Irene Lurkin

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BACKGROUND Fifty percent of patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MI-BC) die from their disease and current chemotherapy treatment only marginally increases survival. Novel therapies targeting receptor tyrosine kinases or activated oncogenes may improve outcome. Hence, it is necessary to stratify patients based on mutations in relevant oncogenes.(More)
BACKGROUND Hotspot mutations in the promoter of the gene coding for telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) have been described and proposed to activate gene expression. OBJECTIVES To investigate TERT mutation frequency, spectrum, association with expression and clinical outcome, and potential for detection of recurrences in urine in patients with(More)
Pathogenetic pathways of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) lacking mutations in KIT and PDGFRA (∼15%) are still poorly studied. Nearly nothing is known about PI3K alterations in GISTs and only a few GISTs with BRAF mutations have been reported. BRAF mutations (V600E) were found in 3/87 tumors (3.5%) concomitantly were wild type for KIT and PDGFRA. No(More)
Recently a number of randomized trials have shown that patients with advanced colorectal cancer do not benefit from therapies targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor when their tumors harbor mutations in the KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA genes. We developed two multiplex assays that simultaneously screen 22 nucleotides in the KRAS, NRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA(More)
We analyzed the possible prognostic value of the recently discovered fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) mutations in bladder cancer. A FGFR3 mutation was found in 34 of 53 pTaG1-2 bladder cancers, whereas none of the 19 higher-staged tumors had a mutation (P < 0.0001). In 57 patients with superficial disease followed prospectively by cystoscopy for(More)
Approximately 60% of sporadic meningiomas are caused by inactivation of the NF2 tumour suppressor gene. The causative gene for the remaining meningiomas is unknown. Previous studies have shown that these tumours have no recurrent karyotypic abnormalities. They differ from their NF2-related counterparts in that they are more often of the meningothelial(More)
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of urinary bladder cancer (UBC) have yielded common variants at 12 loci that associate with risk of the disease. We report here the results of a GWAS of UBC including 1670 UBC cases and 90 180 controls, followed by replication analysis in additional 5266 UBC cases and 10 456 controls. We tested a dataset containing(More)
BACKGROUND It has been shown that microsatellite analysis (MA) is able to detect bladder carcinoma in urine. Relatively small groups of patients often with high stage and grade disease were investigated. However, greater than 85% of cystoscopies are performed for follow-up of superficial bladder carcinoma. The authors evaluated this DNA-based method in a(More)
Accurate mutation detection assays are strongly needed for use in routine molecular pathology analyses to aid in the selection of patients with cancer for targeted therapy. The high-resolution melting (HRM) assay is an ideal prescreening tool, and SNaPshot analysis offers a straightforward genotyping system. Our present study was determined to compare these(More)
PURPOSE Fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) mutations were reported recently at a high frequency in low-grade urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC). We investigated the feasibility of combining microsatellite analysis (MA) and the FGFR3 status for the detection of UCC in voided urine. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN In a prospective setting, 59 UCC tissues and(More)