Brenda Wimpfheimer Cooper

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PURPOSE Multipotential mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are found in human bone marrow and are shown to secrete hematopoietic cytokines and support hematopoietic progenitors in vitro. We hypothesized that infusion of autologous MSCs after myeloablative therapy would facilitate engraftment by hematopoietic stem cells, and we investigated the feasibility,(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are found in a variety of tissues, including human bone marrow; secrete hematopoietic cytokines; support hematopoietic progenitors in vitro; and possess potent immunosuppressive properties. We hypothesized that cotransplantation of culture-expanded MSCs and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from HLA-identical sibling donors after(More)
Although peripheral blood stem cell collections (PBSC) are thought to have less tumor involvement than bone marrow (BM), the incidence of circulating tumor cells in patients with breast cancer has not been widely investigated. We prospectively investigated the incidence and viability of tumor cell involvement in PBSC and BM collections from breast cancer(More)
In an effort to increase the proportion of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remaining in continued complete remission (CCR), we administered intensive postremission consolidation therapy with high-dose cytarabine (Ara-C) and daunorubicin. Eighty-seven patients, with a median age of 38 years (range, 7 to 71), received consolidation therapy after(More)
Bryostatin 1, isolated from a marine bryozoan, enhances the efficacy of cytotoxic agents through modulation of the protein kinase C pathway and is active in combination with vincristine for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Further, the apoptotic frequency of peripheral blood T lymphocytes as determined by flow cytometry may predict which patients will respond(More)
PURPOSE A novel regimen designed to maximize antileukemia activity of carboplatin through inhibiting repair of platinum-DNA adducts was conducted in poor prognosis, acute leukemia patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Patients received fludarabine (10 to 15 mg/m(2) x 5 days), carboplatin (area under the curve 10 to 12 by continuous infusion over 5 days), followed(More)
The incidence and clinical relevance of tumor cells contaminating the stem cell products of patients with advanced breast cancer treated with high-dose chemotherapy is uncertain because prior studies used small sample sizes and lacked standardization of the immunocytochemistry (ICC) detection method used. We evaluated blood stem cell and bone marrow samples(More)
Although transplant practices have changed over the last decades, no information is available on trends in incidence and outcome of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) over time. This study used the central database of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) to describe time trends for cGVHD incidence, nonrelapse(More)
Hepatic dysfunction is common in patients who receive intensive chemotherapy and it is important to determine the etiology in order to institute appropriate therapy. The role of laparoscopic liver biopsy in patients with neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, or both was evaluated as a mean of making treatment decisions and as a determinant of clinical outcome.(More)
PURPOSE To study the toxicity and efficacy of combined granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) administration for mobilization of hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS Cohorts of a minimum of five patients each were treated subcutaneously as follows: G-CSF 5(More)