Cinda M. Boyer

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Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is a potent pro-inflammatory agent produced primarily by activated monocytes and macrophages. TNF-alpha is synthesized as a precursor protein of M(r) 26,000 (26K) which is processed to a secreted 17K mature form by cleavage of an Ala-Val bond between residues 76-77. The enzyme(s) responsible for processing(More)
A population of tumor-reactive cytotoxic T-cells can be propagated from tumor-draining lymph nodes of patients with breast adenocarcinoma. These T-cells specifically recognize breast and pancreatic tumor cells in a major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-unrestricted fashion but not other tumors of epithelial origin or the natural killer target K562. The(More)
A novel cDNA clone was isolated using a polyclonal serum directed against partially purified ovarian carcinoma antigen CA125. The deduced peptide sequence lacked membrane protein characteristics expected for CA125 but encompassed a B-box/coiled coil motif present in many genes with transformation potential. The gene was mapped by fluorescence in situ(More)
BACKGROUND Tumors of borderline malignancy are still a controversial subgroup of ovarian neoplasms. The expression of several cell regulatory proteins was studied to characterize the molecular phenotype of these tumors, and to compare them with their benign and malignant counterparts. METHODS Specimens from 22 patients with tumors of borderline malignancy(More)
PURPOSE At second-look surgical surveillance procedures, normal CA-125 levels can be associated with persistent disease in 50% to 60% of patients. A novel radioimmunoassay (RIA) has been evaluated for the ability to identify patients with persistent disease who have normal levels of CA-125. MATERIALS AND METHODS The OVX1 double-determinant assay used a(More)
Expression of II distinct antigen families has been studied in normal and malignant epithelial cells from breast and ovary by avidin-biotin immunoperoxidase staining of frozen tissue sections. Each of the antigens was expressed in a fraction of the normal and malignant breast tissues from different individuals. Among breast and ovarian cancers, a similar(More)
Overexpression of p185(c-erbB2) (p185/NEU/HER2) by tumor cells is associated with a poor prognosis in many but not all studies of breast and ovarian cancer. The poor prognosis associated with overexpression of p185(c-erbB2) could result from an increased growth rate or increased invasive potential. The p185(c-erbB2) tyrosine kinase receptor can be activated(More)
Members of the epidermal growth factor receptor family of tyrosine kinases, including epidermal growth factor receptor, c-erbB-2 (HER-2), c-erbB-3 (HER-3), and c-erbB-4 (HER-4), can be coexpressed at different levels in nonhematopoietic tissues. Amplification and overexpression of HER-2 is found in approximately one-third of cancers that arise in the breast(More)
Different epitopes on the extracellular domain of the HER-2 receptor can serve as distinct targets for immunotoxins. To determine the optimal epitope target for immunotoxin therapy, 7 anti-HER-2 ricin A chain murine monoclonal immunotoxins, each reactive with different epitopes of HER-2 receptor, were tested for cytotoxic activity. The immunotoxins produced(More)
Immunohistochemical localization of CA 125 using murine monoclonal antibody OC 125 was performed on fresh frozen tissue from 44 endometrial adenocarcinomas and 26 benign endometria. Immunohistochemical evaluation incorporated both intensity and distribution of staining (CA 125 HSCORE). Thirty-seven cancers (84%) and 23 benign endometria (88%) expressed(More)