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In Drosophila and in vertebrates, the achaete-scute family of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors plays a critical developmental role in neuronal commitment and differentiation. Relatively little is known, however, about the transcriptional control of neural features in cells outside a neuronal context. A minority of normal bronchial epithelial(More)
The enzyme DT-diaphorase (DTD; NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase, EC 1.6.99.2), is an obligate two electron reductase which catalyzes reduction of a broad range of substrates, including quinones. We report here variations in DTD concentrations among different classes of lung tumors known also to vary in their responsiveness to cytotoxic agents. Small cell lung(More)
An activated ras oncogene induces a program of differentiation in the human medullary thyroid cancer cell line TT. This differentiation process is accompanied by a marked increase in the transcription of the human calcitonin (CT) gene. We have localized a unique Ras-responsive transcriptional element (RRE) in the CT gene promoter. DNase I protection(More)
The induction of tumor cell death by anticancer therapy results from a genetic program of autonomous cell death termed apoptosis. Because the p53 tumor suppressor gene is a critical component for induction of apoptosis in response to DNA damage, its inactivation in cancers may be responsible for their resistance to genotoxic anticancer agents. The cellular(More)
BACKGROUND The dysregulation of both myc gene expression and retinoid signaling pathways commonly occurs in small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC). Because preclinical data showed that all-trans-retinoic acid (RA) inhibited SCLC growth, altered myc expression, and blocked transition to a treatment-resistant phenotype, a Phase II trial was designed to determine(More)
The reactivity of the murine immunoglobulin monoclonal antibody LAM8 directed against a membrane antigen of human small cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung was investigated on human cell lines and tissues. Indirect immunofluorescence staining, radioimmunoassays, and cytotoxicity assays showed LAM8 antibody to selectively react with SCC but not with non-SCC(More)
Expression of v-ras(H) in NCI-H82 human small cell lung cancer (SCLC) cells results in a line (NCI-H82ras(H)) with a non-small cell phenotype (Mabry et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 85: 6523-6527, 1988). This v-ras(H) -associated phenotypic change is prevented by treatment with trans-retinoic acid (tRA) (Kalemkarian et al., Cell Growth Differ 5: 55-60, 1994).(More)
A murine monoclonal antibody against a surface antigen of small-cell carcinoma of the lung (SM1 antibody) was investigated for its use in detecting bone marrow metastasis. Bone marrow cells of healthy volunteers and of patients with small-cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL) were examined for reactivity with SM1 antibody and indirect immunofluorescence and the(More)
Alterations in microsatellite sequences characterize hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer. This microsatellite instability is due in some kindreds to a germline mutation of the mismatch repair gene hMSH2 on chromosome 2p. Although microsatellite alterations have been reported in other hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer-associated tumors(More)
CD44 is an integral membrane glycoprotein that functions as a receptor for the extracellular matrix glycan, hyaluronan. Here we report that CD44 is a novel biomarker for non-small cell lung tumors, squamous metaplasia of the lung, and activated type II pneumocytes. We have examined the expression of CD44 in 12 human lung tumor cell lines and 23 fixed,(More)