Veronica Bernard

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Autosomal dominantly inherited spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative disorders primarily affecting the cerebellum. Genetically, 26 different loci have been identified so far, although the corresponding gene has not yet been determined for 10 of them. Recently, mutations in the ATPase family gene 3-like 2 gene were(More)
BACKGROUND The ability to perform comprehensive profiling of cancers at high resolution is essential for precision medicine. Liquid biopsies using shed exosomes provide high-quality nucleic acids to obtain molecular characterization, which may be especially useful for visceral cancers that are not amenable to routine biopsies. PATIENTS AND METHODS We(More)
The mechanisms underlying the transformation from chronic Helicobacter pylori gastritis to gastric extranodal marginal zone lymphoma (MALT lymphoma) are poorly understood. This study aims to identify microRNAs that might be involved in the process of neoplastic transformation. We generated microRNA signatures by RT-PCR in 68 gastric biopsy samples(More)
Ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 (AOA2), a neurodegenerative disorder with juvenile to adolescent onset is caused by mutations within the SENATAXIN gene ( SETX). We performed molecular analyses in six patients showing clinically an AOA2 phenotype and moderate to significant elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein levels. Sequencing the 24 coding exons and(More)
The autosomal recessively inherited ataxia with oculomotor apraxia 2 (AOA2) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by juvenile or adolescent age of onset, gait ataxia, cerebellar atrophy, axonal sensorimotor neuropathy, oculomotor apraxia, and elevated serum AFP levels. AOA2 is caused by mutations within the senataxin gene (SETX). The majority of(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms promoting malignant transformation from chronic Helicobacter pylori-gastritis to gastric extranodal marginal zone lymphoma (MALT lymphoma) are insufficiently characterized. This follow-up study aimed to validate candidate microRNAs (miRs) in the process of neoplastic transformation. MATERIALS AND METHODS MicroRNA expression(More)
BACKGROUND MicroRNAs are regulators of gene expression implicated in vital cellular processes including differentiation, cell growth and apoptosis. Distinct microRNA signatures have been identified for many malignancies including follicular lymphoma (FL). However, no microRNA expression profile characteristic of FL subtypes, e.g. FL with B-cell lymphoma-6(More)
JO N 2 77 1 C-to-T change resulted in reduced expression level of the gene. The puratrophin-1 protein was also shown to be aggregated in Purkinje cells of affected patients [8]. The 16q-linked ataxia seems to be a frequent cause of hereditary ataxia in Japan being responsible for 10–48% of all cases [9–11]. The PLEKHG4 gene (at that time called(More)
BACKGROUND Double-hit lymphomas (DHL) with chromosomal rearrangements affecting the avian myelocytomatosis viral oncogene homolog (cMYC) and either the B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL2) or -6 (BCL6) locus are uncommon neoplasms with an aggressive clinical course and dismal prognosis. Most cases exhibit a phenotype intermediate between diffuse large B-cell lymphoma(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor stroma is characterized by the development of new blood vessels, an inflammatory cell infiltration, and a fibrotic reaction. The inflammatory component of tumor stroma plays an important role in the modulation of tumor expansion. In this respect, macrophages constitute a major part of the inflammatory cell infiltration and can exert(More)