Marina Poettler

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It is now widely accepted that tumor-angiogenesis plays a crucial role in tumor growth, tumor propagation and metastasis formation. Among several angiogenic activators, the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors represent one of the major inducers of tumor angiogenesis. Thus, this system has become the focus of therapeutic(More)
Etiological concepts on cancer development, malignant growth and tumour propagation have undergone a revolutionary development during recent years: Among other aspects, the discovery of angiogenesis - the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature - as a key element in the pathogenesis of malignancy has opened an abundance of biologic(More)
BACKGROUND In a variety of malignant diseases, molecular targeting represents a therapeutic option, whereby, when compared with chemotherapy, fewer side effects are thought to be expected. Especially in renal cell cancer (RCC), tyrosine kinase-inhibitors have been established as useful and highly effective therapy. However, tyrosine kinase-inhibitors(More)
Cancer progression is often associated with the formation of malignant effusions. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a major regulator of vascular permeability and has been implicated as mediator of tumor progression. We examined the production and secretion of VEGF(165) in various primary cancer cells derived from malignant effusions, and the(More)
Angiogenesis, the sprouting of blood vessels form pre-existing vasculature after injury or in neoplastic diseases, is initiated by growth factor-induced endothelial cell migration. Recently, the major angiogenic growth factor VEGF165 has become the target of therapeutic interventions. However, this approach has been clinically proven to be of limited(More)
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, CD66e, CEACAM-5) is a cell-surface-bound glycoprotein overexpressed and released by many solid tumors that has an autocrine function in cancer cell survival and differentiation. Soluble CEA released by tumors is present in the circulation of patients with cancer, where it is used as a marker for cancer progression, but whether(More)
Overexpression of CD98hc (SLC3A2) occurs in a variety of cancers and is suspected to contribute to tumor growth. CD98, a heterodimeric transmembrane protein, physically associates with certain integrin β subunit cytoplasmic domains via its heavy chain, CD98hc. CD98hc regulates adhesion-induced intracellular signal transduction via integrins, thereby,(More)
Bone metastasis is a common burden in many types of cancer and has a severe impact on the quality of life in patients. Hence, specific therapeutic strategies inhibiting tumor induced osteolysis are urgently needed. In this study, we aimed to interfere with integrin adhesion receptors, which are central players of the bone resorption process. For this(More)
e15129 Background: The type II transmembrane protein 4F2hc (CD98hc, SLC3A2) has been shown to be essential in embryogenesis as well as in adolescence during cell proliferation, while in quiescent somatic cells 4F2 is not expressed. Overexpression of 4F2hc in somatic cells leads to malignant transformation. We were interested whether 4F2hc expression(More)
26 Background: CD98, a transmembrane protein, has a heteromeric structure, consisting of a heavy subunit (CD98hc) and a light subunit, extracellular linked together via disulfid bounds. A genetic knockout of CD98hc is embryonic lethal and overexpression of CD98hc in somatic cells led to malignant transformation. CD98hc is highly expressed in low(More)