Annabelle Vogt

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSC) and transdifferentiation to myofibroblasts following liver injury is the main culprit for hepatic fibrosis. Myofibroblasts show increased proliferation, migration, contraction, and production of extracellular matrix (ECM). In vitro, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) inhibit proliferation and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS We have investigated whether siRNA targeted against VEGF inhibits functional properties of endothelial cells in vitro and HCC tumor growth and blood vessel formation in vivo. METHODS The influence of siRNA-VEGF on endothelial cell proliferation, apoptosis and tube formation were analyzed in vitro. Antitumoral effects were examined in an(More)
UNLABELLED Activation of the renin angiotensin system resulting in stimulation of angiotensin-II (AngII) type I receptor (AT1R) is an important factor in the development of liver fibrosis. Here, we investigated the role of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) as a newly described intracellular effector of AT1R in mediating liver fibrosis. Fibrotic liver samples from(More)
UNLABELLED Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells able to prime T-cells against tumor-associated antigens (TAA), but their potential to induce hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) regression is still limited. CD40/CD40L interaction is essential for DC activation and induction of antigen-specific T-cells. In this study, transduction of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS In this study, adenoviral vectors encoding an antisense RNA complementary to the 5' non-coding region (5'NCR) of the HCV-genome were generated to inhibit HCV-RNA gene expression in cell culture and in vivo. METHODS First and second-generation (with E4-deletion) adenoviruses encoding the HCV5'NCR in antisense direction (Ad-NCRas and(More)
BACKGROUND The 5'-noncoding region (5'NCR) of the HCV-genome comprises an internal ribosome entry site essential for HCV-translation/replication. Phosphorothioate oligodeoxynucleotides (tS-ODN) complementary to this region can inhibit HCV-translation in vitro. In this study, bile acid conjugated tS-ODN were generated to increase cell-selective inhibition of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Glycolipids have been shown to serve specialized functions in cell signalling, proliferation and differentiation processes, which are all important during liver regeneration. We previously generated beta-glucosidase 2 (GBA2) knockout mice that accumulate the glycolipid glucosylceramide in various tissues, including the liver. The present(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains poor, and new alternative treatments are needed. AIMS To comparatively test the angiostatic and antitumour effects of adenoviral gene transfer of angiostatin (PlgK1-4, amino acids 1-440) and full kringles 1-5 (PlgK1-5, amino acids 1-546) in a model of subcutaneously(More)
Tumors of the gastrointestinal system represent a significant share of solid tumors worldwide. Despite the advances in diagnosis and treatment, the prognosis of gastrointestinal tumors is still very poor and improved therapies are indispensable. Cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells are feasible for an immunotherapeutic approach as they are easily available(More)
Recently, increasing evidence has been found demonstrating direct effects of angiostatin on tumor cells themselves. We have applied the plasminogen derivatives K1-4 and K1-5 to a lung cancer model to analyse indirect angiostatic effects against endothelial and direct effects against tumor cells. In accordance with preceding findings both derivatives(More)