Troy D. Dumenil

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BACKGROUND The length polymorphism repeat in the promoter region of the serotonin transporter gene (5HTTLPR) is one of the most studied polymorphisms for association with a range of psychiatric and personality phenotypes. However, the original 5HTTLPR assay is prone to bias toward short allele calling. METHODS We designed new assays for the 5HTTLPR(More)
A common single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) gene modulates the level of transcription of this gene and hence is associated with serum levels of EGF. This variant may be associated with melanoma risk, but conflicting findings have been reported. An Australian melanoma case-control(More)
Formalin fixation and embedding of clinical tissue samples in paraffin is a common method for archiving biological material. These samples are often well annotated and provide an invaluable resource for research. However, this process of fixation and storage of tissue leads to DNA damage and fragmentation. The use of DNA from formalin fixed,(More)
There is increasing epidemiological and molecular evidence that cutaneous melanomas arise through multiple causal pathways. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between germline and somatic mutations in a population-based series of melanoma patients to reshape and refine the divergent pathway model for melanoma. Melanomas collected from(More)
The length polymorphism repeat (5HTTLPR) in the promoter region of the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4, also known as 5HTT) is extensively studied in the context of psychiatric phenotypes, particularly in major depressive disorder. However, investigation of this polymorphism in the context of the current generation of large-scale genome-wide association(More)
The Val158Met polymorphism of the gene encoding catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is one of the most widely tested variants for association with psychiatric disorders, but replication has been inconsistent including both sex limitation and heterogeneity of the associated allele. In this study we investigate the association between three SNPs from COMT and(More)
OBJECTIVES Association of the valine/methionine variant at codon 66 (Val66Met) of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been reported inconsistently across a spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Haplotypes of six tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of a 37-kb region of dystrobrevin-binding protein 1 (DTNBP1) were found to be associated with(More)
Somatic mutations of the BRAF gene are common in melanomas and nevi but the contribution of polymorphisms in this gene to melanoma or nevus susceptibility remains unclear. An Australian melanoma case-control sample was typed for 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) within the BRAF gene, and five SNP in three neighboring genes. The sample comprised 755(More)
Serrated pathway colorectal cancers (CRCs) are characterised by a BRAF mutation and half display microsatellite instability (MSI). The Wnt pathway is commonly upregulated in conventional CRC through APC mutation. By contrast, serrated cancers do not mutate APC. We investigated mutation of the ubiquitin ligases RNF43 and ZNRF3 as alternate mechanism of(More)
The CpG Island Methylator Phenotype (CIMP) is fundamental to an important subset of colorectal cancer; however, its cause is unknown. CIMP is associated with microsatellite instability but is also found in BRAF mutant microsatellite stable cancers that are associated with poor prognosis. The isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) gene causes CIMP in glioma due(More)
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