S Petersen

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Land Berlin, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: We have isolated a novel gene, lung cancer-associated gene Y (LAGY), by suppression subtractive hybridization. The nucleotide sequence of LAGY predicts a small protein of 73 amino acids containing a putative homeobox domain with a molecular mass of 8.1 kD. Multiple-tissue Northern blot analysis revealed that LAGY is present in human placenta, lung, brain, heart and skeletal muscle. Gene mapping locates LAGY on chromosome 4q11-13.1. The expression of LAGY mRNA was widely lost in 18 lung tumor cell lines comprising all major histological types, as shown by Northern blot analysis and semiquantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. In an investigation of 72 primary lung tumors, this gene was significantly downregulated in tumors compared to 9 normal lung tissue samples. There was a significant reduction of LAGY expression in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC; n = 27) with increasing grade and stage. No expression was detectable in two high-grade SCCs or two small cell and large cell lung carcinomas (n = 4 for each). In adenocarcinoma (n = 37), expression was reduced; however, this did not reach statistical significance. Since homeodomain-containing genes are known to transcriptionally regulate key cellular processes and are associated with carcinogenesis, we suggest that LAGY might be linked to lung cancer development and progression.
    Oncology 02/2003; 64(4):450-8. · 2.17 Impact Factor
  • Simone Petersen, Iver Petersen
    Methods in molecular medicine 02/2003; 75:189-207.
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    ABSTRACT: The genetic changes involved in the pathogenesis of ovarian carcinoma are not completely understood. To investigate this matter, we studied paraffin-embedded, microdissected tissue of 47 ovarian epithelial tumors (9 adenomas, 11 tumors of low malignant potential [LMP], 14 serous carcinomas, and 13 nonserous carcinomas) using comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). (The primary data used in this study are available at our CGH online tumor database at http://amba.charite.de/cgh.) Chromosomal imbalances were found in 1 serous adenoma and in 7 LMP tumors. In the latter the alterations appeared randomly and showed no overlap with alterations found in invasive carcinomas. Although the mean aberration number of low-grade serous carcinomas was comparable to LMP tumors, the imbalances of the former occurred with high incidence (>50%) and were found at different localizations. High-grade serous carcinomas had more than twice as much chromosomal imbalances as low-grade serous carcinomas and also had pronounced alterations. In serous carcinomas, gains were found on 3q, 6p, 7, 8q, and 20, and losses were found on 4q, 6q, 12q, 13q, and 16q. Comparing serous and nonserous carcinomas, the mean aberration number was comparable, but the number of high incidence changes was lower, and the most frequent imbalances were losses on 13q and gains on 20p. Overlapping alterations occurring in serous and nonserous carcinomas were gains on 3q and 6p, as well as losses on 4q. Chromosomal imbalances associated with poor prognosis of ovarian carcinomas were gains on 6p, 7q, and 13q and losses on 15q, 17p, 18q, and 21q. Our data indicate that serous LMP tumors and invasive carcinomas have different genetic aberrations, indicating that invasive carcinomas do not arise from preexisting serous LMP tumors. On the other hand, there are common genetic abnormalities in serous and nonserous carcinomas, suggesting that they have very early lesions in common but take different paths of further development.
    Human Pathlogy 06/2002; 33(6):632-41. · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Maintenance of telomeres, most often by telomerase, is a necessary prerequisite for immortality of eukaryotic cells. To better understand the mechanisms of telomerase up-regulation during tumorigenesis, we analysed the gene dosage of hTERT on chromosome 5p15, a region known to be overrepresented in a variety of malignancies, in 20 lung cancer cell lines by Southern blotting, fluorescence in-situ hybridization, and comparative genomic hybridization. We found a significant correlation between hTERT gene dosage, hTERT mRNA expression and telomerase activity. Imbalances of chromosome 5p may exert functionally relevant hTERT gene dosage effects in human lung cancer.
    Cancer Letters 03/2002; 176(1):81-91. · 5.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) was used to screen 54 advanced colon carcinomas. i.e., 24 primary tumors and 30 metastases, for chromosomal alterations. Using a sensitive statistical method for the determination of DNA imbalances and histograms for analysis of the incidence of changes, we identified the DNA over-representation of chromosome 20q as the most common alteration being present in 100% of cases. High incidence deletions were observed on 18q21-18q23 (96%), 4q27-4q28 (96%), 4p14 (87%), 5q21 (81%), 1p21-1p22 (72%), 21q21 (74%), 6q16 (72%), 3p12 (66%), 8p24-8p21 (66%), 9p21 (64%), 11q22 (64%), and 14q13-14q21 (64%). Further frequent over-representation was found on 7q12-7q11.2 (75%), 16p11-16p12 (70%), 19p13 (70%), 9q34 (67%), 19q13 (67%), 13q34 (64%), 13q13 (64%), 17q21 (59%), 22q11 (61%), 8q24 (57%), and 1q21 (57%). Pronounced DNA gains and losses being defined as regions in which the ratio profiles exceeded the values of 1.5 and 0.5, respectively, frequently colocalized with peaks of incidence curve. The use of difference histograms for the comparison of tumor subgroups as well as case-by-case histogram for the analysis of 15 paired tumor samples identified several of the above alterations as relevant for tumor progression and metastasis formation. The study identified additional loci and delineates more precisely those that have been previously reported. For comparative purposes, we have made our primary data (ratio profiles, clinicopathological parameters, histograms) available at the interactive web site http://amba.charite.de/cgh, where the incidence of changes can be determined at individual loci and additional parameters can be applied for the analysis of our CGH results.
    Archiv für Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für Klinische Medicin 03/2002; 440(2):187-94. · 2.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) was used to screen 83 lung adenocarcinomas of 60 patients for chromosomal imbalances. The most common alteration was DNA overrepresentation on chromosome 1q, with a peak incidence at 1q22-q23 in 73% of the primary tumours, followed by DNA overrepresentation on chromosomes 8q and 20q, and deletions on chromosomes 3p, 4q, 6q, 9p, 9q, and 13q, in at least 60%. The generation of a difference histogram of metastasizing versus non-metastasizing tumours and a case-by-case histogram for the comparison of 23 paired samples of primary tumours and corresponding metastases suggested that deletions on chromosomes 3p12-p14, 3p22-p24, 4p13-15.1, 4q21-qter, 6q21-qter, 8p, 10q, 14q21, 17p12-p13, 20p12, and 21q, and overrepresentations on chromosomes 1q21-q25, 7q11.2, 9q34, 11q12-q13, 14q11-q13, and 17q25 are associated with the metastatic phenotype. In contrast, losses on chromosome 19 and gains on 3p, 4q, 5p, and 6q were preferentially found in non-metastasizing tumours. The analysis of the paired samples revealed considerable chromosomal instability, but indicated a clonal relationship in each case. The primary tumours often showed additional deletions, suggesting that loss of function mutations are critical in the initial phase of tumour dissemination, whereas the metastases preferentially acquired DNA gains, probably modulating the metastatic phenotype. The primary data from this study (ratio profiles, clinicopathological parameters, histograms) are also available at http://amba.charite.de/cgh.
    The Journal of Pathology 02/2002; 196(1):8-16. · 7.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The global gene expression profiles for 67 human lung tumors representing 56 patients were examined by using 24,000-element cDNA microarrays. Subdivision of the tumors based on gene expression patterns faithfully recapitulated morphological classification of the tumors into squamous, large cell, small cell, and adenocarcinoma. The gene expression patterns made possible the subclassification of adenocarcinoma into subgroups that correlated with the degree of tumor differentiation as well as patient survival. Gene expression analysis thus promises to extend and refine standard pathologic analysis.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 12/2001; 98(24):13784-9. · 9.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Overexpression of the c-erbB2 protein is observed in a variety of malignancies including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We aimed to determine the rate of c-erbB2-overexpression in our tumour collection and to clarify its correlation with the chromosomal status at the c-erbB2 locus 17q21 in NSCLC. Eighty-nine NSCLC were analysed immunohistochemically using a polyclonal c-erbB2 antibody (DAKO). The staining was scored according to the guidelines of the Clinical Trial Assay recommendations (0-3+). Of these, 44 cases were also analysed by comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH). Overexpression was observed in 37% of the cases (score>1) which was associated with higher disease stages and a positive nodal status in adenocarcinomas. Chromosomal gains at 17q21 were clearly correlated with overexpression of the gene (P=0.009). In addition, there was a highly significant correlation between the c-erbB2 expression comparing the whole section immunostaining analysis and a 127 lung tumour tissue array which included 74 of the 89 cases that were analysed by the classical procedure. We conclude that c-erbB2 is a marker of tumour progression in NSCLC which can be observed on protein level and reflects chromosomal alterations at 17q21.
    European Journal of Cancer 06/2001; 37(9):1089-95. · 5.06 Impact Factor
  • I Petersen, S Petersen
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    ABSTRACT: Lung cancer is a highly aggressive neoplasm which is reflected by a multitude of genetic aberrations being detectable on the chromosomal and molecular level. In order to understand this seemingly genetic chaos, we performed Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH) in a large collective of human lung carcinomas investigating different tumor entities as well as multiple individual tumour specimens of single patients. Despite the considerable genetic instability being reflected by the well known morphological heterogeneity of lung cancer the comparison of different tumour groups using custom made computer software revealed recurrent aberration patterns and highlighted chromosomal imbalances that were significantly associated with morphological histotypes and biological phenotypes. Specifically we identified imbalances in NSCLC being associated with metastasis formation which are typically present in SCLC thus explaining why the latter is such an aggressive neoplasm characterized by widespread tumor dissemination. Based on the genetic data a new model for the development of SCLC is presented. It suggests that SCLC evolving from the same stem cell as NSCLC should be differentiated into primary and secondary tumors. Primary SCLC corresponding to the classical type evolved directly from an epithelial precursor cell. In contrast, secondary SCLC correlating with the combined SCLC develops via an NSCLC intermediate. In addition, we established libraries of differentially expressed genes from different human lung cancer types to identify new candidate genes for several of the chromosomal subregions identified by CGH. In this review, we summarise the status of our results aiming at a refined classification of lung cancer based on the pattern of genetic aberrations.
    Analytical cellular pathology: the journal of the European Society for Analytical Cellular Pathology 02/2001; 22(3):111-21.
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    ABSTRACT: Loss of chromosome 10q is a critical step during the progression and metastasis formation of lung cancer. We recently defined 3 distinct regions of allelic imbalances and considered the DMBT1 gene at 10q25-q26 an interesting candidate for the most telomeric region. Therefore, we investigated DMBT1 in 25 cancer cell lines and 39 primary tumors of the respiratory tract. The analysis by RT-PCR and Northern blot hybridization revealed that the gene is expressed in all tumors and cell lines and diminished in the SCLC line H187, indicating that RT-PCR is critical when used as the single method for the evaluation of gene expression. No mutations were found by SSCP analysis of the cDNA and the partially known genomic sequence. Similarly, Southern blot hybridization was unable to detect homozygous deletions. Allelotyping of the markers D10S587, D10S1708 and D10S1723 located near or within the DMBT1 gene did not reach the peak incidence of the 3 minimally deleted regions that we recently defined. In summary, our data do not confirm previous findings reporting frequent loss of DMBT1 expression in lung cancer. However, they strengthen the notion that the responsible gene on chromosome 10q25-q26 mediating tumor progression and metastasis formation in respiratory tract cancer remains enigmatic.
    International Journal of Cancer 11/2000; 88(1):71-6. · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chromosomal imbalances in 113 primary head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) determined by comparative genomic hybridization were correlated with patients survival using custom-made computer software which enabled the assessment of individual chromosomal loci. The Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed that overrepresentations of 2q12, 3q21-29, 6p21.1, 11q13, 14q23, 14q24, 14q31, 14q32, 15q24, 16q22, and deletions of 8p21-22 and 18q11.2 were significantly associated with both shorter disease-free interval and disease-specific survival in this tumor collective. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression models consistently identified the gains of 3q21-29, 11q13, and the loss of 8p21-22 as independent prognostic markers carrying a higher significance than the nodal status as the only clinicopathological parameter with statistical importance. In addition, these three markers allowed a molecular dissection of the patients with low clinical risk (pN0 and pT2 tumors). Thus, the genomic data being derived from the evaluation of primary HNSCC enabled a stratification of the patients into subgroups with different survival highlighting the necessity of a genetically based tumor classification for refining diagnosis and treatment of HNSCC patients.
    American Journal Of Pathology 09/2000; 157(2):369-75. · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Metastases account for approximately 50% of the malignant tumors in the brain. In order to identify structural alterations that are associated with tumor dissemination into the central nervous system we used Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH) to investigate 42 brain metastases and 3 primary tumors of 40 patients. The metastases originated from lung cancer (14 cases), melanomas (7), carcinomas of breast (5), colon (5), kidney (5), adrenal gland (1) and thyroid (1). In addition, tumors of initially unknown primaries were assessed in 3 cases. The highest incidence of DNA gains were observed for the chromosomal regions 1q23, 8q24, 17q24-q25, 20q13 (>80% of cases) followed by the gain on 7p12 (77%). DNA losses were slightly less frequent with 4q22, 4q26, 5q21, 9p21 being affected in at least 70% of the cases followed by deletions at 17p12, 4q32q34, 10q21, 10q23-q24 and 18q21-q22 in 67.5% of cases. Two unusual narrow regional peaks were observed for the gain on 17q24-q25 and loss on 17p12. The incidence at individual loci can be viewed at our CGH online tumor database at http:// amba.charite.de/cgh/. The metastases of each tumor type showed a recurrent pattern of changes. In those cases with primary tumor and metastases available, the CGH pattern exhibited a high degree of conformity. In conclusion, our data suggests that specific genetic lesions are associated with tumor dissemination into the nervous system and that CGH analysis may be a useful supplementary tool for classification of metastases with unknown origin.
    Brain Pathology 08/2000; 10(3):395-401. · 4.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lung cancer has a considerable impact on morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Despite extensive effort, no lung cancer-specific cytogenetic changes, such as lineage-specific translocations or inversions, have been described to date. In this study we used multiplex fluorescence in situ hybridization (M-FISH), comparative genomic hybridization, and multicolor bar coding to analyze eight cell lines derived from non-small cell lung cancers. M-FISH did not identify any balanced translocations, which are the dominating feature in leukemias and lymphomas. Instead, M-FISH unraveled an enormous number of numerical and structural aberrations, with each tumor having its own "private" pattern of chromosomal changes. In contrast, comparative genomic hybridization demonstrated similarities between tumors, because each cell line shared some chromosomal segments that were commonly gained or lost. One of these involved chromosome 12. Chromosome 12 specific bar code probe sets were constructed and used to demonstrate that breaks on chromosome 12 occur preferentially within specific bands. With the progressive use of higher resolution approaches, more information can be gained about the chromosomal alterations in cancer.
    Laboratory Investigation 08/2000; 80(7):1031-41. · 3.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lung cancer is a highly aggressive neoplasm with 85% mortality. To identify new tumor-associated genes, we compared the expression profile of a primary metastasizing adenocarcinoma with normal airway epithelial cells. Two cDNA libraries of up- and downregulated genes were generated, comprising 253 and 299 clones, respectively. The sequence analysis revealed 205 different known genes and 314 cDNA fragments of unknown functions. Northern-blot analysis of 167 clones confirmed differential expression in 58%, and indicated a similar expression pattern in additional lung-cancer cell lines for selected clones, strengthening the value of this model for the identification of new candidate genes in lung carcinogenesis.
    International Journal of Cancer 06/2000; 86(4):512-7. · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is the crucial step in the initiation of cervical carcinomas. In addition, HPV18 has been implicated in tumour progression and adverse clinical outcome. We determined the HPV types in 12 primary cervical carcinomas and 12 cell lines and compared the findings with the comparative genetic hybridisation (CGH) pattern of chromosomal alterations. The most frequent alteration was the deletion at 3p14 followed by the loss of 2q34-q36 along with 3q gain. High risk HPV types were detected in all samples except one primary tumour. In contrast to the normal distribution, HPV18 was present in 75% of cases including all cell lines. The cell lines carried a higher number of genetic alterations and a different CGH pattern for several chromosomes than the primary tumours, despite microdissection. Purely HPV18 positive cases indicated a high incidence of imbalances at specific loci with peaks of the histogram coinciding with known HPV integration sites. The study suggests that HPV infection is associated with a recurrent pattern of chromosomal changes in cervical carcinomas and that the development and progression of these alterations is triggered by integration into the host genome.
    European Journal of Cancer 04/2000; 36(4):542-8. · 5.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) was applied to squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck to define genetic alterations that are associated with the metastatic phenotype. CGH is a molecular cytogenetic method allowing the comprehensive analysis of a tumor genome for chromosomal imbalances. In total, 23 primary squamous cell carcinomas without evidence of metastasis formation and 20 lymph node metastases were investigated. Prevalent changes observed in more than 50% of the primary tumors included deletions on chromosomes 3p, 4p/q, 5q, 6q, 9p, 11q, 13q, and 18q, and DNA overrepresentations on chromosomes 1p, 3q, 5p, 8q, 9q, 11q13, 16p, 17q, 19p, 20q, and 22q. To evaluate the differences between both groups we used a histogram representation, calculation of a difference histogram, and statistical analysis. The analysis revealed that the lymph node metastases were frequently characterized by deletions on chromosomes 10, 11, and 14. In particular, DNA loss of the chromosomal bands 5p12, 10p11.2-12, 10q21, 10q22-23, 10q24-26, 11p13-14, 11q24-25, and 14q22-24 were significantly associated with metastases formation. The statistical analysis indicated that particularly the deletions on chromosome 10q were highly significant markers for the incidence of lymph node metastases. Our data indicate that tumor phenotypes are determined by patterns of chromosomal alterations, and that 10q deletions may predict the metastatic phenotype in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas.
    Laryngo-Rhino-Otologie 03/2000; 79(2):81-5. · 0.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) was applied to squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the lung to define chromosomal imbalances that are associated with the metastatic phenotype. In total, 64 lung SCC from 50 patients were investigated, 25 each with or without evidence of metastasis formation. The chromosomal imbalances summarized by a CGH histogram of the 50 cases revealed deletions most frequently on chromosomes 1p21-p31, 2q34-q36, 3p, 4p, 4q, 5q, 6q14-q24, 8p, 9p, 10q, 11p12-p14, 13q13-qter, 18q12-qter and 21q21. DNA over-representations were most pronounced for chromosomes 1q11-q25, 1q32-q41, 3q, 5p, 8q22-qter, 11q13, 12p, 17q21-q22, 17q24-q25, 19, 20q and 22q. In ten cases, paired samples of primaries and at least one metastasis were analysed. The comparison revealed a considerable chromosomal instability and genetic heterogeneity; however, the CGH pattern indicated a clonal relationship in each case. The difference in histograms from the metastatic and non-metastatic tumour groups was most useful in pinpointing chromosomal imbalances associated with the metastatic phenotype, indicating that the deletions at 3p12-p14, 3p21, 4p15-p16, 6q24-qter, 8p22-p23, 10q21-qter and 21q22, as well as the over-representations at 1q21-q25, 8q, 9q34, 14q12 and 15q12-q15, occurred significantly more often in the metastatic tumour group. The comparison of the paired samples confirmed these findings in individual cases and suggested distinct genetic changes, in particular the extension of small interstitial deletions, during tumour progression. Importantly, metastasis-associated lesions were frequently detectable in the primary tumour providing a method of identifying patients at risk for tumour dissemination. Individual profiles and histograms are accessible at our web site http://amba.charite.de/cgh.
    British Journal of Cancer 02/2000; 82(1):65-73. · 5.08 Impact Factor
  • Neurosurgical Focus - NEUROSURG FOCUS. 01/2000; 8(4):1-6.
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    ABSTRACT: The genetic mechanisms underlying the progression to the metastatic phenotype of lung cancer are poorly understood. We recently showed that small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and metastasizing squamous cell carcinomas are characterized by an increased incidence of allelic loss on chromosome 10q. In the present study we performed a deletion mapping using 24 polymorphic markers on chromosome 10q22-q26 in 39 squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the lung identifying 14 metastatic carcinomas (74%) and three non-metastatic SCC (15%) with allelic imbalance. The allelotype analysis indicated three regions of allelic loss that were clustered at the loci Afm086/D10S541, D10S185 and D10S1782/D10S169. A localized microsatellite instability was observed in two carcinomas for the markers D10S1686 and D10S1782. In addition the PTEN/MMAC1 gene was analysed by direct DNA sequencing and Southern blot analysis in 25 and 28 carcinomas, respectively, without detecting any genomic alterations. Similarly, no altered transcript was detected in 15 tumor cell lines and 20 primary tumors by Northern blot analysis or RT-PCR. In summary, three distinct regions of allelic imbalance were identified suggesting that multiple tumor suppressor genes on chromosome 10q contribute to tumor progression and metastases formation of lung cancer.
    Oncogene 08/1998; 17(4):449-54. · 8.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have demonstrated recently that chronic hyperoxic treatment accelerates the rate of aging of fibroblasts and the rate of telomere shortening in parallel. It was hypothesized that accelerated telomere shortening is due to preferential accumulation of oxidative damage in telomeres. To test this hypothesis, we measured the accumulation of sites sensitive to S1 nuclease treatment in telomeres, in minisatellites, and in the bulk of the genome of fibroblasts under different models of oxidative stress as well as after treatment with the alkylating agent,N-methyl-N′-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine. A comparison with qualitative data obtained by alkaline electrophoresis reveals that the sites transferred to double-strand breaks by treatment with low concentrations of S1 nuclease are, in fact, single-stranded regions in the DNA. These regions may resemble single-stranded overhangs, gaps, or conventional single-strand breaks. The frequency of single-stranded regions is significantly higher in telomeres than in minisatellites or in the bulk of the genome under all conditions tested. Those regions induced in minisatellites or in the overall genome by a bolus dose of hydrogen peroxide are completely repaired within 24 h. On the other hand, 50 ± 12% of H2O2-induced single-stranded regions remain unrepaired for at least 19 days in telomeres of human fibroblasts, leading to a significant increase of the telomeric steady-state level of these lesions. This preferential accumulation might significantly contribute to telomere shortening.
    Experimental Cell Research 02/1998; · 3.56 Impact Factor

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2k Citations
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Institutions

  • 1998–2003
    • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
      • Institute of Pathology
      Berlin, Land Berlin, Germany
  • 1997–2003
    • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
      • • Department of Psychology
      • • Department of Chemistry
      Berlin, Land Berlin, Germany
  • 2001
    • Stanford University
      • Department of Genetics
      Stanford, CA, United States
  • 2000
    • Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich
      • Division of Anthropology and Human Genetics
      München, Bavaria, Germany