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PURPOSE The serum free light chain (FLC) assay quantitates free kappa (κ) and free lambda (λ) immunoglobulin light chains. This assay has prognostic value in plasma cell proliferative disorders. There are limited data on serum FLC in B-cell malignancies. PATIENTS AND METHODS The association of pretreatment FLC with event-free survival (EFS) and overall(More)
PURPOSE Studies of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) are typically evaluated by using a time-to-event approach with relapse, re-treatment, and death commonly used as the events. We evaluated the timing and type of events in newly diagnosed DLBCL and compared patient outcome with reference population data. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with newly(More)
BACKGROUND Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune blistering disease characterized by autoantibodies specific for the 180-kd BP antigen-2 (BP180) (also termed "type XVII collagen") protein. The BP180 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is specific for the immunodominant NC16A domain of the protein. However, we and others have observed patients whose(More)
PURPOSE This study sought to characterize transformation incidence and outcome for patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) in a prospective observational series begun after diffusion of rituximab use. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with newly diagnosed FL were prospectively enrolled onto the University of Iowa/Mayo Clinic Specialized Program of Research(More)
Serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP) is often obtained at the initial evaluation of a radiolucent bone lesion of unknown etiology. The results are considered convincing evidence of the presence or absence of a plasma cell neoplasm. The sensitivity and specificity of the SPEP have not been reported in this clinical scenario. Our purpose is to assess the(More)
Although the topic is somewhat contentious, fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is frequently used in conjunction with flow cytometry (FC) to evaluate lymphoid proliferations. Despite the fact that the FNA and FC are often analyzed independently, no previous large-scale study has independently analyzed FC of FNA specimens. FC reports of 511 FNAs were(More)
Analysis of B-cell-specific transcription factors is useful in understanding of the differentiation-linked phenotype in Hodgkin's as well as in non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. We analyzed the expression profiling of transcription factors Pax-5, Oct-1, Oct-2, BOB.1, and PU.1 in 109 cases, including non-Hodgkin's lymphomas of B- and T-lineage, classical Hodgkin's(More)
Serum cytokines and chemokines may reflect tumor biology and host response in follicular lymphoma (FL). To determine whether the addition of these biological factors may further refine prognostication, 30 cytokines and chemokines were measured in pretreatment serum specimens from newly diagnosed FL patients (n = 209) and from 400 matched controls. Cytokine(More)
Comparative genome-wide expression profiling of malignant tumor counterparts across the human-mouse species barrier has a successful track record as a gene discovery tool in liver, breast, lung, prostate and other cancers, but has been largely neglected in studies on neoplasms of mature B-lymphocytes such as diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and Burkitt(More)
We and others have previously described that the androgen-responsive human prostatic carcinoma cell line LNCaP is resistant to TRAIL and that TRAIL-mediated apoptosis in LNCaP is PI3K/Akt-dependent. In this study, we found that LNCaP remained resistant to treatment with TRAIL after androgen deprivation even in the presence of the PI3K/Akt pathway inhibitor(More)