Teresa Cruz Ferreira

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BACKGROUND Ionizing radiation exposure has been pointed out as a risk factor for thyroid cancer. The double-strand breaks induced by this carcinogen are usually repaired by homologous recombination repair pathway, a pathway that includes several polymorphic genes. Since there is a scarcity of data about the involvement of these gene polymorphisms in thyroid(More)
Thyroid cancer (TC) is the most frequent endocrine malignancy, accounting however for only 1-2% of all human cancers, and the best-established risk factor for TC is radiation exposure, particularly during childhood. Since the BER pathway seems to play an important role in the repair of DNA damage induced by IR and other genotoxicants, we carried out a(More)
The toxicity and therapeutic efficacy of escalating doses of anti-carcinoembryonic antigen x anti-N alpha-(diethylenetriamine-N,N,N',N''-tetraacetic acid)-In bispecific monoclonal antibody (F6-734) and iodine 131-labeled bivalent hapten were determined in a Phase I/II trial. A total of 26 patients with recurrences of medullary thyroid cancer documented by(More)
The ERCC2 protein is an evolutionary conserved ATP-dependent helicase that is associated with a TFIIH transcription factor complex and plays an important role in nucleotide excision repair. Mutations in this gene are responsible for xeroderma pigmentosum and also for Cocayne syndrome and trichothiodystrophy. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms have been(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent studies have assigned clinical significance and prognostic value to the detection of thyroglobulin (Tg) mRNA in the blood of patients subjected to total thyroidectomy for a papillary or follicular thyroid carcinoma. In this study, we investigated the diagnostic specificity of Tg mRNA detection, analysing blood samples from healthy(More)
Well-differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) is the most common form of thyroid cancer (TC); however, with the exception of radiation exposure, its etiology remains largely unknown. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have previously been implicated in DTC risk. Nucleotide excision repair (NER) polymorphisms, despite having been associated with(More)
The ability of technetium 99m labelled nonspecific, polyclonal human immunoglobulin G (99mTc-IgG) scintigraphy to depict and quantify synovial inflammation was studied in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Eight patients with clinically active synovitis were injected with 350 MBq99mTc-IgG, and imaging took place 4 h later. This resulted in excellent(More)
This study aimed to assess two end-points of DNA damage, namely chromosomal aberrations and micronuclei in peripheral lymphocytes, and their possible relationship with oxidative stress (which may be related to DNA damage and repair) in thyroid cancer patients receiving therapeutic doses of (131)I. Nineteen patients receiving 2590 MBq (70 mCi) were studied.(More)
Variations, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in DNA damage repair genes have been pointed out as possible factors to cancer predisposition. Ionizing radiation (IR) induces DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) and is the main recognized risk factor for thyroid cancer. However, most of the patients do not show chronic contact with IR and the other(More)
The relationship between the presence of high frequencies of chromosomal aberrations in peripheral lymphocytes and predisposition to cancer has been suggested for some cancer diseases. In nonfamilial thyroid cancer, the few reports available are equivocal. The aim of this study was to assess the possible chromosomal instability in peripheral blood(More)