Vivek A. Bhadri

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Glucocorticoids play a critical role in the therapy of lymphoid malignancies, including pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), although the mechanisms underlying cellular resistance remain unclear. We report glucocorticoid resistance attributable to epigenetic silencing of the BIM gene in pediatric ALL biopsies and xenografts established in(More)
Glucocorticoids (GCs), such as prednisolone and dexamethasone, are key components in multi-agent chemotherapy protocols used for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Approximately 10% of children with ALL will respond poorly to GCs, and GC resistance is associated with a significantly inferior outcome. This review summarises the current(More)
Glucocorticoids are critical components of combination chemotherapy regimens in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The proapoptotic BIM protein is an important mediator of glucocorticoid-induced apoptosis in normal and malignant lymphocytes, whereas the antiapoptotic BCL2 confers resistance. The signaling pathways regulating BIM and BCL2(More)
Adenovirus (ADV) infection is a serious complication after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with significant morbidity and mortality. Cidofovir has emerged as the primary therapy for ADV infection, but its use has been limited by concerns of nephrotoxicity. We report the safety and tolerability of 234 cidofovir infusions in 23 patients at a single(More)
BACKGROUND Febrile neutropenia is a common complication in children undergoing chemotherapy for malignancies. A microbial agent is only identified in 15-30% of the fever episodes and corresponds mostly to bacterial findings. OBJECTIVE To investigate viral infections as possible etiologic agents in episodes of febrile neutropenia. STUDY DESIGN(More)
Patient-derived tumour xenografts are an attractive model for preclinical testing of anti-cancer drugs. Insights into tumour biology and biomarkers predictive of responses to chemotherapeutic drugs can also be gained from investigating xenograft models. As a first step towards examining the equivalence of epigenetic profiles between xenografts and primary(More)
Glucocorticoids such as prednisolone and dexamethasone are critical drugs used in multi-agent chemotherapy protocols used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and response to glucocorticoids is highly predictive of outcome. The NOD/SCID xenograft mouse model of ALL is a clinically relevant model in which the mice develop a systemic leukemia which(More)
BACKGROUND Ewing sarcoma (EWS) is a malignant tumour of bone and soft tissue, and although many patients are cured with conventional multimodal therapy, those with recurrent or metastatic disease have a poor prognosis. Genomic instability and programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression have been identified in EWS, providing a rationale for treatment(More)