Ana Koren

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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)
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