Klara Dubravčić

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Hairy cell leukemia is a chronic B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder characterized by clonal proliferation of hairy cells. Treatments of choice are purine analogues, particularly cladribine. We treated thirty patients with cladribine either by continuous 7-day infusion at a daily dose of 0.1 mg/kg or by 2-h infusion for 5 consecutive days at a daily dose of(More)
Lithium is the most widely prescribed mood stabilizer, but the precise molecular mechanisms underlying its therapeutic function are not yet fully elucidated. Recent preclinical and clinical evidence indicates its neuroprotective and neurotrophic effects. As a tight coupling of function and metabolism in the central nervous system between glial cells and(More)
AIM To evaluate the clinical utility of incorporating a novel heavy/light chain immunoassay (HLC) into the existing methods for the assessment of multiple myeloma (MM) patients. METHODS Convenience sera samples from 90 previously treated IgG and IgA MM patients in different disease stages were analyzed. The study was conducted in Clinical Hospital Center(More)
BACKGROUND Residual disease (RD) is an important prognostic factor in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Flow cytometry (FC)-based RD detection is easy to perform, but interpretation requires expert analysis due to individual differences among patients. PROCEDURE We focused at the design of standardized and reproducible RD monitoring in ALL. RD was(More)
Diazene N-phenyl-2-(2-pyridinyl)diazenecarboxamide (JK-279) is a newly synthesized compound, cytotoxic for several tumor cell lines and their drug-resistant sublines. In human cervical carcinoma cells (HeLa), this compound reduced intracellular glutathione content and increased sensitivity to cisplatin. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the(More)
Lymphomas represent the third most common group of cancers in childhood and adolescence, mature B non Hodgkin's lymphoma (B-NHL) accounting for up to 60% of newly diagnosed patients. The diagnosis of specific entities of B-NHL is based on well-defined morphologic analysis, immunophenotyping, cytogenetics and molecular genetics, which determine the optimal(More)
The objective of this report is to explore the balance between serum and synovial fluid levels of interleukin (IL)-18 in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Blood samples were obtained from 81 children with JIA and 18 control children. Synovial fluid samples were collected from 16 children with oligoarticular JIA. Concentrations of IL-18 were(More)
Large-volume leukapheresis (LVL) differs from standard leukapheresis by increased blood flow and an altered anticoagulation regimen. An open issue is to what degree a further increase in processed blood volume is reasonable in terms of higher yields and safety. In 30 LVL performed in patients with hematologic malignancies, 6 total blood volumes were(More)
BACKGROUND Biphenotypic acute leukemia (BAL) is a distinct entity that is immunophenotypically defined by the European Group for the Immunological Classification of Leukemia (EGIL) scoring system and accounts for less than 5% of all acute leukemia cases. Since it is a rare and heterogeneous form of acute leukemia with an allegedly poor outcome, there is no(More)