Morten Johnsen

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Analysis of extracellular matrix degradation systems has led to the insight that in cancer invasion there is often crucial interplay between cancer cells and several types of surrounding non-neoplastic stromal cells. Likewise, in normal tissue remodeling processes, the synthesis of proteolytic components is often distributed between several cell types, and(More)
Breakdown of the extracellular matrix is crucial for cancer invasion and metastasis. It is accomplished by the concerted action of several proteases, including the serine protease plasmin and a number of matrix metalloproteases. The activity of each of these proteases is regulated by an array of activators, inhibitors and cellular receptors. Thus, the(More)
We have characterized a transcriptional enhancer of the human urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) gene and found a regulatory element required for co-operation between a PEA3--AP-1 element and an AP-1 site in the enhancer. We designated this regulatory element co-operation mediator (COM). Both the PEA3--AP-1 element, the AP-1 site and the COM are(More)
Urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) regulates a proteolytic cascade that facilitates cancer invasion through degradation of the extracellular matrix, and high levels of uPA in human breast cancer tissue correlate with poor prognosis. We previously found that, in ductal breast cancer, uPA mRNA is highly expressed by myofibroblasts surrounding invasively(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) have several roles that influence cancer progression and dissemination. However, low molecular weight metalloproteinase inhibitors (MPI) have not yet been tested in transgenic/spontaneous metastasis models. We have tested Galardin/GM6001, a potent MPI that reacts with most MMPs, in the MMTV-PymT transgenic breast cancer(More)
The plasminogen activation (PA) cascade participates in degradation of extracellular matrix during cancer invasion. We have studied the expression of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) mRNA, uPA receptor (uPAR) mRNA and immunoreactivity, and type-1 plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) mRNA and immunoreactivity in 16 prostate adenocarcinomas and 9(More)
We have characterized a transcriptional enhancer of the human urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) gene in three transformed human cell lines: HeLa, HepG2 and HT1080. The enhancer is located approximately 2 kbp upstream of the mRNA cap site and is active in all three cell lines. By footprinting and gel retardation analysis we found that it contained(More)
Keratinocytes in culture represent cells which exhibit continued and controlled growth in the organism. We have investigated the synthesis of urokinase plasminogen activator mRNA in exponentially growing cultures of primary murine keratinocytes and the keratinocyte cell line BALB/MK. The tumor promotor 12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) and(More)
Keratinocytes undergo a dramatic phenotypic conversion during reepithelialization of skin wounds to become hyperproliferative, migratory, and invasive. This transient healing response phenotypically resembles malignant transformation of keratinocytes during squamous cell carcinoma progression. Here we present the first analysis of global changes in(More)
We used linker insertion-deletion mutagenesis to study the catalytic domain of the Harvey murine sarcoma virus v-rasH transforming protein, which is closely related to the cellular rasH protein. The mutants displayed a wide range of in vitro biological activity, from those that induced focal transformation of NIH 3T3 cells with approximately the same(More)