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Cortical correlates of speech intelligibility measured using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) (2018)
Journal Article
Lawrence, R. J., Wiggins, I. M., Anderson, C. A., Davies-Thompson, J., & Hartley, D. E. (2018). Cortical correlates of speech intelligibility measured using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Hearing Research, 370, 53-64. doi:10.1016/j.heares.2018.09.005

Functional neuroimaging has identified that the temporal, frontal and parietal cortex support core aspects of speech processing. An objective measure of speech intelligibility based on cortical activation in these brain regions would be extremely use... Read More

Cancer reversion with oocyte extracts is mediated by cell cycle arrest and induction of tumour dormancy (2018)
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Saad, N., Alberio, R., Johnson, A. D., Emes, R. D., Giles, T. C., Clarke, P., …Allegrucci, C. (2018). Cancer reversion with oocyte extracts is mediated by cell cycle arrest and induction of tumour dormancy. Oncotarget, 9(22), doi:10.18632/oncotarget.24664

Inducing stable control of tumour growth by tumour reversion is an alternative approach to cancer treatment when eradication of the disease cannot be achieved. The process requires re-establishment of normal control mechanisms that are lost in canc... Read More

Proportionate methods for evaluating a simple digital mental health tool (2017)
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Davies, E. B., Craven, M. P., Martin, J. L., & Simons, L. (2017). Proportionate methods for evaluating a simple digital mental health tool. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 20(4), 112-117. doi:10.1136/eb-2017-102755

Background: Traditional evaluation methods are not keeping pace with rapid developments in mobile health. More flexible methodologies are needed to evaluate mHealth technologies, particularly simple, self-help tools. One approach is to combine a var... Read More

Principles of early human development and germ cell program from conserved model systems (2017)
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Kobayashi, T., Zhang, H., Tang, W., Irie, N., Withey, S., Klisch, D., …Surani, M. (2017). Principles of early human development and germ cell program from conserved model systems. Nature, 546, doi:10.1038/nature22812

Human primordial germ cells (hPGCs), the precursors of sperm and eggs, originate during week 2-3 of early postimplantation development(1). Using in vitro models of hPGC induction(2-4), recent studies suggest striking mechanistic differences in specif... Read More

Androgen dependent mechanisms of pro-angiogenic networks in placental and tumor development (2017)
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Metzler, V. M., de Brot, S., Robinson, R. S., Jeyapalan, J. N., Rakha, E., Walton, T., …Mongan, N. P. (2017). Androgen dependent mechanisms of pro-angiogenic networks in placental and tumor development. Placenta, 56, 79-85. doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2017.02.018

The placenta and tumors share important characteristics, including a requirement to establish effective angiogenesis. In the case of the placenta, optimal angiogenesis is required to sustain the blood flow required to maintain a successful pregnancy,... Read More

HOXC8 regulates self-renewal, differentiation and transformation of breast cancer stem cells (2017)
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Shah, M., Cardenas, R., Wang, B., Persson, J., Mongan, N. P., Grabowska, A. M., & Allegrucci, C. (2017). HOXC8 regulates self-renewal, differentiation and transformation of breast cancer stem cells. Molecular Cancer, 16(38), doi:10.1186/s12943-017-0605-z

Background: Homeobox genes are master regulators of cell fate during embryonic development and their expression is altered in cancer. By regulating the balance between cell proliferation and differentiation, they maintain homeostasis of normal tissue... Read More

Cyclin A1 and P450 aromatase promote metastatic homing and growth of stem-like prostate cancer cells in the bone marrow (2016)
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Miftakhova, R., Hedblom, A., Semenas, J., Robinson, B. D., Simoulis, A., Malm, J., …Persson, J. L. (2016). Cyclin A1 and P450 aromatase promote metastatic homing and growth of stem-like prostate cancer cells in the bone marrow. Cancer Research, 76(8), doi:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-15-2340

Bone metastasis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in prostate cancer (PCa). While cancer stem-like cells have been implicated as a cell of origin for PCa metastases, the pathways which enable metastatic development at distal sites remain... Read More

Regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor in prostate cancer (2015)
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de Brot, S., Ntekim, A., Cardenas, R., James, V., Allegrucci, C., Heery, D. M., …Mongan, N. P. (2015). Regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor in prostate cancer. Endocrine-Related Cancer, 22(3), doi:10.1530/ERC-15-0123

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common malignancy affecting men in the western world. Although radical prostatectomy and radiation therapy can successfully treat PCa in the majority of patients, up to ∼30% will experience local recurrence or metast... Read More

Keeping an open mind: highlights and controversies of the breast cancer stem cell theory (2012)
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Shah, M., & Allegrucci, C. (2012). Keeping an open mind: highlights and controversies of the breast cancer stem cell theory. Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy, 2012(4), doi:10.2147/BCTT.S26434

The discovery that breast cancers contain stem-like cells has fuelled exciting research in the last few years. These cells are referred to as breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs) and are thought to be involved in tumor initiation, progression, and metast... Read More