Adam L. Asare

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BACKGROUND The 18-month efficacy of a single course of rituximab as compared with conventional immunosuppression with cyclophosphamide followed by azathioprine in patients with severe (organ-threatening) antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis is unknown. METHODS In a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, double-dummy,(More)
RNA isolation and purification steps greatly influence the results of gene expression profiling. There are two commercially available products for whole blood RNA collection, PAXgene™ and Tempus™ blood collection tubes, and each comes with their own RNA purification method. In both systems the blood is immediately lysed when collected into the tube and RNA(More)
MOTIVATION As the use of microarrays in human studies continues to increase, stringent quality assurance is necessary to ensure accurate experimental interpretation. We present a formal approach for microarray quality assessment that is based on dimension reduction of established measures of signal and noise components of expression followed by parametric(More)
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease mediated by autoreactive T-cells. Several experimental therapies targeting T-cells are in clinical trials. To understand how these therapies affect T-cell responses in vivo, assays that directly measure human T-cell function are needed. In a blinded, multicenter, case-controlled study conducted by the Immune(More)
CpG island hypermethylation is a frequent epigenetic event in cancer. We have recently developed an array-based method, called differential methylation hybridization (DMH), allowing for a genome-wide screening of CpG island hypermethylation in breast cancer cell lines (T. H-M. Huang et al., Hum. Mol. Genet., 8: 459-470, 1999). In the present study, DMH was(More)
BACKGROUND The combination of anti-IgE (omalizumab) therapy with ragweed injection immunotherapy for seasonal allergic rhinitis results in a significant reduction in systemic side effects and enhanced efficacy compared with immunotherapy alone. One proposed mechanism of immunotherapy is to induce regulatory antibodies that inhibit facilitated antigen(More)
OBJECTIVE To discover biomarkers involved in the pathophysiology of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV) and to determine whether low-density granulocytes (LDGs) contribute to gene expression signatures in AAV. METHODS The source of clinical data and linked biologic specimens was a randomized controlled treatment trial in AAV.(More)
Studies have shown that monitoring HIV-infected patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy is best represented by combined measurement of plasma HIV-1 RNA and CD4+ T-lymphocytes [1]. This pilot study at the University of Missouri-Columbia integrates molecular diagnostic and flow cytometric data reporting to provide current and historical HIV-1 RNA levels(More)
OBJECTIVE CD5+ B cells have been conceptualized as a possible surrogate for Breg cells. The aim of the present study was to determine the utility of CD5+ B cells as biomarkers in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV). METHODS The absolute and relative numbers (percentages) of CD5+ B cells (explanatory variables) were measured(More)
The need for improved access to clinical trial data is widely recognized to ensure complete information is in the public domain, to honor the commitment of research subjects, and to empower and engage analytic talent across the worldwide biomedical community. Open access to patient-level data from clinical trials enables data transparency, fosters data(More)