Gholamreza Safaee Ardekani

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BACKGROUND Mutation of BRAF is a predominant event in cancers with poor prognosis such as melanoma and colorectal cancer. BRAF mutation leads to a constitutive activation of mitogen activated protein kinase pathway which is essential for cell proliferation and tumor progression. Despite tremendous efforts made to target BRAF for cancer treatment, the(More)
In addition to their critical roles in embryonic development, cell fate decision, and differentiation, members of Sox (Sry-related high-mobility group box) family of transcription factors including Sox4 have been implicated in various cancers. Multiple studies have revealed an increased expression along with specific oncogenic function of Sox4 in tumors,(More)
We previously reported reduced expression of Sox4 in metastatic melanoma and its role in suppression of cell migration and invasion through inhibition of nuclear factor (NF)-κB p50. Sox4 can also bind to the promoter sequence of Dicer, a microRNA (miRNA) biogenesis factor. Interestingly, altered expression of Dicer was also observed in cancers. However, the(More)
BACKGROUND Cutaneous melanoma is a life-threatening skin cancer because of its poorly understood invasive nature and high metastatic potential. This study examines the importance of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A2 (EIF5A2) in melanoma pathogenesis. METHODS We examined EIF5A2 expression in 459 melanocytic lesions using tissue microarray. In(More)
The melanoma staging system proposed by the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) (which classifies melanoma patients into four clinical stages) is currently the most widely used tool for melanoma prognostication, and clinical management decision making by clinicians. However, multiple studies have shown that melanomas within specific AJCC Stages can(More)
To date only a handful of drugs are available for the treatment of melanoma. Among them vemurafenib, a BrafV600E specific inhibitor, showed promising results in terms of response rate and increase in median survival time. However, its effectiveness is limited by development of resistance and the search for additional drugs for melanoma treatment is ongoing.(More)
Primary melanoma, a highly aggressive malignancy, exhibits heterogeneity in biologic behaviors, clinical characteristics, metastasis potential and mortality. The present study sought to identify the molecular signatures that define a subgroup of primary melanomas with high risks of metastasis and mortality. First, we identified the markers that best(More)
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