Martin Ingo Holst

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Genetic studies have implicated the evolutionary novel, primates-specific gene locus G72/G30 in schizophrenia, bipolar and panic disorders. It encodes for a protein LG72 whose function has been controversially discussed as putative regulator of the peroxisomal enzyme D-amino-acid-oxidase (DAO), or as a mitochondrial protein, which promotes robust(More)
The transcription factor Engrailed-2 is expressed in cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs) throughout embryonic development but is downregulated in PCs after birth. Since the onset of PC differentiation coincides with this change of gene expression, we asked whether downregulation of Engrailed-2 is necessary for proper timing of PC differentiation. To investigate(More)
Regardless of the recent advances in cytotoxic therapies, 30% of children diagnosed with medulloblastoma. succumb to the disease. Therefore, novel therapeutic approaches are warranted. Here we demonstrate that Pazopanib a clinically approved multi-kinase angiogenesis inhibitor (MKI) inhibits proliferation and apoptosis in medulloblastoma cell lines.(More)
Mtss1 encodes an actin-binding protein, dysregulated in a variety of tumors, that interacts with sonic hedgehog/Gli signaling in epidermal cells. Given the prime importance of this pathway for cerebellar development and tumorigenesis, we assessed expression of Mtss1 in the developing murine cerebellum and human medulloblastoma specimens. During development,(More)
Synovial sarcomas account for 5-10% of all soft tissue sarcomas and the majority of synovial sarcomas display characteristic t(X;18) translocations that result in enhanced transcription of the insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2) gene. IGF-2 is an essential fetal mitogen involved in the pathogenesis of different tumours, leading to cellular proliferation(More)
Tetraspanin-5 (Tspan-5) mRNA was recently shown to be strongly expressed within the central nervous system. In order to address Tspan-5 function during nervous system development, we performed a detailed expression analysis in the postnatal FVB/N mouse cerebellum using in situ hybridizations. Tspan-5 mRNA was expressed within cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs)(More)
Engrailed transcription factors regulate survival, cell fate decisions and axon pathfinding in central neurons. En-2 can also attenuate Purkinje cell (PC) maturation. Here, we use array analysis to scrutinize gene expression in developing PCs overexpressing Engrailed-2 (L7En-2). The majority (70%) of regulated genes was found down-regulated in L7En-2(More)
Deregulation of the Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT signalling network is a hallmark of oncogenesis. Also medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children, is characterized by high levels of AKT phosphorylation and activated PI3K signalling in medulloblastoma is associated with enhanced cellular motility, survival and chemoresistency(More)
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