The role of high-dose therapy (HDT) followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) in the treatment armamentarium of aggressive B- and T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is still a matter of debate. In the pre-Rituximab era, the PARMA study demonstrated the superiority of HDT/ASCT over conventional salvage chemotherapy in chemosensitive, relapsed… (More)
The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of both pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP)-27 and PACAP-38 on testosterone, cAMP and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) production by purified rat Leyding cells. Because PACAP-38 shares homology with vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), the effects of VIP and both PACAP and VIP receptor… (More)
The molecular pathogenesis of primary mielofibrosis (PMF) is still largely unknown. Recently, single-nucleotide polymorphism arrays (SNP-A) allowed for genome-wide profiling of copy-number alterations and acquired uniparental disomy (aUPD) at high-resolution. In this study we analyzed 20 PMF patients using the Genome-Wide Human SNP Array 6.0 in order to… (More)
A 9-year-old female received an allogeneic stem cell transplant (SCT) from an ABO-incompatible HLA-matched sibling for β-thalassemia major, without achieving a complete donor chimerism. Subsequently, the patient received five donor lymphocyte infusions, without increasing donor chimerism, and autologous SCT. Due to the persistent bone marrow aplasia, the… (More)
Myeloid Sarcoma may occur in patients with an acute or chronic myeloproliferative disorder as well as de novo, with no apparent sign or symptom of concomitant haematological disease. The patients are preferentially young male and the site of disease localization may vary from central nervous system to pleura and thorax, with a common involvement of the… (More)
107 volunteers learning Reiki-Do self-awareness techniques participated in this study. Results indicate that personality traits in healthy participants might be affected by specific self-awareness training, such as Reiki-Do, with participants' sex playing an independent role.
Autologous stem cell transplantation is considered the standard of care for multiple myeloma patients aged < 65 years with no relevant comorbidities. The addition of drugs acting both on bone marrow microenvironment and on neoplastic plasma cells has significantly increased the proportion of patients achieving a complete remission after induction therapy,… (More)
Recent studies indicate the presence of adenosine binding sites in rat pinealocytes and an effect of their activation on pineal serotonin metabolism. However, controversial data exist, and reports suggest that the role of adenosine in pineal physiology is complex. On this basis, we evaluated the effects of an adenosine analog (N-ethyl-carboxamido-adenosine:… (More)