Susan Staddon

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The cooperation of oncogenes in the transformation of primary rat Schwann cells is a strikingly synergistic process. We have explored the molecular mechanisms involved. Activation of an inducible Raf kinase results in morphologically transformed cells that are arrested in G1 via the induction of p21(CiP1) and subsequent inhibition of cyclin/cdk activity. In(More)
Activation of the Ki-ras oncogene by specific point mutations at codon 12 occurs at a remarkably high frequency in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and is likely to be an important event in the pathogenesis of this cancer. To determine whether ras activation also occurs in noninvasive proliferative lesions of the pancreas, a series of cases of ductal(More)
OBJECTIVE In the study of bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia, there is some evidence suggesting a phenotypic and genetic overlap between the two disorders. A possible link between bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia remains arguable, however. The authors hypothesized that dysbindin, which is a probable susceptibility gene for(More)
The tumour suppressor gene p53 has been found to be mutated or inactivated at high frequency in several common human tumours. We have examined a series of exocrine pancreatic carcinomas for over-expression of mutant forms of p53 by immunohistochemistry with a panel of specific antibodies. We found immunodetectable p53 in 13 of 22 (60%) frozen pancreatic(More)
Pharmacogenetic research has identified response-related mutant variants in metabolic enzymes and drug-targeted receptors. Allelic variants of dopaminergic and serotonergic receptors have been associated with clinical outcome and adverse events such as movement disorders. Deficient metabolic enzymes have been related to drug accumulation and toxic events.(More)
The expression of the EGF receptor, c-erbB-2 and PDGF receptor proteins has been studied in a series of human brain tumour biopsies and cell lines. Western blotting was used to determine the amount of protein present and their intrinsic and ligand promoted enzyme activities were studied by immunoprecipitation followed by autophosphorylation. EGF receptors(More)
There are several lines of evidence implicating the dopamine D3 receptor in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. The Ser9Gly polymorphism of the dopamine D3 receptor gene (DRD3) has been the most extensively investigated DRD3 variant in connection with the disease but results have been inconclusive. Recent reports indicate that the Ser9Gly polymorphism is(More)
The objective of this study was to examine whether the functional genetic polymorphism Val158Met in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene influences cognitive deterioration in a sample of patients with psychosis under treatment with atypical antipsychotics. Eighty-seven patients with psychosis were genotyped for this polymorphism and were assessed(More)
The gene for the alpha polypeptide chain (alpha s) of the heterotrimeric G protein Gs can be activated to the putative oncogene gsp by specific point mutations at codons 201 and 227. Such mutations have been reported in 40% of human growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas and in a single autonomously functioning thyroid adenoma. We examined an archival(More)
The rat neu proto-oncogene, which is a putative growth factor receptor closely related to the epidermal growth factor receptor, can be activated in vivo by a single point mutation in the sequence encoding its transmembrane region. The human homologue of neu, c-erbB-2, can be activated in vitro to an oncogenic form by point mutations in the same relative(More)