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Antic, Darko, Milic, Natasa, Chatzikonstantinou, Thomas, Scarfò, Lydia, Otasevic, Vladimir, Rajovic, Nina, Allsup, David, Cabrero, Alejandro Alonso, Andres, Martin, Gonzales, Monica Baile, Capasso, Antonella, Collado, Rosa, Cordoba, Raul, Cuéllar-García, Carolina, Correa, Juan Gonzalo, De Paoli, Lorenzo, De Paolis, Maria Rosaria, Poeta, Giovanni Del, Dimou, Maria, Doubek, Michael, Efstathopoulou, Maria, El-Ashwah, Shaimaa, Enrico, Alicia, Espinet, Blanca, Farina, Lucia, Ferrari, Angela, Foglietta, Myriam, Lopez-Garcia, Alberto, García-Marco, José, García-Serra, Rocío, Gentile, Massimo, Gimeno, Eva, Silva, Maria Gomes, Gutwein, Odit, Hakobyan, Yervand, Herishanu, Yair, Hernández-Rivas, José Ángel, Herold, Tobias, Itchaki, Gilad, Jaksic, Ozren, Janssens, Ann, Kalashnikova, Оlga, Kalicińska, Elżbieta, Kater, Arnon, Kersting, Sabina, Koren-Michowitz, Maya, Gomez, Jorge Labrador, Lad, Deepesh, Laurenti, Luca, Fresa, Alberto, Levin, Mark-David, Bastida, Carlota Mayor, Malerba, Lara, Marasca, Roberto, Marchetti, Monia, Marquet, Juan, Mihaljevic, Biljana, Milosevic, Ivana, Mirás, Fatima, Morawska, Marta, Motta, Marina, Munir, Talha, Murru, Roberta, Nunes, Raquel, Olivieri, Jacopo, Pavlovsky, Miguel Arturo, Piskunova, Inga, Popov, Viola Maria, Quaglia, Francesca Maria, Quaresmini, Giulia, Reda, Gianluigi, Rigolin, Gian Matteo, Shrestha, Amit, Šimkovič, Martin, Smirnova, Svetlana, Špaček, Martin, Sportoletti, Paolo, Stanca, Oana, Stavroyianni, Niki, Raa, Doreen Te, Tomic, Kristina, Tonino, Sanne, Trentin, Livio, Spek, Ellen Der, Gelder, Michel, Varettoni, Marzia, Visentin, Andrea, Vitale, Candida, Vukovic, Vojin, Wasik-Szczepanek, Ewa, Wróbel, Tomasz, Segundo, Lucrecia Yáñez San, Yassin, Mohamed, Coscia, Marta, Rambaldi, Alessandro, Montserrat, Emili, Foà, Robin, Cuneo, Antonio, Carrier, Marc, Ghia, Paolo, Stamatopoulos, Kostas.
EuropePMC; 2022.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-334383


Background: Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) may be more susceptible to COVID-19 related poor outcomes, including thrombosis and death, due to the advanced age, the presence of comorbidities, and the disease and treatment-related immune deficiency. In this retrospective multicenter study, conducted by ERIC, the European Research Initiative on CLL, we assessed the risk of thrombosis and bleeding in patients with CLL affected by severe COVID-19. Methods: : The study included patients from 79 centers across 22 countries. Data collection was conducted between April and May 2021. Results: : A total of 793 patients from 79 centers were included in the study with 593 being hospitalized (74.8%). Among these, 518 were defined as having severe COVID: 162 were admitted to the ICU while 356 received oxygen supplementation outside the ICU. Most patients (90%) were receiving thromboprophylaxis. During COVID-19 treatment, 8.8% developed a thromboembolic event, while 4.8% experienced bleeding. Thrombosis developed in 20.5% of patients who were not receiving thromboprophylaxis, but only in 8.1% of patients who were on thromboprophylaxis. Bleeding episodes were more frequent in patients receiving intermediate/therapeutic versus prophylactic doses of low-molecular-weight heparin (LWMH) (11.1% vs. 4.2%, respectively) and in elderly. In multivariate analysis, peak D-dimer level was a poor prognostic factor for thrombosis occurrence (OR=1.020, 95%CI 1.006‒1.033), while thromboprophylaxis use was protective (OR=0.194, 95%CI 0.061‒0.614). Age and LMWH intermediate/therapeutic dose administration were prognostic factors in multivariate model for bleeding (OR=1.055, 95%CI 1.013-1.103 and OR=2.490, 95%CI 1.044-5.935, respectively). Conclusions: : Patients with CLL affected by severe COVID-19 are at a high risk of thrombosis if thromboprophylaxis is not used, but also at increased risk of bleeding under the LMWH intermediate/therapeutic dose administration.

Applied Sciences ; 12(2):564, 2022.
Article in English | MDPI | ID: covidwho-1613592


Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare but life-threatening disease that can occur either as a primary condition or as a consequence of a variety of triggers, including infectious diseases. Here we present a case of secondary HLH triggered by systemic Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in a 59-year-old immunocompromised Hairy Cell Leukemia and previous SARS-CoV2 infected patient. This case report underlines the role of Etoposide-based chemotherapy in treating the severe inflammation that is the defining factor of HLH, suggesting how, even when such therapy is not effective, it may still give the clinicians time to identify the underlying condition and start the appropriate targeted therapy. Moreover, it gives insight on our decision to treat the underlying haematological condition with a BRAF-targeted therapy rather than purine analog-based chemotherapy to reduce the risk of future severe infections.

Cancers (Basel) ; 13(21)2021 Oct 29.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1512126


The Btk inhibitor ibrutinib has significantly changed the management of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients. Despite its clinical efficacy, relapses occur, and outcomes after ibrutinib failure are poor. Although BTK and PLCγ2 mutations have been found to be associated with ibrutinib resistance in a fair percentage of CLL patients, no information on resistance mechanisms is available in patients lacking these mutations. The heat shock protein of 70 kDa (HSP70) and its transcription factor heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) play a role in mediating the survival and progression of CLL, as well as taking part in drug resistance in various cancers. We demonstrated that resveratrol and related phenols were able to induce apoptosis in vitro in leukemic cells from CLL untreated patients by acting on the HSP70/HSF1 axis. The same was achieved in cells recovered from 13 CLL patients failing in vivo ibrutinib treatment. HSP70 and HSF1 levels decreased following in vitro treatment, correlating to apoptosis induction. We suggest an involvement of HSP70/HSF1 axis in controlling resistance to ibrutinib in CLL cells, since their inhibition is effective in inducing in vitro apoptosis in cells from ibrutinib refractory patients. The targeting of HSP70/HSF1 axis could represent a novel rational therapeutic strategy for CLL, also for relapsing patients.

Blood ; 137(10): 1365-1376, 2021 03 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1127679


Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is characterized by the existence of subsets of patients with (quasi)identical, stereotyped B-cell receptor (BcR) immunoglobulins. Patients in certain major stereotyped subsets often display remarkably consistent clinicobiological profiles, suggesting that the study of BcR immunoglobulin stereotypy in CLL has important implications for understanding disease pathophysiology and refining clinical decision-making. Nevertheless, several issues remain open, especially pertaining to the actual frequency of BcR immunoglobulin stereotypy and major subsets, as well as the existence of higher-order connections between individual subsets. To address these issues, we investigated clonotypic IGHV-IGHD-IGHJ gene rearrangements in a series of 29 856 patients with CLL, by far the largest series worldwide. We report that the stereotyped fraction of CLL peaks at 41% of the entire cohort and that all 19 previously identified major subsets retained their relative size and ranking, while 10 new ones emerged; overall, major stereotyped subsets had a cumulative frequency of 13.5%. Higher-level relationships were evident between subsets, particularly for major stereotyped subsets with unmutated IGHV genes (U-CLL), for which close relations with other subsets, termed "satellites," were identified. Satellite subsets accounted for 3% of the entire cohort. These results confirm our previous notion that major subsets can be robustly identified and are consistent in relative size, hence representing distinct disease variants amenable to compartmentalized research with the potential of overcoming the pronounced heterogeneity of CLL. Furthermore, the existence of satellite subsets reveals a novel aspect of repertoire restriction with implications for refined molecular classification of CLL.

Immunoglobulin Heavy Chains/genetics , Immunoglobulin Variable Region/genetics , Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell/genetics , Gene Frequency , Gene Rearrangement , Humans , Somatic Hypermutation, Immunoglobulin