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Given the emerging roles of microRNAs (miRNAs) as key regulator of mRNA stability we assessed their expression profile in paired myometrium and leiomyoma, their isolated smooth muscle cells (MSMC and LSMC), a spontaneously transformed leiomyoma smooth muscle cells (T-LSMC) and SK-LMS-1, a leiomyosarcoma cell line using microarray and real time PCR. Based on(More)
Gene microarray analysis indicated that several components of the transforming growth factor beta receptor (TGF-betaR) signaling pathway are differentially expressed in leiomyoma and myometrium. To validate the microarray results we evaluated the expression of Smads, intracellular proteins that transmit TGF-betaR signals, in leiomyoma and matched myometrium(More)
Healing of corneal alkali injuries remains a severe clinical challenge. The authors evaluated the effect of a new synthetic inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (GM6001 or N-[2(R)-2-(hydroxamido carbonylmethyl)-4-methylpentanoyl]-L-tryptophane methylamide) on preventing ulceration of rabbit corneas after alkali injury. Topical treatment of corneas with(More)
MicroRNA-200c (miR-200c) through repression of specific target genes has been associated with cellular transition, tumorigenesis, and tissue fibrosis. We explored the expression and functional aspects of miR-200c in genesis of leiomyomas (LYO), benign uterine tumors with fibrotic characteristic. Using LYO and matched myometrium (MYO; n=76) from untreated(More)
BACKGROUND Increased production of pro-inflammatory mediators is considered central in the manifestation of events leading to irregular uterine bleeding in progestin-only contraceptive users. Evidence suggests that in addition to its antimicrobial property, doxycycline (Dox) acts as an anti-inflammatory agent mainly through the suppression of(More)
Tissue remodelling involving extracellular matrix (ECM) turnover plays a major role in leiomyoma growth and regression, regulated by the combined action of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs). We postulated that leiomyomata express MMP and TIMP mRNA and protein, and their expression is inversely regulated during tumour(More)
The objective of this study was to elucidate the biological significance of GnRH and antiprogestins and antiestrogen in leiomyoma and their interactions with ovarian steroid 'add-back' therapy. Leiomyoma and myometrial smooth muscle cells (LSMC and MSMC) were isolated and exposed to GnRH agonist (leuprolide acetate, LA), 17β-estradiol (E 2),(More)
Human corneal epithelial cells are normally shed from the apical surface and replaced primarily by mitosis of basal cells. Growth factors may regulate this process, but the sources for the growth factors have not been fully established. One potential source for growth factors is tear fluid, and epidermal growth factor (EGF) has been detected in the lacrimal(More)
BACKGROUND breast cancer (BC) is the most common malignancy among Iranian women. Although the relative incidence of BC is low, the cause-specific mortality is much higher than developed countries. The present study surveyed the overall trend of BC in Tehran. PATIENTS AND METHODS all breast pathologic records were studied in five major hospitals in Tehran(More)