Kenneth A. Kudsk

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The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) on the catabolic state and clinical outcome of head-injured patients. Thirty-three patients between the ages of 18 and 59 years with isolated traumatic head injury and Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores of 4 to 10 were randomized to one of two groups. All patients(More)
Secretory IgA (SIgA) is the primary mucosal Ig and has been shown to mediate nasotracheal (NT) mucosal immunity in normal immune BALB/c mice. This finding has been challenged by a report of NT immunity without IgA in knockout mice, suggesting that IgA may not be necessary for the protection of mucosal surfaces. Although other protective mechanisms may(More)
The intestinal mucosal immune system is challenged with bacteria, viruses, and parasites, in addition to food and environmental antigens, that require dynamic immune responsiveness for homeostasis. One central signaling pathway is JAK-STAT, which regulates the adaptive and innate immune arms of mucosal immunity as well as epithelial repair and regeneration.(More)
Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR) is characterized by aganglionosis from failure of neural crest cell (NCC) migration to the distal hindgut. Up to 40% of HSCR patients suffer Hirschsprung's-associated enterocolitis (HAEC), with an incidence that is unchanged from the pre-operative to the post-operative state. Recent reports indicate that signaling pathways(More)
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