Teodoro Vargas

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Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality among females worldwide, and therefore the development of new therapeutic approaches is still needed. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) extract possesses antitumor properties against tumor cells from several organs, including breast. However, in order to apply it as a complementary(More)
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the most used chemotherapeutic agent in colorectal cancer. However, resistance to this drug is relatively frequent, and new strategies to overcome it are urgently needed. The aim of this work was to determine the antitumor properties of a supercritical fluid rosemary extract (SFRE), alone and in combination with 5-FU, as a potential(More)
Canavan disease is a severe, progressive autosomal recessive neurodegenerative leukodystrophy. Canavan disease occurs more frequently among Ashkenazi Jewish individuals with two predominant mutations in the aspartoacylase (ASPA) gene. The disease is less frequent in non-Jewish individuals and the mutations randomly reside on the ASPA gene, with one mutation(More)
The polymorphic mutation C677T in the gene of MTHFR is considered a risk mutation for spina bifida and vascular disease. Another common mutation on the MTHFR gene, A1298C, has also been described as another risk mutation. We studied the frequencies of these two mutations on DNA samples from healthy Jewish individuals and compared them to the frequency of(More)
Studies have recently suggested that metabolic syndrome and its components increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Both diseases are increasing in most countries, and the genetic association between them has not been fully elucidated. The objective of this study was to assess the association between genetic risk factors of metabolic syndrome or related(More)
Ellagic acid (EA) and some derivatives have been reported to inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce cell cycle arrest, and modulate some important cellular processes related to cancer. This study aimed to identify possible structure-activity relationships of EA and some in vivo derivatives in their antiproliferative effect on both human colon cancer and(More)
The alterations in carbohydrate metabolism that fuel tumor growth have been extensively studied. However, other metabolic pathways involved in malignant progression, demand further understanding. Here we describe a metabolic acyl-CoA synthetase/stearoyl-CoA desaturase ACSL/SCD network causing an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program that promotes(More)
Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the main causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Thus, investigators have focused their efforts on gaining insight into understanding the mechanisms involved in the development and evolution of these diseases. In the past decade, and with the contribution of the -omics technologies, strong evidence has supported an(More)
Altered glycosylation is considered a universal cancer hallmark. Mucin-type core 2 1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase enzyme (C2GnT-M), encoded by the GCNT3 gene, has been reported to be altered in tumours and to possess tumour suppressor properties. In this work, we aimed to determine the possible role of GCNT3 gene expression as prognostic marker in(More)