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The Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is an X-linked recessive immune deficiency disorder characterized by thrombocytopenia, small platelet size, eczema, recurrent infections, and increased risk of autoimmune disorders and malignancies. X-linked thrombocytopenia (XLT) is an allelic variant of WAS which presents with a milder phenotype, generally limited to(More)
BACKGROUND X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is a hereditary immunodeficiency characterized by an early onset of recurrent bacterial infections, a profound deficiency of all immunoglobulin isotypes and a markedly reduced number of peripheral B lymphocytes. Eighty-five percent of the patients with this phenotype have mutations in Bruton's tyrosine kinase(More)
A questionnaire-based retrospective clinical and immunological survey was conducted in 73 males with a definite diagnosis of X-linked agammaglobulinemia based on BTK sequence analysis. Forty-four were sporadic and 29 familial cases. At December 2000, the patients' ages ranged from 2 to 33 years; mean age at diagnosis and mean duration of follow-up were 3.5(More)
X linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is an immunodeficiency disease caused by mutations in the gene coding for Bruton's agammaglobulinemia tyrosine kinase (BTK), that is involved in signal transduction pathways regulating survival, activation, proliferation, and differentiation of B lineage lymphoid cells. XLA is a primary immunodeficiency disorder(More)
In this study, we analyzed IL-2-activated polyclonal natural killer (NK) cells derived from 2 patients affected by leukocyte adhesion deficiency type I (LAD1), an immunodeficiency characterized by mutations of the gene coding for CD18, the beta subunit shared by major leukocyte integrins. We show that LAD1 NK cells express normal levels of various(More)
beta2 Integrins (CD18) are required for leukocyte migration. In fact, the absence of CD18 results in type-1 leukocyte adhesion deficiency (LAD-1). We analyzed the distribution phenotype and function of dendritic cells (DCs) in three LAD-1 patients with homozygous mutations of CD18. Two of them did not express CD18 (Patients A and C), and the other subject(More)
Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS) is a rare autosomal-recessive disorder characterized by microcephaly, immunodeficiency and predisposition to cancer, mainly B-cell lymphomas. Our 10-years-old female patient with NBS developed T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma (TLBL/ALL). The use of standard chemotherapy in our patient, except for cranial irradiation,(More)
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