Joanna Plisiecka-Halasa

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BRCA1 dysfunction may occur by different mechanisms that are rarely evaluated concomitantly. We aimed to analyze BRCA1 germline mutations, loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and promoter methylation in unselected ovarian carcinomas in the context of their clinicopathologic characteristics and other molecular changes. BRCA1 mutations were analyzed in 257(More)
OBJECTIVE Ovarian cancer is a hormone-related disease with a strong genetic basis. However, none of its high-penetrance susceptibility genes and GWAS-identified variants to date are known to be involved in hormonal pathways. Given the hypothesized etiologic role of gonadotropins, an assessment of how variability in genes involved in the gonadotropin(More)
Genome-wide association studies have identified 20 genomic regions associated with risk of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC), but many additional risk variants may exist. Here, we evaluated associations between common genetic variants [single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and indels] in DNA repair genes and EOC risk. We genotyped 2896 common variants at 143(More)
BACKGROUND SMARCA4 mutations have recently been identified as driving lesions of the ovarian small cell carcinoma of hypercalcemic type (SCCHT). Familial occurrence of this neoplasm was described previously. METHODS We looked for germline SMARCA4 alterations in eight patients with the SCCHT. DNA was extracted from probands' and their relatives' blood. The(More)
BACKGROUND The rarity of mutations in PALB2, CHEK2 and ATM make it difficult to estimate precisely associated cancer risks. Population-based family studies have provided evidence that at least some of these mutations are associated with breast cancer risk as high as those associated with rare BRCA2 mutations. We aimed to estimate the relative risks(More)
SCOPE We reevaluated previously reported associations between variants in pathways of one-carbon (1-C) (folate) transfer genes and ovarian carcinoma (OC) risk, and in related pathways of purine and pyrimidine metabolism, and assessed interactions with folate intake. METHODS AND RESULTS Odds ratios (OR) for 446 genetic variants were estimated among 13,410(More)
BACKGROUND Regulatory T (Treg) cells, a subset of CD4+ T lymphocytes, are mediators of immunosuppression in cancer, and, thus, variants in genes encoding Treg cell immune molecules could be associated with ovarian cancer. METHODS In a population of 15,596 epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) cases and 23,236 controls, we measured genetic associations of 1,351(More)
OBJECTIVE Clinical genetic testing is commercially available for rs61764370, an inherited variant residing in a KRAS 3' UTR microRNA binding site, based on suggested associations with increased ovarian and breast cancer risk as well as with survival time. However, prior studies, emphasizing particular subgroups, were relatively small. Therefore, we(More)
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