Malte Buchholz

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) carries the most dismal prognosis of all solid tumours. Both the late clinical presentation of patients, due to lack of early symptoms, as well as the rapid and aggressive course of the disease contribute to the extremely high mortality of this malignancy. Recently, a multistep progression model for PDAC integrating(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) is an almost uniformly lethal disease. One explanation for the devastating prognosis is the failure of many chemotherapies, including the current standard of care therapy gemcitabine. Although our knowledge of the molecular events underlying multistep carcinogenesis in PDA has steadily increased, translation into more(More)
Microarray experiments generate vast amounts of data. The functional context of differentially expressed genes can be assessed by querying the Gene Ontology (GO) database via GoMiner. Directed acyclic graph representations, which are used to depict GO categories enriched with differentially expressed genes, are difficult to interpret and, depending on the(More)
and discussion on pancreatic stellate cell research Mert Erkan, Guido Adler, Minoti V Apte, Max G Bachem, Malte Buchholz, Sönke Detlefsen, Irene Esposito, Helmut Friess, Thomas M Gress, Hans-Joerg Habisch, Rosa F Hwang, Robert Jaster, Jörg Kleeff, Günter Klöppel, Claus Kordes, Craig D Logsdon, Atsushi Masamune, Christoph W Michalski, Junseo Oh, Phoebe A(More)
The nuclear factor of activated T cell (NFAT) proteins are a family of Ca2+/calcineurin-responsive transcription factors primarily recognized for their central roles in T lymphocyte activation and cardiac valve development. We demonstrate that NFATc1 is commonly overexpressed in pancreatic carcinomas and enhances the malignant potential of tumor cells(More)
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are thought to be the primary source of the extensive fibrotic reaction characteristic of pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis in humans. PSCs share many morphological and functional characteristics with hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), whose central role in liver fibrosis is well established. However, it has remained(More)
MOTIVATION Microarray experiments generate vast amounts of data. The unknown or only partially known functional context of differentially expressed genes may be assessed by querying the Gene Ontology database via GOMiner. Resulting tree representations are difficult to interpret and are not suited for visualization of this type of data. Methods are needed(More)
Claudin-4 has been identified as an integral constituent of tight junctions and has been found to be highly expressed in pancreatic cancer. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the effect of claudin-4 on growth and metastatic potential in pancreatic cancer cells, as well as the regulation of claudin-4 by oncogenic pathways. Claudin-4 was stably(More)
BACKGROUND Blockade of aberrant hedgehog (Hh) activation has recently been proposed as a therapeutic target, but effects in models of islet cell tumors have not been examined. In this study, we address the role of the Hh pathway in tumor progression of murine islet cell tumors. METHODS To assess in vivo effects, Rip1Tag2 mice were treated with vehicle or(More)
Previously, we have identified the transcription factor CUTL1 as an important mediator of tumor invasion and target of tumor growth factor-beta. Using high-throughput approaches, we identified several putative downstream effectors of CUTL1, among them WNT5A, a secreted member of the Wnt multigene family. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of(More)