Jessica Anna Cintolo

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Dendritic cells (DC) are professional antigen-presenting cells uniquely suited for cancer immunotherapy. They induce primary immune responses, potentiate the effector functions of previously primed T-lymphocytes, and orchestrate communication between innate and adaptive immunity. The remarkable diversity of cytokine activation regimens, DC maturation(More)
Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging modality that using radiotracers, permits real-time dynamic monitoring of biologic processes such as cell metabolic behavior and proliferation, and has proven useful as a research tool for understanding tumor biology. While it does not have a well-defined role in breast cancer for the purposes of screening,(More)
Vaccination strategies incorporating the immunodominant HLA-A2-restricted HER2/neu-derived peptide 369-377 (HER2369-377) are increasingly utilized in HER2/neu-expressing cancer patients. The failure of postvaccination HER2369-377-specific CD8(+) T cells to recognize HLA-A2(pos)HER2/neu-expressing cells in vitro, however, has been attributed to impaired MHC(More)
BACKGROUND Intraluminal erosion of a laparoscopic gastric band into the stomach has been reported as a complication of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. To our knowledge, however, intraluminal erosion of the band tubing into the duodenum has not been described. PATIENT AND METHODS We report a 46-year-old man in whom a laparoscopic adjustable(More)
BACKGROUND Standard treatment of large gastric bezoars not amenable to medical or endoscopic management is surgical removal. The optimal operative approach, laparotomy versus laparoscopy, is a contested subject. Though laparoscopic removal has been described, it remains a relatively new technique for surgical management with outcome literature limited to(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) have several characteristics that make them an ideal vehicle for tumor vaccines, and with the first US FDA-approved DC-based vaccine in use for the treatment of prostate cancer, this technology has become a promising new therapeutic option. However, DC-based vaccines face several barriers that have limited their effectiveness in(More)
Dendritic cells (DC), master antigen-presenting cells that orchestrate interactions between the adaptive and innate immune arms, are increasingly utilized in cancer immunotherapy. Despite remarkable progress in our understanding of DC immunobiology, as well as several encouraging clinical applications - such as DC-based sipuleucel-T for metastatic(More)
BACKGROUND We report a novel approach to mortality review using a 360° survey and a multidisciplinary mortality committee (MMC) to optimize efforts to improve inpatient care. METHODS In 2009, a 16-item, 360° compulsory quality improvement survey was implemented for mortality review. Descriptive statistics were performed to compare the responses by(More)
Existing therapies targeting the mutated BRAF oncodriver (BRAF(V600E)) successfully treat melanoma but are susceptible to resistance. This study assessed the potential of a dendritic cell-based BRAF(V600E) vaccine for the treatment of BRAF(V600E)-mutant melanoma. Type 1-polarized dendritic cells (DC1) pulsed with affinity-modified BRAF(V600E) peptide were(More)
Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) and histological regression in primary melanoma are generally considered indicators of the local immune response but their roles as prognostic factors have been variably reported. We examined the prognostic role of these variables in patients with high risk (T4) primary melanomas in a large series of patients with(More)