Sara O. Vargas

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Wilms tumor is a pediatric kidney cancer associated with inactivation of the WT1 tumor-suppressor gene in 5 to 10% of cases. Using a high-resolution screen for DNA copy-number alterations in Wilms tumor, we identified somatic deletions targeting a previously uncharacterized gene on the X chromosome. This gene, which we call WTX, is inactivated in(More)
A highly distinctive subset of renal neoplasms of children and young adults contains a t(6;11)(p21;q12), a translocation recently been shown to result in fusion of Alpha, a gene on 11q12, with the transcription factor gene TFEB on 6p21. To define the clinicopathologic spectrum of this nascent entity and to establish immunohistochemical (IHC) and molecular(More)
PURPOSE A balanced chromosomal translocation, t(15;19), resulting in the BRD4-NUT oncogene, has been identified in a lethal carcinoma of young people, a disease described primarily in case reports. We sought to amass a more definitive series of tumors with NUT and/or BRD4 gene rearrangements and to determine distinct clinicopathologic features. PATIENTS(More)
Development of the vascular disease pulmonary hypertension (PH) involves disparate molecular pathways that span multiple cell types. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) may coordinately regulate PH progression, but the integrative functions of miRNAs in this process have been challenging to define with conventional approaches. Here, analysis of the molecular network(More)
MITF, TFE3, TFEB, and TFEC comprise a transcription factor family (MiT) that regulates key developmental pathways in several cell lineages. Like MYC, MiT members are basic helix-loop-helix-leucine zipper transcription factors. MiT members share virtually perfect homology in their DNA binding domains and bind a common DNA motif. Translocations of TFE3 occur(More)
BACKGROUND Primary pleuropulmonary synovial sarcoma (SS) is a rare neoplasm and a recently recognized anatomic subset. Its clinicopathologic attributes are not yet well defined. METHODS In this study, the clinical and histopathologic features of 12 SS arising in the lung and/or pleura were analyzed. RESULTS The neoplasms occurred in 7 men and 5 women,(More)
Alveolar macrophages (AMs) avidly bind and ingest inhaled environmental particles and bacteria. To identify the particle binding receptor(s) on human AMs, we used functional screening of anti-human AM hybridomas and isolated a mAb, PLK-1, which inhibits AM binding of unopsonized particles (e.g., TiO2, latex beads; 63 +/- 5 and 67 +/- 4% inhibition,(More)
BACKGROUND Nebulized amphotericin B deoxycholate (AmBd) has been used to prevent invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after lung transplantation. METHODS In this retrospective study we compared the safety and tolerability of nebulized AmBd and nebulized liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB) in 38 consecutive lung transplant recipients. Progress notes, medication(More)
With the exception of germ-line mutations in ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, genetic predictors for women destined for ovarian serous cancer cannot be identified in advance of malignancy. We recently showed that benign secretory cell outgrowths (SCOUTs) in the oviduct are increased in frequency with concurrent serous cancer and typically lack PAX2(More)
Only two karyotypes of perineurioma have previously been reported, 46XX,del(10)(q22q24),der(10),del(22)(q11-12q?)/47, idem,+der(10) (in a sclerosing perineurioma of the finger) and 45,XX,add(14)(p13),-22,add(22)(q11.2) (in an intraneural perineurioma). We investigated the clinicopathologic and cytogenetic findings in four consecutive perineuriomas in(More)