Adriana Báez

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Because translational research is not clearly defined, developers of translational research programs are struggling to articulate specific program objectives, delineate the knowledge and skills (competencies) that trainees are expected to develop, create an appropriate curriculum, and track outcomes to assess whether program objectives and competency(More)
  • Adriana Báez
  • Journal of environmental science and health. Part…
  • 2008
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) include squamous cell carcinomas of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx. Epidemiologic data suggest that the etiology and pathogenesis of HNSCC are influenced by environmental and lifestyle-related factors, such as tobacco use, ethanol consumption, papilloma virus infection, dietary factors and exposure to(More)
Background. Alterations in TGF-beta signaling are common in head and neck cancer (HNSCC). Mutations in TGF-beta type II receptor (TbetaR-II) occur frequently in HNSCC while TGF-beta type I receptor (TbetaR-I) mutations are rare, suggesting that other molecular alterations in the TGF-beta pathway are likely. To identify abnormalities in TbetaR-I expression(More)
The SMADs are a group of interrelated proteins that mediate transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) signaling. Upon TGF-beta binding the TGF-beta type I receptor phosphorylates Smad2 and Smad3, which then complex with Smad4 and translocate to the nucleus, with subsequent activation of target genes. Disruption of TGF-beta signaling is thought to(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to characterize head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) in the Puerto Rican population. This is a follow-up to our initial published report on the first 134 patients. Specifically, demographic characteristics, stage at presentation, initial treatment given, and rate of recurrence were studied. METHODS Relevant(More)
BACKGROUND Antibodies against cancer-related genes have been detected in human cancers including head and neck cancers. High titers of c-Myc autoantibodies have been linked to gene amplification and tumor progression. Centromere protein-F (CENP-F) autoantibodies have been detected in patients with various cancers, suggesting similar gene alteration. (More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence has accumulated suggesting that human papillomavirus (HPV) plays a role in the development of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). HPV16 is the most common of the HPV subtypes associated with oral and laryngeal malignancies. This study estimated the prevalence of HPV16 DNA in Puerto Rican patients with HNSCC. METHODS(More)