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  • 1
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; proliferation ; tumor ; carcinoma ; KINASE ; DISEASE ; PROTEIN ; DIFFERENTIATION ; TUMORS ; CONTRAST ; ACTIVATED PROTEIN-KINASE ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; BREAST ; IN-SITU ; LESIONS ; immunohistochemistry ; MALIGNANCIES ; PATTERNS ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; CARCINOMAS ; INTERCELLULAR COMMUNICATION ; MALIGNANCY ; MOLECULAR-BASIS ; BASAL LAMINA ; breast carcinoma ; connexin43 ; GAP JUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION ; gap junctions
    Abstract: We applied an antiserum (SA226P) specifically recognizing the phosphorylated form of connexin43 (P-Cx43) to human breast samples including normal breast samples, with fibrocystic disease (FCD), fibroadenomas (FA), in situ and infiltrating carcinomas of all major types, and miscellaneous extramarnmary tumors. The findings were compared with those obtained with commercial antisera recognizing all Cx43 forms (pan-Cx43). A subset of samples was stained for Her2-neu and p44/42 to mitogen-activated protein kinase. Paraffin step sections were used. Immunoblots were performed on frozen samples of a representative subset of cases. In the normal breast, FCD, and FA, SA226P stained strongly and extensively most myoepithelial cells (MECs); luminal cells remained unstained. In proliferative FCD and some cellular FA, SA226P stained MEC and the capillary endothelium (CE). In ductal and lobular in situ carcinomas, SA226P reacted strongly and diffusely with the remaining MEC, the CE, and the transformed luminal cells. SA226P stained all infiltrating carcinomas except the tubular variant. In all breast carcinomas, the CE within and adjacent to tumors and some myofibroblasts stained with SA226P. By contrast, pan-Cx43 stained weakly and sporadically the MEC and rare samples of invasive carcinomas. Notably, Mab p44/42 reacted in parallel with the samples stained with SA226P, whereas reactions with Her2 were negative. Immunoblot findings paralleled those obtained immunohistochemically. We conclude that P-Cx43, restricted to MEC in the normal breast, is up-regulated in the same cells in hyperplasias and dysplasias and FA and is strongly up-regulated in invasive carcinomas. Notably, in some proliferative FCD and in most in situ and infiltrating carcinomas, P-Cx43 is strongly expressed in CE within and adjacent to the lesions but not away from them. These findings were paralleled by the strong nuclear reactions noted with Mab p44/42. These phenomena, although not exclusive to malignancy, are particularly conspicuous in breast carcinomas and seemingly reflect active proliferation associated with abnormal gap junctional intercellular communication. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15948121
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  • 2
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; carcinoma ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; TUMORS ; mechanisms ; WOMEN ; p53 ; human papillomavirus ; HPV ; intraepithelial neoplasia ; TRENDS ; YOUNG-WOMEN ; p16(INK4A) ; VULVAR CANCER
    Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The incidence of vulvar squamous cell carcinomas located between the clitoris and urethra in young women is rising in distinct geographic regions, but characteristics of the tumors indicating certain carcinogenic mechanisms are unknown. The present study aimed at characterizing these vulvar cancers for their human papillomavirus (HPV), p16, and p53 status, revealing potential pathways of carcinogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Squamous cell vulvar cancers of the anterior fourchette were retrospectively collected from 8 German hospitals, with additional squamous cell cancers located at other sites of the vulva from 2 of the hospitals. All tumors were analyzed for HPV DNA by polymerase chain reaction and for p16 and p53 expression by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Potentially HPV-associated tumors (HPV and p16 positive, 21.4% [27/126] of the anterior fourchette and 27.7% [13/47] from other locations), p53-overexpressing tumors (35.7% [45/126] and 29.8% [14/47]), and a third group (HPV/p16 negative/p53 not overexpressed, 42.9% [54/126] and 42.6% [20/47]) were observed among tumors from the anterior fourchette as well as among vulvar cancers from other locations. Women with vulvar cancers of the anterior fourchette were of young age irrespective of the HPV/p16/p53 status. CONCLUSIONS: Different types of vulvar cancers can be found in squamous cell tumors of the anterior fourchette, similar to the finding in vulvar cancers from other locations and to what has previously been reported for vulvar squamous cell carcinomas in general.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23645067
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  • 3
    Keywords: carcinoma ; POPULATION ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; MARKER ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; METAANALYSIS ; susceptibility loci ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; PLATFORM
    Abstract: Common variants in the hepatocyte nuclear factor 1 homeobox B (HNF1B) gene are associated with the risk of Type II diabetes and multiple cancers. Evidence to date indicates that cancer risk may be mediated via genetic or epigenetic effects on HNF1B gene expression. We previously found single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the HNF1B locus to be associated with endometrial cancer, and now report extensive fine-mapping and in silico and laboratory analyses of this locus. Analysis of 1184 genotyped and imputed SNPs in 6608 Caucasian cases and 37 925 controls, and 895 Asian cases and 1968 controls, revealed the best signal of association for SNP rs11263763 (P = 8.4 x 10(-14), odds ratio = 0.86, 95% confidence interval = 0.82-0.89), located within HNF1B intron 1. Haplotype analysis and conditional analyses provide no evidence of further independent endometrial cancer risk variants at this locus. SNP rs11263763 genotype was associated with HNF1B mRNA expression but not with HNF1B methylation in endometrial tumor samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas. Genetic analyses prioritized rs11263763 and four other SNPs in high-to-moderate linkage disequilibrium as the most likely causal SNPs. Three of these SNPs map to the extended HNF1B promoter based on chromatin marks extending from the minimal promoter region. Reporter assays demonstrated that this extended region reduces activity in combination with the minimal HNF1B promoter, and that the minor alleles of rs11263763 or rs8064454 are associated with decreased HNF1B promoter activity. Our findings provide evidence for a single signal associated with endometrial cancer risk at the HNF1B locus, and that risk is likely mediated via altered HNF1B gene expression.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25378557
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  • 4
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; carcinoma ; CELL ; INHIBITION ; PATHWAY ; EXPOSURE ; NEW-YORK ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; cell line ; LINES ; PATIENT ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; DNA ; CELL-LINES ; treatment ; STAGE ; gene expression ; PROMOTER ; BRCA1 ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; inactivation ; PHENOTYPE ; CANCER-RESEARCH ; HISTONE DEACETYLASE ; MANAGEMENT ; SUBSET
    Abstract: Patients with advanced stage invasive cervical cancer (CC) exhibit highly complex genomic alterations and respond poorly to conventional treatment protocols. In our efforts to understand the molecular genetic basis of CC, we examined the role of Fanconi Anemia (FA)-BRCA pathway. Here, we show that FANCF gene is disrupted by either promoter hypermethylation and/or deregulated gene expression in a majority of CC. Inhibition of DNA methylation and histone deacetylases induces FANCF gene re-expression in CC cell lines. FANCF-deregulated CC cell lines also exhibit a chromosomal hypersensitivity phenotype after exposure to an alkylating agent, a characteristic of FA patients. We also show the involvement of BRCA1 gene by promoter hypertmethylation or down-regulated expression in a small subset of CC patients. Thus, we have found inactivation of genes in the FA-BRCA pathway by epigenetic alterations in a high proportion of CC patients, suggesting a major role for this pathway in the development of cervical cancer. Thus, these results have important implications in understanding the molecular basis of CC tumorigenesis and clinical management in designing targeted experimental therapeutic protocols
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15126331
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; proliferation ; tumor ; carcinoma ; human ; IN-VIVO ; MODEL ; VITRO ; EXPOSURE ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TUMORS ; LINES ; MICE ; CARCINOGENESIS ; CONTRAST ; KERATINOCYTES ; SKIN ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; E7 ; papillomavirus ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; TRANSGENIC MICE ; PROGRESSION ; PROMOTER ; LINE ; human papillomavirus ; LIFE-SPAN ; E6 ; HUMAN KERATINOCYTES ; keratin ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMA ; CARCINOMAS ; REPLICATION ; squamous cell carcinoma ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS TYPE-16 ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMAS ; epidermis ; immunosuppression ; RE ; immortalization ; keratinocyte ; CARCINOGEN ; ONCOGENESIS ; CHECKPOINT ; EPIDERMODYSPLASIA-VERRUCIFORMIS ; LIFE ; HYPERPLASIA ; LEVEL ; EVENTS ; BOVINE ; chemical carcinogenesis ; CYCLE ARREST ; DYSPLASIA
    Abstract: The oncoproteins E6 and E7 of human papillomavirus type 38 (HPV38) display several transforming activities in vitro, including immortalization of primary human keratinocytes. To evaluate the oncogenic activities of the viral proteins in an in vivo model, we generated transgenic mice expressing HPV38 E6 and E7 under the control of the bovine homologue of the human keratin 10 (K10) promoter. Two distinct lines of HPV38 E6/E7-expressing transgenic mice that express the viral genes at different levels were obtained. In both lines, HPV38 E6 and E7 induced cellular proliferation, hyperplasia, and dysplasia, in the epidermis. The rate of occurrence of these events was proportional to the levels of HPV38 E6 and E7 expression in the two transgenic lines. Exposure of the epidermis of nontransgenic mice to UV led to p21(WAF1) accumulation and cell cycle arrest. In contrast, keratinocytes from transgenic mice continued to proliferate and were not positive for p21(WAF1), indicating that cell cycle checkpoints are altered in keratinocytes expressing the viral genes. Although the HPV38 E6/E7-expressing transgenic mice did not develop spontaneous tumors during their life span, two-stage carcinogen treatment led to a high incidence of papillomas, keratoacanthomas, and squamous-cell carcinomas in HPV38 mice compared with nontransgenic animals. Together, these data show that HPV38 E6 and E7 display transforming properties in vivo, providing further support for the role of HPV38 in carcinogenesis
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16282489
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  • 6
    Keywords: PEPTIDE ; RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; VITRO ; MOLECULES ; TISSUE ; ACCUMULATION ; LINES ; ACTIVATION ; LIGAND ; CONTRAST ; T-CELLS ; CELL-LINES ; DOWN-REGULATION ; MOLECULE ; TARGET ; IN-SITU ; NEOPLASIA ; PROGRESSION ; NUMBER ; cervical cancer ; cervical intraepithelial neoplasia ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; CELL-LINE ; LYMPHOCYTES ; PEPTIDES ; LIGANDS ; CLASS-I ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS ; NATURAL-KILLER-CELLS ; NK cells ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; CERVICAL-CARCINOMA ; CARCINOMAS ; PROGNOSTIC-SIGNIFICANCE ; IMMUNOTHERAPY ; intraepithelial neoplasia ; T-LYMPHOCYTES ; T lymphocyte ; BIOPSY ; T lymphocytes ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; USA ; LOSSES ; NKG2D RECEPTOR ; viral ; NOV ; NK-CELLS ; NKG2D ligands ; DNAM-1 ligands ; I-RELATED CHAIN ; PARTICLE VACCINE ; QUADRIVALENT VACCINE
    Abstract: Human papillomavirus-induced cervical carcinomas often show impaired expression of MHC class I molecules resulting in the inability of tumor cells to directly present viral peptides to cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Loss of MHC class I expression combined with the expression of activating NK cell receptor ligands renders tumor cells potentially susceptible to NK cell attack. Thus, in this study, we analyzed the expression of activating NK cell receptor ligands, NK cell accumulation and activation status in situ in normal ectocervical tissue (NCT), cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and squamous cervical carcinoma (CxCa). We observed that expression of the DNAM-I ligand CD155 was frequently upregulated in CxCa, but not in CIN. The NKG2D ligand MICA was upregulated in fewer CxCa biopsies. In contrast, another NKG2D ligand ULBP2 was preferentially expressed in differentiated epithelial cells of NCT. Increased numbers of NK cells were detected in CIN as compared to NCT and CxCa. Expression of activating NK cell receptor ligands combined with loss of MHC class I was not correlated with enhanced NK cell accumulation or activation status. Furthermore, we demonstrate that cervical cancer cell lines are killed by the NK cell line, NKL, in a NKG2D- and DNAM-1-dependent manner in vitro. Since a significant number of CxCa biopsies showed low MHC class I expression combined with high expression of one or more of the tested activating NK cell receptor ligands, we conclude that CxCa might be a promising target for NK cell-based adoptive immunotherapy. (C) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18712710
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