Myelodysplastic Syndromes
September 2018 Issue

Nearly every major medical breakthrough over the past 50 years can be attributed to new discoveries that were made possible through meticulous biomedical research. Many diseases and conditions that previously took a heavy toll on patients in terms of both morbidity and mortality are now either treatable or preventable thanks in large part to painstaking research that expanded the frontiers of scientific knowledge and moved the most promising basic research developments into tangible health benefits through human clinical trails. Ongoing research is also the key that will open the door to additional major medical advances and breakthroughs in the future.

Our staff at Medifocus is committed to keeping our subscribers to the Medifocus Digest Alert on Myelodysplastic Syndromes abreast of the latest new research developments that have recently been published in the medical literature for this condition. In this issue of the Digest Alert, you will find a focused list of hand-picked journal article references that represent the latest advances in basic and clinical research for Myelodysplastic Syndromes. These articles represent the current state-of-the-art of the research that will hopefully lead to additional major advances and breakthroughs in the clinical management of Myelodysplastic Syndromes. You can access the summaries of each article referenced below by simply clicking on the article Title.

We will continue to update you with the latest scientific and clinical developments through the Medifocus Digest Alert on Myelodysplastic Syndromes every 3 months. Thank you for your ongoing subscription to this publication.

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1:Fludarabine and busulfan plus low-dose TBI as reduced intensity conditioning in older patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant for myeloid malignancies.
Authors:Khalil MMI, Messner HA, Lipton JH, Kim DD, Viswabandya A, Thyagu S, Deotare U, Michelis FV
Institution:Allogeneic Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, University of Toronto, 610 University Ave, Toronto, ON, M5G 2M9, Canada.
Journal:Ann Hematol. 2018 Oct;97(10):1975-1985. doi: 10.1007/s00277-018-3391-9. Epub 2018 Jun 11.

2:Usefulness of tocilizumab for treating rheumatoid arthritis with myelodysplastic syndrome: A case report and literature review.
Authors:Sun C, Luo Y, Tong H, Xu G, Lin J
Institution:Department of Rheumatology. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Journal:Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jun;97(25):e11179. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000011179.

3:Autoimmune disorders are common in myelodysplastic syndrome patients and confer an adverse impact on outcomes.
Authors:Montoro J, Gallur L, Merchan B, Molero A, Roldan E, Martinez-Valle F, Villacampa G, Navarrete M, Ortega M, Castellvi J, Saumell S, Bobillo S, Bosch F, Valcarcel D
Institution:Department of Hematology, University Hospital Vall d'Hebron, University Autonoma of Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain.; Experimental Hematology Unit, Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain.; Department of Internal Medicine, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain.; Oncology Data Science (ODysSey) Group, Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain.
Journal:Ann Hematol. 2018 Aug;97(8):1349-1356. doi: 10.1007/s00277-018-3302-0. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

4:Detailed analysis of clonal evolution and cytogenetic evolution patterns in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and related myeloid disorders.
Authors:Schanz J, Cevik N, Fonatsch C, Braulke F, Shirneshan K, Bacher U, Haase D
Institution:Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, University Medicine Gottingen (UMG), Gottingen, Germany. (UMG), Gottingen, Germany. Germany. (UMG), Gottingen, Germany. (UMG), Gottingen, Germany. Switzerland. (UMG), Gottingen, Germany.
Journal:Blood Cancer J. 2018 Mar 7;8(3):28. doi: 10.1038/s41408-018-0061-z.

5:Immune dysregulation in myelodysplastic syndrome: Clinical features, pathogenesis and therapeutic strategies.
Authors:Wang C, Yang Y, Gao S, Chen J, Yu J, Zhang H, Li M, Zhan X, Li W
Institution:Department of Hematology, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China. China. China. China. China. Electronic address:
Journal:Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2018 Feb;122:123-132. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2017.12.013. Epub 2018 Jan 3.

6:Enlarged spleen is associated with low neutrophil and platelet engraftment rates and poor survival after allogeneic stem cell transplantation in patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome.
Authors:Shimomura Y, Hara M, Katoh D, Hashimoto H, Ishikawa T
Institution:Department of Hematology, Kobe City Hospital Organization Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, Minamimati 2-1-1, Minatojima, chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0047, Japan.; Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan.; Department of Cell Therapy, Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation, Kobe, Japan.
Journal:Ann Hematol. 2018 Jun;97(6):1049-1056. doi: 10.1007/s00277-018-3278-9. Epub 2018 Feb 17.

7:The impact of anaemia, transfusion dependency, comorbidities and polypharmacy in elderly patients with low-risk myelodysplastic syndromes.
Authors:Castelli R, Schiavon R, Deliliers GL
Institution:Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences Luigi Sacco, University of Milan, Luigi Sacco Hospital Milan, Milan, Italy.
Journal:Med Oncol. 2018 Feb 8;35(3):33. doi: 10.1007/s12032-018-1094-7.

8:Sotatercept with long-term extension for the treatment of anaemia in patients with lower-risk myelodysplastic syndromes: a phase 2, dose-ranging trial.
Authors:Komrokji R, Garcia-Manero G, Ades L, Prebet T, Steensma DP, Jurcic JG, Sekeres MA, Berdeja J, Savona MR, Beyne-Rauzy O, Stamatoullas A, DeZern AE, Delaunay J, Borthakur G, Rifkin R, Boyd TE, Laadem A, Vo B, Zhang J, Puccio-Pick M, Attie KM, Fenaux P, List AF
Institution:Department of Malignant Hematology, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA. Electronic address: Houston, TX, USA. Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA. USA. Medical Center, New York, NY, USA. Toulouse, France. MD, USA. Houston, TX, USA. Tampa, FL, USA.
Journal:Lancet Haematol. 2018 Feb;5(2):e63-e72. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3026(18)30002-4. Epub 2018 Jan 10.

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