María José Maturana

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Gastrointestinal malignancies are among the most common malignancies worldwide. Advances in technology and treatment have improved diagnosis and monitoring of these tumors. As a consequence, identification of new biomarkers that can be applied at different levels of disease is urgently needed. DNA methylation is a process in which cytosines acquire a methyl(More)
This epidemiological study in Chile shows a marked increase in biliary-tract cancer based on mortality data, from an age-adjusted rate (1970 world population) of 5.1 per 100,000 in 1970 to 12.0 per 100,000 in 1988. There is an increased risk of this cancer in all age groups but especially in young adults (15-44 years). The female ratio of 3:1 persists. The(More)
17 Background: Gastric cancer (GC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Previously, we identified a potential biomarker for non-invasive detection of GC, the DNA methylation of the promoter region of Reprimo, a p53-dependent G2 arrest mediator candidate (Clin Cancer Res 2008;14:6264-9). Furthermore, we developed a quantitative(More)
The role of epigenetics and infectious diseases at early stages of life influence pre-malignant lesions of cancer, in particular, gastric cancer, one of the most frequent tumours in Chile, Latin America, and worldwide. This article examines the role of H.pylori and epigenetic alterations (i.e. DNA methylation) at early stages of gastric cancer and proposes,(More)
e14503 Background: Gastric cancer (GC) is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. No clinically usefull biomarkers that detect early gastric cancer and have prognostic/predictive value are available. DNA methylation of promoter region of Reprimo (RPRM), a p53-dependent G2 arrest mediator candidate gene, has been postulated as a potential(More)
55 Background: Gastric cancer (GC) is the second leading cause of death from cancer worldwide. No clinical useful biomarkers that detect early gastric cancer and have prognostic/predictive value are available. DNA methylation of promoter region of Reprimo (RPRM), a p53-dependent G2 arrest mediator candidate gene, has been postulated as a potential biomarker(More)
A new methodology to obtain tissue samples from breast tumors through fine needle aspiration is described. This consists of a screwdriver like movement of the needle and continuous aspiration. The tissue is embedded in a blood clot, fixed in 10% formalin and routinely processed for histopathological study. From March 1987 to March 1990 this technique was(More)
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