Augusto Nogueira

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PURPOSE The purpose of our study was to determine whether the amounts of circulating DNA (cDNA) could discriminate between NSCLC patients and healthy individuals and assess its value as a prognostic marker of this disease. METHODS We conducted a study of 309 individuals and the cDNA levels were assessed through real-time PCR methodology. RESULTS We(More)
INTRODUCTION Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in women worldwide. Mammalian cells are constantly exposed to a wide variety of genotoxic agents from both endogenous and exogenous sources. The RAD51 protein is required for meiotic and mitotic recombination and plays a central role in homology-dependent recombinational repair of(More)
The success of chemotherapy in ovarian cancer (OC) is directly associated with the broad variability in platinum response, with implications in patients survival. This heterogeneous response might result from inter-individual variations in the platinum-detoxification pathway due to the expression of glutathione-S-transferase (GST) enzymes. We hypothesized(More)
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common solid cancer of the adult kidney and the majority of RCC cases are detected accidentally. This reality and the nonexistence of a standard screening test contribute to the fact that one third of patients are diagnosed with local invasive disease or metastatic disease. miRNAs are a family of small ncRNAs that(More)
Prostate cancer (PC) is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. The acquisition of castration-resistant (CR) phenotype is associated with the activation of signaling pathways mediated by growth factors. The TGFβ1 and its receptors have an important role in tumor progression, being the pro-apoptotic function modulated by the expression of TGFBR2. A(More)
Lung cancer continues to be the most frequent cancer with approximately one million people worldwide dying of this disease each year. Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately 80% of all lung cancers. The RAD51 protein is the key protein for homologous recombination, an evolutionarily conserved mechanism for DNA damage repair and the(More)
CYP3A4 is a key enzyme involved in the metabolism of numerous compounds, such as paclitaxel, and its activity shows an extensive inter-individual variation which can influence treatment response. The study's purpose was to investigate the potential predictive role of a CYP3A4 profile (CYP3A4*1B, rs2740574 and CYP3A4*22, rs35599367) in serous ovarian cancer(More)
Defective innervation of the neuromuscular junctions (NMJ) was recently described in intestinal neuronal dysplasia type B (IND B). The aim of the present study was to correlate the alterations in NMJs to other classically described parameters in dysganglionoses and to determine the relationship between NMJ abnormalities in IND B and clinical symptoms. The(More)
PURPOSE Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in oncologic patients of western countries, with very low survival rates. Telomerase main components are the catalytic subunit (hTERT) and the RNA template (hTR). A functional polymorphism in the hTERT gene was found in the promoter region (-1327T/C), and individuals homozygous for the -1327C/C genotype(More)