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The V617F JAK2 mutation reported in Ph-negative myeloproliferative diseases (MPDs) induces the constitutive activation of JAK2, which produces an increased phosphorylation of signal transducer activator of transcription (STAT). In this study, we have analyzed a series of 114 patients (54 with polycythemia vera [PV], 44 with essential thrombocythemia [ET],(More)
PURPOSE Polycythemia vera (PV) and essential thrombocythemia (ET) can present in pediatric age as sporadic or familial diseases. To define the biologic profile of childhood PV and ET, we evaluated specific markers in a cohort of pediatric patients affected by PV and ET, including cases with familial occurrence. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty-eight children(More)
HIF2A transcription factor plays a central role in the regulation of the hypoxia responding pathway in mammalian cells, by modulating erythropoiesis and angiogenesis. Molecular alterations of oxygen sensing pathway constituents are implicated in hereditary erythrocytosis. Here we show that 2 members of a family with idiopathic erythrocytosis exhibited a new(More)
Resistance of mouse M5076 (M5) ovarian reticular cell sarcoma to cyclophosphamide (CTX) was obtained in vivo by repeated drug treatment followed by transplantation of the regrowing tumor. After 16 passages, we obtained an M5 subline resistant to CTX (M5-CTX-16R). Median survival times were approximately 29 and 39 days for M5 and M5-CTX-16R, respectively.(More)
UNLABELLED Background The MPL(Ser505Asn) mutation has been reported to be a cause of hereditary thrombocythemia. Recently, we detected this mutation in a large proportion of children with familial thrombocythemia, suggesting that in Italy the incidence of MPL(Ser505Asn) mutation could be underestimated. DESIGN AND METHODS We extended the search for this(More)
In polycythemia vera (PV) and essential thrombocythemia (ET) specific JAK2 mutations constitutively activate the JAK-STAT pathway, explaining biologic findings such as endogenous erythroid colony (EECs) growth or PRV-1 RNA overexpression. Since these markers are detected also in JAK2 wild type patients, we hypothesized that, in these cases, the activation(More)
The two dosage schedules of VP16 that gave the least and the greatest efficacy in Lewis lung carcinoma of the mouse were selected for evaluation of the cytokinetic effects observable in vivo at different intervals after treatment (schedule A: 40 mg/kg IV, on day 8 after transplant; schedule B: 13 mg/kg IV, repeated on days 8, 11 and 14 after transplant).(More)
OBJECTIVE Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected people exhibit a high incidence of vascular diseases. Since in the general population the high cardiovascular risk has been associated with an impaired endothelial cell function, we investigated circulating endothelial progenitor cells in HIV-positive patients. DESIGN We evaluated circulating(More)
In this study we investigated whether neoplastic transformation occurring in Philadelphia (Ph)-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) could involve also the endothelial cell compartment. We evaluated the level of endothelial colony-forming cells (E-CFCs) in 42 patients (15 with polycythemia vera, 12 with essential thrombocythemia, and 15 with primary(More)
Two closely related lines of the same Walker 256 carcinoma in Crl-CD/COBS rats, described as behaving differently as regards tumor growth and host reaction, show different chemotherapeutic sensitivity to cyclophosphamide (CPA). Line B, which induces early cachexia with marked anorexia, is only moderately sensitive to CPA, while line A, which causes mild(More)