Martin Schlesinger

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Lysophosphatidylcholine (LysoPC) is an important intermediate in degradation and biosynthesis of phosphatidylcholine (PC). Reduced plasma LysoPC levels observed in patients with advanced cancer indicate a deregulation of LysoPC metabolism in metastasis. Recent data showed strong antimetastatic effects of liposomes consisting of saturated PC in a murine(More)
Carcinoma tumor cells express highly glycosylated mucins acting as ligands for selectin adhesion receptors and thus facilitating the metastatic process. Recently, a sulfated galactocerebroside SM4 was detected as solely P-selectin ligand on MC-38 colon carcinoma cells. Here we characterize the functionality of SM4 as selectin ligand using model membrane(More)
Vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) first attracted attention more than two decades ago as endothelial adhesion receptor with key function for leukocyte recruitment in term of cellular immune response. The early finding of VCAM-1 binding to melanoma cells, and thus a suggested mechanistic contribution to metastatic spread, was the first and for a(More)
INTRODUCTION Heparin is known to efficiently attenuate metastasis in various tumour models by different mechanisms including inhibition of tumour cell contacts with soluble and cellular components such as inhibition of heparanase or P- and L-selectin. We recently showed that heparin efficiently binds to VLA-4 integrin in melanoma cells in vitro. Here we(More)
INTRODUCTION The integrin VLA-4-mediated binding is important for the metastatic dissemination of melanoma cells. Recently we found that heparin possesses a binding capacity to VLA-4. This could contribute to the heparin function to attenuate metastasis in a selectin-dependent manner. Aiming to a purposive, anti-adhesive heparin application, structural(More)
Heparin possesses antimetastatic effects that were related to various molecular mechanisms beyond anticoagulant activities. The ability of heparin to interfere with the function of adhesion receptors in the metastatic course appears as a promising therapeutic approach. This refers to numerous findings that heparin attenuates metastasis in a(More)
Heparanase is an endo-β-glucuronidase that enzymatically cleaves heparan sulfates (HS) and heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) structures. Heparanase expression levels by tumors were correlated with cell invasion, angiogenic activity, and poor prognosis. Heparanase can also possess pro-tumorigenic effects independent of its enzymatic activity. Using human(More)
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is routinely used for antithrombotic treatment of cancer patients. Preclinical- and clinical data suggest that LMWH has beneficial effects for cancer patients beyond the prevention of thrombosis, i.e. by inhibiting metastasis. It is, however, unclear whether heparin has an impact on the efficiency of chemotherapy in(More)
BACKGROUND Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal of human malignancies known to date and shows relative insensitivity towards most of the clinically available therapy regimens. 3,5-bis(2-fluorobenzylidene)-4-piperidone (EF24), a novel synthetic curcumin analog, has shown promising in vitro therapeutic efficacy in various human cancer cells, but(More)