Angela Thomas

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Everyone knows and seems to agree that melanocytes are there to generate melanin - an intriguing, but underestimated multipurpose molecule that is capable of doing far more than providing pigment and UV protection to skin (1). What about the cell that generates melanin, then? Is this dendritic, neural crest-derived cell still serving useful (or even(More)
Acquired mutations in megakaryocyte transcription factor GATA1 have recently been reported in Down syndrome (DS), transient myeloproliferative disorder (TMD), and acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL). To provide novel insight into GATA1 mutations in DS, genomic DNA was assayed from 12 AMKL and 4 TMD cases (including neonatal, prediagnosis samples in 4 of(More)
Ischaemic stroke is a rare occurrence in children and in a proportion of cases the aetiology remains unknown. We have investigated the role of thrombophilia in the aetiology of this condition. Of 50 cases identified at two centres, 37 were available for detailed haematological analysis. No cases were identified with deficiencies of antithrombin, protein C(More)
The role of 6-mercaptopurine (6MP) in the treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is well established. However, the efficacy of 6MP is significantly influenced by inactivation by the polymorphic enzyme thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT). In the general population 89-94% have high TPMT activity, 6-11% have intermediate activity, and(More)
We investigated the association between fibrinogen levels and a HaeIII restriction fragment length polymorphism located at -453 bp from the start of transcription of the beta fibrinogen gene. 292 healthy men aged 45 to 69 years, recruited from general practices throughout Britain, were studied. None had a history of ischaemic heart disease. 41.1% (120) were(More)
One hundred and fifteen previously untreated adults aged over 60 years were referred to St Bartholomew's Hospital between 1978 and 1986 for management of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Twenty-seven patients received symptomatic or palliative treatment only because combination chemotherapy was considered inappropriate. Eighty-eight patients received intensive(More)
The beta-fibrinogen G/A-455 polymorphism genotype along with plasma fibrinogen levels was determined in 482 healthy middle-aged men, of whom 231 were smokers. Smokers had the highest plasma fibrinogen levels (2.92 g/l), ex-smokers the next (2.73 g/l), and never-smokers the lowest levels (2.66 g/l, P < 0.001). Those with one or two A-455 alleles had(More)
BACKGROUND For previously untreated children with severe hemophilia A, it is unclear whether the type of factor VIII product administered and switching among products are associated with the development of clinically relevant inhibitory antibodies (inhibitor development). METHODS We evaluated 574 consecutive patients with severe hemophilia A (factor VIII(More)
Recent reports have suggested that the incidence of inhibitors in haemophilia is the highest in those first exposed to factor VIII under 6 months of age. In this study, we investigated inhibitor development in children first exposed to FVIII as neonates and also examined the effect of other genetic and environmental variables. Three hundred and forty-eight(More)