Vanessa Fritz

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Increased de novo fatty acid (FA) synthesis is one hallmark of tumor cells, including prostate cancer. We present here our most recent results showing that lipid composition in human prostate cancer is characterized by an increased ratio of monounsaturated FA to saturated FA, compared with normal prostate, and evidence the overexpression of the lipogenic(More)
BACKGROUND Micro RNAs are small, non-coding, single-stranded RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Since miR-143 was found to be down-regulated in prostate cancer cells, we wanted to analyze its expression in human prostate cancer, and test the ability of miR-43 to arrest prostate cancer cell growth in vitro and in(More)
OBJECTIVE Adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent promising tools for therapeutic applications such as tissue engineering and cellular therapy. Recent data suggest that, due to their immunosuppressive nature, MSCs may be of interest to enhance allogeneic hematopoietic engraftment and prevent graft-versus-host disease. Using a murine model of(More)
Cells respond to stress by coordinating proliferative and metabolic pathways. Starvation restricts cell proliferative (glycolytic) and activates energy productive (oxidative) pathways. Conversely, cell growth and proliferation require increased glycolytic and decreased oxidative metabolism levels. E2F transcription factors regulate both proliferative and(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) might not be permissive to ligand activation in prostate cancer cells. Association of PPARgamma with repressing factors or posttranslational modifications in PPARgamma protein could explain the lack of effect of PPARgamma ligands in a recent randomized clinical trial. Using cells and prostate(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from post-natal bone marrow possess tremendous potential for cell-mediated gene therapy in several disease processes, and recent reports have broadened the spectrum for therapeutic applications to cancer therapy. The evidence that sites of active tumorigenesis favor the homing of exogenous MSCs have support the rationale for(More)
Neurospheres (NSs) are clonal cellular aggregates composed of neural stem cells and progenitors. A comprehensive description of their proliferation and differentiation regulation is an essential prerequisite for their use in biotherapies. Cytokines are essential molecules regulating cell precursor fate. Using a gene-array strategy, we conducted a(More)
Prostate cancer (CaP) cells possess high affinity for bone marrow and predilection to induce bone metastasis. Although the end result of metastasis is predominantly osteoblastic, most patients present mixed lesions with osteolytic component which could initiate and precede bone formation. A precise characterization of tumor-induced bone resorption is thus(More)
Bone homeostasis is achieved by the balance between osteoclast-dependent bone resorption and osteoblastic events involving differentiation of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Prostate carcinoma (PC) cells display the propensity to metastasize to bone marrow where they disrupt bone homeostasis as a result of mixed osteolytic and osteoblastic lesions. The(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells are progenitors for several connective tissue cell lineages including bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, and bone marrow cells [1]. Stem cells are found in adulthood in many tissues and may be involved in the pathogenesis of some autoimmune diseases. As mesenchymal stem cells can target diseased organs, they may hold potential as vehicles(More)