Mélanie Demers

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To form tumors successfully at sites remote from the primary tumor, metastatic cells must be endowed with particular properties. They must detach from the primary tumor and enter the blood circulation, where they must resist hemodynamic shearstress, "home" to the target organ, successfully extravasate, and then migrate through dense stroma to a site(More)
Metastasis is a multistep process by which cancer cells, after acquiring several capabilities, spread to distinct sites in the body. It is the major cause of death in individuals suffering from cancer. We have recently identified galectin-7 as a new gene associated with the progression of T cell lymphoma toward a metastatic phenotype, suggesting a possible(More)
Galectin-7 is found mainly in stratified squamous epithelia as well as in various other types of cancer cells. As with other members of the galectin family, the expression of galectin-7 has been shown to negatively regulate the development of some tumors while correlating with the progression of other tumor types. For example, up-regulation of galectin-7 is(More)
Galectins are members of a family of beta-galactosides-binding proteins that have recently emerged as novel modulators in different aspects of cancer. The expression of galectins in tumors and/or the tissue surrounding them has been well documented. Since galectin-7 expression has been associated with epithelial tissues and varies significantly in various(More)
Genome-wide DNA hypomethylation is a critical mechanism underlying neoplastic transformation. Thus, genes that are suppressed in normal tissues or in specific cell types may become aberrantly expressed in neoplasia. To determine whether DNA methylation can modulate matrix metalloproteinase (mmp) gene expression, we have used a genetically engineered cell(More)
Recent studies have reported that elevated levels of galectin-7 in different types of cancer. The mechanisms underlying its abnormal regulation in cancer cells remain, however, unknown. Here, we have examined the relationship between galectin-7 and p53, a gene previously associated with upregulation of galectin-7. While RNA and protein analyses revealed a(More)
The expression of two small heat shock proteins (sHsp), Hsp23 and Hsp27, was examined by immunological approaches in the eye of Drosophila melanogaster. Neither Hsp23 nor Hsp27 is detectable in unstressed (23 degrees C) eyes but both proteins are induced by heat shock (35 degrees C). In response to heat stress, Hsp27 is expressed in all cells of the(More)
Metastasis is a multistep process by which cancer cells, after acquiring several capabilities, spread to distinct sites in the body. It is the major cause of death in individuals suffering from cancer. We have recently identified galectin-7 as a new gene associated with the progression of T cell lymphoma toward a metastatic phenotype, suggesting a possible(More)
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