Ralf J. Rieker

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Copy number gains and high-level amplifications of the short arm of chromosome 5 are frequently observed in soft tissue sarcomas. To identify genes from this region possibly involved in tumor progression, we analyzed 34 soft tissue sarcomas (10 pleomorphic and 8 dedifferentiated liposarcomas, 6 malignant fibrous histiocytomas, and 10 malignant peripheral(More)
UNLABELLED We identified the far upstream element binding protein 1 (FBP1), an activator of transcription of the proto-oncogene c-myc, in a functional yeast survival screen for tumor-related antiapoptotic proteins and demonstrated strong overexpression of FBP1 in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Knockdown of the protein in HCC cells resulted in(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is still poor. Activating epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations are important genetic alterations with dramatic therapeutical implications. Up to now, in contrast to Asian populations only limited data on the prevalence of those mutations are available from patients with(More)
Sixteen dedifferentiated and pleomorphic liposarcomas were analyzed by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) to genomic microarrays (matrix-CGH), cDNA-derived microarrays for expression profiling, and by quantitative PCR. Matrix-CGH revealed copy number gains of numerous oncogenes, i.e., CCND1, MDM2, GLI, CDK4, MYB, ESR1, and AIB1, several of which(More)
BACKGROUND Adenocarcinomas of the small and the large intestine share risk factors and morphological features but both tumor types seem to follow different genetic pathways. The aim of this study on small intestinal carcinomas was to analyze alternative mechanisms of activation of pathways that are typically affected in colorectal cancer. METHODS(More)
Background: Retrospective investigation to identify associations between certain patient characteristics and survival in 531 patients with resected colorectal cancer (CRC). Special reference is given to a standardized comorbidity. Methods: To compare different levels of exposure we determined hazard ratios (HR) in Cox proportional hazards models for(More)
Evaluation of proliferative activity is a cornerstone in the classification of endocrine tumors; in pulmonary carcinoids, the mitotic count delineates typical carcinoid (TC) from atypical carcinoid (AC). Data on the reproducibility of manual mitotic counting and other methods of proliferation index evaluation in this tumor entity are sparse. Nine(More)
OBJECTIVES Pancreatic endocrine tumors represent morphologically and biologically heterogeneous neoplasms. Well-differentiated endocrine tumors (benign or of uncertain behavior) can be distinguished from well-differentiated and poorly differentiated endocrine carcinomas. Although many well-differentiated endocrine carcinomas show rather low rates of tumor(More)
The object of our multicenter retrospective study was to compare the new histologic World Health Organization (WHO) classification and the classical histologic Bernatz classification in terms of interobserver agreement and prognostic importance. The influence of coexisting diseases was also analyzed using the Charlson score. We evaluated 218 patients from 5(More)