Ella Guy

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, United States

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Publications (14)108.74 Total impact

  • American Journal of Hematology 05/2013; 88(5):E33-E34. · 3.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Regulation of erythropoiesis is achieved by the integration of distinct signals. Among them, macrophages are emerging as erythropoietin-complementary regulators of erythroid development, particularly under stress conditions. We investigated the contribution of macrophages to physiological and pathological conditions of enhanced erythropoiesis. We used mouse models of induced anemia, polycythemia vera and β-thalassemia in which macrophages were chemically depleted. Our data indicate that macrophages contribute decisively to recovery from induced anemia, as well as the pathological progression of polycythemia vera and β-thalassemia, by modulating erythroid proliferation and differentiation. We validated these observations in primary human cultures, showing a direct impact of macrophages on the proliferation and enucleation of erythroblasts from healthy individuals and patients with polycythemia vera or β-thalassemia. The contribution of macrophages to stress and pathological erythropoiesis, which we have termed stress erythropoiesis macrophage-supporting activity, may have therapeutic implications.
    Nature medicine 03/2013; 19(4). DOI:10.1038/nm.3126 · 27.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Excessive iron absorption is one of the main features of β-thalassemia and can lead to severe morbidity and mortality. Serial analyses of β-thalassemic mice indicate that while hemoglobin levels decrease over time, the concentration of iron in the liver, spleen, and kidneys markedly increases. Iron overload is associated with low levels of hepcidin, a peptide that regulates iron metabolism by triggering degradation of ferroportin, an iron-transport protein localized on absorptive enterocytes as well as hepatocytes and macrophages. Patients with β-thalassemia also have low hepcidin levels. These observations led us to hypothesize that more iron is absorbed in β-thalassemia than is required for erythropoiesis and that increasing the concentration of hepcidin in the body of such patients might be therapeutic, limiting iron overload. Here we demonstrate that a moderate increase in expression of hepcidin in β-thalassemic mice limits iron overload, decreases formation of insoluble membrane-bound globins and reactive oxygen species, and improves anemia. Mice with increased hepcidin expression also demonstrated an increase in the lifespan of their red cells, reversal of ineffective erythropoiesis and splenomegaly, and an increase in total hemoglobin levels. These data led us to suggest that therapeutics that could increase hepcidin levels or act as hepcidin agonists might help treat the abnormal iron absorption in individuals with β-thalassemia and related disorders.
    The Journal of clinical investigation 12/2010; 120(12):4466-77. DOI:10.1172/JCI41717 · 13.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In hereditary hemochromatosis, mutations in HFE lead to iron overload through abnormally low levels of hepcidin. In addition, HFE potentially modulates cellular iron uptake by interacting with transferrin receptor, a crucial protein during erythropoiesis. However, the role of HFE in this process was never explored. We hypothesize that HFE modulates erythropoiesis by affecting dietary iron absorption and erythroid iron intake. To investigate this, we used Hfe-KO mice in conditions of altered dietary iron and erythropoiesis. We show that Hfe-KO mice can overcome phlebotomy-induced anemia more rapidly than wild-type mice (even when iron loaded). Second, we evaluated mice combining the hemochromatosis and β-thalassemia phenotypes. Our results suggest that lack of Hfe is advantageous in conditions of increased erythropoietic activity because of augmented iron mobilization driven by deficient hepcidin response. Lastly, we demonstrate that Hfe is expressed in erythroid cells and impairs iron uptake, whereas its absence exclusively from the hematopoietic compartment is sufficient to accelerate recovery from phlebotomy. In summary, we demonstrate that Hfe influences erythropoiesis by 2 distinct mechanisms: limiting hepcidin expression under conditions of simultaneous iron overload and stress erythropoiesis, and impairing transferrin-bound iron uptake by erythroid cells. Moreover, our results provide novel suggestions to improve the treatment of hemochromatosis.
    Blood 11/2010; 117(4):1379-89. DOI:10.1182/blood-2010-09-307462 · 10.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: CD36 has been shown to play a role in atherosclerosis in the apolipoprotein E-knockout (apoE(o)) mouse. We observed no difference in aortic lesion area between Western diet (WD)-fed LDLR(o) and LDLR(o)/CD36(o) mice. The objective was to understand the mechanism of CD36-dependent atherogenesis. ApoE(o) mice transplanted with bone marrow from LDLR(o)/CD36(o) mice had significantly less aortic lesion compared with those transplanted with LDLR(o) marrow. Reciprocal macrophage transfer into hyperlipidemic apoE(o) and LDLR(o) animals showed that foam cell formation induced by in vivo modified lipoproteins was dependent on the lipoprotein, not macrophage type. LDLR(o) and LDLR(o)/CD36(o) mice were fed a cholesterol-enriched diet (HC), and we observed significant lesion inhibition in LDLR(o)/CD36(o) mice. LDL/plasma isolated from HC-fed LDLR(o) mice induced significantly greater jnk phosphorylation, cytokine release, and reactive oxygen species secretion than LDL/plasma from WD-fed LDLR(o) mice, and this was CD36-dependent. HC-fed LDLR(o) mice had higher circulating levels of cytokines than WD-fed mice. These data support the hypothesis that CD36-dependent atherogenesis is contingent on a proinflammatory milieu that promotes the creation of specific CD36 ligands, not solely hypercholesterolemia, and may explain the greater degree/accelerated rate of atherosclerosis observed in syndromes associated with inflammatory risk.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 08/2009; 29(10):1481-7. DOI:10.1161/ATVBAHA.109.191940 · 6.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In beta-thalassemia, the mechanism driving ineffective erythropoiesis (IE) is insufficiently understood. We analyzed mice affected by beta-thalassemia and observed, unexpectedly, a relatively small increase in apoptosis of their erythroid cells compared with healthy mice. Therefore, we sought to determine whether IE could also be characterized by limited erythroid cell differentiation. In thalassemic mice, we observed that a greater than normal percentage of erythroid cells was in S-phase, exhibiting an erythroblast-like morphology. Thalassemic cells were associated with expression of cell cycle-promoting genes such as EpoR, Jak2, Cyclin-A, Cdk2, and Ki-67 and the antiapoptotic protein Bcl-X(L). The cells also differentiated less than normal erythroid ones in vitro. To investigate whether Jak2 could be responsible for the limited cell differentiation, we administered a Jak2 inhibitor, TG101209, to healthy and thalassemic mice. Exposure to TG101209 dramatically decreased the spleen size but also affected anemia. Although our data do not exclude a role for apoptosis in IE, we propose that expansion of the erythroid pool followed by limited cell differentiation exacerbates IE in thalassemia. In addition, these results suggest that use of Jak2 inhibitors has the potential to profoundly change the management of this disorder.
    Blood 06/2008; 112(3):875-85. DOI:10.1182/blood-2007-12-126938 · 10.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The role of scavenger receptors in atherogenesis is controversial as a result of conflicting reports and a recent hypothesis suggesting that scavenger receptor absence would enhance the pro-inflammatory, pro-atherogenic milieu. This study addresses the effect of combined absence of scavenger receptors CD36 and SRA I/II on atherosclerosis lesion development in the apolipoprotein E knock-out (apoE degrees ) model. We created background-related strains of apoE degrees , scavenger receptor A I/II knock-out (SRA degrees )/apoE degrees , CD36 knock-out (CD36 degrees )/apoE degrees , and CD36 degrees /SRA degrees /apoE degrees mice that were >99% C57Bl/6. Four-week-old mice were fed a Western diet for 12 weeks and were assessed for lesion burden/morphology, risk factors for atherosclerosis, inflammatory mediators, and macrophage function. There was a 61 and 74% decrease in total aortic lesion area in CD36 degrees /apoE degrees males and females, respectively, compared with apoE degrees controls. The absence of SRA was protective (32% decrease in lesion) in female mice. The combined absence of CD36 and SRA provided no further protection in either gender. Macrophages from mice lacking CD36 had decreased pro-inflammatory characteristics and less migration to a pro-inflammatory stimulus. Plasma levels of cytokines/chemokines showed that CD36 degrees /apoE degrees and CD36 degrees /SRA degrees /apoE degrees mice had a less pro-inflammatory phenotype compared with apoE degrees and SRA degrees /apoE degrees mice. Oblivious mice in the apoE degrees background ruled out potential 'passenger gene' effects in the case of CD36. These results provide new insights into the pro-atherogenic mechanisms of CD36 by implicating processes other than modified lipoprotein uptake.
    Cardiovascular Research 04/2008; 78(1):185-96. DOI:10.1093/cvr/cvm093 · 5.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Progressive iron overload is the most salient and ultimately fatal complication of beta-thalassemia. However, little is known about the relationship among ineffective erythropoiesis (IE), the role of iron-regulatory genes, and tissue iron distribution in beta-thalassemia. We analyzed tissue iron content and iron-regulatory gene expression in the liver, duodenum, spleen, bone marrow, kidney, and heart of mice up to 1 year old that exhibit levels of iron overload and anemia consistent with both beta-thalassemia intermedia (th3/+) and major (th3/th3). Here we show, for the first time, that tissue and cellular iron distribution are abnormal and different in th3/+ and th3/th3 mice, and that transfusion therapy can rescue mice affected by beta-thalassemia major and modify both the absorption and distribution of iron. Our study reveals that the degree of IE dictates tissue iron distribution and that IE and iron content regulate hepcidin (Hamp1) and other iron-regulatory genes such as Hfe and Cebpa. In young th3/+ and th3/th3 mice, low Hamp1 levels are responsible for increased iron absorption. However, in 1-year-old th3/+ animals, Hamp1 levels rise and it is rather the increase of ferroportin (Fpn1) that sustains iron accumulation, thus revealing a fundamental role of this iron transporter in the iron overload of beta-thalassemia.
    Blood 07/2007; 109(11):5027-35. DOI:10.1182/blood-2006-09-048868 · 10.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously determined that absence of CD36 inhibited atherosclerosis lesion development in 12-week Western diet fed apoE degrees mice, and this was due largely to absence of macrophage CD36. It is possible that at later stages of disease this effect would be lost due to the progressive nature of lesion development and involvement of other factors. However, lesion development continues to be characterized by recruitment of macrophages and foam cell formation, thus it is also possible that delay in lipid accumulation as a result of absence of CD36 would continue to retard lesion development. The objective of this study was to determine if absence of CD36 continued to inhibit lesion formation. Background matched apoE degrees and CD36 degrees /apoE degrees mice were fed a Western diet for up to 35 weeks. At 20 and 35 weeks, lesion area was 25 and 35% less, respectively, in CD36 degrees /apoE degrees mice. Most impressive was the difference in gross appearance of the aortas at 35 weeks: apoE degrees aortas were sclerotic and nearly occluded by lesion, whereas aortas from CD36 degrees /apoE degrees mice had smaller lesions that were more punctate. We conclude that absence of CD36 continues to reduce lesion burden even at late stages of disease in the apoE degrees model.
    Atherosclerosis 06/2007; 192(1):123-30. DOI:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2006.07.015 · 3.99 Impact Factor

  • Atherosclerosis Supplements 06/2006; 7(3):490-490. DOI:10.1016/S1567-5688(06)81956-2 · 2.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To develop new treatments for beta-thalassemia, it is essential to identify the genes involved in the relevant pathophysiological processes. Iron metabolism in thalassemia mice being investigated, focusing on the expression of a gene called hepcidin (Hamp), which is expressed in the liver and whose product (Hamp) is secreted into the bloodstream. In mice, iron overload leads to overexpression of Hamp, while Hamp-knockout mice suffer from hemochromatosis. The aim of this study is to investigate Hamp in the mouse model of beta-thalassemia and to address the potential gene transfer of Hamp to prevent abnormal iron absorption.
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 02/2005; 1054(1):417-22. DOI:10.1196/annals.1345.069 · 4.38 Impact Factor
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    Maria Febbraio · Ella Guy · Roy L Silverstein ·
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    ABSTRACT: CD36 is expressed on multiple cell types and has numerous functions, a subset of which can impact on atherogenesis. In previous work, we demonstrated that CD36 absence was protective against lesion formation. The current objective was to determine whether absence of macrophage CD36 alone was protective. Lethal irradiation and stem cell transfer were used to create chimeric mice that did or did not express macrophage CD36 in the context of the Apo E-null model of atherosclerosis. After engraftment, mice were fed a Western diet for 12 weeks. White cell counts, plasma levels of lipoproteins, triacylglycerol, and nonesterified fatty acids were determined, and glucose tolerance tests were preformed. Lesion area was assessed quantitatively after oil red O staining. Mice lacking CD36 in macrophages alone were profoundly protected against atherosclerosis (88.1% reduction of lesion area throughout the aortic tree). Re-introduction of macrophage CD36 resulted in a 2.11-fold increase in lesion area. There were no differences in engraftment, macrophage recruitment, glucose tolerance, weight, and total, low-density lipoprotein, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol among the groups. Lesions contained similar percent macrophage antigen-positive area. Protection in this model is primarily caused by loss of CD36 macrophage function.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 01/2005; 24(12):2333-8. DOI:10.1161/01.ATV.0000148007.06370.68 · 6.00 Impact Factor
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    Cardiovascular Pathology 05/2004; 13(3):36-36. DOI:10.1016/j.carpath.2004.03.368 · 2.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fatty acid translocase (FAT)/CD36 has been associated with diverse normal and pathologic processes. These include scavenger receptor functions (uptake of apoptotic cells and modified lipid), lipid metabolism and fatty acid transport, adhesion, angiogenesis, modulation of inflammation, transforming growth factor-beta activation, atherosclerosis, diabetes and cardiomyopathy. Although CD36 was identified more than 25 years ago, it is only with the advent of recent genetic technology that in vivo evidence has emerged for its physiologic and pathologic relevance. As these in vivo studies are expanded, we will gain further insight into the mechanism(s) by which CD36 transmits a cellular signal, and this will allow the design of specific therapeutics that impact on a particular function of CD36.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2002; 239(1-2):193-7. DOI:10.1023/A:1020515210972 · 2.39 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

690 Citations
108.74 Total Impact Points


  • 2002-2013
    • Weill Cornell Medical College
      • • Department of Pediatrics
      • • Department of Medicine
      New York, New York, United States
  • 2008-2009
    • Cornell University
      • Department of Medicine
      Итак, New York, United States