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The aim of the present study was to compare thalidomide-dexamethasone (Thal-Dex) and vincristine-doxorubicin-dexamethasone (VAD) as primary therapy in preparation for autologous peripheral blood stem-cell (PBSC) transplantation for multiple myeloma (MM). For this purpose, we performed a retrospective matched case-control analysis of 200 patients who entered(More)
The aim of the present study was to compare thalidomide-dexamethasone (Thal-Dex) and vincristine-doxorubicin-dexamethasone (VAD) as primary therapy in preparation for autologous peripheral blood stem-cell (PBSC) transplantation for multiple myeloma (MM). For this purpose , we performed a retrospective matched case-control analysis of 200 patients who(More)
Hematopoiesis, the process by which the hematopoietic stem cells and progenitors differentiate into blood cells of various lineages, involves complex interactions of transcription factors that modulate the expression of downstream genes and mediate proliferation and differentiation signals. Despite the many controls that regulate hematopoiesis, mutations in(More)
FLT3 mutation and overexpression in most acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients make this tyrosine kinase receptor an attractive therapeutic target. FLT3 kinase inhibitors are actually in clinical trials, thus it is critical to develop a reproducible and standardized method for screening of FLT3 activation and for monitoring its inhibition in response to(More)
In neoplastic patients chemotherapy frequently involves severe myeloid suppression. Sometimes myeloid suppression is the main cause of therapy recycling delay with severe and prolonged neutropenia, anaemia and thrombocytopenia. Our study aimed to verify whether there is a correlation between reticulocyte fractions, reticulocyte indices, myeloperoxidase(More)
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