Malgorzata Kowal

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Given the recent findings on the importance of CD38 signaling in the pathogenesis of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), we hypothesized that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the CD38 gene may be related to B-CLL risk. We evaluated two potentially functional CD38 SNPs, intronic rs6449182 (184C>G) and missense rs1800561 (418C>T, Arg140Trp)(More)
The status of the immune system of patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) is not yet sufficiently characterized. Clinically, B-CLL patients present immunodeficiency increasing along with disease progression and signs of autoimmunity. In the current study, we evaluated the expression of FOXP3 in CD4+CD25hi T regulatory lymphocytes (Treg)(More)
In this prospective randomized trial, we compared the efficacy and toxicity of cladribine (2-CdA) alone to 2-CdA combined with cyclophosphamide (CC) or cyclophosphamide and mitoxantrone (CMC) in untreated progressive chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Study end points were complete response (CR), overall response, minimal residual disease (MRD),(More)
The receptor for hyaluronic acid-mediated motility (RHAMM) is a tumor-associated antigen in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). CD8(+) T cells primed with the RHAMM-derived epitope R3, which is restricted by human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A2, effectively lyse RHAMM(+) CLL cells. Therefore, we initiated a phase I clinical trial of R3 peptide vaccination. Six(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of cladribine (2-chlorodeoxyadenosine, 2-CdA), cytarabine (Ara-C), and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) (CLAG) regimen in refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in the multicenter phase II study. METHODS The induction chemotherapy consisted of 2-CdA 5 mg/m2, Ara-C2 g/m2, and G-CSF. In the case(More)
In this study, we attempted to assess the interactions of resveratrol, a natural compound present in various plant species, with the purine analogues fludarabine and cladribine in terms of their effects on DNA damage and apoptosis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells. The experiments were performed ex vivo using short-term cell cultures of blood and(More)
The immunosuppression accompanies B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) but might be also responsible for disease progression by enabling CLL cells to escape from the immunosurveillance. Some particles involved in the regulation of an immune system might represent prognostic value for B-CLL. Recently we found no correlation between HLA-G on messenger(More)
The aim of the study was efficacy and toxicity evaluation of combination of 2-Chlorodeoxyadenosine (2-CdA) with cytarabine (Ara-C) and G-CSF (CLAG regimen) as reinduction therapy in patients with refractory or relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The protocol stipulated an infusion of 5 mg/m2 of 2-CdA over 2 hours daily for 5 consecutive days. A 4-hour(More)
Despite many therapeutic regimens introduced recently, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is still an incurable disorder. Thus, there is an urgent need to discover novel, less toxic and more effective drugs for CLL patients. In this study, we attempted to assess simvastatin, widely used as a cholesterol-lowering drug, both as a single agent and in(More)