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Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is present at high concentrations in ascites and plasma of ovarian cancer patients. Studies conducted in experimental models demonstrate that LPA promotes ovarian cancer invasion/metastasis by up-regulating protease expression, elevating protease activity, and enhancing angiogenic factor expression. In this study, we investigated(More)
The present treatment of colon cancer is based on 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Despite promising results of combining leucovorin or levamisole with 5-FU, the 5-year survival rate of patients with advanced colon cancer has not increased significantly. Colon tumors in vitro have been shown previously to have an elevated requirement for methionine, suggesting a new(More)
2012 iii To my family, teachers, friends, and colleagues: Thanks for shaping me into who I am today. iv This page is intentionally left blank. and the rest of EPP and CMU-Portugal administrative staff have given me. Without great friends and colleagues, being thousands of kilometres away from my home country would be much more difficult. My deepest(More)
This study describes a novel approach to the treatment of brain tumors with the combination of recombinant L-methionine-alpha-deamino-gamma-lyase and chemotherapeutic regimens that are currently used against such tumors. The growth of Daoy, SWB77, and D-54 xenografts in athymic mice was arrested after the depletion of mouse plasma methionine (MET) with a(More)
Interferon regulatory factor-4 binding protein (IBP) is a novel upstream activator of Rho GTPases. Our previous studies have shown that ectopic expression of IBP was correlated with malignant behaviors of human breast cancer cells, and invasive human breast cancer had high expression of IBP that promoted the proliferation of these cells. However, it remains(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Hemosiderin exhibits a stronger T2 shortening effect than deoxyhemoglobin. The extent of the 'blooming artifact' may therefore reflect a composition of different iron forms. Our aim was to investigate the relationship between extent of susceptibility vessel sign (SVS) width beyond the lumen and middle cerebral artery (MCA)(More)
Recent technological advancements in smartphone have paved the way for the rapidly growing mobile commerce. As smartphone vendors launch the products with a rich variety of technical features for different end-user market segments, understanding the evolution of these features is of vital importance to all stakeholders in the smartphone industry. We address(More)
Electrical stimulation of the left stellate ganglion in guinea pig heart evoked a calcium-dependent, exocytotic release of neuropeptide Y (NPY). Stimulation after 10 min of global ischemia (S2), compared with control period stimulation (S1), had no significant effect on the NPY release. The release of NPY produced by the same stimulation after 20 min of(More)