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Pheochromocytomas and abdominal paragangliomas are rare, catecholamine-producing tumors that arise from the chromaffin cells derived from the neural crest. We used comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) to screen for copy number changes in 23 pheochromocytomas and 11 abdominal paragangliomas. The pattern of copy number changes was similar between(More)
The expression level of stromelysin-3 (ST3) mRNA was analyzed by in situ hybridization of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded primary breast-tumor samples from 76 patients. Digital image analysis of the dark-field in situ hybridization signal was used to measure the maximal level of ST3 expression in each tumor. All 55 invasive ductal carcinomas and 9 of 10(More)
Secretion of PTH is regulated by extracellular calcium via calcium receptors (CaR) on the parathyroid cell surface. Recent studies have shown a decreased expression of CaR messenger RNA (mRNA) and CaR protein in pathological parathyroids. We studied the expression of CaR mRNA in pairs of adenoma and adenoma-associated normal gland from the same patients (n(More)
To identify chromosomal regions that may contain loci for tumor suppressor genes involved in adrenocortical tumor development, a panel of 60 tumors (39 carcinomas and 21 adenomas) were screened for loss of heterozygosity. Although the vast majority of loss of heterozygosity (LOH) were detected in the carcinomas and involved chromosomes 2, 4, 11, and 18,(More)
Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is an aggressive tumor showing frequent metastatic spread and poor survival. Although recent genome-wide studies of ACC have contributed to our understanding of the disease, major challenges remain for both diagnostic and prognostic assessments. The aim of this study was to identify specific microRNAs (miRNAs) associated with(More)
Previous studies of follicular thyroid tumors have shown loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on the short arm of chromosome 3 in carcinomas, and on chromosome 10 in atypical adenomas and carcinomas, but not in common adenomas. We studied LOH on these chromosomal arms in 15 follicular thyroid carcinomas, 19 atypical follicular adenomas and 6 anaplastic(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to prospectively assess whether nuclear DNA content added prognostic value to existing risk factors in patients with papillary thyroid cancer. METHODS Nuclear DNA content was measured both on the fine needle aspiration material and the surgical specimen in 73 patients with primary or recurrent papillary thyroid(More)
Pheochromocytomas are neuroendocrine tumors of the adrenal medulla which can occur either sporadically or in the context of hereditary tumor syndromes. Whereas the genetic background of hereditary pheochromocytomas is becoming rather well-defined, very little is known about the more common sporadic form of the disease which constitutes ∼70% of all cases. In(More)
We have investigated p53 expression in 178 thyroid tumors from 162 patients by immunohistochemistry using two antibodies, DO1 and CM1. In addition, 35 tumors were analyzed for expression of WAF1/p21, one of the downstream mediators of p53. Only 15 tumors (8.4%) had greater than 10% of tumor cell nuclei positively stained for p53. Six of 14 Hürthle tumors(More)
Pheochromocytomas are neuroendocrine tumors arising from the adrenal medulla. While heritable mutations are frequently described, less is known about the genetics of sporadic pheochromocytoma. Mutations in genes involved in the cellular hypoxia response have been identified in tumors, and recently EPAS1, encoding HIF2α, has been revealed to be a new gene(More)