Wolfgang Ulrich Knauf

Learn More
PURPOSE Rituximab has been shown to be active in follicular lymphoma (FL), both as monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapy. We conducted a randomized trial comparing mitoxantrone, chlorambucil, and prednisolone (MCP) chemotherapy plus rituximab with MCP alone. PATIENTS AND METHODS Previously untreated patients with stage III or IV CD20+ indolent(More)
PURPOSE This randomized, open-label, parallel-group, multicenter study was designed to compare the efficacy and safety of bendamustine and chlorambucil in previously untreated patients with advanced (Binet stage B or C) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients (<or= 75 years of age) were randomly assigned to receive bendamustine(More)
New conditioning regimens are being explored to reduce toxicity and enable allogeneic bone marrow transplantation in patients not eligible for conventional transplantation. We have investigated treosulfan, an alkylating agent, with the aim of developing an efficient and reliable but less-toxic conditioning regimen. A series of 30 patients who were not(More)
We investigated the effect of recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (rhuGM-CSF) on the pool of circulating hemopoietic progenitor cells in 11 patients with hematological malignancies of nonmyeloid origin and 1 patient with sarcoma. These patients were eligible for autologous blood stem cell transplantation rather than autologous(More)
The feasibility of nonmyeloablative stem cell transplantation (NST) was evaluated in 22 adults with high-risk ALL. 16/22 patients had advanced disease and 11/22 had Ph+ ALL. Eleven patients received NST as first stem cell transplantation (SCT). Eleven patients had relapses after allogeneic or autologous SCT and underwent a salvage NST. 18/22 patients (82%)(More)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) shows a remarkably heterogeneous clinical outcome; survival ranges from several months in advanced stages to more than 10 years in early stages. The Binet and Rai staging systems distinguish three major prognostic subgroups, but do not accurately predict the individual risk of disease progression in early CLL (Binet stage(More)
OBJECTIVE Plasticity of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) has gained major interest in stem cell research. In order to investigate whether HSC may differentiate into mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), we assessed chimerism in peripheral blood (PB), mononuclear cell fractions (MNC) of bone marrow, and MSC derived from bone marrow (BM) from 27 up to 4225 days after(More)
Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) occurs in up to 80% of patients who undergo allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) and contributes significantly to transplant-related mortality (TRM). We conducted a prospective phase II trial to assess the efficacy and feasibility of treating steroid-refractory aGVHD with basiliximab, a chimaeric monoclonal(More)
Clinical efficacy of As2O3 has been shown in patients with relapsed acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL). There is evidence that the effects of As2O3 are not restricted to events specific for APL. As2O3 might target mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of other malignancies. We assessed susceptibility to induction of apoptosis by As2O3 and cytostatics in(More)
Previous reports have shown that the purine degradative enzymes adenosine deaminase (ADA), purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) and ecto-5'-nucleotidase (5'NT), play an important role in the normal development of lymphocytes and that investigations of these enzymes are of value in defining subsets of lymphoid malignancies of T-cell origin. Pharmacological(More)