Dirk O Watermann

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a key neurotrophin whose expression is altered in response to neurological activity, influencing both short- and long-term synaptic changes. The BDNF gene consists of eight upstream exons (I-VII), each of which has a distinct promoter and can be independently spliced to the ninth coding exon (IX). We showed(More)
The human CD44 gene undergoes extensive alternative splicing of multiple variable exons positioned in a cassette in the middle of the gene. Expression of alternative exons is often restricted to certain tissues and could be associated with tumor progression and metastasis of several human malignancies, including breast cancer. Exon v4 contains multiple(More)
The pp125 focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is involved in integrin-mediated cell signalling and overexpressed in a variety of solid tumours. Focal adhesion kinase expression has been correlated to invasion and metastasis, but the data on breast cancer are inconclusive. We analysed FAK mRNA, protein levels and expression patterns in primary breast cancer and(More)
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