Ugur Deligezer

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The X-ray repair cross-complementing group 1 (XRCC1) gene is believed to play an important role in base excision repair and displays genetic polymorphisms. Data on the role of XRCC1 polymorphisms in cancer susceptibility is inconsistent. In the present study, we investigated the effect of two XRCC1 polymorphisms, Arg194Trp and Arg399Gln, on breast cancer(More)
Background: Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a critical role in folate metabolism and displays common genetic polymorphisms affecting the enzyme activity. The MTHFR genetic polymorphisms have been associated with a decrease in the risk of developing the lymphoid but not myeloid form of pédiatric and adult leukemias. Aim: In this study we(More)
BACKGROUND Folate deficiency is implicated in cancer development. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene can modulate the effect of folate. In this case-controlled study, a possible effect of the common MTHFR C677T (ala-->val) polymorphism on breast cancer susceptibility in Turkish patients was investigated.(More)
Elevated amounts of cell-free nucleic acids are detected in the circulation of cancer patients. The type and pattern of these may vary depending on the origin. Recently, we described the presence of circulating fragmented nucleosomal DNA. In the present study, our aim was to investigate the association between nucleosomal DNA, caspase-3 expression and(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies suggest that single nucleotide polymorphisms in different genes may modulate the susceptibility to chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML). Here, the association of the common XRCC1 gene polymorphism Arg399Gln at codon 399 in CML was investigated. PATIENTS AND METHODS Genotyping was performed by melting curve analysis in samples from(More)
BACKGROUND The circulating DNA in plasma/serum of cancer patients has been shown to reflect the characteristics of the tumor DNA including molecular changes, such as methylation, point mutations and microsatellite instability. Fragmented nucleosomal DNA in plasma resulting from apoptotic death of the tumor cells may also provide an indication for tumor DNA.(More)
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), a key enzyme in folate metabolism, has been implicated in cancer risk. In the present study we used a melting curve analysis to investigate the association of the common MTHFR C677 T polymorphism with lymphoproliferative diseases. Patients (n=117) were compared with age- and sex-matched control subjects (n=154).(More)
BACKGROUND alterations in DNA methylation and histone modifications have been implicated in carcinogenesis. Although tumor-specific alterations in DNA methylation can be detected in the serum and plasma of cancer patients, no data are available on the presence of histone modifications in circulating blood. We investigated whether histone methylation, as a(More)
In the detection of DNA hypermethylation as a tumor-specific epigenetic change in blood mononuclear cell fraction in patients with lymphoid and hematopoetic disorders, circulating tumor cells originating from the lymph nodes or bone marrow can be identified. However, it is still not clear whether methylation in mononuclear cells is disease specific. In the(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated the utility of post-treatment plasma levels of the circulating bone-morphogenetic protein-6-specific mRNA (cBMP6 mRNA), cell-free DNA (cf-DNA), apoptotic nucleosomes and Histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3), in discriminating metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) from organ confined, locally controlled disease. METHODS(More)