Matthias Haase

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Adrenal tumors autonomously producing cortisol cause Cushing's syndrome. We performed exome sequencing of 25 tumor-normal pairs and identified 2 subgroups. Eight tumors (including three carcinomas) had many somatic copy number variants (CNVs) with frequent deletion of CDC42 and CDKN2A, amplification of 5q31.2 and protein-altering mutations in TP53 and RB1.(More)
CONTEXT Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare and lethal malignancy with a poorly defined etiology, and the molecular genetics of ACC are incompletely understood. OBJECTIVE To utilize whole-exome sequencing for genetic characterization of the underlying somatic mutations and copy number alterations present in ACC. DESIGN Screening for somatic(More)
CONTEXT Pharmacological inhibition of mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) signaling in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA) reestablishes aldosterone synthesis by nondiseased zona glomerulosa cells through activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. In this context, current guidelines recommend discontinuing MR blockade for diagnostic(More)
CONTEXT Epigenetic mutations of 11p15 encompassing IGF2 are present in short children with Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) with high frequency (31-50%). It has been speculated that these mutations characterized by demethylation of ICR1 cause diminished IGF2 expression. OBJECTIVE We aimed to determine the prevalence of pathologically low IGF-II serum levels(More)
Access of corticotropin to glucocorticoid synthesis in adrenocortical cells is provided by the expression of the ACTH receptor (MC2R). Activation of the MC2R increases stimulatory G-protein, adenylyl cyclase, and protein kinase A (PKA) activities. Furthermore, PKA phosphorylates transcription factors that have a stimulating effect on glucocorticoid(More)
Sixteen lots of rabies immune globulin (RIG) and six lots of rabies immune horse serum (RIS) from different producers were examined for rabies antibody by the standard mouse neutralization test (MNT) and the rapid fluorescent focus inhibition test (RFFIT). An equine rabies standard serum was assayed in parallel. In comparisons of RIS with this standard the(More)
The endothelium releases factors stimulating the adrenal cortex. It is also known that endothelin-1 (ET-1) promotes generation of cortisol and aldosterone, and proliferation of adrenocortical cells. The aim of the study was to find out whether the effect of the endothelium on adrenocortical cells is dominated by the action of ET-1. The effects of(More)
Supernumerary centrosomes and aneuploidy are associated with a malignant phenotype of tumor cells. Centrosomal clustering is a mechanism used by cancer cells with supernumerary centrosomes to solve the threatening problem of multipolar spindles. Griseofulvin is an antifungal substance that interferes with the microtubule apparatus and inhibits centrosomal(More)
Hedgehog (Hh)-signaling pathway is important in embryonic development. Activation of Hh-signaling is associated with tumorigenesis. Recent studies demonstrate that Hh-signaling is involved in the development of the adrenal gland in mice and is important in regulating adrenal proliferation. We studied the expression of Sonic hedgehog (SHH), Smoothened (SMO),(More)
Catecholamines stimulate renin-secretion in the juxtaglomerular cells of the kidney and a number of case reports suggest an association between pheochromocytoma and activation of the RAAS. Therefore, it could be asked whether patients suffering from pheochromocytoma with high concentrations of circulating catecholamines present with oversecretion of renin(More)