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Recombinant human gamma 2 chain of laminin-5 was expressed in Escherichia coli, and used to generate specific polyclonal antibodies which were used to study the distribution of the protein in human cancers. A total of 72 biopsies of human cancers were stained, including 23 cases of colon adenocarcinomas, 16 ductal breast carcinomas, 9 malignant melanomas,(More)
BACKGROUND Ulcerative colitis patients are at increased risk for developing colorectal carcinomas. Despite expensive surveillance programmes, clinical practice reflects an uncertainty in individual risk assessment. The aim of the study was to evaluate independent cellular features with possible predictive value. METHODS Two patient groups were selected:(More)
We characterized tumor microenvironment (TME) components of mobile tongue (MT) cancer patients in terms of overall inflammatory infiltrate, focusing on the protumorigenic/anti-inflammatory phenotypes and on cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in order to determine their interrelations and associations with clinical outcomes. In addition, by culturing(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment decisions for cervical cancer, a common disease worldwide, depend on demonstrating whether or not tumor invasion of the surrounding tissue has occurred. Invasion can be difficult to assess by standard histopathologic methods, especially when limited amounts of tissue are available. Several studies of a variety of cancers have reported(More)
In the present study, the chain specificity of 16 commonly used monoclonal antibodies to human laminin(s) was analysed by using recombinant laminin beta1 and gamma1 chains. By ELISA, all antibodies reacted with purified placenta laminin, and most antibodies recognised either recombinant beta1 or gamma1 chains. Reactivity and chain specificity was confirmed(More)
In 1976-1992 245 new cases of asthma induced by diisocyanates were diagnosed, caused by hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) in 39%, diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) in 39%, and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) in 17% of the cases. Our aim was to study the clinical outcome of diisocyanate-induced asthma. A questionnaire was sent to the 235 patients alive in 1995,(More)
Sixty-four malignant lung tumours and 12 of their regional lymph node metastases were analysed for expression of the laminin gamma2 chain by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. Expression of the laminin gamma2 chain was strongest in squamous cell carcinomas, followed by adenocarcinomas and large cell carcinomas. Positive cells, except for large(More)
Forty-two pancreatic adenocarcinomas were investigated immunohistochemically and by in situ hybridization for the expression of the laminin gamma 2 chain. In 41 cases, intracytoplasmic immunoreactivity for the gamma 2 chain was seen. Positive tumour cells were located especially at the epithelial-stromal interface of the tumour cell islands. In 22 cases,(More)
Laminin-332 (LN-332), which is essential for epithelial cell adhesion and migration, is up-regulated in most invasive carcinomas. Association between LN-332 and carcinoma cell integrins and stroma collagen is thought to be important for tumor growth and metastasis. Here, we show that function blocking LN-332 antibodies interfering with cellular adhesion and(More)
We investigated the expression of slug in a large set of lung squamous and adenocarcinomas to determine common or dissimilar features in its expression in these two most common forms of lung cancer. To investigate slug related tumor spread we studied the expression of vimentin, claudin 1, MMP2 and MMP9 in these tumors and their relation to slug. Addition,(More)