Gesa Rascher

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The aim of the study was to characterize the interendothelial junctions in tumor microvessels of five cases of human glioblastoma multiforme. In addition to morphological analysis, tumors were screened for the expression of junctional proteins, such as occludin, claudin-1, ZO-1 and catenins. The expression of the tight junction protein claudin-1 was lost in(More)
In contrast to adult mammals, adult teleost fish regularly generate new neurons and glial cells in many brain regions. A previous quantitative mapping of the proliferation zones in the brain of adult Apteronotus leptorhynchus (Teleostei, Gymnotiformes) has shown that 75% of all mitotically active cells are situated in the cerebellum (Zupanc and Horschke(More)
Glial cells play a crucial role in the organization and function of the nervous system. Cell-cell adhesion receptors of the cadherin family have been shown to participate in distinct morphogenetic processes throughout the development of the CNS, but little is known about glial expression of cadherins. Applying immunofluorescence and confocal laser scanning(More)
Adenoviral chimeric tumor suppressor 1 (CTS1) gene transfer was evaluated as a novel approach of somatic gene therapy for malignant glioma. CTS1 is an artificial p53-based gene designed to resist various pathways of p53 inactivation. Here, we report that an adenovirus encoding CTS1 (Ad-CTS1) induces growth arrest and loss of viability in all glioma cell(More)
The quality of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), represented mainly by endothelial tight junctions (TJ), is now believed to be dependent on the brain microenvironment and influenced by the basal lamina of the microvessels. In the highly vascularized glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a dramatic increase in the permeability of blood vessels is observed but the(More)
The outer blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier is formed by leptomeningeal cells of the arachnoidea. The structures underlying this barrier are tight junctions. In contrast to the tight junctions of endo- and epithelial cells, which have been investigated by means of ultrastructural as well as by molecular methodology, equivalent studies on meningeal cells are(More)
The aim of the study was to characterize the in-terendothelial junctions in tumor microvessels of five cases of human glioblastoma multiforme. In addition to morphological analysis, tumors were screened for the expression of junctional proteins, such as occludin, claudin-1, ZO-1 and catenins. The expression of the tight junction protein claudin-1 was lost(More)
Human gingival keratinocytes (HGKs) were studied by means of freeze-fracture technique, conventional electron microscopy and the transepithelial electrical resistance for the investigation of intercellular contacts. For the purpose of comparison, MDCK cells and HaCat cells were also included. An unexpected finding was the presence of tight junctions in the(More)
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