Mohamed Hassona

Learn More
The androgen receptor (AR) is a transcription factor that has a pivotal role in the occurrence and progression of prostate cancer. The AR is activated by androgens that bind to its ligand-binding domain (LBD), causing the transcription factor to enter the nucleus and interact with genes via its conserved DNA-binding domain (DBD). Treatment for prostate(More)
We have overexpressed either the cDNA of human profilin 1 or expressed the mutant (88R/L) in the blood vessels of transgenic FVB/N mice. Reverse transcription-PCR indicated selective overexpression of profilin 1 and 88R/L in vascular smooth muscle cells. Polyproline binding showed increased profilin 1 and 88R/L proteins in transgenic mice compared with(More)
Increased mechanical stress/hypertension in the vessel wall triggers the hypertrophic signaling pathway, resulting in structural remodeling of vasculature. Vascular hypertrophy of resistance vessels leads to reduced compliance and elevation of blood pressure. We showed before that increased expression of profilin1 protein in the medial layer of the aorta(More)
The human androgen receptor (AR) is a proven therapeutic target in prostate cancer. All current antiandrogens, such as Bicalutamide, Flutamide, Nilutamide, and Enzalutamide, target the buried hydrophobic androgen binding pocket of this protein. However, effective resistance mechanisms against these therapeutics exist such as mutations occurring at the(More)
Hypertension represents a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. We have developed a novel transgenic mouse model by overexpressing the cDNA of human profilin1 in the blood vessels of transgenic mice, which led to vascular hypertrophy and hypertension. We assessed the effects of losartan, amlodipine, or atenolol on vascular hypertrophy-associated(More)
Hypertension represents a major risk factor for cardiovascular events, associating with vascular hypertrophy and dysfunction in resistance vessels. Clevidipine is a novel antihypertensive drug working as a selective calcium channel antagonist with an ultra-short half-life that lowers arterial blood pressure by reducing systemic arterial resistance. The aim(More)
Rac1-GTPase activation plays a key role in the development and progression of cardiac remodeling. Therefore, we engineered a transgenic mouse model by overexpressing cDNA of a constitutively active form of Zea maize Rac gene (ZmRacD) specifically in the hearts of FVB/N mice. Echocardiography and MRI analyses showed cardiac hypertrophy in old transgenic(More)
The pathways inducing the critical transition from compensated hypertrophy to cardiac dilation and failure remain poorly understood. The goal of our study is to determine the role of Rac-induced signaling in this transition process. Our previous results showed that Thyroxin (T4) treatment resulted in increased myocardial Rac expression in wild-type mice and(More)
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. Current research on tumour-related extracellular vesicles (EVs) suggests that exosomes play a significant role in paracrine signaling pathways, thus potentially influencing cancer progression via multiple mechanisms. In fact, during the last decade numerous studies have revealed the role(More)
We describe a system offering deduction (over a fixed but flexible background theory) as a service, provided to a client via a network connection. The deduction server maintains the (potentially) large background knowledge base in a form that makes processing of individual conjectures and queries easy and avoids most of the overhead of reading and analyzing(More)