Michael Agrez

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Receptor binding and subsequent cell-mediated internalization or disassembly are the initial steps in virus replication. Cell surface molecules that participate in this process are the primary determinants of virus tissue tropism. Monoclonal antibody blockade, immunoprecipitation, and DNA transfection were used to identify decay accelerating factor as a(More)
We evaluated colony formation in soft agar by cells obtained after mechanical and/or enzymatic disaggregation of 455 malignant human tumours. Counting and assessment of cell colonies in the agar plates were done by inverted microscopy, computerized image analysis, and inspection of serial photomicrographs of the agar plates. Our results indicate that(More)
There is general consensus that matrix metalloproteinases are involved in tumour progression. We show herein that inhibition of integrin avb6 expression in colon cancer cells suppresses MMP-9 secretion. This integrin-mediated event is dependent upon direct binding between the b6 integrin subunit and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2. Targetting either(More)
Current data from in vitro and in vivo animal models indicate that fibronectin-binding integrin receptors expressed by colon cancer cells may regulate tumour growth. While individual members of the beta 1 subfamily of integrins have now been clearly identified in colorectal cancer, little information exists with respect to the alpha V subfamily. In the(More)
Norcantharidin (NCTD) is an efficacious anti-cancer drug that has been used in China for many years, but its underlying mechanism of action is still not fully understood. In the present study, we found that NCTD could induce morphological changes in colon cancer cells, causing a transition from a spindle-shaped morphology to a typical round or oval shape,(More)
Both transcriptional factor Ets-1 and integrin αvβ6 play an important role in the development and progression of cancer. The aim of our study was to investigate the expression of Integrin αvβ6 and Ets-1, two proteins’ correlation and their clinical significance in colorectal cancerous tissues. The specimens were arranged into microarray using the(More)
A Ab bs st tr ra ac ct t Denaturing high performance liquid chromatography is a relatively new method by which heteroduplex structures formed during the PCR amplification of heterozygote samples can be rapidly identified. The use of this technology for mutation detection in hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) has the potential to appreciably(More)
Cell-matrix interactions are assumed to be important in regulating differentiation and tumor cell growth; however, the precise roles of individual matrix receptors in producing cellular responses are still unclear. We have previously described the etv/~6 integrin, an epithelial cell fibronectin receptor expressed in many carcinoma cell lines. Here we show(More)
The mechanism of bowel obstruction in colorectal cancer is likely to involve interactions between tumour cells, host fibroblasts and the extracellular matrix. The role of fibroblast-mediated matrix reorganisation in malignant structures of the large bowel was examined in an in vitro collagen matrix model in which tumour cells and fibroblasts were cultured(More)
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