Erasmia C. Rouka

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B-catenin is the central effector molecule of the canonical Wnt signalling pathway, which controls self-renewal of haematopoietic stem cells. Deregulation of this pathway occurs in various malignancies including myeloid leukaemias. The present study examined the functional outcome of stable β-catenin down-regulation through lentivirus-mediated expression of(More)
To clarify the role of ADAMTS-13 in the pathogenesis of thrombotic microangiopathy in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) we evaluated ADAMTS-13 profile (metalloprotease antigen levels, anti-ADAMTS-13 autoantibody levels, activity) in distinct patient groups according to disease activity, extent of cumulative tissue damage and history of antiphospholipid(More)
CD44 has been linked to favorable prognosis in neuroblastoma and in the present study we investigate if it can be used to prospectively isolate neuroblastoma-initiating cells. To define the cancer-initiating properties of CD44 positive and negative cells, we FACS-sorted the SK-N-SH neuroblastoma cell line on the basis of CD44 expression and proceeded to(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to assess the correlation of previous bladder cancer history with the recurrence and progression of patients with high-risk non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer treated with adjuvant Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and to evaluate their natural history. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients were divided into two groups based on(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a highly aggressive tumor primarily associated with asbestos exposure. Early detection of MPM is restricted by the long latency period until clinical presentation, the ineffectiveness of imaging techniques in early stage detection and the lack of non-invasive biomarkers with high sensitivity and specificity. In this(More)
Epigenetic deregulation is a common feature in the pathogenesis of Epstein–Barr Virus (EBV)-related lymphomas and carcinomas. Previous studies have demonstrated a strong association between EBV latency in B-cells and epigenetic silencing of the tumor suppressor gene BIM. This study aimed to the construction and functional analysis of the BIM interactome in(More)
BACKGROUND Human Herpesviruses (HHVs) maintain life-long latent persistence in the majority of the adult population including blood donors. The necessity for their study resides in the potential risk of transfusion-associated infection and the subsequent complications in the immunocompromised host. We aimed to assess the prevalence of HHVs types 1-6 and 8(More)
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