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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)
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)
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)
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)
Using fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis, breakpoints involving the long arm of chromosome 1 (1q) were localized in 36 patients with various hematopoietic disorders and rearrangements of the proximal part of 1q, as ascertained with banding techniques. The breakpoint was localized within the satellite II (sat II) domain in 14 patients with various(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)
INTRODUCTION Primary effusion lymphoma is a rare type of B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder which is mainly observed in patients with HIV infection. Lymphomatous cells bridge features of immunoblastic and anaplastic cells with a non-B non-T phenotype and are characterized by the presence of the human herpesvirus 8 genome. We report on the retrospective(More)
A rare atypical myeloproliferative disorder (aMPD) associated with chromosomal translocations involving the short arm of chromosome 8, region p11-p12 has been described. In most patients, the cytogenetic abnormality is a t(8;13)(p12;q12) that fuses fibroblast growth factor receptor 1, the 8p12 key gene, to FIM/ZNF198 gene. Prognosis is poor with frequent(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)