Joanna Bialek

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The human prostate gland is a well known source of H1 and H2 relaxin but information is lacking on the expression and potential role of the INSL3 peptide hormone within the prostate gland. In the present study we have investigated the expression of human INSL3 in patients with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) and(More)
The role of members of the insulin-like superfamily in human thyroid carcinoma is primarily unknown. Here we demonstrate the presence of RLN2 relaxin and relaxin receptor LGR7 in human papillary, follicular, and undifferentiated anaplastic thyroid carcinoma suggesting a specific involvement of relaxin-LGR7 signaling in thyroid carcinoma. Stable(More)
We investigated the expression of H1, H2 relaxin and INSL-3, mRNA and protein, and LGR7 and LGR8 transcripts in human C-cell hyperplasia, primary medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) tissues, MTC metastases, and the human MTC-TT and mouse MTC-M cell lines. Relaxin-like peptide hormones were detected in C-cell hyperplasia and in MTC tissues, but were absent in(More)
In this study, we identified differential expression of immunoreactive matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2)/gelatinase A, membrane-anchored MT1-MMP/MMP14, and human relaxin-2 (RLN2) in human benign and malignant thyroid tissues. MMP2 and MT1-MMP were detected in the majority of thyroid cancer tissues and colocalized with RLN2-positive cells. MMP2 was mostly(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPARα) plays a pivotal role in regulating metabolic response to fasting and is an inhibitor of inflammatory pathways in immune cells. It represents a therapeutic target for treatment of several diseases, mainly hyperlipidemia. To shed light on PPARα expression changes in response to fasting, young healthy male(More)
Relaxin and INSL3 are novel autocrine/paracrine insulin-like hormones in tumor biology. Both effectors can bind to and activate the leucine-rich G-protein coupled receptors LGR7 relaxin receptor) or LGR8 (relaxin/INSL3 receptor). These relaxin-like ligand-receptor systems modulate cellular functions and activate signaling cascades in a tumor-specific(More)
The functional role of INSL3 and its receptor RXFP2 in carcinogenesis is largely unknown. We have previously demonstrated (pro-)cathepsin-L as a target of INSL3 in human thyroid cancer cells facilitating penetration of tumor cells through elastin matrices. We demonstrate the expression of RXFP2 in human thyroid tissues and in mouse follicular thyroid(More)
Insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) is present in hyperactive and neoplastic thyrocytes, but the functional role of this relaxin-like peptide hormone during carcinogenesis in the thyroid gland is currently unknown. We generated new cell models of stable transfectants of the human follicular thyroid carcinoma cell line FTC-133 expressing and secreting bioactive(More)