Marianna Kruithof-de Julio

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In epithelial tissues, the lineage relationship between normal progenitor cells and cell type(s) of origin for cancer has been poorly understood. Here we show that a known regulator of prostate epithelial differentiation, the homeobox gene Nkx3-1, marks a stem cell population that functions during prostate regeneration. Genetic lineage-marking demonstrates(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is an important mechanism to initiate cancer invasion and metastasis. Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-9 is a member of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β superfamily. It has been suggested to play a role in cancer development in some non-hepatic tumors. In the present study, two hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)(More)
Proepicardial cells give rise to epicardium, coronary vasculature and cardiac fibroblasts. The proepicardium is derived from the mesodermal lining of the prospective pericardial cavity that simultaneously contributes myocardium to the venous pole of the elongating primitive heart tube. Using proepicardial explant cultures, we show that proepicardial cells(More)
The signaling pathway for Nodal, a ligand of the TGFβ superfamily, plays a central role in regulating the differentiation and/or maintenance of stem cell types that can be derived from the peri-implantation mouse embryo. Extra-embryonic endoderm stem (XEN) cells resemble the primitive endoderm of the blastocyst, which normally gives rise to the parietal and(More)
UNLABELLED In liver, most genes are expressed with a porto-central gradient. The transcription factor hepatic nuclear-factor4alpha (HNF4alpha) is associated with 12% of the genes in adult liver, but its involvement in zonation of gene expression has not been investigated. A putative HNF4alpha-response element in the upstream enhancer of glutamine synthetase(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The expression of glutamine synthetase (GS) in the mammalian liver is confined to the hepatocytes surrounding the central vein and can be induced in cultures of periportal hepatocytes by co-cultivation with the rat-liver epithelial cell line RL-ET-14. We exploited these observations to identify the regulatory regions of the GS gene and the(More)
BACKGROUND The formation of the prostate gland requires reciprocal interactions between the epithelial and mesenchymal components of the embryonic urogenital sinus. However, the identity of the signaling factors that mediate these interactions is largely unknown. RESULTS Our studies show that expression of the prostate-specific transcription factor Nkx3.1(More)
Dupuytren's disease (DD) is a benign fibroproliferative disease of the hand. It is characterized by the excessive production of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, which form a strong fibrous tissue between the handpalm and fingers, permanently disrupting the fine movement ability. The major contractile element in DD is the myofibroblast (MFB). This cell(More)
PURPOSE Antiangiogenic therapy, mostly targeting VEGF, has been applied in cancer patients for the last decade. However, resistance to anti-VEGF therapy and/or no significant benefit as monotherapeutic agent is often observed. Therefore, new antiangiogenic strategies are needed. In the current study, we investigated the therapeutic effect of interfering(More)
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men worldwide and major cause of cancer death. Current treatments of primary prostate tumors are initially effective, however, 25% of the patients develop metastatic disease. Once the cancer has acquired resistance to Androgen Deprivation Therapy, Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) occurs. At this(More)