Michael V Agrez

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Blockade of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase pathway suppresses growth of colon cancer in vivo. Here we demonstrate a direct link between the extracellular signal-regulated kinase ERK2 and the growth-promoting cell adhesion molecule, integrin alphavbeta6, in colon cancer cells. Down-regulation of beta6 integrin subunit expression inhibits tumour(More)
Recent evidence suggests that integrins are involved in the multi-step process of tumour metastasis. The biological relevance of alpha(v) integrins and associated beta-subunits in ovarian cancer metastasis was examined by analysing the expression of these cell surface receptors in nine ovarian cancer cell lines and also in the primary human ovarian surface(More)
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)
The progression of colon cancer has been linked to both cell adhesion molecules called integrins and matrix-degrading enzymes called metalloproteinases. Herein we report that the alpha v beta 6 integrin expressed in colon cancer cells induces gelatinase B secretion through the C-terminal cytoplasmic extension unique to the beta 6 integrin subunit, and that(More)
We have previously reported that the alphavbeta6 integrin upregulates its own expression in a protein kinase C-dependent manner with increasing cell density. The wild-type beta6 integrin subunit has also been shown to promote tumour growth in vivo and its growth-enhancing effect is regulated by both a MAP kinase binding motif on beta6 and the 11 amino acid(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)
The human tumor stem cell assay (HTSCA) was applied to 103 primary and metastatic colorectal carcinomas. Thirty-four carcinomas could not be evaluated for colony formation (clonogenicity) because of microbial contamination. Of the remaining 69 carcinomas, 18 (26%) demonstrated clonal growth in vitro. Colony formation did not correlate with the(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)
BACKGROUND Integrins have been implicated in the pathogenesis of a diverse range of kidney diseases. Herein, we provide the first detailed description of an epithelial restricted integrin, alpha(v)beta(6), in kidney biopsies from patients suffering acute and chronic renal diseases and after transplantation. METHODS Immunoperoxidase staining for beta(6)(More)