Mercedes Nadal-Serrano

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Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women of developed countries. The aim of this study was to investigate whether genistein, a soy phytoestrogen, and 17β-estradiol (E2) could have effects on the cell cycle and mitochondrial function and dynamics. Three human breast cancer cell lines with different estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and estrogen(More)
Genistein is a biologically active isoflavone with estrogenic activity and can be found in a variety of soy products. This natural compound displays a wide array of biological activities, but it is best known for its ability to inhibit cancer progression, especially for hormone-related ones such as breast cancer. Genistein has been shown to bind both the(More)
Modulation of oxidative stress in cancer cells plays an important role in the study of the resistance to anticancer therapies. Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) may play a dual role in cancer, acting as a protective mechanism in normal cells, while its overexpression in cancer cells could confer resistance to chemotherapy and a higher survival through(More)
Genistein (GEN) is a phytoestrogen found in soybeans. GEN exerts its functions through its interaction with the estrogen receptors (ER), ERα and ERβ, and we previously reported that the ERα/ERβ ratio is an important factor to consider in GEN-treated breast cancer cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of GEN in breast cancer cells with(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Ovarian carcinoma is the main cause of gynecological cancer related deaths. The aim of this study was to determine the activation status of the antioxidant response in samples of ovarian serous carcinoma from paraffin-embedded biopsies and compare them with the response of patients to carboplatin-paclitaxel treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
The effects of 17beta-estradiol (E2) are mediated through activation of estrogen receptors (ER): ERalpha and ERbeta. It is known that ERalpha/ERbeta ratio is higher in breast tumors than in normal tissue. Since antioxidant enzymes and uncoupling proteins (UCPs) are reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and mitochondrial biogenesis regulators, our aim was(More)
Estrogen receptor status is a diagnostic parameter in breast cancer treatment. Estrogen receptor presence is related to a better prognosis because the principal treatments attacking breast cancer tumors have their action site directed at the estrogen receptor. However, the two different subtypes of estrogen receptor, ERα and ERβ, have different functions.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS 17β-estradiol (E2) is a risk factor for the development of breast cancer, and cause tumorigenesis in epithelial breast cells. Moreover, E2 has distinct effects on different tissues that are attributed to the presence of two estrogen receptor isoforms, ERα and ERβ. METHODS The effect of E2 on mitochondrial biogenesis and function was(More)
Mitochondrial biogenesis and function are under the control of 17β-estradiol, which acts through two distinct estrogen receptors (alpha or beta), and the estrogen receptors ratio can determine the final effect of 17β-estradiol on mitochondria. Our aim was to study the effects of 17β-estradiol on mitochondrial biogenesis, dynamics and function in breast(More)
Breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women. The estrogen receptors (ERs) ratio is important in the maintenance of mitochondrial redox status, and higher levels of ERβ increases mitochondrial functionality, decreasing ROS production. Our aim was to determine the interaction between the ERα/ERβ ratio and the response to cytotoxic treatments such as(More)