John L. Hungerford

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Both cutaneous and uveal melanoma undergo haematogenous dissemination. Detection of tyrosinase mRNA by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has been described as an extremely sensitive way of detecting circulating viable melanoma cells in the peripheral venous blood, and this technique may be of value in the early detection of(More)
The recent discovery of activating mutations in the BRAF gene in many cutaneous melanomas led us to screen the genomic sequence of BRAF exons 11 and 15 in a series of 48 intraocular (uveal) melanomas, together with control samples from three cutaneous melanomas and the SK-Mel-28 cell line, which has a BRAF mutation. The same mutation was detected in(More)
Desferrioxamine was given intravenously, at higher doses than previously reported, to counter the effects of transfusion-induced iron overload in four patients with beta thalassaemia major. In two of them retinal abnormalities developed, presenting with night blindness and field defects, which improved on withdrawal of the drug.
Treatment of choroidal melanoma by chemotherapy is usually unsuccessful, with response rates of less than 1% reported for dacarbazine (DTIC)-containing regimens which show 20% or more response rates in skin melanoma. Recently, we reported the activity of several cytotoxic agents against primary choroidal melanoma in an ATP-based tumour chemosensitivity(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated the control rate of choroidal melanomas treated with ¹⁰⁶Ru plaque brachytherapy to identify the risk factors associated with local recurrence and lack of response. METHODS A retrospective review of ¹⁰⁶Ru plaque brachytherapy for patients with choroidal melanoma treated at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Survival analysis was(More)
We have carried out presymptomatic prediction of mutant gene carrier status in ten individuals with a family history of retinoblastoma. In all cases standard linkage studies were employed using intragenic DNA probes which recognise restriction fragment length polymorphisms. In four cases foetal DNA samples were obtained by chorionic villus sampling, the(More)
Using CM-1 antibody directed against the human p53 protein, high levels of mutant p53 protein expression were found in 12 out of 18 malignant choroidal melanomas. In contrast, we failed to observe elevated p53 expression, indicating the absence of p53 mutation in seven choroidal naevi, a potentially premalignant condition that can progress to form malignant(More)
It is now believed that possession of the human retinoblas-toma susceptibility gene (Rb 1) on the long arm of chromosome 13 (band 14q) confers the hereditary basis for this disease (Sparkes et al. The presence of this gene in all retinal cells gives an increased risk of developing retinoblas-toma. A somatic event then leads to the development of a(More)
PURPOSE It is known that the pRb pathway cell-cycle inhibitor p16(INK4A) plays a significant role in cutaneous melanoma and that alteration of p16(INK4A), which resides within the 9p21-22 locus that also contains p15(INK4B) and p14(ARF), may occur in up to one third of uveal melanomas. The absence of TGFbeta responsiveness noted in cultured uveal melanoma(More)