Ralf Faissner

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) occurs mainly in people older than 50 years of age. Although great strides have been taken in treating PDAC over the past decades its incidence nearly equals its mortality rate and it was quoted as the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2012. This review aims to focus on research models and scientific(More)
OBJECTIVES Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is thought to be an immune-mediated inflammatory process, directed against the epithelial components of the pancreas. The objective was to identify novel markers of disease and to unravel the pathogenesis of AIP. METHODS To explore key targets of the inflammatory process, we analyzed the expression of proteins at(More)
BACKGROUND Pancreatic cancer is characterized by high resistance to chemotherapy. Such chemoresistance can be mediated by multidrug resistance proteins (MRPs), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP), and MDR1 P-glycoprotein. However, the contribution of individual MRP isoforms to chemoresistance in pancreatic carcinoma is unclear. We studied ATP-binding(More)
Proteomics represents a novel methodological approach to investigate the expression of all proteins by a cell or organism in its entireness, similar to global strategies for DNA (genomics) and RNA (transcriptomics). This review focuses on the history of protein analysis, which made up the golden age of pancreatic physiology, the current methodology for(More)
Ductal pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a dismal disease, having the worst prognosis of all solid tumors. While genomics and transcriptomics have provided a wealth of data, no contribution has been made to clinical medicine in terms of diagnostic or prognostic markers. Hope lies in yet another novel technology, proteomics. Conceptually, proteomics bears the(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic management of chronic pancreatitis (CP), especially pancreatic stent placement, has made tremendous advances. However, good clinical results are hampered by rapid occlusion. The objective of this study was to understand mechanisms and materials that cause stent occlusion. METHODS The clogging material of 50 lyophilized pancreatic(More)
Pancreatic cancer ranks among the tumors most resistant to chemotherapy. Such chemoresistance of tumors can be mediated by various cellular mechanisms including dysregulated apoptosis or ineffective drug concentration at the intracellular target sites. In this review, we highlight recent advances in experimental chemotherapy underlining the role of cellular(More)
We investigated the therapeutic efficiency of sulfonate-modified polyvinyl alcohol beads loaded with doxorubicin, irinotecan or mitoxantrone in vitro and in vivo in a model of experimental peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC). In vitro, cell proliferation was efficiently impaired by doxorubicin drug eluting bead (DEB) treatment while mitoxantrone DEBs were less(More)
Pancreatic carcinoma has an extremely bad prognosis due to lack of early diagnostic markers and lack of effective therapeutic strategies. Recently, we have established an in vitro model recapitulating the first steps in the carcinogenesis of the pancreas. SV40 large T antigen-immortalized bovine pancreatic duct cells formed intrapancreatic adenocarcinoma(More)
BACKGROUND This study was designed to investigate the clinical performance of the Access GI Monitor (Beckman Coulter) on the UniCel DxI 800, a method for CA19-9 antigen determination, and to compare with CA19-9 assay on the AxSYM system (Abbott). METHODS 1,063 serum samples from unselected patients with different underlying diagnoses were tested with both(More)