François Sichel

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AIM To evaluate the association between CYP1A1 and GSTs genetic polymorphisms and susceptibility to esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (ADC) in a high risk area of northwest of France. METHODS A case-control study was conducted to investigate the genetic polymorphisms of these enzymes (CYP1A1*2C and GSTP1 exon 7 Val(More)
The effects of two fungicides (carbendazim and chlorothalonil) on the induction of DNA damage in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (human PBL) have been investigated using the single cell gel electrophoresis assay (SCGE assay or comet assay) immediately after a 1-h treatment and after a 24-h post-treatment incubation. The assessment of etoposide (an(More)
In an extension of a previous in vitro study [Carreiras et al., Int. J. Cancer 63, 530-536 (1995)] and in an effort to understand the adhesive interactions mediated by integrins within epithelial ovarian tumors, the presence of the alpha v and beta 3 subunits and that of vitronectin (Vn) in ovarian carcinomas at various stages of differentiation and in(More)
Comet, TUNEL, and annexin V assays were used to identify DNA fragmentation and plasma membrane alterations occurring during staurosporine-induced apoptosis in Chinese hamster ovary cells. TUNEL assay detected apoptotic cells after 6 h treatment. The occurrence of annexin V immunofluorescence staining after 1 h treatment confirms that exposure of(More)
Extracellular matrix components and integrin receptors are frequently altered in cancer, including ovarian adenocarcinoma. Vitronectin (Vn) is a matrix protein mainly synthesized by liver cells; it is present in normal ovarian surface epithelium and differentiated ovarian adenocarcinoma, but is frequently undetectable in undifferentiated carcinoma (F.(More)
Chronic alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for upper aero-digestive tract cancers, including cancer of the esophagus. Whereas alcohol as such is not thought to be directly carcinogenic, acetaldehyde, its first metabolite, has been proven genotoxic and mutagenic in the HPRT gene. As mutations in the tumour suppressor gene TP53 are the most common(More)
Many epidemiological studies have explored the possible link between the susceptibility to alcohol related cancers, such as oesophageal cancers, and genetic variants of alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHs). Alcohol dehydrogenase class IV ADH7 is mainly expressed in the upper aero-digestive tract and is involved in the first pass ethanol metabolism. As far as we(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that integrins, which participate in many complex cellular processes, are important for tumor progression and metastasis. In order to understand the role of these cell-surface receptors and of their ligands in the biological behavior of ovarian tumor cells, we have examined the expression of integrins in the human(More)
Internalization, recycling, and resensitization of the human delta-opioid receptor (hDOR) were studied in the neuroblastoma cell line SK-N-BE, endogenously expressing this receptor. Conventional and confocal fluorescence microscopy observations, corroborated by Scatchard analysis, indicated that after a 100 nM Eto treatment, 60 to 70% of hDOR were rapidly(More)
The alkaline comet assay was used to quantify, using visual and image analyses, the level of DNA damage in mononuclear leukocytes of farmers who were occupationally exposed to pesticides. Hematological parameters were also measured on the same samples. Enrollment of farmers was based on handling of heavily used pesticides at particular periods during one(More)