Nuzhat Ahmed


Affiliation: University of Melbourne
Country: Australia


  1. Ahmed N, Escalona R, Leung D, Chan E, Kannourakis G. Tumour Microenvironment and Metabolic Plasticity in Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells: Perspectives on Metabolic and Immune Regulatory Signatures in Chemoresistant Ovarian Cancer Stem Cells. Semin Cancer Biol. 2018;: pubmed publisher
    ..We propose that progress in cancer control and eradication may depend not only on the elimination of highly chemoresistant CSCs, but also in designing novel strategies which would intervene with the tumour-promoting TME factors. ..
  2. Ahmed N, Oliva K, Wang Y, Quinn M, Rice G. Downregulation of urokinase plasminogen activator receptor expression inhibits Erk signalling with concomitant suppression of invasiveness due to loss of uPAR-beta1 integrin complex in colon cancer cells. Br J Cancer. 2003;89:374-84 pubmed
    ..This novel paradigm of uPAR-integrin signalling may afford opportunities for alternative therapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer. ..
  3. Ahmed N, Riley C, Oliva K, Rice G, Quinn M. Ascites induces modulation of alpha6beta1 integrin and urokinase plasminogen activator receptor expression and associated functions in ovarian carcinoma. Br J Cancer. 2005;92:1475-85 pubmed
    ..Based on these findings, we conclude that ascites can induce selective upregulation of integrin and uPA/uPAR in ovarian cancer cells and these changes may modulate the functions of ovarian carcinomas. ..
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    Ahmed N, Riley C, Rice G, Quinn M, Baker M. Alpha(v)beta(6) integrin-A marker for the malignant potential of epithelial ovarian cancer. J Histochem Cytochem. 2002;50:1371-80 pubmed
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    Ahmed N, Oliva K, Rice G, Quinn M. Cell-free 59 kDa immunoreactive integrin-linked kinase: a novel marker for ovarian carcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2004;10:2415-20 pubmed
    ..These data suggest that irILK is an ovarian tumor-associated antigen and implicates its potential not only as a biomarker for early-stage screening but also as a marker for monitoring the clinical condition of patients after treatment. ..
  6. Samardzija C, Luwor R, Volchek M, Quinn M, Findlay J, Ahmed N. A critical role of Oct4A in mediating metastasis and disease-free survival in a mouse model of ovarian cancer. Mol Cancer. 2015;14:152 pubmed publisher
    ..This data highlights a crucial role for Oct4A in the progression and metastasis of EOC. Targeting Oct4A may prove to be an effective strategy in the treatment and management of epithelial ovarian tumours. ..
  7. Ahmed N, Riley C, Quinn M. An immunohistochemical perspective of PPAR beta and one of its putative targets PDK1 in normal ovaries, benign and malignant ovarian tumours. Br J Cancer. 2008;98:1415-24 pubmed publisher
    ..However, overexpression of PDK1 was evident in borderline and low- to high-grade ovarian tumours and is consistent with its known role in tumorigenesis. ..
  8. Samardzija C, Luwor R, Quinn M, Kannourakis G, Findlay J, Ahmed N. Coalition of Oct4A and ?1 integrins in facilitating metastasis in ovarian cancer. BMC Cancer. 2016;16:432 pubmed publisher
    ..The expression of Oct4A may be crucial to promote and sustain integrin-mediated extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling requisite for tumor metastasis in ovarian cancer patients. ..
  9. Escalona R, Chan E, Kannourakis G, Findlay J, Ahmed N. The Many Facets of Metzincins and Their Endogenous Inhibitors: Perspectives on Ovarian Cancer Progression. Int J Mol Sci. 2018;19: pubmed publisher
    ..We propose that understanding the metzincins and TIMP biology in ovarian cancer may provide valuable insights in combating ovarian cancer progression and chemoresistance-mediated recurrence in patients. ..

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    Ahmed N, Pansino F, Clyde R, Murthi P, Quinn M, Rice G, et al. Overexpression of alpha(v)beta6 integrin in serous epithelial ovarian cancer regulates extracellular matrix degradation via the plasminogen activation cascade. Carcinogenesis. 2002;23:237-44 pubmed
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    Ahmed N, Riley C, Oliva K, Stutt E, Rice G, Quinn M. Integrin-linked kinase expression increases with ovarian tumour grade and is sustained by peritoneal tumour fluid. J Pathol. 2003;201:229-37 pubmed
    ..Suppression of ILK expression may therefore represent a novel and an efficient mechanism for controlling ovarian tumour growth. ..