Allison J Li

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy in boys progresses rapidly to severe impairment of muscle function and death in the second or third decade of life. Current supportive therapy with corticosteroids results in a modest increase in strength as a consequence of a general reduction in inflammation, albeit with potential untoward long-term side effects and ultimate(More)
In vitro evidence suggests that the bone marrow microenvironment (BMME) is altered in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs). Here, we study the BMME in MDS in vivo using a transgenic murine model of MDS with hematopoietic expression of the translocation product NUP98-HOXD13 (NHD13). This model exhibits a prolonged period of cytopenias prior to transformation to(More)
Therapy for cancer patients with biologically active immune modulators is attractive but has met with limited clinical success. Interleukin-2 (IL2) stimulates T-cells and natural killer (NK) cells to kill tumor cells and levamisole (LMS) is an immunostimulant which has been shown to increase NK cells and activated T-cells in patients receiving this(More)
Recruitment of patients from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds for clinical trials is desirable for both scientific and ethical reasons. Participation rates in clinical trials are low for minorities and especially for black Americans. This report summarizes the experience at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport,(More)
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs) are clonal disorders of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and represent the most common cause of acquired marrow failure. Hallmarked by ineffective hematopoiesis, dysplastic marrow, and risk of transformation to acute leukemia, MDS remains a poorly treated disease. Although identification of hematopoietic aberrations(More)
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