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Acta Neuropathol ; 139(2): 223-241, 2020 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31820118

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Pineoblastomas (PBs) are rare, aggressive pediatric brain tumors of the pineal gland with modest overall survival despite intensive therapy. We sought to define the clinical and molecular spectra of PB to inform new treatment approaches for this orphan cancer. Tumor, blood, and clinical data from 91 patients with PB or supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor (sPNETs/CNS-PNETs), and 2 pineal parenchymal tumors of intermediate differentiation (PPTIDs) were collected from 29 centres in the Rare Brain Tumor Consortium. We used global DNA methylation profiling to define a core group of PB from 72/93 cases, which were delineated into five molecular sub-groups. Copy number, whole exome and targeted sequencing, and miRNA expression analyses were used to evaluate the clinico-pathologic significance of each sub-group. Tumors designated as group 1 and 2 almost exclusively exhibited deleterious homozygous loss-of-function alterations in miRNA biogenesis genes (DICER1, DROSHA, and DGCR8) in 62 and 100% of group 1 and 2 tumors, respectively. Recurrent alterations of the oncogenic MYC-miR-17/92-RB1 pathway were observed in the RB and MYC sub-group, respectively, characterized by RB1 loss with gain of miR-17/92, and recurrent gain or amplification of MYC. PB sub-groups exhibited distinct clinical features: group 1-3 arose in older children (median ages 5.2-14.0 years) and had intermediate to excellent survival (5-year OS of 68.0-100%), while Group RB and MYC PB patients were much younger (median age 1.3-1.4 years) with dismal survival (5-year OS 37.5% and 28.6%, respectively). We identified age < 3 years at diagnosis, metastatic disease, omission of upfront radiation, and chr 16q loss as significant negative prognostic factors across all PBs. Our findings demonstrate that PB exhibits substantial molecular heterogeneity with sub-group-associated clinical phenotypes and survival. In addition to revealing novel biology and therapeutics, molecular sub-grouping of PB can be exploited to reduce treatment intensity for patients with favorable biology tumors.

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Pediatr Blood Cancer ; 67(3): e28102, 2020 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31793190

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Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is characterized by a short history of brainstem symptoms and well-known magnetic resonance imaging features with a fatal outcome. However, we report three unusual cases of brainstem tumors with an initial indolent and protracted course, which subsequently developed the classical imaging and clinical features of DIPG. Our findings support this notion that K27M is an early event in development and suggest that the emergence of additional events resulted in rapid progression after a long period of latency. Identification of such markers of aggressive behavior in the context of an indolent course is needed for better characterization and treatment management.

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Blood ; 135(4): 274-286, 2020 Jan 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31738823

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Pediatric large B-cell lymphomas (LBCLs) share morphological and phenotypic features with adult types but have better prognosis. The higher frequency of some subtypes such as LBCL with IRF4 rearrangement (LBCL-IRF4) in children suggests that some age-related biological differences may exist. To characterize the genetic and molecular heterogeneity of these tumors, we studied 31 diffuse LBCLs (DLBCLs), not otherwise specified (NOS); 20 LBCL-IRF4 cases; and 12 cases of high-grade B-cell lymphoma (HGBCL), NOS in patients ≤25 years using an integrated approach, including targeted gene sequencing, copy-number arrays, and gene expression profiling. Each subgroup displayed different molecular profiles. LBCL-IRF4 had frequent mutations in IRF4 and NF-κB pathway genes (CARD11, CD79B, and MYD88), losses of 17p13 and gains of chromosome 7, 11q12.3-q25, whereas DLBCL, NOS was predominantly of germinal center B-cell (GCB) subtype and carried gene mutations similar to the adult counterpart (eg, SOCS1 and KMT2D), gains of 2p16/REL, and losses of 19p13/CD70. A subset of HGBCL, NOS displayed recurrent alterations of Burkitt lymphoma-related genes such as MYC, ID3, and DDX3X and homozygous deletions of 9p21/CDKN2A, whereas other cases were genetically closer to GCB DLBCL. Factors related to unfavorable outcome were age >18 years; activated B-cell (ABC) DLBCL profile, HGBCL, NOS, high genetic complexity, 1q21-q44 gains, 2p16/REL gains/amplifications, 19p13/CD70 homozygous deletions, and TP53 and MYC mutations. In conclusion, these findings further unravel the molecular heterogeneity of pediatric and young adult LBCL, improve the classification of this group of tumors, and provide new parameters for risk stratification.

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Neuro Oncol ; 2019 Dec 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31883020

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BACKGROUND: Controversy exists as to what may be defined as standard of care (including markers for stratification) for patients with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors (ATRT). The European Rhabdoid Registry, EU-RHAB, recruits uniformly treated patients and offers standardized genetic and DNA methylation analyses. METHODS: Clinical, genetic and treatment data of 143 patients from 13 European countries were analyzed (2009 - 2017). Therapy consisted of surgery, anthracycline-based induction and either radiotherapy or high dose chemotherapy following a consensus among European experts. FISH, MLPA and sequencing were employed for assessment of somatic and germline mutations in SMARCB1. Molecular subgroups (ATRT-SHH, -TYR and -MYC) were determined using DNA-methylation arrays resulting in profiles of 84 tumors. RESULTS: Median age at diagnosis of 67 girls and 76 boys was 29.5 months. 5-year overall survival (OS) and event-free survival (EFS) were 34.7±4.5% and 30.5±4.2%. Tumors displayed allelic partial/whole gene deletions (66%; 122/186 alleles) or single nucleotide variants (34%; 64/186 alleles) of SMARCB1. Germline mutations were detected in 26% of ATRT (30/117). The patient cohort consisted of 47% ATRT-SHH (39/84), 33% ATRT-TYR (28/84), and 20% ATRT-MYC 17/84). Age <1 year, non-TYR signature (ATRT-SHH or -MYC), metastatic or synchronous tumors, germline mutation, incomplete remission and omission of radiotherapy were negative prognostic factors in univariate analyses (p<0.05). An adjusted multivariate model identified age <1 year and a non-TYR signature as independent negative predictors of OS: high risk (<1 year + non-TYR; 5-year OS = 0%), intermediate risk (<1 year + ATRT-TYR or ≥1 year + non-TYR; 5-year OS = 32.5±8.7%) and standard risk (≥1 year + ATRT-TYR, 5-year OS = 71.5±12.2%). CONCLUSIONS: Age and molecular subgroup status are independent risk factors for survival in children with ATRT. Our model warrants validation within future clinical trials.

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Cancer Cell ; 36(1): 51-67.e7, 2019 Jul 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31287992

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Embryonal tumors with multilayered rosettes (ETMRs) are highly lethal infant brain cancers with characteristic amplification of Chr19q13.41 miRNA cluster (C19MC) and enrichment of pluripotency factor LIN28A. Here we investigated C19MC oncogenic mechanisms and discovered a C19MC-LIN28A-MYCN circuit fueled by multiple complex regulatory loops including an MYCN core transcriptional network and super-enhancers resulting from long-range MYCN DNA interactions and C19MC gene fusions. Our data show that this powerful oncogenic circuit, which entraps an early neural lineage network, is potently abrogated by bromodomain inhibitor JQ1, leading to ETMR cell death.

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Cancer Med ; 5(8): 1765-75, 2016 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27228363

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Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT) are characterized by mutations and subsequent inactivation of SMARCB1 (INI1, hSNF5), a predilection for very young children and an unfavorable outcome. The European Registry for rhabdoid tumors (EU-RHAB) was established to generate a common European database and to establish a standardized treatment regimen as the basis for phase I/II trials. Thus, genetic analyses, neuropathologic and radiologic diagnoses, and a consensus treatment regimen were prospectively evaluated. From 2005 to 2009, 31 patients with AT/RT from four countries were recruited into the registry study Rhabdoid 2007 and treated with systemic and intraventricular chemotherapy. Eight patients received high-dose chemotherapy, 23 radiotherapy, and 17 maintenance therapy. Reference evaluations were performed in 64% (genetic analyses, FISH, MLPA, sequencing) up to 97% (neuropathology, INI1 stain). Germ-line mutations (GLM) were detected in 6/21 patients. Prolonged overall survival was associated with age above 3 years, radiotherapy and achievement of a complete remission. 6-year overall and event-free survival rates were 46% (±0.10) and 45% (±0.09), respectively. Serious adverse events and one treatment-related death due to insufficiency of a ventriculo peritoneal shunt (VP-shunt) and consecutive herniation were noted. Acquisition of standardized data including reference diagnosis and a standard treatment schedule improved data quality along with a survival benefit. Treatment was feasible with significant but manageable toxicity. Although our analysis is biased due to heterogeneous adherence to therapy, EU-RHAB provides the best available basis for phase I/II clinical trials.


Assuntos
Neoplasias Encefálicas/terapia , Tumor Rabdoide/terapia , Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/efeitos adversos , Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Neoplasias Encefálicas/mortalidade , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Terapia Combinada , Europa (Continente)/epidemiologia , Feminino , Mutação em Linhagem Germinativa , Humanos , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Masculino , Prognóstico , Radioterapia Conformacional/efeitos adversos , Radioterapia Conformacional/métodos , Sistema de Registros , Tumor Rabdoide/diagnóstico , Tumor Rabdoide/genética , Tumor Rabdoide/mortalidade , Falha de Tratamento , Resultado do Tratamento
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J Pediatr Hematol Oncol ; 33(3): e122-4, 2011 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-21399528

RESUMO

L-Asparaginase is an effective drug in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and it has become an important component of most childhood ALL regimens with administration in induction, intensification, and maintenance phases of treatment. L-Asparaginase is associated with side effects occurring either in a dose or time-dependent fashion or as hypersensitivity reactions. Some well-known toxicities in asparaginase-containing regimens are hypersensitivity/allergy and thromboembolic events. When asparaginase and steroids are used together, mild hyperlipemia is reasonably common. As some published studies show, this abnormality is often underdiagnosed. Hyperlipemia rarely constitutes a clinical problem; however, when triglyceride elevation is greater than 1000 mg/dL, the risk of pancreatitis is increased. We report the case of a young female presenting with acute severe hypertriglyceridemia (9250 mg/dL) during intensification phase of ALL, with neurologic symptoms but without the development of pancreatitis. She was successfully managed with 1 single run of plasmapheresis.


Assuntos
Corticosteroides/efeitos adversos , Asparaginase/efeitos adversos , Hipertrigliceridemia/induzido quimicamente , Hipertrigliceridemia/terapia , Plasmaferese , Leucemia-Linfoma Linfoblástico de Células Precursoras/tratamento farmacológico , Criança , Feminino , Humanos , Leucemia-Linfoma Linfoblástico de Células Precursoras/sangue , Triglicerídeos/sangue
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