Boye Schnack Nielsen

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Collagenase-3 (matrix metalloproteinase 13; MMP-13), a protease originally identified in breast carcinoma, is characterized by a potent degrading activity against a wide spectrum of extracellular matrix proteins. The aims of this study were to localize and identify the MMP-13-expressing cells in invasive human breast carcinoma and to evaluate the role of(More)
In inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the colon a defect barrier function of the mucosa may result in absorption of bacterial products from the intestinal lumen. These products may further recruit inflammatory cells and thus augment the inflammatory response. A novel lipocalin in neutrophils, neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin (NGAL), with the(More)
Retarded wound healing was found in mice deficient in the serine protease precursor plasminogen, as well as in wild-type mice treated with the metalloprotease inhibitor galardin, but in both cases wound closure was ultimately completed in all mice within 60 days. The expression of several matrix metalloproteases in keratinocytes migrating to cover the wound(More)
Using 3' RACE (rapid amplification of cDNA ends), we have isolated a cDNA variant for the receptor for human urokinase plasminogen activator (uPAR). The deduced protein includes the amino-terminal ligand binding domain in uPAR, but lacks the carboxy-terminal membrane attachment by a glycolipid anchor. Genomic DNA analysis showed that the uPAR mRNA variant(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) constitute a group of small non-coding RNA molecules generally 18-22 base-pairs in length. miRNAs are considered to be negative regulators of gene expression at the level of post-transcription and are important in normal physiological development, tissue homeostasis and disease. The cellular origin of individual microRNAs is of utmost(More)
Low-risk and high-risk breast cancer patients are stratified primarily according to their lymph node (LN) status and grading. However, some low-risk patients relapse, and some high-risk patients have a favorable clinical outcome, implying a need for better prognostic and predictive tests. Micro RNAs are often aberrantly expressed in cancer and microRNA-21(More)
Overexpression of the type II transmembrane serine protease matriptase is a highly consistent feature of human epithelial tumors. Here we show that matriptase possesses a strong oncogenic potential when unopposed by its endogenous inhibitor, HAI-1. Modest orthotopic overexpression of matriptase in the skin of transgenic mice caused spontaneous squamous cell(More)
Cancer cell invasion is facilitated by extracellular matrix degrading proteases such as plasmin. We have studied the expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) and urokinase receptor (uPAR) together with the gamma2-chain of laminin-5 (lam-gamma2) by immunohistochemistry in 20 cases with incipient oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).(More)
Matrix metalloprotease-9 (MMP-9; 92-kd type IV collagenase, gelatinase B) is regarded as important for degradation of the basement membrane and extracellular matrix during cancer invasion and other tissue-remodeling events. Expression of MMP-9 was analyzed in 22 cases of human ductal breast cancer by immunohistochemistry and in 8 of these cases also by in(More)
To investigate the role of plasmin(ogen) in mammary tumor development and progression, plasminogen-deficient mice were crossed with transgenic mice expressing Polyoma middle T antigen under the control of the mouse mammary tumor virus long terminal repeat. Virgin females carrying the Polyoma middle T antigen uniformly developed multiple, bilateral mammary(More)