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Christopher Sheild Nabel, M.D.


Available: 01/10/22, Expires: 06/30/23

Research project on thymic epithelial tumors. Thymic epithelial tumors are rare cancers of the chest that derive from the epithelial cells in the thymus that guide T-cell development, and the management of these tumors involves multidisciplinary collaboration between thoracic surgery, radiation oncology and medical oncology. This project seeks to characterize the clinicopathologic features associated with patient outcomes. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in learning the principles of cancer diagnosis, staging and how these factors influence multidisciplinary management between oncology specialists. Details are as follows: Commitment: Following completion of CITI training on human subjects research and addition to IRB protocol, 2-5 hours per week of chart review to compile spreadsheet detailing essential characteristics of patients within the MGH experience. I anticipate initial chart review will take 4-6 months based on this weekly effort. Shadowing would be welcomed for those interested in expanding clinical exposure. Authorship: Opportunity for middle authorship on poster and manuscript submissions resulting from. For motivated individuals, I would be happy to discuss opportunities for involved student to lead primary analysis on select projects that could result in first-authorship. Prior Skills should include fluency in Microsoft Excel. No other prior skills needed.

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  1. Pierson SK, Shenoy S, Oromendia AB, Gorzewski AM, Langan Pai RA, Nabel CS, Ruth JR, Parente SAT, Arenas DJ, Guilfoyle M, Reddy M, Weinblatt M, Shadick N, Bower M, Pria AD, Masaki Y, Katz L, Mezey J, Beineke P, Lee D, Tendler C, Kambayashi T, Fosså A, van Rhee F, Fajgenbaum DC. Discovery and validation of a novel subgroup and therapeutic target in idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. Blood Adv. 2021 09 14; 5(17):3445-3456. PMID: 34438448; PMCID: PMC8525223.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  2. Nabel CS, Vander Heiden MG. Patient-Derived Xenografts to Study Cancer Metabolism: When Does X Mark the Spot? Cancer Res. 2021 09 01; 81(17):4399-4401. PMID: 34470781; PMCID: PMC8425604.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  3. Hollenhorst MA, Braun DA, Burtner CR, Cajigas I, Cunningham-Bussel AC, Eser PÖ, Nabel CS, Tsai FD, Weeks LD, Michel T, Yialamas MA. Bridging the Divide: Student Grand Rounds at the Interface of Basic Science and Clinical Medicine. Acad Med. 2020 04; 95(4):548-552. PMID: 31833852; PMCID: PMC9357424.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Li L, Ng SR, Colón CI, Drapkin BJ, Hsu PP, Li Z, Nabel CS, Lewis CA, Romero R, Mercer KL, Bhutkar A, Phat S, Myers DT, Muzumdar MD, Westcott PMK, Beytagh MC, Farago AF, Vander Heiden MG, Dyson NJ, Jacks T. Identification of DHODH as a therapeutic target in small cell lung cancer. Sci Transl Med. 2019 11 06; 11(517). PMID: 31694929; PMCID: PMC7401885.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  5. Fajgenbaum DC, Langan RA, Japp AS, Partridge HL, Pierson SK, Singh A, Arenas DJ, Ruth JR, Nabel CS, Stone K, Okumura M, Schwarer A, Jose FF, Hamerschlak N, Wertheim GB, Jordan MB, Cohen AD, Krymskaya V, Rubenstein A, Betts MR, Kambayashi T, van Rhee F, Uldrick TS. Identifying and targeting pathogenic PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling in IL-6-blockade-refractory idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. J Clin Invest. 2019 08 13; 129(10):4451-4463. PMID: 31408438; PMCID: PMC6763254.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  6. Nabel CS, Sameroff S, Shilling D, Alapat D, Ruth JR, Kawano M, Sato Y, Stone K, Spetalen S, Valdivieso F, Feldman MD, Chadburn A, Fosså A, van Rhee F, Lipkin WI, Fajgenbaum DC. Virome capture sequencing does not identify active viral infection in unicentric and idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. PLoS One. 2019; 14(6):e0218660. PMID: 31242229; PMCID: PMC6594611.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  7. Nabel CS, Severgnini M, Hung YP, Cunningham-Bussel A, Gjini E, Kleinsteuber K, Seymour LJ, Holland MK, Cunningham R, Felt KD, Vivero M, Rodig SJ, Massarotti EM, Rahma OE, Harshman LC. Anti-PD-1 Immunotherapy-Induced Flare of a Known Underlying Relapsing Vasculitis Mimicking Recurrent Cancer. Oncologist. 2019 08; 24(8):1013-1021. PMID: 31088979; PMCID: PMC6693726.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Schutsky EK, DeNizio JE, Hu P, Liu MY, Nabel CS, Fabyanic EB, Hwang Y, Bushman FD, Wu H, Kohli RM. Nondestructive, base-resolution sequencing of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine using a DNA deaminase. Nat Biotechnol. 2018 Oct 08. PMID: 30295673; PMCID: PMC6453757.
    Citations: 43     Fields:    
  9. Pierson SK, Stonestrom AJ, Shilling D, Ruth J, Nabel CS, Singh A, Ren Y, Stone K, Li H, van Rhee F, Fajgenbaum DC. Plasma proteomics identifies a 'chemokine storm' in idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. Am J Hematol. 2018 07; 93(7):902-912. PMID: 29675946.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  10. Chabner BA, Nabel CS. Canakinumab and Lung Cancer: Intriguing, but Is It Real? Oncologist. 2018 06; 23(6):637-638. PMID: 29666299.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Schutsky EK, Nabel CS, Davis AKF, DeNizio JE, Kohli RM. APOBEC3A efficiently deaminates methylated, but not TET-oxidized, cytosine bases in DNA. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Jul 27; 45(13):7655-7665. PMID: 28472485; PMCID: PMC5570014.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  12. Nabel CS, DeNizio JE, Carroll M, Kohli RM. DNA Methyltransferases Demonstrate Reduced Activity against Arabinosylcytosine: Implications for Epigenetic Instability in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Biochemistry. 2017 04 25; 56(16):2166-2169. PMID: 28394581.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Fajgenbaum DC, Uldrick TS, Bagg A, Frank D, Wu D, Srkalovic G, Simpson D, Liu AY, Menke D, Chandrakasan S, Lechowicz MJ, Wong RS, Pierson S, Paessler M, Rossi JF, Ide M, Ruth J, Croglio M, Suarez A, Krymskaya V, Chadburn A, Colleoni G, Nasta S, Jayanthan R, Nabel CS, Casper C, Dispenzieri A, Fosså A, Kelleher D, Kurzrock R, Voorhees P, Dogan A, Yoshizaki K, van Rhee F, Oksenhendler E, Jaffe ES, Elenitoba-Johnson KS, Lim MS. International, evidence-based consensus diagnostic criteria for HHV-8-negative/idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. Blood. 2017 Mar 23; 129(12):1646-1657. PMID: 28087540; PMCID: PMC5364342.
    Citations: 118     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  14. Liu AY, Nabel CS, Finkelman BS, Ruth JR, Kurzrock R, van Rhee F, Krymskaya VP, Kelleher D, Rubenstein AH, Fajgenbaum DC. Idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease: a systematic literature review. Lancet Haematol. 2016 Apr; 3(4):e163-75. PMID: 27063975.
    Citations: 88     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  15. Iwaki N, Fajgenbaum DC, Nabel CS, Gion Y, Kondo E, Kawano M, Masunari T, Yoshida I, Moro H, Nikkuni K, Takai K, Matsue K, Kurosawa M, Hagihara M, Saito A, Okamoto M, Yokota K, Hiraiwa S, Nakamura N, Nakao S, Yoshino T, Sato Y. Clinicopathologic analysis of TAFRO syndrome demonstrates a distinct subtype of HHV-8-negative multicentric Castleman disease. Am J Hematol. 2016 Feb; 91(2):220-6. PMID: 26805758.
    Citations: 81     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  16. Crawford DJ, Liu MY, Nabel CS, Cao XJ, Garcia BA, Kohli RM. Tet2 Catalyzes Stepwise 5-Methylcytosine Oxidation by an Iterative and de novo Mechanism. J Am Chem Soc. 2016 Jan 27; 138(3):730-3. PMID: 26734843; PMCID: PMC4762542.
    Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Cells
  17. Fajgenbaum DC, van Rhee F, Nabel CS. HHV-8-negative, idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease: novel insights into biology, pathogenesis, and therapy. Blood. 2014 May 08; 123(19):2924-33. PMID: 24622327.
    Citations: 101     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  18. Sun Z, Feng D, Fang B, Mullican SE, You SH, Lim HW, Everett LJ, Nabel CS, Li Y, Selvakumaran V, Won KJ, Lazar MA. Deacetylase-independent function of HDAC3 in transcription and metabolism requires nuclear receptor corepressor. Mol Cell. 2013 Dec 26; 52(6):769-82. PMID: 24268577.
    Citations: 122     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  19. Nabel CS, Schutsky EK, Kohli RM. Molecular targeting of mutagenic AID and APOBEC deaminases. Cell Cycle. 2014; 13(2):171-2. PMID: 24241207.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  20. Nabel CS, Lee JW, Wang LC, Kohli RM. Nucleic acid determinants for selective deamination of DNA over RNA by activation-induced deaminase. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Aug 27; 110(35):14225-30. PMID: 23942124.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  21. Nabel CS, Jia H, Ye Y, Shen L, Goldschmidt HL, Stivers JT, Zhang Y, Kohli RM. AID/APOBEC deaminases disfavor modified cytosines implicated in DNA demethylation. Nat Chem Biol. 2012 Sep; 8(9):751-8. PMID: 22772155; PMCID: PMC3427411.
    Citations: 144     Fields:    Translation:Cells
  22. Dollive S, Peterfreund GL, Sherrill-Mix S, Bittinger K, Sinha R, Hoffmann C, Nabel CS, Hill DA, Artis D, Bachman MA, Custers-Allen R, Grunberg S, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Bushman FD. A tool kit for quantifying eukaryotic rRNA gene sequences from human microbiome samples. Genome Biol. 2012 Jul 03; 13(7):R60. PMID: 22759449.
    Citations: 63     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  23. Nabel CS, Manning SA, Kohli RM. The curious chemical biology of cytosine: deamination, methylation, and oxidation as modulators of genomic potential. ACS Chem Biol. 2012 Jan 20; 7(1):20-30. PMID: 22004246.
    Citations: 61     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  24. Nabel CS, Kohli RM. Molecular biology. Demystifying DNA demethylation. Science. 2011 Sep 02; 333(6047):1229-30. PMID: 21885763.
    Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  25. Fabozzi G, Nabel CS, Dolan MA, Sullivan NJ. Ebolavirus proteins suppress the effects of small interfering RNA by direct interaction with the mammalian RNA interference pathway. J Virol. 2011 Mar; 85(6):2512-23. PMID: 21228243.
    Citations: 75     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  26. Nickels F, Müller T, Schulz C, Nabel C, Sigel A, Notheis W, Muders F, Reng M, Riegger GA, Pfeifer M. [Heparin-induced type II thrombocytopenia as the etiology of severe recurrent pulmonary embolism]. Pneumologie. 2001 Jan; 55(1):44-50. PMID: 11236357.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Schweda F, Blumberg FC, Schweda A, Nabel C, Holmer SR, Riegger GA, Pfeifer M, Krämer BK. Effects of chronic hypoxia on renal PDGF-A, PDGF-B, and VEGF gene expression in rats. Nephron. 2000 Oct; 86(2):161-6. PMID: 11014986.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  28. Kammerl MC, Grimm D, Nabel C, Schweda F, Bach M, Fredersdorf S, Piehler H, Holmer SR, Riegger GA, Kromer EP, Krämer BK. Effects of growth hormone on renal renin gene expression in normal rats and rats with myocardial infarction. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2000 Jun; 15(6):786-90. PMID: 10831629.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  29. Nabel C, Schweda F, Riegger GA, Krämer BK, Kurtz A. Chloride channel blockers attenuate the inhibition of renin secretion by angiotensin II. Pflugers Arch. 1999 Oct; 438(5):694-9. PMID: 10555568.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  30. Nabel C, Schweda F, Kromer EP, Krämer BK. Treatment of hypertension in elderly patients. Lancet. 1997 Nov 29; 350(9091):1632-3; author reply 1634. PMID: 9393367.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
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