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BACKGROUND HER-2/neu gene amplification has predictive value in breast cancer patients responding to trastuzumab. We wanted to investigate the frequency and clinical significance of HER-2/neu amplification in gastric carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS The frequency of HER-2/neu and Topoisomerase IIalpha gene amplification was studied in adenocarcinomas of(More)
PURPOSE Up to 30% to 40% of metastases from hormone receptor-positive primary breast cancer do not respond to endocrine therapy. We studied how often hormone receptor status changes between primary and recurrent tumors and whether such a change might explain unresponsiveness to endocrine therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Primary breast cancer samples and(More)
The prognostic power of three proliferation estimation methods, Ki-67 (MIB-1) and PCNA immunohistochemistry, and flow cytometry (S-phase and S + G2/M fractions, respectively), were evaluated in 50 cases of astrocytoma. Each proliferation index showed a strong association with the grade of malignancy (grades I-IV). The MIB-1 labelling index (LI) provided(More)
E-cadherin (E-cad) is a calcium-dependent, epithelial cell adhesion molecule whose reduced or lost expression has been associated with tumor dedifferentiation and increased metastatic potential in human carcinomas. The authors studied immunohistochemically E-cad expression in frozen sections of 362 breast carcinomas using a monoclonal antibody (HECD-1). The(More)
A series of 126 adult patients with a serologically confirmed diagnosis of nephropathia epidemica (NE) were studied during the acute phase of the disease. In 86 cases, renal biopsy was performed. The severity of renal failure correlated slightly with blood inflammatory parameters and the degree of hematuria but not with the amount of proteinuria. The degree(More)
New genomic large-scale screening techniques have made the task of establishing an accurate molecular fingerprint of cancer cells feasible. Here, we have used a two-phase strategy for identification of molecular alterations in gliomas. First, cDNA microarrays (Clontech Laboratories, Inc., Research Genetics) were used to pinpoint differentially expressed(More)
Aberrant expression of the p53 suppressor gene was evaluated in 102 cases of astrocytic neoplasms. Immunohistochemical staining with a monoclonal antibody (DO-7) and a polyclonal antibody (CM-1) to p53 protein (both wild type and mutant) on formalin-fixed paraffin sections showed a strong correlation with malignancy grade. The staining was positive in 49%(More)
Using the novel tissue microarray technique, we studied immunohistochemical expression of cell cycle regulators p53, p21, pRb in 42 grade II oligodendrogliomas, 16 grade III anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, 10 primary and 4 recidive grade II oligoastrocytomas, 10 grade III oligoastrocytomas and 2 other grade II mixed gliomas. The p53 immunopositivity(More)
In kidney transplantation, pretransplant serum sCD30 testing has been proposed in immunological risk estimation together with anti-HLA antibodies. We evaluated the risks associated with high pretransplant serum sCD30 in well HLA-matched cadaveric kidney recipients recruited in a clinical study comparing different immunosuppressive regimens. Rejection rate(More)
Finasteride is commonly used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and has been suggested to prevent prostate cancer development. To gain insight to the molecular effects of finasteride on prostate cancer development, we studied six prostate cancers diagnosed during finasteride treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Comparative genomic(More)