Benedetta Apollonio

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Stimulation through the B-cell antigen receptor (BCR) is believed to be involved in the natural history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Some cases respond to the in vitro cross-linking of surface immunoglobulin (sIg) with effective activation. In contrast, the remaining cases do not respond to such stimulation, thereby resembling B cells anergized(More)
PURPOSE The emerging role of Toll-like receptors (TLR) in the pathogenesis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) led us to ask whether TLR stimulation may protect CLL cells from drug-induced apoptosis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We cultured in vitro malignant B cells freshly isolated from 44 patients with CLLs in the presence or the absence of different(More)
Immortalized cell lines representative of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) can assist in understanding disease pathogenesis and testing new therapeutic agents. At present, very few representative cell lines are available. We here describe the characterization of a new cell line (PCL12) that grew spontaneously from the peripheral blood (PB) of a CLL(More)
  • Giorgia Simonetti, Maria Teresa Sabrina Bertilaccio, +10 authors Paolo Ghia
  • 2014
The sialic-acid-binding immunoglobulin-like lectin SIGLEC-G is a negative regulator of B-cell receptor-mediated calcium signaling. Its deficiency leads to reduced turnover and increased proliferation and survival of murine B-1a cells. Siglecg(-/-) mice show a premature expansion of polyclonal CD5(+) B cells in the spleen and the peritoneal cavity. Here we(More)
Purpose: The emerging role of Toll-like receptors (TLR) in the pathogenesis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) led us to ask whether TLR stimulation may protect CLL cells from drug-induced apoptosis. Experimental Design: We cultured in vitro malignant B cells freshly isolated from 44 patients with CLLs in the presence or the absence of different(More)
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