Nina Iversen

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Antiangiogenic drugs are currently tested in haematological malignancies. As these drugs target different angiogenic regulators, and as cancers are inherently heterogeneous, a detailed characterization of angiogenesis in individual cancers is needed. Hence, we measured bone marrow microvessel density (MVD), plasma concentrations of eight(More)
Cardiomyocytes are terminally differentiated cells that to date have been characterized as poor targets for nonviral gene transfer. This study was therefore designed to determine the optimal nonviral gene transfer parameters in cell cultures of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes and to compare them with the efficiency of gene transfer using adeno-associated viral(More)
Increased hemostatic activity is common in many cancer types and often causes additional complications and even death. Circumstantial evidence suggests that tissue factor pathway inhibitor-1 (TFPI) plays a role in cancer development. We recently reported that downregulation of TFPI inhibited apoptosis in a breast cancer cell line. In this study, we(More)
BACKGROUND Tissue factor (TF) pathway inhibitor-1 (TFPI) is expressed in several malignant tissues- and cell lines and we recently reported that it possesses anti-tumor effects in breast cancer cells, indicating a biological role of TFPI in cancer. The two main splice variants of TFPI; TFPIα and TFPIβ, are both able to inhibit TF-factor VIIa (FVIIa)(More)
Thrombosis is a major complication and an important cause of death in cancer patients. Tumor cells may trigger coagulation and induce a prothrombotic phenotype, which in return may enhance angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis. Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) has been reported to reduce tumor growth and metastasis in vivo and to induce apoptosis(More)
Emerging evidence indicate a new role of TFPI in cancer biology. We recently reported that both isoforms of TFPI induced apoptosis and inhibited proliferation of cancer cells. The signaling pathway(s) mediating the effects of TFPI is, however, presently still unclear. Our goal was to further investigate the cellular processes affected by TFPI and to get(More)
Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) fractions and coagulation markers were determined in 26 patients with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Thrombin-antithrombin complex and fibrin monomer values were markedly elevated in all patients (P < 0.01). The median TFPI activity level (2.1 nmol/l) was lower than in normal controls (2.6 nmol/l; P <(More)
We have previously shown that cancer patients with solid tumour disease have increased plasma levels of both the free and total forms of the coagulation inhibitor, tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), whereas patients with leukemia and related blood malignancies have levels within the normal range. We now report that also the median plasma levels of the(More)
INTRODUCTION Oestrogens influence the pathophysiology and development of hormone-sensitive cancers, such as breast cancer. Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) is a serine protease inhibitor of the extrinsic coagulation pathway and has recently been associated with breast cancer cell development. Moreover, reduced TFPI levels have been reported in plasma(More)
We have previously reported high levels of the coagulation inhibitor TFPI in the blood of patients with gastrointestinal cancer. TFPI is not an acute-phase reactant, but high levels have also been reported in patients with septicaemia and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). To study its relationship with other types of malignancy, TFPI activity(More)