Episodes
In this week’s episode, we’ll learn more about neuropsychiatric manifestations and stroke risk in hereditary TTP, discuss germline DDX41 variants as predisposing factors to myeloid neoplasms, and learn more about the prognostic impact of DDX41 mutations in adults with intensively treated AML.
Published 08/18/22
Published 08/18/22
In this week’s episode new research suggesting that, in patients with transplant-eligible multiple myeloma, adding daratumumab to first-line combination regimens may be a more cost effective strategy than saving it for second-line use. We’ll also review the work of researchers who applied base-editing technology to develop a complex and potent CAR T cell product for potential “off-the-shelf” use in patients with T-cell leukemias and other CD7-positive malignancies. Finally, we’ll review a...
Published 08/11/22
In this week’s episode we’ll discuss the factors influencing the development of immune thrombocytopenia after administration of the ChAdOx1 nCov-19 vaccine, learn about the genomic features underlying anti-CD19 CAR T-cell treatment failure in lymphoma, and introduce a new predictive model for risk assessment before CAR T-cell therapy for large B-cell lymphoma.
Published 08/04/22
In this week’s episode we review a novel approach to generating autologous CD7-specific CAR T therapy for patients with T-cell malignancies that overcomes a key limitation: target-driven fratricide. We’ll also learn about new research pinpointing a key subset of exhausted CD4+ T cells in B- ALL, which also provides a rationale for combining tyrosine kinase inhibitors and PD-L1 blockers to reverse exhaustion and enhance leukemia clearance. Finally, we’ll discuss studies in a mouse model of...
Published 07/28/22
In this week’s episode we first review new work revealing the critical role of the tension-sensitive cation channel PIEZO1 in the transendothelial migration of leukocytes. We’ll also review new research suggesting that CD8+ T-cells dimly expressing the CD4 antigen are increased in patients with various forms of secondary HLH, a finding that may have diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic significance. Finally, we’ll review a large, genome-wide association study identifying the ABO O blood...
Published 07/21/22
In this week’s episode we’ll compare the long-term outcomes of ibrutinib-rituximab combination therapy versus FCR chemoimmunotherapy in chronic lymphocytic leukemia, discuss the role of procoagulant platelet sentinels in inflammatory bleeding, and learn more about variants in the SERPINC1 gene encoding antithrombin that cause severe thrombophilia.
Published 07/14/22
Today we’ll learn more about the risk of subsequent malignancies in patients treated with genetically modified immune effector cells, discuss how p53 immunohistochemistry can be a global readout for TP53 alterations in AML, and uncover the role of CD19-negative CD22-positive B-cell progenitors in immune escape from CD19-directed therapies.
Published 07/07/22
In this week’s episode we review a novel strategy for overcoming resistance to CAR T cell therapy that involves the dual targeting of myeloma cells and cancer-associated fibroblasts. We’ll also explore a recent report demonstrating that loss of CCR4 expression is common after treatment of CTCL with the anti-CCR4 antibody mogamulizumab. Finally, we’ll review real-world data demonstrating an association between corticosteroid exposure and risk of vaso-occlusive episodes in patients with sickle...
Published 06/30/22
In this week’s episode we’ll learn more about salvage therapy with nivolumab plus or minus ICE (or NICE) for Hodgkin lymphoma, discuss the role of BMP2/SMAD pathway activation in leukemic transformation, and learn more about the role of zinc in T-cell reconstitution after transplantation.
Published 06/23/22
In this week’s episode we will discuss new data demonstrating that, in older patients with AML, post-transplant relapse risk is driven by clinical and molecular features present at diagnosis, but not remission MRD.  We’ll also explore two studies that characterize a novel high-risk B-ALL subtype, defined by two unique genomic alterations that includes a deletion resulting in enhancer hijacking that deregulates expression of the CDX2 homeobox transcription factor. Finally, we’ll review results...
Published 06/16/22
In this week's episode, we’ll learn more about the interaction between anti-PF4 antibodies and anticoagulants in vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia, discuss the efficacy and safety of CD19-specific CAR T-cell-based therapy in B-cell ALL patients with central nervous system leukemia, and learn more about erythroid cell-extrinsic factors that can inhibit erythropoiesis in adjacent cells.
Published 06/09/22
In this week's episode, we discuss results from the international phase 2 CAPTIVATE study showing that in patients with treatment-naive CLL, fixed-dose ibrutinib plus venetoclax yields deep and durable responses and promising progression-free survival. We’ll also explore data that show that aryl hydrocarbon receptor is a critical inflammation checkpoint in the lung epithelium—a finding that may have therapeutic implications for idiopathic pneumonia syndrome. Lastly, we’ll review new insights...
Published 06/02/22
In this week's episode we discuss the role of HEATR3 variants as a new cause of Diamond-Blackfan anemia, learn more about the long-term efficacy and safety of zanubrutinib in relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma, and uncover an unexpected role for HMGB1 in anemia of inflammation by inhibiting erythropoietin signaling.
Published 05/26/22
In this week’s episode we’ll feature new research demonstrating that certain HLA-DQ heterodimers can help predict clinical outcome following hematopoietic cell transplantation. Next, we’ll review a recent integrated and comprehensive genomic analysis that sheds new light on the molecular characteristics of large granular lymphocyte leukemia and its subtypes. Finally, we’ll review the work of a group that proposes a new and more accessible hemochromatosis classification system based on...
Published 05/19/22
In this week’s episode we’ll discuss an undescribed role for NOX2 in maintaining lung homeostasis through suppression of alveolar macrophage activation. We’ll also cover results of a phase 3 randomized trial that compares the safety and efficacy of hydroxyurea and peginterferon alfa-2a in patients with high-risk polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia (or PV and ET, respectively). Finally, we’ll go more in depth on the emerging treatment landscape for PV, and the limits of current...
Published 05/12/22
In this week’s episode we’ll discuss the effects of intestinal microbial diversity on patient outcomes following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant and review the results of three different phase 3 trials comparing CAR T-cells to autologous stem cell transplant in patients with refractory or early relapsing large B cell lymphoma, which have the potential to result in a paradigm shift in the standard of care for second-line therapy.
Published 05/05/22
In this week’s episode, we’ll discuss the efficacy of canakinumab in children and young adults with sickle cell anemia, learn more about the use of donor-derived multiple leukemia antigen specific T-cell therapy to prevent relapse in post-transplant patients with ALL, and discuss the defects in nasopharyngeal mucosal immunity in patients with severe combined immunodeficiency after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Published 04/28/22
In this week’s episode we’ll cover a retrospective study on the timing of high-dose methotrexate CNS prophylaxis in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, results of which suggest end-of-treatment delivery might be preferred to earlier administration. The second research article describes how biallelic Apollo variants lead to an inherited bone marrow failure syndrome that resembles dyskeratosis congenita, albeit with normal telomere length. We’ll conclude with research revealing how a rare form of...
Published 04/21/22
In this week’s episode we’ll discuss the efficacy of the obinutuzumab-lenalinomide combination in advanced follicular lymphoma, learn more about the underlying mechanisms of anemia in children infected with Plasmodium falciparum, and discuss how granulocyte microvesicles could improve outcomes in septic shock.
Published 04/14/22
In this week’s episode we’ll first cover a research article demonstrating the striking contribution of neighborhood disadvantage to racial and ethnic disparities in survival in patients with acute myeloid leukemia. The second research article provides a model for understanding how disruption of the adult-globin promoter may alleviate promoter competition, thereby reactivating fetal gamma-globin gene expression. We will close with a research article showing that CD19-directed CAR T-cell...
Published 04/07/22
In this week's podcast, we’ll discuss the role of the PBX1-FOXM1 axis in multiple myeloma, learn more about the pathobiology of SF3B1 splicing factor mutations in myelodysplastic syndromes with ring sideroblasts, and discuss mortality rates due to pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients with β-thalassemia.
Published 03/31/22
In this week's podcast, we’ll cover a research article that describes two novel subgroups of adult B-cell ALL with high expression of CDX2 and IDH mutations that are linked to poor prognosis. Next, we'll cover results from TRANSCEND CLL 004, a phase 1 study of the CAR T cell therapy, liso-cel, in patients with relapsed or refractory CLL. We will close with research that provides new insights into how analysis of circulating tumor DNA could inform management of patients with aggressive B-cell...
Published 03/24/22
In this week's podcast, discuss the efficacy of siroliumus plus prednisolone in kaposiform hemangioendothelioma with the Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon, learn more about the association between SOD2 V16A and vascular dysfunction in patients with sickle cell disease, and discuss the value of geriatric assessment in predicting outcomes in older adults with AML.
Published 03/17/22
In this week's podcast, we’ll focus on 2 reports on clinical outcomes following COVID-19 vaccination in patients with hematologic malignancies. Despite full or partial vaccination, these patients have an increased risk of poor outcomes compared to matched controls or the general population. In a third report, we discuss new data on HLA-mismatching and outcomes of haploidentical transplants. 
Published 03/10/22