Dorota M. Nowak

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Keratoconus (KTCN), a non-inflammatory corneal disorder characterized by stromal thinning, represents a major cause of corneal transplantations. Genetic and environmental factors have a role in the etiology of this complex disease. Previously reported linkage analysis revealed that chromosomal region 13q32 is likely to contain causative gene(s) for familial(More)
The dynamic reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton is regulated by a number of actin binding proteins (ABPs). Four human colon adenocarcinoma cell lines - parental and three selected sublines, which differ in motility and metastatic potential, were used to investigate the expression level and subcellular localization of selected ABPs. Our interest was(More)
Imatinib mesylate (STI571) is the first member of a new class of agents that act by inhibiting specific tyrosine kinases, rather than killing all rapidly dividing cells. This drug is usually used in the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. It was recognized to inhibit activity of kinases such as Bcr/Abl,(More)
Human colon adenocarcinoma LS180 parental cell line and selected variants, characterized by different metastatic capacity were used to examine, whether a correlation exists between beta-actin expression, its subcellular distribution and metastatic potential of these cells. Cytosolic fraction (supernatant 105000 x g), isolated from the tumor cells was used(More)
Keratoconus (KTCN) is non-inflammatory thinning and anterior protrusion of the cornea that results in steepening and distortion of the cornea, altered refractive error, and decreased vision. Keratoconus is a complex condition of multifactorial etiology. Both genetic and environmental factors are associated with KTCN. Evidence of genetic etiology includes(More)
AIMS Formation of different protrusive structures by migrating cells is driven by actin polymerization at the plasma membrane region. Gelsolin is an actin binding protein controlling the length of actin filaments by its severing and capping activity. The main goal of this study was to determine the effect of gelsolin expression on the migration of human(More)
Gelsolin, one of a major actin-binding proteins, is involved in the regulation of actin cytoskeleton organization by its severing and capping activity towards actin filaments. Human colon adenocarcinoma cell line LS180 and its selected variants of different metastatic potential were used to check for a correlation between gelsolin level, its subcellular(More)
Although copy number changes of 5q31 have been rarely reported, deletions have been associated with some common characteristics, such as short stature, failure to thrive, developmental delay (DD)/intellectual disability (ID), club feet, dislocated hips, and dysmorphic features. We report on three individuals with deletions and two individuals with(More)
Methotrexate is a widely used drug in treatments of various types of malignancies and in the therapy of rheumatoid arthritis. The goal of our study was to look at the effect of this dihydrofolate reductase inhibitor on the actin cytoskeleton, since actin plays an important role in cancer transformation and metastasis. For this reason we compared results(More)