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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)
In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), NOTCH1 mutations have been associated with clinical resistance to the anti-CD20 rituximab, although the mechanisms behind this peculiar behavior remain to be clarified. In a wide CLL series (n=692), we demonstrated that CLL cells from NOTCH1-mutated cases (87/692) were characterized by lower CD20 expression and lower(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)
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)
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)
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is a lung disorder characterized by an exaggerated accumulation of CD8+ T lymphocytes in the pulmonary parenchyma. To investigate the mechanisms accounting for the T cell alveolitis taking place in the lung of HP patients and their pattern of growth, cells recovered from the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) of seven patients(More)