Aisha N. Hasan

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Human herpesvirus 6B (HHV-6B) is a ubiquitous pathogen with frequent reactivation observed in immunocompromised patients such as BM transplant (BMT) recipients. Adoptive immunotherapy is a promising therapeutic avenue for the treatment of opportunistic infections, including herpesviruses. While T-cell immunotherapy can successfully control CMV and EBV(More)
Adoptive immunotherapy with transplant donor-derived virus-specific T cells has emerged as a potentially curative approach for the treatment of drug-refractory EBV+lymphomas as well as CMV and adenovirus infections complicating allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplants. Adoptive transfer of HLA partially matched virus-specific T cells from healthy third(More)
The artificial antigen-presenting cells (AAPCs) described in this review were generated to facilitate the production of virus-specific T-cells for the treatment of infections in patients after bone marrow transplant. These AAPCs consist of murine 3T3 cells genetically modified to express critical human molecules needed for T-cell stimulation, such as the(More)
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplants adequately depleted of T-cells can reduce or prevent acute and chronic GVHD in both HLA-matched and haplotype-disparate hosts, without post-transplant prophylaxis with immunosuppressive drugs. Recent trials indicate that high doses of CD34+ progenitors from G-CSF mobilized peripheral blood leukocytes isolated and(More)
In two patients presenting with haemetemesis a diagnosis of isolated splenic vein occlusion (SVO) was established at laparotomy. SVO was caused by a pseudocyst of the pancreas in one case and a hydatid cyst of the left kidney in the other. A splenectomy plus distal pancreatectomy was done in the first case and cyst excision with ligation of the gastric(More)
Adoptive transfer of virus-specific T cells can treat infections complicating allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplants. However, autologous APCs are often limited in supply. In this study, we describe a panel of artificial APCs (AAPCs) consisting of murine 3T3 cells transduced to express human B7.1, ICAM-1, and LFA-3 that each stably express one of a(More)
The Wilms tumor protein (WT-1) is widely recognized as a tumor antigen that is expressed differentially by several malignancies. However, WT-1 peptides known to induce tumoricidal T cells are few. In the present study, we evaluated T-cell responses of 56 healthy donors to in vitro sensitization with autologous APCs loaded with a pool of overlapping 15-mer(More)
Donor-derived Strongyloides stercoralis infections in transplant recipients are a rare but recognized complication. In this case series, we report donor-derived allograft transmission of Strongyloides in three solid organ transplant recipients. Following detection of infection in heart and kidney-pancreas recipients at two different transplant centers, a(More)
Transplants of SBA-E- allogeneic marrow or G-CSF mobilized CD34+ (ISOLEX) E- peripheral blood progenitor cells which are adequately depleted of T-cells, when administered without post-transplant immunosuppression now induce consistent engraftment with low incidences of acute and chronic GVHD both in HLA matched and HLA disparate recipients. Furthermore, the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine a difference in the stone-free-rate among different renal locations in children after extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL). STUDY DESIGN A descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY Urology Department, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan, from January 2007 to June 2015. METHODOLOGY The study included(More)