Daniela Cretu

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Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men. One common treatment is androgen-deprivation therapy, which reduces symptoms in most patients. However, over time, patients develop tumors that are androgen-independent and ultimately fatal. The mechanisms that cause this transition remain largely(More)
Androgen deprivation constitutes the principal therapy for advanced and metastatic prostate cancers. However, this therapeutic intervention usually results in the transition to a more aggressive androgen-independent prostate cancer. The elucidation of molecular alterations during the progression to androgen independence is an integral step toward(More)
Synovial fluid (SF) is a dynamic reservoir for proteins originating from the synovial membrane, cartilage, and plasma, and may therefore reflect the pathophysiological conditions that give rise to arthritis. Our goal was to identify and quantify protein mediators of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in SF. Age and gender-matched pooled SF samples from 10 PsA and 10(More)
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a distinct inflammatory arthritis occurring in 30% of psoriasis patients. There is a high prevalence of undiagnosed PsA in psoriasis patients; therefore, identifying soluble biomarkers for PsA could help in screening psoriasis patients for appropriate referral to a rheumatologist. Potential PsA biomarkers likely originate in(More)
BACKGROUND About 30% of cutaneous psoriasis (PsC) patients develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in the joint, which is under-recognized by dermatologists. Biomarkers for PsA are needed so that early referral to a rheumatologist is made. Kallikreins (KLKs) are secreted serine proteases implicated in skin desquamation and inflammation. This study examined KLK(More)
There is an urgent need for identifying novel serum biomarkers that can be used to improve diagnosis, predict disease progression or response to therapy, or serve as therapeutic targets for rheumatic diseases. Synovial fluid (SF) is secreted by and remains in direct contact with the synovial membrane, and can reflect the biochemical state of the joint under(More)
OBJECTIVES There is a high prevalence of undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in psoriasis patients. Identifying soluble biomarkers for PsA will help in screening psoriasis patients for appropriate rheumatology referral. We therefore aimed to investigate whether serum levels of novel markers previously discovered by quantitative mass spectrometric (MS)(More)
BACKGROUND Over the past 50 years, there has been an increase in the utilization of prescribed, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and natural health products. Although it is known that medication use is common among older persons, accurate data on the patterns of use, including the quantity and type of medications consumed in a generally healthy older(More)
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