Mohammad A Wehbi

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The majority of people infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) fail to generate or maintain a T-cell response effective for viral clearance. Evidence from murine chronic viral infections shows that expression of the coinhibitory molecule PD-1 predicts CD8+ antiviral T-cell exhaustion and may contribute to inadequate pathogen control. To investigate whether(More)
Sulindac is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug with a chemopreventive effect in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). In vivo, the active form of sulindac is sulindac sulfide, which is inactivated by the hepatic microsomal enzyme, flavin monooxygenase 3 (FMO3). In humans, numerous polymorphisms exist in FMO3, which alter enzymatic activity(More)
While researchers try to elucidate the origins of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, clinicians continue to face the challenges of identifying and treating the causes of this condition to improve symptoms and survival. We review classification schemes for dilated cardiomyopathy and the current range of diagnostic and therapeutic options and treatment goals.
PURPOSE Sulindac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) effective in regressing adenomas in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). However, a recent randomized trial showed that sulindac, when compared with placebo, failed to prevent the development of adenomatous polyps in genotypically positive but phenotypically negative FAP(More)
A majority of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) do not sustain an effective T-cell response, and viremia persists. The mechanism leading to failure of the HCV-specific CD8(+) T-cell response in patients developing chronic infection is unclear. We investigated apoptosis susceptibility of HCV-specific CD8(+) T cells during the acute and chronic(More)
Carcinoid tumors are neuroendocrine neoplasms, primarily of the gastrointestinal tract. Their incidence has been increasing over the last 2 to 3 decades. Patients often present with vague, nonspecific symptoms. Thus, primary care physicians should keep this diagnosis in mind and start appropriate diagnostic testing if they suspect it on a clinical basis.(More)
In the introductory paragraph of your first editorial as Editors in Chief ( “ Passing the Torch: The American Journal of Gastroenterology 2010 ” ), you wrote that the American Journal of Gastroenterology is the “ oldest surviving publication in gastrointestinal diseases [starting out] as the Review of Gastroenterology in 1934 ( 1 ). ” In fact, this honor(More)
Since the discovery of HIV/AIDS and the introduction of antiretroviral therapy, there have been many observations regarding the causes of HIV/AIDS deaths, opportunistic infections, and coexisting diseases such as non-AIDS-defining malignancies. The bulk of the literature worldwide has been epidemiologic and has involved cross-linkage of both HIV/AIDS and(More)
Celiac disease--a chronic immune-mediated disorder primarily affecting the gastrointestinal tract--is being increasingly recognized, but because half of all cases present atypically or silently, awareness needs to be high, especially in primary care. The diagnosis is based on clinical suspicion combined with laboratory testing and can be established by a(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW The deciphering of the human genome sequence has enabled the identification of genetic polymorphisms that are responsible for inter-individual variation in the response to drug therapy. This field is referred to as pharmacogenetics. We review the impact of pharmacogenetics on therapy in diseases of the colon using three common variant(More)