Goretta Bonacorsi

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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)
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)
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)
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 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)
Aim-To evaluate the possible involvement of lymphotropic herpes viruses in Castleman's disease.Methods-Archival formalin fixed, paraffin wax embedded biopsy specimens from 16 HIV negative patients (11 with localised and five of multicentric disease) were studied. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6) and human herpes virus-8 (HHV-8) DNA was(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)
Lenalidomide is an IMID immunomodulatory agent clinically active in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We evaluated the activity of lenalidomide inside an in vitro coculture system of endothelial and CLL cells. Lenalidomide was able to inhibit CLL survival advantage mediated by endothelial contact. Moreover, the marked increase of in vitro(More)