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Proinflammatory cytokines are implicated in the initiation and progression of human labor and delivery, particularly in relation to infection-induced preterm labor. In nongestational tissues, the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) transcription pathway is a key regulator of proinflammatory cytokine release. In these tissues, sulfasalazine (SASP), through(More)
Hematogenous metastasis requires the arrest and extravasation of blood-borne tumor cells, possibly involving direct adhesive interactions with vascular endothelium. Cytokine activation of cultured human endothelium increases adhesion of melanoma and carcinoma cell lines. An inducible 110-kD endothelial cell surface glycoprotein, designated INCAM-110,(More)
Screening for glucose intolerance during pregnancy provides an opportunity to offer management to those women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus. However, there is a need to diagnose gestational diabetes early to minimize exposure of the developing fetus to suboptimal conditions and prevent perinatal complications and their sequelae. The purpose(More)
The expression of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) has been shown to be upregulated in ovarian cancer cells. In this study, we report that the expression of immunoreactive NGAL (irNGAL) in ovarian tumors changes with disease grade and that this change is reflected in the concentration of NGAL in peripheral blood. A total of 59 ovarian(More)
The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that increased dietary intake of phytoestrogens reduces the health impact of the menopause. To test this hypothesis, a double-blind, randomized, entry-exit, cross-over study was conducted to assess the effects of three dietary manipulations--soy and linseed diets (high in phytoestrogens) and a wheat diet (low(More)
Hematogenous metastasis involves adhesive interactions between blood-borne tumor cells and the vessel wall. By the use of in vitro assays, the adhesion of human melanoma, osteosarcoma, and kidney carcinoma (but not colon carcinoma) cell lines was shown to involve the cytokine-inducible endothelial cell surface protein inducible cell adhesion molecule 110(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the release and regulation of leptin, resistin and adiponectin from human placenta and fetal membranes, and maternal subcutaneous adipose tissue and skeletal muscle obtained from normal and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)-complicated pregnancies at the time of Cesarean section. Tissue explants were incubated in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the role of key enzymes in the methionine-homocysteine metabolism (MHM) in the physiopathology of preeclampsia (PE). METHODS Plasma and placenta from pregnant women (32 controls and 16 PE patients) were analyzed after informed consent. Protein was quantified by western blot. RNA was obtained with RNA purification kit and was(More)
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) has a relatively high mortality rate ( approximately 55%). One of the presiding causes is that the current chemotherapeutic regimes are unable to achieve sustained remission, despite frequently producing a positive response at first treatment. One of the reasons that EOC is difficult to treat is that the mechanism of(More)