John L. Wagner

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Haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an attractive alternative donor option based on the rapid availability of an acceptable donor for most patients and decreased cost compared with costs of other alternative donor strategies. The safety of haploidentical HSCT has increased in recent years, making it ethically feasible to offer(More)
In patients with multiple myeloma (MM) undergoing autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (auto-HCT), peripheral blood progenitor cells may be collected following mobilization with growth factor alone (GF) or cytotoxic chemotherapy plus GF (CC+GF). It is uncertain whether the method of mobilization affects post-transplant outcomes. We compared these(More)
Haploidentical stem cell transplantation (SCT) offers a transplantation option to patients who lack an HLA-matched donor. We developed a 2-step approach to myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for patients with haploidentical or matched related (MR) donors. In this approach, the lymphoid and myeloid portions of the graft are(More)
This study was conducted to define a new maximum tolerated dose and the dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) of melphalan and autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) when used with the cytoprotective agent amifostine. Fifty-eight patients with various types of malignancy who were ineligible for higher-priority AHSCT protocols were entered on a(More)
Nonmyeloablative pretransplantation conditioning regimens have resulted in durable engraftment of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells. In contrast to conventional fully myeloablative approaches, nonmyeloablative regimens are associated with a marked reduction of morbidity and mortality in the early posttransplantation period. Consequently, such(More)
Studies of haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) have identified threshold doses of T cells below which severe GVHD is usually absent. However, little is known regarding optimal T-cell dosing as it relates to engraftment, immune reconstitution, and relapse. To begin to address this question, we developed a 2-step myeloablative(More)
There was an increase in the Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) rate in our bone marrow transplantation unit. To evaluate the role of unit-based transmission, C. difficile screening was performed on adult patients admitted for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) over a 2-year period, and C. difficile isolates were typed. C. difficile testing(More)
Donor lymphocytes have potential as a treatment for adenovirus (Ad) disease in haematopoietic stem cell transplant (SCT) recipients, but better understanding of Ad-specific T-cell responses is required. Most healthy adults exhibit memory T-cell responses to hexon, a capsid protein synthesized late after infection. However, since the Ad E3-19k downregulates(More)
Adoptive cell transfer immunotherapy has been utilized to treat EBV related human malignancies including post-transplant lymphoproliferative diseases, Hodgkin's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. However, there are limited options available for tumor antigen-specific T cell purification. Here we describe a novel solid phase T cell selection system, in(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We characterized abnormalities of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and determined whether those metabolic abnormalities are associated with extremity lesions in California mice (Peromyscus californicus). METHODS Blood samples were evaluated for glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride, and insulin concentrations. Necropsy and histologic(More)