Doris Lang

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PURPOSE Escaping apoptosis is a hallmark of cancer. In medulloblastoma (MB) cell lines, resistance to tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand-induced apoptosis was recently shown to correlate with loss of caspase-8 mRNA expression, because of aberrant gene methylation (M. A. Grotzer et al., Oncogene, 19: 4604-4610, 2000). Loss of caspase-8(More)
DJ-1 is mutated in autosomal recessive, early onset Parkinson's disease but the exact localization of the DJ-1 gene product in the mammalian brain is largely unknown. We aimed to evaluate the DJ-1 mRNA expression pattern in the mouse brain. Serial coronal sections of brains of five male and five female adult mice were investigated by using in situ(More)
Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs), including medulloblastoma (PNET/MB) and supratentorial PNET (sPNET), are the most common malignant brain tumors of childhood. The stabilization of telomere lengths by telomerase activation is an important step in carcinogenesis and cell immortalization. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the major polyphenol in green(More)
The close homologue of L1 (CHL1) is a member of the L1 family of cell recognition molecules. The protein is expressed by a variety of nerve cell types and subpopulations of glial cells in vivo and promotes elongation of neurites and survival of nerve cells in vitro. Here we demonstrate that glial cells up-regulate expression of CHL1 in response to an(More)
1,2-Diacyl-sn-glycerol (DAG) is a product of cell activation that has emerged as an important intracellular messenger whose primary function appears to be the activation of protein kinase C. They originate by the activation of phospholipases, which hydrolyze different phospholipids depending on the external stimulus and the nature of the cells, leading to(More)
Most recent studies analyzing candidate biological prognostic factors (including neurotrophin receptor TrkC and proto-oncogene c-MYC) in childhood primitive neuroectodermal brain tumors (PNET) are limited by small patient numbers due to dependence on fresh-frozen tumor material. In contrast, large archives of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded PNET samples(More)
Platelet-Activating Factor (PAF) is a potent lipid mediator involved in physiological and pathological events in the nervous tissue where it can be synthesized by two distinct pathways. The last reaction of the de novo pathway utilizes CDPcholine and alkylacetylglycerol and is catalyzed by a specific phosphocholinetransferase (PAF-PCT) whereas the(More)