Damir Babić

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OBJECTIVE Proteolytic enzymes have been implicated in the progression of various human malignancies, including ovarian cancer. The enhanced expression of dipeptidyl peptidase III (DPP III) was found in endometrial carcinomas of various histological types and grade. The aim of this study was to assess activity of DPP III in ovarian tissue specimens and to(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to preoperatively predict the biologic behavior of the endometrial carcinoma using immunohistochemical analysis of the p53 protein and Ki-67 expression, and estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) status, in the material obtained by fractional curettage. METHODS One hundred and thirty-six patients with(More)
In an attempt to identify glycolytic capacity of normal and neoplastic human ovary, total lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was measured in tissue cytosol originating from 69 patients (18 with benign ovarian tumor, 34 with ovarian carcinoma, six with nonepithelial ovarian malignant tumors, and 11 with tumor metastatic to ovary) and compared to the LDH(More)
BACKGROUND Malignant mesenchymal uterine neoplasms are the most aggressive type of primary uterine tumors, with most patients dying within a few years of diagnosis. Thus, it would be very important to define prognostic factors for predicting the malignancy potential of at least some of their subtypes. METHODS Flow cytometric cell cycle analysis(More)
Exopeptidases, in contrast to endopeptidases (proteinases) have been much less studied in relation to cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate one such enzyme, dipeptidyl peptidase III (DPP III), in gynaecological tissues, by measuring both the enzyme activity and enzyme content. DPP III activity was assessed in normal (n = 65), benign (n = 9) and(More)
Glutathione (GSH) concentrations and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activities were determined in 30 paired malignant human corpus uteri tumor samples and in samples of adjacent normal tissues. For GSH concentrations no difference was found between normal (126.0 +/- 52.4 nmol/mg protein) and tumor tissues (110.1 +/- 46.4 nmol/min/mg protein; p = 0.219).(More)
The clinical determination of proteases which are involved in carcinogenesis, invasion and metastasis may contribute to the detection of the early stage of disease, and to the prognostic assessment of patients with the cancer. The aim of the present study was to determine the level of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA), plasminogen activator inhibitor(More)
BACKGROUND Two molecular methods for HPV genotyping in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue were evaluated: in house polymerase chain reaction assay (PCR) with consensus and type-specific primers and a novel procedure of in situ hybridization-a catalyzed signal amplification system (CSA-ISH, Genpoint, DAKO, Glostrup, Denmark). The number of HPV positive(More)
Aim was to investigate expression of Ki-67, P53 and progesterone receptors (PR) in leiomyomas (LM), smooth muscle tumors of uncertain malignant potential (STUMP) and leiomyosarcomas (LMS) and to establish possible usefulness of these three parameters in distinguishing between LM and STUMP and STUMP and LMS. Retrospective study of 51 uterine smooth muscle(More)