Jens Packeisen

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Vimentin expression is a rather rare finding in invasive breast cancer, and is associated with high tumour invasiveness and chemoresistance. It is currently explained by two different biological theories: direct histogenetic derivation from myoepithelial cells, and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) reflecting the end-stage of breast cancer(More)
Oestrogen receptor expression is generally a sign of better tumour differentiation and comparatively good clinical outcome in invasive breast cancer. However, oestrogen receptor-positive, poorly differentiated carcinomas with a poor clinical outcome exist. The underlying genetic mechanisms and the genes involved remain obscure, even though chromosome 7p(More)
Polycomb group (PcG) genes contribute to the maintenance of cell identity, cell cycle regulation, and oncogenesis. We describe the expression of five PcG genes (BMI-1, RING1, HPC1, HPC2, and EZH2) innormal breast tissues, invasive breast carcinomas, and their precursors. Members of the HPC-HPH/PRC1 PcG complex, including BMI-1, RING1, HPC1, and HPC2, were(More)
Intermediary filaments are involved in cell motility and cancer progression. In a variety of organs, the expression of distinct intermediary filaments are associated with patient prognosis. In this study, we seeked to define the prognostic potential of cytokeratin and vimentin expression patterns in squamous cell carcinomas (SCC's) of the oral cavity. 308(More)
The introduction of a concept proposing multiple cellular subgroups in the normal female breast, including cytokeratin 5/6 (Ck 5/6)-positive progenitor cells, offers a new explanation for the existence of highly aggressive breast cancers with and without Ck 5/6 expression. Using the tissue microarray technique, 166 breast cancer cases, all characterized by(More)
Phyllodes tumors of the breast are rare biphasic tumors with the potential for invasion and metastatic spread. An important role of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in phyllodes tumors has been proposed. However, detailed pathogenetic mechanisms remained unclear. We investigated 58 phyllodes tumors of the breast (40 benign, 10 borderline and(More)
By differential-display PCR a subclone of the SKBR3 cell line with high in vitro transendothelial invasiveness was identified to express increased levels of the INSL-4 gene. This new member of the insulin-like growth factor family encodes for a peptide, designated early placenta insulin-like (EPIL), being expressed in the so-called "invasive" phase of the(More)
Overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a common finding in invasive breast cancer and represents a potential target for new treatment options. However, little is known about the parameters that might indicate a potential clinical response for these anti-EGFR-based therapies. In order to gain further insights into the interplay(More)
BACKGROUND New targeted cancer treatments acting against growth factor receptors such as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) necessitate selecting patients for treatment with these drugs. Besides carcinomas, soft tissue sarcomas (STS) express EGFR and might thereby be a promising target for this new therapeutic strategy. OBJECTIVE To test and(More)
Several "high throughput methods" have been introduced into research and routine laboratories during the past decade. Providing a new approach to the analysis of genomic alterations and RNA or protein expression patterns, these new techniques generate a plethora of new data in a relatively short time, and promise to deliver clues to the diagnosis and(More)