CD38 is an ectoenzyme involved in transmembrane signaling and cell adhesion and is used as a disease marker for leukemias and myeloma. CD38 is a dependable negative prognostic marker for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Recent evidence indicates that CD38 is a component of a complex network delivering growth and survival signals to CLL cells. In conjunction with chemokines and their receptors, CD38 also influences cell migratory responses. These considerations are the rationale for devising a CLL therapy that uses CD38 as the target. The use of reagents specifically blocking the molecule might provide a new approach for interfering with deleterious growth circuits, therefore increasing the susceptibility of leukemic cells to conventional chemotherapy.

CD38 at the junction between prognostic marker and therapeutic target

DEAGLIO, Silvia;AYDIN, SEMRA;VAISITTI, TIZIANA;MALAVASI, Fabio
2008-01-01

Abstract

CD38 is an ectoenzyme involved in transmembrane signaling and cell adhesion and is used as a disease marker for leukemias and myeloma. CD38 is a dependable negative prognostic marker for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Recent evidence indicates that CD38 is a component of a complex network delivering growth and survival signals to CLL cells. In conjunction with chemokines and their receptors, CD38 also influences cell migratory responses. These considerations are the rationale for devising a CLL therapy that uses CD38 as the target. The use of reagents specifically blocking the molecule might provide a new approach for interfering with deleterious growth circuits, therefore increasing the susceptibility of leukemic cells to conventional chemotherapy.
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Deaglio S; Aydin S; Vaisitti T; Bergui L; Malavasi F
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