Marie–Claude Hofmann

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Spermatogonial stem cells are the only stem cells in the body that transmit genetic information to offspring. Although growth factors responsible for self-renewal of these cells are known, the factors and mechanisms that attract and physically maintain these cells within their microenvironment are poorly understood. Mice with targeted disruption of Ets(More)
In the present investigation we localized binding sites for the lectins WGA (wheat germ agglutinin), RCA I (Ricinus communis agglutinin), LFA (Limax flavus agglutinin) and SBA (soya bean agglutinin) in the 7-day-old mouse embryo at the ultrastructural level. Lectin binding sites were localized on formaldehyde fixed embryos, embedded in LR-Gold, using(More)
In hydra the differentiation of head-specific ectodermal epithelial cells from multipotent stem cells is a multistep process in which cell cycle progression is regulated at three restriction points. Head activator acts as a positive signal at these restriction points. At the G2/mitosis boundary of epithelial stem cells head activator functions as a mitogen,(More)
In hydra, head activator (HA) acts as positive signal for nerve-cell determination and differentiation. For both events, HA uses cAMP as the second messenger. Evidence is presented that the cAMP agonist, Sp-cAMPS, is able to mimick the effect of HA on nerve-cell determination and differentiation and that it is blocked by the antagonist Rp-cAMP. An adenylyl(More)
Cis-diammine dichloro platinum (II) (CDDP), is a highly potent antineoplastic agent that is used in the treatment of ovarian cancer. However, the clinical use of CDDP is restricted by its severe side effects. In order to reduce these side effects and to enhance its therapeutic efficacy, we developed specific immunoconjugates consisting of the murine(More)
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