Rafaela Rosa-Ribeiro

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Androgens regulate prostate physiology, and exert their effects through the androgen receptor. We hypothesized that androgen deprivation needs additional transcription factors to orchestrate the changes taking place in the gland after castration and for the adaptation of the epithelial cells to the androgen-deprived environment, ultimately contributing to(More)
Epithelial growth, branching, and canalization are important morphogenetic events of the rodent ventral prostate (VP) that take place during the first postnatal week. In this study, we evaluated the effect of knocking out MMP-2 (MMP-2(-/-)), by examining developmental and structural aspects of the VP in MMP-2(-/-) mice. Neonate (day 6) MMP-2(-/-) mice(More)
The mechanism underlying castration-induced prostate regression, which is a classical physiological concept translated into the therapeutic treatment of advanced prostate cancer, involves epithelial cell apoptosis. In searching for events and mechanisms contributing to prostate regression in response to androgen modulation, we have frequently observed the(More)
We have hypothesized that epithelial growth, branching, and canalization in the rodent ventral prostate (VP) would require matrix remodeling, and hence matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of blocking MMP-2, using whole organ culture. siRNA was employed to inhibit MMP-2 expression, and this was(More)
Heparanase-1 (HPSE-1) is an endoglycosidase that cleaves heparan sulfate. The physiological functions of HPSE-1 include embryo development, hair growth, wound healing, tumor growth, angiogenesis, metastasis, and inflammation. HPSE-1 expression was found to increase temporarily in the rat ventral prostate (VP) after castration. The promoter region of the(More)
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