Christine M. Komarck

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MURR1 is a multifunctional protein that inhibits nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB), a transcription factor with pleiotropic functions affecting innate and adaptive immunity, apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, and oncogenesis. Here we report the discovery of a new family of proteins with homology to MURR1. These proteins form multimeric complexes and were(More)
NF-kappaB is a pleiotropic transcription factor involved in multiple processes, including inflammation and oncogenesis. We have previously reported that COMMD1 represses kappaB-dependent transcription by negatively regulating NF-kappaB-chromatin interactions. Recently, ubiquitination of NF-kappaB subunits has been similarly implicated in the control of(More)
COMMD {COMM [copper metabolism Murr1 (mouse U2af1-rs1 region 1)] domain-containing} proteins participate in several cellular processes, ranging from NF-kappaB (nuclear factor kappaB) regulation, copper homoeostasis, sodium transport and adaptation to hypoxia. The best-studied member of this family is COMMD1, but relatively little is known about its(More)
BACKGROUND The role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in sinonasal inverted papillomas (IPs) is controversial. Determining the prevalence of HPV infection and its impact on the molecular biology of these tumors is critical to characterizing its role in the pathogenesis of IPs. METHODS A total of 112 paraffin-embedded IPs from 90 patients were studied. A(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was better characterize the staining patterns of inverted papilloma (IP) with and without carcinoma by performing immunohistochemistry for p16, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), p53, and cyclin D1 antibodies in a large patient cohort. METHODS A total of 162 IP specimens were collected from 147 patients treated at(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the relationship between human papillomavirus (HPV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in nonendemic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and assess the prognostic implications of viral status. METHODS AND MATERIALS Paraffin-embedded tumor specimens from 62 patients with primary NPC diagnosed between 1985 and 2011 were analyzed for EBV and(More)
BACKGROUND To determine whether the addition of molecular and imaging biomarkers to established clinical risk factors could help predict locoregional failure (LRF) after chemoradiation in human papillomavirus (HPV)-related (+) oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) and improve patient selection for locoregional treatment de-intensification. METHODS HPV status was(More)
Most squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (HNSCC) exhibit a persistent activation of the PI3K-mTOR signaling pathway. We have recently shown that metformin, an oral antidiabetic drug that is also used to treat lipodystrophy in HIV-infected (HIV(+)) individuals, diminishes mTOR activity and prevents the progression of chemically induced experimental(More)
BACKGROUND Although typically associated with a favorable prognosis, a minority of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related (+) oropharyngeal cancers recur after chemoradiation. We postulated that a minor HPV-negative tumor subfraction may be responsible for recurrences of HPV+ oropharyngeal cancer. METHODS Paired untreated primary and recurrent tumor specimens(More)
BACKGROUND Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is an aggressive cancer with poor overall survival. New therapeutic strategies that target specific molecular lesions driving advanced disease are needed. Herein we demonstrate the utility of the chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay for in vivo human HNSCC tumor growth and metastasis and the(More)