Patricia Smyth

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The most common sub-variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the so-called follicular variant (FVPTC), which is a particularly problematic lesion and can be challenging from a diagnostic viewpoint even in resected lesions. Although fine needle aspiration cytology is very useful in the diagnosis of PTC, its accuracy and utility would be greatly(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess BRAF mutation rates in various thyroid tissues and to investigate if concomitant mutations with ret/PTC activation occurred in inflammatory and neoplastic lesions. To this end, we developed a novel Taqman based screening assay for the common T1799A BRAF mutation. Heterozygous T1799A mutations were detected in 13 of 34(More)
Recovered unipolar depressed patients were compared with recovered anxious and non-psychiatric controls in depressed and neutral mood induction conditions to test the hypothesis that depression-prone individuals would demonstrate more negative cognitions with mild mood changes. Only the non-psychiatric controls showed significant mood changes and the(More)
OBJECTIVES The incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated anal cancer is increasing. Men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly those coinfected with HIV, are disproportionately affected. Documenting the molecular epidemiology of HPV infection is important in guiding policy makers in formulating universal and/or targeted vaccine guidelines. (More)
Synthesis of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa aliphatic amidase was repressed severely by succinate and malate and less severely by glucose, acetate or lactate. Amidase synthesis in inducible and constitutive strains was stimulated by cyclic AMP, which also gave partial relief to catabolite repression produced by the addition of lactate to cultures growing in(More)
Among mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from fluoroacetamide medium were some which synthesized amidase at about 5% of the rate of the parent constitutive strain, PAC101. Seven fluoroacetamide-resistant mutants with low amidase activity gave rise to secondary mutant strains on succinate+butyramide plates. One appeared to be an 'up-promotor' mutant(More)
Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), the most common variety of thyroid cancer, is found in a variety of morphologic variants, usually grows slowly, and is clinically indolent, although rare, aggressive forms, with local invasion or distant metastases, occur. Our group has previously demonstrated an association between Hashimoto thyroiditis and ret/PTC-1(More)
The aim of this study was to identify amplified oncogenes in endometrial cancer using array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH). Despite its prevalence, the molecular mechanisms of endometrial carcinogenesis are still poorly understood. The selected array CGH allows the simultaneous examination of 58 oncogenes commonly amplified in human(More)
BACKGROUND Secondary 'cannonball' metastases to the lung are frequent and usually associated with disseminated malignancy and poor prognosis. AIM To report the case of a patient with metastatic pulmonary endometrial stromal sarcoma who had a previous hysterectomy for benign uterine fibroids and no past history of malignancy. RESULT A 70-year-old female(More)