Celia Vélez

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Doxorubicin, one of the most effective anticancer drugs currently known, is commonly used against breast cancer. However, its clinical use is restricted by dose-dependent toxicity (myelosuppression and cardiotoxicity), the emergence of multidrug resistance and its low specificity against cancer cells. Nanotechnology is a promising alternative to overcome(More)
The gef gene has cell-killing functions in Escherichia coli. To evaluate the feasibility of using this gene as a new strategy for cancer therapy, we transfected it in MCF-7 cells derived from breast cancer (MCF-7TG). The gef gene was cloned in a pMAMneo vector under the control of a mouse mammary tumour virus promoter, inducible by dexamethasone (Dex), and(More)
We used one-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of myocardial proteins followed by Western blotting to study the formation of antiheart antibodies during three months after myocardial infarction and the relationship between the appearance of antibodies and clinical and laboratory findings. Fifty-four percent of the 66(More)
To test whether cardiac muscle is a target for regulation by peptide growth factors, we analyzed the effects of two growth factors on actin and alpha-actinin expression at the subcellular level. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting, and fluorescense-activated cell sorter analysis were used to quantify the effects of basic fibroblast(More)
It was recently suggested that reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)-based detection of tyrosinase messenger RNA (mRNA) in peripheral blood is useful in the early detection of circulating tumor cells, since tyrosinase is thought to be a melanocyte-specific marker. However, the sensitivity of detection of these cells in circulation is(More)
Colorectal cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in the world. Patients in advanced stages often develop metastases that require chemotherapy and usually show a poor response, have a low survival rate and develop considerable toxicity with adverse symptoms. Gene therapy may act as an adjuvant therapy in attempts to destroy the tumor without affecting(More)
We analyzed the expression profile of isoenzymatic fractions of creatine phosphokinase (EC isotypes MM, MB and BB in three cell lines derived from embryonic rhabdomyosarcomas and a normal counterpart cell line. Electrophoretic data showed that the BB fraction was consistently expressed de novo, in contrast with its counterpart in normal tissue. The(More)
Gene transfection has been accomplished with a variety of techniques such as DEAE dextran, calcium phosphate coprecipitation, protoplast fusion, liposomes, microinjection and recombinant bacteriophages. However, transfection by electroporation, consisting of the reversible permeabilization of cell membranes after exposure to a pulsed electric field, has(More)
The effects of dimethyl sulphoxide have been investigated on differentiation in human rhabdomyosarcoma cell lines obtained from typically malignant, poorly differentiated tumours. The expression of cell differentiation marker proteins (desmin and vimentin) was assessed in cell lines A-204, A-673 and RD, and the modifications in expression after 3, 8 and 24(More)