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Special Issue "Sickle Cell Anemia: From Genetic Epidemiology to New Therapeutic Strategies"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Immunology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Francoise Bernaudin

Clinical Research, Referral Center for Sickle Cell Disease, CHIC, Creteil Hospital, France
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Interests: sickle cell anemia; stem cell transplantation; hydroxyurea; transfusion; cerebral vasculopathy; alpha-thalassemia; beta-haplotypes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sickle cell anemia is a monogenic disease associated with recurrent painful episodes, inflammation, hemolytic anemia, and progressive multiorgan damage. However, its clinical expression is highly variable and dependent on other genes. The most significant genetic factors associated with its severity are the HbF levels, alpha gene number, and beta-haplotypes. The polymerization of deoxygenated HbS is responsible for red cell sickling, causing impaired blood rheology, intra- and extravascular hemolysis and vaso-occlusion. Hemolytic anemia is associated with cerebral macrovasculopathy, priapism, leg ulcers, and pulmonary hypertension. Blood transfusions remain the mainstay of therapy for all severe crises and the reference treatment for stroke prevention. Hydroxyurea has been the first drug treatment able to reduce the rate of vaso-occlusive crises and acute chest syndromes. New molecules have emerged, such as crizanlizumab, an antibody against the P-selectin adhesion molecule that decreases the crisis rate, or voxelotor (GBT-440), a modulator of hemoglobin oxygen affinity that inhibits polymerization and improves baseline anemia. However, to date, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the only disease-reversing treatment modality and highly successful results obtained with matched-sibling donors support using other donors, such as haplo-identical and unrelated donors, and exploring autologous transplantation modified by gene-therapy.

The present Special Issue aims to describe the physiopathology of this complex disease and to specify the indications and the best period of life to prescribe these different therapeutics in patients with sickle cell anemia.

Dr. Francoise Bernaudin
Guest Editor

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  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Stem cell transplantation (matched-sibling, haploidentical, unrelated, gene therapy)
  • Hydroxyurea
  • Cerebral vasculopathy
  • Transfusion
  • New therapeutic molecules
  • Kidney in sickle cell anemia
  • Pulmonary hypertension and heart involvement
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Retinopathy
  • Vasoreactivity

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