Publications (2)1.89 Total impact
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ABSTRACT: Gelsolin and matrix metalloproteinase 12 (MMP12) expression has been reported in Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), but the clinical significance of this expression is unknown. We investigated the associations of these proteins with clinical manifestations in patients diagnosed with LCH. We performed a retrospective analysis of clinical data from patients diagnosed with LCH and followed up between 1998 and 2008. Available formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded specimens were used for gelsolin and MMP12 immunohistochemical staining. We analyzed the expression levels of these proteins and their associations with LCH clinical features. Specimens from 36 patients (20 males, 16 females) with a diagnosis of LCH based on CD1a positivity with clinical manifestations were available for immunohistochemical staining. Median patient age was 62 months (range, 5 to 207). The expression of gelsolin varied; it was high in 17 patients (47.2%), low in 11 patients (30.6%), and absent in 8 patients (22.2%). The high gelsolin expression group had a higher tendency for multi-organ and risk organ involvement, although the trend was not statistically significant. MMP12 was detected only in 7 patients (19.4%) who showed multi-system involvement (P=0.018) and lower event-free survival (P=0.002) in comparison to patients with negative MMP12 staining. Gelsolin and MMP12 expression may be associated with the clinical course of LCH, and MMP12 expression may be particularly associated with severe LCH. Further studies of larger populations are needed to define the precise role and significance of gelsolin and MMP12 in the pathogenesis of LCH.The Korean journal of hematology 12/2012; 47(4):267-72.
Article: IVS6+5G>A found in Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome and X-linked thrombocytopenia in a Korean family.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) and X-linked thrombocytopenia (XLT) are caused by a mutation in the WAS gene on Xp11.22. We report two patients with IVS6+5G>A of WAS in a Korean family. The proband presented with classic WAS, whereas his maternal cousin had symptoms limited to XLT. Their mothers were proved to be carriers. The IVS6+5G>A mutation was reported to result in incomplete splicing of the donor site and typically associated with mild form of disease, XLT. Our observation of the intrafamilial variability of clinical manifestations of WAS further expands the genotype-phenotype correlations and suggests the presence of modifying genetic factors.Pediatric Blood & Cancer 02/2012; 58(2):297-9. · 1.89 Impact Factor