Verena Materna

Wroclaw Medical University, Vrotslav, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

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Publications (32)91.75 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Objective To determine the prognostic value of the immunohistochemical evaluation of the multidrug resistance–associated protein 2 (MRP2) expression, together with its subcellular localization in primary fallopian tube carcinomas (PFTCs). Methods The immunohistochemical analysis was performed using samples originating from 70 patients with PFTCs. Results (1) We documented that MRP2 can be localized in the plasma membrane (MRP2c), as well as in the nuclear envelope (MRP2n) of the PFTC cells. (2) Patients with more advanced stage, with progression of the disease and patients who died, showed significantly higher expression of the MRP2n. (3) Univariate and multivariate analyses showed that MRP2n is an unfavorable prognostic factor in PFTCs. (4) The analysis of the classic clinicopathological data revealed that only the FIGO stage had prognostic value, both in the univariate, as well as in multivariate analysis. Conclusions (1) This study suggests that MRP2n is a new disadvantageous prognostic factor in PFTCs and (2) that expression in nuclear envelope can be associated with lower differentiation of cancer cells and their resistance to the cisplatin. (3) We have also confirmed independent prognostic value of FIGO stage in PFTCs.
    Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics 11/2012; · 1.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Y-Box-binding protein-1 (YB-1) acts as a transcription factor for multiple genes and is linked to DNA replication and repair, cell proliferation and resistance to cytostatic drugs. The prognostic value of YB-1 expression in primarily untreated malignant non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs) was examined using immunohistochemistry. Expression of YB-1 was detected in 48 out of 56 NHLs, and the immunohistochemical reaction was localized exclusively in the cytoplasm. Expression of YB-1 did not correlate with clinicopathological variables. Patients with higher YB-1 expression had shorter progression-free survival during the entire period of observation (p=0.0434), as well as in the course of 30 months' observation (p=0.0253). Additionally, in the course of 50 months' observation, patients with higher expression of YB-1 demonstrated a shorter overall survival time (p=0.0383) and a shorter progression-free survival (p=0.0309). Elevated YB-1 expression may represent a new unfavorable prognostic factor.
    Anticancer research 09/2011; 31(9):2963-70. · 1.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Estrogen as a potential factor of ovarian carcinogenesis, acts via two nuclear receptors, estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and estrogen receptor beta (ERβ), but the cellular signal pathways involved are not completely clear so far. In this study we have described the expression of ERα, detected by immunocytochemistry in 11 ovarian carcinoma cell lines and by immunohistochemistry in 43 Federation Internationale des Gyneacologistes et Obstetristes stage III ovarian carcinoma specimens prepared before and after treatment with cisplatin-based schemes. For cisplatin resistance is a major obstacle in the treatment of ovarian carcinoma, analysis of cisplatin sensitivity in 11 ovarian carcinoma cell line was also performed. The strong nuclear ERα expression was only shown in the single A2780P cell line. Expression of ERα in tissue specimens did not reveal any correlations between histopathological parameters (histologic type and grading). We demonstrated a significant association with ERα expression in specimens from primary laparotomies (PL) and cause-specific survival. In the cases terminated by death of the patient, overall immunoreactivity score of ERα expression at PL was significantly lower than in surviving patients. In addition, Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed significantly shorter overall survival time and progression-free time in cases with lower immunoreactivity score of ERα expression at PL. Our findings support the hypothesis that aberrant hormone activity, by way of altered receptor expression, might be an important factor in the malignant transformation of ovarian cancer.
    Pathology & Oncology Research 09/2011; 17(3):511-8. · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: One of the leading causes of chemotherapy failure in non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs) is multidrug resistance (MDR). MDR can be associated with expression of members of the family of ABC-transporters. Since a correlation between expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and MDR in various cancer cells was described, the expression of COX-2 and the ABC-transporters MDR1/P-glycoprotein (P-gp), MRP1, MRP2 and BCRP was examined in 56 previously non-treated patients by immunohistochemistry. The data show that: i) P-gp is not expressed in non-treated NHLs; ii) MRP2 can be localized in the nuclear membranes of NHL cells; iii) expression of MRP2 in the cytoplasm membrane correlates with clinical response; iv) elevated expression of BCRP is typical for the patients, who did not respond to primary chemotherapy and for cases with shorter progression-free survival time in a 30 months follow-up; and v) there is a strong correlation between COX-2 and MRP1, MRP2 and BCRP. It can be concluded that: i) BCRP may be a crucial factor involved in primary resistance of NHLs, thus it may be useful for prediction of chemotherapeutic treatment and risk of relapse; and ii) since there is strong correlation between COX-2 expression and MDR in NHLs, the application of COX-2 inhibitors may be considered for chemosensitization.
    Oncology Reports 12/2009; 22(6):1315-23. · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Betulinic acid is a triterpene isolated from the bark of many plants that exhibits cytotoxicity in several cancer cell lines and is capable of inducing apoptosis. In this study, we examined the cytotoxic activity and apoptotic ability of betulinic acid in the drug-sensitive (MeWo) and drug-resistant melanoma MeWo CIS (cisplatin), MeWo ETO (etoposide), MeWo VIN (vinblastin) and MeWo FOTE (fotemusine) cell lines, as well as in the normal melanocyte NHEM-neo cell line. The results show that betulinic acid exhibited significant cytotoxicity on all the cell lines. However, a sulphorhodamine B cell proliferation assay and immunocytochemical analysis of Ki67 expression revealed the strongest cytotoxicity on the normal melanocyte cell line, NHEM-neo. Flow cytometry and immunocytochemical analysis of caspase 3 expression was used to confirm cell death by apoptosis. In conclusion, betulinic acid is a potential candidate for anticancer research, and may also have an application in the cosmetics industry.
    Molecular Medicine Reports 01/2009; 2(4):543-8. · 1.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Decreased expression of p16 may result from hypermethylation of the promoter or from deletion of the gene. It can lead to intensified proliferation of neoplastic cells and to cytostatic drug resistance. The study was aimed at the examination of prognostic value of p16 expression in relation to Ki67 and caspase-3 in ovarian cancers using immunohistochemistry. The immunohistochemical studies were performed on 73 paraffin-embedded samples of ovarian cancers from 43 patients and samples from 6 healthy ovaries. We have used monoclonal antibodies against p16. ABC method and DAB were used for antigens visualisation. The intensity of the immunohistochemical reactions was appraised using the semi-quantitative IRS scale. In healthy ovaries we have shown strong reaction in the nuclei of surface epithelium. In the case of studied ovarian cancers, the reaction of a nuclear and cytoplasmic localization was obtained. The mean overall immunoreactivity score of nuclear p16 expression amounted to 5.30+/-3.44 SD in primary laparotomy material and 6.61+/-4.34 SD in secondary cytoreduction material. Statistical analysis demonstrated that lower p16 expression was typical of the younger patients and the patients who died. Kaplan-Meier's analysis proved that lower expression of p16 was characteristic of cases with shorter overall survival. In the present study we have demonstrated that lowered p16 expression represented an unfavourable prognostic index in ovarian cancer. Lowered p16 expression was also typical for chemotherapy-resistant ceases (cases of lower caspase-3 and higher Ki67 at secondary cytoreduction expression).
    Histology and histopathology 06/2008; 23(5):531-8. · 2.24 Impact Factor
  • Histopathology 08/2007; 51(1):125-8. · 3.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Elevated metallothionein (MT) expression in ovarian cancers treated with cisplatin-based schemes represents an unfavorable prognostic index. MT expression is significantly higher in tumor samples obtained after chemotherapy. The present study aimed at examining MT expression in ovarian carcinoma cells sensitive (A2780) or resistant (A2780RCIS) against platinum drug treatment as well as examining effects of exposure to cisplatin on MT expression. Subcellular expression of MT was evaluated also in samples originating from 73 ovarian tumors. Cisplatin-resistant A2780RCIS cells were exposed to increasing cisplatin concentrations, and the subcellular expression of MT was determined by immunocytochemistry. The studies demonstrated that cisplatin-resistant A2780RCIS cells exposed to cisplatin typically manifested a nuclear MT expression. The study demonstrated also that exposure to cisplatin was paralleled by growing MT expression in cell nuclei. The nuclear expression of MT was also found to be specific for ovarian cancers of poor clinical outcome. No relationship could be demonstrated between cytoplasmic expression of MT and clinical variables. Nuclear MT expression is induced by cisplatin and seems to protect DNA in the cells from toxic effects of the drug.
    Archiv für Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für Klinische Medicin 04/2007; 450(3):279-85. · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A major obstacle in treatment of ovarian cancer is intrinsic or acquired drug resistance causing failure of chemotherapy followed by a poor clinical outcome. Drug resistance of ovarian carcinoma can be caused by dysregulation of cellular factors involved in regulation of apoptosis and DNA repair pathways. In this study, 73 ovarian carcinoma specimens obtained before and after chemotherapy were analysed by immunohistochemistry for expression of seven proteins playing an important role in regulation of DNA mismatch repair and apoptosis. The prognostic significance of these proteins in the meaning of overall and progression-free survival was evaluated in univariate and multivariate analysis. Bcl-xL, hMSH2, caspase-3, p21 and p53 displayed prognostic importance in univariate analysis. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that caspase-3 and p21 were also independent prognostic markers for both, overall and progression-free survival. In conclusion, these data indicate that analysis of proteins involved in DNA mismatch repair and apoptosis can be useful for prediction of clinical outcome in ovarian carcinoma patients.
    Oncology Reports 04/2007; 17(3):505-16. · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An obstacle in chemotherapy of ovarian cancer is the development of drug resistance. Taxol (paclitaxel)-resistance-associated gene-3 (TRAG-3/CSAG2) was found to be overexpressed in a paclitaxel-resistant ovarian carcinoma cell line. However, clinical impact of TRAG-3 in ovarian carcinoma has not been demonstrated previously. For demonstration of potential clinical impact of TRAG-3, immunohistochemistry was applied to determine TRAG-3 protein expression in specimens obtained from ovarian carcinoma patients (n=37) who received a paclitaxel-based chemotherapy at two different time points, initial laparotomy before chemotherapy, and secondary cytoreduction after chemotherapy. The TRAG-3-specific immunohistochemical staining was correlated with clinical outcome. In ovarian carcinoma specimens obtained at the initial laparotomy, an advantage in overall (P < 0.001) and progression-free (P = 0.003) survival for patients with weak TRAG-3 expression could be demonstrated. Tumor specimens excised at secondary cytoreduction procedure were not predictive for clinical outcome. In summary, TRAG-3 was found to be a prognostic factor for the prediction of clinical outcome after the application of paclitaxel-based chemotherapy.
    Archiv für Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für Klinische Medicin 02/2007; 450(2):187-94. · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Numerous experimental studies have described the capacity of myofibroblasts to stimulate mammary cancer cells in a paracrine manner. Until now, the prognostic significance of myofibroblasts present in breast cancer has not been examined. In paraffin sections, originating from 45 patients with primary invasive breast cancer, immunohistochemical reactions were performed using antibodies directed against smooth muscle actin, Ki-67, VEGF, bFGF and UPA. The cases with higher content of myofibroblasts in the tumour tissue manifested higher grade, more pronounced expression of Ki-67, VEGF and bFGF and shorter overall survival and relapse-free survival. The present study for the first time documents the unfavourable prognostic significance of myofibroblasts in tissues of invasive ductal mammary carcinomas.
    Anticancer research 01/2007; 27(4C):2917-24. · 1.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cisplatin resistance is a major obstacle in the treatment of ovarian carcinoma. ABCC2 is commonly localized in apical cell membranes and could confer cisplatin resistance. Here, we show that ABCC2 can be localized in the cytoplasmic membrane as well as in the nuclear membrane of various human tissues including ovarian carcinoma cells. For the subcellular detection of ABCC2, immunohistochemistry was done using 41 Federation Internationale des Gynaecologistes et Obstetristes stage III ovarian carcinoma specimens prepared before treatment with cisplatin-based schemes and 35 specimens from the same group after chemotherapy. Furthermore, 11 ovarian carcinoma cell lines as well as tissue microarrays consisting of various human tissues were analyzed. Nuclear membranous localization of ABCC2 was associated with response to first-line chemotherapy at primary (P = 0.0013) and secondary surgery (P = 0.0060). Cases with relapse showed higher nuclear membrane expression at primary (P = 0.0003) and secondary surgery (P = 0.0024). Kaplan-Meier analyses showed that weak nuclear membrane ABCC2 expression before treatment was associated with significantly longer overall (P = 0.04) and progression-free survival (P = 0.001); following chemotherapy, it correlated with significantly longer progression-free survival (P = 0.038). Tissue microarrays confirmed nuclear membranous localization of ABCC2, in particular, in poorly differentiated cells. In ovarian carcinoma cells, it correlated with resistance against cisplatin, whereas localization in the cytoplasmic membrane did not. ABCC2 confers resistance to cisplatin of ovarian carcinoma in cell culture systems and in clinics when expressed in the nuclear membrane. Thus, ABCC2 localization can predict platinum therapy outcome. Furthermore, expression of ABCC2 in nuclear membranes in human tissues is specific for poorly differentiated cells including stem cells.
    Clinical Cancer Research 01/2007; 12(23):7149-58. · 8.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The adenosine triphosphate binding cassette (ABC)-transporter ABCC2 (MRP2/cMOAT) can mediate resistance against the commonly used anticancer drugs cisplatin and paclitaxel. To overcome the ABCC2-depending drug resistance, two specific anti-ABCC2 small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) were designed for transient triggering of the gene-silencing RNA interference (RNAi) pathway in the cisplatin-resistant human ovarian carcinoma cell line A2780RCIS. Since both siRNAs showed biological activity, for stable inhibition of ABCC2 a corresponding short hairpin RNA (shRNA)-encoding expression vector was designed. By treatment of A2780RCIS cells with this construct, the expressions of the targeted ABCC2 encoding mRNA and transport protein were inhibited. These effects were accompanied by reversal of resistance against cisplatin and paclitaxel. Thus, the data demonstrate the utility of the analyzed RNAs as powerful laboratory tools and indicate that siRNA- and shRNA-mediated RNAi-based gene therapeutic approaches may be applicable in preventing and reversing ABCC2-depending drug resistance.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 10/2006; 348(1):153-7. · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aminopeptidase N/CD13 (EC is suggested to play a role in cancer cells invasion, and its activity can be inhibited using specific inhibitors. CD13 inhibitors evoke apoptosis of CD13-positive cancer cells. However, expression of CD13 has not been described in specimens obtained from ovarian carcinomas. Thus, in the present study, the expression of CD13 and its significance was examined in samples of ovarian cancers. The analyses were performed on sections originating from 73 tumor samples (43 from primary laparotomies [PL] and 30 from secondary cytoreductions [SCRs]). Immunohistochemical reactions were performed on paraffin sections of studied tumors, using monoclonal antibodies against CD13. The analysis demonstrated no relationships between the expression of CD13 on one hand and clinical variables and pathologic variables of the patients on the other hand. Expression of CD13 was demonstrated to be significantly more pronounced in samples obtained in PLs as compared to samples from SCRs (P < 0.001). Thus, the data indicate that a potential treatment of ovarian carcinoma with CD13 inhibitors should be performed before chemotherapy or in parallel to first-lapse chemotherapy.
    International Journal of Gynecological Cancer 09/2006; 16(5):1783-8. · 1.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Materials and methods Results Discussion References Figures and TablesDetermination of oestrogen receptor alpha (ER) represents at present the most important predictive factor in breast cancers. Data of ours and of other authors suggest that promising predictive/prognostic factors may also include pS2, metallothionein (MT) and CD24. Present study aimed at determining prognostic and predictive value of immunohistochemical determination of ER, pS2, MT, and CD24 expression in sections originating from 104 patients with breast cancer. An univariate and multivariate analysis was performed. Both univariate and multivariate analyses demonstrated that cytoplasmic-membranous expression of CD24 (CD24c-m) represents a strong unfavourable prognostic factor in the entire group and in most of the subgroups of patients. In several subgroups of the patients also a prognostic value was demonstrated of elevated expression of pS2 and of membranous expression of CD24. Our studies demonstrated that all patients with good prognostic factors (higher ER and pS2 expressions, lower MT expression, CD24c-m negativity) survived total period of observation (103 months). The study documented that cytoplasmic-membranous expression of CD24 represented an extremely strong unfavourable prognostic factor in breast cancer. Examination of the entire panel of the studied proteins permitted to select a group of patients of an exceptionally good prognosis.Keywords: breast cancer, prognosis, oestrogen receptor alpha, pS2, metallothionein, CD24
    British Journal of Cancer 08/2006; 95(3):339-346. · 4.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study we examined prognostic value of immunohistochemical estimation of topoisomerase 1A (TOP 1A) and HER-2/neu expression in ovarian cancers treated with platinum-based drugs but not with topotecan and the relation between expression of these proteins on the one hand and intensity of proliferation (Ki67) on the other. The analyses were performed on 73 samples of ovarian carcinoma originating from 43 first-look laparotomies (FLL) and, in 30 cases, from secondary cytoreductions (SCR)(after chemotherapy) from the same patients. In paraffin sections immunohistochemical reactions were performed using antibodies directed to HER-2/neu, TOP 1A and Ki67. Kaplan-Meier's analysis disclosed a shorter overall survival time in cases with augmented expression of TOP 1A at FLL and with higher expression of Ki67 at SCR. A shorter progression-free time was detected in cases with higher proportion of Ki67 positive cells at FLL. No relationship could be disclosed between HER-2/neu expression and the studied clinicopathological parameters. The studies confirmed high value of Ki67 estimation. The augmented expression of TOP 1A was demonstrated to represent an unfavourable prognostic factor. Thus, in cases with elevated expression of TOP 1A application of topotecan-based therapeutic schemes should be considered.
    Histology and histopathology 08/2006; 21(7):713-20. · 2.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: High cytoplasmic expression of maspin was described in ovarian cancers of shorter survival rates. Until now, no relationship has been described between expression of maspin and sensitivity to cisplatin in ovarian cancers. This study aimed at examining the relationship between expression of maspin, detected by immunohistochemistry and clinical response to cisplatin in ovarian cancer cases as well as the in vitro sensitivity to cisplatin of 11 ovarian cancer cell lines. The analyzes were performed on 73 samples of ovarian cancer and on A2780P, A2780RCIS, CAOV-3, EFO 21, EFO 27, ES-2, Mdah 2774, OAW 42, OVCAR-3, PA-1, and SKOV-3 ovarian cancer cells. Cytoplasmic maspin expression in studied cells significantly correlated with cisplatin sensitivity. A significantly shorter overall survival and progression-free survival was associated with lower cytoplasmic maspin expression at first-look laparotomies and nuclear maspin expression and secondary cytoreductions. Higher nuclear maspin at first-look laparotomies expression was specific for cases of complete response. In the study, the elevated expression of maspin was shown to be typical for cisplatin-sensitive ovarian cancers.
    International Journal of Gynecological Pathology 05/2006; 25(2):131-9. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Resistance to various antineoplastic agents is common in the clinical management of malignant melanoma. The biological mechanisms conferring these different drug-resistant phenotypes are still unclear. To identify potential factors mediating drug resistance to melanoma cells, the mRNA expression profiles of the parental drug-sensitive human melanoma cell line MeWo and four derived drug-resistant sublines with acquired resistance against four commonly used drugs for melanoma treatment (cisplatin, etoposide, fotemustine and vindesine) were analysed. We investigated cDNA arrays with 43,000 cDNA clones ( approximately 30,000 unique genes) to study the expression patterns of these cell lines. We were able to simultaneously extract new candidate genes associated with drug resistance in malignant melanoma and to correlate the present findings with previously described resistance-associated genes. Using hierarchical clustering and analysing the overlap of genes with altered expression, we detected similarities between the expression signatures related to cisplatin and fotemustine resistance. The resistance against vindesine required a minimal set of changes in gene expression relative to the parental MeWo cell line. Our study provides new data that may be used to obtain further insight into the resistance characteristics of malignant melanoma.
    Melanoma Research 05/2006; 16(2):147-55. · 2.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Immunohistochemical analysis of prognostic significance of COX-2 and P-gp expression in ovarian cancers was performed on samples originating from 73 tumors. COX-2-positive cases were shown to demonstrate higher expression of P-gp. The studies demonstrated also that, higher P-gp expression was typical for cases which responded poorly to chemotherapy and for cases with shorter progression-free time. Expression of COX-2 predisposed to a more rapid disease progression. The study documented a relationship between COX-2 and P-gp suggesting that COX-2 inhibitors might investigated in clinical trials as a treatment supplementary to chemotherapy of ovarian cancers.
    Cancer Letters 05/2006; 235(2):272-80. · 5.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Expression of CD24 represents a poorly recognized, unfavorable prognostic factor. Expression of the protein is supposed to facilitate extravasation of tumor cells. Our study aimed at examination of prognostic significance of CD24 estimation in samples obtained from primary surgeries (PS) and secondary cytoreductions (SCR) (after chemotherapy) in ovarian cancer patients. The analyses were performed on sections originating from 73 tumor samples. Immunohistochemical reactions were performed on paraffin sections of studied tumors, using monoclonal antibodies against CD24. Kaplan-Meier's analysis showed that a significantly shorter overall survival time and progression-free time was demonstrated to characterize cases with cytoplasmic membranous expression of CD24 (CD24c-m) (P < 0.001). The calculations performed demonstrated also a significantly higher proportion of CD24c-m positive cases in sections from SCR as compared to that from PS (P= 0.04) and in cases of progressive disease as compared to complete response at PS and SCR (P= 0.002 and P= 0.05, respectively). Summing up, in this study, we have demonstrated a negative prognostic significance of a cytoplasmic membranous expression of CD24 in cases of ovarian cancer.
    International Journal of Gynecological Cancer 03/2006; 16(2):515-21. · 1.95 Impact Factor

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  • 2005–2012
    • Wroclaw Medical University
      • • Department of Pathomorphology
      • • Department of Histology and Embryology
      Vrotslav, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
  • 2006
    • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
      • Institute of Pathology
      Berlin, Land Berlin, Germany
  • 2001–2006
    • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
      • Department of Psychology
      Berlín, Berlin, Germany
  • 2003
    • University of Duisburg-Essen
      Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany