Hans-Michael Behrens

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In this study we tested the prevalence, histoanatomical distribution and tumour biological significance of the Wnt target protein and cancer stem cell marker LGR5 in tumours of the human gastrointestinal tract. Differential expression of LGR5 was studied on transcriptional (real-time polymerase chain reaction) and translational level (immunohistochemistry)(More)
AIMS We aimed to develop a putative predictive biomarker score for future hepatocyte growth factor receptor (MET)-targeted therapy of gastric cancer (GC). METHODS AND RESULTS MET expression and MET amplification were analysed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and chromogenic in-situ hybridization (CISH) in 470 GC patients. Immunostaining was documented with(More)
Targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint signaling is a novel promising treatment strategy in several tumor entities, and it is suggested that PD-L1/PD-1 expression is predictive for a PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor treatment response. We investigated the expression of PD-L1 and PD-1 by immunohistochemistry in a large and well characterized gastric(More)
The application of Trastuzumab on gastric cancer patients is based on Her2/neu immunostaining. The testing method relies on visual estimation of both membranous staining intensity, and positive tumor ratio with respect to a 10% cutoff. We evaluated the effect of inter- and intraobserver variations of both factors on therapeutic decision, especially if the(More)
Full-length (FL) docking protein-1 (DOK1) is an adapter protein which inhibits growth factor and immune response pathways in normal tissues, but is frequently lost in human cancers. Small DOK1 variants remain in cells of solid tumors and leukemias, albeit, their functions are elusive. To assess the so far unknown role of DOK1 in colorectal cancer (CRC), we(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the expression of two αv integrins, αvβ3 and αvβ5, in gastric cancer (GC) by testing the following hypotheses: that these molecules are expressed in GC; that they are implicated in GC biology; that they help to distinguish between the two major histological subtypes of GC, according to Laurén; and that they are prognostically(More)
Microsatellite instable gastric cancer (MSI-GC) is a specific molecular subtype of GC. We studied the phenotypes, genotypes, and clinicopathologic characteristics of MSI-GC in a white GC cohort and compared our findings with an extended literature review. The study cohort consisted of 482 patients. Specimens were available from 452 cases and were used for(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Due to contradictious findings of previous studies regarding Ki67's value in gastric cancer (GC), we reevaluated the expression of Ki67 in whole tissue sections (WTS) and tissue microarrays (TMAs) of GC testing the following hypotheses: does Ki67 show intratumoral heterogeneity; are TMAs representative in the determination of the(More)
In this retrospective observational study, we investigated the histopathological and demographic characteristics of amyloid in gastrointestinal biopsies. From the Amyloid Registry Kiel, we retrieved all cases with amyloid in biopsies of the stomach, duodenum, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum submitted for tertiary referral between January 2003(More)
This paper describes a multi-resolution technique to combine diagnostically important visual information at different magnifications in H&E whole slide images (WSI) of gastric cancer. The primary goal is to improve the results of nuclei segmentation method for heterogeneous histopathological datasets with variations in stain intensity and malignancy levels.(More)
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