José Alberto Galván

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INTRODUCTION The aim of our study was to determine the integrity of the cell-cell adhesion E-cadherin-beta-catenin complex in neuroendocrine lung tumors (NELTs) and the possible involvement of Snail in its deregulation. METHODS The studied series consisted of formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded tissue samples from 70 patients diagnosed with NELT (2000-2006)(More)
Pulmonary neuroendocrine tumors (Pulmonary NETs) include a wide spectrum of tumors, from the low-grade typical carcinoid (TC) and the intermediate-grade atypical carcinoid (AC), to the high-grade large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) and the small-cell carcinoma (SCLC). Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) is a process initially recognised during(More)
Treatment options for patients with high-grade pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNET) are limited, especially for those with progressive disease and for those who experience treatment failure. Everolimus, an oral inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), has been approved for the treatment of patients with low- or intermediate-grade advanced pNET.(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a morphogenetic process characterized by the acquisition of mesenchymal properties linked with an invasive phenotype and metastasis of tumor cells. NK group 2, member D (NKG2D) is an NK cell-activating receptor crucially involved in cancer immunosurveillance. In this study, we show that induction of EMT by TGF-β(More)
OBJECTIVES To elucidate the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition markers in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP NETs) and the potential usefulness in their clinical management. METHODS One hundred ten GEP NET paraffin-embedded samples were immunohistochemically analyzed for E-cadherin, N-cadherin, β-catenin, vimentin, Snail1, Snail2,(More)
Tumor budding in colorectal cancer is likened to an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) characterized predominantly by loss of E-cadherin and up-regulation of E-cadherin repressors like TWIST1 and TWIST2. Here we investigate a possible epigenetic link between TWIST proteins and the tumor budding phenotype. TWIST1 and TWIST2 promoter methylation and(More)
Recently, dihydrotestosterone biosynthesis through the backdoor pathway has been implicated for the human testis in addition to the classic pathway for testosterone (T) synthesis. In the human ovary, androgen precursors are crucial for estrogen synthesis and hyperandrogenism in pathologies such as the polycystic ovary syndrome is partially due to ovarian(More)
The use of paraffin slides and tissue microarrays (TMA) is indispensable for translational research. However, storage of paraffin slides over time has a substantial detrimental effect on the quality and reliability of immunohistochemistry stains. Particularly affected by this issue may be any collaborative efforts where paraffin slides or TMAs are shipped(More)
Reliable prognostic markers based on biopsy specimens of colorectal cancer (CRC) are currently missing. We hypothesize that assessment of T-cell infiltration in biopsies of CRC may predict patient survival and TNM-stage before surgery. Pre-operative biopsies and matched resection specimens from 130 CRC patients treated from 2002-2011 were included in this(More)
Autophagy has emerged as a key regulator of the inflammatory response. To examine the role of autophagy in the development of organ dysfunction during endotoxemia, wild-type and autophagy-deficient (Atg4b-null) mice were challenged with lipopolysaccharide. Animals lacking Atg4b showed increased mortality after endotoxemia. Among the different organs(More)