Decalcifying odontocete ears following a routine protocol with RDO (R)
; ; et al
in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology (2009), 376(2), 55-58
The study of the organ of Corti is essential to assess the impact of underwater noise on cetaceans. While classical histology techniques (including EDTA decalcification) have been previously considered ... [more ▼]
The study of the organ of Corti is essential to assess the impact of underwater noise on cetaceans. While classical histology techniques (including EDTA decalcification) have been previously considered, the process is time consuming. Independently from the histological technique, one of the challenging steps after extraction and fixation of the samples is to decalcify the bone envelope to access the cochlea without damaging the soft tissues. Here, we propose to use a fast commercial decalcifier (RDO (R)). 93 ears from 11 different odontocetes species stranded in the Mediterranean, Spanish North Atlantic and North Sea were used to precisely determine the decalcification time. Depending on the tympanic-periotic volume of the species, the decalcification time ranged from several hours to a few days, allowing a subsequently faster observation of the cochlear structures through routine microscope techniques. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 27 (1 ULg)
A quantitative study of peripheral blood stem cell contamination in diffuse large-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: one-half of patients significantly mobilize malignant cells.
; ; Lambert, Frédéric et al
in British Journal of Haematology (2000), 110(3), 631-7
Autologous transplantation using peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) collected after chemotherapy, followed by growth factor administration (ASCT), is increasingly used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's ... [more ▼]
Autologous transplantation using peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) collected after chemotherapy, followed by growth factor administration (ASCT), is increasingly used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). However, quantitative data regarding contaminating malignant cells in the harvests are still scarce. We prospectively investigated 37 diffuse large-cell lymphomas (DLCLs) in complete remission (CR) that were treated according to multicentric protocols at our centre. DNA was extracted from the diagnostic lymph node. The complementarity-determining region (CDR) III was sequenced and a patient-specific oligomer synthesized. Contamination was evaluated semiquantitatively by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and was confirmed by a limiting dilution analysis. PBSCs collected at regeneration after administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), steady-state bone marrow (BM) and peripheral blood samples at CR were compared. DNA was available in 37 patients, from which 22 rearrangements could be sequenced. Patients (n = 15) who had both the required follow-up samples and a suitable clonal marker were investigated. In two cases, the patient-specific PCR assay set up at diagnosis later gave false-negative results in samples in which clonal DNA was still detectable by other sets of primers. PBSC contamination was highly variable: 7 out of 15 patients showed a PBSC/BM ratio of NHL cells greater than 1 log, whereas 8 out of 15 patients showed no difference and could vary from one apheresis to another. Eight ASCTs were performed, five of which used highly contaminated PBSCs: four patients relapsed early, three with disseminated lymphoma. Thus, 50% of DLCLs in CR seem to mobilize significantly malignant cells at regeneration under G-CSF. Considering the higher numbers of cells reinfused, this translates into a much higher number of lymphoma cells reinfused when compared with autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT). However, their clonogenic potential remains unknown and, despite concerning observations in certain cases, it is still unclear whether this has an impact upon the outcome of ASCT. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 27 (1 ULg)
Anemia in children with cancer is associated with decreased erythropoietic activity and not with inadequate erythropoietin production.
; Beguin, Yves ; et al
in Blood (1998), 92(5), 1793-8
A defect in erythropoietin (EPO) production has been advocated as being the main cause of anemia presented at time of diagnosis or during treatment by adults with solid tumors. On the basis of this defect ... [more ▼]
A defect in erythropoietin (EPO) production has been advocated as being the main cause of anemia presented at time of diagnosis or during treatment by adults with solid tumors. On the basis of this defect, anemic cancer patients, both adults and children, have been treated with recombinant human EPO (rHuEPO). To further elucidate the pathophysiology of anemia in children with cancer, we measured serum soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR), a quantitative marker of erythropoiesis, and serum EPO at time of diagnosis and during chemotherapy in children suffering from solid tumor or leukemia. We determined serum EPO in 111 children (55 leukemia, 56 solid tumors) at time of diagnosis. In the last 44 patients (23 leukemia and 21 solid tumors), sTfR levels were also measured. Serum EPO together with sTfR levels were also determined in 60 children receiving chemotherapy (29 leukemia, 31 solid tumors). These results were compared with those obtained from appropriate control groups. In all patients, we found a highly significant correlation between the logarithm of EPO (log[EPO]) and the hemoglobin (Hb) level. In all subsets of patients, sTfR levels were inappropriately low for the degree of anemia. Neither leukemic nor solid tumor groups showed a significant inverse relationship between log(sTfR) and the Hb level as would be expected in anemic patients with appropriate marrow response. Thus, in children with cancer, anemia is associated with a decreased total bone marrow erythropoietic activity which, in contrast to what has been reported in anemic cancer adults, is not related to defective EPO production. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 36 (1 ULg)