Serge A. L. Zander

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Whereas target-specific drugs are available for treating ERBB2-overexpressing and hormone receptor-positive breast cancers, no tailored therapy exists for hormone receptor- and ERBB2-negative ("triple-negative") mammary carcinomas. Triple-negative tumors account for 15% of all breast cancers and frequently harbor defects in DNA double-strand break repair(More)
UNLABELLED Inhibition of PARP is a promising therapeutic strategy for homologous recombination-deficient tumors, such as BRCA1-associated cancers. We previously reported that BRCA1-deficient mouse mammary tumors may acquire resistance to the clinical PARP inhibitor (PARPi) olaparib through activation of the P-glycoprotein drug efflux transporter. Here, we(More)
There is no tailored therapy yet for human basal-like mammary carcinomas. However, BRCA1 dysfunction is frequently present in these malignancies, compromising homology-directed DNA repair. This defect may serve as the tumor's Achilles heel and make the tumor hypersensitive to DNA breaks. We have evaluated this putative synthetic lethality in a genetically(More)
BRCA1 dysfunction in hereditary breast cancer causes defective homology-directed DNA repair and sensitivity towards DNA damaging agents like the clinically used topoisomerase I inhibitors topotecan and irinotecan. Using our conditional K14cre;Brca1(F/F);p53(F/F) mouse model, we showed previously that BRCA1;p53-deficient mammary tumors initially respond to(More)
The fumitremorgin C analogue Ko143 is a potent and selective inhibitor of the ATP-binding cassette transporter ABCG2. To support in vivo ABCG2 resistance studies, we developed a sensitive and selective method for Ko143 quantification in plasma and tumor samples, using the parent compound fumitremorgin C as internal standard. Sample pretreatment by(More)
The lack of markers to predict chemotherapy responses in patients poses a major handicap in cancer treatment. We searched for gene expression patterns that correlate with docetaxel or cisplatin response in a mouse model for breast cancer associated with BRCA1 deficiency. Array-based expression profiling did not identify a single marker gene predicting(More)
P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is the most studied ATP-binding cassette transporter, known to be able to cause multidrug resistance. The relevance of P-gp for clinical drug resistance remains controversial, however. Using our K14cre;Brca1F/F;p53F/F conditional mouse model of hereditary breast cancer, we previously found that modestly elevated expression levels of(More)
In addition to their role in drug resistance, the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters ABCG2 and ABCB1 have been suggested to protect cells from a broad range of substances that may foster tumorigenesis. Phytoestrogens or their metabolites are substrates of these transporters and the influence of these compounds on breast cancer development is(More)
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