Verena Stresing

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The nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate zoledronic acid (ZOL), a potent inhibitor of farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase, blocks the mevalonate pathway, leading to intracellular accumulation of isopentenyl pyrophosphate/triphosphoric acid I-adenosin-5'-yl ester 3-(3-methylbut-3-enyl) ester (IPP/ApppI) mevalonate metabolites. IPP/ApppI accumulation in ZOL-treated(More)
Bisphosphonates are the standard of care in the treatment of malignant bone diseases, because of their ability to inhibit osteoclast-mediated bone destruction. We review here preclinical evidence that bisphosphonates also exert direct antitumour effects and antiangiogenic properties. Furthermore, we describe new insights on how bisphosphonates may act(More)
Bisphosphonates are potent inhibitors of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption and have demonstrated clinical utility in the treatment of patients with osteolytic bone metastases. They also exhibit direct antitumor activity in vitro and can reduce skeletal tumor burden and inhibit the formation of bone metastases in vivo. However, whether such effects are(More)
Osteosarcoma is the most frequent malignant primary bone tumor and a main cause of cancer-related death in children and adolescents. Although long-term survival in localized osteosarcoma has improved to about 60% during the 1960s and 1970s, long-term survival in both localized and metastatic osteosarcoma has stagnated in the past several decades. Thus,(More)
Nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates (N-BPs) are widely used to block bone destruction associated with bone metastasis because they are effective inhibitors of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption. More specifically, once internalized by osteoclasts, N-BPs block the activity of farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS), a key enzyme in the mevalonate pathway. In(More)
Bcl-xL gene induces metastasis in the lung, lymph nodes and bone when breast cancer cells are inoculated in Nude Balb/c mice. In an attempt to identify the molecules required for diverse metastatic foci, we compared gene expression levels in tumor cells and metastatic variants with a cDNA GeneFilter containing 4000 known genes. The transcriptional(More)
Ewing's sarcoma (ES) is a primary bone tumor characterized by a chromosomic translocation between the EWS gene and a member of the ETS gene family, mainly FLI1, which leads to an aberrant transcription factor EWS-FLI1 that promotes tumorigenicity. Gap junctions are intercellular channels composed of transmembrane proteins (connexin: Cx), that allow direct(More)
Metastatic breast cancer cells are characterized by their high propensity to colonize the skeleton and form bone metastases, causing major morbidity and mortality. Identifying key proteins involved in the osteotropic phenotype would represent a major step toward the development of both new prognostic markers and new effective therapies. Cell surface(More)
PURPOSE Osteosarcoma is the main malignant primary bone tumor in children and adolescents for whom the prognosis remains poor, especially when metastasis is present at diagnosis. Because transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) has been shown to promote metastasis in many solid tumors, we investigated the effect of the natural TGFβ/Smad signaling inhibitor Smad7(More)
Genes that mediate breast cancer metastasis to lung are different from those which mediate bone metastasis. However, which markers accounts for the diversity of breast cancer metastasis remains unknown. The aim of this study was identify proteins associated with the soft-tissue metastatic ability of breast cancer tumors in metastases, coupling microarray(More)