Laith Dabbagh

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PURPOSE High class III beta-tubulin (bTubIII) expression in advanced non-small cell lung cancer is known to correlate with reduced response rates and inferior survival with anti-microtubule agents. JBR.10 showed a 12% and 15% improvement in 5-year recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS), respectively, with the addition of cisplatin and(More)
PURPOSE Gemcitabine monotherapy is the standard palliative chemotherapy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Gemcitabine requires plasma membrane nucleoside transporter proteins to efficiently enter cells and exert it cytotoxicity. In vitro studies have demonstrated that deficiency of human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (hENT1), the most widely abundant(More)
BACKGROUND The MUC1 mucin is present on the apical surface of normal secretory epithelia. In breast carcinoma, MUC1 expression is variable in amount and cellular localization, the significance of which is controversial. The authors undertook a detailed analysis of staining pattern combined with a comprehensive literature review to better understand the role(More)
Gemcitabine and capecitabine are nucleoside analogues used in chemotherapy strategies for the treatment of breast cancer. We previously demonstrated that deficiency in hENT1, the most abundant and widely distributed plasma membrane nucleoside transporter in human cells, confers high-level resistance to gemcitabine toxicity in vitro, whereas the relationship(More)
Resistance to fludarabine is observed in the clinic, and molecular predictive assays for benefit from chemotherapy are required. Our objective was to determine if expression of nucleoside transport and metabolism genes was associated with response to fludarabine therapy in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). CLL cells from 56 patients were(More)
In this study, we determine the prevalence and the prognostic value of the class III β-tubulin microtubule protein examined immunohistochemically, in tumors of 40 patients with carcinomas of unknown primary site treated with paclitaxel-based chemotherapy. Immunohistochemical intensity of staining and percentage of cells were quantified. Clinical(More)
The human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (hENT1) is a member of the equilibrative nucleoside transporter family that mediates cellular entry of gemcitabine, cytarabine, and fludarabine. Deficiency in hENT1 confers resistance to toxicity of these drugs in a variety of model systems. Since some nucleoside analogs have a role in treating patients with(More)
Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) is a rare non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that recently has been recognized as an entity. The first goal of this study was to identify potential chromosomal aberrations in this entity by cytogenetic analysis and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). The second goal was to assess the frequency of 7q31-32 allelic imbalances in(More)
Fludarabine (F-ara-A) is widely used as palliative treatment in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Clinical resistance is frequently observed, and adverse effects are common. To date, no practical assay exists to identify patients likely to derive benefit from F-ara-A. We previously reported that high mRNA levels encoding human concentrative nucleoside(More)
Gemcitabine is a cytotoxic nucleoside analog with activity in relapsing/refractory Hodgkin's disease (HD). Because gemcitabine is hydrophilic, it requires plasma membrane nucleoside transporter proteins to access intracellular targets. The most abundant and widely distributed transporter in human cells is human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1(More)