Adriana Contreras-Paredes

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During the early stages of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, the innate immune system creates a pro-inflammatory microenvironment by recruiting innate immune cells to eliminate the infected cells, initiating an effective acquired immune response. However, HPV exhibits a wide range of strategies for evading immune-surveillance, generating an(More)
Intra-type genome variations of high risk Human papillomavirus (HPV) have been associated with a differential threat for cervical cancer development. In this work, the effect of HPV18 E6 isolates in Akt/PKB and Mitogen-associated protein kinase (MAPKs) signaling pathways and its implication in cell proliferation were analyzed. E6 from HPV types 16 and 18(More)
Cervical cancer development has been mainly associated with persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. However, HPV infection is unlikely to be sufficient to cause cervical cancer, and the contribution of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could be the determining factor for cervical lesion-progression. The aim of this study was to estimate(More)
Natural killer cells play a role in the immune antitumor response by recognizing and eliminating tumor cells through the engagement of NKG2D receptors with their ligands on target cells. This work aimed to investigate whether epigenetic drugs are able to increase MICA and MICB expression as well as NK cell cytotoxicity. Prostate, colon, breast and cervical(More)
Transforming viruses can change a normal cell into a cancer cell during their normal life cycle. Persistent infections with these viruses have been recognized to cause some types of cancer. These viruses have been implicated in the modulation of various biological processes, such as proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. The study of infections(More)
The Papanicolaou test (Pap) has been responsible for a significant reduction of cervical cancer-related morbimortality. In order to increase its sensitivity and specificity new markers have been studied and incorporated to cytological and histological methods for diagnosis for cervical cancer, such as p16INK4A that has been considered the immunocytochemical(More)
Small RNAs belong to a newly discovered strain of molecules. These molecules are composed of double strand RNA comprised by just about 19-31 nucleotides. They have two main characteristics that make them unique. Firstly, they are noncoding for proteins and second they interfere post-transcriptional with mRNA. This interfering action is the distinguishing(More)
Cervical cancer is a public health issue in developing countries. Although the Pap smear and colposcopy remain the major strategies for detection, most cases are diagnosed in the late stages. Therefore, a major concern has been to develop early diagnostic approaches and more effective treatments. Molecular pathways that participate in cervical malignant(More)
Early cellular events in the lung which may lead to the development of pulmonary metastases (PM) are still poorly understood. Thrombin, a key component of the coagulation cascade, may be involved in the development of PM as it has been shown to be an enhancer of platelet-tumor interaction in vitro and metastasis in vivo, and because it has been found in(More)
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) comprise a large family of pathogens of the cutaneous or mucosal squamous epithelia. Despite the knowledge of the genomic sequences of many HPV types, the regulation of viral gene expression is still uncertain. Viral gene expression in infected cells depends on cell differentiation and is tightly regulated at the(More)