Maarten L. Janmaat

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PURPOSE The efficacy of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) gefitinib was assessed in a phase II study in patients with advanced esophageal cancer. Several biologic features were investigated as potential markers of gefitinib activity. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with advanced esophageal cancer, who had failed one(More)
In this study, we have characterized a panel of NSCLC cell lines with differential sensitivity to gefitinib for activating mutations in egfr, pik3ca, and k-ras, and basal protein expression levels of PTEN. The egfr mutant NSCLC cell line H1650 as well as the egfr wild type cell lines H292 and A431 were highly sensitive to gefitinib treatment, indicating(More)
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is an important novel target for anticancer therapy. In this study, we examined the molecular mechanisms that underlie the antitumor effects of the anti-EGFR monoclonal antibody C225 (Cetuximab) and the selective EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor ZD1839 (Iressa; AstraZeneca) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell(More)
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is commonly overexpressed in a number of epithelial malignancies and is often associated with an aggressive phenotype [e.g., non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and bladder cancer]. EGFR is present in over 50% of cases of NSCLC, head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) and colon cancer. Several EGFR-targeting(More)
Celecoxib, an inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), is being investigated for enhancement of chemotherapy efficacy in cancer clinical trials. We determined whether continuous exposure to celecoxib would increase the antiproliferative effects of a 1-h treatment with docetaxel or cisplatin in four human ovarian cancer cell lines. COX-2 protein could not be(More)
The growth and proliferation of cells are usually tightly regulated processes that are activated by stimuli from their environment. Epidermal growth factor (EGF)-related peptides represent a class of molecules that can trigger cell proliferation, among several cellular processes, such as differentiation, migration, and survival. Binding of EGF-like peptides(More)
Kahalalide F (KF) is a novel marine-derived antitumor agent that is currently undergoing phase II clinical trials. The mechanism of action of KF is not well understood. In line with previous reports, we show that KF caused rapid and potent cytotoxicity in the breast cancer cell lines SKBR3 and BT474, characterized by cytoplasmic swelling and DNA clumping.(More)
In this study, the effect of human erythropoietin Delta (Epo) on smooth muscle cell (SMC)-rich lesions was evaluated. Mice, of which the left carotid artery was ligated, were treated with suberythropoietic as well as erythropoietic doses of Epo and both doses of Epo enhanced SMC-rich lesion formation. No association was observed between hemoglobin levels(More)
Human epidermal growth factor (HER) family-targeted therapy combined with standard cytotoxic agents might improve the treatment of ovarian cancer. Human ovarian cancer cell lines OVCAR-3, IGROV-1, and SKOV-3 with differential EGFR, HER2, and HER3 expression levels were used to study whether EGFR-directed (cetuximab) or HER2-directed (trastuzumab,(More)
CD38 is a multifunctional cell surface protein that has receptor as well as enzyme functions. The protein is generally expressed at low levels on various hematological and solid tissues, while plasma cells express particularly high levels of CD38. The protein is also expressed in a subset of hematological tumors, and shows especially broad and high(More)