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Rudolph V.,University of Hamburg | Rudolph V.,University of Cologne | Augustin J.,University of Hamburg | Hofmann T.,Hospital Pinneberg | And 7 more authors.
EuroIntervention | Year: 2014

Aims: Closure of patent foramen ovale following presumed paradoxical embolic stroke remains controversial. The answer to the question as to whether cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) impact on the recurrence of stroke in patients who have undergone PFO closure remains elusive so far. We aimed to investigate the potential impact of CVRF on the long-term rate of stroke/TIA recurrence in patients treated with an occluder following presumed paradoxical embolic stroke. Methods and results: 443 patients (mean age: 50.0±12.6 yrs, female: 206 [46.5%]) undergoing percutaneous PFO closure after presumed paradoxical embolic stroke were followed for a median time of 43.0 [interquartile range: 20.0-86.0] months. During the follow-up period a total of 22 (5.0%) strokes/TIAs and 17 (3.8%) deaths were observed. Cox regression analysis identified hypertension, age and the Essen stroke risk score as predictors of recurrent stroke/TIA. Conclusions: This study shows that, in patients with a prior presumed paradoxical embolic stroke, the risk for recurrent stroke/TIA after PFO closure is firmly linked to the presence of CVRF. copyright © Europa Digital & Publishing 2014.

Grob T.J.,University of Hamburg | Heilenkotter U.,Hospital Itzehoe | Geist S.,Hospital Pinneberg | Paluchowski P.,Hospital Pinneberg | And 7 more authors.
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment | Year: 2012

Women with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) do not benefit from endocrine therapy or trastuzumab. Chemotherapy is the only systemic therapy currently available. To reduce the elevated risk of disease progression in these patients, better treatment options are needed, which are less toxic and more targeted to this patient population. We performed a comprehensive analysis of potential targetable genetic aberrations affecting the receptor tyrosine kinase/RAS/MAPK pathway, which are observed at higher frequencies in adenocarcinomas of other organs. Sixty-five individual TNBCs were studied by sequence analysis for HER2 (exon 18-23), EGFR (exon 18-21), KRAS (exon 2), and BRAF (exon 15) mutations. In addition, a tissue microarray was constructed to screen for EGFR gene copy gain and EML4-ALK fusion by FISH. Triple-negative status was confirmed by immunohistochemistry and FISH on tissue microarray sections. EGFR and CK5/6 immunohistochemical analyses were performed for identification of the basal-like phenotype. In addition, mutation analysis of TP53 (exon 5-8) was included. Sequence analysis revealed HER2 gene mutation in only one patient (heterozygous missense mutation in exon 19: p.L755S). No mutations were found in EGFR, KRAS, and BRAF. High polysomy of EGFR was detected in 5 of the 62 informative cases by FISH. True EGFR gene amplification accompanied by strong membranous EGFR protein expression was observed in only one case. No rearrangement of the ALK gene was detected. Basal-like phenotype was identified in 38 of the 65 TNBCs (58.5 %). TP53 gene mutation was found in 36/63 (57.1 %) tumors. We conclude that targetable genetic aberrations in the receptor tyrosine kinase/RAS/MAPK pathway occur rarely in TNBC. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2012.

Lebok P.,University of Hamburg | Huber J.,University of Hamburg | Burandt E.-C.,University of Hamburg | Lebeau A.,University of Hamburg | And 11 more authors.
Molecular Medicine Reports | Year: 2016

Angiogenesis is a key process in tumor growth and progression, which is controlled by vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) and their receptors (VEGFRs). In order to better understand the prevalence and prognostic value of VEGFR1 expression in breast cancer, a tissue microarray containing >2,100 breast cancer specimens, with clinical follow-up data, was analyzed by immunohistochemistry using an antibody directed against the membrane-bound full-length receptor protein. The results demonstrated that membranous VEGFR1 staining was detected in all (5 of 5) normal breast specimens. In carcinoma specimens, membranous staining was negative in 3.1%, weak in 6.3%, moderate in 10.9%, and strong in 79.7% of the 1,630 interpretable tissues. Strong staining was significantly associated with estrogen receptor and progesterone receptor expression, but was inversely associated with advanced tumor stage (P=0.0431), high Bloom-Richardson-Ellis Score for Breast Cancer grade and low Ki67 labeling index (both P<0.0001). Cancers with moderate to strong (high) VEGFR1 expression were associated with significantly improved overall survival, as compared with tumors exhibiting negative or weak (low) expression (P=0.0015). This association was also detected in the subset of nodal-positive cancers (P=0.0018), and in the subset of 185 patients who had received tamoxifen as the sole therapy (P=0.001). In conclusion, these data indicated that membrane-bound VEGFR1 is frequently expressed in normal and cancerous breast epithelium. In addition, reduced or lost VEGFR1 expression may serve as a marker for poor prognosis in patients with breast cancer, who might not optimally benefit from endocrine therapy.

Lebok P.,University of Hamburg | Ozturk M.,University of Hamburg | Heilenkotter U.,Hospital Itzehoe | Jaenicke F.,University of Hamburg | And 11 more authors.
Oncology Letters | Year: 2016

Overexpression of class III β-tubulin (TUBB3), a factor that confers dynamic properties to microtubules, is a candidate biomarker for resistance to microtubule-targeting chemotherapeutics in breast and other types of solid cancer. Discrepant results from previous studies, with respect to the association of TUBB3 expression levels with breast cancer phenotype and patient prognosis, prompted the present study to investigate TUBB3 expression in a large cohort of breast cancer cases, with available clinical follow-up data. A preexisting breast cancer prognosis tissue microarray, containing a single 0.6 mm tissue core from each of 2,197 individual patients with breast cancer, was analyzed for TUBB3 expression by immunohistochemistry. The results of the present study revealed that TUBB3 expression was less frequent in lobular breast cancer cases (34%), compared with that of cancer cases of alternative histologies, including breast cancer of no special type (60%; P<0.0001). High TUBB3 positivity was associated with high tumor grade (P<0.0001), negativity for estrogen (P<0.0001) and progesterone receptors (P<0.004), as well as the presence of human epidermal growth factor 2 amplification (P<0.0001) and a triple-negative phenotype (P<0.0001). TUBB3 overexpression was additionally associated with reduced patient survival if all breast cancer cases of any histology were jointly analyzed (P=0.0088); however this link was not evident in the subset of breast cancer cases of no special type, or in a multivariate analysis including the established prognostic factors of tumor stage, grade and nodal stage. In conclusion, the present study demonstrated that TUBB3 overexpression was associated with adverse features of breast cancer, and that TUBB3 may possess a distinct role in lobular breast cancer cases, compared with alternative histological subtypes. The results of the present study do not support a clinically relevant role for TUBB3 as a prognostic marker in breast cancer. © 2016, Spandidos Publications. All rights reserved.

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