Ana Koren

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In extensive bone defects, tissue damage and hypoxia lead to cell death, resulting in slow and incomplete healing. Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can give rise to all specialized lineages found in healthy bone and are therefore uniquely suited to aid regeneration of damaged bone. We show that the cultivation of hESC-derived mesenchymal progenitors on 3D(More)
Lung cancer is the most lethal form of cancer in the world and despite significant therapeutic improvements that have been made, its survival rate still remains low. The latter is mainly due to the acquisition of resistance to systemic treatment regimens which, in turn, may be due to the presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) within the primary tumors. CSCs(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most lethal of brain cancer, and it comprises a heterogeneous mixture of functionally distinct cancer cells that affect tumor progression. We examined the U87, U251, and U373 malignant cell lines as in vitro models to determine the impact of cellular cross-talk on their phenotypic alterations in co-cultures. These cells were(More)
The rarity of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in peripheral blood requires the application of sensitive techniques for their detection. The aim of our study was to (i) first determine the sensitivity of cytokeratin-7 (KRT7) mRNA expression levels for the molecular detection of CTCs using spiked-in lung adenocarcinoma (AC)-derived A549 cells and (ii)(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is the underlying mechanism of tumor invasion and metastasis. Evidences from lung cancer cellular models show EMT can trigger conversion to a cancer stem cell (CSC) phenotype. In this study, we assessed mRNA expression levels of EMT-inducing transcription factors (BMI1, TWIST1), CSC (CD133, ALDH1A1), and epithelial(More)
Ambient Assisted Living environments rely heavily on use of technology for providing its users with assistance or supervision in their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Thus, it is crucial to ensure that wireless sensor networks (WSN) have high reliability and availability in such systems. Performance of networks is measured by the packet delivery ratio,(More)
Polycomb group member protein BMI1 is involved in maintaining cell identity, proliferation, differentiation and human oncogenesis. In the present study, we determined BMI1 mRNA expression in whole blood and evaluated the impact of the expression level on the treatment response and survival of 96 advanced NSCLC patients treated with first-line platinum-based(More)
Constant struggle in medical science to develop new, more advanced methods of medicine application and reducing the invasiveness of a range of tests and procedures is present. For achieving this ambitious goal, it is necessary to find and develop new methods and technologies and to applicate them. The issue of localizing a range of devices inside the human(More)
BACKGROUND The data on expression and clinical impact of cancer stem cell markers SOX2, NANOG and OCT4 in lung cancer is still lacking. The aim of our study was to compare SOX2, NANOG and OCT4 mRNA expression levels in whole blood between advanced small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients and healthy controls, and to correlate mRNA expression with(More)
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