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Early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can be cured by surgical resection, but a substantial fraction of patients ultimately dies due to distant metastasis. In this study, we used subtractive hybridization to identify gene expression differences in stage I NSCLC tumors that either did or did not metastasize in the course of disease. Individual(More)
The regulation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (egfr) gene in human cancer is not yet fully understood. Recent data on a polymorphic CA repeat located at the 5'-regulatory sequence in intron 1 of the egfr gene [egfr CA simple sequence repeat (SSR) I] point to a possible inheritance of cancer risk associated with the egfr gene. Furthermore, we have(More)
The Bcr-Abl protein-tyrosine kinase is implicated in the development of chronic myeloid leukemia. The potential role of protein-tyrosine phosphatase in the regulation of Bcr-Abl signaling was explored. First, expression patterns of tyrosine phosphatases in leukemic cell lines were investigated using degenerate primers for reverse transcription-PCR followed(More)
BACKGROUND In severe congenital neutropenia the maturation of myeloid progenitor cells is arrested. The myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia develop in some patients with severe congenital neutropenia. Abnormalities in the signal-transduction pathways for granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) may play a part in the progression to(More)
Overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a common finding in invasive breast cancer and represents a potential target for new treatment options. However, little is known about the parameters that might indicate a potential clinical response for these anti-EGFR-based therapies. In order to gain further insights into the interplay(More)
Variation in the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTT; SERT; SLC6A4) has been suggested to pharmacogenetically drive interindividual differences in antidepressant treatment response. In the present analysis, a 'pharmaco-epigenetic' approach was applied by investigating the influence of DNA methylation patterns in the 5-HTT transcriptional control region on(More)
Overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (egfr) gene is a common feature in breast cancer. We demonstrated recently that the expression of EGFR in breast cancer strongly correlates with the length of a CA simple sequence repeat within the first 2000 bases in intron 1 of the egfr gene [CA simple sequence repeat (CA-SSR) I; H. Buerger et al.,(More)
Recently, point mutations in the gene of the granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) receptor have been reported in two patients with severe congenital neutropenia who developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We investigated the frequency of these specific G-CSF receptor mutations in patients with congenital neutropenia undergoing treatment with(More)
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a recessively inherited disorder characterized by recurrent, self-limited attacks of fever and serositis and by infiltration of affected tissues by large numbers of neutrophils. A candidate gene for FMF was identified by positional cloning and named "MEFV." The corresponding protein was named "pyrin." To elucidate the(More)
Gene expression in mammalian organisms is regulated at multiple levels, including DNA accessibility for transcription factors and chromatin structure. Methylation of CpG dinucleotides is thought to be involved in imprinting and in the pathogenesis of cancer. However, the relevance of methylation for directing tissue-specific gene expression is highly(More)