P Kleihues

University of Zurich, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

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    ABSTRACT: The incidence of HIV encephalopathies was determined in an ongoing consecutive autopsy study. Among 345 patients who died from AIDS in Switzerland during 1981–1990, 68 (19%) showed morphological evidence of HIV encephalopathy. Two major histopathological manifestations were observed. Progressive diffuse leukoencephalo-pathy (PDL) was present in 33 cases and is characterized by a diffuse loss of myelin staining in the deep white matter of the cerebral and cerebellar hemispheres, with scattered multinucleated giant cells but little or no inflammatory reaction. Multinucleated giant cell encephalitis (MGCE) was diagnosed in 32 cases; it's hallmarks are accumulations of multinucleated giant cells with prominent inflammatory reaction and focal necroses. In 3 patients both types of lesions overlapped. Brain tissue from 27 patients was analyzed for the presence of HIV gag sequences using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with primers encoding a 109 base pair segment of the viral gene. Amplification succeeded in all patients with clinical and histopathological evidence for HIV encephalopathy but was absent in AIDS patients with opportunistic bacterial, parasitic and/or viral infections. Potential mechanisms by which HIV exerts it's adverse effects on the human CNS are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2008 · Pathology International

  • No preview · Article · Jan 2008 · Brain Pathology

  • No preview · Article · Dec 2006 · Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to analyze retrospectively timing, frequency, and prognostic impact of TP53 mutations and P53 protein accumulation in supratentorial WHO grade II astrocytomas and oligoastrocytomas of adult patients. We included 159 consecutively treated patients (1991-1998), and each tumor was screened for TP53 mutations and P53 protein overexpression. Prognostic evaluation was performed with the multivariate proportional hazards model. TP53 mutations (P53 protein overexpression) were detected in 49% (47%) of all tumors with a preference for the gemistocytic subtype (P < 0.05). The TP53 status of the primary tumor was predictive for the status of the recurrent tumor, and tumor recurrence/progression was associated with an increase of P53 immunopositive cells in 68% of the investigated tumors. Univariately, gemistocytic subtype and presence of TP53 mutation (but not P53 accumulation) were unfavorable predictors for progression-free survival (P < 0.05); multivariately, only the gemistocytic subtype remained unfavorable influence (P = 0.04). No overall prognostic impact of the TP53 status on survival and time to malignancy was observed (P < 0.05). Five nongemistocytic tumors with a codon 175 TP53 mutation exhibited a significantly worse prognosis as compared with those with any other mutational sites (5-year progression-free survival: 0%; 5-year malignant transformation: 100%; P < 0.001). TP53 mutations are frequent and early events in the pathogenesis of WHO grade II astrocytomas/oligoastrocytomas, and most of the univariately detected overall prognostic impact of the TP53 status must be related to the influence of the gemistocytic subtype. In nongemistocytic astrocytomas, a hot spot codon 175 TP53 mutation indicates a worse prognosis in terms of time to progression and malignancy.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2002 · Clinical Cancer Research
  • Harri Vainio · Elisabete Weiderpass · Paul Kleihues
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    ABSTRACT: Tobacco smoking is the largest preventable risk factor for morbidity and mortality in industrialized countries. WHO estimates that tobacco will become the largest single health problem by 2020, causing an estimated 8.4 million deaths annually. Tobacco has central importance in the etiology of cancers of the lung, head and neck, urinary tract, and pancreas. Reducing the number of young people who take up smoking and helping those who have started to smoke to quit the habit are the key ways of preventing these cancers. Tobacco- or nicotine-dependence is a common, chronic, relapsing medical condition. Studies of twins have implicated genetic factors in most of the differences in vulnerability to tobacco smoke and in the persistence of the smoking phenotype. The available interventions for reducing tobacco use and treatment for nicotine dependence offer public health officials and clinicians the greatest single opportunity for disease prevention. Five medications — nicotine chewing gum, nicotine patches, nicotine inhalers, nicotine nasal sprays and bupropion — and behavioural therapy appear to be both effective and safe: they double the quitting rates and are associated with a dropout rate due to adverse events of less than 5%.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2001 · Toxicology
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    M Nakamura · T Watanabe · Y Yonekawa · P Kleihues · H Ohgaki
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    ABSTRACT: O(6)-Methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is a repair protein that specifically removes promutagenic alkyl groups from the O(6) position of guanine in DNA. Repair of O(6)-alkylguanine adducts by tumour cells has been implicated in drug resistance since it reduces the cytotoxicity of alkylating chemotherapeutic agents. We assessed promoter methylation of the MGMT gene in astrocytic brain tumours by methylation-specific PCR. MGMT promoter methylation was detected in 26 of 54 (48%) low-grade diffuse astrocytomas (WHO grade II) and in 12 of 16 (75%) of secondary glioblastomas (WHO grade IV) that had progressed from low-grade astrocytomas. The frequency of MGMT methylation was significantly lower in primary (de novo) glioblastomas (13 of 36, 36%, P = 0.0155). The majority of low-grade astrocytomas with MGMT methylation (24/26, 92%) contained a TP53 mutation, whereas only 11 out of 28 (39%) cases without MGMT methylation carried a TP53 mutation (P < 0.0001). Furthermore, G:C --> A:T transition mutations at CpG sites were significantly more frequent in low-grade astrocytomas with MGMT methylation (15/26, 58%) than in those without (3/28, 11%, P = 0.0004). These results suggest that loss of MGMT expression as a result of promoter methylation, which frequently occurs at an early stage in the pathway leading to secondary glioblastomas, appears to be associated with increased frequency of TP53 mutations, in particular G:C --> A:T transitions.
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    ABSTRACT: Invasion of spheroids from 20 human primary glioblastomas into precultured fetal rat brain tissue in culture has been studied and quantified. Between 30 and 98 percent of the normal brain tissue was destroyed by invading glioma cells within 4 days. The degree of invasion did not correlate with patient survival. A slightly higher invasiveness and shorter survival was seen in tumors with EGF receptor overexpression, and the opposite pattern was found for tumors with a TP53 mutation. The degree of invasiveness in vitro was far higher than would be expected from the dynamics of clinically observed tumor spread. This suggests that mechanisms suppressing invasion may be operative in the normal brain; alternatively the differences may be due to a higher permissiveness of the fetal brain tissue for invasion in vitro.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2001 · Journal of Neuro-Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Hereditary paraganglioma of the head and neck is associated with germline mutations in the SDHD gene, which encodes a mitochondrial respiratory chain protein. Paragangliomas of the central nervous system are very rare, occur almost exclusively in the cauda equina of the spinal cord and are considered non-familial. In the present study, we screened 22 apparently sporadic paragangliomas of the cauda equina for SDHD mutations. One spinal paraganglioma and similar cerebellar tumours that developed 22 years later in the same patient contained a missense mutation at codon 12 (GGT-->AGT, Gly-->Ser) and a silent mutation at codon 68 (AGC-->AGT, Ser-->Ser). There was no family history of paragangliomas but DNA from white blood cells of this patient showed the same sequence alterations, indicating the presence of a germline mutation. All other cases of spinal paraganglioma had the wild-type SDHD sequence, except one case with a silent mutation at codon 68 (AGC-->AGT, Ser-->Ser). This is the first observation indicating that inherited SDHD mutations may occasionally cause the development of paragangliomas in the central nervous system.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2001 · Oncogene
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    ABSTRACT: The CDKN2A locus on chromosome 9p21 contains the p14ARF and p16INK4a genes, and is frequently deleted in human neoplasms, including brain tumors. In this study, we screened 34 primary (de novo) glioblastomas and 16 secondary glioblastomas that had progressed from low-grade diffuse astrocytomas for alterations of the p14ARF and p16INK4a genes, including homozygous deletion by differential PCR, promoter hypermethylation by methylation-specific PCR, and protein expression by immunohistochemistry. A total of 29 glioblastomas (58%) had a p14ARF homozygous deletion or methylation, and 17 (34%) showed p16INK4a homozygous deletion or methylation. Thirteen glioblastomas showed both p14ARF and p16INK4a homozygous deletion, while nine showed only a p14ARF deletion. Immunohistochemistry revealed loss of p14ARF expression in the majority of glioblastomas (38/50, 76%), and this correlated with the gene status, i.e. homozygous deletion or promoter hypermethylation. There was no significant difference in the overall frequency of p14ARF and p16INK4a alterations between primary and secondary glioblastomas. The analysis of multiple biopsies from the same patients revealed hypermethylation of p14ARF (5/15 cases) and p16INK4a (1/15 cases) already at the stage of low-grade diffuse astrocytoma but consistent absence of homozygous deletions. These results suggest that aberrant p14ARF expression due to homozygous deletion or promoter hypermethylation is associated with the evolution of both primary and secondary glioblastomas, and that p14ARF promoter methylation is an early event in subset of astrocytomas that undergo malignant progression to secondary glioblastoma.
    No preview · Article · May 2001 · Brain Pathology
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    ABSTRACT: Although characterized by a highly variable phenotype and multiple genetic alterations, glioblastomas are considered monoclonal in origin. We here report on a 64-yr-old patient who developed a second glioblastoma in the left frontal lobe 10 yr after surgical resection of a glioblastoma of right frontal lobe. The first tumor contained 2 p53 mutations, in codon 213 (CGA-->TGA, Arg-->stop) and codon 306 (CGA-->TGA, Arg-->stop), further, 1 missense PTEN mutation (codon 257, TTC-->TTA, Phe-->Leu) and a silent PTEN mutation (codon 154, TTC-->TTT, Phe-->Phe). The second glioblastoma also contained multiple, but different mutations: p53 mutations in codons 158 (CGC-->CAC, Arg-->His) and 273 (CGT-->TGT, Arg-->Cys), and a PTEN mutation in codon 233 (CGA-->TGA, Arg-->Stop). Both neoplasms had a homozygous p16 deletion. The discordant pattern of mutations indicates that the second glioblastoma was not a recurrence but an independent second glioblastoma. The presence in these neoplasms of multiple mutations in tumor suppressor genes suggests the involvement of a novel disease mechanism but there was no indication of a DNA mismatch repair deficiency or of an inherited tumor syndrome.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2001 · Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
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    ABSTRACT: Loss of expression of the retinoblastoma gene (RB1) has been shown to occur in up to 25% of glioblastomas (WHO Grade IV). To elucidate the underlying mechanism, we assessed RB1 promoter hypermethylation using methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction and RB1 expression by immunohistochemistry in 35 primary (de novo) glioblastomas and in 21 secondary glioblastomas that had progressed from low-grade diffuse astrocytoma (WHO Grade II) or anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO Grade III). Promoter hypermethylation was significantly more frequent in secondary (9 of 21, 43%) than in primary glioblastomas (5 of 35, 14%; p = 0.0258). There was a clear correlation between loss of RB1 expression and promoter hypermethylation. In the majority of glioblastomas with loss of RB1 expression, there was promoter hypermethylation (11 of 13, 85%), whereas 93% of tumors with RB1 expression had a normal RB1 gene status (p < 0.0001). In three glioblastomas, areas with and without RB1 expression were microdissected; promoter hypermethylation was detected only in areas lacking RB1 expression. In patients with multiple biopsies, methylation of the RB1 promoter was not detectable in the less malignant precursor lesions, ie, low-grade diffuse and anaplastic astrocytoma. These results indicate that promoter hypermethylation is a late event during astrocytoma progression and is the major mechanism underlying loss of RB1 expression in glioblastomas.
    Preview · Article · Jan 2001 · Laboratory Investigation
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    HT Huang · S Colella · M Kurrer · Y Yonekawa · P Kleihues · H Ohgaki
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    ABSTRACT: Diffuse astrocytoma WHO grade II is a well-differentiated, slowly growing tumor that has an inherent tendency to progress to anaplastic astrocytoma (WHO grade III) and, eventually, to glioblastoma (WHO grade IV). Little is known about its molecular basis, except for p53 mutations that are found in >60% of cases. In a search for additional genetic alterations, we carried out gene expression profiling of 11 diffuse astrocytomas using cDNA expression arrays. Expression of six genes (TIMP3, c-myc, EGFR, DR-nm23, nm23-H4, and GDNPF) was detected in 64-100% of diffuse astrocytomas, but not in nontumorous brain tissue. Seven genes (AAD14, SPARC, LRP, PDGFR-alpha, 60S ribosomal protein L5, PTN, and hBAP) were found to be up-regulated more than 2-fold in 20-60% of cases, whereas 11 genes (IFI 9-27, protein kinase CLK, TDGF1, BIN1, GAB1, TYRO3, LDH-A, adducin 3, GUK1, CDC10, and KRT8) were down-regulated to less than 50% of normal levels in 64-100% of cases. Semiquantitative conventional reverse transcription-PCR was performed for 11 genes, 9 of which showed an expression profile similar to that obtained with cDNA expression arrays. Immunohistochemical staining for SPARC showed cytoplasmic immunoreactivity of neoplastic cells in all diffuse astrocytomas analyzed. These results indicate significant changes in gene expression in diffuse astrocytomas, but it remains to be shown which of these are causally related to the transformation of glial cells.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2000 · Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: Glioblastomas develop rapidly de novo (primary glioblastomas) or slowly through progression from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma (secondary glioblastomas). Recent studies have shown that these glioblastoma subtypes develop through different genetic pathways. Primary glioblastomas are characterized by EGFR amplification/overexpression, PTEN mutation, homozygous p16 deletion, and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on entire chromosome 10, whereas secondary glioblastomas frequently contain p53 mutations and show LOH on chromosome 10q. In this study, we analyzed LOH on chromosomes 19q, 1p, and 13q, using polymorphic microsatellite markers in 17 primary glioblastomas and in 13 secondary glioblastomas that progressed from low-grade astrocytomas. LOH on chromosome 19q was frequently found in secondary glioblastomas (7 of 13, 54%) but rarely detected in primary glioblastomas (1 of 17, 6%, p = 0.0094). The common deletion was 19q13.3 (between D19S219 and D19S902). These results suggest that tumor suppressor gene(s) located on chromosome 19q are frequently involved in the progression from low-grade astrocytoma to secondary glioblastoma, but do not play a major role in the evolution of primary glioblastomas. LOH on chromosome 1p was detected in 12% of primary and 15% of secondary glioblastomas. LOH on 13q was detected in 12% of primary and in 38% of secondary glioblastomas and typically included the RB locus. Except for 1 case, LOH 13q and 19q were mutually exclusive.
    Preview · Article · Jul 2000 · Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
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    Paul Kleihues · Leslie H. Sobin
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    ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization announces a new series entitled World Health Organization Classification of Tumors. This continuation of the International Histological Classification of Tumors project will include information on molecular genetics and will cover all tumor sites within the next 5 years.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2000 · Cancer
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    H Ohgaki · H Huang · M Haltia · H Vainio · P Kleihues

    Full-text · Article · Apr 2000 · JNCI Journal of the National Cancer Institute
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    ABSTRACT: There are distinct genetic pathways leading to the glioblastoma, the most malignant astrocytic brain tumor. Primary (de novo) glioblastomas develop in older patients and are characterized by epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor amplification/overexpression, p16 deletion, and PTEN mutations, whereas secondary glioblastomas that progressed from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma develop in younger patients and frequently contain p53 mutations. In this study, we assessed the genetic profile of gliosarcoma, a rare glioblastoma variant characterized by a biphasic tissue pattern with alternating areas displaying glial and mesenchymal differentiation. Single-strand conformation polymorphism followed by direct DNA sequencing revealed p53 mutations in five of 19 gliosarcomas (26%) and PTEN mutations in seven cases (37%). Homozygous p16 deletion was detected by differential polymerase chain reaction in seven (37%) gliosarcomas. The overall incidence of alterations in the Rb pathway (p16 deletion, CDK4 amplification, or loss of pRb immunoreactivity) was 53%, and these changes were mutually exclusive. Coamplification of CDK4 and MDM2 was detected in one gliosarcoma. None of the gliosarcomas showed amplification or overexpression of the EGF receptor. Thus gliosarcomas exhibit a genetic profile similar to that of primary (de novo) glioblastomas, except for the absence of EGFR amplification/overexpression. Identical PTEN mutations in the gliomatous and sarcomatous tumor components were found in two cases. Other biopsies contained p16 deletions, an identical p53 mutation, or coamplification of MDM2 and CDK4 in both tumor areas. This strongly supports the concept of a monoclonal origin of gliosarcomas and an evolution of the sarcomatous component due to aberrant mesenchymal differentiation in a highly malignant astrocytic neoplasm.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2000 · American Journal Of Pathology
  • M Nakamura · J Rieger · M Weller · J Kim · P Kleihues · H Ohgaki
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    ABSTRACT: APO2 ligand (APO2L)/TRAIL is a novel member of the tumor necrosis factor cytokine family and a potent inducer of apoptosis in tumor cell lines. We recently reported that APO2L is consistently expressed in low-grade astrocytomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, glioblastomas, and cell lines derived thereof, and that malignant glioma cell lines are susceptible to APO2L-induced apoptosis. In this study, we investigated whether APO2L is expressed in medulloblastoma or neuroblastoma cell lines and whether these cells are sensitive to APO2L-induced apoptosis. Immunoblot analyses revealed full-length APO2L protein expression in one (DAOY) of three medulloblastoma cell lines but not in two neuroblastoma cell lines (SKN-BE and SKN-LE). Viability assay performed after exposure to soluble APO2L for 16 h showed that DAOY medulloblastoma cells were the most sensitive and that apoptosis induced by APO2L was greatly enhanced when protein synthesis was inhibited by cycloheximide. Neuroblastoma cell lines were almost completely resistant to APO2L-induced apoptosis. We also carried out APO2L immunohistochemistry in a total of 115 tumors of the nervous system with different histogenesis and biological behavior. In all 9 pilocytic astrocytomas, the areas of dense fibrillary network showed diffuse and strong APO2L expression. In oligodendrogliomas, APO2L expression was observed in areas with a significant admixture of astrocytic cells, but was absent in neoplastic oligodendrocytes. In 13 of 14 ependymomas, APO2L was expressed in perivascular pseudorosettes. In all 12 medulloblastomas, strong APO2L expression was observed in intra-tumoral-reactive astrocytes, but neoplastic cells did not show APO2L immunoreactivity. Thus, the pattern of APO2L expression was largely similar to that of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), except for choroid plexus tumors and 3 of 8 anaplastic meningiomas, in which APO2L was focally expressed without concomitant GFAP expression. APO2L expression was absent in meningiomas, neurocytomas, and schwannomas. Thus, there is considerable heterogeneity of APO2L expression and susceptibility to APO2L-induced apoptosis among human brain tumors.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2000 · Acta Neuropathologica
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    ABSTRACT: Glioblastomas develop de novo (primary glioblastomas) or through progression from low-grade or anaplastic astrocytoma (secondary glioblastomas). There is increasing evidence that these glioblastoma subtypes develop through different genetic pathways. Primary glioblastomas are characterized by EGFR and MDM2 amplification/overexpression, PTEN mutations, and p16 deletions, whereas secondary glioblastomas frequently contain p53 mutations. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on chromosome 10 (LOH#10) is the most frequent genetic alteration in glioblastomas; the involvement of tumor suppressor genes, other than PTEN, has been suggested. We carried out deletion mappings on chromosome 10, using PCR-based microsatellite analysis. LOH#10 was detected at similar frequencies in primary (8/17; 47%) and secondary glioblastomas (7/13; 54%). The majority (88%) of primary glioblastomas with LOH#10 showed LOH at all informative markers, suggesting loss of the entire chromosome 10. In contrast, secondary glioblastomas with LOH#10 showed partial or complete loss of chromosome 10q but no loss of 10p. These results are in accordance with the view that LOH on 10q is a major factor in the evolution of glioblastoma multiform as the common phenotypic end point of both genetic pathways, whereas LOH on 10p is largely restricted to the primary (de novo) glioblastoma.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2000 · Laboratory Investigation
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    ABSTRACT: The cerebellar medulloblastoma (WHO Grade IV) is a highly malignant, invasive embryonal tumor with preferential manifestation in children. Several molecular alterations appear to be involved, including isochromosome 17q and the p53, PTCH, and beta-catenin gene mutations. In this study, 46 sporadic medulloblastomas were screened for the presence of mutations in genes of the Wnt signaling pathway (APC and beta-catenin). Single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis followed by direct DNA sequencing revealed 3 miscoding APC mutations in 2 (4.3%) medulloblastomas. One case contained a GCA-->GTA mutation at codon 1296 (Ala-->Val), and another case had double point mutations at codons 1472 (GTA-->ATA, Val-->Ile) and 1495 (AGT-->GGT, Ser-->Gly). Miscoding beta-catenin mutations were detected in 4 tumors (8.7%). Three of these were located at codon 33 (TCT -->TTT, Ser-->Phe) and another at codon 37 (TCT-->GCT, Ser-->Ala). Adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene and beta-catenin mutations were mutually exclusive and occurred in a total of 6 of 46 cases (13%). Although germline APC mutations are a well established cause of familial colon and brain tumors (Turcot syndrome), this study provides the first evidence that APC mutations are also operative in a subset of sporadic medulloblastomas.
    Preview · Article · Feb 2000 · American Journal Of Pathology
  • P. Kleihues · W. K. Cavenee

    No preview · Article · Jan 2000

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  • 1985-2008
    • University of Zurich
      • • Division of Neuropsychology
      • • Institut für Neuropathologie
      • • Institute of Veterinary Pathology
      Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1970-2006
    • Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
      Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
  • 2001
    • University of Bergen
      • The Gade Institute
      Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
  • 1995-2001
    • International Agency for Research on Cancer
      Lyons, Rhône-Alpes, France
    • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
      La Jolla, California, United States
  • 2000
    • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
      Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1998-2000
    • Cancer Research Center of Lyon
      Lyons, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • 1988-1999
    • University Hospital Zürich
      Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1997
    • Philipps University of Marburg
      Marburg, Hesse, Germany
  • 1994
    • University of Bonn - Medical Center
      Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 1985-1993
    • Pathologie Institut Enge
      Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1992
    • University of Hamburg
      Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
    • University of Bonn
      • Institute of Neuropathology
      Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 1991
    • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
      Kaiserlautern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • 1977-1986
    • University of Freiburg
      • Institute of Psychology
      Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • 1973
    • The Courtauld Institute of Art
      Londinium, England, United Kingdom