Moussa Alkhalaf

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The cDNAs for variant estrogen receptor (ER) mRNAs previously identified in human breast cancer biopsy samples have been cloned and characterized. Some of these cDNAs are unique to a tumor sample (e.g. clones 24 and 5), while others are present in multiple breast tumor samples (e.g. clone 4). The 5' ends of the variant cDNAs are essentially identical to(More)
Resveratrol (RSVL) is a well-established chemopreventive agent in human breast cancer models. The molecular basis of its action is far less characterized. We investigated the effects of RSVL on activity of adenylate- and guanylate-cyclase (AC, GC) enzymes; two known cytostatic cascades in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. RSVL increased cAMP levels in both time-(More)
The association between polymorphisms in the p53 tumor suppressor gene and breast cancer risk has been studied in many human populations with conflicting conclusions. However, similar studies in Arab women are not available, and the status of these polymorphisms in this ethnic population is not known. We investigated the status of four known p53 gene(More)
BACKGROUND Resveratrol (RSVL), a nontoxic natural compound found in a wide variety of plants with known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is emerging as a potent chemopreventive and anticancer drug. Recently, we demonstrated that RSVL-induced apoptosis in several human cancer cell lines was associated with cleavage of the proapoptotic 116 kDa(More)
Resveratrol (3,4',5-trans-trihydroxystilbene) is a natural compound found in grapes and several medicinal plants and has been shown to have anticancer effects on various human cancer cells. The aim of this study was to further investigate the molecular mechanism of this anticancer effect. Resveratrol effect on cell growth, morphology and gene expression was(More)
We have recently shown that growth inhibition of breast cancer cells by progesterone is due to the induction of cell differentiation, but not apoptosis. Because the tumor suppressor protein p53 plays a central role in normal cell growth and in tumor suppression, we have examined the effect of progesterone on the levels of this protein in MCF-7 cells. We(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Polymorphism in the p53 gene at codon 72 has been linked to the development of certain diseases including cancer. A possible association between such polymorphism and the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) and diabetes is being investigated, but no conclusive evidence has been reached yet. Our study is the first pilot study to(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Trans-resveratrol (RSVL; 3,4',5-trihydroxystilbene), a natural compound found in grapes, berries, peanuts and red wine exerts certain anticancer roles in different human cancer types. However, the exact molecular mechanism(s) behind such a role remains to be elucidated, thus the aim of this study. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH T47D human(More)
This study was designed to shed more light onto the three different brainstem regions which are implicated in the pain pathway for the level of various excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters before and following neuronal stimulation. The in vivo microdialysis technique was used in awake, freely moving adult Sprague-Dawley rats. The neurotransmitters(More)
Glycolaldehyde (GA) is formed by oxidative degradation of glucose, from glycated proteins, lipid peroxidation, and oxidation of amino acids, and by human neutrophils during phagocytosis. The exact purpose of GA production by phagocytes is unclear, but it is tempting to speculate that it is part of the defense against invading bacteria and tumor cells. We(More)