Thu Van Trung Ho

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An uncharacterized gene locus (Chr16:hCG_1815491), now named colorectal neoplasia differentially expressed (gene symbol CRNDE), is activated early in colorectal neoplasia. The locus is unrelated to any known protein-coding gene. Microarray analysis of 454 tissue specimens (discovery) and 68 previously untested specimens (validation) showed elevated(More)
The development of colorectal cancer (CRC) is accompanied by extensive epigenetic changes, including frequent regional hypermethylation particularly of gene promoter regions. Specific genes, including SEPT9, VIM1 and TMEFF2 become methylated in a high fraction of cancers and diagnostic assays for detection of cancer-derived methylated DNA sequences in blood(More)
Selective amplification in PCR is principally determined by the sequence of the primers and the temperature of the annealing step. We have developed a new PCR technique for distinguishing related sequences in which additional selectivity is dependent on sequences within the amplicon. A 5' extension is included in one (or both) primer(s) that corresponds to(More)
JC polyomavirus (JCV), which infects 90% of the human population, is detectable in human tumors. Its early protein, JCV T-antigen, transforms cells in vitro and is tumorigenic in experimental animals. Although T-antigen-mediated transformation involves genetic alterations of the affected cells, the mechanism underlying this genomic instability is not known.(More)
Despite significant structural diversity, present evidence suggests that EWS/ETS fusion proteins promote oncogenesis by transcriptionally modulating a common set of target genes. In order to identify these genes, microarray expression analyses were performed on NIH 3T3 polyclonal populations expressing one of three EWS/ETS fusion genes. The majority of(More)
The large T-antigen from human polyomavirus JC (JCV T-antigen) is suspected to play a role in malignant transformation. Previously, we reported that JCV T-antigen requires the presence of a functional insulin-like growth factor I receptor (IGF-IR) for transformation of fibroblasts and for survival of medulloblastoma cell lines; that IGF-IR is phosphorylated(More)
Methylated cytosines appear as sequence variations following bisulfite treatment and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification. By using methylation-specific PCR (MSP), it is possible to detect methylated sequences in a background of unmethylated DNA with a high level of sensitivity. MSP is frequently used to identify methylated alleles in(More)
The CAHM gene (Colorectal Adenocarcinoma HyperMethylated), previously LOC100526820, is located on chromosome 6, hg19 chr6:163 834 097-163 834 982. It lacks introns, encodes a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) and is located adjacent to the gene QKI, which encodes an RNA binding protein. Deep bisulphite sequencing of ten colorectal cancer (CRC) and matched normal(More)
During metastases, cancer cells are temporarily exposed to the condition in which interactions with extracellular environment can be restricted (anchorage-independence). We demonstrate that the sensitivity of prostate cancer cell lines, DU145 and PC-3, to genotoxic treatment (cisplatin and gamma-irradiation) increased several folds when cells were forced to(More)
Solid tumors shed DNA into circulation, and there is growing evidence that the detection of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) has broad clinical utility, including monitoring of disease, prognosis, response to chemotherapy and tracking tumor heterogeneity. The appearance of ctDNA in the circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) isolated from plasma or serum is(More)