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Carl June

Francisco Vaz-Guimaraes, Maria Koutourousiou, John R de Almeida, Elizabeth C Tyler-Kabara, Juan C Fernandez-Miranda, Eric W Wang, Carl H Snyderman, Paul A Gardner
OBJECTIVE Epidermoid and dermoid cysts may be found along the cranial base and are commonly resected via open transcranial approaches. The use of endoscopic endonasal approaches for resection of these tumors has been rarely reported. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 21 patients who underwent endoscopic endonasal surgery for epidermoid and dermoid cyst resection at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center between January 2005 and June 2014. Surgical outcomes and variables that might affect the extent of resection and complications were analyzed...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Rebecca B Hershow, Diana S Zuskov, Nguyen Vu Tuyet Mai, Geetanjali Chander, Heidi E Hutton, Carl Latkin, Nguyen Duc Vuong, Teerada Sripaipan, Kathryn E Lancaster, Tran Viet Ha, Vivian F Go
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use, a highly normative behavior in Vietnam that is associated with high rates of HIV infection and lower antiretroviral treatment (ART) adherence, has been largely overlooked by HIV prevention efforts. OBJECTIVES: Using the risk environment framework, this qualitative study aims to explore the perceived microenvironmental (community-level) and endogenous (individual-level) barriers and facilitators to alcohol reduction among people living with HIV (PLHIV) with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in Vietnam...
March 14, 2018: Substance Use & Misuse
Stephen J Bagley, Arati S Desai, Gerald P Linette, Carl H June, Donald M O'Rourke
In patients with certain hematologic malignancies, the use of autologous T cells genetically modified to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) has led to unprecedented clinical responses. Although progress in solid tumors has been elusive, recent clinical studies have demonstrated the feasibility and safety of CAR T cell therapy for glioblastoma. In addition, despite formidable barriers to T cell localization and effector function in glioblastoma, signs of efficacy have been observed in select patients...
March 2, 2018: Neuro-oncology
Enric Sabrià Bach, Paloma Lequerica-Fernández, Paula Lafuente-Ganuza, Edwin Eguia Ángeles, Ana I Escudero, Eduardo Martínez-Morillo, Carles Barceló Vidal, Francisco V Alvárez
OBJECTIVES: Short-term prediction of pre-eclampsia using the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio is characterized by frequent false positive results. As such, no treatment can be recommended to test positive patients. Multiple measurements are common in these patients. AIM: To evaluate the influence of NT-proBNP, uric acid and the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio in the prediction of delivery with pre-eclampsia within one week in singleton pregnancies from 24 weeks 0 days to 36 weeks 6 days of gestation, with signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and a sFlt-1/PlGF ratio above 38...
March 2, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Steven M Smith, Kathryn McAuliffe, Jaclyn M Hall, Caitrin W McDonough, Matthew J Gurka, Temple O Robinson, Ralph L Sacco, Carl Pepine, Elizabeth Shenkman, Rhonda M Cooper-DeHoff
INTRODUCTION: Hypertension is highly prevalent in Florida, but surveillance through the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is limited to self-reported hypertension and does not capture data on undiagnosed hypertension or measure blood pressure. We aimed to characterize the hypertensive population in the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium by using electronic health records and provide proof-of-concept for using routinely collected clinical data to augment surveillance efforts...
March 1, 2018: Preventing Chronic Disease
Mireia Uribe-Herranz, Kyle Bittinger, Stavros Rafail, Sonia Guedan, Stefano Pierini, Ceylan Tanes, Alex Ganetsky, Mark A Morgan, Saar Gill, Janos L Tanyi, Frederic D Bushman, Carl H June, Andrea Facciabene
Adoptive T cell therapy (ACT) is a promising new modality for malignancies. Here, we report that adoptive T cell efficacy in tumor-bearing mice is significantly affected by differences in the native composition of the gut microbiome or treatment with antibiotics, or by heterologous fecal transfer. Depletion of bacteria with vancomycin decreased the rate of tumor growth in mice from The Jackson Laboratory receiving ACT, whereas treatment with neomycin and metronidazole had no effect, indicating the role of specific bacteria in host response...
February 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Randi Fuglsang Fonager, Helle Damgaard Zacho, Niels Christian Langkilde, Joan Fledelius, June Anita Ejlersen, Helle Westergreen Hendel, Christian Haarmark, Mette Moe, Jesper Carl Mortensen, Mads Ryø Jochumsen, Lars Jelstrup Petersen
AIM: To compare18 F-sodium fluoride positron emission tomography/computed tomography (NaF PET/CT) and99m Tc-labelled diphosphonate bone scan (BS) for the monitoring of bone metastases in patients with prostate cancer undergoing anti-cancer treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data from 64 patients with prostate cancer were included. The patients received androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT), next-generation hormonal therapy (NGH) or chemotherapy. The patients had a baseline scan and 1-3 subsequent scans during six months of treatment...
February 15, 2018: Acta Oncologica
John M Costello, Michael C Mongé, Kevin D Hill, Sunghee Kim, Sara K Pasquali, Babatunde A Yerokun, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Carl L Backer, Mjaye L Mazwi, Marshall L Jacobs
BACKGROUND: After pediatric heart operations, we sought to determine the incidence of unplanned cardiac reinterventions during the same hospitalization, assess risk factors for these reinterventions, and explore associations between reinterventions and outcomes. We hypothesized that younger patients undergoing more complex operations would be at greater risk for unplanned cardiac reinterventions and that operative mortality and postoperative length of stay (PLOS) would be greater in patients who undergo reintervention than in those who do not...
February 1, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Chao He, Jeffrey J Germer, Elizabeth R Ptacek, Carl E Bommersbach, P Shawn Mitchell, Joseph D C Yao
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis virus C (HCV) genotype (GT) determination and subtype (ST) differentiation (1a versus 1b) remain important for the selection of appropriate direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy. OBJECTIVES: This study is a retrospective comparison of HCV GT and ST result distribution when using the Abbott RealTime HCV Genotype II assay (HCVGT II) alone and in combination with the Abbott RealTime HCV Genotype Plus RUO assay (HCVGT Plus) for routine testing of clinical serum specimens at a reference laboratory...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Shannon L Maude, Theodore W Laetsch, Jochen Buechner, Susana Rives, Michael Boyer, Henrique Bittencourt, Peter Bader, Michael R Verneris, Heather E Stefanski, Gary D Myers, Muna Qayed, Barbara De Moerloose, Hidefumi Hiramatsu, Krysta Schlis, Kara L Davis, Paul L Martin, Eneida R Nemecek, Gregory A Yanik, Christina Peters, Andre Baruchel, Nicolas Boissel, Francoise Mechinaud, Adriana Balduzzi, Joerg Krueger, Carl H June, Bruce L Levine, Patricia Wood, Tetiana Taran, Mimi Leung, Karen T Mueller, Yiyun Zhang, Kapildeb Sen, David Lebwohl, Michael A Pulsipher, Stephan A Grupp
BACKGROUND: In a single-center phase 1-2a study, the anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy tisagenlecleucel produced high rates of complete remission and was associated with serious but mainly reversible toxic effects in children and young adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). METHODS: We conducted a phase 2, single-cohort, 25-center, global study of tisagenlecleucel in pediatric and young adult patients with CD19+ relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL...
February 1, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Catharina Steentoft, Denis Migliorini, Tiffany R King, Ulla Mandel, Carl H June, Avery D Posey
Cancer immunotherapy is rapidly advancing in the treatment of a variety of hematopoietic cancers, including pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia and diffuse large B cell lymphoma, with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cells. CARs are genetically encoded artificial T cell receptors that combine the antigen specificity of an antibody with the machinery of T cell activation. However, implementation of CAR technology in the treatment of solid tumors has been progressing much slower. Solid tumors are characterized by a number of challenges that need to be overcome, including cellular heterogeneity, immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment (TME), and, in particular, few known cancer-specific targets...
January 23, 2018: Glycobiology
Sonia Guedan, Avery D Posey, Carolyn Shaw, Anna Wing, Tong Da, Prachi R Patel, Shannon E McGettigan, Victoria Casado-Medrano, Omkar U Kawalekar, Mireia Uribe-Herranz, Decheng Song, J Joseph Melenhorst, Simon F Lacey, John Scholler, Brian Keith, Regina M Young, Carl H June
Successful tumor eradication by chimeric antigen receptor-expressing (CAR-expressing) T lymphocytes depends on CAR T cell persistence and effector function. We hypothesized that CD4+ and CD8+ T cells may exhibit distinct persistence and effector phenotypes, depending on the identity of specific intracellular signaling domains (ICDs) used to generate the CAR. First, we demonstrate that the ICOS ICD dramatically enhanced the in vivo persistence of CAR-expressing CD4+ T cells that, in turn, increased the persistence of CD8+ T cells expressing either CD28- or 4-1BB-based CARs...
January 11, 2018: JCI Insight
Carl W Jones, Vinu M George, Thin F Hong
BACKGROUND: Scapula fractures are rare injuries that are generally treated nonoperatively. When surgery is performed, it is commonly undertaken through the posterior approach, which can be invasive and unforgiving on the soft tissues. We describe an alternative safe approach between teres major and minor that remains deep to a fascial sling formed by the combined infraspinatus and teres minor fasciae and deep to the primary nerve to teres minor, which is a terminal branch of the axillary nerve...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Stephen J Schuster, Jakub Svoboda, Elise A Chong, Sunita D Nasta, Anthony R Mato, Özlem Anak, Jennifer L Brogdon, Iulian Pruteanu-Malinici, Vijay Bhoj, Daniel Landsburg, Mariusz Wasik, Bruce L Levine, Simon F Lacey, Jan J Melenhorst, David L Porter, Carl H June
BACKGROUND: Patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or follicular lymphoma that is refractory to or that relapses after immunochemotherapy and transplantation have a poor prognosis. High response rates have been reported with the use of T cells modified by chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) that target CD19 in B-cell cancers, although data regarding B-cell lymphomas are limited. METHODS: We used autologous T cells that express a CD19-directed CAR (CTL019) to treat patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or follicular lymphoma that had relapsed or was refractory to previous treatments...
December 28, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Mark J Johnson, Alison A Leaf, Freya Pearson, Howard W Clark, Borislav D Dimitrov, Catherine Pope, Carl R May
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to improve the nutritional care of preterm infants by developing a complex (multifaceted) intervention intended to translate current evidence into practice. We used the sociological framework of Normalization Process Theory (NPT), to guide implementation in order to embed the new practices into routine care. DESIGN: A prospective interventional study with a before and after methodology. PARTICIPANTS: Infants <30 weeks gestation or <1500 g at birth...
December 6, 2017: BMJ Open
Stefanie R Bailey, Michelle H Nelson, Kinga Majchrzak, Jacob S Bowers, Megan M Wyatt, Aubrey S Smith, Lillian R Neal, Keisuke Shirai, Carmine Carpenito, Carl H June, Michael J Zilliox, Chrystal M Paulos
CD8+ T lymphocytes mediate potent immune responses against tumor, but the role of human CD4+ T cell subsets in cancer immunotherapy remains ill-defined. Herein, we exhibit that CD26 identifies three T helper subsets with distinct immunological properties in both healthy individuals and cancer patients. Although CD26neg T cells possess a regulatory phenotype, CD26int T cells are mainly naive and CD26high T cells appear terminally differentiated and exhausted. Paradoxically, CD26high T cells persist in and regress multiple solid tumors following adoptive cell transfer...
December 6, 2017: Nature Communications
Katherine T Marcucci, Julie K Jadlowsky, Wei-Ting Hwang, Megan Suhoski-Davis, Vanessa E Gonzalez, Irina Kulikovskaya, Minnal Gupta, Simon F Lacey, Gabriela Plesa, Anne Chew, J Joseph Melenhorst, Bruce L Levine, Carl H June
Replication-competent retrovirus/lentivirus (RCR/L) and insertional oncogenesis are potential safety risks with integrating viruses in gene-modified cell therapies. As such, the Food and Drug Administration guidances outline RCR/L-monitoring methods throughout the entire gene therapy treatment cycle. We present data for 17 vector lots, 375 manufactured T cell products, and 308 patients post-infusion across both HIV and oncology indications, showing no evidence of RCR/L. Given our data, a Poisson probability model estimates that a single patient, or a group of patients, would need to be followed for at least 52...
January 3, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
John M Costello, Elizabeth Preze, Nguyenvu Nguyen, Mary E McBride, James W Collins, Osama M Eltayeb, Michael C Mongé, Barbara J Deal, Michelle M Stephenson, Carl L Backer
BACKGROUND: We describe the implementation of and outcomes associated with an acuity adaptable care model for pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing an index cardiac operation between July 2007 and June 2015 were included. From July 2007 through June 2010, a conventional model existed in which patients moved among units and care teams based on age, severity of illness, and operative status (conventional group). A transitional period existed between July 2010 and June 8, 2012 (transitional group)...
November 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Denis Migliorini, Pierre-Yves Dietrich, Roger Stupp, Gerald P Linette, Avery D Posey, Carl H June
Glioblastoma is an aggressive malignancy with a poor prognosis. The current standard of care for newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients includes surgery to the extent, temozolomide combined with radiotherapy, and alternating electric fields therapy. After recurrence, there is no standard therapy and survival is less than 9 months. Recurrent glioblastoma offers a unique opportunity to investigate new treatment approaches in a malignancy known for remarkable genetic heterogeneity, an immunosuppressive microenvironment, and a partially permissive anatomic blood-brain barrier...
November 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
James M Wilson
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December 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
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