Carl R. Willis

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Therapy of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has been limited by both the nonselectivity of therapeutic agents toward normal residual immune cells and inherent drug resistance. Identification of agents that spare normal immune effector cells, thus facilitating addition of immune-based therapies, and that modulate factors associated with drug(More)
BACKGROUND Standard therapy for lymphoma consists of a cyclophosphamide (C), doxorubicin, vincristine (V), and prednisone (P) (CHOP) combination regimen. Liposomal daunorubicin (DaunoXome) is an alternative to doxorubicin for patients with lymphoma because of its more favorable safety profile and potentially more selective uptake in lymphoma. The objectives(More)
OBJECTIVES UCN-01, a novel protein kinase C inhibitor, is currently being tested in phase I clinical trials after being noted to induce apoptosis in lymphoid cell lines. We sought to study the in vitro activity of UCN-01 against human chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells and potential mechanisms of action for inducing this cytotoxicity. METHODS(More)
In spite of the chemosensitivity seen with the initial treatment of malignant lymphoid disorders, relapse is common and death most often occurs as a result of disease progression. This is related to a multitude of resistance mechanisms associated with the various lymphoproliferative disorders. As a result, therapies targeting intrinsic drug-resistance(More)
In an attempt to exploit bcl-2 overexpression and aberrant p53 function, two frequently encountered aberrations that predict marked treatment resistance and worse prognosis in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), we combined theophylline, pentostatin, and chlorambucil at two dose levels (cohort I: 30 mg/m(2);(More)
Signal transduction is a key mechanism by which both proliferative and apoptotic processes of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells are mediated. Carboxyamido-triazole (CAI) is a cytostatic signal transduction inhibitor currently being tested in phase II clinical trials. Based on this, we investigated the in vitro activity of CAI in mononuclear(More)
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