Thomas Tapmeier

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Toll-like receptors (TLRs) mediate recognition of microbial components. Despite activation of a shared set of signal transduction molecules, the biological effects of certain TLR agonists differ considerably. In macrophages and dendritic cells, stimulation by the prototypical stimuli CpG-DNA (TLR9), lipopolysaccharide (LPS; TLR4) and lipoteichoic acid (LTA;(More)
UNLABELLED Liver metastasis from colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer mortality. Myeloid cells play pivotal roles in the metastatic process, but their prometastatic functions in liver metastasis remain incompletely understood. To investigate their role, we simulated liver metastasis in C57BL/6 mice through intrasplenic inoculation of MC38 colon(More)
Current strategies for early detection of breast and other cancers are limited in part because some lesions identified as potentially malignant do not develop into aggressive tumors. Acid pH has been suggested as a key characteristic of aggressive tumors that might distinguish aggressive lesions from more indolent pathology. We therefore investigated the(More)
Suppression of neo-angiogenesis is a clinically used anti-tumor strategy with new targets such as angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) being proposed. However, the functions of Ang2 in vascular remodeling, inflammation and tumor growth are not consistent. We examined effect of depletion of host Ang2 on liver colony formation using Ang2 deficient (Ang2(-/-)) mice.(More)
Tumor-infiltrating immune cells play important roles in metastasis. We have recently revealed the recruitment of a specific myeloid cell subset (CD11b/Gr1(mid)) to hepatic metastases. Such a recruitment relies on CCL2/CCR2 signaling and acts to sustain metastatic growth. A similar cell subset was identified in patients bearing hepatic metastases of(More)
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