non-host reactive donor CD8 T cells, ova specific (OT-I) and gp100 specific Pmel-1 T cells were labeled with proliferation dyes and transplanted into syngeneic and allogeneic recipients. Notably, an intermediate dose (66mg/kg) of PTC which abrogated GVHD following allogeneic HSCT, did not significantly diminish these peptide specific donor T cell populations. Analysis of the rate of proliferation following transplant illustrated that lymphopenic driven donor non host reactive TCR Tg T cells in syngeneic recipients underwent slow division resulting in significant sparing of these donor populations. In contrast, following exposure to specific antigen at the time of transplant, these same T cells were significantly depleted by PTC demonstrating the global susceptibility of rapidly dividing T cells following encounter with cognate antigen. In total, our results employing both syngeneic and allogeneic minor antigen mismatched T cell replete models of transplantation, demonstrate a concentration of PTC that abrogates GVHD can preserve most cells that are dividing due to the accompanying lymphopenia following exposure. These findings have important implications with regard to immune function and reconstitution in recipients following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. PMID:23819914

  5. High CD3+ and CD34+ peripheral blood stem cell grafts content is associated with increased risk of graft-versus-host disease without beneficial effect on disease control after reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic transplantation from matched unrelated donors for acute myeloid leukemia — an analysis from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

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    Czerw, Tomasz; Labopin, Myriam; Schmid, Christoph; Cornelissen, Jan J.; Chevallier, Patrice; Blaise, Didier; Kuball, Jürgen; Vigouroux, Stephane; Garban, Frédéric; Lioure, Bruno; Fegueux, Nathalie; Clement, Laurence; Sandstedt, Anna; Maertens, Johan; Guillerm, Gaëlle; Bordessoule, Dominique

    2016-01-01

    Inconsistent results have been reported regarding the influence of graft composition on the incidence of graft versus host disease (GVHD), disease control and survival after reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (allo-PBSCT). These discrepancies may be at least in part explained by the differences in disease categories, disease status at transplant, donor type and conditioning. The current retrospective EBMT registry study aimed to analyze the impact of CD3+ and CD34+ cells dose on the outcome of RIC allo-PBSCT in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in first complete remission, allografted from HLA-matched unrelated donors (10 of 10 match). We included 203 adults. In univariate analysis, patients transplanted with the highest CD3+ and CD34+ doses (above the third quartile cut-off point values, >347 × 10^6/kg and >8.25 × 10^6 /kg, respectively) had an increased incidence of grade III-IV acute (a) GVHD (20% vs. 6%, P = .003 and 18% vs. 7%, P = .02, respectively). There was no association between cellular composition of grafts and transplant-related mortality, AML relapse, incidence of chronic GVHD and survival. Neither engraftment itself nor the kinetics of engraftment were affected by the cell dose. In multivariate analysis, CD3+ and CD34+ doses were the only adverse predicting factors for grade III-IV aGVHD (HR = 3.6; 95%CI: 1.45-9.96, P = .006 and 2.65 (1.07-6.57), P = .04, respectively). These results suggest that careful assessing the CD3+ and CD34+ graft content and tailoring the cell dose infused may help in reducing severe acute GVHD risk without negative impact on the other transplantation outcomes. PMID:27036034

  6. Autologous versus allogeneic transfusion: patients' perceptions and experiences

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    Graham, I D; Fergusson, D; Dokainish, H; Biggs, J; McAuley, L; Laupacis, A

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Preoperative autologous donation is one way to decrease a patient's exposure to allogeneic blood transfusion. This study was designed to determine patients' perceptions about the autologous blood donation process and their experiences with transfusion. METHODS: To assess patient perception, a questionnaire was administered a few days before surgery to patients undergoing elective cardiac and orthopedic surgery in a Canadian teaching hospital. All patients attending the preoperative autologous donation clinic during a 10-month period were eligible. A convenience sample of patients undergoing the same types of surgery who had not predonated blood were selected from preadmission clinics. Patient charts were reviewed retrospectively to assess actual transfusion practice in all cases. RESULTS: A total of 80 patients underwent cardiac surgery (40 autologous donors, 40 nondonors) and 73 underwent orthopedic surgery (38 autologous donors, 35 nondonors). Of the autologous donors, 75 (96%) attended all scheduled donation appointments, 73 (93%) said that they were "very likely" or "likely" to predonate again, and 75 (96%) said that they would recommend autologous donation to others. There was little difference in preoperative symptoms between the autologous donors and the nondonors, although the former were more likely than the latter to report that their overall health had remained the same during the month before surgery (30 [75%] v. 21 [52%] for the cardiac surgery patients and 30 [79%] v. 18 [51%] for the orthopedic surgery patients). When the autologous donors were asked what they felt their chances would have been of receiving at least one allogeneic blood transfusion had they not predonated, the median response was 80%. When they were asked what their chances were after predonating their own blood, the median response was 0%. The autologous donors were significantly less likely to receive allogeneic blood transfusions (6 [15%] for cardiac surgery and 3 [8

  7. Comparing Social Network Analysis of Posts with Counting of Posts as a Measurement of Learners' Participation in Facebook Discussions

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    Lee, Hye Yeon; Lee, Hyeon Woo

    2016-01-01

    With the currently growing interest in social network services, many college courses use social network services as platforms for discussions, and a number of studies have been conducted on the use of social network analysis to measure students' participation in online discussions. This study aims to demonstrate the difference between counting…

  8. Single-cell analysis reveals lineage segregation in early post-implantation mouse embryos.

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    Wen, Jing; Zeng, Yanwu; Fang, Zhuoqing; Gu, Junjie; Ge, Laixiang; Tang, Fan; Qu, Zepeng; Hu, Jing; Cui, Yaru; Zhang, Kunshan; Wang, Junbang; Li, Siguang; Sun, Yi; Jin, Ying

    2017-03-15

    The mammalian post-implantation embryo has been extensively investigated at the tissue level. However, to unravel the molecular basis for the cell-fate plasticity and determination, it is essential to study the characteristics of individual cells. Especially, the individual definitive endoderm (DE) cells have not been characterized in vivo. Here, we report gene expression patterns in single cells freshly isolated from mouse embryos on days 5.5 and 6.5. Initial transcriptome data from 124 single cells yielded signature genes for the epiblast, visceral endoderm, and extra-embryonic ectoderm and revealed a unique distribution pattern of fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) ligands and receptors. Further analysis indicated that early-stage epiblast cells do not segregate into lineages of the major germ layers. Instead, some cells began to diverge from epiblast cells, displaying molecular features of the pre-mesendoderm by expressing higher levels of mesendoderm markers and lower levels of Sox3 transcripts. Analysis of single-cell high-throughput quantitative RT-PCR data from 441 cells identified a late stage of the day 6.5 embryo in which mesoderm and DE cells emerge, with many of them coexpressing Oct4 and Gata6. Analysis of single-cell RNA-seq data from 112 cells of the late-stage day 6.5 embryos revealed differentially expressed signaling genes and networks of transcription factors that might underlie the segregation of the mesoderm and DE lineages. Moreover, we discovered a subpopulation of mesoderm cells that possess molecular features of the extraembryonic mesoderm. This study provides fundamental insight into the molecular basis for lineage segregation in post-implantation mouse embryos.

  9. Host-Bacterial Interactions in Post-treatment Apical Periodontitis: A Metaproteome Analysis.

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    Provenzano, José Claudio; Antunes, Henrique S; Alves, Flávio R F; Rôças, Isabela N; Alves, Wilber S; Silva, Márcia R S; Siqueira, José F

    2016-06-01

    This study evaluated the bacterial and human metaproteome of root apexes and the matched inflammatory lesions from teeth with post-treatment apical periodontitis. Root apexes and matched inflammatory lesions from root canal-treated teeth with apical periodontitis were obtained during periradicular surgery. All root canal fillings were rated as adequate on the basis of radiographs and cone-beam computed tomography. The specimens were cryopulverized and subjected to metaproteomic analysis for human and bacterial proteins by using a mass spectrometry platform that is based on nanoflow liquid chromatography coupled with linear ion trap quadrupole Velos Orbitrap. The metaproteome analyses revealed the presence of viable and metabolically active human and bacterial cells in both apexes and lesions. Several bacterial proteins of interest for pathogenicity and therapeutics were identified in both apexes and lesions, including proteins related to antibiotic resistance, proteolytic function, stress response, adhesion, and virulence. Many human proteins related to immune defense mechanisms were also detected in both root apex and lesion specimens, including immunoglobulins, complement system, and proteins linked to T-cell and B-cell activation, neutrophil microbicidal processes, antigen recognition/presentation, bone resorption, and protection against tissue damage. Occurrence of host defense factors from the innate and adaptive immune responses and bacterial virulence, survival, and resistance proteins in matched root apexes/periradicular inflammatory lesions indicates a complex and dynamic host-pathogen interaction in teeth with post-treatment apical periodontitis. Copyright © 2016 American Association of Endodontists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. The Orion Exploration Flight Test Post Flight Solid Particle Flight Environment Inspection and Analysis

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    Miller, Joshua E.

    2016-01-01

    Orbital debris in the millimeter size range can pose a hazard to current and planned spacecraft due to the high relative impact speeds in Earth orbit. Fortunately, orbital debris has a relatively short life at lower altitudes due to atmospheric effects; however, at higher altitudes orbital debris can survive much longer and has resulted in a band of high flux around 700 to 1,500 km above the surface of the Earth. While large orbital debris objects are tracked via ground based observation, little information can be gathered about small particles except by returned surfaces, which until the Orion Exploration Flight Test number one (EFT-1), has only been possible for lower altitudes (400 to 500 km). The EFT-1 crew module backshell, which used a porous, ceramic tile system with surface coatings, has been inspected post-flight for potential micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD) damage. This paper describes the pre- and post-flight activities of inspection, identification and analysis of six candidate MMOD impact craters from the EFT-1 mission.

  11. Genetic analysis in post-mortem samples with micro-ischemic alterations.

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    Campuzano, Oscar; Sanchez-Molero, Olallo; Mademont-Soler, Irene; Coll, Monica; Allegue, Catarina; Ferrer-Costa, Carles; Mates, Jesus; Perez-Serra, Alexandra; Del Olmo, Bernat; Iglesias, Anna; Sarquella-Brugada, Georgia; Brugada, Josep; Borondo, Juan Carlos; Castella, Josep; Medallo, Jordi; Brugada, Ramon

    2017-02-01

    Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death worldwide. Most cardiac arrests happen in patients who have previously suffered a myocardial infarct. The risk of sudden death after infarction may increase in people who carry a pathogenic genetic alteration in cardiac ion channels. We hypothesized that micro-ischemia could trigger lethal arrhythmogenesis, thus we sought to identify genetic alterations in cardiac ion channels in patients with micro-ischemic disease. We studied a cohort of 56 post-mortem samples. Autopsy studies identified myocardial infarction as the cause of death in each case. We used both Sanger sequencing and next-generation sequencing to screen candidate genes associated with sudden cardiac death. We identified six rare missense genetic variations in five unrelated patients. Two variants have been previously reported; one is associated with atrial fibrillation (SCN5A_p.H445D), and the other is predicted to be benign (ANK2_p.T2059M). The novel variants were predicted in silico as benign, except for one (RyR2_p.M4019T), which was classified as deleterious. Our post-mortem, micro-infarction cohort displayed a rate of nearly 10% non-common genetic variants. However, the clinical significance of most of the identified variants remains unknown due to lack of family assessment. Further analyses should be performed in large cohorts to clarify the role of ion-channel gene analysis in samples showing microscopic ischemic alterations.

  12. Physical rehabilitation in post-conflict settings: analysis of public policy and stakeholder networks.

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    Blanchet, Karl; Girois, Susan; Urseau, Isabelle; Smerdon, Christine; Drouet, Yann; Jama, Ali

    2014-01-01

    Physical rehabilitation plays a determinant role in post-conflict contexts to restore disabled citizens' mobility and independence. While the main objectives of any physical rehabilitation programme are to ensure that the services provided are accessible and of good quality to meet existing needs, it is i