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We present an analysis of prognostic factors derived from a trial in patients with acute myeloid leukemia older than 60 years. The AML96 trial included 909 patients with a median age of 67 years (range, 61-87 years). Treatment included cytarabine-based induction therapy followed by 1 consolidation. The median follow-up time for all patients is 68 months(More)
Owing to their clinical success, there is growing interest in novel bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) for retargeting of T cells to tumor cells including for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). One potential target for retargeting of T cells to AML blasts is the surface molecule CD33. Here we describe a novel modular targeting platform that consists(More)
Imatinib (Glivec), STI571) is an intracellular acting drug that demonstrates high activity against BCR-ABL-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) or acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). However, many patients, especially with advanced disease, develop drug resistance. Here, we show by a novel high-performance liquid chromatography-based method that(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells have been shown to mediate immunomodulatory effects. They have been used in patients with steroid-refractory acute GVHD (aGVHD), but their relevance as a therapeutic agent targeting aGVHD has still to be defined. In this case series, we report 13 patients with steroid-refractory aGVHD who received BM-derived MSC expanded in platelet(More)
Owing to the more recent positive results with the anti-CD33 immunotoxin gemtuzumab ozogamicin, therapy against acute myeloid leukemias (AMLs) targeting CD33 holds many promises. Here, CD33 and CD123 expression on AML blasts was studied by flow cytometry in a cohort of 319 patients with detailed information on French-American-British/World Health(More)
A major obstacle in defining the exact role of extracellular matrix (ECM) in stem cell niches is the lack of suitable in vitro methods that recapitulate complex ECM microenvironments. Here we describe a methodology that permits reliable anchorage of native cell-secreted ECM to culture carriers. We validated our approach by fabricating two types of human(More)
BACKGROUND Preclinical data and results from non-randomised trials suggest that the multikinase inhibitor sorafenib might be an effective drug for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia. We investigated the efficacy and tolerability of sorafenib versus placebo in addition to standard chemotherapy in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia aged 60 years or(More)
Rituximab, an anti-CD20 chimeric monoclonal antibody, is widely used in hematologic malignancies and has been introduced as a therapeutic option in autoimmune disorders. In recent studies, rituximab has shown promising activity in steroid-refractory chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) at a weekly dose of 375 mg/m2. We now report on 13 subjects after(More)
PURPOSE Retrospective, surrogate marker-based studies have found inconsistent associations between systemic iron overload (SIO) and adverse outcome in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). As a consequence, the impact of SIO in this context remains under debate. The aim of this study was to test whether the objective(More)
BACKGROUND Imatinib mesylate is used in combination with hydroxyurea (HU) in ongoing clinical phase II studies in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). CYP3A4 enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (EIAEDs) like carbamazepine, phenytoin, and oxcarbazepine--as well as non-EIAEDs like valproic acid, levetiracetam, and lamotrigine--are frequently used in(More)