Alison M Connor

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Statins, competitive inhibitors of hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase, have recently been shown to have a therapeutic effect in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In RA, synovial fibroblasts in the synovial lining, are believed to be particularly important in the pathogenesis of disease because they recruit leukocytes into the synovium and secrete(More)
Mouse VH gene segments are conventionally classified into 13 families on the basis of sequence similarity. The 7183 family lies close to the 3' end of the locus and is preferentially used in BALB/c mice; J558, the largest family, lies close to the 5' end of the VH stretch and is preferentially used in C57BL/6 mice. To investigate whether differential(More)
Abnormalities in the p53 tumor suppressor gene have been detected in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and could contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic disease. To determine whether synoviocytes from invasive synovium in RA have an increased number of mutations compared with non-erosion synoviocytes, p53 cDNA subclones from fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS)(More)
 The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of mupirocin were determined by the E test (AB Biodisk, Sweden) and the agar dilution method for 107 staphylococci. The organisms consisted of 34 coagulase-negative staphylococci and 73 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers designed to amplify a 456 bp region of the(More)
The diversity of antigen-specific receptors [immunoglobulins (Ig) and T-cell receptors (Tcr)] is generated largely during the assembly of the genetic elements – named V, D, and J – that encode the variable region of both Ig and Tcr. This assembly involves a somatic, cell-type specific, sitespecific rearrangement process termed V(D)J recombination. The(More)
SETTING A comprehensive noise-reduction project was initiated in response to low patient-satisfaction scores on an inpatient neuroscience unit at St Luke's Hospital and Health Network. The effects of noise on the health of patients and staff provided additional rationale for the project. METHODS The performance-improvement model of Plan, Do, Check, Act,(More)
INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory and destructive disease of the joint. The synovial lining consists of two main types of cells: synovial fibroblasts and macrophages. The macrophage-derived cytokine TNFα stimulates RA synovial fibroblasts to proliferate and produce growth factors, chemokines, proteinases and adhesion(More)
Introduction: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory and destructive disease of the joint. The synovial lining consists of two main types of cells: synovial fibroblasts and macrophages. The macrophage-derived cytokine TNFa stimulates RA synovial fibroblasts to proliferate and produce growth factors, chemokines, proteinases and adhesion(More)
Somatic mutations have a role in the pathogenesis of a number of diseases, particularly cancers. Here we present data supporting a role of mitochondrial somatic mutations in an autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a complex, multifactorial disease with a number of predisposition traits, including major histocompatibility complex (MHC) type(More)
OBJECTIVE Genetic alterations, including p53 mutations, have been identified in the stroma of solid tumors and are thought be involved in the induction of tumor growth and metastasis. We tested the hypothesis that somatic molecular alterations in bone marrow stromal cells provide a favorable growth environment for leukemic cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS We(More)