Thuy-Phuong T Nguyen

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Microsatellite instability (MSI) is a hallmark of mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency. High levels of MSI at mononucleotide and dinucleotide repeats in colorectal cancer (CRC) are attributed to inactivation of the MMR genes, hMLH1 and hMSH2. CRC with low levels of MSI (MSI-L) exists; however, its molecular basis is unclear. There is another type of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU)-based adjuvant chemotherapy does not increase survival times of patients with colorectal tumors with microsatellite instability. We determined the response of patients with colorectal tumors with the CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) to 5-FU-based therapy. METHODS We analyzed a population-based cohort of 302(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Approximately half of the families that fulfill Amsterdam criteria for Lynch syndrome or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) do not have evidence of the germline mismatch repair gene mutations that define this syndrome and result in microsatellite instability (MSI). The carcinogenic pathways and the best diagnostic approaches(More)
Lynch syndrome is an autosomal dominant cancer predisposition syndrome classically caused by germline mutations of the mismatch repair genes, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and PMS2. Constitutional epimutations of the MLH1 gene, characterized by soma-wide methylation of a single allele of the promoter and allelic transcriptional silencing, have been identified in a(More)
BACKGROUND Although the presence of microsatellite instability (MSI) in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) may have implications for prognosis, therapy, and family counseling, to the authors' knowledge, the prevalence of MSI has not been well described among individuals of Hispanic origin with CRC residing in the United States. METHODS A retrospective(More)
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