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Pomen mutacije gena receptorja za epidermalni rastni dejavnik za zdravljenje nedrobnoceličnega raka pljuč
Tanja Čufer, Tanja Ovčariček, Izidor Kern, 2011

Abstract: Petletno preživetje bolnikov s pljučnim rakom je slabo, samo 12-odstotno, in se v zadnjih 15 letih ni bistveno izboljšalo. Standardno zdravljenje razsejanega nedrobnoceličnega raka pljuč (NDRP), ki je danes najpogostejši tip raka pljuč, je kemoterapija na osnovi citostatika cisplatina. S tem je citostatsko zdravljenje razsejanega NDRP najbrž doseglo največ, kar je lahko. V zadnjih letih pa smo tudi pri zdravljenju NDRP priča razmahu tarčnega zdravljenja. Kot učinkovita so se izkazala tarčna zdravila, ki delujejo na receptor za epidermalni rastni dejavnik (EGFR), in to predvsem mali molekuli, zaviralca tirozinske kinaze (TKI) erlotinib in gefitinib. EGFR je transmembranski glikoprotein, ki se nahaja tako na površini zdravih kot tudi tumorskih celic različnih rakov. Pripada družini proteinov ErbB, ki vključuje 4 receptorje. Od vseh določanj izraženosti EGFR se je določitev aktivirajočih mutacij gena za EGFR v primarnem tumorju izkazala za najboljši pozitivni napovedni dejavnik odgovora na zdravljenje s proti EGFR usmerjenimi TKI. Čeprav je bila povezava med mutacijami gena za EGFR ter nekaterimi kliničnimi in patološkimi značilnostmi NDRP dokazana, pa na podlagi kliničnih in patoloških značilnosti bolnikov ne moremo zanesljivo prepoznati tistih, ki bodo imeli največjo korist od zdravljenja s TKI. Samo z določitvijo aktivirajočih mutacij gena za EGFR je mogoče prepoznati bolnike, ki bodo značilno bolje odgovorili na zdravljenje s TKI kot na kemoterapijo in pri katerih je ob zdravljenju s proti EGFR usmerjenimi TKI utemeljeno pričakovati razmeroma dolgo preživetje in dobro kakovost življenja. Zato je danes pri vseh bolnikih s pljučnim adenokarcinomom pred uvedbo prvega sistemskega zdravljenja napredovale bolezni priporočeno določanje mutacij gena za EGFR v primarnem tumorju. Na podlagi tega podatka je namreč mogoča ustreznejša izbira prvega in tudi poznejših redov sistemskega zdravljenja pri vsakem bolniku.
Keywords: pljuča, rak (medicina), zdravljenje, genetika, mutacije, epidermalni rastni dejavnik
DiRROS - Published: 31.08.2018; Views: 2241; Downloads: 548
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CD3+CD4-CD8- mucosal T cells are associated with uncontrolled chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps
Peter Korošec, Irena Hočevar-Boltežar, Izidor Kern, Ana Koren, Matija Rijavec, Mira Šilar, Tanja Soklič, 2019

Abstract: Increased mucosal double-negative (DN) CD3+CD4-CD8- T cells were found for the first time in CRS and were much more abundant in uncontrolled CRSwNP than in well-controlled CRSwNP.
Keywords: chronic rhinosinusitis, CD3+ T-cells, CD4- T-cells, CD8- T-cells
DiRROS - Published: 22.10.2020; Views: 743; Downloads: 259

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Pulmonary pathology and COVID-19 : lessons from autopsy : the experience of European pulmonary pathologists
Gregor Gorkiewicz, Sergei Timofeev, Jan von der Thüsen, Angel Panizo, Izidor Kern, Paul Hofman, Francesco Fortarezza, Federica Pezzuto, Fiorella Calabrese, Francesca Lunardi, 2020

Abstract: Since its initial recognition in December 2019, Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) has quickly spread to a pandemic infectious disease. The causative agent has been recognized as a novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), primarily affecting the respiratory tract. To date, no vaccines are available nor any specific treatment. To limit the number of infections, strict directives have been issued by governments that have been translated into equally rigorous guidelines notably for post-mortem examinations by international and national scientific societies. The recommendations for biosafety control required during specimen collection and handling have strongly limited the practice of autopsies of the COVID-19 patients to a few adequate laboratories. A full pathological examination has always been considered an important tool to better understand the pathophysiology of diseases, especially when the knowledge of an emerging disorder is limited and the impact on the healthcare system is significant. The first evidence of diffuse alveolar damage in the context of an acute respiratory distress syndrome has now been joined by the latest findings that report a more complex scenario in COVID-19, including a vascular involvement and a wide spectrum of associated pathologies. Ancillary tools such as electron microscopy and molecular biology used on autoptic tissue samples from autopsy are also significantly contributing to confirm and/or identify new aspects useful for a deeper knowledge of the pathogenetic mechanisms. This article will review and summarize the pathological findings described in COVID-19 until now, chiefly focusing on the respiratory tract, highlighting the importance of autopsy towards a better knowledge of this disease.
Keywords: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, autopsy, lung, pandemic
DiRROS - Published: 31.07.2020; Views: 11995; Downloads: 504
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Clinical significance of histologic subtyping of malignant pleural mesothelioma
Luka Brčić, Izidor Kern, 2020

Abstract: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is uncommon, but very aggressive tumor arising from the mesothelial cells of pleura, pericardium, peritoneum, and tunica vaginalis. Despite multimodality treatments 5-year survival is only 5% after the diagnosis. Histology and TNM staging system are still the best prognostic factors. Furthermore, histologic subtype of MM determines the clinical management of the patients. According to the 2015 WHO classification, MM is divided into diffuse, localized and well differentiated papillary mesothelioma. Major histologic subtypes of diffuse MM, namely epithelioid, biphasic and sarcomatoid, have different prognosis. However, in the last decade it has become evident that more detailed subclassification and histologic/cytological characterization of MM have prognostic and perhaps predictive implications. In this review, major histologic subtypes and cytological features of MM are presented and their relation with prognosis and predictive biomarkers is discussed.
Keywords: malignant mesothelioma, epithelioid malignant mesothelioma, biphasic malignant mesothelioma, sarcomatoid malignant mesothelioma
DiRROS - Published: 22.06.2020; Views: 1012; Downloads: 508
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Comparative analysis of prognostic histopathologic parameters in subtypes of epithelioid pleural mesothelioma
Agnes Bilecz, Paul Stockhammer, Dirk Theegarten, Izidor Kern, Marko Jakopović, Miroslav Samaržija, Thomas Klikovits, Mir Alireza Hoda, Balazs Dome, Felicitas Oberndorfer, 2020

Abstract: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare malignancy with a dismal prognosis. While the epithelioid type is associated with a more favourable outcome, additional factors are needed to further stratify prognosis and to identify patients who can benefit from multimodal treatment. As epithelioid MPM shows remarkable morphological variability, the prognostic role of the five defined morphologies, the impact of the nuclear grading system and the mitosis-necrosis score were investigated in this study. Methods and results: Tumour specimens of 192 patients with epithelioid MPM from five European centres were histologically subtype d. Nuclear grading and mitosis–necrosi s score were determined and correlated with clinicopathological parameters and overall survival (OS). Digital slides of 55 independent cases from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database were evaluated for external validation. Histological subtypes were collapsed into three groups based on their overlapping survival curves. The tubulopapillary/microcystic group had a significantly longer OS than the solid/trabecular group (732 days versus 397 days, P = 0.0013). Pleomorphic tumours had the shortest OS (173 days). The solid/trabecular variants showed a significant association with high nuclear grade and mitosis – necrosis score. The mitosis–necrosis score was a robust and independent prognostic factor in our patient cohort. The prognos- tic significance of all three parameters was externally validated in the TCGA cohort. Patients with tubulopapillary or microcystic tumours showed a greater improvement in OS after receiving multimodal therapy than those with solid or trabecular tumours. Conclusions: Histological subtypes of epithelioid MPM have a prognostic impact, and might help to select patients for intensive multimodal treatment approaches.
Keywords: epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma, histological subtypes
DiRROS - Published: 08.07.2020; Views: 793; Downloads: 390
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Lung cancer biomarker testing : perspective from Europe
Erik Thunnissen, Birgit Weynand, Dalma Udovicic-Gagula, Luka Brčić, Malgorzata Szolkowska, Paul Hofman, Silvana Smojver-Ježek, Sisko Anttila, Fiorella Calabrese, Izidor Kern, 2020

Abstract: A questionnaire on biomarker testing previously used in central European countries was extended and distributed in Western and Central European countries to the pathologists participating at the Pulmonary Pathology Society meeting 26-28 June 2019 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Each country was represented by one responder. For recent biomarkers the availability and reimbursement of diagnoses of molecular alterations in non-small cell lung carcinoma varies widely between different, also western European, countries. Reimbursement of such assessments varies widely between unavailability and payments by the health care system or even pharmaceutical companies. The support for testing from alternative sources, such as the pharmaceutical industry, is no doubt partly compensating for the lack of public health system support, but it is not a viable or long-term solution. Ideally, a structured access to testing and reimbursement should be the aim in order to provide patients with appropriate therapeutic options. As biomarker enabled therapies deliver a 50% better probability of outcome success, improved and unbiased reimbursement remains a major challenge for the future.
Keywords: lung neoplasms -- diagnosis -- therapy -- Europe, lung cancer, predictive testing
DiRROS - Published: 21.09.2020; Views: 683; Downloads: 405
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