Johan L. Nielsen

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BACKGROUND Imatinib, a selective inhibitor of the BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase, produces high response rates in patients with chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who have had no response to interferon alfa. We compared the efficacy of imatinib with that of interferon alfa combined with low-dose cytarabine in newly diagnosed chronic-phase CML. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The cause of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a constitutively active BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase. Imatinib inhibits this kinase, and in a short-term study was superior to interferon alfa plus cytarabine for newly diagnosed CML in the chronic phase. For 5 years, we followed patients with CML who received imatinib as initial therapy. METHODS We(More)
In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 363 patients with untreated multiple myeloma were randomized to receive either melphalan-prednisone and thalidomide (MPT) or melphalan-prednisone and placebo (MP). The dose of melphalan was 0.25 mg/kg and prednisone was 100 mg given daily for 4 days every 6 weeks until plateau phase. The dose of(More)
Chronic cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is an acquired autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Previous therapeutic modalities, including alkylating cytostatics, interferon and prednisolone, have been disappointing. However, several case reports and small-scaled studies have demonstrated promising results after treatment with rituximab. We performed a phase II(More)
This paper reports the outcome of an exercise in curve fitting to annual sets of Danish age-specific fertility rates for the years 1962 to 1971 by means of least squares. Functions fitted were a cubic spline, the Hadwiger and Coale-Trussell functions, the gamma and beta densities, two versions of a polynomial, and two of Brass's relational procedures, as(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate angiogenesis in different subtypes of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and to correlate angiogenic scores to clinical endpoints. Pre-therapeutic lymph node biopsies from 308 patients with NHL [107 follicular B-cell lymphoma (FL), 94 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), 107 peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL)] were studied.(More)
The role of iron overload as cause of liver dysfunction has never been studied in detail in patients without concomitant hepatotropic infections who receive multiple transfusions. We therefore investigated the relationship between the extent of hepatocellular injury as reflected by serum levels of aminotransferases (alanine aminotransferase [ALT] and(More)
Increased osteoclastic bone resorption is the major causal factor of bone disease in multiple myeloma. Recently, non-invasive methods have been developed for the estimation of bone resorptive activity. To evaluate the biological sensitivity and clinical usefulness of five biochemical assays for measuring the C-terminal telopeptide of collagen I (ICTP) in(More)
Osteoprotegerin (OPG), the neutralizing decoy receptor for the osteoclast activator RANK ligand, was measured in serum taken from patients with multiple myeloma at the time of diagnosis. Median OPG was lower in the patients with myeloma (7.4 ng/mL; range, 2.6-80; n = 225) than in healthy age- and sex-matched controls (9.0 ng/mL; range 5.1-130; n = 40; P(More)
In order to evaluate the use of recently developed assays of bone metabolism in multiple myeloma we performed a histomorphometric study of bone biopsies in 16 myeloma patients. Furthermore, we measured the levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), soluble IL-6 receptor (IL-6sR), IL-1beta, tumour necrosis factor (TNF) alpha, TNFbeta, and transforming growth factor(More)