Showing posts with label dr.kankonde. Show all posts
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

4 Posters at 1st BIOMED Symposium, El Paso 10/26/2013

Dr.Zhang and Dr.Kankonde, Early Detection of Lung Cancer


 Dr. Kankonde, Immunotherapy in Ovarian Cancer

Dr.Kankonde, Decrease of TBI by early use of Butein, a Sirtuin Activator

Dr.Kankonde at 1st BIOMED Symposium El Paso, 10/26/2013

Dr.Zhang, UTEP, and Peggy Kankonde, Greater East Cancer Center

The true role of E-Cadherin Vs the ASSASSIN (destructors)

One of the main activities of cancer cells to complete their "criminal enterprise" is to escape proliferation control, and cancer cells have known this and have mastered the way to achieve this very efficiently through the Cadherins.  Though it is emphasized that the cancer cells reduce E-cadherin expression to free themselves from their neighbors by reducing Adhesion molecules, the truth is that there is a more ominous enterprise going on.  Degradation of E-cadherin through Ubiquitilation consumes or distracts E3 from its main job which is to remove some of the Inhibitors to CDK, LEAVING THE CELL WITH UNCHECKED CELL DIVISION.

Occupying the HAKAI  (ASSASSIN) would be helpful in achieving control of the process.

The E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase Hakai (HAKAI) also known as Casitas B-lineage lymphoma-transforming sequence-like protein 1 (CBLL1) is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the CBLL1 gene.[1] This gene encodes an E3 ubiquitin ligase for the E-cadherin complex and mediates its ubiquitination, endocytosis, and degradation in the lysosomes. The encoded protein contains a RING-finger domain and is also thought to have a role in control of cell proliferation.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Should patients with lymphoproliferative disorders avoid Alcohol since LMRP positivity suggests COOH  involvement?
Can pain at lymph nodes in Hodgkin disease after ingestion OF ALCOHOL or pruritus predict the presence of LMRP mutation?
Is the pruritus in Hodgkin disease linked to the presence of COOH at the nerve terminal?
Should we treat lymphoproliferative disorders with LRMP expression with Cisplatin etoposide based therapy?

Interleukin-4 is the best protective Interleukin of all, I wonder if we should be measuring it as a prognosis factor in  Lymphoproliferative disorders? Is overexpression of HGAL or GCET2 a corollary indication of IL-4 activity?

Critical importance of the Notch1

TSG1, HGS, and STAM2 appear critical in the importance of the NOTCH1.

We have stressed the importance of the NOTCH in cancer and wanted to provide some of the proof for the supportive evidence found in the literature.  The Notch through its interaction with MAML1, easily affects EP300 leading to activation of TSG, a critical gene in the action of P53.  Indeed P53 acts by activating TSG which leads to an increasing inhibitory activity of p21 on CDKs, blocking as a result cell division and therefore proliferation.
Inhibition at the NOTCH will therefore remove breaks to cell division and will mark a significant tendency to cancer incurability!
And I wish things stop there, but they don't:
The Activation of TSG will disturb the resting HSG which bothers the Merlin and blocks NF2 leading to the loss of growth control by contact of surrounding cells, the cell losing control of its growth...Hyperplasia can easily ensue!
The HSG now excited, engages the STAM2 and 3 things:

1. Interaction with JAK1 leading to metastasis

" Expression of JAK1 in cancer cells enables individual cells to contract, potentially allowing them to escape their tumor and metastasize to other parts of the body (wikipedia)"
the involvement of JAK-1 multiply the worsening of the situation because it will excite: PTPN11

" PTPN11 is a member of the protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) family. PTPs are known to be signaling molecules that regulate a variety of cellular processes including cell growth, differentiation, mitotic cycle, and oncogenic transformation." 
and with the ELP gene, the process will affect the SMAD3 leading to loss of control of proliferation and normal ubiquitylation of inhibitory proteins.

2.S TAM2 will engage Cytokin Receptors  (Cullins)

3. STAM2 will engage the tract to E3.

But the engagement of the Notch does still not stop there...

the GSK3B comes into play! and ....

Thursday, October 31, 2013


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CPRIT Oversight Committee Meeting
Texas State Capitol Extension

1400 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701

 Room: E1.012

November 1, 2013

9:00 A.M.


Nothing is simple but yet as determinant as an Adapter gene.
The cell continues to amaze scientists.
When a stimulant attaches to a receptor, the 2, stimulant and receptor, enter the cell in some cases, detaching from the membrane and enter the cell.  Most of the time there is a triggering of main pathways such as the RAS, but sometimes, at the site of attachment, the raw edges of the membrane are not healing and wage their own it is the focal Adhesion kinases that are going to war.  Now, that war is not necessarily random.  Depending on the nature of the stimulant and receptor involved, the FAK can turn to a Gerb2, Lyn or Flyn with a totally new orientation in the metabolism of the cell.  Sometimes the adapter is simply a b-cell linker or it is a T-cell linker and the cell will follow that path or attract these different cells.  It may use RUS1 to block the excited RAS that we spoke about or orient the cell to Rho in order to exacerbate metastasis.  
These linkers are a way to control differentiation, but when erratic, they could compromise the host!  Certain genes are destined to help many proteins such as a portion of an Antibody, imagine them wrongly linked to some other gene leading to unwarranted  multiplication! Things are set for hematologic malignancies!

Preliminary impression:
- Attachment to Lyn- B cell differentiation (some) and if Gerb2 involved, T cell differentiation definitely if the stimulant is TGF alpha!
Flyn- well may be muscle dystrophy, of some form.
Attachment to TBS - mental retardation
Lck-depression such as seen with chronic autoimmune disease (locus Coereleus)

Watch your Adaptor genes carefully!  Otherwise things are going in a direction you may not wish!

Monday, October 28, 2013



That is great!

I can reserve a small conference room (Bioscience Building Room 3.118) at UTEP. Would you like to give a brief presentation for your current project? If so, I can also prepare a laptop computer and projector.