Kimberly Lezon-Geyda

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There is an increasing interest in using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping arrays for profiling chromosomal rearrangements in tumors, as they allow simultaneous detection of copy number and loss of heterozygosity with high resolution. Critical issues such as signal baseline shift due to aneuploidy, normal cell contamination, and the presence(More)
The Mds1 and Evi1 complex locus (Mecom) gives rise to several alternative transcripts implicated in leukemogenesis. However, the contribution that Mecom-derived gene products make to normal hematopoiesis remains largely unexplored. To investigate the role of the upstream transcription start site of Mecom in adult hematopoiesis, we created a mouse model with(More)
The zinc finger protein EVI1 is causally associated with acute myeloid leukemogenesis, and inhibition of its function with a small molecule therapeutic may provide effective therapy for EVI1-expressing leukemias. In this paper we describe the development of a pyrrole-imidazole polyamide to specifically block EVI1 binding to DNA. We first identify essential(More)
Hereditary xerocytosis (HX; MIM 194380) is an autosomal-dominant hemolytic anemia characterized by primary erythrocyte dehydration. In many patients, heterozygous mutations associated with delayed channel inactivation have been identified in PIEZO1. This report describes patients from 2 well-phenotyped HX kindreds, including from one of the first HX(More)
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a subset of CD4(+) T helper cells that migrate into germinal centers and promote B-cell maturation into memory B and plasma cells. Tfh cells are necessary for promotion of protective humoral immunity following pathogen challenge, but when aberrantly regulated, drive pathogenic antibody formation in autoimmunity and(More)
Metaplastic breast carcinomas (MBCs) are basal-like tumors that frequently express epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) via an unknown underlying genetic mechanism. In this study, the EGFR/CEP7 gene copy number in 17 MBCs with chondroid, squamous, and spindle-cell differentiation showing EGFR expression by immunohistochemistry was analyzed using(More)
OBJECTIVE In polycythemia vera (PV) there is no specific clonal marker because the molecular lesion responsible for PV is unknown. The recent demonstration that the PRV-1 gene is overexpressed in granulocytes from patients with PV provided the rationale for the current study to investigate whether PRV-1 is structurally rearranged, thus explaining its(More)
Constitutive activation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway has been suggested as a mechanism of resistance to trastuzumab therapy. This phase II trial was designed to evaluate the safety and clinical activity of daily oral sirolimus, a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor, in combination with trastuzumab in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer(More)
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is characterized by high proliferation, poor differentiation and a poor prognosis due to high rates of recurrence. Despite lower overall incidence African American (AA) patients suffer from higher breast cancer mortality in part due to the higher proportion of TNBC cases among AA patients compared to European Americans(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal weekly oral dose of sirolimus and intravenous nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) were evaluated. METHODS A phase 1b study was performed to evaluate escalating doses of oral sirolimus (5-60 mg) on days 2, 9, and 16 with intravenous nab-paclitaxel (100 mg/m(2) ) on days 1, 8, and 15 in a 28-day cycle. A run-in(More)