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BACKGROUND Psoriasis is a genetically complex, chronic inflammatory skin disease. The authors have previously identified a susceptibility locus on chromosome 19p13 (PSORS6). METHODS AND RESULTS In a follow-up linkage disequilibrium (LD) study in an independent family based cohort, the authors found evidence for association to a newly discovered(More)
We investigated a nested reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) system to detect CK20 mRNA in thyroid carcinomas, benign thyroid diseases and peripheral blood to improve diagnosis of thyroid carcinoma and to detect disseminated tumour cells. Frozen tissue samples of 46 thyroid carcinomas and 30 benign thyroid diseases (14 multinodular(More)
The homeodomain transcription factor PDX-1 plays a key role in endocrine and exocrine differentiation processes of the pancreas. PDX-1 is also essential for differentiation of endocrine cells in the gastric antrum. The role of PDX-1 in the pathogenesis of endocrine cell hyperplasia and pancreatic metaplasia in corpus and fundus gastritis has not been(More)
While the diagnostic benefits of gadolinium (Gd)-chelate contrast agents are firmly established in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of tumors, the pathophysiologic basis of the enhancement observed and its histopathologic correlate remained vague. Tumor angiogenesis is fundamental for growth and metastasis and also of interest in new therapeutic concepts.(More)
Tumor progression after curative resection of colorectal cancer is caused by tumor cell dissemination, currently undetected by standard clinical staging techniques. The detection of disseminated tumor cells could help to identify a patient subgroup at risk for disease relapse who could benefit from adjuvant therapy. In addition, the significance of(More)
The p16 protein plays an important role in the transition of cells into the G1 phase of the cell cycle. We have studied the prevalence of p16 protein expression in breast carcinomas in a prospective series of 368 invasive and 52 non-invasive malignancies, as well as in 88 locally recurring tumours and three tumour cell lines. p16 protein expression was(More)
INTRODUCTION The proliferation biomarker Ki-67 is a prognostic factor for breast cancer that has been investigated in several retrospective studies and a few prospective ones. The aims of the present study were to examine interactions between Ki-67 and other biomarkers in breast cancer patients and to assess the relationship of Ki-67 to histological(More)
Intramammary tumour recurrence is one of the most important problems in breast-conserving therapy. We reviewed a series of 957 patients treated with breast-conserving therapy for primary invasive breast carcinomas between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1992 at the University of Heidelberg. All histological slides were re-evaluated for risk factors with(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate factors affecting the risk for reexcision following breast-conserving surgery. Positive tumor margins are critical for local disease control following surgery for breast cancer. Several factors, including tumor size, multifocality, and an extensive in situ component, may be associated with a higher rate of repeat(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular death continues to be a major problem in renal failure. Structural abnormalities of the heart and the vasculature contribute to the increased cardiovascular risk. They are ameliorated by angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, but because of the nonspecifity of ACE inhibition, it is uncertain whether the beneficial effect(More)