1. MDM2 gene amplification in esophageal carcinoma.

    Oncology Reports 35(4):2223 (2016) PMID 26796597

    Esophageal cancer (EC) is one of the most common malignancies diagnosed in the Western world with an increasing incidence noted for esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). Despite improvements in staging, surgical procedures and postoperative treatments, the overall survival of patients with EC remains...
  2. Clinicopathological Characteristics of RET Rearranged Lung Cancer in European Patients.

    Journal of Thoracic Oncology 11(1):122 (2016) PMID 26762747

    Rearrangements of RET are rare oncogenic events in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). While the characterization of Asian patients suggests a predominance of nonsmokers of young age in this genetically defined lung cancer subgroup, little is known about the characteristics of non-...
  3. A Synergistic Interaction between Chk1- and MK2 Inhibitors in KRAS-Mutant Cancer

    Cell 162(5):1169 (2015)

  4. FGFR2 is overexpressed in myxoid liposarcoma and inhibition of FGFR signaling impairs tumor growth in vitro.

    Oncotarget 6(24):20215 (2015) PMID 26036639 PMCID PMC4652999

    Myxoid liposarcomas account for more than one third of liposarcomas and about 10% of all adult soft tissue sarcomas. The tumors are characterized by specific chromosomal translocations leading to the chimeric oncogenes FUS-DDIT3 or EWS1R-DDIT3. The encoded fusion proteins act as aberrant transcr...
  5. A Synergistic Interaction between Chk1- and MK2 Inhibitors in KRAS-Mutant Cancer.

    Cell 162(1):146 (2015) PMID 26140595

    KRAS is one of the most frequently mutated oncogenes in human cancer. Despite substantial efforts, no clinically applicable strategy has yet been developed to effectively treat KRAS-mutant tumors. Here, we perform a cell-line-based screen and identify strong synergistic interactions between cell...
  6. Implementation of Amplicon Parallel Sequencing Leads to Improvement of Diagnosis and Therapy of Lung Cancer Patients.

    Journal of Thoracic Oncology 10(7):1049 (2015) PMID 26102443

    The Network Genomic Medicine Lung Cancer was set up to rapidly translate scientific advances into early clinical trials of targeted therapies in lung cancer performing molecular analyses of more than 3500 patients annually. Because sequential analysis of the relevant driver mutations on fixated ...
  7. PIK3CA mutations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): genetic heterogeneity, prognostic impact and incidence of prior malignancies.

    Oncotarget 6(2):1315 (2015) PMID 25473901 PMCID PMC4359235

    Somatic mutations of the PIK3CA gene have been described in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but limited data is available on their biological relevance. This study was performed to characterize PIK3CA-mutated NSCLC clinically and genetically. Tumor tissue collected consecutively from 1144 NS...
  8. Massively parallel sequencing fails to detect minor resistant subclones in tissue samples prior to tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy.

    BMC Cancer 15(1):291 (2015) PMID 25886408 PMCID PMC4404105

    Personalised medicine and targeted therapy have revolutionised cancer treatment. However, most patients develop drug resistance and relapse after showing an initial treatment response. Two theories have been postulated; either secondary resistance mutations develop de novo during therapy by muta...
  9. MET gene copy number alterations and expression of MET and hepatocyte growth factor are potential biomarkers in angiosarcomas and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas.

    PLoS ONE 10(4):e0120079 (2015) PMID 25844809 PMCID PMC4386816

    Soft tissue sarcomas are a heterogeneous group of tumors with many different subtypes. In 2014 an estimated 12,020 newly diagnosed cases and 4,740 soft tissue sarcoma related deaths can be expected in the United States. Many soft tissue sarcomas are associated with poor prognosis and therapeutic...
  10. High-resolution melting analysis is a sensitive diagnostic tool to detect imatinib-resistant and imatinib-sensitive PDGFRA exon 18 mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

    Human Pathology 45(3):573 (2014) PMID 24444465

    The mutational status of KIT and PDGFRA is highly relevant for prognosis and therapy prediction in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). PDGFRA exon 18 mutations have direct therapeutic implications since it is crucial to distinguish mutations associated with sensitivity to tyrosine kinase inh...
  11. Comparison of pre-analytical FFPE sample preparation methods and their impact on massively parallel sequencing in routine diagnostics.

    PLoS ONE 9(8):e104566 (2014) PMID 25105902 PMCID PMC4126727

    Over the last years, massively parallel sequencing has rapidly evolved and has now transitioned into molecular pathology routine laboratories. It is an attractive platform for analysing multiple genes at the same time with very little input material. Therefore, the need for high quality DNA obta...
  12. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors with KIT exon 9 mutations: Update on genotype-phenotype correlation and validation of a high-resolution melting assay for mutational testing.

    The American Journal of Surgical Pathology 37(11):1648 (2013) PMID 24061512

    KIT exon 9 mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are highly relevant and have direct therapeutic implications. In this context, we established and validated a fast and sensitive high-resolution melting assay. Analyzing 126 primary and 18 metastatic KIT exon 9-mutated cases from ou...
  13. A subset of gastrointestinal stromal tumors previously regarded as wild-type tumors carries somatic activating mutations in KIT exon 8 (p.D419del).

    Modern Pathology 26(7):1004 (2013) PMID 23599150 PMCID PMC3701292

    About 10-15% of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) carry wild-type sequences in all hot spots of KIT and platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) (wt-GISTs). These tumors are currently defined by having no mutations in exons 9, 11, 13, and 17 of the KIT gene and exons 12, 14, ...
  14. β-catenin (CTNNB1) mutations and clinicopathological features of mesenteric desmoid-type fibromatosis.

    Histopathology 62(2):294 (2013) PMID 23020601

      Desmoid-type fibromatosis (desmoid) is a fibroblastic tumour that shows locally aggressive growth. Mesenteric desmoid is a rare lesion that shares morphological and biological features with fibromatoses occurring in the abdominal wall or in extraabdominal sites, but differs in terms of gross a...
  15. qPCR in gastrointestinal stromal tumors: Evaluation of reference genes and expression analysis of KIT and the alternative receptor tyrosine kinases FLT3, CSF1-R, PDGFRB, MET and AXL.

    BMC Molecular Biology 11:100 (2010) PMID 21171987 PMCID PMC3014927

    Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) represent the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. About 85% carry an activating mutation in the KIT or PDGFRA gene. Approximately 10% of GIST are so-called wild type GIST (wt-GIST) without mutations in the hot spots. In the present...