Thomas Kirchner

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The dissemination of tumour cells is the prerequisite of metastases and is correlated with a loss of epithelial differentiation and the acquisition of a migratory phenotype, a hallmark of malignant tumour progression. A stepwise, irreversible accumulation of genetic alterations is considered to be the responsible driving force. But strikingly, metastases of(More)
Invasion and dissemination of well-differentiated carcinomas are often associated with loss of epithelial differentiation and gain of mesenchyme-like capabilities of the tumor cells at the invasive front. However, when comparing central areas of primary colorectal carcinomas and corresponding metastases, we again found the same differentiated epithelial(More)
Although gastrointestinal cancers are frequently associated with chronic inflammation, the underlying molecular links have not been comprehensively deciphered. Using loss- and gain-of-function mice in a colitis-associated cancer model, we establish here a link comprising the gp130/Stat3 transcription factor signaling axis. Mutagen-induced tumor growth and(More)
BACKGROUND Use of the conventional Western and Japanese classification systems of gastrointestinal epithelial neoplasia results in large differences among pathologists in the diagnosis of oesophageal, gastric, and colorectal neoplastic lesions. AIM To develop common worldwide terminology for gastrointestinal epithelial neoplasia. METHODS Thirty one(More)
BACKGROUND Cetuximab and bevacizumab have both been shown to improve outcomes in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer when added to chemotherapy regimens; however, their comparative effectiveness when partnered with first-line fluorouracil, folinic acid, and irinotecan (FOLFIRI) is unknown. We aimed to compare these agents in patients with KRAS (exon(More)
Invasion by colorectal carcinomas is characterized by an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-like dedifferentiation of the tumor cells. However, a redifferentiation towards an epithelial phenotype, resembling a mesenchymal-epithelial transition, is detectable in metastases. This indicates that malignant progression is based on dynamic processes, which(More)
Invasion and metastasis are the hallmarks of malignant tumor progression and the main cause of death in cancer. The embryonic program "epithelial-mesenchymal transition" (EMT) is thought to trigger invasion by allowing tumor cell dissemination. Here, we describe that the EMT-inducing transcriptional repressor ZEB1 promotes colorectal cancer cell metastasis(More)
Colon cancer cells have previously been demonstrated to contain a subpopulation of CD133+ tumour cells that have the ability to initiate tumour growth and are thus referred to as colon cancer-initiating cells or colon cancer stem cells (CSCs). As CD133 is currently one of the best markers to characterise colon CSCs, we analysed CD133+ tumour cells in(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Loss of the basement membrane (BM) is considered an important step toward tumor malignancy. However, the BM is still expressed in most typical colorectal adenocarcinomas; nevertheless, these tumors can invade and develop metastases. The aim of this study was to investigate the role, mechanisms, and clinical relevance of BM turnover in(More)
Most colorectal cancers have loss of function mutations in the adenomatosis polyposis coli (APC) tumor suppressor gene. This leads to accumulation of beta-catenin, which together with the DNA binding protein TCF-4 functions as a transcriptional activator. Recently defined target genes are c-myc and cyclin D1, linking the APC gene defect to the capacity for(More)