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Current treatment guidelines for HIV infection recommend a relatively late initiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Nevertheless, there is still a concern that immune recovery may not be as complete once CD4+ T cells have decreased below a certain threshold. This study addressed the long-term response of CD4+ T-cell counts in patients on(More)
BACKGROUND Altered T cell subset distribution patterns in uninfected individual highly exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have been explained either as a consequence of viral exposure or as a surrogate marker of low susceptibility to infection. METHODS Multiple genetic and immunological parameters were studied prospectively in 21(More)
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are deregulated in several tumors, although their role in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is mostly unknown.We have examined the expression of the lncRNA HOX antisense intergenic RNA myeloid 1 (HOTAIRM1) in 241 AML patients. We have correlated HOTAIRM1 expression with a miRNA expression profile. We have also analyzed the(More)
Interleukin (IL) 4 is a key T helper-2 cytokine that downregulates and upregulates CCR5 and CXCR4, respectively, the main coreceptors for HIV. Our objective is to investigate whether single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the IL-4 receptor α chain gene (IL4RA) affect HIV infection and its progression to AIDS. The I50V SNP in exon 5 and the haplotypes of(More)
Transfusion-dependency is associated with poor prognosis in patients with MDS although the causal link for such association is disputed. This study tests thee hypotheses on the association between transfusion burden and prognosis in the MDS: (1) the cumulative transfusion burden is a confounder merely reflecting the time elapsed from diagnosis; (2) it is a(More)
Tuberculous arthritis of the elbow joint is not commonly seen by orthopaedic physicians. In the past 20 years, with the pandemic of the human immunodeficiency virus and the increase in immunocompromised people, we have observed a resurgence of tuberculosis. Osteoarticular involvement has increased, too. Spinal and monoarthritis of weight-bearing joints such(More)
Lenalidomide is an effective drug in low-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) with isolated del(5q), although not all patients respond. Studies have suggested a role for TP53 mutations and karyotype complexity in disease progression and outcome. In order to assess the impact of complex karyotypes on treatment response and disease progression in 52(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) is a common opportunistic infection among HIV-infected people, and rifampicin is an important drug for the treatment of TB. However, administration of rifampicin in combination with antiretroviral therapy, particularly protease inhibitors, is difficult because of drug-drug interactions. METHODS We have performed a prospective(More)
BACKGROUND Red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunization is a major problem in chronically transfused patients because of the risk of hemolytic reactions and limited availability of compatible blood. This study was aimed at determining the characteristics of RBC alloimmunization in transfusion-dependent patients with myelodysplastic syndrome or chronic(More)