Stephanie Bacopulos

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BACKGROUND MicroRNA (miRNA) have been shown to be important in regulating gene expression in prostate cancer. We used next generation miRNA sequencing to conduct a whole miRNome analysis to identify miRNAs associated with prostate cancer metastasis. METHODS We conducted discovery and validation analyses of miRNAs among a total of 546 men who underwent(More)
Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, in conjunction with preventive salpingo-oophorectomy for mutation carriers, may be used to prevent a proportion of invasive ovarian cancers ('personalized medicine'). We evaluated the potential utility of this approach at a population level by reviewing the pedigree information and genetic test results(More)
The distinction between renal oncocytoma and renal cell carcinoma, especially chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and clear cell carcinoma with oncocytic features, is important due to the different biologic potentials of these tumors. RING E3 ligases have the subject of intense studies for their roles in many diseases including cancer and as potential(More)
The BCA2 protein contains a RING H2 finger and a Zn finger near the N-terminus and has E3 ligase activity. RING finger proteins play critical roles in mediating the transfer of ubiquitin and ubiquitin like modifiers to heterologous substrates as well as to the RING finger proteins themselves. Protein modification by ubiquitin and small ubiquitin-related(More)
BCA2 is an E3 ligase linked with hormone responsive breast cancers. We have demonstrated previously that the RING E3 ligase BCA2 has autoubiquitination activity and is a very unstable protein. Previously, only Rab7, tetherin, ubiquitin and UBC9 were known to directly interact with BCA2. Here, additional BCA2 binding proteins were found using yeast(More)
Previous reports have indicated that patients with breast cancer who are from the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia have a different gene expression profile from that known for their age-matched North American population. In the present study, breast tumor samples from Canadian and Saudi Arabian patients were screened for known and unknown mutations within(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are single-stranded, 18-24 nucleotide long, non-coding RNA molecules. They are involved in virtually every cellular process including development, apoptosis, and cell cycle regulation. MiRNAs are estimated to regulate the expression of 30% to 90% of human genes by binding to their target messenger RNAs (mRNAs). Widespread dysregulation of(More)
BACKGROUND Insulin like growth factors (IGFs) and their binding proteins (IGFBPs) are secreted peptides that play major roles in regulating the normal development and maturation of mammary gland. While Igfbp7 has been shown to decrease breast tumor growth, its role in regulating the normal mammary gland development has not been studied. To this end, we(More)
Histology volume reconstruction facilitates the study of 3D shape and volume change of an organ at the level of macrostructures made up of cells. It can also be used to investigate and validate novel techniques and algorithms in volumetric medical imaging and therapies. Creating 3D high-resolution atlases of different organs(1,2,3) is another application of(More)
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