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Professor Rhonda Rosengren

PositionProfessor
DepartmentDepartment of Pharmacology and Toxicology
QualificationsBS PhD(Texas A & M)
Research summaryBreast and prostate cancer, nanomedicine, drug metabolism
MembershipsProfessor Rhonda Rosengren is a member of the Auckland Cancer Research Network

Research

Toxicological research in my laboratory involves the identification of novel treatments for various cancers including estrogen receptor negative breast cancer, hormone refractory prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. In conjunction with Dr. Bill Hawkins in the department of Chemistry we are synthesizing novel curcumin derivatives and examining their activity in both in vitro and in vivo models of cancer. We have also discovered new roles for tamoxifen and raloxifene in breast and prostate cancer when given as part of a novel combination therapy or in novel formulations. We also have research collaborations with Dr. Andrew Cridge in the Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Jonathan Bray Head of Small Animal Surgery at Massey University Veterinary School, Dr. Heather Cunliffe in the Department of Pathology and Dr. Mihnea Bostina in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The Otago Medical Research Foundation and grants from the University of Otago currently fund our work.


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Publications

King, J., Woolner, V. H., Keyzers, R. A., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Characterization of marine-derived halogenated indoles as ligands of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Toxicology Reports, 9, 1198-1203. doi: 10.1016/j.toxrep.2022.05.016

Palmer, H., Nimick, M., Mazumder, A., Taurin, S., Rana, Z., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Raloxifene suppresses tumor growth and metastasis in an orthotopic model of castration-resistant prostate cancer. Biomedicines, 10, 853. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines10040853

Nathan, R. J., Jain, A. K., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Biosorption of heavy metals from water: Mechanism, critical evaluation and translatability of methodology. Environmental Technology Reviews, 11(1), 91-117. doi: 10.1080/21622515.2022.2078232

Shakil, M. S., Rana, Z., Hanif, M., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Key considerations when using the sulforhodamine B assay for screening novel anticancer agents. Anti-Cancer Drugs, 33(1), 6-10. doi: 10.1097/CAD.0000000000001131

Rana, Z., Diermeier, S., Walsh, F. P., Hanif, M., Hartinger, C. G., & Rosengren, R. J. (2021). Anti-proliferative, anti-angiogenic and safety profiles of novel HDAC inhibitors for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Pharmaceuticals, 14, 1020. doi: 10.3390/ph14101020

King, J., Woolner, V. H., Keyzers, R. A., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Characterization of marine-derived halogenated indoles as ligands of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Toxicology Reports, 9, 1198-1203. doi: 10.1016/j.toxrep.2022.05.016

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Palmer, H., Nimick, M., Mazumder, A., Taurin, S., Rana, Z., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Raloxifene suppresses tumor growth and metastasis in an orthotopic model of castration-resistant prostate cancer. Biomedicines, 10, 853. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines10040853

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Nathan, R. J., Jain, A. K., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Biosorption of heavy metals from water: Mechanism, critical evaluation and translatability of methodology. Environmental Technology Reviews, 11(1), 91-117. doi: 10.1080/21622515.2022.2078232

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Shakil, M. S., Rana, Z., Hanif, M., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Key considerations when using the sulforhodamine B assay for screening novel anticancer agents. Anti-Cancer Drugs, 33(1), 6-10. doi: 10.1097/CAD.0000000000001131

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Rana, Z., Diermeier, S., Walsh, F. P., Hanif, M., Hartinger, C. G., & Rosengren, R. J. (2021). Anti-proliferative, anti-angiogenic and safety profiles of novel HDAC inhibitors for the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Pharmaceuticals, 14, 1020. doi: 10.3390/ph14101020

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Rana, Z., Tyndall, J. D. A., Hanif, M., Hartinger, C. G., & Rosengren, R. J. (2021). Cytostatic action of novel histone deacetylase inhibitors in androgen receptor-null prostate cancer cells. Pharmaceuticals, 14, 103. doi: 10.3390/ph14020103

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Shakil, M. S., Parveen, S., Rana, Z., Walsh, F., Movassaghi, S., Söhnel, T., Azam, M., … Rosengren, R. J., & Hartinger, C. G. (2021). High antiproliferative activity of hydroxythiopyridones over hydroxypyridones and their organoruthenium complexes. Biomedicines, 9, 123. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines9020123

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Chand, R. R., Nimick, M., Cridge, B., & Rosengren, R. J. (2021). In vitro hepatic assessment of cineole and Its derivatives in common brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) and rodents. Biology, 10, 1326. doi: 10.3390/biology10121326

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Niloy, M. S., Shakil, M. S., Hossen, M. S., Alam, M., & Rosengren, R. J. (2021). Promise of gold nanomaterials as a lung cancer theranostic agent: A systematic review. International Nano Letters, 11, 111, 93-111. doi: 10.1007/s40089-021-00332-2

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Niloy, M. S., Shakil, M. S., Alif, M. M. H., & Rosengren, R. J. (2021). Using natural compounds to target KRAS mutated non-small cell lung cancer. Current Medicinal Chemistry, 28(39), 8098-8115. doi: 10.2174/0929867328666210301105856

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Bland, A. R., Shrestha, N., Bower, R. L., Rosengren, R. J., & Ashton, J. C. (2021). The effect of metformin in EML4-ALK+ lung cancer alone and in combination with crizotinib in cell and rodent models. Biochemical Pharmacology, 183, 114345. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2020.114345

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Badart, M. P., Barnes, E. M., Cording, A. P., Gilmer, S. C. L., Billinghurst, I. D., Edupuganti, V. V. S. R., … Bland, A. R., Bower, R. L., Rana, Z., Ferguson, S. A., Opel Reading, H. K., Cook, G. M., Rosengren, R. J., Krause, K. L., Gamble, A. B., Ashton, J. C., & Hawkins, B. C. (2021). Synthesis and biological evaluation of (-) and (+)-spiroleucettadine and analogues. ChemMedChem, 16, 1308-1315. doi: 10.1002/cmdc.202000954

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Hanif, M., Arshad, J., Astin, J. W., Rana, Z., Zafari, A., Movassaghi, S., … Rosengren, R. J., … Hartinger, C. G. (2020). A multitargeted approach: Organorhodium anticancer agent based on vorinostat as a potent histone deacetylase inhibitor. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 59, 14609-14614. doi: 10.1002/anie.202005758

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Shrestha, N., Bland, A. R., Bower, R. L., Rosengren, R. J., & Ashton, J. C. (2020). Inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase alone and in combination with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibition suppresses tumor growth in a mouse model of ALK-positive lung cancer. Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, 374, 134-140. doi: 10.1124/jpet.120.266049

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Nathan, R. J., Barr, D., & Rosengren, R. J. (2022). Six fruit and vegetable peel beads for the simultaneous removal of heavy metals by biosorption. Environmental Technology, 43(13), 1935-1952. doi: 10.1080/09593330.2020.1858183

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Rana, Z., Diermeier, S., Hanif, M., & Rosengren, R. J. (2020). Understanding failure and improving treatment using HDAC inhibitors for prostate cancer. Biomedicines, 8(2), 22. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines8020022

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Bland, A. R., Shrestha, N., Rosengren, R. J., & Ashton, J. C. (2020). Does crizotinib auto-inhibit CYP3A in vivo? [Brief report]. Pharmacology, 105, 715-718. doi: 10.1159/000506996

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Martey, O. N. K., Greish, K., Smith, P. F., & Rosengren, R. J. (2019). A multivariate statistical analysis of the effects of styrene maleic acid encapsulated RL71 in a xenograft model of triple negative breast cancer. Journal of Biological Methods, 6(4). doi: 10.14440/jbm.2019.306

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Singh, R. J., Martin, C. E., Barr, D., & Rosengren, R. J. (2019). Cucumber peel bead biosorbent for multi-ion decontamination of drinking water collected from a mine region in New Zealand. Environmental Technology, 42(16), 2461-2477. doi: 10.1080/09593330.2019.1703824

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Shrestha, N., Nimick, M., Dass, P., Rosengren, R. J., & Ashton, J. C. (2019). Mechanisms of suppression of cell growth by dual inhibition of ALK and MEK in ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Scientific Reports, 9, 18842. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-55376-4

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Bland, A. R., Bower, R. L., Nimick, M., Hawkins, B. C., Rosengren, R. J., & Ashton, J. C. (2019). Cytotoxicity of curcumin derivatives in ALK positive non-small cell lung cancer. European Journal of Pharmacology, 865, 172749. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2019.172749

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Chen, S., Nimick, M., Cridge, A. G., Hawkins, B. C., & Rosengren, R. J. (2018). Anticancer potential of novel curcumin analogs towards castrate-resistant prostate cancer. International Journal of Oncology, 52(2), 579-588. doi: 10.3892/ijo.2017.4207

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