Birgit E Reiter

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Development of resistance to tamoxifen is a serious problem in treatment of breast cancer patients. Although the mechanisms for development of resistance are unclear, an altered expression of alternatively spliced estrogen receptor (ER) mRNA has been suggested to be involved. We have looked for differential expression of ER splice variants lacking exon 2(More)
Breast cancer patients with an estrogen receptor (ER) positive tumor can be treated with the anti-estrogen tamoxifen, but development of anti-estrogen resistance is a serious problem. We have analyzed a tamoxifen resistant human breast cancer cell line MCF-7/TAMR-1 for alterations in ER which might explain the tamoxifen resistance. The MCF-7/TAMR-1 cells(More)
In this study, T47D cell lines resistant to the antiestrogen fulvestrant were established and analyzed to explore, whether a switch to HER signaling, as seen in fulvestrant resistant MCF-7 cell lines, is a general resistance mechanism. We find that parental T47D cells depend on ER and HER signaling for growth. Fulvestrant resistant T47D cells have lost ER(More)
The expression of CYP1A1 and CYP1B1, encoding enzymes known to play a central role in oxidative metabolism of a wide range of compounds including steroids, was significantly increased in anti-estrogen-resistant human breast cancer cell lines. This was a purely regulatory phenomenon because no gene amplification had occurred. In anti-estrogen-sensitive MCF-7(More)
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