William F G Tucker

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A retrospective study of 109 patients with dermatitis herpetiformis showed that malignant tumours had developed in seven patients, the expected incidence being 2.93, giving a relative risk of 2.38. In three of the seven patients the malignancy was a lymphoma, giving a relative risk of 100 for this tumour (expected incidence 0.03). In six of the seven(More)
Out of 109 patients with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) only one was known to have a first-degree relative with the disease. This is in keeping with previous reports that the familial incidence of DH is low. Study of the family in which two siblings were affected showed both to have HLA-B9 whereas a third, unaffected sibling did not have this antigen. This(More)
28 patients with stable chronic psoriasis completed a trial in which they were randomly allocated to receive either 10 fish-oil capsules ('MaxEPA') or 10 placebo capsules (olive oil) daily. Patients were specifically instructed not to change their normal diet. After 8 weeks' treatment there was a significant lessening of itching, erythema, and scaling in(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether levels of biologically active calmodulin are elevated in both lesional and uninvolved epidermis in psoriasis. Epidermal shave biopsies were obtained from normal controls and from both psoriatic plaques and nonlesional psoriatic skin. Following determination of the protein content, the calmodulin activity of the(More)
Thirty-two drugs, including some in use for a variety of clinical disorders, were examined for their ability to inhibit calmodulin activity in vitro. From these, 10 drugs were selected for their inhibition of calmodulin activity and examined for their ability to inhibit proliferation of rapidly dividing human keratinocytes. A significant correlation between(More)
Seventy-eight patients with dermatitis herpetiformis have been followed up for periods ranging from 3 to 14 years (mean 7.4). Forty-two patients were treated with gluten-free diet (GFD) and thirty-six took a normal diet (ND). Thirty of the forty-two (71%) taking the GFD were able to discontinue drugs previously needed to control their rash compared with(More)
Epidermal calmodulin levels were measured in lesional and non-lesional skin in 20 psoriatics before and after treatment by a variety of established topical and systemic regimes. Pretreatment, 10 out of 20 patients showed elevated calmodulin levels in lesional epidermis. Clearance of psoriatic plaques was accompanied by a significant overall reduction (p(More)
Epidermal calmodulin (CaM) has been reported to be elevated in psoriasis and to decrease following clearance of psoriasis with treatment. We set out to investigate whether any of the principle drugs used in the treatment of psoriasis had inherent CaM antagonist activity. Utilizing a CaM-activated phosphodiesterase we have demonstrated that even at very high(More)
A unique augmentation arthroplasty has evolved from a retrospective review of 150 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairs, extracapsular substitutions, and pes anserine transfers. This coincided with a proposed pathologic relationship seen in surgical exposures of the femoral intercondylar notch. From 1976 to 1983, 544 cases with known ACL insufficiency(More)