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In a recent study designed to identify chromosomal aberrations in pancreatic cancer tissues using comparative genomic hybridization, a high copy number amplification on 6q was detected. To identify the most likely candidate oncogene, the extension of the amplification in pancreatic cancer tissues and cell lines was determined by Southern blot analysis. Exon(More)
Previously, we have identified the transcription factor CUTL1 as an important mediator of tumor invasion and target of tumor growth factor-beta. Using high-throughput approaches, we identified several putative downstream effectors of CUTL1, among them WNT5A, a secreted member of the Wnt multigene family. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of(More)
As part of an integrated mapping and sequencing analysis of genomes, we have developed an approach allowing the characterization of large numbers of cDNA library clones with a minimal number of experiments. Three basic elements used in the analysis of cDNA libraries are responsible for the high efficiency of this new approach: (1) high-density library(More)
To identify recurrent chromosomal imbalances in pancreatic adenocarcinoma, 27 tumors were analyzed by using comparative genomic hybridization. In 23 cases chromosomal imbalances were found. Gains of chromosomal material were much more frequent than losses. The most common overrepresentations were observed on chromosomes 16p (eight cases), 20q (seven cases),(More)
cDNA representational difference analysis (cDNA-RDA) is a polymerase-chain-reaction-coupled subtractive and kinetic enrichment procedure for the isolation of differentially expressed genes. In this study, the technique was used to isolate novel genes specifically expressed in pancreatic cancer. cDNA-RDA was done on cDNA reverse transcribed from a poly(A)+(More)
PTEN is a candidate tumour suppressor gene and frequently mutated in multiple cancers, however, not in pancreatic cancer. Recently, it has been demonstrated that PTEN expression is regulated by TGF-beta1. Using TGF-beta1 transgenic mice (n=7) and wildtype littermates (n=6), as well as pancreatic tissues obtained from organ donors (n=10) and patients with(More)
The difference products (DP) of representational difference analyses (RDA) were used as hybridization probes on cDNA arrays. The effectivity of RDA products obtained with increasing driver/tester ratios (DP 1 = 100:1, DP 2 = 800:1 and DP 3 = 400,000:1) to isolate differentially expressed genes was compared with the effectivity of conventional differential(More)
Bombesin-like peptides have been implicated as growth factors in various human cancers. Human adenocarcinoma cell lines (Capan-1, Capan-2, MiaPaCa-2 and HPAF) were tested to determine whether they express the gastrin-releasing peptide-preferring bombesin receptor (GRPR) and neuromedin B-preferring bombesin receptor (NMBR). Using RT-PCR the highest level of(More)
BACKGROUND Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is among the most aggressive human malignancies with an overall 5-year survival rate of <5%. Despite significant advances in treatment of the disease during the past decade, the median survival rate (∼6 months) has hardly improved, warranting the need to identify novel targets for therapeutic approaches. (More)
The detection of malignant cells in fine-needle aspirates (FNA's) using marker genes is hampered by the fact that these markers are only expressed by certain malignancies or lack sensitivity and/or specificity. Here we report the results of a prospective pilot study examining the expression of KOC (KH-domain containing protein over expressed in cancer), a(More)