André Vasconcelos

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) plays a major role in the etiology of cervical cancer. However, a complex correlation between viral and cellular genes is necessary for cell cycle control deregulation in the progression to invasive cervical cancer (ICC). Cyclin D1 (CCND1) is an important positive regulator of the G1/S phase of the cell cycle. The CCND1 gene is(More)
BACKGROUND Leptin has been consistently associated with angiogenesis and tumoral growth. A G/A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at the -2548 site in leptin gene (LEP) is associated with overexpression of leptin (A-allele). METHODS We evaluated DNA samples from 268 (536 alleles) unrelated individuals, 118 healthy controls (HCs) and 150 prostate cancer(More)
BACKGROUND Glutathione S-transferase (GST) metabolic enzymes may be involved in the development of human cancer. Genetic polymorphisms have been reported in GSTM1, GSTM3, and GSTT1 with functional alterations and influencing cancer risk. METHODS We analyzed DNA samples from 335 (670 alleles) unrelated individuals, 185 community control subjects, and 150(More)
BACKGROUND The prostate specific antigen (PSA) gene has a polymorphic androgen response element (ARE) sequence with two alleles, A and G. PSA A-allele carriers have higher serum PSA levels in healthy men (HM). METHODS We analysed DNA samples from 278 (556 alleles) unrelated individuals, 127 HM and 151 prostate cancer (PC) patients, for PSA ARE1 genotypes.(More)
In order to continuously improve its knowledge and to identify problems and possible solutions, an organization requires understanding the way business is aligned with the organizational strategy and how information systems are supporting the business. This paper presents a framework for describing and associating organizational concepts at multiple levels(More)
Genetic predisposition has been suggested as a cofactor for cancer aetiology and a polymorphism in TP53 codon 72 has been associated as a susceptibility factor for several cancers. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare neoplasia in western civilizations and genetic predisposition might play an important role in its development. We evaluated the linkage of the(More)
Background. The glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are a group of multifunctional enzymes that catalyze the conjugation of glutathione with a variety of electrophilic compounds, including cytotoxic agents. A significant percentage of normal individuals exhibit genetic polymorphism with a homozygous deletion (null genotype) of the genes, leading to absence of(More)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) degrades vasodilator kinins and generates angiotensin II (Ang II). It has been reported that ACE is synthesized by the prostate and that the AT-1 receptor subtype is the predominant prostatic Ang II receptor. A polymorphism in the human ACE gene has been described and the highest levels of circulating and tissue ACE(More)
The genes coding for separate isoforms of both the human glutathione-S-transferase class (GST)mu and class theta enzymes (GSTM1 and GSTT1) are polymorphic with a percentage of normal individuals exhibiting a homozygous deletion of the genes. An association between glutathione, proliferation and tumour angiogenesis has been observed. The aim of the present(More)