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We and others have recently identified a novel recurring t(4;14)(p16.3; q32) translocation in multiple myeloma (MM) that leads to an apparent deregulation of the FGFR3 and WHSC1/MMSET genes. Because the presence of IGH-MMSET hybrid transcripts has been found in MM cell lines with t(4;14), they may represent a specific tumor-associated marker in MM. In this(More)
It has been demonstrated that cardiac output and pulmonary, gastroduodenal, pancreatic, and splenic blood flow increases after portacaval shunt operations. This report concerns a study of cerebral haemodynamics and metabolism in eight patients with cirrhosis of the liver, examined both before and after portacaval surgical anastomosis. The patients were(More)
A retrospective study of 103 patients with essential thrombocythemia was carried out to evaluate the incidence of thrombohemorrhagic complications and establish whether there were any correlations between these events and clinical or laboratory data. At onset or during the course of the disease, 26 patients (25.2%) presented thrombotic and 12 (11.6%)(More)
The t(4;14)(p16.3;q32) in multiple myeloma (MM) leads to an apparent deregulation of the FGFR3 and WHSC1/MMSET genes. FGFR3 mutations, known to be associated with genetic skeletal disorders, have also been identified in a few cases of MM (mainly cell lines) with t(4;14). We investigated FGFR3 mutations in a series of 53 MM cases; 11 cases with t(4;14) and(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Splenectomy is the treatment of choice in the majority of patients affected by idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura refractory to corticosteroid therapy, but it is not free from early and late complications. As the available literature does not seem to contain any precise indications concerning possible factors predicting the(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) is the most common form of plasma cell dyscrasia, characterized by a marked heterogeneity of genetic lesions and clinical course. It may develop from a premalignant condition (monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, MGUS) or progress from intramedullary to extramedullary forms (plasma cell leukemia, PCL). To provide(More)
Chromosomal translocations involving the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) locus at chromosome 14q32 represent a common mechanism of oncogene activation in lymphoid malignancies. In multiple myeloma (MM), the most consistent chromosomal abnormality is the 14q+ marker, which originates in one third of cases through a t(11; 14)(q13; q32) chromosomal(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Cytokines are low molecular weight polypeptides that act as pleiotropic mediators of inflammation and may contribute significantly to regulation of hemostatic balance in both physiologic and pathologic conditions. The purpose of this review is to underline the most significant progresses recently achieved in this rapidly growing(More)