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Background: Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer in postmenopausal women. As body weight and fat mass increase, circulating leptin increases. Leptin is an adipocyte-derived cytokine that acts through the long form of its receptor, termed OB-Rb. To investigate whether leptin is associated...
Background: Classical Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is a malignancy of lymphatic endothelial skin cells. Although all forms of KS are associated with the KS-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), classical KS occurs in a small fraction of KSHV-infected people. We sought to identify risk factors for classical...
Background: Both Helicobacter pylori genotype and host genetic polymorphisms play a role in determining the clinical consequences of H. pylori infection. We investigated whether there are any combinations of bacterial and host genotypes that are particularly associated with the occurrence of...
Background: Ewing’s sarcoma cells express c-kit, a receptor tyrosine kinase, and its ligand, stem cell factor (SCF), creating a potential autocrine loop that may promote tumor survival. We thus examined whether the specific tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib mesylate (hereafter imatinib;...
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