Carl D. Morrison

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, noncoding RNAs that regulate expression of many genes. Recent studies suggest roles of miRNAs in carcinogenesis. We and others have shown that expression profiles of miRNAs are different in lung cancer vs. normal lung, although the significance of this aberrant expression is poorly understood. Among the reported down-regulated(More)
Hereditary paraganglioma syndrome has recently been shown to be caused by germline heterozygous mutations in three (SDHB, SDHC, and SDHD) of the four genes that encode mitochondrial succinate dehydrogenase. Extraparaganglial component neoplasias have never been previously documented. In a population-based registry of symptomatic presentations of(More)
PURPOSE A reliable method for diagnosing parathyroid carcinoma has remained elusive over the years, resulting in its under-recognition and suboptimal therapy. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis has become an even more pressing matter with recent evidence that germline HRPT2 gene mutations are found in patients with apparently sporadic parathyroid carcinoma.(More)
BACKGROUND Metastatic tumors presenting as soft tissue masses are relatively rare and can be the source of diagnostic confusion both clinically and pathologically. The authors' experience was reviewed at a large academic medical center over a 30-year period (1971-2000) with metastases to soft tissue. METHODS The tumors in the study included mainly lesions(More)
A case of synovial sarcoma of the paraspinal region showing massive cystic changes is described. The tumor presented in a 53-year-old white woman who noticed a lump on the upper aspect of her back. Magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine showed a heterogeneous paraspinal mass with well-defined margins and a multilocular quality with foci of(More)
Lhermitte-Duclos disease (LDD), or dysplastic gangliocytoma of the cerebellum, is an unusual hamartomatous overgrowth disorder. LDD can be familial or, more commonly, sporadic. It has been only recently recognized that LDD may be associated with Cowden syndrome (CS). Over 80% of patients with CS carry germline mutations in PTEN. It remains unclear whether(More)
Recent studies using ovarian cancer cells have shown that the catecholamine hormones norepinephrine (norepi) and epinephrine (epi) may influence cancer progression by modulating the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The purpose of this study is to determine if the stress hormone norepi can influence(More)
The goal of this study was to identify recurrent regions of genomic gain or loss in giant-cell tumor of bone (GCTb). Array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) was performed for 20 frozen tumor samples of GCTb. A separate subset of 59 GCTb with outcome data was used for validation. The most frequent region of change identified by aCGH was gain of a(More)
PURPOSE To identify recurrent regions of genomic gain or loss in chondrosarcoma in a clinically relevant and statistically valid fashion. MATERIALS AND METHODS Array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) results of 15 frozen tumor samples of high-grade chondrosarcoma for chromosome 8 are presented. A separate subset of 116 cartilaginous tumors with(More)
Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues are an invaluable tool for biomarker discovery and validation. As these archived specimens are not always compatible with modern genomic techniques such as gene expression arrays, we assessed the use of microRNA (miRNA) as an alternative means for the reliable molecular characterization of formalin-fixed,(More)