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  • 1
    Keywords: CELL ; Germany ; APOPTOSIS ; CELLS ; GROWTH ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; AP-1 ; ACTIVATION ; TIME ; MICE ; EFFICIENCY ; TOOL ; NEW-YORK ; INDUCTION ; T cells ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; T cell ; treatment ; SIGNAL ; c-Fos ; EAST ; c-Fos,apoptosis,early activation,induction,T cells ; GENOTYPES ; SIGNALING PATHWAY ; STIMULI ; WILD-TYPE ; SIGNALING PATHWAYS
    Abstract: We used c-Fos-deficient activated T cells from the spleen and c-Fos-deficient thymocytes to address the capacity of these cells to undergo apoptosis in response to various stimuli. To determine the role of c-Fos in apoptosis regulation in thymocytes, we challenged thymocytes from wild-type and c-Fos-deficient mice with either TPA or the glucocorticoid dexamethasone. After various time points cells were stained according to the Nicoletti method and analyzed by FACS. Thymocytes from both genotypes exhibited similar efficiency of apoptosis in response to treatment with TPA or dexamethasone. Our data provide clear evidence that c-Fos is not required for apoptosis regulation in activated T cells as well as in thymocytes
    Type of Publication: Book chapter
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  • 2
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; tumor ; IN-VIVO ; KINASE ; PATHWAYS ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; MICE ; CARCINOGENESIS ; KERATINOCYTES ; SKIN ; PROTEIN-KINASE ; MAP KINASE ; LESIONS ; resistance ; INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; NUMBER ; epidermis ; GROWTH ARREST ; signaling ; RE ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; TUMORIGENESIS ; SIZE ; ERK ; function ; INVASIVENESS
    Abstract: Extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) regulate cellular functions in response to a variety of external signals. However, the specific functions of individual ERK isoforms are largely unknown. Hence, we have investigated the specific function of ERK1 in skin homeostasis and tumorigenesis in ERK1 knockout mice. They spontaneously develop cutaneous lesions and hyperkeratosis with epidermis thickness. Skin hyperproliferation and inflammation induced by application of 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) is strongly reduced in mutant mice. ERKI-/- mice are resistant to development of skin papillomas induced by 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA) and promoted by TPA. Tumor appearance was delayed, their formation was less frequent, and their number and size were reduced. Keratinocytes obtained from knockout mice showed reduced growth and resistance to apoptotic signals, accompanied by an impaired expression of genes implicated in growth control and invasiveness. These results highlight the importance of ERK1 in skin homeostasis and in the process of skin tumor development
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16510590
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  • 3
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; proliferation ; carcinoma ; CELL ; CELL-PROLIFERATION ; Germany ; LUNG ; DIAGNOSIS ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; DEATH ; GENE ; GENES ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; cell line ; meningioma ; TISSUE ; LINES ; primary ; DOMAIN ; tumour ; SKIN ; BIOLOGY ; CELL-LINES ; MEMBER ; MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY ; SIGNAL ; PROGRESSION ; ASSAY ; INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; genetics ; COUNTRIES ; skin cancer ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; ONCOGENE ; SUPERFAMILY ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; Jun ; PHENOTYPE ; STRATEGIES ; OVEREXPRESSION ; cell lines ; heredity ; LUNG-CARCINOMA ; SKIN-CANCER ; tumour suppressor gene ; ORIGIN ; molecular biology ; molecular ; ONCOLOGY ; non-small cell lung carcinoma ; SUPPRESSOR GENE ; cell proliferation ; SUPPRESSOR ; tumour suppressor ; NSCLC ; SET ; BREAST-CANCER CELLS ; DAL-1 ; ferm containing 3 ; GROWTH SUPPRESSION ; protein 4.1 ; PROTEIN 4.1B
    Abstract: Lung cancer including non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) represents a leading cause of cancer death in Western countries. Yet, understanding its pathobiology to improve early diagnosis and therapeutic strategies is still a major challenge of today's biomedical research. We analyzed a set of differentially regulated genes that were identifi. ed in skin cancer by a comprehensive microarray study, for their expression in NSCLC. We found that ferm domain containing protein 3 (FRMD3), a member of the protein 4.1 superfamily, is expressed in normal lung tissue but silenced in 54 out of 58 independent primary NSCLC tumours compared to patient-matched normal lung tissue. FRMD3 overexpression in different epithelial cell lines resulted in a decreased clonogenicity as measured by colony formation assay. Although cell attachment capabilities and cell proliferation rate remained unchanged, this phenotype was most likely owing to induced apoptosis. Our data identify FRMD3 as a novel putative tumour suppressor gene suggesting an important role in the origin and progression of lung cancer
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17260017
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  • 4
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; human ; SYSTEM ; DEATH ; SITE ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; DRUG ; TISSUE ; NF-KAPPA-B ; LIGAND ; AP-1 ; primary ; INDUCTION ; T cells ; T-CELLS ; BINDING ; C-JUN ; SEQUENCE ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS ; ASSAY ; activation-induced cell death ; c-Fos ; CARCINOMA CELLS ; CD95 ligand ; CELL-DEATH ; CYCLOSPORINE-A ; FAS-LIGAND EXPRESSION ; INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; MOBILITY ; PROMOTER ; UP-REGULATION
    Abstract: The CD95 (APO-1/Fas) system plays a major role in induction of apoptosis in lymphoid and nonlymphoid tissues. The CD95 (APO- 1/Fas) ligand (CD95L) is induced in response to a variety of signals including TCR/CD3 stimulation or application of chemotherapeutic drugs. Here we report that an AP-1 site located in the 5' untranslated region of the CD95L gene is required for TCR/CD3-mediated induction of the human CD95L promoter. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays using nuclear extracts of Jurkat T cells as well as TCR/CD3-restimulated primary human T cells demonstrated specific binding of AP-1, predominantly composed of c-Jun and FosB, to this sequence. Ectopic expression of transdominant negative Jun mutants strongly reduced CD95L promoter activity and activation-induced cell death (AICD), confirming the functional significance of FosB/c-Jun binding. Thus, our results demonstrate an important novel function for FosB dimerized with c-Jun in TCR/CD3- mediated AICD in human T cells
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12618758
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; carcinoma ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; murine ; AP-1 ; CARCINOGENESIS ; tumour ; SKIN ; MOUSE ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS ; IDENTIFICATION ; PROGRESSION ; gene expression ; PROMOTERS ; skin carcinogenesis ; METASTASIS ; SSH ; PCR ; TRANSFORMATION ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; squamous cell carcinoma ; FRAGMENTS ; MULTISTAGE CARCINOGENESIS ; real-time PCR ; expression profiling ; PHORBOL ESTER ; CDNA MICROARRAY ; NMRI MOUSE SKIN ; tumour promoter
    Abstract: Malignant transformation of mouse skin by chemical carcinogens and tumour promoters, such as the phorbol ester 12-O- tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), is a multi-stage process that leads to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) formation. In an effort to identify turnour-associated genes, we studied the influence of short-term TPA-treatment on the gene expression profile of murine skin. A comprehensive microarray with some 5,000 murine gene specific cDNA fragments was established and hybridised with pooled RNA derived from control and TPA-treated dorsal skin samples. Of these genes, 54 were up- and 35 were down-regulated upon TPA application. Additionally, we performed suppression subtractive hybridisation (SSH) with respective RNA pools to generate and analyse a cDNA library enriched for TPA- inducible genes. Expression data of selected genes were confirmed by quantitative real-time PCR and Northern blot analysis. Comparison of microarray and SSH data revealed that 26% of up-regulated genes identified by expression profiling matched with those present in the SSH library. Besides numerous known genes, we identified a large set of unknown cDNAs that represent previously unrecognised TPA-regulated genes in murine skin with potential function in tumour promotion. Additionally, some TPA-induced genes, such as SprrIA, Saa3, junB, II4ralpha, Gp38, RalGDS and Slpi exhibit high basal level in advanced stages of skin carcinogenesis, suggesting that at least a subgroup of the identified TPA-regulated genes may contribute to tumour progression and metastasis. (C) 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12640676
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  • 6
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; SURVIVAL ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; MODEL ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; NETWORK ; SUPPORT ; DEATH ; HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; liver ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TISSUE ; NF-KAPPA-B ; ACTIVATION ; murine ; CARCINOGENESIS ; INDUCTION ; SIGNAL ; TARGET ; MOUSE ; hepatocarcinogenesis ; hepatocellular carcinoma ; PROGRESSION ; CELL-DEATH ; CELL-LINE ; SIGNALING PATHWAY ; SIGNALING PATHWAYS ; RAGE ; MOUSE MODEL ; KAPPA-B ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; expression profiling ; inflammation ; signaling ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; cell death ; CANCER PROGRESSION ; USA ; GROWTH-CONTROL ; SUPPRESSOR-CELLS ; nuclear factor kappa B ; COEXPRESSION ; COMPENSATORY PROLIFERATION
    Abstract: The nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappa B) signaling pathway has been recently shown to participate in inflammation-induced cancer progression. Here, we describe a detailed analysis of the NF-kappa B-dependent gene regulatory network in the well-established Mdr2 knockout mouse model of inflammation-associated liver carcinogenesis. Expression profiling of NF-kappa B-deficient and NF-kappa B-proficient hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) revealed a comprehensive list of known and novel putative NF-kappa B target genes, including S100a8 and S100a9. We detected increased co-expression of S100A8 and S100A9 proteins in mouse HCC cells, in human HCC tissue, and in the HCC cell line Hep3B on ectopic RelA expression. Finally, we found a synergistic function for S100A8 and S100A9 in Hep3B cells resulting in a significant induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS), accompanied by enhanced cell survival. Conclusion: We identified S100A8 and S100A9 as novel NF-kappa B target genes in HCC cells during inflammation-associated liver carcinogenesis and provide experimental evidence that increased co-expression of both proteins supports malignant progression by activation of ROS-dependent signaling pathways and protection from cell death. (HEPATOLOGY 2009;50: 1251-1262.)
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19670424
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  • 7
    Keywords: GROWTH ; LINES ; BIOLOGY ; PROGRESSION ; MIGRATION ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS ; HEAD ; NECK-CANCER ; NEUTRAL ENDOPEPTIDASE ; OPIORPHIN
    Abstract: Recently, increased expression of the submaxillary gland androgen-regulated protein 3A (SMR3A) was found in recurrent tumors of an orthotopic floor-of-mouth mouse tumor model after surgery. However, SMR3A expression in the pathogenesis of human malignancy and its correlation with the clinical outcome have not been addressed so far. We analyzed tissue microarrays with specimens from oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) patients (n = 157) by immunohistochemistry and compared SMR3A expression with clinical and pathological features by statistical analysis. Strong SMR3A expression was found in almost 36 % of all primary OPSCCs. Although, SMR3A protein levels were not associated with any clinical or histopathological feature tested, univariate Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed a significant correlation between high SMR3A protein expression and poor progression-free (p = 0.02) and overall survival (p = 0.03). Furthermore, high SMR3A expression was an independent marker for poor clinical outcome [HR (SMR3A(high) vs. SMR3(low)) = 2.32; 95 % CI = 1.03-5.23] concerning overall survival in a multivariate analysis of OPSCC patients with surgery as primary therapy (n = 100). Our data demonstrate for the first time increased SMR3A protein expression in the pathogenesis of OPSCC, which serves as an unfavorable risk factor for patient survival.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23053383
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  • 8
    Keywords: GROWTH ; LUNG-CANCER ; PROGNOSTIC-SIGNIFICANCE ; POOR-PROGNOSIS ; PROMOTES ; EPITHELIAL-MESENCHYMAL TRANSITION ; CANCER STEM-CELLS ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR SOX2 ; 3Q26-29 AMPLICON ; RESPONSE PROGRAM
    Abstract: Recurrent gain on chromosome 3q26 encompassing the gene locus for the transcription factor SOX2 is a frequent event in human squamous cell carcinoma, including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Numerous studies demonstrated that SOX2 expression and function is related to distinct aspects of tumor cell pathophysiology. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood, and the correlation between SOX2 expression and clinical outcome revealed conflicting data. Transcriptional profiling after silencing of SOX2 expression in a HNSCC cell line identified a set of up-regulated genes related to cell motility (e.g. VIM, FN1, CDH2). The inverse regulation of SOX2 and aforementioned genes was validated in 18 independent HNSCC cell lines from different anatomical sites. The inhibition of cell migration and invasion by SOX2 was confirmed by constant or conditional gene silencing and accelerated motility of HNSCC cells after SOX2 silencing was partially reverted by down-regulation of vimentin. In a retrospective study, SOX2 expression was determined by immunohistochemical staining on tissue microarrays containing primary tumor specimens of two independent HNSCC patient cohorts. Low SOX2 expression was found in 19.3% and 44.9% of primary tumor specimens, respectively. Univariate analysis demonstrated a statistically significant correlation between low SOX2 protein levels and reduced progression-free survival (Cohort I 51 vs. 16 months; Cohort II 33 vs. 12 months) and overall survival (Cohort I 150 vs. 37 months; Cohort II 33 vs. 16 months). Multivariate Cox proportional hazard model analysis confirmed that low SOX2 expression serves as an independent prognostic marker for HNSCC patients. We conclude that SOX2 inhibits tumor cell motility in HNSCC cells and that low SOX2 expression serves as a prognosticator to identify HNSCC patients at high risk for treatment failure.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 26040981
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  • 9
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; INHIBITOR ; tumor ; carcinoma ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; VITRO ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; TUMORS ; MICE ; PATIENT ; FAMILY ; AP-1 ; CARCINOGENESIS ; INDUCTION ; KERATINOCYTES ; SKIN ; BINDING ; fibroblasts ; MOUSE ; c-Fos ; PROMOTER ; MOUSE SKIN ; TRANSFORMATION ; BENIGN ; CARCINOMAS ; squamous cell carcinoma ; GLUCOCORTICOID-RECEPTOR ; SKIN-CANCER ; BINDING PROTEIN ; keratinocyte ; TRANSITION ; MALIGNANT PROGRESSION ; INTERSTITIAL COLLAGENASE ; CELL-CARCINOMA ; dexamethasone ; MOUSE KERATINOCYTES ; RECYCLING ENDOSOMES
    Abstract: Malignant transformation of mouse skin by tumor promoters and chemical carcinogens, such as the phorhol ester 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), is a multistage process leading to the formation of squamous cell carcinomas. it has been shown that mice lacking the AP-1 family member c-Fos exhibit an impaired transition from benign to malignant skin tumors. Here, we demonstrate enhanced expression of the small Ras-related GTPase Rab11a after short-term TPA treatment of mouse back skin. Expression of Rab11a in vivo and in vitro critically depended on c-Fos, because TPA application to the back skin of c-Fos-deficient mice and to mouse embryonic fibroblasts did not induce Rab11a mRNA or protein expression. Moreover, dexamethasone, which is a potent inhibitor of AP-1-mediated transactivation that exhibits anti-inflammatory and antitumor promoting activities, inhibited TPA-induced expression of Rab11a. Within the Rab11a gene promoter, we identified a functional AP-1 binding element that exhibited elevated c-Fos binding activity after TPA treatment of keratinocytes. Enhanced expression was not restricted to chemically induced mouse skin tumors but was also found in tumor specimens derived from patients with epithelial skin tumors. These data identify Rab11a as a novel, tumor-associated c-Fos/AP-1 target and may point to an as yet unrecognized function of Rab11a in the development of skin cancer
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15972968
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  • 10
    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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