Jong-Wook Lee

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Previously, we suggested that imatinib incorporation into conventional chemotherapy as an alternative (imatinib interim therapy) might be a useful strategy for bridging the time to allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) for newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph(+) ALL). Here, we provide an updated report on(More)
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by clonal proliferation of stem cell-like blasts in bone marrow (BM); however, their unique cellular interaction within the BM microenvironment and its functional significance remain unclear. Here, we assessed the BM microenvironment of AML patients and demonstrate that the leukemia(More)
The outcome of unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation for aplastic anemia is inferior to that of sibling donor bone marrow transplantation because of a higher rate of transplant-related mortality (TRM), which is closely associated with the intensity of pretransplant conditioning to overcome graft rejection. We conducted a prospective trial with an(More)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) remains a major cause of infection in recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) and results in significant mortality and morbidity. We present the results of CMV pp65 antigenemia-guided, risk-adapted preemptive therapy aimed at preventing CMV disease in allogeneic HSCT. Preemptive ganciclovir treatment was started when(More)
OBJECTIVE Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can prevent various autoimmune diseases. We examined the therapeutic potential of transforming growth factor β (TGFβ)-transduced MSCs in experimental autoimmune arthritis, using an accepted animal model of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). METHODS DBA/1J mice with CIA were treated with syngeneic(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the influence of killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) genes, based on the genotypes of inhibitory or activating KIR, in stem cell recipients with acute myelogenous leukemia and their human leukocyte antigen-matched sibling donors on acute graft-versus host disease (GVHD) after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. (More)
Cytomegalovirus gastrointestinal (CMV-GI) disease in GI graft-versus-host disease (GI-GVHD) has not been properly evaluated in the era of preemptive therapy for CMV infection. We investigated 103 patients with GI-GVHD who underwent endoscopic biopsies with immunohistochemical staining for CMV. All recipients and/or donors were seropositive for CMV and(More)
In this study, we investigated the effects of low-dose antithymocyte globulin (ATG, thymoglobulin) in the prevention of acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) in mismatched, unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplantations (uHSCTs) in patients with the single disease entity of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Patients (n = 103) with a variable risk for(More)
This study was to analyze the infectious complications after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) according to the recent changes of HSCT. Medical records of 379 adult patients who underwent HSCT consecutively at Catholic HSCT Center from January 2001 to December 2002 were reviewed retrospectively. Allogeneic HSCT accounted for 75.7% (287/379) and(More)
OBJECTIVES Imatinib (Glivec, STI571) has been successfully used in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia with the Philadelphia chromosome (Ph). We used imatinib interim therapy for four consecutive patients with newly diagnosed Ph+ acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We monitored the patient status for minimal residual(More)