Marcelo M Salim

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The mts1 gene codes for a 101 amino acid protein belonging to the S100 subfamily of Ca(2+)-binding proteins. Mts1 is overexpressed in metastatic cancers as compared to their nonmetastatic counterparts, and although mts1 is known to be involved in the metastatic phenotype (Davies et al., 1993; Grigorian et al., 1993), the role mts1 plays in this process is(More)
The human beta-amyloid protein may play an important, possibly primary, role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and it appears to potentiate the susceptibility of neurons to excitotoxicity. AD is associated with alterations in the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA) subtypes of(More)
Although the precise role of astrocytes in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is currently undefined, studies carried out at the molecular level may lead to new insights into the functioning of this class of brain cells in dementia. In order to facilitate such investigations, methods are described that establish that structurally and functionally(More)
The human beta-amyloid protein is deposited in senile plaques and in the cerebro-vasculature of people with Alzheimer's disease and Down's syndrome. The precise role of beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's disease pathology is presently unknown. To study the properties of beta-amyloid in vivo, we generated transgenic mice that harbor the gene for the(More)
To gain insight into factors associated with the excessive accumulation of beta-amyloid in the Alzheimer disease (AD) brain, the present studies were initiated to distinguish between a unique primary structure of the AD-specific amyloid precursor mRNA vis a vis other determinants that may affect amyloid levels. Previous molecular cloning experiments focused(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy of retroperitoneoscopy for treating stones in the renal pelvis and proximal ureter. MATERIALS AND METHODS In the period from August 2003 to August 2004, 35 retroperitoneoscopies for treatment of urinary stones were performed on 34 patients. Fifteen patients (42%) had stones in the renal pelvis, and in 2 cases, there were(More)
The amyloid precursor protein (APP) is a molecule centrally involved in Alzheimer disease pathology, but whose normal function is still poorly understood. To investigate the consequences of increased intracellular production of various regions of APP on cellular physiology, we stably transfected PC12 cells with the C-terminal 100 amino acids of the human(More)