Andrea Bánfi

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Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) are an attractive target for novel strategies in the gene/cell therapy of hematologic and skeletal pathologies, involving BMSC in vitro expansion/transfection and reinfusion. We investigated the effects of in vitro expansion on BMSC pluripotentiality, proliferative ability, and bone-forming efficiency in vivo. BMSC from(More)
Bone marrow stromal cells, obtained from postnatal bone marrow, contain progenitors able to differentiate into several mesenchymal lineages. Their use in gene and cell therapy requires their in vitro expansion and calls for the investigation of the culture conditions required to preserve these cells as a stem compartment with high differentiative potential(More)
From 1973 to 1980, we carried out a controlled study at the National Cancer Institute in Milan to consider the value of a conservative procedure in patients with breast cancer of small size. We randomized 701 patients with breast cancer measuring less than 2 cm in diameter and with no palpable axillary lymph nodes to Halsted radical mastectomy or to(More)
Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) can be easily isolated from adult marrow and contain a population of pluripotent progenitors that can give rise to different mesenchymal lineages both in vitro and in vivo. These properties make BMSCs an attractive target for cell-based therapeutic strategies for a variety of disorders. However, because of their low(More)
From 1973 to 1980 we randomly assigned 701 patients with breast cancer measuring less than 2 cm in diameter and with no palpable axillary lymph nodes to Halsted radical mastectomy (n 349) or to 'quadrantectomy' with axillary dissection and radiotherapy to the ipsilateral breast tissue (n 352). The two groups were comparable in age distribution, size and(More)
From 1973 to 1980, 701 women with small breast cancer (less than 2 cm in diameter) were randomized into two different treatments. 349 patients received classic Halsted mastectomy and 352 patients received quadrantectomy, axillary dissection and radiotherapy on the ipsilateral breast. 24.6% of the patients in the mastectomy group and 27.0% of the patients in(More)
High dose chemotherapy (CT) followed by bone marrow transplant (BMT) is increasingly used for the treatment of both hematological and solid neoplasms, but an understanding of its late consequences on the marrow microenvironment is still only at its beginning. It is in fact known that marrow stroma is damaged by high-dose cytotoxic therapy and by radiation(More)
In a prospective randomized study adjuvant combination chemotherapy with CMF was administered for 12 monthly cycles to 207 patients subjected to radical mastectomy (Halsted or extended) and treatment failure was compared to that observed in 179 patients whose primary therapy consisted only of radical surgery (control group). All patients of both groups had(More)