Georgia Levidou

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OBJECTIVE The analysis of the presence of PIK3CA and B-RAF gene mutations in relation to ERK and AKT activation in diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas, in order to determine their potential role in tumor aggressiveness. METHODS Polymerase chain reaction-single strand confirmation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and sequencing analysis were used for PIK3CA and(More)
Glioblastomas, the most frequent primary brain tumors in adults, are characterized by a highly aggressive, inflammatory and angiogenic phenotype. Methylation of CpG islands in cancer-related genes may serve as an epigenetic biomarker for glioblastoma diagnosis and prognosis. The aim of this study was to analyze the methylation status of four critical(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether dietary advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) can be detected in the ovarian tissue of normal female rats and whether they can affect their metabolic or hormonal profile. Sixty normal rats (20 animals in each group) were randomly assigned to regular diet, either high (H-AGE) or low (L-AGE) in AGE(More)
Aberrant DNA methylation is responsible for the epigenetic silencing of genes associated with tumourigenesis and progression of cancer. In this study, we assessed the methylation status of eight genes in 49 snap-frozen primary breast tumours. Epigenetic alterations of 8 genes were analysed with methylation-specific(More)
BACKGROUND GISTs are a subset of mesenchymal tumors and represent the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of GI tract. However, GIST is a recently recognized tumor entity and the literature on these stromal tumors has rapidly expanded. METHODS An extensive review of the literature was carried out in both online medical journals and through Athens University(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to evaluate the long-term effect of GnRH analog (GnRHa) treatment on final height (FH), body mass index (BMI), body composition, bone mineral density (BMD), and ovarian function. SUBJECTS/METHODS Ninety-two females, evaluated in adulthood, were categorized as follows: group A, 47 girls with idiopathic central(More)
Nuclear factor (NF)-κB has been reported to be constitutively activated in various human neoplasms. However, its clinical significance in bladder urothelial carcinoma (UC) remains an unresolved issue. We conducted this study trying to elucidate the role of NFκB in bladder UC and its potential prognostic significance, by quantifying immunohistochemically the(More)
Although NF-kappaB has been reported to be constitutively activated in various neoplasms, little information is available about its clinical significance in astrocytomas. In this study, we investigated the association of NF kappa B1/p50 and pI kappa Ba immunohistochemical expression with clinicopathologic features, vascular endothelial growth factor, Cox-2,(More)
AIMS To investigate the significance of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway in astrocytic tumours, published information in this context being limited, especially regarding phosphorylated 4E-binding protein (p-4E-BP) 1. METHODS AND RESULTS Paraffin-embedded tissue from 111 patients with astroglial tumours (grades II-IV) was investigated for(More)
BACKGROUND Gliomas are a very rare subtype of pineal region tumours, whereas oligodendrogliomas of the pineal region are exceedingly rare, since there have been only 3 cases of anaplastic oligodedrogliomas reported this far. METHODS-RESULTS We present a case of a low-grade oligodendroglioma arising in the pineal gland of a 37 year-old woman. The patient(More)