Griffin P. Rodgers

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BACKGROUND The prevalence of pulmonary hypertension in adults with sickle cell disease, the mechanism of its development, and its prospective prognostic significance are unknown. METHODS We performed Doppler echocardiographic assessments of pulmonary-artery systolic pressure in 195 consecutive patients (82 men and 113 women; mean [+/-SD] age, 36+/-12(More)
BACKGROUND Benign reductions in neutrophil counts may be more common at certain ages and in certain ethnic groups and may be affected by sex and smoking status. OBJECTIVE To determine differences in neutrophil counts in the U.S. population according to ethnicity, age, sex, and smoking status. DESIGN Population-based, cross-sectional study. SETTING(More)
Olfactomedin 4 (OLFM4) is a glycoprotein that has been found to be up-regulated in inflammatory bowel diseases and Helicobacter pylori infected patients. However, its role in biological processes such as inflammation or other immune response is not known. In this study, we generated OLFM4 KO mice to investigate potential role(s) of OLFM4 in gastric mucosal(More)
AIMS The human G-CSF-stimulated clone-1 (hGC-1) gene encodes a 510-amino acid olfactomedin-related glycoprotein whose exact in vivo localization and function still remain elusive. The aim of this study was to demonstrate hGC-1 protein localization in the normal human gastrointestinal tract and to explore further a potential relationship between hGC-1(More)
IMPORTANCE Myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is curative for children with severe sickle cell disease, but toxicity may be prohibitive for adults. Nonmyeloablative transplantation has been attempted with degrees of preparative regimen intensity, but graft rejection and graft-vs-host disease remain significant. (More)
We have studied the patterns of expression of various genes during maturation of normal human adult erythroid precursors cultured in a two-phase liquid culture method. In the first phase, peripheral blood mononuclear cells are cultured for one week in the presence of a combination of growth factors, but not erythropoietin (Epo). In Phase II, Epo is included(More)
Human granulocyte colony stimulating factor stimulated clone-1 (hGC-1, also known as GW112, OLM4, and hOlfD) is an olfactomedin-related glycoprotein of unknown function. We performed a series of biochemical studies to characterize its function. Using hGC-1 purified from baculovirus Sf9 cells we demonstrated that hGC-1 is a secreted glycoprotein containing(More)
PURPOSE hGC-1 (human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor-stimulated clone 1) is a gastrointestinal protein that is a member of the olfactomedin glycoprotein family. Its biological function remains poorly understood. Aberrant expression of hGC-1 in some human carcinomas has been recently reported. The purpose of this study was to examine hGC-1 expression(More)
Sickle cell anemia is a disease of abnormal rheology caused by acute and reversible, as well as chronic and irreversible, changes in the properties and deformability of sickle erythrocytes. Deformability is determined by several factors, including intracellular sickle hemoglobin polymerization, the abnormal membrane properties of sickle cells, and the(More)
Supine arterial blood pressure measurements of 89 patients with homozygous sickle cell disease and normal renal function were compared with those of an age-, race-, and sex-matched normal population and with those of individuals who had similar levels of anemia due to beta thalassemia. Consistent with previous reports, sickle cell patients had significantly(More)