Anne McLeer-Florin

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INTRODUCTION In 2011, the French National Cancer Institute recommended ALK-fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) testing in all EGFR/KRAS-negative adenocarcinomas by all the hospital molecular genetics platforms of cancers; however, this technique remains time and cost consuming and not suitable for a large-scale screening, in contrast to(More)
INTRODUCTION As metastatic pulmonary adenocarcinomas are routinely investigated for EGFR, KRAS, and ALK mutations/rearrangement, adequacy of CT-guided trans-thoracic needle biopsies (TTNB) needs to be evaluated in respect with the 2011 ATS/ERS/IASLC guidelines. METHODS Two series of consecutive TTNB with 18-gauge needles performed before and after the(More)
OBJECTIVES ROS1 proto-oncogene translocations define a new molecular subgroup in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) and are associated with a response to the MET/ALK inhibitor, crizotinib. These rearrangements are described in 0.9-1.7% NSCLC, in wild-type EGFR, KRAS and ALK ("triple negative") lung adenocarcinomas. Rapid and efficient identification of(More)
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene rearrangements in lung adenocarcinoma result in kinase activity targetable by crizotinib. Although fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) is the reference diagnostic technique, immunohistochemistry (IHC) could be useful for pre-screening. Diagnostic yields of ALK IHC, FISH and quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR(More)
Epigenetic perturbations are increasingly described in cancer cells where they are thought to contribute to deregulated gene expression and genome instability. Here, we report the first evidence that a distinct category of chromosomal translocations observed in human tumours--those targeting 1q12 satellite DNA--can directly mediate such perturbations by(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor with no effective therapy. However PD-L1/PD-1 immunity checkpoint therapies gave encouraging results; TLR3 is a programmed death factor, which triggering up-regulates PD-L1. As PD-1/PD-L1 blocking antibodies could restore antitumor immune responses alone or in combination with TLR3 agonists, we(More)
BACKGROUND ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) gene rearrangement is a novel oncogenic driver in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) against which a selective inhibitor, namely crizotinib, is effective. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is considered the reference method in selecting patients with ALK-positive tumors for treatment with crizotinib. (More)
Invasive mucinous lung adenocarcinoma (IMA) is a rare subtype of lung adenocarcinoma with no effective treatment option in advanced disease. KRAS mutations occur in 28-87% of the cases. NRG1 fusions were recently discovered in KRAS-negative IMA cases and otherwise negative for known driver oncogenes and could represent an attractive therapeutic target.(More)
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer worldwide. The vast majority of lung tumors are non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC), and surgical resection remains the only effective treatment. According to the new WHO histological classification of lung cancer, NSCLC comprise three major histological subgroups; squamous cell carcinoma,(More)
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