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We have previously found that an increased tumorigenicity and spontaneous metastatic potential of BW5147-derived T lymphoma cells was associated with a decrease in major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I H-2Kk antigen expression. This suggested that H-2Kk antigens may control the tumorigenic potential of BW T lymphoma cells. Our current experiments(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are adult stem cells that can be expanded many fold in vitro and have the therapeutic potential to restore the bone marrow microenvironment and support hematopoietic recovery after myeloablative conditioning for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Successful homing to the target tissue, such as(More)
Genes of the MAGE, BAGE, GAGE, and LAGE-1/NY-ESO-1 families encode antigenic peptides that are presented by HLA class I molecules and that are recognized on human tumors by autologous cytolytic T lymphocytes. These genes are expressed in many solid tumor types but not in normal tissues, except male germline cells. Because the latter cells are devoid of HLA(More)
One of the main characteristics of multiple myeloma (MM) cells is their specific homing and growth in the bone marrow (BM). Differences between stroma-dependent and -independent MM cell lines may reveal key molecules that play important roles in their homing to the BM. We addressed this topic with a murine MM model, including the in vivo 5T33MM (5T33MMvv)(More)
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) has been described as an important factor in proliferation, cell survival and migration of multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Angiogenesis correlates with development and prognosis of the MM disease. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the prominent factors involved in this process. The different functions of(More)
Oncogenic subtypes in childhood B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) are used for risk stratification. However, a significant number of BCP-ALL patients are still genetically unassigned. Using array-comparative genomic hybridization in a selected BCP-ALL cohort, we characterized a recurrent V(D)J-mediated intragenic deletion of the ERG(More)
The presence of ETV6 deletions was investigated in 215 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) using the loss of heterozygosity (LOH) approach. We used four intragenic or juxtagenic microsatellite markers to detect allelic deletions. In this series of unselected patients, LOH of ETV6 markers was found in 23% of cases (6% of T-ALL and 26% of B(More)
The importance of minimal residual disease detection has increased due to the advanced therapeutic protocols available for multiple myeloma and acute leukaemia. High-dose chemotherapy, followed by stem cell transplantation is often used in patients with multiple myeloma. But despite a longer disease-free period and overall survival, all patients relapse. In(More)
High-dose therapy (HDT) and autologous transplantation prolongs remission duration and survival in multiple myeloma (MM), but relapse still occurs at a median of 2 years post-HDT. In order to investigate whether the number of residual tumour cells in the bone marrow (BM) after transplantation can predict the duration of response, a quantitative(More)
MM is a B-cell malignancy mainly characterized by monoclonal expansion of plasma cells in the BM, presence of paraprotein in serum and occurrence of osteolytic bone lesions. MMPs are a family of proteolytic enzymes that can contribute to cancer growth, invasion, angiogenesis, bone degradation and other processes important in the pathogenesis of MM. We(More)