Catherine A Burkhart

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A major impediment to the successful use of Taxol in the treatment of cancer is the development of drug resistance. The major cellular target of Taxol is the microtubule that is comprised of alpha- and beta-tubulin heterodimers. Binding sites for Taxol have been delineated on the beta-tubulin subunit that has six isotypes. We have recently described(More)
BACKGROUND Human MYCN (hMYCN) oncogene amplification is a powerful predictor of treatment failure in childhood neuroblastoma, and dysregulation of hMYCN protein expression appears to be critically involved in the pathogenesis of this disease. We used hMYCN antisense (AS) oligonucleotides to investigate, both in vitro and in vivo, the therapeutic potential(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) continues to be one of the deadliest cancers due to the absence of effective treatment. Curaxins are a class of small molecules with anti-cancer activity demonstrated in different models of cancer in mice. The lead curaxin compound, CBL0137, recently entered Phase I clinical trials. Curaxins modulate several important(More)
Amplification of the transcription factor MYCN is associated with poor outcome and a multidrug-resistant phenotype in neuroblastoma. N-Myc regulates the expression of several ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter genes, thus affecting global drug efflux. Because these transporters do not confer resistance to several important cytotoxic agents used to treat(More)
Amplification of the MYCN oncogene predicts treatment resistance in childhood neuroblastoma. We used a MYC target gene signature that predicts poor neuroblastoma prognosis to identify the histone chaperone FACT (facilitates chromatin transcription) as a crucial mediator of the MYC signal and a therapeutic target in the disease. FACT and MYCN expression(More)
Background The survival rate for patients with glioblastoma (GBM) remains dismal. New therapies targeting molecular pathways dysregulated in GBM are needed. One such clinical-stage drug candidate, CBL0137, is a curaxin, small molecules which simultaneously downregulate nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-ĸB) and activate p53 by inactivating the chromatin remodeling(More)
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