Myriam Banville

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Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta plays a dual role in tumorigenesis, switching from acting as a growth inhibitory tumor suppressor early in the process, to a tumor promoter in late-stage disease. Since TGF-beta's prometastatic role may be linked to its ability to induce tumor cell epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), we explored TGF-beta's(More)
Gadd45 proteins are recognized as tumor and autoimmune suppressors whose expression can be induced by genotoxic stresses. These proteins are involved in cell cycle control, growth arrest, and apoptosis through interactions with a wide variety of binding partners. We report here the crystal structure of Gadd45gamma, which reveals a fold comprising an(More)
Metastatic spread of melanoma to the central nervous system (CNS) is a common and devastating manifestation of disease progression, which, despite its clinical importance, remains poorly understood with respect to underlying molecular mechanisms. Using a recently developed preclinical model of spontaneous melanoma CNS metastasis, we have identified(More)
Individual cancer cells carry a bewildering number of distinct genomic alterations (e.g., copy number variations and mutations), making it a challenge to uncover genomic-driven mechanisms governing tumorigenesis. Here, we performed exome sequencing on several breast cancer cell lines that represent two subtypes, luminal and basal. We integrated these(More)
The entomopoxviruses (insect poxviruses) of eastern spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana), two year cycle spruce budworm (C. biennis) and the Indian red army worm (Amsacta moorei) are being studied in our laboratory for their potential as biological insecticides and expression vectors. These viruses characteristically replicate in the cytoplasm of(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta signaling is a potent modulator of the invasive and metastatic behavior of breast cancer cells. Indeed, breast tumor responsiveness to TGF-beta is important for the development of osteolytic bone metastases. However, the specific TGF-beta isoforms that promote breast cancer outgrowth in bone is unknown. We demonstrate(More)
An alternative or follow-up adjunct to conventional maximum tolerated dose (MTD) chemotherapy now in advanced phase III clinical trial assessment is metronomic chemotherapy—the close regular administration of low doses of drug with no prolonged breaks. A number of preclinical studies have shown metronomic chemotherapy can cause long term survival of mice(More)
It has been demonstrated that A549 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells are sensitive to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors in in vivo xenograft animal models, but are relatively resistant in conventional in vitro monolayer growth assays. Here, we utilized anchorage-independent cell growth/survival assays as well as motility assays and(More)
Bacterial luciferase, derived from a fusion of the luxA and luxB genes of Vibrio harveyi, has been expressed at very high levels in caterpillars and insect cells. The coding sequence for luciferase was inserted into vectors developed in our laboratory which were designed to expedite screening of recombinant virus. These vectors contained the(More)
Entomopoxviruses replicate in the cytoplasm of insect cells and characteristically produce occlusion bodies which serve to protect the virion from the environment; the major component of these bodies is a protein called spheroidin. We have previously identified and sequenced the gene encoding the major occlusion body protein of eastern spruce budworm(More)