Nicola J. Mabjeesh

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Inhibition of angiogenesis is an important new modality for cancer treatment. 2-methoxyestradiol (2ME2) is a novel antitumor and antiangiogenic agent, currently in clinical trials, whose molecular mechanism of action remains unclear. Herein, we report that 2ME2 inhibits tumor growth and angiogenesis at concentrations that efficiently disrupt tumor(More)
UNLABELLED Study Type - Diagnostic (exploratory cohort) Level of Evidence 2b. What's known on the subject? and What does the study add? Men with persistent suspicion for prostate cancer after previous negative standard transrectal biopsy series are offered saturation biopsy either transrectally or transperineally to increase cancer detection rate. A(More)
Hypoxia is a major event that occurs in most solid tumors. Intratumoral hypoxia is sufficient to activate the key transcription factor, hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) that mediates the activation of the "survival machinery" in cancer cells. HIF can also be induced by oxygen-independent genetic alterations that activate a variety of oncogenic signaling(More)
Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) is a heterodimeric transcription factor composed of alpha and beta subunits. HIF-1 is critically involved in cellular responses to hypoxia, glycolysis, and angiogenesis. Here, we show that treatment of prostate cancer PC-3 and LNCaP cells with the benzoquinone ansamycin geldanamycin, an Hsp90-specific inhibitor, induced(More)
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a key transcription factor in the signaling pathway that controls the hypoxic responses of cancer cells. Activation of the HIF system has been observed in carcinogenesis and numerous cancers. We found an interaction between a member of the mammalian septin gene family (MSF-A) and the HIF system. MSF-A is a nuclear(More)
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and human kallikrein 2 are closely related products of the human kallikrein genes KLK3 and KLK2, respectively. Both PSA and human kallikrein 2 are produced and secreted in the prostate and have important applications in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. We report here the identification of unusual mRNA splice variants of the(More)
A critical mediator of the cellular response to hypoxia is hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1). Increased levels of HIF-1alpha are often associated with increased tumor metastasis, therapeutic resistance, and poorer prognosis. We recently identified a novel interaction between HIF-1alpha and the mammalian septin family member, SEPT9_v1. Septins are a highly(More)
We report a previously unrecognized prostate-specific protein, PrLZ (prostate leucine zipper), a new member of the Tumor Protein D52 (TPD52) family. The gene for PrLZ was localized at chromosome 8q21.1, a locus most frequently amplified in human prostate cancer. Multiple tissue analyses demonstrated PrLZ predominantly in the prostate gland. Although its(More)
In the central nervous system, two subtypes of sodium- and chloride-coupled GABA transporter exist. One is sensitive to ACHC, the other to beta-alanine. They are thought to be of neuronal and glial origin, respectively. GABA transport in membrane vesicles derived from astroglial cells was found to be sodium- and chloride-dependent, electrogenic and much(More)
In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that 1alpha,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) [1,25(OH)(2)D(3)] inhibits angiogenesis in cancer. We now examined whether the antiangiogenic effects of 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) are mediated by the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1 pathway. Our results showed that 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) reduces the protein expression of both the regulated(More)