Angel Pestaña

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The molecular mechanisms underlying the genesis and progression of oligodendroglial tumors are poorly understood, since only restricted information on loss of heterozygosity from isolated cases is available. The commonest alterations appear to involve deletion of 1p and 19q, while loss of heterozygosity for 9p, chromosome 10 or epidermal growth factor(More)
The molecular hallmark of the Ewing's family of tumors is the presence of balanced chromosomal translocations, leading to the formation of chimerical transcription factors (that is, EWS/FLI1) that play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of Ewing's tumors by deregulating gene expression. We have recently demonstrated that DAX1 (NR0B1), an orphan nuclear(More)
Next to chromosome 22 anomalies, deletions of the short arm of chromosome 1 have previously been described as the most frequent alteration detected by cytogenetic analysis of meningiomas. To determine the incidence of these deletions, we have analyzed a series of 50 meningiomas for the loss of alleles at four chromosome 1 loci. Thirteen samples displayed(More)
Formation of meningiomas and their progression to malignancy may be a multi-step process, implying accumulation of genetic mutations at specific loci. To determine the relationship between early NF2 gene inactivation and the molecular mechanisms that may contribute to meningioma tumor progression, we have performed deletion mapping analysis at chromosomes(More)
Retinoblastoma, a prototype of hereditary cancer, is the most common intraocular tumour in children and potential cause of blindness from therapeutic eye ablation, second tumours in germ line carrier's survivors, and even death when left untreated. The molecular scanning of RB1 in search of germ line mutations lead to the publication of more than 900(More)
Epigenetic alterations and loss of heterozygosity are mechanisms of tumor suppressor gene inactivation. A new carcinogenic pathway, targeting the RAS effectors has recently been documented. RASSF1A, on 3p21.3, and NORE1A, on 1q32.1, are among the most important, representative RAS effectors. We screened the 3p21 locus for the loss of heterozygosity and the(More)
The Ewing family of tumors harbors chromosomal translocations that join the N-terminal region of the EWS gene with the C-terminal region of several transcription factors of the ETS family, mainly FLI1, resulting in chimeric transcription factors that play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of Ewing tumors. To identify downstream targets of the EWS/FLI1(More)
Tumours of the Ewing family, which comprise Ewing's sarcoma and peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumours, are highly aggressive and mostly affect children and adolescents. They are characterized by chromosomal translocations leading to the generation of fusion proteins between EWS (or very rarely FUS) and members of the E-twenty-six (ETS) family of(More)
Mutation analysis of retinoblastoma is considered important for genetic counseling purposes, as well as for understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to tumors with different degrees of penetrance or expressivity. In the course of an analysis of 43 hereditary retinoblastoma Spanish patients and kindred, using direct PCR sequencing, we have observed 29(More)
Linkage analysis at the retinoblastoma locus (RB1) is essential for identifying individuals at risk and to offer adequate genetic counseling in familial retinoblastoma. It can also be used to detect large deletions involving RB1, which accounts for 15% of the genetic alterations in hereditary retinoblastoma. These studies are usually carried out with(More)