Goretta Bonacorsi

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We have studied the in vivo tropism of human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) for hemopoietic cells in patients with latent HHV-6 infection. Having used a variety of cell purification, molecular, cytogenetic, and immunocytochemical procedures, we report the first evidence that HHV-6 latently infects early bone marrow progenitor cells and that HHV-6 may be transmitted(More)
Emerging evidence suggests that angiogenic signalling pathways play important role in the patho-biology of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Our goal was to investigate: (i) the spontaneous and hypoxia-induced production of pro-angiogenic factors, VEGF and Ang2, by Real-time PCR and ELISA, (ii) the degree of vascularization in CLL-infiltrated bone marrow(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic lymphocytic leukemia B cells display prolonged survival in vivo, but when cultured in vitro rapidly undergo spontaneous apoptosis. We hypothesize that interactions with endothelial cells in infiltrated tissues and during recirculation may have a pathogenic role in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. DESIGN AND METHODS We evaluated apoptosis(More)
We conducted a population-based study of peripheral lymphomas (PL) that had been diagnosed between 1997 and 2003 in the province of Modena, Italy, with the aim of providing updated incidence, clinical and survival data for these cancers. We evaluated the incidence patterns and time trends of 1582 cases of PL that had been reclassified according to the WHO(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of antibodies against HCV in monoclonal gammopathies with and without cryoglobulinemic activity. METHODS 201 patients were divided into two groups: (I) 94 patients with monoclonal gammopathies with cryoglobulinemic activity, and (II) 107 with monoclonal gammopathies without cryoglobulinemic activity. Cryoglobulins(More)
We describe a case of persistent polyclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (PPBL) studied by morphological, immunological, cytogenetic and molecular analysis. PPBL is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder with an unclear natural history. Although a few cases of malignancies are observed during PPBL, this disorder is usually considered to be an indolent syndrome. A(More)
Immunohistochemistry was used to look for the expression of human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) antigens in a well characterized series of benign, atypical, and malignant lymphoid lesions, which tested positive for the presence of HHV-6 DNA. A panel of specific antibodies against HHV-6 antigens, characteristic either of the early (p41) or late (p101K, gp106, and(More)
The endothelin axis, comprising endothelins (ET-1, ET-2 and ET-3) and their receptors (ET(A)R and ETBR), has emerged as relevant player in tumor growth and metastasis. Here, we investigated the involvement of ET-1/ET(A)R axis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). CLL cells expressed higher levels of ET-1 and ETA receptor as compared to normal B cells. ET-1(More)
The hepatic involvement in Hodgkin's disease, histologically verified in 133 patients who underwent laparotomy or laparoscopy, proved to be singly related to the following clinical findings: result of the liver isotopic scan, liver and/or spleen enlargement, serum albumin less than or equal to 3.5 g/dl, GOT and/or GPT greater than or equal to 20 mU/ml,(More)
Macrophages reside in tissues infiltrated by chronic lymphocytic leukemia B cells and the extent of infiltration is associated with adverse prognostic factors. We studied blood monocyte population by flow cytometry and whole-genome microarrays. A mixed lymphocyte reaction was performed to evaluate proliferation of T cells in contact with monocytes from(More)