Selda Samakoglu

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The benefits of inhibiting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling in cancer patients are predominantly attributed to effects on tumor endothelial cells. Targeting non-endothelial stromal cells to further impact tumor cell growth and survival is being pursued through the inhibition of additional growth factor pathways important for the survival(More)
The application of RNA interference (RNAi) to stem cell-based therapies will require highly specific and lineage-restricted gene silencing. Here we show the feasibility and therapeutic potential of coregulating transgene expression and RNAi in hematopoietic stem cells. We encoded promoterless small-hairpin RNA (shRNA) within the intron of a recombinant(More)
The beta-thalassemias and sickle cell disease are severe congenital anemias that are caused by mutations that alter the production of the beta chain of hemoglobin. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation is curative, but this therapeutic option is not available to the majority of patients. The transfer of a functional globin gene in(More)
BACKGROUND Although the addition of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibodies to various platinum-based chemotherapy regimens for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is being actively pursued in the clinic, rationale for the prioritization of specific regimens is lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS We evaluated the antitumor effects of necitumumab, a(More)
The beta-thalassemias are congenital anemias that are caused by mutations that reduce or abolish expression of the beta-globin gene. They can be cured by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation, but this therapeutic option is not available to most patients. The transfer of a regulated beta-globin gene in autologous HSCs is a highly(More)
BACKGROUND Clinically relevant targets for developmental drug efficacy in animal models of cancer are critical yet understudied parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS Cetuximab, a chimeric antibody to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), was administered to athymic mice bearing subcutaneous tumors established with 13 human colorectal cancer cell lines of(More)
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