Debra J. Bruzek

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The usefulness of prostate specific antigen to predict final pathological stage was studied in 178 consecutive patients. Prostate specific antigen was determined preoperatively in all patients by a monoclonal immunoradiometric assay. All pathological specimens were examined for capsular penetration, seminal vesicle involvement and lymph node involvement.(More)
BACKGROUND A detailed understanding is evolving as to how androgen receptor (AR) functions as a transcriptional regulator via its binding to androgen response elements (ARE) within promoter and enhancer regions of prostate-specific differentiation markers such as PSA, hK2, and PSMA. It has been assumed that an understanding of regulation of expression of(More)
OBJECTIVES Prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a member of the human kallikrein (hK) family, is the most important tumor marker for early detection, staging, and monitoring of men with prostate cancer today. However, the sensitivity of serum PSA is not sufficient to be used alone for prostate cancer screening. Recently, it was reported that the(More)
Thrombomodulin (TM), a marker of endothelial cell damage, has been localized to the placental syncytiotrophoblast. A prospective cohort study of twenty-five pregnant women who were admitted with a clinical diagnosis of placental abruption was undertaken. Abruption was confirmed after delivery in eight cases (Group 1). Group 2 consisted of seventeen patients(More)
To begin to identify new tumor markers, we recently performed a systematic study of gene expression in cancers of the colon and pancreas. Of the 45,000 genes identified, 183 were found to be expressed at significantly elevated levels in pancreatic cancer. One of the genes was tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase type I (TIMP-1), which encodes a secreted(More)
PURPOSE Adiponectin is a polypeptide hormone produced by adipocytes that has anti-angiogenic properties. Circulating adiponectin is lower in obese men. Obesity has been associated with advanced stage and a higher risk of biochemical progression following radical prostatectomy (RP) in several series. We examined whether serum adiponectin is associated with(More)
PURPOSE Determining serum total prostate specific antigen (PSA) has proved to be a valuable diagnostic aid for detecting prostatic carcinoma, although the lack of specificity has limited its usefulness. Studies indicate that the use of percent free PSA would improve specificity while maintaining sensitivity. Since complexed PSA represents the major(More)
We evaluated the clinical utility of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in diagnosis and management of prostatic cancer, using a monoclonal immunoradiometric assay (M-PSA) and a polyclonal radioimmunoassay (P-PSA). Assay CVs ranged from 1.3% to 4.9% (M-PSA) and from 5.1% to 8.0% (P-PSA). Detection limits were 0.1 microgram/L (M-PSA) and 0.2 microgram/L(More)
PURPOSE Obesity has been associated with a higher risk of progression following radical prostatectomy (RP). Obese men have higher serum leptin, a hormone produced by adipocytes, which has also been shown to be an in vitro prostate cancer growth factor. We examined whether serum leptin correlates with advanced pathological findings at RP. MATERIALS AND(More)
Differences in stability of the free and complexed molecular forms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) may influence the clinical utility of assays for these forms, as well as the calculated ratios to total PSA (tPSA), such as percent free PSA (fPSA) and percent complexed PSA (cPSA). The objective of this study was to directly compare the short-term(More)