Christina Stache

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BACKGROUND Claudins are tight junction proteins expressed in epithelial tissues that play important roles in cell polarity and adhesion. Altered distribution of claudin-1(CLDN1) affects cell mobility and tumor invasiveness. Craniopharyngiomas (CPs) represent epithelial tumors of the sellar region, consisting of adamantinomatous (adaCP) and papillary (papCP)(More)
Early disease onset, clinical manifestation, histomorphology, and increased tendency to relapse distinguish the adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (adaCP) from the more favorable papillary variant (papCP). A molecular hallmark of adaCP is the activated Wnt signaling pathway indicated by nuclear β-catenin accumulation in a subset of tumor cells. A mouse(More)
Adamantinomatous craniopharyngiomas (adaCP) cause hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction. Elucidation of pathomechanisms underlying tumor progression is essential for the development of targeted chemotherapeutic treatment options. In order to study the mechanisms of tumor outgrowth, we implanted human primary adaCP tissue from three different surgical specimens(More)
Chemotherapeutic agents (CT) and ionizing radiation (X-ray) induce DNA damage and primarily aim to stop the proliferation of tumor cells. However, multimodal anti-cancer therapies should finally result in tumor cell death and, best, in the induction of systemic anti-tumor immunity. Since distinct therapy-induced tumor cell death forms may create an immune(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, the authors investigated the underlying mechanisms responsible for high tumor recurrence rates of adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (ACP) after radiotherapy and developed new targeted treatment protocols to minimize recurrence. ACPs are characterized by the activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase epidermal growth factor receptor(More)
Small animal irradiation systems were developed for preclinical evaluation of tumor therapy closely resembling the clinical situation. Mostly only clinical LINACs are available, so protocols for small animal partial body irradiation using a conventional clinical system are essential. This study defines a protocol for conformal brain tumor irradiations in(More)
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