Michèle Bernier

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CONTEXT To date only 18 patients with aggressive pituitary tumors or carcinomas treated with temozolomide have been reported. Increased expression of O6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltranferase (MGMT) has been suggested to predict resistance to temozolomide. OBJECTIVES The objective of the study was to describe the antitumoral efficacy and toxicity of(More)
CONTEXT Germline mutations of the AIP (aryl-hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein) gene are associated with a predisposition to pituitary adenomas. Such mutations are found in about half of patients with familial acromegaly, but penetrance is incomplete. OBJECTIVE We studied the prevalence of germline AIP mutations in a large cohort of patients with(More)
Search for loss of heterozygosity on chromosomes 1p, 9p, 10q, and 19q, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene amplification, and p53 expression was performed in a series of 131 low-grade gliomas. The profile of molecular changes, clinical findings, and histology were subsequently correlated with the course of the disease, mainly progression-free(More)
Non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) may be locally invasive. Markers of invasiveness are needed to guide patient management and particularly the use of adjuvant radiotherapy. To examine whether invasive NFPAs display a specific gene expression profile relative to non-invasive tumors, we selected 40 NFPAs (38 of the gonadotroph type) and classified(More)
Intestinal invasion by the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica is characterized by remodelling of the extracellular matrix (ECM). The parasite cysteine proteinase A5 (CP-A5) is thought to cooperate with human matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) involved in ECM degradation. Here, we investigate the role CP-A5 plays in the regulation of MMPs upon mucosal(More)
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE Primary intracranial melanocytic tumors are rare lesions, sellar ones being even more exceptional. So far, six melanomas and two melanocytomas have been described in an intrasellar and/or suprasellar location. CLINICAL PRESENTATION We report on the case of a 25-year-old Caucasian woman presenting with a 4-year history of(More)
The extracellular matrix (ECM) and its role in the outcome of infectious diseases have been poorly investigated. In this study, we determined the impact of the collagen fibres architecture on the invasive process of the enteric parasite Entamoeba histolytica. The behaviour of E. histolytica wild-type and silenced for the cysteine protease A5 (CP-A5) were(More)
Neuroepithelial papillary tumor of the pineal region (PTPR) has been defined as a distinct entity that is increasingly being recognized, with 96 cases now reported. This tumor shares morphologic features with both ependymomas and choroid plexus tumors. PTPR is characterized by an epithelial-like growth pattern in which the vessels are covered by layers of(More)
CONTEXT The incidence of syphilis has been increasing in recent decades in Western countries. Pituitary involvement is very unusual in syphilis. This infectious disease is not often considered in the workup of a patient with hypophysitis. CASE We report the case of a 28-year-old man who was admitted for headaches worsening over 1 month that became(More)
AIM The indications for preoperative adjuvant therapy in rectal cancer are still a subject of debate. The objective of this study was to analyze the results of surgical resection and selective radiotherapy in a group of high-risk patients (Dukes B and C) taken from a series of 148 consecutive patients with rectal cancer. METHODS All patients with rectal(More)