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Stem cell transplantation is used widely in the management of a range of diseases of the hemopoietic system. Patients are immunosuppressed profoundly in the early posttransplant period, and reactivation of cytomegalovirus (CMV) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Adoptive transfer of donor-derived CMV-specific CD8+ T cell clones has been(More)
The introduction of imatinib mesylate has changed attitudes towards hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Information on the current use and results of HSCT is warranted. Data from 592 teams in 42 European countries described their use of HSCT for CML from 1990 to 2004. Outcomes were analyzed for 13,416 patients,(More)
BACKGROUND More than half of patients with multiple sclerosis have progressive disease characterised by accumulating disability. The absence of treatments for progressive multiple sclerosis represents a major unmet clinical need. On the basis of evidence that mesenchymal stem cells have a beneficial effect in acute and chronic animal models of multiple(More)
Using comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), aberrations in DNA copy number were studied before and after transformation of follicular lymphoma to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in six patients (15 lymph node biopsies in total). The most common and also the most discrete and intense amplification occurring in four out of 15 biopsies from three different(More)
Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) consolidation remains the treatment of choice for patients with relapsed diffuse large B cell lymphoma. The impact of rituximab combined with chemotherapy in either first- or second-line therapy on the ultimate results of ASCT remains to be determined, however. This study was designed to evaluate the benefit of(More)
Two families with inherited abnormalities in Na and K transport across the red cell membrane are described. Both presented with 'pseudohyperkalaemia' as a result of loss of K from the red cells on storage at room temperature. Routine haematology was essentially normal, except for macrocytosis in one family. Studies of the temperature dependence of the(More)
This study reports outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) in 186 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) from the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). The median age was 50 years, and 64% were in first chronic phase (CP1), CP2 13%, accelerated phase 17%, and blast(More)
Both auto-SCT and reduced intensity allo-SCT (RIST) are employed in the treatment of relapsed follicular lymphoma (FL). We have analysed the outcome of these two transplant procedures when used as a first transplant in this setting. We conducted a retrospective comparison of 726 patients who underwent an auto-SCT and 149 who underwent a RIST as a first(More)
We report the outcome of 229 patients who received an allograft for myeloma with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimens from 33 centers within the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). The median age was 52 years and 64% were male. Conditioning regimens were heterogeneous, but most were fludarabine based and T cell depleted with(More)
We assessed clinical results in 145 patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia in chronic phase who satisfied criteria for interferon-alpha failure and were thus eligible for treatment with imatinib at the Hammersmith Hospital. We used univariate and multivariate analyses to develop a risk score based on features defined after treatment for 3 months. We(More)