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Genetics, genomics and epigenetics

This section considers articles on all aspects of genome-scale analysis, functional genomics, genetic association studies, pharmacogenomics and epigenetics in relation to cancer biology, diagnosis and therapy.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The hTERT (human telomerase reverse transcriptase) gene contains five variable number tandem repeats (VNTR) and previous studies have described polymorphisms for hTERT-VNTR2-2nd. We investigated how allelic varia...

    Authors: Se-Lyun Yoon, Se-Il Jung, Eun-Ju Do, Se-Ra Lee, Sang-Yeop Lee, In-Sun Chu, Wun-Jae Kim, Jaeil Jung, Choung Soo Kim, Sang-Hyeon Cheon and Sun-Hee Leem

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:393

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    Endometrial cancer is the most common gynaecological malignancy in women of developed countries. Many risk factors implicated in endometrial cancer trigger inflammatory events; therefore, alterations in immune...

    Authors: Katie A Ashton, Anthony Proietto, Geoffrey Otton, Ian Symonds, Mark McEvoy, John Attia and Rodney J Scott

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:382

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    Metastasis represents a major adverse step in the progression of breast carcinoma. Lymph node invasion is the most relevant prognostic factor; however little is known on the molecular events associated with ly...

    Authors: Weiwei Feng, Rosaria Orlandi, Naiqing Zhao, Maria Luisa Carcangiu, Elda Tagliabue, Jia Xu, Robert C Bast Jr and Yinhua Yu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:378

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    According to the different sensitivity of their bone marrow CD34+ cells to in vitro treatment with Etoposide or Mafosfamide, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) patients in apparent complete remission (CR) after chemot...

    Authors: Marco Ragusa, Giuseppe Avola, Rosario Angelica, Davide Barbagallo, Maria Rosa Guglielmino, Laura R Duro, Alessandra Majorana, Luisa Statello, Loredana Salito, Carla Consoli, Maria Grazia Camuglia, Cinzia Di Pietro, Giuseppe Milone and Michele Purrello

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:377

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    DNA methylation and histone acetylation are epigenetic modifications that act as regulators of gene expression. Aberrant epigenetic gene silencing in tumours is a frequent event, yet the factors which dictate ...

    Authors: David Mossman, Kyu-Tae Kim and Rodney J Scott

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:366

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    Modulation of pre-mRNA splicing by antisense molecules is a promising mechanism of action for gene therapeutic drugs. In this study, we have examined the potential of peptide nucleic acid (PNA) 9-aminoacridine...

    Authors: Takehiko Shiraishi, Jonhard Eysturskarð and Peter E Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:342

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    The HMGA2 gene, coding for an architectural transcription factor involved in mesenchymal embryogenesis, is frequently deranged by translocation and/or amplification in mesenchymal tumours, generally leading to...

    Authors: Jørn Henriksen, Marianne Stabell, Leonardo A Meza-Zepeda, Silje AU Lauvrak, Moustapha Kassem and Ola Myklebost

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:329

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    Genome wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several genetic variants that are associated with prostate cancer. Most of these variants, like other GWAS association signals, are located in non-coding ...

    Authors: Lorna W Harries, John RB Perry, Paul McCullagh and Malcolm Crundwell

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:315

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    Microsatellite instability (MSI) occurs in 15% of colorectal cancers (CRC). The genetic targets for mutation in the MSI phenotype include somatic mutations in the transforming growth factor beta receptor typeII (...

    Authors: Masakazu Yashiro, Kosei Hirakawa and C Richard Boland

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:303

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    Epigenetic aberrations and a CpG island methylator phenotype have been shown to be associated with poor outcomes in children with neuroblastoma (NB). Seven cancer related genes (THBS-1, CASP8, HIN-1, TIG-1, BLU, ...

    Authors: Qiwei Yang, Yufeng Tian, Kelly R Ostler, Alexandre Chlenski, Lisa J Guerrero, Helen R Salwen, Lucy A Godley and Susan L Cohn

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2010 10:286

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