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Chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a newly established category of RCC composed histologically of characteristic "chromophobe" tumor cells. Although ultrastructural and immunohistochemical studies showed that these tumor cells present several features similar to those found in the intercalated cells of the collecting duct, immunohistochemical studies(More)
The recently identified molecule aquaporin-11 (AQP11) has a unique amino acid sequence pattern that includes an Asn-Pro-Cys (NPC) motif, corresponding to the N-terminal Asn-Pro-Ala (NPA) signature motif of conventional AQPs. In this study, we examined the effect of the mutation of the NPC motif on the subcellular localization, oligomerization, and water(More)
Matrilysin is believed to play important roles in tumor progression and metastasis. In the present study, we analyzed matrilysin-producing cells in various human cancer tissues by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. Tumor cells in colorectal carcinomas, pancreatic carcinomas, transitional-cell carcinomas of the kidney and small-cell lung(More)
Inactivation of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumour suppressor gene is responsible not only for VHL disease, but also for sporadic renal cell carcinoma and cerebellar haemangioblastoma. The distribution of VHL gene expression in the mouse embryo was recently studied by in situ hybridization, along with human VHL in 14-week-old fetal kidney: there was widely(More)
Protylonolide is a lactonic precursor of tylosin aglycone, produced by a mutant of Streptomyces fradiae. It originates from n-butyrate, propionate and acetate units. Studies were carried out using a protylonolide-producing mutant on the correlation between protylonolide biosynthesis, regulation by NH4+ and amino acid metabolism. Protylonolide production(More)
Expression of intermediate filaments (IFs) has been suggested to be a reliable marker for differentiating epithelial and non-epithelial tumors. Moreover, the c-erbB-2 and p53 genes are considered to be involved relatively early in the process of human carcinogenesis. In order to elucidate the origin of uterine carcinosarcomas, we analyzed IF, c-erbB-2 and(More)
A resting cell system was used to study the sites of inhibition by NH4+ of protylonolide biosynthesis by a blocked mutant, strain 261, of Streptomyces fradiae. With 14C-labeled succinate or valine as an exogenous substrate, labeled protylonolide formation by high-NH4+ grown mycelia of strain 261 was lower than by low-NH4+ grown mycelia. When 14C-labeled(More)
Segmental mediolytic arteritis is a very rare vascular disease which causes sudden intraabdominal hemorrhage. The disease is characterized by degeneration of the arterial media, followed by aneurysmal dilatation and rupture of the involved artery. Up to now, only 13 cases have been reported, and this unique disease is not fully recognized among general(More)
We report on a patient with tuberous sclerosis complex and polycystic kidney disease who developed bilateral chromophobe cell renal carcinoma. We discuss the tuberous sclerosis complex, associated bilateral renal cell carcinoma, polycystic kidney disease and chromophobe cell renal carcinoma; a recently established subtype with a rather favorable prognosis.(More)
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