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Methylation is now established as a fundamental regulator of gene transcription. To investigate this in haematologic malignancies, we evaluated the aberrant promoter methylation of two imprinted genes (MEG3 and SNRPN) in 43 MDS and 42 AML patients. MEG3 hypermethylation occurred in 15 MDS patients (34.9%), and in 20 AML patients (47.6%). SNRPN(More)
Seven patients, 3 men and 4 women 48-72 years of age and suffering from idiopathic myelofibrosis were given a combination of recombinant human erythropoietin (r-hu-Epo), interferon-alpha-2b (IFN) and GM-CSF, in an attempt to treat their pancytopenia and marrow fibrosis. The dose of r-hu-Epo was 200 U/kg 3 times weekly, that of IFN was 3 x 10(6)/U 3 times(More)
Activated platelets play a role in the pathogenesis of coronary heart disease (CHD). Following activation, platelets change shape, aggregate, and release several bioactive substances. The aim of this review is to identify if there is a simple and cost-effective method that indicates platelet activation and predicts the risk of CHD and vascular events. The(More)
The most common single genetic disorder and a major public health issue in Greece and other Mediterranean countries is beta-thalassemia. Current therapeutic approaches for homozygous beta-thalassemia entail blood transfusions and iron chelation therapy with deferoxamine or deferiprone for preventing tissue hemosiderosis. Recently, much effort has focused on(More)
Large-scale trials established that statin administration in hypercholesterolaemic individuals and patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) significantly reduces the risk of vascular events and death. This benefit was primarily attributed to their actions on lipids. This review focuses on the benefits (clinical and experimental) of statins observed soon(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF) usually present with anaemia. Treatment is often palliative and the majority of patients receive regular red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. Although recombinant human erythropoietin (rhu-EPO) has been proved effective for the treatment of anaemia in several chronic diseases, including(More)
Whereas beta-2-microglobulin (beta2M) has mainly been used as a prognostic factor in patients with lymphoproliferative disorders, some studies have reported the value of beta2M in myeloproliferative disorders (MPD). In order to investigate a potential role in the pathogenesis of MPD and to find a possible value as indicators in monitoring the course of the(More)
Primary plasma cell (PCL) leukemia is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder characterized by a malignant proliferation of plasma cells in the bone marrow and peripheral blood. Survival with standard therapy using melphalan is very poor. Doxorubicin encapsulated with liposomes has less cardiotoxicity, is at least as efficient and has fewer side effects than(More)