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For the past two decades, hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has been used as effective therapy for selected inherited metabolic diseases (IMD) including Hurler (MPS IH) and Maroteaux-Lamy (MPS VI) syndromes, childhood-onset cerebral X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), globoid-cell leukodystrophy (GLD), metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD),(More)
Stem cell transplantation is used widely in the management of a range of diseases of the hemopoietic system. Patients are immunosuppressed profoundly in the early posttransplant period, and reactivation of cytomegalovirus (CMV) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Adoptive transfer of donor-derived CMV-specific CD8+ T cell clones has been(More)
Deficiency of the purine salvage enzyme adenosine deaminase leads to SCID (ADA-SCID). Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) can lead to a permanent cure of SCID; however, little data are available on outcome of HCT for ADA-SCID in particular. In this multicenter retrospective study, we analyzed outcome of HCT in 106 patients with ADA-SCID who received a(More)
The osteopetroses are caused by reduced activity of osteoclasts which results in defective remodelling of bone and increased bone density. They range from a devastating neurometabolic disease, through severe malignant infantile osteopetrosis (OP) to two more benign conditions principally affecting adults [autosomal dominant OP (ADO I and II)]. In many(More)
The efficacy of allografting in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is heavily influenced by remission status at the time of transplant. Using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based minimal residual disease (MRD) analysis, we have investigated retrospectively the impact of submicroscopic leukemia on outcome in 64 patients receiving allogeneic bone marrow(More)
We report an allelic series of eight mutations in GATA2 underlying Emberger syndrome, an autosomal dominant primary lymphedema associated with a predisposition to acute myeloid leukemia. GATA2 is a transcription factor that plays an essential role in gene regulation during vascular development and hematopoietic differentiation. Our findings indicate that(More)
Two patients, one each with LINCL and JNCL, underwent BMT in an attempt to alter the course of their disease. The LINCL patient received two transplants, one when asymptomatic, which was rapidly rejected, and a second BMT at age 3 years 9 months when the EEG had become abnormal. He has deteriorated in the following 2 years and now has only a few words,(More)
OBJECTIVE Barth Syndrome (BTHS) is an X-linked multisystem disorder (OMIM 302060) usually diagnosed in infancy and characterized by cardiac problems [dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) ± endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE) ± left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC)], proximal myopathy, feeding problems, growth retardation, neutropenia, organic aciduria and variable(More)
Barth syndrome is an X-linked recessive condition caused by defective remodelling of cardiolipins in mitochondrial membranes because of mutations in the tafazzin (TAZ1/G4.5) gene located at Xq28. The cardinal features of Barth syndrome are cardiac and skeletal myopathy and neutropaenia, reported in the initial description of this condition by Barth et al.(More)
BACKGROUND The differential diagnosis of a neonate or fetus presenting with a bell-shaped or long narrow thorax includes a wide range of bony dysplasia syndromes. Where this is accompanied by respiratory distress, asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy (ATD, Jeune syndrome) is an important potential diagnosis. Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) is widely recognised(More)