Publications of Guy JERUSALEM
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See detailTyrosine Kinase Inhibitors in Cancer: Breakthrough and Challenges of Targeted Therapy.
POTTIER, Charles ULiege; Fresnais, Margaux; Gilon, Marie ULiege et al

in Cancers (2020)

Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) are key regulatory signaling proteins governing cancer cell growth and metastasis. During the last two decades, several molecules targeting RTKs were used in oncology as a ... [more ▼]

Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) are key regulatory signaling proteins governing cancer cell growth and metastasis. During the last two decades, several molecules targeting RTKs were used in oncology as a first or second line therapy in different types of cancer. However, their effectiveness is limited by the appearance of resistance or adverse effects. In this review, we summarize the main features of RTKs and their inhibitors (RTKIs), their current use in oncology, and mechanisms of resistance. We also describe the technological advances of artificial intelligence, chemoproteomics, and microfluidics in elaborating powerful strategies that could be used in providing more efficient and selective small molecules inhibitors of RTKs. Finally, we discuss the interest of therapeutic combination of different RTKIs or with other molecules for personalized treatments, and the challenge for effective combination with less toxic and off-target effects. [less ▲]

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See detailBlood eosinophilic relative count is prognostic for breast cancer and associated with the presence of tumor at diagnosis and at time of relapse
ONESTI, Concetta Elisa ULiege; JOSSE, Claire ULiege; Boulet, Delphine ULiege et al

in Oncoimmunology (2020)

Background: Cancer outcome is associated with circulating immune cells, including eosinophils. Here we analyze the relative eosinophil count (REC) in different breast cancer subtypes. Methods: Stage I–III ... [more ▼]

Background: Cancer outcome is associated with circulating immune cells, including eosinophils. Here we analyze the relative eosinophil count (REC) in different breast cancer subtypes. Methods: Stage I–III breast cancer patients were included in the study and classified as REC-high vs low (cutoff 1.5%) or relative lymphocyte count (RLC)-high vs low (cutoff 17.5%). The co-primary endpoints were the breast cancer-specific survival (BCSS) or the time to treatment failure (TTF) in the REC groups. Results: Overall 930 patients were included in the study. We observed a benefit for REC-high vs REC-low in TTF (HR 0.610, 95% CI 0.458–0.812), and in BCSS (HR 0.632, 95% CI 0.433–0.923). Similarly, we observed a better TTF (HR 0.421, 95% CI 0.262–0.677) and BCSS (HR 0.350, 95% CI 0.200–0.614) in RLC-high vs low. A lower relapse rate was observed in the REC-high vs REC-low group (17.1% vs 24.7%, p = 0.005), not confirmed in the multivariate analysis. A lower median REC at baseline and at relapse was observed compared to REC after surgery and during cancer-free follow-up (p < .0001). Conclusions: REC could be a new promising, affordable and accessible predictive and prognostic biomarker in all breast cancer subtypes. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of a hypnosis-based intervention on fatigue and sleep difficulties in post-treatment cancer patients
Grégoire, Charlotte ULiege; FAYMONVILLE, Marie-Elisabeth ULiege; VANHAUDENHUYSE, Audrey ULiege et al

in Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice (2019, September), 1(1S),

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See detailStudy of the impact of non-pharmacological techniques (self-hypnosis/self-care) on cognitive complaints in cancer patients
Bicego, Aminata Yasmina ULiege; Grégoire, Charlotte ULiege; Cassol, Helena ULiege et al

Conference (2019, May 30)

Cancer diagnosis generates a number of physical, psychological and cognitive impairments such as memory, attentional and informational processing deficits that can undermine patients’ quality of life (QoL ... [more ▼]

Cancer diagnosis generates a number of physical, psychological and cognitive impairments such as memory, attentional and informational processing deficits that can undermine patients’ quality of life (QoL). Self-hypnosis combined to self-care learning have been used in the past years to treat these symptoms, at the moment of diagnosis, during and/or after the cancer treatments. However, the impact of self-hypnosis/self-care upon cognitive difficulties has not been investigated yet.The aim of this study is to better understand the impact of self hypnosis/self-care upon the cognitive functions by means of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Cognitive Function1 (FACT-COG). [less ▲]

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See detailTryptophan catabolism increases in breast cancer patients compared to healthy controls without affecting the cancer outcome or response to chemotherapy
ONESTI, Concetta Elisa ULiege; BOEMER, François ULiege; JOSSE, Claire ULiege et al

in Journal of Translational Medicine (2019), 17

Background: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase catalyzes the conversion of tryptophan to kynurenine, an immunosuppressive metabolite involved in T regulatory cell differentiation. Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase is ... [more ▼]

Background: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase catalyzes the conversion of tryptophan to kynurenine, an immunosuppressive metabolite involved in T regulatory cell differentiation. Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase is expressed in many cancer types, including breast cancer. Here, we analyze kynurenine and tryptophan and their ratio in breast cancer patients and healthy controls. Methods: Breast cancer patients and healthy controls were prospectively enrolled in our study. All subjects underwent blood sample withdrawal at diagnosis or on the day of screening mammography for the healthy controls. Plasmatic kynurenine and tryptophan were determined on a TQ5500 tandem mass spectrometer after chromatographic separation. Results: We enrolled 146 healthy controls and 202 women with stages I–III breast cancer of all subtypes. All patients underwent surgery, 126 underwent neoadjuvant chemotherapy with 43 showing a pathological complete response, and 43 underwent adjuvant chemotherapy. We observed significantly higher plasmatic kynurenine, tryptophan and their ratio for the healthy controls compared to patients with breast cancer. We observed a lower plasmatic tryptophan and a higher kynurenine/tryptophan ratio in hormone receptor-negative patients compared to hormone receptor-positive cancers. Lobular cancers showed a lower ratio than any other histologies. Advanced cancers were associated with a lower tryptophan level and higher grades with an increased kynurenine/tryptophan ratio. Pathological complete response was associated with higher kynurenine values. The plasmatic kynurenine, tryptophan and kynurenine/tryptophan ratios were not predictive of survival. Conclusions: The plasmatic kynurenine, tryptophan and kynurenine/tryptophan ratio could differentiate breast cancer patients from healthy controls. The Kyn/Trp ratio and Trp also showed different values according to hormone receptor status, TNM stage, T grade and histology. These results suggest a rapid metabolism in breast cancer, but no associations with outcome or sensitivity to chemotherapy were observed. [less ▲]

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See detailCardio-Oncology Services: rationale, organization, and implementation: A report from the ESC Cardio-Oncology council.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULiege; Suter, Thomas M.; Lopez-Fernandez, Teresa et al

in European Heart Journal (2019)

Aims: Anticancer therapies have extended the lives of millions of patients with malignancies, but for some this benefit is tempered by adverse cardiovascular (CV) effects. Cardiotoxicity may occur early ... [more ▼]

Aims: Anticancer therapies have extended the lives of millions of patients with malignancies, but for some this benefit is tempered by adverse cardiovascular (CV) effects. Cardiotoxicity may occur early or late after treatment initiation or termination. The extent of this cardiotoxicity is variable, depending on the type of drug used, combination with other drugs, mediastinal radiotherapy, the presence of CV risk factors, and comorbidities. A recent position paper from the European Society of Cardiology addressed the management of CV monitoring and management of patients treated for cancer. Methods and results: The current document is focused on the basis of the Cardio-Oncology (C-O) Services, presenting their rationale, organization, and implementation. C-O Services address the spectrum of prevention, detection, monitoring, and treatment of cancer patients at risk of cardiotoxicity and/or with concomitant CV diseases. These services require a multidisciplinary approach, with the aims of promoting CV health and facilitating the most effective cancer therapy. Conclusion: The expected growing volume of patients with cancer at risk of developing/worsening CV disease, the advent of new technological opportunities to refine diagnosis, and the necessity of early recognition of cancer therapy-related toxicity mandate an integrative multidisciplinary approach and care in a specialized environment. This document from the ESC Cardio-Oncology council proposes the grounds for creating C-O Services in Europe based on expert opinion. [less ▲]

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See detailPredictive and prognostic role of peripheral blood eosinophil count in triple-negative and hormone receptor-negative/HER2-positive breast cancer patients undergoing neoadjuvant treatment
ONESTI, Concetta Elisa ULiege; JOSSE, Claire ULiege; Poncin, Aurélie ULiege et al

in Oncotarget (2018)

In current clinical practices, up to 27% of all breast cancer patients receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy. High pathological complete response rate is frequently associated with tumor-infiltrating ... [more ▼]

In current clinical practices, up to 27% of all breast cancer patients receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy. High pathological complete response rate is frequently associated with tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes. Additionally, circulating immune cells are also often linked to chemotherapy response. We performed a retrospective analysis on a cohort of 112 breast cancer patients (79 triple-negative, 33 hormone receptor-negative/HER2-positive) treated with standard neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Eosinophil and lymphocyte counts were collected from whole blood at baseline and during follow-ups and their associations with pathological complete response, relapse, disease-free and breast cancer-specific survival were analyzed. We observed a higher pathological complete response rate in patients who presented at baseline a relative eosinophil count ≥ 1.5% (55.6%) than in those with a relative eosinophil count < 1.5% (36.2%)(p = 0.04). An improvement in breast cancerspecific survival in patients with high relative eosinophil count (p = 0.05; HR = 0.336; 95% CI = 0.107–1.058) or with high relative lymphocyte count (threshold = 17.5%, p = 0.01; HR = 0.217; 95% CI = 0.060–0.783) were also observed. Upon combining the two parameters into the eosinophil x lymphocyte product with a threshold at 35.8, associations with pathological complete response (p = 0.002), relapse (p = 0.028), disease-free survival (p = 0.012) and breast cancer-specific survival (p = 0.001) were also recorded. In conclusion, the relative eosinophil count and eosinophil x lymphocyte product could be promising, affordable and accessible new biomarkers that are predictive for neoadjuvant chemotherapy response and prognostic for longer survival in triplenegative and hormone receptors-negative/HER2-positive breast cancers. Confirmation of these results in a larger patient population is needed. [less ▲]

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See detailPredictive and prognostic role of peripheral blood eosinophil count in triple negative and hormone receptor negative/HER2 positive breast cancers patients undergoing neoadjuvant treatment.
ONESTI, Concetta Elisa ULiege; JOSSE, Claire ULiege; PONCIN, Aurélie ULiege et al

Scientific conference (2018, September 13)

Introduction: In clinical practices, up to 27% of breast cancer (BC) patients receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). In this context, a pathological complete response (pCR) is the most commonly used end ... [more ▼]

Introduction: In clinical practices, up to 27% of breast cancer (BC) patients receive neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). In this context, a pathological complete response (pCR) is the most commonly used end-point. High pCR rate is frequently associated with tumor infiltrating lymphocytes. Besides, circulating immune cells are also often linked to chemotherapy response. Materials and methods: We performed a retrospective analysis on 112 BC patients (79 triple negative, 33 HR-/HER2+), treated with standard NAC. The median follow-up was 37.5 months (range 9-156). Eosinophil and lymphocyte count were collected at baseline, after surgery, at 1 year of follow-up and at relapse. The primary end-point is the association between the relative eosinophil count (REC) and pCR. The secondary end-points are the associations of REC, relative lymphocyte count (RLC) and eosinophil/lymphocyte product (ELP) with relapse, disease free (DFS) and breast cancer specific (BCSS) survival and to study the variation of REC and RLC during follow-up. Results: We observed a higher pCR rate in patients with REC≥1.5% vs patients with REC <1.5% (55.6% vs 36.2%, p = 0.04), and a higher median REC in patients with pCR (1.9% vs 1.2%, p 0.042). No statistically significant associations were detected with relapse, nor between RLC with pCR or relapse. We observed a 3-year BCSS of 91% vs 80% for high and low REC respectively (p 0.05; HR 0.336, 95% CI 0.107-1.058) and of 88% vs 49% in RLC≥17.5% and <17.5% respectively (p 0.01; HR 0.217, 95% CI 0.060-0.783). No significant differences were detected for DFS. Combining the two parameters in the ELP, we observed an association with pCR (59.6% in ELP≥35.8 vs 30.9% in ELP<35.8, p 0.002), relapse (12.3% vs 29.1% in high and low ELP, p 0.028), DFS (3-year DFS 90% vs 69% in high and low ELP, p 0.012; HR 0.337, 95% CI 0.138-0.823) and BCSS (3-year BCSS 95% vs 75% in high and low ELP, p 0.001; HR 0.129, 95% CI 0.029-0.573). Moreover, we observed a raise of REC after surgery from 1.4% to 2.6% (p 0.0001) and a significant reduction at relapse from 2.8% to 1.7% (p 0.021). Conversely, a reduction of RLC from 26.9% at baseline to 20.45% after surgery (p 0.0001), without significant variation at relapse, was detected. Conclusion: REC, RLC and ELP could be new promising, affordable and accessible biomarkers predictive for NAC response and prognostic for longer survival in TNBC and HR-/HER2+ BC. Confirmation in a larger cohort is needed. [less ▲]

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See detailNatural Antisense Transcripts: Molecular Mechanisms and Implications in Breast Cancers.
Latge, Guillaume ULiege; Poulet, Christophe ULiege; Bours, Vincent ULiege et al

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2018), 19(1),

Natural antisense transcripts are RNA sequences that can be transcribed from both DNA strands at the same locus but in the opposite direction from the gene transcript. Because strand-specific high ... [more ▼]

Natural antisense transcripts are RNA sequences that can be transcribed from both DNA strands at the same locus but in the opposite direction from the gene transcript. Because strand-specific high-throughput sequencing of the antisense transcriptome has only been available for less than a decade, many natural antisense transcripts were first described as long non-coding RNAs. Although the precise biological roles of natural antisense transcripts are not known yet, an increasing number of studies report their implication in gene expression regulation. Their expression levels are altered in many physiological and pathological conditions, including breast cancers. Among the potential clinical utilities of the natural antisense transcripts, the non-coding|coding transcript pairs are of high interest for treatment. Indeed, these pairs can be targeted by antisense oligonucleotides to specifically tune the expression of the coding-gene. Here, we describe the current knowledge about natural antisense transcripts, their varying molecular mechanisms as gene expression regulators, and their potential as prognostic or predictive biomarkers in breast cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailVariations of circulating cardiac biomarkers during and after anthracycline-containing chemotherapy in breast cancer patients
Freres, Pierre ULiege; Bouznad, N.; Servais, Laurence ULiege et al

in BMC Cancer (2018), 18(1),

Background: Over time, the chance of cure after the diagnosis of breast cancer has been increasing, as a consequence of earlier diagnosis, improved diagnostic procedures and more effective treatment ... [more ▼]

Background: Over time, the chance of cure after the diagnosis of breast cancer has been increasing, as a consequence of earlier diagnosis, improved diagnostic procedures and more effective treatment options. However, oncologists are concerned by the risk of long term treatment side effects, including congestive heart failure (CHF). Methods: In this study, we evaluated innovative circulating cardiac biomarkers during and after anthracycline-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) in breast cancer patients. Levels of cardiac-specific troponins T (cTnT), N-terminal natriuretic peptides (NT-proBNP), soluble ST2 (sST2) and 10 circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) were measured. Results: Under chemotherapy, we observed an elevation of cTnT and NT-proBNP levels, but also the upregulation of sST2 and of 4 CHF-related miRNAs (miR-126-3p, miR-199a-3p, miR-423-5p, miR-34a-5p). The elevations of cTnT, NT-proBNP, sST2 and CHF-related miRNAs were poorly correlated, suggesting that these molecules could provide different information. Conclusions: Circulating miRNA and sST2 are potential biomarkers of the chemotherapy-related cardiac dysfunction (CRCD). Nevertheless, further studies and long-term follow-up are needed in order to evaluate if these new markers may help to predict CRCD and to identify the patients at risk to later develop CHF. © 2018 The Author(s). [less ▲]

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See detailLeptomeningeal carcinomatosis from solid tumours : a systematic review of the literature
FRERES, Pierre ULiege; GENNIGENS, Christine ULiege; Martin, Didier ULiege et al

in Belgian Journal of Medical Oncology (2017), 11

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See detailTranscriptome wide analysis of natural antisense transcripts shows potential role in breast cancer
Wenric, Stéphane ULiege; El Guendi, Sonia ULiege; CABERG, Jean-Hubert ULiege et al

Poster (2017, May)

Non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) represent at least 1/5 of the mammalian transcript amount, and about 90% of the genome length is actively transcribed. Many ncRNAs have been demonstrated to play a role in cancer ... [more ▼]

Non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) represent at least 1/5 of the mammalian transcript amount, and about 90% of the genome length is actively transcribed. Many ncRNAs have been demonstrated to play a role in cancer. Among them, natural antisense transcripts (NAT) are RNA sequences which are complementary and overlapping to those of protein-coding transcripts (PCT). NATs were punctually described as regulating gene expression, and are expected to act more frequently in cis than other ncRNAs that commonly function in trans. In this work, 22 breast cancers expressing estrogen receptors and their paired healthy tissues were analyzed by strand-specific RNA sequencing. To highlight the potential role of NATs in gene regulations occurring in breast cancer, three different gene extraction methods were used: differential expression analysis of NATs between tumor and healthy tissues, differential correlation analysis of paired NAT/PCT between tumor and healthy tissues, and NAT/PCT read count ratio variation between tumor and healthy tissues. Each of these methods yielded lists of NAT/PCT pairs that were demonstrated to be enriched in survival-associated genes on an independent cohort (TCGA). This work allows to highlight NAT lists that display a strong potential to affect the expression of genes involved in the breast cancer pathology. [less ▲]

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See detailMT4-MMP and EGFR expression levels are key biomarkers for breast cancer patient response to chemotherapy and erlotinib.
Yip, Cassandre ULiege; Foidart, Pierre ULiege; Somja, Joan ULiege et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2017)

BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are heterogeneous cancers with poor prognosis. We aimed to determine the clinical relevance of membrane type-4 matrix metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP), a ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are heterogeneous cancers with poor prognosis. We aimed to determine the clinical relevance of membrane type-4 matrix metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP), a membrane type matrix metalloproteinase that interacts with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) overexpressed in >50% of TNBC. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective immunohistochemical analysis on human TNBC samples (n=81) and validated our findings in in vitro and in vivo assays. RESULTS: Membrane type-4 matrix metalloproteinase and EGFR are produced in 72.5% of TNBC samples, whereas those proteins are faintly produced by healthy tissues. Unexpectedly, tumour relapse after chemotherapy was reduced in samples highly positive for MT4-MMP. Mechanistically, this is ascribed to a higher sensitivity of MT4-MMP-producing cells to alkylating or intercalating chemotherapeutic agents, as assessed in vitro. In sharp contrast, MT4-MMP expression did not affect tumour cell sensitivity to paclitaxel that interferes with protease trafficking. Importantly, MT4-MMP expression sensitised cancer cells to erlotinib, a tyrosine kinase EGFR inhibitor. In a pre-clinical model, the growth of MT4-MMP overexpressing xenografts, but not of control ones, was reduced by epirubicin or erlotinib. The combination of suboptimal drug doses blocked drastically the growth of MT4-MMP-producing tumours. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate that MT4-MMP defines a sub-population of TNBC sensitive to a combination of DNA-targeting chemotherapeutic agents and anti-EGFR drugs.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication 14 February 2017; doi:10.1038/bjc.2017.23 www.bjcancer.com. [less ▲]

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