Filemon Dela Cruz

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Most insulin-producing beta-cells in the fetal mouse pancreas arise during the secondary transition, a wave of differentiation starting at embryonic day 13. Here, we show that disruption of homeobox gene Nkx6.1 in mice leads to loss of beta-cell precursors and blocks beta-cell neogenesis specifically during the secondary transition. In contrast, islet(More)
Hsp90 is a molecular chaperone that protects proteins, including oncogenic signaling complexes, from proteolytic degradation. PU-H71 is a next-generation Hsp90 inhibitor that preferentially targets the functionally distinct pool of Hsp90 present in tumor cells. Tumors that are driven by the MYC oncoprotein may be particularly sensitive to PU-H71 due to the(More)
Thirty patients with malignant pheochromocytoma (PHEO) or paraganglioma (PGL) were treated with high-dose 131I-MIBG. Patients were 11-62 (mean 39) years old: 19 patients males and 11 females. Nineteen patients had PGL, three of which were multifocal. Six PGLs were nonsecretory. Eleven patients had PHEO. All 30 patients had prior surgery. Fourteen patients(More)
Sarcomas are malignant solid tumors of mesenchymal origin which consist of 10-15% of all pediatric malignancies and associated with significantly high mortality rates despite current therapies. Oncogenic fusion genes, resulting from non-random chromosomal translocations, characterize a subset of sarcomas including rhabdomyosarcoma, the Ewing's sarcoma(More)
Sarcomas represent a clinically and biologically diverse group of malignant connective tissue tumors. Despite aggressive conventional therapy, a large proportion of sarcoma patients experience disease recurrence which will ultimately result in mortality. The presence of a unique population of cells, referred to as cancer stem cells (CSCs), have been(More)
Despite intense efforts, the cure rates of childhood and adult solid tumors are not satisfactory. Resistance to intensive chemotherapy is common, and targets for molecular therapies are largely undefined. We have found that the majority of childhood solid tumors, including rhabdoid tumors, neuroblastoma, medulloblastoma, and Ewing sarcoma, express an active(More)
Children with high-risk acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) (induction failure [IF], refractory relapse [RR], third complete remission [CR3]) have dismal outcomes. Over 80% of AML patients express CD33, a target of gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO). GO is an active drug in childhood AML but has not been studied in a myeloablative conditioning regimen. We sought to(More)
Adjuvant chemotherapy for soft tissue sarcoma (STS) remains controversial while improvement in survival has never been conclusively demonstrated for metastatic STS. We identified individuals in SEER-Medicare with resected or metastatic STS, 1991-2007. Of 2,382 patients with resected STS, 106 (4.5%) received chemotherapy. High tumor grade, larger tumor size,(More)
Precision medicine approaches are ideally suited for rare tumors where comprehensive characterization may have diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic value. We describe the clinical case and molecular characterization of an adolescent with metastatic poorly differentiated carcinoma (PDC). Given the rarity and poor prognosis associated with PDC in children,(More)