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J Assoc Genet Technol ; 45(4): 169-174, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31831720


OBJECTIVES: The use of imatinib has brought a standard shift in the management of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) during the last two decades. In India, imatinib has been available for more than fifteen years and has been made available all over the country due to patient assistance programs and cheaper generic versions. Despite improvements in survival of CML patients, there are unique challenges in the Indian context. Indian patients present with more advanced disease. Most centers have access to imatinib as first-line therapy, but there is limited availability of molecular monitoring and second-line therapy. Most of the outcome data is retrospective and comparable with that reported in Western centers. Drug adherence is impaired in at least one third of patients and contributes to poor survival. The aim of this review is to highlight the fact that prospective studies and cooperative studies are very much needed to improve the quality of data available on Indian CML patients.

J Assoc Genet Technol ; 45(2): 61-65, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31189151


OBJECTIVES: Up to 90% of cases of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) are myeloproliferative disorders characterized by a Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome with a classical t(9;22)(q34;q11). Of all CML patients, 5-10% show variant Philadelphia translocations (vPh) and are an area of research interest for their significance in predicting response to various therapies, including tyrosine kinase inhibitors. They are also being studied for prognosticating multi-year survival outcomes in varied patient populations, with conflicting results. We included 238 patients for conventional cytogenetic and fluorescence in situ hybridization study from January 2018 to October 2018. Patients with vPh in CML-Chronic Phase (CML-CP) were analyzed with respect to their demographic parameters, response to imatinib therapy, and survival. Out of 238 patients diagnosed with CML-CP, 8 patients (3.3%) showed vPh. The most common chromosomes involved in these translocations were 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11 and 12. In almost all the cases with variant Ph chromosome, the BCR-ABL rearrangement was detected by molecular methods or by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). All patients were treated with imatinib as a first-line therapy. Rates of complete hematological response, complete cytogenetic response, and major molecular response were similar in all patients with classical Ph and variant Ph chromosome. Our data suggest that prognosis of CML patients with vPh in CML has no significant effect in predicting response to imatinib or in predicting survival.

J Am Coll Cardiol ; 71(11): 1191-1200, 2018 03 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29544601


BACKGROUND: Contemporary reconsideration of diagnostic N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) cutoffs for diagnosis of heart failure (HF) is needed. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the diagnostic performance of NT-proBNP for acute HF in patients with dyspnea in the emergency department (ED) setting. METHODS: Dyspneic patients presenting to 19 EDs in North America were enrolled and had blood drawn for subsequent NT-proBNP measurement. Primary endpoints were positive predictive values of age-stratified cutoffs (450, 900, and 1,800 pg/ml) for diagnosis of acute HF and negative predictive value of the rule-out cutoff to exclude acute HF. Secondary endpoints included sensitivity, specificity, and positive (+) and negative (-) likelihood ratios (LRs) for acute HF. RESULTS: Of 1,461 subjects, 277 (19%) were adjudicated as having acute HF. The area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve for diagnosis of acute HF was 0.91 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.90 to 0.93; p < 0.001). Sensitivity for age stratified cutoffs of 450, 900, and 1,800 pg/ml was 85.7%, 79.3%, and 75.9%, respectively; specificity was 93.9%, 84.0%, and 75.0%, respectively. Positive predictive values were 53.6%, 58.4%, and 62.0%, respectively. Overall LR+ across age-dependent cutoffs was 5.99 (95% CI: 5.05 to 6.93); individual LR+ for age-dependent cutoffs was 14.08, 4.95, and 3.03, respectively. The sensitivity and negative predictive value for the rule-out cutoff of 300 pg/ml were 93.9% and 98.0%, respectively; LR- was 0.09 (95% CI: 0.05 to 0.13). CONCLUSIONS: In acutely dyspneic patients seen in the ED setting, age-stratified NT-proBNP cutpoints may aid in the diagnosis of acute HF. An NT-proBNP <300 pg/ml strongly excludes the presence of acute HF.

Dispneia , Insuficiência Cardíaca , Peptídeo Natriurético Encefálico/sangue , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/sangue , Fatores Etários , Idoso , Biomarcadores/sangue , Dispneia/sangue , Dispneia/etiologia , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência , Feminino , Insuficiência Cardíaca/sangue , Insuficiência Cardíaca/complicações , Insuficiência Cardíaca/diagnóstico , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Valor Preditivo dos Testes , Prognóstico , Estudos Prospectivos , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Medição de Risco
Am Heart J ; 192: 26-37, 2017 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28938961


OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to reassess use of amino-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations for diagnosis and prognosis of acute heart failure (HF) in patients with acute dyspnea. BACKGROUND: NT-proBNP facilitates diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment in patients with suspected or proven acute HF. As demographics of such patients are changing, previous diagnostic NT-proBNP thresholds may need updating. Additionally, value of in-hospital NT-proBNP prognostic monitoring for HF is less understood. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter study in the United States and Canada, patients presenting to emergency departments with acute dyspnea were enrolled, with demographic, medication, imaging, and clinical course information collected. NT-proBNP analysis will be performed using the Roche Diagnostics Elecsys proBNPII immunoassay in blood samples obtained at baseline and at discharge (if hospitalized). Primary end points include positive predictive value of previously established age-stratified NT-proBNP thresholds for the adjudicated diagnosis of acute HF and its negative predictive value to exclude acute HF. Secondary end points include sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative likelihood ratios for acute HF and, among those with HF, the prognostic value of baseline and predischarge NT-proBNP for adjudicated clinical end points (including all-cause death and hospitalization) at 30 and 180days. RESULTS: A total of 1,461 dyspneic subjects have been enrolled and are eligible for analysis. Follow-up for clinical outcome is ongoing. CONCLUSIONS: The International Collaborative of N-terminal pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide Re-evaluation of Acute Diagnostic Cut-Offs in the Emergency Department study offers a contemporary opportunity to understand best diagnostic cutoff points for NT-proBNP in acute HF and validate in-hospital monitoring of HF using NT-proBNP.

Dispneia/diagnóstico , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência , Insuficiência Cardíaca/sangue , Peptídeo Natriurético Encefálico/sangue , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/sangue , Doença Aguda , Biomarcadores/sangue , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Dispneia/sangue , Dispneia/etiologia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Insuficiência Cardíaca/complicações , Insuficiência Cardíaca/diagnóstico , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Estudos Prospectivos , Curva ROC , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Fatores de Tempo
J Thyroid Res ; 2016: 6178921, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27034885


This study sought to reveal the significance of IL-6 in papillary thyroid carcinoma by determining its circulating levels, tumoral protein, and mRNA expressions. As compared to the healthy individuals, serum IL-6 was significantly higher in patients with benign thyroid diseases and PTC. Further, its level was significantly higher in PTC patients as compared to patients with benign thyroid diseases. ROC curves also confirmed a good discriminatory efficacy of serum IL-6 between healthy individuals and patients with benign thyroid diseases and PTC. The circulating IL-6 was significantly associated with poor overall survival in PTC patients. IL-6 immunoreactivity was significantly high in PTC patients as compared to the benign thyroid disease patients. Significantly higher IL-6 mRNA expression was also observed in the primary tumour tissues of PTC patients than the adjacent normal tissues. The protein expression of IL-6 at both the circulating and tissue level correlated with disease aggressiveness in PTC patients. Moreover, a significant positive correlation was observed between the IL-6 protein and mRNA expression in the primary tumours of PTC patients. Finally in conclusion, IL-6 has an important role in thyroid cancer progression. Thus targeting IL-6 signalling can help in clinical management of thyroid carcinoma patients.

J Thyroid Res ; 2016: 8143695, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26881177


Circulating levels of TNF-α and the adhesion molecules L-Selectin and VCAM-1 as well as their expression in the primary tumors of patients with benign thyroid diseases and papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) have been determined in this study. The serum levels of TNF-α, L-Selectin, and VCAM-1 were significantly higher in patients with both benign thyroid diseases and PTC as compared to the healthy individuals. However, the levels of only TNF-α and L-Selectin, and not VCAM-1, were significantly higher in patients with PTC in comparison to those observed in patients with benign thyroid diseases. Further the expression of TNF-α and L-Selectin was also significantly higher in the primary tumors of PTC patients, relative to the benign thyroid diseases. The expression of L-Selectin and VCAM-1 significantly correlated with aggressive tumor behavior. In PTC patients, the circulating TNF-α levels significantly positively correlated with the levels of L-Selectin, while TNF-α immunoreactivity was significantly associated with VCAM-1 expression. Serum TNF-α was found to be a significant prognosticator for OS in PTC patients. Overall the results signify that the interaction between TNF-α and the adhesion molecules may have a role in thyroid carcinogenesis and understanding this complexity may offer potential therapeutic targets for better management of thyroid cancer.