Kevin Barton

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The NOTCH ligand, JAG2, was found to be overexpressed in malignant plasma cells from multiple myeloma (MM) patients and cell lines but not in nonmalignant plasma cells from tonsils, bone marrow from healthy individuals, or patients with other malignancies. In addition, JAG2 overexpression was detected in 5 of 5 patients with monoclonal gammopathy of(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of autologous stem-cell transplantation during the first remission in patients with diffuse, aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma classified as high-intermediate risk or high risk on the International Prognostic Index remains controversial and is untested in the rituximab era. METHODS We treated 397 patients who had disease with an(More)
World Health Organization grade II gliomas (GIIG) are diffuse, slow-growing, primary neuroectodermal tumors that occur in the central nervous system. They are generally seen in young individuals and are slightly more common in Whites and males. Most patients present with seizures but neurologic deficits are rare. Magnetic resonance imaging best detects GIIG(More)
POEMS syndrome is a disorder characterized by polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, and skin changes. Castleman's disease is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder that can be present in patients with POEMS syndrome. Previous case reports have documented the association between POEMS syndrome and arterial and venous thromboses of(More)
CD1 molecules are MHC class I-like glycoproteins specialized in presenting lipid/glycolipid Ags to T cells. The distinct cell-type specific expression of CD1D1 plays an important role in the development and function of NKT cells, a unique subset of immunoregulatory T cells. However, the mechanisms regulating CD1D1 expression are largely unknown. In this(More)
It has been shown that mice with a targeted mutation in the Ets-1 gene exhibit increased B cell terminal differentiation to IgM-secreting plasma cells. Here, we show that mice, formerly described to lack Ets-1 protein, actually express low levels of an internally deleted Ets-1 protein. Mice harboring this Ets-1 hypomorphic allele possess very few marginal(More)
Elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) have a poor prognosis due to low response rates (26-46%) to standard chemotherapy and high treatment-related mortality (11-31%). In this Phase II study, we used a combination of hydroxyurea (HU), azacitidine and low dose gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) to assess its(More)
Previously it was shown that the Ets proteins, PU.1 and Spi-B, exhibit functional redundancy in B lymphocytes. To investigate the possibility that PU.1 or Spi-B or both share overlapping roles with Ets-1 or Elf-1, PU.1(+/-)Ets-1(-/-), PU.1(+/-)Elf-1(-/-), and Spi-B(-/-)Ets-1(-/-) animals were generated. No blood cell defects were observed in these animals(More)
CONTEXT In plasma cell dyscrasias, involvement of the distal tubules is frequent and well characterized. In contrast, proximal tubules have only rarely been reported to show diagnostic pathology such as intracytoplasmic crystals. OBJECTIVE To look for additional morphologic features that might be helpful in the diagnosis of proximal tubulopathy associated(More)
BACKGROUND The largest known outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections occurred during 2014. The goal of our study is to characterize the illness severity and clinical presentation of children infected with EV-D68 in comparison to non-EV-D68-human rhinoviruses/enteroviruses (HRV/EV). METHOD Our study is a retrospective analysis of severity level,(More)