Claudia Buerger

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The transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription (Stat) 3 is activated through the interleukin-6 family of cytokines and by binding of growth factors to the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor. It plays an essential role in embryonic development and assumes specialized tasks in many differentiated tissues. Constitutively(More)
Response pathways of the metabolic and the immune system have been evolutionary conserved, resulting in a high degree of integrated regulation. Insulin is a central player in the metabolic system and potentially also in the homeostasis of the skin. Psoriasis is a frequent and often severe autoimmune skin disease, clinically characterized by altered(More)
Receptor tyrosine kinases of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor family regulate essential cellular functions such as proliferation, survival, migration, and differentiation but also play central roles in the etiology and progression of tumors. We have identified short peptide sequences from a random peptide library integrated into the thioredoxin(More)
BACKGROUND Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling integrates signals leading to cellular growth, proliferation and differentiation. Disturbance of this tightly regulated interplay leads to malignancies, as reflected by altered mTOR signalling in epidermal tumours. As psoriatic keratinocytes also show features of perturbed cell growth and(More)
Psoriasis primarily affects the skin, but also has a systemic dimension and is associated with severe comorbidities. Since endothelial cells play an important role in psoriasis as well as in the development of cardiovascular comorbidities, we investigated whether a common mechanism, namely cytokine-induced insulin resistance, underlies both pathologies.(More)
The major aim of molecular cancer research is the development of new therapeutic strategies and compounds that target directly the genetic and biochemical causes of malignant transformation. Therapeutic genes, antibodies and their derivatives, but also small molecular weight compounds, have been used for this purpose. Small peptides might be able to(More)
In a mouse melanoma metastasis model it has been recently shown that ADAM15 overexpression in melanoma cells significantly reduced the number of metastatic nodules on the lung. Unfortunately, the expression of ADAM15 in human melanoma tissue has not been determined so far. In our study, we characterized the expression of ADAM15 in tissue micro-arrays of(More)
PAX transcription factors play an important role during development and carcinogenesis. In this study, we investigated PAX2 protein levels in melanocytes and melanoma cells by Western Blot and immunofluorescence analysis and characterized the role of PAX2 in the pathogenesis of melanoma. In vitro we found weak PAX2 protein expression in keratinocytes and(More)
The ErbB2 receptor tyrosine kinase is overexpressed in approximately 30% of breast tumor cases and its overexpression correlates with an unfavorable prognosis. A major contributor for this course of the disease is the insensitivity of these tumors toward chemotherapy. Monoclonal antibodies, inhibiting the ligand-induced activation of the receptor and(More)
The endothelial wall plays a crucial role in various diseases as it serves as the barrier between circulatory system and organ tissue. Inflammation-driven insulin resistance and subsequent endothelial dysfunction represent a pathomechanism in cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction. It was recently suggested that insulin(More)