Maja Cretnik

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In the Milan area (Northern Italy), we identified a family characterized by a high prevalence of ovarian and breast cancer cases (5 out of 6 subjects, over 3 generations), and a predominant prevalence of ovarian lesions (4 out of 5 patients). Analysis of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes allowed the identification of the missense c.190T>C mutation in codon 64(More)
Studies on the variability of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 are based mostly on DNA sequencing of the viral oncogenes E6 and E7. In order to simplify variant identification, high resolution melting (HRM) analysis, which has been shown to distinguish amplicons differing in a single nucleotide, was employed. Optimised HRM analysis was applied to 255(More)
The Hedgehog/Patched signaling pathway plays a prominent role during mammalian development but it is also involved in oncogenic transformation. We investigated the methylation status of the Patched promotor in a set of basocellular carcinomas of the skin and ovarian tumors as an alternative to mutational causes of the pathway deregulation. Our aim was to(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are associated with family predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. Novel screening methods are required for efficient and rapid detection of sequence variants in cancer patients and their family members. METHODS The screening for variants in the breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and(More)
The involvement of two tumor suppressors p16 and Ptch in pathogenesis of cutaneous melanomas and basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) was studied through expression of Ptch and p16 and genetic alterations in 9p21 region (p16) and in 9q22.3 region (PTCH) of chromosome 9. Immunohistochemical analyses of paraffin-embedded tissues with Ptch and p16 antibodies, typing(More)
BACKGROUND Gorlin syndrome is a rare autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by a wide range of developmental abnormalities and various tumors. The syndrome is caused by mutations in PTCH1, a tumor suppressor gene located at 9q22.32. We describe a Gorlin syndrome case with typical features of the syndrome and no mutations in PTCH1, but with a large(More)
Transition from malignant schwannoma to malignant triton tumor is analyzed in a case report on a patient with recurring cancers and suspected familial predisposition. It is hypothesized that rhabdomyoblastic differentiation, which distinguishes triton from schwannoma, might be attributable to Hedgehog-Patched pathway malfunctioning. Loss of one Patched gene(More)
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