Learn More
Prostate cancer is a leading cause of tumor mortality. To characterize the underlying molecular mechanisms, we have compared the microRNA (miRNA) profile of primary prostate cancers and noncancer prostate tissues using deep sequencing. MiRNAs are small noncoding RNAs of 21 to 25 nucleotides that regulate gene expression through the inhibition of protein(More)
BACKGROUND A significant proportion of the human genome is comprised of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs). HERV transcripts are found in every human tissue. Expression of proviruses of the HERV-K(HML-2) family has been associated with development of human tumors, in particular germ cell tumors (GCT). Very little is known about transcriptional activity(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate 15-year experience with patients treated with transurethral resection (TUR) of a bladder tumor (TURBT) followed by radiochemotherapy (RCT) or radiation (RT) and to describe the association of different parameters with clinical outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS Bladder cancer patients (473) who underwent TURBT and RCT or RT with curative(More)
Transport into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the crucial step in the biosynthesis of most secretory proteins and many membrane proteins. The products of the SIL1, SEC62 and SEC63 genes act in concert with the SEC61 complex and the molecular chaperones BiP and GRP170 to transport proteins into the ER. Interestingly, recent genetic work has linked(More)
In a multicenter study, we determined the expression profiles of 863 microRNAs by array analysis of 454 blood samples from human individuals with different cancers or noncancer diseases, and validated this 'miRNome' by quantitative real-time PCR. We detected consistently deregulated profiles for all tested diseases; pathway analysis confirmed disease(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small RNA molecules that regulate gene expression via posttranscriptional inhibition of protein synthesis. They play a vital role in tumorigenesis. To characterize the diagnostic potential of miRNAs in prostate cancer, a leading cause of cancer mortality, we performed screening of miRNA expression profiles. We used commercially(More)
OBJECTIVES To retrospectively assess the outcome of patients with initial PSA of 20 ng/ml or higher undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer (pCA). METHODS Between January 1986 and June 2005, 275 patients with preoperative PSA> or =20 ng/ml underwent RP for pCA at our institution. Overall, disease-specific and biochemical progression-free(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the occurrence of adeno-associated virus (AAV) DNA and/or human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in the semen of infertile men as a possible factor in the pathogenesis of male infertility. DESIGN Descriptive pilot study. SETTING University-based diagnostic and research laboratory. PATIENT(S) Semen specimens were collected from 30 men(More)
PURPOSE To externally validate the Christodouleas risk model incorporating pathological tumor stage, lymph node (LN) count and soft tissue surgical margin (STSM) and stratifying patients who develop locoregional recurrence (LR) after radical cystectomy (RC) for urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB). In addition, we aimed to generate a new model(More)
BACKGROUND With increased waiting times for kidney transplantation, marginal organs from expanded criteria donors (ECD) are increasingly offered for allocation. In addition to ECD status, donors may have suffered from acute kidney injury (AKI) prior to organ procurement. METHODS In this retrospective cohort study, we studied short-term allograft function(More)