Marieke A. Vollebergh

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BACKGROUND Breast cancer cells deficient for BRCA1 are hypersensitive to agents inducing DNA double-strand breaks (DSB), such as bifunctional alkylators and platinum agents. Earlier, we had developed a comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) classifier based on BRCA1-mutated breast cancers. We hypothesised that this BRCA1-like(CGH) classifier could also(More)
Our group has previously employed array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) to assess the genomic patterns of BRCA1-mutated breast cancers. We have shown that the so-called BRCA1-likeaCGH profile is also present in about half of all triple-negative sporadic breast cancers and is predictive for benefit from intensified alkylating chemotherapy. As aCGH(More)
10505 Background: The inability of breast cancer (BC) cells deficient in homologous recombination to repair DNA double strand breaks (DSBs), such as BRCA1/-2-mutated cells, offers a target for DNA crosslinking agents, e.g. bifunctional alkylating agents or platinum compounds. Our group previously employed array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH) to(More)
Breast and ovarian cancer are among the most common malignancies diagnosed in women worldwide. Together, they account for the majority of cancer-related deaths in women. These cancer types share a number of features, including their association with hereditary cancer syndromes caused by heterozygous germline mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2. BRCA-associated(More)
INTRODUCTION The selection of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor (EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors [TKIs]) therapy is suboptimal as tumor tissue is often unavailable. Ligands of EGFR, transforming growth factor-alpha (TGFa) and amphiregulin (ARG), and the insulin-like growth factor (IGF)(More)
BRCA-mutated breast cancer cells lack the DNA-repair mechanism homologous recombination that is required for error-free DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair. Homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) may cause hypersensitivity to DNA DSB-inducing agents, such as bifunctional alkylating agents and platinum salts. HRD can be caused by BRCA mutations, and by(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a higher response rate can be achieved with epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) when selection for therapy is guided by mutation analysis or gene amplification. However, both tests are complex and require tumour tissue. Simple methods to identify responders(More)
In previous studies, high expression of XIST and low expression of 53BP1 were respectively associated with poor systemic therapy outcome in patients and therapy resistance in BRCA1-deficient mouse tumor models, but have not been evaluated in BRCA1-deficient patients. Previously, we demonstrated that classifying breast cancer copy number profiles as(More)
The lack of markers to predict chemotherapy responses in patients poses a major handicap in cancer treatment. We searched for gene expression patterns that correlate with docetaxel or cisplatin response in a mouse model for breast cancer associated with BRCA1 deficiency. Array-based expression profiling did not identify a single marker gene predicting(More)
587 Background: Breast cancer (BC) cells lacking the DNA repair mechanism homologous recombination (HR), a feature of BRCA-deficient tumor cells, are hypersensitive to bifunctional alkylating agents. Metastatic BC patients whose tumors were scored as BRCA1-like with a BRCA1 Comparative Genomic Hybridization classifier had an impressive progression-free(More)