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PURPOSE The L1 adhesion molecule (CD171) is overexpressed in human ovarian and endometrial carcinomas and is associated with bad prognosis. Although expressed as a transmembrane molecule, L1 is released from carcinoma cells in a soluble form. Soluble L1 is present in serum and ascites of ovarian carcinoma patients. We investigated the mode of L1 cleavage(More)
Preeclampsia is a multisystemic pregnancy-associated disease affecting about 3–7% of pregnancies worldwide and is still a principal cause of fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. To identify potential markers, we have compared gene expression profiles from control and preeclamptic placental tissues taken at various age-matched gestational stages using(More)
Ovarian carcinoma is the leading cause of death from gynecological cancers in many countries. Fucosylated glycoconjugates have been associated with various carcinomas. In the present study, we have characterized the expression of alpha3/4 fucosyltransferases transcripts and their products, the Lewis carbohydrate determinants, and their in vitro specificity(More)
Zytostatikaparavasate gehören zu den problematischsten iatrogenen Komplikationen in der Onkologie. Abhängig von der Substanz können diese das Gewebe schädigen und zerstören. Hospitalisierung, dauerhafte Funktionseinschränkungen und chirurgische Interventionen können die Folge sein. Die optimale Venenpunktion hat für Patienten mit Zytostatikatherapie daher(More)
The glucocorticoid dexamethasone is frequently used as a co-treatment in cytotoxic cancer therapy, e.g. to prevent nausea, to protect normal tissue or for other reasons. While the potent pro-apoptotic properties and supportive effects of glucocorticoids to tumour therapy in lymphoid cells are well studied, the impact on the cytotoxic treatment of ovarian(More)
BACKGROUND Glucocorticoids have been used widely in conjunction with cancer therapy due to their ability to induce apoptosis in hematological cells and to prevent nausea and emesis. However, recent data including ours, suggest induction of therapy-resistance by glucocorticoids in solid tumors, although it is unclear whether this happens only in few(More)
Purpose: There is evidence that some tumor patients are able to generate tumor-associated antigen (TAA)-specific T-cell immunity spontaneously. However, little is understood about the existence and nature of self-reactive T-cells that recognize TAA in healthy donors (HD). Methods: Human mucin (MUC-1), a highly glycosylated transmembrane protein, is a well(More)
Bispecific antibody HEA125 x OKT3 was shown to redirect T lymphocytes toward carcinoma cells and to induce tumor cell lysis in vitro. Preclinical studies have demonstrated that tumor-associated lymphocytes (TAL) derived from malignant ascites can be used as effector cells with a high efficacy and without prior stimulation. These data provided the rationale(More)
The progression of ovarian cancer is driven by a variety of cellular factors that are incompletely understood. Binding of tumor cells to normal cells and to soluble factors influence tumor growth, angiogenesis and the stimulation of vascular permeability leading to ascites production. L1 adhesion molecule is overexpressed in ovarian carcinoma and is(More)
Adjuvant treatment is still only working in a small percentage of breast cancer patients. Therefore, new strategies need to be developed. Immunotherapies are a very promising approach because they could successfully attack tumor cells in the stage of dormancy. To assess the feasibility of using an allogeneic approach for vaccination of breast cancer(More)