Sara Malka Berger

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The mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) signaling pathway is hyperactivated in a variety of cancers and disorders, including lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which are characterized by mutations in tumor suppressors TSC1 or TSC2. The concern with the use of mTORC1 inhibitors, such as rapamycin or(More)
Resveratrol, a plant-derived polyphenol, regulates many cellular processes, including cell proliferation, aging and autophagy. However, the molecular mechanisms of resveratrol action in cells are not completely understood. Intriguingly, resveratrol treatment of cells growing in nutrient-rich conditions induces autophagy, while acute resveratrol treatment of(More)
The mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) signaling pathway is hyperactivated in a variety of cancers and tumor syndromes. Therefore, mTORC1 inhibitors are being actively investigated for treatment of neoplasms. The concern with the monotherapy use of mTORC1 inhibitors, such as rapamycin, is that they cause upregulation of autophagy, a cell(More)
BACKGROUND After complete removal of the neoplasm (R0 resection), approximately 80% of pancreatic cancer patients will die of the disease within 5 years. The expression panel of cytokeratins (CK) is linked closely with cell differentiation. The aim of the study was to investigate the expression of CK-20 in pancreatic cancer tissue and to correlate CK-20(More)
Hyperactivation of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) is a frequent event in breast cancer and current efforts are aimed at targeting the mTORC1 signaling pathway in combination with other targeted therapies. However, patients often develop drug resistance in part due to activation of the oncogenic Akt signaling and upregulation of(More)
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. Approximately 75% of breast cancers are estrogen receptor-α (ERα) positive, underscoring the dependence of cancer cells on estrogen for growth and survival. Patients treated with endocrine therapy often develop resistance, either de novo or acquired, which in some cases is caused by(More)
42 Background: As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, the Prospective Payment System-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program was created for 11 cancer centers. PCHQR includes an initial set of 5 measures mandated for federal reporting and expanded to include 18 measures for subsequent program years. The Alliance of Dedicated(More)
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