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profileLeonora Balaj, Ph.D.

TitleInstructor in Neurology
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentNeurology
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
149-6203
149 13th Street
Charlestown MA 02129
Phone617/726-5728
Fax617/724-1537
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  1. Hall J, Prabhakar S, Balaj L, Lai CP, Cerione RA, Breakefield XO. Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins via Extracellular Vesicles: Review and Potential Treatments for Parkinson's Disease, Glioma, and Schwannoma. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2016 Apr; 36(3):417-27. PMID: 27017608.
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  2. Platt MY, Fathi AT, Borger DR, Brunner AM, Hasserjian RP, Balaj L, Lum A, Yip S, Dias-Santagata D, Zheng Z, Le LP, Graubert TA, Iafrate AJ, Nardi V. Detection of Dual IDH1 and IDH2 Mutations by Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing in Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndromes. J Mol Diagn. 2015 Nov; 17(6):661-8. PMID: 26331834; PMCID: PMC4630164 [Available on 11/01/16].
  3. Laurent LC, Abdel-Mageed AB, Adelson PD, Arango J, Balaj L, Breakefield X, Carlson E, Carter BS, Majem B, Chen CC, Cocucci E, Danielson K, Courtright A, Das S, Abd Elmageed ZY, Enderle D, Ezrin A, Ferrer M, Freedman J, Galas D, Gandhi R, Huentelman MJ, Van Keuren-Jensen K, Kalani Y, Kim Y, Krichevsky AM, Lai C, Lal-Nag M, Laurent CD, Leonardo T, Li F, Malenica I, Mondal D, Nejad P, Patel T, Raffai RL, Rubio R, Skog J, Spetzler R, Sun J, Tanriverdi K, Vickers K, Wang L, Wang Y, Wei Z, Weiner HL, Wong D, Yan IK, Yeri A, Gould S. Meeting report: discussions and preliminary findings on extracellular RNA measurement methods from laboratories in the NIH Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium. J Extracell Vesicles. 2015; 4:26533. PMID: 26320937; PMCID: PMC4553263.
  4. Quesenberry PJ, Aliotta J, Camussi G, Abdel-Mageed AB, Wen S, Goldberg L, Zhang HG, Tetta C, Franklin J, Coffey RJ, Danielson K, Subramanya V, Ghiran I, Das S, Chen CC, Pusic KM, Pusic AD, Chatterjee D, Kraig RP, Balaj L, Dooner M. Potential functional applications of extracellular vesicles: a report by the NIH Common Fund Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium. J Extracell Vesicles. 2015; 4:27575. PMID: 26320942; PMCID: PMC4553260.
  5. Balaj L, Atai NA, Chen W, Mu D, Tannous BA, Breakefield XO, Skog J, Maguire CA. Heparin affinity purification of extracellular vesicles. Sci Rep. 2015; 5:10266. PMID: 25988257; PMCID: PMC4437317.
  6. Shao H, Chung J, Lee K, Balaj L, Min C, Carter BS, Hochberg FH, Breakefield XO, Lee H, Weissleder R. Chip-based analysis of exosomal mRNA mediating drug resistance in glioblastoma. Nat Commun. 2015; 6:6999. PMID: 25959588; PMCID: PMC4430127.
  7. Le MT, Hamar P, Guo C, Basar E, Perdigão-Henriques R, Balaj L, Lieberman J. miR-200-containing extracellular vesicles promote breast cancer cell metastasis. J Clin Invest. 2014 Dec; 124(12):5109-28. PMID: 25401471; PMCID: PMC4348969.
  8. Hochberg FH, Atai NA, Gonda D, Hughes MS, Mawejje B, Balaj L, Carter RS. Glioma diagnostics and biomarkers: an ongoing challenge in the field of medicine and science. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2014 May; 14(4):439-52. PMID: 24746164.
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  9. Redzic JS, Balaj L, van der Vos KE, Breakefield XO. Extracellular RNA mediates and marks cancer progression. Semin Cancer Biol. 2014 Oct; 28:14-23. PMID: 24783980; PMCID: PMC4162815.
  10. Bronisz A, Wang Y, Nowicki MO, Peruzzi P, Ansari KI, Ogawa D, Balaj L, De Rienzo G, Mineo M, Nakano I, Ostrowski MC, Hochberg F, Weissleder R, Lawler SE, Chiocca EA, Godlewski J. Extracellular vesicles modulate the glioblastoma microenvironment via a tumor suppression signaling network directed by miR-1. Cancer Res. 2014 Feb 1; 74(3):738-50. PMID: 24310399; PMCID: PMC3928601.
  11. Armata IA, Balaj L, Kuster JK, Zhang X, Tsai S, Armatas AA, Multhaupt-Buell TJ, Soberman R, Breakefield XO, Ichinose H, Sharma N. Dopa-responsive dystonia: functional analysis of single nucleotide substitutions within the 5' untranslated GCH1 region. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e76975. PMID: 24124602; PMCID: PMC3790877.
  12. Momen-Heravi F, Balaj L, Alian S, Mantel PY, Halleck AE, Trachtenberg AJ, Soria CE, Oquin S, Bonebreak CM, Saracoglu E, Skog J, Kuo WP. Current methods for the isolation of extracellular vesicles. Biol Chem. 2013 Oct; 394(10):1253-62. PMID: 23770532.
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  13. Atai NA, Balaj L, van Veen H, Breakefield XO, Jarzyna PA, Van Noorden CJ, Skog J, Maguire CA. Heparin blocks transfer of extracellular vesicles between donor and recipient cells. J Neurooncol. 2013 Dec; 115(3):343-51. PMID: 24002181; PMCID: PMC3856724.
  14. Chen WW, Balaj L, Liau LM, Samuels ML, Kotsopoulos SK, Maguire CA, Loguidice L, Soto H, Garrett M, Zhu LD, Sivaraman S, Chen C, Wong ET, Carter BS, Hochberg FH, Breakefield XO, Skog J. BEAMing and Droplet Digital PCR Analysis of Mutant IDH1 mRNA in Glioma Patient Serum and Cerebrospinal Fluid Extracellular Vesicles. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2013; 2:e109. PMID: 23881452; PMCID: PMC3732870.
  15. Shao H, Chung J, Balaj L, Charest A, Bigner DD, Carter BS, Hochberg FH, Breakefield XO, Weissleder R, Lee H. Protein typing of circulating microvesicles allows real-time monitoring of glioblastoma therapy. Nat Med. 2012 Dec; 18(12):1835-40. PMID: 23142818; PMCID: PMC3518564.
  16. Momen-Heravi F, Balaj L, Alian S, Tigges J, Toxavidis V, Ericsson M, Distel RJ, Ivanov AR, Skog J, Kuo WP. Alternative methods for characterization of extracellular vesicles. Front Physiol. 2012; 3:354. PMID: 22973237; PMCID: PMC3435888.
  17. Wurdinger T, Gatson NN, Balaj L, Kaur B, Breakefield XO, Pegtel DM. Extracellular vesicles and their convergence with viral pathways. Adv Virol. 2012; 2012:767694. PMID: 22888349; PMCID: PMC3410301.
  18. Momen-Heravi F, Balaj L, Alian S, Trachtenberg AJ, Hochberg FH, Skog J, Kuo WP. Impact of biofluid viscosity on size and sedimentation efficiency of the isolated microvesicles. Front Physiol. 2012; 3:162. PMID: 22661955; PMCID: PMC3362089.
  19. Maguire CA, Balaj L, Sivaraman S, Crommentuijn MH, Ericsson M, Mincheva-Nilsson L, Baranov V, Gianni D, Tannous BA, Sena-Esteves M, Breakefield XO, Skog J. Microvesicle-associated AAV vector as a novel gene delivery system. Mol Ther. 2012 May; 20(5):960-71. PMID: 22314290; PMCID: PMC3345986.
  20. Noerholm M, Balaj L, Limperg T, Salehi A, Zhu LD, Hochberg FH, Breakefield XO, Carter BS, Skog J. RNA expression patterns in serum microvesicles from patients with glioblastoma multiforme and controls. BMC Cancer. 2012; 12:22. PMID: 22251860; PMCID: PMC3329625.
  21. Nilsson RJ, Balaj L, Hulleman E, van Rijn S, Pegtel DM, Walraven M, Widmark A, Gerritsen WR, Verheul HM, Vandertop WP, Noske DP, Skog J, Würdinger T. Blood platelets contain tumor-derived RNA biomarkers. Blood. 2011 Sep 29; 118(13):3680-3. PMID: 21832279.
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  22. van der Vos KE, Balaj L, Skog J, Breakefield XO. Brain tumor microvesicles: insights into intercellular communication in the nervous system. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2011 Aug; 31(6):949-59. PMID: 21553248; PMCID: PMC3702172.
  23. Balaj L, Lessard R, Dai L, Cho YJ, Pomeroy SL, Breakefield XO, Skog J. Tumour microvesicles contain retrotransposon elements and amplified oncogene sequences. Nat Commun. 2011; 2:180. PMID: 21285958.
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  24. Mir SE, De Witt Hamer PC, Krawczyk PM, Balaj L, Claes A, Niers JM, Van Tilborg AA, Zwinderman AH, Geerts D, Kaspers GJ, Peter Vandertop W, Cloos J, Tannous BA, Wesseling P, Aten JA, Noske DP, Van Noorden CJ, Würdinger T. In silico analysis of kinase expression identifies WEE1 as a gatekeeper against mitotic catastrophe in glioblastoma. Cancer Cell. 2010 Sep 14; 18(3):244-57. PMID: 20832752; PMCID: PMC3115571.
  25. Chen C, Skog J, Hsu CH, Lessard RT, Balaj L, Wurdinger T, Carter BS, Breakefield XO, Toner M, Irimia D. Microfluidic isolation and transcriptome analysis of serum microvesicles. Lab Chip. 2010 Feb 21; 10(4):505-11. PMID: 20126692; PMCID: PMC3136803.
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