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The majority of oocytes present in fetal ovaries are depleted before birth, and only about 400 will ovulate during the normal fertile life span. Studies on animals have shown that apoptosis is the mechanism behind oocyte depletion and follicular atresia. In the present study, we investigated the extent and localization of apoptosis in human fetal (aged(More)
Cocaine is eliminated and detoxified principally through the metabolism of nonspecific plasma and tissue esterases. Microsomal oxidative metabolism is of importance in cocaine N-demethylation, this being a principal pathway of cocaine bioactivation and hepatotoxicity. The contribution of different cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes to cocaine N-demethylase(More)
Increased synthesis and degradation of extracellular matrix components are associated with breast cancer development. This study evaluated type I and type III procollagen mRNA expression and the corresponding protein synthesis and maturation, as well as the tissue distribution of these collagens, in benign breast lesions, infiltrating ductal carcinomas, and(More)
The occurrence and location of basement membranes (BM) and their constituents were studied in benign, inflammatory, dysplastic and malignant conditions of the uterine cervix by light and electron microscopy and by immunohistochemical analysis with antibodies against human laminin and type IV collagen. The normal squamous epithelium showed a thin(More)
Apoptosis has been shown to be an important regulator of endometrium function. To study the regulation of apoptosis in the endometrium during the normal menstrual cycle, the expression of the apoptosis related proteins Bcl-2 and Bax and their correlation to serum estradiol and progesterone, as well as to a replication-related antigen Ki-67 were analyzed.(More)
The effect of fibrosis on drug metabolism in alcoholic liver disease was evaluated in a comparison of the concentrations of serum aminoterminal propeptide of type III procollagen and basement membrane (BM; 7S domain of type IV collagen and laminin) antigens with in vitro (cytochrome P-450) and in vivo (antipyrine) drug metabolism in 67 alcoholics classified(More)
Tumor specimens from 78 epithelial ovarian cancer patients were examined for loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at 11 microsatellite markers at chromosomes 3p14.2, 6q27, 8p12, 11p15.5, 11q23.1-q24, 16q24.3, and 17p13.1, to evaluate the involvement, possible clustering, and prognostic significance of these lesions in the progression of the disease. The LOH(More)
BACKGROUND Apoptosis controls cell homeostasis in the endometrium during normal menstrual cycles, and morphologic studies have suggested its association with the development of endometrial carcinoma. Apoptosis is regulated by several genes, especially those of the Bcl-2 gene family, but their significance in endometrial pathologies is not well understood.(More)
According to the current hypothesis, 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (17HSDs) regulate the extent of estrogen influence in the endometrium by converting estradiol (E2) locally into a biologically less active sex steroid, estrone (E1), and vice versa. Recently, we have shown that both 17HSD type 1 and type 2 are expressed in the human endometrium, and(More)
Benzo(a)pyrene (BP) was conjugated to horse serum albumin (HSA) and then attached to aldehyde fixed human erythrocytes. These cells were used in a passive hemagglutination test to measure BP antibody. BP antibodies were found to be induced in Swiss mice injected with tumorigenic doses of BP. Of the mice treated with BP, those which developed tumors soonest(More)