Gerhard Leder

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Here we report the expression of major pyrimidine metabolising enzymes in pancreatic cancer cell lines, chronic pancreatitis tissue and human pancreatic cancer and the in vitro uptake of 3'-[18F]fluoro-3'-deoxythymidine ([18F]FLT). The expression of pyrimidine metabolising enzymes was evaluated with real-time PCR, Western blot and immunostaining. Thymidine(More)
The significance of endotoxemia in man is controversial, induces cytokine release and stimulates the immune system. Exaggerated cytokine release of mononuclear cells was observed in acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS). However, repetitive administration of endotoxin can cause tolerance. To investigate endotoxemia, plasma TNFα,(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Recently, several members of the claudin family have been identified as integral constituents of tight junctions. Using expression profiling, we previously found claudin-4 to be overexpressed in pancreatic cancer. Because claudin-4 has been described as a receptor for the cytotoxic Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin (CPE), we investigated(More)
To improve the dismal prognosis of patients (pts) with pancreatic cancer we treated 32 patients with non-resectable (UICC III, 17 pts; UICC IV, 15 pts--group 1) and 20 patients with resected (UICC I, 1 pt; UICC II, 3 pts; UICC III, 16 pts--group 2) pancreatic cancer with palliative (group I) and adjuvant post-operative (group II) coeliac axis intra-arterial(More)
Claudin-4 has been identified as an integral constituent of tight junctions and has been found to be highly expressed in pancreatic cancer. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the effect of claudin-4 on growth and metastatic potential in pancreatic cancer cells, as well as the regulation of claudin-4 by oncogenic pathways. Claudin-4 was stably(More)
In large-scale expression profiling analyses, we have previously identified genes differentially expressed between subclones of the pancreatic cancer cell line SUIT-2. One of the genes most strongly overrepresented in the highly metastatic subclone S2-007 as compared with the rarely metastatic subclone S2-028 was the serine proteinase inhibitor SERPINE2(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Biglycan (PG-I), a component of the extracellular matrix (ECM), is overexpressed in pancreatic cancer. To determine possible matrix-tumor interactions, we investigated the effects of PG-I on pancreatic cancer. METHODS PG-I expression in cell lines and tissue samples was examined by Northern blot and immunofluorescence. The effect of PG-I(More)
The value of intratumoral thymidylate synthase (TS) quantitation as a predictive parameter for hepatic artery infusion (HAI) chemotherapy in patients with colorectal liver metastases was investigated. Relative TS mRNA levels were determined in 29 tumor samples using a quantitative RT-PCR amplification method. The median level of expression was 3.0 x 10(-3)(More)
AIMS To improve the course of isolated non-resectable colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) by hepatic arterial infusion treatment. Patients with CRLM have a worse prognosis than those whose liver metastases are resectable. Systemic (i.v.) chemotherapy for CRLM/colorectal metastases with 5-fluorouracil+folinic acid (5-FU+FA) i.v. may result in median survival(More)
The theoretical pharmacologic benefit of regional vs. systemic chemotherapy is defined and the concentration response behavior of cytostatic drugs and their optimal exposure times are described with human cancer cell lines (HT29, NMG64/84) and fresh human tumor cell suspensions in the human tumor colony assay (HTCA). The theoretical pharmacological(More)