Janet Leigh Hart

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Morphologic assessment of dysplasia in Barrett esophagus, despite limitations, remains the basis of treatment. We rigorously tested modified 1988 criteria, assessing intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility. Participants submitted slides of Barrett mucosa negative (BE) and indefinite (IND) for dysplasia, with low-grade dysplasia (LGD) and high-grade(More)
Primary adenocarcinoma of the urinary bladder sometimes causes a diagnostic dilemma because it can be indistinguishable morphologically from adenocarcinoma of colorectal origin secondarily involving the bladder by metastasis or direct extension. It is much less well studied than conventional urothelial carcinoma and colorectal adenocarcinoma because of its(More)
In normal epithelial tissues, the multifunctional cytokine transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) acts as a tumor suppressor through growth inhibition and induction of differentiation whereas in advanced cancers, TGF-beta promotes tumor progression through induction of tumor invasion, neoangiogenesis, and immunosuppression. The molecular mechanisms(More)
A 16-year-old man developed heat stroke during football practice when the temperature was 33.8 degrees C (heat index, 44.4 degrees C). Resuscitation with ice water lavage, external cooling, and intravenous fluids was initially successful, but the patient again became obtunded. Liver chemistry tests and the prothrombin time and serum ammonia increased(More)
The objective of endoscopic surveillance in Barrett esophagus (BE) is to assess the risk of subsequent development of invasive carcinoma. Criteria for morphologic evaluation of dysplasia, the presumed precursor lesion, have been established, although there are surprisingly few data in the literature correlating biopsy diagnosis of dysplasia with outcome. We(More)
Local excision of rectal adenocarcinomas that are confined to the submucosa is an accepted method of surgical excision. Adjuvant therapy and possibly completion abdominoperineal resection (APR) may be appropriate if lymph node (LN) metastases are present. Identifying the patients at high risk of having LN metastases would assist in disease management. We(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical significance of expression of the MDR1 gene product P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in relation to the intrinsic drug resistance and progression of human colon cancer is largely unknown. To elucidate the role of P-gp in these cancers further, the frequency and intensity of P-gp and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) immunostaining were measured at(More)
Azoxymethane (AOM)-induced colonic carcinogenesis involves a number of mutations, including those in the K-ras gene and CTNNB1, that codes for beta-catenin. Prior in vitro studies have also demonstrated that wild type p21(K-ras) can be activated by epigenetic events. We identified 15 K-ras mutations in 14 of 84 AOM-induced colonic tumors by three(More)
The bcl-2 proto-oncogene encodes a Mr 25,000 protein that has been shown to prevent apoptosis or programmed cell death. The bcl-2 protein is detectable in basal cells of normal colonic epithelium, and an altered topographic distribution of this protein is found in colonic neoplasms. However, the clinical significance of abnormal bcl-2 expression in colon(More)