Angela T. McHugh

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Cutaneous SCC (cSCC) is the most frequently occuring skin cancer with metastatic potential and can manifest rapidly as a common side effect in patients receiving systemic kinase inhibitors. Here, we use massively parallel exome and targeted level sequencing of 132 sporadic cSCCs and of 39 squamoproliferative lesions and cSCCs arising in patients receiving(More)
Transcriptional silencing of tissue factor pathway inhibitor 2 (TFPI2) occurs in several human tumors including melanoma. We investigated methylated TFPI2 as a biomarker of metastatic melanoma using qRT-PCR to assess TFPI2 expression and pyrosequencing to analyze CpG island methylation in malignant melanoma cell lines, in benign nevi, in 112 primary and(More)
A fluorimetric assay method for the analysis of beta-glucuronidase (GUS) reporter gene expression in genetically modified plants is described. Optimization of this method for woody plants and a statistical approach suitable for comparisons of gene expression in different transformants or tissues of the same plant is described. Example data from elm (Ulmus(More)
Applications of biotechnological tools, including genetic modification aimed at combating Dutch elm disease, are described. In vitro shoot cultures of Ulmus procera (English elm) SR4, U. glabra, U. americana, and U. parvifolia have been established and used as source material in genetic transfer experiments. Biolistic transformation of U. procera leaf(More)
A transformation system was developed for English elm (Ulmus procera Salisbury) using Agrobacterium tumefaciens C58 pMP90 p35SGUS/INTRON, allowing for the transfer of foreign genes and regeneration of phenotypically normal elm plantlets. The PCR analysis indicated that both nptII and uidA genes were stably inserted in the plant genome. beta-Glucuronidase(More)
Melanoma patients treated with oncogenic BRAF inhibitors can develop cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) within weeks of treatment, driven by paradoxical RAS/RAF/MAPK pathway activation. Here we identify frequent TGFBR1 and TGFBR2 mutations in human vemurafenib-induced skin lesions and in sporadic cSCC. Functional analysis reveals these mutations(More)
NF-κB signaling plays a crucial role in regulating proliferation and differentiation in the epidermis. Alterations in the NF-κB pathway can lead to skin pathologies with a significant burden to human health such as psoriasis and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC). Caspase recruitment domain (CARD)-containing scaffold proteins are key regulators of(More)
The development of new technology within biological sciences has resulted in a number of real-time PCR instruments that have become essential tools within molecular biology. This equipment has facilitated high throughput analysis of samples and optimal information gathering of completed PCR reactions for example estimating the copy number of a gene of(More)
CREBBP mutation in human cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma Stephen A. Watt, Karin J. Purdie, Nicoline Y. den Breems, Michelle Dimon, Stefan Tucker, Sarah T. Arron, Angela McHugh, Dylan J. Xue, Jasbani H.S. Dayal, Catherine A. Harwood, Irene M. Leigh, Charlotte M. Proby and Andrew P. South Division of Cancer Research, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK; Centre(More)
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