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The antiangiogenic activity of thalidomide (Thal), coupled with an increase in bone marrow angiogenesis in multiple myeloma (MM), provided the rationale for the use of Thal in MM. Previously, the direct anti-MM activity of Thal and its analogues (immunomodulatory drugs, IMiDs) on MM cells was demonstrated, suggesting multiple mechanisms of action. In this(More)
Soluble MUC1 (sMUC1) levels are elevated in many MUC1(+) cancers. We and others have shown that MUC1 is expressed on multiple myeloma (MM) plasma cells and B cells. In this study, we measured sMUC1 levels in bone marrow (BM) plasma from 71 MM patients and 21 healthy donors (HDs), and in peripheral blood (PB) plasma from 42 MM patients and 13 HDs using an(More)
It was previously demonstrated that p53 status in human multiple myeloma (MM) cells regulates distinct cell cycle responses to CD40 activation. In this study, the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and migration in MM cells triggered by CD40 activation was examined, and the influence of p53 status in regulating this process was(More)
The anti-CD20 chimeric monoclonal antibody rituximab (Rituxan) is used to treat patients with various B-cell tumors, including patients with plasma cell dyscrasias who have CD20+ disease. Many patients with CD20+ disease have either primary unresponsive disease or progress after initially responding to rituximab; therefore, understanding how tumor cells(More)
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people in the United States die in hospitals every year due to medical errors. Multiple physiological and psychological factors can impact the health care provider's attention span, making medical errors more likely. Some of these factors include increased workload, fatigue, cognitive(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) cells express certain tumour-associated antigens (TAAs) that could serve as targets for active-specific immunotherapy. The aim of the present study was to test the MM/dendritic cell (DC) fusion as a vaccination strategy. We fused MM cells with DC to generate fusion cells (FCs) and tested their antigen presenting cell (APC) function in(More)
OBJECTIVE Since the central hallmarks of human multiple myeloma (MM) are abnormalities in immunoglobulin (Ig) gene rearrangement, IgH class switching, and DNA damage repair, and since Ku86 and Ku70 proteins are central to these processes, aberrant Ku function may play a role in MM pathogenesis. Our prior studies demonstrated a 69-kDa Ku86 variant in freshly(More)
A 72-year-old female presented with dyspepsia for 2 years and an incidental mass in the head of the pancreas on abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan. Patient had multiple negative endoscopic ultrasound guided biopsies. She was followed up for 3 years with serial imaging until an abdominal CT scan showed an increase in size of the pancreatic mass.(More)
The histologic triad of tubular carcinoma (TC), columnar cell lesion (CCL), and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) has been recognized, but has not yet been fully characterized. The "Rosen Triad"-named in tribute to its first categorical description by the eponymous pathologist-is a morphologic observation that may have important clinical and pathologic(More)
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