Svenja Zapf

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BACKGROUND Only less than half of the patients with malignant gliomas respond to a continuous high dose Tamoxifen (TAM) and/or Carboplatin (CP)-treatment. Therefore, a method for predicting the efficacy of TAM-treatment would be desirable. METHODS Paralleling a clinical study, the predictive value of in vitro-sensitivity testing of TAM and TAM's(More)
Malignant gliomas are incurable because of their diffuse infiltration of the surrounding brain. The recepteur d'origine nantais (RON) receptor tyrosine kinase is highly expressed in several epithelial cancer types and mediates tumorigenic, pro-invasive as well as metastatic effects. Analyzing RON expression in human gliomas, we found that different splice(More)
BACKGROUND The treatment efficacy of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors like erlotinib has not met expectations for glioblastoma therapy, even for EGFR-overexpressing tumors. We determined possible mechanisms of therapy resistance using the unique BS153 glioblastoma cell line, which has retained amplification of the egfr gene(More)
The invasive cellular behavior of malignant gliomas is determined by receptor mediated cell-substratum contacts and cell-cell interaction as well as cellular locomotion. This study attempts to break down the complex phenomena of the invasive process into their components of attachment to neighboring cells, aggregate formation, adhesion to matrix substratum,(More)
The capacity of glial tumor cells to migrate and diffusely infiltrate normal brain compromises surgical eradication of the disease. Identification of genes associated with invasion may offer novel strategies for anti-invasive therapies. The gene for TXsyn, an enzyme of the arachidonic acid pathway, has been identified by differential mRNA display as being(More)
Previous studies have demonstrated that inhibitors of the arachidonic acid metabolism block migration and sensitise human glioma cells to treatment inducing apoptosis. This paradigm may provide a new concept for anti-invasive treatment strategies targeting invasive glioma cells. However, the effect of such treatment on other cellular elements in glial(More)
We have previously identified thromboxane synthase as an important regulator of glioma cell migration. Inhibitors of this enzyme abrogate cell motility and induce apoptosis. However, the formation rate of thromboxanes is indirectly dependent on the activity of cyclo-oxygenase, which represents the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of prostaglandins and(More)
OBJECTIVE Because of the wide dissemination of malignant glioma cells by the time that malignant glioma is diagnosed, anti-invasive strategies that are designed to limit their further spread may be of little value unless mechanisms of the invasive cascade can be used to render invasive cells susceptible to cytoreductive treatments. We recently determined(More)
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