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Patent
John Wayne Cancer Institute | Date: 2014-10-02

The invention relates to a method of detecting LINE-1 (long interspersed nucleotide elements-1) DNA either methylated or unmethylated at the promoter region in a tissue or body fluid sample from a subject. Also disclosed are methods of using LINE-1 DNA as a biomarker for diagnosing, predicting, and monitoring cancer progression and treatment.


In one embodiment, a method of theranostic classification of a breast cancer tumor is provided, comprising obtaining a breast cancer tumor sample from a subject, detecting an expression level of FOXC1, comparing the expression level of FOXC1 to a predetermined cutoff level, and classifying the breast cancer tumor sample as belonging to a theranostic basal-like breast cancer tumor subtype or a theranostic hybrid basal-like breast cancer tumor subtype when the expression level of FOXC1 is higher than the predetermined cutoff level. In other embodiments, methods for predicting a prognosis of a basal-like breast cancer and methods of treating a basal-like breast cancer are provided.


Patent
John Wayne Cancer Institute | Date: 2015-09-23

The invention relates generally to in vivo collection of circulating molecules, tumor cells and other biological markers using a collecting probe. The probe is configured for placement within a living organism for an extended period of time to provide sufficient yield of biological marker for analysis.


Patent
John Wayne Cancer Institute | Date: 2014-04-10

In one embodiment, an isolated antibody or functional fragment thereof which binds an antigenic peptide sequence of human FOXC1 is provided herein. Such antibodies or functional fragments may be used to diagnose, prognose or treat basal-like breast cancer. The antibody or functional fragment may be a monoclonal antibody produced by a hybridoma cell line. Thus, a hybridoma cell line that produces a FOXC1 monoclonal antibody which binds an antigenic peptide sequence of human FOXC1 as described above is also provided.


B7H3 is a ligand member of the immunoregulatory family of proteins on immune cells. In one embodiment, a method for diagnosing the progression of cancer with a high propensity of primary tumor metastasis to the lymph node or distant site is provided. Such a method may comprise obtaining a cancer tissue sample from a cancer patient, determining an expression level of B7-H3 present in the tissue sample, and diagnosing the progression of the cancer having a high propensity of primary tumor metastasis to the lymph node or distant site based upon the expression level, wherein an increased expression level correlates with an increased probability of having regional lymph nodes or organ site that are positive for metastases.

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