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  • 101
    Keywords: COMBINATION ; Germany ; GENOME ; microarray ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; DNA ; SEQUENCE ; SEQUENCES ; antibodies ; antibody ; ARRANGEMENT ; ASSAY ; DNA microarray ; DNA microarray technology ; microarrays
    Abstract: While the deciphering of basic sequence information on a genomic scale is yielding complete genomic sequences in ever-shorter intervals, experimental procedures for elucidating the cellular effects and consequences of the DNA-encoded information become critical for further analyses. In recent years, DNA microarray technology has emerged as a prime candidate for the performance of many such functional assays. Technically, array technology has come a long way since its conception some 15 years ago, initially designed as a means for large-scale mapping and sequencing. The basic arrangement, however, could be adapted readily to serve eventually as an analytical tool in a large variety of applications. On their own or in combination with other methods, microarrays open up many new avenues of functional analysis. Copyright (C) 2003 John Wiley Sons, Ltd
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18629015
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  • 102
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; screening ; DISTINCT ; GENE ; GENES ; GENOME ; DNA ; FAMILY ; ASSOCIATION ; autistic disorder,susceptibility gene,chromosome 2,mutation screening,association ; CANDIDATE GENE ; chromosome ; DISORDER ; DLX GENES ; FREQUENCY ; GENOMEWIDE SCREEN ; GENOMIC SCREEN ; GLUTAMIC-ACID DECARBOXYLASE ; LINKAGE ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SIGNAL ; single nucleotide polymorphism ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; SUSCEPTIBILITY GENES ; SUSCEPTIBILITY LOCUS ; VARIANTS
    Abstract: The results from several genome scans indicate that chromosome 2q21-q33 is likely to contain an autism susceptibility locus. We studied the potential contribution of nine positional and functional candidate genes: TBR-1; GAD1; DLX1; DLX2; cAMP-GEFII; CHN1; ATF2; HOXD1 and NEUROD1. Screening these genes for DNA variants and association analysis using intragenic single nucleotide polymorphisms did not provide evidence for a major role in the aetiology of autism. Four rare nonsynonymous variants were identified, however, in the cAMP-GEFII gene. These variants were present in five families, where they segregate with the autistic phenotype, and were not observed in control individuals. The significance of these variants is unclear, as their low frequency in IMGSAC families does not account for the relatively strong linkage signal at the 2q locus. Further studies are needed to clarify the contribution of cAMP-GEFII gene variants to autism susceptibility
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14593429
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  • 103
    Keywords: Germany ; human ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; RNA ; papillomavirus ; IMMUNE-RESPONSES ; PARTICLES ; transgenic ; CERVICAL-CANCER ; CAPSID PROTEIN ; CODON USAGE ; FUSION PROTEIN PROTECTS ; human papillomavirus ; L1 PROTEIN ; ORAL IMMUNIZATION ; TYPE-16 ; VACCINES ; VIRUS-LIKE PARTICLES
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12915537
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  • 104
    Keywords: CANCER ; PROTECTION ; MODEL ; DISEASE ; EPIDEMIOLOGY ; HISTORY ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; SAMPLE ; FAMILY ; RISK-FACTORS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; AGE ; BRCA1 ; case-only design ; family history ; gene carrier probability ; LINKAGE ANALYSIS ; mixture logistic model ; ovarian cancer ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; population and sibling controls ; WOMEN
    Abstract: Background The effect of environmental/lifestyle factors on breast cancer risk may be modified by genetic predisposition. Methods In a population-based case-control-family study performed in Germany including 706 cases by age 50 years, 1381 population, and 252 sister controls, we investigated main effects for environmental/lifestyle factors and genetic susceptibility and gene-environment interaction (G x E). Different surrogate measures for genetic predisposition using pedigree information were used: first-degree family history of breast or ovarian cancer; and gene carrier probability using a genetic model based on rare dominant genes. Possible G x E interaction was studied by (1) logistic regression using cases and population controls including an interaction term; (2) comparing results using sister controls and population controls; (3) case-only analysis with logistic regression and (4) a mixture logistic model. Results Familial predisposition showed the strongest main effect and the estimated gene carrier probability gave the best fit. High parity and longer duration of breastfeeding reduced breast cancer risk significantly, a history of abortions increased risk and age at menarche showed no significant effect. We found significant G x E interaction between parity and genetic susceptibility using different surrogate measures. In women most likely to have a high genetic susceptibility, high parity was less protective. Later age at menarche was protective in women with a positive family history. No evidence for G x E interaction was found for breastfeeding and abortion. Conclusions These findings corroborate results from other studies and provide further evidence that the magnitude of protection from parity is reduced in women most likely to have a genetic risk in spite of the limitations of using surrogate genetic measures
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12690006
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  • 105
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VIVO ; PATHWAYS ; PROTEIN ; SACCHAROMYCES-CEREVISIAE ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; BINDING ; IDENTIFICATION ; Saccharomyces cerevisiae ; YEAST ; lifestyle ; BETA ; CONSERVATION ; EGG EXTRACTS ; GTPASE RAN ; IMPORTIN-ALPHA ; LOCALIZATION ; MESSENGER-RNA EXPORT ; NUCLEAR EXPORT RECEPTOR ; NUCLEUS ; TRANSPORT FACTOR ; XENOPUS
    Abstract: The small Ras-like GTPase Ran plays an essential role in the transport of macromolecules in and out of the nucleus and has been implicated in spindle (1, 2) and nuclear envelope formation (3, 4) during mitosis in higher eukaryotes. We identified Saccharomyces cerevisiae open reading frame YGL164c encoding a novel RanGTP-binding protein, termed Yrb30p. The protein competes with yeast RanBP1 (Yrb1p) for binding to the GTP-bound form of yeast Ran (Gsp1p) and is, like Yrb1p, able to form trimeric complexes with RanGTP and some of the karyopherins. In contrast to Yrb1p, Yrb30p does not coactivate but inhibits RanGAP1(Rna1p)-mediated GTP hydrolysis on Ran, like the karyopherins. At steady state, Yrb30p localizes exclusively to the cytoplasm, but the presence of a functional nuclear export signal and the localization of truncated forms of Yrb30p suggest that the protein shuttles between nucleus and cytoplasm and is exported via two alternative pathways, dependent on the nuclear export receptor Xpo1p/Crm1p and on RanGTP binding. Whereas overproduction of the full-length protein and complete deletion of the open reading frame reveal no obvious phenotype, overproduction of C-terminally truncated forms of the protein inhibits yeast vegetative growth. Based on these results and the exclusive conservation of the protein in the fungal kingdom, we hypothesize that Yrb30p represents a novel modulator of the Ran GTPase switch related to fungal lifestyle
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12578832
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  • 106
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; IRRADIATION ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; THERAPY ; DEATH ; EXPOSURE ; radiation ; DNA ; REDUCTION ; SUFFICIENT ; FLOW ; treatment ; PARTICLES ; CARCINOMA CELLS ; CELL-DEATH ; CERVIX ; DAMAGE ; FRANCE ; BEAM ; bioshuttle ; BORON ; boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) ; boronophenylalanine (BPA) ; CAPTURE THERAPY ; CARCINOMA-CELLS ; CELLULAR UPTAKE ; DELIVERY ; DNA-DAMAGE ; drug delivery ; LET-effects ; nuclear transport
    Abstract: Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is an experimental treatment modality which depends on a sufficient cellular uptake of Boron (B-10) followed by an exposure to a thermal neutron beam from a. nuclear reactor. High energetic particles (He-4 and Li-7) are. created during the neutron capture reaction and produce DNA damages, which lead to cell killing. Regarding BNCT, the short radiation range of He- and Li-particles is decisive for the distribution of B-10. Until now, BNCT has been lacking for therapeutically effective concentrations of B-10. Twenty-four hours after the combined use of our 'Bioshuttle'-p-borono-phenylalanine(10)-constructs ('Bioshuttle'-p-BPA(10)) and neutron-irradiation, an obvious reduction of the radiation-resistant HeLa-S cells could be observed. No cells were alive 72 h after the incubation with 'Bioshuttle'-p-BPA(10) followed by neutron irradiation. A post-mitotic cell death could be assumed based on flow cytometrical data. (C) 2003 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12832130
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  • 107
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; INHIBITOR ; INVASION ; tumor ; CELL ; COMBINATION ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; KINASE ; PATHWAY ; THERAPY ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; SITE ; PROTEIN ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; MECHANISM ; DOMAIN ; BINDING ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; protein kinase ; PROTEIN-KINASE ; treatment ; CATALYTIC SUBUNIT ; inactivation ; FIBER ; ADHESION ; ATP ; CELL-ADHESION ; crystal structure ; CRYSTAL-STRUCTURE ; MUSCLE ; PKA ; PROTEIN-KINASES
    Abstract: Protein kinases require strict inactivation to prevent spurious cellular signaling; overactivity can cause cancer or other diseases and necessitates selective inhibition for therapy. Rho-kinase is involved in such processes as tumor invasion, cell adhesion, smooth muscle contraction, and formation of focal adhesion fibers, as revealed using inhibitor Y-27632. Another Rho-kinase inhibitor, HA-1077 or Fasudil, is currently used in the treatment of cerebral vasospasm; the related nanomolar inhibitor H-1152P improves on its selectivity and potency. We have determined the crystal structures of HA-1077, H-1152P, and Y-27632 in complexes with protein kinase A (PKA) as a surrogate kinase to analyze Rho-kinase inhibitor binding properties. Features conserved between PKA and Rho-kinase are involved in the key binding interactions, while a combination of residues at the ATP binding pocket that are unique to Rho-kinase may explain the inhibitors' Rho-kinase selectivity. Further, a second H-1152P binding site potentially points toward PKA regulatory domain interaction modulators
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14656443
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  • 108
    Keywords: Germany ; MICROSCOPY ; IMAGES ; VISUALIZATION ; RNA ; transcription ; MOLECULES ; TIME ; DNA ; BINDING ; polymer ; NUMBER ; ELECTRON ; SURFACE ; LENGTH ; MICA ; MONTE-CARLO SIMULATIONS ; PARAMETERS ; SCATTERING ; STATISTICAL-ANALYSIS ; SUPERHELIX
    Abstract: The conformations of supercoiled (sc) DNA and linear DNA bound to polylysine (PL)-coated mica were investigated by scanning force microscopy (SFM) in solution. From the polymer statistical analysis of linear DNA, we could distinguish between re-arrangements or trapping of the DNA on the surface. Conditions of re-arrangements to an almost equilibrated state can be achieved at appropriate PL surface concentrations. We could show that the ability of re-arrangements depends on the salt concentration of the adsorption/imaging buffer. Comparing the statistical analysis of the linear DNA with SFM images of scDNA suggested that irregular scDNA conformations are formed under conditions of trapping, whereas plectonemic structures are favoured under conditions of surface re-arrangements. Salt-dependent changes in the scDNA conformation over the range of 10-100 mM NaCl, as characterised by the parameters writhe and the superhelix radius r, are observable only under conditions that enable surface re-arrangements. The measured values of writhe suggest that the scDNA loses approximately one-half of the supercoils during the binding to the surface. At the same time r increases systematically with decreasing writhe, thus the scDNA topology remains determined by the constraints on supercoiling during the binding to PL-coated mica
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14602930
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  • 109
    Keywords: PEPTIDE ; RECEPTOR ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; PROTEIN ; DRUG ; MOLECULES ; LINES ; MICE ; COMPLEX ; murine ; primary ; ANTIGEN ; ANTIGENS ; BIOSYNTHESIS ; LYMPHOCYTES ; antigen presentation ; B-CELLS ; CLASS-II MOLECULES ; EXCHANGE ; H2-O ; HLA-DM ; HLA-DO ; IA MOLECULES ; INVARIANT CHAIN ; MHC MOLECULES ; MONOCLONAL- ANTIBODY ; PEPTIDE REPERTOIRE ; PEPTIDES ; T- CELLS
    Abstract: Peptide loading onto MHC class II molecules takes place in endosomal compartments along the endocytic pathway. There, loading is facilitated by the catalytic function of the accessory molecule H2-M, which helps to exchange the invariant chain-derived CLIP peptide in the groove of class II molecules for antigenic peptide. H2-O is another accessory molecule specific to the class II pathway, which is found tightly associated with H2-M and selectively expressed in B cells. Using stable H2-O ribozyme-antisense transfectants, H2-O overexpressing murine B cell lines, and H2-O-transgenic mice, we investigated the effects of H2-O on antigen presentation. The results show that presentation of a variety of exogenous protein antigens to a panel of T cell hybridomas depended on the levels of H2-O in the antigenpresenting B cells. Thus, increased H2-O expression downmodulated, whereas reduced H2-O levels, enhanced presentation. Presentation of endogenous antigen was also diminished by H2-O. Despite the pronounced effects on antigen presentation, the mass spectrometric profiles of peptides eluted from A(b) molecules were very similar in cells expressing different H2-O levels. The intracellular location of H2-O inhibitory activity was investigated with the drug chloroquine, which prevents acidification of the endocytic pathway. The observations indicate that H2-O predominantly inhibits antigen presentation in early endosomal compartments. Thus, H2-O appears to skew peptide loading to late endosomal/lysosomal compartments. This may favor presentation of antigens taken up by the B cell receptor
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12645938
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  • 110
    Keywords: CLINICAL-TRIAL ; Germany ; SAMPLE ; PATIENT ; DESIGN ; CLINICAL-TRIALS ; chemotherapy ; RECRUITMENT ; CENTERS ; clinical trial : randomized,multi-center,design,hypotheses,significance,sample size ; III COLON-CANCER ; study design
    Abstract: In discussing design and results of randomized clinical trials, in particular with clinical oncologists, one often encounters the opinion that a phase III trial is a complicated, highly costly, and difficult task. Part of this opinion seems to originate in myths around underlying biostatistical principles such as randomization, sampling and sample size, statistical hypotheses, statistical error probabilities, and statistical power. This work clarifies basic statistical issues of randomized clinical trials and the interpretation of their results. Six issues ('myths') relevant for the design of clinical trials and the interpretation of their results are addressed. They concern choice of study design, choice of participating centers, and recruitment of patients as well as statistical questions of establishing study hypotheses and interpreting p values. These myths are shown to be caused primarily through a misunderstanding of statistical inference and statistical thinking that can be avoided when a rational understanding of statistical principles is translated into a clinical research approach. We also conclude that before clinical evidence is summarized from different studies each study should be examined thoroughly
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14709929
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  • 111
    Keywords: Germany ; LUNG ; PERFUSION ; imaging ; VENTILATION ; DIFFERENTIATION ; RESOLUTION ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; image analysis ; MR ; MRI ; SEQUENCE ; SIGNAL ; MAGNETIC-RESONANCE ; magnetic resonance imaging ; ACQUISITION ; REQUIRES ; SCINTIGRAPHY ; ABNORMALITIES ; acquisitions (GRAPPA) ; ANGIOGRAPHY ; CONTRAST-ENHANCED MRI ; generalized autocalibrating partially parallel ; magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ; parallel imaging techniques ; PULMONARY PERFUSION
    Abstract: Rationale: Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of lung perfusion requires a high spatial and temporal resolution. Partially parallel MRI offers an improved spatial and temporal resolution. Objective: To assess the feasibility of partially parallel MRI for the assessment of lung perfusion. Methods: Two healthy volunteers and 14 patients were examined with a contrast-enhanced 3D gradient-echo pulse sequence with partially parallel image acquisitions (TE/TR/alpha: 0.8/1.9 milliseconds/40degrees; voxel size 3.6 X 2.0 X 5.0 mm(3), TA: 1.5 seconds). The image analysis included an analysis of the signal-to-noise ratio in the lungs in areas with normal and impaired perfusion. 3D MR perfusion image data were analyzed for perfusion defects and compared with radionuclide perfusion scans, which were available for 10 of 14 patients. Results: The analysis of the 3D perfusion-weighted data allowed a clear differentiation of perfusion abnormalities: MRI showed normal lung perfusion in 9 of 16 cases, whereas perfusion abnormalities were observed in 7 cases. When compared with the radionuclide perfusion scans, a good intermodality agreement was shown (kappa = 0.74). When compared with normally perfused lung a significantly lower signal to noise ratio was observed in hypoperfused lung (7 versus 17; P = 0.02). Conclusion: Partially parallel MRI might be used for the assessment of lung perfusion. Future studies are required to further evaluate the diagnostic impact of this technique
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12874514
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  • 112
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    Internist 44 (9), 1131-1139 
    Keywords: Germany ; THERAPY ; COMMON ; DIAGNOSIS ; DISEASE ; NEW-YORK ; POPULATION ; RISK ; TIME ; PATIENT ; NEPHRITIS ; INFECTION ; GRAFT ; renal ; STAGE ; IDENTIFICATION ; PROGRESSION ; EXPERIENCE ; RISK FACTOR ; RECURRENCE ; FREQUENT ; CLINICAL-FEATURES ; CLINICALLY-RELEVANT ; CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE ; FAILURE ; glomerulonephritis ; HYPERTENSION ; INFECTIONS ; NATURAL-HISTORY ; NEPHROPATHY ; PREDICTORS ; PREVALENCE ; proteinuria ; RECURRENT ; renal insufficiency ; renoparenchymal hypertension ; RISK GROUP ; STAGE RENAL-FAILURE
    Abstract: IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common type of glomerulonephritis in the western world. In the majority of cases, it manifests in adolescence or early adulthood as recurrent macrohematuria, frequently triggered by infections, or persistent microhematuria as well as mild proteinuria, hypertension and/or renal insufficiency. In view of the later, it is not surprising that IgAN is often a chance finding. The majority of affected persons probably never come to medical attention, since in autopsies a prevalence of up to 1% of the population has been reported. About 20-30% of patients with a diagnosis of IgAN suffer from chronic, slowly progressive renal failure. Predictors include the degree of proteinuria and arterial hypertension as well as the established renal impairment at the time of diagnosis. Early identification of this risk group is of particular importance, since adequate therapy can stop or at least retard the progression of renal failure. When end stage renal failure has developed and a renal transplant is performed, about 25% of the patients will experience a clinically relevant recurrence of IgAN with progressive graft dysfunction
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  • 113
    Keywords: SURVIVAL ; tumor ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; MODEL ; MODELS ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; incidence ; liver ; RISK ; SITE ; SITES ; GENE ; TUMORS ; STORAGE ; TIME ; PATIENT ; NITRIC-OXIDE SYNTHASE ; INJURIES ; DNA ; INFECTION ; RISK-FACTORS ; CARCINOGENESIS ; RAT ; RATS ; PROTEIN-KINASE ; treatment ; virus ; prevention ; STRESS ; risk factors ; metastases ; DAMAGE ; chemoprevention ; COLON CARCINOGENESIS ; copper toxicity ; curcumin ; ETHENO-DNA ADDUCTS ; HEREDITARY HEPATITIS ; LEC rats ; LIPID-PEROXIDATION ; MOUSE FIBROBLAST CELLS ; NIH 3T3 ; ORNITHINE DECARBOXYLASE ; OXIDATIVE STRESS
    Abstract: Long-Evans Cinnamon (LEC) rats, an inbred mutant strain which accumulates copper due to an aberrant copper-transporting ATPase gene, develop acute hepatitis, chronic liver injury and liver tumors as a result of copper-induced oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage. Curcumin, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, has shown anticancer properties in many rodent models. We investigated the modulating role of curcumin in liver and kidney carcinogenesis in LEC rats. Two groups of 4-week-old LEC rats (n = 60 each) were fed either a standard diet (control) or received 0.5% curcumin in the diet for life. In untreated LEC rats, the rate of acute liver failure, the incidence of liver tumors and of kidney tumors were 32, 100 and 10% respectively, which was not altered by curcumin treatment. However, curcumin reduced tumor incidence at other organ sites (15% versus 0%; P = 0.025) and suppressed formation of metastases (18% versus 0%; P = 0.01). Median survival time was decreased from 88.7 to 78.1 weeks in curcumin-treated rats (P = 0.002). The lack of chemoprevention of liver and kidney tumors in LEC rats by curcumin may be caused by enhanced toxicity and oxidative stress due to excess copper. We conclude that curcumin should be contra-indicated for patients suffering from inherited and acquired metal storage diseases that include patients with hepatitis C virus infection. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12628510
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  • 114
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; TYROSINE KINASE ; screening ; SITE ; SITES ; DISTINCT ; microarray ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; primary ; GROWTH-FACTOR RECEPTOR ; FREQUENCY ; FREQUENCIES ; STAGE ; PROGRESSION ; immunohistochemistry ; ABERRATIONS ; HEAD ; ONCOPROTEIN ; CARCINOMAS ; NECK ; squamous cell carcinoma ; GREECE ; gene amplification ; head and neck ; laryngeal carcinoma ; OROPHARYNGEAL ; C-MYC ; CANCER PATIENTS ; CYCLIN D1 OVEREXPRESSION ; cytogenetic aberration ; head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) ; immunohistochemistry (IHC) ; MICROARRAY ANALYSIS ; oncoprotein overexpression ; OVEREXPRESSION ; POOR-PROGNOSIS ; tissue microarray (TMA) ; tumor classification
    Abstract: Background: Tissue microarray (TMA) analysis is a high-throughput approach that allows the screening of large tumor collectives for cytogenetic aberrations. In this study, a TMA of a large collection of clinically well-defined primary squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (HNSCC) was used to determine the expression of several oncoproteins. Materials and Methods: A TMA containing 547 primary HNSCC was used for the analysis of cyclinD1, c-myc, erbb1 and erbb2 expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC). Results: CyclinD1 and c-myc were overexpressed at higher frequencies in primary pharyngeal and laryngeal carcinomas compared with primary oral carcinomas (p 〈 0.001 and p 〈 0.001), while erbb1 and erbb2 overexpression was associated with oral site (p 〈 0.001 and p = 0.04, respectively). Furthermore, cyclinD1 overexpression correlated with stage IV primary carcinomas (p = 0.04). Conclusion: HNSCC is a heterogenous group of tumors, which, depending on anatomic sites and clinical stage, shows variable expressions of the oncoproteins described. This indicates a specific pathogenic role of these oncoproteins in different subtypes of HNSCC and may have therapeutic implications
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14666705
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  • 115
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; Germany ; QUANTIFICATION ; TIME ; PATIENT ; treatment ; ALPHA ; ASSAY ; DECREASE ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; INTERFERON
    Abstract: We developed a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction-based assay for quantification of PRV-1 mRNA. We found that the expression of PRV-1 in granulocytes of patients with polycythemia vera (PV) who were pretreated with phlebotomy or hydroxyurea was significantly higher than that in normal controls. Surprisingly, in PV patients who had received interferon-alpha (IFN) for five or more months no significant PRV-1 upregulation was found. Observation of four PV patients treated with IFN over six months revealed a uniform time- dependent decrease of initially upregulated PRV-1
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12651277
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  • 116
    Keywords: OPTIMIZATION ; PEPTIDE ; SPECTRA ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; INHIBITOR ; Germany ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; MOLECULES ; MICE ; ACTIVATION ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; murine ; MEMBER ; MHC ; LYMPHOCYTES ; antigen presentation ; PEPTIDES ; STABILITY ; MHC class I ; DEGRADATION ; SUBUNITS ; TRANSLOCATION ; antigen processing ; CELL-LINE .220 ; HISTOCOMPATIBILITY COMPLEX ; LOADING COMPLEX ; MUTANT MICE ; NEWLY SYNTHESIZED PROTEINS
    Abstract: Tapasin is a member of the MHC class I loading complex where it bridges the TAP peptide transporter to class I molecules. The main role of tapasin is assumed to be the facilitation of peptide loading and optimization of the peptide cargo. Here, we describe another important function for tapasin. In tapasin- deficient (Tpn(-/-)) mice the absence of tapasin was found to have a dramatic effect on the stability of the TAP1/TAP2 heterodimeric peptide transporter. Steady-state expression of TAP protein was reduced more than 100-fold from about 3 x 10(4) TAP molecules per wild-type splenocyte to about 1 x 10(2) TAP per Tpn(-/-) splenocyte. Thus, a major function of murine tapasin appears to be the stabilization of TAR The low amount of TAP molecules in Tpn(-/-) lymphocytes is likely to contribute to the severe impairment of MHC class I expression. Surprisingly, activation of Tpn(-/-) lymphocytes yielded strongly enhanced class I expression comparable to wild-type levels, although TAP expression remained low and in the magnitude of several hundred molecules per cell. The high level of class I on activated Tpn(-/-) cells depended on peptides generated by the proteasome as indicated by blockade with the proteasome-specific inhibitor lactacystin. Lymphocyte activation induced an increase in ubiquitinated proteins that are cleaved into peptides by the proteasome. These findings suggest that in the presence of a large peptide pool in the cytosol, a small number of TAP transporters is sufficient to translocate enough peptides for high class I expression. However, these class I molecules were less stable than those of wild-type cells, indicating that tapasin is not only required for stabilization of TAP but also for optimization of the spectrum of bound peptides
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12594855
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  • 117
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; SYSTEM ; DISTINCT ; PROTEIN ; EPITHELIA ; MOLECULES ; TISSUE ; TISSUES ; SKIN ; GLYCOPROTEIN ; ELEMENTS ; SURFACE ; LOCALIZATION ; GLANDS ; SEGMENTS ; calnexin ; ESTABLISHMENT ; MUCINS ; salivary gland ; sebaceous gland ; SEBACEOUS GLANDS
    Abstract: Calnexin (Cnx) has been characterized as a membrane-bound protein that transiently interacts in a unique chaperone system with newly synthesized glycoproteins in order to allow the establishment of their proper tertiary and, in most cases, quarternary structures. The aim of the study was to identify and to locate the expression of Cnx in the three major salivary glands of humans by different methods. Strong expression of Cnx protein and mRNA were generally found in serous salivary secretory units. With regard to mucous secretory units, expression of Cnx was only detectable at a low level in mucous acinar cells of sublingual glands, but not of submandibular glands. Expression of Cnx was always preserved in the surface epithelium of intralobar and interlobular duct segments. In addition, expression of Cnx was detected in sebaceous glands of parotid tissues, with a distribution pattern resembling that seen in sebaceous glands of the normal skin. In conclusion, production of saliva is associated with the expression of Cnx. Synthesis of molecules in mucous secretory units is not necessarily associated with a strong Cnx expression, whereas synthesis in serous secretory units apparently is. The tissue- specific Cnx expression is also paralleled by the observation that the secretions produced by the major salivary glands differ in their composition and amount
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12507291
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  • 118
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; INHIBITOR ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; DEATH ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; RNA ; TUMORS ; ACTIVATION ; PROTEIN FAMILY ; INDUCTION ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; TARGET ; gene expression ; resistance ; HUMAN-TUMORS ; STIMULI ; CANCER-CELLS ; DELIVERY ; MAMMALIAN-CELLS ; SMALL INTERFERING RNAS ; doxorubicin ; HUMAN-TUMOR-CELLS ; IAP PROTEINS ; POSITIVE CANCER-CELLS ; RNA interference,inhibitors of apoptosis,chemotherapy,HeLa,melanoma ; STRATEGIES
    Abstract: Increased resistance to apoptosis is a hallmark of many tumor cells. The functional inhibition of specific antiapoptotic factors may provide a rational basis for the development of novel therapeutic strategies. We investigated here whether the RNA interference (RNAi) technology could be used to increase the apoptotic susceptibility of cancer cells. As a molecular target, we chose the antiapoptotic livin (ML-IAP, KIAP) gene, which is expressed in a subset of human tumors. We identified vector-borne small interfering (si)RNAs, which could efficiently block endogenous livin gene expression. Silencing of livin was associated with caspase-3 activation and a strongly increased apoptotic rate in response to different proapoptotic stimuli, such as doxorubicin, UV-irradiation, or TNFalpha. The effects were specific for Livin-expressing tumor cells. Our results (i) provide direct evidence that the intracellular interference with livin gene expression resensitizes human tumor cells to apoptosis, (ii) define the livin gene as a promising molecular target for therapeutic inhibition, and (iii) show that the livin gene is susceptible to efficient and specific silencing by the siRNA technology
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14614456
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    Keywords: CELLS ; INHIBITOR ; tumor ; BLOOD ; Germany ; human ; liver ; DRUG ; LIGAND ; SERA ; RAT ; hepatocytes ; BINDING ; ACIDS ; TRANSPORT ; IDENTIFICATION ; PLASMA ; POLYPEPTIDE ; albumin receptor ; bilirubin ; BOVINE SERUM-ALBUMIN ; BSP ; fatty acids ; FATTY-ACIDS ; FREE FATTY-ACIDS ; hepatic uptake ; HEPATIC-UPTAKE ; HSA ; HUMAN LIVER ; organic anion transporters ; ORGANIC-ANIONS
    Abstract: Background. Despite their strong binding to albumin while circulating in blood, many organic anions, such as bilirubin and fatty acids, are removed efficiently by the liver. The uptake transporters of human hepatocytes, OATP2 (symbol, SLC21A6) and OATP8 (SLC21A8), play important roles in the hepatic uptake of endogenous substances and drugs. The two transporters show different affinities for the organic anion sulfobromophthalein (BSP), which binds with high affinity to albumin in blood. Methods. In this study, we investigated whether a direct interaction of albumin with OATP2 or OATP8 occurs during the uptake of BSP. The uptake of BSP, at varying concentrations of human serum albumin (HSA), into transfected HEK293 cells expressing recombinant human OATP2 or OATP8 was measured. The influence of other organic anions on the uptake of albumin-bound BSP by OATP2 or OATP8 was also studied. Results. OATP8-mediated transport was affected more strongly by HSA than OATP2-mediated transport. Albumin affected both transporters in the manner of a noncompetitive inhibitor. Uptake studies using OATP2-transfected MDCKII cells indicated that a direct interaction between albumin and OATP2 is not necessary for uptake, a finding that was further confirmed by the effects of bilirubin and palmitate on the binding of BSP to albumin and on the uptake of BSP by OATP2 or OATP8. Conclusions. Our results indicated that uptake of albumin-bound BSP occurs only from the pool of unbound ligand
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    PubMed ID: 12560923
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    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; BLOOD ; carcinoma ; human ; MICROSCOPY ; liver ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TUMORS ; FAMILY ; RAT ; hepatocytes ; MEMBER ; MEMBERS ; antibodies ; MOUSE ; IDENTIFICATION ; RAT-LIVER ; MEMBRANE ; metastases ; CONJUGATE ; LOCALIZATION ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; HEPATOCYTE CANALICULAR ISOFORM ; METASTATIC CARCINOMAS ; MULTIDRUG-RESISTANCE PROTEIN ; POLYPEPTIDE OATP2
    Abstract: Transport proteins mediating the selective uptake of organic anions into human hepatocytes include the organic anion transporters SLC21A6 (also termed OATP2, OATP-C, or LST-1) and SLC21A8 (OATP8). Both transporters are localized to the basolateral membrane of human hepatocytes. Because of the importance of these transporters for hepatobiliary elimination, including the removal of bilirubin and its conjugates from the blood circulation, we have generated monoclonal antibodies for studies on the expression and localization of these transport proteins. We describe two antibodies, designated monoclonal antibody MDQ (mMDQ) and monoclonal antibody ESL (mESL), directed against the amino terminus and the carboxyl terminus of human SLC21A6, respectively. Both antibodies have been characterized by immunoblot analysis, immunoprecipitation, and immunofluorescence microscopy. While mESL reacted specifically with SLC21A6, mMDQ detects both SLC21A6 and SLC21A8. Neither of the two antibodies reacted with other human, or with dog, rat, or mouse liver SLC21A family members. Antibody mMDQ may be used for the simultaneous detection of SLC21A6 and SLC21A8 in immunoblotting because of its immunoreactivity with both molecules and because of the different molecular masses of both glycosylated proteins in human hepatocytes. This is exemplified in hepatocellular carcinomas where SLC21A6 and SLC21A8 were differentially synthesized and showed an irregular staining pattern. Both transport proteins have not been detected in human hepatoma HepG2 cells. In routine paraffin sections, 10 of 12 hepatocellular carcinomas were focally positive with antibody mMDQ. In contrast, cholangiocarcinomas and liver metastases of colorectal and pancreatic adenocarcinoma were negative without exception. This suggests the usefulness of SLC21A6/SLC21A8 within a panel of tumor markers for hepatocellular carcinomas. Moreover, both antibodies should be useful in studies on the expression and localization of two important uptake transporters of human hepatocytes under physiologic and pathophysiologic conditions
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    Keywords: CANCER ; IN-VITRO ; tumor ; AGENTS ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; screening ; SYSTEM ; SYSTEMS ; RISK ; ENZYMES ; DRUG ; NITRIC-OXIDE ; murine ; RISK-FACTORS ; CARCINOGENESIS ; INDUCTION ; KERATINOCYTES ; mechanisms ; culture ; IDENTIFICATION ; prevention ; risk factors ; MODULATION ; RISK FACTOR ; butyrate ; HEPATOMA ; fatty acids ; FATTY-ACIDS ; NF-kappa B ; ALCOHOL ; SODIUM-BUTYRATE ; curcumin ; ORNITHINE DECARBOXYLASE ; ANTIOXIDANT ; bioassay systems ; cancer chernoprevention ; CONSTITUENTS ; iNOS ; PEITC ; SULFORAPHANE ; SUPEROXIDE
    Abstract: Identification and use of effective cancer chemopreventive agents have become an important issue in public health-related research. For identification of potential cancer chemopreventive constituents we have set up a battery of cell- and enzyme-based in vitro marker systems relevant for prevention of carcinogenesis in vivo. These systems include modulation of drug metabolism (inhibition of Cyp1A activity, induction of NAD(P)H:quinone reductase (QR) activity in Hepalclc7 murine hepatoma cell culture), determination of radical scavenging (DPPH scavenging) and antioxidant effects (scavenging of superoxide anion-, hydroxyl- and peroxyl- radicals), anti-inflammatory mechanisms (inhibition of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated nitric oxide (NO) generation by inducible NO synthase (iNOS) in Raw 264.7 murine macrophages, cyclooxygenase-1 (Cox-1) inhibition), and anti- tumor promoting activities (inhibition of phorbol ester-induced ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity in 308 murine keratinocytes). We have tested a series of known chemopreventive substances belonging to several structural classes as reference compounds for the identification of novel chemopreventive agents or mechanisms. These include organosulfur compounds (phenethylisothiocyanate (PEITC), diallylsulfide, diallyldisulfide), terpenes (limonene, perillyl alcohol, oleanolic acid, 18-beta-glycyrrhetinic acid), short- chain fatty acids (sodium butyrate), indoles (indole-3- carbinol), isoflavonoids (quercetin, silymarin, genistein), catechins ((-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)), simple phenols (ellagic acid, resveratrol, piceatannol, curcumin), pharmaceutical agents (piroxicam, acetylsalicylic acid, tamoxifen), and vitamins/derivatives (ascorbic acid, Trolox). We confirmed known chemopreventive mechanisms of these compounds. Additionally, we could demonstrate the usefulness of our approach by identification of hitherto unknown mechanisms of selected agents. As an example, we detected anti- inflammatory properties of PEITC, based on NF-kappaB-mediated inhibition of NO production. Further, PEITC inhibited phorbol ester-induced superoxide anion radical production in granulocytes, and ODC induction in the 308 cell line. These mechanisms might contribute to the chemopreventive potential of PEITC. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved
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    PubMed ID: 12628514
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    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; LUNG ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; EXPOSURE ; RISK ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; METABOLISM ; TISSUE ; PATIENT ; RISK-FACTORS ; FREQUENCY ; polymorphism ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; PROMOTER ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; WOMEN ; MEN ; risk factors ; smoking ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; cancer risk ; RISK FACTOR ; CYP3A4 ; LINKAGE DISEQUILIBRIUM ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; CARCINOMAS ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; adenocarcinoma ; ADENOCARCINOMAS ; CARRIERS ; case-control studies ; CLINICAL PRESENTATION ; CYP3A,genetic polymorphism,lung cancer susceptibility,small cell lung cancer,LightCycler ; EXPRESSED HUMAN CYTOCHROME-P450S ; GENETIC VARIANT ; HUMAN LIVER-MICROSOMES ; PROSTATE TUMORS ; PROTEIN LEVELS ; squamous cell carcinoma ; TOBACCO
    Abstract: CYP3A isozymes are involved in tobacco carcinogen- and steroid-metabolism, and are expressed in human lung tissue showing interindividual variation in expression and activity. The CYP3A4* 1 B allele has been associated with a two-fold higher promoter activity and with high-grade prostate cancers. The very frequent intron 3 polymorphism in the CYP3A5 gene (CYP3A5*3) results in decreased CYP3A5 protein levels. A case-control study was conducted in 801 Caucasian lung cancer patients that included 330 adenocarcinomas, 260 squamous cell carcinomas, 171 small cell lung cancers (SCLC) and 432 Caucasian hospital-based controls. CYP3A-genotyping was performed by capillary polymerase chain reaction followed by fluorescence-based melting curve analysis. A significantly increased SCLC risk for CYP3A4* 1B allele carriers [odds ratio (OR) 2.25, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.11-4.55, P = 0.02] was found. After dividing cases and controls by gender, an increased lung cancer risk for CYP3A4* 1B carriers (OR 3.04, 95% CI 0.94-9.90, P= 0.06) for women but not for men (OR 1.00, 95% CI 0.56-1.81) was revealed. Heavier smoking men (greater than or equal to 20 pack-years) with the CYP3A4* 1 B allele had a significant OR for lung cancer of 3.42 (95% CI 1.65-7.14, P= 0.001) compared to * 1A/1* 1A carriers with lower tobacco exposure (〈 20 pack-years). For women, the respective OR was 8.00 (95% CI 2.12-30.30, P = 0.005). Genotype frequencies were generally in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, except for CYP3A5 where a greater than expected number of CYP3A5* 1 homozygotes was observed among cases (P = 0.006). In addition, we observed linkage disequilibrium of CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 (P 〈 0.00001), but a nonsignificantly increased lung cancer risk was only found for homozygous CYP3A5* 1 allele carriers (OR 5.24,95% CI 0.85-102.28, P = 0.14) but not for heterozygotes. To confirm our observation that the CYP3A4* 1B allele increases SCLC risk and modifies the smoking-related lung cancer risk in a gender-specific manner, further studies, including CYP3A haplotype analysis, will be necessary. Pharmacogenetics 13:607-618 (C) 2003 Lippincott Williams Wilkins
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    PubMed ID: 14515059
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    Keywords: PEPTIDE ; human ; DISEASE ; SITE ; SITES ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; SERA ; INDUCTION ; BINDING ; treatment ; ACID ; IDENTIFICATION ; SUBUNIT ; DIFFERENCE ; MOBILITY ; GAS ; ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC-LEUKEMIA ; IONIZATION ; ACETYLATED SIALIC ACIDS ; sialic acid ; VISCERAL LEISHMANIASIS ; C-REACTIVE PROTEIN ; acute-phase protein ; BINDING CHARACTERISTICS ; CATLA-CATLA ; CHROMATOGRAPHY ; ELECTROPHORESIS ; FRAGMENTS ; GLUCOSE ; glycosylation ; INDIVIDUALS ; LABEO-ROHITA ; LECTIN ; lectin binding ; LIQUID-CHROMATOGRAPHY ; MAJOR CARP ; matrix-assisted laser-desorption ionization analysis (MALDI analysis) ; molecular modelling ; protein-protein interaction ; PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS ; SIALIC-ACID ; SUBUNITS
    Abstract: As an acute-phase protein, human C-reactive protein (CRP) is clinically important. CRPs were purified from several samples in six different pathological conditions, where their levels ranged from 22 to 342 mug/ml. Small, but significant, variations in electrophoretic mobilities on native PAGE suggested differences in molecular mass, charge and/or shape. Following separation by 9 SDS/PAGE, the), showed single subunits with some differences in their molecular masses ranging between 27 and 30.5 kDa, but for a particular disease, the mobility was the same for CRPs purified from multiple individuals or pooled sera. Isoelectric focusing (IEF) also indicated that the purified CRPs differed from each other. Glycosylation was demonstrated in these purified CRPs by Digoxigenin kits, neuraminidase treatment and binding with lectins. The presence of N-linked sugar moiety was confirmed by N-glycosidase F digestion. The presence of sialic acid, glucose, galactose and mannose has been demonstrated by gas liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopic and fluorimetric analysis. Matrix-assisted laser-desorption ionization analysis of the tryptic digests of three CRPs showed systematic absence of two peptide fragments, one at the N-terminus and the other near the C-terminus. Model-building suggested that the loss of these fragments exposed two potential glycosylation sites on a cleft floor keeping the protein-protein interactions in pentraxins and calcium-dependent phosphorylcholine-binding qualitatively unaffected. Thus we have convincingly demonstrated that human CRP is glycosylated in some pathological conditions
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    PubMed ID: 12693993
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    Keywords: CANCER ; tumor ; carcinoma ; Germany ; LONG-TERM ; NEW-YORK ; RISK ; transcription ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; CARCINOGENESIS ; hormone ; NEOPLASIA ; WOMEN ; cervical cancer ; cervical intraepithelial neoplasia ; HPV ; HUMAN KERATINOCYTES ; ORAL-CONTRACEPTIVES ; intraepithelial neoplasia ; cervical carcinoma ; DEPENDENT TRANSFORMATION ; ESTROGEN METABOLISM ; GLUCOCORTICOID RESPONSE ELEMENTS ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS TYPE-16 ; LONG CONTROL REGIONS ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMAS ; VIRAL GENE-EXPRESSION
    Abstract: Available data demonstrate an increase in the transcription of high-risk papillomaviruses by the 16alpha-hydroxylation of estrogens, which is in line with the epidemiologic data showing an increased cervical carcinogenesis risk for long-term contraceptive-using, HPV-infected women. No evidence exists for an increase in HPV-negative contraceptive users. (C) 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc
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    PubMed ID: 12516087
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    Keywords: CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; DISEASE ; NEW-YORK ; DISTINCT ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; microarray ; RNA ; cell line ; TISSUE ; validation ; LINES ; MARKER ; TISSUES ; tumour ; CELL-LINES ; BREAST-CANCER ; TARGET ; immunohistochemistry ; gene expression ; affymetrix ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; MARKERS ; CARCINOMAS ; adenocarcinoma ; OVEREXPRESSION ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD ; GASTRIC-CANCER ; ADAM9 ; CDNA MICROARRAYS ; cell lines ; expression profiling ; HUMAN GENES ; K-RAS ; METALLOPROTEASE-DISINTEGRIN ; microarray hybridisation ; microdissection ; OLIGONUCLEOTIDE ARRAYS ; pancreatic cancer ; pancreatic carcinoma ; SERIAL ANALYSIS
    Abstract: In a search for new molecular markers of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), we compared the gene expression profiles of seven pancreatic carcinomas and one carcinoma of the papilla Vateri with those of duct cells from three non-neoplastic pancreatic tissues. In addition, the human pancreatic duct cell line and five PDAC cell lines (AsPC-1, BxPC-3, Capan-1, Capan-2, HPAF) were examined. RNA was extracted from microdissected tissue or cultured cell lines and analysed using a custom-made Affymetrix Chip containing 3023 genes, of which 1000 were known to be tumour associated. Hierarchical clustering revealed 81 differentially expressed genes. Of all the genes, 26 were downregulated in PDAC and 14 were upregulated in PDAC. In PDAC cell lines versus normal pancreatic duct cells, 21 genes were downregulated and 20 were upregulated. Of these 81 differentially expressed genes, 15 represented human genes previously implicated in the tumourigenesis of PDAC. From the genes that were so far not known to be associated with PDAC tumorigenesis, we selected ADAM9 for further validation because of its distinct overexpression in tumour tissue. Using immunohistochemistry, the over-expressed gene, ADAM9, was present in 70% of the PDACs analysed. In conclusion, using microarray technology we were able to identify a set of genes whose aberrant expression was associated with PDAC and may be used to target the disease
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    PubMed ID: 12942322
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    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; THERAPY ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; gene therapy ; TRANSDUCTION ; GENE-TRANSFER ; DNA ; IDENTIFICATION ; VECTORS ; AAV SEROTYPES ; adeno-associated virus ; ADENOASSOCIATED VIRUS ; HIGH-LEVEL EXPRESSION ; REP ; serotypes ; TYPE-2 ; vector production
    Abstract: We present a simple and safe strategy for producing high-titer adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors derived from six different AAV serotypes (AAV-1 to AAV-6). The method, referred to as "HOT," is helper virus free, optically controllable, and based on transfection of only two plasmids, i.e., an AAV vector construct and one of six novel AAV helper plasmids. The latter were engineered to carry AAV serotype rep and cap genes together with adenoviral helper functions, as well as unique fluorescent protein expression cassettes, allowing confirmation of successful transfection and identification of the transfected plasmid. Cross-packaging of vector DNA derived from AAV-2, -3, or -6 was up to 10-fold more efficient using our novel plasmids, compared to a conservative adenovirus-dependent method. We also identified a variety of useful antibodies, allowing detection of Rep or VP proteins, or assembled capsids, of all six AAV serotypes. Finally, we describe unique cell tropisms and kinetics of transgene expression for AAV serotype vectors in primary or transformed cells from four different species. In sum, the HOT strategy and the antibodies presented here, together with the reported findings, should facilitate and support the further development of AAV serotype vectors as powerful new tools for human gene therapy
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    PubMed ID: 12788658
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    Keywords: evaluation ; Germany ; incidence ; LONG-TERM ; TIME ; animals ; BODY-WEIGHT ; tumour ; SUFFICIENT ; REQUIREMENTS ; carcinogenicity ; HEALTH ; DESIGN ; VARIABILITY ; STATISTICAL-ANALYSIS ; study design ; (C57BL-6NXC3H-HEN)F1 B6C3F1 MICE ; 2-YEAR CARCINOGENICITY ; carcinogenicity,historical control data,long-term animal studies ; F344/N RATS ; LABORATORY-ANIMAL CARCINOGENICITY ; PRENEOPLASTIC LESIONS ; RODENT CARCINOGENICITY ; SPRAGUE-DAWLEY RATS ; TUMOR-INCIDENCE
    Abstract: Results obtained in long-term carcinogenicity studies with animals should be evaluated, first and foremost, by statistical comparisons of the data obtained from the treated group with that from the concurrent control group. Often the results are compared with data from so-called historical control groups in order to take variations in the incidences of spontaneous tumours into account. Because historical control data change in the course of time and for a variety of reasons, certain requirements must be met before they may be used in the evaluation of the results of long-term studies.The present paper discusses potential sources of variability of tumour incidences in untreated animals, presents databanks for historical control data, mentions the factors that affect tumour incidences in untreated animals and describes biostatistical data evaluation. Finally, details are given of the criteria used by the DFG Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area to decide whether historical control data may be applied. These include the requirement that the historical control data were obtained with animals of the same species and strain and from the same breeder. The data were obtained in the same laboratory, the study design, experimental methods and assessment criteria were the same, and the studies used for the comparison were carried out within a limited time window. Historical control data that have not been published may be used provided they fulfil the above criteria and have been made available in sufficient detail to be comprehensible
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    PubMed ID: 14655720
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    Keywords: CANCER ; BLOOD ; DISEASE ; RISK ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLES ; PATIENT ; DNA ; FAMILY ; FREQUENCY ; BREAST ; BREAST-CANCER ; family history ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; WOMEN ; MUTATION ; MUTATIONS ; PREVALENCE ; BRCA1/2 ; BRCA2 MUTATIONS ; early-onset breast cancer ; German population ; germline mutations ; POPULATION-BASED SAMPLE
    Abstract: This study was undertaken to investigate the prevalence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 germline mutations in 91 German patients unselected for family history, who were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 41 years. Clinical information and blood samples were obtained from all patients. A comprehensive BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutational analysis was performed using the protein truncation assay and single-strand conformational polymorphism analysis followed by DNA sequencing of variant signals detected by these assays. Five different deleterious germline mutations including four frameshift mutations and one missense mutation were identified, three in BRCA1 (3.3%) and two mutations (2.2%) in BRCA2. Both BRCA2 mutations are novel and might be specific for the German population. An additional BRCA1 missense mutation previously described and classified as an unknown variant was found. This mutation was also detected in two breast cancer patients of family P 328 and not in 140 healthy controls suggesting that it is disease associated. In addition, one common polymorphism and five novel intronic sequence variants with unknown significance were found. Our findings show that mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 may contribute similarly to early-onset breast cancer in Germany. Given current constraints on health-care resources, these results support the notion that BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation screening may have the strongest impact on health-care when targeted to high- risk populations
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    PubMed ID: 12774040
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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; IN-VIVO ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; animals ; PROMOTERS ; MAMMALIAN-CELLS ; COMPLEMENTATION ; LUCIFERASE ; REPORTER GENE-EXPRESSION
    Abstract: Genomic research is expected to generate new types of complex observational data, changing the types of experiments as well as our understanding of biological processes. The investigation and definition of relationships among proteins is essential for understanding the function of each gene and the mechanisms of biological processes that specific genes are involved in. Recently, a study by Paulmurugan et al. demonstrated a tool for in vivo noninvasive imaging of protein-protein interactions and intracellular networks
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    PubMed ID: 12788540
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    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; CELL ; human ; IN-VIVO ; VITRO ; VIVO ; NETWORK ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TIME ; INFECTION ; RAT ; CONTRAST ; STAGE ; DISRUPTION ; MUTATION ; MUTATIONS ; MUSCLE ; ASSEMBLY PROPERTIES ; SERIES ; GREEN FLUORESCENT PROTEIN ; ORGANIZATION ; ADENOVIRUS ; ALPHA-B-CRYSTALLIN ; DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY ; EPIDERMOLYSIS-BULLOSA SIMPLEX ; INTERMEDIATE-FILAMENT PROTEINS ; MICE LACKING DESMIN ; MUSCULAR-DYSTROPHY ; SKELETAL MYOPATHY ; SMOOTH-MUSCLE ; Z-DISCS
    Abstract: Mutations in desmin have been associated with a subset of human myopathies. Symptoms typically appear in the second to third decades of life, but in the most severe cases can manifest themselves earlier. How desmin mutations lead to aberrant muscle function, however, remains poorly defined. We created a series of four mutations in rat desmin and tested their in vitro filament assembly properties. RDM-G, a chimera between desmin and green fluorescent protein, formed protofilament-like structures in vitro. RDM-1 and RDM-2 blocked in vitro assembly at the unit-length filament stage, while RDM-3 had more subtle effects on assembly. When expressed in cultured rat neonatal cardiac myocytes via adenovirus infection, these mutant proteins disrupted the endogenous desmin filament to an extent that correlated with their defects in in vitro assembly properties. Disruption of the desmin network by RDM-1 was also associated with disruption of plectin, myosin, and a-actinin organization in a significant percentage of infected cells. In contrast, expression of RDM-2, which is similar to previously characterized human mutant desmins, took longer to disrupt desmin and plectin organization and had no significant effect on myosin or alpha-actinin organization over the 5-day time course of our studies. RDM-3 had the mildest effect on in vitro assembly and no discernable effect on either desmin, plectin, myosin, or a-actinin organization in vivo. These results indicate that mutations in desmin have both direct and indirect effects on the cytoarchitecture of cardiac myocytes
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    PubMed ID: 12529857
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    Keywords: IN-VITRO ; IONIZING-RADIATION ; IRRADIATION ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; KINASE ; PATHWAY ; VITRO ; VIVO ; SITE ; PROTEIN ; radiation ; ACTIVATION ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; DNA ; CARCINOGENESIS ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; MUTANT ; LESIONS ; PROGRESSION ; CYCLE PROGRESSION ; DAMAGE ; DNA-DAMAGE ; DEGRADATION ; ATR ; CHK1 ; CYCLE CONTROL ; G(1)/S TRANSITION ; PROTEASOME ; S-PHASE ; serine
    Abstract: The human Cdc25A phosphatase plays a pivotal role at the G(1)/S transition by activating cyclin E and A/Cdk2 complexes through dephosphorylation. In response to ionizing radiation, Cdc25A is phosphorylated by both Chk1 and Chk2 on Ser-123. This in turn leads to ubiquitylation and rapid degradation of Cdc25A by the proteasome resulting in cell cycle arrest. We found that in response to UV irradiation, Cdc25A is phosphorylated at a different serine residue, Ser-75. Significantly, Cdc25A mutants carrying alanine instead of either Ser-75 or Ser-123 demonstrate that only Ser-75 mediates protein stabilization in response to UV-induced DNA damage. As a consequence, cyclin E/Cdk2 kinase activity was high. Furthermore, we find that Cdc25A was phosphorylated by Chk1 on Ser-75 in vitro and that the same site was also phosphorylated in vivo. Taken together, these data strongly suggest that phosphorylation of Cdc25A on Ser-75 by Chk1 and its subsequent degradation is required to delay cell cycle progression in response to UV-induced DNA lesions
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    PubMed ID: 12759351
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    Keywords: GROWTH ; tumor ; Germany ; MORTALITY ; NEW-YORK ; RISK ; PROTEIN ; PATIENT ; TUMOR-NECROSIS-FACTOR ; INTERVENTION ; treatment ; PLASMA ; DECREASE ; AGE ; MUSCLE ; AMINO-ACIDS ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; ANTIOXIDANT ; aging-related wasting ; ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID ; antioxidants and aging ; cysteine ; ELDERLY HUMANS ; INJURIOUS FALLS ; MUSCLE PROTEIN-SYNTHESIS ; muscular aging ; P70 S6 KINASE ; PLASMA REDOX STATE ; RAT SKELETAL-MUSCLE ; RESISTANCE EXERCISE ; role in aging ; tumor necrosis factor in aging
    Abstract: Aging-related loss of muscle function is a predictor of mortality and a surrogate parameter of the aging process. Its consequences include a high risk for falls, hip fractures, and loss of autonomy. Aging is associated with changes in the oxidant/antioxidant balance including a decrease in plasma thiol (cysteine) concentration. To assess the importance of cysteine, we determined in a double-blind study the effects of N-acetylcysteine on the functional capacity of frail geriatric patients and their response to physical exercise. The subjects on placebo showed only a relatively weak response, and 31% showed even a decrease in more than one parameter during the observation period. Low plasma arginine levels were correlated with a weak overall performance before exercise and a poor response to exercise. N-Acetyl-cysteine strongly enhanced the increase in knee extensor strength and significantly increased the sum of all strength parameters if adjusted for baseline arginine level as a confounding parameter. N-acetylcysteine had no significant effect on growth hormone and IGF-1 levels but caused a significant decrease in plasma TNF-alpha. These findings may provide a basis for therapeutic intervention and suggest that the loss of function involves limitations in cysteine and one or more other amino acids which may compromise muscular protein synthesis
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    PubMed ID: 12601528
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    Keywords: carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; primary ; METASTASIS ; brain metastases
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