Andreas Sutter

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Up to now, publicly available data sets to build and evaluate Ames mutagenicity prediction tools have been very limited in terms of size and chemical space covered. In this report we describe a new unique public Ames mutagenicity data set comprising about 6500 nonconfidential compounds (available as SMILES strings and SDF) together with their biological(More)
Esophageal cancer is the most markedly increasing tumor entity in Western countries. Due to very poor 5-year-survival, new therapeutic approaches are mandatory. Peripheral benzodiazepine receptors (PBR) have been implicated in growth control of various tumor models, but they have not been studied yet in esophageal cancer. We used esophageal cancer cell(More)
The use of restricted replication-competent adenoviruses (RRCAs) inducing tumor cell-specific lysis is a promising approach in cancer gene therapy. However, the use of RRCAs in humans carries considerable risk, since after injection into the patient, further regulation or inhibition of virus replication from the outside is impossible. Therefore, we have(More)
Abstract Background and aims. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a new treatment modality for early esophageal neoplasia. With two absorption maxima in the visible light range (550 and 588 nm) hypericin is a very promising photosensitizer for PDT with incoherent light sources. We studied the effects of photosensitizing hypericin in both primary cell cultures and(More)
Therapeutic options to inhibit the growth and spread of neuroendocrine (NE) gastrointestinal tumours are still limited. Since gefitinib (4-(3-chloro-4-fluoroanilino)-7-methoxy-6-(3-morpholinopropoxy)quinazoline), an inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor-sensitive tyrosine kinase (EGFR-TK), had been shown to suppress potently the growth of various(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common cancer-related causes of death worldwide. Due to very poor 5-year-survival new therapeutic approaches are mandatory. Gefitinib, an inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase (EGFR-TK), potently suppresses the growth of various tumors, but its effect on HCC remains(More)
Cancers of the esophagus and stomach constitute a major cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Despite improvements in both surgical techniques and (radio) chemotherapy regimens, these tumors remain a great therapeutic challenge. Thus, there is a need for innovative medical treatment strategies effective even in advanced disease. An emerging understanding of the(More)
Specific ligands of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR) are known to induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in oesophageal cancer cells. However, the underlying mechanisms are still unknown. Here, we investigated the transcriptional alterations and activation of protein kinases in response to PBR-specific ligands. Using cDNA arrays, we examined the(More)
UNLABELLED Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common cancer-related causes of death worldwide. Due to very poor 5-year-survival new therapeutic approaches are mandatory. Most HCCs express insulin-like growth factors and their receptors (IGF-R). As IGF-1R-mediated signaling promotes survival, oncogenic transformation and tumor growth and(More)
Neuroendocrine gastrointestinal tumors take up, decarboxylate and store large amounts of monoamines. Radioactive-labeled monoamines like the norepinephrine analogue meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) have been used for the imaging of neuroendocrine tumors for many years. MIBG is selectively taken up via norepinephrine transporters (NETs) localized in the(More)