Harry A. Peters

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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potent angiogenic factor, has been reported to be associated with a poor prognosis in primary breast cancer and in several other cancer types. In the present study, we have measured with ELISA the levels of VEGF in cytosolic extracts of 845 primary breast tumors of patients who developed a recurrence during(More)
PURPOSE In recent studies, we showed that TP53 gene mutation or high levels of cytosolic vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in estrogen receptor (ER)-alpha-positive primary breast tumors predict a poor disease outcome for patients treated with first-line tamoxifen for advanced disease. Mutant TP53 may up-regulate VEGF, whereas, on the other hand,(More)
Clinically significant cutoff values to discriminate between receptor-positive and-negative, and the prognostic value of estrogen receptors (ER) and progesterone receptors (PgR) measured by enzyme immunoas-say (EIA) have not yet been established. We have therefore measured ER and PgR by EIA in cytosols from 205 primary breast cancer biopsies. Clinically(More)
To evaluate the clinical relevance of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and its type-1 inhibitor (PAI-1) measured by a recently developed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), we analysed both components in samples derived from 892 patients with primary breast cancer (median follow-up 99 months). The assays were performed in cytosolic extracts(More)
UNLABELLED Interference in growth factor mediated pathways is a new strategy in the treatment of cancer. Somatostatin analogs can inhibit hormone and growth factor secretion, while suramin can block the binding of several growth factors to their receptors. In addition, somatostatin analogs can cause direct growth inhibitory effects after binding to tumoral(More)
Dual-parameter flow cytometry, following bromodeoxyuridine (BrdUrd) incorporation and propidium iodide (PI) uptake into DNA, was used to study the effects of oestradiol and/or insulin on cell cycle kinetics of human breast cancer cells in vitro. After a lag-period of 6-12 h, an optimum in the percentage of S-phase cells was reached between 18 and 24 h after(More)
The prognostic value of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) measured in samples derived from 865 patients with primary breast cancer using a recently developed enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was evaluated. Since the assay could easily be adapted to the assessment of the complex of tPA with its type-1 inhibitor (PAI-1), it was investigated(More)
The polyanionic compound suramin can inhibit the proliferation of cells of various origin, including from breast cancer. We have studied the effects of suramin on cell cycle kinetics and distribution of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells in vitro. It was found that both under serum-containing and serum-free culture conditions, and in the absence or presence of(More)
In vitro exposure of estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) EVSA-T human breast cancer cells to insulin and/or estradiol had no effect on cell cycle distribution, in contrast to a 3-5-fold increase in the percentages of cells in the S-phase of the cell cycle in the ER+ MCF-7 cell line. Estrogen pretreatment of MCF-7 cells followed by incubation with doxorubicin(More)
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