Shafaat A. Rabbani

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Inhibition of specific matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) is an attractive noncytotoxic approach to cancer therapy. MMP-14, a membrane-bound zinc endopeptidase, has been proposed to play a central role in tumor growth, invasion, and neovascularization. Besides cleaving matrix proteins, MMP-14 activates proMMP-2 leading to an amplification of pericellular(More)
The catalytically inactive precursor of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (pro-u-PA) induced a chemotactic response in rat smooth muscle cells (RSMC) through binding to the membrane receptor of urokinase (u-PA receptor [u-PAR]). A soluble form of u-PAR activated by chymotrypsin cleavage as well as a peptide located between domain 1 and 2 of u-PAR(More)
BACKGROUND Wnt-1 and beta-catenin expression levels play an important role in several malignancies. The authors determined the level of production of Wnt-1 and beta-catenin in normal and malignant human prostate carcinoma cell lines. Surgical pathology specimens from primary prostatic adenocarcinoma, lymph node metastases, and skeletal metastases were used(More)
PURPOSE Integrins are expressed by numerous tumor types including breast cancer, in which they play a crucial role in tumor growth and metastasis. In this study, we evaluated the ability of ATN-161 (Ac-PHSCN-NH2), a 5-mer capped peptide derived from the synergy region of fibronectin that binds to alpha5beta1 and alphavbeta3 in vitro, to block breast cancer(More)
We previously reported that urokinase (uPA) is produced by the human prostate cancer cell line, PC-3, and could function as a growth factor for cells of the osteoblast phenotype. To examine the role of uPA in metastasis to the skeleton and to extraskeletal sites, we have developed a homologous model of uPA overexpression in a rat prostate cancer cell line.(More)
BACKGROUND Late-stage prostate cancer patients are refractory to hormone therapy and exhibit a high propensity to develop skeletal metastasis. In this regard, the role of a novel cytokine system belonging to the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) family that is critical for osteoclastic osteolysis and that consists of receptor activator of NF-kappaB ligand(More)
There is an urgent need to understand distant metastases in breast cancer as they are the most lethal form of recurrence and a major cause of mortality in patients. Some predictors for distant metastases, including nodal status, tumor grade, and hormonal status, are useful in identifying patients at increased risk for distant metastases. Adjuvant endocrine(More)
The urokinase plasminogen activator system (uPA) has been demonstrated to be required for the movement of cells through a matrix. These observations have been extended to the migration of endothelial cells during the process of angiogenesis, and recent data suggest that the uPA system is central to this process. uPA is a serine protease that is capable of(More)
Previous work showed that the adapter protein SH2B adapter protein 1beta (SH2B1) (SH2-B) binds to the activated form of the nerve growth factor (NGF) receptor TrkA and is critical for both NGF-dependent neurite outgrowth and maintenance. To identify SH2B1beta-regulated genes critical for neurite outgrowth, we performed microarray analysis of control PC12(More)
PURPOSE Urokinase (uPA) is expressed in a number of highly invasive malignancies including breast cancer. Because production of uPA is associated with breast cancer progression and can serve as a useful prognostic marker, the purpose of this study was to examine the role of uPA promoter methylation as an indicator of uPA production in breast cancer(More)