Halina Was

Halina Was
Wojskowy Instytut Medyczny · Department of Oncology

29.89
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PhD

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42
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Research Experience
October 2018 - present
Wojskowy Instytut Medyczny
Position
  • Principal Investigator
Description
  • Role of autophagy and senescence in cancer chemoresistance: in vitro studies, in vivo studies, and analysis of clinical samples. Sonata Bis, NCN
January 2014 - September 2015
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
Position
  • Principal Investigator
Description
  • Can senescence and autophagy lead to cancer cell division? Analysis of microscopic images as a tool for predication of fate of cancer cells treated with chemotherapeutics. INTER/Skills, FNP
July 2013 - February 2016
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
Position
  • Principal Investigator
Description
  • Characterization of colon cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy-induced senescence. Iuventus Plus, MNiSW
Education
January 2012 - June 2017
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology
Field of study
  • cancer biology
July 2009 - December 2011
Jagiellonian University
Field of study
  • cancer biology
October 2004 - June 2009
Jagiellonian University
Field of study
  • biology, biochemistry

Publications

Publications (42)
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Background The diagnosis of glioblastoma (GBM), a most aggressive primary brain tumor with a median survival of 14.6 months, carries a dismal prognosis. GBMs are characterized by numerous genetic and epigenetic alterations, affecting patient survival and treatment response. Epigenetic mechanisms are deregulated in GBM as a result of aberrant expres...
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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of death among cancer patients in the Northern countries. CRC can reappear a long time after treatment. Recent clinical studies demonstrated that, in response to chemotherapy, cancer cells may undergo stress-induced premature senescence (SIPS), which typically results in growth arrest. Nonetheless...
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Anticancer therapies that induce DNA damage tend to trigger senescence in cancer cells, a process known as therapy-induced senescence (TIS). Such cells may undergo atypical divisions, thus contributing to tumor re-growth. Accumulation of senescent cancer cells reduces survival of patients after chemotherapy. As senescence interplays with autophagy,...
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Cancer cells can undergo stress-induced premature senescence, which is considered to be a desirable outcome of anticancer treatment. However, the escape from senescence and cancer cell repopulation give rise to some doubts concerning the effectiveness of the senescence-induced anticancer therapy. Similarly, it is postulated that polyploidization of...
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C57BL/6 is the most often used laboratory mouse strain. However, sometimes it is beneficial to cross the transgenic mice on the C57BL/6 background to the other strain, such as FVB. Although this is a common strategy, the influence of crossing these different strains on homeostatic expression of cytokines is not known. Here we have investigated the...
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Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into specialized cells, that build the whole body. These rare cells are required for homeostasis and tissue replacement throughout the human lifespan, and appear to be characterized by a few specific physiological and biochemical properties, particularly the capacity for self-renewal. Rec...
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Proangiogenic enzyme thymidine phosphorylase (TP) is a promising target for anticancer therapy, yet its action in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is not fully understood. To elucidate its role in NSCLC tumor growth, NCI-H292 lung mucoepidermoid carcinoma cells and endothelial cells were engineered to overexpress TP by viral vector transductio...
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Aims: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1, HMOX1) can prevent tumor initiation; while in various tumors, it has been demonstrated to promote growth, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Here, we investigated whether HMOX1 can modulate microRNAs (miRNAs) and regulate human non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) development. Results: Stable HMOX1 overexpression in NSC...
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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an antioxidative and cytoprotective enzyme, which may protect neoplastic cells against anticancer therapies, thereby promoting the progression of growing tumors. Our aim was to investigate the role of HO-1 in cancer induction. Experiments were performed in HO-1(+/+), HO-1(+/-), and HO-1(-/-) mice subjected to chemical ind...
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Heme oxygenase-1 (HMOX1) is a cytoprotective enzyme degrading heme to biliverdin, iron ions, and carbon monoxide, whose expression is induced in response to oxidative stress. Its overexpression has been suggested as a strategy improving survival of transplanted muscle precursors. Here we demonstrated that HMOX1 inhibits differentiation of myoblasts...
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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) degrades heme to carbon monoxide (CO), biliverdin, and ferrous iron. As HO-1 expression is highly increased by stressful conditions, the major role of the enzyme is the protection against oxidative injury. Additionally, it regulates cell proliferation, modulates inflammatory response and facilitates angiogenesis. Beneficial...
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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an antioxidative, antiinflammatory, and cytoprotective enzyme that is induced in response to cellular stress. The HO-1 promoter contains a (GT)n microsatellite DNA, and the number of GT repeats can influence the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. We elucidated the effect of this polymorphism on endothelial cells isola...
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It was reported that some effects of pentoxifylline (PTX) are mediated by heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) induction. We investigated the role of HO-1 in anti-inflammatory activity of PTX. Experiments were performed in human and murine monocytes and endothelial cells and in HO-1 deficient mice. PTX dose-dependently decreased expression of HO-1 in cell lines...
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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a cytoprotective, pro-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory enzyme, is strongly induced in injured tissues. Our aim was to clarify its role in cutaneous wound healing. In wild type mice, maximal expression of HO-1 in the skin was observed on the 2(nd) and 3(rd) days after wounding. Inhibition of HO-1 by tin protoporphyrin-IX res...
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15-Deoxy-Delta(12,14)-prostaglandin-J(2) (15d-PGJ(2)) is a cyclopentenone prostaglandin regarded as antiinflammatory mediator, which can act through peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma) or through G protein-coupled surface receptors. It has been demonstrated that 15d-PGJ(2) potently increases the generation of interleukin-8...
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HO-1 participates in the degradation of heme. Its products can exert unique cytoprotective effects. Numerous tumors express high levels of HO-1 indicating that this enzyme might be a potential therapeutic target. In this study we decided to evaluate potential cytostatic/cytotoxic effects of zinc protoporphyrin IX (Zn(II)PPIX), a selective HO-1 inhi...
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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) catalyzes the oxidation of heme to biologically active products: carbon monoxide (CO), biliverdin, and ferrous iron. It participates in maintaining cellular homeostasis and plays an important protective role in the tissues by reducing oxidative injury, attenuating the inflammatory response, inhibiting cell apoptosis, and reg...
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Stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) plays a major role in the migration, recruitment, and retention of endothelial progenitor cells to sites of ischemic injury and contributes to neovascularization. We provide direct evidence demonstrating an important role for heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1) in mediating the proangiogenic effects of SDF-1. Nanomolar con...
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Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a cytoprotective enzyme, can be induced in tumors in response to anti-cancer therapies. We investigated the role of HO-1 in B16(F10), S91, and Sk-mel188 melanoma cells. Overexpression of HO-1 after transduction with adenoviral vectors increased cell proliferation, resistance to oxidative stress generated by H2O2, and angiog...
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Photodynamic therapy is a promising antitumor treatment modality approved for the management of both early and advanced tumors. The mechanisms of its antitumor action include generation of singlet oxygen and reactive oxygen species that directly damage tumor cells and tumor vasculature. A number of mechanisms seem to be involved in the protective r...
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15-Deoxy-Delta(12,14)-prostaglandin-J(2) (15d-PGJ(2)) upregulates expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), but may inhibit angiogenesis. We found that 15d-PGJ(2) (1-10muM) attenuated all VEGF-induced angiogenic activities in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). It blocked almost completely cell proliferation, potently red...
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A major advance in the field of lymphangiogenesis has come from the discovery of lymphatic endothelium-specific markers. VEGFR-3 was the first molecule found to be expressed in the lymphatic endothelium. Two members of the VEGF family, VEGF-C and VEGF-D are lymphangiogenic when activate VEGFR-3. In addition to VEGFR-3, some other genes have been sh...

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