The Environmental and Molecular Carcinogenesis Program integrates 27 investigators (24 full members and 3 associate members) from several different departments on NYU campuses of Sterling Forest and the School of Medicine, sharing a common interest in understanding the Environmental causes of cancer. The overall goal of the Program is to understand the environmental etiology of cancer and to use this information for cancer prevention and early detection. The EMC Research Program focuses on the following goals: (1) Identifying the mechanisms of action for environmental carcinogens, with a strong focus on inorganic compounds, such as arsenic, nickel, chromium, and cadmium by investigating their effects on the structure and function of cellular macromolecules;(2) The formation of reactive oxygen species, their biochemistry, and the biological effects that might result from their cellular interactions;(3) The mutational specificity of carcinogens and the site-specific mutagenesis of particular DNA lesions, the molecular basis for genetic susceptibility to environmental agents, the effects of hormones on gene expression, carcinogenesis, and chemoprevention;and (4) Epigenetic mechanisms of carcinogenesis. To achieve these goals, research in this Program is divided thematically into four groups: 1) DNA adducts, DNA Damage and Repair;2) Carcinogenesis and Animal Models;3) Early Detection and Chemoprevention;and 4) Cell Signaling and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis. Drs. Max Costa and William Rom are the Co-Leaders for this Program. Total funding decreased from $17,628,704 to $7,570,910 since the last competitive application. Membership has decreased from 47 to 28. Publications for the period total 323, of which 17% are intraprogrammatic, 16.1% are inter-programmatic, and 4% are both intra- and inter-programmatic collaborations.

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The Environmental and Molecular Carcinogenesis Program integrates investigators whose research aims to understand the environmental etiology of cancer and to use this information for cancer prevention and early detection, with the ultimate goal of reducing the risk of cancer occurrence and death and improving the quality of life of cancer survivors.

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Jin, Honglei; Yu, Yonghui; Hu, Young et al. (2015) Divergent behaviors and underlying mechanisms of cell migration and invasion in non-metastatic T24 and its metastatic derivative T24T bladder cancer cell lines. Oncotarget 6:522-36
Zhou, Sherry; Weitzman, Michael; Vilcassim, Ruzmyn et al. (2015) Air quality in New York City hookah bars. Tob Control 24:e193-8
Brocato, Jason; Costa, Max (2015) 10th NTES Conference: Nickel and arsenic compounds alter the epigenome of peripheral blood mononuclear cells. J Trace Elem Med Biol 31:209-13
Cohen, Mitchell D; Vaughan, Joshua M; Garrett, Brittany et al. (2015) Acute high-level exposure to WTC particles alters expression of genes associated with oxidative stress and immune function in the lung. J Immunotoxicol 12:140-53
Ota, Mitsuhiko; Horiguchi, Masahito; Fang, Victoria et al. (2014) Genetic suppression of inflammation blocks the tumor-promoting effects of TGF-? in gastric tissue. Cancer Res 74:2642-51
McKinney, Caleb; Zavadil, Jiri; Bianco, Christopher et al. (2014) Global reprogramming of the cellular translational landscape facilitates cytomegalovirus replication. Cell Rep 6:9-17
Vazquez-Cintron, Edwin J; Vakulenko, Maksim; Band, Philip A et al. (2014) Atoxic derivative of botulinum neurotoxin A as a prototype molecular vehicle for targeted delivery to the neuronal cytoplasm. PLoS One 9:e85517
Jhaveri, Komal; Chandarlapaty, Sarat; Lake, Diana et al. (2014) A phase II open-label study of ganetespib, a novel heat shock protein 90 inhibitor for patients with metastatic breast cancer. Clin Breast Cancer 14:154-60
Wu, Meng; Yang, Feikun; Ren, Zhihua et al. (2014) Identification of the nuclear localization signal of SALL4B, a stem cell transcription factor. Cell Cycle 13:1456-62
Kaneko, Syuzo; Bonasio, Roberto; SaldaƱa-Meyer, Ricardo et al. (2014) Interactions between JARID2 and noncoding RNAs regulate PRC2 recruitment to chromatin. Mol Cell 53:290-300

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