Publications by authors named "Katerina Kalliantasi"

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Telomere length and telomerase activity in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Exp Ther Med 2020 Mar 24;19(3):1626-1632. Epub 2019 Dec 24.

Laboratory of Toxicology, Medical School, University of Crete, 71003 Heraklion, Greece.

Osteoarthritis (OA) and osteoporosis (OP) are associated skeletal pathologies and have as a distinct feature the abnormal reconstruction of the subchondral bone. OA and OP have been characterized as age-related diseases and have been associated with telomere shortening and altered telomerase activity (TA). This review discusses the role of telomeres and telomerase in OA and OP pathologies and focuses on the usability of telomere length (TL) and the rate of telomere shortening as potential disease biomarkers. A number of studies have demonstrated that telomere shortening may contribute to OA and OP as an epigenetic factor. Therefore, it has been claimed that the measurement of TL of chondrocytes and/or peripheral blood cells may be an appropriate marker for the evaluation of the progression of these diseases. However, there is a need to be perform further studies with larger cohorts, with the aim of obtaining objective results and a better understanding of the association between TL, inflammation and aging, in order to provide further insight into the pathophysiology of degenerative joint diseases.
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March 2020

Effect of systemic treatment on the micronuclei frequency in the peripheral blood of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

Oncol Lett 2019 Mar 7;17(3):2703-2712. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

Laboratory of Anatomy-Histology-Embryology, Medical School, University of Crete, 71110 Heraklion, Greece.

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most diagnosed type of cancer affecting males, and the second most diagnosed type of cancer affecting females, and one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality globally. The estimation of the micronuclei (MN) frequency in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from patients with CRC is proposed as a prognostic/predictive easy-to-use biomarker. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of systemic treatment on the MN frequency in PBLs from patients with CRC in order to determine the effectiveness of the MN frequency as a biomarker. For this purpose, from 2016 to 2018, we quantified the MN frequency as a prognostic/predictive biomarker in serial samples from 25 patients with metastatic CRC (mCRC) using cytokinesis block micronucleus assay (CBMN assay). The MN frequency in the PBLs of the patients was evaluated before, during the middle and at the end of the therapy (approximately 0, 3 and 6 months). The results revealed a common pattern regarding the fluctuation in the MN frequency. Statistical analysis confirmed that when the disease response was estimated with radiological criteria, a good response was depicted at the MN frequency and vice versa. Consequently, the findings of this study suggest that the MN frequency may serve as a promising prognostic/predictive biomarker for the monitoring of the treatment response of patients with CRC.
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March 2019