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The Wilms' tumor 1 gene (WT1) has been identified as a tumor suppressor gene involved in the etiology of Wilms' tumor. Approximately 10% of all Wilms' tumors carry mutations in the WT1 gene. Alterations in the WT1 gene have also been observed in other tumor types, such as leukemia, mesothelioma and desmoplastic small round cell tumor. Dependent on the tumor(More)
Studies on the molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal differentiation are frequently performed using cell lines established from neuroblastomas. In this study we have used mouse N1E-115 neuroblastoma cells that undergo neuronal differentiation in response to DMSO. During differentiation, cyclin-dependent kinase (cdk) activities decline and phosphorylation(More)
The expression pattern of the Wilms' tumor suppressor gene, WT1, during embryonal development suggests a role for the WT1 proteins in the differentiation of specific tissues. This notion is supported by the observation that WT1 knock-out mice fall to develop kidneys and gonads. We describe here the changes in the expression and DNA binding activity of the(More)
The Wilms' tumor 1 gene, WT1, is homozygously mutated in a subset of Wilms' tumors. Heterozygous mutations in WT1 give rise to congenital anomalies. During embryogenesis, WT1 is expressed mainly in the kidneys, uterus, and testes. Alternative splicing of the WT1 mRNA results in synthesis of four main WT1 protein isoforms with molecular masses of 52-54 kDa.(More)
OBJECTIVES Recently, concern has been expressed about the transfusion of older red blood cells after cardiac surgery. We tested the hypothesis that longer storage of transfused red blood cells increases the risk of early and late mortality in patients who undergo coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed data of patients who(More)
The use of direct thrombin inhibitors (DTIs) for prophylactic or therapeutic anticoagulation is increasing because of the predictable bioavailability and short half-life of these DTIs. However, in certain situations, indication of the concentration is warranted. We investigated the effects of 3 DTIs (lepirudin, argatroban, and bivalirudin) in 6 pooled(More)
The WT1 gene, which is heterozygously mutated or deleted in congenital anomaly syndromes and homozygously mutated in about 15% of all Wilms tumors, encodes tissue-specific developmental regulators. Through alternative mRNA splicing, four main WT1 protein isoforms are synthesized. All isoforms can bind to DNA via their zinc fingers, albeit with different(More)
BACKGROUND Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of infliximab (IFX, Remicade®) can aid to optimize therapy efficacy. Many assays are available for this purpose. However, a reference standard is lacking. Therefore, we evaluated the analytical performance, agreement and clinically relevant differences of three commercially available IFX ELISA kits on an(More)
The Wilms' tumor 1 gene (WT1) encodes a transcription factor of the zinc-finger family and is homozygously mutated or deleted in a subset of Wilms' tumors. Through alternative mRNA splicing, the gene is expressed as four main polypeptides that differ by a stretch of 17 amino acids just N-terminal of the four zinc-fingers and three amino acids between zinc(More)