Beata Bode-Lesniewska

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Stem cell-like cells have recently been identified in melanoma cell lines, but their relevance for melanoma pathogenesis is controversial. To characterize the stem cell signature of melanoma, expression of stem cell markers BMI-1 and nestin was studied in 64 cutaneous melanomas, 165 melanoma metastases as well as 53 melanoma cell lines. Stem cell renewal(More)
Identification of gene amplifications in human tumors is important for the understanding of tumorigenesis and may lead to discovery of diagnostic and prognostic markers. In this study, we used a microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) technique, combined with conventional CGH, to identify gene amplifications in 43 tumors including eight(More)
The characterization of clinical, histopathological, immunohistochemical, and genetic features of intimal sarcomas arising in the pulmonary artery is presented in this study. Four resected lungs, one endarterectomy specimen and three biopsies from eight patients (four males and four females; median age 41 years) suffering from intimal sarcomas of the(More)
BACKGROUND Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) and simple peritoneal sclerosis are important complications of long-term peritoneal dialysis (PD). Podoplanin is expressed by mesothelial cells and lymphatic vessels, which are involved in inflammatory reactions in the peritoneal cavity. METHODS We studied 69 peritoneal biopsies from patients on PD (n =(More)
BACKGROUND It is hardly possible to define osteosarcoma (OS) patients at greatest risk for non-response to chemotherapy, metastasis and short survival times. Our goal was the investigation of local expression of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) with regard to survival time of OS patients using a tissue microarray (TMA). MATERIALS AND METHODS Tumor(More)
We studied the distribution of the large hyaluronan-binding proteoglycan versican (also known as PG-M) in human adult tissues using affinity-purified polyclonal antibodies that recognize the core protein of the prominent versican splice variants VO and V1. Versican was present in the loose connective tissues of various organs and was often associated with(More)
BACKGROUND Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is important in the diagnostic establishment of suspicious thyroid nodules. In thyroid neoplasms, mutation of the BRAF gene occurs rather exclusively in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and results in>98% of the cases in V600E amino acid substitution. In the current study, the authors investigated the(More)
Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) is an inflammation-associated enzyme involved in the pathogenesis of many solid tumors, but little is known about its presence and role in hematologic neoplasms. Multiple myeloma (MM) is known to involve a deregulated cytokine network with secretion of inflammatory mediators. We thus decided to investigate the involvement of COX-2(More)
Here, we describe the multiple lentiviral expression (MuLE) system that allows multiple genetic alterations to be introduced simultaneously into mammalian cells. We created a toolbox of MuLE vectors that constitute a flexible, modular system for the rapid engineering of complex polycistronic lentiviruses, allowing combinatorial gene overexpression, gene(More)