Panayotis Pantazis

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Treatment of cells with the anti-cancer drug camptothecin (CPT) induces topoisomerase I (Top1)-mediated DNA damage, which in turn affects cell proliferation and survival. In this report, we demonstrate that treatment of the wild-type HCT116 (wt HCT116) human colon cancer cell line and the isogenic p53(-/-) HCT116 and p21(-/-) HCT116 cell lines with a high(More)
PURPOSE The plant-derived compound curcumin has shown promising abilities as a cancer chemoprevention and chemotherapy agent in vitro and in vivo but exhibits poor bioavailability. Therefore, there is a need to investigate modified curcumin congeners for improved anticancer activity and pharmacokinetic properties. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The synthetic(More)
The plant-produced compound, resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene, 3,4,5-THS), induces apoptosis in various human leukemia cell types in vitro, and thus appears to be a promising anti-leukemia agent. In this study, we observed that treatment of resveratrol-resistant Jurkat cells with the resveratrol analogue, 3,4,5-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene(More)
BACKGROUND We recently reported that ethanol and hexane extracts of the plant product, mastic gum (MG), contain constituents which can induce p53- and p21-independent G1-phase arrest followed by apoptosis of human HCT116 colon cancer cells in vitro. Herein, we extended these studies to investigate the in vivo anticancer activity of the hexane extract of MG(More)
BACKGROUND The development of effective drug delivery systems capable of transporting small interfering RNA (siRNA) has been elusive. We have previously reported that colorectal cancer tumor xenograft growth was arrested following treatment with liposomal preparation of siDCAMKL-1. In this report, we have utilized Nanoparticle (NP) technology to deliver(More)
Cancer cells are more susceptible to chemotherapeutic agent-induced apoptosis than their normal counterparts. Although it has been demonstrated that the increased sensitivity results from deregulation of oncoproteins during cancer development (Evan, G. I., and Vousden, K. H. (2001) Nature 411, 342-348; Green, D. R., and Evan, G. I. (2002) Cancer Cell 1,(More)
Labd-14-ene-8, 13-diol (sclareol) is a labdane-type diterpene, which has demonstrated significant cytotoxic activity against human leukemic cell lines, but its effect on solid tumor-derived cells is uknown. Here, we demonstrate that addition of sclareol to cultures of human colon cancer HCT116 cells results in inhibition of DNA synthesis, arrest of cells at(More)
Stem cell pluripotency, angiogenesis and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) have been shown to be significantly upregulated in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and many other aggressive cancers. The dysregulation of these processes is believed to play key roles in tumor initiation, progression, and metastasis, and is contributory to PDAC being(More)
A hexane extract of the plant product Chios mastic gum (He-CMG) is demonstrated to kill human colon cancer cells in vitro via the process of anoikis. Specifically, the sequence of events includes He-CMG-induced GI-arrest of the cells, detachment of the cells from the substrate and subsequent apoptosis. Anoikis is dependent on the concentration and duration(More)
To study the molecular mechanisms by which drug resistance develops, we compared DU145 humanprostate cancer cells with a subline selected for resistance to camptothecin. Differences in gene expression level were assessed by hybridizing the two cell types against each other using quadruplicate "Oncochip" cDNA microarrays that included 1648 cancer-related(More)