Nicholas C Lea

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Budd-Chiari Syndrome (BCS) results from obstruction to hepatic venous outflow, with myeloproliferative disorder (MPD) accounting for up to 40% of cases. A number of BCS cases labelled as "idiopathic" do not fulfill the diagnostic criteria for MPD but have features suggestive of a latent form based on hyperplastic bone marrow and erythroid(More)
Mutations in the TET2 gene are frequent in myeloid disease, although their biologic and prognostic significance remains unclear. We analyzed 355 patients with myelodysplastic syndromes using "next-generation" sequencing for TET2 aberrations, 91 of whom were also subjected to single-nucleotide polymorphism 6.0 array karyotyping. Seventy-one TET2 mutations,(More)
Tumors produce a variety of immunosuppressive factors which can prevent the proliferation and maturation of a number of normal hemopoietic cell types. We have investigated whether primary acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells have an effect on normal T cell function and signaling. Tumor cell supernatant (TSN) from AML cells inhibited T cell activation and Th1(More)
Low-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with normal cytogenetics accounts for approximately 50% of MDS patients. There are no pathognomonic markers in these cases and the diagnosis rests on cytomorphologic abnormalities in bone marrow and/or peripheral blood. Affymetrix high-resolution single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping microarrays allow(More)
This study aimed to determine the incidence/prognostic impact of TP53 mutation in 318 myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients, and to correlate the changes to cytogenetics, single nucleotide polymorphism array karyotyping and clinical outcome. The median age was 65 years (17-89 years) and median follow-up was 45 months [95% confidence interval (CI) 27-62(More)
Although it is evident that BCR-ABL can rescue cytokine-deprived hematopoietic progenitor cells from cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, the exact mechanism of action of BCR/ABL and interleukin (IL)-3 to promote proliferation and survival has not been established. Using the pro-B cell line BaF3 and a BaF3 cell line stably overexpressing BCR-ABL (BaF3-p210), we(More)
PURPOSE Cryptic chromosomal aberrations, such as regions of uniparental disomy (UPD), have been shown to harbor homozygous mutations and are a common feature in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). We investigated the sequence integrity of 4q24 candidate tumor suppressor gene TET2 in MDS patients with UPD on chromosome 4. PATIENTS AND METHODS The coding exons(More)
BACKGROUND Occult myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) are present in 25% of patients with chronic portal, splenic and mesenteric venous thrombosis (PSMVT). A somatic mutation of JAK2 (JAK2V617F) can be used to identify patients with latent MPD. AIM We evaluated the prevalence and clinical significance of JAK2V617F in patients with chronic PSMVT. METHODS(More)
Cross-linking of the B cell antigen receptor (BCR) on immature WEHI 231 B cells results in G1 cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Here we investigated the molecular mechanisms that are necessary and sufficient for these changes to occur. We show that BCR stimulation of WEHI 231 cells results in down-regulation of cyclin D2 and up-regulation of p27(Kip1), which(More)