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OBJECTIVE Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a population of multipotent cells that can proliferate and differentiate into multiple mesodermal tissues. We previously reported that monoclonal antibodies to the low-affinity nerve growth factor receptor (alpha-LNGFR) stain bone marrow (BM) mesenchymal cells. We now show that LNGFR antibodies label primitive(More)
The main objective of this study was to investigate whether patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in treatment with long-term therapy imatinib have a different health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) profile compared with the general population. In total, 448 CML patients were enrolled, and the SF-36 Health Survey was used to compare generic HRQOL(More)
BACKGROUND The prophylactic use of fluoroquinolones in patients with cancer and neutropenia is controversial and is not a recommended intervention. METHODS We randomly assigned 760 consecutive adult patients with cancer in whom chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (<1000 neutrophils per cubic millimeter) was expected to occur for more than seven days to(More)
To date, little evidence of miRNA expression/deregulation in multiple myeloma has been reported. To characterize miRNA in the context of the major multiple myeloma molecular types, we generated miRNA expression profiles of highly purified malignant plasma cells from 40 primary tumors. Furthermore, transcriptional profiles, available for all patients, were(More)
BACKGROUND The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in multiple myeloma (MM) has yet to be fully elucidated. To identify miRNAs that are potentially deregulated in MM, we investigated those mapping within transcription units, based on evidence that intronic miRNAs are frequently coexpressed with their host genes. To this end, we monitored host transcript expression(More)
BACKGROUND Thalidomide plus dexamethasone (TD) is a standard induction therapy for myeloma. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of addition of bortezomib to TD (VTD) versus TD alone as induction therapy before, and consolidation therapy after, double autologous stem-cell transplantation in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. METHODS Patients (aged(More)
OBJECTIVES Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with CD34(+) cell selection has recently been used in the treatment of refractory Crohn's disease, showing good safety and promising efficacy. We investigated the safety and efficacy of HSCT with unselected peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) in moderate-severe refractory Crohn's disease.(More)
Various clinical prognostic scoring systems (PSSs) have been suggested as means of selecting high-risk chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF) patients at diagnosis. The WHO has recently proposed strict diagnostic criteria for CIMF, and the European consensus for bone marrow fibrosis (BMF) grading recommends 4 classes. It has been suggested that BMF grading(More)
Although high-dose cyclophosphamide (HD-CTX) is commonly used as a mobilising regimen for autologous peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection, significant morbidity and insufficient harvesting may complicate the procedure. Alternative regimens and lower doses of cyclophosphamide (CTX) have been investigated as possible ways of overcoming these(More)