Ulrich Bork

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The prognosis of colorectal cancer is closely linked to the occurrence of distant metastases. Systemic dissemination is most likely caused by circulating tumor cells (CTC). Despite the fundamental role of CTC within the metastatic cascade, technical obstacles have so far prevented detailed genomic and, in particular, phenotypic analyses of CTC, which may(More)
Although blood group 0 is associated with a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer, little is known about the role of AB0 blood group antigens in disease progression. We assessed the prognostic relevance of AB0 blood status in a large cohort of patients with resected pancreatic cancer. A total of 627 patients, who underwent resection for pancreatic ductal(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)
BACKGROUND The utility of circulating angiogenic cytokines (CAC) as biomarkers in pancreatic cancer has not been clarified yet. We investigated the expression and prognostic associations of seven CAC in patients with pancreatic cancer. METHODS Serum samples were collected preoperatively in patients undergoing surgery for localized pancreatic cancer (n =(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating tumour cells (CTC) in the blood have been accepted as a prognostic marker in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC). Only limited data exist on the prognostic impact of CTC in patients with early stage CRC using standardised detection assays. The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of CTC in patients with(More)
The prognosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) is closely linked to the occurrence of distant metastases, which putatively develop from circulating tumor cells (CTCs) shed into circulation by the tumor. As far more CTCs are shed than eventually metastases develop, only a small subfraction of CTCs harbor full tumorigenic potential. The aim of this study was to(More)
In addition to local cytotoxic activity, radiotherapy may also elicit local and systemic antitumor immunity, which may be augmented by immunotherapeutic agents including Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7/8 agonists. Here, we investigated the ability of 3M-011 (854A), a TLR7/8 agonist, to boost the antigen-presenting activity of dendritic cells (DC) as an adjuvant(More)
Currently, it remains unclear, if patients with colon cancer and synchronous unresectable metastases who present without severe symptoms should undergo resection of the primary tumour prior to systemic chemotherapy. Resection of the primary tumour may be associated with significant morbidity and delays the beginning of chemotherapy. However, it may prevent(More)
Pr ecis: This study describes the first universal and specific marker to detect circulating sarcoma cells in the blood, with the capability to detect any type of sarcoma, offering a key prognostic tool to monitor cancer metastasis and relapse in sarcoma patients. Pr ecis: A long noncoding RNA known to be oncogenic is found to promote cell death during(More)