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Collagenase-3 (matrix metalloproteinase 13; MMP-13) is a novel matrix metalloproteinase, the expression of which to date has only been detected in human breast carcinoma tissue and osteoarthritic cartilage. Here, we show that MMP-13 transcripts are expressed by human HaCaT keratinocytes but not by primary human epidermal keratinocytes. The levels of MMP-13(More)
Heat shock transcription factors (HSFs) are generally known as regulators of cellular stress response. The mammalian HSF1 functions as a classical stress factor, whereas HSF2 is active during certain developmental processes, including embryogenesis and spermatogenesis. In the present study, we examined HSF2 expression at specific stages of the rat(More)
A cell surface proteoglycan, syndecan-1, has been shown to participate in the maintenance of the epithelial cell morphology. A point mutated activated c-Ha-ras gene under the control of the glucocorticoid inducible MMTV-LTR promoter was transfected into the mouse mammary epithelial cell line, NOG-8. The NOG-8 ras cells were used to study changes in(More)
The two MAP kinases JNK and ERK direct distinct cellular activities even though they share a number of common substrates, including several transcription factors. Here we have compared JNK and ERK signalling during PC12 cell differentiation and investigated how activation of c-Jun by the MAPKs contributes to this cellular response. Exposure to nerve growth(More)
Acquisition of heat shock factor 2 (HSF2) DNA binding activity is accompanied by induced transcription of heat shock genes in hemin-treated K562 cells undergoing erythroid differentiation. Previous studies revealed that HSF2 consists of two alternatively spliced isoforms, HSF2-alpha and HSF2-beta, whose relative abundance is developmentally regulated and(More)
Heat shock gene expression is differentially regulated in cells exposed to stress stimuli and in cells undergoing processes of differentiation and development. Regulation of the classical heat shock response is mediated by heat shock factor 1 (HSF1), whereas heat shock factor 2 (HSF2) is activated in certain differentiating cells, for example during(More)
MAPK-dependent activation of AP-1 protein c-Jun is involved in PC12 cell differentiation and apoptosis. However, the role of other AP-1 proteins and their connection to MAPKs during growth, differentiation and apoptosis has remained elusive. Here we studied the activation of AP-1 proteins in response to ERK, JNK, and p38 signaling upon NGF, EGF and(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to determine whether serum matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) -2 and MMP-9 levels could predict overall and disease-free survival in primary node-positive breast cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN MMP-2 and MMP-9 levels were quantitatively measured in serum after surgery from 133 patients with primary node-positive breast cancer(More)
The prognostic impact of the tumor microenvironment in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma has not been systematically assessed. We analyzed mRNA and antigen expression of monocytes, macrophages, lymphocytes, dendritic and natural killer cells in pretreatment tumor samples of patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma using gene expression microarray(More)
BACKGROUND Despite improved survival for the patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the prognosis after relapse is poor. The aim was to identify molecular events that contribute to relapse and treatment resistance in DLBCL. METHODS We analysed 51 prospectively collected pretreatment tumour samples from clinically high risk patients treated(More)