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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)
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)
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)
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)
To investigate effects of recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (rhGM-CSF) on lymphoid cells in vivo, we monitored changes in absolute lymphocyte counts, plasma concentrations of soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) and soluble cytotoxic/suppressor (sCD8) antigens, and phenotypic changes of surface membrane antigens of(More)
The efficacy of bendamustine versus chlorambucil in a phase III trial of previously untreated patients with Binet stage B/C chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) was re-evaluated after a median observation time of 54 months in May 2010. Overall survival (OS) was analysed for the first time. At follow-up, investigator-assessed complete response (CR) rate(More)
In recent years, reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimens before allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) are increasingly used in patients not eligible for conventional conditioning. We did a retrospective, multicenter analysis to assess the feasibility of conditioning with fludarabine and treosulfan before allogeneic SCT in multiple myeloma(More)
Reduced-intensity conditioning with fludarabine and treosulfan before allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) was introduced several years ago. Although its feasibility has recently been proven, only limited data are available on myelotoxicity, engraftment kinetics, and the significance of hematopoietic chimerism using this novel conditioning regimen. To(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)