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We recently detected a novel activated oncogene by transfection analysis on NIH 3T3 cells in five out of 20 primary human thyroid papillary carcinomas and in the available lymph node metastases. We designated this transforming gene PTC (for papillary thyroid carcinoma). Here we describe the molecular cloning and sequencing of the gene. The new oncogene(More)
CONTEXT Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of suicidal behavior and BDNF levels are decreased in the brain and plasma of suicide subjects. So far, the mechanisms leading to downregulation of BDNF expression are poorly understood. OBJECTIVES To test the hypothesis that alterations of DNA methylation could(More)
Multiple endocrine neoplasia types 2A and 2B (MEN2A and MEN2B) and familial medullary thyroid carcinoma are dominantly inherited cancer syndromes. All three syndromes are associated with mutations in RET, which encodes a receptor-like tyrosine kinase. The altered RET alleles were shown to be transforming genes in NIH 3T3 cells as a consequence of(More)
The high mobility group AT-hook (HMGA) proteins, a family of DNA architectural factors, are highly expressed during embryogenesis and play a crucial role in several different biological processes, as well as in tumorigenesis of a wide range of tissues, including pituitary. Indeed, HMGA2 has been found rearranged and amplified in human prolactinomas, and(More)
We have recently reported that MicroRNAs (miR)-221 and miR-222 were up-regulated in human thyroid papillary carcinomas in comparison with the normal thyroid tissue. Bioinformatic analysis proposed the p27(Kip1) protein, a key regulator of cell cycle, as a candidate target for the miR-221/222 cluster. Here, we report that the enforced expression of miR-221(More)
RET/papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) oncogenes, generated by recombination of the tyrosine kinase-encoding domain of RET with different heterologous genes, are prevalent in papillary carcinomas of the thyroid. Point mutations of RET cause multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) familial cancer syndrome and are found in sporadic medullary thyroid(More)
The CBX7 gene encodes a polycomb group protein that is known to be downregulated in many types of human cancers, although the role of this protein in carcinogenesis remains unclear. To shed light on this issue, we generated mice null for Cbx7. Mouse embryonic fibroblasts derived from these mice had a higher growth rate and reduced susceptibility to(More)
Insulin receptors (IR) and type 1 IGF receptors (IGF-IR) have been shown to form insulin/IGF-I hybrid receptors in tissues expressing both molecules. The biological function of hybrid receptors is still undefined. To date there is no information about the distribution of hybrid receptors in human tissues. We have applied two microwell-based immunoassays(More)
Our research goal is to better understand the mechanisms controlling the initiation and progression of thyroid diseases. One such disease, papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), is the leading endocrine malignancy in the United States. Recently, a family of related fusion proteins, RET/PTC1-5, has been implicated in the early stages of PTC. Although all five(More)
We have recently reported that about 50% of papillary thyroid carcinomas harbor an activated TRK or RET oncogene. Two retroviral vectors containing the activated TRK or RET/PTC oncogene have been used to infect a differentiated rat thyroid epithelial cell line, namely the PC Clone 3 cell line. Upon infection with the TRK virus, the PC Clone 3 cells lost(More)