Juan Jose Toro

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Calcineurin is an important signaling molecule in the kidney and may be involved in a variety of processes. The phosphatase subunit of calcineurin (CnA) has three isoforms, alpha, beta, and gamma. In this study, we investigated the effect of loss of calcineurin A-alpha (CnA-alpha) or calcineurin A-beta (CnA-beta) on the development and function of the(More)
There is no information regarding the toxicity associated with autologous hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation (AHPCT) in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who have bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). There is also limited information regarding long-term outcome of these patients. In this retrospective cohort study, we compared(More)
Toxicity associated with a second autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplant (APBSCT) in patients who relapse following initial APBSCT for multiple myeloma (MM) has not been well described. We conducted a retrospective, case-series of 25 consecutive patients who received a second APBSCT for relapsed or progressive disease following prior APBSCT to(More)
OBJECTIVE We monitored the epidemiology and microbiology of oral yeast colonization in patients undergoing hemopoietic progenitor cell transplantation (HPCT) to examine associations between yeast colonization and oral mucositis. STUDY DESIGN One hundred twenty-one consecutive HPCT patients were sampled for oral yeasts prior to fluconazole (FLC)(More)
Multiple myeloma is the most frequent indication for high-dose melphalan (HDM) chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Gastrointestinal symptoms represent the most significant nonhematological toxicity of HDM. However, specific, especially genetic, predictors of their incidence or clinical severity are lacking. The amino acid(More)
There is limited information regarding of use of vascular access devices (VAD) in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The frequent use of VAD in HSCT and its potential to cause morbidity requires understanding of the general use of VAD in HSCT. A World Wide Web-based 19-item questionnaire was designed to determine the(More)
Outcome disparity associated with race or ethnicity in the United States has been observed in hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The underlying reasons for such disparity are not known. In the United States, an optimal study of health care disparity by race or ethnicity involves consideration of both biologic and psychosocial determinants, which(More)
BACKGROUND Falls are common in hospitalized patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Research demonstrates that preventing patient falls requires knowledge of the risk factors and the circumstances preceding the patient's fall.
. OBJECTIVES To identify risk factors related to falls in recipients of ASCT and assess the predictive(More)
The serine/threonine phosphatase calcineurin is an important signaling molecule involved in kidney development and function. One potential target of calcineurin action is the water channel aquaporin 2 (AQP2). In this study, we examined the effect of loss of calcineurin Aalpha (CnAalpha) on AQP2 function in vivo. CnAalpha null mice were found to have(More)
Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who relapse after autologous transplantation have limited therapeutic options. We conducted a prospective, multicenter, phase IIa study to investigate the safety and efficacy of i.v. busulfan (Bu) in combination with bortezomib as a conditioning regimen for a second autotransplantation. Because a safe Bu exposure was(More)