Shannon M Tarr

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The invasion and metastasis of tumor cells is a major cause of mortality in cancer patients. In the current study, we investigated the expression of fascin, an actin-bundling motility-associated protein, in 210 invasive breast carcinomas with corresponding 5-year clinical follow-up. Fascin expression was compared with hormone receptor (ER/PR) status, HER2(More)
PURPOSE Patients with breast cancer experience progression and respond to treatment in diverse ways, but prognostic and predictive tools for the oncologist are limited. We have used gene expression data to guide the production of hundreds of novel antibody reagents to discover novel diagnostic tools for stratifying carcinoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
PURPOSE This study aims to determine the effect of loss of breast cancer metastasis suppressor 1 (BRMS1) protein expression on disease-free survival in breast cancer patients stratified by estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), or HER2 status, and to determine whether loss of BRMS1 protein expression correlated with genomic copy number changes.(More)
Brain metastases (BM) from breast cancer are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In the current study, we have examined a cohort of breast cancer patients who went on to develop BM for clinical-pathologic features and predictive markers that identify this high-risk subgroup of patients at the time of diagnosis. The primary tumors from 55(More)
Clinical and in vitro evidence supports the concept that human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 ( HER2 ) gene amplification prediction of response to anthracycline-based chemotherapy in breast cancer is not a direct effect of HER2 overexpression, but the result of coamplification of topoisomerase II-alpha ( TOP2A ). We investigated the relationship of(More)
Paxillin, a cytoskeletal focal adhesion adaptor protein, has been shown to be transcriptionally up-regulated and phosphorylated by human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) signaling in vitro. Paxillin expression may also correlate with HER2 amplification in breast cancer patients. In the current study, we sought to explore the relationship further(More)
The 2 methodologies in current clinical use to assess HER2 status in breast cancer are: fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) (gene amplification) and immunohistochemistry (protein over-expression). A consistent finding has been that 3% to 15% of breast cancers over-express HER2 protein without evidence for gene amplification. Accurate determination of(More)
The prevalence of obesity in the United States continues to increase among both males and females in all age groups [6]. Obesity is an important risk factor for various chronic diseases and an important public health issue [5, 6]. It also is a predisposing factor for cholelithiasis and cholecystitis [1, 2]. Extensive work has been done in the past to find(More)
AlloDerm (decellularized human cadaveric dermis) is increasingly being used for tissue reconstruction and hernia repairs. This article presents the results of AlloDerm use in treating abdominal wall hernias by analyzing all patients who underwent repair with AlloDerm at our institution. A series of 70 consecutive patients starting in October 2003 with(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-gamma) is a nuclear hormone receptor that is involved in a wide range of cellular processes. Although it is known that PPAR-gamma plays an important role in cell cycle control, inflammation, apoptotic cell death, and other cellular processes, the role of PPAR-gamma in the normal and pathological(More)