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    German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; Düsseldorf
    In:  Deutscher Kongress für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie (DKOU 2012); 20121023-20121026; Berlin; DOCWI35-1449 /20121002/
    Publication Date: 2012-10-03
    Keywords: Weichteilsarkom ; adjuvante Therapie ; neoadjuvante Therapie ; Tumorresektion ; ddc: 610
    Language: German
    Type: conferenceObject
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    Keywords: CELLS ; CELL ; Germany ; THERAPY ; PROTEIN ; MOLECULES ; TISSUE ; MICE ; MECHANISM ; TISSUES ; mechanisms ; HEALTH ; Drosophila ; GLUTATHIONE ; PLASMA ; STRESS ; AGE ; NECROSIS-FACTOR-ALPHA ; DAMAGE ; LIFE-SPAN ; CAENORHABDITIS-ELEGANS ; MUSCLE ; PARAMETERS ; SKELETAL-MUSCLE ; DIET ; LIPID-PEROXIDATION ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; OXYGEN ; antioxidants ; reactive oxygen species ; signaling ; OXIDATIVE-STRESS ; INCREASE ; INSULIN-RECEPTOR ; WEIGHT ; clinical trials ; LIFE ; REACTIVE OXYGEN ; LEVEL ; PROTEIN-TYROSINE PHOSPHATASES ; AGE-RELATED-CHANGES ; function ; LOSSES ; ROS ; PRECURSOR ; age-related decrease in ; ageing related functions ; CALORIE RESTRICTION ; cysteine deficit and ageing ; cysteine supplementation ; GLUTATHIONE REDOX STATE ; improvement of ; insulin receptor signaling and ageing ; limiting availability in old age ; oxidative shift in redox status ; redox signaling 'and ageing ; thiols
    Abstract: The popular use of antioxidative vitamins illustrates the growing awareness of oxidative stress as an important hazard to our health and as an important factor in the ageing process. Superoxide radicals and superoxide-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) are constantly formed in most cells and tissues. To ensure that ROS can function as biological signaling molecules without excessive tissue damage, ROS are typically scavenged by antioxidants such as glutathione and the vitamins A, C, and E. "Oxidative stress" occurs if the production of ROS is abnormally increased or antioxidant concentrations are decreased. Genetic studies in mice, Drosophila, and Celegans suggested that ageing may be mechanistically linked to oxidative stress. Several manifestations of oxidative stress were shown to increase with age, whereas tissue levels of vitamin E, plasma concentrations of vitamin C, and intracellular glutathione concentrations decrease with age. In at least two independent studies, cysteine supplementation on top of the normal protein diet has shown significant beneficial effects on each of several different parameters relevant to ageing, including skeletal muscle functions. As the quality of life in old age is severely compromised by the loss of skeletal muscle function, and as muscle function can be measured with satisfactory precision, loss of muscle function is one of the most attractive surrogate parameters of ageing. The mechanisms by which a deficit in glutathione and its precursor cysteine contributes to various ageing-related degenerative processes appears to be related largely but not exclusively to the dysregulation of redox-regulated biological signaling cascades
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17100590
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    Keywords: CANCER ; radiotherapy ; RISK ; TISSUE ; RADIATION-THERAPY ; METASTASIS ; CLINICAL-TRIALS ; PROGNOSTIC-FACTORS ; LOCALIZATION ; POSITRON-EMISSION-TOMOGRAPHY ; ADULT PATIENTS ; EUROPEAN-ORGANIZATION ; ADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY ; HIGH-GRADE ; NEOADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY ; REGIONAL HYPERTHERMIA
    Abstract: Background: The role of chemotherapy in high-risk soft tissue sarcoma is controversial. Though many patients undergo initial curative resection, distant metastasis is a frequent event, resulting in 5-year overall survival rates of only 50-60%. Neo-adjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy (CTX) has been applied to achieve pre-operative cytoreduction, assess chemosensitivity, and to eliminate occult metastasis. Here we report on the results of our non-randomized phase II study on neo-adjuvant treatment for high-risk STS. Method: Patients with potentially curative high-risk STS (size 〉= 5 cm, deep/extracompartimental localization, tumor grades II-III [FNCLCC]) were included. The protocol comprised 4 cycles of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (EIA, etoposide 125 mg/m(2) iv days 1 and 4, ifosfamide 1500 mg/m(2) iv days 1 - 4, doxorubicin 50 mg/m(2) day 1, pegfilgrastim 6 mg sc day 5), definitive surgery with intra-operative radiotherapy, adjuvant radiotherapy and 4 adjuvant cycles of EIA. Result: Between 06/2005 and 03/2010 a total of 50 subjects (male = 33, female = 17, median age 50.1 years) were enrolled. Median follow-up was 30.5 months. The majority of primary tumors were located in the extremities or trunk (92%), 6% originated in the abdomen/retroperitoneum. Response by RECIST criteria to neo-adjuvant CTX was 6% CR (n = 3), 24% PR (n = 12), 62% SD (n = 31) and 8% PD (n = 4). Local recurrence occurred in 3 subjects (6%). Distant metastasis was observed in 12 patients (24%). Overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) at 2 years was 83% and 68%, respectively. Multivariate analysis failed to prove influence of resection status or grade of histological necrosis on OS or DFS. Severe toxicities included neutropenic fever (4/50), cardiac toxicity (2/50), and CNS toxicity (4/50) leading to CTX dose reductions in 4 subjects. No cases of secondary leukemias were observed so far. Conclusion: The current protocol is feasible for achieving local control rates, as well as OS and DFS comparable to previously published data on neo-/adjuvant chemotherapy in this setting. However, the definitive role of chemotherapy remains unclear in the absence of large, randomized trials. Therefore, the current regimen can only be recommended within a clinical study, and a possibly increased risk of secondary leukemias has to be taken into account
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22152120
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    Keywords: PROGNOSTIC-FACTORS ; HIGH-RISK ; PHASE-II ; EXTERNAL-BEAM RADIOTHERAPY ; ADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY ; NEOADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY ; soft-tissue sarcoma ; intraoperative radiotherapy ; RADIATION RECALL DERMATITIS ; COMBINED-MODALITY TREATMENT
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: To report the results of a subgroup analysis of a prospective phase II trial focussing on radiation therapy and outcome in patients with extremity soft tissue sarcomas (STS). METHODS: Between 2005 and 2010, 50 patients (pts) with high risk STS (size 〉/= 5 cm, deep/extracompartimental location, grade II-III (FNCLCC)) were enrolled. The protocol comprised 4 cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy with EIA (etoposide, ifosfamide and doxorubicin), definitive surgery with IOERT, postoperative EBRT and 4 adjuvant cycles of EIA. 34 pts, who suffered from extremity tumors and received radiation therapy after limb-sparing surgery, formed the basis of this subgroup analysis. RESULTS: Median follow-up from inclusion was 48 months in survivors. Margin status was R0 in 30 pts (88%) and R1 in 4 pts (12%). IOERT was performed as planned in 31 pts (91%) with a median dose of 15 Gy, a median electron energy of 6 MeV and a median cone size of 9 cm. All patients received postoperative EBRT with a median dose of 46 Gy after IOERT or 60 Gy without IOERT. Median time from surgery to EBRT and median EBRT duration was 36 days, respectively. One patient developed a local recurrence while 11 patients showed nodal or distant failures. The estimated 5-year rates of local control, distant control and overall survival were 97%, 66% and 79%, respectively. Postoperative wound complications were found in 7 pts (20%), resulting in delayed EBRT (〉60 day interval) in 3 pts. Acute radiation toxicity mainly consisted of radiation dermatitis (grade II: 24%, no grade III reactions). 4 pts developed grade I/II radiation recall dermatitis during adjuvant chemotherapy, which resolved during the following cycles. Severe late toxicity was observed in 6 pts (18%). Long-term limb preservation was achieved in 32 pts (94%) with good functional outcome in 81%. CONCLUSION: Multimodal therapy including IOERT and postoperative EBRT resulted in excellent local control and good overall survival in patients with high risk STS of the extremities with acceptable acute and late radiation side effects. Limb preservation with good functional outcome was achieved in the majority of patients. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01382030, EudraCT 2004-002501-72, 17.06.2011.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24885755
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    Keywords: BREAST-CANCER ; chemotherapy ; NON-HODGKINS-LYMPHOMA ; HEMATOLOGICAL MALIGNANCIES ; YOUNG-PATIENTS ; CHILDHOOD-CANCER SURVIVORS ; PREMATURE MENOPAUSE ; ANTI-MULLERIAN HORMONE ; GONADAL-FUNCTION ; INHIBIN-B
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-associated ovarian damage comprises not only infertility, but also premature menopause. The latter has been reported as a consequence of alkylating chemotherapy for breast cancer or Hodgkin's lymphoma. In this study, we assessed the long-term impact of CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone)-like regimens on ovarian function in patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Long-term survivors after CHOP or CHOP plus etoposide (CHOEP) treatment within the Mabthera International Trial or the NHL-B1 trial of the German NHL Study Group were requested to respond to a questionnaire and to consent to blood sampling for hormone assessment. RESULTS: A total of 46 of 81 contacted patients with a median age of 32.5 years at the time of enrolment into the aforementioned clinical trials responded to the questionnaire. The median follow-up after completion of treatment was 14 years. Last menstrual bleeding occurred significantly earlier in patients compared with the general population (47 versus 51 years, P 〈 0.0001). In comparison to the distribution of menopausal symptoms in the general population, the percentage of women with moderate or severe menopausal symptoms was increased. In 23 patients who agreed to participate in laboratory analyses, anti-Muller hormone as a marker of ovarian reserve was decreased when compared with correspondent age groups of the general population. CONCLUSION: Although most female patients regain fertility after CHOP-like chemotherapy, late ovarian impairment occurs frequently. Therefore, awareness of such delayed side-effects at the time of counselling is of importance.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25962442
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    Abstract: PURPOSE: Dynamic PET studies with (18)F-FDG were performed in patients with metastatic soft tissue sarcomas who received conventional chemotherapy with doxorubicin hydrochloride (Adriamycin) and ifosfamide (AI-G). The goal of the study was to evaluate the impact of full kinetic analysis and assess its value with regard to the therapy outcome based on survival data. METHODS: The evaluation included 17 patients with 29 metastatic lesions of soft tissue sarcomas, who were treated with chemotherapy consisting of an AI-G regimen prior to high-dose chemotherapy and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation where applicable. Patients were examined prior to onset of therapy and after completion of the first cycle of AI-G. Restaging data (n = 17) based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors were available. Survival data (n = 14) served for reference. The following parameters were retrieved from the dynamic PET studies: standardized uptake value (SUV), fractal dimension, two-compartment model with computation of k1, k2, k3, k4 (unit: 1/min), the fractional blood volume and the FDG influx calculated according to Patlak. RESULTS: The mean SUV was 6.9 prior to therapy and 4.7 after one cycle. The mean influx was 0.066 prior to therapy in comparison to 0.058 after one cycle. We dichotomized the patients according to the median survival time of 320 days into response (n = 6) and non-response (n = 8). The mean SUV was 7.6 in the group of responders and 5.4 in the group of non-responders prior to therapy. Responders revealed a mean SUV of 3.8 after therapy as compared to 5.0 SUV for non-responders. We used discriminant analysis to classify the patients into the two response groups. The classification of the non-responders was generally higher (negative predictive value 〉 61%) than for the responders. Finally, the combined use of the four predictor variables, namely mean SUV and k1 of both studies led to the highest accuracy of 90% for both groups. CONCLUSION: The data demonstrate that only a multiparameter analysis based on a combination of the absolute values of mean SUV and k1 of a baseline study and a follow-up study after completion of one cycle was the best combination for a group-based analysis, into response or non-response. The quantitative assessment of the FDG kinetics in tumours should be used to quantify the "inhibitory effect" of chemotherapy and to individualize treatment. The main effect of the AI-G therapy may be on angiogenesis (k1 effect) rather than on proliferation.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20336454
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    Keywords: SURVIVAL ; antibody ; leukemia ; STEM-CELL TRANSPLANTATION ; VERSUS-HOST-DISEASE ; PHASE-II TRIAL ; RESISTANT ; GLOBULIN ; OKT3
    Abstract: Acute GVHD (aGVHD) remains a major cause of mortality in patients undergoing allo-SCT. In particular, the outcome of those patients who fail first-line therapy with glucocorticosteroids is poor. Preliminary reports suggested that the purine analogue pentostatin might be effective for treatment of steroid-refractory aGVHD. Here, we report on our single-center experience with pentostatin in this condition. From 2005 to 2008, a total of 24 consecutive patients, who had undergone first-line salvage treatment for steroid-refractory aGVHD of the gastrointestinal tract with pentostatin, were identified from 301 patients allografted during that period and retrospectively analyzed. Response to treatment, defined as CR or very good PR (VGPR), was observed in nine patients (38%), with a median time to response of 10 days. Although pentostatin was associated with only moderate myelosuppressive toxicity, if any, 2-year survival was only 17% with five of the nine responders dying from infection (four patients) or recurrent GVHD (one patient). We conclude that pentostatin is a moderately effective therapy for steroid-refractory aGVHD, showing response and outcome rates similar to other clinically used regimens.Bone Marrow Transplantation advance online publication, 21 June 2010; doi:10.1038/bmt.2010.146.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20562925
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    Abstract: BACKGROUND: High-grade soft tissue sarcomas are a heterogeneous, complex group of aggressive malignant tumors showing mesenchymal differentiation. Recently, soft tissue sarcomas have increasingly been classified on the basis of underlying genetic alterations; however, the role of aberrant DNA methylation in these tumors is not well understood and, consequently, the usefulness of methylation-based classification is unclear. RESULTS: We used the Infinium HumanMethylation27 platform to profile DNA methylation in 80 primary, untreated high-grade soft tissue sarcomas, representing eight relevant subtypes, two non-neoplastic fat samples and 14 representative sarcoma cell lines. The primary samples were partitioned into seven stable clusters. A classification algorithm identified 216 CpG sites, mapping to 246 genes, showing different degrees of DNA methylation between these seven groups. The differences between the clusters were best represented by a set of eight CpG sites located in the genes SPEG, NNAT, FBLN2, PYROXD2, ZNF217, COL14A1, DMRT2 and CDKN2A. By integrating DNA methylation and mRNA expression data, we identified 27 genes showing negative and three genes showing positive correlation. Compared with non-neoplastic fat, NNAT showed DNA hypomethylation and inverse gene expression in myxoid liposarcomas, and DNA hypermethylation and inverse gene expression in dedifferentiated and pleomorphic liposarcomas. Recovery of NNAT in a hypermethylated myxoid liposarcoma cell line decreased cell migration and viability. CONCLUSIONS: Our analysis represents the first comprehensive integration of DNA methylation and transcriptional data in primary high-grade soft tissue sarcomas. We propose novel biomarkers and genes relevant for pathogenesis, including NNAT as a potential tumor suppressor in myxoid liposarcomas.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24345474
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    Keywords: GENE-EXPRESSION ; MESSENGER-RNA EXPRESSION ; ASSOCIATION ; PROGRESSION ; NERVE SHEATH TUMORS ; HUMAN CANCERS ; PROGNOSTIC RELEVANCE ; TELOMERASE REVERSE-TRANSCRIPTASE ; MAINTENANCE MECHANISMS ; HIGHLY RECURRENT
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: Recently, recurrent point mutations in the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter region have been found in many human cancers, leading to a new transcription factor binding site, increased induction of TERT and subsequently to telomere maintenance. We determined the prevalence of TERT promoter mutations in soft tissue sarcomas of 341 patients comprising 16 entities and in 16 sarcoma cell lines covering 7 different soft tissue sarcoma types. METHODS: The sarcoma tissue samples were collected from the archives of the Institute of Pathology, University of Heidelberg and were composed of 39 myxoid liposarcomas (MLS), 61 dedifferentiated liposarcomas, 15 pleomorphic liposarcomas, 27 leiomyosarcomas, 25 synovial sarcomas (SS), 35 malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST), 40 undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas, 17 myxofibrosarcomas, 9 low grade fibromyxoid sarcomas, 10 cases of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, 31 solitary fibrous tumors (SFT), 8 extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcomas, 9 angiosarcomas, 6 alveolar soft part sarcomas, 5 clear cell sarcomas and 4 epithelioid sarcomas. Sarcoma cell lines were obtained from the raising laboratories. A 193 bp fragment of the TERT promoter region covering the hot-spot mutations C228T and C250T was amplified, and direct sequencing of the PCR products was performed. RESULTS: TERT promoter mutations were detected in 36/341 sarcomas. They were highly recurrent in MLS (29/39; 74%) and were in the present MLS series not associated with the phenotype (myxoid vs. round cell variant), tumor grade, tumor site and patients' median age or gender. In the remaining cases, TERT promoter mutations were found only in 7/302 sarcoma samples and confined to SFTs (4/31; 13%), MPNSTs (2/35; 6%), and SSs (1/25; 4%). Within the collection of sarcoma cell lines examined, TERT promoter mutations were detected in two MLS and in one of three MPNST cell lines. CONCLUSIONS: TERT promoter mutations are frequent in MLSs including their round cell variants, representing the most prevalent mutation identified in this sarcoma entity to date, and in a minor fraction of SFTs, MPNSTs and SSs. The majority of sarcomas are devoid of TERT promoter hotspot mutations. These data suggest that telomere maintenance through increased expression of telomerase plays an important role in the pathogenesis especially of MLS.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24726063
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