Chris M. Bacon

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BACKGROUND The genetic analysis of human primary immunodeficiencies has defined the contribution of specific cell populations and molecular pathways in the host defense against infection. Disseminated infection caused by bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccines is an early manifestation of primary immunodeficiencies, such as severe combined immunodeficiency.(More)
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) signaling requires the dimerization of the IL-2 receptor beta.(IL-2R beta) and common gamma (gamma c) chains. Mutations of gamma c can result in X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID). IL-2, IL-4, IL-7 (whose receptors are known to contain gamma c), and IL-9 (whose receptor is shown here to contain gamma c) induced the(More)
Interleukin (IL-12) has many effects on the function of natural killer and T cells, and is important in the control of cell-mediated immunity. IL-2 and IL-12 display many similar activities, yet each also induces a distinct set of responses. A human IL-12 receptor subunit has recently been cloned and, like the IL-2R beta and IL-2R gamma, is a member of the(More)
Infectious agents play a critical role in MALT lymphoma development. Studies from Italy showed Chlamydia psittaci infection in 87% of ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas and complete or partial regression of the lymphoma after C. psittaci eradication in four of nine cases. However, C. psittaci was not demonstrated in ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas from the USA.(More)
BIOMED-2 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for clonality analysis of immunoglobulin (IG) and T-cell receptor (TCR) gene rearrangements were evaluated in routine haematopathological practice where paraffin-embedded tissues constitute the majority of specimens. One hundred and twenty-five fresh/frozen and 316 paraffin specimens were analysed for DNA(More)
Interleukin 12 (IL-12) is an important immunoregulatory cytokine whose receptor is a member of the hematopoietin receptor superfamily. We have recently demonstrated that stimulation of human T and natural killer cells with IL-12 induces tyrosine phosphorylation of the Janus family tyrosine kinase JAK2 and Tyk2, implicating these kinases in the immediate(More)
We report a child with short stature since birth who was otherwise well, presenting at 2.8 years with progressive granulomatous skin lesions when diagnosed with severe T cell immunodeficiency. When previously investigated for short stature, and at the time of current investigations, she had no radiological skeletal features characteristics for cartilage(More)
Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), also known as human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8), is a recent addition to the list of human viruses that are directly associated with lymphoproliferative disorders. KSHV was first shown to be involved in multicentric Castleman disease and primary effusion lymphoma (PEL). Subsequently, the virus was identified in solid(More)
Germline mutations in FASL and FAS impair Fas-dependent apoptosis and cause recessively or dominantly inherited autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS). Patients with ALPS typically present with no other clinical phenotype. We investigated a large, consanguineous, multiplex kindred in which biological features of ALPS were found in the context of(More)