Elisa Bonetti

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Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) have recently been employed in cell-based therapy (CBT) to promote neovascularization and regeneration of ischemic organs, such as heart and limbs. Furthermore, EPCs may be recruited from bone marrow by growing tumors to drive the angiogenic switch through physical engrafting into the lumen of nascent vessels or paracrine(More)
PURPOSE In the WHO diagnostic classification, prefibrotic myelofibrosis (pre-MF) is included in the category of primary myelofibrosis (PMF). However, strong evidence for this position is lacking. PATIENTS AND METHODS We investigated whether pre-MF may be aligned along a clinical and biological continuum in 683 consecutive patients who received a WHO(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia is a common complication of inflammatory bowel disease, but its epidemiology may be changing due to earlier diagnosis and improved treatments. We investigated the prevalence and pathogenesis of anemia in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. DESIGN AND METHODS In a cross-sectional study 263 out-patients with inflammatory bowel(More)
Circulating endothelial cells (CECs) are associated with neoangiogenesis in various malignant disorders. Using flow cytometry, we studied CECs in 128 patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS patients had higher CEC levels than controls (P<0.001), and an inverse relationship was found between CECs and international prognostic scoring system risk(More)
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) home from the bone marrow to the site of tissue regeneration and sustain neovascularization after acute vascular injury and upon the angiogenic switch in solid tumors. Therefore, they represent a suitable tool for cell-based therapy (CBT) in regenerative medicine and provide a novel promising target in the fight against(More)
Rats treated with ricin, an inhibitor of protein synthesis, at the dose of 1 mug/100 g body weight, developed within 72 hours a severe liver necrosis. Protein synthesis was practically unchanged. The ultrastructural changes that ricin induces in rat liver were investigated. The earliest changes were observed in sinusoidal cells which were progressively(More)
The present work tested the estrogenic activity of three weak environmental estrogens p,p'DDT [1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethane], p,p'DDE [1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethylene] and betaBHC [beta-benzene-hexachloride] in the transgenic estrogen-reporter mouse model (ERE-tK-LUC). By a time dependent analysis of the transgenic reporter(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may be recruited from bone marrow to sustain tumor vascularisation and promote the metastatic switch. Understanding the molecular mechanisms driving EPC proliferation and tubulogenesis could outline novel targets for alternative anti-angiogenic treatments. Store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE), which is activated(More)
Two putative types of circulating endothelial progenitor cells have been recently identified in vitro: (1) endothelial colony-forming cell (ECFC) and (2) colony-forming unit-endothelial cell (CFU-EC). Only the former is now recognized to belong to endothelial lineage. We have used the ECFC and CFU-EC assays to readdress the issue of the clonal relation(More)
We analysed by immunocytochemistry metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 expression in bone marrow cells from 54 acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients, 153 myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients, and 52 non-haemopathic subjects, in order to evaluate whether MMP expression abnormalities were associated with relevant laboratory or clinical findings. In normal(More)