Partha Manas Das

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Tamoxifen is the most commonly prescribed therapy for patients with estrogen receptor (ER)α-positive breast tumors. Tumor resistance to tamoxifen remains a serious clinical problem especially in patients with tumors that also overexpress human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). Current preclinical models of HER2 overexpression fail to recapitulate(More)
Transcriptional silencing associated with aberrant promoter methylation has been established as an alternate pathway for the development of cancer by inactivating tumor suppressor genes. TMS1 (Target of Methylation induced Silencing), also known as ASC (Apoptosis Speck like protein containing a CARD) is a tumor suppressor gene which encodes for a CARD(More)
Three cases of melanoma of the soft parts diagnosed by aspiration cytology and immunochemistry are described. Unusual clinicoradiological features, variable cytomorphology, absence of melanin, and lack of awareness due to rarity of the lesion caused diagnostic dilemma. Morphological similarity to alveolar soft part sarcoma, synovial and epithelioid sarcoma,(More)
Inactivation of tumor suppressor genes by promoter methylation is an important mechanism of tumorigenesis. Increased expression of DNA methyltransferases has been commonly observed in cancer. A C/T polymorphism in the DNA methyltransferase 3b (DNMT3b) promoter region results in increased activity and has recently been identified as a risk factor for lung(More)
DNA methylation is an important regulator of gene transcription, and its role in carcinogenesis has been a topic of considerable interest in the last few years. Alterations in DNA methylation are common in a variety of tumors as well as in development. Of all epigenetic modifications, hypermethylation, which represses transcription of the promoter regions(More)
Tumor resistance to the selective estrogen receptor modulator tamoxifen remains a serious clinical problem especially in patients with tumors that also overexpress HER2. We have recently demonstrated that the clinically important isoform of HER2, HERΔ16, promotes therapeutically refractory breast cancer including resistance to endocrine therapy. Likewise(More)
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) catalyzes the synthesis of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, which is involved in the methylation of homocysteine to methionine. Genetic polymorphisms that decrease MTHFR activity result in an altered cancer risk depending on folic acid intake. In this study we examined the C677T and A1298C polymorphisms of the MTHFR gene(More)
To extend the range of genetic tools available for the functional analysis of trypanosomatid genes we have constructed a cosmid shuttle vector (pcosTL) which facilitates the introduction of large DNA fragments into Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania donovani. The vector contains several features to simplify library construction and insert mapping and(More)
MicroRNAs (miRs) function as tumor suppressors or oncogenes in multiple tumor types. Although miR expression is tightly regulated, the molecular basis of miR regulation is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the influence of the histone demethylase Jumonji/ARID1 B (JARID1B) on miR regulation in breast tumor cells. In MCF-7 cells with stable(More)
KEY POINTS Synaptic excitation and inhibition must be properly balanced in individual neurons and neuronal networks to allow proper brain function. Disrupting this balance may lead to autism spectral disorders and epilepsy. We show the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor NeuroD2 promotes inhibitory synaptic drive but also decreases cell-intrinsic(More)