Martin J. Hicks

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Voltage-dependent anion channels (VDACs), also known as mitochondrial porins, are small channel proteins involved in the translocation of metabolites across the mitochondrial outer membrane. A single channel-forming protein is found in yeast, whereas higher eukaryotes express multiple VDACs, with humans and mice each harboring three distinct channels(More)
The vast majority of healthy individuals have some form of melanocytic lesions with most having several cutaneous melanocytic nevocellular nevi. The incidence of cutaneous melanoma, despite improved prevention and early diagnosis of precursor melanocytic lesions, is on the increase with a projection that one in 75 persons born in the year 2000 will develop(More)
The expression of leukocyte and endothelial cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) is essential for the emigration of leukocytes during an inflammatory response. The importance of the inflammatory response in the development of atherosclerosis is indicated by the increased expression of adhesion molecules, proinflammatory cytokines, and growth factors in lesions(More)
CONTEXT Intraneural perineurioma may be confused with other "onion bulb" Schwann cell entities (localized hypertrophic neuropathy, reactive/demyelinating processes, or inherited polyneuropathies of Charcot-Marie-Tooth/Dejerine Sottas) due to similar clinical, radiologic, and histologic features. Perineurial and Schwann cells can only be differentiated by(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Lipoblastoma/lipoblastomatosis is a poorly understood and uncommon soft tissue tumor of infancy and early childhood. Twenty-four patients that presented to a single institution over a 15-year period were reviewed for clinical features and outcome. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted. RESULTS Twenty-five cases were identified;(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Renal tumors are rare in infants less than 6 months of age and may have associated paraneoplastic symptoms. To better define the characteristics of these tumors the authors reviewed their 10-year institutional experience. METHODS The authors searched the pathology database to identify all renal tumors resected at their institution since(More)
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a clonal disorder with elusive etiology, characterized by the accumulation of CD207(+) dendritic cells (DCs) in inflammatory lesions. Recurrent BRAF-V600E mutations have been reported in LCH. In this study, lesions from 100 patients were genotyped, and 64% carried the BRAF-V600E mutation within infiltrating CD207(+)(More)
Cells from patients with Fanconi anemia (FA), an inherited disorder that includes bone marrow failure and cancer predisposition, have increased sensitivity to oxidative stress through an unknown mechanism. We demonstrate that the FA group G (FANCG) protein is found in mitochondria. Wild-type but not G546R mutant FANCG physically interacts with the(More)
During the initial phase of the inflammatory response, leukocytes marginate and roll along the endothelial surface, a process mediated largely by the selectins and their ligands. Mice with mutations in individual selectins show no spontaneous disease and have mild or negligible deficiencies of inflammatory responses. In contrast, we find that mice with null(More)
Immunoglobulin (Ig) M nephropathy is defined by electron-dense mesangial deposits and mesangial IgM visible by immunofluorescence (IF) without other histopathologic and immunofluorescent microscopic abnormalities. Certain patients have only immuno-positive (IgM+) IF. Children presenting with steroid-dependent or steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome have a(More)