Kim E. Nichols

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The magnesium transporter 1 (MAGT1) is a critical regulator of basal intracellular free magnesium (Mg(2+)) concentrations. Individuals with genetic deficiencies in MAGT1 have high levels of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and a predisposition to lymphoma. We show that decreased intracellular free Mg(2+) causes defective expression of the natural killer activating(More)
Mammalian Toll-like receptors (TLRs) recognize microbial pathogen-associated molecular patterns and are critical for innate immunity against microbial infection. Diacylglycerol (DAG) kinases (DGKs) regulate the intracellular levels of two important second messengers involved in signaling from many surface receptors by converting DAG to phosphatidic acid(More)
In the present study, we characterize a polymorphism in the CD93 molecule, originally identified as the receptor for the C1q complement component (i.e., C1qRp, or AA4.1) in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. This allele carries a coding polymorphism in the first epidermal growth factor-like domain of CD93, which results in an amino acid substitution from(More)
Patients with the primary immunodeficiency X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (XLP), which is caused by mutations in SH2D1A, are highly susceptible to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. Nonetheless, some XLP patients demonstrate less severe clinical manifestations after primary infection. SH2D1A encodes the adaptor molecule SLAM-associated protein (SAP),(More)
Our understanding of hereditary cancer syndromes in children, adolescents, and young adults continues to grow. In addition, we now recognize the wide variation in tumor spectrum found within each specific cancer predisposition syndrome including the risk for hematologic malignancies. An increased understanding of the genetic mutations, biologic(More)
A 10-year-old boy presented with a 3-day history of worsening abdominal pain, fever, emesis and melena. Abdominal ultrasound revealed a right upper quadrant mass that was confirmed by computed tomography angiogram (CTA), which showed an 8 cm well-defined retroperitoneal vascular mass. (123)Iodine metaiodobenzylguanidine ((123)MIBG) scan indicated uptake(More)
BACKGROUND Li-Fraumeni syndrome is a rare genetic cancer predisposition syndrome caused by germline TP53 mutations. Up to 20% of mutation carriers develop cancer during childhood. The benefits of TP53 mutation testing of children are a matter of debate and knowledge of parent decision-making around such testing is limited. The current study examined how(More)
Described over 2 decades ago, invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are innate-type T lymphocytes that bear " invariant " T-cell receptors (TCRs) comprised of a limited number of Vα and Vβ chains that recognize glycolipid antigens presented by the CD1d molecule. 1 Upon TCR activation , iNKT cells rapidly secrete large amounts of a variety of cytokines,(More)
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