Vratislav Horák

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The mouse M-twist gene codes for a basic helix-loop-helix protein which was shown to be inhibitory for differentiation of myogenic cells in culture. Mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells of line BLC6 efficiently differentiating into skeletal muscle cells when cultivated as embryo-like aggregates (embryoid bodies) were stably transfected with the plasmid(More)
Applying selective breeding for 10 years we established the MeLiM (Melanoblastoma-bearing Libechov Minipigs) strain. Melanoblastoma (MB) in this strain shows a hereditary occurrence. Cutaneous tumours are usually nodular, multiple and distributed on various parts of body. They appear in darkly pigmented animals already at the birth or during two months(More)
Incomplete spontaneous regression of melanoma is common. However, complete melanoma regression is still a very rare phenomenon. Because melanoma is the most immunogenic human malignancy, the mechanisms leading to regression, based on accumulative evidence, are the host's immune responses. Unfortunately, therapies aiming to enhance the patient's natural(More)
Spontaneous animal tumors appear to be highly suitable models to study human oncology and cancer therapy. The aim of this study was to characterize the clinical and histological features of hereditary melanocytic lesions found in the French herd of melanoblastoma-bearing Libechov minipigs (MeLiM) and their Duroc crossbreeds. Clinically, we discriminated(More)
New foods and natural biological modulators have recently become of scientific interest in the investigation of the value of traditional medical therapeutics. Glucans have an important part in this renewed interest. These fungal wall components are claimed to be useful for various medical purposes and they are obtained from medicinal mushrooms commonly used(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the Melanoblastoma-bearing Libechov Minipigs (MeLiM) as an animal model of melanoma for in vivo imaging. Serial whole-body 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-d-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) scans were conducted on five MeLiM. In order to explore different clinical stages of the tumoural lesions, each animal was(More)
New foods and natural biological modulators have recently become of scientific interest in the investigation of the value of traditional medical therapeutics. Glucans have an important part in this renewed interest. These fungal wall components are claimed to be useful for various medical purposes and they are obtained from medicinal mushrooms commonly used(More)
Some herds of miniature swine are genetically predisposed to cutaneous melanoma. To test if swine melanoma susceptibility could be linked to the CDKN2A gene, which is involved in a proportion of 9p21-linked human familial melanoma, we performed a genetic analysis of miniature pigs of the MeLiM strain. F(1) and backcross animals were generated by crossing 1(More)