Sara L O'Kane

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Doxorubicin is considered to be the most effective agent in the treatment of breast cancer patients. Unfortunately, resistance to this agent is common, representing a major obstacle to successful treatment. The identification of novel biomarkers that are able to predict treatment response may allow therapy to be tailored to individual patients. Antibody(More)
Little is known about the Bcl-2 family members in mesothelioma. These proteins are involved in the control of apoptosis, carrying out both pro- and anti- apoptotic functions. Immunohistochemistry was used to examine the expression of p53 and Bcl-2 family members in 54 archival mesothelioma samples (39 epithelial, 15 sarcomatoid tumours). Overexpression of(More)
BACKGROUND Proteins of the Bcl-2 family play a key role in the control of apoptosis and carry out both proapoptotic and antiapoptotic functions. However, with the exception of Bcl-2 itself, little is known about the expression of these potentially critical proteins in nonsmall cell lung carcinoma. METHODS Immunohistochemistry was used to study the(More)
One of the most valuable objectives for oncologists is the ability to predict patient response to chemotherapy before drugs are administered in order to maximise the therapeutic benefit of treatment whilst limiting the toxicity. This is particularly relevant in non-small cell lung cancer as the initial treatment decision is important due to the inherent(More)
The expression of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) protein is increased in many tumours and may be associated with a more aggressive phenotype. We aimed to assess COX-2 expression in a large series of archival mesothelioma specimens. Archival tissue was obtained from 86 malignant pleural mesothelioma samples (histological subtype: 42 epithelial, 28 biphasic and 16(More)
Apoptosis proteins may play a role in prognosis and therapy response; however, they have not been fully investigated in gastric cancer. We aimed to assess the expression of proteins in the Bcl-2 family. Immunohistochemistry was employed to examine the expression of the antiapoptotic proteins Bcl-2 and Bcl-XL and the proapoptotic proteins Bad, Bak, Bax, Bid,(More)
Widespread acceptance of breast conserving surgery for early breast cancer has led to renewed interest in multifocality, which is seen in 13-63% of breast cancers. According to current guidelines, oestrogen/progesterone receptor status is assessed on the sample obtained at initial core biopsy or the main tumour focus in multifocal breast cancer (more than(More)
A robust method to facilitate rapid laser microdissection and pressure catapulting (LMPC) coupled with direct polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) to eliminate the need for extraction of DNA before a PCR-based assay is described. This sequential LMPC-dPCR method is rapid and decreases the number of processing steps, reducing the chance of tissue loss and(More)
BACKGROUND Although malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare tumour, its incidence is increasing. The prognosis remains very poor with an average survival of 10 months from diagnosis. The choice of chemotherapy regimens for mesothelioma patients is limited and new approaches are required. COX-2 inhibition induces apoptosis in a variety of tumour cell lines.(More)
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