Jason I Koontz

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BACKGROUND Clinical trials have indicated a benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with stage IB, II, or IIIA--but not stage IA--non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This classification scheme is probably an imprecise predictor of the prognosis of an individual patient. Indeed, approximately 25 percent of patients with stage IA disease have a(More)
Nonrandom cytogenetic abnormalities of chromosomes 6, 7, and 17 have been reported within low-grade endometrial stromal sarcomas (LGESSs), and among these abnormalities, the t(7;17)(p15;q21) is the most common aberration described. Previously we had shown that this translocation joins 2 genes, JAZF1 and JJAZ1, located on chromosomes 7 and 17, respectively.(More)
Polycomb group genes (PcGs) have been implicated in cancer based on altered levels of expression observed in certain tumors and the behavior of cultured cells containing inserted PcG transgenes. Endometrial stromal tumors provide evidence for a direct causal relationship because they contain several chromosomal translocations and resultant gene fusions(More)
To the Editor: We would like to retract our article, "A Genomic Strategy to Refine Prognosis in Early-Stage Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer,"(1) which was published in the Journal on August 10, 2006. Using a sample set from a study by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) and a collection of samples from a study by the Cancer and Leukemia(More)
We have developed an assay for pyridoxal kinase which takes advantage of the intense fluorescence yield of the oxime of pyridoxal or pyridoxal-5'-phosphate and the substantial difference in the rates of formation of these two oximes. Evidence is presented which demonstrates that the assay is linear with respect to time and amount of protein and is(More)
Adjuvant radiotherapy for locally advanced prostate cancer improves biochemical and clinical disease-free survival. While comparisons in intact prostate cancer show a benefit for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) over 3D conformal planning, this has not been studied for post-prostatectomy radiotherapy (RT). This study compares normal tissue and(More)
BACKGROUND Arrhythmia recurrence after cardiac radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for atrial fibrillation has been linked to conduction through discontinuous lesion lines. Intraprocedural visualization and corrective ablation of lesion line discontinuities could decrease postprocedure atrial fibrillation recurrence. Intracardiac acoustic radiation force impulse(More)
BACKGROUND Risk-stratifying heart failure patients for primary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) remains a challenge, especially for blacks, who have an increased incidence of sudden cardiac death but have been underrepresented in clinical trials. We hypothesized that the S1103Y cardiac sodium channel SCN5A variant influences the(More)
BACKGROUND Disturbances in cardiac rhythm can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Many arrhythmias are known to have a heritable component, but the degree to which genetic variation contributes to disease risk and morbidity is poorly understood. METHODS AND RESULTS The EPGEN is a prospective single-center repository that archives DNA, RNA, and(More)
BACKGROUND Restoration of sinus rhythm (SR) in patients with atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (AF/AFL) is limited principally to direct current cardioversion. The multi-ion channel blocker vanoxerine may prove an effective alternative. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess vanoxerine, a 1,4-dialkylpiperazine derivative, for acute conversion(More)