Pingfu Fu

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Are you Pingfu Fu?

Claim your profile

Publications (135)699.13 Total impact

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Background: Genomic studies in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) lag far behind those performed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). To date, most SCLC studies have evaluated patients with surgically resectable disease. Here we sought to evaluate the genomic mutation spectrum of 'every-day' SCLC patient tumors with extensive stage disease (ES-SCLC) and to correlate mutations with the main clinical outcomes of response to chemotherapy, progression-free (PFS) and overall (OS) survival. Patients and methods: A total of 50 SCLC patient tumors were examined in this study; targeted exome sequencing was obtained on 42 patients and whole-exome sequencing on 8 patients. Mutated genes were correlated with clinical outcomes using Kaplan-Meier methods (PFS, OS) and logistic regression (chemo-response). RB1 protein expression was detected by either western blotting of cultured cell lysates or IHC of tumor specimens. Results: In all, 39 patients had ES-SCLC; 15 patients had either primary refractory/ resistant disease and 21 patients had sensitive disease. The two most frequently mutated genes were TP53 (86%) and RB1 (58%); other frequently mutated genes (>10% patients) were involved in epigenetic regulation as well as the mTOR pathway. We identified a number of low frequency, targetable mutations, including RICTOR, FGFR1, KIT, PTCH1 and RET. Using multivariate analysis, RB1 was the only significant factor (p=0.038) in predicting response to first line chemotherapy, with an odds ratio of 5.58 comparing mutant RB1 to wild-type. Patients with mutant RB1 had both better OS (11.7 vs. 9.1 months p=0.04) and PFS (11.2 vs. 8.6 months, p =0.06) compared to patients with wild-type RB1. Interestingly, about 25% of SCLC cell lines and tumor specimens expressed RB1 protein, possibly representing the subgroup with wild-type RB1. Conclusion: We found that SCLC tumors harboring no mutation in RB1 had a poor response to chemotherapy.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Annals of Oncology
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: IKKa has been implicated as a key regulator of oncogenesis and driver of the metastatic process; therefore is regarded as a promising therapeutic target in anticancer drug development. In spite of the progress made in the development of IKK inhibitors, no potent IKKa inhibitor(s) have been identified. Our multistep approach of molecular modeling and direct binding has led to the identification of plant flavone apigenin as a specific IKKa inhibitor. Here we report apigenin, in micro molar range, inhibits IKKa kinase activity, demonstrates anti-proliferative and anti-invasive activities in functional cell based assays and exhibits anticancer efficacy in experimental tumor model. We found that apigenin directly binds with IKKa, attenuates IKKa kinase activity and suppresses NF-ĸB/p65 activation in human prostate cancer PC-3 and 22Rv1 cells much more effectively than IKK inhibitor, PS1145. We also showed that apigenin caused cell cycle arrest similar to knockdown of IKKa in prostate cancer cells. Studies in xenograft mouse model indicate that apigenin feeding suppresses tumor growth, lowers proliferation and enhances apoptosis. These effects correlated with inhibition of p-IKKa, NF-ĸB/ p65, proliferating cell nuclear antigen and increase in cleaved caspase 3 expression in a dose-dependent manner. Overall, our results suggest that inhibition of cell proliferation, invasiveness and decrease in tumor growth by apigenin are mediated by its ability to suppress IKKa and downstream targets affecting NF-ĸB signaling pathways.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2015 · Oncotarget
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Aberrant Nuclear Factor-κappaB (NF-κB) activation due to rapid IκBα turnover and high basal IκBα kinase (IKK) activity has been frequently observed in prostate cancer. Apigenin, a naturally occurring plant flavone, exhibits anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic activities by inhibiting NF-κB pathway, through a mechanism not fully understood. We found that apigenin feeding in microgram doses (bioavailable in humans) inhibited prostate tumorigenesis in TRAMP mice by interfering with NF-κB signaling. Apigenin feeding to TRAMP mice (20 and 50 μg/mouse/day, 6 days/week for 20 weeks) exhibited significant decrease in tumor volumes of the prostate and completely abolished metastasis, which correlated with inhibition of NF-κB activation and binding to the DNA. Apigenin intake blocked phosphorylation and degradation of IκBα by inhibiting IKK activation, which in turn led to suppression of NF-κB activation. The expression of NF-κB-regulated gene products involved in proliferation (cyclin D1, and COX-2), anti-apoptosis (Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL), and angiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor) were also downregulated after apigenin feeding. These events correlated with the induction of apoptosis in tumor cells, as evident by increased cleaved caspase-3 labeling index in the dorsolateral prostate. Our results provide convincing evidence that apigenin inhibits IKK activation and restores the expression of IκBα, preventing it's phosphorylation in a fashion similar to that elicited by IKK and proteasomal inhibitors through suppression of NF-κB signaling pathway.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2015 · PLoS ONE
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: To our knowledge, this is the first study on rosacea to formally define genetic and environmental contributions. To study a cohort of identical and fraternal twins to determine whether genetic factors contribute to rosacea development and, if genetic factors are present, quantitatively estimate the genetic contribution, as well as to identify environmental factors that correlate with rosacea by controlling for genetic susceptibility. Identical and fraternal twins were surveyed regarding risk factors implicated in rosacea. Faculty dermatologists determined a rosacea score for each twin participant according to the National Rosacea Society (NRS) grading system. Data were collected at the annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, on August 4-5, 2012, and August 2-3, 2013. Analysis was conducted for several months after each meeting. A cohort of 550 twin individuals, with most from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the northeastern United States, participated. The NRS score and rosacea subtype were assessed using the NRS grading system and physical examination by board-certified dermatologists. Among the 275 twin pairs (550 individuals), there were 233 identical twin pairs with a mean rosacea score of 2.46 and 42 fraternal twin pairs with a mean rosacea score of 0.75. We observed a higher association of NRS scores between identical vs fraternal twins (r = 0.69 vs r = 0.46; P = .04), demonstrating a genetic contribution. Using the ACE model (proportion of variance in a trait heritable secondary to additive genetics [A] vs the proportions due to a common environment [C] and unique environment [E]), we calculated this genetic contribution to be 46%. A higher NRS score was also significantly associated with the following factors: age (r = 0.38; P < .001) and lifetime UV radiation exposure (r = 0.26; P < .001). These associations remained after use of propensity score matching to adjust for multicollinearity. Other correlated variables included body mass index (r = 0.21; P < .001), smoking (r = 0.10; P < .02), alcohol consumption (r = 0.11; P = .01), cardiovascular comorbidity (r = 0.17; P < .001), and skin cancer comorbidity (r = 0.19; P < .001). The study of twins allows us to separate genetic susceptibility and the influence of environmental factors affecting rosacea. We found that approximately half of the contribution to the NRS score could be accounted for by genetics and the other half by environment. We identified correlations between rosacea and UV radiation exposure, alcohol, smoking, skin cancer history, cardiac comorbidity, and age. These findings may help improve current management and expectations of individuals affected by rosacea.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Background. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)therapy isclearly beneficial in patients with advanced EGFR-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, acquired resistance develops uniformly and the benefit of continuation of EGFRTKI therapy beyond progression remains unclear. Materials and Methods. This was a randomized phase II study of chemotherapy (arm A: pemetrexed or docetaxel) versus chemotherapy plus erlotinib (ERL) (arm B) in patients with progressive NSCLC following clinical benefit from erlotinib. In arm B, chemotherapy was given with erlotinib at an oral daily dose of 150 mg on days 2-19 of each cycle to minimize negative pharmacodynamic interactions. The primary endpoint was that continuation of erlotinib in this patient population could extend progression-free survival (PFS) by 50%. Results. A total of 46 patients were randomized (arm A: 24; arm B: 22). Patient characteristics were well balanced except there were more female patients in arm A (p =.075). The median PFS of patients in arm A was 5.5 months and for those in arm B, 4.4 months (p =.699). The response rates were 13% and 16% in arms A and B, respectively (p =.79). EGFR status data were available for 39 of the 46 patients and no significant difference in PFS was seen for continuing ERL beyond progression in mutation-positive patients. Substantially more toxicity was seen in arm Bthanarm A. Conclusion. There was added toxicity but no benefit with the continuation of ERL beyond progression along with chemotherapy as compared with chemotherapy alone.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · The Oncologist

  • No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Cancer Research
  • Source

    Preview · Article · Aug 2015
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) improves outcomes in relapsed lymphoma, but the relative efficacy of different preparative regimens is not well defined. We included patients undergoing autologous HCT using BEAM (carmustine, 300 mg/m2, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan) or BEP (carmustine 600 mg/m2, etoposide, and cisplatin) between January 2004 and December 2013; 65 patients received BEP and 64 patients BEAM. Both cohorts were similar for advanced-stage disease, extranodal and bulky disease, and prior therapies. Median neutrophil and platelet engraftment was 10 and 20 days for both regimens, respectively. Febrile neutropenia, serum creatinine concentration increase, and electrolyte abnormalities were more frequent with BEP. Incidence of carmustine pneumonitis was not higher with BEP, likely the result of corticosteroid prophylaxis, although 2 cases of fatal pneumonitis were observed after BEP. One-year nonrelapse mortality was 6.8% after BEP and 0% after BEAM (P = .379). After a median follow-up of 39.4 months (range, 1 to 128), 4-year rates of overall survival (OS) after BEP and BEAM were 80.4% and 72.3%, respectively (P = .611). Diffuse large B cell lymphoma patients transplanted after early relapse post–rituximab-based first-line therapy presented 3-year rates of OS and progression-free survival (PFS) of 73.8% and 65%, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences in the OS and PFS of follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, or Hodgkin lymphoma. BEP is a valid alternative to BEAM in autologous HCT. Although associated with more renal and electrolytic toxicities, BEP results in similar disease control and long-term survival as BEAM. Prospective studies are needed to confirm whether intensification of conditioning regimens for autologous HCT can improve disease control in high-risk relapsed lymphoma patients.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Biology of blood and marrow transplantation: journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

  • No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: CD30 is a cytokine receptor belonging to the tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFRSF8) that acts as a regulator of apoptosis. The presence of CD30 antigen is important in the diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease and anaplastic large cell lymphoma. There have been sporadic reports of CD30 expression in non-lymphoid tumors, including malignant mesothelioma. Given the remarkable success of brentuximab vedotin, an antibody-drug conjugate directed against CD30 antigen, in lymphoid malignancies, we undertook a study to examine the incidence of CD30 in mesothelioma and to investigate the ability to target CD30 antigen in mesothelioma. Mesothelioma tumor specimens (N = 83) were examined for CD30 expression by immunohistochemistry. Positive CD30 expression was noted in 13 mesothelioma specimens, primarily those of epithelial histology. There was no significant correlation of CD30 positivity with either tumor grade, stage or survival. Examination of four mesothelioma cell lines (H28, H2052, H2452, and 211H) for CD30 expression by both FACS analysis and confocal microscopy showed that CD30 antigen localized to the cell membrane. Brentuximab vedotin treatment of cultured mesothelioma cells produced a dose-dependent decrease in cell growth and viability at clinically relevant concentrations. Our studies validate the presence of CD30 antigen in a subgroup of epithelial-type mesothelioma tumors and indicate that selected mesothelioma patients may derive benefit from brentuximab vedotin treatment. Copyright © 2015, American Association for Cancer Research.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Unlike lung adenocarcinoma, little progress has been made in the treatment of squamous cell lung carcinoma (SCC). The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) has recently reported that receptor tyrosine kinase signaling pathways are altered in 26% of SCC tumors, validating the importance of downstream Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription 3 (STAT3) activity as a prime therapeutic target in this cancer. In the present report we examine the status of an endogenous inhibitor of STAT3, called Protein Inhibitor of Activated STAT3 (PIAS3), in SCC and its potential role in this disease. We examine PIAS3 expression in SCC tumors and cell lines by immunohistochemistry of a tissue microarray and western blotting. PIAS3 mRNA expression and survival data are analyzed in the TCGA data set. SCC cell lines are treated with curcumin to regulate PIAS3 expression and cell growth. PIAS3 protein expression is decreased in a majority of lung SCC tumors and cell lines. Analysis of PIAS3 mRNA transcript levels demonstrated that low PIAS3 levels predicted poor survival; Cox regression analysis revealed a hazard ratio of 0.57 (95% CI: 0.37-0.87), indicating a decrease in the risk of death by 43% for every unit elevation in PIAS3 gene expression. Curcumin treatment increased endogenous PIAS3 expression and decreased cell growth and viability in Calu-1 cells, a model of SCC. Our results implicate PIAS3 loss in the pathology of lung SCC and raise the therapeutic possibility of upregulating PIAS3 expression as a single target that can suppress signaling from the multiple receptor tyrosine kinase receptors found to be amplified in SCC. © 2015 The Authors. Cancer Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · Cancer Medicine
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Background: The purpose of this study was to establish the efficacy and toxicities of concurrent bevacizumab and docetaxel with radiation for locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Methods: Patients with previously untreated HNSCC received standard daily radiotherapy (RT) with concurrent weekly docetaxel (20 mg/m(2) ) and biweekly bevacizumab (5 mg/kg). Biweekly bevacizumab was then continued for up to 1 year after RT. The primary objective was progression-free survival (PFS). Secondary objectives included overall survival (OS), patterns of failure, and toxicities of treatment. Results: Thirty patients were recruited. With median follow-up of 38 months, the 3-year PFS, OS, locoregional recurrence-free survival, and distant metastasis-free survival was 61.7%, 68.2%, 84.5%, and 80.5%, respectively. The most common local toxicities were mucositis and dermatitis. Two patients developed hemorrhage. There was no grade 5 toxicity. Conclusion: The combination of bevacizumab, docetaxel, and RT is tolerable and effective in HNSCC. This regimen is worthy of further study in appropriate subset of patients receiving chemoradiation therapy. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2014.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Head & Neck
  • Sanjeev Shukla · Pingfu Fu · Sanjay Gupta

    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Cancer Research
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Background Delayed chemotherapy is associated with inferior survival in stage III colon and stage II/III rectal cancer patients, but similar studies have not been performed in stage II colon cancer patients. We investigate the association between delayed and incomplete chemotherapy, and the association of delayed chemotherapy with survival in stage II colon cancer patients. Patients and Methods Patients (age ≥66) diagnosed as stage II colon cancer and received chemotherapy from 1992 to 2005 were identified from the linked SEER–Medicare database. The association between delayed and incomplete chemotherapy was assessed using unconditional and conditional logistic regressions. Survival outcomes were assessed using stratified Cox regression based on propensity score matched samples. Results 4,209 stage II colon cancer patients were included, of whom 73.0% had chemotherapy initiated timely (≤2 months after surgery), 14.7% had chemotherapy initiated with moderate delay (2–3 months), and 12.3% had delayed chemotherapy (≥3 months). Delayed chemotherapy was associated with not completing chemotherapy (adjusted odds ratio (OR): 1.33 (95% confidence interval: 1.11, 1.59) for moderately delayed group, adjusted OR: 2.60 (2.09, 3.24) for delayed group). Delayed chemotherapy was associated with worse survival outcomes (hazard ratio (HR): 1.75 (1.29, 2.37) for overall survival; HR: 4.23 (2.19, 8.20) for cancer-specific survival). Conclusion Although the benefit of chemotherapy is unclear in stage II colon cancer patients, delay in initiation of chemotherapy is associated with an incomplete chemotherapy course and poorer survival, especially cancer-specific survival. Causal inference in the association between delayed initiation of chemotherapy and inferior survival requires further investigation.
    Preview · Article · Sep 2014 · PLoS ONE
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Deregulation of STAT3 activation is a hallmark of many cancer cells, and the underlying mechanisms are subject to intense investigation. We examined the extent of PIAS3 expression in mesothelioma cells and human tumor samples and determined the functional effects of PIAS3 expression on STAT3 signaling. Experimental design: We evaluated the expression of PIAS3 in mesothelioma tumors from patients and correlated the expression levels with the course of the disease. We also measured the effects of enhanced PIAS3 activity on STAT3 signaling, cellular growth, and viability in cultured mesothelioma cells. Results: Gene expression databases revealed that mesotheliomas have the lowest levels of PIAS3 transcripts among solid tumors. PIAS3 expression in human mesothelioma tumors is significantly correlated with overall survival intervals (P = 0.058). The high expression of PIAS3 is predictive of a favorable prognosis and decreases the probability of death within one year after diagnosis by 44%. PIAS3 expression is functionally linked to STAT3 activation in mesothelioma cell lines. STAT3 downregulation with siRNA or enhanced expression of PIAS3 both inhibited mesothelioma cell growth and induced apoptosis. Mesothelioma cells are sensitive to curcumin and respond by the induction of PIAS3. Corroborative evidence has been obtained from STAT3 inhibition experiments. Exposure of the cells to a peptide derived from the PIAS3 protein that interferes with STAT3 function resulted in apoptosis induction and the inhibition of cell growth. Conclusion: These results suggest that PIAS3 protein expression impacts survival in patients with mesothelioma and that PIAS3 activation could become a therapeutic strategy. Clin Cancer Res; 20(19); 5124-32. ©2014 AACR.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2014 · Clinical Cancer Research
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Docetaxel (DTX) chemotherapy remains a standard-of-care for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). DTX modestly increases survival, yet results in frequent occurrence of side-effects and resistant disease. An alternate chemotherapy with greater efficacy and minimal side-effects is needed. Acquisition of metabolic aberrations promoting increased survival and metastasis in CRPC cells include constitutive activation of Akt, loss of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activity due to Ser-485/491 phosphorylation, and over-expression of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-Coenzyme A reductase (HMG-CoAR). We report that combination of simvastatin (SIM) and metformin (MET), within pharmacological dose range (500nM to 4microM SIM and 250microM to 2mM MET), significantly and synergistically reduces C4-2B3/B4 CRPC cell viability and metastatic properties with minimal adverse effects on normal prostate epithelial cells. Combination of SIM and MET decreased Akt Ser-473 and Thr-308 phosphorylation and AMPKalpha Ser-485/491 phosphorylation, increased Thr-172 phosphorylation and AMPKalpha activity as assessed by increased Ser-79 and Ser-872 phosphorylation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase and HMG-CoAR, respectively; decreased HMG-CoAR activity, and reduced total cellular cholesterol and its synthesis in both cell lines. Studies of C4-2B4 orthotopic NCr-nu/nu mice further demonstrated that combination of SIM and MET (3.5-7.0microg/g body weight SIM and 175-350microg/g body weight MET) daily by oral gavage over 9-week period significantly inhibited primary ventral prostate tumor formation, cachexia, bone metastasis, and biochemical failure more effectively than 24microg/g body weight DTX intraperitoneally-injected every three weeks, 7.0microg/g/day SIM, or 350microg/g/day MET treatment alone, with significantly less toxicity and mortality than DTX, establishing combination SIM and MET as a promising chemotherapeutic alternative for metastatic CRPC.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2014 · Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Unlabelled: The effects of heightened microbial translocation on B cells during HIV infection are unknown. We examined the in vitro effects of HIV and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on apoptosis of CD27+ IgD- memory B (mB) cells from healthy controls. In vivo analysis was conducted on a cohort of 82 HIV+ donors and 60 healthy controls. In vitro exposure of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) to LPS and HIV led to mB cell death via the Fas/Fas ligand (FasL) pathway. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) produced FasL in response to HIV via binding to CD4 and chemokine coreceptors. HIV and LPS increased Fas expression on mB cells in PBMCs, which was dependent on the presence of pDCs and monocytes. Furthermore, mB cells purified from PBMCs and pretreated with both HIV and LPS were more sensitive to apoptosis when cocultured with HIV-treated pDCs. Blocking the interferon receptor (IFNR) prevented HIV-stimulated FasL production in pDCs, HIV-plus-LPS-induced Fas expression, and apoptosis of mB cells. In vivo or ex vivo, HIV+ donors have higher levels of plasma LPS, Fas expression on mB cells, and mB cell apoptosis than controls. Correspondingly, in HIV+ donors, but not in controls, a positive correlation was found between plasma FasL and HIV RNA levels and between Fas expression on mB cells and plasma LPS levels. This work reveals a novel mechanism of mB cell apoptosis mediated by LPS and HIV through the Fas/FasL pathway, with key involvement of pDCs and type I IFN, suggesting a role for microbial translocation in HIV pathogenesis. Importance: This study demonstrates that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and type I interferon (IFN) play an important role in memory B cell apoptosis in HIV infection. It reveals a previously unrecognized role of microbial translocation in HIV pathogenesis.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2014 · Journal of Virology
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) dramatically reduces AIDS-related complications, yet the life expectancy of long-term ART-treated HIV-infected patients remains shortened compared to that of uninfected controls, due to increased risk of non-AIDS related morbidities. Many propose that these complications result from translocated microbial products from the gut that stimulate systemic inflammation - a consequence of increased intestinal paracellular permeability that persists in this population. Concurrent intestinal immunodeficiency and structural barrier deterioration are postulated to drive microbial translocation, and direct evidence of intestinal epithelial breakdown has been reported in untreated pathogenic SIV infection of rhesus macaques. To assess and characterize the extent of epithelial cell damage in virally-suppressed HIV-infected patients, we analyzed intestinal biopsy tissues for changes in the epithelium at the cellular and molecular level. The intestinal epithelium in the HIV gut is grossly intact, exhibiting no decreases in the relative abundance and packing of intestinal epithelial cells. We found no evidence for structural and subcellular localization changes in intestinal epithelial tight junctions (TJ), but observed significant decreases in the colonic, but not terminal ileal, transcript levels of TJ components in the HIV+ cohort. This result is confirmed by a reduction in TJ proteins in the descending colon of HIV+ patients. In the HIV+ cohort, colonic TJ transcript levels progressively decreased along the proximal-to-distal axis. In contrast, expression levels of the same TJ transcripts stayed unchanged, or progressively increased, from the proximal-to-distal gut in the healthy controls. Non-TJ intestinal epithelial cell-specific mRNAs reveal differing patterns of HIV-associated transcriptional alteration, arguing for an overall change in intestinal epithelial transcriptional regulation in the HIV colon. These findings suggest that persistent intestinal epithelial dysregulation involving a reduction in TJ expression is a mechanism driving increases in colonic permeability and microbial translocation in the ART-treated HIV-infected patient, and a possible immunopathogenic factor for non-AIDS related complications.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2014 · PLoS Pathogens
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Targeting most-at-risk individuals with HIV preventive interventions is cost-effective. We developed gender-specific indices to measure risk of HIV among sexually active individuals in Rakai, Uganda. We used multivariable Cox proportional hazards models to estimate time-to-HIV infection associated with candidate predictors. Reduced models were determined using backward selection procedures with Akaike's information criterion (AIC) as the stopping rule. Model discrimination was determined using Harrell's concordance index (c index). Model calibration was determined graphically. Nomograms were used to present the final prediction models. We used samples of 7,497 women and 5,783 men. 342 new infections occurred among females (incidence 1.11/100 person years,) and 225 among the males (incidence 1.00/100 person years). The final model for men included age, education, circumcision status, number of sexual partners, genital ulcer disease symptoms, alcohol use before sex, partner in high risk employment, community type, being unaware of a partner's HIV status and community HIV prevalence. The Model's optimism-corrected c index was 69.1 percent (95% CI = 0.66, 0.73). The final women's model included age, marital status, education, number of sex partners, new sex partner, alcohol consumption by self or partner before sex, concurrent sexual partners, being employed in a high-risk occupation, having genital ulcer disease symptoms, community HIV prevalence, and perceiving oneself or partner to be exposed to HIV. The models optimism-corrected c index was 0.67 (95% CI = 0.64, 0.70). Both models were well calibrated. These indices were discriminative and well calibrated. This provides proof-of-concept that population-based HIV risk indices can be developed. Further research to validate these indices for other populations is needed.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2014 · PLoS ONE

  • No preview · Article · Apr 2014 · The Journal of Urology

Publication Stats

3k Citations
699.13 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2005-2015
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
      • • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
      • • Department of Urology
      Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • 2003-2015
    • Case Western Reserve University
      • • Department of Oral Pathology
      • • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
      • • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
      • • School of Medicine
      Cleveland, Ohio, United States
    • Duke University Medical Center
      Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • 2012-2013
    • Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
      Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • 2009
    • The Ohio State University
      Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • 2003-2009
    • Cleveland State University
      Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • 2008
    • West Virginia University
      MGW, West Virginia, United States
  • 2007
    • Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics 
      Canada