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Human Fc gamma receptor (Fc gamma R) genes form a clustered gene family on chromosome 1q21-24. Although the association of Fc gamma R polymorphisms with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been extensively studied, the results are often contradictory. In this study, Fc gamma RIIA-131H/R, Fc gamma RIIIA-176F/V and Fc gamma RIIIB-NA1/2 genotypes were(More)
Cyclin and cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) complexes play important roles in controlling the cell cycle. The CDK inhibitors (CDKIs) inhibit the kinase activities of the complexes and block transitions of the cell cycle. Recently several CDKI genes have been cloned, and evidence suggests that at least a couple of these may be tumor suppressor genes. In this(More)
To identify the genetic events that may play an important role in leukemogenesis of childhood ALL, we report for the first time the allelotyping of childhood ALL. Twenty-four cases of childhood ALL were screened for loss of heterozygosity (LOH) using 101 highly polymorphic microsatellite markers, which are distributed among all autosomal chromosomes. For(More)
PURPOSE To determine the frequency of the deletions of p15/p16 genes in adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) cells and to evaluate their value in the diagnosis of clinical subtypes of ATL patients and the prediction of their clinical outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS Peripheral-blood samples from 114 patients with ATL were examined by Southern blot analysis. In five(More)
Microsatellites are highly polymorphic, short-tandem repeat sequences dispersed throughout the genome. Instability of these repeat sequences at multiple gentic loci may result from mismatch repair errors and occur in hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer and several other sporadic cancers, including chronic myelocytic leukemia as it progresses to(More)
The protein p27KIP1 belongs to a recently identified family of proteins termed cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors (CDKIs). These proteins play an important role in regulating cell-cycle progression and loss of their function has been implicated in tumorigenesis. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) may induce cell growth arrest through p27 activation.(More)
PURPOSE The introduction of all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) has significantly improved outcomes for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), although a subset of patients still suffer relapse. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of maintenance therapy with the synthetic retinoid tamibarotene in APL. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with newly(More)
Although biological and clinical features differ between B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and T-lineage ALL (T-ALL), there have been few reports that focused on the prognosis for T-ALL in adults, primarily due to its rarity. Here, we studied the long-term outcomes and prognostic factors specific for adult T-ALL by combining patient data from the(More)
Adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) is associated with prior infection with human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I). Twenty to 40 years often elapse from viral infection to overt ATL, suggesting that other genetic events must occur to produce frank leukemia. The p15 (MTS2) and p16 (CDKN2/MTS1) genes located on chromosome 9p have been implicated as candidate(More)
OBJECTIVE Bacillus cereus (B. cereus) septicemia is a cause of life-threatening infection in patients with hematologic diseases. However, preventing a fatal prognosis in patients with B. cereus infection has not yet been achieved due to insufficient clinical investigations. To discover more optimal treatment strategies, we analyzed B. cereus septicemia in(More)