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The role of glucosinolates from cruciferous vegetables (Brassicaceae) in gastrointestinal cancers: from prevention to therapeutics (2022)
Journal Article
Melim, C., Lauro, M., Monteiro dos Santos Pires, I., Oliveira, P., & Cabral, C. (2022). The role of glucosinolates from cruciferous vegetables (Brassicaceae) in gastrointestinal cancers: from prevention to therapeutics. Pharmaceutics, 14(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics14010190

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is composed of rapidly renewing cells, which increase the likelihood of cancer. Colorectal cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed GI cancers and currently stands in second place regarding cancer-related mortali... Read More about The role of glucosinolates from cruciferous vegetables (Brassicaceae) in gastrointestinal cancers: from prevention to therapeutics.

Practical Considerations of Dissolved Oxygen Levels for Platelet Function under Hypoxia (2021)
Journal Article
Kusanto, B., Gordon, A., Naylor-Adamson, L., Atkinson, L., Coupland, C., Booth, Z., …Arman, M. (2021). Practical Considerations of Dissolved Oxygen Levels for Platelet Function under Hypoxia. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22(24), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms222413223

Investigating human platelet function in low-oxygen environments is important in multiple settings, including hypobaric hypoxia (e.g., high altitude), sea level hypoxia-related disease, and thrombus stability. These studies often involve drawing bloo... Read More about Practical Considerations of Dissolved Oxygen Levels for Platelet Function under Hypoxia.

Predicting personalised optimal arc parameter using knowledge-based planning model for inoperable locally advanced lung cancer patients to reduce organ at risk doses (2021)
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Tambe, N. S., Pires, I. M., Moore, C., Wieczorek, A., Upadhyay, S., & Beavis, A. W. (2021). Predicting personalised optimal arc parameter using knowledge-based planning model for inoperable locally advanced lung cancer patients to reduce organ at risk doses. Biomedical Physics and Engineering Express, 7(6), https://doi.org/10.1088/2057-1976/ac2635

Objectives. Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) allows for reduction of organs at risk (OAR) volumes receiving higher doses, but increases OAR volumes receiving lower radiation doses and can subsequently increasing associated toxicity. Therefore,... Read More about Predicting personalised optimal arc parameter using knowledge-based planning model for inoperable locally advanced lung cancer patients to reduce organ at risk doses.

Validation of in-house knowledge-based planning model for predicting change in target coverage during VMAT radiotherapy to in-operable advanced-stage NSCLC patients (2021)
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Wieczorek, A., Tambe, N. S., Pires, I. M., Moore, C., Wieczorek, A., Upadhyay, S., & Beavis, A. W. (2021). Validation of in-house knowledge-based planning model for predicting change in target coverage during VMAT radiotherapy to in-operable advanced-stage NSCLC patients. Biomedical Physics and Engineering Express, 7(6), https://doi.org/10.1088/2057-1976/ac1f94

Objectives. anatomical changes are inevitable during the course of radiotherapy treatments and, if significant, can severely alter expected dose distributions and affect treatment outcome. Adaptive radiotherapy (ART) is employed to maintain the plann... Read More about Validation of in-house knowledge-based planning model for predicting change in target coverage during VMAT radiotherapy to in-operable advanced-stage NSCLC patients.

Spheroid-on-chip microfluidic technology for the evaluation of the impact of continuous flow on metastatic potential in cancer models in vitro (2021)
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Collins, T., Pyne, E., Christensen, M., Iles, A., Pamme, N., & Pires, I. M. (2021). Spheroid-on-chip microfluidic technology for the evaluation of the impact of continuous flow on metastatic potential in cancer models in vitro. Biomicrofluidics, 15(4), https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0061373

The majority of cancer deaths are linked to tumor spread, or metastasis, but 3D in vitro metastasis models relevant to the tumor microenvironment (including interstitial fluid flow) remain an area of unmet need. Microfluidics allows us to introduce c... Read More about Spheroid-on-chip microfluidic technology for the evaluation of the impact of continuous flow on metastatic potential in cancer models in vitro.

PI3K inhibition as a novel therapeutic strategy for neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy resistant oesophageal adenocarcinoma (2021)
Journal Article
Edge, S. D., Renard, I., Pyne, E., Li, C., Moody, H., Roy, R., …Pires, I. M. (2021). PI3K inhibition as a novel therapeutic strategy for neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy resistant oesophageal adenocarcinoma. British Journal of Radiology, 94(1119), https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20201191

OBJECTIVE: Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (neo-CRT) prior to surgery is the standard of care for oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC) patients. Unfortunately, most patients fail to respond to treatment. MiR-187 was previously shown to be downregulated in... Read More about PI3K inhibition as a novel therapeutic strategy for neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy resistant oesophageal adenocarcinoma.

Cytotoxic effects of Ridolfia segetum (L.) Moris phytoproducts in cancer cells (2020)
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Beeby, E., Magalhães, M., Lemos, M. F. L., Pires, I. M., & Cabral, C. (in press). Cytotoxic effects of Ridolfia segetum (L.) Moris phytoproducts in cancer cells. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2020.113515

Ethnopharmacological relevance: The past few years have witnessed an increasing interest in essential oils (EOs) as potential therapeutic agents against a wide variety of pathologies, including cancer. EOs extracted from Ridolfia segetum (L.) Moris (... Read More about Cytotoxic effects of Ridolfia segetum (L.) Moris phytoproducts in cancer cells.

Secondary metabolites (essential oils) from sand-dune plants induce cytotoxic effects in cancer cells (2020)
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Beeby, E., Magalhães, M., Poças, J., Collins, T., Lemos, M., Barros, L., …Pires, I. M. (2020). Secondary metabolites (essential oils) from sand-dune plants induce cytotoxic effects in cancer cells. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 258, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2020.112803

Ethnopharmacological relevance: Despite advances in modern therapeutic strategies, cancer remains the second leading cause of death worldwide. Therefore, there is a constant need to develop more efficient anticancer targeting strategies. The anticanc... Read More about Secondary metabolites (essential oils) from sand-dune plants induce cytotoxic effects in cancer cells.

Validation of in-house knowledge-based planning model for advance-stage lung cancer patients treated using VMAT radiotherapy (2020)
Journal Article
Tambe, N., Pires, I. M., Moore, C., Cawthorne, C., & Beavis, A. (2020). Validation of in-house knowledge-based planning model for advance-stage lung cancer patients treated using VMAT radiotherapy. British Journal of Radiology, 93(1106), https://doi.org/10.1259/bjr.20190535

Objectives: Radiotherapy plan quality may vary considerably depending on planner's experience and time constraints. The variability in treatment plans can be assessed by calculating the difference between achieved and the optimal dose distribution. T... Read More about Validation of in-house knowledge-based planning model for advance-stage lung cancer patients treated using VMAT radiotherapy.

Anticancer properties of essential oils and other natural products (2018)
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Blowman, K., Magalhães, M., Lemos, M. F., Cabral, C., & Pires, I. M. (2018). Anticancer properties of essential oils and other natural products. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2018, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3149362

Essential oils are secondary metabolites with a key-role in plants protection, consisting primarily of terpenes with a volatile nature and a diverse array of chemical structures. Essential oils exhibit a wide range of bioactivities, especially antimi... Read More about Anticancer properties of essential oils and other natural products.

WSB-1 regulates the metastatic potential of hormone receptor negative breast cancer (2018)
Journal Article
Poujade, F., Mannion, A., Brittain, N., Theodosi, A., Beeby, E., Leszczynska, K. B., …Pires, I. M. (2018). WSB-1 regulates the metastatic potential of hormone receptor negative breast cancer. The British journal of cancer / Cancer Research Campaign, 118(9), 1229-1237. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41416-018-0056-3

© 2018 Cancer Research UK. Background: Metastatic spread is responsible for the majority of cancer-associated deaths. The tumour microenvironment, including hypoxia, is a major driver of metastasis. The aim of this study was to investigate the role o... Read More about WSB-1 regulates the metastatic potential of hormone receptor negative breast cancer.

The Secret Science of Superheroes (2017)
Book
Lorch, M., Mackenwells, B., Jesson, D., Pires, I., Day, K., Gentle, L., …Heathcoate-Marcz, F. (2017). M. Lorch, & A. Miah (Eds.). The Secret Science of Superheroes. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry

Ever wondered what a superhero eats for breakfast? Do they need a special diet to feed their superpowers? The odd metabolisms of superheroes must mean they have strange dietary needs, from the high calorie diets to fuel flaming bodies and super speed... Read More about The Secret Science of Superheroes.

Anticancer properties of Thymbra capitata and Helichrysum italicum essential oils (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Juliana, P., Marco, L., Célia, C., Lígia, S., & Pires, I. M. D. S. (2014). Anticancer properties of Thymbra capitata and Helichrysum italicum essential oils. https://doi.org/10.3389/conf.fmars.2014.02.00010

An essential oil (EO) is defined internationally as the product obtained by hydrodistillation, of a plant or some parts of it. They are aromatic oily liquids, volatile, characterized by a strong odour, rarely coloured, and generally with a lower dens... Read More about Anticancer properties of Thymbra capitata and Helichrysum italicum essential oils.

Assessment of the properties of the essential oil from Ridolfia segetum Moris (Portugal) on cancer cell viability (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Poças, J., Lemos, M., Cabral, C., Cavaleiro, C., Cruz, M., Salgueiro, L., & Pires, I. (2014). Assessment of the properties of the essential oil from Ridolfia segetum Moris (Portugal) on cancer cell viability. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0034-1394701

Ridolfia segetum Moris, commonly known as corn parsley, false fennel, or false caraway, is distributed throughout the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the Apiaceae (carrot or parsley family), which includes well-known aromatic and medicinal plants... Read More about Assessment of the properties of the essential oil from Ridolfia segetum Moris (Portugal) on cancer cell viability.

RASSF1A–LATS1 signalling stabilizes replication forks by restricting CDK2-mediated phosphorylation of BRCA2 (2014)
Journal Article
Pefani, D., Latusek, R., Pires, I., Grawenda, A. M., Yee, K. S., Hamilton, G., …O'Neill, E. (2014). RASSF1A–LATS1 signalling stabilizes replication forks by restricting CDK2-mediated phosphorylation of BRCA2. Nature Cell Biology, 16(10), 962-971. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncb3035

Genomic instability is a key hallmark of cancer leading to tumour heterogeneity and therapeutic resistance. ​BRCA2 has a fundamental role in error-free DNA repair but also sustains genome integrity by promoting ​RAD51 nucleofilament formation at stal... Read More about RASSF1A–LATS1 signalling stabilizes replication forks by restricting CDK2-mediated phosphorylation of BRCA2.

HIF-1 alpha-independent hypoxia-induced rapid PTK6 stabilization is associated with increased motility and invasion (2014)
Journal Article
Poujade, F., Harvey, A. J., Blokland, N. J. G., Broos, A. W. T., Eccles, S. A., Hammond, E. M., …Span, P. N. (2014). HIF-1 alpha-independent hypoxia-induced rapid PTK6 stabilization is associated with increased motility and invasion. Cancer Biology and Therapy, 15(10), 1350-1357. https://doi.org/10.4161/cbt.29822

© 2014 Landes Bioscience. PTK6/Brk is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase overexpressed in cancer. Here we demonstrate that cytosolic PTK6 is rapidly and robustly induced in response to hypoxic conditions in a HIF-1-independent manner. Furthermore, a prop... Read More about HIF-1 alpha-independent hypoxia-induced rapid PTK6 stabilization is associated with increased motility and invasion.

Replication stress and chromatin context link ATM activation to a role in DNA replication (2013)
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Olcina, M. M., Foskolou, I. P., Anbalagan, S., Senra, J. M., Pires, I. M., Jiang, Y., …Hammond, E. M. (2013). Replication stress and chromatin context link ATM activation to a role in DNA replication. Molecular cell, 52(5), 758-766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2013.10.019

ATM-mediated signaling in response to DNA damage is a barrier to tumorigenesis. Here we asked whether replication stress could also contribute to ATM signaling. We demonstrate that, in the absence of DNA damage, ATM responds to replication stress in... Read More about Replication stress and chromatin context link ATM activation to a role in DNA replication.