Robert Sitarz

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Gastric cancer is thought to result from a combination of environmental factors and the accumulation of specific genetic alterations due to increasing genetic instability, and consequently affects mainly older patients. Less than 10% of patients present with the disease before 45 years of age (early onset gastric carcinoma) and these patients are believed(More)
COX-2 overexpression is known to be an important mechanism in gastric carcinogenesis. Previously we have found that early-onset gastric cancer has a unique COX-2 low-expressing phenotype that differs significantly from that of the frequent overexpression seen in conventional gastric cancers. To investigate whether the COX-2 -765 G>C promoter polymorphism(More)
It has been reported that interleukin-1beta (IL-1B) genes play a crucial role in the genetic predisposition to gastric cancer although there is no information about their role in different subtypes of gastric cancer. We performed single nucleotide polymorphism analysis of IL-1B in 241 gastric cancers including early onset gastric cancers (EOGC),(More)
Currently, gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most frequently diagnosed neoplasms, with a global burden of 723000 deaths in 2012. It is the third leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. There are numerous possible factors that stimulate the pro-carcinogenic activity of important genes. These factors include genetic susceptibility expressed in a(More)
BACKGROUND COX-2 and E-cadherin, involved in invasion and metastasis, are molecules critical for gastric carcinogenesis. A relationship between them is documented in non-small cell lung and prostate cancer. We present novel evidence of a relationship between COX-2 and E-cadherin expression in gastric cancer. METHODS Using qPCR and Western blots analysis(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Interactive computer displays can alter vestibular function. We hypothesized that by placing a vestibulopathic subject with chronic vertigo in a computer scene, slowing the visual scene motion to a rate slightly higher than their vestibuloocular reflex (VOR) gain, and gradually speeding up the scene, we could cause VOR improvement and(More)
Gastric stump carcinoma (GSC) following remote gastric surgery is widely recognized as a separate entity within the group of various types of gastric cancer. Gastrectomy is a well established risk factor for the development of GSC at a long time after the initial surgery. Both exo- as well as endogenous factors appear to be involved in the etiopathogenesis(More)
We report the molecular characterization of 8 primary gastric carcinomas, corresponding xenografts, and 2 novel gastric carcinoma cell lines. We compared the tumors and cell lines, with respect to histology, immunohistochemistry, copy number, and hypermethylation of up to 38 genes using methylation-specific multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification,(More)
BACKGROUND Recent literature suggests that chyle leak may complicate up to 10% of pancreatic resections. Treatment depends on its severity, which may include chylous ascites. No international consensus definition or grading system of chyle leak currently is available. METHODS The International Study Group on Pancreatic Surgery, an international panel of(More)
BACKGROUND E-cadherin, β-catenin, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), neuronal cadherin (N-cadherin) and Cyclin D1 are involved in epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). However, the prognostic significance of EMT markers in oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC) is unknown. Aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of, and the association(More)