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We report a method of purifying, characterizing and expanding endothelial cells (ECs) derived from CD133(+) bone marrow cells, a subset of CD34(+) haematopoietic progenitors. Isolated using immunomagnetic sorting (mean purity 90 +/- 5%), the CD133(+) bone marrow cells were grown on fibronectin-coated flasks in M199 medium supplemented with fetal bovine(More)
Two anti-nerve growth factor receptor (LNGFR or p75NGFR) antibodies, Me20.4 and Me8211, label stromal cells with dendritic features in fresh smears and in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded human bone marrow (BM). The LNGFR+ cells have an oval nucleus, a scanty cytoplasm with long dendrites that intermingle with the hematopoietic cells, line the abluminal(More)
It is now well established that solid tumour growth depends on angiogenesis. However, less is known about the generation of new vessels in haematological malignancies and, in particular, in preleukaemic-myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). In this study, bone marrow microvessel density (MVD) was assessed by immunohistochemistry and compared in trephine biopsies(More)
The aim of the present study is to determine whether the expansion and mobilization of circulating bone marrow (BM) stem cells by in vivo treatment with granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and stem cell factor (SCF) increase the amount of BM-derived neuronal cells in mouse brain. The presence of BM-derived cells in the brain was traced by(More)
Bone marrow (BM) is a rich source of stem cells and may represent a valid alternative to neural or embryonic cells in replacing autologous damaged tissues for neurodegenerative diseases. The purpose of the present study is to identify human adult BM progenitor cells capable of neuro-glial differentiation and to develop effective protocols of(More)
Retroviral transduction of hematopoietic cells has resulted in unsatisfactory gene marking in clinical studies. Since cytokine-stimulated stem cells have engrafted poorly in animal models, we investigated phenotypic changes during culture of peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC). Human CD34+ HLA-DRlow cells, immunomagnetically separated from PBPC(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Clozapine is a diabenzodiazepine derivative characterized by a high therapeutic index in schizophrenic patients resistant to traditional neuroleptic drugs, because of the rarity of any extrapyramidal side effects, and its particular hematologic toxicity. According to the international literature, clozapine-induced neutropenia occurs(More)
Summary:Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be delivered through a transdermal therapeutic system (TTS). The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of fentanyl TTS in treating oral mucositis pain in 75 adult hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients. The analysis was based on 62 patients who developed mucositis. Pain control was assessed(More)
Seventeen cases of myelodysplastic syndrome (10 primary and seven secondary to previous radio-chemotherapy), characterized by trilineage dysplasia, severe bone marrow fibrosis and a high number of megakaryocytes, are described. All of these patients had similar clinical and prognostic features consisting of pancytopenia, modest or absent visceral(More)
We evaluated different culture conditions to obtain a lineage-selected proliferation of clonogenic megakaryocytic progenitors (MP). In low-density (LD) or CD34+ cell cultures, the best results were obtained in serum-free medium in the presence of megakaryocyte growth and development factor, stem cell factor, interleukin-3 (IL-3), IL-6, IL-11, FLT-ligand,(More)