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Aberrant promoter methylation of several known or putative tumor suppressor genes occurs frequently during carcinogenesis, and this epigenetic change has been considered as a potential molecular marker for cancer. We examined the methylation status of nine genes (APC, CDH1, CTNNB1, TIMP3, ESR1, GSTP1, MGMT, THBS1, and TMS1), by quantitative methylation(More)
Normal brain tissue from 28 individuals and 50 glioma samples were analyzed by real-time Quantitative Methylation-Specific PCR (QMSP). Data from this analysis were compared with results obtained on the same samples by MSP. QMSP analysis demonstrated a statistically significant difference in both methylation level (P = .000009 Mann Whitney Test) and(More)
Mutations in DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) repair genes are involved in the pathogenesis of hereditary mammary tumors, it is, however, still unclear whether defects in this pathway may play a role in sporadic breast cancer. In this study, we initially determined mRNA expression of 15 DSB related genes by reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain(More)
The HIC1 gene is a transcriptional regulator commonly methylated in a variety of human cancer. Thirty-three invasive ductal carcinomas of the breast and 21 matched normal breast tissues were analysed for HIC1 promoter methylation, and allelic loss of a 700 kb region spanning the gene locus. At least one genetic or epigenetic abnormality was found in 27 of(More)
Gliomas represent a disparate group of tumours for which there are to date no cure. Thus, there is a recognized need for new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches based on increased understanding of their molecular nature. We performed the comparison of the microRNA (miRNA) profile of 8 WHO grade II gliomas and 24 higher grade tumours (2 WHO grade III and(More)
BRAF codon 600 mutation testing of melanoma patients is mandatory for the choice of the most appropriate therapy in the clinical setting. Competitive allele specific TaqMan PCR (Cast-PCR) technology allows not only the selective amplification of minor alleles, but it also blocks the amplification of non-mutant allele. We genotyped codon 600 of the BRAF gene(More)
Hepatic arterial infusion (HAI) chemotherapy is accepted to be an option in patients with non-resectable metastases from colorectal cancer confined to the liver. In a multi-istitutional trial, 76 patients were randomly assigned to receive HAI versus HAI plus systemic bolus 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin. The primary endpoint was survival, followed by(More)
In light with the view that KEAP1 loss of function may impact tumour behavior and modify response to chemotherapeutical agents, we sought to determine whether KEAP1 gene is epigenetically regulated in malignant gliomas. We developed a Quantitative Methylation Specific PCR (QMSP) assay to analyze 86 malignant gliomas and 20 normal brain tissues. The(More)
In a series of invasive ductal breast carcinoma, we investigated the status of chromosomal and intrachromosomal instability by fluorescence in situ hybridisation and determined the level of mRNA expression for two genes involved in the mitotic spindle checkpoint pathway, BUB1B and MAD2L1. All breast cancers demonstrated higher chromosomal instability rates(More)