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AngioCRIME in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Macintyre, Elizabeth for Passaro et al. Cancer Cell

doi: 10.1097/HS9.0000000000000015

Hematology, Paris Descartes University, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital (AP-HP), and INSERM UMR1151, Paris, France

Correspondence: Elizabeth Macintyre, (e-mail:

Funding/support: nothing to disclose.

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AMLs have stubbornly resisted attempts to improve overall outcome using chemotherapy, epitherapy and immunotherapy approaches, including stem cell transplantation. Passaro et al use intravital 2-photon microscopy to demonstrate that this may reflect too much concentration on the leukemic population and not enough on the angiocrine factors (growth factors, trophogens and chemokines) produced by bone marrow vascular endothelial cells hosting the leukemic blasts. They show that the latter induce vascular abnormalities, including leakiness and hypoxia, mediated by increased reactive oxygen and nitric oxide (NO) production, which is resistant to chemotherapy in patient-derived xenografts. NO inhibition reduced vascular permeability and improved both normal stem cell function and leukemic blast response to chemotherapy, thus raising promise for use of NO inhibitors against the angiocrine culprits in acute myeloid leukemogenesis.



Links to: Passaro D et al. Cancer Cell 32, 324-341, September 11, 2017, PMID 28870739;

And the accompanying commentary, Itkin T and Rafii S, Cancer Cell 32, 276–278;

Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health Inc., on behalf of the European Hematology Association.