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BACKGROUND We conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial to determine the effects of oral cyclophosphamide on lung function and health-related symptoms in patients with evidence of active alveolitis and scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease. METHODS At 13 clinical centers throughout the United States, we enrolled 158 patients(More)
Increased vascular collagen content is a major feature of pulmonary vascular remodeling. The functional role of excess collagen in decreasing pulmonary vascular compliance has not been established. We determined whether there was a correlation between hydroxyproline content of rat pulmonary artery segments and elastance (EPA) of the pulmonary artery bed(More)
We evaluated the processes controlling the accumulation of collagen and elastin in main pulmonary arteries of rats during an episode of hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. Explant cultures of main pulmonary arteries were incubated with [3H]proline to measure collagen and protein synthesis and percent collagen synthesis. Elastin synthesis was measured by(More)
Human pancreatic fatty acid ethyl ester synthase has been isolated and purified 1200-fold to homogeneity, and its activities, binding properties, and N-terminal amino acid sequence indicate that it is a member of the lipase family. This 52-kDa monomeric protein is present at 0.6-1.2 mg/g of pancreas, and it catalyzes the synthesis and hydrolysis of ethyl(More)
  • 2011
This study investigates evolving methodologies for radar and merged gauge–radar quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE) to determine their influence on the flow predictions of a distributed hydrologic model. These methods include the National Mosaic and QPE algorithm package (NMQ), under development at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), and(More)
RATIONALE The Scleroderma Lung Study enrolled 158 patients with scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease in a placebo-controlled trial of oral cyclophosphamide (CYC). Although treatment-related benefits in pulmonary function, skin scores, and patient-centered outcomes were demonstrated after 1 year of therapy, the duration of benefit beyond 1 year was(More)
BACKGROUND 12 months of oral cyclophosphamide has been shown to alter the progression of scleroderma-related interstitial lung disease when compared with placebo. However, toxicity was a concern and without continued treatment the efficacy disappeared by 24 months. We hypothesised that a 2 year course of mycophenolate mofetil would be safer, better(More)
During the last few years, we have observed four cases in which accelerated rejection of a cadaver donor kidney in a previously pregnant woman could be clearly attributed to the rapid emergence of anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies that had been stimulated by mismatched paternal antigens but were completely undetectable at the time of(More)
The obesity-hypoventilation syndrome is rare in children, but it leads to serious complications and is associated with a high mortality. We report a child with this syndrome whose condition improved after intestinal bypass surgery. Review of the literature indicates that vigorous treatment of this disorder is necessary to prevent fatalities.