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Obesity and diabetes affect more than half a billion individuals worldwide. Interestingly, the two conditions do not always coincide and the molecular determinants of "healthy" versus "unhealthy" obesity remain ill-defined. Chronic metabolic inflammation (metaflammation) is believed to be pivotal. Here, we tested a hypothesized anti-inflammatory role for(More)
Sprouty1 protein belongs to a family of receptor tyrosine kinase-mediated signaling inhibitors, whose members are usually regulated by growth factors to form a negative feedback loop. Correspondingly fluctuations of Sprouty1 mRNA in response to single growth factors have been observed. In this report, we investigate Sprouty1 protein levels and show that in(More)
MicroRNAs can govern up to hundred different mRNAs and are important regulators of gene expression programs in development and disease. We analyzed the expression of microRNA-21, one of the most common oncomirs, in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Using northern blots the microRNA-21 expression levels of NSCLC-derived tissue and cell lines were measured.(More)
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor and poor prognosis for osteosarcoma patients is mainly due to chemotherapy resistance. MicroRNAs are important to maintain pathophysiological mechanisms of cancer and influence cell sensitivity to chemotherapy. In this study, we tested the functions of microRNA-21 for malignant features as well as for drug(More)
As negative regulators of receptor tyrosine kinase-mediated signalling, Sprouty proteins fulfil important roles during carcinogenesis. In this report, we demonstrate that Sprouty2 protein expression inhibits cell proliferation and migration in osteosarcoma-derived cells. Although earlier reports describe a tumour-promoting function, these results indicate(More)
Sprouty proteins are modulators of mitogen-induced signal transduction processes and therefore can influence the process of cancerogenesis. In particular, Sprouty2 has been shown to have an important role in cancer development of many tumor entities including breast cancer. In this report, we investigated the role of Sprouty4 in breast cancer-derived cell(More)
Sprouty proteins control length and intensity of the intracellular signal transduction cascade activated by mitogens in the cellular environment. As part of a negative feedback loop, their expression is supposed to be elevated by the same factors. In this report, Sprouty4 expression in response to serum and the underlying regulatory mechanisms were(More)
Telomere dysfunction is an early event in the development of prostate cancer and telomerase (TERT) activity is detectable in the majority of prostate cancers. Genetic variation in TERT and its regulatory elements may influence prostate carcinogenesis. MNS16A, a functional polymorphic tandem repeat minisatellite of TERT, has been studied in several(More)
Excessive accumulation of white adipose tissue (WAT) is a hallmark of obesity. The expansion of WAT in obesity involves proliferation and differentiation of adipose precursors, however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we used an unbiased transcriptomics approach to identify the earliest molecular underpinnings occuring in adipose(More)
MNS16A, a functional polymorphic tandem repeat minisatellite, is located in the promoter region of an antisense transcript of the human telomerase reverse transcriptase gene. MNS16A promoter activity depends on the variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) presenting varying numbers of transcription factor binding sites for GATA binding protein 1. Although(More)