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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)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is widely used in pediatric spinal disorders, but the prevalence of associated lumbar disc degeneration (DD) has not been evaluated previously. In this study we investigated whether children with suspected spinal disease had increased tendency to early DD. We analyzed lumbar MRI scans of 32 patients and 49 control subjects(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)
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 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)
The effects of laminin-5 and its subunit gamma2 chain on cell adhesion and migration were studied, and a migration-related cis-acting element was identified in the gamma2 chain gene (LAMC2) using promoter-reporter gene constructs in transgenic mice. Intact laminin-5 molecules, but not recombinant gamma2 chain promoted cell adhesion of human keratinocytes(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)
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)