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    Keywords: ACTIVATION, ADULT, AP-1, AP-1 SUBUNITS, BENIGN, BREAST-TUMORS, CANCER, CANCERS, CARCINOGENESIS, carc
    Abstract: Homeostasis of stratified epithelia, such as the epidermis of the skin, is a sophisticated process that represents a tightly controlled balance between proliferation and differentiation. Alterations of this balance are associated with common human diseases including cancer. Here, we report the cloning of a novel cDNA sequence, from mouse back skin, that is induced by the phorbol ester 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) and codes for a hitherto unknown aspartic proteinase-like protein (Taps). Taps represents a potential AP-1 target gene because TPA-induced expression in epidermal keratinocytes critically depends on c-Fos, and co-treatment with dexamethasone, a potent inhibitor of AP-1-mediated gene regulation, resulted in impaired activation of Taps expression. Taps mRNA and protein are restricted to stratified epithelia in mouse embryos and adult tissues, implicating a crucial role for this aspartic proteinase-like gene in differentiation and homeostasis of multilayered epithelia. During chemically induced carcinogenesis, transient elevation of Taps mRNA and protein levels was detected in benign skin tumors. However, its expression is negatively associated with dedifferentiation and malignant progression in squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. Similar expression was observed in squamous skin tumors of patients, suggesting that detection of Taps levels represents a novel strategy to discriminate the progression state of squamous skin cancers
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16565508
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    Keywords: brain ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; INHIBITOR ; INVASION ; proliferation ; tumor ; CELL ; CELL-PROLIFERATION ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; MODEL ; VITRO ; VIVO ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; PROTEIN ; transcription ; cell line ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; LINES ; MICE ; PATIENT ; TISSUES ; KERATINOCYTES ; SKIN ; T cell ; T-CELL ; CELL-LINES ; SIGNAL ; MOUSE ; STAGE ; UP-REGULATION ; MEMBRANE ; skin carcinogenesis ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; ADHESION ; MIGRATION ; MORPHOLOGY ; INVOLVEMENT ; MOUSE MODEL ; TRANSLOCATION ; beta-catenin ; ECTODOMAIN ; cell lines ; SUBSTRATE-SPECIFICITY ; MATRIX ; E-cadherin ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; CAPACITY ; keratinocyte ; cell proliferation ; LEVEL ; NUCLEAR ; USA ; TISSUE INHIBITOR ; cancer research ; in vivo ; PLASMID ; DEFECT ; PROMOTES ; matrix metalloproteinase ; METALLOPROTEINASE ; ectodomain shedding ; MATRIX-METALLOPROTEINASE ; OVARIAN-CARCINOMA ; GROWTH-CONTROL ; EXTRACELLULAR CLEAVAGE ; HUMAN TISSUE KALLIKREINS ; PROTEINASE-ACTIVATED RECEPTORS ; SERINE PROTEINASE ; SERUM BIOMARKER
    Abstract: Recently, we described phorbol ester-induced expression of the brain and skin serine proteinase Bssp/kallikrein 6 (Klk6), the mouse orthologue of human KLK6, in mouse back skin and in advanced tumor stages of a well-established multistage tumor model. Here, we show KLK6 up-regulation in squamous skin tumors of human patients and in tumors of other epithelial tissues. Ectopic Klk6 expression in mouse keratinocyte cell lines induces a spindle-like morphology associated with accelerated proliferation, migration, and invasion capacity. We found reduced E-cadherin protein levels in the cell membrane and nuclear translocation of beta-catenin in Klk6-expressing mouse keratinocytes and human HEK293 cells transfected with a KLK6 expression plasmid. Additionally, HEK293 cells exhibited induced T-cell factor-dependent transcription and impaired cell-cell adhesion in the presence of KLK6, which was accompanied by induced E-cadherin ectodomain shedding. Interestingly, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-l and TIMP-3 interfere with KLK6-induced F-cadherin ectodomain shedding and rescue the cell-cell adhesion defect in vitro, suggesting the involvement of matrix metalloproteinase and/or a disintegrin and metalloproteinase (ADAM) proteolytic activity. In line with this assumption, we found increased levels of the mature 62-kDa ADAM10 proteinase in cells expressing ectopic KLK6 compared with mock controls. Finally, enhanced epidermal keratinocyte proliferation and migration in concert with decreased E-cadherin protein levels are confirmed in an in vivo Klk6 transgenic mouse model
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17804733
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    Springer
    Coral reefs 14 (1995), S. 271-273 
    ISSN: 1432-0975
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Geosciences
    Notes: Abstract As a consequence of the 1991 Gulf War, 6–8 million barrels of oil were released into the marine environment and a total of 1.12 billion barrels were burned in the Kuwaiti oil fields. In order to detect delayed effects of the Gulf War pollution, six permanent transect lines were placed on Saudi Arabian offshore and inshore reefs. A comparison of three sets of video recordings taken between 1992 and 1994 indicated a significant increase in live coral cover. Therefore, it has been conclded that corals in Saudi Arabia survived the largest oil spill on record remarkably unscathed, with no visible signs of immediate or late effects up to 3.5 years after the Gulf War.
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