Shrihari S. Kadkol

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PURPOSE This was a pilot study conducted to examine the expression of osteopontin in uveal melanoma and to determine whether serum osteopontin can be used in detecting metastatic uveal melanoma. METHODS Osteopontin mRNA was measured in three uveal melanoma cell lines of various invasive potential by real-time PCR. Tissue sections of primary and metastatic(More)
A uthentication of cell lines in biomedical research has been elevated to a very high priority. In a review of the literature , Lacroix 1 examined the issue of cross-contamination of cell lines including the well-known contamination of cell lines with HeLa cells, 2 and the misidentification of the ECV304 cell line as " immortalized endothelial cells " when(More)
The high affinity neurotensin receptor (NTSR1) mediates most of the biologic effects of neurotensin (NT), a 13-amino acid peptide that stimulates growth in certain cell types. NT is expressed in fetal but not differentiated colonic epithelium and is re-expressed in colonic adenocarcinoma. The cognate receptor, NTSR1, is also not expressed or is present at a(More)
Many tumors are stiffer than their surrounding tissue. This increase in stiffness has been attributed, in part, to a Rho-dependent elevation of myosin II light chain phosphorylation. To characterize this mechanism further, we studied myosin light chain kinase (MLCK), the main enzyme that phosphorylates myosin II light chains. We anticipated that increases(More)
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