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The identification of new genetic lesions in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) prompts a comprehensive and dynamic prognostic algorithm including gene mutations and chromosomal abnormalities and their changes during clonal evolution. By integrating mutational and cytogenetic analysis in 1274 CLL samples and using both a training-validation and a(More)
Analysis of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) coding genome has recently disclosed that the NOTCH1 proto-oncogene is recurrently mutated at CLL presentation. Here, we assessed the prognostic role of NOTCH1 mutations in CLL. Two series of newly diagnosed CLL were used as training (n = 309) and validation (n = 230) cohorts. NOTCH1 mutations occurred in(More)
CD49d/alpha4-integrin is variably expressed in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We evaluated its relevance as independent prognosticator for overall survival and time to treatment (TTT) in a series of 303 (232 for TTT) CLLs, in comparison with other biologic or clinical prognosticators (CD38, ZAP-70, immunoglobulin variable heavy chain (IGHV) gene(More)
We analysed the role of dosage, route and frequency of administration of clinical grade interferon-beta (IFN-beta) preparations in inducing anti-IFN-beta antibodies (IFN-beta-Abs) in 5 groups of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients who were respectively treated as follows: 1) weekly intramuscular (i.m.) injections of 30 mg of recombinant(More)
Using monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) termed GL183 and EB6, directed to a novel family of natural killer (NK) specific triggering molecules, four functional subsets of NK cells have been recently defined (GL183+EB6-; GL183+EB6+; GL183-EB6+; GL183-EB6-). In healthy individuals, all these subsets are represented in variable portion. The expression of EB6 and(More)
Identification of prognosticators for Binet A chronic lymphocytic leukemia is important for selecting patients with dismal prognosis. We analyzed CD49d expression in 140 consecutive Binet A chronic lymphocytic leukemia. At diagnosis, CD49d >or=30% (54/140, 38.6%) associated with proliferation markers, namely CD38 >or=30% (p=3.9 x 10(-6)), LDH (p=0.007) and(More)
A fraction of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) cases carry highly homologous B-cell receptors (BCR), i.e. characterized by non-random combinations of immunoglobulin heavy-chain variable (IGHV) genes and heavy-chain complementarity determining region-3 (HCDR3), often associated with a restricted selection of IGVK/L light chains. Such 'stereotyped' BCR(More)
IGHV3-21-using chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a distinct entity with restricted immunoglobulin gene features and poor prognosis and is more frequently encountered in Northern than Southern Europe. To further investigate this subset and its geographic distribution in the context of a country (Italy) with both continental and Mediterranean areas, 37(More)
To verify their clinical usefulness in diagnosis and early response to therapy of sideropenic anemia, we compared the behavior of the reticulocyte parameter (RET-Y), a raw measure dependent on size and content of the cell, generated by the Sysmex XE 2100, with the mean reticulocyte volume (MCVr) and mean reticulocyte hemoglobin content (CHr) from the Bayer(More)
Sprouting of angiogenic perivascular cells is thought to be highly dependent upon autocrine and paracrine growth factor stimulation. Accordingly, we report that corneal angiogenesis induced by ectopic FGF implantation is strongly impaired in NG2/CSPG4 proteoglycan (PG) null mice known to harbour a putative deficit in pericyte proliferation/mobilization.(More)