Frequent genetic alterations at the microsatellite level in cytologic sputum samples of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a disease of unknown etiology associated with DNA damage and malignancy. Bronchogenic carcinoma is the cause of death in 10% to 13% of IPF patients. Microsatellite instability (MSI) and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) are frequently detected in cancers. If these genetic alterations could be observed in IPF, they might… (More)


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