Mieke Timmermans

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BACKGROUND Genome-wide measures of gene expression can identify patterns of gene activity that subclassify tumours and might provide a better means than is currently available for individual risk assessment in patients with lymph-node-negative breast cancer. METHODS We analysed, with Affymetrix Human U133a GeneChips, the expression of 22000 transcripts(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the predictive value of the disintegrin and metalloproteinases, ADAM-9, ADAM-10, ADAM-11, and ADAM-12, and of the matrix metalloproteinases, MMP-2 and MMP-9, in patients with recurrent breast cancer treated with tamoxifen. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN A retrospective study was done on 259 frozen specimens of estrogen receptor-positive primary(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the prognostic value of cyclin E with a quantitative method for lymph node-negative primary breast cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS mRNA transcripts of full-length and splice variants of cyclin E1 (CCNE1) and cyclin E2 (CCNE2) were measured by real-time PCR in frozen tumor samples from 635 lymph node-negative breast cancer(More)
The serine protease uPA (urokinase-type plasminogen activator) and its receptor uPAR (CD87) are often elevated in malignant tumours, hence, inhibition of this tumour-associated plasminogen activation system provides an attractive target for therapeutic strategies. WX-UK1, a derivative of 3-aminophenylalanine in the L-conformation with inhibitory(More)
The prognostic value of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression and its biological role in estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) and ER-negative (ER-) primary breast cancer is controversial. In this study, distributions of ER, progesterone receptor and EGFR have been established using immunohistochemistry in both primary breast tumors and their(More)
Mutations of E-cadherin have been identified in half of lobular breast cancers and diffuse-type gastric cancers, two tumor subtypes with remarkably similar pathological appearances including small rounded cells with scant cytoplasm and a diffuse growth pattern. A causal role for E-cadherin gene mutations in the lobular breast cancer phenotype was recently(More)
Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) is typically defined by the acquisition of a spindle cell morphology in combination with loss of E-cadherin and upregulation of mesenchymal markers. However, by studying E-cadherin inactivation in 38 human breast cancer cell lines, we noted that not all cell lines that had undergone EMT had concomitantly lost(More)
We recently found that DNA methylation of S100A2, spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK), and Stathmin-1 (STMN1) correlates with response to tamoxifen therapy in metastatic breast cancer. In this retrospective study, we investigated immunohistochemically whether these three markers are predictors of relapse in early breast cancer (EBC) patients treated with adjuvant(More)
BACKGROUND Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), its receptor (uPAR) and plasminogen activator inhibitors (PAI-1 and PAI-2), all play important roles in tumour invasion and metastasis. The tumour levels of the components of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator system (uPA-system) may help to identify individuals with a poor prognosis in(More)
The TWIST homolog 1 (TWIST1) is a transcription factor that induces epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), a key process in metastasis. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether TWIST1 expression predicts disease progression in a large breast cancer cohort with long-term clinical follow-up, and to reveal the biology related to TWIST1(More)