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José María López-Picazo González

Publicaciones científicas más recientes (desde 2010)

Autores: Figueroa, Rocío; Alfonso, Ana; López-Picazo, José María; et al.
Revista: PLOS ONE
ISSN 1932-6203  Vol. 13  Nº 8  2018  págs. e0200220
Hospitalized cancer patients are at high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Despite current recommendations in clinical guidelines, thromboprophylaxis with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is underused. We performed an observational prospective study to analyse factors influencing prophylaxis use, VTE events and mortality in cancer-hospitalized patients. 1072 consecutive adult cancer patients were included in an University Hospital from April 2014 to February 2017, and followed-up for 30 days after discharge. The rate of LMWH prophylaxis was 67.6% (95% confidence interval [CI]64.7% to 70.4%), with a 2.8% rate of VTE events (95% CI 1.9% to 3.9%) and 3.5% rate of major bleeding events (95% CI 2.5% to 4.8%). 80% of VTE events occurred despite appropriate thromboprophylaxis. Overall, 30-day mortality rate was 13.2% (95% C111.2% to 15.3%). Active chemotherapy treatment, hospital stay >= 4 days, and metastatic disease were associated with a higher use of LMWH. On the contrary, patients with hematologic malignancies,anemia or thrombocytopenia were less prone to receive thromboprophylaxis. The main reasons for not prescribing LMWH prophylaxis were thrombocytopenia (23.9%) and active/recent bleeding (21.8%). The PRETEMED score, used for VTE risk stratification, correlated with 30-day mortality. There is room for improvement in thromboprophylaxis use among hospitalized-cancer patients, especially among those with hematologic malignancies. A relevant number of VTE events occurred despite prophylaxis with LMWH. Therefore, identification of risk factors for thromboprophylaxis failure is needed.
Autores: Pita, G.; Pajares, María Josefa; et al.
Revista: CANCER MEDICINE
ISSN 2045-7634  Vol. 7  Nº 7  2018  págs. 3474 - 3483
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may modulate individual susceptibility to carcinogens. We designed a genome-wide association study to characterize individuals presenting extreme phenotypes of high and low risk to develop tobacco-induced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and we validated our results. We hypothesized that this strategy would enrich the frequencies of the alleles that contribute to the observed traits. We genotyped 2.37 million SNPs in 95 extreme phenotype individuals, that is: heavy smokers that either developed NSCLC at an early age (extreme cases); or did not present NSCLC at an advanced age (extreme controls), selected from a discovery set (n=3631). We validated significant SNPs in 133 additional subjects with extreme phenotypes selected from databases including >39,000 individuals. Two SNPs were validated: rs12660420 (p(combined)=5.66x10(-5); ORcombined=2.80), mapping to a noncoding transcript exon of PDE10A; and rs6835978 (p(combined)=1.02x10(-4); ORcombined=2.57), an intronic variant in ATP10D. We assessed the relevance of both proteins in early-stage NSCLC. PDE10A and ATP10D mRNA expressions correlated with survival in 821 stage I-II NSCLC patients (p=0.01 and p<0.0001). PDE10A protein expression correlated with survival in 149 patients with stage I-II NSCLC (p=0.002). In conclusion, we validated two variants associated with extreme phenotypes of high and low risk of developing tobacco-induced NSCLC. Our findings may allow to identify individuals presenting high and low risk to develop tobacco-induced NSCLC and to characterize molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis and resistance to develop NSCLC.
Autores: Castañón, Eduardo; Soltermann, A.; et al.
Revista: CANCER LETTERS
ISSN 0304-3835  Vol. 402  2017  págs. 43 - 51
Id1 promotes carcinogenesis and metastasis, and predicts prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)-adenocarcionoma patients. We hypothesized that Id1 may play a critical role in lung cancer colonization of the liver by affecting both tumor cells and the microenvironment. Depleted levels of Id1 in LLC (Lewis lung carcinoma cells, LLC shId1) significantly reduced cell proliferation and migration in vitro. Genetic loss of Id1 in the host tissue (Id1(-/-) mice) impaired liver colonization and increased survival of Id1 animals. Histologically, the presence of Idl in tumor cells of liver metastasis was responsible for liver colonization. Microarray analysis comparing liver tumor nodules from Id1(+/+) mice and Idl(-/-) mice injected with LLC control cells revealed that Id1 loss reduces the levels of EMT-related proteins, such as vimentin. In tissue microarrays containing 532 NSCLC patients' samples, we found that Idl significantly correlated with vimentin and other EMT-related proteins. Idl loss decreased the levels of vimentin, integrin beta 1, TGF beta 1 and snail, both in vitro and in vivo. Therefore, Id1 enables both LLC and the host microenvironment for an effective liver colonization, and may represent a novel therapeutic target to avoid NSCLC liver metastasis. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Autores: Figueroa, Rocío; Alfonso, Ana; et al.
Revista: HAEMATOLOGICA
ISSN 0390-6078  Vol. 102  Nº Supl. 2  2017  págs. 161 - 161
Autores: Roman, M.; Lopez, I.; et al.
Revista: ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY
ISSN 0923-7534  Vol. 27  Nº Supl. 6  2016  págs. 1270P
Autores: Alfonso, Ana; García-Mouriz A; et al.
Revista: THROMBOSIS RESEARCH
ISSN 0049-3848  Vol. 136  Nº 6  2015  págs. 1145-1148
Although the type of malignancy appears as the most relevant variable for decision-making, additional efforts are required to identify patients at particular high thrombosis risk.
Autores: Alfaro, Carlos; Echeveste, José Ignacio; et al.
Revista: ONCOIMMUNOLOGY
ISSN 2162-4011  Vol. 4  Nº 12  2015  págs. e1054597
CD137 (4-1BB) is a surface marker discovered on activated T lymphocytes. However, its expression pattern is broader and has also been described on activated NK cells, B-cells and myeloid cells including mature dendritic cells. In this study, we have immunostained for CD137 on paraffin-embedded lymphoid tissues including tonsils, lymph nodes, ectopic tertiary lymphoid tissue in Hashimoto thyroiditis and cancer. Surprisingly, immunostaining mainly decorates intrafollicular lymphocytes in the tissues analyzed, with only scattered staining in interfollicular areas. Moreover, pathologic lymphoid follicles in follicular lymphoma and tertiary lymphoid tissue associated to non-small cell lung cancer showed a similar pattern of immunostaining. Multicolor flow cytometry demonstrated that CD137 expression was restricted to CD4+ CXCR5+ follicular T helper lymphocytes in tonsils and lymph nodes. Short term culture of lymph node cell suspensions in the presence of an agonist anti-CD137 mAb or CD137-ligand results in the functional upregulation of TFH cells, including CD40L surface expression and cytokine production, in three out of six cases. As a consequence, immunostimulatory monoclonal antibodies, anti-CD137 mAb such as urelumab and PF-05082566 should be expected to primarily act on this lymphocyte subset, thus modifying ongoing humoral immune responses.
Autores: Alfonso, Ana; Garcia-Mouriz, A.; et al.
Revista: JOURNAL OF THROMBOSIS AND HAEMOSTASIS
ISSN 1538-7933  Vol. 13  Nº Supl 2  2015  págs. 551
Autores: Sadaba, María Belén; Campanero, MA; et al.
Revista: PLOS ONE
ISSN 1932-6203  Vol. 9  Nº 2  2014  págs. e89747
Palonosetron is a potent second generation 5- hydroxytryptamine-3 selective antagonist which can be administered by either intravenous (IV) or oral routes, but subcutaneous (SC) administration of palonosetron has never been studied, even though it could have useful clinical applications. In this study, we evaluate the bioavailability of SC palonosetron. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy were randomized to receive SC or IV palonosetron, followed by the alternative route in a crossover manner, during the first two cycles of chemotherapy. Blood samples were collected at baseline and 10, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 minutes and 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 24 h after palonosetron administration. Urine was collected during 12 hours following palonosetron. We compared pharmacokinetic parameters including AUC0-24h, t1/2, and Cmax observed with each route of administration by analysis of variance (ANOVA). RESULTS: From October 2009 to July 2010, 25 evaluable patients were included. AUC0-24h for IV and SC palonosetron were respectively 14.1 and 12.7 ng × h/ml (p¿=¿0.160). Bioavalability of SC palonosetron was 118% (95% IC: 69-168). Cmax was lower with SC than with IV route and was reached 15 minutes following SC administration. CONCLUSIONS: Palonosetron bioavailability was similar when administered by either SC or IV route. This new route of administration might be specially useful for outpatient management of emesis and for administration of oral chemotherapy.
Autores: Pérez, José Luis; Garcia-Donas J; et al.
Revista: PLOS ONE
ISSN 1932-6203  Vol. 9  Nº 1  2014 
Purpose: To identify tissue microRNAs predictive of sunitinib activity in patients with metastatic renal-cell-carcinoma (MRCC) and to evaluate in vitro their mechanism of action in sunitinib resistance. Methods: We screened 673 microRNAs using TaqMan Low-density-Arrays (TLDAs) in tumors from MRCC patients with extreme phenotypes of marked efficacy and resistance to sunitinib, selected from an identification cohort (n = 41). The most relevant differentially expressed microRNAs were selected using bioinformatics-based target prediction analysis and quantified by qRT-PCR in tumors from patients presenting similar phenotypes selected from an independent cohort (n = 101). In vitro experiments were conducted to study the role of miR-942 in sunitinib resistance. Results: TLDAs identified 64 microRNAs differentially expressed in the identification cohort. Seven candidates were quantified by qRT-PCR in the independent series. MiR-942 was the most accurate predictor of sunitinib efficacy (p = 0.0074). High expression of miR-942, miR-628-5p, miR-133a, and miR-484 was significantly associated with decreased time to progression and overall survival. These microRNAs were also overexpressed in the sunitinib resistant cell line Caki-2 in comparison with the sensitive cell line. MiR-942 overexpression in Caki-2 up-regulates MMP-9 and VEGF secretion which, in turn, promote HBMEC endothelial migration and sunitinib resistance. Conclusions: We identified differentially expressed microRNAs in MRCC patients presenting marked sensitivity or resistance to sunitinib. MiR-942 was the best predictor of efficacy. We describe a novel paracrine mechanism through which high miR-942 levels in MRCC cells up-regulates MMP-9 and VEGF secretion to enhance endothelial migration and sunitinib resistance. Our results support further validation of these miRNA in clinical confirmatory studies.
Autores: Caicedo C; Garcia-Velloso, Maria Jose; Lozano, María D; et al.
Revista: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING
ISSN 1619-7070  Vol. 41  Nº 11  2014  págs. 2058-65
PURPOSE: The tumour molecular profile predicts the activity of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, tissue availability and tumour heterogeneity limit its assessment. We evaluated whether [(18)F]FDG PET might help predict KRAS and EFGR mutation status in NSCLC. METHODS: Between January 2005 and October 2011, 340 NSCLC patients were tested for KRAS and EGFR mutation status. We identified patients with stage III and IV disease who had undergone [(18)F]FDG PET/CT scanning for initial staging. SUVpeak, SUVmax and SUVmean of the single hottest tumour lesions were calculated, and their association with KRAS and EGFR mutation status was assessed. A receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve analysis and a multivariate analysis (including SUVmean, gender, age and AJCC stage) were performed to identify the potential value of [(18)F]FDG PET/CT for predicting KRAS mutation. RESULTS: From 102 patients staged using [(18)F]FDG PET/CT, 28 (27%) had KRAS mutation (KRAS+), 22 (22%) had EGFR mutation (EGFR+) and 52 (51%) had wild-type KRAS and EGFR profiles (WT). KRAS+ patients showed significantly higher [(18)F]FDG uptake than EGFR+ and WT patients (SUVmean 9.5, 5.7 and 6.6, respectively; p¿<¿0.001). No significant differences were observed in [(18)F]FDG uptake between EGFR+ patients and WT patients. ROC curve analysis for KRAS mutation status discrimination yielded an area under the curve of 0.740 for SUVmean (p¿<¿0.001).
Autores: Sanz, Álvaro; Zudaire, Maku; Morejón, Begoña; et al.
Revista: MEDICINA PALIATIVA
ISSN 1134-248X  Vol. 21  Nº 2  2014  págs. 79-88
Autores: López-Picazo, José María; Moreno, Marta; et al.
Revista: AAPS JOURNAL
ISSN 1550-7416  Vol. 16  Nº 3  2014  págs. 609 - 619
The development of individualized therapies poses a major challenge in oncology. Significant hurdles to overcome include better disease monitoring and early prediction of clinical outcome. Current clinical practice consists of using Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) to categorize response to treatment. However, the utility of RECIST is restricted due to limitations on the frequency of measurement and its categorical rather than continuous nature. We propose a population modeling framework that relates circulating biomarkers in plasma, easily obtained from patients, to tumor progression levels assessed by imaging scans (i.e., RECIST categories). We successfully applied this framework to data regarding lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and neuron specific enolase (NSE) concentrations in patients diagnosed with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). LDH and NSE have been proposed as independent prognostic factors for SCLC. However, their prognostic and predictive value has not been demonstrated in the context of standard clinical practice. Our model incorporates an underlying latent variable ("disease level") representing (unobserved) tumor size dynamics, which is assumed to drive biomarker production and to be influenced by exposure to treatment; these assumptions are in agreement with the known physiology of SCLC and these biomarkers. Our model predictions of unobserved disease level are strongly correlated with disease progression measured by RECIST criteria. In conclusion, the proposed framework enables prediction of treatment outcome based on circulating biomarkers and therefore can be a powerful tool to help clinicians monitor disease in SCLC.
Autores: Alfaro, Carlos; et al.
Revista: CLINICAL CANCER RESEARCH
ISSN 1078-0432  Vol. 20  Nº 22  2014  págs. 5697-5707
IL8 levels correlate with tumor burden in preclinical models and in patients with cancer. IL8 is a potentially useful biomarker to monitor changes in tumor burden following anticancer therapy, and has prognostic significance.
Autores: Castañón, Eduardo; Lopez, I.; et al.
Revista: JOURNAL OF TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE
ISSN 1479-5876  Vol. 11  2013 
Background: Inhibitor of DNA binding 1 (Id1) and 3 (Id3) genes have been related with the inhibition of cell differentiation, cell growth promotion and tumor metastasis. Recently, Id1 has been identified as an independent prognostic factor in patients with lung adenocarcinoma, regardless of the stage. Furthermore, Id1 may confer resistance to treatment (both, radiotherapy and chemotherapy). Methods: We have studied, using monoclonal antibodies for immunohistochemistry, the Id1 and Id3 tumor epithelial expression in 17 patients with stage III-N2 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy. Results: Id1 expression is observed in 82.4% of the tumors, whereas Id3 expression is present in 41.2% of the samples. Interestingly, Id1 and Id3 expression are mutually correlated (R = 0.579, p = 0.015). In a subgroup analysis of patients with the most locally advanced disease (T4N2 stage), co-expression of Id1 and Id3 showed to be related with a worse overall survival (45 vs 6 months, p = 0.002). A trend towards significance for a worse progression free survival (30 vs 1 months, p = 0.219) and a lower response rate to the treatment (RR = 50% vs 87.5%, p = 0.07) were also observed. Conclusions: A correlation between Id1 and Id3 protein expression is observed. Id1 and Id3 co-expression seems associated with a poor clinical outcome in patients with locally advanced NSCLC treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy.
Autores: Guillén-Grima, F; et al.
Revista: CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL ONCOLOGY
ISSN 1699-048X  Vol. 14  Nº 11  2012  págs. 835-41
The management of operable locally advanced N2 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a controversial topic. Concurrent chemoradiation (CT-RT) is considered the standard of care for inoperable or unresectable patients, but the role of trimodality treatment remains controversial. We present our institution's experience with the management of stage III (N2) NSCLC patients, analyzing whether the addition of surgery improves survival when compared with definitive CT-RT alone. METHODS: From 1996 to 2006, 72 N2 NSCLC patients were treated. Thirty-four patients received cisplatin-based induction chemotherapy, followed by paclitaxel-cisplatin CT-RT, and 38 patients underwent surgery preceded by induction and/or followed by adjuvant therapy. Survival curves were estimated by Kaplan-Meier analysis, and the differences were assessed with the log-rank test. RESULTS: Most of the patients (87 %) were men. The median age was 59 years. A statistically significant association between T3-T4c and definitive CT-RT as well as between T1-T2c and surgery was noted (p < 0.0001). After a median follow-up period of 35 months, the median overall survival (OS) was 42 months for the surgery group versus 41 months for the CT-RT patients (p = 0.590). The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 14 months after surgery and 25 months after CT-RT (p = 0.933). Responders to radical CT-RT had a better OS than non-responders (43 vs. 17 months, respectively, p = 0.011). No significant differences were found in
Autores: Sandra Hervas-Stubbs; Mancheño, U; Riezu-Boj, José Ignacio; et al.
Revista: JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
ISSN 0022-1767  Vol. 189  Nº 7  2012  págs.  3299 - 3310
Autores: López-Picazo, José María; Larumbe, Ana María; et al.
Revista: SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER
ISSN 0941-4355  Vol. 21  Nº 2  2012  págs.  649-652
Autores: López-Picazo, José María; et al.
Revista: Neuromuscular Disorders
ISSN 0960-8966  Vol. 21  Nº 2  2011  págs.  126 - 128
Dysphagia is a common symptom in neuromuscular junction disorders, but it rarely occurs in isolation or is the presenting feature. We describe a patient presenting with isolated dysphagia to liquids. Electrophysiological studies, such as repetitive nerve stimulation and single-fiber electromyography, were normal. Serum anti-P/Q-type voltage-gated calcium-channel (anti-P/Q-type VGCC) and anti-acetylcholine receptor (AChR ab) antibodies were above the normal range. A computed tomography scan showed a mediastinal mass corresponding to a thymic carcinoma. After chemotherapy, surgical removal of the thymic carcinoma and radiotherapy, the patient no longer complained of dysphagia, AChR ab titers were reduced and anti-P/Q-type VGCC antibodies became negative. To the best of our knowledge, no previous reports of a paraneoplastic myasthenic syndrome related to thymic carcinoma with both anti-P/Q-type VGCC and AChR antibodies have been described.
Autores: Pio, R; Pajares, María Josefa; Aibar, E; et al.
Revista: B M C Genomics-(BioMed Central Ltd.)
ISSN 1471-2164  Vol. 3  Nº 11  2010  págs. 352 - 352
Autores: Ajona, Daniel; et al.
Revista: Molecular Cancer
ISSN 1476-4598  Vol. 9  2010  págs. 139
We demonstrate for the first time that the in vivo antitumor activity of cetuximab can be associated with a complement-mediated immune response. These results may have important implications for the development of new cetuximab-based therapeutic strategies and for the identification of markers that predict clinical response.
Autores: Pio, R, (Autor de correspondencia); Pajares, María Josefa; Aibar, E.; et al.
Revista: BMC GENOMICS
ISSN 1471-2164  Vol. 11  2010  págs. 352
Background: Microarrays strategies, which allow for the characterization of thousands of alternative splice forms in a single test, can be applied to identify differential alternative splicing events. In this study, a novel splice array approach was developed, including the design of a high-density oligonucleotide array, a labeling procedure, and an algorithm to identify splice events. Results: The array consisted of exon probes and thermodynamically balanced junction probes. Suboptimal probes were tagged and considered in the final analysis. An unbiased labeling protocol was developed using random primers. The algorithm used to distinguish changes in expression from changes in splicing was calibrated using internal non-spliced control sequences. The performance of this splice array was validated with artificial constructs for CDC6, VEGF, and PCBP4 isoforms. The platform was then applied to the analysis of differential splice forms in lung cancer samples compared to matched normal lung tissue. Overexpression of splice isoforms was identified for genes encoding CEACAM1, FHL-1, MLPH, and SUSD2. None of these splicing isoforms had been previously associated with lung cancer. Conclusions: This methodology enables the detection of alternative splicing events in complex biological samples, providing a powerful tool to identify novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for cancer and other pathologies.
Autores: Ezponda, Teresa; Pajares, María Josefa; Agorreta, J; et al.
Revista: Clinical cancer research
ISSN 1078-0432  Vol. 16  Nº 16  2010  págs. 4113 - 4125
PURPOSE: SF2/ASF is a splicing factor recently described as an oncoprotein. In the present work, we examined the role of SF2/ASF in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and analyzed the molecular mechanisms involved in SF2/ASF-related carcinogenesis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: SF2/ASF protein levels were analyzed in 81 NSCLC patients by immunohistochemistry. SF2/ASF downregulation cellular models were generated using small interfering RNAs, and the effects on proliferation and apoptosis were evaluated. Survivin and SF2/ASF expression in lung tumors was analyzed by Western blot and immunohistochemistry. Survival curves and log-rank test were used to identify the association between the expression of the proteins and time to progression. RESULTS: Overexpression of SF2/ASF was found in most human primary NSCLC tumors. In vitro downregulation of SF2/ASF induced apoptosis in NSCLC cell lines. This effect was associated with a reduction in the expression of survivin, an antiapoptotic protein widely upregulated in cancer. In fact, SF2/ASF specifically bound survivin mRNA and enhanced its translation, via a mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) pathway-dependent mechanism, through the phosphorylation and inactivation of the translational repressor 4E-BP1. Moreover, SF2/ASF promoted the stability of survivin mRNA. A strong correlation was observed between the expression of SF2/ASF and survivin in tumor biopsies from NSCLC patients, supporting the concept that survivin expression levels are controlled by SF2/ASF. Furthermore, combined expression of these proteins was associated with prognosis. CONCLUSION: This study provides novel data on the mTORC1- and survivin-dependent mechanisms of SF2/ASF-related carcinogenic