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  • 1
    ISSN: 1434-0879
    Keywords: Renal cell carcinoma ; Prognosis ; p53 ; mdm-2 ; Survival ; Proliferation
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The clinical course of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is highly variable. Overexpression of the p53 protein has been suggested as a possible prognostic parameter in RCC. Overexpression of the mdm-2 oncogene product has been shown to interact with the p53 function. To investigate the immunohistochemical overexpression of mdm-2 protein in comparison with that of p53 protein in RCC, 50 nonpapillary pT3 RCCs were immunostained for p53 protein (DO-7) and mdm-2 (1172). Tumor growth fraction (Ki-67 labeling index; MIB-1) was determined by immunohistochemistry. p53 positivity was detected in 16% of tumors. mdm-2 overexpression was seen in 30% of RCCs. There was a significant association between p53 and mdm-2 immunostaining (P=0.0006), suggesting that mdm-2 protein may contribute to p53 protein stabilization in RCC. p53 overexpression was associated with a high Ki-67 LI (P=0.0002), suggesting that p53 overexpression is involved in growth control in RCC. Survival analysis showed that Ki-67 LI (P=0.04) and p53 overexpression were associated with poor prognosis (P=0.0021), whereas mdm-2 overexpression was not related to patient outcome (P=0.73). A Cox regression analysis revealed tumor stage (P〈0.001) and p53 overexpression (P〈0.05) to be independent prognostic parameters. It is concluded that p53 but not mdm-2 may be of practical relevance in predicting patient prognosis in RCC.
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    ISSN: 1434-0879
    Keywords: Bladder neoplasms ; Flow cytometry ; Fluorescence in situ hybridization ; Chromosome Y ; Chromosome X ; Chromosome 1 ; Chromosome 7 ; Chromosome 9 ; Chromosome 17 ; Aneuploidy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Detection of molecular alterations is of potential significance for diagnosis and prognosis in bladder cancer. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) allows visualization and quantitation of genes and chromosomes on a cell by cell level and can easily be applied to urinary cells. To evaluate the sensitivity of FISH for detection of DNA aberrations in bladder cancer, formalin-fixed tissues of 293 tumors were examined by FISH and flow cytometry (FCM). Centromere probes for the chromosomes X, Y, 1, 7, 9, and 17 were used for FISH analysis. FISH was more sensitive for detection of quantitative DNA aberrations than FCM. An aberration of at least one chromosome was found in 107 of 108 tumors (99%), which were tetraploid, aneuploid, or multiploid, and in 29 of 49 tumors (59%), which were diploid, by FCM. The frequency of FISH aberrations showed greater differences between pTa (47%) and pT1 tumors (85%;P〈0.0001) than between stages pT1 and pT2-4 (98%). The marked genetic difference between pTa and pT1 tumors argues against the concept of grouping pTa and pT1 tumors together as “superficial bladder cancer.” The frequency of tumors with chromosomal aberrations detected by FISH increased with the number of chromosomes examined. Aneusomy was seen in 68% of grade 1 tumors examined for ≥4 chromosomes, suggesting that the cytological diagnosis of bladder cancer recurrences could be substantially improved by FISH.
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    Journal of neurology 244 (1997), S. 341-348 
    ISSN: 1432-1459
    Keywords: Key words Genetics ; Movement ; disorders ; Molecular diagnosis ; Huntington’s disease ; Dystonia ; Parkinson’s disease
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Recent developments in molecular genetics have had a profound influence on the diagnosis and classification of inherited movement disorders. Huntington’s disease is caused by the expansion of an unstable trinucleotide repeat sequence. Molecular diagnosis can now be performed by a simple PCR-based assay, and the study of the effects of the repeat expansion on the function of the encoded protein will allow to elucidate the molecular pathogenesis of the disease. Wilson’s disease is caused by a large number of different mutations, which complicates molecular diagnosis. Genes for a number of inherited dystonic syndromes have been mapped, one of them, the gene for dopa-responsive dystonia, has already been identified. The genetic basis of several other prevalent movement disorders, such as essential tremor and the restless-legs syndrome however, is still obscure. Current research is also directed at the identification of inherited risk-factors in genetically complex movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.
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    ISSN: 1432-1459
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
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