Tea Lanišnik Rižner

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BACKGROUND 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase from the fungus Cochliobolus lunatus (17beta-HSDcl) is a member of the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase (SDR) superfamily. SDR proteins usually function as dimers or tetramers and 17beta-HSDcl is also a homodimer under native conditions. RESULTS We have investigated here which secondary structure elements(More)
In the search for novel biomarkers of endometriosis, we selected 152 genes from the GeneLogic database based on results of genome-wide expression analysis of ovarian endometriosis, plus 20 genes related to estrogen metabolism and action. We then performed low-density array analysis of these 172 genes on 11 ovarian endometriosis samples and 9 control(More)
Fungal species are a very important source of many different enzymes, and the ability of fungi to transform steroids has been used for several decades in the production of compounds with a sterane skeleton. Here, we review the characterised and/or purified enzymes for steroid transformations, dividing them into two groups: (i) enzymes of the ergosterol(More)
Expression levels of genes encoding phase I and phase II estrogen-metabolizing enzymes: CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP1B1, CYP3A5, CYP3A7, SULT1A1, SULT1E1, SULT2B1, COMT, UGT2B7, and GSTP1 were studied by real-time PCR in 38 samples of cancerous and adjacent control endometrium. We found significantly lower levels of CYP1B1 and CYP3A7, higher levels of SULT2B1,(More)
Human aldo-keto reductases AKR1C1-AKR1C4 and AKR1D1 play essential roles in the metabolism of all steroid hormones, the biosynthesis of neurosteroids and bile acids, the metabolism of conjugated steroids, and synthetic therapeutic steroids. These enzymes catalyze NADPH dependent reductions at the C3, C5, C17 and C20 positions on the steroid nucleus and(More)
Endometrial and cervical cancers, uterine myoma, and endometriosis are very common uterine diseases. Worldwide, more than 800,000 women are affected annually by gynecological cancers, as a result of which, more than 360,000 die. During their reproductive age, about 70% of women develop uterine myomas and 10-15% suffer from endometriosis. Uterine diseases(More)
Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecological malignancy in the developed World. Based on their histopathology, clinical manifestation, and epidemiology, the majority of endometrial cancer cases can be divided into two groups: the more prevalent type 1 which is associated with unopposed estrogen exposure; and the less common type 2, which is usually(More)
Dydrogesterone is widely used for menstrual disorders, endometriosis, threatened and habitual abortion and postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy. Although progestins have a promiscuous nature, dydrogesterone does not have clinically relevant androgenic, estrogenic, glucocorticoid or mineralocorticoid activities. To date, systematic biochemical(More)
The further characterization of the cell line RPMI 2650 and the evaluation of different culture conditions for an in vitro model for nasal mucosa. Cells were cultured in media MEM or A-MEM at air-liquid (A-L) or liquid-liquid (L-L) interfaces for 1 or 3 weeks. Different cryopreservation methods and cell culture techniques were evaluated with immunolabelling(More)
Endometriosis is a complex, polygenic, and estrogen-dependent disease that affects 6% to 10% of women of reproductive age, and 30% to 50% of women with infertility and/or pelvic pain. Surgical diagnosis of endometriosis is still the gold standard, as there are currently no diagnostic biomarkers available. Due to the invasive diagnostics, it can take up to(More)