Monica M. Bertagnolli

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The number of agents that are potentially effective in the adjuvant treatment of locally advanced resectable colon cancer is increasing. Consequently, it is important to ascertain which subgroups of patients will benefit from a specific treatment. Despite more than two decades of research into the molecular genetics of colon cancer, there is a lack of(More)
Loss of PTEN tumor suppressor function is observed in tumors of breast, prostate, thyroid, and endometrial origin. Allelic losses in the proximity of the PTEN locus (10q23) also occur in sporadic colorectal cancers (CRCs), but biallelic inactivation of this site has not been frequently demonstrated. We hypothesized that alternative mechanisms of PTEN(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Shorter telomeres have been associated with increased risk of malignancy, including colorectal cancer (CRC). Telomere length is heritable and may be an intermediate phenotype linked to genetic susceptibility to CRC. METHODS In a large sample, the study investigated whether candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in 'telomere(More)
To explore the distinct genotypic and phenotypic states of melanoma tumors, we applied single-cell RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to 4645 single cells isolated from 19 patients, profiling malignant, immune, stromal, and endothelial cells. Malignant cells within the same tumor displayed transcriptional heterogeneity associated with the cell cycle, spatial context,(More)
Intestinal carcinogenesis involves the successive accumulation of multiple genetic defects until cellular transformation to an invasive phenotype occurs. This process is modulated by many epigenetic factors. Unconjugated bile acids are tumor promoters whose presence in intestinal tissues is regulated by dietary factors. We studied the role of the(More)
Estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women is associated with a reduction in colorectal cancer risk, potentially via interactions between 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) and the estrogen receptors (ER) alpha and beta. To study the role of E(2) in intestinal tumor inhibition, we separately crossed C57BL/6J-Min/+ (Min/+) mice with Eralpha(+/-) and(More)
OBJECTIVE Both vascular endothelial growth factor and cyclooxygenase 2 overexpression have been associated with poor prognosis in a variety of human malignancies. In this study we assessed the effect of preoperative chemotherapy and radiation on expression levels of vascular endothelial growth factor and cyclooxygenase 2 in patients with esophageal cancer(More)
PURPOSE Colon cancers deficient in mismatch repair (MMR) may exhibit diminished expression of the DNA repair gene, MRE11, as a consequence of contraction of a T11 mononucleotide tract. This study investigated MRE11 status and its association with prognosis, survival and drug response in patients with stage III colon cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Cancer and(More)
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