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In the developing vertebrate CNS, members of the Wnt gene family are characteristically expressed at signaling centers that pattern adjacent parts of the neural tube. To identify candidate signaling centers in the telencephalon, we isolated Wnt gene fragments from cDNA derived from embryonic mouse telencephalon. In situ hybridization experiments demonstrate(More)
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) comprise a biologically diverse group of neoplasms with respect to activating mutations in either KIT or PDGFRA, histology, anatomical site of origin, and clinical aggressiveness. In this study, we applied the high resolution array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) technology to 66 primary GISTs (40(More)
BACKGROUND NBS1 gene, which product participates in DNA repair, has been postulated to be a susceptibility factor for a number of types of cancer, including breast cancer. The carrier frequency of the 657del5 and I171V NBS1 gene mutations among Polish patients with familial breast and/or ovarian cancer was compared with that of randomly selected newborns.(More)
Cytogenetic analysis after short-term culture in vitro of primary tumor samples was attempted in 82 patients with prostatic cancer. Tumor material was obtained by radical prostatectomy or transurethral resection. Successful cytogenetic studies were performed on 57 tumors of which five were well, 30 moderately, and 22 poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas.(More)
The introduction of adjuvant imatinib in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) raised debate over the accuracy of National Institutes of Health risk criteria and the significance of other prognostic factors in GIST. Tumor aggressiveness and other clinicopathological factors influencing disease-free survival (DFS) were assessed in 335 patients with primary(More)
Numerical chromosome aberrations are common in several types of malignant tumors. Recently, trisomy 7 and loss of the Y chromosome were described in cultures from nonneoplastic tissue, making the significance of these aberrations as cancer-associated changes doubtful. We herein report the mosaic occurrence of trisomy 7 in four consecutive short-term(More)
Various growth media and procedures for tissue disaggregation and culturing were tested with regard to cell attachment, the type of cells to grow out, and the emergence of cytogenetically abnormal clones in cultures of 20 primary breast carcinomas. Clonal chromosome abnormalities were detected in 16 cases (80%). Our findings allow us to suggest a series of(More)
Sixty-four Polish families with a history of breast and/or ovarian cancer were screened for mutations in the BRCA1/2 genes using a combination of denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) and sequencing. Two thirds (43/64; 67%) of the families were found to carry deleterious mutations, of which the most frequent were BRCA1 5382insC (n=22/43;(More)
The breast cancer susceptibility gene BARD1 (BRCA1-associated RING domain protein, MIM# 601593) acts with BRCA1 in DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair and also in apoptosis initiation. We screened 109 BRCA1/2 negative high-risk breast and/or ovarian cancer patients from North-Eastern Poland for BARD1 germline mutations using a combination of denaturing(More)