Andrew Z. Sledziewski

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BACKGROUND The presence of aberrantly methylated SEPT9 DNA in plasma is highly correlated with the occurrence of colorectal cancer. We report the development of a new SEPT9 biomarker assay and its validation in case-control studies. The development of such a minimally invasive blood-based test may help to reduce the current gap in screening coverage. (More)
BACKGROUND Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths despite the fact that detection of this cancer in early stages results in over 90% survival rate. Currently less than 45% of at-risk individuals in the US are screened regularly, exposing a need for better screening tests. We performed two case-control studies to validate a(More)
BACKGROUND Sensitive, specific blood-based tests are difficult to develop unless steps are taken to maximize performance characteristics at every stage of marker discovery and development. We describe a sieving strategy for identifying high-performing marker assays that detect colorectal cancer (CRC)-specific methylated DNA in plasma. METHODS We first(More)
BACKGROUND A prostate cancer (PCa) biomarker with improved specificity relative to PSA is a public health priority. Hypermethylated DNA can be detected in body fluids from PCa patients and may be a useful biomarker, although clinical performance varies between studies. We investigated the performance of candidate PCa DNA methylation biomarkers identified(More)
The septin 9 gene (SEPT9) codes for a GTP-binding protein associated with filamentous structures and cytoskeleton formation. SEPT9 plays a role in multiple cancers as either an oncogene or a tumor suppressor gene. Regulation of SEPT9 expression is complex and not well understood; however, hypermethylation of the gene was recently introduced as a biomarker(More)
Aberrant DNA methylation occurs early in oncogenesis, is stable, and can be assayed in tissues and body fluids. Therefore, genes with aberrant methylation can provide clues for understanding tumor pathways and are attractive candidates for detection of early neoplastic events. Identification of sequences that optimally discriminate cancer from other(More)
Molecular diagnostics will ultimately have a broad and significant impact on patient treatment. An array of emerging diagnostic tests answer specific and important clinical questions which could offer opportunities for existing and new therapeutics. The development of new diagnostic tests will take time and will require investment in new strategies to find(More)
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