Stefan Swierczynski

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INTRODUCTION Epigenetic regulation via DNA methylation, histone acetylation, as well as by microRNAs (miRNAs) is currently in the scientific focus due to its role in carcinogenesis and its involvement in initiation, progression and metastasis. While many target genes of DNA methylation, histone acetylation and miRNAs are known, even less information exists(More)
Sustained hedgehog (Hh) signaling mediated by the GLI transcription factors is implicated in many types of cancer. Identification of Hh/GLI target genes modulating the activity of other pathways involved in tumor development promise to open new ways for better understanding of tumor development and maintenance. Here we show that SOCS1 is a direct target of(More)
In the last years, our knowledge of the pathogenesis in acute and chronic pancreatitis (AP/CP) as well as in pancreatic cancerogenesis has significantly diversified. Nevertheless, the medicinal therapeutic options are still limited and therapeutic success and patient outcome are poor. Epigenetic deregulation of gene expression is known to contribute to(More)
Since the discovery of the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway in drosophila melanogaster, our knowledge of the role of Hh in embryonic development, inflammation, and cancerogenesis in humans has dramatically increased over the last decades. This is the case especially concerning the pancreas, however, real therapeutic breakthroughs are missing until now. In general, Hh(More)
BACKGROUND Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is a highly-conserved cellular defense mechanism in response to perturbations of ER function. The role of ER stress in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNET) still remains unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS We analyzed the protein expression pattern of the four key players of ER stress, (chaperone binding(More)
Epigenetic factors contribute to carcinogenesis, tumor promotion, and chemoresistance. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are epigenetic regulators that primarily cause chromatin compaction, leading to inaccessibility of promoter regions and eventually gene silencing. Many cancer entities feature overexpression of HDACs. Currently, the role of HDACs in pancreatic(More)
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