Special Issue "Lymphoma in Animals"

A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Veterinary Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Massimo Vignoli
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo, Piano D'Accio, 64100 Teramo, Italy
Interests: oncology; ultrasound; surgical clinic; CEUS; computed tomography; interventional radiology
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Dr. Arianna Miglio
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary University Hospital, University of Teramo, Piano d'Accio, 64100 Teramo, Italy
Interests: clinical pathology; hematology and hemato-oncology; transfusion medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The theme of this Special Issue of Veterinary Sciences is Lymphoma.

Lymphoma represents the most frequent hematopoietic cancer in animals and it shows significant overlap with the human disease. Its classification and grading schemes tend to reflect the analogous in people, by grouping lymphomas according to their cytological, clinical and morphological characteristics. Moreover, in human and veterinary medicine, the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system integrates knowledge of not only topography but also immunophenotype, genetic features and molecular aspects.

The scope of this Special Issue is to provide a source for the publication of articles, reviews, case reports, and case studies covering all aspects of this common neoplasm. Particularly, we encourage improving the knowledge and comparative aspects regarding diagnosis, prognosis and therapy in course of Lymphoma between different mammalian species, including humans. This Special Issue should encourage good contact between clinicians, pathologists, and oncologists to support daily work, scientific research, increase knowledge, and to facilitate coordination of clinical research in all species.

Constant work by experts in this area of interest is important so that knowledge can be extended both in terms of early and accurate laboratory diagnoses of these lymphoproliferative diseases and in terms of new comparative prognostic and therapeutic aspects with human diseases.

Prof. Dr. Massimo Vignoli
Dr. Arianna Miglio
Guest Editors

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  • lymphoma
  • dog
  • cat
  • horse
  • ruminant
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
  • prognosis

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Prognostic Value of PD-L1, PD-1 and CD8A in Canine Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Detected by RNAscope
Vet. Sci. 2021, 8(7), 120; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/vetsci8070120 - 29 Jun 2021
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Immune checkpoints are a set of molecules dysregulated in several human and canine cancers and aberrations of the PD-1/PD-L1 axis are often correlated with a worse prognosis. To gain an insight into the role of immune checkpoints in canine diffuse large B-cell lymphoma [...] Read more.
Immune checkpoints are a set of molecules dysregulated in several human and canine cancers and aberrations of the PD-1/PD-L1 axis are often correlated with a worse prognosis. To gain an insight into the role of immune checkpoints in canine diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (cDLBCL), we investigated PD-L1, PD-1 and CD8A expression by RNAscope. Results were correlated with several clinico-pathological features, including treatment, Ki67 index and outcome. A total of 33 dogs treated with chemotherapy (n = 12) or chemoimmunotherapy with APAVAC (n = 21) were included. PD-L1 signal was diffusely distributed among neoplastic cells, whereas PD-1 and CD8A were localized in tumor infiltrating lymphocytes. However, PD-1 mRNA was also retrieved in tumor cells. An association between PD-L1 and PD-1 scores was identified and a higher risk of relapse and lymphoma-related death was found in dogs treated with chemotherapy alone and dogs with higher PD-L1 and PD-1 scores. The correlation between PD-L1 and PD-1 is in line with the mechanism of immune checkpoints in cancers, where neoplastic cells overexpress PD-L1 that, in turn, binds PD-1 receptors in activated TIL. We also found that Ki67 index was significantly increased in dogs with the highest PD-L1 and PD-1 scores, indirectly suggesting a role in promoting tumor proliferation. Finally, even if the biological consequence of PD-1+ tumor cells is unknown, our findings suggest that PD-1 intrinsic expression in cDLBCL might contribute to tumor growth escaping adaptive immunity. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lymphoma in Animals)
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