Russell Keenan

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For most chemicals, the Reference Dose (RfD) is based on data from animal testing. The uncertainty introduced by the use of animal models has been termed interspecies uncertainty. The magnitude of the differences between the toxicity of a chemical in humans and test animals and its uncertainty can be investigated by evaluating the inter-chemical variation(More)
We report an allelic series of eight mutations in GATA2 underlying Emberger syndrome, an autosomal dominant primary lymphedema associated with a predisposition to acute myeloid leukemia. GATA2 is a transcription factor that plays an essential role in gene regulation during vascular development and hematopoietic differentiation. Our findings indicate that(More)
The contribution of losses via the gastrointestinal tract to maintenance amino acid requirements was assessed by collecting the ileostomy fluid of volunteers given a protein-free diet for 5 d. The subjects were eight adult men and women with terminal ileum ileostomies after ulcerative colitis. Four consecutive 24-h collections of both digesta and urine were(More)
Four reports have been published on an association between acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and primary lymphedema, with or without congenital deafness. We report seven new cases, including one extended family, confirming this entity as a genetic syndrome. The lymphedema typically presents in one or both lower limbs, before the hematological abnormalities,(More)
Aciclovir prophylaxis was previously given to all immunocompromised patients treated by our unit, following contact with varicella zoster. In 2003, we changed practice according to National Guidelines, giving prophylaxis only to patients without serum varicella zoster immunoglobulin G antibody (VZ IgG) at diagnosis of their malignancy. Since then we have(More)
The authors report their experience in successfully treating a 15-week-old child who became comatose following a spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage. It was initially believed that a tumor in the right frontal lobe caused the hemorrhage. Coagulation studies revealed abnormal results on presentation, and the problem was only partially corrected after an(More)
Recent National Toxicology Program (NTP) cancer bioassay data for 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), 2,3,4,7,8-pentachlorodibenzofuran (4-PeCDF), 3,3',4,4',5-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB 126), and a mixture of these three compounds offer opportunities to assess the accuracy of current World Health Organization (WHO) 1998 toxic equivalency factors(More)
The research environment in which saralasin was discovered has been described, and illustrations of the rationale which contributed to its synthesis, selection for development, and eventual development have been presented. As an example, the synthesis of [Sar1, Val5, Ala8]-AII (P113, saralasin) was an attempt to make an AII antagonist which would be(More)
Severe Congenital Neutropenia is a rare condition characterized by a very low neutrophil count, which pre-disposes the affected child to recurrent bacterial infections. Treatment with granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) has dramatically improved the prognosis of these children; but in patients who have become G-CSF refractory, hematopoeitic stem(More)