Caroline Geers

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Aberrant expression of microRNA-146a (miR-146a) has been reported to be involved in the development and progression of various types of cancers. However, its role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to investigate the contribution of miR-146a to various aspects of the malignant phenotype of human NSCLCs.(More)
Inhibitors of histone deacetylase (HDAC) have anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic effects in several organs and tissues, but their effect on the progression of renal disease is unknown. Here, we studied the effect of valproic acid in adriamycin-induced nephropathy in mice. Administration of valproic acid before kidney injury prevented the development of(More)
BACKGROUND Primary coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiencies are heterogeneous autosomal recessive disorders. CoQ2 mutations have been identified only rarely in patients. All affected individuals presented with nephrotic syndrome in the first year of life. METHODS An infant is studied with myoclonic seizures and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the first months of(More)
Solid pseudopapillary tumors (SPT) of the pancreas are rare neoplasms that occur mostly in young women. Despite of a low malignant potential, 10% to 15% of the cases have aggressive behavior with metastatic dissemination possibly leading to death. To date, no pathological factor can reliably predict the outcome of these tumours. Galectin-3, a major actor in(More)
Human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER)2/neu kinase domain mutations are found in approximately 1-4% of lung adenocarcinomas with a similar phenotype to tumors with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. Afatinib is a potent irreversible ErbB family blocker. We determined the tumor genomic status of the EGFR and HER2 genes in non- or light(More)
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are promising new compounds for the therapy of fibrotic diseases. In this study we compared the effect of two HDAC inhibitors, trichostatin A and valproic acid, in an experimental model of kidney fibrosis. In mice, doxorubicin (adriamycin) can cause nephropathy characterized by chronic proteinuria, glomerular damage and(More)
In order to achieve a better functional and clinical knowledge of a masticatory muscle called the sphenomandibularis that is suspected to be responsible for headaches by compressing the maxillary nerve, bilateral dissections of the infratemporal fossa were performed on ten human cadavers and completed by histological and radiological studies of the same(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of this study were to analyze cytomorphological features of Tripath PREP (BD SurePath, Burlington, NC) preparations in thyroid nodules and to examine adequacy and accuracy of SurePath and frozen sections for both clinical outcome and histological diagnosis when applicable. METHODS Gathered during a period of 4 years, 712 SurePath(More)
BACKGROUND Drotrecogin alpha activated (DrotAA) is licensed for treatment of patients with severe sepsis and organ failure. Among the latter, acute kidney injury (AKI), defined as the persistence of oligo-anuria following adequate resuscitation, is one of the most apprehended. We conducted a prospective, observational, and controlled study to test the(More)
BACKGROUND Cellular retinol-binding protein I (CRBP-I), a member of the intracellular lipid-binding protein (iLBP) superfamily, is a specific marker of quiescent stellate cells in the healthy human liver. In the diseased fibrotic/cirrhotic liver, portal and septal myofibroblasts acquire CRBP-I expression, while activated hepatic stellate cells maintain(More)