María Eugenia Fermento

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Sphingosine kinase-1 (SPHK1) modulates the proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation of keratinocytes through the regulation of ceramide and sphingosine-1-phosphate levels. However, studies on the expression of SPHK1 in human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) specimens are lacking. Therefore, the aim of the present work was to evaluate SPHK1(More)
It has been recently suggested that p300 cytoplasmic redistribution and degradation are important for controlling the availability and activity of the protein as a transcriptional coactivator. As a step towards determining the functional relevance of p300 intracellular redistribution in mammary cancer, we aimed at studying p300 localization in two different(More)
The expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) was shown to be increased in multiple tumors compared with their surrounding healthy tissues and was also observed to be up-regulated in oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC). However, conflicting results were obtained and little information is available regarding HO-1 significance in head and neck squamous cell(More)
In human glioma tumors, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) has been shown to be upregulated both when compared with normal brain tissues and also during oligodendroglioma progression. The cell types that express HO-1 have been shown to be mainly macrophages/microglia and T cells. However, many other reports also demonstrated that cell lines derived from glioma tumors(More)
There is evidence that p300, a transcriptional co-factor and a lysine acetyl-transferase, could play a role both as an oncoprotein and as a tumor suppressor, although little is known regarding its role in breast cancer (BC). First we investigated the role p300 has on BC by performing pharmacological inhibition of p300 acetyl-transferase function and(More)
Vitamin D and its analogs have been shown to display anti-proliferative effects in a wide variety of cancer types including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). These anticancer effects are mediated by its active metabolite, 1α, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (calcitriol) acting mainly through vitamin D receptor (VDR) signaling. In addition to its involvement in(More)
The expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) has been shown to be up-regulated in colorectal cancer (CRC), but the role it plays in this cancer type has not yet been addressed. The aims of this study have been to analyze HO-1 expression in human invasive CRC, evaluate its correlation with clinical and histo-pathological parameters and to investigate the(More)
D-Fraction is protein-bound β-1,6 and β-1,3 glucans (proteoglucan) extracted from the edible and medicinal mushroom Grifola frondosa (Maitake). The antitumoral effect of D-Fraction has long been exclusively attributed to their immunostimulatory capacity. However, in recent years increasing evidence showed that D-Fraction directly affects the viability of(More)
Vitamin D has been shown to display a wide variety of antitumour effects, but their therapeutic use is limited by its severe side effects. We have designed and synthesized a Gemini vitamin D analogue of calcitriol (UVB1) which has shown to display antineoplastic effects on different cancer cell lines without causing hypercalcemia. The aim of this work has(More)