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Jin X, Liu K, Jiao B, et al.
Vincristine promotes migration and invasion of colorectal cancer HCT116 cells through RhoA/ROCK/ Myosin light chain pathway.
Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2016; 62(12):91-96 [PubMed] Related Publications
Vincristine is an antitumor vinca alkaloid isolated from vinca rosea, and is a medication used to treat a number of types of cancer. In this study, we investigated the impact of vincristine on oncogenic phenotypes of human colorectal cancer HCT116 cells. MTT assay demonstrated that vincristine showed a obviously inhibitory effect on cell growth compared to non-treated cells. However, Transwell assay showed that vincristine promoted migration and invasion of HCT116 cells in vitro in a concentration-dependent manner between 0.5 and 15 μM vincristine treatment, whereas cell growth showed no remarkable difference within the same concentration range. Additionally, Western blot analysis showed that vincristine significantly elevated RhoA activity and Myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, suggesting the involvement of RhoA/ROCK pathway in the vincristine-induced enhancement of cellular motility. Furthermore, we found that both the siRNA for RhoA and ROCK inhibitor Y27632 attenuated the phosphorylation of MLC, as well as vincristine-induced migration and invasion. These data indicate that vincristine enhanced migration and invasion of HCT116 cells possibly through stimulating RhoA/ROCK/MLC signaling pathway.

Wang HY, Zhang Y, Zhou Y, et al.
Rosiglitazone elevates sensitization of drug-resistant oral epidermoid carcinoma cells to vincristine by G2/M-phase arrest, independent of PPAR-γ pathway.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2016; 83:349-361 [PubMed] Related Publications
Rosiglitazone (ROSI), an oral antidiabetic agent, has been reported the anti-cancer properties recent years. In this paper, the potency of ROSI as a synergistic drug for vincristine (VCR) on resistant oral cancer cells was investigated. We found that ROSI potently enhanced the susceptibility of KB cells or KB/V cells to VCR in a dose manner and the synergy in KB/V cells was much more prominent than that in KB cells. The synergistic anti-proliferative effect of ROSI and VCR was associated with inhibition on tubulin polymerization, cell cycle arrest in G2/M phase and cell apoptosis induction, but has no effect on drug efflux-protein P-gp and was independent with PPARγ. The combination treatment of ROSI and VCR could regulate the PTEN/PI3K/AKT survival pathway with an upregulation of PTEN and down-regulation of p-AKT. The effect of G2/M phase arrest was associated with the upregulation of cyclin B1 and downregulation of p-cdc2. The apoptosis induction of ROSI and VCR was partly due to an upregulation of cleaved PARP and downregulation of Bcl-2/Bax ratio. In addition, combination treatment of ROSI and VCR had also shown anti-angiogenic effect by suppressing the migration and blocking the capillary tube formation of HUVECs. More importantly, this combination treatment induced an acceptably weak cytotoxicity in human normal HL-7702 cells, GES-1 cells and HUVECs. Taken together, ROSI may be used as a potential compound for combinatorial therapy or as a complement to VCR for treatment on oral cancer, especially on that have acquired resistance to VCR therapy.

Harris JC, Coburn JM, Kajdacsy-Balla A, et al.
Sustained delivery of vincristine inside an orthotopic mouse sarcoma model decreases tumor growth.
J Pediatr Surg. 2016; 51(12):2058-2062 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/12/2017 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Sarcoma accounts for 20% of solid tumors in children. Surgery has significant morbidity. We hypothesized that delivering chemotherapy directly into tumors through sustained release silk systems could slow tumor growth.
METHODS: Human Ewing sarcoma cells A673 were cultured with vincristine and doxorubicin to determine half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50). Cells were injected into mouse hind leg to create orthotopic tumors. Tumor volumes were measured using ultrasound. When volume reached >250mm(3,) interventions included: implantation of drug-free silk foam (Control-F), doxorubicin 400μg foam (Dox400-F), vincristine 50μg foam (Vin50-F), drug-free silk gel (Control-G), vincristine 50μg gel (Vin50-G), or single dose intravenous vincristine 50μg (Vin50-IV). End-point was volume>1000mm(3). Kaplan Meier and ANOVA were used.
RESULTS: IC50 for vincristine and doxorubicin was 0.5ng/mL and 200ng/mL, respectively. There was no difference between Dox400-F [6±1days to end point (DTEP)] and Control-F (5±1.3 DTEP). Vin50-F (12.4±3.5 DTEP) had slower growth compared to Control-F (p<0.001), and there was no difference between Vin50-F and Vin50-IV (14±0 DTEP). Growth was slowest with Vin50-G, 28±10.3 DTEP compared to all other treatment groups (p<0.05).
CONCLUSION: Sustained delivery of vincristine inside the sarcoma tumor with silk gel decreased tumor growth. Applying this intratumoral treatment strategy may potentially decrease the extent of surgical excision.

Kuriakose GC, Palem PP, Jayabaskaran C
Fungal vincristine from Eutypella spp - CrP14 isolated from Catharanthus roseus induces apoptosis in human squamous carcinoma cell line -A431.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016; 16(1):302 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/12/2017 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Catharanthus roseus, a medicinal plant, is known to produce secondary metabolites, vincristine and vinblastine, which are terpenoid indole alkaloids. Previously we have reported that Eutypella spp - CrP14 isolated from stem cutting of this plant had shown significant antiproliferative activity when tested in vitro against HeLa cell line. The present study was conducted to identify the anticancer compound responsible for the anti-proliferative activity of the fungal extract and to evaluate its in vitro anticancer and apoptotic effects.
METHODS: The anti-proliferative activity of the fungal anticancer compound, vincristine was analyzed by MTT assay against different cancer cell lines. We examined its efficacy of apoptotic induction on A431 cells. The parameters examined included cell cycle distribution, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), DNA fragmentation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation.
RESULTS: The presence of vincristine in fungal culture filtrate was confirmed through chromatographic and spectroscopic analyses, and the amount was estimated to be 53 ± 5.0 μg/l. The partially purified fungal vincristine had strong cytotoxic activity towards human squamous carcinoma cells - A431 in the MTT assay. Furthermore, we showed that the fungal vincristine was capable of inducing apoptosis in A431 cells through generation of reactive oxygen species and activation of the intrinsic pathway leading to loss of MMP.
CONCLUSIONS: We have demonstrated for the first time that the vincristine from Eutypella spp - CrP14 is an efficient inducer of apoptosis in A431 cells, meriting its further evaluation in vivo.

Park KJ, Yu MO, Park DH, et al.
Role of vincristine in the inhibition of angiogenesis in glioblastoma.
Neurol Res. 2016; 38(10):871-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: Vincristine, a microtubule-destabilizing drug, was found to exhibit anti-angiogenic effects and anti-tumoral activity. However, the precise mechanism by which vincristine inhibits angiogenesis in glioblastomas is not well understood. Our aim was to investigate whether vincristine affects vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression in glioblastoma cells and determine whether it is mediated by the downregulation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α).
METHODS: We investigated the expression of HIF-1α in glioblastoma tissues resected from patients and in human glioblastoma cell lines using immunohistochemistry, Western blot analysis, and immunocytochemistry. In addition to an MTT assay assessing the effect of vincristine on cell proliferation and viability, the effects of vincristine on VEGF mRNA expression and HIF-1α protein were examined using real-time RT-PCR and Western blot analysis under 1% O2 (hypoxia).
RESULTS: HIF-1α was expressed in the majority of glioblastoma tissues and was detected mainly in the nucleus. Strong immunoreactivity for HIF- 1 α was found often in the hypercellular zones. Under hypoxic conditions, HIF-1α protein levels in the glioblastoma cell lines increased, primarily localizing into the nucleus similar to glioblastoma tissues. Exposure of glioblastoma cells to vincristine resulted in enrichment of the G2-M fraction of the cell cycle, which suggests that vincristine-mediated growth inhibition of glioblastoma is correlated with mitotic inhibition. Using doses lower than those found to reduce the viability and proliferation of cells by 50% (IC50), vincristine decreased both the expression of VEGF mRNA and the level of HIF-1α protein in hypoxic glioblastoma cells. In addition, following exposure to vincristine, the expression of VEGF mRNA was correlated with HIF-1α protein levels.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that the mechanism by which vincristine elicits an anti-angiogenic effect in glioblastomas under hypoxic conditions might be mediated, in part, by HIF-1α inhibition.

Gilchrist L, Tanner L
Gait Patterns in Children With Cancer and Vincristine Neuropathy.
Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016; 28(1):16-22 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Children treated with vincristine often develop chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), but effects of CIPN on gait have not been reported.
METHODS: Gait variables of 52 children/adolescents treated for non-central nervous system cancers with CIPN were compared with an age- and sex-matched control group. Gait data were collected via GaitRite walkway before and after completing a 6-minute walk test (6MWT). Ankle range-of-motion (ROM) measures, balance, and strength tests were also completed.
RESULTS: Participants with CIPN had decreased velocity and step length. Ankle ROM and balance explained variability in step length. Both groups increased self-selected velocity after the 6MWT, but participants with cancer walked with slower velocity, shorter step length, and decreased cadence. Strength, neuropathy, and self-selected velocity measured before the 6MWT explained variability in 6MWT scores.
CONCLUSIONS: Ankle ROM and balance are important factors when treating step length deficits, whereas strength is also an important consideration for walking capacity.

Yasu T, Ohno N, Kawamata T, Kurokawa Y
Vincristine-induced paralytic ileus during induction therapy of treatment protocols for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adult patients.
Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2016; 54(6):471-3 [PubMed] Related Publications
Vincristine (VCR) is an important drug used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). VCR-induced neurotoxicity can manifest as peripheral neuropathy, constipation, or paralytic ileus. While there are some case reports describing VCR-induced paralytic ileus (VIPI) in pediatric ALL, there are fewer publication on adult ALL patients. Therefore, we retrospectively investigated VIPI during induction therapy of treatment protocols for ALL in 19 adult patients. The incidence of VIPI was 32%. VIPI was significantly increased in patients receiving concomitant itraconazole (ITCZ) (p = 0.04). We recommend avoidance of the combination of VCR and ITCZ.

Wang ES, Jabbour EJ, Douer D
Novel Approaches for the Interim Management of Relapsed/Refractory Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia: A Case-Study Compendium.
Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2016; 14(3 Suppl 4):1-23 [PubMed] Related Publications
The heterogeneous hematologic malignancy acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) represents one of the more complicated cancers in adults. Despite the large number of agents available to treat this disease, there remains no standard of care for either the frontline or relapsed/refractory settings. Although the rate of response to initial induction therapy is high, at least half of patients experience relapsed or refractory disease. Selection of salvage therapy may rely on investigational strategies in clinical trials. The goal of frontline or salvage therapy is to reduce the tumor burden so that patients can proceed to allogeneic stem cell transplant, the only treatment considered potentially curative for ALL. However, the different combination chemotherapy regimens are associated with unpredictable responses and can result in myelosuppression and other toxicities. The need for improved treatment alternatives, especially in the salvage setting, has been recently addressed with the introduction of several new therapies. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy. T cells harvested from the patient are genetically engineered to express a receptor that targets a tumor-specific antigen on the tumor cell surface. Patients awaiting CAR T-cell therapy, like those awaiting stem cell transplant, often require a “bridge” treatment during the interim. A liposomal formulation of vincristine has been associated with durable responses in relapsed disease, but with less myelosuppression and neurotoxicity than standard vincristine. Other novel agents include blinatumomab and inotuzumab ozogamicin.

Fridrik MA, Jaeger U, Petzer A, et al.
Cardiotoxicity with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, non-pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone compared to rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone in frontline treatment of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: A randomised phase-III study from the Austrian Cancer Drug Therapy Working Group [Arbeitsgemeinschaft Medikamentöse Tumortherapie AGMT](NHL-14).
Eur J Cancer. 2016; 58:112-21 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Chemoimmunotherapy containing rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (R-CHOP) is the standard treatment for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Doxorubicin may induce early and late cardiotoxicity. Non-pegylated liposomal (NPL) doxorubicin may reduce cardiotoxicity.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with untreated CD20+ DLBCL were randomised to conventional R-CHOP chemoimmunotherapy or rituximab, cyclophosphamide, non-pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone (R-COMP) with doxorubicin substituted by NPL-doxorubicin. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels were measured before each treatment cycle and after the end of treatment.
RESULTS: The mean LVEF of 178 and 158 measurements in the R-COMP and R-CHOP arms was 63.31% and 62.25%, respectively (P = 0.167). During treatment the LVEF measurements were below 50% in 10/218 (4.6%) in the R-COMP arm and 31/196 (15.8%) in the R-CHOP arm (P<0.001). Thirty-six of 40 (90%) patients in the R-COMP arm, but only 24/36 (66.7%) in the R-CHOP arm had all NT-proBNP levels below 400 pg/ml during and at the end of treatment (P = 0.013). There were more serious adverse events in the R-CHOP arm (26 versus 40, P = 0.029). Infections were more common (15 versus 28) in the R-CHOP arm.
INTERPRETATION: In patients with normal cardiac function, six cycles of R-CHOP resulted in a low rate of early cardiotoxicity. NPL-doxorubicin did not reduce cardiotoxicity, although cardiac safety signals were elevated in R-CHOP compared to R-COMP.
FUNDING: Cephalon provided the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Medikamentöse Tumortherapie with NPL-doxorubicin and an unrestricted grant, but was not involved in the study protocol, data acquisition, data analysis or the writing of the paper.

Tan X, Chen M, Zhang J, et al.
Treatment of Corticosteroid-Resistant Vascular Tumors Associated with the Kasabach-Merritt Phenomenon in Infants: An Approach with Transcatheter Arterial Embolization Plus Vincristine Therapy.
J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016; 27(4):569-75 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: To investigate the effectiveness and application of transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) plus systemic vincristine for treatment of corticosteroid-resistant vascular tumors associated with Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon in infants.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: TAE was performed in 17 infants (average age, 4.3 mo ± 2.4; range, 1-10 mo) with corticosteroid-resistant vascular tumors associated with Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon, followed by intravenous vincristine once weekly for systemic chemotherapy. The effects and complications were observed and evaluated after a cycle (1 cycle: TAE plus treatment with vincristine every 4 weeks). Cycles were repeated in infants with platelet counts < 150 × 10(9)/L.
RESULTS: In 17 patients, 36 treatment cycles were successfully performed. The platelet count for all patients increased to ≥ 100 × 10(9)/L for the first time at 6.0 days ± 3.5; the platelet level of 15 infants was maintained at levels > 150 × 10(9)/L at 57.5 days ± 16.5. Before treatment, two infants had a normal fibrinogen level (2.21 g/L and 2.34 g/L); the fibrinogen level in the other 15 infants was first found to be increased to ≥ 2.0 g/L at 7.0 days ± 3.4 and was stabilized at levels > 2.0 g/L at 55.9 days ± 13.8 after treatment. Complications were graded as major in four cases and as minor in 13 cases.
CONCLUSIONS: TAE plus vincristine can rapidly improve levels of platelets and fibrinogen, and it is an effective method for treatment of corticosteroid-resistant vascular tumors associated with Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon in infants.

Shah NN, Merchant MS, Cole DE, et al.
Vincristine Sulfate Liposomes Injection (VSLI, Marqibo®): Results From a Phase I Study in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults With Refractory Solid Tumors or Leukemias.
Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016; 63(6):997-1005 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Vincristine sulfate liposome injection (VSLI; Marqibo®) is an encapsulated preparation of standard vincristine in sphingomyelin/cholesterol liposomes. Clinical trials in adults have demonstrated safety, tolerability, and activity, leading to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for adults with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Pediatric experience with VSLI is limited.
PROCEDURE: This single center, phase I dose escalation study examined the safety, toxicity, maximum tolerated dose, and pharmacokinetics of VSLI administered weekly to pediatric patients age <21 years with relapsed or chemotherapy-refractory solid tumors or leukemia.
RESULTS: Twenty-one subjects were treated in total. Median age was 13.3 years (range 2-19). Fourteen subjects completed one 28-day cycle of therapy and five subjects completed more than one cycle. No subject experienced dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) at the first dose level (1.75 mg/m(2) /dose, dose range: 2-3.7 mg). At the second dose level (2.25 mg/m(2) /dose, dose range: 1.3-4.5 mg), one subject had transient dose-limiting grade 4 transaminase elevation, and this dose level was expanded with no additional DLT observed. The second dose level then opened to an expansion phase to evaluate activity in ALL. Clinical activity included minimal residual disease negative complete remission in one subject with ALL and stable disease in nine subjects. Clearance of total vincristine was found to be approximately 100-fold lower in comparison to published data using standard vincristine.
CONCLUSIONS: Children tolerate 2.25 mg/m(2) /dose of weekly VSLI (the adult FDA-approved dose) with evidence for clinical activity without dose-limiting neurotoxicity. Future plans include studying VSLI as substitution for standard vincristine with combination chemotherapy in children with ALL.

Thakur V, Kush P, Pandey RS, et al.
Vincristine sulfate loaded dextran microspheres amalgamated with thermosensitive gel offered sustained release and enhanced cytotoxicity in THP-1, human leukemia cells: In vitro and in vivo study.
Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl. 2016; 61:113-22 [PubMed] Related Publications
Vincristine sulfate (VCS) is a drug of choice for the treatment of childhood and adult acute lymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin's, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as well as solid tumors including sarcomas. However, poor biopharmaceutical and pharmacokinetic traits of VCS like short serum half-life (12 min), high dosing frequency (1.4 mg/m(2) per week for 4 weeks) and extensive protein binding (75%) limit the clinical potential of VCS in cancer therapy. In present investigation, injectable vincristine sulfate loaded dextran microspheres (VCS-Dextran-MSs) were prepared and amalgamated with chitosan-β-glycerophosphate gel (VCS-Dextran-MSs-Gel) to surmount the biopharmaceutical and pharmacokinetic limitations of VCS that consequently induced synergistic sustained release pattern of the drug. Particle size and zeta-potential of VCS-Dextran-MSs were measured to be 6.8 ± 2.4 μm and -18.3 ± 0.11 mV along with the encapsulation efficiency of about 60.4 ± 4.5%. Furthermore, VCS-Dextran-MSs and VCS-Dextran-MSs-Gel exhibited slow release pattern and 94.7% and 95.8% of the drug was released in 72 h and 720 h, respectively. Results from cell viability assay and pharmacokinetic as well as histopathological analysis in mice indicated that VCS-Dextran-MSs-Gel offers superior therapeutic potential and higher AUClast than VCS-Dextran-MSs and drug solution. In conclusion, VCS-Dextran-MSs-Gel warrants further preclinical tumor growth study to scale up the technology.

Chotsampancharoen T, Sripornsawan P, Wongchanchailert M
Two Fatal Cases of Accidental Intrathecal Vincristine Administration: Learning from Death Events.
Chemotherapy. 2016; 61(2):108-10 [PubMed] Related Publications
We report 2 cases of accidental intrathecal vincristine administration. These injections were scheduled as intravenous injections of vincristine at the same time as other intrathecal drugs were scheduled. The mistakes were recognized immediately after administration, and a lumbar puncture was performed to lavage the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immediately after the incident. However, both cases developed progressive sensorimotor and radiculo-myelo-encephalopathy and the patients died 3 and 6 days after the incidents due to decerebration. A number of cases of accidental intrathecal vincristine administration have occurred in recent years in other settings, and we add our events to emphasize the need for a preventative and strictly followed protocol in oncology treatment units to prevent further unnecessary deaths. The best 'cure' for mistakenly administered vincristine via lumbar puncture is prevention, which can be improved by strict adherence to a comprehensive guideline. Oncologic treatment centers should be aware of this guideline and evaluate their protocol for vincristine administration to prevent future incidents. Based on our past experiences, we strongly recommend 'time-independent' procedures to prevent this type of incident.

Gutierrez-Camino A, Martin-Guerrero I, Lopez-Lopez E, et al.
Lack of association of the CEP72 rs924607 TT genotype with vincristine-related peripheral neuropathy during the early phase of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment in a Spanish population.
Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2016; 26(2):100-2 [PubMed] Related Publications
Vincristine is a component of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment with the potential to induce peripheral neuropathy. Recently, the CEP72 rs924607 TT genotype was found to be associated with vincristine-induced toxicity during the continuation phase in pediatric ALL patients treated on the Total XIIIB and COG AALL0433 protocols at St Jude Children's Research Hospital and Children's Oncology Group. This finding could provide a base for safer dosing of vincristine. Nevertheless, there are variations in vincristine regimens among ALL treatment protocols and phases in different populations. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether the CEP72 rs924607 TT genotype is a useful marker of vincristine neuropathy during induction therapy among Spanish children with B-ALL treated on the LAL-SHOP protocols. No association was found between neurotoxicity during the induction phase and the rs924607 TT genotype. This lack of association could be because of population differences and/or differences in neurotoxicity etiology between induction and continuation phases of treatment.

Dong WH, Li Q, Zhang XY, et al.
Deep sequencing identifies deregulation of microRNAs involved with vincristine drug-resistance of colon cancer cells.
Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2015; 8(9):11524-30 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/12/2017 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Vincristine (VCR) is a chemical that is widely used in tumor therapy. While long-term use can make tumor cells resistant to VCR, the underlying mechanisms of this resistance are still unclear.
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at investigating the role of microRNA (miRNA) in colon cancer drug resistance.
METHODS: HCT-8 colon carcinoma cells were cultured and treated with different VCR concentrations to establish an HCT-8/VCR resistant cell line. Whole-genome screens, HiSeq 2500 sequencing, and bioinformatics methods were used to detect and analyze differences in miRNA expression between the drug-resistant HCT-8/VCR cells and non-resistant HCT-8 cells. Differential expression profiles of miRNAs were constructed based on sequencing result.
RESULTS: The HCT-8/VCR resistant colon carcinoma cell line was established. With regard to the difference in drug resistance between HCT-8/VCR and HCT-8 cells, 24 miRNAs showed statistically significant differences in their expression (fold change > 4), of which 17 were up-regulated. Seven miRNAs were down-regulated.
CONCLUSION: As abnormal expression of miRNAs was associated with VCR resistance of colon carcinoma cells, differences in miRNA expression may play a key role in VCR resistance of colon cancer cells.

Mascarenhas L, Felgenhauer JL, Bond MC, et al.
Pilot Study of Adding Vincristine, Topotecan, and Cyclophosphamide to Interval-Compressed Chemotherapy in Newly Diagnosed Patients With Localized Ewing Sarcoma: A Report From the Children's Oncology Group.
Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016; 63(3):493-8 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The combination of topotecan and cyclophosphamide is active in relapsed Ewing sarcoma family of tumors (ESFT). The feasibility of adding these agents combined with vincristine (vincristine-topotecan-cyclophosphamide [VTc]) to standard five-drug chemotherapy with vincristine-doxorubicin-cyclophosphamide (VDC) and ifosfamide-etoposide (IE) administered in an interval-compressed (2-week instead of 3-week intervals) schedule was investigated.
PROCEDURE: Newly diagnosed patients with localized ESFT < 31 years, with good performance status and adequate organ function were eligible. Seventeen alternating cycles of chemotherapy with VTc, VDC, and IE were administered at 2-week intervals. Local control (LC) of the primary tumor occurred following six cycles. Primary endpoints were the ability to deliver chemotherapy in an interval-compressed schedule, and the rate of grade 3 or greater nonhematologic toxicity and grade 4 hematologic toxicity, which delayed chemotherapy by ≥2 weeks. Secondary endpoints were event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS).
RESULTS: Thirty-five patients with a median age of 11 years were enrolled. The mean time to last dose of chemotherapy prior to LC was 12.6 ± 1.4 weeks and 45.5% of patients received intended chemotherapy without any delay prior to LC. There were no toxic deaths or unexpected toxicities. Five-year EFS was 79.6% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 61.8-89.7%) and 5-year OS was 88% (95% CI: 71.4-95.3%).
CONCLUSIONS: The addition of VTc to standard therapy was tolerable with sufficient interval compression compared to historical standard 3-week cycles.

Luo Z, Zhang X, Peng W, et al.
A Phase II Study of Gemcitabine, Vincristine, and Cisplatin As Second-Line Treatment for Patients with Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015; 94(43):e1777 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma (aSTS) typically have a poor prognosis. Patients progressing to doxorubicin-based regimen have limited therapeutic options. Monotherapy with cytotoxic drugs appears to have only modest activity in the second-line setting. The purpose of this phase II study was to prospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of combination regimen with gemcitabine, vincristine, and cisplatin (GVP) as a salvage treatment for patients with aSTS.Eligible patients were female with 18∼75 years old, and had aSTS that had progressed after 1 prior anthracyclines-based chemotherapy regimen. Patients were treated with 1,000 mg/m gemcitabine intravenously (IV) on days 1 and 8, 1.4 mg/m (max 2 mg) vincristine IV on day 1 and 25 mg/m cisplatin IV on days 1 through 3 every 21 days until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity or up to 6 cycles. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS). Secondary endpoints included overall survival (OS), over response rate (ORR) and safety. This trial was registered with http://www.clinicaltrials.gov (no. NCT01192633).A total of 26 patients with a median age 47 years (21-72) were recruited. ORR was 23.1% [1 complete response and 5 partial responses]. The median PFS and OS were 4.8 (95% CI, 0.1-9.5) months and 15.0 (95% CI, 6.1-23.9) months, respectively. Grade 3/4 hematologic toxicities included neutropenia (34.6%), leukopenia (23.1%), thrombocytopenia (11.5%) and anemia (3.8%). No febrile neutropenia and grade 3/4 non-hematologic toxicities occurred. The most frequent non-hematologic toxicities were nausea/vomiting (50.0%), fatigue (30.8%), and fever (11.5%).We conclude that GVP regimen is effective with a favorable safety profile as the second-line chemotherapy in aSTS patients, which warrants further investigation in a phase III study.

Zheng XY, Li LJ, Li W, et al.
Low concentrations of chloroquine and 3-methyladenine suppress the viability of retinoblastoma cells synergistically with vincristine independent of autophagy inhibition.
Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2015; 253(12):2309-15 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: To study the inhibition of retinoblastoma cell viability by two commonly used autophagy inhibitors, chloroquine (CQ) and 3-methyladenine (3-MA), alone or in combination with the conventional chemotherapeutic drug vincristine (VCR), and to investigate whether the mechanisms of these drugs are related to inhibition of autophagy.
METHODS: On retinoblastoma cell line HXO-Rb44, VCR, CQ and 3-MA were used individually or combined. The cell viability was determined by CCK8 method, and the cellular autophagic activity was determined by Western blotting of LC3 and p62. Caspase 3 fragmentation and Akt activation was also determined by Western blotting.
RESULTS: VCR induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in HXO-Rb44 cells, but only inhibited autophagy at relatively high doses. Both CQ and 3-MA were synergistic with VCR to inhibit the growth of retinoblastoma cells and the combinational use significantly reduced the dosage of each drug. The lowest effective dose of CQ and 3-MA was most efficient to add on VCR; however, such dose was not sufficient to suppress autophagy in these cells. CQ could directly induce caspase activation, while 3-MA significantly inhibited Akt phosphorylation.
CONCLUSIONS: CQ and 3-MA were synergistic with VCR to inhibit retinoblastoma cells. Our result suggested a novel strategy to combine CQ or 3-MA with VCR to reduce the side effects of each drug. However, lack of change in the autophagic activity when using the two drugs at lower doses suggests multiple mechanisms of action of the same drug at different doses. At higher doses, the drugs could inhibit autophagy, while at lower doses, they suppress tumor growth via autophagy-independent mechanisms.

Dodgshun AJ, Elder JE, Hansford JR, Sullivan MJ
Long-term visual outcome after chemotherapy for optic pathway glioma in children: Site and age are strongly predictive.
Cancer. 2015; 121(23):4190-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Optic pathway gliomas (OPGs) are commonly noted in pediatric oncology services. Radiotherapy is effective at controlling tumors, but has many undesirable late effects, especially in patients with neurofibromatosis. Chemotherapy is commonly used to preserve vision and delay or eliminate the need for radiotherapy. Despite visual threat being a common reason to initiate chemotherapy in patients with OPG, reports of visual outcome after chemotherapy are not common and reports of long-term visual outcome are even scarcer.
METHODS: In a single institution, all patients with OPG who had received chemotherapy or radiotherapy between 1996 and 2013 were identified from hospital databases. Visual, treatment, and radiological data were recorded. Categorized visual acuity was the primary outcome measure.
RESULTS: Of 43 patients identified, visual data were available for 42 patients. Approximately 14% of patients experienced an improvement in visual acuity during therapy, 9% of patients experienced a deterioration, and the remainder were stable. At a mean follow-up of 78 months, 26% of patients were legally blind. Children aged <2 years and patients with a chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumor site were overrepresented in this category. An intraconal location was predictive of poor visual outcome for that eye but was unilateral with normal vision in the contralateral eye.
CONCLUSIONS: Risk factors for long-term visual deterioration are young age, chiasmatic/hypothalamic tumor site, and intraconal tumor site for the involved eye. The most common visual outcome for children with OPG after treatment with chemotherapy is stability. This stability is maintained over the long term for >90% of children without these risk factors.

Vazquez-Mellado MJ, Aguilar C, Rocha-Zavaleta L
Erythropoietin protects neuroblastoma cells against etoposide and vincristine by activating ERK and AKT pathways but has no effect in kidney cells.
Life Sci. 2015; 137:142-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIMS: Chemotherapy induces anaemia in neuroblastoma patients. Cancer-associated anaemia may be treated with recombinant erythropoietin. However, the potential effects of erythropoietin on neuroblastoma and kidney cells have not been extensively evaluated. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of erythropoietin on the proliferation, and protection against vincristine- and etoposide-induced cell death in neuroblastoma (MSN), and embryonic kidney (HEK 293) cells.
MAIN METHODS: The expression of erythropoietin and its receptor in MSN and HEK 293 was analysed by RT-PCR, immunocytochemistry, and Western blotting. The effect of erythropoietin on cell viability and proliferation was evaluated by the MTT assay, and by the Click-iT EdU Alexa Fluor 647 kit, respectively. For the cyto-protective assays, cells were incubated with erythropoietin before etoposide and vincristine treatment. Activation of signalling pathways was studied by Western blotting.
KEY FINDINGS: MSN and HEK 293 cells expressed the erythropoietin receptor, but not erythropoietin. Erythropoietin induced proliferation and protection against vincristine and etoposide in MSN cells. HEK 293 cells were not affected by erythropoietin. Erythropoietin showed an anti-apoptotic effect which was dependent on the activation of ERK1/2 and AKT. HEK 293 cells presented constitutively phosphorylated AKT, and showed no activation of ERK1/2 upon erythropoietin stimulation.
SIGNIFICANCE: These results indicate that erythropoietin induces proliferation of MSN cells, and that it can ameliorate vincristine- and etoposide-induced apoptosis of these cells. Erythropoietin-mediated neuroprotection was regulated by the combined effect of the ERK1/2 and AKT signalling pathways. Our findings provide further insights into the potential effect of erythropoietin on neuroblastoma cells.

Wu M, Fan Y, Lv S, et al.
Vincristine and temozolomide combined chemotherapy for the treatment of glioma: a comparison of solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers for dual drugs delivery.
Drug Deliv. 2016; 23(8):2720-2725 [PubMed] Related Publications
CONTEXT: Glioma is a common malignant brain tumor originating in the central nervous system. Efficient delivery of therapeutic agents to the cells and tissues is a difficult challenge. Co-delivery of anticancer drugs into the cancer cells or tissues by multifunctional nanocarriers may provide a new paradigm in cancer treatment.
OBJECTIVE: In this study, solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs) were constructed for co-delivery of vincristine (VCR) and temozolomide (TMZ) to develop the synergetic therapeutic action of the two drugs. The antitumor effects of these two systems were compared to provide a better choice for gliomatosis cerebri treatment.
METHODS: VCR- and TMZ-loaded SLNs (VT-SLNs) and NLCs (VT-NLCs) were formulated. Their particle size, zeta potential, drug encapsulation efficiency (EE) and drug loading capacity were evaluated. The single TMZ-loaded SLNs and NLCs were also prepared as contrast. Anti-tumor efficacies of the two kinds of carriers were evaluated on U87 malignant glioma cells and mice bearing malignant glioma model.
RESULTS: Significantly better glioma inhibition was observed on NLCs formulations than SLNs, and dual drugs displayed the highest antitumor efficacy in vivo and in vitro than all the other formulations used.
CONCLUSION: VT-NLCs can deliver VCR and TMZ into U87MG cells more efficiently, and inhibition efficacy is higher than VT-SLNs. This dual drugs-loaded NLCs could be an outstanding drug delivery system to achieve excellent therapeutic efficiency for the treatment of malignant gliomatosis cerebri.

Palkar AH, Nair AG, Desai RJ, et al.
Vincristine-Induced Neuropathy Presenting as Ptosis and Ophthalmoplegia in a 2-Year-Old Boy.
J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2015; 52 Online:e34-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
Vincristine is used in the treatment of leukemias, solid tumors, and lymphomas. A case of a 2-year-old boy undergoing treatment for leukemia who developed sudden onset bilateral ptosis and ophthalmoplegia along with generalized neuropathy due to vincristine's neurotoxic effects is presented. He was successfully treated with pyridoxine and pyridostigmine. The possible mechanisms of action and the treatment for vincristine-induced neuropathy are discussed. Prompt treatment and close follow-up is needed, especially in children because prolonged ptosis and motility restriction may have a profound effect on a child's visual function.

Sun QL, Zhao CP, Wang TY, et al.
Expression profile analysis of long non-coding RNA associated with vincristine resistance in colon cancer cells by next-generation sequencing.
Gene. 2015; 572(1):79-86 [PubMed] Related Publications
Vincristine (VCR) is widely used in tumor treatment. However, long-term use of this drug can make tumor cells resistant to it. Furthermore, the mechanisms underlying resistance development are unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) associated with colon cancer drug resistance using next-generation sequencing. A cDNA library of HCT-8 VCR-resistant colon cancer cell was established through PCR amplification. Using HiSeq 2500 sequencing and bioinformatic methods, we identified lncRNAs showing different expression levels in drug-resistant and non-resistant cells, and constructed expression profiles of the lncRNA differences. The pretreatment of data was quality controlled using FastQC software. Transcription of lncRNA was calculated using Fragments Per Kilobase of transcript per Million fragments mapped (FPKM). To reveal the potential functions of these lncRNAs, we applied GO analysis to study the differentially expressed lncRNAs. Total transcript number was higher in resistant cells than in non-resistant colon cancer cells, and high-quality transcripts constituted the major portion of the total. In addition, 121 transcripts showed significantly different expression in VCR-resistant and non-resistant cells. Of these, we observed 23 up-regulated and 20 down-regulated lncRNAs (fold change >10.0). This is the first report of the expression profile of lncRNA of VCR-resistant colon cancer cells. Abnormal lncRNA expression was associated with VCR resistance in colon cancer cells and these expression differences may play a key role in VCR resistance of these cells.

Chao MW, Lai MJ, Liou JP, et al.
The synergic effect of vincristine and vorinostat in leukemia in vitro and in vivo.
J Hematol Oncol. 2015; 8:82 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Combination therapy is a key strategy for minimizing drug resistance, a common problem in cancer therapy. The microtubule-depolymerizing agent vincristine is widely used in the treatment of acute leukemia. In order to decrease toxicity and chemoresistance of vincristine, this study will investigate the effects of combination vincristine and vorinostat (suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA)), a pan-histone deacetylase inhibitor, on human acute T cell lymphoblastic leukemia cells.
METHODS: Cell viability experiments were determined by 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, and cell cycle distributions as well as mitochondria membrane potential were analyzed by flow cytometry. In vitro tubulin polymerization assay was used to test tubulin assembly, and immunofluorescence analysis was performed to detect microtubule distribution and morphology. In vivo effect of the combination was evaluated by a MOLT-4 xenograft model. Statistical analysis was assessed by Bonferroni's t test.
RESULTS: Cell viability showed that the combination of vincristine and SAHA exhibited greater cytotoxicity with an IC50 value of 0.88 nM, compared to each drug alone, 3.3 and 840 nM. This combination synergically induced G2/M arrest, followed by an increase in cell number at the sub-G1 phase and caspase activation. Moreover, the results of vincristine combined with an HDAC6 inhibitor (tubastatin A), which acetylated α-tubulin, were consistent with the effects of vincristine/SAHA co-treatment, thus suggesting that SAHA may alter microtubule dynamics through HDAC6 inhibition.
CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that the combination of vincristine and SAHA on T cell leukemic cells resulted in a change in microtubule dynamics contributing to M phase arrest followed by induction of the apoptotic pathway. These data suggest that the combination effect of vincristine/SAHA could have an important preclinical basis for future clinical trial testing.

Chen MB, Jiang Q, Liu YY, et al.
C6 ceramide dramatically increases vincristine sensitivity both in vivo and in vitro, involving AMP-activated protein kinase-p53 signaling.
Carcinogenesis. 2015; 36(9):1061-70 [PubMed] Related Publications
Use of the conventional cancer chemotherapy (i.e. vincristine) is limited in tumor cells exhibiting pre-existing or acquired resistance. Here, we found that C6 ceramide (C6) dramatically sensitized vincristine's activity. In vitro, C6 and vincristine coadministration induced substantial necrosis and apoptosis in multiple human cancer cell lines, which were accompanied by a profound AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation, subsequent p53 activation, mTORC1 inactivation and Bcl-2/HIF-1α downregulation. Such synergistic effects were attenuated by AMPK inactivation through genetic mutation or short hairpin RNA silencing. Coadministration-activated p53 translocated to mitochondria, and formed a complex with cyclophilin-D, leading to mitochondrial permeability transition pore opening and cell necrosis. Disrupting p53-Cyp-D complexation through pharmacological or genetic means reduced costimulation-induced cytotoxicity. In vivo, a liposomal C6 was synthesized, which dramatically enhanced the antiproliferative activity of vincristine on HCT-116 or A2780 xenografts. Together, C6 sensitizes vincristine-induced anticancer activity in vivo and in vitro, involving activating AMPK-p53 signaling.

Haverkamp H, Böll B, Eichenauer DA, et al.
Impact of Bleomycin and Vincristine Dose Reductions in Patients With Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma Treated With BEACOPP: An Analysis of the German Hodgkin Study Group HD12 and HD15 Trials.
J Clin Oncol. 2015; 33(22):2430-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: The role of bleomycin and vincristine in the treatment of patients with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is unclear, and the impact of dose reductions of these drugs on outcome and tolerability has not been systematically assessed. Because both drugs can cause significant toxicity and are frequently discontinued, we performed an analysis of patients with HL treated with BEACOPP (bleomycin, etoposide, adriamycin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, procarbazine, and prednisone) in the German Hodgkin Study Group HD12 and HD15 trials.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Characteristics and outcome of patients were analyzed with respect to discontinuation of bleomycin and/or vincristine.
RESULTS: With 3,309 patients with HL analyzed, bleomycin was discontinued in 17.6% and vincristine in 32.6%. A total of 157 patients (4.7%) received ≤ four cycles of bleomycin, and 218 (6.6%) received ≤ three cycles of vincristine; these were compared with patients receiving > four cycles of bleomycin or > three cycles of vincristine, respectively. After a median follow-up of 59 and 67 months for progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS), respectively, there was no significant difference in PFS or OS in patients receiving ≤ or > four cycles of bleomycin (5-year PFS difference, 1.7%; 95% CI, -4.2% to 7.6%; 5-year OS difference, 1.5%; 95% CI, -2.6% to 5.5%). Similarly, there was no significant difference in patients receiving ≤ or > three cycles of vincristine (5-year PFS difference, -1.3%; 95% CI, -5.6% to 3.1%; 5-year OS difference, -0.1%; 95% CI, -3.1% to 2.9%).
CONCLUSION: Bleomycin and vincristine discontinuation because of drug-specific adverse effects does not affect the efficacy of treatment in this setting.

Depani S, Banda K, Bailey S, et al.
Outcome is unchanged by adding vincristine upfront to the Malawi 28-day protocol for endemic Burkitt lymphoma.
Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015; 62(11):1929-34 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: We previously reported a 28-day treatment protocol for children with endemic Burkitt lymphoma (BL) which included four doses of cyclophosphamide (CPM), intrathecal methotrexate and hydrocortisone (IT MTX/HC) at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Malawi which resulted in an Event-Free Survival (EFS) of 50% at 1 year.
METHODS: In an attempt to improve survival whilst maintaining acceptable toxicity, brevity, low-cost and a standard treatment for all patients, four doses of vincristine (VCR) at 1.5 mg/m(2) were added to the backbone of CPM 40 mg/kg on day 1 and 60 mg/kg on days 8,18 and 28 and IT MTX /HC 12.5 mg on days 1,8,18 and 28.
RESULTS: Seventy cytology confirmed cases of BL, 42 males and 28 females with a median age of 80 years, were treated with this protocol between January 2010 and April 2012. Four percent had St Jude Stage I disease; 29% Stage II; 30% Stage III and 37% Stage IV. Disease site in order of frequency was face (64%); abdomen (47%); CSF (26%) and paraspinal (17%). There were two on-treatment deaths. Sixty-three percent required antibiotics and 19% required blood transfusion. Eighty-one percent of patients achieved complete clinical remission at day 28. Overall predicted EFS at 1 year was 48%; 100% in Stage I, 83% in Stage II, 24% in Stage III and 32% in Stage IV disease. EFS was significantly worse in patients with Stage III/IV disease (P = 0.002) and paraplegia (P = 0.002).
CONCLUSION: The addition of vincristine to the Malawi 28 day BL treatment protocol did not improve survival.

Yang L, Yu L, Chen X, et al.
Clinical Analysis of Adverse Drug Reactions between Vincristine and Triazoles in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Med Sci Monit. 2015; 21:1656-61 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Vincristine (VCR) is a major chemotherapy drug for treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Triazole antifungal drugs (AFD) are the main agents for the prevention/treatment of invasive fungal infection (IFI), a common complication during the treatment of ALL. This study investigated the adverse drug reactions (ADRs) between VCR and AFD.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on 68 children with ALL (39 boys and 29 girls, median age: 5 years) who were treated with VCR chemotherapy (a total of 136 cases, including both induction and reinduction phases) from January 2012 to December 2013 in our hospital. These cases were divided into 4 groups: the control group without AFD prevention/treatment (n=44), the Itra group receiving itraconazole oral solution (n=44), the Fluc group receiving intravenous fluconazole (n=42), and the Vori group receiving voriconazole oral tablets (n=6). The ADRs in each group was recorded and compared.
RESULTS: The incidence of ADRs in the Itra and Vori groups were significantly higher compared with the Fluc and the control group (P<0.05). The incidence of ADRs in the Itra group was significantly higher than that in the Vori group, whereas there was no difference in the incidence between the Fluc and control group.
CONCLUSIONS: Given the lower incidence of ADRs between VCR and fluconazole compared with voriconazole or itraconazole, it is relatively safer to use fluconazole in ALL patients receiving VCR chemotherapy. The occurrence of ADRs should be closely monitored when triazoles must be administered concomitantly with VCR.

DEN Otter W, Hack M, Jacobs JJ, et al.
Effective Treatment of Transmissible Venereal Tumors in Dogs with Vincristine and IL2.
Anticancer Res. 2015; 35(6):3385-91 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIM: To improve treatment of inoperable transmissible venereal tumors (TVTs) in dogs. Recently, we showed that TVT is sensitive to intratumoral treatment with interleukin-2 (IL2). In addition it is known that TVT is sensitive to intravenous treatment with vincristine. In the present study we tried to establish the therapeutic effect of intratumoral treatment with vincristine and IL2.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We treated 12 dogs with TVT with 1-4 intratumoral treatments with vincristine and IL-2. Per treatment we used vincristine (0.5-0.7 mg/m(2)) and IL2 (2×10(6) units). The injections were given at weekly intervals.
RESULTS: Early therapeutic effects were: three complete regressions, four partial regressions, three stable disease, and two progressive disease. Late therapeutic effects were established 45-60 months after the first presentation; there were five complete regressions, no partial regressions, nor stable or progressive diseases. Interestingly, all five dogs with late therapeutic effects were in good health. No tumor recurrence was noted.
CONCLUSION: Intratumoral treatment of TVT with vincristine and IL2 appears to have impressive therapeutic effects.

Wasserman JD, Mahant S, Carcao M, et al.
Vincristine for successful treatment of steroid-dependent infantile hemangiomas.
Pediatrics. 2015; 135(6):e1501-5 [PubMed] Related Publications
Infantile hemangiomas (IHs) are common, although systemic therapy has been generally limited to circumstances of potential compromise of vital functions (airway, vision, feeding, or cardiac), risk of disfigurement, or bleeding. IHs have previously been shown to express high levels of type III deiodinase, which catabolizes active thyroid hormone, resulting in a state of severe hypothyroidism, termed "consumptive hypothyroidism." We describe an infant with diffuse hepatic hemangiomas who developed consumptive hypothyroidism who was initially treated successfully with systemic glucocorticoids and β-blockers. Several efforts to wean her medications were unsuccessful. She subsequently developed severe growth restriction and treatment alternatives were sought. Although previously limited to treatment of life-threatening hemangiomas, a trial of vincristine was initiated. She was ultimately weaned from all systemic therapies, with recovery of a normal growth trajectory. This case highlights broader indications for vincristine as a safe and effective systemic therapy for treatment of IHs. It also stresses the importance of close anthropometric monitoring of infants and toddlers receiving glucocorticoid therapy and intervention when growth compromise becomes evident.

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