Wolfgang Meissner

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Polyethylenimine (PEI) is a cationic polymer which can be complexed with DNA. PEI-DNA complexes can be used for in vitro and in vivo gene delivery approaches. The excess of positive surface charges enhances the association of the complex with the plasmamembrane of cells and facilitates their uptake by endocytosis. The intracellular transport pathway from(More)
The peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerase Pin1 has been implicated in malignant transformation in multiple studies, however, little is known about its potential impact in head and neck cancer. This study evaluates the role of Pin1 in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs). Pin1 expression and level of phosphorylation was evaluated by Western blot(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors with essential functions in lipid, glucose and energy homeostasis, cell differentiation, inflammation and metabolic disorders, and represent important drug targets. PPARs heterodimerize with retinoid X receptors (RXRs) and can form transcriptional activator or repressor complexes at(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPARs) modulate target gene expression in response to unsaturated fatty acid ligands, such as arachidonic acid (AA). Here, we report that the AA metabolite 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE) activates the ligand-dependent activation domain (AF2) of PPARbeta/delta in vivo, competes with synthetic agonists in(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are members of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily that modulate target gene expression in response to natural fatty acid ligands and synthetic agonists. It is noteworthy that all trans-retinoic acid (atRA) has recently been reported to act as a ligand for PPARbeta/delta, to activate its(More)
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-beta (PPARbeta) has been implicated in tumorigenesis, but its precise role remains unclear. Here, we show that the growth of syngeneic Pparb wild-type tumors is impaired in Pparb(-/-) mice, concomitant with a diminished blood flow and an abundance of hyperplastic microvascular structures. Matrigel plugs(More)
Besides its established functions in intermediary metabolism and developmental processes, the nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor β/δ (PPARβ/δ) has a less defined role in tumorigenesis. In the present study, we have identified a function for PPARβ/δ in cancer cell invasion. We show that two structurally divergent inhibitory ligands(More)
The general human RNA polymerase III transcription factor (TF) IIIC1 has hitherto been ill defined with respect to the polypeptides required for reconstitution of its activity. Here we identify Homo sapiens TFIIIB" (HsBdp1) as an essential component of hTFIIIC1 and hTFIIIC1-like activities. Several forms of HsBdp1 are described. The 250-kDa form of HsBdp1,(More)
Differentiation in vitro of mouse F9 embryonal carcinoma (EC) cells to the parietal endoderm (PE) mimics processes of development of the early mouse embryo. This differentiation is accompanied by a dramatic down-regulation of all genes transcribed by RNA polymerase III (pol III). Complementation of extracts from cells, differentiated for various time(More)
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) not only play a key role in regulating metabolic pathways but also modulate inflammatory processes, pointing to a functional interaction between PPAR and cytokine signaling pathways. In this study, we show by genome-wide transcriptional profiling that PPARβ/δ and transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ)(More)