Thomas Dittmar

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PTP-BL is a highly modular protein tyrosine phosphatase of unknown function. It consists of an N-terminal FERM domain, five PDZ domains, and a C-terminally located tyrosine phosphatase domain. Here we show that PTP-BL is involved in the regulation of cytokinesis. We demonstrate localization of endogenous PTP-BL at the centrosomes during inter- and metaphase(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor tissue resembles chronically inflamed tissue. Since chronic inflammatory conditions are a strong stimulus for bone marrow-derived cells (BMDCs) it can be assumed that recruitment of BMDCs into cancer tissue should be a common phenomenon. Several data have outlined that BMDC can influence tumor growth and metastasis, e.g., by inducing a(More)
Semaphorins are a family of secreted and membrane-associated proteins involved in growth cone guidance during development. Here, we describe the interaction of Semaphorin4F (Sema4F) with the post-synaptic density protein SAP90/PSD-95. Using the yeast two-hybrid system and coprecipitation assays we were able to show an interaction between the extreme(More)
Carcinogenesis is a multistep process that is frequently associated with p53 inactivation. The class 1 carcinogen cadmium (Cd(2+)) causes renal cancer and is known to inactivate p53. G(2)/mitosis (M) arrest contributes to stabilization of p53-deficient mutated cells, but its role and regulation in Cd(2+)-exposed p53-deficient renal cells are unknown. In(More)
The biological phenomenon of cell fusion has been linked to tumor progression because several data provided evidence that fusion of tumor cells and normal cells gave rise to hybrid cell lines exhibiting novel properties, such as increased metastatogenic capacity and an enhanced drug resistance. Here we investigated M13HS hybrid cell lines, derived from(More)
The biological phenomenon of cell fusion has been linked to several characteristics of tumour progression, including an enhanced metastatogenic capacity and an enhanced drug resistance of hybrid cells. We demonstrated recently that M13SV1-EGFP-Neo breast epithelial cells exhibiting stem cell characteristics spontaneously fused with MDA-MB-435-Hyg breast(More)
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are the potential precursors of metastatic disease. Most assays established for the enumeration of CTCs so far-including the gold standard CellSearch-rely on the expression of the cell surface marker epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM). But, these approaches may not detect CTCs that express no/low levels of EpCAM, e.g.(More)
The biological phenomenon of cell fusion in a cancer context is still a matter of controversial debates. Even though a plethora of in vitro and in vivo data have been published in the past decades the ultimate proof that tumor hybrid cells could originate in (human) cancers and could contribute to the progression of the disease is still missing, suggesting(More)
After demonstrating, with karyotyping, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fluorescence in-situ hybridization, the retention of certain human chromosomes and genes following the spontaneous fusion of human tumor and hamster cells in-vivo, it was postulated that cell fusion causes the horizontal transmission of malignancy and donor genes. Here, we analyzed(More)
Due to its pivotal role in the growth factor-mediated tumour cell migration, the adaptor protein phospholipase C-gamma1 (PLC-gamma1) is an appropriate target to block ultimately the spreading of EGFR/c-erbB-2-positive tumour cells, thereby minimising metastasis formation. Here, we present an approach to block PLC-gamma1 activity by using protein-based(More)