Peter Gassmann

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Adhesive and invasive characteristics appear to be crucial for organ-specific metastasis formation. Using intravital microscopy we investigated the relation between the metastatic potential of colon carcinoma cells and their adhesive and invasive behavior during early steps of metastasis within microvasculatures of rat liver, lung, intestine, skin, muscle,(More)
Tumour cell adhesion within the microvasculature of host organs, its stabilisation and cell invasion into the host organs, appear to be important steps in the formation of distant metastases. Intravital fluorescence-video microscopy was used to investigate the early steps in metastasis formation of colon carcinoma cells within the liver, which is the main(More)
Organ-specific tumor cell adhesion to extracellular matrix (ECM) components and cell migration into host organs often involve integrin-mediated cellular processes that can be modified by environmental conditions acting on metastasizing tumor cells, such as shear forces within the blood circulation. Since the focal adhesion kinase (FAK) appears to be(More)
Metastatic lesions are the leading cause of death among cancer patients. These lesions usually originate from clonal proliferation of single tumor cells dispersed from the primary tumor into the circulation which finally arrest in the capillary bed of distant organs. The microenvironment within the circulation of potential metastatic target organs provides(More)
Growing evidence supports substantial pathophysiological impact of platelets and their interactions on the development of septic lung failure. We developed a rat model of endotoxemia for direct in situ visualization of pulmonary microcirculation by in vivo fluorescence videomicroscopy. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned to control, endotoxemia(More)
BACKGROUND Metastasis formation is the leading cause of death among colon cancer patients. We established a new in-situ model of in vivo microscopy of the lung to analyse initiating events of metastatic tumor cell adhesion within this typical metastatic target of colon cancer. METHODS Anaesthetized CD rats were mechanically ventilated and 106 human(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated that the chemokine receptor CXCR4 plays a crucial role in organ-specific metastasis formation. Although a variety of studies showed the expression of chemokine receptors, in particular, CXCR4, by gastrointestinal tumors, the precise mechanisms of chemokine receptor-mediated homing of cancer cells to specific sites of(More)
OBJECTIVE Detection of abdominal injury is a very important component in trauma management, so a precise assessment of liver and spleen injuries including their severity degree is necessary. There is a good case to believe that in emergency situations the radiologists' performance may profit from a systematic approach using established scoring systems.(More)
INTRODUCTION In metastasis research, modern microscopic techniques shed a new light on the mechanisms of metastatic tumor cell arrest in the microcirculation of potential metastasis target organs. In this study, we differentiated the contribution of mechanical cell arrest, determined as lumen occlusion of liver sinusoids by tumor cells, and specific cell(More)
BACKGROUND In the case of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), underlying liver pathology may not only determine the feasibility of surgery but may also affect the postsurgical outcome. We report our experience after curative liver resection for HCC in patients with normal liver, liver fibrosis, and liver cirrhosis. METHODS A total of 72 patients after liver(More)