Iver J. Berry

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Many human tumors contain variant cells that, unlike their normal counterparts, possess indefinite proliferative potential in vitro. However, little is known of the relevance of these immortal cells to human carcinomas in vivo. To investigate immortality in a human tumor system, we established cultures from different stages of head and neck squamous(More)
Human keratinocyte immortality is genetically recessive to the normal phenotype of limited replicative lifespan and appears to require the dysfunction of p53 and the cyclin D-Cdk inhibitor p16. In order to test for the inactivation of other candidate replicative lifespan genes in the immortal cells of human tumors, we developed a series of mortal and(More)
Obstetric histories of 54 schizophrenic patients and 114 siblings were obtained from their mothers and scored using the Obstetric Complications Scale. There were no statistically significant difference in the proportion of schizophrenic patients (35%) and siblings (29%) who had at least one definite obstetric complication. There was no evidence that(More)
Human chromosomes 1,4,6, and 9 harbor genes which induce cellular senescence in vitro but a role for their inactivation in human tumors is not established. To investigate this we searched for loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on these chromosomes in keratinocyte cultures obtained from different stages of human squamous cell carcinoma progression. There was(More)
The level of expressed emotion (EE) in 32 relationships between relatives and schizophrenic patients was assessed on three separate occasions over five years. EE was high on all three occasions in 25% of relatives, low on all three in 38%, and fluctuating in 38%; that is, in the majority of relatives (63%) the level of EE was stable over time. Three(More)
Two human cell lines derived from squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) of the epidermis, SCC-12 clone F and SCC-13 clone Y, were made to be independent of the Swiss 3T3 feeder layer to perform somatic-cell genetic experiments. We fused these SCC lines with normal human fibroblasts, and all resulting hybrids senesced after completing 12-17 population doublings,(More)
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