Adrie van Bokhoven

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Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the Western male population. Despite the tremendous efforts that have been made to improve the early detection of this disease and to design new treatment modalities, there is still an urgent need for new markers and therapeutic targets for the(More)
The progression of carcinomas is associated with the loss of epithelial morphology and a concomitant acquisition of a more mesenchymal phenotype, which in turn is thought to contribute to the invasive and/or metastatic behavior of the malignant process. Changes in the expression of cadherins, "cadherin switching," plays a critical role during embryogenesis,(More)
Decreased expression of the intercellular adhesion molecule E-cadherin correlates with tumor aggressiveness and invasion capacity of cell lines. The decrease of E-cadherin expression results primarily from reduced mRNA expression. We show here that the activity of a human E-cadherin promoter construct is cell specific and correlates with E-cadherin mRNA(More)
PURPOSE Vitamin D and dihydrotestosterone pathways interact to promote the growth of prostatic tissue. The nuclear vitamin D receptor (VDR) moderates the actions of vitamin D. 5alpha-Reductase type II (SRD5A2) codes for the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in the prostate. This study tested the interactions of VDR (CDX2, FokI) and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the incidence and prognostic value of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in urothelial cancer (UC). The detection of CTCs is prognostic in several cancer types. METHODS A total of 44 subjects with UC were assessed for CTCs using CellSearch Technology and 7.5 mL of peripheral blood, sorted by magnetic separation (epithelial cell adhesion(More)
BACKGROUND The "Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain" (MAPP) Research Network was established by the NIDDK to better understand the pathophysiology of urologic chronic pelvic pain syndromes (UCPPS), to inform future clinical trials and improve clinical care. The evolution, organization, and scientific scope of the MAPP Research(More)
Dysregulation of HOX gene expression has been implicated as a factor in malignancies for a number of years. However, no consensus has emerged regarding specific causative genes. Using a degenerate reverse transcription-PCR technique, we show up-regulation of genes from the HOXC cluster in malignant prostate cell lines and lymph node metastases. When(More)
We have shown previously that the putative prostate carcinoma cell lines TSU-Pr1 and JCA-1 share a common origin. The observation that these cell lines have p53 and Ha-ras mutations identical to those in bladder carcinoma cell line T24 prompted us to investigate their possible interrelations. We used cytogenetics and DNA profiling to compare the genetic(More)
Changes in cell-cell interactions are critical in the process of cancer progression. Likewise, it has been shown that loss of expression of the cell adhesion molecule E-cadherin is associated with grade, stage, and prognosis in many carcinomas, including prostate cancer. Impaired E-cadherin-mediated interactions result in an invasive phenotype; however, the(More)
BACKGROUND Cross-contamination is a persistent problem in the establishment and maintenance of mammalian cell lines. The observation that the cell lines PC-3, ALVA-31, and PPC-1 all have a homozygous deletion of the alpha-catenin gene prompted us to investigate the uniqueness of these and several other widely used prostate carcinoma cell lines. METHODS(More)