Sadaf Altaf

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The excitatory amino acids (EAAs), glutamate and aspartate, acting predominantly on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, have been shown to be involved in the central regulation of the secretion of several anterior pituitary hormones including prolactin (PRL), whereas ketamine hydrochloride (KH), a widely used anesthetic, has been reported to antagonize a(More)
On the Fourth Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma study, older children experienced excessive neurotoxicity, whereas younger children had increased myelosuppression. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the same pattern of toxicity was seen on the successor study when use of growth factor was required and dosing of chemotherapy was different by(More)
INTRODUCTION Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is characterized by multisystem inflammation, resulting from prolonged and intense activation of macrophages, histiocytes and CD8+ T-cells. Due to its variable presentation and non-specific findings, timely diagnosis can be challenging. This condition has been associated with malignancies, most commonly with(More)
BACKGROUND Body mass index (BMI), at diagnosis has been associated with lower survival and increased toxicity in cancer patients. We analyzed the effect of BMI at diagnosis on therapy related toxicities and outcome in pediatric osteosarcoma patients treated on Children's Oncology Group (COG) trial INT0133. PROCEDURES All patients enrolled on COG-INT0133(More)
Graft versus host disease (GVHD) remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity after matched unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Campath-1 H (alemtuzumab), a humanized monoclonal antibody to CD52 antigen, is thought to reduce GVHD incidence through in vivo T-cell depletion. Through the same mechanism it can potentially increase the(More)
The present study attempts to examine the role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the central regulation of growth hormone (GH) secretion during specific stages of pubertal development of the male rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta). Infantile (n=4), prepubertal (n=5), peripubertal (n=5) and adult (n=5) intact male rhesus monkeys were given an agonist of(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the initial experience and demographics of T2* cardiac magnetic resonance-based myocardial-iron quantification of transfusion-dependent thalassemia-major (TM) patients from Pakistan and the correlation with serum ferritin. METHODS Eligible TM patients presenting between April 2014 and April 2015 to Aga Khan University Hospital,(More)
In the present study, the pituitary growth hormone (GH) response to graded doses of GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) was determined in intact (n = 3) and chronically orchidectomized (n = 3) adult rhesus monkeys (Mucaca mulatta). GHRH in doses of 0, 6.25, 12.5 and 25 microg/kg BW was infused through a teflon cannula implanted in the saphenous vein. Blood samples(More)
Acute appendicitis in children with acute leukemia is uncommon and often recognized late. Immunocompromised host state coupled with the importance of avoiding treatment delays makes management additionally challenging. Leukemic infiltration of the appendix though rare must also be considered. Although successful conservative management has been reported,(More)