Apostolia Maria Tsimberidou

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Preclinical data suggest that PIK3CA mutations predict response to PI3K/AKT/mTOR inhibitors. Concomitant KRAS or BRAF mutations may mediate resistance. Therefore, tumors from patients referred to the phase I program for targeted therapy starting in October 2008 were analyzed for PIK3CA mutations using PCR-based DNA sequencing of exons 9 and 20. Consecutive(More)
PURPOSE Mutations of the PIK3CA gene may predict response to phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors. Concomitant mutations in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway may mediate resistance. PATIENTS AND METHODS Tumors from patients with breast, cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer referred(More)
Richter's transformation denotes the development of high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prolymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin disease, or acute leukemia in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma. A search of published articles in Medline (PubMed) and abstracts from professional meetings was performed. An electronic database(More)
Abstract Purpose. Mylotarg, a humanized anti-CD33 antibody linked to an antitumor antibiotic, is approved for the treatment of patients with relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Topotecan and cytarabine (ara-C) is an effective anti-AML regimen. A pilot study of Mylotarg combined with topotecan and ara-C (MTA) was conducted in patients with refractory AML.(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence, presenting characteristics, and treatment outcomes of Richter's syndrome (RS) and factors predicting response and survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS An electronic database search of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) who presented at The University of(More)
Multi-drug resistance (MDR) protein expression is associated with reduced gemtuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg) activity. Both cyclosporine-A (CSA) and liposome-encapsulated daunorubicin, DaunoXome (DNX) may reduce the negative impact of MDR. A gemtuzumab ozogamicin, DNX, cytarabine (ara-C) and CSA (MDAC) regimen was piloted in patients with refractory acute(More)
Abstract Purpose. Mylotarg has moderate activity as a single agent in patients with CD33-positive refractory or relapsed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). A combination of an anthracycline and cytarabine (ara-C) is the core of most AML induction regimens. We conducted a pilot study of Mylotarg combined with idarubicin and ara-C in patients with refractory(More)
BACKGROUND Hodgkin transformation is a rare complication of chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). In this study, the authors assessed the incidence, presenting characteristics, and outcomes of patients with CLL/SLL who developed Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). METHODS An electronic database search of patients with CLL/SLL who presented(More)
BACKGROUND Oncogenic mutations of PIK3CA, RAS (KRAS, NRAS), and BRAF have been identified in various malignancies, and activate the PI3K/AKT/mTOR and RAS/RAF/MEK pathways, respectively. Both pathways are critical drivers of tumorigenesis. METHODS Tumor tissues from 504 patients with diverse cancers referred to the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy at(More)
BACKGROUND Oncogenic BRAF mutations have been found in diverse malignancies and activate RAF/MEK/ERK signaling, a critical pathway of tumorigenesis. We examined the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with mutant (mut) BRAF advanced cancer referred to phase 1 clinic. METHODS We reviewed the records of 80 consecutive patients with mutBRAF(More)