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Claudins, known as major contributors in the formation of the tight junction, are differentially expressed in malignant tumors as compared to the corresponding healthy tissues. Therefore, they are thought to play a role in carcinogenesis and tumor progression. Altered expression of claudin-1 has been reported in several tumor types including endometrial,(More)
In our earlier work, we demonstrated that agrin, a multifunctional heparan sulfate proteoglycan, accumulates in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocellular carcinoma (CCC). In addition, we proved the utility of agrin immumohistochemistry in discriminating between HCCs and benign parenchymal lesions. Here, we have examined the expression of agrin in(More)
Flow cytometric analysis of CD23 expression in CD5-positive B-cells is a widely applied method in the differential diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). According to the most accepted criteria, the leukaemic cell population is CD19/CD5/CD23 triple positive in CLL but CD23-negative in MCL. Recently, several groups(More)
Syndecan-1, a transmembrane proteoglycan, may exert anti-proliferative effects and promote cell growth by binding various growth factors. Malignant epithelial cells often down-regulate their own syndecan-1 production, and are capable of inducing an aberrant syndecan-1 expression in stromal fibroid cells. Decreased tumor cell syndecan-1 levels in human head(More)
Heparan sulfate (HS), due to its ability to interact with a multitude of HS-binding factors, is involved in a variety of physiological and pathological processes. Remarkably diverse fine structure of HS, shaped by non-exhaustive enzymatic modifications, influences the interaction of HS with its partners. Here we characterized the HS profile of normal human(More)
Enhancer of zeste homologue 2 (EZH2) is a polycomb group (PcG) family protein. Acting as a histone methyltransferase it plays crucial roles in maintaining epigenetic stem cell signature, while its deregulation leads to tumor development. EZH2 overexpression is commonly associated with poor prognosis in a variety of tumor types including carcinomas,(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, we investigated the presence of high-risk (HR) HPV types most prevalent in the Hungarian population in surgically removed cervical cancers and pelvic lymph nodes. The aim of our work was to determine the prognostic significance of HPV status in the lymph nodes draining the tumor. METHODS Primary tumor specimens from 150 patients(More)
Agrin is a multifunctional heparan sulfate proteoglycan originally discovered in the neuromuscular junctions and later observed in numerous other localizations. The presence of agrin in the liver, either healthy or diseased, has formerly not been reported. We detected agrin in minor amounts in the basement membranes of blood vessels and bile ducts in the(More)
Biliary tract cancers are relatively common malignant gastrointestinal tumors in the elderly. Claudins are integral components of tight junctions that play important roles in maintaining epithelial cell polarity, controlling paracellular diffusion, and regulating cell growth and differentiation. The expression profile of claudins has been extensively(More)
Adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASCs) are increasingly being studied for their usefulness in regenerative medicine. However, limited life span and donor-dependent variation of primary cells such as ASCs present major hurdles to controlled and reproducible experiments. We therefore aimed to establish immortalized ASC cell lines that provide steady(More)