Martin L. Lesser

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BACKGROUND Therapeutic angiogenesis, a new experimental strategy for the treatment of vascular insufficiency, uses the administration of mediators known to induce vascular development in embryogenesis to induce neovascularization of ischemic adult tissues. This report summarizes a phase I clinical experience with a gene-therapy strategy that used an(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with abnormal activity in spatially distributed neural systems mediating the motor and cognitive manifestations of this disorder. Metabolic PET studies have demonstrated that this illness is characterized by a set of reproducible functional brain networks that correlate with these clinical features. The time at which(More)
We studied the frequency with which unexplained oral candidiasis led to unequivocal acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in patients at risk. Twenty-two previously healthy adults with unexplained oral candidiasis, of whom the 19 tested had a reversed T4/T8 ratio and 20 had generalized lymphadenopathy, were compared with 20 similar patients with a(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic Parkinson's disease can present with symptoms similar to those of multiple system atrophy or progressive supranuclear palsy. We aimed to assess whether metabolic brain imaging combined with spatial covariance analysis could accurately discriminate patients with parkinsonism who had different underlying disorders. METHODS Between(More)
Genotyping for 10 mutations in the CYP21 gene was performed in 88 families with congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency. Southern blot analysis was used to detect CYP21 deletions or large gene conversions, and allele-specific hybridizations were performed with DNA amplified by the polymerase chain reaction to detect smaller(More)
We used monoclonal antibodies to identify occult micrometastases in the bone marrow of 49 patients with operable (stage I and II) breast carcinoma. Follow-up (mean, 29 months; median, 30 months) revealed that 12 patients recurred. The presence of bone marrow micrometastases (BMM) was significantly associated with early recurrence (P less than .04). The(More)
The serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 8 women with ataxia, 6 of whom also had eye movement abnormalities believed to be opsoclonus, were found to contain a highly specific antineuronal antibody we call anti-Ri. Seven of the 8 women also had or developed cancer: carcinoma of the breast in 5, adenocarcinoma in an axillary lymph node in 1, and carcinoma(More)
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the most common chemotherapeutic agent used in the treatment of colorectal cancer, yet objective response rates are low. Recently, camptothecin (CPT) has emerged as an effective alternative therapy. Decisive means to determine treatment, based on the likelihood of response to each of these agents, could greatly enhance the(More)
The distribution and time course of postischemic astrocyte hypertrophy and hyperplasia and the relationship to neuronal viability or necrosis was studied in rats subjected to 30 min of carotid and vertebral artery occlusion followed by reperfusion from 3 h to 5 weeks. Intermediate filaments (IFs) were evaluated by electron microscopy, IF proteins by(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Diarrhea-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome (D+HUS) is a common cause of acute kidney injury in children. Mutations in alternative pathway (AP) complement regulatory proteins have been identified in severe cases of thrombotic microangiopathy, but the role of the AP in D+HUS has not been studied. Therefore, we determined whether(More)