Malcolm C. A. Puntis

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AIM Tumor endothelial markers (TEMs) are a newly discovered family of endothelial markers associated with tumor specific angiogenesis. This study sought to examine the levels of expression (qualitatively and quantitatively) for TEMs in human colon cancer. METHODS Human colorectal cancer tissues (n = 48) and normal background tissues (n = 31) were obtained(More)
Tumour angiogenesis is a critical step in the growth, metastatic spread and regrowth of colorectal cancer. Angiogenesis specific to tumour is a complicated process, the mechanisms of which remain unclear. Metastasis of colorectal cancer may result from passive entry into the circulation secondary to the effect of angiogenic factors. The survival and growth(More)
BACKGROUND CA19-9 is a carbohydrate tumor-associated antigen which is frequently upregulated in pancreatobiliary neoplasia. However, it may also be elevated in patients with jaundice in the absence of a tumor due to biliary obstruction, and in other non-hepato-pancreatico-biliary conditions. This study aimed to evaluate whether CA19-9 levels could(More)
Hepatobiliary cystadenomas with mesenchymal stroma (CMS) are rare tumors. Two cases are reported that illustrate many features of CMS, including polypoid involvement of the common hepatic duct in one case. Both tumors were associated with elevated serum levels of the tumor-associated antigen CA 19-9 but normal levels of carcinoembryonic antigen and(More)
E-cadherin is a cell to cell adhesion molecule which acts as a suppressor of metastasis. This study examined the effect of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, on the expression of E-cadherin in human cancer cells. Western blotting studies demonstrated that treatment of cells with GLA for 24 h increased the expression of E-cadherin(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), also known as scatter factor, regulates both cell motility and the growth of some cell types. We have determined the effects of HGF on the motility and growth of human colon cancer cell lines (HT115, HT29, HRT18 and HT55). Cell motility, as measured by dissociation from carrier beads or by scattering of cell colonies, was(More)
In the past decade significant advances in establishing the underlying biological mechanisms of tumour invasion and metastasis have been made. Some of the triggering factors and genes relevant to metastatic spread have been identified. Advances have also been made in understanding the signal transduction pathways involved in invasion and metastasis. This(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Tumour endothelial marker-8 (TEM-8) has been found to be selectively up regulated in tumour-associated endothelial cells, it is implicated in tumour specific angiogenesis, but its mechanism in angiogenesis is not defined. METHODS A ribozyme transgene (TEM-8) was cloned into a suitable mammalian expression vector (pc DNA 3.1-GFP-NT) and(More)
Tumour endothelial marker-8 (TEM-8) has been found to be selectively upregulated in tumour-associated endothelial cells and is implicated in tumour specific angiogenesis. Specific factors, indigenous to tissues and tumours that regulate the TEM-8 mechanism in angiogenesis are not defined. We report for the first time that interleukin-1beta induces the(More)
Patients with obstructive jaundice have an increased perioperative complication rate. Sepsis, bleeding, wound problems, renal and liver malfunction are all seen in these patients. Assessment of immune function has been an active research area in these patients. This review will examine various aspects of immune functions in obstructive jaundice, discuss the(More)