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The role of monocytes/macrophages in the development and progression of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is poorly understood. Transcriptomic analyses show that monocytes/macrophages and leukemic cells cross talk during CLL progression. Macrophage depletion impairs CLL engraftment, drastically reduces leukemic growth, and favorably impacts mouse survival.(More)
The BioMart Community Portal (www.biomart.org) is a community-driven effort to provide a unified interface to biomedical databases that are distributed worldwide. The portal provides access to numerous database projects supported by 30 scientific organizations. It includes over 800 different biological datasets spanning genomics, proteomics, model(More)
Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) is a genetic, autosomal dominant disease due to expansion of tetraplet (CCTG) repetitions in the first intron of the ZNF9/CNBP gene. DM2 is a multisystemic disorder affecting the skeletal muscle, the heart, the eye and the endocrine system. According to the proposed pathological mechanism, the expanded tetraplets have an RNA(More)
The role of forkhead box P3 (FOXP3) is well-established in T-regulatory cells, but the function of transient FOXP3 expression in activated human conventional T (Tconv) cells is unknown. In the present study, we used 2 approaches to determine the role of FOXP3 in human Tconv cells. First, we obtained Tconv clones from a female subject who is hemizygous for a(More)
Current palliative chemotherapy (CT) regimens achieve clinical benefits in less than 50% of patients treated for metastatic gastric cancers, and long-term survivals are anecdotical. Genetic polymorphisms and differences at the level of transcription in genes involved in biological processes of drug metabolism, DNA repair and drug resistance can explain the(More)
The epigenetic silencing of exogenous transcriptional units integrated into the genome represents a critical problem both for long-term gene therapy efficacy and for the eradication of latent viral infections. We report here that limitation of essential amino acids, such as methionine and cysteine, causes selective up-regulation of exogenous transgene(More)
Control of systemic iron homeostasis is interconnected with the inflammatory response through the key iron regulator, the antimicrobial peptide hepcidin. We have previously shown that mice with iron deficiency anemia (IDA)-low hepcidin show a pro-inflammatory response that is blunted in iron deficient-high hepcidin Tmprss6 KO mice. The transcriptional(More)
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) represents an ideal model for assessing the impact of anemia and tumor hypoxia on the response to radiotherapy (RT). Various treatment strategies aimed at increasing tumor oxygenation in HNSCC patients have been studied and these studies have been fueled by evidence that hypoxia and, unexpectedly, erythropoietin(More)
Nuclear envelope-related muscular dystrophies, in particular those referred to as laminopathies, are relatively novel and unclear diseases, also considering the increasing number of mutations identified so far in genes of the nuclear envelope. As regard LMNA gene, only tentative relations between phenotype, type and localization of the mutations have been(More)
Clinical application of lentiviral vector (LV)-based hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC) gene therapy is rapidly becoming a reality. Nevertheless, LV-mediated signaling and its potential functional consequences on HSPC biology remain poorly understood. We unravel here a remarkably limited impact of LV on the HSPC transcriptional landscape. LV(More)