Katalin Balassa

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Somatic insertions/deletions in the calreticulin gene have recently been discovered to be causative alterations in myeloproliferative neoplasms. A combination of qualitative and quantitative allele-specific polymerase chain reaction, fragment-sizing, high resolution melting and Sanger-sequencing was applied for the detection of three driver mutations (in(More)
BACKGROUND The germline telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) rs2736100_C variant was identified as a susceptibility factor for a variety of solid tumors and recently for myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). METHODS LightCycler melting curve analysis was applied to detect risk alleles of TERT rs2736100_C and Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) rs12343867_C tagging(More)
Nuclear factor kappa B (NFKB) plays an important role in multiple myeloma (MM), and bortezomib affects this pathway. We retrospectively analysed the effect of the NFKB1 -94ins/delATTG polymorphism on the survival of 295 MM patients treated at a single centre. The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 790 (659-921) d in patients with NFKB1 homozygous(More)
CD4+/CD56+ hematodermic neoplasm, formerly known as blastic NK-cell lymphoma, is an uncommon, aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with cutaneous, lymph node, and bone marrow involvement at presentation. The disease is characterized by early leukemic phase; however, central nervous system involvement is rarely reported. Herein we describe two cases of(More)
INTRODUCTION AND AIM The publication summarizes the 2548 stem cell transplantations performed in the period of 1993-2015 in Szent Laszló Hospital, Budapest and provides a detailed discussion of the 425 allogeneic transplantations during 2007-2013. METHOD The analysis explains the major steps of the evolution of allogeneic stem cell transplantation and(More)
Transplantation-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is a serious complication of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) with high mortality rate. We retrospectively studied the frequency, clinical and genetic associations and prognostic effect of TA-TMA, in a total of 425 consecutive adult patients, who underwent(More)
The role of HLA system in allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) outcome is unarguable. In this study we investigated association of HLA-A,-B and-DRB1 alleles with overall survival (OS) in 186 patients undergoing allo-HSCT for lymphoid malignancies. Analyses confirmed significantly better OS for HLA-DRB1∗04 carriers compared with(More)
BACKGROUND Proteasome subunit beta type 1 (PSMB1) rs12717 polymorphism, a single nucleotide polymorphism with unknown functional effect, was recently reported to influence response to bortezomib-based therapy in follicular lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the prognostic impact of this polymorphism in 211 consecutively diagnosed(More)
INTRODUCTION Mutations in Janus kinase 2, calreticulin and thrombopoietin receptor genes have been identified in the genetic background of Philadelphia chromosome negative, "classic" myeloproliferative neoplasms. AIM The aim of the authors was to identify driver mutations in a large myeloproliferative cohort of 949 patients. METHOD A complex array of(More)