Uwe Lendeckel

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Propolis, the resinous product collected by honey bees from plants, is used as folk medicine since ancient time. Recently, immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of propolis have been published. The detailed mechanisms of actions of propolis and its components on immune cells, however, are still unknown. Therefore, we studied the effects of(More)
Cell membrane-bound proteolytic enzymes (ectopeptidases) are integral membrane proteins, orientated asymmetrically with the catalytic site exposed to the extracellular surface, which enables a versatile range of physiological and pathological functions. Ectopeptidases may regulate the release of many growth factors and their receptors into the circulation,(More)
PURPOSE Activation of intracellular signaling cascades has been implicated in the growth control of benign meningiomas, but their role for meningioma progression and outcome is unknown. Here we determined the expression and function of proteins involved in mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphinositol-3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling in benign,(More)
In the central nervous system (CNS), neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) proteins function in neuronal migration, differentiation, and survival of oligodendrocytes. The NRG-1 gene codes for at least 15 different isoforms, which may be classified on the basis of their molecular structure. At least two different haplotypes of the NRG-1 gene may be associated with(More)
The CD26 antigen is identical with the cell surface ectopeptidase dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DP IV, EC 3.4.14.5). The post proline cleaving substrate specificity makes DP IV relatively unique among other proteases. Numerous cytokines, chemokines and other bioactive peptides are potential substrates of DP IV, but knowledge about the real in vivo substrates is(More)
PURPOSE In the present study, we aimed to substantiate the putative significance of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) on gastric cancer biology by investigating the influence of its gene polymorphism on gastric cancer progression. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Genomic DNA was purified from peripheral blood mononuclear cells or tissue specimens. Amplified ACE(More)
The metal-dependent membrane alanyl aminopeptidase (amino-peptidase N, APN, CD13; EC 3.4.11.2) is a well-established marker of normal and malignant cells of the myelo-monocytic lineage. It is also expressed by leukaemic blasts of a small group of patients suffering from acute or chronic lymphoid leukaemia. CD13-specific monoclonal antibodies do not bind to(More)
Transforming growth factors beta (TGF-beta) constitute a family of polypeptide growth factors that control cell growth, cell differentiation and migration, as well as the formation of the extracellular matrix. Recent analyses revealed the overexpression of TGF-beta1 in human gastric cancers and demonstrated increased cell proliferation in the stomach of(More)
The ADAMs (A disintegrin and metalloproteinase) are a family of cell-surface membrane glycoproteins, whose multidomain structure enables diverse roles in a wide range of cellular processes. Accumulating evidence associates an increased expression of individual ADAM family members with various types of cancer, and we investigated the possible involvement of(More)
ADAMs (A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease) are multifunctional, membrane-bound cell surface glycoproteins, which have numerous functions in cell growth, differentiation, and motility. We wished to investigate the expression of ADAM 9, 10, 12, 15, and in human breast cancer. Expression of ADAMs was determined in breast cancer specimens and the corresponding(More)