Joseph A. Aguilera

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OBJECTIVE To identify the presence of side population (SP) cells in established head and neck squamous carcinoma cell (HNSCC) lines and to determine the role of EGFR in the regulation of the side population of these cells. METHODS SP cells were identified using flow cytometry analysis by the ability of these cells to extrude the Hoechst 33342 dye via the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the regulation of the breast cancer resistance protein ABCG2/BRCP1 drug transporter by epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) kinase activity, and to determine whether gefitinib, an EGFR small molecule inhibitor, will modulate the effects of doxorubicin hydrochloride by inhibiting its extrusion from thyroid cancer cells. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the expression of the p53 family member p73 in vestibular schwannoma (VS) and to determine the potential role of this tumor suppressor in regulating the proliferation of HEI193, a human papillomavirus E6-E7 immortalized VS cell line. METHODS Immunohistochemical staining was used to investigate the expression of p73 in 34 cases of(More)
BACKGROUND Parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) expression modulates cell survival in a number of human solid tumors. Although PTHrP is expressed in normal developing and neoplastic central nervous system tissue, clinical data indicating the importance of this protein with respect to local control and/or survival in patients with glial tumors are(More)
OBJECTIVES Evaluate the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of short- and long-term e-cigarette vapor exposure on a panel of normal epithelial and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS HaCaT, UMSCC10B, and HN30 were treated with nicotine-containing and nicotine-free vapor extract from two popular e-cigarette brands for(More)
We have examined the changes in physical properties of aqueous solutions of the plasmid pUC18 that take place on the addition of the cationic oligopeptide penta-arginine. An increase in sedimentation rate and static light scattering, and changes in the nucleic acid CD spectrum all suggest that this ligand acts to condense the plasmid. Dynamic light(More)
By using gamma-irradiation in the presence of thiocyanate ions, we have generated guanyl radicals in plasmid DNA. These can be detected by using an Escherichia coli base excision repair endonuclease to convert their stable end products to strand breaks. The yield of enzyme-sensitive sites is strongly attenuated by the presence of micromolar concentrations(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of Gleevec on p63 expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell lines and to investigate the role of Gleevec in regulating p63 stabilization under DNA-damaging conditions. METHODS Immunohistochemical staining was performed to determine p63 expression in HNSCC tissue.(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To determine whether inactivation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) kinase activity will sensitize thyroid cancer cell lines to ionizing radiation-induced death. STUDY DESIGN Established human thyroid cancer cells lines were studied. METHODS Colony formation assay was used to determine the effect of Gefitinib, a small(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the mechanism for the reversal of ABCG2 (also known as ABCP, MXR, and BCRP)-mediated drug resistance by imatinib mesylate (Gleevec, STI571; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp, East Hanover, New Jersey) is caused by the downregulation of Akt kinase. The adenosine triphosphatase-binding cassette protein ABCG2 has been suggested to(More)