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Padma, S. and Sowjanya, A.P. and Poli, Usha and Jain, Meenakshi and Rao, B.N. and Ramakrishna, Gayatri (2005) Downregulation of calcineurin activity in cervical carcinoma. Cancer Cell International, 5 (1). p. 7. ISSN 1475-2867

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Abstract

Background: Calcineurin (CaN) is an important serine-threonine phosphatase (PP2B), which plays a crucial role in calcium-calmodulin mediated signal transduction events. Calcineurin has been implicated in pathogenesis of various diseases cardiac hypertrophy, diabetic neuropathy and Alzheimer's, however its role in neoplasia remains unclear. Results: In view of this we evaluated the calcineurin activity in serum and biopsy samples collected from women diagnosed with invasive squamous cell carcinoma of cervix. A significant reduction was observed in the calcineurin activity in cancer cervix patients compared to the control group. However the calcineurin activity remained unaltered in the cervical scrapes obtained from patients diagnosed with low-grade squamous intra epithelial lesions (LSIL). Interestingly the downregulation of calcineurin activity in squamous cell carcinomas was not accompanied by any significant change in DNA-binding affinity of the transcriptional factor NFAT (Nuclear Factor of Activated T-cells). All the squamous cell carcinoma samples used in the present study were positive for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types. Conclusion: The present study demonstrates the down regulation of calcineurin activity in squamous cell carcinoma of cervix with high risk HPV infection. We conclude that perturbations in calcineurin-mediated pathway may be invo lved in development of cervical neoplasia

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Depositing User: Dr P Divakar
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 11:28
URI: http://cdfd.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/233

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