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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31876783


In recent years, monogenic causes of immune dysregulation syndromes, with variable phenotypes, have been documented. Mutations in the lipopolysaccharide-responsive beige-like anchor (LRBA) protein are associated with common variable immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, chronic enteropathy, and immune dysregulation disorders. The LRBA protein prevents degradation of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA4) protein, thus inhibiting immune responses. Both LRBA and CTLA4 deficiencies usually present with immune dysregulation, mostly characterized by autoimmunity and lymphoproliferation. In this report, we describe a patient with an atypical clinical onset of LRBA deficiency and the patient's response to abatacept, a fusion protein-drug that mimics the action of CTLA4.

Br J Haematol ; 187(4): 502-508, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31309545


Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) is a congenital disorder that results in an apoptosis impairment of lymphocytes, leading to chronic lymphoproliferation and autoimmunity, mainly autoimmune cytopenias. FAS gene defects are often responsible for the disease, the phenotype of which can vary from asymptomatic/mild forms to severe disease. More rarely, defects are associated to  other genes involved in apoptosis pathway, such as CASP10. Few data are available on CASP10-mutated patients. To date, two CASP10 mutations have been recognized as pathogenic (I406L and L258F) and others have been reported with controversial result on their pathogenicity (V410l, Y446C) or are known to be polymorphic variants (L522l). In this study, we evaluated apoptosis function in patients with an ALPS/ALPS-like phenotype carrying CASP10 variants. Molecular findings were obtained by next generation sequencing analysis of genes involved in immune dysregulation syndromes. Functional studies were performed after inducing apoptosis by FAS-ligand/TRIAL stimulation and analysing cell death and the function of CASP10, CASP8 and PARP proteins. We identified 6 patients with an ALPS (n = 2) or ALPS-like (n = 4) phenotype, carrying I406L (n = 1),V410l (n = 2),Y446C (n = 1) heterozygous CASP10 variants or the L522l polymorphisms (n = 2) associated with another polymorphic homozygote variant on CASP8 or a compound heterozygous mutation on TNFRSF13C. Apoptosis was impaired in all patients showing that such variants may play a role in the development of clinical phenotype.

Infection ; 45(4): 505-511, 2017 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28353153


PURPOSE: Colistin is usually the only drug fully active against multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria, but its nephrotoxicity might limit its use. Recent pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic data suggest that high dose of colistin, preceded by a loading dose, are needed to maximize its antibacterial effect. The aim of this study was to determine the safety of high doses colistin, in haematology population. METHODS: A retrospective review of haematology patients who received high dose colistin-based therapy in years 2011-2016 was performed. Nephrotoxicity was assessed using RIFLE criteria. RESULTS: Thirty patients who received 38 courses of colistin were included in the study. Colistin was always administered together with other antibiotics. Colistin was well tolerated, with one case of neurological toxicity and one of cutaneous reaction. There were 22 (58%) treatment cycles without any nephrotoxicity, even though during 16 of these cycles other nephrotoxic drugs were administered. Severe (injury or failure) renal toxicity occurred during 6 (16%) treatment courses, requiring colistin discontinuation in 2 patients and colistin dose reduction in 1. Poorer renal function at baseline and younger age were the only variables associated with increased renal toxicity (p = 0.011 and p = 0.031, respectively). Overall mortality was 18% (7/38) and 29% (11/38) at 7 and 30 days after the treatment onset. CONCLUSIONS: In adult haematology population, high dose colistin therapy is safe and efficacious, despite high frequency of concomitant nephrotoxic treatment.

Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Colistina/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias Hematológicas/tratamento farmacológico , Adulto , Idoso , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Humanos , Itália , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Retrospectivos , Adulto Jovem
Am J Hematol ; 91(8): 755-62, 2016 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27084986


About 105 consecutive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients treated with the same induction-consolidation program between 2004 and 2013 were retrospectively analyzed. Median age was 47 years. The first induction course included fludarabine (Flu) and high-dose cytarabine (Ara-C) plus idarubicin (Ida), with or without gemtuzumab-ozogamicin (GO) 3 mg/m(2) (FLAI-5). Patients achieving complete remission (CR) received a second course without fludarabine but with higher dose of idarubicin. Patients not achieving CR received an intensified second course. Patients not scheduled for early allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (HSCT) where planned to receive at least two courses of consolidation therapy with Ara-C. Our double induction strategy significantly differs from described fludarabine-containing regimens, as patients achieving CR receive a second course without fludarabine, to avoid excess toxicity, and Ara-C consolidation is administrated at the reduced cumulative dose of 8 g/m(2) per cycle. Toxicity is a major concern in fludarabine containing induction, including the recent Medical Research Council AML15 fludarabine, cytarabine, idaraubicin and G-CSF (FLAG-Ida) arm, and, despite higher anti-leukemic efficacy, only a minority of patients is able to complete the full planned program. In this article, we show that our therapeutic program is generally well tolerated, as most patients were able to receive subsequent therapy at full dose and in a timely manner, with a 30-day mortality of 4.8%. The omission of fludarabine in the second course did not reduce efficacy, as a CR rate of 83% was achieved and 3-year disease-free survival and overall survival (OS) were 49.6% and 50.9%, respectively. Our experience shows that FLAI-5/Ara-C + Ida double induction followed by risk-oriented consolidation therapy can result in good overall outcome with acceptable toxicity. Am. J. Hematol. 91:755-762, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Quimioterapia de Consolidação/métodos , Quimioterapia de Indução/métodos , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/tratamento farmacológico , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Aminoglicosídeos/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/uso terapêutico , Criança , Citarabina/administração & dosagem , Feminino , Humanos , Idarubicina/administração & dosagem , Leucemia Mieloide Aguda/mortalidade , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Retrospectivos , Análise de Sobrevida , Taxa de Sobrevida , Resultado do Tratamento , Vidarabina/administração & dosagem , Vidarabina/análogos & derivados , Vidarabina/toxicidade , Adulto Jovem