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OBJECTIVE To identify the most important epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor ligand in the LH or hCG signal pathway in human ovary. DESIGN A retrospective clinical study. SETTING Tertiary university hospital. PATIENT(S) Ninety-eight infertile patients who underwent IVF-embryo transfer. INTERVENTION(S) Sera and follicular fluid were collected at(More)
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal malignancies. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), HER3, Akt, and amphiregulin have been recognized as targets for pancreatic cancer therapy. Although gemcitabine + erlotinib has been the recommended chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, the prognosis is extremely poor. The development of molecularly targeted(More)
The NG2 proteoglycan promotes tumor growth as a component of both tumor and stromal cells. Using intracranial, NG2-negative B16F10 melanomas, we have investigated the importance of PC and Mac NG2 in brain tumor progression. Reduced melanoma growth in Mac-NG2ko and PC-NG2ko mice demonstrates the importance of NG2 in both stromal compartments. In each(More)
HB-EGF, a member of the EGF family of growth factors, exerts its biological activity through activation of the EGFR and other ErbB receptors. HB-EGF participates in diverse biological processes, including heart development and maintenance, skin wound healing, eyelid formation, blastocyst implantation, progression of atherosclerosis and tumor formation,(More)
BACKGROUND Colostrum contains a wide variety of crucial nutritional elements including growth factors for newborn infants to adapt to the extrauterine environment. OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical significance of epidermal growth factor receptor ligands in milk during the first month of lactation. METHODS The concentrations of epidermal growth(More)
Aberrant expression levels of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its cognate ligands have been recognized as one of the causes of cancer progression. To investigate the validity of EGFR ligands as targets for cancer therapy, we examined the expression of EGFR ligands and in vitro anti-tumor effects of small interference RNA (siRNA) for EGFR ligands(More)
OBJECTIVES RCAS1 expression is significantly associated with clinical prognosis in various human cancers, which suggests that RCAS1 may be involved in acquisition of malignant phenotypes. To investigate the relationship between RCAS1 and one such characteristic, tumor invasiveness, we examined RCAS1 expression in cervical neoplasms ranging from the(More)
Heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor (HB-EGF) is involved in several biological processes including cell adhesion, invasion, and angiogenesis. HB-EGF also plays a pivotal role in the progression of ovarian cancer. To investigate the significance of HB-EGF in peritoneal dissemination, we examined the roles of HB-EGF in cell adhesion,(More)
The NG2 proteoglycan stimulates the proliferation and migration of various immature cell types, including pericytes. However, the role of NG2 in mediating pericyte/endothelial cell interaction has been less clear. In this study, we show that pericyte-specific NG2 ablation causes several structural deficits in blood vessels in intracranial B16F10 melanomas,(More)
OBJECTIVES Expression of RCAS1 (receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells) is associated with prognosis of various malignancies including uterine cancer. Proteolytic cleavage of RCAS1 at extracellular domains (ectodomain shedding) yields soluble RCAS1. Although RCAS1 can induce apoptosis in normal peripheral lymphocytes, its biologic function(More)