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Currently, no standard treatment is available for elderly patients with de novo/secondary acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are not eligible for intensive chemotherapy. New, less aggressive therapies are therefore needed. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) are known to reduce proliferation and induce differentiation in hematological malignancies. With(More)
Leukemia stem cell candidates (LSCC) can be enriched from patients with acute myeloid leukemia by high aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity and CD34 expression. We have previously demonstrated the leukemia-initiating activity of ALDH(bright) cells in xenograft transplantation models, as well as in vitro. Applying single-cell long-term culture-initiating(More)
Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDC), formerly known as blastic NK cell lymphoma, is a rare hematopoietic malignancy preferentially involving skin, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. The overall prognosis of BPDC is dismal, with a median overall survival (OS) of only 12 to 14 months despite aggressive chemotherapy. Anecdotal reports suggest that(More)
In multiple myeloma, additional copies of chromosome 11 material, reported to confer an unfavorable prognosis, have been found in 20-45% of patients. To assess the incidence and extent of chromosome 11 aberrations, we performed interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization on CD138+ bone marrow plasma cells of 50 newly diagnosed myeloma patients, using(More)
The European LeukemiaNet classification combines a heterogeneous group of aberrations as adverse-risk abnormalities. Our goal was to investigate the outcomes associated with distinct high-risk chromosomal abnormalities in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We performed a retrospective cohort(More)
BACKGROUND An association between Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and the pathogenesis of multiple myeloma (MM) was postulated recently. The dendritic cells of patients with MM were proposed to be infected with the virus. PATIENTS AND METHODS Bone marrow mononuclear cells (MNC) of 23 patients, 22 with MM and one with MGUS, were cultured(More)
BACKGROUND Acute hyponatraemia after administration of alkylating agents such as cyclophosphamide or ifosfamide has been documented as an infrequent but life-threatening complication. CASE REPORT A 69-year-old female patient with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the salivary glands presented with severe symptomatic hyponatraemia (nadir 112 mmol/l) after(More)
We report about a case of advanced Ewing sarcoma in a 30-year-old woman. Initial treatment was started according to the Euro-Ewing 99 protocol. During the initial therapy, an ifosfamide-induced encephalopathy occurred as status epilepticus. Because of cerebral toxicity, the following chemotherapies went without ifosfamide. During final radiotherapy multiple(More)
Heart and vascular endothelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells are of interest for applications in cell therapy and cardiovascular disease. Differentiation protocols are now sufficiently refined that production of cardiomyocytes, endothelial-and smooth muscle cells is fairly efficient and reproducible. Genetically marked hESCs have been produced in(More)