Trevor Lucas

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BACKGROUND Chemoresistance of malignant melanoma has been linked to expression of the proto-oncogene BCL2. Antisense oligonucleotides (ASO) targeted against BCL2 mRNA decreased BCL2 protein concentrations, increased tumour-cell apoptosis, and led to tumour responses in a mouse xenotransplantation model when combined with systemic dacarbazine. This phase(More)
Mutations in the connexin 26 (Cx26) gene (GJB2) are associated with autosomal nonsyndromic sensorineural hearing loss. This study describes mutations in the Cx26 gene in cases of familial and sporadic hearing loss (HL) by gene sequencing and identifies the allelic frequency of the most common mutation leading to HL (35delG) in the population of eastern(More)
The microphthalmia transcription factor MITF plays a pivotal role in the development and differentiation of melanocytes. The purpose of this work was to investigate the expression and function of the melanocyte-specific isoform MITF-M in human melanoma. We found that MITF-M is repressed in 8 of 14 established melanoma cell lines tested. Transfection of(More)
The congenital fibrosarcoma t(12;15)(p13;q25) rearrangement splices the ETV6 (TEL) gene on chromosome 12p13 in frame with the NTRK3 (TRKC) neurotrophin-3 receptor gene on chromosome 15q25. Resultant ETV6-NTRK3 fusion transcripts encode the helix - loop - helix (HLH) dimerization domain of ETV6 fused to the protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) domain of NTRK3. We(More)
AIMS Skeletal myoblasts are used in repair of ischaemic myocardium. However, a large fraction of grafted myoblasts degenerate upon engraftment. Colony-stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1) accelerates myoblast proliferation and angiogenesis. We hypothesized that CSF-1 overexpression improves myoblast survival and cardiac function in ischaemia-induced heart failure.(More)
OBJECTIVES Although research interest in biocompatibility of dental materials has been increasing, findings are frequently controversial and non-harmonized experimental approaches often lead to the production of contradictory results. The aim of this study was to compare the cytotoxic effects of six different light-cured dental composites, one compomer, one(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to evaluate gap junction protein beta2 (GJB2) genetic testing within a national neonate screening program for hearing loss (HL) in a European population. DESIGN Neonatal cases of nonsyndromic HL (N = 21) were identified by postpartal otoacoustic emissions (OAE) and brain stem electric response audiometry (BERA)(More)
The expression of galectin-3 (formerly known as IgE-binding protein or Mac-2) in rat bone marrow (BM) was investigated by FACS, immunocytochemical and immunoblot analysis. The functional significance of rat recombinant galectin-3 on mouse recombinant granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF)-driven proliferation of macrophage progenitors and(More)
Systemic tumor-targeted gene delivery is attracting increasing attention as a promising alternative to conventional therapeutical strategies. To be considered as a viable option, however, the respective transgene has to be administered with high tumor specificity. Here, we describe novel polyethylenimine (PEI)-based DNA complexes, shielded by covalent(More)
Enzymes belonging to the protein kinase C (PKC) family represent one of the major mediators of signal transduction in melanocytes. To identify PKC isoforms that may be associated with the process of malignant transformation and metastasis, we investigated the expression pattern of 11 different PKC isoforms (alpha, beta I, beta II, gamma, delta, epsilon,(More)