Monica Stefanelli

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Adoptive immunotherapy with tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) and interleukin (IL)-2 is reasonably effective in the treatment of patients with advanced melanoma. However, theoretically it should be of greater benefit as adjuvant therapy, especially in high-risk stages (resected stages III and IV). In a preliminary study, 25 patients (aged 23-72 years)(More)
Alterations in the expression of signal activation molecules, such as the T-cell receptor (TCR) zeta and epsilon chains and p56lck tyrosine kinase, are described in tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL). The aim of this study was to ascertain if such molecules were present in near-tumor-tissue lymphocytes (NTTL) and peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL), as(More)
BACKGROUND We present our experience of therapeutic vaccination using dendritic cells (DC) pulsed with autologous tumor antigens in patients with advanced melanoma. METHODS Twenty-one pretreated advanced melanoma patients were vaccinated with autologous DC pulsed with 100 microg/ml of autologous-tumor-lysate (ATL) or -homogenate (ATH) and 50 microg/ml of(More)
Background: Dendritic Cell (DC) vaccination is a very promising therapeutic strategy in cancer patients. The immunizing ability of DC is critically influenced by their migration activity to lymphatic tissues, where they have the task of priming naïve T-cells. In the present study in vivo DC migration was investigated within the context of a clinical trial(More)
Reticuloendothelial iron kinetics were investigated in a simultaneous dual-isotope study in 10 healthy adult subjects in whom 55Fe-ferric hydroxide phosphate colloid was used to label the reticuloendothelial iron pools, and 59Fe-transferrin was used to define plasma iron kinetics. The simultaneous clearance of 55Fe and 59Fe from plasma and the uptake of(More)
A case of IgA nephropathy is described. The patient had only an attack of Henoch-Schonlein purpura without renal involvement when she was 7 years old. After 6 years of normal urinalysis she developed repeated bouts of gross hematuria and proteinuria. In renal biopsy typical features of Berger's disease were found. This particular case permits to debate(More)
Viral infections are often associated with immunodeficiency states. Although T lymphocytes have been thought to suppress the host's immune response, the precise cellular basis for this phenomenon remains unclear. Therefore, we characterized peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 9 measles virus-infected children by means of monoclonal antibodies directed(More)
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