Armin Lahiji

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BACKGROUND The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) plays an important role in the growth and survival of many human tumors of epithelial origin. EGFR variant III (EGFRvIII) is a truncated form of EGFR that does not bind ligand, is constitutively active, and is reported to be coexpressed with EGFR in some human tumors including breast, glioblastoma,(More)
A novel class of 1-[4-(1H-benzoimidazol-2-yl)-phenyl]-3-[4-(1H-benzoimidazol-2-yl)-phenyl]-ureas are described as potent inhibitors of heparanase. Among them are 1,3-bis-[4-(1H-benzoimidazol-2-yl)-phenyl]-urea (7a) and 1,3-bis-[4-(5,6-dimethyl-1H-benzoimidazol-2-yl)-phenyl]-urea (7d), which displayed good heparanase inhibitory activity (IC(50) 0.075-0.27(More)
Locus control regions (LCRs) are cis-acting gene regulatory elements with the unique, integration site-independent ability to transfer the characteristics of their locus-of-origin's gene expression pattern to a linked transgene in mice. LCR activities have been discovered in numerous T cell lineage-expressed gene loci. These elements can be adapted to the(More)
TYRP1 (tyrosinase-related protein 1) is a melanoma antigen expressed in melanosomes and on the surface of melanoma cells. Previous studies have shown that mouse antibodies to TYRP1 localized to melanomas in vivo and inhibited tumor growth and metastasis. Here, we describe the characterization of a novel fully human anti-TYRP1 MAb (20D7) generated by(More)
Numerous locus control region (LCR) activities have been discovered in gene loci important to immune cell development and function. LCRs are a distinct class of cis-acting gene regulatory elements that appear to contain all the DNA sequence information required to establish an independently and predictably regulated gene expression program at any genomic(More)
The OP9/OP9-DL1 co-culture system has become a well-established method for deriving differentiated blood cell types from embryonic and hematopoietic progenitors of both mouse and human origin. It is now used to address a growing variety of complex genetic, cellular and molecular questions related to hematopoiesis, and is at the cutting edge of efforts to(More)
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