Renee M. McGovern

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BACKGROUND The role of human papilloma virus (HPV) in the pathogenesis and biological behavior of tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) are areas of intense investigation. METHODS This study used PCR analysis to identify HPV in paraffin-embedded tonsillar and nodal tissue from 52 patients with TSCC and 48 age (+/-5 year)/gender-matched controls with(More)
The development of cervical cancer is highly associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV integration into the genome of infected cervical cells is temporally associated with the acquisition of the malignant phenotype. A relationship between the sites of HPV integration in cervical cancer and the position of the common fragile sites (CFSs) has(More)
BACKGROUND The natural history of cervical cancer comprises a latency period that probably involves long-term immunologic tolerance of human papillomavirus infection. Identifying host determinants of viral persistence may help to better understand the mechanisms of tolerance and may lead to the development of tests that can allow more focused follow-up of(More)
OBJECTIVES Microarray expression analysis of cervical tumors has revealed differential expression of genes that may be useful as markers or targets for treatment. We question the application of array findings across the major categories of cervical cancer. We sought to identify differences between normal squamous epithelium (NSQ) and glandular epithelium(More)
The pattern of acquired mutations in the p53 gene can be used to study differences in factors contributing to carcinogenesis. We investigated mutations in exons 5-9 and adjacent intronic regions in 47 breast cancers of black women from Michigan, a population with the highest breast-cancer mortality in the US. The 16 mutations detected differed from those of(More)
PURPOSE A phase I, dose-finding study of vorinostat in combination with temozolomide (TMZ) was conducted to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), safety, and pharmacokinetics in patients with high-grade glioma (HGG). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN This phase I, dose-finding, investigational study was conducted in two parts. Part 1 was a dose-escalation study(More)
The development of cervical cancer is highly associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Greater than 99% of all cervical tumors contain HPV DNA. Integration of high-risk HPV has been temporally associated with the acquisition of a malignant phenotype. Recent work from our lab has shown that HPV16, the most common high-risk HPV associated with(More)
A new technique for characterizing somatic mutations in very small samples of cellularly heterogeneous human cancer tissue was developed and tested using mutations in the p53 gene in breast carcinomas as a model system. The technique combines touch preparation of specimens to obtain homogeneous clusters of carcinoma cells free of normal cells with a nested(More)
Purpose Vorinostat (V) at levels >2.5 µM enhances chemotherapy in vitro. Yet the approved oral dose of 400 mg inconsistently achieves this level in patients. We developed an intermittent oral pulse-dose schedule of V to increase serum levels. We combined V with the cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor flavopiridol (F) which increases V-induced apoptosis.(More)
PURPOSE We conducted a pediatric phase I study to estimate the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), dose-limiting toxicities (DLT), and pharmacokinetic properties of vorinostat, a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, when given in combination with temozolomide in children with refractory or recurrent CNS malignancies. PATIENTS AND METHODS Vorinostat, followed(More)