Wendy R Robinson

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GHRH is produced in a variety of extrahypothalamic tissues, including some neoplasms. We have previously reported that GHRH antagonists can inhibit the growth of various human cancers xenografted into nude mice. These observations suggest that locally produced GHRH might directly affect tumor cell proliferation. To investigate this possibility, we have(More)
We examined the frequencies of loss of heterozygosity at 13 different loci distributed on 9 chromosomes in 30 human ovarian carcinomas. The same tumors were also examined for the presence of amplification of the HER-2/neu and H-ras protooncogenes. The results confirmed earlier findings that losses of heterozygosity occurred at nonrandom frequencies on(More)
The host-tumor interaction may play an important role in determining tumor progress. Recent studies have shown that this interaction can be influenced by the release of soluble factors by tumor cells and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL). The aim of our study is to characterize the nature of cytokines and growth factors and their relationship to the(More)
DNA methylation of CpGs located in two types of repetitive elements-LINE1 (L1) and Alu-is used to assess "global" changes in DNA methylation in studies of human disease and environmental exposure. L1 and Alu contribute close to 30% of all base pairs in the human genome and transposition of repetitive elements is repressed through DNA methylation. Few(More)
A competitive binding assay for hCG is described, in which live rabbit granulosa cells adhering to small tubes provide solid-phase binding sites. Parallel assays, in which the synthesis of progestagens and the incorporation of [3H]acetate into lipid serve as endpoints, are also described. The assays are sensitive, reproducible and precise and should be both(More)
Resting growth hormone and prolactin levels and dynamic responses to bromocriptine and metoclopramide have been measured in epileptic patients before treatment, and compared with a matched group taking phenytoin alone. Mean resting levels of prolactin were higher in patients taking phenytoin (untreated patients 204 mU/l, phenytoin treated patients 302(More)