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1. Medullary carcinoma of the pancreas in a man with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer due to a mutation of the MSH2 mismatch repair gene.
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Pancreatic adenocarcinoma has been reported in kindreds with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC). Medullary carcinoma of the pancreas is a recently described rare variant of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. We describe a man with colorectal carcinoma who subsequently developed pancreatic medullary carcinoma. The tumor displayed microsatellite instability and loss of expression of the mismatch repair proteins MSH2 and MSH6. Mutational analysis of the mismatch repair genes MLH1 and MSH2 demonstrated a pathogenic nonsense mutation within the MSH2 gene, which is consistent with a diagnosis ... Read More »
» Published in Hum Pathol. 2006 Nov;37(11):1498-502. Epub 2006 Sep 25.

2. RP101 improves the efficacy of chemotherapy in pancreas carcinoma cell lines and pancreatic cancer patients.
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RP101 [(E)-5-(2-bromovinyl)-2'-deoxyuridine (BVDU)], which supports apoptosis and prevents the acquisition of chemoresistance, was tested in cultured human pancreatic tumor cells. RP101 downregulated uridine phosphorylase, a marker of poor prognosis, and APEX1, which is involved in DNA repair, and repressed Stat3 and its target vascular endothelial growth factor. Furthermore, RP101 activated antitumor immunity as demonstrated by enhanced cytolytic activity of NK-92 natural killer cells. This was concomitant with an enhanced expression of lymphotoxins alpha and beta, natural killer cell ... Read More »
» Published in Anticancer Drugs. 2006 Oct;17(9):1045-56.

3. S100P is an early developmental marker of pancreatic carcinogenesis.
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PURPOSE: Our goal was to clarify the involvement and clinical significance of S100P in pancreatic carcinogenesis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We examined S100P expression in 45 bulk pancreatic tissues; in microdissected cells, including invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) cells (20 sections), pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN) cells (12 sections), intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) cells (19 sections), and normal epithelial cells (11 sections); and in pancreatic juice samples from 99 patients with pancreatic diseases (32 cancer, 35 IPMN, and 32 chronic pancreatitis samples). We used ... Read More »
» Published in Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Sep 15;12(18):5411-6.

4. Neurotrophic receptor TrkB: Is it a predictor of poor prognosis for carcinoma patients?
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The neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase TrkB, while binding its high affinity ligand brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), will play an essential role for nervous system development, neuronal survival, differentiation, and maintenance. However, accumulating evidences implies that TrkB signal pathway may also be involved in a variety of human cancers, in which TrkB is likely to play a role in initiation and metastasis of carcinomas. Overexpression of TrkB is often correlated with the tumorigenesis, angiogenesis and drug resistance in these malignancies, contributing significantly to the ... Read More »
» Published in Med Hypotheses. 2007;68(2):407-9. Epub 2006 Sep 27.

5. Aspects of digestive tract tumors in Down syndrome: a literature review.
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The purpose of this study was to describe the digestive neoplasms found in persons with Down syndrome. Due to intellectual disability, persons with Down syndrome do not convey their symptoms and pain, leading to delayed diagnosis and potentially worse outcome. It is thus important to know which organs are at risk for tumors and possible tumor risk factors. In a review of the literature, we found 13 benign tumors and 127 cancers in 1 fetus, 8 children, and 131 adults with Down syndrome. The review suggests a decreased incidence of digestive cancer, however, with a possible increased incidence ... Read More »
» Published in Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Nov;51(11):2053-61. Epub 2006 Sep 29.

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