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Effects Of Phytochemicals From Rhodiola Crenulata On Highly Invasive Breast Cancer Cell Lines And Embryonic Models Of Migration, Adaris Rodriguez-Cortes Sep 2013

Effects Of Phytochemicals From Rhodiola Crenulata On Highly Invasive Breast Cancer Cell Lines And Embryonic Models Of Migration, Adaris Rodriguez-Cortes

Open Access Dissertations

The root of the Tibetan plant Rhodiola crenulata is part of eastern traditional medicine. Studies have suggested that members of the Rhodiola genus display anticancer properties. In this study we examine the effect of R. crenulata in a cellular model of invasive breast cancer, this disease being the second cause of cancer death among women in the US. Deregulation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway has been frequently observed in breast cancers and appears to have a key role in the transformation of benign cells to a malignant form. Although mutations of the Wnt growth factor are rarely observed in cancer ...


Defining The Mechanism Of Enhanced Cellular Invasion Induced By Mechanical Stimulation, Snehal Sunil Ozarkar Jan 2013

Defining The Mechanism Of Enhanced Cellular Invasion Induced By Mechanical Stimulation, Snehal Sunil Ozarkar

Wayne State University Theses

Metastasis is a multistep process driven by various biochemical and mechanical factors, which eventually leads to formation of secondary tumors. The tumor mass is surrounded by basement membrane (BM) and stroma made of various extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. During metastasis tumor cells disseminate from the primary tumor, breach the BM, invade the stroma, travel through blood and lymph and colonize tissues distant from the primary tumor. Formation of secondary tumors by metastasis is a leading cause of death in cancer patients. Even though plenty of research has been focused on biochemical factors affecting metastasis, information on role of mechanical factors ...


Control Of The Tumor Suppressor P53 By Regulating Mdm2 Activity And Stability, Ruchira S. Ranaweera Jan 2013

Control Of The Tumor Suppressor P53 By Regulating Mdm2 Activity And Stability, Ruchira S. Ranaweera

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

p53 is a tumor suppressor that is widely mutated or deleted in cancer cells. Mdm2, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, is the master regulator of p53. It targets p53 for proteasomal degradation, restraining the potent activity of p53 and enabling cell survival and proliferation. There are complex regulatory mechanisms balancing the activity and stability of Mdm2 in a cell. Mdm2 has an extremely short half-life in the unstressed cell and its regulation is not well understood. Like most E3 ligases, Mdm2 can autoubiquitinate. Previously, the sole function of autoubiquitination was thought to be to signal Mdm2 degradation. Here I show that ...


Epigenetic Basis For The Oncogenic Potential Of Idh Mutations, Chao Lu Jan 2013

Epigenetic Basis For The Oncogenic Potential Of Idh Mutations, Chao Lu

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Although many complex diseases including cancer manifest aberrant cellular metabolism and chromatin structure, the molecular connection between two processes remains poorly understood. The metabolite, α-ketoglurate (αKG), is a critical co-factor for a number of chromatin modifying enzymes. Its structural analogue, 2-hydroxyglutarate (2HG), was recently identified as the product of cancer-associated mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenases (IDH). To determine whether metabolic perturbation can disrupt chromatin remodeling and transcription, I investigated the epigenetic consequences of 2HG-producing IDH mutations. In this thesis, 2HG was demonstrated to be a competitive inhibitor for αKG-dependent chromatin modifiers including TET family DNA hydroxylases and jumonji-C histone demethylases. Expression ...


The Multifunctional Protein Daxx: Studies Of Its Biology And Regulation, And Discovery Of A Novel Function, Trisha Agrawal Jan 2013

The Multifunctional Protein Daxx: Studies Of Its Biology And Regulation, And Discovery Of A Novel Function, Trisha Agrawal

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Daxx, a multifunctional protein with a diverse set of proposed functions, is ubiquitously expressed and highly conserved through evolution. A primarily nuclear protein, Daxx is able to regulate apoptosis, transcription, and cellular proliferation. Despite many studies into the function of Daxx, its precise role in the cell remains enigmatic. Herein, evidence is presented to expand upon the known anti-apoptotic function of Daxx, to establish Daxx as a novel molecular chaperone, and to further its repertoire of transcriptional targets. As an apoptotic inhibitor, Daxx is known to regulate p53 by stabilizing its main negative regulator, Mdm2, via formation of a ternary ...


Using Spheroids And A Bioluminescent Mouse Model To Determine The Effects Of Ajulemic Acid On Ewing's Scarcoma, Drake Hardy Jan 2013

Using Spheroids And A Bioluminescent Mouse Model To Determine The Effects Of Ajulemic Acid On Ewing's Scarcoma, Drake Hardy

Honors Theses

Ewing's Sarcoma is a pediatric bone cancer with a five-year survival rate of only 30%. New treatment options for this highly aggressive disease are desperately needed. Ajulemic acid (AJA), a synthetic cannabinoid, has been the focus of our research, and has demonstratedd the ability to decrease tumor cell viability and inhibit endothelial cell migration and angiogenesis. Based on these results, AJA is a potential therapeutic agent for Ewing's Sarcoma and other solid pediatric cancers. In order to create a realistic environment in vitro in which to study these tumors, we created 3-dimensional spheroids with three cell types, each ...