Monica Stefanelli

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We present our experience of therapeutic vaccination using dendritic cells (DC) pulsed with autologous tumor antigens in patients with advanced melanoma. Twenty-one pretreated advanced melanoma patients were vaccinated with autologous DC pulsed with 100 μg/ml of autologous-tumor-lysate (ATL) or – homogenate (ATH) and 50 μg/ml of keyhole limpet hemocyanin(More)
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 of antitumor(More)
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)
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)
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)
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