Elizabeth Tarasewicz

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Members of the TGFβ superfamily are known to exert a myriad of physiologic and pathologic growth controlling influences on mammary development and oncogenesis. In epithelial cells, TGFβ signaling inhibits cell growth through cytostatic and pro-apoptotic activities but can also induce cancer cell EMT and, thus, has a dichotomous role in breast cancer(More)
Paraquat (PQ) is a potential human neurotoxicant and is used in models of oxidative stress. We determined the toxicokinetics (TK) and toxicodynamics (TD) of PQ in adult mouse brain following repeated or prolonged PQ exposure. PQ accumulated in different brain regions and reached a plateau after approximately 18 i.p. (10 mg/kg) doses and resulted in modest(More)
A consensus about the functions of human wild-type or mutated α-synuclein (αSYN) is lacking. Both forms of αSYN are implicated in Parkinson's disease, whereas the wild-type form is implicated in substance abuse. Interactions with other cellular proteins and organelles may meditate its functions. We developed a series of congenic mouse lines containing(More)
Stem cell microenvironments decrease the invasiveness of cancer cells, and elucidating the mechanisms associated with disease regression could further the development of targeted therapies for aggressive cancer subtypes. To this end, we applied an emerging technology, TRanscriptional Activity CEll aRray (TRACER), to investigate the reprogramming of(More)
Breast cancer onset and disease progression have been linked to members of the TGFβ superfamily and their downstream signaling components, the Smads. Alterations in Smad3 signaling are associated with the dichotomous role of TGFβ in malignancy, mediating both tumor suppressant and pro-metastatic behaviors. Overexpression of cell cycle regulators, cyclins D(More)
Cyclin D1/CDK4 activity is upregulated in up to 50% of breast cancers and CDK4-mediated phosphorylation negatively regulates the TGFβ superfamily member Smad3. We sought to determine if CDK4 inhibition and doxorubicin chemotherapy could impact Smad3-mediated cell/colony growth and apoptosis in breast cancer cells. Parental and cyclin D1-overexpressing MCF7(More)
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