María-Encarnación Fernández-Contreras

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In the present study we explored the effect of three polymorphisms of the TS gene on overall and progression- free survival of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients subjected to 5FU chemotherapy. A 28 bp variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR), a G/C single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), and a deletion of 6 bp at position 1494 were studied. The possible(More)
High intratumoral expression of thymidylate synthase (TS) has been reported as a factor of poor prognosis in patients with advanced colorectal cancer (CRC), but such association is unclear in some studies. Also, TS has been stated as a typical cytosolic enzyme, but nuclear location has been occasionally reported, and data on the clinical meaning of TS(More)
Several variables associated to thymidylate synthase (TS), the biological target of 5-fluorouracil (5FU) have been studied for their possible role as predictors of the clinical outcome and response to chemotherapy in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. The level of protein expression and the number of variable tandem-repeats of a 28-bp sequence within the(More)
Experimental evidence has revealed that several thymidylate synthase (TS) DNA polymorphisms modulate gene expression, which, in turn is known to be down-regulated by oestrogen receptor subtypes. Consequently, this process might be influenced by female hormones. Based on these data, we investigated whether patient's gender and TS polymorphism exert an(More)
BACKGROUND Angiogenic and lymphangiogenic factors (ALFs) may play an important role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our aims were to evaluate levels of ALFs in serum and the colonic mucosa culture supernatant (MCS) of patients with active and quiescent IBD and healthy subjects and to correlate them with the endoscopic, clinical and histological(More)
The presence of intratumoral lymphatic vessels (ILVs) and the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) in tumour cells have been studied as markers of lymphangiogenesis in order to evaluate their role in metastatic dissemination in laryngopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. A retrospective study was performed in 76 patients of N0(More)
Data supporting a role of female hormones and/or their receptors in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are increasing, but most of them are derived from animal models. Estrogen receptors alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) participate in immune and inflammatory response, among a variety of biological processes. Their effects are antagonistic, and the net action of(More)
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