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See detailComment je traite.... Le cancer avance du pancreas par une approche innovante dirigee contre les nouvelles cibles
Polus, Marc ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 428-32

A better knowledge of fundamental mechanisms of carcinogenesis allows the development of novel therapeutic tools specifically targeting the cancer cell. Our understanding of cellular and molecular ... [more ▼]

A better knowledge of fundamental mechanisms of carcinogenesis allows the development of novel therapeutic tools specifically targeting the cancer cell. Our understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling cellular cycle and cell survival is an important step for new anti-cancer treatments. This review will focus on new therapeutic's strategies in advanced pancreatic cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite.... Un cancer du pancreas avance
Polus, Marc ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(3), 131-4

Median survival of advanced pancreatic cancer is about three months. Unfortunately, chemotherapy is not a curative approach. Chemotherapy improves the quality of life and overall survival compared to best ... [more ▼]

Median survival of advanced pancreatic cancer is about three months. Unfortunately, chemotherapy is not a curative approach. Chemotherapy improves the quality of life and overall survival compared to best supportive care. Nevertheless, as the overall survival remains disappointing, clinical research must ongoing to define better treatment regimen. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude clinique du mois. Radio-chimiotherapie et chimiotherapie adjuvante apres resection a visee curative du cancer du pancreas: resultats de l'etude randomisee ESPAC-1
Polus, Marc ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(2), 119-22

The prognosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains poor, with a 5-year survival rate lower than 5%. Resection, the gold standard treatment, can be performed in less than 15% of patients. Following surgery ... [more ▼]

The prognosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains poor, with a 5-year survival rate lower than 5%. Resection, the gold standard treatment, can be performed in less than 15% of patients. Following surgery, the median survival is 12 months for the most favourable cancer patients. Adjuvant treatment have attempted to improve results. However, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and multimodal treatments don't have demonstrated a clear advantage in controlled trials. We will discuss results of the current trials in this topic. The randomised trial of the European Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC) recently published in the Lancet revealed a potential benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy. A critical analysis of the publication showed, however, that definitive conclusions of this trial must be interpreted with caution. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévention et traitement des nausées et vomissements après chimiothérapie anticancéreuse
Brasseur, Edmond ULg; Silvestre, Rose-Marie; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2002), 60

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See detailOptimization of recombinant human erythropoietin therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Experimental hematology (2002), 30(6), 546-54

OBJECTIVE: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is associated with prolonged anemia caused by defective erythropoietin (Epo) production. We enrolled 34 recipients of an allogeneic ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is associated with prolonged anemia caused by defective erythropoietin (Epo) production. We enrolled 34 recipients of an allogeneic HSCT in three consecutive trials to determine the optimal utilization of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEpo) therapy in this setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the first trial (n = 7), rhEpo 1400 U/kg/week was given from day 1 until a hemoglobin (Hb) level of 10 g/dL was achieved, for a maximum of 60 days. In the second trial, rhEpo 500 U/kg/week was given to achieve Hb levels of 13 to 14 g/dL in 13 anemic patients with fatigue 56 to 1440 days after transplant. In the third trial, rhEpo was scheduled to start on day 35 in 14 patients at a dose of 500 U/kg/week with the aim of achieving Hb levels of 13 to 14 g/dL. RESULTS: In trial 1, erythroid recovery to 1% reticulocytes and red blood cell transfusion independence were faster, but the number of transfusions was not reduced compared to 10 controls. Responses were brisk in trial 2, with transfusion independence achieved after a median of 1 week in 12 of 13 patients, and 2-g Hb increments or Hb values of 11, 12, and 13 g/dL after 6, 7, 10, and 10 weeks, respectively. Transfusions were significantly reduced in the first month of rhEpo therapy. In trial 3, transfusion independence was obtained after a median of 1 week in 13 of 14 patients, and 2-g Hb increments or Hb values of 11, 12, and 13 g/dL after 3, 4, 6, and 8 weeks, respectively. Transfusions rates were considerably reduced compared to the previous month in the same patients or compared to controls undergoing peripheral blood or marrow transplant without rhEpo. CONCLUSIONS: Anemia after allogeneic HSCT is exquisitely sensitive to rhEpo. The benefit is minimal when it is given early post-transplant, as used in all trials to date. However, the rate of major response is greater than 90% when rhEpo is started after day 35. These data provide the basis on which to conduct a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of rhEpo therapy after allogeneic HSCT. [less ▲]

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See detailAdministration of erythopoietin and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in donor/recipient pairs to collect peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) and red blood cell units for use in the recipient after allogeneic PBPC transplantation.
Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Salmon, Jean ULg et al

in Haematologica (2001), 86(11), 1209-18

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It may be useful to reduce the exposure of transplant recipients to homologous blood. This may be achieved by procuring donor-derived red blood cell (RBC) units, collecting more ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It may be useful to reduce the exposure of transplant recipients to homologous blood. This may be achieved by procuring donor-derived red blood cell (RBC) units, collecting more peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) with a combination of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) + recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) and by administering rHuEpo post-transplantation. DESIGN AND METHODS: Eight ABO-compatible donors were treated with rHuEpo and intravenous iron to collect 12 RBC units for use in their recipients. PBPC were collected after mobilization with rHuEpo and G-CSF in the same donors. The recipients received G-CSF and rHuEpo post-transplantation. A control group of 10 donor/recipient pairs received G-CSF alone for PBPC mobilization and after the transplantation. RESULTS: Eighty-six out of 91 planned RBC units were collected in the donors without significant decrease in hematocrit because of a 4-fold increase in RBC production despite functional iron deficiency. After 2 leukaphereses, the cumulative yields of NC and CFU-GM were lower in the study group while those of BFU-E, CFU-Mix and CD34+ cells were similar. However, erythroid recovery was significantly accelerated in the study group. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: Collection of 12 RBC units within 6 weeks is feasible with rHuEpo and intravenous iron; this strategy allows a dramatic reduction in recipient exposure to homologous blood; rHuEpo has no synergistic effect with G-CSF for mobilization of PBPC in normal donors and may even be deleterious; and rHuEpo in the recipient may enhance erythroid engraftment. [less ▲]

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See detailNouvelles approches thérapeutiques puor l'hypernéphrome métastasique
Sylvestre, Rose-Marie; Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2001), 59

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See detailPlace de la tomographie d'émission de positons dans le suivi thérapeutique du cancer du sein
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Belhocine, Tarik; Silvestre, Rose-Marie et al

in Médecine Nucléaire : Imagerie Fonctionnelle et Métabolique (2001), 25(6), 341-346

La tomographie à émission de positons (TEP) au 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) fait l'objet d'un nombre croissant d'applications cliniques en oncologie surtout dans le bilan d'extension et le bilan de fin de ... [more ▼]

La tomographie à émission de positons (TEP) au 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) fait l'objet d'un nombre croissant d'applications cliniques en oncologie surtout dans le bilan d'extension et le bilan de fin de traitement. Un domaine très prometteur mais peu étudié est l'utilisation de la TEP dans l'évaluation thérapeutique précoce. Nous passons en revue les données de la littérature concernant la place de la TEP dans l'évaluation précoce de la réponse thérapeutique chez des patientes atteintes de cancer du sein. La TEP permet d'identifier précocement les patientes qui ont une grande probabilité de présenter une réponse tumorale facorable à une chimiothérapie néoadjuvante (chimiothérapie première). Cependant, non propres travaux chez des patientes atteintes de cancer du sein métastatique sont moins prometteurs. La poursuite des travaux de recherche est indispensable pour mieux connaître le bénéfice réel et les limites d'une évaluation thérapeutique précoce. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... le myelome multiple refractaire par thalidomide
Scerbo, F.; Matus, G.; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 970-3

Despite the use of high-dose chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, multiple myeloma remains largely uncurable. Indeed complete remission rate is about 50% and median ... [more ▼]

Despite the use of high-dose chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, multiple myeloma remains largely uncurable. Indeed complete remission rate is about 50% and median survival reaches 5 years without plateau. Recently thalidomide has been identified as a promising agent. We report the clinical story of 2 patients with refractory myeloma that we treated successfully with thalidomide. [less ▲]

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See detailSuccessful mobilization of peripheral blood HPCs with G-CSF alone in patients failing to achieve sufficient numbers of CD34+ cells and/or CFU-GM with chemotherapy and G-CSF.
Fraipont, V.; Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Transfusion (2000), 40(3), 339-47

BACKGROUND: Mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF may result in poor peripheral blood HPC collection, yielding <2 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or <10 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg in leukapheresis procedures ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF may result in poor peripheral blood HPC collection, yielding <2 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or <10 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg in leukapheresis procedures. The best mobilization strategy for oncology patients remains unclear. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In 27 patients who met either the CD34 (n = 3) or CFU-GM (n = 2) criteria or both (n = 22), the results obtained with two successive strategies-that is, chemotherapy and G-CSF at 10 microg per kg (Group 1, n = 7) and G-CSF at 10 microg per kg alone (Group 2, n = 20) used for a second mobilization course-were retrospectively analyzed. The patients had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (5), Hodgkin's disease (3), multiple myeloma (5), chronic myeloid leukemia (1), acute myeloid leukemia (1), breast cancer (6), or other solid tumors (6). Previous therapy consisted of 10 (1-31) cycles of chemotherapy with additional chlorambucil (n = 3), interferon (n = 3), and radiotherapy (n = 7). RESULTS: The second collection was undertaken a median of 35 days after the first one. In Group 1, the results of the two mobilizations were identical. In Group 2, the number of CD34+ cells per kg per apheresis (0.17 [0.02-0.45] vs. 0.44 [0.11-0.45], p = 0. 00002), as well as the number of CFU-GM (0.88 [0.00-13.37] vs. 4.19 [0.96-21.61], p = 0.00003), BFU-E (0.83 [0.00-12.72] vs. 8.81 [1. 38-32.51], p = 0.00001), and CFU-MIX (0.10 [0.00-1.70] vs. 0.56 [0. 00-2.64], p = 0.001134) were significantly higher in the second peripheral blood HPC collection. However, yields per apheresis during the second collection did not significantly differ in the two groups. Six patients in Group 1 and 18 in Group 2 underwent transplantation, and all but one achieved engraftment, with a median of 15 versus 12 days to 1,000 neutrophils (NS), 22 versus 16 days to 1 percent reticulocytes (NS), and 26 versus 26 days to 20,000 platelets (NS), respectively. However, platelet engraftment was particularly delayed in many patients. CONCLUSION: G-CSF at 10 microg per kg alone may constitute a valid alternative to chemotherapy and G-CSF to obtain adequate numbers of peripheral blood HPCs in patients who previously failed to achieve mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF. This strategy should be tested in prospective randomized trials. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement des myélomes réfractaires par la Thalidomide
Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Scerbo, Franca; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2000), 58

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See detailPeripheral blood progenitor cell collections in cancer patients: analysis of factors affecting the yields.
Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Fraipont, V.; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Haematologica (1999), 84(4), 342-9

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) are now widely used to restore hematopoiesis following high dose chemotherapy in patients with malignancies. We sought to identify ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) are now widely used to restore hematopoiesis following high dose chemotherapy in patients with malignancies. We sought to identify parameters that could predict the yield of PBPC after mobilization with chemotherapy (CT) with or without granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in cancer patients. DESIGN AND METHODS: One hundred and fifty patients underwent 627 PBPC collections during the recovery phase following CT with (n = 469) or without (n = 142) G-CSF. Hemogram, CFC-assays and CD34+ cell count were performed on peripheral blood and leukaphereses products. After log transformation of the data, differences between groups were assessed with the unpaired t-test or one-way analysis of variance. RESULTS: Seventeen and two patients required 2 and 3 mobilization cycles respectively to reach our target of 15x10(4) CFU-GM/kg. In patients with lymphoma but not in those with leukemia, the yields of both CFU-GM and CD34+ cells/kg were dramatically increased when G-CSF was added to CT for mobilization. In collections primed with CT and G-CSF, better yields were obtained in patients with breast cancer or small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) as opposed to other solid tumors and leukemia. Among potential predictive factors of CT- and G-CSF-primed harvests, we found that the CD34+ cell count in peripheral blood (PB) was strongly correlated with both the CFU-GM and CD34+ cell yields. Except in leukemia patients, more than 1x10(6) CD34+ cells/kg were harvested when the CD34+ cell count in blood was above 20x10(6)/L. Similarly, better results were obtained in collections performed when the percentage of myeloid progenitors in blood on the day of apheresis was above 5 % or when the leukocyte count in blood was above 5x10(9)/L. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: A diagnosis of breast cancer or SCLC, a leukocyte count in PB of more than 5x10(9)/L, more than 5% myeloid progenitors or more than 20x10(6) CD34+ cells/L in PB were associated with higher yields of PBPC in collections mobilized with CT+G-CSF. [less ▲]

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See detailHematopoietic recovery in cancer patients after transplantation of autologous peripheral blood CD34+ cells or unmanipulated peripheral blood stem and progenitor cells.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Transfusion (1998), 38(2), 199-208

BACKGROUND: A study of CD34+ cell selection and transplantation was carried out with particular emphasis on characteristics of short- and long-term hematopoietic recovery. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: A study of CD34+ cell selection and transplantation was carried out with particular emphasis on characteristics of short- and long-term hematopoietic recovery. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Peripheral blood stem and progenitor cells (PBPCs) were collected from 32 patients, and 17 CD34+ cell-selection procedures were carried out in 15 of the 32. One patient in whom two procedures failed to provide 1 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg was excluded from further analysis. After conditioning, patients received CD34+ cells (n = 10, CD34 group) or unmanipulated (n = 17, PBPC group) PBPCs containing equivalent amounts of CD34+ cells or progenitors. RESULTS: The yield of CD34+ cells was 53 percent (18-100) with a purity of 63 percent (49-82). The CD34+ fraction contained 66 percent of colony-forming units--granulocyte-macrophage (CFU-GM) and 58 percent of CFU of mixed lineages, but only 33 percent of burst-forming units-erythroid (BFU-E) (p < 0.05). Early recovery of neutrophils and reticulocytes was identical in the two groups, although a slight delay in platelet recovery may be seen with CD34+ cell selection. Late hematopoietic reconstitution, up to 1.5 years after transplant, was also similar. The two groups were thus combined for analyses of dose effects. A dose of 40 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg ensured recovery of neutrophils to a level of 1 x 10(9) per L within 11 days, 15 x 10(4) CFU of mixed lineages per kg was associated with platelet independence within 11 days, and 100 x 10(4) BFU-E per kg predicted red cell independence within 13 days. However, a continuous effect of cell dose well beyond these thresholds was apparent, at least for neutrophil recovery. CONCLUSION: CD34+ cell selection, despite lower efficiency in collecting BFU-E, provides a suitable graft with hematopoietic capacity comparable to that of unmanipulated PBPCs. In both groups, all patients will eventually show hematopoietic recovery of all three lineages with 1 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or 5 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg, but a dose of 5 x 10(6) CD34+ cells or 40 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg is critical to ensure rapid recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailAcute Functional Iron Deficiency in Obese Subjects During a Very-Low-Energy All-Protein Diet
Beguin, Yves ULg; Grek, Vincent; Weber, Georges ULg et al

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1997), 66(1), 75-9

We examined whether a very-low-energy all-protein diet (VLED) would produce detectable changes in iron as well as in other trace elements. Twenty-five obese patients consumed for 2 wk a VLED containing 70 ... [more ▼]

We examined whether a very-low-energy all-protein diet (VLED) would produce detectable changes in iron as well as in other trace elements. Twenty-five obese patients consumed for 2 wk a VLED containing 70 g protein after a 1-wk period during which total daily energy intake was progressively reduced to 1.26 MJ. Serum iron fell sharply by approximately equal to 50% (P < 0.0001), and despite a small decrease in total-iron-binding capacity, transferrin saturation decreased from 30 +/- 11% to 18 +/- 5% (P < 0.0001). Serum ferritin did not change significantly but serum soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR), an indicator of iron deficiency, increased progressively from 4630 +/- 1110 to 6070 +/- 1390 micrograms/L (P < 0.0001). Changes in sTfR correlated inversely with prior changes in serum iron. Changes in iron metabolism did not translate into changes in erythropoiesis or red cell indexes, but the white blood cell count decreased from 7.3 +/- 1.6 to 6.2 +/- 1.9 x 10(9)/L (P < 0.002). There was no evidence of deficiency for the other trace elements and minerals tested. Daily supplementation with 200 mg Fe in 18 other subjects only partially corrected these observations despite some increase in iron stores. These results indicate that during a 2-wk VLED serum iron is significantly depressed, inducing functional tissue iron deficiency too short in duration to produce alterations in red blood cell indexes. These changes are not mediated by absolute iron deficiency, inflammation, or protein malnutrition but could be related to alterations in the iron storage and release behavior of the reticuloendothelial cell during energy deprivation alone. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term follow-up of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia who received the daunorubicin, vincristine, and cytosine arabinoside regimen.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Forget, Patricia ULg et al

in Cancer (1997), 79(7), 1351-4

BACKGROUND: In 1985, the authors published a study of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) patients treated with a chemotherapeutic regimen that was then considered intensive. Ten years later, the authors ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In 1985, the authors published a study of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) patients treated with a chemotherapeutic regimen that was then considered intensive. Ten years later, the authors reanalyzed the same cohort to determine whether the very promising actuarial results observed at 5 years held after longer follow-up. METHODS: Between 1977 and 1982, 61 patients with AML were treated with a protocol consisting of daunorubicin, vincristine, and cytosine arabinoside induction followed by consolidation and maintenance for a total of 2 years. The complete remission (CR) rate was 66%, 84% in males versus 47% in females (P < 0.005). At the time of the first analysis in 1984, the overall survival (OS) was 17%, the projected 5-year continuous CR rate (CCR) 32%, and the disease free survival (DFS) rate 29%, with the best results observed for males and for patients ages 40-60 years (P < 0.05). RESULTS: When the data were reanalyzed 11 years later in 1995, the results were 14% OS, 23% CCR, and 16% DFS at 5 years. However, these figures dropped to 8%, 18%, and 11% at 10 years and to 8%, 12%, and 7% at 15 years, respectively. Among the 40 CR patients, 31 relapsed (up to 13 years after CR), and all died within 1.6 years after relapse. Nine patients were in CCR: 4 died of unrelated causes (suicide, alcoholic cirrhosis, acute peritonitis, or bladder carcinoma), 1 was lost to follow-up after 11 years, 2 were alive and well at 17 years at last follow-up, and 2 were transplanted in first CR and were doing well at 13 and 14 years at last follow-up. The survival advantage for males over females persisted (P = 0.0197), but the advantage for patients age 40-60 years did not hold. CONCLUSIONS: These long term data indicate that actuarial analysis at 5 years may overestimate the cure rate of AML patients because a number of late relapses do occur. However, the picture is blurred by the incidence of death not related to leukemia or its treatment; and when these patients were censored at the time of death, 17% of CR patients were still projected to be alive and free of leukemia after 17 years. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative cytokine production by in vitro stimulated mononucleated cells from cord blood and adult blood.
Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Experimental hematology (1997), 25(2), 103-8

Cord blood transplantations successfully reconstituted hemopoiesis in patients treated with myeloablative therapies. These transplantations were associated with a low rate of acute graft-versus-host ... [more ▼]

Cord blood transplantations successfully reconstituted hemopoiesis in patients treated with myeloablative therapies. These transplantations were associated with a low rate of acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD), a major life-threatening complication of allo-transplantation. The physiopathology of aGVHD implies the recognition of host alloantigens by donor T cells but also involves a cytokine cascade. In this cascade, interleukin (IL)-1, IL-2, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), and interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) produced by donor T cells and monocytes/macrophages play a major effector role. Therefore, we investigated whether the lower percentage of aGVHD in cord blood transplants could be related to a lower ability to produce these cytokines in vitro compared with adult blood. Mononucleated cells (MNCs) isolated from term cord blood and adult peripheral blood were stimulated with a combination of lipopolysaccharide and phytohemaglutinin and incubated for 96 hours. Levels of IL-1beta, IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, IL-6, TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) were measured in the supernatants after various times of incubation. The productions of IL-1beta, IL-6, and GM-CSF were similar in stimulated cord and adult blood and IL-3 levels, though lower and delayed in cord blood, were not statistically different. On the other hand, we found markedly lower levels of IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, and IL-4 in cord blood throughout the incubation period. The stimulated levels of IL-2 were similar in cord and adult samples throughout the first 48 hours of incubation but became significantly lower in cord blood after 72 and 96 hours. We suggest that the cytokine production pattern that characterizes cord blood could provide an explanation for the lower occurence of aGVHD following cord blood transplants. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative assessment of erythropoiesis in haemodialysis patients demonstrates gradual expansion of erythroblasts during constant treatment with recombinant human erythropoietin.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, Martine; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1995), 89(1), 17-23

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors increase within 1-2 weeks, with no further elevation beyond this time interval. However, the erythroblast pool is quantitatively the most important compartment of erythropoiesis, and the rate, extent and duration of the expansion of erythropoietic activity in response to rHuEpo is not known. Treatment with rHuEpo was given to 64 patients i.v. thrice weekly after haemodialysis. The effect of rHuEpo was obvious from the early elevation of reticulocyte counts, but much of this increase was due to a rapid output of shift reticulocytes which levelled off after a few weeks. Serum transferrin receptor (TfR), a quantitative measure of erythropoiesis, increased progressively over 6 weeks to reach a plateau phase at about twice baseline values. The Hct increased progressively and continued to rise steadily after the TfR plateau was reached. The speed and extent of the expansion of erythropoietic activity correlated with the later haematological response to rHuEpo. When rHuEpo was discontinued, erythropoietic activity returned progressively to baseline values, to rise again gradually when treatment was resumed. Part of the Hct increase was also due to haemoconcentration. The results indicate that changes in the various erythroid compartments vary considerably in intensity and speed, and that the erythroblast compartment in particular is slow to respond to modifications in the erythropoietin stimulus. [less ▲]

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See detailSignificance of soluble transferrin receptor
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, M.; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in Molecular Biology of Hematopoiesis (1994)

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See detailEffect of recombinant human erythropoietin on platelets in patients with anemia of renal failure: correlation of platelet count with erythropoietic activity and iron parameters.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, Martine; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in European Journal of Haematology (1994), 53(5), 265-70

We examined the effect of treatment with rHuEpo on platelet counts in 61 hemodialysis patients and correlated them with changes in erythropoietic activity, iron status and inflammation. Platelets (10(9)/1 ... [more ▼]

We examined the effect of treatment with rHuEpo on platelet counts in 61 hemodialysis patients and correlated them with changes in erythropoietic activity, iron status and inflammation. Platelets (10(9)/1) increased from 220 +/- 80 to 245 +/- 102 after 14 days and stabilized at that level up to day 90 (p < 0.0001). The increment was similar in complete or partial responders but was not observed in failures. Serum transferrin receptor (sTfR, a measure of total erythropoiesis) and Het rose much more progressively, but relative platelet increments correlated with relative increases in sTfR and Hct. Relative platelet increments correlated inversely with relative changes of SeFe or transferrin saturation, but not with their absolute values, nor with baseline ferritin or its progressive decrease. Although baseline platelet count was 12% higher in patients with inflammation and correlated with serum haptoglobin, relative increases were similar in patients with or without inflammation. In conclusion, rHuEpo produced a clinically minor but consistent elevation of platelet counts. These modifications were not related primarily to modifications in iron stores, functional iron deficiency, or inflammation, but paralleled the expansion of erythropoietic activity. The results suggest that rHuEpo has a small positive effect on platelet production, but it cannot be ruled out that this could be partially mediated through functional iron deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly prediction of response to recombinant human erythropoietin in patients with the anemia of renal failure by serum transferrin receptor and fibrinogen.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, Martine; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in Blood (1993), 82(7), 2010-6

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anemia of chronic renal failure, but the dose needed may be variable. The reason for this variation is not known ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anemia of chronic renal failure, but the dose needed may be variable. The reason for this variation is not known, but several factors could be involved, such as iron deficiency, inflammation, aluminum intoxication, hyperparathyroidism, blood losses, or marrow dysfunction. Treatment with rHuEpo was given intravenously thrice weekly after hemodialysis to 64 consecutive unselected patients with the anemia of chronic renal failure. The starting dose was 50 U/kg/dose, which was increased to 75 and 100 U/kg/dose if no response was observed after 1 and 2 months of treatment. After a minimum follow-up of 6 months, response was evaluated as early (hematocrit [Hct] > or = 30% before 3 months) or late (Hct > or = 30% after 3 months) response, or failure (target Hct not attained). We examined the value of various laboratory parameters (baseline values and early changes) as predictors of response to rHuEpo. The best prediction by pretreatment parameters only was obtained with baseline serum transferrin receptor (TfR) (< or > or = 3,500 ng/mL) and fibrinogen (< or > or = 4 g/L): 100% response rate when both parameters were low, versus only 29% when they were both high, and versus 67% when one was low and the other high. When the 2-week TfR increment was greater than 20%, the response rate was 96%. When TfR increment was less than 20%, the response rate was 100% when baseline TfR and fibrinogen were low, 12% when fibrinogen was elevated, and 62% when fibrinogen was low but baseline TfR high. The predictive value of baseline TfR and fibrinogen and of the 2-week increment of TfR was confirmed by life table analysis and stepwise discriminant analysis. Major reasons for failure or late response were identified and included subclinical inflammation, iron deficiency, functional iron deficiency, marrow disorders, hemolysis, bleeding, and low Epo dose. We conclude that response to rHuEpo can be predicted early by pretreatment fibrinogen and TfR, together with early changes of TfR levels. These prognostic factors illustrate the importance of the early erythropoietic response, subclinical inflammation, and functional iron deficiency. Early recognition of a low probability of response in a given patient could help identify and correct specific causes of treatment failure to hasten clinical improvement and avoid prolonged ineffective use of an expensive medication. [less ▲]

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