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Genetics, genomics and epigenetics

Section edited by Ian Cree

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

    Esophageal carcinoma is the third most common gastrointestinal malignancy worldwide and is largely unresponsive to therapy. African-Americans have an increased risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC...

    Authors: Hayriye Verda Erkizan, Kory Johnson, Svetlana Ghimbovschi, Deepa Karkera, Gregory Trachiotis, Houtan Adib, Eric P. Hoffman and Robert G. Wadleigh

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:426

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    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive cancer of the pleural and peritoneal cavities caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-induced mesotheliomas in wild-type mice have been used extensively as a precl...

    Authors: Sophie Sneddon, Ann-Marie Patch, Ian M. Dick, Stephen Kazakoff, John V. Pearson, Nicola Waddell, Richard J. N. Allcock, Robert A. Holt, Bruce W. S. Robinson and Jenette Creaney

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:396

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    CUL4A has been known for its oncogenic properties in various human cancers. However, its role in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA) has not been explored.

    Authors: Gong -Kai Huang, Ting-Ting Liu, Shao-Wen Weng, Huey-Ling You, Yu-Ching Wei, Chang-Han Chen, Hock-Liew Eng and Wan-Ting Huang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:395

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The detection of somatic mutations in primary tumors is critical for the understanding of cancer evolution and targeting therapy. Multiple technologies have been developed to enable the detection of such mutat...

    Authors: Agus Darwanto, Anne-Mette Hein, Sascha Strauss, Yi Kong, Andrew Sheridan, Dan Richards, Eric Lader, Monika Ngowe, Timothy Pelletier, Danielle Adams, Austin Ricker, Nishit Patel, Andreas Kühne, Simon Hughes, Dan Shiffman, Dirk Zimmermann…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:358

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    Genetic factors may influence an individual’s sensitivity to ionising radiation and therefore modify his/her risk of developing papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Previously, we reported that common single nuc...

    Authors: Christine Lonjou, Francesca Damiola, Monika Moissonnier, Geoffroy Durand, Irina Malakhova, Vladimir Masyakin, Florence Le Calvez-Kelm, Elisabeth Cardis, Graham Byrnes, Ausrele Kesminiene and Fabienne Lesueur

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:328

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is a key component of breast cancer treatment regimens and pathologic complete response to this therapy varies among patients. This is presumably due to differences in the molecular me...

    Authors: Kenneth M. K. Mark, Frederick S. Varn, Matthew H. Ung, Feng Qian and Chao Cheng

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:306

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Current diagnostic tools for prostate cancer lack specificity and sensitivity for detecting very early lesions. DNA methylation is a stable genomic modification that is detectable in peripheral patient fluids ...

    Authors: Marie K. Kirby, Ryne C. Ramaker, Brian S. Roberts, Brittany N. Lasseigne, David S. Gunther, Todd C. Burwell, Nicholas S. Davis, Zulfiqar G. Gulzar, Devin M. Absher, Sara J. Cooper, James D. Brooks and Richard M. Myers

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:273

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Breast carcinogenesis is a multistep process involving genetic and epigenetic changes. Tumor tissues are frequently characterized by gene-specific hypermethylation and global DNA hypomethylation. Aberrant DNA ...

    Authors: Melanie Spitzwieser, Elisabeth Entfellner, Bettina Werner, Walter Pulverer, Georg Pfeiler, Stefan Hacker and Margit Cichna-Markl

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:260

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  9. Content type: Research article

    H3K27me3 histone marks shape the inhibition of gene transcription. In prostate cancer, the deregulation of H3K27me3 marks might play a role in prostate tumor progression.

    Authors: Marjolaine Ngollo, Andre Lebert, Marine Daures, Gaelle Judes, Khaldoun Rifai, Lucas Dubois, Jean-Louis Kemeny, Frederique Penault-Llorca, Yves-Jean Bignon, Laurent Guy and Dominique Bernard-Gallon

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:261

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Mucin 1 (MUC1) contributes to the growth and metastasis of various cancers, including lung cancer, and MUC1 gene length polymorphisms are associated with susceptibility to lung cancer and its prognosis. In contra...

    Authors: Yasushi Horimasu, Nobuhisa Ishikawa, Sonosuke Tanaka, Chihiro Hirano, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Shinichiro Ohshimo, Kazunori Fujitaka, Hironobu Hamada, Noboru Hattori and Nobuoki Kohno

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:263

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a heterogeneous disease that lacks unifying molecular alterations that can guide therapy decisions. We previously identified distinct molecular subtypes of TNBC (TNBCtyp...

    Authors: Bojana Jovanović, Quanhu Sheng, Robert S. Seitz, Kasey D. Lawrence, Stephan W. Morris, Lance R. Thomas, David R. Hout, Brock L. Schweitzer, Yan Guo, Jennifer A. Pietenpol and Brian D. Lehmann

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:241

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The defects in DNA repair genes are potentially linked to development and response to therapy in medulloblastoma. Therefore the purpose of this study was to establish the spectrum and frequency of germline varian...

    Authors: Joanna Trubicka, Tomasz Żemojtel, Jochen Hecht, Katarzyna Falana, Dorota Piekutowska- Abramczuk, Rafał Płoski, Marta Perek-Polnik, Monika Drogosiewicz, Wiesława Grajkowska, Elżbieta Ciara, Elżbieta Moszczyńska, Bożenna Dembowska-Bagińska, Danuta Perek, Krystyna H. Chrzanowska, Małgorzata Krajewska-Walasek and Maria Łastowska

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:239

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Distinct characteristic features categorize Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) into two subgroups according to the Merkel cell polyomavirus infection. Many mutational studies on MCC have been carried out in recent ye...

    Authors: Tuukka Veija, Virve Koljonen, Tom Bohling, Mia Kero, Sakari Knuutila and Virinder Kaur Sarhadi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:236

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Aberrant DNA methylation profiles are a characteristic of all known cancer types, epitomized by the CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) in colorectal cancer (CRC). Hypermethylation has been observed at CpG ...

    Authors: Tyler McInnes, Donghui Zou, Dasari S. Rao, Francesca M. Munro, Vicky L. Phillips, John L. McCall, Michael A. Black, Anthony E. Reeve and Parry J. Guilford

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:228

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Tumour stem cells are considered important to promote disease progression, recurrence and treatment resistance following chemotherapy in colon cancer. However, genomic analyses of colorectal cancer have mainly...

    Authors: Diana Cervantes-Madrid, Yvonne Wettergren, Peter Falk, Kent Lundholm and Annika G. Asting

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:219

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Recently studies have demonstrated that the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) metastasis associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) may participate in the development and progression of lung cancer. In th...

    Authors: Jian-Zhong Wang, Jing-Jun Xiang, Li-Ge Wu, Yan-Sen Bai, Zhuo-Wang Chen, Xiang-Qian Yin, Qing Wang, Wen-Hao Guo, Ying Peng, Huan Guo and Ping Xu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:167

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Dysregulated WNT signaling dominates adrenocortical malignancies. This study investigates whether silencing of the WNT negative regulator DKK3 (Dickkopf-related protein 3), an implicated adrenocortical differe...

    Authors: Joyce Y. Cheng, Taylor C. Brown, Timothy D. Murtha, Adam Stenman, C. Christofer Juhlin, Catharina Larsson, James M. Healy, Manju L. Prasad, Wolfram T. Knoefel, Andreas Krieg, Ute I. Scholl, Reju Korah and Tobias Carling

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:164

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