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PURPOSE The use of circulating tumor cells (CTC) as a prognostic marker in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) has been well established. However, their efficacy and accuracy are still under scrutiny mainly because of methods of their enrichment and identification. We hypothesized that circulating miRNAs can predict the CTC status of patients with MBC, and(More)
Over the last few years, circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as promising novel and minimally invasive markers for various diseases, including cancer. We already showed that certain miRNAs are deregulated in the plasma of breast cancer patients when compared to healthy women. Herein we have further explored their potential to serve as breast cancer(More)
The 6q25.1 locus was first identified via a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in Chinese women and marked by single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs2046210, approximately 180 Kb upstream of ESR1. There have been conflicting reports about the association of this locus with breast cancer in Europeans, and a GWAS in Europeans identified a different SNP,(More)
A recent two-stage genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified five novel breast cancer susceptibility loci on chromosomes 9, 10, and 11. To provide more reliable estimates of the relative risk associated with these loci and investigate possible heterogeneity by subtype of breast cancer, we genotyped the variants rs2380205, rs1011970, rs704010,(More)
Fibronectin is ubiquitously expressed in the extracellular matrix, and experimental evidence has shown that it modulates blood vessel formation. The relative contribution of local and circulating fibronectin to blood vessel formation in vivo remains unknown despite evidence for unexpected roles of circulating fibronectin in various diseases. Using(More)
Many high dimensional integrals can be reduced to the problem of finding the relative measures of two sets. Often one set will be exponentially larger than the other, making it difficult to compare the sizes. A standard method of dealing with this problem is to interpolate between the sets with a sequence of nested sets where neighboring sets have relative(More)
To prospectively assess circulating tumor cell (CTC) status at baseline (CTCBL) and after one cycle of a new line of systemic therapy (CTC1C), and changes from CTCBL to CTC1C (CTC kinetics, CTCKIN) for their utility in predicting response, progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in metastatic breast cancer (MBC). CTCBL and CTC1C status was(More)
BACKGROUND Oral (p.o.) chemotherapy treatments gained increasing importance in the palliative treatment of metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Aim of this survey was to evaluate the acceptance of p.o. treatment and patients' individual attitudes towards it. METHODS A specific 14 item-questionnaire was designed. Patients suffering from breast cancer receiving(More)
Prodrugs can have the advantage over parent drugs in increased activation and cellular uptake. The multidrug ETC-L-FdUrd and the duplex drug ETC-FdUrd are composed of two different monophosphate-nucleosides, 5-fluoro-2'deoxyuridine (FdUrd) and ethynylcytidine (ETC), coupled via a glycerolipid or phosphodiester, respectively. The aim of the study was to(More)
Author manuscripts have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication but have not yet been edited. Disclosures: The author(s) indicate no potential conflicts of interest. We are in the process of filing a patent for the signature of miRNAs described in this work. Author manuscripts have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication but have not yet(More)