Mary Armanios, M.D.ARMANIOS_mary

Associate Professor of Oncology

Contact Information

Department of Oncology

Cancer Research Building (CRB I) Room 186

Baltimore, MD.  21287

Lab:  Room 607, Preclinical Teaching Building

410-502-3817 (Office)  410-502-6240 (Fax)

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Research Interests

Our lab is interested in the biology and genetics of age-related disease.  Specifically, we are interested in syndromes of telomere shortening which capture both the degenerative and cancer-prone phenotypes of aging.  Human syndromes associated with telomere shortening were first identified in the context of dyskeratosis congenita, a premature aging syndrome that predisposes to cancer.  Dyskeratosis congenita patients prematurely die from aplastic anemia, the prototype of stem cell failure disorders.  Mutations in the essential components of telomerase also cause progressive and fatal scarring of the lungs in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  At least 10% of individuals with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis carry mutant telomerase genes or have short telomeres.  The goal of research in our lab is to understand the genetics and pathophysiology of telomere-mediated disorders in hopes of delineating translational approaches to their treatment.

Selected Publications

Armanios M, Grossman SA, Yang S, White B, Orens J.  Transmission of glioblastoma multiforme after bilateral lung transplantation, Neuro-oncology 2004,6259-63. PMID: 15279719

Armanios M, Xu R, Forastiere A, Haller D, Kugler J, Benson AB. Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Resected Adenocarcinoma of the Esophagus, Gastro-esophageal (GE) Junction and Cardia (E8296):  A Phase II Trial of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Journal of Clinical Oncology 2004:22,4495-9. PMID: 15542799

Armanios M, Chen JL, Chang Y-P, Brodsky RA, Hawkins A, Griffin CA, Eshleman JR, Cohen AR, Chakravarti A, Hamosh A, Greider CW.  Haploinsufficiency of Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase Leads to Anticipation in Autosomal Dominant Dyskeratosis Congenita, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2005:102(44),15960-4. PMID: 16247010

Hao L-Y, Armanios M, Strong MA, Karim B, Feldser DM,  Huso D, Greider CW.  Short Telomeres, Even in the Presence of Telomerase, Limit Tissue Renewal Capacity, Cell 2005:123,1121-31. PMID: 16360040

Armanios MY, Chen JL, Cogan JD, Alder JK, Ingersoll RG, Markin C, Lawson WE, Xie M, Vulto I, Phillips JA, Lansdorp PM, Greider CW, Loyd JE.  Telomerase Mutations in Families with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, New England Journal of Medicine 2007:316,1317-26. PMID: 17392301

Alder JK, Chen JL, Lancaster L, Danoff S, Su SC, Cogan JD, Vulto I, Xie M, Qi X,    Tuder, RM, Phillips JA 3rd, Lansdorp PM, Loyd JE, Armanios MY.  Short telomeres are a risk factor for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, PNAS 2008:105(35),13051-6. PMID: 18753630

Armanios M, Alder JK, Parry EM, Karim B, Strong MA, Greider CW.  Short telomeres are sufficient to cause the degenerative defects associated with aging,  American Journal of Human Genetics 2009:85(6):823-32. PMID:19944403

Parry EM, Alder JK, Lee S, Phillips JA3rd, Loyd JE, Duggal P, Armanios M.  Decreased dyskerin levels as a mechanism of telomere shortening in X-linked   dyskeratosis congenita, Journal of Medical Genetics 2011:48(5),327-33. epub Mar 17 2011.  PMID:21415081

Alder JK, Cogan JD, Brown AF, Anderson CJ, Lawson WE, Lansdorp PM, Phillips JA 3rd, Loyd JE, Chen J J-L, Armanios M.  Ancestral mutation in telomerase manifests as familial pulmonary fibrosis and leads to defects in repeat addition processivity,  PLoS Genetics 2011:7(3), e1001352. epub Mar 31 2011. PMID:21483807

Guo N, Parry EM, Li L, Kemboui F, Lauder N, Hussain M, Berggren P-O, Armanios M.  Short  telomeres compromise β-cell signaling and survival, PLoS One 2011:6(3), e17858. epub Mar 10 2011. PMID:21423765

Parry EM, Alder JK, Qi X, Chen J J-L, Armanios M.  Syndrome complex of bone marrow failure and pulmonary fibrosis predicts a germline defect in telomerase, Blood 2011:117(21),5607-11. epub Mar 24 2011. PMID:21436073

Alder JK, Guo N, Kembou F, Parry EM, Anderson CJ, Gorgy AI, Sussan T, Biswal S, Mitzner W, Tuder RM, Armanios M.  Telomere length is a determinant of emphysema susceptibility, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, epub July 14 2011.  PMID:21757622

Armanios M and Greider CW. Telomerase and Cancer Stem Cells. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology: Molecular Approaches to Controlling Cancer 2005:70,205-08. PMID:16869755

Armanios MY. Syndromes of Telomere Shortening.  Annual Review of Human Genetics and Genomics 2009:10,45-61. epub April 29. PMID:19405848

Savage SA, Dokal I, Armanios M, Aubert G, Cowen E, Domingo D, Giri N, Greene N, Orchard P, Tsilou E, Van Waes C, Wong J, Young NS, Alter BP. Meeting Report: Dyskeratosis Congenita: The First NIH Clinical Research Workshop Pediatric Blood and Cancer,53(3):520-3.PMID:19415736

Armanios M. Telomerase and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Mutation Research, In press.


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