Rajesh L. Thangapazham

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Gene fusions prevalent in prostate cancer (CaP) lead to the elevated expression of the ERG proto-oncogene. ERG activation present in 50-70% of prostate tumors underscores one of the most common oncogenic alterations in CaP. Despite numerous reports of gene fusions and mRNA expression, ERG oncoprotein status in CaP still remains to be defined. Furthermore,(More)
Dermal fibroblasts are mesenchymal cells found between the skin epidermis and subcutaneous tissue. They are primarily responsible for synthesizing collagen and glycosaminoglycans; components of extracellular matrix supporting the structural integrity of the skin. Dermal fibroblasts play a pivotal role in cutaneous wound healing and skin repair. Preclinical(More)
Cells. Human dermal papilla cells isolated from temporal scalp dermis (Promocell, Heidelberg, Germany) from five female donors (HDP41, HDP43, HDP44, HDP47, and HDP52) and one male donor (HDP60), named according to donor age in years, were propagated in vitro according to manufacturer's recommendations. Keratinocytes were isolated from neonatal foreskins and(More)
In normal prostate epithelium the TMPRSS2 gene encoding a type II serine protease is directly regulated by male hormones through the androgen receptor. In prostate cancer ERG protooncogene frequently gains hormonal control by seizing gene regulatory elements of TMPRSS2 through genomic fusion events. Although, the androgenic activation of TMPRSS2 gene has(More)
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