Stephan Merl

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Modifying previously reported techniques, we attempted to increase the efficiency of human T cell leukemia-lymphoma virus (HTLV) transformation of human T lymphocytes. Lethally irradiated donor cells (DCs) were cultured with target mononuclear cells (TMCs). DCs included ten HTLV+ T cell lines with varying degrees of virus expression or seven cell lines that(More)
9056 Background: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC, neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin) frequently stains strongly for c-KIT (CD-117) expression. We therefore evaluated imatinib mesylate as a treatment for MCC. METHODS Eligibility included patients with measurable metastatic or unresectable MCC with CD117 expression by immunostaining. A Zubrod performance(More)
A case of primary laryngeal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is detailed, with a review of the reports in the English literature on this rare site of presentation. Symptoms at onset generally include hoarseness, and may be observed up to 60 months prior to diagnosis. Four of the five cases classified by the Rappaport system are of diffuse histology. The histologic(More)
The in vitro transformation of normal T-lymphocytes by human T-cell leukemia/lymphoma virus (HTLV-I) is possible utilizing cocultivation techniques. We now report on a quantitative assay for HTLV-I transformation. Transformed cell lines were produced by cocultivation of either preactivated (phytohemagglutinin and T-cell growth factor) or nonactivated(More)
Particular interest in human T lymphocyte lymphoma/leukemia virus (HTLV) derives from the close association of HTLV with several types of human mature T lymphocyte malignancies and the strong possibility that HTLV is the causative agent of this group of leukemias and lymphomas. This is the first report to show that HTLV expression in T lymphocytes cultured(More)
We describe a case of human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I)-associated transient benign immature T-cell lymphocytosis in a black female patient, which over the course of several months underwent spontaneous complete remission. The patient presented with a white blood cell count of 20,000/microliter and a T4/T8 ratio of 1.7:1. The majority of cells(More)
The role of peripheral platelet destruction as a reversible etiology of thrombocytopenia in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) was evaluated in nine patients with CLL and refractory thrombocytopenia who underwent splenectomy. The patients' ages ranged from 54 to 74 years. Progressive thrombocytopenia refractory to antineoplastic agents and corticosteroids(More)
By the closing years of the twentieth century, great social forces were shifting physicians somewhat away from the privileged recognition that society had once accorded them. Deprofessionalization, proletarianization, and deinstitutionalization in general suggested that critics of "the medical profession" such as Illich had unwittingly (or otherwise) acted(More)
Antibodies to the membrane antigens of human T-cell lymphotropic virus-I (anti-HTLV-MA) have been detected in patients with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and in patients with hemophilia. The authors examined sera from 71 AIDS patients and 46 hemophiliac children for the presence of anti-HTLV-MA using an indirect membrane immunofluorescence(More)
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