Hannah Niemann

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Activation of the Hedgehog (Hh)-signaling pathway due to deficiency in the Hh receptor Patched1 (Ptch) is the pivotal defect leading to formation of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Recent reports provided evidence of Ptch-dependent secretion of vitamin D(3)-related compound, which functions as an endogenous inhibitor of Hh signaling by repressing the activity(More)
The mammary gland, during post-lactational involution, is subjected to extensive tissue reconstruction. This process is governed by the concerted expression of extracellular-matrix-degrading enzymes and their inhibitors. During carcinogenesis, the invasive growth of tumor cells is characterized by the penetration of the basement membrane and stromal(More)
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children. Aberrant Hedgehog (Hh) signaling is characteristic of the embryonal subtype (ERMS) and of fusion-negative alveolar RMS. In the mouse, ERMS-like tumors can be induced by mutations in the Hh receptor Patched1 (Ptch). As in humans these tumors show increased Hh pathway activity. Here we(More)
Although apoptosis is important in determining cell fate and maintaining tissue homeostasis, the initiation and control of apoptotic cell death in epithelium is not well understood. Post-lactationai involution of the mammary gland provides both an important developmental process and a normal physiological setting for studying apoptosis of epithelium. We(More)
The cDNAs coding for human full-length and soluble thyroid peroxidase (TPO) were constructed, cloned into a baculovirus transfer vector and used for infection of Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) cells. The soluble TPO lacking 87 amino acids of the C-terminal transmembrane and intracisternal domains was designed as a fusion protein with a histidine-hexapeptide as(More)
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