Romi Michel-Schmidt

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Adaptation to hypoxia, a universal hallmark of carcinomas, is a critical step for tumor cell survival and growth. One of the principal regulators of hypoxia-responsive pathways is the transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1 alpha). Currently, it is known that tumoral production of members of the vascular endothelial growth factor(More)
Signaling mediating colorectal cancer (CRC) progression is incompletely understood. Previously, we identified lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an endotoxin of ubiquitously existing colonic bacteria, as a pivotal stimulus increasing the metastatic potential of human CRC. Since the ubiquitous colonic bacteria release large amounts of LPS this observation could be of(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 (VEGFR-3) is a major inducer of lymphangiogenic signalling and seems to be involved also in angiogenesis. Since both processes are closely linked with tumor metastasis this study investigated the expression of VEGFR-3 in tumor-associated vessels in colorectal carcinomas and evaluated its relevance for(More)
Colorectal carcinoma growth and progression is dependent on the vasculature of the tumor microenvironment. Tumor-derived endothelial cells differ functionally from their normal counterpart. For this reason we isolated microvascular endothelial cells from human colon cancer tissue (HCTEC) and compared them with endothelial cells from normal colonic tissue(More)
The functionality of large-vessel endothelial cells, such as human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), may differ significantly from that in the microvasculature. We established a method for the isolation of human colonic microvascular endothelial cells (HCMEC). Since colonic diseases are often accompanied by hypoxia we examined its effects on HCMEC(More)
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