Pierluigi Porcu

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T-cell expression of programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) down-regulates the immune response against malignancy by interacting with cognate ligands (eg, PD-L1) on tumor cells; however, little is known regarding PD-1 and natural killer (NK) cells. NK cells exert cytotoxicity against multiple myeloma (MM), an effect enhanced through novel therapies. We show(More)
This handsome volume would be a valuable addition to the bookshelf of anyone involved in the management of patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. The scope of the book is very wide and at 866 pages long, it is able to provide a quite comprehensive treatment of most of the critically important areas in lymphoma biology, aetiology, diagnosis, assessment and(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of autologous stem-cell transplantation during the first remission in patients with diffuse, aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma classified as high-intermediate risk or high risk on the International Prognostic Index remains controversial and is untested in the rituximab era. METHODS We treated 397 patients who had disease with an(More)
BACKGROUND The sacrococcygeal area is the most frequent site of teratoma in infants, but it is a rare location for teratoma in adults. METHODS The authors report two patients in their sixth decade of life with the pathologic diagnosis of sacrococcygeal teratoma. The clinical presentations, the histologic findings, and the patients' clinical outcomes are(More)
Sézary syndrome (SS) is an aggressive leukaemia of mature T cells with poor prognosis and limited options for targeted therapies. The comprehensive genetic alterations underlying the pathogenesis of SS are unknown. Here we integrate whole-genome sequencing (n=6), whole-exome sequencing (n=66) and array comparative genomic hybridization-based copy-number(More)
PURPOSE To assess the role of high-dose chemotherapy as initial salvage chemotherapy in patients with relapsed testicular cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS From August 1992 to April 1998, 65 patients with testicular cancer were treated with high-dose carboplatin and etoposide followed by peripheral-blood stem-cell transplantation or autologous bone marrow(More)
PURPOSE Flavopiridol downmodulates antiapoptotic proteins associated with resistance to fludarabine and rituximab and is effective against p53-mutated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We conducted a phase I study of flavopiridol, fludarabine, and rituximab (FFR) in patients with mantle-cell lymphoma (MCL), indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (B-NHL),(More)
Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL) represent a major health problem worldwide, and incidence has been on the rise continuously for the last few decades. It is estimated that approximately 55,000 new cases of NHL will be diagnosed in the United States in 1998 and that slightly fewer than 25,000 patients will die of treatment failure or recurrent disease. The(More)
PURPOSE The incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), the fifth most common malignancy in the United States, has increased over 70% in the last 30 years. Fifty percent to 75% of patients with low-grade or follicular NHL respond to rituximab therapy. However, responses are generally of limited duration, and complete responses are rare. Preclinical work(More)