Jocelyne Fagan

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The CD40 ligand (CD40L/CD154), a member of TNF superfamily, is notably expressed on activated CD4+ T-cells and stimulated platelets. CD40L is linked to a variety of pathologies and to acute transfusion reactions (ATR). Mutations in this gene (CD40LG) lead to X-linked hyper-IgM syndrome. Some CD40LG polymorphisms are associated with variable protein(More)
This study aimed to measure the rates of ongoing heroin abuse among patients on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) and sought to identify patient and treatment characteristics associated with poorer outcome. The study was carried out at an outpatient drug treatment clinic and included all patients who were on the MMT during a three month period in 2004.(More)
Myofibroma is a benign fibrous tumour that may be found in the soft tissues, skeleton, and internal organs. It is a rare lesion but is the commonest fibrous tumour in infancy. Involvement of the skull has been reported in some 21 cases in the English-language literature. None of these, however, has arisen outside infancy. Here, we report a myofibroma(More)
Increased circulating soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) is commonly associated with inflammatory disorders. We aimed to investigate whether gene polymorphisms in CD40LG, CD40 and ITGA2 are associated with a propensity to secrete sCD40L; thus, we examined this issue at the level of human platelets, the principal source of sCD40L. We performed single polymorphism(More)
BACKGROUND Biological response modifiers (BRMs), secreted by platelets (PLTs) during storage, play a role in adverse events (AEs) associated with transfusion. Moreover, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) levels in PLT components (PCs) are associated with AEs. In this study we explore whether there is a correlation between pathogenic BRMs and mtDNA levels and whether(More)
The rationale for surgical treatment of head and neck cancer is based on a predictable pattern of metastasis. There is aberrant or unpredictable spread rarely and typically only in recurrent disease. There are few published reports to our knowledge of axillary metastases from squamous cell cancer (SCC) of the head and neck. We present a patient who(More)
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