Odile Maarek

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In the present study, we address the issue of the discontinuation of imatinib mesylate (Gleevec) in chronic myelogenous leukemia with undetectable residual disease for more than 2 years. Twelve patients were included. The median duration of real-time quantitative-polymerase chain reaction (RTQ-PCR) negativity and imatinib therapy were, respectively, 32(More)
Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec), an inhibitor of the BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase, was introduced recently into the therapy of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Several cases of emergence of clonal chromosomal abnormalities after therapy with imatinib have been reported, but their incidence, etiology and prognosis remain to be clarified. We report here a large series(More)
Fanconi's anaemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by progressive bone marrow failure and a susceptibility to cancer. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is the only curative method for restoring normal haematopoiesis, and survival is improved if the transplant is carried out before severe complications occur. However, the(More)
Thirty cases of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) with MYST histone acetyltransferase 3 (MYST3) rearrangement were collected in a retrospective study from 14 centres in France and Belgium. The mean age at diagnosis was 59.4 years and 67% of the patients were females. Most cases (77%) were secondary to solid cancer (57%), haematological malignancy (35%) or both(More)
In this Phase 2 study, we evaluated the efficacy of combination of 5-azacitidine (AZA), valproic acid (VPA), and all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) in patients with high-risk acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Treatment consisted of six cycles of AZA and VPA for 7 days, followed by ATRA for 21 days. Sixty-five patients were enrolled(More)
We describe the long-term follow-up of 50 Fanconi's anaemia patients who were transplanted from a related donor with a median follow-up of >6 years. The survival estimate was 74.4% at 54 months and 58.5% at 100 months. All patients were conditioned with low-dose cyclophosphamide and thoraco-abdominal irradiation. Acute graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) of(More)
Four patients with hepatosplenic T gamma/delta lymphoma, a rare but distinct entity of peripheral T cell lymphoma, are reported on. In each case, cytogenetic studies showed the presence of an Isochromosome 7q and a trisomy 8. A few chromosome studies have previously been reported in this lymphoma subtype but comparison with these published cases confirms(More)
To reveal the relationship between hypodiploidy with 30 to 39 chromosomes and near-triploidy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), we studied 24 patients presenting with one of these aneuploidies among 623 adults with ALL registered in the Leucemie Aigue Lymphoblastique de l'Adulte (LALA) protocols. The 2 ploidy groups presented a striking similarity of(More)
Human blood dendritic cells (DC) comprise plasmacytoid DC (PDC) and myeloid DC (MDC), which both prime antitumor T-cell responses. We prospectively monitored blood DC in 30 chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients before and after imatinib mesylate therapy. We found a dramatic reduction in PDC and MDC prior treatment. This reduction was associated with high(More)
Two patients with chromosome 16 inversion-associated translocation were studied with conventional cytogenetic and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques. The same chromosome 16 was involved in inversion and translocation in both patients. The chromosome translocation breakpoint was located within the heterochromatin of chromosome 16 but(More)