Anton Platz

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PURPOSE Mutations in the ras genes often occur during tumorigenesis. In malignant melanoma, the most common ras alterations are N-ras codon 61 mutations. This study was aimed to measure the frequency of such mutations in a large series of paired primary and metastatic melanomas to determine their role in melanoma initiation and progression. EXPERIMENTAL(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in codons 12, 13, and 61 of the N-ras gene are common alterations in cutaneous malignant melanoma. We evaluated pyrosequencing, a simple and rapid method used mainly for single-nucleotide polymorphism analysis, as a possible alternative to single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis and sequencing of N-ras. METHODS We(More)
We analysed 26 metastases from 25 patients with sporadic cutaneous malignant melanoma for alterations in the CDKN2 gene by a combined polymerase chain reaction/single-strand conformation polymorphism (PCR/SSCP)/nucleotide sequencing approach. Eleven alterations (one in exon 1, five in exon 2 and five in the 3' non-coding sequence of the exon 3 region) were(More)
A common characteristic of cancer cells is unrestrained cell division. This may be caused by mutational changes in genes coding for components of cell cycle-controlling networks. Alterations in genes involved in G1 checkpoint control have been registered in many human tumours, and investigations from several laboratories show that such alterations, taken(More)
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