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Several diphenylmethane derivatives have been synthesized with variable affinities for Anti-estrogen Binding Sites (ABS) but not for the estrogen receptor. Using these molecules as probes it is shown that their binding affinities for ABS correlate with their abilities to inhibit the growth of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. In contrast they have no(More)
We compared the anti-proliferative properties of 4-benzylphenoxy-N ethyl morpholine (morpho-BPE) and trifluopromazine (TFP) on both the human breast cancer cell lines, MCF7, and its tamoxifen-resistant variant RTx6. We found that the calmodulin antagonist trifluopromazine (TFP) which bound ABS weakly, inhibited MCF7 cell growth but did not follow the(More)
We studied a Malian family with parental consanguinity and two of eight siblings affected with late-childhood-onset progressive myoclonus epilepsy and cognitive decline, consistent with the diagnosis of Lafora disease. Genetic analysis showed a novel homozygous single-nucleotide variant in the NHLRC1 gene, c.560A>C, producing the missense change H187P. The(More)
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP), the most common acute hepatic porphyria, is a low-penetrant autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in the porphobilinogen deaminase (PBGD) or hydroxymethylbilane synthase (HMBS) gene. Although AIP has been identified in all the main ethnic groups, little is known about PBGD gene defects in Africans,(More)
Direct automated DNA sequencing was used to analyze exons 2 and 3 of HLA-B alleles present in forty-four unrelated individuals residing in the village of Adiopodoume, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Of the 23 HLA-B alleles observed, the most frequently detected allele was HLA-B*5301 (22.7%), which is believed to confer resistance to severe Plasmodium(More)
BACKGROUND LKB1 is an evolutionary conserved kinase implicated in a wide range of cellular functions including inhibition of cell proliferation, regulation of cell polarity and metabolism. When Lkb1 is inactivated in the liver, glucose homeostasis is perturbed, cellular polarity is affected and cholestasis develops. Cholestasis occurs as a result from(More)
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