Elisa J Cops

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Androgen signaling, mediated by the androgen receptor (AR), is a critical factor influencing growth of normal and malignant breast cells. Given the increasing use of exogenous androgens in women, a better understanding of androgen action in the breast is essential. This study compared the effects of 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and a synthetic androgen,(More)
Previously, we reported that androgen receptor (AR), but not estrogen receptor (ER) or progesterone receptor (PR), is predictive of response to the synthetic progestin, medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), in a cohort of 83 patients with metastatic breast cancer. To further investigate the role of AR in determining response to MPA in this cohort, we analyzed(More)
The neurovascular unit provides a dynamic interface between the circulation and central nervous system. Disruption of neurovascular integrity occurs in numerous brain pathologies including neurotrauma and ischaemic stroke. Tissue plasminogen activator is a serine protease that converts plasminogen to plasmin, a protease that dissolves blood clots. Besides(More)
Cellular injury causes a myriad of processes that affect proteostasis. We describe nucleocytoplasmic coagulation (NCC), an intracellular disulfide-dependent protein crosslinking event occurring upon late-stage cell death that orchestrates the proteolytic removal of misfolded proteins. In vitro and in vivo models of neuronal injury show that NCC involves(More)
Purkinje neurons are a sensitive and specialised cell type important for fine motor movement and coordination. Purkinje cell damage manifests as motor incoordination and ataxia - a prominent feature of many human disorders including spinocerebellar ataxia and Huntington's disease. A correlation between Purkinje degeneration and excess cerebellar levels of(More)
Hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) with gelastic epilepsy is a well-recognized drug-resistant epilepsy syndrome of early life.(1) Surgical resection allows limited access to the small deep-seated lesions that cause the disease. Here, we report the results of a search for somatic mutations in paired hamartoma- and leukocyte-derived DNA samples from 38 individuals(More)
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