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Docking studies have become popular approaches in drug design, where the binding energy of the ligand in the active site of the protein is estimated by a scoring function. Many promising techniques were developed to enhance the performance of scoring functions including the fusion of multiple scoring functions outcomes into a so-called consensus scoring(More)
Estrogens represent risk factors for endocrine-related cancers and play also an important role in the development and progression of other malignancies. In order to analyze the associations between estrogen receptor gene alpha polymorphisms and cancers susceptibility, we genotyped six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 163 Caucasian cancer(More)
Polymorphisms in estrogen receptor alpha gene (ESR1) have been previously associated with breast cancer risk; however, the results were not fully consistent. Our purpose was to study interactions between common genotypes in ESR1, breast cancer risk and tumor phenotypes. 6 ESR1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped in 103 breast cancer(More)
ADAMs (a desintegrin and metalloprotease) are transmembrane glycoproteins involved in cell growth, differentiation, motility, and respectively, tumor growth and progression. Our aim was to evaluate ADAM12 spliced variants (ADAM12L - long membrane-bound and ADAM12S - secreted-short variant) and ADAM17 genes expression in breast cancers and to correlate their(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) are well known angiogenesis inductors and promoters in normal and pathologic conditions. Recent data showed that VEGF-A and HGF could also influence lymphangiogenesis but this matter has not been completely elucidated. Administration of VEGF-A and HGF in combination has been(More)
Extracellular superoxide dismutase (EC-SOD) is the main SOD isoform in the arterial wall contributing to cardiovascular defense against oxidative stress by removing the superoxide anion. In our study, the Thr40Ala and Arg213Gly polymorphic variants of the EC-SOD gene (SOD ( 3 )) were investigated for associations with atherosclerosis and other related(More)
The present study focuses on the application of a therapeutic strategy in patients with chronic severe lower limb ischaemia using a plasmid vector encoding the vascular endothelial growth factor (phVEGF(165)). It has been shown that VEGF promotes neo-vascularization and blood vessel network formation and thus might have the ability to improve blood-flow at(More)
Nucleoside analogs used in antiviral therapies need to be phosphorylated to their tri-phospho counterparts in order to be active on their cellular target. Human phosphoglycerate kinase (hPGK) was recently reported to participate in the last step of phosphorylation of cytidine L-nucleotide derivatives [Krishnan PGE, Lam W, Dutschman GE, Grill SP, Cheng YC.(More)
ADAMs (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase) family have been associated with the process of proteolytic "shedding" of membrane-associated proteins ectodomain and hence the rapid modulation of key cell signaling pathways in tissues microenvironment. A variety of cytokines, chemokines and growth factors which are initially produced as transmembrane proforms(More)
A growing body of laboratory research has shown that pro-inflammatory cytokines can facilitate tumor growth and metastasis. Our goal was to quantify the expression of CCL18 and IL-6 in patients with breast cancer compared with benign breast tumors patients and healthy women, in order to evaluate if these cytokines could serve for breast cancer diagnosis and(More)