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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrinopathy associated with infertility, diabetes and cardiovascular events. This study aimed to correlate polymorphisms of genes involved in the biosynthesis and metabolism of steroids and insulin action (CYP17A1, CYP19A1, AR, ESR1, ESR2, INSR, IGF2 and PAI1) with clinical and biochemical parameters of PCOS. DNA(More)
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is associated with environmental factors, especially tobacco and alcohol consumption. Most of the carcinogens present in tobacco smoke are converted into DNA-reactive metabolites by cytochrome P450 (CYPs) enzymes and detoxification of these substances is performed by glutathione S-transferases (GSTs). It has(More)
HER-2 gene testing has become an integral part of breast cancer patient diagnosis. The most commonly used assay in the clinical setting for evaluating HER-2 status is immunohistochemistry (IHC) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). These procedures permit correlation between HER-2 expression and morphological features. However, FISH signals are(More)
Chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of heart failure in Latin American countries. About 30% of Trypanosoma cruzi-infected individuals develop this severe symptomatic form of the disease, characterized by intense inflammatory response accompanied by fibrosis in the heart. We performed an extensive microarray analysis of hearts from a mouse(More)
BACKGROUND Locoregional recurrence and distant metastases are ominous events in patients with advanced oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). The objective of this study was to identify functional biomarkers that are predictive of OSCC progression to metastasis. METHODS The expression profile of a network of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) genes was(More)
The E-cadherin gene (CDH1) maps, at chromosome 16q22.1, a region often associated with loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in human breast cancer. LOH at this site is thought to lead to loss of function of this tumor suppressor gene and was correlated with decreased disease-free survival, poor prognosis, and metastasis. Differential CpG island methylation in the(More)
Cytogenetic analysis was performed on cultures of primary ependymal tumors with different degrees of malignancy (I-IV) obtained from four patients, none of whom had received therapy before karyotypic evaluation. The most common abnormalities were monosomy 17 and 22 in four cases and losses of sex chromosomes in three cases. Structural rearrangements of(More)
Open reading frame expressed sequences tags (ORESTES) differ from conventional ESTs by providing sequence data from the central protein coding portion of transcripts. We generated a total of 696,745 ORESTES sequences from 24 human tissues and used a subset of the data that correspond to a set of 15,095 full-length mRNAs as a means of assessing the(More)
Three species of marsupials from the Amazon region (Marmosa cinerea, Caluromys lanatus, and Didelphis marsupialis) and two from the region of São Paulo (Didelphis marsupialis and Didelphis albiventris) were studied. The G-banding pattern of the species with 2n = 14 (M. cinerea and C. lanatus) was very similar, as well as the pattern of G-bands in the(More)
BACKGROUND Ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) gene downexpression has been reported in sporadic breast carcinomas (BC); however, the prognostic value and mechanisms of ATM deregulation remain unclear. PATIENTS AND METHODS ATM and miRNAs (miR-26a, miR-26b, miR-203, miR-421, miR-664, miR-576-5p and miR-18a) expression levels were evaluated by quantitative(More)