Cor A Berrevoets

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Androgens play a crucial role in several stages of male development and in the maintenance of the male phenotype. Androgens act in their target cells via an interaction with the androgen receptor, resulting in direct regulation of gene expression. The androgen receptor is a phosphoprotein and modulation of the phosphorylation status of the receptor(More)
The human prostate tumor cell line LNCaP contains an abnormal androgen receptor system with broad steroid binding specificity. Progestagens, estradiol and several antiandrogens compete with androgens for binding to the androgen receptor in the cells to a higher extent than in other androgen sensitive systems. Optimal growth of LNCaP cells is observed after(More)
Limited proteolysis of in vitro produced human androgen receptor was used to probe the different conformations of the receptor after binding of androgens and several antiandrogens. The results provide evidence for five different conformations of the receptor, as detected by the formation of proteolysis resisting fragments: 1) an initial conformation of the(More)
LNCaP cells contain androgen receptors with a mutation in the steroid binding domain (Thr 868 changed to Ala) resulting in a changed hormone specificity. Both the wild-type and mutated androgen receptors were transfected into COS cells. Transcription activation was studied in cells co-transfected with an androgen sensitive reporter (CAT) gene. The wild-type(More)
Antiandrogens can efficiently block androgen receptor (AR) mediated gene expression, and are therefore useful tools in the treatment of androgen dependent prostate cancer. Antiandrogens are either complete or partial inhibitors of AR activity, depending on the nature of the compound. As compared to androgens, antiandrogens induce a different AR(More)
EBV is associated with a broad range of malignancies. Adoptive immunotherapy of these tumors with EBV-specific CTL proved useful. We generated a panel of primary human T cells specific to various EBV antigens (i.e. Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen 3A, 3B and BamHI-M leftward reading frame) via transfer of modified TCR genes that are either coupled to CD3zeta or(More)
The effects of androgens, antiandrogens, and other steroid hormones on growth of the human prostate cancer cell line LNCaP were studied. Despite the absence of receptors for progesterone and estradiol, the growth rate of the androgen responsive LNCaP-FGC cells increased when cultured in the presence of either estrogens or progestagens. In addition, most(More)
TCR gene therapy represents a feasible and promising treatment for patients with cancer and virus infections. Currently, this treatment rationale is hampered by diluted surface expression of the TCR transgene and generation of potentially self reactive T-cells, both a direct consequence of mis-pairing with endogenous TCR chains. As we reported, TCR(More)
A novel mutation F826L located within the ligand binding domain (LBD) of the human androgen receptor (AR) was investigated. This mutation was found in a boy with severe penoscrotal hypospadias (classified as 46,XY DSD). The AR mutant F826L appeared to be indistinguishable from the wild-type AR, with respect to ligand binding affinity, transcriptional(More)