Demetrius M Kokkinakis

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We have shown previously that allyl isothiocyanate (AITC), a constituent of cruciferous vegetables, significantly inhibits survival of PC-3 and LNCaP human prostate cancer cells in culture, whereas proliferation of a normal prostate epithelial cell line is minimally affected by AITC even at concentrations that are highly cytotoxic to the prostate cancer(More)
The purpose of the study was to determine the dose of O(6)-benzylguanine (BG) that would suppress O(6)-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (AGT) activity to undetectable levels in > 90% of anaplastic gliomas, as measured 6 h after a 1-h BG infusion. Subjects who were scheduled for surgical resection of a known or presumed anaplastic glioma received a 1-h(More)
Prostate cancer is frequent among men over 45 years of age, but it generally only becomes lethal with metastasis. In this study, we identified a gene called cellular stress response 1 (CSR1) that was frequently down-regulated and methylated in prostate cancer samples. Survival analysis indicated that methylation of the CSR1 promoter, and to a lesser extent(More)
Glial progenitors from the brain of normal adult Sprague-Dawley rats were compared to their initiated and malignant counterparts that were isolated from apparently normal brains of animals exposed to methylnitrosourea (MNU). Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) or platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-A or -B induced differentiation of normal progenitors to a(More)
Methionine (MET)-dependent cell lines require MET to proliferate, and homocysteine (HCY) does not act as a substitute for this requirement. From six O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT)-efficient (mer+) cell lines tested, two medulloblastomas (Daoy and D-341) and a lung non-small-cell adenocarcinoma with metastatic potential (H-1623) were most(More)
(/"-Methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), a constitutively expressed DNA repair protein, removes alky) groups from the i/'-position of guanine in DNA. Tumor cells with high MGMT activity are resistant to nitrosoureas and other agents that form toxic Ã-Aalkyl adducts. i>6-Ben-zylguanine (BG) inactivates the MGMT protein and therehy enhances the(More)
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