Marian Hepburn

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The potential contribution of abnormal marrow stromal function to ineffective haemopoiesis in the myelodysplastic syndromes is unclear. We have compared the ability of stromal layers from normal (n = 7) and myelodysplastic (n = 9) marrow to alter proliferation and survival of the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor/interleukin-3-dependent cell(More)
Ineffective haemopoiesis leading to cytopenia presents the major clinical management problem for patients with myelodysplasia (MDS). Preliminary studies have demonstrated that the synthetic aminothiol Amifostine stimulates multilineage haemopoiesis both in vitro and in vivo in patients with MDS. We have treated 12 patients with an uninterrupted 8-week(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The regulation of hematopoiesis by marrow stroma in vitro, has been shown to be abnormal in some patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). This study was performed to assess whether a range of mechanisms may be altered within the MDS microenvironment. DESIGN AND METHODS The effects of diffusible factors produced by normal or(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are phase II metabolizing enzymes which catalyze the conjugation of glutathione (GSH) to electrophilic substrates and possess selenium-independent glutathione peroxidase activity. The GST enzyme family includes the cytosolic isoforms GST-alpha, mu (GSTM), pi (GSTP), theta (GSTT) and sigma (GSTS).(More)
alpha-particles, which are ionising radiation of high linear-energy-transfer emitted, for example, from radon or plutonium, pass through tissue as highly structured tracks. Single target cells in the path of the tracks might be damaged by even low-dose alpha-irradiation. We found non-clonal cytogenetic aberrations, characterised by a high frequency of(More)
Peripheral blood CD34/45+ cell (CD34/45) enumeration is an expensive and labour-intensive investigation but remains the standard assay for optimizing yield and timing of peripheral blood stem cell harvesting (PBSCH). The present study examined the value of the Sysmex SE9000 parameters (WBC, neutrophil count, and immature myeloid index (IMI)) and Sysmex(More)
The pattern of emergence of multipotential (CFU-A) and committed (CFU-GM and BFU-E) progenitor cells in peripheral blood has been examined in patients with Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mobilization protocols used chemotherapy with or without granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (n=8 and n=5, respectively). In all patients, the numbers of(More)
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