Christopher B. Weldon

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PURPOSE Low birth weight is the most important risk factor for developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We aimed to establish birth weight-based benchmarks for in-hospital mortality in neonates with NEC. METHODS Five hundred eleven centers belonging to the Vermont Oxford Network prospectively evaluated 71,808 neonates with birth weight of 501 to 1500 g(More)
Widespread use of MCF-7 human breast carcinoma cells as a model system for breast cancer has led to variations in these cells between different laboratories. Although several reports have addressed these differences in terms of proliferation and estrogenic response, variations in sensitivity to apoptosis have not yet been described. Tumor necrosis factor(More)
BACKGROUND Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappa B) is a known survival pathway, and it may explain differential sensitivity to tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and chemotherapeutic-induced apoptosis in apoptotically sensitive (APO+) and apoptotically resistant (APO-) Michigan Cancer Foundation-7 breast cancer cells. METHODS Crystal violet viability and(More)
Pediatric gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a rare entity that can be quite different from its adult counterpart. This report provides a comprehensive review on the diagnosis and management of this tumor in children and adolescents, including its oncogenesis and associated syndromes. Surgery remains a mainstay of treatment, but there are no standard(More)
Both estrogen, through the estrogen receptor (ER), and growth factors, through the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)-AKT pathway, have been shown to independently promote cell survival. Here, we investigated the role of ER/PI3K-AKT crosstalk in the regulation of cell survival in MCF-7 breast carcinoma cells. The ER inhibitor ICI 182,780 was used to(More)
PURPOSE The rarity and histopathologic diversity of primary pancreatic neoplasms in children have made it difficult to predict prognosis and to develop optimal management protocols. METHODS A 90-year (1918-2007), single institution, retrospective review of all patients with neoplastic pancreatic masses was performed. RESULTS Eighteen patients were(More)
BACKGROUND Components of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade have been implicated in apoptotic regulation. This study used gene expression profiling analysis to identify and implicate mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK5)-BMK1 (big mitogen-activated kinase-1)/extracellular signal related protein kinase (ERK5) pathway as a novel(More)
Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) is an aggressive malignancy that affects young black individuals with sickle cell trait. No effective treatment is available, resulting in an ominous clinical course, with overall survival averaging less than four months. We report rearrangement of the ALK receptor tyrosine kinase in a pediatric case of RMC harboring a(More)
PURPOSE Heterotaxy syndrome (HS) patients often present with congenital heart disease and intestinal malrotation. Controversy exists regarding the management of these patients. Risk of midgut volvulus, morbidity from elective operations, and overall prognosis must be weighed when considering a Ladd procedure on asymptomatic HS/intestinal malrotation(More)