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BACKGROUND Transforming growth factor (TGF)beta superfamily members transduce signals by oligomerizing two classes of serine/threonine kinase receptors, termed type I and type II. In contrast to the large number of ligands only seven type I and five type II receptors have been identified in mammals, implicating a prominent promiscuity in ligand-receptor(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the impact of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression level on the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies against the EGFR. METHODS In four human head and neck carcinoma cell lines, epidermal growth factor expression was knocked down by lentiviral RNA interference. Next, the efficacies of cetuximab and panitumumab at(More)
Dysregulation of growth and differentiation factor 5 (GDF-5) signalling, a member of the TGF-beta superfamily, is strongly linked to skeletal malformation. GDF-5-mediated signal transduction involves both BMP type I receptors, BMPR-IA and BMPR-IB. However, mutations in either GDF-5 or BMPR-IB lead to similar phenotypes, indicating that in chondrogenesis(More)
The nonsurgical treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) usually consists of radiation and chemotherapy. In general, the treatment efficacy of chemotherapy in head and neck cancer is limited. Apart from the placenta, testis and fetal keratinocytes, melanoma-associated antigens-A (MAGE-A) are only found in malignancies. Even though their(More)
TNF-like weak inducer of apoptosis, TWEAK, is a typical member of the TNF ligand family. Thus, it is initially expressed as a type II transmembrane protein from which a soluble variant can be released by proteolytic processing. In this study, we show that membrane TWEAK is superior to soluble variant of TWEAK (sTWEAK) with respect to the activation of the(More)
BACKGROUND Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are key regulators in the embryonic development and postnatal tissue homeostasis in all animals. Loss of function or dysregulation of BMPs results in severe diseases or even lethality. Like transforming growth factors beta (TGF-betas), activins, growth and differentiation factors (GDFs) and other members of the(More)
BACKGROUND Fn14 is a therapeutic target in various diseases. RESULTS Anti-Fn14 antibodies activate the alternative NFκB pathway but not other Fn14-related activities induced by soluble or membrane-bound TWEAK. FcγR-bound anti-Fn14 antibodies, however, activate the full spectrum of Fn14-associated activities. CONCLUSION Anti-Fn14 antibodies elicit(More)
PURPOSE The biologic relevance of human connective tissue growth factor (hCTGF) for primary human tenon fibroblasts (HTFs) was investigated by RNA expression profiling using affymetrix(TM) oligonucleotide array technology to identify genes that are regulated by hCTGF. METHODS Recombinant hCTGF was expressed in HEK293T cells and purified by affinity and(More)
To perform highly sensitive cellular binding studies with TNF-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK), we developed a bioluminescent variant of soluble TWEAK (GpL-FLAG-TNC-TWEAK) by fusing it genetically to the C terminus of the luciferase of Gaussia princeps (GpL). Equilibrium binding studies on human (HT1080 and HT29) and murine (Renca and B16) cell lines(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta(1)) is a key regulator of immune tolerance. TGF-beta(1) controls T lymphocyte activation and is involved in the immunosuppressive function and generation of regulatory T lymphocytes. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) has an essential role in the formation of connective tissue and blood vessels. CTGF(More)