Jussuf Thomas Kaifi

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Her-2 is the molecular target for antibody-based treatment of breast cancer (trastuzumab). The potential benefit of anti-Her-2 therapy is currently investigated in several other HER-2-amplified cancers including gastric cancer. Although HER-2 amplification occurs in more than 10% of gastric cancers, potential heterogeneity of HER-2 amplification and(More)
BACKGROUND To analyze clinical courses and outcome of postpancreatectomy hemorrhage (PPH) after major pancreatic surgery. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Although PPH is the most life-threatening complication following pancreatic surgery, standardized rules for its management do not exist. METHODS Between 1992 and 2006, 1524 patients operated on for pancreatic(More)
HER-2 is the target for antibody based treatment of breast cancer (Herceptin). In order to evaluate the potential role of such a treatment in esophageal cancers, HER-2 amplification and overexpression was investigated in primary and metastatic cancers of the esophagus. A tissue microarray was constructed from 255 primary esophageal cancers (110(More)
BACKGROUND The chemokine and bone marrow-homing receptor CXCR4 has been implicated in metastatic dissemination of various cancers. We investigated CXCR4 expression in esophageal cancer specimens and its association with survival, lymph node microinvolvement, and bone marrow micrometastasis. METHODS We analyzed frozen tumor specimens from 136 patients with(More)
Th2-biased inflammation with eosinophilia and IgE production is a hallmark of helminth infections. It is pronounced in hyperreactive onchocerciasis patients ('sowda' or 'local form'), who efficiently kill microfilariae resulting in severe dermatitis and lymphadenitis. In contrast, hyporeactive patients ('generalised form') tolerate high microfilarial loads.(More)
To date, the survival benefit of redo surgery in locally recurrent rectal adenocarcinoma remains unclear. In an institutional study, operations for recurrence were retrospectively analyzed. Survival was calculated using the Kaplan–Meier plot and Cox regression analysis. A total of 72 patients with local recurrence were explored or resected. In 38 patients,(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) is a key cytokine in immune regulation, cell differentiation, development, wound healing, and tissue remodelling. It mediates immunosuppression in filarial infections facilitating parasite persistence, while attenuating immunopathology, which is induced by migrating microfilariae. Immunosuppression rises with(More)
BACKGROUND A pancreatic duct diameter (PDD) ranging from 4 to 5 mm is regarded as "normal." The "large duct" form of chronic pancreatitis (CP) with a PDD >7 mm is considered a classic indication for drainage procedures. In contrast, in patients with so-called "small duct chronic pancreatitis" (SDP) with a PDD <3 mm extended resectional procedures and even,(More)
AIMS The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a tyrosine kinase (TK) involved in the tumour progression of many cancer types and may serve as an important therapeutic target (erlotinib, cetuximab). Heterogeneity of EGFR amplification and expression could represent a major drawback for anti-EGFR therapy. The aim of this study was performed to determine(More)
AIM To determine the expression of L1 in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor and to correlate it with WHO classification of this tumor. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed L1 expression in 63 cases of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor by immunohistochemistry on paraffin sections of primary tumors or metastases. Staining was performed by peroxidase technique(More)