Margareta M. Mueller

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The restricted view of tumour progression as a multistep process defined by the accumulation of mutations in cancer cells has largely ignored the substantial contribution of the tumour microenvironment to malignancy. Even though the seed and soil hypothesis of Paget dates to 1889, it has been less than two decades since researchers have included the tumour(More)
OBJECTIVES In a cross sectional study, work related health complaints and diseases of 58 compost workers and 53 biowaste collectors were investigated and compared with 40 control subjects. Levels of specific IgG antibodies to moulds and bacteria were measured as immunological markers of exposure to bioaerosols. METHODS With a standardised protocol, the(More)
The essential contribution of inflammation to tumour development and progression has gained increasing acceptance. For epithelial skin cancer, the observation that tumours arise in sites of chronic irritation and inflammation dates back to 1828 and has stimulated a whole field of research. Chemically-induced mouse skin tumours requiring inflammatory agents(More)
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and/or their receptors are increasingly detected in solid human tumors, although little is known about their function in tumor growth and invasion. We analyzed RNA and protein expression of both factors and their receptors in 22 human gliomas (WHO(More)
Environmental and genetic factors are thought to interact in the manifestation of psoriasis, but knowledge about the involved genes and antigens is incomplete. This study has focused on the association between psoriasis and inherited variations in xenobiotic metabolism and cytokine production as two components that may influence cutaneous immune responses(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) such as MMP13 promote tumour growth and progression by mediating extracellular matrix (ECM) reorganization and regulating the biological activity of cytokines. Using Mmp13-/- mice, we demonstrate an essential role of this single collagenase for highly malignant and invasive growth in skin squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Lack(More)
Tumor growth and progression are critically controlled by alterations in the microenvironment often caused by an aberrant expression of growth factors and receptors. We demonstrated previously that tumor progression in patients and in the experimental HaCaT tumor model for skin squamous cell carcinomas is associated with a constitutive neoexpression of the(More)
Molecular ultrasound is capable of elucidating the expression of angiogenic markers in vivo. However, the capability of the method for volumetric "multitarget quantification" and for the assessment of antiangiogenic therapy response has rather been investigated. Therefore, we generated cyanoacrylate microbubbles linked to vascular endothelial growth factor(More)
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) are used to ameliorate cancer therapy-induced neutropenia and mucositis. Yet, first data in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) indicate an impaired long-term prognosis on G-CSF treatment, and previous studies showed a contribution of both(More)
Volumetric computed tomography (VCT) is a technology in which area detectors are used for imaging large volumes of a subject with isotropic imaging resolution. We are experimenting with a prototype VCT scanner that uses flat-panel X-ray detectors and is designed for high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) imaging. Using this technique, we have demonstrated(More)