Elen B Blochin

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The highly aggressive character of melanoma makes it an excellent model for probing the mechanisms underlying metastasis, which remains one of the most difficult challenges in treating cancer. We find that miR-182, member of a miRNA cluster in a chromosomal locus (7q31-34) frequently amplified in melanoma, is commonly up-regulated in human melanoma cell(More)
cyclin D1 immunopositivity compared with Colombo et al. (12 ⁄ 33, 36%). No significant difference in cyclin D1 expression was present between BRCA2 and BRCAX cancers (P = 0.917). For BRCA2 and BRCAX cancers that were positive for cyclin D1, similar proportions of cancers was also positive for ER [14 ⁄ 16 (88%) and 19 ⁄ 24 (79%), respectively, P = 0.497].(More)
Squamous cell carcinomas of the urinary bladder are rare in the Western world; the majority of cases are reported in countries endemic to Schistosoma parasitic infections. Unlike squamous tumors of the uterine cervix or oropharynx, the human papillomavirus (HPV) is not commonly associated with bladder squamous cell carcinomas. We report on two cases of(More)
MDM2 is a key negative regulator of tumor suppressor p53. A single nucleotide polymorphism in the MDM2 promoter, SNP309, enhances transcriptional activation of MDM2 and has been associated with early onset of several types of cancer. In this study, we attempted to determine if the MDM2 SNP309 polymorphism plays a role in the aggressive phenotype seen in(More)
Carcinoid tumors are derived from neuroendocrine cells, and are most frequently found in the gastrointestinal tract and bronchopulmonary system. Cutaneous involvement of carcinoid tumors is relatively rare, with isolated case reports in the literature. We detail a patient with stage IV pulmonary atypical carcinoid tumor with skin metastasis. This case is(More)
Extraneural metastases of ependymoma are rare, and have been reported in the lungs, lymph nodes, pleura, mediastinum, liver, diaphragmatic muscle, and bone. We report a case of anaplastic ependymoma with distant metastases to the vertebral bones, lungs, liver, and lymph nodes following treatment with bevacizumab. Recent research has hypothesized that(More)
Tufted hemangiomas are relatively rare benign vascular proliferations that are congenital or appear during the first years of life. Herein we present an additional case of tufted hemangioma that appeared one year after birth and discuss its histopathological criteria and differential diagnosis with malignant vascular proliferations including sarcoma Kaposi,(More)
We report an 85-year-old female patient who presented with an erythematous keratotic lesion on her temple suspicious of squamous cell carcinoma. Histological evaluation revealed actinic keratosis, but the underlying atypical infiltrate contained atypical myeloid forms consistent with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Upon further questioning, it was(More)