Sonja Hahtola

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In the WHO classification, subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma (SPTL) is defined as a distinct type of T-cell lymphoma with an aggressive clinical behavior. Recent studies suggest that distinction should be made between SPTL with an alpha/beta T-cell phenotype (SPTL-AB) and SPTL with a gammadelta T-cell phenotype (SPTL-GD), but studies are(More)
Multicolor fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) was used to identify acquired chromosomal aberrations in 12 patients with mycosis fungoides or Sézary syndrome, the most common forms of primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). The most frequently affected chromosome was 12, which showed clonal deletions or translocations with a break point in 12q21 or(More)
PURPOSE Increased production of Th2 cytokines characterizes Sezary syndrome, the leukemic form of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL). To identify the molecular background and to study whether shared by the most common CTCL subtype, mycosis fungoides, we analyzed the gene expression profiles in both subtypes. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Freshly isolated cells from(More)
The pathomechanism of mycosis fungoides (MF), the most common type of primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs) and a malignancy of non-recirculating, skin-resident T-cells, is unknown albeit underlying viral infections have been sought for. Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are ancient retroviral sequences in the human genome and their transcription(More)
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) patients have an increased risk of certain secondary cancers, the most common of which are lung cancers, especially small cell lung cancer. To reveal the molecular pathogenesis underlying CTCL-associated lung cancer, we analyzed genomic aberrations in CTCL-associated and reference lung cancer samples. DNA derived from(More)
Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphomas (SPTLs) represent a rare, difficult-to-diagnose, and poorly characterized subtype of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs) affecting younger people more than the other CTCL forms. We performed a thorough clinical, immunohistological, and molecular analysis of nine Finnish SPTL patients. Specifically, we performed(More)
Bexarotene is an oral retinoid shown to be active against the cutaneous manifestations of cutaneous T-cell lym-phoma (CTCL). Literature on the efficacy, dosing and side-effects of bexarotene is sparse. We present here data on 37 Finnish patients with CTCL treated with bexarotene during the last 10 years. Bexarotene was equally effective as monotherapy or(More)
The etiology of primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL) has been poorly understood. CTCL patients show a large variety of non-clonal and clonal chromosome aberrations, but no specific aberration has been found until recently. This review describes cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic findings and their relevance to diagnostics and etiology in two of the(More)
BACKGROUND Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T cell lymphomas represent a rare and difficult to diagnose entity of cutaneous T cell lymphomas. SPTL affects predominantly young adults and presents with multifocal subcutaneous nodules and frequently associated autoimmune features. The pathogenesis of SPTL is not completely understood. METHODS The aim of this(More)
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