Gianluca Schiavoni

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We found an association between the presence of Chlamydia pneumoniae DNA both in osteoporotic bone tissue and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and the increase in circulating resorptive cytokines. Our study was designed to determine whether C. pneumoniae infection may be involved in osteoporosis-associated bone loss. The study included 59 women(More)
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a distinct clinicopathologic entity that responds well to purine analogs but is sometimes difficult to differentiate from HCL-like disorders (e.g., splenic marginal zone lymphoma and HCL variant). We recently identified the BRAF-V600E mutation as the disease-defining genetic event in HCL. In this study, we describe a new,(More)
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) shows unique clinicopathological and biological features. HCL responds well to purine analogs but relapses are frequent and novel therapies are required. BRAF-V600E is the key driver mutation in HCL and distinguishes it from other B-cell lymphomas, including HCL-like leukemias/lymphomas (HCL-variant and splenic marginal zone(More)
The BRAF-V600E mutation defines genetically hairy cell leukemia among B-cell leukemias and lymphomas. In solid tumors, BRAF-V600E is known to aberrantly activate the oncogenic MEK-ERK pathway, and targeted BRAF and/or MEK inhibitors have shown remarkable efficacy in clinical trials in melanoma patients. However, the MEK-ERK pathway status in hairy cell(More)
TM7SF2 gene encodes 3beta-hydroxysterol Delta(14)-reductase, responsible for the reduction of C14-unsaturated sterols in cholesterol biosynthesis. TM7SF2 gene expression is controlled by cell sterol levels through the SREBP-2. The motifs of TM7SF2 promoter responsible for activation by SREBP-2 have not been characterized. Using electrophoretic mobility(More)
The challenging possibility of selectively inducing mitotic death in tumor cells by combining genotoxic agents with the inhibition of G2 checkpoints of the cell cycle is the subject of intensive investigation. We show that very low concentrations (3.5 and 5 nM) of okadaic acid induce mitotic death in two glioblastoma cell lines, in the absence of genotoxic(More)
Tm7sf2 gene encodes 3beta-hydroxysterol Delta(14)-reductase (C14SR, DHCR14), an endoplasmic reticulum enzyme acting on Delta(14)-unsaturated sterol intermediates during the conversion of lanosterol to cholesterol. The C-terminal domain of lamin B receptor, a protein of the inner nuclear membrane mainly involved in heterochromatin organization, also(More)
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a chronic mature B-cell neoplasm with unique clinicopathologic features and an initial exquisite sensitivity to chemotherapy with purine analogs; however, the disease relapses, often repeatedly. The enigmatic pathogenesis of HCL was recently clarified by the discovery of its underlying genetic cause, the BRAF-V600E(More)
1Institute of Hematology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy; 2Hematology, University of Siena and Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Siena, Italy; 3Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Hematology and Clinical Immunology Section, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; 4Department of Medicine, Hematology Section, University of Verona,(More)
The challenging possibility of selectively inducing mitotic death in tumor cells by combining genotoxic agents with the inhibition of G2 checkpoints of the cell cycle is the subject of intensive investigation. We show that very low concentrations (3.5 and 5 nM) of okadaic acid induce mitotic death in two glioblastoma cell lines, in the absence of genotoxic(More)