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A putative target for the anti-colorectal cancer action of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is the inducible isoform of cyclooxygenase (COX), COX-2. COX-2 is expressed within intestinal adenomas in murine polyposis models, but expression has been poorly characterized in human colorectal neoplasms. Therefore, we investigated the localization of the COX-2(More)
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is up-regulated in 85-90% of primary human colorectal cancers and is a putative target for the chemopreventative activity of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, COX-2 expression by human colorectal cancer liver metastases has been poorly characterized. We studied a consecutive series of 38 patients who underwent liver(More)
Initially found expressed in neuronal and then later in endothelial cells, it is well established that the transmembrane glycoproteins neuropilin-1 (NRP1) and neuropilin-2 (NRP2) play essential roles in axonal growth and guidance and in physiological and pathological angiogenesis. Neuropilin expression and function in epithelial cells has received little(More)
Colonic perforation is an unusual complication of colonoscopy. We present a case of pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, pneumoperitoneum and extensive subcutaneous emphysema resulting from a diagnostic colonoscopy. To our knowledge, only two such cases have been described previously.
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 plays an important role in intestinal tumorigenesis and angiogenesis in animal models. In superficial areas of human sporadic colorectal adenomas, COX-2 is expressed predominantly by interstitial macrophages, in close proximity to microvessels. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between microvessel density (MVD)(More)
In human colorectal adenomas or polyps, cyclooxygenase-2 is expressed predominantly by stromal (or interstitial) macrophages. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that macrophage cyclooxygenase-2 has paracrine pro-tumorigenic activity using in vitro models of macrophage-epithelial cell interactions. We report that macrophages can promote tumorigenic(More)
Although the mechanism whereby non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) development is unknown, one potential route is via inhibition of the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme. Despite the fact that evidence from animal models suggests a role for the COX-2 isoform in promotion of AAA development, only very limited data exist(More)
INTRODUCTION Evidence from rodent intestinal tumorigenesis models suggests that both cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 may play important roles in the development and progression of human sporadic colorectal adenomas. However, previous studies of cyclooxygenase isoform expression in human colorectal adenomas have produced conflicting data.(More)