Katerina Katsibardi

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PURPOSE To investigate adipocytokine secretion, at diagnosis and during chemotherapy in children with the acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). PATIENTS AND METHODS Serial measurements (6/patient) of the anti-inflammatory cytokine adiponectin and the proinflammatory adipocytokines leptin and resistin were performed at diagnosis and in nearly the entire(More)
PURPOSE To investigate peptide YY (PYY) and ghrelin secretion, at diagnosis and during chemotherapy in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). PATIENTS AND METHODS Measurements were performed at diagnosis, after the induction-consolidation phase and at standard time points before each cycle in 9 patients with ALL aged 2 to 7 years (median 4.3(More)
OBJECTIVES The clinical presentation, severity and outcome of enteroviral infections in children with malignancy were studied. METHODS All cases of enteroviral infections in a University Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit were assessed, during a 5-year period. RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry and indirect immunofluorescence assay were performed to document(More)
Juvenile xanthogranuloma (JXG) is a rare benign disorder of unknown pathogenesis, usually a self-limited condition. Extracutaneous systematic involvement is infrequent. We report one of the few documented cases of congenital systemic JXG, presenting with fever, jaundice, hepatosplenomegaly, ascites, pancytopenia, and delayed skin involvement. Liver biopsy(More)
FLT3 mutations are occasionally observed in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). These most frequently manifest as internal tandem duplications (ITD) and activation loop (AL) mutations. This study investigated the incidence of FLT3 mutations in 86 pediatric patients diagnosed with ALL and the co-presence of common RAS mutations. A 2.3% (2/86) FLT3/AL(More)
We evaluated minimal residual disease (MRD) in 91 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) by PCR amplification of clonal rearrangements, immunoglobulin (IgH; VDJ rearrangement, CDR3 region) and T-cell receptor (TCRdelta). Sequential monitoring of MRD was performed at different time points during and after chemotherapy and was correlated to patient(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the nucleophosmin (NPM1) gene have been solely associated with childhood acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We evaluated the frequency of NPM1 mutations in childhood AML, their relation to clinical and cytogenetic features and the presence of common FLT3 and RAS mutations. RESULTS NPM1 mutations were found in 8% of cases. They involved(More)
The incidence, type and mortality of bacteremias were evaluated in a pediatric patient cohort, during the entire course of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Eighty-six patients with newly diagnosed ALL were studied. A bacteremic episode was defined as blood isolation of a pathogen in the presence of clinical symptomatology of septicaemia.(More)
We analyzed the CDR3 region of 80 children with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) using the ImMunoGeneTics Information System and JOINSOLVER. In total, 108 IGH@ rearrangements were analyzed. Most of them (75.3%) were non-productive. IGHV@ segments proximal to IGHD-IGHJ@ were preferentially rearranged (45.3%). Increased utilization of IGHV3(More)
Enteroviruses can cause severe manifestations in children with malignancy. Infection-associated hemophagocytic syndrome (IAHS) due to enterovirus is a rare entity in children. Patients with malignancy and IAHS due to enterovirus were retrospectively evaluated at the University of Athens’ Hematology-Oncology pediatric unit within a 6-year period (2000–2006).(More)