Claudia Del Fante

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There is great interest in mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) for cell-therapy and tissue engineering approaches. MSCs are currently expanded in vitro in the presence of fetal calf serum (FCS); however, FCS raises concerns when used in clinical grade preparations. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether MSCs expanded in medium supplemented with(More)
This study aimed to ascertain whether extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) is an effective treatment for paediatric patients with refractory graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). From January 1992 to December 2000, 77 children (median age 8.6 years) with either acute (n = 33) or chronic (n = 44) GVHD, resistant to conventional immunosuppressive therapy, were(More)
BACKGROUND Extracorporeal photochemotherapy (EPC) has recently been proposed for the treatment of adults with either acute or chronic GVHD. However, data on children given this therapy are scarce. A Phase I-II study was carried out on EPC in children experiencing GVHD after allogeneic transplantation of HPCs. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Nine patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) is a valid therapeutic option in the treatment of acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD and cGVHD, respectively). No standard clinical and laboratory criteria of response to ECP treatment are available at the moment. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Clinical and laboratory variables on 73 pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND Mesenchymal stromal cells are employed in various different clinical settings in order to modulate immune response. However, relatively little is known about the mechanisms responsible for their immunomodulatory effects, which could be influenced by both the cell source and culture conditions. DESIGN AND METHODS We tested the ability of a 5%(More)
BACKGROUND Recommendations on eligibility criteria for donation of haematopoietic stem cells, management of collection of the cells and follow-up mainly concern unrelated donors. The aim of this study was to analyse the screening of related donors and collection practices at different Italian apheresis centres. MATERIALS AND METHODS A questionnaire(More)
OBJECTIVES Growth factors contained in platelet α-granules initiate and modulate tissue repair and are proposed for the treatment of soft and hard-tissue surgical conditions and in the management of non-healing wounds. Platelet lysate is a hemoderivative obtained from platelet-rich plasma and is capable of releasing a pool of growth factors. Many medical(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) classification has recently been improved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); patients' stratification with those new criteria has implications for patients' prognosis. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS To assess whether the NIH consensus classification (NCC) better predicts survival and response to(More)
Autologous graft is considered the gold standard of graft materials; however, this approach is still limited due to both small amount of tissue that can be collected and to reduced cell viability of cells that can be obtained. The aim of this preliminary study was to demonstrate the efficacy of an innovative medical device called Rigeneracons® (CE certified(More)
The aim of the present work was the development of a powder formulation for the combined delivery of platelet lysate and of a model antibiotic drug, vancomycin hydrochloride (VCM), in chronic skin ulcers. Calcium alginate particles were prepared by freeze-drying beads obtained by ionic gelation method. The experimental conditions adopted permitted the(More)