Janet Youkhana

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Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Western societies. This poor prognosis is due to chemotherapeutic drug resistance and metastatic spread. Evidence suggests that microtubule proteins namely, β-tubulins are dysregulated in tumor cells and are involved in regulating chemosensitivity. However, the role of β-tubulins in pancreatic(More)
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with a dismal prognosis. Short-interfering RNA (siRNA)-based therapeutics hold promise for the treatment of cancer. However, development of efficient and safe delivery vehicles for siRNA remains a challenge. Here, we describe the synthesis and physicochemical characterization of star polymers (star 1, star 2, star(More)
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is a lethal disease which is characterized by chemoresistance. Components of the cell cytoskeleton are therapeutic targets in cancer. βIV-tubulin is one such component that has two isotypes-βIVa and βIVb. βIVa and βIVb isotypes only differ in two amino acids at their C-terminus. Studies have implicated βIVa-tubulin or βIVb-tubulin(More)
Cyclic di-guanosine-monophosphate (c-di-GMP) has been recognized as a second messenger in bacteria controlling multiple cellular processes such as biofilm formation, motility, and virulence. Proteins containing GGDEF and EAL domains are engaged in the synthesis and degradation, respectively, of cyclic di-GMP. Some bacteria contain multiple proteins with(More)
Patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PC) have a poor prognosis due to metastases and chemoresistance. PC is characterized by extensive fibrosis, which creates a hypoxic microenvironment, and leads to increased chemoresistance and intracellular oxidative stress. Thus, proteins that protect against oxidative stress are potential therapeutic targets(More)
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