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The aim of this multicenter GIMEMA study was to correlate autoimmune complications (AIC) in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) with stage and therapy. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (129/194 cases) and autoimmune thrombocytopenia (35/194 cases) were typically present in advanced and multi-treated disease. Age over the median, stage C and first and(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a novel class of small noncoding RNAs that modulate the expression of genes at the posttranscriptional level. These small molecules have been shown to be involved in cancer, apoptosis, and cell metabolism. In the present study we provide an informative profile of the expression of miRNAs in primary chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)(More)
In order to evaluate the predictive value of positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) in discriminating the presence of a Richter's syndrome (RS) or a second malignancy (SM), as well as to evaluate its prognostic value in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), we retrospectively analyzed the data of 90 patients who, in the(More)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients exhibit a variable clinical course. To investigate the association between clinicobiologic features and responsiveness of CLL cells to anti-IgM stimulation, we evaluated gene expression changes and modifications in cell-cycle distribution, proliferation, and apoptosis of IgV(H) mutated (M) and unmutated (UM)(More)
A retrospective analysis on chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients </=55 years observed at a single institution was performed with the purpose of characterizing the clinical features and outcome of young CLL and of identifying patients with different prognostic features. Over the period from 1984 to 1994, 1,011 CLL patients (204 [20%] </=55 years of(More)
Recognition of biased immunoglobulin variable (IgV) gene usage in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) may yield insight into leukemogenesis and may help to refine prognostic categories. We explored Ig variable heavy (VH) and light (VL) chain gene usage in highly stable and indolent B-CLL (n=25) who never required treatment over 10 or more years. We(More)
BACKGROUND The finding of hemizygous or homozygous deletions at band 14 on chromosome 13 in a variety of neoplasms suggests the presence of a tumor-suppressor locus telomeric to the RB1 gene. METHODS We studied samples from 216 patients with various types of sporadic tumors or idiopathic pancytopenia, peripheral-blood samples from 109 patients with(More)
Although the coexistence of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) has been sporadically reported in the literature, no systematic studies on this disease association are available. We retrospectively analyzed 46 patients affected by CLL/MPN referred by 15 Italian GIMEMA centers. The aim of this retrospective multicenter(More)
Recent studies have described chromosome 2p gain as a recurrent lesion in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We investigated the 2p gain and its relationship with common prognostic biomarkers in a prospective series of 69 clinical monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (cMBL) and 218 early stage (Binet A) CLL patients. The 2p gain was detected by FISH in 17(More)
The prognostic impact of the presence of a familial trait was analyzed in 1449 patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). A family history of hematologic malignancy (HM) was identified in 181 cases (12.5%) and recorded more frequently among female than male patients (HM: p < 0.05; CLL: p < 0.05). The relative was affected by CLL in 89 cases (6%).(More)