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In order to investigate allele loss in colorectal tumours we have developed a rapid technique which overcomes most of the problems associated with radioactive Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) analysis of allele loss. We utilise microsatellite length polymorphisms which are highly informative and are closely linked to loci of interest.(More)
In 52 patients with rectal adenocarcinoma whole-mount sections of the entire operative specimen were examined by transverse slicing. There was spread to the lateral resection margin in 14 of 52 (27%) patients and 12 of these proceeded to local pelvic recurrence. The specificity, sensitivity, and positive predictive values were 92%, 95%, and 85%,(More)
Long-term colonization of humans with Helicobacter pylori can cause the development of gastric B cell mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma, yet little is known about the sequence of molecular steps that accompany disease progression. We used microarray analysis and laser microdissection to identify gene expression profiles characteristic and(More)
Local recurrence after resection for rectal cancer remains common despite growing acceptance that inadequate local excision may be implicated. In a prospective study of 190 patients with rectal cancer, we examined the circumferential margin of excision of resected specimens for tumour presence, to examine its frequency and its relation to subsequent local(More)
BACKGROUND Flat and depressed colorectal tumours were originally thought to be unique to the Japanese population. Recently there have been reports of flat and depressed lesions in western countries but they have been thought to be uncommon. METHODS In this prospective study, 1000 consecutive patients attending for routine colonoscopy were examined for(More)
p53 protein was detected by immunohistochemistry in 42% of 52 colorectal adenocarcinomas. Positive tumours were significantly more frequent in the distal colon, and demonstrated a higher rate of cell proliferation. No correlation was found with tumour grade, Dukes' stage, presence of DNA aneuploidy or patient survival. The role of p53 in colorectal(More)
Campylobacter pylori is now known to be the most common and important cause of gastritis, and C. pylori infections have been associated with duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer, nonulcer dyspepsia, and gastric cancer. Although it has been only possible to culture C. pylori for about 5 yr, there are already sufficient data available to allow us to develop the(More)
Intestinal mucosal mast cells (IMMCs) are closely apposed to nerves, which is consistent with other evidence suggesting that mast cells are innervated. Recent studies have indicated that coordinated changes in mast cell and nerve densities occur in the gut mucosa, during progressive fibrosis, but there is a lack of experimental evidence to support(More)