Michael J. Becich

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PURPOSE The incidence of prostate cancer is frequent, occurring in almost one-third of men older than 45 years. Only a fraction of the cases reach the stages displaying clinical significance. Despite the advances in our understanding of prostate carcinogenesis and disease progression, our knowledge of this disease is still fragmented. Identification of the(More)
Prostate cancer is characterized by heterogeneity in the clinical course that often does not correlate with morphologic features of the tumor. Metastasis reflects the most adverse outcome of prostate cancer, and to date there are no reliable morphologic features or serum biomarkers that can reliably predict which patients are at higher risk of developing(More)
Molecular profiling of cancer at the transcript level has become routine. Large-scale analysis of proteomic alterations during cancer progression has been a more daunting task. Here, we employed high-throughput immunoblotting in order to interrogate tissue extracts derived from prostate cancer. We identified 64 proteins that were altered in prostate cancer(More)
Risk for prostate cancer is high among African Americans. We hypothesized that risk for prostate cancer is also high in other populations of African descent. Our objective was to determine the screening-detected prevalence of prostate cancer in the predominantly Afro-Caribbean population on the island of Tobago. Male residents, ages 40-79 years, were(More)
The specific features of the prostate adenoma predisposing to the development of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are unknown. Our objective was to determine whether the histological composition of the prostate adenoma is related to the development of symptomatic BPH. Prostate adenomas were obtained from men with asymptomatic BPH undergoing(More)
Prostate cancer is a biologically heterogeneous disease with considerable variation in clinical aggressiveness. The behavior of prostate cancer can be considered a direct or indirect result of aberrant alterations of gene expression in prostate epithelial cells. Identification of the patterns of gene-expression alterations that are related to the(More)
The early diagnosis of bladder cancer is central to the effective treatment of the disease. Presently, there are no methods available to easily and specifically identify the presence of bladder cancer cells. The prevailing method for the detection of bladder cancer is the identification of bladder cancer cells by morphological examination of exfoliated(More)
Microarray studies in cancer compare expression levels between two or more sample groups on thousands of genes. Data analysis follows a population-level approach (e.g., comparison of sample means) to identify differentially expressed genes. This leads to the discovery of 'population-level' markers, i.e., genes with the expression patterns A > B and B > A.(More)
Typical high throughput microarrays experiments compare gene expression across two specimen classes – an experimental class and baseline (or comparison) class. The choice of specimen classes is a major factor in the differential gene expression patterns revealed by these experiments. In most studies of prostate cancer, histologically malignant tissue is(More)
Mechanisms by which intravesical bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) treatment mediates antitumor activity are currently poorly understood. We have determined that both human bladder tumor (T-24) and mouse bladder tumor (MBT-2) cells are capable of internalizing the BCG and have characterized this process in vitro. The internalization of BCG by T-24 and MBT-2(More)