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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)
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)
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)
Peripheral lymphoid tissues act as important organs of immunological defense. Characteristic of their architecture is the rich reticular fiber meshwork composed of various extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules with which the stationary non-lymphatic cells stay in intimate contact and form channels through which the lymphatic cells travel. Here we studied the(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)
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)
Carcinoma cell invasion is traditionally studied in three-dimensional organotypic models composed of type I collagen and fibroblasts. However, carcinoma cell behavior is affected by the various cell types and the extracellular matrix (ECM) in the tumor microenvironment. In this study, a novel organotypic model based on human uterine leiomyoma tissue was(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)
BACKGROUND Snail is a transcriptional factor which is known to influence the epitheliomesenchymal transition (EMT) by regulating adhesion proteins such as E-cadherin and claudins as well as matrix metalloproteases (MMP). METHODS To evaluate the functional importance of snail, a transciptional factor involved in EMT in lung tumors, we investigated its(More)