Tucker W Lebien

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Self-renewal and differentiation of B-cell precursors is dependent on interactions with bone marrow (BM) stromal cells and associated extracellular matrix. We have recently developed an interleukin (IL)-7-dependent, BM-derived stromal cell culture that supports the growth of normal human B-cell precursors. In the current study, we have characterized the(More)
Development of mammalian B-lineage cells is characterized by progression through a series of checkpoints defined primarily by rearrangement and expression of immunoglobulin genes. Progression through these checkpoints is also influenced by stromal cells in the microenvironment of the primary tissues wherein B-cell development occurs, ie, fetal liver and(More)
We have produced a new monoclonal antibody designated BA-3. An extensive side-by-side serologic comparison of BA-3 with the anti-common acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen (CALLA) monoclonal antibody J-5 was undertaken. Cells examined included established leukemic cell lines, malignant cells from patients with newly diagnosed leukemia/lymphoma, and normal(More)
IL-7 signaling culminates in different biological outcomes in distinct lymphoid populations, but knowledge of the biochemical signaling pathways in normal lymphoid populations is incomplete. We analyzed CD127/IL-7Ralpha expression and function in normal (nontransformed) human thymocytes, and human CD19(+) B-lineage cells purified from xenogeneic cord blood(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a late-stage B-cell cancer with an unknown etiology. Activating mutations of the N-ras and K-ras oncogenes occur with a high frequency in myeloma and, therefore, may play a role in the pathogenesis of the disease. To study the role of N-ras-activating mutations in the regulation of myeloma tumor growth, we introduced a(More)
Developing lymphocytes undergo extensive cell death during selection of the immune repertoire. We investigated the influence of bcl-xL, a member of the bcl-2 family of apoptosis regulatory genes, on apoptosis in a model system for negative selection in the B lymphoid lineage. Overexpression of bcl-xL in WEHI 231 immature mouse B cells blocked apoptosis(More)
The human pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell line, BLIN-1, has been previously shown to undergo kappa light chain rearrangement in vitro, making it a valuable resource for analyzing pre-B to B cell differentiation. We have examined the recombination potential of BLIN-1 by characterizing several independently derived kappa-expressing subclones for DNA(More)