Marija Debeljak

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OBJECTIVES To validate next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology for clinical diagnosis and to determine appropriate read depth. METHODS We validated the KRAS, BRAF, and EGFR genes within the Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel using the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (Life Technologies, Carlsbad, CA). RESULTS We developed a statistical model to(More)
BACKGROUND Activating point mutations of GNAS at codon 201 have been detected in approximately two thirds of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) of the pancreas. Intraductal papillary neoplasms of the bile ducts (IPNBs) morphologically resemble pancreatic IPMNs. This study sought to assess the mutational status of GNAS at codon 201 in IPNBs. (More)
We report a freely available software program, Pyromaker, which generates simulated traces for pyrosequencing results based on user inputs. Simulated pyrograms can aid in the analysis of complex pyrosequencing results in which various hypothesized mutations can be tested, and the resultant pyrograms can be matched with the actual pyrogram. We validated the(More)
Human identity testing is critical to the fields of forensics, paternity, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Most bone marrow (BM) engraftment testing currently uses microsatellites or short tandem repeats that are resolved by capillary electrophoresis. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are theoretically a better choice among polymorphic DNA;(More)
Next-generation sequencing shows great promise by allowing rapid mutational analysis of multiple genes in human cancers. Recently, we implemented the multiplex PCR-based Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel (>200 amplicons in 50 genes) to evaluate EGFR, KRAS, and BRAF in lung and colorectal adenocarcinomas. In 10% of samples, automated analysis identified a(More)
McCune-Albright Syndrome (MAS) is a rare sporadic syndrome caused by post-zygotic mutations in the GNAS oncogene, leading to constitutional mosaicism for these alterations. Somatic activating GNAS mutations also commonly occur in several gastrointestinal and pancreatic neoplasms, but the spectrum of abnormalities in these organs in patients with MAS has yet(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Pancreatic imaging can identify neoplastic cysts but not microscopic neoplasms. Mutation analysis of pancreatic fluid after secretin stimulation might identify microscopic neoplasias in the pancreatic duct system. We determined the prevalence of mutations in KRAS and guanine nucleotide-binding protein α-stimulating genes in pancreatic(More)
AIMS Gastric pyloric gland adenomas (PGAs) are rare epithelial polyps that are found more commonly in autoimmune atrophic gastritis and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Little is known about the morphology and genetics of PGAs in FAP. PGAs in FAP are studied morphologically and genetically. Findings in FAP-associated PGAs are compared to sporadic PGAs(More)
Fields of forensics, transplantation, and paternity rely on human identity testing. Currently, this is accomplished through amplification of microsatellites followed by capillary electrophoresis. An alternative and theoretically better approach uses multiple single-nucleotide polymorphisms located within a small region of DNA, a method we initially(More)
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