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Human cutaneous melanoma is a devastating skin cancer because of its invasive nature and high metastatic potential. We used tissue microarray to study the role of human eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) in melanoma progression in 448 melanocytic lesions and found that high eIF4E expression was significantly increased in primary melanomas(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)
Monobenzylether of hydroquinone (MBEH) has long been utilized for the depigmentation therapy of patients with extensive vitiligo. In this approach, the normally pigmented areas surrounding vitiligo lesions are depigmented to achieve a uniform skin tone. One of the important disadvantages of MBEH therapy, however, is the resistance of a considerable number(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)
PURPOSE Opium abuse is a major type of drug abuse in Iran. This study was designed to find the possible relation between opium addiction and excessive bleeding after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. METHODS In a historical cohort study during a 1.5-year period, consecutive patients scheduled for elective CABG surgery were assigned to two group(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)
BACKGROUND The Psoriasis Disability Index (PDI) questionnaire is a widely used instrument to measure psychological morbidity in plaque-type psoriasis patients. AIMS This study aimed to validate the Persian version of the PDI and to evaluate the impact of psoriasis on quality of life (QOL). METHODS The English language version of the PDI was translated(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)