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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)
Extracellular ATP is known to inhibit growth of various tumours by activating specific purinergic receptors (P2-receptors). Since the therapy of advanced oesophageal cancer is unsatisfying, new therapeutic approaches are mandatory. Here, we investigated the functional expression and potential antiproliferative effects of P2-purinergic receptors in human(More)
There is a widespread awareness that the wealth of preclinical toxicity data that the pharmaceutical industry has generated in recent decades is not exploited as efficiently as it could be. Enhanced data availability for compound comparison ("read-across"), or for data mining to build predictive tools, should lead to a more efficient drug development(More)
The chromosome aberration test is frequently used for the assessment of the potential of chemicals and drugs to elicit genetic damage in mammalian cells in vitro. Due to the limitations of experimental genotoxicity testing in early drug discovery phases, a model to predict the chromosome aberration test yielding high accuracy and providing guidance for(More)
Anti-angiogenetic cancer therapy is a potential new form for treatment of solid tumours. The alpha(v)-integrins (alpha(v)beta3, alpha(v)beta5) mediate the contact of activated endothelial cells to proteins of the extracellular matrix during tumour angiogenesis as a prerequisite for survival of endothelial cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the(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 Therapeutic options to effectively inhibit growth and spread of neuroendocrine gastrointestinal tumors are still limited. As both meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) and interferon-gamma (IFNgamma) cause antineoplastic effects in neuroendocrine gastrointestinal tumor cells, we investigated the antiproliferative effects of the combination of IFNgamma(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)
Females of many species mate with multiple males (polyandry), resulting in male-male competition extending to post-copulation (sperm competition). Males adapt to such post-copulatory sexual selection by altering features of their ejaculate that increase its competitiveness and/or by decreasing the risk of sperm competition through female manipulation or(More)
With female multiple mating (polyandry), male-male competition extends to after copulation (sperm competition). Males respond to this selective pressure through physiological, morphological and behavioural adaptations. Sperm competitiveness is commonly decreased in heterozygote carriers of male meiotic drivers, selfish genetic elements that manipulate the(More)
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