Michel Crépin

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Our previous studies showed that carboxymethyl benzylamide dextran (CMDB7) blocks basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2)-dependent cell proliferation of a human breast epithelial line (HBL100), suggesting its potential role as a potent antiangiogenic substance. The derived cell line (HH9), which was transformed with the hst/FGF4 gene, has been shown to be(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play an important role in cancer metastasis. Here, we investigated the effect of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) and 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) on the secretion of type IV collagenases (MMP-2, MMP-9) in breast cancer MCF-7 cells. As shown by gelatin zymography, both FGF-2 and TPA stimulated the secretion(More)
Neuropilin-1 (NRP-1), a non-tyrosine kinase receptor of vascular endothelial growth factor-165 (VEGF165), was found expressed on endothelial and some tumor cells. Since its overexpression is correlated with tumor angiogenesis and progression, the targeting of NRP-1 could be a potential anti-cancer strategy. To explore this hypothesis, we identified a(More)
The integrin alpha(v)beta(3) is involved in multiple aspects of malignant cancer, including tumor angiogenesis and metastasis, which makes the receptor a key target for the development of anti-cancer therapies. We report here on the production, the characterization and the in vivo anti-angiogenic and anti-metastatic properties of a novel(More)
Fibroblasts are known to be present in variable amounts in human breast adenocarcinoma tissue. In order to investigate if they influence in some way the proliferation rate of the carcinoma cells, we developed a coculture model in which cells of well characterized breast epithelial cell lines were seeded and grown in microchamber slides along with(More)
The highly tumorigenic human breast cancer MCF-7ras line (Ha-ras-transfected MCF-7 cell line) loses estrogen dependence and secretes diffusible growth factors that support its own tumor growth in vivo. Our previous studies showed that carboxymethyl benzylamide dextran (CMDB7) inhibits the growth of breast MCF-7 and MCF-7ras cell lines. In this study, we(More)
BACKGROUND Although there was growing evidence in the potential use of Bisphosphonates (BPs) in cancer therapy, their strong osseous affinities that contrast their poor soft tissue uptake limited their use. Here, we developed a new strategy to overcome BPs hydrophilicity by masking the phosphonic acid through organic protecting groups and introducing(More)
Familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC) and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A syndromes are dominantly inherited diseases caused by activating germline mutations of the RET protooncogene. The majority of these patients carry a germline point mutation affecting one of five cysteine residues encoded by exon 10 (codon 609, 611, 618, or 620) or 11 (codon(More)
Using a highly tumorigenic human breast cancer model (Ha-ras-transfected MCF7 cell line) we analyzed the efficacy of the differentiation-inducing agent sodium phenylacetate (NaPA), both in vitro and in vivo. NaPA-treated MCF7ras cells showed dose-dependent growth inhibition from 2.5 to 15 mM without apparent toxicity. Western blot analysis showed a Bcl-2(More)
Highly glycosylated regions or glycopeptides were obtained by proteolysis of human tracheobronchial mucins. They were chemically deglycosylated and the resulting products were used to raise a rabbit antiserum. This antiserum specifically recognized the superanuclear region of respiratory and colonic goblet cells as areas around and below the nucleus of(More)