Thomas Greither

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Pancreatic cancer is the eighth most common cancer and has an overall 5-year survival rate lower than 10%. Because of their ability to regulate gene expression, microRNAs can act as oncogenes or tumor-suppressor genes and so have garnered interest as possible prognostic and therapeutic markers during the last decade. However, the prognostic value of(More)
Piwi proteins and their interaction with piRNAs have rapidly emerged as important contributors to gene regulation, indicating their crucial function in germline and stem cell development. However, data on the Hiwi 1 (Hiwi) gene, one of the four human Piwi homologues, are still scarce. Therefore, we investigated the Hiwi mRNA expression in microdissected(More)
BACKGROUND The urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) system is one of the best-investigated protease systems, both under physiological and pathological conditions, including various types of cancer. However, effects of co-expression of members of the uPA system in soft-tissue sarcoma (STS) patients at the protein level in both tumour tissue and serum have(More)
Self-renewal is considered as a common property of stem cells. Dysregulation of stem cell self-renewal is likely a requirement for the development of cancer. Hiwi, the human Piwi gene, encodes a protein responsible for stem cell self-renewal. In this study, we investigated the expression of Hiwi at the RNA level by real-time quantitative PCR in 65 primary(More)
Expression of microRNAs can affect age of tumor onset and prognosis of cancer patients. However, nothing is known about the effects of microRNAs on altered age of cancer onset and disease-specific survival of soft-tissue sarcoma (STS) patients. The levels of miR-210, also known as hypoxia-regulated microRNA, were analyzed by quantitative real-time (RT)-PCR(More)
Cancer stem cells can play an important role in tumorigenesis and tumor progression. However, it is still difficult to detect and isolate cancer stem cells. An alternative approach is to analyse stem cell-associated gene expression. We investigated the coexpression of three stem cell-associated genes, Hiwi, hTERT and survivin, by quantitative real-time-PCR(More)
Ovarian steroidogenesis is embedded in a sensitive network of regulatory mechanisms crucial for human fertility. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) represents an intrinsic modulating system involved in the regulation of endocrine functions. In the present study we characterized the ECS in the human granulosa cell line KGN and its impact on gonadotropin(More)
Piwi-like gene family members (Piwil 1-4) are considered stem cell-associated genes/proteins. These are expressed predominantly in germline cells, but are re-expressed in different tumors. Piwil 1-4 gene expression has not previously been studied and correlated with clinicopathological parameters in renal cell carcinomas (RCC). The Piwil 1-4 transcript(More)
The inhibitor of apoptosis wild-type survivin is a multifunctional protein that suppresses apoptosis and regulates cell cycle progression. An association between wild-type survivin expression and radiosensitivity has been described in different tumor cells. The effects of siRNA-induced knockdown of wild-type survivin and survivin-splice variants survivin-2B(More)
Telomerase is thought to play an essential role in tumorigenesis and progression. Its activity is directly correlated with the expression of its catalytic subunit, human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT). A correlation of transcript expression with a poor prognosis has been detected in different human malignancies. However, data on hTERT in(More)