Naciba Benlimame

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The overexpression of members of the ErbB tyrosine kinase receptor family has been associated with cancer progression. We demonstrate that focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is essential for oncogenic transformation and cell invasion that is induced by ErbB-2 and -3 receptor signaling. ErbB-2/3 overexpression in FAK-deficient cells fails to promote cell(More)
Human hepatitis B virus is a risk factor for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. The hepatitis B virus x protein (HBx) has been shown to inactivate the p53 tumor suppressor protein and impair DNA repair, cell cycle, and apoptosis mechanisms. Herein we report that HBx represses two components of the transcription-repair factor TFIIH, XPB (p89), and(More)
Interactions between cancer cells and their microenvironment are critical for the development and progression of solid tumors. This study is the first to examine the role of all members of the ErbB tyrosine kinase receptors (epidermal growth factor receptor [EGFR], ErbB-2, ErbB-3, or ErbB-4), expressed singly or as paired receptor combinations, in the(More)
Mutational inactivation of the tumor suppressor gene p53 is common in hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC). AGG to AGT transversion in codon 249 of exon 7 of the p53 gene occurs in over 50% of HCC from endemic regions, where both chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and exposure to carcinogens such as aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) prevail. In this study, we(More)
The progression of primary tumors to an invasive phenotype requires dynamic changes in multiple cellular and local tumor microenvironment markers. In this study, we report a genomic approach to assess gene transcriptional changes upon overexpression of ErbB receptors, in vitro and in vivo, focusing on markers involved in the regulation of the tumor(More)
Great advances in analytical technology coupled with accelerated new drug development and growing understanding of biological challenges, such as tumor heterogeneity, have required a change in the focus for biobanking. Most current banks contain samples of primary tumors, but linking molecular signatures to therapeutic questions requires serial biopsies in(More)
The enzyme hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) expressed by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei (Tb) can convert allopurinol, a purine analogue, to corresponding nucleotides with greater efficiency than its human homologue. We have developed a retroviral system that expresses the parasitic enzyme and tested its capacity to activate the(More)
We previously demonstrated that a ligand-blocking monoclonal antibody (mAb) against the epidermal growth factor-receptor (EGF-R), LA1, induced morphological conversion from epithelial-like to epithelial of the human lung cancer cell line, H322. This was accompanied by an up-regulation of epithelial cadherin (E-cadherin) expression (Clin. Cancer Res. 5(More)
BACKGROUND 1alpha,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D(3) [1,25(OH)(2)D(3)] and its analogues inhibit growth of various types of cancer cells. Although the therapeutic potential of 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) is limited by its tendency to induce hypercalcemia, analogues such as EB1089 are potent inhibitors of cell growth and exhibit reduced calcemic effects. We analyzed the(More)
Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) are characterized by a marked propensity for local invasion and spread to cervical lymph nodes, with distant metastases developing in 30-40% of cases. HPV-16 is an important risk factor for HNSCC. How HPV enhances susceptibility to HNSCC is not fully understood, but seems to involve cofactors. In this study, we(More)