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PURPOSE To compare the efficacy of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) in detecting the HER-2/neu alteration in human breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Unselected stage I, II, and III breast cancer patients (N = 900) were tested for HER-2/neu gene amplification by FISH in paraffin-embedded, formalin-fixed archival(More)
BACKGROUND HER-2/neu overexpression appears to be associated with improved response to anthracycline-based chemotherapy, but its association with response to taxane-based chemotherapy is unclear. In this retrospective subset analysis of patients with metastatic breast cancer enrolled in a randomized treatment trial, we investigated the response of patients(More)
The incidence of antithyroglobulin autoantibodies (ATA) was 17.7% in 963 patients (who attended the clinic from 1981 to 1990) with differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). Another 12 patients developed ATA for a transient period after the treatment with radioiodine. The prevalence of ATA in females (21.5%, 123/572) was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than(More)
Serum thyroglobulin (tg) levels were measured in 112 patients with proved differentiated thyroid carcinoma (6 pre-operative, 32 post-operative and 74 in whom thyroidectomy was followed by radioiodine treatment). The tg levels were within the normal range in patients who had a residual mass in the neck region after surgery and who were in remission. The(More)
Children residing in a low-endemic region (LER), a high-endemic region (HER), and a leprosy colony contact population (CP) were evaluated for lepromin response as well as reactivity to the Mycobacterium leprae-specific synthetic antigen, ND-BSA. The mean reactivity to ND-BSA in the LER group (OD 0.03 +/- 0.03, N = 71) was significantly lower (p < 0.001)(More)
BACKGROUND Ethyl alcohol exerts both positive and negative effects on the cardiovascular system. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy, produced by direct or indirect mechanisms, is well-documented. An important, but seldom appreciated effect is an increase in iron deposition in the myocardium, which can add to the cardiac dysfunction. The present study was planned to(More)
Human thyroglobulin was used as an antigen for the development of monoclonal antibodies by the hybridoma technique. Spleen cells of BALB/c mice immunized with human thyroglobulin were fused with SP2/0 mouse myeloma cells. Seven clones secreting specific monoclonal antibodies to thyroglobulin were established. Two of these monoclonal antibodies have been(More)
For identifying individuals at 'high risk' for developing leprosy, a simplified technique of collection of blood samples on filter paper for detection of anti -ND-BSA antibodies, was optimised. Anti-ND-BSA antibody reactivity on the filter paper was lost on storage at room temperature, but was stable at least for a period of 8 wk at lower temperature. Among(More)
Seven cases of suspected haemorrhage In pre-existing adenoma or cyst in the thyroid showed serum thyroglobulin (tg) levels phenomenonly elevated. The serum tg leveis reduced remarkably within one to three montha. During this period all patients were treated with thyroxin. It is concluded that serial serum thyroglobulin determinations may be useful in(More)