Erika Marton

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BACKGROUND It is the hope of investigators and patients alike that in future the isolation of pluripotent human stem cells will allow the establishment of therapeutic concepts for a wide variety of diseases. A major aim in this respect is the identification of new sources for pluripotent stem cells. Oct-4 is a marker for pluripotent human stem cells so far(More)
The differential expression pattern of estrogen receptor alpha (ER-α), estrogen receptor beta (ER-β) and their co-activator/co-repressor proteins is thought to modulate estrogenic action and to be present already during the early stages of tumorigenesis. It has therefore been postulated that certain co-activator and co-repressor proteins contribute to the(More)
The mammary mouse tumor virus (MMTV) has been related to human breast cancer in previous studies, but these have yielded contradictory results. An MMTV env gene-like sequence was detectable in a relatively high proportion (38%) of human breast cancer tissues. The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of this 660 bp MMTV env gene-like sequence in(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether human amniotic fluid contains cells that harbor the potential to differentiate into neurogenic cells. STUDY DESIGN Amniotic fluid cells (uncultivated or cultivated in standard or in neurogenic differentiation medium) were analyzed for morphologic neurogenic differentiation and for expression of(More)
Tissue remodeling is a key element in the local invasion and metastasis of malignant breast tumors. The degradation of extracellular matrix that is associated with this process is thought to be mediated by a number of Zn2+-dependent matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). In most cases these enzymes are not produced by the malignant epithelium itself but by(More)
Down Syndrome is the most frequent genetic cause of mental retardation. Deregulation of specific differentiation processes is a major cause for the neuropathological cell features typical for this syndrome. The molecular mechanisms leading to Down Syndrome are likely to be operative from the very earliest time of embryonic/fetal development. We therefore(More)
The L10P single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is located in the signal sequence of the transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) gene. The proline-encoding (Pro-) allele of this SNP has been associated with an increased breast cancer risk, which has been attributed to the elevated secretion of this TGFβ1 variant observed in vitro and in male subjects. Here we(More)
PURPOSE The interleukin 1 (IL-1) system plays an important role in human pathology and is involved in the local control of malignant disease. However, little is known about its expression in breast cancer and its correlation with prognostic parameters such as receptor status and grading. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The expression of IL-1alpha and other IL-1(More)
PURPOSE Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) are potent mitogens for breast cancer cells in vitro, and elevated IGF-I serum levels are a risk factor for breast malignancies. This study evaluated IGF-I and IGF-II serum levels in healthy women and in patients with benign and malignant breast lesions and correlated them with tumor size. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN(More)