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Recent studies on small series of pancreatic cancer (PC) with foci of pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN), a putative precursor lesion, have shown that multiple K-RAS mutations may coexist in the same neoplastic pancreas. To see whether mutant-K-RAS polyclonality is a common and specific feature of pancreatic carcinogenesis, we investigated a(More)
A truncating mutation (C to T transition) at codon 531 of the human protooncogene c-src, possibly accounting for the activation of c-src tyrosine kinase, has been recently identified in a subset of advanced colorectal cancer from North-American patients. However, two subsequent studies have failed to confirm the occurrence of SRC 531 mutation in colorectal(More)
Gastrointestinal tumors with DNA mismatch repair (MMR) defects show microsatellite instability (MSI) and harbor frameshift mutations in coding mononucleotide repeats of cancer-related genes (targets). We assessed MSI status in 233 sporadic gastrointestinal tumors. We classified as MSI-H (high-frequency microsatellite instability) 15 (10%) of 150 colorectal(More)
Dear Editor: Since their discovery more than 25 years ago, dendritic cells (DCs) have emerged as the most potent member of the class of antigen-presenting cells (APC). A number of experimental studies have established the key role played by DCs in the immune system, and provide a rationale for using DCs as natural adjuvants for cancer immunotherapy. Because(More)
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