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Worldwide, over 1 million cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) were reported in 2002, with a 50% mortality rate, making CRC the second most common cancer in adults. Certain racial/ethnic populations continue to experience a disproportionate burden of CRC. A common polymorphism in the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene has been associated with(More)
The wild and the variant alleles of the C936T and G634C vascular endothelial grow factor (VEGF) polymorphisms seem to be linked to higher angiogenic phenotype than the remaining alleles and may act on breast cancer (BC) origin. We investigated the influence of the VEGF C936T and G634C polymorphisms on the occurrence and clinicopathologic characteristics of(More)
OBJECTIVES Glutathione S-transferases (GST) modulate the effects of exposure to various cytotoxic and genotoxic agents, including those associated with increased risks of the myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and aplastic anemia (AA). Both the GST mu 1 (GSTM1) and GST theta 1 (GSTT1) genes have a null variant allele in which the(More)
Evidence is accumulating for a role of folate in the aetiology of colorectal cancer (CRC). The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, involved in folate metabolism, is polymorphic in humans. Since it is unknown whether the MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms alter the risk for CRC, this was the aim of our study. Genomic DNA from 102 sporadic(More)
The diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) is based on peripheral cytopenias, bone marrow (BM) morphology and karyotyping. This may be difficult in cases with few dysplastic elements in BM and a normal karyotype. We examined the utility of flow cytometric analysis for the differential diagnosis between MDS and non-clonal disorders (NCD) presenting(More)
We examined the influence of the CYP1A1 A4889G and T6235C, GSTM1 and GSTT1 polymorphisms, involved in carcinogen metabolism, on the head and neck (HN) squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) risk. DNA from 142 HNSCC patients and 142 controls was analysed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)–restriction fragment length polymorphism or multiplex-PCR for the polymorphisms(More)
We investigated the influence of the polymorphism D104N of the COL18A1 gene, encoding endostatin, on the occurrence of sporadic breast cancer in 181 patients and 448 controls. The homozygous 104NN polymorphism was found in five patients but was absent in controls (2.8% vs 0.0%; P = 0.002). Individuals with this genotype had a significantly increased risk(More)
The NOTCH ligand, JAG2, was found to be overexpressed in malignant plasma cells from multiple myeloma (MM) patients and cell lines but not in nonmalignant plasma cells from tonsils, bone marrow from healthy individuals, or patients with other malignancies. In addition, JAG2 overexpression was detected in 5 of 5 patients with monoclonal gammopathy of(More)
Angiogenesis has been highlighted as a critical component in the progression of multiple myeloma (MM), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as well as its type 2 receptor (VEGFR2) are thought to play a major role in the process. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been described in VEGF and VEGFR2 genes, with quantitative or qualitative(More)
We report the cytogenetic, molecular and biological characterization of a case of B-PLL with a complex karyotype and concurrent abnormalities on the p53 and c-MYC genes. Conventional cytogenetics suggested that both 17q arms were translocated to chromosomes 1q and 14p, respectively, whereas both 17p arms were not identified. In addition, a Burkitt's-like(More)